Questions tagged [xenomorph]

Xenomorph are a deadly race of extraterrestrials introduced in the 1979 Alien Movie and featured throughout the franchise.

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Why do the Xenomorphs kill their hosts instead of using them?

I’m curious as to why the Xenomorphs from the Alien series tend to kill some of their hosts instead of infecting them with the face huggers? If they are to reproduce by using the hosts to carry out ...
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Why did the cloned Xenomorphs kill one of their own?

Why did the cloned Xenomorphs kill one of their own in order to escape their holding cells when they could spit acid? Wouldn't they have been able to just spit at the ground, thus melting it? It ...
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Does a xenomorphs acid blood make it vulnerable to water, or any other base/buffer solution?

For humans, a sudden change of blood pH from 7.4 to say 7.5 would be quite significantly harmful https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkalosis this is because of all the highly specialised proteins in the ...
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What do the worker xenomorphs do when they are not gathering more hosts for eggs? What happens to the hive when the host supply is depleted?

I have seen all of the Alien movies as well as the Prometheus series. What do the drone or worker xenomorphs do once the host supply is depleted? Does the queen keep on laying more eggs, or does she ...
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Why don't facehuggers attack adult xenomorphs?

Xenomorphs from series is known for their ability to enhance their host DNA by absorbing/altering DNA to give birth to a new type of creature. alien hugs dog so it creates a dog-alien "runner" (alien³...
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Do the xenomorphs attack the synthetics?

In the Aliens universe do the xenomorphs attack the synthetics? At the end of Aliens (1986), we can see a xenomorph killing Bishop the synthetic. But in this case I think that the xenomorph killed ...
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How does the life cycle of a Xenomorph work? [duplicate]

A few things need questioning before we get to that. Are xenomorphs genderless? More to the heart of the question, who makes the queen? I imagine the aliens are asexually reproductive, and one ...
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How smart is the original Ridley Scott Xenomorph really?

In Ridley Scott's 1979 movie 'Alien', after Ripley rigs the ship to self-destruct she proceeds to the escape pod, all the while the ship announcing that it has been rigged to blow and commencing a ...
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Are facehuggers and xenomorphs the same species or a symbiotic relationship?

As in the question. It is possible that there may be two species which are so interdependent that one is necessary for the other to breed. (Zombie ants come to mind, but this would be on a different ...
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How does Alien pawn become a Queen? [duplicate]

The Alien Queen made first appearance in the Aliens movie. Although originally, it was intended for xenomorph individuals to convert victims into eggs, this idea was cut from the Alien movie and was ...
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In Alien 3, why doesn't the xenomorph cocoon Ripley when he realizes she has a queen in her?

In Alien 3, Ripley has a queen baby in her. When she finds this out, she searches out the xenomorph, and he doesn't kill her. But why doesn't he cocoon her? Surely that would have been a safer ...
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Is the Xenomorph life cycle based on the life cycle of a real world species?

The Xenomorph life cycle is quite complex. It basically boils down to this1: Queen Xenomorph lays eggs. Eggs hatch into facehuggers. Facehuggers implant eggs in a host organism's throat. ...
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In the Aliens franchise how could the hive possibly survive?

In Aliens how can a hive possibly survive? As far as I know, the xenomorphs' life cycle requires a host, but it apparently seems that in the movies/games/comics aliens have the single goal of wiping ...
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How can the Xenomorph see?

If you just look at a picture of one there are no eyes readily apparent but they clearly know where they are going. Could their screeching be some form of echo-location?
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What are the origins of the Xenomorph?

I have seen several of the Alien movies and Prometheus but in none of them do they ever mention anything of the alien's home planet. Recently a friend claimed that they came from a far away planet ...
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Confusion with the Alien's death at the end of Alien 3

I'm confused by the end of Alien 3, when they drown the Xenomorph in molten lead. The Xenomorph manages to survive being plunged into boiling hot lead, but previous Xenomorphs were killed by and ...
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In Alien, what were the Xenomorph's two mouths used for?

The Xenomorphs in the Alien series had two mouths, one inside the other: I remember the inner mouth being used to attack someone, but never any direct footage of the outer mouth being used. What was ...
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How did Burke get the Facehuggers into the room where Ripley and Newt were sleeping in the movie Aliens?

In Aliens, there is a scene when Ripley and Newt wake up and suddenly find two Facehuggers in their bedroom. It's obvious that Burke brought them there. But the question is - HOW did he do that? Why ...
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Inherited memory [closed]

As we know, aliens had inherited memory as seen in this review: Ripley's genes are all right too: They allow her reconstituted form to retain all her old memories, as if cookie dough could remember ...
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What is the etymology of “xenomorph” in the context of the Aliens franchise?

I know it's first uttered in Cameron's Aliens (1986). Once. It's a word that seems was coined for the movie itself, but one constructed of well-known root words that seem to mean "alien-shaped". In ...
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How does the Xenomorph evolution timeline work in the Alien/Predator universe?

I'm wanting to know how the timeline works in the Alien/Predator universe, specifically in relation to the Xenomorph's evolution. What I want to know is how this ties in with Alien Vs Predator? As ...
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Do all the different breeds of the Alien Franchise Xenomorph Queens lay the same kind of eggs?

The Xenomorph incorporates each new species it assimilates into the next generation of Xenomorph. Do all of the different variations of Alien Xenomorph Queens lay the same basic facehugger egg, or is ...
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Why do the Xenomorphs (aliens) in the movie Alien seep slime all over the place all the time?

Why do the Aliens constantly seep slime out of all their body parts all the time? How could they drink enough liquids on a barren planet to have enough moisture in their bodies to leak all over all ...
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What purpose does acidic blood serve to a Xenomorph?

In the Alien films the Xenomorphs presented have a very alien physiology. One of these features is acidic blood, much to the dismay of several characters in the film. Why would a creature benefit ...
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Are there any instances in the Aliens series where a xenomorph reproduces cannibalistically?

Inspired by this question...By cannibalistically, I mean that a full grown xeno crouches over an egg and lets it facehug him. Why in the world would this ever happen, when the reproduction is one to ...
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In the Aliens movie, what do the Xenomorphs eat?

In the movies Alien and Aliens, what do the aliens eat? You would think they first feed from the body host, but then when the human host awakens he doesn't have anything visibly wrong, so the human ...