- "Same principle as a condom. I'd rather have one and not need it, than need it and not have one."
- ―Rousseau (from Alien vs. Predator)
Adele Rousseau was a member of Max Stafford's private military team, which was hired by Charles Bishop Weyland to accompany a Weyland Industries expedition to Bouvetøya, Antarctica in 2004. The expedition's objective was to investigate an ancient Pyramid buried beneath the ice there, with Stafford's team present to provide security. The Pyramid was discovered to be a Yautja temple and hunting ground where the Predators would breed Xenomorphs for use in their Hunts, and the expedition soon became caught up in the battle between the two species.
Expedition to BouvetøyaEdit
Aboard the Piper Maru, Rousseau was confronted by Lex over her decision to bring a firearm on the expedition, the group's guide pointing out that she'd never seen a firearm save anyone's life during polar exploration, but Rousseau managed to placate her by pointing out that the weapon was simply a precaution against whatever unforeseen scenario they might face. She was among the first to descend to the pyramid, exploring the sacrificial chamber and correctly deducing that the human remains found there had died not from having their hearts removed — as Thomas suggested — but rather as a result of something bursting from the body.
When the team split up to cover more ground inside the pyramid, Stafford ordered Rousseau to stay behind in the sacrificial chamber and supervise the analysis there, placing her in command of Thomas and the other experts who stayed with her.
When Stafford and his men removed the Yautja's Plasmacasters from the sarcophagus in which they were found, the sacrificial chamber began to seal. Although Rousseau attempted to block one of the descending doors with a crate of supplies, the giant stone slab simply crushed the crate flat and she was trapped inside with the rest of the researchers. The pyramid's mechanisms delivered several Eggs to the room, and despite Rousseau drawing her pistol everyone inside was subdued by Facehuggers almost immediately. Soon afterwards, Rousseau awoke to find the Facehugger that had attacked her dead beside her, only to be killed almost immediately as the Chestburster inside her emerged.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Unlike the majority of Stafford's mercenaries, Rousseau was not openly aggressive towards the civilian advisors on the trip and was particularly amiable with Lex, whom she no doubt respected as a fellow woman working in a field typically dominated by men. One notable exception to her otherwise friendly attitude was Thomas, whose poor attempts at flirting were met by Rousseau with contempt. She was quick-thinking and intelligent, deducing the that heart removal was not the death of the sacrificed, and was the only one who reacted to the sealing of the sacrificial chamber when the pyramid began to shift; although, despite her quick reflexes, she was not fast enough to beat the Facehugger that subdued her.
Rousseau carried a Beretta 84FS Cheetah as her primary weapon, wore thermal clothing with the Weyland insdustries logo and had a radio.
- In the novelization of Alien vs. Predator, Rousseau reacts much faster to the emerging Facehuggers than in the movie, shooting one of the Eggs as the situation begins to deteriorate. However, the creature within was already airborne by the time the bullet hits, demonstrating their supreme agility.
- A continuity error exists during the scene of the attack, as when Rousseau first steps closer she is in front of the grate that lies in the center of the chamber, after being attacked she is knocked backwards but when the camera angle changes to the view from the grate, she lands on it.