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Amanda "Amy" Ripley-McClaren was the daughter of Ellen Ripley. Her mother conceived her during a layover between haulage trips, which was counter to Weyland-Yutani policy, although she was not disciplined for her indiscretion and the pregnancy was allowed to come to term.
Becoming a Technician and joining the TorrensEdit
15 years after Ellen Ripley's disappearance, Amanda is working for Weyland-Yutani as a technician and is approached by the W-Y Synthetic executive, Christopher Samuels, who informs her that the flight recorder of the Nostromo has recently been located in the wreckage, and is being held aboard the Sevastopol Station which is orbiting around the gas planet KG348. Amanda joins the Weyland-Yutani team, in hopes she can have some closure regarding the fate of her missing mother. Aboard the Torrens she meets lawyer Nina Taylor, Captain Diane Verlaine, and Navigator William Connor. They are sent to the space station to retrieve the flight recorder.
On her space journey, Ripley awakens from her hyper sleep and changes her clothes. She has a chance to talk to Samuels and Taylor before Verlaine calls for them to come back to the bridge as they arrive near Sevastopol. They discover the entire space station has been mysteriously damaged and the communications are dead. Ripley, Samuels, and Taylor attempt to take a spacewalk over to the station to investigate, but their EVA line is severed by debris from an explosion and Ripley is separated from Samuels and Taylor.
Ripley manages to enter the station via an airlock and soon discovers the complete breakdown of civil society with the station's inhabitants reduced to small groups of frightened, paranoid looters hoarding scavenged resources and shooting non-group members on sight. Ripley is able to bring power back online before she enters the spaceflight terminal where she sees the Torrens fly past the window.
With the window shutters closed automatically, Ripley is able to bring the section's powers back online and enters the immigration terminal where she obtains the Maintenance Jack from the corpse of a worker named Zachary Watson and heads back to the terminal.
When Amanda Is about to remove the door brace with her jack, she is briefly held hostage by a man named Axel who takes the jack away and aims his gun at her, but she convinces him to help her contact the Torrens in exchange for room on the ship for him to escape the station. Together they head to the transit link before they are stopped by two human survivors, including Jana that try to get the elevator working and refuse to offer help. They continue to head for the transit link on their own way as Axel explains to Ripley about the current situation that is due to a "monster" loose aboard the station. They see the group of hostile human survivors and Ripley follows Axel into the vent by entering his pad where she obtains a flashlight before they leave the room.
They follow the survivors into the other room. Ripley is able to sneak into the room and turn off the generator, distracting the survivors and allowing Ripley and Axel to escape from being spotted. They enter the transit link room and hit the two-man switch console at the same time. As the door opens, a looter grabs Axel from behind and Ripley quickly rushes to save Axel by hitting the looter from behind with her jack, allowing Axel to finish him off by shooting him in the head. But the gunfire alerts more looters as they escape. After they escaped, Ripley is horrified that Axel killed the looter and Axel explains to her that he did it to survive. As they are about to move on, they hear something lurking nearby as Axel sees some kind of saliva that got onto his arm before he is killed when an Alien stabs him in his chest with its tail and drags him into the nearby vent, traumatizing Ripley, who leaves the area on Sevastopol's transit system.
Stalked and EscapeEdit
Amanda encountered a lone Xenomorph Drone that slaughtered most of Sevastopol's residents. She escaped the Drone and continued with her life.
Amanda died at the age of sixty-six, two years before her mother's return fifty-seven years after her initial disappearance. Sometime before her death she married, taking the name 'McClaren', but had no children.
After being cremated, Amanda was interred at Westlake Repository, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
- The photograph of Amanda that is seen in the extended Special Edition of Aliens is actually that of Sigourney Weaver's late mother, British actress Elizabeth Inglis. The design of the character in the video game Alien: Isolation is based on Inglis during her youth.
- Weaver was furious when she discovered the subplot involving her daughter had been removed from the theatrical release of the film, as she considered it to be crucial to her character's development in the movie.
- The cause of Amanda's death is never given in the movie. However, the novelization states that she died of cancer. Footage of Burke explaining this was filmed but not included in the film.
- In James Cameron's initial treatment for Aliens, Amanda (who had not yet been named) is still alive and living on Earth. By the time of the story, she is old, frail and crippled, and when Ripley speaks to her via videophone from Gateway Station, she makes it clear that she resents her mother for what happened, and coldly tells Ripley that she hates her.
- Aliens Special Edition/novel (photo, mentioned only) (First Appearance)
- Alien Resurrection (novel, mentioned only)
- Aliens: Earth War (photo only)
- Aliens: The Female War (in dream)
- Alien: Out of the Shadows (mentioned only)
- Alien: Sea of Sorrows (mentioned only)
- Alien: Isolation (playable)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 James Cameron (writer and director). Aliens Special Edition [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
- ↑ Crew dossier seen in Aliens, available as bonus feature on Alien Anthology Blu-ray
- ↑ Ann Crispin (1997). Alien Resurrection novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 219.
- ↑ Ridley Scott, James Cameron, H. R. Giger, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett. The Alien Saga [DVD]. Prometheus Entertainment.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster (1979). Aliens novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 24.
- ↑ "Alien II" (original treatment) by James Cameron