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Jones, nicknamed "Jonesy", was a ginger American Shorthair tomcat kept aboard the USCSS Nostromo as Ellen Ripley's pet. While the cat's official purpose was to control rodents aboard the ship, it also served as a source of relaxation and entertainment for the crew on long space journeys.
Jones and Ripley were the only individuals who survived the Nostromo's encounter with a Xenomorph and the ship's subsequent destruction.
Aboard the Nostromo
Owing to Jones' small size and mass, he comfortably shared a hypersleep capsule with one of the crew members during the Nostromo's long journeys. When the Alien began stalking the ship's occupants, Jones was apparently of little interest to the creature and he survived the incident unscathed. However, he was indirectly responsible for the death of Brett; when the latter pursued Jones through the ship's cargo hold, seeking to catch him so that he would not be accidentally picked up on the motion trackers being used by the crew to hunt the Alien, the cat inadvertently lured him into a room where the Alien was hiding. Jones saw the Alien drag Brett's body into the air shafts.
Ripley later found Jones and put him in a carry case. At one point, Ripley was forced to abandon Jones to the Alien, but, while the Xenomorph was notably distracted by the cat, it did not attack it. Jones was later recovered and put in hypersleep aboard the Narcissus after escaping with Ripley.
Aboard the Marion
When the Narcissus docked with the Marion, Jones and Ripley were roused from hypersleep by Hoop and the rest of the crew and found themselves in the midst of another Xenomorph incident. When the human survivors were forced to descend to LV-178 below in order to recover a replacement fuel cell for the Narcissus, Jones stayed aboard the shuttle, safely locked inside with an adequate supply of food left for him by Ripley. When Ripley returned and was put back into hypersleep by Hoop, Jones once again curled up inside her cryotube to sleep for the rest of their return journey to Earth.
Back on Earth
Ripley and Jones remained in hypersleep for 57 years. They were eventually saved by a deep-space salvage crew and taken to Gateway Station, where they were reunited after Ripley had undergone a thorough medical examination. Despite the fact pets were not allowed aboard the station, an exception was made for Jones, given the extreme nature of Ripley's experiences. When Ripley was stripped of her flight status, she and Jones subsequently moved into an apartment on Earth. When Ripley agreed to return to LV-426 aboard the USS Sulaco, Jones stayed behind on Earth. Prior to her death on Fiorina "Fury" 161, Ripley sadly realized that Jones would most likely have died during the time she had spent traveling to and from LV-426 in hypersleep.
Behind the Scenes
Originally, during the Gateway Station park scene in the Special Edition of Aliens, Jones was to stalk a fake bird hopping among fallen leaves and then jump at it, hitting the wall. Ripley was to then call Jones "Dumbshit" and Jones was to step back from the wall confused. This scene may have been cut due to the crew being unable to make the cat jump at the wall.
- Jones is likely a reference to the old tradition of a "ship's cat", whereby the animals are brought aboard sea-going vessels to hunt rodents and other undesirable vermin aboard the ship.
- In the novelisation of Alien, several short passages are actually written from Jones' perspective.
- Jones reappears in the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, as an Easter Egg in the "Nostromo" multiplayer Survivor map (released as part of the Movie map Pack DLC). When playing on this map, vigilant players may catch a glimpse of the cat darting between the ship's ventilation ducts. Jones can also be tracked on the Motion Tracker (although only when you can see Jones with your eyes running from one duct to another) and will appear as a red dot, which usually indicates an enemy. However Jones' appearance in Aliens: Colonial Marines is non-canon due to it being in a multiplayer map.
- In Alien: Isolation, before encountering Axel in the Sevastopol Sevastopol Spaceflight Terminal, the player can enter a room on the right inside in which the sound of a meowing cat can be heard. This may be a reference to Jones.
- Jones is completely absent from Alien: Isolation bonus levels Crew Expendable and Last Survivor, despite both of them taking place on the Nostromo during the events of Alien. His absence from the latter is especially notable as the level involves Ripley activating the Nostromo's self destruct and fleeing the ship, during which time she would have been carrying Jones in his carry box.
- Jones has been referenced several times in the Halo franchise; Halo developer Bungie has admitted to taking inspiration for their games from the Alien franchise, and Aliens in particular.
- Jones has been referenced in World of Warcraft and can be found in Dalaran in the The Legerdemain Inn resting comfortably on a ledge as you go up the stairs to the second floor. The various Marines from Aliens are also scattered throughout the game.
- A cat similar to Jones appears in Aliens: Infestation, jumping out of a vent aboard the USS Sulaco.
- Film critic Anne Billson published a free eBook titled "My Day by Jones: A Cat's-Eye View of Alien".
- In Aliens, due to a different cat actor being used, Jones is noticeably bigger than in Alien.
- Alien3 (novel) (mentioned only)
- Alien Resurrection (novel) (mentioned only)
- Alien: Out of the Shadows
- Alien: River of Pain
- Aliens: Colonial Marines (multiplayer only)
- ↑ Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett (writers), Ridley Scott (director). Alien (1979), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Alan Dean Foster. Alien3, p. 169 (1992), Warner Books.
- ↑ Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 68 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report: Jones medical insert (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ Alien Movie Photo Cards - 15. Introducing Jones
- ↑ Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual, p. 136 (1995), Boxtree Ltd..
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Alan Dean Foster. Alien, p. 144 (1979), Warner Books.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster. Alien, p. 16 (1979), Warner Books.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster. Aliens, p. 25 (1986), Warner Books.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster. Aliens, p. 57 (1986), Warner Books.
- ↑ Ian Nathan. Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film, p. 170 (2011), Voyageur Press.
- ↑ http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Aliens.html - EXT. PARK 4 Sunlight streams in shafts through a stand of poplars, beyond which a verdant meadow is VISIBLE. EXTREME F.G. Jones stalks toward a bird hopping among fallen leaves. He leaps. And smack into A WALL. RIPLEY: (voice over) Dumbshit. WIDER ANGLE as Jones steps back confused from the HIGH-RESOLUTION ENVIRONMENTAL WALL SCREEN, a sort of cinerama video-loop.