Jones (nicknamed Jonesy by the crew of the Nostromo) was a cat, more specifically a Ginger Tom, kept aboard the USCSS Nostromo. Jones and Ellen Ripley were the only ones who survived the Nostromo's encounter with a Xenomorph and the ship's subsequent destruction.
Aboard the NostromoEdit
Jones was apparently of little interest to the Alien born aboard the Nostromo and 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.
57 years laterEdit
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. Jones subsequently moved in with Ripley at her new apartment. When Ripley returned to LV-426 aboard the USS Sulaco, Jones stayed behind on Gateway. With Ripely's death on Fiorina 161, it is not known what became of Jones.
- 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, a short passage is written from Jones' perspective, wherein he sees his role on the Nostromo as that of mouser and a source of distraction and relaxation for the crew.
- 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 e-book titled "My Day by Jones: A Cat's-Eye View of Alien".
- Jones is the only cat to appear on screen in the Alien universe.