- "You don't wanna know me, lady. I'm a murderer and rapist of women."
- ―Dillon (from Alien3)
Leonard Dillon was an inmate at the Fiorina 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit, one of several who stayed behind after the facility was officially closed down by Weyland-Yutani. He was involved in battling a lone Xenomorph that was born in the prison in 2179.
Dillon acted as something of a religious leader and preacher among the remaining inmates, leading them in prayer and overseeing their social harmony. When the prison's warden Superintendent Andrews was killed, Dillon became a reluctant leader for the survivors, despite initially refusing the role. He ultimately sacrificed himself to help kill the Xenomorph on Fiorina 161.
Dealing with RipleyEdit
Dillon was one of the few prisoners who spoke to Ripley shortly after her arrival, asking her if she had any faith and reassuring her that the prisoners had faith enough to accept and tolerate anyone. He wrote an eloquent prayer which he used for the eulogy of the funeral for Newt and Hicks, which briefly caused Ripley to weep. He later reprimands Boggs and Rains for their highly negative opinion of Golic, which they display openly. When prisoners try to rape Ripley, Dillon intervenes and beats them severely with a crowbar. After the Alien kills Harold Andrews, Dillon leads a prayer stating that "the apocalypse" is upon the prisoners. During the attempt to trap the Alien in the toxic waste dump he looks most towards the safety of the prisoners and afterward leads a sermon that acts as an ode to the prisoners who died to ensure their victory.
After Golic kills Arthur and lets the Alien out, Dillon displays passionate anger towards Francis Aaron and Robert Morse, who are violently bickering. He orders Morse to get all the remaining prisoners together so they can formulate a new plan. Dillon was one of the few people that Ripley informed about the Alien embryo within her. He was disgusted with Ripley after she asked him to kill her and the alien that was inside of her. He does not comply, promising that he will sort her out in a "quick, easy, and painless" fashion once the Alien that is slaughtering the inmates is destroyed. Ripley explains to him that the Alien, if it escapes, will destroy all life in the universe. Dillon responds apathetically, stating that the prisoners have (or had) their own separate world on Fury 161.
Trapping the Beast & DeathEdit
Shortly afterward, he rallies the prisoners together to trap the Alien in the foundry and kill it by pouring hot lead on it. The strategy to draw the Alien into the mould quickly falls apart though, and he is forced to improvise a new while as the Alien attacks. After the piston is activated, he nobly faces the Alien, enticing it to attack him to keep it in the lead mould. When Ripley reminds him of their pact and begs her to kill him, he only replies "God will take care of you now". He was eventually killed by the Alien while fighting it in the lead mold, hoping to stall it long enough for Ripley to pour the lead. He was killed by the beast moments before the area was filled with molten lead.
Personality & TraitsEdit
He had a history as a murderer and rapist of women, but like the remaining prisoners, he somehow managed to find God while incarcerated. He acts as an unofficial religious consultant for the other inmates and tries to keep the peace between them, attempting to appease Rains and Boggs's misgivings over Golic, and violently beating the men who attempt to rape Ripley.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The way in which Dillon's character died changed several times throughout the production. In an early draft, Dillon (named Malcolm at this point) gave his life to distract the Alien and prevent it from killing Morse in the assembly hall. This was later modified as part of a deleted sequence where Dillon and Morse discover the Runner has built a Hive in the assembly hall where many of its previous victims, including Andrews, are cocooned. Again Dillon sacrifices himself to save Morse, this time pushing him out of a door and locking it behind him before facing the Xenomorph alone.
A later revision of the script had Dillon survive and escape the lead mold before Morse buries the creature in molten lead. As the Weyland-Yutani team arrives, Ripley asks Dillon to kill her, as he had promised, to spare her the birth of the embryo inside her. He prepares to strangle her, but finds he cannot bring himself to do it. At that moment the Alien emerges from the lead and drags Dillon back into the boiling metal, killing him. This version of the scene appears in the comic adaptation of the film.