This article covers the various homages within the Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator films, games, novels and comic books that reference other media in the franchises.


Main article: Aliens (film)
  • The long, slow panning shots of the interior of the Sulaco seen in the extended Special Edition are a clear homage to the opening shots of the interior of the Nostromo at the start of Alien.

Predator 2

Main article: Predator 2
  • When Harrigan unmasks the City Hunter, he begins to say, "You're one ugly-" at which point the City Hunter grabs him by the throat and finishes the line, "Motherfucker!" This is an homage to the scene where Dutch first sees the Jungle Hunter's face in Predator and says the line himself.
  • The skull of a Xenomorph Warrior is seen in the trophy cabinet aboard the Predator ship.


Main article: Predators (film)
  • When the group flees the Super Predators after encountering them at the hunting camp, they fall down a down a cliff near a waterfall. This a clear homage to the scene in Predator where Dutch also tumbles down a cliff near a waterfall while trying to evade the Jungle Hunter.
  • When the group first encounter Noland, he taunts the group, whispering, "Over here." When he finally decloaks and reveals himself, he whisper to Royce, "Turn around." These are clear references to the same dialogue in Predator, first used by Mac when he kills the scorpion on Dillon's back, and later by the Jungle Hunter.
  • Just after Noland decloaks, Royce asks him, "What the fuck are you?" Again, this is another homage to Predator, specifically when Dutch asks the Jungle Hunter, "What the hell are you?" after he has mortally wounded it.
  • When Tracker finally grabs Nikolai he utters something to the Predator in Russian before he detonates the Claymore on his chest. While it isn't a direct translation, his dialogue loosely means, "You are one ugly motherfucker." This is a tribute to both Predator and Predator 2, which both feature the phrase. The direct translation means something similar to "you have a really ugly face".
  • The moment where Hanzo decides to stay behind and fight the Predators is very similar to the scene in Predator when Billy makes the decision to confront the Jungle Hunter. The musical score is identical in both scenes, both characters ditch most of their equipment and clothing, and both make their last stand using only a bladed weapon.
  • At the end of the film, Royce confronts Berserker in a very similar manner to Dutch's confrontation with the Jungle Hunter, even yelling the same dialogue.
  • An updated version of "Long Tall Sally", which was used during the ride in the insertion helicopter in Predator, plays over the credits.

Alien vs. Predator

Main article: Alien vs. Predator (film)
  • During the early scene in which the satellite detects a heat signature coming from the Pyramid, you can see a dippy bird in the background during the shots of the monitor. This is a homage to Alien in which you see a dippy bird on the table in the mess hall of the Nostromo.
  • Following the briefing scene, Weyland is in his room looking at images of the Pyramid. He uses his pen to do the knife trick that Bishop (who played by the same actor, Lance Henriksen) did in Aliens.
  • When the Predator ship arrives and the inside is shown, we see reflections of the computer display in the Predator mask. This is a homage to Alien during the opening scenes when the computer display is reflected in the helmets on the bridge.
  • When Miller is exploring the whaling station, we see an interior shot of the light from his flare moving from right to left. This is a homage to Aliens in which the scanning device enters the Narcissus and emits a beam of light that scans the shuttle.
  • In the center of the floor of the sacrificial chamber is a representation of the Queen embryo that was used as a promotional image for Alien3; it is virtually identical in every way, except that the image in the movie is flipped horizontally. This image is also repeated on statues and walls throughout the Pyramid. This homage is pointed out in one of the film's commentaries.
  • When the Eggs first appear in the sacrificial chamber, Thomas shines his flashlight on the eggs, revealing a fluttering Facehugger inside. This is similar to Kane's first encounter with the Eggs in Alien. A translucent Egg was never featured again in any of the other Alien films.
  • When Verheiden encounters Aliens, he shouts at the Aliens "you want a piece of me, you ugly son of a bitch?". While a fairly generic comment, it echoes Dutch when he remarks "You are one ugly son of a bitch" when the Predator first reveals itself in Predator.
  • As Lex pulls herself up from over the edge of the ruined bridge, it mirrors the shot in which Ripley glances over the ladders when she's trying to get to the shuttle in Alien.
  • When Lex kills the Alien with the Spear the Alien's face gets very close to Lex's. This is a homage to Alien3, when the Dragon spares Ripley. This homage is also pointed out in one of the film's commentaries.
  • The eventual team-up between Lex and Scar is a homage to the original Randy Stradley Aliens vs. Predator comic series. Dachande and Machiko Noguchi also teamed up to eventually defeat the Queen in the comic series.
  • As Lex and Scar are escaping, they are attacked by Aliens. Lex uses a piton gun to kill one of the Aliens, remaking, "You are one ugly mother-" (the final syllable cut off by her firing the gun). This is a homage to the line's use in both Predator and Predator 2.
  • The use of Alien blood to mark the Predators was first seen in the original Aliens vs. Predator comic series. The female protagonist from the series, Machiko, was also branded with the mark by the lead Predator after proving her worth.
  • The shot in which the Queen disappears into the depths of the lake is a possible homage to Aliens as the Queen is falling through space having been ejected from the Sulaco.
  • Another homage to the original comic series is after Scar is killed, the Ancient Predator decloaks. He notices the mark Scar left on her cheek and offers her his weapon. While not quite the same as the comic, Dachande's clan returns to find Machiko and notice her scar and allow her to join their clan.

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem

Main article: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
  • During the opening scenes aboard the Predator ship, several Facehuggers are seen inside liquid-filled containment tubes; one of them lunges at the glass much in the same manner as a Facehugger does in Aliens when Burke gets a too close to the container.
  • One of the lead male characters in the film is named Dallas, a tribute to Tom Skerritt’s character in Alien, Captain Dallas.
  • The characters of Kelly and Molly are often considered a direct homage to the relationship Ripley and Newt develop in Aliens. Both pairs share a mother-daughter relationship (be it literal or surrogate) and the characters also share many line of dialogue. For example, Kelly assures Molly that, "There are no more monsters," just as Ripley did to Newt.
  • A pyramid similar to the one from Alien vs. Predator can be seen in the background on the Predator homeworld.
  • The chair in which Wolf sits on the Predator homeworld visually recalls the Pilot's chair in Alien.
  • When Wolf arrives on Earth, he is dropped off in a manner very similar to how the Predator arrives on Earth in the opening title sequence of Predator.
  • The sequence where Wolf emerges from the lake with his camouflage malfunctioning is a near shot-for-shot recreation of the similar scene in Predator.
  • When the Predalien appears in the sewers and starts to approach the homeless lady that investigates the Facehugged men, we see a shot of the lady that looks remarkably similar to a shot of Lambert in Alien when the Alien is starting to approach her.
  • The panning shot that reveals the Deputy Ray's skinned body hanging in the tree mirrors similar scenes in both Predator and Predator 2.
  • While not quite a direct homage, the power plant in the film does seem to be a tribute of sorts to the Atmosphere Processing Plant in Aliens.
  • Kelly wears a dressing gown very similar to the one worn by Ripley in Aliens at one point.
  • When Wolf goes to heal himself in the tree, we see a shot of the camera panning up, revealing a stream of Predator's blood running down the branch. The same was also seen at the start of the Jungle Hunter healing himself in Predator.
  • One of the tombstones in the graveyard seen in the extended Unrated Edition is marked, "HAWKINS"; Rick Hawkins is a character in Predator.
  • When the radio to the National Guard goes silent, the whining static sound heard is the same as that heard after Dallas is killed in Alien.
  • In Predator 2, the acronym "OWLF" was displayed on the monitors in Keyes' trailer. The same acronym is seen on the monitor that Colonel Stevens is watching.
  • In the same scene as above, you can hear the noise made by the computer when Dallas uses the interface to speak to Mother in Alien.
  • Again during the above scene, after Stevens tells the survivors where to go, he regards footage of an Alien on his screen and asks, "What the fuck are you?" This is a homage to Predator where Dutch asks the Predator almost the exact same question.
  • During a later scene with Stevens in the military control center, you can also hear the bleeping of the Motion Tracker.
  • Another simple dialog homage in which Dallas shouts at Ricky to "get to the chopper!", an obvious reference to Dutch's famous line in Predator.
  • When Wolf takes off his Bio-Mask and abandons most of his weaponry before facing the Predalien on the hospital roof, his actions and the various camera angles and edits used match the scene where the Jungle Hunter discards its equipment in the original Predator.
  • The helicopter escaping from the nuclear explosion is similar to the dropship fleeing the explosion at the end of Aliens.
  • The Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem soundtrack takes movements, themes and many musical elements from all previous Alien and Predator movies and fuses it with its own style to create what essentially feels like a remix of the preceding soundtracks.
  • Likewise, many of the Xenomorph sound effects, such as their various hisses and screeches, are recycled from earlier movies, particularly Aliens.

Alien: Out of the Shadows

Main article: Alien: Out of the Shadows
  • In the aftermath of the crash between the Marion and the Delilah, Powell exclaims, "That's it. We're screwed. Game over,"[1] an obvious homage to dialogue by Private Hudson following the dropship crash in Aliens.
  • At one point, Ripley says, "Then all we need is a deck of cards,"[2] a reference to dialogue by Corporal Hicks in Aliens.

External links


  1. Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 29 (2014), Titan Books.
  2. Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 79 (2014), Titan Books.