Queen Mothers, also known as Mother Queens,[1] are rulers of the Xenomorph species; even the Queens and Empresses are subordinate to them. Queen Mothers are protected by Palatines.


The Queen Mother is an oddity among the upper echelons of aliens. For all its power, its crest isn't terribly impressive, being smooth like a Drone and only bearing one line of spines on the surface while having large elongated spines on its back. The Queen Mother as seen in Aliens: Female War, unlike others, seems to lack any arms or a tail barb. The Queen Mother also appears to have several tentacle-like appendages flanking its mouth, much like the Rogue.

Biology and Mannerisms

The Mother's nests consist of six orbs arranged around a central orb in which they reside. These orbs contain the prized Royal Jelly which possibly molts a Warrior into a new Queen or Queen Mother when one is absent. Queen Mothers have acute telepathic abilities, able to contact their hive over vast distances. The Queen Mothers are also able to lay Eggs like a normal Queen.


The Queen Mother has outstanding/horrifying capabilities that other Xenomorphs lack, ones that haven't been witnessed so far by humans. She has extraordinarily powerful telepathic capabilities that allow her to command the whole of the Xenomorph species throughout the universe, and at the same time she can telepathically control creatures that are not Xenomorphs. During the infestation of Earth, the Queen Mother took control of a lot of the human population, turning them into something similar to an Infectoid. She was even able to control humans that were in such bad physical state that they would be considered dead.

Queen Mothers have also been shown to be able to communicate through dreams/nightmares with other creatures, and has some form of empathic capability. With this, the Queen Mother has the potential to drive people mad. Before the Xenomorph invasion on Earth, there have been more than a handful of cases where people had nightmares about Xenomorphs before even knowing what they are, or that they even existed.


Alien Queen vs Queen

The "pure" black Queen Mother and the rebel Red Queen Mother declare war against each other.


The Queen Mother emerges, as Ripley blames her for everything that happened to her.

The first Queen Mother was kidnapped by Ellen Ripley in the novel Aliens: The Female War which led to complete and utter chaos on the Hiveworld. While a Warrior was morphing into a new Queen Mother to take the original's place, several deviant Drones designated as "red Drones" by the humans were born and rebelled against the primary Hive.

Soon after countering a Hive consisting of the red Drones led by the Red Queen Mother in the comic Aliens: Genocide, massive warfare begun between the two subspecies over the genetic abnormalities. A fleet of Colonial Marines were sent to the Hiveworld to retrieve the Queen mother's prized Royal Jelly in order to synthesize a highly addictive drug called Xeno-Zip. The crew decided to nuke the Red Queen Mother's Hive to distract the Drones of the original nest while the Royal Jelly was being extracted. The remaining Queen Mother was shot after killing a scientist during the extraction.


  • The Queen Mother's size is incredibly inconsistent, as they constantly change between comics and even in the same issue too.
    • Although presented as gigantic in its revealing panel, the Queen Mother in Aliens: Female War seems to be roughly the same size as the average Queen in later panels.
    • In the first issue of Aliens: Genocide, both Queen Mothers are clearly far larger than Queens and Empresses. However in the fourth issue, the black Queen Mother is no larger than a normal Xenomorph.
    • NECAs Red Queen Mother is also the same size as their Queen figure.



  1. Mark Verheiden (writer), Sam Kieth (illustrator). Aliens: Earth War #2 (1990), Dark Horse Comics.