The Queen of Science Fiction

Aliens, demigods, Carpathians, and reptilian humanoid warlords all cower in her presence. She’s been possessed, impregnated, beamed up, and imprisoned, but has never given up. She’s the undisputed toughest, most badass actor in all of science fiction history. She’s Sigourney f#@king Weaver.

  • Ellen Ripley

    The sole survivor of the Alien attack on the USCSS Nostromo, and an expert on endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species.

  • Dana Barrett

    Ghostbusters accomplice possessed by Zuul. Years later her son, Oscar, is kidnapped by Janosz Poha for Vigo the Carpathian.

  • Gwen DiMarco

    Actress on the popular series, Galaxy Quest who helps defend the Thermians against the reptillian humanoid warlord, Sarris.

  • Dr. Augustine

    A xenobotanist in charge of the Avatar program on Pandora. She helps the Na'vi battle RDA in defense of the Hometree.

Fictitious Foes

“I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft!”

—Dr Ray Stantz

Slime Index

While all slime is regarded as repulsive, some slippery substances are more hazardous than others. Alien (Xenomorph) saliva or blood can be highly corrosive, while paranormal ectoplasm is typically harmless. And of course, the dangers of psychomagnotheric (mood) slime all depends on the individual and context of the situation.

  • Xenomorph

    • Viscosity
    • Toxicity
  • Ectoplasm

    • Viscosity
    • Toxicity
  • Psycho​magnotheric

    • Viscosity
    • Toxicity

The Gauntlet

You don’t become the Queen of Science Fiction without a few bumps and bruises along the way. Let’s take a look at a non-comprehensive list of ailments, injuries, and predicaments Sigourney has overcome (or not) on film.

Impaled by Axe
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Possessed by Demigod
Ghostbusters (1984)

Crushed by Alien Ship
Paul (2011)

Assaulted by Android (Ash)
Alien (1979)

Shot in Abdomen
Avatar (2009)

Impregnated by Facehugger Alien
Alien 3 (1992)

Assaulted by Prison Inmates
Alien 3 (1992)

Held Hostage by Vigo the Carpathian
Ghostbusters II (1989)

Cloned 8 Times
Alien Resurrection (1997)

Did you know: An early draft of the Alien script had a male Ripley, making this one of at least three films where Sigourney Weaver played a character originally written for a man.

Damn The Man

Heroes are often foiled by the deceitful, corporate-minded asshole, who are blinded by bureaucracy and place rule-following over relationships. Some have grown bitter while others, completely ignorant of others’ disdain, carry on with gusto. These people are also known as douche bags.

  • Walter Peck

    “Yes. Yes it’s true. This man has no dick.”

    Walter Peck is an EPA inspector for the third district in the greater New York area who develops a vendetta against the Ghostbusters after Peter Venkman insults him.

  • Jack Hardemeyer

    “Can’t you stop your lips from flapping for 2 little minutes?”

    With a name too good to be true, Jack Hardemeyer serves as assistant to Mayor Lenny Clotch, and has the Ghostbusters thrown into a psych ward.

  • Ash

    “The damn company. What about our lives, you son of a bitch?”

    The worst kind of sleeper agent is a synthetic one. This android was under orders to return the Xenomorph Alien to Weyland Industries with no regard for human casualities.

  • Miles Quaritch

    “Or what, Ranger Rick? You gonna shoot me?”

    Colonel Miles Quaritch (and his ridiculous hair scar) lead RDA’s SecOps in assault on the Na'vi and the Avatar program, considering all who get in his way expendable.

Power Loader VS AMP Suit

In Avatar, Colonel Miles Quaritch got lucky and dispatched Dr. Grace Augustine with a gunshot to the abdomen. It was a cheap shot, and one can’t help but wonder who would win in a fair fight. Imagine if Quaritch was pitted against Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in her Power Loader.

  • Manufacturer
    Weiland Corp.
  • Model
    P-5000 Work Loader
  • Features
    65 kW of Loader Power
    Reinforced Steel Framework
    Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  • Manufacturer
  • Model
    Amplified Mobility Platform
  • Features
    Servo-Actuated Limbs
    Impact-Resistant Glass
    6849-RLF Gas Turbine Engine
Metroid for the NES

Did you know: Sigourney Weaver’s role as Ellen Ripley in Alien inspired the Metroid video game heroine, Samus Aran.

Crossing the Streams

Combining comedy with science fiction takes skill. Keeping a straight face opposite demon dogs, slimey thermians, and Peter Venkman isn’t easy. But most importantly—how was Sigourney Weaver not in SpaceBalls?

  • Ghost​busters

    • 70% Comedy
    • 30% Science Fiction
  • Ghost​busters II

    • 80% Comedy
    • 20% Science Fiction
  • Galaxy Quest

    • 60% Comedy
    • 40% Science Fiction
  • Paul

    • 85% Comedy
    • 15% Science Fiction
Dana Barrett sleeping *four feet* abover her covers, Ray

Did you know: The effect in Ghostbusters where Sigourney Weaver floats was achieved live on set thanks to Ivan Reitman’s Broadway experience. No post-production optical effects were required.

Recommended Watching

Here are a few films Sigourney has been in with a science fiction slant. We’ve got everything from starring roles, to cameos, to voiceovers. Enjoy! All hail the Queen of Science Fiction!

  • Alien
  • Ghostbusters
  • Aliens
  • Ghostbusters 2
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Alien 3
  • Wall-E
  • Futurama
  • Paul
  • Avatar
  • Alien Resurrection
Ripley making a half-court behind the back shot

Did you know: Sigourney Weaver made the behind-the-back basketball shot in Alien Resurrection successfully on the first take from 6 feet beyond the 3 point line.

Bonus: Alien or Ghost!?!

Play the audio clips below and see if you can guess whether it’s an alien or a ghost!

“Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew — Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas — are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”

—Ellen Louise Ripley