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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 9. Ellen Ripley

"Get away from her, you bitch!" Ellen Ripley

Played By: Sigourney Weaver
Film: Alien 1-4

Why She's On The List: The highest-placing female character on our list, Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley is, of course, the heroine of Alien - and though Sigourney Weaver, then an unknown, does a sterling job there, it's still essentially a slasher film stereotype: scream a lot, run about a bit, show us your knickers. It's only in Aliens, under the watchful eye of Jim Cameron, that Ripley comes to layered life. Initially a nervous wreck, her life torn apart by the xenomorph, Ripley is reborn as a warrior when her maternal instinct kicks in and prompts her to go through hell to save surrogate daugher, Newt. It's a dream role for Weaver, who handles both Ripley's softer side and kick-ass demeanour with considerable aplomb.

Finest Hour: The Alien Queen, a stowaway on the Sulaco, is inches away from killing Newt, when a docking door opens, to reveal� Ripley, in a power loader, with a determined expression on her face. Game on.

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 9. Ellen Ripley
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley

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