Alien: Covenant

Do Xenomorphs eat?

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OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 11:56 AMI've realized that I have seen them kill people,snatch people for cocooning and such.But I have not seen anything to indicate that they eat.Seems they exist just to kill and breed.Anbody know?
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OvomorphMember0 XPMay-28-2012 12:43 AM@Wirrn: Probably part of the whole biomechanical make up, the huggers probably have it on reserve. Just as we take pre-natal vitamins to help the baby develop properly and wholly, the xenomorph could use this silicone as in the same way, and manipulate it to help its makeup. Silicone can stand up to temperatures of up to 250 degree and as low as -100, is watertight, and can adhere very well to surfaces. Sound familiar?


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 12:08 PMAccording to the first alien film, the Xeno life cycle is they only live for like three days or something, and at the end of A L I E N when its in the narcissus with ripley, apparently thats it waiting to die peacefully or something (ditched in later films) so they wouldnt really have the need to eat...just a thought. :) sorry if that was like no help, im just trying all i can to answer questions so im prepared for friday aha !
Its a robot...ash is a goddamn robot!


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 12:12 PMThe one in Alien 3 was happily pecking away on a corpse when the others were trying to lure it out of the hallways. Then again, it was birthed from a dog... I don't remember the humanoid ones ever eating in the first two films.


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 12:20 PMIt has never been shown because it has never been a relevant part of the story. Actually in Alien Ash hints at his nutrition requirements, and in the original script they discover that the alien has been plundering the food stored on the Nostromo. Apart from that (and the initial idea of a very short lifespan) we really don't know if they eat or not, we have no other clues. But assuming they don't because we don't see them doing it is like assuming that people in the future don't go to the toilet because we never see them do it (are there toilets on the nostromo, btw?).
Ridley Scott will eventually tell us how the Queen was born. Right now we have the Deacon; coming soon the Mercury, the May and the Taylor.


PraetorianMember2674 XPMay-27-2012 12:23 PMAs Xeno-Jockey says the original Xenomorph had a very short life span, remembering an interview with Ridley in one of my old Starbursts, he says that the Alien has a lifespan akin to some insects, it lives for a short period only in order to procreate, then dies/cocoons itself. So it's actually merging with the pipework /machinery in the N arcissus, you can see it's secreting lots of 'slime' all over it's body, perhaps to turn into a cocoon/egg?


"Let The Cosmic Incubation Begin" ~ H.R. Giger


PraetorianMember2674 XPMay-27-2012 12:32 PMPlus that's why it reacts so slowly when Ripley is at the console, not realising it's hidden in there. Then of course Ripley disturbs it & blows it the f**k out in to space! LOL


"Let The Cosmic Incubation Begin" ~ H.R. Giger


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 12:36 PMyou can see them eating HUMANS in all their Glory in Alien3's restored extended tribute cut to Fincher's original vision {which he had No Part in}, no doubt about it In Alien3 they eat Human Flesh !!!


PraetorianMember2674 XPMay-27-2012 12:43 PMAlien 3's Xenomorph is a real mess! In some scenes it's an agile small 'dog alien', then it appears to be a large adult type 'warrior'. WTF? Poor Fincher, no wonder he distanced himself from the so called Director's cut! I think Ridley feels some affinity for him as Fox execs gave him a hard time re budget & time during the A L I E N shoot.


"Let The Cosmic Incubation Begin" ~ H.R. Giger


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 12:48 PMIf the answer is,"yes", will the next question be, "what do they like"?


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 12:48 PMThat whole true background story for me is the coolest true story in the entire Alien Saga and The Ext Cut Of Alien3 is In my humble opinion the BEST of any of the 6-8 films next to the original !!! In fact I still maintain that cut of that film is a Freaking Masterpiece! And that [b]Morse[/b] is the best character ever created in the entire franchise!!! [img][/img]


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 2:35 PMI would say that when they kill its for food!!Why else would they kill for thrills?Then for the host they put them up in the nest!


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 5:31 PMThanx for all the answers.Guess I'll have to get ALIEN 3 and watch it again. Haven't seen it in years.Freely admit I didn't care for it last time,though.But I'll get it and see it now.

the walls are alive

OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 6:17 PMIn alien 3 it more appears to be a concooning process. My thoughts on the alien eating are it gets nutrition from the hive when its at rest. But it only lives for a week if it fails to find a hive or get one going. The hive is like a plant the aliens live in symbiosis with. It digests their food, provides brooding spaces, and lays eggs for it if the aliens secrete the correct pheremone. In the deleted scene of alien it appears to me that the hive material is digesting that other guy and perhaps dallas too. In aliens when they are at rest they are hard to tell apart from the hive except when they move. To me that suggests they are "plugging into" the hive so to speak.


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 6:39 PMThat Alien in Alien 3 was have a good chew on prisoner. [i]Come on you ****er! Come and get me![/i]


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-27-2012 6:44 PM[quote][i]Gehirn The one in Alien 3 was happily pecking away on a corpse when the others were trying to lure it out of the hallways. Then again, it was birthed from a dog... I don't remember the humanoid ones ever eating in the first two films[/i][/quote]. Not to mention the Ox lol the scene the dialouge is funny. [img][/img]


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-29-2012 9:49 PMI have a decent idea of what they eat. Since silicon is an element therefore it can't be synthesized organically. Therefore Pam Anderson and the rest of the Baywatch cast are probably on the menu. At least the famous parts of their bodies anyway.


OvomorphMember0 XPMay-29-2012 3:43 PMIn O'Bannon's original script, which was much more violent and pulpy, there are scenes where the creature devours a corpse, and later on, takes a bite out of somebody . . . [quote] [i] INTERIOR - CORRIDOR OUTSIDE AIR LOCK Faust quickly turns a couple of corners and then comes to an abrupt halt when he notices that a DOOR LEADING TO THE LOWER DECKS HAS BEEN WRENCHED OFF ITS HINGES. He hesitates, uncertain what to do, then there is A SOUND FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE AIR LOCK... AND THE INNER LOCK DOOR IS OPEN. Faust hesitates and peers into the lock. INTERIOR - AIR LOCK The creature is squatting in the middle of the floor, gnawing on a bloody thigh bone. It does not see Faust.[/i][/quote] I liked that those gorier scenes were scrapped. The creature killing people to eat them makes it less mysterious.

Legendary Xenomorph

OvomorphMember0 XPJun-03-2012 3:55 PMThere are theories about the eating behaviour of xenomorphs but I believe they do eat by either... eating corpses (alien 3) cannibalism or eating the jelly or hive for a new one (spiders eating their own webs for new ones)

Legendary Xenomorph

OvomorphMember0 XPJun-03-2012 3:55 PMThere are theories about the eating behaviour of xenomorphs but I believe they do eat by either... eating corpses (alien 3) cannibalism or eating the jelly or hive for a new one (spiders eating their own webs for new ones)


OvomorphMember0 XPJun-07-2012 8:32 AMYes the Aliens do eat. Regardless of the fact that they are non human every organic life system has to absorb nutrients, whether by digestion, osmosis or photosynthesis. As for cannibalism, if you're referring to Alien Resurrection, the aliens turned on one of their own to spill enough acid to effect an escape. They weren't exactly eating it.

Sgt. Apone.

OvomorphMember0 XPJun-08-2012 2:20 PMWatching directors comentary and stuff on the films. There were several parts where the alien just kills its prey presumed to eat.(Host must be Alive, Or why else whould the face huggers keep the host alive) One scene that was cut from aliens was ripley handing a caccooned birk a gernande on her search for newt. This was cut to prevent the thinking that aliens only caccoon their prey. Not much is know about the actual alien and thats why the company wants it so bad lol. It seems the Queen controlls the hive telepathically. And the hive idea is pretty sound And i think in the Game Extinction it helped to heal your units.

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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-04-2012 10:20 AMif they do eat, it cant be much, i mean look at them!!!! there anorexic!!!


OvomorphMember0 XPJul-06-2012 4:57 PMI always assumed they did eat. what we see in 'alien' is a predator stalking and capturing its prey, dragging it away to consume it. in the cocooning lifecycle, its possible the 'consumption' is energy stored in the eggs , which is like feeding the young


OvomorphMember81 XPJul-09-2012 5:04 PMDont like the idea of them eating. Makes them more animal and less Alien. Ash states that they are able to absorb something.... Cant think of the line at the mo. If they needed to eat, I imagine most of their nutients would be needed in the massive growth phase between burster and drone (something we still havnt seen in any film). What would the busters have eaten out in space on hiostile ships? Rats? Doesnt make sense...


OvomorphMember11 XPOct-31-2021 5:15 PM

Xenomorph eat humans, because in avpr a xenomorph was eating a teenager


PraetorianMember4251 XPNov-01-2021 3:52 AM

I think xenomorphs require substances because all life requires some form of resource to burn. Weather that is food or fuel or transmission fluid 



DeaconMember10416 XPNov-03-2021 6:40 AM

This is Interesting a LOT depends on HOW we see the Xenomorph, in ALIEN it was more Bio-Mechanical, then we saw in the other Movies... the QUEEN looks a LOT LOT LESS say Mechanical than the ORIGINAL XENOMORPH... but then in ALIEN 3 and ALIEN R our Xenomorphs appear to be LESS MECHANICAL than the ORIGINAL TOO.

So we have to look at them as a ORGANISM.....

In the Drafts it was indicated the Xenomorph would EAT as it Grows..... the Neomorph in Alien Covenant was getting STUCK into Rosenthal.....

With ACID BLOOD i think we have to look at them Consuming Nutrients like a Spider or Fly would.....  They may ONLY NEED a LITTLE to Survive and so we wont see Xenomorphs like Shredding a Human to the Bones...

The way i would Explore it would be that they Collect Dead Organisms that they have KILLED or also USE a Dead Host after the Birth of a Chest Buster.  These Corpses are PLACED in the HIVE where the Hive Walls would SLOWLY Remove Matter/Dissolve the Corpses to Produce Nutrients that it STORES and the Xenomorphs can then OBTAIN these from the HIVE WALLS...

But they can also IF NEEDED be able to Obtain Nutrients from SUCKING on a Hosts if you get what i mean....  so the INNER JAW can Act like a Proboscis of a Fly/Mosquito etc.

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PraetorianMember4251 XPNov-03-2021 10:53 AM


I agree

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