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Jonesy (Alien)
Name Jones
Aliases Jonesy; Jones the cat
Continuity Aliens
Category Supporting character
Type Pet
Race Feline
Gender Male
Base of Operations USCSS Nostromo; Gateway Station
Known relatives Ellen Ripley (owner)
Status Alive
Born Unknown
Died N/A
First Appearance Alien (1979)
Played by Unknown

Jonesy is a fictional cat featured in the Aliens film series. He appeared in the 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien and made a brief appearance in the 1986 sequel film, Aliens.

Biography Edit

Jones was a pet cat owned by Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley. Ripley brought the cat with her on her ill-fated trek upon the commercial towing vessel Nostromo. In the year 2122, the crew of the Nostromo, as well as Jonesy, came out of hypersleep in the Zeta II Reticuli system. They unwittingly transported an alien Xenomorph onto the ship and it began systematically killing off the crew members. Science officer Ash created a scanner, by which to track the alien, but Jonesy's prowling throughout the ship gave the scanner a false reading. While attempting to ferret out the alien, they actually came across Jones who ran off into the maintenance bay. Engineer S.E. Brett was sent to find the animal, but became a victim of the Xenomorph instead.

In short order, everyone but Ellen Ripley and Jonesy were dead. Ellen set the ship on auto-destruct and put Jonesy into a pet carrier and secured him in the shuttle. She blasted away from the Nostromo shortly before it exploded, but unfortunately, the Xenomorph had found its way on board. It smacked Jones' pet carrier to the floor in an effort to get to Ripley, but Ellen ultimately managed to destroy the creature by propelling it out of the shuttle's air lock. Afterward, Jones was put into hypersleep along with Ripley for the long voyage home.

The shuttle remained floating in outer space for the next fifty-seven years and was eventually recovered by a deep salvage expedition crew. Ripley and Jones were taken to Gateway Station to recuperate. Soon after, Ripley was asked to be a consultant on a military scouting team to the planetoid known as Acheron (which is where she first encountered the Xenomorph). This time however, Jonesy stayed at home.

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • A cut scene from the original Alien showed the Xenomorph swatting Jonesy's pet carrier with its hand. The scene is restored in the 2003 Alien Special Edition.
  • A German Sheppard was brought on the set to prompt the cat into hissing and backing away during the scene when it senses the presence of the Xenomorph shortly before the death of S.E. Brett. [1]

References Edit

  1. Alien; Special Edition; Director's Commentary; 2003

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