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Alien is a science fiction horror franchise which has spawned several movies (including crossovers with Predator) and numerous other media such as comic books, graphic novels, books and video games. The franchise tells the stories of humanity's encounters with an insectoid extraterrestrial species generally referred to as "Aliens", or sometimes as "Xenomorphs".

The Aliens' characteristics include having acid for blood, being generally hostile, having a social order which resembles that of ants or termites, and reproducing by implanting their embryos into unwilling hosts (often hapless humans). When the embryos mature into larvae, they violently burst out of the host's body, killing the host.

The first film of the franchise was promoted under the tagline "In space no one can hear you scream", which quickly became a pop-culture catchphrase and one of the most recognizable movie slogans of all time.

The Alien franchise and creatures have been referred to several times in the Simpsons universe, both in television episodes and comic stories.

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Episodes[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Alien reference (Deep Space Homer).png 5 96 "Deep Space Homer" During the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, Itchy bursts out of Scratchy's stomach, similar to Kane's death scene in Alien.
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100 "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" The sequence where Groundskeeper Willie chases Santa's Little Helper through the air ducts parodies scenes from the first three movies:



Principal Skinner opens a grate and peers into the duct, similar to Corporal Hicks lifting a suspended ceiling panel in Aliens.



Willie catches vague glimpses of SLH running past the junctions in the ductwork, similar to the Alien in Alien 3.



Skinner watches via a scanner as SLH catches Willie, similar to the scene in Alien where the Alien catches Dallas while Parker and Lambert watch the scene unfold on a tracking device.
Helter Shelter PE Ship.png 14 296 "Helter Shelter" When Homer and Marge visit Comic Book Guy an Alien figurine can be seen behind him on top of his shelf.
Alien reference (Stealing First Base).png 21 456 "Stealing First Base" In Alien 3, there was a scene from the film where the alien was about to kill Ellen Ripley. The alien didn't, because the alien queen was inside her. (The image was shown near the end of the episode, during the montage of famous kissing scenes.)
Alien reference (Treehouse of Horror XXI).png 22 468 "Treehouse of Horror XXI" When Professor Frink walks in front of his X-ray machine, an Alien embryo is seen inside him.
Alien reference (Treehouse of Horror XXII).png 23 489 "Treehouse of Horror XXII" Alien (Maggie Simpson) bursts out of her brother's chest.
Blinky-Alien.png 24 516 "To Cur, with Love" While Mr. Burns is giving awards, a flying mutated Blinky fish appears. In addition to wings, it has a rigid tongue with its own set of jaws, like an Alien's.
Alien-THOH XXIV.jpg 25 532 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" During the opening sequence, an Alien is among the movie creatures and characters seen in the field next to the Simpsons' house.
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548 "Days of Future Future" Jerry is a parody of the aliens from Alien. He also kisses Jenda in an "Alien" way.
Alien Married... with Children.png 26 556 "Treehouse of Horror XXV" An alien version of Married... with Children appears on Syfy, with Peggy Bundy being an alien from Alien and Al Bundy being a black hole alien.
TMWCTBD Alien.png 562 "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" An Alien is among the creatures on display in the zoo on Rigel 7.
No image.png 27 578 "Halloween of Horror" When Lisa is scared by the Halloween-themed exhibits at Krustyland, she goes to a security office for help. The office, however, proves to be a ruse and yet another scary exhibit, as a set of Alien jaws burst out of the guard's chest and lunge at Lisa, frightening her even more.

Comics[edit]

Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
For a Limited Time Only.png Bart Simpson 77 For a Limited Time Only The license plate on Larry H. Lawyer's car reads "LV-426", the same as the numerical designation for the planet where the aliens are encountered in the first two movies.
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Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror 7 In Springfield No One Can Hear You Scream The story title is a pun on the first film's tagline, "In space no one can hear you scream".

The story's plot is a parody of the creatures and storylines of the Alien film series.

Bart and Maggie watch an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon titled "Facehuggin' Frolics" which is also an Alien parody.
Spend Your Next Vacation on Rigel VII.jpg Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2016 Spend Your Next Vacation on Rigel VII The tagline at the bottom of the travel ad reads, "In space, nobody can hear you dream!", referencing the Alien tagline.
Simpsons Comics 41 Bart Simpson and the Krusty Brand Fun Factory During an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, Scratchy is shot into the sun. As he flies through space he tries to scream, but all that appears in his speech bubble is an asterisk. A little note at the bottom of the comic panel states that "In space, no one can hear you scream."
Big Kang Theory Alien Reference.png Kang & Kodos #1 The Big Kang Theory! When Bart puts Kang on an exercise program, he says, "In space, no one can hear you sweat", referencing the Alien tagline.

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Image Reference
The Simpsons Ride - Alien reference.png On a wall near the entrance to The Simpsons Ride in Universal Studios Hollywood, Comic Book Guy can be seen wearing a shirt that reads "in cyberspace no one can see your man-breasts", referencing the first film's tagline.

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