Sorry for my liberal use of "X" here, but I couldn't let the entire blogfest pass by without highlighting a few of my favorite alien killers. When the little green men from outer space . . . or in most of these cases, when giant, dangerous extraterrestrials invade earth and try to kill off its inhabitants, the following are the men and women I want protecting us:
X is for eXtraterrestrial eXterminators
Captain Steven Hiller and David Levinson (Independence Day) – Sometimes they feel more like a comedy duo than a pair of highly trained counter-invasion specialists, but when the chips are down and earth is on the line, Steve and David are there to save the day. Their only problem – they're "gonna have to work on their communication."
Ellen Ripley (Aliens franchise) – The progeniture of the sci-fi action heroine, the mother of all extraterrestrial exterminators, Ripley is the badest of the badasses. And my personal hero. With the skills of a warrior and the instincts of a mother protecting her offspring, Ripley is a gun-toting killer who will stop at nothing to survive and take down her alien foe. Her screamed, "Get away from her you B%@#&," goes down as one of the greatest lines of all time.
Sergeant Michael Nantz (Battle Los Angeles) – A United States Marine Sergeant on the cusp of retirement, Michael Nantz gets called out to defend Los Angeles against a deadly alien attack. And defend it he does, risking his very life to take out their ships and winning the loyalty and love of the men who follow him. He's a true American hero and excellent eXtraterrestrial eXterminator.
Lieutenant Alex Hopper (Battleship) – Okay, as a fan of the Battleship game, alien invasion flicks, and Taylor Kitsch (of the Friday Night Lights series), this movie was guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. And it did not disappoint With his cheesy lines and tormented looks, Alex Hopper was an excellent hero in this amazing, and not at all ridiculous film. Let's just hope Hopper makes his way into a seqel! And to you aliens out there thinking about taking on the United States Navy . . . you're sunk.
Agent J and Agent K (Men In Black franchise) – Known for their black suits, dark shades, and "flashy thingies" that erase memories, the MIB protects us from alien invasions on daily basis. Agent K is a MIB veteran, highly knowledgeable in the extraterrestrial field and quick with a smile. Haha, just kidding. And Agent J, well . . . "he makes this look good."
And there you have it, my Top 5 favorite eXtraterrestrial eXterminators. What are some of your favorites?
This post is part of the Blogging A through Z Challenge 2013. My theme (in case you didn't already guess) is character types and tropes. Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet, and if you’d like to check in on the other participants, simply click here.