i wanted a good xenomorph size chart and there was nothing good on the internet. So i doodled one by myself.
I wanted the single alien pictures to be of nearly the same quality, so i used some pictures of the NECA-figures: necaonline.com/ and some cgi-stuff.
Additionally i doodled a "Expanded Universe" chart: risen-from-the-ruins.deviantar…
It was not that easy because Prometheus and Covenant fucked up so much of the original spacemonster.
I decided to use xenomorphs from the films Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection.
Additionally i used some xenomorphs from the expanded universe such as comics and computer games.
Because i hate what Ridley Scott did with the "engineers" and the "black goo" and... you know... this squid-thing, i decided to use only xenomorph-like breeds.
This is the reason for not showing Ridleys "engineers". I used the beloved mysterious "Pilot".
Therefore the "Deacon", the "Ultramorph" and the "Neomorph" are no more shown. Thank you Ananya-Talvi. The "protomorph" from Covenant is even more pointless in my opinion.
In addition i used the xenopedia for the measures. Some of the measures are from-to-heights and as you can see the xenomorphs are sometimes walking bowed.
As you see there is no "100% correct", but you can discuss with me an tell me suggestions.
Red Queen Mother
Queen with ovipositor
Not shown Xenomorph-Variants:
Carrier - i think carry facehuggers around contradicts the principle of the "ovomorph". Carry the "ovomorph" would be more logical
Ravager - pointless
Commander - not logical, because a queen and the castes above are hive-leaders
Acid Alien - pointless because every standart-xenomorph has its acid
Arachnid - not logic due to the xenomorph lifecycle
Arachnoid - pointless
Chrysalis - pointless
Crusher - i dont know, it feels like another "rogue"
Defender - pointless
Giant Facehuggers - pointless, because egg-defenders are "drones"
K-Series - would be just a differntly colored xenomorph
Razor Claw - pointless
Red Xenomorph - would be just a differntly colored xenomorph
Scorpion Alien - to abstract in my oppinion, because we know nothing about the host
Smasher - would be just a differntly colored xenomorph
Stalker - would be just a differntly colored xenomorph and it is not really larger
White Hybrid - same problem like the "predalien". The xenomorphs always possess certain distinctive, trademark characteristics and in this creature it is not.
Xenoborg - pointless
Aqua Alien - to abstract in my oppinion, because we know nothing about the host
Bull Alien - not logical. Should be more like the "runner"
Flying Alien - to abstract in my oppinion, because we know nothing about the host
Flying Queen - to abstract in my oppinion, because we know nothing about the host
Gorilla Alien - pointless
Killer Crab - funny, but a facehugger that impregnates a giant crab? forget it.
Mantis - to abstract in my oppinion, because we know nothing about the host
Swimmer - not logical due to the xenomorph lifecycle
Therefore i did not use creatures from crossover-comics just like the "DarkAlien" from "The Darkness".
Also i did not use the rest of animal-based xenomorphs like the "Snake Alien". They often lack the certain distinctive, trademark characteristics and are invented just for having more toys to sell.
Alike a lot of computer-game-xenomorphs were invented to have more enemies with different strenghts.
With this method, I compensate the unequal posture, because as soon as a Xenomorph presses the chin on the chest, the back of the head is massively in the air
Edit 26: Changed whips on the back and the tail of the "king" to make the shapes more visible.
Edit 25: Changed the name "matriarch" back to "empress", because "matriarch" was the name of an individual grey xenomorph. "Empress" is the name of the caste.
Edit 24: Edited the "matriarch". Raised the hips, made the legs longer, more quality and colour-corrections.
Edit 23: Changed the picture of the "matriarch“.
Edit 22: Added the heights. Changed the scale.
Edit 21: Changed the name of the "rogue (king)" to just "king". Due to a comment the "king" might be a caste not an individual.
The internet in this case is hazy. in the avpwiki there is no real "king". It only exists as a toy and has no references in the comics.
The "rogue" alien made bei Kleist is a queen/human hybrid. This is an individual xenomorph. The sideshow-maquette is named king, so i will adapt that.
Therefore i changed the "king" view to one that makes the shape better visible. Did some little retouchings on the face.
Edit 20: Added a queen with ovipositor (egg sac).
Edit 19: well... i think for the sake of completeness three chestbursters are now shown.
"Standard-", "dog-" and "queen"-chestburster. The sizes are based on movie stills.
Edit 18: Another comment on the "AvP-wiki" made out a good point.
The term "XX121" declares not a single variant of xenomorph. It is the declaration for the whole species.
Therefore the "drone" is the correct term for "Big Chap". The picture i used for the "drone" seems to be the one from the AvP-movie.
Because of that i erased this picture.
Edit 17: Everyday something new. A comment on the "AvP-wiki" made out a good point.
The Queen Mother should be 10-15 m tall. I always uses the lower size and if this Mother would stretch it would reach the 10 m.
But it looks to small because it walks with a stoop. So i rised the xenomorph that it reaches the 10 m mark.
Additionally i put a scale on the left to make the sizes more clear.
Edit 16: Slightly retouched the "destroyer".
I added a "eggmorph" respectively a human half on the way to an "ovomorph".
I always liked the idea and it seems logically to me. With this way the xenomorph species has a loophole so that the species can avoid extinction.
It is more logical than a drone who can lay one egg. I don't think that xenos are hermaphroditic.
Since the first Alien movie the creature was always slightly on the female side as you can relate to terms like "mother", "matriarch", "queen" and so on.
So i think morphing a victim into an "ovomorph" to maybe create a egg with a "royal facehugger" makes sense to me.
Edit 15: Edited the "destroyer" to make it look more like the comic.
I added a big biomechanical tube on the side of the head and added a biomechanical pattern from the "pilots" shoulder on the shoulder of the "destroyer".
Therefore i added some litte biomech-tubes to the legs. On issue i have. The tail of the "comic-destroyer" is smooth with some kind of "sucker cups".
I cannot retouch this, becouse i have no material for this. Maybe i do it later.
Added names for the humans and changed the font size of that.
Edit 14: Changed the file back to the smaller version. It is better for mobile devices.
Changed the look of the "ovomorph". It fits now to the movie design of "Aliens".
Added two more humans, "Jeanette Vasquez" from "Aliens" and a "Weyland-Yutani Commando" from "Alien 3".
I think that makes the xenomorph sizes more clear.
Edit 13: The standard "facehugger" is now a little bit smaller.
Increased the size of the size chart to 200% to increase the edge sharpness.
But some pictures aren't good enough because the ressources are too small.
The file you can download is now 30 mb instead of 10 mb.
Edit 12: Due to the correction by arvalis , the "rogue" is now quite as large as the "queen". It changes position with the "destroyer".
"Ovomorph" and "facehugger" are now seperated.
The "praetorian" is now slightly darker.
"Ellen Ripley" is now spelled correct
Edit 11: Okay... there is always something to do.
Changed the red "royal facehugger" to a normal colored "royal facehugger" like "Alien 3 - DC“.
Edit 10: It's done. I edited the "palatine" and the "praetorian". Both share some bodyparts as the legs and the tail. But heads are now more correct.
I think now they are more close to the references on the internet. If you have an issue with that, please contact me.
Changed the "queen" back to a Neca-version. Fits in better.
Information between the edits:
I am creating a new "palatine". I discovered some inconsistencies with the "palatine" and the "praetorian".
The original "praetorian" form the video game looks like a big "drone" withe a smooth dome that is at the half of the head coming to a "queen"-like crown.
But there is another neca-praetorian-figure that have a more rigged head. I think that rigged head is not "praetorian"-like, so i will use this figure as base to build a "palatine".
The "palatine" in the comics is more like a little "queen-mother" but it seems to have a rigged head. I will retouch some spines and details new to make a "palatine“.
Edit 9: Added the "palatine". This figure is a creation of my own because there is only a comic-image and a giger-painting.
The overall body is based on the "praetorian". I just made it slightly thinner. The head is a construction of parts from the "queen" and the "queen mother".
Finally i added some spines on the chin, the elbows, the head and the back.
Added a list of not shown xenomorphs and why in the text on the top.
Edit 8: Changed the name "warrior drone" in "cloned drone". Due to some resources the "warrior drone" or "smooth warrior" seems to be a young standard "warrior".
The "cloned drone" from Alien: Resurrection is clearly another variant of xenomorph.
Edited the "matriarch". Now it walks not as bend forward and the back is more straight.
Edit 7: Changed the "queen mother" to a more lateral view.
Changed the "queen" to a more lateral view.
Changed the "rogue" to a more lateral view.
Edited the "palatine"-shadow to a more correct shape.
Added the "empress" from the videogame and changed the name to "matriarch“.
Edit 6: Erased the new Ridley-mess. "Deacon", "neomorph" and "ultramorph" are no more.
Changed the "drone" to a more lateral view.
Edit 5: Added pictures for the "hive-warrior" and the "destroyer“.
Edit 4: Added some more variants of the xenomoprh-family. But i have to say that Ridley messed up so much i can not bring everything to a logical level.
I will explain. Every xenomorph i have no good picture for is grey, so there is only the height correct.
Viewing from right to left the first new xeno is the "hive-warrior" from the comics.
The next is a "palatine-xenomorph" wich is now noncanon because there's no more alien-homeworld in Ridleys new movies.
The following two xenomorph-variants are the best example for the Ridley-mess. The "pilot-xenomorph" would be the xenomorph born from the original Aliens-movie-pilot woh was fertilized by a normal facehugger.
If in Ridleys mess a normal facehugger fertilized the pale white engineer you would get the pale white "ultramorph". No biomaechanical body at all. Despite the similarities this is not a grown up "deacon".
The "deacon" is the result of the most abstract procreation:
Chemical A0-3959X.91–15 + human = mutated human
mutated human + normal human = trilobite
trilobite + engineer = Deacon
funny... but lets forget this ^^
Next up is the big empress-xenomorph from the video game.
Edit 3: Added the "Caterpillar P-5000 Work Loader" from "Aliens“.
Edit 2: Added another xenomorph. It's a "warrior drone" or "warrior dome" or "smooth warrior" from "Alien: Resurrection“
Edit 1: Changed the "xenomorph XX121" to a more lateral view of the creature so you can see the form of the head.
That is quite the chart you've made! It almost made my browser to explode... but it was worthy .
yes that is a mistake. I will change that.
I will put the hips of "rogue" and "queen" at the same level and change the "rogue"-position" with the "destroyer".
The "queen" is still a little bigger because the wiki says that they grow with age and the "rogue" was one of a kind and was killed by a "queen".
Can... can we all just collectively forget all that Ridley-mess? Please....
thank you for the compliment. It's not really easy to fit in all the xenos.
I would love to undo everything what Ridley did the last years. It is sooo sad. 80% of all the fan-theories before Prometheus were better than Ridleys ideas.
An hour ago i was on the edge to delete "ultramorph", "neomorph" and "deacon".
With your comment i am again tottering. Should i delete the new shit? theres enoug games- and comic-stuff to use.
I'm sure it's hard to find them, but you did really well. You seem to have a lot of patience.
I fully agree. Although I enjoyed watching Prometheus and Covenant, I still think they don't work as real Alien movies. They've messed up way too much. It somehow feels as though Ridley Scott wanted to eradicate all those good ideas from the comics and books just to tell everyone 'This is MY franchise, fuck off!'
Well, personally, I could live happily without Deacon and co.
Not many people like this creature. I love it.
I even see a tribute to Giger in the nature, because the original design was always a strange sexualized mixture of monster, biomechanic and human-sexuality.
This mixture makes the being alien and yet intimate and therefore frightening. The newborn looks as similar as I have presented to the pilots with skin. I like the fact that the creature has small dog eyes. And it worked.
I enjoyed Prometheus quite a bit, even i hated what Ridley did with the engineers and this tentacle-things.
But it was "okay" and ot to abstract. I was keen about what comes next. Covenant ruined it.
A human builds a robot that builds the xenomorph? In a fucking cave... ah... okay i stop it. It makes me angry how terrible Covenant is.
I think i will erase the new Ridley-mess from the size chart.
Yeah, I really dislike the though of the Xenomorph being engineered by David. In my own headcanon the Xenos are a species that evolved naturally on some planet until they were found by the Engineers who saw their potential as a bioweapon. They meddled with their DNA and the result was the Xeno that we know and love. I hate that Covenant reduces this fascinating creature to being the invention of a bored android. I keep pretending this never happened....
After your comment i looked at the size chart and the new morphs did not fit.
It is explained very good in the AVP-wiki:
"regardless of any physical variation resulting from the host, Xenomorphs always possess certain distinctive, trademark characteristics.
Outwardly, they have a skeletal, biomechanical appearance and are usually colored in muted shades of black, blue or bronze.
Whatever the host organism, they invariably possess distinctive, elongated, cylindrical skulls, but possess no visible facial features other than their mouth"
The new ones are bright and not biomechanical. The heads do have a tip.
It makes no sense and therefore i deleted them. And i am happy with it.
And for me the "alien" ever was like an animal. Evolved like any other lifeform in the universe.
There is a good text for this too:
"Some sources in the expanded universe dictate that the Xenomorph is as natural as any other creature, fitting into an ecosystem where it has creatures that prey on it, thus keep its population in check.
Its hard carapace is the result of a harsh and unforgiving world as are its violent ways, which are described as "brutally practical". Its world, from the moment it is born to the moment it dies, is violence and death, either giving or getting.
When removed from this system, however, is when they become truly dangerous as nothing keeps their numbers in check. Xenomorph Prime is a possible homeworld of the Xenomorp-species"
Thats logic and works even in a movie-setting.
That David is the creator is not logical. I didnt even get how the new androids can read the engineers-language and easily fly the alien-spaceship.
It's even a mess that an android does what he wants and not what his programming is commanding him.
David obviously had a lot of glitches. That happens when there's no maintanence for more than ten years.
How he was able to learn the Engineers' language and how to fly their ships is beyond me too. I suppose it's just a handy plot device.
Blomkamp has come up with good ideas, so maybe his take on Alien would save the franchise. But to be honest, I don't want Ripley to come back. For me her story was over after Alien 3. The one in Resurrection was just a clone after all.... Now to make a story that starts at the end of Aliens...hm. On one hand I'd like to know what became of Hicks and Newt, but on the other I don't want to meet Ripley again. It's difficult.
Thats great! I will keep this in mind.
"If you went so far away from the alltime canon, even if you are the creator, it can't be considered canon!"
Works great! I just say "Star Wars"
I agree with you that Ridley did not play an important role in the development of the Xenomorph, because he was only a director. Neither the script nor the design are from him.
In addition, the style of the film ten years later would not have been so popular. Cameron's film is very much more distinctive for the franchise.
I do not understand the character of David. Already in Prometheus he has done things that do not correspond to his task. This was not explained.
And I'm a Blomkamp fan. Even something like Elysium, which should not really appeal to me, I liked. The man has a good hand for the right mood. His work feels less commercial.
For example i wanted to show for example the matriarch, the hive-warrior and the jock-xenomorph.
But i have no images wich would fit in. I know one other xenomorph size chart (ixquick-proxy.com/do/spg/show_…) and thats with predators and squiddies and there are only seven xenos on it.
What xenos do you miss? please tell me.
In the xenopedia it is named "The "Newborn", also known as the Newborn Alien or Alien Sapien".
I think that it fits in canonic.
actually i am "working" on a second chart.
But there are some issues. The main problem is that i do not have good pictures all the other xenomorphs.
I dont want to put in comic-pictures or so. I want to keep the quality as it is.
I am searching for good cgis of the missing xenos.