Types of Aliens in Film: The Good Ones
*This script may change depending on sound and editing of clips*
Coming from a time when we know nothing about lifeforms beyond Earth, it can be hard to imagine what it would be like if we were to encounter aliens. What they would look like or how they would act or how they would treat humans. Most of the time in film, extraterrestrials are depicted as evil or anti-human. They want to eat us, become us, or take over our planet. When we think about aliens we usually picture them to look like this (clip from War of the Worlds), this (clip from Mars Attacks) , or this (clip from Alien). I would like to take the time to focus on the good aliens in film and the roles that play.
The Bestie (Title Card)
The Bestie can be considered like a partner in crime. They are the type of alien you, as an audience member, would want as a friend whether it be because they are cute (E.T. and Echo), or cool (Bumblebee and Groot), or someone you could grab a beer with (Paul). They are kind, reliable, caring, and brave. They are endearing and appeal to our softer sides. They make you think “When aliens are this awesome, how can they be awful?”
The Renegade (Title Card) *have to work and find more examples of this*
The Renegade is the type of alien that goes against what they grew up with. They are trained and raised in an environment that they realize isn’t for them and they team up with others. They tend to form an alliance with humans and those they leave behind will most likely not change their opinions (Jamarcus). They give the audience hope that not all aliens are evil or destructive (Wanda). They also realize that humans aren’t as terrible or scary as they thought (Sparks).
The Furry Companion (Title Card)
Similar to the Bestie, The Furry Companion is friend through thick and thin. The main difference between the two types is the amount of body hair on the alien. These aliens are meant to be cute and endearing (Kirby), even if they can speak english (Chewbacca) or are particularly polite to everyone (Rocket). They could be described as someone you want to give a hug to (Stitch). And if they can fight off an entire army of villains too, that sure is a plus (Chewbacca, Rocket, Ewoks).
The Wise Leader (Title Card)
These aliens are on top of the hierarchy. They are smart, strong, brave, and always put their people first (Henri, Eytukan). They will fight for what is right and will lead their armies to battle even if they are protecting humans (Optimus Prime). They provide wisdom and usually will have an inspiring and/or famous quote of sorts (Yoda “Do or do not, there is no try, Optimus Prime at end of Transformers, others).
The One You Fall in Love With (Title Card)
This is the type of alien that you wouldn’t mind dating. They are not only attractive their human or humanoid counterparts but they are also appealing to the film’s audience. They are sexual yet also innocent (Leeloo). They are strong but also vulnerable (John). They are the types that you fight along with but would also risk your life to save (Leia). They also usually attract a cocky, attractive jerk-like character (Han Solo “I know”). And they are always an impressive fighter as well (compilation of fight scenes including characters).
The Superhero (Title Card)
This alien is usually equipped with normal-earthing-superhero skills and features like capes (Superman), masks (Green Lantern), gadgets (Megamind, Buzz Lightyear). They tend to do things that are so important that they “Save the planet” or “The Galaxy”. They will also save whoever is pure of heart. They will save humans (Superman), aliens (Guardians of the Galaxy), toys (Buzz), whoever is truly good regardless of what planet they come from. They care about the wellbeing of others and are willing to risk their lives to help those in need.