Villains Wiki
Advertisement
Villains Wiki
           KeyLocker.png

This Villain was proposed and approved by Villains Wiki's Pure Evil Proposals Thread. Any act of removing this villain from the category without a Removal Proposal shall be considered vandalism (or a futile "heroic" attempt of redemption) and the user will have high chances of being terminated blocked. You cannot make said Removal Proposal without permission from an admin first.
Additional Notice: This template is meant for admin maintenance only. Users who misuse the template will be blocked for a week minimum.

Warning.gif
Scarfaceinthefall.jpg
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

Look, those two specimens are worth millions to the bio-weapons division. Now, if you're smart, we can both come out of it as heroes and we'll be set up for life!
~ Burke reveals his motives to weaponize the Xenomorphs

Carter J. Burke is the secondary antagonist of the 1986 film Aliens.

Burke is a junior executive of the Weyland-Yutani corporation, who wishes to strike rich on weaponizing the Xenomorphs, by any means necessary. However, he approaches his plans through very cruel means, as Burke's actions indirectly caused the deaths of several LV-426 colonizers, and would later cause several deaths of the Colonial Marines on the USS Solaco. Burke has also manipulated his way into getting what he wanted, having not a care of empathy for anyone but his superiors.

He was portrayed by Paul Reiser.

Appearance

Carter Burke was a corporate executive who often comforted Ellen Ripley and became her friend while she was at Gateway Station. After revealing that Ripley had been frozen for fifty-seven years, and that her daughter passed away two years earlier. After learning of The Derelict ship from Ripley, he agrees to help regain her license in return for her returning to LV-426 to investigate. Burke later had an opposing voice to the actions of the survivors keeping to The Company's interests as well as his own. Burke paid the ultimate price for his acquisitive greed on the fateful mission to the colony.

Personality

Initially portrayed as a levelheaded and competent executive who is able to handle stressful predicament in which is seemingly plunged into, Carter Burke was revealed to be a selfish, deceitful, and manipulative sociopath, caring only for his own needs on the investigation mission. He manipulated Ripley into giving him the coordinates to the Derelict on LV-426 while playing the empathetic friend for her. Burke also had no issues ordering the colony to investigate the signal leading to their deaths, as well as trying to impregnate Ripley and Newt with Xenomorphs and sabotaging the cryotubes of the other survivors to cover his tracks. Although considered ruthless, even by his colleagues at Weyland-Yutani, they lamented that Burke was "executive material".

Biography

Carter Burke worked for the Weyland-Yutani corporation in 2179. He was the first person to acquaint himself with Warrant Officer Ripley after her 57 years in hypersleep. Burke filled Ripley in on the years she missed out on and the fate of her daughter Amanda Ripley-McClaren. Burke befriended Ripley on her stay at Gateway Station and was a familiar and friendly face to Ripley. After Ripley was demoted to Lieutenant, Burke came to her apartment with an offer to reinstate her Warrant Officer rank on accompanying Burke and a squad of Marines to investigate the loss of contact with Hadley's Hope, which was colonized on the moon Ripley and the crew of the USCSS Nostromo landed on decades before.

Carter Burke on LV-426.

Carter was one of the civilian advisors on the mission along with Ripley, presumably to safeguard the company's investment in the terraforming colony. Carter joins the marines when they go planet side and stays either near Lt. Gorman or in the APC while the marines search the colony and deem specific points safe. Burke sides with Ripley against Gorman when she points out that the marines' weapons could rupture the station's cooling system, explaining that the station is basically a big fusion reactor, and they could trigger a thermonuclear explosion. He witnesses the marines being slaughtered by the Xenomorphs via the APC. Only Corporal Dwayne Hicks, and Privates Hudson and Vasquez survive the assault due to Ripley taking control and rescuing the the survivors.

However, when Ripley suggests they take off and nuke the site from orbit, Burke says he cannot authorize that kind of action (first sign of foreshadowing that he has another agenda), and the site has a substantial dollar value attached to it. He also reasons, against Ripley and Vasquez that the Aliens are an important species and they don't have the right to exterminate them. Ripley then points out the operation is under military jurisdiction and Dwayne Hicks is next in chain of command (Gorman is unconscious at this point). Burke then reasons that Hicks cannot make that kind of decision as the site is a multi-million dollar installation. Hicks then orders immediate evacuation, planning to nuke the planet from orbit.

Burke would betray Ripley and the Marines, as a captured alien would have great potential for research and bioweapons, which would earn him a lucrative promotion - he specifically targets Ripley for this, after she discovers his intention. He planned to smuggle the alien past quarantine through Ripley and Newt.

He attempts to get them impregnated by locking them in a room with a pair of face huggers; he later turns off the room's security camera. He would then sabotage the cryochambers in order to kill the marines, but his plan was foiled after Ripley triggered the smoke detector and the Marines rescued her. She then exposed Burke. The Marines planned to kill Burke after they realized that the aliens were approaching the medlabs.

In the chaos, Burke escapes and seals himself off from the pursuing marines. Although he believed he escaped, Burke was suddenly ambushed by a Xenomorph from behind. The Xenomorph swiftly killed him while Burke watched in terror, avenging the murder of the fallen Marines and the 157 colonists of LV-426.

Alternative Fate

In a deleted scene from Aliens, Burke survives the Xenomorph attack and is instead captured and impregnated by the Xenomorphs in their hive. Although he senses a Chestburster inside his stomach, Ripley encounters him and instead of allowing the Xenomorphs to kill him, she leaves Burke's fate to a grenade blast.

Trivia

  • In Burke's original demise in which he was killed by a Xenomorph, his demise was praised by audiences in theatres, among them the parents of Paul Reiser, who played Burke. Reiser's sister, who also watched Aliens in theatres, was so incensed at Burke's duplicitous character that she was said to have punched her brother, meaning Reiser did "too good" of a job portraying Burke.
  • During the film, there are signs that Carter Burke is a liar, such as the way he moves his eyes whenever he talks.

External Links

Navigation

           Official AVP Logo.png Villains

Xenomorphs
Xenomorph Queen (Empress, First Acheron Queen, Second Acheron Queen, Cloned Queen, Antarctic Queen and The Matriarch) | Drones (Nostromo Drone, Sevastopol Drone, Mendel Drone, Lead Alien and Grid) | Runner (The Dragon) | Warrior | Raven | Newborn | Deacon | Rogue | White Hybrids | Red Xenomorphs | Predaliens (Gunnison Predalien and The Abomination) | Praetorian Xenomorphs | Neomorphs | Prateomorphs

Predators
Jungle Hunter | City Hunter | Berserker Predator | Ultimate Predator | Chopper Predator | Celtic Predator | Scar | Tracker Predator | Falconer Predator | Killers

Weyland-Yutani
Peter Weyland | Carter J. Burke | Ash | David 8 | Karl Bishop Weyland

Other
The Engineers | Edwin | Will Traeger | Stans | King Willie | Borgia Industries | Mason Wren | General Spears | Working Joes | Sean Fifield | Frank Elgyn | Martin Perez | Jonathan Gediman

           20thCenturyFoxLogo.png Villains

Animated Features
Lizard Leader | Blue | Aban-Khan | Blackwolf | King Koo Koo | The Greedy | Gazooks | Lord Nekron | Queen Juliana | Sub-humans | Hexxus | Lou the Goanna | Waggs | Rasputin | Bartok | Boss | Mac | Ludmilla | Postman | Drej Queen Susquehana | Drej | Preed | Joseph Korso | Kokomon | Diaboromon | Mrs. Tweedy | Mr. Tweedy | Soto | Soto's Pack (Zeke, Lenny & Oscar) | Carl & Frank | Dab | Zeebad | Soldier Sam | Skeleton Guards | Madame Gasket | Phineas T. Ratchet | Cretaceous & Maelstrom | Mini-sloths | Fast Tony | Napoleon Cross | Lefty Maginnis | Russ Cargill | EPA | Mr. Burns | Waylon Smithers | Lindsey Naegle | Fat Tony | Agnes Skinner | Nelson Muntz | Dolph Starbeam | Patty & Selma Bouvier | Snake Jailbird | Baby Gerald | Itchy | Sour Kangaroo | Vlad Vladikoff | The Wickersham Brothers | Black Wolf | Black Wolf's Pack (Smiley) | Rudy | Scratte | Lucius | Boggis, Bunce and Bean | Rat | Nigel | Marcel | Armando and Tipa | Marmosets (Mauro) | Captain Gutt | Gutt's Pirate Crew (Squint, Flynn, Gupta, Raz, Dobson & Silas) | Rats | Sirens | White Wolf | Eagles | Chunky | Mandrake | Dagda | Bufo | Guy Gagné | Gorgon | Scowler | Gorgon's Pack | Ms. Grunion | Ay | Big Boss | Gabi | Loggers | Charlie | Drago Bludvist | Northern Alliance (Drago's Bewilderbeast & Eret) | Chakal | Xibalba | Chato | Dave | Octopi | Captain Smek | The Boov (Officer Kyle) | Red Baron | Patty | Kai the Collector | Gavin | Gertie | Roger | Chef | Creek | King Gristle Sr. | Francis E. Francis | Eugene Francis | Professor Poopypants | Benjamin Krupp | Melvin Sneedly | Turbo Toilet 2000 | Tara Ribble | Talking Toilets | Bank Robbers | El Primero | Major-Domo | Mayor Kobayashi | Broly | Paragus | Killian | Katsu Kimura | M9 Assassins

Live-Action Movies
Mr. Smith | Beauty Smith | Hans Zeller | Rolf Gruber | Karl | Franz | Von Schreiber | Dr. Zaius | General Ursus | Albina | Dr. Otto Hasslein | Governor Breck | Governor Kolp | General Aldo | Mendez I | Dr. Frank-N-Furter | Riff Raff | Magenta | Damien Thorn | Nostromo Drone | Ash | Malcolm Bart | Alistair Becket | Farley Flavors | Melvin Moody | Mike | Curly | Moss | First Acheron Queen | Xenomorph Warriors | Carter J. Burke | Brundlefly | Jungle Hunter | Gordon Gekko | Anton Bartok | City Hunter | Predators | King Willie | Jim | Screwface | Lothos | Harry Lime and Marv Merchants | The Dragon | Henry Evans | Howard Payne | Salim Abu Aziz | Juno Skinner | Mr. Hyde | Moby Dick | Captain Ahab | Long John Silver | Pirates | Queen of Hearts | Dragon | Lord Rutledge | Elena Dubrow | Buck LaFarge | Vic Deakins | Harvest Commander | Harvesters | Ted Maltin | Cal Hockley | The Cloned Queen | Lead Alien | Newborn | Mason Wren | Spicer Lovejoy | Ruth DeWitt Bukater | John Geiger | Petr Beaupre | Alice Ribbons | Earl Unger | Burton Jernigan | Pat Healy | Lester Vesco | Monkeybone | General Thade | Attar | Limbo | Sir William Gull | Lamar Burgess | James Moriarty | Dorian Gray | Dante | Edward Hyde | Happy Chapman | Wendell | VIKI | Antarctic Queen Xenomorph | Grid | Chopper Predator | Celtic Predator | Scar | Zerbino | Saladin | Vanessa | Lead Teen | Lead Teen's Crew | Reggie and Arthur | Jimmy Murtaugh | Durza | Galbatorix | Shruikan | Lord Dargis | Rommel | Cecil Fredericks | Gus & Reginald | Ian Hawke | Gunnison Predalien | King Piccolo | Mai | Oozaru | Kahmunrah | Al Capone | Ivan the Terrible | Napoleon Bonaparte | Skip | Razor and Tazer | Zirkonians | Jennifer Check | Nikolai Wolf | Miles Quaritch | RDA (Parker Selfridge) | Luke Castellan | Hades | Medusa | Mrs. Dodds | Gabe Ugliano | Charon | Lotus Eaters | Lotus Land Bellhop | Hydra | Minotaur | Bosco | Agent Lynch | Brock Pike | Russell Morrison | Berserker Predator | Tracker Predator | Falconer Predator | Edwin | Stans | General Edward | Blefuscians | Nat Jones | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Aliens | Andrew Detmer | Richard Detmer | Adam | Zoe | David 8 | Peter Weyland | Engineers | Deacon | The Cook | Kronos | Chris Rodriguez | Polyphemus | Cyclopes | Manticore | Colchis Bull | Charybdis | Sir Lancelot | Xiangliu | Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis | J.G. Jopling | Koba | Dreyfus | Carver | Valentine Corporation (Richmond Valentine, Gazelle, Charlie Hesketh, Chester King & Morten Lindström) | South Glade Mission Church (Church Leader) | Dean Baker | Rottweiler | Poodle | James Suggs | Harvester Queen | Mr. Barron | Alan Rikkin | Neomorphs | Praetomorphs | Colonel McCullough | Alpha-Omega (Red & Preacher) | Winter | Golden Circle (Poppy Adams, Bennie and Jet, Beauty-Bot, Clara Von Gluckfberg, Angel & Charles) | United States President | Agent Whiskey | Ultimate Predator | Will Traeger | Morgana | Vector | Grewishka | Chiren | Nova | Zapan | Hal | Spitz | The Dognapper | The Man in the Red Sweater

Television
Ida Kenzel | Molly Merchants | Marv Merchants | Vera Murchins | Sinclair | Hughes | Jessica

See Also
24 Villains | Alien vs Predator Villains | American Dad! Villains | American Horror Story Villains | Archer Villains | Blue Sky Villains | Buffyverse Vilains | Daredevil Villains | Deadpool Villains | Die Hard Villains | Elektra Villains | Family Guy Villains | Fantastic Four Villains | Futurama Villains | Garfield Villains | Home Alone Villains | Ice Age Villains | Kingsman Villains | Narnia Villains | Planet of the Apes Villains | Rick Riordan Villains | Rio Villains | Silver Surfer Villains | Star Wars Villains | The Cleveland Show Villains | The Simpsons Villains | Wolverine Villains | X-Files Villains | X-Men Movie Villains | X-Men Villains