Facehugger versus Headcrab

The Facehugger (from Alien) and the Headcrab (from Half-Life) are very similar in that they want to couple with your head/face area, but they do so for different reasons:



The Facehugger locks around your mouth for the alien implantation process. The Facehugger inserts a tube-like proboscis into the mouth and down the throat of the host, supplying the host with oxygen while implanting an embryo (which will exit you as a Chestburster).



The Headcrab couples with its hosts head in an attempt to control the host’s nervous system. Upon sighting a humanoid host, a headcrab will leap for the victim’s face and affix itself to the cranium, whereupon they will use their beak to break into the victim’s skull. The Headcrab then proceeds to take over its host’s motor functions through some unknown biological process. The host will then undergo physical changes, presumably induced through chemical means – the host basically becomes a zombie.

Would you rather contend with a Facehugger or a Headcrab? I choose Headcrab since they can be domesticated.

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12 thoughts on “Facehugger versus Headcrab

    • The tail could be used to wrap itself around an appendage if it wasn’t properly restrained. Not to mention the fact that having finger-like legs flailing in the air around your body would be highly awkward and uncomfortable (assuming of course since I’ve never had the opportunity to test this hypothesis LOL thankfully).

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  1. I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say that I wouldn’t particularly like to have to fight either one of these creatures–both are rather unpleasant. If I really need to pick one, though, I think I would go with headcrab.

    With the headcrab, you know you’re screwed but with a Facehugger…well you never really know when that Chestbuster is coming out, now do you?

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  2. Neither because I value my life. Although headcrabs are more predictable, so as you’ve said “the lesser of two evils.” Having the opportunity to domesticate one? Count me in!

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