History Franchise / Metroid

25th Mar '17 12:15:32 PM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimePinball'' (2005, [[NintendoDS DS]])

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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimePinball'' (2005, [[NintendoDS DS]])UsefulNotes/NintendoDS)
11th Mar '17 12:19:25 PM nombretomado
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** From ''Super'' and ''Prime'', Space Army in ''[[MetroidOtherM Other M]]''. Both are [[BadassArmy okay]], just not as good as Samus.

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** From ''Super'' and ''Prime'', Space Army in ''[[MetroidOtherM ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]''. Both are [[BadassArmy okay]], just not as good as Samus.
22nd Feb '17 6:42:19 AM morenohijazo
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* GravityIsPurple: The Gravity Suit, which is often purple. ''Other M'' is more literal with this, having the Gravity Suit be just a mode of the Varia Suit, allowing it to display a purple glow which makes Samus ignore gravity as well as anti-gravity.

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* GravityIsPurple: The Gravity Suit, which a recurring upgrade for Samus, is often purple. purple-colored in most games (The ''Prime'' games make it more bluish gray). However, a more literal example of this trope is in ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'', where the Gravity Suit is just a feature of the Varia Suit instead of its own thing. Activating it causes Samus to be surrounded by a purple aura, turning her immune to all gravitational effects. In addition, in ''Other M'' is more literal M'', passages with this, having the Gravity Suit be just a mode of the Varia Suit, allowing it to display a purple glow which makes Samus ignore strong gravity as well as anti-gravity.have dark purple walls.
21st Feb '17 1:43:47 PM dreamsepilogue
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* ForMassiveDamage: The traditional way to kill Metroids has been to [[LiterallyShatteredLives freeze them with the Ice Beam and then shatter them with a rocket]].

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* ForMassiveDamage: The traditional way to kill Metroids has been to [[LiterallyShatteredLives freeze them with the Ice Beam and then shatter them with a rocket]]. [[spoiler: In ''Fusion'', since Samus is part-Metroid now and the SA-X has all of your old gear, it does the same thing to ''you'' if it catches you.]]
15th Feb '17 7:49:48 AM MyFinalEdits
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** Similar to the above example, Samus' morph ball form also came about because of the hardware limitations making the developers unable to get Samus to crouch or crawl. Needless to say that these days, we have the technology, and yet the morph ball remains regardless. Its upgrades and speed are likely reasons.

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** Similar to the above example, Samus' morph Morph ball form also came about because of the hardware limitations making the developers unable to get Samus to crouch or crawl. Needless to say that these days, we have the technology, and yet the morph ball remains regardless. Its upgrades and speed are likely reasons.



* HailfirePeaks: Practically every zone in ''Fusion'' is "X meets EternalEngine". The original and ''Super'' had a lot of "UndergroundLevel meets X".

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* HailfirePeaks: Practically every Every zone in ''Fusion'' is "X meets EternalEngine". The original and ''Super'' had have a lot of "UndergroundLevel meets X".X". ''Corruption'' has Bryyo, which has areas themed around DeathMountain, TheHedgeofThorns, LethalLavaLand and SlippySlideyIceWorld respectively.
15th Feb '17 6:39:22 AM DracoKanji
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* GrandfatherClause: Even in the most modern Metroid games, Samus' missiles always cap out at 255, despite that number only arising due to hardware limitations in the original game. (Later Zelda games quickly did away with the 255 money Cap, for example) It's just always been a part of the series, and let's face it, any more would make 100% Completion even more insane than it already is...
** Similar to the above example, Samus' morph ball form also came about because of the hardware limitations making the developers unable to get Samus to crouch or crawl. Needless to say that these days, we have the technology, and yet the morph ball remains regardless.

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* GrandfatherClause: GrandfatherClause:
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Even in the most modern Metroid games, Samus' missiles always cap out at 255, despite that number only arising due to hardware limitations in the original game. game[[note]]The maximum number of missile expansions actually ended at 230, but the password system could be tweaked to push it to 255[[/note]]. (Later Zelda games quickly did away with the 255 money Cap, for example) It's just always been a part of the series, and let's face it, any more would make 100% Completion even more insane than it already is...
is, never mind how unbalanced it could make the game.
** Similar to the above example, Samus' morph ball form also came about because of the hardware limitations making the developers unable to get Samus to crouch or crawl. Needless to say that these days, we have the technology, and yet the morph ball remains regardless. Its upgrades and speed are likely reasons.



* GuideDangIt: HundredPercentCompletion is HARD.

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* GuideDangIt: GuideDangIt:
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HundredPercentCompletion is HARD.HARD. Especially in the original and ''II''.



* HappilyAdopted: Samus considers the Chozo her "real" family as much as anything, and they certainly don't skimp on their love for her.

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* HappilyAdopted: HappilyAdopted:
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Samus considers the Chozo her "real" family as much as anything, and they certainly don't skimp on their love for her.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:Samus nearly succumbs to this in the third chapter of the manga. On the planet of Jigrad, she saves a group of slaves from the Space Pirates. When confronted by Samus, the last remaining Space Pirate pleads with her to show mercy. Driven by her memories of her homeworld K-2L being mercilessly razed by the Space Pirates, Samus is about to murder the last Space Pirate in cold blood when the sound of a small girl crying snaps her out of her rage. Shortly thereafter, the small child thanks Samus for saving her, and Samus tells her that she saved her as well from becoming just as much of a merciless killer as the Space Pirates.]] Also, Samus begins to physically, not mentally, resemble Dark Samus as ''Prime 3'' goes on. A non standard Game over has her playing it straght though.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: HeWhoFightsMonsters:
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[[spoiler:Samus nearly succumbs to this in the third chapter of the manga. On the planet of Jigrad, she saves a group of slaves from the Space Pirates. When confronted by Samus, the last remaining Space Pirate pleads with her to show mercy. Driven by her memories of her homeworld K-2L being mercilessly razed by the Space Pirates, Samus is about to murder the last Space Pirate in cold blood when the sound of a small girl crying snaps her out of her rage. Shortly thereafter, the small child thanks Samus for saving her, and Samus tells her that she saved her as well from becoming just as much of a merciless killer as the Space Pirates.]] Also, Samus begins to physically, not mentally, resemble Dark Samus as ''Prime 3'' goes on. A non standard Game over has her playing it straght though.



* HeroicMime: In ''Prime 3,'' the first voice-acted game in the series, she has no voice acting beyond her usual grunts, on the grounds that Samus talking would be "too creepy." In ''Fusion,'' she's a veritable chatterbox, and converses with her computer towords the end. She also does some narration in Zero Mission and ''Super'', but only the very begining of each game.

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* HeroicMime: HeroicMime:
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In ''Prime 3,'' the first voice-acted game in the series, she has no voice acting beyond her usual grunts, on the grounds that Samus talking would be "too creepy." In ''Fusion,'' she's a veritable chatterbox, and converses with her computer towords the end. She also does some narration in Zero Mission and ''Super'', but only the very begining of each game.



* HeroicSacrifice: Samus almost attempts one in ''Fusion'' [[spoiler:by detonating the self-destruct charges on BS-L to destroy the X-Parasites aboard; herself included. The AI Adam, however, informs her that doing that would be stupid, as it would not destroy the X on Planet [=SR388=], and only serve to destroy the X's greatest obstacle: Samus. Adam then promptly makes a heel face turn and decides to help Samus, making a different plan, which destroys all the X in both locations and allows Samus time enough to escape the station.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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Samus almost attempts one in ''Fusion'' [[spoiler:by detonating the self-destruct charges on BS-L to destroy the X-Parasites aboard; herself included. The AI Adam, however, informs her that doing that would be stupid, as it would not destroy the X on Planet [=SR388=], and only serve to destroy the X's greatest obstacle: Samus. Adam then promptly makes a heel face turn and decides to help Samus, making a different plan, which destroys all the X in both locations and allows Samus time enough to escape the station.]]



* HeWasRightThereAllAlong: Acid Worm, Ridley in Zero Mission, Torizo...

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* HeWasRightThereAllAlong: HeWasRightThereAllAlong:
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Acid Worm, Ridley in Zero Mission, Torizo...



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Mother Brain attempts to finish off Samus with the Hyper Beam at the end of ''Super Metroid''. Before dying, the infant Metroid steals it from her and gives it to Samus...
** Also the Space Pirates in the remake portion of ''Zero Mission''. Turns out the reason Tourian is empty is because the Metroids they were producing got loose and killed them all. This happens to people who try to use Metroids A LOT.
* HopelessBossFight: First fight against Ridley in ''Super''; you can sort of win, as he fumbles the hatchling if you hit him enough times, but he still takes off with it after.
** Not to mention the ''Super Metroid'' FinalBoss, which can only be won [[spoiler:AFTER the Baby Metroid's death]] -- and yes, it's possible to fumble it and LOSE during this fight. And SA-X before ''Metroid Fusion'''s finale. And the Giant Metroid in Super Metroid.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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Mother Brain attempts to finish off Samus with the Hyper Beam at the end of ''Super Metroid''. Before dying, the infant Metroid steals it from her and gives it to Samus...
** Also the The Space Pirates in the remake portion of ''Zero Mission''. Turns out the reason Tourian is empty is because the Metroids they were producing got loose and killed them all. This happens to people who try to use Metroids A LOT.
* HopelessBossFight: HopelessBossFight:
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First fight against Ridley in ''Super''; you can sort of win, as he fumbles the hatchling if you hit him enough times, but he still takes off with it after.
** Not to mention the The ''Super Metroid'' FinalBoss, which can only be won [[spoiler:AFTER the Baby Metroid's death]] -- and yes, it's possible to fumble it and LOSE during this fight. And SA-X before ''Metroid Fusion'''s finale. And the Giant Metroid in Super Metroid.



* IAmNotShazam: A somewhat common outsider mistake is to call Samus "Metroid"; the Metroids are a race of aliens that she hunts.

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* IAmNotShazam: IAmNotShazam:
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A somewhat common outsider mistake is to call Samus "Metroid"; the Metroids are a race of aliens that she hunts.



* LegoGenetics: Samus is a human being genetically enhanced by Chozo blood. By ''Fusion'', she's also part-Metroid.
** Although [[DownplayedTrope not as blatant as the trope normally implies.]] She doesn't change too much. Her immune system and body regulation have changed, but both could be justified.

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* LegoGenetics: Samus is a human being genetically enhanced by Chozo blood. By ''Fusion'', she's also part-Metroid.
** Although
part-Metroid - although [[DownplayedTrope not as blatant as the trope normally implies.]] She doesn't change too much. Her immune system and body regulation have changed, but both could be justified.



%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SguK44fzVLI Morph Ball Acquired!]]



* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: The titular creatures are the scourge of the universe in ''Metroid'' and ''Super Metroid'', needing to be frozen and pelted with missiles to kill. Through the ''Prime'' series, they become progressively less of an actual threat. In ''Prime 2'', even their possessed and powered up forms can be beaten with enough firepower from any of your weapons, and in ''Prime 3'', you eventually get the ability to kill Phazon Metroids by shooting through their nuclei. [[ParanoiaFuel Until then, though they can turn into vapor...]]
** Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified;]] the Metroids in the ''Prime'' games are a different strain (Tallon Metroids) that have been horribly mutated by massive, repeated exposure to Phazon. The "Natural" [=SR388=] strains, on the other hand, are only vulnerable to cold until late in their life cycle.
* {{Magitek}}: The franchise various implies either this or SufficientlyAdvancedAliens as the explanation for why Chozo tech is so incredibly powerful and versatile.
** Chozo magitek is canon in the Prime continuity, and Prime 3 even involves travelling to an alien planet devastated by TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar, where magic won a PyrrhicVictory, killing off the last of the Science Lords and devolving into feral barbarism, when those Science Lords gave themselves away by activating the magitek devices that now keep the planet alive.

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* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: The titular creatures are the scourge of the universe in ''Metroid'' and ''Super Metroid'', needing to be frozen and pelted with missiles to kill. Through the ''Prime'' series, they become progressively less of an actual threat. In ''Prime 2'', even their possessed and powered up forms can be beaten with enough firepower from any of your weapons, and in ''Prime 3'', you eventually get the ability to kill Phazon Metroids by shooting through their nuclei. [[ParanoiaFuel Until then, though they can turn into vapor...]]
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]] Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified;]] the Metroids in the ''Prime'' games are a different strain (Tallon Metroids) that have been horribly mutated by massive, repeated exposure to Phazon. The "Natural" [=SR388=] strains, on the other hand, are only vulnerable to cold until late in their life cycle.
* {{Magitek}}: {{Magitek}}:
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The franchise various variously implies either this or SufficientlyAdvancedAliens as the explanation for why Chozo tech is so incredibly powerful and versatile.
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versatile. Chozo magitek is canon in the Prime continuity, and Prime 3 even involves travelling to an alien planet devastated by TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar, where magic won a PyrrhicVictory, killing off the last of the Science Lords and devolving into feral barbarism, when those Science Lords gave themselves away by activating the magitek devices that now keep the planet alive.



** Samus is also a variation of the Greek name Samos, which is also an island in the area of Greece.



* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Ridley started as a dragon space pirate, and adds more to this title in the ''Prime'' games, culminating in him being a [[UpToEleven mutant cyborg dragon space pirate]].

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: NinjaPirateZombieRobot:
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Ridley started as a dragon space pirate, and adds more to this title in the ''Prime'' games, culminating in him being a [[UpToEleven mutant cyborg dragon space pirate]].



* NintendoHard: The original game (given the trope is named after the NES having abusively difficult games, not surprising). Getting 100% without a [[GuideDangIt guide]] is hard, doing that while beating it in under [[SpeedRun 2 hours]] is even harder.

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* NintendoHard: NintendoHard:
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The original game (given the trope is named after the NES having abusively difficult games, not surprising). Getting 100% without a [[GuideDangIt guide]] is hard, doing that while beating it in under [[SpeedRun 2 hours]] is even harder.



* NoTranshumanismAllowed: One of the rare and surprising aversions: not only are cybernetics commonplace and carry no notable social stigma, Samus herself is a [[HalfHumanHybrid transgenic lifeform]], with her adoptive Chozo caretakers having grafted their species' DNA onto her own to increase her adaptability to the harsh environment of [[DeathWorld Planet Zebes]]. Further, by ''Metroid Fusion'', Samus is also [[spoiler:part Metroid]].
** Not to mention, [[spoiler:Adam (and many other political and scientific figures) regularly underwent BrainUploading]].

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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: One of the rare and surprising aversions: not only are cybernetics commonplace and carry no notable social stigma, Samus herself is a [[HalfHumanHybrid transgenic lifeform]], with her adoptive Chozo caretakers having grafted their species' DNA onto her own to increase her adaptability to the harsh environment of [[DeathWorld Planet Zebes]]. Further, by ''Metroid Fusion'', Samus is also [[spoiler:part Metroid]].
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Metroid]]. Not to mention, [[spoiler:Adam (and many other political and scientific figures) regularly underwent BrainUploading]].



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In ''Super Metroid''.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
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In ''Super Metroid''.Metroid'', Samus only hunts down the Space Pirates for stealing the Baby and destroying the space station it was supposed to live in.



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In the 3rd chapter of the manga, Samus - a newly recruited Galactic Federation Police Officer - and two fellow officers Mauk and Kreatz, are sent to planet of Jigrad on a recon mission to monitor the Space Pirates' activities there. Finding the Pirates are using human children as slave labor, Samus jumps in and massacres the Pirates before they can execute a child for being "unfit" for labor instead of reporting the find and waiting for orders. She and her team are later scolded by [[DaChief Chief Hardy]], but Samus is praised by the Jigradian people for her help.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight:
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In the 3rd chapter of the manga, Samus - a newly recruited Galactic Federation Police Officer - and two fellow officers Mauk and Kreatz, are sent to planet of Jigrad on a recon mission to monitor the Space Pirates' activities there. Finding the Pirates are using human children as slave labor, Samus jumps in and massacres the Pirates before they can execute a child for being "unfit" for labor instead of reporting the find and waiting for orders. She and her team are later scolded by [[DaChief Chief Hardy]], but Samus is praised by the Jigradian people for her help.



** This is actually Samus's motivation for staying on the Bottle Ship in ''Other M'' - even though it's been cordoned off by the Federation, she's pretty sure the exploration team is going to die if she isn't there to protect them. Adam knows it too, but is too bitter to go along with it until she agrees to act as his subordinate.



* SequelHook: ''Fusion'' sure seemed to leave one hell of a sequel hook, what with [[spoiler:Samus having ''illegally blown up a Federation outpost'' and become something way other than human. Sure, Samus had her reasons, but all the implications in-game are that the Fed will be ''pissed as shit'' with her now.]]
** A sequel on the DS with 2-D gameplay, ''Metroid Dread'', was supposed to have been shown at [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] 2006, but was mysteriously dropped. Potentially hinted at again in ''Corruption'', however.

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* SequelHook: SequelHook:
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''Fusion'' sure seemed to leave one hell of a sequel hook, what with [[spoiler:Samus having ''illegally blown up a Federation outpost'' and become something way other than human. Sure, Samus had her reasons, but all the implications in-game are that the Fed will be ''pissed as shit'' with her now.]]
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]] A sequel on the DS with 2-D gameplay, ''Metroid Dread'', was supposed to have been shown at [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] 2006, but was mysteriously dropped. Potentially hinted at again in ''Corruption'', however.however.
** Each of the ''Prime'' games shows one if the player gets HundredPercentCompletion. Even ''Federation Force''.



* ShoutOut: Several to the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise. Ridley is named after director Ridley Scott, and the opening shot of ''Prime'' is almost identical to that of the first film. Even the title logos have similarities (ALIEN - メトロイド).

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Several to the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise. Ridley is named after director Ridley Scott, and the opening shot of ''Prime'' is almost identical to that of the first film. Even the title logos have similarities (ALIEN - メトロイド).



* SoleSurvivor: Samus, twice over: first when the K-2L colony was slaughtered by the Space Pirates, and again when the Space Pirates, under Mother Brain's direction, invaded Zebes and killed the remaining Chozo. Well, on Zebes, anyway. And then there's the last remaining Metroid from ''Metroid II''.

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Samus, twice over: first when the K-2L colony was slaughtered by the Space Pirates, and again when the Space Pirates, under Mother Brain's direction, invaded Zebes and killed the remaining Chozo. Well, on Zebes, anyway. And then there's the last remaining Metroid from ''Metroid II''.



* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: How Samus discovers the identity of her AI CO in ''Metroid Fusion''.

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay:
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How Samus discovers the identity of her AI CO in ''Metroid Fusion''.



* SpaceMarines: From ''Super'' and ''Prime'', Space Army in ''[[MetroidOtherM Other M]]''. Both are [[BadassArmy okay]], just not as good as Samus.
** Samus herself had once been a Space Marine when she was serving under Commander Adam Malkovitch.

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* SpaceMarines: SpaceMarines:
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From ''Super'' and ''Prime'', Space Army in ''[[MetroidOtherM Other M]]''. Both are [[BadassArmy okay]], just not as good as Samus.
** Samus herself had once been a Space Marine (well... Space Soldier) when she was serving under Commander Adam Malkovitch.



* SympathyForTheDevil: As the series goes on, you realize the Metroids aren't so bad -- this culminates with Samus becoming part-Metroid in ''Fusion.''

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As the series goes on, you realize the Metroids aren't so bad -- this culminates with Samus becoming part-Metroid in ''Fusion.''



* TookALevelInBadass: In ''Super Metroid'', Samus' surrogate Metroid child returns. [[spoiler:It's gone from tiny to around four times as big as Samus. It later holds off Mother Brain.]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
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In ''Super Metroid'', Samus' surrogate Metroid child returns. [[spoiler:It's gone from tiny to around four times as big as Samus. It later holds off Mother Brain.]]



** ''Federation Force'' ends on [[spoiler:a giant Space Pirate superweapon called DOOMSEYE (all-caps included).]]

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** ''Federation Force'' ends on [[spoiler:a giant Space Pirate superweapon called DOOMSEYE (all-caps included). It's a ''Metroid''-style Death Star.]]



* WallJump: Starting with ''Super Metroid'', Samus quickly became one of the most notable employers of this technique. It also is the primary tool of sequence breakers.

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* WallJump: WallJump:
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Starting with ''Super Metroid'', Samus quickly became one of the most notable employers of this technique. It also is the primary tool of sequence breakers.



* WombLevel: The innards of the Leviathans in ''Prime 3'', though that's more of a case of 'Womb Boss Chamber'. Phaaze is a living planet, too, though only a few parts of what we see of Phaaze is definitely organic.

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The innards of the Leviathans in ''Prime 3'', though that's more of a case of 'Womb Boss Chamber'. Phaaze is a living planet, too, though only a few parts of what we see of Phaaze is definitely organic.



* YouDontLookLikeYou: Samus suffered this problem until about ''Metroid Zero Mission.'' She was usually a blonde -- except when her hair was brown, green, or [[DarkSkinnedRedhead Dark Skinned Purple]] -- and her various facial features and overall style of rendering fluctuated. However, once ''Zero Mission/Prime 2'' hit, her appearance seemed to standardize. Her ''Fusion'' appearance could be explained by the surgery, or her altered DNA.
** Her armor also changed drastically between Metroid 1 and 2, and all flashbacks to the first game depict the redesigned armor. It got a further redesign in ''Other M'', which is also depicted in flashbacks to ''Metroid 2'' and ''Super Metroid''.

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* YouDontLookLikeYou: YouDontLookLikeYou:
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Samus suffered this problem until about ''Metroid Zero Mission.'' She was usually a blonde -- except when her hair was brown, green, or [[DarkSkinnedRedhead Dark Skinned Purple]] -- and her various facial features and overall style of rendering fluctuated. However, once ''Zero Mission/Prime 2'' hit, her appearance seemed to standardize. Her ''Fusion'' appearance could be explained by the surgery, or her altered DNA.
** Her armor also changed drastically between Metroid ''Metroid'' 1 and 2, and all flashbacks to the first game depict the redesigned armor. It got a further redesign in ''Other M'', which is also depicted in flashbacks to ''Metroid 2'' II'' and ''Super Metroid''.
14th Feb '17 2:22:15 PM DracoKanji
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** Found in a few corridors of Crateria in ''Super Metroid'', yet noticeably absent in Brinstar. Also, the Phazon-irradiated mushrooms in ''Prime'''s Phazon Mines.

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** Found in a few corridors of Crateria in ''Super Metroid'', yet noticeably absent in Brinstar. Also, the
** The
Phazon-irradiated mushrooms in ''Prime'''s Phazon Mines.Mines. They're big enough to use as platforms and solid enough to take a blast from a super missile. They're apparently being considered as a food source by the pirates.
11th Feb '17 8:44:51 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Arguably, every game features at least one ([[DieHardOnAnX or ARE one]]), though Tourian (both versions) is probably the most classic example.

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* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Arguably, every game features Many games feature at least one ([[DieHardOnAnX or ARE one]]), though one]]): Tourian (both versions) is probably in Zebes, Phazon Mines in Tallon IV, the most classic example.flooded chambers of Torvus Bog in Aether, the Pirate Mines in Pirate Homeworld, and the Omega Metroids' territory in [=SR388=].



* MetamorphosisMonster: While on their home planet at least, the Metroids go from floating parasitic jellyfish to beetlelike creatures to giant armored lizards. In an interesting twist, the first stage is not only the most well-known and arguably most dangerous, but while nearly every game has a variant of the jellyfish stage, the later stages have only appeared in a handful of games.
** Metroid II originally implied that the Metroids were mutating, making them very different and more dangerous. It wasn't until later in the series that these "mutations" were retconned into being part of their natural life cycle, but which was only sustained in the correct environment (that of SR388).

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* MetamorphosisMonster: While on their home planet at least, the Metroids go from floating parasitic jellyfish to beetlelike creatures to giant armored lizards. In an interesting twist, the first stage is not only the most well-known and arguably most dangerous, well-known, but while nearly every game has a variant of the jellyfish stage, the later stages have only appeared in a handful of games.
** Metroid II
games. ''Metroid II'' originally implied that the Metroids were mutating, making them very different and more dangerous. It wasn't until later in the series that these "mutations" were retconned into being part of their natural life cycle, but which was only sustained in the correct environment (that of SR388).
11th Feb '17 8:40:23 AM MyFinalEdits
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: The ending of ''Super Metroid'' is spoiled in the opening cutscene of ''Other M''. Then again, it's one of the most iconic games in the series, so odds are a new arrival looking up ''Metroid'' info has already stumbled across it on a message board or something anyway.
** For that matter, the opening cutscene of ''Super Metroid'' spoils the endings of ''Metroid'' and ''Metroid II''.
** Believe it or not, SamusIsAGirl was itself considered a plot twist at the beginning of the series, to the point where the original game's manual outright referred to her as male, in both the Japanese and English versions. At this point it's [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame the only thing some people know about the series]], and crossover media such as ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' don't even try to hide it.

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* LateArrivalSpoiler: LateArrivalSpoiler:
** The opening cutscene of ''Super Metroid'' spoils the endings of ''Metroid'' and ''Metroid II''.
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The ending of ''Super Metroid'' is spoiled in the opening cutscene of ''Other M''. Then again, it's one of the most iconic games in the series, so odds are a new arrival looking up ''Metroid'' info has already stumbled across it on a message board or something anyway.
** For that matter, the opening cutscene of ''Super Metroid'' spoils the endings of ''Metroid'' and ''Metroid II''.
** Believe it or not,
The SamusIsAGirl reveal was itself considered a plot twist at the beginning of the series, to the point where the original game's manual outright referred to her as male, in both the Japanese and English versions. At this point it's [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame the only thing some people know about the series]], and crossover media such as ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' don't even try to hide it.



** While later games subvert ConvectionSchmonvection, Samus is still able to dive in it. This is justified by her suit most likely being more dense. In addition, the lava-proof Gravity Suit is a device whose primary function is to treat [[WaterIsAir liquid as air]], so by the time she's completely protected against lava, she should have no problem at all submerging in it.



* {{Leitmotif}}: Ridley, ever since ''Super'', has his own boss music, a remix of his/Draygon's/Torizo's/the escape theme from ''Super''.

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Ridley, ever since ''Super'', has his own boss music, a remix of his/Draygon's/Torizo's/the escape theme from ''Super''.



*** Samus herself, of course, has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvGrd8jnCdM&feature=related Appearance.]]

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*** ** Samus herself, of course, herself has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvGrd8jnCdM&feature=related Appearance.]]



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SguK44fzVLI Morph Ball Acquired!]]

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** %%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SguK44fzVLI Morph Ball Acquired!]]



* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Arguably the Space Pirates, who often are found in lairs breeding bioweapons but rarely found actually committing piracy.
** Justified in that Samus is usually sent in to pirate lairs post-piracy. The pirates pirate the first discovered Metroid in ''Zero Mission'''s manual. You can see the pirates in action in the opening sequence of ''Super Metroid'', when Ridley pirates the last metroid from the research station. [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Presumably, pangalactic police prevent protracted piratical processes,]] only summoning up their favourite bounty hunter to go in and blow up the place when they track down the actual lair -- which would probably be largely immune to a head-on raid by federation forces.
** The Pirates did quite a bit of pirating in ''Prime 3: Corruption,'' in which they hijacked an entire Federation battleship (GFS ''Valhalla''), murdered its crew, and stole its onboard Aurora Unit. Later, they tried to pull the same trick against the GFS ''Olympus.'' They didn't count on The Hunter being aboard...
** Samus herself fits this trope, as she doesn't actual any "bounty-hunting" except in the first game/Zero Mission, Metroid II and arguably in the prelude to Fusion (catching specimens from SR-388 for the Federation). Supposedly, RetroStudios wanted to add bounty-hunting side missions in Prime 3: Corruption, but this was vetoed by the higher-ups from Japan, who it's rumored [[ValuesDissonance thought it made Samus look like a criminal, having evidently never considered what "bounty hunter" means]].
*** The opening cutscene in ''Super'' has Samus mention that she was going off to find some new bounty to hunt after dropping off the Metroid hatchling. It's just that Ridley picked that moment to attack the space station and kick off the events of the game.
*** Actually averted in the manga, however. She specifically notes that she's charging for the bounty on one specific being.
* PlugNPlayTechnology: Samus' suit is described to be "modular", which means it can also identify other technologies and adapt them into itself. The suit is able to form new abilities just by absorbing "data" acquired from rooms and the DNA of the X parasites in ''Fusion''. Hell, SPACE PIRATE tech will work on it in some games.

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Arguably the ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything:
** The
Space Pirates, who often are found in lairs breeding bioweapons but rarely found actually committing piracy.
** Justified in that
Pirates themselves avert this. Samus is usually sent in to pirate lairs post-piracy. The pirates pirate the first discovered Metroid in ''Zero Mission'''s manual. You can see the pirates in action in the opening sequence of ''Super Metroid'', when Ridley pirates the last metroid from the research station. [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Presumably, pangalactic police prevent protracted piratical processes,]] only summoning up their favourite bounty hunter to go in and blow up the place when they track down the actual lair -- which would probably be largely immune to a head-on raid by federation forces.
**
forces. The Pirates also did quite a bit of some pirating in ''Prime 3: Corruption,'' ''Corruption'', in which they hijacked an entire Federation battleship (GFS ''Valhalla''), murdered its crew, and stole its onboard Aurora Unit. Later, they tried to pull the same trick against the GFS ''Olympus.'' ''Olympus''. They didn't count on The Hunter being aboard...
aboard.
** Samus herself fits this trope, plays it straight, as she doesn't actual do any "bounty-hunting" except in the first game/Zero Mission, Metroid II game/''Zero Mission'', ''Metroid II'' and arguably in the prelude to Fusion ''Fusion'' (catching specimens from SR-388 for the Federation). Supposedly, RetroStudios Creator/RetroStudios wanted to add bounty-hunting side missions in Prime 3: Corruption, ''Corruption'', but this was vetoed by the higher-ups from Japan, who it's rumored [[ValuesDissonance thought it made Samus look like a criminal, having evidently never considered what "bounty hunter" means]].
*** The opening cutscene in ''Super'' has Samus mention that she was going off to find some new bounty to hunt after dropping off the Metroid hatchling. It's just that Ridley picked that moment to attack the space station and kick off the events of the game.
*** Actually
means]]. This is averted in the manga, however. however: She specifically notes that she's charging for the bounty on one specific being.
* PlugNPlayTechnology: PlugNPlayTechnology:
**
Samus' suit is described to be "modular", which means it can also identify other technologies and adapt them into itself. The suit is able to form new abilities just by absorbing "data" acquired from rooms and the DNA of the X parasites in ''Fusion''. Hell, SPACE PIRATE tech will work on it in some games.



* SuddenlyVoiced: In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', Samus finally spoke her taunts. However, they sounded rather... [[FetishFuel odd]]. In ''Other M'', she speaks for the first time in her own series. (There were previously plans to have voiced narration from Samus in ''Metroid Prime'', but said narration was removed, leaving Samus with no voice lines for that game.)
* SuperweaponSurprise: Don't mess with Chozo statues... just, don't: ''"Those who defile [our statues] shall know our wrath, unfettered and raw."''
** In addition to that: do you know what you get when the peaceful, spiritual race bird race actually trains someone to fight, and gives them the technology to do so? You get ''[[OneManArmy Samus Aran]].''
*** And there used to be many more just like her (albeit Chozo). Samus is referred to as the first "Chozo" in many generations to choose the path of the warrior.

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* SuddenlyVoiced: In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', Samus finally spoke her taunts. However, they sounded rather... [[FetishFuel odd]].sounded... odd. In ''Other M'', she speaks for the first time in her own series. (There were previously plans to have voiced narration from Samus in ''Metroid Prime'', but said narration was removed, leaving Samus with no voice lines for that game.)
* SuperweaponSurprise: Don't mess with Chozo statues... just, don't: ''"Those who defile [our statues] shall know our wrath, unfettered and raw."''
** In addition to that:
"'' And do you know what you get when the peaceful, spiritual race bird race actually trains someone to fight, and gives them the technology to do so? You get ''[[OneManArmy Samus Aran]].''
*** And there used to be many more just like her (albeit Chozo). Samus is referred to as the first "Chozo" in many generations to choose the path of the warrior.
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** Even after ''seventeen years'', [[SerialEscalation people are still discovering new tricks]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMuXUvnk6Hg like this.]] (See 14:55 in the video)

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** Even after ''seventeen years'', [[SerialEscalation people are still discovering new tricks]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMuXUvnk6Hg com/watch?v=EMuXUvnk6Hg&t=14m55s like this.]] (See 14:55 in the video)
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