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->''"[[ArcWords Any objections, lady?]]"''
-->--'''Adam Malkovich'''

The second original ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' game for the {{Wii}}, the first being ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'', followed by its CompilationRerelease ''Metroid Prime Trilogy''. Developed by Project M -- which includes team members from Team Ninja (of ''{{VideoGame/Dead or Alive}}'' fame), Nintendo SPD Production Group 1, and D-Rockets -- the game is a third person action-adventure game that combines both 2D and 3D [[PlatformGame platforming]]. As an homage to the mechanics of the original ''[[VideoGame/{{Metroid1}} Metroid]]'' as well as ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', the game is substantially different from the ''Prime'' trilogy.

Set after the events of ''Super Metroid'' but before those of ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', ''Other M'' finds our heroine Samus Aran resting on a [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]] ship, convalescent after her battle against [[BigBad Mother]] [[BrainInAJar Brain]]. Shortly after leaving, she picks up a {{distress call}} from a dormant bottle ship and sets out to investigate. Once there, she reunites with familiar faces from her days on the Federation Army: Anthony Higgs and her former commanding officer, Adam Malkovich. Following an attack from an alien being, the three split up to discover the nature of the strange threat.
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!!This game contains examples of:
* AbortedArc: The sub-plot with The Deleter just kind of cuts off, but with the clues presented it becomes easy to figure out the Deleter's identity and what ultimately happened to him. [[spoiler:The fact that James's body lies in the same room where Samus left him implies he was the culprit]]. Neither Samus herself, nor any other character for that matter, ever mentions the Deleter past the point where the sub-plot drops off, though.
* ActionCommands: Samus's dodge-roll maneuver. In some cases it even becomes ''literally'' PressXToNotDie.
* ActionGirl: Samus, of course.
* AerithAndBob: All the Federation soldiers have normal names (Adam, James, Anthony, etc.) compared to Samus.
* AesopAmnesia: [[spoiler:In spite of the trouble the Galactic Federation had with Metroids, Space Pirates, and Mother Brain, replicas are deliberately made of ''all three'' (with an accidental Ridley clone to rub salt on the wound)]].
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:MB sure didn't end up quite like her creators intended]].
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Seriously Sophisticated Security System.
* AlreadyDoneForYou: [[spoiler:Sector Zero.]]
* AntiClimax: Are you pumped to [[spoiler:charge into Sector Zero and kill some Metroids]]? Too bad. [[spoiler:Adam steals it.]] Are you ready to find out who the Deleter is, and bring him to justice? Too bad. [[spoiler:MB steals that one.]] Are you looking forward to a potentially awesome final battle with [[spoiler:MB]]? [[RuleOfThree Too bad.]]
** Want to [[spoiler:defeat Ridley once and for all and avenge Anthony's death]]? Too bad. [[spoiler:The Metroid Queen steals it. Also, Anthony didn't really die.]]
* ArcWords: [[DrinkingGame Take a shot]] every time you hear the word "Baby."
* ArmedWithCanon: [[{{Pun}} No, not]] [[ArmCannon that kind]]. Yoshio Sakamoto stated that this is the true Samus.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Many of the bosses.
* AutomaticNewGame: You are given you the option to turn on the subtitles, then you're thrown straight into the intro. Bypassing even the title screen!
* BackToBackBadasses: Samus and Anthony in one of the trailers and [[http://gonintendo.com/wp-content/photos/0733650001276663901.jpg this artwork]].
* {{Badass}}: Anthony and Adam.
** [[spoiler:Compare Phantoon in ''Super Metroid'' and Phantoon here, then try not to think of him as Badass.]]
* BadassAdorable: Say what anyone will, but in a very, very odd light... "Little Birdie", was this, especially considering this KillerRabbit grows up ''fast'' to become [[spoiler:Ridley]]. The hard fact that he would have eaten any who tried aside, it almost makes him huggable... ''Almost''.
* BadassDecay: Samus Aran, while still a powerful warrior, is considerably more ineffective in this game than in any of the other ''Metroid'' titles.
* BagOfSpilling[=/=]NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: DoubleSubversion. Samus retains all her upgrades from ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', but she needs Adam's authorization to use them. In practice, it works the same way; you still need to reach certain points to use certain abilities.
** Oddly though, Samus arbitrarily decides to impose these restrictions on ''herself'' before ever officially teaming up with Adam.
* BeautyMark: Sakamoto always intended for Samus to have one, but this is the first time we see it (it's on the side of her chin).
* {{BFG}}: What Anthony Higgs has on his back.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Melissa Bergman, otherwise known as MB, being an AI based on Mother Brain.]]
* BigBadEnsemble: To some extent. [[spoiler:Though MB is the FinalBoss and the catalyst of the main plot, the Deleter and Ridley both play major roles in the plot and confront Samus throughout the story... Although its not made clear whether Ridley is acting on his own or under MB's control.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Samus does this a few times over the course of the game. [[spoiler:Anthony does a less action-packed but still awesome one in the end]].
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Queen Metroid and Phantoon]].
* BittersweetEnding
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:[[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Anthony is the only survivor of Adam's squad.]]
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Phantoon, again]].
* BookEnds: Samus being referred to as an outsider, by Adam at the beginning, [[spoiler:and by the Federation officer at the end]].
** The opening cinematic shows Samus' fight with Mother Brain in ''Super Metroid''. [[spoiler:MB, an AI based on Mother Brain, is the last antagonist you face in the main story]].
*** [[spoiler:The postgame plays with the Book Ends, as the boss of the postgame is another Super Metroid boss: Phantoon.]]
* BossRush: Sort of. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, the corridor leading up to Phantoon features most of the minibosses you've fought throughout the game, including two Rhedogians.]]
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:MB/Melissa is a cutie who gets very, ''very'' broken, and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds ends up very dangerous]] as a result]].
* BrownNote: [[spoiler:Little Birdie's cry]] seems to throw tougher enemies into a frenzy.
* TheBusCameBack: Adam, [[spoiler:Nightmare, a new Metroid Queen, a rebuilt Mother Brain, and Phantoon.]]
* CallBack: The sheer ''volume'' of call backs to classic Metroid games (and in a couple cases, a CallForward to ''Fusion'') will stun any long-time Metroid fan.
* CallForward: Being the prequel to ''Metroid Fusion'', there are a number of plot points in ''Fusion'' that are set up in this game, such as [[spoiler:Nightmare]], ThatOneBoss in ''Fusion'', being a boss here (with his body [[{{Foreshadowing}} mysteriously vanishing after the main storyline ends]]). Also, the frozen husk of [[spoiler:Ridley]] in ''Fusion'' is given a backstory here as [[spoiler:the Metroid Queen sucks Ridley dry]].
* CameraScrew: The fixed viewpoint camera when you're in the third-person mode can be quite off-putting for people who are used to the generally very good camera controls in Nintendo's main franchise games. Fortunately, this usually isn't too obnoxious in actual gameplay, but it can lead to some annoying moments when you get ambushed by enemies lurking just off-camera, or in some cases behind the scenery.
* CanonDisContinuity: Sakamoto ignored the ''Prime'' games when designing this game.
* CanonImmigrant: The "Concentration" mechanic has only been seen in the [[ComicBook/SuperMetroid Super Metroid comic by Nintendo Power]] before now, and even there, it worked a lot differently.
* CaptainObvious: Samus. Much of her dialogue has her restating what she'd just been told or stating something that the player has just seen.
** She even manages to do it ''twice'' about the exact same thing in one of the first scenes in the game: Samus and company enter a room, and see a dead body on the floor. Her internal narration talks about how she could sense this place was dangerous. ''Then'' she tells Adam that this place is dangerous.
* ChekhovsGun: The Power Bombs. Adam forbids Samus from using them outright at the beginning of the game, citing their extreme destructive power. You can't use them until the very end of the game, but it's oh-so-satisfying to [[spoiler:vaporize the Queen Metroid with them]].
** That is, if you realize you need to use them. The sequence [[spoiler:in which you jump down the Metroid Queen's throat]] is the first time you can use them, and the game [[GuideDangIt certainly doesn't go out of its way to tell you that.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The "Concentration" mechanic, but it can only be used in a NearDeathExperience, so it doubles as a PressXToNotDie.
* ClippedWingAngel: Meta-Example. [[spoiler:The KillerRabbit throughout the game is actually a regenerating Ridley. You never fight him in this stage -- he fully recovers and goes back to being a space dragon -- but he's somewhat less scary, DeathGlare aside.]]
* [[CombatStilettos Combat Wedges]]: Samus' Zero Suit.
* CompilationMovie: Theater Mode presents the cutscenes with clips from gameplay interspacing them as one long movie.
* TheComputerIsALyingBastard: At the beginning of the game, new upgrades receive either an inventory screen blurb, an appropriate dialog, or both, regardless of whether they're obtained or authorized. Trying to use them before they're unlocked, in the case of chargeable weapons, simply prevents the charge meter from completely filling, restricting you to the lesser weapon. At times, [[spoiler:Samus will self-authorize, such as with the Space Jump/Screw Attack]], but with the same indications; however, while fighting [[spoiler:Queen Metroid]], a later stage in the fight requires you to use the [[spoiler:Power Bomb]] to survive -- however, the usual indication that this weapon is available for use doesn't come until ''after the ending credits!''
* ContinuityLockout: The game provides no internal justification for Samus' freakout when Ridley shows up, relying on the player to be familiar with Samus' backstory ahead of time to understand why he evokes such a strong reaction. Before being adopted by the Chozo, Ridley led an attack on [[DoomedHometown Samus's homeworld]]. She watched Ridley kill her parents. [[AllThereInTheManual This information is only available through supplemental materials]].
* ConvectionSchmonvection: [[ZigZaggingTrope At first averted, but later played straight]]. In the infamous Sector 3 runthrough, Samus doesn't activate her Varia suit, and takes constant damage as a result. Later, when Samus [[spoiler:saves Anthony, he doesn't seem to have any ill effects from being around the hot lava, though it is possible that the G-Fed army suits are very good at protecting from the elements. This is also in play when the miniboss you just fought suffers no ill effects from diving straight into the lava]].
** The fact that there is lava all at means that this trope is played very straight. Space, being a vacuum, means that heat has nowhere to go, therefore the bottle ship should be at volcanic temperatures all through.
* ContinuityNod: The fate of [[spoiler:Ridley]] in Other M sets up his appearance in the next game in the timeline, ''Fusion''.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Nightmare]] makes an early appearance, and its disembodied head remains on the ground after killing it. [[spoiler:It's gone when Samus returns to the ship after the credits]].
** [[spoiler:The final boss in the main story is the Queen Metroid from Metroid II. You even finish it off in a similar but even more awesome way]].
** After the credits, [[spoiler:Phantoon]] appears while exploring [[spoiler:a ghost ship.]]
* ContinuitySnarl: So when Samus is rendered unconscious her suit disappears? ''[[VideoGame/MetroidFusion Fusion]]'' would like to disagree with you.
* CoveredInGunge: Blasting an enemy in the first person view sometimes results in the guts splattering on the viewscreen. Also, though it didn't show in-game, apparently Samus spent the last portion of the [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid preceding game]] covered in the guts of [[spoiler:the infant Metroid and Ridley]], from which each was later cloned.
* {{Cutscene}}: One hour's worth, and all replayable in theater mode when you beat the game.
** Theater mode even adds sections of gameplay between the cutscenes, effectively making it TheMovie of The Game.
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler:Melissa Bergman]] is one, although you do have to first [[spoiler:knock her Desbrachians out of the way so she can be targeted.]]
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Played with. [[spoiler:MB, at first, was just an artificial intelligence shaped like a human. After bonding with Metroids and Madeline Bergman, she gained self-awareness and emotions, effectively becoming "human". After feeling abandoned, said emotions go flying out the window and she decides to take revenge on "the humans"]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Not by much because it's a dark series, but the fact that [[spoiler:a soldier is killing his own teammates in order to hide a government conspiracy, and thus makes it hard to trust ANYBODY]] pushes it in this direction. It's a situation that would have most people paranoid.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: If you die and continue, you'll usually respawn a few rooms away from where you died with as much health/missiles as you reached the checkpoint with. [[NintendoHard Considering how hard it is to regain health in this game, this is quite a blessing]].
** In Boss Battles (not counting mini-bosses) you only respawn back at the beginning of that fight, and even then, it's only at the beginning of the section where you died (if you die while inside the [[spoiler:Metroid Queen]], you just respawn and get eaten again right away, so you get as many chances of nuking the [[spoiler:Metroid Queen]] as you'd like).
* DeathGlare: The KillerRabbit mentioned below gives Samus one when you first meet it. [[spoiler:Given [[TheReveal who he is]], it would be OutOfCharacter to do anything less]].
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Melissa/MB, Adam, and Samus' fallen teammates all appear as clouds of glittering gold space dust as she flies away from the Bottle Ship, suggesting that they have found peace.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Anthony Higgs.]]
** Also, possibly set up in a previous game unintentionally that takes effect in this game, [[spoiler:Phantoon.]]
* DoomedByCanon: ''Fusion'', which takes place after this game, dictates that [[spoiler:Adam must die in a HeroicSacrifice]] and that [[spoiler:Ridley must end up a frozen husk]].
* DramaticIrony: The Galactic Federation had Samus destroy the Metroids because the Space Pirates intended to mass produce them and use them as bio-weapons. [[spoiler:In this game and ''Fusion'', Samus finds out that... the Galactic Federation intended to mass produce Metroids AND Space Pirates and use them as bio-weapons]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: The Deleter, to the point that his identity is never explicitly revealed, although it can be pieced together from the clues.
* DullSurprise: Samus during her monologues. Less so when she actually talks with the others, but still.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Phantoon. In ''Super Metroid'', he's a bit taller than Samus, maybe three times as wide. In this game, he's the size of a mid-size space craft, spawns disembodied hands, and shoots swirling portal vortex things at you. And according to the concept art, that "mid-sized space craft" sized head sits atop a vaguely humanoid body about as big as any of the starships in the Metroid universe; it's just all you can see in the visible dimension is his head.]]
* EleventhHourSuperPower:
** The Screw Attack may well be even more lethal than ever before.
** The [[spoiler:Power Bomb, which is only usable during the battle with the Metroid Queen and the epilogue]], would also apply.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Samus' Overblast and Lethal Blows are punctuated with very pretty rainbows.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The famed Screw Attack.
* EvilVersusEvil: [[spoiler:[[MortalKombat Ridley. Metroid Queen. FIGHT! Metroid Queen wins. Flawless Victory]].]]
** Also, there are several hints that [[spoiler:James is the Deleter. He's killed by MB.]]
* ExpositoryGameplayLimitation: The game slows Samus' walkspeed when she's in an area that needs [[PixelHunt a scan to a particular clue to trigger the next cutscene]]. Unfortunately, that clue can be as small as ''a spot of green blood on an entirely green grass lawn''.
* FailureHero: Samus resolves none of the issues in the whole game. See {{Anticlimax}}.
* {{Fanservice}}: There's only a couple ass-shots in the game, but boy howdy.
* FeedItABomb: [[spoiler:You finish off the Queen Metroid by letting her swallow you and laying a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Power Bomb]] in her stomach]].
* FetalPositionRebirth: Samus, during the opening cinematic of the game.
* FingerlessGloves: Samus' military uniform.
* FlashBack: The intro depicts the ending of ''Super Metroid''.
* FlunkyBoss: [[spoiler:The Queen Metroid.]]
** In a fashion, [[spoiler:Melissa Bergman.]]
* ForWantOfANail: Consider what would happen later in the game if you don't [[spoiler:rescue Anthony Higgs. It certainly wouldn't be pretty.]]
* FourStarBadass: General Adam Malkovich is the person Samus respects ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation or is intimidated by]]) the most in the game. But you have to be badass to do what he did at the end of the game; he could very well be the only human capable of [[spoiler:killing Samus]], judging from when he [[spoiler:shot her, causing her to lose her power suit and most of her stamina. And this was only ONE shot!]]
* ForegoneConclusion: ''Fusion'' mentions several times about how [[spoiler:Adam sacrifices his life at some time in the past to save Samus]]. As a prequel to ''Fusion'', most of the fandom inevitably assumed that event would be shown in this game.
* ForceFieldDoor: Hilariously averted! Admit it, if you're a Metroid veteran, [[DamnYouMuscleMemory you tried to shoot the door to make it open]]!
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:There's a reason that scientist at the beginning of the game seems like a total douche]].
** [[spoiler:James Pierce is the Communications man of the squad and he was trained by the Federation Central Information Agency, aka the CIA. As the game progresses, a mysterious traitor starts killing off members of the squad...]]
*** [[spoiler:This may also explain why radio communications were severed throughout the entire story; perhaps James, a communications specialist, was carrying a device jamming radio signals.]]
** If you listen closely to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjK6ApPWVHI&feature=related the song that plays]] when Samus is attacked by the "Mysterious Creature" in the Biosphere Test Area, you can hear hints of [[spoiler:Ridley's theme]].
** A rather interesting one that only the Japanese could get. [[spoiler:In Japan, the official explanation for Phantoon was that he was the manifestation of Mother Brain's consciousness. This fact, as well as the rather eerie feeling of the Bottle Ship, particularly in the postgame, might have raised some eyebrows over there, and is the best explanation for his reappearance.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Those who defend Samus' emotional problems point to her backstory: her biological parents mercilessly killed in front of her (and the monster that killed them [[JokerImmunity keeps coming back]]), her adopted Chozo parents disappeared, she had a falling out of some kind with father figure number three, and the baby Metroid she had some kind of maternal feelings for was ''just'' horribly killed protecting her.
** Not to mention the fact that she is now under the command of said third father figure, so she's feeling a little uneasy (If you had a large fight with your parents and haven't patched things up, you'd feel pretty awkward around them too.) This can be seen as the largest contributing factor as she mentions that she feels a lot calmer [[spoiler:when Adam dies. Although this could also be the fact that they "technically" patched things up.]]
* FreezeRay: Samus always has one, that's not unusual. But you didn't expect the Army to have them as a secondary weapon.
** Given the fact that the Galactic Federation is supposed to have access to Chozo tech, it isn't all that surprising.
* {{Futureshadowing}}: Lots of it for ''MetroidFusion''.
* GagSub: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wht3rRGMw28 Metroid: Other M -- The reMovie]] which, among other things, has Samus [[CloudCuckoolander monologuing about whether she should order baby-back ribs after her training exercise]], and the [[ScrappyMechanic authorization mechanic]] is explained away as Samus doing a [[MinimalistRun low % run]] just to piss off Adam.
* GameBreakingBug: Several people have reported an issue where a door in Sector 3 (that you have to go through) will not open, no matter what you do. Nintendo had to accept [[http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wii/en_na/ts/metroid-other-m.jsp mail-ins for cards with save files.]] They claim the cause of the bug is picking up the Ice Beam, going into the following room, killing all the enemies to open that room's next door, and then immediately backtracking into the Ice Beam room before continuing on into the room you just opened at least once. Prior to this, the fandom assumed the bug had to do with the Rhedogian boss (going back down the lift after beating the boss the first time and then saving, or going back and saving after the third fight with it).
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: According to [[http://us.wii.com/iwata_asks/metroid-other-m/vol1_page4.jsp this Iwata Asks interview]], a large focus during development was averting this. For example, in cutscenes, Samus retains her current health and missile count and even views things the same as the player does in first-person mode. She does still pull off some kick-ass moves the player can't do, however.
** Played mostly straight with the "Concentration" mechanic. Samus actually uses it once in a cutscene, but the maneuver itself is never justified in-story, and is instead explained in various manga released years previously. Of course, the game's previous use of health and ammo pickups, which concentration replaced, was ''also'' justified in story. Albeit, [[AllThereInTheManual only in the first game's manual]].
* GenreBlindness: Adam sends Samus to a lava area without authorizing her Varia Suit (a suit that protects Samus from deadly heat and convection). Hardened Metroid players will automatically know that's virtually suicide. Only partially justified as, until the appropriate boss fight, he wouldn't expect her to do lengthy combat in that area. Made worse in that the justification for the authorization system was that it was a rescue mission so strong weapons are to be restricted to avoid collateral damage... which says nothing as to why DEFENSIVE gear needs to be restricted.
** Samus, you are in a space station with EverythingTryingToKillYou, the [[KillerRabbit cute furry thing]] just gave you a DeathGlare, and you are obviously freaked out by it and you experienced things like this before so... KILL IT NOW!
** The Federation does not seem to realize that [[spoiler:breeding Metroids and getting on the wrong side of Samus Aran have not done Space Pirates much good in the past.]]
* GenreSavvy: Unlike the example with the KillerRabbit, Samus knows (at least now) that, no matter how cute the [[spoiler:baby Metroid]] is, it must die. Not that she gets to kill it.
* GhostShip: The setting.
* [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Giant Space Ghost From Nowhere]]: The bonus boss [[spoiler:Phantoon]].
** The [[spoiler:Rhedogian mini-boss that comes out of nowhere, shoots missiles and EyeBeams, and can apparently survive the high temperatures of lava]].
** [[spoiler:The Metroid Queen's appearance brings up far more questions than answers, and make little to no sense when you encounter it.]]
* GlassCannon[=/=]FragileSpeedster: Samus tends to feel like this in comparison to other games in the series. It doesn't take many hits to wear down her shields, but adds the dodge mechanic and Concentration Mode to balance it out.
** This is also true for most bosses, who usually don't take many hits to go down, but can kill Samus with just a few of their own.
** [[spoiler:Samus becomes the trope even more in Hard mode, where her energy is always at 99, making dodging attacks extremely crucial for survival.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:Everything that happened in the Bottle Ship was the work of a rogue faction in the Federation.]]
* GravityMaster: [[spoiler:Nightmare.]]
* GravityScrew: The rooms leading up to [[spoiler:Nightmare]].
* {{Handwave}}: Adam disallows most of Samus' arsenal because it could easily injure his troops or civilians by accident. This doesn't explain why she goes without suit upgrades like the Varia suit and Gravity feature or mobility ones like the Grapple Beam, or why she continues not to activate these devices in dangerous environments.
* HealingCheckpoint: Save stations double as replenishing stations.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Used extensively in the opening cutscene, and also used when Samus falls into lava.
* HeroicBSOD: Samus, [[spoiler:upon confronting a very much alive Ridley]]. This is probably the most controversial part of the entire game, as [[spoiler:she had faced him multiple times before without breaking down]]. [[InternetBackdraft Bring it up at your own risk]]. She also happens to be going through a less severe one involving the death of the baby Metroid from ''Super'' throughout this game. [[BaseBreaker Again, touchy subject]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Adam, as implied back in ''Fusion''. He sacrifices his life in order to destroy the Bottle Ship's Metroid hatchery.]]
** [[spoiler:Anthony's apparent death. While it turned out to be a DisneyDeath, it did save Samus' life.]]
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler:It turns out Mother Brain was recreated with a more humanoid appearance and became the BigBad.]]
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum
* HollywoodChameleons: The chameleonlike Ghalmanians. Could possibly be [[HandWave handwaved]] as [[InvisibilityCloak futuristic technology]], though.
* HollywoodTactics: For such a decorated military figure Adam sure does use a lot of these. Not only does he begin the operation by splitting the squad up to explore the Bottle Ship's different areas alone despite admitting that communication is impossible except at the ship's own communication rooms but when given a major unexpected asset in Samus Aran, a woman who is more heavily armed than the entire squad put together times ten, specializes in exploring and securing hostile environments and is the only person he can remain in constant communication with, proceeds to heavily restrict her armaments, defenses and methods. His first job for her is to then get her to go turn on the lights.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: One explanation for [[spoiler:Adam shooting Samus in the back]], and the reason [[spoiler:he let his brother die]], and why [[spoiler:he went into Sector Zero alone, committing his heroic sacrifice]].
--> '''Samus''': "He would understand that some must live and some must die... He knew what it meant. He made that sacrifice once."
* InformedAbility: Adam is described as being "a father figure", and yet none of the scenes shown in-game support this statement. On the contrary, a lot of scenes that he shows up in seem to give off the impression that he really dislikes Samus.
** He's also described in the previous game as being something of a military genius, with Samus using the phrase "perfect military mind" in her ending monologue in Fusion. The man we see in this game is somewhat oblivious to things going on around him and makes a few very questionable decisions, as well as [[spoiler:losing all but one of his squad, including himself]].
* InformedAttribute: Samus has been previously stated to have an amazonian built at 6 feet 3 inches and 198 pounds. When you see her without the suit in this game she looks waifish, and on average comes up to the shoulders of male characters. Either someone didn't get the memo or it is perfectly normal for men to be seven feet tall in this world.
* InnerMonologue: A large portion of Samus' lines are this.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: Samus is able to adjust the opaqueness of her visor. It's solid yellow-green by default, but she makes it transparent whenever she's talking to people.
* InterfaceScrew: When you are under the effects of [[spoiler:Nightmare]]'s gravity limitations, everything seems blurry and the sound seems to be softened a little.
* InvisibleWall: Many of these barriers were put in to deny SequenceBreaking.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:Anthony]]'s thumbs-down in the ending.
** [[spoiler:"Any objections, Adam?"]]
* JokerImmunity: Not just [[spoiler:Clone!Ridley]], but some of the other enemies in the game just won't stay down. [[spoiler:And considering the Ridley clone's doomed thanks to ''Fusion'', Phantoon's appearance may be hinting that he'll be replacing Ridley.]]
* [[spoiler:JumpScare]]: At the Exam Center part of the game, there's a room with six doors. You hear a [[HellIsThatNoise strange monotonous beeping noise]] as you walk through the room. [[spoiler:Five of these have nothing in them. However, the third door has what appears to be the lifeless corpse of a Zebesian; the camera immediately cuts to a close-up of it as it falls toward Samus. Even she jumps.]]
** Another example is Samus's first glimpse of [[spoiler:Melissa Bergman.]] During a scan mode section, the player might not even notice [[spoiler:her]] until they pass the cursor over the window [[spoiler:she's]] peering out of. When that happens, the camera rapidly zooms in on [[spoiler:MB]], accompanied by an appropriate ScareChord.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: The entire game's plot was kicked off by [[spoiler:some Federation higher-ups thinking of the potential of pet Metroids.]]
* KillerRabbit: The [[http://www.metroid-database.com/mom/choogle.jpg bunny chicken thing]] nicknamed "Choogle" by the fans. Poor [[spoiler:Lyle]] probably didn't even see it coming. To make it worse, it is actually [[spoiler:two growth phases away from becoming Ridley himself]].
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: The Federation Troopers use machine guns. ZigZagged with Anthony's BFG EnergyWeapon and the [[FreezeRay ice guns]] that appear to be a standard-issue secondary weapon for all Fed troops. They use them almost as much as their [=SMGs.=] Unfortunately, these machine guns are shown to be pretty ineffective against the creatures on the Bottle Ship.
* LastChanceHitPoint: Any attack that reduces Samus to zero energy instead leaves her LifeMeter flickering between 0 and 1, and she can take ''one'' more hit before a Game Over. She ''can'' get killed in one attack if multiple hits are involved and she's reduced to zero mid-way in the attack (for example: if Samus gets grabbed, slammed into the floor, and then thrown across the ground, she'll be dead if the first hit knocks her down to her LastChanceHitPoint).
** In Hard Mode, ''there is no last chance''. [[spoiler:Good luck with the Metroid Queen's [[OneHitKill flame attack]].]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The very first thing you see is a cutscene showing the events of the end of ''Super Metroid''.
* LeParkour: It's a ''Metroid'' game. Samus will vault over any waist-high obstacles in her path.
* LoadBearingBoss: Averted. ''In a Metroid game!!'' Crazy huh? [[spoiler:Not that you didn't have to escape an exploding Bottle Ship in the epilogue, if you didn't the game would be ruined!]]
** [[spoiler:Not completely averted. The escape sequence is right after the Phantoon battle, making him an example in gameplay, but not story.]]
* LostInTranslation: Sakamoto, despite barely speaking English, insisted on overseeing the English localization of his precious script. As a result a lot character was lost, such as Samus being TheStoic (considered {{Badass}} in Japanese, but in English it just makes you sound [[ShellShockedVeteran brain-damaged]]) and Adam being slightly less abusive. [[NeverASelfMadeWoman Slightly]].
* LowLevelRun: By beating the game and getting OneHundredPercentCompletion, you unlock this mode. No expansions, no addons except the ones given and acquired, and double the attack power of enemies.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Rhedogian does this. After you beat it the last time, you get the Seeker Missiles.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Adam's entire squad, save Anthony]].
* MeaningfulEcho: [[TearJerker "No objections, right, Lady?"]]
** Also, Samus's "thumbs-down" in the above scene.
* MinimalistRun: What Hard mode basically is; all item expansions (missles, energy, etc.) are removed.
* MisaimedRealism: The attempt to avoid BagOfSpilling with the authorization mechanic is all well and good until Samus is forced to go through a hot area and denied protection she could easily use with the press of a button..
* TheMole: Also known as "The Deleter."
* MoodWhiplash: Twice at the end of the PlayableEpilogue. [[spoiler:One moment, Samus is in an intense fight with Phantoon, the next, Samus finds what she was looking for, the quiet "reminiscing" music is playing -- only for the moment to be abruptly interrupted by the self-destruct starting up.]]
* TheMovie: In a manner of speaking. After you beat the game, you basically unlock the ability to watch the entire game as a movie, with pre-recorded segments of gameplay between cutscenes. It even has a title when you decide to watch the whole thing: ''Metroid: Other M: '''The Movie'''''.
* MythologyGag: One of [[spoiler:Ridley's]] attacks has him [[WipeTheFloorWithYou slamming Samus against the wall and dragging her across it]], much like [[spoiler:his first appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''.]]
* NarratingTheObvious: Samus does this a lot in the game. Sometimes repeating what another character just said in monologue form so she can state her opinion on the subject or give a deeper analysis of the actions of another character, usually Adam.
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* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Samus never talks about her own opinions or beliefs, only Adam's.
** [[spoiler:Anthony]] when he hit the emergency breaks that saved Samus from the Queen Metroid, and latter when saving [[spoiler:Melissa]] from being taken by the Colonel.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Misawa. Justified in that he was dumped in magma, though]].
* NiceHat: Adam's hat has become a minor meme in itself among the Metroid Community.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Oh, [[spoiler:Ridley]]. You [[spoiler:had Samus right where you wanted her.]] If you had just [[spoiler:ignored the other one and finished Samus first]], you could have won. But no, you had to go and [[spoiler:[[DisneyDeath kill]] Anthony first, snapping The Hunter out of her HeroicBSOD]] and opening yourself to a world of hurt.
** [[spoiler:In retrospect, Anthony provoked Ridley to save Samus, so it's likely that Ridley was annoyed and decided to off him before he got back to Samus.]]
* NintendoHard: This is basically NinjaGaiden wrapped around a Metroid game. It'll take you a few tries to defeat some of the earlier enemies as you learn the combat mechanics, and even then, this game requires a lot more skill and attention than the other Metroid games.
** A minimum powerup run would be incredibly hellish, and this is exactly what [[HarderThanHard Hard Mode]] is. [[spoiler:You're limited to 99 energy, and you're limited to 10 (rechargeable) missiles and a slowly charging charge beam, as all the expansion tanks are removed.]]
** That said, this is really only true if a player tries to dodge attacks by jumping and non-sensemove running. With sensemove - or just ''blindly mashing the d-pad to initiate it'' - combat becomes laughably easy in most contexts.
* NobodyPoops: Still played straight as in previous games, but more noticeable in that there are a pair of restrooms aboard the station. A tad odd that there are only two? Considering at least two parts of the ship require gear for extreme heat or cold, you can forgive them for assuming your protective suit handles that as well.
** If you look carefully, you'll notice that there are no toilets in the bathrooms, just stalls. Of course, the one stall you can open may have simply had its toilet removed and inexplicably replaced with an Accel Charge.
* NonstandardGameOver: Occurs if you let a certain boss kill Anthony before you use the just authorized Grapple Beam to get to him. Fortunately, he can't die during the actual boss fight.
** There's one scene where Samus has to jump up a broken elevator shaft while enemies chase her. She has to make the elevator crash down on the enemies to dispatch them, but the elevator has just as good a chance of killing Samus as well.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Some players see Adam as this due to the game's "Authorization" element in which Samus has all her equipment but cannot use it without authorization, even in situations where it might save her life.
* OddballInTheSeries: Aside from being the only 3D game that is not first-person, it's also the game with the most emphasis on plot and cutscenes, as well as the first to feature Samus' melee abilities outside of the non-canon ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The fight between [[spoiler:Ridley and the Metroid Queen]], as well as the confrontation between Adam and [[spoiler:the Deleter]].
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Ridley]] has one [[spoiler:when he tries to recover from his battle with Samus]] and [[spoiler:notices Queen Metroid is coming right for him]].
* OneHitKill: On Hard mode. [[spoiler:Due to the player being stuck at 99 energy max, some enemy attacks halfway to near the end of the game will inflict damage more than a whole Energy Tank's worth, and since there's no LastChanceHitPoint mechanic in Hard mode, GameOver.]]
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: Unlocks hard mode. Or rather, ''harder'' mode.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Samus, for most of the game.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: A couple of foes are like this, either trying to latch on to you or ram you, but [[spoiler:where there's Metroids, there's only one thing to expect]].
* PinballProtagonist: Samus accomplishes nothing of worth in the entire game; all major plot developments are handled by other characters.
* PixelHunt: Many of the forced first person segments fall into this.
* PlayableEpilogue: After the credits roll, you can explore the ship, and try to reach 100%.
* PornStache: James Pierce.
* PoweredArmor: Samus, definitely; the Army, maybe, maybe not.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Mother! Time to go..."
* PressXToDie: It's possible to crush yourself under a broken elevator early in the game.
* PressXToNotDie: When you're going through a tunnel in sector 3, the dragon worm...[[BuffySpeak thing]] will smash through the tunnel. If you don't jump or sense-move out of the way, you will be killed by it.
* PsychoStrings: [[spoiler:Nightmare]]'s battle theme has some flute/chorus in the beginning that serves a similar purpose.
* RecurringBoss[=/=]CowardlyBoss: One miniboss appears ''four times'', retreating after all but the last battle. Then he appears twice more, in the epilogue. [[spoiler:Ridley tried to be this, but the Queen Metroid had other plans]].
* RedShirtArmy: Surprisingly inverted in a way; [[spoiler:Most of the named soldiers die, we see none of the nameless ones die]].
** Played straight with regular enemies.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Invoked by Anthony Higgs, despite this being his first ever appearance. See MemeticMutation.
* {{Retcon}}: A minor one, but still interesting to note. Samus describes Adam as ''"the only father-figure I ever had"''. This ignores Samus' backstory with Old Bird and the Chozo in general as her foster family. [[RunningGag Again]], ''[[InternetBackdraft touchy subject]]''.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: The scientist that directs the game's tutorial. [[spoiler:He turns out to be the reason Metroids exist again.]]
* [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Screw This, I'm Outta Here]]: [[spoiler:After the fight with Ridley, he's so scared of Samus he flies face-first through a wall trying to get away. See also "Oh Crap" above]].
* SexSells: The [[http://media.tumblr.com/59ac4558d4dd14fbfca68ae558dd7ae9/tumblr_inline_mx95i96ZCK1r5618z.jpg redesign of the Zero Suit]] for Other M, which includes adding high heels that were [[http://media.tumblr.com/91f44318b45126781a6af76b0bf85a5d/tumblr_inline_mx95epDqug1r5618z.png specifically pointed out as impractical]] in the Zero Mission designs. Also, the removal of Samus' muscles.
* ShipSinking: ''Because I was so young when I lost both of my parents, there's no question that I saw Adam as a father figure.'' Ouch.
** Many people have interpreted this as this game's version of Samus having an [[FreudianExcuse Electra Complex]]. A surprisingly large number of people both old and new fans still refer to Adam as being "Samus's ex boyfriend," [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer even in reviews]].
** It's worth noting that the game makes subtle hints that Samus may or may not have been in a relationship with [[spoiler:Adam's younger brother, Ian. Especially when it's not-quite-as-subtly hinted that his death is the reason she left the GF and became a bounty hunter.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Quite a few ''Alien'' references as well, as per tradition:
*** One's of Lyle's lines near the beginning is "They're coming outta the walls!"
*** [[spoiler:The only time Samus faces the Deleter, he attacks her and MB, using what appears to be some sort of construction vehicle (a load lifter), which just happens to have a close resemblance to the one Ripley uses at the beginning of ''Aliens'', and at the end to fight the Alien Queen.]]
** The title screen opens to a refreshing piano melody overlooking a starry backdrop, Like the first ''Metroid'' game.
** The naked fetal Samus at the beginning almost seems designed to evoke memories of ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** Ridley slamming Samus against the wall of the Geothermal Power Plant and [[WipeTheFloorWithYou dragging her along it]] is a shout-out to his pre-boss fight cutscene from ''Videogame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', only this time Pikachu's not there to save her.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Samus, unsurprisingly, but what makes this particular time unique is that the cutscene that shows Samus in the army features the original power suit with the triangular shoulder pads. Samus now sports the shoulders without the Varia function on. Of course this can be explained by the fact that it is now a Varia '''function''', not a suit. The Varia suit is now an upgraded power suit with Varia and gravity functions.
* [[ShowDontTell Show, Don't Tell]]: Averted in the scene where [[spoiler:Adam dies.]] Samus is told that the [[spoiler:Metroids in Sector Zero are unfreezable,]] but we never see them, thanks to [[spoiler:Adam's HeroicSacrifice.]] The only two times that we ''do'' see them, they [[spoiler:''are'' freezable,]] for a different reason the [[NoControlGroup second]] [[AvertedTrope time]] than the first.
** There is a lot of exposition in this game.
* SlowElectricity: When you're reaching for [[spoiler:Sector Zero]], the lights begin to turn on this way.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Anthony and Phantoon both qualify.]]
* StoryToGameplayRatio: Two hours of the about ten hour game is cutscenes, and once you've beaten it, you have the option of watching it as if it were a movie (with the gameplay segments as videos.)
* SpacePirates: Samus technically scattered them all, but [[spoiler:through cloning, and using MB, an artificial human version of Mother Brain, as a method of control, the Galactic Federation intends to use them as {{Super Soldiers}}. The plan goes to hell, of course, and damn near causes the resurrection of the very enemies they spent years to destroy. To make matters worse, a clone of Ridley was accidentally created, and Phantoon survived ''Super Metroid'']].
* SpaceMarines: Averted. Adam and his squad are from the Federation ''' Army''' which explains the different armor design from the Prime Series. Still, Platoon 07 is just as [[BadassArmy Badass]] if not more so than the Marines. [[spoiler:Too bad they had a [[TheMole Mole]].]]
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: "Any objections, lady?" Back in ''Fusion'', it was Samus' sign that [[spoiler:the AI was Adam]]; in ''Other M'', its use in the trailer was the first tip-off to the ''fans'' that it was a ''Metroid'' title.
** And Anthony is the only person who calls her "Princess." [[spoiler:That's the tip-off that he survived in the ending]].
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:MB's general development, but somewhat diverted due to not becoming... [[BrainInAJar you know]]. Fits nicely with the layout of how she UsedToBeASweetKid, but [[FromNobodyToNightmare suddenly turned evil]]. It doesn't exactly fit with FromNobodyToNightmare since she was [[ForScience Experimented]] on with the close intent of many]] other M[[spoiler:[[MadScientist ad Scientists]]. Compare WhatMeasureIsANonHuman below.]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: Samus has had grunts in the ''Prime'' series and brief taunts in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'', but this is the first time she speaks full lines and engages in dialogue and monologue (Well, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG4ei3it8B0&feature=player_embedded first time that isn't]] DummiedOut).
** Note that this isn't her first time actually talking. She talked and even did monologues in ''Fusion''.
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: The room just before [[spoiler:Ridley]] has an Accel Charge "and" an Energy Tank, both of which are blatantly easy to reach. [[SarcasmMode Not at all suspicious.]]
** This is a running theme in just about every ''Metroid'' game. When you find a save point after going a long time without one, saving (and healing) is a really good idea.
* TakingYouWithMe: One of the rarer enemies jettisons a worm-like inner body from its exoskeleton when close to death. The new creature's only method of attack is wrapping around Samus and blowing up. Ki-hunters can resort to it now too.
* ATasteOfPower: You get to use Samus' Missiles, Bombs, and Power Bombs in the training section at the game's start, then are told you can't use them unless Adam says so once the game kicks off.
** Although this is played straight in the case of power bombs, you merely need to get to the first boss before bombs and missiles are unlocked again.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Samus speaks in a very monotone voice when narrating and often uses this.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Phantoon]] is at least five times larger than last time.
** In previous games, Zoomers simply strolled along a set path, only bumping into Samus by accident. In ''Other M'', they actively attack Samus.
** Samus each time she gets one of her top weapons. The Screw Attack can one-shot many of the tougher regular enemies Samus faces, like the Zebesians. The Power Bomb can one-shot ''every'' non-boss enemy, including the Rhedogians (the flying anomalocaris-like creatures).
* TransformationSequence: When Samus first puts on her power suit.
* TranslationConvention: It's more than obvious (if you're playing the Japanese version) that everyone is speaking English but translated to Japanese for the players' benefit. Even in the Japanese voice acting, many characters (Samus included) uses [[GratuitousEnglish lots of English loanwords that could be translated without problems]] like ''baby'', ''princess'', ''lady'', etc.
* TraumaCongaLine: So let's recap; Before the game starts, Samus is just recovering from a very physically and mentally taxing mission, then meets her former CO and parental figure, Adam, whom she left with bitter terms and hasn't met for a long time, so has to reconcile. [[spoiler:But then she has to once again take arms and fight. Then she has to confront Ridley, her most feared and hated enemy who should this time be DeaderThanDead, and then witnesses her close friend getting killed. After that, Adam has to sacrifices himself in front of her in order to save everyone, and after that, she was left almost powerless to do anything when the military takes action.]] This... isn't a good day for Samus.
** It gets somewhat worse. [[spoiler:Then she returns to get Adam's helmet and is attacked again, this time with the enemies under Phantoon, and then is almost killed in the destruction of the Bottle Ship.]]
* TriggerHappy: Lyle kills a bug DeaderThanDead, and continues to pump lead [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill after it exploded!]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: After [[spoiler:the destruction of Sector Zero]], the access corridor starts to break off, leading to explosive decompression. While you're escaping, you see several Zebesians trying to cling on for dear life in the corridor -- if you so wish, you can help speed them to their demise by shooting them, which causes them to lose their grip and fly off into space.
** There is a hallway early in the game with several Grogranch enemies stomping around outside it. After receiving the Wave Beam, Samus can shoot them through the windows with total impunity for some catharsis.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Samus often exposes what just happened.
* [[VoiceActors Voice Acting]]: The second game in the series to use it, after ''Prime 3''. ''Prime'' had it in the form of grunts and such. ''Prime 2'' had some full voice acting. ''Prime 3'' used it heavily, and ''Other M'' finally made Samus speak audibly.
* VoodooShark: The Authorization system was intended to make more sense than the series's typical BagOfSpilling OnceAnEpisode. Instead, every review notes the justification of possible harm to allies as a reason Samus can't use purely defensive or exploration based upgrades makes less sense.
* WallJump: The second game in the series, after ''Prime 2'', to explicitly tell the player that this is one of Samus' abilities.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sort of. The subplot involving [[spoiler:the Deleter]] is significant for a large portion of the game, but is [[AbortedArc effectively dropped]] after [[spoiler:he attacks MB. However, observant players will notice James's dead body laying in the same room where Samus left him, implying that he was the traitor. There is, however, no indication that Samus realizes this.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[spoiler:MB is a very interesting case. She was designed just to be a humanoid version of Mother Brain to interface with Metroids. However, after bonding with a baby Metroid, and getting the name Melissa Bergman from Madeline Bergman, [[DudeWheresMyRespect this caused her to develop self-awareness]] and, to Samus' reckoning, ''a soul.'' However, after Madeline does nothing to protect her from being taken away, she immediately loses said soul and goes on a rampage, which is very apparent in the final cutscenes where she talks in a CreepyMonotone and doesn't even attempt to hide her non-humanity.]]
* WhenSheSmiles: [[spoiler:Samus in the ending]].
* TheWorfEffect: You can tell that [[spoiler:the Queen Metroid]] isn't going to be a pushover when you see it [[spoiler:kill Ridley]].
** [[spoiler:Despite being set up as a major threat, the Deleter]] was killed offscreen by [[spoiler:Melissa]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Poor Lyle Smithsonian hates bugs. Guess what has seemingly invaded the Bottle Ship?
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Even Samus finds Melissa Bergman's backstory to be saddening.]]
** Given her backstory, Samus herself easily qualifies. She also gets bonus points for having actually destroyed [[MetroidPrime a few]] [[VideoGame/SuperMetroid worlds]].
* TheWormThatWalks: The first boss.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Did you really think [[spoiler:Nightmare]] was down for the count?
** Also, in the ExtendedGameplay, did you really think it would be a Metroid game without [[spoiler:a self-destruct countdown]]?
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