The subjective tropes from ''{{VideoGame/Metroid}}''. For the YMMV pages for specific games see:

* ''[[YMMV/{{Metroid1}} Metroid 1]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus Return of Samus]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidZeroMission Zero Mission]]''
* ''[[YMMV/SuperMetroid Super Metroid]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidFusion Metroid: Fusion]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidPrime Metroid Prime]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidOtherM Metroid: Other M]]''

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Adam a truly good, noble man who cares about Samus or an abusive {{Jerkass}} who actively tries to demean her?
** Did the SA-X [[spoiler:ignore Samus for the Omega Metroid due to sheer instinct]]? Or did it [[spoiler:develop its assimilated human emotions to the point of wanting to save Samus for being such a WorthyOpponent]]?
** Some believe that [[spoiler:Phaaze was simply a massive parasitic lifeform, without the sentience to understand the detrimental effects of its reproductive cycle, and that Dark Samus, which was actually a [[TitleDrop Metroid Prime]] that assimilated Samus's Phazon suit, enslaved it.]]
* AnticlimaxBoss: Arguably, the [[spoiler:Omega Metroid]] in ''Fusion''; not only is it nowhere near the hardest boss in the game, it isn't even as hard as its previous appearances in ''Metroid II''. However, it's arguable whether it counts as the final boss; most fans believe that the SA-X is the true final boss, and [[spoiler:the Omega Metroid is just designed to be one last challenge before you escape the station]].
** Kraid in ''Super'' could be taken out with four well-timed super missiles before he even finished rising up from the ground. Ostensibly a glitch, Kraid can be defeated in little time even without it by a seasoned player.
** And [[FanNickname Mecha-Ridley]] in ''Zero Mission'', who is incredibly easy. He gets more challenging, however, if you've gotten 100% of the items, or if you're doing a 15% item run.
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/{{Metroid}} Has its own page]].
* BaseBreaker: Samus' portrayal in ''Other M''.
** Zero Suit Samus from ''SuperSmashBros. Brawl'' also has this effect on a certain portion of the fandom.
*** Zero Suit Samus in general is very polarizing among the fandom.
** Adam Malkovich, in large part due to being the face of the controversial authorization mechanic, Samus' questionable role model, and for [[spoiler:shooting Samus in the back with a Metroid hovering right above]].
* BrownNote: For players, especially wearing headphones, the Power Bomb's explosion in Fusion can really hurt your ears, even on low volume.
* CompleteMonster: Ridley, in the manga adaptation, is the series version of evil incarnate. His first encounter with Samus has him landing on Samus' home of K2-L, and telling his minions to "First enjoy the slaughter to the fullest!" Not long after killing most of the planet's workers, he tries to kill the three-old-Samus, but her mother saves her. He later eats her parent's bodies after Rodney Aran destroys his ship and badly wounds the giant space dragon. This comes up later when Ridley uses this fact to send Samus into a HeroicBSOD.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: The suicidal Zebesian that attempts to jump onto Samus' ship as it escapes at the end of ''Zero Mission.''
** Also, several pirate logs throughout the Prime series, including the BodyHorror entry on the main page.
*** The two hour movie for Other M has a pretty funny moment during the Nightmare fight. It goes from Nightmare being knocked on the ground (demasked, BTW) and Samus about to fire at it, to it actually CHASING HER HALFWAY ACROSS THE ROOM BY SLIDING, and Samus running like hell to get away. Really doesn't hurt that the transition is so freaking sudden.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: At the end of ''Zero Mission'', [[spoiler:we get to see a carving that Samus made when she was just a little girl, depicting a smiling her and her Chozo "parents."]]
** And most scenes involving the Baby Metroid.
* DemonicSpiders: The Metroids themselves (though the base forms are ALOT weaker in the Prime trilogy). In the 2-D games, they inflict massive amounts of damage, and the only way to kill them is by freezing them with the ice-beam and repeatedly blasting them with missiles. While they're a lot weaker in the Prime trilogy, the Fission Metroid in the first game are this, they take a lot of damage, and then split into other Fisson Metroids that only take damage from a certain beam, which is really bad when see the ones that only take damage from the ice beam due to its low rate of fire.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ridley has gathered a big fanbase around him (and in the manga, he was essentially the one who steals the show). Also, Rundas from ''MetroidPrime 3'', Sylux from ''Metroid Prime Hunters'' (the [[spoiler:appearance of a ship that looks like the Delano 7 in the 100% ending of ''Corruption'']] may have been a nod to Sylux's popularity), and [[MemeticMutation Anthony Higgs]] from ''[[MetroidOtherM Metroid: Other M]]''.
* EpilepticTrees: In ''Fusion'', the extent to which Samus absorbs the X is only vaguely hinted at. Thus, it's unclear as to whether she's absorbing their DNA, or just their energy.
** It's believed that the Ing are a form of semi-solidified Phazon. This is supported by the appearance of the Phaze-Ing in ''Prime 3'', which is basically a blue Inglet. This could very well be untrue, though, as it raises a lot of other questions, (like why Phazon kills most Ing). Another interpretation- Metroids absorb energy. Samus is imbued with Metroid DNA. Therefore, Samus is absorbing energy.
** Almost nothing is known for certain about Sylux, except that it hates both Samus and the Federation. Fertile ground for the trees right there, including that it is female.
** Nobody really knows what Kraid is or what his actual connection with the Space Pirates is, beyond being a high-ranking member, but everyone sure loves to speculate. Pre-''Zero Mission,'' a lot of them focused on whether he grew or was enhanced between the original game and ''Super Metroid,'' because he went from being tiny to being huge.
** The identity of the dead soldier lying outside Kraid's room in ''Super Metroid''. The body's purpose is to this day unknown, and has prompted much discussion and speculation over who it was, what faction it was with, and why it was there. Theories abound among fans, with claims that it could be anyone from ExpandedUniverse bounty hunter Houston Armstrong to Weavel (from ''Prime Hunters''). It doesn't help matters that the soldier is the only human-looking sprite left on Zebes.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Metroid'' [[TropeMaker basically created the modern]] {{Metroidvania}} genre, and ''Metroid 2'' wasn't exactly bad, either, but it wasn't until ''Super Metroid'' [[TropeCodifier that things]] ''[[SoCoolItsAwesome really]]'' [[{{Awesome/Metroid}} got swinging]].
* FandomHeresy: If you say that you liked Other M or even go as far as to say it was your favorite in the series, expect a few eyebrows to raise, and maybe a fight to break out.
* FanonDiscontinuity: There is a Metroid Manga that is supposedly canon, but is ignored even by most who bothered [[NoExportForYou to look it up]] in the first place. Not helping is that it isn't entirely consistent with the games.
** ''Other M'' is often treated this way, mainly due to Samus supposedly suffering from BadassDecay according to detractors, but also for several other elements, such as the convoluted reincarnation of Ridley.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Much of the Japanese series' fanbase is based in America, which might be why the 3D revival of the series was given to an American development studio.
** In fact, Other M was designed mostly to get the Japanese to buy it; it worked, but at the cost of losing a good part of the (much larger) American fanbase.
* GoddamnedBats: Mellows and Weavers in Brinstar, and pretty much any lava enemy in Norfair. [[PersonalSpaceInvader The titular enemies]], however, skip right over this into DemonicSpider territory.
** In ''Fusion,'' the winner goes to the species of X-infected Ki-Hunters. They're quite quick, contact damage with them takes about 50 energy, and their stinging attack takes a way ''a full energy tank.'' They're also found right before and after you have to flee from a super powerful SA-X, causing frustration for anyone who gets unlucky and isn't able to reach a save spot in time.
* GoodBadBugs: "This is an Elite Space Pirate. Elite Space Pirate Description 3."
* GrowingTheBeard: While ''Metroid'' and ''Metroid II: Return of Samus'' were perfectly good games, ''Super Metroid'' improved absolutely everything, set the standard for all {{Metroidvania}} games in the future and is now regarded as one of the finest games in history.
* HellIsThatNoise: "Skreee!"
** Ridley's screech in ''Fusion'' and ''Zero Mission'' is like listening to someone use a chainsaw on a chalkboard.
** The 'tap tap tap' sound from ''Fusion'' will be in your nightmares.
* HilariousInHindsight: This [[http://www.metroid-database.com/sm/interview.php interview]] is funny as hell now that Other M has been released, and ends up making most of the complaints much '''much''' OlderThanTheyThink.
** Samus' comment about Adam having a "Brilliant military mind" is ironic in light of the arguably boneheaded decisions he makes in ''Other M''.
** You know all those people [[IAmNotShazam who've mistakenly called Samus "Metroid"?]] With the {{Retcon}} that the word is a Chozo word meaning "ultimate warrior", they're technically correct.
* InternetBackdraft: The Zero Suit alone has sparked discussions and flamewars about whether or not Nintendo turned Samus into a slut. Whether your definition of {{Stripperific}} extends to LatexSpaceSuit or goes to AbsoluteCleavage and ThongOfShielding will determine your standing.
* ItWasHisSled: When the original game first came out, many players were shocked to discover that SamusIsAGirl. Not so much anymore, in large part because one of the original reasons ''why'' it was originally so shocking (''a girl protagonist in a video game?!'') is [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny pretty pat nowadays]].
** Also, Samus suffers sudden shell shock against Ridley in Other M.
* MagnumOpus: ''Super Metroid'' is almost unanimously considered one of the best, [[TropeCodifier if not THE best example]] of EvenBetterSequel in all of gaming. With stellar gameplay, memorable boss fights (including one of the most highly regarded [[FinalBoss final bosses]] of all time) and masterful minimalist storytelling, it regularly tops lists of the greatest SNES games ever, as well as regularly appearing on, and sometimes topping, lists of the greatest games of all time.
** MagnumOpusDissonance: Sakamoto wanted to top ''Super Metroid'''s success with ''Other M''. If he had followed the ShowDontTell rule when writing the script and listened to the constructive criticism of his co-workers instead of micromanaging, he might have succeeded.
* MemeticBadass: Samus, as evidenced by her [[RedBaron nickname]] on this very site: The Intergalactic Queen of Badass.
** Also, Admiral Castor Dane, in part due to a scene where it seems he's standing in the Urtagian acid rain, which is strong enough to kill well-armored Samus in a few seconds, with no protection[[note]]The flagship above him probably acts as an umbrella, but you still have to wonder if ''some'' rain gets around it. Also, ''he's using a spaceship as an umbrella''.[[/note]].
*** Dane's [[NiceHat hat]] is a MemeticBadass in its own right, as well.
* {{Memetic Sex God}}dess: Believe it or not, Samus was a sex symbol ''long'' before the games made the jump to 3D. Doing so simply took her status as such UpToEleven.
** {{Parodied}} in the upcoming VideoGame/TomodachiLife trailers where not one, not two, but [[RuleOfThree 3]] Miis all say they love her.
* MemeticMutation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzEKTcEf_Mo "REMEBEH ME??!?!?"]] After the trailer was released, it took about .372 seconds for "Mysterious Black Guy" to become a meme.
** TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBES!
** And don't forget that Science Team has vapor for brains.
** [[MetroidPrime "That seems inefficient"]]
** [[LegoGenetics Feather pubes]]
* MisBlamed: At one point, Yoshio Sakamoto gave an interview with Kotaku where he said that he initially wanted ''Other M'' to be "on-rails." What he ''meant'' by on-rails was "on a 2D sidescrolling plane." What the article gave the ''impression'' of with what he said, however, was "RailShooter." Unfortunately, the misinformation spread like wildfire, and fans were up in arms over how Sakamoto was trying to [[IncrediblyLamePun derail]] the series with an unneeded GenreShift. The uproar dissipated once Sakamoto was able to clarify what exactly he meant.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Neo Ridley's scream in ''Metroid Fusion''. Dear God...
* MostWonderfulSound: The fanfare that plays when you collect a new item. Doubles as Samus' victory theme in ''SuperSmashBros''.
* MyRealDaddy: After the [[BrokenBase base-breaking]] insanity of ''MetroidOtherM'', many would say that RetroStudios should handle the series from here on out, due to the critical and commercial acclaim of the ''MetroidPrime'' trilogy.
** Gunpei Yokoi has always been viewed this way. He is the series creator and all but he had help. Particularly when he was looking for ways to make the game and its [[KidIcarus sister project]] more distinct from each other Yoshio Sakamoto suggested adding in a maze because he felt the game was too short, which lead to maze becoming a core game play feature.
* NeverLiveItDown: Fans like to say that any planet Samus lands on will explode at some point. They must not think Tallon IV, Alinos, Arcterra, Aether, Norion, Bryyo, Elysia, and the Pirate Homeworld exist, then.
** They exist, they just haven't blown up yet. Give them a month or so.
** And even then, Zebes' destruction wasn't her fault. And, even though she ''was'' directly responsible for [[spoiler:Dark Aether and Phaaze]] blowing, it's pretty much safe to say that it's a ''very'' good thing they were destroyed.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Metroid}} This series has its own page.]]
* ParanoiaFuel: in ''Metroid Fusion'', when the X Parasite takes over your former suit, you get to see a cutscene announcing there's another "Samus" lurking in the game. It has ''all of Samus's powerups, aside from the Gravity Suit and ('''oh thank god''') the X-ray scope.'' [[OhCrap Good luck trying to play it without being nervous.]]
* ScrappyMechanic: Wall-jumping in ''Super Metroid'', due to the unforgiving timing required to pull it off correctly. Fortunately, there is only one optional occasion where you have to use it before you acquire the Space Jump, which is a much easier way of doing the same thing. ''Fusion'', ''Zero Mission'', and [[MetroidOtherM Other M]] subsequently made wall jumping a lot easier.
** And then some difficult {{romhack}}s of ''Super'' make the timing even more unforgiving...
*** Any long-time Metroid player's blood pressure goes up when they see [[WalkDontSwim water]] in a Metroid game. Though this gets MUCH better once you get a certain suit upgrade.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The original ''Metroid'' got this in recent years, due to the confusing layout comprised of CutAndPasteEnvironments(which was more of a result of the NES's limitations) and clunky controls. At the time, it was rather innovative, creating the {{Metroidvania}} genre and [[SamusIsAGirl its famous twist at the end of the game,]] [[ItWasHisSled which is pretty much common knowledge by now.]]
** ''Metroid II'' is underrated, overshadowed by further instalments and sadly blamed for being more linear and empty than Super Metroid. Despite this, it was the game that brought Save Stations, the space jump, the spiderball and [[SerendipityWritesThePlot the current design of Samus’ armor]]. Samus was able to shoot down and kneel for the first time which was easier to kill some ennemies. For the story, it was also the game that brought the evolutions of the metroid and introduced the “baby”.
* {{Squick}}: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example. As you are entering the Olympus, you see Ghor in containment room being scanned. During this time, you see him scratching his head. The problem? This also means that he is scratching his ''brain''.
* TaintedByThePreview: Not exactly preview, it's more like tainted from the start. According to a interview with the game director Yoshio Sakamoto, during the development of Super Metroid, it was actually close to being put down not one, not two, but three times. And one of the biggest critics of the game was actually Gunpei Yokoi -- yeah, that's right, the creator of the series. Reportedly, he often angrily asked the team "Are you trying to make a goddamn masterpiece?". Well, the game came, and it was pretty much a masterpiece, and Gunpei apparently liked it so much that he for a long time used it as a reference of how a good game should be. Sadly, he and Sakamoto never had the time to make up before his unfortunate death.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/{{Metroid}} Also has its own page]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nMFLquJeCc Rundas' theme]], the deaths of the Baby Metroid and Adam...
* ThatOneBoss: Yakuza, Nightmare... And Ridley is hardly a fair fight, in any game.
* ThatOneLevel: The second play through of Sector 2 TRO, in ''Fusion'', is arguably the hardest part of the game due to the plant overgrowth, lack of weak enemies, and the fact that every enemy you do encounter deals at minimum 1 bar of energy in damage (nevermind the [=SA-X=], who takes 3 of them every time you touch her).
** You get a hint of what's to come after beating the boss in your first visit. All those creepy little worms suddenly pupate...and when you get back to one of the tall rooms you use the pupae to climb, you can see their adult shapes forming inside.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Metroid Fusion's'' linear progression caused waves of InternetBackdraft.
** ''Metroid Other M'' is now included mostly because of its interpretation of Samus's personality.
*** And the {{retcon}} for Adam to be Samus' father figure as opposed to the Chozo Old Bird and Gray Voice
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The hunters' backstories are this.
** Not only do we never find out what happened to the rest of the Diamont, we never even find out how Spire got separated from them in the first place.
** Sylux's backstory states that it has a deep-seated hatred of the Galactic Federation, hating Samus by proxy. That's pretty much all we ever find out. [[spoiler:Though his ship is possibly seen in TheStinger for ''Corruption'', so there's a chance of developing this.]]
* ToughActToFollow: [[http://www.gamestm.co.uk/interviews/yoshio-sakamoto-discusses-metroid-64-metroid-dread-and-the-unwritten-future-of-the-warioware-series/ According to an interview]], this is the reason there was no N64 sequel after ''Super Metroid''. [[MetroidPrime It took two generations for a worthy successor to come around.]]
** After the critically acclaimed ''MetroidPrime'' trilogy, Sakamoto's attempt to bring the series to its original roots was met with mixed reception.
* UglyCute: The Metroids are either this [[NightmareFuel or absolutely terrifying]].
* VindicatedByHistory: ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' was overshadowed at the time of its release by the hype for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', people didn't start acknowledging it as one of the greatest games of all time until 1996 or so.
** Metroid Fusion was originally the black sheep of the franchise, with its focus on storytelling and linearity dividing fans. Now, it's remembered more for its boss fights and interesting deviations, while MetroidOtherM gets the insults.
* TheWoobie: A young girl is the SoleSurvivor of not one, but ''two'' holocausts, the first of which happens when she's ''three''?
** IronWoobie
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