During the development stages of Other M, Anthony was originally supposed to be AdamThis explains why Anthony calls her princess; the nickname was a substitute after he was demoted to a lesser role. During a flashback, Samus mentions how she was offended by most people calling her out for a woman except for Adam but she takes Anthony's remarks playfully as well. Consideirng his friendly nature, the nickname was satirical so Samus didn't mind. Overall, she seems to have a much closer relationship to Anthony than she does to Adam. This explains why there is very little to cement the relationship to the current Adam and Samus. Anthony was meant to be the original Adam. Thus, when he was replaced with the current Adam, the team was forced to insert excessive narration to reveal Adam and Samus's relationship, demoting the development between Anthony and Samus.
Samus is a Fantastic RacistShe states that naturally the space pirates are just a bunch of dumb feral creatures without something smarter than them leading them.
MB is actually GLaDOS.Because I don't see why the hell not.
Concentration works on the same principle as Spiral Energy.It's so obvious! Why would she have multiple ships if they didn't combine? (HYPER... WAVE... BUSTERRRRRRR!)
Ridley has been secretly putting his own DNA into the other creatures at the BOTTLE SHIP.This is evidenced by the shapes of a number of the enemies' heads. He planned on using the army to dominate the universe.
By the next game this characterization will all go out the window.They change everything else each game, so why not that?
Samus is genuinely terrified of Ridley.She saw him kill both her parents when she was a child. He continues to come back over and over again. Samus is terrified that she will be forced to fight him for the rest of her life. This makes every battle with Ridley a Crowning Moment Of Awesome as she is able to overcome her fears to kick the shit out of him (which is the real definition of courage).
Anthony was the DeleterNotice how he's the only member of the squad to come out alive? And his first action upon revealing himself is insisting he 'escort' the only two living witnesses. he also displays better combat prowess than any other member of the squad, and has the training and clearance to use the very dangerous plasma cannon. Most likely he used Samus' trust in him to convince her that revealing what the Federation did would only make her some very powerful enemies and solve nothing. As for a certain distraught scientist...it would be all too easy to fake a suicide.
Adam was the DeleterSlight Fan Wank here, but it would explain a lot without having to change too much. Adam was in the command center (or whatever they called the place with all the cameras) during the game... supposedly. While there he would know where everyone would be, and how to ambush them, and it wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume he was outfitted with some cool equipment to help him get around faster since he was The Mole. This also makes a lot of sense in regards to how he interacts with Samus; she's an outside element that could potentially mess up the plan to wipe out the traces of what happened on the ship, and yet he still has paternal feelings towards her. So during the game his duty to kill her and the rest of the squad is clashing with his feelings towards Samus! (explains why he waited so long to let her turn on the Varia suit, and why he shot her) If this had been intentionally stated in game by the end, it would have done wonders to screw with the player as well, since most of us got annoyed at the guy for the whole "authorization system" thing, it would have made sense to set him up as the Corrupt Military antagonist. Of course, his feelings for Samus ultimately win out, and he sacrifices himself to save her.... Except in Metroid Fusion the AI was a flash clone of Adam, and the Federation still has Metroids. Could Adam have faked the destruction of Section Zero and ended up assuming Samus and everyone else that needed to be "taken care of" was dealt with when the Bottle Ship blew up? In fact, HE might have detonated it once he was some distance away! And since Samus ended up surviving the events, they then had to figure out how to indirectly kill her to completely cover up what happened, which lead to her getting infected by the X parasite in Metroid Fusion, only they backed out of letting her die at the last minuet so they could test the new vaccine on her. That way, if she lived they could keep using her, and if she didn't then she was out of their hair. Like I said, lot of Fan Wank in this theory, but it does fix a lot of issues some players had about this games plot...
James was the DeleterNotice how, when they get to the tower in sector 1, James is the first one there and is doing something under the desk (and that the tower later explodes), or that when a body is dumped in sector 3's magma Misawa is nowhere to be seen afterwards AND, when the Deleter confronts MB it's in the same room James' freshly Metroided corpse is found, with his freeze gun missing. (MB got a Freeze Gun didn't she?...)
There was NO DeleterMelissa was lying. She made up the story about the Deleter so Samus would become more suspicious of the squad. The scenes of Maurice and KG getting killed were just Samus's imagination based off of the lie. The Power Suit that was piloting the loader machine was an empty shell that was being controlled telepathically by Melissa. Maurice died because his suit probably sustained damage during the fight in the field, and he ended up freezing to death in the Cryosphere. KG is simply missing in action as stated: who knows what happened to him. As for James? He was running from Samus because he probably couldn't see it was her, and thought he was being pursued by some monster, which explains why he shot out the bridge. When Samus met up with Melissa again, James was listening to all the lies that were being told. After Samus left the room, he intended to interrogate Melissa himself but had no idea what he was really up against...
The BSL Lab is a continuation of the Bottle Ship's experiments, with plausible deniabilityThe rogue faction in the Federation subcontracted their experiments out to the BSL corporation to avoid the kind of political fallout that the Bottle Ship incident caused with HQ, so if anything went wrong, the BSL corp. would be the fall guy. Alternatively, BSL is just a dummy company for the rogue faction and doesn't really exist as a private corporation.
Ridley loathes being in his larval formSeriously. He's a badass uber-space dragon, and then whenever he gets fragged by Samus, he has to spend who knows how long as a Ridiculously Cute Critter that is even less threatening then the "monsters" from Night of the Lepus. No wonder he hates her.
The game actually incorporates all the mechanics of PrimeThe auto-target is Samus' lock-on system from Prime, those horrible pixel hunt sections are the scan visor. Why her scan visor doesn't automatically highlight things of interest anymore is because... Adam didn't authorize it?
Samus BSOD'd against Ridley, because she killed him in Super MetroidNow tell me, why would we fight a clone of Ridley rather than the real deal? Because, canonically, Samus actually KILLED him in Super Metroid! Other M takes place between super Metroid and Fusion, and we see Ridley-X in Fusion, we hear nothing about the REAL Ridley. Since Samus killed him in Super, she thought she had finally killed the beast that she'd been hunting all her life. Then comes the boss fight in Other M, and she sees him again, it's no wonder she BSOD's!
Samus is writing a tell-all book about her exploits...The cheesy, narmy narration is due to the fact that she isn't a very good writer.
Samus is an Unreliable Narrator.Related to above. Could be she's trying to make Adam sound better than he actually was, amongst other inconsistencies with the plot.
Anthony was originally going to die, like all the other soldiers.However, due his unexpected popularity (Mysterious Black Dude meme), they decided to keep him alive.
The Galactic Federation is a bloated and slowly collapsing bureaucracy.Why else would so much weight be put on proper authorization of life-saving equipment in dangerous situations? It also explains why Samus, as a bounty hunter, does jobs more suited for a soldier or spec-ops team: using an independant contractor really cuts through the paperwork back at the office.
Samus x IanThat explains the picture where the two of them seem a little close.
Samus x HiggsWhen hes talking about subtly and "how to treat a lady" he's talking about himself.
The Reason for the Ship ExplodingOkay, so you manage to defeat the Queen Metroid, then return to collect more items, kill some weird monsters, fight Phantoon and retrieve Samus' precious thing: Adam's helmet. But at that moment the ship finally does what it's supposed to do and self-destructs. The question is why now? Why after having done so much and right when things quiet down does this happen?? Because the BOTTLE SHIP loved Adam! Apparently all that time Adam spent in the control room made the ship infatuated but when a stripped-down hussie walks in to take away its last lingering possession of Adam's it gives in to jealousy and tries to blow up a bitch. What better explanation for the suddenness of that moment then due to freaky jealous ship rage?
Samus was trying to commit Suicide by RidleySamus watched Ridley kill her parents, and a common psychological symptom in such orphanings is a great degree of guilt and self-blaming in the psyche of the victim. After years of trauma, being raised by neglectful caretakers (The manga shows that while the Chozo are nice, they were also very busy, and usually left Samus with their homicidal computer nanny.) who trained her to kill, joining the military as a teenager, forming a bond with a Father figure only to leave him behind, (and if the above WMG regarding Ian is correct, losing a boyfriend,) and spending years alternatively killing or being mutated only to culminate in the WORST WEEK EVER as she hunted down all but one of the energy monsters the Chozo created (when they should have been raising her,) having dozens of innocent people killed when her Arch-Nemisis attacked Ceres, and it was HER FAULT for not killing that baby Metroid when she had the chance, finally killing her long-time enemies, only to watch as the infant she'd saved against orders, transported illegally and left behind dieing to save her, that when seeing Ridley, alive and well, and knowing that her fight to avenge her parents, and all the people that had died for her had all been for nothing, she decided to just end it all and let him get it over with.And then he hurt Anthony.
Phantoon appeared because Samus succeeded.The first (and last) time we ever met Phantoon was on the Wrecked Ship in Super Metroid. The next time we meet it is on the Bottle Ship, after MB and Ridley have been killed and everything's been shut down. The ship is essentially adrift in space, with no major guiding intelligence or purpose, and is slated for destruction soon... but hasn't yet been destroyed. At that point, it's effectively a ghost ship.
Ridley doesn't have Genetic Memory.Much as it's hard to accept, the real Ridley most likely is Deader than Dead after Zebes blew up. All the behavior of the Little Birdie doesn't point to Genetic Memory at all. In fact, it seems like typical animal behavior. Why was it glaring at Samus like that? Well, how would you react if someone wearing a bright orange and red armorsuit walked by? Not to mention that bright colors are a sign of "don't mess with me" in the animal kingdom. El Pollo Loco Ridley probably went after Samus because she stood out so much, not because he has a personal grudge against her.
The lava creature that Anthony froze was K.G.After being kicked into the lava by the Deleter, instead of dying, K.G. became a lava creature. When Anthony is knocked into the lava by Ridley, K.G. pops up under him, and he freezes K.G., allowing him to survive. Anthony will never know that it was K.G. that saved his life.
A possible explanation for the "Authorization" system of upgradingOkay, so we all know how Samus gets her major upgrades...she already has all of them, but doesn't use them until Adam authorizes it. Many see this as strange, but most of it makes sense, depending on how you look at it. First of all, the system itself. It's Galactic Federation SOP. This is evidenced by the scene during the Brug Mass fight, in which Adam authorizes his team to use their ice guns in the same way that he authorizes all of Samus' equipment. Also, since Adam beat Samus to the Bottle Ship, she pretty much had no right to be there. However, he allowed her to stick around and help out, so long as she played by his rules...in other words, adhering to GF protocol. Samus probably saw this coming, which was why she deactivated her Bombs and Missiles even before she was officially allowed to help out. Then there's her equipment. For all her weapons, as well as the Speed Boost, Adam pretty much stated that he didn't want her blazing through the ship at full power, in case there are any survivors hiding out. Thus, he only authorizes their use when it becomes absolutely necessary. As for the things like her Varia Suit, Space Jump and Grapple Beam, it's possible that Samus didn't activate them in the beginning because she didn't think she'd need to. By the time she discovered otherwise, she was already following orders from Adam, so she probably didn't want to risk disrupting the mission by activating them without his say. And, as for the whole Varia Suit thing, one thing that people tend to overlook is that there are only a few areas of the Pyrosphere where the intense heat would become an issue. Granted, one room is extremely large, but different parts of it are visited in different sections which are more than possible to get through without the suit. As such, it's possible that neither Adam nor Samus herself expected that she would have to be in these areas for an overly long period of time, and thus saw no reason to activate the suit. But, it became clear that this wasn't the case when Goyagma attacked Samus, so he went ahead and okayed it. The same could be said about the Gravity Feature, the only difference being that Samus activated it on her own since Adam had just died a moment ago. Either way, it might not be the best explanation, but it least it makes a little sense.
The Varia and Gravity Suits were somehow altered in/after Super Metroid and now give off low-level radiation.Adam didn't authorize them until "absolutely necessary" because he knew the radiation might have ill effects on his squad. This also could explain why the Gravity Suit is now a purple energy aura.
Adam's weapon isn't as powerful as previously thoughtWe all know that Adam is weilding a weapon seemingly capable of oneshotting Samus, but does not seem otherwise very powerful. We also know that the Power Suit is primarily held together by concentration, and, as demonstrated by Ridley, can be partially to fully deactivated if that concentration is lost. Now, in the scene in question, Samus has just stumbled upon a baby Metroid out of nowhere, and one that is acting quite similarly to The Baby, at that, giving no indication that it was hostile. And then, just as Samus prepares to kill the infant, Adan shoots her in the back, which disables Samus' suit. The most likely explanation is that Samus' concentration wavered when she was confronted with another chance to kill an infant Metroid, which were thought to be extinct, and Adam's sneak attack came while Samus was still in flashback mode
Ridley has a wall fetishIn his second form, Ridley ambushes Samus by sticking himself to a wall. After he gets blasted by Anthony, Ridley retreats by ramming himself through a wall. The next time we see his is second form is when it's stuck to a wall. He constantly rams Samus into a wall (and drags her along a wall in The Subspace Emissary), and when he's finally defeated by Samus, he escapes by fire-breathing on a wall and crashing into it.
Adam sucks as a commanderNotice that his entire team gets wiped out in a matter of ten minutes and he does fuck-all to warn them or Samus? Notice that he doesn't tell Samus to use her weapons until roughly two minutes after she needs them? What is this guy doing, fapping on his control panel? Its a wonder any of his troops have survived this long.
Adam is an Author AvatarThis is a relatively new fan theory, but think about it. In Real Life, co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto thinks of himself as Samus's father. In game, Samus considers Adam her father figure. Samus also practically worships the ground he walks on, even going as far a risking her life to get his helmet. Notice the blatant Marty Stu traits, like being the only one besides possibly Ridley to nearly kill Samus, and Samus thinks he's always right. Let that sink in for a awhile.
Adam's armor is the means of his Brain UploadingLet's assume that GF suits are linked up into the nervous systems of soldiers, much like Samus' own Power Suit is. That would mean that, whenever a soldier dies, his mind can be uploaded into the suit. When Adam dies in Sector Zero, his mind is therefore uploaded into his armor. The uploaded mind can be accessed through any part of the armor whether it is attached or not. Thus, his mind was specifically accessible from his helmet as well. Him leaving behind his helmet was a major stroke of fortune for his continued existence; since his body and main armor were destroyed along with Sector Zero, Samus' retrieval of the helmet in the epilogue just barely saved Adam's mind from oblivion. So, little did she know, but Samus' quest to save Adam's helmet was not merely a sentimental escapade, but also an action that would ultimately save her life come Fusion.
Sector Zero never got destroyedAdam was killed by the Metroids before he got the chance. Instead, Sector Zero drifted off into space until the Galactic Federation retrieved it. With the Metroids inside still alive, they "renovated" the complex so that it could secretly fit into the BSL Station as the Restricted Lab. Thus, Sector Zero never really got destroyed until Metroid Fusion. Indeed, the reason the last area of Sector 1 in Fusion bears a striking resemblance to Tourian is because, being Sector Zero, it is a replica of Mother Brain's old hideout.
Sector Zero never got destroyed, and Adam is a Manipulative BastardAdam, who wants Metroids to take over the Galaxy, lied to Samus, and upon entering Sector Zero, he simply detached it and flew it off into space, Metroids in tow. The explosion heard could have just been fake (perhaps he set off a bomb), and he probably lied to Samus about everything.
Space Pirates have infiltrated the FederationThe Bottle Ship was really just one of there many reseach ships, it was all just testing out there newest stuff without Samus blowing up there base.
Melissa Bergman is a liar.Exposition that originates with Melissa is not to be trusted.
Adam didn't need to sacrifice himself.After shooting Samus in the back without even being 100% certain that he'd be able to kill the Metroid that was about to feed on her, Adam offers a great deal of conjecture about Sector Zero and his plan to destroy it. Unfortunately, his plan shows just as poor judgement as when he gambled on that Metroid not eating Samus and then him. To destroy Sector Zero, all you need to do is cause enough superficial damage to the structure to force an auto-eject sequence. Now if only there was someone with super-intense explosives and super-enhanced running speed. Oh wait, the girl he just shot in the back! Samus could've entered Sector Zero (she wouldn't even have needed to go far judging by how little time it took Adam to start the destruct sequence), dropped a Power Bomb, Speedboosted and Shinesparked back to the exit, and escaped through the door by either not sealing it on the way in or letting Adam keep the locks open at the entrance. Furthermore, with Power Bombs in effect and sense move to stay alive while it recharges, there's no gameplay reason why Samus couldn't have defeated all the unfreezable Metroids all by herself with little risk of failure. But with so much Cutscene Incompetence in effect in Other M, the first plan would probably be safest. Either way, Adam's sacrifice was entirely pointless.
Adam is a Dark KnightHe is the hero that Metroid deserves, but not the one it needs right now. And so we'll hate him, because he can take it, because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
The reason Ridley's larval form is so radically different from his final form is because the clone is genetically impure.Like the Metroids and many of the other organisms on the Bottle Ship, their DNA was taken from Samus' suit. Also, as noted elsewhere, a couple of the regular Mook creatures likely have some of Ridley's genetic code in their own. So who's to say that the reverse didn't happen to Ridley? In fact, the sequences showing Ridley's metamorphosis seem to indicate that his own DNA was gradually reasserting itself amid the other genomes in his body. That would explain why his larval rabbit form has the chicken legs, as if the clone started off as a plain rabbit-like creature but was having the rabbity DNA shoved out in favor of the dragony DNA. It also explains why Ridley's metamorphosis cycle as depicted in the game involves the cocoon-like molting process; while the normal Ridley is a reptile, this process, normally only seen with insect(oid)s, was implemented into his genome when it got mixed in there accidentally by the scientists.
The next game will review what went right and what went wrong in Other M and makes changes accordingly.Such a strategy is certainly not foreign to the Metroid series. Recall back to the time of Echoes and Hunters. Like Other M, neither of these games broke the million units sold barrier thanks to certain aspects that alienated customers. So when Corruption came around, Retro Studios took out or de-emphasized the parts that critics didn't like (limited ammo for all non-Power Beam weapons, excessive linearity, multiplayer, unbalanced difficulty, etc.) while retaining and expanding on the bits that critics did like (emphasis on other hunters besides Samus, flying around in the gunship, free aiming, etc.). The same is bound to happen with the next game; the disliked bits (Samus' characterization and narration, the linearity, the length of cutscenes, the "authorization" mechanic, etc.) will be expunged or altered, while the well-liked bits (the smooth controls, the refocusing on advanced platforming, the faster pace, the concept of a more complex plot, etc.) will be improved upon.
Other M was All Just a Dream.Specifically, it was a dream Samus had while she was in a coma during the Fusion introduction. It's an amalgam of her final mission with Adam's squad, paranoia about the Federation's dirty laundry, her childhood encounter with Ridley, angst over the baby Metroid, and so on. This explains the disjointed nature of the narrative and the peculiarities of everyone's personalities. None of it ever happened exactly as presented - we're getting maybe a smidge of actual history filtered through a brain delirious from X Parasite infection.
The entire game is a Space Pirate propaganda piece designed to portray Samus and the Federation as weak.The overall plot of the game is canonically factually accurate, but certain details have been greatly embellished in order to give the impression that Samus is weak and submissive and the Federation is reckless and incompetent. The game/film is presented to Space Pirate troops as a historical account created from Samus's journals and Federation logs, but events were altered in order to raise the morale of the troops by minimizing the threat of their enemies.
The entire game is Federation propaganda designed to portray Samus as weak and Adam as an evil idiot.After the whole BSL debacle, the corrupt part of the Feds released Other M's story with their own twists on it to turn the people against Samus and Adam.
The Samus in Other M is a clone born on the BOTTLE SHIP.
Phantoon will be replacing Ridley if he survived.
Samus planned to finish Ridley off with Anthony's weaponAfter the boss battle with him, Ridley is just lying on the ground. By this stage Samus is more than savvy enough to know he is not dead yet. She does however believe she has enough time to walk over to Anthony's gun, spend a second morning his gun before picking it up and finishing the space dragon off once and for all with her friends weapon. Unfortunately Ridley wasn't quite as injured as she thought and was able to attempt a sneak attack on her (which she was prepared for leading further to the theory that she knew he wasn't finished yet).
The entire game is actually, within the Metroid universe, a bad self-insert fan-fictionI mean, Samus is attractive and has destroyed enough planets to become famous; surely some loser fantasizes about her enough to do what many other losers do in not-Metroid universe (this one that we're in right now, if I wasn't clear): write bad fanfiction. That way we can all pretend that none of this ever happened. I suggest that the next Metroid game will have a secret easter egg scanny thing that's an excerpt of it, preferably with a note by a reader about how sucky it is. Shigeru Miyamoto has said that the reason Link is a Heroic Mime so that the fans could project themselves into him. Most Nintendo heroes that have a Featureless Protagonist status are also very well-received among fans. The real reason Other M was made is to take one these protagonists and give her a personality that is exact opposite of what fans thought. That way, they would be disliked by fans. The next Metroid game turns Samus back into Heroic Mime again. Now, people will see her again as the ultimate awesome gal. And nobody will complain about Nintendo's characterization politics ever again.
Samus truly is as badass as everyone assumed she would be.Despite the multiple complaints about her characterization in this game, Samus is still the uber-badass bounty hunter that the fans feel she should be. However, when you look at the events of Super Metroid and Other M, it becomes clear why she seems so vulnerable in this game. She's merely having a very bad day, and was suffering from an emotional equivalent to Worf Had the Flu. I mean think about it. At the end of Super Metroid, the infant Metroid performed a Heroic Sacrifice when Samus was literally seconds away from death. This had to have left a pretty deep impression. Then, to top it all off, Zebes, the planet she grew up on, was completely vaporized after her final battle with Mother Brain. Even if it was a hollow shell of its former self, seeing her former home go up like that couldn't have been easy to watch. So then Other M happens, while Samus is still reeling from the events of Super Metroid. By sheer chance, Samus comes face to face with Adam Malkovich, a man whom she viewed as a father figure during her time in the Galactic Federation. However, due to the death of Ian, Adam's younger brother who was also heavily implied to be in a relationship with Samus, she ended up ragequitting the GF, and the two of them parted on, at best, incredibly rocky terms. So, as one can imagine, it was probably rather awkward running into him like this. However, this would also explain why she was so quick to adhere to his command, despite being an independent bounty hunter. She was able to acknowledge how immature she had been all those years ago, and she was hoping to make amends with the man who, in her mind, was still like a father to her. Then, there was the whole thing with Ridley. Out of everything that happened during Super Metroid, the one thing she could take solace in was the fact that her most feared and hated enemy, Ridley, was finally gone for good. This was the monster who destroyed her human home and quite literally ate her parents in front of her when she was only three years old, so she was understandably relieved to have finally avenged her friends and family. After all, not only did she defeat him a second time, but this time, the planet itself was vaporized, meaning there was (seemingly) nothing else to clone him from. As it turned out, that ended not being the case, and he was cloned purely by accident. However, she had no way of knowing this, so when he literally showed up from out of nowhere in front of her, the stress of everything that had been happening to her finally caused her to snap, resulting in the rather epic Heroic BSOD that the game is understandably infamous for. And yet, in spite of all of this, when Samus was actually fighting monsters, she was still a complete and total badass, doing things like grappling a large chameleon-like enemy, pinning it to the floor by its neck and shooting it point-blank in the face. When she finally snapped out of the aforementioned Heroic BSOD, she proceeded to give Ridley and asskicking so epic that the battle ended with him fleeing from her in terror. So yes. Emotionally, she was a wreck in this game. Everything just kept piling up, and it left her far more vulnerable than she would have been otherwise. Yet, when she was actually able to focus on what she was supposed to be doing (i.e. during gameplay), she was still every bit as badass as she was in the other games. As far as I'm concerned, that's all that matters.
Computer!Adam is attempting to make amends for his behavior."Did this 'Adam' care for you? Would he sit in a safe Command Room and order you to die?" Yes. Yes he did. And he's sorry. By helping Samus screw the rules, he's asking her forgiveness.