YMMV: Metroid

The subjective tropes from Metroid. For the YMMV pages for specific games see:


  • Alternate Character Interpretation: 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 ignore Samus for the Omega Metroid due to sheer instinct? Or did it develop its assimilated human emotions to the point of wanting to save Samus for being such a Worthy Opponent?
    • Some believe that 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 Metroid Prime that assimilated Samus's Phazon suit, enslaved it.
    • Samus herself could be interpreted negatively. It's canon that she's driven at least partially by revenge against the Space Pirates for destroying her home, and after all the destruction she's brought down on them, may have actually succeeded in exterminating them. Though her enemies are undeniably dangerous, she's attempted genocide against the Ing, X-Parasites, Metroids, and all Phazon-based life with varying degrees of success. Her only act of compassion was in sparing the infant Metroid, which she immediately left in the hands of scientists to study. Also, Metroid Prime and the X-Parasites became a threat to the galaxy after taking on her form. Make of that what you will. Not to mention her habit of, intentionally or not, destroying planets.
    • Was the Metroid baby in "Super Metroid," sorry, or acting under protocol.
  • Anticlimax Boss: The 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 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 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.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Samus' portrayal in Other M. While widely reviled among the larger Metroid fandom, some fans appreciated the character development, and a few female fans found her to be relatable.
    • Samus' Zero Suit also has this effect on a certain portion of the fandom; while it's great at showing off her looks, some argue that it undermines her Badassery and that Zero Suit Samus' stereotypically "sexy" features would be impractical given the nature of the character. Not helping matters is that its appearance in Smash Bros. brought a whole new fanbase to the character purely based on her looks, with said fanbase downplaying her "badass" aspects even further. An example of the divide. In fact, fans frequently argue over which design for unarmored/helmetless/Zero Suit Samus is the best, with designs ranging from Other M and Zero Mission's less realistic, anime-like designs to the Metroid Prime Trilogy's more realistic design.
    • Adam Malkovich, in large part due to being the face of the controversial authorization mechanic, Samus' questionable role model, and for shooting Samus in the back with a Metroid hovering right above.
  • Best Boss Ever: Also has its own page.
  • Broken Base:
    • Which is the best game in the series: Super Metroid or Metroid Prime?
    • Federation Force. Some fans are glad to have a new installment for the Prime series in the franchise, hope the game might be a fun spin-off that lets the Federation be something besides a Red Shirt Army, and are just happy to have a new Metroid title in the works at all after Other M. On the other hand, rather than a new single-player adventure with Samus in the lead, it's a co-op shooter heavily-focused on multiplayer, which has lead many fans accusing Nintendo of chasing popular trends rather than building the an actual Metroid title, and implying the company fundamentally does not understand what about Other M made them unhappy.
    • Whether Samus is a transwoman, not helped by an interview in which Sakamoto stated that asking if there would ever be a Metroid game for PlayStation 2 would be like if asking if Samus is a transvestite.
  • Brown Note: For players, especially wearing headphones, the Power Bomb's explosion in Fusion can really hurt your ears, even on low volume.
  • Complete Monster: In the manga, Ridley, Samus Aran's Arch-Enemy, the monstrous, dragon-like military commander and security chief of the Space Pirates. He is the most brutal, vicious and monstrous member of the organization. He is introduced attacking Samus Aran's home colony, and immediately gave orders to his men to slaughter everything in sight and enjoy it to the fullest. When the three-year-old little Samus tried to befriend him, Ridley attempted to murder her, killing her mother when she tried to save her daughter. After Samus's father sacrificed himself to destroy Ridley's ship, nearly killing him, Ridley survived by eating the corpse of Samus's mother to heal himself, a factr which he later uses to mock Samus. A veteran raider, Ridley has slaughtered dozens of innocent colonies and was the one responsible for annihilating the last of the benevolent Chozo race who had rescued and raised the child Samus. Driven by a relentless and mutual hatred of Samus and his desire to destroy and kill whatever he can sink his claws into, Ridley is one of the most feared beings in the universe and a sadist of the highest order.
  • Demonic Spiders: The Metroids themselves (though the base forms are A LOT 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Rundas from Metroid Prime 3 and Sylux from Metroid Prime Hunters (the 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) are quite popular thanks to being awesome bounty hunters, one being a Proud Warrior Race Guy and the other being a fountain for Epileptic Trees. Rundas is more popular because he was once Samsus's ally before being brainwashed and takes out a bunch of Space pirates before his battle.
    • Kraid is fairly well-liked despite being a minor boss with only three appearances to his name. His Kaiju-like design from Super Metroid helps due to being an epic display of the game's Sequel Escalation.
    • Anthony Higgs from Other M is the most well-liked character in the game due to being more friendly to Samus than Adam and subverting many of the tropes associated with a Token Minority.
  • Epileptic Trees: 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.
    • Another interpretation- Metroids absorb energy. Samus is imbued with Metroid DNA. Therefore, Samus is absorbing 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).
      • Though its worth noting that Phazon beings are by nature highly vulnerable to weaponized Phazon, so the Ing's vulnerability to exploding Phazon containers may be justified.
    • 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 Expanded Universe 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.
  • Even Better Sequel: Metroid basically created the modern Metroidvania genre, and Metroid 2 wasn't exactly bad, either, but it wasn't until Super Metroid that things really got swinging.
  • Fandom Heresy: 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.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Other M is often treated this way, mainly due to Samus supposedly suffering from Badass Decay according to detractors, but also for several other elements, such as the convoluted reincarnation of Ridley. This case also doubles over with the manga, as Other M considers it canon, contradicts it AND rehashes plot points from it at the same time.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Much of this 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; not only did it not work, but their efforts came at the cost of losing a good part of the (much larger) American fanbase.
  • Goddamned Bats: Mellows and Weavers in Brinstar, and pretty much any lava enemy in Norfair. The titular enemies, however, skip right over this into Demonic Spider 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.
  • Good Bad Bugs: "This is an Elite Space Pirate. Elite Space Pirate Description 3."
  • Growing the Beard: 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.
  • Hell Is That Noise: "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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: You know all those people who've mistakenly called Samus "Metroid"? With the Retcon that the word is a Chozo word meaning "ultimate warrior", they're technically correct.
  • Internet Backdraft: The Zero Suit alone has sparked discussions and flame wars about whether or not Nintendo over-sexualizes Samus. Whether your definition of Stripperific extends to Latex Space Suit or goes to Absolute Cleavage and Thong of Shielding will determine your standing.
  • It Was His Sled: When the original game first came out, many players were shocked to discover that Samus Is a Girl. 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 pretty pat nowadays.
    • Also, Samus suffers sudden shell shock against Ridley in Other M.
  • Magnum Opus:
    • Super Metroid is almost unanimously considered one of the best, if not THE best example of Even Better Sequel in all of gaming. With stellar gameplay, memorable boss fights (including one of the most highly regarded 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.
    • Metroid Prime is also a highly-praised series revival, and regarded by many as the best game on the GameCube. Fans are split as to whether Super or Prime is the true highest point of the series, though some are content with saying that both of them are.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Sakamoto wanted to top Super Metroid's success with Other M. As the split-opinion shows, the results were far less than stellar.
  • Memetic Badass: Samus, as evidenced by her 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 protectionnote .
  • Memetic Mutation: "REMEBEH ME??!?!?" After the trailer was released, it took about .372 seconds for "Mysterious Black Guy" to become a meme.
  • Mis-blamed: 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 "Rail Shooter." Unfortunately, the misinformation spread like wildfire, and fans were up in arms over how Sakamoto was trying to derail the series with an unneeded Genre Shift. The uproar dissipated once Sakamoto was able to clarify what exactly he meant.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The fanfare that plays when you collect a new item. Doubles as Samus' victory theme in Super Smash Bros..
    • The explosions when you finally defeat boss.. Most satsisfying on bosses like Phantoon or Ridley.
  • My Real Daddy:
    • After the base-breaking insanity of Metroid: Other M, many would say that Retro Studios should handle the series from here on out, due to the critical and commercial acclaim of the Metroid Prime 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 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.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • 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.
    • Metroid: Other M is this for Sakamoto, considering he was well respected before the game's controversial decisions cost him credibility in many fans' eyes.
    • It's often said that Samus always loses her gears at the beginning of every games in some contrived circonstances then has to get them back. It actually happened only twice in the series: Metroid Prime 1 and 2. Three times of you count Fusion in which she loses them before the game starts. Most of the time, her gears from previous games doesn't show up for no reason.
    • Metroid: Other M has several for Samus but mostly angsting over the baby Metroid and her reaction to Ridley.
  • Nightmare Fuel: This series has its own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel: 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. Good luck trying to play it without being nervous.
  • Parvum Opus: Other M, while a competently made game, is widely considered the worst game in the series due to its handling of certain characters (especially Samus herself), its awkward control scheme, and its lack of exploration.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • 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 Other M subsequently made wall jumping a lot easier. And then some difficult romhacks of Super make the timing even more unforgiving.
    • Any long-time Metroid player's blood pressure goes up when they see water in a Metroid game. Though this gets MUCH better once you get a certain suit upgrade.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny:
    • The original Metroid got this in recent years, due to the confusing layout comprised of Cut-and-Paste Environments (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 its famous twist at the end of the game, 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 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.
  • Tainted by the Preview: In 2001, Metroid Prime had fans complaining about the change to 3D FPS, but the game made up for it. And then 14 years later seeing the series revived with Gaiden Game Metroid Prime: Federation Forces lead to a downright hostile reaction.
  • Tear Jerker: Also has its own page.
  • That One Boss: Yakuza, Nightmare, Phantoom. And Ridley is hardly a fair fight, in any game.
  • That One Level: The second play through of Sector 2 TRO, in Fusion, is 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).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Metroid Fusion's linear progression caused waves of Internet Backdraft.
    • 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
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: 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. Though his ship is possibly seen in The Stinger for Corruption, so there's a chance of developing this.
  • Tough Act to Follow: According to an interview, this is the reason there was no N64 sequel after Super Metroid. It took two generations for a worthy successor to come around. After the critically acclaimed Metroid Prime trilogy, Sakamoto's attempt to bring the series to its original roots was met with mixed reception.
  • Ugly Cute: The Metroids are either this or absolutely terrifying.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Super Metroid was overshadowed at the time of its release by the hype for Donkey Kong Country, 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 Other M gets the insults.
  • The Woobie: A young girl is the Sole Survivor of not one, but two holocausts, the first of which happens when she's three?