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

* ''[[YMMV/{{Metroid1}} Metroid 1]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus Return of Samus]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidZeroMission Zero Mission]]''
* ''[[YMMV/SuperMetroid Super Metroid]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidFusion Metroid: Fusion]]''
* ''YMMV/MetroidPrimeTrilogy''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidOtherM Metroid: Other M]]''
* ''[[YMMV/MetroidManga Metroid (Manga)]]''

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** 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.]]
** Was the Metroid baby in ''Super Metroid'' sorry for attacking its "mother", or acting under instinct?
* AnticlimaxBoss: 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]].
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** 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 badass-ery 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. [[http://feitclub.tumblr.com/post/85601345234/there-is-a-world-of-difference-between-tee-hee 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 ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy''[='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 [[spoiler:shooting Samus in the back with a Metroid hovering right above]].
* BestBossEver: [[AwesomeBosses/{{Metroid}} Also has its own page.]]
* BrokenBase:
** Which is the best game in the series: ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' or ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime''?
** ''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 RedShirtArmy, and are just happy to have a new ''Metroid'' title in the works at all after ''[[FranchiseKiller 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 [[FollowTheLeader 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.
** The topic of how Samus should look outside of her suit is a loaded one. It largely comes down to those who like her design from the first ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' game more and those who prefer her more standard design. There are also debates about her height or how muscular she should be.
* DemonicSpiders: 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.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Rundas from ''MetroidPrime 3'' and Sylux from ''Metroid Prime Hunters'' (the [[spoiler:appearance of a ship that looks like the Delano 7 (later confirmed as such) 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 ProudWarriorRaceGuy and the other being a fountain for EpilepticTrees. 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 SequelEscalation.
** 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 TokenMinority.
* 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.
*** 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 it's 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 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: Criticizing ''Super Metroid''. It's unanimously considered a landmark game and a masterpiece of level design and craftsmanship by fans and critics alike, and is often considered the best game in the entire series (and, over two decades later, still ''one of the greatest video games ever made''). If you go after it, prepare to get a whoopin'.
** The first ''Metroid Prime'' is another game that's considered risky to criticize, since it's often considered to be in the same league as ''Super Metroid'' in quality.
** 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:
** ''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. 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.
** There is a Metroid Manga that is supposedly canon, but is ignored even by many who bothered [[NoExportForYou to look it up]] in the first place. Not helping is that it isn't entirely consistent with the games and their generally minimal story.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series has always had a very confused and complicated relationship with its ActionGirl heroine, Samus Aran. Following ''[[Videogame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'', many detractors have claimed that Samus has been forever tarnished as a lead due to the {{Chickification}}, [[FanservicePack increased sexualization]], and infantilization of the character (to the point that ''Other M'' literally had her regress back into a child during a PTSD {{Trigger}}). Examining the series as a whole, though, Samus was sexualized as early as the first game, was placed into a "motherly" role in the second and third games, and was further sexualized in ''Zero Mission'' and ''Videogame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''. Not to mention that ''[[Videogame/MetroidFusion Fusion]]'' took away some of her agency and had her taking orders from a "male" commanding officer.\\
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What makes ''Other M'' different, according to some critics, is that these other games only had maybe one or two of these problems and they were {{Downplayed Trope}}s for the most part. ''Other M'' ''had them ALL at once'' and many of them were front-and-center and treated as vital to Samus's identity and character in ways that they never had been before. This is further compounded by the ''[[Manga/{{Metroid}} Metroid manga]]'', which portrayed Samus in much the same way--but during a point in her life when she was a HotBlooded FormerTeenRebel. She's portrayed as growing up and maturing by the end of said manga, which means even some people who knew about Samus's insecure side felt that the character regression ruined her.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: 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 Japanese players interested in the series by appealing to Japanese gamer tastes; not only did it not work, but their efforts came 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: 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 flame wars about whether or not Nintendo over-sexualises Samus. 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.
* LesYay: It was clearly supposed to be a way of keeping the game's twist, but a Japanese-only strategy guide had Samus surrounded by two girls in bikinis.
* 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.
* 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.
* MostWonderfulSound: The fanfare that plays when you collect a new item. Doubles as Samus' victory theme in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
** The explosions when you finally defeat bosses. Most satisfying on bosses like Phantoon or Ridley.
** Samus' "Arrival" fanfare can count. Especially in ''Metroid Prime,'' where it's proceeded by a long, impressive cinematic, your first view of Samus' new, 3D-modeled Varia suit, and the fanfare kicks in as the camera moves in for a closeup, then pushing you into Samus' first-person view. If you've been waiting ages since ''Super Metroid'' for another adventure with Samus Aran, that simple, little theme lets you know, in no uncertain terms, that asskicking is about commence.
* MyRealDaddy:
** After the [[BrokenBase base-breaking]] insanity of ''VideoGame/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...all while forgetting that ''Prime 2'' [[ContestedSequel had its own detractors]].
** 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 original game and its [[VideoGame/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. To date, that only includes ''two'': Zebes and SR-388. Now ''space stations'', on the other hand...
** ''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 gear at the beginning of every games in some contrived circumstances, then has to get it back. It actually happened only twice on-screen in the series: ''Metroid Prime 1'' and ''2''. ''Fusion'' is a third case, in which she loses them before the game starts. Most of the time, her gear from previous games doesn't show up [[BagOfSpilling with no reason given]].
** ''Metroid: Other M'' has several for Samus, but mostly angsting over the baby Metroid and [[spoiler: her reaction to Ridley]].
* 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.]]
* SacredCow: ''Super Metroid'' and ''Metroid Prime'' are held in very high esteem by virtually the entire fanbase.
* 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 enemies. For the story, it was also the game that introduced the evolutions of the metroid species and introduced the “baby”.
* TaintedByThePreview: In 2001, ''Metroid Prime'' [[http://www.n-sider.com/contentview.php?contentid=29 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 GaidenGame ''Metroid Prime: Federation Forces'' lead to [[http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/e3-2015-metroid-prime-federation-force-fan-petition-wants-nintendo-3ds-game-cancelled-1506600 a downright hostile reaction]].
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/{{Metroid}} Also has its own page]].
* ThatOneBoss: Yakuza, Nightmare, Phantoom. And Ridley is hardly a fair fight, in any game.
* ThatOneLevel: 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 tank of energy in damage (nevermind the [=SA-X=], who takes 3 of them every time you touch her).
* 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 rival 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''. [[VideoGame/MetroidPrime It took two console 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.
* UglyCute: The Metroids are either this [[NightmareFuel or absolutely terrifying]].
* VindicatedByHistory:
** ''Videogame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' was considered to be the weakest game in the series for a long time. However, negative reception to games like ''Hunters'', ''Pinball'', ''Other M'', have had it reconsidered to be a respectable entry--especially for one that had to work within the limitations of the original Game Boy. Some even prefer its "Search and Destroy" mechanic to the "Go here and activate this" repetitiveness of later games.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' was overshadowed at the time of its release by the hype for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'', 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.
* TheWoobie: A young girl is the SoleSurvivor of not one, but ''two'' holocausts, the first of which happens when she's ''three''?
** IronWoobie: Despite that, she's very powerful and is capable of taking tons of abuse in her armour.
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