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* InvincibleBoogeymen: The SA-X of is a copy of Samus at her full strength, and as such can kill her in a few hits, freeze her in place and generally forces the player to run when its telltale footsteps show up.


* HopelessBossFight: Every SA-X encounter before the proper boss battle in the finale. You have to either evade or escape it. [[spoilers:The battle with the Omega Metroid starts out like this as well, similar to the final battle with Mother Brain in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', that is until SA-X comes in and powers up Samus by turning into a Core-X for her to absorb after it is damaged.]]

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Every SA-X encounter before the proper boss battle in the finale. You have to either evade or escape it. [[spoilers:The it.
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battle with the against [[spoiler:the Omega Metroid starts out like this as well, similar to the final battle with Mother Brain in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', that is until a SA-X comes in attempts to fight it and powers up Samus by turning is reduced into a its Core-X for her form, which Samus absorbs to absorb after it is damaged.]]power up and get the Ice Beam]].


* HopelessBossFight: Every SA-X encounter before the proper boss battle in the finale. You have to either evade or escape it.

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* HopelessBossFight: Every SA-X encounter before the proper boss battle in the finale. You have to either evade or escape it. [[spoilers:The battle with the Omega Metroid starts out like this as well, similar to the final battle with Mother Brain in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', that is until SA-X comes in and powers up Samus by turning into a Core-X for her to absorb after it is damaged.]]


* EvilIsNotAToy: The Federation seems to think it is, due to the fact they [[spoiler:first have been trying to weaponize Metroids, which never ends well, and then later on have thoughts on weaponizing the SA-X, which is even less desirable. Samus detonating the station and taking everything therein with it is her attempt at sending that message but the ending suggests all it will accomplish is making her a wanted fugitive in the eyes of the Federation and that the Federation probably doesn't care that they're messing with things way over their head.]]

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* EvilIsNotAToy: The Federation seems to think it is, due to the fact because they [[spoiler:first have been trying to weaponize Metroids, which never ends well, and then later on have thoughts on weaponizing the SA-X, which is even less desirable. Samus detonating the station and taking everything therein with it is her attempt at sending that message but the ending suggests all it will accomplish is making her a wanted fugitive in the eyes of the Federation and that the Federation probably doesn't care that they're messing with things way over their head.]]


* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:Samus has beaten SA-X, plotted the B.S.L. Station on a collision course with SR-388, and is on her way to her ship to escape. But when she gets to the docking bays, the place is a mess, her ship is missing, and there is a huge shed skin on the floor. Suddenly, an Omega Metroid comes in and screeches at Samus. With one claw swipe, Samus is knocked down to one health, immobilized and completely helpless against the monstrosity....until a SA-X jumps in and tries to take it down. The Metroid quickly kills the SA-X, but this allows Samus to absorb its Core-X, allowing her to kill the Metroid herself.]]


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* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler:Samus has beaten SA-X, plotted the B.S.L. Station on a collision course with SR-388, and is on her way to her ship to escape. But when she gets to the docking bays, the place is a mess, her ship is missing, and there is a huge shed skin on the floor. Suddenly, an Omega Metroid comes in and screeches at Samus. With one claw swipe, Samus is knocked down to one health, immobilized and completely helpless against the monstrosity....until a SA-X jumps in and tries to take it down. The Metroid quickly kills the SA-X, but this allows Samus to absorb its Core-X, allowing her to kill the Metroid herself.]]


* EarthShatteringKaboom: [=SR388=], when you [[ColonyDrop collide the B.S.L. station]] with the planet. [[spoiler:The station's self-destruct had been activated and it's orbit had been altered to intercept the planet. The explosion is powerful enough to completely destroy the planet.]]

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* EarthShatteringKaboom: [=SR388=], when you [[ColonyDrop collide the B.S.L. station]] with the planet. [[spoiler:The station's self-destruct had been activated and it's its orbit had been altered to intercept the planet. The explosion is powerful enough to completely destroy the planet.]]



** A mild example with Nightmare: even when Nightmare's face is [[FacialHorror grotesquely deformed]] to half it's size, the entire opening in Nightmare's armor can be shot to deal damage.

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** A mild example with Nightmare: even when Nightmare's face is [[FacialHorror grotesquely deformed]] to half it's its size, the entire opening in Nightmare's armor can be shot to deal damage.



* ImMelting: When Nightmare's mask is removed, you can use missles and charge shots to mash it's face into mush.

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* ImMelting: When Nightmare's mask is removed, you can use missles and charge shots to mash it's its face into mush.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Nightmare. It's name alone can inspire terror, and its appearance and power allows it to live up to its name.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Nightmare. It's Its name alone can inspire terror, and its appearance and power allows it to live up to its name.

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* CentralTheme: Sometimes to be a true hero, we have to become what we fight against. This is seen two-fold throughout the game:
** On her own, Samus is ultimately powerless against the X. Her attempts to ward it off on SR388 amounted to nothing. When she was injected with the Metroid Vaccine, she became partial Metroid herself, and thus completely capable of destroying the X. She became the very thing she's been fighting in just about every game to date.
** Despite being a lone-wolf bounty hunter, Samus clearly still cares about maintaining stability in the galactic civilization. However, she recognizes that the Federation is WAY out of their league [[spoiler: when they decide to capture the X, especially the SA-X, for their military applications. However, the only way for Samus to solve the issue and prevent the X from leaving is to crash BSL into SR388 and destroy the X that way. However, in doing so, her action is basically interpreted as an attack on the Federation and thus the galaxy at large, the very thing she's constantly fighting against]]. However, Adam reassures her that somewhere, someday, someone will understand.

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* BlueMeansCold: The light blue X parasites freeze Samus solid for a few seconds.


** Samus lets out one when the computer tells her that there's more than one [[spoiler: SA-X with an estimated count of ''ten'' SA-X running around.]]
--> '''Samus''': ONE? ...Are you saying there's more than one [[spoiler: SA-X]]?
* OneHitPointWonder: Playing the game without collecting a single energy tank (as part of a MinimalistRun) quickly turns Samus into this. Most enemies take away huge amounts of health either by attack or contact, and many of them, including the boss fights, can [[OneHitKill kill her in one hit.]]

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** Samus lets out one when the computer tells her that there's more than one [[spoiler: "one of the SA-X with an estimated count of ''ten'' SA-X running around.is on its way here".]]
--> '''Samus''': ---> '''Samus:''' ONE? ...Are you saying there's more than one [[spoiler: SA-X]]?
* OneHitPointWonder: Playing the game without collecting a single energy tank (as part of a MinimalistRun) quickly turns Samus into this. Most enemies take away huge amounts of health either by attack or contact, and many of them, including the boss fights, can [[OneHitKill kill her in one hit.]]hit]].


* EvilVersusEvil: The X parasites and Metroids '''''REALLY''''' don't like each other. Put them in the same room, and they'll both ignore Samus and go right for each others' throats (or the nearest anatomical equivalent). There's an actual canon reason for this: [[spoiler:The Chozo designed the Metroids in the first place to prey on the X, right down to the cellular level (hence why the Metroid vaccine works).]]

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* EvilVersusEvil: The X parasites and Metroids '''''REALLY''''' don't like each other. Put them an SA-X and Metroids in the same room, and they'll both ignore Samus and go right for each others' throats (or the nearest anatomical equivalent). There's an actual canon reason for this: [[spoiler:The Chozo designed the Metroids in the first place to prey on the X, right down to the cellular level (hence why the Metroid vaccine works). After absorbing Samus' abilities, the X can now fight back.]]


* OhCrap: The Blue X actually manage to pull this off despite not having faces. When moving through Sector 6 to get the Varia Suit, they actively target Samus. After getting the suit, the first bunch that see her attempt to attack. The ones that aren't absorbed stop short and [[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat immediately try to fly away]] upon realizing they no longer harm her.

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The Blue X actually manage to pull this off despite not having faces. When moving through Sector 6 to get the Varia Suit, they actively target Samus. After getting the suit, the first bunch that see her attempt to attack. The ones that aren't absorbed stop short and [[AttackAttackRetreatRetreat immediately try to fly away]] upon realizing they no longer harm her.her.
** Samus lets out one when the computer tells her that there's more than one [[spoiler: SA-X with an estimated count of ''ten'' SA-X running around.]]
--> '''Samus''': ONE? ...Are you saying there's more than one [[spoiler: SA-X]]?


* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: There is no way the BSL station could destroy, much less vaporize, [=SR388=] with its size. The worst damage it could do is create an extinction event where it could destroy most of the X, but not all of them. While it could theoretically wipe out most of the infected fauna, the station itself wouldn't be large enough to destroy everything. Judging by how big it is, it's at most nearly as tall as the [[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Leviathan seeds]], if not smaller.

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* GenreMashup: Part Sci-Fi Action-Adventure, as is typical of the franchise, part ZombieApocalypse SurvivalHorror.


** An unknown shapeshifting alien species steals its hosts' bodies and turns into BodyHorror flesh monsters when exposed? Sounds like ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''.

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** An unknown shapeshifting alien species steals its hosts' bodies and turns them into BodyHorror flesh monsters when exposed? Sounds like ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''.


** An unknown shapeshifting alien species steals its hosts' bodies and turns into BodyHorror flesh monsters when exposed? Sounds like ''Film/TheThing''.

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** An unknown shapeshifting alien species steals its hosts' bodies and turns into BodyHorror flesh monsters when exposed? Sounds like ''Film/TheThing''.''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''.

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