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* EvilIsCool: Ridley, a badass purple space dragon who's [[ThatOneBoss ready to kick your ass]] in every game he appears. His original NES version wasn't all that popular due to his dopey sprite and lack of fearsomeness, but come ''Super Metroid'' he became so overwhelmingly popular that he was promoted to the series equivalent of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] and had a nigh-perfect attendance record in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' before getting PromotedToPlayable.


* CompleteMonster: [[YMMV/MetroidManga Ridley]], [[YMMV/MetroidPrimeTrilogy Dark Samus]], and [[YMMV/MetroidPrimeHunters Gorea]]. See those pages for details.

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* CompleteMonster: [[YMMV/MetroidManga Ridley]], Ridley]]; "[[YMMV/MetroidPrime2Echoes Boss]]"; [[YMMV/MetroidPrimeTrilogy Dark Samus]], Samus]]; and [[YMMV/MetroidPrimeHunters Gorea]]. See those pages for details.


*** It doesn't help that, similarly to Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission, II also got remade. However, in addition to the fan remake in 2016, it also got remade in 2017, both games not only fixing many of the issues with the original but adding a lot of new content that wasn't in the first game.

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*** It doesn't help that, similarly to Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission, II also got remade. However, in addition to the fan remake in 2016, it also got remade in 2017, both games not only fixing many of the issues with the original but adding a lot of new content that wasn't in the first original game.


* WinBackTheCrowd: There is no doubt 2016 was by and large seen by fans as the culmination of what can be considered a dark age for the franchise. After six years of no new installments in the series following the divisive and underperforming ''Other M'', ''Metroid Prime: Federation Force'' was released to disastrous reception and low sales, and a consensus amongst fans that, though it might have attempted, it ultimately failed to undo the damage done by ''Other M''. Around the same time, Nintendo issued the controversial DMCA takedown of ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'', and then largely failed to acknowledge, much less celebrate the series' 30th Anniversary. With Nintendo's E3 2017 event announcing ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime4'', [[VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns their own remake]] of ''Metroid 2'' (which includes a soundtrack disc in retail versions), and two Metroid-themed amiibo, fan optimism has undergone a great and rapid revival.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: There is no doubt 2016 was by and large seen by fans as the culmination of what can be considered a dark age for the franchise. After six years of no new installments in the series following the divisive and underperforming ''Other M'', ''Metroid Prime: Federation Force'' was released to disastrous reception and low sales, and a consensus amongst fans that, though it might have attempted, it ultimately failed to undo the damage done by ''Other M''. Around the same time, Nintendo issued the controversial DMCA takedown of ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'', and then largely failed to acknowledge, much less celebrate the series' 30th Anniversary. With Nintendo's E3 2017 event announcing ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime4'', [[VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns their own remake]] of ''Metroid 2'' (which includes a soundtrack disc in retail versions), and two Metroid-themed amiibo, fan optimism has undergone a great and rapid revival. 2018 would follow suit with the rejoicing, with the long-awaited arrival of Ridley and surprise addition of Dark Samus in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate''.


* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Some fans of [[MsFanservice Zero Suit Samus]] in ''VidoeGame/SuperSmashBros'' become interested in ''Metroid'' expecting to see more fanservice, and are often disappointed when Samus spends most of her games in her face- and body-obscuring Power Suit (a point that is frequently ''praised'' by other fans). ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' milked the Zero Suit's fanservice nature for all its worth, and (like many other aspects of the game) was heavily criticized by fans.

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* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Some fans of [[MsFanservice Zero Suit Samus]] in ''VidoeGame/SuperSmashBros'' ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' become interested in ''Metroid'' expecting to see more fanservice, and are often disappointed when Samus spends most of her games in her face- and body-obscuring Power Suit (a point that is frequently ''praised'' by other fans). ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' milked the Zero Suit's fanservice nature for all its worth, and (like many other aspects of the game) was heavily criticized by fans.



** ''Prime 2'' uses [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dESx1CQfgyI this]] as the Space Pirate encounter song, as opposed to ''Prime 1'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOo_mVvbIEU song]]. Tellingly, ''Prime 3'' instead uses [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXq1YV8yMUc a more orchestrated and slightly heavier version]] of the first game's song.

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** ''Prime 2'' uses [[https://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dESx1CQfgyI this]] as the Space Pirate encounter song, as opposed to ''Prime 1'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOo_mVvbIEU song]]. Tellingly, ''Prime 3'' instead uses [[https://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXq1YV8yMUc a more orchestrated and slightly heavier version]] of the first game's song.


** ''Prime 2'' changing the Space Pirate encounter song. Tellingly, ''Prime 3'' uses the same song as ''Prime 1'' for such encounters.

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** ''Prime 2'' changing uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dESx1CQfgyI this]] as the Space Pirate encounter song. song, as opposed to ''Prime 1'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOo_mVvbIEU song]]. Tellingly, ''Prime 3'' instead uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXq1YV8yMUc a more orchestrated and slightly heavier version]] of the same song as ''Prime 1'' for such encounters.first game's song.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the [[Manga/MetroidManga Metroid Manga]] as a delightfully evil Sociopath with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the MetroidManga Manga as a delightfully evil Sociopath with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the MetroidManga Manga [[Manga/MetroidManga Metroid Manga]] as a delightfully evil Sociopath with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.

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** Nintendo giving Metroid games to third party or minor studios to develop instead of its major studios after ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3''. Some sees this as sign of Nintendo not caring to Metroid at all, going to the cheapest way to keep the franchise alive, resulting in good games with questionable performance at best (like ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'') or very controversial games at worst (like ''Videogame/MetroidOtherM'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce''). Others thing this approach is better considering how Nintendo handle its franchises outside of Mario, Zelda and Pokémon triangle and the good reception of ''Samus Returns''.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the MetroidManga as a delightfully evil Sociopath with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the MetroidManga Manga as a delightfully evil Sociopath with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the MetroidManga as a delightfully evil [[Sociopath TheSociopath]] with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the MetroidManga as a delightfully evil [[Sociopath TheSociopath]] Sociopath with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ridley's characterization in the MetroidManga as a delightfully evil [[Sociopath TheSociopath]] with a personal connection to Samus's past is well loved in the fanbase, but his personality is never shown in the games themselves where he just comes off as a mindless animal.


** ''Prime 2'' changing the Space Pirate encounter song. Tellingly, ''Prime 3'' uses the same song as ''Prime 1'' for such encounters.



* WinBackTheCrowd: There is no doubt 2016 was by and large seen by fans as the culmination of what can be considered a dark age for the franchise. After six years of no new installments in the series following the divisive and underperforming ''Other M'', ''Metroid Prime: Federation Force'' was released to disastrous reception and low sales, and a consensus amongst fans that, though it might have attempted, it ultimately failed to undo the damage done by ''Other M''. Around the same time, Nintendo issued the controversial DMCA takedown of ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'', and then largely failed to acknowledge, much less celebrate the series' 30th Anniversary. With Nintendo's E3 2017 event announcing ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime4'', [[VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns their own remake of ''Metroid 2'']] (which includes a soundtrack disc in retail versions), and two Metroid-themed amiibo, fan optimism has undergone a great and rapid revival.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: There is no doubt 2016 was by and large seen by fans as the culmination of what can be considered a dark age for the franchise. After six years of no new installments in the series following the divisive and underperforming ''Other M'', ''Metroid Prime: Federation Force'' was released to disastrous reception and low sales, and a consensus amongst fans that, though it might have attempted, it ultimately failed to undo the damage done by ''Other M''. Around the same time, Nintendo issued the controversial DMCA takedown of ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'', and then largely failed to acknowledge, much less celebrate the series' 30th Anniversary. With Nintendo's E3 2017 event announcing ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime4'', [[VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns their own remake remake]] of ''Metroid 2'']] 2'' (which includes a soundtrack disc in retail versions), and two Metroid-themed amiibo, fan optimism has undergone a great and rapid revival.


** Was the Metroid baby in ''Super Metroid'' sorry for attacking its "mother", or acting under instinct?

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** Was the Super Metroid baby in of ''Super Metroid'' sorry for attacking its "mother", who had it had seemingly imprinted on when it was just a baby, or was it simply acting under instinct?



** 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.

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** 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 the exploit by a seasoned player.



** Samus went through a stage of this in ''Other M'', chronologically the second-to-last ''Metroid'' game to date. Though she has faced countless numbers of threats and monsters that others would not dare face, the repercussions of ''Super Metroid'' (namely witnessing the baby Metroid die) left her more emotionally vulnerable and inclined to take orders from superiors. This culminated into a controversial scene where she suffers a [[HeroicBSOD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]] upon seeing the cloned Ridley despite defeating him multiple times beforehand without fear. Chronologically though, she gets over it after the game's events and [[HesBack is back to her old self]] in ''Fusion'', even developing a distrust for Federation authority. Release-wise, Samus is back to being badass in the ''Metroid II'' remake ''Samus Returns''

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** Samus went through a stage of this in ''Other M'', chronologically the second-to-last ''Metroid'' game to date. Though she has faced countless numbers of threats and monsters that others would not dare face, the repercussions of ''Super Metroid'' (namely witnessing the Super Metroid, the grown up baby Metroid metroid she decided to spare, die) left her more emotionally vulnerable and inclined to take orders from superiors. This culminated into a controversial scene where she suffers a [[HeroicBSOD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]] upon seeing the cloned Ridley despite defeating him multiple times beforehand without fear. Chronologically though, she gets over it after the game's events and [[HesBack is back to her old self]] in ''Fusion'', even developing a distrust for Federation authority. Release-wise, Samus is back to being badass in the ''Metroid II'' remake ''Samus Returns''



** ''Metroid: Other M'' has several for Samus, but mostly angsting over the baby Metroid and [[spoiler: her reaction to Ridley]].

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** ''Metroid: Other M'' has several for Samus, but mostly angsting over the Super Metroid, that she still thinks of as the baby Metroid metroid, and [[spoiler: her reaction to Ridley]].

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