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  • Why are Metroids vulnerable to cold? The live by absorbing energy, and extreme cold is the absence of energy! However the Ice Beam actually works, it has to force a huge amount of heat out of its target, which must cause them especially intense pain and maybe even hunger.
    • Building on that, every other weapon in Samus's arsenal is energy-based, except for the missiles (depending on which game.) That's why most of her weapons don't work on them.
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  • Energy is a type of psychic power. We already know that Chozo have mental powers, in Metroid Prime they foresaw the Phazon coming. We also know that Samus has some Chozo DNA. She uses the psychic powers to power her suit. The tanks are just to store her energy. She would also make her weapons out of psychic energy, clearly there is not enough room for her to have 255 missiles in her suit. This helps her 'Crystal Flash' and 'Concentration' abilities make sense. Also the different types of ammo that she uses in the Prime games also makes sense. She is not used to using those weapons and has a limited amount to use, but can concentrate to fire off some. Also, this is what makes metroids so dangerous, they actually feed on this 'energy'. The manga also mentions a type of energy that the metroid were created to feed off of. That is why they are the only things capable of destroying the X, they actually eat the X. This also explains why Samus is able to replenish her energy by absorbing X, she is eating. -Krazycrismore
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  • One has to wonder, why is Space Pirate tech so easily used or hacked by Samus? Their leader is Mother Brain, a Chozo AI. Samus uses a Chozo battlesuit, so it makes perfect sense she'd be able to readily manipulate tech Mother Brain likely had a hand in.
  • This troper used to cringe every time Metroids were called "parasites" when they're obviously not, but a quote from Metroid Prime used parasite as a derogatory term, and I realized something. They're called "parasites" because they get under everyone's skin.
    • From Wikipedia, "parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host." A Metroid is as much a parasite as a tick. Except they don't suck blood, they suck life force.
      • In that case, a Metroid isn't a very good parasite; a parasite which too quickly kills its host gives itself little time in which to benefit from the parasitic relationship. (In real life, this is a limiting factor in the spread of diseases, such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, which are both extremely virulent and extremely deadly; the latter trait reduces the effect of the former, by killing those it infects so rapidly that they have little opportunity to spread the disease.) In general, the observed behavior of Metroids isn't consistent with parasitism; while they're happy to kill anything they can get hold of, they seem able to go an extended period without feeding at all (e.g. Tourian in the original game, where there are many quite lively Metroids despite there being no evidence of anything on which they might feed), and a true parasite requires a host to provide the environment in which it can survive.
      • On the other hand, an ability to survive long periods without feeding would be extremely beneficial to an organism engineered to serve as a long-term biological weapon against a target which can be expected both to be absent for long periods, and to turn up without warning when it finally does; such a weapon could be "seeded" in many locations, and left dormant and unmaintained until its target arrived. All of this is consistent with the canon statements regarding why the Chozo created the Metroids. Further, it's stated early in canon that Metroids reproduce parthenogenetically in an environment rich in energy, which makes sense; given that capability, the Chozo would need only seed a few of them in each location, and they'd be able to proliferate as necessary to meet an X threat on any scale. The indiscriminate feeding behavior which makes Metroids such a threat to the galaxy at large could easily have resulted from a mutation during reproduction; such a mutation would be highly adaptive, in that it would enable affected Metroids to access a much broader range of energy sources and therefore reproduce much more rapidly, and the Space Pirates would therefore be more likely to happen upon such a mutant than upon an original-strain Metroid only capable of feeding on X parasites. Presumably there are planets on which remain Chozo-seeded caches of pure-strain Metroids which are harmless to anything that isn't X-infested; that they haven't turned up in canon anywhere is easily explained by the fact that harmless Metroids wouldn't serve Samus very well as adversaries.
      • It's interesting to consider whether the Metroids in Fusion could've been cloned from pure-strain stock; it's a better explanation for their lack of interest in Samus than the fact that she's been hybridized with Metroid DNA — humans and chimpanzees have much more of their genome in common than Fusion Samus and Metroids do, but that doesn't stop humans and chimpanzees from preying on one another; Samus not being X-infested, on the other hand, would render her both inoffensive to pure-strain Metroids and immune to their X-specific predation, thus neatly explaining why they ignore her in a way that the genetic-commonality hypothesis doesn't.
      • Chimpanzees and humans prey on individuals of their own species. Metroids don't, from what we've seen. Genetic commonality makes perfect sense when that's accounted for.
      • The word you are looking for is Parasitoid. It is a creature who behaves much like a parasite, the difference being that it inevitable kills its host.
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  • Comments have been made regarding the titular Metroids and their decreasing relevance giving the series an Artifact Title and how Samus is confused with the creatures. But the Metroids were created by the Chozo, and in their language, Metroid means "ultimate warrior". The title does refer to Samus, the most powerful warrior in the galaxy, who repeatedly slaughters the Metroids.
  • Starting with Fusion, Zero Mission and Other M pointed towards the psychic link the Power Suit had with Samus. First we have how the suit had to be surgically removed, even when running out of energy shows the suit comes off. One Fridge Horror in Fusion we have the possibility of her subconscious fighting the X-Parasites off her system, and that "fighting spirit" keeping the suit on. In Zero Mission we get Unknown Artifacts, that somehow remained unknown until AFTER you regain your suit in the very end and, since the Power Suit had absorbed the artifacts, it means it was with Samus all along, even while she had nothing but a Stun Gun to defend herself with. And Other M shows yet another one with the Concentration system and her PTSD moment affecting her suit's functions.
  • How is it that the Power Suit lose HP from poison (not just the corrosive kinds)? Fusion states it has organic components and Other M it's Hard Light that logically would need energy (HP) to counter anything harmful.
  • Given the events in the first Prime, there was way too little time for the Pirates to truly reverse-engineer Samus' beam weapons realistically. Then Zero Mission came out, and the sealed beam weapon turns out to be the Plasma Beam. The Pirates were working off the weapons she used during her assault on their Zebes base!
  • If one takes the manga into continuity, then the Chozo helped found and lead the Galactic Federation as well as supplying technology far greater than the rest of the galaxy's. Then the Chozo were wiped out, Space Pirates became more prominent than ever within the system, Chozo technology outflow halted completely with only ruins and temples to salvage, and the last remnant of their legacy was Samus, who just so happened to drop out of their military. And then blows up the Space Pirates in multiple excursions singlehandedly, saves the galaxy multiple times in a row, and became more of a renowned hero and icon than the Federation themselves. Combine this with the GF before Super Metroid (and especially in the Prime games) seeming far more affable than compared to Metroid: Other M and Metroid Fusion, and is it any wonder that they began going For Science! and had their conspiracy almost explicitly spiteful of Samus when the Chozo couldn't keep them in check and a former member turned bounty hunter essentially rendered their military efforts moot?
  • The series getting a big resurrection on its 31st anniversary can seem one year late for a Milestone Celebration. However, 2017 marks the series' 30th anniversary for the North American release of the original Metroid, and the series has been consistently more popular in North America than its home country.
  • Despite the somewhat common occurrence of I Am Not Shazam, it's ironically somewhat fitting if one wanted to call Samus "Metroid", considering that she has Metroid DNA in her as of Fusion. Also, "Metroid" is apparently the Chozo word for "Ultimate Warrior" (or something along those lines). Which is pretty much what Samus is.
  • For Super, Fusion, and Zero Mission, water slows Samus down until she gets the Gravity Suit to counteract it. Makes sense since water has resistance to your movements and water is more dense than air; ever tried running in a wading pool? Meanwhile, moving through lava also slows Samus down unless she has the Gravity Suit. Lava in real life is extremely dense since it is literally molten stone, which would very likely make Samus's movement in the stuff very difficult.
  • When starting up Metroid 1, if you try moving to the right you'll find that you can't get very far and you must go to the left for the Morph Ball first. BUT Samus is looking directly at the player in the beginning, so... the game is making you move to HER right.
    • Super Metroid does the same thing. It's also a very subtle way of saying "Ah-ah-ah, player. This isn't going to be one of those games like Mario or Sonic where you always go to the right. For this game, you'll need to go in all kinds of directions."
  • In Super Metroid, you eventually make it into Ridley's lair, which you quickly notice is built into the ruins of a Chozo temple, with several rooms demolished and a number of Chozo statues either buried under rubble or destroyed. You might chalk this up to damage from the original game... except the main entrance to Ridley's lair is adorned with an image of Ridley's head, and later you find a secret area with a giant underground statue of Ridley carved into the cavern wall. Thinking back along the Metroid timeline, it finally occurs to you: the Chozo have played a major part in Ridley's multiple near-deaths up to this point in the series canon. Ridley destroyed whatever sacred portions of that temple survived the original game, and then bastardized whatever was left into a shrine to himself as a giant middle finger to the Chozo because they never succeeded in actually killing him... and then Samus killed him with her Chozo weapons.
    • Also consider that chronologically, Super Metroid happens after Metroid Prime, where Ridley found himself on the wrong end of a Wave-Motion Gun courtesy of the Chozo statues at the Artifact Temple. In light of that, destroying or repurposing the statues in Norfair is a totally reasonable precaution.
  • As pointed out in this video, Super Metroid's "Bad Ending" is actually a lot worse than it appears. The only difference between the "Good Ending" and "Bad Ending" is that the former shows the Etecoons and Dachora escaping the explosion of Zebes while the latter does not, implying they did not survive the explosion. At first, this may only seem like a cute little bonus for players who took the time to rescue the Etecoons and Dachora after defeating Mother Brain... but then, Metroid Fusion comes along, and the survival of these friendly aliens becomes an important plot point: they pilot Samus's gunship and rescue her from the self-destructing BSL Station. Samus's own survival in Fusion is a result of the "Good Ending" of Super. Which means, in Super's "Bad Ending" where the Etecoons and Dachora do not survive, Samus will ultimately die aboard the BSL Station.

Fridge Horror

  • The original Metroid Prime takes place on Tallon IV, which happens to be in the same star system as Zebes. That's all well and good, until you remember that Zebes was destroyed at the end of Super Metroid. And as seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, if one planet in a system gets destroyed, the orbits of the other planets get knocked out of whack. So...just what happened to the indigenous lifeforms of Tallon IV?
  • In Metroid Fusion, Samus sees her deceased CO, Adam Malkovich, as a mentor to her, and even compares her ship's AI to it. Then Other M rolls around, we meet Adam when he was alive, and he seems a lot more like an uncaring jerk. Some have even theorized that he's a sadist, and compared their relationship to that of an abuser and his victim. This retroactively changes one's interpretation of events in Fusion as well. And since that Adam was Adam's brain, all those times it locks her in the Navigation room and refuses to let her out until she listens to him are somewhat chilling. In Other M, Adam nearly lets Samus die in a fiery area before authorizing her Varia suit. The quote below is from Fusion.
    • This also has another, less-horrific implication as well.
    • The ending of Metroid Fusion. As the player we know that the BSL and SR388 had to be destroyed, but the Galactic Federation did not. Samus destroyed a research facility and a planet, then fled the scene. In modern day times that would be like blowing up a research lab and a large amount of a park or such. Samus would be seen as some sort of terrorist, and a very dangerous one too. So, if the Metroidverse has any sort of threat come to it, Samus would be on the run from the GF with a large amount of forces after her. So she ends up either on the run for the rest of her life, likely killing lots of GF troopers along the way, turns herself in to be incarcerated and likely executed, or dies fighting against the GF.
      • Also, there has been no evidence to suggest anything besides Metroid or Samus can defeat X, there is evidence showing that they are the only currently known being that can kill them. This means that the destruction of the BSL and SR388 didn't actually destroy the X, but just left them stranded in space. The GF will investigate the previous site of SR388 and the BSL, and we know that X can go through walls, so once the GF arrives to investigate/search for Samus' path the X will easily be able to board GF ships and become a legitimate threat to the universe. Where will the only person able to stop them be? She will be chased by the GF for what she did at the end of Metroid Fusion. By the time that the GF realizes Samus was correct, it will be far too late as the X will have already become to widespread to stop. Bit of a Downer Ending huh?
      • Guess you missed the whole scene about the finale in the first place. The self-destruct mechanisms in that laboratory were set to literally vaporize everything within a set radius, and by crashing the station into SR388, that included the planet itself. X may be resilient, but I didn't see or hear any canonical technobabble stating that it could reconstruct itself from its constituent atoms and/or molecules. Think of it like the MD device from Ender's Game- what's left is just pure matter and energy, completely devoid of life. Samus had just absorbed the final remaining X-core of any significant power (Making the assumption that Adam was lying about multiple SA-X isn't a stretch considering we never saw any other duplicate X-cores.) meaning all that was left were X-based reproductions of the natural fauna of SR388, none of which could survive the vacuum of space, or could reasonably withstand the sort of force that Adam calculated would vaporize the entire planet of SR388. Perhaps if they'd had a suitable host to use as a defense against the shock they might have had a chance, but as it stands it's pretty safe to say the only X left in the galaxy is that within Samus' own body. Well that and wherever else they might have come from to begin with (Metroids as a species were created by the Chozo specifically to combat the X parasites, who had either evolved or arrived on the planet and were quickly destroying the planet's ecosystem).
      • But it wasent just the life of SR 388, as seen with the presence of ridley, Samuses suit can survive in space so it wouldn't be out of the question for another SA-X to just, fire itself out of an airlock to escape the blast, or for there to be other space faring life(like ridley, or maybe there were multiple neoridleys considering they could make multiple SA-X from a single source, or even there might be some remains of phantoom since they moved some creatures from the bottleship, in which case they could simply phase out of existence and fly off into space

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