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|“||In the vast universe, the history of humanity is but a flash of light from a lone star. The life of a single person should be lost in space and time. But among the stars, there is one light that burns brighter than all others. The light of Samus Aran. Her battles extend beyond her life, and etch themselves into history.||„|
|~ Metroid Prime intro on Samus.|
|“||Are you not afraid? Those who don't worry about dying in the future won't fight for their lives in the present.||„|
|~ Samus Aran|
|“||Don't worry... I'll end this. Once and for all.||„|
|~ Samus speaking to Quiet Robe in Metroid Dread.|
Samus Aran is the main protagonist of the Metroid franchise. She is a bounty hunter hired by the Galactic Federation to defeat an evil band of criminals called Space Pirates. She is also a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, particularly serving as one of the eight protagonists of "The Subspace Emissary" adventure mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
In Japanese, she was voiced by Minako Hamano (although unused) in Super Metroid and Ai Kobayashi in Metroid: Other M. In English, she was voiced by Jennifer Hale throughout the Metroid Prime subseries, Mary Law in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Alésia Glidewell in the Super Smash Bros. series, and Jessica Martin in Metroid: Other M.
When Samus was three years old, her home, the mining colony K-2L was attacked in a raid conducted by space pirates. The raid was led by the powerful, monstrous alien Ridley. In the end, only Samus survived, and she would come to regard Ridley as the one responsible for the deaths of her parents. Following the departure of the pirates, she was rescued by a race of bird-people known as the Chozo, who adopted her and raised her on the planet Zebes. However, the planet's environment was not one in which the average human could endure for any extended period of time. In order to allow Samus to venture outside of their heavily sheltered settlements, the Chozo used a process that infused the young girl with their own blood that would allow her to live normally on the planet.
After the process was completed, Samus was seen as a true Chozo child by the rest of the race, and was thereafter given the same treatment and strict training regimen as all young Chozo warriors. Samus took exceptionally well to this training and eventually became known as one of the Chozo's finest warriors. At the age of fourteen, Samus was given the same right of passage as all trainees of their race and was fitted with her own power suit. However, when a mysterious plant is found growing on the surface of Zebes, the Chozo realize that the days of their colony on the planet are numbered, as the plant's spores would eventually alter the environment to make it uninhabitable even to them.
Soon after, Samus set out into the galaxy to find her own way in life. Driven by the murder of her parents, Samus quickly enlisted herself as a soldier the Galactic Federation Army. During her time as a member of the military, she served under the command of Adam Malkovich. Mutual respect between the two grew into a friendship that was shared with Adam's younger brother and fellow soldier Ian. However, after Ian was left to die during a mission under Adam's command, Samus became disillusioned with military life and left. Following her departure from the army, she became a freelance bounty hunter, leading to her adventures in the Metroid series.
Super Smash Bros.
Samus first appeared in the first Super Smash Bros. as one of the eight initial fighters.
According to the The Super Metroid Nintendo's Player's Guide, Samus is a muscular woman who is 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) tall and weighs 198 pounds (90 kg) without her Power Suit.
She has long blonde hair, usually tied into a ponytail. In the original game her hair was miscolored as brown. Her hair color also changes depending on the suit she is wearing - green, red, and violet are some of the colors that have been seen.
Her eyes are blue with a green tinge in most games, but in Metroid: Other M her eyes are green and her she has short hair.
Samus' personality hasn't often been explored, which, as is the case with many of Nintendo's other main characters, was a conscious decision by Nintendo to allow players to better integrate themselves into the experience. However, she is clearly an introvert. She spends her time alone for long periods of time, her ship is designed with only a single seat, she left her military unit to work on her own, and she rarely speaks, even when in the presence of more social characters, so pretty much every facet of Samus' personality reinforces this. On the one hand, she is very ruthless when dealing with her enemies, but on the other, she is also known for her compassion, as shown by her consistently standing up for the helpless and downtrodden. A couple of good examples of this are when she volunteered to single-handedly save the Luminoth race from the brink of extinction, and when she helped innocent Etecoons and a Dachora escape a self-destructing Zebes. As a result of her tragic origins, particularly witnessing her mother's death at the hands of Ridley, Samus has also dealt with PTSD, but over time, she has learnt to cope with it better, to the point that she no longer has trouble standing up and battling her arch-nemesis head on.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Physique: Coming Soon
- Combat Expertise: Coming Soon
- Athletic Ability: Coming Soon
- Alien Physiology: After facing many perils from outer space, meeting many large amounts of aliens, Samus has gotten some alien biology inside her, which includes Phazon, Metroid and Chozo DNA.
- Power Suit: Combat armor designed by the Chozo civilization to take advantage of Samus' genetic enhancements. It comes equipped with an upgradeable Arm Cannon and an endless supply of Oxygen. Its basic state can barely help Samus on her adventures, but it can be upgraded with many kinds of new weapons and functions.
- Suit Upgrades: These generally increase the suit's durability, while also adding some sort of new function.
- Arm Cannon: The Power Suit comes equipped with this cannon, it can shoot a Power Beam, which is kind of a misleading title, since it is pretty weak in comparison to other Chozo weapons. Luckily, Samus can upgrade this beam to give it multiple special properties.
- Missile Launcher: An upgrade that adds ballistic potential to Samus' arsenal. Samus has a limit of 255 missiles at her disposal, but she can collect more if they are scattered around the battlefield. Missiles are more destructive than regular, uncharged beams, and are able to home on enemies.
- Charge Combos: Powerful techniques that combine the power of fully charged beams with Super Missiles.
- Morph Ball: A complex piece of Chozo technology that allows Samus to turn into a sphere 0.8 metres in diameter. It allows her to access tight areas, and it gives her faster movement speed. It allows Samus to use bombs, and it can be upgraded as well.
- Bombs: Small explosives that can only be used in Morph Ball form. Not very powerful, but can be useful to reach certain spots.
- Power Bombs: Extremely powerful explosives that can only be used in Morph Ball form. They release a massive heat wave that can wipe out all kinds of alien creatures and even heavily armored humans. Its destructive force cannot be contained with common materials.
- Visors: The part of the Power Suit that protects her face, while also allowing her to lock onto targets with ease. It can be upgraded with more functions.
- Power Grip: Allows Samus to easily maneuver while grabbing onto ledges. Riveting, I know.
- High Jump Boots: They increase Samus' jumping capabilities x1/2.
- Space Jump: Allows Samus to jump an infinite amount of times.
- Screw Attack: An upgrade to the Space Jump that adds killing power to the move.
- Speed Booster: Allows Samus to rapidly accelerate to speeds way faster than sound. Can also be used to charge towards different directions with no gravitational input. This technique is called Shinespark.
- Gravity Boost: Allows Samus to hover underwater. Can only be used in conjunction with the Gravity Suit.
- Hazard Shield: Negates environmental damage, like acid rain, Gel Fuel, and to a small extent, Phazon.
- Metroid Detector: A planet-wide Metroid detector.
- X-Ray Scope: Allows Samus to see through solid walls.
- You had to finish the game in under five hours to find out that Samus was a woman.
- Samus was originally male; it was only halfway through the development process that it was decided to make Samus female.
- Samus was inspired by Sigourney Weaver and Kim Basinger – "...a bit like Ripley from Aliens (Sigourney Weaver), but a little more extravagant."
- As a woman in a male-dominated role, Samus has been widely considered a breakthrough for female characters in video games, and is one of the most beloved video game characters of all time.