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Heroine Overview

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.

In Japanese, she is 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.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros.

Samus first appeared in the first Super Smash Bros. as one of the eight initial fighters.

Appearance

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.

Samus Aran

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. In the Japan-exclusive manga, Metroid: Zebes Invasion Order, her hair was colored black.

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.

Personality

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 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.

Equipment

  • 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.

Media Appearances

Games

  • Famicom Mini Collection (unreleased)
  • F-1 Race (1984)
  • Metroid (1986)
  • Famicom Wars (1988)
  • Tetris (1989)
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus (1991)
  • Super Metroid (1994)
  • Galactic Pinball (1995)
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
  • Kirby Super Star (1996)
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997)
  • Super Smash Bros. (1999)
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
  • Metroid Prime (2002)
  • Metroid Fusion (2002)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest (2002)
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003)
  • Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)
  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004)
  • WarioWare: Touched! (2004)
  • WarioWare Twisted! (2004)
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters (2004)
  • Metroid Prime Pinball (2005)
  • Tetris DS (2006)
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2006)
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)
  • Kirby: Super Star Ultra (2008)
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk (2008)
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy (2009)
  • WarioWare D.I.Y. (2009)
  • Metroid: Other M (2010)
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza (2011)
  • AR Games (2011)
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions (2011)
  • Kiki Trick (2012)
  • Kirby’s Dream Collection Special Edition (2012)
  • Nintendo Land (2012)
  • NES Remix 2 (2014)
  • NES Remix Pack (2014)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS (2014)
  • Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
  • Nintendo Badge Arcade (2014)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (2014)
  • Super Mario Maker (2015)
  • Metroid Prime: Blast Ball (2016)
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force (2016)
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (2017)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
  • WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)
  • Metroid Dread (2021)

Comics

  • Nintendo Power (1989-2008, 13 appearances)
  • Captain N: The Game Master (1990, 4 appearances)
  • Nintendo Comics System (1990, 2 appearances)
  • Adventures Of The Super Mario Bros. (1991, 3 appearances)
  • The Best of the Nintendo Comics System (1990, 1 appearance)
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3 (1997, 1 appearance)
  • Metroid Prime (2002, 1 appearance)
  • Metroid (2003, 2 appearances)
  • MAD (2003, 1 appearance)
  • V Jump (2008, 1 appearance)
  • The Comic Book Story of Video Games (2017, 1 appearance)
  • Die!Die!Die! (2021, 1 appearance)

Trivia

  • Players had to finish the first Metroid 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.
  • The original Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64 marked Samus' only appearance in an N64 game as there was no Metroid game on the Nintendo 64.

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