Samus Aran

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Samus Aran
Game series Metroid
First game Metroid (1986)
Created by Makoto Kanoh[1]
Designed by Hiroji Kiyotake[2]
Voiced by Alésia Glidewell (2008-present)[3]

Samus Aran (サムス・アラン, Samusu Aran) is the main character of the Metroid games. She's a bounty hunter, and helps the Galactic Federation. She has many enemies, including Mother Brain, Ridley, Kraid, Dark Samus, and the Metroids. Because she does not remove her suit or talk much, people thought she was a boy until they saw the secret ending of Metroid, which shows Samus without her suit.

Creation[change | change source]

The makers said that the Metroid series is supposed to be like the 1979 film, Alien, and Samus was like one of the film's characters, Ellen Ripley. Players thought Samus was a boy until the end of the original Metroid game. One of the makers said that it would be "kind of cool if it turned out that this person inside the suit was a woman".[4] The rest of the makers liked it so it happened.[5]

Suit[change | change source]

Samus' suit is orange and red, and runs on Energy Tanks. It was made by creatures called Chozos, and can gain new powers and abilities. She has lots of other suits as well.

Appearances[change | change source]

  • Metroid series
  • Metroid Prime series

The Metroid Prime series takes place in between Metroid and Metroid II: Return of Samus.

In Metroid Prime, Samus has to go to the Frigate Orpheon, and meets Meta Ridley, the revived form of an enemy from Metroid. She loses her powers on the frigate through an accident, and escapes to the planet Tallon IV. She eventually has to do battle with the final boss, Metroid Prime.

In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Samus meets a creature called Dark Samus, which is Metroid Prime fused with a suit Samus got on Tallon IV.

In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Samus and three other bounty hunters

Other appearances[change | change source]

Samus was the first female character to appear in the Super Smash Bros. series, and has been in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. She's only in her suit in the first two, but in the third and fourth, she can be in Zero Suit Samus form, which comes from Metroid: Zero Mission. In the fourth game, Samus in her power suit and her zero suit are listed as two separate characters. She takes many moves from the Metroid series, including the Charge Beam, Bombs, Screw Attack, and Missiles.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ultimate Nintendo FAQ — May 2002". n-Sider. Archived from the original on 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  2. "Game Credits for Metroid". MobyGames.
  3. "Bio — Alésia Glidewell — Voice Over Artist". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  4. Harris, Craig (January 30, 2004). "Metroid: Zero Mission Director Roundtable". IGN. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  5. McLaughlin, Rus (August 24, 2007). "IGN Presents The History of Metroid". IGN. Retrieved February 24, 2009.