Samus Aran: Hot Babe, Bounty Hunter, and a whole bunch of other things. Samus is the main protagonist of the Metroid series, which follows her adventures and missions to thwart the Space Pirates, and their attempts to harness the power of fictional organisms such as the aforementioned Metroids. Not only that, but she’s well known as one of the first female main characters in a video game.
Samus caused quite a stir in the original Metroid, as gamers were led to believe that she was in fact male, with the instruction manual even going so far as confirming that. However if you completed the game in under 2 hours, you were shown a special sequence, revealing that she was in fact, female. Although she wears the Power Suit throughout most of the Metroid series, most games in the series offer depictions of her in more revealing attire, usually as a reward for satisfying certain condition, such as collecting all items or clearing the game in a certain amount of time.
According to the Metroid 2: Return of Samus game manual, she is 90KG and 1.9 meters tall. This is probably with the Power Suit on. Armed with a cybernetic Power Suit built by the Chozo, an ancient, highly intelligent race, she is a fearsome opponent in battle. She hunts Space Pirates and the famous energy-draining alien parasites everyone already seems to be familiar with, while completing missions given by the Galactic Federation.
Samus’s main feature is her Power Suit. It was crafted for her by the Chozo of the Planet Zebes. The Power Suit’s main purpose is to protect her from adverse environments and enemy fire. Throughout her many adventures she has had quite a few variations of the suit when it has been powered up, or exposed to certain environments. The suits variations are as follows; the Varia Suit, the Gravity Suit, the Phazon Suit, the PED Suit, the Dark Suit, and the Light Suit, as well as her suits in Metroid Fusion, the Fusion Suit and Omega Fusion Suit.
While some suits are stronger than others and have different abilities, but all include her main weapon: a built-in arm cannon. The cannon can be upgraded with different types of beams, and it allows her to shoot missiles as well as energy beams. Her suit can also be upgraded giving her extra abilities, such as the Screw Attack or the Spider Ball.
Outside of her Power Suit Samus still has extraordinary abilities. She can run faster, jump higher and is alot tougher than any normal human. She was infused Chozo DNA shortly after being brought to Zebes by the Chozo after the death of her parents, so this may explain her enhanced abilities. She is also ridiculously flexible, this allows her to squeeze through morph-ball sized openings.
During the Metroid Fusion game, Samus is infused with the DNA of an infant Metroid, to save her from an X-Parasite infection. Her DNA is now all scrambled making her a Human/Chozo/Metroid hybrid, ironically making her the last surviving Metroid. The word Metroid is “Chozo” for Ultimate Warrior, a fitting title I must say.
Samus doesn’t just ride around the galaxy/universe, she cruises. She has had a few different Gunships in her time, but all of them are of the “Hunter” class, doesn’t that just command respect? It’s mainly used for fast travel, but it’s also equipped in case of combat, Its armaments include twin power beam turrets and a retractable rear mounted plasma beam. It’s advanced cockpit features both a mobile energy recharge system for her power suit and a micro factory for the production of ammo. There is no other ship like it, and it’s got clearly identifiable features. If the ship has a name, we haven’t been told, but I bet it’s got a girls name, something like “Betty”.
Our hero has starred in a total of 10 Metroid games:
- Metroid – NES – 1986
- Metroid 2: Return Of Samus – GameBoy – 1991
- Super Metroid – SNES – 1994
- Metroid Prime – GameCube – 2002
- Metroid Fusion – GBA – 2002
- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – 2004
- Metroid Zero Mission – GBA – 2004
- Metroid Prime Pinball – 2005
- Metroid Prime: Hunters – 2006
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – 2007
She has also appeared in other games, such as the Super Smash Bro’s series, and made cameos in titles like Super Mario RPG and a number of Kirby games.
This femme fatale is recognised as one of Nintendo’s biggest icons, with got a massive fanbase, and for good reason. She’s one tough gal and you definitely don’t want to mess with her, especially with such huge weapon arsenal and range of abilities that make her one of the most badass game characters out there.
So even though she’s a woman, she’ll still kick your ass.
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