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Omega Ridley from Metroid Prime 3
NameRidley/Meta Ridley/Omega Ridley
First AppearanceMetroid (NES, 1987)
ProfessionLeader/Second in command of Space Pirates (see below)

Ridley, also known as Meta Ridley and Omega Ridley, is Samus's primary enemy. He is a giant dragon-like villain and is the second most recurring character, second only to Samus herself.


Ridley's appearance has undergone numerous changes. In the original game, he was a purple dragon as tall as Samus, but the first game's canon has been replaced by Metroid: Zero Mission, in which he is his normal size. In Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, and Metroid: Zero Mission, Ridley is a dragon roughly twice Samus's height, with rather small wings on his back. In Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Ridley is being reformed after his defeat in the first game. He is encased in a black metal suit, and is known as Meta Ridley. In these games, his wings are much bigger.

History prior to and after Metroid Prime 3

Ridley was the one responsible for killing Samus's parents on K-2L. Samus later killed him on Zebes. He was rebuilt cybernetically by the Space Pirates during Metroid Prime, but was again defeated by Samus on Tallon IV. In Super Metroid, Ridley attacks Samus on Zebes again, but is defeated once more. His body is aboard the BSL station in Metroid Fusion, where it gets infected by an X Parasite and fights Samus. Why his body was aboard a Galactic Federation station is unknown.

History in Metroid Prime 3

Metroid Prime 3 takes place in between Metroid Prime 2 and Metroid 2. Ridley appears at the end of the Federation generator complex and tries to attack Samus by falling down a shaft with her. Rundas saves her, and Ridley falls into the abyss, but will appear again later in the game. He reappears, mutated by Phazon, at the end of the game, and is known as Omega Ridley. When Samus kills him, she gets the Hyper Grapple, the last upgrade in the game.

Position in the Space Pirate hierarchy

Ridley timeline

Ridley's evolution through the 2D games

Ridley's position in the Space Pirate hierarchy has been repeatedly contradicted and retconned. In the original game, Super Metroid, and Metroid Fusion, he is stated as being Mother Brain's second in command, but in Metroid Prime and Metroid: Zero Mission, he is called the leader of the Space Pirates. It is possible that Ridley is the leader of the actual Pirates while Mother Brain gives him orders, or that Mother Brain is simply the defense system of Zebes (as she hasn't been seen anywhere else) and Ridley is the actual leader.


Ridley can shoot fireballs from his mouth and pick up Samus, crunching her in his hands. He can also swipe at her with his claws. He is also known for using his tail like a pogo stick, hopping up and down in an attempt to crush Samus. In Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 3, he can fire lasers from his mouth as well.

Other notable appearances

Ridley Melee

Ridley in Super Smash Bros. Melee

Ridley can be seen flying in the background of the Planet Zebes stage in the first game in the Super Smash Bros. series. He attacks Samus during the opening cutscene of Super Smash Bros. Melee. Ridley's theme song will be in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Ridley himself is a popularly wanted playable character.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Preview Channel
Samus Aran - Dark Samus - Ridley - Rundas - Gandrayda - Ghor
Items - Creatures - Locations - Aurora Unit - Galactic Federation - Space Pirates - Phazon

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