Samus Aran (Metroid Prime 3)

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Samus from Metroid Prime 3
NameSamus Aran
First AppearanceMetroid (NES, 1987)
ProfessionBounty Hunter

Samus Aran is the main protagonist of the Metroid series.


She wears a suit of armor, called the Power Suit, to do battle. Her right arm is encased in a cannon from which she fires projectiles.


Samus was born to normal human miners on the colony K-2L. She met the Chozo, a mysterious race of enlightened bird-people, when she was very young. At age 3, she was orphaned when the Space Pirates, led by Ridley, attacked the colony and left her as the sole survivor. She was then raised by the Chozo on their planet, Zebes, given some of their blood to enhance her abilities, and given the Power Suit.


Samus is a girl

The famous ending in which it is revealed that Samus is a woman

Samus's gender is a large part of her character. She was the first famous female protagonist in a video game. The original game claimed that Samus was a male cyborg. Many speculate that this was done to trick buyers, who would not have otherwise purchased the game had they known they were playing as a woman, as females and video games had a negative connotation at that time. In all Metroid games, Samus is seen, without her helmet or entire suit, at the end of the game (often for finishing quickly or with many items). Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is the first game in which Samus is seen without her suit at the begininng of the game.


Main article: Items in Metroid Prime 3

Samus timeline

Samus's evolution through the 2D games

Samus has many weapons at her disposal, including beams of various kinds of energy, missiles, a grappling beam, and, most famously, the ability to roll into a small sphere called the Morph Ball. While in the Morph Ball, Samus can drop bombs and roll into small spaces.

Allies and enemies

Zero Suit Samus

Samus without her suit

Samus is notoriously a loner, and only associates with the Galactic Federation when she does jobs for them. Metroid Prime 3 will be the first game in which Samus has true allies. Some of these helpers include bounty hunters Rundas, Gandrayda, and Ghor. She has many enemies, but the most famous ones include Ridley, Mother Brain, and Dark Samus.

Other notable appearances

Samus appears in the first game in the popular Super Smash Bros. series, in which Nintendo's all-stars battle for supremecy. She uses her Charge Beam, Screw Attack, and Morph Ball Bombs. She reappears in the GameCube sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and adds her Missiles to her arsenal. She will return in the Wii installment, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and will be capable of removing her Power Suit when she fires her Final Smash attack, the Zero Laser.

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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