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Full Name Ridley
Species Unknown
First Appearance Metroid (1986) (Metroid series)
Super Smash Bros. (1999) (Super Smash Bros. series)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

Ridley is a space pterodactyl and is one of the main villains in the Metroid series of video games. He is directly responsible for the murder of Samus Aran's mother and partially responsible for the death of her father. Ridley also has an upgraded cybernetic version of himself named Meta Ridley. Aside from the Metroid series, Ridley has appeared in all four games in the Super Smash Bros. series, as well as in animatronic form for Nintendo Land.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros., he can occasionally be seen flying in the background of the Planet Zebes arena.

Ridley fighting Samus Aran in the opening cinema of Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Ridley also makes a brief appearance in the opening cinematic of Super Smash Bros. Melee, where he can be seen battling his archenemy, Samus Aran. A trophy of Ridley can also be obtained in this game.

Ridley fighting Samus in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Ridley is fought twice in the Subspace Emissary. The first time, he is fought by Samus and Pikachu. As the two reach the exit to the facility that contains Samus's Power Suit, Ridley appears without warning and snatches up Samus. Roaring, he slams her into a wall and drags her along it. Pikachu comes to Samus's rescue, hitting the space dragon with a well-placed Thunder attack. The battle begins after this. Ridley fights similarly to Master Hand, using many brutal physical attacks. When he is defeated, he falls off the arena. The second time, he is fought in the Great Maze with any characters that have been rescued throughout the Subspace Emissary. He uses the same attacks and is defeated in the same fashion as in his first appearance.

Remixes of Ridley's theme music from various Metroid games can be optionally played in the Frigate Orpheon stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Ridley is also confirmed to be a stage hazard boss in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the Pyrosphere stage. His physical appearance, like Samus', is based on his appearance from Metroid: The Other M. Once attacked enough by a player, Ridley will ally with that player, and attack the others. He can also transform into Meta Ridley by absorbing enough energy. He can be defeated, and, as if he was a character, defeating him will reward the player with a K.O. point. He can be defeated by his own ally, as well.[1]

Nintendo Land[edit]

The animatronic Ridley from Nintendo Land.

An animatronic Ridley appears as a re-occurring antagonist in the Metroid Blast attraction. Ice Ridley, a version of Ridley unique to this game, also appears.

Ridley first appears in the seventh level of the Assault Mission mode, Destroy 10 Cyclons. Unlike in its later appearances, the Ridley robot can't be defeated directly here, but it is possible to make it leave the arena by shooting all its weak spots multiple times. This however gives no reward and only makes the rest of the mission much easier as he will not disturb the player. Ridley later makes a proper appearance in the twentieth and final main level, The Final Battle. Here, Ridley is fought in three stages, in each of which the Miis must destroy targets on its chest, mouth, and tail. In the first set of targets, Ridley attacks by firing beams from its mouth and shooting its tail. The second wave adds a target on its right hand, which detaches from its main body and attempt to attack the Miis, as well as firing missiles at the Miis. The final part of the battle places one additional target on his left hand, which fire beams as well.

In the extra stages, Ice Ridley is introduced, but the normal Ridley makes another two appearances as well. In level twenty-eight, Ridley and Ice Ridley, the Miis must, as the title suggests, fight both forms of Ridley at the same time. Ridley appears for the final time in level thirty, The True Final Battle. As in its first appearance, Ridley cannot be defeated; it is merely a distraction for fighting the level's actual opponent, Kraid.



Name Image Game Description
Ridley Trophy232.PNG Metroid
The head of the Space Pirates on Zebes, Ridley soars through space on wicked wings. Ridley may look like a mindless monster, but he's actually quite intelligent. After the SR-388 incident, where Samus captured the infant Metroid, Ridley took the Space Academy by storm, annihilating the complex and taking the Metroid back.


Name Image Game Description
Ridley BrawlTrophy378.png NES Metroid The leader of the Space Pirates. He looks like a pterosaur but has high intelligence and a brutal nature. He plans to steal the baby Metroid from Samus for his own use. Ridley utilizes wings for a full range of flight and attacks with fireballs from his mouth and whips of his tail. As the culprit behind the murder of Samus's parents, the connections with Samus run deep.

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リドリー
Ridley (named after Ridley Scott, director of Alien)


  • Ridley appears in Nintendo Monopoly, in which he takes the place of Tennessee Avenue. He costs $180.
  • Ridley's trophies in Brawl and Melee both state that he is the head of the Space Pirates on Zebes. This is false however, with the real head being Mother Brain.


  1. ^ Wii U - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50-Fact Extravaganza. Posted to YouTube by Nintendo (October 23, 2014). Retrieved October 23, 2014.