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Full Name Ridley
Species Space Pterodactyl
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, the leader of the Space Pirates, and 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. In several instances, Ridley appears as an upgraded cybernetic version of himself called Meta Ridley. In addition to the Metroid series, Ridley has made an appearance in all four games in the Super Smash Bros. series, as well as in Nintendo Land in animatronic form.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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

Ridley fighting Samus Aran in the opening cinematic 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 encountered, he is fought by Samus and Pikachu. As the two reach the exit to The Research Facility, where her Power Suit had been held, 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 Thunder attack, after which the battle begins. Ridley fights similarly to Master Hand, using many brutal physical attacks. When he is defeated, he falls off the arena. Ridley is next 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 before. Remixes of Ridley's theme music from various Metroid games can be optionally played in the Frigate Orpheon stage.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Ridley is a stage hazard boss on the Pyrosphere stage. His physical appearance, like Samus', is based on his appearance from Metroid: Other M. Once attacked enough by a player, Ridley allies with that player, and attacks the other players. 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.

In Nintendo Land, an animatronic Ridley appears as a recurring 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 gives no reward, however, 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 Mii players must destroy targets on its chest, mouth, and tail. In the first stage, Ridley attacks by firing beams from its mouth and shooting its tail. The second stage 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 stage of the battle places one additional target on its left hand, which fires beams as well.

In the extra stages of Metroid Blast, 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 fight both forms of Ridley at the same time, as implied by the title. Ridley appears for the final time in level thirty, "The True Final Battle". As with its first appearance, Ridley cannot be defeated; it is merely a distraction for fighting the level's actual opponent, Kraid.


Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

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.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Ridley RidleyTrophyWiiU.png NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
Samus's long-standing rival in battle. In this game, he's a common foe to all the fighters in the Pyrosphere stage. However, if you manage to launch him or knock him over, he'll become an ally to whoever dealt the last blow. Defeating him in a timed battle nets you +1 KO. Samus's long-standing rival in battle. In this game, he's a common foe to all the fighters in the Pyrosphere stage. However, if you manage to launch him or knock him over, he'll become an ally to whoever dealt the last blow. If you can defeat him during a timed battle, you'll get +1 KO out of it!

Names in other languages[edit]

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



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