Samus Aran

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This article is about Samus Aran in her Power Suit. For information about herself in her Zero Suit, see here.
Samus Aran
SSB4 - Samus Artwork.png
Full Name Samus Aran
Species Human
First Appearance Metroid (1986, Metroid series)
Super Smash Bros. (1999, Super Smash Bros. series)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

“I'm resting up for Mother Brain.”
Samus Aran, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Samus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid series and an intergalactic bounty hunter who occasionally makes crossover appearances with the Mario series. She was orphaned as a young girl through the combined efforts of Ridley and the Space Pirates and was adopted by the surviving members of the bird-like Chozo race. She was infused with Chozo blood and was given a Power Suit. After a brief stint as a member of the Galactic Federation, she then decided to become a bounty hunter and fight the Space Pirates, including Ridley. The series was created by Shigeru Miyamoto's mentor, Gunpei Yokoi.



Samus playing the cello next to Link.
Samus as she appears in Tetris DS.

In the NES version of the game Tetris, Samus appears along with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Pit, and Link in a secret ending.
In Tetris DS Samus can be found on the title screen shooting Tetriminos. She is also seen on the top screen progressing through an area from Metroid on Level 12 of Marathon Mode.

Samus also has her own game mode called Catch. In this mode, a block floats up through a Metroid-style corridor. The other tetriminos must attach to it and form a square. The square then explodes, earning the Player points. Metroids also appear in this mode as enemies and must be avoided.

F-1 Race[edit]

Samus makes a guest appearance in the game, F-1 Race, alongside various other Nintendo All Stars (the other characters include Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link, and Pit). In this appearance of her, she serves as a guest character cheering on for the player prior to the seventh course, as well as appearing in the ending credits to congratulate the player on their victory.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Samus Aran rests before a major battle.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Samus travels to the Mushroom Kingdom to stay at the guest room of the royal castle. Apparently, Samus needs a place to rest before battling the evil Mother Brain. She also appears as a doll in a toybox in Booster Tower.

WarioWare series[edit]

Samus also appears in the WarioWare games, where she appears in microgames modeled after levels from the Metroid games.

A list of the microgames Samus prominently appeared in include:

Nintendo Land[edit]

Samus appears in Nintendo Land in the attraction Metroid Blast, where she fights waves of robotic enemies either on foot or from the air (via her gunship). On foot, she can fire her Arm Cannon, enter into her Morph Ball form, and use the Grapple Beam. Charging up her Arm Cannon allows her to fire bombs. From the gunship, Samus can fire missiles.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

The Samus outfit for Miis.

Though Samus does not appear in Mario Kart 8, her amiibo is compatible with the game. Placing it on the Wii U gamepad unlocks a custom Samus-themed outfit for players to equip upon Miis.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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Super Smash Bros. Character
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Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Charge Shot
Side:  Missile
Up:  Screw Attack
Down:  Bomb
Final Smash:  Zero Laser
Battle Entrance
Samus steps out of a Save Station.
Samus in Super Smash Bros.
Main articles: SmashWiki:Samus (SSB), SmashWiki:Samus (SSBM), SmashWiki:Samus (SSBB)

Samus also appears in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character.

Samus as she appears in Melee.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Samus is a heavy, slow character, but has many powerful attacks. Her strongest is her Charge Shot, but only when charged enough. In Melee, she added a Missile attack, which is a guided missile attack. Also, she is one of the few characters who has an attack which has the same name as an item, in this case, Screw Attack.

She has a special grabbing technique, her Grappling Beam, which allows her to grab characters standing further away. She is also one of the few characters who can wall jump.

Despite being very heavy, Samus falls at a very slow speed, which does make her vulnerable to vertical KOs.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, when using her Final Smash, she loses her Power Suit, and becomes Zero Suit Samus.

Solid Snake Codec Conversation[edit]
  • Snake: Hey, Otacon. I got a woman here in a Power Suit...
  • Otacon: Huh? How'd you know she was a woman? Yeah, that'd be Samus Aran, the most renowned bounty hunter in the galaxy. Her Arm Cannon packs quite a wallop. If you get hit with a charged shot from that thing, you can kiss your butt good-bye.
  • Snake: Sounds like my kind of woman...
  • Otacon: Yeah, well, just don't get too close, Snake. Samus is deadly. After Space Pirates killed her parents, she was raised by the Chozo and trained in the fighting arts. She's been places and seen things that you and me can't even begin to imagine.
  • Snake: But underneath that cold, metal exterior beats the heart of a woman...
The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Samus's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary.

Samus begins the Subspace Emissary in her Zero Suit, infiltrating a sinister laboratory. After making her way through it, she encounters Pikachu trapped within a strange device that harnesses its electrical energy to provide power to the complex. Seeing that the device causes Pikachu pain, Samus breaks the machine. In thanks, Pikachu helps Samus continue through the lab. Eventually, the pair come across Samus's Power Suit within a tank. However, two clones of Samus, wearing the purple Gravity Suit, approach them, prompting Samus and Pikachu to battle. When they are defeated, an alarm begins to wail, and the R.O.B. Squad approaches. Samus regains her Power Suit and blasts her way through them, along with Pikachu.

As they attempt to escape the complex, however, Ridley strikes without warning, snatching up Samus and attacking her. Pikachu uses Thunder to free her, and the two face off against Ridley.

After escaping from the facility, Samus and Pikachu discover another Subspace Army base producing Subspace Bombs. The two infiltrate it, and after fighting their way through, discover the Ancient Minister in a room filled with Subspace Bombs. The allies prepare to battle, but the Ancient Minister does not seem to want to fight them. Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, and Captain Olimar then break into the room, and all of them, including Samus, witness the Ancient Minister defy Ganondorf's commands. As a result, the R.O.B. Squad fires upon him, burning off his robe and revealing that he is a R.O.B., as well. It turns out that all of the R.O.B.s had beem forced to work with the Subspace Army, with the main R.O.B., the Master Robot, as their leader. The rest of the R.O.B.s activate all the Subspace Bombs in the room, forcing all of them to escape. As they rush to the exit aboard Captain Falcon's Falcon Flyer, Meta Ridley races after them. The group defeats the space dragon once more, and escapes just before R.O.B.s' island home is engulfed in Subspace.

They then meet up with Mario, Link, Kirby, Pit, Yoshi, the Ice Climbers, Marth, Ike, Lucas, the Pokémon Trainer, Meta Knight, Princess Peach, Princess Zelda, Lucario, Snake, Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, and Mr. Game & Watch. All of them witness a Subspace Gunship emerge from Subspace. Samus's ship is among the ones that attack it.

Samus, along with all the other characters except for King Dedede, Luigi, and Ness, is turned into a trophy by Tabuu. Her trophy is obtained by Dedede's team, and she subsequently joins everyone else in The Great Maze, where they eventually defeat Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Samus returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[1], and her appearance has been updated to reflect her appearance in Metroid: Other M.[2] Her moveset it mostly the same, except she no longer becomes Zero Suit Samus after using her Final Smash, as she is now a completely separate character.

Profile Information from Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Samus Aran is the toughest bounty hunter in the galaxy. Using a special suit powered by the technology of the bird people which allows her to execute daring acrobatic feats, Samus pursues the airborne life form, Metroid, throughout the universe.

Special Moves[edit]

Charge Shot[edit]

The Charge Shot, from Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS respectively.

Charge Shot is a special attack used by Samus Aran in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is Samus's normal B Button move. Once done, Samus will hold up her arm, which acts as a blaster, and she will start charging up an Energy Ball. Although the attack can be fired at any time, charging it up makes the attack more powerful. If it is charged up to its maximum, Samus will hold the energy in the blaster, and can walk around with the energy. Then, when the right opportunity arises, the player can press the B Button again to fire the attack. The attack was used in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Kirby can also use Charge Shot if he has copied Samus's abilities.

Grapple Beam[edit]

The Grapple Beam in action.

The Grapple Beam is Samus's grab move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This move can be used as a Tether Recovery like the Clawshot of Link. The attack, if the opponent is in mid-air, can be used to damage the player, and not actually grab them, as well.


The Missile, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.

Missile is one of Samus's moves in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is done by pressing the B Button and tilting the Control Stick to the side. Samus will then fire a Missile out of her arm cannon. The missile is actually a homing missile, and will home in on the opponent. If the control stick is tapped, Samus will fire a Super Missile, which moves straight forward, and cannot be guided, but is more powerful.

Screw Attack[edit]

The Screw Attack, from Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.

The Screw Attack is a move Samus can do in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is done by pressing B and moving the control stick up at the same time. This attack is the same attack a character does when he or she jumps with the Screw Attack item. However this attack can be done anytime by Samus, without needing the Screw Attack item. She jumps up into the air spinning. The force of the spin will push Samus upwards. Screw Attack acts as Samus's third jump. However, it is able to deal some damage to anyone who gets caught in the attack. It is fairly easy to use, and it can do quite a bit of damage, which makes it one of the most useful third jumps in the series. Samus will be put into a helpless state once the move ends.


Bomb, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.

Bomb is Samus' down special move in the Super Smash Bros. series. The name of this move is also shared with Link, Young Link, and Toon Link, but works in a different way. Samus will do a very small jump, and shifts into morph ball mode. She will then drop a futuristic bomb/mine in the air, which will proceed to drop and then explode. The attack can be used as a get-away when surrounded by opponents. Furthermore, if Samus is caught in the blast of one of her Bombs, she will not take damage, but will perform a small jump in the air that can be used to set up more Bomb drops. The attack is featured on Samus's Melee All-Star trophy.

Zero Laser[edit]

“That really was her last trump card. She used a weapon so powerful, it destroyed her Power Suit.”
Masahiro Sakurai, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

The Zero Laser, from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U respectively.

Zero Laser is Samus Aran's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Once Samus collects a Smash Ball, she powers-up an incredibly powerful Charge Beam. When released, it severely injures any player caught in it and, like the Mario Finale, has a huge blast radius. Once the move stops, Samus's Power Suit falls off and she becomes Zero Suit Samus. In this state, she is less powerful and loses possession of her many abilities, but she makes up for it in speed and acrobatic skills. The armor that falls off can be picked up and thrown at other players. This move was first shown at the 2006 E3 trailer.

Trophy Information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

# Name Image First Game / Move Description
10 Samus Aran
This intergalactic bounty hunter's full name is Samus Aran. Clad in a Power Suit made by the Chozo race and infused with their enhanced blood, she cleared the planet Zebes of a Metroid infestation. Samus is an orphan, the sole survivor of a Space Pirate raid that destroyed an Earth colony named K-2L.
11 Samus Aran [Smash]
B: Charge Shot
Smash B: Missile
Samus has an abundance of projectile weapons, making her a long-distance attack specialist. The most powerful weapon in her arsenal is her Charge Shot, but be warned: it can be reflected. Her missiles have homing capabilities, but when fired as Smash Attacks, they fly on a straight trajectory and have boosted power.
12 Samus Aran [Smash]
Up & B: Screw Attack
Down & B: Bomb
While Samus's arsenal of missile weapons is indeed formidable, her enemies are in for a rude awakening if they guard against nothing else. Her Grappling Beam captures foes and latches on to walls, and the Screw Attack drags foes upwards in a series of spins that doubles as a recovery move. Samus can also use her Bombs to perform Bomb Jumps.
293 Samus Unmasked
It's said that the orphaned Samus Aran was raised by the few survivors of the Chozo race. They armed her with a Power Suit and taught her the ways of advanced combat; even burdened with her heavy suit, Samus is as graceful as a butterfly. In the Metroid series, it was standard that Samus would remove her helmet and armor if you cleared the game fast enough.
NOTICE: The Samus Unmasked trophy cannot actually be obtained in copies of the game without a cheating device. It was only available in a promotional event at Toys 'R' Us in Japan.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
7 Samus Aran
NES Metroid
SNES Super Metroid
The intergalactic bounty hunter named Samus Aran. Orphaned at an early age, she was taken in and raised by the alien race known as the Chozo. The Power Suit she wears is a product of their technology. Her unique combat skills combined with her athleticism and Arm Cannon have seen her through countless missions.
8 Zero Laser
WII Super Smash Bros. Brawl Samus's Final Smash. The beam emerging from her Arm Cannon is dreadfully powerful and causes great damage to enemies. The beam travels slowly but can be swept up and down. The recoil of the beam is so great that it tears off her Power Suit, revealing Zero Suit Samus. The pieces of her armor can be picked up and thrown as weapons.
372 Samus
(Fusion Suit)
GBA Metroid Fusion During exploration of SR388, Samus is infected by an X parasite and nearly dies. A vaccine created from Metroid cells saves her, but her suit turns blue and loses most of its abilities and weapons. This new Samus must regather her special abilities and fight to neutralize the threat of the X parasites in the space station run by Biologic Space Laboratories.
373 Samus
(Power Suit)
NES Metroid
GCN Metroid Prime
Samus in the basic version of the legendary Power Suit, made for her by the Chozo race. Samus is most often seen at the beginning of each game in this suit. The normal Power Suit has the lowest level of protective power and features no additional functions. She can use the cannon on her right arm for power shots and build up her arsenal through item pickups.
374 Samus
(Varia Suit)
SNES Super Metroid
GCN Metroid Prime
A suit with a higher level of protection than the Power Suit. It eliminates damage caused by very hot or cold areas. It is also more resilient to enemy attacks than the Power Suit and greatly differs in shoulder design. Recent visual depictions of Samus often show her wearing the Varia Suit.
375 Samus
(Gravity Suit)
SNES Super Metroid
GCN Metroid Prime
A Power Suit that provides even more damage protection than the Varia Suit. This Gravity Suit also allows Samus to move without water resistance when underwater. In most games in the series, this suit also blocks lava damage and friction. In addition, it allows Samus to use item bonuses like the High Jump, Space Jump, and Speed Booster, even when underwater or in lava.
376 Samus
(Dark Suit)
GCN Metroid Prime 2: Echoes A Power Suit that reduces damage taken from the atmosphere of Dark Aether. It is obtained after defeating Amorbis in the Dark Torvus Temple. With its increased protection, it greatly widens the range of exploration available in the toxic atmosphere. This suit was developed by the Luminoth, the native race of Aether.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
Samus Fusion Sticker.jpg Metroid Fusion [Electric] - Resistance +16
Usable by: Samus, Zero Suit Samus
Samus Echoes Sticker.jpg Metroid Prime 2: Echoes [Explosive] - Attack +18
Samus Metroid Sticker.png Metroid [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +15
Usable by: Samus, Zero Suit Samus

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サムス・アラン
Samusu Aran
Korean 사무스 아란
Samuseu Aran


  • When the Grapple Beam is used, the beam fires from the Arm Cannon, but in the Metroid Prime series, it comes out of a gun mounted under her left arm.
  • A doll of Samus is owned by the maniacal Booster. He keeps the Samus Doll in his toy box on the top floor of Booster Tower.
    • Another Samus doll is featured in the second Mario Vs. Wario comic story in Nintendo Power. Mario and Wario compete to present this doll to Peach for her birthday, only to find out at the end that Luigi bought it first.
  • Samus was originally going to appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, where she would try a sample of coffee at the Starbeans Café. She was replaced with Professor E. Gadd.[3]
  • Samus also appears in Nintendo Monopoly. Here, she costs $200 and takes the role of New York Avenue.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. artwork, Samus is depicted with her Arm Cannon on her left arm instead of on her right arm as in her other appearances.
  • Though she does not yet have her own game on the Nintendo 3DS, Samus appears with other Nintendo characters as one of five Character Cards used with the Augmented Reality Games software.


  1. ^ YouTube - Nintendo Direct @ E3 2013
  2. ^ YouTube - Wii U & Nintendo 3DS Developer Direct - Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U @E3 2013
  3. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 9-16-08)