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Samus Aran
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Full name Samus Aran
Species Human (biologically augmented with Chozo DNA and Metroid DNA)
First appearance Metroid (1986, Metroid series)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, Mario series)
Latest appearance Metroid: Samus Returns (2017, Metroid series)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (as a costume) (2017, Mario franchise)

“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 franchise. Initially orphaned as a young girl through the combined efforts of Ridley and the Space Pirates, Samus was soon adopted by the surviving members of the bird-like Chozo race. The Chozo subsequently infused her with a sample of their DNA in order to allow her to better survive environments too harsh for humans, after which they trained her in combat in order to prepare her to use the Power Suit. Upon leaving the Chozo following her training and acquisition of the Power Suit, Samus served a brief stint as a member of the Galactic Federation, after which she decided to become a bounty hunter and fight the Space Pirates on her own, including Ridley.


Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash[edit]

In Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash, Samus makes a cameo appearance in the form of the Samus Doll, a central element to the story. When both Mario and Wario are considering what to get Princess Toadstool for her birthday, they remember her thinking the doll was cute when passing by the toy store on the way to the park. However, both of them are told someone with "a big, black mustache" bought the last doll and try to sabotage each other, though in the end Luigi is the one who bought the doll for the princess.

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 can be found sleeping in the guest room in the royal castle after obtaining the fifth Star Piece. If Mario talks to her, she says that she is "resting up for Mother Brain".

A toy of Samus also appears in the toy box in the room at the top of Booster Tower.

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 appears in all four games in the Super Smash Bros. series. She is a heavy character but falls at a slow speed, giving her "floaty" jumps and aerial movement like in the sidescrolling Metroid games. Samus' moveset is designed around extensive use of her projectiles and other weapons, along with a number of hand-to-hand moves and short-range cannon blasts. Several of her moves make use of her arm cannon, while her special moves are all based on the equipment she obtains in the Metroid series.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Samus in Super Smash Bros.
SmashWiki article: Samus (SSB)

Samus is one of the default characters in the original Super Smash Bros.. Her appearance is based upon the Varia Suit as it appears in Super Metroid. In the game's single player mode, she is fought on the Planet Zebes stage.

Samus's neutral special move is the Charge Shot, which allows her to charge up a blast and fire it. Her up special move is the Screw Attack, in which she jumps up with an electric barrier around her to damage opponents. Her down special is the Bomb, in which she turns into the Morph Ball and drops a bomb. In addition, Samus uses the Grapple Beam as her grab move, which gives her a ranged grab.

One of Samus's alternate costumes is based upon the Gravity Suit; while the one officially noted as the Gravity Suit appears similar to the in-game sprite in Super Metroid, her purple costume resembles the suit in official artwork. In addition, while not based upon any aspect of the Metroid series, her green costume is referred to as "mass-produced Samus," a reference to the Gundam franchise.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

SmashWiki article: Samus (SSBM)
Samus as she appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Samus is once again a default character. In Adventure Mode, Samus is faced during the first portion of stage 4, which is set in Brinstar.

All of Samus's moves are carried over from the previous game, while she has been given a side special move, the Missile, in which she can fire either a homing missile or a Super Missile. The Grapple Beam can also now be used to cling to walls.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

SmashWiki article: Samus (SSBB)
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In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samus's moveset is unchanged, though the Grapple Beam has once again been altered to act as a tether recovery rather than a wall grab. Her Final Smash, the Zero Laser, involves her firing a large beam of energy at opponents, though afterward the Power Suit falls apart, leaving Samus as Zero Suit Samus; the pieces, however, can be picked up and thrown. Zero Suit Samus can regain the Power Suit by using her Final Smash, Power Suit Samus. The player can also instantly remove the Power Suit at any time during battle by quickly alternating Samus's up and down taunts, or at the beginning of a battle by holding down specific buttons on the controller on the stage select screen.

One of Samus's new alternate costumes in this game is based upon the Fusion Suit from Metroid Fusion, while another is based upon the Dark Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.

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, Solid 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]

SmashWiki article: Samus (SSB4)
Samus on the boxart of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Samus is once again a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[1]. Her appearance in this game has been changed to be based on the design of the Varia Suit seen in Metroid: Other M[2], though with additional and changed details, such as the vents in her armor and an opaque visor. While her moveset has not been changed, Samus's Power Suit no longer falls apart to turn her into Zero Suit Samus after using her Final Smash, as the two have been made completely separate characters.

In addition to her existing alternate costumes, Samus has been given two new ones: one based on the Light Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and one based on Dark Samus, who also appears as an Assist Trophy.

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:

Samus Aran is the theme of the 14th Miiverse Sketch Masterpiece Collection video, a promotional series of videos for Game & Wario in which the WarioWare cast comments on drawings made in the game's Miiverse Sketch mode. Samus' video is commented by 9-Volt.

Nintendo Land[edit]

Samus is alluded to Nintendo Land in the attraction Metroid Blast, where Miis are dressed in her Power Suit to fight waves of robotic enemies either on foot or from the air (via her gunship). On foot, the Miis can fire her Arm Cannon, enter into her Morph Ball form, and use the Grapple Beam. Charging up her Arm Cannon allows the Mii to fire bombs. From the gunship, the Miis can fire missiles.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

The Samus outfit for Miis.

Samus Aran makes a cameo appearance in the Wii U title, Mario Kart 8 - specifically, after the version 3.0 update and returns to be available in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Her image appears alongside many other Nintendo and third-party characters' images on the Mii Racing Suits screen. As such, she is one of the characters whose amiibo can be scanned on the Wii U GamePad, in order for the Samus suit to become available; both the Samus and Zero Suit Samus amiibo can be used to unlock the costume. This suit customizes the player's Mii clothing.

Super Mario Maker[edit]


A costume representing Samus is available for the player's character in Super Mario Maker. The player can unlock the Samus costume either by scanning her amiibo onto the GamePad, or by completing the 100 Mario Challenge. Her sprite in this game is a new one based upon her modern appearance. All of her sound effects are taken from the Famicom Disk System version of the original Metroid, and when Samus runs at full speed she turns into the Morph Ball. Samus's pose when pressing +Control Pad up is her aiming her cannon at the screen.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. bios[edit]

Instruction booklet: The greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy, Samus Aran fights with the super-human power of her hi-tech power suit.

In-game profile: 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.

  • Metroid (NES)
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)
  • Super Metroid (SNES)

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Instruction booklet bio[edit]

  • A space warrior with an arsenal of long-range projectile weapons.


# 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 was only available in a promotional event at Toys 'R' Us in Japan, and cannot be obtained in any other version of the game despite the data still being present.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


  • Instruction booklet: The galaxy's greatest bounty hunter, her variety of long-distance weapons make her lethal.
  • Website: Her name is Samus Aran. She joins us from the Metroid games. Look at her Power Suit shine!
Her arm cannon is equipped with a variety of weapons. Mastering all of them is the first step toward victory.


# 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.
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.


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

Snake's codec[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...

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


Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Samus SamusTrophy3DS1.png SamusTrophyWiiU.png NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
Samus Aran has fought her way across a variety of planets in the Metroid series. She wears a Power Suit designed by the Chozo, giving her incredible versatility in a fight. She can wade in, but she favors beams and missiles. A fully charged Charge Shot packs a serious punch! The heroine of the Metroid series, Samus Aran. Her missions take her across the reaches of space, and her Power Suit gives her immeasurable fighting prowess. In this game, she uses a variety of ranged attacks based around beams and missiles. When her Charge Shot is fully charged, it can launch foes with devastating force.
Samus Aran is known for her numerous battles across alien planets in the Metroid series. She wears a Power Suit designed by the Chozo, giving her incredible versatility in a fight. She can wade in with kicks and punches, but she favors beams and missiles. A fully charged Charge Shot packs a serious punch!
Samus (Alt.) SamusTrophy3DS2.png SamusAltTrophyWiiU.png NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
Samus protects herself from overhead enemies with her up smash, Cover Fire, which can land multiple hits on anyone it connects with. Samus also fires a homing missile by holding sideways and pressing the special- attack button or launches a Super Missile by quickly tapping sideways instead. Samus's up smash attack, Cover Fire, fires five small blasts overhead, making it great for countering incoming aerial attacks. Her Missile attack fires a homing missile if you hold sideways and then press the special button, but if you do those things at the same time, you'll fire a Super Missile.
Zero Laser N/A ZeroLaserTrophyWiiU.png Samus unleashes a massive, long-range beam from her Arm Cannon as her Final Smash. Fighters on the edges of the beam will be drawn in, taking more and more damage. The sheer power of this weapon makes it tough to aim once it's firing, but it's possible to adjust the beam up and down. In Samus's Final Smash, she unleashes a huge laser beam from her Arm Cannon that draws opponents to the centre of the beam. Quite handy, since the closer they are to the centre, the more damage they'll take! You can also angle it up and down (albeit slowly), letting you catch more of your enemies and create more havoc.
Samus (Varia Suit) VariaSuitTrophy3DS.png N/A N/A When most people think of Samus, they think of her wearing the Varia Suit. It not only grants her power far beyond her own physical strength but also can unleash a deadly array of beams from the Arm Cannon. And, in a feature quite unique to the Metroid series, it lets her morph into a ball instead of having to crawl! The Varia Suit is the armour Samus is most commonly seen in. It not only grants her power for beyond her own physical strength - it can also unleash a deadly array of beams from the Arm Cannon. And, in a feature quite unique to the Metroid series, it lets her morph into a ball. Do you reckon it's comfy in there?
Samus (Gravity Suit) SamusGravityTrophy3DS.png N/A N/A Power Suits aren't known for being good in water, so if you're the aquatic type, what you need is a Gravity Suit. This stylish, glowing suit upgrade not only completely nullifies fluid resistance— making moving underwater a breeze—but also reduces damage and improves your underwater vision. What more could you ask for? Power Suits aren't known for being good in water, so if you're the aquatic type, what you need is a Gravity Suit. This stylish purple suit upgrade not only completely nullifies fluid resistance, making moving underwater a breeze, but also lets you see better underwater and even reduces damage. What more could you ask for?!
Morph Ball N/A MorphBallTrophyWiiU.png NES Metroid (08/1987)
SNES Super Metroid (04/1994)
One of the numerous modules integrated into Samus's Power Suit. This one allows her to transform into a compact mobile sphere and explore tight spaces. In the very first Metroid game, it was known as Maru Mari, which is just Japanese for "roll up," but it was later changed to the much-cooler-sounding Morph Ball.
Samus (Dark Suit) N/A SamusDarkSuitTrophyWiiU.png GCN Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (11/2004) No, not what you might wear to a formal party - this is one of the Power Suit types in Samus's arsenal. The Varia Suit might have the most iconic look, but its defensive abilities are sadly lacking. On Dark Aether, this suit will be much more useful. The Luminoth created it to mitigate the deadly substances in the planet's air. No, not what you might wear to a formal party - this is one of the Power Suit types in Samus's arsenal. The Varia Suit might have the most iconic look, but sadly its defensive abilities are a bit lacking. This suit is much more useful on Dark Aether. The Luminoth created it to neutralise the deadly substances in the planet's air.

Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Viridi: Oh, look. There's Metroid.
  • Pit: That's not a Metroid! That's Samus!
  • Palutena: Just like Link isn't named Zelda.
  • Viridi: And like Pit's name isn't Icarus!
  • Pit: OK, this joke has officially run its course.
  • Palutena: Moving on, then. Pit, you can reflect Samus's Charge Shot with your Guardian Orbitars. However, Samus can throw a storm of shots at you. If you use your Orbitars too often, she'll know what you're up to. So try to reflect strategically, as opposed to your...usual game plan.


  • Samus Aran, an intergalactic bounty hunter, has fought her way across a variety of planets in the Metroid series. 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.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サムス・アラン
Samusu Aran
Russian Самус Аран
Samus Aran
Korean 사무스 아란
Samuseu Aran
Chinese 薩姆斯•阿倫 (Traditional)
萨姆斯•阿伦 (Simplified)
Sàmǔsī Ālún


  • Samus was originally going to appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, where she tries a sample of coffee at Starbeans Cafe. She, along with other Nintendo characters, was replaced by Professor E. Gadd.[3]
  • Samus also appears in Nintendo Monopoly. Here, she costs $200 and takes the role of New York Avenue.
  • In her original 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.
  • Samus is the only female character to be playable in the original Super Smash Bros., not counting Pikachu and Jigglypuff, which could be either gender.
  • Samus has also been featured in the Nintendo Comics System series of comic books where she plays the role of a bounty hunter and competes with Princess Lana for Kevin's love.[4]


  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)
  4. ^ Nintendo Comics System and Adventure Comics