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    Samus Aran
    "Planet Zebes... I called this place home once, in peaceful times, long before evil haunted the caverns below. Now I shall finally tell the tale of my first battle here... My so-called Zero Mission."
    Gender: Female
    Type: Intergalactic Bounty Hunter
    Species: Mostly Human but also part Chozo
    Portrayed by: Jennifer Hale (Metroid Prime series)
    Alesia Glidewell (Super Smash Bros. series)
    Jessica Martin (Metroid: Other M)
    Ai Kobayashi (Metroid: Other M, Japanese version)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Metroid

    Samus Aran (Japanese: サムス・アラン, Hepburn: Samusu Aran) is the protagonist of the video game series Metroid by Nintendo.

    Why She Rocks

    1. She broke ground by being the first female heroine in gaming and set the standards of what a strong and independent female character should be.
    2. Her backstory on how she became a bounty hunter is both sad and interesting.
    3. She's saved the galaxy countless times from many dangerous threats such as Ridley and the Space Pirates, the Phazon Crisis, the X parasites and the Metroids just to name a few.
    4. She's very powerful and badass and has a wide variety of weapons and abilities at her disposal. Her Chozo DNA also allows to do amazing superhuman feats and she's had tons of combat training as well.
    5. She's taken down some of the most powerful threats and Space Pirates in the galaxy.
    6. She's fearless, focused, and takes on any challenge or threat without hesitation.
    7. While she may come off as aloof and distant, she's also caring towards those that she considers her ally and will never hesitate to lend out a helping hand to those who need it
    8. She's very beautiful and cute of course, which can easily be seen when she's not wearing her Power Suit.
    9. Her compassionate side can also be seen where she spares the life of a baby Metroid as opposed to destroying it after defeating the Queen Metroid.
    10. She has a strong sense of duty and justice and will always carryout and complete her missions successfully.
    11. For all of her faults in Metroid: Other M in terms of characterization (See BQ #1), when she loses contact with Adam Malkovich, she "authorizes" her Screw Attack and Space Jump against his orders and sarcastically says "Any objections, Adam?", which is outright hilarious considering that this reflects the players' frustrations with the infamous Authorization mechanic that they are forced to deal with.
    12. Even without her Power Suit, Samus is far from weak and is still really fast, resourceful and agile due to her training with the Chozo as well as her Chozo DNA.
    13. Her recent portrayal in Metroid Dread is undoubtedly her best one yet which is a huge improvement over how she was handled in Other M, and there was a scene where she goes totally berserk and siphons Raven Beak's energy that is a combination of both awesome and terrifying at the same time.
    14. While she doesn't appear in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, FS-176 is mentioned in the news broadcast of Brooklyn flooding.
    15. Jennifer Hale, Alesia Glidewell, Jessica Martin, and Ai Kobayashi do great jobs voicing her.

    Bad Qualities

    1. Her characterization in Metroid Other M was pretty bad. She got reduced to being a damsel in distress who constantly needs to be saved and is constantly concerned about Adam's opinion on her. There's even a rather infamous scene where she seems traumatized by Ridley despite having already defeated him countless times by this point.
    2. There was no way to tell her gender in her debut unless the game was a hundred percented.
    3. Her bloodcurdling death scream in the Metroid Prime series is VERY annoying to listen to.


    • One of Samus Aran's voice actors, Alesia Glidewell, also voices Krystal from Star Fox: Assault.


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