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Fridge Brilliance

  • In Metroid Fusion, Samus maintains that the X are evil and destroys them to save every race that exists. Adam mentions that the X are gaining intelligence. Eventually they stop worrying about themselves individually and instead seek to preserve their race by blowing up the station and killing Samus, the only person in the galaxy who can stop them and the Metroid, the only race that can kill X. No X ever seems to care about anything other than X, however. Fast-forward to the end. Samus plans to destroy the station, the planet the X came from and the X entirely. The X counter-attack with the only X powerful enough to kill her: SA-X. After she beats SA-X, the X stop attacking her altogether, they don't even try to slow her down on the way to her ship. Then, during the battle between Samus and an Omega Metroid, the SA-X arrives and saves Samus, which allows her to escape. The X are pretty much doomed at this point and so is the Omega Metroid, so if they wanted to take out their enemies, all they had to do was wait. I believe that the act of offering itself as a power-up to Samus could have been three things: 1. Respect and possibly compassion to another race, indicating that the X had evolved beyond total Xenophobia. 2. A way to preserve itself as a legend instead of complete obliteration. 3. Returning Samus' suit as a gesture of courtesy. Samus does not to notice this but I think the X were developing signs of intelligence beyond assimilation or Always Chaotic Evil. Another reason Metroid Fusion is my favorite Metroidvania game. -Ekul
    • It could have even been a Taking You with Me situation.
    • Fourth option: Instinctive, animalistic "use whatever means available (*coughSamuscough*) to destroy the Omega Metroid" reaction, without realizing the whole Colony Drop bit.
    • The SA-X was trying to steal Samus's ship so that the X could survive. Only no one counted on the Eticoons/Dachora actually doing anything. And most likely, the Omega was holding a much larger "This is a Metroid. KILL IT" sign than Samus was.
    • A MUCH more reasonable option is that it was trying to kill the thing that was more of a predator to the X. Metroids are an X's only predator, and compared with Samus, who has only partial Metroid DNA, and an overgrown Omega Metroid, what do you think the SA-X would target first?
      • Possibly all of the above. The X had found a Worthy Opponent in Samus, or at least SA-X did. As she absorbed so many of them, she would act as a depository of DNA for them which may one day be extracted to make more of them. Also, Samus, both as a gene bank and a worthy opponent was facing off against an enemy she couldn't beat and who the X had personal enmity with. So, the most reasonable solution was to work with the only one capable of killing it.
      • Adepository of DNA is unlikely. The X are the DNA stealers, not the Metroids.
  • I had my moment a while ago when I played that game. I always assumed that she wanted to eliminate the X because it was her job as a bounty hunter to carry things through. I then realized that, as a bounty hunter, she had no obligation to do so once Adam told her to stay put and wait for the Federation. She disobeyed, but possibly not out of her own humanity. Its possible that the Metroid vaccine in her body had infected her just like the X did, and that she had become part Metroid. Playing through, I noticed that colliding with the Metroids that inhabit the Restricted Section while you try to escape does no damage to you (it just slows your jump). I thought it an example of Mercy Invincibility at first, but realized that those very Metroids may have recognized her as one of their own. It makes more sense when you figure out that the Metroids were designed to fight the X by the Chozo. How do you make a better predator than the Metroids? By combining it with the very thing that wiped them out. The X may have realized this and chose to live on as a part of Samus despite being absorbed harmlessly and turned into "food". The reason the Omega attacks you is nothing less than the fact that its going to die no matter what, and that it wanted to establish itself as the ultimate predator again by killing Samus first.
    • Or it could have been, you know, just a wild animal.
      • All the above is based on a interesting assumption. That the Omega Metroid wouldn't survive re-entry. Are you willing to bet it won't? Is Samus? Are/is X?
    • Other M allows for another possible explanation. Both the Omega Metroid in Fusion and The Queen Metroid in Other M were cloned from the baby Metroid in Super. This means that the baby, and, by extention, all of her clones, are potential Queens. Samus also has the same DNA from the same baby Metroid inside of her. Could the Omega be attacking in order to weed out the competition for the position of Queen? -DarkeLourd
      • You sound like the guys on Wikitroid. But I agree with the very 2nd option: that it was just a wild animal killing everything in sight. FTLOG, Samus was part Metroid, you think it'd not attack her if you know that, but no.
      • Maybe the Omega was only acting in self defense. In gameplay it will attack you if left alone but perhaps, as far as the plot is concerned, Samus shot the Omega first seeing it as a danger or an obstacle preventing her escape.
      • Maybe it attacked because it saw her as prey. I mean, she did absorb quite a few X parasites throughout the game...
      • Or just competition for the same prey. Predators are territorial already and the two eat the same thing.
  • This troper used to cringe every time metroids were called "parasites" when they're obviously not, but a quote from Metroid Prime used parasite as a derogatory term, and I realized something. They're called "parasites" because they get under your skin.
  • In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, upon entering the Agon Wastes area, probably one of the first things you'll spot is the funny large structure on top of the main area, with some giant caterpillar statue on its side; scanning this statue will have your data suggest that it may be a warning to travelers. Turns out that the statue represents Amorphis, the game's first real boss. This troper now figures that the "warning" was for the player.
  • It wasn't until my third playthrough of Fusion that I realized that Adam was a subversion of HAL-9000 of 2001: A Space Odyssey. There's even an "open the doors" line as a Shout-Out! -Duke
    • Not just that, but the first time that you get a hint that something might be wrong with your new CO is a great homage to 2001 as well. After Samus restores her Plasma beam, Adam starts acting confused, and pauses for a moment, saying 'Wait... Wait a second... More trouble. Hold on.' and isolates a new problem in ARC sector. HAL acts similarly when Dave begins to question him too much, saying 'Just a moment, just a moment.' and isolating a problem with the AE 35 unit. Now you have to ask yourself 'How exactly did the Nightmare escape?
      • And late in the game, Adam tells you that there are 10 SA-X patrolling the station looking for you. However, this is at the point of the game where you can go anywhere and pick up all the items you missed earlier, and if you do, you don't ever run into any SA-X. Why? Because Adam was lying to Samus and trying to scare her into leaving the ship.
      • It's easy to say how Nightmare escaped. After Samus activates the security doors level 3 (yellow) and gets the ice missile data, you return to the navigation booth to learn about the emergency in PYR. On the way back Nightmare's shadow can be seen in the background of the large room. So Samus released it.
  • Let's face it: In Other M, Samus' Concentration ability makes no sense. I mean, she just stands there for a minute, and suddenly her energy is refilled? It actually makes more sense than you'd think. Let's step back for a moment, and consider what has to happen before it can be used: Your energy has to be at critically low levels, or it won't start charging. So here's the question: At the point where the recharge becomes accessible, what is the player thinking? Odds are, they're scared s---less. One more hit is all it's going to take to cause a Game Over. Now think about Samus' thoughts on the matter. She may be worried about a Game Over, but not in the video game sense. Her adrenaline is probably spiking like crazy. Now that we've got that taken care of, let's look at what she actually does during Concentration. All she appears to do is bring her Arm Cannon up to her head, but if you pay attention, there's a subtle air of focus as she does it. And that's precisely what's happening: When the player activates Concentration, Samus takes a moment to gather her thoughts so she can focus on the task at hand. How her energy is restored is simple: Once her mind is cleared, she has a ton of excess adrenaline that's going to make it hard to stay focused. So what does her suit do? It converts the adrenaline into energy, then pours it into the shields! -User:phazonfarmer
    • ...converts... the... adrenaline... into...?
    • It's the future.
    • Alternate theory: Concentration is Concentration. The game shows that the Power Suit is maintained by force of will. After being hammered on for a while, she needs to step back and restore her focus.
      • I thought it was manipulation of the Charge Beam ability to draw in energy and use it to fuel the suit. as for why you can't fully recharge in that style, well, the Charge Beam essentially creates a big ball of really painful, explosive energy. It could be that only one or two of Samus's many energy shield tanks can support that type of energy.
    • Another option is that her Concentration is an upgrade of her Crystal Flash from Super; she might just be taking energy from a Power Bomb and converting it to her suit systems and physical stamina. Just cause she isn't authorized them doesn't mean she can't used their non-lethal abilities.
  • During Other M, Samus is working with Adam's team, and doesn't use any new abilities until Adam authorizes it. Late in the game, she comes across a broken bridge that she has no means of crossing at the time. What does she do? Rather than wait for orders, she activates a few of which is the Screw Attack. -Matic

  "Any objections, Adam?"

    • She couldn't contact Adam, and she was attempting to follow the Deleter. She didn't hear anything from Adam, so she just decided to go "Screw it" and proceeded to activate her two most awesome functions in the entire Metroid series.
      • "Screw it" is a very accurate wording there, isn't it?
  • Fitting in with Other M's "motherhood" theme, I realised the name of the space station, the Bottle Ship, was a reference to a baby's bottle, shape and all. Coupled with the fact that the distress signal sent from the station is called "Baby's Cry" it does its job hammering the theme in one way or another. I do know it also may reference the age old "impossible bottle" relic but considering the rest of the game, it makes sense. -Mighty Kombat
  • Energy is a type of psychic power. We already know that Chozo have mental powers, in Metroid Prime they foresaw the Phazon coming. We also know that Samus has some Chozo DNA. She uses the psychic powers to power her suit. The tanks are just to store her energy. She would also make her weapons out of psychic energy, clearly there is not enough room for her to have 255 missiles in her suit. This helps her 'Crystal Flash' and 'Concentration' abilities make sense. Also the different types of ammo that she uses in the Prime games also makes sense. She is not used to using those weapons and has a limited amount to use, but can concentrate to fire off some. Also, this is what makes metroids so dangerous, they actually feed on this 'energy'. The manga also mentions a type of energy that the metroid were created to feed off of. That is why they are the only things capable of destroying the X, they actually eat the X. This also explains why Samus is able to replenish her energy by absorbing X, she is eating. -Krazycrismore
  • I never saw the whole 'motherhood' theme in Other M. To me, the whole 'Baby's Cry' thing made since A) it means that the target is currently weak and unable to defend itself and B) VERY attention grabbing. No, I instead saw a huge linked theme with Metroid Fusion, Let's see, both games take place on a space station, containing different 'Sectors' with different simulated environments that have many different creatures within, are connected to each other by a series of elevators, include genetically breeding Metroids in the plot and using them as weapons, having said breeding being done by the Galactic Fedaration, being ordered around by Adam and having your abilities restored, partially at his mercy (Although he's much more reasonable in Other M), and, of course, both games taking place after Super Metroid.
  • There are people who take issue with Samus' calm attitude as she narrates the story in Other M. But think about it for a few seconds, for pete's sake. She's telling the story at an unspecified time and place, most likely where she can remain calm. In fact, she might actually be telling someone else about this, tying in with Metroid Fusion's ending. Would she gain anything by sounding frantic or worried?
    • She's definitely telling the story to somebody, or narrating a journal entry. She doesn't sound frantic or worried because it's already in the past to her--she knows how it ends, so what's she got to be frantic or worried about?
    • Another thing to note is why she seemed more emotionally vulnerable. She's barely had any rest at all between Metroid 2, Super Metroid, and Other M. She lost her 'child' and her home all in one fell swoop. She's been through hell and back and, like a determinator, she went out to keep going when she should have taken some time to get proper rest.
    • Hell, this even culminates in one controversial point. Ridley who, to us, is merely a Recurring Boss Fight to which we expect, made Samus go into shell shock in Other M. But think about it from Samus position, with the above info in mind. She thinks Ridley is dead and gone, never to bother her again. And yet he reappears, as if emerging from hell itself, illuminated by the magma's glow, completely breaking her facade of toughness and reestablishing Ridley as a being from her nightmaers. It takes a near Heroic Sacrifice to make her snap out of it, partially in rage of having someone else seemingly die because she wasn't able to stop Ridley or some other force from killing them.
      • This makes more sense too if you look back to Metroid Prime: Corruption, back on Norion. When Ridley ambushed her inside, Samus didn't get out of the way but stood thre and shot at him, even though she knew that it wasn't going to do much of anything. Even after the events from the Manga, She still has a little bit of fear left over. Fear is never truly gone, after all.
        • It makes even more sense when you consider that the writers for Other M did not consider the events of the Prime trilogy when making it. If you ignore Prime, Ridley has only officially died once (Super Metroid) and that was supposed to be Dead for Real. So his resurrection would have looked impossible to her - she saw his body disintegrate in front of her, and how he's attacking? He'd have to be some sort of demon. She also probably didn't figure out the whole "fluffy bird thing = furry lizard = Ridley" thing either, since she looked at the shed skins of them with mild confusion, but no sort of worry.
  • One has to wonder, why is Space Pirate tech so easily used or hacked by Samus? Their leader is Mother Brain, a Chozo AI. Samus uses a Chozo battlesuit, so it makes perfect sense she'd be able to readily manipulate tech Mother Brain likely had a hand in.
  • In Metroid Prime: Hunters, the six enemy hunters each represent a main colour on a colour wheel. Look closely at the oppositely coloured hunters. Blue Sylux is the hunter with the most selfish and malicious intentions (sheer hatred of Samus and the Galactic Federation), while orange Spire is the one with the least (he just wants to find others of his race). Green Weavel is a scarred veteran of the Space Pirates, while red Trace is a youthful Kriken full of hope and promise. Purple Noxus is a member of the very Lawful Good Vhozon race, while yellow Kanden is a mindless psychopath. -Mogotoo
  • In Prime 3, Phazon seems to have a much lower rate of fatalities than the two games before it. But then, in the first game the space pirates had discovered how to drastically increase the survival rates when using the stuff in project vertigo, which got into Samus's suit, which was then stolen by...who eventually took over the source of...and then it all made sense -Cider

Fridge Horror

  • In Metroid Fusion, Samus sees her deceased CO, Adam Malkovich, as a mentor to her, and even compares her ship's AI to it. Then Other M rolls around, we meet Adam when he was alive, and he seems a lot more like an uncaring jerk. Some have even theorized that he's a sadist, and compared their relationship to that of an abuser and his victim. This retroactively changes one's interpretation of events in Fusion as well. And since that Adam was Adam's brain, all those times it locks her in the Navigation room and refuses to let her out until she listens to him are somewhat chilling. In Other M, Adam nearly lets Samus die in a fiery area before authorizing her Varia suit. The quote below is from Fusion.
    • This also has another, less-horrific implication as well.
    • The ending of Metroid Fusion. As the player we know that the BSL and SR388 had to be destroyed, but the Galactic Federation did not. Samus destroyed a research facility and a planet, then fled the scene. In modern day times that would be like blowing up a research lab and a large amount of a park or such. Samus would be seen as some sort of terrorist, and a very dangerous one too. So, if the Metroidverse has any sort of threat come to it, Samus would be on the run from the GF with a large amount of forces after her. So she ends up either on the run for the rest of her life, likely killing lots of GF troopers along the way, turns herself in to be incarcerated and likely executed, or dies fighting against the GF.
      • Also, there has been no evidence to suggest anything besides Metroid or Samus can defeat X, there is evidence showing that they are the only currently known being that can kill them. This means that the destruction of the BSL and SR388 didn't actually destroy the X, but just left them stranded in space. The GF will investigate the previous site of SR388 and the BSL, and we know that X can go through walls, so once the GF arrives to investigate/search for Samus' path the X will easily be able to board GF ships and become a legitimate threat to the universe. Where will the only person able to stop them be? She will be chased by the GF for what she did at the end of Metroid Fusion. By the time that the GF realizes Samus was correct, it will be far too late as the X will have already become to widespread to stop. Bit of a Downer Ending huh?
        • Guess you missed the whole scene about the finale in the first place. The self-destruct mechanisms in that laboratory were set to literally vaporize everything within a set radius, and by crashing the station into SR 388, that included the planet itself. X may be resilient, but I didn't see or hear any canonical technobabble stating that it could reconstruct itself from its constituent atoms and/or molecules. Think of it like the MD device from Ender's Game- what's left is just pure matter and energy, completely devoid of life. Samus had just absorbed the final remaining X-core of any significant power (Making the assumption that Adam was lying about multiple SA-X isn't a stretch considering we never saw any other duplicate X-cores.) meaning all that was left were X-based reproductions of the natural fauna of SR-388, none of which could survive the vacuum of space, or could reasonably withstand the sort of force that Adam calculated would vaporize the entire planet of SR 388. Perhaps if they'd had a suitable host to use as a defense against the shock they might have had a chance, but as it stands it's pretty safe to say the only X left in the galaxy is that within Samus' own body. Well that and wherever else they might have come from to begin with (Metroids as a species were created by the Chozo specifically to combat the X parasites, who had either evolved or arrived on the planet and were quickly destroying the planet's ecosystem).
    • Metroid Prime 2 takes place in Aether, a planet that is known to be a rogue body. This planet, alongise the others visited in the Prime saga except in Hunters, was victim of an impact due to a Phazon meteor. Because Phaaze purposedly always targets a planet for invasion, you can notice that poor Aether wasn't meant to suffer the impact, it only crossed in the way to an actually targeted planet!! Poor Luminoth race.....
  • So you've beaten the Nightmare. It's a deadly beast that obliterated half the ARC sector and flooded part of the rest. Think on it; this horrible cyborgic Mechanical Monster was on this station THE WHOLE TIME. IT WAS ALWAYS THERE. Nightmare could have found you at any time, and there was absolutely nowhere you can hide from him. No chance of survival if you were jumped; he'd kill you.
    • Also, still about Nightmare, It says a lot about the mental state of the leaers of the GF. I mean, just to design it you need to be disturbed, and the fact it's only ever found on GF ships means they're not just building their own Eldritch Abomination in a box, but they're recreating the monster. And you've been helping to keep these people in charge.
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