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|First game||Metroid (1986)|
|Created by||Surprisingly, not Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Voiced by||Preferably none|
Samus Aran is a girl and the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure video game series by Nintendo. She was introduced in the 1986 Metroid game creatively named Metroid, starting off as a red-headed stalwart then dying her hair blonde. She was voiced in earlier games by the competent-enough Jennifer Hale, but was replaced in later games by the whiny Jessica Martin.
Samus is an ex-soldier of the Galactic Federation who turned into a galactic bounty hunter, usually fitted with a powered exoskeleton with weapons that include atomic bombs and tear gas. Throughout the series, she fights the dim-witted Space Pirates and their marginally less dim-witted dragon leader Ridley, while cleansing alien races such as the Xel Naga, X-Cholo, and Metroids in the meantime.
Samus is well known as one of the earliest female protagonists in video game history. She has appeared in every Metroid game and has also been featured in media outside of the series, most notably tons of hentai and ecchi drawn by horny nerds who don't understand the series. This helped her remain a popular character over a quarter-century after her first appearance, since most people would not even know she's a girl otherwise.
Samus was born in the cosmic year ~2000 on the Earth colony K-2LOL, a planet where bath salts were mined. She was later kidnapped and taken to Zebes, after some hopelessly addicted Space Pirates popped caps in her parents' asses over drug money. There, she was raised by birds called the Chozo and "injected with their DNA" during her training as a prostitute. Samus eventually stole a Power Suit to escape her captors, and became a bounty hunter. She now deals with her traumatic childhood experiences by shooting creatures, killing aforementioned Space Pirates, and blowing shit up on faraway planets in large quantities, including the planets themselves if she's in an especially bad mood that day.
Despite being the "protagonist" of the series, Samus is seen engaging in systematic desecration of religious sites, widespread genocide, destruction of indigenous species, and other loathsome crimes, and apparently getting paid to do so. She is also known for stripping after each mission, especially when completed quickly; whether this is because it gets hot inside the Power Suit when she works harder or she still has these habits burned into her subconscious from her abuse by the Chozo, no one knows for sure.
edit Samus and Master Chief
Samus briefly attended a Galactic Federation academy in between escaping the Chozo and becoming a bounty hunter. There she pursued a Bachelor's of Science degree in Advanced Mass Murder Engineering with a minor in Explosionology, paying for her education mainly through pole dancing. During this time, she became acquainted with the equally-famous Master Chief from the Halo series, and began dating him after admiring his codpiece.
Both have admitted on camera that they had a brief flame, but as Samus put it during a later interview, "Do you have any idea how hard it is to have a romantic dinner when you can't see the guy's face?" On the other hand, Master Chief responded with, "She was a bitch back in college. I can't tell you how many times I'd try to strike up a conversation and get a faceful of Plasma Beam." TMZ reported that they continued dating behind the backs of partners Cortana and Adam Malkovich for some time, although both vehemently deny this and no concrete evidence has surfaced.
edit Dark days
As a side job during slower periods of business in her primary occupation, Samus signed up as a fighter in the famous mixed martial arts game Super Smash Bros. During this time Samus dealt many sound beatings, but received almost as many from the others. As fellow combatant and co-worker Kirby put it:
|She dealt with the pain by eating... lots and lots of eating. It started with just a few turkey legs a day, maybe a Maxim Tomato here and there. Then it got worse; pretty soon she was downing a whole Party Ball's worth of chocolate. Any sane person would have stopped by now.|
It didn’t take long for the tabloids to get all over her recent weight gain; she couldn’t even leave the house with out a swarm of paparazzi on her fat heels. A distraught Samus sought refuge by staying indoors, where she became bed-ridden and morbidly obese.
Luckily for Samus, Team Ninja stepped in and promised that they would give her a complete makeover. They kept true to their word, enrolling her in Weight Watchers for free and even paying for her liposuction. However, as a condition of her contract, she was given a new mission to check out a distress signal from the Bottle Ship, leading her to star in the ill-fated Metroid: Other M. This may have ruined her bounty hunting career going forward, but she has since become a beacon of hope to young women again by using her experience in inspirational talks aimed at dealing with body image issues.
edit Reception and controversy
Samus Aran was received well by the public, despite initial outcry and confusion from male gamers that they were unknowingly playing as a woman the entire time. However, their opinions largely changed after beating the game faster and with more powerups collected, as Samus rewarded skilled players with Nintendo-approved stripping. This demotivated female gamers from playing as well though, which could explain why the gaming community is so male-dominated today.
Samus is recognized as one of Nintendo's most famous characters, regarded so highly that she was permitted to take King Dedede's spot in the first Super Smash Bros. game so long as she kept her Power Suit on. She was not allowed to utilize her sex appeal again until Super Smash Bros. Brawl released for the Wii, giving players more incentive to seriously consider buying the underwhelming console. In the latest entry released for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, she is allowed to use her Zero Suit instead at any time and even go down to a bikini, as Nintendo struggled desperately for hardware sales and loosened up on its family-friendly image in doing so. One of the developers of the series reportedly leaked plans for the next game entry on the NX console to the press, revealing Zero Suit Samus would gain a new Final Smash where she takes off everything and kills all nearby characters through fatal nosebleeds and/or priapism; this addition was quietly canceled when the same effects took hold on playtesters.
Despite all the praise for her merciless killing and shameless exhibitionism, she faced considerable criticism when Metroid: Other M attempted to expand on her character. She was perceived as whiny, monotonous, needing explicit approval from her lover/father figure Adam Malkovich any time she sneezed or needed to use the bathroom, and cowardly in the face of Ridley, whom she could kill with her arm cannon tied behind her back just like back in the "good ol' days". However, male gamers disagreed with this assessment, appreciating the wealth of well-rendered CGI cutscenes showcasing her boobs and her desire to cater to her man's every need. Regardless, the backlash shocked Nintendo, who decided to avoid admitting their mistakes and making new ones instead in the upcoming Metroid Prime: Federation Force, where Samus will not appear since asking for an extended vacation.
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