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Of course she's a bit like Ripley from Aliens, but a little more extravagant.

Yoshio Sakamoto on Samus Aran [1]

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Nintendo Power Super Metroid (comic).

The Metroid series appears to have borrowed elements and plots from the Alien film franchise. Yoshio Sakamoto has occasionally made comparisons [2] and Nintendo Power #58 claims that Samus Aran's depiction in the Super Metroid comic is partly based on Ellen Ripley (As well as the Star Wars series' Leia Organa). Below is a list of perceived similarities between the series. The unused Thrash-hunters were enemies that were meant to be depicted like Aliens.

MetroidEdit

I think the film Alien had a huge influence on the production of the first Metroid game. All of the team members were affected by HR Giger's design work, and I think they were aware that such designs would be a good match for the Metroid world we had already put in place.

Yoshio Sakamoto on Metroid [3]


  • Both Metroid and Alien feature a female lead protagonist, Ellen Ripley in Alien, Samus Aran in Metroid.
  • Director of Alien is named Ridley Scott. Miniboss in Metroid and antagonist in later games is named Ridley.
  • Nostromo's ship computer is called "Mother". Antagonist of Metroid is Mother Brain.
  • Alien features eponymous creatures called Xenomorphs, whose first stage of life latches on to the face. Metroid features eponymous creatures called Metroids, whose most common latches on to the head (faces in the Metroid Prime series).
  • End of the film shows Ripley barely escaping from the exploding Nostromo. End of game shows Samus barely escaping from the exploding Tourian facilities. Both characters are the sole survivors of the explosion (apart from Ripley’s cat Jones).
  • Ripley ends up scantily clad near the end of the film. Samus ends up scantily clad near the end of the game (if certain requirements are met).
  • The Ridley miniboss in Metroid slightly resembles the Alien creature.
  • The aliens in the Alien-series can shoot out a smaller mouth which is round and has many teeth. The design of the Metroids is possibly based on those mouths.
  • The design of Chozo Statues is based probably on the fossilized Engineer found in Alien.
  • A crew member constantly suggests they "Freeze" a crew member who has a Facehugger attaced, which may have inspired the Metroids' weakness.
  • Samus's gender was either hidden or falsified in the manual, depending on the region the game was released. In the Alien script, Ellen Ripley was not given any gender identifiers.

Metroid II: Return of SamusEdit

  • In Aliens, Ripley travels to the source of the Alien species, LV-426. In Metroid II, Samus travels to the source of the Metroid species, SR388.
  • Both center around the female lead attempting to exterminate the eponymous species of their franchise.
  • Aliens go through a life cycle beginning with hatching out of an egg and then metamorphosing. Metroids also go through the process of metamorphosis.
  • Both the Metroids and Aliens molt and outgrow their shells as they mature.
  • The Zeta Metroids are known to spit a type of damaging fluid. The Xenomorphs in Alien 3 have been shown to spit acid as a form of attack.
    • The aforementioned Metroid also bears some resemblances to the Xenomorph species in terms of physical features, but the Omega Metroid in particular bears a close resemblance.
  • Aliens features a final battle with the Queen Alien, the very Alien producing the entire species. Metroid II features the Queen Metroid, similarly.
  • Ripley saves and bonds with a surviving colonist, a young girl nicknamed Newt. Samus saves and bonds with a newly hatched Metroid, nicknamed "Baby".
  • Once again, Ripley ends up scantily clad at the end of the film, and Samus ends up scantily clad at the end of the game if requirements are met.

Super MetroidEdit

  • In Alien3, Newt is killed. At the end of Super Metroid, the Baby sacrifices itself. Ripley also sacrifices herself at the end of the film.
  • In the Super Metroid comic, Samus’ appearance was a mix of Ripley’s as well as Princess Leia from Star Wars.
  • A body outside Kraid’s room may be a reference to the "Space Jockey" from the first Alien film.
  • Kihunters have the ability to spit Acid at Samus. The Alien in Alien3 spat acid in one instance at the face of the prison janitor, knocking him into the ventilation fan and killing him.
  • The way Kraid can fire spiky projectiles out of his stomach is a possibly reference to how the aliens in the Alien-series burst out of peoples stomach.
  • One of Ridley's signiture attacks, lunging his barbed tail at Samus, is shared by every stage of the Xenomorphs, who similarly use their tails as weapons.

Metroid FusionEdit

  • In Alien Resurrection, Ripley is cloned and an Alien Queen embryo is surgically removed from her body. It leaves behind DNA that turns Ripley into an Alien/Human hybrid. Similarly, parts of Samus' Power Suit are surgically removed when she is at risk of death, and she is given a Metroid vaccine created from DNA cells of the Baby, turning her into a Metroid/Human hybrid.
  • The Genesis creatures pay homage to the locomotion of the Alien creatures in the films.
  • The appearance and lunging attack of the Fune/Nahime may be a reference to the inner jaw of the Alien.
  • Weyland-Yutani clones the Aliens from Ripley's embryo for use as bio-weapons. The Galactic Federation uses the Baby's cells to also create the Restricted Lab that Samus later discovers and destroys.
    • Interestingly enough, the Federation already seems to possess a bio-organic weapon for military purposes, the Nightmare.
  • The Alien creatures do not attack Ripley due to them thinking that she is one of them. The Metroids do not attack Samus for the same reason, with the exception of the Omega Metroid.
  • The scene where Samus discovers the Restricted Lab may have been inspired by the scene in Resurrection where Ripley discovers the lab containing her seven predecessor clones, all of which are heavily deformed. Both laboratories are ultimately destroyed by the female protagonist.
  • The Federation also wants to use the X Parasites and the SA-X for military purposes, similar to the intention of the Weyland-Yutani company throughout the Alien films.
  • The escape sequence for Fusion is strikingly similar to that of Aliens. In both sequences, Ripley/Samus are left stranded with no means of escape, and the Queen Alien/Omega Metroid attacking them. At the last minute, their ship flies in and rescues them, and they escape the station.
  • The Auriga spaceship that the entire film took place on is set by the android Call to collide with Earth. The Biologic Space Laboratories research station is set by Samus to collide with SR388. Both are done to prevent the antagonistic organizations from getting their hands on the Aliens/X.
  • Samus distrusted her ship's computer, but later came to accept and trust it after it was revealed to be Adam Malkovich. Similarly, Ripley distrusts Bishop 341-B, an android, due to experiences with an android in Alien, but he later redeems himself and earns Ripley's trust.
  • A corrosive green liquid is seen in Sector 1. Aliens bleed corrosive green blood. This liquid is also present in Metroid: Zero Mission.
  • The X Parasites spread in a similar manner to the Xenomorphs in the Alien series. In this instance, Samus is infected and her infected suit parts are sent to the BSL, while in Alien Kane is brought on board the Nostromo with the Chestburster inside him. Both events set the respective plots in motion. In Aliens, Newt's father is infected and brought back to the colony, therefore starting the whole infestation and deaths of everyone except for the protagonists.
    • In addition, both lifeforms parasite their hosts from within their bodies and eventually kill them upon reaching a mature stage, with differences, since it's more graphic in Alien than it is in Metroid.
  • In the beginning of the game, the survivors are all but rumored to be dead. However, Etecoons and Dachoras somehow managed to survive the X infestation for unknown reasons. This is synonymous with Newt, who was the only survivor of the colony during the infestation in Aliens. Additionally, both eventually escape the colony in the end.
  • The shoulder of the SA-X's final form resembles the head of a Xenomorph.

Metroid PrimeEdit

  • The body of the Baby Sheegoth creature somewhat resembles the head of the Alien.
  • A room called Air Lock is a possible reference to the air locks that are often used at the end of Alien films to destroy an Alien.
  • Before detaching from its egg sac, the body of the Queen Xenomorph seems an obvious inspiration for the design of the titular Metroid Prime.

Metroid MangaEdit

  • Pyonchi, Samus' Rabbilis pet, serves the same role as Ripley's cat Jones, being the pet of the main character. Both Pyonchi and Jones survive life-changing events along with their owners, and are left in the care of someone else as their owners go on different missions. What becomes of them afterwards is also unknown.

Samus and JoeyEdit

  • At one point, Samus saves herself from engulfment by Megaroids via thermal shock by using her Plasma Beam and Ice Beam in tandem. Similarly, near the end of Alien3, Ripley exposes the Runner alien to the heat of the factory's molten lead, and quickly turns on the sprinklers, causing its exoskeleton to rapidly shatter, also via thermal shock.

Metroid: Zero MissionEdit

  • The scene where Samus is shot down and crash lands back on Zebes is similar to the opening scene of Alien3.

Metroid Prime 2: EchoesEdit

  • Aether having a turbulent atmosphere that damages the protagonist's ship and leaves them stranded on the planet is a concept that also appears in Alien, where the Nostromo lands on LV-426 until repairs are complete.
  • The Splinter hive in the Federation Marine' Ops base and the discovery of the dead troopers caught in webs is similar to the discovery of the Alien hive and cocooned colonists in the colony complex in Aliens.
  • The scene revealing that the Splinters managed to kill off the entire task force is similar to the hive discovery scene in Aliens, which kill all Marines except for Corporal Hicks, Privates Hudson and Vasquez and Lieutenant Gorman, who all later die.
  • The scene where Dark Samus aims at Samus during their first encounter is stated in the game's storyboard art to reference a scene in Aliens (specifically, the climax where Ripley uses her flame gun to finish off the Queen Alien).[1]
  • Dark Samus resembles the Alien creature slightly due to her black coloring, skeletal feet and clawed fingers.
  • The Chykka boss resembles the second stage of the Alien life cycle, the Chestburster.
  • The character PFC G. Haley is the weakest Marine emotionally, similar to Private Hudson in Aliens. They are both later killed.
  • The Ancient Chozo Robot in the game's early draft, Metroid 1.5, is an exoskeleton similar to the loader at the end of Aliens.
  • Klaus Schneider, a character from Episode of Aether, slightly resembles Corporal Hicks.
  • Miguel Luis Garcia, also from Episode of Aether, suffers acid burns to his arm, which is another similarity to Hicks, who suffers burns to his chest and half of his face.
  • The Dark Grenchler bears certain physical traits that make it similar in appearance to the Alien.

Metroid Prime Hunters: First HuntEdit

  • The Survival mode description mentions "Xenomorphs", referring to all the enemies in the mode and the Alien creatures.

Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionEdit

  • The scene where Samus awakes from a nightmare (in which Dark Samus is reborn and is released from an exploding Phazon canister) might have been inspired by another nightmare scene in Aliens (in which a Chestburster erupts out of Ripley while she is in the hospital).
  • One scene during the invasion of Norion depicts Ghor fighting a Berserker Knight in his armorsuit. This is similar to the climax of Aliens, where Ripley battles the Alien Queen with an exosuit cargo loader.
  • The Berserker Lord's head strongly resembles that of a Queen Alien.
  • Later in the game, the other Hunters become corrupted by Phazon and Samus is forced to kill them. This is a recurring element in the Aliens series, in that the protagonists sometimes have to face the choice of killing their comrades because they have been impregnated with a Xenomorph embryo (Ripley killed herself in Alien 3 and wanted to kill a surviving Xenomorph host in Alien Resurrection. This theme has also appeared in the spin-offs and crossovers of the franchise).
  • Samus is the last of the original group of four Bounty Hunters hired by the Federation. In the first and in the beginning of the third Aliens film, Ripley is the sole survivor while her comrades are killed.
  • In Aliens, Ripley seemingly destroyed the source of all the Xenomorphs in a nuclear explosion. Likewise, Samus destroys the source of all Phazon by causing the planet Phaaze to explode. Additionally, there are numerous Phazon Metroid hives and eggs on the planet. This is similar to the Xenomorph Hive in Aliens.
  • When out of his armorsuit, Ghor is a gentle person and very compassionate, but his armorsuit notably alters his personality to become more violent. This is similar to Ripley during her cloning in Alien Resurrection, whose enhanced strength also enhanced her violence.
  • The countdown to the destruction of the Spire Dock is similar to the countdown of the original Alien, in that the female protagonist willingly activates a self-destruct mechanism to accomplish an objective and goes to the escape pod, but is forced to make an unexpected detour before escaping.

Metroid: Other MEdit

  • The whole concept of Samus picking up a distress call from an abandoned colony, investigating it with a group of Marines, and every member of the Marines being slowly killed off with one soldier, Samus, a survivor of the Bottle Ship and a remnant of another Marine surviving are all similar to the plot of Alien, wherein Ripley's crew is forced by contract to investigate a distress beacon, let a facehugger on board to attempt and remove it, and eventually everyone except for Ripley is killed. It is also, to a lesser extent, similer to Aliens.
  • Adam Malkovich is hostile towards Samus for leaving the Federation Army due to "a certain incident". Similarly, in Alien3 the superintendent Harold Andrews believes Ripley to be incredibly disruptive to the status quo in the prison when she crash-lands there. Anthony Higgs in Other M and Leonard Dillon in Alien3 are the only two inhostile toward Samus and Ripley.
  • Anthony Higgs shares many similarities with Corporal Dwayne Hicks from Aliens. Both of them are the sole surviving soldier from their squad, and share a close bond with the protagonist (in this case, Samus and Ripley, respectively).
  • The "Baby's Cry" coming from the Bottle Ship is based on the warning signal from the downed vessel on LV-426 in Alien.
  • The RB176 Ferrocrusher that Samus battles strongly resembles the loader that Ripley used at the end of Aliens. "Ferro" is also a character in Aliens.
  • MB's personality as a rogue android is likely inspired by that of Ash in Alien, both have a condescending view of humans.
  • One of the soldiers (The Deleter) is actually an assassin working for traitors in the Galactic Federation who want to use Metroids as bioweapons. The Deleter tries to kill the whole 07th Platoon, Samus and MB to erase all evidence of the traitors' involvement. This element occurs often in the Alien series; usually in every Alien film there is an individual working for the government in the group of survivors (like Ash in Alien and Carter Burke in Aliens) who intends to recover a Xenomorph and, usually, kill all the other survivors in the process to remove all evidence.
  • The scene where the Deleter kills K.G. Misawa by throwing him into Lava is similar to the scene of Ripley's death in Alien3. As with Resurrection and Fusion, Samus was used without her knowledge to create bioweapons. MB was also created to form control between the Zebesians (Space Pirates, Metroids, etc.) and herself. This mirrors Alien Resurrection quite closely as Ripley was cloned for a similar purpose; for the extraction of a Queen Alien which can reproduce Aliens. In Other M a Queen Metroid is also created, just like Alien Resurrection.
  • Little birdie's husk along with the Mystery Creature's is similar to the way in which an Alien leaves its host, by breaking out of the rib cage. A character also discovers evidence of the creature's metamorphosis into a larger stage through discovery of shed skin in Alien.
  • The Mystery Creature itself has features that make it similar to the Alien. It has a skeletal, segmented tail and what appear to be vestigial wings similar to the Alien's dorsal fins. It also has green blood, along with Ridley. The fact that the creature is somewhere loose on the Bottle Ship is also similar to the concept of the first film.
  • The moment where the Mystery Creature assaults a pinned down Samus with it's barbed tail almost exactly mirrors a shot where the Queen Alien uses it's tail to attack Ripley at the end of Aliens.
  • Samus returning to the Bottle Ship before it is destroyed to recover something important (in her case, Adam's helmet) is similar to Ripley returning to the hive to rescue Newt in Aliens.
  • Samus escaping with Adam's helmet is also similar to Ripley escaping with Jones, her cat.
  • Samus has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a result of Ridley. This is similar to Ripley being traumatized by the Alien in Aliens. However, both are able to overcome their fears and exterminate their foes.
  • Before the Brug Mass battle, one of the soldiers says "They're coming out of the walls!" This is also a line from the hive scene in Aliens.
  • MB and Madeline Bergman flee from Samus out of fear, similar to Newt, another survivor.
  • Samus discovering Adam was the one credited as the creator of the report for Project Metroid Warriors is similar to Ripley discovering, in Aliens, that Burke ordered the colonists to investigate The Derelict without warning them.
  • The scene where the Queen Metroid emerges from blast doors is similar to another scene in Aliens, where the Queen Alien exits a lift after being able to operate it.
  • The Queen seems to have strong empathetic emotions towards her babies, as she will stomp on the ground and send a harmless shockwave to break through the ice freezing them. She also screams in agony and anguish when six of them are killed.
  • The theme of most minibosses in the game, such as Ghalmanians, is similar to "Bishop's Countdown" from Aliens and trailers for Alien3.
  • Ridley has 3 stages in his life cycle, much like Aliens have a three-stage lifecycle excluding the queen: Facehugger, Chestburster and adult form.
  • The Holographic Generator technology creates an artificial environment. A similar technology is seen in a deleted scene in Aliens.
  • Sector Zero detaches from the Bottle Ship by having clamps holding it release, before the sector floats off into space and explodes. The Narcissus escape shuttle also does this at the end of Alien.
  • Samus awakens in a hospital after having nightmares of Mother Brain annihilating the baby, and gives a report, before responding to a distress signal, similar to Ripley in Aliens.
  • James' death is similar to Burke's in Aliens.
  • The Lusitania is similar in design to the Nostromo, Ripley's ship in Alien. Both are smaller transport ships attached to a much larger drive unit.

TriviaEdit

  • Bungie, the creator of the popular Halo franchise also drew heavy inspiration from the movie Aliens when creating the series.

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