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Stephen Zafros is a senior animator at Retro Studios since 2010. He has worked at Retro since 2002, and was an animator for all three entries in the Prime Series. Zafros has also animated Retro's Donkey Kong Country games. Before joining Retro, Zafros was an animator at High Voltage Software, where he contributed to Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 and Hunter: The Reckoning.
Zafros, or "Zaf", is mentioned in the Metroid 1.5 document, referred to as Zaf.