The Winged Ripper is a special variant of the Ripper seen only once in Metroid: Zero Mission. It appears in Norfair during the fight with the ensnared Kiru Giru. Samus utilizes it as a platform, by freezing it with her Ice Beam, jumping on it and then opening fire on the Tangle Vines ensnaring the Kiru Giru. Worthy of note is that this Ripper will break free from the Ice Beam faster than most other frozen enemies (not counting Space Pirates shocked by the Paralyzer). The wings of the Ripper resemble the Cow's. Unlike other Rippers, the Winged Ripper changes its altitude as it flies and is invulnerable to the Screw Attack, as well as Super Missiles.
If timed right, the creature can be crushed and killed as the Kiru Giru is falling. This is the only method of killing the Winged Ripper. If Samus were to leave the room, whether or not she managed to kill the Winged Ripper, the creature will no longer be present (nor will it respawn) when she returns.
Metroid: Zero Mission: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide refers to the Ripper as a "small armored creature".
- The Winged Ripper's body is strong enough to not only resist the Screw Attack, but to also break Samus out of it, simultaneously harming her.
- The beta version of Super Metroid shows a green Ripper within Spore Spawn's room during the latter's battle. This aspect would have been one of several parallels to the fight against the ensnared Kiru Giru and the nearby Winged Ripper.