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Pirate fighter

The fighter hangar bay in Zero Mission

Chairman! There is a Zebesian Pirate Ship dead ahead!

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The Zebesian Pirate Ship is a small fighter ship used by the Space Pirates. It first appeared in Metroid: Zero Mission as a green ship shaped similarly to a tadpole and having green spikes jutting out the side as well as having a red bat-like marking that presumably was the Space Pirate logo. In the game, several of these ships were seen accompanying the Space Pirate Mother Ship around the time its commander, Ridley, got the distress signal detailing Kraid's death. They later managed to shoot down Samus Aran's Gunship just as it was about to escape Zebes upon Mother Brain's death, though Samus herself managed to survive the encounter. She then infiltrated the Space Pirate Mother Ship where she eventually initiated the self-destruct and escaped by hijacking one of the Escape Ships in the hangar. The craft has two small wings jutting out from the sides and its tail undulates during flight. These ships later appeared in the opening to Metroid: Samus Returns, during the sequence where they attacked the Space Research Vessel Marina and stole the Metroid from it.

A different kind of pirate fighter appears in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption; this version is a long, needle-like vessel with a secondary pod attached to the side. The Pirate piloting the ship has tubes sticking from his head and chest into the control consoles, possibly to aid with piloting the vessel.

Corruption also features Space Pirate battleships, massive three-pronged ships with Phazon blotches along the main hull. They carry Space Pirate ATCs, and can fire an energy beam capable of damaging Olympus-class capital ships.

In the Metroid e-Manga, fighters resembling rays are used by the Space Pirates to attack Planetary Colony K-2L.

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