Samus Aran

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Character
Name: Samus Aran, サムス・アラン
Occupation: Bounty Hunter
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Location: Space
Status: Alive
Relationships: Virginia Aran (Mother), Chief Rodney Aran (Father)
Fandom: Metroid, Super Smash Bros.
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Samus Aran is an intergalactic bounty hunter and the main protagonist of the Metroid series.

Background

Orphaned during a Space Pirate raid on her home of K-2L, Samus was adopted by the mysterious Chozo and taken to Zebes where she was infused with their DNA and raised to become a warrior. Once she reached adulthood, Samus joined the Federation Police where she served under the Commanding Officer Adam Malkovich, but she ultimately left to become a Bounty Hunter, though she was nonetheless recruited by the Galactic Federation on many occasions. Armed in her cybernetic Power Suit, Samus has become famous for her accomplishments on missions others thought impossible. Her most renowned achievements are the destruction of the Space Pirate base on Zebes, her role in ending the Galactic Phazon crisis, her extermination of the Metroid species, and her disobedience of orders at the Biologic Space Laboratories research station where she chose to destroy the deadly X Parasites rather than turn them over to the Galactic Federation.--Samus Aran at Metroid Wikia

Fannish Reception

Samus broke ground early in the gaming world in the 1986 game Metroid, her first appearance. Originally players were under the impression that Samus was a male, as even the instruction booklet suggested this. However, completing Metroid in under an hour revealed Samus to be a young athletic woman.

Zero Suit

Samus' Zero Suit has a mixed reaction within the fandom; while some feel it's great at showing off her looks, some argue that it undermines her character and that Zero Suit Samus' stereotypically "sexy" features would be impractical given the nature of the character. Not helping matters is that its appearance in Smash Bros. brought a whole new fanbase to the character purely based on her looks, with said fanbase downplaying her "badass" aspects even further. Fans frequently argue over which design for unarmored/helmetless/Zero Suit Samus is the best, with designs ranging from Other M and Zero Mission's less realistic, anime-like designs to the Metroid Prime Trilogy's more realistic design.

Other M

Samus' portrayal in Other M was widely reviled among the larger Metroid fandom. Following Other M, many of it's detractors have claimed that Samus has been tarnished as a lead due to the increased sexualization and infantilization of the character. Examining the series as a whole, though, Samus was sexualized as early as the first game, was placed into a "motherly" role in the second and third games, and was further sexualized in Zero Mission and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. What makes Other M different, according to some critics, is that these other games only had maybe one or two of these problems and they were downplayed tropes for the most part. Other M had them all at once and many of them were front-and-center and treated as vital to Samus's identity and character in ways that they never had been before. This is further compounded by the Metroid manga, which portrayed Samus in much the same way—but during a point in her life when she was a Hot-Blooded Former Teen Rebel. She's portrayed as growing up and maturing by the end of said manga, which means even some people who knew about Samus's insecure side felt that the character regression ruined her.

Fanworks

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