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Ridley is a character from the Metroid series, and a major enemy in most of the games, generally acting as one of the later bosses. He is a space pterodactyl with vicious claws and large wings. His attacks usually include a charge attack, fireballs (a lot of small ones or a few big ones), a diving attack where he grabs Samus and damages her, and various moves with his tail, from slamming it on the ground to flailing it like a whip.


Ridley, whose "official" name is Geoform 187, is one of the main antagonists of the Metroid series, the other being Mother Brain. In spite of his bestial appearance and fearsome mannerisms, he is by no means a mindless animal, but a high-ranking Space Pirate General, sentient and capable of speech (although he only speaks in the comics).

Ridley is directly connected to Samus Aran's past and present. In the Metroid e-manga, he gained enough favor with the Space Pirates that he became one of their figures of highest authority. As such, he attacked and devastated three-year-old Samus's homeworld of K-2L in a raid for fuel and resources, and personally killed Samus's mother when she jumped in to protect her daughter. Unwittingly, he created his own worst enemy in Samus through this.

In Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission he appears as the military leader of the Space Pirates and as a boss in the area with his name, and in Zero Mission the final boss is a robot in his likeness. He, his counterpart Kraid and all the Space Pirates desired to capture and clone the eponymous Metroid creatures for use in galactic domination. Ridley, however, was surprised to find the little girl from years ago, now a grown woman, having come to fight and kill him.

However, he was revived as a cyborg called "Meta Ridley" and was a major antagonist in Metroid Prime. He also gained a new, Phazon-enhanced form called "Omega Ridley" in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

Ridley as he appears in Super Metroid.

In Super Metroid, he kidnaps the baby Metroid that Samus found in Metroid II: Return of Samus. Driven by intense rage, Samus chases him back to planet Zebes, the Pirate base in Metroid and Zero Mission, and in the process of rescuing the baby Samus battles Ridley and the other Space Pirate leaders again, ultimately escaping the destruction of Zebes, which marked the final and true death of Samus' longstanding nemesis.

In Metroid: Other M, a clone of Ridley, from a DNA sample found on Samus' armor after the events of Super Metroid, is unintentionally cloned with the result being a small white creature called "little birdie", that Samus later encounters on the Bottle Ship. It evolves into a large purple lizard that ambushes Samus and then into Ridley in his most recognizable form. Samus re-encounters the reborn Ridley. Having thought she'd eliminated him permanently, his presence drives much shock into her that renders her unable to speak or move, until Anthony Higgs supposedly sacrifices himself trying to protect her, which drives rage into Samus again and allows her to fight and kill him again. Ultimately, heavily injured from the battle, he runs away, but is turned into a lifeless husk by the Queen Metroid on the Bottle Ship station.

In Metroid Fusion, the body of Ridley (presumably of his clone), cryogenically frozen, reappears on the Biologic Space Labs research station, which Samus encounters halfway through her mission there, to witness it shatter, while an X Parasite mimicking him exits the body. Samus later encounters the X-mimic, and she defeats Ridley, presumably for the final time.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Ridley in Super Smash Bros.

Ridley appeared on Planet Zebes, flying in the background. His appearance is based off of his Super Metroid sprite.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Ridley makes a cameo appearance in Melee in a fight with Samus for a Metroid during the opening scene.

Ridley has a cameo in the opening movie of Super Smash Bros. Melee, fighting Samus, when Samus jumps over him and shoots several missiles. As the opening movie was part of the game's initial reveal, this scene led to fan speculation that Ridley would be a playable character, though this ended up not being the case. Like in Super Metroid, Ridley is carrying the baby Metroid's capsule, though unlike unlike in Super Metroid, Samus has both the Varia Suit and Missiles.

Trophy description[edit]

Ridley Trophy from Melee

The head of the Space Pirates on Zebes, Ridley soars through space on wicked wings. Ridley may look like a mindless monster, but he's actually quite intelligent. After the SR-388 incident, where Samus captured the infant Metroid, Ridley took the Space Academy by storm, annihilating the complex and taking the Metroid back.

  • Metroid (1989)

See also: List of SSBM trophies (Metroid series)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A remix of Ridley's theme from Super Metroid and Meta Ridley's theme from Metroid Prime both appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In addition, Ridley's lair in the Metroid series, Norfair, is featured as a stage.

Hacking of Brawl's reveals incomplete Assist Trophy data for Ridley, though he is not available as such. Presumably, Ridley was initially planned as an Assist Trophy, but was instead included as a boss.

Role in the Subspace Emissary[edit]

Wolf fighting Ridley in Brawl.

Ridley appears as the fifth boss during the Subspace Emissary, in which Samus and Pikachu must fight him. He is found at the end of the Research Facility II. In the cutscene prior to the battle, Ridley ambushes and grabs Samus, flying upward and scraping her along the walls. Pikachu breaks Samus free from Ridley's grasp using Thunder. In the first battle, Ridley has higher health and uses moves ranging from claw swipes to a move similar to Rayquaza's ExtremeSpeed to a tail swipe across the entire stage. Meta Ridley, his form in Metroid Prime, later attacks Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, Olimar, Samus, Pikachu, and R.O.B..

Ridley and his Meta Ridley form are resurrected by Tabuu, their true leader, in The Great Maze to face down the heroes. Oddly enough, they are resurrected as separate beings.

Ridley's Attacks[edit]

Ridley spends most of his time in the air over the abyss. Characters with strong aerials have an easier time, but in a pinch up-smashes can be used. Most of his attacks are either relatively slow or well telegraphed, thus staying alert can help the player avoid a lot of damage. The hardest attacks to dodge are his claw sweep (not his tail sweep) and loop-de-loop, but by paying attention to his attack order they can be predicted.

On higher difficulties of Subspace Emissary, defeating Ridley usually earns something valuable.

First or Second Move[edit]

  • Ridley scrapes the stage with his tail. At low percentages, it covers half the stage. At higher percentages, it cover the whole stage, sometimes turning around at the end to double back. Sometimes he will use this attack twice in a row. It can be easily dodged by jumping over his tail.

First Move[edit]

  • Ridley flies off the screen, then rushes at the player horizontally. Oddly, he seems to charge at a random speed each time, regardless of difficulty. It can be dodged by sidestepping, air dodging, roll dodging, or jumping over/under with good timing.
  • Ridley does a loop-de-loop and damages anyone who makes contact. This can be dodged by jumping into the middle of the loop, where he will just circle the player.

Second Move[edit]

  • Ridley roars and flaps his wings violently, which kicks up wind that pushes the player back slightly. Damage can be taken by making contact with his head as this starts.
  • Ridley flies low and sweeps the stage with his claws. He screeches before this.

Third Move[edit]

  • Ridley lands on the floor, jumps up, and then drops down trying to stomp on the player. Because Ridley always drops down on the same spot he landed before jumping, it can be dodged by running to the opposite end of the stage.
  • Ridley jumps up and then flies toward the player from the background, similar to Master Hand's punch, but with an erratic flight pattern. It will only hit the player if they are on or very close to the ground, so it can be dodged easily by jumping over it.

Origin of Attacks[edit]

Most of his attacks are completely made up for Brawl; however, there are a couple attacks that are somewhat retained: The attack that Ridley does when he flies to the background of the stage and tries to ram into the player looks very similar to how Ridley flew away in the beginning of Super Metroid. Also in Super Metroid, Ridley will often use his tail as a weapon by whipping it at Samus. In Brawl, Ridley does use his tail as a weapon, but not as a whip.

Damage Taken[edit]

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Damage taken ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.1 ×1.3 ×0.7 ×1.0 ×1.3 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×0.9

Trophy Info[edit]

Ridley's trophy in Brawl.

The leader of the Space Pirates. He looks like a pterosaur but has high intelligence and a brutal nature. He plans to steal the baby Metroid from Samus for his own use. Ridley utilizes wings for a full range of flight and attacks with fireballs from his mouth and whips of his tail. As the culprit behind the murder of Samus's parents, the connections with Samus run deep.

NES: Metroid
SNES: Super Metroid

See also: List of SSBB trophies (Metroid series)

Moveset gallery[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The shadow of a dragon-like creature on Pyrosphere, which has suggested that Ridley will appear on the stage in some form.

Ridley's shadow appeared on the Pyrosphere stage in the April 2014 Nintendo Direct, suggesting he will be a stage hazard in the form of a boss, similar to the Yellow Devil. This is further backed by a statement from Sakurai when he revealed the stage on Miiverse months before, in which he said a character from "Samus' past" may appear at any second. However, the nature in which Sakurai has ambiguously alluded to Ridley, avoiding ever referring to him by name nor directly showing him without ever outright confirming his role (as he does with other popularly-requested non-playable characters), and observers finding the shadow itself suspicious (which has been observed with jerky and sudden movement instead of the smooth and telegraphed animations of a boss character), leaves Ridley's status in SSB4 highly unclear. As such, the community was split on believing if Ridley is actually a stage boss of Pyrosphere, or if this had been teasing of Ridley as a playable character in a vein similar to Palutena's prereveal teasing.

The ESRB leak later seemed to disprove the possibility of Ridley appearing as a playable character. Upon the game's official release in Japan, players on Twitch also demonstrated that Ridley was not a part of the game's final roster. Unusually, Ridley does not appear in any capacity in at least the 3DS version; the various trophies related to the Metroid universe do not mention the character, music associated with him (such as Brawl's "Vs. Ridley") does not appear in the game, and he does not even have his own trophy, an unusual circumstance for such a major antagonist in a series.


  • Ridley hangs motionless in the air once his death animation completes. Normally the animation finishes far below the bottom of the screen, so this cannot be seen. However, it is possible to defeat him while he's very high up during some attacks with moves such as Thunder, which results in the animation not reaching the bottom of the screen and leaving him to float onscreen as the stage fades out.
  • Ridley has a move during the first battle similar to Dyna Blade in Kirby Super Star. He stomps on the ground, then takes to the background and jets straight ahead into camera view and flies up. He had done this before during a fight with Samus in Super Metroid, but he did so to get away, rather than to attack. A similar type of attack was employed by Meta Ridley in Metroid Prime. It is similar to Master Hand and Crazy Hand's Jet attack.
  • In Metroid: Other M, Ridley can be seen scraping Samus against a wall, almost exactly like in Brawl. Other M was released after Brawl, so it is likely that this was intentional. The same thing happens in Ridley's cameo in Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the 3DS.
  • In Brawl, he is unable to shoot fireballs as he did as an attack in past Metroid games. The fireball attacks were used by Meta Ridley.
  • Ridley has historically been a strong contender for the fan community's most-wanted playable character; an official survey on the Japanese version of the first game's Smash Bros. DOJO!! featured Ridley receiving four separate requests from fans to be playable, with only King Dedede having more (with five).[1][2] Requests for the character increased before the release of both Melee and Brawl, with the significant hype behind Smash 4 leading to another boost to the character's popularity. A significant number of smashers, however, oppose the inclusion of Ridley, under the claim that including the character would require scaling him down; as a result, "Ridley is too big" has become a minor in-joke in the community, particularly in reference with other characters that would require significant scaling for Smash Bros. appearances.
    • Masahiro Sakurai himself has commented on the popularity of Ridley as a playable character. In an interview with the gaming magazine Nintendo Power, Sakurai said the following on Brawl's finalised roster:
Nintendo Power: There was a rumor at one point about Ridley being playable. Was that ever a consideration?
Sakurai: I think that would probably be pretty impossible. [Laughs] If we had put our best efforts into it, we may have been able to do it. But he might have been a little slow. Would that be all right? [Laughs]


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