Kihunters (キハンター星人, Kihunterian) are enemies that appear in the Metroid series.
Kihunters are insectoid enemies introduced as Space Pirates in Super Metroid, where they assisted the Zebesian Space Pirates in rebuilding their base on Zebes. Zero is their larval stage, as revealed in Metroid Fusion. They fly through the air and can harm Samus Aran by spitting acid at her or by attacking with their stingers and claws.
They appear again in Metroid: Other M, the source of their Smash design, where they were cloned and bred for use as biological weapons. They are led by King Kihunter, and they protect their king and hive during its boss battle.
Kihunters appear as flying enemies. They attack by spitting globs of acid that pierce shields and paralyze players. They may also charge at the player with their stinger. When defeated, they drop Jump stat boosts.
While Kihunters do not appear as enemies or have their own trophy in this game, several Kihunters are included as part of the King Kihunter trophy to reference their role in its boss battle in Metroid: Other M.