Species: Human, genetically enhanced with Chozo DNA from Gray Voice, as well as Metroid DNA from the baby.
Homeworld: Initially a native of Earth, she was raised on Zebes.
Alias(es): Newborn, Entrusted One, The Hatchling, The Hunter, Protector of the Galaxy, Space Cadet, Princess, Sammy, Lady
Born: Cosmic year ~2000
Parent(s): Virginia and Rodney Aran, both deceased
Height: 1.9 m (6'3")
Weight: 90 kg (198 lbs.)
Main Weapon: Arm cannon (Power Beam, Missiles), Bombs, Paralyzer
Alt. Form: Morph Ball
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue with a slight green
Occupation: Bounty hunter
Powers & Abilities:
Samus Aran's infusion with Chozo DNA, as well as her warrior training since her childhood, has turned her into a superior athlete. Her training began at the age of 3 and continued up until she was 14 years old. As a result of the Chozo’s influence, Samus is capable of running and jumping heights far past normal human ability, as well as surviving falls that would otherwise kill an ordinary human. Samus is also more adaptive to foreign alien environments that normal humans cannot survive in, such as the majority of Zebes and Elysia.
Samus also demonstrates good sharpshooting skills. She is an excellent marksman, with an incredible aim, and is tremendously deadly in combat. She exhibits prodigious puzzle-solving and hacking skills. She also possesses a lithe figure that allows her to crawl through tunnels and gaps that would normally require the usage of the Morph Ball. All of these are, of course, augmented further by her Power Suit.
If need be, Samus will engage in melee combat, often using kicks and wrestling tactics to weaken her foe for a point-blank shot. The extent of Samus’ training after she joined the Federation Police is currently unknown, but it is clear that the Federation has made one major augmentation to her abilities: her infusion with Metroid DNA.
This infusion was done in a last-ditch attempt to save her life after she was infected with the X Parasites, and thus it was not completely known at the time what the side effects would be. As a result of the infusion, Samus gained immunity to X Parasites, as well as the ability to absorb them for energy. However, she also inherited the Metroid’s crippling weakness to cold, though this disability was negated after she absorbed the essence of the SA-X. However, Samus does not seem to have inherited the Metroids' ability to float or to absorb bio-energy from life forms beyond the X Parasites.
Power Suit: Samus’ most notable piece of equipment is her Power Suit, which has become virtually synonymous with her own identity. This suit was given to her during her time with the Chozo and was built to be fused with her mind, body, and spirit. The original Power Suit was destroyed when Samus crash-landed on Zebes after an ambush by Space Pirates, but her duel with the Ruins Test gave her a new, upgraded suit, which is able to absorb dozens of upgrades of alien origin. The Power Suit's main purpose is to protect Samus from adverse environments and enemy fire, and it can be upgraded to dozens of other forms, each with its own different advantages. While some suits are stronger than others and have different abilities, they all maintain the same basic shape and usage.
Zero Suit: Beneath the Power Suit, Samus wears a skin-tight bodysuit known as the Zero Suit. Because of its negligible weight, this suit allows Samus to perform at top physical performance level and gives some weak protection from enemy fire. She also owns an emergency pistol known as the Paralyzer, which auto-charges to fire stunning shots, though it has no lethal capacity.
For transportation, Samus uses her Gunship, which usually resembles her helmet. Samus has been seen in five Starships and Gunships of unique design: Her first Starship design was used and destroyed on her initial Zero Mission, while the second Gunship was used in her mission to Tallon IV and the mission to the Tetra Galaxy. She has had other two ships custom-made for her in Aliehs III's shipyard: Her modular Gunship used in the waning days of the Phazon crisis, which combined Chozo and Federation technology, and the iconic Gunship for which she is best known. The latter Gunship model was first seen in the mission to Aether, and stayed with Samus until its destruction in SR388's asteroid field. After its destruction, Samus was assigned a new Starship from the Federation with an onboard AI for her investigation of the BSL.
Samus began life as a young girl on the mining colony of K-2L with her parents, Rodney Aran and Virginia Aran. When she was three years old, her hometown was visited by the Chozo, a bird-like race. They were in need of Afloraltite, which was mined on K-2L by the Federation colonists there. They came in peace, and Samus immediately found a kindred spirit in a Chozo elder named Old Bird. He taught Samus that befriending and understanding others can be used to solve problems, demonstrating this philosophy by showing Samus how to befriend Pyonchi, a rabbit-like creature who remains Samus's companion for many years. Rodney Aran refused the Chozo the Afloraltite they sought, and the Chozo ship left K-2L empty-handed.
Unfortunately, a Space Pirate flagship was following the Chozo, hoping for a chance to steal any Afloraltite the Chozo might discover. It landed on the innocent colony and a raid ensued, led by none other than the dragon-like bioform Ridley. Samus, remembering what Old Bird had taught her, attempted to befriend Ridley in spite of his terrifying appearance. Ridley attempted to kill Samus, but Virginia got in the way of the strike, suffering a fatal blow. At the same time, Rodney infiltrated the Space Pirates' vessel and ignited the Afloraltiite the Space Pirates had stolen, thus sacrificing himself and destroying all of the Space Pirates. Ridley was severely wounded, but he survived. The only survivor of the attack was Samus.
Into her teenage years, Old Bird and Gray Voice trained her in the ways of the Power Suit. They taught her how to use it and that she must use her power to protect others for the good of the galaxy. After a particularly difficult training session, in which Samus failed to destroy the targets she had been asked to destroy because she was not focusing properly, Gray Voice reminded her that if she wanted to survive and protect others, then she must utilize her abilities to the max; second or third place will never do.
Samus ran off to calm down, and watched an Iono Feria absorb moisture and ionize it to fly. Samus fed the Iono Feria and picked some flowers in the valley where they were feeding. When Gray Voice came to check on her, she showed him the flowers, which were extremely poisonous Badger Clover. Gray Voice and Mother Brain realized that the Iono Feria carried the Badger Clover to Zebes, and Gray Voice ordered for the flowers and the Iono Feria to be burned. Samus objected to the needless shedding of blood, but Gray Voice insisted. The Iono Feria picked up weapons lying nearby and began to defend themselves. Samus took matters into her own hands and shot the weapons away from the Iono Feria. Samus managed to calm down the Iono Feria, and Mother Brain began damage control.
Samus went to a different room to calm down, and Old Bird came to talk to her. He told her that she was ready to leave Zebes and head out on her own. Samus was skeptical, but Old Bird silenced her doubts. Samus resolved then and there to live up to her predecessors' legacy and become the true "Protector of the Galaxy." At an unspecified point after Samus left the Chozo, she joined up with the Federation Police.
While she was in the Federation, she was assigned several recon missions, all of which were likely designed to keep tabs on Space Pirate activity in her area. At one point, Samus was assigned to a reconnaissance mission of the planet Jigrad. She was monitoring Space Pirate activity in the area with her comrades Kreatz and Mauk. They ascertained that the Space Pirates had left a remnant of their forces on Jigrad and were forcing the natives of the planet to build a "gaudy building" for no apparent reason.
Kreatz had just suggested they all report back to headquarters and regroup with the other recon teams when Samus noticed that the Space Pirates had brought in a group of children to work on their construction project. The children were forced to pass through a sensor at a certain height; if a child failed to trigger the sensor, they were dispatched. The adults working on the building implored the Space Pirates to stop killing children to no avail.
Samus was surprised by such a cruel act, even coming from the Space Pirates. The Space Pirate began to taunt the little girl he was preparing to kill. As the Space Pirates opened fire, Samus rushed down in her Power Suit and grabbed the girl, using her authority with the Federation Police to place the Space Pirates under arrest. The Space Pirate leader pointed out that Samus was alone and ordered his men to attack, beginning a firefight. Samus sent the civilians to safety, and continued fighting. Kreatz was worried about the consequences of disobeying orders, but he and Mauk joined the fight as well.
After the firefight, there was one Space Pirate left alive. When the Space Pirate happened to crawl underneath the sensor the girl had failed to trigger, Samus decided to kill the Space Pirate just as he had tried to kill the little girl. The Space Pirate begged for mercy, but Samus remembered the murders on K-2L and, in her anger, was going to shoot him anyway. Just then, Samus heard the cries of the little girl, who was immediately comforted by the women of the colony.
Samus decided to not shed any more blood and placed the Space Pirate under arrest. Afterwards, Chief Hardy, the commander in charge of Samus and her friends, reprimanded the three for disobeying orders. The little girl came to thank Samus for saving her, but Samus told the girl that she was the one who had saved her. Samus walked off hand in hand with the little girl, who told Samus her name was Damara. Later, Adam Malkovich told Chief Hardy that, while the Pirates were gone, now he had to deal with another piece of baggage: Samus Aran.