I’ve heard some silly theories on the symbolism and meaning behind the Metroid series, so I’m back again to clear up some clearly false ideas about the games that I’ve played.
To start with, the over-arching theme of the Metroid series is clearly the assault of feminism on the common sense of the American people. Samus Aran represents the militant feminist of the 60s to present era, brutally destroying the fabric of American society just so that she can “empower” herself through various unnatural means. In the game the characters awful use of violence to solve every single problem, from the use of explosives and missiles to ray guns Samus Aran never once uses words or thought or logic to solve her problems, save for the brutal logic of murder. Even the doors must be blasted open.
Let’s look at some of her “powers”. One of the most well known traits of Samus Aran’s famous suit is it’s ability to curl her into a tight, armored ball. This power is often used to transport Samus through tight passages and traverse otherwise untraversable terrain. This links directly to the feminists ability to worm her way out of every argument, contorting logic, truth, and even her own opinion into unrecognizable forms so as to “win” the argument. This also ties into the add-ons to this form, the bomb and the power bomb, both used largely to navigate and defeat enemies.
The mainstay weapon of the series is Samus’s Power Beam, which is intrinsic to her Power Suit. Just as in the other areas of the game, Samus’s Power Beam is used to show the intrinsically violent nature of the Feminist agenda, be it physical or verbal. Along with the violent nature of the basic Power Beam, its upgrades only serve to enhance and provide versatility to our Feminist’s violent assault on common sense and decency. I will mention a few of the beam upgrades made available to Samus throughout the course of the series, but there is no need to mention all of them as a pattern will emerge.
The long beam is the most basic power up for the 2-D Metroid games, consisting of simply extending the range of Samus’s Power Beam, and slightly increasing the power. The symbolism of this is quite obvious; given enough experience Samus will naturally find that her potential for violence in both word and deed is increased. Now the feminist’s sting will be felt from far and wide.
Since it is well documented that Metroids have a weakness to low temperatures, it’s a rather logical step to move from that knowledge to the development of a low temperature based weapon. The Ice Beam is one of Samus most versatile and useful weapons, allowing her to freeze enemies and jump off of them, to destroy Metroids easily, and, in the Prime series, freeze and shatter enemies. The Ice Beam is used to visualize the ability for a feminist to freeze discourse on a subject, and effectively destroy any constructive discussions that had been happening or could have happened. Quite often this is the case when anyone criticizes a feminist. Another aspect of the Ice Beam is its ability to turn enemies into stepping stones for Samus to use to “break through” the supposed glass ceiling that exists in many aspects of society today.
The Screw Attack upgrade that Samus receives is one of the most powerful and often used power ups in the Metroid series. On top of furthering the violent mind set that Samus demonstrates, this attack is also a clear allusion to the constant, unjustified attack on the upper class that feminism is quite often associated with. The supposed “Glass Ceiling” that exists to keep women from climbing the corporate and societal ladder is constantly being raged against by Samus, despite the fact that there is often nothing there.
Another attribute to the Screw Attack is that Samus is able to elevate herself higher, directly linking violence, once again, to societal advancement. On top of that, the Screw Attack is often used by Samus to surprise attack “enemies” that are floating along, minding their own business, from below.
The Shinespark power up is a dash style move that allows Samus to move very quickly and break through walls and destroy enemies. Much like the Screw Attack, this upgrade demonstrates a very violent and (excuse the pun) bull-headed way of advancing yourself in society. Once momentum is gained, it is quite difficult to stop Samus, who will simply crash through any thing that stands in her way. Unlike the Screw Attack, however, Samus does not use finesse or planning, but simply uses her momentum to crash through any obstacle. This clear demonstration to the stubborn (bull-headed) methods of feminism in society is an interesting
The Chozo are an extremely interesting part of the Metroid Series. There is no evidence as to what actually happened to the Chozo, but it is quite clear that they have, for the most part, been eradicated from the known areas of Space in the Metroid games. While there are several theories as to the fate of the Chozo, there is no proof for any of them. The Chozo represent an idealistic society comprised of wisdom loving, peaceful, bird-like humanoids that are the epitome of how society “should be”. It is interesting that Samus should be raised by the Chozo after the destruction of her home. She is trained to the extent of what is possible by humans, and becomes the warrior of the Chozo, who can do no violence due to a mental block causing immense pain. This is the society that has most influenced Samus, even sharing with her their DNA. Despite all this technological superiority, the Chozo have all but vanished from the Galaxy, sending a clear message. This Utopian society fell apart, and, regardless of the cause, demonstrated a fatal flaw in the Utopian ideal. Feminists, along with any other idealists, often dream of a “perfect world” where everyone is provided for equally, and there is no more strife or suffering. They fail to see that, even if a Utopia were possible, the achievement of such a society would be catastrophic over time, causing a horrible stagnation because there would be no real reason for anything any more. No need to work, no need to provide for yourself, or solve problems and create.
The Chozo statues that hold the items in the 2-D Metroid games are representative of the transcendent status that the Chozo have received, being viewed as Demigods, offering power to the merely mortal humans.
Metroids are a prime example of the draw backs and flaws of an all but perfect society. Originally a product of Chozo genetic engineering, Metroids are direct evidence of the dangers of a stagnating society. Though originally intended for good, they eventually became weapons causing mass destruction.
Metroids are a product of Chozo genetic engineering, and are direct evidence of the dangers of a stagnating society. Though originally intended for good, they eventually became weapons. Much like the Chozo, the Metroid have no natural predators, and are thus allowed to roam free, siphoning the life force from what ever they wish. That is, until Samus came along. Samus is one of two entities to have survived a Metroid attack, the only other one being Mother Brain. Metroids represent the smaller, less developed consciousness of the every day human as a singular entity, rather than the Mother Brain’s representation of the whole. Metroids, while dangerously powerful, are rather base beings. They are blind except for being able to sense near by life forms, and move rather clumsily about. Strangely, Metroid means “Ultimate Warrior” in the Chozo language.
The Metriod series really seems to be taking a shot at everyone. A critique of militant feminism, idealism, progressivism, the every day man, even American society as a whole. The overly violent feminist destroys everything in her attempt to “liberate” herself while the clumsy, bumbling idiots made up by the rest of the characters in the series give the impression of mental retardation. The Metroid series is really one of the most interesting series to have been created by gaming.
If anyone has any requests for the next article go ahead and comment on them. I’m thinking of doing Super Mario 64, but I don’t want to half ass it and I don’t have much time right now, so let me know of any other older games you guys would like me to dissect.
Thank you to Wikitroid for all the easily accessible and detailed information.