Ridley is a character from the Metroid Series, and quite an important boss, generally one of the last ones. He is a dragon-type monster with claws and wings. His attacks include a charge attack, fireballs (a lot of small ones or a few big ones), and a grab attack, in which he grabs Samus, damaging her.
Ridley, the codename for his "official" name Geoform 187, belongs to a species that can be described as large dragons with many qualities of pterodactyls, often called Space Dragons by fans of the Metroid series. Ridley is one of the few remaining space dragons left alive because the Galactic Federation put into effect a series of mass genocide programs that were intended to wipe out the space dragon race, likely contributing to his sadistic personality and his reveling in destruction. In spite of his fearsome and bestial appearance and mannerisms, however, Ridley is by no means a mindless beast; As a space dragon, he is sentient and can speak.
Ridley is directly connected to Samus Aran's past and present. In the Metroid E-Manga, he has gained enough favor with the Space Pirates that he is now one of their figures of highest authority. He attacked and decimated 3-year-old Samus's homeworld of K-2L in a raid for fuel and resources, and Ridley himself killed Samus's mother when she jumped in to protect her daughter. Unwittingly, he created his own worst enemy in Samus for this.
In Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission he appears as the leader of the Space Pirates and as a boss in the area with his name, and in Zero Mission the final boss is a mechanical Ridley. He, his counterpart Kraid and all the Space Pirates want to capture the Metroids for, of course, evil purposes.
A cyborg version of Ridley, called Meta Ridley, was a major antagonist in Metroid Prime and reappeared in addition to a new version called Omega Ridley in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
In Super Metroid, he kidnaps the last Metroid, a hatchling found by Samus. It ends up as the main mission of the game, and having to find the Metroid hatchling, the player battles once more Kraid, Mother Brain and others.
In Metroid Fusion, Ridley's cryogenically frozen remains appear, and Samus later fights an X Parasite mimicking him.
In Super Smash Bros.
Ridley appeared on Planet Zebes, flying in the background.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
He has a cameo in the introduction sequence of Super Smash Bros. Melee fighting Samus, when Samus jumps on top of him and shoots several missiles. He appears to have the baby Metroid.
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)
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A remix of Ridley's theme from Super Metroid and Meta Ridley's theme both appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In addition, Ridley's lair in the Metroid series, Norfair, is also featured as a stage. Hacking shows that Assist Trophy data of Ridley was found, but, unfortunately, along with Duster, Rosalina, and Tails, Ridley doesn't appear as an assist trophy despite his other numerous references.
Role in the Subspace Emissary
Ridley appears as a boss during the Subspace Emissary, in which Samus and Pikachu must fight him. 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 tailswipe across the entire stage. The tailswipe can do major damage (The move can do around 70% damage if other person at 0% damage) on harder difficulties and the extreme speed move is a main killing move. He flies from one side to the other and is similar in style to Master Hand in the way of how it attacks and then pauses. Meta-Ridley, his form in Metroid Prime, later attacks Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, C. 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.
- Ridley flies away from the screen to the right/left, and then rushes at you horizontally. It is dodgeable by sidestepping or jumping.
- Ridley scrapes the stage with his tail. At low percentages, it covers half the stage. At higher percentages, it cover the whole stage, sometimes twice and is dodgeable by jumping.
- Ridley flies low and sweeps the stage. He screeches before this.
- Ridley jumps up and then tries to stomp on you. It can be dodged by running to the opposite end of the stage.
- Ridley jumps up and then flies toward you from off-screen, similar to Master Hand's punch. It is dodgeable by air dodging.
- Ridley roars and flaps his wings violently, which pushes you back slightly. Damage can be taken by making contact with his head as this starts.
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.
- Metroid (1989)
- Super Metroid (1994)
- Official Smash Bros. Brawl Website, where you can listen to a remake of his main song.
- Wikipedia page His Wikipedia page.