Ridley is an alien with the appearance of a skeletal dragon who serves as a high-ranking commander of the Space Pirates. He is believed to be the last of his species, which was native to the planet Zebes. Despite his monstrous appearance, Ridley has shown to be sentient and highly intelligent, being capable of speech and serving as a competent battle tactician. He is known to have a bloodthirsty personality and takes great personal enjoyment in destruction. Like many of his Space Pirate brethren, Ridley believes in the superiority of certain races over others, counting himself among the privileged elite species and seeing the "lower" races as something only to exterminate.
Major Story Arcs
Before the Events of Metroid
Ridley conducted a raid on the Star Colony K-2L, with the main goal being to steal the planet's Afloraltite. During the raid, a three-year-old girl named Samus Aran tried to befriend Ridley. Despite feeling pity for the child, the Space Pirate general decided to kill her, but Samus' mother protected her at the cost of her own life. During this, Samus' father destroyed what the Space Pirates were after, but died in the process. Ridley was injured in the wreckage but survived by eating the flesh of deceased humans.
Young Samus was left to die, until she was saved by the Chozo, She later enlisted in the Galactic Federation Police, where she became a bounty hunter for the Galactic Federation and the archenemy of the Space Pirates, Mother Brain, and especially Ridley.
The years passed and Ridley established a Central Command Center beneath the planet Zebes. After Ridley and his forces destroyed most of the Chozo civilization on the planet, Mother Brain was designated supreme leader of the Space Pirates. As fate would have it, Samus and Ridley met again, the mere sight of Ridley causing Samus to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He tormented Samus further by saying he survived by eating the flesh of dead humans and could very well have eaten her mother, resulting in him absorbing some of her mother's cells. Samus recovered with the help of her friends and stopped the Space Pirates' plan. Ridley later killed Gray Voice for trying to shut down Mother Brain.
Ridley confronts Samus during her Zero Mission and is defeated by the bounty hunter. Samus later on fights a robot built in the likeness of Ridley.
Ridley was wounded beyond repair, but was still alive after it seemed he was killed by Samus. He was infused with machinery by the Space Pirates, and became known as Meta Ridley. His transformation reached its final stage in development when the Orpheon made it to Talon IV's orbit. Ridley encountered Samus again when the Queen Parasite escaped and the Orpheon was going to explode. Ridley left the Orpheon and flew to the planet below, only to have Samus follow him. Samus saw him enemy fly over the Phendrana Shoreline, possibly to alert the Space Pirates on the planet.
When Samus was attempting to open the Artifact Temple, Ridley flew down and destroyed the Chozo Totems, preventing Samus from reaching the crater. The two rivals met in combat yet again. At the battle's end, the Chozo Totems blasted Ridley into the crater.
Metroid Prime 3
Despite seemingly falling to his death, Ridley survived the experience. Prior to the events of Metroid Prime 3, Dark Samus managed to use the power of Phazon to mind control a Space Pirate homeworld, with Meta Ridley included. Meta Ridley played a role in the Norion invasion where he fought Samus yet again.
Samus first saw him destroy a squadron of Federation Marines. Ridely tried to attack Samus while she was going through a Morph Ball tunnel, but she managed to escape. Ridley then ambushed Samus when she activated Generator C. He intended to crush Samus, but this led to them falling through the glass floor and down the Generator Shaft. Samus manages to deliver several shots into the Space Pirate's throat and was rescued by Rundas.
Ridely survived this encounter and traveled back to the Pirate Homeworld where he became the Pirate Seed's Guardian. The large amounts of raw Phazon that Ridley received transformed him into Omega Ridley. He encountered Samus at the Leviathan and was defeated once more. Unlike most Leviathan Guards however, Ridley did not disintegrate, possibly meaning he escaped yet again.
Ridley did manage to survive the events of Metroid Prime 3 and appeared once again, but this time in an organic body. He was sent to capture the baby Metroid on the Ceres Space Colony, where he killed all the scientists and waited for Samus' arrival. Once Samus arrived, Ridley attacked and Samus returned fire. Ridley was eventually forced to activate Ceres' self destruct sequence and escaped with the baby Metroid.
Powers & Abilities
Ridley has proven time and again to be a fierce and versatile opponent in battle. For hand-to-hand combat, Ridley primarily makes use of his lethal claws, talons, and tail. He's able to expel burning plasma from his mouth, either in the form of fireballs or a large stream. His wings enable him to fly at rapid speeds. Ridley also possesses considerable physical strength, having shown to be able to grab and carry Samus easily with just one hand. He has also shown the ability to alter his skin pigments for various effects, including hardening them to make himself stronger and tougher, as well as camouflaging himself like a chameleon.
Ridley is most infamously known however for his uncanny ability to cheat death on countless occasions. He has done so through several different ways over the course of his existence, commonly through a combination of his innate resiliency or the aid of his allies. He can also heal himself by consuming organic matter, such as other beings, and incorporating their cells into his own body.