- Developer: Nintendo Intelligent Systems Retro Studios Next Level Games Team Ninja
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Year: 1986
- Genre: Action-adventure
- Platform/s: Various (Nintendo)
Samus Aran in Metroid does not have their gender revealed in the original title until the end of the game. In US manuals, the player-character is referred to using 'he/him' pronouns, and in the Japanuse manuals, the pronoun 'it' is used. In the original Metroid, Samus's gender identity is revealed in a way that makes her seem like a 'reward' for the player for the game's completion: she is wearing a bikini and boots. Developers have implied that Samus's gender identity is ambiguous, or that she is transgender, specifically using the term 'newhalf'.
In later Metroid games, Samus is explicitly represented as a woman.