After Ridley's defeat at the hands of Samus Aran on the planet Zebes, the Space Pirates resuscitated him and began reconstruction on his mortally damaged body on Frigate Orpheon, enhancing him with metagenetic and cybernetic improvements and an array of weapons systems, including a Multi-Missile System, a Kinetic Breath Weapon, an Ultrathermal Flamestrike Projector, and a Meson Bomb Launcher. These supplements resulted in a drastic increase in strength, mobility, and offensive capability, making him a perfect candidate for the pride of the Space Pirate security force.
Meta Ridley was on-board the Space Pirate Frigate Orpheon when the mutated Parasite Queens being experimented upon there broke free and began wreaking havoc, and briefly encountered Samus Aran before escaping the deteriorating Frigate and heading for Tallon IV. Samus follows Meta Ridley but does not encounter him again until she is exploring the Phendrana Drifts, where his shadow is seen as he flies overhead in the direction of the Phazon Mines.
After Samus obtains all 12 Chozo Artifacts and is about to enter the Impact Crater, Meta Ridley confronts her in the Artifact Temple and a battle ensues. Initially, Meta Ridley attacks Samus from the air with his long-range arsenal, destroying the Chozo totems in the process. After incurring sufficient damage, however, his wings disintegrate and he engages her in melee combat on the ground.
Samus defeats Meta Ridley, and he is assumed dead after a direct hit by a laser beams emitted from the statues adorning the Artifact Temple and a fall off a cliff into the Impact Crater.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Meta Ridley was revived after that fall, re-equipped with the same systems, and given Phazite Armor before he appears again. Samus witnesses Meta Ridley attacking Norion and was first seen attacking a platoon of Galactic Federation Marines.
Afterwards, she manages to get to Generator C, where Meta Ridley attacks again. He lunges at her from above and forces them both through the floor into an extremely long shaft beneath the generator. They engage in battle while in a state of free-fall, and Samus manages to emerge victorious before they impact the base of the shaft. Meta Ridley is presumed destroyed, but he is revived again as Omega Ridley.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Meta Ridley is a boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He can be fought, like all other bosses of that game, in the Subspace Emissary and in Boss Battles mode. In the Subspace Emissary, Meta Ridley attacks Samus as she and company are escaping on Captain Falcon's Falcon Flyer. He attacks by swooping, knocking the Flyer off-screen, and by breathing a variety of fiery projectiles.
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- "Subject >> Meta Ridley
Weapon update complete
Stinger ballistics >> online
Plasma fuel cell >> online" —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
- "Subject >> Meta Ridley
Cerebral casing stable.
Exoskeloton seal holding.
Begin umbilical retraction." —Scan Data (Metroid Prime)
- "The reconstruction of geoform 187, code-named Ridley, was recently completed. After his defeat on Zebes, Command ordered a number of metagenetic improvements for him. Though aggressive, we were able to implement these changes in a cycle. The metamorphosis was painful, but quite successful in the end. Early tests indicate a drastic increase in strength, mobility, and offensive capability. Cybernetic modules and armor plating have been added as well. We believe our creation, now called Meta Ridley, will become the mainstay of our security force, a job he will certainly relish." —Space Pirate Data "Meta Ridley" (Metroid Prime)
- "Genetically enhanced Ridley Metaform Reborn and evolved through Pirate technology, Meta Ridley is a fearsome enforcer. Its hide is extremely resilient, save for the chest, which has thinner plating. The Pirates have fused a number of potent weapons to the creature, including a Multi-Missile System, a Kinetic Breath Weapon, a Meson Bomb Launcher, and an Ultrathermal Flamestrike Projector. Meta Ridley is also a formidable melee combatant, making any sort of engagement a risky proposition." —Logbook (Metroid Prime)
- "Target's body is covered with incredibly durable armorskin, making it difficult to damage. All parts of the body are protected except for the mouth, where Meta Ridley fires his plasma-powered weaponry. Observing target may reveal additional target points. Target will use powerful plasma-based ranged attacks, along with potent melee strikes." —Logbook (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
- "The meta form of Ridley, revived using the Space Pirates' genetic engineering and cybernetic technologies. His thin chest plate—and weak point—is protected by a highly resistant membrane. Meta Ridley is highly mobile and features a multiMissile system, a bomb launcher, and powerful wings. Ice attacks are particularly effective in dealing damage to him." —Meta Ridley Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)