Zebesians are Space Pirates that have taken over and inhabit Zebes. Their bodies appear to be a combination of insect and bird-like features. Their most distinctive feature are the crab-like claws that open up to fire one or two lasers at enemies. They are also capable of clinging to walls with ease and show acrobatic abilities comparible to Samus. Despite the fact that they are not native to Zebes, they have taken on the name of Zebes after their conquest of the planet. Their true origins and home planet are unknown.
Samus encounters them multiple times in the events of Super Metroid. In Metroid: Other M, the Galactic Federation has created cybernetic copies of the Zebesians on the Bottle Ship, in an attempt to create an elite army force at the disposal of the Federation. They escape and often cause Samus trouble as she explores the Bottle Ship. In Metroid Fusion, all Zebesians are purple, and are X mimicking Zebesians, their presence in the B.S.L research station implies that either the mimicked Zebesians on Zebes then entered the B.S.L station or Biologic Space Labs researchers brought Zebesian specimens for study aboard the research station.
- Main article: Green Zebesian
Green Zebesians are usually weak and easy for Samus to kill.
- Main article: Red Zebesian
- Main article: Pink Zebesian
Pink Zebesians are only vulnerable to the Plasma Beam.
- Main article: Yellow Zebesian
Yellow Zebesians can only be damaged by the Screw Attack
- Main article: Silver Zebesian
Silver Zebesians are very rare. These powerful Zebesians are only vulnerable on their backs.
- Main article: Gold Zebesian
Gold Zebesians are very much like Silver Zebesians. They can also only be damaged on their backs and are very resilient.
- Main article: Black Zebesian
Black Zebesians are only vulnerable to the Charge Beam. They are also extremely quick and resilient, possibly one of the most elite variants of Zebesians.
- Main article: Cyborg Zebesian
Cyborg Zebesians are a Galactic Federation-enhanced version that have robotic attachments.
- Main article: Super Zebesian
Super Zebesians are also Federation-equipped, armed with a Wave Beam that can pass through glass.
- Main article: Aqua Zebesian
Aqua Zebesians are unique to the B.S.L research station, they are formed by a mutation caused by adding an extra X. This variant can easily swim and maneuver under water.
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- Though Space Pirates who had taken residence in Zebes referred to themselves as Zebesians, the Chozo or even Samus could also technically be called Zebesians.
- "These feared aliens are known as the scourge of the Galaxy. They are known for stealing galactic trading ships and leaving the crews stranded in space." Super Metroid Instruction Booklet, Pg 34
- "These feared aliens once tried to use Metroids to further their schemes. They cling to walls and attack." Metroid Fusion Instruction Booklet, Pg 39
- "Adam, are you seeing this? It's a Zebesian...but it's been cybernetically enhanced. What is this thing?" —Samus Aran (Metroid: Other M)
- "Behind closed doors, the Galactic Federation was trying to create a special forces-unit composed of bioweapons. In order to make it happen, they were attempting to create an organization modeled after the Space Pirates, with the Zebesians at the center. But, because of a certain... presence, the life-forms became ferocious. We were no longer able to control them." —Madeline Bergman (Metroid: Other M)