- "Ian" redirects here. For other uses, see Ian (Disambiguation).
—Last words before death.
Ian Malkovich (イアン・マルコビッチ Ian Marukobitchi) was the younger brother of Adam Malkovich. He was featured in a flashback cutscene in Metroid: Other M. While Samus Aran met Anthony Higgs in the Pyrosphere, she had a flashback of her early days with the Galactic Federation, being onboard a large starship, the Galactic Federation Battleship VIXIV. Ian was repairing the drive unit of the Lusitania that was in tow when it went critical and Adam, refusing to let Samus risk the craft to save him commanded the crew to disengage the drive unit. Ian died when the drive unit exploded with him in it. He was depicted in a photograph on Adam's desk, standing next to Samus with Adam in the background.
While looking back on the incident, Samus and Anthony both admitted that, despite their feelings at the time, neither of them would be alive had Adam not made the difficult decision that he did. Additionally, Samus remarked that, in pleading to save Ian, she was only questioning Adam's authority and making an already difficult and emotional situation even harder for him. Ian's death was the incident that led Samus to leave the Federation Army and become a Bounty Hunter.