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"Go for it, Samus!! You're our hero!!"

The subject of this article was created by Metroid fans.
It is not considered an official Nintendo-licensed part of the Metroid franchise. All story elements are non-canon.

I definitely know that Ridley’s a much-anticipated name for fans, but if we made Ridley as a fighter, it wouldn’t be Ridley any longer. It’d have to be shrunk down, or its wings reduced in size, or be unable to fly around freely. Instead of going through a lot of very convoluted hocus-pocus to make Ridley a fighter, I figured it’d be better to keep Ridley as it currently is, the correct way, and have it feel like a truly threatening presence.

Masahiro Sakurai[1]

Ridley's tagline in A Piercing Screech is thought to be a reference to this meme

"Ridley is too big" is an internet meme that existed among the Super Smash Bros. community. It was an argument against the Metroid antagonist Ridley becoming playable, despite being highly requested ever since Super Smash Bros. Melee. It was largely derived from a comment made by Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, where he claimed that, among other things, Ridley was simply too large to be an effective playable fighter. This, combined with a similar comment on the Smash forums by "TK=Omega" that scaling him down to be playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl would be too awkward, spawned the meme.

This meme was ultimately put to rest when Ridley was revealed as playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on June 12, 2018. Owing to Ridley's inclusion into Ultimate, the meme was given several direct references in gameplay and promotional material:

  • The tag line of Ridley's debut trailer, A Piercing Screech, was "Ridley Hits the Big Time", a direct reference to the meme.
  • Ridley's Down Taunt, which was cited by Sakurai to be among his favorites, depicts Ridley standing tall on his hind legs while smiling sadistically, subtly referencing this meme.
  • Ridley's Classic Mode ending shows a giant sized Ridley roaring at Rathalos on Eldin Bridge, while Yoshi watches in shock.
  • During Ridley's Palutena's Guidance, Pit yells "Ridley confirmed!" in reference to the long-standing debate over whether he could get into Smash.

Sakurai's statement, and by extension, the meme was directly referenced by Nate Bihldorf in an interview with the former around the time Ridley was released, with Sakurai acknowledging it and admitting that he got around the size situation by modeling Ridley to a certain extent after his NES sprite (where he appeared significantly smaller).

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