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Samus Aran Is Now Smaller and "Sexier"

This artist was trying to draw concept art of Samus Aran and found that the Metroid heroine’s size and shape have changed since her earlier adventures:

I got distracted doing my Western Metroid concept art project for school when I was trying to find out Samus’ height. Turns out in some official art for Super Metroid (1994) she’s described as such:

The Power Suit hides a strong, muscular woman. Samus is nearly six feet, three inches tall and weighs nearly 200 pounds.

Then it lists the exact numbers as 6’3” and 198lbs. That’s what’s “hidden” by the suit, not with the suit, as some people on the internet seem to be suggesting. If you look at the illustration, the suit doesn’t add much to her height anyway.

Samus now stands at 5’3”, though, and you can see at her Wikipedia entry that she has also been redrawn as less muscular, with bigger breasts; even the recent illustration of her power suit exaggerates her hip-to-waist ratio.

Sad. Samus Aran used to be the original badass video game heroine, and—in my youth, at least—she was only minimally sexualized.

Via Fuck Yeah Warrior Women.