Director of the Castlevania animated series expresses his depiction of Samus Aran

Lady Bow

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Samuel Deats: (DeviantArt)
I've been wanting to work on another Samus fanart piece for a while, and finally found the time to whip something up!

When I played Metroid and Super Metroid, I always viewed Samus as a hardass. Someone with a no-BS, somewhat military-esque attitude. After the more recent titles in the series, I'm not sure Nintendo had that in mind for the character, but that's how I always viewed her growing up, and how I kinda wanted to portray her in this image.

Now I need to run through Super Metroid again.
https://www.deviantart.com/poojipoo/art/Samus-Portrait-317783378


I'm floored by how good this depiction is, didn't know this director was such a good artist. Like Deats, I always imagined Samus as this powerhouse woman who intimidates her foes; so it was sad to see how that all went downhill after Metroid Prime with how Zero Mission and Echoes went more for the sexualized Barbie/Super-Model look. Curious to see your guys thoughts on the art and the direction of Samus/Metroid in general.
 

Owarifin

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver type character in the powersuit is how I see her.
The powersuit makes it so she doesn't have to run...
 

Rickenslacker

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Seen it before but didn't realize who it was by. Good rendition of Samus. Nintendo's own take on her has been a bit disappointing post-Prime but at least Smash Ultimate is giving her some musculature.
 

Funyarinpa

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I feared it would be some sleazed up zero suit sort of thing but I've done the artist a disservice that looks dazzlingly good. I want a game that looks like that
 

Aaronmac

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Cool to know that one of my favorite depictions of Samus comes from such a prolific animator/director! Never made that connection before!
 

Nacho

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Fuck yeah. More in line with Super Metroid/Metroid Prime. Later versions turn her into a cartoon or worse.
 

Platy

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They mentioned more than once that after Castlevania they want to make a Metroid series

That look like a man.
A Samus that gives people this kind of reaction is how I always saw her

She needs to be a tank

"That looks like a Robot" would be more in line with the original plot twist but we work with what we have
 

Araujo

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The problem with Samus or Metroid in any other media that is not a Metroid game was never visual... just stick to the More popular game's aesthetics and you will be golden, fans will love it.

But visuals alone, does not a Metroid anything make. The problem is when you decide that Samus will talk and what she will say and how she will say it. And if she chooses not to say anything at all, how the people around her say and talk to, about and around her.

Sure, you can pitch a completely mute metroid show... sounds lovely for a 5 minute celebratory anniversary short... but not for a product that is aimed at expanding the franchise or turn a profit.
 

Datajoy

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This is by far my favorite version of Samus that I have seen. So much better than the canonical high heel wearing, anatomically disproportionate "Zero Suit" version. I hate that version so much, it totally undermines the character.
 

Vampirolol

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I find the military-esque attitude to be a cliché just like the damsell in distress. "She is strong so she has to look strong!"
I would prefer a more mysterious character and I think Nintendo always nailed it, except for Other M of course.
 

Orochinagis

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I find the military-esque attitude to be a cliché just like the damsell in distress. "She is strong so she has to look strong!"
I would prefer a more mysterious character and I think Nintendo always nailed it, except for Other M of course.
Indeed, her piss off actitude was comical in Other M cuz she wanted daddy attention
 

Clefargle

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Dude Samus is such a badass! #1 VG heroine in my book no fucking doubt.

I’ve been reading Composite Samus VS threads as a guilty pleasure recently. Composite Sammy can crush quite a few high level threats if she ever had to.
 

AztecComplex

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I'd seen that fan art years ago. Was it all this time by the director of Castlevania?

He and I both thought the same of Samus. Such a pity Nintendo went the anime big breasted Barbie route instead.
 

Xe4

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Yeah, old picture but what I would give for a Metroid animated series by the same director. Maybe after Castlevania finishes up.
 

EarthPainting

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The art's good, but if fan art was anything to go by, you'd almost think Samus never wore her helmet in any of her games. Making her angry or wounded (disturbingly common in Samus fan art) attempts to give legitimacy to this pattern, but after a while they start blending together with all the other "look at the pretty lady" art.