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Samus Portrait by poojipoo Samus Portrait by poojipoo
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.
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TheBritWriter Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
I'm glad you share the same view as I have of samas basically someone who is tough and toes the line between bringing those to justice (for a price of course) and being a full vengeful adult who has all things considered some of the most traumatic experiences a fictional child can go through.

And in the background a subtle depiction of ridley? Brilliant!
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Lwiis64 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist
DAMN! That is the definition of BADASS! Great job!
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Red-Indicator Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I enjoy it, when people share the same way of how to see Samus as I do. I am also not any happy with the details being shown of her in the recent games. Especially Other M - it was a good game, no question, but there the character was double screwed. 1) She usually was that whiny little kid, that really didn't suit the badass interstellar bounty hunter. Not at all. 2) She actually served in military? Like how, with a suit nobody else ever had? That story about her being raised by the Chozo sounds a lot more believable. I do like Other M, but everything being shown and said about Samus in that game totally doesn't make me happy.

Your picture here just hits it. As I said on your other picture, even though you kept her given design with the hair and the like, it's awesome how you didn't show her as that stupid sexy bitch, known as Zero Suit Samus. I would only say, she looks a little too angry for my taste. I imagine Samus as a very calm and controlled person, who'd usually wear something like a poker face. But I'd be fully happy with this scene, as if it's her success over a heavy enemy and her eyes saying "that's what you get for messing around".

Great picture, thank you. Once again, my respect! You as the art director for a Metroid movie. If that'd come, I would have never been less patient to see the result before.
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sjd764 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
As a giant fan of Samus myself, I just had to put my two cents to a fellow fan ;)
I too found it hard she served in the military, but I like to think she had no choice.
Here's why : when the Chozo suddenly left, they let no explanation for why, nor anymore tips of how to atteign to the Varia suit, and even less it's antigravity function.
Let's imagine Samus left with her power suit. It's basic and can barely function at the height it's expected. As a whiny kid growing up, she might just get angry and say to Old Bird (her mentor) to show her. But as a kind of Yoda, he would comment that she needs to control her anger, acquire discipline and concentrate. "Little steps, baby chicken". :iggle: 
And suddenly, Old Bird and (most of) the others dissapear.
"Great! Now how am I going to acquire the Varia threshold?!" she would mumble. :grumble:  "No way am I going to let spooky MotherBrain nanny tell ME what to do." :stinkeye:  Thus this led her to the military.
She then chooses to hide the fact that she has technology that can surpass the Federation's suits until that moment Ian Malkovich was in trouble. She implied she could help him (Chozo DNA augmented and all), but because Adam didn't know about the higher suit's functionnality, saying she lacks something (and she yet may had), he didn't give her the permission.
And that's why she left; Adam didn't have faith in her, and thus she could not see herself trusting her with the secret of her Chozo legacy... until probably hours before her leaving she managed to acquire the Varia's full power in front of him and close friends, then leave with an angry gaze, as if "Well, I don't need your sh*t anymore... So I guess I'll be on my way."
Last but not least, MotherBrain, one of the Chozo's greatest invention (along with Samus' suit and the Metroid), did suggest that they left of fear of a great danger, and calculated that it was the Federation itself that would become this danger, pining Samus against her own kin. This might pull into the equation further on.
Again, I might be implying and turning to false conclusion, but according to what I gathered so far, I like to think it went something like that.
Just my view here.happyblush 
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Red-Indicator Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds like a cool story. And believable. If Other M was meant to play out like that, Samus' nasty personality there would have a reason. But since it seems like that story takes place after she already finished several of her badass missions and also already worked with the full potential of her suit, the Story and character "development" of Other M doesn't make any sense. So I will simply take your story here and take it for granted in the Metroid timeline, it makes all sense, as if Other M was before all other existing games. Then it makes also sense, that she's working with the Federation in Prime 3. Together with the attitude you gave her there, that pretty much sounds like the right development of Samus. Caring less for social interaction and going for a loner's business.

I see, why would we need Nintendo, if Samus' story gets subtiley told by the fandom - a story, that's enjoyable. Another element that I really don't like, is that they gave her the ability to simply generate the suit. That's so lame, only made for them to make it so simple to not needing to care about the complexity of actually taking the suit on and off. But I see the suit as classic massive technological armor, pretty much like Iron Man. If a movie would be made, I would be the right man for the technological design of everything, because I enjoy to think of how something actually works. My creations are damned awesome but still believable, what her generating the suit is not.
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sjd764 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016
I am glad that you thought it makes sense. Samus' story is so complex and diverse that it's quite a hassle to make sense of all of it. It's also quite a tragic one.
Thought I have to remind you, in Other M, there are flashbacks galore.
When you write  "I will simply take your story here and take it for granted in the Metroid timeline, it makes all sense, as if Other M was before all other existing games.", according to a very detailled YouTube video (I forget which one), Other M is the second to last story of Samus Aran's adventures -- right before Fusion which I dislike completely. But the flashbacks we get throughout are from before Zero Mission which takes place right before the Prime trilogy. But I agree with you that Other M has problems.
There is also a manga that, for the first half, is very well made. It explain somewhat the importance of the morphing ball -- it's not just about reaching hard to get places but also about interfacing just like MotherBrain does. You can find it at mangafox.
Peace out and have a nice day! :)

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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Popping back in to say that for my Metroid Prime fangame I'm basing Samus's look on this, at least for the head model. Again, this is an awesome piece of art.
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Sauzels Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Did you ever give permission for/are you okay with this having been posted on tumblr? nintendo-forever.tumblr.com/po…
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poojipoo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Oh, that's totally cool by me!  So long as credit's given, I'm happy.  And they were even nice enough to provide a link!  Not everyone does that.  :)
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LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
Nice and serious Samus :)
There are too many overly cutesy wootsy versions out there.
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ShadowX2015 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is the best Samus Aran drawing I've ever seen , it is almost perfect ! I admire illustrator to draw the human faces as well . The battle suit looks very good and detailed. The whole picture is real life !!! Thank you for this . I have it on my Galaxy S5 as wallpaper :)
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esteban39 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is actually amazing how you made her look more awesome than any official version of her ever was. Good job!
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visiteur2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Wouhouw! that's amazing, this atmosphère, theses details.
she look so cool and strong!
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Gustauve-Drakenhime Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making a Samus Aran who doesn't look like a girl from the cover of Vogue or Glamor Magazine. I get so sick of the way they've gradually turned her into a barbie doll instead of the intergalactic badass she's supposed to be.
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sshuoo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015   Digital Artist
Loving the armour
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mast3rlinkx1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that she's still an absolutely beautiful woman, but still looks completely badass. She looks ready to kill some fuckers here.
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littlemario1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I found this posted to Tumblr, followed the link. I'm a gonna fav and follow you now.
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The eyes of a killer. The eyes of what is, as far as an entire species is concerned, the most evil and dreadful thing in the universe. The eyes of one who has become death itself.

She is alone,
for she had been the sole survivor. 

Where she goes,
there shall soon be but one survivor.  

Always but one survivor.

The Hunter.

Lo, and the Hunter will hunt. 
A red goddess of ruin and woe.

The Hunter will hunt. 
The Orange Apocalypse descends.

The Hunter will hunt.
Crimson Catastrophe.
No pause. No pity.

Verily,
Abandon all hope. 

For the Crimson Hunter will hunt...
Until it is as it began:

A sole survivor.
None else but ash.
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air-bourne Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Well said.
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LliaOlsen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like the girl from the new battlestar galactica series. She's beautiful.
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jokazim Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional
WOW
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JaradSirSquatalot Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally! A badass piece of samus that isn't making her look all slutty and hot, this is freaking awesome man 
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EmperorKarino Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
badass
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Haedan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
This is absolutely badass. This is one of the best fanart pieces I've ever seen.
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Pigeonheart Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This will remain one of my favorite ever pictures of Samus, you portrayed her perfectly.
Wicked work, man.
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weroidiota Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
spaz kermit  <3
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ReginaldTheGolden Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Great rendition of Samus.  I love that she is not sexualized or defined by her sex.
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AirsoftCommissar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
By far one of the best bit of art I have seen of Samus.
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sidupa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Simply the best.
Thanks for this masterpiece.
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ChosenbyMantle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
This is how Samus should be depicted. A warrior, not some model pretending to be one.
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SierraSalamander Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best fanart I've ever seen for anything... 0.0
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Dflowen Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Damn that is how Samus should look like. A Warrior. Excellent depiction Poojipoo.
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AshleyCope Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really great piece. The kind of Samus I wish Nintendo had let her become.
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MoonGoneDark Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Your description of Samus is perfectly accurate to the real Samus. The Samus in Other M was just another evil copy...with a weak and emotional personality.

Nice work! :D
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bsg57a Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nintendo needs to take a close look at this and the other amazing fan pieces. This is the realism and feel I think many gamers that grew up with the Metroid franchise are looking for. Great work!
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plastikmaniac Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Team Ninja needs to see what Samus is supposed to look like. This painting should be where they start.
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TheTrueHolyDarkness Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Now THIS is proper Samus! Not just another photoshopped super-model anime bitch, but a proper '80s action hardass inspired by the motherfuckin ALIENS franchise as she SHOULD BE!

Its hardcore and I fuckin love it! This helps to PURGE the false Samus character designs they've butchered her franchise with (they may as well remake Aliens with Megan Fox cast Ripley for all their careless post-Super Metroid heresy). And for that, I thank you!
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VonHollde Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love your rendition of samus!!! Awesome!
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Westonbirt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't think she's "manly". She's worn off. She's been taking shit over the years and you can feel it on her appearance.

BTW, I've read alot of people's comments everywhere saying she looks "manly". She doesn't, she looks like a women that's going into combat : media.npr.org/assets/img/2013/… (Here represented by a female troupe of the IDF).

I think the lopsided image of women in VG sparks from games like GoW, which shows ABSURDLY clean looking women alongside gritty and dirty looking men, like there is a bubble of magical soap hanging around them at all times. : www.gameplayer.com.au/wp-conte… (The labelling not mine but works perfectly).
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Westonbirt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so effing great. There, she really looks like a space warrior.

Also, she reminds me of the Bride.
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DazenCobalt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen!! I dunno wtf nintendo was thinking with making Samus all dolled up and pretty.  She's a warrior and she should reflect that. dunno who was in charge of the art direction in prime 2 but since then it's just been an insult to the character(oh god don't get me started on other m) all of the other games did it right.  sorry to go on a rant but Samus is one of my favorite characters.  ANYWAY amazing work. you perfectly represent the badass she should be here.
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Doomaholic Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kick ass!
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DausenMoore-Art Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Great job!
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Jinshin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely love this rendition of Samus. I always imagined her as being more badass than she appears in the recent games, too. Would make a little more sense; and your portrait carries a lot more dignity and strength than most depictions of her. I've been wanting to do a portrait like this for a while, of a more scarred and war-torn Samus, but this one seems to work just fine. Great work. :)
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lllDash Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I never understood why artists always made Samus look like a model from a beauty show. But this illustration of her is the most genuine and believable rendition I've ever seen. She looks like she's been through hell and survived. Great job!
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Varia31 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work! The environment as well as the nice metal look on her armor go tighter nicely.
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Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very very good.
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AwakeNight Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013   General Artist
Hope this samus is in the next game!
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