I just downloaded the Metroid Prime Trilogy, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite Metroid fanart from around the web. Click on the images to go to the source.
This first image is by Alvin Lee, for whom I unfortunately couldn’t find a website. She’s a bit poutier than I’d like, but I think she has a pretty serious, grim look to her that I like in my Samus art. I personally dislike cutesy Samus. There are times for it, like when she’s relaxing after a mission, but she’s a warrior, not a model.
Another good warrior image. She looks like she just got out of a fight.
Here are three by Transfuse. I like that each one highlights a different element of Samus’s personality. First we have a vulnerable image. She’s wounded, battle-damaged, but she’s nevertheless willing to see things through to the end, her gun charged, ready for whatever comes next.
Then we have Samus in a calm scene, able to sit down and appreciate nature. As a child, growing up with the Chozo, this was probably a common activity for her. Even though she’s a warrior and a hunter, she’s still a thoughtful and curious woman.
This image really reminds me of Kill la Kill, although I’m not entirely sure why. I love the art style, and it’s cool seeing all of Samus’s various suits lined up behind her. Almost sort of Iron Man-ish? It’s also a pretty unique look for Samus, a sort of badass, casual, manic badass.
This one is a bit cartoony, but I like it. I feel like she could fit right in with Earthworm Jim. I love the look of darkly manic glee she has. She’s just so excited to shoot someone!
I just came across this one today, and I just love it. Ryairyai drew both regular Samus and Other M Samus wearing Princess Peach-inspired dresses. I admit, I like Samus in a fancy dress like this. It’s good to see her looking elegant.
And I thought I ought to have one Zero Suit image. It’s hard to find any that aren’t fetishized, and honestly, this is no exception, but I think it’s a very well-done piece, and it avoids the cutesy Samus I dislike so strongly.
And lastly, not really fan-art, but I do like it anyway. Connie Price-Smith is a four-time Olympian, a shot putter and discus thrower, and her height and weight are pretty similar to Samus’s, so she’s probably a good model for what Samus would look like physically. In fact, she’s even a little bit heftier, at 210 lbs, but she’s the same height.