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The Birth Of The Hunter by R3dFiVe The Birth Of The Hunter by R3dFiVe
A young Samus, symbolically, leaves everything behind to become a full Chozo Warrior. With grace and elegance she engages the wise Chozo to receive her Suit.

METROID COMMUNITY WHERE YOU AT? I’m not active in the fandom at all actually and I don’t know any hardcore Metroid fans. Show yourselves!!

I wanted to draw Samus just like she is in Prime 1, only much younger, so go and compare! I know it’s a ballsy pic to show her naked but it was very essential to this scene. I tried my best to make her look strong and natural and in no way sexually attractive.
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The only thing 'naked' about her is her arms, legs, and feet (which we don't see in this pic.) Great work; the scen reminds me of all of those ones where the hero embraces their destiny, and you've done it well.
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Tanooki-John Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Now that looks epic. Like a flash back of Samus's life. As for me, I have just about all of the Metroid game series and I will never give'em up!
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
Oh hell, I love Metroid. Only recently did I watch my girlfriend play through Zero Mission for the first time.
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harrrypotter313 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Very good, but she's not naked. Is there an uncensored version?
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh hah, I'm sorry, I'd have to say no to that.
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Blur-Falco Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I'm a big Metroid fan. If I had the dough, I'd make meself a chozo warrior costume for the comic-con. Anyway, awesome pictures!
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds pretty rad!

Thank you!
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J-Hartford Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :happybounce: 
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Varia31 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really is an awesome picture to this day. It would be nice if one of the games would show more about the Chozo besides just their architecture and mentions of them in lore.
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you man! I love hearing stories about the Chozo and I love exploring them throught art but I'm also aware that it's very difficult to find a happy balance; showing enough to make a Chozo appearance worth but also show not enough to keep them mysterious!
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Varia31 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They really are fascinating to learn about. :)
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stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually think if there is a story with Samus completely naked, it should about her struggle survive without the Power Suit, battle against the elements of nature, getting hurt and kill monsters and enemies with her own bare hands, not naked for poses and sex.
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I-Redeemer-I Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Samus is far too much abused by sex pictures, I agree with you. She's supposed to be a symbolic, strong character, not exactly recognised as female but as strength embodied. I think this picture really captures that, she's having to leave everything behind including earthly ties of having a human body. I get the impression that all Samus cares about is survival, and her heritage.

It's so refreshing to see someone have this view on Samus, I cannot agree with you enough.
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stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Most of the nude stuff are samey while in the far east, I imagine most of the doujin with Samus having a willy in a hole of her's.

I'm fine with seeing hot female characters (Chun-Li, Lightning, Fang, Tifa) naked but it would refreshing if the strong ones remain as strong without their clothes and I thought Samus surviving like that, in a dark jungle in a stormy night, would be very gritty.
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I-Redeemer-I Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed, I dislike the Other M Samus because she has been robbed of her strength and has some kind of daddy and baby issue going on, it just wasn't Samus to me. Because of Other M and the super tight Zero Suit, she was portrayed in a very inaccurate way. I don't even mind the Zero Suit, had they simply kept her strong, independent character.
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stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I know, right? Hopefully one day Nintendo will break the silence, admit fault and try and making it up to the fans, maybe by Retro Studios or at least not done by Yoshio Sakamoto. I only really have the Prime trilogy with only MP1 done and it was awesome.
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I-Redeemer-I Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm right there with you dude, Nintendo were making Samus look like a total fanny in Other M. I want to old, real Samus back. They even retconned her backstory, goddamn it. That is not how it works, I don't even know what's bloody canon these days.
I just started playing through MP1 today for the first time in a long time, feels good man.
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SFR-Starfoxrunner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
At first I didn't mind Samus in Other M, but after reevaluating it, I have to agree with you now, they messed Samus up. :( ESPECIALLY with the Ridley encounter. I can understand being freaked out over seeing someone that you supposedly OBLITERATED in the previous encounter. (Remember, Samus blew up the whole planet his body was on.) But turning her into a quivering wreck at that moment was too much.

Story issues aside though, I did enjoy the gameplay, it's flow was reminiscent of Fusion, I'd still classify it as the weakest of the series. Metroid Prime will always be king though. :) It's at a dead tie with Star Fox 64 as my favorite game EVER!
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I-Redeemer-I Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gameplay was okay, it's no Metroid Prime though.

Yeah Samus just had all these sudden emotional retardations that came out of nowhere, and who the hell was the random guy that was like REMEMBER ME? Sudden random character inserted for emotional plot issues, it's just not required and is actually more of a burden than anything else.
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stevemacqwark Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I think this fan-made timeline that give you the best idea of the whole lore. I only skimmed through it but there's probably no mention of Other M what-so-ever as if intentionally seen as non-canon.

kotaku.com/the-spectacular-sto…
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I-Redeemer-I Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a glorious article this is, I've book marked it for my coffee-reading tomorrow morning. Cheers. :D

No Other M is good. :3
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SFR-Starfoxrunner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey dude, just letting you know, this was featured in an article on Kotaku about the story of Metroid. I'll message you the article if you want!

BTW, if there's anything I love more than Star Fox, it's Metroid. :) I had a mini fangasm when I saw you used the symbols from the Chozo Ruins in Metroid Prime.
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, thank you so much for the heads up! I just searched for it myself! That's amazing :)

Also, I love Metroid Prime so goddamn much...I just started a new gamefile there today! It's exactly 10 years ago today that I first played it :)
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SFR-Starfoxrunner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's a dead tie with Star Fox 64 as my favorite game EVER! I really want to play it again now, but I left it, Prime 2 and 3, AND the Trilogy disc at my parent's house. DX
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aw man what a shame!
When's the next time you can pick up your games? xD
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SFR-Starfoxrunner Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm going home next weekend for a tractor show, I can pick it up along with all of my other wii and gamecube games plus a few blurays. THE PHAZON MADNESS CALLS!
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright man, sounds good! I'm totally into it right now, as well. Scanning every single thing to get fully immersed. Too bad I only played the original Prime and never got to experience Echoes or Corruption.
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I-Redeemer-I Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We just checked it out, I'm the only one with my laptop on so that's why I'm replying. xD

What an awesome article that is, someone really put their all into it. It has a fantastic collection of art too, what a great read. Thanks for letting him know! :D
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SFR-Starfoxrunner Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No prob! :)
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Darkwilliam1973 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
I wonder how Samus felt for the first time having the armor on her body? Would she have been scared, empowered or clusterphobic as her suit of armor was a very confined space, a coffin on two metal legs with her locked inside it?
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would have been weird to her and maybe a little scary but the way I see it she had to earn her armor so she must've been through trials hard enough for her to be determined, blocking out any negative feelings when she finally gets what she was going after.
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Darkwilliam1973 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I wonder did she have trouble taking off her armor after she got all of it on for the time? It must've felt like a coffin for her so confining inside which she wasn't used to.
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah probably
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KillMarioLoveBowser Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student Writer
AWESOME.
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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KillMarioLoveBowser Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student Writer
Welcome :meow:
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Phaaze-Dweller Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simply amazing!
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!!
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is simply amazing XD
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
welcome XDXD
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CleopatraDiNekomata Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student General Artist
So good!
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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CleopatraDiNekomata Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student General Artist
U're welcome! :D
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Metroid-Tamer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I faved this a while ago now, but I keep coming back to it to view it. This really is an amazing image. Both of you who collaborated on it did an awesome job. The one thing I like most is that you used Metroid Prime references in this. It makes it even more appealing to look at considering how many details were found in the Prime games. Everywhere I look I find myself staring at something, finding it incredibly well executed. The concept of Samus obtaining her famous armor from the Chozo is very interesting, mostly because we have no idea /how/ she obtained it, just that she did. I particularly like the movement of her hair and how Samus is confident yet unsure at the same time. Her expression and posture go hand in hand to convey these feelings as she advances on the iconic item. It's as if she's stuck in between not only emotionally, but seemingly physically, with the chozo in the back being her past with them and the suit being her future, something no one is certain about. My only real pointer is that the plazmites are a little 'stiff' in comparison to everything else, and some of the coloring on the statute(?) on the arch is a little messy. It looks like there's barely any difference between the plazmites other than wing placement, which is why I pointed them out. They are, however, very well drawn.

I took a look at the alternate image. Being truthful, I do prefer this censored one. Let me get out here and say that you drawing her nude was indeed a "ballsy" move, but at the same time I'm thankful that she was portrayed strongly. I can understand why the alternate version has her that way (symbolic and all), but for me personally, I think the Rule 34 and sexual abuse of Samus' character has turned me away from seeing her drawn as nude, no matter if tasteful or not supposed to be sexually attractive (like in your image's case). I also feel like that, in this version of the image, the black bathing suit outfit makes the image less distracting and puts the focus on her face, posture and the suit being offered (which I think is where you truly want the attention). That's speaking truthfully for me. But again, both images are very well executed and done - colors, concept and execution. This is one of the best Metroid fanarts I have seen in my time as a fan. Kudos to you and your collab partner on a job well done!
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this!

Rarely do I see someone put this much thought into writing a comment! I can't thank you enough, also for liking this drawing so much!

Yep exactly, it's the same Plazmite used four times :D

Oh yes...her nude version...Soooo many people are actually offended by it. The thing is, yeah I can totally understand where YOU'RE coming from. All these Rule 34 pics pretty much make every nude drawing seem as if it's part of that exploitation. When I had this concept for this drawing I had a very naive and innocent mindset. In the very last minute I made a cencored version! Too bad so many other people don't believe that I never actually wanted to portray her in a sexual kind of way! Oh well...

Anyway, thank you again for taking the time to write this and also thank you for understanding what I was actually going for with this drawing.
Also, comments like this: "This is one of the best Metroid fanarts I have seen in my time as a fan" makes me feel more than just happy! Thank you! :)
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Metroid-Tamer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
No problem. :) I'm glad you enjoyed my comment so much. It's always fun to know I could make someone happy with a comment of all things.

Ah, thought so. XD I don't think I can blame the copy paste there. They are hard little things to draw, lol.

I can understand that. It's truly a disappointment that people are offended or turned off by seeing her nude, but that's what sexual exploitation of a character sadly does. I fully believe what you say about it being innocent in the concept. It's very clear you meant NOT to make Samus sexual in that image after all. And I can sort of relate with you there, haha.

Oh, no problem! As I said - I'm happy that it made you so happy. Totally makes writing the long comments like that worth it. ^^
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R3dFiVe Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:)

You can relate with me there? Was there something similar that happened to you, maybe?

Yeah, as I've mentioned already in the description, I'm not active in the Metroid community so it was a really cool oppurtunity for me to get to know new people! You guys are very passionate about your stuff, which is really awesome! I wouldn't mind drawing another Metroid related pic! (Sure as hell not of THIS kind here tho haha)
It feels like Nintendo doesn't care enough about the 25th anniversary :/
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