bikiniarmorbattledamage:

(screenshot courtesy of bhryn)

That ain’t armor. Have you seen me? That little scrap wouldn’t cover half a tit. ‘Sides, it ain’t like the bad guys are only gonna aim for my saucy bits. Find me somethin’ with some more heft to it. (2:01)

A side quest in Borderlands 2 Assault on Dragon Keep righteously mocks the concept of bikini armor. A mission is very appropriately tied to Ellie, who was deliberately designed against the expectations held for female game characters.

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Here’s how the mission ends if you provide her (decidedly comical in design) armor with some protective value:

Feminism, baby! Woo woo! Hot damn, do I look good. (3:43)

And here’s the result of bringing her a slave Leia-style bikini:

This ain’t gonna protect me for balls, but… feel pretty hot right now. Ain’t gonna lie. Could really use a sweater. (0:25)

~Ozzie

So, there’s been a lot of discussion about the recently announced Borderlands 3 – and of course with E3 there’s been a lot of talk about voice actors and the various alleged and confirmed bad behavior of the studio head – but not enough conversation about how relieving it was to see that (after a really, really male gazey opening) the trailer confirmed Ellie is back!

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And she has a highly empowered friend!

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(Unfortunately there’s a lot of problems around who’s probably voicing that empowered friend… but at least the visual was a positive.)

– wincenworks

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