Tidy Up Tuesday #94

Back to addressing some stuff that accumulated over the last month! 


As always, please don’t submit (or tag us under) content that isn’t credited and can’t be easily traced back to its author(s). 


It should REALLY not need to be said at this point, but bikini armor or otherwise sexualized female outfits are the absolute opposite of a costume that enhances the wearer’s mobility. That’s the kind of nonsense that gave us the Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo in the first place.

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If that was actually the case, you’d think there would be more museums showcasing metal speedo armor.


Check out this sweet redesign of the mushroom lady who previously had a serious case of suspicious dimorphism (which we posted before) by @deliciousboondollarsandwich!


Things we posted before: 

~Ozzie, -wincenworks, & -Icy

Tidy Up Tuesday #93

Re: Demon Hunter redesign 

Some readers notified us that redraws which include crotch bulges for characters I reimagined as trans women are fetishistic and transphobic. I should have known better than to depict trans bodies in that way and I apologize sincerely. It goes directly against BABD’s philosophy of not reducing people, especially members of vulnerable groups, to body parts. I promise to do better in the future. 

~Ozzie 

Re: Harley Quinn design deterioration 

We have to disagree strongly with the idea that she (or any other fictional woman) needs to show a lot of skin while in combat to express that she’s a sexually liberated character.

As a commenter on one of the old posts on that said, great thing about the original Harley in Batman: TAS was that instead of being a 24/7 femme fatale (like most other villainesses), she dressed and acted sexy specifically for the occasion of having actual sex. 

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Compare also to our critique of Starfire, another superhero comic woman known for being openly sexual in her private life whose “sexy” costumes make zero sense in context of fighting. 

PS: If you can’t find Harley’s original bodypaint skin tight catsuit sexy enough without removing 80% of its coverage, we’re really worried for you. 

~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy 

Tidy Up #91

A few more things to address, as usual

PLEASE, before messaging us about something “not working” under a link we left to another part of our blog, check it on desktop computer first. We do our best to make sure that any link we provide works at the day of publishing. And we do not take responsibility for Tumblr screwing it up. 

Tumblr mobile app basically refuses to show tags, subpages or to do searching properly. Just please keep that in mind when viewing BABD (or any other Tumblr blog) on mobile devices. 

As we said in our last Tidy Up post, YES, we have seen that one YouTuber’s video about boob armor (and many others, like ones regarding Barbarians in bikini). And NO, he does not know what he’s talking about. 

We implied that back during debunking of MatPat’s “argumentation” for distraction bonus, but having a YouTube channel does not yet make one an expert and/or a qualified educator, especially on matters requiring some actual expertise, like armor design and history. 

For better sources (a.k.a. people who can do minimal research before sharing strong opinions about fantasy and historical armor or women warriors’ role in society), check our reference and resource tags.

~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy 

Tidy Up Tuesday #90

Just a quick one this week.


Yes we are aware that a certain YouTuber has made a video giving their predictable “I like it because as a man it doesn’t effect me and I like sexy women” opinion via a video in which they also defend their “men are sexualized too and women are supposed to be sexy while men are supposed to be strong” video.  We’re not going to link to it directly since pretty much it says nothing new and its entire contents can be summed up in one helpful bingo card.

If you’re still unconvinced however, we do highly recommend this video by Ian Laspina (apparently not watched by the YouTuber) on how breastplates are actually designed, along with these comics (1, 2) from years ago explaining some of the realities of the terrible designs.


If you are curious about us addressing a long time existing title of some sort, please do try the search function as odds are good we have and we do try to tag everything as completely as we can.


~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy

Tidy Up Tuesday #89

Moar things to address


Surprised we need to say it here, but there was enough confusion in the comments and notes lately to justify it: 

We are not qualified to answer questions or comments clearly meant for the original authors of stuff we didn’t make. Asking us in Disqus comment section or Tumblr notes about content that we posted from another source (which we always do our best to credit and/or link within the post) is quite pointless. 


On the same note, commenting on some trivial non-BABD related aspect of content we posted is also rather wasteful. Please keep in mind why exactly something’s on bikiniarmorbattledamage​ before remarking on a part of it that might be incidental and unrelated. 


~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy

Tidy Up Tuesday #88

Time for some updates! Since last Tidy Up ended up dominated by the topic of Tumblrocalypse and our thoughts on that, we might need to reiterate some points this week.


While Tumblr put its amazingly bad new policy officially to work, we’re still exploring the options of BABD’s move to a website on which we have more control over our content. 

That said, this blog is going nowhere. Even after moving its primary posting to a different server, we will keep on linking new posts on our Tumblr (and it will probably remain the primary place for reader submissions). 

We’ll keep you guys updated on where to find us.


Did you know that Bikini Armor Battle Damage has an FAQ page and had it for a long time? Many people do not! Amazingly, it includes answers to such compelling questions/arguments/critique as: 


~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy

Tidy Up Tuesday #87


Tumblr did something and lately tags and search button on our blog seem to not work consistently, especially on mobile. We’re sorry if tag links in our posts (including this one) don’t work or if you guys have trouble finding stuff on BABD, even when it’s properly tagged.

There’s a big chance that switching to PC would help, but we can’t guarantee that. Sorry there’s nothing we can do about it. 


Tumblr also did a little, more high profile thing where they announced they would be getting rid of all “adult content” to make everyone happier and a better community – starting on December 17.

Summary of our thoughts below:

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If Tumblr actually wanted to improve the community for people then they would could so in the following ways:

Instead what they’re proposing to do is to essentially trust their algorithms to police their community in a manner which won’t address any of the above but, based off what we’ve seen from the flagging on this and other blogs:

Of course they promise this won’t affect “real art” and other content they decide is acceptable, but given Tumblr’s record for this – that means absolutely nothing.

Largely it is ridiculous project designed to make a high profile show of bringing Tumblr more into line with traditional ideas of “acceptable” media (which allow for bikini armor that arouses straight men but not for women to express their own sexuality for themselves) while ignoring the actual problems of the site and the appeal it has had to many people.

It’s terrible and we’re currently looking into options for hosting BABD elsewhere.


Apparently this newest submission from @theoldhack​ that we bingoed triggered a couple responses weirdly obsessed with the fact that those WoW armors are very old, therefore… we should not talk about them on BABD?
So let us unpack it: 

  1. We’ve heard this baffling “logic” before and our FAQ directly addressed it for years now
  2. Those screenshots were made and submitted in September. It’s not even like we should not comment since those armors are discontinued or something. They’re still available in the game. 
  3. There’s no statute of limitations for bad designs. 

Things we addressed before: 


~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy

Tidy Up #86

More notices that wouldn’t make up individual posts, but are worth sharing wholesale here!


We’re sorry to inform our alleged readers that the previous Tidy Up Tuesday post requires to come in with basic reading comprehension. As does the entirety of our blog. Keep that in mind next time before responding.


We were sad to learn that not just Battleborn, but every other game we mentioned as a positive in our last throwback, is either dead (Gigantic), discontinued from further development (Dirty Bomb) or practically dead due to near-zero player engagement (Battleborn). 

Makes it even worse that the only successful diverse mainstream hero shooter multiplayer out there is Overwatch, which seems to have concluded that they already met their melanin and body type variety quota

Overwatch fans, please push Blizzard to actually do women better and to stop releasing more

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skinny conventionally attractive female characters! Have Overwatch take responsibility for what it set out to do!


Praising media creators for doing things they should have been doing for a long time, let alone the bare minimum of it, won’t get us anywhere. There’s a difference between actual progress and finally getting to something that should be a given, like decent representation

There’s a reason we have both an “improvement” and “improvement?” tags.


Addressed before: 


~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy

Tidy Up Tuesday #85


Redesign streams are very likely to come back this weekend! Stay tuned till Friday for more info!


Some elaboration on the obviously contentious topic of Ashe being the next Overwatch heroine:

  • Arguing over whether she’s a “true” albino or not completely misses the point of the whole discussion. Even if Ashe was (and her design, even when accounted for makeup, makes a shitty job of conveying albinism in person of any ethnicity), this changes absolutely nothing about Blizzard electing to give another pale, thin conventionally attractive woman spot in the cast rather than finally creating a playable Black woman. Especially since she’s clearly not a PoC albino, as many rebloggers pointed out.
  • People claiming that racebending a supposed albino to be Black is somehow taking away from albino representation are concern trolls
  • Literally all “arguments” about Overwatch “already having” playable Black female representation are neatly listed and debunked in this handy masterpost by @geegee-wellplayed​. Please go read it and hand the link to anyone who claims that Symmetra/the Amaris/Sombra/Efi/Lucio is all that Black women need to identify with in the game. 
  • “Ashe is a gang leader, so making her black would be a bad look” rhetoric makes as much sense as any Thermian argumentshe doesn’t have to be made as an antagonistic gang leader or to be (extremely) white. It was entirely Blizzard’s choice to release a character like that instead of literally anyone else. 
  • For some more detailed commentary about overall blandness of Ashe’s character design, please read this writeup by our reader @red-queen-on-the-heathen-throne
  • If you actually think that @darthputa​ or anyone (particularly PoC) doing race-bent redesigns of white characters from predominantly white media is the real racist and you still follow this blog, please unfollow immediately. Or at the very least tell us, so we can block you. 

Since it wasn’t the first time we discussed the matter, with the Ashe post we introduced the representation and diversity tags. We’re still working on re-tagging old posts with them, so if you guys spot in our archives something related to those topics and not yet tagged, please drop us a note!


~Ozzie, – wincenworks & – Icy

Tidy Up Tuesday #84

You might have noticed that lately, especially two weeks ago, we neglected to post on our regular schedule. Some personal issues fell on us and took more attention than we could spare for the blog. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep the queue going now. 


Unfortunately though, our schedules still do not permit to come back to weekly redesign streams. If anything about that changes, we’ll announce it as soon as possible! 


We’re currently reviewing our approach to posts of sexy male armor that are essentially gender flips/bends.  It’s a complicated topic and we certainly agreed that there’s a very, very wrong way to gender bend a character – so we’ll be looking at the best way to handle it going forward.


Things we addressed before:


Related to the above, please, before

submitting, messaging or tagging us

use search function to check if we posted on your subject matter already. 

We’re grateful for all submissions, messages and mentions BABD gets from readers, however the amount of repeats we’re sent makes it exponentially harder to sift through all of them and preparing posts with new topics. 


~Ozzie, – wincenworks & -Icy