Web Crush Wednesdays: Repair Her Armor

webcrush picIf you’ve ever read any science fiction, played any video games, watched any anime, or if you’ve just generally seen any Escher Girl-like drawings, you know that women in pop culture are typically designed with the male gaze in mind. That is to say, they’re normally drawn in unrealistic poses and terrible costumes in order to cater to the tastes of straight heterosexual guys. (Dom even did a post on this recently.) That’s why sites like Repair Her Armor are so important. Much along the same lines as The Hawkeye Initiative, Repair Her Armor attempts to show uncreative designers the error of their ways through collective group shame:

This blog is dedicated to show and change the looks of ridiculous female armors (and other outfits) that women tend to have in media; such as games and comics. The purpose is to show that over-sexualized women is not “empowering”, but clearly offensive and ridiculous – not to mention it’s also clearly out of context. We’ll also show that their clothes could be greatly improved with a touch of common sense, equality and character.

In other words, Repair Her Armor goes by the idea that even small changes to an outfit or design can be much better (and make much more sense) than whatever the original is. They also accept submissions for characters who don’t have armor in their source material and spotlight existing good costumes for both men and women, among other such things. Some of my favorite RHA armor redesigns are below the cut!

Warning: possible NSFW images past this point.

Top—repaired outfit, bottom—original; via repair-her-armor

Top—repaired outfit, bottom—original; via repair-her-armor

Kitana from Mortal Kombat was always sexy, but hey, look, now she can look sexy and not be in danger of her boobs popping out of their little string bra, and she still has a full range of motion to use those deadly fans! Who would have thought.

Left - repaired outfit, right - original; via

Left—repaired outfit, right—original; via repair-her-armor

This is a great example of a redesigner adding just a little more fabric to an already beautiful design. I love how nsanelilmunky extended the design of the cloth masquerading as a bra and turned it into a charming piece of clothing; I also love the utterly simplistic idea of actually extending that chain mail to cover her hips and thighs. And the attention to detail that went into moving that elegant tattoo onto her arm, instead of leaving it on her bared hip, is fantastic. The internet tells me this character’s a spy, but it seems like it’d be hard to go unnoticed in that original outfit. With the redesign, Daroga from Legend of the Cryptids can still be badass without having a potentially disastrous clothing mishap.

Left - original, right - repaired; via

Left—original outfit, right—repaired; via repair-her-armor

This one is my absolute favorite. Sure, it takes some detours from the original, but in my opinion, that just makes it more beautiful by leaps and bounds—and look, it’s sensible too. I would cosplay this in a heartbeat, and I can’t do anything crafty, unlike other contributors to this blog, so basically I’m saying I would shell out all the money to buy this outfit. All the money.

Go check out Repair Her Armor and leave the great artists there some feedback! Then come back and tell me your favorites.

2 thoughts on “Web Crush Wednesdays: Repair Her Armor

  1. You start the article with the image from my blog, Bikini Armor Battle Damage, that is affiliated with RHA and has related subject matter, yet nowhere beyond the under-image credit you mention its existence… how disheartening.
    Getting merely co-credited aside, I don’t allow my blank bingo card to be displayed in full-res outside of BikiniArmorBattleDamage or deviantArt (further rules here: http://bikiniarmorbattledamage.tumblr.com/female-armor-bingo-rules ). Please replace it with a thumbnail image and a link to the full version (http://bikiniarmorbattledamage.tumblr.com/female-armor-bingo) for anyone interested in playing. Same for the copy of this article on tumblr or any other site.

    • I have replaced your bingo card with our usual Web Crush Wednesdays banner, and I have replaced it on all our social media sites. Thank you so much for commenting and for alerting me to your rules, and I’m sorry I wasn’t aware of them previously. Please let me know if there’s anything else.

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