Escher Girls

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alienheadtransplant submitted:


Someone’s a leg-man

I’m guessing since she’s a heroing action girl, some of that is because she’s wearing 5 inch heeled or platformed action boots.

I’d comment on her heroic action clothing and that the cuts on her torso provide a good argument against having an exposed belly when you’re melee fighting, but the guy at the back isn’t very clothed either, so maybe this is just a really hot place, or the Land Where Fabric Is Scarce.

Maybe the evil villain is like this fabric hoarder who taxes his/her/zir subjects’ clothes and she needs to defeat him/her/zir (who probably is under 50 layers of robes) and bring clothing back to the land!
Someone’s a leg-man
I’m guessing since she’s a heroing action girl, some of that is because she’s wearing 5 inch heeled or platformed action boots.
I’d comment on her heroic action clothing and that the cuts on her torso provide a good argument against having an exposed belly when you’re melee fighting, but the guy at the back isn’t very clothed either, so maybe this is just a really hot place, or the Land Where Fabric Is Scarce.
Maybe the evil villain is like this fabric hoarder who taxes his/her/zir subjects’ clothes and she needs to defeat him/her/zir (who probably is under 50 layers of robes) and bring clothing back to the land!
submitted by sixteen-bit
His battle may not be over yet, but hers could be if she keeps battle posing like this.

submitted by sixteen-bit

His battle may not be over yet, but hers could be if she keeps battle posing like this.

czar-shale submitted:



Heya, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and finally decided to submit something. Covers like this always remind me of the fantasy armor College Humor sketch. “All the… erm… important parts are covered.” Also, as a guy, practical armor is much more appealing to me.

It’s funny how everybody behind her is so armored you can’t even see their faces too.  I think that cover actually depicts her going up to the person in charge of the armory and she’s like “okay, enough of this, give me armor or I will stab you in the face.”

Heya, I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and finally decided to submit something. Covers like this always remind me of the fantasy armor College Humor sketch. “All the… erm… important parts are covered.” Also, as a guy, practical armor is much more appealing to me.

It’s funny how everybody behind her is so armored you can’t even see their faces too.  I think that cover actually depicts her going up to the person in charge of the armory and she’s like “okay, enough of this, give me armor or I will stab you in the face.”

Michael Darling submitted:



Argh! Why is she facing that way?
Not quite an escher girl anatomically, but that’s some ridiculous posing.

She’s going: “Watch me bounce the arrow off of 15 trees and have it redirect it back at your face!”  You can see how confident she is that she can make this shot by her smile.

Argh! Why is she facing that way?

Not quite an escher girl anatomically, but that’s some ridiculous posing.

She’s going: “Watch me bounce the arrow off of 15 trees and have it redirect it back at your face!”  You can see how confident she is that she can make this shot by her smile.

ghostarin submitted:

Sorry I couldn’t find a better picture. I found this on a site, and it’s apparently from “Odin Quest” or something like that. I just… can’t…

All of these MMO advertisements look exactly the same.  Women with the same sorts of faces, bodies and bikini armor.  How is one to distinguish their game from the others?

ghostarin submitted:

Sorry I couldn’t find a better picture. I found this on a site, and it’s apparently from “Odin Quest” or something like that. I just… can’t…

All of these MMO advertisements look exactly the same.  Women with the same sorts of faces, bodies and bikini armor.  How is one to distinguish their game from the others?

summer-of-supervillainy showed me this on IM.  This is how our convo went:

Summer: If you click the little colored versions to the side, you can see it better.
Summer: From the front, she’s a necromancer in a loincloth, cloak, and skeleton hands which are a terrible bra but I guess she has inhuman breasts since she has no nipples.
Summer: But if you click the picture where her back’s to the camera…
Me: ahhhhh
Summer: She cut the butt out of her cloak.
Me: o_O
Summer: whyyyyyy
Summer: does she have an evil necromantic butt attack?

I’m used to the women sorcerer/wizard/necromancers wearing lingerie with a cloak in fantasy art at this point, but the butt hole in the back off the cloak is new. xD  Why even bother wearing a cloak?  I guess she’s shy about the back of her legs.

Miss Ophelia Tiny One submitted:

Queen’s Blade… The game!
So I’m pretty sure we all know about the anime that tries (and fails) to be some kind of action flick. Well looks like they made a game out of it. No males in the game at all, but I think they’re supposed to be.. androids? Help me out here.

How is that “underwear” staying on? -_o
Queen’s Blade… The game!

So I’m pretty sure we all know about the anime that tries (and fails) to be some kind of action flick. Well looks like they made a game out of it. No males in the game at all, but I think they’re supposed to be.. androids? Help me out here.

How is that “underwear” staying on? -_o

justadifferentyou submitted:

I don’t even know what’s going on here… I found this as an ad on an iPhone app and thought I should submit it. I strongly doubt that any of the girls in that game are going to look like that…  

Watch out! She’s activated her self-destruct power! 

justadifferentyou submitted:

I don’t even know what’s going on here… I found this as an ad on an iPhone app and thought I should submit it. 

I strongly doubt that any of the girls in that game are going to look like that…  


Watch out! She’s activated her self-destruct power! 

smarter-on-the-outside submitted:



This is from a game called Wartune and this is the starting screen where you choose a character. As always, the women have almost no armor, but this time the absurdity has leaked into one of the guy’s attire as well.
Modifying the armor so you can show your six pack? I don’t know if that is even more ridiculous than the women’s clothing.

There must be a metal shortage across the land.  Or he forgot his armor at home and had to borrow one of the women’s. xD
I think if I were their enemy, I’d always put my fortresses behind a forest of thorns.
Given the ads Wartune has, I’m wondering when six-pack dude will be in them promising everybody an orgy?
(And it’s just the one guy, the guy in the middle is wearing clothes, though in the darkened panel it looks like his skin.
This is the larger image: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/35492497714/i-sympathize-with-her-ive-had-the-nightmare
You can see the male mage’s clothes and that the female mage is literally wearing lingerie.)

This is from a game called Wartune and this is the starting screen where you choose a character. As always, the women have almost no armor, but this time the absurdity has leaked into one of the guy’s attire as well.

Modifying the armor so you can show your six pack? I don’t know if that is even more ridiculous than the women’s clothing.

There must be a metal shortage across the land.  Or he forgot his armor at home and had to borrow one of the women’s. xD

I think if I were their enemy, I’d always put my fortresses behind a forest of thorns.

Given the ads Wartune has, I’m wondering when six-pack dude will be in them promising everybody an orgy?

(And it’s just the one guy, the guy in the middle is wearing clothes, though in the darkened panel it looks like his skin.

This is the larger image: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/35492497714/i-sympathize-with-her-ive-had-the-nightmare

You can see the male mage’s clothes and that the female mage is literally wearing lingerie.)

I thought she was named Areola for a second.
Also, if she’s going to be a warrior nun, she might need to change clothes… it appears somebody’s already slashed a hole in her habit.

I thought she was named Areola for a second.

Also, if she’s going to be a warrior nun, she might need to change clothes… it appears somebody’s already slashed a hole in her habit.