Whether it's video games, comic books, TV or movies, female characters often get the short straw when it comes to their armour design, safety sacrificed for some exposed midriff and a little cleavage.
Reminding us that it doesn't have to be that way (and also that video games have some ground to make up), author Rhianna Pratchett posted a link earlier today to this gallery, which depicts female fighters in more "reasonable" attire.
Now THIS is how you do armoured ladies. You can be cool AND covered, just sayin' games industry ;) http://t.co/xh7KdfHHSC
-- Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) January 19, 2014
Most of these images come from LARPers, fighters (Samantha Swords is the first image below, while Virginia Hankins is the second), cosplayers, TV (Game of Thrones features) and movie stars playing badass warriors who, thanks to their functional armour, actually live to fight another day.
And to be fair to video games, Skyrim features as well.
If anything, it's a reminder that for all the internet comedy that's made out of scantily-clad female fighters, there are some artists (and historians) in the entertainment business who take things a little more seriously.