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The Chozo by Phobos-Romulus The Chozo by Phobos-Romulus
My entry for :iconmetroid-club:'s Chozo and Luminoth art contest.

Also wanted to point out something interesting to any Alien fans. The Metroid series almost parallels the Alien movies in terms of plot and characters. The most obvious being the lead female protagonists, Samus and Ripley. A chart can be seen here:
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But one aspect of both the first Metroid and Alien that has been overlooked is the appearance of Alien fossils. So I believe that the Chozo are indeed inspired by the Space Jockey. Just wanted to throw that out there.

Critiques are welcomed as always.
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SnowHawk7 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I never thought about it before but yeah there are a lot of similarities between the two franchises. Very cool design by the way. Although is that a Metroid egg or a power up he's holding? 
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's definitely not a Metroid egg. It probably is a powerup, but I honestly can't remember which one.
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!
I was going to say Torizo but it's beak is shaped differently.
As Torizo beaks go downwards and their backs are larger and their legs don't arch as much as the Chozo.
The legs on this guy still resemble the Chozo ghosts seen in Metroid Prime.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I never thought of Torizo as a different species than the chozo, I always thought Torizo was just a name or something.
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah even the gold one was called an Torizo.
I always thought they were either a wilder species of Chozo or a defense cyborg that were part Chozo and part machine created by the Chozo to protect their technology.

In Metroid Zero Mission some of the statues had pointier beaks.
While the one in Metroid Fusion had a diffrent name but looked similar to the ones in Super Metroid.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The Zero Mission ones had that more streamlined look, which I don't care for as much. 
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One had a beaten up beak. XD

Maybe their more streamline to show the difference between Chozo and Torizo, just my thoughts.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Metroid's entire look got more streamlined after the prime games, not just the chozo. To each his own, but I prefer the clunkier 80's and 90's Metroid designs.
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're not alone I liked Ridley's sprite better in Super Metroid. XD
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I almost prefer the manual artwork of Ridley from Metroid 1, his design has much more of a science fiction bend to it.
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought they were a type of Chozo just wilder or a type of defense cyborg which are part Chozo and part machine that the Chozo built to protect their weapons.
The gold one in Super Metroid was also called an Torizo.

Some of the Chozo statues on Metroid Zero Mission have pointier beaks than the Torizo and the Chozo statues on Super Metroid and the ones on Metroid Fusion.
The one on Fusion even had a different name.
This just makes me think that there were different species of the Chozo.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Or even some kind of rebel class.
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably so, I always thought if they were Chozo wouldn't they be nice to Samus?

Though at the end of Zero Mission the spirits tested her to get her Gravity Suit.
The Chozo ghosts in Prime attacked because they were corrupted but at the end there were more Chozo ghosts at Impact Crater which did not try to attack as if they remembered Samus.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, or possibly Chozos under mind control from Mother Brain perhaps?

I haven't played the prime games at all, so I don't really pay attention to their plots.
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps, that's a good thought too.

I just finished Metroid Prime 2: Echos and now on Prime Hunters, which is my least favorite. XD

I'm trying to play the games in chronological order.
Starting in Metroid and Metroid: Zero Mission then Prime and Prime 2 now Hunters, next Prime 3.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, Super Metroid is my favorite game of all time. I love Metroid 1 and 2 for their look and feel, but they're a little clunky. I liked Fusion and Zero Mission enough, but they were too linear compared to Super.
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That-G Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ripley is a lady?
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ellen Ripley, from Alien. Not Ridley.
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That-G Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
+:......ooh kay. sorry bout that
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CounterShift Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist
That chart...
My mind...
Wh-Wha... What have you done?! Y-You've...

YOU'VE DESTROYED EEEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVEEEEEEERRRRRRRRYYYYYYYTTTTHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNGGGGG!!!!
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
looks more like a torizo statue to me
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Seeing as how Torizo is just an animated Chozo statue, I don't refute this.
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TuviaDulin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
The chozo are indeed based on the space jockeys.

I think this is the best chozo fan art that I've seen so far. Lots of people make them "bird people." Yours looks like an alien that just happens to have some superficially birdlike features. Its also not all stylized with a ridiculously skinny waist or shoulder spikes or whatnot.

I like.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! Yah, I don't like how the Chozo's design evolved over the years. Got too streamlined and fancy.
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Okami-Ventris Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice work! I agree a lot of metroid seems based off alien but with a bad ass chick in a suit that cab kick ass.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ripley can be badass, just not nearly as much as Samus.
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metroid05 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Phenominal work, dawg!
Fuckin love the style and colors
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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GeoKorf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010   Digital Artist
very nice
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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GeoKorf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Digital Artist
you welcome the chozo is best!
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xX-Alloy-Xx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Hmm I remember the chozo having 4 fingers. Nice concept though but may I ask wears his power suit?
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Must've overlooked that. :P

What power suit? I just tried modeling him after the original chozo statues you see in the first 2d games.
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xX-Alloy-Xx Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Well the prime series (Well mostly 3) had pictures of chozo wearing a type of power armor similar to samus and the statue.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, okay. I haven't played any of the prime games, so I wouldn't have known.
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xX-Alloy-Xx Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Oh alright.
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burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
It bears noting that the first Metroid game was in part inspired by Alien, and as a token of that connection, a certain villainous space-dragon (who, in his original 8-bit incarnation, bore some resemblance to the Giger-designed xenomorph) was named after the film's director, Ridley Scott.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that too!
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gzegzolka Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Chozo and Space Jockey? Nah, I do not think so, for me they aren't similar.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just the fact that they're a third party(besides the Humans and main Aliens) and the statues remind me of the fossilized jockey.
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wily37 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Love the atmosphere.:D
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it!
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Nice man! love your alien and monster stuff ^_^
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man, it's what I do best! :D
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
they are always so much more fun than anything else XD
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Silvre Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Digital Artist
Very nicely done. I like how there is light coming from the left, as if further down the hall. It adds to the unseen expansiveness of the place. :)
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I tried adding a bit of that feeling to the top of the picture as well, with the red brick lines.
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Silvre Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010   Digital Artist
I liked those too! I just forgot to say so. :)
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LightningBlitz-Kid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your background is amazing! Personally I have a bad time with backgrounds, but steadily getting better. If you don't me asking, is there a reason why you always use such dark coloring? I mean it's stunning when you do! Just I was wondering if there was a meaning behind it? I'm one of those, "have to look for the deeper meaning of things" kind of person.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Just continue to study perspective and all that and you'll be good to go!

Eh, no meaning really, I just like drawing dark subject matter. :P
I am trying to get my colors a little lighter though, in past pieces the really dark colors tend to obscure my pencilwork. That's why the Chozo itself looks lighter and has blockier colors than my usual style.
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