When you imagine your stereotypical hero, what do you see? A hulking mass of a white dude with bulging muscles, furrowed eyebrows and a three day shadow that'd make WCW legend Scott Hall's facial fuzz look positively pre-pubescent. If that's your preferred ideal then you're in luck, because practically every adventure game has that exact protagonist.
But not Mass Effect: Andromeda, because despite its spacefaring protagonist being a white guy with beard stubble, the game's trailers show our man Ryder may be coming up a little short in another department. He's small. Like, really small.
The Curious Case Of Scott Ryder's Strange, Shrinking Character Model
As discovered by ImJacksLackOfBeetus over on Reddit, plucky gamers have begun to notice that the heroic Scott Ryder, one of the human characters in the new Mass Effect game has a rather disproportionately designed character model.
Ryder's torso seems to be of an appropriate length, I guess. But that's where it all ends. I mean, look at his baby arms and his toddler legs. And boy he sure does have one big ol' head on them shoulders, right?
Using famed illustrator Andrew Loomis' method of measuring proportions (seen above), Ryder's stature, when measured in heads, is closer to a 7 and a half head ratio, where a hero should stand at at least 9 and a half heads tall.
Is this BioWare's attempt at subverting stereotypes, or was the image simply angled weirdly to make Ryder seem more heroic? You decide, but if Scott Ryder does turn out to be riding low in height as well as in swag, he'll be in some esteemed company. For example...
Love him or hate him, he was a pretty accomplished wartime strategist and political leader at a pivotal time in France's history.
This straight up G defeated the all-mighty Sauron and his cronies by... having a really strong willed gardener carry him all the way to the Crack of Doom. Hold up...
This straight up G is the unsung hero of The Lord of the Rings. He carried the One Ring and some other limp weight all the way to the Crack of Doom, crushing the hopes of the scourge of Middle-Earth.
'Cause he knows just how much we love Simon Pegg and the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Whichever way you want to look at it, my patience is pretty short waiting for Mass Effect: Andromeda to dock with my PS4. Check here to find out when the game unlocks in your region.