edson arantes nascimento

one piece of trivia that has been haunting me for years now is the fact that samus aran was actually named after pelé. you know, the brazilian king of football. 

apparently, her character designer, hiroji kiyotake, is a big football fan, and wanted to pay homage to pelé through samus. only he remembered pelé’s real name, ‘edson arantes do nascimento’, wrong, thinking it was actually ‘samus arantes nascimento’. so he named her samus aran, for short, and the name stuck.

and every time i remember this, and the fact that if kiyotake had remembered pelé’s real name right, her name would be either ‘edson’ or something like it, i feel like i’ve entered the twilight zone