Without dreamy damsels in distress longing for your brave effort, without courageous heroines chasing after revolutionary ideals,what would games be without athletic women engaged in gunfire with extra-terrestrial monsters?That’s right, they wouldn’t be as fun! Female game characters bring a lot of intriguing angles (and curves) to our games. And to honor them, we made a modern day top 10 of the fiercest female game characters out there.
The top 10 female game characters
10.Faith Connors – Mirror’s Edge
“Refreshing”, that’s the term we’d use for Faith Connors. She’s a lady of little words, but has an outspoken preference for action. She’s a free-running, rebellious heroine, who puts her life at risk to stick up for the victims of a malicious society. No need for a gun, Faith rules the rooftops with anything at hand.
9.Chun-Li – Street Fighter
Chun-Li deserves to be on this list, if only for the fact that she was the first female game character in a fighting game. Iconic! Besides being an incredible fighter, this undercover officer has a mission; revenge on those responsible for her father’s death.
8.Lightning – Final Fantasy
Being one of the most influential female game characters in the Final Fantasy series, and having the final installments depending on her persona are just some of the noteworthy arguments for her spot in this top 10. Lightning is what great looks and a strong personality add up to. Not only did she save her sister and guard a goddess, but she’s also destined to save humanity. What a woman!
7.Jade – Beyond Good & Evil
It’s not about physical power, nor about sex appeal. Our obsession with Jade is all about personality! She’s a compassionate journalist with a love for nature, who works at an orphanage. Being relatable, smart and inspiring makes her a modern version of both powerful and sexy!“Jade stands for the good and seeks justice to protect the innocent. In doing this, she encounters a lot of obstacles. She can handle everything by herself which makes her both independent and witty.”
6.Bayonetta – Bayonetta
Yes, Bayonetta is a rather sexual being… Hold the commentary and let’s celebrate it! Sexuality is just another female character trait that deserves to be highlighted in a positive manner. And let’s not forget about Bayonetta’s other qualities. She’s a fierce and creative fighter (her hair is her signature weapon) and she holds herself incredibly well in her own bizarre game.
5.Alyx Vance – Half-Life 2
Forget about the stereotype of violent, overly sexualized characters! Alyx Vance could easily be your best friend. And seriously, you would want her to be. Sure she has to get tough at times, but somehow she remains incredibly humane as well. Because Alyx Vance is not in a leading role, position 5 is as high as she gets.“Half-Life 2 gave us a strong and heroic person to relate to. Alyx gave a humane and very personal touch to the story in which the player was able to see her as a guide through the dark.”
4.Ellie – The Last of Us
This little lady is still only a teenager, but she’s a real survivor. On the one hand she’s a fun kid, but on the other hand she steps up to the plate whenever needed. She’s not the main character, but due to her importance in the plot and the emotional depth she brings to the story, she should not be forgotten.
3.Emily O’Malley – Delicious series
Here’s a different kind of character! This cute little lady from the casual game series probably isn’t good with a gun (as far as we know). However, she manages top restaurants, her ethics are impeccable and she already has 10 games revolving around her.
2.Samus Aran – Metroid
Yes, these power houses are one and the same! Though she evolved a lot over time, Samus Aran was (one of) the first female game character ever! Only after finishing the full game, did it turn out that one of the deadliest creatures in the Metroid galaxy was in fact a woman. And she’s still going strong today!
1.Lara Croft – Tomb Raider
There’s no denying Lara Croft is one of the world’s most favorite game characters of all-time – period! Lara dealt with a lot of controversy, but remained popular nevertheless. Is it the looks, her incredible evolution, her movie appearance by the one and only Angelina Jolie, or would it be her dual wielding gun skills? We guess it’s all of these. Still, after almost 20 years, Lara Croft is still on top of her game and maybe more alive than ever.While her pixelated curves were a nice extra in the early days, Miss Croft now shows both male and female gamers what a strong woman is all about.