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Top 10 Kickass Female Video Game Characters

Posted by Security Wizard on 2/2/2016
If you have experience in the gaming world, you know that most of the female characters in video games are scantily clad with a perfect hourglass shape. In fact, gender roles and sexism in video games has been a topic of discussion and research since the 1970s. Basically since video games and arcades rose in popularity.

Female characters are often underrepresented or given negative stereotypes that make them appear weak or frail. Finding a female character that is just as tough and cunning as the male protagonist is rare, but not unheard of. In fact, in recent years, the gaming industry has seen more tough as nails leading ladies in popular games.

Of course, the ladies are always going to be attractive, but think of the male protagonists - they are always attractive and badass as well. But helpless? Rarely. And there are some game designers that believe, like we do, that leading ladies should be just as intelligent and brutal as the leading men. In some cases, like Samus Aran, these ladies could even kick major male ass.

All that being said, we decided to put together an infographic of the Top 10 Kickass Female Characters in the video game world. I mean, what better way to celebrate our love of women, right? Especially with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. Some of these ladies are drop dead gorgeous, but they are all cunning and lethal. Whether they’re engaged in self defense or saving a galaxy from evil aliens, these ladies kick ass with blood spurting precision.

Here are our favorite kickass female videogame characters:

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Top 10 Kickass Female Videogame Characters

Evie Frye

What game? Assassin's Creed

Why is she a badass?

•Most stealthy assassin in the game

•Level-headed and rational

•Skilled in the use of many weapons, including brass knuckles and a revolver

Lara Croft

What game? Tomb Raider

Why is she a badass?

•One of the first female characters to attract widespread attention

•Positive agent of change

•Intelligent: archaeologist-adventurer and writer

•Expert at handling weapons

Jill Valentine

What game? Resident Evil

Why is she a badass?

•Intelligent and original

•Founder of a paramilitary organization and key field operative of said organization

•Protagonist of the game

•Obvious character evolution

Clementine

What game? The Walking Dead

Why is she a badass?

•Major character - young & emotionally complex

•Moral compass for her companions

•Can handle her own and helps lead other survivors

•Serves as the emotional centerpoint of the game

Jade

What game? Beyond Good & Evil

Why is she a badass?

•Resembles a real person instead of a sex icon

•Rescues and protects orphans

•Works to expose government corruption

•Skilled martial artist

•Confident, independent, and attractive

Lightning

What game? Final Fantasy XIII

Why is she a badass?

•Strong female protagonist

•Adept at combat & less sexualized than other females in the game

•Athletic and militaristic

•Strong and independent

•Complex character: both fierce and vulnerable

Elena Fisher

What game? Uncharted

Why is she a badass?

•Fiercely independent and strong - equal to Drake, the protagonist

•Resourceful and spunky

•Drake's moral compass and source of strength

•Extremely intelligent - fluent in multiple languages

•Aggressive, skilled fighter

Samus Aran

What game? Metroid

Why is she a badass?

•Ex-soldier of the galactic federation turned bounty hunter

•Wears a full body power suit with badass energy weapons

•Superior fighting skills and sense of justice

•A femme de force

FemShep (Female Commander Shepard)

What game? Mass Effect

Why is she a badass?

•Equal importance as the male Commander Shepard

•Assertive, confident, and sensitive (complex character)

•Adaptable to player - can be gentle or an ass kicking hellion

•Witty and sassy

Cortana

What game? Halo

Why is she a badass?

•An A.I. personal assistant

•Helps prevent the activation of the halo installation

•Deep and believable character

•Strategic, sarcastic, and extremely intelligent

•Provides tactical information and backstory integral to the missions