30 best female video game characters ranked

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Shepard is aMass Effectstalwart, one of the top 30 video game characters of all time per a GameInformer fan poll, and a transcendent figure who can be played as male or female.

Chell may not speak in her shooter game, but shes still heard loud and clear. Her plain orange jump suit and no hint of personality, Games Radar said, celebrate[s] the empowerment of the feminine rather than subjugating it to objectification by the male gaze.

In the original The Last of Us, this teenagercreated a stirfor being a survivor, albeit a second-banana to the older male lead. In theE3-teased sequel, The Last of Us Part II, Elliewill be the focus. Please note her as a on the rise.

Shes an archaeologist. Shes an adventurer. Shes been portrayed on screen by two Oscar-winners (Angelina Jolie and Alicia Vikander). Shes in theStrong Museums World Video Game Hall of the end, as IGN put it, shes the first lady of gaming.

What is Nintendos glitch with royalty? Princess or no, Zelda isnt the protagonist ofThe Legend of Zelda. Still, over the course of the series, Entertainment Weekly argues, shes grown into a major player in the battle for Hyrule.

This character has progressed from a bit part in the original Silent Hill to the protagonist ofSilent Hill 3(and the film,Silent Hill: Revelation).The first female — and teenager — to lead the horror franchise, Heather is an upgrade over her two bland-o male predecessors, Game Revolution said.

Though Peach is a long-running character, to say the least, shes on this list because of her latter-day iteration inSuper Mario Odyssey– the game where she finally shows Bowser, her tormentor, and Mario, her rescuer, that she can stand, or sail away, that is, on her own two feet.

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Battlefield Vwont be out until October, but the gaming world isalready abuzzwith news that women and persons of color will be featured in the World War II-set game as multiplayer-mode playable characters — a first.

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This snarky and tough TV reporter is on Nathan Drakes case in their first adventure,Uncharted: Drakes Fortune.She evolves into Drakes partner in adventure and life.

In Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the franchises Nathan Drake is MIA — and we dont care. Treasure hunters Chloe and Nadine steal the show,we said. GameSpotcalls the duoentertaining, capable adventurers.

She looks about as tough as Betty Boop, but the iconic, 1980s arcade star fronted a game that USgamer says was considerably more challenging than its predecessor. Take that, Pac-Man.

Thisunforgettable contract killergets bonus points for making the jump from the console to the movie theater via 2008sMax Payne. The character was played by Mila Kunis in theaters.

This sometime bartender and forever friend of Cloud Strife, introduced inFinal Fantasy VII, helped drive a tradition of tough, independent [role-playing game] s, IGN says.

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Rainbow Six Sieges best defender, per PCGamesN, the Scorpion Evo 3 A1-wielding Ela has proved so popular that she wasnerfed in the shooter games Operation Chimera update. (But no one can ever take away her power to inspire cosplay.)

The namesake of this shooter game is a spy who canreallyshoot. Its not for nothing that Entertainment Weekly says of the character, When James Bond goes to sleep, he dreams of being Joanna Dark.

Complex calls thisFinal Fantasy Xcharacter a capable summoner who was deserving of her sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, and worthy of a spot on the pop-culture magazines rundown of the 50 greatest video-game s.

In 1986, the original players ofMetroiddidnt know until the end of their journey that the armored bounty hunter at the center of the sci-fi action was, in fact, one of gamings pioneering female power characters.

This determined courier from the first-person action-adventure game is, according to Complex, one of the most badass video game characters of all-time.

In Assassins Creed Syndicate, the Victorian-era Evie is alikable, stealthy killerwho shares the stage with her twin brother, Jacob, but, as Paste Magazine puts it, never once feels like a secondary protagonist.

30 best female video game characters, ranked

First seen inHalo: Combat Evolved, this smart, female-form-assuming AI is theinspirationfor Windows 10s personal assistant called you-know-what.

First seen inDishonored 2, and moved into a starring role in the expansion pack, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, the Dreadful Wales captain is arguably, per GameSpot,the most cunning and deceptive assassin in the Dishonored series.

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WithAssassins Creed III: Liberation, Aveline became the action series first playable female assassin. GameSpotcalledthe 18th-century, Bayou-based rogue both adept and brutal in her use of weapons, like the cleaver-shaped sugarcane machete.

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A survivor of the survival series, this bombs expert made her debut in the originalResident Evilen route to being named one of the top 50 video game characters of all time by Guinness World Records.

This half-vampire, half-human is a multimedia force — the star of her own games and movies. (On the big screen, she was originally portrayed by Kristanna Loken of Terminator 3.) She was also the (topless) face of the gaming industry ina famous Playboy profile.

When your calling cards are your swords and your sword skills, its no wonder youre hailed as one of the most powerful female characters from theSoulCaliburfighting series.

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When she unleashed martial-arts fury inStreet Fighter II, Chun-Li became the first female playable character in fighting game history, per IGN. In doing so, according to , she proved women protagonists could fight just as same as their male counterparts.

In afour-star review of Bayonetta 2, GameSpot called the titular, hair-clothed character one of the most charismatic and powerful s in the medium. The gamesarrival on Nintendo Switchthis year made Bayonetta even bigger.

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Shodan is a female-presenting AI that, according to Empire, is the most terrifying, psychologically disturbing and downright memorable evil mastermind in video games. Nuff said.

As characters, women remainunderrepresentedin video games, a 2017 study confirmed, but theyre not to be underestimated. Our picks for gamings 30 best female characters drew from a pool of memorable, compelling, iconic figures. Sidekicks were considered worthy of inclusion, but solo stars were better. Damsels in distress were likewise in the mix…provided they got less damsel-y and more fully realized with each adventure.

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Mic has praised this adventure-game protagonist as complicated, multi-layered [and] brave. Not bad for an art student.

This soldier has been celebrated as one of the originalMortal Kombatcharacters, but shes also been left out of several editions. In the end, shes a survivor — a character that, according to Game Rant, has evolved into more than just a pretty face.

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