It may be a man’s world out there but in the video game universe these females are not to be messed with. Today we pay tribute to some of the top kickass female game characters around.
Aveline de Grandpré from Assassin’s Creed: Liberation
First off, this game was such a flop and let down pretty much every gamer around the world who expected a more adventurous, engaging story, but Aveline de Grandpré is undoubtedly the greatest thing about Assassin’s Creed: Liberation. In a world of bossy white males, Aveline, a gorgeous, sexy black woman with a killer French accent, seduces everybody and frees slaves . Très magnifique!
Bonnie MacFarlane from Red Dead Redemption
Bonnie isn’t the main character here but whoever has played Red Dead Redemption at least once will definitely remember this Wild West badass. Yep, she’s the one who saves Marston’s life at some point and gives hell to every guy who messes with her and her family.
Sarah Kerrigan from StarCraft
Sarah Kerrigan has a fan following that’s almost as impressive as the legions of Zerg she controls. Originally a Terran Ghost, Sarah was captured by the Zerg on Tarsonis. After being infected and left for dead she transformed into a twisted Zerg hybrid. Eventually coming to rule the terrifying Swarm as the self-styled Queen of Blades and gaining the worship she deserves as their Goddess.
Chun-Li from Street Fighter
Chun-Li was the first female fighter in a fighting game and for that matter not any fighting game, but the iconic Street Fighter—this alone makes her an ultimate legend, period. She’s one of the series’ major lead characters alongside Ryu and Ken. Chun-Li is one of the youngest fighters and while not as physically powerful as her male counterparts she is by far one of the quickest, as displayed by her lightning kicks.
Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII
Even if you don’t play Final Fantasy it’s easy to respect the feminine powerhouse that is Lightning. I could go on, but I’d rather leave it to Final Fantasy XIII director Motomu Toriyama to explain what makes her so appealing: “In past Final Fantasy titles, female characters in the leading role have traditionally been very… girl-you-want-to-protect… For Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning is not only beautiful, but she’s very strong. She has this independence. In battle, she’s very graceful in her movements, but she’s very powerful and she’s very speedy.”
Samus Aran from Metroid
Samus Aran, a woman with many nicknames, is a six-foot-three, 198-pound “amazon” who kicks ass as an intergalactic bounty hunter and the main protagonist of the Metroid series. Samus Aran has the honor of being one of the original badass women of video games. She’s the embodiment of power, and what’s more impressive than that is she doesn’t even need her fancy orange suit to kick mountains of alien butt.
Bayonetta from Bayonetta
Whoever has played this game probably has the same question: What kind of magical shampoo does Bayonetta use to make her hair such a powerful weapon? Yep, Bayonetta’s hair is her most fearsome weapon, and trust us when we say she kicks ass with it!
Commander Shepard from Mass Effect
Commander Shepard is one of the more interesting women on this list because there’s a very good chance that even if you played Mass Effect you never saw her. Most gamers chose the male Shepard that’s so often used in the marketing for the series, so a majority of Mass Effect fans have never experienced just how incredible the female Shepard really is. She is easily one of the most emotionally well-portrayed women I’ve ever seen in a video game.
Cortana from Halo
Cortana is and will always be the favorite female video game character of every sci-fi geek, especially hard-core Blade Runner fans. Why? See, Cortana is heavily inspired by the female clones in the film, Pris and Zhora, and just like them she’s a smart artificial intelligence clone who played a significant role in the Human-Covenant war.
Lara Croft from Tomb Raider
Lara Croft, arguably the most famous female videogame character in history, is the “Amazonian” heroine of the Tomb Raider series of video games, movies, and graphic novels.