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The 50 Greatest Female Characters in Video Game History

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February 20, 2007 4:24:42 PM

TwitchGuru looks back through the history of video and PC games to find the heroines, femmes fatales and damsels in distress that have captured the hearts of gamers. Here's a list of the greatest female video game characters of all time.

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February 20, 2007 5:31:12 PM

Wish they would have ranked them...

Anyone with time on their hands can compile a list of (seemingly) 50 random video game females.
February 20, 2007 5:43:58 PM

Hm... I would have put Bastilla from KOTOR and Kreia from KOTOR 2 on there they were both very influential female characters in that game who had very unique complex personalities that aren't found in many RPGs.

I also liked Lenneth from Valkyrie Profile and Silmeria/Alicia from Valkyrie Profile 2.

And how could Ayane from DOA not be on there!!!! Tina makes the list?!!! No way!! Everyone loves a cute, prissy, stuck up Kunoichi. And while you're at it, put Roll from Mega Man (Rock Man) on there lol.
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February 20, 2007 5:55:31 PM

Nice job overall, though I have a suggestion for Mona Sax - try Rena Sofer, recently seen in "24" and "Heroes", though I remember her from the TV show "Ed" a few years back. She is practically a dead ringer for Mona...
February 20, 2007 6:00:03 PM

What about that creepy girl in F.E.A.R. ? Maybe that was on the list, but missed the top-50.
February 20, 2007 7:00:05 PM

I loved that SODAN was on the list. The system shock games were great.
February 20, 2007 7:07:14 PM

I liked SODAN also.
Strange though, NONE of the Grand Theft Auto girls are listed - not even Catalina. -> One of the women I wish I could kill.
Also missed was Valerie Cortez in FarCry. The list was mostly head-strong ladies.
I agree with most of the list though.
February 20, 2007 8:17:14 PM

Some interesting feedback.

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Wish they would have ranked them...


Well, maybe we'll do that when we get up to 100 entries on list. As for me, my personal top five are probably:
1) Alyx Vance
2) April Ryan
3) Zoe Castillo
4) Sarah Kerrigan
5) Chun-Li

Ada Wong, Jill Valentine, Carla Valenti, Cate Archer and Zelda are my runners up.

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What about that creepy girl in F.E.A.R. ? Maybe that was on the list, but missed the top-50.

Alma is an interesting suggestion. She didn't really do much in the original F.E.A.R. and her back story was a bit thin. However, I'm playing Extraction Point and there's more stuff about her so there's some potential there.

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I would have put Bastilla from KOTOR and Kreia from KOTOR 2 on there they were both very influential female characters in that game who had very unique complex personalities that aren't found in many RPGs.

Good nominations. I'd go with Bastilla over Kreia personally. I also flirted with putting Mara Jade on the list from Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith.

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I also liked Lenneth from Valkyrie Profile and Silmeria/Alicia from Valkyrie Profile 2.

And how could Ayane from DOA not be on there!!!! Tina makes the list?!!! No way!! Everyone loves a cute, prissy, stuck up Kunoichi.


Never played the Valkyrie Profile games, but I'll check them out. As for DOA, we ran into a problem with games like DOA, FF, Soul Calibur, etc. We couldn't put every single female character from those series on the lists, so we have to pick and choose, which was really tough.

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Strange though, NONE of the Grand Theft Auto girls are listed - not even Catalina. -> One of the women I wish I could kill.
Also missed was Valerie Cortez in FarCry. The list was mostly head-strong ladies.
I agree with most of the list though.


The GTA girls all kind of blend together for me. They're generic characters with the same look and feel. Ditto for Scarface. However, Valerie is an excellent nomination. Totally forgot about her....
February 20, 2007 8:52:29 PM

Very good list, guys. (It is just Rob and Aaron, right?) Great calls on actors for Meryl, Zoe, Ada Wong, Cate Archer, and Elexis Sinclair. Really, great calls.

Three things needed improvement: 1) too many girls, like you're trying to please everyone; 2) too many series/game repeats (22/50!); and 3) only one Bioware game. If you included all the girls from a series/game as a single item your list would be smaller, simpler, less boring, and then you'd have room for more Bioware girls. :wink:

Oh, and I'm not excited about Elisha Cuthbert with yellow eyes...

"He had yellow eyes!" [/Ralphie, A Christmas Story]
February 20, 2007 10:52:35 PM

How about Tanya from Red Alert. I know she is a real person but I think she adds a lot to the game. Kari Wuhrer. *drools*
February 20, 2007 11:33:24 PM

pretty good list, but i agree, it's quite extensive, should be cut down

i completely agree with having Alma from FEAR in there, she's awesome

Mona Sax definately belongs there, no questions

i can't believe no one put Diana from the hitman series! definately her...all mysterious and all...

I also woulda put Aida from Unreal II in there...here's a link for most of those who can't remember her: http://pcmedia.ign.com/media/news/image/u2001.jpg

i would also put in those rocket launcher chix from quake 2, not a very friendly face tho, the chix in the recent NFS games maybe?
February 20, 2007 11:48:24 PM

I was under the impression that the female characters didn't have to have sex appeal to be on the list. I like Kreia from KOTOR 2 just because she's one of the few Starwars characters who acknowledged the fallacies of both extremities of light and dark. It seems in most of the Starwars universe you see alot of biased views from Dark Jedi being totally dark and rejecting the light and Jedi totally rejecting the darkside and follow the light. Kreia (despite revealing herself as a former Sith Lord at the end) at least kept it real whenever you tried to go either extreme and told you of the consequences of your actions be it good or bad. Having experienced both light and dark she was able to guide and mentor the protagonist through his journeys. She's probably my favorite fictional character in the Starwars universe just for that.

As for Valkyrie Profile, it's just more of a personal preference, I love all the Tri-Ace games because they tend to have pretty involving stories with characters who have alot of feel to them.

Interesting point on the DOA girls though, there's just too many, especially if you played DOAXBV2. :lol: 
February 20, 2007 11:59:48 PM

if i had to put them in order, i think i would of put Aeris and Tifa at the top...

alot of the entires looked just like sex objects to me, i think you should of based it more off the actualt character than there looks.

reason for aeris and tifa at top for me is, anyone that has played FF7 will probably agree its so hard not to get emotionally attached to the main characters they are deem enthralling and you care allot about what happens to them throughout the game(you tell me you didnt cry when aeris died :(  )

P.S

you had it right at the begining with ppl like peach, and princess zelda, characters that have some sort of connection.....but comeon putting streetfigther and DOA girls in there thats just purely based off looks...
February 21, 2007 1:26:17 AM

You have forgotten Elaine Marley-Threepwood :o  (hottie especially in 4) from Monkey Island series, and sure 10 of these aren't because they are pretty pixel chicks but more because the game was good.Not to forget also the voodoo lady without her monkey island wouldn't exist
February 21, 2007 1:51:02 AM

DID NOBODY NOTICE THAT THE AUTHOR REFERENCED PRINCESS PEACH/TOADSTOOL AS BEING INTRODUCED IN SUPER MARIO BROS. 2?!?!

WTF, last time I checked, she was thoroughly introduced in Super Mario Bros. , the ORIGINAL!

OOPS???
February 21, 2007 2:36:03 AM

yeah, Bastilla is definitely missing, I even had a crush on her :D 
I felt like the list was little forced as game titles i've never heard before were in the top 50 while some major ones were missed.


Lets make our own chart, and while at it put Lara Croft on top.... any more suggestions?
February 21, 2007 2:36:15 AM

did nobody notice your caps-lock was on?!?! :roll:

In their defense, it was the first game in which she was a playable character, even if she was in the first one. In her initial appearance, she was only a couple pixels that spoke but a bubble of dialog. Not exactly the stuff of character greatness.

But seriously, no one cares what the article says. We only skimmed the list and occasionally checked the wrap-ups.

Besides, if you're going to pick on someone, it should be this guy:

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you had it right at the begining with ppl like peach, and the one from zelda

:p 

@ captainlooney: Please edit your post with a giant SPOILER warning. I haven't completed the game yet, thank you very much.
February 21, 2007 8:02:56 AM

I'm not sure citing so many Final Fantasy females was right - however I must agree with the FF7 ones, due not only to the fact that they are probably the only Square characters to appear in more than one Final Fantasy opus - if only because FF7 is the only FF to have gotten a prequel, a sequel, and a movie.

It is too bad though that you don't mention the running gag about Tifa though, who redefines 'gainax' in several in-games video and a few items such as the 'reinforced bra' you can find in her room...
February 21, 2007 8:52:34 AM

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did nobody notice your caps-lock was on?!?! :roll:

In their defense, it was the first game in which she was a playable character, even if she was in the first one. In her initial appearance, she was only a couple pixels that spoke but a bubble of dialog. Not exactly the stuff of character greatness.

But seriously, no one cares what the article says. We only skimmed the list and occasionally checked the wrap-ups.

Besides, if you're going to pick on someone, it should be this guy:

you had it right at the begining with ppl like peach, and the one from zelda

:p 

@ captainlooney: Please edit your post with a giant SPOILER warning. I haven't completed the game yet, thank you very much.

lol i changed my post, i had a blank moment writing that.
February 21, 2007 9:48:35 AM

Yes, we need more
Aribeth de Tylmarande
on the list :) 
February 21, 2007 10:09:52 AM

No mention of Firiona Vie, the elf that's been the face of Everquest for almost 10 years now...
February 21, 2007 12:36:13 PM

I would agree I also would have wanted to see Valerie from FarCry in there. She is the more or less helpful agent that gets our hero on his feet to complete his mission.

Im not too versed in the Final Fantasy universe, so I might get a smacking here for this but: The main character Aki in the movie FF: Spirits Within might have a spot here. She is the first CG animated feature film character from a game with the same name, although I do not know if she has been in the actual game.

Two characters that had an immense impact on me during a game was the two supporting females Larramee and Arcia in Granstream Saga for Playstation. Granted the game itself lacked something as a whole, but its the two ladies that lead you through the game that you really play for. [SPOILER WARNING] You play because you know you will eventually get the girl, and alas, after defeating the last boss you are left with the choice of who you want to spend the rest of your life with.[END SPOILER]

And then ofcourse, you forgot to mention Miss Pacman, which none other than Rosie O'Donell would make a great interpretation of. *glob glob* :wink:
February 21, 2007 1:42:14 PM

time to spill my geekyness, but Jaheira husband didn't die till Baldurs gate 2
February 21, 2007 1:47:48 PM

I can't believe that Dungeon Keeper's "Mistresses of Darkness" aren't in that list!!!!



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For those who don't know the game... they don't know what they've missed out on :-D Start with Dungeon Keeper 1 and enjoy. The game is hilarious and chaotic! Dungeon Keeper RULES! Hehehe.
February 21, 2007 3:03:10 PM

Wow...can't believe you didn't include Karen S'jet from Homeworld!

"...mothership..."
February 21, 2007 3:40:46 PM

What about City of Heroes you left out the thousands of female heroes, NPC and players creations.
February 21, 2007 4:37:35 PM

It must be a slow week at THG.

This article belongs on IGN, not Toms Hardware.

"it's for the greatest female characters, which means it's not a list of the "hottest video game chicks" or "top video game vixens." "

once again an article which says one thing, then does the other. :roll:
February 21, 2007 6:37:11 PM

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It must be a slow week at THG.

This article belongs on IGN, not Toms Hardware.

"it's for the greatest female characters, which means it's not a list of the "hottest video game chicks" or "top video game vixens." "

once again an article which says one thing, then does the other. :roll:


QFT.

I was starting to be afraid I was the only one who noticed that more than half of the "top 50 female characters" barely qualify as characters by any reasonable definition. I'm sorry, but characters from fighting games are not characters. Taki? Aside from a single, short paragraph of background from the game manual, her entire personality consists of jiggling.

If anything, this list illustrates the general scarcity of well-realized female characters in video games.
February 21, 2007 7:02:51 PM

I've gotta admit, the list was a little disappointing; it looks much like a duplicate of this list:

http://www.womengamers.com/dw/


I was mostly disappointed in the narrow-minded gaming view; look at how many of those are RPGs and action games. What about the MANY other famous games that don't involve women with weapons?

How on Earth did Carmen Sandiego not make that list? Think outside the box people.. this list sounds more like "the top 50 women that appear in games that WE like".
February 21, 2007 7:12:50 PM

That's actually a great list. Much more detailed than ours. Helluva job by WomenGamers.com. I'm not sure it's really a duplicate, since their list has quite a few characters that aren't on this one, including ones I've never even heard of.

Good call on Carmen Sandiego. I'm actually kicking myself right now. A major, major oversight.
February 21, 2007 7:29:32 PM

Well, oversights happen; no biggie..

It's easy to get focusing on a particular gaming area.. and I must admit, I'm drawn to those style games too. I would have certainly entertained the idea of Tanya Adams from Red Alert. :)  (I think someone already mentioned that in an earlier reply)

Edit: And also, your correct.. the lists are not duplicates.. I noticed a few that appeared on both, but there are definitely some that don't. Plus, when you're creating two separate lists of the best female characters in gaming, there's bound to be a lot of duplicates...
February 21, 2007 11:40:44 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the hypocrisy of this list.

Right at the beginning it states: it's for the greatest female characters, which means it's not a list of the "hottest video game chicks" or "top video game vixens."

And yet, every single character listed has a remark like this:
Pros: Completely eye-popping and disproportionate features
Pros: ... and a killer body.
Pros: She's young, beautiful...
Pros: ...athletic and gorgeous.
Pros: ... a blonde bombshell...
Pros: ... and extremely easy on the eyes ...

Those are quoted from the first 6 "characters" listed. 6 characters, 6 statements about how they're great because they're hot.

Seriously, GROW UP. It's people like you who give videogamers the stereotypical image of a nerdy teenage boy who spends all day gawking at porn, who couldn't talk to a real girl if he were tied down with a telephone taped to his head.

If you want to talk about "characters", then talk about characters. A list like this would be great, in fact, without ANY pictures (or superficial comments about which supermodel / actress / tennis star (?!?!?) should play them in a movie), with the plus side that you wouldn't have to change your shorts three times while writing it.
February 22, 2007 6:50:42 AM

what about
The girls from Fear Effect?
February 22, 2007 3:00:05 PM

Already touched on the fact that no KOTOR characters are in there. And, yeah I agree, there are some very very flat (/busty, hehe) characters in there. Dead or Alive characters being good examples, but I mean compiling lists like this are very time consuming, so I won't lay blame. On the other side of the coin, good attempt at including every genre.
February 22, 2007 6:47:12 PM

I guess noticeably missing are these ones:

Cammy White, Street Fighter - she had her own game... even though it wasn't very good...

Orchid, Killer Instinct - only 3 appearances, but probably the most used character in the entire series in every game

Sylvanas Windrunner - 3 appearances, becoming an integral part of the WoW world now

Other than that... I'd have to say bang on for the rest of the top 50. Some pretty good selections for actresses.... Sarapova... Samus... Yum...
February 22, 2007 10:02:09 PM

Missing:

Either of the great Giana Sisters
Any of the female NPCs in Ultima III-VIII
Razor from Maniac Mansion
February 23, 2007 2:29:13 AM

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what about
The girls from Fear Effect?

That's a good one.
February 23, 2007 7:14:37 AM

Aribeth from Neverwinter Nights was a great female character too and had a pretty detailed and interesting character.
February 23, 2007 12:38:18 PM

Princess from Mario, gotta love the 2bit action ;)  jk lol
February 25, 2007 2:03:38 AM

I agree Valerie Constantine from FarCry should have made the list.
April 1, 2007 3:16:37 AM

"Angel" Deveraux from Wing Commander (I, II y III). Her death was one of the worst "virtual" low punches ever.
April 25, 2007 11:48:48 AM

I'm missing Konoko from Oni! (2001 RPG action game). She was awesome!
May 29, 2011 6:04:04 AM

Um...hello? Bayonetta?!
That game was pure action and way to fun not to make the list!
Me being a girl, I found her sexual acts a little unncessary but overall, the game blew my mind and even though I beat it TWICE, I continue to play it over and over again.

Bayonetta has many great features such as her ability to do tourture attacks, her ability to shift into a panther, bats, and a bird, and her ability to to control her hair in her Wicked Weave moves...not to mention the fact that she has guns on her feet! She also has endless combos that have hundreds of possible combinations and many techniques and items that you can purchase to alter your fighting style along with new unique demon weapons you can use!

So, why the hell didn't anyone mention her...or am I just a little too far ahead of you?
May 29, 2011 9:14:40 AM

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