It’s no secret that the vast majority of avid gamers are males from ages six to fifty, more or less. Most video games are made by men and are destined to be bought and played by other men and that’s why in most cases female characters are quite rare in the gaming world. However, there have been quite a few female characters that most (if not all) male gamers love and admire more than some of the greatest and most popular male video game characters such as Nathan Drake (Uncharted), Raiden (Metal Gear) and Solid Snake (Metal Gear), just to name a few. All right, we might be exaggerating a bit there, but here are 25 female video game characters that your average gamer will take his hat off to for one reason or another.
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Meryl Silverburgh, Metal Gear Solid
Meryl Silverburgh first appeared in the original Metal Gear Solid, voiced by Debi Mae West, and her character is based on the character of the same name from Hideo Kojima’s earlier game Policenauts. She’s a career soldier and Snake’s partner in many missions and operations where he usually saves her. We still love her for some strange, unexplained reason though.
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!
Elena Fisher, Uncharted
The fact that a lady has such a significant role in one of the best videogame series ever as Uncharted, is certainly enough to include her on this list but Elena is an incredibly talented woman, too. A brave reporter and foreign correspondent, Elena accompanies Drake on his adventures and can do anything he does and probably even better. I know what you’re probably thinking—she sounds a lot like the crew of Man vs. Wild hosted by Bear Grylls, right? They do what he does and have to hold the camera, food, and other stuff, too!
Bonnie MacFarlane, 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.
Let’s make it clear here that Rayne is far from a heroine but then again this is a list with the best female videogame characters overall, not the most moral ones. Rayne is a bloodthirsty vampire who kills for blood and is the main character of the Bloodrayne series, and yes we love her just as much as we love the games themselves.