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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Kitana, Mortal Kombat
Anyone who follows the legendary Mortal Kombat series (which also became a movie) knows who Kitana is. Princess Kitana made her debut in Mortal Kombat II and captured fans’ hearts with her amazing outfit, reminiscent of the awesome outfits the bad guys wore in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, and wicked fighting skills.
Lulu, Final Fantasy X, X-2
Lulu first appeared in Final Fantasy X (and later in Final Fantasy X-2) as a non-player character and one of Yuna’s guardians. Nonetheless, Lulu’s huge impact on every gamer’s “digital life” is unquestionable, and she’s the only female character to use black magic so effectively—by using various dolls to help cast powerful spells—in videogame history.
Aveline de Grandpré, 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!
Cortana is and will always be the favorite female videogame 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.
Anya Stroud, Gears of War 3
This amazing Scandinavian-looking beauty went totally unnoticed in the first two Gears of War games, but she eventually became the series’ first female playable character in the third installment when the game’s developers wisely decided to give her a more energetic role. The result? Anya is now widely considered by most avid gamers one of the baddest, most intimidating female videogame characters ever. Mission accomplished.