The 50 Greatest Video Game Characters | Movies | Empire

In video games, female protagonists are not typical. Before Lara Croft came along, their number was relatively small. However, the idea of ​​women in the industry is gradually changing — princesses waiting for a prince and unhappy girls with beautiful appearance become full-fledged playable characters, healthy and alive. We’ve compiled a list of the most memorable, interesting, and independent female videogame heroines that are, in addition, really cute.

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Lara Croft is the most recognizable female character in video games. In the early nineties, game makers rarely created female characters who could be engaged in “male affairs.” She resembles Eastern European girls who are brave yet charming. You can make sure about it while Russian dating. The female archaeologist, whose image was partially copied from Indiana Jones, was too sexualized in the games’ first titles. Lara Croft has stopped looking like an adult film actress in a modern reboot but has not lost her charisma, wit, and temper.

Chun Li (Street Fighter)

Being the first female character to appear in a fighting game, she proved that female fighters could fight on par with men. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Chun Li is one of the most recognizable characters in video games.

Ellie (The Last Of Us)

For most of The Last of Us campaign, the player controls the brutal lone wolf Joel, but even so, Ellie is an essential character for both gameplay and narrative. She is not a burden. A fourteen-year-old girl can always take care of herself. Her sense of humor, naive questions, and bright dialogues with Joel do not leave you indifferent. In the long-awaited sequel The Last of Us. Part II Ellie is the central character.

Samus Aran (Metroid)

In 1986, there weren’t many female protagonists in videogames. The first game in the Metroid series surprised gamers, as they believed that a man was hiding behind massive energy armor (even the manual for the game said about this). But those who completed the game in an hour or less could see the protagonist without uniforms — and it was a tall, muscular woman. Samus Aran зкщмув that anyone can be a strong hero and that women should not be treated differently than men.

Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn)

Aloy is a prime example of a strong and independent heroine in a video game. She goes the hard way from a hermit living outside the tribe to a legend of the post-apocalyptic world. Aloy is an exciting and sophisticated character who proves that a female heroine does not need to be sexy and wear revealing outfits to become a favorite of many gamers.

Commander Shepard (Mass Effect)

In the Mass Effect trilogy, the player can choose the gender of the protagonist at the start of the game. The peculiarity is that in a video game, there is complete gender equality. The female character has the same dialogue options, the same story as the male Shepard. And most importantly, equality does not spoil the narrative and does not limit anyone. Shepard is a unique character because regardless of gender, she or he organically fits into the game’s universe.

Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)

Jill Valentine, the heroine of the Resident Evil series, is often referred to by game publications as one of the most iconic video games. Jill is not just a pretty girl. She is a heavy weapons expert and a veteran of the US Army. Many critics ridiculed her image and called her “completely unsuitable for a zombie apocalypse.” Fortunately, in the remake of Resident Evil 3, the developers have redesigned her appearance, giving the heroine more realism.