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  • Taisiia Dobrozorova

International Women's Day 2024: The Best 10 Female Characters in Video Games

As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, it's crucial to spotlight the remarkable strides made by women and reflect on the ongoing struggle for gender equality. In the gaming realm, however, there remains a significant gap in female representation. Despite nearly half of gamers being women, only a fraction of video game characters are female.


This International Women's Day, let's celebrate the best female video game characters, each contributing to the diversification of narratives and challenging traditional stereotypes.


1. Princess Peach (Mario)


Princess Peach (Mario)
Princess Peach (Mario)

Known for her role as the damsel in distress in the Super Mario franchise, Princess Peach steps into the spotlight as the protagonist in games like Princess Toadstool's Castle Run and Super Princess Peach. In the upcoming game, Princess Peach: Showtime!, she transforms from a victim to a multi-faceted hero, wielding a sword, solving mysteries, and showcasing various skills.


2. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)


Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)

Initially portrayed as a damsel in distress, Zelda has evolved into a kind, caring, and wise Princess of Hyrule. Though not always the protagonist, she frequently drives the narrative in The Legend of Zelda series, solidifying her status as one of the most iconic female video game characters.


3. Misty (Pokémon)


Misty (Pokémon)
Misty (Pokémon)

As the first female Gym Leader in the Pokémon anime series, Misty makes her mark in video games like Pokemon Red and Blue, Gold, Silver, and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Known for her tomboyish and competitive nature, Misty adds a refreshing dynamic to the Pokémon world.


4. Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII)


Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII)
Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII)

An essential character in Final Fantasy VII, Tifa Lockhart is more than just a childhood friend of the protagonist, Cloud. She serves as a voice of reason, a formidable fighter, and a morally complex individual seeking revenge. Tifa's depth and strength make her a beloved and relatable character in the Final Fantasy universe.


5. Ellie (The Last Of Us)


Ellie (The Last Of Us)
Ellie (The Last Of Us)

Introduced as a young girl immune to a zombie-creating fungus in The Last Of Us, Ellie undergoes a dark and compelling character arc. Her story is marked by guilt, revenge, and a groundbreaking romantic relationship in the second game, making her one of the first openly queer video game protagonists in history.


6. Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)


Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)

In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Kassandra emerges as a kick-ass hero on a quest to defeat the evil Cult of Kosmos. Her prowess with a blade, unyielding determination, and likable personality make her a standout character, breaking away from traditional female stereotypes.


7. Max Caulfield (Life Is Strange)


Max Caulfield (Life Is Strange)
Max Caulfield (Life Is Strange)

Max Caulfield from Life is Strange stands out as a smart, brave, and relatable protagonist. Beginning her journey as a self-conscious high schooler, Max's character develops as she learns to use her time-altering powers, creating a captivating and down-to-earth narrative.


8. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)


Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

A pioneer in the gaming industry, Lara Croft has evolved from the ultra-sexualized depiction in earlier games. Introduced in 1996 in Tomb Raider, Lara's character explores a traumatic backstory and the events that shaped her into a resilient survivor. Her skilled marksmanship adds to her appeal.


9. Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)


Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)
Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)

Jill Valentine breaks barriers as the first playable female character and protagonist in the Resident Evil franchise. From the very first game to subsequent releases like Resident Evil 3, Revelations, and Resident Evil 5, Jill proves to be a brave, independent, and intelligent horror companion.


10. Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn)


Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn)
Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn)

Navigating dystopian worlds armed with her bow and arrows, Aloy takes center stage in Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West. As an outcast on a quest through a futuristic America ruled by robot dinosaurs, Aloy's complex and nuanced character, excellently voiced by Ashly Burch, adds depth to her hero's journey.


Wrapping Up


These diverse and compelling female characters signal a positive shift in the gaming industry, challenging stereotypes and offering players a range of strong, complex, and relatable heroines. As we celebrate International Women's Day, it's crucial to acknowledge the impact these characters have in shaping the narrative landscape and inspiring a new generation of gamers.


While progress has been made, there's still work to be done to ensure greater representation and inclusivity in the gaming world. Developers and storytellers must continue to create diverse narratives that reflect the richness of the real world and the diversity of their audience.




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