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Chell, as she appears in the first Portal game.

Here is a list of female characters in video games. Feel free to add more characters and categories! Edit

(Characters whose names are bolded are characters that were protagonists or were playable for most of at least one of the games they were featured in.)

Iconic CharactersEdit

These are some of the pioneering female characters in iconic video games. Some are notable for their representation of women as engaging and capable characters, and others are known for their sexualization and/or reduction of women to damsels in distress.

Positively Portrayed Characters Edit

There are some female characters that are strong, confident and capable, all while lacking any overt hypersexualization. These women are not reduced to a status of love interest, damsel in distress, or sexualized protagonist.

Villains Edit

Anti-Heroes and the Morally Ambiguous Edit

Sexualized* Characters Edit


Damsels in Distress Edit

Anthropomorphic/Non-Human Female Characters Edit

  • Amaterasu from Ōkami
  • Inspector Carmelita from the Sly Cooper series
  • Kazooie from the Banjo-Kazooie series (Nintendo and later Microsoft platforms)
  • Krystal from the StarFox franchise (Nintendo platforms)
  • Dixie Kong from the Donkey Kong Country series
  • Lammy from Um Jammer Lammy
  • Mao from Shadow Hearts: From the New World
  • Rune from the fault series
  • Vibri from Vib-Ribbon
  • Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit, Blaze the Cat, Rouge the Bat, Wave the Swallow, Vanilla the Rabbit, Shade the Echidna, Tikal the Echidna, and Zeena from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. All but Vanilla and Zeena have been fully playable at some point.
  • Karen Erra (a Newman/elf-like creature) in Phantasy Star Universe Episode 1 (Not playable but is a possible NPC teammate and plays an integral role in the plot, she however gets demoted to extra from Episode 2 onward) (She is also notable for being played by Erin Cahill, who played leader-figure Jen Scotts in Power Rangers Time Force and the first female proganaist of the Call of Duty franchise, Chloe "Karma" Lynch)
  • Laia Martinez from Phantasy Star Universe (Not playable but is a possible NPC teammate and plays an integral role in the plot from Episode 2 onwards, as well as being the central character on the boxart for the game's only paid expansion pack) [3]

Female Options for Free PlayEdit

  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes - as well as ten customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Huntress, Batgirl, Supergirl, Black Canary, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Lois Lane, and Vicki Vale
    • Heroes DLC: Katana and Zatanna
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - as well as ten customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Wonder Woman, Cheetah, Batgirl, Batgirl (1966), Black Canary, Bleez, Catwoman [w/ Catwoman (1966) and Catwoman (Pre-52)], Cheetah (Robin Disguise), Cheshire, Giganta, Harley Quinn, Hawkgirl, Indigo-1, Miss Martian, Poison Ivy, Stargirl, Star Sappire, Supergirl and Supergirl (Classic), Wonder Girl, Wonder Woman (Cheetah Disguise), Zamaron Warrior, and Zatanna
    • Man of Steel DLC: Faora and Lara Lor-Van
    • The Dark Knight DLC: Selina Kyle (Dark Knight Rises)
    • Batman of the Future DLC: Inque
    • Arrow DLC: Canary (Arrow), Felicity Smoak, and Huntress
    • The Squad DLC: Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn (The Squad), and Katana
    • Bizarro DLC: Bizarra
    • Heroines and Villainesses DLC: Batwoman, Killer Frost, Mera, Plastique, Power Girl, Raven, The Spoiler, Starfire, Terra, and Vixen
  • LEGO The Hobbit - as well as eight customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Tauriel, Tauriel (Lake-town), Tilda, Sigrid, Galadriel, Rosie Cotton, and Mrs. Troll
  • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - as well as two customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Marion, Marion (Cairo), Marion (Evening Dress), Marion (Night Gown), Willie, Willie (Evening Dress), Willie (Ceremony), Elsa, Dancing Girl, Willie (Dinner Suit), Willie (Pyjamas), Elsa (Officer), and Elsa (Desert)
    • Unlock "Secret Characters" parcel during gameplay: Dancing Girl 2 (only available during Shanghai Showdown level free play)
  • LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues - as well as two customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Marion, Marion (Crystal Skull), Willie, Elsa, Dancing Girl, College Female, Mannequin Girl, Mannequin Woman, and Peru Nurse
  • LEGO The Lord of the Rings - as well as ten customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Arwen Evenstar (Ranger), Éowyn (Dernhelm), Rosie, Galadriel, and Éowyn
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - as well as eight customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Black Widow, Jean Grey and Phoenix, Storm, Invisible Woman and Invisible Woman (F.F.), Maria Hill, Aunt May, Black Cat, Elektra, Emma Frost, Gamora, Gwen Stacy, Liberty, Magneto Acolyte, Mary Jane Watson, Ms. Marvel, Mystique, Pepper Potts and Rescue, Polaris, Psylocke, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman, Squirrel Girl, Viper, and Wasp
    • Asgard DLC: Sif and Jane Foster
    • Super DLC: Dark Phoenix
  • The LEGO Movie Videogame - as well as eight customizable characters that can be made female, once unlocked, players have access to these female characters during free play:
    • Gail, Wyldstyle, Wyldstyle (Hood), Wyldstyle (Old West), Wylestyle (Robot Disguise), Wyldstyle (Space), Unikitty, Queasy Kitty, Biznis Kitty, Astro Kitty, Wonder Woman, Cleopatra, FemBot, Witch, Lady Liberty, Mrs. Stratchen-Post, Cardio Carrie, Executive Ellen, Sharon Shoehorn, Ice Cream Jo, Calamity Drone, Ma Cop, and Velma Staplebot
    • Wild West DLC: Rootbeer Belle
    • using cheat code: Angry Kitty
  • LEGO Dimensions - The base game includes Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie as one of the three main playable characters. Other female characters can be purchased separately to be used during gameplay:
    • DC Comics Universe: Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn
    • The LEGO Movie Universe: Unikitty
    • Portal 2 Universe: Chell
    • LEGO Ninjago Universe: Nya
    • Wizard of Oz Universe: The Wicked Witch of the West
    • LEGO Legends of Chima Universe: Eris
  • Minecraft: female option only available through customized character skins
  • Neverwinter Nights series: female option for every race
  • Rock Band 2: female option for all four band members
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines: female option of every clan race

Miscellaneous Edit

UpcomingEdit

Hope in upcoming games - to be checkedEdit

  • an unidentified woman soldier from Titanfall
  • Sera, Cassandra Pentaghast, Vivienne, Josephine Montilyet, and Lelina  from Dragon Age: Inquisition (November 2014)
  1. http://www.gamesradar.com/a-brief-history-of-samus-in-her-underwear/
  2. http://smashbros-miiverse.com/pic-of-the-day/2014-08-19
  3. http://www.ign.com/games/phantasy-star-universe-ambition-of-the-illuminus/ps2-890126

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