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

(Characters whose names are bolded are characters that were protagonists or were playable for most of the game in the first game that they were featured in.)

Iconic Characters

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.

Strong* Characters

Sexualized Characters

Damsels in Distress


(*) "Strong" as used in this article, is to be defined as either a character that feels real, but does not quite fit into the positively portrayed section for whatever reason, OR, the more typical definition of a Strong character (being, you know, strong/powerful). For a broader look at this category type, please refer to this wiki page --> [1]. Keep in mind that even on that wiki page and links you find there the definition of 'Strong Characters' are not always consistent.

Positively Portrayed Characters

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.

Female Options for Lead Characters in Role-Playing Games

Miscellaneous

Anthropomorphic and other various human-like characters

  • several fully-playable female characters from Diddy Kong Racing (Nintendo 64, all playable characters are actually anthropomorphic animals, not human beings)
  • at least one teammate/co-pilot in games the StarFox franchise (Nintendo platforms)
  • Inspector Carmelita from the Sly Cooper games.
  • Amaterasu in Ōkami
  • Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit, Blaze the Cat, Rouge the Bat, Wave the Swallow, Vanilla the Rabbit, Shade 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]

Upcoming

Hope in upcoming games - to be checked

  • an unidentified woman soldier from Titanfall
  • Sera, Cassandra Pentaghast, Vivienne, Josephine Montilyet, and Lelina  from Dragon Age: Inquisition (November 2014)

Reminder: Characters who's names are bolded are characters that were protagonists or were playable for most of the game in the first game that they were featured in.

Villains

  • GLaDOS from Portal (PC Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, Mac OS, Linux, Shield Portable)

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