In an industry that mostly portray female characters as nothing more shameless persona's with outrageous busts and a habit for wearing revealing outfits, a few games stand out from the rest by having female leads that don't rely on such innuendos to appeal to the masses. I am not saying that nudity is bad as a little bit never hurt anyone but if its done to the point that it draws attention away from a game - you just know that something is wrong.


With that, here is my list of female leads that has left quite the impression as well as a mark on our beloved industry that is only growing from strength to strength. You'll be surprised at one of my picks though as she has a knack for getting abducted at the most impromptu times.


Lara Croft - Tomb Raider games


Lara Croft


"What? Shoot the breeze with some of you other boys? No thanks."


Debuting on the Playstation in 1996, Lara Croft was the first female lead in a videogame that gain mainstream attention for two big reasons; games that centered on great exploration and clever puzzles. In a flurry of games that had brash, loud and overzealous male leads, Lara stood out from the rest with her charming personality and a penchant for all things shiny.


Elena Fisher - Uncharted: Drakes Fortune and Uncharted 2


Elena Fisher


"Elena Fisher, last year's model"


Though initially a brunette, Naughty Dog decided to change her looks to a blonde with a more severe chin before the first game's release. An independent, and ever resourceful journalist, Elena Fisher is more than capable of holding her own against the big boys. So much so, that she even survives an explosion from a grenade. Throughout the games, her spunky and tough as nails attitude is a good complement to Drake's endearing and equally unabashed personality.


Jade - Beyond Good & Evil




Don't let its dated graphics fool you, Beyond Good & Evil is a one game you won't want to miss.


The once peaceful planet of Hillys is under siege by the DomZ, a group of aliens that abduct beings to convert them into slaves. Caught in the middle of all this mess is Jade, a young reporter who resides in an island lighthouse that doubles as a home for children orphaned by DomZ attacks. She is soon recruited by the IRIS Network after vowing to seek revenge against the DomZ that has ruin the very peace that she has fought to uphold all this time.


Alyx Vance - Half-Life games


Alyx Vance


Alyx's believability is one of Half-Life's strongest points.


Alyx Vance is portrayed as a young woman in her mid-twenties of Black/Asian descent, and is a prominent figure in the human resistance fight against the rule of the alien race known as the Combine and their human representative, Dr. Breen. She is a close associate and ally of Gordon Freeman and is widely regarded as the primary heroine of the series. Alyx's character uses a modified version of real-life actress Jamil Mullen's face, and is voiced by Merle Dandrige.


Jill Valentine


Jill Valentine


"You were almost a Jill Sandwich"


Jill Valentine first appears as one of two playable characters in the original Resident Evil game. Along with Chris Redfield, she is a member of STARS' Alpha team, deployed to the Arklay Mountains. There, Alpha team was attacked by a group of undead dogs, and was forced to retreat to the Arklay Research Facility. Later in the game, she is saved by Barry Burton from a collapsing ceiling that nearly squished her to a pulp. Headstrong and ever willing, Jill Valentine plays an important role in the Resident Evil games and is forever known for her lock-picking skills.


Yuna - Final Fantasy X




Yuna's charming persona will pull at your heart-strings.


Yuna was designed by Final Fantasy X character designer Tetsuya Nomura. The basis for Yuna's overall design was that of Okinawan kimonos, but Numora has also mentioned that when he learned the character was to perform a dance called the "sending", he wanted to give the outfit something that was more fitting. For this reason, the specific type of kimono he chose for her was a furisode, a kimono bearing long sleeves. Yuna, the daughter of the High Summoner Braska, who defeated Sin years ago and brought about the Calm, a time of peace is tasked with following in his footsteps. She embarks on a pilgrimage to obtain the final aeon to defeat Sin.


Princess Peach


Princess Peach


Care to take a guess on how many times she has been kidnapped?


Okay, I know what you're thinking; How does a princess who allows herself to be kidnapped so easily by Bowser be allowed to be on this list? Well, her appearance in just about every Mario game from the kart racers to the spin offs such as Paper Mario - she is an integral part of the series. With her knack of baking delicious cakes and all things sweet for a certain rotund plumber, Peach is an endearing heroine that has always relied on Mario to save her. Well almost if you count Super Princess Peach, the first game to star her as the lead heroine.


Samus Aran


Samus Aran


The moment in which she was revealed as female caught many by surprise.


Introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid, Samus is a female bounty hunter that is usually fitted with an armour suit with weapons that include a laser beam and missiles. Throughout the series, she executes missions given to her by the Galactic Federation while hunting the antagonistic Space Pirates and their leader Ridley, along with the energy-draining parasites called Metroids. Orphaned at a young age, Samus was brought up by the Chozo alien race, which trained her as a warrior. The Chozo also gave her the Power Suit, which has the ability to allow Samus to transform into a sphere to roll through tight areas such as tunnels. Samus is one of the first major female protagonist in a videogame, and her popularity among fans has helped her top several lists of the best video game heroines of all-time.


Joanna Dark - Perfect Dark


Joanna Dark


"Down boy..."


A highly skilled but inexperienced Agent of the Carrington Institute, Joanna Dark was born on March 18, 2000 in Atlanta. Known for her red hair, blue eyes and a slender but athletic build, she usually dresses in tight leather clothes although she is most commonly seen in her Carrington Institute outfit. She has a stong character, very energetic, competitive and courageous. She also takes time before she warms up to people and does not trust them easily, even more so if they're associated with a megacorporation. The code name "Perfect Dark" was given to her due to her exceptional scores in training and high proficiency with a wide array of weapons.


The Boss


The Boss


A legendary soldier, founder and leader of the Cobra unit, The Boss is also known as the mother of the U.S. special forces. According to the Metal Gear Solid 4: Database, she was born in 1922 and is the daughter of one of the original members of the Philopsophers behind the Philopsophers' Legacy. She is known in Russia as Voyevoda, meaning The Warlord. In 1994, during the World War II, she lead the Cobra unit to victory at the Battle of Normandy. She was pregnant at the time with a baby fathered by The Sorrow. The Boss gave birth to a baby boy on the battlefield via a messy caesarian section that left a long, snaking scar across her abdomen. The baby was taken by the Philopsophers and would later grow up to be Revolver Ocelot.

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  • Ohh I love Elena! She's great ;p Definitely one of the best female characters I've seen in a game.

    But I always did think that Tomb Raider's massive success was first initiated by Lara's two convincing arguments, or that's how it was when the game came out on PS1 in my days. Only then would we find out how great of a game it was lol.

    Posted Apr 15, 2010

  • Aha!! You mentioned pretty good amount of female leads. And you saved the best for last: Samus. Samus is truly a kickass no-nonsense character with so much abilities she has. You havent mentioned the fact that almost all the gamers at that time thought she was just male, but her revelation shocked everyone. Good writing.

    I am also angry too. Where is my crush Cate Archer???

    Posted Apr 15, 2010

  • Oh wow, I was nearing the end, and I almost raged 'cause I saw no Samus. :P

    Nice list. I would have added a few more myself, definitely Lightning (FFXIII), Shanoa (Castlevania: OoE), and KOS-MOS (Xenosaga). I'd also say Micaiah (Fire Emblem 10), but I doubt anyone played that...

    And indeed, Jill was almost a Jill sandwich. :lol Gotta love the deadly combination of bad scripts and bad voice acting.

    Posted Apr 15, 2010

  • Very nice blog. :) Along with Fetus I like Elena the best, I fell in love with her at first sight! :lol

    Posted Apr 16, 2010

  • I have been playing Tomb Raider games since forever!!

    NIce choices you have there :D

    Posted Apr 16, 2010

  • @Darksider : Nice to now that. I've been playing them too. Have you played all of them? :D

    Posted Apr 16, 2010

  • Alyx Vance is the perfect representation of what game devs should be going for in the female characters.

    As for Prinsess Peach she takes back the feminist movement to the "stoned age". This is a woman who is helpless against a lizard and has to be saved by a fat plumber who eats "magic mushrooms"

    What about Dawn in Fallout 3?

    Posted Apr 16, 2010

  • Hey, nice blog there! :D You, know, Tomb Raider is also very known for the nude patch and the perfectly positioned swimming cam :P Ow, and where's Rayne? :P

    Posted Apr 17, 2010

  • If I'm gonna be honest, not trying to be sexist or anything but I personaly am not a big fan of most female characters in video games, I don't really know why but there have only been a couple female characters that I haven't actually minded being there...

    Posted Apr 17, 2010

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