International Women's Day - 8 Bad-a** Leading Women in Video Games

By Jasmin on Mar 8, 2018

It’s International Women’s Day today and 2018 is not short of strong, female figures in a number of artistic mediums, video games being one of them. Some are new, some are decades old but all of them are leads of their own games, some even have their own franchises. Here’s a list of my favourite leading ladies in video games:-

1. Clementine (Telltale’s The Walking Dead)

Image: Digital Spy
Image: Digital Spy

Starting off with the youngest in my list, Clementine had been left alone and orphaned when the events of The Walking Dead started. Her parents went away (and probably died), her babysitter somehow died and became a zombie, then came into the care of Lee who taught this poor 10 (?) year old girl to face the rough outside world. Throughout the series, she has to shoot her surrogate father in order to prevent him zombifying, adopts a baby boy, A.J, because his parents also died, shoots another friend because he went mental, branded herself a member of the New Frontier in order to keep A.J alive who’s group then kicked her out and separated her from A.J. And now she’s off on her own to find her boy A.J.

2. Chell (Portal)

Image: teambh.net
Image: teambh.net

The silent hero of the Portal series. While her backstory is unknown (I don’t believe whatever GladOS says, that Chell was “given” to Aperture Science by drunkard, negligent parents and neither should you), we do know that she’s Testsubject #1498, she’s stubborn (because we persist) and she’s got a portal gun.

3. Billie Lurk (Dishonored: Death of the Outsider)

Image: Impulse Gamer
Image: Impulse Gamer

Disciple of Daud, potential murderer of The Outsider (depending on what you decide), listener to Dunwall’s rats. Billie was a runaway girl who dwelled in thievery and assassination only to become one of the most revered assassins in Dunwall. Like Corvo and Emily, she is granted mystical powers by The Outsider but unlike them, various of her body parts are replaced by Void artifacts, granting her even more access to their magic.

4. Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)

Image: Capsule Computers
Image: Capsule Computers

One of the co-founder of the BSAA and main character in the first ever Resident Evil alongside RE3: Nemesis, RE: The Umbrella Chronicles and RE: Revelations. She was also a miracle human who unknowingly developed antibodies for the T-virus (the one that brought upon the zombification of Raccoon City) and not to mention that she, like Albert Wesker, bonded with a virus so well that she didn’t become a disfigured crazy monster and gain superhuman abilities. In all honesty, that’s really badass to me.

5. Zoë Castillo (Dreamfall)

Image: Deviantart
Image: Deviantart

Possibly the least well-known character on this list, Zoë is quite the powerful character. Though only introduced in the second game of the Dreamfall series, she is strong-willed and ultimately fights for the greater good. She is one of two people in the game universe to have the power of Shift, being able to teleport to the world of Stark, aka “the real world”, and Arcadia, a world of magic, the other being main protagonist of the first game, The Longest Journey, April Ryan. I highly recommend playing this series if you haven't already.

6. Cereza (Bayonetta) [polygon]

Image: Polygon
Image: Polygon

Sassy witch with guns for shoes, Cereza (better known as Bayonetta) is the black sheep of the Umbra Witches due to her mixed heritage. Her skin tight bodysuit is made from her hair (yes, her hair) and her magical witchy powers includes summoning demons and demon limbs weaved from said hair. She’s also 607 years old (as of now, 2018) and hasn’t aged a day, thanks to a gift from her mother.

7. Faith Connors (Mirror’s Edge)

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Image: HDQwalls

Faith was a runaway child who became a member of a group called “Runners”, illegal underground couriers who work against The City’s regime, who controls and monitors any and all information. She and her team run across the rooftops of the City to deliver untampered documents Master of parkour and eventual fugitive to the regime.

8. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Image: Polygon
Image: Polygon

Born into English aristocracy, Lara becomes bored with the upper class life and goes into adventure. She dives into the secrets of the past and searches for relics of lore, becoming known as the game’s namesake, the Tomb Raider. Her expeditions have led her to some of the most mysterious places on Earth in her bid to find the most powerful and dangerous artifacts in the world, against other well-equipped (with guns) groups who seek the same relics, only to keep them in Croft Manor for “safekeeping”. Her adventures are still cool though and it would be impossible for me to not have her on this list.

 

Have I missed any of your favourite characters? Tell us over on our Facebook or Twitter. Happy International Women’s Day!

“A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water”

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Writer, photographer, music lover, friend of the animals, adventurer and PC gamer by circumstance (no, really). RPGs and fighters are my favs, I'll beat you at MK or MvC anyday. Judging all the cups of coffee, even the ones made by myself.
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