Nine incredible female characters aka badass heroines have left an indelible mark on the world of video games. From fierce warriors to brilliant strategists, these inspiring heroines have proven that they can hold their own in any virtual adventure. Note this list will focus mainly on women of different cultures and Earth-related humans in their respective content. (Sorry Final Fantasy, and other great games with dynamic fictional worlds). Honorable mentions go to Sheva Alomar (Resident Evil 5), The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater), Danielle Fireseed (Turok 3: Shadows of Oblivion), and Chell (Portal).

1. Chun-Li the First Female Fighter in Video Games

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Image: Capcom

“No one will stop me from destroying Shadaloo!” — Chun-Li

Watch out, Chun-Li jumps in with a lightning kick to the face! This wonderful Chinese woman made her debut in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior all the way back in 1991! Her story is one of vengeance, working as an Interpol investigator to find out what happened to her father. She joins the second World Warrior Tournament to find the man who killed him. Specializing in swift, agile movements and signature leg strikes that challenge even Liu Kang’s bicycle kick, Chun-Li is a dominant force to be reckoned with.

She is regarded as the first playable female fighter for fighting game franchises. Her strongly perceived recognition paved way for many more combat-oriented women in games such as Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat), Lili de Rochefort (Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection), and Kasumi (Dead or Alive). The spring beauty of China swings under the spotlight and into the international female character hall of fame!

2. Clementine – Survivalist & Beloved Daughter

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Image: Telltale Games

“So? You want a cookie? You want a cookie for doing the right thing?” — Clementine

The emotional rollercoaster players experienced while playing as Lee and Clementine in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is truly an unforgettable one. Clementine’s growth in the zombified apocalypse across the span of four main titles conjured all types of emotions—like watching your child grow up and somehow knowing she will be all right. Players met the child, Clementine, at about nine years old in the first game of the series. Playing as Lee, you become her guardian. You teach her to learn right from wrong, how to survive, who to trust, and the number one rule—to survive, no matter the cost.

By the end of the fourth main title, Clementine is about seventeen years old. She has lived through quite a great deal of adventures. Clementine’s journey to maturity and survival raised her into a fierce and unstoppable woman that we are all so proud of. Now you need to let her go, like a beautiful butterfly shedding her cocoon. Thanks, Clementine, for being an amazing female character in video games!

3. Faith Connors – Hardcore Parkour Female Character in Video Games

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“Well, it’s difficult to recall with a GUN in my face.” – Faith Connors

Faith Connors, the free-running heroine of Mirror’s Edge and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, is of East Asian descent. Scaling the walls of The City and City of Glass with graceful precision, Faith is a fierce daredevil with a lot of burdens to bear. She started as a Runner, an illegal underground group of couriers, and usually ends up being backstabbed by other troublesome and disloyal Runners.

If escorting private documents faithfully across the city while avoiding the City Protection Force was not enough, Faith also struggles to rescue her sister, Kate, after she was criminally charged for murdering a man named Robert Pope. Using her skills and wit, she manages to find her way out of sticky situations. And loves to hardcore parkour through the intricate and complex city environments! Faith is obsessively loyal, acrobatic, strong-willed, disciplined, and heroic! Truly one of the best female characters in video games.

4. Chloe Frazer – Fierce & Tactile Treasure Hunter

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Image: Naughty Dog

“It’s like you said, progress demands sacrifice.” — Chloe Frazer

Chloe Frazer was born in India but raised by her mother in Australia for most of her young life. Along with her flirtatious bravado, Chloe is known to be one of the best drivers in the treasure-hunting business. You may have caught a glimpse of the sexually seductive dominatrix in various highlighted moments in the Uncharted series. Fans were very excited to experience this female character to be her own video game protagonist in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

The female protagonist learned that her father turned up dead. The only item he left behind for Chloe was the Horn of Ganesha. For the first time in a long time, she journeyed back to India. Working with Nadine Ross, she sought more information about the Horn. The Indian locale added a rich environment for Chloe to explore, and her father’s history in India was a great plot point to observe Chloe’s personality shine! Players were able to learn more about the character’s backstory and discover what kind of character Chloe wants to be.

5. Aveline de Grandpré – Successful Liberator

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“I am Aveline de Grandpré, I am an assassin, and I fight for liberation” — Aveline de Grandpré

The deadly assassin, Aveline de Grandpré, is the main protagonist for Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. Daughter of a French merchant and African slave, Aveline grows up in a decent and privileged household. With the help of the Brotherhood and even Connor from Assassin’s Creed III, she was able to free many slaves across the bayou. The remarkable freedom fighter adopted three different personas (Assassin, Lady, and Slave) to master her art of blending into the crowd. Don’t take this female video game character lightly!

6. Brigid Tenenbaum – Loyal Mother to Little Sisters

Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum seen through a reinforced window.
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Image: 2K Games

“It would mean very much to me if you will be gentle with the girls. Mein kleines maedchen.” — Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum

Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum is a unique individual in the Bioshock universe. Before the events of Bioshock, she survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, outliving the rest of her family. While imprisoned, the German doctors noticed her heightened skill for science. They put her to work in inhumane medical labs for research. Tenenbaum was diagnosed with autism with high support needs during this time, but she shrugged off the diagnosis. In 1946, she disappeared from the surface world to live in Rapture, the underwater city where Bioshock and Bioshock 2 take place.

Everything she did from that point forward was to protect the Little Sisters she had created. While exploring experimentation with genetic splicing, she researched a cure for ADAM sickness. She also worked on more science projects that were supposed to help civilize the underwater city. Unfortunately, science does not always go as predicted and led to troubling waters throughout both games. Intelligent, classy, protective, autistic, and Jewish, Dr. Tenenbaum is a unique diamond in the rough! Just like Little Sisters, the super genius “mother” deserves love too!

7. Anya Oliwa – Sneaky Exterminator

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“May 12, 1940. The Nazis have taken over the police station. They are asking local people to volunteer for service. I’m going to volunteer. I’m going to find a way to kill them.” — Ramona

Fans of the Wolfenstein series will know and love the Polish doctor, Anya Oliwa. She is the love interest of the main protagonist of Wolfenstein: The New Order, William J. Blazkowicz. The New Order is set after the end of World War II. Wolfenstein is in an alternate science fiction universe where the Axis powers won World War II. Although Anya mainly plays her role as communications HQ in the Wolfenstein series, the diary collectibles tell another store. Finding these diary pages in the first game show a different side of Anya than the warm and caring doctor that players are used to.

Reading Ramona’s diary pages, you are informed that Anya seduced Nazi soldiers and thoroughly detailed each murder. Anya pretended to write in the journal as a deceased cousin named Ramona. You know, just in case the journal was ever found by the Nazi regime. The German army searched for the unknown serial killer, and the famous murderer was never found. Taking out Nazi trash is recognition enough for a spot on the incredible international women’s list! Go, Anya!

8. Farah – Female Princess Character in Video Games

Farah kneeling beside the Prince resting on the ground.
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Image: Ubisoft

“When I was small, my mother taught me a secret word. She said that when I was afraid, all I had to do was speak that word, and a magic door would open. I’ve never told that to anybody.” – Farah

Behold, the daughter of the Maharajah shoots her way to the list of incredible international female characters! Farah is an Indian princess in Ubisoft’s 2003 release of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. The keeper of the Medallion of Time, protector of the Sands of Time, and the main supporting character in the game—Farah likes to keep her distance and listens to no man.

She differs from the normal damsel in distress trope of female characters and intends to save the world with just as much gusto as the Prince. Armed with a bow and arrow, she scales rooftops, solves puzzles, fights sand creatures, and cooperatively guides the Prince to the top of the Tower of Dawn to seal the Sands of Time which has been unleashed. Independent, agile, and stubborn, Farah was a refreshingly strong female character for the early 2000s!

9. Kamala Khan – Female Superhero Character in Video Games

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Image: Square Enix

“No way. We should make a comic book together!” – Kamala Khan

The Marvelous Ms. Marvel sends a high five from around the world! A Pakistani-American superheroine enters the fray in Marvel’s Avengers! She sends good vibes, youthful angst, and random Avengers’ knowledge with two handfuls (I mean HUGE handfuls) of glee! She is Captain Marvel’s number one fan but also keeps plenty of tabs on the rest of the Avengers team.

After the events of A-Day, she honed her newly acquired genetic morphing/stretching powers in her secret headquarters. Most of the campaign is spent with Kamala scouting out and reassembling the Avengers team… which isn’t exactly as happy-go-lucky as she desires it to be. By the end of her campaign, Kamala discovers what type of hero she wants to become and embiggens to the size of Godzilla to takedown the Sentinel threat! Thank you for your superhero support, Ms. Marvel!

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