Female characters in video games have been overlooked for generations with the main protagonists and antagonists being commonly male. Female protagonists have been ruling the gaming world recently, creating some of the most heartwarming, breathtaking stories and the most memorable courageous, imaginative and studious heroes, that will stay in our hearts and minds for years to come.
The video game heroines in this list are unparalleled and incomparable with their strength, courage, and fearlessness. Faced with the hardest challenges and obstacles, the confrontation of their own inner demons and their deepest darkest fears, they display immeasurable determination and resilience. They’re also clearly shown to have hearts of gold and are always willing to make the hardest choices and necessary sacrifices for the safety of those around them.
Top 10 Video Game Heroines
10. Life Is Strange – Max Caulfield – “The Heroine Protector Of Time”
Max Caulfield is your typical high school teenager, her introverted outlook on life and her nerdiness make her the prime target for bullies. Developing a fascination with photography from an early age, she is passionate about pursuing her dreams of becoming a world-renowned artist and putting her mark on the world.
Her life is thrown into turmoil when she manages to save her childhood friend from certain death, whilst discovering that she miraculously has the power to rewind time. Now faced with a power she does not understand and heightened unpredictable consequences for every choice she makes. Max has to come to terms with the fact that her life truly is strange. Do you believe you have what it takes to master the power of time and make the right choices?
9. The Walking Dead Telltale – Clementine “The Young Heroine Of The Apocalypse”
Have you ever wondered how an orphan child would cope in a zombie apocalypse? Clementine is thrown into a life she does not understand, with danger lurking around every turn and the possibility of death hidden behind every choice. It’s a kill or be killed world.
As an 8-year-old girl, she is forced to come to terms with this harsh reality quickly, be adaptable and maintain a fearless and courageous leader persona. The moment she drops her guard and makes herself vulnerable, she is not only risking her own life but the lives of everyone she cares about.
Clementine is a young heroine and unique video game protagonist. Her life has been determined for her yet she desires to be a hero. Displaying resilience, unparalleled strength, optimism, and demonstrating that just because life deals you a bad hand, throwing unforeseen obstacles and challenges in your path, it does not mean that you have to settle for it. She will control her life story and determine her own ending.
8. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Kassandra “The Warrior And Spartan Protector Of Greece”
Life as a mercenary is as rough as it comes, bounties to track down. being attacked from all directions and willingly putting yourself in harm’s way daily. Kassandra as a video game protagonist has the thickest skin, the toughest armor, and the sharpest weapons. She is forced into a war between Athenians and Spartans, whilst an unknown cult lurks into the shadows whose intentions are shrouded in secrecy and motivated by greed and power.
Kassandra is a fearless video game heroine, determined to find the answers and restore the once great land of Greece to its former glory. On this odyssey, she is faced with unfathomable mythological legends, challenges that will test her morality and resolve, as well as revelations of a land and ancient war of assassins that will take her on a journey of discovery, identity, and purpose.
7. Kingdom Hearts – Aqua – “A Warrior And Protector Of Light And Friends”
Motivated by the desire to save her two best friends, Aqua is determined, strong-willed, focused, and unwavering. She is a skilled fighter blessed with the natural ability to wield a mysterious ancient weapon known as the keyblade. She will have to be wise and judicious if she will have any hope of saving the world from the converging war of light and darkness.
Aqua is faced with harsh realities on her journey that force her to doubt her own morality, motives and accept her own inner demons. As the world crumbles around her and she is at the end of her tether, she will have to stand up, fight and let her heart be her guiding key otherwise she risks losing her friends forever.
6. Child Of Light – Aurora – “The Fairy Heroine”
Aurora is only young yet she has been through some difficult challenges and struggles in her life, now she is left lost in an unknown world swarming with creatures and dangers in which is incapable of fathoming. With the guidance of a small fairy, she must restore her kingdom to its former glory and stop the black queen, who has completely ravaged the land and plagued it with monstrous manifestations.
Aurora displays tremendous courage in the face of hopelessness and impossibility. She is actively trying to survive and be the godsend her kingdom needs whilst in a state of mental paralysis. Dealing with the loss and grief of her mother and the struggles of working through depression, Aurora is a warrior and protector and truly is the personification of bravery.
5. Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice – Senua – “The Heart Of A Warrior And Soul Of A Protector”
Welcome to Helheim, the most intimidating, frightening, death-inducing place you will never want to visit. Senua has made a conscious choice to undertake a one-woman expedition right through it, the last resort effort to save the soul of her dead lover.
Senua has not got the faintest idea of the challenges that await her. Entities that will thrive on her deepest, darkest fears, labyrinths of illusions that will trick her senses and concept of reality, and parasitic voices of the dead gnawing at her thoughts and feelings.
She is a very unique heroine, accepting her imperfections, and acknowledging her flaws and limits, she is not on a journey of redemption, justice, or glory. She is cognizant that she may not live to see her journey’s end, she is wholeheartedly prepared to suffer the bruises, the pain and wear those scars as badges of honor, a reminder that she has been through tough times and she is capable of overcoming worse.
4. Tomb Raider – Lara Croft – “The Iconic Warrior And Survivor”
The iconic video game heroine never fails to demonstrate her prowess and studiousness, always willing to put herself in harm’s way and make the necessary sacrifices for the greater good.
Lara Croft is a video game protagonist that displays the power of having a passion, drive, and how you can overcome any odds if you have a strong belief in your purpose and calling. She will stop at nothing to ensure that these secrets of incomprehensible knowledge and immeasurable power do not get into the wrong hands for the wrong reasons.
Lara Croft is willing to go to the ends of the earth, exploring forgotten cities and discovering mythological trinkets. Armed with her wit and cunning persona and her integrity, determination, and drive to do the right thing, she will rise from the rumble, confront the demons and shadows of the deepest, darkest caves and become the Tomb Raider that she is destined to be.
3. Little Misfortune – Misfortune – “Fortune Favors The Bold”
8-year-old Misfortune is the first video game protagonist that has a name that accurately describes her life and luck. Living a sad and lonely life with abusive parents and no friends, except the friends she has crafted inside her own mind, one of which takes the form of a fox called Benjamin.
Guided by a disembodied voice that plays on the gullibility and naivety of her young inexperienced mind, they convince her that if she plays a game she will be rewarded with eternal happiness.
Misfortune is manipulated into an adventure into the outside world, she will be forced to experience challenges, obstacles, and opposition, unlike anything she has witnessed before. She will have to learn the harsh truths of the world, that every action has a consequence, for every cause, there is an effect and the reality that she cannot believe everything she is told.
Misfortune has undeniable charm, innocence and has the natural ability to approach life and problems with a smile and a sense of humor. She has an upbeat, optimistic, and can-do attitude and demonstrates that just because her name and her life may describe what she has, does not mean it defines who she is.
2. Horizon Zero Dawn – Aloy “The Machine Dominating Hero”
Aloy is driven, skilled, studious, and a natural-born leader. Being an outcast from a young age, isolated and segregated from society because of her differences, she had a hard-knock upbringing and having to do everything the hard way.
Having no memory of her origins, she is determined and unwavering to find the answers and uncover the mysteries behind her existence. In a post-apocalyptic world where machinery dominates, taking the form of colossus titans of all shapes and sizes, all posing a threat and endangerment to humankind, she will fight to the bitter end to discover the truth.
Being the video game protagonist, Aloy must traverse this savage, unforgiving, merciless world with perils and dangers around every corner, all in an attempt to discover who she is. Aloy is obsessed and unstoppable, as her journey unfolds, she will learn that the answers she so desperately wants may not justify the means to find them.
1 – The Last Of Us 2 – Ellie “Relentless Post Apocalyptic Survivor”
Growing up in a relentless world filled with savagery, barbarity, and ferocity, will inevitably harden even the strongest-willed people. This is all Ellie has ever known, that any second someone you care about can die, any moment you could be betrayed, any minute you could be fighting for your life. Living in that mindset every single day has psychological repercussions and those consequences take the form of unfathomable rage.
Ellie is a warrior and survivor, once a young heroine filled with love and innocence, now scorned and hellbent on destruction and revenge. Ellie is the representation and personification of The Last Of Us because by the time her anger is sated no one will be left to stand in her way. The Last Of Us 2 is a Playstation exclusive.
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