To celebrate the premiere, we’ve compiled our favorite video game femmes. We hope whoever wins this season will give us even more ladies to add to the list next time!
Sonya Blade, Mortal Kombat
Though she was pretty badass, Sonya’s aligned with the good guys. A member of the U.S. Special forces, Sonya Blade is of the few characters who’s human without any robot parts. She relied on her sometimes gravity-defying kicks more than her good looks to fight off evil. (Okay, okay, so she blew some kisses, too. It was all for the greater good!)
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider
While a lot of fan boys like to focus on the fact that she’s hot, Lara Croft is also pretty brilliant. She’s fluent in several languages, a big-game hunter, and survived being stranded alone in the Himalayas for two weeks. Come to think of it, that’s pretty hot to us, too.
Chun Li, Street Fighter
The first girl to enter the boys’ club of the Street Fighter series, Chun Li was and remains one of the best playable characters in the series. Her speed, agility, and “Lightning Kick” strength make her a force to be reckoned with as she entered the tournament to avenge her murdered dad. She can also, quite literally, bounce off the walls, making her nearly impossible to corner.
Alyx Vance, Half Life
A seasoned hacker (she’d probably win The Tester!) and an optimist, Alyx Vance can also shoot, climb, and jump almost effortlessly. She generally remains calm and composed, even when fighting aliens and zombies. And she does all of this while remaining fully clothed. Can we get an amen?
Zelda, The Legend of Zelda
Though she can often rely on Link to rescue her, she doesn’t always need him to. In fact, she often helps him out in battle, using her superior archery skills and magic. She also was a butt-kicking, name taking pirate Tetra. Not bad for someone often assumed to be a damsel in distress.
Sheva Alomar, Resident Evil
One of very few African American females in video game history, Sheva Alomar is flexible, agile, and one heck of a fighter. Though she’s petite, she’s also quite a powerhouse, telling her partner Chris,”Don’t worry. I may not be as big as you, but I can still hold my own.”
Fran, Final Fantasy XII
A FF fan favorite, Fran partners up with hustler Balthier and company to pretty much save the world. Exiled from her all-female homeland, Fran is skilled in magic and archery. Fran is also quite the handy woman at home with wrenches and screwdrivers. When she’s not repairing engines in airships, she’s keeping her pals in line.
Hilde, Soul Calibur
Finally, a combat outfit that makes a lot more sense than miniskirts and bikini tops. Hilde fights for her family’s honor in the Soul Calibur series, and she does so practically: with actual armor!
Samus Aran, Metroid
Because she’s obscured by her Power Suit most of the time, a lot of Metroid players initially didn’t even realize their hero was actually heroine. At 6’3, she’s probably pretty formidable even without it.
Princess Peach, Super Mario Bros.
While often regarded as a pain (seriously, how can she get into Bowser’s grasp so many times?), Princess Peach is actually a heroine in her own right. Many gamers forget her presence as a playable character in Super Mario Bros. 2, in which her dress gave her the ability to float along after jumping, making her indispensable for certain levels of the game.
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