We’ve been hearing a lot about female characters in games, so I figured I’d dig deep down into my collection and see just which females stand above the rest in my heart. And that lead me to listing my top fifteen favorite female characters in gaming. (Insert fun looking picture here if I had the time and energy to make one)
I actually thought this list might be hard to make, what with how female representation in games is. Turns out that I loved a lot of different female characters for many, many different reasons. In the end, I decided to put a list of criteria for which characters would make it on the list:
• The character must be playable in their main game. They can be a side character in an rpg and such, just so long as you can choose their actions when they’re on your party. Sadly, this kicked the most characters off the list, like poor Kaine from Nier…Her ridiculous butt cleavage and all.
• A female character will not be judged solely on their appearance and especially outfit. While I will probably mention the outfit if it is especially impractical or just a cleavage fest (once again looking at you, Kaine) that shouldn’t be what they are judged upon. Their actions speak louder than their outfits.
• No silent protagonists. Sorry Chell and Samus, you’re both awesome – well, until Metroid: Other M for Samus…but that’s a whole different story. This is more my own personal decision than anything. There is definitely value to such characters which I’ll probably cover some other day.
Remember that the women that got onto this list are only my personal favorites and I’m not necessarily saying they’re the best since best is entirely subjective. They just had something that made me like them a bit more than the others. If will probably go into spoilers for some of these characters so read on at your own discretion.
So the first lady I’m letting loose is a bit controversial. Originally I was going to put one of my more conservative choices first, but I was also going to do an April Fools day joke with my list as well (listing my favorite ladies but putting awful and sexist reasons to like them, but it ended up not being funny…if not just cause I couldn’t get into that mindset) …
Bayonetta: Is she a satire of the typical depictions of females in gaming? Or is she just an over-sexualized gazelle woman that is the long lost sister of Slender man? Seriously look at her limbs….But anyways, I personally believe her to be a satirical character for a few reasons.
First, go back to looking at her limbs. They’re exaggerated to the point where nobody could really find them attractive. (Seriously, has anybody actually found anyone that finds her sexy???) In fact, everything about her except her face is just a gross exaggeration as to what game creators exemplify in their female characters to make them sexy. It almost feels like the creators designed her just so they could laugh to themselves about people getting off to this horrible abomination they created.
Hell, her hair is both her weapon and her clothing. It becomes f***ing demons upon her command! She even has guns on her shoes. She is so bombastic that it’s hard to take anything in the game seriously, and that’s…kinda awesome to me. I actually really like that about her.
Like Dante from the Devil may Cry series, it seems like Bayonetta was made to be a parody of all sorts of tropes to create a character. Dante was basically anime from the 90s, whereas Bayonetta is the fem-fatale.
Well, I’ve talked enough about why I think she’s a parody, but why do I like her? As I said before, I looove satires, but I just generally like her attitude. It feels like the entire game she’s playing cat and mouse with her enemies and she gets to be the cat. She might not change a lot, but she does manage to have some character growth in the form of how she treats other people – especially Luka and Jeanne. I’m not saying she’s a role model, but not every character needs to be.
She has the skills and confidence to tackle to take on any challenge and the only time she’s put into a true position of weakness, it was really just to show how much Jeanne and Bayonnetta care about each other and how they would be willing to risk their lives to save the other.
Sure, she has tangled limbs that are kinda scary…and I’d love to have just for a day to see how they work…but she’s fun and her game is fun. That’s really the most important thing.
(Yeah, I ship it)
This Friday, I’ll be covering another character…This one is….Lucina from the new Fire Emblem game! Oh, my love for her is eternal….Anyways, sorry for the grammar and spelling errors in this one. I’m writing it in a rush…Hopefully the next few entries won’t feel that way. Maybe I’ll go back and edit this once this month is over…