Gamer Girl Musings: 12 Badass Ladies in Video Games

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By Jaime Whittaker (@JaimeW912)

Hello nerds! Welcome back to another GGM! I am very excited this week to talk about something I’ve been dying to discuss: Badass ladies in video games!!! In no particular order I’m going to list some of the ladies in video games that are truly deserving of the title BADASS.

Claire Redfield (Resident Evil series)

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What can I say about Claire? She’s been one of my favorite characters since my prepubescent years. Claire (sister of Chris Redfield) first appeared in Resident Evil 2. Her mission in many of the games has been trying to find her way back to her brother, and she’s not going to let zombies or any other T-Virus mutants stop her! Having appeared now in several RE games, movies, and manga, it is easy to see why she earns a place on my list.

Tifa Lockhart (Final Fantasy VII)

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Tifa packs quite a punch…literally! Some of her main attacks involve her fierce knuckle skills.  This tough lady is not messing around! Although she can also use magic there is something to be said about a lady who can fight with her fists. Tifa is driven by her hatred of Sephiroth for destroying her hometown.  But Tifa is not all fight. She also knows when to lend Cloud an ear and a heart-to-heart.

The Gullwings of Final Fantasy X-2: Yuna, Rikku, and Paine

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While Rikku and Yuna were a part of FFX, Paine was a new addition for X-2.  These ladies each have a distinct personality and style. This action-adventure RPG focuses on this trio of lovely ladies in almost a Charlie’s Angels motif as opposed to the more somber tone of FFX.

Princess Zelda

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In the early games, Zelda was kind of the stereotypical “damsel in distress” that needed to be saved by Link.  In subsequent games she began to play a more prominent role, even taking on the role of a fighter.  Pictured is her appearance in Hyrule Warriors. That Princess does not need saving!

Princess Rosalina (Mario franchise)

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Rosalina made her first appearance in Super Mario Galaxy. Her sole duties consist of watching over the cosmos (no big deal right?), adoptive mother of her star buddy Lumos, and helping Mario and Luigi save Princess Peach by lending them Lumos.

Samus Aran (Metroid series)

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Can we talk? I have a serious lady crush on Samus…that is all. Ex-soldier of the Galactic Federation turned Galactic bounty hunter who completes missions sent to her by the Galactic Federation while hunting the Space PIrates and their leader Ridley all while fighting parasitic energy-draining organisms known as Metroids…no biggie right?

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

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Lara Croft has come a long way since her days of polygon boobies…Lara is one smart athletic English archaeologist-adventurer who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins around the world.

Chun Li (Street Fighter series)

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Just look at those thighs, will you!? Chun Li was the first female fighter in the Street Fighter franchise. she is an expert martial artist and Interpol officer who restlessly seeks revenge for the death of her father at the hands of the nefarious M. Bison. Those legs move quite rapidly and deliver some serious knock outs!

Elise de la Serre (Assassin’s Creed Unity)

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Though Elise was not a playable character in Unity, she made this game bearable. Seriously, Unity could have been so great but…it just wasn’t. Elise was the only part of this game that I found remotely appealing. Élise fights for the Templars and the main protagonist of the game Arno for the Assassins, they form a love interest, partly based on their shared family ties.

Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat series)

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When Mortal Kombat originally came out Sonya felt like the obligatory girl character who wasn’t very special. In subsequent games they gave her much more substance. Sonya is the General of Earthrealm Special Forces and is seen as very independent and headstrong. Though she can be stubborn she is also very caring underneath that tough exterior.

I could go on forever about the badass ladies in video games that I love. There are many more that I would love to list and discuss…perhaps in a Part 2? But for now, I shall gracefully bow and exit stage left. Who are some badass video game ladies you admire?

Until next time, stay nerdy!

~Jaime


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