17 Famous Female Video Game Characters

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Lara Croft is one of the most famous video game character and one of the female video game characters that first springs to people’s mind. She is the protagonist of action, puzzle platforming adventure game Tomb Raider which was first released in 1996 by Eidos Interactive and has since featured in eleven Tomb Raider games as well as two movies with a third one set to be released in the near future.

Cammy (Street Fighter)

Cammy also known as Cammy White is a character from popular fighting game Street Fighter, she is the second female fighter to be included in the Street Fighter series with her first appearance in Street Fighter 2, she is one of the most popular characters in the series and also one of the most popular if the not the most popular female characters that people want to cosplay.

Yuna (Final Fantasy)

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Yuna is a character from the Final Fantasy series appearing from the very first game, she is a summoner and has healing and other magical abilities. She is known for her awesome outfits that are beautiful and also cool looking when fighting. Yuna has also received praise from fans and the media for her well-crafted relationship with Tidus and also her obvious sex appeal.

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Jill Valentine (Resident Evil Franchise)

Jill Valentine is a fictional character from the Resident Evil series, she was first introduced in the series on the 22nd of March 1996 and was one of the two playable characters in the game, she is an American counterterrorism officer. She has gone through countless aesthetic redesigns but is still voted by fans as one of the most attractive characters in both Resident Evil and also ever, some people, however, have criticized her occasional sexualized costumes.

Clementine (The Walking Dead Telltale Series)

Clementine is one of the many protagonists in the popular TellTale video game The Walking Dead so we had to include her on our list of famous female video game characters, she is a very popular character as many players of the series feel emotionally attached to her, she has had many close calls with Telltale pulling on fans heartstrings, but she is fortunately still alive. She was originally not the protagonist but following her popularity, it seems Telltale games changed their minds and she was made one of the key protagonists from season 2,.

Faith Connors (Mirror’s Edge)

Faith Connors is the star of popular running puzzle platformer Mirror’s Edge, despite the lack of praise for the series’ latest installment the game still remains very popular especially amongs older gamers that played the original during 2010. In the game, Faith earns her living by working as a ‘runner’ which is essentially a courier that delivers packages by using her exceptional freerunning skills. While Faith was created by designers their aim was to make her appeal to both males and females by not using stereotypes of males and females and instead trying to be as minimalistic as possible which seems to have worked as she is still to this day one of the most famous female video game characters.

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Princess Peach (Mario Series)

Princess Peach is another must to our list of the most famous female video game characters, she is one of the most famous characters from Nintendo’s roster and has been part of most notably from the Mario games but has also appeared in other Nintendo games. She was originally created by Shigeru Miyamoto and is based on the story the princess of the fictional Mushroom Kingdom. She is infamous for always getting falling in trouble or getting kidnapped by Bowser with Mario and his pals needing to save her. She is known for being sweet and well mannered which might be factor in her popularity among children with parents seeing her as a good role model.

Cortana (Halo)

Cortana is a fictional AI in the Halo Series, she is voiced by Jen Taylor and has been featured in Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. And fun fact Cortana is also the name used for the voice assistant in Microsoft’s operating systems with Microsoft also owning the studios behind Halo. Cortana is famous due to the Halo series’ immense popularity with Halo being the biggest first-person shooter for the early to mid-2000’s, as well as her relationship with Master Chief from Halo 4 onwards.

GLaDOS (Portal)

GLaDOS is a female robot from popular puzzle platformer Portal, GLaDOS job is to guide the player throughout the levels and the puzzles. She is popular for her personality and also hilarious jokes, GLaDOS for received very well by critics who called her narcissistic and praised her passive aggressiveness and wittiness.

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Ellie (The Last Of Us)

Ellie is one of the protagonist in the video game that swept the gaming scene and gaming awards in 2013, The Last of Us was a highly praised game for its graphics, story, gameplay and also for its characters. With Ellie being a grumpy teenager at the start of the game but eventually developing into a more mature character and even offering advice to her 40 year old guardian, since the game she has been featured in cosplays and unofficial comics and animations. She even had her own DLC called Left Behind.

Liara (Mass Effect)

Liara also known as Liara T’Soni is a character from the popular shooter Mass Effect, she is an asari researcher who has spent the last 50 years of her life studying Prothean technology and culture, she was born in 2077 and quoting “she is only 106”. Liara is popular with fans due to her caring nature despite Commander Shepard being a bit of a d*ck to her sometimes. There is also the option for Liara to have a romance with Commander Shepard.

Madison Page (Heavy Rain)

Madison Page is one of the main protagonists and playable characters of the interactive drama-adventure game Heavy Rain, she is one of the main protagonists of the game and one of the four playable characters in the game. Little is known about her history about from the fact that she is 27 years old with the game developers saying they have done this on purpose to create a mysterious character. Her popularity is in part due to Heavy Rain’s fame but she is also seen by many gamers who have played the game as a compassionate and supportive character with one of her famous quotes “We’ll be able to forget what happened. We’ll lead a normal life, and one day it’ll all just seem like a bad dream. We’ve earned the right to be happy now, Ethan. All three of us.

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Elena Fisher (Uncharted)

Elena Fisher is the wife of Nathan Drake the protagonist of the Uncharted Games, in Uncharted 4 the most successful game in the series and according to Naughty Dog the last, she takes a more prominent role after her husband along with his brother decide to go on ‘one last adventure’ without telling her and things go down for real. She has been called by game critics as one of the strongest female characters in video games and also the ‘dream wife’.

Samus Aran (Metroid)

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Samus Aran is an ex-soldier turned galactic bounty hunter who is the protagonist of action adventure game Metroid. Samus Aran is the oldest character on this list in terms of creation, with her first appearance in a video game being way back in 1986. Since then she has appeared in all the Metroid games and spinoffs, as well as Super Smash Bros. At first, glance while wearing her humanoid suit few can guess that she is actually a female which is a detail that has been praised by many gamers and gaming publications for not sexulizing like in other video games. She is seen as one of the legendary old-school video game characters.

Jade (Beyond Good & Evil)

Jade is a character from action adventure game Good and Evil, in the game her job is a photo-journalist. She has received much praise for being attractive but also tasteful with Fox editor Lou Kesten saying that Jade is a “perfect example of a heroine who isn’t just eye candy for adolescent boys”.

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Commander Shepard (Mass Effect)

Commander Shepard is the protagonist of Mass Effect and she is actually a very interesting addition to our list of famous female video game characters as Mass Effect allows for the player to choose the gender of their character between male and female. The female Commander Shepard was voiced by Jennifer Hale,  Commander Shepard is a veteran soldier of the Systems Alliance Navy military and a N-7 graduate of the interplanetary Combatives training.

April Ryan

April Ryan is a character from the action-adventure game The Longest Journey which was released in 1999 with its sequel Dreamfall: The Longest Journey released in 2006. She was nominated in the year 2000 by Eurogamer as the best Female Lead Character. She is popular with gamers who have played The Longest Journey due to her emphatic and friendly nature.

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