People admire strength and expect to see it in video games but strength is typically associated with men. Well, we all know that women are great. It’s 2021, right? Then why are we still debating about gender roles? I don’t know, but I see more and more strong female lead like Aloy from Horizon (2017) developed by Guerrilla Games in the media. She looks realistically fit for the role. She looks strong. Hurray, for female representation and to all the feminists!
Seriously though what is strength? Strong will? Defiance? Bold? Does inner strength counts? I believe so. So if you don’t have prominent features, that’s okay. Strength comes in different shapes and sizes.
Generally, I like female characters. A lot of them. Given the chance, I rather play as female than male because I think women are cool. The following characters I am about to list have more masculine traits than feminine but that’s because princesses don’t take action in video game, but princesses are cool too if they are given a voice (Sorry otome games don’t count because it’s not my cup of tea).
Here are my 3-list of cool girls!
Aya Brea from Parasite EVE
One of my favorite female characters that many female gamers will mostly find agreeable is Aya Brea. Her fashion sense is quite simple: plain white t-shirt, leather jacket (she wears a jacket in the game) and jean. There is an air of coolness to her. She holds a gun and she is not afraid to face danger. That’s how the game started when her date didn’t turn out well at the Opera show. It’s fun to explore and play detective who doesn’t have a sport illustrated body like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. When I was a teen, I looked up to Aya Brea, thinking that’s the type of woman I want to be, the one who takes action and make things happen. It gave a puny stick-figure teenage girl like myself a chance to daydream of becoming strong once upon a time. But definitely not with a gun–with a pen or a keyboard. That’s how I get my point across.
#2 Lucatiel of Mirrah from DARK SOULS II
What’s so admirable about her? She is a very skilled fighter who eventually lost sight of why she wielded the sword. She came from an unprivileged social status and had to carve her way to make a name for herself just like all the nameless heroes (Dark Souls player) that walk into the fog in search of answer. She is often seen alone. Well most NPCs are alone in Dark Souls universe and perhaps that’s why I like her. I can’t give enough respect to women who pick themselves up from the bottom and make a name for themselves. On top of that, I like loners because some of us just work better alone.
Last but not least!!!
#1 Xiuying Hong from SHENMUE II also known as Lishao Tao
What do I like about her? A woman of few words who gets her point across through actions. She is not only strong physically but mentally. At age 26, (she reminds me more of a 40 year old), she is in charge of the Man Mo Temple in Scarlet Hills. In the game, she serves as a guardian to Ryo Hazuki, the main character who is bent on avenging his father’s death. She taught him to slow down by making him catch leaves and carry books. The purpose is to distract him from thinking about his bloodthirsty revenge that would only turn him into a murderer himself which is to find Lan Di and kill him. I can’t emphasize enough on the importance of thinking, which makes her the most admirable female video game character in my book.
Since I’m currently playing Tales of Xilla and I have been enjoying it, I would like to throw in an honorable mention: Milla Maxwell is now one of my admirable video game female characters.
Why do I like her? Not only is she beautiful, she firmly believes in protecting humans and spirits. Plus, she spends all her time studying about humans and the world in her shrine so she can protect them. Now, that is a goddess and a character I admire. I love her godly determination.
Well that pretty much sums up my 3-list post for the week. Until next time, I hope you enjoy this list.