The video game industry is known for “playing up” super kickass leading men – Master Chief, Duke Nukem, Kratos, Nathan Drake, etc. – but these five female video game characters can go toe to toe with any male gaming lead.
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Lara Croft, of Tomb Raider fame, is the original badass female gaming character; she’s handy with a gun, doesn’t mind getting dirty [or wet], is educated, and is physically fit – to kick your ass. Anyone that doesn’t bulk at the sight of a charging Tiger is someone that you don’t want to cross – making Lara Croft one chick that you wouldn’t want to have on the opposing side of a bar fight.
Samus Aran (Metroid)
While Lara Croft was the first female character to put a woman’s face in the video game hall of fame, Samus Aran was the first lady of gaming – she just did it with an armored suit on. Considering the fact that I didn’t know that Samus was a women until [I’m ashamed to say] it’s safe to say that Samus Aran could go head to head with any male protagonist in gaming. Samus is an ex-army soldier bounty hunter and seeing how she made a living hunting [and likely killing] men that were trained to kill, Samus has got to be one tough cookie.
Mileena (Mortal Kombat)
There are lots of female characters from fighting games that could have made this list, but there aren’t that many as fitting as Mileena from Mortal Kombat. From a distance Mileena looks some sort of swimsuit bombshell, but once her mask is removed [and all hell breaks loose] Mileena is revealed to be the kickass demon that she was created [by Shan Tsung] to be. Mileena has razor sharp teeth, is an expert in martial arts and the use of her signature weapon, bladed fans, you know that Mileena could probably kill you with anything [Probably? Definitely].
Faith (Mirror’s Edge)
Faith is a message carrying “runner” – which doesn’t look that impressive on paper – but the messages she transports are for a government resistance group and she’s running to bring freedom to the world. Unlock the other “Super-Women” on this list, Faith hardly gets into fight and prefers avoiding direct conflict, but she can more than handle her own in a fight. The way Faith scales building and showcases her stamina puts Lara Croft to shame and what Faith lacks in taking on violence, she more than makes up in substance and determination.
Ivy Valentine (Soulcalibur)
Known to most [non-gamers] as that sexy white-haired chick from that fighting game, Ivy is one of the leading fighters of the cult-classic Soulcalibur series, and totes possibly the most kickass weapon in the gaming world; a sword/chain whip, known as the Snake Sword. Ivy is one of the most difficult Soulcalibur players to master but she’s also one of the most rewarding as she deals heavy damage, is very versatile, and can switch between using her Snake Sword as a sword or a slicing whip.
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