Female video game characters have grown in popularity over the years. They're not simply in "girly" games anymore; every genre of video game today, from real world simulations, to first person shooters, to role playing games and action-adventure games, have female characters. It's about time!
Women are an equally important part of any world, and gamers appreciate having both genders to interact with in a game. While these characters have a wide variety of roles and abilities, there are several female video game characters that are wildly hot. Not just for their looks alone; no, these characters raise the bar by using their skills as leaders, fighters, heroes, villains and survivors to show that what makes a well-rounded, sexy female character goes far beyond her physical appearance and mannerisms.
While female video game characters have gained a considerable amount of attention in more recent years thanks to discussions like Gamer Gate, female characters have been a consistent part of the gaming world for decades. They can be found as both playable and non-playable characters alike throughout a host of gaming titles. The appeal of these kick-ass women has inspired a whole world of real life costume play that aim to bring these fierce yet relatable characters to life.
These female characters help to acknowledge that women aren’t going to just sit around and let men take action when they feel something needs to be done: they will go after their goals and fight to the end. Uninterested in existing as eye candy or to please their male counterparts, these 10 female video game characters have what it takes to be simultaneously sexy and smart - all while kicking your butt.
10 Jill Valentine - Resident Evil Series
The late 90s release of Resident Evil was a huge success. This highly potent game franchise features a horrific yet addictive tale of action and suspense.
In Resident Evil, players investigate the world through the eyes of Jill Valentine. Valentine is classically trained in U.S. SWAT-style combat and is an intrepid leader. Sticking to her roots, Valentine is most often featured wearing tactical gear and wielding powerful handguns.
Don’t let her pretty face and athletic build fool you: Valentine may be beautiful but she is equally lethal in her fighting skills. Valentine’s ability to stay cool under pressure along with her fearless attitude make her undeniably hot.
9 Cybil Bennett - Silent Hill
Since its launch in 1999, the Silent Hill franchise has terrified and excited gamers. The horror setting provides enough of a creepy and edgy atmosphere that players are kept on the edge of their seats.
Within this franchise, one character that is hard to ignore is Cybil Bennett. Bennett is memorable for her combination of strong will, sass and physical ability. She is a police officer within the Silent Hill games and was even portrayed by actress Laurie Holden in the 2006 film adaptation of the same name. Bennett is fit, has a great sense of justice and wonderfully blurs the lines of expectation between a tough cop and a kick-ass female character.
8 Princess Zelda - The Legend of Zelda Series
Princess Zelda may not initially conjure thoughts of sex appeal but what makes her attractive goes beyond just her looks. Hailing from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda gaming franchise, Princess Zelda has had many iterations throughout the games.
She often sports a crown with pink gems and ornate yet protective gear. Her flowing robes add to her ethereal quality. Despite her beautiful and almost too-delicate appearance, Princess Zelda is a powerful opponent. She's definitely not a damsel in distress: in order to escape from the evil Ganondorf's capture, she disguises herself as a male warrior named Sheik capable of kicking all kinds of butt.
7 Samus Aran - Metroid Series
From the Metroid family of games published on Nintendo consoles, Samus Aran means business. Aran has been part of the gaming scene since the late 80s, and her character has become iconic.
Thanks to her full armor gear and helmet in Metroid, this playable character was assumed to be male, but when players completed the game and Aran’s identity was revealed, many were shocked to see she was female. Thanks to this assumption and her skills, Aran gained a bit of attention in the recent Gamer Gate discussions, which deal with female sexuality and perception within video games.
While Aran has taken on many looks over the years, she's always defined what a badass female video game character is. Lithe and strong, her long blonde hair is kept in a high pony tail. This sci-fi world leader is always ready to kick ass and take names.
6 Mileena - Mortal Kombat Series
When it comes to combining sex appeal with killer skills, Mileena is the woman to beat. Her long dark hair, thigh-high boots and revealing outfits make Mileena hard to miss. Mileena initially came into the Mortal Kombat world in MKII and has been a staple character ever since.
Typically sporting a matching bandana that conceals a more terrifying aspect of her abilities, Mileena is the dark clone of another MK character, Kitana. A brutal and vicious fighter, Mileena has no fear of failure and does not show mercy in her fighting. Her grotesque and hart-hitting nature gives her an undeniable air of mystery and danger.
5 Joanna Dark - Perfect Dark Series
With her hard-to-miss hair and taking-names attitude, Joanna Dark is a testament to the world of fearless video game characters.
Joanna exists in the world of the Perfect Dark video game series. After the hit 2000 release of Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64, Joanna continued her adventures in the 2005 release of Perfect Dark Zero on the Xbox 360. Joanna is fit, intrepid and flawless in her skills. Gun-wielding and lightning-fast, Joanna is a formidable opponent.
Her determination, intelligence, weapon skills and physical fitness make Joanna Dark a character that’s hard to forget. Thankfully, there are entire novels and comics devoted to Joanna’s world, allowing you to dig deeper into Joanna’s life when you’re done playing her Perfect Dark games.
4 Sonya Blade - Mortal Kombat Series
Mortal Kombat was one of the most violent and popular games of its time.
Released in 1992, Mortal Kombat is a fighting game where equally fierce opponents go head-to-head in battle. An All-American woman that gets things done, Sonya Blade is beautiful but brutal in her combat style.
Sonya typically sports long dark pants and a cropped or exposed top with tactical gear littering her body. Blade is represented as being classically trained in the U.S. Special Forces, which shows her dedication to her country and her ability to prove that women are as strong and capable as their male counterparts. Growing to be one of the most recognizable characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Sonya Blade is one kick-ass chick.
3 Queen Azshara - World of Warcraft
Within World of Warcraft and Blizzard’s other Warcraft titles, the Elven race is revered as being the hottest of all the races. Thanks to their nimble nature and close ties to both the Earth and the realm beyond sight, the Elves are mystical people who are hard to ignore.
Smooth talking yet fearless fighters, the Elves are serious in their endeavors. Once the ruler of the Elven race, Queen Azshara is undeniably beautiful. She had long, flowing blonde hair, illuminated pale skin and a slim figure. When Azshara was cast down from the Elves and became the leader of the Naga, she took on a more nautical aspect.
Despite her Gorgon-like appearance, Azshara retained her alluring nature. Queen Azshara is hot because of both her beauty and her never-say-die attitude following her downfall; she is powerful and will fight with determination, taking on all opponents with her uncrushable will to survive.
2 Lara Croft - Tomb Raider Series
The protagonist of the 1996 action-adventure game Tomb Raider, Lara Croft has become the poster girl for female video game characters that can kick your butt.
Croft takes her physical training seriously, keeping a training facility within her home while constantly challenging herself to be better and stronger. Lara’s signature long braid and simple yet sexy outfits are made up of dark tank-tops and shorts. With double holsters slung on her hips, Croft is ready to take on any opponent with ease.
Thanks to the game’s popular evolution, a film franchise under the same title was born in 2001 with none other than Angelina Jolie as the titular character.
1 Sylvanas Windrunner - World of Warcraft
Dark, powerful and armed to the teeth, Sylvanas Windrunner is one female you don't want to mess with.
From Blizzard Entertainment’s massive Warcraft franchise of games, Sylvanas Windrunner is one of the most memorable characters. An undead elf who was once the highest ranking ranger within the Elven community, Sylvanas is the queen of the Forsaken, an army of undead characters.
Despite her zombie-like aspect, Sylvanas has retained much of her mysticism and allure that is often credited to Warcraft’s elven race. Fearing no one and always seeking justice, the Dark Lady is a formidable foe we can’t keep our eyes off of. The ultimate example of beauty, brawn and brains, the hauntingly hot Sylvanas won't think twice about kicking your butt.