The 3 Most Badass Female Video Game Characters Ever [MUO Gaming]

Dave LeClair 17-01-2012

female video game charactersIt is a sad fact that video games are an entertainment medium that caters mostly to men. As a result, most of the main characters in games tend to be male, and many females are stuck in secondary roles. Thankfully, that is shifting as more and more women get into playing, and more importantly, making video games. There are some badass girls out there in video games, and some of them have been around since the early days of the original Nintendo.


This list compiles three female video game characters that are so badass that they rival any of their male counterparts. These are women that you do not want to mess with, and the antagonists in their game learn that the hard way. These three girls prove that not only can a girl be tough and awesome, but that male gamers have no problem playing a game with a female in a major role.

Lara Croft

Lara Croft is one of the original badass femme fatales in video games. She is the female version of Indiana Jones in video game form. She is a badass down to her very core. Whether she is climbing a mountain, digging though a cave or killing bad guys, Lara can get it done.

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Sure, the quality of the Tomb Raider games has slipped over the years, but one thing that stands the test of time is how tough Lara Croft is. Even in the worst Tomb Raider games, Lara still stands out as a great character and is without a doubt one of the most badass girls in gaming.

Jill Valentine

Jill walked into a house filled with zombies and was immediately separated from her squad mates. Not only did she survive this ordeal, but she thrived. Zombie dogs are jumping through a window and attacking from behind? No problem. Oh, you want her to fight a giant zombie plant? Sure, Jill can handle that. You want her to survive an attack from a giant monster three times her size? Yeah, why not? Jill will take him out too.


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Jill also bucked the trend because unlike Lara Croft, she did not have a disproportionate body type, if you catch my drift. She was built much more like an average human being, and that was refreshing to see in video games. She was attractive, but in a much more normal way.

Samus Aran

Spoiler Alert from 1986; Samus is a girl! I remember how shocked I was at the end of Metroid when Samus removed her helmet. Samus is the original badass female game character. Back when Zelda and Peach were being kidnapped, and it was up to the male characters to rescue them, Samus was shooting lasers and bombs at anyone who opposed her.

Samus is not only one of the most badass female video game characters, but she is also one of the most important because she made gamers realize that a female can get the job done just as well as any male.


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Samus is a space bounty hunter who kills thousands of bad guys in each one of her games. Honestly, does it get much more badass than that? The first Metroid was, in my opinion, one of the hardest games in the history of video games, and the only reason it was possible was because the crazy armament of weapons at Samus Aran’s disposal. There was literally nothing Samus couldn’t do, and that is why she is one of the most badass female video game characters of all time.


The important thing to note here is that I made a gender distinction, but realistically, these three women could easily be included in a list of the top most badass video game characters in general. I just chose to separate male and female to make sure the females stood out and received the attention they deserved. Speaking of males, next week I will bring you the most badass male video game characters.

Who do you think are the toughest female video game characters? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. Sean L
    January 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Two words: THE BOSS

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      The boss is a bad ass chick, i will give you that.

  2. James Bruce
    January 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Tanya - C&C

  3. James Bruce
    January 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Good job picking 3 of the lamest games ever. 

    Lara is usually an shining example of everything that is wrong with women in games. Her breasts grew a cup size with every new version for god sake. 

    Number 2, meh, never played it. 

    And number 3 is damned robot, not a woman. 

    • Dave LeClair
      January 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Lara - The question wasn't who does the most to advance gamer's perceptions of females in video games, it was who is the most badass, and there is no way Lara isn't one of the most girls out there.

      Jill - You've never played Resident Evil? I think you might lose your gamer card for that.

      Samus - Please tell me you've at least played Metroid? She isn't a robot, she's a girl in a suit.

      • James Bruce
        January 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Sorry, I only play good games. But really, how much of the games show her as a girl?

        • James Bruce
          January 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

          AND, AND…. waht kind of a girls name is Samus? Jeeeez..

    • Cryptic
      January 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      No, Samus is not a robot. 

  4. Chris Hoffman
    January 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I don't know about Lara Croft -- badass maybe, but also clear eye candy for the average male gamer.

    Samus is probably the most interesting because she isn't the typical female character wearing only a few scraps of clothing. It's the exact opposite of that -- just armor.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      I agree that Lara is kind of eye candy, but this wasn't meant as a piece about empowering female characters, just badasses, and Lara is a bad ass.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Fair enough. I'm kind of surprised to see a lack of Kerrigan, though. (Starcraft 1 fans? anyone?)

  5. Hunter Watts
    January 18, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Who cares? Gender isn't the point to games. We play because it's fun.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      That is true, but I felt it right to give the ladies their due. 

  6. Aubs
    January 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I'd also suggest Alyx from Half-Life - she definitely deserves a mention.

  7. Cell Travis
    January 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I would also add Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat) and Nariko (Heavenly Sword) to the three above.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      I agree with Sonya, she was pretty awesome