Here is a list of female characters in video games. Feel free to add more characters and categories!
These are some of the pioneering female characters in iconic video games. Some are notable for their representation of women as engaging and capable characters, and others are known for their sexualization and/or reduction of women to damsels in distress.
Strong Characters (not overtly sexualized, if at all)
- Samus Aran from the Metroid series
- Joanna Dark from Perfect Dark
- Jill Valentine from Resident Evil series
- Claire Redfield from Resident Evil series
- Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII
- Lara Croft from Tomb Raider series
- Ada Wong from Resident Evil series
Positively Portrayed Characters
There are some female characters that are strong, confident and capable, all while lacking any overt hypersexualization. These women are not reduced to a status of love interest, damsel in distress, or sexualized protagonist.
- Chell from the Portal series
- Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels XIII-2 and Lightning Returns
- Jade from Beyond Good and Evil
- Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2
Some of these female characters are known for their sexualized portrayals and narratives.
- Bayonetta from the Bayonetta series
- The many variations of Lara Croft
- Kasumi from the Dead or Alive fighting game series and Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Vollyball