Most Iconic Female Video Game Characters Of All Time

Strength can take a number of forms, especially in gaming. Not everyone on this list can throw fireballs or slay dragons, but they all bring something unique to the table in terms of their skills and abilities. One thing that is constant, however, is that they all have an indomitable personality, and are more than just what they can do in battle

The Boss – Metal Gear Solid 3

In a series full of tragic figures, Metal Gear Solid 3 has quite possibly the most tragic heroine of the series. Known simply as “The Boss”, she serves as the mentor and trainer of then code-named, Naked Snake.

The game kicks off with Snake finding out that his mentor and her squad have defected, leaving the world poised on the brink of war when a terrorist leader detonates a nuclear warhead. It then falls to Snake to take out said mentor and friend for the good of all.


However, when Snake confronts Boss, she informs him that this was all part of her mission. Thanks to the nuke going off, her mission was to play the part of the traitor in a convoluted and rather twisted political quagmire, eventually taking the blame and dying at the hands of Snake himself.

She fulfils her mission, dying with only a few knowing the truth of the Boss’s true patriotism and unshakable loyalty.

Lara Croft – Tomb Raider

Lara Croft has no formal training in martial arts, gunplay, or have any supernatural abilities.

She is simply a survivor. Lara has conquered many challenges ranging from tigers, bears, and dinosaurs (oh my!), to surviving encounters with gun-toting thugs and deranged cultists.


What makes Croft so engaging though is her lack of training. She is self-taught and forged her skills in trial by fire situations. Everything she has accomplished she has done by relying on her own resourcefulness.

Samus Aran – Metroid

It had to be Samus. No list of strong women in gaming would be complete without her.

Debuting in a time when protagonists had to be either burly army men with big guns or cartoonishly plump plumbers, Samus shocked a generation of gamers at the end of the original Metroid when it was revealed that the figure inside that suit of armour was, in fact, a woman.

Metroid took the trope of the faceless space marine and turned it on its head quite masterfully. Even the game’s promotional material misled the players hinting that Samus was a guy, and I know many gamers spent all of Metroid thinking about how cool Samus must be beneath the helmet.


Once the helmet did come off to reveal her identity though, it made a very clear statement:

Anyone can be strong, regardless of who they are. It didn’t matter the gender, or race, and that is a statement that not only continues to resonate today, but is something we all need to keep in mind in our daily lives.

Source – Whatculture

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