The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, Half-Life and Resident Evil. Video game franchises can put us in the shoes of all kinds of characters, especially when it comes to media interactivity. We can experience being an orc one day, a fragile alien the next, and saving the world over and over again.
1. Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn)
The protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn brings together many of the characteristics mentioned in the examples above. Aloy is strong, curious, determined and demonstrates an incredible evolution throughout the game. Despite being rejected by the matriarchal tribe to which she belonged, the warrior does not give up on discovering her origin and seeking salvation for that post-apocalyptic universe dominated by machines. Aloy is responsible for protecting and defending many of Horizon’s inhabitants, but, above that, she manages to overcome herself and respect her ideals in the face of adversity along the way. -Carol Costa
2. Alyx Vance (Half-Life)
Even after nearly a decade of Half-Life 2’s release, Alyx Vance is still one of the best female characters ever created in video games. It is in it that the voice of Gordon Freeman (the silent protagonist) is realized, in a deep and emotional way. However, believe me, Alyx has a history of her own: she is the leader of the resistance, and the character who has the most impact on the course of history (apart from Gordon, of course) and never loses her humanity.
3. Amanda Ripley (Alien Isolation)
One of the most important things about Amanda Ripley in Alien Isolation is that she has a profession that really impacts the game. As an engineer, she can use materials available from Sevastopol to try to escape the dreaded Alien. It is also notable that, by the survival horror nature of the game, Amanda will not save the world, but try to survive, through wits. It’s a shift that brings diversity to games inspired by the franchise.
4. Amaterasu (Okami)
Goddess of the Shinto pantheon, Amaterasu is the one who “shines and illuminates the sky”, the goddess of the sun. In Okami, she is exactly the same representation and must face a world of shadows, but incarnated in a wolf, who can use brush and ink to alter the universe. How not to love? Strolling through the scenery as a wolf is extremely fun, and so is discovering the potential of the Celestial Brush. Furthermore, Amaterasu represents a very different and captivating sample of the feminine.
5. Clementine (The Walking Dead)
In the first season of The Walking Dead, Clementine was already one of the main focuses of the series: we do what we need to take care of and guide the girl. More than that, she ends up saving Lee’s life several times. In season two, she’s a rock (not that she doesn’t have emotions, far from it) of survival. In both games, we follow the growth and maturation of Clementine, the toughest eight-year-old girl games have ever seen. Her young age even makes her use her brain more than her muscles.
6. Commander Shepard (Mass Effect)
7. Ellie (The Last of Us)
8. Faith Connors (Mirror’s Edge)
9. Jade (Beyond Good and Evil)
10. Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)
There are many interesting women in the Resident Evil series, and Jill Valentine is the original character (she appeared in the franchise’s first gamma, released in 1996) who possesses the traits that were later borrowed from other protagonists: brains, calm, skill, and weapons. In fact, who wouldn’t want to have half the cool head that Jill shows in the first game? Her determined attitude is what drives her through several incidents and helps her survive brainwashing.
11. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
12. Lenneth (Valkyrie Profile)
13. Red (Transistor)
14. Samus Aran (Metroid)
15. Sarah Kerrigan (StarCraft)
When someone gets caught up in a horde of drooling Zerg, you’d think that someone died, right? For Sarah Kerrigan has become the Queen of Blades and one of the biggest threats that has passed through the world of StarCraft. Telepath, but full of confusion inside, it’s exactly the conflict and tragic nature of her story that makes her so cool. Between heroic woman and half-woman-half-alien-monster, Kerrigan continues to fascinate gamers and other characters in the franchise.
16. Sheik/Princesa Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
17. IA: SHODAN (System Shock)/GLaDOS (Portal)
18. Sylvanas Windrunner (Warcraft)
19. Terra Branford (Final Fantasy VI)
20. The Boss (Metal Gear Solid)
Quem não adora a intersecção entre herói e vilão? A Boss de Metal Gear é exatamente as suas coisas, além de ser conhecida como a mãe das forças especiais. Ela detém um senso de honra admirável, que a leva tanto a mentorar novatos (como Big Boss) como a assumir o papel de antagonista por todo um jogo. Mesmo quando estava grávida, ela estava no campo de batalha liderando uma invasão. E quando tudo piora, ela permite que seja assassinada para evitar uma guerra. Respeito, Boss.
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