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    Cool/badass/swanky female characters

    Something something something tired cliche something teenager wank fantasy something something misogyny something something.

    But enough negativity. Lets celebrate some of the games that got it right.
    A few caveats: must be human or at least a recognisably female anthromorph. Robotic voice overs need not apply
    Does not suffer a "girlfriend lobotomy" where a formally independant strong willed character instantly transforms into a good little waifu from one injection of your Super Sperm, sorry Morrigan/Viconia/"pirate hooker from DA2".
    Must be a major character with an impact on the story. No one line one scene NPCs.
    Keyword "Character" not costume, a badass character must do more than just look good.


    My favourite three lesser known female characters
    Officer Cunningham from Silent Hill Downpour.

    (20:00 notice how she never takes the gun off him)
    Terrible game, awesome co star. As tortured and emotionally screwed as you'd expect from a Silent Hill quasi-heroine but still so much of a bad ass that she'll chase a prisoner through Silent Hill.

    Kriea from Knights of the Old Republic 2


    If ever your gran started a death cult in your honour.

    Clem from Walking Dead
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjrWEoZdsaA&list=UL
    A character who does the impossible. She made me give a shit about a zombie game.
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    I'll second Clem.

    I know some always take umbrage but I really like Jade from Beyond Good and Evil. There's a place for non complex heroic female characters just as there is for male. She's likable and though her story may be simple it's well told and she's pretty cool.

    Nico Collard from the Broken Sword series. Good voice actor as well even if it is a bit hammy in times. Still waiting for a sexy Irish or Italian accent from the main female character in a game though!

    Mona Sax - Max Payne 2. Ridiculous name, badass character.

    April Ryan's Dreamfall incarnation. I think April in The Longest Journey and Zoe as she is in Dreamfall aren't quite what you were looking for in this thread (but if they are then that's fine too as they are both excellent characters). Loved the transformation into kickass (if somewhat jaded) revolutionary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhazor View Post
    Does not suffer a "girlfriend lobotomy" where a formally independant strong willed character instantly transforms into a good little waifu from one injection of your magic semen, sorry Morrigan/Viconia/"pirate hooker from DA2".
    Morrigan gets into bed with you to knock up a kid she needs and then hits the road. Dunno how that qualifies as turning into a waifu.

    I wanted to mention Faith, since she technically qualifies on account of kicking people in the head, but her gender happens to be completely irrelevant...

    Alyx isn't badass in a classical sense, but she's more alive than 99% of other game characters, male or female.

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    In all it's nonsensical and juvenile glory; Trishka Novak from Bulletstorm.



    Sadly not on PC, but on a slightly more serious note; Elena Fisher from the Unchartedseries is a great character with a very believable motivation and background - and she's definitely no damsel in distress. I'd say Naughty Dog really did a good job on not just Elena but all the major characters in the series.



    Though not necessarily cool or 'bad ass', I have fond memories of Dreamfall and its protagonist Zoë Castillo and the way she grew during the unfolding of the story.



    Perhaps of related interest, the thread 'Unrequited Love'.
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    Elena Fisher from the Unchartedseries is a great character with a very believable motivation and background
    She does have unbelievable bracing though. I mean geez, look at that thing.

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    Not on pc but this is my favorite girl in video game:

    Add me: Steam, Raptr: mnem

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    Quote Originally Posted by His Master's Voice View Post
    She does have unbelievable bracing though. I mean geez, look at that thing.
    Every game needs a gatling gun!
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    Yeah Faith, April Ryan, Jade were all awesome but I thought they were kind of obvious. I wanted to highlight some of the lesser known ones.

    Speaking of which.
    D'arci Stern from Urban Chaos (Mucky Foot 1999)



    A black modestly proportioned, more or less, female lead at a time when even Lara was considered a daring break from tradition. Sure she could do with an undershirt and the plunging neckline is nuts but hell she wearing a bullet proof vest and for that time that is the equivalent of a burkha in modesty. She also fought like Batman in Arkham Asylum before it was cool. So you gotta respect that.

    I'm pleased no one's mentioned Alyx. As cool as her character design and writing is I just can't get past all the awkward "Oooh you're so big and strong" ego stroking she does. It might work if Gordon wasn't such a vacuum of a character but as it is she might as well be talking straight to the player. And that's creepy. Sadly I'd say the same about the women in Uncharted but in that case its because they're hitting on Nathan and I think he's a complete amoral mass murdering bell end. It still feels like they're there as a Bond Girl, a sexy trophy for the hero to achieve.

    @ His Master's Voice


    Fuck. That.
    Coolest character Bioware has ever written ruined just, goddamnit. The female Warden relationship (which is what I got) was much more sweet and didn't destroy her whole back story.
    Her default dress is completely ridiculous and the first thing I always do is give her a costume change. I just can't take anything she says seriously when she's dressed like that.
    Really the original concept art tells you all you need to know.
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    More or less total badasses:

    Cate Archer
    Mona Sax
    Faith Connors
    Rose of Sharon Cassidy
    Most iterations of Lara Croft

    Badasses that were created as walking sex symbols:

    Shaundi
    Viola DeWynter
    Every other iteration of Lara Croft

    Tsunderes:

    Every Bioware companion ever
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tritagonist View Post
    Every game needs a gatling gun!
    Actually, it's a minigun. The difference is that a gatling gun would have a mechanism to manually spin the barrels whereas a minigun has some sort of motor to do that. At least it didn't get the glaive treatment.

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    Yeah, Mona Sax was great. Probably my fave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalano View Post
    Saints Row women
    It's a strange fact. But Saints Row 2 + 3 are some of the smartest, most mature pieces of game writing in the industry. A game that feature nude skydiving onto people as a side mission has some of the best writing I've ever seen in a game. That blows my mind. It's one of very few games that actually change the voice artist depending on your character's race, so you don't play as a chinese woman voiced by Jennifer Hale like you do in Mass Effect.
    That said they use pornstars to voice and advertise it. So, yeah thats pretty tacky.
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    Jeannette "Angel" Devereaux.

    So badass that the Kilrathi Crown Prince thought she was worthy of a warriors... death... oh God why do I know this.

    I'm pleased no one's mentioned Alyx. As cool as her character design and writing is I just can't get past all the awkward "Oooh you're so big and strong" ego stroking she does. It might work if Gordon wasn't such a vacuum of a character but as it is she might as well be talking straight to the player. And that's creepy.
    I knew this whole thread was just a trap to get someone to say Alyx. You had all that typed out, ready.

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    How are we on angels? There's the Commander of the Hellguard, Uriel, from Darksiders. Spent centuries fighting demons, serves faithfully and is unwavering into battle, even ones it is unlikely she will win. Is noble of spirit and will do the right thing, regardless of cost. I would rate her as cool, badass and swanky. Mostly the first two though.

    In terms of the caveats:
    -Whilst a romance is noted, it is not with War (or Death) and is otherwise completely independent of anything that happens in either game.
    -Impact on story? Oh, boy! As leader of one of the two main forces in Darksiders, yeah, it's pretty big! She's integral in both games, though much lesser an appearance in the second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondDog View Post
    Jeannette "Angel" Devereaux.

    So badass that the Kilrathi Crown Prince thought she was worthy of a warriors... death... oh God why do I know this.
    Nice choice. The badasses of Wing Commander do their killing behind space technology and a flight joystick, which has a way of equalising a sophisticated independent stylish French woman and a 7 foot Kilrathi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumarole View Post

    noooooooo.

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    What's wrong with Pyro? She's fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhazor View Post
    that was painful. This is the kind of thing that reinforces the stereotype that all gamers are horny basement dwelling virgins with BO and Cheetos lining their mouths.
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    I quite like Rochelle from Left 4 Dead 2. She's a very rounded, well conceived character; rather more so than Zoey. She's definitely the most reliable and together of the four. Sadly, the guys get all the best lines in that game. Also, Depeche Mode? Hmm.

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