9 Badass Female Game Heroes That Changed Everything

We’ve come a hell of a long way since old triangle-chest was the only known gaming female.

Scott Tailford

Editorial Team

Square Enix

Square Enix

Over the years gaming has evolved from being the shut-in’s favourite pastime to the most expensive and engaging medium on the planet, with a cavalcade of characters that have (mostly) matured alongside.

The Tomb Raider of 2014 is almost a completely different character – especially aesthetically – to that of the old triangular-chested explorer of the 90’s, and we’re all the better off for it. Sure for every strong female lead who isn’t bouncing around like the Dead or Alive girls there’s another who’s barely wearing more than a fragment of denim and a tissue-bra, but for the most part gaming’s current heroines are not looked down upon so much by the majority of players.

It’s thanks in part to moving away from the ‘damsel in distress’ trope and more towards making female characters the focus of a particular experience – without that experience revolving around the fact that they’re female in the first place.

It’s about fairness and equality, and whilst we’re not suddenly going to mount the Equality Horse and start raining down generalised statements about the way women have been misused in the past, it’s still great to see that the vast majority of modern female protagonists are a far better representation of how the gender should be shown overall.