and I were discussing a topic relevant to my last post, which has bothered me for a long time: female characters in video games. I'm extremely laid back as female gamers go. I don't complain much about feminism or character abuse. However, the driving reason The Last Dreamer game turned out the way it did (Maris never existed until we decided to make it a video game) is because of this question.
Now, there are many things to address on this topic -- like reasons why the bulk of females in RPGs are spellcasters and not fighters (take Final Fantasy IX or X for good examples of this, each game features three playable females and in each game two of those are set as exclusively casters, compared to one and ZERO male casters respectively.) Like reasons why the bulk of female characters are often one of the following and very little else: sweet saints (Aerith of FFVII), helpless kidnap-bait (Shirley, Tales Legendia), or superior bitches (Tetra, Zelda Windwaker)... or some horrible combination of all those things (Sophia, SO3).Disclaimer: I like Tetra and Aerith a lot. Shut up.
My question is, how many female main characters are there, really?Games that don't count:
-ones where you have choices between main characters and one of those is female (Star Ocean 2, Suikoden 3)
-ones with an ensemble cast where the central character is female (FFVI)
-ones where the main character is not the main playable character (FFX)
-ones where the female main character is female not intended to represent a female lead, but female in order to have a pleasing shape for male players (Tomb Raider, Red Ninja
So far we've been able to come up with:Valkyrie Profile's
Lenneth - truly a hero among female leads, strong and smart and awesome.Wild ARMs 3's
Virginia Maxwell - naive, idealistic, but neither stupid nor helpless.Super Princess Peach's...
Princess Peach - she kicks ass wearing a poofy pink dress with a parasol and rescues her men? Go girl.Parasite Eve's
Aya Brea - okay FINE in the second game TOO.Fatal Frame's
heroines - because everything is scarier when you're a tiny Japanese girl.Silent Hill 3's
Heather Morris - "Mother of GOD." Not just for exasperation anymore.Metroid's
Samus Aran - so hardcore you wouldn't even know she's a chick.
Final Fantasy XII - no, he only looks like a girlFinal Fantasy XIII
- ostensibly.Shadow Hearts: Covenant's
Karin - HAH I remembered before you all did!Xenosaga series's
Shion Uzuki - she's a science genius girl.Persona 2: Eternal Punishment's
Maya Amano - big sister journalist with... with... with hearts on her... her tie is cool!Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica's
Claire Redfield - a motorcycle enthusiast! she wins.Pocky & Rocky's
Pocky - Shinto priestess with pet raccoon OKAY GOFinal Fantasy X-2's
Yuna - making a comeback as the leader of Charlie's Angels.King's Quest 4 and 7's
Rosella - when Dad's a hero, being a pampered princess only lasts as long as his enemies can't find you.Rhapsody's
Cornet - although most English voice actors should not attempt to sing. (YOU, HALEY JOEL OSMENT. PUT DOWN THE MIC. And the beer.)Koudelka's
Koudelka - ...you can never have enough games named after the main character.Dino Crisis's
Regina - for all your weapon-customizing, dinosaur-killing needs.Clock Tower's
heroines - because everything is scarier when you're -- wait, her family WHAT?Deception & Trapt's
heroines - demons are your friends! M- Maybe.Popful Mail's
Mail - CRACK. I mean. Nuts Cracker?Valis's
Yuko Ahso - can't argue with magic destiny. Also, tentacle porn. (Also old!)Panzer Dragoon Orta's
Orta - every girl wants a dragon to love.MS. PACMAN
Can anyone think of any more main female characters?