Best female protagonists in gaming?

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Mikejames:
Kat definitely deserves more love. In an industry filled with stoic bad-asses and one-note action heroes, Kat's a breath of fresh air in how genuinely kindhearted and optimistic she is as a protagonist.

She's dropped into a city, alone, homeless, and confused, and forced to live in a sewer pipe. So what's the first thing she does? She smiles and goes exploring around town to find furniture and decorations to make her new place feel like home, while readily helping any stranger she meets at the drop of a hat.

She goes through a lot of hardship, but nothing really stops her from doing her best to be a good person. And it's hard not to find her upbeat and helpful personality infectious.

She's almost kinda like a Ghibli movie protagonist in that respect. Reminded me very much of Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service.

Casual Shinji:
She's almost kinda like a Ghibli movie protagonist in that respect. Reminded me very much of Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service.

Yeah, right down to trying to use her superpowers just to find work and help people out in an unfamiliar place. A lot of the characters and world design in general always made me think of Kiki or Castle in the Sky, with a blend of charming atmosphere and an otherworldly sense of wonder.

I wish there were more games that took that level of creativity in art direction and writing, but I guess it is a pretty niche series.

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Senua from Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice,
Red from Transistor
Heather Mason from Silent Hill 3
Ellie from The Last of Us while non-playable most of the game can't argue that she isn't a protagonist.

Mikejames:

Casual Shinji:
She's almost kinda like a Ghibli movie protagonist in that respect. Reminded me very much of Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service.

Yeah, right down to trying to use her superpowers just to find work and help people out in an unfamiliar place. A lot of the characters and world design in general always made me think of Kiki or Castle in the Sky, with a blend of charming atmosphere and an otherworldly sense of wonder.

I wish there were more games that took that level of creativity in art direction and writing, but I guess it is a pretty niche series.

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I would love to more games like gravity rush even if its just art and story style

Adam Jensen:

I was talking about the game version. If you wanna talk about the book, then we don't even have to go past the very first chapter of the first book. Geralt totally didn't have to kill the guys at the inn. He was within his rights, sure. But he didn't have to exercise that right. He just wanted to show off.

When it comes to that very first story, the thing that you have to remember is that it was published a good few years before the others. It's fairly obvious that at that point Sapkowski envisioned Geralt to be much more ruthless and not shy of doing very questionable acts to pursue his goals. You can see that his concept of Geralt changed significantly after that, since in light of how he acts in the whole rest of the books, what he did in the first story is terribly out of character.

TheSlothOverlord:

Adam Jensen:

I was talking about the game version. If you wanna talk about the book, then we don't even have to go past the very first chapter of the first book. Geralt totally didn't have to kill the guys at the inn. He was within his rights, sure. But he didn't have to exercise that right. He just wanted to show off.

When it comes to that very first story, the thing that you have to remember is that it was published a good few years before the others. It's fairly obvious that at that point Sapkowski envisioned Geralt to be much more ruthless and not shy of doing very questionable acts to pursue his goals. You can see that his concept of Geralt changed significantly after that, since in light of how he acts in the whole rest of the books, what he did in the first story is terribly out of character.

You're right. And not only that, but Geralt is very inconsistent even across the stories in the first book. He's different even in The Grain of Truth and in The Lesser Evil. And then he invokes the Law of Surprise in A Question of Price. That came out of nowhere. It really feels like Sapkowski was testing the ground and playing around with the characters.

JohnnyDelRay:
Bayonetta
Badass, sexual but strong, confident and independent.

The Purple Grape:
Cate Archer. Funny, classy and British thief turned spy. Shame probably never going to get anoth NOLF game

I'd love a NOLF revival.

CritialGaming:
Aloy - Horizon: Zero Dawn

I loved everything about Aloy.

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I'm guessing Nariko from Heavenly Sword hasn't been mentioned but she was awesome. It didn't hurt that she was voiced by Anna Torv (AKA Olivia Dunham from Fringe).
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The Almighty Aardvark:

Silvanus:
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Ahh, Amaterasu! Origin of all that is good, and mother to us all!

It always bugs me when people say she doesn't have a personality. How can you not see the well of snark that is Ammy?

Is she though? The whole joke is that she asks like a normal dog while people fawn around her. The only display of personality I remember is being awed together with Issun at the sight of Rao's tits.

Another vote for Aya Brea, by far my favorite video game protagonist of all time.

honorable mention goes to reboot Lara Croft, Sylvanas Windrunner (pre-Garrosh 2.0 turn, anyway), and Kate Walker.

Showing my love for Estelle Bright from Trails in the Sky.

So many great suggestions here. Samus is way up there. But simply because I found it the funnest game with a female protaganist in memory, the new Tomb Raider tops my list.

Claret Spencer from Skyborn.

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Tyris Flare of the Goldenn Axe Games.

I even liked Golden Axe:Beast Rider. Go watch Good Bad Flicks Video on it. He'll do a better job at defending it then I can.

BaronVonVaderHam:

Tyris Flare of the Goldenn Axe Games.

I even liked Golden Axe:Beast Rider. Go watch Good Bad Flicks Video on it. He'll do a better job at defending it then I can.

This reminded me of Blaze from Streets of Rage - another great protagonist.

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Probably a tie between;

Clementine from The Walking Dead
Max from Life is Strange
Aqua from Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

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McMarbles:
Showing my love for Estelle Bright from Trails in the Sky.

That was such a good game, and Estelle was indeed a great character :)

WhiteFangofWhoa:

HOW DID I FORGET YUNA!?

The Boss from MGS3 should count, because she is best female character in all things.

Fite me IRL if you disagree

demoman_chaos:
The Boss from MGS3 should count, because she is best female character in all things.

How is she a "protagonist" though?

Auron225:

McMarbles:
Showing my love for Estelle Bright from Trails in the Sky.

That was such a good game, and Estelle was indeed a great character :)

McMarbles:
Showing my love for Estelle Bright from Trails in the Sky.

Holy Crap, I didn't think anyone left on this forum knew about the Trails in the Sky games. Estelle is all around my favorite character in any game I have played. She's just so lovable and it was great seeing her journey from beginning Bracer to her becoming more aware of the world. That moment in the second game on the Glorious was great. Her moments where she has an heart to heart with various characters have gotten me emotional, especially her little heart to heart at the end of the 3rd game. Too bad these games don't get much recognition.

Also, Olivier is God Tier Waifu.

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