9/06/2008

Top 20 Chicks in Games part IV

You should check Top 20 Chicks in Games part III

Rank 5: Chun-Li (Street Fighter)


Chun-Li is one of the earliest female video game protagonists to achieve widespread popularity. Prior to Street Fighter II being released in 1991, most female characters in games existed as objectives to be rescued or cast in the roles of other supporting characters, such as townspeople, girlfriends, the occasional opponent, or simply background decoration; as such, there were very few heroines in action-based video games. After the success of Street Fighter II and Chun-Li's popularity, female protagonists became increasingly common. Since then, in games with selectable characters, at least one of them will almost always be female; and a number of games released since that have placed a female character in the lead role.

Rank 4: Princess Peach (Super Mario)


Princess Peach is the female character featured in Nintendo's Mario video games series, she is often depicted as the "damsel in distress", but in some of the Mario titles she is a playable character. Peach is the human princess of the fictitious Mushroom Kingdom, where many of the games are set. Outside Japan, she was known as Princess Toadstool until late 1996.
Peach first appeared in Super Mario Bros. and has since appeared in most subsequent games, in which she is usually kidnapped by the villainous turtle-like creature, Bowser. She has also shown her fighting abilities in Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario RPG, Super Paper Mario, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Peach's first game as the main character, Super Princess Peach, was released in North America on February 27th, 2006.

Rank 3: Princess Zelda (Legend of Zelda)


Princess Zelda features in The Legend of Zelda series of video games. She is a member of Hyrule's royal family and plays a pivotal role in the history of Hyrule. Although she is not the main character of the story, as the player takes control of the hero, Link. Usually, it is the fate of the Princess that drives the story. In some games she appears as one of the sages (wise men and women). In later games she has been shown to be a form of prophetess. In Ocarina of Time and The Minish Cap she displays other magical powers, such as powerful attacks and force fields. Creator Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that her name was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Rank 2: Samus Aran (Metroid)


Samus Aran is the heroine of the Metroid video game series. Introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid, Samus is a bounty hunter armed with a powerful robotic power armour with a number of advanced technologies built into it. She hunts the "Space Pirates" and energy-draining alien parasites called "Metroids", while attempting to complete missions given by the Galactic Federation. Her gender was unusual for a game protagonist of her time; Metroid led players to believe Samus was a male cyborg. Samus is considered one of the earliest and most significant female protagonists in the history of video games.

Rank 1: Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)


Lara Croft is the star of Eidos' Tomb Raider series. The design of Croft is the brain child of Toby Gard. Such is Lara Crofts appeal she has not only been immortalised in a series of games but also feature length movies, comic books, novels, and a series of animated shorts. In both outings on the silver screen, Croft is brought to life by sultry actress, Angelina Jolie. In 2006, Lara was honoured with a star on the Walk of Game, and was awarded a Guinness World Record recognising her as the "most successful human video game heroine."

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Muckbeast said...

Good list. As with any list, everyone will disagree a bit, but you made some great choices.

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