The role of women within video games has been a sensitive issue for many years. As more and more female characters enter games, developers continue to sexualize the female characters to have more appeal to men who play video games. There has been backlash for this action, as women are more than just eye candy for the male player while he is playing video games. The skimpy clothing and reliance on men that was a staple for female characters in early video games are slowly fading, but that does not mean that the sexualization of female video game characters has stopped.
Most women in modern games are equally as strong as their male counterparts in the game. The game developers still focus on making the physical appearance of the women as attractive as possible, but that does not mean that these characters are weak or inferior in any way. In this post, I will go over the 10 most attractive females in games and explain who they are.
1. Lara Croft- Tomb Raider
Lara Croft has been a staple of the video game industry since Tomb Raider was first released in 1996. Playing as Croft, you can explore jungles and caves in search of treasure, while battling many enemies along the way. She’s beautiful, smart, athletic, and has a knack for the adventurous. It’s no wonder why she’s often who people think of first when discussing the most beautiful woman in gaming. While her appearance has changed over the years, it’s hasn’t strayed from what makes Lara such an enticing woman. In fact, her current iteration might be her best yet, as she continues to appeal to fans both new and old while continuously looking good in the process. At this point, there’s not too much to add to the character anymore. She’s great as she is.
2. Tifa Lockheart- Final Fantasy VII
Lockheart is another character that has been around forever in the Final Fantasy series as a strong-headed heroine. Lockheart is a total badass that can win any fight that comes her way, as well as be friendly if she needs to. Lockheart owns a bar within the world of Final Fantasy, and is the bouncer for the bar as well, as she beats dudes up with her bare hands repeatedly.
3. Triss Merigold- The Witcher
Triss Merigold is one of the most unique characters in all of video games, as she is extremely selfish, but has a number of compassionate moments as well. Immediately, Triss is something of a suspicious character as her actions seem to be driven by ulterior motives. As the series progresses, these get more and more diluted between her ambitions and her genuine feelings of compassion and kindness. She isn’t all bad. But she isn’t someone you should turn your back to for too long. To cut it short, she’s a perfect femme fatale. Her fiery red hair and pale skin accentuate her beauty, along with the subtle air of danger and deception that follow her around. With those kinds of looks, you know exactly what you’re getting and it’s completely worth it.
4. Samus Aran – Metroid
Samus is traditionally known to wear a full suit of armor that helps her in battle. However, in Metroid, Samus is in her female form without her power suit, and you can see her beautiful character. Samus Aran has been a mainstay in the gaming landscape for decades, establishing herself as one of its most dependable female standouts. It might be weird to think of someone who spends most of their time in a bulky metal suit to be attractive, but, in this case, looking at what’s underneath instead of what’s on the surface would benefit you greatly.
5. Bayonetta – Bayonetta
Bayonetta is a strong heroine that is one of the only female video game characters to be the main person within the game, along with Lara Croft. Bayonetta does not wear a lot of clothes, but that does not take away from the fact that she is powerful in battle and can fly as well. With immense powers and a cool and collected personality, Bayonetta is one of the most awe-inspiring heroines of the last decade. She’s got it all; the looks, the skills, and one of the best outfits in video games.
6. Miranda Lawson – Mass Effect
The Mass Effect series offers players the chance to woo all kinds of women, from space marines to colonial alien species. Out of all of them though, Miranda Lawson is the most enticing. Coming off as a bit standoffish and somewhat patronizing, Miranda was first introduced in Mass Effect 2 and, despite her initial introduction, became a pretty enjoyable character. With the romance option available, it’s almost a no brainer to commit some time to exploring it – you won’t be disappointed should you choose to. Equipped with a skin-tight white and black combat suit that only adds to her charm, Miranda knows how to handle herself in a fight and is also a capable leader.
7. Kasumi- Dead or Alive
With the first game having been released back in 1996, the Dead or Alive series has been around for over twenty years. Since then, Kasumi has become something of a mascot for the series. As one of the series’ main protagonists, she’s gained a loyal following and is without a doubt one of the most recognizable women the game has to offer. Her gentle demeanor, along with her kickass fighting skills, makes her perfectly capable of putting a smile on your face or dropping you like a fly should the need arise.
8. Cassie Cage- Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat is synonymous with gore and all things unseemly. But the franchise has offered fans something other than blood and guts. Though not common, the series has produced quite a few lookers. But those who aren’t trying to bite your face off are busy looking for an opportunity to rip out your spine. So the list of suitable ladies really narrows down when you take that into consideration. Although she’s a newcomer to the franchise, Cassie Cage has left a mark as its most beautiful woman. Daughter of Sonia Blade and Johnny Cage, Cassie has inherited the best of both her parents. With Sonia’s beauty and Johnny’s wit and sharp tongue, she’s not only incredibly good looking but can hold her own as well.
9. Catherine- Catherine
Dealing with subjects such as marriage, infidelity, and maturation – the game presents players with a relatable conflict often unexplored in most mainstream games. At the heart of that conflict is Catherine. The tantalizing mistress serves as the main character Vincent Brooks’ tempest throughout the game, severely throwing his moral compass out of whack in the process. While the game ultimately asks you to choose between the flirty Catherine and Vincent’s girlfriend Katherine – there’s no questioning which of the two wins out in the looks department. Catherine is beautiful with a pixie kind of personality that makes this hard decision that much easier.
10. Widowmaker- Overwatch
Of course, everyone has their favorite playable character in Overwatch, but one stands out as the game’s most attractive. Widowmaker is the ultimate femme fatale. With her cool demeanor and impressive kill list, Widow would make anyone’s heart melt. Sure, she looks a little blue – but that’s all part of her charm. She stands out among the rosters cuter characters like Tracer, D.Va, and Mei as a more mature-looking beauty. Love her or hate her on the battlefield, you can’t deny that this cold-blooded sniper is a heart-stopper.