In recent years more developers are coming out with games featuring strong female game leads, like the beloved "Life is Strange" and the recent re-imagining of "Tomb Raider." But it wasn't too long ago that the strongest female video game character was shown in a skin-tight suit as a reward for the player beating the game (you know who I'm talking about). These days, there is a more open conversation about video game's leading ladies, and a number of female protagonists always make the list. There's Alyx from "Half Life 2," Jade from "Beyond Good and Evil," and a number of others you've probably heard over and over by now.


We forget one thing: even though those are all excellent examples of leading women, there are others. For one reason or another, these five ladies often get left out of the conversation.

Amaterasu from "Okami"

It's easy to see why people forget that Amaterasu is pure-blooded female: she's a wolf. She's also an all-powerful goddess and a skilled fighter who literally holds the power to create life. You don't get much stronger than that.

Kate Walker from "Syberia"

We hear about "The Longest Journey's" April Ryan a lot, but what about Kate? She embarks on a journey of her own, through perilous environments and unknown perils. She gains the power to break away from her past that ties her down, and develops a will of her own.

Chell from "Portal"

You might not see much of her as you play from the first person perspective, but Chell is a woman - and a strong one, at that. She's a lab rat who breaks out of her cage not once, but twice.

Alicia Melchiott from "Valkyria Chronicles"

Alicia is a young girl who is thrust into a war, sees pain and death, and emerges a leader. It's a pity she's overlooked because the (excellent) game did not make a big splash. 

Miku Hinasaki from "Fatal Frame"

There's physical strength, and then there's mental strength.


Miku has the kind of strength you need to enter a creepy haunted mansion in search of a lost brother, armed with only a camera.