15 most badass women in video game history

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From Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Image is a YouTube thumbnail via Square Enix/official Tomb Raider YouTube channel.

People no longer want to see the damsels in distress. We want women who can hold their own. Here are the top 15 badass women in video games.

Women that are in video games usually fall into sexist stereotypes of gender roles. They have been damsels in distress who always need a handsome and strong man to save or protect them. In the past, it was normal for most female video game characters to be in the shadow of the male protagonist. But women have been standing up for themselves and showing society that we are just as capable as any man and we don’t need saving.

This feminist movement has been changing the way society and the entertainment industry portrays women in general. Now companies are creating badass women  — and giving them bigger roles in the games they star in. Whether it’s merely expanding their roles, giving them interesting backstories, or making them the star of the show, women in video games are now just as awesome as men.

Here is a list of the top 15 badass women in video games to date. Some of these characters are old while others are new but they both have one thing in common: they are all amazing. From lead protagonists to side characters that should have had a bigger role, we look at the women of video games that make us want to voice our opinions and kick some butt!