15 most badass women in video game history

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15. Bonnie MacFarlane (Red Dead Redemption)

Key quote: “After my brother left, it was up to me to become the man of the ranch.”

Who she is: Bonnie MacFarlane is an interesting non-playable character in Red Dead Redemption. Bonnie’s spent her entire life on the MacFarlane Ranch, which she took over for her father after he died. She had six brothers, but five of them died for various reasons while the sixth moved to New York. This has left Bonnie to tend the ranch on her own in the wild west of Texas.

Why she’s on the list: Bonnie MacFarlane is a woman in a man’s world who has proven herself to be just as hardworking and strong as any man. Bonnie rescues the main character, John Marston, from death at the beginning of the game after he confronts Bill Williamson. She shows that men also need saving, not just women. She is a true heroine who is hardened by the wild west and can take care of herself with her repeater carbine. Throughout the game, John Marston goes to Bonnie for help, lodging and words of advice.

I spent a lot of time playing Red Dead Redemption (probably too much), and whenever Bonnie was in the cutscenes, she always made them more interesting. Every time she’s on screen, she affects the entire storyline. I wish she was playable in the campaign.