15 most badass women in video game history

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11. Sarah Kerrigan (StarCraft)

Key quote: “I am the Swarm. Armies will be shattered. Worlds will burn. Now at last, on this world, vengeance shall be mine. For I am the Queen of Blades.”

Who she is: While we have mostly focused on the heroes, a villain has made it onto the list. Her name is Sarah Kerrigan, the Zerg Queen in StarCraft. Sarah’s past is interesting as she used to be a hero. At age eight, she accidentally killed her mother due to her psionic powers. Sarah was then put through rigorous training to become a Confederate agent. She eventually became second in command after years of showing her allegiance to the Sons of Korhal. Sarah was a ruthless soldier who would cut down anyone in her path — even children. However, she was eventually captured and infected by a Zerg swarm. The Zerg are a group of aliens that act as a parasite by infecting other forms of life to create the perfect species. After becoming infected, she calls herself the Queen of Blades and uses her new powers such as a psionic storm to cause terror in all those who oppose the Zerg.

Why she’s on the list: She became so powerful that she leads a campaign to exterminate other leaders of the Zerg, so she could become the sole leader of the entire swarm. The Queen of Blades makes the list due to just how terrifying she truly is.