Having just pre-ordered the game ‘Wet’, which stars Eliza Dushku as Rubi Malone – a female assassin – I started thinking about other strong female characters.
In honour of the harder side of the fairer sex I’ve put together twenty of the toughest female characters out there.
No superpowers, I’m talking about hand to hand, gunplay and ninja type skills.
It was supposed to be a Top 10 but the list just grew and grew. So I’ve had to do it in two parts.
Here’s part one.
And no, before we start, Lara Croft is not on this list. Every woman on this list could take her down
20) Lian Xing (Syphon Filter)
A former member of the Chinese Secret Service, Xing teamed up with Gabriel Logan in Soviet occupied Afganistan.
She is a skilled marksman, known for her sniper work. Lian Xing is always on hand to help Gabe out of trouble – whether that’s by his side or over the radio.
19) Faith Connors (Mirror’s Edge)
Faith is a parkour expert with some pretty nifty footwork. She lives in a city where the oppressive government keeps tabs on everybody – spying electronically on them. Faith delivers packages or messages by hand, the only way to safely converse.
She can handle herself with a firearm but it’s her awesome hand to hand combat skills that get her onto this list.
Check out the video below for evidence!
18) Anne Lewis (Robocop)
Ever since I first saw Robocop I’ve always thought his female partner Anne Lewis was underappreciated.
Officer Lewis is shown having a fist fight with a male suspect moments before meeting Murphy/Robocop for the first time – always a good introduction.
Her gun skills are good and she even helps Robocop reallign his targeting system with her accurate aiming.
She is willing to go to extreme lengths to assist her partner, helping him recover when he is seriously injured and then backing him up, with almost fatal consequences, in the last stand against Boddicker’s gang at the steel mill.
A real tough nut with a big heart, Anne Lewis is exactly the kind of partner you’d want if you were a cop, especially in Old Detroit
17) Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat)
Lieutenant Sonya Blade is a member of the Outer World Investigation Agency, a top United States Special Forces unit.
She is also the first female entrant into the Mortal Kombat tournament. One of her moves includes doing a handstand, grabbing her enemy between her legs and smashing them into the ground.
Using her army training to her advantage Sonya is as tough as any of her male counterparts – she doesn’t even have to actually touch her opponent to finish them off… she simply blows them a deadly kiss (see below)
16) Echo (Dollhouse)
Echo is an ‘active’, someone that has signed a period of their life away in exchange for cash. During this period she has her memory wiped and is regularly imprinted with other people’s memories to carry out various jobs.
We’re talking some serious skills – safe cracking, martial arts, street fighting… the list goes on and on.
And she certainly isn’t afraid to use her skills – the Chinese kitchen/alleyway fight scene was particularly gruelling and incredibly fun to watch.
15) Tyris Flare (Golden Axe)
An Amazonian who is deadly with a sword, Tyris Flare cuts an impressive figure.
Orphaned by Death Adder, the game’s main bad guy, she is out for revenge and doesn’t care who gets hurt on the way.
As well as being adapt with a sword Tyris commands the power of fire magic – but she makes the list based on her swordplay and general toughness.
14) Rubi Malone (Wet)
I haven’t even played the full game yet but having seen the demo in action I have no hesitation in including Rubi on this list.
An acrobatic assassin skilled in dual wielding pistols and deadly with a sword, Rubi always gets the job done – despite increasing numbers of enemies
Having said that her temper may cloud her judgement at times – she often leaves a trail of dead bodies in her wake trying to get to her target, which might not be the kind of hush hush hit you’ve asked for.
13) Trinity (The Matrix)
I know Trinity kind of has superpowers but really she’s just a normal human who has learnt the ability to bend the Matrix. So she’s in the list.
I remember seeing The Matrix in the cinema and being blown away by it. That opening scene where Trinity deals with the group of cops… amazing.
With a mix of martial arts and general Matrix bending merriment Trinity takes care of the bad guys in the best possible way – hard and fast.
12) Nariko (Heavenly Sword)
Nariko’s clan were awaiting a male to fulfill the prophecy of the powerful weapon Heavenly Sword – turns out it was always gonna be a girl who got the best out of the weapon.
When all else around her seems to be falling apart it’s Nariko that steps up to the plate and takes on the bad guys.
With some serious sword combos and plenty of attitude, she is not one to be messed with, as King Bohan and his cohorts found out in Heavenly Sword.
11) Blaze Fielding (Streets Of Rage)
One of three members of a special police task force set up to deal with unrest in the city, Blaze is a Judo expert.
She uses a mixture of her martial arts, slams and throws to clean up the streets.
Hard as nails and willing to risk it all to protect the public, Blaze’s German Suplex move finished off many a bad guy in Streets Of Rage.
So there we have it the frist half of the count down with the Top 10 coming up soon!