Girl Power: 5 female-driven trios that deserve their own video games

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There are a lot of male protagonists in video games. Like a lot. When a woman does somehow make it onto the main cast, she's often reduced to a passive, supporting role, maybe even as a girl-next-door love interest to remind our grisly hypermasculine protagonists to keep fighting. And when the writers decide that the "leading lady" has had enough time in the spotlight (usually about 20 minutes, depending on how fast you play through the tutorial), they have her dragged off to fill the damsel chair and await sweet, loving rescue at the callused hands of her rugged savior.

What a load of crap.

As game developers slowly join the rest of us in the 21st century, female characters are starting to take life by the controller in the active, well-developed roles they deserve. Good steps have already been taken, but we can move past baby steps. What could be better than one heroine? Try three.

Here are a handful of female-driven trios that deserve their own game.

Published Jul. 21st 2015
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I'm sorry but I'd love to see a Power Puff Girls game; actually this entire list of suggestions would be great.
  • Jackson Ingram
    Thank you! I think all these trios would make great video game protagonists, but I'd be particularly excited to see PPG get some love.
  • Sam Yoo
    Featured Contributor
    I want to see at least one of these games come into existence before I die. (=_=) Particularly a Sirens game! That has been my dream for a while now.
  • Jackson Ingram
    A Sirens game would be soooo cool! Especially if the designers didn't use them as sex objects and the writers treated them like actual characters. The trio has such an interesting dynamic in theory, so I'm really hoping DC decides to revisit the concept in the New 52.
    Or at least make Ivy/Harley canon, jeez.

    Thanks for reading! :)
  • user-1234
    My problem with all of this is that even with all of these women they are either all out-dated or just stale boring characters. If we want women in video games to be taken seriously then we need to create new ones not make games based off of ones that no gamer would take seriously.
  • Jackson Ingram
    My counter is that all of these characters have a staggering amount of untapped potential that could be unlocked with proper writing. The main exception to this being Azula, who is an incredibly-written character in her own right.

    I agree that we need new female characters in leading roles. Wholeheartedly. But that wouldn't have made much of a slideshow. "Girl Power: 5 trios made of completely original characters that you've never heard of because I just made them up a few minutes ago."

    And what does a game need to be taken seriously by a "gamer"? What defines a "gamer" anyway?
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Isn't it a bit disingenuous to not mention movies and television have the same sort of lack of female leads?
    Also may I present the Female Characters in Video Games song!
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    You sir, just made my day.
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    While it was by no means the most impressive game ever, the Powerpuff Girls had several games on the Gameboy Advance. I'm not entirely sure I'd want another game based on them though... Games based on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon series tend to be terrible at best.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    To be fair, the old Cartoon Network games are a far cry from today's Adult Swim games.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Ok, wait, great idea though:
    A TLC-inspired infinite runner game called "Chasing Waterfalls." Pick one of the three as your character and go.
  • Jackson Ingram
    That is actually amazing. I want one based on Destiny's Child next.

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