Independent Ladies: Strong Female Protagonists of Games Past

Aerith Gainsborough (Final Fantasy VII, 1997)

First making her appearance in Final Fantasy VII, Aerith stands out because what she lacks in physical strength, she more than makes up for in spirit and positivity. She is first encountered in the slums by Cloud after the bombing of the Sector 1 Mako Reactor, where he sees her cheerfully selling flowers amid the chaos.

Despite all of the disorder she seems to find herself surrounded by, Aerith is always upbeat and determined in demeanor. Not even death can stop her!

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Published May. 27th 2015
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