Gaming's Most Poorly-Written Female Characters

MMO Attack has compiled a little wall of shame, commemorating some of the most poorly written, stereotypical, and downright irritating female characters in gaming.

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Godmars2902013d ago

Yes, you're going to get flack for the ICO chick.

The hero of the game didn't get much character development or explanation - except via gameplay. Likewise next to nothing is known about Yorda. Whether or not she's even a princess is an assumption.

Alos882013d ago

I'm not sure you can call a character that has about 3 lines of dialogue "poorly written", especially given that the rest of the plot was equally minimalist.

Godmars2902013d ago

Didn't say she or Ico were poorly written. The story was as presented. In minimalist fashion through gameplay.

But Yorda being on a list like this is perhaps being overly sensitive to sexism.

SilentNegotiator2013d ago

The character that allowed herself to be captured needed help throughout the story?


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PhoenixRising372013d ago

How is princess peach "poorly written" when she doesn't say anything in the first place besides "MARIOOOO!"

I think Sonia from Ninja Gaiden II is pretty bad...

GamersXTREME2013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

Interesting list but there's a mistake I spotted with it. Ashley Graham's photo is the featured image here and she is also listed in this article...but there's nothing written about her at all. When you go to read about why she's "poorly written", the writer mentions a totally different character (Zoe) from an entirely different game (Dreamfall). Other than that, this was a decent read.

HonestDragon2013d ago

Okay, what? Seriously, there are worse female characters in general in video games. Others that were very poorly written. Most of the list seems rushed, but I do see a special case.

Samus - From Metroid: Other M? Are you kidding me? This game is so underrated. Look, just because they gave Samus some emotion and humanity does not make her any less of who she already is. We got to learn about her past before she suited up in the armor. She is not "weak", "submissive", or "childish". I bet the author just hated the game because it was different.

Princess Peach - Okay, now you're just grasping at straws here. Peach hardly has any dialogue. For that matter, Mario and Luigi hardly say anything. Bowser is always the one who has the most dialogue in any given Mario game. Peach is a simple character with simple dialogue. What does this guy expect? Shakespeare in the park?

Vanille - Okay, you have a point there. Vanille is one of the weakest characters in the Final Fantasy franchise. Her dialogue can be summed up in Youtube cam girls stating the obvious or acting ditzy. Oh, and also not knowing what accent she has.

Ashley Graham - There's a mistake here. The picture and name are of Ashley from Resident Evil 4, but there is no actual info on the character. It's of Zoe from Dreamfall. Editing needed for that one.

Godmars2902013d ago

Samus issues has to do with her going from being a solitary protagonist doing everything for herself in the many games before, to what she was in Other M. Which was subservient.

Pozzle2012d ago (Edited 2012d ago )

Particularly that infamous lava section where Samus doesn't turn on her Varia suit (heat shield) because Adam didn't authorize it, even though she could BURN TO DEATH as a result.

Call it sexist or call it stupid. It was things like this that made Other M's version of Samus a poorly written character.

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