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Part 1. The greatest non lead female video game characters in supporting roles.

zerocrossing | 566d ago
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A fair warning, this blog is probably going to contain some heavy spoilers.

Again I am limiting my choices to female characters from games that I have personally played so as to ensure an accurate and personal examination.

First up. Princess Zelda from the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda franchise.

Oh, how I do love controversy. As most of you already know, Anita Sarkeesian has previously used Zelda in her example for Women in video games who are being wrongly misrepresented and/or are placed in submissive roles solely to be saved by a male hero, sadly it seems that some people simply want to over look and over think these things and imply negative connotations, however Zelda solely being a damsel in distress that needs rescuing by a hero is simply not the case and aim to prove it.

There is a lot to be said about Zelda, first of all the title of every game in the franchise bares the title, The legend of "Zelda" the fact that it contains Zelda's name and not Link's is a constant throughout the franchise, the title also implies that the story of each game is almost always about Zelda in one way or another.

Some of the best examples of Zelda in a supporting role (as far as Im concerned of course) are during such times in which she isn't even being referred to as "Zelda" but instead as either "Sheik of the sheikah tribe" or "Tetra a swashbuckling Pirate captain" yes, as well as being arguably two of the best Zelda games to date, Zelda also performs two of her best supporting roles in the LoZ: OoT aka "The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time" and LoZ: WW aka The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker, however since I don't want this blog to turn out to be too long a read I'll be limiting this section to the Zelda from Ocarina of time. So, sorry Tetra fans...

I will try not to go into too much detail as there is a lot to work with.

During the events of Ocarina of time Link has a fateful meeting with Princess Zelda, where she informs him that she prophesied his arrival and that he will be the one to drive away the dark cloud that covered Hyrule when it appeared in her dream, and also that she believes the dark cloud represents the Gerudo Prince Gannondorf (Quite the shock for our young fairy boy I imagine, but he does have a giant spider under his belt so he's on a role).

Shortly after teaching Link "Zelda's lullaby" one of many songs Link will eventually learn from Zelda in the future, he heads off in search of the remaining Spirit stones that will enable them to enter the temple of time and retrieve the Triforce before Gannon can realise his evil plans. After securing the remaining Spirit stones Link returns to Hyrule castle, only to find that he is too late and that Gannondorf is making his move, Zelda manages to escapes on horseback with her bodyguard Impa but not before tossing her ocarina into the castle towns mote, after Link proves that he is currently no match at all for Gannondorf's dark magic the dark prince sets off in pursuit of Zelda, Link then retrieves Zelda's Ocarina, "the Ocarina of time" from the mote, once Link picks it up he envisions Princess Zelda, she then teaches him the Song of Time, to use in front of the alter in the Temple of Time.

After placing the Spirit stones in their proper places Link plays the song of time and the sealed doors open, inside the temple of time Link discovers the legendary master sword, the blade of evil's bain, however when he attempts to remove the sword from its pedestal he is cast into a 7 year long slumber, we learn here that Gannondorf secretly followed Link into the temple of time to steal the Triforce but was only able acquire the Triforce of Power, upon awaking Link meets the sage of Light who explains to him the events that have transpired during his slumber induced absence, he then sets Link off on a quest to awaken the remaining sages in order to stop Gannondorf, after exiting the previously sealed section of the temple of time Link encounters Sheik (a young man of the Sheikah tribe who is as wise as he is mysterious) for the first time, he then instructs Link to travel to the lost woods where Link will find the first Sage he must awaken.

Link encounters Sheik several times at key points during his adventure and is often taught by him an essential song he needs in order to make progress, as well as providing Link with wisdom, encouraging words and explanations to events that have transpired, Sheik continues to remain anonymous and avoids letting Link get too close, he proves time and time again to be a character that is integral to helping Link to overcome his obstacles and push on regardless of the challenges ahead.

After awakening all the remaining sages Link returns to the temple of time where Sheik appears to him yet again, however this time Sheik removes his disguise, informing Link that he, or rather she, was in fact Princess Zelda all along. Zelda then goes on to perform one of her most valuable roles in presenting to Link the Sacred Light arrows and informs him that their sacred light can pierce and destroy evil itself, shortly after this happy reunion however Ganondord traps Zelda in a magical crystal and spirits her away to his evil lair, Gannon's tower.

(Now some people have noted that Zelda being captured by Gannondorf here automatically labels her as being a typical "damsel in distress" I disagree, Gannondorf is trying to gain possession of the remaining pieces of the Triforce, the Triforce of Wisdom and the Triforce of Courage that Zelda and Link posses, it makes sense that he would use Zelda as bait to to draw link out and bring them all together so he can steal their pieces of the Triforce)

Anyway back to the events of the game.

So as most of us already know Link fights his way through the tower and defeats Gannondorf thanks to the sacred Light arrows bestowed upon him previously by Princess Zelda, they then both manage to escape the collapsing tower thanks in equal parts to Zelda's sorcery and Link's combat skills.

Gannondorf appears once again and makes one final attempt at destroying Link and Zelda by transforming into the huge hideous beast "Ganon" but in the end is finally defeated by a combination of Zelda's light magic and a finishing blow from Links Master Sword.

Zelda's final act is that of taking back the Ocarina of time from Link and sending him back in time to his original timeline where he is still a child, despite the fact Zelda obviously wants Link to stay by her side she decides to give him back the 7 years of his life that was taken from him, it's a very touching seen and helps highlight even more so the fact that Zelda does not allow personal feelings to cloud her judgement, she is strong and strong willed as well as wise, and this to me is why Princess Zelda is one of the best supporting female characters in gaming history.

Honourable mentions.

Tetra/Zelda, from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

Zelda, from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

Honestly I could have gone either way with Sheik & Tetra but as Ocarina was the first game I played and the first to show Zelda in such a great supporting role, I just had to pick Ocarina Zelda.

I'll follow up with Part 2 of this look at (The greatest non lead female video game characters in supporting roles) at a later date but for now thanks for reading my blog and if you like please feel free to leave a comment.

DragonKnight  +   565d ago
I was going to make a similar blog to this one discussing the importance of Princess Peach and Princess Zelda to their respective worlds. This is a great blog, and I would have approved it had I seen it, but oh well. Lol.
zerocrossing  +   565d ago
I'd like to read that actually, maybe if you have the time you could post it still.

I was going to cover more than just Princess Zelda but the blog ended up being long enough as it is so Im splitting it into parts, lol.

Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you'll enjoy part 2.
DragonKnight  +   565d ago
I'll definitely post it later then.

I look forward to part 2.
Theo1130  +   565d ago
So it's very telling that you had to make the "greatest non lead female characters" not the greatest lead female characters. This disparity in female lead characters compared to their male counter parts who dominate the industry is very troublesome for videogames. If videogames are supposed to be a medium where we experience other roles and worlds, why do we have such a problem experiencing the a game through eyes of another sex?
zerocrossing  +   565d ago
Actually, I already covered "Two of the greatest female protagonists in the history of gaming" in one of my earlier blogs right here. http://n4g.com/user/blogpos...

But I do get your point and it definitely would be nice seeing more female video game characters taking the lead.
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TongkatAli  +   565d ago
Aveline and Kat said hi, sent from my Vita.
coolbeans  +   565d ago
I'm not sure how long this series will continue (don't know which games you've played), but there's promise to show an assortment of good characters in each episode.

I'd like to see Final Fantasy next for the sake of seeing the length of the blog. :P
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zerocrossing  +   563d ago
Im not sure how long this series will continue either lol, but I can tell you that I am planning to cover a female character from a Final Fantasy game ;)
coolbeans  +   563d ago
O_o

You have my support on that undertaking--and sympathy of having to even think of female FF characters from 13 and 13-2. :P
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   565d ago
i greatly consider elika from prince of persia 2008,right from the begging elika has a huge burden to put up with,when you consider her father releasing the god of darkness on the world and her having to stop them both because its her duty,she became even more important than the prince,and instead of being a wekling in battle she could actually fight and defend herself,and the prince at the same time,theres many more reasons for why i love elika but i dont feel like typing so much,so yeah elika is definatly eligible on the list,as well as extremely underrated
zerocrossing  +   564d ago
You know you make a good point there, I never even considered her to of much relevance before but thinking about it she was a very strong well fleshed out character.

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