The top non-slutty female characters in video games

Claire Redfield

The top non-slutty female characters in video games

It’s always a Top 10, a Top 5 or a Top 100. Not this time though. This is a Top 7, and it’s about the Female Game Character; an endangered and usually stripped down to its panties species. This is different, as this post will not be about Lula, Lara or any other two-syllable named bimbo. It will be about interesting characters, that even a woman (gasp!) could enjoy…


Ms. Pac-Man

Number 7: The legendary Ms. Pacman. Not a proper female, I know, but she …er… does dress like one. If you’re into round, yellow, pill-poppers you’ll just love the old lady.

Princess Peach

Number 6: Princess Peach, ruler of Mushroom Kingdom and Mario’s personal fetish. Childish, but also a part of video gaming history. Definitely not a slut.


Number 5: Elaine Marley from the Monkey Island series. Funny, spirited, Ron Gilbert’s creation and a governor. Good looking and old fashioned. Won’t strip for you, let alone make a naked public appearance.

shodan - system shock

Number 4: Shodan, from System Shock (and apparently SS2). Call her a slut and she’ll fry you; perhaps even destroy earth. An amazing piece of homicidal AI, if I ever saw one and a perfect match for Wintermute.

Sarah Kerrigan - Starcraft

Number 3: Kerrigan, another villain, and not 100% human either. Great looks (for a Zerg hybrid at least), a member of the order of the abominably nasty and key figure in the best RTS expansion ever: Starcraft Brood War.

April Ryan - Longest Journey - Dreamfoil

Number 2: April Ryan from the Longest Journey and Dreamfall. Uniter of worlds and magically inclined, April is also a talented and rather ‘alternative’ girl from the future, who just so happens to star in adventure games. Recently into hot arcade action too.


Number 1: Jade, the star of the amazing Beyond Good and Evil action-adventure game. She has style, flair, good looks and a kind heart (Ooooh! that’s sweet). She’s also a revolutionary. Like Rosa Luxembourg only with green lips. Just have a look at this great game. Control each and every Jade‘s action. Follow the link.

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Konstantinos Dimopoulos

Hi, my name is Gnome, a.k.a Konstantinos and I own the blog Gnome's Lair which is all about gaming in all of its many and varied guises. It is thus about computer & video games, old games, new games, indie games, adventure games, free games, board games, ludology, game creation, RPGs, books on games, games on books, and well the theory of and in games.

35 thoughts on “The top non-slutty female characters in video games

  • April 30, 2006 at 4:11 PM

    That picture next to Elaine Marley is Kate Capsize. Just so’s you know.

  • April 30, 2006 at 8:17 PM

    Oh dear, you are so right… What a cickup. I’ll just fix it. Thanks a lot, mate!

  • April 30, 2006 at 8:25 PM

    There, fixed. Thanks anonymous 🙂

  • May 1, 2006 at 12:41 PM

    You forgot Cortana – the AI construct from the Pillar of Autumn. She ain’t no slut – sassy, on the ball and straight to the point!

  • May 1, 2006 at 1:10 PM

    Hmm..intersting. Never heard of that bitch though 🙂

    Thanks tomleece.

  • May 1, 2006 at 2:22 PM

    Sorry, she’s from Halo!

  • May 1, 2006 at 2:28 PM

    Aha. I see! Never touched this allegedly brill game…

  • May 2, 2006 at 9:25 AM

    How about Bombette?
    She’s also a revolutionary, of a very explosive kind!

  • May 2, 2006 at 9:34 AM

    By the way, I did a similar feature for our magazine (Strana Igr, or GameLand, just for you to know), and here’s who I come up with (in no particular order):
    – Samus Aran (Metroid)
    – Ravel ((Planescape: Torment)
    – (honorable mention) Baba Yaga (different games)
    – Fatima Doohan (Anachronox)
    – Deionarra (Planescape: Torment)
    – Rosella/Valanice (King’s Quest)
    – Jennifer Simpson (Clock Tower)
    – Alice (American McGee’s Alice)
    – Sarah Kerrigan (Starcraft)
    – Shodan (System Shock)
    – Grace Nakimura (Gabriel Knight)
    – Nicole Collard (Broken Sword)
    – Ms. Pac-man
    – Bombette (Paper Mario)
    The article (in Russian, as it is) can be found

  • May 2, 2006 at 9:40 AM

    Very intersting… Thanks a lot Chentzilla. And yes, Grace would make an excellent addition.

  • May 2, 2006 at 9:57 AM

    You might also find this of interest. This is real women’s opinion on “digital women”, as they call them.
    I found this resource when working on the article.

  • May 2, 2006 at 11:24 AM

    So, tell me, as you apparently are from Russia, in which city do you live? (you, lucky you)

  • May 2, 2006 at 11:26 AM

    Oh, and thanks for the link too…

  • May 2, 2006 at 11:46 AM

    Why the interest?
    It’s Moscow now, but I come from Perm.

  • May 2, 2006 at 2:21 PM

    Because the (two) Russian cities I’ve seen were breathtaking… And Moscow was extremely interesting. And I’m interested in cities altogether… That’s about it I guess.

  • May 6, 2006 at 6:29 AM

    Great! Now do the slutty ones.

  • May 7, 2006 at 5:24 AM

    Not a bad idea this….

  • May 8, 2006 at 2:00 AM

    Haha lmao nice title gnome! now im going to read the artical. btw system shock 2 rules!

  • May 8, 2006 at 2:04 AM

    Yeah Wintermute and Shodan should totally date.

  • May 8, 2006 at 12:39 PM

    I’ve been trying to get them in touch, you know. Apparently they are far too busy scheming. 🙁

  • May 13, 2006 at 9:08 PM

    Another great female character is Alyx Vance (Half Life 2): realistic-looking and intelligent, though not a playable character.

  • May 14, 2006 at 4:42 AM

    Hmmm…I guess so, besides HL2 is all-around great…

  • May 22, 2006 at 12:45 AM

    No sorry Alyx Vance is a slut

  • May 22, 2006 at 12:52 AM

    You say so? Interesting…

  • June 21, 2006 at 5:24 PM

    How is she portrayed within the game as a slut? She doesn’t groan when she climbs up ledges, nor does she bend over excessively for the player etc. She is portrayed more or less as your average woman-with as little sexual innuendo as possible.

    (Although I suppose it’s the player’s discretion as to what angle she is viewed at, although that it is not the developer’s intention)


  • June 21, 2006 at 5:41 PM


    I do believe you are absolutely right, and with a nice humorous twist too, but I do believe drewboy was kidding…


  • June 23, 2006 at 2:24 PM

    I really liked Laura, the protagonist of D2 for dreamcast… A terrifically weird and spooky adventure, where Laura remains mute while discovering what happened when her plane crash landed in arctic Canada.
    wikipedia entry

  • June 23, 2006 at 2:28 PM

    Amazing! A pure Dreamcast heroin… She seems excellent and quite interesting. Quite as expected.

    Thanks a ton my anonymous friend.

  • June 27, 2007 at 9:50 AM

    But Jade wears purple knickers… SLUT.

  • June 27, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Well, she could ‘ave been wearing suspenders you know… Still, I see wisdom in your point…

  • August 10, 2007 at 3:03 AM

    Nice list, gnome, but I agree that Samus Aran (the Metroid series) deserves a place on this list also. Not only is Samus not a slut, but to my knowledge, she’s never even been marketed as a sex object, in the hopes of parting horny boy gamers from their money.

    Similarly, if/when you do the “revised, expanded, updated list”, I would hope to see Bastila Shan from the original “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” game. Bioware managed to make her a potential love interest without ever going the easy “sexy boytoy” route.

  • August 10, 2007 at 5:21 AM

    Can’t say you’re wrong on the Samus front, as she also one of the few characters whose gender (even in a stereotypical manner) affects the storyline/gameplay of the Metroid series.

    As for Bastila Shan… don’t know yet… I must shamefully admit to only having played KOTOR for a few hours… I’ll check it out though… Definitely.

    The updated list.. hmmm… could be a good idea…

  • March 24, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Finally a list that doesn’t have Lara Croft as the number one super slut in a video game.

  • April 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    That’s not April Ryan, but a girl named Cloe. April stayed in Arcadia, and the second game (which that picture was taken from) is based on Cloe’s experiences.

  • April 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Scratch that, Zoe. Zoe Castillo

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