Elena Fisher and Chloe Frazer – Uncharted Series
My favorite female characters in any game ever: Elena Fisher and Chloe Frazer. The Uncharted franchise’s best feature as a whole, and Naughty Dog’s trademark, is strong characters. While Nathan Drake is the face (and amazing butt) of the series, Elena and Chloe are the heart. They represent Drake’s motivations, both from his past and of his future, to push him in his actions and weigh his choices. Both women are strong characters who could have easily fallen into the roles of the seductress and the damsel-in-distress but they almost immediately break that preconception. More often than not, it is Elena or Chloe who are saving Nathan rather than the other way around. Chloe and Elena were made in the mold of familiar archetypes but they have grown and evolved into characters that are completely their own. I wouldn’t love Uncharted as much as I do if it wasn’t for the characters that surround Nate; Chloe and Elena are a big part of that. They are beautiful without being sexualized, they are strong without being angry, they are actual, real women.
Women are not only half of the world’s population and a significant portion of gamers, they are an important part of truly great narratives. It is games like the ones above that show that female characters can be fully fleshed out without having to expose their flesh. Imagine a financial juggernaut like Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed, which will undoubtedly sell extremely well no matter what, with a female protagonist at the helm. Big-budget blockbuster games with actual women as part of the story (and not a prop for the scruffy white male) could expand to a completely new audience and recapture the imagination of the current one. More well-made games with strong female characters would not only be better for the industry, but would be better for the gamer.