Best female characters in video games Part IV

by on September 1, 2014

 
 
 
Kreia / Darth Traya – Knights of the Old
Republic II
             Kreia is a human
female Sith Lord part of the Sith Triumvirate, an alliance formed by the last powerful
Sith Lords of Darth Revan’s empire.
Before the war she was a Jedi Master
that was exiled by the Jedi Council because her students followed her former
apprentice, Revan, into invading the Mandalorians. In exile she turned to the
dark side and became a Sith Lord and searched the force for those who could
become her apprentices, she found Darth Sion and Darth Nihilus with which she
later on formed the Sith Triumvirate and used this alliance to destroy the
remaining Jedis.
Her two allies betrayed her and stripped her from the Force. Being
thrown away by Jedis and Sith, Kreia started to think that the Force is using
everyone and came with the idea to destroy its influence from the galaxy.
As she searched for someone who would
have the power to help her do something like this she found the main character
(a female named Zurik in the canon version) and went on a mission to save this
person. Kreia started to influence the main character as they traveled together
in the galaxy at the board of Ebon Hawk ship. She helped the main character
locate the remaining Jedi Masters and as the main character reached them she
showed her true identity and killed the remaining Jedis betraying her
companion.
Kreia is an amazingly written character
as she manages to fool the player the whole time in his first play through. Her
calm and soothing voice and her teaching and what seem like good advices keep
the player away from the truth the whole time. It is quite a shock when she
shows her true nature, as by that time most of the players got attached to her
as a character and as an important member of their crew.
Her manipulation of the main character
puts her in a great position to finish her devious and evil plan. It’s up to
the player to change the course of the history and is in the interest of both,
dark and light side of the force, to stop Darth Traya from reaching her true
goal.
Kreia lost her eyesight due to the lack
of use of her eyes because she overused meditation in order to find the
mysteries of the galaxy, but her close connection to the Force allowed her to
see with the help of it. As a member of the Ebon Hawk crew, she wore simple
Jedi robes and a double-blade lightsaber.
 Kreia
is one of the best characters ever seen in a video game and Obsidian proved
everyone wrong when they thought the second installment of the game won’t have
a twist at the level of the one seen in the original game.
Kreia, the member of my crew that I trusted.

 

Darth Traya!

 

 
 
Morrigan – Dragon Age: Origins
Morrigan is my favorite female character
in all the video games I have ever played. Beautiful, mysterious, powerful,
heartless at the first glimpse and with an attitude full of contempt, Morrigan
is like a flower that opens up only if you carefully attend to her. Written by
David Gaider and brought to life by the amazing voice of Claudia Black,
Morrigan is the most impressive character in Dragon Age: Origins and probably David
Gaider’s best work since Viconia.
Morrigan was raised in the swamps of
Ferelden by Flemeth, a witch of the wilds, and was taught to become a witch
herself, learning powerful magic and the ability to shape shift into different
animals. Cut from the rest of civilization, Morrigan grew up as a cold and
distant woman, following her own interests and those of her mother in the
search for greater powers. The contact with the Grey Warden might have been
something she never predicted and was not ready for, allowing her to feel
emotions she never felt before, emotions that she considered a weakness.
             It takes a huge
amount of time to find out something about this character and all the effort
put into this makes you, without your knowledge, start loving her. The sad part
is that when you thought you can finally understand her, she turns your whole
world upside down than vanishes without a trace, all that is left is a ring
from her which makes you feel one time that she’s thinking about you and feels
sorry that she left. This caused fans to go berserk on Bioware forums
(including myself!), yelling for closure for the romance/story between Morrigan
and the Grey Warden.
Witch Hunt DLC provides the closure for
the story, in a cash grab way, with a plot and interaction between characters
that is not even close to what we have seen in the original game. It is
gratifying that her contribution to the story of the game is not over yet even
after this DLC.
Morrigan will make a return in Dragon
Age 3 as a support character for the main hero, by the looks of it from
trailers, and because of this I’m so excited about the game (trying to forget
the DA2 total disappointment). Hopefully Dragon Age 3 will provide a better
story for Morrigan than her DLC did and this will make us understand her true
reasons for her actions at the end of the first game.
Morrigan and her devious mother.

 

 

Not always expressing hate.

 

Sarah Louise Kerrigan / Queen of Blades –
Starcraft Franchise
Sarah Louis Kerrigan by her human name
or the Queen of Blades by her Zerg name is one of the main
protagonists/antagonists of the Starcraft series and probably the most complex
character seen in a strategy game.
As Sarah Kerrigan she is a sweet looking
girl with red hair and green eyes and the power to read anyone’s mind or kill
in an instant. As Queen of Blades she has spikes instead of hair, greenish skin
covered with a protecting organic armor and wings which look like blades, her
power is unmatchable and her mind allows to fully control the Zerg race.
Kerrigan’s story is a tragic one. When
she was a young girl she discovered by accident that she has psionic powers
killing her mother by mistake and putting her father into a vegetative state.
Kerrigan was taken into custody by Confederate forces and became a subject for
many of their experiments. In the end she was subdued to become their assassin
as a Ghost special unit. She was rescued by Arcturus Mengsk and became one of
the key members of the revolution against the Confederate leadership and Mengsk’s
right hand. Then she met Jim Raynor and then things started to change, she
became close to Raynor while getting further away from Mengsk as the men she
thought she knew weren’t there anymore.
Because she opposed her leader in his
insane decisions, Kerrigan paid the ultimate price and was abandoned on a
planet invaded by Zerg, despite the desperate attempts from Raynor to save her.
But instead of killing her, the Zergs saw the power she was holding and turned
Kerrigan into one of their own and so the Queen of Blades was born. Filled with
hate because of the betrayal, Kerrigan took advantage of the destruction of Zergs
Overmind by Protoss forces and seized control over the Zerg race using it to exercise
revenge over humanity and those that betrayed it. The human female that she used
to be was no more, instead now she was a monster, killing billions of people
and betraying everyone to reach her true goal.
During the events of Starcraft II,
Kerrigan was turned back to human form and despite Raynor’s sacrifices and
attempts to convince her to come back to a normal life, in the end she was
overcome by hate and ran away to recover her lost powers and her status as the
queen of Zergs.
 In her quest to reunite Zergs, now
separated in small groups, Kerrigan understands the true meaning of her existence
and after taking her revenge on Mengsk for betraying and turning her into a
monster, with the help of human resistance forces and Jim Raynor, Sarah now
more aware as a human but still possessing the powers of a Zerg queen goes into
the depths of the space to face the enemy of all life.
Sarah Kerrigan is always at the extremities
of morality, she’s either trying to do the right thing or is a monster that
kills everything standing in her away. It’s hard to blame someone like her who
suffered from the beginning of her life, who from the day her powers were
discovered never had a moment to rest.
It’s obvious that Kerrigan is modeled by the men in her life, Mengsk
and Raynor being the strongest molds and opposite to one another, as one drags
her deep into darkness the other one tries to bring hope back to her.
In the end, despite all the horrible
things she did, sometimes not being aware as a human being, Kerrigan redeems
herself by ending Mengsk’s dictatorship over humanity and going to fight the
Fallen One together with her Zergs.
Kerrigan’s / The Queen of Blades’ story has
not been concluded yet and despite being at a lower quality in Starcraft II
compared to the original games I’m still excited to find out what role she will
play in the the upcoming expansion.
The best ghost ever trained.

 

 

The Queen of Blades!

 

Half human half zerg.

 

 

This is the list of what I consider the
best female characters from all the video games I’ve played. These characters
don’t stand out just because most of them are “sex symbols”, but because they
are skillful, courageous, strong, dedicated and their story helps their
development in players’ eyes. It is worth mentioning that some of these
characters have received a massive development outside the video games area,
through books, comics and other kinds of media.
There are many other females that might
be as good as the ones I mentioned, but these are my favorites and the games in
which they appear worth playing.

 

Nodrim