1Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
Since her inception in 1996, Lara has been an action heroine who explores, solves puzzles, and yes, even kills. But she's done so with over-endowed mammary glands and no hint of a good support bra.
This new Lara is less pneumatic, more athletic. Instead of strappy short shorts, she wears cargo pants. Because of the fabulous motion-capture technology Crystal Dynamics uses, we can focus more on her face and her expressions than her overall physical assets. This Lara is fantastically expressive and conveys pain, frustration, wonder, hope, and even more pain in a way that sets a new bar for other game protagonists of any gender.
2Punisher (Scarlet Blade)
A ranged destroyer, she specializes in blasting away multiple enemies at once. Though her sisters leave death and destruction in their wake, the Punisher blazes a trail through whatever dares to stand against her before they ever get the chance.
3Lightning (Final Fantasy)
She is the main character of Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. She wields a gunblade that alternates between an automatic weapon and a sword. She also has the ability to control some aspects of gravity using devices developed by the military. She's used "Lightning" as a pseudonym for her real name (Claire Farron) since the death of her parents.
Tala ("Stalking Wolf"), a Native American shaman and a brutal Darkwatch agent, is the second female protagonist until she seduces Jericho and persuades him to bite her during sexual intercourse. The next day, she uses her new abilities for her own benefit. Tala plays an important role in Darkwatch as a femme fatale with equal lusts for blood and power. Sensuous and dangerous, Tala becomes Jericho's evil muse after luring him into a moment of passion where she urges him to bite her, making her a powerful half-vampire like himself.
5Medic (Scarlet Blade)
Using a potent arsenal of bio- and nanotechnology, she can repair debilitating wounds, revive comrades from the brink of death, and boost nearby Arkana's combat effectiveness with powerful stimulants. But even though healing is her true calling, she's far from useless in a fight. The same technology she uses to heal can also be used to poison her foes, render them unconscious, and even disable their equipment.
6Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
7Shiki (Various SNK fighting games)
Shiki is most likely modeled after Makie Otono-Tachibana from the Blade of the Immortal series. Developers admit that her personality and part of win quotes were based on Ayanami Rei from Evangelion.
8Whipper (Scarlet Blade)
A mix of neurological alteration and chemical reinforcement has led them to literally derive pleasure from the act of fighting. They will rush headlong into battle, against overwhelming odds, heedless of the risks to themselves or their allies. But while this enthusiasm does lead to a more effective soldier, it also carries potential risks; more than one Whipper has been lost by refusing to retreat, choosing instead to kill as many foes as possible before they're overwhelmed.
9Sarah Morrison (Tabula Rasa)
In the November 2007 issue of Playboy, Sarah Morrison appeared nude along with six other female game characters.
10 Chun-Li (Street Fighter II)
Introduced in Street Fighter II, Chun-Li was the only female character in the game (as well as one of the youngest ), and while not as physically powerful as the other characters, she was by far the quickest. Her most famous attack is the Hyakuretsukyaku , where she repeatedly kicks her opponent from a tilted standing position with incredible speed.