My blogger tag To Do list is outta control, man. For the record, I love everyone who thinks to tag me in these chain letters… I mean, Blogger Tags/Awards. It’s just my response time ranges from almost forever to never. I need to be in the right mood to write about stuff, I guess? I’m also old now and I forget what I was tagged in if I don’t bookmark it right away… and what is proper sentence structure? I’m seriously a mess over here.
Anyway, I’m going to try to work on that! Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes, just be better. And what better place to start than this fabulous female empowered tag from the always cool Kelly over at Why We Play Games (thanks, girl).
Yes. Yes, I do see many opportunities to mention Final Fantasy XIII with this one. No. No, I’m not sorry.
Rules (I will try to follow, but no one’s the boss of me on my blog)
- PingBack to Kate at Melting Pots and Other Calamities and pingback to a post of hers (I guess she’s the creator of this tag thingy? Good for her!)
- Answer the questions (That’s the point of these tags thingys, no? See below!)
- Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, webtoons, etc. (I’ll try my best)
- Tag as many people (We’ll see…)
- Have fun! (No doubt)
Name a heroine you like but whom you feel is always overshadowed by the male characters in the story.
Ciri from The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
I love Geralt and his wonderful non-caring sarcasm. I mean, come on! Look at how many freaking fetch quests the poor dude gets sent on by the idiot NPCs he has to deal with… can you really blame him? The Witcher 3’s story is focused on Geralt’s quest to find his adoptive daughter, Ciri. I won’t spoil anything, but those certain parts were you take control of Ciri are awesome (especially late in the game). I would immediately throw all of my money at a Witcher game where Ciri is the main protagonist. She would stand quite well on her own, and outside of Geralt’s overprotective shadow.
For that matter, name a heroine whom you feel is always overshadowed by the other female characters in the story.
Vanille from the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy
Poor Vanille does not get the full attention that she deserves (remedied a bit in Lightning Returns, however). She is such a beacon of positivity no matter how awful she feels, and made me smile many times when I was a miserable wreck playing Final Fantasy XIII for the first time. Sadly, the badass females Lightning and Fang often aggressively block out Vanille’s story spotlight. Fun fact: Vanille was originally intended to be the protagonist of FFXIII.
Name a character who had potential but was greatly underutilized in her story.
Élise de la Serre from Assassin’s Creed Unity
ZOMG, I just remembered the floating eyeballs! Hahahaha… ha. Sorry. Every time I think Assassin’s Creed Unity, I think of that infamous cutscene glitch the game launched with. Ahem. Anywho, Elise is quite the badass Templar lady who is so criminally underutilized in the game I don’t know where to even begin (just like the French Revolution setting, but I digress). Her fiery spirit has SO MUCH potential and she is SO MUCH more interesting than the dull Arno the Assassin protagonist. Unfortunately, she is mostly used a plot device for the unnecessary-in-my-opinion Romeo/Juliet style romance arc in the story. And she deserved a helluva lot better ending than what she got… c’mon, Ubisoft.
Name a female character who you either find better in her book than her movie, find better in her movie than her book, or whose portrayals you find equal.
Uh… my book-reading and movie-watching levels are way too low to answer this one. Um… yeah. Nothing. Next!
Name a character who you want more backstory on.
Lightning Farron from the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy
Yes. I am aware my shero Lightning Farron has full trilogy of awesome Final Fantasy games to tell her epic story. Her present and future are certainly well-covered, but I want to know more about her past. What was it like raising Serah? How did her time in the military go? I’d be super happy if this was a DLC option for a remake of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, or something. Wow… I just wished for DLC. Not sure how I feel about that.
Name a character with traits you feel are sadly overlooked by everyone.
Serah Farron in Final Fantasy XIII-2
Serah starts of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy as Lightning’s “weak” little sister. In the first game, she heavily depends on her big sis Lightning and her annoying wannabe hero man Snow to save her from the evil god thingys. Lightning and Snow have more than one fight fueled by who loves Serah more, that’s for sure. I often see Serah herself dismissed as the damsel in distress that no one really cares about. In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Serah grows from that sheltered woman into her own strong shero. And that transition was not easy for her at all, making it seem real, you know? With her big sis and man ripped away from her life, Serah had no choice but to prove to herself she is capable of kicking ass and saving the world… sorta.
Name a morally grey character. (Villain or anti hero!)
Fortune from Metal Gear Solid 2
Most of Metal Gear Solid 2’s plot details are so whooooosh over my head that I’m not gonna go there, but damn, the characters are really interesting to see in action. Fortune (aka Helena Dolph Jackson, Queen, or Lady Luck) is the nihilistic leader of the turned-terrorist Dead Cell unit. Fortune can’t die even though she really wants to. Grenades don’t explode near her, bullets zoom around her, etc. She’s been through some shit, to say the least, and I really connected with her dark emotions (self-loathing, grief, and anger). In my headcanon, I also like to think she has an asexual romance with Vamp (fanfiction incoming!! … kidding). Bonus points for having badass rail gun that essentially shoots lightning bolts at people. Run Raiden, run!! That was a fun boss fight. Good times!
A character you’re stunned isn’t more famous.
Gunrunner Empress Hailimi Bristol from the Behind the Throne novel series
I am seriously shocked this character isn’t more famous! Hail is a combat goddess, gifted negotiator, queen of sarcasm, and awesome human being worth getting to know. She easily takes the “My Favourite Book Shero” award. For those unfamiliar, I can best describe the world K.B. Wagers created with this book series as a cross between Mass Effect and Star Wars: lots of galactic politics and shooting stuff topped with a well-written cast of cool characters. Oh, and the Farian race are kinda like space elves so add a bit of Dragon Age to the mix.
A character from a piece of fiction you’re amazed isn’t more famous.
Odessa from the novel Icefall
I’m not sure what the status of the Clearsky Chronicles book series is these days, but the first book needs more attention. The writing style is super effective and it has some neat sci-fi themes, to say the least. Odessa, the book’s protagonist, is essentially force born asexual by a chemical chip that her dystopian overlords have implanted into their genetically engineered subjects. I’m dying to find out how that plays out… More of my thoughts on this book can be found in my official review.
Fantastic Female Bloggers
Livid Lightning’s tagging policy is usually “nah” or “make me” (depending on current mood), but I figured I’d link to some cool female blogger folks out there. This is not a tag if you don’t wanna do it or already have. I just want to promote you because you’re awesome, girl!
- Athena | AmbiGaming
- The Shameful Narcissist
- Kim of Later Levels
- Pix of Shoot the Rookie
- The Gaming Diaries
- The Hostess of Video Game Journals
- Thero of A Reluctant Hero
- Sheikah Plate
- Cupcakes and Machetes
- Ignited Moth
- Defy the Majority
- Megan // A Geeky Gal
- Angie | Backlog Crusader
- The Hannie Corner
- Alyssa | Nerd Side of Life
- Skylar-Mei of gamergal.exe
- Resa of Graffiti, Lux Art & More
- Lousie Brady of The Dragonspire
- The Dragon’s Tea Party
- Double Jump
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