Female Villains. There are a lot of them. To make on to this particular Top 5 list, these femme fatales have to be the antagonist to your protagonist. These are the women that have manipulated, twisted and just driven you bonkers throughout your gaming experience. You dearly want to end their machinations. And you will if you’re strong enough. Here are the top 5 female villains in games.
5. Sniper Wolf, Metal Gear Solid
Coming in at number 5, she was the first female boss I encountered as a gamer. And I think that everyone seems to forget about Sniper Wolf. Everyone talks about Liquid, Ocelet, Grey Fox, and Big Boss. Wolf is the product of geopolitical instability that left her to watch her family murdered by the USA, and then develop an unquenchable thirst for vengeance. The only female member of FOXHOUND, this Iraqi Kurdistani is one of the noblest of villains. With the ghostly patience to wait days or weeks to kill her target, Sniper Wolf emotionally connects to her targets, before assassinating them. Noble? Certainly. Also, next level psychopathic behavior. Her last words on loneliness and love that can break your heart as the wolves’ howl in sympathy.
4. Ultimecia, Final Fantasy VIII
Number 4 comes as no surprise to many: – Ultimecia from Final Fantasy VIII. In every JRPG there is always a villain that despises mankind and will massacre thousands without reason or cause. Ultimecia actually has a reason: – To save herself. As villains go, Ultimecia has broken the laws of time and space, crippled nations, and started wars to achieve this objective.
Ultimecia lives outside of time and is more puppet master. She opts to possess individuals to achieve her aims. Whether is Rinoa, or Edea, she does ironically suffer from a warranted persecution complex. She is hounded for “crimes” not yet committed in her aim to become godlike and rule over time, space and the entirety of existence.
3. Sofia Lamb, BioShock 2
Evil can be scary; genius can be scary. Combine the two together and evil geniuses are a whole other level of evil villain. Sofia Lamb fits this bill perfectly. She never gets her hands dirty but got everything she wanted through manipulation and coercion. The psychologist turned revolutionary – with a pinch of sexy librarian – took over the underwater city of Rapture by convincing the city to embrace “Family collectivism.”
The super foxy psychologist turned cult leader ideology is an odd mix with Marxist/communist overtones, valuing the Greater Good above all else. Needless to say, this runs counter to everything of Andrew Ryan’s libertarianism – and don’t get me started on the pedo-undertones ignored of Big Daddy and their “daughters.” Sofia Lamb literally turned a city of lambs, and lead them to the slaughter.
2. Alma Wade, First Encounter Assault Recon (FEAR)
Number 2 kept me awake in F.E.A.R. and Alma Wade was the… the female thing that terrified me when the lights went out. My nightmares stared the child bride of Satan known as Alma Wade. Japanese horror with a healthy dose of psychic brainwashing, some terrifying frame jerky cut animations, will give you nightmares. Alma is the product of psychic ability “testing,” experiments and abuse. She grows as a character across the series and even gets pregnant at the age of 15. Her ability to force psychic hallucinations like wonderfully disembodied torsos, have other things phase through walls and leave bloody footprints everywhere is as bad as watching her melt and flay people with telekinesis. She scared me then, and I’m still scared of 8 years old and what they learn on the playground now.
1. Sarah Louise Kerrigan, StarCraft & StarCraft 2
There is nothing more tragic than a fallen hero turned villain. That’s what makes Sarah Louse Kerrigan, Ghost, and the Queen of Blades the most terrifying and bad-ass female antagonists in gaming. She is a complex character. From her own tragic childhood, the Ghost Program, to being mutilated and mutated into the Queen of the Zerg, and then again into something greater in Legacy of the Void. No other female villain has accomplished the same scale of great and terrible things, and then regained their humanity Her legacy as the Queen of Blades, leaves her as Queen of the list.
Somebody once said that men cannot live with women and that men cannot live without them. Personally, the first half is true, because if these five female villains have their way, you won’t be living anyway. Just be grateful you are not married to any of them either.