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Okay, so because I have way too much time on my hand, I decided to compile a list of non-sexualized female video game protagonists, from oldest to newest, as a sort of follow up to that post I made that exploded in popularity.

Samus Aran (Metroid, 1986)

Princess Peach (first playable in Super Mario Bros. 2, 1988)

Rosella (King’s Quest IV, 1988)

Laura Bow (debuted in The Colonel’s Bequest, 1989)

Emily Hartwood (Alone in the Dark, 1992)

Terra (Final Fantasy VI, 1994)

Valanice and Rosella (King’s Quest VII, 1994)

Jennifer Simpson (Clock Tower, 1995)

Jill Valentine (debuted in Resident Evil, 1996 and was in RE 3 in 1999)

Eva Brea (Parasite Eve, 1997)

Claire Redfield (debuted in Resident Evil 2, 1998. Also in Code Veronica, 2000, Revelations, 2012 and Revelations 2, 2015)

Coco (Crash Bandicoot 3, 1998)

April Ryan (The Longest Journey, 1999)

Maya Amano (Persona 2, 1999)

Alice Liddel (American McGee’s Alice, 2000)

Joanna Dark (Perfect Dark, 2000)

Miku Hinasaki (Fatal Frame, 2001)

Rebecca Chambers (Resident Evil Zero, 2002)

Alex Roivas (Eternal Darkness, 2002)

Heather Mason (Silent Hill 3, 2003)

Mio Amakura (Fatal Frame 2, 2003)

Madotsuki (Yume Nikki, 2004)

Rei Kurosawa (Fatal Frame 3, 2005)

Zoe Castillo (Dreamfall, 2006)

Amaterasu (Okami, 2006)

Chell (Portal, 2007)

Faith Conners (Mirror’s Edge, 2007)

Jeanne D'arc (Jeanne D'arc, 2007)

female Commander Shepard (Mass Effect, 2007)

Ruka Minazuki (Fatal Frame 4, 2008)

Any of the female Borderlands protagonist options (Borderlands, 2009)

The female protagonist from Persona 3 Portable (2009)

All six sisters from The Path (2009)

Lightning (debuted Final Fantasy XIII, 2009 and in Lightning Returns, 2013)

Yuuri Kozukata (Fatal Frame 5, 2014)

Aqua (Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, 2010 and A Fragmentary Passage, 2016)

Aveline de Grandpre (Assassin’s Creed Liberation, 2012)

Serah Farron (Final Fantasy XIII-2, 2013. People might disagree with me on this one, but I really don’t think her default outfit, aka the one that most people are going to be familiar with, is anything “bad” at all.)

Clementine (The Walking Dead Season 2, 2013)

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider reboot, 2013)

Fiona (Tales from the Borderlands, 2014)

Max Caulfield (Life is Strange, 2014)

female Jesse (Minecraft Story Mode, 2014)

Amanda Ripley (Alien Isolation, 2014)

Ellie (The Last of Us Left Behind, 2014 and The Last of Us Part 2, 2018? We don’t know for sure yet) 

Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2, 2014)

Fetch (Infamous First Light, 2014)

Kinzie (Saints Row Gat out of Hell, 2015)

The female option from Splatoon (2015)

Lorraine (The Park, 2015)

Fran Bow (Fran Bow, 2015)

Michone (The Walking Dead Michone, 2016)

Emily Kaldwin (Dishonored 2, 2016)

As you can see, there’s a lot of characters here, with a good number of them ten years or older and some even 20+ years. That doesn’t even get to customizable “blank slate" characters from games like Fallout, Saints Row, or Elder Scrolls where you can make them as sexy or modest as you want. And of course, this is by no means a complete list; I like to think I know a lot about video games, but obviously I don’t know about literally every game in existence. Pretty sure I got all the dates right, but if I didn’t, feel free to correct.

You know what? Looking at this list makes me realize how little Tumblr talks about Resident Evil and Fatal Frame, two horror game series that have more than their fair share of non-sexualized female protagonists. In fact, a lot of horror games have them. And RE is a very well known and influential series, so you can’t exactly pull the "it’s just a cult classic” excuse on that one, as well as for Silent Hill 3. It just seems like whenever Tumblr talks about female characters in horror games, they always make it seem like they’re always Ashley-esque damsels, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. What’s up with that?

Anyways, I could also go on and on about awesome non-sexualized non-protagonist female characters like The Boss, Brigid Tenenbaum, Elanor Lamb, almost all the gals from Overwatch, Chun-Li, Rosalind Lutece, Liara T'soni, Yuna (yes, I know she’s sexualized in X-2, but I still love her to death even though I prefer her X characterization as I related to her more in that one), Celes, Zelda, Billie Lurk, and much more, but I’d probably be here forever if I did that. @danguy96, @unhappy-opinions, @takashi0, @vikinglumberjack, I hope I’m not being a bother, but I don’t suppose you could spread this around since you’re all mutual that spread my original post as well.