Gaming

Nathan Drake

In the Uncharted series, Nathan “Nate” Drake is treasure hunter with an everyman personality and a wardrobe to match. Game publisher Naughty Dog based him on a combination of Johnny Knoxville and Harrison Ford, and they got the scoundrel down pat.

Elena Fisher

In Uncharted, Drake meets his match in Elena Fisher, a strong-willed and spunky journalist. She may be a love interest, but with her smarts and fighting prowess, she’s no damsel in distress.

Tifa Lockhart

Tifa is the childhood friend of Cloud Strife, who is the protagonist of one of the most famous RPGs of all time, Final Fantasy VII. Tifa convinces Cloud Strife to join the eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE and later assists him in saving the planet from the game’s villain, Sephiroth. Tifa is one of video game’s most prominent female characters as she is a strong and independent, often being compared to Lara Croft. The media has described her as one of the best female characters in gaming.

Faith Connors

Faith is the main character in the game Mirror’s Edge. The game is set in a futuristic dystopian society, in which a network of ‘Runners’, including Faith, are used as couriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance. When she was young, her parents were killed while protesting government plans, forcing Faith to grow up on the street. She eventually meets Mercury, a Runner who recognizes Faith’s potential and becomes her mentor. He teaches Faith how to survive in the city, a world where obedience is brutally enforced and any deviance is relegated to the edge of society.

Blanka

Blanka makes his first appearance in Street Fighter II. As a child, he becomes stranded in the Amazon after a plane crash. There he becomes exposed to electric eels that mutate his appearance and give him his electric powers.

Poison

Introduced in the first Final Fight, Poison is one of the few characters from the Capcom series to move on to a minor role in the popular fighter game, Street Fighter. She has since appeared in later artworks and cross-over games and is notably one of the top female characters in video game history.

Ash Ketchum

Ash Ketchum has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master and as soon as he turned ten he obtained his first Pokémon, Pikachu. Together with his friends Misty and Brock, he’s learned to improve his skills and capture more Pokémon.

TF2 Scout

In Team Fortress 2, the Scout is your typical messenger: quick, snarky, and a lot tougher than he appears. He likes to inflict damage with his baseball bat and escape before the opponent knows what hit him.

TF2 Spy

In Team Fortress 2, the Spy often finds himself behind enemy lines but stays cool under pressure. He uses disguises, fakes his own death, and even turns invisible, all for a chance to backstab his enemies.

Deadpool

In the Marvel Universe, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) is a mentally unstable mercenary. He’s hugely popular with comic fans as the merc with a mouth, frequently breaking the fourth wall. In the Wolverine movie, Ryan Reynolds also portrayed something that kind of resembled Deadpool, I guess…?