LONDON - AUGUST 11: Former gymnast Alison Carroll, 23, is presented as the new face of computer game character Lara Croft at Pineapple Studios on August 11, 2008 in London, England. The new Tomb Raider game 'Underworld' comes out on November 21, 2008. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

I hate that the majority of people think that playing video games are strictly a “guy thing.” That stigma couldn’t be farther from the truth. I have plenty of friends, who are women that love picking up their controller on a quite Friday night to escape reality. Women are essential to gaming in every aspect. To be honest, female characters in video games are usually the most bad ass people within the game. Don’t believe me? Let me break down who I think are the most bad ass female video game characters of all time!

LONDON – AUGUST 19: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the UK premiere of “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” at the Empire cinema Leicester Square on August 19, 2003 in London. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)Lara Croft – Tomb Raider

Lara Croft – Tomb Raider

Lara Croft is the main protagonist in the iconic video game franchise, Tomb Raider. She’s archaeologist who travels throughout ancient tombs & ruins around the globe in search of treasure. During her search, she obviously has to deal with people who will do anything to get the treasure before her. So what does she do? She fights back & kicks some serious butt!

Whether it be with a bow and arrow, a pistol in each hand or even climbing mountains with her bare hands, nothing & nobody will stop Lara from getting what she sets out for.

The iconic female character became so popular among fans, that they even decided to make a live action movie based around the game. Two of them starred Angelina Jolie portraying the role & in it’s most recent updated version Alicia Vikander took it on. With new video games for the franchise coming out every few years and a couple of movies to back it up, it’s safe to say Lara Croft is one bad ass female!

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Actresses Sienna Guillory, Milla Jovovich, Aryana Engineer and Li Bingbing arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of “Resident Evil: Retribution” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on September 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Jill Valentine -Resident Evil

ZOMBIES!!! Yes, the Resident Evil franchise is all about a virus which has spread throughout the world which has people turning to flesh eating zombies. In the first ever Resident Evil video game, players were given the option to choose between two characters, Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine. Both worked for an elite task force known as S.T.A.R.S who were on the search for missing team members. I’ll be honest, I know many people who have played this game and I don’t know one person who has ever chosen to play as Chris Redfield. Jill Valentine was everybody’s go to character.

Why? Because Jill is bad ass! Unlike her counter part Chris, Jill actually gets to start the game with a gun to defend herself from all the zombies. Why doesn’t Chris have a gun? Nobody knows. Maybe he was just being a typical man and dropped it. Maybe his wife wasn’t there to for him to ask, “Babe can you put this in your bag for me?” Jill was obviously the better choice from the start of the game.

Resident Evil was so successful through out the years that movies were created from the franchise too! Even though Jill didn’t show up until the second movie, the franchise was still led by a strong female character portrayed by Milla Jovovich. Fan weren’t to happy about the exclusion of Jill from the first film, so when she finally appeared in the second…boy did she have an entrance.

Chun-li – Street Fighter

Street Fighter is a simple concept for a game. Pick your character and fight. When people think of this game, a few names come to mind. Ryu, Ken, Giles & of course Chun-Li. This female fighter is not only bad ass because she is dominate in the game, but Chun-Li was the first playable female fighter in any fighting game franchise to gain mainstream recognition. Yup, Chun-Li is a legend in the gaming community. She was the pillar of strong female video game characters.

Although Chun-Li has appeared in two Street Fighter movies, fans of the franchise rather not bring those up. With poor production & acting, fans were disappointed to see the character portrayed in such a bad way. Hoping for an upcoming reboot, fans wait patiently for any word on an upcoming Street Fighter movie.

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