The Daily Five: Females That Deserve Leading Roles

April 16, 2013 | By | 5 Comments

Princess Zelda

This is such a no-brainer that it’s a wonder that it hasn’t happened already. Sure, Zelda got to help out a bit in Ocarina of Time, but she had to disguise herself as a man named Sheik to do so; that’s bull. Her actions as Sheik prove that she’s more than capable of handling herself, so the fact that we’ve gone 15 years since then without it are pretty much inexcusable.

Zelda wouldn’t even need to rescue Link to make a compelling game. I mean, let’s face facts here — he’s not important enough on his own for someone to swoop in and kidnap him. Would such a game even have Ganon as an antagonist? Beats me! But I have a hunch that Miyamoto would be able to make a great game with Zelda being more than a namesake.

The Boss

Arguably the single most amazing female character in all of video games, The Boss was a mentor to Metal Gear Solid 3’s Naked Snake. She’s constantly talked up as the greatest soldier that ever lived; the founding of her Cobra Unit in World War II leads her to be called the mother of American special forces.

With such a rich and storied history, it’s surprising that Konami never went back to the well to flesh her out. Big Boss’s story continues after he defeats her in one of the most emotional final battles in any game, but we think it’d be great to go in the opposite direction. What was her time leading Cobra Unit really like?

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