Well then, it’s time for another one of my lists. As I’ve made clear by now, I really like fighting games, though I’m an amateur level at best since I don’t spend hours upon hours playing only fighters. Having said that, it’s no secret, being a guy and all, the female fighters have a hand at influencing which fighters I’ll pick up immediately or wait till their in the bargain bin (See Persona 4: Arena). Anyway, here are, in no particular order, my 21 favorite female fighters. Keep in mind that not all my picks are solely based on sex appeal.
#1: Aoi Umenokouji (Virtua Fighter).
Virtua Fighter is the pioneer of 3D fighting games whose charm lies in the fact that it’s as straightforward as it gets. There are no over the top characters, no magic, no demons, just an arcade fighter whose simplicity is both its best appeal and what repels some newcomers who won’t give it a chance. I say all this because that’s what defines hottie #1. Aoi is a straightforward Japanese beauty who can incapacitate you with her counter heavy Aiki Ju-Jutsu fighting style, which she executes with elegance and perfection. Nothing more, nothing less.
#2: Ayane (Dead or Alive).
Does Ayane have a last name? I dunno. So, Dead or Alive. A series whose gameplay I label as Virtua Fighter, with all the over the top elements said game lacks. Other than that, it’s pretty obvious what DoA’s main attraction is. Picking a favorite DoA babe was tough since all of them are raging gaming boner worthy, but for me, it came down to three (Kokoro, Mila and Ayane). Ayane won for two reasons.
1: She’s somewhat like the Vegeta to Kasumi’s Goku as she’s always forced to live in the latter’s shadow for more reasons that her cursed upbringing and lineage. In short, an anti-hero-ish kunoichi.
2: Her color scheme.
Of course there had to be a pirate girl on the list. Pirates and ninjas have some sort of inexplicable chemistry together. Anyway, Bonne Jenet. Of all the pirate girls in fighting games, she’s undoubtedly the hottest. With her ability over aerokinesis, French kickboxing based fighting style and all around lovable “bored with being a millionaire’s daughter” thief personality, I couldn’t think of any reason NOT to pick her over the likes of Ruby Heart and May.
#4: Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers and numerous crossover fighters and RPGs)
Yes, you all knew shes be in the list. After all, succubi are my favorite supernatural beings. Like B Jenet, despite having a despicable occupation, she’s not evil. She has no interest in royalty/nobility and would rather spend her time having fun kicking enemies’ teeth down their throats. Also, my thoughts on the age old “how does her outfit stay on” debate? Don’t know, don’t care. By the way, if this were a list of hottest Capcom babes, Morrigan would be my #1. Sorry Cammy and Chun-Li (Neither of whom are on this list).
#5: Elena (Street Fighter 3)
As far as I know, Elena is the ONLY African billed person in fighting games. That’s one of the main reasons she’s on my list. Also, her capoeira’s just so smooth and just as fun to watch as the Tekken and SNK capoeira trios. She’s also the tallest girl in the Street Fighter series. This lady also made me ask a question regarding Japan’s depiction of some “tanned” characters. Why do some of them have silver/white hair?
#6: Mileena (Mortal Kombat).
For those who like teasing Dead or Alive 5 for its blatant fanservice, have you seen the ladies’ attire in MK9? They’re so scandalous they make Mai Shiranui look visually appropriate (Which isn’t a bad thing for us dudes, mind you). So she’s Kitana’s clone who is half Tarkatan. Big deal. I just need to restrain my lust for lip locks. Okay, that will be my only perverted comment on this list. Anyway, Mileena changed from initially being just a mean bitch who will rip your head off, to a seductively mean bitch…who will rip your head off.
#7: Seong Mi-Na/Seung Mi-na/Son Mina/Seung Mina (Soul Blade/Edge/Calibur).
I don’t care how it’s spelled anymore. I think most of the clever fans have noticed a trend in my picks. In case you haven’t, I’ll give you a hint: Ivy’s the only woman in this category I don’t like. Mileena’s technically not “THAT” but it’s close enough. Back to Mina. She’s the original staff user in the Soul series before Kilik’s introduction. Basically an ass kicking woman who’s both cocky and confident in her skills and seems to enjoy exposing her midriff in her default outfits. At least she gained several new moves in SC3 and onward to differentiate her from Kilik.
#8: Mina Majikina (Samurai Showdown 5)
Yup. It’s the socially inept archer bishojo with the most useless, annoying and hated animal companion in the Samurai Showdown series, Chample. Mina is credited as being the first ;legitimate archer in a fighting game. Did I mention she’s shy? I like her over Iroha because Iroha would have been another predictable choice, especially with her super special move. I like to think Iroha’s master is female for obvious reasons, though.
#9: Dizzy (Guilty Gear X)
Short and sweet. I like her two wings who kinda act like the classic angel and devil consciences you see in cartoons that force you to make a choice.
#10: Makoto Nanaya (Blazblue: Continuum Shift)
I still haven’t played BB (Mainly because I want to buy the latest installment and not get plagued by expansion CDs.) but Makoto makes me want to play it. She’s a hyperactive squirrel girl who fights against discrimination, supposedly. I don’t want to be spoiled so I’ll wait till I eventually get a copy of Continuum Shift: Extend.
#11: Baby Bonnie Hood (Darkstalkers 3)
She’s an evil Red Riding Hood who is classified as a Darkstalker because she embodies all forms of human sin, and is a female version of my #1 Nintendo male character, Wario.
#12: Kula Diamond (King of Fighters 2000)
And we’re back to that common trait I mentioned earlier. Kula’s ice powers, is adorable and my main in the KoF series.
#13: Princess Sissy (Matrimelee)
This girl is pure evil in combat. Unadulterated evil. She’s almost as evil as Parace L’ sia. Speaking of.
#14: Kira Daidohji (Arcana Heart)
She’s the main reason I was introduced to the Arcana Heart series. She’s a prodigy who seeks world domination. Her first step to global conquest is by showing the world her power with her latest creation, the wrestling blob. Insert an H joke here if you want.
#15: Angel (Tekken 2)
An ironic fact about my list is that out of all the great female fighters in the Tekken series, mt favorite is one of the most obscure and less revealing: an Angel named…Angel. Looking forward to using her in Tag 2 once she becomes available for DLC.
Yes, I like her more than Lili Rochefort. Yes, I’m still angry they didn’t include her in SFxTK. Yes, she’s my favorite fighting game ojou-sama of them all.
#17: Ninon Beart (King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2/2006)
She’s my favorite fighting game goth girl.
#18: Princess Zelda (Super Smash Bros Melee)
Yes, I do consider Smash Bros to be a fighting game. Yes, Zelda is my #1 Nintendo girl.
#19: Dark Sakura (Fate/Unlimited Codes).
She has a bizarre fighting style and she kinda rapes her opponent in one of her super special moves.
#20: Luviagelita Edelfelt (Fate/Unlimited Codes)
A pro-wrestling aristocratic magician with a competitive perfectionist complex. Nuff said.
#21: Hinako Shijo (King of Fighters 2000)
A sumo-wrestling fangirl who adapted the fighting style as her own.
There you have it. 21 girls I’ve enjoyed playing as in all the fighting games I’ve played so far. There will probably be more in the future but I wanted to get this list out of the way. If anyone else has their list of favs, do share.