There’s no where easier to find strong female protagonists in the horror genre than in survival horror video games. Their presence is plentiful and their roles important. For our “Women In Horror Week,” The Blood Sprayer salutes these gems (in no particular order, mind you) with our “Top Ten Women of Horror Video Games!”
Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)
The original kick ass female of the Resident Evil series. Jill was first introduced in Resident Evil (the Master of Unlocking!) and later went on to star in Resident Evil 3:Nemesis. She also plays roles in Resident Evil:Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil 5. During development of the original Resident Evil, Jill was conceived as the weaker of the two playable characters (the other one being Chris Redfield). However, she was given more ammunition, two extra item slots, the ability to pick locks, and access to other weapons to compensate for this.
Heather (Silent Hill 3)
Zoey (Left 4 Dead)
After spending her first semester holed up in a dorm room watching old horror movies, Zoey was given a choice: Stop fooling around and get her grades up, or drop out. Now that the planet’s overrun with murderous zombies, and all of her professors are dead, Zoey at least has the cold comfort that she’s been studying up on the right subject after all. (‘Nuff said!)
The only non-playable character on our list, Alma makes the list for being creepy as hell. While F.E.A.R. is more 1st person shooter than survival horror, Alma’s child-like form, red dress, and blank mask-like face are the perfect recipe for the shivers.
Jennifer (Rule of Rose)
Set in 1930s England, Rule of Rose revolves around a nineteen-year-old girl named Jennifer who becomes trapped in a world ruled by young girls who have established a class hierachy called the Red Crayon Aristocrats. A secret society of pre-pubescent girls that demand monthly offerings, an orphanage massacre, and controversy due to its use of violence and implied sexuality amongst some of its underage, female characters makes Jennifer’s role in Rule of Rose a classic horror staple.
Miku Hinasaki (Fatal Frame)
Instead of being the damsel in distress, Miku plays the role of savior as she goes into the Himuro Mansion to look for her missing brother, Mafuyu Hinasaki. She finds no trace of her brother, except for her mother’s old camera (her only weapon against the mansion’s ghosts) that Mafuyu brought along with him. Realizing that she is now trapped within the mansion, Miku continues searching for her brother and a way out.
Alyssa Hamilton (Clock Tower 3)
The third Clock Tower installment focuses on Alyssa Hamilton, a fourteen year old girl who comes to find women in her family develop the power to communicate with the dead at the age of fifteen. Not only does Alyssa become tasked with the duty of freeing the tortured souls that feed the evil “Entity,” she also has to find her missing mother and unravel the mysteries of her heritage.
Claire Redfield (Resident Evil)
The second female from Resident Evil to make our list, Claire is the sister of Chris Redfield from the original Resident Evil. She is the main protagonist in Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica, which both follows her search for her missing brother. If you learn any thing from this list, please walk away with these two facts: Girls can kick supernatural/ zombie ass as well as any guy and brothers are some silly bitches that get lost easily.
Fiona Belli (Haunting Ground)
The player-character and protagonist of Haunting Ground is eighteen-year-old Fiona Belli, who before the start of the game was involved in a car accident that killed her parents. She awakes in a cage to find herself in a castle which she must escape…the only help coming from a white German Shepherd named Hewie. Fiona does not have the weapons at her disposal that some of our other heroines have, instead relying on her smarts and wit to help her out of dangerous situations (like confrontations with, say….a mentaly disabled gardener. Yup- ‘Sling Blade’ boss fights!)
Rochelle (Left 4 Dead 2)
Another strong female trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, ‘Ro is an associate producer in journalism. Her news station recently promoted her and sent her to Savannah, the location of the first campaign, to produce a story on the odd occurences that were happening. Produce a news story and fuck up some zombies that is…
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