7: Samus Aran from Metroid
Original, Nintendo hadn’t expected Samus Aran from Metroid to be a female character. Back in the early 90s, sexism was even worse than it is today, with strong games characters almost invariably being male (mosly because the gamers themselves were male) Nintendo, however, were inspired by the movie Alien and its female star, Rippley.
Seeing Metroid as a similar sci-fi IP, decided to make Samus Aran female and in doing so created one of the earliest and best female games protagonists.
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