A user on Reddit celebrates female characters in gaming
A user on Reddit has started a new series celebrating female characters in gaming, with a focus on humanoid characters for now, and a rule of one character per game/franchise to avoid filling the series with only fighting game rosters or JRPGs. They have finished a drawing of Cate Archer from No One Lives Forever, and are working on a drawing of Jade from Beyond Good & Evil now, with plans to include Bayonetta, Senua, Kerrigan, and more.
The user, who says they are a woman and “want to celebrate gaming’s great female characters,” answers common questions, including why they haven’t included some characters yet (“I’m trying to include characters with a lot of exposure, so someone like Tibor from The Witcher 4 wouldn’t make the cut, despite how cool I think she is,”) and why there are exceptions to the one-character-per-game rule (“I am going to draw Jeanne as an exception to the one-character-per-series rule for Bayonetta because I think she’s a very important part of the series.”)
They also provide a list of finished characters and a link to a list of characters they plan to draw in the future. Many users suggest additional characters to include, such as Molly from Deep Rock Galactic, Aubrey from Omori, and Bastila Shan from Knights of the Old Republic.
“I am a woman and I am a gamer,” the user writes. “I’m doing my best to celebrate some of the many, many female characters in games.” They go on to express appreciation for support, while also pointing out that the drawing of Jade took them 45 hours of work. “I’m going to keep doing it,” they write. “I hope you’ll keep supporting me.”
Here are some of the suggestions and replies from the thread:
Some users suggest characters like Bayonetta, Senua, and Bastila Shan, with one user writing, “I’m glad you’re doing this. It’s important to see women in games celebrated and given the recognition they deserve.”
Another user writes, “I love Cate Archer, she is a huge inspiration for me, and I love the fact that you are doing this. I know it’s a lot of work and sometimes it feels like nothing but silence and doubt, but I want you to know that I appreciate the work you’re putting into this.”
“I really appreciate the work you’re doing,” another writes. “I think it’s really important to highlight female characters in games that aren’t just the token girl in a game (ie, it’s not just Samus or Faith) and I like the idea of having multiple characters from the same game (it’s harder, but it feels like more of a challenge).”
Other suggestions include characters like Bayonetta, Senua, Bastila Shan, and more.
“I love this idea,” another writes. “I don’t know how I didn’t see it before. I’m going to follow it.”
Some users suggest characters like Bayonetta, Senua, and Bastila Shan.
“I appreciate the suggestion,” the user writes, “but I am going to draw Senua as I have said in a previous post and I am very committed to drawing Kerrigan in the Queen of Blades version.”
Some other suggestions include characters like Chell from Portal and Faith from Mirror’s Edge.
“I appreciate the suggestions,” the user writes, “but I am already planning on drawing both Chell and Faith.”
The user also confirms that characters like Senua and Kerrigan are already planned for inclusion.
“I’m glad you’re doing this,” one user writes. “I know it isn’t much, but I always try to support people drawing and creating things like this. Keep it up.”