10 Most Controversial Female Video Game Characters

Female sexualization in video games has improved over time, but it still remains an issue. Too often are women portrayed with skimpy outfits and lowered to objects for male gamers to gawk at. The improvements have been a stronger character story for Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider remake, and there are many RPGs that feature an option to play as a male or female protagonist, like Fallout 4. While there’s nothing wrong with having sexualized female characters in games as long as it fits, there is simply too much of it out there. Here are some of the most controversial characters depicted in these games.

‘Arcana Heart’ Characters

Japanese culture can be a little weird. This all-female fighting game received lots of criticism for its erotic fan art with women that look underage. In the game, the excuse is made that they’re actually thousands of years old but have kept a younger figure.


This character was introduced in Final Fight, the last villain that you had to punch to death to win. Figuring battering women wouldn’t go down well in America, the character was portrayed as a male and it was considered gaming’s first transgender character.