The kinds of characters a video game has can make or break your gaming experience. This Pride month, I want to highlight three incredible, strong LGBT women in video games.
Ellie, The Last of Us
The original The Last of Us does not confirm Ellie as part of the LGBT community. Instead, there’s a DLC titled TLoU: Left Behind that follows Ellie and her companion, Riley. The two young women share a kiss during this game, and developers have confirmed Ellie is gay.
Ellie makes the list of strong LGBT women because throughout TLoU she is, well, strong. She’s strong-willed and must be resilient to survive. Her story continues in The Last of Us Part II, releasing on June 19, 2020, and further explores her sexuality in a relationship with a woman named Dina.
Chloe Price, Life Is Strange
Chloe Price is a key character in both Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. She’s actually the protagonist of Before the Storm, the story of how she became so close to Rachel Amber while Max Caulfield was M.I.A. Both games give players the opportunity to have an LGBT romance with Chloe.
Chloe made the list because she is one of the coolest, strongest, LGBT women. Life Is Strange is the story of Max, but Chloe gets the crap end of the stick for most of it. It’s heartbreaking what she has to go through with Rachel Amber missing, but she remains strong during the entire game.
Tracer may be a surprising choice for this list. Overwatch isn’t a story-driven video game, but that doesn’t mean it can’t contain LGBT characters. Besides gameplay, Overwatch has accompanying comics, and short stories found here.
These comics confirm Tracer’s LGBT identity as a lesbian. She has a girlfriend named Emily and shares a sweet kiss with her in the comic ‘Reflections.’ Tracer makes the list of strong LGBT women because she’s a powerful fighter and teammate.
Strong women are always my favorite video game characters to play, but it’s especially nice to see LGBT women depicted in such a way too. That’s why these three characters are so important to me, especially in such mainstream games. These were only a few of my top picks for strong LGBT women in video games. Let me know yours in the comments!