First Game: Bayonetta
Created by: Hideki Kamiya
There are a whole host of female characters in video games today, Zelda, Lightning (from Final Fantasy) and of course Lara Croft (Tomb Raider). However, a more recent female character has in my opinion, has taken over. Bayonetta was introduced to us in 2010, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it was released for the Wii U in 2013.
Bayonetta was created by Hideki Kamiya, he wanted to have a female protagonist. She was one of two surviving “Umbran Witches”, and searches for answers regarding her forgotten past. Bayonetta is highly stylized from her costume made of her on hair, her “beehive” hairstyle and her fighting style. Bayonetta is a highly sexualize character. Many found this to be a problem, others saw this as an asset. Some found her depiction to be, “sexist, gross pandering, and it’s totally unnecessary”.
Computer and Video Games praised her “as more interesting than the game’s story line, describing her as the “sexiest collection of pixels [they’ve] ever seen”, though not a character they considered a sex object“. Bayonetta is a fearless fighter, who can hold her own if a fight against any adversary. She has style, bravery and a sense of humor are all qualities that make Bayonetta my favorite female video game character.