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I is for... by SeanMcFarland I is for... by SeanMcFarland
...Ibuki.

Back to back ninjas! (If the videogames of my generation taught me anything, it's that you can never have too many Ninjas.) First female character as well, but she'll be getting some company real soon.

As a momentary aside, I have to say that gaming culture needs to be careful on how it deals with ladies. I got to "I," and realized that there had yet to be any female characters on the list.

My bad.

I had a few planned, but so far it's been a real sausage fest. Seeking inspiration, I did a search for the top female videogame characters. Man. There are way too many "Hottest Female character," lists and not enough "most badass female character," lists.

I like pretty ladies as much as the next guy, but come on. I'm guessing the female "hottest," lists outweigh their male counter parts 10 to 1. And honestly, male videogame characters are almost always designed to look impressive, powerful and ready to kick heads in. Female characters are all too often designed simply to titillate. I know there are some notable exceptions on both ends, but looking at the industry as a whole, there is some growing up that needs to be done.

But enough about gender depictions in mass media! Ibuki is awesome. She's a ninja, has a pet tenuki, and some really baffling cutouts in her pants. Go ninja girl! I can't play with you worth a damn, but you still have an awesome design!
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Rhykross Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ibuki is one of the best characters. She is extremely original and for those that we have followed the footprint we consider that his appearance at the end of the last century was a revolution. So I think that Daigoro Ikeno was a success. Not forgetting Yuri Amano. It is a shame that Capcom would not given credit for inclusion in a mini series as they did in Street Fighter II Turbo.
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SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I agree.
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micQuestion Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   General Artist
"You can never have too many ninjas"... you speak so much truth, it hurts.

I haven't been gaming since SNES so I'm not caught up with the goings-on of video game culture. Has it been worse for females in video games than in comics? If so, I'd be a bit shocked because I know for sure there are wayyy more female gamers than female comic book readers so I figured they'd get more respect in terms of imagery.

Anyway... ninjas are my world. Thanks for Ibuki!

Peace.
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SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if it's worse so much as parallel. Same issues really, objectification, lack of positive characterization etc... There are definitely are some good ladies in game land, but there is also no shortage of their more scantily clad counterparts.
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