Waffle Bites: Women Characters in Gaming

In honor of March being National Women’s Month, we are releasing a series of short podcasts, “waffle bites” if you will, to celebrate women in gaming. For our first Waffle Bite, we explore female characters that have personally made an impact on us.

If you don’t have time to check out the entire podcast, here are the timestamps of topics covered:

  • 0:34 – Seth (Acagameia.com) talks about Damoi Sochua from Civilization: Beyond Earth, and how she fills the “smartest man in the room” trope.
  • 2:47 – Seth discusses the character of Juhani from Knights of the Old Republic and her brush with the dark side.
  • 6:05 – Kate (k8monstrsCloset.com) discusses Rikku, Paine, and Yuna from FFX-2, Bayonetta, Aveline from Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, Ellen from Folklore and the identity-switching mechanic inherent in each game.
  • 9:40 – Kate discusses gender equality in the Gauntlet series, and what an impact that had on her at an early age. (Valkyrie Rules!!)
  • 13:25 – Tim (Acagameia.com) talks about his admiration of Huang “Hannah” Shuyi and Major Greenland from Battlefied 4, in the larger context of first person shooters.
  • 16:05 – A few general shout-outs characters we didn’t get to talk about in depth.

Stay tuned for a new Waffle Bite next week when we rave about lady game developers!


  1. I’m glad you guys gave a shout out to Nilin. I didn’t really care for “Remember Me” overall, but I did absolutely love the main character–it’s too bad she got stuck in a subpar game.

    You guys also gave general props to Bioware for having great female characters, but in addition to Morrigan (who I love) I think Liara from the Mass Effect trilogy is a stand out character. She has a really interesting personal story arc from being a naive and awkward archaeologist to becoming a well-connected information broker to becoming the bad-ass, omnipresent Shadow Broker. She’s also the one who recovered Shepard’s body and gave it Cerberus for reconstruction–so she basically saved Shepard’s life. Liara starts out as a damsel in distress in the first game, but by the time we reach the events of the third game, she has developed into a fiercely independent and confident powerhouse who doesn’t hesitate to take charge and kick ass. I really enjoyed seeing her grow as a person as the trilogy progressed.

    • Liara is an amazing character. Her story is continued in some of the Mass Effect comics (if you haven’t read them). Tali Zorah is my favorite lady in the Mass Effect universe – similar to Liara it’s fun to watch Tali grow. I could probably do an entire podcast by myself about the women in Mass Effect, so I’ll leave it there before I get carried away 🙂

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