BADASS OLD LADIES OF VIDEO GAMES
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In my earlier post regarding the alleged “Namco Female Age Rule,” I mentioned about the rarity of old ladies in Fighting-genre Video Games and Video Games, in general. As I would say, both in reality and in video games, no one would want to physically fight an old lady… that’s just plain rude and classless especially if those old ladies are lovely, elegant, nurturing and classy.
However, I have discovered are few exceptional “Badass Old Ladies” in Video Games (mostly are RPG’s) and yes, they are all lovely, elegant, nurturing, classy but most importantly, THEY CAN STILL KICK ASS!!! Here are some of the video game femme fatales who are not planning on an early retirement:
OUME & OTANE GOKETSUJI
Origin: Power Instinct series
Oume and Otane Goketsuji are the twin daughters of Oshima Goketsuji, the matriarch of the entire Goketsuji clan. While they were children, Oume had a great combative spirit while Otane was relatively weak to fight back. Otane had a sad childhood where she was constantly berated and abused by her older sister, Oume. After many years of facing Oume’s abuse and the petty indifference of her mother, Otane decided to leave home at the age of 15 with only one thing on mind: train endlessly so that one day, she could beat Oume and prove that she’s a worthy leader of the Goketsuji clan. Meanwhile, Oume participates for first time in the Goketsuji Tournament, defeating her mother in the finals, and became the head of the Goketsuji clan, being undefeated for many years. Due to their unconquerable spirit, Oume and Otane have become superhuman. Even at the age of 78, they are still out for blood against each other. 22 years later, both sisters now aged 100, decided to settle their differences and share the leadership of the clan and defend it from new challengers. Oume and Otane are definitely among the most bizarre and wackiest characters, using their “flying dentures” attack during fights! Since Power Instinct was a game that pokes fun on established video game themes of attractive young girls, Oume and Otane are definitely the proof that grannies can still kick ass!
Origin: Power Instinct series
Since an early age, Oshima Goketsuji showed uncommon abilities for a little girl. As the time went by, Oshima stumbled upon a secret treasure and the Goketsuji became one of the wealthiest families in the world. Oshima was soon chosen to be the leader of the family. To encourage the competitive spirit in her relatives, she established the code of the family, in which one of its orders gave the opportunity to any person related to the family to take control of the family fortune through the participation in a martial arts tournament. Oshima herself was the leader of the family for many years, but finally, she was defeated by her daughter, Oume, in the 4th Goketsuji Tournament. This was a huge humiliation for Oshima, and one day after the tournament, she just disappeared without a trace. But after 70 years of her last participation in the tournament, Oshima, now aged 101 years old, returns with a plan to regain the control of the Goketsuji clan.
ELIZABETH & SANDRA BELTI
Origin: Power Instinct series
Twin sisters Elizabeth Belti and Sandra Belti have dedicated their lives to the study of magic and research of supernatural phenomenon. Oume Goketsuji invited them to participate in a fighting tournament that is going to be held in commemoration of the Ancestors Ritual. In the past, they never were interested in participating in any of the fighting tournaments of her family, but after hearing from Oume that the winner of the tournament will get access to all the secrets of the Goketsuji family and even meet the ancient living god and initiator of the Goketsuji lineage, the sisters accepted her invitation to participate. Unlike the Goketsuji Twins, the Belti Twins really get along nicely. At the age of 82, these grannies rely on crazy magic attacks and they also have the ability to temporarily return to their younger, sexier years.
Yes, Sindel. With the “Old and Matured Woman” theme combined with a Gothic appearance, Sindel was introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 where we learn that she’s queen of the Realm of Edenia and the mother of Princess Kitana. However, her Kingdom was invaded by the Emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn. Shao Kahn killed her husband, took her as his queen and adopted Kitana as his daughter. This was too much for Sindel that she decided to end her own life. However, Sindel was eventually resurrected by Shao Kahn but in a brainwashed state being completely loyal to him. Sindel was essential for Shao Kahn’s threat of merging Earthrealm with Outworld. Aside from Sindel’s proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, she utilizes fireballs from her mouth and her screaming power virtually renders her opponents helpless. She also uses her hair to grab her opponents and she can also float in mid-air.
Origin: Final Fantasy VIII
The first time I saw Edea Kramer, she immediately reminded me of the Evil Queen from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs :D!!! Edea is actually a sorceress with a gentle nature as she manages an orphanage with her husband, Cid. However, some time later, she was possessed by an evil sorceress from the future, Ultimecia, who wants to spread chaos by achieving “Time Compression.” Under Ultimecia’s influence, Edea becomes a ruthless, power hungry leader, taking control of the elite Galbadian Army eliminating any obstacle in her plans. A powerful sorceress, Edea tactics usually involves casting magic spells and her most powerful attack is Ice Strike, where she creates a giant ice shard and launches it towards her enemy.
Origin: Fire Emblem: Binding Blade
Niime is a Druid, a status in Fire Emblem signifying the highest level of being a user of Dark Magic. From her storyline, Niime is famous among the community of Mages and Shamans and she is known as “the Hermit on the Mountain.” Additionally, Niime is the mother of the Shaman character, Canas. Also, Canas’ son, Hugh, is a Mage character who is under the harsh and cruel training of Niime.
Origin: Metal Gear Series
Unlike previous characters that started their game appearance at an old/middle age, EVA first appeared in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater at the age of 28. She was introduced a trained spy whose mission is to obtain the “Philosophers’ Legacy.” Along the way, she encounters another agent, code named Naked Snake whom she worked with and had a budding intimate relationship. After her failed mission, EVA was contacted by Naked Snake to become part of a new group, “The Patriots.” EVA eventually became a surrogate mother to Naked Snake’s clones. She gave birth to twins: Solid Snake and Liquid Snake. Years later, with Big Boss no longer affiliated with the Patriots, EVA was now dubbed as “Big Mama” and she organized the group, the Paradise Lost Army in order to resist the Patriots. An accomplished spy, EVA is also skilled in guns and arms handling. Motorbiking is her favorite hobby and at the age of 78, she can still drive her motorbike like crazy and can certainly hold her own in motorbike chases.
Origin: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
52 year old Reinhilde is the wife of Auguste, a former Lord of House Haughn. Their two younger children were killed at the hands of the Lenneth Valkyrie, the Battle Maiden, and their eldest son lost his competence to rule after the incident. With no one left in their family to rule, Auguste and Reinhilde decided to continue to the royal succession and avenge their children. They joined Wylfred, a mercenary, to extract revenge on Lenneth Valkyrie. Reinhilde is an effective archer, equipped with a giant crossbow she uses to annihilate her enemies.
Origin: Mortal Kombat Series
The iconic blonde bombshell of Mortal Kombat has surely made a long way. Being one of the original characters of the series, Sonya made it to this list due to the 2011 reboot of the game. Lt. Sonya Blade debuted as 26-year-old member of the U.S. Special Forces in the first Mortal Kombat. She has a stern, no-nonsense personality and is very dedicated to her career. Sonya and her team was after her nemesis, Kano, an infamous criminal and a member of the Black Dragon Organization. Upon following Kano into an uncharted island, they were ambushed by Shang Tsung, the host of the Mortal Kombat tournament, and forced Sonya to join the tournament in order to save her team. During the tournament, she became acquainted with Raiden, Earthrealm’s thunder god, who revealed to her that she was one of the Earthrealm’s chosen warriors. She also became acquainted with Hollywood actor and fellow Earthrealm warrior, Johnny Cage, who constantly flirts with her, much to her annoyance. Together with other Earthrealm warriors, they fought the forces of Outworld who were trying to take control of Earthrealm. However, after a series of vicious battles, the other Earthrealm warriors perished leaving only Raiden, Sonya and Johnny as the survivors. Despite the loss of their comrades, they found new allies and were able to defeat their enemies, restoring peace back in Earthrealm. Sonya and Johnny eventually got married and had a daughter named Cassie, who eventually became a U.S. Special Forces Agent as well. However, 20 years later, their marriage soon ended in divorce as Sonya prioritized her military career more than her family. 5 years later, news of an impending threat in Outworld has reached the Earthrealm warriors. Now at a 51, General Sonya Blade must team up with her estranged family and settle their personal issues in order to defend Earthrealm.