(Final Fantasy VII)
Tifa is the butt-kicking childhood friend of Cloud Strife from arguably the best Final Fantasy game of the series who went about her business in a wife-beater and shorts, dominating her foes with ferocious abandon. Plus she owns a bar. Let's do the math: Attractive chick with a slight attitude that can fight, dresses in impossibly tight clothing, and can get you free drinks? Yes, please. Some may say that Aeris should be the one getting the nod here, but until she figures out that a full-length, frumpy dress (with shoulder pads) isn't going to cut it, she will remain number two.
For anyone who played the original Metroid, there wasn't a bigger surprise in gaming at the time than when you finished and found out that the protagonist that you had so skillfully guided along was in fact…*GASP*…a woman?!? Blasphemy! Oh wait, is she wearing a bikini? I guess it's cool. It was pretty hot then, and as the series has developed and graphics have improved (it has come a long way from those 8-bit days), Samus has grown too. Anyone would be bad-ass in that suit, but the fact that it is a girl is so much better, don't you think?
(Perfect Dark Series)
Perfect Dark is a fantastic game, and only made better by the slice of heaven that is Joanna Dark. She is basically the female version of James Bond, but in much better attire. She embodies the word sexy with her spy skills, collection of gadgets, and a body suit that I'm sure serves some greater purpose. And did I mention that she made the cover of FHM? I love the Dark!
(Dark Stalkers Series)
Morrigan is a succubus fighter from the Dark Stalkers series (as well as Marvel vs. Capcom), and although she isn't exactly human, she still manages to land the number two spot on my list. Despite the fact that she has wings growing out of her back and head, she is still, in my humble opinion, the hottest of the hot in any fighting game. Period. Anyone who wishes to contest this is free to do so in the comments below, but it will take a well-written and lengthy argument to even begin to sway me on this one.
(Tomb Raider Series)
The leading lady of the Tomb Raider series is the resounding number one, and for too many reasons to count. Throughout the series, she has grown as a character (and gotten a bit more realistically proportioned as well), and proved again and again why she should hold the title of sexiest female character in gaming. She is agile, extremely intelligent, and handles a gun with such finesse that it actually looks graceful, if that's possible. Oh, and she also looks okay too. With the upcoming reinvention of the series, Lara is getting another face lift, and not for the worse...it may be quite some time before anyone comes along who can challenge Lara for the top spot.
By Jeremy Render
CCC Freelance Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*