In honour of the return of Samus in Metroid Prime Trilogy, we asked our forum members to vote for their favourite female characters of all time. The rules were simple: you could vote for any female character you liked as long as they had appeared in a game on a Nintendo console. So you could have voted for Lara Croft, for example. You didn't, but some of you did vote for Birdo. Isn't (s)he a man?! Who knows...
8 = Tetra
Those who know their Zelda will be aware that Tetra appears twice in this list. How can that be? Spoiler alert! At the end of The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker, Tetra is revealed to be none other than Princess Zelda. However, seeing as the young pirate played a starring role in both Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass she deserves her place in the list in her own right.
You say: "Like Zelda (well she is Zelda) but with more attitude and slightly less useless. Oh, and she's a pirate! Gotta like pirates." - Darkman2300
8 = Kazooie
This large red female bird - a Red-Crested Breegull - formed one of the greatest duos in the history of Nintendo gaming with her companion Banjo. After Mario 64, this was the cartoon adventure that every N64 fan had to own and the pair have been sorely missed since they departed from the Nintendo console scene after Banjo Tooie (although they did appear on GBA). Of the pair, it was Kazooie who stood out thanks to her sarcastic, rude personality.
You say: "A wise-cracking bird that's rude, can fly you places and has a best friend that's a bear. What's not to like?" - Sheikah-link
8 = Birdo
Birdo is called Catherine in Japan yet is described as a man. We're confused already! So why do people think Birdo may be a woman? Well, it might have something to do with the pink bow. However, in Mario sports games Birdo is listed as a female while Nintendo's second best pink character is described as 'of indeterminate gender' in Smash Bros. We'll go with the latter option and put him/her in there because you voted for him/her. Still confused?
You say: "This cross-dressing dinosaur is awesome. - Iln
7. Zero-Suit Samus
Like Tetra, Samus is the second character to appear twice in this list. Yes, she's just Samus without her suit but you lot voted for her based on her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. We wonder why? Could it be something to do with her looks when she's out of her work clothes. Forum members who voted for her did use the word 'fit' with alarming regularity. At least ShadowmongerZZ had the decency to mention her agility and strength.
You say: "Zero-Suit Samus has it all! She's the only girl fitter than my girlfriend!!" - cosmickid
After Peach was kidnapped for the umpteenth time by Bowser in Super Mario Galaxy, Mario was drawn to a new character named Rosalina. Well, she does look a bit like Princess Peach in a light blue nightie! Still, she obviously made a big impression on you because after one appearance (not counting Mario Kart) she has made the top ten.
You say: "She has a mysterious aura surrounding her and her past (which is revealed in parts throughout the game) made her instantly likeable." - BurplePurple