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Leading Ladies

The 10 greatest female characters ever! As voted for by you!

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...

Tetra
Tetra
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

Kazooie (with Banjo!)
Kazooie (with Banjo!)
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

Birdo
Birdo
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

Zero-suit Samus
Zero-suit Samus
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

Rosalina
Rosalina
6. Rosalina

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

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  1. Flash7 Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 07:25

    WOOOO FIRST COMMENT!!!
    See how annoying it is!

    Anyway, I'm surprised that Peach got so many votes, seeing as many people seem to dislike her for always getting kidnapped.

  2. catscan93 Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 08:53

    Lol, they've already done this twice in the magazine...

  3. Ai64 Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 09:24

    Heh. I knew samus would be no. 1

  4. YCshinobi Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 09:51

    Lets see, two Samus's, two Zelda's, a bird, a goddess in the form of a wolf, a dinosaur thing, and a little annoying imp creature, these are the chosen contenders who represent leading ladies on Nintendo consoles? :? The outcome was obvious.

  5. GuyWhoLikesBlue2 Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 10:03

    ah, it was a good decision to make Samus a girl, cause then we wouldn't have Zero Suit Samus for all the slightly twisted people to drool over

  6. Green Jeps Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 10:13

    I'm glad that Rosalina is on the list :D

  7. lattywatty Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 10:15

    Umm... where's Lara Croft? She should be number one, easily. Yeah Samus is awesome but Lara's the ultimate girl of gaming.

    Still, I'm glad Amaterasu's up there :D

  8. akatsukiworm Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 10:20

    that really wasnt surprising at all. of course samus would be #1

  9. Jedi Metroid Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 10:25

    Samus wins. No surprise there.

  10. Pokawaii Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 10:50

    If Princess Peach had any sense she'd hire Dr. Octagonapus as a bodyguard.

    It'd make Mario games more interesting if she did anyhoo. :mrgreen:

  11. Dark Lucario Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 10:53

    It was always obvious that Samus would come out as number 1. Though it's suprising that Zelda didn't beat Peach. I mean, think about it...
    Zelda actually helps Link fight Ganondorf. Peach just sists there, shouting "Help! Mario! Help!" So I think Zelda is better than Peach by far, but Samus is still top!

  12. smashbrosrox Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 12:02

    Don't see how half of this list can make it, while Jill Valentine is no where to be seen. Samus, Zelda, and Ammie are some of my favourite gaming characters, though.

  13. funmaker11 Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 13:28

    Surprised to see Rosalina that high. :shock:

  14. Gavin Rozee Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 14:11

    Being the Official Nintendo Magazine, would it have not made more sense to use a picture of Banjo and Kazooie from either of the N64 games, as opposed to the character designs from Nuts and Bolts on 360?

  15. Link16 Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 14:26

    Well im not really surprised by the outcome and having ZSS in there was just stupid.

    THEY'RE THE SAME PERSON

    At least Tetra is a different zelda to the other on the list.

  16. sask Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 16:56

    AND WHERE IS SHEIK?!
    she is my fave afterall.

  17. Oiram 07 Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 18:53

    Good list, but isnt Birdo a male dressing up as a female? Meh. And no suprise that Samus won :P

  18. dizzy boy Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 19:00

    what ever happened to orchid from killer instinct or chun li from street fighter?

  19. Ura_Bahn Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 19:19

    what ever happened to orchid from killer instinct or chun li from street fighter?

    Heh...that special move...

  20. SoulSilver IV Saturday 12th Sep 2009 at 20:46

    Kazooie > Samus.

    End of.

  21. Kolo67 Sunday 13th Sep 2009 at 09:07

    Samus#1 then ZZ Samus #2. They are all the options needed. End Of.

  22. Kolo67 Sunday 13th Sep 2009 at 09:25

    It was always obvious that Samus would come out as number 1. Though it's suprising that Zelda didn't beat Peach. I mean, think about it...
    Zelda actually helps Link fight Ganondorf. Peach just sists there, shouting "Help! Mario! Help!" So I think Zelda is better than Peach by far, but Samus is still top!

    I totally agree. Peach probably got voted because she stars with Mario. The only reason. Why would anyone vote for Peach in the first place? She is wimpy and always getting captured.

    (Sorry for double posting)

  23. layton lover Sunday 13th Sep 2009 at 11:33

    Not a single Layton Charactor. Tut Tut. Flora and Beartrice and lady Dahlia and all the others have loads of charactor.

    LAYTON LOVER IS BACK ON THE FORUMS. MWAH HAH HAH.

  24. TJ Hiphop Sunday 13th Sep 2009 at 14:35

    I'm preety suprised Joanna Dark isn't on the list, I think I'm the only one who voted for her.

  25. SB5 Sunday 13th Sep 2009 at 20:29

    So no Lara Croft or Joanna Dark..........right.

  26. Swixer-Swaxer Monday 14th Sep 2009 at 01:07

    8.

    8.

    8.

    Hmm...Something is a bit off...

  27. greycloud007 Monday 14th Sep 2009 at 07:36

    Typical how it's all Nintendo characters.

    Where's Lara croft, Tifa Lockhart and jill valentine?

  28. DeadlyCreature Monday 14th Sep 2009 at 09:02

    I want Nana to be on the list. She lives on a freezing mountain with only Popo to keep her company and wallops upright polar bears etc, with a a great mallet. And always with a smile on her face. The ultimate woman! :P

  29. LEGEND MARIOID Monday 14th Sep 2009 at 10:24

    1. Zero Suit Samus
    2. Peach
    3. Midna's human form
    4. Rosalina
    5. Lara Croft
    6. Jill Valentine
    7. Joanna Dark
    8. Lockhart
    9. Samus
    10. Shiek

  30. Kolo67 Monday 14th Sep 2009 at 16:44

    So no Lara Croft or Joanna Dark..........right.

    There are too many furries on the Forum to notice... No offense.

  31. Leecario Monday 14th Sep 2009 at 17:59

    Where the HELL is Johanna Dark!?! She's WWAAAAYYYY better than HALF the characters in this list!!

  32. chipzy Tuesday 15th Sep 2009 at 16:05

    holy cow! samus aint a dude :shock:

  33. Prince_Ashitaka Tuesday 15th Sep 2009 at 17:49

    Lets see, two Samus's, two Zelda's, a bird, a goddess in the form of a wolf, a dinosaur thing, and a little annoying imp creature, these are the chosen contenders who represent leading ladies on Nintendo consoles? :? The outcome was obvious.

    Awesome avatar. Seriously that is freaking epic.

    Anyway, that was predictable, if well deserved numero uno. No No More Heroes characters was disappointing though.

  34. nintendood Tuesday 15th Sep 2009 at 18:16

    PEACH??!?!? WHAAAAT?!
    My personal favourite is Tifa from FFVII, and Jill Valentine is pretty badass too. Though, yeh i guess Samus would be my fave from Nintendo.

  35. BlueKirby Saturday 17th Oct 2009 at 18:45

    I want Nana to be on the list. She lives on a freezing mountain with only Popo to keep her company and wallops upright polar bears etc, with a a great mallet. And always with a smile on her face. The ultimate woman! :P


    You do know she's about (goes to a wikia of some kind)(Comes back) 4 maybe? Although I agree. if it was up to me, it would be
    .Daisy
    'Toadette
    .Diamond
    Zelda
    ,Tetra
    .Krystal
    .rosalina
    .ZSS
    .Ameterusu
    .nana
    .nana

  36. Juan777 Saturday 5th Dec 2009 at 22:27

    AND WHERE IS SHEIK?!
    she is my fave afterall.


    indeed! :evil: C'mon Sheik is WAY better than tetra!

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