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The Top 20 Best JRPG Warrior Heroines!

The JRPG genre may actually be one of the most progressive genres when it comes to female roles.

Robert Boyd, Blogger

January 5, 2012

3 Min Read

There is a cliche that JRPG heroines are all mages and healers but in actuality, there have been a lot of notable female characters who contribute through their skill with weapons more than magic. Although this list only includes 20 individuals it’s by no means comprehensive – there were several noteworthy characters that I ended up cutting.

Note: Although most of the characters on this list are primarily physical warriors, I did make a few exceptions for some hybrids (characters that are good at both physical and magical combat).

Top 20 Best JRPG Warrior Heroines:

20. Momo (Breath of Fire 3) – Inventor with a bazooka.

19. Azel (Panzer Dragoon Saga) – Dragon rider.

18. Lightning (Final Fantasy 13) – Gunblade warrior.

17. Recette (Recettear) – Shopkeeper

16. Alicia (Valkyria Chronicles) – Soldier (Scout class).

15. Aika (Skies of Arcadia) – Boomerang pirate.

14. Aya (Parasite Eve series) – Police officer.

13. Lin (Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter) – Gunslinger.

12. Alena (Dragon Quest 4) – Martial artist princess.

11. Nei (Phantasy Star 2) – Claw fighter.

10. Jean (Lunar: Eternal Blue) – Martial artist dancer.

9. Freya (Final Fantasy 9) – Spear wielding dragoon.

8. Nanami (Suikoden 2) – Martial arts fighter with a multi-piece rod. Step sister of the main charater.

7. Raquel (Wild Arms 4) – Giant sword fighter. Great strength of will.

6. Tifa (Final Fantasy 7) – Martial artist.

5. Alys (Phantasy Star 4) – Boomerang fighter. Mentor, partner, and friend to the main character.

4. Celes (Final Fantasy 6) – Sword wielding general. Practically becomes the main character halfway through the game.

3. Estelle (Trails in the Sky series) – Wields a big stick. Lead character in the series. Great character development.

2. Chie (Persona 4) – Kicks things to death. Great foil to the main character’s best friend, Yosuke.

1. Alis (Phantasy Star 1) – As the first female lead in a JRPG (way back in 1987!), choosing her for the top spot was a no-brainer.


Notable omissions:


Terra – Celes just barely fit my criteria because despite her being one of the best mages in the game, she was a sword fighting general who only gained magic at a later date through genetic modification. However, the whole point of Terra is her innate magic ability so off the list she goes.


Lucca (Chrono Trigger) – Momo made the list because although she has some powerful magic skills, she is also very strong with a gun. Lucca, on the other hand, is entirely a mage from a gameplay perspective.


Feena (Grandia) – Although IMO, her best move in the game is her fire whip, she’s clearly setup as a mage, both from a gameplay and story perspective.


Bonus feature – Best JRPG mage heroine:


1. Lemina (Lunar: Eternal Blue)

With so many strong female characters, is it any wonder that the RPG genre has long had a larger female demographic than just about any other genre in console gaming?

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