This is the last person you'd want to be PWNED by in Call of Duty.
"If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you challenge us, will we not pwn you? Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go bring some hurt to my Halo multiplayer friends, and after that, maybe I'll go enjoy a spa treatment!"
To counter the assumption that Most Gamers Are Male, stories involving games have a tendency to incorporate at least one female character that is into the same sort of games as the male characters. Going beyond just Token Minority, this character type has her own genetics that tend to show up more often than not. She's usually very tomboyish, but because she is brought in for fanservice, she usually looks exceptionally feminine and well-kempt, she's confrontational, and self-aware of her gender, with the need to mention it more often than she should.
Also common is for this character to have high skill in games, or at least higher than the misogynistic characters, so she can promptly destroy them. A form of Positive Discrimination, it was probably originally meant as a subversion, but has become so overused that it's now a subversion when the character doesn't have significantly better than average skill.
Almost guaranteed to show up in a Two Gamers on a Couch series. Compare Otaku Surrogate. Contrast Dungeonmaster's Girlfriend, Nerd Nanny.
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A commercial for the Nintendo 3DS shows a trio of grown men getting soundly beaten in Mario Kart 7's online multiplayer mode. As they speculate on who these mystery guys are, we cut to a pair of Japanese schoolgirls, who briefly wonder if they should show mercy on their opponents for once before laughing and returning to their game.
Hayate the Combat Butler: Sanzenin Nagi is very much this on top of being a loli Tsundere and pretty much a Hikikomori - basically, every waking moment she's not either harassing or fawning over Hayate or trying to draw a manga, she's playing a variety of RPGs, racing games or fighting games, and is generally uninterested on more "feminine" stuff. She doesn't seem to have as much skill as is the norm for this trope, though.
Koe de Oshigoto!: Kotori, Kanna's friend, is one of these, but doesn't play eroge so she didn't know that Kanna got into voice acting.
K-On!: Ritsu and Ui played video games during Season 1 when Mio and Mugi were helping Yui cram for her make-up exam, the former because she got bored, the latter presumably to keep company. Ui kicks Ritsu's ass.
Mahou Sensei Negima!: Turns out that Evangeline enjoys playing video games... while naked. Or, at least, she did back in The Eighties. She occasionally references RPG tropes, and implies that she took up gaming as a way to alleviate her boredom being stuck at Mahora.
Kagerou Days: Takane Enomoto of the Yuukei Yesterday chapters in the manga. She has a fearsome reputation with an online community playing a FPS-style zombie survival game, to the point that when she and Haruka are made to set up a booth for the school festival, they design a game and offer a grand prize to anyone who can beat Takane, codename Ene.
Knights of the Dinner Table: Several examples, although these are tabletop gamer chicks rather than electronic ones. Sara is the regular, but others appear - most notably Sheila Horowitz and Patty Gauzweiler.
If you thought female gamers were never thought as a serious marketing element in the game console department, be ready to get introduced to the Casio Loopy, the yet only console to be marketed specifically for a female audience.
The most ironic part is that most Gamer Chicks would pick up this console as one of their least favorites, if they even know about it.
They are powergamers, they just are not any good at it.
Or she's dug it out of some third party sourcebook, given that it's not in any of the official ones. Not that we were pathetic enough to scour the 3.5 library from top to bottom hunting for the requisite feats, of course. That would be pathetic.
Third party or not, the key could have been her "thinking outside the box" approach to gaming (she's never gamed, so she has a fresh perspective). She plays a warrior-type, but the aforementioned feat combo is based on intelligence and other unconventional feats for fighters to take, so the other players, who typecast a lot (warrior HAS to be big and strong, etc.) never even thought of such a combo, because it is not conventional for a fighter to be anything but a big brute.
The third movie, Gamers: The Hands of Fate, gives us a much more cynical example in Natalie. She's one of the top players in her favored game and has won national tournaments, but this hasn't prevented her being the target of blatant misogyny from a small-but-vocal segment of other players. When one of the returning characters gets into the game to try and court her she calls him on fetishizing her as this archetype, knowing absolutely nothing else about her. Oddly enough she's otherwise a completely straight example, far more typical than Joanna in the previous movie.
I Could Never Be Your Woman has this as a minor plot point. Rosie (Michelle Pfeiffer) comes across her daughter, Izzie (Saoirse Ronan), playing Ape Escape. Izzie reveals it's her crush's favorite game, and she's trying to get good at it, so she'll have something in common with him. She's seen playing it several times during the movie, and at the end, when she's sitting with her crush, he asks if she likes games, and if she likes "Ape Escape". She lies and says, "No, but maybe you could teach me."
Kirby in Project X is seen whooping Costa's ass on the 360.
The focus of the adult film Geek Girls: The Gamers. To quote a comment on the trailer:
"Frankly, after watching the trailer, I am disgusted. That one lady keeps licking a NES Zapper. Those came out in 1985; it's an antique, damn it. Show some respect."
Wreck-It Ralph has the "Moppet Girl", a young girl often seen in Litwak's Arcade who serves as the Audience Surrogate reacting to the events of the film from the point of view of a random player.
Nuklear Age Brian Clevinger's novel. Rachel, Atomic Lad's girlfriend, is also a notable example. Mildly subverts the normal gamer chick template in that she is portrayed as being very attractive and feminine, with a wide variety of creative interests and quirky mannerisms. In short, the perfect woman for about 90% of the book's target audience. Which makes what happens to her all the more gut-wrenching to witness.
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The Big Bang Theory S1 Ep07, "The Dumpling Paradox." Penny isn't a gamer chick, but the first time she picks up an Xbox controller for the guys' Halo night, she manages to outclass all of them on her first try. And yes, the guys are 30-year-old geeks who play Halo religiously. However, considering Penny's more rounded characterization, this is surely less Positive Discrimination and more Rule of Funny.
Sheldon clearly doesn't believe in this trope.
Sheldon: I don't know how, but she is cheating. Nobody can be that attractive and this skilled at a video game.
S2 Ep03, "The Barbarian Sublimation," also has Penny getting addicted to Age of Conan.
S6 Ep23, "The Love Spell Potential" has Penny, Amy and Bernadette joining the guys on a game of Dungeons & Dragons after a trip to Las Vegas falls apart. They approach it as a game of craps.
CSI: Miami. The infamous episode "Urban Hellraisers" (which revolved around a group of gamers going around recreating crimes from the titular GTA-esque game) had this as its final "twist": that the best gamer (and most brutal killer) was a woman, and that she did this both to get attention (!) from the male gamers as well as prove she was "better" than any man.
Dollhouse: Topher once imprinted Sierra as one of these as part of a "diagnostic". She beat him at a Quasar-style game.
Good Luck Charlie: Jo, and she takes it very seriously. She ends up dislocating Gabe's shoulder when she thinks he's cheating at the game they're playing.
iCarly: Sasha Striker from the episode iStage An Intervention.
Kyle XY: Andi started out as a tough-talking tomboy who Josh first encountered in a Halo-like game. However, her love of video games was barely ever mentioned after her debut episode.
Martin: While it may not involve video games, one episode has the title character so badly hustled by a female pool player that he goes home in his underwear.
Veronica Mars: In the episode "The Wrath of Con", Veronica disguises herself as an anime geek/gamer in order to track down a group of nerds who are running a 419 scam. She winds up sucking when playing a multiplayer shooter... but this is actually a ruse designed to get the scammer to reveal himself (she repeatedly team-killed him in order to get his attention, the reason why she was doing so poorly).
NCIS: Max, Tim McGee's love interest from the eighth season episode "Kill Screen."
In one episode of Power Rangers Zeo, Rocky had a crush on a female classmate who not only played video games, but designed one. Unfortunately, after the two collaborated on said game for a class project, King Mondo got the idea to steal the program and use it to modify one of his robots. The resulting Monster of the Week even looked like the robot fighters in the game, even thought that technically didn't make much sense, plot-wise. (The Cogs had built him before Mondo had even known about the game.)
FoxTrot Eileen Jacobson becomes one of these in order to facilitate some plots, but never seems to retain it otherwise.
There were a few instances where Paige, oddly enough, gave off this vibe.
In one strip she complains to Roger that Jason is playing an extremely violent game, PrimalInstinct. Roger first thinks she wants him to tell Jason he's too young for it, but instead Paige demands that he tell Jason to let her play too.
When Andy complained about the violence in Jason's Doomathon 2 game, Jason convinced her to try the game herself. Andy becomes so addicted to the game Jason gets rid of it to get his computer back.
Kana, though she's more so a wrestling game developer (specifically the DS and other handheld devices) and a wrestling advertisement for the X Box.
Michelle McCool states that she plays video games with her nephews and trains on the side to beat them.
AJ Lee from NXT. As a double whammy she loves X-Box and Playstation and put out her gamer tag in a promo.
Lucha Sister Mia Yim has been seen passing time on arcade cabinets while waiting on Leva Bates
Naomi Knight, which isn't too surprising considering her association with The Usos, though she prefers old school platform games to the brothers's shooters.
Women Of Wrestling's Armenian Superhero Tatevik's red baron is the "The Gamer" because she's an avid player and likes to strike Street Fighter poses.
Half of the Ring Warriors Bombshells Tag Team Champions, Solo Darling, sometimes wrestles in a shirt with an eight bit rendition of "game over" on it.
Ritz from Final Fantasy Tactics Advanceknows that people will stereotype her into being smarter. She outright states that she prefers games to books. (Obvious, considering the game is an escapist fantasy based on video games, specifically Final Fantasy).
Kagetsu Tohya, the sequel fandisc to Tsukihime. In an optional scene, it is revealed that Kohaku is an avid gamer and capable of kicking Shiki's butt in every genre they play.
Kaguya Houraisan from Touhou gained notoriety as the "NEET-Hime" (NEET being the originally British acronym that came into Japanese use that functionally means "unemployed slacker" and hime meaning princess... basically a royal that doesn't do anything), and is frequently shown in fanworks as playing video games in her room (despite Gensokyo being rather like medieval Japan and not having that kind of technology). Fan interpretation almost universally assumes she's actually a massive gamer nerd, and often is shown being willing to game anyone in anything better than them if there is a storyline with some character being introduced to video games from the outside world involved.
Ai from Neo Geo Battle Coliseum not only collects and plays video games, but has attacks themed after various Neo Geo games. Yeah, Neo Geo stuff isn't that popular, but hey, it still counts.
In Persona 3, "Maya" from the Hermit social link if you play as the male protagonist. She's a girl who he plays a MMO with... who later turns out to be his homeroom teacher.
The social link was replaced in the female protagonist's route, but she herself might qualify as well—if the player so chooses, she can spend her free time at the arcade, either alone or with a social link such as Junpei.
In Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Chiaki Nanami's title is the Super High School Level Gamer. She's often found playing video games at the game machines in Hotel Mirai, and cracks a few references to other video games from time to time.
In Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Lilith and Tina are big fans of Tabletop RPGs, particularly when compared to the guys. Lilith even claims that as a child, she was bullied for being a Siren as well as her love of Bunkers and Badasses. The attitude towards gamer girls is parodied in the sidequest "Fake Gamer Guy" where Mister Torgue is accused of not being a true nerd since he's an overly masculine buff guy, to which he repeatedly points out how discriminatory this type of thinking is and how insecure Lilith must be to make such an accusation.
Cheer! Lita differs from the stereotype in that she's a highly competitive D&D fanatic cheerleader who actually glories in being a girl because it allows her to use her "feminine wiles" to manipulate herfellow gamers.
Erin from Critical Miss. Played with, in that she's not particularly attractive, feminine, and has almost no social life; the only people she talks to are a few of her co workers and her own psychotic hallucinations, so while she's female and plays games, she doesn't fit the "hot girl with plastic" stereotype. She's just as socially awkward as the male stereotype.
In Ctrl+Alt+Del, Lilah fits this perfectly. The more stereotypically extreme traits have been softened over time, at least, but she's still a tomboy (her father even mentions this in the polite way), still highly confrontational, and still self-aware of being female on the tournament level. She even regularly defeats Ethan at several games.
The webcomic Gamer Chicks is all about this trope, if you couldn't figure it out from the title.
Garnet And Gure is something of an inversion. Though there is little evidence regarding the actual skill of the titular gamer girl, she often acts as a noobish foil to her traditionalist roommate. Any evocation of her sexuality is met with comically inversive results as well, notably in this strip.
Gender Swapped Eddy sort of plays with this trope a little bit. Formally a girl, 'she' is the best gamer in the comic. Another good example would be Morgan. A video game tournament in book 2 showcased a number of other gamer girls, the number of which, actually exceeded the males
In fact, every round of the tournament was won by a girl
PvP Marcy is a pretty cookie-cutter example. The same webcomic averts this trope with Jade, who both acts like a normal woman and isn't portrayed as being any more skilled at MMORPGs (which, interestingly enough, actually is one of the most popular genres amongst women) than an average person.
Slackerz Parodied. As they make a strip parodying gamer comics with one girl that's constantly complaining that the fact that she's a gamer does not make solid grounds for a relationship with a horribly incompetent male gamer.
Sluggy Freelance Gwynn has moments like this. It's not a major aspect, but there have been a couple sub-plots concerning her hogging the video game consoles and (along with Torg and Riff) becoming addicted to Fashion Rancher, a simulation game about being a supermodel's manager.
Zoe also; though she took the piss during the beginning of Years of Yarncraft, she rebounded into an avid player.
Last Res0rt introduces Jigsaw's sister, Sudoku, by having her complain about her parents throwing her "off her rythym" by pausing her game in the middle of a boss fight to watch the reality show. Granted, she doesn't know Jigsaw's on there (just Daisy), but it doesn't matter because nobody's going to die in the first episodeanyway...
Questionable Content has Marigold Farmer. Unusually, it is not a gaming webcomic and part of Marigold's Character Development is learning to come out of her shell. There is mention of girls who make a big deal out of being female World Of Warcraft players, though.
The Wretched Ones features Yayne, who references and is seen playing video games in her underwear. Kazuko, the younger sister of Gamer Guy Charlie, has been seen playing online with both him and Yayne.
Tripp: Sam loves to beat Tripp at Mario Kart. She even shows off her new Elder Scrolls tattoo in an early strip.
Pure Pwnage Anastasia is a Worldof Warcraft player who at the start of the series is a fairly casual gamer but becomes increasingly more and more of a harcore gamer hopeless social-networking-site-with-graphics addict as the show progresses.
A chart of the different types of gamers gives us The GURL Gamer ("That's right, I'm a GURL, AND I play games games") and The Gamer Girl ("Hey guys, what game are you playing?").
Button's Mom from Button's Adventures was apparently this in her youth, , since she has an old gaming machine with a game that resembles Video Game/Pong and can understand the Con Lang that Button speaks. She's evidently where Button gets his love of video games from.
Two Best Friends Play's Best Friend Zaibatsu makes repeated references to someone called "Dork Girl" but she has yet to be really seen. Some girls also play with Matt and Pat in some of their videos but they don't talk much.
We Are Our Avatars: Lust (no relation to the Homunculus from Fullmetal Alchemist) is very good at video games. In fact, Krissy, a skilled gamer himself, has complimented her skill a few times.
Batman Beyond: Maxine (Max) Gibson. She's featured in a lot of the video game based eps and in one ep she gains a Stalker with a Crush when she beats him at a an action/adventure game.
Danny Phantom: Sam(antha) played this trope rather straight with Danny and Tucker uncharacteristically assuming Sam isn't a savvy gamer until she proved otherwise, and Danny even takes a shot at her about it afterward.
Also Sam said that all the girls who play the game as well are better then any boy playing.
Spinelli from Recess can be seen playing video games in some episodes particularly when they're outside of school.
The title character of Pepper Ann loves videogames especially "Crunch Pod".
Lor from The Weekenders often competes with Tino and Carver at the arcade, and she usually beats them.
Numbuh Three was able to beat Numbuh Four at video games in at least one episode of Codename: Kids Next Door. (What made the scene hilarious is the fact that Numbuh Four is the Blood Knight of the team, while Numbuh Three can usually manage little more than a Genki Girl unless you make her angry.)
In one episode of Xiaolin Showdown, Kimiko seems to be this, as she offers the depressed Raimundo her hand-held system with a hot new release, Goo Zombies II. (Unfortunately, seeing as he was humiliated by Tubbimura earlier, it doesn't cheer him up; however, after beating the villain in a rematch, he changes his mind and is seen playing it at the end of the episode.)
There is some Truth in Television in how a great many female gamer do end up very frustrated with not being taken seriously by men.
Some of the more skilled female gamer use this to their advantage. One Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) article interviewed a teen girl who was a hardcore Halo player and she mentions how the guys at a tourney would always assume she wasn't good just because she was a girl and some would even go a little easy on them, thinking they would still win, only to go home with their tails between their legs when she kicked their ass hard in the game.
It got really bad at the late 1990s when female gamers began "invading" the hardcore gaming scene, particularly the Quake online multiplayer community. Reactions from detractor male gamers ranged from shrugging it off, to making accusations of them being GIRLs, to outright harassment. A notorious example of a victim of the latter was Hellkitten, who also happened to be a model in real life. Once she made her presence known by posting her own pictures on her website, attacks came in, ranging from defacing her website, spam mails, and being sent scare pictures, such as those of her face spliced to nude females, but the worst was a picture of a mutilated dog (which absolutely frightened her because she was an animal lover).
The controversy has spilled out into accusations of sexism in the nerd culture in general (i.e. the "fake nerd girl" stereotype).
The aforementioned Morgan Webb (also known as the "Gaming Goddess"), co-host of X-Play and source of the page quote. Since the show's premiere fans have continuously accused her of being chosen just to be eye candy and not really being a gaming fan.
There was a different female co-host during the early days of Extended Play, but for some reason nobody seems to remember her. Kate Botello was the second female host, heading to 'Extended Play' after she left 'The Screen Savers'. The first host of the show was Lauren Fielder, back when it was Gamespot TV.
Adult film starlet and top Unreal Tournament amateur player Jessica "Asia Carrera" Steinhauser.
A study has shown that the girls tend to be better at certain games than the guys (though the reverse is also true). Something about having better hand eye co-ordination and having more dexterous fingers (for girls) and better 3d and abstract thinking (for guys).
Older Than the NES. One segment of VH-1's I Love The 70s discussed the introduction of Pong, and how some women proved to be so good at it that they'd scam unsuspecting men in bars, betting hard cash that they could beat the guys at this Ur-arcade game.
There's some theories and papers and whatnot that this is true on average but not always. The general consensus is that men have more skill at games that involve geometry and navigating in 3D space, such as first person shooters or combat flight simulators; and women are better at 2D games and RPGs due to landmark recognition and visual patterns or somesuch. The 'better at RPGs' part could be chalked up to increased female interest in those games due to their storyline/character-driven nature. (Ever notice that guys are usually all about getting Cloud to do 9999 damage, and girls are sometimes all about getting Cloud with Tifa/Aeris in the date scene?) This is all one communication student's conjecture naturally.
Actually, what made her famous was becoming Romero's hotgirlfriend after that. After they broke up, he found himself another gamer chick: in early 2004, he married Raluca Alexandra Pleşca, a fan from Romania, whom he met by email. (You could say "chick" in more than one sense: she's 18 years his junior.)
The Australian video game show Good Game on ABC (publically funded) has drawn a lot of flak for replacing one of their hosts, experienced gamer Junglist with girl-gamer Hex. ABC actually stated that the reason for Junglist's replacement was for broader mass appeal.
The flak is mostly because they simply introduced Hex and went on, not even referencing the fact that Junglist was gone is what rubbed most fans the wrong way. He'd been on it since it started and now they act like he was never there.
The show also has Rei, who was on before Hex came along. She does segments about the topical element of gaming culture such as "Art in Games" and the Child's Play charity.
The Frag Dolls, a FPS tournament team sponsored by UbiSoft. They are reportedly terrible gamers, but very pretty.
Korean Starcraft tournament queen Tossgirl. Gamer girls seem to be a bit more common and respected there than in other countries, but then again their national sport is more or less Starcraft...
Team SlayerS, pet project of legendary 'Father of Competitive RTS Gaming' Lim Yo Hwan, has a female manager. She has recently begun an effort to improve the position of females in Starcraft 2 by recruiting more girls. Reactions have been mixed so far due to her stating that looks are one of her criteria but the most prominent new addition SlayerS_Eve has achieved some success.
According to The Colbert Report, 40% of gamers are women, and 94% of girls under 18 play games. Those are, presumably, based on US estimates, rather than international. They also lampshade the GIRL aspect in the interview.
There are several demotivator posters with this theme, such as a bunch of skimpily-dressed women excitedly playing with an (unplugged) Xbox, or one with a 12th-place Mario Kart screen despite the system containing a Zelda cartridge.