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Gamer Chick
aka: Gamer Girl
This is the last person to PWN you 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.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • 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.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Ai Kora: Yukari is revealed to be one of these.
  • Ano Hana: Naruko "Anaru" Anjou loves playing video games and in fact, she works part time at a video game store and this is reflected in her looks, as she identical to Jessica Albert.
  • Arcade Gamer Fubuki: All the girls.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: Vietnam, the Asian Tomboy, who was showed playing Uncharted 3 on author's blog.
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Sena Kashiwazaki, the beautiful, drop-dead gorgeously sexy school idol, turns out to have a thing for games — specifically, eroges. She invokes Video Game Caring Potential as her reason.
  • Digimon Tamers featured a pair; Rika and Jeri both played the Digimon Card Game. Only Rika fulfilled the skill aspect of this trope.
  • EXCITE! A Hentai-doujin, is about a guy who finds out the popular, quiet girl in his school is a gamer chick.
  • Girls und Panzer introduces the members of Anteater Team in Episode 10 - a trio of girls who previously met in an online tank 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.
  • Lovely Complex : Koizumi Risa is a great example of this.
  • Lucky Star: Konata. Kagami too, to a lesser extent.
  • Lyrical Nanoha: In Sound Stage 1, it's mentioned that Nanoha is into and really good at fighting games. Makes sense.
  • 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.
    • Chisame sometimes speaks in game terms. And later Poyo Rainyday replies her in same fashion!
      Chisame: OH GOD, SHE IS TOTALLY A FINAL BOSS CHARACTER! LOOK AT THAT DESIGN!
      Poyo (completely deadpan): I have a rather high status among demonfolk. Yes, high enough to be "final boss"
  • Seitokai no Ichizon: Mafuyu . Apparently writing game walkthroughs is her mission in life or something.
  • Eiko from Shinryaku! Ika Musume. And Ika herself to a lesser extent, which of course just creates more tension between the two.
  • Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko: Yamamoto Yohko .
  • Haruhi Suzumiya has Yuki Nagato, who at first doesn't even know how to operate a computer mouse, but quickly defeats the Computer Club in an RTS game.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Genkai. Yes, the Old Master of Yusuke. She has a lot of free time after all.
  • The Excel♥Saga manga has Matsuya Misaki, whose interest in games is a shock to most of her male co-workers, except for the other gamer.
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai! : Both Kirino and Kuroneko are hardcore gamer. While Kuroneko is very good at many type of games, Kirino only loves eroge
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.

    Console 
  • 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.

    Film 
  • The Gamers 2: The female newbie on her first session comes up with a feat combo that allows her a crit range of 13-20 with a spear and lets her take an extra attack every time she does. That means 40% of the time, she gets to deal double her normal damage and take an extra attack. Meanwhile, the men in the group are all depicted as powergaming assholes, but for some reason, despite being veteran DND players and played through this campaign twice before, never thought of this combo.
    • 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.
  • 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."
  • The Wizard had one appear as early as 1989. A bratty tween tomboy (played by Jenny Lewis, who's now the frontwoman of the indie band Rilo Kiley) joins Fred Savage and Withdrawn Kid for their trek to California.
  • Best Player has Chris Sanders aka Prodigy, played by Jennette McCurdy. She's a serious gamer that she's able to defeat Jerry Trainor's character.
  • October in Stay Alive (2006).
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.

    Live Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: In the 'Fashion Week' episode, a group of fashion models turn out to be gamers, and play the fictional Dungeons and Gargoyles with Justin and Zeke.
  • 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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer when Faith works for The Mayor he gives her a Playstation. We don't know if she actually plays it but she does Squee over it.
  • Retro Game Master: There has been at least one female AD.
  • 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.)

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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, Primal Instinct. 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.
      • Another strip involves her trying Jason's game and being able to get past the boss he'd been trying to beat for a month simply by walking past him.
    • 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.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • AJ Lee from NXT. As a double whammy she loves X-Box and Playstation and put out her gamer tag in a promo.
  • Beth Phoenix (yes, that Beth Phoenix).
  • Michelle McCool states that she plays video games with her nephews and trains on the side to beat them.
  • 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.
  • Lucha Sister Mia Yim has been seen passing time one arcade cabinets while waiting on Leva Bates
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Ritz from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance knows 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.
  • Tokimeki Memorial Yuuko Asahina from the Dating Sim is implied to be one. A more straight example is Yumi Saotome.
  • 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.
  • Morrigan, as shown in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. As if she didn't have enough kinks as it was...
  • 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.
  • Vert from Neptunia
  • In Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Lilith and Tina are the two characters most interested in Tabletop RPGs compared to the guys (especially Mordecai). 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.

    Webcomics 
  • 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 her fellow 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.
  • Enjuhneer has a plethora of Gamer Chicks running around.
  • "Fanboys" has Sylvia. The author has confessed that he originally intended to make the third main character a black male, but was afraid of being called racist if he made a single wrong move with him.
  • 5 Color Control has Jules. When she beats Elf Kid in Magic: The Gathering, he assumes she must be a guy after all, because girls don't play Magic.
  • 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
  • General Protection Fault Ki and Sharon.
  • Homestuck:
    • Latula plays this completely straight. Her character theme is more of a parody of the concept.
    • Roxy is also this in the Retro Gaming sense. In which said Retro Gaming also includes games for the Wii, since she's from the future.
  • Loaded Dice Amy is an excellent example of a tabletop RPG gamer chick.
  • Loserz Jodie.
  • Magic: The Gathering webcomic UG Madness, Erin fits the mold, and has a strong urge to prove herself as a result.
  • MegaTokyo Miho has some elements of this (amongst a ton of others), but she plays male characters and her staggering gaming prowess is due much in part to lying, cheating, backstabbing her party members, and misuse of her powers and knowledge to this effect.
  • Narbonic Parodied when Dave's tabletop gaming buddies treat him differently after his Gender Bender.
  • The No Need for Bushido bonus strips which bring the characters into the modern day, Rebellious Princess Ino becomes one of these.
  • Penny Arcade Even though it avoided this trope for years, they still played with it in the form of Annarchy (who is partially based on a real person). Even her introduction is memorable ("No, on the Famicom. In the original Japanese.").
    • Gabe's wife Kara, however, only fits the trope in comparison to Tycho's wife Brenna.
  • Powerup Comics Alix.
  • 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.
  • Something Positive PeeJee with tabletop gaming. The Redneck Trees were her idea.
    • Note that PeeJee is not a better gamer, although she is the GM more often then anyone else.
  • VG Cats Aeris, although at least she has some fangirl traits to balance this out. The comic also parodied this character type in one strip.
  • El Goonish Shive Grace is this with pc, console and hand held games.
  • 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 episode anyway...
  • Main character Italy Ishida of The Lounge.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • TV Tropes itself has quite a number of examples.
  • The Guild: Tinkerballa . Although she's slightly more feminine, she's even more confrontational. And there are two other, non-stereotypical females to balance it out.
    • Felicia Day claims she got a lot of criticism for having not one, not two but three female gamers on her show, despite the numerous female MMO players.
    • There's also Riley, better known as Stupid Tall Hot Girl, an FPS girl that shows up at the end of the second season. She's a lot more tomboyish then the MMO women and fits the trope much better.
    • And Venom, the only female member of rival guild Axis of Anarchy. Confrontational is an understatement, although it's not her gender that she mentions all the time - it's her wheelchair.
  • Some of the members of the Yogscast, including Hannah Rutherford, Kim Richards and Zoey Proasheck, are females.
  • The Online Gamer Becca definitely counts. She got into an irl Flame War at dinner and used a mixture of horror and Call of Duty terminology to insult her boyfriend. see it here at [1]
  • 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.
  • TheGameStation (now Polaris) has surprisingly many female gamers, i.e. Press Heart To Continue.
  • Ashly Burch.
  • Of Tracer's team in We Are All Pokémon Trainers, Audrey the Lucario merits a mention, as a very avid gamer, and pretty capable given the limitations of her physiology, playing games like the in-universe analogue of The World Ends with You. Then there is also her teammate Teala the Druddigon, as much as a chick, not as much as a gamer.
  • In season 2 of Bite Me!, Shawna becomes one after Greg introduces her to Resident Evil: Revelations.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • The Fairly OddParents: The episode, "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" revealed Trixie Tang was secretly a Tomboy who was both one of these and an Otaku Surrogate. This was a Compressed Vice and never brough up again.
  • Invader Zim: Gaz. Getting between her and her games is her Berserk Button.
  • 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.)

    Real Life 
  • 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.
  • IGN's Jessica Chobot.
  • Adult film starlet and top Unreal Tournament amateur player Jessica "Asia Carrera" Steinhauser.
  • A study has shown that the girls tend to be better gamers than the guys. Something about having better hand eye co-ordination and having more dexterous fingers.
    • 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 suggest men and women are better than the other (on average) at certain kinds of games. 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.
  • Former Quake tournament pro "killcreek" (Stevana "Stevie" Case) famous for humiliating John Romero at QuakeCon, by beating him at the game he designed.
    • Actually, what made her famous was becoming Romero's hot girlfriend 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.
  • Felicia Day. She even writes and stars in a web series about gamers.
  • 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.
  • TheEcstacy.
    • And also her possible arch rival, TipperQueen, who faced her off in a number of pro competitions, such as this one.
  • Mila Kunis (Jackie from That '70s Show) is a former World of Warcraft player. In one interview, she claims to be a completely different person when she plays.
  • Former supermodel Paulina Porizkova stated in an issue of Family Circle that she and her kids are huge fans of World of Warcraft.
  • Lisa Foiles. Former All That cast member. Current Kotaku columnist and Escapist contributor, The Angry Joe Show reviewer, and Save Point editor-in-chief.
  • Lydia Winters, aka MinecraftChick.
  • 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.
  • Pick any girl at a game design school.
  • Nintendolife introduced us to Heather "Miss Gamer Girl" Cascioli. The posters in her room feature such games as Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Battlefield, Brink and Mass Effect 3. And she owns a Virtual Boy!
  • Female producers in hip-hop tend to face similar stereotypes, stigmas, and fetishizations (the most well known example probably being OFWGKTA's Syd tha Kydd).
  • There are a good deal of female Let's Players around YouTube, including Lucahjin, MasaeAnela,Mallory from StephenPlays, and Donnabellez. All are skilled gamers in their own right.
  • LIGHTS. Her game of choice is World of Warcraft, to the point where some of her songs (most notably "Lions") actually contain World of Warcraft references.
  • Aisha Tyler(of 24 & CSI) once grew so annoyed at people decrying gamer chicks that she posted a lengthy rant on her Facebook page.


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