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Her game skills bring all the boys to the yard!
"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!"
Morgan Webb, X-Play

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 and even might be a Stereotypical Nerd if not extraverted, but because she is brought in for fanservice, she usually looks exceptionally feminine and well-kempt. She is 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 male characters, so she can promptly destroy them. A form of Flawless Token, it was probably originally meant as a subversion but has become so common that it's now a subversion when the character doesn't have significantly better than average skill. This superiority depends on the assumption that a girl playing games is Not Like Other Girls, but so unusual and extraordinary that there must be something special about her. This idea does not hold up, especially as gaming becomes more mainstream. It is common enough for all sorts of girls to play all sorts of games, so this is an Evolving Trope.

Almost guaranteed to show up in a Two Gamers on a Couch series. Compare Otaku Surrogate and Hackette. 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.
  • In this older commercial for Honeycomb cereal, a girl called Sarah really gets into her handheld beat-em-up game. So much so that even becoming a Honeycomb craver doesn't stop her from going inside the game and kicking the main baddie's butt (literally and immediately lampshaded by her) and gouging down all the Honeycomb tokens. When her mom goes upstairs, she finds her daughter still in the game (back in human form) with this to say:
    Sarah: "Hey mom, got any milk?" (now holding a bowl of cereal)
  • "Campfire Stories," a Game of War: Fire Age commercial, features four players telling stories about TheLegend27, a legendary player that is extremely skilled and has never lost. At the end, it is revealed that TheLegend27 is one of the people shown and is a woman.
  • If you thought female gamers were never thought of 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.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Fujiko from 7 Seeds spent the majority of her leisure time playing video games before she was chosen for the project.
  • Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day: 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.
  • Kaho in Blend-S is a compulsive gamer who is highly proficient in many types of console and arcade games.
  • Digimon Tamers featured a pair; Ruki Makino and Juri Katou both played the Digimon Card Game. Only Ruki fulfilled the skill aspect of this trope.
  • While both Kaede and Akina are gamers in their own right, Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!'s Micchy is the only one of their group dedicated and Crazy-Prepared enough to bring a waterproof handheld game to the pool.
  • 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.
  • EXCITE! A Hentai-doujin, is about a guy who finds out the popular, quiet girl in his school is a gamer chick.
  • Gabriel of Gabriel DropOut, becomes this, after coming to Earth to help, only to discover an MMORPG. Next time we see her, she has gone from sweet and proper angel to a rude and sloppy deadbeat gamer.
  • Unsurprisingly, the main cast of Gamers! (2015) has plenty of these, from Challenge Seeker Karen to freeware developer Chiaki to secret eroge enthusiast Konoha. The only non-gamer of the main characters is Aguri, who doesn't get why video games are such Serious Business to everyone else and quickly points out the absurdities of the game industry when they try to explain it to her.
  • 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.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: Vietnam, the Asian Tomboy, who was shown playing Uncharted 3 on author's blog.
  • The whole premise of High Score Girl revolves around the Cute Mute Akira Oono being a superb gamer who slowly makes Haruo Yaguchi fall for her, with the feeling seemingly mutual. Then there's the other gamer chick Koharu Hidaka, who only got into gaming through Haruo and demonstrated an innate talent at playing games.
  • Umaru of Himouto! Umaru-chan is one of Japanese best gamers under the pseudonym U.M.R. Sylphynford Tachibana, Umaru's self-proclaimed rival, also loves videogames, due to mimicking the hobbies of her older brother Alex, and befriends U.M.R. (unaware that she and Umaru are the same person), after "defeating" U.M.R. in the arcade.
  • Holoearth Chronicles Side:E ~Yamato Phantasia~: Fubuki plays games at her shrine when not on god duty all her spare time, up to missing some job-related emails.
  • I Can't Believe I Slept with You: Chiyo, in spades. She owns old consoles and games that are considered "vintage". She also was once employed as a game designer.
  • Kagerou Daze: Takane Enomoto of the Yuukei Yesterday chapters in the manga. She has a fearsome reputation with an online community playing an 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.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Fujiwara is in the Tabletop Games club. She doesn't play video games, but that's only because her father forbids her from doing so (she does secretly have Pokémon GO on her phone though). She also has a bad habit of cheating, and isn't very good at hiding it.
    • The other two members of the Tabletop Games club are also female, and unlike Fujiwara, they play video games as well. In fact, the elder of the two goes on to become a professional e-sports player after graduation.
    • Koromo Shiranui (one of the four "Impossible Girls") is shown to be an online gamer in her first focus chapter. She ends up becoming friends with Ishigami due to being interested in the same games as him.
    • Iino is more of a casual gamer compared to the others, playing mobile games with Osaragi, and also mentions having several free RPG Maker games on her laptop. She later starts playing Apex Legends in an attempt to make herself more appealing to Ishigami after mistaking his and Shiranui's friendship for something more intimate.
  • Kemono Friends: There's an arcade at the onsen the foxes run, and Red Fox has gotten really into them.
  • 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.
  • Shuri's younger sister in Komori-san Can't Decline! is always playing video games. She even skips out on going to a festival so she can stay home and play. Their mother is also one, considering she bought a game that neither Shuri nor her sister could beat, and she beat it without breaking a sweat.
  • 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.
  • Lucky Star:
    • Konata spends most of her time at home gaming; while she generally prefers RPGs and Dating Sims, she's dedicated to pretty much every video game genre and can easily beat Kagami at any game they play. Amusingly, her teacher Nanako Kuroi plays the same MMORPG that she plays and often catches her when she has yet to complete her homework.
    • Downplayed with Kagami; while she's not as much of a gamer as Konata, she's still shown to enjoy scrolling shooters and the occasional fighting game.
  • Lyrical Nanoha: In Sound Stage 1, it's mentioned that Nanoha is into and really good at fighting games. Makes sense.
  • Maken-ki!:
    • Kimmi's gamer credentials are first revealed during the "Magical Quiz!" contest in chapter 70. Hai explains that her top score ranks 2nd at Tenbi, and would be among the Top 10 nationwide.
    • We get to see her room ten chapters later, where the top-right panel of page 24 shows she owns a PS3 and a Wii U.
    • Her best friend, Chacha, is an avid gamer herself. During the MangaCon in chapter 60, they cosplayed as Alena and Manya from Dragon Quest IV. Chacha also chose not to participate in the aforementioned "Magical Quiz!" contest, citing that her main interests were Fighting Games and first-person shooters.
  • Shion embodies this in Mission: Yozakura Family. A Challenge Seeker who loves video games, her brand of Hollywood Hacking has a program convert its OS into a video game for her to beat to take control of it. She considers it the ultimate thrill and challenge: no pauses, no resets, and with actual real-life stakes.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • Kobayashi is implied to be one since several consoles can be seen in her apartment in the anime (though she is never shown playing any of them). She also mentioned at one point that she spent most of her childhood playing Harvest Moon.
    • Kanna is depicted as one in her spin-off, displaying knowledge of various 80s and 90s arcade games (due to spending time with Fafnir and Takiya), and she pulled off a 19 chain in Puyo Puyo.
  • In Mitsuboshi Colors, Kotoha is usually seen carrying a Nintendo 3DS system with her, even if she's terrible at video games.
  • Marin Kitagawa of My Dress-Up Darling is a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak who's a big fan of otaku culture, including video games (as well as HGames).
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Turns out that Evangeline enjoys playing video games... while naked. Or, at least, she did back in The '80s. 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 to her in the same fashion!
      Poyo: [completely deadpan] I have a rather high status among demonfolk. Yes, high enough to be "final boss".
  • Most of the girls in Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! qualify; the most prominent example is Cuuko, who can almost always be seen with a handheld console and had to destroy the next-gen system of her dreams, which left her depressed for a couple of episodes. Mahiro's mother Yoriko is a retro gamer who collects old-school consoles and was chosen to playtest said next-gen console entirely because her reputation preceded her; she's Cuuko's most frequent gaming partner. Nyarko herself does play games, but she's more into anime and Toku.
  • Only Sense Online: Virtually all female characters are one since they are all avid players of the titular MMORPG. Special mention goes to Yun's sisters Myu and Sei, who are so good in the game that they are known by their nicknames.
  • Oreimo: Both Kirino and Kuroneko are hardcore gamers. While Kuroneko is very good at many types of games, Kirino only loves eroge.
  • Kurume from RaButa is shown to be highly skilled at playing arcade fighters (to the point that she was memorizing hitboxes after only a few rounds of a game she'd never played before). In fact, her cameo in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying states that she occasionally goes to the arcade with her husband and she's a championship-level player in Guilty Gear.
  • Moriko from Recovery of an MMO Junkie loves her MMORPGs so much that she quit her stressful office job in order to become a NEET and play them full-time. Her guildmates Lilac and Himerelda are also played by women (a college student and a housewife, respectively).
  • In Sailor Moon, most of the girls are into video games to some extent or another.
    • Minako Aino, to the point the Sailor V Game was originally created as a training simulator because initially, Artemis couldn't get her to train more traditionally but noticed she could easily learn from video games.
    • Ami Mizuno is actually the supreme player of video games due to her Awesomeness by Analysis. After seeing the game played once, she could flawlessly memorize and defeat the AI's patterns.
    • As for Usagi Tsukino, she loves video games and spends entirely too much time at the Crown Arcade. In her case, however, she's a spectacularly bad player.
  • Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it: Ibarada's first scene in episode 2 features Kanade walking into the lab and seeing her playing with a handheld game, a game console, and a smartphone game all at once, and she's been doing since waking up the previous night, which was the final scene of episode 1. She continues to play the handheld while explaining to Himuro and Yukimura the need for a control in their experiments.
  • Saiko Yonebayashi from Tokyo Ghoul:Re. She spends the first 10 chapters of the series hiding up in her room, playing video games, and avoiding work. After she's forced to start participating, she still rambles about video games on a regular basis and utterly demolishes her coworkers when they all play together during the Christmas party.
  • World Trigger: Yuu Kunichika keeps various consoles in Tachikawa Unit's Operation Room and even plays with her teammates from time to time, as seen in chapter 109/episode 67, where she and Tachikawa play an unknown game using controllers similar to those of the PlayStation family. In the anime, this is replaced with them playing a Street Fighter II lookalike in Super Famicom-looking console.
  • YuruYuri: Yui Fuinami occasionally makes mention of some JRPG she likes, and her living room has numerous consoles in it.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Genkai, Yusuke's Old Master, owns a massive Personal Arcade. Of course, she also uses those games to measure the spiritual potential of those seeking her mentorship.

    Asian Animation 
  • You could say Small Fry from Chicken Stew is a gamer chick in more ways than one, as she's a young female chicken who plays a blue-colored handheld console in her spare time when she isn't trying to drive the weasels away from her and the rest of the coop.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics: Betty is sometimes portrayed as enjoying video games as much as the boys do. Sometimes, it helps her get closer to Archie through a shared interest.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures: In "Ember Island Arcade", the Fire Nation gang visits the titular arcade, where Azula challenges Zuko to a fighting game. Mai mentions that Azula has been beating little kids at it all weekend.
    Azula: A princess has to lay a firm iron fist upon her subjects, after all.
  • Gravity Falls: Lost Legends: According to an Easter egg website, Pacifica Northwest is secretly a fan of an online FPS called Bloodcraft: Overdeath, where she's a level 100 Deathslayer.
  • Robin (1993): While Callie Evans is more of a basketball-obsessed Passionate Sports Girl most of her friends are really geeky guys whose interests don't overlap with hers much since she's not interested in things like Tabletop RPGs and likes sci-fi moves but not enough to argue over plot points (much) like they do. When video games come up though she's much more involved in the conversation.
  • In Supergirl (2015) tie-in comic Adventures of Supergirl, the titular character reveals she loves arcade games.
    Supergirl: "Belinda-the-Bully's surprise uppercut. She'd always use it to beat me on Street Kombat Six. She'd score a T.K.O. every time. I loved that game."

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • Anger Management:
    • Sam apparently learnt a video game, so Luna wants to learn it as well.
    • Leni learnt how to play a video game at Chaz's house and has gotten rather good at it.
  • A Crown of Stars: Asuka really likes video games. In spite of living in a devastated world, Shinji made a special effort to find rare, new video games for Asuka because he loved seeing her smile for a change.
    Her face would sometimes relax, when they sparred in the dojo, or when they were playing one of Asuka’s favorite diversions, video games. She always seemed pleasantly surprised when Shinji would appear with more of the ridiculously rare functioning games for her systems. She always asked him why he spent so much on her toys. He never managed to say to her face that it was all worth it to see that wisp of a smile and hear her calling him ‘baka’ again in that softer voice.
  • The Child of Love: Asuka and Hikari like playing games and they often go to a video arcade to play fighting games and shooters. Eventually they get Rei into them, too.
  • Everyone Loves Mob: Mob (gender-swapped) and Tome bond over games. She's not as big of a gamer as Tome but gaming is still one of the bedrocks of their relationship.
  • Fate/Gamers Only: Rikku's primary hobby is video games. During the first few strips, she asks El-Melloi II if he has Zhuge Liang's memories so that she can ask how accurate the Dynasty Warriors games are. Between Singularities, Rikku is fond of having big multiplayer sessions with her Servants and the rest of the Chaldea Staff.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion:
    • Asuka enjoys playing games. After Third Impact, Shinji often looked for rare games and they played them in co-op mode because it "gave [them] a way to support one another, and [they] very much needed that at the time."
    • Ryuko also loves games, although it annoys her that her middle-aged parents are better gamers than her.
  • According to the author notes in Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Chloe Cerise is one of these. It's implied that she bought Limbo (a very, very dark video game) for her brother to play and she is into the The Legend of Zelda series too. She also wants to get into Silent Hill but is having trouble "finding good quality copies". An author's note reveals that she showed up two of her male classmates in CarnEvil by actually getting a higher score than them, even if she never made it to the final boss.
  • Unexpectedly, in one Hetalia: Axis Powers fic, Liechtenstein is one of these: Some boys on Xbox Live mock her for being a girl, and she kicks their asses. Many times. You go, girl!
  • Secondary character Kana in Once More with Feeling, to the point where she plays the games upside down to challenge herself.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Alexis Lois "Lexi" Luthor is obsessed with Japanese culture. She spends her first day in the U.A. Support Course's class typing up an essay on the Danganronpa series rather than paying attention or worrying about the giant robot rampaging in the cafeteria.
  • Rise of the Minisukas: Asuka is happy to unpack her "Segatendo Dreamcube" and show Shinji her games. As she and Shinji play a sim farm, Shiki eagerly picks one of her farming sims' instruction manuals and starts reading.
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: Emma and Kitty are very successful gaming streamers going by the name Kit'Em.
  • Us and Them: Jessie is really into video games, an interest she turns out to share with Rufus, much to her dismay.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Best Player has Chris Sanders aka Prodigy, played by Jennette McCurdy. She's such a serious gamer that she's able to defeat Jerry Trainor's character.
  • In Captain Marvel (2019), as Carol gradually recovers her memories, she sees one of herself playing Street Fighter, and a young Skrull refugee has developed an affinity for Space Invaders while in hiding, proudly showing off her high score when she's finally reunited with her father.
  • The Gamers:
    • In 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 a mean group of powergamers, but for some reason, despite being veteran ''D&D'' players and having played through this campaign twice before, never thought of this combo.
      The build turns out to not be as good as it seems; she cuts through low-level mooks like paper, but she does very poorly against anything she can't kill with one crit (and the campaign is full of undead enemies immune to critical hits), she has a poor armor rating and just barely survives taking one hit.
    • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 beating Costa on the 360.
  • Prom Wars: It isn't shown or elaborated on, but Diana mentions that some of the most lusted-after girls in her class can beat any boy at video games.
  • The Ur-Example is Shirl from Soylent Green in 1973. An early scene has her playing (and being a bit addicted to) a Computer Space-styled game on Simonson's arcade machine — and likely, she precedes even male gamers in film! Even further, only she was playing the game while the men ignored it as they talked business on the other side of the room.
  • The Wizard has main character Haley, who tells Corey and Jimmy about the gaming competition going on and uses her knowledge to help them train for it, and minor character Mora, who mostly serves as "the finalist who isn't the main character or his rival".

  • The Case Files of Jeweler Richard: Octavia Manorland is a hardcore gamer girl in gothic lolita clothing and an aristocratic upbringing. She refuses to even entertain a conversation with someone who cannot beat a video game she's playing. The climax of her character arc in volume ten revolved around playing Undertale with the others.
  • Haganai: 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.
  • 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.
  • Theiamillis Gre Fortorthe in INVADERS of the ROKUJYOUMA!? is a princess from an advanced galactic civilization. As part of her trials to become Empress, she wrote her thesis on the ancient video games of her culture. On Earth, she's thrilled to have a chance to play games with a similar level of technology and development.
  • Played with by Kirsty in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy book Only You Can Save Mankind; as the characters are pre-teens attractiveness doesn't enter into it, and while she's technically better at the game than Johnny, this results in a refusal to acknowledge that The Game Come to Life isn't going the way it's supposed to.
  • Nuklear Age: Rachel, Atomic Lad's girlfriend, is 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.
  • This trope gets butterflied away in Player Two Start, an Alternate History story where the partnership between Nintendo and Sony had over the SNES CD-ROM doesn't fall apart over Nintendo noticing the clause in the contract that would have given Sony 100% of the software royalties, with Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi deciding to instead renegotiate the contract with Sony because their technology was too good to pass up. This eventually results in video games becoming mainstream about five years earlier than they do in our world and the many, many effects of this on history, society, and culture. As far as this trope goes, video games not having had the time to be considered the secretive realm of "dude-bros" and fostering toxic masculinity, as well as the greater influence of Nintendo and Sega's quirkier sensibilities into the late '90s and '00s (a time when, in real life, they were losing ground to Sony and Microsoft), means that the idea of a girl playing games isn't considered notable when works comment on gaming in general and is more akin to People Sit on Chairs. By the 2000s, while there are games that aggressively target young men just like in our world, they are not as dominant over the culture, and genres like Adventure Games and Life Simulation Games have a significantly increased share of the industry's attention.
  • Rebuild World: Akira's Virtual Sidekick Alpha makes him an isometric sim game starring himself to let him practice his decision-making as a hunter when not in the field. Akira struggles to get very far in it. After Akira leaves his phone with Sheryl for a while, she tries it and is frustrated that it kills Akira (her Living Emotional Crutch) so easily, so she determinedly clears it. Akira is shocked when he learns this, and in a reversal of their usual dynamic, physically clings to Sheryl for a while (to watch her play). Akira also gives Sheryl the phone, which serves as a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Hope Takeda in Run Program. She's obsessed with video games and is pretty good at them. She's a little annoyed that her coworker Eric is a jock rather than a nerd, given that their day job is babysitting a child-like AI. True, Eric is into drone racing, but Hope doesn't consider that gaming.
  • Student Council's Discretion: Mafuyu. She writes game walkthroughs as if it were her mission in life.
  • Most of the main cast of Sword Art Online is comprised of gamer chicks. Asuna, Lisbeth, and Silica were all among the players trapped in the VRMMORPG "Sword Art Online", and after their time there became passionate gamer fanatics, mainly playing "ALFheim Online". Later addition to the cast, Sinon plays a shooter game called "Gun Gale Online" and one of the rare female players there. While Yuuki played an assortment of games with her guild before debuting in the story when she tried out ALO.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • S1 Ep 07, "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 Flawless Token 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 Ep 03, "The Barbarian Sublimation," also has Penny getting addicted to Age of Conan.
    • S6 Ep 23, "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.
  • One of the suspects in the Bones episode "The Gamer in the Grease" is a world-class gaming expert. She takes advantage of this trope to get lucrative endorsements.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer when Faith works for The Mayor he gives her a Playstation. And no, this wasn't just him being nice: the fact she had some handheld system before and is up to date with popular games confirms she is this trope.
  • Another example involving pool, and also a subversion of the "she must always have superior skill" rule: On Corner Gas, Emma challenges Hank to a game of pool in order to win back money that Oscar had taken from her purse and used to buy an outboard motor from Hank. Hank starts bragging about his skill at pool, saying it's not really a good idea for her to challenge him and how he'd feel like he was hustling her. So this is where Emma destroys him, right? Nope, one Whip Pan later and Emma is begging for Best Out of Infinity, and Hank just gives her the money out of annoyance so that he can finally go home. Then again, Hank never said that he thought women were bad at pool, just that he was good. Perhaps if he had, things would have turned out differently.
  • 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.
  • Nico Saiba from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. She happens to be a talented gamer just like Emu, as such she became a runner-up in a gaming tournament at the age of only 12. She's even gone pro and can make a living on her tournament winnings.
  • 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.
  • Life with Derek: After spending half the episode complaining about Derek's obsession with a Tomb Raider expy game, Casey tries it and has fun. Later in the episode, Derek's friend comes over to play it with him in multiplayer mode and is disappointed to find only Casey is home. To which she responds: "You could always play the game with me". She wins many awesome points from the friend when she scores higher than he does.
  • 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.
  • Olive from Odd Squad is a subversion in that she previously had no skill in video games whatsoever. In "Game Time", she is actually revealed to dislike video games, as they're not her thing, much to the shock of Otto, who is an avid lover of video games and is so taken aback by the revelation that he nearly ends up breaking the tubes. When Otto ends up trapped in a Robo-Blast-Bots arcade cabinet after playing it (believing it was some exclusive game despite the stanchion rope and the "Do Not Enter" sign in front of it depicting otherwise), Oscar is called to help deal with the cabinet and decides to play the game (which he is exceptionally skilled at) in order to help Otto get out. However, before he can play, he drops his Freeze-ray-inator becomes frozen in a block of ice, which leaves Olive the only person able to free her partner. While she stumbles through the game at first, she slowly gets the hang of it and eventually manages to become skilled enough to free Otto, at which point she has come to love video games just as much as he does.
  • 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 though that technically didn't make much sense, plot-wise. (The Cogs had built him before Mondo had even known about the game.)
  • In one episode of Scrubs, Carla ends up getting really into Halo and beats the whole game, while keeping it secret from Turk. They are later shown playing together on a split-screen.
  • Stranger Things:
    • Max loves hanging out at the arcade and playing games such as Dig Dug. Notable in that the series takes place in the early 1980s when it was less common to see girls playing video games.
    • By season four, Lucas' sister Erica has become an avid Dungeons & Dragons player. She's the only girl known to take part in the Hellfire Club, a school club for D&D.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Wonder Woman (1975): Jamie in "Skateboard Wiz", who can easily beat anyone at everything from arcade games to blackjack as a result of her math-savant abilities.


  • Carly Parker, host and narrator of RABBITS, in regards to games from the 1980s. One of her fonder childhood memories was playing Centipede on a stand-up arcade cabinet owned by her best friend's family. When she goes to a bar to see a contact for her investigation, she notes the working games present, Robotron and Missile Command, and admits in her narration that, despite what she was there for, she really wanted to play.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Beth Phoenix said she grew up with the Commodore 64, leading her to upgrade to an NES, then to a Super Nintendo, then get a companion systems in the Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Play Station 2, and Wii(skipping the Game Cube), saying she amassed a "ridiculous" number of video games.
  • Talia Madison cited video games as a way to wind down off road, Off Road Challenge and Time Crisis being her favorites when she wanted to go retro.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer Blake's a fan of Fire Pro Wrestling, though her favorite is Final Fantasy.
  • A.J. Lee from NXT. As a double whammy, she loves X-Box and Playstation and put out her gamer tag in a promo. She also cosplayed as Kitana from Mortal Kombat during a Halloween battle royal.
  • Nicole Savoy is known for naming Pokemon after wrestlers she encounters. In the lead-up to the Heart Of SHIMMER Tournament, her strongest monster was Brian Cage.
  • Lucha Sister Mia Yim has been seen passing time on arcade cabinets while waiting on Leva Bates. Bates trying to teach Yim Fallout didn't work out for the best though.
  • Naomi Knight, which isn't too surprising considering her association with The Usos, though she prefers old-school platform games to the brothers' shooters.
  • Nikki Bella of the Bella Twins admits to being a huge gamer growing up, and described being obsessed with Donkey Kong.
  • WOW's Armenian Superhero Tatevik's red baron is the "The Gamer" because she's an avid player and likes to strike Street Fighter poses...though what she wants to do her opponents can be seen in Mortal Kombat.
  • 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. She also has a 1-Up mushroom belt buckle.
  • Zelina Vega has made quite a few appearances on Up, Up, Down, Down and she has cosplayed as many video game characters.
  • Nyla Rose, the giant blood-vomiting team-destroying gaijin muscle of Power Stable Mabutachi 2 Manjimanji, has memorized the Konami Code.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Most of the women connected with Yo Video Games qualify; most prominent is Max's wife Jessica, who's fond of puzzle games (in fact, Max did a Boss Rage video for Puyo Puyo Tetris where Jessica herself was the "boss") and adventure games (her all-time favorite is probably Ori and the Blind Forest), but she's also willing to throw down in Mario Party and Smash Bros.
  • A Shot of Tsundere in Your Ginger shows that Asuka is one. One of her posts featured a list of her favorite games and that she was waiting to get her hands on a new Playstation 4. She attempted to play Grand Theft Auto V for a record-breaking amount of time before she was caught by Misato and thrown out of the apartment to get some fresh air.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • Iris Sagan of AI: The Somnium Files, better known under her stage name "A-set", is a fairly popular Idol Singer who also hosts livestreams of video games, among them her favorite game ShovelForge.
  • 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 & 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. On the other hand, an overly masculine buff guy would probably get accused of being a fake nerd in real life too, or at least stereotyped as somebody who only plays games for "normal people" such as Call of Duty and Madden NFL while still making fun of nerds for liking fantasy games, so this ends up being less of a parody than it was intended to be.
  • Tyalie from BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm is the self-described “ultimate” Gamer Chick. She lives in the VR version of GameFAQs, in a basement apartment filled with game consoles, and her dialogue is peppered with all sorts of gaming terms and idioms. When she joins your party, her Nintendo 3DS appears in your inventory as a Key Item without a bit of fanfare.
    Tyalie’s 3DS: What? A girl’s gotta game on the go.
  • Coffee Talk:
    • Freya describes the games she likes as "weird, obscure art games."
    • Aqua is an aspiring indie game dev who lists video games as one of her favorite things on her Tomodachill profile. In Episode 2, one of her status updates shows her playing Super Brawl Pals 2 on the Switch.
  • The Communitree: Your girlfriend in Giftcode Hunter is stated to regularly play games and you're friends with her in the game you play together anyway.
  • Cookie Run
    • Strawberry Cookie is a self-admitted fan of video games. True to her Shrinking Violet nature, she prefers gaming over parties, as seen in the BOO! Halloween Masquerade event of Cookie Run Kingdom. In addition, her pet Pocket Strawberry is based on handheld consoles.
    • Firecracker Cookie loves arcade games. Her trial is based in an arcade and her skill features her on top of a rocket shooting down aliens ala Space Invaders. The Happy Cookie Anniversary Event has Firecracker Cookie bring out a plethora of game consoles for the Cookies to enjoy.
  • Neko#ΦωΦ, one of the main characters of Cytus II. She runs a gaming stream, and many of her iM posts are recaps of her streams where she plays with her fans. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, she isn't very good at most of the games she plays.
  • Dead by Daylight has Feng Min, a professional E-sports gamer who's been taken into the realm of the Entity, forcing her to cooperate with others to live another day.
  • Tina Armstrong from Dead or Alive, the idealized All American Blonde Beauty, was said to be such in the series debut on Arcades in 1996 on her Character Bio, which stated Video Games being one of her Hobbies; oddly enough it seems to have fallen on Informed Attribute due to the Console release of the first game erasing the Hobbies Section and since then Tina’s Hobby was never commented upon again and never shown on-screen to boot.
  • Deltarune has a couple such characters:
    • Noelle is shown to have a longtime love of video games, having frequently played them with her dad growing up. In the epilogue of Chapter 2, she visits him in the hospital to continue the tradition, asking him for advice beating a boss in a Dragon Quest III parody called Dragon Blazers III.
    • In Chapter 2, Queen expresses an interest in arcade games, challenging Kris to beat her at a Punch-Out!!-style boxing game early on and bringing up the possibility of a rematch — purely for fun — in a later scene; her Final Boss fight is even styled after the same boxing game. Berdly takes a liking to Queen for this reason and is devastated when she claims that she only plays mobile gamesnote  to get him off her back.
  • Ritz from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance knows that people will stereotype her into being smarter. She outright states that she prefers games to books. (Obviously, considering the game is an escapist fantasy based on video games, specifically Final Fantasy).
  • Hailey from Gamer 2 is imprisoned in a virtual reality world as punishment for beating the antagonist at various games.
  • Alexandra "Alex" Beaufort in Growing Up loves playing at Starcade 80, and her favorite game is Space Sheep. She even buys the arcade and renames it "Alex's Arcade" (or "Space Sheep Arcade" if you marry her) in her route's good ending, wanting to share her competitive gaming spirit with future generations.
  • Nikki from HuniePop is an 18-year-old Australian NEET who prefers classics, fighting games and MMORPGs. She is shy and antisocial but gradually warms to the player. She's also a fan favourite.
  • Sana Miyoshi from THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls is the Idolmaster series' resident gamer chick. She's so enthusiastic about video games that she would actually like to wear bikini armor.
  • Morgan from Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude enjoys laser tag, and part of seducing her involves playing a game of sexual Dungeons & Dragons with her as the dungeon master.
  • Lie of Caelum:
    • Miyu is a streamer and believes that playing games while interacting with viewers trains her concentration in ways that normal combat training cannot, but most people believe that this method is less effective than focusing on normal training.
    • Mai Yagiyu is a Card Battle Game example of this trope, who is skilled in playing the card game Burst. She can also use her cards in battle to activate her Flow abilities.
  • Maze Evelyn from The Magic Circle. She is one of the best players in the original game's online play and keeps a "Chorus of the Damned" or recordings of players raging when they either lose or realize that she is female.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Superheroes has Morrigan accepting Ryu's challenge in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. Unfortunately, we never get to see the result of this battle.
  • Ai from NeoGeo 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.
  • All the girls from Neptunia. In addition to all being based on Consoles and gaming companies, the cast are all admitted gamers and gaming seems to be the primary pastime in their world. Fitting for the world they are in.
  • D.Va from Overwatch. She's a Korean pro gamer who is also part of Korea's MEKA troops. Somehow, her skills at playing StarCraft II translate into MEKA piloting skills.
  • Persona:
    • In Persona 3, "Maya" from the Hermit Social Link if you play as the male protagonist. She's a girl who he plays an MMO with... who later turns out to be his homeroom teacher. In Portable, the social link is 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.
    • Persona 5 has Futaba Sakura, a recovering Hikikomori who's also an avid gamer. Also, party banter in the Mementos dungeon will reveal that Ann Takamaki loves playing games as well (non-smartphone portable ones, according to the artbook).
  • QP Shooting Dangerous introduces us to Syura (who later shows up in 100% Orange Juice!), a classmate of QP's who's big into video games.
  • 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. There is some justification for that - Kaguya is immortal and eternally bored to death - but Gensokyo, being rather like medieval Japan, does not have that kind of technology (though items from the Outside sometimes wind up in Gensokyo, nobody there knows what they do and there's no electricity to power them). 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.
  • The protagonist of Unpacking owns an ever-increasing amount of systems and games, and seems to be especially fond of her Nintendo GameCube. Her girlfriend/wife has some games of her own, though not as many.
  • 5-Volt from WarioWare used to be one, before gaming took a back seat to raising her son 9-Volt, who has come to be just as obsessed with video games as she used to be. She still has the skills as well; at one point, she ended up playing her son's game after confiscating it and proceeded to absolutely demolish his high score. She would slowly gain a bigger role in the franchise and start hosting her own microgames that, like her son's, are based on retro Nintendo games.

    Visual Novels 
  • Arisaka of Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue plays the PSQ, the 4DS, and even mobile phone games.
  • Danganronpa:
    • In the original's Updated Re Release, Junko Enoshima will note that she's a fan of FPS games in School Mode (a rarity, given that FPS games are less prevalent in Japan). In fact, she's the only female character that Naegi will make comments about the (lack of) video games to. In hindsight, "Junko Enoshima" being the Ultimate Soldier Mukuro Ikusaba helps explain her love of the genre.
    • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Chiaki Nanami's title is the Ultimate 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. The only genre she's bad at is dating sims. Given what she actually is, her skill at gaming makes perfect sense.
  • Deconstructed with Amy in Double Homework. Amy prefers video games over books and movies because they are interactive, and therefore messier, giving the player the kind of agency that readers and watchers can never get.
  • Augustine in Fleuret Blanc, though the story never draws attention to her gender in this regard. She is highly skilled and competitive, and her obsession with virtual achievements ties into the Central Theme of materialism.
  • 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.
  • In One Night Stand, Robin is implied to be this, as you can find gaming magazines while exploring her room.
  • Rin Watanabe of Runaway City is this, being a national gaming champion whose dream is to run an arcade someday. She appears at the arcade playing Virtual Ninja, and appears at the arcade in Season of the Sakura playing Virtual Ninja 2.

    Web Animation 
  • 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 Pong and can understand the Conlang that Button speaks. She's evidently where Button gets his love of video games from.
  • DSBT InsaniT:
    • Whitney is particularly fond of Pilotwings.
    • Not to the extent of Whitney, but Martha is familiar enough with games that she knows about the trouble the Ice-type has in Pokémon.
  • To some extent most if not all of the girls who are part of hololive play games as part of their various streams, but Botan Shishiro particularly stands out among them as her favorite games to play include first-person shooters, which is especially unusual due to the genre's long-time unpopularity in Japan. Her streams have demonstrated she is very skilled at games like Rainbow Six Siege and the Battlefield series. In addition, she built her own PC with four monitors and tends to be the go-to expert among the group for hardware specs and advice.
  • Otakebi: Kanna is extremely addicted to online video games, she later quits school and her job due to her addiction, it also causes Takuya to break up with her after several talks to get her to stop playing video games. A few years later, She becomes an overweight woman and is still addicted to video games, though her family manages to get her out of her addiction and she eventually finds a job at a convenience store.
  • Tari, a female Cyborg eSports gamer, was introduced in the SMG4 episode "Mario the Ultimate Gamer", with her Establishing Character Moment involving her beating Bob at "Super Smash each other in the ass Bros.", disproving his claim that all girls are terrible gamers. While she continues to make appearances in this series, Tari would later go on to star in her own animated web series called Meta Runner.

  • 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.
  • Bianca Abercrombie from Clinic of Horrors. When she isn't tending to a patient, she is likely to be playing a game such as "Last Fantasy Online".
  • 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.
  • El Goonish Shive Grace is this with pc, console and hand held games.
  • Elwood (2015):
    • Annika Lundgren is a particularly ruthless example who gives absolutely no quarter to her opponents in multiplayer games, which is justified because she has ambitions to go pro someday.
    • Jane Read is an adult example; she enjoys playing what appears to be a medieval fantasy Role-Playing Game with her husband, David.
  • Five 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.
  • Furry Fight Chronicles: The protagonist, Muko, attempted to learn how to fight by playing fighting video games. Her sister Saniko was also implied to be one as she called out Muko not only for her train of logic but also for playing with an RPG. Also, one of the requirements to be a Tendonchi Champion, or earn the right to challenge them, is for Combagals to be good at arcade games.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • "GameGrl" is a magazine that ostensibly caters to the interests of exactly this type of character. The kids have a low opinion of it, and point out it is certainly a Pink Product Ploy by the same idiots who write "GameBro". It has its own theme song, in all its 90s glory, in the volume 9 album.
  • Latula Pyrope is another parody of the trope, a high-energy fun-lover who is into all things "R4D1CAL." The only character who draws attention to her gender is Kankri, ironically blind to his own sexism.
  • Last Res0rt introduces Jigsaw's sister, Sudoku, by having her complain about her parents throwing her "off her rhythm" 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...
  • Leftover Soup gives us Ellen and her entire tabletop gaming group — Max, Lily, Gina, and Nicole. Ellen herself is also an avid World of Warcraft player, one of the first things we learn about her.
  • Erika, the titular gamer girl from Living With Hipster Girl And Gamer Girl. Some strips even show her playing video games in the place of the game protagonists.
  • 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. However, one early comic did portray her as an RTS player, preparing to play a Free For All game of Warcraft III.
  • 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.
  • Ye Thuza from Sandra and Woo initially bonded with her husband by playing Final Fantasy. She even named her kids Cloud and Yuna.
  • 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. One example is that the Redneck Trees were her idea.
    • Note that PeeJee is not a better gamer, although she is the GM more often than anyone else.
  • Tripp: Sam loves to beat Tripp at Mario Kart. She even shows off her new Elder Scrolls tattoo in an early strip.
  • 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.
  • 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. In extra art posted by the author, it shows that while playing Five Nights at Freddy's 2, she got all 3 stars in the time it took John and Charlie to survive to night 4.

    Web Original 
  • 4chan:
    • A chart of the different types of gamers actually makes a point of distinguishing between the "real" female gamers who actually enjoy playing games and the "fake" ones who only do it to have armies of desperate male nerds/white knights give them attention and worship them. See if you can spot the difference:
      The GURL Gamer: That's right, I'm a GURL, AND I play games!
      The Gamer Girl: Hey guys, what game are you playing?
    • However most people consider this a Discredited Trope due to some people online take this even further by basically implying that it's impossible to be both an attractive woman and a geek and the Unfortunate Implications that women need to work harder to prove that they're a "true geek (for example, comic book writer Tony Harris got in trouble for perpetuating this). Also including arguments that the trope is basically one big excuse to partake in Slut-Shaming and considering how 4chan has a pretty notorious track record with women to begin with note , many people outside the community don't take this seriously anyway (or at the very least that fake geek girls are the exception rather than the rule).
    • On the topic of 4chan, the character Vivian James, who originated from 4chan, is not merely just a dedicated gamer, but a Basement-Dweller who never leaves her house.
  • Zig-zagged by Ralphie/Gamer Girl in the Superhero Web Serial Novel Gamer Girl. Though she's a classic tomboy who excels at gaming (almost breaking a world record at Space Invaders at the beginning of the serial) as well as a video game-themed superheroine, she's neither conventionally attractive nor particularly self-aware of her gender. Being a geeky, socially awkward teenager with an enthusiasm for violence and only one friend at school, she's more of a gender inversion of the stereotypical male gamer.

    Web Videos 
  • 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 than 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.
  • All the members of hololive are gamers of one stripe or another, having at least one genre that they thrive in (e.g. Suisei with Tetris, Subaru with fighting games, Gura with rhythm games, Aqua, Towa, Botan and Ame with first-person shooters, Marine and Kiara with JRPGs, etc.) and aren't shy about dipping their toes into others. This is why hololive GAMERS became an artifact title (now just used to refer to the unnumbered generation between the second and third gens), along with the fact that none of them are slouches with the idol singer part of the business even if they don't put as much focus on it as Sora, AZKi and Suisei.
  • Sofie Liv of Movie Dorkness has always played games, (especially The Legend of Zelda and Professor Layton) seems to slowly be turning into a full-fledged gamer girl as evidenced by the inception of "The Positive Gamer Woman" and her review of Ni no Kuni.
  • 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 hardcore gamer hopeless social-networking-site-with-graphics addict as the show progresses.
  • Rooster Teeth has Lindsay Jones, who primarily acts as the voice of Ruby Rose, but has gotten involved in Achievement Hunter's VS series. She's proven herself to be a worthy competitor as well.
  • SupaPixelGirl / QueenOfRabites occasionally references the trope, generally to mock the idea that any female gamer must actually be pretending to like games for attention (i.e., the "fake gamer girl" concept).
  • Two Best Friends Play: 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.

    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 an action/adventure game.
  • 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.
  • Danny Phantom: Sam plays this trope rather straight, with Danny and Tucker uncharacteristically assuming that she can't possibly be any good at video games because she's a girl, right up until she revealed herself to be the player who had been regularly kicking both their asses online. Hell, Danny even takes a shot at her about it after the reveal. Sam also implies that every girl who plays the game is better than any boy (or at least better than Danny and Tucker).
  • Gosalyn Mallard from Darkwing Duck loves video games, particularly "Whiffle Boy", and can often be seen at the local arcade.
  • Della Duck from DuckTales (2017) is shown to love video games, and it's one of the things she bonds with Huey over—she loves the action and adventure portions while he prefers to do things like farming and raising money. The Origins Episode "The First Adventure" also revealed that her skill as an Ace Pilot comes from spending her childhood playing flight simulators.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: The episode "The Boy Who Would Be Queen" revealed Trixie Tang's secretly a Tomboy who was both one of these and an Otaku Surrogate. This was a Compressed Vice and never brought up again.
  • Invader Zim: Gaz. Getting between her and her games is her Berserk Button.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Marinette is shown to be a skilled gamer, quickly beating the top two (male) players at her school during a video game tournament. While she initially enters the tournament simply so she can hang out with her crush, both of her opponents acknowledge that she's the most skilled player there.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: At the end of "Dungeons & Discords", Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie both eagerly join the guys for their fantasy RPG.
  • Mysticons has Zarya, who is shown to play video games and is able to beat Doug.
  • The title character of Pepper Ann loves video games, especially an arcade game called "Crunch Pod".
  • Ready Jet Go!: Sydney loves playing Astro Tracker and is lauded In-Universe as the best player of the game. She even uses her joystick skills to masterfully co-pilot the saucer.
  • Spinelli from Recess can be seen playing video games in some episodes, particularly when they're outside of school.
  • Sanjay and Craig has two girl gamers named Megan and Chido. They're fans of and wind up bonding over a game called Spirit Animal Pro Fighter 2. They even start a video game-themed band together called Character Select, and make a song called "Press Start".
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Pidge shows herself to be one in "Space Mall" in which she fangirls over a classic console and forces Lance to help her gather money so they could buy it and play old school Eastern RPG's.
  • Lor from The Weekenders often competes with Tino and Carver at the arcade, and she usually beats them.
  • Winx Club: Tecna's pixie friend Digit is one.
  • Kimiko Tohomiko from Xiaolin Showdown is shown to be this—although it could be justified in that her dad, Toshiro, is the owner/operator of the biggest electronics company in all of Asia, and Kimiko even said that he's gotten her pretty much every single electronic plaything there is. An interest in videogames is one of the main things that she has in common with Raimundo Pedrosa—their favorite videogame appears to be a franchise called "Goo Zombies."
  • Marina the mermaid from Zig & Sharko can be seen playing video games on a handful of occasions.

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  • 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 her, thinking they would still win, only to go home with their tails between their legs when she beat them in the game.
  • A notorious example of harassment in the Quake community 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 emails, 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 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 girls tend to be better at certain games than guys (though the reverse is also true). Something about having better hand-eye coordination and having more dexterous fingers (for girls) and better 3D and abstract thinking (for guys).
    • Older Than the NES. One segment of VH1'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.
  • Former Quake tournament pro "killcreek" (Stevana "Stevie" Case) famous for humiliating John Romero at QuakeCon, by beating him at the game he designed.
  • 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, an FPS tournament team sponsored by Ubisoft. They are reportedly terrible gamers, but very pretty. Former member Ashley Jenkins went on to head up Rooster Teeth's The Know division and hosts her own gaming podcast, Glitch Please, for the company. She still plays games regularly but prefers to keep it off-camera.
  • 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 II 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.
  • 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!
  • There are a good deal of female Let's Players around YouTube, including Lucahjin, Masae Anela, Mallory from StephenPlays, Donnabellez and Mangaminx. All are skilled gamers in their own right.
    • Youtube also hosts several female internet personalities that also happen to focus on games (in particular League of Legends). Some include Natsumii and LilyPichu (the latter is also noted for having a real-life Moe voice)
    • Then, of course, there's Watch Girls Play.
  • Team Siren was an all-female team for League of Legends which gained infamy due to their promotional video, introducing some meme-worthy lines like "Losing is not an option", "I'm a siren", and "Baited and outsmarted", all ensuring that they would never be taken seriously as a team by the League community. Following poor performances, they eventually disbanded within the year.
  • Kaceytron is another female League of Legends streamer who gained infamy as a "boob streamer", wearing clothes with low necklines while performing poorly at the game, thus gaining most of her attention via sex appeal. However, she is deliberately doing this as part of an act satirizing the typical "gamer girl", which flew over the heads of many gamers.
  • 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.
  • Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon, who may as well be a real-life edition of D.Va, picking up a ton of early attention in Overwatch for her almost-inhuman precision with tanks, accused of using aimbots by several pro players who were so confident that she was a cheater that they announced they would quit the scene if she was exonerated. Blizzard themselves stepped in to provide her a monitored studio to prove that her seemingly impossible skill was 100% legitimate, making her detractors eat their words. Her skills became so recognized that in 2018, she was picked up by the Shanghai Dragons of the Overwatch League, making her its first female player. It's telling that even when the Dragons suffered one of the most infamous losing streaks in e-sports history, she was never considered liable for it, and when nearly everyone on the roster was replaced for the next 2019 season, Geguri remained and continued to prove herself as a formidable tank as the team flourished and became far more capable.
  • Rita Gamer is a very good World of Tanks player who streams her gameplay three times a week.
  • Voice actress Ai Nonaka is a prominent Nintendo games player who streams her gameplays on her official YouTube channel. The games she plays include Super Mario Maker, Excite Bike, Kirby's Adventure and several classic Nintendo titles.
  • Comedian Sarah Silverman took to playing and live-streaming nightly Call of Duty: WWII sessions with her friend and assistant Annie Segal while both were holed up indoors during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Actress and model Megan Fox loves to play video games, especially Halo: Reach.
  • Liana K has been a huge video game fan ever since the age of three, and hosts a YouTube channel and Twitch stream relating to gaming content. A vocal feminist herself, she's offered her own work as a healthy alternative to Feminist Frequency - as something coming from someone inside the industry. She's also expressed her annoyance with the label 'girl gamer' and its variants, feeling that games are for everyone and the label just backhandedly enforces the fallacy that women don't play.
  • Olivia Munn has been attacked for whether she's an authentic Geek but she's proved that she does indeed have gamer cred. Her biography details that she played as a child, she's joked about being addicted to Call of Duty and described her ideal night as "playing Guitar Hero until three in the morning."
  • Christina Grimmie was a skilled player and fan of video games, to the point that Disney hired her as the presenter of their short-lived YouTube gamer channel "disneysgames" series "POWER UP".note 
  • Brie Larson willing starred in a Nintendo Switch commercial. She has even openly stated that a dream project would be playing Samus Aran should Nintendo make a movie for the series.
  • Both Jane Douglas and Ellen Rose from Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra respectively fit this trope. Interestingly in appearance, Ellen seems the more tomboyish whilst Jane fits the more feminine aspect, but in personality, this is almost completely inverted.
  • Stellaworth is a store in Japan that caters exclusively to this demographic. They specialize in otome and BL products, but carry plenty of "core" games as well, often with some exclusive goodies.


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