The 20 Most Outrageous Examples of Female Body Armor in Video Games

Rainbow Mika, a fighter not seen since Street Fighter Alpha 3 way back in 1998, was just announced as a returning character in Street Fighter V, and needless to say, her outfit is... "interesting." She's a wrestler by trade, so the outfit is understandable. However, we couldn't help but think of other examples of outfits in video games that might necessitate a bit more protection.

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    20. Harley Quinn, Arkham Knight

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    Once a respectable psychiatrist, Harley Quinn is now certifiably nutso, and her outlandish garb that looks like it came straight out of Alice in Wonderland's nightmares does an admirable job reflecting that fact.

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    19. Morrigan, Darkstalkers

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    Okay, okay, so Morrigan is a succubus, which, in Judeo-Christian forklore, is a female demon specifically meant to seduce men to their deaths. Given that backstory, the outfit is understandable. It's all part of the job, right?

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    18. Bayonetta, Bayonetta

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    Is Bayonetta's outfit outrageous? Yes. It is high on the list? No. Here's why:

    Many female video game characters have specific directives and motivations that don't require them to be so scantily clad, and yet they are designed that way merely as an afterthought to get gamers' attention. In other words, the way those characters dress is totally irrelevant to the rest of the game.

    On the other hand, Bayonetta's sexuality is part of her essence, and the sort of gaudy bravado and confidence intrinsic to her personality is reflected as such in her appearance. It's as if both she and her creators are telling you, "yeah, I'm sexy. What the f**k are you gonna do about it?" The answer is nothing, because you'll have a bullet from an Umbran Sister lodged in your head before you could react.

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    17. Moxxi, Borderlands 2

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    Moxxi's got a bit of the Bayonetta Syndrome going on: it's just who she is. She owns it. Don't like it? Too bad.

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    16. Juliet Starling, Lollipop Chainsaw

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    Juliet's outfit has all the subtlety of... well... a chainsaw to the head. Like a handful of her peers, Juliet is outrageous by design, which detracts from her overall outrage factor. She's not saving the galaxy dressed like that, for example.

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    15. Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

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    The original video game vixen, Lara Croft set the precedent for almost all female video game characters that followed. However, the outrageousness has been dialed waaaaay back in recent years, which bumps her down significantly. No pun intended.

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    14. Shahdee, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

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    This is what happens when you've got no TIME to find your armor. Get it? Yeah? Kill myself? Okay.

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    13. R. Mika, Street Fighter V

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    She's a wrestler, so the outfit kinda sorta makes sense. Maybe. Almost.

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    12. Any member of the Forsworn, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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    ... Oh, I get it! They're trying to distract the Markarth guards so their brethren can slip into Understone Keep, kill Jarl Igmund, and take back The Rift! It all makes sense now.

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    11. Mileena, Mortal Kombat IX

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    Everyone's favorite toothy nutcase is no exception when it comes to outrageous outfits. Although she might have taken the money she saved up for clothes and put it towards dental work. In that case, good on you, Mileena.

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    10. Rikku, Final Fantasy X-2

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    When you've gotta save Spira by 8, but be at Wakka's beach party by 9...

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    9. Ivy, Soul Calibur

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    Ms. Valentine, I hope you're a pro with that snake sword (aptly named 'Valentine') because those blades look like they could hurt given a swing gone awry.

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    8. Miranda Lawson, Mass Effect 2

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    If you can look me in the eye and tell me that Miranda's backstory about her "genetic enhancements" wasn't crafted specifically to justify her eye-popping ass, then congratulations: you can look people directly in the eyes and lie to them.

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    7. Ada Wong, Resident Evil 4

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    I don't know about you, but when I think of "proper zombie killing attire," I think of high heels and a Chinese cocktail dress. Maybe that's just me though.

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    6. Taki, Soul Calibur

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    Whoever said ninjas had to be aerodynamic didn't know what the f**k they were talking about.

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    5. Fran, Final Fantasy XII

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    Dem ears tho.

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    4. Cammy White, Street Fighter

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    Dammit, Cammy, you're a British special forces operative! You could get shot by terrorists!

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    3. Felicia, Darkstalkers

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    What's the Japanese word for "shameless?" Whatever it is, it would describe Felicia perfectly. This is what happens when you hire catgirl enthusiasts as concept artists.

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    2. Quiet, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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    In the context of certain video games, a certain crazy outfit makes sense. Bayonetta's a witch. Morrigan's a succubus. The outfits fit the profile.

    That said, Quiet's outfit makes no sense whatsoever. She's a sniper. She gets shot at. With bullets. She can't talk, so she can't ask for better protection, but she could at least... I dunno... text someone? One things for sure, though: a lot has changed since the days of Meryl.

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    1. Rachel, Ninja Gaiden

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    When you have a dominatrix character who makes Ivy look like an amateur, you know you've gone completely and totally over the top. Now all she needs are a pair of cat ears, and you've got the ultimate in outrageous video game outfits. Bravo, Tecmo, bravo.
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