[VIDEOGAMES] The Femme Fatale & Disney Princess of the 2010s

In the mainstream videogame world, there are a lot of women characters who fit the description of Femme Fatale but also seem like a Disney Princess.  Seem like an odd mix?  Here are some traits they usually have:

  • Dark hair
  • Curiosity + Intelligence
  • Incredibly well-suited to the world around them without being like most of the other women characters that may appear in the game
  • Usually display sophistication or self-control
  • Femme Fatale traits:

cold – exploitative – sexy – unfriendly- haughty – independent – merciless – thinking – sassy

warm – innocent – cute – charismatic – humble –  domestic* – compassionate – feeling – sweet

  • cold vs warm: how reserved they are vs how welcoming their presence is
  • exploitative vs innocent: how willing they are to use people vs selfless do-gooder
  • sexy vs cute: whether game designers intended them to be a sultry seductress vs a chaste virgin (whether they actually are a virgin or not)
  • unfriendly vs charismatic: not caring to bond with others vs wanting to be liked
  • haughty vs humble: a queenly arrogance/knowing vs a princess-like naivete
  • independent vs domestic: does their own thing vs helps others out
  • merciless  vs compassionate: reacts distrustfully and believes in serving justice themselves vs reacts kindly because they trust and believe in redemption
  • thinking vs feeling: prioritizing logic (impersonal) vs prioritizing emotions (personal)
  • sassy vs sweet: how likely they are to poke fun at others vs how likely they are to show sympathy
  • Usually transition from Disney Princess good girl to brooding Femme Fatale

*domestic = creates a comfortable environment for others


Yuna from Final Fantasy X (2001)

cold – exploitative – sexy – unfriendly – haughty – independent – merciless – “thinking” – sassy

“Everyone was so happy. “Great job, Yuna. You did it. You saved us all.” There were too many smiles to count… and I know that I was smiling, too. But now… when I look back… the people who should be here aren’t. The ones who should be smiling with me aren’t here.” ― Yuna

 warminnocentcute –charismatic – humble – domestic compassionate – “feeling”sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess

Lulu from Final Fantasy X (2001)

cold – exploitative – sexyunfriendlyhaughty – independent – merciless – “thinking” – sassy

“Amazing. Simply amazing. You make up one theory after another, refusing to face the simple truth. Sin didn’t take Chappu anywhere. Sin crushed him and left him on the Djose shore. Your brother won’t just “pop back.” Oh, and one more thing. No matter how much you want it, no one can take Chappu’s place. No one can replace Sir Jecht, for that matter. And there’s no replacement for Lord Braska, either. It’s pointless to think about it… and sad.”― Lulu

 warm – innocent – cute -charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling” – sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess

Snow White from Wolf Among Us (2013)


cold – exploitative – sexy – unfriendly – haughty – independentmerciless – “thinking” – sassy

“I can’t promise perfection. No one can. But I can promise to always have your best interests at heart.”― Snow

 warm – innocentcute –charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling” – sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess


Lara Croft from Tomb Raider (Original and Reboot)

laracroft(ORIGINAL) cold – exploitative – sexy – unfriendly – haughtyindependentmerciless – “thinking” – sassy

“A famous explorer once said, that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are. I’d finally set out to make my mark; to find adventure. But instead adventure found me. In our darkest moments, when life flashes before us, we find something; Something that keeps us going. Something that pushes us.”― Lara Croft

(REBOOT)  warminnocentcute –charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling”sweet 

Femme Fatale Disney Princess 


Elizabeth Comstock from the BioShock Franchise (2013)


(Burial at Sea) coldexploitativesexy – unfriendly – haughtyindependentmerciless – “thinking” – sassy

“Time… Time rots everything. Even hope.”Elizabeth

 (BioShock Infinite) warminnocentcute –charismatic – humble – domestic compassionate “feeling”sweet (also sassy)

Femme Fatale Disney Princess 

Evie Frye from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015)

eviefryecold – exploitative – sexy – unfriendly – haughtyindependentmerciless – “thinking”sassy

“For every mission, there is a right way and a wrong way. Barging thoughtlessly into combat is, more often than not, the latter.”Evie Frye

 warm – innocent – cute -charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling” – sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess 


Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher Franchise (2015)

yennefercoldexploitativesexyunfriendlyhaughtyindependentmerciless – “thinking” – sassy

How ravishing she is, he thought. Everything about her is ravishing. And menacing. Those colours of hers; that contrast of black and white. Beauty and menace. Her raven-black, natural curls. Her cheekbones, pronounced, emphasising a wrinkle, which her smile – if she deigned to smile – created beside her mouth, wonderfully narrow and pale beneath her lipstick. Her eyebrows, wonderfully irregular, when she washed off the kohl that outlined them during the day. Her nose, exquisitely too long. Her delicate hands, wonderfully nervous, restless and adroit. Her waist, willowy and slender, emphasised by an excessively tightened belt. Slim legs, setting in motion the flowing shapes of her black skirt. Ravishing.“—A Shard of Ice Sword of Destiny (p. 110). Orion. Kindle Edition.

warm – innocent – cute – charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling” – sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess

Bayonetta from the Bayonetta Franchise

coldexploitativesexyunfriendly haughtyindependentmerciless – “thinking”sassy

“I’m not much for the talkative types. How about we have a little fun, instead? You did plan on having fun with me, right? There’ll be plenty of time for pillow talk afterwards.” – Bayonetta

warm – innocent – cute – charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling” – sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess

Ada Wong from Resident Evil Franchise

coldexploitativesexyunfriendly haughtyindependentmerciless – “thinking”sassy

“I executed everyone in this control room. I enabled Wesker to hack the mainframe. We shut down the security systems. We let you out of that cell.”Ada Wong

warm – innocent – cute – charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling” – sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess


Rayne from BloodRayne Franchise

coldexploitativesexyunfriendly haughtyindependentmerciless – “thinking”sassy

“You saw the blades, what did you think was going to happen?”Rayne

warm – innocent – cute – charismatic – humble – domestic – compassionate – “feeling” – sweet

Femme Fatale Disney Princess


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