I really wanna just like….cry and hug every single one of you guys for defending those borderlands women.
One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE the Borderlands games is because the women are so fierce and strong, and not just a “second playable character so the girls can feel relatable when playing a video game”. No
These women are strong, Ziv had already pointed out what Moxxi is capable of, and actually you got it spot on for why she is one of my favorite female characters ever since Borderlands 1.
Maya is a character who is able to hold her own. She’s smart, she knows when something is up and is not afraid of anybody to show it. Which hunter-two-one had pointed out. Maya also learned how to control her powers, she LOVES her powers, and hell, I actually have the opinion that she probably doesn’t even NEED eridium to be stressful with her powers, considering she’s gone 27 years without the need for it to be powerful like Angel and Lilith, and Commandant Steele. But that’s a side note. Maya fights along side Axton, Salvador, and zer0, all of whom are tough, military, gunzerking, and ninja men who are trained for the harsh land of Pandora. And out of all of them, she’s probably the only level headed one, which also makes me think she’d be the one in charge of, “yeah, let’s go kill this handsome jack guy because what he’s doing is bad” vs Zer0 just “needing a new challenge”, or Axton wanting glory. Maya isn’t just a Strong female character, she’s completely badass and doesn’t NEED the guys to fight for her. Not to mention she’s not there for sex appeal. Look at her suit, it’s a combat suit meant for her to fight in combat. She shows off her siren tattoo’s because it shows that she’s POWERFUL!
Lilith is NOT a damsel in distress, and I honestly dunno if anybody has said this before, but when she gets captured by Handsome Jack, she says, “I’d rather die than be a damsel”. She’s being tortured, physically and mentally. A person she just found out to be a siren, a connection to what she was and daughter on this evil man had died. A person that she had LOVED, and still LOVES was killed by him, and she was taken out of rage and she STILL has the gawl to say that she would rather die than be used by him. She’s powerful enough to phase the whole entire city. She’s the most powerful siren in the whole universe that we know of. Yeah she could have fought tougher enemies, but for gameplays sake, they couldn’t. But we KNOW she could have, and if she wasn’t blind sided by Roland dying and Jack having technology and a calm demeanor at the time, she probably would have kicked his ass too. In Borderlands 1 she was so overpowered it isn’t even funny. Her clothes are coming off because of her Eridium use, that and as you can imagine from a savage land like Pandora, of course the men are gonna paint their cars to look like her. They don’t see a sexy women every single day, but Lilith lives with them and is FULLY CAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF HERSELF!
I don’t think I need to say anything about Ellie that hasn’t already been said before. If you think Ellie is there for fanservice, then I’m sorry. Her tits are hanging out because she LOVES HER IMAGE! Honestly bigger girls NEED to see some positive image. Girls go out into the clubs and have been known to get picked on because they wanted to show some skin. Because they wanted to “look sexy for a night”. Ellie doesn’t take that shit. She loves herself and is willing to kill anybody who says differently. She flirts because damn why the hell not? You got cute vault hunters, you love your body, what’s the harm in a little flirting? If guys can say a girl looks sexy every couple of minutes, I don’t see any reason why a bigger girl couldn’t call another person cute or not, for both genders. Obviously the vault hunters don’t mind, or else it’d say something back in the quests given, or we’ll find out in the next game or some info or something. But I just see it as Ellie being friendly. If she’s not flirting with you, then you’ve done something to piss her off.
Then, not to go into TOO long of a rant, but you have a lot of other girls that are fully capable of taking care of themselves.
Tina, who is 13 and able to live with a bunch of bandits in the Tundra Express. Sheriff who talks BACK TO HANDSOME JACK, a person that most people fear on Pandora during the time of the game. Commandant Steele, who may or may not have been a siren, but she obviously got that title for a reason and being pretty wasn’t one of them. She knew how to fight and knew what she wanted. Tannis worked for the dahl corporation, she obviously doesn’t dress “sexy” in terms of the other women, but her power comes from her mind and research. She also held her own against handsome jack in the ceiling chairs echo logs. She was beaten, a, rather odd, lover killed before her, and yet she stands strong and stands in the fight against him. Not weakened by the state of someone dying. NO.
There’s just….sooo so so so much good done with borderlands females, and I didn’t even get through half of them (like Scarlet, Gaige and Angel to name a few others). Out of all the games where they overly sexualize females, or just throw them in there for the same of female gamers to play as or have an option, borderlands does it right. I play as Axton for the most part, but I know plenty of guys who have started off playing as Maya or Gaige and absolutely LOVE them. They don’t comment “oh, I’m playing a girl. Lookit me I’m weak and just here for fanservice”. No, we talk about the skill tree’s and what they are capable of just as if you were playing as a guy.
I’m sorry, I just….really needed to get this out there.