10. Eva (Shank)A while back a comic book starring Green Lantern Kyle Rainer featured a plot where in order to strike back at our hero, his girlfriend was killed off-screen (or in this case, off panel) and stuffed into a fridge.BUY @ AMAZON
Not exactly what you want to find instead of your leftover pizza.
A bit later, some folks got pissed about it, and pointed out that yeah, women are so commonly treated terribly and/or killed in comics, that the "Women in the Refrigerator Syndrome" might be a bit of a problem for the industry. The jury's still out if that industry fixed the problem (it hasn't) but let me be the first to say . . .it sure as sugar isn't limited to comics!
Enter Eva, a nice sweet and still super hot teacher, who is killed only in flashback, isn't terribly developed as a character, and turns out to be the prime motivator for the hero, Shank (duh) to go on his grindhouse based roaring rampage of revenge!
This is just one example of "fridging" in games, and it's SOOOOOO common. In fact for most games that feature this, especially older ones, we would rarely see the women getting killed actually in the game. They die in the background, to be revealed during the introduction cinematic, or possibly only in the game's manual. Being killed in the damn manual might as well as being the equivalent of getting cut out of Star Wars Episode 2 because you were a terrible actor- you probably wish you didn't exist rather than have to deal with that insult.
There are tons of examples, but it's especially prevalent in fighting games and brawlers like Shank. Look at Terry Bogard's girl in Fatal Fury, or how about the intro of Double Dragon 2, where the girl you worked so hard to save from the first, Marian, even going so far as to beat up your own brother, is just murdered right at the beginning?
Though . . . maybe Marian kind of had it coming. The fact that she made Jimmy and Billy beat the tar out of each other at the end of Double Dragon 1 because, what, she couldn't decide who to pick, was pretty much the definition of "bogus".
Or maybe this guy was the definition, I can't remember.
Anyway, you may be asking, "So if this is so common, why does Eva make the damn list?"
Well smart guy, its' because of two reasons.
First, though we don't really get to know her as a character or actually see her death, I don't think we really want to. If you watch that attached intro video, there's a flashback in the middle, where "The Butcher" leaves Shank for dead, and carries Eva off with the implication that he raped her to death. That's just . . . nasty.
Then, there's this .
That makes it wayyyyyy worse. Eva "wins" this because her death is just so damn brutal.
Oh and speaking of Brutal . . .
9. Ophelia (Brutal Legend)So, starting up Brutal Legend, we quickly get to know Ophelia. She is awesome.BUY @ AMAZON
She's smart, she's good with a pair of swords, unafraid of demons, loves rocking out and drinking beer, and despite her being a cartoon she's the representation of what I think most metal fans, nay, most men would find hotter than the fires of hell.
Plus, if you're not into her, know that like most rad women, she knows other hot chicks.
Then we get to spend most of the game falling in love with her because Tim Schafer knows how to make a character so damn funny and charming you can't help resist it and Jennifer Hale is great at delivering said dialogue. Besides, if she can fall for a guy like Jack Black it gives all men of his stature, hairiness, and figure hope. This probably includes most of the folks playing this game, and . . . Tim Schafer.
But hey if you're as funny as one of these guys, you probably deserve hope like this.
But of course, this is all build up Before-
You know what? This is going to be the last and most major SPOILER ALERT on this list. So much spolierage is going to keep on happening as we go, don't say you weren't forewarned!
- The guy she was crushing on is slaughtered before her eyes, she and Jackie-poo have a little scuffle, and he kinda sorta accuses her of betraying their good guy army, and then leaves her for dead. Oops!
So naturally she drowns herself in a pool of sorrows, and comes back as an undead goth ex-girlfriend hell bent on revenge! Pretty standard stuff really.
At least for me, but then again, I've never had a relationship that didn't end in half my crap thrown out of a 3rd story apartment.
So for most of the rest of the game we end up battling her instead of the main bad guy, Doviculus, and the entire time, it's painful because you just want her and Black to resolve their differences. Which they do . . . just before Doviculus comes in and kills her, again.
That dude is some kind of death ex machina. Only ever showing up to kill characters practically out of nowhere.
And like most of Tim Curry's roles, dressed in some sort of fetish gear.
But this ends up being a problem. Because at this point you get all fired up for an awesome final act where you tear through Doviculus' armies in a demon-filled hellzone and deliver sweet, sweet revenge for double-killing the hottest girl in rockland. Except it doesn't happen naturally like that. You're just immediately whisked away to a final battle that isn't as epic as it should be considering this is a game that's constantly trying to out epic itself, and boom! Ophelia's revived and everyone's happy!
Except anyone who kind of wanted a third act of course. Or an ending that didn't feel so rushed. Or is kind of a cheat.
But hey, isn't that Brutal Legend in a nutshell?
Great characterization, incredibly pretty and charming, but with some rather poor understanding of fundamentals?
But still, bonus points for dying, then dying whilst being dead! That's a dead girlfriend!
8. Rachel (FFVI)So you open up FF6 playing as an amnesiac green-haired chick piloting a steam-powered mech (of course), and she's promptly exploded upon coming in contact with the world's ugliest snow cone. So she wakes up, gets a name: Terra, and meets the first playable character with any personality - Locke!BUY @ AMAZON
Who was obviously dressed by David Bowie.
Locke's a stylish, badass Thief, I mean sorry guy, "Treasure Hunter". He comes along with Terra throughout her adventure, proving to be affable, and very protective of Terra. Later on he ends up busting out the other major lady of the game, Celes, who he's even more protective of. But since Terra's not exactly "all there", he starts to connect more with Celes, and they even seem to be falling for each other. But if you think her guilty conscience gives her some issues, well . . .
*Cue character driving sob story in 3. 2. 1.*
It turns out that in Locke's sad, depressing past (because everyone in this game as a sad, depressing past), Locke was in love with a girl named Rachel. She got a spot of amnesia herself (it's really going around for women who know him), which caused her parents to run ol'tight jeans and out of town. Then she was mortally wounded by the Empire (this game's version of Bionic Commando's Badds), and he somehow figured out a way to preserve her body in his hometown while he went and looked for a cure for being bombed.
Some might call this true love, I call it dangerous obsession. Tomato/Tomahto.
But here's the amazing thing about Locke: HE DOES IT.
That's right, the way to get him back into your group at the game's end is to help him finish off his, at this point, nearly life-long quest to bring his girlfriend back to life, by finding the embodiment of resurrection; the Phoenix.
Not quite the Phoenix I was looking for, but Jean sure does know a thing or to about coming back to life.
So yeah, you get it then book it to Rachel's weird Snow White shrine, and apply the spell aaaaannd . . .
. . . she comes back to life for about a minute, gives Locke a speech about love and then promptly dies again, as if every line of dialogue she has must have taken Ted Woolsey seven hours to come up with.
Talk about a severe case of romantic blue balls! I mean Jesus! This dude goes all the way around the world, develops a severe complex about women, becomes a thief, joins a resistance movement, constantlys risks his life and even accomplishes a near impossible feat - and get's nothing out of it except a tiny bit of closure.
3 months talking to a therapist would have been a lot cheaper.
But despite this character getting screwed over, or perhaps because of it, Rachel's easily remembered. She might have just been another fridge girl, but also serves as a sort of prototype for Squaresoft (back when they were actually known by that name) on how to make a moving death.
Don't get me wrong, she's still essentially background motivation for a male hero, but it's taken to such an extreme, and actually done so well, that man, it's hard to believe this was done on a Super NES. Squaresoft would later take what they learned from this, and create one of the deaths heard 'round the world . . .but you'll see that further down on the list.
Besides, you know who I'm talking about already. I mean, it's no real surprise.
But I'll tell you one thing that later entry doesn't have, a stirring melody of her death. Rachel's got that at least.
7. Lisa and Marie (Castlevania: SotN/LoS)Oh yeah, speaking of resurrections driving the protagonist's entire quest-BUY @ AMAZON
From Castlevania: Lords of Shadow!
Meet Marie Belmont.
She enjoys long walks on the beach, praying to the one true god, and oh yeah, being dead.
So yeah, it seems like you can't have a game that imitates God of War, without at least one dead lady in the hero's past. It's in God of War, imitated in Dante's Inferno, and hey look at that, it shows up yet again in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
All three share really similar fridge-women scenarios, but if you have to go with one, I'm choosing Lords of Shadow.
Unlike Kratos, Gabriel Belmont actually cares enough about his wife to not only seek revenge, but try to actually bring her back. Unlike Dante, Gabriel's love of the woman is justified a bit more as a classic romantic ideal and less like, "Damn I'll miss those fine t*****s!"
Seriously, Dante's Inferno just couldn't help showing us Beatrice's boobs. Even when she was a corpse . . .ew.
So yeah, Gabriel goes on his grand old quest to stop evil, and along the way, gets tempted with the idea that the MacGuffin of the game, the "God Mask" can bring Marie back. Even though when he does manage to make a collect call to limbo and talk to her, she seems fine with death and all. It is probably nice, I mean, once you're dead you never have to worry about much, like taxes, traffic or husbands who stab you in the middle of the night.
Just in case I wasn't clear above SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!
So turns out Gabriel was the one to ice his wife while under control of another, and he feels really bad about it. He feels even worse when he does it again to another girl, Claudia, on his journey for the mask. He's so consumed with guilt that he actually manages to get the mask, gain the good will of God (as in the big guy in the sky - Jehovah) and beat Satan back into hell with his damned boots, and even after all of that, god screws him over and won't let him bring her back into Gabriel's arms.
Which is why, we can all assume Gabriel devotes his life to hating god, and becomes Dracula.
Where if you remember your Symphony of the Night, he really doesn't get any luckier. Cause when the father of all vampires finally sort of gets over his dead wife and meets a new girl, who even gives him a son . . . she's murdered by an angry mob for witchcraft.
Seriously, Dracula may be a romantic, but he has the WORST luck with women. Not once, but at least twice in Castlevania continuity!
In light of all this, why the hell do women find Vampires sexy? I mean, even in the original novel, most of Drac's ladies end up dead. It even follows suit when you turn him loose into videogame land. What the hell is the appeal?
Oh yeah. The hotness.
6. Mona Sax (Max Payne 2)Ever have a totally crazy girlfriend that's bad for you, but you just can't help yourself when you're around her?BUY @ AMAZON
You know the type. You've got a pile of work to do at the office, but she's the secretary that just wants to tease and distract because she knows she can. Or maybe you're still in school, and she's the one who wants you to ditch class with her so she can use you as a patsy while you commit some sort of "harmless" crime together? One that gets you arrested while she walks away when your back is turned?
Yeah Mona Sax is the videogame version of that crazy bad girl who you just can't get out of your head.
But more than that, she's the girl you just really want to bang.
Which happens actually.
She's a contract killer who originally shows up in the first game, making her presence known by flirtatiously poisoning our hero Max, who's ironic name doesn't do him many favors, considering at the time he's framed for murder and still sort of dealing with the deaths of his wife and kid. She even shows up later and almost puts a bullet in him, but can't quite bring herself to do it, probably because she just can't get over his cute face.
Ok it's not 'cause of his constantly grimacing face then.
So she survives a gunshot - to the head no less - and shows up in the sequel, where in an effort of giving the fans what they want, was all Mona, all the time!
Max and Mona team up, fight the underworld together, have the aforementioned hot and heavy-ness and both get shot in the head . . . again.
Unfortunately Mona isn't so lucky a second time around, and Max learns the lesson that we've all learned the hard way when it comes to the crazy women in our lives; the ride can be fun, and you might even find love, but both will be fleeting.
Oh yeah, I guess she survives if you beat the game on the highest difficulty, but seeing that this ending pretty much destroys the whole point of the game, and really doesn't seem to fit with Max's new run as drunken fat cop in Max Payne 3, we're going to ignore that outcome.
She would then go on to show up in the terrible, terrible adaptation of Max Payne, where she was played by Mila Kunis . . . which is actually kind of perfect. I mean hell, if there's a girl who can play dangerously sexy, it's Mila Kunis.
Don't think so?
Well then you haven't seen Black Swan.
Queen Amidala herself couldn't resist playing this sax.
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