I just bought AC:Odyssey and something struck me:
Going back decades of gaming, I can't think of any legendary badass male protagonist or character that wouldn't be better as a female. And I haven't explored the flip situation much where a female protagonist would be better as male. But I can't think of one. I am of aware of my bias towards them. But honestly, please enlighten me or contribute to the list of something I must be overlooking.
Back in my early AD&D gold box games I usually had a mixed party and my party "leader" was male. But back then the graphics were so primitive/pixelated that you went with the least fugly portraits. I do think some of that carries over to today in some part but the pull is so strong towards the female aesthetic today that it has to be something else. Its not sexual nor do I feel it is mysoginistic. The hyper sexualized females better be able to bring it and better have style or they are no go. Also contrast to now where I create multiple RPG parties of a variety of races, but 80-100% female.
It is funny that AC:Odyssey spurred me to write this because its WoW predominantly that sticks in my brain as bulk evidence. Not only do females wear all the major appearance sets of all armor types better, but they can also make an ugly or moderate set at least more appealing if not awesome. I highly recommend using Wowhead's dressing room to see for yourself.
But it definitely isn't just WoW. One of the things that popped in my head was Dante from Devil May Cry. Now don't get me wrong, none of these males are chumps but I can easily think of females that rock that look and vibe better. Some similar examples I can think of to make my point are Bayonetta, the Diablo 3 Wizard or the Nier:Automata characters. And in the latter case, the fembots rock the look the best in their own title too.
Another case that should be untouchable is God of War. Yet to me, a female styled contemporary of Kratos would totally kick ass more. And imagine the latest title with its fatherhood feels as either motherhood feels or general walk-through-fire-for-your-child parenthood feels.
But I have meandered on long enough. I know I am not alone but I'd love input on how marginal (if it is not marginal then we need to push for even more female protagonists...) my opinion is and if there are counterpoints or perhaps stronger examples than I have given. So I will instead just list males heroes I have considered that I strongly feel would be better as females:
The Witcher's Geralt
Fem Shep - always
Dragon Age 2's Fem Hawke
The Prototype series
Guild Wars 2
Black Desert Online
Uncharted - a little weird since we have Tomb Raider but I feel still valid
Legend of Zelda
Red Dead series
Gears of War
Metal Gear Solid
Pacman - hahaha