Himiko was a shaman queen of Yamatai, an ancient kingdom that was part of what is now Japan. Few records of her life exist, and thus very little is known about her. Even the specific location of Yamatai is still debated, as no formal records of the nation's borders exist. She was born in 170 A.D. and died in 248 of an unknown cause. In the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it is stated that she had relations with the the kingdom of Wei, who recognized her as the Queen of Wa; an ancient name for Japan.
In Video Games
Himiko has been depicted in some games set during the Three Kingdoms era of China. Notably, she plays a role in Kessen II and allies with Cao Cao, who is at war with Liu Bei. Himiko's Japanese voice in Kessen II is provided by screen actress Hinako Saeki, who also served as the model for the character's appearance.
Himiko is also a playable character in another Koei franchise, the Warriors Orochi series, beginning with Warriors Orochi 2. Here, she is depicted as a mischievous young girl that is friends with Da Ji and assists both Da Ji and Kiyomori Taira in resurrecting Orochi. She appears again in Warriors Orochi 3 as an ally of Da Ji.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4Himiko's Persona 4 design.
In Persona 4, Himiko is the Persona of Rise Kujikawa. Himiko is an analysis and support Persona that gives Rise the ability to scan enemies for weaknesses, communicate with the others telepathically, and generally aid the other party members without actually participating in combat herself. Should the player max out Rise's Social Link, Himiko will evolve into the Persona Kanzeon.
Tomb Raider (2013)
In the Tomb Raider reboot, Lara Croft is part of an expedition in search of the lost kingdom of Yamatai. Eventually, it is revealed that Himiko, the first Sun Queen, maintained power by possessing the body of each subsequent Sun Queen. Lara's friend Sam, a distant descendent of Himiko, is targeted to become her latest vessel. In order to save Sam and escape the island, Lara defeats Himiko, who serves as the game's final boss.