Warrior Maidens: Top 20 JRPG "Warrior" Heroines
Full credit to @werezombie on Twitter for coming up with the idea for this list.
Basically, there is an unfortunate stereotype in JRPGs that a lot of the heroines have to be physically weak support characters, or mages. However there are a few battle hardened ladies that stand out among their more fragile peers, and in some cases are even stronger, and more badass than their accompanying male cast. And in most cases, they tend to be some of my all-time favorite characters.
What follows is a list of 20 of said women, each accompanied by a short blurb about why I love them.
Also, you may notice that there's only 18 girls in the list below, that's because I couldn't find two of them in the Giant Bomb wiki, so here they are, and the position that they'd be ranked if they were on the list:
15 Melvia (Atelier Totori): She's a freakishly strong axe wielding warrior. She's pretty much the best character in the game, and she's also pretty funny, and slightly perverted.
17 Oulan (Suikoden II): Tough as nails martial artist. She's not the best in a fight oddly enough, but I still love her.