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Women in “Gears of War”: Why I Wish Kait Were the Protagonist of Gears 4

*Gears of War 4 spoilers ahead! They’re everywhere!

One of my favorite things about the Gears of War games is the character dynamics. The series has always done a phenomenal job of creating interesting, believable characters. In the games, you play as a member of a four-man squad, and the guys are constantly ribbing each other. One character goes bananas for engineering; another used to be a sports star. You learn to love these characters, despite the fact that for the most part, the squad I’m referring to here is basically a bunch of ridiculously beefy dudes.

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Anya

Gears of War 3 introduces female squadmates, Anya and Sam. By default, playing solo you’ll play as a male character — but depending on how many players are sharing a co-op experience, one of the players may assume the role of Anya.

As a girl gamer, playing as Anya is a nice addition to the Gears experience. Since I feel like I relate to female characters a little more naturally than male characters, I’m always choosing female avatars in character creators. And any game that features a female lead intrigues me for that reason alone. It’s becoming more common to see women in lead roles in games, which is awesome. It made me happy to see that Gears of War is making strides there too.

But the franchise took an even bigger step forward in Gears of War 4 — because in this game, the new character Kait Diaz is central to the entire story.

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Harley Quinn, Actress: Her Characterization in “Suicide Squad”

While Suicide Squad wasn’t the best movie of the year, I really enjoyed it and found Harley Quinn’s character to be the most interesting in the movie. Margot Robbie did a great job of unleashing her sweet, bubbly, half-mad personality.

harley quinn gif.gifNot knowing a ton about the character of Harley Quinn from the comics, I analyzed her character from Suicide Squad to get a sense of what she might be like. Obviously this is just one version of her, so I’d love to hear more about her from the comics and other sources. But for now, here are three scenes from Suicide Squad that gave me insight into this particular characterization of her — as someone in love who knows how to act.

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