My Favorite Women in Video Games: Lucca
Games she appeared in: Chrono Trigger, Radical Dreamers, and Chrono Cross
Is she being rescued/saved as a key plot point: She may be temporarily captured, but you know that she is able to assist with the escape.
For our video game BFF date, we would: Create an all-girl robot fighting team and proceed to teach everyone how it is done.
I love heroes that are also scientists and inventors: Tony Stark, Dr. Mordin Solus, and our featured kick-ass lady of the week, Lucca from the Chrono series. As one looks at the TV Tropes listing of the “Science Hero”, it becomes clear that this archetype is often filled by a male character. However, Lucca is featured as one of the few women on the list due to her skills as an inventor and the role science plays in her success in your party. She is first introduced to you as a player working on her own teleportation device and her own talents grow throughout the game as she repairs robots, fixing the Masamune, and aiding your main
character time travel. Additionally, you are taught about Lucca’s motivation behind her skills in science, learning about how she was driven after her mother suffers an accident and in later games, Lucca is shown to be a doctor running an orphanage for children in need.
While I do love all forms of video games, from first person shooters to puzzle games, one thing that I have found through my time in playing RPGs and that I truly love, is the importance of your party members to your success. As a result, the female characters in these games are often more developed and provide your protagonist with support to fill in the weak gaps of the party. As we see a lot of developers move to having the choice lie with the player about their PCs gender, these games are still few and far between. For female gamers, characters like Lucca give an outlet for a character to look up to and relate to.
Plus, if anyone is listening, I’d still buy a Lucca spin-off game. Give me a robot party member, the ability to time travel, and a witty female heroine and I will practically be begging you to take my money.