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Fallout 4: 13 Strongest Female Characters, Ranked

The Commonwealth’s wasteland is a treacherous and tough place to live in, and yet people have ways to make it work. From becoming raiders and mercenaries to leading powerful underground factions towards the glory of the new post-apocalyptic world, NPCs of Fallout 4 never fail to impress with how tough they are.


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Their AI is better than what was seen last generation with Fallout 3 and New Vegas, but there are still some bugs in their system.

Female NPCs, in particular, are absolutely incredible in this game. Bethesda not only included women of various ages but also of diverse backgrounds. Although it could be argued the female Sole Survivor is undoubtedly the strongest woman in the wasteland, these NPCs make for great runner-ups.

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13 Chancer

The Leader Of A Small Raider Gang

Chancer in Fallout 4

  • Relevant Quest(s): Long Time Coming

There’s no denying that raiders are the scum of the earth in the Fallout series. However, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that the people who have toiled in these lawless groups have earned respect out of their strength to lead certain groups and help them scavenge as many resources as possible while braving the dangers of the Commonwealth.

This is something that people like Chancer are familiar with, making it clear that she’s one of the many raider leaders who’s proven her worth in the heat of battle. While her encounter with the Sole Survivor will probably lead to her demise, that shouldn’t discount her strength in the slightest.

12 Ronnie Shaw

A Minutemen Veteran
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  • Relevant Quest(s): Old Guns, Defend the Castle

The Minutemen might be a dead faction at the beginning of the game, but the Sole Survivor can bring it all back with the help of Preston Garvey, as well as Ronnie Shaw. She’s one of the original Minutemen and can be first met at the Castle when the faction captures another location during the quest Old Guns.

She’s not the kindest lady to speak to, but she’s seen a lot in her life and doesn’t trust easily. Although she refused to help her fellow Minutemen at Quincy, she’s still a veteran of the faction and extremely dedicated to the cause.

11 Madison Li

The Head Of The Institute Advanced Systems

Fallout 4 Madison Li Institute

  • Relevant Quest(s): Institutionalized, Mankind – Redefined, Powering Up, Airship Down, From Within, Liberty Reprimed

Madison Li is a character that has been seen in a variety of Fallout games. From Fallout 3 to Fallout 4, as well as Fallout Shelter, she’s become a bit of a staple in recent years. A scientist with excellent skills and unparalleled intelligence, she’s been around to know more about the world than anyone else, and, in the latest game, works for the Institute.


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Madison Li is one of the NPCs who looks out mostly for herself and has changed factions depending on what her own interests are. Chasing after her own goals is an admirable trait, especially in a world where factions often force loyalty upon others. Despite that, she’s a bit of an antagonist in the game depending on how one looks at things.

10 Curie

A Synth With A Heart Of Gold

Fallout 4 synth Curie

  • Relevant Quest(s): Emergent Behavior, Hole in the Wall

Curie is one of the best companions in Fallout 4, with many people considering her to be the best companion to interact with in the game. Her story is a fascinating one, with this Miss Nanny joins the player after a quest that introduces players to this robot, with their adventures instilling a sense of wonder into Curie.

Eventually, she wishes to experience life as a human and requests the Sole Survivor to help her attain a human body. What follows is a memorable chain of events ending with Curie finally occupying the body of a human-like synth and enjoying the smaller things in life after escaping her mechanical cage.

9 Fahrenheit

John Hancock’s Bodyguard

Fallout 4 Fahrenheit

  • Relevant Quest(s): The Big Dig

Goodneighbor is full of pretty tough characters. It’s the place where everyone who doesn’t fit anywhere else goes to, in order to find their own crowd. With very few rules, chaos is bound to break loose at any point, which is why someone like Fahrenheit deserves all the respect.

She’s Hancock’s right hand and probably manages things more than the game gives her credit. She singlehandedly protects Hancock’s storage during the Big Dig quest and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Plus, if she can deal with Hancock on a daily basis, it just goes to show she’s among the most down-to-earth people in the entire game.

8 Desdemona

The Leader Of The Railroad

Fallout 4 Desdemona Railroad

  • Relevant Quest(s): Road to Freedom, Tradecraft, Underground Undercover, Boston After Dark, Operation Ticonderoga, Precipice of War, Rockets’ Red Glare, The Nuclear Option, Burning Cover, Memory Interrupted, Randolph Safehouse, To the Mattresses

For a faction leader, Desdemona doesn’t tell much about herself. It fits the appearance of the Railroad, however, to remain quiet about one’s past. What’s known for sure is that she was voted into her current leadership fair and square, after working for the Railroad for a year or so.

Desdemona might not be the most relatable character in the game, but she’s done a lot for the Railroad and the synths. Most importantly, she’s developed a ton of security protocols for the Railroad to ensure their missions go smoother. It can’t be easy, leading a faction that has to remain as silent and secretive as possible.

7 Mags Black

The Leader Of The Operators In Nuka-World

Fallout 4 Nuka-World Mags Black Of The Operators

  • Relevant Quest(s): A Goods Defense, Collaring Outside the Lines, Under the Collar, Open Season, An Ambitious Plan, Power Play

In the Nuka-World DLC, there are quite a few tough raiders the Sole Survivor gets the chance to rub elbows with, and one of those is Mags Black of the Operators. She leads the group with her brother William, but it’s clear she’s the one who wears the pants.


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Mags was actually once a resident of Diamond City, and she came from a well-off family. However, following an embarrassing incident, Mags was exiled from the city and moved to Nuka-World with her brother. She’s come quite a long way and has become very hardened by the raider life. Even now, all she cares about is making a profit.

6 Piper Wright

A Journalist Who Isn’t Afraid To Get Her Hands Dirty

Fallout 4 Piper Wright sitting on a couch in her office

  • Relevant Quest(s): Jewel of the Commonwealth, Story of the Century, Reunions, In Sheep’s Clothing

Upon first arriving at Diamond City, Piper Wright comes across as the Sole Survivor’s closest thing to a best friend. She’s loud and stubborn, always chasing after the truth in order to publish it in her very own newspaper Publick Occurrences.

Piper’s desire for the truth is rooted in her difficult past. After dealing with her father’s murder and exposing the intentions of a raider group, she’s become obsessed with revealing the truth to the people and giving them the power to decide what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s certainly not the easiest job in the Commonwealth.

5 Captain Olympia Avery

The Leader Of Far Harbor

Fallout 4 Far Harbor Captain Avery

  • Relevant Quest(s): Walk in the Park, Living on the Edge, The Way Life Should Be

Few have had a life as long and as burdensome as Captain Avery, especially when one discovers that the real Captain Avery is actually buried in a secret grave under the Vim! Pop Factory. It’s truly a tragedy, one that would make any player absolutely despise DiMA.

Captain Avery witnessed the island turn into the foggy mess that it is now and saw how it forced her people to flee to the small town of Far Harbor. Having the strength to still lead her people and keep her cool is admirable to say the least, even if she’s but a synth replica. In fact, her death is a tragic extension of her story, and incredibly unfair towards her.

4 Proctor Ingram

The Head Of Engineering And Proctor For The Order Of The Shield At The Prydwen

Fallout 4 Brotherhood Of Steel Proctor Ingram

  • Relevant Quest(s): Outside the Wire, Reactor Coolant, Tour of Duty, The Molecular Level, Inside Job, Liberty Reprimed, Spoils of War

After joining the Brotherhood of Steel and finishing the first act of the main quest, the player will be allowed on the Prydwen, where they’ll meet Proctor Ingram among other NPCs. Ingram is a special one, however, because she’s through quite a bit while still alive.


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Ingram doesn’t actually have her legs anymore, since she fell during a battle from great heights and had her legs crushed in her power armor. After amputation, she’s permanently stuck in a power armor suit, though she remains as dedicated as ever despite the suffering she went through.

3 Nisha

The Leader Of The Disciples In Nuka-World

Fallout 4 Nuka-World Nisha Of The Disciples

  • Relevant Quest(s): A Goods Defense, Collaring Outside the Lines, A Permanent Solution, Taking out the Trash, Under the Collar, Cache-ing In, Open Season, An Ambitious Plan, Power Play

Back to Nuka-World. Nisha is one of the three gang leaders in Nuka Town, and she’s the head of the sadistic and twisted Disciples. She’s quite the violent type and is obsessed with pain and suffering, which sort of makes sense once one finds out about her awful past.

Her parents were killed by a raider called Sledge, who trained her, before leaving her behind to die. Nisha managed to pull herself together and chased after Sledge in order to kill him. After her vengeance, she’s become extremely callous and doesn’t have a soft spot for anyone or anything in the world.

2 Cait

A Cage Fighter With A Rough Exterior

Fallout 4 Cait

  • Relevant Quest(s): Benign Intervention, The Combat Zone

No one has had it as rough as Cait, and, the thing is, Cait hasn’t allowed any of her past to bring her down—not fully, at least. Through her personal quest, she actually ends up giving up on chems, and she grows to be an even better version of herself.

Cait’s past is riddled with tragedy. Her parents abused her and sold her to slavery. It’s safe to assume she was then further abused by whoever she was sold to for services until she made it to the Combat Zone where the Sole Survivor finds her and may recruit her as a companion. She’s extremely resilient, and a character with incredible depth.

1 The Sole Survivor

Can Wreak Havoc In The Commonwealth At Higher Levels

Fallout 4 sole survivor character maker

  • Relevant Quest(s): As many as players can find

Given that the Sole Survivor can be a woman if the player wishes, it’s no surprise why she is arguably the strongest character in the Commonwealth. Such is the boon and curse of the main character, who must reward the player for the time they invest by becoming as strong as possible while still trying to appear vulnerable in the face of the game’s adversity.

While the Sole Survivor can struggle in the early going to take out some tough foes, the early gift of Power Armor coupled with a satisfying leveling system means that most enemies will not be a threat to the player at all by the endgame. No matter how powerful a foe may be, they won’t be able to stand a chance against the Sole Survivor.

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November 10, 2015

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