Star Wars is home to strong and powerful women from all walks of life, human and otherwise. From Princess Leia to Mon Mothma, the franchise is rife with heroines we consider to be our Patronus in one form or another.
The Star Wars extended universe, including novels, comics, and video games, is also home to several women who deserve standing ovations for their ability, bravery, and straight up badass factor. Star Wars would be decidedly less cool without them, and thus they’re worth celebrating. That’s why Iden Versio, the lead female protagonist of Star Wars Battlefront II’s single-player campaign, deserves the title of this month’s inaugural Video Game Heroine of the Month.
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars Battlefront II’s single-player campaign follow below.
Iden Versio is the calm and capable leader of Inferno Squad, a commando unit put together by her father Garrick Versio. Inferno Squad was cobbled together after the Death Star was destroyed and went on to take care of special operations for the Empire during the Galactic Civil War. Versio rose through the ranks to become the Commander of Inferno Squad, fighting alongside her squadmates at the Battle of Jakku and eventually making peace with her father after a lifetime of strained relationship issues during one fateful moment there.
Versio’s dogged determination and steadfast dedication to the Empire make her a formidable opponent, and a fantastic leader. She ends up defecting from the Empire and joins up with the Rebels, which changes her worldview entirely, shifting her thoughts of Emperor Palpatine as a storied and reverential leader to the idea of him and the rest of the Empire as damaging, especially as her home world was destroyed at the Empire’s hands.
Portrayed by Janina Gavankar, Iden is strong, resourceful, and assertive. She fights squarely for the ideals she believes in, even when they begin to falter. She’s got the bravado of characters like Han Solo, and the hope found in the “typical” heroes of the Star Wars universe.
Though you may be inclined to see her as more of an antihero as the game wears on, you’ll soon realize she’s just as human as any Star Wars commander ever as been, and perhaps even a little more so. Her character arc features a satisfying evolution that’s cathartic to watch, especially when you sit back and realize that she’s been giving the prestigious role of one of the Star Wars video game franchise’s biggest heroines. That's nothing to sneeze at, you know.
Star Wars Battlefront II is currently available to play for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, and you can see what Iden brings to the table yourself. Knights of the Old Republic's Bastila Shan may have been one of our first (and greatest) loves in the Star Wars gaming universe, but Iden Versio has certainly made a spot for herself at the table as well.