'The Legend of Zelda' (1986-2011)
Princess Zelda has taken on many roles throughout the series, and sure, Link often has to rescue her. But she rarely falls directly into the role of the damsel—ever since Ocarina of Time, she's either been fighting dark forces in disguise, rescuing Link as a swarthy lady-pirate, or just straight up three steps ahead of him, as in Skyward Sword. Even when she does need rescuing, she usually lends a hand with her archery skills and winds up saving Link in return. When are we going to get a game where we play as her?