Lack of confidence? Are you kidding? Women are, and always have been, incredible. As soon as people realize that sexuality, skin colour and gender don't mean shit, the better. History is dotted with female warriors and leaders. Even during wars, they may not have been on the front lines, but they were behind the scenes. Making ammunition, keeping families, and essentially, countries running.
There's a 71 year-old woman who goes to the jiu-jitsu dojo I train at. World class. A champion. Brown belt. She could utterly destroy me in a fight. The strongest person I know is a woman, and she doesn't expect a round of applause for having bobs and vagene. I think people need to realize that sexuality, race, and gender don't define you as a person. It's what you do with your life that makes you who you are. It's how you see things, react to things. Your personality is what makes you, you.
Also, Women's Day shouldn't exist. Neither should Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Gay Pride, or any "day" that Twitter comes up with. You should celebrate love all the time, not just when megabucks corporations can make money off it.
Excellent post, especially the bolded part. Thank you! (However, there certainly are stages and situations in life where being male or female has a significant impact, but that's a topic for another day).
In regards to the OP: Just because we don't necessarily need to worship women, why shouldn't we do it anyway? If we feel like worshipping badass women, then we'll do it.
And I find nothing wrong with either this thread about badass males or the other about badass females. We are all fans, after all, so we might as well talk about the things we love. So, here are my picks:
I considered Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 4 and Basch von Ronsenburg from Final Fantasy XII, but they're too much hero rather than badass.
Gameplay > Graphics
Substance > Style
Art Direction > Realism