Don't believe the Ms Pac-Man lie

I read somewhere recently that Fujiko in the 1980 Lupin III arcade game was the first specifically female character to appear in any video game, ever. Can anyone confirm/deny? There's a female character in Donkey Kong, too, released in the same year...

I guess Ms Pac-Man (1981) still beats both in terms of female player characters.

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That paddle on the left in Pong looked pretty female to me.


Nintendo's Sheriff (1979) had a female character which you had to rescue and was the first specific (if unnamed) female in a game.

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