Top 10 Greatest Final Fantasy Characters

Final Fantasy is a science fantasy video game franchise consisting mainly of standalone role playing video games. Many know Final Fantasy for being one of the best RPG series of all time. One of the major factors in its prestige is the character design in the games. But who is the greatest?
The Top Ten
1 Cloud Strife Cloud Strife is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Square Enix's 1997 role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII and several of its sequels and spin-offs.

Don't forget Cloud did in fact have military training. He never made it to Soldier but remained as a security guard for Shinra inc. The way I broke it down being in the military; Cloud is your typical "MP" military police whereas Zack is your Special Forces component infused with super soldier syrum like "Captain America". People say Zack made Cloud; I would have to say that is not entirely accurate. In the short movie "The Last Order" you can't deny Cloud's courage to face Septhiroth one on one, knowing he would lose he went on. Cloud gets impaled and still manages to toss Septhiroth into the mako reactor. That has to show something no?

I think he was the most human (besides Squall and Locke) of all the main characters. His complexities, inability to understand who he is and eventual "rebirth" are what make him an interesting hero. He's not perfect, he is flawed and that makes for great storytelling.

I think he has the most interesting story of all the characters in any final fantasy game. He is very iconic and the game was just amazing in my opinion. There is a lot of nostalgia for me since this game came out when I was a kid and I grew up loving this game but with the complete remake of the game and a full movie based off of what happens 2 years after the game it's hard to say most final fantasy fans don't feel the same way.

Cloud is the second best video game character ever! He is also the best final fantasy character ever! I have bought a real metal cloud buster sword and it was worth every penny! #ff7cloudbaby

2 Aerith Gainsborough

Words can never describe how Aerith left a lasting impression on me. She's the type of person who'd do anything to protect those she holds dear, and I respect her for that. That, and I cried like a BABY when she died. She deserved better.

Aerith is a strong girl. She doesn't have the best looks (those belong to Tifa :3), but she has a lovable personality. Just as you start to like her a lot (and as you start to plan her healing usefulness in battle), Sephiroth happens. So not only have you been traumatized, but you've also lost your main healer. What a dick you are, Sephiroth.

Aerith (or aeris) is a feminine and realistic character you'll enjoy because she's the best female character of all time in final fantasy history because she's so peaceful, harmonious, Angelic and easyto love then suddenly she perishes by the Evil Sephiroth but that's what made Final Fantasy VII (7) amazingly marvellous story so thank you for the creator of final fantasy VII (7) for creating Aerith as a character! I'm from New Zealand Friday 17th May 2014!

Best girl since '97

3 Sephiroth Sephiroth is a fictional character and main antagonist in the role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII developed by Square.

A proper villain with a proper story arc. The back story of Sephiroth could make a good game itself.

Sepiroth is already more iconic then Cloud, he left a mark on the. Final Fantasy games so Ehocking, nothing Cloud ever did could top it!

Flawless and ever growing. All hail kneel before your lord.

One of the most iconic and greatest villains of all time!

4 Tifa Lockhart

The mixture between beauty and her caring personality really appeals to me as an individual. She is not has childish, naive and/or helpless as other characters in Final Fantasy. Also she is able to take care of herself, without seeming too emotionally reserved (or cold). In addition to that, is she capable of criticizing her friends and teammates, without being aggressive

Best female in the series.

Perfect girl does exist

5 Squall Leonhart Squall Leonhart is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII, a role-playing video game by Square Enix.

He's cool. All that inner moodiness, angsting and uncertainty about things is pretty believable in a 17 year old. He's just a confused kid trying to make sense of an entire school full of people relying on him the way they do. He doesn't realize that his skill with the Gunblade and his outward apparent stoicness make him a figure in the eyes of people like Rinoa on whom they want to depend. I like how he grows into a mature and reliable person through his friends and Rinoa. He's a natural badass. Also, childhood abandonment issues and literally revisiting his own past and seeing the events that will cause Matron to start Garden... wow. Great lead protagonist.

255 accuracy, hits even when blinded. I haven't played all FF games but only Squall and Seifer have this feat of not missing an oponent. Seifer is the only character to break Odin, Squall is the only character Seifer has respected. This is all numbers yes, as for the character Squall has problems may be not as much as Cloud but his determination and will is equal to that of Tidus. Overall FF8 is an RPG that actually wanted us not to level, that presented a villain (Seifer) in Holy knight clothing and an adverse her Squall looking like the villain form the start. No other game including baldur's gate nwn, the diablo and any other ff has such a cruel plot as FF8 does. FF8 sure has looholes as it deals with the time paradox but charaterwise, Squall is the most established in terms of story and most powerful due to 255 acc. In all FF games

Lot of people is mistaken him as an emo but clearly doesn't know his character at all.

6 Zack Fair Zack Fair is a fictional character first introduced as a non-player character in the 1997 role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII by Square Enix, and subsequently expanded upon in the metaseries Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.

I really don't get how Cloud is #1, but the man who made Cloud everything he is, is ranked #5 even below Aerith... Zack is a hero amongst heros in the Final Fantasy world. He was easy going, determined, and kind hearted. After being kidnapped, he carried Cloud to freedom for 10 months trying to make it back to Midgar to see Aerith again. He even entrusted his Buster Sword to Cloud and named him his living legacy. I feel like his death was the saddest in any of the games. He fearlessly sacrificed himself for his friends and the people he loved, and Aerith never even knew the lengths he endured to make it back to her. The fact that his honor or legacy is barely ever mentioned again (because Cloud lost his memories of Zack) is tragic and makes him even more appealing of a character. I encourage all Final Fantasy fans to play Final Fantasy Crisis Core (it takes place before the events of FF7) and to watch the movie Final Fantasy: Advent Children. You'll really get an understanding of why ...more

He is the embodiment of heroism within the Final Fantasy series and deserves respect. If it weren't for him Cloud wouldn't even be on top; hell, he might not even have survived and yet everyone takes Zack for granted.

Zack is a SOLDIER First Class, he has that training. Cloud basically learned through experience, which can be helpful at times, but the actual military training is probably more useful.

If Cloud Strife is the most famous, then this guy made him that way. Sad that he's taken for granted but players of FFVII will agree that he is the HERO, the HERO OF Cloud Strife.

7 Vincent Valentine Vincent Valentine is a player character in Square's 1997 role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII. Designed by Tetsuya Nomura, he also appears in various titles from the Compilation of Final Fantasy.

Vincent Valentine is my favourite fictional character ever, he's such the emo cinnamon rolls and he's adorable and a cutie pie, and is by far the hottest

He even became the main character of his own game.

Vincent Valentine should at lest be in the to 3!

Too underrated, he is amazing.

8 Yuna Yuna is a fictional character from Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. She was first introduced as the female protagonist and one of the main playable characters of the 2001 role-playing video game Final Fantasy X, appearing as a summoner embarking on a journey to defeat the world-threatening monster more.

She's got an amazing character arc. She learns a lot about not just listening to religion. It gives the game a strong meaning.

A girl who can kick ass and look good doing it.

She's tough and very nice.

The best female lead!

9 Lightning

Even though she rarely ever shows an emotional side to herself, she did show a few great things. Integrity, strength, level-headedness in a pinch and determination enough to do literally everything she had to. Lightning has her flaws, but at the same time, I always understood her backstory and where she was coming from. Her frustrations, her realizations, her difficulties and fears. While she wasn't a paragon of moral choice, she was always very forward and headstrong. While this wasn't always great, it's admirable in some ways as well. (Can't really say the same for Mr. Bustersword with the most convoluted background in all of existence.)

If we're talking characters that deserved more credit, it's definitely her. I love Final Fantasy X maybe the most out of all FF's, but when it comes to the character that I couldn't get enough of, it's this amazingly powerful woman... And I'm not paying attention to where Square tried to go with FFXIII's story with the two sequels it got. ...more

Hands Down Best In FFXIII Lightning Returns I wanted her in smash and Lightning doesn't deserve to be hated I don't know why People hating on her I love her Did you Know Lightning was Based off a Real Person?. I hope Square Will Make a Remaster Of Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIII-2. She's One of my Fave Final Fantasy Females

Everyone is on drugs if they don't think the destroyer of a universe is the strongest.. Get out of your comfort zone and admit Lightning is the strongest!

Not only is she one of the most beautiful characters in final fantasy,she has the most character growth(next cloud,squall,zidane and Ramza) of most of the final fantasy characters going from a stone cold soldier to showing emotion and having great compassion for not only her sister but her other teammates to.

10 Vivi Ornitier

How can Vivi be behind the generic black mage, he's literally the generic black mage with a personality. Plus, he's amazing and his story is so sad and touching

It should be Vivi at the #1 spot.

I like him a lot.

The Contenders
11 Lulu

She is a good character. Why is she not in top ten?

Should be in top-10

12 Rikku

She's a character with a lot of fun!

She'd be fun to meet in real life.

She's cute and she's tough.

The best( so is Auron)

13 Barret
14 Kefka

Of course the characters from VII are gonna be high on the list due to this being a popularity contest... Fact is though, Kefka is a far more intriguing villain than Sephiroth. Honestly I think he's my favorite character in any of the games. So interesting.

The villain who WINS, destroying the entire world while laughing his ass off.
10/10 theme/final boss theme and battle
10/10 cackle
15/10 wacky chaotic evil character

What? What is Sephiroth doing on 2nd place? Kefka is the best villain in the FF franchise and he's at the 17th place! He needs to get higher!

The others may as well be the dirt on the bottom of his boots! Or the dirt stuck to the bottom of that dirt!

15 Cecil

How is Cecil not in the top 3. He is far better than any of the characters in the top 10. This list is just FF7 biased

One of the first main characters with a intriguing backstory. Cecil is awesome

16 Zidane Zidane Tribal is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy IX, a role-playing game developed by Square Enix.

Zidane is just awesome because of his laid back personality and his heart.he saves his enemies from death I mean who does that zidane is a true hero in the final fantasy worlds

17 Tidus Tidus is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy X, a role-playing video game developed by Square Enix.

Tidus has probably the most depth of any character 1-10. He becomes mature and a man before your eyes, he knows what it means to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the ones he loved and cared for, he becomes a powerful character that starts off weak and inexperienced in battle and he is the most relatable of any character in the series. His psychological problems are similar to what most of us face and even though it's a vice to Tidus he stands his ground and keeps fighting. Tidus never gives up in the face of despair making him the quintessential character you would want to take into any battle.

Tidus is Number 1 in my book because 1) he is good looking. 2) He is Loial to his friends. 3) He fights for what he beleves in. 4) He doesn't take no for an anser. 5) He sacrafices him self for Yuna in the final battle.

I don't get why Tidus gets hate, I mean, come on! He's my favorite character!

18 Noctis

He is probably one of the most pressured final fantasy characters. He's got a lot on his plate. Even though no one in real life probably can truly relate to his pressure...somehow he's probably the most relatable ff character out there. He's also almost ridiculously powerful. Ignoring the plot, they manage to make his insanely strong powers work.

Hands Down! Best Character For DLC In Tekken 7! And Great Character Design In Final Fantasy XV I main him In Tekken 7 and Good Perfect pairing For Lightning Farron No Lies No BS This Character Worth Main In Tekken 7! He Costs In the USA $7.99 He's DLC #3 You get Hammerhead For Stage It's a Great one! I have Him in my PS4 Great Music for Tekken 7 Jukebox! I listen to It On Soundcloud! I wanted Him for Smash Bros When the Game Was In the development. I wish they Could Switch Voice For English Instead of Japanese.

Going through hell to accept his fate, a tale of tragedy and growth, such is the tale of the True King of Light.

If he able to phase he would make a great rival even better Noctis could be the cloud we've been looking for.
For about ten years

19 Locke Cole

Scrolling down the list, fearing to see in which undeservedly filthy position everyone's favourite thi---treasure hunter has ranked.

The real lead of VI.

20 Auron

The textbook definition of cool.

Why is auron not in the top 10?

Best ever, that's his story.

He's so incredibly cool.

21 Rinoa Heartilly
22 Firion

Final Fantasy II was amazing and just the sheer fact that Firion was not bound to a single job or occupation, made him that much more of a versatile character.

I am so mad at how everyone hates Final Fantasy II. This was definitely in my top three Final Fantasy games and I could play this game over again many times.

Other characters may have an objectively better story, but it is a fact that Firion is the first FF character to have personality. And that is respect.

23 Kuja

The best villain in the series. He deserves way more credit.

24 Ashe

A super thick princess

25 Ardyn Izunia

If you look into the plot, he's probably one do the best Villians when it comes to backstory...

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