Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters

Time to bust out your magic staffs, giant swords and spiky hair! This long running fantasy RPG game series has seen countless characters come and go. However some have remained iconic and memorable over all the rest. To ensure the list isn’t stacked with 1 game in particular, we’ve decided to set a limit to having only 2 characters per instalment. And that rule will also carry over into any sequels or spinoffs of that game. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 Final Fantasy Characters.
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Top 10 Final Fantasy Characters


Time to bust out your magic staffs, giant swords and spiky hair. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Final Fantasy Characters.

To ensure the list isn’t stacked with 1 game in particular, we’ve decided to set a limit to having only 2 characters per installment. And that rule will also carry over into any sequels or spinoffs of that game.

#10: Sid/Cid (Various)


Kicking off our list is the character that has become a franchise standard. First appearing in Final Fantasy 2, he’s often portrayed as an airship captain or engineer. Although if we had to pick a favorite, we’d go with Dr. Cid in Final Fantasy 12 for his first appearance as a villain, and for being a scientist packing heat.

#9: Jecht "Final Fantasy X" (2001)


Although his story is mostly told through flashbacks and recorded spheres, he probably has the most interesting character study. The fame of being a sports star has gotten to his head to the point where he comes off as condescending and arrogant to his own son. Yet at the same time Jecht still cares for his son and friends, even if it doesn’t sound like it when he speaks, making him a deeper character than first glances would have you believe.

#8: Cecil Harvel “Final Fantasy IV” (1991)


It’s easy to see why Cecil is such a tormented character. Loyal to his King after being raised from an orphan to be a dark knight, he begins to question his blind obedience after he’s ordered to attack a defenceless village. Its only after witnessing the consequences of actions that he seeks the need to redeem himself for the atrocities’ he’s committed.

#7: Vivi Orunitia “Final Fantasy IX” (2000)


Its nice to see the classic Black Mage design in a 3D Final Fantasy game, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing Vivi. He’s an artificial being manufactured to destroy, yet he still ponders the meaning of his existence. Also, his race only has the lifespan of a year, making his story even more tragic.

#6 Celis Chere (Selis Share) "Final Fantasy VI" (1994)


Celis is a former general of the Empire imprisoned for merely questioning orders. Freed by Locke, she initially resents her him, but eventually falls in love him. She goes to have some of the 6th installments most defining moments, from posing as an opera star to foil a kidnapping plan, to attempting to take her own life after awakening from a coma to find the word completely devastated, assuming most of her friends had perished.

#5: Cloud Strife "Final Fantasy VII" (1997)


Ok lets address the elephant in the room here. Yes we do think Cloud is a good character but at the same time, Final Fantasy 7 always hogs all the attention, and that’s why blondie doesn’t appear higher. Also the whole “Mercenary for the money, eventually becoming part of the cause” story arch isn’t exactly new either, so gets he points for badassesry but loses a few for originality. What’s probably most interesting about Cloud is that he inadvertently absorbs his friend Zach’s memories, making him believe he’s someone he’s not.

#4: Bahamut (Various)


Here’s a summon, or aeon, or esper or whatever that no Final Fantasy game can go without, mainly because He’s a freaking Dragon. Bahamut, or however you want to pronounce the Arabian name taken from a Japanese game, is also often referred to as “The Dragon King”. He’s often in the role of one of the most powerful allies in the game, and in events where he’s your enemy, we’ll hope you have a handful Phoenix Down’s handy to recover from that Megaflare.

#3: Sepiroth "Final Fantasy VII" (1997)


Again like Cloud, Sepiroth’s popularity has been a bit overblown over the years. I mean, his Super Nova ability is just for looks and can’t even kill your team, Lame! Ridiculous moves aside he still has that terrifying long sword that lead to this tragic moment, plus his theme song is defiantly the most iconic.

#2: Auron "Final Fantasy X" (2001)


Auron is someone really worth looking up to, yet at the same time you know he’s hiding something. Defeating most of his enemies one handed, and a sports brash attitude of being fully committed to the cause, even when the situation seems homeless. It all comes together toward the end, when you realize Auron doesn’t fear death, because he’s already dead. Oops, uh, spoilers.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

#1: Kefka Palazzo "Final Fantasy VI" (1994)


Taking the top spot on our list is the villain to him the term “psychotic” is an understatement. As if his Jester appearance wasn’t already terrifying enough, this guy poisons villages just to enjoy the sound of thousands of screams. He also successfully devastates the entire world, just to establish himself as a godlike ruler. Destroying entire towns at the sign of any resistance. As the ultimate psycho from the underdog favorite of the series, Kefka Palazzo is our pick for #1.

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