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The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time

Updated May 29, 2020 154.6k votes 13.4k voters 133.0k views86 items

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List of the best Final Fantasy characters from the original game to the newest titles in the series. These unforgettable characters, including Cid and Cloud Strife, are probably partially responsible for high sales across the Final Fantasy franchise, having sold millions of copies. Because of the popularity of the “Final Fantasy” franchise, some might even consider these characters among the greatest video game characters ever created. But which Final Fantasy characters are the best?

Choosing the best or greatest Final Fantasy characters can be difficult for both casual players and hardcore fans alike. There are powerful warriors, sensual sorceresses, and next-to-impossible bosses, all of whom come alive for players as they progress through the game. Most players generally, however, rank newer characters among their favorites, perhaps because of the higher quality graphics and game play newer systems allow. Technology has come a long way since the introduction of Final Fantasy in 1987.

Improvements don’t mean that older characters aren’t memorable or aren't integral parts of the Final Fantasy franchise, though. For example, can you imagine Final Fantasy without Sephiroth? Many fans rank him among the top characters in Final Fantasy. Another commonly seen character is Cid, who is consistently a fan favorite as well.

This is a list of the best Final Fantasy characters of all time. Some are playable, some are not, but they’re all consistently ranked as fan favorites. If you haven’t played the Final Fantasy series yet, you’re missing out on some of the most exciting video game characters out there.
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  • 1
    4,683
    2,161

    Cloud Strife

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 2
    2,904
    1,407

    Aeris Gainsborough

  • 3
    3,789
    1,966

    Tifa Lockhart

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 4
    3,343
    1,898

    Squall Leonhart

    Final Fantasy VIII
  • 5
    2,031
    777
  • 6
    2,883
    1,535
  • 7
    3,594
    2,086

    Sephiroth

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • 8
    2,865
    1,433

    Zack Fair

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • 9
    1,606
    756

    Rinoa Heartilly

  • 10
    1,723
    954

    Red XIII

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 11
    2,962
    1,847

    Auron

    Final Fantasy X
  • 12
    2,200
    1,328

    Yuna

    Final Fantasy X
  • 13
    1,807
    947

    Bahamut

    Final Fantasy
  • 14
    1,963
    1,250

    Rikku

    Final Fantasy X
  • 15
    1,699
    969

    Zidane Tribal

    Final Fantasy IX
  • 16
    2,485
    1,600

    Vincent Valentine

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • 17
    1,717
    1,101

    Cid

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 18
    682
    229

    shiva

  • 19
    1,290
    514

    Noctis Lucis Caelum

  • 20
    965
    519

    Ignis Scientia

  • 21
    1,961
    1,282

    Tidus

    Final Fantasy X
  • 22
    1,619
    1,042

    Kefka Palazzo

    Final Fantasy VI
  • 23
    1,472
    997
  • 24
    2,030
    1,399

    Lightning

    Final Fantasy XIII
  • 25
    1,115
    620

    Rydia

    Final Fantasy IV