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The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time

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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
    4,521
    2,122
    Final Fantasy VII
  • 2
    3,671
    1,915

    Tifa Lockhart

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 3
    2,828
    1,397

    Aeris Gainsborough

  • 4
    3,244
    1,854

    Squall Leonhart

    Final Fantasy VIII
  • 5
    2,824
    1,480
    Erralisis added

    Vivi Orunitia

  • 6
    2,004
    761
    Roger Meiklejohn added

    Terra

  • 7
    3,481
    1,996

    Sephiroth

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • 8
    2,792
    1,374

    Zack Fair

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • 9
    1,686
    927

    Red XIII

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 10
    1,566
    767
    Ray Peace added

    Rinoa Heartilly

  • 11
    2,857
    1,763
    Final Fantasy X
  • 12
    2,138
    1,282

    Yuna

    Final Fantasy X
  • 13
    1,744
    924

    Bahamut

    Final Fantasy
  • 14
    1,670
    930

    Zidane Tribal

    Final Fantasy IX
  • 15
    1,902
    1,186

    Rikku

    Final Fantasy X
  • 16
    2,398
    1,527

    Vincent Valentine

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • 17
    1,592
    997

    Kefka Palazzo

    Final Fantasy VI
  • 18
    674
    244
    deathslover added

    shiva

  • 19
    1,240
    512
    ariefdanial32 added

    Noctis Lucis Caelum

  • 20
    1,898
    1,240

    Tidus

    Final Fantasy X
  • 21
    1,644
    1,069
    Final Fantasy VII
  • 22
    1,434
    958

    Balthier

  • 23
    1,234
    674

    Kain Highwind

    Final Fantasy IV
  • 24
    1,144
    632
    Final Fantasy IV
  • 25
    1,089
    598
    vedderx79 added

    Rydia

    Final Fantasy IV