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The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time

Updated May 29, 2020 160.8k votes 12.8k voters 126.2k 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
    Cloud Strife
    4,772
    2,286

    Cloud Strife

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 2
    Aeris Gainsborough
    2,920
    1,353

    Aeris Gainsborough

  • 3
    Tifa Lockhart
    3,815
    2,022

    Tifa Lockhart

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 4
    Squall Leonhart
    3,468
    1,940

    Squall Leonhart

    Final Fantasy VIII
  • 5
    Terra
    2,034
    774
  • 6
    Vivi Orunitia
    2,933
    1,585
  • 7
    Rinoa Heartilly
    1,643
    736

    Rinoa Heartilly

  • 8
    Zack Fair
    2,953
    1,455

    Zack Fair

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • 9
    Sephiroth
    3,651
    2,223

    Sephiroth

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • 10
    Auron
    3,072
    1,959

    Auron

    Final Fantasy X
  • 11
    Red XIII
    1,762
    991

    Red XIII

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 12
    Bahamut
    1,879
    981

    Bahamut

    Final Fantasy
  • 13
    Yuna
    2,263
    1,394

    Yuna

    Final Fantasy X
  • 14
    Zidane Tribal
    1,777
    1,011

    Zidane Tribal

    Final Fantasy IX
  • 15
    Rikku
    2,040
    1,303

    Rikku

    Final Fantasy X
  • 16
    Vincent Valentine
    2,601
    1,702

    Vincent Valentine

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • 17
    Ignis Scientia
    985
    500

    Ignis Scientia

  • 18
    shiva
    661
    211

    shiva

  • 19
    Cid
    1,796
    1,165

    Cid

    Final Fantasy VII
  • 20
    Kefka Palazzo
    1,704
    1,086

    Kefka Palazzo

    Final Fantasy VI
  • 21
    Noctis Lucis Caelum
    1,276
    492

    Noctis Lucis Caelum

  • 22
    Rydia
    1,156
    645

    Rydia

    Final Fantasy IV
  • 23
    Tidus
    2,019
    1,357

    Tidus

    Final Fantasy X
  • 24
    Cecil Harvey
    1,207
    688

    Cecil Harvey

    Final Fantasy IV
  • 25
    Lightning
    2,127
    1,467

    Lightning

    Final Fantasy XIII