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The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time

Updated May 29, 2020 164.1k votes 13.1k voters 128.6k 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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  • Cloud Strife1
    4,892
    2,323

    Cloud Strife

    Final Fantasy VII
  • Aeris Gainsborough2
    3,003
    1,431

    Aeris Gainsborough

  • Tifa Lockhart3
    3,931
    2,062

    Tifa Lockhart

    Final Fantasy VII
  • Squall Leonhart4
    3,534
    1,988

    Squall Leonhart

    Final Fantasy VIII
  • Vivi Orunitia5
    3,026
    1,616
  • Terra6
    2,104
    806
  • Zack Fair7
    3,042
    1,492

    Zack Fair

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Rinoa Heartilly8
    1,678
    785

    Rinoa Heartilly

  • Sephiroth9
    3,751
    2,252

    Sephiroth

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • Auron10
    3,135
    1,988

    Auron

    Final Fantasy X
  • Red XIII11
    1,805
    1,018

    Red XIII

    Final Fantasy VII
  • Yuna12
    2,319
    1,416

    Yuna

    Final Fantasy X
  • Bahamut13
    1,911
    1,008

    Bahamut

    Final Fantasy
  • Zidane Tribal14
    1,817
    1,033

    Zidane Tribal

    Final Fantasy IX
  • Vincent Valentine15
    2,644
    1,712

    Vincent Valentine

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • Rikku16
    2,079
    1,333

    Rikku

    Final Fantasy X
  • Ignis Scientia17
    1,015
    521

    Ignis Scientia

  • Cid18
    1,820
    1,181

    Cid

    Final Fantasy VII
  • shiva19
    691
    227

    shiva

  • Noctis Lucis Caelum20
    1,311
    517

    Noctis Lucis Caelum

  • Kefka Palazzo21
    1,733
    1,106

    Kefka Palazzo

    Final Fantasy VI
  • Rydia22
    1,178
    657

    Rydia

    Final Fantasy IV
  • Tidus23
    2,067
    1,377

    Tidus

    Final Fantasy X
  • Cecil Harvey24
    1,232
    701

    Cecil Harvey

    Final Fantasy IV
  • Lightning25
    2,173
    1,492

    Lightning

    Final Fantasy XIII