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The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time

Updated May 29, 2020 158.6k votes 12.7k voters 124.4k views86 items

List RulesVote up the best Final Fantasy characters of all time, from any version of the game.

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 Strife is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    4,707
    2,259

    Cloud Strife

    Final Fantasy VII
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    Aeris Gainsborough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    2,876
    1,317

    Aeris Gainsborough

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    Tifa Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    3,748
    2,006

    Tifa Lockhart

    Final Fantasy VII
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  • 4
    Squall Leonhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    3,427
    1,908

    Squall Leonhart

    Final Fantasy VIII
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  • 5
    Terra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,995
    760
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  • 6
    Vivi Orunitia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    2,885
    1,565
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  • 7
    Rinoa Heartilly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,622
    709

    Rinoa Heartilly

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  • 8
    Zack Fair is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    2,911
    1,438

    Zack Fair

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
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    Sephiroth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    3,608
    2,203

    Sephiroth

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
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    Red XIII is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,736
    980

    Red XIII

    Final Fantasy VII
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    Bahamut is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,859
    964

    Bahamut

    Final Fantasy
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    Auron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    3,029
    1,948

    Auron

    Final Fantasy X
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    Yuna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    2,233
    1,378

    Yuna

    Final Fantasy X
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    Zidane Tribal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,760
    997

    Zidane Tribal

    Final Fantasy IX
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    Rikku is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    2,023
    1,287

    Rikku

    Final Fantasy X
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    Vincent Valentine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    2,570
    1,687

    Vincent Valentine

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
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    Ignis Scientia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    962
    480

    Ignis Scientia

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    Cid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,773
    1,149

    Cid

    Final Fantasy VII
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    shiva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    641
    199

    shiva

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    Kefka Palazzo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,685
    1,076

    Kefka Palazzo

    Final Fantasy VI
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    Noctis Lucis Caelum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,251
    470

    Noctis Lucis Caelum

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    Rydia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,139
    639

    Rydia

    Final Fantasy IV
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    Tidus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,999
    1,344

    Tidus

    Final Fantasy X
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    Cecil Harvey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    1,194
    681

    Cecil Harvey

    Final Fantasy IV
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    Lightning is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time
    2,104
    1,454

    Lightning

    Final Fantasy XIII
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