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The Best Final Fantasy Characters of All Time

Updated May 29, 2020 157.2k votes 13.2k voters 129.9k 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
    4,728
    2,234

    Cloud Strife

    Final Fantasy VII
  • Aeris Gainsborough2
    2,921
    1,391

    Aeris Gainsborough

  • Tifa Lockhart3
    3,820
    1,992

    Tifa Lockhart

    Final Fantasy VII
  • Squall Leonhart4
    3,400
    1,921

    Squall Leonhart

    Final Fantasy VIII
  • Terra5
    2,030
    777
  • Vivi Orunitia6
    2,918
    1,567
  • Zack Fair7
    2,937
    1,450

    Zack Fair

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Sephiroth8
    3,638
    2,152

    Sephiroth

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • Rinoa Heartilly9
    1,623
    759

    Rinoa Heartilly

  • Auron10
    3,010
    1,904

    Auron

    Final Fantasy X
  • Red XIII11
    1,741
    968

    Red XIII

    Final Fantasy VII
  • Bahamut12
    1,832
    962

    Bahamut

    Final Fantasy
  • Yuna13
    2,233
    1,357

    Yuna

    Final Fantasy X
  • Zidane Tribal14
    1,741
    983

    Zidane Tribal

    Final Fantasy IX
  • Rikku15
    1,997
    1,275

    Rikku

    Final Fantasy X
  • Vincent Valentine16
    2,536
    1,648

    Vincent Valentine

    Gaia, Final Fantasy VII
  • Cid17
    1,750
    1,119

    Cid

    Final Fantasy VII
  • shiva18
    681
    221

    shiva

  • Kefka Palazzo19
    1,655
    1,056

    Kefka Palazzo

    Final Fantasy VI
  • Ignis Scientia20
    979
    516

    Ignis Scientia

  • Noctis Lucis Caelum21
    1,290
    510

    Noctis Lucis Caelum

  • Tidus22
    1,992
    1,310

    Tidus

    Final Fantasy X
  • Rydia23
    1,129
    626

    Rydia

    Final Fantasy IV
  • Cecil Harvey24
    1,182
    663

    Cecil Harvey

    Final Fantasy IV
  • Balthier25
    1,497
    1,016