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5 Best Characters in Final Fantasy



Final Fantasy is a franchise that has done phenomenally well over the years. This is partially due to the memorability of the franchise's characters. Throughout those years, there have been many entries into the Final Fantasy series which introduce a new cast of characters. That said, some of these characters certainly stand above others in terms of likability and character quality. So, to highlight some of the best that the series has to offer, please enjoy our picks for the 5 Best Characters in Final Fantasy.

5. Aerith

Starting off our list of the best characters in Final Fantasy, we have Aerith. Aerith is a character who primarily appears in the beloved and nostalgic Final Fantasy VII. It is within this game that most players were introduced to her, and we learn more about her backstory and overall upbringing. Aerith is the last of the Cetra, a race that has been lost to time, that are really adept at using magic. This is how she initially comes across the hero of Final Fantasy VII Cloud, in Midgar.

There are aspects of Aerith's character that players have found themselves resonating with. These include things such as her joy for life, compassion, and many other positive traits. Additionally, she plays a major role in the main story of the game, being that the Shinra Electric Power Company wants to harness her power. Another aspect of the character which people look back on fondly, is her fondness for nature. So, altogether, Aerith is a wonderful character and could easily top a list of great characters in the franchise, which makes her one of the best Final Fantasy characters to date.

4. Tifa

Next up, we have an entry that sees their first entry into the Final Fantasy series in Final Fantasy VII. Tifa is a character that is constantly cropping up throughout the game franchise. She is a friend of Cloud's and joins him in their fight against the Shinra Electric Power Company., This brings her into contact with many characters that players know and love from the game. As a character, she serves a very supportive role and does a fantastic job of assisting Cloud with fighting Sephiroth.

There are many aspects of her character that players look back on with fondness. These traits include her kind nature, as well as her strong sense of a moral compass and empathy.  Tifa is a character whose fighting style stands at odds with her personality, however. This is because while she is reserved herself, her fighting style is anything but. Prompting Tifa to get up close and personal rather than fall back into a passive role. She is also rather reserved which gives her a great sense of mystique, and for these reasons, we consider her one of the best Final Fantasy characters.

3. Yuna

Switching things up a bit, we have Yuna. Yuna is a character who first makes her appearance in Final Fantasy X. In this game, players will play as Tidus and go throughout the world searching for a way to defeat Sin. In this search, Tidus comes across Yuna who is from a long line of summoners. This gives her quite the pedigree in this regard, and as far as summoners go, she is immensely powerful. Her character design is also striking and is sure to leave an impression at first glance.

A theme that comes up quite often regarding Yuna and her character is self-sacrifice. This can be seen not only through the events of Final Fantasy X but also in the discussion and discourse surrounding these characters as a whole. It should also be noted that do get to see Yuna again in Final Fantasy X-2, which is great for Yuna fans. So, in conclusion, in terms of character quality, and overall memorability, Yuna is a fantastic character. For her importance to Final Fantasy X's narrative, we consider Yuna one of the best Final Fantasy characters.

2. Cloud

For our next entry, we have chosen a character that no doubt everyone has on their list. Cloud Strife is a character that, ever since his introduction in Final Fantasy VII has had an amazingly strong fanbase. This is for several reasons, as Cloud is a multi-faceted character that many people have come to love for a multitude of reasons. These reasons include things such as his perseverance and humanity when faced with real human struggles. This makes him really relatable and a character people remember fondly to this day.

With the success of the first half of the Final Fantasy VII remake and the rest of the game being developed, this character seemingly will only get more popular as time goes on. Another aspect of Cloud that makes him stand out is his aesthetics. This includes everything from this now-iconic broadsword to his general outfit and cool looks. Upon our introduction to Cloud, he is in many ways cocky and arrogant. It is only during and after the events of Final Fantasy VII that we see this hard outer exterior put in check. So, in short, for his humanity and iconic status, Cloud is one of the best characters in Final Fantasy.

1. ViVi

For the final entry in our list of the best Final Fantasy characters, we have ViVi. First becoming playable in Final Fantasy IX, this character immediately resonated with many fans. This is due to the fact that ViVi is a black mage, despite being rather shy and reserved, and begins to grow on the player. The backstory for ViVi is also impressively important to their character and allows for players to peer into a bit of the character's struggles and strife.

It is through this lens that players begin to sympathize with ViVi and also come to understand their perspective. As far as the battle goes, as a black mage, ViVi is a staff user and makes great use of elemental-based attacks. That isn't to say that they are all offense-focused either, as they also have many supportive spells which can help in a pinch. So, overall, for both their iconic design, as well as the quality of their character throughout the Final Fantasy franchise, we consider ViVi one of the best Final Fantasy characters to date.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.