The Final Fantasy series is a cornerstone of the role-playing game (RPG) genre. The series has introduced a myriad of memorable characters over the years. From valiant heroes to enigmatic villains, the series has crafted a tapestry of personalities that have become iconic in the gaming world. In this article, we embark on a journey to explore the seven best Final Fantasy characters, each leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the globe.

Of course, it’s easy to predict that a number of Final Fantasy VII characters will appear on this list. Especially given the impending release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. However, there’s more to Final Fantasy than one game. Indeed, the most famous title has practically become the Final Fantasy VII series in its own right. But there’s more Final Fantasy games that deserve your attention. And thus, more than just Cloud, Tifa, Barrett et al that rank highly amongst fans.

Below you’ll find our picks for the seven best Final Fantasy characters. And if you are playing through the newest release in the series, be sure to check out Chit Hot’s living Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth walkthrough guide!

7 Best Final Fantasy Characters

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  1. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)

No list of the best Final Fantasy characters is complete without the inclusion of Cloud Strife. Introduced in Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is an iconic protagonist whose spiky hair and oversized Buster Sword have become symbols of the franchise. His complex backstory and growth as a character make him one of the most beloved heroes in RPG history.

Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII stands tall as one of the most iconic RPG protagonists. Love him or hate him, few could argue his place on this list.

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  1. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

In the same installment, Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth emerges as one of the most memorable villains in gaming history. A former hero turned antagonist, Sephiroth’s tragic descent into madness, combined with his otherworldly strength and iconic longsword, Masamune, solidify his status as an unforgettable and formidable adversary.

Sephiroth is a legendary villain known for his tragic backstory. In Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, the character is playable for the first time outside of spin-offs.

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  1. Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)

As the central character in Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning represents a departure from traditional Final Fantasy protagonists. Strong, stoic, and possessing a deep sense of duty, Lightning’s journey to save her sister her captivates players. Her character development throughout the trilogy showcases the complexity and depth that the Final Fantasy series can bring to its protagonists.

Lightning breaks the mold with her strong, duty-bound persona, contributing to the series’ legacy of nuanced and compelling protagonists.

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  1. Tidus (Final Fantasy X)

In Final Fantasy X, Tidus takes center stage as the protagonist thrown into a world foreign to him. His upbeat personality, growth throughout the narrative, and intricate connection to the storyline make Tidus a standout character in the Final Fantasy universe. The bond he shares with Yuna and his role in the unfolding events of Spira add layers to his character.

Tidus charms players with his upbeat personality, intricate connection to the storyline, and significant role in the events of Spira.

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  1. Yuna (Final Fantasy X)

Yuna, the summoner with a heart of gold from Final Fantasy X, stands as one of the series’ most beloved heroines. She’s on a journey to save Spira from the threat of Sin. Her selfless determination to bring about a new era of peace make Yuna a character that players connect with. Her summoning abilities and iconic staff, the Nirvana, further elevate her status in the Final Fantasy pantheon.

Yuna captures hearts with her selfless determination, iconic summoning abilities, and the revered staff, Nirvana.

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  1. Cecil Harvey (Final Fantasy IV)

Cecil Harvey, the Dark Knight turned Paladin from Final Fantasy IV, represents a classic tale of redemption and transformation. His journey from a conflicted warrior to a noble and honorable leader resonates with players. Cecil’s internal struggles, sense of duty, and eventual triumph over darkness contribute to the enduring legacy of Final Fantasy IV.

Cecil Harvey exemplifies a classic tale of redemption and transformation, showcasing the series’ ability to craft deep and compelling narratives.

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  1. Aerith Gainsborough (Final Fantasy VII)

Aerith Gainsborough, also known as Aeris in some versions, is a character eternally etched in the hearts of Final Fantasy VII fans. She’s the last of the Cetra, and a pivotal figure in the struggle against Sephiroth. Aerith’s kind-hearted nature, tragic fate, and spiritual connection to the planet make her one of the most emotionally impactful characters in the series.

Aerith Gainsborough, the gentle flower seller from Final Fantasy VII, leaves an indelible mark with her kind-hearted nature, tragic fate, and pivotal role in the struggle against Sephiroth.

The Final Fantasy series has introduced an array of characters that have become synonymous with the RPG genre. From the brooding Sephiroth to the selfless Yuna, each character brings a unique flavor to the rich narrative tapestry of the franchise. As the series continues to evolve, one thing remains constant – the enduring legacy of these seven characters, forever etched in the annals of gaming history.

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