Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Top 50 Final Fantasy Characters (Part 3)

Please note: This list will talk about spoilers. If you have not played the game that each character represents I'd avoid that entry.

#40: Leo

Full Name (to knowledge): Leo Cristophe
Game: Final Fantasy VI
Role in Game: Antihero
Best Quote: "People are people. Not everyone in the Empire is like Kefka."
General Leo is one hell of a character. He is one of the most honorable men in FF history and his death is one of the hardest to take in all of the games. Even though his character isn't explored a great deal, whenever he appears on screen, he is respectful and always tries to do what's right. Even though he worked with the Empire, he didn't do it because he was evil, he thought the Empire was trying to do good, he was just fickle. I think they should expand more on his character if they ever do a remake (see my FFVI remake article).

#39: Gilgamesh

Full Name (to knowledge): Gilgamesh
Game: Final Fantasy IX
Role in Game: Minor Protagonist
Best Quote: "My name is Gilgamesh. I'm gonna be famous one day so don't forget it."
Arguably an odd choice, Gilgamesh in FF9 doesn't have anything to do with the main plot of the game, but I love the fact that he appears randomly throughout the entire game, through different false names. I've loved Gilgamesh in all the FF games but his role in FF9 is my favourite, I find him comical and finding out his name is a task in itself.

#38: Reno

Full Name (to knowledge): Reno
Game: Final Fantasy VII
Role in Game: Major Antagonist
Best Quote: "We may be retreating, but... we're still victorious."

Cool. I think most of the characters in this list are cool but if this was a list of "Coolest FF Characters" then Reno would be in the Top 5. Reno and the rest of the Turks are pretty damn entertaining, and get in your way quite often in FF7, but you don't mind because you love the interraction they provide you with. Reno may be the only representative from The Turks on this list, but Rude deserves at least one mention because he was a pretty awesome character also.

#37: The Nero Brothers

Full Name (to knowledge): Zenero, Benero and Genero
Game: Final Fantasy IX
Role in Game: Minor Protagonists
Best Quote: Benero: "Been a long time!" Zenero: "Been a long time!" Genero: "Been a while!"

Possibly the hardest to understand inclusion in this list but furthers my love for FF9. There's only one scene where you actually see Genero in. I just love these guys, primarily the movements they make when they talk to eachother, they provide a good moment of comic relief when they're on screen. It's hard to explain, as they're not big characters at all, but I just love them.

#36: Seifer

Full Name (to knowledge): Seifer Almasy
Game: Final Fantasy VIII
Role in Game: Major Antagonist/Antihero
Best Quote: “This is great... I have a Chicken-wuss and a guy who just reached puberty in my squad...” (Seifer about Zell and Squall, respectively)
Seifer is an oddball, parts of his character I really like and other parts I really detest. The latter is mainly that he is your typical chav, your high school bully. But when you strip down his character, and see what he represents and see from a psychological point of view what he does, he really is quite complex. He wants to protect the sorceress, no matter what one it is, he wants to be a knight. His aspirations are twisted but are genuine, and quite admirable actually. He’s a debatable character none of the less and the pros outweigh the cons for him to be put this high in the list.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts in the comments box below.

See other parts in the listing!


  1. please continue!!!!

    These guys have to be in it!!! Vaan, balthier, penelo, basch, sepiroth, cloud, tifa, Ashelia, Ba'Gamnan(funny guy)

    A MUST is Reks! Vaans brother, older than him by two years. A private in the Dalmascan Army, he was sent with Captain Basch to defend King Raminas at Nalbina Fortress two years ago.we control him during the introduction. He was killed by Gabranth disguised as Basch, and his death provides major support for Vaan to help Ashe throughout the game. But it was so so so sad and shocking watching that betrayal! i remember my reaction seing raminas dead then basch killing reks (of course it wasent but i didnt kow at the time!!), it was amazingly done! A must top 20!!

  2. (same guy)

    Just thinking...Basch had it pretty rough on him at the start. I felt sorry for the guy.
    Branded a traitor. An assasin. A deserter of his kingdom. He was tortured if i remember correctly and was going to be exacuted when his cage fell(or got broke for a rescue) down into an sewer where he then met Vaan and ashe?

    Basch, Reks and balthier deserve the best places. Balthier because he's cool, releaxed and clearly skilled. He's a funny guy.

    I did play this game years ago. since then ive played FF XIIV

  3. I'd have liked Barrett higher up the list, but I'm glad he made it.