Since its introduction in 1987, Final Fantasy has been revolutionary in the evolution of RPG games across several platforms, never failing on providing an immersive story with diverse characters, beautiful worlds that draw from both fiction and reality, intriguing conflicts between the protagonists and antagonists, and most of all, some of the most memorable characters in video game history. The below characters are my favorites from each main game released so far.
Author: A Man-Z
WARRIOR OF LIGHT
GAME: Final Fantasy I
The first one of many, the one who started all the cycles of battles between light and darkness, the Warrior of Light is the cornerstone of all main characters that appeared in the next installments, with most of the characters primarily belonging to the Warrior class with a few adjustments. Relying mostly on pure physical strength and defence, the Warrior of Light is the perfect go to man in terms of battle for quick heavy damage.
GAME: Final Fantasy II
If David Bowie was produced by the Japanese. Emperor Mateus is well known for his rather glamorous design, but beneath that lies a vile lost cause whose arrogance knows no bounds, being an extreme judge of humanity and declaring that he rules above all out of spite. With a specialization in lightning based magic, and an overall adept range of black magic, Emperor Mateus proved to be one formidable foe to Firion and the gang in the second installment.
THE ONION KNIGHTS
GAME: Final Fantasy III
Enemy: Cloud of Darkness
Utterly cute and brave, the Onion Knights are the classic job class of Final Fantasy III that you start with in the game. As the Knights level up in the game, each are able to learn abilities and wield weapons from several different classes which offer endless strategies in battle to defeat all sorts of monsters and bosses, making them some of the most unique characters in the FF universe.
GAME: Final Fantasy IV
Enemy: Golbez/Cecil Harvey
Speed, Rage, Denial and a hunger for power, Kain is an elite Dragoon and one of the Royal Guards of the Kingdom of Baron. Caught up between serving the Kingdom, growing stronger and protecting the world from darkness, Kain’s crisis plays an integral part in making his character stand out among a lineup of well written personas in Final Fantasy IV, playing on his temporary betrayal of Cecil, serving the evil Magician Golbez, then joining Cecil again to restore order to the world.
GAME: Final Fantasy V
Enemy: Bartz Klauser/Exdeath/The Void
Named after the legendary king of Mesopotamia, this warrior roams different worlds and dimensions, seeking the ultimate challenge of defeating the mightest warriors in existence. How do you know he’s defeated them? Well, he collects all the swords of the mighty warriors that he’s defeated, AND, uses a handful of the strongest ones he’s gathered to defeat his next opponent. Talk about adding salt to injury, Gilgamesh was such a fan favorite, that Square-Enix decided to include him as an ally, villain, summon, secret boss in several titles of the Final Fantasy universe.
GAME: Final Fantasy VI
Enemy: Terra Branford
Wait a minute…. The Joker is in Final Fantasy??? Well, Kefka does share some of the Clown Prince of Crime’s antics and mannerisms…. except amplify that with magic and super strength which is used on poor Terra and her party throughout the game. Kefka will stop at nothing to torture mankind, showcasing multiple tendencies to end lives and physically abuse anyone just for the fun of it, but as you fight him several times in the game, you realize that this embodiment of madness and spontanity is what made Final Fantasy VI one of the best titles in the franchise, owing a lot to his character portrayal.