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The Final Fantasy series has seen over one hundred characters since the release date of the first game in 1987. With such a massive roster of people we've come in contact with all sorts of beings; hilarious, charming, sexy, racist, sexist, terrifying, beautiful, and downright awesome people.

The best Final Fantasy characters have been deeply layered individuals, people that we've found it hard to forget, and someone that we've shared awesome adventures with! Here's hoping that Final Fantasy 15 will give us more of the same on its release date. But can Noctis and his crew really stand up to the might of these influential Final Fantasy characters?

Final Fantasy 15: Does Noctis Have What it Takes to Beat These Final Fantasy Characters?

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15

With such an astounding list of characters, it can be difficult to pick just a few. So if there's anyone that you feel deserves recognition as one of the best Final Fantasy characters of all time that ISN'T on the list, let us know in the comments! Do you think Final Fantasy 15's characters are diverse enough to compete with these guys? Did you like them in the demo?


Challenging the typical archetype for the Final Fantasy protagonist, Tidus is a divisive figure. But in the context of the series, he's also a vital one! Final Fantasy X has a lot of great characters and he contributed to the roster beautifully. A blonde-haired, generally cheerful pro athlete, Tidus was bounds away from tortured, brooding alpha males like Cloud or Squall Leonhart. But he's no less heroic or capable in a tight situation, and his relationship with Yuna is possibly the franchise's deepest connection. What a man!


Being the star of Final Fantasy 7, what is often considered to be the best game in the franchise, has given Cloud a reputation for excellence. But he's not only within a great game, he truly is one of the best characters in the franchise! With his amazing Buster sword and no-bullshit attitude, Cloud quickly became one of gaming's most adored characters. With a killer backstory and the way in which he engages with the events in Final Fantasy 7, Cloud is a hard character to top!

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15


Renowned as the series' greatest villain, the antagonist of Final Fantasy 7 is one of Square Enix's best. Sephiroth is a clam, calculating force of evil - one that seems almost insurmountable during the events of VII. A former member of the Shinra militray division, SOLDIER, Sephiroth was infused with the DNA of an extraterrestrial life-form who attempted to take over the world. He has some shockingly ice-cold moments in this stellar game and Final Fantasy 15 may find it impossible to match this level of evil!

Terra Branford

Terra Branford is probably Final Fantasy 6's greatest character. Daughter of a human and esper, she embodied the clash between man and magic and beautifully combated the hatred that existed between them. She is a benchmark for female protagonists in Video Games, a character layered with a fascinating personality and a rich backstory. It's easy to become emotionally attached to Terra, and we wonder whether the roster for the series will ever see such a fascinating and strong-willed woman again!

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15


Yuna makes such a profound impact on one of the series' greatest games. As the lead heroine in Final Fantasy X, her relationship with the above mentioned Tidus, is a beautiful tale to watch. She was such an impactful character that she eventually gained her own game, Final Fantasy X-2. In this game she developed from a shy teenager, into an ass-kicking woman. Her outfit change didn't need to happen at all, but we loved how her character grew over the course of these two games. You go, Yuna!

Aeris Gainsborough

One of the most heartbreaking moments in gaming history came with the passing of one of its most beautiful characters. Aeris is Cloud's primary love interest in Final Fantasy VII and no one can ever forget her impact on the game. She was an upbeat woman, one who was always prepared to raise the spirits of the team. She was the embodiment of innocence and beauty in this game, and for that she remains one of the greatest Final Fantasy characters in the history of the series.

What Do You Expect From FFXV's Release Date?

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15

Do you think that Noctis and his team have what it takes to rival some of these individuals on the release date of Final Fantasy 15? Is there someone on the list that you don't like, or that you wish was there instead? Let us know in the comments below!


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