Ranking All Final Fantasy Protagonist

Ranking All Final Fantasy Protagonist ...

Final Fantasy has grown into one of the world''s largest and most successful franchises since 1987. It''s sold over 160 million units and generated over $12 billion in revenue. It''s a series that is best known for its innovation, its intricate stories, and, perhaps most of all, its remarkable cast of characters.

While there are a variety of visual similarities between the main protagonists, beneath the surface, there are some wildly contrasting personalities. Some are driven by vengeance while others are fighting for what they consider to be beneficial reasons. They also leave a significant impact on players.

Tom Bowen''s latest version of Crisis Core, the Meteor remake, and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth all have a lot to offer in the coming years, but only one of these projects will bring with him a new main protagonist, with Clive likely to be the series'' first new mainline hero since Noctis'' arrival in 2016. Early trailers seem promising, but the fact that he will be pretty well fleshed out over the years has made a difference for both the fandom and the series itself.

13 The Warriors of Light (Final Fantasy)

  • Age: N/A
  • Birthday: N/A
  • Height: N/A
  • Ultimate Weapon: N/A

The very first Final Fantasy game was dominated by four people. They were not actually given canon names in the original release, but they were eventually dubbed Setro, Zauver, Flora, and Teol in a short story that was eventually published in Japan two and a half decades later. The four heroes were designed to be blank slates on which players could project themselves.

Although this does make for some quite forgettable protagonists, it remained somewhat realistic within the game itself. Along with being more immersive and assisting in the gameplay''s transition, it also played a key role in the story, with four crystals, four fiends, and four elements involved in the story. A number of notable improvements were made for the game''s reimagining in 2022, with the character''s character being named Stranger of Paradise. Jack was also seen as the main focus point in

12 Luneth (Final Fantasy III)

  • Age: 14
  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Height: 4'''' 3" (Estimate)
  • Ultimate Weapon: Ragnarok

In the very first installment of Final Fantasy III, Luneth was not given a name, nor did the game have a single main protagonist. All of this, however, with the game''s 2006 Nintendo DS remake, players starting out with only Luneth and having to recruit the other three members of the game''s four Warriors of Light as they progress through the beginning stages.

Luneth would be as forgettable as some of her predecessors, if not more. However, Director Hiromichi Tanaka and his team did a decent job of imagining the character and her fellow orphans without having to alter the narration anything too much. They are still hampered by the elements of the original narrative, but are a lot more interesting than they were in the original release.

11 Vaan (Final Fantasy XII)

  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Height: 5''''7"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Zodiac Spear

Final Fantasy XII is a much better game than many people give it credit for. That said, it''s easy to see why it isn''t discussed anywhere near as much as some of its competitors, and a big part of this is down to Vaan, Vaan, who is not just the main protagonist of his own game, though his excuses for falling into the background are much less flawful.

In Final Fantasy X, Tidus is overshadowed more often than a sign of his own weakness. In the case of Vaan, he''s really a mostly uncompelling character with motivations that are best described as fatigue and uncompelling. However, whether or not this is a good thing is definitely a concern.

10 Firion (Final Fantasy II)

  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Height: 5''''11"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Ragnarok

Firion was the first of the series'' main protagonists to get a name and has a somewhat interesting backstory. He is a huge success for someone so young, and the drive he brings to the game is impressive. It''s a shame that the narrative was not enough to allow for more character development in this regard, nor did it really spend enough time exploring his children''s issues.

Firion is willing to take his life on the line for peace rather than being a professional. Leadership seems to come naturally to him, but he has no issues dealing with the extreme pressures he would be facing. Even though Final Fantasy II would not be able to compete in this game.

9 Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV)

  • Age: 20 / 30
  • Birthday: August 30th
  • Height: 5''''9"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Ultima Blade

Much of Noctis''''s strength as a leading man comes from his supporting cast and the bond that they share. Though his strengths are softer, they reveal that their abilities and desires are genuinely enabling him to shine. While without them, he may sometimes feel a little unbalanced. It deserved quite a bit more screen time than it was ultimately given.

Noctis is an aggressive character and it''s difficult not to feel like an honorary member of the gang while watching them cruise around in the Regalia together. His character development is believable and his willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good is admirable. He is a great leader, although it''s far from the best that the series has to offer.

8 Tidus (Final Fantasy X)

  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Height: 5''''9"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Caladbolg

Tidus is an interesting character, especially when it comes to his origins and his relationship with his father. Throughout the game, players are given glimpses of Tidus'' attempts to make Jecht proud of him, yet nothing he does is ever good enough. Even when it comes to his ridiculous laughter, that is. There is nothing even remotely relatable about that.

Unfortunately, Tidus has a lot of fun playing with. Auron, despite not being the main protagonist, has a far greater backstory and perhaps assists the party. However, Yuna is a major participant in the series, which often feels more like a supporting character in someone else''s story than the other. This isn''t necessarily a bad thing for Final Fantasy X, but it''s not the best look for a main protagonist.

7 Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy V)

  • Age: 20
  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Height: 5''''9"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Ragnarok / Brave Blade*

The plot of Bartz''s journey a lot from the traditional coming of age narrative, but it allows it to play out in several often unexpected ways. Although being responsible for the fate of the world is something that one might expect to weigh heavily on a person''s shoulders, Bartz is able to carry this weight with ease. It is essential that he is supported by a strong cast as well as his faithful companion, Boco.

Bartz''s easygoing nature shines through at even the most difficult moments, but it''s not to say that he takes his role as one of the Warriors of Light seriously. This is why he sometimes misses Bartz from being a truly fantastic leader, as well as being forced aside by other party members like Lenna and Faris.

6 Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy IX)

  • Age: 16
  • Birthday: September
  • Height: 5''''8"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Ultima Weapon

Zidane has been seen by some as the mastermind of the Final Fantasy franchise. He broke the trend of strong and sullen main protagonists that had begun to creep into the series in the previous games in great measure. His lightheartedness came as a breath of fresh air and provided a truly special experience, though his womanizing antics were perhaps a step too far for some players at times.

While Zidane is a character, it''s a pleasure to behold, as are those who have a lot of the game''s random NPCs. He may not possess many of the qualities he has, but is smart, loyal, and possesses all of the hallmarks of a wonderful character.

5 Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)

  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: August 23rd
  • Height: 5''''10"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Lion Heart

Squall''s attitude shifts from doing what he gets to do at the age of 17 to simply doing what he needs. This is especially impressive due to his leadership abilities.

Ironically, Squall still becomes the Commander of Balamb Garden. This comes as a result of his innate leadership capability rather than any kind of desire for power or advancement. Squall is really a natural-born leader and the perfect person to handle Ultimecia''s turmoil.

4 Lightning Farron (Final Fantasy XIII)

  • Age: 21
  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Height: 5''''7"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Omega Weapon

Final Fantasy XIII has a slew of difficulties. It is unfavorably linear, its character is weak, and its actions are generally extremely one-dimensional. Lightning is a lot of things, but she is definitely not one-dimensional. She is shining brightly like a light in the darkness, and she is one of the game''s few redeeming abilities. Getting to play as her sister in the game''s sequel only demonstrates how fantastic she is.

Lightning''s personal story isn''t particularly complicated, as there are some sub-plots throughout it. It''s perhaps this that makes her so likable. Even if it is largely neglected on her characters, Lightning is a character with a real personality.

3 Cecil Harvey (Final Fantasy IV)

  • Age: 20
  • Birthday: Unknown
  • Height: 5''''10"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Lightbringer

Cecil''s journey is unquestionably complicated, but he remains associable especially with siblings. His interactions with Golbez are also remarkable and provide ample opportunities for Cecil to shine through.

The character''s transformation from Dark Knight to Paladin is emblematic of his personal growth throughout the game. However, Cecil''s leadership makes other party members more aware of their challenges, which they must inevitably succeed. Given the depths of the main characters in Final Fantasy IV, this is particularly impressive.

2 Terra Branford (Final Fantasy VI)

  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: October 18th
  • Height: 5''''3"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Apocalypse

Terra is an Empire pawn with no agency when the curtain falls. However, everything has changed. Because it comes so soon after she was completely free of the Empire''s influence, it creates an identity conflict that almost consumes her. If not for her strength, it would certainly have.

It''s clear that Terra might come short when it comes to personality, but she is also a common ground for other party members to rally. However, it is her plight and that of her people that drives them all forwards. Her innate intelligence makes her a stronghold to be reckoned with, and her kindhearted nature makes her a very comfortable character. Even if there were fewer characters around her, it''s unlikely that Terra would be more captivating.

1 Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)

  • Age: 21
  • Birthday: August 11th
  • Height: 5''''8"
  • Ultimate Weapon: Ultima Weapon

Cloud is not only the most recognized protagonist in the series'' long history but also the most complex. He has a tragic and complicated past that is filled with pain and suffering, and this is brilliantly explored in Final Fantasy VII. As the connections that keep his history unravel, players embark on a fascinating journey of discovery and the fact that Cloud is learning everything alongside players makes it all the more enjoyable.

There is an air of mystery about Cloud, which further reinforces the myth of the legendary soldier that he and the supporting cast propagates. By the time he realizes who he is, Cloud has evolved into a true leader who is now motivated by righteousness rather than personal gain. It''s easy to see why he''s such a fan favorite.