Kingdom Hearts III has become one of the most awaited upcoming games in 2019. Rumors, issues, and trailers are spreading around everywhere. Gamer can’t wait to taste another adventure of Sora in Kingdom Hearts III which can also be the last of his adventure in the story (not the series). Although it has been years since the first release, it will be a great loss for Kingdom Hearts fans if it has to end.
Aside from that rumor, there is other factor that is more exciting to discuss. We know that several Final Fantasy characters have appeared since the first Kingdom Hearts. Cid, Yuffie, Aerith and many others have tasted the stage of Kingdom Hearts game. In the latest series, for sure we expect that more Final Fantasy characters will have bigger roles in the game, either to assist Sora or to become his rival.
Here are 7 Final Fantasy characters that I think and probably other gamer thinks should appear in Kingdom Hearts III.
1. Noctis Lucis Caelum
Noctis is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XV and heir to the throne of Lucis, the kingdom to have control over the Crystal. He is the son of King Regis who travels with his friends Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto from his home Insomnia to Altissia, in order to marry Luna and solidify a political union. Later, he is thrust into a conflict against the Niflheim Empire and must take on his duties and become a king.
Noctis has all he needs to be loved by Final Fantasy fans. He is probably the best character of the series since Cloud, with all his traits and charisma as the next king. Having him either as Sora’s aid or secret boss would be nice since he has a dynamic combat skill with his warp. Or at least, even if he can’t be both, it will be nice just to appear in Radiant Garden with Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto.
2. Cloud Strife
Cloud is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII and the most popular persona among the RPG characters. Although he isn’t a silent protagonist, Cloud doesn’t speak too much at first. As a former SOLDIER’s proud swordsman, he became arrogant and selfish. After he discovers about his past, he began to value friendship and starts protecting others, even the Planet.
Cloud’s popularity is unquestionable. Before, he has appeared in Olympus Coliseum of Kingdom Hearts (we even had the chance to fight him) as an opponent. Since he hasn’t any significance role in Kingdom Hearts II, it will be best if he has bigger role in Kingdom Hearts III (especially if this one really becomes the last game). To see him fighting once again with his Buster Sword is worth the wait.
Leon is actually Squall Leonhart, the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII with a different look. In the Kingdom Hearts series he has longer hair. He still wields a gunblade as his weapon, which is one of the iconic weapons of the entire Final Fantasy series. Leon idolized a mythical winged lion named Griever which he thinks representing courage and strength, as his symbol.
Same with Cloud, Leon has the chance to appear in the prior Kingdom Hearts games. But unlike Cloud, Leon has a better role in the game as Sora’s mentor. We faced him also in Olympus Coliseum as an opponent, alongside Cloud. I can imagine, it will be very nice to see Leon fights again alongside Sora, or even just to give some challenges to Sora like he did in Olympus Coliseum.
Lightning is the main protagonist in Final Fantasy XIII, and some other sequels of it. In Final Fantasy XIII, her main goal was actually to save her sister Serah but become involved in a scheme that endangers her home. In Final Fantasy XIII-2, she serves as a knight protecting the goddess Etro. And in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII she became the main character again, trying to protect the world.
With all of her role such as those above, it is clear that Lightning holds an important position in the developer’s mind. She is probably the only heroine that starred most in the whole series. With all her roles in the series, she will be the best companion that Sora needs. With her look, she is suited to be his aid rather than a challenger for Sora. Being a skilled fighter, what is better than having her in the party?
Tidus is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy X. He is a famous Blitzball (a kind of sport played inside a sphere of water) player from Zanarkand and the son of Jecht. His adventure begins when his hometown attacked by an enormous monster called Sin. He traveled along with Yuna, a summoner who is trying to put an end to Sin. In the game, Tidus is one of three characters who can fights underwater.
Tidus has strangely appeared in the first Kingdom Hearts, as Sora’s friend in Destiny Island along with Wakka and Selphie. Back then, he was a sparring partner for Sora as soon as the game begins. But since then, he vanished and never appeared again. Considering he is one of the most favorite male RPG characters, he deserved to present once again, but this time in his adult form in Kingdom Hearts III.
6. Zack Fair
Zack is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy VII and also a main protagonist for its sequel Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. He is a 1st class SOLDIER who act as Cloud’s best friend during their time working under Shinra Electric Power Company. He is the the second wielder of Buster Sword that Cloud has, after he got that huge sword from his mentor, Angeal Hawley.
Zack also appeared in one of Kingdom Hearts game: Birth by Sleep as a teenager. Surprisingly, he forms a particularly strong bond with Aqua. Since Birth by Sleep has a direct connection with Kingdom Hearts series, it is very possible to make him appear in Kingdom Hearts III whatever his role is. If he will, it will somehow ease the pain when we have to see him gone in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
Sephiroth is the main antagonist of Final Fantasy VII, and also one of the major antagonists in the Final Fantasy extended universe. He is an unmissable Final Fantasy antagonist that will always be remembered. Sephiroth is SOLDIER’s proud warrior who becomes twisted once he knew about the experiment that made him. In the end, he hates everything and he tries to destroy the world.
If Kingdom Hearts III really will become the last of the story, than I think Sephiroth must present once again. Before, he only acts as a secret boss, so I hope if ever he appeared in Kingdom Hearts III, he will have a bigger role in the story. If before Cloud was his only sworn enemy, in Kingdom Hearts universe he will have to face Sora also, and settling the unfinished matter once and for all before the story ends.
All those characters above holds important role in their own game, whether as protagonist or antagonist. Right now, I’m interested in Noctis’ background and abilities with his Ring of Lucii, but if I have to choose I want Zack to present in the newest Kingdom Hearts. He has his own game with all of his signature moves and actions, so I think it isn’t that hard if Square Enix wants to include him in the game.
Which Final Fantasy characters do you think deserve a position in Kingdom Hearts III? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.