Everybody knows Final Fantasy, and most of the RPG lovers out there must have played at least one of its game. Final Fantasy series has become a mainstream franchise that is almost impossible to miss by gamer. Its domination has never stop since the first Final Fantasy until the latest, Final Fantasy XV. Its popularity makes it become a must have-game in every console, from classic to next-gen console.
Lies inside the dramatic plot, are the main characters that played the most important role throughout the story. Since Final Fantasy has fifteen main series, there are a lot of main characters of the whole franchise. Every main character is unique, but there are some who were outranking the others because of their abilities in battle. Here are the top 7 strongest Final Fantasy main characters from all series.
7. Vaan (Final Fantasy XII)
Vaan is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XII and he also stars in some of Final Fantasy games. He is an orphan street thief who has grudges with the Archadian Empire after the death of his brother and the subjugation of his homeland. He dreams to become a sky pirate and owns his private airship so he can travel across Ivalice. Although he is the main character, he doesn’t play a large role in the story.
Aside from his lack of crucial role in story, Vaan is a main character of the game with reasons. He is the best party member in the team as he has the best stats among the others. Vaan also has the ability to fire off multiple attacks each turn, due to the high combo rate of weapons such as ninja swords and katana. Not only that, he can also summons any Esper in the game to assist the party in battle.
6. Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)
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.
In the game, Lightning is notable for her speed and her ability to fire off multiple attacks using only a single ATB bar, unlike the other Final Fantasy characters who usually can only hit once per turn. She can shift her role in battle, allowing her to change her tactics with just the press of a button. Not only able to summons Eidolons, Lightning is known to possess a powerful restorative ability for the party.
5. Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
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.
The Sphere Grid system in Final Fantasy X allows Tidus access to almost every ability in-game, with the notable exception of summons magic. Because of that, he has a huge range of action to call on combat, helped with his strength and blinding speed. He also has the Overdrive which is on par compared with the likes of Omnislash or Lion Heart Limit Break.
4. Yuna (Final Fantasy X-II)
Yuna is the main protagonist in Final Fantasy X-2. In Final Fantasy X-2 Yuna is a Sphere Hunter on a personal quest to uncover the mystery behind a movie sphere. As the story progress, she realizes that she becomes involved in rising political tensions and ancient force that threaten to end Spira’s Eternal Calm. In-game, Yuna’s default Dressphere is a Gunner, and her special dressphere is called Floral Fallal.
In Final Fantasy X-2, Yuna loses the access to her summons magic. But in exchange, she was gifted with the ability to use Dresspheres, which will give her access to the abilities of numerous different jobs. Her default Dressphere, the Gunner, allowed her to perform over 20 attacks which each dealt 9999 points of damage. She can also use Alchemist Dressphere to use infinite amount of healing items in battle.
3. Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)
Squall is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII and also a young SeeD mercenary. He is known to be a cold by others until he finds out what is important in his life. He wields a gunblade as a weapon, which is one of the iconic weapons of the entire Final Fantasy series. Squall idolized a mythical winged lion named Griever which he thinks representing courage and strength, as his symbol.
While Final Fantasy VIII is known for its powerful Guardian Forces, our ultimate weapon in battle isn’t the Guardian Forces themselves. Sooner or later, you will realize that Limit Break plays a very important role in fighting difficult enemies and winning the battles. Squall has the Lion Heart Limit Break, which delivers multiple strikes and can be accessed whenever his HP is low or Aura is cast on him during battles.
2. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)
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. But after he discovers about his past, he began to value friendship and starts protecting others, even the Planet.
Cloud has access to his trademark Limit Break: Omnislash which is the best in the game since it can unleashed significant amount of damage in just one turn. The Materia system in Final Fantasy VII also allows him to combine abilities such as Final Attack & Phoenix combo. Not only that, Cloud has access to Knights of the Round materia, which is one of the strongest summon in the entire series.
1. Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV)
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.
As the main character, Noctis can equip all kinds of weapon and the Combat Ascension Spheres focus on him exclusively. In battle, he can warp by throwing his weapon to move quickly around the field and damaging the enemies with warp strikes. He can also invoke Armiger to greatly increase his speed and strength. And with the patch updates Noctis’ Ring of Lucii potential are greatly increased.
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Many of the Final Fantasy main characters are iconic. Every one of them has a deep and memorable background which is hard for us to forget. Also, most of them have enough reason to be the best character in the game. If I have to choose, my favorite is Lightning. She is able to delivers multiple devastating attack which is quite rare since not so much female character in the series can do that.
Who do you think is the strongest Final Fantasy main characters from the list above? Or maybe you have your own opinion? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.