|It's time to kick ass and chew materia gum.|
Another character in the game who was almost equally as awesome as Cloud (and who was also my favorite character in the game) was Barret Wallace.
So, now that we've set the bar for how awesome characters in Final Fantasy games can be, let's see how more recent FF games fall short with their main characters.
The one Final Fantasy game that has probably received the most ridicule due to character design is Final Fantasy X. Let's just jump right to a picture of the main character Tidus to set the stage for this topic:
|Is it a boy? A girl?|
Speaking of the visual oddities of characters in Final Fantasy X, it would be unfair not to mention party member Wakka, the man with the laughable haircut.
|Wakka finds your lack of hairspray disturbing|
Now that I've mentioned hairdos in FFX, I might as well mention one more character before moving on, and that character is Maester Seymour.
Just look at that impossible hair, did the devs at Square think we could take this guy seriously with his triple claw hairdo? He's one of the main villains of the game, yet instead of commanding respect and awe, he commands laughter and ridicule from gamers worldwide every time he makes an appearance.
Ok enough of the freaks from Final Fantasy X with their whiny voices and laughable haircuts. There is one more character from recent Final Fantasy games that must be mentioned, Vaan from Final Fantasy 12. He's absolutely pointless in the main story and contributes nothing in grand scheme of things apart from making small observations here and there. Vaan is just a homeless kid tagging along for the ride while delivering lines (in mostly monotone, probably should have placed him in my article about bad voice acting) that you'll neither remember nor care about.
And believe me, when I refer to Vaan as "he," I'm using the term as loosely as possible, because it's seriously hard to tell what Vaan is. Square seems to have gone overboard with the uber-sissyness of this character. Looking back at Final Fantasy 7, would you ever have believed that Square would develop a FF game with this he/she kid as the "main" character? To be fair though, since Vaan doesn't speak very often, he automatically isn't as annoying as Tidus, and he tends not to whine anywhere near as much, which is also a plus.
This concludes the What the hell was Square thinking moment.