Our Favorite Characters
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The results from the "Who's Your Favorite Character?"
contest are in! It was a close race, with votes varying from
Umaro (!) to Zeromus, but Cid emerged the victor! Not all
that fair, since he's in so many games. Here's the first
1st- Cid (eight votes)
2nd- Crono (six votes)
3rd- Tifa (five votes)
4th - Taloon (five votes)
From 52 submissions I have posted 30 for your reading
enjoyment. My comments are in bold so as to limit
My Favorite Character Is . . .
1. Cecil from FFIV because of his spiritual
2.. Kefka because his character as a villain was very
different, being somewhat like a clown.
3. Barret, because he has gigantic breasts!
Uh . . . ok.
4. Red XIII because unlike some other RPG heroes, he's
quite shy; an introvert.
(I wonder how many other Nanakifans there are out
You've got one right here! Red XIII was my favorite
5. Edgar Roni Figaro Because, like me, he thinks he is a
god to women and yet finds that he is sadly mistaken.
Hey, cheer up. Even Edgar has some admirers. Wait,
here's one . . .
6. Edgar, because he is intelligent, handsome, sexy,
witty, charming, powerful, and I'm virtually uncontested for
his eternal love and worship.
What about Terra, Celes, and the rest of the female
cast of FFVI? He even hits on Relm, if I remember
correctly--and that's just plain wrong.
7. Vincent Valentine, because he so perfectly fits the
role of the stoic, tortured, bishonen hero that I so
8. Cid from FFVII because he swears, smokes, and has a
nasty temper, but is really a great guy deep down.
So was Zeromus if you think about it. Golbez had
defected to the good side and the whole game would have
ended most unspectacularly if good old Zero hadn't taken the
role of Ultimate Evil. You have him to thank for a climactic
FFIV finale. He may say some bologna like, "my hatred will
last until I destroy all," or I... will... not... perish...
as... long... as... there... is...evil... in... the...
hearts... of... people...," but he just wants you to have a
good gaming experience.
9. Rydia from FFIV because she has something that
everyone looks for in an RPG character, development, she
starts as a timid little girl who has lost her mother, and
becomes a strong woman who can fend for herself, hmm, this
is a pretty big run-on sentence.
The Grammatically Challenged
That's okay Faz, even the best of us have to write an
inordinately long sentence that inevitably turns into a
run-on because we have so much to pack into one phrase and
those stupid grammar people don't understand that and they
invented grammar just to torture young high school kids and
turn them off from becoming English majors so they can make
10. Tifa, because she was always there for her loved
I'm sorry but I lost the sender. :( I also respected
this side of Tifa.
11. Tifa. She totally rocked because she used her martial
arts skills to whoop up on the baddies yet definitely had a
softer side to her.
Heck yeah she had a softer side!
Oh--waitaminute--you're talking about her PERSONALITY aren't
you. Yeah, that too.
12. Aeris because she's cool and Cloud is pretty much a
loser, but he's ok, but Aeris is the one who really saves
--fellow RPGamer a.k.a. Clouded
Not bad for a flower girl, eh?
13. Elly (Xenogears), because she is a goddess.
She also has a big Mech. Definite plus.
14. Red Wizard from Final Fantasy 1, because I've never
seen such a well-rounded character built to be that way
(overpowering yourself in Final Fantasy 6 and 7 doesn't
count) and he proves that old, gray men can still swing the
sword and flame enemies just as good as the young knights
It's amazing what a rat's tail can do for one's
15. Alhazad from Wild Arms because he has a cool laugh,
is really evil and sadistic, and is the best villain in the
history of video games.
- Fritz Fraundorf
16. Zio, because he has the most amazingly greasy-looking
And you like him because . . .
17. Terra, because she can outwit anybody in FF6 in
strength and magic.
Give her the Atma weapon, morph her, and watch her
18. Locke, because he threatened to rip someone's lungs
out. Also you should add in a, my least favorite character
is ____ because ______, category. My vote would be for
Chu-chu. I hate those little puffy things you always see in
Anime they just piss me off, and thanks to your column I now
have a new name for the evil things.
-Jonathan, He who dwells in the land of the Yokel
Jonathan, would you be interested in joining the
Coalition Against Crabbits (CAC)? You will find CAC and
excellent medium to express this rage against the demons in
pink. Also, be sure to check out the article I am
writing--ferreting out their subterranean plan for world
domination so all the world may know. More in the "Scattered
19. Tellah, because he's quite tasty!
Hehehe . . . Poor Tellah. No respect for the
20. Umaro from FF3, because being at the same vocabulary
level with the misunderstood Yeti, I can see the sadness and
the beauty shining through his gruff exterior.
I'm amazed with your empathy. Only the most perceptive people
can see any sadness or beauty in "Graaoooowwww."
21. Cid, because, out of all the superhuman characters
and mythical battles that populate FFVII, out of all the
amazing monsters and stunning affects, his story was the one
that seemed most real, the one that encompassed a typical
human spirit who had been thrust into an odd world of magic
and mayhem; in essence, a story that could be believed; the
story of a man who pressed on despite watching his only
dream crumbling before his eyes.
My God, I'm wading in B.S.!
22. Crono, because it is a bold new leap for having
hair-style challenged mute people as main characters in
video games, which will hopefully give rise to entirely mute
games in which there are no dialogue.
23. Milich Oppenheimer, because he killed Gremio, and he
is the only character who can get away with looking like a
girl when he is a man.
And that's a good thing? I think Milich was jealous of
Gremio, because Gremio was also straddling the gender
24. Crono, because I'm reminded of him every day when I
see that McCain's superfries commercial, where the announcer
regards the kid as 'the strong silent type.'
Funny, whenever I see Crono I'm reminded of Buckwheat.
I'm not sure why.
25. Final Fantasy I Black Mage, because of that really
26. The Princess from Dragon Warrior I! Why?
Because those little letters she wrote were hilarious.
P.S. Do you think BFM would sell better if it were called
Breast Fencer Musashi?
27. Taloon from Dragon Warrior IV, because not only was
he did all sorts of crazy things when you put him in your
party, like singing lullabies to put enemies to sleep and
other completely weird things.
28. Zeromus, because he is such a well
One word--sarcasm. Lots of it.
29. Crono, because he is a man of few (no) words.
And in the oftentimes mangled translations of
Squaresoft, that is usually a good thing.
30. Taloon from DWIV/DQIV, because when you plays as him
in chapter 2 you can be a merchant, but the best part about
Taloon was during chapter 5 when you had no control over him
and he would: trip and get a critical hit, fling sand in the
enemies eyes, sing a lullaby and put the enemies to sleep,
or steal items from the enemies, Taloon gave the game an
element of surprise that I have never seen before or
That's pretty specific.
Joshua: Whoa! Ok, there you go. I hope you enjoyed
them as much as I did. :) On with the letters!
A Last Word on
I will try to avoid being mean, but learning Japanese is
HARD. I will probably end up doing translation work for a
company in Japan, and I have been studying the language for
six years. There is nothing that makes the language easier to
learn, and although I agreed with the person that said
schooling is a good way to pick up the language, it will
only give you the basics. If you want anything more
than that, you need to go to Japan or be able to talk with
an exchange student in the US quite extensively. There are
no ifs, ands, or buts about it. I currently own a large
portion of import games, and the stuff they teach in school
is not going to help (I am Junior in college and know from
experience). The alphabet helps, but the understanding goes
far beyond that. Try practicing the 13 different forms of
politeness with only two hours of practice a week. I wish good luck to anyone out there trying to learn,
but you must realistically tell yourself that you have a lot
of studying to do before you will be able to understand the
likes of Final Fantasy or any other game.
-Kevin (Anxiously awaiting Final Fantasy VIII - the
Joshua: Kevin, you have single-handedly destroyed
my ultimate plan--shutting myself in a room with just a
T.V., surround sound, VCR, and the entire Ranma 1/2 series,
which I would watch for 120 hours straight (hoping to finish
the series at least once) so I will emerge a master of
Japanese, and a Hydrochondriac. Thanks for ruining a
Sheri, If You're Reading
Hey Rpguru, My Girlfriend Sheri is awesome. Last week she
bought me Xenogears when I was broke, isn't that the bomb,
and she doesn't even like RPGs, and I was wondering if you
could post this letter, of me asking her to marry me.
Sheri will you marry me?
Joshua: This is so wonderful. *wiping tears away*
You better make me your best man.
Okay, here's a question for you. Here's the setup. A couple of small
advertisements ran in a gaming magazine for a game called
"Star Odyssey". Further research uncovers that an earlier
title was "Blue's Almanac." Sage's Creation was supposed to
be releasing it, and as far as I know, they cut the game
-Troyan Grey, Dwarven Warrior!
Joshua: Can anyone help this man out?
remember it? Oh, of course you do. What with the recent Ultima Online
craze, all you RPG fans out there must know about it. Do you know that
it's one of the most classic RPG series ever created? That one classic
game spawned eight, yes, eight more. That doesn't even include the additional
add-on packs for the most recent Ultimas. PC RPGs, it's where it's at.
The Might and Magic series, the infamous Hero's Quest/Quest for Glory
series, Land of Devastation, Spelljammer, Dungeon Hack, and the AD&D
series--all of those games previously mentioned scream one thing in
common: Quality. RPGamer lacks the coverage of the PC RPG genre, why, oh
why? You're leaving us true fans out in the dark, here. PC RPGs, it's
where it's at.
Oh, and don't get me wrong, I love console RPGs as well, but I'm not
biased towards particular RPGs like most of us are.
Joshua:I suppose this site is more focused towards console games because they are considered more mainstream. This is a shame, because there are so many unique computer games that deserve credit---Fallout, Daggerfall, Might and Magic, Ultima, and more. Personally, I'm surprised these games don't do as well as their console counterparts, because they originate in English, so most of us don't have to suffer the wait and result of translations. If any of you have questions or comments about computer games, I'd love to entertain them.
Also, be sure to check out EverQuest at www.everquest.com.
Y'know, I don't get this. I thought RPGs were actually
becoming mainstream and well known. In my town, I
seem to be the only one who even knows what one is! I'm not
obsessed with RPG's--I'd rather be out playing sports--but
it would still be nice to have someone to be able to talk to
about them. The only people around here who have actually
heard of the term "RPG" all think that Tomb Raider and
Resident Evil are RPGs (I'm not kidding or exaggerating at
all). Do I live in a clueless town or am I actually the only
one who likes RPGs, and this whole site is a figment of my
Joshua: No RPGs?! You live in hell--a depraved pit of waste
exceeding even Dante's and T.S. Eliot's imaginations. Sodom and Gommorah is like Sesame Street compared to your home down. Run. Your sports comment
spurrs me to believe you are already infected. Run, and
don't look back--the fire and brimstone is coming.
And don't forget to check into this site often, where this RPGfriendly community will create a safety egg to keep you safe from the gales of conformity as they assail you.
Scattered Thoughts: Joel mentioned the Commodore
64 in his letters. Anybody remember Radar Rat Race? Oh my,
Arelas found similarities between Xenogears and
Crono Trigger: Shevat and Zeal both had queens, both fly in
the sky and both have three guru's named Gasper, Melchior,
and Balthazar. And the music is done by the same guy. Pretty neat huh?
Ken Chia points out that Andrew Vestal has published a
History of Final Fantasies on Videogames.com.
I am also working on a piece of scholarship. "Crabbits: The
Evil Among Us" will make its spectacular debut linked to
this site! Stay tuned!
Would anyone be interested in me posting a companion page that has resources for aspiring RPG developers?
Have a nice day!
- Joshua Reid
"Mother, should I trust the government?"