Celebrating the Final Fantasy Hero Archetypes

In lieu of the recent Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary celebration, GameSpot Asia's Jonathan Toyad brings up the most renowned character archetype of the series and explains why we love them so much.

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Shinobi-Neo
Shinobi-Neo

"ready to be peeled like onions" lol

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

You, sir, are amazing.  You win an internet for this video.

chetanz
chetanz

I think it's all about the Silent Badasses.  Characters like Shadow, Auron and Amarant.  They all make us think that they have a greater story behind them.  I think this is the best archetype!! So cool :)

Lyrandar
Lyrandar

Am I the only one who has noticed the similarities between Yuna from FF X, Rinoa from FF VIII, and Garnet from FF IX?

Drifter_sion
Drifter_sion

I enjoyed this video critic. Final Fantasy has become a cliche`, in and of itself. The real question is: is Final Fantasy the "cliche`" or is final fantasy cliche`d?

for those that can't understand my question I ask is final fantasy what we've come to expect or is final fantasy something ever-changing that sets the standard; theoretically it's both. but what do you want from YOUR next FF adventure. this question is propositioned at the old-school & new-school FF fans.

Wblair-31
Wblair-31

aha i thought this was pretty clever

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Cloud was the best. Man, I really miss 90s gaming. 

kaydoodle
kaydoodle

This was pretty hilarious :)

Asuka2013
Asuka2013

Sephiroth screams archetype. Fanboys can argue he's a badass and could squish the universe with his hand, but, honestly?

aikibabyseal
aikibabyseal

pronounciation: archetype = Arrr-KEH-TYPE. :/ .... oh well if we're talking about 9 and it's rip offery- I'd have to say Dragon Ball rips off Journey to the West. :/ You seem to be trying to group the more recent archetypes together minus @Mist00 's strong female character archetype, there's also the monster types that get repeated: chocobos, cactuars, tonberry(you even had one in your video!) and moogles! I liked the women have higher int than men to be able to cast all dat magic archetype >:/. I probably like Yuna and Garnet the best for female summoner characters. As for best male protagonist: for now it's Zidane, because he was theatrical in his ability, a leading man and learns to rely on friends over time when he's down. As for best supporting cast: for now it's 'leading man' Balthier (ALL THE BEST LINES!) and his best job class as Air-Pirate (airships ftw).

 

Mist00
Mist00

I for one understood everything; to all those who didn't understand just didn't try to understand.  To the topic at hand i think you are missing the strong female character archetype.

 

TyQuan08
TyQuan08

people can't forget my second in command in FFVIII ZELL... Too Cool. But Cloud my  G.O.A.T.

chyng85
chyng85

I like Cecil the dark knight~

blind59
blind59

Yuffie + Rikku = Best Friends Forever 

frunklindoodle
frunklindoodle

The biggest problem I have with FF games is that I can't tell if my character is suppose to be male or female.

Zacek
Zacek

Nice video, but it could be better if I could understand it... reminds me the English accent of Mr. Iwata.

yekcim90
yekcim90

hah fifty shades of grey critic! :P

cooltirta
cooltirta

well, i think future Final Fantasy need to be an OPEN WORLD just like FFIX and older.not a LINEAR world in XIII 

BSEE10
BSEE10

BTW I love Rikku! Since Tifa's already taken

BSEE10
BSEE10

Good video, but hart two andastan

bukankhadam
bukankhadam

urgh. i almost cry when i heard the FFX theme song. so many good memories.

i'm not a hardcore FF fan myself but i have been playing FF game starting from 7 till 13. My most fav is FF10, and my least fav is FF13. what bout u guys?

IMO, all FF game series are good but still, all of em have their own flaws - such as FF7-great story but the graphic in not so good (but great at it's release time); FF10-great story and all but the voice acting (ENG ver) is not so good and FF13 that have great graphic but crappy story and character presentation.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Great Video!

Can't really point out a favorite Archetype but I can say that Vivi is my personal favorite FF character. 

vincent_tai
vincent_tai

I still think Lightning is the best female lead in the series.

Lytmare
Lytmare

I couldn't understand hardly any of that! But he is funny!"... with big... eyes." I laughed so hard!

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

God almighty am I sick of Cloud and Sephiroth. Also, at VaanX, I didn't see what the big deal was with Balthier at first when I watched my brother play XII, but then I played War of the Lions. Holy crap.

john691
john691

best character  in final fantasy  series gotta be cloud and sephrioth hands down

VaanXPenelo
VaanXPenelo

Wow, mega-SPOILERS in this video and comments below.  The writing for Vivi was superb and should be in a category all by himself for awesomeness.  Also, missing is the "loveable-rogue" archetype e.g Balthier, Zidane, Locke  Not many of them though 

Soulreavercross
Soulreavercross moderator

The FF series really needs a pervert Archetype

sexyguy89
sexyguy89

You forgot the really mature but sexy girl like fang, fran, beatrix, lulu, quistis, and tifa

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Great vid Jonathan, I gotta say I'm partial towards the silent badasses.  Who needs to say any long winded lines to impress an audience when your actions bleeds coolness! 

Genghost
Genghost

Kain highwind should be in there

slonekb05
slonekb05

the secret character in FF3 who mimicked everything. think his name was "????" lol

FlareKnights
FlareKnights

Well if there's a category for "guys with tragic romances" I'd give a nod to Locke from FFVI. Not quite in the emo category with Squall and Cloud since he manages to manage himself pretty effectively.Still one of my favorite characters from the Final Fantasy series.

mashom
mashom

you know what i am still palying Final Fantasy VII And VIII in pc, awesome games made ever, i don't think they can make game like this again.. most playable games at that time...

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

 @Asuka2013 I always took him to be more of the classic Shakespearean tragic villain than a bad ass.  After all, the guy did have good cause to loose his grip.  The true villain of FFVII to me will always be Hojo.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

 @aikibabyseal  @Mist00 I always considered Balthier to be the actual leading man of FFXII, having to ultimately clean up his father's mess, with Ashe being the clear leading woman.  While you may play as Vaan, his role isn't integral to the overall story.  He's just the character with room for the most personal growth and from his point of view you get to see what life is like for the lower class citizens of Rabanastre.

Thethhhron
Thethhhron

 @aikibabyseal You seem to misunderstanding Dragonball. That manga is SUPPOSED to be a parody of Journey to the West. that's the point of the manga. I totally agree about Balthier though. And lol at Vaan having nothing to do with the plot whatsoever after, like, the sky city, the name of which escapes me at the moment.

Morokoo
Morokoo

 @cooltirta 

Well XIII-2 strayed away from the linearity of the original and the last in the series is supposed to completely move away from it to let you do what you please.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

 @john691 Cloud and Sephiroth are great in their contrasts. I used to think Sephiroth was the greatest villain, but upon replaying FFVI, I realized Kefka was stark raving mad, and the most diabolical villain. But who is the hero of FFVI? that is probably the most difficult one to decide (outside of FF1, FF3 and and maybe FF2 which all featured undeveloped characters).

 

 But a very special place resides in my heart for Cecil and Golbez as the hero/villain... like Sephieroth, Golbez is not the true villain... This was the first FF game I beat, and I have many fond memories of this game. Doing the quest to get Edge, I was listening to Aerosmith's Get a Grip album, and the instrumental song, Boogie man, now goes hand in hand with that portion of FFIV. I can play one without thinking of the other. What a great song. It is so moody and brooding, it really fits the Eblan Cave quest of the game... it could easily replace the theme music for that part of the game.

 

But the crystals theme from the final fantasy series is pretty darn good too. Aerosmith should cover it.