Who Is The Best Final Fantasy VII Character?

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#1 Edited by GameSpot (901140 posts) -

Who do you think the best Final Fantasy VII character is? They all have something about them that makes them awesome, but which one of these nine characters is really the best of the best when it comes to characters who can be in your party?

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#2 Posted by Metallinatus (1113 posts) -

How is Sephiroth not an option? The guy is a freaking celebrity....

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#3 Posted by suicidesn0wman (7490 posts) -

@metallinatus: Because he can't join your party, he's the main antagonist. Put him in a question like this with other bad ass enemies such as Vaas and Handsome Jack and he'd probably have a good shot to win.

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#4 Edited by Metallinatus (1113 posts) -

@suicidesn0wman: The poll is not "who is your favorite hero", but "who is your favorite character in FF VII".... so Sephiroth could have gone in there.... and he would have big chances of winning.

I wouldn't have voted on him btw, but he is a big miss in a poll like that.

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#5 Posted by Grim_Jackal (148 posts) -
@metallinatus said:

@suicidesn0wman: The poll is not "who is your favorite hero", but "who is your favorite character in FF VII".... so Sephiroth could have gone in there.... and he would have big chances of winning.

I wouldn't have voted on him btw, but he is a big miss in a poll like that.

It's perfectly clear it's talking about characters that can be in your party. Good lord, there's only two sentences.

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#6 Posted by suicidesn0wman (7490 posts) -

@metallinatus: Read the fine print, I felt the exact same as you and chose not to vote instead.

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#7 Posted by Metallinatus (1113 posts) -

@suicidesn0wman: I read what he wrote, but what he wrote is just not what the poll is asking....

I may be nitpicking here, but I felt like he was a huge miss when the poll itself is asking for the "best" character only....

They should have just worded the poll better I guess.

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#8 Posted by Archangel3371 (28345 posts) -

I went with Vincent Valentine but it was a tough choice as Cloud, Tifa, and Aeris are great characters as well.

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#9 Posted by Toni_Makato (6 posts) -

@GameSpot: Should have done Final Fantasy IV or do them in order slightly. Would have liked to see each Final Fantasy redone.

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#10 Posted by Meathead373 (1024 posts) -

Probably Barrett, but I was pretty fond of RedXIII as well

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#11 Posted by BranKetra (51726 posts) -

About the playable Final Fantasy VII team, there are a few reasons that I shall mention as to why it does not feel right to vote for any one character, in particular. Firstly, the game design of FFVII promotes interchangeability of characters in your party, so none of them are definitely better than others, strategically, if the player continually works on leveling up the team. Also, weapon, armor, and materia customization facilitate the framework for balanced builds. Secondly, other than Aerith, Cait Sith, and Tifa, the characters all grow, similarly, with each character going through a process of a traumatic experience following with a sense of encumbrance with their perceived woes of the world as the additional weight to their natural posturing and show their desperation to recover from their experiences through their neuroticism. Additionally, Aerith is an archetypal character, derived from the Cetra race, that all of the others characters strive to emulate after her physical death due to Sephiroth. Plus, Tifa acts the same as she does from the earliest age we see her in the game, but even she goes through a traumatic experience, though she handles it more gracefully than the others. Contrarily, Cait Sith sees the value in siding with Cloud's team without going through any sort of traumatic experience.

Thirdly, they all go through a process of realization that they need to save their planet and succeed in doing so with no one character intellectually growing more than any of the others. Cloud's victory in the final battle against Sephiroth, alone, gives him a sense of closure, but it also does the same for the others. At least, I would hope so in order to keep the quality of the story greater than the others not experiencing fulfillment due to not getting the last kill (I am thinking about the Gears of War multiplayer concept as I write this).

The strength of characters is their character. Outfits and battle potential are both weak ways to support the characters because they can both be compared with others or defeated by nefarious means.

I suppose that if I had to pick one character, it would be Cait Sith. That character is similar to many users on the internet, acting in anonymity. However, he is outstanding because despite not being an in-person participant, he decides to change his ways from that of a Shinra spy, originally seeking only to benefit his organization which comes at the cost of his planet, to help other people. It sends a good message about what people are capable of in anonymity.

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#12 Posted by LesserAngel (285 posts) -

I like Cid the most, but I have to go with Aeris. Story wise, she did more to save the planet than just about anyone else, even, no, especially after she died.

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#13 Posted by GameSpot (901140 posts) -

@metallinatus: I tried to be a clear as possible that this was for playable characters (re: which one of these nine characters is really the best of the best when it comes to characters who can be in your party?). Didn't quite fit in the promo image though. Also, why assume I'm a he? :P

@LesserAngel:You're awesome for including a spoiler tag for something that old.

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#14 Posted by freedom01 (3414 posts) -

I have to go with Cloud, reason: very simple...I just like swords :P

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#15 Posted by deactivated-58bd60b980002 (2016 posts) -

I have to choose Cloud just because his Limit is the most useful to me. Close second is Tifa then Aeris. I hated Vincent Limit as you loose control

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#16 Posted by thehig1 (7330 posts) -

Cid, godaaaaammm teaaaaaaa

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#17 Posted by purrjo (26 posts) -

I've always loved Yuffie, I've always liked energetic girl characters like her. Cait Sith is also cool.

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#18 Edited by CrazyWiiUFan (45 posts) -

Aeris

- and her ghost -

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#19 Posted by Sennaris (77 posts) -

Red XIII and Vincent should be the only viable options. Those are some cool mother fuckers.

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#21 Posted by Jimbowesker (926 posts) -

While Cid isn't my personal favorite of the characters (I'm more of a Red XIII kinda guy), I felt that in sheer power and damage done to enemies on a normal basis, Cid takes the lead as his spear Limit Breaks are devastating.

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#22 Posted by PimpHand_Gamer (2864 posts) -
@Sennaris said:

Red XIII and Vincent should be the only viable options. Those are some cool mother fuckers.

*casts master level 80 thread resurrection spell*

@Jimbowesker said:

While Cid isn't my personal favorite of the characters (I'm more of a Red XIII kinda guy), I felt that in sheer power and damage done to enemies on a normal basis, Cid takes the lead as his spear Limit Breaks are devastating.

*casts novice level 22 thread resurrection spell*