As I told you in my previous article, in 1998 I finally managed to buy my long-awaited PlayStation.
My favorite genres were (and are) sports games, platforms and adventures, but I did not take long to find out and get into role-playing games.
It was thanks to my trusted video game shopkeeper, actually.
One fine day, with the intention of buying a new PS title, I asked him about the best games available for the magic grey box. He gave me an immediate, firm response: “Final Fantasy VII! It is an RPG, an adventure where you can control several characters with special skills. There is a villain who wants to destroy or dominate the world and you and your party have to stop him.
The plot is better than a movie and the graphics are stunning. And then, I fell in love with the female characters, they are beautiful, they are brave… I call them sweet warriors. ”
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The shopkeeper was dead right: the game was wonderful, a 360-degree, unforgettable adventure. And the girls, wow… My twenty-something self immediately lost his head over them. Since then, apart from FFXI and FFXIV (sorry guys, but mmorpg are just not my cup of tea), I have played and completed every Final Fantasy released from first to last, including FFX-2 and FFXIII-2.
13 worlds in which I have virtually fallen in love several times… But given that I consider myself monogamous, I decided to be a good galaxy sailor and choose one girl for each port, er… FF world.
Here is my Top Five Final Fantasy Female Characters:
5. Selphie Telmitt (FF8) – The cheerful foreign student
Selphie appears shortly after the beginning of the game. She is a student who has just come from another school (Garden in the game) and needs help to get familiar with the campus. The pensive Squall (the main male character) will reluctantly agree to be her guide.
In addition to being a good-looking girl, Selphie is positive, sociable and has always a word of encouragement for everybody.
Her character reminded me of a foreign student who came to my school when I was in my last year of high school.
We had a brief relationship and the day she went back to her country, I was heartbroken.
Playing Final Fantasy VIII partly mitigated that painful memory. They call it sweet nostalgia…
4. Terra Branford (FF6) – the purest heart
Terra is FF VI main female character and embodies the values of courage and nobleness of mind. Despite having had a hard life to put it mildly (she was enslaved in order to exploit her magical powers), the difficulties she has faced have not affected her purity or her ideals.
Terra listens to children and has their interests at heart. For this reason she embarks on a journey to save the world and make it a better place.
Beautiful on the inside and on the outside, it was simply impossible to not fall in love with her.
In a parallel universe, I would have wanted her to be the mother of my children. 😀
3. Lulu (FF10) – a classy, charming woman
So Mysterious and self-confident, Lulu is FFX party black mage.
In addition to slaying enemies in battle, the charming Lulu is also able to bewitch you with a simple glance, a gesture or with her calm but determined way of talking.
As beautiful and as refined as an orchid, she is very self-restrained and rarely shows her feelings, although she is very protective of her fellow adventurers.
Over the course of the story, it is revealed that her boyfriend’s death has deeply affected her and her apparent coldness is only a front.
The desire to knock down her emotional wall and find out what lies in her heart was the missing tile to make her irresistible.
2. Rosa Farrell (FF4) – for better or for worse
A black mage could only be followed by a white one. But Rosa is much more than this, actually.
Final Fantasy IV female protagonist is a beautiful woman, a faithful companion and an extremely generous human being.
Engaged to the black knight Cecil – whom she loves deeply and has known since childhood – she is the only one who can speak to his (only apparently) heart of steel.
Rosa symbolizes the ideal life partner, she who would follow you everywhere and whom we would all want by our side.
I realized how special she was at the beginning of the game. Cecil took a little bit more, but he eventually understood that too. Lucky guy!
Honorable Mentions – you too have a place in my heart!
Here comes a tomboy! As beautiful as a Valkyrie and just as warmonger. Woe to who makes her angry!
Fran is a soul warrior, loves freedom and is even an engine expert.
If there is a dirty job to do, she will definitely not back down. And should she fall in love with you, well, she would be your personal bodyguard. 😀
Rinoa Heartilly (FF8)
A sweet, fragile girl looking for a knight to protect her.
Her yearning for tenderness ends up making the aforementioned introverted Squall capitulate, but it was honestly hard to stay indifferent to those big, helpless eyes.
1. Aerith Gainsborough (FF7) – The angel of flowers
My uncontested idol, the love of my… Gaming life!
The flower girl in Final Fantasy VII is a delicate creature whose mere presence emanates sweetness and human warmth. When her blue eyes look at you, it feels like time has stopped (and you would like to throw your watch away).
As beautiful as an angel, loyal, brave and with a sweetly mysterious aura, she steals the show as soon as she enters the scene. Even a mercenary like Cloud is instantly head over heels for her, although he struggles to admit it.
The ranking is over – back to the present
What a pity, I was just having fun, but I have to think about my readers and finish this article in a decent manner.
Before that, I would like to point out that rankings are absolutely subjective and based on personal experiences and opinions.
This is to say that I do not know if our opinions coincide, but still I would be happy to hear your thoughts both on the girls and on your favourite Final Fantasy episodes.
So please, feel free to leave a positive comment or politely disagree.
In the meantime, I am going to play FF7 again, I feel like saying hi to my Aeris… 😀
Male characters are next…