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Final Fantasy week, day 2

3. Golbez (Final Fantasy IV)

Even though this towering knight is upstaged at the end of the game, you'll hate Golbez's guts from the moment he sets foot on the screen. He's a manipulator, a liar and a mind controller, all things that serve to hinder your progress throughout the game. Golbez affects almost every character in the game on a personal level, either by taking something precious by force or actively killing characters in cold blood. Late in the game astounding revelations are made about his origins, and the twist makes this character even more interesting. Golbez may not destroy the world, but in 20 short hours he manages to wreck the personal lives of your entire group. Damn.



2. Sin (Final Fantasy X)

It's hard to give such prominent placement to a giant ... whale monster thing... but once the credits roll in FFX you'll understand exactly why the mysterious, destructive monster known as Sin ranks so high. What initially seems like a mindless monster with no purpose other than to randomly terrorize the world opens up one of the most mind-ripping plot twists we've ever seen. The creature is an indestructible enigma throughout the entire quest, and only when you brace for the final stretch do you realize the terrible truth about Sin and the world of Spira. That's some heavy stuff. In the end, Sin is a total mindjob, from creepy introduction to blazing finale. And the ending... that must be the most satisfying high five in the history of RPGs.

5 comments

  • LordRetro - March 24, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    As awesome as Sephiroth is, he's still not as awesome as Luca Blight. Sure, he was a controlled by higher power bad guy, but he was a bad guy before that as well. AND he took 3 full teams, an entire contingent of archers, and a duel to take him out, and that's WITHOUT morphing into new forms. (I know he's not an FF villain, but I will argue anyone that Suikoden 2 is vastly better than FFVII)
  • HeroicBilby - September 22, 2009 6:52 a.m.

    I will admit surprise in not seeing Kuja amongst the top five, especially in how well he accomplished almost all of his goals throughout Final Fantasy IX, like Sephiroth, and the fact that he not only ruined a world, like Kefka, but actually completely wiped one out of existence through sheer power. But then, I get the feeling a lot of people don't like IX for some reason. Still, by his own merits alone, Kuja ranks high with me personally. I've never seen another villain who wanted to erase all of existence because he wasn't immortal and it wouldn't be fair to let everyone else go on living after he died.
  • Arachidus - August 8, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    mnjc.. Sephirot is.. bad.. FFVII has never been my favorite - too much of emo njonji-njonji "I'm torn, I'm dark, I'm such a badass" stuff.. Whats the point of doing a list if you proclaim a public fav winner - and yes - you didn't explain well why Sephirot is better than the others? I've played the game several times and I can't recall Sephirot being vicious, just mad.. and he isn't calculated - Shinra are calculated, Caith Sit is calculated, even Yuffie is calculated - Sephirot is chaotic evil - hurting things because he likes it - like Kefka only more emo.. I think he would be the worst char, but they saved him introducing Cloud, the ultimate njonjo..
  • killemall - February 25, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    I love this article and Sephiroth... He is one of my faveorite characters of all time...
  • dougle - January 19, 2009 11:56 a.m.

    fantastic article.would of been nice to see kefka at #1 instead of the obvious(but much deserving)sephiroth,sin was great how they twisted it from just being a generic giant killer fiend to actually having depth/meaningfull story to it,& i truely believe vayne could have been so much greater if his battle wasnt a cakewalk(and maybe then the game wouldnt get as much flak as it does)

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