Final Fantasy week, day 2

1. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

Was there ever any doubt here? Even the hardiest of FFVII haters has to acknowledge Sephiroth's devious accomplishments. For all intents and purposes, he succeeds in his plan to crash a meteor into the planet and destroy the world. Upon discovering his own twisted, manipulated history, he manages to slaughter an entire village, burn it to the ground and smile about it as he calmly walks away. Then, after usurping what's left of a supremely powerful alien entity (his "mother," Jenova), he assassinates the president of Shinra, a company that more or less owns the world. This is all in addition to the fact that his ultimate goal is to become a god. And, of course, he coldly slices down the beautiful and sweet Aeris at her prime. He is truly ruthless, cold and calculating.

That's a lot to swallow. And he pulls it off without a hitch. Sephiroth, unlike most villains in Final Fantasy, begins and ends the game as your main adversary. He's never dumped at the last second for some pinch hitting omni-boss or revealed to be under the spell of some higher being. He's also not a one trick pony like Kefka - Sephiroth may be vicious, but his back story and motives are much richer than the mischievous stylings of FFVI's jester.

And that's the bottom line. Hate him or not, Sephiroth hits all the major points of excellent villainy and still walks away as a potential victor, even when his final form is all but gone.


  • 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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