RPG Emo-Off

You know the type: spiky hair, sad eyes, too many belt buckles in his ensemble to count. You might meet one or two of these guys in fighting games, or starring in a Prince of Persia sequel; more often than not, you’ll see them wangsting their hearts out in a sprawling Japanese RPG epic. 

Above: Take your pick, they’re all the same 

Why so emo? There are tons of excuses, such as “My girlfriend/wife/child/puppy died,” or “My village burned/sunk/froze,” and let’s not forget “I can’t find the door to this world... or my heart.”

But who is the most emo? Who has the most cause to mope around in a huge trench coat, muttering to himself and sighing compulsively? Read on as we pair off the angstiest, whiniest, saddest boys and girls of JPRGs and find out which one trumps them all.

Warning! Spoilers for the following…
Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X-2, Eternal Sonata, Final Fantasy VIII, Kingdom Hearts, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Symphonia, Lost Odyssey, Persona 3

Games: Final Fantasy VII & Final Fantasy VIII

You knew this day would come. Two of Square Enix’s heavy-hitters in the heartbreak department meet to compare tales of woe. Here’s how they stack up:




Above: (Am I… alone?)


Above: What about my pain?

Winner: Cloud – because you can’t top a dead girlfriend.


  • officercake - January 23, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    hmm Cloud is pretty Emo :P But i dont think that ansem should've been put in since he wasnt Emo he was just a bad guy with some twisted plans
  • Sunku - February 5, 2009 8:33 a.m.

    really im sorry i really wish i would have joined this shit sooner because you guys really need to learn what emo is because neither of these games can be considered emo first of all you need shit that makes a game and love is something people can relate to and even when their is decension in the game their has to be something that keeps the game interesting and all you can focus on is the emoness of a video game please spend more time playing the game then ocusing on the parts that relate to your life.... get out and experience life because these games are made to give you an experience and not to be emo but maybe to admit something that everyone feels and wish they could change but cant so get off the emo kick and go play the danm game fully
  • jakery22 - May 20, 2009 7:41 p.m.

    I do find this slightly offensive as i am an emo and just because you have long hair and wear trench coats and always feel down that doesnt make you and emo. I know people who have long hair and are always sad but arent emo, they are actually more of a chav than an emo. And by the way not all emo's cut themselves. You dont have to cut yourself to be an emo. I never used to cut myself. (Until something bad happened and i got really depressed). I have to say this is one of the only articles on GR that i dont like >:(
  • Baconator96 - May 19, 2009 4:06 a.m.

    you just dont understand!
  • Skellington - October 15, 2008 9:19 p.m.

    YAY FIRST EMO-NES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoemoemoemo
  • Z-man427 - October 15, 2008 11 p.m.

    and emo protagonists matter because?
  • iluvmyDS - October 15, 2008 11:08 p.m.

    My friend doesn't like this article. Then again he's a rabid FF7 fanboy.
  • octagons - October 16, 2008 12:44 a.m.

    I really hate it when characters are supposed to be mature but they are really just emo. the same goes for game plots.
  • lava_lamp - October 16, 2008 12:45 a.m.

    emo kids and rpgs two of the worst things ever
  • Christrigg1 - October 16, 2008 1:05 a.m.

    emo supremo ftw! im not emo, i just felt like saying that. it sounds like a great burger king burger. "ill have the emo supremo with a side of fries and adr. pepper" awesome..... NICE VID GR!!!
  • Christrigg1 - October 16, 2008 1:07 a.m.

    well, not a vid, but its a great report for sure. awesome!
  • jonathan13k - October 16, 2008 1:24 a.m.

    im emo
  • BlackKraken - October 16, 2008 2:03 a.m.

    Whats actually the difference between being depressed and being an emo?
  • Weasel - October 16, 2008 3:22 a.m.

    Maybe that's why these games always feel unfinished somehow, they're so emo they cut themselves *ducks*
  • Comatose92 - October 16, 2008 3:06 p.m.

    lol, "and the winner is... Clou-! Wait, scratch that. Genesis!" Cloud: "WTF?"
  • KHfan - October 16, 2008 4:35 p.m.

    isent aerith zacks girlfrind and cload has tifa and yea, neku should be on here
  • BuggattiFreak - October 17, 2008 12:25 a.m.

    Must kill the emo's.
  • Mistwalkers - October 17, 2008 7:43 a.m.

    Eh, imo Vincent is most emo lol, no disrespect to 'em (fav character) but i still think he's emo but he don't know it xD
  • Thequestion 121 - October 17, 2008 8:57 p.m.

    Great article, guys!
  • Hammy_94_ - October 17, 2008 9:18 p.m.

    lol is it emo to consider having my name as KidVSTheWorld? and great article, GR. I think the main character should have won HE HAS DEATH INSIDE HIM FOR CHRISSAKES!!

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