Final Fantasy Best Protagonist Poll
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Now that we've all had time to settle into a reality where Final Fantasy 16 exists, this is our chance to revisit a question that's reverberated around the Final Fantasy fandom for decades: just who is the series' best protagonist?

Now, for the sake of this poll, we're going to streamline things and focus on mainline Final Fantasy characters only. That is, we're only going to include protagonists from the central, numbered instalments in Square Enix's long-running franchise. Please forgive us, Jack Garland! (And yes, we are going to count Vaan as the protagonist of Final Fantasy XII.)

So, who do you think is Final Fantasy's best protagonist? Is it the inevitable Cloud Strife? The moody Squall? Perhaps Clive has stolen your heart already? Vote in our poll, and then dare to explain yourself in the comments section below.

Who is the best mainline Final Fantasy protagonist? (3,285 votes)

  1. Firion (Final Fantasy 2)  0.1%
  2. Cecil Harvey (Final Fantasy 4)3%
  3. Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy 5)  0.2%
  4. Terra Branford (Final Fantasy 6)4%
  5. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy 7)33%
  6. Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy 8)10%
  7. Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy 9)9%
  8. Tidus (Final Fantasy 10)11%
  9. Vaan (Final Fantasy 12)  0.7%
  10. Lightning (Final Fantasy 13)4%
  11. Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy 15)3%
  12. Clive Rosfield (Final Fantasy 16)22%