Japan ranks their favorite male characters from the Final Fantasy series By Erren Van Duine on December 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM

The official Final Fantasy forums recently held a vote to determine the top male characters among users.

The results are in, with the top five having been through a rollercoaster race to the finish. Early on Zack and Cloud fought head to head, but Zack’s lead widened in the second half. At one point Cloud ran the risk of being outpaced by Zidane, who eventually passed both Tidus and Squall. After a fierce battle, the top five had finally assembled.

Beyond that are the remainder of the characters counted with a total of 73 names that made the cut. Those with duplicate rankings held the same amount of votes, and are thus counted as a tied ranking.

The next poll will focus on the female characters of Final Fantasy. Read on for the results of the male character assessment.

1. Zack (FFVII)
2. Cloud (FFVII)
3. Zidane (FFIX)
4. Tidus (FFX)
5. Squall (FFVIII)
6. Bartz (FFV)
7. Kain (FFIV)
8. Sephiroth (FFVII)
9. Cecil (FFIV)
10. Vincent (FFVII)
11. Noel (FFXIII-2)
12. Reno (FFVII)
13. Edgar (FFVI)
13. Lock (FFVI)
15. Balthier (FFXII)
15. Laguna (FFVIII)
17. Auron (FFX)
17. Hope (FFXIII)
19. Noctis (FF Versus XIII)
19. Reeve (FFVII)
21. Edge (FFIV)
21. Kuja (FFIX)
23. Irvine (FFVIII)
23. Gilbart (FFIV)
25. Vaan (FFXII)
25. Onion Knight (FFIII)
25. Galuf (FFV)
25. Golbez (FFIV)
25. Zell (FFVIII)
25. Vivi (FFIX)
25. Mash (Sabin) (FFVI)
32. Warrior of Light (FF)
32. Ace (FF Type-0)
32. Kurasame (FF Type-0)
32. Sazh (FFXIII)
32. Cid (Entire Series)
32. Steiner (FFIX)
32. Firion (FFII)
32. Ming-Wu (FFII)
32. Rufus Shinra (FFVII)

  • Cynthia

    Zack has one of the best personalities of anime, manga *and* games, he deserves the number 1 spot. Even when he became more serious he never lost that lighthearted edge that made him so likable. At the same time, he is reliable, loyal, doesn’t take himself too seriously and doesn’t let anything keep him down for long. Amazing sums him up in one word.

  • Welcometoprimetime Bich

    You’ve got to be kidding me, he is one of the worst and annoying hero complexes we have ever seen. He literally was cast by the fans a better mate for yuel while his polar opposite Noel would do better with serah.

  • Welcometoprimetime Bich

    Noel actually is a good character, anybody opposite in personality than snow has to be

  • Welcometoprimetime Bich

    All I’m hearing in the far distance is countless hurt fangirls of six going: NO KEFKAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!HE SHOULD BE DOMINATE OVER ALLL!!!!!


  • Riley Silverberg

    If this is the case, then why isn’t Minwu in FFRK?!

  • Justice V

    Zack #1 always heh.

  • ShaggyFace

    Nice to see Tidus get a lot of respect and love. 😉

  • KaneAlt

    Vaan shouldn’t even be on the list. He’s the most useless of them all.