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Five Favorite Female “Final Fantasy” Characters

One big room full of bad bitches: the long-awaited companion piece to Five Favorite Male FF Characters, this time with 100% less men and 100% more badass women.

1. Aeris Gainsborough (FFVII)

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I’ll be going now. I’ll come back when it’s all over.

She’s just so nice, how could anyone not like her? Aeris – or Aerith, if you prefer – is a cute little white mage flower girl in a pink dress and hair ribbon, for pete’s sake. She’s sweet enough to sell fresh flowers to people in a poverty-ridden, polluted city for the price of 1 gil, but cunning and ambitious enough to weasel a full 300 gil from a bunch of rich pervs. She can threaten to rip a guy’s balls off one moment and then get right back into her sweetie pie persona in the next. I was in shock for days when she died. (This is not a spoiler, by the way. If you know anything at all about any of the Final Fantasy games and you don’t know by now that Aeris is dead, that is your problem, not mine.)

2. Beatrix (FFIX)

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I once killed a hundred knights single-handedly. To me, you two are nothing more than insects.

Eyepatch? Check. Badass sword named Save the Queen? Check. Hilariously exaggerated hair flips? Check.

Seriously though, Beatrix is made out of so much awesome it’s hard to even describe. She’s the general of her very own, women-only army division, first off, and she’s also got a reputation as a badass motherfucker who can’t be defeated. In fact, the two times that the FFIX party fights her, she beats them easily even though it’s a four on one fight. It’s only because she ended up joining the good guys that they weren’t all annihilated. Seasoned warriors only need to hear her name and they start cowering in fear.

3. Celes Chere (FFVI)

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You want to live in this world the way it is? No? Then do something about it!

Final Fantasy VI is absolutely fantastic. It has (unfortunately) been a long, long time since I’ve played through it, but it remains one of my favorites of the franchise. Celes Chere was a well-known general of the game’s evil Empire until she turned her back on them, even though it meant her own execution. She ends up joining up with the heroes as a main party member and showcases ten different kinds of awesome throughout the game. Players are also treated to a fantastic opera scene, where we get to see Celes in a cute little sprite dress. Look at it, it’s adorable.

4. Fran (FFXII)

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The gods are toying with us.

Balthier’s partner in literal crime, Fran is a sky pirate and Viera, aka bunny-eared people of the wood. I gotta admit, the first time I saw Fran in game I gave some heavy side-eye at her bunny ears and her excessively skimpy outfit (blatant fanservice a la Playboy Bunnies, much? I was surprised that she didn’t have a fluffy rabbit tail attached to her behind) but the character herself is pretty great.

Fran is the strong and stoic type, but she’s got the kind of wit and dry sense of humor that instantly endears her to me. She left behind everything and everyone she’d ever known to go find herself in a harsh and oftentimes hostile world, which I think is really freaking brave of her.

5. Garnet Til Alexandros aka Dagger (FFIX)

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Someday I will be queen, but I will always be myself.

Look at me, adding more than one character from FFIX again. I’m sorry guys but I can’t help it – I love this game a lot. Garnet’s backstory is a sad one: one of the sole survivors of her summoner tribe, she ended up getting adopted by the King and Queen of Alexandria. Shortly after the King died, Queen Brahne went mad –  so Garnet decided to kidnap herself in order to quest for a way to save her mother. Despite her failing, the fact that she somehow still found the motivation to keep on going, to save the entire world, and to be a good queen to her people, makes her a standout hero of the story alongside her love interest Zidane.

Photo Credits: Square Enix

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What are your top five female FF characters? Did I leave someone out, or add someone you can’t stand? Let me know in the comments below!