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#4 – Tidus
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
YES!!! I am going there! And you can’t stop me!
My fourth favorite Final Fantasy character is, in fact, one of the most hated characters in the history of video games. Hell, maybe even the history of entertainment. Surely, I must be trolling. How can Tidus be higher than Kefka? Squall? CLOUD?!
I’ll admit, Tidus is everything that his haters say he is. He’s a whiny, obnoxious little brat with daddy issues. So, how can he be this high on the list? The answer is simple, my irate friends. Tidus is this high on my list because of these things! Tidus is burdened by all of these things, and eventually pushes through them to become one of the most well developed Final Fantasy characters of all time.
At the beginning of Final Fantasy X, Tidus was completely unlikeable. He let his own personal problems effect him and the people around him way too much. Unfortunately for him, he holds on to these traits for a good 85% of the game, and still never gets over them completely. But when he finally does make progress as a character, it makes for some of the most emotional and powerful moments in the entire Final Fantasy series.
Even though Tidus is annoying, and is comprised of traits not befitting of a hero, he is one of the most human characters I have ever seen. I never felt a very strong connection to characters like Cloud, Squall, and Lightning, because they were nothing more than idealized “bad asses” who’s sole purposes were to look cool. I could never identify with these people, because they were completely unlikeable and unrealistic. While they do develop in their own way, they don’t receive anywhere near the amount that Tidus does. It’s Tidus’ whiny persona that allows him to transform into a very realistic and memorable character.
Aside from his crybaby nature, Tidus is very kind and compassionate. He does everything in his power to protect those around them, despite the fact that he isn’t very strong. He knows that he’s weak and useless, but he doesn’t let it bother him (for the most part). He functions as a different type of hero; a hero who’s own humanity and feelings give him strength. What he lacks in physical strength, he makes up with compassion.
The ending of Final Fantasy X shows just how far Tidus has come as a character. He knows that defeating Sin will end his existence, and prevent him from living a happy life with Yuna and his new friends. However, he doesn’t waver one bit, and is completely willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good. The final scene is absolutely heart breaking: Tidus is shown hugging Yuna after she has told him she loves him for the first time. Even though this is the last time he will ever see the woman he loves, he, for the first time in the game, does not cry.
Tidus may not be crying, but I sure as hell am ;_;
The transformation that Tidus undergoes in Final Fantasy X is beautiful. He changes from a completely unlikeable and selfish crybaby into one of the most well rounded characters I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.
The fact that Tidus is almost universally hated by the Final Fantasy fan base really bothers me. The only reasons they cite for him being a bad character is “lol laughing scene,” and “lol he cries a lot.” So what? Almost every Final Fantasy protagonist is highly flawed. The fact that Tidus is even more flawed than the rest is what makes him unique and memorable. Just because he doesn’t have the 24 foot sword and the angsty personality doesn’t make him a bad character. Because he was able to change from such an unlikeable wuss into such a well rounded character is why he deserves this spot on the list.
Now, we are finally down to the three best Final Fantasy characters of all time. With all three main protagonists from the three most popular games already listed, who can possibly be left? Sephiroth? Lightning? Frocobo? The shoopuff guy? I guess we’ll see ;-)