Honorable Mention Tonberry (Final Fantasy VIII) They also did a version in a red-and-white Santa suit. Like many other long-running RPGs – Dragon Quest with its Slimes, for instance – Final Fantasy has its share of popular mascot monsters. Of all the iconic foes that have made recurring appearances over the years, though, from Cactuars to Moogles to Chocobos and more, Tonberry's perhaps both the weirdest and the most endearing. Clad in his simple sackcloth robe, lighting his way with a lantern and wielding his sharp little butcher's knife, he's so cute it's often easy to forget that he's also an incredibly deadly opponent. Many a long-time Final Fantasy player has grown to fear the "doink!" of a Tonberry striking home, which is why it was so much fun to be able to turn the tables and summon him in Final Fantasy VIII. --- 25. Garland (Final Fantasy) What can we say that could top that, after all? In this slot, we have what you could arguably call the first real "character" in the series. Garland was more or less the first actor in a Final Fantasy plot with a name and a speaking role. Admittedly, he didn't speak all that much, and his most famous line is a famous malapropism – "I, Garland, will knock you all down!" If nothing else, he's the father to a glorious tradition of ridiculously-translated dialogue, carried on through the generations by successors ranging from Barrett Wallace to Tellah the Sage. --- 24. Ultros (Final Fantasy VI) Hey, Mr. Amano. Why a big purple octopus, exactly?Here's a ridiculous character who was meant to be that way. Ultros is the recurring comic relief in Final Fantasy VI – a game that definitely needed some relief from time to time, what with something close to the end of the world taking place only halfway through the plot. Exactly why a giant evil octopus dogged the party's heels from the game's beginning to its end is one of those questions that history may never answer. One way or the other, thanks in large part to the hilariously bombastic dialogue Ted Woolsey wrote for the American version, Ultros did his job just right. --- 23. Selphie Tilmitt (Final Fantasy VIII) She goes against the FFVIII grain and smiles from time to time. The eighth Final Fantasy is generally considered a game with a couple of problems. It's the tortured adolescent of the series, starring a cast so drowned in angst that they probably should have taken some time off from saving the world to go in for a round of group therapy. There's a bright light here and there, though, and Selphie is one of them, a cheerful young lady with a giant pair of nunchucks who desperately attempts to turn the game's collective frown upside-down. She also wins points for sporting a classic flip hairdo, of the kind that hasn't been seen in America since late in the Eisenhower years. --- 22. Wakka (Final Fantasy X) You knew we’d never leave him out, brudda. He's an odd personality for an RPG, to say the least. Very few games feature a laid-back, lackadaisical, would-be sports hero as a supporting star and sidekick. Somehow, though, Wakka works just right in his role, thanks in large part to an excellent job of acting and voice direction. John DiMaggio (who'd later move on to big-time roles in everything from Futurama to Gears of War) was almost perfect in delivering Wakka's accent, a mix of at least three different dialects, which gave the character a unique and original sound. One would expect the first Final Fantasy to feature voice acting would show more signs of teething troubles, but it still features one of the best dubs in gaming. --- 21. Cid Highwind (Final Fantasy VII) Sometime before Advent Children, he somehow kicked the habit. Since there has to be at least one Cid here, it has to be the Final Fantasy VII edition, the hard-bitten, chain-smoking rocket engineer that gave his name to the game's famous airship. While nearly every Final Fantasy adventure has had a Cid, and every Cid has been memorable in at least some small way, FFVII's Cid put himself on the map in a way that no other Cid has done since. Not content with sitting in the background the way some Cids have, FFVII's Highwind even managed to claim the title of party leader for a while, which is an honor that no other Cid has earned.