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Dissidia's Missing Characters: Main Series

Dissidia's Missing Characters: Main Series

Written by Darryl — 08 Nov 2008

It's been heavily promoted that Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a celebration of 20 years of Final Fantasy and for that reason, it features the two characters from the first ten iterations of Final Fantasy's main series.

The inclusion of some and exclusion of others has been a definite talking point amongst fans of the series, as some will sorely be missed in the line-up. Others could really stake a claim too, but were excluded anyway, sometimes for not straight-forward reasons.

We've compiled a bit of a wish list of characters we'd like to have seen included from the main franchise, and who knows, they may even appear at some point as downloadable content. It's important to remember that this list also breaks the rules of one antagonist and one protagonist per game.

Be sure to check back next week for our list of characters we'd like to have seen included from the various Final Fantasy spinoffs.

10. Xande (Final Fantasy III)

Driven crazy by his gift of mortality, Xande wants to disrupt the balance between light and darkness by draining the power of the Crystals. He hopes to make time freeze, meaning that he no longer has to fear death.

There is no disputing that he is the main antagonist in Final Fantasy III as he has a greater emotional connection than Cloud of Darkness. However, Cloud of Darkness was included as Final Fantasy III's villain. Just remember, without Xande, there would be no Cloud of Darkness.

9. Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy Series)

Gilgamesh is a staple in Final Fantasy, with probably his most famous appearance coming in Final Fantasy V. This battle also has some of the best boss music and it was even arranged by Hitoshi Sakimoto for his appearance in Final Fantasy XII.

He doesn't always appear as an enemy though, as in Final Fantasy VIII he appears as a faithful summon who replaces Odin. He's also in Final Fantasy XI as an NPC from Norg.

8. Seymour Guado (Final Fantasy X)

It's well documented that the development team wanted Seymour Guado to be in the game, but they had to omit him because his inclusion would have also required Yuna to be in the game.

Obviously they recognised that everyone who has ever played Final Fantasy X wants to pummel Seymour's face into the ground, if only to shut him up. I couldn't really care about his ambitions to destroy the world or the fact he tried to steal Tidus' girl because every time he talks I just want to beat his face.

7. Faris Scherwiz (Final Fantasy V)

Faris is a protagonist from Final Fantasy V and she is the elder sister of Lenna Tycoon. She is a rebellious sort who even turns down being the Queen of her kingdom because she'd rather be a pirate.

It is for this reason that we would like to see her in the game instead of Lenna, but alongside Bartz. Everyone knows that Pirates are cool, and girls who would rather take the life of a pirate over that of regal riches are definitely ok.

6. Auron (Final Fantasy X)

Auron is everyone's favourite hard man. He carries a gigantic sword, has a quick tongue and doesn't take any crap from anyone. Not only that, he has an occasional joke at the expense of Yuna every now and then.

Auron would have been a sterling addition to the cast of Final Fantasy Dissidia and had he been included at the expense of Tidus, I honestly don't think there would have been too many complaints.

5. Zack Fair (Final Fantasy VII Compilation)

Zack Fair is a true SOLDIER 1st Class and a former owner of the Buster Sword before Cloud Strife. He is an extremely loyal person and also quite the charmer.

His popularity has risen quite rapidly in the last few years, and when Crisis Core finally arrived on the scene, it exploded. Such is Zack's popularity that people wouldn't have actually been surprised had he been included as Final Fantasy VII's representative instead of Cloud Strife.

4. Celes Chere (Final Fantasy VI)

Even after Terra Branford was announced as Final Fantasy VI's representative in Dissidia, there were those who thought that Celes should have been included instead.

While I don't necessarily agree with that, I think she should still have been included in some form. After all, who can forget the iconic opera scene? She is also infused with Magitek, so it would have been cool to see her square off against Kefka.

3. Kain Highwind (Final Fantasy IV)

Dissida is sorely missing one of the most well known classes in Final Fantasy history - the Dragoon. While there have been various Dragoons throughout the years, including Cid Highwind and Freya Crescent, Kain Highwind is probably the most famous.

His involvement in the Final Fantasy IV means he also had a very strong shout for being included in Dissidia's roster, but Cecil was always going to win. Had two characters been allowed though, Kain would have been a welcome addition to the cast.

2. Judge Magister Gabranth (Final Fantasy XII)

Firstly, I realise that Dissidia only contains characters from Final Fantasy I through to Final Fantasy X, but the game is supposed to be a 20th year anniversary and Final Fantasy XII was released before 2007.

Out of Final Fantasy XII's cast, there is no cooler character than Judge Magister Gabranth and his helmet is extremely iconic. It would have been awesome to see him in the game, especially with his unique weapon. There was talk about his inclusion at TGS 2007, but nothing materialised.

1. Seifer Almasy (Final Fantasy VIII)

Probably a controversial pick, but I think it's very justified. Seifer Almasy should have been included in place of Ultimecia as his rivalry with Squall Leonhart is one of near hatred.

Ever since that amazing opening cutscene for Final Fantasy VIII set to Liberi Fatali, Dissidia was the type of game that I envisioned these two characters squaring off in. They're both dynamic, powerful and use an awesome weapon. Cloud against Sephiroth probably has a bigger following, but I think Squall against Seifer also has a shout and that is why Seifer is my top pick.

Darryl was playing Final Fantasy before he was even born - quite a feat! Often very opinionated on the Final Fantasy franchise, you will often find him musing about small details. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.