The Final Fantasy series has a long tradition of unique and unusual characters. Originally all characters were playable characters were human, but as early as Final Fantasy VI on the SNES, the game introduced non-human characters. Nearly every released game since has allowed you to include at least one non-human character in your party. As is usual for Final Fantasy games, some are much more interesting and enjoyable to play than others. The following are the top five best playable non-human characters in the Final Fantasy series.
5. Kimahri (Final Fantasy X) – This giant blue creature is called a Ronso. It isn’t the only intelligent non-human creature in the game, but it is the only one that you can control. You obtain him late in the game and his only real advantage is that he fights very well. This makes him a lesser played character, in general, because you don’t really need another warrior at that point in the game. His real claim to fame is that he is the first non-human playable character with voice acting. The surprisingly gentle voice makes this character stand out when he would otherwise fade into the background.
4. Quina (Final Fantasy IX) – Apparently Final Fantasy designers like making characters blue to prove they aren’t human. Quina stands out despite the fact that the majority of characters in his game arguably aren’t human. Vivi is at least designed to appear human, though it is terrifying to think what might be under that hat, while Eiko and Zidane are only a step away from being human. But Quina just looks terrifying, with a tongue and mouth bigger than most character’s head and eyes that never blink. Quina is one of those characters that you want to look away from and at the same time you simply can’t. Quina is also required if you want to engage in any form of blue magic, which is a favorite skill for some fans of the series.
3. Red XIII (Final Fantasy VII) – Red XIII is another character that isn’t essential to the game, but unlike the previous two characters, he actually proves quite useful. While any character can eventually become a powerhouse, Red XIII starts that way, giving you a much needed high damage character at the mid point of the game. The talking red great cat has a sleek design that surprisingly compares favorably to many of the other sleek character designs in this game. He is a fan favorite among many who love the game, less for his story and more for his looks and usefulness.
2. Mog (Final Fantasy VI) – Mog is the first non-human character that you could ever play in the main series. Belonging to a race called Moogles, he had a special power that allowed him to dance. Dancing created unusual effects that could heal allies, hurt enemies, or apply status effects. Like most cute creatures in Final Fantasy games, he had light theme music that helped lift the mood of an otherwise rather heavy game. Sadly, Moogles have only rarely appeared in later installments of the game, but if not for Mog they probably never would have appeared again.
1. Boco (Final Fantasy Tactics) – The best non-human playable character in the Final Fantasy series is, unsurprisingly, a chocobo. While this type of creature has appeared in the majority of all Final Fantasy games, it has rarely been playable in any released game. Final Fantasy Tactics offered Boco as a playable character almost from the start of the game. Sadly he gets lost and you need to recover him to continue using him, but it is worth it, if only to maintain the proud tradition of the importance of chocobos in the Final Fantasy series.