NHK All-Final Fantasy Grand Poll results favorite Final Fantasy game, character, song, summon

NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting organization, created the “All-Final Fantasy Grand Poll” and asked fans across Japan to vote for their favorite Final Fantasy game, character, song, and more. A substantial 468,654 responded, and now, per Siliconera, the results are in. Japan’s all-time favorite game in the series is… Final Fantasy X! VII, VI, and IX follow. Tidus’ game is apparently more beloved than Cloud’s game. However, Cloud did indeed take the #1 spot in the character vote, ahead of Yuna, Aerith, and Vivi. And for favorite song, X again won out, with “To Zanarkand,” followed by “Battle on the Big Bridge,” “Eyes on Me,” and “Searching for Friends.” (It’s probably humbling that favorite song is mostly a giant contest of Nobuo Uematsu against himself.)

Have a look at the huge ranking of favorite Final Fantasy games:

  1. Final Fantasy X (2001)
  2. Final Fantasy VII (1997)
  3. Final Fantasy VI (1994)
  4. Final Fantasy IX (2000)
  5. Final Fantasy XIV (2010~)
  6. Final Fantasy V (1992)
  7. Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
  8. Final Fantasy IV (1991)
  9. Final Fantasy XI (2002~)
  10. Final Fantasy XV (2016)
  11. Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
  12. Final Fantasy III (1990)
  13. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (2007)
  14. Final Fantasy XIII (2009)
  15. Final Fantasy XII (2006)
  16. Final Fantasy Type-0 (2011)
  17. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (2003)
  18. Final Fantasy II (1988)
  19. Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)
  20. Mobius Final Fantasy (2015~)
  21. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (2013)
  22. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003)
  23. Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
  24. Final Fantasy (1987)
  25. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (2007)
  26. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy (2011)
  27. Final Fantasy Adventure (1991)
  28. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2011)
  29. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (2009)
  30. Final Fantasy Record Keeper (2014~)

Here are favorite Final Fantasy characters: (Siliconera has an even longer listing.)

  1. Cloud Strife – Final Fantasy VII
  2. Yuna – Final Fantasy X
  3. Aerith Gainsborough – Final Fantasy VII
  4. Vivi Ornitier – Final Fantasy IX
  5. Zidane Tribal – Final Fantasy IX
  6. Emet-Selch – Final Fantasy XIV
  7. Tidus – Final Fantasy X
  8. Lightning – Final Fantasy XIII
  9. Tifa Lockhart – Final Fantasy VII
  10. Zack Fair – Final Fantasy VII
  11. Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII
  12. Haurchefant Greystone Final Fantasy XIV
  13. Noctis Lucis Caelum – Final Fantasy XV
  14. Squall Leonhart – Final Fantasy VIII
  15. Auron – Final Fantasy X
  16. Gilgamesh – Final Fantasy V
  17. Terra Branford – Final Fantasy VI
  18. Kain Highwind – Final Fantasy IV
  19. Celes Chere – Final Fantasy VI
  20. Crystal Exarch – Final Fantasy XIV
  21. Locke Cole – Final Fantasy VI
  22. Vincent Valentine – Final Fantasy VII
  23. Edgar Roni Figaro – Final Fantasy VI
  24. Shantotto – Final Fantasy XI
  25. Bartz Klauser – Final Fantasy V
  26. Laguna Loire – Final Fantasy VIII
  27. Rikku – Final Fantasy X
  28. Ignis Scientia – Final Fantasy XV
  29. Balthier – Final Fantasy XII
  30. Faris Scherwiz – Final Fantasy V
  31. Agrias Oaks – Final Fantasy Tactics
  32. Reno – Final Fantasy VII
  33. Yuffie Kisaragi – Final Fantasy VII
  34. Jecht – Final Fantasy X
  35. Rinoa Heartilly – Final Fantasy VIII
  36. Ramza Beoulve – Final Fantasy Tactics
  37. Rydia (Adult) – Final Fantasy IV
  38. Prompto Argentum – Final Fantasy XV
  39. Galuf Halm Baldesion – Final Fantasy V
  40. Cecil Harvey (Paladin) – Final Fantasy IV

And finally, here are the top 10 favorite Final Fantasy songs:

  1. To Zanarkand – Final Fantasy X
  2. Battle on the Big Bridge – Final Fantasy V
  3. Eyes On Me – Final Fantasy VIII
  4. Searching for Friends – Final Fantasy VI
  5. Blinded by Light – Final Fantasy XIII
  6. One-Winged Angel – Final Fantasy VII
  7. Aerith’s Theme – Final Fantasy VII
  8. Melodies of Life~Final Fantasy – Final Fantasy IX
  9. Main Theme (Counted together) – Final Fantasy
  10. Still More Fighting – Final Fantasy VII

Favorite bosses and summons were also included (together in one group listing for some odd reason) at NHK. If Google Translate is to be believed, Knights of the Round as a summon from Final Fantasy VII took #1, and Kefka as a boss from Final Fantasy VI came in #2.

For me personally, my favorite Final Fantasy games are VI, IV, and IX, but gosh, it might be too hard to pick a favorite character or song. My favorite boss is Golbez from IV though. But where do you stand with these rankings? What are your favorites on each of these subjects? And are you surprised to see Final Fantasy X voted #1 in Japan?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!


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