NHK's Final Fantasy Poll Results: Top Games, Characters, and More

Which aspects of Final Fantasy reign supreme in Japan? Let's just boil it down to 'FFX'.

The Final Fantasy series is polarizing even among fans, but it seems some aspects of it stand above the rest. At least in Japan.

Japanese public broadcasting station NHK polled Japanese fans about their favorites aspects of the Final Fantasy series. Fans were asked to respond with their favorite Final Fantasy games, characters, bosses and summons, and music tracks.

More than 460 votes were tallied for the survey, and the results are rather lengthy.

Japanese and Western fans have always had different tastes, but just how different? Below we'll take a look at the 30 games ranked, the top 90 characters, 20 ranked summons and bosses, and lastly the top 20 Final Fantasy songs according to this poll.

Be sure to check the webpage out itself as it has some interesting age and gender-grouped polling data, and some rankings going a lot longer than I've translated here.

Top 30 Final Fantasy Games Polled by NHK

1. Final Fantasy X
2. Final Fantasy VII
3. Final Fantasy VI
4. Final Fantasy IX
5. Final Fantasy XIV
6. Final Fantasy V
7. Final Fantasy VIII
8. Final Fantasy IV
9. Final Fantasy XI
10. Final Fantasy XV
11. Final Fantasy Tactics
12. Final Fantasy III
13. Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII
14. Final Fantasy XIII
15. Final Fantasy XII
16. Final Fantasy Type-0
17. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
18. Final Fantasy II
19. Final Fantasy X-2
20. Mobius Final Fantasy
21. Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII
22. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
23. Dissidia Final Fantasy
24. Final Fantasy
25. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Ring of Fate
26. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
27. Final Fantasy Adventure
28. Final Fantasy XIII-2
29. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of Time
30. Final Fantasy Record Keeper

 

Top 90 Final Fantasy Characters Polled by NHK

1. Cloud
2. Yuna
3. Aerith
4. Vivi
5. Zidane
6. Emet-Selch
7. Tidus
8. Lightning
9. Tifa
10. Zack
11. Sephiroth
12. Haurchefant
13. Noctis
14. Squall
15. Auron
16. Gilgamesh
17. Terra
18. Cain
19. Celes
20. Crystal Exarch
21. Locke
22. Vincent
23. Edgar
24. Shantotto
25. Bartz
26. Laguna
27. Rikku
28. Ignis
29. Balthier
30. Faris
31. Agrias
32. Reno
33. Yuffie
34. Jecht
35. Rinoa
36. Ramza
37. Rydia (Adult)
38. Prompto
39. Galuf
40. Cecil
41. Shadow
42. Estinien
43. Kefka
44. Setzer
45. Garnet
46. Ardbert
47. Kuja
48. Hope
49. Sabin
50. Red XIII
51. Y'shtola
52. Beatrix
53. Wakka
54. Golbez
55. Eiko
56. Orlandu
57. Kurasame Susaya
58. G'raha Tia
59. Cid (FF7)
60. Alisaie
61. Ace
62. Lulu
63. Arden
64. Lenna
65. Alphinaud
66. Ultros
67. Edge
68. Vahn
69. Lunafreya
70. Irvine
71. Minwu
72. Steiner
73. Selphie
74. Freya
75. Aranea
76. Cecil (Dark Knight)
77. Rydia (Child)
78. Rufus
79. Zell
79. Asche
81. Noel
82. Seifer
83. Porom
84. Palom
85. Aymeric
86. Serah
87. Kimahri
88. Firion
89. Quistis
90. Cait Sith

 

Top 20 Final Fantasy Bosses and Summons Polled by NHK

1. Knights of the Round (FF7)
2. Kefka (FF6)
3. Hades (FF14)
4. Anima (FF10)
5. Omega (FF5)
6. Valefor (FF10)
7. Braska's Final Aeon (FF10)
8. Bahamut Zero (FF7)
9. Syldra (FF4)
10. Safer Sephiroth (FF7)
11. Shiva (FF10)
12. Bahamut (FF10)
13. Rubicante
14. Tsukuyomi (FF14)
15. Dark Cloud (FF3)
16. Ghost Train (FF6)
17. Odin (FF13)
18. Omega (FF14)
19. Titan (FF14)
20. Yazmat (FF12)

 

Top 20 Final Fantasy Songs Polled by NHK

1. To Zanarkand (FF10)
2. Clash on the Big Bridge (FF5)
3. Eyes on Me (FF8)
4. Searching for Friends (FF6)
5. Blinded by Light (FF13)
6. One Winged Angel (FF7)
7. Aerith's Theme (FF7)
8. Melodies of Life (FF9)
9. Main Theme (FF)
10. Those Who Fight Further (FF7)
11. Suteki Da Ne (FF10)
12. Dancing Mad (FF6)
13. You're Not Alone (FF9)
14. A Place to Call Home (FF9)
15. Someday the Dream Will End (FF10)
16. Eternal Wind (FF3)
17. Decisive Battle (FF6)
18. Prelude (FF)
19. Terra's Theme (FF6)
20. The Man with the Machine Gun (FF8)

 

Do you feel like your favorites were represented well enough in these results? I have to admit I'm glad Final Fantasy 5 gets as much attention as it does, but it seems Japanese fans aren't too keen on Final Fantasy 12  one that gets a fair amount of attention among the community in the West.

Let us know what you think of these results in the comments below. They could be a lot worse!

Associate Editor

Ashley spends all her time playing games, cooking, and studying languages. It's a miracle she's not burned out on the whole thing after being a game addict since '89 (I'm old, deal with it). Classic annoying Sega kid, still hasn't let go of Sonic and prefers arcade-style games. Final Fantasy and SaGa rock whatever it is you like, chump.

Games Final Fantasy Genres ActionAdventureRPG Platforms Tags jrpgrpg
Source nhk.or.jp
Published Mar. 2nd 2020

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