Pretty much. It generally makes for a very exciting
Now see, villains are an interesting thing for me, because given that I'm a Neutral Good idealistic
nice guy, I tend to prefer heroes as characters over villains, and in fact, though I've always known what appeals to me in a hero, I've never known what appeals to me in a villain. Luckily, Final Fantasy has helped me learn that.
The main things I think a villain needs to be a "good villain" are scope, power, and threat. They need to have big plans, they need to be skilled in their craft, whether it be swordplay or sorcery, and they need to make you realize that they have what it takes to accomplish their crazy goals. Based on this criteria, my favorite villains from Final Fantasy are Exdeath
, and Kefka
, although if I had to pick one as my overall "favorite", it might have to go to Exdeath. Forgive me for having not played very far into VI
(I have my reasons), so my claims for Kefka may be a little "generic".
Scope is obvious; all three want nothing more than the complete and utter destruction of either an entire world or reality itself
. You don't get much bigger than that. For power, it's pretty obvious all three are accomplished mages. Exdeath's power is the most obvious, and Kuja gets to strut his stuff in cutscenes and battle. Kefka's claim to power is obvious to anyone who's played VI
. Finally, threat. Kuja's threat is clear, considering everything the party does is either finding Kuja, stopping Kuja, or staring in complete horror at the destruction he leaves in his wake. Exdeath's threat, however, is the main reason why I think he's the best villain in the series. Allow me to explain using some story points from the middle or so of V
The party learns that the one person who can teach them how to defeat Exdeath is a hermetic sage named Ghido who lives in a cave on an island. The party makes their way there and heads into his cave. Exdeath's response? HE SINKS THE ISLAND WITH THE HEROES ON IT. On top of that, when the party finds their way into the Great Forest of Moore to learn of Exdeath's origins and work to stop him? He burns the forest to the ground. Let me reiterate, this is the forest wherein the tree housing the souls that created him rested. The Great Forest of Moore is essentially Exdeath's BIRTHPLACE. AND HE BURNS IT DOWN TO STOP THE HEROES. And this isn't even taking into account what preceded Galuf's most famous scene. Clearly, Exdeath's power is unlimited, and he will stop at nothing - NOTHING - to attain his goals.
Sorry. Gushing about a character I love
. Plus, a lot of people don't take Exdeath seriously, when I think he's one of the most powerful and intimidating villains the series has seen.