For the month of October, we are highlighting the top villains in gaming. Andrew, Jeff, and Jeremie have teamed up to take all those guys you love to hate, and rank them. We will reveal them to you in a countdown, starting with #31 and ending with #1 on Halloween. Check us out each day of the month to see where your favorite villains rank!
First Appearance: Final Fantasy VII
Most Notable Appearance: Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was my first taste of the role-playing game genre. Sephiroth’s role as a villain in this game is not as cut and dry as other video game villains. I say that because he isn’t automatically featured as the villain in the first few hours of game play. Instead he is referred to as an elite swordsman of SOLDIER and is idolized by the main character, Cloud Strife. In essence we, the gamer, are led to believe he is in fact a hero.
Sephiroth is a unique individual set in the world of FFVII. A human/alien hybrid, he was created by SHINRA, experimented on as a child and eventually was tasked to lead their military division. The turning point in his life came when he was sent to the town of Nibelheim to investigate some strange phenomenon occurring at the Mako reactor. It was there that he discovered the truth that the evil mega corporation had been hiding from him since his infancy….his “mother”, Jenova, was an extraterrestrial. Cue the Imperial March music because this is when all hell breaks loose as Sephiroth turns to the dark side and uses his famous sword, Masamune, to slay every single citizen of Nibelheim. Unfortunately he doesn’t stop there, he goes on a murderous rampage killing numerous others including the president of the aformentioned SHINRA & Aeris, the last remaining Ancient.
Pursuing his goal of merging with the Lifestream in order to control the planet as Jenova tried to do 2000 years earlier, he is eventually tracked down by Cloud and his band of heroes at the Northern Crater. It is there that this epic boss reveals his true form during the course of a three (or is it four?) stage battle. This is one of the most memorable end game battles I’ve ever experienced. It is my belief that this is the reason fans of the series & game are clamoring for a re-release with today’s technology over what was available back in the late 90’s.
There is a reason why Sephiroth competes with another villain on our list for the top Final Fantasy villain of all time. Which villain is that? Come back in a couple of days to find out. If you are new to the RPG genre and are looking for an “old school” or “retro” game to play, you can’t do any better than this title. I highly suggest you check it out. Just make sure you don’t forget the Materia.