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Emet-Selch and Final Fantasy XIV Win Big in Niconico Popularity Contest

Screenshot of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers featuring Emet-Selch

Emet-Selch has unofficially been named Japan’s favourite Final Fantasy character following a popularity poll run by Niconico, a Japanese video-sharing site.

The poll, which had a total sample size of 11,169, also asked voters to select their favourite mainline entry and soundtrack from the Final Fantasy series.

Congratulations to Emet-Selch, Final Fantasy XIV, and Final Fantasy X, all of whom took wins in the categories mentioned. You can find the full rankings below:

Favorite Main Final Fantasy Title

  1. FFXIV
  2. FFVII
  3. FFX
  4. FFVI
  5. FFIX
  6. FFV
  7. FFVIII
  8. FFIV
  9. FFXI
  10. FFXV
  11. FFIII
  12. FFXIII
  13. FFXII
  14. FFII
  15. FF

Final Fantasy VII comes in second place. I’ll take that!

Favourite Final Fantasy Character

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Artwork
  1. Emet-Selch (FFXIV)
  2. Wakka (FFX)
  3. Cloud Strife (FFVII)
  4. Tifa Lockhart (FFVII)
  5. Zidane Tribal (FFIX)
  6. Aerith Gainsborough (FFVII)
  7. G’raha Tia (FFXIV)
  8. Vivi Ornitier (FFIX)
  9. Tidus (FFX)
  10. Haurchefant Greystone (FFXIV)
  11. Squall Leonhart (FFVIII)
  12. Terra Branford (FFVI)
  13. Yuna (FFX)
  14. Lightning Farron (FFXIII)
  15. Bartz Klauser (FFV)
  16. Noctis Lucis Caelum (FFXV)
  17. Celes Chere (FFVI)
  18. Zack Fair (FFVII)
  19. Locke Cole (FFVI)
  20. Sephiroth (FFVII)
  21. Kain Highwind (FFIV)
  22. Auron (FFX)
  23. Faris Scherwiz (FFV)
  24. Rydia (FFIV)
  25. Cecil Harvey (FFIV)
  26. Edgar Roni Figaro (FFVI)
  27. Shantotto (FFXI)
  28. Venat (FFXIV)
  29. Gilgamesh (FFV)
  30. Yuffie Kisaragi (FFVII)

Good to see my boy Zack on the list. Oh, and Tin Manuel will be happy that Yuffie made it!

Favourite Final Fantasy Music Track

Final Fantasy X X2 HD Remaster Screenshot
  1. To Zanarkand (FFX)
  2. Battle on the Big Bridge (FFV)
  3. A Long Fall (FFXIV)
  4. Searching for Friends (FFVI)
  5. Suteki Da Ne (FFX)
  6. Blinded By Light (FFXIII)
  7. Triumph (FFXIV)
  8. Who Brings Shadow (FFXIV)
  9. Eternal Wind (FFIII)
  10. Aerith’s Theme (FFVII)

I’m a little upset “Bombing Mission” didn’t make it into the top ten, but these are still all absolute bangers!


While it may be completely unofficial, it’s really interesting to see where the Japanese population ranks certain games, characters, and songs from the Final Fantasy series. Even if my personal favourite, FFVII, didn’t come out on top in any of the categories, it still did relatively well, so I’m happy!

For more Final Fantasy, you’re already in the right place here at RPGFan!

Source: Siliconera

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Tom Cox

Tom Cox

Tom is a news editor for RPGFan with a love of RPGs, Pokémon, and Zelda! When not playing games or writing, he can usually be found hiking with his dog, Otto.

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