That might be the longest title I’ve ever had for a post.
Anyway, the GameFAQs character battle is always good for a laugh. A good concept but it’s nothing more than a joke now. Thanks to an overabundance of Nintendo and Final Fantasy fanboys, the same people end up in the finals every year…Link and Cloud Strife. So, disregarding their opinions, we’ll see who should really win the character battle. I’m judging the battles on game appearances, as well as popularity.
The battles are decided in some weird format, so as to give other characters the illusion of a chance they can win. For the first round, two winners are decided by popular vote. They advance to the next round, while the two losers go home. Anyway, here’s the first round (officially titled the “battlers”). Losers crossed out.
I actually had to look up who Jade and Zack were. Jade is from the Tales RPG series (Tales of the Abyss) while Zack Fair is a minor character from Final Fantasy VII who got his own game recently (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7). Cecil Harvey is the main character of Final Fantasy IV while Wario needs no explanation. He is Mario’s rival who has been around since 1992 (when he appeared in Super Mario Land 2). Wario advances because he’s the most recognizable, thanks to the Wario Land and WarioWare games. None of the other three are worth advancing, since they’ll most likely be eliminated in the next round. I’d vote for Cecil but Zack is more popular and has appeared in more games. As much I’d love to stick one to Final Fantasy VII, Zack moves on to the next round. Ironically, Wario and Zack also advanced on the GameFAQs battle.
Link should advance, without question. As a flagship Nintendo character, he’s sold systems alongside for Mario since the SNES. Luke fon Fabre is another Tales of the Abyss character. Zidane advanced in the GameFAQs poll because he’s the main character for Final Fantasy IX. Being a Final Fantasy character does not merit advancement. Sonic games suck but Shadow is the most interesting character in the franchise since Knuckles. Shadow’s also been in more games. Sonic games, but still, Link and Shadow advance.
A decent contest, although all these characters aren’t really worth much individually. Duke Nukem hasn’t been relevant since the late 90’s and when he’s brought up now, it’s because his game has been in development for ten years or so. Kefka is all kinds of awesome but he was only in Final Fantasy VI. Sephiroth gets a lot of love but Kefka is the one who destroyed the world. Marth is from Fire Emblem, a popular series in Japan that was recently released here due to his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Niko is the protagonist from the recent release Grand Theft Auto IV.
Duke might be a joke now, but back in the mid-90’s, there was no character more badass than Duke Nukem. He advances, thanks to nostalgia. Niko does not have staying power so, while I would vote Kefka over Marth, Marth advances because he’s appeared in two Fire Emblem games and sparked American interest in that series. Kefka is awesome but Marth has more influence…and popularity (sadly).
Altair represents Assassin’s Creed, a recent release. Guybrush Threepwood is the star of the Monkey Island series. Isaac is irrelevant, a Golden Sun character. Lucario is one of the newer (4th generation) Pokemon in that drawn-out series. Guybrush advances due to him being in multiple games (good games, at that). Isaac is out because he’s unheard of, so it’s a fight between Lucario and Altair. Who wouldn’t want to see that in Super Smash Bros.? I’ll give the edge to Altair because he’s a main character. Pokemon have to be caught, so it is possible to play the game he’s in (Pokemon Diamond or Pearl) and never see him. His cameo in Super Smash Bros. Brawl does not merit advancement…especially since he’s nothing more than a Mewtwo copy.
Liquid Snake vs. Luigi vs. Roxas vs. Sho Minamimoto
Liquid Snake is Solid Snake’s clone brother from the Metal Gear Solid series. He dies at the end of the first game but plays a role throughout the series…despite being dead. Now, that’s character power! Luigi is Mario’s neglected brother. Roxas would only get votes because he was in Kingdom Hearts and I have no idea who the hell Sho is. Regardless, Liquid Snake and Luigi advance.
Bowser’s persistent role as Mario’s antagonist merits advancement. Deckard Cain appeared in the original Diablo. Geno only appeared in one game, although a good one (Super Mario RPG). While those are worthy games, they don’t hold a candle to Phoenix Wright, who has his own series on the Nintendo DS. Phoenix convinces a jury of his peers to advance with Bowser.
The first fight that will have people arguing. Fei Fong Wong is irrelevant, he can’t compare to Knuckles, Mario or Zelda. Knuckles is better than the majority of Sonic characters but has the luck of being in a tough fight with two of Nintendo’s most popular stars. Mario sells games and while Zelda doesn’t play much of a role in the games she’s in, they are named after her. Knuckles fights valiantly but Zelda squashes him to advance alongside Mario.
After a good fight, we get this crap. MegaMan X advances on popularity. His games used to kick ass but haven’t been the same since the Playstation. Mudkip is another Pokemon while Lloyd Irving is another Tales character, his game being Tales of Symphonia. Neither have nothing on Tom Nook, who has gained notoriety in the Animal Crossing series. Advantage: Tom Nook.
Crash Bandicoot vs. Nightmare vs. Raz vs. Samus Aran
Crash Bandicoot was once a mascot for Sony but has since fallen out of favor. Nightmare was a Kirby villain (a forgettable one, at that) while Raz is the star of Psychonauts, an innovative game that (unfortunately) never sold well. Samus Aran advances, thanks to her role in the Metroid games and frequent appearances in Super Smash Bros. Crash advances because of weak competition. That and being the face of a franchise (if only for a generation) is nothing to sneeze at.
Frog is one of the many characters from Chrono Trigger and has quite a good backstory to him, unlike some other RPG characters. Ganondorf is to Link what Bowser is to Mario, the main adversary in The Legend of Zelda series. KOS-MOS is a character from the Xenosaga series but does not have the merit to advance. Neku is a character from the recent The World Ends with You RPG who won’t advance because no one knows who he is. Frog and Ganondorf move on to face Crash and Samus in the next round.
Arguably the worst fight so far. None of these characters are worth advancing to another round. Falco is probably the best here, having a supporting role in both the Star Fox and Super Smash Bros. series. GlaDOS is the AI from Portal. Vincent Valentine has the luck of being from Final Fantasy VII. Wander is the main character from Shadow of the Colossus. Vincent and Wander can fight it out, but ultimately, Vincent would win out on popularity power.
Better than the last fight, but not by much. Balthier is a supporting character from Final Fantasy XII. Big Daddy is an enemy in Bioshock. Gordon Freeman is the star of the Half-Life series while Scorpion is one of the more popular Mortal Kombat fighters. Gordon and Scorpion put the rest of the fighters to shame and move on.
Amaterasu vs. Chrono vs. Frank West vs. Kaim Argonar
Another spectacular bout of suck. Chrono, the lead character in Chrono Trigger, is the only one worth advancing. Amaterasu comes from the underrated PS2 title Okami. Frank West is the lead role in Dead Rising, while Kaim is from the Xbox 360 RPG Lost Odyssey. Chrono and Amaterasu advanced in the GameFAQs poll, they’ll do so here too.
L-Block might have won last year but…it’s not a fucking character! It’s a damn block from Tetris! How did it even enter the poll? Since I’m using my criteria, L-Block is disqualified. At the very least, if people are going to vote for a joke character, pick something that works…like the dog from Duck Hunt. Speaking of the dog, he’s good for an Internet meme but that’s all. As a result, Kirby’s archenemy, Meta Knight, and Street Fighter’s Ryu advance.
This is a rather good selection of characters. Alucard is an antognist in the Castlevania games. Captain Falcon made a name for himself in the F-Zero racing games, but rose to prominence in Super Smash Bros. Diddy Kong is Donkey Kong’s buddy from various games of that franchise, though he is more neglected than Luigi. Kratos, not to be confused with the God of War character, is a character from Tales of Symphonia. In the end, Diddy Kong has been irrelevent since Donkey Kong 64. At least Captain Falcon appeared in all three Super Smash Bros.
Arthas is a character from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Ike is similar to Marth in that he’s from the Fire Emblem games, but stars in a different one. Pikachu is the only one worth advancing here, since the creature is synonymous with the word Pokemon. I’m guessing Spy is from the Spy vs. Spy games but that can’t be confirmed. GameFAQs voted Arthas to advance and might as well follow suit. None of the others are worth advancing past the next round anyway.
Donkey Kong vs. Miles “Tails” Prower vs. Tidus vs. Weighted Companion Cube
Donkey Kong advances because he’s one of the oldest characters (along with Mario, he’s been around since 1981). The Donkey Kong Country series helps him out, although he’s taken a hit in recent years since Rare left Nintendo. Sonic’s friend, Tails, beats out Tidus (the main character from Final Fantasy X) and the weighted companion cube from Portal (which is a device, not a character).
Mega Man is the only one worthy of advancement here, but GameFAQs rules dictate two must. Captain Olimar captains the Pikmin franchise while Banjo had his own game, Banjo-Kazooie. Nero is…I don’t know where Nero is from. A Final Fantasy VII spinoff of Boktai 2, regardless, he’s not advancing. I’ll give the nod to Olimar here.
A nice fight between some rather mediocre characters. King Dedede is Kirby’s adversary, Pit stars in Kid Icarus, Ryu is from the difficult Ninja Gaiden games, while Zero is from MegaMan X. Ryu and Zero advance, because Ryu has been around longer and Zero is more prolific than the others.
Albert Wesker is popular throughout the Resident Evil series. Sackboy was entered into the tournament before his game (LittleBigPlanet) came out so he is disqualified. Solid Snake is the face of the Metal Gear franchise. Vivi is a character who appeared in Final Fantasy IX. A one-time appearance in a prolific RPG is not good enough for advancement. Snake and Wesker for the win!
Chris Redfield vs. Fox McCloud vs. Sora vs. Tim
Chris Redfield, like Wesker, is from Resident Evil. Fox McCloud has his own series, Star Fox, and figures prominently in each Super Smash Bros. game. Sora stars in Kingdom Hearts while Tim…I don’t know who Tim is. Fox advances because he’s a first-party character, although is games have sucked since Star Fox Adventures. Chris would have advanced if he had starred in more games but just hasn’t had that luck. Sora takes advantage of Chris and moves on…and yes, I know that sounds gay.
CATS is only famous because of an Internet meme (All your base are belong to us). Nathan Drake starred in Uncharted, a good game in its own right. It does not, however, compare to Final Fantasy VIII (which is quite popular). Squall is the main lead in FFVIII while Yoshi has been Mario’s companion since Super Mario World. Yoshi and Squall demonstrate why popular vote sucks and move on.
Axel Steel is from Guitar Hero, barely qualifying him for the tournament. Outside of his look, he’s unspectacular. Cloud Strife is the popular lead from Final Fantasy VII, one of the most overrated games of all-time. Midna is also overrated, who had a major role in Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Miles Edgeworth is Phoenix Wright’s rival. The overrated tandem of Cloud and Midna advance due to weak competition.
Mewtwo is one of the more popular Pokemon…and a first-gen one to boot. Ness has starred in the original Earthbound and appeared in Super Smash Bros. Pac-Man was iconic in the arcade days of the early 80s but has since fallen from grace. Travis Touchdown is a forgettable character from No More Heroes, a recent Wii release. Mewtwo and Pac-Man advance because of weak competition.
Big Boss vs. Jinjo vs. Kirby vs. Lucas
Big Boss is like Liquid Snake, playing a major role in each Metal Gear Solid game (even if he’s dead or whatever). Of course, Big Boss’ role goes even further than Liquid’s, as he was also in the original Metal Gear games. Jinjo is a forgettable character from Banjo-Kazooie. Kirby is a prominent Nintendo flagship character, although more on the level of Star Fox than Mario or Zelda (Kirby is not nearly as popular). Lucas starred in a Japanese Earthbound (Mother) game and appeared in the recent Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Like the previous contests, Big Boss and Kirby trounce the weaker competition.
Kain Highwind played a prominent role in Final Fantasy IV, but lacks the popularity of the characters in the later games. Master Chief is, of course, the main character in each of the Halo games. Professor Layton has his own puzzle series of games on the DS, but I honestly had to look that up. Raiden was one of the most hated characters of all time when he showed up in Metal Gear Solid 2. He redeemed himself in the fourth game and here too, as he advances alongside the Chief.
The Captain is from Call of Duty 4, although I couldn’t have told you that off the top of my head. All these characters aren’t really worth a damn. Leon Kennedy is a notable character from the Resident Evil games, giving him a pass to the next round. Riku is either from Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy X. If it’s Final Fantasy X, I’ll vote for her because my penis said so. Otherwise, she’s totally forgettable. Siegfried is Nightmare, a Soul Calibur fighter. Leon and Riku advance because of, three guesses, lackluster competition.
Division 7 is officially division crap. Dante of Devil May Cry is the only one worth voting for here. Hogger is an enigma (he/she/it advanced on the GameFAQs poll but I have no idea what Hogger is), Laharl has appeared in the Disgaea games, while Ramza is from the original Final Fantasy Tactics. I’m going to have decide on game quality here and Final Fantasy Tactics wins out. Dante and Ramza for the win.
Commander Shephard vs. Magus vs. Sandbag vs. Sonic the Hedgehog
Commander Shephard is the main character from Mass Effect. Magus is Chrono Trigger‘s anti-hero. Sandbag might belong here, but why is it here instead of other game characters (examples: Spyro the Dragon, Earthworm Jim) is beyond me. I might even disqualify Sandbag because all you do is beat on it in Super Smash Bros. Sonic, Sega’s claim to fame, is the only character that’s worth going into the second round. As for who advances with him, as much I’d vote for Shepherd, Magus is more popular and gets the nod.
Tidus had the luck of being in a tough contest, but Auron, another Final Fantasy X character, may fare better. Marcus Fenix is the main badass in Gears of War. Rydia is from Final Fantasy IV while Sub-Zero rivals Scorpion in popularity among Mortal Kombat fans. Sub-Zero will advance with Auron. Fenix is badass but Auron has a better story…and is the sole reason that FFX is even worth tolerating Tidus’ bitch ass.
Nana is one of the Ice Climbers. Popo did not make the poll for some reason. Ratchet has his own series, Ratchet and Clank. Sephiroth and Tifa are both Final Fantasy VII characters. Since Ratchet has his own series, he’s worthy of advancement. Sephiroth and Tifa duke it out for the final advancement, but since Kefka didn’t advance, Sephiroth shouldn’t either. Kefka destroyed the world, while Sephiroth…stabbed a main character and looked pretty bishy doing it? Tifa advances…possibly because of her looks. Hot damn!
Oh and the Ice Climbers just plain suck so Nana gets left out in the cold.
Heavy is a class in Team Fortress, which really shouldn’t be here. Jill Valentine has appeared throughout the games. Kratos is the main character in Resident EvilGod of War. Revolver Ocelot is a character who has a hand in every game. Kratos moves on because he’s so badass while Ocelot and Jill fight it out. Jill has fallen out of favor since Metal Gear SolidResident Evil 3 and Ocelot’s stock has grown. Ocelot shoots Jill dead to move on.
So, the qualifying round is done. Next up, round one! Some of these characters shouldn’t be on the list, while others are missing. Earthworm Jim and Spyro the Dragon, I’m looking at you. I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting. Sub out an overabundance of RPG characters and joke characters (L-Block, Sandbag, weighted companion cube!) and this battle would have been more interesting.
Differences from the GameFAQs poll? Shadow the Hedgehog advanced instead of Zidane. Guybrush Threepwood advanced instead of Lucario. Tom Nook advanced instead of Mudkip. Crash Bandicoot replaces Nightmare. L-Block was disqualified, allowing Meta Knight to advance. Captain Olimar replaces Nero. Albert Wesker takes Vivi’s place. Ramza takes Hogger’s place in that crap division. Magus destroys Sandbag to takes its place. Ratchet’s games allow him to kick Sephiroth’s overrated ass. Revolver Ocelot gets revenge on Jill Valentine.
The most noticeable difference, though, is in division 5. Weighted companion cube was disqualified and Tidus was voted out in favor of Donkey Kong and Tails. Tidus could be argued in Tails’ place but Donkey Kong, one of the oldest and iconic characters in the history of video games, was voted out in favor of a damn cube? And because he wasn’t some blonde haired dude who would be better off as a woman?
“You better get up out the way
Tomorrow we’ll rise so we’ll fight today
And no, I don’t give a fuck what you think and say
’cause we are gonna rock this whole place anyway“