2. Sephiroth – Final Fantasy VII
Since the release of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, the RPG genre has been forever transformed and popularized in markets that were previously thought to be unattainable for Japanese developers. Few games will ever be able to boast the longevity and impact that Final Fantasy VII has had on the industry, and perhaps even fewer will feature a more polarizing figure than Sephiroth.
Originally a hero of Shinra’s SOLDIER division, Sephiroth discovered that he was actually a product of Shinra’s biological experiments. That angered him, so what does any all-powerful super soldier do? Destroy the village of Nibelheim and all who inherit it. Sephiroth becomes much more than a murderer of innocents however. The events of Final Fantasy VII see him attempting to become a god that rules over the entire planet by merging with the planet life force, known as the “Lifestream,” and taking control over it. In order to do so, he must summon “Meteor,” a destructive meteorite from outer space that can catastrophically damage the planet which would enable Sephiroth to merge with the exposed Lifestream.
If killing all life on the planet wasn’t enough to exacerbate your dislike for the man, Sephiroth also initiates what is now infamously known as one of the most shocking, saddest scenes in all of gaming. Those of you familiar with the game will know which moment I speak of, and will somberly remember the dear friend and squadmate we lost in the process.