7 Square Enix heroes who will heal your soul

Join us as we celebrate those Square Enix heroes who win the day through passion and positivity.
Por Duncan Heaney

Never underestimate the power of positivity.

Square Enix games are full of heroes who showcase the best of humanity with their passionate personalities and sunny dispositions.

Whether they’re quick-witted rogues, pure-hearted heroes or just silly goofballs, these loveable leads inspire a sense of joy and hope in the player.

Today, we’re highlighting just a few of our favorites:

Zidane Tribal - FINAL FANTASY IX

FINAL FANTASY IX’s nimble-fingered protagonist is a ray of sunlight through the mist.

Zidane approaches life with a sense of joy and optimism that’s utterly infectious. He’s dependable, friendly with almost all he meets (even those out to get him), and boundlessly enthusiastic.

The story of FINAL FANTASY IX deals with some weighty subject matter, and the fact that the game’s tone remains relatively light-hearted and optimistic throughout is largely thanks to Zidane’s cheerful and optimistic personality.

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Bartz Klauser - FINAL FANTASY V Pixel Remaster

Of all the numbered FINAL FANTASY games, FINAL FANTASY V is the most light-hearted. It’s positively overflowing with humor and heart, and a lot of that comes from the characters – particularly Bartz.

This enthusiastic and slightly hapless hero is innately noble-hearted and hopeful. Even when he tries to act like the classic aloof loner, he can’t keep it up – he’s just too kind. That’s what leads him to get embroiled in the adventure in the first place!

True, he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, which sometimes makes him the Butz of the other people’s jokes, but he’s rarely anything less than a delight to be around.

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Some heroes solve their problems with their wits. Others resort to force. OCTOPATH TRAVELER II’s Agnea uses something far more potent: kindness.

This warm-hearted dancer sets out around the world on a mission to become a star. But she’s not in it for the fame and fortune - she just wants to put a smile on people’s faces like her mother did.

What she discovers is a world tainted by cynicism and greed, but rather than let it pull her down Agnea lifts it up. Her strength of character and boundless compassion help the people she encounters find the hope they once lost and become better people as a result.

More than any star, she shines like the sun - warm, bright and life-affirming.

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Selphie Tilmitt - FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

With Squall at the helm of FINAL FANTASY VIII, there’s a lot of brooding in FINAL FANTASY VIII. Smoldering brooding, of course (he is the best looking guy there after all), but he’s not the most upbeat of heroes.

That’s a trait noticed by his teammate Selphie, who in contrast is a bubbly bundle of infectious positivity and barely contained energy.

She’s the kind of person who throws her heart and soul into everything she does - be it setting up school festivals, running her own website or - most challenging of all - trying to get Squall to come out of his shell.

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Jun Erio - PARANORMASIGHT: The Seven Mysteries Of Honjo

Jun Erio is a young, idealistic detective working a case involving a series of strange deaths. This investigation embroils him in a twisty-turny case involving murderous curse-bearers, urban legends and one of his partner, Tetsuo Tsutsumi’s old cases.

It quickly becomes clear that this is no simple mystery, and as the layers of truth get peeled away, things can become increasingly shocking, morally complex, and personal for his partner. Jun, on the other hand, tends to view the world in more black and white terms, with the forces of good battling evil.

The story of PARANORMASIGHT: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo is as dark as it is dramatic, but Jun’s optimism, combined with his keen wit, offers light and humor to cut through that darkness.

You can’t help but fall in love with him.

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This talented young SOLDIER is energetic, friendly, enthusiastic, and unflinchingly loyal. It’s no wonder that his mentor Angeal calls him ‘Zack the Puppy’.

Poor Zack experiences a lot over the course of this prequel adventure - love, friendship, pain, and betrayal. But throughout it all he retains a positive outlook, never giving into the darkness and approaching each situation with a smile on his face.

It’s what makes him such an endearing character and a joy to play. Even when the game is breaking your heart, Zack’s indefatigable spirit brings it life.

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Sora - KINGDOM HEARTS series

Sora is one of those heroes that exude positivity. Whatever situation on whichever world he finds himself in, he faces its challenges with a smile on his face and a spring in his step. It’s no wonder he makes friends wherever he goes.

Despite dealing with the darkness on a regular basis, Sora never gives in to hatred or despair. On the contrary, his strong heart, and unwavering bonds let him push through the many dangers he faces and build up those around him in the process.

Few characters can inspire such a clear sense of joy. It’s impossible to fill his giant shoes and not feel happy.

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Those were just some of the characters whose sunny dispositions bring light to our lives, but what do you think? We’re sure you have some suggestions of your own, so be sure to follow us on social media to share your thoughts!