- Chaotic Good characters are rebellious and disrupt the status quo to make a better world. They aren’t inherently bad individuals.
- Final Fantasy characters like Locke, Edge, Snow, Zidane, Auron, Barret, and Tidus embody Chaotic Good traits.
- These characters have personal motivations for fighting against oppressive governments and traditions, using risky tactics to bring about change.
For a character to be classed as Chaotic Good, they need to be rebellious and willing to go up against the status quo to make a change for the better. This doesn’t mean that they are inherently “bad” as individuals, moreso that they feel that disrupting the way things are, and shaking up the society around them by any means necessary, will eventually result in the world being a better place as a result of their actions.
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In the universe of Final Fantasy, where oppressive governments and strict traditions are the norm, a plethora of characters fit this moral description throughout the series’ many games. While most of them have managed to use their passion for change to benefit those around them, there are some others where this personality trait has become more of a determent, despite how determined they are about making things right. It’s time to take a closer look at the Final Fantasy characters who could be considered to be Chaotic Good in their moral compass.
7 Locke Cole
Locke Uses His Thievery Skills To Mess With The Empire’s Plans Every Chance He Gets
Final Fantasy 6
- October 11, 1994
- Square Enix , Square
Locke is a young but extremely brave and skilled treasure hunter who is a valued member of the Returners, a small ragtag group of resistance fighters who oppose the Gestahlian Empire. Despite the Empire claiming to be dedicated to protecting the people, Locke goes against this, constantly trying to seek out more information about them, and going out of his way to disrupt their plans, such as when he saves Terra at the very beginning of the game in Narshe.
This underlying passion to take down the Empire comes from Locke’s strong feelings of guilt which have built up as a result of his lover Rachel being killed during an Imperial Raid. As a result, Locke will often use very risky and dangerous tactics to harm the Empire in one way or another, but this is ultimately what makes him such a powerful asset to the Returners.
6 Edge Geraldine
Edge Is Willing To Risk A Lot To Prevent Rubicante From Unleashing His Fury On Any Other Unlucky Victims
Final Fantasy 4
- July 19, 1991
In the world of Final Fantasy 4, the Four Elemental Fiends essentially act as the middlemen between Golbez and Zemuz, two immensely powerful individuals who, at a moment’s notice, could decimate the population if they so desired. Still, while they may be important to keeping balance in the world, they’re still incredibly dangerous and devious entities themselves, something that Edge, the royal prince of Eblan, knows all too well.
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Edge’s main goal is to take down Rubicante, the Elemental Lord of Fire, due to believing that this entity burned down his hometown of Eblan and turned his parents into monsters. The story eventually reveals that Lugae made the decision to corrupt Edge’s family, with Rubicante showing a much more honest and honorable side as he respects the young man’s vigor, but warns him that he’s not yet ready to fight him. Edge’s burning hatred for Rubicante after witnessing the death of his friends and family leads him to believe that taking him down, no matter how it’s done, will result in the people of Earth being much safer as a result.
5 Snow Villiers
His Tactics Are Not Always Well Thought-Out, But Snow Has Good Intentions
Final Fantasy 13
- March 9, 2010
- Square Enix
Snow is an outgoing, brash, and stubborn young man who believes that fighting the “Good Fight” is all that matters, presenting himself as some sort of hero who’s always going up against the people at the top to help those around him. The truth is though, despite Snow’s courageous attempts to take on the Sanctum and Fal’Cie, this has led to a lot of people getting killed following his influence, especially near the beginning of Final Fantasy 13 where he accidentally sends a large group of civilians to their deaths.
After being pressured for his actions later on in the story by Hope, Snow reveals that the guilt he feels from those whom he’s lost along the way is what pushes him to fight even harder, believing that the only way he can make things right is by fighting against the oppressors at the top. He might not be very subtle in the way he acts, but Snow still has a heart of gold and a firm belief that he can be the one to make a change for the better for those who rely on him.
4 Zidane Tribal
Zidane’s Rebellious Actions Prove He Doesn’t Fit The Typical Sensible Hero Archetype
Final Fantasy 9
- July 7, 2000
It doesn’t take long for Zidane to prove to players that he’s not exactly an honorable hero in the traditional sense. Instead, he’s a cunning thief who is on a mission to kidnap Princess Garnet in an attempt to separate her from her horrible mother, Queen Brahne. The act of stealing someone away just for suspecting that they’re having family issues is admittedly a pretty extreme act that wouldn’t usually be expected from a well-intentioned protagonist, but Zidane does this out of the belief that he is going through with the plan to potentially save someone’s life, which ends up turning out to be partially true.
Zidane’s rebellious personality becomes even more apparent later on in the game when he comes to learn of his origins as a Genome who was created for the sole purpose of wiping out all life on Gaia. While he does fall into a slump and even leaves the party, he eventually returns, adamant not to let his “Purpose” as an individual take him over. As a result, he decides to rise up and fight against the true evils that plague his world.
After Witnessing The Deaths Of His Closest Comrades, Auron Makes It His Mission To Tear Down The Status Quo
Final Fantasy 10
- December 17, 2001
When Auron traveled with Jecht and Braska to deter Sin from attacking Spira, they believed that doing so would take a lot of work, but ultimately, would be worth it if the three stuck together and gave it everything they had. They eventually come to learn, though, that one of them would need to be sacrificed to become the Fayth for the Final Aeon, as per the teachings of Lady Yunalesca, who was the one who started the tradition in the first place.
Auron adamantly protested this idea, stating that their lives would be in vain since Sin would inevitably return. While his two companions lost their lives in an attempt to follow the tradition, Auron fought back, being struck down by Yunalesca and left with an immense amount of guilt that haunted him for many years. Auron’s whole reason for getting in contact with Tidus and raising him to eventually defeat Sin once and for all came from his determination to change the rules of Yevon so that Summoners wouldn’t need to keep losing their lives just for a few years of peace. Thankfully, he eventually succeeded in doing so.
2 Barret Wallace
Barret Is Willing To Go To Extremes To Take Down Shinra And Save The Planet
Final Fantasy 7
- January 31, 1997
When Barret first shows up at the beginning of Final Fantasy 7, all he can talk about is how Shinra needs to pay for their misuse of the planet and its natural resource known as Mako, which they have been harvesting at an alarming rate. Blowing up a Mako Reactor comes with devastating consequences, including the destruction of many nearby buildings and instilling fear into the local population; however, Barret sees this as a justifiable means to an end, believing that saving the planet will ultimately make the people of Gaia much better off.
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Once the party reaches Corel though, Barret’s backstory shows that his hatred for Shinra comes from the fact that they willingly wiped out everyone in his village after something went wrong with one of their reactors. Since then, Barret has felt that Shinra wouldn’t hesitate to do the same to others, and he made up his mind to take them down. It just turns out that saving the planet also became an extra motivation for his actions.
Tidus Was The One Who Instigated The Much-Needed Change In Yevon’s Unfair Teachings
Final Fantasy 10
- December 17, 2001
Tidus is the embodiment of Chaotic Good. Despite being dropped into a world he’s not familiar with, Tidus completely disregards any rules or traditions he sees as being nonsensical, as shown near the beginning of Final Fantasy 10 where he enters the Summoner’s Trial just to see if Yuna is okay, despite not even being a Guardian yet.
The young and plucky protagonist keeps this up throughout the entire game, questioning why people stick so closely to the teachings of Yevon, and even drawing those around him away from it, such as Wakka, who starts as a devout follower before realizing how much it’s negatively influenced him. Tidus isn’t doing any of this simply to be annoying either – as he wasn’t brought up in this society, he can see through the inconsistencies much clearer than anyone else. By the end of the game, he makes a massive impact on the world by being a rebellious kid who doesn’t want people to continue following rules that he sees as being dangerous and unfair in their teachings.
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