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To anyone who has played
Final Fantasy VI, they are surely familiar with the maniacal villain
of the game and his trademark laugh. Whenever I think about the best
villains in videogames, he is still in my #1 spot. If you've never
played FF6, here's a short list of his atrocities:
Poisoning an entire castle.
Harvesting Espers for their
magical powers, then disposing of them.
Murdering General Leo. Still
trying to figure out the trick to revive him!
Oh, and there's that whole becoming a god and destroying the world thing he did.
There will always be
villains with grand ambitions, but most of the time the heroes stop
him in the nick of time. Not so with this story. Kefka simply hates
love and life altogether and wishes to destroy everything, and does a
pretty good job of it. He's one of the few villains that actually
succeeds with his plan and spends a year smiting the people out of
boredom. I feel like this doesn't happen enough in a lot of games,
although with FF15 something of a similair vein happens towards the
Another thing I love about
Kefka is that the game does not overly delve into some tragic
backstory about him being bullied in clown college and now he wants
to take revenge or some such nonesense. The only thing mentioned in
the game about his past is that he was the first Magitek knight, but
the process left him insane. Anything before that basically doesn't
matter, and there's no halfhearted attempt to try and bring him back
to reason. He's legitamatelly insane now and doesn't care who knows
it. Diving into the backstory of a villain can be interesting at
times, but I personally feel that it's almost always a cliche form of
revenge they're after and it takes some of the oomph out of the story
and the final encounter with that villain.
The game also did an
excellent job of making Kefka into a villain the player grows to love
and hate more and more. Every time he appears, you know something bad
is about to go down, but you also want to see what crazy thing he's
going to say next. Kefka is not afraid to get his hands dirty (just
his boots!), and makes for a refreshing villain, instead of the kind
that lingers in the distance behind an army.
With the recent reveal of
the mini SNES coming out from Nintendo, I can only hope this game
will be included with it, as it was such an important part of why I
grew up to love JRPGs and the Final Fantasy series as a whole.