Final Fantasy VI had Terra, Final Fantasy XII had Ashe, but not until Final Fantasy XIII – fully 22 years after the fabled series’ inception – did Square Enix truly commit to a female protagonist. About time! An official fan vote in 2014 named her the series’ greatest ever female character, perhaps because she’s not that fantastical after all: a down-to-earth (if ethereally pretty) anybody, who just happens to have a steely streak of defiance, and can turn on the bad-assery when required.
Iconic Moment: In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning summons Odin during battle. He turns into a giant, sky galloping horse – think a killer My Little Pony – and Lightning uses him to charge at her enemies.