The top 10 Final Fantasy games according to Japan's NHK poll

Japanese television broadcast station NHK recently held a nation-wide poll to ask Final Fantasy fans what the most popular titles, characters, bosses, and music are in the series.

About 470,000 people participated in the poll, which was composed of 49.2% women and 50.8% men. The largest age bloc of particpants were 20-29 and 30-39. The expansive poll ranks the top 50 selections, culminating in a broadcast today where the top 10 have been revealed.

Without further ado, here are the results:


  • 10th: Final Fantasy XV
  • 9th: Final Fantasy XI
  • 8th: Final Fantasy IV
  • 7th: Final Fantasy VIII
  • 6th: Final Fantasy V
  • 5th: Final Fantasy XIV
  • 4th: Final Fantasy IX
  • 3rd: Final Fantasy VI
  • 2nd: Final Fantasy VII
  • 1st: Final Fantasy X


  • 10th: Zack (Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII)
  • 9th: Tifa (Final Fantasy VII)
  • 8th: Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)
  • 7th: Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
  • 6th: Emet-Selch (Final Fantasy XIV)
  • 5th: Zidane (Final Fantasy IX)
  • 4th: Vivi (Final Fantasy IX)
  • 3rd: Aerith (Final Fantasy VII)
  • 2nd: Yuna (Final Fantasy X)
  • 1st: Cloud (Final Fantasy VII)

Boss & Summon

  • 10th: Safer-Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)
  • 9th: Syldra (Final Fantasy V)
  • 8th: Bahamut ZERO (Final Fantasy VII)
  • 7th: Braska’s Final Aeon (Final Fantasy X)
  • 6th: Valefor (Final Fantasy X)
  • 5th: Omega (Final Fantasy V)
  • 4th: Anima (Final Fantasy X)
  • 3rd: Hades (Final Fantasy XIV)
  • 2nd: Kefka (Final Fantasy VI)
  • 1st: Knights of the Round (Final Fantasy VII)


How does your personal ranking fare? Anything you like not make the cut? Let us know by leaving us a comment!

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Tony Garsow Tony joined Nova Crystallis in 2015, and has spent more than a decade writing in the Final Fantasy community. He also contributes to the Nova Crystallis Twitch and YouTube channels, where you can watch select gameplay highlights, previews, and streams.