Only one video game series in all time will more likely never stop having a varied cast of admirable and powerful women can only be summed up with two words: Final Fantasy. As long as the franchise continues to thrive, there’s something for everyone whether it’s the main continuity, (Final Fantasy 1 – 13) the spin-offs, (Dissidia) direct sequels, (Final Fantasy X-2 or XII-2) and/or crossover tie-ins. (Kingdom Hearts) There will be many articles covering quite a few of the lovely ladies of Final Fantasy in the future, so for today’s inquiry we’ll look into a woman who had an incredible amount of build around her before Final Fantasy made the jump to improved graphics on the Playstation. This is the hardening yet triumphant tale of a woman named Terra Branford.
Making her mark in Final Fantasy 6 for the SNES, Terra was born a half-breed coming from the unity of a human mother and a male Esper. (Magical beings with a certain set of powers.) Terra’s parents were tragically both taken away from her and she was captured by an evil empire led by Emporer Gesthal, and used her to be their personal weapon. It was during those tough times that she was eventually turned into a slave after a specialized crown was placed onto her head by Kefka, the game’s main villain. She spent a major part of her life of being used like a tool, a very tragic upbringing for anyone who’s been in a country during war.
Eventually she loses the “Slave Crown” during a mission to research another Esper frozen in some abandone mines, which causes her to have amnesia and join up with The Returners faction opposing Kefka and the Empire. Through a long series of events, she’s able to have control over the Esper half of her abilities in combat as well as establishing communication with other Espers after an incident caused her to become unstable that almost cost her humanity. It was as if she was the ambassador between Espers and humans.
Sadly after Kefka assaults The Returners and gains enough power to change the world to his liking, Terra loses her will to fight and tends to a village full of children after all their parents were killed by Kefka’s powers. In a sense, she’s preventing them from being raised the same way she was, which is pretty respectful. But in the end, she manages to regain confidence in her powers and rejoin the resistance against Kefka. When the final blow is dealt, she uses every last bit of her powers to help The Returners escape destruction and she is turned into a full-human as a result and giving her the freedom she had longed for.
Terra’s popularity deemed her to take part as the FF6 representative for the spin-off Dissidia Final Fantasy games for the PSP on the Cosmos Team. She even made an appearance in Secret of Evermore, a non-Final Fantasy game by Square-Enix. But like most other characters in a single continuity of the series, she had not been seen in any future Final Fantasy games from that point on. But Terra is, like many, a huge part of Final Fantasy history and truly never forgotten. If you know any fans of the game, odds are they won’t speak ill of Terra, one video game babe whose fantasy is NEVER final.
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.