50 Most Iconic Video Game Characters of the 21st Century

Lightning
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Lightning from 'Final Fantasy XIII'41/50

From a blocky hero beloved by millions to the most memorable monsters and heroes modern games have to offer

From a blocky hero beloved by millions to the most memorable monsters and heroes modern games have to offer

41. Lightning

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.

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