One of the best things about being a fangirl or fanboy (though they apparently have nuanced differences beyond suspected gender, which I’ll explain momentarily) is our ability to crush on anyone (and sometimes anything). Hell, the term “fangirl” is now a verb meaning (among other things) to flail wildly, crush, and/or obsess over a character, and this is one of the areas the two terms have slight differences.
While fanboy and fangirl should only denote the gender that the particular person identifies as, their meanings go a bit beyond. Fanboys are usually the ones who nitpick, weed out, and formulate theories about their favorite works and characters. They argue over what’s canon, what’s head canon, what’s non-canonical, and what’s just plain crackpottery/tinfoil. Fangirls stereotypically freak out and flail over their crushes, write fanfiction, swoon over pictures, and create and disseminate gifs and fore mentioned pictures. Both fanboys and fangirls cosplay, and fanboys seem to be more connected with fanart as fangirls are connected to fanfiction (this could also be why fanart is held in higher regard than fanfiction, something I continually critique and that you can read more about here).
By these definitions, I am both a fanboy and a fangirl. The difference is pretty sexist if you ask me, where fanboys are implied to be more interested in the narrative, characters, and foundation whereas fangirls are portrayed as more vapid and insipid. This is sadly common where things girls and even women like are viewed as less valuable (e.g. fanfiction, romance novels, boy bands, etc.), and they’re often mocked for it. If they try to be more “fanboyish,” they’re accused of being “fake geek girls,” *rolls eyes* and the accusers will then force them to prove their devotion in ways that would never be demanded if they were male.
So…I got a little bit ranty and venty.
My point was being a fan of any type usually means you have at least one crush, and Final Fantasy plays host to so many beautiful people, you have the crème de la crème from which to choose.
With that in mind…
Who is your Final Fantasy character crush?
I really like that this question comes at the heels of last week’s where I talk about my favorite Zelda character who is also totally my character crush for that series/franchise. You’re all probably thinking, “Oh, I know who TSN is going to pick for Final Fantasy *nods* yup, I totally know who her FF crush is,” and you wouldn’t be wrong! But you wouldn’t be entirely right either. Yes, he’s my #1 crush (I mean he is 1st Class :D), but I actually have quite a few character crushes among several games, because I’m a greedy bitch >:)
Final Fantasy IV
Obviously Cecil. I’ve talked about him enough and mentioned that he’s my favorite character in IV and could possibly be my favorite protagonist in the series as a whole, and…well just look at him.
…and he looks a bit melancholy in this picture, which is the double whammy. Brooding and beautiful boys are my favorite.
Final Fantasy VI
Yep, I crush on the ladies, too! I can’t decide if she or Cecil is my favorite protagonist, so I’m going to continue my avaricious streak and say both..
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy IX
What can I say? I have a thing for hot generals. In a similar vein to Sephiroth, her surname is only hinted at, but my head canon tells me it’s Rose, which is why her leitmotif is “Rose of May.” Beatrix Rose sounds almost incongruent for a badass, gorgeous general (it also combines the traits of both Sephiroth and Aeris, “general” and “rose” [at least in terms of flowers] which is why that’s the name of Northern Lights’ first part). Check out this amazing cosplay of her, too by the aptly named RoseOfMay.
Final Fantasy X
I totally crush on Lulu. She both is and dresses like a badass, so I suppose I have a thing for buckles, too. Also, this is a cosplay that looks exactly like her, so I’m utterly bowled over.
Alright, so half my crushes were ladies or guys who are (stereotypically) as beautiful as ladies. I am #unbothered by this (non) revelation.
Who is your Final Fantasy crush? Let it all out in the comments so we can dish!