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Day 17 - Favorite Antagonist

Kefka Palazzo - Final Fantasy VI

There’s much debate between the people who play Final Fantasy about who is more evil: Sephiroth or Kefka.

I just don’t see it as much of a contest personally.  Sephiroth almost destroyed the world, but couldn’t quite manage to give it that little nudge over the edge what with Holy and all.  Plus: Mommy issues.  It’s like Norman Bates if he were a magic-using swordsman.  Don’t get me wrong, Norman and his Ma are great villains — but with Sephiroth it’s just sad.  Jenova isn’t even his mother. Ah well.

Kefka, however, destroys the world halfway through the game.  So he’s got one-up on ol’ Sephy already.  Throw in his complete disregard for life (poisoning Cyan’s entire kingdom), his insanity (“I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate HATE you!” You have to be insane to think this is threatening) and his willingness to do anything in order to get his way (namely kicking the emperor off of the floating continent) — well…you get the point.  Plus he becomes an all-powerful being who can remotely destroy entire kingdoms with The Light of Judgement.

Plus his theme is amazing.  The 12-minute long epic piece “Dancing Mad” beats out “One Winged Angel” any day.

I guess I’m just in the camp of Kefka, but it’s not an entirely bad place to be.

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