50 Day Final Fantasy Challenge - Day 25
25. A character you like, who most people seem to dislike.
I’ve talked extensively about this fucker already, but I’ll do it again.
Yeah. I like Tidus. A lot, actually. And yeah I get why people don’t like him. He’s whiny, self-centered, immature and not all that smart.
But in terms of character arc? Holy shit. Yeah, he starts out as a big whiny baby that’s forever resentful of being in his father’s shadow … but he grows so much. As the story of FFX progresses he becomes a more well-rounded person, learning from his mistakes, facing his fears, and overcoming his shortfalls.
And what’s more? His feelings, his entire perception of himself as a person isn’t even technically real. He is the physical manifestation of millions of souls’ desire to end their eternal suffering. He’s not a stoic with a single-minded focus. He’s flawed. He’s petulant. He’s unwilling to accept the truth but in the end — he makes the conscious decision to do what’s right.
He is a metaphor for the best of humanity in general. And it’s kinda beautiful.
On the outside — he’s seemingly pretty perfect. Physically fit, adored by many, good looking, all that noise. On the inside he is bitter, resentful, childish and even though he has a lot going for him … it’s not as much as his father had. All he ever wanted was the recognition and approval of his father. Couple that with the fact that he could never escape his father’s shadow… and you end up with the guy we start the game with.
That is the guy the Fayth chose to release them from their torment. Why?
Because they needed someone who was capable of growth. Someone who had feelings and was not afraid to feel them. Or show them. Someone who would be so moved, so changed by what he encountered in Spira that he would stop at nothing to end the vicious cycle of suffering and death.
What can I say? I really love the guy, and he has one of the strongest character arcs in all of Final Fantasy.