Debut title: Final Fantasy VII
Year released: 1997
An NPC in Final Fantasy VII, former SOLDIER, Zack Fair, is remembered poignantly by fans of the game for the role he played as the fallen friend of Cloud, and lost love of Aeris. The wielder of the Buster Sword before Cloud, Fair passes the blade onto his blonde-haired successor when he dies trying to escape a genetic experimentation facility. Though he wasn't originally intended to be in the game at all, Fair serves as a crucial, emotional bridge between Aeris and Cloud, and adds an essential layer of meaning to the title as a whole.