Debut title: Final Fantasy X
Year released: 2001

Much like Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife, FFX's Auron first caught gamers' eyes with the big, badass blade he had strapped across his back. In the end, though, it was more than his sword that riveted the imagination's of his fans. Auron became well-known in the series because of the Sixth Sense-style twist about him that became one of FFX's most memorable moments. Spoiler alert: Auron was dead the whole time. Didn't make him any less of a badass, though. Actually, yeah, wait, Auron being dead the whole time definitely made him way cooler in our eyes.