Debut title: Final Fantasy XII
Year released: 2009
When your occupation is "sky pirate," it's hard to argue that you're doing anything wrong. Final Fantasy XII's Balthier was certainly no exception. The main character for the game, Balthier was a suave, gregarious, and self-assured hero who, interestingly enough, fell more into the conventions of a Western protagonist. Oft-compared to fictional heroes like Jack Sparrow, Han Solo, or James Bond, Balthier has managed to distinguish himself in the Final Fantasy series as being on the franchise's most outwardly-expressive leading males.