Debut title: Final Fantasy VI
Year released: 1994
The daughter of a human and an esper, Final Fantasy VI's Terra Branford served as a physical embodiment of the clash of man and magic that has defined much of the FF franchise. Terra is a benchmark for all female protagonists in the series, made unique by the multi-dimensional aspects of her personality and backstory. As the game unfolds, and we get deeper and deeper into Terra's story, we can't help ourselves from attaching to her on an emotional level. What characters like Yuna and Aeris continued, Terra started.