Debut title: Final Fantasy X
Year released: 2001

Some people absolutely hate Tidus which, admittedly, we can understand somewhat. The voice acting for Tidus was fairly unheroic, and his general attitude could be sort've whiny at times, but what was important about Tidus was the way that he managed to challenge the archetype for the typical Final Fantasy protagonist. A blonde-haired, generally cheerful pro athlete, Tidus was bounds away from tortured, brooding alpha males like Cloud or Squall Leonhart. Despite this, though, Tidus still manages to rise to the challenges presented to him in Final Fantasy X. Additionally, his relationship with Yuna is one of the franchise's most powerful and deeply woven connections. If there was any guy who was going to make you cry in Final Fantasy, it was Tidus.