Top Fifty Final Fantasy Characters
3. Faris Scherwiz, FFV
When I first started playing Final Fantasy V, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be able to get as emotionally attached as I did to the games I had played before. I figured I start playing, get bored pretty quickly, and forget about it. You hardly ever hear anyone in the Final Fantasy fandom speaking positive words about the games prior to VII… In fact, you don’t hear much of anything about these games. I figured they probably weren’t very good if no one ever talked about them… They must have just been boring… And the fact that the graphics are waaay old-fashioned made the game seem like I maybe shouldn’t even bother playing it… It’s harder to feel a connection with characters who look like legos… But I was proven wrong when I met Faris, one of my favorite Final Fantasy characters ever!
We first meet Faris when we’re trying to steal her ship. She, the captain, and her pirate crew travel the seas on a pirate ship without the aid of wind with the help of a sea dragon, known as Hydra on my PS version of this game. Hydra and Faris have a special bond, which is something I admire. (I’ve mentioned before my love of Final Fantasy characters who have non-human animal friends. My own best friend is a dog, so I can relate to such characters.)
Faris joins the rest of the party because she sees Reina (Lenna) wears a pendant just like Faris’s. She, unlike the others, goes on this journey to learn more about herself rather than to save the world. She does what is in her best interest, not what is in the best interest of everyone else.
When we are first introduced to Faris, we are meant to believe she is a male, and that’s exactly what she wants us to believe. Because she was raised from an early age by a bunch of male pirates, she dresses and behaves in a typically masculine fashion in order to be taken seriously. Assuming the identity of a man probably helped her maintain courage and confidence. Because everyone thought she was a man, they respected her more.
She later learns that she and Lenna are sisters, and that she (Faris) is the long-lost princess of Tycoon. After learning this, she is protective of her little sister and becomes a much more caring person toward the rest of the party (particularly Lenna.) Eventually, she considers all of them her friends.
Though it is learned that she’s a female, and more importantly, a princess, Faris doesn’t let that change who she is. She gets dressed up as requested by those who want her to behave more princess-like, but it’s clear she feels awkward about it. She enjoys being a pirate and acting in a more stereotypically masculine way. That’s who she is…
I also love that she doesn’t get wrapped up in any romance plots. I love those independent women characters who don’t end up dating someone by the end of their stories. It seems almost all characters have to be partnered up romantically in the end, not just in Final Fantasy, but in all sorts of movies, shoes, books… But in real life, some people just aren’t into romance. It’s always nice to find a character whose values and aspirations match your own, and to me, that character is Faris. I’m not into romance; I would like to be a pirate; I would love to be a man, or at least treated with more respect than some people give to women. Plus, Faris has gorgeous long flowing purple hair. That’s awesome!
I hope they remake FFV someday, with good graphics. Most of the best Final Fantasy characters exist in FMV scenes of their own games, or at least in Dissidia or prequels/sequels of FFVII, with good graphics… Faris is one of my favorite characters ever, and I don’t even know what she looks like… Not in the good graphics… But I just know she’d be gorgeous.