I… I feel pretty terrible that I keep harping on about Final Fantasy IX like I do, but it’s my favorite game for a reason, okay? And I do love Kuja. His ridiculous
flamboyance theatricality, his childishness, his inferiority complex, his smoothness, and his batshit hysterics when he finds out he’s going to die. He’s a much better character than a lot of people give him credit for, I think, because like I was talking about with Freya, a lot of IX’s character development is very understated. Some people just remember the theatricality and that he tried to destroy everything.
The childishness, I think, is a big part of what makes him so great. Dropping Zidane on Gaia, his whole rebellion against Garland, and not to mention that the whole “I won’t let this world exist without me!” thing? He’s throwing a big hissy-fit at not getting his way, that the world doesn’t revolve around him. But I love it, because he acts so grand about everything, hiding it so well, that it just adds depth to his character, and it gives the situation such a dire atmosphere.
Second place, I must mention, though, and that goes to one Sho Minamimoto, from The World Ends with You. All the math… I just love it. Call me crazy, but I like math, and I love that he’s like this total thug who loves math. He’s pretty crazy too, actually. I like crazy villains. I once met a Sho cosplayer, I think it was at Otakon last year, who made me answer a math question before he let me take a photo. :P Then I asked him to derive something, or integrate something, or something, to see if he could. XD And he did! It kind of made my day.
And an honorable mention to Lloyd from Legend of Dragoon. I really can’t give him the top spot not because he’s not an awesome character, but because I don’t think the game does a good enough job of showing it off. In the Hero Competition? Badass. When he kills Lavitz? Badass. But later on, he just gets pushed off to the side so much. It’s not like he wasn’t an important character in the end; he was, but somehow, it just doesn’t come through. Plus, one terrible shame in that game was it’s horrible script. Hopefully it was just the translation, really, but a character just can’t seem as cool as they should when so many lines seem stilted and unnatural.