Final Fantasy IV was the first SNES installment in Square Enix's JRPG series, originally released as "Final Fantasy II" in North America during 1991.

This is the first Final Fantasy game that introduced the famous ATB (active-time battle) system which brings a real-time element to turn-based battles: during the battles, you have a time indicator for each party member that dictates when this character is able to act. Depending on gameplay settings, enemies are also free to act in real-time regardless of whether or not a party member is capable of accepting commands from the player.

The game abandons the job system that was implemented in the first and the third Final Fantasy titles in favor of pre-set character classes (paladin, white mage, ninja, etc.) assigned to each party member.

Final Fantasy IV would see several remakes in the years following its SNES release on future game platforms including the Sony PlayStation, Nintendo DS and Apple iOS.

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I need a way to keep this going without keeping a word document going, so enjoy my ultimate dream cast for a Dissidia game. To be honest, I'd rather see the series renamed Square Enix Dissidia and jam packed with as many of their characters as they can. So, here we go (note I'm not done):

Final Fantasy I:

Hero: Warrior of Light
Villain: Garland

Final Fantasy II:

Hero: Firion, Minwu
Villain: Emperor Mateus Palamecia, Leon

Final Fantasy III:

Hero: Onion Knight
Villain: Cloud of Darkness, Xande

Final Fantasy IV:

Hero: Cecil Harvey, Kain Highwind
Villain: Golbez, Zemus


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years:

Hero: Ceodore Harvey
Villain: Maenad

Final Fantasy V:

Hero: Bartz Klauser
Villain: Exdeath, Gilgamesh

Final Fantasy VI:

Hero: Terra Branford, Celes Chere
Villain: Kefka Palazzo, Gestahl

Final Fantasy VII:

Hero: Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart
Villain: Sephiroth


Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core:

Hero: Zack Fair
Villain: Genesis Rhapsodos

Final Fantasy VIII:

Hero: Laguna Loire, Squall Leonhart
Villain: Ultimecia, Seifer Almasy

Final Fantasy IX:

Hero: Zidane
Villain: Kuja

Final Fantasy X:

Hero: Tidus, Yuna
Villain: Jecht, Seymour Guado

Final Fantasy XI:

Hero: Shantotto, Prishe
Villain: Shadow Lord, Eald'narche

Final Fantasy XII:

Hero: Vaan, Basch fon Ronsenburg
Villain: Vayne Solidor, Gabranth

Final Fantasy XIII:

Hero: Lightning
Villain: Galenth Dysley

Final Fantasy XIV:

Hero: Thancred
Villain: Zulvan

Final Fantasy Versus XIII:

Hero: Noctis Lucis Caelum

Final Fantasy Type-0:

Hero: Ace

Final Fantasy Tactics:

Hero: Ramza Beoulve
Villain: Folmarv Tengille

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest:

Hero: Benjamin
Villain: Dark King

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles:

Hero: Layle
Villain: Amidatelion

Final Fantasy Unlimited:

Hero: Kaze, Makenshi
Villain: Earl Tyrant, Oscha

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light:

Hero: Brandt
Villain: None

Kingdom Hearts:

Hero: Sora
Villain: Master Xehanort

Chrono Trigger:

Hero: Crono
Villain: Dalton

Chrono Cross:

Hero: Serge
Villain: Lynx

Parasite Eve:

Hero: Aya Brea
Villain: Eve

Valkyrie Profile:

Hero: Lenneth
Villain: Loki

Star Ocean:

Hero: Roddick Farrence
Villain: Asmodeus

Dragon Quest

Hero: Hero
Villain: Dragonlord


Heroes: 37
Villains: 35

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    • Sep 17, 2014 (PC)
    • Dec 20, 2012 (iPhone)
    • Jul 22, 2008 (DS)
    • Dec 12, 2005 (GBA)
    • Dec 31, 1995 (PSX)
    • Nov 1, 1991 (SNES)
    • Q1 2013 (Android)
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    • Dec 20, 2012 (iPhone)
    • Dec 20, 2007 (DS)
    • Dec 15, 2005 (GBA)
    • Q1 2013 (Android)
  • Europe:
    • Sep 24, 2014 (PC)
    • Dec 20, 2012 (iPhone)
    • Sep 5, 2008 (DS)
    • Jun 2, 2006 (GBA)
  • Australia:
    • Sep 24, 2014 (PC)
    • Sep 5, 2008 (DS)
    • Feb 22, 2006 (GBA)
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