“Final Fantasy isn’t usually praised for racial diversity amongst it’s main cast of characters, see Final Fantasy XV, but when controversial dark skinned characters like Sazh and Barret are created and thrust upon the nitpicking fanbase, heads are surely bound to turn. There has been many black characters throughout Final Fantasy’s history but you could only count them on one hand at one point.
“Since Final Fantasy VII diversity has gradually crept through the cracks and introduced darker palettes”
In 1997 Squaresoft introduced it’s first official black character ‘Barett Wallace’ a no-nonsense, stereotypical and walking parody of actor Mr T and whilst definitely not the best representation, fans who look beyond physical appearances will know as the story progressed Barett came across as a strong, caring and lovable character who would risk his own life to overthrow a corrupt government and save the planet.
Aside from Barett Wallace and more recently Sazh Katzroy, there’s other black characters who have been given roles in their respective series be it minor, supportive or next to non-existent. Since Final Fantasy VII diversity has gradually crept through the cracks and introduced darker palettes (thankfully). So let’s take a look back at the black characters throughout Square’s history…”