He definitely raises some valid and interesting points. First off, I agree with him on the fact that there is no main character. Like he said, the story is told from multiple viewpoints. It starts off with Terra's viewpoint until she flies to Zozo, at which point no charcater takes the spotlight. It shifts to Locke/Celes when they travel to the Magitek factory, and then shifting back to Terra when they "revive" her. It stays this way up until Thamasa, where Shadow/Strago/Relm serve the most important role. Finally, Celes once again takes center stage at the beginning of the World of Ruin--but this is diminished once you rescue everyone.There isn't one. This is evident by how the game is designed in which you do not follow the viewpoint of a central focal character.
However, there are characters of varying importance, and in this realm, Terra trumps all. She is integral to the overall story plot and in the greater scheme of things, is the central axis the story pivots around. Even if you go out of your way to avoid recruiting her in the World of Ruin, she still flies to Kefka's Tower at the end to be part of the ending.
Though, many people may use this as an argument to her being the main character, this is invalid. Again, there is no character that the game uses as a looking glass for the gamer, so to speak. This is an RPG, a role-playing game, yet there is no role the player is supposed to take. There's just the story that unfolds.
Others will argue that Celes is as important as Terra. This is based, primarily because she starts the World of Ruin. Of course, they fail to realize that this is because she is the only one it could have started with.
At the end of the World of Balance, she has absolutely no connections. Everyone else has a purpose they are filling. Terra has found her home with the Mobliz kids. Locke is looking for the Phoenix Esper. Edgar is trying to take control of Figaro. Setzer is getting drunk near Darill's tomb (as morbid as that might be). Shadow's getting beaten up by a Behemoth. Strago has been cult-mind-controlled. Relm is at Jidoor painting. Cyan is writing love letters. Gau and Mog are... well, Gau and Mog, they don't matter. Celes is the only one who could be so perfectly suited for the task of rounding everyone up. The only other character that had no goal (at the moment) was Sabin, and his story role is bare minimal, at best.
Others argue that Locke is the most important. This is possibly the single most ridiculous argument yet, because it has no base. Locke is not integral to the story. His personal battle centers around his past with Rachel, not the overall battle they are all fighting. In that respect, characters like Strago are more important to the story. At least Strago is a mage warrior from Thamasa, whereas Locke has no connection to the overall story other than he wants to fight the good fight.
And should you find someone who is arguing that Locke (or Edgar for that matter) is the most important character, you'll find they have no valid reasoning (because there is no valid argument). You will also find that they base this reasoning on the fact that Locke (Edgar) is a guy so they have to be the main character. Regardless of whether they say it out loud or not, you can tell it is what they are thinking. And anyone with half a brain can figure out how ridiculous that "argument" is.
Anyways, I've always considered Locke to be the most important character of FF6, barring Terra and Celes. But when you think about it, he's right--Locke serves no purpose to the central plot of the game, instead providing a rather interesting side-story. In that respect, he's about as important to the story as Shadow. Actually, less important. At least Shadow saves the world. Without him, Kefka would have killed everyone on the Floating Continent. Locke's importance ges as far as saving Terra from Narshe's guards at the beginning of the game.
But still... imagining a Final Fantasy VI without Locke... it's just not right. I'd analyze some other stuff he mentioned in his explanation, but I'll save that until later. Anyways, I'm just wondering what everyone else thinks about this. Post your thoughts.
[ February 23, 2004, 12:33 AM: Message edited by: Kaeru 7 ]