Final Fantasy as a series has given birth to a whole host of formidable bosses. Often times these bosses are cold, calculating and just preeminently evil. Final Fantasy 6’s Kefka, however, is a little different. In the previous Final Fantasy games you didn’t often get to know and interact with the games ultimate boss.
However, you get to see all the horrible things Kefka does and even stop him a few times. But this insane clown is, in many ways, much more terrible than most Final Fantasy villains. With that said, here’s the 10 worst things Kefka has ever done.
10 He Poisoned Doma
One of the first horrendous acts you see Kefka do is to poison Doma. Doma is the kingdom where Cyan lives, and this horrible act impacts how Cyan develops throughout the game. Beyond the obvious death of Doma’s citizens, this act that Kefka did himself led to the complete annihilation of Doma. The only two survivors were a lone Doma scout and Cyan himself.
Furthermore, this act shows just how unhinged and cowardly Kefka really is. General Leo is the one in charge of assaulting Doma and he expressly forbids Kefka to do this. It’s only when Leo is called away elsewhere that Kefka poisons Doma’s water supply.
9 Enslaved Terra
The simple act of taking away the will of another person is despicable enough, but Kefka takes it to another level. Early on, even before the player gets to do anything besides watch, Kefka places the slave crown on to Terra. He does this because of his curiosity and interest in her magic.
But being who he is, Kefka doesn’t stop there. In order to test her magic he orders her to burn 50 imperial soldiers alive. Not the enemies of the empire, but its own soldiers. He treats the lives of those around him as toys, disposable ones at that. Thankfully for Terra, she initially has amnesia after being freed from the slave crown.
8 Betrayed His Allies
Not only does Kefka have a severe disregard for his own soldiers lives and others, but he consistently betrays his allies. As mentioned with Terra, he uses her to burn 50 of the empires own soldiers. And those are neither the first nor the last of his own soldiers which he murders.
Perhaps one of the most important people he betrays is General Leo. When Leo witnesses the beginning of one of Kefka’s newest atrocities, he tries to stop him. By this point Kefka has grown too powerful and easily kills Leo. Additionally, even the Emperor that he serves was not safe, as he kills Gestahl and kicks him off of the floating continent.
7 Mercilessly Attacks Other Nations
While most of the assaults upon other nations are under orders from the Empire, the way that Kefka goes about this is unnecessarily cruel. Kefka desires nothing more than destruction and death, as seen with Doma. Pretty early on in the game, Kefka attacks Figaro Castle and tries to burn it to the ground. It’s ability to burrow itself does save it, thankfully.
Kefka also leads the assault on Narshe, in which the player must muster their forces to defend it from Kefka’s malice. Undoubtedly there have been many other places that Kefka has targeted and wiped off the map that the player never sees. But he also doesn’t stop there, he also attacks the small village of Espers.
6 Experiments Upon Espers And Humans
Because of his role within the Empire, Kefka was in charge of magitek experimentation. Terra was one of the first people he took an interest in because of her half-human half-esper nature, but she was not the first experiment. Kefka was actually the first to undergo the process which turns someone into a Magitek Knight but it was before it was perfected.
This could go some ways into explaining his twisted nature, but it doesn’t excuse it. Kefka continued to work with whatever espers the empire could get their hands on, using them to perform experiments upon other humans. No doubt many of the monsters in the world of ruin are the result of further experimentation.
5 Captures and Tortures Espers
Speaking of experimenting on espers, a major aspect of that is acquiring them. At a certain point in the game, the player gets to witness Kefka’s disdain for the espers as he throws Ifrit and Shiva into the trash. This was, of course, after having tortured and experimented on them. It’s only after he thinks he has gotten everything out of them that he throws them away.
But perhaps even worse is that, later on, after having discovered how to turn espers into magicite, Kefka goes even further. He finds the gate separating the espers and tricks them into coming out and attacking him. By this point they cannot seriously harm him and so he goes about turning them all into magicite.
4 Sows Discord
Perhaps one of the strangest things about Kefka is his ability to convince his allies to do what he wants. This extends to planting seeds of doubt into his enemies minds as well. When he attacks Narshe to get to the esper hiddin within, he convinces his soldiers that the best way to do so is to kill everyone there.
When Kefka discovers magicite, he attempts to convince Celes to hand them over to him. She doesn’t and teleports both her and Kefka away, but not before he attempts to tell the other characters that she is a spy and a traitor. It’s this strange mix of outright fear of him and some inner charisma within him that make him even more dangerous.
3 Destroy’s the World
Now for the most important part in showing how terrible he is, when he breaks the world, causing untold destruction and death. Because of his numerous and terrible actions, he ends up taking control of the Warring Triad and moving them, disturbing their balance. Even Gestahl, in all his greed, tries to stop him.
But it’s all too late, and the player’s party can do nothing but watch and then flee the floating continent. The ensuing chaos changes the world forever, and is reflected in the game. The world used to be known as the World of Balance. Thereafter it is known only as the World of Ruin. Kefka, in his insanity, destroyed the world that everyone knew.
2 Smites Innocents
After Kefka gains his god-like power, he builds up a horrible tower from the ruins of the old world. Sitting upon the top of this tower, he looks down at the people and uses a powerful form of magic called the Light of Judgement to smite others. The reasons he gives are usually that they did something he didn’t like or disobeyed him in some way.
However, in some of his dialogue he hints that he actually just does it because he thinks it’s fun. This means that people across the world have to constantly live in fear of not just all the new horrible monsters but they also live in fear of his whims. He takes the whole world hostage just because he gets a kick out of killing people.
1 Changes The World For the Worse
Hilariously, even when you defeat Kefka, he’s still the cause for something truly terrible. Because Kefka took the power of the Warring Triad for himself, it also means that he is the new being that lets magic exist. When you finally kill him and free the world from his terror, it also means that you have taken away all of the magic.
So not only does Kefka have to ruin the world and kill countless people, but he also causes everything in the future to change. Even long after the people have rebuilt the world and made some sort of peace, they’ll never have magic ever again. Of course, this does make him one of the most unique and memorable villains in video game history.
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