Okay, you knew this was coming. We have a favorites thread so it's only fair we have a thread to talk about our "least favorites" in the series. For me, it's Lightning and it didn't used to be that way. Only when Square Enix decided to over-expose her for the past 7 years did it become painfully apparent that they were trying to recreate another "Cloud" type character except she lacks many of the interesting character development and qualities he at least had. Shoving her into games like FF14 where she doesn't exactly fit with the lore is just one example in a line of many that prove SE just doesn't get it. People are tired - yes some people love her - but if we're to look at the massive 75% sales drop from FFXIII to XIII-2 - many people did not. Lightning started off decent in FFXIII but by the time you realize her story is going no where and she's nothing but an angry, shallow siscon who decided suddenly that she was going to take down the whole world anyway, the game is already over. Her Japanese portrayal isn't nearly as bad, but good god is her English voice actor boring and a central part to my irritation as well as the awful writing by one Daisuke Watanabe and Motomu Toriyama. Calling the XIII series the "Lightning Saga" is almost like if SE would have called FF12 and its sequel the "Vaan Saga" because ultimately she had just as much relevancy as he did in the original game and even less so in the sequel. Of course, now she has her own solo adventure in Lightning Returns but really... at this point I would have loved to see those game concepts go into something fresh. The narrative and characters aren't going to get any better and from what I've seen and played of the game the only decent part of it is turning out to be its battle systems. Nothing on Earth is going to change the cringe-worthy, juvenile dialogue we've already seen in almost every trailer - and the Japanese script isn't any better either. It's high time single player Final Fantasy shed the past 7 years behind it - and that means getting away from Lightning once and for all.