I have no prejudice here. I have quite a number of favourite characters in the final fantasy forum. The list is long.
I have to agree FF7 has good characters like cloud, sepiroth. I also think FF15 does have a good Noctis and friends. So I won't say it was that bad with new FF too. It seems like progressively they made some good characters.When it comes to the best characters that I enjoy while playing the final fantasy, I would have to pick up Cloud for I'm not the type that enjoys playing with heroes on an often basis. Snow is another character that I enjoys playing with on final fantasy VIII despite the fact it is one of the weakest character we have on the series.
Sephiroth and Cloud were my favorite as well.I think sephiroth and Cloud are my favorite characters. And I seem to be good with the characters on the final fantasies most of the vilians. I think I prefer vilians more because they are stronger. And it's hard for the heroes to beat them. That's what I have learned.