The following table summarizes some relevant characteristics of the 14 playable characters.
|Character||Skill||Skill type||Dedicated relics|
|Locke (thief)||Steal||Debuff||2: Thief's bracer, Brigand's glove|
|Edgar (machinist)||Tools||Debuff & attack||0|
|Sabin/Mash (monk)||Blitz||Support & attack||0|
|Shadow (ninja)||Throw||Attack||1: Memento ring|
|Gau (feral youth)||Rage||Support, debuff & attack||0|
|Setzer (gambler)||Slots||Attack||1: Coin toss|
|Umaro (berserker)||Berserk||Support (itself)||3: Berserker ring, Blizzard orb,
|Terra/Tina (magitek elite)||Trance||Support (herself)||1: Princess ring|
|Celes (rune knight)||Runic||Debuff||1: Princess ring|
|Gogo (mime)||Mimic||Support||4: Thief's bracer, Brigand's glove,
Fake mustache, Coin toss
|Mog (moogle)||Dance||Support, debuff & attack||1: Molulu's charm|
|Strago (blue mage)||Lore||Support, debuff & attack||0|
|Relm (pictomancer)||Sketch||Debuff||3: Fake mustache, Memento ring,
All names used are the default names.
- Original name: Tina
- Original class: magic warrior
- GBA class: magitek elite
Although Terra can equip a wide variety of weapons and armors, her primary role is as a spellcaster. When in her Esper form, her spells are twice as effective. She appears at the beginning of the game, with assistants Vicks and Wedge. When she is using the Magitek armor, she will have additional abilities compared to other characters.
- Class: adventurer
Locke, a treasure hunter, has the Steal ability. This gives a chance on retrieving an item from an enemy in battle (that is not otherwise dropped randomly.)
Edgar Roni Figaro
- Class: machinist
Edgar is seen as a "ladies man" you can say; his variety of attacks and skills make him a very useful character
Sabin Rene Figaro
- Original name: Mash
- Class: monk
Sabin is a very powerful character. His Blitz moves are very strong and do not require MP or time dedication to execute.
- Class: rune knight
Celes is another intriguing character upon this story, her variety of attacks and spells make her very useful for a hybrid. Mainly her role would be spell casting, but she has good physical attributes as well. Her runic skill can be very helpful when facing against enemies with elemental spells, which she can absorb for her own benefit.
- Class: gambler
- Original class: killer
- GBA class: ninja (Japanese for "killer")
Shadow has excellent physical abilities. He has great speed and agility, and is extra helpful when equipped with a Genji Glove. His Throw command is very useful, allowing him to hurl weapons at the enemy for a higher damage. Weapons special to this are the Shurikens, Fuma Shurikens, and various elemental and Shadow scrolls.
- Original name: Cayenne
- Original class: samurai
Cyan is a tough character with high HP and attack power. His SwordTech skill is very powerful but requires significant time to execute.
- Original class: wild boy
- GBA class: feral youth
- Original class: moglie
- GBA class: moogle
- Original name: Stragus
- Class: blue mage
Strago is a Blue Mage. He can equip only lighter armor, and primarily wields rods and staves. Though his physical attributes are quite low, his Magic attribute and MP are higher. The old man's special skill is Lore, which allows him to command unique spells learned from monsters. In order to acquire these spells, he must first experience them, which (in the case of beneficial or rarely used Lores) may require controlling the monster in question.
- Class: pictomancer
Relm has the highest Magic attribute of any character, and although physically very weak, her skills are crucial to getting Strago all of his Lore magics.
- Class: mimic
Gogo has average attributes, but his Mimic skill allows him to copy the last attack used without consuming MP or any special requirement for the attack. Also, he can customize the three remaining slots on his command menu.
- Original class: snow man
- GBA class: yeti
While you may not actually be able to control Umaro, his attacks are very powerful and with relics he is capable of gaining extra abilities. i.e. BodyThrow, Ice Storm.