Tidus and Squall are my two favorite FF MC's. Maybe even my two favorite FF characters, but I like Yuffie and uh...hm. Nobody else, really. Vincent's pretty cool. Dirge of Cerberus was actually fun.
I really relate to him. Tidus, that is. I know he's whiny and shit. But that's why I like him. He has issues with his dad just like me. And he got to go on a cool-ass adventure.
Of course, I'm never going to get to go on a cool-ass adventure, but it still helped "sell" the story for me. I can't give a specific reason as to why I hate my dad. And like Tidus, I have no personal reason to. He even sent me my copy of FFX. And X-2. So other than giving me FFX-2, he hasn't done anything horrible to me. I just have enough reasons why I hate him that could fill a book (or a video game). They're all situational and hard to explain.
It's a pretty interesting game. The battle system was really cool. It's probably one of my favorite Final Fantasy games. I'd rank it in my top 5 (maybe exactly no. 5). I even like Wakka. The characters were all well-written in the eyes of the 6th grader me. They really made me care. The pseudo-job class system is cool, but I hated not having EXP when I replayed it.
Oh, and controlling summons. Fuck yes. Although they all kind of suck, except Anima. Fucking Yojimbo. I'll never forget the crushing disappointment when I found out you had to pay to use him. Still one of my favorite summons.
I feel like FFX is one of the last few "good" Square-Soft/Square-Enix releases. After that, it just got all...Kingdom Hearts-y. Really disappointing.
Also, I found this really interesting, but apparently Tidus was supposed to be a "plumber with the attitude of a delinquent" in the very, very early versions of the game. I like Tidus as he is, but the idea of having a punk-ass blue collar worker as my JRPG protagonist really tickles my fancy. Oh, and he was going to be the party's unsent, instead of Auron. Could have been pretty cool.
This has been a really disjointed post. My bad.