This Comic's Cast:

The thing with including Final Fantasy characters in any comic is that you're always fighting against the characterization popularized by 8-Bit Theater. Black Mage is evil, has always been evil, and will always be evil. There's no rhyme or reason to it after a while -- it's just the way he is.

Writing Claude, I went out of my way to make him a different character (and not just because I named him instead of simply calling him "Black Mage"). I wanted him to feel fully realized and like a person, not just a single character type with magic abilities.
 
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.