Coolest Unlockable Hidden Characters in Gaming

This is a response to a blog post I read on Mobile Commandos, The 3 Coolest Unlocked Characters in Gaming History.

I'm sorry, Simon. I'm going to have to agree to disagree on this one, buddy.

While you may be right about Minion from the Twisted Metal series ... but Reptile? and Sheng Long? Are you serious?

Let me do a little editorial revision of your list.

The ultimate hidden character, ever, of all time, finito, is Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII. In fact, he was so freaking AWESOME, they even gave him his own offshoot game, the Dirge of Cerberus. (and, he kicked some major ass in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children)

Look at that! How freaking cool is that?! Of course Mr. Valentine gets first, hands down!

Second, an unlockable character many overlooked, and sadly, never got to experience the game to its fullest, was in the Sonic series. After collecting all seven chaos emeralds from the bonus levels, you were able to transform into the golden Super Sonic, which gave Sonic even greater speed and invincibility, not to mention looking bad ass at the same time.

Mmmmmm ... Chaos Emeralds.

And, of course, my third spot will go to Minion of the Twisted Metal series. Many fond, fond memories playing those games, and hearing your mention of it actually makes me want to go find a used copy and play it and tear cars into shrapnel soon.