hasn't been the only series to include black or ambiguous brown characters.
There's been several other games including the Suikoden and Fire Emblem series which has managed to include black characters. Whether they were influenced by Final Fantasy or other forms of popular media is unknown. The portrayal of black characters in jrpgs isn't anywhere near perfect but they do exist.
"These particular characters usually have much darker skin than their white-skinned counterparts"
When you think of character jrpgs in general you're most likely going to remember the fair skinned protagonists with bright coloured eyes and spiky anime styled hair. Despite this there's actually been a number of distinctive looking characters whose skin tone, facial features and hair wasn't designed to look Eurocentric and adopt features and skin tones most commonly associated with black people.
These particular characters usually have much darker skin than their white-skinned counterparts and it can be assumed that they're either black or a person of colour. Black characters from the Final Fantasy series won't be included here as they've already been covered, but instead let's focus our attention on black characters who have appeared in other JRPGs.
Hauser (Suikoden II)
Hauser is the general of an military unit called the Muse Army, he is the archetypical soldier and follows commands without giving them a second thought. He's a omnipotent warrior who is very much devoted to his job and always wears a serious expression. Hauser is a tall, dark skinned man with a hi-top hairstyle. Hauser has a very distinctive look that hasn't been replicated since.
Basilio (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
Basilio is a dark skinned man with an eye patch and bald head. He respects people with strength and courage but often behaves and talks in a goofy manner. Despite this erratic behaviour Basilio has the strength befitting for his position as the West-Khan of Ferox. His companion Flavia nicknamed him 'oaf' because of his attitude but despite this he's rather quick-witted.
Lucia (Suikoden III)
Lucia is a dark skinned woman with ash blonde hair and violet eyes. Her father was murdered causing Lucia to become chief of the Karaya clan. She teams up with a man called Jowy Atreides by the promise that her people will be granted land. Lucia is a fierce warrior and wishes to avenge her father by assassinating his killers.
Otharon (Xenoblade Chronicles)
Otharon is a bald headed black man who wears glasses and has a white beard. At first he's a rather frigid and stern individual who expresses the discipline of a solider in his spoken word. Otharon also has quite a temper and acts rash, nonetheless, he is a highly skilled commander and planner thus allowing him to enter fights with supreme efficiency.
Lucia (Shadow Hearts Covenant)
Luca is a female of providential beauty who resides in Europe with her mistress Carla. Since a child Lucia was taught the style of hard dance and fortune telling by Carla, who at one time was a professional dancer. Now an proficient fortune-teller, Lucia is renowned not only for her exotic look but also special abilities.
Devdan (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
Macha (Chrono Cross)
Maella Abbey guard (Dragon Quest VIII)
Now the Dragon Quest Series is hardly known for it's Ethnic diversity, but to our surprise in Dragon Quest VIII there's a Maella Abby guard who has dark skin tone and plump lips, he's also the only dark skinned character in the game. Lest we forget the concept artist for the Dragon Quest series is Akira Toriyama and he tends to draws characters whom are black with large lips.
Eluca (Chaos Rings)
Eluca is a playable character in Chaos Rings. She is introduced as a powerful yet young warrior who is exceedingly egotistic, rash and uncompassionate towards others. Despite these mean spirited traits she is in fact a very complicated and conflicted character. Eluca and her partner Zhamo are most likely based off of Africans.
Zhamo (Chaos Rings)
Zhamo is a playable character in Chaos Rings, he is coupled and partnered up with Eluca. Zhamo is a teenage wide-eyed warrior who is very pure, to the point where his perception of life is naive. He is soon discovered to be part of a royal family and aspires to become the next providential King of his realm, eager to bring prosperity and order to his people.
Flavia (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
Flavia is a courageous, bold and strong minded female who is like a dependable older sister. She's admired by women who bow down to no man, but handles her opposition equally no matter who they are. She is also very open-eyed and has an attention to detail. Flavia enjoys exercising and does the most push ups in her army.
Funky Student (Persona 4)
Funky Student is an non-playable character in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, found hanging around the Yasogami High school hallway. He, as his nickname implies, is a pupil at the school and more than likely a senior. His funky talk and large afro makes him stand out among his peers at Yasogami high, He issues a challenge to players by quizzing them and gives away prizes for the right answer.
Aila (Suikoden III)
Aila is a highly skilled warrior from the Karaya Clan and has the gift to talk with spirits, although she's still a rookie. She left her home to find a woman called Sarah, but by the time she had returned home her village was burned to ashes.
Gavenger (MS Saga)
Gavenger is a playable character in MS Saga, a series based on Gundam. He looks quite old but is in fact only 24 years of age and highly educated about machines and the world before The Great Fall. He now fights to protect his city from a group who refer to themselves as the Dark Alliance.
Dorothy Burton is a character in the NeoGeo Pocket jrpg Faselei! She's a pilot who is shown to be very flirtatious towards the main character. She can be selected during certain missions as support. Unlike many other black women in jrpgs her character design is rare as she isn't ambiguously black.
Mark (Revelations: Persona)
Originally white/Asian in the Japanese version, Mark's race was changed in the western version due to the lack of racial diversity in the game. Mark is a mischief-maker and class clown but also a friendly person in general. In his group of friends he is also depicted as the mood setter of the group. For some reason in the western re-release of the PSP version, Mark's skin tone was reverted back to his original look.
Grace (Unlimited Saga)
Grace is a playable character in Unlimited Saga, she's a slender middle aged dark skinned woman and is considered to be one of the strongest female characters in the game. Grace is one of the only four dark skinned characters in the entire series.
Silver Girl (Unlimited Saga)
Silver Girl is playable in Unlimited Saga, she's dark skin and has silver hair hence her name. The elusive Silver girl (actual name; Faedailjen) is an Arcanion, the group who were said to have made The Seven Wonders. It's debatable whether "Silver Girl" is the proper term. It could easily be "Silver Haired Girl", but that couldn't fit into the menu thus it's abbreviated spelling.
Shizel (Tales of Eternia)
Shizel is the final antagonist of Tales of Eternia. She's the stand-in ruler of Celestia and parent to a young girl called Meredy. She's a women who is vengeful and sees the planet as a root of cruelty. Having been turned insane by a sinister man, she's determined to see the completion of an idealist world beyond material dependency.
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Elma (Xenoblade Chronicles X)
Elma is one of the eight main playable characters in Xenoblade Chronicles X, she's the primal protagonist in the central story. Elma has shoulder-length whitish hair and a dark skin tone. She takes her job as a BLADE colonel very seriously and her team-mates revere and honour for her this. Elma's a very sensible woman who never makes foolhardy decisions.
Let us know if we missed any characters who are black from an jrpg and we'll add them to the list.