Cloud > Terra > Squall > Lightning > Cecil > Zidane > Bartz > Firion > Tidus > Vaan
in a fight
umm no. Terra is literally a fucking esper. She would destroy any of the other FF protagonists one on one.
Cloud was dunked in a crap ton of Mako, Zack's personality, skills and memories were plastered onto him and he managed to be Sephiroth in a one on one fight.
That's why Cloud is up there.
He got his ass beat by Sephiroth though, he didn't actually "take him out" by being more powerful.
And let's face it, Zack was powerful but not HURR DURR I FIGHT 100000 SOLDIERS UNTIL I DIE like he was in Crisis Core. XIII-2 and Lightning Returns are direct sequels, unlike the Compilation where it was just made to cash in on the popularity of the series even though it had already closed pretty well
>And let's face it, Zack was powerful but not HURR DURR I FIGHT 100000 SOLDIERS UNTIL I DIE like he was in Crisis Core
Dude was still a first class solider. Not as strong as Sephiroth mind you, but still pretty strong. Even without Crisis Core.
>XIII-2 and Lightning Returns are direct sequels
No they are not. They are spinoff games like the Compilations and separate story lines. They are subseries, not direct sequels. Nobody calls them that
And Zidane is a literal angel of death made to wipe out all life on a planet. Terra is overrated as far as power goes.