So does everyone take to the final battle at the end? Not like it's so easy that you even have to think about it, but just out of curiosity.
I roll with what (I think) is the boring canon: Terra, Celes, Edgar, Sabin. Locke, who is also canon, just barely misses the cut, but it's basically a coin-flip. And if you put both of them in then you have to leave out one of the twins and I just can't do that. Terra always goes. The rest of the B-team is Setzer, Shadow, and Mog.
Again, though...this is all part of the genius of this game. None of the characters really feel like throwaways. They've all got a personality, and even though they're pretty much just tropes that's what actually makes it so repayable to me. There isn't just one boring emo hero who feels alienated. They're all just sort of flung together, and the branching plotlines and reunion stuff in part 2 brings that out.
Anyways enough about me. Who are the first four characters you guys take to the tower?