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->''To those who loved this world...\\
And knew friendly company therein...\\
This reunion is for you.''

''Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children'' is {{the movie}} sequel to the seventh entry in the [[RunningGag magnitude-describingly]] popular ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.

Two years have passed since the destruction of Meteor in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. People all over the world have become infected with a deadly Lifestream-distributed disease called Geostigma; in spite of this, humanity keeps rebuilding society in the wake of Sephiroth's attempts at global destruction. In the city of Edge, built from the ruins of Midgar, Cloud now lives a quiet life with Tifa, Marlene, and a sickly orphan named Denzel. To Cloud's dismay, he soon discovers his own Geostigma infection, which threatens to shatter his new life. To make matters worse, the influence of Sephiroth still remains: Three young men bearing a resemblance to the "One-Winged Angel" have come looking for Cloud--and the remnants of Shinra--for their own sinister purposes.

Limited-edition copies of the movie came bundled with a novella detailing several characters' points of view during the two-year TimeSkip. The ''Advent Children Complete'' UsefulNotes/BluRay re-release included an OVA version of one of the novella's stories; it also added additional footage to the film that either expanded on the plot ([[ReCut a necessary move]]) or altered parts of it ([[RetCon not so necessary]]).

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!!''Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Sephiroth, Cloud, Kadaj--basically, anyone who uses any kind of blade has one of these. Cloud's and Sephiroth's are so sharp that they can cut through ''entire skyscrapers''. In ''Complete'', the friction generated by these cuts produces enough heat to set aflame chunks of concrete and rebar.
* AdultFear: The silver-haired men kidnap innocent children, effectively brainwash them, and put them in harm's way (said harm being a ''gigantic dragon''). For any good parent, the first part alone is utterly terrifying. This somehow does not prevent the trio from getting a [[spoiler:RedemptionInTheRain scene]] at the end of the movie.
* AllThereInTheManual:
** Before ''Complete'' more adequately explained the plot, the best way of comprehending the movie (as well as learning of other interesting information) was to buy the ''Reunion Files'' book, the filmic equivalent of an FF ''Ultimania'' book. While it is technically only available in Japan, it does feature both English and Japanese text.
** Besides the ''Reunion Files'', a series of [[http://xcomprandomness.co.uk/ff7novels/ novellas]] collectively called "On the Way to a Smile" documents the events between the game and the film. This includes detailed explanations of the construction of Edge, how Cloud and Tifa ended up living together, what the party members did in the two year interim, who Denzel is, what Geostigma is, [[spoiler:and Aerith's role in all of this]]. To say the novellas explain a lot of stuff not present in the film would be an understatement.
** How [[spoiler:Rufus Shinra]] survived also counts. Any chance for him to explain himself in the movie was lost when Cloud cut him off.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: Inverted; the Japanese version of ''Advent Children Complete'' uses a new ending theme song called "Safe and Sound" but everywhere else uses the original theme, "Calling."
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Everyone seems a lot more concerned about Sephiroth's return than the silver-haired men kidnapping every single child in Edge. Somewhat justified in that Sephiroth nearly destroyed the entire world, but still.
* AnimeHair: Cloud's hair is not as bad as it could have been, but it was still present. The movie is about him, after all.
* ArcWords: The "Reunion".
** "Dilly-dally, shilly-shally" in the English dub.
* ArmorIsUseless: None of the characters wear metal armor, except perhaps for Cloud's pauldron, which is never used. Averted when Cloud gets shot in the face, but only his goggles get shot off... although it is quite possible that TheGogglesDoNothing and Cloud's face is that tough.
* ArtEvolution: An "all-at-once" example. The original game had a very anime and cartoony design, even beyond the silly Lego-people polygons. Following the trend of the main series as a whole, Square Enix decided that in FFVII's next generation, they should go as realistic as possible. The new style stuck, and the entire Compilation has been near-photorealism since. (This also extends to the in-the-works remake of the game.)
* ArmCannon: Barret, whose cannon is [[{{BFG}} bigger]] and [[MoreDakka better]] than ever.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Every fight scene violates at least one law of physics; how many laws a given fight breaks differs from scene to scene. Unlimited jumping distances are the most common law broken. RuleOfCool applies here, though.
* AscendedMeme: Sephiroth never actually had a wing in his human form until ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. It appears during the finale here. Also counts as a ShoutOut.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: According to ''[[AllThereInTheManual The Reunion Files]]'', Sephiroth had "ascended to a new level of existence" following his death and resurrection. That he never blinks, breaths, or loses his [[DissonantSerenity calm]] tone during the final battle was meant to emphasize how inhuman he had become.
* AudibleSharpness: In ''Complete'', Sepiroth's Masamune gives off a high, clear, chilling tone--even if it is perfectly still. If you can see the Masamune, you will hear it all but sing about its ability to cut anything apart.
* BackFromTheDead: [[LateArrivalSpoiler Sephiroth]] is resurrected by Kadaj eating Jenova cells. [[spoiler:Cloud gets shot in the back and caught in an explosion after the Sephiroth bttle, but is stopped from entering the Lifestream by Zack and Aerith; he emerges in the Lifestream-infused pond in Aerith's church.]]
* BackupFromOtherworld:
** Aerith's spirit helps Cloud in the battle against Bahamut SIN by joining in the FastballSpecial. She later uses her Great Gospel limit break from beyond the grave in order to cleanse Midgard and Edge of Geostigma.
** During the battle against Sephiroth, Zack's spirit asks Cloud if he wants some help, but Cloud turns him down. The pep talk eventually pushes Cloud into a HeroicSecondWind that allows him to triumph.
* BadassBiker: Cloud, Kadaj, Yazoo, and Loz.
* BadassBoast:
** Two in a row. [[spoiler:After Cloud defeats Sephiroth: "Stay where you belong... in my memories." Sephiroth's response is to [[DeathGlare look Cloud in the eye]] and say, "I will ''never'' be a memory."]] Doubly badass for quoting his own OminousLatinChanting ("Noli manere, manere in memoria").
* BadassCape: Vincent's cape definitely counts, especially during his intro scene.
* BadassDecay: This is invoked in-universe: When Cloud fights Kadaj, Tifa tells the others that they had all become weaker over the two-year timeskip, but that Cloud [[TookALevelInBadass has regained that strength]].
* BadassLongcoat:
** Sephiroth, of course.
** Yazoo wears one that makes him look just like Sephiroth.
** Tifa and Cloud's outfits seem to echo this.
* BadassNormal: Rude. In a world where just about every fighting adult can practically fly, and even Reno has crazy climbing skills, Rude manages to hold his own against Loz with nothing but fists and a pair of sunglasses. [[spoiler:He also manages to stop Loz and Yazoo with his homemade bombs.]]
** Rufus Shinra fools Kadaj without so much as getting out of his wheelchair, then [[spoiler:engages Kadaj in a sky-diving chase sequence for control of Jenova's head]].
* BelatedHappyEnding:
** Aerith and Zack are finally shown reunited in the afterlife.
** Cloud tried to have one after the events of the game, and he made a good run of it, but his survivor's guilt eventually caught up with him. Contracting Geostigma put the final nail in the angst coffin. But the movie's events (spelled out in the Ultimania) make it clear that Cloud has finally dealt with his major issues, and he soon finds his promised land--surrounded by his friends and his family--by the final end.
* BifurcatedWeapon: Cloud's Fusion Sword, comprised of ''six different swords''.
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''Complete'', Cloud arrives in time to see Denzel about to be devoured by Shadow Creepers and a collapsing building falling on a stunned Tifa. He [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throws]] parts of his [[BifurcatedWeapon bifurcated]] Fusion Sword and tags all three Shadow Creepers, saving Denzel. He then ''[[AbsurdlySharpBlade slices a building in half]]'' to save Tifa from being squashed.
** Tifa prepares to face Bahamut SIN all by herself until Barret steps in--and brings the rest of the party with him. "Reunion", indeed.
* BishonenLine: Kadaj gets ''more'' bishonen--and far more powerful--when he [[spoiler:briefly turns into Sephiroth]].
* {{Bishounen}}: Cloud, Sephiroth, Kadaj, Yazoo, and Vincent.
* {{BFS}}: Cloud and Sephiroth.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: The first thing Sephiroth does is block Cloud's swing so dead that he and his sword suspend in midair for awhile. More easily justified than most, as his strength is so much higher that blocking is almost a formality. The force of Cloud's blow was enough to crush the metal pipe Sephiroth was standing on, but of course does nothing to Sephiroth himself.
* BloodierAndGorier: The ''Complete'' recut. While the characters didn't recieve apparent battle damage in the original version of the movie, ''Complete'' shows characters getting dirty as they fight, as well as damage being done to Bahamut SIN (e.g., some armor breaking off the face, revealing flesh and blood). The biggest change is toward the end of the fight between Cloud and Sephiroth, where Sephiroth stabs Cloud repeatedly in mid-air--to the point that Cloud becomes a bloody mess who is barely able to stand.
* BloodlessCarnage: As noted above, this is played mostly straight in the original, but it is averted in ''Complete'' when Sephiroth repeatedly impales Cloud in mid-air near the end of their fight.
* BondVillainStupidity: Sephiroth gets at least two good chances to kill Cloud, but decides to drag things out for the sheer enjoyment of it all. It arguably makes sense with Sephiroth, as he has been waiting two years for his chance at revenge.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted with Vincent's triple-barrel handgun, Cerberus. During the Bahamut SIN fight, Vincent stops twice to reload in the span of thirty seconds (once on top of a building spire, then on ''Bahamut's shoulder'') This is played straight by every other gun wielder in the movie, though.
* TheBrute: Loz.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Rufus]] to Kadaj.
* TheCoconutEffect: The entire reason Cloud is constantly depicted as angsty in the movie (despite the fact that he got over his problems by the end of the game) is the fandom. They had turned his angst into his primary mental characteristic, and they seemingly would not recognize him otherwise.
* CombatPragmatist: Yazoo, [[spoiler:who not only DOES JustShootHim, he shoots him in the back while he's looking at the sky]].
* ContinuityLockout:
** Though there is a recap at the beginning, the movie really requires you to play the game if you want to make sense out of it. The DVD (and Blu-ray) come with a recap of key events, though.
** ''Complete'' comes with an additional feature that recaps the events of the other spin-offs, although ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' is glanced over, as it is set a year after ''Advent Children''.
* CoolBike: Cloud's Fenrir, which gets bonus points for having a built-in sword rack to hold his new CoolSword.
** The motorcycles used by the Remnants of Sephiroth count, too.
* CoolShades: Rude has [[strike:a spare pair]] [[RunningGag many spare pairs]] of sunglasses in his jacket. Some parts of the fandom insist that Rude has a special costuming Materia just for producing CoolShades. (Cloud's goggles are often counted, too.)
** Rude has good reason for taking such measures: The first set is stepped on by Reno during the brawl with Yazoo and Loz.
* CoolSword:
** Cloud's Fusion Swords, which is[=/=]are currently the page image for BifurcatedWeapon.
** Souba, Kadaj's dual-bladed katana.
** Loz and Yazoo's gunblades, which get bonus points for having a cool name: The Velvet Nightmare.
** Then, of course, there is Masamune, the sword of Sephiroth.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Reno possibly qualifies. [[spoiler:President Shinra turns out to be a Crouching Cripple, Hidden Badass.]]
* CulturalTranslation: Not really. For example, the Japanese have a more nuanced relationship with insects than Americans do, so calling Kadaj a "chrysalis" carries more meaning, though Yuffie's "He's a bug?" response works just fine.
* CurbstompBattle: Kadaj gets stomped by Cloud once the latter has his Geostigma infection healed.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: This movie is, more or less, this exact trope.
* DarkMessiah: Kadaj channels this in the scene at the lake.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: About half the characters, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII all laid out in its predecessor]].
* DeadPersonConversation: Cloud has several with both Aerith and Zack.
* DefiantStoneThrow: Marlene gets a Defiant Materia Throw that hits Loz in the back. [[OffscreenVillainDarkMatter It backfires horribly.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: This film has a "desaturated" variant. Most of its scenes take place in a ruined city under cloudy skies, so there is a lot of greyness.
* DemotedToExtra: All of the original playable characters not named Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, and Vincent receive a demotion. Red XIII gets the worst of it; he has exactly one line before the end of the film, mostly because of how much time it took to render his model.
* DeusExMachina: Aerith uses her Great Gospel limit break from beyond the grave to cure Cloud's Geostigma and drive away Kadaj; it later dispels the dark Lifestream and heals the rest of Midgar.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler:After spending the entire story pursuing Jenova, when Kadaj finally gets her head he doesn't know what to do next. Lampshaded by Cloud who points out that as a fragment of Sephiroth he's acting on instinct rather than thought.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Kadaj is the BigBad of the film; he even engages Cloud in a SwordFight near the end. But he is still just a [[ThePawn pawn]] in Jenova and Sephiroth's endgame, moreso when Sephiroth resurrects using Kadaj's body.
** [[spoiler:Kadaj suspects his status as a pawn the whole time; he even voices his distress to Rufus.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: This is basically everything involving the children. They all qualify as being [[LittlestCancerPatient little cancer patients]], but then it goes FromBadToWorse when they are kidnapped by the silver-haired men, who have some questionable attitudes towards them. And there is also their baptism by Cloud.
** In the game, Materia were placed into slots on weapons. In the film, Kadaj infuses a sphere of Materia into his arm. (His sword, Souba, does not appear to have Materia slots, but that still raises implications.) The next time Kadaj shows up, he summons Bahamut SIN and continually blasts people with magic. This would require, at minimum, two Materia pieces--one for the summon and one for the spell. After Yazoo shoots Cloud in the back, we see him and Loz each raise one arm; they soon reveal that they are pumped full of Materia of multiple different colours. At this point, you can tell [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin they've been getting the good stuff]].
* DualWielding; Cloud's [[BifurcatedWeapon Fusion Swords]], being six different blades, naturally get this treatment all throughout the film. [[note]](1) One base blade, (2) one hollow blade, (3/4) two back blades, (5/6) two side blades. In order: 1 -> 2 -> 1 & 2 -> 1+2 -> 1+2 & 3 -> 1+2+3 -> 1+2+3+4 -> 1+2+3+4 & 5 -> 1+2+3+4+5 -> 6 -> 1+2+3+4+5 & 6 -> 1+2+3+4+5+6 -> 1+3+4+5+6 & 2 -> 1+2+3+4+5+6 -> [[UpToEleven 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6]][[/note]]
** Yazoo gets bonus points for doing this ''and'' GunsAkimbo when he dual wields his GunBlade, Velvet Nightmares.
* DumbMuscle: Loz is the physically strongest of the Remnants, but he has the mental capacity of a child.
* EasilyForgiven:
** Not so much [[ForgivenButNotForgotten "forgiven" as "forgotten"]], but everyone's attitude towards working with Shinra is basically "meh". Even [[WellIntentionedExtremist Barret]] is without complaint, and he saw Shinra personally kill his original team and drop the Sector Seven plate on the slums. That being said, [[DemotedToExtra he wasn't the focus of the movie]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Sephiroth, Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo. Particularly [[TenderTears Loz]].
* ExactWords: Barret's "He's got ten minutes" line during the fight with Kadaj? Check the timestamp. Now check the timestamp during [[spoiler:the RedemptionInTheRain scene]]. The entire Cloud vs Kadaj[=/=]Sephiroth battle lasted ''no longer than ten minutes''; this includes the slow motion scenes, the DeadPersonConversation, and [[LimitBreak Omnislash]] [[FinishingMove Version]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Seven]].
* FastballSpecial: ''All the party members'' perform it on Cloud. Yes, even ''[[KilledOffForReal her]]''. And this is not on separate occasions--this is the aerial equivalent of a bucket brigade, with Cloud as the (highly ballistic) bucket.
* FeatherMotif: Black feathers for Sephiroth.
* FightScene: It would be more accurate to say the movie contains a few non-{{Fight Scene}}s instead. The original cut of the film is ninety minutes long; the fight with Bahamut SIN starts about halfway in, and the rest of the movie is basically one long fight, while a hefty amount oof the film's first half is also filled with fighting.
* {{Flanderization}}: Cloud's angsting went from pretty minor in the original game to taking over his characterization here. At the end of the game, he mostly seemed to have resolved his issues. But WordOfGod says that depression is a standard side effect of Geostigma--and Sephiroth was also [[MindRape screwing with Cloud's head]] the whole time. Then again, WordOfGod also says that they deliberately regressed Cloud's emotional state so he would feel more "familiar" to viewers (even though the movie actually makes him far ''more'' angsty than he was in the game), which turns the Geostigma side effect into a justification.
** Although Cloud is the more obvious example, all of the characters from the game receive this to different degrees. Though for the other characters, a large part of it is that Cloud dominates the screen time so we barely see them do anything.
* TheGunslinger: Yazoo and Vincent.
* GenericCuteness: The movie made Reno look like a [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130318174531/finalfantasy/images/9/9b/Reno_TCG.png model]]. Even the [[YoungerThanTheyLook mighty Cid Highwind]] looks more like his actual age with the addition of [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081223043028/finalfantasy/images/8/8a/Advent-Children-Cid.jpg a broad chest]].
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The film has an unusual in-universe example. Cloud accuses Kadaj and the Remnants of being this, even telling them outright that they have no idea why they are doing what they are doing. Kadaj [[ShutUpKirk refuses]] [[TalkToTheFist to care.]]
* GenkiGirl: Yuffie
* GogglesDoNothing: Reno's goggles seem to do nothing other than look cool and give him red rings around his eyes. This is completely averted with Cloud, though--in addition to their regular purpose (keeping dirt out of his eyes), the goggles also save him from taking a bullet to the head.
* HeelFaceReturn: Rufus explains that he has seen the error in his ways and is working to undo the damage he did as a member of Shinra. His repentance kind of makes sense, in that the consequences of Shinra's activities nearly brought about the end of the world.
* HellBentForLeather: Pretty much everyone who can be considered badass wears some leather.
* HellishPupils: Sephiroth and the Remnants have these. The children infected with Geostigma develop them after drinking the water corrupted by Kadaj, and Cloud sporadically develops them whenever his Geostigma acts up.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Rude and Reno.
* HiddenEyes: The animators were careful to make sure Rufus's eyes were never visible under his cloak, to hint he may have been disfigured somehow. [[spoiler:It also conveys that he is hiding something, but you cannot figure out quite what.]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: "A ''good'' son would have known."
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Yuffie.
* HijackedByGanon: Sephiroth hijacks Kadaj before the final battle, and he manages to put Cloud on the end of Masamune before it is over.
* HopeSproutsEternal: Mimicking TheStinger from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII the original game]], Red and his children come across [[PollutedWasteland Midgar]] overrun with greenery at the very start of the movie.
* HypocriticalHumor: "A good son would have known," says ''Rufus Shinra''.
* ImpendingClashShot:
** During the narration at the beginning. a shot of [[TheHero Cloud]] wielding his [[TakeUpMySword Buster Sword]] about to clash with [[BigBad Sephiroth]] with his [[KatanasAreJustBetter Masamune]] was among some of the flashbacks.
** Some posters and Blu-ray covers feature [[http://www.deathfall.com/forums/images/movies/427.poster an impending clash shot]] between Cloud and Sephiroth.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Kadaj's katana (which is basically two blades on one hilt) and Cloud's Fusion Swords count.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Aerith Gainsborough Die]]: As it was in the game, this is one of the reasons for Cloud's depression--until he finally allows himself to be forgiven. ([[AesopAmnesia Even though he seemed to have gotten over somewhat in the original game.]])
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: This is used throughout. Characters swinging their {{BFS}} around like they weighed about as much as a butter knife, [[BladeSpam striking ninety times a second]], ParryingBullets, you name it.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Yazoo, who shoots Cloud's sunglasses off his face at point blank range and gives him only a tiny cut on the forehead, though it's more due to Cloud's ability to [[MadeOfIron shrug off a bullet to the forehead]].
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Reno manages to casually fly a helicopter under a highway... ''backwards''. Yazoo later tops this by flying through the open side doors of Reno's helicopter... in a ''motorcycle''.
* IntellectualAnimal: Red XIII. Also Cait Sith, who is [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot a robotic Scottish cat]].
* InTheBack: As Cloud basks in Aerith's Great Gospel after [[spoiler:defeating Sephiroth, Yazoo shoots him through the back and then he and Loz blow up the area.]]
* ItIsNotYourTime: Cloud, after [[spoiler:being shot by Yazoo and blown up in an explosion]], has a brief encounter with [[spoiler:Aerith and Zack]], who tell him he doesn't belong with them yet.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Cloud tries to repeat the ending of ''Final Fantasy VII'' and [[spoiler: kill Sephiroth with omnislash, but it becomes immediately apparent that Sephiroth was ready this time. Instead it's Sephiroth who makes a repeat performance by skewering Cloud through the stomach like he did during their skirmish in Nibelheim when Cloud goes in for the final slash. Sephiroth even takes the time to mock him for it.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Sephiroth:''']] Is this the pain you felt before...Cloud? Let me remind you. ''This'' time you won't forget.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Barret and Cid.
* KarmaHoudini: ''Reno''. Iin ''Complete'' he has a conversation with Rude where he admits that he's happy helping people now, but he isn't quite sure if any one of them can really make up for what they did what with the whole almost destroying the world thing.
** People seem to forget that even though President Shinra ordered the Midgar plate to be dropped that Reno was the one who ''physically did the deed''. JustFollowingOrders is not an excuse. Does he get any kind of karmic punishment in this movie? Of course not. He's demoted to PluckyComicRelief.
** We shouldn't forget, however, that Barret and AVALANCHE ''also'' responsible for terrorist actions that killed innocent people. If that can be swept under the rug, then there's really no reason Reno's actions can't be. And besides, with the whole Sephiroth and Meteor incident having transpired and the ''whole world'' needing rebuilding, a dropped plate seems like an insignificant event by comparison and retribution for it would be pointless.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Sephiroth is prominently featured in promotional material and the cover, despite his resurrection happening at the film's end.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Right after Tifa [[IAmNotLeftHanded (seemingly)]] defeats Loz, the classic ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' victory chime [[ThemeTuneCameo starts playing in the background]]. It turns out to be [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn the ringtone to Loz's cellphone]].
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:Kadaj's death.]]
* {{Lifestream}}: The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII original game]] is the TropeNamer.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Son]]: Invoked by Sephiroth, who states that he's more or less forgotten (or given up) on his original goal of becoming a god and has decided he's going to follow in Jenova's footsteps; flying through space draining worlds of all their life essence.
* LimitBreak: Several instances through the movie.
** Cloud gets the most of them; he uses all his [[LimitBreak Limit Breaks]] from the original game save for Cross Slash and Meteorain. Easily distinguishable for the blue aura surrounding Cloud when he's about to pull one off:
*** He uses Blade Beam with the main blade from his First Tsurugi against Loz, to cut through the shockwave coming to him on their first fight at the Forgotten Capital. He also fires a wave of energy at Sephiroth during their fight, but he lacks his blue aura.
*** He uses Braver against Bahamut SIN and knocks it down to the ground in one hit.
*** Shortly thereafter, he uses Climhazzard against Bahamut SIN, this time finishing him for good.
*** With his Fusion Swords all assembled, he uses Finishing Touch to send Kadaj off flying.
*** And in the Complete version of the movie, he tries to use the original Omnislash against Sephiroth. [[spoiler:It backfires spectacularly.]]
*** Then there's Omnislash Version 5[[note]]As stated by WordOfGod, it was the fifth Omnislash they designed for the movie. WhatCouldHaveBeen, indeed...?[[/note]] which is a revamped Omnislash utilizing his Fusion Swords to their fullest. The attack is redone in the Complete version; no official name is given to it, but fans have begun to call it "Omnislash Version 6".
** Tifa uses several of her special moves against Loz at the Sector 6 Church, including Somersault and Meteor Strike.
** Barret unleashes what seems to be a reminiscent of Big Shot straight to Bahamut SIN's face.
** Cid performs a High Jump, again, against Bahamut SIN.
** [[spoiler:Aerith]] also gets a couple [[spoiler:from beyond the grave. She calls upon Great Gospel to heal the Geostigma in Cloud, which then pools to act as a healing spring. She uses it again after Sephiroth's defeat to heal people all over Midgar. In the Bahamut SIN fight, she also fuels Cloud with Fury Brand, allowing him to perform two Limit Breaks within a few minutes of time.]]
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The original CE of the movie was available only in a limited run in Japan, and equated to around $300. It included the ''Last Order'' OVA, a cap and t-shirt with the Fenrir symbol printed on each, a Play Arts ''FFVIIAC'' Cloud with Fenrir, the voiceover script, a special reprint of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII original game]] and the movie itself, complete with director's commentary and a special features disc. An American equivalent would be released much later, with many of the physical extras (save for the OVA) removed. ''FFVIIAC Complete'' also somewhat qualifies, considering the approximately 20 minutes of new footage and the ''On The Way To a Smile'' OVA.
* LipLock:
** The dub. Oh so much.
** ''"Dilly dally shilly shally"'', a nonsense phrase used in the English version to replace the Japanese "zuruzuru", an onomatopœia that mimics the sound of dragging a heavy load. Since the entire film is about Cloud letting his guilt and feelings of powerlessness weigh him down ("I feel... lighter"), it [[MakesSenseInContext makes sense in context]]. "Dilly dally shilly shally" on the other hand...
** The LipLock also resulted in things like [[http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss280/auntiebedjo519/Banana.gif this]].
* LittlestCancerPatient: Denzel and the other kids battling Geostigma.
* LostInTranslation: Cloud's sword in the movie was originally called the First Tsurugi by fans, both all six assembled blades and the base blade. In actuality, this name refers ''only'' to the base blade - the others were never given names by the production staff, who just used "Fusion Swords" to describe them. The mixup came from a misunderstanding of a transcription of Tetsuya Nomura's DVD commentary. Even the word "Tsurugi" (Japanese for broadsword) isn't the original one used (they just went with 'ken', evidently).
* MamaBear: Tifa towards Marlene and Denzel.
* MessiahCreep: Try watching [[spoiler:the baptism scene at the end of the movie]] and tell us that's not what's happening with Cloud.
* MissingTrailerScene: The first 2 trailers are infamous for being made almost entirely of test footage, none of which was used in the final movie (save the scene relating to Aerith's death). Interestingly, some screenshots of these scenes are actually on the back of the original DVD box.
* NoFlowInCGI: Averted, but... [[DemotedToExtra Hope you weren't a big fan of Red XIII]], because to save on money they avoided showing him as much as possible.
* NoSell: Sephiroth casually blocks Cloud's initial attack and easily parries Omnislash, the attack that killed him when they last fought.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Bahamut SIN catches Cloud's sword strike in its ''mouth''.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Rufus Shinra always sits in a wheelchair and is covered in a long cloak, making him appear to be crippled and highly disfigured. That way Kadaj constantly keeps turning his back to him, which comes in handy in the end, as he can stand, walk, and use guns without much problems, at least for a short time.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Cloud when [[ItWasHisSled Sephiroth is resurrected]] ''right in front of him''. Later returned the favor with the Omnislash Version 5. In Complete, Sephiroth BLOCKING the original Omnislash.]]
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: According to [[AllThereInTheManual Reunion Files]], Nomura said he wanted Cloud to fight someone younger than him, resulting in Kadaj. It also qualifies as a DoubleSubversion. Cloud is 23 at the time of the movie and Kadaj physically looks like he's in his late teens, but given ''how'' the latter was created he's actually no older than ''two''.
* OminousLatinChanting: Sephiroth's awesome theme tune, which was remixed with new lyrics.
* OmnicidalManiac: Sephiroth, just like his dear mother before him.
* OneWingedAngel: Wouldn't be ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' without it. [[spoiler:Kadaj becomes Sephiroth, then Sephiroth sprouts his wing at the fight's climax]]. The last one is subverted, however, in that [[spoiler:he dies immediately after it appears.]]
* ParryingBullets: Cloud's [[BadassAbnormal enhanced]] [[SuperSoldier SOLDIER skills]] enable him to [[BulletTime move and react fast enough]] to parry automatic gunfire from multiple directions at once. Seen when he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=divmUjpYyy0 fought Kadaj and his gang]] in the Forgotten City, and later while pursuing them on the highway.
* ThePawn: The silver-haired men to Sephiroth and Jenova.
* PeekABangs: Kadaj.
* PhoneCallFromTheDead: Aerith leaves a message on Cloud's sinking cellphone, and later sends all the people who had been infected with Geostigma to her church by calling their cells.
* PinnedToTheWall: This happens to Cloud when [[spoiler:Sephiroth is revived]].
* ThePlague: Geostigma, a disease caused by the Jenova cells accidentally distributed by the Lifestream.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: Near the beginning of Cloud and Sephiroth's fight, when Sephiroth points his sword in Cloud's face while he's laid out.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang:
** Yuffie's entire contribution to the film is having a flashy shuriken to throw around.
** In one of ''Complete'''s new scenes, Cloud throws two of his swords as boomerangs. One comes back quite soon. The other one he catches about 10 seconds later, still in mid-flight, using the sword he was already holding.
* PrecisionFStrike
** Denzel, after regaining his senses and seeing Tifa get hurt. "Son of a BITCH!"
** This is actually the only time a swear gets dubbed. Of course [[HeterosexualLifePartners Reno and Rude]] are ''supposed'' to say "holy shit" when Bahamut Sin unleashes a breath of fire, but the dubbers changed it to "H-hello..." "Hell no..."
* ProductPlacement: The Panasonic [=P900iV=] cellphone.
* PsychopathicManChild: One of Kadaj's defining traits. Loz too, with emphasis on the childishness. Yazoo also has shades of this, though due to [[TheStoic his personality]] and lack of screen time, it isn't as obvious.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The silver-haired men. Miniboss, check. Quirky... definitely.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Piano tracks come directly from a previous Final Fantasy VII piano album.
* RedemptionInTheRain[=/=]RedemptionEqualsDeath: Kadaj being invited into the Lifestream by Aerith. Cloud also has a moment of this [[spoiler:immediately before Yazoo and Loz kill him.]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: If you find yourself wondering who this Denzel kid is, trust us, you're not the only one. ''Complete'' expands on his role and backstory.
* TheReveal: In all of the promotional material for ''Advent Children'' (including the UsefulNotes/{{Playstation 3}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thsnDqQu0mQ technical demo]] that remade the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' opening with the new character designs), no shots of Aerith showed her whole face. Even in the actual film, the first unobscured shot of her face is [[spoiler:at the very end when her spirit turns to look back at Cloud before going away with Zack]]. Given, her face has become one of gaming's most famous ones, and if the modelers screwed it up...
* RuleOfCool: [[WordOfGod Acknowledged by the animators]] as the motivation for a lot of the design decisions, including the art designs for aspects such as Bahamut and the ''Shera'', and the fight scene animation, including Omnislash Version 5.
* RuleOfDrama: Probably the 2nd rule that truly matters in this show after the RuleOfCool, the prime example would be [[spoiler:Aerith showing up to help Cloud... inside ''[[SphereOfDestruction Mega Flare]]''.]]
* RunningGag: Aerith jokingly complains about Kadaj and Cloud both calling her "Mother".
* SeriousBusiness: Loz and Yazoo about [[FreudianExcuse their mom]].
* ShowyInvincibleHero: Going through the SOLDIER process really makes one a badass. Tifa, Yuffie, and the rest are badass, but Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo are ''superhuman'', and it takes the three of them working together to make a match for Cloud.
* ShoutOut: Reno does a familiar tap to his forehead when taunting Loz and Yazoo, so as to ensure they [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII got it memorized]].
* SoapOperaDisease: Geostigma, with added {{Wangst}} for assurance.
* SoLastSeason: [[spoiler:In ''Complete'', Cloud tries to finish Sephiroth with the original Omnislash. Sephiroth blocks all the lead-in attacks and impales him in the middle of the finishing leap. He's going to need another approach.]]
* SoapOperaDisease[=/=]IncurableCoughOfDeath: Geostigma. A Genetic disease [[spoiler:born of Sephiroth's hatred after dissolving into the lifestream but not dissipating.]] In ''Complete'', Vincent basically describes it as Magical AIDS.
** In the original, it's tough to see what's actually so bad about the disease, as it seems painful, but not particularly fatal. ''Complete'' clarifies the horrific nature of the disease when, at the beginning, someone is shown dying of it by ''melting''.
* SpeedEchoes: Omnislash Version 5 (and 6).
* SpiritAdvisor: Aerith and Zack act as this to Cloud, urging him to let go of his past failures and focus on the present.
* SpontaneousWeaponCreation: After taking over Kadaj, Sephiroth forms the Masamune out of tainted Lifestream just in time to effortlessly block Cloud's attack.
* SteppingStoneSword: Constantly, especially during the fight with Bahamut.
* StockFootage: Rufus and Kadaj's conversation before Kadaj summons Bahamut SIN reuses clips from the opening of the film as they talk in a manner similar to BRoll, the footage sometimes matching what they're talking about, sometimes not. These sequences, as well as other clips from the film, have since been reused in subsequent ''Compilation'' entries and related media, particularly ''Crisis Core''.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When Cloud and Rufus look at Kadaj, they see [[{{Foreshadowing}} Sephiroth superimposed over him]].
* SurvivorGuilt: Cloud seems to have this in spades at the beginning of the film. He gets better.
* SwordFight: There are about five examples of this ''not'' happening. Two of them are ''gunfights''.
* TakingYouWithMe: Close to the end of the film, [[spoiler:Loz and Yazoo, who are being purified by Aerith's Great Gospel, shoot Cloud from behind and then overload their materia to create a massive explosion that engulfs all three of them. Aerith and Zack block Cloud from entering the Lifestream, though.]]
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: In ''Complete'', Cloud really had a lot of time to [[spoiler:talk with Zack while Sephiroth was approaching from the sky]]. Sephiroth himself indulges in this a fair amount as well. [[spoiler:With Cloud, it's at least partially justified; the sequence in which he talks to Zack is probably taking place in his head, where time may be passing by slower. With Sephiroth, he's just really into crazy monologues and everyone seems happy to indulge him.]]
* TheEndOrIsIt: Sephiroth's last words seem to indicate he believes this.
--> ''"I will... never be a memory..."''
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Why didn't Yuffie just pass around some materia, have everyone cast one of their maxed-out spells (most of the materia was green), and wipe Kadaj and his ilk off the face of the earth? Because they've [[TradeYourPassionForGlory Traded Their Passion For Glory]] - moved on and rebuilt their lives after Sephiroth's defeat, while Cloud spent all of his time brooding on [[ILetGwenStacyDie his failure to save Aerith.]] Tifa infers, from her defeat at Loz's hands, that none of them are the demigod-slayers they used to be. None of them save Cloud, who has refused to let go of his grief, is still riding the wave of desperation that let the party match superhumans like Sephiroth blow-for-blow. She even says those ExactWords. Letting him finish the final fight himself not only keeps them out of his way, but enables him to find closure. Though Barret does say "He's got 10 minutes", presumably before he would jump in, it just never came to that.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Or ''regained'' levels, more like. Tifa comments during Cloud's fight with Kadaj how they all got weaker since the end of the game, but Cloud's retained much of his edge due to his isolation, and after entering single combat with Kadaj, seems to once more become "the man who killed Sephiroth"... ''twice.''
** Also, Denzel in the ''Complete'' version in comparison to the old version.
* TradeYourPassionForGlory: The entire cast save Cloud. That's why defeating [[spoiler:Sephiroth]] [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself Is Something Cloud Has Got To Do Himself]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** Did ''you'' think Sephiroth was going to come back for this movie?
** Not the trailer, but the cover for the ACC Blu-Ray release shows both Cloud and Sephiroth on the front of it. But anyone whose a fan of ''FFVII'' would have known they were going to bring him back anyway.
* {{Troll}}: Rufus Shinra. WordOfGod says that [[spoiler:he really did have Jenova in his lap under his cloak the entire film]], and with that in mind, sitting in his chair doing nothing to stop Kadaj but continuing to taunt him casts him into this territory.
* TrueCompanions: Cloud's party and the Turks.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Complete''. Roughly 30 minutes more footage, as well as some altered scenes.
* VariableTerminalVelocity: Kadaj manages to fall faster than Rufus Shinra, even though Rufus fell first.
* VictoryIsBoring: While not exactly boring, winning two years ago took away Cloud's purpose in life. He took up a simple job as a delivery boy and had a lot of free time on his hands. He spent this time brooding on his failures and drinking. Soon afterwards Denzel, his adopted son/brother, gets geostigma and Cloud leaves to find a cure, but he fails. Even worse, he catches the disease himself and is dying at the young age of 24. Indeed, his fighting ability is greatly hamstrung until he is cured. A combination of embarrassment, shame, guilt, and sadness drive Cloud even further into depression and isolation not helped by the occasional seizures and MindRape being handed to him by Sephiroth and the disease.
* VocalEvolution: Just listen to Mena Suvari's performance here when compared to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', you'll notice an immediate difference.
* WeaponTombstone:
** Zack's [[{{BFS}} Buster Sword]].
** The stinger for ''Complete'' directly references this - [[spoiler:The first shot is of the spot Zack died, with flowers growing, and Denzel asking if it was someone's grave. Cloud replies that it was where "a hero began his journey". After this, the shot fades to Aerith's church, where the sword has been moved to and been restored.]]
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Sephiroth, Kadaj, Loz and Yazoo are all white-haired villains.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Tifa gets her butt handed to her by Loz once he stops holding back. She later remarks to the others that in the two years since Meteorfall they all lost the level of strength they once had, and that only Cloud has managed to regain it.
* WouldHitAGirl: Loz, who defeats Tifa in battle, namely by punching her full of electricity. He would have killed her had Marlene not interfered.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Kadaj and his brothers might look like young men, but the truth is, as [[spoiler:Sephiroth's remnants]], they're only about two.
* YourMom: Subverted for two different reasons. Reno and Rude insult Jenova in front of Loz and Yazoo. When they take offense to it, Rude apologizes instantly. Reno attempts to follow through, then realizes they're talking about ''Jenova's friggin' head'' and [[DoubleSubverted snaps back into battle mode]].
-->'''Yazoo:''' I will not have you refer to Mother that way!\\
'''Loz:''' You meanie!\\
'''Rude:''' Our apologies.\\
'''Reno:''' Your mom's cool. ({{Beat}}) What the hell am I saying?!
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