This page deals with the characters from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.

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[[folder:Heroes]]
!!Zidane Tribal
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-->'''Virtue:''' ''You don't need a reason to help people.''

TheHero of the game. A member of the Tantalus Theater Group, a group of entertainers-thieves. Also a bit of a playboy. At the beginning of the game, Tantalus was sent to Alexandria by Lindblum's Regent Cid Fabool IX on a mission to kidnap the princess, only to get entangled in the coming war. Zidane is aware of the fact that he's an orphan, and only remembers one thing about his past: a blue light. He's always wanted to find out where he came from, though it's not his all-consuming life goal. In contrast to his previous ''Final Fantasy'' heroes, he's quite carefree and cheerful, with very little angst or existential doubt.
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* [[spoiler:[[CainAndAbel Abel to Kuja's Cain]]]]: [[ZigZaggingTrope Sort of...]]
* AccidentalPervert: He inadvertently touches Garnet's butt while both of them are climbing a ladder. The lady is not amused.
* TheAce: He's intelligent, cultured, street-smart, handsome, and very capable in battle.
* AllLovingHero: [[CatchPhrase "Do I need a reason to help people?"]] and variations thereof.
* AnimalMotifs: Monkeys. JustifiedTrope, since it's a LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy universe.
* AntiAntichrist: [[spoiler:Created for the sole reason of destroying all life on Gaia, but was left as an infant on the very same world that he was meant to destroy. Learning this horrible truth from his creator, as well as having his "soul" ripped out of him, becomes a massive HeroicBSOD for our hero. Cue ThePowerOfFriendship.]]
* [[spoiler:ArtificialHuman]]: How he was born.
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:I AM the new Angel of Death! Yours!!!]]
* {{BFS}}: His thief swords, particularly the Ultima Weapon, [[http://www.dissidia-france.com/img/personnages/exm/refs/zidane.png get quite big]].
* BigBrotherMentor: To Vivi.
* {{Bishonen}}: He may look a bit young, but he's a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' hero, after all.
* BreakTheCutie: The end of Disc 3. [[spoiler:Garland attempts to rip his soul out after revealing to Zidane his true origins as Gaia's destroyer. The revelation that he was meant to be what Kuja is now shakes him hard.]]
* CannotSpitItOut: His ''true'' feelings, that is. By the time he's actually fallen for Garnet, he can't bring himself to tell her.
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Averted; he constantly flirts with Garnet throughout the game. He backs off slightly after Disc 2, when he realizes he loves her. As mentioned under AccidentalPervert:
--> "Ooo, soft..."
* ChivalrousPervert: His overworld sprite even has him turning his head in the direction of passing females!
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Deconstructed, [[spoiler:he's always helping people as part of his efforts to conceal his own problems. Mutually accepting the help of his friends in return doesn't come easy to him, which is why after his HeroicBSOD he brushes off his allies and tries to continue on alone.]]
* CulturedWarrior: Because he's not just a warrior, and no, he's not just a warrior and a thief either. He's a warrior, he's a thief, and he's quite a good ''actor!'' And possibly a musician as well, considering how much he knows about music.
* DoggedNiceGuy: He's constantly trying to earn Garnet's favor, but at first she's too naive to realize what he's doing, and later has caught on to his behavior and knows better.
* DoomMagnet[=/=]WalkingDisasterArea: To the point that the Console RPG Cliche List named these tropes after him. Surprisingly, it all happens for plot reasons (at least in theory) and [[GenreBlind it's never commented on by anyone in the game.]]
--> Zidane's Curse: An unlucky condition in which every location in the game will coincidentally wind up being destroyed just after the hero arrives.
* DoubleWeapon: He's the only character in the game who can use two completely different kinds of weapon. One of them (and probably the most common, at least among the strongest weapons) is a stick with two blades on each side.
* DrowningMySorrows: At the beginning of Disc 3. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Well, it certainly looks like it.]]
* DualWielding: The other kind of weapons he can use is a couple of knives in ReverseGrip.
* DubNameChange: To Djidane in the French version, in order to avoid confusion with French soccer player Zinedine Zidane. In the Spanish version, he's called "Yitán", for exactly the same reason. Zidane was originally named Jitan, and since he was a traveling performer and ''thief'', the name evoked UnfortunateImplications of [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Gypsy]] [[CaptainEthnic stereotypes]].[[note]] "Gitan" is French for "gypsy", and "gitano" is the Spanish word.[[/note]] So his name was changed in most localized versions.
* TheDulcineaEffect:
--> "Yeah. She's cute, and she's in trouble. What do I need to think about?"
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: It doesn't happen until about an hour or two into the game, but one memorable moment (which, incidentally, took place during the first instance of Zidane's leitmotif playing in the BGM) firmly establishes that Zidane isn't just a LoveableRogue, he's also [[ChivalrousPervert something else]] as well...
-->"Ooo, soft..."
* GenreSavvy: As a theater actor and veteran adventurer, Zidane is quite astute when it comes to plot observations. He considers himself the hero of the journey long before the other characters take him seriously about it. This [[{{Foil}} contrasts him with Kuja]], who is just as savvy, but embraces the role of a villain.
* GentlemanThief: He's cultured, friendly, and has no problem casually swiping valuables from civilians. This is probably one of the few ''Final Fantasy'' titles where KleptomaniacHero is in-character for the protagonist.
* [[spoiler:GrimReaper]]: ''This'' is what he's supposed to be, in relation to above.
* HandsomeLech: Good looking and always thinking of girls.
* HeroicBSOD: Gets struck with one at a [[WhamEpisode critical point]] in the game.
* HiddenDepths: A far more complex character than he initially seems. Lampshaded when he wonders if Garnet has finally fallen for him after he let on to her about this.
* {{Keet}}: He's very energetic and playful most of the time.
* {{Kidanova}}: Zidane being sixteen years old, his sex drive isn't out of place at all, but people not used to the SuperDeformed art style thought he was much younger.
* KidHero: Being sixteen years old, he's one of the youngest named heroes in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
* LightningBruiser: He has the highest Agility among all the characters, and has the second highest Strength.
* LittleBitBeastly: His tail. Being that this title is full of such characters and races though, it isn't that noticeable. [[spoiler:Which makes the reveal that he's a Genome much more surprising, and then you realize no one else you've met so far has had a tail like his.]]
* LookBehindYou: His "What's That?!" Skill has him distract the enemy long enough to maneuver the party into a Back Attack against the enemy.
* LovableRogue: Cheerful, wise-cracking, and happy to inform you he's living on the wrong side of the law and enjoys that lifestyle.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinedine_Zidane Zinedine Zidane]], French [[TheBeautifulGame football]] player who won UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup in 1998.
* NiceGuy: He may not always be polite, but he's always friendly.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Was explicitly designed to be this to Cloud & Squall. The designers have said they wanted an outgoing protagonist, someone who wasn't hiding his thoughts and feelings (or at least didn't appear to be hiding them) from the player or other characters.
* [[spoiler:StepfordSmiler: He's actually very insecure and lonely, having no memories of his past and no real family. The reason he's so friendly and outgoing is to conceal the fact]].
* [[spoiler:TrappedInAnotherWorld: And has been his entire life, leading to...]]
** [[spoiler:TomatoInTheMirror]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Can either DualWield [[KnifeNut daggers]] or opt for a [[DoubleWeapon thief sword]] instead.
* WeaponTwirling: When equipped with the double bladed spear...sword...things.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Despite being only 16 and younger than the majority of ''Final Fantasy'' heroes, he's very mature and intelligent. As well, while some of the other heroes are emotionally crippled due to their self-doubt and insecurities, Zidane copes with his by acting overly friendly and cheerful. It of course still leads to eventual problems, but for the most part he's much better adjusted than some of the heroes several years older than him.
* YouAreNotAlone: TropeNamer (kinda). [[spoiler:The scene after he discovers why he was created. It takes all of his friends showing him they are still by his side to make him snap out of his HeroicBSOD.]]

!!Vivi [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Orunitia/Ornitier]]
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-->'''Sorrow:''' ''How do you prove that you exist? Maybe we don't exist...''

First seen going to Alexandria to see the play "I Want to be Your Canary", he ended up getting quite literally chased onstage during Tantalus' escape. Vivi, like Zidane, has no memories of his past, except for being raised by a Qu (who initially wanted to ''eat him'', but fortunately changed his mind before such a thing happened). He later learns that he is one of the Black Mages, the new soldiers of the Alexandrian military.
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* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler: Like all other black mages, he was created in a factory as a weapon of war.]]
* BadassAdorable: He's incredibly cute, but he has all the power a Black Mage needs to crush enemies.
* BerserkButton: A [[EliteMook Black Waltz]] was unfortunate enough to push Vivi's: a senseless slaughter of fellow Black Mages.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Innocent, shy, and more than a little bit naive...and entirely capable of incinerating you with a thought.
* BlackMage: Quintessential example in looks and skills, much less in character; to put it lightly, he's not aggressive in the slightest, and has to be put under serious threat to even think of using his powers at first.
* BreakTheCutie: His discovery of his origins leads to this.
* ChildMage: Is about nine years old [[spoiler:-- physically, anyway. Chronologically, he's ''six months old'']] at the start of the game, making him the youngest ever playable character in any ''Final Fantasy'' game.
* ColonyDrop: Meteor and [[AwesomeButImpractical Doomsday]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: What happens when the above BerserkButton gets pushed? Vivi lets off a fire spell ''much'' bigger than he has access to at that point in the game.
** GameplayAndStoryIntegration: This happens ''just after'' the battle with said button-pusher, in which he starts in [[SuperMode Trance]]. This makes the battle ''very easy''.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He's a Black Mage but he's a very nice and gentle person. Causes problems throughout the game when people can't tell him apart from the hostile and destructive Black Mages the villains employ.
* [[spoiler:DiedHappilyEverAfter: While intended as a major tear jerker, Vivi being granted life in Heaven for all of the heroics he has done is heartwarming in context.]]
--> [[spoiler: "Farewell. My memories will be part of the sky"]]
* TheFaceless: A play on the Black Mage usually having a face shadowed by the hat, in this title, that shadow ''is'' their face.
* GenderBlenderName: In most countries, Vivi is a girl name. This probably caused a bunch of people to give him a female name and then pretend he is a she...
* HappilyAdopted: raised by a Qu that [[spoiler:was actually grooming Vivi to be a snack (something that Vivi isn't aware of).]]
* InnocentProdigy: He's very proficient with magic, but is naive and innocent.
* KidAppealCharacter: His youth, inexperience and looking up to Zidane as a BigBrotherMentor result in this.
* TheKlutz: Falls flat on his face the first time we see him (and several times later, of course).
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Not so much in level progression, but the Focus skill means he can reach [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ridiculously]] [[ForMassiveDamage high damage]] even with beginner spells.
* NiceHat: Every Black Mage has one, but his is much cooler, to the point the Italian official Playstation magazine that reviewed the game, back in the day it was released, introduced us to Vivi with the caption: [[LampshadeHanging "Nice hat"]]. Becomes even cooler in [[SuperMode Trance]].
** RobeAndWizardHat
* ParentalSubstitute: Vivi's adoption by Master Quan leads the Qu to become a surrogate grandfather to him. Quan teaches Vivi about how the world works, and Vivi in turn refers to him as his "Grandpa".
* [[spoiler:PartingWordsRegret: Inverted; Vivi is delivering the narration at the ending because he has finally expired. It's implied that he didn't live long enough to see Zidane come back.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: He doesn't really have a face to express himself with, but it's implied.
-->'''Eiko:''' Why the long face?!\\
'''Vivi:''' Oh, my face is always like this.
* PhlebotinumRebel: [[spoiler:Born as the prototype of a series of heartless, mindless slaughter machines, goes on to fight against his creators and enslavers, becoming a hero in the process.]]
* PlayingWithFire: His very first spell is "Fire," and he uses it quite often outside of battle -- for trying to scare off Alexandrian Guards, frying Black Waltz 3 to a crisp, for melting ice walls, [[MundaneUtility for cooking...]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Tremendously shy and withdrawn, it's hard for him to connect with others.
* TheSmartGuy: He might not be very experienced, but Vivi is surprisingly knowledgable and eloquent for his age; apparently, Quan taught him much over the course of his education.
* SquishyWizard: His spells can decimate enemies, but he has pitiful HP and defenses.
* [[spoiler:SuperPrototype]]: [[spoiler:He's the first Black Mage, which is why he's so much stronger than them and has a longer life span.]]
* UnstoppableRage: His response to Black Waltz 3 obliterating a group of Black Mages.
* WeaponOfChoice: A very wizardy MagicStaff.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: For the most part he should be about 8 years old, and learns through the course of the game that [[spoiler:he was created to be a killing machine AND that, because of this, he has a very short lifespan.]] Afterwards, he manages to take this sort of revelation better than most adults [[spoiler:such as Kuja who is eventually told similar information about himself and responds to it by throwing a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum]].

!!Adelbert Steiner
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-->'''Dilemma:''' ''Having sworn fealty, must I spend my life in servitude?''

Captain of the only unit of male soldiers in Alexandria's army, the Knights of Pluto, and bodyguard to the royal family. Loyal to a fault, he only reluctantly teamed up with Zidane to rescue Garnet from Evil Forest in the aftermath of the disastrous escape from Alexandria. He remained hostile towards the thief and his allies ([[PetTheDog making an exception for Vivi]]), while refusing to believe that Queen Brahne has finally lost her mind. He later has to accept the truth, and has also learned to see Zidane as an actual comrade and (almost) friend. Has a rocky relationship with General Beatrix, although it's known that the latter may be harboring feelings for him...
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* AmazonBrigade: ''Inversion''. In Alexandria, an all-female army is the norm, and he's the captain of the only all-male unit.
* BadassNormal: He uses no magic naturally. When his LimitBreak activates, instead of gaining new powers, he simply [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower hits three times harder than normal.]]
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: When Vivi enchants his sword.
* [[spoiler:[[BetaCouple Beta]] BattleCouple: With Beatrix in Disc 3.]]
* {{BFS}}: His swords get pretty damn big later on in the game.
* TheBigGuy: The hardest-hitting member of the party in pure power, and wielder of large swords.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: His worldview is all about this, especially before character development kicks in.
-->'''Steiner:''' I am just trying to do what is right!
-->'''Morrid:''' Who decides right or wrong? You?
-->'''Steiner:''' Anyone can tell right from wrong.
-->'''Morrid:''' Ha ha ha...Still as green as a pickle.
* ButtMonkey: Often the butt of Zidane's mischief.
* TheCaptain: Of the Knights of Pluto.
* CharacterDevelopment: Out of the eight protagonists, Steiner is the one who is most changed by his experiences in the game, learning to grow out of his BlackAndWhiteMorality outlook and to think for himself instead of blindly following orders.
* TheChewToy: The game punishes him ''a lot''. And it's hilarious!
** ThrowTheDogABone: Don't tell me didn't you feel for him [[spoiler:after he hooks up with Beatrix.]] All together now: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Aww...]]
* ConflictingLoyalty: The basis of his CharacterDevelopment is what he should be loyal to: The mad queen, the heroic princess, or Alexandria itself?
* DumbMuscle: He's not too bright [[note]] (but he's not exactly ''stupid'' either, he's mainly lacking in [[StreetSmart Street Smarts]] and worldly experience)[[/note]], and Creator/YoshitakaAmano's original designs show that he's a pretty muscular guy. Keep in mind that [[{{Determinator}} he's strong enough to run around in that heavy armor]] [[UpToEleven (even running ahead of Zidane while carrying Garnet out of Evil Forest)]] and only be winded at one point early on in the game.
* {{Excalibur}}: One of his swords.
* HonorBeforeReason: He refuses to travel with thieves until ordered to by Garnet (despite the dangers of traveling alone), and he refuses to believe Brahne has turned evil until after even Beatrix has accepted it.
* IGaveMyWord: His oath of fealty is the source of his inner conflict after Brahne turns evil.
* [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Ineffectual Sympathetic]] HeroAntagonist: At first he is the lawful soldier hunting a band of theieves and kidnappers.
* InformedAttribute: Everyone mocking his rusty armor is a RunningGag throughout the game, but there is no rust showing on his character model or in any [=FMVs=].
* InspectorJavert: He has a reason why he couldn't trust Zidane. He's a thief, after all.
* InSeriesNickname: Zidane refers to him as "Rusty".
* KnightInShiningArmor: Does his best to be this but is often more of a KnightTemplar of the LawfulStupid variety before his CharacterDevelopment kicks in. At that point, he's all about the heroic saving the day stuff.
* TheLancer: To Zidane for the first half of the game. While Zidane is mature, laid back, and open-minded, Steiner is loud, duty-driven, and naive. Their relationships with Vivi and Garnet also contrasts, with Zidane being Vivi's BigBrotherMentor and flirting with Garnet while Steiner treats Vivi as his superior and Garnet as his charge. Ultimately, they both wish to protect Garnet, even if they have different ideas on how to do it, and of the first four party members, Steiner is easily the most capable after Zidane, both in-battle and when it comes to thinking on his feet.
* LastNameBasis: [[HelloInsertNameHere This is why he's the only character in the ''entire series'' that the player can ever change the ''surname'' of.]] It's also done in-universe, as Brahne needs a moment to remember his name when she orders him and Beatrix to find Garnet at the very start of the game.
* LawfulStupid: Steiner believes in BlackAndWhiteMorality, so he took any instance to thumb his nose upon any member of Tantalus (especially Zidane), and he remains [[{{Determinator}} bullheadedly determined]] to return Garnet to Alexandria despite the fact that this is not only against her wishes, but against overwhelming evidence that Queen Brahne has turned evil. However, it should be noted that during said time, ''nobody'' was 100% sure that Alexandria was behind everything. Most of his CharacterDevelopment revolves around him getting over this.
* LetsGetDangerous: He's generally depicted as a buffoon early on in the game, but when he gets into a real fight, he's a pretty good swordsman. Story-wise, this happens when he teams up with Beatrix in Disc 3.
* MightyGlacier: He's slow in both mind and body, but his swords hit pretty hard.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: [[spoiler: Eventually realizes he can still act on duty if he changes that duty to following the Princess' orders, not the Queen's.]]
* [[NiceHat Nice Helmet]]: Which grows to cover his face in his Trance.
* OverprotectiveDad: Even though he's not actually Garnet's father, he still acts like the comedic version of this trope in regards to her. He even hates the bad boy she's fallen for.
* PapaWolf: Used comically in regards to Garnet in the first two discs. It's played much more seriously in Disc 3 when he teams up with Beatrix.
* PerpetualFrowner: Look at his render. His in-game model is the same.
* PetTheDog: We know he's not such a total jerk when he treats Vivi nicely, even calling him "Master". It's the only time we see Steiner treat anyone aside from royalty with any respect for most of the first half of the game.
* TheRival: He sees Beatrix as one. It's mutual.
* ShellShockedSenior: Implies this to Garnet, when he tells her she must never experience war "as I have."
* SpellBlade: When he is in a party with Vivi, they can team up so Steiner can use the deadly Sword Magic skills.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: The crux of his CharacterDevelopment is this delimmna. The lawful decision is obeying his queen and arresting the theives and kidnappers he's working with, but the good decision is helping those criminals stop his power mad queen. [[spoile: He realizes that he can be both lawful ''and'' good by obeying the heroic princess.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: [[CoolSword Swords]] which vary from standard sizes to the {{BFS}}.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Oglops?!]]

!!Garnet Til Alexandros XVII
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--> '''Devotion:''' ''Someday I will be Queen, but I will always be myself.''

The female lead of the story, and Zidane's (eventual) LoveInterest. She has been aware of her mother's slow descent into madness for some time, and seeks a way to escape her. By coincidence, the best opportunity for her to get out of Alexandria happens to be there just to kidnap her! While on the run, Zidane suggests that Garnet drop her royal bearing, and adopt an alias, to which she chose "[[TheyCallHimSword Dagger]]," after Zidane's knife. As it turns out later in the game, [[spoiler:Garnet was just an adopted child of the royal family, and is actually [[LastOfTheirKind one of the last Summoners]] (along with Eiko).]]
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* AngerBornOfWorry: Happens [[spoiler:in the ending where Zidane returns in dramatic fashion. She hugs, beats on his chest in anger, and then cries on it. Zidane's a lucky bastard.]]
* BattleCouple: She and Zidane are like this at the end of the game.
* BlessedWithSuck: Garnet's summoning powers were a serious liability in the first and second discs; not only did they result in Garnet being chased from one end of the Mist Continent to the other by Brahne's lackeys and [[spoiler:almost being killed when her eidolons were forcibly removed]], but the MP costs were so intensive that ''she couldn't even use them.''
* BreakTheCutie: The conflict with her mother, watching the destruction caused by her mother and ultimately the destruction of her own queendom, caused her so much trauma she was ''mute'' for a while.
* CassandraTruth: She'd spotted Kuja and suspected him of influencing Brahne's descent into madness well before the game's events...but nobody believed her.
* TheChick --> TheFace: She believes in diplomacy and working together, and initially she's the only girl in the group. At first, she's afraid to use her political connections, but they're [[GenghisGambit what eventually unite the entire Mist Continent against Kuja]].
* DeathFromAbove: When in Trance, her eidolons remain behind her ready to attack again and again, no summon needed. So if she isn't used and her Trance meter stays up, expect lots of attacks.
* DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel: Attempts to invoke this in order to escape Alexandria by asking to be kidnapped. Unbeknownst to her, Tantalus was there to kidnap her anyway.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: At the very start of the game, when cornered, [[PluckyGirl she looks Zidane in the eye, smiles, and jumps off the tower (holding onto a rope) to get away]]. Then, when he catches up, she turns things around and ''[[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel asks to be kidnapped]]''.
* FormFittingWardrobe: Her orange jumptsuit that she wears for much of the game. It's better for traveling than a PimpedOutDress.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: It's implied that she was afraid of the eidolons inside her. The reason the MP costs to summon them are so high is probably due to a mental block on her part. When she suffers her HeroicBSOD, she has a chance of freezing up in combat and not being able to do anything. It's also at this time that she's able to start relearning her summon spells and re-establishing her bond with them, which probably helps her cope with her pain.
** GameplayAndStorySegregation: The player can get Garnet to summon eidolons early in the game. If they use a cheat to boost her MP or simply through consistent levelling, her MP will be high enough to summon them. Though given that the lowest MP cost for an eidolon (Shiva) is 94 at that point, you're better off waiting.
* GirlyRun: More like girly ''prance'', which she does while holding her hands out to the side.
* TheGlomp: Sees usage during the GrandFinale when Garnet ''dives'' on [[spoiler:Zidane.]] It's a CallBack to [[spoiler:Zidane's Glomp Fail at the end of the Conde Petie wedding.]]
* [[spoiler:HappilyAdopted: Until Brahne turned evil she had a good relationship with her. However, she had no idea she was adopted until well into the game.]]
* HeroicBSOD: After [[spoiler:Alexandria's destruction. It's so severe that it renders her completely mute, and even interferes with her ability to use magic in battle. (See TemporaryScrappy below.)]]
* [[spoiler:TheHighQueen: Following Brahne's death she becomes the queen of Alexandria]]
* [[spoiler: HornedHumanoid: Like all summoners, she had one. It was removed to make her identical to the real princess Garnet.]]
* IHaveManyNames: Goes by the nickname Dagger in an effort to keep a low profile. [[spoiler:Her ''real'' name, as in the one she had before she was adopted into the Alexandria Royal Family, is Sarah.]]
* [[spoiler:ImportantHaircut: After finally coming to terms with her grief, she cuts her hair to above shoulder-length, symbolically casting off her sorrow in the process.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: She blames herself for a lot of the destruction and suffering that occurs, even when no sane assessment of it would hold her responsible.
* MsFanservice: Despite her outfit being much more conservative than usual holders of this title in the series, the jumpsuit still emphasizes her hips, rear and groin, and her Trance form is straight {{Stripperiffic}}.
* MysticalWaif: She's not quite as mysterious as other examples, being that she lived in Alexandria as the princess all her life, but she fufills the narrative purpose of starting the plot and possessings supernatural powers.
* [[spoiler:ObliviousAdoption: She had no idea she was adopted until a long time afterward.]]
* PimpedOutDress: A grand, white dress, that she wears at the beginning of the game, the middle, and the end.
* PluckyGirl: A variant in that a lot of her pain is self-inflicted, and a large part of her character growth is realizing that not everything is her fault and she shouldn't put so much pressure on herself.
* PowerUpLetdown: Her Trance is completely useless for the first half of the game. It powers up her summons, but she doesn't ''have'' any yet (unless the player does an insane amount of level grinding).
* RebelliousPrincess: Plotting your own kidnapping as part of a political manuever against your mother the queen is certainly rebellious.
* RedMage: After regaining her summons and getting Eiko, she shifts more to this archtype than a traditional WhiteMage, including the MasterOfNone connotations -- being neither as efficient at magical damage as Vivi nor at healing as Eiko.
* [[spoiler:ReplacementGoldfish: For the original Princess, who died as an infant.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: A part of her CharacterDevelopment is that as much as she wants to be this trope, most everything that she tries to do turns out badly or only succeeds due to the assistance of other characters. She learns to stop feeling guilty about it later and become determined to be a strong queen for her people.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Once again, she puts far more pressure and blame on herself than anyone would reasonably expect her to.
* [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind Second-Last Of Her Kind: She and Eiko are the only summoners left.]]]]
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: She has all the benefits of a royal education, including knowledge about many of the locales the party visits.
* SummonMagic: She has more summons than Eiko, but doesn't get to use them for a while.
* TemporaryScrappy: During a large chunk of disc Three, she [[spoiler:loses her voice]], meaning she has about a 50% chance of successfully using her magic. However, if you equip her with the Healer skill, all of her attacks will heal you for a decent amount of HP.
* [[TheyCallHimSword They Call Her Dagger]]: She chooses the name "Dagger" for herself when Zidane tells her they can't go around calling her "Garnet" everywhere.
* [[UglyGuysHotDaughter Ugly Queen's Hot Daughter]]: [[spoiler:Not! She is, however, identical to the Queen's ''real'' daughter.]]
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vicious Queen's Beautiful Daughter]]: [[spoiler:Adopted, but otherwise in keeping with the trope. She works against her partent and falls for the hero]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Can use [[MagicWand rods]] and later [[BoomStick rackets]] which launch magic projectiles.
* WhiteMagicianGirl: She fits the archetype and starts set as a WhiteMage, before she can use her summon magic. After that, she falls more under RedMage. It's even {{Lampshaded}} with her WhiteMage outfit early in the game.

!!Freya Crescent
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--> '''Despair:''' ''To be forgotten is worse than death.''

A Burmecian Dragon Knight, Freya left her homeland five years ago to search for her lost love, Sir Fratley, who set out to hone his skills but never returned. It was during these last few years that she met and befriended Zidane as she continued her search across the Mist Continent -- eventually meeting him again in Lindblum during the Festival of the Hunt. However, when she learns that her kingdom is being invaded by an army of mages wearing "steeple-crowned hats," Freya returns to try and stop the invasion, with Zidane, Vivi, (and possibly Quina) accompanying her. However, it appears that the invading army is much more sinister than expected, prompting Freya to join Zidane's party in their search to uncover the truth...
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* ActionGirl: Your second female party member, and one of your primary heavy-hitters.
* {{Badass}}: A Burmecian Dragon Knight who is the most likely to win the Festival of the Hunt. She's tough as nails.
* BadassLongcoat: A long and red tattered coat that has weathered her travels and fighing.
* BreakTheCutie: First [[spoiler:her kingdom is devastated]]. Then [[spoiler:the man she loved and thought dead is alive but doesn't remember her]]. ''Then'' [[spoiler:her kingdom's sister country Cleyra is destroyed]]. All this happens in short time after the other.
* BringMyRedJacket: Bear in mind that Freya does go through the most ''emotional'' injury...
* CherryBlossoms: One of her attacks.
* DeadpanSnarker: To Zidane, mainly.
-->'''Zidane:''' "Let me get the final kill! I have a date on the line here!"\\
'''Freya:''' "...You're ridiculous."
* DeathFromAbove: When Freya gets Trance, use her Jump and stand back and watch.
* DemotedToExtra: Poor Freya has next to no significance in the story after the party leaves Cleyra ''early on the second disc''.
* DubNameChange: to Freija in the spanish translation.
* TheFaceless: Freya's face is mostly obscured by her hat.
* FailureKnight: Towards ''her entire country''. And then [[spoiler:''her entire race'']].
* HeartbrokenBadass: Oh yeah. Most of the time, it is enough to define a character, but for Freya...see under TraumaCongaLine.
* InASingleBound: Freya can jump high both in and out of combat.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Her Dragon Crest ability gains power based on the number of dragons you've killed. The damage is equal to the number of dragons killed squared, so it starts out as a fair but not spectacular attack. Since the best way to level up prior to Memoria is to kill off wave after wave of Grand Dragons, it hits the damage limit in record time. Think about it: [[GameBreaker 9999 damage for only 16 MP]]. Just kill 100 dragons.
* LadyOfWar: As a knight and warrior, she is well-versed in fighting.
* LoveHurts: She has been searching for one Sir Fratley all her life, and what happens when she did find him? [[spoiler:He doesn't even ''remember her!'']]
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Although her and Sir Fratley are together in her ending, she's seen expressing doubts as he still does not remember her]].
* MyGreatestFailure: Being too late to [[spoiler:save Burmecia]]. Which leads to...
** MyGreatestSecondChance: Protecting Clayra. [[spoiler:Which does not work either, turning this entire arc into an impressive TraumaCongaLine for Freya]].
* NiceHat: Wears one.
* PeekABangs: Her hair falls over her eyes. It has the hidden assocoation.
* PettingZooPeople[=/=]RodentsOfUnusualSize: Freya and her race are all anthropomorphic rats. Interestingly, they don't get [[YouDirtyRat the same treatment that giant rats get in other media]], and are portrayed as quite noble.
* ShoutOut: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics Reis']] Wind, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain's Lance]].
** Reis' Wind may also double as a Shout Out to ''{{VideoGame/Seiken Densetsu 3}}''. In that game, the character Reis [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (or Lise, depending on translation)]] wields a lance like Freya does, and her kingdom is associated with wind and dragons. She also loses said kingdom over the course of the game (like how Freya loses Burmecia and Cleyra). And to complete the circle, "Freya" is the name of one of Reis' summon spells.
* TheSouthpaw: Subtle, but she wields her weapon primarily with the left hand.
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler:She loses her kingdom, the peaceful country Cleyra she was determined to protect after the refugees escaped from the invasion, and when she finally finds her love after being gone for so long, he doesn't remember her.]] Ouch.
* WeaponOfChoice: The BladeOnAStick, being a knight and all.

!!Quina Quen
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--> '''Indulgence:''' ''I do what I want! You have problem?''

An apprentice gourmand and blue mage dwelling in the marshes north of Lindblum. S/he belongs to the Qu Clan, a race of chubby white-skinned beings with long pink tongues and a culture centred around cooking and eating. Quina joins Zidane's party as a means of learning more about the different cuisines of the world and honing his/her culinary skills. S/he doesn't really seem to take much notice of the larger struggle going on, but proves a faithful and helpful ally...most of the time, anyway.
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* AlliterativeName: With Qs no less.
* AmbiguousGender: To such an extent that the narration of the game itself refers to Quina as "him/her" and "s/he". If game mechanics are counted as WordOfGod, gender-specific equipment leans toward male; on the other hand, certain translations use female pronouns. A few very obscure hints all but confirm that Quina is male. The Lamia's "Entrance" ability, which does not work on female party members, works on Quina. Also, Zidane will not protect Quina when equipped with the "Protect Girls" ability.
* {{Acrofatic}}: You wouldn't expect someone of Quina's girth to be able to jump around like that.
* AdvertisedExtra: Quina is entirely optional and is often missing during events.
* BigEater: When s/he's not currently eating, s/he's complaining about being hungry.
* ChefOfIron: Cooking and eating monsters on the battlefield!
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman/Gunwoman/whatever]]: Quina can be found in the Alexandria Castle's kitchens right at the beginning of the game if you know where to look when controlling Steiner.
* CutsceneIncompetence: Quina is at first presented as hopelessly inept in catching frogs. Once the player takes over, that can change.
* DiscOneNuke:
** [[FixedDamageAttack Frog Drop.]] [[MagikarpPower That is, if you have the patience to power it up...]]
** Also, Limit Glove. It can be gotten as soon as Quina enters your party in Disc 1, costs 10 MP to use, and does 9999 damage, every time...as long as Quina's HP is 1 when you use it; otherwise it does nothing.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The defining character trait of Qs in general. It's even a gameplay mechanic, as the way s/he learns his/her Blue Magic spells is eating an opponent who knows the spell.
* FlatCharacter: Quina's master tried sending him/her on a quest for CharacterDevelopment, with little success. [[spoiler:Turns out Quina never needed it in the first place, and it was the ''master'' who needed developing]].
* ForkFencing: All of Quina's weapons are giant forks.
* GeniusDitz: Quina is generally pretty clueless, but s/he is a master chef, like all Qus.
* TheHedonist: S/he cares about food and making good food.
* KickTheDog: Though it could be argued s/he's just too dumb to realize what s/he's doing, Quina expresses interest in eating both chocobo eggs and moogles, which is pretty harsh considering they're the {{Series Mascot}}s. The chocobo egg is particularly mean as [[spoiler:it's being cared for by Black Mages who tell him/her its mother died, but Quina is undeterred and considers the idea ridiculous]].
* LethalJokeCharacter: When you first get Quina, s/he has ''no'' usable skills, a random attack damage variable, and almost no purchasable weapons. Take the time to use him/her properly, and you can kill almost any enemy (and some bosses) in one turn. In the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, as you would expect, there's a lot of DemonicSpiders, but it turns out most of them are not immune to status ailments, so Quina's Mustard Bomb and Frost attacks become OneHitKO moves for as little as 8 MP.
* LetsGetDangerous: Sure, Quina's a goof, but when s/he gets into an fight, s/he turns out to be pretty good at it. If you take the time to train him/her and learn his/her spells, s/he is just as effective in battle as any other party member -- if not more so.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the game's Ultimania]], s/he's ''89''.
* OptionalPartyMember: In Disc 1. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything The game acknowledges if you recruit him/her in Disc one when you are required to go to Qu Marsh in Disc 2]].
* OverlyLongTongue: Like all the Qu Tribe, s/he has an enormous tongue which perpetually hangs out of his/her mouth.
* PluckyComicRelief: If there is a gag to happen, like thinking a swirling pit of quicksand looks yummy, she will jump into it.
* PowerCopying: Via Blue Magic and eating monsters, thus CannibalismSuperpower.
* RunningGag: Always on the lookout for new food to try. [[OverlyLongGag Even on Bran Bal]], [[spoiler:a village of Genomes on ''another planet'']], Quina's only interest is finding something to eat.
** S/he also usually winds up being left behind and surviving any disaster.
* SupremeChef: Quina makes delicious meals and is seen several times in a kitchen giving orders.
* TooDumbToLive: Quina is eternally clueless even when the towns around the party are being destroyed and the people are fleeing in terror, yet somehow s/he endures. Her/his ability to inexplicably survive any disaster and somehow turn up later is a RunningGag in and of itself.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Frogs. It's how Zidane gets him/her to join his cause.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[ForkFencing Giant forks.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Quina has a peculiar knack for vanishing and reappearing at the oddest times. About halfway through Disc 2, s/he takes off after Mog to try and eat her, briefly reappears to help Eiko cook, then vanishes again until Disc 3, where s/he somehow ends up in Treno for a brief run-in with Eiko, then ends up washing up on the shores of Lindblum where s/he rejoins the party. There's also no telling how s/he survived [[spoiler:Cleyra being ''blown up'']], but a short time later s/he's back in the marsh catching frogs.
* YouNoTakeCandle: His/her speech pattern, as well as the other Qus.
-->"I no can eat."

!!Eiko Carol
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-->'''Solitude:''' ''I don't wanna be alone anymore...''

A six-year old girl living in the ruins of Madain Sari. She is apparently the last human survivor of the village, with no one but the local moogles for company since the death of her grandfather. Often forced to steal food from the nearby village of Conde Petie to survive, she ends up bumping into Zidane and company while leaving the scene of the crime, and after escorting them back to Madain Sari, she decides to accompany them on their quest to stop Kuja. She develops a major crush on Zidane, and sees herself as Garnet's rival for his affections. Outwardly spunky and exuberant, Eiko is actually pretty lonely and is eager to make new friends.
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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl And Her Moogle]]: Or more accurately, [[spoiler:[[KillerRabbit A Girl And Her Eidolon]].]]
* BadassAdorable: A tiny little girl with major magic power!
* BrattyHalfPint: Growing up with moogles did little to help her social skills.
* TheChewToy: Not as much as Vivi, but she does have a dangling-helplessly animation that gets reused quite a bit.
* ClingyJealousGirl: To Zidane, in regards to his relationship with Garnet/Dagger.
* CompetenceZone: Eiko is far more capable than a six-year-old has any right to be. In fact, we can probably say that the competence zone is six, and that all the older characters in their teens are no longer in it. Just see ImprobableAge below.
* FormFittingWardrobe: Her pink suit under her yellow and red clothing.
* GenkiGirl: She has a great deal of energy and is usually excited about something.
* HairDecorations: Her signature yellow ribbon, which some people [[LampshadeHanging notice while disregarding the horn.]]
* [[spoiler:HappilyAdopted: By Cid and Hilda at the end of the game.]]
* HornedHumanoid: She has a horn because she's a summoner.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Doubly so since, as mentioned, she's six!
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: By Disc 4, Eiko has given up on trying to wedge between Zidane and Garnet, and [[ShipperOnDeck instead]] becomes fixed on getting them both past their CannotSpitItOut stage.
* ImprobableAge: Even from a series where the average age of the cast is fifteen, she's six! Yet, she is far more competent than someone her age should ever be. She organizes a band of moogles, regularly raids food from a nearby village, regularly escapes from savage monsters on her own, is familiar enough with classic literature to quote it, is extremely versed in summoner history, customs, and lore, is disciplined enough to maintain a daily religious ritual, is a damned good summoner in her own right, and if she's one of the party members that stays behind in the Desert Palace during ThatOneLevel, she instantly takes control and leads them out of danger. Even more improbably, she's surprisingly knowledgeable about romance. Her attempts to woo Zidane include cooking him dinner, quoting literature, writing poetry, showing interest in his life, attempting to rescue him, outright asking him about his feelings for Garnet, and finally, attempting to hook Zidane up with his true love when all else fails. Let's face it, folks -- if she were older, we'd be all looking at Zidane like he's crazy for turning her down. It gets lampshaded in disc 3, when [[spoiler:Garnet and Steiner go into a combined HeroicBSOD]] and Zidane ''puts Eiko in charge''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: While the catapult rackets she shares with Garnet are believable enough, she also uses magic flutes in battle. She doesn't even whack people with them; she just headbutts the enemy with her horn.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]]: She is the last survivor of her village [[spoiler:until Dagger realizes she is came from there too]].
* LethalChef: Implied to be this if cooking unsupervised. One option for cooking with her was to put an ooglop in the food.
--> Moogle: "[[NoodleIncident The last one]] you made tasted so bad I thought my pompom would fall off."
* LittleMissBadass: She's six years old, and adorable, but do not piss her off, or she will summon a giant monster to annihilate you.
* MeaningfulName: In Japanese, her name means "prosperous child."
* NudeColoredClothes: Turns out it may not be a great idea to put a six-year-old girl in [[UnfortunateCharacterDesign tight, flesh-colored pants]].
* PluckyGirl: At six years old she experienced the death of her only (known) family member and is still running the village with her moogles.
* PrecociousCrush: On Zidane who is 2.5 times her age
* SummonMagic: She is a summoner.
* SquishyWizard: Her healing is good and her summoning is better but physically she's fragile.
%%* TagAlongKid
* ThroughHisStomach: Shortly after meeting him, she tries to woo Zidane by cooking him dinner. How well this goes depends on your choices.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Her PrecociousCrush on Zidane. The problem isn't so much that it's innocent -- it's that everything she does is ''frighteningly effective''. Eiko teaches herself to cook, quotes romantic literature, tries to invoke a RescueRomance, writes Zidane a love letter (and is smart enough to get help from someone better with words to do so) and, when it's clear he doesn't want her, kindly helps Garnet and Zidane work out their feelings for ''each other''. Hell, it was ''her'' romantic methods that ''put the game's BetaCouple together (accidentally)!'' If Eiko had been about a decade older, it wouldn't have been nearly as strange. Zidane himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
* WeaponOfChoice: [[MagicalFlutist Flutes]] and the same [[BoomStick racket]] weapon as Garnet.
* WhiteMage: WhiteMagic is her specialty, having a more potent set of spells and stats than Garnet, as she's more of a WhiteMage while Garnet's more of a [[SummonMagic Summoner]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Still got some growth to go through, but overall? Ayup.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: No one else has blue hair and it's not a summoner thing. [[spoiler: Garnet's hair is black as night.]]

!!Amarant Coral
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-->'''Arrogance:''' ''The only dependable thing about the future is uncertainty.''

A bounty hunter hired by Queen Brahne to assassinate Vivi and retrieve Garnet's pendant. Amarant has a strange code of honor, which manifests when his partner on the job takes Eiko hostage to try and get the pendant back -- prompting Amarant to betray his partner and force Zidane to duel him for the pendant. Shocked at being defeated yet spared, Amarant joins Zidane's quest in an attempt to understand his supposedly incomprehensible morality. At first, Amarant disdains Zidane's emphasis on teamwork, but later on, he comes to understand the benefits of cooperation.
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* AdvertisedExtra: Because he's the only one whose official artwork has him facing right.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: For some reason, Amarant's skin is blue. Creator/YoshitakaAmano depicts him with a more conventional skin color.
* BadassMustache: A brilliant red one for the bounty hunter.
* BountyHunter: He's introduced by going after he one on our hero's and then there's a bounty on ''his'' head in Treno.
* ChekhovsGunman: He appears on a wanted poster in Treno.
* CombatMedic: Half of Amarant's special abilities center around hurting his enemies. The other half center around reviving his fallen allies, healing them, or allowing them to revive after they're knocked out. He's also the only warrior-type who can equip the Healer specialization, in which striking a character ''restores'' their HP. Plus, the fact that his Flair abilities don't technically count as magic make him an ideal character to take to the magic-blocking Oeilvert. Why does the guy who disdains teamwork have so many skills revolving around healing people? [[FridgeBrilliance His CharacterDevelopment involves getting over his]] IneffectualLoner status. His abilities really would be more useful as part of a team.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: When he confronts the Fire Guardian, Amarant realizes that he's been wasting his power by simply seeking out people to fight, instead of finding beneficial ways to use it.
* TheComicallySerious: Eiko (unintentionally) uses him as her hired muscle when the gang travels to Treno. It's a pretty great sequence altogether.
* DontYouDarePityMe: He's a proud man and doesn't accept mercy gracefully. He would rather have had Zidane kill him when he lost their duel than receive mercy.
* TheDreaded: Despite having a price on his head, Amarant is completely at ease walking through Treno. Judging by Alleyway Jack's reaction, this is probably because all of Treno's thieves, bounty hunters, and lowlifes are too scared of him to try and claim the reward.
* DubNameChange: He's called Salamander in the Japanese version, Tarask in the French version, and Mahagon in the German version.
* DuelBoss: Zidane has to fight him one-on-one.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though he has been hired to defeat the party and get Dagger's pendant, he tells Lani that he doesn't work together with "hostage-taking scumbags" when she kidnaps Eiko to get said pendant because that isn't a fair fight.
* {{Expy}}: His [[TheQuietOne antisocial behavior]], unwillingness to rely on others and constant thinking to himself recall [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall Leonhart.]]
* TheFaceless: There is ''maybe'' one good picture that shows his face in the entirety of FFIX's official artwork and even it is less than ideal. His FunnyAfro always hides his eyes, too.
* FantasyCharacterClasses: Combination of [[BareFistedMonk the Monk]] and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja the Ninja]], and despite the general versatility drop that usually accompanies RedMage classes in a Final Fantasy game, Amarant's diverse uses just make him that much more viable as the other characters drift into CripplingOverspecialization.
* FunnyAfro: It's really a mass of dreads, but his in-game model looks more like this. The goatee and earrings don't really help.
* HeelFaceTurn: Introduced as one of the queen's henchmen, he soon joins the heroes.
* HiddenEyes: They're hidden by his hair or his posture.
* HonorBeforeReason: He demands that Zidane ''kill'' him after losing a one-on-one duel, while he probably would have won if only he hadn't sent Lani away and threw away their hostage.
* IneffectualLoner: Downplayed. He's presumably successfull in his career because he's TheDreaded but in the game itself he works better in a team.
* NobleDemon: See his EvenEvilHasStandards entry further up. He may be a dreaded bounty hunter but he doesn't take hostages.
* PetTheDog: Invoked and subverted.
** At one point, a BountyHunter tries to capture Eiko, thinking she might serve as a weakness to Amarant, his target. Amarant wasn't even present when he attempted (and failed) the stunt, so we're not even sure of how Amarant would react.
** It's also played straight when Amarant turns on Lani at the end of Disc 2, claiming that he refuses to work with "hostage-taking scumbags."
** There's also his cute vignettes with Eiko in Treno and giving Vivi advice on how to avoid airsickness.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: When Zidane risks his life to save Amarant for no personal gain, Amarant gets a better understanding of what friendship actually means, to the point the player even gets to ''see'' his victory pose. One of the running themes of the game is that characters who are going through emotional struggles or trauma will not enter their victory pose and maintain their battle stance all the way through the victory theme. Amarant starts off and stays that way up until this point.
* RingsOfDeath: Unlike most ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' ninjas, who throw shurikens at their enemies, Amarant throws chakrams instead.
* StaticCharacter: He changes his way of life (working with friends and whatnot), but his personality stays the same through everything. Zidane lampshades it in the end: "That guy will never change."
%%* TooManyBelts
* WalkingTheEarth: This seems to be Amarant's fate at the end of the game, although he doesn't seem to mind.
* WeaponOfChoice: Can use either WolverineClaws or a PowerFist.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Villains]]
!!Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI
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[[caption-width-right:307:A face only a daughter could love.]]

-->"With this Dark Matter, I now hold the power to summon an eidolon. Now, I'll find out if Kuja's claims are true. Odin, come to me!!!"

The queen of Alexandria, one of the two superpowers of the Mist Continent, and Garnet's mother. Following the death of her husband and the arrival of a mysterious advisor at the palace, Brahne's behaviour has taken a turn for the unpleasant -- which eventually transforms into a lust for power that sees her wage war against virtually every single nation on the Mist Continent.
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* [[AdiposeRex Adipose Regina]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Her bright blue skin stands out.
* BrawnHilda: her character design was clearly inspired by this trope, even if she's not the physical type.
* [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption: When she's dying on the beaches of the Outer Continent, Brahne realizes that she is finally free of the terrible greed that was driving her, and makes peace with Garnet before she dies.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:After being dispatched at the end of Disc 2, she returns in a sense on Disc 3, when Kuja reveals that her powerful spirit that he has absorbed was the key catalyst he needed to enter a Trance.]]
* CoolAirship: The ''Red Rose'', Brahne's luxury flagship. When it's not being used as a mobile observation post for Her Highness, it's being used to teleport black mages directly into combat zones.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler: Finally manages to break free of her greed in the last moments before she dies.]]
* EvilLaugh: Bwahahaha!
* EvilPlan: TakeOverTheWorld out of sheer greed. [[spoiler:Once she's stopped at the end of disc 2, peace returns to the Mist Continent until Kuja stirs things up again.]]
* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is a horrid, evil monarch if there was ever one.
** [[TheGoodKing The Good Queen]]: While she is undeniably evil during the events of the game, it's reflected that before her husband died and Kuja showed up, she was a fair and loved ruler. An NPC remarks that the wreath of roses on her grave shows the people of Alexandria will remember her fondly for those better days.
* {{Gonk}}: Brahne has blue skin, tiny black eyes, and a big purple nose.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Brahne deserves special mention for showing up ''in person'' every time her army conquers another country and carrying out the Eidolon summoning herself. [[spoiler:However, also unlike most other examples, this backfires when Kuja takes control of Bahamut and uses it to assassinate her. Maybe the other royals had the right idea after all.]]
* StarterVillain: [[spoiler:The BigBad until Kuja removes her from the equation.]]
* [[UglyGuysHotDaughter Ugly Queen With Hot Daughter]]: [[spoiler:Or so the story wants you to believe. Her real daughter is stated to be identical to Garnet. And your mind breaks all over again.]]
* TheUnfought
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Of Kuja, and by proxy Garland.]]

!!Kuja
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[[caption-width-right:307:This is the face of a man [[superscript:[[ViewerGenderConfusion [citation needed] ]]]] [[XanatosSpeedChess with a plan]].]]

-->"Peace is but a shadow of death, desperate to forget its painful past...though we hope for promising years. After shedding a thousand tears, yesterday's sorrow constantly nears. And while the moon still shines blue, by dawn, it will turn to scarlet hue!"

An effeminate, vain sorcerer who supplies Queen Brahne with Black Mages and summon magic, ostensibly only for the money. However, [[spoiler:after murdering his client]], it turns out that his ambitions may lie more in the direction of global domination. [[spoiler:It turns out that he was actually created by Garland to wage war on Gaia; having decided to rebel, he's gathering power to usurp his master and conquer both Gaia and Terra.]]
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* AgentPeacock: His clothes are outrageous, even for a Final Fantasy villain.
* AllAccordingToPlan: As noted below, nearly these exact words are his {{Catchphrase}}. Subverted, though, because Kuja wasn't quite as in control as he thought...
* AntiVillain: The Woobie variety. See FreudianExcuse and WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds for the details.
* ArmsDealer: Provides Brahne with the means to create Black Mages and summon Eidolons. [[spoiler: Up until the end of the second disc, whereupon he kills Brahne and reveals that the whole thing was just an act to hide his true agenda.]]
* BareYourMidriff: A rare ''male'' example.
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: Part of the reason Kuja has nothing to lose and everything to gain by attempting to [[spoiler:conquer Gaia and Terra]] and being an archetypal villain. Quite simply, [[spoiler:losing to Garland means he loses his life ''and'' his soul.]]
-->[[spoiler:"I need an eidolon more powerful than Alexander! An eidolon with the power to bury Garland! His powers are so incredible; I cannot even come close. I must destroy him before Terra's plan is activated, or my soul will no longer be my own! Who cares if she lives? I want that eidolon!"]]
* BigBad: After spending most of the game in this role, it's revealed [[spoiler:that he was just TheDragon to the ''real'' villain, Garland...right up until the end of disc three, when he backstabs Garland and becomes a ''real'' BigBad.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Doesn't even ''begin'' to describe him.
* [[spoiler:[[CainAndAbel Cain to Zidane's Abel]]]]
* CampStraight: Kuja has a lot of effeminate mannerisms (though he still uses the masculine pronoun "boku" in Japanese), but the only character he actually flirts with is Garnet.
* CardCarryingVillain: At times.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Everything is going according to plan..."
* CharacterDevelopment: With the possible exception of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]], [[spoiler:who was actually BrainwashedAndCrazy]], Kuja has the distinction of being the first and only ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' villain to undergo some personality changes and end up redeeming himself. Some FF villains, if they receive any development, usually grow worse as time passes, and in the case of Sephiroth, needed more than one game to develop. [[spoiler:See RedemptionEqualsDeath for details.]]
* TheChessmaster: Gradually subverted; he's in control of many events early in the game, but later things start to get out of his hands. Fortunately for him, he plays a good game of XanatosSpeedChess, so he still stays on top of things...[[spoiler: up until the fourth disc, when he gives up on strategy altogether and descends into world-destroying lunacy.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* CompositeCharacter: Kuja either imitates or mirrors every single one of the main villains of the Final Fantasy series in some way - fitting for a game designed as one giant MythologyGag.
** Both he and the original Garland from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' [[spoiler: kidnap a Princess named Sarah, as Sarah is Garnet's real name.]]
** Both he and Emperor Mateus from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' [[spoiler: kidnap a woman named Hilda.]] He also acts [[SmugSnake quite a bit like him]] early on.
** Both he and Xande from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' [[spoiler: throw a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum upon finding out that they are mortal.]]
** Both he and Golbez from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' [[spoiler: are related to the protagonists of their respective games. They're also both from a different planet than the one the game starts on.]]
** Both he and Exdeath from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' [[spoiler: draw their powers from a tree made of souls.]]
** Both he and Kefka from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' [[spoiler: start out as underlings of an Emperor/Queen, responsible for giving the powers that caused villainy to be begin with, who they eventually overthrow and murder. Kuja also kills Garland in the same way Kefka kills Emperor Gestahl - kicking them off a ledge a-la-Sparta.]] Their plans also involve using the powers of Eidolons.
** Both he and Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' use their protagonists [[spoiler: as a MacGuffinDeliveryService. They are both also products of experimentation, although Kuja is far more "artificial" than Sephiroth as a whole]]. And, of course, they're both of the WhiteHairBlackHeart archetype.
** Both he and Ultimecia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' reside in [[spoiler: a time distortion for their final battle. Ultimecia is found in her castle after time has been compressed, while Kuja is found in Memoria, which is a physical manifestation of the planet's memories.]]
* CoolAirship: [[spoiler:Kuja is in possession of Regent Cid's prototype airship, the Hilda Garde, and uses it throughout disc three to ferry both himself and his captives across Gaia.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: In his free time, Kuja is a big fan of literature and theater. He ''purposefully'' invokes villainous tropes (such as IHaveYourWife, MacGuffinDeliveryService, and ILied) and it actually ''works''.
* DarkMessiah: In contrast to Zidane's AntiAntiChrist. Mikoto stated that, although what Kuja did was wrong, he nonetheless brought hope for the Genomes in defying their original purpose and proving that their lives ''weren't'' meaningless at all.
* DeathTrap: Employs this on the party when holding them captive in his Desert Palace. He didn't really care if they lived or died -- it was just for the fun of it.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Many times. It's one of the reasons he's forced to display his skill at XanatosSpeedChess. [[spoiler:Of note, however, is the moment when Garland shows up in the ''Invincible'' and destroys Alexander (the single goal of Kuja's entire EvilPlan) moments before Kuja is about to enslave him.]]
* DragonRider: Uses a Silver Dragon as a mount. [[spoiler:It actually belongs to Garland; following the Battle of Alexandria, Garland presumably revoked it because Kuja is never seen using it again. However, there's that CoolAirship back at his hangar...]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Yes, he is in fact a ''he''.
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:To Zidane.]]
* EvilPlan: He seems like a simple arms dealer for a queen, but in reality, [[spoiler:he's using her to gather power for himself so he can overthrow his creator.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: As poetic, sophisticated, and well-groomed as he seems to be, it is just an act to prove to himself and others that he's superior to normal people. In reality he's cruel, selfish, and cunning, and starts to show his true colors in Disc 3 when things don't go just as he wanted.
* TheFightingNarcissist
* [[spoiler:FlawedPrototype: Subverted. Garland ultimately admits that Kuja is vastly more effective than he'd ever thought possible. It's still implied that due to Kuja being one of the first Genomes, his lifespan will ultimately be much shorter than those who come after him (such as Zidane).]]
* FreudianExcuse: Alright, picture this: [[spoiler:You're one of an entire race of mindless SlaveMooks that were created only to follow orders and work without end, have ''zero'' individuality or self-awareness, and are easy to discard and replace. Oh, except you were given individuality by accident, so you're aware of how much this existence sucks. Fortunately, your Creator will let you keep your mind, but only if you prove that you're effective at [[KillEmAll killing as many people as possible]]. [[EvilFeelsGood You're allowed total and complete freedom, and can amass as much wealth, power, and luxury as you choose]], just as long as it's used to [[KillAllHumans wipe out the entire population]] of the only world where that stuff matters. But just keep in mind that [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose even if you succeed at your job]], [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness you're going to be discarded and replaced]] [[ReplacementMooks while an even better version of you does what you couldn't.]] Oh, and when that happens, [[DeaderThanDead you won't get to have a soul anymore]], as it will be [[YourSoulIsMine cleansed and recycled for someone else to have long after you're gone.]]]] Even Zidane feels sympathy for him at the end, and says he might have done the same thing in his place.
** His excuse also plays into why he's much more popular as a villain in Japan than the US, mainly due to ValuesDissonance. His bishounen attributes aside, as one reviewer put it, "the tale of a character who struggles his entire life to fight against a system that chooses for him what path his life will take, without regards to his feelings or individuality, resonates a lot stronger with the much more traditionalist Japanese society than it does in the west, where one's individuality is praised."
* HartmanHips: Not kidding.
* IHaveYourWife: When Kuja kidnaps the entire party to send Zidane on an errand. Which leads directly to ILied below.
* ImmortalsFearDeath: [[spoiler:What sets off his decision to destroy existence is his VillainousBreakdown over discovering his life is finite and due to end soon]].
* ILied: As soon as Zidane's gone to fetch an artifact for him, he tries to kill the rest of the party anyway, [[ForTheEvulz just because it's more fun that way.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler:His primary justification for his omnicidal tendencies from the end of disc 3 onwards. Somewhat understandable, as unlike the other characters, he has no hope of an afterlife and his soul and memories will be wiped clean for usage by another Genome if they don't just vanish entirely. Still not excusable given that the worst of his actions took place after he killed Garland and destroyed Terra- along with most of the processes that would have cleansed and recycled his soul- and all of them are justified with the words "Why should the world exist without me? That wouldn't be fair."]]
* KickTheDog: Snapping at the sentient Black Mages that he doesn't care what their numbers are, showing no regard for their individuality and treating them the same as the mindless ones. Later, while [[spoiler: trying to steal Eiko's eidolons]], he's warned that the process might kill her- only for Kuja to demand that the extraction process continue; the same scene also features Kuja ordering Zorn and Thorn to kill [[spoiler: Mog]]- ''a moogle''- because she was in the way.
* LaughingMad: His reaction immediately after Garland [[spoiler:tells him that his lifespan is critically limited]].
* LackOfEmpathy: Considering the type of environment in which he was created and the purpose he was created for, it's no surprise that he never developed it.
-->"Spare me the lecture. Lives come and go all the time. What's the big deal?"
* ManipulativeBastard
* MeaningfulName: In Hindu cosmology, Kuja is the name of Mars, the red planet, and means "born of the earth" -- Terra, shown as a red planet, is Latin for earth. Mars is also the Roman god of war. All in all, Kuja's name reflects exactly what he is -- [[spoiler:a Genome created by Garland and Terra to create war and destruction on Gaia]].
** Also, in Japanese, ''kuja''ku means "peacock." You shouldn't need help seeing how that one fits.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: But not for the typical reasons. After [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH3Is0k_eqg tanking a few blasts from Bahamut]], Kuja smirks until he notices that he'd gotten a cut on his forehead...and then laughs, ''praising'' the dragon for actually managing to injure him slightly.
-->'''Kuja:''' Blood? Ahahah! Bahamut...power, mobility...You are truly the best! You even hurt me...a little.
* OpportunisticBastard: From disc 3 onward. In the first two discs, Kuja had a true EvilPlan, but it gets immediately curbstomped the second that [[spoiler:his boss, Garland, decides that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he has outlived his usefulness]].]] Kuja immediately goes into hiding and, with his treachery revealed, has no choice but to acquire power any means he can. He tries a few things that also fail, before opportunity shines and one of the good guys taps into their SuperMode right in front of him. From that moment on, his plan is to [[spoiler:let the heroes fight both him and Garland, and win, and then [[TurnsRed Turn Red]] and invoke his own SuperMode ''permanently''.]] ''And it works.'' At that point, Kuja had everything he needed to take over the world, but there was one thing he didn't count on...
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler:Especially when armed with the power of Trance.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: While his insanity doesn't manifest until the end of Disc 3, Kuja nonetheless is mentally a child pretending to be an adult. He puts on exaggerated efforts to seem sophisticated and intelligent to assert his individuality, is very narcissistic and selfish, and is prone to quickly losing his temper when he doesn't get his way. [[spoiler:According to creation materials, this is why Garland created Zidane as a baby -- he would be able to grow and mature in order to develop the complex emotions needed to enter [[SuperMode Trance]], while Kuja was created as an adult and never matured emotionally beyond the young mindsets of regular Genomes. This is the same reason he had to absorb Gaian souls to enter a Trance at the end of Disc 3, Kuja's emotional state is too simplistic to do it himself.]]
* [[spoiler:PsychoPrototype]]
* [[spoiler:PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery]]: Provides the page quote. [[spoiler:His main reason for deciding to destroy existence isn't just to destroy it for the sake of destroying it, but because he refuses to let the world exist if he can't be part of it]].
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath: He saves the heroes from Necron, and Zidane later goes back to return the favor. When the Iifa Tree collapses around the two of them, Kuja pushes Zidane out of the way, presumably killing himself.]]
* ReliableTraitor: Kuja's ItsAllAboutMe attitude is exactly why [[spoiler:Garland doesn't interfere until he's about to acquire Alexander, as that was the moment when Kuja's plans no longer fit perfectly into his goal.]]
* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness: He is securely locked at "High" for the majority of the story. He has a large number of wins, and even when he loses and gets knocked down a rung or two, he still manages to recover quickly. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, he shoots up to Infinite. Thanks to HeadsIWinTailsYouLose, even when your party wins against him, one Ultima later and you're still done. He even manages to damage the Original Crystal, as per his original intent. The only reason he fails to destroy everything is because he had no idea that Necron had to get to killing everything himself for it to count.]]
* SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat: Every. Single. One. [[spoiler:Kuja starts as a personal foe (for Garnet), becomes a city-scale threat (manipulating the queen), then a province-level threat (commanding an army of Black Mages), then a country-level threat (attacking Alexandria with Eidolons), then for a while he becomes a personal-level threat again (kidnapping the party), then he shoots all the way up to global (attempts to conquer Terra and Gaea), then multiplanetary/galactic (blasts Terra off the map), then multiversal (tries to destroy the Original Crystal).]]
* SmugSnake: While he is a very serious threat, his ''obscene'' arrogance and cruelty keeps him from achieving magnificence.
* [[spoiler:TheStarscream]]: [[spoiler: To Garland.]]
* {{Stripperific}}: The guy wears a steel thong. Being related to [[spoiler:Zidane and other Genomes]], fans would often joke, "Where would he [[spoiler:hide his tail?]]"
* [[spoiler:SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum]]: Emphasis on the "[[spoiler:temper tantrum]]" part, given his incredibly childish and selfish motivation for deciding to do this.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Is fond of this.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Shows some shades. [[spoiler:And not entirely unjustified, given Garland's intended use for him: the only reason why Kuja wasn't put down the moment he showed signs of instability was because Garland believed that he might be useful -- at least until a stronger Genome was available to replace him, whereupon he'd simply be disposed of. Thus, gaining power strong enough to overthrow Garland was the only way to ensure his survival]].
-->"The weak lose their freedom to the strong. Such is the way of the strong. And it is the providence of nature that only the strong survive."
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: When he finds out that he has a limited lifespan.]]
* WhatAnIdiot: Invoked; almost says this word-for-word after assuring Zidane that he'd keep his word not to harm the four companions left imprisoned.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Young, long white hair, and evil in a suave, cultured sort of way.
* WickedCultured: Lives in a beautifuly sculpted palace of marble and stained glass, and he's a fan of Lord Avon's plays to boot.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: See FreudianExcuse.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Kuja is a ''master'' at this, which is rather rare compared to some [[OrcusOnHisThrone less-active villains]] of FF-series tradition. [[spoiler:[[ReliableTraitor Garland knew Kuja was going to betray him a long time ago]], and took steps to prepare for it. This surprises and scares the hell out of Kuja when he realizes it, and he has to completely scrap his entire EvilPlan and start completely from scratch. He then revises it ''again'' when presented with a SpannerInTheWorks in the form of a [[BadassAdorable little moogle]].]]
* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler:He steals the countless souls stored in [[CoolAirship The Invincible]] to achieve [[SuperMode Trance]] and gain the power to defeat Garland]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Yes, a ''male'' example.

!!Garland
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-->"To live is to give life meaning, yet one must take others' lives to survive...Terra's souls will sleep until they forget such nonsense. They will begin a new life in a new dimension. It's a world in which life and death become one...That is the dimension in which we are meant to live, as beings that transcend life and death!"

A powerful warlock ruling over the ancient planet of Terra from his research facility in Castle Pandemonium. He was left behind by the now-extinct Terran civilisation to guard their souls and find a way of restoring them to life. [[spoiler:To that end, he has been assimilating Gaia for centuries (if not longer), and created Kuja, Zidane, and Mikoto to serve as his primary agents in the task of wrapping the process up with a world war or two.]]
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* AncientKeeper: A more malevolent example than most, but still...
* ArtificialHuman: It's rather ambiguous, but it seems more probable that he's a construct created by the Terrans rather than one of the Terrans themselves.
* TheAssimilator: [[spoiler:Garland's entire goal is to assimilate the soul-cycle of Gaia to restore Terra and its people, and it's implied that this isn't the first planet he's attacked, either...]]
* BadassBeard [[BeardOfEvil of Evil]]
* BadassCape
* BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfEvil
* [[spoiler: BiggerBad / BigBad / BigBadWannabe]]: [[spoiler: Garland is one of the few villains who technically crosses the entire spectrum; introduced as a villainous competitor to Kuja, he turns out to have been his boss and the mastermind behind the events of the entire game and technically the BigBad. Then, at the end of the third disc, having made the mistake of focussing all his attention on fighting Zidane and the others, he's blindsided, ousted from power and killed by Kuja.]]
* TheChessmaster: Like Kuja, he's a master strategist; much more impressively, [[spoiler:he's behind the plot Kuja was operating in the first and second discs.]]
* CoolAirship: ''The Invincible'', which Garland has used [[spoiler:to destroy entire cities, and to convert Eidolons.]]
* CoolPet: [[spoiler:The Silver Dragon, which Kuja apparently borrowed for his work on Gaia, and was evidently taken back after Kuja's attempt to claim Alexander. The Dragon itself shows up in a boss fight just prior to Garland's.]]
* ControlFreak: As the appointed overseer of all Terra, Garland dominates almost every aspect of his creations' lives, forcing them into a very rigid routine of self-improvement and work in preparation for the time the Genomes can fulfil their purpose as vessels for the souls of Terra, and does not suffer disobedience gladly. [[spoiler: In fact, the only reason why Kuja's activities on Gaia were permitted were because most of them benefitted Garland in some way - until the battle of Alexandria. Similarly, once Zidane makes it clear that he can't be convinced to become his Angel of Death, Garland rips his soul out, intending to reduce him to another Genome vessel.]] Very little happens on Terra without Garland's knowledge - to the point that, in a rare moment of emotion at the end of the third disc, he triumphantly proclaims himself the absolute master of all Terra.
* CurbStompBattle: When using ''The Invincible,'' Garland usually only needs to fire one shot to win a battle. In the [[spoiler:Battle of Alexandria]], he fired two -- the first to kill [[spoiler:Alexander]], the second to destroy the entire city.
* [[spoiler:DeadPersonConversation: Returns from the grave to hold one of these in the fourth disc.]]
* [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption: After being killed by Kuja, Garland returns as a spirit to assist Zidane through Memoria. That said, he isn't so much redeemed, as his goals simply line up with Zidane's since he doesn't want to see reality unmade, either. It's pretty clear he still has no problem with anything he actually did, and really just wishes he had done it ''better''.]]
* DeathFromAbove: His modus operandi via ''The Invincible.''
* [[spoiler:DefiantToTheEnd: With his last breath, Garland coldly informs Kuja that his power is meaningless -- and for once, Kuja has nothing to say.]]
* [[spoiler:DiscOneFinalBoss]]: [[spoiler: Or rather, Disc Three semi-final boss. If it weren't for the existence of a fourth disc, it would've been rather easy to mistake the fight against Garland for the FinalBoss fight, or at least one of the final bosses in the game.]]
* [[spoiler:DisneyVillainDeath]]
* EmperorScientist: He's the de facto King of Terra, and has successfully created an entire species of soulless vessels for the Terrans to inhabit, three soul-bearing operatives to do his bidding, and [[spoiler:the Iifa tree.]]
* EvilOldFolks
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler:This is the true evil plan; the one that starts and guides the conflict. He created Kuja, who, at Garland's behest, encouraged Brahne to pursue her desire for conquest. He gave Kuja the materials to produce magical weaponry, which he would then sell to Brahne -- resulting in greater destruction and further casualties in the war across the Mist Continent. He created Zidane, our hero, to ultimately oppose and replace Kuja. All of this was supposed to cause enough death to assimilate Gaia's souls into Terra, so his own civilization could live again.]]
* EvilSpeechOfEvil: In his very first scene (see NotMyDriver), it is made very clear that the new BiggerBad is here. Delivered in true MagnificentBastard fashion complete with terrifying musical accompaniment.
-->"You have gone too far, Kuja. I granted you the freedom to do as you wish in Gaia for one purpose alone. Now that you have lost sight of your mission, I will no longer tolerate your actions. You have not the slightest idea whom you are defying. I will show you soon enough. You too, Zidane..."
* [[spoiler:EvilVersusOblivion: Following his death and Kuja's descent into madness, Garland joined forces with Zidane in order to help him save the universe.]]
* {{Expy}}: He's named after ''Final Fantasy's'' Garland, looks like Golbez and has the same OminousPipeOrgan for his leimotif as him, and has a role very similar to Fusoya if Fusoya thought more like Zemus. All part of the game's many MythologyGag {{Call Back}}s, naturally.
* [[spoiler:FaceDeathWithDignity: In his final words, he explains as much about the Crystal as he can, before calmly bidding farewell to Zidane.]]
* {{Foil}}: Arguably to Kuja; both are powerful magicians, both make use of cool airships, [[spoiler: both make use of the Silver Dragon]]; both have long-running schemes across the planet; both create living beings for their own mysterious purposes, and both have to deal with those beings becoming sentient and rebellious; [[spoiler: both are inhabitants of Terra]]; both want to take over Gaia. However, where Kuja is a LargeHam who likes to behave as flamboyantly as possible, Garland is calm, composed, and rarely acts with any kind of drama; where Kuja is actively cruel and sadistic, Garland is simply pragmatic to the point of ignoring the suffering of others; where Kuja is relentlessly selfish, Garland acts only for the sleeping Terrans and has seemingly no desires of his own; [[spoiler: where Kuja refuses to admit defeat even when he has nothing to gain except total destruction, Garland willingly aids Zidane in order to prevent the destruction of the universe.]]
* [[spoiler:GiantEyeOfDoom: ''The Invincible'' sports one of these on its underside, and it usually appears when Garland feels like casting magic on a massive scale.]]
* [[spoiler:GracefulLoser: After being defeated, he gracefully acknowledges Zidane's strength. Also, after Kuja murders him and destroys Terra, Garland returns to assist Zidane on his journey through Memoria, even though Zidane's interference made said destruction possible. It's still a sensible move, considering that if Zidane had failed to make his way through Memoria, Kuja would have destroyed the entire universe.]]
* HighCollarOfDoom
* [[spoiler:IRegretNothing: Just before his spirit finally passes on, Garland announces that even though he was created with only one purpose in mind, he doesn't regret having lived his life in pursuit of this goal.]]
* LongGame: Garland's scheme has been in action for millennia, slowly [[spoiler:assimilating the souls of Gaia]] without anyone ever noticing -- up until Kuja got the attention of the heroes.
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather: Technically speaking. He ''did'' create Zidane and Kuja after all. Plus, his dialogue indicates that he sees Zidane as something of a son, and not just a weapon- particularly when he's guiding them through Memoria.]]
* MindOverMatter: One of his magical specialities is to telekinetically lift an opponent into the air and slam them back into the ground -- a spell almost no other enemy in the game possesses.
* NotMyDriver: Garland pulls one of these on Kuja when he tries to summon the ''Invincible'' during [[spoiler:the Battle of Alexandria]]. Cue massive OhCrap moment as Kuja realises that the airship isn't on autopilot anymore.
** Kuja, however, gladly returns the favor at the end of Disc 3.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: In the event that a threat to his plans is discovered, Garland doesn't bother with scheming, trickery, death-traps, or gloating of any kind; he just has the threat eliminated as quickly as possible. For example, [[spoiler:when the summoners of Madain Sari grew too powerful for him to tolerate, Garland carpet-bombed their village into dust]]; when Kuja tried to [[spoiler:take control of the eidolon Alexander]], Garland simply assumed control of the ''Invincible'' and [[spoiler:destroyed Alexander with two shots, forcing Kuja into a humiliating defeat]]; finally, [[spoiler:the moment he learned that Zidane would never willingly serve him, Garland just ripped his soul out.]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Just look at the damn picture.
* PowerFloats: While taking Zidane on a tour of Pandemonium, he casually hovers across the banks of machinery that Zidane has to climb over.
* PragmaticVillainy
* ProphetEyes: A brief glimpse of his face during the boss fight shows that Garland has these kind of eyes.
* ShoutOut:
** A living shoutout to the character of the same name from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''. The offhand mention that he once tried "a more direct approach" to things makes it all the more obvious.
** His general look seems inspired by Darth Vader from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** Functionally, he's similar in respects to [=FuSoYa=] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', only where [=FuSoYa=]'s methods [[spoiler:in the integration of his kind on another planet]] are peaceful, Garland's are aggressive.
* ShutUpKirk: Close to the end of the third disc, Zidane and the other three members of the group deliver a PatrickStewartSpeech to him; Garland then demands that they put their idealism to the test -- and try to lecture him again when they're on the verge of death. [[spoiler:He promptly sics the Silver Dragon on the four of them.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains: See WellIntentionedExtremist.
* SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat: A multi-tiered menace, although not to the same extent as Kuja. [[spoiler: He starts out as a city level threat in destroying Alexandria; then, when he finally reveals his plan for Terra to assimilate Gaia, he's revealed to be a global threat - though Mikoto implies that he may be a multi-planentary threat. Finally, in his attempts to remove Zidane's soul, he becomes a personal threat.]]
* [[spoiler:SpiritAdvisor: After his death, his spirit guides Zidane and company through most of Memoria, although only Zidane can hear him.]]
* TheStoic: His dialogue is generally calm and unemotional for most of the game; in fact, it's not until the end of the third disc that we even see him use an exclamation mark in his speech.
* TimeAbyss: Garland's true age is uncertain, but it's known that he's been alive for more than five thousand years.
* VillainTeleportation: Used throughout the initial tour of Pandemonium.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Everything Garland does is ultimately to ensure the restoration of Terra and its people, no matter how many millions of innocent people have to die in order to accomplish this goal. He has no real desires of his own; the only thing he cares about is completing his mission and resurrecting his Terran masters.

!!Zorn And Thorn
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-->"We are in trouble!
-->Trouble are we in!"

Brahne's twin clown assistants. They seem to be potent, if short, magicians. [[spoiler:When they are defeated, Kuja reveals they were never even human to begin with, and that they aren't even really twins.]]
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* CreepyTwins
* [[spoiler:FusionDance: Technically, it's the inversion of this trope. Zorn and Thorn are two halves of the same being, and the boss Meltigemini is their true form.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang: Until...
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:...they become Meltigemini.]]
* HandHidingSleeves: Of the Sneaky Sleeves variety.
* HappyHarlequinHat: They're never seen without their jester caps. Since their true form's heads are shaped like jester hats, they may be wearing them to maintain TheMasquerade.
* [[RecurringBoss Recurring Bosses]]: Yes, even though [[spoiler:the second time they're on the field, Eiko wipes the floor with them; followed by a FusionDance into their true form of Meltigemini.]]
* RhymesOnADime: Occasionally.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Like [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]], Thorn speaks.
* ThemeTwinNaming
* ThoseTwoBadGuys
* VillainousHarlequin
* WonderTwinPowers: Presumably as a [[MythologyGag reference]] to how Porom and Palom of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' worked together.

!!The Black Waltzes

A trio of powerful Black Mage prototypes sent to retrieve Garnet after she escapes Alexandria.
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil
* AmbiguousGender: Black Waltz 2. It has womanly hips and something of a bust, and the robe does resemble a PimpedOutDress, but there's no evidence the Black Mages even have genders...
* ArtificialHuman: Like all Black Mages.
* TheBrute: Black Waltz 1.
* DuelBoss: Black Waltz 1 is fought with Zidane only.
** DualBoss: But that doesn't stop him from summoning his "pet" to help.
* {{Elite Mook}}s
* EvilCounterpart: To Vivi.
* FireIceLightning: Each of the Black Mages seem be more proficient with a different one of these: Black Waltz 1 with Ice, Black Waltz 2 with Fire, and Black Waltz 3 with Lightning.
* GoodWingsEvilWings
* AnIcePerson: Black Waltz 1's main attack is Blizzard.
* ImplacableMan: Black Waltz 3 could be considered Final Fantasy's equivalent of [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis the Nemesis.]]
* ImprobablePowerDiscrepancy: While the Black Waltzes are canonically elite mooks, in battle, their stats are actually ''weaker'' [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil than the Black Mage mooks you fight later on]].
* KickTheDog: Black Waltz 3 callously and casually slaughters a group of his fellow Black Mages to get to the party. Vivi was ''not'' pleased by this.
* MadeOfIron: Black Waltz 3.
* MadnessMantra:
--> '''Black Waltz 3:''' "I exist only to kill, I exist only to kill, I exist only to kill, I exist only to kill..."
* MeaningfulName: ''Waltz'' indicated from the start how many of them there are.
** Lampshaded by Zidane when Steiner wonders how many there are.
* MirrorBoss: Black Waltz 2 copies Vivi's spells, taunting him beforehand each time.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Black Waltz 3 returns one more time in disc 2.]]
* ObviouslyEvil
* OhCrap: Black Waltz 3 gives a ''beautiful'' one in South gate. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIUfMTtcEjw&t=1m It has to be seen to be believed]]. And without having voice acting or, yes, a ''face''.
* PimpedOutDress: Black Waltz 2, which not only hints at a gender but is so long that her feet are never seen.
* PlayingWithFire: While not as noticeable as the other Black Waltz's elemental preferences, Black Waltz 2's most powerful and common attack is Fira, the first time you see that spell, and the only time for a while.
* PowerFloats: Black Waltz 2 never touches down, ever. Unless you beat her, of course.
* PsychoElectro: Black Waltz 3 loves to kill things with lightning.
* PsychoPrototype
* RasputinianDeath: Black Waltz 3.
* RoboSpeak: Black Waltz 3 after his breakdown.
* RuleOfThree: Lampshaded after the first fight with No. 3 -- when Steiner wonders how many Waltzes there are, Zidane points out that because of MeaningfulName being in effect, there aren't any more.
* [[StarterVillain Starter Villains]]
* UnstoppableRage: Another by-product of Black Waltz 3's breakdown.
* VillainousBreakdown: Black Waltz 3, and ''how''.
* WingedHumanoid: All three have black feathered wings.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: It's implied that one of the reasons behind Black Waltz 3's breakdown is that his magical power became too much for him to handle.
* YouAreNumberSix

!!Lani
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--> "I'm sure you didn't hire me for my ''manners''."

Hired by Queen Brahne at the same time as Amarant, Lani would end up walking a different path when she found her methods disagreeable.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Chick]]
* AnAxeToGrind: An oversized Bardiche.
* BadassesWearBandanas
* BareYourMidriff
* BerserkButton: Lani starts out focusing her attacks on Dagger. If you physically attack her, though, she'll fly into a rage and shift her attacks to whoever struck her.
* BoisterousBruiser
* CleavageWindow
* CompanionCube: "My axe is pleased to hear this."
* EnemyScan: Lani is one of the rare enemies in the Final Fantasy series who will use Scan on your party. She changes her tactics a bit after seeing info on a party member she scanned.
* FieryRedhead
* {{Foreshadowing}}: You can spot her name in the Business District inn guestbook, and later on the leaderboard during the Lindblum Hunting Festival in disc 1.
* HairDecorations: A bandana with a feather on it.
* MiniDressOfPower: Fights in a top and short skirt.
* MsFanservice: With large breasts, cleavage, and bared midriff.
* PrettyInMink: Her skirt is trimmed with white fur.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEarnsLife]]

!!Necron
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-->"You stand before the final dimension, and I am the darkness of eternity..."

The final boss of the game, Necron is a dark being of immense power and symbolic (at best) relation to the plot.
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* AsLongAsThereIsEvil
* BiggerBad
* DubNameChange: His Japanese name was the Darkness of Eternity.
* EldritchAbomination
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Hoo boy. This trope could easily have been called "The Necron", but that [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} may have caused]] [[BlackestNight some confusion]].
* GracefulLoser: Necron doesn't really mind his defeat. After all, he is eternal...
* MultiarmedAndDangerous: He has two rather ordinary looking arms, plus a second pair which are much larger and more monstrous looking.
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[[folder:Other Characters]]
!!Tantalus

A stage troupe on the surface, Tantalus is really a band of mercenaries, thieves and treasure-hunters, hired to stage the daring kidnap of Princess Garnet during their feature presentation of the world famous play "I Want To Be Your Canary".
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* AbusiveParents: Baku beat Zidane when he was a child, as a punishment for running off.
** An odd example, since Zidane seems to hold no ill will towards Baku for it.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Blank, along with the whole Evil Forest]].
* TheArtfulDodger: Blank and Zidane, at the ''very'' least, are implied to have been this in their younger days.
* ArtificialLimbs: Benero and Zenero's robot hands.
* BadassesWearBandanas: Marcus.
* BareYourMidriff: Cinna.
* BlindfoldedVision: Blank.
* BoisterousBruiser: Baku.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Most of the group, really. Baku's a DrillSergeantNasty with a habit of attacking his crew (sometimes as part of unscheduled training sessions, other times because he's in a bad mood), but nobody can doubt his abilities as a leader -- after all, he got Tantalus out of Evil Forest alive. Blank is terrified of Oglops, but he makes up for this phobia through his gifts in fighting, thieving, and potions-brewing. Cinna is addicted to South Gate Bundt Cake, enjoys playing with dolls, and is insanely protective of his hammer, but he's also a very talented engineer. Benero and Zenero are both just a tad dimwitted, but they're strong and capable enough to be kept around as DumbMuscle. Ruby is hilariously overenthusiastic, easily annoyed, and speaks with an accent unique to the setting, but -- as the final scenes display -- she's actually a good actor. And finally, Zidane will flirt with anyone female and of age, but can lie, cheat, steal, and act better than any other member of Tantalus. Marcus, by comparison, seems pretty normal.
* ButtMonkey: Cinna.
* CoolShip: The Prima Vista, which was TooCoolToLive.
* CuteLittleFangs: Marcus.
* TheDanza: InUniverse example; Marcus, Blank, and Zidane go by those names ''in the play AND in the game proper''.
** It's possible that Baku named them after the characters in the play (see TheFagin below).
* EasilyForgiven: Zidane is permanently kicked out of Tantalus in disc 1, but later admits that "it isn't the first time I left." ([[{{Foreshadowing}} We learn more about that in disc 2.]])
* TheFaceless: See ThoseTwoGuys.
* TheFagin: It's heavily implied that Baku is one of these. He is outright stated to have taken in Zidane and raised him to [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pickpocket, burgle, and perform classical theater]] with the best of them.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Baku,
** TheLancer: Zidane, then Marcus following Zidane's resignation.
** TheBigGuy: Benero and Zenero, two gas-mask-wearing heavy-lifters for Tantalus.
** TheSmartGuy: Cinna (as the group's resident engineer) and Blank (talented potion-brewer).
** TheChick: Ruby.
* [[GentlemanThief Gentleman Thieves]]: [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Except for Ruby, who is, in fact, a woman.]]
* GirlyRun: Ruby beats out Garnet ''by a mile''.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Blank, Marcus, and Cinna.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Blank.]]
* HiddenDepths
* HiddenEyes: Blank and Marcus, and some of those musicians.
* {{Homage}}:
** Blank not only has Manga/BlackJack's scars, but even develops a cure for the seed-infection that hits Zidane and some others.
** The musicians. Someone at Square obviously watched [[{{Titanic}} that ship movie.]]
* [[LoveableRogue Loveable Rogues]]: Every mother's son (and daughter) of 'em.
* MyHeroZero: Blank, in a way.
* NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters: They even help rebuild the [[spoiler:Lindblum theater district]] after the blitz!
** For a gang of thieves, they are on friendly terms with Lindblum's regency, hence why Cid entrusted the task of "kidnapping" Garnet to them.
* NoNameGiven: The musicians. (The box office guy in Alexandria does mention that Tantalus performs "with accompaniment by Lav Layderce", which could refer to the composer, the conductor, the whole band, anything.)
* OnlySaneMan: Marcus, the only member who is not strange in some way.
* PettingZooPeople: Baku and some of the musicians. Benero & Zenero resemble the blue tapir civilians despite their masks.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Other than the swashbuckling kidnapping attempt that kicks off the game [[spoiler:and the performance at the end]], Tantalus doesn't really seem to do much in the way of thieving ''or'' performing. They mostly loiter around various towns and occasionally show up to be useful to their old buddy Zidane.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* RealMenWearPink:
** Pay close attention, Baku has a bright red bow in his hair.
** Arguably the entire premise of Tantalus as a theater group.
* RunningGag: Baku [[IncomingHam sneezing loudly every time he appears.]] And not in the well-known ''anime'' context of someone talking behind his back, just...so he can sneeze loudly every time he appears, pretty much.
* SatisfiedStreetRat: If any member of Tantalus starts telling you a fascinating sob story about their tragic childhood, stay alert and watch your wallet. These guys make no bones about ''loving'' their lifestyle.
* ScarsAreForever: Blank, and not just on his face.
* ShooTheDog: See EasilyForgiven above -- Baku turns Zidane away in disc 3 ''because'' of his HeroicBSOD.
* SouthernBelle: Ruby
* TattooedCrook: Marcus, with TronLines on his arms, either fancies himself as one [[EpilepticTrees or used to be one for real.]]
* TeamChef: Cinna.
* TeamDad: Baku
* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Played for laughs. Benero and Zenero meet up with a third twin, Genero, in disc 3. Which would, y'know, make them triplets.]] And if you meet them as Zidane, you can challenge them to a ShellGame ''using themselves''. Just before endgame, on Disc 4, there's a lesser known sidequest involving meeting every single one of their other family and relatives (and there are a lot).
* ToughLove: Baku will beat you cross-eyed if you try to sass him. And then you'll have a good guffaw together and [[WhatTheHellHero he'll tell you he likes your spirit]].
* TrueCompanions
* VanityLicensePlate: Variant: the first FMV spends a lot of time around the Prima Vista's seated-mermaid bowsprit.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Keep up with Mognet and you'll get [[spoiler:letters from Ruby all the way back in Alexandria.]]

!!Beatrix
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-->"I commend your courage, but I will show you no mercy."

The general of Alexandria's all-female armies, Beatrix is a fabled paladin who is feared and respected all throughout the continent. However, though fiercely loyal to her queen and almost as unquestioning as Steiner, she still has a honourable heart -- enough to wonder if she's on the right side after the first few atrocities...
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* ActionGirl
* AmazonBrigade: Subverted, because she isn't a commander of some small-ish non-gender-standard unit (that honor goes to Steiner). Alexandria is a nation where women are dominant, and thus Beatrix is the general of her all-female army.
* AntiVillain: Type I/IV
* {{Badass}}: She kicks your ass in not one, but ''three'' {{Hopeless Boss Fight}}s, and has an exclusive skillset consisting of powerful White Magic including [[HolyHandGrenade Holy]], and several powerful sword attacks.
** BadassBoast: More than one. And every time, it also counts as a PreAsskickingOneLiner.
-->"I once killed a hundred knights single-handedly. To me, you two are nothing more than insects."
-->"Let me shatter your delusions of grandeur."
* [[spoiler:BattleCouple: With Steiner in disc 3.]]
* BoobsOfSteel: [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/a/a1/Beatrix2.jpg Exhibit 1.]]
* DistaffCounterpart: To Steiner, in many ways.
* [[spoiler:EvenEvilHasStandards: Upon finding out about the Queen's true evil nature and that she was merely used as her puppet all this time, she starts to have second thoughts about what she's done.]]
* TheDreaded: [[{{Badass}} And with good reason]]. The [[OhCrap reaction]] of the Burmecian soldier who wanted to avenge his town is a good testimony of what her name means.
* EyepatchOfPower
* FlowerMotifs: SomethingAboutARose -- her leitmotif is "Rose of May," and there is a rose emblem emblazoned on the back of her uniform (though it's hard to notice because of her hair).
* [[spoiler:GuestStarPartyMember]]
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Four words: Climmhazard and Stock Break.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* [[spoiler:HeelRealization: When the Queen orders her to kill Garnet.]]
* HopelessBossFight: Every battle against her ends up this way.
** TimedMission: She always has two good equipment pieces to steal; the catch is getting them before she decides to deal out a TotalPartyKill to end the battle.
* IGaveMyWord: Her oath to protect Princess Garnet eventually helps prompt her [[spoiler:HeelRealization and HeelFaceTurn]].
* TheJuggernaut
* KarmaHoudini: Considering what she did to Burmecia and Cleyra, she gets off rather lightly.
** On the other hand, she really is sincere in her desire to repent for what she did in Brahne's service. Plus, agreeing to fight alongside Freya results in Beatrix's first major defeat in the entire game - to the point that Blank reports that she was actually knocked unconscious and had to be rescued.
* [[KnightInShiningArmor Knight In A Pretty Dress]]
** KnightInSourArmor: At first.
* LadyOfWar
* LawfulStupid: Initially, much like Steiner. She gets over it a lot quicker than he does.
* MamaBear: To Garnet. [[spoiler: To the point that, when the Queen orders Garnet's execution, Beatrix goes so far as to change sides.]]
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Shares this dilemma with Steiner. [[spoiler:And, like Steiner, eventually [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen realizes what Brahne has become.]]]]
* NobleTopEnforcer: Her official job description is "Protect the Queen"; what she usually does goes way beyond it.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:Thank YOU, misdirected love letter!]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Perhaps it's because the in-game sprite, but you are forgiven if you mistake her to be around the same age as Zidane or just a bit older, either in her late teens or early 20s. But she's actually 28 years old (and 29 during the ending).
* PetTheDog: Her love and protective attitude towards Princess Garnet and Alexandria.
* [[spoiler: PyrrhicVictory: Her third win against Zidane and friends very nearly ends up as this; having defeated them as soundly as ever, she realizes almost too late that they were trying to rescue Princess Garnet, and has to use her powers to heal her and awaken her from the magically-induced coma - only ''just'' succeeding. Had the battle carried on any longer (for example, if Beatrix decided to finish Zidane and the others off), Garnet might have been beyond saving by the time Beatrix noticed her.]]
* [[spoiler:RedemptionDemotion: Mostly averted. She doesn't have nearly as much HP as a guest party member compared to when you fight her, but she is still monstrously powerful.]]
* SarcasticDevotee: The first sign that [[spoiler: her loyalty is starting to falter arrives when she quite bitterly notices that the Queen shows her no gratitude for retrieving the Gem from Cleyra and favors the Black Mages and Eidolons over her number one general.]]
* [[spoiler: SixthRanger]]
* WorldsBestWarrior: When Beatrix is properly introduced in Burmecia, Freya remembers a conversation with Fratley in which he refers to Beatrix as the world's greatest swordswoman. As her boss fights show, she's earned the reputation.
* WorthyOpponent: She's looking for one. [[spoiler: In the end, she may not have had one after all, but she does become married to Steiner.]]

!!Regent Cid Fabool IX

-->"No amount of hardship can tear our two countries apart."

The monarch of Lindblum, the only country equal to Alexandria in strength, Cid is a peaceful but proactive ruler, well known for his industrial innovations and revolutionary airship designs. [[spoiler:He hires the Tantalus bandits to kidnap Garnet, which leads directly to the beginning of the game.]]
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* AlmightyJanitor: an InvokedTrope. He's the current Tetra Master champion, but due to being an oglop at the time of the tournament in Treno, he has to ask an NPC to play for him (while giving her instructions), making the crowd label ''her'' as the champ, and he has to pose as her "pet", much to Cid's dismay.
* BadassCape: So badass it stays with him through two [[BalefulPolymorph transformatons]] (see below).
* BadassMustache: Immune to any amount of transformation magic (see below).
* BalefulPolymorph: Transformed into an oglop (by his wife Hilda), and later, after an unsuccessful attempt for a cure, a frog. Doesn't stop him from ruling his country, though.
* CoolAirship: Cid's prototype steam-powered airships usually fall under this heading -- with the possible exception of the Hilda Garde II.
* EmperorScientist
* {{Expy}}: The Cid of the game.
* GadgeteerGenius: A trait common with most Cids of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. So, not surprising at all. Part of the plot involves getting him back into human form, because being an oglop, and later a frog, messes with his mind and keeps him from exercising his full potential as an airship engineer/designer.
* GuestStarPartyMember: At one point you have to use him (briefly, [[ThatOneLevel fortunately enough...]]), but he won't fight in battle.
* KingOfGames: [[spoiler:He's the champion of Tetra Master.]]
* MorphicResonance: His BadassMustache.
* MythologyGag: He's the 9th Cid.
* NonMammalianHair: His [[BadassMustache mustache]] stays no matter what he's [[BalefulPolymorph polymorphed]] into.
* ReallyGetsAround: It's hinted that he was always a womaniser, but his wife only found out one of his mistresses.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He accompanies Zidane and company for part of their journey, and he also designs the airship they travel on later in the game. In fact, he actually rescues half of the party from a deathtrap during their imprisonment in Kuja's desert castle. Personally. While still in frog-form. Later on, he helps lead the armada of airships -- almost all of which he designed and his country built -- against the horde of silver dragons that Kuja sent after the party en route to the final dungeon.
* ShoutOut: Fabul...[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV What kingdom do we know by that name?]]
* SilverFox: His mustache is grey, but he can still charm the ladies.
* VerbalTic: "Gwok" as an oglop, "Ribbit" as a frog. Ever after he's transformed back to his old self, he has a bit of trouble dropping them.

!!Dr. Tot

-->'''Eiko''': He looks pretty smart. Hey, you look like the bookish type!
-->'''Dr. Tot''': Ha ha ha...what gives you that impression?
-->'''Eiko''': You really want me to explain?
-->'''Dr. Tot''': Oh yes, I'm quite curious.
-->'''Eiko''': [[SherlockScan Where should I start...?]] First, your [[BadassBeard beard]]! Second, your [[NiceHat nerdy hat]]! Third, your [[OpaqueNerdGlasses thick eyeglasses]]! All signs of a nerdy philosopher!

A former loyal servant of Queen Brahne, Dr. Tot left Alexandria years ago to do research. The heroes meet up with him again in Treno, when they need a Supersoft and a way back to Alexandria.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Tends to get lost in thought rather easily, wandering off muttering to himself about whatever's currently on his mind.
* EccentricMentor: Tot's a smart guy, but get him started on a subject that interests him, and he'll fly off into his own little world.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: with Eiko.
* TheLastDJ: Chose to leave Alexandria when Kuja started influencing Brahne's rule.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: That hat makes up a quarter of his height.
* MrExposition: He provides a lot of information on the backstory of the setting and some of the characters, including the [[spoiler:the truth behind Garnet's adoption.]]
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Never seen without them.
* ParentalSubstitute: Dr. Tot provides both emotional support and material aid to Garnet during Discs 2 and 3. He also helps Eiko write a love letter to Zidane.
* TheSmartGuy: Dr. Tot tutored a young Garnet, and is also [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist an accomplished writer, historian, and astronomer]]. He also apparently has some medical training, given that he mixed a potion that was meant to cure Cid of his being turned into an oglop. [[spoiler:In fact, all it did was turn him into a frog, but in Dr. Tot's defense, he wasn't sure if the remedy was going to work anyway.]]

!!Puck

A bratty Burmecian kid who's known to pop up at the most random moments, his first act of significance was making Vivi his personal ButtMonkey. [[spoiler:Secretly the prince of Burmecia.]]
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* TheArtfulDodger
* BrattyHalfPint
* ChekhovsGunman
* {{Keet}}
* [[spoiler:RebelPrince]]
* RunningGag: Runs over Vivi every time he shows up.
* WalkingTheEarth

!!Sir Fratley

A Dragon Knight of Burmecia, he was Freya's lover, and one of the few to match her in skill. Fratley left Burmecia in search of greater challenges, with Freya searching the world in hopes of finding him again.
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* {{Badass}}: Very quickly demonstrated when he makes his...
* BigDamnHeroes: His return to Cleyra.
* BladeOnAStick
* [[spoiler:LaserGuidedAmnesia]]
* NiceHat
* [[spoiler:OneTrueLove: He never does remember his past or Freya, but by the end of the game, he's fallen in love with her all over again.]]

!!Mikoto

The least apathetic of the Genomes of Bran Bal, Mikoto welcomes the heroes to Terra and shows them the way to Pandemonium, Garland's fortress. [[spoiler:She was created to be a GrimReaper replacement to Zidane, just as Zidane was made to replace Kuja.]] Thus, she's the third Genome to possess a soul, and the only one left at Bran Bal.
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* ArtificialHuman: Like her whole race.
* EmotionlessGirl: The reasons why are a bit ambiguous. Either Garland was going to give her a soul but never got around to it [[spoiler:(he was waiting for Kuja to die)]]; or he gave her a soul, and therefore she's ''capable'' of emotions, but because she grew up exclusively around other Genomes, she has no clue how to use them.
** SugarAndIcePersonality: [[spoiler:Her personality flares up, however, when Zidane refers to her as his little sister.]]
* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]]: Her initial role when the gang first arrives in Bran Bal.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Terrans as a whole.

!!Stiltzkin

A minor celebrity of sorts among Moogles, Stiltzkin is on a worldwide backpacking trip, bringing him conveniently to the same locations as your heroes on occasion.
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* BadassesWearBandanas
* BoldExplorer: His main claim to fame.
* PerpetualPoverty: Hinted at; he'll offer you items for a price to fund his trip.
* RecurringTraveller
* WalkingTheEarth

!!Alleyway Jack

Little more than a small-time crook, Alleyway Jack relies on quick schemes and staying on the move for a living. There's more to him than that, of course...
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* [[spoiler:{{Foreshadowing}}: His multiple arms are a rather subtle example, given his true identity.]]
* HiddenEyes
* IHaveManyNames: [[spoiler:His real name is Gilgamesh. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Yes]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII we mean]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII that Gilgamesh]]]].
* KickTheDog: Pickpockets your characters on at least one occasion.
* LeeroyJenkins: His tough-guy act is a response to his being bullied for having four arms. But an act is all it is -- he [[OhCrap nearly craps himself with fear]] when he realizes that he's trying to pick a fight with Amarant. Steiner and Quina, the comic relief characters, also intimidate him at different points during the game.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Minus the dangerous part.
* MythologyGag: A living, breathing one.
* OhCrap: Nearly soils himself with fear when he realizes that he's trying to pick a fight with Amarant.
* PetTheDog: Gotten out of the way early on, as he provides your first Tetra Master tutorial.
* RecurringTraveller
* TooManyBelts
* WalkingTheEarth

!! Lady Hilda

The wife of Regent Cid. An offscreen character for the first two disks, she is mysteriously absent when the gang first arrives in Lindblum. It turns out she has been kidnapped by Kuja and is also responsible for Cid being turned into an oglop.
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* ChristmasCake: She's confirmed to be 27 and yet has no children or heirs to speak of, quite unusual for a noblewoman. [[spoiler: Even then she adopts a child towards the end]].
* GildedCage: Says that Kuja didn't treat her like a prisoner and was very nice to her.
* ICallHerVera: The Hilda Garde airships were of course named after her.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Has some magic though the extent of it is unknown.
* [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]]: Midway through Disk 3, having the benefit of Kuja explaining his entire plan to her while she was held prisoner.
* PimpedOutDress: Complete with hoopskirts, bustle, poofy sleeves and a train.
* ShaggyDogStory: Is simply found by accident in Mt Gulug where Kuja abandoned her and needs little persuasion to turn Cid back into a human.
* ShoutOut: Her name is one to Princess Hilda from ''Final Fantasy II''.
* TheUnfairSex: Averted. Cid calls her out on her petty revenge and the two admit how silly they've both been before reconciling.
* WomanScorned: Turned Cid into an oglop as revenge for him cheating on her with a waitress.

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