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A list of characters from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and associated works.


[[folder:Protagonists/Playable Characters]]
!! Cloud Strife

->''"I pity you. You just don't get it at all... there's not a thing I ''don't'' cherish!"''

-->Voiced by: Creator/TakahiroSakurai (Japanese), Steve Burton (English)

A former top-ranking member of Shinra's elite paramilitary unit, SOLDIER. Now working as a mercenary-for-hire, Cloud takes a job with the anti-Shinra organization AVALANCHE to bring down his old employers. [[spoiler:Actually a low-level {{Mook|s}} whose troubled childhood and failure to qualify for SOLDIER left him with severe self-confidence issues. He then gets put through so much mind-scrambling experimentation that he confuses his own memories and achievements with those of his best friend (and SOLDIER 1st Class) Zack Fair. After the truth is revealed, he suffers a HeroicBSOD, but thanks to a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, he comes to terms with who he is and rebuilds his persona from the ground up]].

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis''.
-> Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', ''KingdomHearts'', ''{{Ehrgeiz}}'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''

* {{Adorkable}}: At times. He says things like "let's mosey" and has never been on a date before.
%% * AlwaysSaveTheGirl
* {{Angst}}: Boatloads of it. Most of it's {{justified|Trope}} too.
* AnimalMotifs: Wolves, specifically Fenrir, the name of the wolf that follows him in ''Advent Children'' and of his CoolBike, which debuted in the same movie. However, this only applies to that movie.
%% * AnimeHair
* AntiHero: ClassicalAntiHero who [[JerkassFacade pretends to be]] a PragmaticHero. He arguably evolved into an actual hero by the end of the first game.
%% * {{Badass}}: See {{Determinator}}.
%% * BadassBiker
* BadassNormal [[spoiler:Back when he was just a mook, as evidenced when he managed to defeat Sephiroth despite not even being part of SOLDIER.]]
%% * BecomingTheMask
* {{BFS}}: His Buster Sword is emblematic of this trope.
* BifurcatedWeapon: His Fusion Sword in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' is ''six'' {{BFS}}s in one.
%% * {{Bishonen}}
%% * BladeSpam: Omnislash, one of his {{Limit Break}}s
%% * BlowYouAway: Finishing Touch, one of his {{Limit Break}}s
%% * BrainwashedAndCrazy
* BreakTheHaughty: As a child, Cloud avoided the other village children because he thought of himself as superior to them and like most boys his age, tried to become a hero like his idol Sephiroth by joining SOLDIER and was promptly rejected. However, it seemed like his claims of superiority was more a case of him trying to justify his own loneliness.
%% * BrokenHero: He's one of the poster boys for this trope.
* ChickMagnet: [[GirlNextDoor Tifa]], [[MysticalWaif Aerith]], and [[MauveShirt Jessie]] have feelings for him. If you choose [[ShipTease Yuffie]] as the Golden Saucer date, she kisses Cloud on the cheek on the gondola ride.
%% * ClassicalAntiHero
%% * ColonyDrop: Meteorain, one of his {{Limit Break}}s
%% * {{Courier}}: His career after the events of the main game.
%% * CrashIntoHello: Granted it was a roof, not a person, but it's how Cloud and Aerith got formally acquainted.
%% * DeadpanSnarker: "You look like a bear wearing a marshmallow."
%% * DeadPersonConversation: With [[spoiler: [[SpiritAdvisor Aerith]] and Zack]] in Advent Children.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:Cloud's essentially been copying an ''actual'' SOLDIER named Zack through most of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.]]
* DeclarationofProtection:
** He [[ThePromise promises]] such to Tifa, and later becomes Aerith's bodyguard.
** In ''Advent Children'', he feels this way towards his entire family, which causes problems as his track record of success isn't very impressive.
* {{Determinator}}: Holy shit, HOW! [[spoiler:In his pre-game fight with Sephiroth. Sixteen years old, relatively untrained, no super powers or super strength, 5'7" tops (assuming he didn't grow between ages sixteen and twenty-one) and maybe 100 pounds soaking wet and fighting against Sephiroth - half a foot taller, probably at least twice his weight, genetically manipulated, trained from birth, insanely strong (and just insane). Cloud is knocked out while his town burns, but gives chase, eventually fighting Sephiroth, getting impaled by Sephiroth, and while still impaled on the man's blade and hoisted several feet in the air, somehow manages to get the upper hand and send Sephiroth flying into a pit of Mako.]] {{Badass}} indeed.
* DisappearedDad: Was raised by his mother instead.
* DisguisedInDrag: The infamous crossdressing quest in Wall Market.
%% * DoomedHometown: [[spoiler:Including the dead mamma, but it's not his motivation.]]
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler:Though it's something of a journey to figure out how and why he has them.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: If you haven't played the original game, you'll be surprised at how ''non'' angsty Cloud was. He ''did'' angst and express hesitation and insecurities, but only at key points and for good reasons, and at the end of the game seemed perfectly fine. In his appearances since, he has been an angsty brooding loner. SquareEnix states outright in ''The Reunion Files'' (basically the ''Ultimania'' for ''Advent Children'') that they regressed his personality back to a mindset they thought fans would be more familiar with, making this a case of PanderingToTheBase. In all fairness, it'd be downright absurd to think he'd just be emotionally fixed by the end of the game. Anyone who might go through what Cloud went through might need a few years to fully reconcile. Like 30 of them.
%% * TheLeader of the FiveManBand.
* HeroesPreferSwords: {{BFS}}'s are preferred, although he does have a few katanas. As an infantryman, however, he favored an [[CoolGun assault rifle]] and [[DualTonfas police baton]].
* GuestFighter: In ''Ehrgeiz'', an obscure fighting game made by Square in late 1990s.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Aerith Gainsborough Die]]: More in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' than in the game.
* [[IllGirl Ill Guy]]: In ''Advent Children'', Cloud is suffering from Geostigma which also causes some ugly seizures. He was also afflicted with Mako Poisoning in the game.
%% * JackOfAllStats
%% * JerkassFacade
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Subverted. Cloud isn't actually a jerk, [[spoiler:his personality created after the events leading up to Zack's death is.]]
* LightningBruiser: Most definitely in ''Advent Children''. Can arguably become this in the original game as it goes on.
* LimitBreak: Meteorain is a ColonyDrop, Omnislash is a BladeSpam, Finishing Touch falls under BlowYouAway, and Blade Beam is a SwordBeam.
%% * LonersAreFreaks: As a child.
%% * MeaningfulName
* TheMentallyDisturbed: Cloud's an emotionally fragile young man who remembers things that never happened, suffers from bouts of depression, has a history of shutting down when life becomes too much to handle, and has serious problems with acknowledging his own self-worth. In spite of this, he soldiers on, and manages to overcome or mitigate many of these issues.
* MommasBoy: Her death at the hands of Sephiroth is one of his (many) grudges against him.
%% * [[spoiler: {{Mook}}]]: In his [[spoiler: true]] past.
%% * MrFanservice
* OccultBlueEyes: They also glow because of his Mako infusion; this is a mark of all members of SOLDIER.
* OnlyICanKillHim: Spin-offs seem to give him this role regarding Sephiroth, who shrugs off beatings from the [[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Warrior of Light]] or [[KingdomHearts Sora]].
* PromotionToParent: Raises Marlene and Denzel with Tifa after the events of original game.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Initially, what draws Aerith to Cloud is his resemblance to Zack.
* RightHandedMirror: To Sephiroth. Both are the result of experimentation with Mako and Jenova cells, but while right-handed Cloud [[spoiler: regains his sanity]] and becomes a hero, Sephiroth descends into an OmnicidalManiac.
%% * StupidSexyFlanders: So.... pretty....
* SuperSoldier: SOLDIER was comprised of humans who were exposed to large amounts of raw Mako (giving them their distinctive GlowingEyes) and, in some cases, injected with Jenova cells, granting them superhuman strength, speed, and agility. [[spoiler: While Cloud was never in SOLDIER, Hojo's experiments were similar, if not identical, to the process of creating a SOLDIER.]]
%% * SwordBeam: Blade Beam, one of his {{Limit Break}}s
%% * [[TakeUpMySword Take Up Zack's Sword]]
* ThisLoserIsYou: [[spoiler:He is a {{Deconstruction}} of RPG protagonists at the time.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:See DeadPersonImpersonation.]]
* TooManyBelts: In ''Advent Children''. The retconned SOLDIER 1st Class costumes from ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' that he wears has two.
* {{Troll}}: Through dialogue options, it's very possible to make Cloud give some pretty dickish responses purely for the lulz of it all. He even appears to be this canonically, as shown from his frequent teasing of Barret during the Midgar section of the game. [[spoiler:It gets dropped for the most part after he undergoes his HeroicBSOD, which indicates that it may well have been another element he picked up from Zack]].
%% * TroubledButCute
* ParentalSubstitute: To Denzel. In ''Advent Children'', he even becomes a DisappearedDad.
* TheQuietOne: On his own Cloud is a fairly shy and silent figure.
* UnknownRival: Hojo doesn't remember who he is when they have their last battle.
--> Cloud: At least remember my name!
%% * VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Tifa.
%% * WeaponTwirling: As part of his victory animation.
* WhatTheHellHero [[spoiler:He beats up Aerith in the Temple of the Ancients, causing her to leave the party. Granted, he was being controlled, but still...]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: A certain, ahem, [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Miss_Cloud_Artwork.png "noble incident"]].
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:Twice. With Aerith. Once in the Temple of the Ancients, second in Forgotten Capital, where she was praying. With a {{BFS}}. Neither time intentional, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy he was a puppet]].]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: In ''Advent Children'' where he has contracted the fatal Geostigma.

!! Barret Wallace

->''"You gotta understand somethin'... I don't got an answer. I wanna be with Marlene... but I gotta fight. 'Cause if I don't... the planet's gonna die. So I'm gonna keep fightin'!"''

-->Voiced by: Masahiro Kobayashi (Japanese), Creator/BeauBillingslea (English)

The boisterous leader of AVALANCHE, a group of eco-terrorists trying to prevent Shinra from draining the planet's life energy in the name of profit. [[spoiler:His cause is actually a cover for a personal vendetta against Shinra. He later comes to terms with his grudge and accepts responsibility for the damage AVALANCHE caused, vowing to save the planet the right way]].

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''.

* AngryBlackMan: Pretty obvious, don't you think? It's {{justified|Trope}} later on in the game when Barret explains just ''why'' he's so angry to begin with.
%% * AntiHero
* ArmCannon: Although some of his weapons turn it into a PowerFist instead.
* ArtificialLimbs: His gun arm is able to transform into a robotic hand in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''.
%% * {{Badass}}
%% * [[BadassBeard Badass Stubble]]
* BigGood: From ''his'' perspective in the beginning of the game, given that he's leading AVALANCHE and giving orders to Cloud & co. He gradually comes to realize that maybe he wasn't quite as noble as he thought.
* TheBigGuy of the FiveManBand.
* BoisterousBruiser: CharacterDevelopment turns Barret into one of these later on. He's still emotional and outgoing, but no longer quite as trigger-happy.
%% * BrownEyes
* CaptainErsatz: He looks, and even acts, ''very'' similar to Creator/MrT. So much in fact that it's a RunningGag among the fandom to compare the two. As of ''Advent Children'', he even talks like him.
** The audiobooks for ''On the Way to a Smile'' has him sound more like Chi [=McBride=].
%% * ClusterFBomb
%% * HandicappedBadass
%% * HotBlooded
%% * JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
%% * LimitBreak:
%% ** EnergyBall: Big Shot and Mindblow.
%% ** KillSat: Satellite Beam.
%% ** MoreDakka: Angermax.
%% ** OneHitKO: Hammer Blow.
%% ** ThrowDownTheBomblet: Grenade Bomb.
%% ** WaveMotionGun: Catastrophe.
* MightyGlacier: He's slow and not very good with magic, but he can take a tremendous amount of punishment and is very good at blowing things up with his gun weapons.
%% * MoralityPet: His daughter, Marlene.
* MoralMyopia: Initially, he doesn't care about the lives of many people besides Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie (who all die really early on) and Marlene and Tifa. He fights Shinra primarily out of revenge and his self-righteous SavingTheWorld claims are just his self-justification. This would count as MoralDissonance, if Cait Sith didn't [[WhatTheHellHero call him out for it later on,]] and later his acknowledgement that it was wrong.
%% * PapaWolf: To Marlene.
%% * ParentalSubstitute: Again, to Marlene.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: ''Advent Children'' prettied him up somewhat. And gave him ''a fishnet vest.''
%% * ScaryBlackMan
* ShootTheTelevision: An NPC mentions that he once did this using his gun arm with a Sector 7 television monitor that was displaying a broadcast by President Shinra. He didn't win any fans that day, as the only other television in Sector 7 was in AVALANCHE headquarters.
%% * SirSwearsALot: But not as much as Cid.
* TheSouthpaw: Necessary, his right hand is an assault weapon.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At first. He later acknowledges that his actions might not have been best.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: His solution to most problems seems to involve MoreDakka.

!! Tifa Lockhart

->''"Uniforms, soldiers, war. I hate 'em all. They take away the things and people you love... I wish they'd all disappear."''

-->Voiced by: Ayumi Ito (Japanese), Creator/RachaelLeighCook (English)

A member of AVALANCHE and Cloud's childhood friend. She also owns a bar called "7th Heaven" in Sector 7 of Midgar. [[spoiler:Though she realizes that something is very wrong with Cloud's memories, her indecisiveness prevents her from saying anything until it's too late. She vows not to let the same thing happen again, gaining the strength to help Cloud rebuild his persona]].

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''.
-> Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Final Fantasy Dissidia Duodecim]]'', ''KingdomHearts'', ''{{Ehrgeiz}}''

* ActionGirl: Tifa's far better with her fists than with magic.
** ActionMom: Arguably, depending on how you view her ParentalSubstitute relationship with Denzel.
%% * {{Badass}}
%% ** BadassAdorable: Whenever she goes deredere to Cloud, which is... damn near the whole time.
%% ** BadassDamsel: That's the whole point of the promise she made with Cloud. [[spoiler:He keeps it.]]
* BadassNormal: Tifa doesn't have an ancient heritage, or Mako in her veins, but she can still keep up with the best of them.
* BareFistedMonk: Her combat style is based on this character class.
* TheBartender: Tifa tends bar at 7th Heaven.
* BareYourMidriff: Her [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII in-game]] outfit bares a lot of midriff. Her ''Advent Children'' one only shows a sliver.
* BoobsOfSteel: Big boobs? Check. Strongest female? Check. The Trope picture? Check.
%% * BrownEyes: Or red eyes. It varies on the source.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Does as much damage with her fists as others with actual weapons. Then there's her LimitBreak which [[SerialEscalation continually gets bigger and bigger until her fist causes an explosion]].
* TheChick: By being TheHeart. But boy, does she kick ass! She can suplex tanks, robots, dragons, marlboros, hell, even the OneWingedAngel.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: In ''Case of Tifa'', she asks Cloud if he loves her while he's sleeping. Her voice wakes him up, and she quickly changes the question.
* CuteBruiser: Possibly the cutest member of the team, and one of the strongest.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: So short, [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/9/9a/Tifa-FFVII-battle.png she nearly flashes you while in her battle pose]].
* DistressedDamsel: On occasion, interestingly it is her romantic fantasy to be the damsel in distress that a dashing hero will save.
* FragileSpeedster: She's very fast, but she can't take a whole lot of damage.
* GirlNextDoor: Lived next door to Cloud pre-series.
* GirlyBruiser: She is feminine, yes, but she is the strongest of the female party members.
* GlassCannon: Tifa can deal out a lot of punishment in a fight, but she has a harder time taking it.
%% * GuestFighter: In ''Ehrgeiz''.
* HairColorDissonance: In some depictions her hair is light brown, while other times it's such a dark brown it looks black.
%% * LimitBreak
%% ** MegatonPunch: Final Heaven.
%% ** RapidFireFisticuffs: Beat Rush.
%% ** {{Shoryuken}}: Dolphin Blow.
* MamaBear: To Marlene and Denzel. Threatening either of them will result in a brutal pounding into the floor boards.
* MeaningfulName: Tifa ''Lockhart'' has a habit of keeping secrets locked away inside her heart.
* MissingMom: Her mother died when Tifa was eight years old.
* MsFanservice: Short skirt, big boobs, long legs, Tifa ticks all the boxes.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Her arms are thin but her punches are powerful!
* NoPronunciationGuide: Some fans are unclear on whether to pronounce her name with a short "I" or a long "E". Officially, the latter is correct.
%% * PowerFist
* PromotionToParent: To Marlene and Denzel, although she could be viewed as more of a ParentalSubstitute to the former.
* RapunzelHair: It even had to be cut to help the animation along in ''Advent Children''.
%% * RavenHairIvorySkin: Dark haired and very pale skin.
%% * ShesGotLegs: Very long legs.
* ShrinkingViolet: Can be very shy in regards to her feelings.
* SilkHidingSteel: More like 'Steel Hiding Silk' as she looks like a BikerBabe, runs a bar, and fights with her bare hands, but inside she's more feminine than Aerith with her DistressedDamsel fantasy with Cloud, her domestic skills, and role as TeamMom in the main group and AVALANCHE.
* SmurfettePrinciple: If you don't get Yuffie, and after Aerith dies, Tifa is your only girl.
* SupremeChef: Although it is an InformedAttribute.
* TeamMom: To AVALANCHE. The home base chef who worries about them.
* ThirdPersonSeductress: Just ''look'' at her picture, or ''any'' picture with her in it.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: She looks like the Seductress, but she actually acts like the Mother. (With Aerith as The Seductress and Yuffie as The Child).
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Seems to be a Tomboy yet plays the Girly Girl to Aerith's Tomboy. [[SubvertedTrope Rare spin of traditional character design.]] [[CharacterizationMarchesOn The two have since swapped roles]] for the expanded universe and spin-offs -- Tifa isn't a traditional tomboy, but is still depicted as much more of one than Aerith is now, who in turn is more girly.
* UnwantedHarem: {{Gender inverted|Trope}} version. Tifa was very popular with the guys, Cloud included, in Nibelheim.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Cloud.
* WomanInBlack: She's got the outfit in ''Advent Children'', but (as with everything involving Tifa and appearance-based personality cues) subverted to hell and back.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Let's see here, devotion to the man she loves, check. Good domestic skill, check. TeamMom, check. Iron heart that is strong enough to snap TheHero out of his HeroicBSOD, check please. She has everything except a connection to [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Wutai/Japan]] and the attached cultural trappings.

!! Aerith (Aeris) Gainsborough


->''"Just hang in there. Someday we'll look back at these hard times and laugh."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/MaayaSakamoto (Japanese), Mandy Moore[=/=]Mena Suvari[=/=]Andrea Bowen(English)

A young woman who sells flowers for a living in the slums of Midgar. Her years on the streets have given her a outgoing, street-smart but caring attitude. [[spoiler:She is the last living Cetra, a precursor race who were driven to extinction by JENOVA. Having dated Zack Fair for a number of months, she finds herself attracted to his shadow in Cloud. Her independent nature leads to disaster when she decides to take the burden of defeating Sephiroth all by herself, abandoning the party and traveling to the Forgotten Capital alone. This leaves her vulnerable to attack, and [[ItWasHisSled she is killed by Sephiroth]]]].

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''
-> Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: ''KingdomHearts''. "Dissidia 012"

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: After Zack has been missing for four years, Aerith has mostly moved on from him; however there are some hints that she was never as over her FirstLove as she would like.
* ActionGirl: She's pretty hands on for a WhiteMagicianGirl.
* AncientArtifact: The White Materia her mother gave her, which makes her the only person able to cast [[HolyHandGrenade Holy]].
%% ** SummoningArtifact
* BigGood: She arguably evolves into this role [[spoiler:posthumously]] near the end of the original game, and ''definitely'' plays this in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]].''
* {{Big Damn Hero|es}}ine: And after [[spoiler:her own death. Repeatedly.]]
* BraidsOfAction: Bouts of being the DistressedDamsel aside, Aerith lives by the BigDamnHeroes trope and is no stranger to combat.
%% * TheCameo: In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''.
%% * TheChick: Shares this role with Tifa.
%% * CoolBigSis: To Marlene.
%% * DeathOfTheHypotenuse
* DistressedDamsel: A bit pluckier than the norm, although there's still a whole level dedicated to rescuing her. Not to mention at the beginning of the game, when you have to save her from Shinra soldiers by crushing them with barrels (although you do have the option of making her fight them herself).
%% ** BadassDamsel
%% * DoomedByCanon
%% * DoomedMoralVictor
* {{Flanderization}}: In her original game, Aerith was pure hearted, spiritual and caring, but was also stubborn, flirty, independent and witty. However, SE has ramped up the IncorruptiblePurePureness, emphasizing her connection to the planet and de-emphasizing her more headstrong character traits in favor of generic sweetness and innocence. Her ''Dissidia 012'' Ultimania profile describes her as having "[[TheIngenue the innocence of a little girl]]". This is the same woman that threatened to ''[[GroinAttack rip off]]'' a mafia don's balls.
** Then again, this may only be the case [[spoiler: after her death and upgrade to BigGood]], as CrisisCore shows her personality as far closer to what it was in the original game instead.
%% * GreenEyes
* %% HairDecorations: Her ribbon.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Her father was a normal human while her mother was a Cetra, but this has little bearing on her status as an Ancient.
* HappilyAdopted: By Elmyra, who actually [[spoiler:finds little!Aerith by the side of her dying mother Ifalna in the local train sation, and takes her in to fulfill Ifalna's dying wish.]]
* HartmanHips: Her bust is nowhere near as large as Tifa's, and it's hard to tell if ShesGotLegs because she wears full-length dresses. However, Aerith still has [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110227161509/finalfantasy/images/9/93/Aeris-FFVIIArt.png her]] [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110224134016/finalfantasy/images/3/37/Aerith-DissidiaAlt1.png womanly]] [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110224033548/finalfantasy/images/9/9f/Itadaki-Aerith2.png attributes]].
%% * HerHeartWillGoOn: Following Zack's death.
* IconicItem: In every appearance, even in concept art, Aerith has her hair ribbon. ''Crisis Core'' takes time to specifically show where she got it and why she continues to wear one years later. The White Materia also serves as one to a lesser degree.
%% * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: How she met her demise.
%% * IncorruptiblePurePureness
* InnocentFlowerGirl: But not ''too'' innocent (especially considering she threatens to rip off a guy's ''balls'' at one point, makes a guy parade in drag around his LoveInterest, flirts with strangers to sell her flowers, etc.)
** In the Wall Market section, she selects what is implied to be an incredibly provocative red dress, and actually ''wants'' Don Corneo to pick her as his girl, complimenting him on his taste if he does. In contrast to Tifa and Cloud who are just doing it for the mission, Aerith has no qualms at all and evidently finds the whole thing fun, irrespective of the threat.
* IWillWaitForYou: Subverted, she told this to Zack in their last phone conversation, but not knowing what happened to him after four years with no word, she said she was moving on in her last letter.
%% * KillTheCutie
%% * TheLancer: Early on.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: Aerith is the last known Ancient in the entire world.
%% * LimitBreak:
** HealingHands: Healing Wind, Pulse of Life and Great Gospel
%% ** TheParalyzer: Seal Evil
* StatusBuff: Fury Brand [[CursedWithAwesome inflicts Fury status]] on her allies and and fills their Limit Bars.
%% * LittleDeadRidingHood
* LovingAShadow: Initially interested in Cloud because of his resemblance to Zack, her first boyfriend. And that they both [[MeetCute fell through the church roof]] while she was tending the flowers and wearing the same uniform. However, getting her on the date scene will have her admit that she would like for Cloud to open up to her so she can know the [[{{Foreshadowing}} real him]].
%% * MagicalNativeAmerican
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: The spin-offs almost turn her into a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, what with her comments that she's afraid of the open sky and she can hear the wind calling her name. And let's not forget that ''she'' was the one who suggested Cloud [[WholesomeCrossdresser cross-dress]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext to save Tifa...]]
* MeaningfulName: Aerith's name was created to resemble and sound like the English word Earth referencing her connection to the planet as well as adding contrast to the sky based name Cloud.
%% * MessianicArchetype
* MyGirlBackHome: She's the only reason Zack decided to return to Midgar.
%% * MysticalWaif
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Her father, Professor Gast, was murdered by Professor Hojo when she was barely a few days old, and her mom ended up kicking the bucket and leaving her to be adopted seven years later after both her mom and herself were subjected to horrific experiments by Hojo.]]
%% * PinkMeansFeminine
%% * PlotlineDeath
%% * PluckyGirl
%% * ThePollyanna
* RedHerring: Aerith is presented as a possible love interest on the first disk to make the PlayerPunch that much harder.
%% * {{Sacrificial Lion}}ess
* SecondLove: Cloud, as her first love was Zack.
%% * SimpleStaff[=/=]MagicStaff
* SilkHidingSteel: A sweet and lovely lady who recruits Cloud to be her body guard. Her HOLY spell is the only threat to the BigBad's EvilPlan
%% * SneakyDeparture
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The original English translation had her name as "Aeris."
* SpiritAdvisor: To Cloud in Advent Children.
* StreetSmart: "I was raised in the slums. I'm used to danger."
%% * TheTease
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: She looks like the Mother, but she actually acts like the Seductress with some sprinkles of The Child.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Has the definitive attitude of a tomboy, [[SubvertedTrope sharply contrasting her appearance, personality, hobbies, weapon, and limits]].
%% * [[spoiler:TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth]]
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Although with the Materia system, she easily becomes a RedMage.
** SquishyWizard: The most powerful magically but can't take a hit well.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Looks the part well, but is more rebellious and flirty than the standard. Nor does she have the cultural baggage assiociated with [[FantasyCounterPartCulture Wutai/Japan]]. OTOH, she plays the trope straighter in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''.

!! Red XIII (real name: Nanaki)

->''"What a fascinating story..."''

-->Voiced by: Masachika Ichimura (Japanese), Creator/LiamOBrien (English)

A strange wolflike (or possibly lionlike) creature who joins Cloud's group after being rescued from the Shinra HQ. Red XIII was the name he received as a specimen designation while held captive and experimented upon by Professor Hojo. Even though he is 48 in human years, his age is comparable to around 15 to 16 years old by his own species' standards and is very wise. He fights alongside Cloud and his allies to fulfill his duty to the Planet to defend it as a warrior.

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''.

* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Although he obviously wasn't meant to ''look'' like him, Tetsuya Nomura imagined that Red XIII would be voiced by Creator/SeanConnery. When he had a spoken line in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', it was done as an imitation of Sean Connery.
* DemotedToExtra: He appears considerably less in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', and is only seen at ''the very last cutscene'' in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''. According to the makers, this is because his fur is a pain to animate well.
%% * HappilyAdopted: By Bugenhagen.
%% * IncendiaryExponent: His tail is constantly alight.
%% * IntellectualAnimal
%% * JackOfAllStats
%% * LimitBreak
%% ** ColonyDrop: Cosmo Memory
%% ** LifeDrain: Blood Fang absorbs HP and MP
%% ** LightEmUp: Stardust Ray
* StatusBuff: Lunatic High and Howling Moon grant status buffs on him and/or his allies.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', he was meant to sound like Sean Connery.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother [[MissingMom died protecting Cosmo Canyon]], and he believed his father [[DisappearedDad left her alone to die]] [[YoureNotMyFather because he was afraid of fighting]]. Turns out he didn't run away but went fighting the monsters that were attacking from behind; he won but was [[TakenForGranite petrified]]. And he is still [[AndIMustScream alive and conscious]].
* [[ThirteenIsUnlucky Red Thirteen Is Unlucky]]: Until he befriends [[TrueCompanions Cloud and the others, anyway.]]
%% * TheSmartGuy of the FiveManBand
%% * TalkingAnimal
* TeenGenius: Despite being a teenager by his species' standards, he's the wisest and most intelligent member of the party.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Of Cosmo Canyon after his grandfather's death.
%% * [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Number XIII]]

!! Cait Sith

->''"There's plenty of stuffed toys like my body around, but there's only one me!"''

-->Voiced by: Creator/HideoIshikawa (Japanese), Greg Ellis (English)

A cat riding a giant stuffed toy Moogle, working as a fortune-teller in the Gold Saucer. [[spoiler:He is really a puppet controlled from far away by Reeve, Shinra's head of Urban Development. Even though Reeve works with the evil Shinra, he develops a keen interest in saving the planet. He is useful to the party, as he knows all about the Shinra's plans. Despite his playful and carefree persona in the form of Cait Sith, Reeve is actually a sombre and serious man, though he does harbor a good heart with a natural worry for others.]]

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' (as a summon).

* CatGirl: The "Lucky Girl" limit break is a picture of a cat girl in a FurBikini.
* CatsAreMean: Double subverted. He has a very cheery personality but is an extreme JerkAss in the beginning. Later, it's completely subverted.
* HeadPet
* HeelFaceTurn: Goes from being a mouthy [[spoiler:Shinra-supporting]] JerkAss to a good guy who pulls his weight to save the planet.
* {{Jerkass}}: He eventually gets his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]]. And then loses the {{Jerkass}} part almost entirely.
* LimitBreak
** CatGirl: The "Lucky Girl" limit break is a picture of a cat girl in a FurBikini.
** DeathFromAbove: Toy Box drops a random object on enemies to crush them, including [[ColonyDrop meteors]].
** HealingHands: [[MagicDance Mog Dance]].
** LuckBasedMission: His Slots and Dice both do random things.
** MakeMyMonsterGrow: Transform
** OneHitKO: Game Over kills all enemies, bypassing death protection.
** StatusBuff: Lucky Girl makes all the party's attacks critical hits.
** TotalPartyKill: Death Joker, often the result of a failed attempt at Game Over. Bypasses death protection too.
* TheGambler
* TheMole: Cait Sith is actually controlled by [[spoiler:Reeve of Shinra]], but still [[ReverseMole decides to remain with you]] once discovered. The trope is later inverted when [[spoiler:he essentially becomes a spy for AVALANCHE within Shinra]], despite starting the other way around.
* NoPronunciationGuide: His name seems easy to pronounce, but it's actually the name of a Gaellic mythological creature pronounced 'Kett Shee'.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: This was how [[spoiler: Reeve is exposed in the Japanese version of the game. Reeve speaks with a Kanto dialect and Cait Sith with a Kansai dialect. When stressed due to Hojo taking over the Mako Cannon, Reeve inadvertedly speaks to Scarlet and Heidegger in Kansai, then Cait Sith speaks to Cloud and the others in Kanto. Thus they realize that he's Reeve.]]
* ReverseMole
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* SquishyWizard
* TeamPet: Probably the only one who has their ''own'' TeamPet (his giant moogle).
* TokenGoodTeammate: Prior to his HeelFaceTurn was the only executive who actually gave a rats ass about the common people.
* WelcomeBackTraitor
* WhatTheHellHero: Calls out Barret for his bombing missions from earlier in the game. It comes off as somewhat hypocritical, however, since he's... y'know, with the Shinra, but [[spoiler: Reeve]] was never crazy about the killing of innocents to begin with.

!! Cid Highwind

->''"Sit your ass down in that chair and drink your goddamn TEA!"''

-->Voiced by: Kazuyuki Yama (Japanese), Chris Edgerly (English)

A gruff airship pilot with dreams of going into space. He is the most uncouth of the protagonists; he constantly swears and loses his temper, and chain-smokes cigarettes. Despite this, he has a good heart, and is even voted temporary leader of the party at one point. He fits into the archetype of a father type character.

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''.
-> Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: ''KingdomHearts,'' minus the swearing.

* AcePilot
* ArtisticAge: He is really 32 years old. You wouldn't think so considering his appearance in the game. In ''Advent Children'', he looked more his age.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite the fact that he verbally abuses his girlfriend, Shera, constantly throughout the game, he really does deeply care for her. He even names his new airship after her, and finally marries her throughout ''Advent Children'' and ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus.''
* {{Badass}}:
** In ''Advent Children'', he made a freaking [[spoiler:Bahamut Summon]] flinch by stabbing it on the head!
** His Big Brawl LimitBreak is one of the most powerful in the game. Does he use gigantic blasts of energy, magical powers, summon the very elements to fight his foes? No. He just runs into the middle of the enemies and hits them. A lot.
** He tries to look it too; his victory pose consists of him going to dance around in joy. But instead he stops himself and just takes a drag of his cigarette.
* BadassBookworm: He doesn't show too much of it, but it requires a lot of patience, technical knowledge, and general intelligence to fly and maintain any aircraft. Cid's seen to be competent with light aircraft, a zepellin-like airship, and a jet-type one and was hand picked to be the world's first astronaut and man in space.
** Plus, he controls an entire fleet and his home is filled with machinery, including a half-built car in what looks to be the sitting room. It's fairly safe to assume that he's the most booksmart playable character in the series.
* BadassNormal: One of the most prominent examples. He doesn't have innate magical powers, an assault weapon for a hand, combat training, or genetic enhancements. He's got a home made spear and dynamite.
* BerserkButton: Cid's pretty protective of his toys, such as the Tiny Bronco and the Highwind. He's also extremely upset about Shinra's decision to cancel its space program.
* BladeOnAStick
* BoisterousBruiser: One of his reasons for joining the party is because he likes the idea of "numbskulls" fighting Shinra. Plus, [[{{Badass}} he can back every word of his boasts up]].
* ClusterFBomb: He's much worse about this than Barret.
* DeathFromAbove: Has Dragoon attacks like Jump.
* GogglesDoNothing
* GrumpyOldMan: Well, he's only 32, but that's old by Japanese anime[=/=]video game standards.
** SeniorSleepCycle: Depicted as having one in-game, apparently as part of his grumpy old man portrayal. When the party is forced to stay at the Ghost Hotel in the Gold Saucer, Cloud's speech apparently puts him to sleep. Later, he is seen napping on the bridge of the Highwind just before Barret declares him to be the new leader. Finally, if the player chooses him to accompany Cloud on a gondola ride at Gold Saucer's Round Square, he will doze throughout the entire ride.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: He can pilot almost everything.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He swears, smokes, is verbally abusive to pretty much everybody, but he gave up his dream to save Shera, genuinely tries to make amends to her, fights tooth and nail for the planet, joins the WRO, and gives a passionate speech about the need to protect the planet.
* LeeroyJenkins: He certainly has this attitude, even if he doesn't actually ruin any plans for the party, as shown by his gung-ho attitude about fighting Shinra.
* LimitBreak
** DeathFromAbove[=/=]JumpPhysics: Boost Jump, Hyper Jump and Dragon Dive
** LifeDrain: Dragon
** MacrossMissileMassacre: Highwind
** SpamAttack: Big Brawl
** ThrowDownTheBomblet: Dynamite
* MythologyGag: He is pretty much a meta-reference to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', from appearance to moves.
* ScienceHero: Openly puts his faith in science, and his piloting skills are vital to the party.
* SirSwearsALot
* SmokingIsCool: Except when it's censored out... and yet still clearly visible.
* TeamDad
* YouAreInCommandNow: His brief stint as team leader in Disc 2.

!! Vincent Valentine

->''"Cool, huh? I guess that's just the way I am... sorry."''

-->Voiced by: Shougo Suzuki (Japanese), Creator/SteveBlum (English)

Main character of ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''. He is a former member of the Turks with a mysterious past that ties him to Cloud and his group.

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''
-> Spinoff/other game appearances: ''{{Ehrgeiz}}''

* AlliterativeName
* AlwaysVSexy
* AntiHero: Type III
* TheAtoner
* {{Badass}}
* BadassCape
* BeMyValentine
* {{Bishonen}}
* BreakoutCharacter: Despite having some of the lowest stats in the game, he has become one of the most popular characters in the series. He was even popular enough to star in his own spinoff title.
* ColdSniper
* CoolGun: His main weapon and most notably his "Cerberus", a massive Tri-barelled revolver.
** FiringOneHanded: All of his weapons work this way, even the rifles!
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: In ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Vincent pulls off amazing feats of GunFu, SupernaturalMartialArts, and gravity-defying superhuman agility that would make {{D|evilMayCry}}ante jealous. But only in cutscenes; when you're controlling him, he can't do any of these things, and in fact, he can barely jump.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: To put it mildly.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* GuestFighter: In ''{{Ehrgeiz}}''.
* GunFu: The spin-offs have established him utilising this with his handguns. Which is kinda weird considering that he never did it in the original games.
* GunsAreWorthless: Subverted in the original game. His guns aren't very useful when he uses them to shoot enemies, but when he uses them to focus his magic they're very handy indeed.
* TheGunslinger: In DirgeOfCerberus.
* IneffectualLoner
* LimitBreak: Unlike other party members, Vincent's Limit Breaks transform him into monsters with two special attacks, but he becomes TheBerserker, acting of his own will.
** [[FrankensteinsMonster Death Gigas]]: [[ShockAndAwe Livewire]] and Gigadunk
** [[HockeyMaskAndChainsaw Hell Masker]]: [[ChainsawGood Splattercombo]] and [[StandardStatusEffects Nightmare]]
** [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Chaos]]: [[RazorWings Chaos Saber]] and Satan Slam
* LonersAreFreaks
* LoveHurts
* MasterOfNone: He had fairly lackluster stats in the original game.
** SquishyWizard: His saving grace was his skill in magic when your primary mage kicked the bucket.
* MrFanservice
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: He looks and acts like a ninja vampire, and can shapeshift into CaptainErsatz forms of famous movie monsters, namely Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, and Jason Vorheez.
* OddFriendship: With Yuffie.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Physically, he looks about 27, but he's chronologically in his early to mid 50s after sealing himself in a coffin.
* OptionalPartyMember: In ''FFVII''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Some of his weapons, most notably the Peacemaker.
* {{Sealed Good in a C|an}}offin
* SecretCharacter
* ShapeShifter: Can change into a wolf, a FrankensteinsMonster, a HockeyMaskAndChainsaw style [[SlasherMovie slasher]], or the bat-winged and positively demonic [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Chaos]] during his {{Limit Break}}s.
** VoluntaryShapeShifting: Transforms into the monsters intentionally; its changing back where his control is rather iffy.
* SixthRanger
* TheStoic
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Chaos, a demonic entity sealed inside of him.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TheUndead: Vincent is, to all intents and purposes, a walking corpse animated only by Chaos. The resemblance to a vampire is purely intentional (although he's actually closer to a zombie when you get right down to it).
** OurZombiesAreDifferent: He's a Type C (onstruct) with shades of Type R(evenant).

!! Yuffie Kisaragi

->''"I am the champion of the earth and the sky. I am the conqueror of evil. The single white rose of Wutai... Yuffie Kisaragi!"''

-->Voiced by: YumiKakazu (Japanese), Christy Carlson Romano[=/=]Creator/MaeWhitman (English)

An outlandishly-dressed ninja girl from the Japanese-lookalike town of {{Wutai}}. As a rebellious and cocky tomboy, Yuffie desires to restore her homeland Wutai to the glorious nation it was before being conquered by Shinra. Despite her sometimes obnoxious personality, she is friendly, helpful, and willingly helps the party in their battles.

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''
-> Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: ''KingdomHearts'', ''{{Ehrgeiz}}''

* ActionGirl: Not quite as much as Tifa, but she can still kick some serious ass.
* AntiHero
* BadassAdorable
* BareYourMidriff
* BrattyHalfPint: In the original game.
* BrownEyes
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* FragileSpeedster: Yuffie's very fast, but when she gets hit, it hurts.
* FuumaShuriken: Her weapon.
* GenkiGirl
* GlassCannon: Whether throwing her boomerangs or using materia, Yuffie's very good at damaging the enemies. It's when they hit her back that she has problems.
* GuestFighter: In ''{{Ehrgeiz}}''.
* HeirToTheDojo
* HiddenDepths:
** She is one of the characters who Cloud can date on the RomanceSidequest, and while not as tender as Tifa or Aerith is rather sweet. She also lays into Cait Sith a lot more than the other women when she finds out he's holding Marlene hostage.
** Despite seeming not caring about Wutai she is upset over how it became a resort town after the war and would much rather it was seen as more important.
** She also becomes ''really'' upset over [[spoiler: Aerith's death.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LimitBreak
** DiagonalCut: Greased Lightning.
** DishingOutDirt: Landscaper.
** HealingHands: Clear Tranquil.
** LightEmUp: Gauntlet.
** SpamAttack: Bloodfest and Doom of the Living.
** WaveMotionGun: All Creation.
* LoveableRogue
* {{Ninja}}
** NinjaBrat
* OddFriendship: With Vincent.
* OptionalPartyMember
* PluckyGirl
* ThePrankster
* RebelliousPrincess: Her dad's the lord of Wutai, and he's not at all happy that she ran away from home.
* RunningGag: Her motion sickness.
* ShipTease:
** Out of all the characters you can choose to take on a date to the Gold Saucer, she is the only character who kisses Cloud.
** With Vincent in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', [[spoiler:especially when Vincent seemingly dies taking out Omega.]] Whether it's because she likes him or is simply concerned because he's a comrade is still open to debate.
* SixthRanger
* SmallNameBigEgo: She often calls herself "the Great Ninja Yuffie" or "the single white rose of Wutai".
* TheSneakyGuy
* SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear: "Wutai Theft" is the former TropeNamer.
* StickyFingers
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Unlike Aerith and Tifa, who looks like one but acts the opposite, Yuffie both looks and acts like the Child.
* {{Tomboy}}: Described as such in the [=FF7=] Ultimania.
* {{Trickster|Archetype}}
* WelcomeBackTraitor
* WhoWearsShortShorts
* YamatoNadeshiko: Averted. She's the only one who has a connection to Wutai, yet she is neither polite, domestic, interested in its culture, nor family oriented.
* ZettaiRyouiki: In most of her spin-off appearances, exact grade varies.

!! Zack Fair

->''"Boy oh boy... the price of freedom is steep."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/KenichiSuzumura (Japanese), Rick Gomez (English)

An energetic SOLDIER 2nd Class with dreams of becoming SOLDIER 1st Class. Popular enough to get his own spinoff, generally the best received of the ''Compilation''.

-> Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''Advent Children'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis''
-> Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: ''KingdomHearts: Birth by Sleep'' as the most adorable hero-in-training ever, ''{{Ehrgeiz}}''

* TheAce: {{Justified|Trope}}, in that this was intentional to have his personality contrast sharply with Cloud's. ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' makes it work, too.
* {{Adorkable}}
* AllYourPowersCombined[=/=]MegaManning: According to [[AllThereInTheManual the Ultimania guide]], this is how Zack learns his Limit Breaks -- he meets someone, and upon doing so, learns how to copy their Limit Break and modify it to create his own, such as Meteorain->Meteor Shots and Healing Wind->Healing Wave.
* AnimeHair
* AntiVillain [[VillainProtagonist Protagonist]]: He works for Shinra, and helped to end the Wutai War leaving the place in the condition is seen in [=FF7=], but his interests were [[HeroicNeutral starting a new life and protecting Cloud.]] It wasn't until after it became clear that Shinra wasn't going to stop hunting them down that Zack opposed them.
* {{Badass}}: The beginning of ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' firmly establishes him as this, and it only gets better from there... up until, [[DoomedByCanon well]].
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Besides his influence on Cloud's past, Zack was the guy who named the 7th Heaven bar, bought Aerith her iconic hair ribbon and suggested she sell flowers, and is partly responsible for sparking Yuffie's obsession with Materia.
* {{BFS}}: Although he wields a standard CoolSword before he inherits it.
* BigBrotherInstinct: To Cloud.
* {{Bishonen}}: [[http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7500000/Soldier-2nd-Class-Zack-zack-fair-7523031-1024-768.jpg Of course]], after all, he's a SquareEnix protagonist.
* BolivianArmyEnding
* BreakoutCharacter: Arguably bigger than Vincent. Both got their own spinoff, but not only is Zack's better received, but Zack got the honor even though he only appeared in an optional flashback, as opposed to being a former playable character.
* ChickMagnet: Almost as much as Cloud. Case in point: Aerith ''and'' Cissnei in the same game. Way to go Zack.
* DoomedMoralVictor
* ForegoneConclusion: Since ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' is a prequel to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', and Zack's the hero in the game, it's fairly expected when he dies at the end.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[spoiler:Of Cloud. He remembers him again later in the story, causing him to have a HeroicBSOD, but he gets better.]]
* GuestFighter: In ''Ehrgeiz''.
* HeroesPreferSwords
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold [=/=] {{Troll}}: Implied in the original game and then retconned out of the 'verse with ''CrisisCore''. Cloud in the original game could give some pretty dickish responses in the dialogue trees. The game's [[TheReveal Reveal]], [[spoiler:where it's learned that he based his {{Badass}} persona on Zack's]], seems to indicate that he picked this up from Mr. Fair. ''CrisisCore'', however, does away with all of this and writes Zack [[{{Keet}} as]] [[IdiotHero any]][[JumpedAtTheCall thi]][[NiceGuy ng]] [[TheAce but]].
* JumpedAtTheCall
* {{Keet}}
* LimitBreak:
** BladeSpam: Chain Slash and Octaslash.
** DeathFromAbove: Meteor Shots.
** GunshipRescue: Air Strike.
** HealingHands: Healing Wave
** InstantRunes: Apocalypse.
** RapidFireFisticuffs: Rush Assault.
** StatusBuff: Lucky Stars
* LoveMakesYouDumb[=/=]LoveMakesYouCrazy: Now why would someone [[GenreSavvy who knows that]] Shinra (which has its headquarters in Midgar) wants him dead or used for experiments, turn back to Midgar?
** Also even though he knew the likelihood of a trap in Gongaga, he still wanted to see his parents.
** It is suggested that 2nd class SOLDIER Kunsel was ready to help Zack and Cloud and Kunsel had A LOT of inside knowledge on Shinra.
* ManlyTears: After [[spoiler:Angeal's]] death.
* MeaningfulName: He didn't have a last name until ''Crisis Core'', when he was given the last name "Fair" to invoke the imagery of "fair weather", contrasting Cloud's name.
* MrFanservice
* NiceGuy
* PosthumousCharacter
* RightHandedMirror: As Cloud is, he is this to Sephiroth. Their backstories and origins are even more similar, but Zack becomes a hero while Sephiroth descends further and further into madness and villainy.
* ScarsAreForever: The X-shaped scar on the lower part of his cheek.
* ShirtlessScene: We thank Square kindly.
** SwimsuitScene
* SuperSoldier
* TakeUpMySword: The {{Retcon}}ned ending to ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', and his inheritance of said sword from his mentor.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TogetherInDeath: Him and Aerith, but it's more like Together In The Lifestream. Interesting because most people's consciousness will dissolve into the Lifestream after death.

!! Sephiroth

->''"Ha, ha, ha…my sadness? What do I have to be sad about? I am the chosen one. I have been chosen to be the leader of this Planet."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (Japanese), Lance Bass/George Newbern (English)

A famous war hero and SOLDIER 1st Class, Sephiroth is a living legend within Shinra. After going AWOL for several years, Sephiroth suddenly reappears to murder [[spoiler:the President of Shinra]] and blaze a trail of death across the world. [[spoiler:He was the end result of a SuperSoldier program designed to harness the power of the Ancients. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding causes him to be infused with the cells of the malevolent, [[TheVirus virus-like]] alien JENOVA instead. He stumbles across the truth of his origins and is driven insane, his madness catalysed by the influence of JENOVA. Coming to the conclusion that he is TheChosenOne of the Planet and that [[MommyIssues the broken body of JENOVA is his biological mother]], he initiates a terrifying plan to [[AssimilationPlot absorb the Lifestream into himself]] and become the successor of JENOVA. Although Cloud delays this plan in the short-term by throwing Sephiroth into the Lifestream, in the long-term it allowed Sephiroth to absorb the knowledge of the Lifestream to the point where he could influence the world psychically, manipulating those with JENOVA cells and creating solid astral manifestations of himself]].

[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SelfDemonstrating/Sephiroth His Self-Demonstrating page]]

->Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis''
-> Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: ''{{Ehrgeiz}}'', ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', ''KingdomHearts''

* AGodAmI: His original goal, according to the first game, was to become a god by absorbing the lifestream and conquering "the Promised Land". As for what it is in the ''Compilation'', well... [[DependingOnTheWriter it varies]] but is generally this but with the twist of [[VisionaryVillain finding a new planet to build a utopia in his image]].
* AllThereInTheManual: You really do need to get into the side materials if you want to fill in the blanks this guy's story has.
* AndThenWhat: Until the ''Compilation'', it wasn't explicit as to what Sephiroth was actually going to ''do'' with his godlike power after obtaining it, with interpretations ranging from TakeOverTheWorld to OmnicidalManiac. [[spoiler:According to ''Advent Children'', the ultimate result was the Planet's destruction, it's hinted that he intended to use the Planet as a vessel similar to Jenova, and basically lead him towards a new planet (his "Promised Land") and rule it as a god.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: In a comedic way during ''Crisis Core'', for those who don't like ''LOVELESS''. He's not the biggest fan of it, and he's not afraid to mention that he's bored of Genesis "beating it into (his) head".
* BackFromTheDead: Technically speaking, [[spoiler:Cloud killed him before the game began, but he persisted within the Lifestream.]] Then he came back in ''Advent Children''.
* {{Badass}}: His appearance isn't for showing off. Remember that gigantic snake that gave the party problems earlier in the game, which you had to get a chocobo to outrun? Sephiroth had to go through the same area, but he didn't bother with the bird. ''He impaled the snake on a tree''.
* BadassLongcoat
* {{BFS}}: His Masamune is nearly ''ten feet long''. You'd think something that long would be impossible to wield, but he somehow manages.
* BigBad: Of the original game and ''Advent Children''.
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''Crisis Core'' he arrives out of nowhere and saves Zack from Ifrit.
* {{Bis|honen}}einen
* BishonenLine: His [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Bizz]][[{{Gonk}} aro]] to [[OneWingedAngel Saf]][[FauxSymbolism er]] transformation. He resumes his original body for the final confrontation with Cloud.
* BladeSpam: In more recent iterations of ''The Compilation of VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' as well as ''KingdomHearts'' and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', Sephiroth seems to be able to strike his opponent several times with only a few tactically-placed slashes of his Masamune. In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', he possesses a move called Flash, where he dashes past Sora; if you don't [[PressXToNotDie use the Reaction Command]], Sora eats about 7-9 slashes. In ''Dissidia'', his slashes inflict upwards of four blows at a time (his Octoslash, in particular, hits eight times in spite of Sephy only swinging five times).
* TheChessmaster: Most of the games and the ''Ultimania'' show him as this.
** ThePawn: His FFVII museum bio in ''Dissidia 012'', as well as some careful readings of Sephiroth's dialogue in the original game, however, will hint that he's ultimately this to Jenova, or at the very least that he's not completely dominant over Jenova.
* CloningBlues
* ColonyDrop: His plan to strike the earth with Meteor.
* DefectorFromDecadence: He was considering to leave from Shinra due to growing distrust from the organization. Unfortunately, he ended up doing more than that.
* DependingOnTheArtist: The Masamune was [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110227161514/finalfantasy/images/e/e4/Sephiroth-FFVIIArt.png originally]] about as long as Sephiroth was tall, maybe slightly longer (six-seven feet long). In other games, like [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080403125904/finalfantasy/images/d/db/Kh2-sephiroth-o2.jpg Kingdom Hearts]] and [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101103053940/finalfantasy/images/8/81/Sephiroth_EX_Mode_Full.png Dissidia]], it reaches lengths twice that length.
** It is closer to a retcon than an artist attribute. Every successive iteration will clock the sword at 3 meters long.
* DependingOnTheWriter: His characterization varies wildly after his initial appearance. ''Advent Children'' has invoked {{Flanderization}} as described below, ''Crisis Core'' explores his pre-madness SugarAndIce personality, ''Kingdom Hearts'' retools him as Cloud's EnemyWithout existing only to {{Troll}} him, and ''Dissidia'' see him as a PunchClockVillain interested only in recovering his memories. Also subject to this trope are his power levels, ranging from just a master swordsman to a {{Flash Step}}ping MagicKnight, and his relationship with Jenova regarding which of them is really in control of the other.
* DisneyVillainDeath: This is how Sephiroth is first defeated: [[spoiler:When Cloud attempts to finish off Sephiroth at the reactor and ends up being impaled by him, Cloud ends up using his own body as a lever, and then hurls Sephiroth down the shaft of the Mako Reactor.]] Unfortunately, he hadn't exactly died afterwards.
* DissonantSerenity: With the notable exception of the Nibelheim incident.
* EvilCounterpart:
** To Cloud, as an ex-member of SOLDIER, but later it turns out that he's actually Aerith's EvilCounterpart, since Cloud never was a member of SOLDIER and Sephiroth and Aerith have more traits in common: both are children of Shinra scientists involved in the Jenovas Project, both use seraphic symbolism, both are capable of avoiding dissolution in the Lifestream, and both are linked to one of the Ultimate Magics. Furthermore, Sephiroth believed that his mother was an Ancient betrayed by humans whereas Aerith's mother actually was one. During development, they were even considered to be revealed to be siblings or lovers, driving their connection deeper.
** Expanded upon in the novellas. Both Aerith and Sephiroth retain their forms within the Lifestream. Aerith keeps hers due to being a Cetra, Sephiroth keeps his due to his [[BadAss immense power and sheer force of will]]. The novellas paint them as the supreme forces of light and darkness within the Lifestream, Sephiroth tainting the Lifestream with his Jenova cells and Aerith trying to purify his corruption as best she can. In the ''Case of the Lifestream - White'', Aerith even considered creating her own Remnants to oppose Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo, but decided it was more important to contact Cloud in person and let him handle it.
* EvilWearsBlack: He wears a black outfit with steel touches.
* FallenHero: He definitely fell, and ''hard'', but given [[CorruptCorporateExecutive who his employers were]], the "hero" part might be shadier than we realise (although it is implied in various scenes that he actually didn't know about some of the dirty secrets of the company).
** FallenAngel: Invoked by his Safer Sephiroth and One-Winged Angel appearances.
* FantasticRacism: A much-overlooked element of his character is that immediately after he snaps, he comes to believe that he's the last Cetra and that it is his duty to take the Planet back from humanity. For the entire Nibelheim burning scene, he preaches about how he will retake the world from the inferior race for the sake of the "chosen ones"...
** DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Factor in his mother issues, [[EvilIsHammy over-the-top speeches]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe megalomania]] to the above and you have, quite frankly, a Magipunk [[AdolfHitler Hitler]]. Despite this setup, however, it ultimately ends up being [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] as he decides to go for godhood and kill everyone rather than try to revive the Cetra or exact revenge on humanity.
* FauxAffablyEvil: In the side materials, there's no denying that he's just as evil as in the original game (post-madness), but he seems more AffablyEvil as he does everything with a calm demeanour and never insults anyone in the way that, say [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]] does. In the original game, however, when while he may be calm and collected, it's clear that he's enjoying mocking Cloud's insecurities and his status as a "puppet" and takes the opportunities to do so with gusto.
* FinalBoss: In ''FFVII''
* {{Flanderization}}: Invoked in-universe. After his second death at the end of ''VII'', he survives dissolution in the Lifestream by focusing on his hatred of Cloud and his desire for vengeance, giving him a strong enough emotional core to maintain his sense of self at the cost of letting less-focused traits be stripped away. This is why, come ''Advent Children'', he's completely absorbed in rubbing his revival in Cloud's face.
* FlashStep: Uses these liberally throughout the ''Compilation'' and his spinoff appearances.
* FountainOfExpies: He's one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s of the WhiteHairBlackHeart character type, and has numerous Expies in Square-Enix titles alone.
* FreudianExcuse: Let's see, his childhood friends were apparently beginning to defect from Shinra, as well as their dying, he then learns that his "mother" was allegedly a cosmic monster found in a stratospheric crater that nearly spelled doom and that his creation was related to research made by Hojo relating to monsters already in the Nibelheim Reactor, which, in Crisis-Core, the former part of this discovery was told to him by his former friend Genesis and reads the accounts from Professor Gast; all of this causing his mind to completely snap and become vengeful. That qualifies for one, all right.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Probably a posterboy for the trope, especially when it comes down to the revelation that he was created from Jenova's cells. [[spoiler:That little detail ultimately proves to be true only from ACertainPointOfView, but by that point it doesn't matter; he's already lost it.]]
* GreenEyes
* GuestFighter: In ''{{Ehrgeiz}}''.
* GuineaPigFamily: He was conceived and born solely to serve as a test subject for the Jenova Project, which both of his parents worked on.
* HellBentForLeather
* HellishPupils
* HijackingCthulhu: It turns out that being injected with the cells of a dead alien god while you were a fetus will do this to you. His very presence is a threat to the world, he contaminates the Lifestream dead or alive, he refuses to stay buried, and his nickname is The Abomination.
* [[HumanPopsicle Human Mako-sicle]]: When Cloud and the others discover his body at the Northern Crater [[spoiler:before Cloud, due to Sephiroth's earlier statements as well as Hojo, ends up giving Sephiroth the Black Materia again]], he is seen to be in a mako-cocoon in stasis.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: The reason why his GoMadFromTheRevelation moment resulted in his becoming an OmnicidalManiac.
* InSeriesNickname: The Abomination.
** In Advent Children, it seems he's earned the title "The Nightmare".
* ItsAllAboutMe: Think about it this way. Sephiroth's goal in the original game was to become a god; something which involved wiping out literally ''everything'' on the planet. Therefore, there would be nobody left to rule, nothing to control and not even the tiniest scrap of life left on it. The world would just be a dead rock floating in outer space. So, why does he want to accomplish this? Because, by the time he decides to do it, he's gone so insane that he literally ''no longer cares'' about anyone who isn't himself and Jenova.
** And even then, it's also likely he no longer even cares about himself, either: [[spoiler:When Cloud essentially tells Sephiroth about possessing nothing that he ''doesn't'' cherish before defeating him, in response to Sephiroth's request that Cloud tell him what he cherishes most so he could take it away, Sephiroth doesn't even ''flinch'', despite the obvious implication that he'd have to destroy himself just to spite Cloud by destroying literally everything cherishable.]]
* JapanesePronouns: Before Sephiroth went insane, he used the arrogant term of "Ore", but after after the Niebelheim Incident, he always uses the formal and polite term "Watashi," alluding to the fact that he has devoted himself to his "mother's" cause.
* LackOfEmpathy: Averted (pre-madness, at least). Sephiroth has shown himself to possess empathy (though when Tifa met him she thought he was "rather cold"). Notable examples are his encouragement for Zack to not have to obey Shinra's command for him to kill Angeal earlier in the game, as well as giving Zack permission to return to Midgar so he could see Aerith as he knows he's worried about her. Post madness, on the other hand...
* LargeHam: Sure, he's TheStoic most of the time, but when he goes crazy and decides to burn down Nibelheim? [[EvilIsHammy His grandiose speeches and]] EvilLaugh are just pure ham. However, it doesn't last.
* LaughingMad: In Cloud's flashback, Cloud/[[spoiler:Zack]] goes down to the basement of Shinra's mansion at Nibelheim and locates Sephiroth a few days after the incident at the reactor, only to hear Sephiroth chuckling dementedly. This is the first sign that Sephiroth [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went mad from the revelation]] that he might have been created as a Jenova clone.
* LeftHandedMirror: To both Cloud and Zack. While they are all three the result of inhumane experimentation, Cloud and Zack become more and more heroic, while Sephiroth becomes more and more villainous and insane.
* LightningBruiser: {{Flash Step}}s all over the place but he can do major damage with only one hit.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* ManipulativeBastard
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: One of the prevailing theories as to [[spoiler:why, once he took over (or was taken over by, DependingOnTheWriter) Jenova's consciousness, he began acting a lot like she did, trying to eat the Lifestream -- that's probably just how Jenova's species's hunger instincts work.]]
* MrFanservice
* MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning: After falling into the mako reactor, he ends up becoming somewhat stronger, or at least more knowledgable. Also, WordOfGod states that his revival in Advent Children had him becoming much stronger than before, and it is also implied that Sephiroth might return after the second defeat (specifically "I will... never be a memory").
* NoShirtLongJacket: With suspenders.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Sephiroth was TheStoic to the ''n''th degree even before burning down Nibelheim. That's why it's so surprising to see him [[EvilIsHammy getting his ham on]] while burning down the place.
* OmnicidalManiac: {{M|indScrew}}aybe. His goal in the first game was a bit confusing to some. Though it's a given that [[spoiler: his plan requires all life on the planet to be obliterated in order to make a wound big enough for the lifestream to come out to mend.]]
* OneWingedAngel: TropeNamer. He goes through Bizarro Sephiroth and Safer Sephiroth before reverting to his own body. In later appearances, he has become a ''literal'' one-winged angel.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: His Safer Sephiroth form is clearly intended to resemble one of the Seraphim, with a single black wing in place of one of his arms. Later appearances feature him with that same wing on one of his shoulders, channelling FallenAngel for all it's worth.
* OutOfTheInferno: Nibelheim, of course.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: Oh, so much.
* [[spoiler:PosthumousCharacter: In the original game Cloud had already killed him long before you even pick up the controller. Up until the very end of the game, you only ever see him in flashbacks, and what you're chasing around are really clones/hallucinations/pieces of Jenova/physical representations of his willpower/whatever.]]
* PostMortemComeback: By focusing on his hatred of Cloud, Sephiroth prevented the LifeStream from assimilating him, while using Kadaj and his gang to find what was left of Jenova to bring about Hojo's reunion theory, thereby allowing him to be reborn.
* ThePowerOfHate: How he survives between ''VII'' and ''Advent Children'', he concentrates on maintaining and building up his hatred of Cloud so he can maintain his own identity in the lifestream and resist being absorbed into the collective.
* PsychoticSmirk: Gives a very nasty one after he's killed Aerith. And after the Nibelheim incident (although Crisis Core retcons this to a slightly sorrowful/rageful expression).
* {{Retirony}}: Variation (according to ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''): He was considering retiring from Shinra and SOLDIER after the Nibelheim mission (the reasons are implied to be a growing distrust of the organization and guilt from his friends' deaths). Instead he gets his StartOfDarkness while there and goes totally off the deep end.
* ASinisterClue
* StartOfDarkness: Made very, very clear, as opposed to the other bad guys in the game, who are just kinda evil from the get-go.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' gives him this personality pre-madness -- he's composed, aloof, and professional, but he's also capable of being loyal and worried about his friends. He can also be pretty considerate, as evidenced by Zack once the two start to become friends. Comes complete with several PetTheDog moments, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feQQ_OUqbXE the end of Chapter 7]], when Sephiroth informs Zack that Genesis copies have been sighted in Midgar, particularly noting their presence in the slums, and gives him permission to return to the city because he knows Zack is worried about Aerith and wants to see her. Another example is, when Zack has doubts about trying to kill Angeal after the latter turned traitor, Sephiroth agrees with him and also encourages Zack to not carry out his duty (The fact that Angeal was also Sephiroth's childhood friend helps a lot). Also, it makes sense that in order for him to become as emotionally warped as he eventually did, there had to be something there to warp.
* SuperSoldier
* TraumaCongaLine: ''Crisis Core'' explains his StartOfDarkness was the result of this. His two closest friends go rogue and rebel against the company, he's the one usually sent out to fight their forces, he finds out about the genetic experiments that created the two as SuperSoldier {{Humanoid Abomination}}s, and Shinra is implied to never show any concern for his feelings about the chaos unfolding around him. Before Nibleheim it's so bad he's planning to retire after that mission...and then one of those rogue friends appears and pushes him to discovering ''he's'' a genetic experiment just like them.
* {{Tykebomb}}: He was genetically altered in the womb and raised pretty much from birth to be a SuperSoldier.
* UnwittingPawn: It is heavily implied in both the original ''Final Fantasy VII'' and the novellas that Sephiroth was this to Professor Hojo for the sake of research in the main plot. [[SpannerInTheWorks Although not even Hojo realised what Sephiroth was capable of.]] In fact, he reluctantly admits that science was meaningless before him.
* TheVirus: [[spoiler:Is the cause of Geostigma in Advent Children. Hinted at in the movie, outright stated in the novellas. The virus was created through his tainting of the Lifestream from within. After he first noticed he could do it, [[ForTheEvulz he kept doing it for the sheer enjoyment of tarnishing everything]]. There are even hints he had been further breaking Cloud's psyche via Cloud's Geostigma infection. Once he was infected, he let Sephiroth in.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: The front of his jacket is always open, exposing his chest. During his FinalBoss battle with Cloud he sheds the trenchcoat, and attacks him wearing only his pants and boots. Heads straight into FanDisservice, given that he's covered in blood and sporting a SlasherSmile at the time.
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: Although Sephiroth himself doesn't seem to realize it (he mentions that he "has no hometown"), it is implied in the games (and confirmed via WordOfGod) that Sephiroth's hometown was actually Nibelheim, the very same place he ended up burning to the ground.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Despite being one of the most famous examples, Sephiroth was actually a subversion when he first appeared. He was not effeminate in his original appearance (one of his defining traits being his [[RatedMForManly incredibly badass combat prowess]]), was ''not'' a {{Trickster}} (despite being a ManipulativeBastard) and, before going mad, his [[TheStoic stoicism]] outweighed any SugarAndIcePersonality traits. The later games tend to play the trope straighter.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: See FreudianExcuse. It's worth noting that, in-universe, he actually ''averted'' this as Cloud and co. refused to give him any sympathy whatsoever on account of all his various atrocities. Come ''Advent Children'', Cloud changed his tune and decided Seph was someone to be pitied more than anything else.
* WouldHitAGirl: After his descent into insanity, as Tifa learned the hard way when she [[YouKilledMyFather attempted to avenge her dad]].
** He'd also ''kill'' a girl, of course.
* ZeroEffortBoss: The Sephiroth vs. Cloud final boss fight was infamous as impossible to lose. The only reason he's considered better than the other Final Fantasy ZeroEffortBoss, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yu Yevon]], is because Sephiroth was fought beforehand in his One Winged Angel form where he was indeed a difficult boss, unlike Yu Yevon.

!! Rufus Shinra

->''"I'll control the world with fear. It takes too much to do it like my old man. A little fear will control the minds of the common people. There's no reason to waste money on them."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/ToruOkawa (Japanese), Creator/WallyWingert (English)

Son of the president of the Shinra Corporation.

->Appears in: ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''.

* AllInTheManual: [[spoiler:How he survived.]] He ''could'' have explained it in ''Advent Children'' but Cloud cut him off.
* TheAtoner: In ''Advent Children''.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BadassLongcoat
* BastardUnderstudy: To his father.
* BastardlySpeech: His introduction, where he states that his plans are to turn the Planet into a police state. [[spoiler: Thankfully, he's not that serious about it.]]
* BigBadWannabe: He gives a grandiose speech about how he's going to rule the world through fear moments after Sephiroth has murdered every last gorram person in his building. He tries hard but he just never manages to catch up up to Seph in the villany stakes.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* TheChessmaster: In ''Advent Children''. He manages to spend a great deal of time manipulating Kadaj and his brothers, and possibly Cloud as well.
** TheTrickster: And it becomes quite obvious that in part all his manipulation, especially of Kadaj, are for mere giggles.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Let's put it this way: His dad didn't want him taking over the company because [[EvilerThanThou he was even more corrupt than he was!]]
** On the other hand, Shinra Sr. seemed a poor judge of character, and Rufus is largely brutal, but not outright ''corrupt''--he's entirely preoccupied with the war effort against Sephiroth, and then Meteor.
* [[spoiler:GuileHero]]
* HeelFaceTurn: He toys with it in the first game. [[spoiler:Finally switches sides in ''Advent Children''. Apparently all it took was getting shot by Diamond Weapon in his office to suddenly realize how bad everything was.]]
* ManInWhite
* ManOfWealthAndTaste
* ManipulativeBastard
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler:His apparent demise in the original game.]]
* SawedOffShotgun: Used with ''one hand'', at that!
* SharpDressedMan
* TheSociopath: Set up as one in the original game. Less so in the sequels.
* TheStarscream: He attempted to have AVALANCHE attack Midgar as a means to usurp his dad in the business in Before Crisis. Surprisingly, his father takes his son's attempt to backstab him pretty well, relatively speaking.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: He is put on an "extended assignment overseas" at Junon (in actuality, put under house arrest in Junon) after it became apparent that he aided AVALANCHE in their efforts to eliminate Shinra so as to remove his father from power. Considering the alternatives (ie, being sacked or executed, possibly even both), this punishment was actually very light.
* TheUnreveal: When he and Cloud meet in ''Advent Children'', Rufus begins to explain how he escaped his office before Diamond Weapon killed him but Cloud doesn't care and interrupts him before he finishes. The side novellas later explain it.
* TheUnfettered: Nobody has ever seen him cry and he is never shown to have much fear for his own safety, much less those of his subordinates or anyone else. Case of Shinra shows his HeelFaceTurn as a calculated method of patiently getting back on top of the world and rebuilding the corporation (which he had done, by the time of ''Advent Children'') after Mako ceased to be a viable power source.

!! The Turks

[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Rude, Reno, Tseng, and Elena.]]
->''"A pro isn't someone who sacrifices themselves for a job. That's just a fool."''
-->--'''Reno''', ''FFVII''

-->Voiced by:
---> Tseng: Creator/JunichiSuwabe (Japanese), Ryun Yu (English)
---> Reno: Creator/KeijiFujiwara (Japanese), Creator/QuintonFlynn (English)
---> Rude: TaitenKusunoki (Japanese), Creator/CrispinFreeman (English)
---> Elena: Creator/MegumiToyoguchi (Japanese), Bettina Bush (English)

The Department of Administrative Research, unofficially known as the Turks, are Shinra's Black Ops unit. They carry out assassinations, blackmail, and the forced recruiting of potential SOLDIER candidates. Their roster consists of Tseng (leader), Reno, Rude, and Elena. ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'' introduces Tseng's predecesor as the leader, Veld, and eleven more Turks, one of which is named Cissnei to take a prominent role in ''Crisis Core''.

->All of them appear in: ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'', ''FFVII'', ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''. Tseng, Rude, and Reno appear in: ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''.

* AmbiguouslyBrown: Rude, though described by WordOfGod as somewhat resembling a person of South American descent rather than African American.
* AscendedExtra: The ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'' Turks were [[FlatCharacter interchangeable]] aside from small background details...until ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' used one of them (the shuriken girl, aka "Cissnei") as a main character.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Except for Reno -- well, they all wear the same thing, but Reno wears it like he just woke up after a one night stand.
* BaldOfEvil: Rude.
* BlondesAreEvil: Elena, even though she's not very evil...[[MinionWithAnFInEvil at all.]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Reno was a competent DeadpanSnarker in the original game. In ''Advent Children'', he became the PluckyComicRelief. (There have been reports, though, that the DeadpanSnarker version of him was an alteration of the translation and that he was supposed to have been comical in the original Japanese.)
** Even in the US translation he had his comical moments. The first time you see him since [[AMillionIsAStatistic him destroying the Sector 7 plate]], he's [[VillainDecay gossiping with Rude about crushes like a teenage girl.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Tseng for Aerith, sort of. They were never friends, but he was one of the few people Aerith knew when she was a child, and he's had an unrequited thing for her all the time since.
** Some have the wrong impression that Tseng ''was'' a childhood friend of Aerith due to a mistranslation in the original game ("I've known him since '''we''' were little", rather than "since '''I''' was little"), even though we ''see'' a flashback of Tseng, as a teenage member of the Turks first meeting Aerith, who is a preteen girl, thus they never were little together nor were they friends.
* CoolShades: Rude.
* DarkChick: Elena
* DeadpanSnarker: Reno.
* {{Determinator}}: In ''Advent Children'', Rude and Reno are clearly out of their league against Kadaj's gang. They don't care. They ''just keep fighting''.
* EasilyForgiven: By Barret. President Shinra may have given the order but it was ultimately the Turks (specifically Reno) who led the group of soldiers that marched up the Sector Seven plate, murdered ''everybody else in AVALANCHE'' and then dropped the plate; crushing and killing hundreds, maybe thousands, of people and leaving many more homeless... ''all the while framing AVALANCHE themselves for the whole thing per the orders of their boss''. Barret is utterly ''devastated'' by the event; letting out screams of sorrow and blasting debris with his gun-arm out of fury and grief. By the time of the next encounter with them, though, he doesn't make any mention of his friends. Possibly {{justified|Trope}} in that Sephiroth has pulled EvilerThanThou on everybody by that point but still.
* EvilRedhead: Reno, but only in the original game.
* FieryRedhead: Reno could be considered a male example.
* FourIsDeath: Played straight in the first game, where they're something of a legitimate threat ([[EvilerThanThou until Sephiroth shows up]], at least). Subverted in the film, given their HeelFaceTurn.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Reno and Rude quickly devolve into this in the original game. They only become dangerous again in their last battle when accomponied by ([[NotSoHarmlessVillain previously thought to be incompetent]]) Elena.
* IOweYouMyLife: ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'' reveals that after Veld and the player Turks betrayed the company and went rogue, Scarlet ordered the last three members loyal to Shinra -- Tseng, Reno and Rude -- exterminated and the Turks shut down. Rufus intervened to keep the group alive, demanding their absolute loyalty to him in exchange.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omEOaHALhFs This]].
* LoveableRogue: Reno.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: The effect of Reno and the Turks following through with the command to [[spoiler:drop the Sector 7 plate, killing hundreds or thousands of people]] has noticeably less impact on the characters in the long-run than [[spoiler:Aerith being killed before their eyes]].
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Elena. Even if she manages to punch Cloud unconscious in Icicle Inn, her immediate response is feeling regretful about it and just leaving him behind to recover rather than apprehending him.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Tseng. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Crisis Core'' when Zack finds a camera with Tseng's name on it, and thanks to the odd spelling doesn't realize who it belongs to; he then wonders how one pronounces the name.
** Also "Reno" is derived from the romaji "Reno," and should therefore rhyme with Leno, rather than be given the Nevada pronunciation. "Rude" could confuse as well; some refuse at first to pronounce it the obvious way.
* {{Punch Clock Villain}}s: To the point that they even agree to help the heroes when they are found off-duty in Wutai. They'll still commit atrocities when ordered to by their boss, but hey.
* QuirkyMiniBossSquad
* SkippableBoss: The only times they have to be fought is the first Reno fight and the fight with Rude at Rocket Town. All others can be skipped or those areas passed over. Even the final confrontation is skippable, if you've completed the Wutai quest.
* TheSouthpaw: Reno is always seen wielding his weapon in his left hand, and rarely uses his right hand in any depictions of him.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The official Romanizations [in Japan] of Elena's and Reno's names were, once upon a time, "Yrena" and "Leno" [specifically in the ''Official Establishment File'' artbook].
* ShipTease: Between Tseng and Elena, Zack and Cissnei. You could also mention how Tseng likes Aerith and Rude likes Tifa, but in that case it's kind of one-sided.
* SiblingRivalry: ''Before Crisis'' reveals that Elena's older sister was a Turk, and Elena resented her for outperforming her; she refused to join the Turks while her sister was a member. She joined after her sister retired along with many other Turks from that game, following their defeat of Zirconiade and decision to follow Veld's lead.
* StalkerWithACrush: Tseng towards Aerith and Rude towards Tifa, so much that Rude will refuse to attack Tifa during boss fights. Subverted by Elena, who has a crush on Tseng but doesn't actively pursue him.
* TheUnfought: At no point does the party ever actually engage Tseng, the leader of the Turks, in combat. He can, however, be fought in the Training Mode in ''Before Crisis''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whatever happened to {{C|risisCore}}issnei?
** [[WordOfGod She retired with the other members]] from ''Before Crisis'', of course.

!! President Shinra
->''"These days, all it takes for your dreams to come true is [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem power]]."''
ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Previously the president of the Shinra Arms Manufacturing Company. The discovery of Mako energy catapulted him to the position of de-facto world dictator.

* AssholeVictim: Is murdered by Sephiroth.
* BadBoss: Implied in Denzel's segment in the OVA ''On the Way to a Smile'', since Denzel's parents, both of whom worked in Shinra, were killed when he dropped Sector 7 onto the Slums.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* StarterVillain: He's the BigBad up until the ''real'' BigBad puts a sword in his back.
* FatBastard
* FauxAffablyEvil: "Now if you'll excuse me, I have a dinner appointment."
* ManipulativeBastard: To the citizens of Midgar. Drop part of upper Midgar onto the Sector 7 slums, blame it on AVALANCHE terrorists, and "send the rescue care of Shinra, Inc." He always preferred to take the route that would get him what he wanted ''and'' would make Shinra look good to the general public.
* PresidentEvil
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* WickedCultured: Fiddling while Sector 7 burns.

!! Heidegger
->''"Ghaa haah hah hah!"''

Heidegger manages the Shinra Public Safety department, and bungles it up nicely too.

* AnnoyingLaugh: At least Rufus thinks so.
-->[[LampshadeHanging Stop that stupid horse laugh.]]
* BadBoss: He takes his anger out on his employees in a very physical manner.
* TheDragon: Was this to President Shinra, before Sephiroth showed up and caused Rufus to take over.
* EvilLaugh: A rather [[AnnoyingLaugh annoying one]], as his colleagues (mostly Rufus) frequently tell him.
* FatBastard
* {{Irony}}: He's the head of the Public Safety division, and yet what he's best known for ([[spoiler: [[ColonyDrop Dropping Sector 7 on the slums]] and causing ''massive'' casualties]]) was unarguably unsafe and inconsiderate for someone of his position, which is more or less the point of his character.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Despite his normally buffoonish nature, during the Sapphire Weapon attacks Heidegger performs his duties with an unwonted cool professionalism.

!! Hojo


->''"Hojo of Shinra, Inc. ...An inexperienced man assigned to take over the work of a great scientist. He was a walking mass of complexes."''
-->Voiced by: Creator/NachiNozawa (Japanese), Creator/PaulEiding (English)

->Appears in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' and ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''.

* {{Abusive Parent|s}}: He injected Jenova Cells into [[spoiler:his son Sephiroth]] and never even allowed his mother [[spoiler:Lucrecia]] to hold him.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:He returns as the main antagonist in ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', commanding the Tsviets through the body of Weiss.]]
** [[spoiler: BiggerBad: Along with Jenova in the main game, he's the source of everything evil in the story.]]
* [[spoiler: BrainUploading: ''Dirge Of Cerberus'' more or less says that after his death, his consciousness ended up inside the World Wide Network, AKA the Internet.]]
* CardCarryingVillain [=/=] ObviouslyEvil: Look us in the eye and tell us your Evil Radar ''wasn't'' going off when he first appeared. He also admitted to being one when Cloud confronts him. See ForScience. This is also one of the few examples in the former trope where it isn't intended to be funny.
* DeadpanSnarker: He is particularly snarky with Cloud whenever they meet.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide
* EvilGenius
* EvilIsSexy: In-universe. The bikini girls at Costa Del Sol seem to think so.
* EvilLaugh: He is fairly restrained in the original game, until the final confrontation, during which he was pretty close to a complete break with reality. In ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', however, he gives [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] a run for his money.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: A textbook example.
* ForScience[=/=]ForTheEvulz: He ''admitted'' this is the motive behind his treatment of Sephiroth in the first game. When Cloud calls him out on it, he simply responds with "It's my desire as a scientist."
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:He takes over Weiss the Immaculate's body prior to ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''. If the Novellas are anything to go by, he also did this to Sephiroth between his own death and Sephiroth's fight against AVALANCHE.]]
* GuineaPigFamily: He's [[spoiler:Sephiroth's father]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Hojo attempted to defeat the party by injecting himself with Jenova's cells. However, this resulted in him being defeated due to losing his sanity as a result. In ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', it is also revealed that the specific reason for him injecting himself with Jenova's cells was to strengthen his body enough for him to possess Omega, but this attempt predictably backfired on him due to losing his mind and then being killed, and thus resulted in him uploading his consciousness into the World Wide Network.
* KavorkaMan: [[spoiler:Somehow managed to win Lucrecia over from Vincent.]]
** This is definitely demonstrated on the beach.
* LackOfEmpathy: When Lucrecia asks to hold Sephiroth during an argument that was implied to be Sephiroth being shipped off to Shinra, as well as Lucrecia's attempts to help Vincent in recovering from Hojo's experiment, he mocks her and also pulls a NotSoDifferent on her.
* LaughingMad: See EvilLaugh.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:He reveals that he is Sephiroth's father near the end of the game.]]
* MadScientist: His first appearance in the game involves him attempting to ''[[{{Squick}} breed Aerith and Red XIII]].''
* TheManBehindTheMonsters[=/=]TheManBehindTheMan: Aside from Jenova herself, all of the antagonists of the ''[=FF7=]'' universe can be traced back to his experimentations. [[spoiler:He's responsible for the creation of Sephiroth and Genesis, his experimentations on Elfé is what lead to her getting her superpowers and forming AVALANCHE, and he's also the one controlling Deepground in ''Dirge of Cerberus'', as well as the fact Deepground began as an off-shoot of SOLDIER, which of course was based on Hojo's research.]]
* ManipulativeBastard
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Inverted; Hojo ''never'' takes his labcoat off... even when getting a tan.
* OmnicidalManiac: Two of the experiments he was involved in nearly resulted in the end of the world, and it is heavily implied that the planet's destruction was exactly what he was hoping for.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Like father like son, eh?]]
* [[spoiler: PapaWolf: A rather strange example. He planned to fire the Sister Ray a second time prematurely to send as much power as possible to his Sephiroth, his son, for no real reason other than the fact that "Sephiroth surpasses science".]]
* TheStarscream: It is implied in Before Crisis that Hojo intended to fake a kidnapping so he could "defect" to AVALANCHE (who aren't nearly as good as their successors).
* VillainousBreakdown: By the time the party faces him, he's completely lost what sanity he ever had. ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' takes it even further.
* VillainsOutShopping: The group can run into him chilling on the beach in Costa Del Sol.
--> '''Cloud''': "What are you doing...?"\\
'''Hojo''': "It should be obvious. I'm getting a tan."
* YouKilledMyFather: He killed Professor Gast, [[spoiler:Aerith's father]]. He also places Aerith and her mother into seven years' worth of inhumane experiments, which eventually resulted in her mother's death shortly after she gives Aerith to her foster mother after escaping Shinra.
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: Probably the best example in the franchise. 90% of everything bad that happens in the game happens because Hojo was being a complete bastard without any rhyme or reason beyond [[ForTheEvulz the fact that he could]]. Sure, he eventually gets [[EvilerThanThou out-evilled]] by Sephiroth (like every other bad guy and their dog) but that doesn't change the fact that basically everything happened because of him.

!! Scarlet
-->"Kya ha ha!"
Responsible for the Shinra Corporation's Weapons Development department, Scarlet specializes in creating {{Glass Cannon}}s. Is also the one who carried out the Corel Massacre, badly injuring Barret in the process and leading him to hate Shinra.

* BlondesAreEvil
* DarkChick
* EvilLaugh: As {{annoying|Laugh}} as Heidegger's.
* LadyInRed
* NoblewomansLaugh

!! Palmer
-->"Rate hike! Rate hike! Tra, la, la! And please include our Space Program in the budget!"

The director of the Shinra Space Program. Unlike the other executives, he is almost totally useless.

* ButtMonkey: He seems to be this for Shinra.
* DemotedToExtra: He was the least important of the Shinra executives in the original game and is the only one not to appear in the ''Compilation''.
* DisneyDeath: Apparently being hit by a truck was not enough to actually kill him.
* FatBastard: The man likes ''lard'' in his tea...
* FatIdiot: He's so pathetic that he's left alive by the end of the game; not even worth killing. He's the only Shinra executive to survive, other than [[spoiler:Reeve, who turned good, and Rufus, who got caught in a massive explosion and was thought to have died.]]
* HarmlessVillain
* HotBlooded: He's ''extremely'' hyper, to the point where his idle combat pose looks like he's ''tap dancing''.
* ShoutOut: You know how he narrowly managed to avoid being chopped to bits by the Tiny Bronco after the party's fight against him? Well, aside from the aftermath, that was taken word for word from the demise of that German Mechanic that Indiana Jones was fighting in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* StupidEvil: PlayedForLaughs.


-->''"[[GoodBadTranslation Beacause]], you are... a puppet."''

Jenova descended on Gaia 2,000 years before the events of FFVII. She single-handedly devastated the Cetra, and nearly destroyed the planet, before being sealed in a geological stratum in the Northern Crater. Unearthed by Shinra scientist Gast Faremis, she indirectly played a huge role in Shinra's rise to power.

* AboveGoodAndEvil [=/=] BlueAndOrangeMorality: The only antagonist whose reasons for being an OmnicidalManiac are completely unknown and unknowable, mostly due to being a cosmic horror.
* BiggerBad: Jenova's not completely in charge of Sephiroth or his actions, and due to the nature of her being cannot be directly confronted. In fact, whether she's even ''alive'' is up for debate. But the facts remain that if she hadn't come down to earth two thousand years ago, almost none of the events of the game would have happened.
** [[BigBadDuumvirate Bigger Bad Duumvirate]]: [[spoiler: With Hojo.]]
* BodyHorror: Among other things.
* CoolMask: Is sometimes show wearing a steel mask over her face.
** ''Wearing'' might be too charitable--the Shinra Corporation put a strangely elaborate female bust/doll/''death mask'' directly in front of Jenova's tank in the Nibelheim Reactor, for reasons never explained, which is torn away by Sephiroth. Jenova never ''wears'' it, since that form's never shown engaging in any sort of ''movement''.
* DeadAllAlong: Died well before the events of the game. May have been resurrected by Sephiroth. It's hard to tell.
* DeathFromAbove: Personified
** In the Cetra language, her name literally translates as "Crisis From The Sky".
* DiabolusExNihilo: Fell from the sky two thousand years before the game began. No one knows where it came from, but it's speculated that it may have landed on & devastated other worlds in the past.
* EldritchAbomination
* {{Expy}}: JENOVA is basically [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]] shaped vaguely like a woman, and eating the world from the outside in rather than the other way around. Amusingly, this would make Sephiroth analogous to ''Queen'' Zeal. [[spoiler:Unlike Zeal, however, Sephiroth isn't controlled by JENOVA (not completely, at least). It actually becomes the other way around: Sephiroth overtakes JENOVA's will.]] On the other hand, some of his monologues as well as Dissidia 012's museum bio (Final Fantasy VII section) of Sephiroth stating that he returned as an agent to carry out her will would imply that Sephiroth was indeed controlled by JENOVA to a certain extent.
* EvilMatriarch: In a way. Kadaj, Yazoo, Loz, and Sephiroth all address her as "Mother" anyway.
* FromASingleCell: Jenova is consciously aware of all of her cells, enabling her to regenerate into Sephiroth; thus, a "Reunion".
* FusionDance: With Sephiroth, to the point that he's taken her originaly instinctive destructive goals UpToEleven and infused them with his own conscious intelligence.
* HumanoidAbomination: Resembles a deathly pale woman with eyes and veins in places where they should not be. Sometimes wears a steel mask to hide this.
* InSeriesNickname: Heaven's Dark Harbinger, The Calamity from the Skies, Mother.
* NamesTheSame: Jenova LIFE's water-based magic is called Aqualung, which is also the name of a song by JethroTull.
* ObliviouslyEvil: It's been suggested that Jenova, while wicked and cruel, was originally just a creature that instinctively sought to destroy. Her fusion with Sephiroth combined her instincts with his powerful will and intelligence.
* PlanetaryParasite[=/=]PlanetEater: Drains them of life anyway.
* ThePlague: The Geostigma of ''Advent's Children'' is the result of the Lifestream trying to rid human bodies of her cells and overcompensating.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Her name is a combination of "nova" and "Jehovah", and thus approximately means "New God".
* ShapeShifting: Jenova takes on the form of her previous victim, in order to approach the next one.
* SilentAntagonist: Another trait she shares in common with Lavos. She has exactly ''one'' line of dialogue attributed to her, providing her quote above.
* TaintedVeins
* TheVirus: People and animals who are injected with Jenova's cells become victims of numerous side effects, including [[BodyHorror mutation]] and susceptibility to MindControl. She's TheVirus incarnate.

!! The Remnants of Sephiroth

[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: [[TheGunslinger Yazoo]], [[DarkMessiah Kadaj]], and [[TheBrute Loz]].]]

->''"So what if I'm a puppet? Once upon a time, you were too!"''
->- '''Kadaj'''

-->Voiced by:
---> Kadaj: ShowtaroMorikubo (Japanese), Creator/SteveStaley (English)
---> Yazoo: YujiKishi (Japanese), Creator/DaveWittenberg (English)
---> Loz: Creator/KenjiNomura (Japanese), Creator/FredTatasciore (English)

-> All three appear in: ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''.

Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo are physical manifestations of Sephiroth's will. Each of them represents a different aspect of Sephiroth's personality, but they share a fanatical obsession with Jenova.

'''All three'''
* ArtificialHuman: They're formed out of pure tainted Lifestream energy by Sephiroth's will.
* BerserkButton: Some handle it better than others, but they all get annoyed whenever someone brings up Jenova in a flippant manner.
* BetaTestBaddie: They're each incomplete copies of Sephiroth, and their drive to find Jenova is out of a need to reunite with her so Sephiroth can be reborn properly.
* CainAndAbel: They consider Cloud their "brother" through Jenova, and fight and try to kill him several times since they view him as a traitor to her.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In a very twisted way. They actually think Jenova is their mother and want to find her and be with her again. Kadaj goes so far as to consider children infected with Geostigma, which is a result of them being infected with Jenova cells, as his "brothers", which makes them all a family.
* {{Expy}}: They're designed to invoke the idea of Sephiroth in their behavior and appearance. This is entirely the point in-universe since Sephiroth created them in his own image but had to do it with fragmented memories of how other people saw him in life.
* {{Flanderization}}: They're the result of Sephiroth undergoing in-universe Flanderization as described under his profile. Allowing his own memories to fragment and be stripped away, Sephiroth had to rely on memories how other people saw him to create the remnants, resulting in each of them being an exaggerated depiction of a different aspect of his true character.
* FreudianTrio: Loz is the Id, being a ManChild with simplistic emotions, Kadaj is the Ego, being the comparatively level-headed leader but prone to fits of rage and anger, and Yazoo is the Superego, being always calm and collected.
* HellBentForLeather: Each wears a black leather outfit that, in different ways, mimic Sephiroth's iconic attire.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: They each embody a different aspect of Sephiroth. Kadaj has his cruelty and insanity, as well as his preference for katanas, Loz has his physical strength and obsession with Jenova, and Yazoo has his charisma and aloofness.
* OedipusComplex: They practically ''worship'' Jenova, speaking of "mother" in almost reverence and devoting their entire existence to finding and reuniting with her.
* PsychopathicManchild: While Kadaj is the most blatant example, all three are fiercely devoted to their "mother" and are more than a bit unstable and destructive in their search to find her.
* SiblingsInCrime: They're all brothers, and occasionally bicker or banter with each other during the film.
* SummonMagic: They can summon monsters from tainted Lifestream called "Shadow Creepers".
* TerribleTrio: Kadaj is the leader and the one with the most knowledge of Sephiroth's plans, while Loz and Yazoo carry out efforts to find Jenova and do most of the fighting as Kadaj watches.
* UnwittingPawn[=/=]ThePawn: They're just incarnations of Sephiroth's will meant to find Jenova so he can be reborn. Loz and Yazoo have no idea of this while Kadaj has some measure of understanding but is still unaware of his true purpose.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Being they're each embodiments of Sephiroth, they share this key design trait.

* AndThenWhat: Kadaj isn't sure what to do once he [[spoiler:has his hands on Jenova's head.]] Cloud lampshades this is because he's just a remnant, he's driven by instinct with no understanding of what he's doing.
* DarkMessiah: Presents himself as one to the children with Geostigma, declaring they are a family chosen by the stigma, and that he can heal them and take them to their mother to take back the planet together.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: He's TheHeavy of the film and the leader of the remnants, but is defeated by Cloud just before he triggers Sephiroth's rebirth. The ''Complete'' UpdatedRerelease makes it clearer that he's just Sephiroth's pawn long before this is revealed at the climax.
* EnfanteTerrible: WordOfGod is that he was made the youngest remnant as their leader to give viewers the sense of an insane, unstoppable child.
* FragileSpeedster: While he's very powerful in hand-to-hand combat, Kadaj's smaller weapon and weaker physical strength at outmatched by Cloud, in comparison to Loz's LightningBruiser and Yazoo's sharpshooting from a distance.
* FusionDance: Merges with [[spoiler:Jenova's cells, allowing Sephiroth to shapeshift Kadaj's body into his own and be reborn for real.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Wields Souba, a katana with two parallel blades.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Dissolves into Lifestream energy upon his death.
* NotSoDifferent: Kadaj himself lampshades that Cloud knows all about being Sephiroth's puppet, confused and unsure of what to do and who he really is.
-->"So what if I'm a puppet? Once upon a time, you were too!"
* PeekABangs: His hair covers his right eye partially.
* RedemptionInTheRain: The most sympathetic and tragic remnant dissolves into rain calling for his mother as he lays in Cloud's arms dying.
* TheUnfavorite: Considers himself such, sensing that his "mother" Jenova loves Sephiroth more than him. It's unclear how much of this is actually Jenova's will and how much is Kadaj interpreting Sephiroth's control of Jenova.
* VillainousBreakdown: Lets out an anguished wail and then quiets into sobs when he sees [[spoiler:the "mother" he's been pursuing is a puddle of genetic goo.]] After this Cloud arrives and he attacks him furiously.

* TheBrute: The most physically dominating of the remnants and easily the most powerful.
* DumbMuscle: He's very stupid and childish, making sound effects when he rides his motorcycle and crying over Jenova at times. WordOfGod says they intended him more as a ManChild rather than plain stupid, but admit he ended up being this trope too.
* LightningBruiser: His physical strength is immense, allowing him to punch apart trees, and he moves so fast he appears to FlashStep in a blur of white light.
* ManChild: His defining trait is his childish behavior. His movements and emotional states are deliberately exaggerated to emphasize this.
* PowerFist: His weapon is the Dual Hound, a spiked taser-like gauntlet that adds [[ShockAndAwe electric shocks]] to his punches.
* SuperSpeed: Can move so far his body is covered in white energy. A special animation tool was even designed by the staff that let them slow down the movie for the other characters while Loz moved normally, resulting in this trope when the film played normally.

* TheGunslinger: Wields a gunblade called Velvet Nightmare. Loz has one as well, but Yazoo uses his much more often while Loz relies on his fists.
** GunsAkimbo: Occasionally uses both Velvet Nightmares at once.
** GunFu: While they're used much more often for shooting, they have blades running along their length and are study in design, and they're used as melee weapons when needed.
* TheStoic: Calm, collected and cool.

!! Elfé


->''"You found me when I was wandering all alone, without my memories. I was raised by AVALANCHE. You're all like my family. That's why I'm going to fight with everyone and repay my debt."''

The leader of the original incarnation of AVALANCHE, and the main antagonist of ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis''.

* ActionGirl: ''Sephiroth'' of all people is impressed with her skill when she manages to endure his attacks.
* BadassCape
* BigBad: [[spoiler:At first]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Her real name is [[spoiler:Felicia]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: She's [[spoiler:Veld's]] daughter, presumed dead.
* NotQuiteDead: Three times in fact. [[spoiler:Veld assumes Felicia dead when their hometown is attacked, but she's retrieved and used as an experiment by Hojo. He decides she's a failure and orders her disposed of, but Fuhito takes her to safety. And then at the end of ''VideoGame/BeforeCrisis'', she's assumed dead due to the Zirconiade Materia finally taking its toll, but she and Veld are taken care of in secret and eventually go into hiding together]].
* StockSuperpowers: SuperReflexes, SuperSenses, SuperSpeed, SuperStrength.
* TheStoic
* PowerDegeneration: Has StockSuperpowers due to [[spoiler:the Zirconiade Materia imbedded in her arm]]. It also happens to be draining her life force and will eventually kill her.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Fuhito was just using her and AVALANCHE to gather the pieces of the Zirconiade Materia, knowing all along she had one herself]].

!! Shears

Elfé's right-hand man in AVALANCHE

* AmazonChaser: Thinks so of Elfé.
* CoDragons: With Fuhito.
* BarefistedMonk
* DefeatMeansFriendship: He used to lead his own rebellion on Shinra, until he ran into Elfé. She kicked his ass, and he and his men joined AVALANCHE.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: [[spoiler:After Veld abandons the Turks to try and help Elfé, Shears abandons AVALANCHE and joins him to try and help him]].
* RecurringBoss

!! Fuhito

A scientist in the employ of AVALANCHE, he's the mastermind of their elite shock troops the Ravens, {{Evil Counterpart}}s to SOLDIER.

* [[spoiler:BigBad]]: [[spoiler:Is manipulating Elfé and AVALANCHE to gather the pieces of the Zirconiade Materia]].
* CoDragons: With Shears.
** DragonAscendant: After Shears leaves the group and Elfé is too weak to do it herself, Fuhito takes over command of AVALANCHE.
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* TheHeavy
* MadScientist: He idolizes ''Hojo'', and orders an AVALANCHE attack on Shinra's headquarters in the hopes of being able to meet him and show off his Ravens.
* [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan]]
* [[spoiler:OmnicidalManiac]]: [[spoiler:Believes that the Planet is too weakened thanks to Shinra's actions and wants to kill all human life so their energy will return to the Lifestream and the Planet can heal without their interference]].
* [[spoiler:OneWingedAngel]]: [[spoiler:Merges with Zirconiade for the final battle]].
* RecurringBoss
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:His plans for all of AVALANCHE, Elfé and Shears included]].

!! Genesis Rhapsodos


->''"My soul, corrupted by vengeance, hath endured torment to find the end of the journey, in my own salvation and your eternal slumber."''
-->Voiced by: Creator/{{Gackt}} (Japanese), Creator/RobinAtkinDownes[=/=]Oliver Quinn (English)

A former SOLDIER 1st Class who deserted from the Shinra Corporation. He had a friendly rivalry with Angeal and Sephiroth [[spoiler:as well as some other similarities to them]], and his main hobby is reciting quotes from [[FictionalDocument LOVELESS]]. A lot.

-> Appears in: ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''.

* AuthorAppeal
* BadassLongcoat
* BetaTestBaddie: To Sephiroth. Interestingly, they ''both'' go mad.
* {{Bishonen}}
* CoolSword: And it's flaming.
* DisneyDeath: A rare villainous version: Genesis fell into a reactor, yet it becomes apparent later on that he survived.
* [[spoiler:EasilyForgiven: Zack lets him live.]]
* EvilRedhead: Subverted because he isn't so much evil as he is a pretentious {{Jerkass}}.
* {{Expy}}: Of Sephiroth. Besides the obvious similarities in appearance as seen in the accompanying image, Genesis is also a 1st Class SOLDIER and a spawn of the Jenova Project, he eventually sprouts a black wing over his shoulder, he was seemingly killed via DisneyVillainDeath in a Mako Reactor but turned out to be NotQuiteDead... you get the picture.
** InvokedTrope: Partially. Genesis idolized Sephiroth as a child and wanted to be a hero just like him. Emulating Sephiroth's appearance and giving it his own personal flair was likely a conscious decision.
* TheHeavy: In ''Crisis Core''.
* InkSuitActor: His appearance was based on his voice actor, Gackt. (Yes, the same Gackt who portrayed Lau in ''BujingaiTheForsakenCity''.)
** In ''Dirge of Cerberus'', they ''didn't even bother with the ink suit''.
* KarmaHoudini: He instigated a war, killed his own parents, basically wiped out his hometown's population, subjected an immense amount of innocent people into becoming his clones, and helped make Sephiroth go nuts, and he ended up getting away with it, even getting his degeneration removed.
* LampshadeHanging: Sephiroth notes that he enjoys beating LOVELESS into his and Angeal's head.
* MeaningfulName: "Genesis" of course parallels Sephiroth's name, but it also means "birth" or "origin". Combined with the origin of his last name, he is "the original epic poem", referring both to his obsession with LOVELESS, and the idea that in-universe he was the original rebel SOLDIER and commited acts that Sephiroth would later repeat.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His appearance is based on Creator/{{Gackt}} Camui; he's also voiced by Gackt, Gackt had a hand in the design of his outfit, and Gackt portrayed him live action in [[spoiler:''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'''s secret ending]].
* OneWingedAngel
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels: While not as revered or powerful as Sephiroth, Genesis was still one of Shinra's greatest warriors before he turns on them, and when he defects he takes a large number of other SOLDIER members with him.
* PlayingWithFire: Throws a definite preference for fire spells like Flash and Energy.
* PowerDegeneration
* PsychoPrototype: To Sephiroth.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver
* RememberTheNewGuy: Played with. No other version of the Nibelheim Incident has any mention or appearance by Genesis. However, the way he appears there in ''Crisis Core'' allows him to be there without actually retconning the event -- he appears when Zack and Sephiroth enter the reactor, and the only version of that specific scene that has been shown across the series is the one where Cloud is in Zack's place, so Genesis's absence could be given a HandWave as one of many inconsistencies in Cloud's memories.
* SelfMadeOrphan
* SissyVillain: His English voice actor goes down this route, and the {{Bishonen}}y appearance, flamboyant hand gestures and ''constant'' recital of LOVELESS just add to it.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: According to Angeal's mother.
* WickedCultured

! Hollander

->Voiced by: Shinya Ohwada (Japanese), Sterling Young (English)

A Shinra scientist working on the Jenova Project years ago, he and Hojo competed to have the superior specimen in order to receive funding to continue their respective research. When Hojo's results were superior, Hollander was quietly forgotten by Shinra's executives and faded into the background, until Genesis was wounded and he seized a change for vengeance against Hojo.

-->Appears in: ''Crisis Core''

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Hojo is this to him.
* BeardOfEvil: Has a full bushy beard with matching mustache and sideburns.
* BestServedCold: The official series timeline places the Jenova Project as occurring 20 years before ''Crisis Core''. Hollander's been waiting a long time to get back at Hojo for outdoing him.
* BreathWeapon: Deadly Breath.
* DirtyCoward: He always flees from danger and is visibly intimidated by Shinra's forces. He only fights Zack near the end of the game because he's cornered, and [[spoiler:is so degraded that he has no choice but to fight for the one hope he has of saving his own life.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of Hojo. Like Hojo, Hollander is the mastermind behind the genetic experiments that created the main antagonist, is a Shinra scientist that worked on the Jenova Project, and eventually [[spoiler:turns himself into a test subject by injecting himself with Genesis's cells.]] He's also just as amoral and proud of his unethical experiments as Hojo is of his own.
* EvilGenius: Though outdone by Hojo in both regards, he's still a brilliant scientist and is absolutely devoid of morals. His one advantage is that he's relatively sane [[MadScientist compared to Hojo]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[spoiler:His attempts to make Genesis his UnwittingPawn backfire when Genesis gets tired of his failure to produce a cure and attempts to kill him. He later does so again off-screen, forcing Hollander to inject himself with Genesis's cells to save his own life, and he experiences the same debilitating health as Genesis does for it.]]
* EvilIsPetty: He convinces Genesis to rebel against Shinra and take a large part of SOLDIER with them, and has Genesis wage war on Shinra by promising him a cure for his genetic degradation. Why? To show up Hojo and SOLDIER and prove his specimens are superior.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Compared to Hojo's high-pitched voice, Hollander is deep and gravelly.
* ForScience: See EvilIsPetty. He particularly wants to prove ''his'' science is better than Hojo's.
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:He becomes a Genesis Copy.]]
* HyperspaceArsenal: His "Dimension Missile" cinematic attack has him pull a missile larger than he is out of his satchel and hurl it at Zack.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's the real force behind Genesis's army, and the one who convinced Genesis to go against Shinra.
* TheManBehindTheMonsters: The Genesis Copies are his work, as are Genesis and Angeal.
* MookMaker: Can spawn monsters to aid him in battle.
* OnlyOneName: As with Hojo, it's hard to even say if it's his first or last name.
* PoisonousPerson: Infects Zack with poison and other status ailments.
* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler:As a Genesis Copy, he sprouts a small black wing over his shoulder.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: He's a fan of Banora White juice, even wearing a shirt depicting the logo under his lab coat.


[[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:Deepground.jpg Group picture to save page space.]] Background: Nero, Rosso, Weiss. Foreground: Shelke, Azul.

!! Weiss the Immaculate

->''"The pure will be "spared" for the cause, while the tainted will be hunted down and exterminated. They shall be slashed, strangled, and slaughtered. Beaten, stabbed, and crushed. Garroted and impaled. Shot and executed without mercy. The time has come to cleanse this world."''
-->Voiced by: Creator/JojiNakata (Japanese), Dave Boat (English)

Leader of the Deepground, the secret special forces of the Shinra Company made to replace SOLDIER.

* BadBoss: See above.
* BigBad: In ''Dirge of Cerberus''. [[spoiler:It's revealed that he was just a host to Hojo, the true Big Bad.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: He's ''very'' close to his little brother Nero.
* [[spoiler:ComputerVirus]]: It's how [[spoiler:he died.]]
* [[spoiler:DeadToBeginWith]]
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]: [[spoiler:It's implied in the 100% ending with all Genesis reports collected that Weiss is not actually dead.]]
* DualWielding
* EvilLaugh: While [[spoiler:possessed by Hojo]].
** He does this in the online mode as well. It's just him.
* AFatherToHisMen: Averted. In the Online Mode, [[spoiler:Weiss was more than willing to have Shelke execute a plan that would eliminate another Tsviet.]]
** Not to mention having Shelke herself nearly executed later on [[spoiler:even though that was technically Hojo and not Weiss who ordered that.]]
* [[spoiler:GrandTheftMe]]/[[spoiler:HijackedByGanon]]: [[spoiler:He is a host to the mad scientist Hojo, and it was with the help of Nero that he became free. He later grand thefted OMEGA]].
* HopelessBossFight: The first one. Vincent, however, gets the help of Shelke/[[spoiler:Lucrecia]] to match him.
* LightningBruiser: Both muscular and very fast.
* MeaningfulName: "Weiss" means "white" in German, and his subtitle, Immaculate, refers to the Roman Catholic belief of the Immaculate Conception where someone is born completely without the stain of original sin.
* OmnicidalManiac
* PureIsNotGood: He was originally created to not be made of tainted lifestream, which is why Hojo possessed him and planned to use him to fuse with Omega. Even when he regained control of himself, he was still not a nice guy.
* SlasherSmile: Pulls these off with gusto.
* SlouchOfVillainy
* TheSocialDarwinist
* SuperSoldier
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Oh ''yes'', please and thank you.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Though he's no relation to Sephiroth.
* WildHair: It's even bigger and spikier than Cloud's!
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Did this to Nero after [[spoiler:he became alive again and Hojo took control of him]].
** Also did this to Shelke, ordering Azul to terminate her.
** Don't forget how [[spoiler:he treated the player Tsviet in the online version.]]

!! Nero the Sable
-> ''"Dear Weiss, powerful Weiss. The only person who ever loved me, and the only person I will ever love."''
-->Voiced by: Creator/RyotaroOkiayu (Japanese), Mike Rock (English)
Second-in-command of the Tsviets. Also Weiss's biological half-brother.

* CulturedBadass
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Nero is Italian for black. Sable is an archaic English word for black (commonly used in heraldry). Therefore, his name means "Black the Black." QED.
* TheDragon
* DualWielding: Takes this UpToEleven by having four functioning hands (one per wing) and using all four to shoot at you.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* MeaningfulName: Nero is the Italian word for "Black," which in itself is a derivation of a rather infamous Roman Emperor.
* MrFanservice
* SelfMadeOrphan: The reason why his hands were bound and presumably why his abilities were toned down: Apparently he sent his own mother into another dimension when she was giving birth to him.
* VillainousFriendship: Nero really, really cares about his brother. He's willing to go through hell and back to revive him.
* WingedHumanoid: Granted, they are artificial wings, but still.

!! Azul the Cerulean
-->Voiced by: Creator/TesshoGenda (Japanese), Brad Abrell (English)
One of the Tsviets, the commanders of Deepground, high-ranking soldiers, and he is its field commander.

* {{BFG}}: Or a BFC, a BIG FUCKING CANNON, big enough to blow up Cid's ship.
* BloodKnight: Literally the only reason he willingly joined them, and even then only after realizing why they attempted to capture him.
* TheBrute
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Hail Weiss" in a way. All of Deepground says this, but Azul says it the most, even acting as his final words.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Azul is Spanish for "blue." Cerulean is a specific shade of blue. Therefore, his name means "Blue the blue." QED.
* DisneyVillainDeath: After he was impaled.
* GeniusBruiser: He ain't just all muscles, he's also a competent field officer.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: With his own cannon when Chaos took over Vincent.
* LaughingMad: He does that, an memorable one right before he died.
* PlayingPossum: After he was "beaten" by Vincent, he pretended to have died in order to destroy the WRO's headquarters from inside before the second Deepground force attacked.
* SeeYouInHell: He tells Vincent that before he died.
* TheStoic: He usually speaks some few words, and acts rather "stonely". It's only when he fights [[WorthyOpponent Vincent]] that he shows how much HotBlooded he is for fighting.
* SuperSoldier

!! Rosso the Crimson
-> ''"I shall not give you the pleasure of killing Rosso the Crimson!"''
-->Voiced by: Creator/AtsukoTanaka (Japanese), Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn (English)

Another Tsviet. Due to experimentation done on her when she was a child, she's quite mentally unbalanced. The only pleasure she gets out of life is killing her enemies.

* AxCrazy
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: She committed suicide when she was defeated by Vincent, by throwing herself out from the Shinra tower.
* DarkChick
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Rosso is Italian for "red." Crimson is a specific shade of red. Therefore, her name means "Red the Red." QED.
* EvilRedhead
* FreudianExcuse: It is heavily implied that the very reason why she even takes enjoyment in doing her assignments in similar ways to a psychopath is because she was raised that way by Shinra.
* HappyRain: In a twisted way. Rosso, while standing in the rain in Edge, muses that it was the first time she had ever felt rain on her skin. She ''seemed'' happy, but she's a Tsviet, so happy could just as easily mean "on the brink of murder."
* LaughingMad: Probably a much bigger use of this trope than even [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI the trope namer]].
* MundaneLuxury: In the online mode, Rosso desperately wanted to see the sky and would embark on mass murders of her fellow soldiers in response.
* OmnicidalManiac: Not powerful enough to pull this off single-handedly, but it's on her Dreamboard.
* PsychoForHire
* TermsOfEndangerment

!! Shelke the Transparent / Shelke Rui
-> ''"I have no acquaintances in the W.R.O."''
-->Voiced by: Creator/FumikoOrikasa (Japanese), Creator/KariWahlgren (English)

Yet another Tsviet. Was ordered to be terminated by Weiss and consequently left the Tsviets.

* BrainwashedAndCrazy: It is heavily implied that Shinra kidnapped her and subjected her to experiments that both brainwashed her to the extent that she could no longer remember her sister, and that she was also made effectively incapable of aging beyond a ten year old body.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Sometimes.
* DualWielding
* EmotionlessGirl: Very much. Borderline SugarAndIcePersonality towards the end.
-->Shelke: "It's not what you think... I'm simply providing this service for my own benefit."
-->Vincent: "I didn't say anything."
-->Shelke: "I... Anyway... *goes on to other topics*"
* EvilGenius: She was Deepground's computer expert and a major tactician alongside Azul. When she becomes a ally of W.R.O., she becomes TheSmartGuy of the bunch.
* FragileSpeedster: What she lacks in strength and endurence, she makes it up with both ''extremly fast'' speed and agility.
* FullNameBasis: She does this. Frequently.
* HeelFaceTurn: She joins the W.R.O after she was betrayed by Deepground.
* KarmaHoudini: See her ManipulativeBastard entry. After that, her happy ending seems sort of like this.
* ManipulativeBastard: In the [[NoExportForYou sadly-Japan-only]] online mode, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Tsviets were manipulating the player character all along. Shelke was in charge of using her hacking skills to mind-screw the protagonist into believing s/he had a sister that was killed by someone the Tsviets wanted dead, and also created a fake mentor to push hir along. When the protagonist is struck down at the end, Shelke [[KickTheDog stops to tell hir all of this and then mocks hir as s/he lays dying]].]]
* MediumAwareness: In the game's online mode, she tells the player character that her special attack uses "a lot of MP".
* MoralityPet: To Vincent. Vincent himself could be her morality pet as well.
* TheStoic: For the most of the time. Only at the near ending does she begin to show off her more emotional sides.
* ThisThingYouCallLove: After she had spent ten years with Deepground, it ain't no wonder that she hasn't learnt what love is. So when [[spoiler:Shalua sacrifices herself for her]] and Vincent tries to be her friend, she first reacts with coldness and surprise, and then with curiosity. She eventually learns what love is by the end.

!! Argento
"The ones who are strong disguise themselves as the weakest, and in effect we are too weak for you to battle with."

[[NoExportForYou A character found only in the online mode.]] Acts as a mentor in Deepground.

* TheBlacksmith: Argent made all of the Tsviets' NamedWeapons.
* EyepatchofPower: She wears an eyepatch and part of her dialogue indicates that she is exceedingly strong.
* MentorShip: Plenty of people do this with her and Weiss.
* ThePhilosopher: Her speech, full of idioms, indicates this.
* SequelNonEntity: She shows up in the Online Mode for all of five minutes, then we never see her again.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Argent or Argento? It's pronounced the same either way.
* ZenSurvivor: Easily the most chill of all the Tsviets.

[[folder:Other Characters]]

!! Lucrecia Crescent

-->Voiced by: Creator/RioNatsuki (Japanese), Creator/AprilStewart (English)

-> Appears in: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII,'' ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus''

* AbusiveParents: ''Dirge of Cerberus'' makes it completely clear that she fully consented to injecting JENOVA cells into her unborn child. To be fair, however, she did at least regret the action afterwards.
* AndIMustScream
* ApologisesALot: In ''Dirge''.
* DeathSeeker
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Why she chose Hojo, of all people, despite the latter making it no secret that he is a Complete Scumbag is beyond logic.
* HotScientist
* WhoWantsToLiveForever
* WomanInWhite

!! Angeal Hewley

->''"Embrace your dreams. If you want to be a hero you need to have dreams... and honor."''

-->Voiced by: Creator/KazuhikoInoue (Japanese), Josh Gilman (English)

Zack's superior in SOLDIER, he's a First Class member and is respected and admired as a symbol of heroism and strength in the company.

* ArtisticAge: He's 25, but acts much older.
* {{BFS}}: The original wielder of the Buster Sword.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Zack.
* {{Foil}}: To Genesis. [[spoiler:While Genesis rebels against Shinra to heal himself, Angeal does it because he's torn between loyalty to Shinra and loyalty to his oldest and best friend. As well, while they're both experiments of Project G, Angeal is the "perfect" result of Hollander's efforts and has a different set of abilities than Genesis does.]]
* GoodWingsEvilWings: [[spoiler:In contrast to Genesis and Sephiroth's black wings, Angeal's wings are white and pure.]]
* [[spoiler:HumanoidAbomination]]: [[spoiler:He's another Jenova Project experiment.]]
** [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination]]: [[spoiler:Angeal Penance is a bipedal chimera-entity formed from several Angeal Copies, with Angeal's face and chest on the torso.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:Pretty much the reason why he transformed and fought Zack to the death.]]
* MeaningfulName: Angeal = Angel. [[spoiler:Lampshaded when Zack says his wings are those of an angel, not a monster.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Shockingly, this mentor to Zack and hero of Shinra you've never heard of does not survive the game.
* NoCureForEvil: Averted, [[spoiler:End of Gluttony restores his HP.]]
* TheObiWan: To Zack.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:He merges with other Angeal Copies to become Angeal Penance.]]
* OrnamentalWeapon: The Buster Sword cost so much for his parents to have custom made for him that he dislikes using it to avoid damaging it.
* TheParagon: Along with Sephiroth and Genesis, he's one of Shinra's most famous and respected [=SOLDIERs=], and many aspire to his example.
** TheParagonAlwaysRebels: And he ends up siding with Genesis.
* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler:Just like Genesis and Sephiroth, though he gets two and his are white.]]
* RapidFireFisticuffs: The DMW attack associated with him, Rush Assault, is a flurry of punches and kicks.
* RealMenWearPink: An in-game email from his fan club states that he loves dogs and gardening.
* TeamDad: To Zack, and most of SOLDIER.
* ThemeNaming: [[spoiler:As Angeal Penance, all his special attacks are named after the Seven Deadly Sins.]]
* WhatHaveIBecome: He does not take the revelation of what he really is well.

! Lazard Deusericus

->Voiced by: Junpei Morita (Japanese), Stefan Marks (English)

The director of SOLDIER, he was born in the slums and has worked his way up through Shinra's ranks through hard work and determination. He advises Zack on furthering his dreams in the company and provides him missions and assignments.

-->Appears in: ''Crisis Core''

* [[spoiler:AffablyEvil]]: He's very friendly and polite, but [[spoiler:he's working with Hollander and Genesis.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain]]: He's [[spoiler:aiding Hollander and Genesis]], but his motivations are much more sympathetic, and he [[spoiler:eventually realizes the error of his ways and aids Zack.]]
* TheAtoner: Post-time skip.
* BigGood: Inasmuch as he can be considering the GreyAndGrayMorality of Shinra, but he is the director of SOLDIER and is known and respected among the company's military branch for being a good leader.
* [[spoiler:BlondGuysAreEvil]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Hollander. [[spoiler:They both have been snubbed by Shinra and are using Genesis for revenge, but Lazard undergoes a HeelFaceTurn to help Zack while Hollander continues to aid Genesis. And while Hollander becomes a Genesis Copy, Lazard becomes an Angeal Copy.]]
** Also one to [[spoiler:Rufus Shinra]] once you find out his full backstory. [[spoiler:While Rufus was born into his power and position, Lazard had to work his way up from the slums, and is a much better person than Rufus.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler:He is mortally wounded protecting Cloud from Shinra forces while Zack is fighting Genesis beneath Banora.]]
* [[spoiler:HumanoidAbominiation]]: [[spoiler:He eventually becomes an Angeal Copy. By the time he finds Zack at the end of the game, he's fully taken on Angeal's face and hairstyle, save for his hair going white due to his degradation.]]
* InformedAttribute: He's said to have not forgotten his roots and has sympathy for others living in the slums, but it doesn't come into play much.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:He's President Shinra's illegitimate son with a slum woman. This also makes him Rufus's older brother and thus rightful heir to the company if his lineage were to be revealed. His discovery of this is why he helps Hollander and Genesis wage war on the company.]]
* [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan]]: [[spoiler:He's the one funding Hollander and Genesis.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Deusericus" is Latin for "silken god", a potential alternate reading of the kanji for "Shinra".
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: [[spoiler:As an Angeal Copy, he wishes to help Zack stop Genesis and save the world, and Zack speculates that with Angeal's cells, he's inheireted his heroism and sense of honor.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:While Zack is fighting Genesis in the caverns beneath Banora, Lazard sacrifices his life to protect Cloud from being captured by Shinra.]]
* PutOnABus: He goes missing sometime between Chapter 6 and Chapter 7, [[spoiler:presumably because Cissnei tells Zack in Chapter 7 that Shinra was beginning to suspect he was the one funding Hollander and Genesis. He reappears near the end of the game to aid Zack in the final chapter.]]
* [[spoiler:PowerGivesYouWings]]: [[spoiler:As an Angeal Copy he sprouts a pair of white wings.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's polite, friendly and sociable with his subordinates, and recognizes Zack's exceptional performance for a Second Class and decides to call on him more often for future assignments.
* SelfMadeMan: He came from a single mother in the slums and has worked his way through Shinra to become one of the most powerful men in the company.
* WalkingSpoiler: His ''true'' hand in the game's events.

!! Marlene Wallace

->''"Sadness was the price to see it end. It's been two years since they told me that."''

-->Voiced by: Miyu Tsuzurahara, Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Grace Rolek, Ariel Winter (English)

Barret's young daughter. Her biological father was his old friend Dyne, who supposedly died when their hometown Corel was massacred by Shinra.

-> Appears in: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII and ''Advent Children''

* AdorablyPrecociousChild
* AdultFear: A good dose of this when she is taken by the Silver Haired Men.
* CheerfulChild
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* DaddysGirl
* HappilyAdopted: By Barret. And in the compilation, Cloud and Tifa.
* KidHasAPoint: ''""How are you supposed to look after your family if you can't even look after yourself?"''
* PluckyGirl
* ProtectedByAChild: Marlene does this for Tifa by throwing a Materia at Loz's head.

!! Denzel

->''"He'll come back. He said that he would."''

-->Voiced by: Kyousuke Ikeda, Kazumu Izawa (Japanese), Benjamin Bryan, Aaron Refvem (English)

A young boy living with Cloud and Tifa.

-> Appears in: ''Advent Children''

* AdorablyPrecociousChild
* AdultFear: He and other children with Geostigma are kidnapped by the Silver Haired Men.
* HappilyAdopted: By Cloud and Tifa.
* HeartwarmingOrphan
* LittlestCancerPatient
* SimpleStaff
* StreetUrchin: Before he met Cloud.

!! The Weapons

-->Appears in: ''Final Fantasy VII'', ''Before Crisis'', ''Dirge of Cerberus'', ''Crisis Core''

Ancient bio-mechanical superweapons created by the planet 2000 years ago to fight Jenova, they were put to rest in the North Crater after she was sealed. The events of the series that throw the planet into crisis again cause them to awaken. Five Weapons appeared in the original game, the expanded ''Compilation'' added two more.

* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: The Weapons are massive, towering over skyscrapers.
* BeamSpam: Most of them attack with an assortment of rays and lasers. Emerald Weapon's four Eyes that accompany it only have one attack, Emerald Laser, so you'll be seeing a lot of it.
* BonusBoss: All of them except Diamond Weapon are optional encounters. Ultimate Weapon has to be fought once but survives, and can be fought and killed at the player's choosing.
* BoomHeadshot: Sapphire Weapon gets a point-blank blast from Junon's Mako Cannon, obliterating its head.
* BraggingRightsReward: The rewards for defeating Ruby and Emerald are rewards that can be traded for a set of unique Master Materia, and a Gold Chocobo. But if you're strong enough to beat them, you've defeated the game's most powerful enemies, so you don't need those items now.
* BreathWeapon: Sapphire Weapon's attack is a blast of energy from its mouth. Ruby Weapon and Ultimate Weapon also fire projectiles from their mouths.
* CastingAShadow: Ruby Weapon and Ultimate Weapon can cast Shadow Flare.
* ChestBlaster: Ultimate Weapon and Ruby Weapon fire attacks from orbs on their chests.
* ColorCodedCharacters: One is red, one is green, one is blue, one is white, and one is black and purple. The additional weapons added in later games are dark green, and silver.
* CombatTentacles: Ruby Weapon's arms.
* DuelBoss: Ruby Weapon kills off two party members to make the fight one-on-one.
* GetBackHereBoss: Ultimate Weapon fights a few rounds, then flies away to be chased down and fought again until you whittle it down to nothing.
* GodzillaThreshold: They are the Godzilla in the trope name -- when the planet is in dire danger or some threat appears that could cause mass destruction, the Weapons awaken to fight it off. Omega is the final one of these -- when the other Weapons are gone and the planet is in danger still, it awakens to gather the Lifestream and take it to another planet to escape the threat, leaving the old planet to wither and die.
* KnightTemplar: They exist to protect the planet from threats, but their only method for doing so is to destroy those threats.
* OrganicTechnology: They're 2000-year old bio-mechanical weapons spawned by TheLifestream that appear to have mechanical workings and weapons.
* PlayingWithFire: Ruby Weapon's Ruby Flame.
* PurpleIsTheNewBlack: Ultimate Weapon is referred to as the black Weapon, but is mostly purple with some black coloring.
* ShockAndAwe: Aside from Ultima Beam, Ultimate Weapon attacks by shooting orbs of lightning at party members.
* ShoulderCannon: Emerald Weapon is armed with four, while Diamond Weapon has a series of flare launchers in its shoulders.
* ThemeNaming:
** The Weapons are Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, and Ultimate. Jade continues the trend, but not Omega, but then Omega is a special member of the group.
** Also carries into their attacks, which are named after them. Diamond Weapon for example uses Diamond Fire and Diamond Flash.
* TheUnfought: Sapphire Weapon is destroyed by Shinra before the party ever gets to fight it.


The goddess of the planet and the embodiment of the Lifestream's will. She's the goddess spoken of in LOVELESS and can be fought in ''Crisis Core's'' final mission as the game's BonusBoss.

* ActionGirl: Easily the most powerful enemy in ''Crisis Core''.
* BadassCape: Wears a pair of large white cloaks that hang from her armor.
* BigGood: Guardian of the Lifestream, goddess of LOVELESS, and protector of the planet.
* BonusBoss: The game's strongest enemy, fought at the end of a long chain of difficult Missions.
* BladeOnAStick[=/=]MagicStaff: A bit of both.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Zack will probably do this literally, since Costly Punch is what you're likely going to be spamming against her.
* EvilCounterpart: Inverted, as a goddess who embodies the will of the Lifestream, she's a Good Counterpart to Jenova and Sephiroth, false gods who try to corrupt the Lifestream.
* FireIceLightning: Crimson Flare, Krysta and Thor's Hammer.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: Wears gold and white armor and has blond hair.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: As part of her appearance of a noble goddess and the good embodiment of the Lifestream.
* HotGoddess: She is very lovely to look at and happens to be a deity.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MorphWeapon: Her shield, spear/staff, and armor and cape, come apart and combine to form a giant bow and arrow for Judgement Arrow.
* NoCureForEvil: Unfortunately she isn't evil, hence Blessing Light.
* {{Valkyrie|s}}: Her armor and general appearance have this vibe.