Characters: Final Fantasy I

This is the Character sheet for Final Fantasy I.

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    The Warriors of Light 

Warrior/Fighter/Knight

The main melee fighter of the group. He can wield many heavy weapons such as swords and axes, and can wear the heaviest of armors. This affects his speed, as it greatly reduces his ability to dodge attacks. When promoted, he becomes a Knight, capable of casting some White Magic up to level 3. The Warrior appears representing the original Final Fantasy in the Dissidia: Final Fantasy series and appears in the Spin-Off titles Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Brigade. In the official novelization of the game he leads the party and is named Zest.

  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: In the original NES and GBA the player could chose. "Warriors of Light" is only ever used in universe as a title for all four heroes. He (along with the other three) was given a Canon Name in a later novel based on the game. In Dissidia he is given a name, but it is never revealed to the player.
  • Flat Character: His personality and backstory are not explored. This was rectified in revised adaptions.
  • The Hero: Even more so than the other three, due to being retconned into the game's lone protagonist in later adaptions of the game.
  • Knight in Shining Armor
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Red-Headed Hero: Pretty damn close to the canon-in-a-literature-sense example of one in a JRPG, alongside Adol Christin, for a whole generation of game players; his NES sprite is immediately recognizable and iconic. Dissidia even gives the WoL an optional outfit that references the sprite directly called "Classic Red".
  • The Paladin: The Warrior's upgraded form, the Knight, was the prototype for the Paladin class used in later games.
  • Shonen Hair
  • White Magic

Thief/Ninja

The secondary melee fighter of the group. He can use most of the same weapons that the Warrior can, but doesn't have as much variety in armor. He is, however, faster than the Knight, and has a better chance at running away from battle than other classes. Upon promotion, he can become a Ninja, and can cast some Black Magic up to level 4. In the official novelization of the game he is a cynic named Sauber.

Black Belt/Monk/Master

Yet another powerful melee damage dealer, the Monk is a peculiar character in that he deals much more damage unarmed than he would with weapons. Even then, he can only wield nunchaku and a few staves. He is also the only class who is never able to learn magic. His damage-dealing capabilities are increased even further when he receives his promotion to Master.

  • Always Male: The open shirt stops that debate.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk
  • Fighting with Chucks: Actually a terrible idea due to how their fists scale.
  • Flat Character
  • Kung Fu Fighting
  • Lightning Bruiser: The extremely broken way his fist strength levels up means that he easily deals damage in the thousands while the rest of the party is wallowing in mere hundreds. Add to that his impressive speed, and he is far and away the best attacker possible.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: The only class that never learns magic.
  • Magikarp Power: In the NES version.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Every single other class gets access to magic, either straightaway or after class change. The Monk is locked into using his fists. Though you're welcome to put some magic-casting items in his inventory, it's not the most effective use of his talents.

Red Mage/Red Wizard

The quintessential "jack-of-all-trades, but master of none." The Red Mage (Red Wizard after promotion) can use select spells from both the White and Black Magic schools, but never the most powerful of either. His/Her choice of weaponry is knives and swords

White Mage/White Wizard

The peaceful healer of the group. The White Mage is weak physically, but is capable of using every spell from the White Magic library, from healing spells to status buffs to the undead-killing HARM/Dia spells. When promoted, the White Mage becomes a White Wizard, letting down the hood of her robe and revealing a full head of hair. In the official novelization of the game she is a motherly youth named Floe.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Her gender, at least in the original game, is unconfirmed.
    • Gender Reveal: She lets down her hair after the class change, although even then her gender is technically debatable.
  • Combat Medic: Of two sorts. First, White Mage can equip several kinds of hammers, including one which shoots lightning bolts for free, giving her surprising combat power. Secondly, while HARM/Dia only affects undead, it's the most damaging spell line in the game and the game loves to throw undead packs at you. It's very possible to have a White Mage carry the team through several of the dungeons.
  • Drop the Hammer: The most powerful weapon she can equip save the Masamune.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: If you choose to make your White Mage male.
  • Flat Character
  • Healing Hands
  • Heroes Want Redheads: After a fashion; much like the Warrior, her(?) red hair (glimpsed under her hood, and seen clearly after class change, has become a trademark and part of the zeitgeist, despite the remakes shifting her much more toward the blonde end of the spectrum. In works like 8-Bit Theater, her hair is clearly and obviously still red.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The HARM/Dia line of spells only works on undead, but deals heavy damage to them. Very late in the game, she can learn the Holy spell that damages everything.
  • The Smurfette Principle: If there's only one female White Mage. Or only one female character period. Maybe.
  • Squishy Wizard
  • White Mage: Like the Red Mage, the Trope Namer comes from here.
  • White Magic

Black Mage/Black Wizard

The primary magic damage-dealer of the group. With the lowest HP of any character, Black Mages are often kept in the back of the line as they rain down fire, ice, and lightning on their foes. They are easily spotted by their cone-shaped hats and cloaks that obscure their face (save a pair of glowing eyes). In the NES version, the promoted Black Wizard removes his hat, but all versions after the Wonderswan Color port simply change the outfit, but keep the face-concealing hat on. In the official novelization of the game he is a quiet man named Daewoo.

    Main Antagonists 

Garland

“I, Garland, will knock you all down!!”

A fallen knight of Cornelia, Garland has kidnapped Princess Sarah and is the first boss battle of the game. Outside of the first quest, he holds little relevance to the game's overall story. Well, until you reach the final dungeon, that is...

For more information on the character post-reveal, see Chaos's entry.

Chaos/Garland

“But I will be reborn once more. So even as you die, again and again, I shall return. Born again in this endless cycle I have created!”

The main antagonist of the game, Chaos is the driving force behind the four elemental Fiends. Chaos is not present for the majority of the game, only appearing in the final dungeon. He reveals his identity before the Final Boss Battle. He turns out to be Garland, a former knight of Cornelia. At the beginning of the game, Garland has kidnapped Princess Sarah, and her rescue is the first quest of the game. Initially, Garland is presented only as the first boss, and is forgotten as soon as he's killed. However, once you return to the Chaos Shrine and travel back in time 2000 years, he is revealed to have been Chaos all along. After he was killed by the Warriors, he was sent back in time by the power of the Four Fiends. In the past, the Four Fiends are created as manifestations of Garland's hatred, and he becomes Chaos. This creates a Stable Time Loop: every time he is defeated in the future, he is sent back to the past. However, he is ultimately destroyed once and for all by the Warriors, ending the loop forever.

Both Garland and Chaos appear in the Dissidia: Final Fantasy series as separate entities and Chaos later appears again in the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Spin-Off as a boss character.

Lich

The Fiend of Earth, who resides in the Cavern of Earth. His siphoning of the Earth Crystal's power has caused the land around Melmond to rot and become lifeless.

  • Back from the Dead: His form is skeletal, and he clearly appears to be an Undead being of some sort, making this implication. This also happens within the story: Even after his defeat, you will fight him once more in the final dungeon.
  • Undead
  • Dishing Out Dirt
  • Elemental Embodiment: Of the Earth element.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The rereleases for the GBA, PSP and iOS confirm that the Lich was behind the Vampire who made the land of Melmond rot. In the bonus dungeon, Whisperwind Cove, one of the floors involve putting the souls of your past enemies to rest, the final one being the Vampire. Once he's defeated, his final words are:
    Vampire: Forgive me, Lich.
  • Wham Episode: His sudden reappearance in the past version of the Chaos Shrine. Followed shortly by another with the realization that the other three are there, too.

Marilith/Kary

The Fiend of Fire, who has made her home in the volcano called Mt. Gulg. She was the last of the Fiends to awaken, originally due to arise 200 years after the Lich.

Kraken

The Fiend of Water, who lives deep under the ocean in the Sunken Shrine.

Tiamat

The Fiend of Air, residing high above the earth in the Flying Fortress. She was the first of the Fiends to awaken, and is the most powerful of the lot. Tiamat is responsible for forcing the sky-dwelling Lufenians to Earth when she took over their fortress.

    Other Characters 

Princess Sarah

The beautiful eldest Princess of the Kingdom of Cornelia, Garland takes her captive when he goes rogue as a ransom to the kingdom. She appears as a playable character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

Bahamut

The Dragon King living under the Cardia Islands.

Bikke

The captain of a band of pirates. Bikke plays a minor yet crucial role in the game by handing over ownership of his vessel to the Warriors of Light after they defeat his crew in a fight.

Matoya

A witch who lives in a cave. She cannot see without the use of her special Crystal Eye.

Prince of Elfland/Elfheim

An Elf Prince who resides in a castle at Elfland/Elfheim and is put into a deep sleep by the evil Dark Elf Astos.

Astos

A minor antagonist, Astos is the Dark Elf who placed a sleeping spell upon the elf prince of Elfland/Elfheim in a bid to rule over all elves. Posing as the Lone King of the Western Keep, he tricks the Warriors into retrieving a crown for him, and reveals himself when they return. Defeating him warrants Matoya's stolen crystal eye.

  • Back for the Dead: In the Whisperwind Cove, a bonus dungeon in the Dawn of Souls remake, he returns as one of the restless souls, but is quickly vanquished once and for all by the Warriors of Light.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: A very generic bad guy, coy disguises and all.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Fake King: Hangs out in a ruined castle, where he requests that the Light Warriors retrieve his crown (presumably so he can Class Change).
  • Take Over the World: All in good time. He wants both elven kingdoms first.
  • The Reveal: He ends up being revealed as The King from the Western Keep.

Dr. Unne

A minor character that lives in Melmond, who is an expert linguist and who could translate Lefeinish/Lufenian... if only he had something to base his translation on.

  • Instant Expert: To the most extreme degree. Once given the Slab/Rosetta Stone, he instantly completely figures out how to speak a foreign language that nobody outside of said culture could understand. He then is somehow able to confer the exact same level of mastery to the Light Warriors in just as much time.
  • Insufferable Genius: He acts extremely arrogant - but considering how fast he can not only master a language, but teach others said language, he's really as good as he presents himself.

Lukahn the Sage

A minor character that first is mentioned as the one who predicted the arrival of the Light Warriors; he later waits for them at Crescent Lake.

  • The Chooser of The One: He's the one who predicts who they will be - four youths, carrying an orb/crystal.
  • The Prophecy: Inverted, actually - outside of predicting the coming of the Light Warriors before the game, he and the other sages don't sit there predicting the future - they use their oracular powers mostly to divine information from the past that nobody would otherwise know (such as where to find the Fiend of Fire or where one might get an airship).
  • Seers: He's the head of a circle of twelve, and he's specifically the one who predicted the Light Warriors would appear.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: He refers to a "cycle of wrath." What's the cause of this cycle? a Stable Time Loop; not some sort of back-and-forth between legacies of good and evil, but the exact same two parties clashing repeatedly due to Time Travel.

Cid of the Lufaine

A minor character who did not appear in the original Final Fantasy (he appears in the Dawn of Souls remake), he is an ancient Lufenian who created the airship used by the Warriors of Light.