Characters: Final Fantasy II

This is a trope sheet for the cast of Final Fantasy II.

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The Main Party

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Origins opening FMV, Dissidia), Johnny Yong Bosch (Dissidia)

The hero of the game. Firion is a youth from Fynn, who flees it as the Empire lays siege to and occupies it. Together with his adopted family Maria and Guy, they manage to make it to Altair, the base of the Wild Rose Rebellion, headed by the princess of Fynn. They convince her to allow them to join, and together they work to defeat the Empire, take back Fynn, and save the world. Firion appears along with the Emperor in the Dissidia: Final Fantasy series and appears as a player character in the Spin-Off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Origins opening FMV)

Firion's adopted sister, who fled Fynn with him when the Empire took it. She too joined up with the Wild Rose Rebellion, despite her angst and worry over what has happened to her older brother Leon, as last they knew he was with them, and then he disappeared.

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Origins opening FMV)

Firion's best friend and, according to various Japan-only materials, also an adopted brother. Guy was abandoned in the wild as a baby, only being raised by humans from age ten onwards, and as a result is very... well, slow, and quiet. Nonetheless, he has a close bond with Firion, Maria, and Leon, and joins them in their quest to save the world from oppression.


Maria's older brother (this time, not adopted), who fled Fynn with them when it fell, but vanished along the way. When he turned up again, he was working for The Empire, but all may not be as it seems...

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Maria.
  • An Axe to Grind: Wields an axe and sword when he rejoins the party.
  • The Atoner: After the game, Leon leaves his family behind to go try and find a way to redeem himself for all the evil acts he did in the Empire's service as a Dark Knight.
  • Black Knight: First Dark Knight in the series.
  • Blade on a Stick: On of his initial equips is a spear, as is his Infinity Plus One Weapon.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to his adopted family, at first... though interestingly while Firion and Guy would also qualify as Abels, Maria is the best Abel candidate.
  • Darth Vader Clone
  • The Dragon: To the Emperor, at first.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Subverted. After the Emperor is killed in the Cyclone, Leon crowns himself Emperor, and it falls to the party to confront him and take him out, so clearly, he's the real villain, right? And this was all an elaborate scheme to grab the throne? Maybe so, but sadly, the Emperor's not put paid for yet, and trumps Leon quite soundly.
  • Dual Wielding: Yes, everyone can dual wield anything in this game, but Leon gets special mention because he dual-wields a sword and an axe upon joining the party.
  • Dub Name Change: His Japanese name is レオンハルト, Reonharuto (Leonhart), but he has always been called Leon in English releases due to character limits.
  • Easily Forgiven: Firion and Maria are willing to welcome him back, no conditions and no questions asked. However, he can't forgive himself nearly as easily.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In the beginning of the game, he joins up with the Empire offscreen after the siege of Fynn.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Near the end of the game, after the Emperor shows that he will not go down nearly as easily as they'd hoped.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Played straight. Leon, the mysterious Dark Knight, wears one during his stint as a Heel, but ditches it upon joining the party.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: While his Infinity+1 Sword is, in fact, a spear, the other weapon he dual-wields when joining the party is a sword, and he is usually depicted as wielding one in artwork and FMVs.
    • In the Dawn of Souls version, giving him the Blood Sword in the final battle allows him to do almost 4x the damage that Firion can dish out.
  • Magikarp Power: He may start out slightly behind your party in HP, depending on your level grinding, and has only 5 MP and no spells. But he innately has Stamina and Magic in the 30s, and since those two stats determine HP and MP gain, those two stats will quickly shoot up to considerable levels, especially in the 20th Anniversary release where his exclusive Longinus piles another 50 Stamina onto him.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Though everyone can train to be the same, he's naturally proficient to some degree with all weapon types when he joins, as well as shields. Axes and swords are his highest followed by spears, but he can just as easily grab a bow or a staff and shield.
  • A Sinister Clue/The Southpaw: One of many lefties in this game.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Leon is not his original name (see Dub Name Change above), but the lack of an "official" transliteration has led to people calling him Leonhart, Leonhardt, Lionheart, etc.
  • The Unfought: A boss fight with him is foreshadowed, but never happens, being interrupted by the Emperor's resurrection and Leon deciding it'd be a good idea to join up with the people against the Emperor now.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: It serves as a clue to his betrayal.

Other Playable Characters


A former soldier of the Palamecian Empire (according to the manual). He lives in the icy mountain town of Salamand, and aids the party after they save the men of his town from being forced into slavery. Sadly, though, he dies after heroically saving the rest of the party from a Death Trap.


A prince of the fallen kingdom of Kashuan. Gordon is anxious and has no self-confidence at first, constantly comparing himself to his deceased brother and coming up short. Later, though, he finds strength within himself and grows into a respected leader of the Wild Rose Rebellion.


A pirate captain. She's hired by the party to transport them to an island nation, but she betrays them—however, after the party kicks her and her crew's ass, they wisely change sides and join with the Wild Rose Rebellion.

  • Action Girl: Comes with the whole "pirate captain" territory; also she's initially geared as a fighter when she joins your party.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Firion's bacon from the Lamia Queen.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After she gets beaten, she happily joins up with the party and is quite friendly.
  • Dressed to Plunder: In accordance with standard pirate dress codes.


White Wizard of Mysidia, and apparent advisor to the Fynn royal court. He is the one who saves Firion and his party, and later fights alongside them in their quest to stop the Empire. He is tragically killed by the magic necessary to undo the seal on Ultima. He appears as a playable sub-character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.


The last dragoon of Deist. Ricard finds the party when they are swallowed by Leviathan, and together they break free and he joins their quest to stop the Empire. Dies nobly while covering the party's escape from the newly revived and powered-up Emperor.

  • Badass: Started the trend of Final Fantasy dragoons/lancers being very, very Badass.
  • Blade on a Stick: In the original version his Weapon of Choice was actually a sword but every remake gives him a lance more in line with the series Dragoon class.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He does not appear in the continuity of the novel.
  • Cool Helmet: His helmet is shaped like a dragon's head, and is all kinds of awesome.
  • Crutch Character: In Soul of Rebirth, he's practically guaranteed to be the strongest party member in terms of stats and available equipment.
  • Dragon Rider: Dragoons wouldn't start Jumping until the next game; here, they are knights who ride wyverns into battle.
  • Dub Name Change: Has been renamed Edward and Gareth in several English translations.
    • Spell My Name with an "S": His name in Japanese, リチャード, Richaado, is quite clearly meant to be Richard, but character limits mean that in English, he's usually Ricard.
  • Guest Star Party Member
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Subverted, he always wears his helmet and is no less heroic for it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Killed by the Emperor when he raises Pandaemonium, he dies so that the rest of the party can flee.
  • Last of His Kind: Sort of, he's the only surviving dragoon warrior of Deist, and apparently one of few people left alive in the place.
  • No Last Name Given: Averted, he's one of the few characters in this game to have a last name—Highwind, which would become a recurring surname in the series.
  • The Promise: Promises to return to Elina (his best friend's widow) and her son Kain when the war ends so that they can be a family. Unfortunately, he doesn't manage to keep it.
  • The Southpaw: Yet another lefty.
  • 24-Hour Armor: This trope gets even more ridiculous when it's shown that Ricard sleeps at an inn still in his armor.
  • You Shall Not Pass


A prince of Kashuan, and Gordon's older brother. He dies of injuries sustained during the failed defense of Fynn, very early in the game... but in the Bonus Level of Heaven, he is a playable character, and is the key to investigating the mystery behind why the afterlife is suddenly such a hostile place.

Non-Playable Characters


Princess of Fynn and leader of the Wild Rose Rebellion. Hilda is the brains behind the operation, and sends the party on most of their missions, eventually retaking her throne in Fynn. After her father the king dies halfway through the game, she is upgraded to "Queen."


Josef's young daughter, who adores her father and thoroughly supports him.

  • Break the Cutie: She has a minor breakdown after being informed of her father's sacrifice.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Daddy's Girl: Josef would do anything for her, and she in return thinks he is the greatest.
  • Plucky Girl: After she is orphaned she gets a job and is determined to make Josef proud.


A thief from Fynn who is friends with Firion and the gang. Claims to be the greatest in the world.

  • Greater Need Than Mine: He gives Firion the Blood Sword along with all his treasure so they can defeat the Emperor.
  • I Work Alone: Subverted, as he's perfectly capable on his own and has no qualms about hanging out with the party from time to time.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's really very nice, and loyal to his village and friends.
  • Ninja: Resembled one in his original sprite, but later looked more like a traditional thief.
  • Sticky Fingers: At the end of the game, he even tells his friends they had better watch their pockets.


A nobleman who betrays Fynn to the Empire and defects to save his own skin. He turns up in the Snow Cavern as an easily-winnable boss fight, and dies of his sustained wounds. However, its not before he gets the last laugh by bringing down a boulder trap that ends up killing Josef.

    The Emperor 

“You should consider what I am about to do a great honor... I shall kill you personally!”

The villain of the story. The Emperor of Palamecia is so dedicated to taking over the world, he even sold his soul to gain control of the Legions of Hell to aid in the effort. He's also one of the least sympathetic and most evil Final Fantasy villains to date. How evil? When he dies, as the remakes reveal, part of his soul is (somehow) good enough to get into heaven... and then proceeds to conquer that too. In the novelization, apparently the Emperor was able to actually kill Satan despite his powers coming directly from a deal with him. He has appeared in the Dissidia: Final Fantasy series alongside Firion and returns as a boss character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

  • Badass Boast: "You have braved the bowels of Hell to reach me. But the hand of man, which deals in false justice and forsaken love, can never hope to defeat the lord master of Hell!"
  • Big Bad: Duh.
  • Bishounen: The first in a long line of ever-so-lovely Final Fantasy villains.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Oh so much.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Jareth from Labyrinth, released two years prior.
  • Classic Villain: He starts out as one, siccing the Legions of Hell on the innocent people of the world, and then proceeds to top himself in bastardliness by taking Hell for himself as the game progresses. Even Crisis Crossover Dissidia ups his ill reputation as a manipulative chessmaster willing to play ally and foe alike for his own ends, including killing off both Cosmos and even his OWN boss, Chaos, and take the world for himself.
  • Colony Drop: His signature attack, Starfall.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Deal with the Devil: The novelization heavily implies that his powers came from a pact with Satan. Also subverted in that unlike most characters in this trope, Satan pretty much didn't expect how much of a monster Mateus would become.
    • Also inverted in the interquel "Dawn of Souls", where the Emperor's light half (who's also just as bad) attempts to beg those of the party who ended up dead in the main game to forgive him for the actions that his dark half committed, and in exchange will give them eternal life. Of course, they don't buy it.
    • According to other sources Satan is the Emperor's Dark Half in the novelization.
  • '80s Hair: It's almost awe-inspiring.
  • The Emperor: Hint: It's why he's called one.
  • Hair Decorations: Staggering amounts of doo-dads in his hair.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He has a name — Mateus — but it is only ever mentioned in the novelization, otherwise in all his other appearances he's simply "The Emperor."
  • Evil Overlord: Almost a perfect archetypal example.
  • Evil Overlooker: In the official Amano artwork.
  • Femme Fatalons: In all depictions of him.
  • Flat Character: Defied in the revised continuity — though not by much.
  • Follow the Leader: Pun aside, some of his actions were later repeated by later Final Fantasy villains. For starters, his action of poisoning the water supply of the Dragoon fortress was later redone with Kefka, the latter of whom managed to take it to an even new low by poisoning a civilian kingdom (Doma), and most of Mateus' personality and traits (even his coming back from the dead) were reused with Seymour Guado. In addition his using a flying fortress capable of generating a cyclone and then being killed in it (not to mention having the title Emperor) is later repeated with Vayne in Final Fantasy XII and his use of the Sky Fortress Bahamut in the final battle before being killed, although unlike Mateus, Vayne doesn't come back from the dead.
  • Freudian Excuse: Surprisingly enough, the official (Japanese-only) novelization attempted to give him one. Apparently, his unsatiable greed is caused by an even worse demon sealed in a stone taking him over to wreak vengeance against humanity. It's also hinted that every single Emperor before Mateus were this demon's human proxies. He also exiled his mother under the influence of this demon, and she was trying to get him back to the good side. In a way, he seems very tragic in that respect. Though its unclear if the novel is part of the game continuity as the game series (although it should be noted that the novel was written by the same guy who wrote the story of the first three games).
  • God Emperor: By the end of the game, he pretty much is one.
  • Greed: His most defining trait.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Not so much in the game, but definitely present in the novels with Hilda.
  • Large Ham: His death scream.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Why do you think he's surrounded by all those mooks? To let him do the fighting? I don't think so.
  • Light Is Not Good: His Light half is every bit as evil as his Dark half. Although he tries to hide it at first.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: A Type 4 — he took it over and came back to Earth to finish what he started.
    • According to some sources on the Japanese-exclusive novelization, Mateus made a pact with Satan to summon demonic minions to help him conquer the world, and when Mateus dies and Satan tries to collect his soul, he defeats him to become the new ruler of Hell. Really drives home the Badass part of this trope. Of course other sources claim the novel version of Mateus never kills Satan and it is Satan who's the Emperor of Hell.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Yep.
  • The Man Behind The Monsters
  • Mega Twintails: To the extent that he can hang ornaments on them (if Anthology's FMV can be considered canon).
  • No Name Given: The novel gives him the name full name Emperor Mateus Palmecia but this is only referenced but never directly stated in the games.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: The entire game is pretty much the Emperor upping the ante against you without relent, creating more powerful weapons and enacting more ambitious plans every time you foil the last. It's not until the party kills him that things finally begin to go their way, and even then he just came back to life as the Emperor of Hell, stronger than ever.
  • One-Winged Angel: Turns into the Hell Emperor for the final battle.
    • However in the novel, it's just Satan taking his form.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Arguably his plan all along.
  • Nice Shoes: Nice stiletto heels.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Granted, it was not enough to actually make him destroy the world, but he does mention in both his Dark Emperor form and Light Emperor form his belief that humanity is good only at executing flawed justice, forsaken love, and having inherently violent tendencies.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Probably helped by his status as a Flat Character rather than hurt by it. The entire game is essentially Mateus upping the ante after the party's every move, almost always without warning, and almost always with civilian or party casualties.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Taking into consideration his hair styling and wardrobe changes, it's a wonder he even has time for world domination.
  • Purple Eyes: A special and magical character has special and magical eyes.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Calf-length flowing glossy hair.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: See picture. Holy crap.
  • Shock and Awe: He favors offensive Thunder spells.
  • Shout-Out: Let's just say that he bears an uncanny resemblance to Labyrinth's Jareth. His appearance in the Anime Music Video for the PSX version of Final Fantasy II also invokes the appearance of Maleficent.
  • Showgirl Skirt: A translucent pink one, to boot.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Another perfect archetype.
  • Take Over the World: It's what he does.
  • Tin Tyrant: In heels, no less.
  • Tragic Monster: At least in the novel.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot
  • White Hair, Black Heart: In some Amano art of the character. Usually he's platinum blond.


A new character added in the 20th Anniversary Edition. He is the immortal guardian of the ultimate magic and an extremely powerful mage.