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Characters: Final Fantasy IV
This is a trope sheet for the cast of Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.
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Debuting in the original game

    The Heroes 

Cecil Harvey

"Stay back. This is a fight for me and me alone."
Voiced by: Shizuma Hodoshima (Japanese), Yuri Lowenthal (English)

The main character of the game. Cecil is a Dark Knight of the Baron Empire, torn between his loyalty to his kingdom and feelings against having to commit atrocities against several nations. Eventually, he decides he's had enough and defects from Baron to try and stop them and later Golbez from gathering the Crystals. He and Golbez appear in the Dissidia series as representatives for Final Fantasy IV and is one of three representatives of his game in the Spin-Off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: To Ceodore.
  • Action Dad: In The After Years, he is one of these to Ceodore.
  • All Men Are Perverts: It's mostly a joke, but in The After Years, if you look at the description of the Lustful Lali-ho item (a pornographic magazine), it says that it's one of Cecil's favorites.
  • And I Must Scream: After he's freed from the Mysterious Girl's control, we learn that Cecil was aware of what was happening but could do nothing to stop himself.
  • The Atoner: Mainly for the atrocity he knowingly committed in Mysidia and unknowingly in Mist.
  • Badass: Enough to become the captain of the Red Wings before the story started.
  • Battle Couple: With Rosa.
  • BFS: Just like most Final Fantasy heroes. Hard to tell in the 2D releases, but in the DS release, some of his swords are thicker than his arms and longer than he is tall save for the head. Of course, this is probably due to the Chibi art style, because his official renders show him wielding swords of standard sizes.
  • Bishōnen: Currently fighting with Kuja for the title of bishiest. (No, really.)
  • Black Knight: His initial class.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By the Mysterious Girl in The After Years.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The Darkness ability.
  • Casting a Shadow: At first.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Rosa.
  • Cool Sword: Both his Dark swords and the Paladin swords.
  • Classically Trained Extra: His seiyuu is Shizuma Hodoshima, who's not a Name to Know in Anime... Bit of a different story, though, if you're looking to put on a Shakespeare production.
  • Defector from Decadence
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: But it only became obvious after one, technology developed to the point that we could clearly see what he looks like, and two, the series became popular enough for Yoshitaka Amano's artwork for it to be gathered up into artbooks (as usual, happening later for the anglophone world than Japan).
  • The Good Captain: Sort of. He does try to blame his men for questioning the king, but that was also when he still described himself as a coward. He gets better after his Character Development.
  • Good Costume Switch: Loses the helmet and goes from black armor to white.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Purple? White? Blond? Yes?
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's half-Lunarian.
  • Happily Married: To Rosa at the end.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Much earlier than most Punch Clock Villains, after performing the second evil act under orders from his king.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Played straight when he transitions from a dark helm as a Dark Knight to a nice headband as a Paladin.
  • The Hero: He grows into the role after abandoning Baron for its atrocities.
  • Heroic BSOD: Suffers from this for quite a long time once he's been freed of the Mysterious Girl in The After Years. Although you can use him during his BSOD, his stats are absolutely pathetic. It's not until he sees his dark side about to kill Ceodore that he snaps out of it and returns to being the ass-kicker we all know.
  • Human Mom, Non-human Dad: His mom was a human named Cecilia, his dad was a Lunarian named Kluya.
  • Honorary Uncle: Yang asks him to be Ursula's godfather during her birth.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: After the Paladin transformation, he's reset to level one, with the damage capability he had at the beginning of the game. (Fortunately, he gains levels extremely quickly.) His holy-element Mythgraven Blade/Sword of Legend helps him be effective while he's re-leveling on the way down Mt. Ordeals.
  • Ideal Hero: Well, he is a Paladin (eventually).
  • Just Following Orders: His reasons for taking the crystal from Mysidia. Much of the first act of the game is questioning this mindset and eventually abandoning it.
  • Kain and Abel: With both Kain and Golbez.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: As a Paladin, naturally (and hands down at that), but it's also implied that he was this as a Dark Knight before the king was replaced by Cagnazzo (which most people seem to forget).
  • Lawful Stupid: Averting this trope is actually a plot point for him, as he worries that he's becoming a tool of Baron without any morality in the beginning of the game. The decision to avert this is also what causes him to turn against his homeland.
  • Leitmotif: "The Red Wings."
  • Light is Good/Dark Is Not Evil: Before the king turned evil or, rather, before Cagnazzo began to impersonate him, it's very strongly implied that Dark Knight!Cecil was actually a just and noble warrior.
    • However, it still sometimes makes him a Hero with Bad Publicity; even at the start of the game, some of the people in Baron seemed freaked that the king is having his knights learn dark sword techniques and generally bothered by the fact that he's a Dark Knight.
  • Magic Knight: Ends up as one of these, primarily of the Combat Medic variety.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to attacking the Mysidians and inadvertently burning down Mist and killing Rydia's mother.
    • Has the very same reaction in The After Years when he remembers everything he's done under the Mysterious Girl's control, but especially when he realizes he's given Edward a Carnelian Signet (aka Bomb Ring), the very same thing that he inadvertently destroyed Mist with 17 years prior.
  • Official Couple: Cecil and Rosa, established as a couple from the start.
  • The Paladin: The climax of his Character Development is when he becomes one.
  • Papa Wolf: One of the factors that broke Cecil out of his Heroic BSOD is when his dark side attacked Ceodore.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He's never evil, but he does assault a sovereign nation without provocation and steal their national treasure because his king orders him to. He then becomes a delivery boy for an object that kills almost all of the summoners for similar reasons, at which point he quits his position.
  • Purple Prose: The DS version had him dabble in some of this during his angsty moment with Rosa. After that, he starts speaking much more normally, oddly enough.
  • Right Handed Mirror:
    • To Kain. Both are orphans raised by the King, both rose high in the Baronian ranks, both vow to fight against Baron. But right-handed Cecil stays the course and becomes a Paladin, while left-handed Kain ends up Brainwashed and Crazy and working for Golbez.
    • To Golbez. The two are brothers and it is only through luck that Cecil did not end up in Golbez's villainous role.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Golbez.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: His treatment of his obviously competent lady love, Rosa, often takes this to extremes. Despite she and everyone else pointing out that she is a) a high-level White Mage with top-flight archery skills and b) in love with Cecil and utterly unwilling to leave his side, Cecil, often brusquely, tells her to stay behind because he doesn't want to see her hurt. This reaches the point of absurdity towards the end when he orders not only her but Rydia (you know, the nuketastic spellcaster) to stay safe on Earth, but has no problem taking along Edge, who spends half his time in battle faceplanted. (Fortunately, neither of them listen.) His opening scenes in The After Years show that he still maintains this attitude toward her even after being married to her for 17 years.
  • Warrior Prince: Although he does not officially bear the title of Prince, he is King Baron's ward and heir.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Enforced in the first US localization, which removed the Darkness ability from Cecil's Dark Knight menu, meaning all he could do was swing his sword or use items.

Kain Highwind

"Cecil, Rosa. I cannot bring myself to face you both, not yet. I must test myself as you did, Cecil, at Mt. Ordeals. I will train until I've surpassed my father as a Dragoon. When that time comes, then I shall return to Baron."
Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (Japanese), Liam O Brien (English)

Cecil's long-time friend and ally, and commander of Baron's Dragoons. Involved in a Love Triangle with Cecil and Rosa. He appeared in the sequel to Dissidia as one of the main characters to the new plot and appears as a playable, unlockable sub-character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

  • All Love Is Unrequited
  • Ascended Glitch: A bug in the original Japanese release of FFIV causes Kain to repeat the last move another character makes when he equips a certain weapon in the final battle. Apparently, more than one person on the dev team thought this was awesome and in the next game, created a job class based on it: the Mime.
  • Awesome McCoolname: The second Highwind in the series.
  • The Atoner: Decides to atone for his sins at the end of the first game.
  • Badass: He's on par with Cecil in terms of toughness and damage output.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice, although not the only weapon he can wield.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Ceodore in the sequel.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The main reason for his Heel-Face Revolving Door trope. Over the course of the game's various remakes, his out-and-out brainwashing has been phased out in favour of More Than Mind Control; especially in the DS version.
  • Breakout Character: One of the most famous Ensemble Darkhorses of the series. He got to be a central character in The After Years due to his dark side being a major antagonist, and is one of the more plot-important characters in Dissidia 012. Even Tetsuya Nomura is a Kain fanboy and tried really hard to get him in the first Dissidia, looking at him for IV's representative villain at one point instead of Golbez.
  • Cain and Abel: Is the name not a clue? He even gets an Infinity+1 Lance called "Abel's Lance."
  • Dragon Rider: He is a Dragoon, although the only mention of his pet wyvern is in supplemental materials.
  • Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: While the other characters' Lunar Trials involves completing various tasks, Kain's is instead a murder mystery that requires little input from the player. The only way to fail here is to give the wrong answer to a choice given at the very end. Contrast the true challenge of the Trial: a Duel Boss with Lunar Bahamut, which can be devastating unless the player knows how to time Kain's Jump with Bahamut's countdown to Mega Flare.
  • Enemy Without: Kain?/Dark Kain in both IV Advance and The After Years.
  • Good Costume Switch: When he becomes a Holy Dragoon.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Kain hints back in the destruction of Mist about his jealousy of Cecil over Rosa, although Cecil is ignorant of it (and how strong it is) until it's used to put Kain under Golbez's control.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: It takes a while for him to get there. His shoulder-length blond hair comes into play when he becomes truly noble in his heart, turning into a Holy Dragoon.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: The most common perception of him, though in truth he only is brainwashed twice, and he notably fights off another attempt at brainwashing without even letting the struggle show on his face.
    • And actually, some versions of the game reduce the number from two to one, with Golbez intentionally allowing him to briefly rejoin Cecil to steal the last Dark Crystal.
  • In a Single Bound: Jump. That is all.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Departs on one at the end of the game, mirroring Leon.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He becomes a Holy Dragoon in the sequel.
  • The Lancer: This is both his class name and his role within the story.
  • Left-Handed Mirror: Has a similar backstory to Cecil but different outcomes in the short term. His role as the Lancer is a reflection of this.
  • Magic Knight: Upon becoming a Holy Dragoon in The After Years, although sprites Dummied Out from the original game suggest that Kain would have had this ability all along.
  • Leitmotif: "The Theme of Suspicion".
  • Lightning Bruiser: In The After Years, he is flat out the best party member in the game by pure stats — his HP, Strength, and Stamina are among the best in the game, but unlike a lot of other party members who can say the same, he has Speed rivaling the Eblan Four ninjas, and that's not getting into his White Magic which includes Haste, Blink, and Esuna. The only catch is you need to keep him at Level 15 as the Hooded Man so he can get the full value of his Holy Dragoon stat growth, but all you lose if you don't is lose out on some max HP, and he's still going to get the Strength and Speed regardless of level.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Never learns magic but makes up for it with high physical stats and powerful jump ability.
  • Manly Tears/Cry Cute: Teach him "Cry" in the DS version and try it out.
  • Mythology Gag: Starting with the Dawn of Souls remake for Final Fantasy II, the boy that Ricard Highwind (the series' first Dragoon and bearer of the surname Highwind) adopts is named Kain. This was brought full circle when remakes of IV had Kain mention that the name of his father (who died note ) was Ricard (although it's highly unlikely due to age; Kain tells the 17-year-old Ceodore that he was about his age when he heard news of his father's death; the Kain seen in II is merely a child).
  • Name of Cain
  • The Rival
  • The Southpaw/A Sinister Clue: Officially, Kain is left-handed.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He might be fixated on Rosa, but if he ever did decide to move on, he wouldn't have much trouble finding someone.

Rosa Farrell

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Karen Strassman (credited as Kristy Pape; English)

Cecil's girlfriend and a White Mage of Baron, who has vowed to stay by his side even if he doubts his own motives.

  • Action Girl: It takes a while, but after growing out of the Damsel in Distress role, she officially becomes this.
  • All There in the Manual: Her middle name is Joanna (taken from her mother's first name).
  • The Chick: The party's moral center. The Hero's love interest. The Lancer's unrequited crush. The healer. Rosa defines this trope.
  • Battle Couple: With Cecil, though the "battle" part comes a wee bit later.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Cecil.
  • Damsel in Distress: The first time she comes down with Desert Fever, requiring Cecil to go searching for some rare medicine. The second time, Golbez invokes it by abducting her and holding her hostage.
  • Generation Xerox: She wished to become a White Mage and fight alongside her lover, much like her mother did. The only difference is that Mrs. Farrell's husband was a Dragoon, and Cecil's a Paladin...
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She is sweet, kind, and loves Cecil deeply.
  • Happily Married: At the end of the game.
  • The Heart: She bolsters Cecil when he doubts himself, helps Rydia overcome her fears, and cares a great deal for the rest of the party as well.
  • The High Queen: When Cecil is determined to be the only person in the kingdom eligible to take the throne, Rosa becomes his elegant queen.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Holy.
  • Informed Attractiveness: While by no means ugly, her reputation as a world famous beauty seems a bit of a stretch when the other female party members are also quite beautiful. YMMV of course on if they're more attractive than Rosa or not.
    • And to be fair, it's largely the Baronians who praise her beauty to the skies, and since she's the only female playable character from Baron, she could very well be the most beautiful woman in the kingdom.
  • The Ingenue: She's pure of spirit, although she's not naive or stupid.
  • Leitmotif: "The Theme of Love." Doubles as a Breakaway Pop Hit, at least in Japan (where it is taught to music students).
  • Lady of War: It takes a while for her to grow into this trope, though.
  • Leotard of Power: Although the DS remake makes it resemble Underwear of Power, since it's an entirely different color from the top.
  • The Medic: Rosa is known in story as a master of Healing Hands.
  • Official Couple: Cecil and Rosa.
  • Pimped Out Cape: In the remake, her cape has a lace cape over it.
  • Pregnant Badass: In the original release of The After Years, Ceodore is 16. The After Years takes place 17 years after the original game, implying she was possibly already pregnant during the end-game. The Complete Collection re-release de-aged Ceodore to 15, but included the Interlude chapter where she's playable for part of the chapter and later explicitly states she's pregnant.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A pure and loving healer/queen who dresses very well and kicks ass.
  • Stripperiffic: Though nowhere near as much as Rydia.
  • Spikes of... Heroism: Well, now we know who the Warrior of Light takes fashion advice from.
  • Took a Level in Badass: For the first chunk of the game, she's very much the Damsel in Distress. After getting rescued, however, she eventually grows into her own as a full-blooded Lady of War.
  • White Mage: Inspired by her mother, who also fell in love with her husband while healing on the battlefield.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Widely known as the most beautiful woman in the kingdom in-game, and in the sequel at age 36, and with a son named Ceodore, she's just as attractive as she was in the original. Though see Informed Attractiveness above.

Rydia

Voiced by: Noriko Shitaya (Japanese), Daniella Macey (English)

A young girl from the Mist Village, home to many a summoner. She appears in the Dissidia Spin-Off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy as an unlockable, playable sub-character.

  • Action Girl: And one of the first ones in a Final Fantasy game, no less.
  • Badass Adorable: If you level her sufficiently, she can one-hit desert creatures with her little Ice Rod.
  • Big Damn Heroes: One of her iconic scenes is showing up as an adult (supposedly killed by a sea serpent a few weeks earlier at age 6), after everyone is about to die, and kicking Golbez's ass. This was a guy who took a Meteor spell to the face and walked it off.
  • The Big Guy: A surprisingly non-shoehorned example. Rydia has the highest damage potential of any party member, with Bahamut easily hitting the 9999 damage cap.
    • Fits this in the team dynamic somewhat, as her adult version tends to be mature and centered as opposed to Cecil's brooding Hero, Rosa's Heart/Chick, Kain's stoic Lancer, and Edge's Smart Guy.
  • Black Magician Girl: As a child, since she only has access to the Chocobo summon (and possibly Goblin if you find the item).
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Doesn't anyone else think she was supposed to be Lydia?
  • Breakout Character: After Kain, a prominent Ensemble Dark Horse, her Eidolons and her quest to save them are a major plot point in The After Years, not to mention the initial Big Bad is her Evil Counterpart. Along with Kain, she also gets to be in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy as a bonus character.
  • Child Mage: It's stated that children tend to be better summoners because they are pure of heart.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Debatable: In Nomura's artwork she has green eyes, but in the other appearances she has blue eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She shows signs of this as an adult in the original SNES translation, although that could be chalked up to the localization team's efforts to voice her "inner child" due to the Plot-Relevant Age-Up. Subsequent rereleases tend to focus on the "childlike innocence" angle in her dialogue.
  • Depending on the Artist: See Curtains Match the Window.
  • Detached Sleeves: Real big ones when she grows up.
  • Easily Forgiven: Forgiveness from Rydia was surprisingly fast.
    • Justified Trope: Rydia didn't forgive Cecil too quickly, but she was rational enough to realise that he felt remorseful for what he'd done after he saved her life after she attacked him and even continued to protect her from his own allies from Baron. The Plot-Relevant Age-Up also helped a lot — Cecil was surprised she still wanted to fight alongside him now that she could protect herself, but she pointed out there were more important things to consider than their own discomfort (and given she spent at least a decade there, it would've given her time to truly forgive). As for forgiving Kain, though... well, maybe Leviathan explained things to her so her anger wouldn't fester?
  • Glass Cannon: Her summons will blast your enemies into oblivion, but Rydia by far has the lowest health of any of the group. If not sufficiently leveled by the time you've reached Zeromus, it's likely he'll have her face down on the floor half the time.
    • Squishy Wizard: She's really squishy as a child (for obvious reasons), coming in with just a fraction of the HP that Cecil has. She retains the lowest HP as an adult, too.
  • Happily Adopted: Growing up in the Feymarch, she seems to regard the Eidolon king and queen as her new parents. The feeling's mutual.
  • The Heart: She takes the deaths (and "deaths") of teammates the hardest, despite not knowing them for nearly as long as the rest of the party did. Her breaking down in sobs over their loss is what motivates Edge to swallow his pride and accept your help.
  • I Choose to Stay: The ending for the original game implies Rydia chose to stay in the Feymarch and live with Asura and Leviathan. The After Years turns this one-sided — Asura and Leviathan send her back to live in Mist because she's still a human, and despite growing up in the Feymarch, they thought it would be better for her to be with her own species.
  • Lady of Black Magic: As an adult, she's one of the most iconic examples.
  • Last of Her Kind: Thanks to Cecil and Kain.
    • Though going back to Mist and talking to the survivors shows that Rydia is just the last woman.
  • Leitmotif: "Rydia's Theme."
  • Leotard of Power: Both as a child and an adult. She wears a skirt or sash over it.
  • Little Miss Badass: When she first joins the party as a child.
  • Magikarp Power: Downplayed but present. When she joins the party she's Level 1 with no spells, only enough MP to summon Chocobo once, and only 30 HP so she's easily killed. Once she starts gaining levels, she'll learn Blizzard, Thunder, Cure, and her pitiful stats will start growing. By the time you get to Damcyan, she's probably at least on-par with Cecil for competence.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the earliest examples in the series. Given the only female characters to predate her were Princess Sarah, Maria, Leila, Princess Hilda, Princess Sara, and Aria, Rydia could almost be the Ur Example if not for Maria.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother is inadvertenly killed due to Cecil and Kain's actions and her father is never mentioned.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Hand Waved by a time flow difference between the regular world and the Feymarch. While only a week or so passed for everyone else, a decade passed for her. This is a conceptually popular target for fan-fiction, as the game glosses over it (due to space limitations on the original cart), but seriously, a decade. One has to imagine a lot happened for her!
  • Randomly Drops: She has four summons that are randomly dropped at a very low probability (1/256) by certain random encounters, so rare that most players will never see them. Goblin is a Joke Character and Mindflayer is only so-so, but either Bomb or Cockatrice can be a Disk One Nuke if you get them early enough.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Returns to the party about a decade older than when she left.
  • Stripperiffic: As an adult. It's probably because she was raised by summons, who aren't known for their modesty (when they're humanoid at all).
    • Even moreso in The After Years, just this side of Fran for being as revealing as possible while still wearing enough to be called "clothing." The outfit gets bowdlerised in the English version and more closely resembles actual cloth. The fun point is, instead of complaining, the fans actually appreciate it.
  • Summon Magic
  • Token Mini-Moe: Prior to her Plot-Relevant Age-Up.
  • Whip It Good: Her default equip as an adult.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Fire?: Rydia is unable to cast Fire, and is afraid to cast it at first because Cecil and Kain unknowingly destroyed her hometown with Bombs (the monster, not the explosive device).
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: All of her optional summons are acquired by defeating the monster in battle first, as their code of honor states not to answer the summons of a Summoner who hasn't proven him/herself worthy of controlling them.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Very tall boots with the leotard.

Edward "Edge" Geraldine

Voiced by: Hiroya Ishimaru (Japanese), Taliesin Jaffe (English)

Ninja prince of Eblan.

Tellah

Voiced by: Goro Naya (Japanese), Lee Everest (English)

A wise old sage who has mastered both the arts of White and Black Magic. He meets Cecil at the Underground Waterway north of Kaipo to help him find a cure for Rosa's desert fever.

  • Badass Grandpa: That magic of his can be pretty potent.
  • Blessed with Suck: Tellah just learned nearly every spell in the game! Oh, but he only has 90 MP...
  • Cool Old Guy: Particularly for his famous battle cry: "You spoony bard!"
  • Crutch Character: Of a sort; Tellah can easily solo the dungeon you initially find him in, and it's easy to start relying on him without preparing for his inevitable departure right after. Later, when he regains his memory, Tellah can easily two shot major boss characters, provided only you get him there at full MP... which makes it awfully painful when you're suddenly thrust into a major boss fight after he leaves the second time.
  • Four Is Death: He's the fourth party member (after Cecil, Kain, and Rydia) to join in the fourth iteration of the franchise. He's practically marked for death from the get-go. Despite what several other characters go through, he's the only one who joins the party that dies and cannot be resurrected.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Storyline-wise, Tellah just doesn't have the strength to use Meteor without killing himself. Gameplay-wise, Tellah isn't able to cast Meteor due to it costing 99 MP, and he only has 90 max. The developers overlooked the idea that in some releases, players can use items on him to boost his max MP. Oops.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Justified. First his daughter married against his wishes, then she dies.
  • Large Ham
    "I am ready to face Golbez! I am DOOM ITSELF!"
  • Lennon Specs: For some reason. They're purple.
  • Old Master: Tellah did know almost all the spells in existence, once. He's just forgotten most of them in his old age. He later gets his memory back.
  • Papa Wolf: Just ask Edward and Golbez.
  • Revenge: He wants to kill Golbez in retaliation for the death of his only daughter, Anna.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Subverted. His last stand against Golbez, the almighty Meteor spell, fails to kill him, but it does wound Golbez enough that he loses control of Kain, allowing the party to rescue Rosa before she's killed by a giant blade.
  • Spell My Name with an S: The Japanese instruction manual gives his name, in English, as "Tella."
  • Squishy Wizard: Like the other mages in your party he will die quite quickly in the front row.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Is a Sage; which means he can cast both high-level White and Black Magic. There's usually only one or two in the world at a time.

Edward Chris von Muir

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)

The lovestruck Prince of Damcyan.

  • The Bard: Both his class and what he does.
  • Bishōnen: Across all versions.
  • Brown Note: He plays a song that severly weakens the Dark Elf.
  • Cowardly Lion: Despite his physical weakness, he doesn't leave Cecil's side until injury from the shipwreck forces him to, and even then he endures severe pain to play his lute to help him later.
  • Dub Name Change: Edward's name in the Japanese version is Gilbert.
  • Fragile Speedster: Both in the original and the sequel.
  • Harp of Femininity: Edward the feminine Prince of Damcyan is a master harpist.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The "badass" is debatable, but you can bet yer ass that Anna's death hit him hard. Her Rousing Speech to him did ease his pain a bit, but he's still mourning 17 years later.
  • Item Caddy: The Salve ability, which originally just spread a potion to the entire party, is buffed considerably in later versions to allow Edward to use items on the entire party provided you still have the stock.
  • Leitmotif: "The Melody of Lute."
  • Lethal Joke Character: Just get him Apollo's Harp and he'll be a lightning-fast Glass Cannon.
  • Magic Music: He can cast buffs and status effects with his music.
  • Magikarp Power: After level 70, his stats skyrocket. This is only really applicable in the GBA version, though.
  • The Medic: Edward can make an effective healer in the DS version and The After Years due to his Salve ability; combined with the Economical Ring, which doubles the effectiveness of items, he will easily out-pace a White Mage because items heal instantly. It makes him a bit of a Money Sink, however, which actually lets you avert Money for Nothing.
  • Musical Assassin: Well, none of his songs actually inflict damage, but they can turn things into toads for easier disposals by the others.
  • Nice Hat: With a feather in it. He ditches it for a Scarf of Asskicking in the sequel.
  • Quirky Bard: Trope Namer back when the trope was named after Tellah's infamous insult.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Edward isn't fond of court life or the politics he is expected to preform as Prince either, but he grows into his position as a The Good King by The After Years.
  • The Smart Guy: Knows quite a bit about the habits of desert animals. And, of course, music is good for one's intellectual development.
  • Support Party Member: Before getting powerful weapons nothing he can do will actually hurt the enemies that much, but he can help the party a great deal with Bardsong and Salve.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The original versions of the game notwithstanding, both the GBA and DS remakes, as well as The After Years, have seen Edward discard his Joke Character status quite triumphantly (in the case of the latter, it's more evident in the story, but damn, Edward has balls of steel).
  • Wandering Minstrel: It was during his travels that he met Anna.

Yang Fang Leiden

Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese), Dan Woren (credited as Jackson Daniels; English)

A hot-blooded fighting monk from the kingdom of Fabul.

  • Action Dad: In The After Years.
  • Badass: Oh hell yes. He comes in with a huge amount of HP, plus he's the only one who survived the Bomb attack on Mt. Hobs, and has an ability that can power him up to hit things even harder than he already does.
  • Bald of Awesome: Minus a single short braid.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He can also add claws for status or elemental damage.
  • Disney Death: Probably the mother of all examples. When he is re-encountered unconscious in the Sylph Cave, the lead Sylph tells you that he was found at the mouth of the cave, which means that he a) survived an explosion that was meant to destroy a castle; b) somehow broke through a collapsed wall that none of your party could budge; c) fought his way through several levels of monster-infested tower and finally d) swam across a sea of molten lava to collapse at the cave entrance.
  • Easy Amnesia: Briefly suffers this after Leviathan's appearance and works as a Baron troop. He gets his memory back after the party beats him up a bit.
  • Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: Not many people can still pull off a Walking Shirtless Scene past the age of fifty.
  • Happily Married: To his wife Sheila, who is apparently as Badass as he is.
  • Hard Head: His reaction to getting smacked by the Frying Pan of Love is to groggily wonder if it's time to train.
  • Leitmotif: The theme music for Fabul doubles as his.
  • Lightning Bruiser/Mighty Glacier: He has the highest natural HP, Strength, and Stamina, but his Speed is unimpressive, though not so much as to be considered slow.
  • Magically Inept Fighter
  • Papa Wolf: He clearly loves his daughter and doesn't want to see her get hurt. His resulting overprotectiveness can come off a little as Stay in the Kitchen, however...
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In The After Years, he's King of Fabul and not only joins the fight again, but is known to still be actively involved in the training of the other Fabul monks.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Always tells Ursula to stay behind while he's off fighting or exploring in The After Years. Good thing she doesn't listen either.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He does get a sash in the sequel but that still only covers about half of his impressive chest.
  • Warrior Monk: Fabul is a kingdom full of warrior monks, and he's the best.
  • Wolverine Claws: Weapon of Choice.

Palom

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Hunter MacKenzie Austin (English)

A Black Mage from Mysidia, he's impulsive, hot-headed, and arrogant. He comes to idolize Tellah and dreams of being a Sage.

  • Ascended Extra: In The After Years. While a lot of party members have individual Tales, Palom arguably has the most fleshed-out role outside the final five party members of the original game, not only getting his own Tale, but Porom's Tale contains two flashbacks expanding on his growing maturity over the time skip and his quest to become a Sage during it.
  • Badass Adorable: Look at that cute button nose.
  • Black Mage: In The After Years, he's the strongest Black Magic user of the cast with the highest MP and Intelligence of them, surpassing Golbez, a Lunarian.
  • Black Magician Girl: Gender Flipped, but otherwise played straight.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's always cracking wise and disrespecting his elders.
  • Butt Monkey: Four Words: Palom in the Sky.
  • Child Mage: A powerful Black Mage at the age of five.
  • Combination Attack: Before anyone else was using Bands, Palom and Porom had Twincasting as their signature move, setting off a small number of hard-hitting attacks after a sizable delay. In The After Years, Twincasting is retconned into a Band during the twins' flashback. They actually lose the band as they grow up and apart, but regain it during the final chapter, stronger than ever.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Grows into one in The After Years.
  • Half-Identical Twins: They're palette swaps in the non-DS games. Subverted in The After Years, where they are very distinct visually, both from each other and their young selves.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The twins petrify themselves to save the party from a trap. However it turns out that their master was able to restore them to life.
  • Insufferable Genius: Palom in The After Years has let his Bratty Half-Pint tendencies mature into this, trading his hilarious boasts for a constant air of superiority. He's not going around declaring himself Mysidia's greatest Black Mage anymore, he just acts like it, and while it's entirely true, he's no less infuriating for it.
  • KidAnova: In the original game. It comes back to haunt him in The After Years, when Luca is pining for him and Leonora is aware of his reputation and doesn't care for his attitude much. "Palom In the Sky" is likely their revenge for his ways as a kid.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Particularly in The After Years.
  • Left-Handed Mirror: To Porom.
  • Leitmotif: "Palom and Porom."
  • Mentor: In The After Years. And a surprisingly good one. How many other Final Fantasy characters have explained so clearly to anyone how mages work, and used that knowledge to tutor a novice on how to use a new school of magic?
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-universe, he idolizes Tellah and wants to be a Sage just like him, but what Porom has to spell out for him in a flashback, and what he doesn't understand, is that it isn't just mastery of magic that makes you a Sage, it's the people and world you help using your magic, and Tellah traveled the world for decades before he settled in Kaipo. Palom takes the news heavily but decides to keep going, though in the present there's hints he's realized he's not as cut out for it as he thought.
  • The Mole: The twins reveal, when Cecil finishes his trial at Mt. Ordeals, that they weren't sent to help him; they were sent to spy on him, because the Mysidians wanted to find out what he was up to and didn't believe that Cecil had made, from their standpoint, a Heel-Face Turn. When it's clear that he has, they come clean and start to genuinely help.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Porom is the more rational twin while Palom is the impulsive one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Porom's Blue.
  • The Southpaw: The only other left-handed character in the game besides Kain.
  • Status Buff: His Bluff ability can power his own spells further.
  • Taken for Granite: The twins turn themselves to stone to save the rest of the party.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Palom/Porom.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: Shares the Twincast ability with Porom which grants access to some quite powerful spells.

Porom

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Megan Harvey (English)

A White Mage from Mysidia, she's mature, polite, and disciplined. She tries to instil the same ideals in Palom, with little success, but truly does care for him.

Cid Pollendina

Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (Japanese), John Snyder (credited as Stephen Martello; English)

Cid is one of Cecil's closest friends, and a master engineer. While he has helped build the airships that make up the Baron Air Force, he hates seeing them being used for war.

  • Badass Beard: A long, scruffy one in the original game and a still long but less scruffy Santa Claus-like beard in the sequel.
  • Badass Grandpa: Especially in The After Years, when he's 71 years old and actually has a grandson. Still doesn't stop him from grabbing his hammer and jumping back into the fight.
  • The Big Guy: Just look at those muscles!
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Cool Old Guy: Especially in The After Years, in which his age shows more.
  • Drop the Hammer: His default equip.
  • Dummied Out: Cid has a dummied out skill in the original version of the game, named "Airship." Presumably, had the skill been finished, it would have allowed him to call down an airstrike similar to the Invincible's volley attack from Final Fantasy III. This, along with quite a few aspects of the character, gets a Call Back in Final Fantasy VII through the character of Cid Highwind.
  • Expy: He is the "Cid" of the game.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Almost anyone named "Cid" in a Final Fantasy game will be good with tools to some extent. This guy is no exception.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a genius when it comes to airships, building and designing them for a living, and can easily beat things to death with his hammer.
  • Gonk: Especially when compared to the rest of the male party members, who are outright Bishōnen.
  • Leitmotif: "Hey, Cid!"
  • Magically Inept Fighter
  • Mighty Glacier: He's really sturdy but not that handy on the speed front.
  • Parental Substitute: The PS1 version had some lines of dialogue that imply he sees himself as one for Rosa.
  • Shipper on Deck: Likes to tease Edge about his crush on Rydia. Not to mention how much he ships Cecil x Rosa.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Somehow survives detonating a bomb in his hand that manages to collapse a chunk of the earth's crust. While freefalling. Over spikes and lava. While he was being shot at.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Literally. His special ability? A non-MP-consuming version of the Scan spell. He finally got new moves in later ports/sequels — Upgrade, which makes his hammer hit elemental, and Risk Strike, which which is a more powerful hammer hit.

Fusoya

Voiced by: Banjō Ginga (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

An old Lunarian sage and the brother of Kluya, Cecil and Golbez's father.

  • Badass Beard: Right down to the floor.
  • Badass Uncle
  • Blatant Lies: In the SNES/GBA version, his advice when facing the CPU proves very useful when put into effect. In the DS version, if you value your sanity, do NOT listen to him this time around unless you want to be brutally creamed by the Attack Node's new attack which can turn into a Total Party Kill if not leveled enough.
  • Crutch Character: He'll fall down with two strong hits. His faint animation in the DS version literally vaporizes him into his clothes.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Joins them on the moon, which is quite a ways into the game.
  • Expy: Fits the same character mold as Tellah, joining the party with all the spells in the game but with mediocre HP and too low MP to get a lot of usage out of his abilities.
  • The Red Mage: He's apparently another Sage.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Is it FuSoYa, Fusoya, or Fu-So-Ya? KluYa experiences a similar problem.

    The Villains 

Golbez/Theodor Harvey

Voiced by: Takeshi Kaga (Japanese), Peter Beckman (credited as Anthony Landor; English)

A dark sorcerer who is believed to have taken over the kingdom of Baron from within. He seeks out the four Elemental Crystals in an effort to activate the Tower of Babil and claim great power, but there is more to his past and his goals than even he knows.

He plays a pivotal role in the plot of the Dissidia: Final Fantasy, where he appears as the villain representing Final Fantasy IV.

  • Anti-Villain: He's characterized as this in Dissidia. The After Years and his actions in the prequel Dissidia 012 move him to firm Anti-Hero territory now that he's acting under his own will in both games.
  • The Atoner: He's hugely remorseful after Zemus' control is broken and seems willing to die to make up for it.
  • Badass: He takes Meteor to the face and shakes it off like it was nothing (all it does is break his mind control spell on Kain). In the original versions of IV, his defeat in the Dwarven Castle reduces him to no more than a single hand, and he comes back seconds later. Plus, if he too is bound by the fact that a summoner dies when their summon kicks the bucket, he doesn't succumb to the loss of his Shadow Dragon and survives for the entire game. Oh, and he's one awesome mage.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Came very close — his plan went off almost without a hitch, he gathered all eight Crystals and did with them exactly what he planned to do. The party just stopped him as that goal was in progress.
  • Barbarian Hero: As the Man in Black. He even uses a BFS called the Ebony Blade.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In The After Years, he shows that he truly does care deeply for Cecil.
  • Big Bad: Actually, he's the Brainwashed and Crazy Dragon.
  • Black Knight: Black armor. Black helmet. Black cape.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: For the great majority of his life he has been Zemus' puppet in destroying humanity.
  • Crutch Character: In The After Years. When you first set out to the True Moon, he's just shy of 3,000 HP, probably has at least an extra thousand health on everyone else and has Firaga, Blizzaga, and Thundaga. This, in tandem with Taunt to draw enemy attacks, makes him an excellent meat shield and Black Mage. As well, many monsters on the moon are plain immune to lower-level magic, and Palom and Rydia won't learn those "-aga" spells until Level 41, making Golbez pretty much the only offensive spellcaster you have until you level them up another ten-fifteen levels. However, around the level where you're likely to end his scenario, he stops gaining spells and HP until everyone else has caught up and, in the case of spells, he's eventually surpassed by dedicated casters.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Golbez kills the King of Baron and has Cagnazzo impersonate him to take control of Baron potentially years before he begins his plan, he exploits Baron's air superiority to dominate the world, he tricks Cecil into retrieving two Crystals for him, when he finds out Cecil is about to become a Paladin he dispatches one of his most powerful minions to stop him, and he tries to go for Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him? at the Tower of Zot and is only stopped by a brief moment of Fighting from the Inside. He's also aware of the Cast from Lifespan matter of Eidolons, so he paralyzes the party so they can't fight back before he summons one to finish them off.
  • Darth Vader Clone: His Dissidia art provides the current page image. Besides his appearance as seen in his DS render, he's a Badass Baritone and is Cecil's brother and is brainwashed by Zemus, the true Big Bad.
  • Death Seeker: Implied in The After Years. Golbez has a nightmare where Cecil kills him, and the Dark Knight accuses him of wanting to die at Cecil's hands to atone for his sinful life. Golbez might succeed in this, sacrificing himself to save Cecil from the Dark Knight, or if he survives, he seems to get over it, telling Cecil he cannot hide anymore and saying he's ready to confront his past.
  • Depending on the Artist: His armor is either bright blue, dark blue, or black, and the lining of his cape is either blue or red. In the Super NES release, his boss sprite had dark blue armor with a blue cape, but his player character sprite had brighter blue armor with a red cape. In his DS render seen above, he has black armor and a blue cape, but his in-game model has black armor and a red cape. His Dissidia appearance adapts this by presenting his dark blue and black armor with the blue cape for his default outfit while his gold and black armor with a red cape is his alternate outfit.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Cecil. In The After Years, they use opposing schools of magic, both have abilities that rely on drawing enemy attacks from allies, and Golbez's unique sword, Ebony Blade, draws a parallel to Cecil's Holy swords. In the original game, Cecil even reflects that since they share the same heritage, it could easily have been him that Zemus chose to control instead of Golbez. And also, just look at their renders.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Intercepts a Black Fang intended for Cecil in The After Years, and may not survive it if you don't have the proper party set-up.
  • Hidden Depths: A meta example, remakes of the original game and his appearances in Dissidia and The After Years have turned him into one of the more complex characters in the Final Fantasy IV universe, while in the game's original release he was little more than a generic Tin Tyrant Evil Overlord. Even after his stint of Brainwashed and Crazy ended, he didn't show much personality besides hints of The Atoner in the original Super NES release.
    • TAY takes this further during his final moments with his former henchmen, the Elemental Archfiends. In particular, Scarmiglione notes that even though he was hideous, Golbez looked past that and invited him into his ranks, hinting that even while brainwashed, Golbez still held some goodness in his heart.
  • Left-Handed Mirror: To Cecil. Beyond being just the main protagonist and antagonist, they are siblings and it was only luck of the draw that it wasn't Cecil in Golbez's shoes.
  • Leitmotif: "Golbez, Clad in Darkness."
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Golbez is Cecil's older brother, Theodor.
  • Magic Knight: In TAY, he arguably plays this straighter than any other cast member save for Ceodore. He has a huge equipment draw including most of the mage-type robes and rods along with the knight-type swords, shields, and heavy armor. He also learns more Black Magic than Cecil, Ceodore, or Kain learn White Magic, including Flare and Meteor, so Golbez is perfectly capable as an attacker or mage. The only disadvantage he has compared to other Black Mages like Rydia and Palom is that he doesn't learn the Standard Status Effect spells they do.
    • Master of None: Golbez is not as effective a physical fighter nor mage as the other, more dedicated characters, but his high HP and his taunt ability make him an effective tank as well making him one of the most versatile characters in the game.
  • Meaningful Name: His original Japanese name "Golbeza" is a mistranslation of Golubaeser, also known as the Golubac Fly, a black fly named for a town in Serbia. According to the legends, the flies were born from the body of a decomposing dragon, reflecting Theodor's fate and likely explaining Golbez's pet Shadow Dragon. In the DS remake, Zemus takes the symbolism further by calling him "an insect birthed from womb of dragon's corpse", twisting the Mysidian Legend to refer to the Golubac Fly.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he's freed from Zemus' control. Particularly the bit about leaving his baby brother Cecil to die in the wilderness.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: His Leitmotif, "Golbez, Clad in Dark(ness)." Notably, Golbez was the first villain to get his own foreboding theme.
  • Purple Eyes: In the DS port of the original game and PSP port of The After Years. Other depictions show him with Green Eyes, but you could Hand Wave it as somehow being due to his armor, since the green eyes are never depicted when he isn't wearing it.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Depending on the Artist. Subverted when he turns out to just be brainwashed.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Possible outcome of the battle against the Dark Knight Cecil doppelganger. The Japanese novelization for TAY actually has Golbez dying during the Lunar Subterrane event.
  • Shock and Awe: His signature attack is shooting lightning from his hands, and when you fight him, he uses Thundaga
  • Shoulders of Doom: You'll seriously wonder how he walks in those things.
  • A Sinister Clue: Like Kain, he's officially left-handed (thus, preceding Sephiroth), but this tends to most come across as an Informed Ability due to his status as a mage. Also, his status as such wasn't revealed until The After Years.
  • Spikes of Villainy: On his shoulders.
  • Squishy Wizard: A most notable inversion on the "squishy" part, which probably comes from his armour. It says a lot about how durable he is gameplay-wise that the team needed Meteor to beat him. And even then, it doesn't work! He could qualify as a magical Lightning Bruiser if he was a bit quicker.
    • He only has 9,999 HP during the boss fight in the Dwarven Kingdom, so Rydia only has to land a summon three times. But he makes staying alive that long really, really hard.
  • The Stoic: In The After Years, unless the topic of discussion is Cecil, the Crystals, or the Mysterious Girl, don't expect much more than the very occasional off-hand comment. He doesn't even soften up when dealing with the Elemental Archfiends (his loyal [former] subordinates), deaths included! It probably doesn't help that he spent most of his life under Zemus' control, leaving not a lot of space for his own personality.
  • Summon Magic: His Shadow Dragon. Unfortunately, it seems to have been lost to Redemption Demotion when he joins in The After Years.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the battle with Cecil's Dark Knight side in TAY, Golbez takes a fatal blow aimed for his brother, finally rousing Cecil out of his Heroic BSOD. If Rosa and Ceodore aren't also in the party, he won't survive the battle.
  • Tin Tyrant: You don't get to see what he looks like underneath until the ending.
  • Villainous BSOD: Implied to be the reason why he retreated after first fighting Cecil. Attacking his little brother and being ordered to finish him off seemingly shook Zemus's control, and Golbez appears to temporarily regain his senses and recognize Cecil before he retreats and lets him live.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: As the Man in Black in The After Years.
  • Walking Spoiler: His return in The After Years.
  • Walking the Earth: More like Traveling the Galaxy — if he survives The After Years, he heads out in the Lunar Whale to search for the Red Moon and FuSoYa.

Scarmiglione

Voiced by: Konishi Oonishi (Japanese), Dameon Clarke (English)

A zombie warrior, and one of Golbez's four Elemental Archfiends. He is dispatched to Mt. Ordeals to prevent Cecil from completing his trial to become a Paladin.

Cagnazzo

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

The second of Golbez's Archfiends, encountered when the party returns to Baron Castle.

Barbariccia

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Karen Strassman (credited as Kirsty Pape; English)

The third of Golbez's Archfiends and the only female member of the group. She first appears in the Tower of Zot, backed up by her Quirky Miniboss Squad, the Magus Sisters.

Rubicante

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Lee Everest (English)

The fourth and most powerful of the Archfiends, sent by Golbez to attack the kingdom of Eblan. He wears a special cape to compensate for his natural weakness to water-based attacks.

Dark Kain

The embodiment of Kain's repressed hatred and jealousy for Cecil, he wishes to act out Kain's buried desires to kill Cecil and claim Rosa for himself. Defeating him is the purpose of Kain's Lunar Trial in the GBA and PSP releases. He returns in The After Years to torment Kain with the same temptations once again.

  • Animal Motifs: Dragons, even more so than the original Kain. His Dragoon armor has scale patterns on it, and in the Lunar Trial he transforms into Lunar Bahamut.
  • Ascended Extra: Only took part in a short sidequest exclusive to the Advance release, but was a major antagonist in The After Years.
  • Black Cloak: How he appears in Kain's Lunar Trial.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields spears just like Kain.
  • Climax Boss: The fight with him occurs immediately after The Reveal that the Hooded Man is Kain and this guy is an impostor.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: He makes his introduction to Porom by slicing apart an entire pack of enemies in one hit. Immediately after this, he joins the party, and said skill is nowhere to be found.
  • Depending on the Artist: In his CG renders for the PSP release of The After Years, he does indeed look exactly like Kain with just minor differences to his armor. In his artwork, however, he wears blue and red armor that looks nothing like anything Kain wears in any of his prior depictions.
  • The Dragon: To the Mysterious Girl.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Actively cares nothing about her goals, only helping her since she controls Baron, and he demands a duel with Cecil in exchange for retrieving the Crystals for her.
  • Duel Boss: He and Kain fight one-on-one. In both games.
  • Enemy Without: He's Kain's inner darkness made manifest to act out the selfish desires he won't.
  • Evil Counterpart: The name should be a clue.
  • Evil Gloating: "Come, Rosa! It's time for the main event! You'll see me walk right up to him...And tear him apart limb from limb!"
  • Evil Laugh: Lets out many when he finally has Rosa in his grasp.
  • Expy: Given Riku is an Expy of Kain, Dark Kain becomes an Expy of the Riku Replica in The After Years. He's presumed to be the real Kain for most of the story, acts in the same manner Kain did in the original game, and has a similar moment as the Riku Repluca does when, after being defeated by the original Kain and laying dying, he wonders what will happen to him once he's gone.
  • Guest Star Party Member: For Porom's Tale in The After Years.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: A picture is worth a thousand words. Not shown in that image is the Psychotic Smirk he flashes a second later.
  • In a Single Bound: Retains Kain's Jump skill.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: In Kain's Lunar Trial, his true form is that of Lunar Bahamut.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Much like the real thing in The After Years, he's got a lot of HP and Strength, and the Speed to make usage of it. Porom's Tale slightly emphasizes it — he's going to fill his ATB gauge, attack, and have it fully charged again by the time one of your other party members gets a turn.
  • Love Makes You Evil: As evidenced by his reluctance to hurt Rosa, deep down he's still motivated by Kain's love for her.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: His goal.
  • Pet the Dog: He's not totally evil, as evidenced when he rescues Porom and her party for no benefit to himself, and later tells some brainwashed guards to value their lives in spite of being controlled.
  • Purple Is Powerful: In Kain's Lunar Trial, he has donned a purple version of Kain's armor, and Lunar Bahamut is primarily purple.
  • The Reveal: The "Kain" you've been seeing all game in The After Years is actually Dark Kain, and the real Kain is the Hooded Man.
  • A Sinister Clue: He's left-handed like Kain, but is much more evil.
  • The Stoic: Being Kain's dark side, he's just like the real thing in this regard...

Dr. Lugae

A scientist who answers directly to Rubicante. Turned Edge's parents, the King and Queen of Eblan, into chimerae.

Zemus/Zeromus

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

    Other Characters 

Baigan

A knight in the service of King Baron. He is utterly devoted to the kingdom, even when Cecil is not, and remains so when it's revealed that the real King was killed and replaced with one of Golbez's servants.

Elder of Mysidia

The leader of the town of mages.

Giott

Leader of the Dwarves in the Underworld.

Sheila Leiden

Yang's wife, and the mother of Ursula in The After Years.

  • Chef of Iron: Is heavily implied to be one with her...
  • Frying Pan of Love: One that can not only keep away a legion of monsters, but also wake up sleeping husbands!
  • Happily Married: Hints of frying-pan related violence aside, that is.
  • Mundane Utility: She gives the party the strongest thrown weapon in the game: a simple kitchen knife.
  • No Name Given: In the original game, she was just "Yang's Wife"; it wasn't until TAY that she received a proper name.
  • Pregnant Badass: She may have already been pregnant with Ursula when she was smashing mooks with her frying pan during the invasion of Fabul.

Debuting in The After Years

    Heroes 

  • Optional Party Member: Notably, the only two characters in this section who must be recruited to complete the game are Ceodore and Luca.

Ceodore Harvey

The son of Cecil and Rosa, Ceodore is a new recruit into the Red Wings.

Luca

The princess of the Dwarf Kingdom, who greatly admires Cid.

The Eblan Four

Edge's four apprentices; Gekkou, Zangetsu, Izayoi, and Tsukinowa.

Ursula Leiden

The daughter of Yang and Sheila. She wishes to be trained as a monk by her father, but needs to get past his overprotective streak first.

Leonora

An Epopt in training. Recent events have convinced the Epopts of the need for their members to be able to defend themselves, and so she begins her black magic training under Palom...

  • The Apprentice: To Palom.
  • Ascended Extra: She was the girl Palom tried to pick up in the ending of the original game.
  • Black and White Magic
  • Inept Mage: At first. Hell, her first Black Magic spells are even weaker than 1st tier Black Magic (Fire? Blizzard? Thunder?).
  • Magikarp Power: Patience, you'll reach that high level someday.
  • Magic Wand
  • Mentor Ship: With Palom.
  • Nice Hat
  • The Red Mage: She can learn both White Magic and Black Magic, but does not learn every Black Magic spell. She gains her spells at much higher levels than other characters; she gains Holy at level 70, the 3rd-tier elemental spells at levels 78, 80, and 82, and Flare at level 85.
  • Squishy Wizard: The squishiest — at Level 99 she's one of only three party members with less than 4,000 HP, and the other two are Calca and Brina. And then, if the random factor in HP gain doesn't like her, she can flat have the worst HP of all.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Gets Ship Tease with Palom.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She stutters a lot and is respectful of Palom initially, despite him being a Jerkass. Once he insults the Epopts, though, she's had enough and tells him off, at which point for the rest of the game the stuttering stops. This event coincides with the completion of the Tower of Trials, and thus she begins to learn Black Magic as she levels up from now on.

Harley

Edward's assistant. She originally desired to be a scholar, but one day she heard his voice, and so abandoned her plans to become his secretary.

Calca and Brina

Mechanical dolls that assist Luca, they're bosses in the original game and join the party in The After Years.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: They malfunction and turn on the party in The After Years. May also explain their actions in the original game too.
  • Ascended Extra: From BLAM Boss to party members.
  • Combination Attack: Though everyone gets Band abilities in the game, Calca and Brina's bands specifically rely on them combining into Calcabrina.
  • Creepy Doll
  • Dance Battlers: Calca uses Jive, and Brina uses Dance.
  • Killed Off for Real/Lost Forever/Guide Dang It: Unless you manage to obtain a Mythril Nut, Mythril Bolt, and Mythril Spring from a Quatro Puppet, Luca will be forced to scrap their bodies to repair the Falcon.
  • Lethal Joke Characters: They have horrible abilities, few Band skills, and the worst stats in the game, including the lowest HP growth. However, a determined player can farm Phase Equipment from end-game enemies, their exclusive equipment. The Phase Equipment pieces have the best defensive stats in the game, the Phase Cutter weapon has power equal to Cecil's Ragnarok, and between the five pieces, you're looking at +20 to all stats including Speed — and if you want to leave out the Phase Body for the Clown Clothes, you lose their 20 point Stamina boost but get a second 20 point boost to Speed. Hello Lightning Bruiser!

Biggs and Wedge

  • Ascended Extra: They are the two soldiers who questioned Cecil about taking the Water Crystal from Mysidia at the beginning of the original game.
  • Crutch Characters: They don't even gain XP during Ceodore's initial dungeon.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Biggs, so very much. His Establishing Character Moment is to snap at Ceodore that his royal bloodline is meaningless and he won't be considered a knight until he passes his trial of knighthood, and then to hit Ceodore for agreeing with him.
  • Guest Star Party Members
  • Mythology Gag: Named after the recurring pair of characters in the series.

    Villains 

Mysterious Girl/Maenad

The main villain of The After Years, who shows up to steal the crystals. It turns out that there are multiple Maenads, and they were gathering the Crystals to take back to their master, the Creator, who also created the crystals.

  • Artificial Human
  • The Battle Didn't Count: It's possible to win the battles that the party is supposed to lose to her, but the same result happens each time anyway. And in the storyline, even when someone does kill her, another Maenad just takes her place.
  • Big Bad: She sets off the major events of TAY as The Dragon of the true Big Bad, the Creator.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Badly. If she actually killed off the heroes when she had the chance, only half of them would have survived to the final tale.
  • Boss Remix: Her character theme is the basis for her battle theme.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Not more than five minutes after her appearance and she reveals she's forcefully taken control of Bahamut. Save all the Eidolons later in the game, and it will completely backfire on her. See Oh Crap for more.
  • Catchphrase: "Incomprehensible" whenever a party member invokes Honor Before Reason.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Bond Villain Stupidity aside, she is very good at knowing how best to achieve her goals.
    • Her first act upon arriving on Earth is to petrify the Eidolons and take control of their minds. This gives her a diverse arsenal of powerful minions at her beck and call, and also deprives the only other Summoner left, who is an ally of her enemies, of her ability to call them herself.
    • She then attacks Baron and takes control of it, but leaves Cecil in charge with brainwashed guards, and people appear to assume Cecil and Baron repelled the attack and all is normal. When she begins using the Red Wings to gather the Crystals, people are alarmed but mostly are confused, King Cecil is The Hero after all, so no one suspects that Baron is really on the warpath again. And it's implied by the timeline that she or the Red Wings hit the Crystals quickly and often simultaneously, so word doesn't much spread about what's going on until it's too late.
    • When Palom petrifies himself to try and protect the Crystal in his grasp, she declares it a Senseless Sacrifice, she'll just shatter him and free it.
    • When fighting alongside an Eidolon, she places herself in the back row, granting her resistance from physical attacks.
    • During the boss battle with her and Bahamut, she uses Black Hole to nullify the player's status buffs as the Mega Flare countdown hits 1, negating their attempts to protect themselves with Reflect or Shell.
  • The Dog Bites Back: A band of them finish off the Creator when he goes haywire.
  • Easily Forgiven: Considering that it is at least hinted at that the Maenad possess a Hive Mind, yet neither Leviathan nor Asura are shown to resent the child Maenad in the ending in any way.
  • Emotionless Girl: Mostly; arrogance and contempt are there, but that's about it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In a scene with some Fabul monks, she flat-out states that the idea of "honor" is foreign to her, as is the idea they'd fight her because of it knowing she'll kill them for their effort.
  • Evil Counterpart: Bears a great physical resemblance to Rydia, even being mistaken as her by Cecil initially, and is also able to control Eidolons.
    • Evil Knockoff: Interlude reveals it's because the Creator made the Maenads in Rydia's image after gathering data on her through a Crystal.
  • Everyone Calls Her Mysterious Girl: Justified, as there's no way of knowing her real name until the last five minutes of the game. And even then, 'Maenad' is just the name given to her race as a whole.
  • Fantastic Racism: Frequently insults humans and Lunarians as "inferior species".
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Her battle sprite.
  • The Heavy: She's the only major villain to appear for a long time.
  • Hive Mind: Implied in the Depths, complete with referring to themselves in the plural.
  • Karmic Death: The ones that control Odin and Bahamut are killed by them once the Eidolons regain their senses.
  • Oh Crap: After an entire game of talking down on and disregarding most of the party as a threat, her composed, high-and-mighty demeanor immediately turns into fear once Rydia, Leviathan, and Asura free (a now very angry) Bahamut from her control. Then comes the following exchange (mid-battle no less) where she desperately tries to defend herself.
    Mysterious Girl: R-Reflect...!
    Bahamut: YOU WASTE YOUR BREATH!
    *One-shots with Mega Flare*
  • Pragmatic Villainy: She's after the Crystals only. Unless one of the heroes is directly obstructing her, she doesn't care about them. On the other hand, if they prove themselves useful, she's willing to make deals with them.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Maenads you find on the True Moon are just standing around waiting for orders.
  • Recurring Boss
  • Redemption Equals Life: In the case of the one Maenad adopted by Rydia (Cuore), the only surviving member of her race.
    • Redemption Equals Death: In the case of the rest of the race. They go into near extinction by sacrificing themselves via attacking the Creator in order to allow the party to escape.
  • Summon Magic: As part of her status as an Evil Counterpart to Rydia.
  • The Woman Behind the Monsters: She controls an army of monsters to take over Baron, and still uses them on occasion after switching over to relying on Baron's military instead.
  • Woman in White
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Although stated to be cloned from Rydia, her hair is a more aquamarine than Rydia's.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She uses those very words before attempting to kill the party after Cecil returns to his senses. Subverted in that the party never helped her do anything.

Creator

The real Big Bad of The After Years, he is the sole surviving member of an alien race that prospered itself into extinction. He designed the crystals and sent them to various planets to test their evolutionary processes, and eventually declared them all unworthy of existence. He does this to the world of Final Fantasy IV as well, setting the plot.


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alternative title(s): Final Fantasy IV The After Years
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