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A character sheet for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', originally released for the SNES in North America as ''Final Fantasy III''. Note that, while some spoilers are marked, not all of them are. Some [[LateArrivalSpoiler Late-Arrival Spoilers]] are treated as common knowledge.



* TheAntiNihilist: The playable party collectively represents this in opposition to Kefka's StrawNihilist.
-->'''Kefka:''' Why do people insist on creating things that will inevitably be destroyed? Why do people cling to life, knowing that they must someday die? ...Knowing that none of it will have meant anything once they do? \\
'''Terra:''' Because it's not the end that matters! It's knowing that you have something to live for right now, at this moment! Something you've worked for... something that's worth protecting! As long as you have that...that's enough!
* CharacterDevelopment: This is basically ''Character Development: The Game''. Terra learns to love others, Locke gets over his loved one's death, Celes learns to show affection like a human being, Cyan gets over his SurvivorGuilt, and so on. Kefka, being a StrawNihilist subject to SanitySlippage, shows the dark side of this trope when his rampant thirst for destruction eventually leads him to the conclusion that everything exists only to be destroyed, preferably by him.
* DesperationAttack: As a precursor to the LimitBreak that made a proper debut as a battle mechanic in the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII next game]], everyone [[note]]except Gau and Umaro; (they only execute when the Attack command is used, and Gau and Umaro don't have one)[[/note]] has one super-strong attack they may perform randomly while in critical health.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: It's a plot point. Aside from Terra and Celes, and later Strago, none of the Returners have access to magic[[note]]ignoring GameplayAndStorySegregation where many of their special attacks deal magical damage[[/note]]. Sure, their swords and shields and such are doing well enough to hold off the Empire for now, but they need magic of their own to get an edge and go on the offensive. Thus they acquire Magicite and begin to learn magic to combat the Empire's Magitek.
* EnsembleCast: A famous example in the series. Terra is ''mostly'' considered the main heroine by virtue of being the initial character and her personal character quest and backstory being critical to the first half of the game. However, she’s sidelined for the second half of the game and does not even need to be re-recruited.[[note]]She still returns to guide the party out of Kefka's tower after defeating the FinalBoss regardless whether she has been re-recruited or not however.[[/note]] Meanwhile Celes takes over the initial character for the second half and features prominently in the first, Locke plays as TheLancer to Terra and Celes for much of the game, and Edgar and Sabin are important characters throughout the game to a lesser extent. Even with Terra, there is no one central character one can point to without being challenged.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Compared to other Final Fantasy games in the main series, ''VI'' has the most characters available to name and join your crew, fourteen in total. And that's only the permanent party; this game also stands out in the Final Fantasy series for the number of {{Guest Star Party Member}}s you can control, including Biggs and Wedge, Banon, the Ghosts and General Leo, bringing the total number of playable characters to nineteen.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Gau, Cyan, Celes, and Relm: none of those names are pronounced like you're probably saying them aloud now.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Kefka believes that life is meaningless because everything you create will eventually be destroyed and eventually you will die. Terra then states that the sum of one's life isn't what important; it's the day-to-day concerns, the personal triumphs, the celebration of life and love, and being able to experience the joy that every day of your life can bring.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: The whole party (minus the optional ones) give one to Kefka when he tells the party that [[StrawNihilist life is meaningless.]] Suffice to say, he is not amused.
--> '''Kefka Palazzo:''' [[ShutUpKirk Bleh! You people make me sick! You sound like the chapters from a self-help book!]]


[[folder:Terra Branford]]

->"A mysterious young woman, born with the gift of magic, and enslaved by the Gestahlian Empire."
->''Voiced by'' (via ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''): Creator/YukariFukui (Japanese), Natalie Lander (English)

Widely considered TheHero of the game, or at least TheProtagonist, at least in the first half. Terra is a young girl who mysteriously has the innate ability to cast magic, the power of legends thought long vanished. The Empire controlled her using a Slave Crown and she has amnesia for much of the game, and is uncertain of what cause to fight for in a war where all sides believe she is a key asset. During the game she remembers her past and her origins- she is the child of an Esper and a human, making her a very unique creature in the world's struggle with the return of magic. She gains the ability to shift into an Esper form, but has trouble controlling it.
* AcePilot: Terra has access to more attacks in the Magitek Armor in addition of to the standard three elemental beams and one healing move. In the [[UpdatedRerelease Game Boy Advance version]] her class name is Magitek Elite.
* ActionGirl: She was raised to be a living weapon. It shows; in terms of pure stats Terra is the best party member in the game.
* ActionMom: The children of Mobliz [[ParentalSubstitute see her as their Mama]] after their real parents were killed [[spoiler:by Kefka's Light of Judgment.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: She's blonde in the artwork but has green hair in-game. When ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' came out, it stuck with the artwork, with only one of her three alternate costumes having green hair. ''VideoGame/TheatrhythmFinalFantasy'' made her blonde with a greenish tint. Finally, the iOS version kept the Amano design for her portrait, but dyed the hair green. She could be an honorary member of [=FFV's=] cast with all those alterations.
* AIRoulette: Like all others in the Coliseum, but Terra is unique due to a strange bug with her Trance command: if it ends up getting used at random, the game will mistake her transformation gauge for a normal ready gauge, making her stand there and do nothing while it completely drains; her AI can freeze for up to ''minutes'' at a time.
* AmnesiacHero: She can't remember her past until after the party escapes from the southern continent, about two thirds of the way through the World of Balance.
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: Although there is some resentment towards her, the other party members make a point of telling those people that she shouldn't be held responsible for crimes she can't even remember committing.
* AudienceSurrogate: For much of the first half of the game, barring her lengthy absence at one point. She's caught up in two sides of a war with no understanding of what's going on or who's the side to fight for.
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler: If Terra is not re-recruited in the World of Ruin, she will still return after the final boss battle to guide everyone out of Kefka's tower.]]
* BadassAdorable: She has a very vulnerable and sweet personality, but she's an excellent battle unit.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Used in conjunction with the MindControlDevice, albeit very briefly at the beginning of the game.
* BreakTheCutie: Ever since she was a newborn, she had to suffer under enslavement to the Gestahlian Empire. First, she was pretty much raised in a loveless environment. Then, Kefka discovers her and places a mind control device on her against her will, causing her to be forced to fry several Imperial troops alive under his command (50 soldiers, to be precise).
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:In the ending, magic and espers cease to exist, but Terra manages to hold onto her life and continues to exist as a normal human.]]
* CatchAFallingStar: [[spoiler:In the ending, when escaping Kefka's Tower, Terra's magical powers cease to exist, making her fall. The rest of the party uses the CoolAirship to catch her.]]
* CuteMonsterGirl: In contrast to her ''Dissidia'' designs, her Esper form is pointedly ''not'' this -- it terrifies people and is emphasized to be feral and monstrous, with Terra unable to fully control herself in her transformed state.
* DecoyProtagonist: While central to the World of Balance section, she is optional in the World of Ruin section and the story no longer revolves around her. Celes then becomes TheHero after the world is ruined. Terra does show up in the ending if not recruited however, but after the battle with Kefka.
* DependingOnTheArtist: One of the most infamous cases in the series thanks to her hair, which is blonde in concept art but green in-game.
** The green hair was her signature look up until ''Dissidia'', which gave her blonde hair since everyone in that game was based mostly on their original concept art. The green hair was retained as an alternate outfit, however. Since then the blonde hair is the usual look for her but the green hair continues to pop up, particularly in sprite-based cameos but not limited to just them. Other games which include different outfits for characters, like ''Record Keeper'', tend to include both looks for her as well.
** Her outfit also has some variance. There's her pink cape with tights look, or the purple shoulder pads with no tights look. The arcade ''Dissidia'' particularly ties these to her hair color, using the cape and tights for her default outfit with the blonde hair, then her alt outfit with the green hair gives her the shoulder pads and lack of tights. This distinction is carried over to ''Record Keeper'', though the green hair with corresponding outfit is the default there and the blonde hair with the cape and tights is the alt outfit.
* {{Determinator}}: As soon as she recovers from whatever emotional trauma she was experiencing (amnesia and the power leak caused by emotional confusion), she becomes like this.
* DoomedHometown: She was born in the alternate realm of the Espers, so it's more like Doomed ''Homeworld''.
* DubNameChange: From Tina to Terra. The name "Tina" was used in Japan because it was an exotic name to them, but it's a more common name in the West so "Terra" was used for the same purpose.
* EasyAmnesia: By way of a MindControlDevice. It's implied that it malfunctioned and damaged her mind when Valigarmanda attacked her, which is why she can't control her powers properly and can't remember her past.
* EmotionlessGirl: Her brief enslavement to the slave crown rendered her temporarily incapable of feeling emotions after breaking free of it.
* FantasticNuke: Gameplay-wise, she is the only one who can learn the [[SphereOfDestruction Ultima]] spell simply by leveling up. Of course, by the time she learns it, the entire party will probably know how to do it from using the Ragnarok magicite or the Paladin Shield.
* FantasticRacism: Terra's "mixed" lineage, her feelings about it, the historical treatment of Espers and magic-using humans, and the reaction to her existence all have shades of this.
* FlashbackNightmare: When she falls down the cave and is knocked out, she undergoes a terrifying flashback revealing that she was placed under mind control via the Slave Crown by Kefka, forced against her will to burn fifty Imperial Troopers alive, and being present for Emperor Gestahl's war speech.
* FriendToAllChildren: She's quite taken with Relm. Eventually a town full of orphans latches onto her as their "mama."
* GorgeousGorgon: While there are no otherwise repulsive features, in Amano's artwork, her Esper form is depicted as quite... feral. It makes sense, as she is only half-Esper, and her father [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Maduin Maduin]] resembles the [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/9/9a/Final_Fantasy_V_-_Gigas.gif Gigas]] monster from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', which is very human-looking.
* GreenEyes: Her in-game sprite, though it's hard to tell, and fitting perfectly with her mysterious and magical nature. Her ''Final Fantasy Anthology'' renders show them in full. Her (in-game) Esper form has RedEyesTakeWarning--at first played straight, then later subverted.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: In Amano's artwork. Fits with her sweet, innocent and motherly personality.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's half-Esper, half-human. Makes up a good part of her character arc as she questions if she can fit into either world.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Most of her weapons are swords, including her InfinityPlusOneSword in the ports, the Apocalypse.
* HeroicBSOD: Early in Act 1, when it's brought up to her for the first time that she [[OhCrap may not be human.]]
* TheHeroine: According to WordOfGod, the game wasn't meant to have a main character, as the entire cast was given time to shine. Despite this, Terra is considered the central protagonist, especially after ''Dissidia'' made her the face of the game. She (with the MagiTek armor) is depicted in the game's logo and the story begins and ends with her, essentially revolving around her for the first half and being mandatory for the ending sequence [[note]](If you skip recruiting her in the World of Ruin, she still rushes to the final dungeon)[[/note]].
* HighClassGloves: She sports elbow-length gloves in Amano's artwork, fitting the delicate young lady archtype of the trope.
* HowDoIShotWeb: It takes her some time to learn how to control her Esper side properly.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Maduin the esper and Madeline the human.
* HumanWeapon: She was used as one by the Empire. See BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* HypnoTrinket: The specific method behind her initial BrainwashedAndCrazy state.
* ImpairmentShot: Gets quite a few of these in beginning due to amnesia, headache, exhaustion, and blunt head trauma before she passes out.
* LastOfHerKind: Kind of. [[spoiler:After killing off Kefka, all of the Espers and magic disappeared from the world due to Kefka's death. The only reason Terra survived this was because she held onto something in the non-magic realm, thus making her the last Esper to survive (depending on how you define the phrase, considering that she is not an Esper anymore by this point).]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Her being half-Esper was supposed to be a plot twist, but ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' treats it as common knowledge.
* LettingHerHairDown: Removes her ponytail as she savors freedom during the ending.
* MagicKnight: She and Celes are the only party members to learn magic naturally, her equipment selection is broad and includes swords and heavy armor, the best equipment types in the game, and her stats are all-around high, making her tough ''and'' able to sling spells. Some spinoffs and whatnot actually tend to ''forget'' this aspect, as she's rarely shown wearing armor and sometimes a far greater emphasis is placed on her being a spellcaster.
* MamaBear: Threaten her, enslave her, or try to kill her and she'll shrug it off. But if you have the bright idea to threaten her adopted children and attack her TrueCompanions... [[WreathedInFlames we]] [[UnstoppableRage hope]] [[TransformationSequence you]] [[SuperMode like]] [[KillItWithFire fire]].
* MeaningfulName: Her English name is Latin for "Earth". Also, her Japanese name, Tina, was picked for more reasons than simply because it was an exotic name in Japan than in the West: Tina is the shortened version of Christiana, which is the feminine form of "Christian", and is also the name of an early saint who was tormented by her pagan father. Similar to that early saint, Terra was tormented by the Empire when they took her as a child.
* MessianicArchetype: She's the child of a human and an Esper, the best hope to end the war on the Empire and bring peace to the world, and she fights Kefka knowing she may die doing it. She may also be the product of an immaculate conception, the GRatedSex between her parents is ambiguous in how it actually occurred. One could also stretch her transformation at Narshe and subsequent incapacitation at Zozo into a parallel of the "unknown years" of Jesus Christ; she goes missing for a period of time, and returns having accepted her origins and powers and takes a more active role in the war.
* MilitaryMage: Terra starts the game as a slave soldier in the Imperial Army controlled by a [[MindControlDevice mind-control crown]]. She does not appear to have a formal rank, but is used by her Magitek-riding handlers as a LivingWeapon.
* MindControlDevice: Kefka forces her to wear the Slave Crown, making her a puppet to his will.
* MyNameIsQuestionMarks: In the beginning, before the player names her.
* MysteriousPast: Terra's past aside from her origins is left almost entirely unexplored. We never find out the full extent of her servitude to the Empire - we know she wasn't consciously serving them, but what exactly was she used for? And as an even bigger question, what was her life like in between being kidnapped by Gestahl as an infant and being mind-controlled by Kefka as a young woman? It seems almost axiomatic that she was raised in Vector because Gestahl took her, but beyond that...
* MysteriousWaif: The other party members are quickly sympathetic to her and a good chunk of the first half is devoted to finding out her origins.
* MysticalWaif: The only one anyone's met who can use natural magic (until Celes joins). Also the only living human/esper mix.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Terra has a pendant which only appears as a key item and is only mentioned once in the story.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father is captured, and her mother is killed.
* ParentalSubstitute: For the Mobliz orphans, whom she takes care of since all their actual parents died.
* PersonalityPowers: Fire -- wild, destructive, and hard to control, but if you can manage it it's also very warm and comforting.
* PhlebotinumGirl: She starts out under Kefka's mind control, and can use special functions of Magitek Armor thanks to her innate magic. The game starts with her being injured trying to escape The Empire and is rescued by Locke.
* PhlebotinumRebel: She was a very valuable find for Gestahl until her Slave Crown came off.
* PlayingWithFire: Terra starts the game with Fire. She can also learn Fira, Firaga, and Meltdown naturally when she reaches certain levels if she doesn't already know the spells.
* PowerGlows: Some {{Fanon}} holds that this is actually the explanation for the BarbieDollAnatomy -- the glow is so bright, it obscures her clothes (thus, she's still clothed and wouldn't be showing ''that'' anatomy). Amano's artwork has it as a case of FurBikini.
* ThePowerOfLove: In the World of Ruin, [[spoiler:Terra stumbles upon a village of orphans whose parents were killed by Kefka and his [[LightIsNotGood Light of Judgment]]. She starts looking after them, the children take to calling her "Mama", and these new feelings confuse Terra. She eventually realizes that it was love all along and that the future of these children is worth fighting for (she finally understood what General Leo meant about love). It's this, and her love for her true companions, that saves her from going poof like the rest of the Espers and the world's magic at the end.]]
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Follow the path of her Esper form from [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120725071632/finalfantasy/images/thumb/d/d9/Terraesper.JPG/312px-Terraesper.JPG artwork]] to [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100925214708/finalfantasy/images/a/a7/Terra_esper_menu_portrait.gif GBA portrait]] to [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101218065930/finalfantasy/images/thumb/c/cc/Dissidia_Tina_Branford_ex.png/194px-Dissidia_Tina_Branford_ex.png Dissidia]] to [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140219003154/finalfantasy/images/3/33/FFVI_Terra_Esper_Menu_iOS.png smartphone portrait]] to [[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/LS0J_WDgY_E/maxresdefault.jpg Dissidia (2015)]].
* ProperlyParanoid: She is extremely wary of everyone she meets in the beginning because she's afraid they just want her for her powers. Although the Returners try to emphasize that they don't want to force her... [[ByNoIMeanYes they still basically want her for her powers.]]
* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Espers are not naturally emotional creatures, y'see, which leads to her powers being sapped to pretty much nothing while she struggles with learning how to love in the second half of the game.
* PutOnABus: After the battle in Narshe and her transformation into an Esper, Terra flies away as her powers go out of control. When her friends find her in Zozo, they discover that she still needs some time to get her head together. TheBusCameBack when the other Returners revisit Zozo after rescuing the Espers from Vector. Terra's regained her memories and made peace with who she is, and she rejoins the party.
* TheRedMage: Her job name is "Magitek Elite", but she's also a textbook example of a Final Fantasy Red Mage. She uses swords and wears heavy armor, and she also has a mix of offensive and defensive magic.
* ReluctantWarrior: Isn't much up to fighting in the World of Ruin during her CharacterDevelopment. Wasn't all that keen on the idea in the World of Balance, either.
* RequiredPartyMember: For the trip to the Esper Gate, you're forced to bring her along since she's the one who actually opens it. She's also the first character you can play as, and isn't able to be switched out for quite some time after the game begins.
* SorryImLate: In the second fight with Humbaba, she rushes in to help the party when half the team is blown out of combat and things look dire.
* SuperMode: Morph/Trance: It ''doubles'' her magical and physical damage, doubles her heals, and ''halves'' all the magic damage she takes (unless they are barrier-piercing spells). This ability is called the Boss Killer with good reason.
* SwordBeam: Her Riot Blade DesperationAttack fires waves of energy at opponents.
* TeamMom: It doesn't quite show until later. This also naturally implies [[MamaBear another trope]] is waiting in the wings at any time.
* TenMinuteRetirement: All characters experience this to some degree in the World of Ruin, but Terra's is the most prominent.
* TookALevelInBadass: Two times.
** The first is after you clear the Magitek Research Facility and she rejoins your party. She has her SuperMode under control now, and she's also a few levels stronger than when she left.
** Later, when she returns in the World of Ruin, not only is she more confident in who she is, but her Trance lasts twice as long.
* TykeBomb: She's been raised since she was a baby to be a living weapon for the Empire.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: A big issue for Terra. She struggles with learning how to love in the second half of the game. She finds it when she comes across a group of kids who don't have any parents.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her in-game appearance has green-hair. This has become a case of DependingOnTheArtist thanks to ''Dissidia'', where she has blonde hair as in her Amano artwork. Subsequent cameos use either color variably, since the green hair is still considered iconic.
* YouKilledMyFather: In the Japanese version and the UsefulNotes/{{G|ameBoyAdvance}}BA [[UpdatedRerelease version]], her mother, Madeline, spends the last moments of her life trying to keep Gestahl from taking Terra. In the English version of the original release she was already dying for unclear reasons and she willingly gave Terra to Gestahl and asked him to raise her. Gestahl knew she was [[HalfHumanHybrid half human and half esper]] and decided to take advantage of this. Madeline immediately demanded Terra back, but she did not succeed and she eventually died soon afterward.

[[folder:Locke Cole]]

->"Treasure hunter and trail-worn traveler, searching the world over for relics of the past..."

A wandering adventurer, Locke insists on being called a "treasure hunter", but in practice he's a thief who sometimes takes things that don't already have owners. His lover, Rachel, died in an Imperial attack many years ago, spurring Locke to fight the Empire. Rachel rejected him when she got amnesia saving him from an accident, and Locke blames himself for her death because he left her side and wasn't there to protect her. His dream is to find the legendary Magicite Phoenix, which could perhaps restore Rachel to life.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Has this mentality due to the tragedy with Rachel. He was quick to save and accompany both Terra and Celes.
* TheAtoner: A lot of Locke's compulsion to protect women comes from the fact that he's never forgiven himself for failing Rachel. As Celes rightly points out at the Opera House if you've taken her and Locke to Kohlingen, when Locke helped her escape from South Figaro, he was really saving Rachel.
* BadBadActing: His improvised on the spot acting after he, his comrades, and Ultros unintentionally hijack the Opera. The Impressario immediately comments on how awful Locke's acting is.
* BerserkButton: Calling a thief ''really'' ticks him off.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: How he feels about being called a "thief".
* BodyguardCrush: Locke swears to protect Celes because she reminds him of Rachel; he eventually falls in love with her.
* BreakTheCutie: Though he doesn't show it, Locke is constantly haunted by his memory of Rachel.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: When in South Figaro, Locke can steal clothes from merchants and guards to disguise himself, and changes costume with a quick spin around.
* ChickMagnet: Has shades of this with Terra and Celes. Sorry, Edgar!
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: See below.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: In this case, he'll rip your lungs out if you keep calling him a thief (Ted Woolsey translation only).
* DressingAsTheEnemy: During his escape from South Figaro, Locke does this by stealing his enemy's clothes... ''during combat''.
* FailureKnight: Played straight with Rachel. He couldn't save her from her accident and he wasn't in Kohlingen when TheEmpire attacked and killed her. [[spoiler:Averted in the ending, when Locke saves Celes.]]
* GentlemanThief: He's not a thief, he's a treasure hunter! But either way, he's quite polite, chivalrous, and friendly.
* GuileHero: Tends to fight more with finesse than brute strength. He had to pull off an MGS in order to escape South Figaro while it was occupied.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Aside from knives and boomerangs, Locke is capable of wielding swords, including the Ragnarok and Illumina/Lightbringer (which he can make good use out of if using Mug without draining MP to do instant criticals).
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Twice over. The accident that cause Rachel's amnesia happened when she rescued him from a fall in a mountain, so [[ItsAllMyFault he and]] [[WhatTheHellHero her father both blamed him for it]]. Then [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he left town]] to let her start a new life without him, and she was killed in an Imperial attack.
-->'''Locke:''' I never should have left her side. I... I failed her...
* IconicItem: His bandanna, to the point Celes recognizes it as his when she sees a bird carrying it.
* InsistentTerminology: He is '''''not''''' a thief, thank you! He's a treasure hunter. It's lampshaded in-game immediately after he makes the distinction.
-->'''Locke:''' I prefer the term "treasure hunting"! \\
'''Arvis:''' Ha! Semantic nonsense! \\
'''Locke:''' There's a huge difference!
* ItsAllMyFault: How he felt about Rachel's amnesia.
* ItsPersonal: Locke's reason for going against the Empire was because Rachel was killed by them in a raid.
* KleptomaniacHero: He isn't fooling anybody with his Treasure Hunter speech.
* KnifeNut: Locke's class "Adventurer" is modeled after tradition Thieves, thus he mostly equips daggers and short swords. His InfinityPlusOneSword in the ports is the Zwill Crossblade, a dagger.
* TheLancer: To Terra. He accompanies her during two fair stretches of the game, and when she's PutOnABus, Locke effectively takes over as the leader of the group until she comes back, one segment during that time revealing his backstory at last. His friendly enthusiasm and adventure lust also contrast Terra's social isolation and hesitation during the first part of the game.
* LightningBruiser: In sharp contrast to the FragileSpeedster nature of most Thieves in the series, Locke's official job is "Adventurer". The difference is he gets greater access to heavy equipment and the top-tier swords for excellent offense and defense, and he keeps the expected high speed.
* LoveHurts: Locke can't forgive himself for what happened to Rachel [[spoiler:until after the Phoenix revives her and she convinces him otherwise]].
* LoveableRogue: He seems to be the sort that makes a point of only stealing from his enemies.
* MeaningfulName[=/=]PunnyName[=/=]GratuitousGerman: Locke '''Cole''' comes from a town called '''Kohl'''ingen, which is roughly equivalent to a town name like "Coalton". His first name may be taken either as a bad {{Pun}} (what is it any self-respecting thief ought to be able to get past?) or a reference to the English philosopher John Locke, who espoused "government by consent of the governed" and the theory of Tabula Rasa -- Locke is embroiled in a struggle against the EvilEmpire and is particularly protective of the amnesiac Terra, due to his backstory. John Locke also wrote extensively about the concept of private property, which adds an ironic twist to the name.
** Locke's last name of "Cole" may also be seen as a reference to the Cole National Company, known for manufacturing keys. Not only does Locke pick several locks during the game, he's pretty much the ''only'' thief we see doing this in the entire series.
* MuggedForDisguise: When Locke is trapped in South Figaro after the Empire takes over, he can steal the clothes from merchants and imperial soldiers to disguise himself as one of them. [[PaperThinDisguise Somehow, this works flawlessly]].
* MyGreatestFailure: Not being able to rescue Rachel from her accident and later death.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: [[spoiler:As the party escapes Kefka's Tower, Celes drops the bandanna she found on Solitary Island and, as she runs back for it, the floor begins to collapse. Celes begins to hang onto an edge as Locke rushes to save her, and this time he refuses to let go.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Locke sees himself as this for failing to protect Rachel.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the ''Advance'' translation.
-->'''Locke:''' Dammit! Got to get to Narshe on the fly.
* RequiredPartyMember: Of all the playable characters, Locke is required for the most amount of time. He has his own scenario in South Figaro where he meets Celes, and he goes with Celes again after Zozo, when he comes along to protect her during the infiltration of Vector. He also accompanies Terra to Crescent Island due to his lack of trust in the Empire [[spoiler:(which unsurprisingly turns out to be justified)]]. Finally, if you want to full explore Narshe in the World of Ruin, you need to bring Locke along to pick the doorlocks.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He left his hometown after Rachel's accident.
* StealthInsult: To Edgar. [[ImStandingRightHere Minus the stealth.]]
--> '''Locke:''' Terra, please wait for me, and please, don't let a lecherous young king, who shall remain nameless, near you.
* TakeMyHand: During the ending, he dives to grab Celes' hand as the floor crumbles behind them.
* VideoGameStealing: His special ability is Steal, which consists of him leaping at an enemy's sprite to steal an item. Exclusively during his infiltration of South Figaro, he can also steal clothing from merchants or soldiers to use as a disguise.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Edgar, whom he pokes fun at and who mocks him in return.

[[folder:Edgar Roni Figaro]]

->"The young king of Figaro Castle, Imperial ally, and champion of the technological revolution..."
->''Voiced by'' (via ''VideoGame/WorldOfFinalFantasy''): Creator/ShinichiroMiki (Japanese), Creator/RayChase (English)

The King of Figaro Castle, Edgar is not only a genius engineer, but also a shameless flirt and womanizer. Though he pretends to be an Imperial supporter, he uses Locke to negotiate alliance with the Returners behind closed doors. After Kefka attacks his castle, Edgar throws off the charade and joins the rebels in fighting back against the Empire.
* AnnoyingArrows: Averted; the Auto Crossbow is a DiscOneNuke capable of [[OneHitMultiKill one-shotting entire groups of enemies]] for a long time.
* AsManyXAsThereAreY: When Kefka inquires about Terra, Edgar responds, "There are more girls in here than grains of sand out there; I can't possibly keep track of them all!" His castle is in the middle of a desert.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's more than willing to ''personally'' fight the Empire, and is one of the most powerful characters in the game for the first part of it.
* AutomaticCrossbows: His first (and arguably his [[DiscOneNuke most useful, before they become obsolete]]) tool.
* BladeOnAStick: With the Dragoon equipment, spears and pikes become his most powerful weapons later in the game. In the ports, his InfinityPlusOneSword is the Longinus.
* BlindedByTheLight: His Flash tool blares an array of light at enemies to damage them and inflict Blind.
* BoomerangBigot: Edgar remarks that he doesn't like men because they don't listen, despite being a man himself.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's incredibly weird, he'll hit on any female of age, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking his icon depicts him with a goofy grin]], but he created several advanced machines (including a castle that can submerge ''into the ground'' and emerge hundreds of miles away) and is a very good ruler.
* CasanovaWannabe: He hits on quite a few women throughout the course of the game, but he's successful with very few of them.
** In-Universe as well: Locke and Sabin poke fun at him for this.
* ChainsawGood: Edgar can use a chainsaw that sometimes kills the enemy in one hit or deal massive damage.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: After their father's death, Edgar and Sabin were to co-rule. Both wanted out, but at the same time didn't want to plunge the kingdom into chaos with their absence since there would be no heir. So they settled it with a coin toss. Edgar, being the protective brother he is, rigged the toss with a double-headed coin so it landed in Sabin's favor. Thus Sabin won his freedom while Edgar stayed in Figaro to rule alone.
* ChivalrousPervert: Or at least he tries to be. He's not nearly the ladies man he acts.
* CulturedBadass: Well, he is a king. Though he's not TheDandy, he does dress far more nattily than most of the team.
* DeadlyGas: His Bio Blaster shoots a cloud of poisonous mist over enemies.
* DiscOneNuke: Edgar is easily the strongest member of your team when you get him. His Auto Crossbow hits all enemies for more damage than a normal attack, at no cost or drawback, and will end most enemy encounters in one turn. Once you get to Zozo and learn magic, the Auto Crossbow starts to fade in power, but Edgar gets a Disc Two Nuke with the Flash (which is basically the Auto Crossbow but better), and he also gets the Drill and Chainsaw for high single target damage (the Drill hits harder, as it ignores armor, while the Chainsaw has a 25% to instantly kill enemies vulnerable to it, making it better for random encounters). By the time you get to the World of Ruin, he's on equal footing with everyone else.
* DramaticIrony: In the World of Ruin, he masquerades as "Gerad" to take command of a band of thieves that escaped from Figaro Castle when it got stuck while submerging, so they can lead him through the caves they used to escape and he can get into the castle and fix the problem. Yes -- the king of Figaro takes command of the thieves he imprisoned so they can break back into the castle they escaped from in the first place. Celes even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this.
* TheDutifulSon: Edgar willingly stayed behind to rule over Figaro when Sabin became so desperate to strike out on his own. Edgar eventually settled the matter with a rigged coin toss that allowed Sabin to leave with a clear conscience.
* EmperorScientist: To a degree, as he is a rather skilled machinist.
* TheEngineer: Early localizations even have his class being Engineer.
* GadgeteerGenius: Invented a submersible land castle, and fights with mechanical tools in battle.
* GeniusBruiser: He's quite an intelligent man and his Tools make him one of the most hard-hitting party members in the early game.
* TheGoodKing: It's quite apparent all of Figaro loves Edgar and considers him a great king. He's earned that sentiment. See InsistsOnPaying further down the page.
* GuileHero: All of his greatest moments involve outwitting someone rather than defeating them through strength. His own ''twin'' doesn't always know what he's up to.
* HockeyMaskAndChainsaw: A random effect with the Chainsaw is for Edgar to don a hockey mask and attempt to deal a OneHitKO.
* InsistsOnPaying: If you have him at the head of your party while in Figaro Castle, the shopkeepers there will refuse to take any payment from their own king. Edgar insists ("Look, don't you have a family to feed? Just shut up and take it."), and the player gets a 50% discount as a compromise.
* TheJailBaitWait:
** Regarding Relm:
--->'''Edgar:''' Not even a lady yet... Here's hoping you're still around in eight years, kid.
*** Though, given the PlayerPunch that had just preceded this, this arguably isn't so much this trope as it is "Hope you don't ''die''".
** There's also a little girl in Figaro to whom he apparently told he'd marry her when she's grown up.
* KingIncognito: Well, sort of. Celes (and probably the player, for that matter) figures out who "Gerad" is immediately, but he keeps up the charade. Fortunately, the criminals he's infiltrating don't know Edgar as well as Celes does, so the trick works on them.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: It comes off when he talks to Sabin in the throne room. Beneath the noble king is a man who deeply misses his brother and has doubts over his own effectiveness as a ruler.
* MeaningfulName: Edgar is an English name that means "great spearman". Edgar [[InfinityPlusOneSword best weapon]] is The Longinus in the GBA, IOS, Android and PC ports, which is a Spear.
* MightyGlacier: His tools can dish out a lot of punishment-- his Autocrossbow tends to hand out {{One Hit Poly Kill}}s on command, and the Drill is fantastic against bosses-- but he's also very slow.
* ModestRoyalty: Although he's clearly seen as king by his subjects, he avoids gratuitous special treatment by insisting he pay them for their wares.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: When Kefka comes looking for Terra, Edgar feigns like he has no idea who Kefka is talking about, much less how Kefka expects him to know if she came to Figaro.
* PaperThinDisguise: As the bandit leader Gerad, who looks identical to Edgar but with a PaletteSwap.
* RainOfArrows: His Auto-Crossbow shoots a storm of arrows, three for each enemy on-screen.
* ReluctantRuler: He didn't particularly want to become the king, but it was him or Sabin and he knew Sabin wanted a life of freedom, so he took the burden for him.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He is the king of Figaro, and one of your most versatile and most valuable party members.
* SignificantAnagram: "Gerad" in the English version; his alias is "Geoff" in the Japanese version.
* SmallNameBigEgo: A possible {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. He's known as a flirt to his subjects (and the children want to marry him), but his banter to Terra and Celes is not reciprocated. If one pays attention, though, he only attempts it once as a kind of greeting and treats them normally from then on.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When in his "Gerad" disguise, he tries to get rid of Celes while saying "My Lady". Celes responds that only Edgar would address her that way, and after a moment of silence, he declares that "My Lady" is a fairly common way of addressing someone. In the GBA translation, he refers to Celes as a "beautiful lady", saying that it's common courtesy to be polite to ladies.
* StaticCharacter: Edgar doesn't change personality-wise as the game goes on. He doesn't need to, seeing as his development was completed before the game began.
* StatusBuffDispel: Edgar's Debilitator tool adds an elemental weakness to an enemy. Being completely random, you could easily end up with a fire-spitting dragon that's suddenly weak to fire, and you could reuse it until an enemy was weak to every element.
* ThisIsADrill: Edgar's toolset includes one massive power drill, complete with safety helmet.
* TwoHeadedCoin: He uses such a coin in his childhood gambit with Sabin, betting which of them will leave the kingdom on the result, knowing that when it comes up heads Sabin will be able to live his own life guilt-free. If he's in the party when Celes is abducted by Setzer, it's strongly implied Edgar passes the coin on to her to use for her own bet, and then Setzer holds onto it. If Edgar and Sabin are both in the party, this will be depicted and Sabin will comment on it.
* WithThisHerring: The King of Figaro has joined the party! That means lots of resources, right? Wrong, he comes with some basic tools and equipment. It is somewhat justified in that he spends most of the game on the run, or with his kingdom in shambles, and the shops in his castle are more than willing to give him free stuff. He simply insists on paying since they have families to feed, and settles at a 50% discount.

[[folder:Sabin Rene Figaro]]

->"Edgar's twin brother, who traded the throne for his own freedom..."
->''Voiced by'' (via ''Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnium''): Shinshu Fuji (Japanese)

When Edgar and Sabin's father passed away, the two brothers settled the matter of succession in their own way. Sabin, disgusted with the ordeal and wanting revenge against the Empire that was rumored to be behind their father's death, left the castle but never strayed far from the kingdom, training with a martial arts master near South Figaro. When Edgar mobilizes Figaro against the Empire, Sabin joins his brother in the fight.
* ActionCommands: His Blitz attacks require controller inputs, but you can't use them until you've actually learned them in-game.
* AnimalBattleAura: Tiger Break blasts a tiger-shaped aura of energy at enemies.
* BadassBeard: In some Amano artwork. He's clean-shaven in the in-game sprites, portraits, and CG art though.
* BigEater: Cyan is taken aback at his big appetite and [[JabbaTableManners noisy eating]].
* BigLittleBrother: Played straight. He's the younger of the twins, and is supposed to be a tad taller than Edgar. He's also built like a padded bank vault due to years of training, whereas Edgar has a standard build.
* BoisterousBruiser: Built like a bodybuilder and with a happy, friendly personality.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: The dude can suplex a ''train'', and manages to hold up a collapsing burning building for several minutes during a sequence later in the game.
* CulturedBadass: Despite spending the last 10 years away from Figaro and a royal lifestyle, Sabin still displays knowledge of things such as proper etiquette, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsYd0IvjMg such as when he takes Gau to meet the man he thinks is Gau's father.]]
** Then again, if you take him to the [[AtTheOperaTonight Opera]]...
-->'''Sabin:''' Uh...why's everyone singing?
* DefectorFromDecadence: Okay, so Figaro isn't all ''that'' decadent, but regardless, Sabin became highly disenchanted with royalty once it became clear that the court was more worried about who would succeed the king despite his supposed death at the hands of the Empire and made it abundantly clear that he wanted out.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Sabin dives off a raft to fight Ultros, only to be swept away from the rest of the party by the strong current.
* DiscOneNuke: Sabin's Rising Phoenix can one shot every battle when you get it. If you use him in battle consistently, you can easily end up one or two shotting every non-boss battle up to the end of the Floating Continent.
* DubNameChange: From Mash to Sabin, to give him a royal-sounding name.
* DuelBoss: After Vargas blows everyone except Sabin away, it becomes Sabin vs. Vargas.
* GentleGiant: He's the largest human character in game, and physically the strongest. He's also a pretty nice guy.
* GotMeDoingIt: After having a hard time trying to instruct Cyan on how to operate the Magitek armor:
-->'''Sabin:''' Oh, for...! Thou art getting to be quite a pain in the-- Great, now I'm even starting to talk like you!
* HeroicBuild: The official art depicts him as muscular.
* HeroicSacrifice: While he doesn't actually canonically pull one in-game, his Soul Spiral/Spiraler Blitz can be used to this effect as it restores the other party members' HP and cures all their status ailments (even KO and Zombie), at the cost of Sabin's life (his HP goes down to 0 and he's removed from the battle). Unfortunately, the AIRoulette can make him use this during the one-on-one battles at the Colosseum, which causes you to lose instantly in a SenselessSacrifice.
* HolyHandGrenade: Sabin's [[KamehameHadoken Aura Cannon]] Blitz does Holy elemental damage.
* IGotBigger: We're told that as a kid, Sabin was very small and had a weak constitution. After years of training, we see that's no longer the case.
* InformedDeformity: After a flashback to Edgar and Sabin as children, the person telling the story comments that at that time Sabin was small -- even smaller than Edgar. However, the flashback used the same sprites as the rest of the game, when Sabin is a very large bodybuilder.
* InsistsOnPaying: Like his brother, the merchants at Figaro don't feel comfortable charging the prince for goods. Sabin forces them to accept payment because they need to support themselves.
* KamehameHadoken: Aura Cannon fires a large blue energy blast from his palms.
* KiAttacks: How his Blitzes are implied to work. With the exception of Raging Fist and Suplex/Meteor Strike, all of Sabin's blitzes use his magic stat to determine damage.
* LoadBearingHero: Two examples: When he holds up the collapsing house so that Celes can save the child trapped inside, and during the ending, when he saves his brother from some collapsing junk.
* PlayingWithFire: His Rising Phoenix Blitz, which launches a barrage of flaming Sabin spectres at enemies.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: His Raging Fist is a rapid series of punch attacks. His training with Duncan implies Phantom Rush is likewise this trope, but it's not clear what Sabin is actually doing when he uses it in battle.
* RazorWind: One of his Blitzes, Razor Gale, sends slicing blades of wind at enemies.
* RebelPrince: Didn't want to be king, preferring to focus on his martial arts.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Despite not really being involved in the monarchy, he's still a prince, and quickly becomes a hero to rival any of the others.
* ShirtlessScene: Occasionally, in official artwork and CGI animation. He'd be a WalkingShirtlessScene except for the fact that he ''does'' often wear a shirt (and his game sprites are always sporting one).
* ShoutOut: He's a walking shoutout to [[FightingGame fighting games]] in general.
** The first Blitz you learn is a picture perfect [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Zanretsuken]], right down to the input command.
** Guess what the input for [[KamehameHadoken Aura Cannon]] is? [[StreetFighter Quarter-circle forward + A]].
* SomeDexterityRequired: Sabin's Blitz techniques, while freed from many variables in {{Fighting Game}}s, still require pulling off ''StreetFighter''-esque input commands. However, the game is much more lenient, and not only can commands be given one button press at a time, but the more difficult ones (even the 360-motion Phantom Rush) can be performed with easy and simplified button presses. Just remember not to [[DamnYouMuscleMemory reverse the inputs when you're attacked from the rear]].
* SorryImLate: Shows up when the party fights Vargas and saves them from him, fighting him as a DuelBoss.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: From healing others to blasting his opponents or summoning firestorms, its easy to understand why he has the power to suplex a train.
* SuplexFinisher: An early-game Blitz, though it was retranslated to "Meteor Smash" for the [=PSX=] and [=GBA=] releases. It does a ton of damage, though most bosses are immune to it, with the [[MemeticMutation notable exception]] of the Phantom Train.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: How he learns the Phantom Rush Blitz if he hasn't already learned it from leveling. [[spoiler:Multiple rounds one-on-one with Duncan until he picks it up.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In the [=FMVs=] in the ''Anthology'' release, he's topless.
* WolverineClaws: His WeaponOfChoice, being based on the Monk class. Notably this means he ''avoids'' the BareFistedMonk trope many other Monks in the series subscribe too: Sabin needs weapons as much as any other party member.
* YouShouldntKnowThisAlready: Even if you know the proper inputs, Sabin cannot use a Blitz until he actually learns it by leveling up.

[[folder:Celes Chere]]

->"A Magitek knight forged by the Empire and tempered in battle. None have ever truly known the woman beneath the general's guise..."
->''Voiced by'' (via ''VideoGame/WorldOfFinalFantasy''): Creator/HoukoKuwashima (Japanese), Christina Rose (English)

An Imperial General and a Magitek Knight skilled in ice magic, Celes was imprisoned for treason and held captive in the occupied South Figaro to be executed. Locke freed her and she joined the Returners, though not everyone was readily accepting of an infamous turncoat. Celes is popularly considered TheHero and TheProtagonist of the second half of the game. In the World of Ruin, she becomes the viewpoint character for the first segment of the new world and begins PuttingTheBandBackTogether.
* ActionGirl: She was an Imperial General and is one of the most powerful characters in the game, with excellent stats, equipment, and natural magic.
* TheAloner: The possibility of being the last living person in the world after [[spoiler:Cid's death]] is not a pretty thought.
* AntiMagic: Her Runic ability causes magic to be targeted at her. It also absorbs all damage and gives Celes the amount of MP it took to cast the spell.
* ArrangedMarriage: Averted. In the GBA version of the climactic scene atop the Floating Continent, Gestahl urges Celes to return to the empire. He then announces his expectation that Celes and Kefka will [[{{Squick}} conceive children]] for his empire. Celes refuses, and [[MonsterClown given]] [[TheSociopath Kefka's]] [[AxCrazy personality]], can you blame her?
* TheAtoner: Joins the Returners partially out of a desire to atone for her crimes as a member of the Imperial army. Her most specific described war atrocity was the burning of Maranda.
* AudienceSurrogate: Celes assumes this role for the second half of the game, though it gradually gives way as she is rejoined with more of her friends. In the ending, she becomes the viewpoint character again for the most part, and expresses the most concern over Terra's disappearance. She, Edgar, and Setzer are the only characters you ''must'' have to finish the game.
* BadassCape: Her costume includes one, even though it's only present in the sprites rather than the artwork.
* BrokenBird: It's clear when she joins the party that she doesn't have any experience with genuine friendship and affection. [[spoiler:It gets even worse on the World of Ruin, where she may make a suicide attempt depending on the player's actions.]]
* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:In the World of Ruin, she attempts suicide by leaping off a cliff if Cid dies, but survives the fall.]]
* CelebrityResemblance: In-universe, Celes resembles the opera singer Maria. Because of this, she becomes a drop-in replacement for the original singer, as part of a plan to obtain an airship. Setzer noticed the difference only after bringing her aboard.
* TheChick: As far as the storyline goes, in both the positive and negative aspects. She's the "heart" that pulls the group back together in the World of Ruin. She also spends much of her spotlight in the game pining over Locke.
* ConcertClimax: She is a replacement singer for the opera and the target of Ultros' 4-ton anvil.
* ConvenientComa: Celes was in a coma during the first year in the World of Ruin, giving plenty of time for the other party members to end up in the situations she finds them in.
* DarkReprise: The Aria that Celes sings during the opera is repeated in her character theme/leitmotif... the night before Terra, Locke, Shadow, Celes, and Leo depart to Thamasa from the Albrook port, when [[spoiler:Locke is trying to apologize to Celes for thinking that she was a traitor during the confrontation with Kefka in the Magitek Lab. It plays again when she attempts suicide by jumping off the cliff after Cid dies]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: Committed treason (of some sort) when she realized that Kefka planned on poisoning Doma's water supply.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Joins the party with a very [[AnIcePerson cold attitude]], and then Locke gradually defrosts her. After the halfway point of the game, Celes becomes much more friendly towards the rest of the party and is altogether more optimistic and hopeful, to the point where she eventually becomes their unifying force. Edgar practically lampshades the trope in the SNES version, commenting that Celes is "cold as ice" when they first meet.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Her Amano artwork depicts her as wearing a deep yellow uniform, her top variably being a corset with gloves or a yellow jacket with a purple/blue/black top. Her superdeformed art, as well as her in-game sprite, instead show her wearing a white cape over a green leotard. While the yellow outfit is not uncommon, in fan or official materials, it's the cape and leotard look that's stuck with her through her spin-off appearances.
* DespairEventHorizon: After Celes wakes up from a year long coma to realize that the world really was destroyed, she's stranded on a deserted island with Cid, and everyone she knew is probably dead. [[spoiler:Then, if you don't manage to save him, Cid's death completely shatters what small shred of hope was left in her, which leads to her attempted suicide.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:If Cid dies, Celes loses any hope for life and leaps off a cliff. She survives, however, and it's possible to avoid it by healing Cid properly.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: She appears in the background of one of Terra's flashbacks long before she appears in the main game as an Imperial General alongside Kefka and Leo.
* EmergencyImpersonation: Celes has to impersonate Maria so you can find a way onto Setzer's airship.
* {{Foil}}: To Terra. They have nearly identical equipment save for one armor piece and their exclusive weapons in the [=GBA=] version, and their stats are very similar. Their contrasts include outfits (green dress with white cloak, red dress with pink cloak), abilities (Runic with Ice and defensive status spells vs Trance with Fire and offensive status spells), and personalities. Terra is innocent, naive, and idealistic while Celes is proud, snarky, and cynical. As she takes over as the viewpoint character in the World of Ruin, some fans consider her a deuteragonist. It's also a rumor that Terra's hair was changed to green in-game to contrast Celes being blond.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: In both the artwork and her sprites. Noble and heroic traits included.
* HeelFaceTurn: Before the game begins, Celes burns Maranda to the ground; she's the reason that everyone is rebuilding the town when you visit. She resigns from the Imperial Army and is arrested for it afterwards, and after Locke rescues her in Figaro, Celes joins the Returners.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Almost all of her weapons are swords and her ability Runic must have a sword equipped in order to work. Her InfinityPlusOneSword in the ports is the Save The Queen.
* AnIcePerson: Her natural magic includes the Blizzard line of spells, contrasting Terra using Fire. She's also seen as a bit of an IceQueen, with the comparison directly made by Edgar.
* IdenticalStranger: Celes is the spitting image of the opera star Maria, but is implied to have barely an idea of who she is.
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Twice; first when Edgar remarks Locke is smitten with her, and again when the party suggests she impersonate Maria.
-->'''Celes:''' "I'm a general, not some love-starved twit!" (GBA translation)
-->'''Celes:''' "I'm a general, not some opera floozy!" (SNES translation)
* ImprobableAge: She's only 18 years old and she already reached the rank of General, placing her in a similar level to the older Leo and Kefka whom are in their 30s. Her being a Magitek Knight skilled in ice magic may have something to do with it.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Only in the first translation, when her character quote describes her as having "a spirit as pure as snow." Kind of an InformedAttribute when paired with the fact that she is a former general who is infamous for torching a city.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: She's aloof, cold, and elegant, as well as a capable magic-caster who's skilled with ice magic.
* LadyOfWar: She's cool-headed, graceful and looks beautiful in an opera dress. She is also a skilled fighter who can use swords, knives and maces. Her artwork even shows her striking an elegant pose while holding a sword.
* LeotardOfPower: Her in-game sprite shows her in a green leotard.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Her character description in the GBA retranslation states this when it says, "None have ever truly known the woman beneath the general's guise..."
* LoveHurts: [[spoiler:If you let Cid die, Celes tries to kill herself. Before she throws herself off a cliff, she thinks about how everyone is gone; she specifically mentions Locke.]]
* MagicKnight: Aside from a very small handful of exclusive items, Celes's equipment and stats are mirror images of Terra's in this regard. Interestingly, unlike Terra, spinoffs tend to not only remember but put more of am emphasis on her "knightly" abilities.
* MementoMacGuffin: Finding Locke's bandana tied around a seagull is what gives her the hope to get off of the solitary island and start searching for her friends after her [[spoiler:failed attempted suicide, if Cid dies]]. It appears again in the ending.
* MilitaryMage: She was infused with magic as a baby, after the process was perfected and no longer caused [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]]. She holds the rank of General in the Imperial Army. We never actually see her commanding troops, but dialogue tells us that she was in charge of the campaign to capture the town of Miranda. Besides the offensive and healing abilities that all mages in the setting share, she has a unique [[CounterSpell magic absorption]] ability that makes her an effective [[AntiMagic counter-mage]], although ironically this doesn't prove useful until she turns ''against'' TheEmpire.
* TheMole: Subverted. Although Kefka implies that she was a double agent to the Returners, she actually did defect to the Returners, proving her loyalty by teleporting Kefka away before he could attack.
* MysteriousPast: There is very little backstory on how Celes rose to the rank of general, and even exactly what she did to get herself imprisoned or her motives for whatever she did. We know she was a bit fond of Cid even before the start of the World of Ruin, and she seems to find Kefka's methods distasteful from the start, but anything beyond that is left out.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: It was nice of her to prove her loyalty to the Returners by [[spoiler:turning the sword Gestahl gave her on Kefka]], but she really should have killed him instead of just stabbing him and then backing off. [[spoiler:The sight of his own blood and the sting of Celes' betrayal finally catapult him off the deep end, and he seizes the Triad for himself and kills Gestahl.]] Oops.
* OverrankedSoldier: General at age eighteen. Try to figure that one out.
* PersonalityPowers: Ice -- cold, stoic and hard when the party first meets her, but gradually softens into a kind and compassionate woman. Again, DefrostingIceQueen.
* PimpedOutDress: Worn when she was in the opera. The [=FMVs=] from the [=PS1=] version lavish quite a bit of attention on it.
* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:If Cid dies on Solitary Island, Celes thinks, at first, that Cid isn't really dead, but then she realizes he really is gone. Cue SparklingStreamOfTears and attempted DrivenToSuicide.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:If Cid dies]], Celes will see a pigeon on the beach with a blue bandanna wrapped around its wound. Celes recognizes it as Locke's bandanna and knows that he must be alive. Knowing that Locke is out there somewhere is enough motivation for Celes to leave Solitary Island and find her friends.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: In the second half of the game, this is her quest.
* RequiredPartyMember: With Locke after Zozo, she becomes the effective party leader to infiltrate Vector, since she knows the Empire best. She's also the first party member you get back in the World of Ruin, and for a short time, is the only playable character. She can only be switched out of the party again after getting the second airship.
* SecondLove: For Locke, who eventually moves on from Rachel's death to be with her.
* SheCleansUpNicely: When she poses as Maria, leading to an amusing moment of Locke looking her up and down and turning beet red.
* SparklingStreamOfTears: She leaves tears behind when she leaps off the cliff if [[spoiler:Cid dies]].
* SpinAttack: Her Desperation Attack, Spinning Edge, has her leap towards enemies and spin in place with her sword out.
* StatuesqueStunner: Skirts the line at 5'8".
* SuperSoldier: Augmented with Magitek so she could use magic.
* {{Tykebomb}}: The Empire infused Celes with magic at a young age, much like was done to Kefka, except it didn't cause mental instability in Celes since by that time the process had been refined. Kids have better mental rebound as well.
* VisibleSilence: Her attitude towards Locke after the events in the Magitek Labs.
* WinkDing: After she got on Setzer's Airship, she flashes one to the player, since it's AllAccordingToPlan.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Celes is only 18 years old at the start of the game, and 19 years old when she wakes up on Solitary Island.


->"He comes and goes like the wind, swearing allegiance to no one. Hidden behind his wintry gaze lies a face known to none who live..."
->''Voiced by'' (via ''Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnium''): Yoshito Yasuhara (Japanese)

Shadow is a mysterious ninja for hire who loans his muscle to anyone who can pay his fee, then leaves when it pleases him or when his contract is fulfilled. His true name and his past are a mystery. His lone companion is his loyal dog, Interceptor, who accompanies him everywhere.
* AntiHero: He starts out as a mercenary who will work for anyone who can pay him without question. After [[spoiler:being betrayed by the Empire]] he becomes a ClassicalAntiHero -- a stoic loner tortured by old memories.
* TheAtoner: For the events described below under MercyKill.
* AttackAnimal: Interceptor will often [[MeaningfulName intercept]] attacks meant for Shadow and then perform a powerful counterattack.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: "Shadow" is a pretty fitting name for a ninja mercenary. His real name is the rather ordinary [[spoiler:Clyde Arrowny]].
* BloodKnight: When you defeat him in the Coliseum, your party asks him what he's doing there, and he explains that fighting is the only thing he knows how to do. He eventually agrees to join the Returners, mostly so he can put his skills up to the ultimate challenge. The reason for this isn't revealed until much later, and then only to the player.
* CanineCompanion: Interceptor, his loyal dog who follows him anywhere. It's when Interceptor ''stops'' his blind loyalty that something is up, [[spoiler:namely, with Relm.]]
* CounterAttack: Interceptor will occasionally block and counter attacks from enemies.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He was formerly a train robber, but he ended up chickening out of giving Baram a mercy kill, and it is hinted that his assassin/mercenary role was his way of running from his guilt for failing to do so.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: He wears all black, and is hinted to kill for money, but overall, he's not half-bad.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:It's the only way for him to atone for the spoiler mentioned in MercyKill below.]]
* DefeatMeansPlayable: In the World of Ruin. The only way to recruit him is to fight him in the Coliseum.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:When the details of Shadow's five dreams and Relm's one dream are combined, it becomes certain that he is Relm's missing father.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:It's implied in the ending that he deliberately stayed behind when Kefka's Tower was collapsing on top of him as a means to atone for failing to grant his partner-in-crime his mercy kill.]]
* TheDrifter: In the World of Balance, sans the Floating Continent, Shadow can leave the party at set points in the story, or after he's earned enough money to earn his hiring fee.
* EmotionSuppression: He tells Terra that there are many people like him who have killed their emotions and warns her against forgetting that, implying that he thinks she'd be wise to not do the same.
* EveryoneHasStandards: A programming quirk automatically gives Shadow the party leader slot when Kefka announces that he's going to poison Doma. Unless the player switches Sabin back in, this leads to ''Shadow'' expressing moral outrage over an inhumane atrocity.
* FlashbackNightmare: In the World of Ruin, resting in an inn with Shadow in the party causes him to have dreams of his past.
* GameBreakingBug: "Interceptor" is considered a permanent status effect for Shadow, and unfortunately, this makes it vulnerable to the infamous Rippler glitch. If an enemy snatches up Shadow's status and is then killed, kiss his beloved pooch good-bye outside of story sequences.
* GuestStarPartyMember: He'll join your party at a few points throughout the first half of the game, but will decide to leave either through random chance after an enemy encounter or at designated points in the plot. He can be recruited permanently if the player waits for him on the Floating Continent and bets a certain knife in the Coliseum.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:Was asked by his friend, Baram, to kill him, since he couldn't do it himself because of his mortal wounds. Clyde, as Shadow was known then, couldn't do it and ran away.]]
* InterfaceSpoiler: [[spoiler:The Memento Ring, which is described as using the love of Relm's mother to protect from OneHitKill attacks, can only be equipped by Relm... and Shadow.]]
* IronicEcho: More evident in the GBA translation, in which Edgar claims that Shadow would kill his best friend for the right price. As mentioned above, however, he couldn't.
* IWasJustPassingThrough: [[spoiler:He saves the party from the burning mansion in Thamasa, but when Strago thanks him for it, he claims he just wanted Interceptor back, who happened to be with them. This is implied to be BlatantLies.]]
* IWorkAlone: After the Fire incident in Thamasa, Shadow tells the rest of the party that he will look for the Espers in his own way.
* KilledOffForReal: If you leave the FloatingContinent without him. [[spoiler:Also strongly implied to be what happens to him in the ending of the game if he survived the first act, though [[NeverFoundTheBody his fate is never firmly established]].]]
* LackOfEmpathy: He alludes to this when he tells Terra that some people deliberately kill their emotions. Shadow himself is not a case though, since we know he cares for Interceptor.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Not outright stated (at least until possibly a 1995 interview with Squaresoft), but his dreams heavily imply that [[spoiler:he is Relm's father]].
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Shadow, back when he was Clyde the train robber, chickened out of mercy killing his wounded comrade Baram, and left him to be captured. He never forgives himself for it.]]
* MoralityPet: Shadow's devotion to his dog Interceptor is one of the chief things that humanizes him.
* NeutralNoLonger: Shadow's first appearances show him mostly unconcerned with the conflict between the Empire and the Returners, only showing up [[OnlyInItForTheMoney for a paycheck]]. However, [[IWasJustPassingThrough despite his claims to the contrary]], he starts warming to the party's aims, and eventually Kefka and Geshtal's grand plan nearly kills Shadow, which results in him siding with the party (though, as noted under IWorkAlone, that doesn't mean he works ''with'' them immediately).
* {{Ninja}}: [[GratuitousNinja Yup]]. He special ability is "Throw," which lets him use throwing stars, and his best weapons are knives. He's also [[LightningBruiser very fast and hits pretty hard]], but his magic stats are quite low.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: [[spoiler:The subject of this on the Floating Continent.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: [[spoiler:His real name is Clyde. Shadow was originally the name for him and his partner as a group. By taking the name Shadow, he's making sure he doesn't forget his past.]]
* PermanentlyMissableContent: If you don't wait for him on the Floating Continent, Shadow perishes without you to help him escape. This also prevents Gogo from ever being able to use Throw.
* PetTheDog: Rather literally. We know Shadow can't be ''all'' bad, because he cares for Interceptor and the dog is extremely loyal to him.
* ShellShockedVeteran: [[spoiler:Implied by several of his flashbacks and his overall personality.]]
* ShooTheDog: [[spoiler:He stays behind in the collapsing tower at the end, but doesn't want to drag Interceptor into it and tells him to go and live.]]
* TheStoic: Shadow hardly says anything during the game and very rarely, if ever, shows any emotion.
-->'''Shadow:''' There are people in this world who have chosen to kill their own emotions. Remember that.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: While his Throw command is (probably) supposed to be used with just shuriken and scrolls, he can throw any weapon, including daggers, swords, spears, dice, brass knuckles, and magic staves.
* WildCard: After completing the events at the Imperial Base near Doma, he may leave after any random battle (except aboard the Phantom Train), and he ''will'' depart at the cliffs shortly after the events of the Phantom Train if he hasn't left by then. The next time he meets the party he demands a hefty fee for his services, and will again be prone to leaving after a random battle. Averted in the World of Ruin, where he will stay with you permanently once he joins, and has his own spot on the airship.

[[folder:Cyan Garamonde]]

->"A noble warrior of a foreign land. A faithful retainer to his lord and master, he fears not even death..."
->''Voiced by'' (via ''Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnium''): Creator/RyuzaburoOtomo (Japanese)

A samurai of Doma, Cyan is an old warrior used to old-fashioned lifestyles and war methods. When his entire castle is killed by Kefka's use of poison, Cyan abandons his home to join Sabin and becomes a member of the Returners. Vicious for vengeance against the Empire, Cyan is wracked with survivor's guilt and blames himself for Doma's fall, ghosts that haunt him throughout the game, eventually in a literal sense.
* ArmorPiercingAttack: His basic Fang Bushido strikes enemies with a defense-ignoring blow.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Cyan's Bushido abilites may seem impressive, but it takes so long for the gauge to fill up that it isn't really worth it unless you manipulate your turns so that you select their attacks first and charge up his Bushido while their attack animations are going off. The iOS remaster changes this so that he's a lot more viable--you pick Bushido, and get to pick which technique you want him to use from a list; when you do, his special ATB gauge appears and fills up (stronger attacks take more time, obviously), and you can have everyone else act as needed. Patience is still required, but it makes him much more viable.
* BadassGrandpa: This old man had the sheer balls to take on the whole Imperial Army at Doma. And he can win, too.
* BadassMustache: Cyan has a magnificent mustache, the only party member in the game to have one too.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler:Spending a night at the abandoned Doma castle in the World of Ruin with him as a party member triggers this as a sidequest.]]
* ChickMagnet: To Cyan's [[UnwantedHarem own chagrin]], especially considering he was recently widowed.
* TheComicallySerious: He can be rather prudish and is frequently exasperated with Sabin's antics.
* CoolOldGuy: He's 50 years old. Still a master swordsman.
* CounterAttack: One of his Bushido techniques, Sky, is a powerful single slash counter to an enemy that attacks him.
* CovertPervert: If you look in Cyan's secret box at Mt. Zozo when Cyan isn't in the party, you can find several books, among them ''[[TropesForDummies Machinery for Dunces]]'', ''A Pictorial Guide to Machines'', ''Everything about Machines'', ''Machines for the Mechanically Disinclined'', and ''[[BreadEggsMilkSquick Bushido in the Bedroom]]''. Also, when you get to explore it during the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, it looks like his mind is populated by nude women and ''[[FemmeFatale Femmes fatales]]''. This is especially curious as flashbacks show he was a fairly devoted husband (though obviously totally smitten with his wife).
* CulturedWarrior: He's very skilled at making hand-crafted silk flowers, and he's also a talented poet.
* CurseCutShort: When he first meets Celes, he doesn't know that she has defected from the Gestahlian Empire at first. He angrily confronts her, calling her an "Imperial b-" before the others intervene.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Writes letters and sends flowers to the girlfriend of the dead soldier he met in Mobliz to make her happy.
* DoomedHometown: He's one of the few survivors after [[MonsterClown Kefka]] poisons Doma's water supply.
* DubNameChange: From Cayenne to Cyan, due both to CharacterNameLimits and Woolsey likely thinking that naming a serious, dour knight after a pepper made him difficult to take seriously. This was kept in the ''Advance'' retranslation despite the removal of the limit.
** Similarly, since they don't have their own entries on this page, his wife and son had their original and Japanese-sounding names, Mina and Shin, respectively, to the rather Arthurian-sounding Elayne and Owain, in keeping with Cyan's adapted speech pattern.
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: His character class. He's also the only one in the game, although presumably there were others in Doma before they were killed. Strangely, however, Doma doesn't have any particularly "Japanese" stylings, which in the SNES version in particular made it difficult to realize just how Japanese Cyan is meant to be. At least in the Japanese version, the only other named citizens, his wife and son, had Japanese-sounding names.
* FailureKnight: He is one of only two known survivors of Doma Castle. Even his wife and child die when Kefka poisons the river (the other on-screen survivor is an unnamed soldier who together with Cyan is searching the castle for more survivors. He is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never seen or mentioned again]] after Cyan discovers his dead family and goes berserk).
* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: His dialect in localized editions. It was originally YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe in the original SNES translation, but made much more correct in the ''Advance'' retranslation.
* GoodParents: It's implied that Cyan was a good father to his late son. Owaine adored him and internalized some of Cyan's values, such as the importance of protecting others.
* GoryDiscretionShot: His Limit Break "Tsubame Gaeshi" cuts to black as he leaps at the opponent and slices them. We don't see what he does, but it deals a lot of damage.
* HappilyMarried: To Elaine for many years before she was killed during the siege of Doma. In a flashback, Cyan tells her that he loves her.
* HeartbrokenBadass: He was devastated by the deaths of his wife and child.
* HeroicBuild: The official art depicts him with an athletic build. One art piece in particular depicts him as top-heavy.
* HopelessWithTech: He cannot work any of the technology he comes across to (at one point literally) save his life. A manual found in the World of Ruin implies he's trying to get over it.
* ItsAllMyFault: He blames himself for not stopping Kefka from poisoning the river, even though there's no way he could have known the bastard was going to do it. Wrexsoul and the Dream Stooges cheerfully exploit his SurvivorGuilt.
* JidaiGeki: In Japanese, he's pretty much a walking ball of Warring States tropes (he talks like an old-timey samurai which inspired his English speech pattern, he's got an old-fashioned name if you render it in kanji, and his limit break is ''literally'' UsefulNotes/SasakiKojiro's Swallow Reversal technique, which puns off his name).
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Befitting his class, Cyan is the exclusive wielder of katanas (labeled "knives" in the SNES/PSX versions), including his InfinityPlusOneSword in the GBA version, the Zanmato.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Not as exaggerated as other examples of this trope, but there it is.
* MagicallyIneptFighter: His Bushido techniques and his normal attacks do quite a bit of damage. However, his magic is among the game's worst.
* MightyGlacier: Very impressive physical stats like HP and Strength. Not so impressive Speed.
* NoPronunciationGuide: To emphasize - it's pronounced ''Kai-en'', not ''Sai-an'' like the color. This is why his name was originally given as Cayenne in JP materials that spell the name in roman letters, as it's closer to the pronunciation.
* OldRetainer: Identified as such in-game, he is fiercely loyal to Doma and her people and would do anything to protect them.
* PossessionEqualsMastery: Zig-zagged. When Cyan, Sabin, and Shadow steal three mechas from an imperial camp, Cyan has no idea how to pilot his mecha and accidentally rampages through the camp. After a few moments, he gains control of his mecha and uses it in battle.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Before the mobile version of the game, Quick was the only way to use his higher end Bushidos without turning the entire party into sitting ducks.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The death of his wife and son, not to mention his entire kingdom, sends him into one, as he charges toward the Imperial camp.
* {{Samurai}}: His character class and way of battle, and he has the noble and honorable personality demanded of bushido.
* ShellShockedVeteran: The events at Doma leave him broken. [[spoiler:His sidequest in the World of Ruin involves putting him back together as his problems have made him prey for mind demons.]]
* SingleStrokeBattle: His ultimate Bushido, Oblivion, cleaves enemies apart in one stroke.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Due to the [[CharacterNameLimits character limit]]. Even with the ''Advance'' version's larger character limit, his Woolsey-localized name is still kept.
** Furthermore, later materials (including, funnily enough, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' of all things) have made it clear that it actually was probably meant to be flat-out "Kaien" the entire time - in Japanese, Kaien (海燕) is a real male name that was used during the [[JidaiGeki age of samurai]] (meaning "sea swallow", which ''also'' puns on his LimitBreak being the "Tsubame Gaeshi", or Swallow Reversal technique), and is meant to be a kind of antique, old-timey name. Because his name is rendered in katakana in ''VI'', however (カイエン), both Woolsey and the folks putting together the guidebooks and whatnot missed this and thought he was meant to be named after a pepper, leaving us where we are now.
* TheStrengthOfTenMen: His character description in the SNES version describes as having "[[ExaggeratedTrope the courage and strength of a hundred men]]." He lives up to that description when he single-handedly kills the attacking Imperials and later storms their camp alone and holds his own with some help.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Sabin confronts him over his aversion to machines aboard the Phantom Train, Cyan panics and denies it.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Cyan literally says this after the poisoning of Doma and then rushes into the Imperial Camp roaring challenges and killing soldiers left and right. Appropriately, the song playing during this scene is called "The Unforgiven."
* WalkingTechbane: He is not good with machines and has a pronounced aversion to them. He ''tries'' to learn more about how to use them over the course of the game, though.
* WatchingTroyBurn: Shortly after repelling an initial Empire attack, Cyan has to watch nearly everyone in his home castle drop dead from poison, including his king as well as his wife and son.


->"Draped in monster hides, eyes shining with intelligence, a youth surviving against all odds..."

A boy abandoned on the Veldt [[spoiler:by his insane father after the death of his mother from childbirth]] and surviving among the monsters, Gau is a wild child in the purest sense of the idea. His time on the Veldt allows him to understand and copy the behavior of monsters in battle. Sabin and Cyan recruit him for his aid in escaping the Veldt to get to Narshe, where Gau becomes another member of the Returners. An optional sequence late in the game allows the party to reunite him with his father.
* AwesomeByAnalysis: It's how he learned to fight, and how he learns his Rages. Gau lives on the Veldt, where monsters from around the world migrate, and he has lived his life watching them to the point that a bit of time observing the animals there allows him to copy their attack patterns and special attacks.
* BadassAdorable: Being able to survive in a fierce wilderness and kick the ass of monsters bigger than you since you were barely old enough to walk should qualify anyone as this.
* BareFistedMonk: Gau doesn't equip weapons, but his base attack power is far higher than any other character's. When physically attacking, he uses a weapon that mimics the attack animation of the monster he's copying, but this doesn't actually increase his attack power. When copying some monsters, or when he counterattacks with the Black Belt before you choose a Rage, Gau will simply punch the enemy.
* BareYourMidriff: Not so much a shirt as a pelt that he's wearing.
* TheBerserker: When Rage is initiated, although unlike the Berserker status in the series, he has a 50-50 chance of either physically attacking, or using the special move related to the specific "Rage" he's using. As an added bonus, if you cast the Berserk spell on him after he's in Rage mode, he will still have a 50% chance of using his Rage's special attack, but his regular physical attacks will also get a power boost.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He doesn't seem to have any interest in the larger situation and is primarily just concerned with his friends.
* CrutchCharacter: Gau is one of the strongest party members in the World of Ruin if you understand how Rages work and know which ones do what. He can be casting Level 2 magic before the rest of your party has touched their first Magicite shard, and he has other powerful abilities too. However, later in the game the power of his Rages in proportion to normal magic and other special attacks begins to level out. By the end of the game his Berserk status when using Rages heavily hampers his effectiveness, though he remains capable.
* DeathByChildbirth: The reason his father went mad and abandoned him on the Veldt.
* DifficultButAwesome: Gau's Rages ''really'' demand you use a guide to figure out what each one does, or you can rely on trial and error and just remember. But he is very powerful once you figure it out.
* DiscOneNuke: When you first pick up Gau, it is possible to get him to learn Rages that include some absurdly powerful attacks for that stage of the game, such as Fire 2, Blaze, Wind Slash and Fireball. Later in the first half, he can learn spells that you don't learn until well into the 2nd half, like Quake and Gigavolt, the equivalent to Bolt3/Thundaga. And did we mention that absolutely none of them cost MP?
* DittoFighter: Fights using the patterns of defeated monsters, even copying their elemental affinities and innate statuses like Float.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: To tell the truth, he doesn't like civilized clothing in general, as he finds it cumbersome and uncomfortable. Hence why his best "armor" is the Snow Scarf.
* FairyBattle: When fighting on the Veldt, Gau is liable to appear at the end of fights to rejoin your party after using Leap. However, you'll need to have an open spot in the group for him to fill.
* HulkSpeak: Frankly it's impressive that he's able to speak with ''any'' kind of coherence, given that he was abandoned as a newborn.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Some Amano concept art showed him ''naked'' (but not showing parts). This would have been entirely logical for a WildChild in RealLife. The in-game graphics and the more well-known art show Gau wearing his more familiar animal skin clothes.
* InsistentTerminology: Thanks to Cyan's speech patterns, he picks up the idea Sabin is named "Mr. Thou."
* LethalJokeCharacter: He's completely uncontrollable and all of the Rages he actually starts with suck, which makes many players dislike him. If you train and equip him correctly, though, he can be ''extremely'' effective.
* LightningBruiser: Perhaps to make up for his uncontrollable nature and inability to equip weapons, Gau has all-around great stats.
* MakeoverMontage: During the World of Ruin the party gets him cleaned up to meet his father.
* MegaManning: His Rages let him copy the attack patterns of enemies the party has defeated.
* NatureHero: A very friendly one. He was raised entirely isolated from people and his skillset is based around wild monsters.
* {{Nerf}}: Later ports of the game took away his ability to wear the Merit Award, which is needed for one of the GameBreaker setups involving him.
* NoSell: Gau acquires the status and elemental immunities of whatever monster he's copying. These also stack with the protection he gets from his equipment.
* NoSocialSkills: Of course, being RaisedByWolves will do that.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:His mother died when he was born, and his father was driven insane from her death and threw Gau into the Veldt.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:His father, driven mad by grief of losing his wife, threw his own son to the Veldt.]]
* RaisedByWolves: And other miscellaneous animals on the Veldt.
* TagalongKid: Has no personal connection to the main plot; he just follows Sabin and Cyan after befriending them and apparently likes everyone so much he just decides to keep with them.
* ThroughHisStomach: How he's initially recruited - Gau will run from Sabin and Cyan after a set time, but if they give him Dried Meat, he'll join them.
* VerbalTicName: Gau is actually a Japanese onomatopoeia for roaring.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Zigzagged. [[spoiler:The Crazy Old Man [[IHaveNoSon doesn't have a son]], but says that Gau is good enough to make whoever his father is proud. When he recalls that [[ThatWasNotADream crazy reoccurring nightmare]] of abandoning a demon-child on the Veldt, Sabin wants to deck him. Gau stops him and says that he's happy his father is still alive.]]
* WildChild: Deconstructed, as the game actually looks into the rather terrible circumstances that would produce one, and how completely socially inept such a person would be.
* WildHair: Obligatory for the above trope, his hair is green and very long and unkempt.

[[folder:Setzer Gabbiani]]

->"A gambling vagabond who finds freedom from society's narrow views of morality aboard his airship, the Blackjack..."
->''Voiced by'' (via ''Kingdom Hearts II'' and ''Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnium''): Creator/RyotaroOkiayu (Japanese), Creator/CrispinFreeman (English)

The proud owner of the world's only airship, Setzer is a free man who lives to fly the skies. He is in love with the opera star Maria and plots to kidnap her, only to fall for the ploy of the party when Celes masquerades as Maria and she sneaks the Returners aboard his ship. Conned into helping them and delighting in their trickery, Setzer wears his life to them as little more than another bet.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: How he gets hired into the party: you'd think that a flashy gambler (who has scars on his face to show how serious he is about it) would go ballistic after being fooled by Celes using a [[RefugeInAudacity one-sided coin]], but no...he quickly accepts the fact that he's been outsmarted for once.
* AnimalStampede: His aptly named Chocobo Stampede Slots attack.
* BadassLongcoat: Wears a long black coat. Fitting given he's reputed to be a flashy show-off by the Impressario.
* CastFromMoney: The game's Gil Toss user if you equip him with the appropriate relic.
* CoolAirship: The Blackjack, his massive airship that's also a flying casino. [[spoiler:And later, he gets the Falcon.]]
* CriticalFailure: His failed Joker's Death Slots kills off the party for getting it wrong.
* TheDandy: When they try to make Gau presentable, Setzer tells the shopkeeper to get him some clothes like the one he's wearing.
* DeathDealer: Setzer can obtain a set of cards called "Trump Cards", which have a small chance of landing a OneHitKill.
* DeathFromAbove: His Dive Bomb Slots calls the ''Blackjack'' in to rain explosives on enemies.
* DefectorFromDecadence: In the SNES version, he's initially wary of the Returners' cause since the empire has allowed him to make a fortune as a free-roaming gambler, but they convince him to help them after he learns the true goals of the empire (or Kefka in particular). [[AvertedTrope In reality,]] this is a {{Woolseyism}} -- in the Japanese version and as corrected in ''Advance'', he realizes the empire has actually been ''bad'' for business.
* DrowningMySorrows: How he spend his time after his HeroicBSOD in the World of Ruin.
* FlechetteStorm: His cards. Give him a specific relic and you got a Gil Toss ability where he throws money. His DesperationAttack is just to throw cards at enemies [[RuleOfThree three times]].
* TheGambler: He's a firm believer of luck and will gamble everything, even his own life. He also fights with darts, dice, and playing cards.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His face is covered in scars from gambling seasons that went wrong.
* HeroicAlbino: There's still some debate over whether his character is actually albino, or just has really, ''really'' light blond hair.
* HeroicBSOD: In World of Ruin, he seemed like had lost hope after 'losing his wings'. Only after Celes gave him an ear of WorldOfCardboardSpeech did he finally unearth [[spoiler:the Falcon]].
* HopeBringer: In the World of Ruin, he restores hope to his friends by resurrecting the Falcon. The airship allows them to reunite the heroes and challenge Kefka.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: This man caught a falling person with the bow of his airship. A zeppelin-shaped airship.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He fights by throwing playing cards, darts, and dice at opponents.
* KarmaHoudini: Setzer's introduction involves a plot by him to [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty kidnap]] and [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe forcibly marry]] opera singer Maria. No one ever calls him on his behavior and he's never punished for it; he just decides Celes is a better prize then Maria, and then he loses his coin toss to her and decides to go with it.
* LightEmUp: His Prismatic Flash Slots attacks enemies with [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbow beams of light]].
* LuckManipulationMechanic: His supposedly random Slots are infamously easy to rig.
* MeaningfulName: 'Gabbiani' is Italian for seagull. Like seagulls, Setzer is a migratory person.
* RocksFallEveryoneDies: Setzer's Slot command can pull this off in two ways. One is to get 7-7-Bar on the machine, which [[TotalPartyKill kills the entire party]]. The other is getting three bars to trigger a random Esper summon. If the game randomly decides to summon Crusader when your party is still weak, you'll be wiped out.
* SilverFox: He has long silver hair.
* SkyPirate: Only very slightly. He doesn't attack and rob other ships (mainly because he has the ''only'' airship) but he's definitely not a strict adherent to the law.
* SummonMagic: Two of his Slots results. Three bars brings up a random Esper, while three silver dragons will always summon Bahamut.
* TakeMyHand: Does this to Terra [[spoiler:when the Apocalypse ripped the ''Blackjack'' into two before both of them falling, making this gesture somewhat pointless]] and to Celes in the ending scene [[spoiler:if you didn't re-recruit Locke in the game's second half]].
* WeAllDieSomeday: The ''Advance'' translation adjusts his reckless gambling into a symptom of this trope. Setzer will ante up his own life because he knows sooner or later his number is going to come up, so he might as well have fun playing the odds and winning until it does.
-->'''Setzer:''' When things fall, they fall... Life's a game of chance. You play your cards, and Fate plays hers...

[[folder:Strago Magus]]

->"An elderly gentleman who has spent his whole life pursuing the secrets of monsters..."

Strago is an old mage of Thamasa, and a master of Blue Magic. Once a monster hunter, he's settled down in his old age to raise his adopted granddaughter, Relm. When Terra and Locke come to the village seeking the Espers, Strago is eventually roped into helping them when he displays his powers and joins the party.
* AntiMagic: His Force Field Lore chooses a random element and negates all damage and magic of that type.
* BadassGrandpa: At age seventy, he's one of the oldest characters in the series.
* BlowYouAway: His wind-elemental Lore, Aero, creates a gale-force wind that manifests tornados around enemies.
* CantCatchUp: By the time you recruit him, the World of Balance is almost done, and you get him for an hour or two before you move on to the Floating Continent. As a result, you'll have a hard time teaching him even the most basic spells, and in the World of Ruin, he'll be lagging behind everyone else still learning them while they've moved on to the World of Ruin Espers and their end-game magic.
* CoolOldGuy: A wisecracking and nervy old Blue Mage.
* DespairEventHorizon: It is strongly implied that the reason he joined the Cult of Kefka was because he felt he had nothing left to live for due to believing that Relm had died. Thankfully, when Relm reveals her survival, he wakes up.
* DubNameChange: His name in the original Japanese is Stragus. It was changed to Strago due to CharacterNameLimits.
* EccentricMentor: To the party when they enter Thamasa. He pretends he has no idea what espers are or what "magic" is, but later proves himself a powerful mage.
* EliteTweak: Having problems learning some Lores? Use other's characters' abilities to make the process easier; Gau and Relm can use many Lores via their own abilities, and even Setzer can use one if you're very lucky with (or rigged) his Slots.
* FaceHeelTurn: He loses track of Relm during the apocalypse. Believing her dead, he allows the Cult of Kefka to brainwash him and take him in. He snaps right out of it, though, once he realizes that Relm is alive.
* FixedDamageAttack: 1000 Needles deals exactly 1000 unblockable damage to enemies.
* GoToYourRoom: Tries this on Relm frequently. Since Relm is quite the BrattyHalfPint, it never works.
* HeroicSacrifice: His Transfusion Lore has Strago give up his life to restore an ally's stats.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: In the ending, he decides to stay behind because of this trope. Relm doesn't listen to a word of it.
* MakingASplash: His initial Lore, Aqua Rake, and later Cleansweep, attack enemies with water. Aqua Rake manifests as an explosion of bubbles, Cleansweep calls in a tidal wave.
* MegaManning: As a Blue Mage, he learns Lore skills by watching someone else use them. As mentioned in EliteTweak, this includes player characters, meaning that he can {{Mega Man|ning}} someone else's MegaManning.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He's only 4'11".
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Strago's Lores are genuinely impressive, except he's in one of the games of the franchise where magic is ridiculously overpowered. As a result Strago's unique skillset is outdone by the normal spells everyone can learn including him. Their sole advantage is they ignore Reflect, but by the time you get to areas in the game where that's a problem, you've probably picked up magic that ignores Reflect like Meteor or Ultima.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Thamasa forbids its citizens to openly practice magic, '''especially''' when outsiders are around, to avoid their powers being found out. When Relm is trapped in a burning house, Strago decides he doesn't care and begins using magic to try and put out the flames in full view of Terra and Locke.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Due to the [[CharacterNameLimits character limit]], the last letter of his Japanese name "Stragus" had to go. Early [[FanTranslation Fan Translations]] had it as "Stragos".
* SquishyWizard: If you equip him right, he can do a lot of damage, but as you might expect he can't take a whole lot of punishment. Not surprising given his age.
* WitchSpecies: Strago is a descendant of the Mage Warriors from the War of the Magi and as such can use magic naturally.

[[folder:Relm Arrowny]]

->"In her pictures she captures everything: forests, water, light... the very essence of the things she paints.."

Strago's adopted granddaughter, a ten-year-old girl with a sharp wit and a foul mouth both out of place on someone so young. Her magic manifests in the ability to paint living portraits that attack enemies. Though Strago is often exasperated with her behavior, Relm is always there when the old man needs a kick to get going in the right direction.
* ArtAttacker: Relm has the Sketch ability which lets her use the target monster's special abilities.
* BadassAdorable: She's a cute little girl who can paint a portrait of you that kicks your ass.
* TheBeastmaster: One relic changes "Sketch" to "Control", letting her directly take command of enemies. If Shadow dies on the floating continent Relm wil also gain acces to interceptor in battle.
* BrattyHalfPint: She has no problems sassing her elders even when they include kings and former Imperial generals.
* CanineCompanion: If Shadow doesn't rejoin the party in the World of Ruin, Interceptor will protect Relm instead.
* FlashbackNightmare: If Shadow [[spoiler:dies on the FloatingContinent]], you will not find Shadow in the Cave on the Veldt, but instead Relm, who will have a dream of her own that ties in to Shadow's five FlashbackNightmare scenes. But without SaveScumming to many hours earlier in the game, Shadow's fifth dream and Relm's dream cannot both be viewed within the same playthrough.
* GamebreakingBug: In the SNES version, the Sketch command has a good chance of crashing the game if used on the wrong enemies. At worst, it can irreparably bork your save. On the other hand, judicious use with save states can lead to breaking the game in the other direction, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIjJZNM3rDA&feature=youtu.be&t=2h58m49s as demonstrated by this tool-assisted speedrun]]. It can also net you multiple copies of items you're not supposed to be able to get multiples of, like Illuminas and Atma Weapons.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Her primary weapons are paint brushes.
* TheJailBaitWait: Joked with by Edgar, who cracks he hopes she's still around in eight years. Though given what had just happened, this could also be taken as an incredibly dark joke that he hopes she's still ''alive'' in eight years.
* KidWithTheRemoteControl: The Fake Moustache relic allows her to control monsters.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Relm doesn't have very good Strength or weapon options, and Sketch is mostly useless. But she has the highest base Magic stat in the party (even though she doesn't initially know any spells), and her equipment spread also provides her with a lot of magic-boosting options. So with a bit of training and Esper use, she can become ''very'' useful. (Notably, she has the highest natural magic stat in the game, although it's quite likely that players will have boosted Celes' and Terra's stats to comparable levels with Espers by the time they recruit her).
* LittleMissBadass: She proves her worthiness by following the party through a dangerous cave and defeating Ultros. Mechanically, she's also a walking explosion once kitted out with magic properly.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Her DisappearedDad turns out to be [[spoiler:Shadow]].
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: She has none of it when Strago said to leave him and carries him on her back instead. She's also quite insistent that she not be left behind during her ending segment if she is recruited back into the party but Strago isn't.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The Memento Ring, which protects from Instant Death with the power of her dead mother's love. Notably, Shadow can also use this, [[spoiler:because he is her father]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Relm's mother is said to be dead in the inventory description of her OrphansPlotTrinket; her father, on the other hand, is never directly mentioned. Indirectly, [[spoiler:there's a million and one hints that he's Shadow]]. The developers confirmed this in an interview. [[spoiler:There was going to be a scene between Strago and Shadow confirming his relationship to Relm, but it was dropped.]]
* ThePenIsMightier: Statistically not, but what she draws with it is possibly mightier depending on the subject.
* {{Puppetmaster}}: When given the Fake Mustache relic, she can Control enemies.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Her adopted grandparent. Her mother died, [[spoiler:and her father ran away to be a ninja]].
* RunningGag: Her threats to Strago about "painting his picture."
* SirSwearsALot : In the original Japanese script she is surprisingly foul-mouthed for one so young. This was {{Bowdlerise}}d in the Woolsey translation, due to Nintendo's censorship policies at the time.
* SquishyWizard: Like her grandfather, Relm is a powerful magic-user. However, whereas Strago was so old he had a hard time taking blows, Relm is so young she has a hard time taking blows.
* TagalongKid: She's an excellent mage and a fun character, but she doesn't have a huge amount of relevance to the plot and mostly comes along because she demands to.
* UselessUsefulSpell: Save for a few specific instances, the Sketch algorithm falls into this for two reasons. Firstly, it has the monster's stats, rather than Relm's. Secondly, many elemental or status attack will be likely nullified or even absorbed since monsters are commonly immune to their own status and elemental attacks.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: In the Japanese and GBA version, Relm is a "[[ArtInitiatesLife Pictomancer]]".
* WitchSpecies: Like her grandfather, Relm is a descendant of the Mage Warriors from the War of the Magi, and as such can use magic naturally... in theory. In mechanical practice, her magic aptitude is only expressed via her unique "Sketch" ability and her sky-high magic power stat, and unlike Terra or Celes, she doesn't learn any spells naturally. [[spoiler:It's fairly easy to infer that this has something to do with having essentially a {{Muggle}} for a father, but the game doesn't fully address this.]]


->"A moogle who speaks the words of men, and can summon the earth's power through his dance..."

The leader of the moogle tribe living in Narshe's mineshafts, Mog learned to speak the human language via dreams from Ramuh, an anomaly among moogles. He can use Dances to command the forces of earth against enemies.
* AnimalStampede: Wombat and Boar Brigade both unleash those critters on enemies.
* BattleCouple: One of the other moogles in his party (during the Narshe Mines fight), Molulu, is Mog's girlfriend/mate.
* BadassAdorable: A moogle that can be equipped to be a dragoon.
* TheBerserker: Like Gau, Mog becomes uncontrollable for the rest of battle or until killed once he uses a Dance. However, each Dance includes four possible attacks with various effects, so he's a bit more versatile about it than Gau.
* BladeOnAStick: Mog primarily uses pikes, but his other Moogle companions use claws, swords, boomerangs, [[RingsOfDeath chakrams]], etc. His InfinityPlusOneSword in the ports is the Gungnir.
* BlowYouAway: His Wind Slash and Sandstorm Dance attacks.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Mog is your guide during an early part of the game where the main characters are [[TwoLinesNoWaiting separated into three groups]], and he explains that you must pick a group in order to progress the story.
* ChekhovsGunman: He's one of the Moogles who help Locke protect an unconscious Terra from the Imperial soldiers trying to capture her near the beginning of the game.
* CombatMedic: His base weapons hit hard and his Dances have great offensive potential, but they also include powerful healing and buffing abilities.
* CuteBruiser: With proper Esper stat training and the right equipment, Mog can slaughter enemies. And he waves to you before he does it!
* DanceBattler: Learns various dances related to the environment; each has various attack and support techniques.
* DishingOutDirt: His Rock Slide and Cave In Dance attacks attack enemies with falling boulders. However, they aren't actually Earth-elemental.
* FlatCharacter: Has only a few lines of dialogue in the whole game, none of which indicate much of a personality, is the only non-secret party member without a World of Ruin sidequest, and to top it all off, he doesn't even have a unique sprite, looking just like every other Moogle in the game.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Between Mog and Lone Wolf. Choose Mog and you get yourself an OptionalPartyMember. Choose Lone Wolf and you will get a Gold Hairpin which halves MP cost. Since it's not the only Gold Hairpin in the game and one of his Dances can be {{Permanently Missable|Content}} if you don't recruit him (at least in the SNES version), the choice is obvious.
* GeoEffects: How he learns his dances, by fighting on different terrains. Also used in said dances where he attacks with nature-themed abilities.
* HealingHands: Mog has ''several'' dances which have restorative effects, including Sunbath, Forest Healing, Tapir, Raccoon, and Arctic Hare.
* HeroicBSOD: In the World of Ruin, the party finds him alone in the cave where the other Moogles used to live, staring at a wall (the item found by inspecting said wall, a memento from his girlfriend Molulu, implies he was staring at it). Then the party arrives and Mog is overjoyed to see some of his friends are still alive.
* AnIcePerson: His Dance attack Avalanche is ice-elemental, and sends a wave of ice and snow over enemies.
* InterfaceSpoiler: In the opening sequence, you get help from eleven Moogles. Oddly, one of them learns an ability while fighting while the others have none, and the others cannot have their equipment modified while the same lone Moogle lets you equip and unequip him like normal. Hmm...
* JumpedAtTheCall: Ramuh told him via psychic dreams to prepare to join your party someday soon. Mog's response? "Cool!"
* KillerRabbit: In the World of Balance, Mog's Dances are wicked strong. In the World of Ruin, Mog makes for a great Dragoon.
* LastOfHisKind: The very last Moogle in the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' world.
* MagicDance: Learned through fighting in the relevant environments.
* MakingASplash: El Niño is a water-elemental attack.
* NatureHero: In a fashion, as several of his dances bring forth various animals to either attack enemies or heal/buff the party, not to mention his friendship with Umaro.
* OptionalPartyMember: Aside from a brief appearance at the beginning of the game, Mog won't join your party during the main storyline of the World of Balance; you have to go slightly out of your way and complete a side quest in order to recruit him. See FriendOrIdolDecision, above.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's under five feet but a very useful party member.
* PermanentlyMissableContent: The Water Harmony Dance can only be learned in the World of Balance via the Serpent Trench or the Lethe River in the original game. The GBA version adds one last chance to get it if you acquire him in the World of Ruin and take him into the optional boss battle with Leviathan, but if you don't, it's permanently missable for good.
* PetalPower: His Rage Dance attack sends a wave of slicing leaves at enemies.
* PlayingWithFire: His Will o' the Wisp summons spectral fire to damage enemies.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: His Desperation Maneuver is "Moogle Rush", which looks and acts like Sabin's Pummel/Zanretsuken blitz (just without the flare-up around him on start-up).
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: He's a ''Moogle''. It comes with the territory as a two-foot tall, fluffy white creature with tiny pink wings.
* ShockAndAwe: His Plasma attack deals lightning-elemental damage, and takes the form of pillars of energy rising over enemies.
* StoneWall: He's not very fast, and his damage output is outpaced by several other characters. That said, he has the game's best natural Defense stat. With the right equipment, he can even hit the {{Cap}} for defense.
* TagalongKid: Assuming Moogles have roughly the same lifespan as humans. He's only twelve years old.
* UpliftedAnimal: Learned to speak the human language through a series of psychic dreams with Ramuh.
* VerbalTic: Mog (and all other Moogles) end their sentences with "kupo", kupo!
* YouCanTalk: The Party's reaction when he is formally introduced, as the other Moogles in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', as well as all previous games, just say "kupo". Mog claims Ramuh taught him to speak through psychic dreams.


->"A yeti with a love for bone carvings. Stronger than a gigas... but a bit unruly."

Umaro is a mysterious and obscure yeti living in the caves around Narshe, his only companions are the Moogles. When Mog rejoins the party in the World of Ruin, he browbeats Umaro into coming along.
* AttackAttackAttack: His method of fighting is to just keep attacking.
* TheBerserker: You don't control him. The most you can do is equip him with relics that alter his attack patterns.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Explicitly referred to as the latter two.
* CarryABigStick: Umaro's favorite weapon is a huge club carved from bone.
* CursedWithAwesome: Sometimes Umaro's uncontrollable nature is a blessing in disguise. He completely ignores the restrictions on attacking in the Cultists' Tower, he can still attack while Cyan is charging his Bushidos, and he'll never do anything stupid in the Coliseum. (The only other character for whom this last can apply is Gogo, depending on how you set up his/her abilities).
* DumbMuscle: Umaro's muscles are as thick and hard as the mountain stone. So is his head. Mog lampshades this trope as the reason to bring him along: without Mog around to give him commands, Umaro would be helpless.
* EarlyBirdCameo: You can occasionally catch him peeking out from a then-unreachable cave in the World of Balance. (It's only after [[spoiler:defeating Valigarmanda in the World of Ruin]] that this cave opens up).
* FastballSpecial: When Umaro has the Berserker Ring equipped, he'll randomly throw party members at enemies for increased damage. Sometimes he'll "throw" himself, which is interpreted as a lunging body crash more than anything.
** NotTheIntendedUse: If he uses a sleeping or confused party member as a projectile, they snap back to normal! Best of all, those characters get priority when Umaro moves to toss someone.
* HulkSpeak: He only has a couple lines of dialogue, but he speaks worse than Gau!
* AnIcePerson: If Umaro has the Blizzard Orb equipped, he will sometimes attack enemies with an ice storm. Also, due to being permanently equipped with the Snow Muffler, he'll absorb ice-elemental spells to restore HP.
* InterfaceSpoiler: The battle with him in the SNES version uses his name. The Japanese text and all later translations just call him "Yeti" until the actual naming screen.
* LightningBruiser: He's one of the physically strongest characters in the entire series, has a high HP total and can equip the [[ArmorOfInvincibility Snow Muffler]] (the best armor in the game), and he's surprisingly fast to boot.
* NotCompletelyUseless: His uncontrollable nature makes him a surprisingly good choice for the Coliseum, and he's completely unaffected by the Fanatics' Tower's restrictions on attacking.
* OptionalPartyMember: He doesn't have any relevance to the story, being the friend of Mog, who also doesn't have much relevance.
* SecretCharacter: Hidden away deep in the mines of Narshe, recruiting him is optional. However, Mog gives a hint how to meet him.
* UnskilledButStrong: Umaro cannot learn magic, equip Espers, or change equipment. What he can do is batter enemies into a pulp with his club.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: WordOfGod is that Umaro is four years old. Though it was actually four years since Mog had him start counting, so this is likely not accurate.


->"A man shrouded in strange clothing... Or perhaps a woman? Perhaps not even human at all...”

Gogo is found deep inside a cave under Triangle Mountain after the party is swallowed by a Zone Eater. And... that's about all we know. As his profile quote demonstrates, Gogo is an absolute mystery. We just know that (s)he is a master mime, able to copy the other party members perfectly, including their abilities.
* AmbiguousGender: The character quote in the GBA version extends it to ambiguous ''species.'' Hidden price modifiers in the game and his Japanese honorifics imply it's a man, but who really knows?
* BadassBoast: Gets one out of ''sheer mimicry''.
-->'''Gogo:''' I have been idle for too long. Perhaps I should mimic you... Tell me, what are you doing here? [...] You say you are going to save the world? Then I guess that means I shall save the world as well!
* ContinuityNod: To ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' boss Gogo and to the Mimic class in general. A common fan theory is that they're the same person, since Gogo works the same way as Mimes did in ''V''. Presumably when Gogo cast himself into the Void in ''V'', he wound up in the world of ''VI''.
* EpicFlail: His InfinityPlusOneSword in the ports is the Scorpion Tail flail.
* {{Foil}}: He and fellow secret character Umaro are polar opposites. Gogo can do everything but not well due to his terrible stats; Umaro does one thing and does it very well thanks to his fantastic physical stats.
* FragileSpeedster: Gogo's Speed stat is the only one that doesn't absolutely suck, and he really can't take many hits either.
* MasterOfNone: Gogo can learn just about every skill that's normally accessible to your characters, and he has all-around balanced stats. However, those stats are only balanced on a relative scale; Gogo has the worst stats by far of any character in the game, and he can't raise them much higher because he can't equip Espers. So while he can do anything, he can't do anything well.
* MegaManning: A variant in that Gogo typically steals the abilities of the other heroes, rather than Gogo's enemies. Anything the other Returners can do, Gogo can do too... just not as well because of Gogo's terrible stats. Gogo also specifically imitates what the other ''active'' party members can do -- if equipping magic from the menu, Gogo can only cast a spell learned by someone else currently in the party.
* {{Nerf}}: Just like Gau.
* OptionalPartyMember: Like Umaro, Gogo only shows up in the World of Ruin and needs some effort to recruit.
* PowersAsPrograms: Gogo can equip almost any other character's special ability (except Terra's Trance, Shadow's Throw [[spoiler:if he died]] and [[DesperationAttack Desperation Attacks]]), and does need to equip appropriately to use some of them, though. This includes equipping appropriate relics to use altered abilities, like Mug or Gil Toss.
* SecretCharacter: Recruiting Gogo requires you to engage in battle with a giant sandworm that swallows the party whole. Gogo lives in its innards.
* WeakButSkilled: He has very poor stats but an unmatched level of versatility in his abilities.

!Temporary Characters


->"You are that last ray of light. Our only hope."

Leader of [[LaResistance the Returners]], the resistance group fighting Imperial conquest.
* BadassPreacher: His class in the GBA version is "Oracle", and he heals the party by praying.
* BigGood: Leader of the Returners and thus the commander of those resisting the Empire's control.
* BrutalHonesty: Upon meeting Terra, one of the first things he brings up is how she killed fifty soldiers in three minutes. When Edgar and Locke chide him for distressing her and not considering her amnesia, Banon says that there's no point in hiding from the truth. He's also entirely open about how badly the Returners need her abilities, though he also accepts it if she refuses his request.
* CombatMedic: His Pray ability basically casts Cura on the party for no MP cost, and he can still help out offensively well enough.
* EscortMission: Oddly, one of the few easy ones (since you can control him, leaving no room for LeeroyJenkins behavior).
* GuestStarPartyMember: Early in the game, he accompanies the party on the escape from the hideout.
* LaResistance: The guy in charge of the Returners that fight to save the world from the Empire.
* TheMedic: His special ability is to heal everyone for free.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Officially Banon, but some translations give him "Bannon" instead. It's also been translated as "Vernon" and, even less impressively, "Banan" by some fan translators.
* SupportingLeader: He's the leader of the Returners and thus the driving force in the war on the Empire, but aside from the trip with him to Narshe, he's working in the background while the player pursues various leads on how to gain an edge in the struggle.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: If Banon falls in battle, it's a GameOver. Very irritating for many players who probably shouted "Why can't I use a Phoenix Down on him!?"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Vanishes from the game once you reach the World of Ruin and is never mentioned again. Though if you think about where he was last seen (in Vector), he may likely be dead.]] WordOfGod states you're supposed to use your imagination.

[[folder:General Leo Cristophe]]

->"You're a human being before you're a soldier."

An elite soldier in the Vector Imperial Army, Leo is their strongest general and one of the most honorable and upstanding men in the Empire, as well as the world in general. His morals put him in direct conflict with the more underhanded and vicious Kefka.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: His artwork and portrait depict him with dark skin, but his field sprite is peach. This is due to limitations of the game's color palettes though, since character sprites share palettes and there just isn't enough room on Leo's to allow him a unique skin tone. The smartphone version darkened his sprite's skin, but it's still lighter than his portrait and artwork. Then the ''Pictologica'' spin-off went with a peach sprite again, but dark-skinned artwork.
* AntiVillain: Of the "villain in name only" variety. The only reason Leo's considered an enemy of the Returners is because he works for the Empire. Even then, Leo attempts to minimize casualties on both sides, is AFatherToHisMen, and considers what they're about to do before every battle. As Sabin notes, "he could be my friend if he weren't my enemy." The few times he works with the party, he's also very polite and courteous, even giving Terra some words of encouragement. When he pulls a HeelFaceTurn against Kefka, it's not much of a shock, since he didn't have very far to turn.
* BadassNormal: He refuses a magic infusion and thus has no magical powers at all. In the five minutes you control him, he proves that he doesn't ''need'' them; he's still far stronger than your normal party members, with stats far and away better than theirs, ''and'' he has great equipment and a powerful ability.
* BadassLongcoat: Wears an awesome green military coat.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: In the artwork, to go with AmbiguouslyBrown.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Just before he dies, he has finally had enough with Kefka and tries to fight back.
* DuelBoss: Leo battles Kefka one-on-one.
* DueToTheDead: Gets a burial mound and funeral scene, sponsored by the people who should have been his enemies but had respect for his kind and noble nature.
* AFatherToHisMen: He tells his soldiers not to be too eager to rush into battle and think of their families waiting for them to come home.
* {{Foil}}: To Kefka. Leo is a rational, principled general who treats his soldiers with respect, while Kefka is a {{laughing mad}} psychopath who treats his soldiers like [[WeHaveReserves disposable peons]]. Leo is well-respected by imperial troops, while Kefka is universally hated by the troops.
* FourStarBadass: You only control him once in the game, for a very short time. That's all he needs to prove you that his General rank isn't for show.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: He refused to undergo esper infusion, but his Shock ability still deals ''magic'' damage.
* GuestStarPartyMember: The brief scene in Thamasa where he's the only party member, the awesomeness of which led to the UrbanLegendOfZelda in the Trivia tab.
* HeroAntagonist: Sabin describes him as "the guy with the principles".
* KilledOffForReal: Despite what the UrbanLegendOfZelda might say, he's not coming back.
* MilitaryMage: General Leo also acts primarily as an officer, leading the siege of Doma Castle but never taking the field himself that we can see. He's [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking more than capable]], however, having a unique multi-target magical Shock attack not equaled by the party until the endgame. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the only time we see him use it is when he's fighting Kefka after the latter gets a massive NextTierPowerup, and Leo comes down with a fatal case of TheWorfEffect.]]
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He's a great guy, but his EvilEmpire comes first.
* NiceToTheWaiter: How do we know from his first appearance that General Leo is an AntiVillain? He tells an Imperial he's not going to attack Doma again because it'll cause too many casualties on both sides, and doesn't want his men throwing their lives away. That, and he actually speaks to Kefka like a person, as opposed to the heroes and other Imperials who speak about him like the MonsterClown he really is.
* NotSoDifferent: Invoked in-universe by Leo himself. Leo admitted that he felt ashamed over doing nothing when Kefka enslaved Terra using the Slave Crown, and that his passivity made him no better than Kefka.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: He's one of the Empire's best warriors, and he's also polite, noble, values the lives of friend and foe alike, and is disgusted by Kefka's wanton bloodthirst.
* PurposelyOverpowered: When you use him as a party member, he has a powerful sword, a shield that can block magic attacks, a relic to attack four times a turn, and a good deal more HP than your party members unless you do a lot of level grinding. It's to ensure you win the obligatory storyline battle he's used for.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He finally turns against Kefka when he witnesses Kefka's genocide of the Espers, but it's too late, and he's killed as a traitor.
* SacrificialLion: Kefka killing him, his own ally and one of the Empire's best officers, is a sign that any lingering lines Kefka might not have crossed yet have now been crossed.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Of the EvilEmpire, he's the only one with a sense of morals.
* WeaponTombstone: His sword is stuck into his grave.
* WorthyOpponent: He is the consummate worthy opponent -- as the characters say, "He could be my friend, if he weren't my enemy..."
** He also seems to view the Returners in a similar way, as can be witnessed in his appearance in the Imperial Camp near Doma Castle.
* YoureInsane: His FamousLastWords in the GBA translation are to shout this to Kefka before he's killed.

[[folder:????? (The Ghost)]]

A spectre encountered aboard the Phantom Train; for some reason, he wants to come with the party, but bows out before they get to the front of the train. If Shadow is not with Sabin and Cyan, a second ghost can be recruited as well.
* AmbiguousGender: The Super NES release referred to the Ghost as an "it", but the Advance port uses male terminology.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: No equipment and an ability TooAwesomeToUse, but when you do use it (preferably against a strong miniboss on the train), it performs a HeroicSacrifice to instantly kill the target.
* TheFaceless: In his sprite, his portrait has a face, but not a very human one.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Only appears in the short Phantom Train sequence.
* LoopholeAbuse: Since you can only use the Ghost during a time when you don't fight any bosses, they didn't bother giving the bosses in the main game resistance to Possess, so even enemies immune to instant death will perish. This can only be accomplished with glitches or hacking, though.
* MyNameIsQuestionMarks: Since it's a Ghost that never talks, the party has no idea what to call it, and neither does the interface.
* OneHitKill: Possess kills any enemy instantly.
* ReviveKillsZombie: As can be expected, being a ghost.[[note]]This is accomplished by any ghosts being permanently equipped with Lich Rings, which explains why healing them outside of battle works.[[/note]]
* TakingYouWithMe: Possess kills the Ghost and removes him from the party.

[[folder:Biggs and Wedge]]

Two soldiers sent with Terra to attack Narshe, they're promptly destroyed when Valigarmanda stirs.
* KilledOffForReal: Right in the beginning of the game, Valigarmanda destroys them.
* LegacyCharacter: The first appearance of the duo, now another beloved staple of the series.
* RedShirt: They don't even get unique sprites or portraits, and are practically interchangeable with each other. They're just there so Terra doesn't have to fight the introductory battles alone.
* ShoutOut: They're named after two Rebel pilots from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Biggs was called "Vicks" (a simple mistake to make: ビッグス vs. ビックス) in the Woolsey translation; incidentally, this mistake carried over into ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Even less relevant than usual, given their very brief appearance, but they do talk a little about the war and magic.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: They're killed off after less than ten minutes of gameplay.



[[folder:Cid Del Norte Marquez]]

->"The power contained within these stones is far greater than what we could ever hope to extract..."

Head scientist of the Empire and the caretaker of Celes, Cid is the mastermind behind Magitek and thus the creator of the Empire's elite soldiers and war machines. When he discovers the truth of how Esper magic works and witnesses their sacrifice to aid the Returners, he begins to rethink some things.
* TheCaretaker: He implies he helped raise Celes as a child and has been watching over her during her military career.
* DefectorFromDecadence: At the banquet, he counts himself as a Returner, because the Empire has just gone too far for him to take after he learned about Magicite.
* PlotlineDeath: [[spoiler:If Celes doesn't feed him fast-swimming fish, or just takes too long to feed him at all. ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' implies that his death is canon, while ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyRecordKeeper'', a mobile game retelling the stories of the various games, states the contrary.]]
* PromotionToParent: On Solitary Island, Celes says that Cid is her "granddad" and she his granddaughter.
* ReluctantMadScientist: Kind of. He says he was threatened by Kefka, but he was extracting power from Espers long before (his process is what ''created'' Kefka). He does express remorse when confronted with people who point out how awful his actions are.


A key Returner operative living in Narshe, he's the one who rescues Terra in the introductory sequence of the game. When Banon moves the Returner operations to Narshe, Arvis effectively becomes his second-in-command.
* DubNameChange: Possibly because his original name "Jun" was [[AerithAndBob oddly Japanese]].
* MrExposition: He helpfully talks with Terra and then Locke at the beginning of the game, helping to set up the Returners' conflict with the Empire.
* UnfazedEveryman: Arvis is the Returner to go to in Narshe, and tags along with Banon when the Returners travel to Vector for peace negotiations with the Empire. Arvis is resourceful, but he isn't a combatant.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: This trope applies to Arvis in exactly the same way it applies to Banon. See Banon's entry.

[[folder:Duncan Harcourt]]

A martial arts master living near Figaro, he's Sabin and Vargas's mentor. Some time before the game's events, Vargas killed him to take his place as master of the dojo, but it is later revealed Duncan faked his death.
* BadassArmfold: Takes it to an art form, striking this pose almost every other animation.
* BadassGrandpa: He's old, but he's still a powerful martial artist.
* FakingTheDead: Though it's unknown why he never appears in person until [[spoiler:the World of Ruin]], or how he survived his encounter with Vargas when everyone (including Vargas) thought he didn't.
* GuideDangIt: [[spoiler:In the World of Ruin, his home is in a completely different location relative to the rest of the world than it was in the World of Balance. Talking to his wife does provide an oblique hint to its location, but finding it can still be tricky considering that it's not marked on the map in the normal way, appearing as a formation of trees.]]
* TheMentor: To Sabin and Vargas, teaching them all he knows about martial arts.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Killed by his own son, or at least believed to be.
* OldMaster: Teaches martial arts to itinerant princes.
* PaletteSwap: He's got Banon sprites, just with darker coloring.

[[folder: Darill]]

Setzer's rival, she was the captain of the ''Falcon'', the ''other'' "only" airship in the world. She went missing after a race with Setzer, and the wreck of the Falcon was found a year later. Setzer restored the craft and put both it and Darill to rest in her tomb.
* CoolAirship: It might not have a casino on it, but it's pretty cool nonetheless. Cid did note the Blackjack would be a lot faster without the casino weighing it down. [[FridgeBrilliance No wonder the Falcon could always beat it in a race.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Has shades, laughing and jokingly ribbing how Setzer can't compare to her.
* GenderBlenderName: Darill is usually a man's name.
* LadyOfAdventure: She sure had no problem with taking risks and living her life to the fullest, a philosophy Setzer adopted.
* LoveInterest: Though not outright stated, the flashback scenes of her and Setzer have undeniable [[ShipTease romantic undertones]]. He even tells her he'll wait on "[their] hill" for her to come back.
* PosthumousCharacter: Died in a race with Setzer.
* TheRival: To Setzer, as his LoveInterest and fellow airship pilot.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Daril, Daryl, Darril, Darryl?


A traveling swordsman and treasure hunter who pops up periodically, his origins and motives are a mystery. Apparently there's an impostor Siegfried around too, and in some versions of the game it's never quite clear when you meet the real one or the impostor. (The Woolsey translation makes it clear by always misspelling his name when it's the impostor, but this was dropped in other translations).
* ArmCannon: If you look closely at this left hand, you can see he has a gun mounted on his arm. Oddly enough, he doesn't even have any gun related attacks.
* TheArtifact: The subplot with the impostor Siegfried? Possibly intended as part of the subquest to fight Gogo before he was moved, but that detail was left in.
* BadassCape: He wears a large dark blue cape.
* BonusBoss: Bet a Megalixir in the Coliseum to face him in a proper fight. He's moderately strong on his own, but the DuelBoss nature of the Coliseum combined with the fact you can't control your character bumps him up to end-game difficulty, usually requiring a OneHitKill build to beat him before he does the same.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Who is this guy? What does he want? Is he a friend or an enemy? How does he know Ultros? It doesn't help that apparently there's an impostor Siegfried running around, so each time you encounter him, who knows if it's the real thing or not.
* TheRival: To Ultros, apparently. Ultros tries to steal the statues in the Esper Caves to get his attention.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Siegfried or Ziegfried? In the Super NES version this is a plot point: the weak goofball you effortlessly spank on the Phantom Train is Ziegfried (or sometimes Sigfried), who is impersonating Siegfried, the legendary swordsman who hands you your ass on a platter at the Coliseum. Later releases removed the distinction and they're both "Siegfried".
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the World of Ruin, you find him trailing Gerad and the thieves into Figaro Castle. Once you get through the cave, though, he vanishes, and it's never revealed what he was doing there.
* ZeroEffortBoss: The fight against him on the Phantom Train is a complete joke. If you're using the Black Belt accessory, he will probably die during his (really weak) initial attack flurry; even if he doesn't, he'll die in one hit to nearly anything. But it's later indicated that the one on the Phantom Train is the impostor.

[[folder:Maduin and Madeline]]

Terra's parents, Maduin was the guardian of the gateway to the Esper World. Somehow Madeline found her way there, and the two fell in love and had a child to see if their two races could truly co-exist.
* BeastAndBeauty: Maduin is the Esper Beast to Madeline's human Beauty.
* DubNameChange[=/=]MeaningfulName: In fitting with Terra being a MessianicArchetype, in the Super NES translation Madeline was called "Madonna", as in the virgin mother. Suddenly the GRatedSex takes on a new meaning, doesn't it? Additionally, the Esper's name is usually translated as Maduin in FFVI translations, but the same name has been translated as Madeen (e.g. in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'').
* FireIceLightning: Maduin's Magicite teaches Fira, Blizzara and Thundara. Maduin's summon attack however is NonElemental.
* GRatedSex: How they conceive Terra -- they fly around the screen in trails of sparkles, and the sparkles come together to form baby Terra.
* InterspeciesRomance: Maduin was an Esper, Madeline was a human; Their love was testament that the two races ''could'' co-exist peacefully, even if on a small scale.
* JackOfAllTrades: While the menu is not enabled during the flashback when the player controls Maduin, hacking the game reveals that nearly all of his stats are 30.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Maduin is [[spoiler:Terra's father]].
* SmallRoleBigImpact: They only appear in a small handful of scenes, but as they are [[spoiler:Terra's parents]], Maduin's romance with Madonna is arguably the catalyst for the game's entire plot.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Maduin has green hair. Now you know where Terra got it from.


[[folder:Kefka Palazzo]]

->''Voiced by'' (via ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''): Creator/ShigeruChiba (Japanese), Creator/DaveWittenberg (English)

The main antagonist of the game who arguably steals the show, to the point that he's one of 2 characters in the game who has his own Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} page, the other being Terra. He was the first Magitek Knight of the Empire, but the process was still experimental. Something in Kefka's mind snapped that day, transforming him into a cruel and malicious harlequin with an unquenchable bloodthirst. Kefka finds no greater joy in life than in causing death and destruction for its own sake, and as the game progresses he resorts to ever grander heights of the two to make himself laugh.

Also see his [[SelfDemonstrating/KefkaPalazzo self-demonstrating article]].
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: All of the Imperial soldiers (or at least the ones in General Leo's camp near Doma) often complained about Kefka, with at least one soldier threatening to quit the military if Kefka was ever allowed to become general in Leo's stead. And for good reason: He had fifty of their finest soldiers burned to a crisp via a mind-controlled Terra, and when poisoning Doma, he is also fully aware that any Imperial captives being held at Doma would die of the poison and does it anyways, stating that it's their fault they got captured in the first place.
* AgentPeacock: A hammy and flamboyant MonsterClown.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: In his final angelic form, his skin is purple. In the penultimate battle, when the characters fight Kefka's tower, two of his effigies have blue skin.
* ApocalypseHow: He rips the continents apart and kills a good part of the planet's flora and fauna. A year later some towns are still trying to rebuild and people are having trouble getting crops to grow, so the world is slowly sliding into a deathly wasteland. At the end of the game when the party ticks him off, he seems to set his sights on destroying existence itself, going by his statement of "I'm going to destroy ''everything!'' I'll create my own Empire of Death/I'll create a monument to non-existence!"
* ArrangedMarriage: Averted. In the GBA version of the climactic scene atop the Floating Continent, Gestahl urges Celes to return to his side. He then voices his expectation that Celes and Kefka will [[{{Squick}} conceive children]] for his empire. Celes refuses.
* AxCrazy: All the way. Kefka isn't truly happy unless someone is dying or suffering at his hands.
* BadassBoast:
** His dreams speech:
--->'''SNES Kefka:''' Life... dreams... hope... Where'd they come from? And where are they headed? These things... I am going to destroy! ''([[LaughingMad hysterical insane laughter]])''\\
'''GBA Kefka:''' Life... dreams... hope... Where do they come from? And where do they go...? Such meaningless things... I'll destroy them all! ''([[LaughingMad hysterical insane laughter]])''
** There's also his line when charging Goner/Forsaken:
--->'''SNES Kefka:''' The end comes... Beyond chaos...\\
'''GBA Kefka:''' The end draws near...
* BadBoss: Especially when compared to [[AFatherToHisMen General Leo]]. Kefka is not only just as cruel and mean to his soldiers as to his enemies, but a few times in the game he casually kills them off for no reason. Terra's infamous burning of fifty Imperial troopers? Kefka had it ordered to test his control over her.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Despite his clownish appearance and comical behavior, he is still a very dangerous character and a grave threat.
* BigBad: Central antagonist, direct cause of a lot of misery to the party, and FinalBoss.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:He actually manages to destroy the world and become a god, and he reigned over the ashes of the planet for a year with his new power. The second half of the game is AfterTheEnd as the Returners [[MyGreatestSecondChance attempt to set things right.]]]]
* BlasphemousBoast: The Tower of the Gods and his final angelic form are ''visual'' blasphemous boasts. The third tier of the Tower of the Gods features a Kefka effigy in a Pieta pose beneath a bust that resembles the Virgin Mary. In the final battle, Kefka assumes the form of an angel bathed in golden light. The visual message he seems to be sending is "I am divine".
* BrightIsNotGood: Kefka wears an outfit with many vivid colors and different patterns on it.
* TheBully: He bullies the soldiers under his command by browbeating them, threatening them, and making them perform demeaning tasks such as brushing sand off of his boots in the middle of a desert.
* TheCaligula: He's not royalty, but fits otherwise: depraved, manic, selfish, insane, and enjoys suffering and cruelty.
* CharacterDevelopment: In the worst ways; contrasting the heroes with their own development arcs, Kefka's "development" concerns his SanitySlippage. At the start of the game he's not really insane, just a bit off in the head, and resorts to extremes to get his way. As the game goes on though he begins working on his own agenda, becomes more violent and unstable, and eventually betrays Gestahl when he proves too insane to control. By the end of the game when the party has come to terms with their traumas and troubled pasts to move on and rediscover their hope, Kefka has fully embraced his "life is meaningless" ideology and sneers at them that the world isn't worth saving.
* ClassicVillain: Has traits of ambition, but is more closely associated with wrath and insanity.
* CourtMage: Edgar refers to him as such.
* CreepyCircusMusic: Kefka's eponymous theme combines this with a military march. It starts out light and bouncy with string and wind instruments, then descends into a loud flurry of drumbeats and cymbal clashes. Which is a good indication of [[SanitySlippage how Kefka himself goes as the game progresses]]. It's sampled twice in "Dancing Mad", the final boss theme.
* CreepyCrossdresser: The head image of Kefka that appears during dialog scenes depicts him with white face makeup, earrings, and beads in his hair.
* DeathFromAbove: After his ascent to godhood, Kefka used his Light of Judgment to deal this to anyone who dared oppose him.
* DependingOnTheWriter: A case of this occurring via {{Woolseyism}}. The English Super NES version of Kefka is characterized quite differently from the Japanese version due to the translation of his lines. In general, the Japanese version is more silly and comical, emphasizing his PsychopathicManchild traits, while the English translation depicted him as more hateful and malicious, emphasizing his joy in causing others misery. The SNES port also never mentions [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob what, exactly, is Kefka's rank]] in the Empire, implying that he's some sort of General on equal footing with Celes and Leo. The Gameboy Advance re-release and his ''Dissidia'' incarnation took some cues from the English adaptation of his character because of how popular he is in the West, while otherwise remaining true to the Japanese version.
* TheDragon: While he's formally just Gestahl's mage, in practice he relies on Kefka to take care of things more than General Leo, and often sends him on missions.
* DragonInChief: Even before he overthrows Gestahl, Kefka's the one who actually confronts the party most of the time, while Gestahl is more of a distant EvilOverlord.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Gestahl wants to ''rule'' the world; Kefka has a different idea.
* DramaticIrony: Kefka acquires ultimate power, and spends his time for the year afterwards doing nothing but causing more destruction and death, to hammer in his point that all life is meaningless and pointless. However, it's really Kefka's life who has become meaningless and pointless, because he's devoting all his time and effort to stamping out life in a world that refuses to fully die.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: If you're not quite sure how strong Kefka is at any given point of the game, don't worry, he'll be happy to show you. Most prominent at [[spoiler:Thamasa, where he deals a CurbStompBattle to at least a dozen Espers, demonstrating he can not only kill them en masse with no trouble, but that he's immune to their powers.]]
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Kefka's intention is to create a world full of suffering, because it amuses him.
* EpicFlail: In his earlier boss fights, he has a Morning Star equipped.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Even with their homes burned, mutated monsters roaming the world, friends and loved ones dead, and the world a charred husk, the people of the world, including the party, find the strength to keep living and look for hope for the future. Kefka is at first confused by this, then goes to enraged because it doesn't make sense to him.
* EvilChancellor: Technically, being the CourtMage and all.
* EvilCounterpart: To both Terra and Celes in different ways.
** Like Terra, Kefka was used as an Imperial experiment and has no friends or family and no real joy in his life. While Terra learned to control her powers and found love, Kefka's powers came at the cost of his sanity and he turned to destruction to give his life meaning.
** Like Celes, Kefka is an Imperial general with great magical power. While Celes has held onto her humanity and principles, Kefka's madness stripped away his, if he had any to begin with.
* EvilIsBurningHot: He talks a great deal about burning things.
* EvilLaugh: Kefka's "Uwee-hee-hee!" -- the only vocalized character sound in the entire game, opera sequence, and Terra meeting Valigarmanda aside.
* EvilSorcerer: He's a powerful magic user, and is deeply evil and power-hungry.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's a laughing, joking MonsterClown most of the time...at least until he decides to become a stone cold psychopath.
* FinalBoss: You will be seeing this guy in real, losable combat three times in ''FFVI'', and the third encounter is the last stage of the game's final confrontation.
* FlunkyBoss: You have to get past his soldiers in Narshe to get to him, and the final battle only has the teams confronting him after they've already destroyed the statues on the tower in the first three stages of the final battle.
* ForTheEvulz: This is his defining trait -- whatever the reason (see WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds further down for an explanation), the reason Kefka causes so much chaos and death is because he has fun doing it.
* FourIsDeath: When he's finally confronted at the end of the game, he is the target in the last of four phases in the FinalBoss fight (the second phase also has four targets that need to be destroyed.)
* FromBadToWorse: No matter how bad things are, he will always try to make it worse. Just take his destruction of the world -- it wasn't enough for Kefka to murder countless innocents, rip apart the continents, and unleash mutated monsters on the people, he had to spend his time afterwards blasting the ashes of civilization when he got bored.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He starts the game as a court jester lackey of Gestahl, and by the end of the game, rules the world as a god.
* GeniusBruiser: Kefka's very strong in magic and competent in physical combat. He is also a pretty good manipulator as well as implied to be technologically skilled (piloting and maintaining Magitek armors, single-handedly manning two cranes in Vector to prevent the Returners' airship from escaping, and presumably inventing Terra's slave crown).
* GenocideBackfire: Poisoning of Doma, which resulted in very angry Cyan. In his case, it wasn't really out of fear or hatred of the Domians as much as feeling it was a good time to do something like that.
* AGodAmI: Notably the first ([[FollowTheLeader though hardly the last]]) ''Final Fantasy'' villain to seek out godhood, and one of the few to achieve it when he [[spoiler:absorbs the power of the Warring Triad.]]
* GoldfishPoopGang: He looks to be this at first; he's initially intimidating, but he gets sent scurrying multiple times over the first half, each time beaten increasingly badly by the protagonists or other factors, and eventually getting imprisoned by Gestahl for his failings. Of course, [[SubvertedTrope then things go horribly, horribly wrong]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: Ultimately, they ''did'' succeed in making Kefka a super-powered magic-user capable of destroying their enemies. He just decided to move on to everything else too.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Empire wanted to create a new breed of super-powered {{Magic Knight}}s, but with the process not yet perfected, it drove Kefka insane.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Has four angelic wings and two demonic wings in his god form. However, they seem to be inconsistent on this -- in his ''Anthology'' render, Kefka has six angelic wings, while in ''Dissidia'', he has two demonic wings, and his four angelic wings are treated more like they're fused together so he has just two large wings instead.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: In his human form, Kefka wears clown makeup and a garish harlequin costume. In the final battle, he appears as a handsome, muscular angel draped in purple fabric.
* TheHeavy: From start to finish: in the World of Balance, he serves as this despite being Gestahl's {{Dragon}}, as he is the one confronting and antagonizing the characters while his boss remains distant; in the World of Ruin, Kefka [[spoiler:absorbs the Warring Triad]] and threatens everything the heroes hold dear, forcing them to face him.
* HopeCrusher: His favorite tactics and sight are when people are in despair or agony. When he becomes a god, he destroys any semblance of hope in the world since he thinks it's meaningless (and a lot better if it's hopeless).
* HPToOne: One of his attacks in the final battle is the dreaded Heartless Angel, which will reduce the party's HP down to 1.
* TheHyena: His pre-recorded sound byte of a cackle is his calling card.
* IdiotHair: Kefka's hair inexplicably has a feather sprouting from the front.
* IgnoredEpiphany: When the party explains to Kefka that no matter what he does life will go on and people will always find reasons to keep living, he lowers his head, turns around slowly... then spins back around and delivers his famous ShutUpKirk comeback.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Kefka could be considered Square's [[http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/3/31/DissidiaKefka_alts.png first shot across the bow]] at cosplayers.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's rude, cruel, and utterly self-absorbed due to him being the BigBad of the game.
* TheJester: Kefka's overall appearance is similar to that of a Tyrolean Jester, and similar to the trope, it also led to him not being suspected of being as much of a threat until it was far too late.
* JapanesePronouns: Frequently used Boku/Bokuchin in reference to himself, which gives some significant hints at his [[PsychopathicManchild maturity level and mindset]]. He switches to the more polite and formal Watashi, though, by the time you meet him for the final battle.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Kefka, while maniacally reveling about the power he gained in the Magitek Research Facility, is overheard by the Returners, where he also expresses his intent to revive the Warring Triad. It's subverted because despite being overheard by the heroes, he still succeeds in his plan anyway.
* KickTheDog: His poisoning of Doma, his murder of General Leo (and his also casting an illusion of Gestahl "admitting" to Leo that he tricked him into having him collect more Espers and magicite for no reason outside of adding insult to injury), his attempted torchings of Figaro and Thamasa, his having Terra burn fifty soldiers under his employ alive, and finally his destruction of the world and his frequently using the Light of Judgment on the world.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Figuratively and literally, to Gestahl. He eventually kills the old man and gloats over his wounded body before finishing him off, but by that point you're more concerned with what Kefka is going to do once he's done with Gestahl than you are with Gestahl getting offed.
* KnightOfCerebus:
** Any time he shows up, things get ''dark'' in a hurry. In his first appearance he torches Figaro Castle, one-ups that by poisoning the people of Doma, and then leads an invasion of Narshe while explicitly ordering his men to kill any innocents that get in their way. Later at Thamasa he [[spoiler:massacres all the escaped Espers, attempts to destroy the village, kills General Leo when he tries to intervene, then kills ''more'' Espers that attack him]]. And if you think that's as far as he could go, remember this was before the "blow up the world" part of the game -- that was Kefka's work, too.
** In a meta example, he's this to the entire series. The villains of the first five games didn't have very deep characterizations or motivations beyond being {{Evil Overlord}}s who wanted to take over or destroy the world. Kefka had the same goal of world destruction/domination, but he was clearly having ''fun'' causing death and chaos along the way just because he could. And when it came time to execute his plan, he ''succeeded'', making ''VI'' one of the few ''Final Fantasy'' games where TheBadGuyWins, and the game picks up AfterTheEnd in the dead husk of the world that Kefka reigns over, and the party tries to set things right.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Variation. It's strongly implied that he was holding back his power significantly when confronted at the Imperial Camp by Sabin and Shadow, and was running away because he didn't want any distractions from dumping poison into Doma.
* LackOfEmpathy: He just does not ''understand'' the good feelings in others.
* LargeHam: He clearly enjoys himself and provides hilarious lines along the way. "Ahem! There's '''SAND''' in my boots!"
* LaughablyEvil: He does horrific, violent, inhumane things, but he just has so much ''fun'' through it all it's hard to watch his antics and not be amused.
* LaughingMad: His boss theme "Dancing Mad" is the TropeNamer.
* LeaveNoSurvivors: One of his favorite tactics.
* LightIsNotGood: Kefka has a weapon called the Light of Judgment that he uses to destroy towns that oppose him, and in the final battle, he turns into an angelic-looking creature. Also provides the trope image. Heck, even before becoming a god, he basically resembled a very colorful clown, was blond and blue/green eyed, and wore white makeup, and was also heavily implied to have pyromaniacal tendencies (eg, forcing Terra to torch his own soldiers alive, attempting to burn Figaro Castle, having his troops burn Thamasa, was implied to have caused a lot of fires when misaligning the Warring Triad, not to mention the whole Light of Judgment thing). His [[OneWingedAngel god form]] also mixes this with DarkIsEvil, as he possesses a pair of bat wings as well as looking more fierce and demonic than a traditional angel.
* LoadBearingBoss: Defeating Kefka not only causes his tower to collapse, but seems to herald the rebirth of the planet's ecosystem and the cessation of magic's existence.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: When he poisons Doma. Also a ''StarWars'' ShoutOut.
-->'''Kefka:''' Hee-hee! Nothing beats the music of hundreds of voices screaming in unison! Uwee-hee-hee! ''(dumps poison in Doma's water supply)''
* MadGod: He seems a bit less insane than before when you confront him at the end of the game, but he's still way off the deep end.
* MadnessMantra: "I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate '''HATE YOU!'''"
* MadScientist: Probably, seeing how it was heavily implied that he was the one who invented Terra's Slave Crown.
* MagicalClown: He was implanted with special technology that turned him into a magical, maniacal harlequin. Taken UpToEleven when he becomes the God of Magic.
* MeaningfulName: Aside from his first name bearing similarity to Creator/FranzKafka, Kefka's last name, Palazzo, is Italian in origin that means palace, mansion, and/or castle, and also sounds very similar to Basque ''pailazo'', Catalan ''pallasso'', Greek ''paliatsos'', Italian ''pagliaccio'', Portuguese ''palhaço'', Spanish ''payaso'', Russian ''payats'' and Turkish ''palyaço'', which all translate to "clown," and his appearance pretty much makes it clear that the similar names are very fitting.
* MilitaryMage: He acts as TheEmperor's CourtMage and TheDragon ([[spoiler:until usurping the role of BigBad in the game's latter half]]) and holds the rank of Commander in the Imperial Army. He acts as an officer and artillery, commanding small detachments of troops such as the one that attacks Narshe and the task force assigned to retrieve Terra after the game's intro.
* MindOverMatter: He was seen levitating two of the Returners with telekinesis when they confront him at the end of the game. Presumably it's part of the whole "god" thing.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: After Celes [[spoiler:stabs Kefka]], he starts screaming about blood as well as either shouting insults while lying down at Celes or screaming the aforementioned MadnessMantra, depending on the translation. However, in his case, it may just be more showcasing of his insanity.
* MonsterClown: Monster ''harlequin'', but close enough. His in-game overworld sprite doesn't look like a clown or harlequin (aside from probably the red splotches below the eyes), but he acts like it. In the Amano artwork and the cutscenes added in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation version, he wears a harlequin costume and clownish makeup, and his actions are ''very'' monstrous. Also, his FanNickname ''is'' "The Psycho Clown".
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Kefka's concept art and battle sprite depict him as skinny. Despite his slender build, he's strong enough to deal decent physical damage during battle, kill Leo, throw Emperor Gestahl off the Floating Continent, strike Celes hard enough to knock her to the ground, and effortlessly move the Warring Triad statures.
* MysteriousPast: The details regarding who Kefka was before he became the first Magitek Knight of the Empire are unknown.
* TheNapoleon: According to the game's guidebook, he's 5'4". Kefka demonstrates the big ego and belligerence associated with the trope.
* {{Narcissist}}: If the tower boss at the end of the game is any indication, Kefka is enamored with his own likeness. He creates a tower with multiple effigies of himself, including a clone in a Pieta pose, which the players fight during the penultimate battle of the game.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He, and by extension TheEmpire, did not know that the best and most efficient way to grow in magical power was to use the remains of dead Espers, the Magicite, until the heroes acquired some from Espers they had drained through their own inefficient methods. This could explain his leap in power from when fought at Narshe to him single handedly slaughtering the Espers in Thamasa.
* NoblewomansLaugh: His laugh sound effect, at least in the SNES version, sounds like this.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Sort of. As silly and comical as Kefka is, he is also very, '''very''' dangerous.
* OhCrap:
** Kefka is caught completely off guard when Edgar submerges Figaro Castle right before his eyes. As the castle starts shaking, Kefka's jaw drops.
** "I've got a bad feeling about this..." Said ''as the Sealed Gate opens''.
* OneWingedAngel: Technically, ''four'' winged angel, with a couple of demon wings depending on the image.
* OmnicidalManiac:
-->'''Kefka:''' What's the fun in destruction if no precious lives are lost?
* OrcusOnHisThrone: To his credit, though, he probably doesn't even need to move from his chamber to destroy the party at the end of the game, but where's the fun in that? It's also implied ("I've prepared some suitable entertainment for you!"/"I've been practicing my greeting!") that he was waiting for the party to fight their way to him so he could fight them again, and created the monsters they fought to get to him in preparation for their arrival.
* PartsUnknown: According to the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Final Fantasy VI The Complete]]'' guide book, Kefka's birthplace is unknown.
* PietaPlagiarism: The third tier of the final battle. When you see Kefka in place of Jesus on the pietà and then again as a God-like angel, you simply have to face the facts: the gods are not on your side and never have been, and if you want a savior, you'll have to be the savior yourself.
* PoisonIsEvil: Poisons Doma and uses the Poison and Bio spells in battle.
* PsychopathicManchild:
** In the Japanese version, Kefka uses the first-person pronoun "bokuchin", which is primarily used by young boys, when joking around or trying to act sweet.
** Kefka acts like a disturbed child, with his maniacal laughter, tantrums, and selfishness.
* PsychoPrototype: He was the first Magitek Knight ever produced, but the experimental process, due to it not being perfected yet, snapped his mind.
* PsychoSupporter: Until he takes over, that is.
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: There's no doubt that Kefka tries to make everyone's lives as empty and meaningless as he thinks they are. However, in keeping with WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds nudges described further down, his declaration of intent to destroy the very ''emotions'' of hope and love comes off as him deciding that if he can't feel those emotions, then no one else will.
* {{Pyromaniac}}: He seems to love setting things on fire, seeing how most of his atrocities involve fire somehow.
* RazorWings: His God form is fond of the physical attack Havoc Wing, his AI script allowing him the potential to use it every single turn, and later in the battle using it twice in a row.
* RecurringBoss: The Returners will engage Kefka at least 4 times, and will get propelled into a full-blown BossFight twice, first at Narshe, then at the end of the game.
* SanitySlippage: Kefka slides down the hill of sanity rather nicely throughout the game. At the beginning, he seems to be just doing his job, but, well, he tumbles down the slope quickly. One moment of mention is on the Floating Continent where despite all the power he's gained, Celes manages to [[spoiler:trick him and actually stab him with a sword and draw his own blood]]. The moment he ''completely'' loses it is just before the last battle, after the heroes have given their [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech self-help book speech]].
* SatanicArchetype:
** Kefka sets settings on fire throughout the game, bringing to mind hellfire.
** His final form is that of an angel bathed in golden light, bringing to mind Lucifer as an angel of light.
* SequentialBoss: When Kefka is met at the end of the game, the party has to move up through a stack of enemies (some of which resemble Kefka) to get to him.
* ShutUpKirk: His famous rebuttal at the end of the game to the mentioned self-help book speech.
* SissyVillain: He wears flamboyant clothes, has flamboyant mannerisms, and emits an effeminate laugh. When the player characters do battle with Kefka, his battle sprite shows him ''prancing''. Kefka's concept art also shows him prancing or striking a pose.
* SlasherSmile: He's a sprite with NoMouth much of the time, but you ''just know'' he's sporting one of these. ''Dissidia'' tells us that he definitely is.
* TheSociopath: He has no understanding of morality, no impulse control, manipulates the emotions of others, is a rampant liar, and resorts to ever greater extremes to slake his thirst for destruction. Kefka ticks all the boxes.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The peaceful segment in the 4th part of "Dancing Mad".
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: He's almost always "Cefca" in Japanese materials, including ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia]]''[[note]]with one exception -- [[http://www.espritduo.com/images/ff6_final_battles_concept_art.jpg this concept art]] (as a side note, the name "Sefilos" didn't make it in the game, but you may recognize it [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII somewhere else]])[[/note]]. Lampshaded in the ''Advance'' translation, which has one guard in Figaro Castle mention a fringe cult that spells his name with "C"s and not "K"s, and that it doesn't really matter since it's the same guy either way.
* TheStarscream: He has a major problem with being a servant, and by the time of Thamasa, he's not even hiding that he's taking power for himself instead of Gestahl. During the climactic scene atop the Floating Continent, he uses the power of the Warring Triad that Gestahl had hoped to claim for himself and kills Gestahl.
* StarterVillain: Serves this role before becoming the BigBad. Kefka is the face of the Empire for the first quarter of the game or so, and the battle with him at Narshe is effectively the climax of that portion of the game. Afterwards, Terra transforms, the party heads to Zozo, and attentions turn to the Empire and the Espers. Kefka is still prominent, but he doesn't take center stage again until the Floating Continent.
* StrawNihilist: While he really starts being this only after destroying the world, you still gotta admit that when taking everything else that Kefka was into consideration, this really wasn't something that boded well for the World of Balance.
--> '''Kefka Palazzo:''' Why do people insist on creating things that will inevitably be destroyed? Why do people cling to life knowing that they must someday die? Knowing that none of it will have meant anything once they do?
* {{Stripperiffic}}:
** In his final form, he wears what appears to be a single length of purple cloth wrapped around his loins.
** Depending on the version of the game, several of Kefka's effigies on the Tower of the Gods are either scantily-clad or [[FullFrontalAssault nude]].
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: After absorbing the powers of the Warring Triad, Kefka becomes unfathomably powerful, plunging the world into ruin and blasting entire cities with the Light of Judgment. Then, during the final battle, Kefka can be defeated with ease by a team of mere mortals.
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: With more emphasis on Temper Tantrum. When the party tells him that all his destruction and chaos has failed to wipe out life and people are rebuilding and still have hope, Kefka snaps and goes on a berserk rampage, deciding that he simply hasn't gone far enough yet.
* SuperMovePortraitAttack: Pops up during the Forsaken move.
* SuperPrototype: Kefka is being far stronger magic-wise compared to the other Magitek Knight seen, Celes Chere. For one thing, he has Blizzara, Poison, Drain, and all three of the 1st level FireIceLightning spells at Level 18. Celes, at the same level, only has Blizzard, Antidote, Imp, Cure, and Scan. Take note that she was created ''after'' Kefka was.
* SuperSoldier: The prototype, actually. [[PsychoPrototype You know what that means.]]
* TeamRocketWins: Kefka is a laughable threat until he gets some major magical upgrades from the Espers and becomes a killing machine in Thamasa.
* TookALevelInBadass: It's jarring to see him go from running away from a lone Sabin (granted, Shadow could be there as well) through an entire camp full of his army and having to run away with his tail between his legs from the collective party, to kicking the party's collective asses twice, then killing the best soldier in the Empire, without using any magic, and [[spoiler:a small army of Espers ''on his own'' that were able to thrash the Capital City of the Empire]]. [[FromBadToWorse And that's just the start of the madness.]]
* UrExample: Mimicking [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Mateus's]] methods of poisoning a kingdom aside, he himself started a trend of villains who desired to become gods in the series.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Early in the story, he either runs away, is left in the dust, or is blown away. [[spoiler:He won't do this when you fight him one more time at the very end of the game; he'll outright dissolve instead.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: The entire game follows Kefka slowly but surely sliding even deeper into complete madness than he already is. He's actually kinda normal, if still evil and cackling, when you first meet him in Figaro. But by the end of the game...
* VillainousHarlequin: If not for Terra's flashback, this would have been the first impression of him.
* VillainsNeverLie: After the party reaches the part of the Magitek Factory where Espers are being held in captivity, Kefka enters and declares that Celes was a mole. Locke ''believes him'', forcing Celes to perform a non-lethal variant of a HeroicSacrifice to save Locke.
* WeHaveReserves: This is Kefka's general approach to warfare. He broke the siege of Doma Castle by poisoning the water supply, killing everyone inside -- including women, children, and even some Imperial soldiers that were being kept as prisoners of war.
* WingedHumanoid: In the final battle, he appears as a muscular, purple-skinned angel with six wings.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity:
** When you first sneak into Vector, if you can get all the way up to the Cafe where all the Imperial soldiers are hanging out, one man will tell you what he knows of Kefka's backstory. Oddly, just hearing the broad outline and filling in the rest with your imagination is almost scarier than knowing the details.
** In addition, it's only at the end of the game that Kefka's nihilism and contempt for life become apparent, possibly because becoming the God of Magic and spending a year burning the burnt husk of a dead world gave him time to reflect on things.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** Perhaps one of the darkest interpretations of the trope, evidence in the original game and ''Dissidia'' suggests it isn't so much Kefka not seeing the value of love and hope as it is he actually can't understand them anymore, his mind is just too far gone, and destruction is all he has to bring joy and meaning to his life with everything else beyond his understanding now. His famous end-game speech in ''VI'' is reused in ''Dissidia'', but with a very obvious tone of despair to the words, Kefka seemingly ''lamenting'' the meaninglessness of life rather than declaring it.
** The Ultimania guide to FFVI suggests that Kefka was once one of the Empire's top generals. After the Magitek infusion damaged his mind, he was forced to step down and reappointed as Gestahl's personal lackey, ''then'' made to oversee the perfected Magitek Knights: Terra and Celes. What ''really'' drove him over the brink was watching Leo take up his former position and outdo him in every aspect.
** When the Returners give their collective WorldOfCardboardSpeech at the end of the game, Kefka looks down and turns away for a moment, seeming distinctly sad. Unfortunately, that's when he '''really''' goes off the deep end.
** And finally, Kefka's ''Dissidia 012'' museum profile implies that he was DrivenToSuicide in the final storyline because he thought destroying ''himself'' might finally satisfy his insatiable need to destroy.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** In the Magitek Research Facility, Kefka roughs up Shiva before sending her to a room for dying, discarded Espers.
** On the Floating Continent, Celes tries to stop Kefka from abusing the powers of the Warring Triad. Kefka strikes her so hard that she falls to the ground, after which he rearranges the Warring Triad statues.

[[folder:Emperor Gestahl]]

Leader of the Empire (and, by default, the world) with grand ambitions and a batshit-insane [[TheDragon Dragon.]] Gestahl discovered the ancient legends of Espers and invaded their homeworld to build a magical army and begin a campaign to conquer the world. However, when Kefka has finally had enough of taking orders, he usurps Gestahl at the height of his power and kicks him to his death off the edge of the Floating Continent.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Gestahl appears with Kefka thoroughly on his side on the Floating Continent. And then Kefka must show them the meaning of power...
* BigBad: In the World of Balance, though Kefka is established as the DragonInChief in that portion.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: One of the first bosses to invoke this trope, but the technology of the time (cartridge) made it less opaque. Still, when the player is confronting Gestahl, one can't help but think the game is a little short.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Kind of; he was zapped by the Warring Triad at Kefka's command, and is later kicked off the edge of the FloatingContinent by Kefka.
* DubNameChange: From "Gastra" or "Ghastla" in Japanese.
* TheEmperor: His title and position as the ruler of the Empire.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He desired to rule the world, but when Kefka decided to demand that the Warring Triad expose their true power, he attempts to stop Kefka, feeling that it was going too far. In addition, when Kefka murders General Leo, he claims that he'll simply report that he disposed of a traitor as an excuse for murdering him, implying that Gestahl would not have approved of Kefka killing General Leo, even though he manipulated the latter, unless there was good reason.
* EvilOldFolks: He's in his 60s and is the main antagonist. Flashbacks imply he's been at work building the Empire and conquering the world for over 20 years.
* EvilOverlord: Ruler of the Empire from the capital of Vector, spends much of the game never being seen, wants to TakeOverTheWorld...
* GodzillaThreshold: Eventually tries to use Meltdown on Kefka. Keep in mind Meltdown is one of the most powerful spells in the game and hits the enemy ''and'' caster parties for heavy damage. Gestahl was clearly desperate.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Gestahl meets his doom at the hands of his genetically altered SuperSoldier.
* KarmicDeath: It's very fitting that Emperor Gestahl dies at the hands of Kefka after he was responsible for having Kefka infused with magical powers, and had him PromotedToScapegoat when things started going wrong. Add additional karmic points for the fact that Kefka kills him using the power of the Warring Triad, the very things he has pursued all of this time.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: He's on the receiving end of this figuratively and literally thanks to Kefka. Kefka betrays him and gets the power of The Warring Triad and uses it to knock Gestahl off a cliff, killing him.
* MilitaryBrat: According to the ''Final Fantasy VI'' timeline, Gestahl was from a well-off military family. It's also strongly implied that his father was heavily involved in a large coup that resulted in Vector becoming an Empire.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Let's see... He's an amazingly charismatic dictator attempting to conquer the world, his troops are obliquely compared to Nazi stormtroopers in a reference to a scene from ''StarWars'', his troops use the "Nazi arm-raise salute", he keeps Espers in a Magitek Research Facility[[note]]concentration camp[[/note]], and... oh, he wanted to create a "master race" by [[{{Squick}} breeding Celes and Kefka]]. His characterization is also quite similar to Mussolini and his Facism movement, especially when taking into account the fact that he was essentially trying to resurrect an old empire of Magic.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: After the Espers razed Vector, Gestahl seemingly has a change of heart (or at least realizes that after the Esper attack he has no chance against the Returners), asks for the ceasefire, invites the party to the dinner party, blames everything on Kefka, asks the party to find the Espers and negotiate with them to prevent another War of the Magi. The party doesn't fall for it, but they play along since they really need to convince the Espers not to destroy everything. And they leave behind lots of people to uncover the plans.
* ObviouslyEvil: Wears black and red robes, is an old man, and styles himself TheEmperor.
* PlayingWithFire: Uses Firaga, Flare and Meltdown when he attacks Kefka on the Floating Continent.
* PragmaticVillainy: In the SNES version, at least, Emperor Gestahl tries to stop Kefka from doing something that will cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, because he wants to rule the world, not blow it up. Kefka kills him. In the GBA version, his final words were "The world will now experience true fear..." before being kicked off by Kefka, implying that it was closer to EvenEvilHasStandards.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: His robes are red and black, and he's the only character in the game with that color scheme.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: In a sense. He realized just how dangerous Kefka was and tried to stop him from ending the world, and got killed for his efforts. Probably more a case of PragmaticVillainy as described above.
* ShipperOnDeck: In the UsefulNotes/{{G|ameBoyAdvance}}BA [[UpdatedRerelease version]], on the Floating Continent Gestahl invites Celes to create a new generation of Magitek children for his Empire with [[{{Squick}} Kefka]].
* ShootTheDangerousMinion: Attempted by Emperor Gestahl. Let's just say that trying to kill Kefka on a Floating Continent miles above the surface is a BAD idea, especially when Kefka is wielding the power of three gods combined.
* ThisCannotBe: His reaction to Kefka surviving the best spells Gestahl can throw at him.
* TooDumbToLive: Even when it becomes abundantly clear that Kefka is a psychopath, Gestahl keeps Kefka in his inner circle. Gestahl pays dearly for his poor judgment atop the Floating Continent.
* TheUnfought: Kefka zaps him before you get the chance.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Atop the Floating Continent, he offers Celes the chance to join him and Kefka to rule the world.
* WhileRomeBurns: Orders a banquet and dines with the Returners mere hours after Vector was attacked by the Espers. The buildings are still burning when you leave afterwards.
* TheWorfBarrage: His magic barrage against Kefka serves to show just how powerful Kefka has become.
* XanatosSpeedChess: He plays a mean game of it; everything the Returners do advances his goals in ways even he didn't necessarily anticipate. When Kefka betrayed him, Gestahl not only had a lot of Magicite in his possession, but he also controlled the source of all magic in the world, and he did it by rolling with his defeats and finding ways to further his plans in spite of them.

[[folder:The Warring Triad]]

Three ancient gods that effectively created magic as it is now known, they created the Espers in the crossfire of their feuding but turned themselves to stone when they realized the struggle was destroying the world. They are named Demon, Fiend, and Goddess. After getting awakened, the Triad acts as the last 3 bosses prior to the Returners facing Kefka for the fate of the world.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Goddess' "clothing" is two strips of material over her breasts, leaving her torso between them bare.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The Goddess was give more clothing in the SNES version. The names of the other two may have also been subjected to some, but it's debatable - see "Spell My Name With An S", below.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Demon is red, Fiend is primarily blue with gold wings, and Goddess wears blue and bears a gold crest. ''Dissidia'' assigns them colors in a roundabout way -- the three circles that appear during Kefka's [[LimitBreak EX Burst]] are in the same formation as the Triad, and Demon's is red, Fiend's is yellow, and Goddess's is blue.
* CosmicKeystone: Their safety is key to the continued prosperity and existence of the world and magic. Move them out of alignment and the imbalance of power drastically reshapes the known world, [[spoiler:which is exactly what Kefka does once he sends Gestahl flying.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Fiend is by far the most grotesque of the three.
* FireIceLightning: They each correspond to one of the three basic elements in the game's magic system. Demon is Fire, Fiend is Ice, and Goddess is Lightning.
* FemaleAngelMaleDemon: The two male gods are obviously demonic while the female is angelic.
* GodIsEvil: Though their backstory reveals they realized the havoc they were causing and stopped, by the time you find them in at the end of the game, they're fighting for Kefka for whatever reason. Hell, thanks to [[spoiler:Kefka absorbing most of their energies]], they barely even qualify as gods by that point.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Demon has angel wings, Fiend has demon wings.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Demon drops the Radiant Lance, Fiend drops the Mutsunokami, and Goddess drops the Excalibur. In the original Super NES release, the former two were the strongest weapons of their kind. Excalibur was outclassed by the Ultima Weapon, Ragnarok, and Illumina, but getting the latter two meant passing up the Ragnarok Magicite that taught [[GameBreaker Ultima]] (though you could still learn that from the uncursed Paladin Shield).
* MacGuffin: They serve as this in the first part of the game, as the source of the strongest magic in the universe. [[spoiler:While Kefka does render them husks when you see them again in his tower, they are still powerful and are mandatory boss fights that are the last line of defense prior to the PointOfNoReturn and Kefka himself.]]
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Fiend has six arms.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: This is the reason why they sealed themselves as statues in the first place.
* NoNameGiven: They're not given proper names, only being referred to as Fiend, Demon, and Goddess. Concept art gives them the names Sophia (Goddess), Zurvan (Demon), and Sephirot (Fiend), which were later reused for their appearance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''.
* PermanentlyMissableContent: Hope those of you aiming for OneHundredPercentCompletion brought Strago to fight Fiend, because he's the only enemy in the entire game who knows the Force Field Lore. Averted in the ''Advance'' port, where you can fight Fiend again... if you feel like dragging Strago through the [[BossRush Soul Shrine]].
* SecretArt: Tyrfing for Demon, Fiendish Rage and Force Field for Fiend, and Cloudy Heaven for Goddess. Quasar is ''not'' exclusive to Goddess, but it is likely she'll be the first enemy you see using it, since of the only other two with it, one is a normal enemy you're likely to kill before it uses it, and the other is the GBA-exclusive Gilgamesh.
* ShoutOut: The rest of the series contains subtle references to them, such as three statues in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Kuja's]] palace resembling them, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yunalesca]] resembling Goddess in her second form. They also appear flat-out in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''.
* SnakePeople: Demon's concept art depicts what ended up being his sprite as the torso of a long snake body.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: With a possible side of [[{{Bowdlerize}} Bowdlerizing]]. While "Goddess" (''megami'', めがみ) has never really been in contention, an entire ''generation'' of fans and translators have struggled to come up with good translations for the other two, who are ''majin'' (魔神) for the blue muscly one and ''kishin'' (鬼神) for the red snake one. Neither term ''really'' has an absolute equivalent in English, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrathful_deities ''kishin'' in particular describes a conceptual entity]] that barely even exists in most western mythology - "War God" is sort of similar, but still not quite right. They're called "Fiend" and "Demon" in the Advance and iOS versions, though a lot of people note "Demon" is still not a very good translation for ''kishin''; the SNES version called them "Doom" and "Poltergeist", probably to avoid religious references (though it's been noted that "poltergeist" is actually not an awful analogy to the "ki" part of ''kishin''... it just isn't divine enough to cover the ''shin'').
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Goddess. She actually got censored in the SNES version with lengthened clothes.
* TakenForGranite: They turned themselves to stone centuries ago.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The male and female Demon and Fiend, and the female Goddess.

[[folder:The Eight Dragons]]

Eight ancient and powerful dragons sealed in the earth, they were unleashed when Kefka moved the Warring Triad out of alignment. They reappear in the ''Advance'' bonus dungeon Dragons' Den with their boss, Kaiser Dragon.
* ActuallyFourMooks: The reborn Ice Dragon appears as a group of four, but their sprites overlay on top of each other so you can't pick out a specific one to target.
* AntiMagic: The reborn Gold Dragon in Dragons' Den absorbs all magic.
* BadassBoast: Kaiser Dragon's greeting to the party when the player finds him.
-->'''Kaiser Dragon:''' [[PunyHumans Humans]] and your insatiable greed... [[HumansAreBastards Your lust for power leads always to a lust for blood]]... This place is a sanctuary for wayward souls... What business have you filthy creatures here? [[WhatTheHellHero You slaughter my brethren, and befoul their rest with the profanity of your continued existence]]... You should not have come here. In the name of all dragonkind, I shall grant you the death you desire. I am the dealer of destruction... I am the font from which fear springs... [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I am Kaiser]]... [[PrepareToDie And your time is at an end]].
* BarrierChangeBoss: Kaiser Dragon shifts his attack patterns and elemental properties throughout the battle.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Kaiser Dragon recycles the "burning house" background for the battle, resulting in this.
* BerserkButton: For some reason, the reborn Skull Dragon has a special hatred of Terra, and will unleash his strongest attack every fourth turn if you happen to have her in your party.
* TheBerserker: The reborn Earth Dragon eventually enters an UnstoppableRage and starts attacking you four times every turn.
* BlowYouAway: Storm Dragon, Dragon of Wind.
* BonusBoss: Technically, all of them are optional encounters.
* BossRush: In the Soul Shrine in the ''Advance'' release, their eight reborn incarnations plus Kaiser Dragon are the final opponents.
* BraggingRightsReward: Congratulations, you defeated Kaiser Dragon and won the Diabolos Magicite! Pretty pointless now since all that's left is the [[BossRush Soul Shrine]] -- the spells Diabolos teaches are pretty useless since odds are everyone knows Ultima, and his level up bonus, in terms of pure MinMaxing, just means party members get a half-dozen or so extra stat points.
* CastFromLifeSpan: The reborn Red Dragon will eventually expire once it puts all its energy into blasting you with the most powerful attacks it can, including Ultima. It's entirely invulnerable until it does, so the party can only endure its onslaught.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Aside from the black and grey Storm Dragon and green Skull Dragon, the Eight Dragons are colored pretty much just as you'd guess given their elemental typings as listed below. And even with those two the coloring fits.
* DeceasedAndDiseased: The undead Skull Dragon uses status attacks and is Poison-elemental.
* DemBones: The name "Skull Dragon" should be a clue.
* DinosaursAreDragons: Gold, Earth, and Ice Dragon are palette swaps of dinosaur-type enemies.
* DishingOutDirt: Earth Dragon, Dragon of Earth.
* DummiedOut: Kaiser Dragon is actually a reimagining of "[=CzarDragon=]", a BonusBoss found in the coding of the original Super NES release but never implemented in the game. Various text in the Super NES release also alludes that a rematch with the Eight Dragons was also planned and would have used the gimmicks of their reborn selves.
* EarlyBirdBoss: The game encourages you to visit Mt. Zozo pretty early on. You are encouraged to [[SchmuckBait step on a switch]] that releases the Storm Dragon, one of the stronger of the original eight. First timers usually come up against it first.
* ElementalPowers: Each Dragon embodies one of the eight elements of the game, with Kaiser Dragon invoking AllYourPowersCombined and combining it with NonElemental, using a variety of attacks.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: They all have elemental weaknesses except for Holy Dragon.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A certain NPC describes them, along with Humbaba and Deathgaze, as one of the ancient monsters of the world.
* HolyHandGrenade: Holy Dragon, Dragon of Holy.
* AnIcePerson: Ice Dragon, the Dragon of Ice.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: They all guard powerful weapons in the original game, though usually not the strongest of their types. Their reborn incarnations, however, ''do'' drop the strongest weapons.
* MakingASplash: Blue Dragon, Dragon of Water.
* NoCureForEvil: Averted with the reborn Holy Dragon, it has Auto-Regen and a 66% chance to counter any attack by casting Curaga on itself.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The Holy Dragon is originally the weakest of the Eight Dragons; all of his attacks can be Reflected, so equipping the party with Reflect Rings makes him totally unable to deal damage to them. The reborn Holy Dragon is one of the strongest dragons, and in particular has learned [[HPToOne Heartless Angel]] as a ''counter-attack''. Factor in that it uses Saintly Beam, which cannot be Reflected or absorbed by Runic, and the fact that there is exactly '''one''' equipment piece to absorb or nullify Holy attacks, and you're looking at a TotalPartyKill if you aren't careful.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Red and Holy Dragon are the only ones to be a PaletteSwap of another one of the Eight Dragons; the other six use their own sprites among the group, and thus their appearances vary wildly.
* PlayingWithFire: Red Dragon, Dragon of Fire.
* PowerUpLetdown:
** The reborn Blue Dragon is pretty much the same as the original, just higher stats. Its "gimmick" is just that it inflicts more status ailments on itself when using Rippler as described above, but it still only does that if you use your own status buffs.
** If you brought along Celes to fight Red Dragon, she can use Runic to absorb all of its spells.
* SecretArt: They all get one in the Dragons' Den, aside from Earth Dragon and Storm Dragon, who had theirs originally.
** Red Dragon: Red Fang and Eraser.
** Blue Dragon: Blue Fang.
** Ice Dragon: Freeze.
** Holy Dragon: Heavenly Wrath.
** Earth Dragon: Honed Tusk.
** Storm Dragon: Leaf Swirl and Wing Saber.
** Skull Dragon: Apparition and Fear.
** Gold Dragon: Mighty Claw.
** Kaiser Dragon: Last Breath.
* ShockAndAwe: Gold Dragon.
* TookALevelInBadass: Their reborn incarnations in Dragons' Den are ''far'' higher tiers than the originals. The Holy Dragon is particularly notable -- the original is entirely incompetent and a party with [[AttackReflector Reflect Rings]] is invincible, but the reborn version is one of the most powerful of them.
* UnfortunateNames: Earth Dragon was known as ''Dirt'' Dragon in the SNES translation.
* UniversalPoison: Skull Dragon, Dragon of Poison.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Their original forms can be rendered almost helpless with basic status spells. The Ice Dragon is subseptible to Silence, as is the Holy Dragon (and it has absolutely no physical attack), Dirt Dragon can be put to Sleep, Red Dragon can be Confused and Rasped to die at 0 MP (and only has 1780 MP so that'll take only a few turns), Skull Dragon can also be Rasped to death and only has a few hundred more MP, and Gold Dragon can be Berserked so it can only use physical blows. The only ones that ''can't'' be locked down are the Blue Dragon and Storm Dragon. However, the Blue Dragon is fought so late into the game and has such low HP for that point that he's a pushover anyway. Appropriately, the Storm Dragon, fought early on if you follow the nudges the game gives you, is generally considered the strongest dragon.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Their Dragons Den incarnations are far stronger, suggesting they originally were somehow not fighting at full power.


A recurring octopus boss with a fondness for [[IncrediblyLamePun bad jokes]]. He pops up to harass the party and cause trouble for them for no real reason other than he can and he seemingly has nothing better to do with his time. His pal is Chupon/Typhon, a fire-breathing monstrosity that acts as his hired muscle.

For more info on his appearances in spin-offs, see [[Characters/FinalFantasyRecurringCharacters the Recurring Character sheet]].
* BossBanter: He never shuts up in any of the battles.
* BraggartBoss: Constantly boasts he's octopus royalty that's going to thrash the party.
* BreakoutCharacter: He's just this side of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh]], having become a recurring boss in the series, but isn't as popular or widespread.
* CombatTentacles: Naturally, since he's an octopus. His trademark attack is Tentacle.
* DubNameChange: Originally called "Orthros" in Japanese, as he and Typhon are [[ThemeNaming both named after Greek monsters]]. Later ''FF'' games have waffled on which version of the name to use, but the general rule seems to be that a monster which '''looks like''' him is Orthros, while one that actually '''is''' the ''FFVI'' character (such as the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' Coliseum DLC) is Ultros.
* DualBoss: The final time Ultros is fought before the Floating Continent, he brings Typhon along for the battle
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods
* EvilDuo: With Typhon. While Ultros is a goofy and ineffectual wisecracker, Typhon is his DumbMuscle bodyguard.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Where does Ultros come from? Why does he hate the party so much to pursue them around the world attacking them? Why did he even attack them in the first place? Mysteries that will likely never be solved.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Ultros' continued pestering of the party serves to just annoy them every time he arrrives.
* HarmlessVillain: His battles in ''VI'' were never all that difficult to begin with, and he was never as formidable as his more rarely-seen friend Typhon. In the World of Ruin, Ultros is forced to work indefinitely as a receptionist to pay off his crippling debts. You can see him and speak to him as often as you please, but his role as a villain has ended.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ultros is this in spades. While he is the game's PluckyComicRelief, he's also downright mean. He attacks your party several times throughout the game for no reason other than just because. In the battle against him in Crescent Mountain, he mouths off to Relm, a little girl who just wanted to paint his picture. This causes the party to stop fighting and ''berate Ultros'' for making a little girl cry! He eventually caves in. Of course, Relm had [[ArtInitiatesLife ulterior motives]] for painting his picture, but Ultros didn't know that and still reacted badly to it.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: How he speaks in the original Japanese.
* LargeHam: He's always shouting and his sprite is sporting a wacky grin.
* LaughablyEvil: Uwehehehe! Look at him! He's a receptionist!
* RecurringBoss: You get to tangle with Ultros several times in the World of Balance, with the very last encounter with him being prior to the Floating Continent.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the third battle with him, after a period of time he'll gain powerful elemental spells and will become much stronger, and can even pull off a TotalPartyKill if you aren't careful.
* WeakToFire: When you use a Fire spell on this aquatic creature...
-->'''Ultros''': Yeeeouch! Seafood soup is NOT on the menu!


An ancient monster released in the apocalypse that terrorizes the children of Mobliz.
* BreathWeapon: In the climax of the second fight, he uses Humbaba Breath to blast away two party members.
* DuelBoss: The final fight with Humbaba is between him and Esper Terra.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Is weak to Poison-elemental attacks in every appearance.
* FixedDamageAttack: He has 1000 Needles for a guaranteed 1000 damage.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A certain NPC describes him, along with Deathgaze and the Eight Dragons, as one of the ancient monsters of the world.
* RecurringBoss: First fought by Terra, then by your party the first time you visit Mobliz. On your second visit, he is first fought by your party, then by [[spoiler:Terra, who is permanently in Esper form for this battle, as well as the remnants of your party that weren't blown away by his Humbaba Breath]].
* RuleOfThree: He finally dies in the third battle.
* ShockAndAwe: He loves using lightning attacks, and he absorbs it as well.


An ancient monster released in the apocalypse that flies about the world terrorizing the people.
* BlowYouAway: He also attacks with Aero.
* BonusBoss: Arguably a superboss in the game's original release, he's got end-game HP, loves to spam powerful magic, and drops a very powerful Magicite shard.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Changed to "Doomgaze" in the SNES translation, thanks to Nintendo's NeverSayDie restrictions.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: As evidenced by his spells, which focus on Instant Death, Wind, and Ice.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A certain NPC describes him, along with Humbaba and the Eight Dragons, as one of the ancient monsters of the world.
* GetBackHereBoss: Flees after a few rounds of battle, but can't regenerate his HP after combat, so you can wear him down after repeated encounters. It's hard to track down a monster that could be anywhere in the world when you ''have no way to tell where he may be''. You're going to be spending a lot of time flying around looking for him.
* GiantFlyer: A huge flying enemy who wanders the world preying on people and is fought aboard the airship.
* AnIcePerson: His main offensive spell is Blizzaga.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Though the "gaze" part of the name is a bit out of place, the meaning of his full name is obvious.
* NoodleIncident: Even ''Dissidia'' remarks that how Bahamut's Magicite piece ended up in his mouth is something no one knows.
* OneHitKill: Opens with Level 5 Death, and loves to spam the normal Death spell.
* TotalPartyKill: He opens every encounter with Level 5 Death, potentially wiping your group out before their first turn if they're at all at a level multiple of 5.

[[folder:Vargas Harcourt]]

A rival of Sabin, that trained with the same master, his father Duncan.
* DeceptiveDisciple: He was Duncan's loyal son and student, but prizes power above anything else, and betrayed and killed his master when he felt he had been shunned.
* DuelBoss: For the second part of the fight with him, the other party members are blown away for Sabin to fight him one-on-one.
* EvilCounterpart: To Sabin, as a fellow pupil to Duncan, but Vargas prizes power over discipline and honor.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: He was Duncan's son and best student, but he wanted command of the dojo and turned on his father when he thought Sabin was chosen over him.
* RivalTurnedEvil: To Sabin. The two were both Duncan's pupils, and Vargas claims Duncan favored him and so hates him.
* WellDoneSonGuy: His antagonism towards Sabin is based on the fact that his father Duncan chose Sabin to be his successor instead of him, even though Sabin claims otherwise.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He appears very early on, and is never seen nor heard from again afterward. Even immediately after the battle, it's unknown if he died or if he just ran away. His unique "death" animation makes it all the more ambiguous. TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter? Looks like we'll never know...



An Esper living in the human realm, he calls Terra to him when her powers awaken.
* AscendedExtra: Before this game, summons (excluding Bahamut and Odin) didn't get a lot of character exploration. Ramuh was no exception. This time, aside from Valigarmanda and Maduin, Ramuh could be considered ''the'' most plot-important Esper in the game, and his characterization here has heavily influenced his appearances in other games in the franchise.
* HeroicSacrifice: Turns himself into Magicite to grant the party his power to help save the other Espers.
* HumanoidAliens: Ramuh can pass for human, allowing him to travel through human cities incognito.
* FireIceLightning: With Ifrit and Shiva. The dynamic become a plot point when you fight the other two in the Magitek Research Facility. After beating them, they recognized Ramuh's power and decided to help the party, revealing the three of them to be siblings in the process.
* TheMentor: Has shades to Terra and the party, explaining many things to them and helping Terra learn to control her powers when she first transforms.
* MrExposition: Appears to plot dump a lot of backstory on the party, then performs a HeroicSacrifice. However, he avoids AsYouKnow; everything he brings up is stuff the party didn't know, or thought was only legend.
* MyGreatestFailure: He isn't very proud that he fled the Empire and survived while his friends were still trapped in the Magitek Facility.
* ShockAndAwe: Teaches Thunder and Thundara, and uses a Lightning-elemental attack when summoned.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: He only has one scene, but it shifts the entire tone and direction of the story.

[[folder:The Elder]]

The leader of the Esper Realm.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: His true name is unknown.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Has two white angel wings.
* HeroicSacrifice: Casts a binding spell to sweep the Empire out of the Esper realm, but he's so old it's implied he lost his life.
* SenselessSacrifice: But by the time he does it, the Empire has already captured enough Espers to begin their campaign and keep it going for 20 years.

[[folder: Valigarmanda/Tritoch]]

The frozen Esper excavated in Narshe that kickstarts the plot of the game.
* AbortedArc: Once the Returners try to wake it up, they forget about it for the rest of the World of Balance. Justified in that the first time they tried it, most of them almost got thrown into a chasm and Terra lost control of her powers and transformed the first time, so trying again would be risky to the point of stupid.
* AndIMustScream: It still has some sense of awareness when inside the ice, able to defend itself with magic in the World of Ruin. Possibly subverted in that, once he finally wakes up, he's confused about whether or not the War of the Magi is still happening.
* DubNameChange: In the SNES release as Tritoch. Let's be real here -- [[CharacterNameLimits "Valigarmanda" was never going to fit]].
* FireIceLightning: Teaches Firaga, Blizzaga, and Thundaga, and uses a tri-elemental attack when called into battle.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: While the Returners fail to wake Tritoch up the first time they try it and subsequently leave it alone for the rest of the game... unless you, as the player, make them go back and try again.
* GiantFlyer: It's field sprite is quite huge, even if it's likely not to scale.
* InterfaceSpoiler: In the story, it's only ever referred to as "the frozen Esper", except that right at the start of the game in the Super NES version, when your party enters the battle screen to play out a cutscene, you can see its name displayed in the enemy listing. The GBA release changed this first scene so it is simply called "Frozen Esper"... but they did not change the second instance when this occurs after the battle with Kefka.
* KillItWithFire: Or rather, ''free'' him with fire by melting him out of his icy prison. Either that or chip him out of there with barrier-piercing attacks like the Phantom Rush, Locke's Valiant Knife or some of Cyan's Bushido techniques.
* MacGuffin: Its existence and the desire to obtain it drive the first several hours of gameplay.
* MeaningfulName: The DubNameChange. See "FireIceLightning" above.
* OriginalGeneration: Unlike virtually every other Esper in the game, Valigarmanda isn't based on any kind of existing legend or myth, and is, so far as anyone knows, a totally original creation of the ''VI'' team.
* SealedBadassInACan: One of the most powerful Espers in the game once you thaw it.

[[folder: Ifrit and Shiva]]

Two Espers who are being held captive at the Magitek Research Facility.

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Shiva has blue skin, while Ifrit has green skin.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The process by which the Gestahlian Empire extracts magic from Espers is painful and draining. When the heroes find Shiva and Ifrit, they've been so drained that they're close to death.
* HornedHumanoid: Ifrit has horns.
* AnIcePerson: Shiva uses ice-themed attacks.
* KillItWithFire: Ifrit uses fire-themed attacks.
* {{Stripperific}}: Shiva only wears a single length of cloth around her torso.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Kefka discards them in a pit for drained, dying Espers.


[[folder: Maduin/Madeen]]
See above under "[=NPCs=]"