Tetsuya Nomura (born October 8, 1970) is a game director and graphic designer from Kochi Prefecture in Japan. He currently works for Creator/SquareEnix, where most gamers know him for directing various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, the entirety of ''Series/KingdomHearts'' and doing dozens of character designs for both.

Squaresoft originally hired him as a debugger to work on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. He moved on to graphic designing for the subsequent two games, as well as several other RPG games for the UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo. His employer approached him to do character designs for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. The game succeeded in becoming the definitive game of the UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and he would go on to design characters in subsequent games, succeeding the previous designer Creator/YoshitakaAmano, as well as a number of other properties.

Nomura advanced to a directing role when [[Creator/WaltDisney Disney]] and Square Enix joined forces to develop the ''Kingdom Hearts'' series. He has directed all the games in the series, as well as designing the characters, concepts, and base stories to go with them. He has also worked in the animation field, directing ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' and supervising ''Last Order''. Nomura was director of the much-anticipated ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' until December 2013, when he stepped down in favour of Hajime Tabata in order to concentrate on ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''. It doesn't stop him from focusing on other games such as ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' and ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' however.

The designer is best known for his use of [[TooManyBelts belts]] [[MemeticMutation and]] [[{{Zipperiffic}} zippers]]. While he can produce simple and practical belts, as can be seen on his first iteration of Cid, he has a tendency to go for elaborate designs. According to [[http://nichegamer.com/2017/07/19/tetsuya-nomura-finally-explains-obsession-zippers-belts/ an interview]], the more people mock him for his designs, the more he's encouraged to use zippers and belts. These can range from the mildly practical, such as in Sora's case, to the downright improbable mesh of Lulu's skirt (which is seemingly ''[[TooManyBelts made of belts]]'').
!!This Creator's portfolio includes:
* Final Fantasy Series
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''
*** ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''
*** ''Anime/LastOrderFinalFantasyVII''
*** ''[[VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus Dirge Of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII]]''
*** ''[[VideoGame/CrisisCore Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII]]''
*** ''[[VideoGame/BeforeCrisis Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII]]''
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''
* ''KingdomHearts'' Series
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''
** ''KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''
* ''Parasite Eve'' Series
** ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''
** ''Parasite Eve II''
** ''The 3rd Birthday''
* ''[[MarketBasedTitle Musashiden]]'' Series
** ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi''
** ''VideoGame/MusashiSamuraiLegend''
* Other Series
** ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''
** ''Dynami Tracer''
** ''VideoGame/FrontMission''
** ''VideoGame/LiveALive''
** ''VideoGame/{{Ehrgeiz}}''
** ''VideoGame/TheBouncer''
** ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''
** ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2''

!!This Creator provides examples of:
* ArtEvolution: His art style changed starkly from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' and then changed again for the first ''Kingdom Hearts''. He's undergone another change since then and seems to have settled down for now.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Worked sea-salt ice cream into ''Kingdom Hearts II'' as the TrademarkFavoriteFood of Ansem when he tried it on a trip to Disney World and discovered he liked it. Subverted with Luxord, his favorite Organization XIII member who easily has the smallest role of them all.
** He's a fanboy of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain Highwind]], and Riku of ''Kingdom Hearts'' mirrors Kain's character growth and relationships with the other heroes in many ways. Nomura ''really'' wanted Kain in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia]]'', even suggesting at one point he be in over Golbez as ''IV's'' representative villain when plans for Kain as a bonus character were axed. He promised in the Ultimania for the game that if ''Dissidia'' got a sequel, Kain would definitely be included, and come ''Dissidia 012'' he kept his word.
** Nomura is admittedly big into sky and weather-themed names, so a lot of the protagonists he's designed, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus and Yuna]], [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Sora]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV Noctis]][[note]]Specifically, his surname ''Caelum'', which is Latin for "heaven"/"sky"[[/note]] all followed suit. Ironically, he tried to break this trend with [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]], but she ended up being named without his input.
* {{Bishonen}}: He has designed many of these types of characters. It got to the point of [[Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings a certain webcomic]] [[DeconstructiveParody spoofing it]] as "[[TheVirus Nomura Syndrome]]".
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: In a couple of instances--Squall's fur collar and Lulu's belt skirt--he has done this to challenge the graphics team.
* [[OlderThanTheyLook Older Than He Looks]]: He was actually in his mid-forties when the page picture was taken.
* OnlySixFaces: Increasingly being accused of falling into this as his designs are starting to look like [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of characters from earlier projects. There's often in-story explanations for the more blatant look alikes in the ''Kingdom Hearts'' and ''Compliation of Final Fantasy VII'', such as being a sort of clone or duplicate.
* RummageSaleReject
* SignatureStyle: Beyond "beltanzipper", he was primarily brought on to be lead designer for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' because his blocky, comic-bookish designs would survive the transition to 3D models easier than the DesignStudentsOrgasm that was Creator/{{Yoshitaka Amano}}'s work. This was pre-ArtEvolution though.
* TooManyBelts
* {{Zipperiffic}}

Have we mentioned he likes [[RunningGag belts?]]