Oooooh, new victims! Come over, come over, don't be shy, form an orderly line, I'll be happy to kill you all in good...eh? What? You're here looking for information on me? I'm flattered! I like you. I think I'll kill you last. Maybe. We'll see how I feel later, I might change my mind. Huh? Oh, right, tropes.
I am Kefka Palazzo, my friends call my Kefka. When they aren't just shrieking in agony, which is how most of my friends end up reacting to my presence. I am a character from the Final Fantasy franchise, specifically Final Fantasy VI. In that world, I was court mage to Emperor Gestahl of the Gestahlian Empire, which by the way, not a very inventive name is it? I thought so too, if you're going to rule the world you need a bit more imagination, which is why I booted that old geezer to his death and decided to make my own claim for power. Empires are boring though, sitting on thrones ordering people around, where's the fun in that?
So, I decided to become a god and use my new powers to rip the world apart. Sure, everyone else was caught in despair or dead, but frankly I think the planet needed that makeover, not enough death and chaos. Trust me, I fixed that, a lot of people died! I was aiming for all of them, but nobody's perfect right? I spent the next year or so kicking up my feet doing clean-up on the mess I made, killing people from atop my tower with my Light of Judgment as I saw fit. Or maybe I didn't see fit and just aimed randomly, it's not like I need a reason to kill people.
But those pesky heroes had to band together and take me down. They sound like self-help booklets, but... okay, fighting them was a lot of fun, I enjoyed it immensely, but they killed me! ME!! Poor little me died and my fun came to an end. I went down fighting, let me tell you, and I took the source of all magic in the world with me when I went, so even if they won, it was a Bittersweet Ending.
I was dead, but oh, in your world, I am not forgotten! Why do you think I have this page, because I wanted my name on the page lists? No, I got my own page because some fans and critics consider me to be one of the greatest video game villains of all time, and my popularity is rivaled only by that long-haired pretty boy in the black coat. Aside from my original game I only ever appeared in that Dissidia: Final Fantasy spin-off and the rhythm game spin-off of that. Hey, when you're as good at destruction as me, you need your rest between shows, otherwise I might lose my touch.
Below are some tropes I collected to show off my accomplishments. Now buzz off, I decided killing you is too boring, I'll let you get a head start, you've got one minute. Sixty...fifty-nine...fifty-eight.
I could spend hours going on about how great I am, but that's time I could be using to destroy things, so just read these instead.
A God Am I: God of Magic, to be precise! I absorbed the power of the Warring Triad, themselves gods, to become even stronger than they ever were!
Badass: Oh boy, you know it! I became the most powerful creature to ever walk my home universe, a god of magic with enough power to rip the world apart and slaughter countless innocents, and I just kept going once I finished. Badass of the Week did a profile on me, and declared I "threw the entire world into complete ruin for no reason other than to flex nuts and satiate [his] own desire to be completely fucking awesome and all-powerful". Not a bad description if I do say so myself.
Beware the Silly Ones: I'm laughing, I'm giggling, I'm bouncing around making jokes, and in about ten seconds I'm going to fry you alive in your own juices with a blast of lightning because man, won't that be fun? I'm not sure if I have the patience to wait that long though.
Breakout Character: You'd better believe it! I only made one showing in the series, much less than some other characters, but I still stand proud as one of the most famous villains of the franchise! People love me, and I hate them all in kind. Even in my own title, critics remember me more than most of the heroes.
Confusion Fu: How I fight in Dissidia, magic attacks that have irregular movements.
Death from Above: As a god my instrument to destroy was the Light of Judgment, a Pillar of Light from the heavens to burn the earth and anyone in its path.
Depending on the Writer: In the original Japanese game I hailed from, I was a Psychopathic Manchild, silly and comical. Then that Ted Woolsey fellow translated my lines for the English game to emphasize my hatred and cruelty, and the joy I found in tormenting others. This re-imagining of me was so popular it would influence my later appearances in the game's re-release and Dissidia, on both sides of the Pacific.
Epic Flail: You only have one or two real chances to see it (think the confrontations with me at the Sealed Gate or the Seige of Doma, where I'm in overworld sprite form and not enemy target form), but for simple hand-to-hand combat, I prefer swinging around a chained, big ol' spiked ball of hurt on a stick.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Look, let me be serious for a second and lay it down easy for you. Even if I wasn't around, you're going to die sooner or later, as will everyone you know and love, and everything you love about life will be destroyed or forgotten once you're gone, if it doesn't happen already while you're alive. So what's the point? Why bother living when eventually you're going to die and everything you did in life will amount to nothing? Love, hope, friendship? That's stupid, those things really make your empty life worth living? Don't be ridiculous! Just lay down and let me kill you, it's whats going to end up happening anyway so why fight it?
Evil Is Burning Hot: My favorite method of destruction is to burn things, and that's saying a lot because I have a lot of different ways to destroy things.
Evil Sorceror: My magical powers are almost unequaled, even before I started sucking the Triad dry of their godly power.
Expy: As my white make-up, evil laugh, and penchant for causing destruction and chaos for a quick laugh might have tipped off, I am very similar to The Joker. By the way, great guy, has some brilliant ideas I might steal for myself someday.
For the Evulz: All the chaos, mayhem, and destruction I cause? I do it just because it's fun to do! I don't have a Freudian Excuse, I'm not out for revenge, I don't have any delusions that I'm doing the right thing. I'm just having a blast watching you all die.
From Bad to Worse: Trust me, it can always be worse. I know, I'm likely to be the cause, as my home game will attest.
From Nobody to Nightmare: I'm not fully sure of my origins, but definitely I was once just an ordinary human living an ordinary life. I went on to become a god and attempt to destroy the world and everyone living in it.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: It's become known in the Internet era that I'm far more popular in North America than in Japan. This is thanks to the work of Ted Woolsey again, who rewrote my dialogue in the original Super NES release of my game to emphasize my psychopathic hatred of life and thirst for destruction, while in the original Japanese I was more of a giggling fool who destroyed for fun. This alternate depiction of me proved so popular though that it would influence the remakes of the game and my later appearances in spin-offs, and now I'm sort of a Composite Character of my original and translated selves.
Hope Crusher: Your pathetic, empty "hope" is so much more fun to destroy when it seems so close to your reach.
Large Ham: Hey, destruction is so much fun, can I help it if I let myself enjoy it!
Laughably Evil: Part of why the fans like me. Everyone sees me as horrible monster, but they can't deny I've got some of the funniest moments in Final Fantasy VI and in Dissidia
Light Is Not Good: Never forget, light can burn, and as my Light of Judgment proves, it does it real good, too.
Load-Bearing Boss: In a metaphysical sense. The Warring Triad were the gods of magic and the source of all magic for it, so when I drained their powers, that passed on to me. When I died, all the magic in the world, along with Espers and Magicite, vanished forever.
Madness Tropes: You could probably stick a good half the index here if you really wanted to stretch my characterization! To list some of the most prominent and important ones:
Ax-Crazy: ...an axe! I never thought of that! I've spent all this time massacring thousands of people using my magic, but an axe, that's brilliant! Someone get me an axe, a big one!
Death Seeker: In Dissidia, I become so lost in despair over the pointlessness of life that I resorted to destroying myself to see if that could finally make me feel better.
Laughing Mad: OH WOW, this is almost my defining trope even more than anything else, I'm the Trope Namer even! Well, my final boss theme is rather, but you get the point. I love causing carnage and chaos wherever and however I can, and I make sure anyone watching knows it! Not that there should be anyone watching, they should all be dead!
Mad God: I'm the God of Magic, and I'm not so much off my rocker as I am doing cartwheels around the room.
Monster Clown: If I need the white face make-up, Evil Laugh, and colorful harlequin clothing to frighten you, I'm obviously not doing a good enough job on my own, but I figure it can only help, right?
Obfuscating Insanity: I may be nuts, but I'm not stupid. When I put what's left of my mind to it I'm just as manipulative and cunning as Final Fantasy's greatests.
Omnicidal Maniac: I tried to destroy the world the first time, didn't get all the way there but I was pretty happy with what I'd done for a first try. Then the heroes annoyed me at the top of my tower, so I decided to finish the job.
Psychopathic Manchild: In my Japanese appearances I use the "boku-chin" pronounce that little boys usually use, and some of my behavior could be seen as a "tantrum".
Psycho Prototype: The first Magitek Knight, but the process was still experimental and something in my mind just wasn't the same after that procedure, twisting me into what I am now.
Sanity Slippage: At the start of the game when you first meet me, I'm not really "insane", just a little off-kilter and quick to resort to violence to get my way. As the game goes on you'll notice me laughing more often, getting more extreme in my methods, and by the end of the game I'm way past the limits of rationality.
Slasher Smile: What part of "having fun killing things and letting it show" do you not get yet?
The Sociopath: I can check off a good number of the requirements. I care nothing for anyone, cannot understand morality and goodness and why people follow them, can manipulate others to make them do what I want, have no control over my own impulses and am always looking for more creative ways to sate my appetite for destruction, and have a quite large ego and even compliment my own looks in the Dissidia games.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Magitek infusion granted me immense magical powers, but shattered my sanity. It's not fully clear if the power I gained during the game hastened my descent into total madness, or if I just happened to get crazier on my own as I sought more power, but it's definitely possible either way.
Manipulative Bastard: In Dissida, I spotted that weirdo crossdress Kuja maybe planning to switch sides, so I put the kabash on that.
Mysterious Past: My past prior to the game's beginning is a blank slate. Someone tells you I was the first Magitek Knight, but otherwise, there are no details of my history revealed. Some Fanon inspired by Japanese non-licensed doujinshi paint me as a Thamasan orphan who became one Gestahl's finest generals, and the one who recruited Celes into our ranks. Then my Magitek infusion corroded my mind and I was bumped down to court mage in favor of General Leo. None of that is official canon, but if you wanna go with that, be my guest.
Nietzsche Wannabe: I'll say it again, nothing you've accomplished in life matters, and you and everything you cherish will one day be destroyed, so why bother living at all? This is why I decided to destroy the world, it'll all die without my influence, but I can speed things along and help you get it over with.
Shut Up, Kirk!: I question the heroes if they got anything to fight for, and they actually decided to answer and boy were their answers sappy, so I told them they sound like bad lines from a self help book.
The Bad Guy Wins: It's one of my many claims to fame, thank you. I actually did win, for a while — the heroes were scattered and demoralized, the world was in tatters with civilization struggling to live on, and I reigned from on-high as a god burning the survivors of the apocalypse as I chose. It took a whole year before the heroes got the courage to band together and take me down, during which I was on top of the world.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: I may be a Nietzsche Wannabe, but think about that — the very concepts of hope, love, friendship? They mean nothing to me. I'm just too insane to understand them anymore. So if I can't live for those precious things that make everyone else happy, what else can I live for but destruction? All I have to bring meaning to my life is destroying things, and eventually even that won't be enough. This is why I was driven to my Death Seeker status in Dissidia, there was nothing left to try to make me happy except destroying myself.
Hey, guess what? While you were reading all that, I was still counting down from fifty. ONE! *fwoosh*