Cloud Strife, a.k.a. "Blonde Zack", "Croudo-kun", and "Thunderhead".
- "Trust me! I was in SOLDIER!"
The main hero of the series, who claims to be a former First Class member of SOLDIER, Shinra's elite task force. Doing Tifa a solid, he works as a mercenary for AVALANCHE until he botches his first mission, and is forced to join them.
- Adaptational Wimp: The normally badass and aloof Cloud from the game is played like a confused, naive, whiny kid who's in way over his head. He does have his moments to shine, though.
- All Men Are Perverts: A big contributing factor as to why Cloud began hanging out with Tifa when he was twelve was because she had "pretty eyes"; an adult Cloud admits that he was definitely not looking at her eyes.
- Anime Hair: Lampshaded quite a bit in Episode 2; Barret notes that it makes him instantly recognizable from an otherwise laughably crude police sketch, while Tifa brings it up during her Prison Rape threat to Cloud, saying there's "so much to grab onto".
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Ends up beating out Tifa and Aerith in Corneo's mansion. Hearing about his misadventures while crossdressing is the only way Tifa can cheer Barret up during his Heroic BSoD.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Barret comments on it in Episode 25.Barret: Hold on, your last name is Strife? That's a Bad. Ass. Name.
- Badass Boast: He drops a legitimate one before flinging Sephiroth into a wall by the Masamune that was skewering him at that moment.I'm Cloud... from Nibelheim... ...and I'm SOLDIER, damnit!!
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Back in his SOLDIER days, Cloud's dream was to be just like Sephiroth, and he made it no small secret to his hero. Sephiroth made good on this by making him motherless, just like he was.
- BFS: His Buster Sword; its evident impracticality is discussed in Episode 10.
- Bishōnen: Implied by Tifa, called a girl by Aerith's mom, and the door guard at the Don's mansion implies he'd hit it.
- Bottled Heroic Resolve: Does some drugs to get into the right mindset to get Disguised in Drag and save Tifa. Unfortunately, they make him so loopy that he wastes two hours in the changing booth and comes down before going in.
- Broken Pedestal:
- Cloud was a fan of Sephiroth (at fanboyish levels) in the past. That it until Sephiroth went insane and slaughtered everyone in his hometown, including his mother, which he rubbed in Cloud's face.
- His friendship with Caith Sith massively goes south after spotting him with the Keystone and giving it to Tseng, and revealing that he was a Sixth Ranger Traitor and not a fortune teller. Everyone else, sans Tifa, is on the boat with Cloud on this one. They eventually reconciled after this.
- Butt-Monkey: There isn't an episode that doesn't make a joke at his expense. The jokes center around his apparently girly appearance, his inability to back up any of his threats, and how he always seems to cause trouble for AVALANCHE in some way. Lampshaded by Cait Sith in Episode 25:Cait Sith: Welcome back, Cloud! We were worried that if you didn't show up, we'd have to move all our insults to Vincent.
Cid: F*** that! That dude eats people!
- Calling Your Attacks: Does this in Episode 3, much to Barret's exasperation.
- Catch Phrase: "I was in SOLDIER, damn it!" It even extends to him prefacing his attack names with "SOLDIER".
- Childhood Friends: True to source material, Tifa and Cloud are childhood friends, though it seems that Tifa took advantage of Cloud as a kid to do stupid stuff for her. As it turns out though this is subverted with the revelations made in episode 29 about Cloud's memory issues. While Cloud and Tifa were neighbours growing up the two didn't really know each other that well and Cloud didn't have any friends in Nibelheim. The first time the two really interacted was when he visited her after Tifa's mom died and the water tower scene, which Cloud believed was the first time the two meet, was actually the last time they interacted before Cloud left to join SOLDIER.
- Character Development:
- After a whole season of enduring Tifa's abuse and bad influence, episode 10 gave rise to his character giving The Reason You Suck speech to Tifa after one threat too many.
- A generally dark example. Cloud begins the series as a wimpy, accident-prone ditz who spends most of his time in the first season being a victim of circumstance and rarely getting to make his own decisions in his life. By the beginning of season 2, he increasingly puts on a brave face and adopts a condescending attitude to prove to others and himself that he's as strong as he thinks he is. This leads him to piss off his friends for good reason, jump into danger without a second thought, and erodes the dorky, genuinely nice traits that make him likable. His increasing focus on revenge for Sephiroth's atrocities lead him down a path of callusness and practicality that strains his relationships with Tifa and Aerith especially. When Aerith is killed off at the end of season 3, the character that was once a friendly, outgoing Nice Guy has become the kind of stoic, serious leader his game counterpart was typically Flanderized into becoming.
- After his mind is restored, Cloud comes to terms with what really happened in the past and becomes a lot smarter when it comes to planning. Barret is so used to him fucking up that he can sense it.
- Compensating for Something: He gets rather defensive when people call his Buster Sword a "hunk of metal on a stick".
- Creepy Monotone: Following Aerith's murder, barring the battle with Jenova-DEATH, he's pretty much stuck in no-nonsense monotone, showing the depths of his anger. Once Sephiroth breaks him that he has Fake Memories, he goes full on robotic in tone.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Cloud is whiny and fucks up a lot, but rather skilled and strong in combat when allowed. The others have no idea he took out a pair of guards in a matter of seconds while treating their attacks as if they were minor annoyances.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has plenty of moments of making snarky comments at his companions. Especially when he's fed up with them.Tifa: Ever since the Shintranet was invented, I've been ranked number three on badbarbitches.biz, ok?
Cloud: You own that bronze medal, Tifa...
Tifa: At least I won something!
Cloud: Does that night at Don Corneo's not count?
- Disappeared Dad: Lampshaded and Played for Laughs during his conversation with Red in Episode 19.Cloud: "My dad... well he was—"
Red: "—never around?"
Cloud: "Well, yeah. But that was because I never knew him in the first place."
Red: "Because he abandoned you."
Cloud: (Trying to sound sardonic) "WHAAAT? Nooo! (sniffs) I mean if he did, I'm sure he had a good reason."
Red: (venomously) "The reason was because you were born."
- Disguised in Drag: For the Don Corneo's mansion infiltration, of course.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: He was called a beautiful girl by Aerith's mom, and Don Corneo's henchman finds him attractive.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Out of everyone in the party, Cloud seems to take the news of Cait Sith being a Shinra Spy the hardest, feeling genuinely betrayed instead of angry.Cloud: brink of tears I don't even f***ing know you anymore, man
- Even the Guys Want Him: Many of the characters from both genders are shown to be attracted to him, including Aerith, Don Corneo, and Don Corneo's doorman.
- Fake Memories: In which Zack calls him out on, since he asked Cloud if he remembers it correctly.
- Freudian Excuse: Cloud's obsession with both strength and SOLDIER started when he failed to save Tifa from falling off a bridge on the way to Mount Nibel causing the both of them to fall hundreds of feet. While Cloud only scrapped his knee, Tifa fell into a coma from her injuries. Tifa's father blamed Cloud for Tifa's near death experience, yelling it's no wonder all the kids hated Cloud when he was so weak and told Cloud to stay away from his daughter.
- Friendless Background: Episode 29 reveals that Cloud didn't have any friends growing up with Tifa just being a neighbor he hung out with time to time then a friend. His first real talk with her was him telling her that he was leaving.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Cloud has been shunted into this role due to fucking up the first mission, making practically everyone in AVALANCHE see him as an annoying hindrance that they have no choice but to keep around. Even Tifa, who cares about Cloud deeps down, treated him like shit. Aerith and Red XIII are the first characters who actually treat him well. Cloud's status as The Friend Nobody Likes progressively dies down during Season 2.
- Hearing Voices: He frequently hears a mysterious voice in his head that tells him what to do and constantly brings up his past. It's Zack, due to having absorbed his memories and personality.
- Played much more comedically in episode 22 when Cloud has gone mad from being stranded in the ocean and decides he can only trust Jojo, the talking Chocobo only he can hear. Though reading Jojo's Sdrawkcab Speech reveals a more sinister truth to this case.
- Hero Worship:
- Cloud considered Sephiroth his hero when he first joined the SOLDIER program and Shinra. But after he lost his mind, Cloud has nothing but disdain for him. Episode 29 reveals that he worshiped Sephiroth for his strength, fame and popularity which Cloud didn't have as a child.
- He seems to have adopted this view for Cid, following his introduction. Cloud is left in awe by Cid's ferocity, foul language and his Rousing Speech to the point he wants him to be a part of their group, even though he doesn't even have a reason to join them.
- Heroic BSoD: After the Internal Reveal about the Awful Truth is shown to Cloud, he basically shuts down completely. Hojo calling Cloud a "failure" has Cloud agree immediately.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Cloud seems to really dislike Shinra Security with him calling them the cheapest, laziest and unreliable security force with special disdain for Ramirez in episode 16. "Ramirez" doesn't exist, and was actually Cloud as viewed through his altered memories.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: In the second season, in his bid to be more of a badass, Cloud has a repeated habit of acting like a insensitive Jerkass to the rest of the party. It blows up in his face hard and he promptly apologizes to Aerith for it in episode 23. Thankfully, she doesn't take it against him.
- I Hate Past Me: This is why Cloud wanted to join SOLDIER. Tifa went up Mount Nibel to find her mother after she died, and when Cloud went after her, a bridge collapsed and they fell hundreds of feet. Cloud miraculously only scraped his knee, but Tifa was in a coma for a week and her father told Cloud that if he wasn't a weak nobody, it wouldn't have happened. His words struck a chord with Cloud, and when he found out about the SOLDIER program, he told Tifa he was going to join and promised that once he returned to Nibelheim, he'd be strong enough to protect her. Unfortunately, he didn't get into SOLDIER and wound up as just another dime a dozen Shinra MP. He was ashamed of himself, believing he broke his promise to Tifa, and after he absorbed Zack's memories, he projected all of this guilt and self-loathing onto his "Ramirez" persona.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: The whole premise of Cloud's character here is his attempts to come across as a badass SOLDIER, which only make him seem insufferable and pathetic. If you know the story from the game, this isn't that inaccurate to Cloud in canon, just exaggerated to make it funny.
- I Resemble That Remark!: When Yuffie identifies him as the "little brother who throws a tantrum when he doesn't get his way", he responds with a particularly whiny remark.Cloud: I do not throw tantrums!
- Identical Stranger: The "Blonde Zack" title isn't a one-off joke. Even Zack's parents note that Cloud looks just like him, except blonde.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Cloud is left a watery eyed, running nose mess by the trashing of the buggy, lamenting the loss of the seat warmers.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: As Barret states in Episode 12, he is driven to prove his strength to not only everyone around him, but also to himself.
- Informed Flaw: He is the butt of many Dude Looks Like a Lady jokes, but he doesn't look that effeminate in his profile pic.
- Innocently Insensitive: A lot of Cloud's idle comments and remarks can be pretty insensitive towards his companions, like casually telling Barret to get over the loss of his village, and stating that the buggy is "dead and never coming back" after Aerith learned about Zack's death. However, most of it is unintentional and just a result of Cloud's hiding his Hidden Heart of Gold and utter cluelessness.
- It's All My Fault: Episode 29 reveals that Cloud's desire to join SOLDIER was because he blamed himself for failing to save Tifa when they both fell off a bridge in their youth.
- Kick the Dog: Makes several insensitive remarks to the party as the series goes on, but his biggest instance is in episode 22, where he coldly states that Yuffie's no longer a priority to them after she steals their Materia and leaves. He only retracts his opinion after Tifa and especially Aerith voice concerns about her.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Parodied. He cheerfully proposes stealing as a viable option to solve Tifa's poisoning, despite Barrets objections, and later ignores his "Wallace Wisdom" to steal a pair of sunglasses just so he can look cool.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": His younger self does this in his flashback to how he met Sephiroth. Sephiroth is amazingly chill about it, until he "makes [Cloud] just like him" by showing him what it's like to not have a mother.
- Lack of Empathy:
- He seems to have a bit of trouble with other people's tragedies. Given that lack of empathy is a sign of Disassociation, which Cloud has a Mako-induced and drastically exaggerated case of, it makes a lot of sense it'd be one of his biggest flaws.
- When Sephiroth muses about the tragedy of the dragon they killed in self-defense likely having children that will die without their mother, he brushes it off to hype up Sephiroth's combat skills.
- When Nibelheim is razed and Tifa stands next to the body of her murdered father, begging him to wake up, he asks in awe about Sephiroth's sword. When she is critically injured, he's audibly trying to not Squee! because Sephiroth used one of his one-liners. He only shows indignation at the situation when Sephiroth reveals he wronged him personally by killing his mother.
- When he learns Barret's backstory his response is to just tell him to get over it which causes him to explode on him and Red, who didn't deserve it. He keeps this going well into Barret's dramatic showdown with Dyne, which gets him bitten twice by a legitimately annoyed Red XIII.
- When he meets Zack's parents in Gongaga, he tells them right to their faces that Zack is dead and never coming home. Aerith, who is revealed to be Zack's ex-girlfriend, just silently walks out of the house and spends the rest of the episode visibly depressed, while Zack's mother is understandably pissed and venomously tells Cloud to Get Out!.
- To Cloud's credit he's clearly ashamed about this one in Episode 19, his voice becoming awkward around Aerith.
- Even in season 1, he displayed this to a degree, with his response to Tifa being angry at how casually he's treating SHINRA dropping a section of the city on top of the section she lives in being to point out that, of the three people there, she's the only one that lives in that section.
- Tifa explains the reason for her kindness to Aerith is because she knows the pain of losing someone important and how important it is to talk to someone. As Tifa starts to talk about her father, Cloud brushes her off and walks away.
- When Yuffie brings up the Wutai war and how many of the Wutai died in the war, Cloud is not only flippant of the deaths but even laughs as he remembers it. Though he does regret his actions the second when Yuffie reveals Wutai is her home. And Zack's memories were giving him almost zero context behind what actually happened.
- Loser Protagonist: He screws up the simplest of tasks, shows next to no battle experience, and gets ditched, extorted and berated by his "friends" on a regular basis.
- Made of Iron: Credit where it's due, Cloud is rather durable in spite of all of his bragging. He's been able to walk off gunshot wounds and falling from extreme heights. He was like this even as a kid, when he fell off a hundreds-feet-tall cliff, only getting a scraped knee.
- Meaningful Name: Parodied. His mom apparently named him because she wanted him to shoot for the stars, but expected him to only get half-way.
- Mistaken for Gay: Aerith's comments about "making him a girl" lead several people to believe that Cloud is transgender. They're all supportive, and help him without further question.
- Momma's Boy: Despite their bickering, Cloud says he loves his mother. So much that, when he revisits Nibelheim, one of the first things he does is barge into his house while calling for her. When Cloud found out Sephiroth killed her, he loses his respect for him and swore revenge.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Aerith tells him that Zack was her boyfriend — right after he'd told Zack's parents right to their faces that he's dead — Cloud unironically realizes he f**ked up.
- Nice Guy: In his own way. But episode 11's Whole Episode Flashback reveals that he was like this, and the poor guy lost Kowalski, who was his best friend. Now jump to the present, and we see Cloud taking huge levels of Jerkass, which manifests in season 2. After coming to terms with his Fake Memories and the truth of his past in season 4, he regains this status once more. In fact, after clearing up his past with the party, he then sets it aside to ask about them, showing he's no longer as concerned with feeling important.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Let us count the ways he "fucks up" in the first two episodes: he neglects to hide the bodies of the guards he kills, sets a time bomb to explode in 1 minute instead of 10, and he conspicuously struts around and sarcastically labels himself an AVALANCHE member, thus leaving him stuck with them (and vice versa).
- No Respect Guy: Starts as this in season 1 - Barrett and Tifa constantly abuse him, and the rest of AVALANCHE is shown not to care when he seemingly dies.
- No Social Skills: Cloud has little to no ability to pick up other people's feelings and read social cues, causing him a lot of problems.
- His attempt to cheer up Barrett in episode 16, tell him to get over it. Unsurprisingly it ended horribly.
- Cloud keeps making smart-alec comments during Barret's confrontation with Dyne, causing Red XIII of all characters to bite him to shut him up.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his protestations about the crossdressing thing being done to save Tifa, the whole reason he agreed to it to the first place is because Aerith genuinely told him he'd look great in a dress (and better than Tifa), and he even admitted that his dress is actually really comfortable.
- Not What I Signed Up For: When he agreed to do a "solid" for Tifa, he didn't expect to do it by helping a terrorist cell blow up factories run by the Planet's chief energy provider.
- Only Sane Man: Usually, in his less wimpy moments. His most notable moment being referring to AVALANCHE's activities being terrorism.
- Pungeon Master: Of the incredibly lame variety. Cloud really loves to use puns but they're rather horrible to Tifa and Barrett's annoyance. Cloud loves them so much he even congratulates a very unhinged Dyne on his use of a pun.
- Rage Breaking Point: In Episode 10, Tifa's comment about how Cloud "feels safest when he's next to me" causes Cloud to flash back too all the bullshit she put him through all season, capped off with a bell dinging as if to say his fury is at capacity.
Cloud: The only thing I'm going to break... is your neck! And I don't care if you can control me, I'm going to get free and take you out myself! And that's a promise that I'm going to keep!
- Also, Sephiroth taunting him over Aerith's death, which leads to him saying this quote:
- Rant-Inducing Slight: When the group finally leaves Midgar, Tifa makes one too many disparaging comments about Cloud, resulting in him tearing apart Tifa's horrible attitude due to her not dealing with her murdered father.
- The Scapegoat: Cloud becomes the face of AVALANCHE, thanks to a combination of his own bravado and Barret throwing him under the bus.
- Seadog Beard: Cuts off bits of his hair and attaches them (explicitly without glue) to his face in order to make one of these while the party is stranded on the Tiny Bronco in the middle of the ocean.
- Survivor's Guilt: When Cloud goes to see Tifa to go find her mother at Mount Nibel, a bridge collapsed and they fell hundreds of feet Cloud only scraped a knee but Tifa went into a coma. Her father chews him out for it, calling him a "weak little shit". He then decided to join SOLDIER for her.
- Theme Naming: A lot of his attacks include Soldier in their names.
- Third Wheel: Non-romantic example. Barret goes to confront his mad former friend Dyne with Red XIII providing moral support... and Cloud is there just because. He proceeds to spend the whole dramatic encounter making stupid comments until Red bites him to shut him up.
- Took a Level in Badass: Cloud exhibits more of a backbone against Tifa and Barret throughout the first season, culminating in a rant directed at the former for her horrible attitude towards him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Cloud's increasing confidence as of Season 2 also makes him more abrasive as a person. An example being that he recruited Yuffie just to piss Tifa off. Also, his way of cheering Barret up after his past is revealed is just saying 'get over it.' And in episode 18, he states very insensitively to Zack's parents that he's dead.
- Played the straightest following Aerith's death, as Cloud loses almost any happiness or positivity and acts much closer to his brooding, somber video game counterpart.
- Tranquil Fury:
- When Tifa says Cloud feels safest with her, he flashbacks to her threats and is quietly pissed. Barret immediately realizes that This Is Going to Suck.
- After Sephiroth kills Aerith, everyone else in the group is feeling sad or depressed, whereas Cloud is focused and determined, talking only with quiet rage.
- Unreliable Narrator: A lot of Cloud's recollections of his past, from his friendship with Tifa, joining SOLDIER, and returning to Nibelheim, are all unreliable due to his Fake Memories and trauma he received five years ago. It's only at episode 29 that Cloud truly remembers his past, and by association, the audience.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- In Episode 12, the others get tired of Cloud's obsession with trying to kill the Migard Zolom, his constant screw-ups with the Chocobo-catching, and constantly mentioning how he was in SOlDIER, with Tifa loudly calling him out on wanting to fight a giant monster who's been kicking their asses and could probably easily kill all of them simply because he wants to prove to himself he's stronger than Sephiroth. It has enough truth that even Aerith is willing to reluctantly admit she has a point.
- Telling Barret to get over his past causes Barret to blow up on him and Red. Tifa and Yuffie of all people calls him out for his insensitivity.
- Red XIII bites Cloud and tells him to read the room after one too many irreverent comments during the Dyne fight.
- Overall is rather insensitive to Zack's parents when he tells them outright how their son is dead which leads to Tifa calling him out and demanding he apologize to Aerith. Sadly this continues when Aerith as she reveals to him that Zack was her former boyfriend.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ever since episode 1, Cloud is noted to be deathly afraid of heights. As of the Cave of Gi, he's also afraid of spikes.
Tifa "The Liar" Lockhart
- "YOUR METAL DICK IS MINE, MOTHERF*CKER!!!"
Cloud's childhood friend who insults and threatens him on a regular basis, but seems to care for him deep down. Carries serious issues from her past.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Compared to The Heart of the team she is in the original game, Tifa is a crass, salty, manipulative bitch who tricks Cloud into doing stupid stuff for her. She also happens to be a traumatized wreck of repressed tragedy and bad memories. Seasons 2-3 helped mellow her out once she starts to talk to someone without being abrasive. Unless your name is Reno.
- Adorkable: Despite being a Manipulative Bitch, her lack of social skills and fruit metaphor to Don Corneo at least somewhat count.
- Affectionate Nickname: Cid has taken to calling her "Fists".
- The Alcoholic: Comes from working as a bartender. In episode 15, she downs multiple shots of whiskey at Costa Del Sol, and spends at least two scenes visibly drunk.Tifa: Alright boys! This here is a drink I call a Roundhouse Blitz. That's where you take your nearest bottle of whiskey and keep pouring until I say "when."Bartender: You will say "when", right?Tifa: Ah ah ah! Less talky, more poury!
Tifa: (sobbing) She said she'd say 'when' but then 'when' never caaaaame!
- After ordering a drink out (or perhaps several) in season 3:
- All Women Are Lustful: She certainly seems to be less worried about the idea of her and Cloud being forced to have sex than he is. She even casually states that when they do it, she will be the one in charge.
- Ass Shove: Has threatened this twice. First her threat to jam her arm "shoulder deep" up Cloud's ass, and later to shove Reno's staff up his.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
- For what it's worth, Tifa does seem quite genuinely concerned for Cloud whenever he's in mortal danger or having a Freak Out. Unfortunately for her, this isn't enough for Cloud to look past her immeasurably bitchy attitude in comparison.
- Episode 29 confirms this, her attitude largely being or started out as a Jerkass act to throw off Cloud noticing her being unusually concerned for him after meeting him again after five years. Reason being that Tifa didn't want to send Cloud into a Heroic BSoD while he was a barely-functional wreck already.
- This can extend to the rest of the party too, even Yuffie, as shown by her In Vino Veritas moment in Episode 15 where she becomes much friendlier to the rest of the party while she's sloshed and has less inhibitions holding her back.
- Episode 22 has Tifa open herself up to Yuffie after realizing that they're Not So Different, and Yuffie is moved to tears by it.
- In late Season 2 and throughout of Season 3, Tifa has shown that she's grown past her initial jealousy and annoyance towards Aerith in comforting her in Gongaga about Zack and listening to her words when she has her Not So Different moment with Yuffie, Episode 25 gives us the biggest moment when, among all the party members' reactions to Aerith's death, hers is given special attentionnote and, when the party trods off to continue chasing Sephiroth, she goes back to lay a bouquet of white and yellow flowers at Aerith's resting place.
- For what it's worth, Tifa does seem quite genuinely concerned for Cloud whenever he's in mortal danger or having a Freak Out. Unfortunately for her, this isn't enough for Cloud to look past her immeasurably bitchy attitude in comparison.
- Big Breast Pride: She offhandedly admits that she's aware she's very stacked when it comes up, but in a nonchalant way that makes it clear she doesn't see what all the fuss is about. She thinks her legs are much better. She does however mention in episode 14 that she believes her well-endowed 'girls' to be a national treasure.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the defining examples. Tifa is stacked, and she's also strong enough to shatter a man's pelvis in a single blow. They're also this almost literally, as Cloud apparently once punched them and bruised his hand.Cloud: It felt like wet sand in a balloon.
- Broken Bird: Episode 10 outright states she's as messed-up as she is because of the trauma of watching her father's murder; before that, she might have just been a normal girl. Then again, if her comment about jeopardizing Cloud's future when they were kids is any indication, Tifa has always been like that, and hasn't matured past her teen years. Cloud points out in the Season 1 finale that she's let her father's murder prevent her from maturing.
- Butt-Monkey: When she's not dishing out the pain, she's second to Cloud in suffering it the most.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Though she's attracted to Cloud, she often self-sabotages attempts of vocalizing it, including killing the moment with sex jokes and making Freudian Slips about Cloud's rant about being horngry for revenge.
- Catchphrase: "Could you do me a solid?" and any variations thereof. Episode 11 reveals that she picked up this phrase from her father.
- Character Development:
- Tifa lets slip that she might actually care about Cloud as the show continues, expressing some genuine worry when he performs risky actions. Her insults also become much less profane, though this doesn't save her from Cloud's rant during the first season finale.
- Her relationship with Yuffie starts out with her punching the ninja in the face and constantly being annoyed with her like Barrett and Aerith, but over time she softens up and seems to genuinely enjoy her company like a little sister.
- Despite still being abrasive, she becomes much more sensitive to other peoples' feelings over the course of season 2, expressing empathy for Barret after he recounts his history, and Aerith when she becomes depressed after learning of Zack's fate...and berates Cloud for his insensitivity in responding to both of these.
- She also helped Cloud get over his ruined buggy by reminding him that defeating Sephiroth is their top priority. When Cloud is seething in anger that Sephiroth escaped him, she shows genuine worry on how utterly pissed and wrathful he was.
- In general, back in season 1, she threatens Cloud with various Ass Shove threats should he even try to leave AVALANCHE, and many colorful threats that even Barret takes aback to. Once Cloud stands up to her, she stood silent. In season 2, her abrasiveness is only reduced when she has to (except Reno) and call out Cloud's behavior when it's actually warranted. She also Took a Level in Kindness this way by mellowing out and allow other people to open themselves to her when they need to talk about their own issues.
- Tifa eventually recognizes that her Manipulative Bitch behavior from season one was not a good way to cope with the deaths of her parents, and that it almost got her killed. She even manages to convince Yuffie that it's not a good way to seek revenge on Shinra, admitting to Yuffie that they're Not So Different and encouraging her to move past it. Yuffie accepts it and is genuinely sorry, showing Tifa's attitude has had a lot of positive development on her.
- By Episode 26, she's basically pretty much similar to canon Tifa, the snippiness only showing up when expressing her exasperation at Jenova-DEATH's appearance. That being said, it's likely due to the emotional stress after Aerith's death and her constant worry for Cloud's deteriorating mental well-being, and having the Awful Truth revealed and the fully-enthralled Cloud pretty much shut her voice out of his mind.
- Even by Episode 25, she advises Cloud without any hint of her attitude, that they need to get some sleep after fruitlessly searching for Aerith, as they need to be rested and ready if and when Sephiroth does show up.
- Childhood Friends: With Cloud, unfortunately for him. It is a two-way street, but Tifa's a bit of a messed up person. The crux of her development in Season 2 is her realizing how bad of a friend she's been. Episode 29 reveals however that the two were never really friends growing up, just neighbours in Nibelheim, and that they never had a real conversation with each other until their water tower scene. That said she did want to become friends with Cloud after he tried to safe her while the rest of her "friends" ditched her on the climb to Mount Nibel.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Implied, as Tifa gets increasingly offended by Aerith's presence around Cloud. Comes to the forefront in Episode 10, when they actually have a spat over her wanting to make sure Cloud gets out okay while the others escape.
- Combat Pragmatist: When Yuffie engages them in combat, she doesn't even wait for her to finish talking before landing a cheap shot to the face and ending the fight early.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: At first glance, she seems like that character common in Abridged Series that acts nothing like they do in canon for comedic effect. However, with her Freudian Excuse, it's done in a way that makes sense within canon (Tifa gradually losing both of her parents before she became a young adult).
- Depending on the Writer: Her characterization, especially in season one, was all over the place. The writers couldn't seem to decide if she cared about Cloud, but was bad at showing it and was generally oblivious to the anguish she was causing him, or a borderline sociopath who enjoys making Cloud miserable.
- The Dreaded: Becomes this for Reno after she shatters his dick. When they next meet, he doesn't run right away and still trades verbal barbs with her, but he does try to get Rude to fight her for him.
- Due to the Dead: She leaves behind a bouquet of flowers for Aeirth after the latter's death.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- She's utterly disgusted when she learns what Hojo does to his test subjects.
- For all her vexation over Aerith, she's appalled to see Tseng slap her and threatens to slap him harder for having done that.
- Cloud's rather callous mocking of the deceased Zack ticks her off, both because she thought he died during the Nibelheim incident and because she was able to pick upon how much it hurt Aerith.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In episode 22 Tifa is furious at Yuffie for her behavior and as she lists why it's wrong, she realizes how much it resembles her own behavior in Season 1.
- Freudian Excuse:
- She's as messed-up as she is because of the trauma of watching her father's murder.
- Episode 22 reveals that most of her Manipulative Bitch behavior stemmed from the death of her mother, and that she didn't have a proper coping mechanism for it. Her father's death made it worse after he was killed by Sephiroth's blade, and it almost got her killed.
- Gag Boobs: Naturally, not that she seems to mind.
- Groin Attack: Tifa's preferred attack on her enemies.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set her off, whether it's Cloud refusing to obey her, or Aerith being a ditz.
- Hidden Depths: Despite Tifa being a crude and aggressive Jerk with a Heart of Gold, she has a lot of love for dolphins.
- Hypocritical Humor: She's disgusted by how Scarlet uses Reeve and then belittles him for it. Given her track record for doing the same to Cloud...
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: As kids, she could easily order Cloud around for this reason.Past Tifa: Hi, my name's Tifa! Wanna do me a solid?
Twelve-year-old Cloud: Your eyes are pretty.
Cloud: Curse you twelve-year-old Cloud! You know damn well you weren't looking at her eyes!
- I Will Wait for You: Before he left Nibelheim to join SOLDIER Cloud told Tifa that he'll be gone a while but might come back if he's sent on a mission on the area, she says she'll wait for him.
- In Name Only: While all of the main characters are different to their counterparts in the game, Tifa stands out in that she exists as a complete and utter antithesis to canon Tifa. She's slowly coming around to that personality in some ways, but it's taking time.
- How antithetical is she to canon Tifa? TFS's rendition of her theme is a hard and tough electric guitar cover that sounds like it fits with a rough character rather than the relaxing and homey feel of the original theme, showing the completely different (starting) personalities. A somber piano version of her theme akin to its rendition in Advent Children is played in Episode 29 when she recalls her mom's death, signifying she's pretty much like canon Tifa at this point, albeit still rougher.
- In Vino Veritas: In episode 15, while completely hammered on whiskey, she admits that Yuffie annoys her, but sees her like a little sister.
- Informed Flaw: Cloud always calls her "Tifa the Liar," yet she only acts on this twice: first (to Cloud's knowledge), when she recruits Cloud into AVALANCHE, she stretched the truth about what they did. The second time she did lie was when she kept Cloud in the dark about his past.
- Jerkass: Episode 29 shows Tifa acting concerned for Cloud when she found him in Midgar, only pretending to be a massive jerk once Cloud mentions how oddly nice she's being and that she's acting nothing like he remembered from their childhood. In hindsight, this applies to her entire Season 1 interactions towards him, but the line between the facade and her actual personality quickly became blurry after his recruiting.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Tifa outright tells Cloud and Aerith to stop flirting and generally wasting time in Episode 7 — especially after Aerith named the "Aps" sewer monster "Sebastian" against her orders. Then again, she'd rather not lose her livelihood by wasting time when Shinra is threatening to drop a section of Midgar onto another section of Midgar — the one she lives in.
- Straight up tells Cloud that he owes Aerith an apology after his bluntness in telling Zack's parents that Zack is dead and never coming back.
- Jerkass Realization: A major one in Episode 22 as she chews out Yuffie and tells her she can't just manipulate and lash out at others, only to realize they're Not So Different.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all of her faults and insults, Tifa does genuinely care about her friends, especially Cloud. It just takes quite a bit to bring this out in her. Her heart of gold starts to become more apparent as she spends the next two seasons bonding with her traveling companions and learning how to move on from her father's death.
- She went back to lay flowers in memoriam to Aerith after her death.
- This persona was given more of a look in episode 29. She deliberately pretended not to care about Cloud as much as she did to avoid giving him a Heroic BSoD after realizing that he had Fake Memories. Though she does admit to taking it too far.
- The Lad-ette: She's loud, boisterous, snarky, loves drinking, loves to fight, and deliberately avoids any "feminine" traits.
- Lady Swearsalot: Pretty much every sentence has at least one swear word. Even before her father was murdered, she was pretty crude.
- Mama Bear: Essentially becomes one to Yuffie. The moment Rude informs her that Yuffie's been kidnapped by Don Corneo, she is quick to bend open the cage Yuffie had trapped her in.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Her reaction as a child to falling hundreds of feet and going into a coma for a week is to nonchalantly brush it off as no big deal that it could happen to anyone.
- Manipulative Bitch: She has her ways of getting favors out Cloud against his better judgment, even going so far to imply he'd get arrested and gang-raped in prison unless he sticks with AVALANCHE. She herself even fully embraces her title as "The Liar", albeit begrudgingly and in response to Cloud continuously lying and screwing up.
- Meaningful Name: Machinabridged Tifa's characterization adds an additional layer to her surname "Lockhart" on top of the canon significance that still applies here. Her abrasive, mean-spirited, and vulgar personality hides a a good and caring heart, just locked away behind immature childishness, emotional stunting, and not knowing how to react to Cloud's Fake Memories. This is best shown in a flashback to his being recruited into AVALANCHE in Episode 29, when Tifa puts up a facade of her usual personality to hide her unusual concern over him and the inconsistencies of the memories when they last met. We also see this earlier when she does show to care for Aerith a few times in spite of their rocky relationship, with Yuffie, and her general concern for people.
- Moment Killer: Despite being incredibly attractive, Tifa has a gift for completely ruining the mood. This is first demonstrated when she spoils her chance to interrogate Don Corneo with a bad metaphor, and later when, after waiting behind to make sure Cloud is okay causes him to rethink his opinion of her, she starts blurting out sex jokes in a fit of nerves.
- Ms. Fanservice: Ironically, she's not actually that great at seducing guys. When Don Corneo clearly shows an interest in her looks, she quickly manages to turn him off with a badly-done fruit metaphor.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Tifa can destroy a man's groin with a single punch but doesn't seem to have any noticeable muscle mass.
- Never My Fault: In episode 12, she chews Cloud out for fighting the Midgar Zolom because of his Inferiority Superiority Complex, and yet she seems to forget that she was a huge contributing factor to said Complex.
- Nice Girl: According to the flashback detailing Cloud's backstory, Tifa was this (albeit with a crass side) until her father was murdered by Sephiroth.
- No Social Skills: Tifa lacks any tact when it comes to making jokes and has zero self awareness for how manipulative she can be. In Episode 10, Cloud outright states it's because she's emotionally stunted from her dad dying when she was a teenager.
- Oblivious to Hatred: Despite how she treated Cloud and the few times he's willing to express how much she doesn't appreciate it, she spent the majority of season 1 believing that Cloud still viewed her as a friend. When she expresses this at the end of season 1, it triggers his Rage Breaking Point.
- Oh, Crap!: When she learns that the owners of the house she's in are Zack's parents:Tifa: F*ck.
- Only Sane Man: When Cloud isn't filling this role, it's usually her taking the reins.
- As mentioned under Jerkass Has a Point, she is the one most on task in Episode 7.
- She's the only one suspicious of Cait Sith, and the only one to see his obvious tells that he works for Shinra.
- Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: For all the posturing she makes, she is really bad at being mature about sex. It's sometimes justified (Hojo's breeding program squicks out everyone), but most of the time not (Floor 69, trying to get into Don Corneo's trousers by spouting fruit facts at him).
- Pet the Dog: Despite her dislike of Aerith, she was disgusted by Cloud's attitude towards Zack in episode 18 and demanded that he apologize to her.
- Poisonous Friend: Tifa is frequently emotionally manipulative of Cloud. Even in one of her nicer moments, in which she tries to comfort Cloud after he gets triggered by seeing Jenova, she's encouraging him to repress the bad feelings, not cope with them.
- Properly Paranoid: She's suspicious of Cait Sith the second she meets him. And for good reason, as he turns out to be spying on the group for Shinra.
- Proud Beauty: She knows that she's beautiful and is willing to show off.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Implied and deconstructed. In a different sense from Aerith, she's acts more like a whiny teenager than a grown-up, and is prone to savagely insulting or threatening her friends. Cloud attributes this to her being unable to get over her father's death in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Thankfully, she eventually comes to realize how destructive it was to her and her friends and starts to finally get her act together.
- Rage Breaking Point: After stating that she can be friends with Yuffie "with effort" in Episode 13, Tifa finds that effort much harder to sustain when she starts singing after Barret's backstory is revealed to the group....I am going to f*cking kill her.
- She's Got Legs: She believes her legs are her best feature and loves to show them off. Cloud disagrees.
- Ship Tease: While Cloud and her insult and fight each other, they show that truly care for each other. Tifa seems annoyed whenever Cloud and Aerith get along and Cloud has made it very clear that he's attracted to her on a purely physical level. Plus, Tifa occasionally lets slip hints that she finds Cloud attractive too.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Tifa's abrasive attitude hides and is the result of a one-two punch of trauma related to losing both of her parents. Even before her father being murdered by Sephiroth turned her into the snippy bitch she is now, Tifa did not... healthily cope with her mother's death growing up, from bottling up her feelings, to the myriad of stupid stuff she roped Cloud into. At the same time, she DID hold Cloud in certain regard after he left town and was sad that he wasn't among the SOLDIER operatives sent to Nibelheim, her facade having slipped in the real photo taken. Little did she know that he was actually there as "Ramirez," deliberately hiding himself out of shame for not getting in.
- Straw Loser: Whenever she and Aerith go at each other's throats, Aerith always comes out on top.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Cloud asks her if he's remembering the Nibelheim incident correctly after some prodding from Zack, Tifa goes from previously being pissed at him to stuttering and nervously telling him that of course it happened exactly like he remembers it, 100% with nothing weird, and the two of them did not f*ck under any circumstances.Tifa: Is it weird that I said that?!
- Also angrily tells Cloud "he wasn't there," before adding that she means "when Zack died," so Cloud has no way of knowing whether he went out like a punk. Of course, she's verbally backspacing so she doesn't reveal that Cloud wasn't present during Zack and Sephiroth's final battle. Though in episode 29, it turned out that Cloud was there, just not in the way his memories told him.
- Talk to the Fist: Yuffie's surprise attack is spent on an intro speech that Tifa is far too eager to silence. Yuffie's portrait is marred by the aforementioned fist.
- Team Mom: This aspect of her comes once she Took a Level in Kindness in the middle of Season 2. Once she further mellows out, she decides to encourage the group with the best of her ability, and Yuffie even lampshades her status in Episode 22.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The "tomboy" to Aerith's "girly girl".
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the second season while she's still crude and violent, she's letting more of her kinder side show with her sympathy for Barrett and Red and even getting along with Yuffie and Aerith. Episode 20 even has Tifa successfully giving a gentle pep talk to Cloud without belittling or threatening him, while in Episode 22 she's the one to get through to Yuffie.
- She can still be snippy, violent bitch she was in Season 1 if sufficiently angered enough, and even then, it's now only directed towards Shinra, Scarlet in particular. But since this is Scarlet we're talking about, it's perfectly justified. Even then, she's willing to merely leave it as a threat if Scarlet backs off. Naturally, she doesn't and the (un)expected happens.
- Tsundere: Sure, she extorts Cloud since childhood, belittles him any chance she gets, and threatens him on a regular basis, but it's shown that she does in fact care about him. For some reason, however, she tries to hide the softer parts of her personality such as when she derails her own heartwarming moment with Cloud after waiting for him to return from his fight with Rufus Shinra. She was even this as a kid after saying she'll wait for Cloud to come back to Nibelheim before backpedaling it's because she wants to use him to practice her dolphin blow.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid:
- If Cloud's story is accounted for, she wasn't a manipulative Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, but a Nice Girl until her father was murdered.
- Episode 22 eventually reveals that the death of both of her parents was the reason for her behavior in season 1. Her mother died, and she didn't have a proper coping mechanism for it. Her father's death at the hands of Sephiroth made it even worse, and it went south from there.
- Verbal Backspace: When Cloud guesses that Zack died like a punk bitch, Tifa angrily snaps that Cloud wasn't there (referring to the Nibelheim incident), before adding that she means when Zack died.
- What the Hell, Hero?: At the end of Episode 10, Cloud finally gets fed up with Tifa constantly belittling him and furiously calls her out on blackmailing him into joining AVALANCHE despite claiming to be his friend, followed by him accusing her of treating him so poorly because she hasn't gotten over her father's murder yet.
- She ends up getting even when she calls out Cloud for insensitively telling Barret to get over his past and reminding Aerith of her dead boyfriend.
- With Friends Like These...: Tifa is an Ax-Crazy psychobitch who's been extorting Cloud since childhood and threatens him with various forms of Ass Shove if he doesn't follow through. While she does genuinely care for him underneath all that, Cloud wonders why they're friends.
- You Remind Me of X:
- Tifa states that Yuffie of herself when younger when completely wasted in episode 15.
- Tifa reveals the reason for her sympathy for Aerith in episodes 18 and 19, she understood the pain of having lost someone they cared for deeply.
Barret "Mr. T" Wallace
- "Don't f*ck up. Cuz if you do f*ck up, you're gonna have to answer to me! And being Tifa's bestie will NOT save you from the wrath of Barret!"
The angry, loud and violent leader of AVALANCHE with a gun for an arm. He believes that destroying Shinra's Mako Reactors is the best way to stop them from killing the planet.
- Adorkable: Many years ago, when he still lived in Corel, he was a much happier person all around and never swore, saying expressions like "Golly gee!" and "That sounds peachy keen!" Losing his wife and seeing Dyne seemingly fall to his death changed him into the person he is now.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: If his reaction to Tifa trying to comfort him about his backstory by telling him that his daughter Marlene is still alive is any indication, either Barret's far more torn up about the fact he's been raising Dyne's daughter in her father's absence than Barret in canon, or he had a biological daughter in Corel. Had.
- Affectionate Nickname: In one of Barret's flashbacks, Dyne calls him "Brother". He keeps calling Barret that after he goes insane, but the way he uses it is anything but affectionate.
- Angry Black Man: Played with. Barret doesn't suffer fools well (be it Cloud fucking up or Aerith healing enemies) but is almost jovial otherwise.
- Arm Cannon: Barret's main weapon is still his gun arm. It makes for a painful bludgeon as well.
- Atomic F-Bomb: He lets one out at the end of Episode 8 when Hojo reveals he's the one who locked the 60th floor door, especially after the party ran all those flights of stairs to learn that the hard way.
- Berserk Button: Never insinuate that he's a bad father.
- Don't use his Catchphrase either.
- Break the Cutie: Would you believe he was a Nice Guy four years before everything went to hell and changed him?
- A Boy and His X: Desperately wanted a variation of this as a child:"Let me tell you a tale. When I was a wee lad, every day I would go to my church, get on my knees, and pray to whatever god would listen. I'd say 'God, are you there? It's me, Baby Barret.' Now there's only one thing I want in this world more than anything. Now I don't care if you take my arm, my friends, or the home in which I sleep! What I want is a talking dog best friend! Now here I stand, armless, friendless, and homeless. *sheds Single Tear* But not... TALKING DOG BEST FRIEND-LESS!"
- Catchphrase: "Biggity-bounce," and any variation thereof.
- "I'm about to drop some Wallace Wisdom upon yo' ass..."
- "Don't f*ck up", "Did you just f*ck up?", etc
- Shared with Red: "AVALANCHE TIME, MOTHERF***ER!" Actually, "AVALANCHE ____" in general.
- Cerebus Retcon: His obsession for blowing up Mako plants took a dark turn. See Dark and Troubled Past below.
- His continued focus on, and chewing out of, Cloud for "Fucking up" can be seen as this. It's quite possible Clouds personality and mistakes remind him of his own past failures.
- It also turned out to be Dyne's last words to him before he fell into the abyss.
- His continued focus on, and chewing out of, Cloud for "Fucking up" can be seen as this. It's quite possible Clouds personality and mistakes remind him of his own past failures.
- Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: Gets stuck watching Red while the party waits for him to come down from the Chocobo greens.
- Cuteness Proximity: His first reaction to Red XIII is shock, before quickly becoming overcome with glee at getting to meet a talking dog.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Four years prior to the series, a Mako Reactor was installed in his hometown of Corel, and he believed it was a "peachy-keen idea". It went up a week later, and three days after that, it blew up. Shinra blamed the village, and destroyed Corel, killed its people, and framed Barret and Dyne as terrorists who blew up the reactor, all so they wouldn't have to admit they fucked up. As Barret agreed to the building of the reactor, the survivors of North Corel blame him for the massacre. Worst of all, his entire backstory is played completely straight, with little comedy (the only comedy being Dyne whining about coal).
- Everyone Has Standards: Barret threatens Cloud in many ways, but the more colorful imagery invoked by Tifa will unnerve him as much as anyone else.
- Freudian Excuse: The events of Corel, in which he witnessed his friends slaughtered by Shinra and lost his wife, turned him into the abrasive person he's now.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Dyne threatening dogs is what finally makes him snap and one-shot his former friend.
- Heroic BSoD: He suffers from one in Episode 7 after Biggs, Wedge and Jessie are killed. Tifa recounting Cloud's previous cross-dressing exploits is what snaps him out of it.
- Hypocrite: He constantly warns Cloud "Don't f*** up", and while Cloud does f*** up, what ultimately destroys AVALANCHE is his careless use of a pinball machine to hide his hideout, something Cloud warned him against. Also, Barret personally feels that he f***ed up in regards to the disaster at Corel.
- Hypocritical Humor: He keeps calling Elmyra Aerith's fake mom when he learned she adopted Aerith when he adopted Marlene.
- Interspecies Friendship: Ever since he was a little boy, he'd always wanted to have a talking dog as a friend. He gets his wish when he meets Red XIII (who may or may not actually be a cat).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a foul-mouthed, short-tempered jackass who isn't all that nice to Cloud and manipulates him into staying in AVALANCHE with Tifa's help, but he adores his adopted daughter Marlene and his Talking Animal friend Red XIII, and he cares deeply for them both.
- Late to the Punchline: AVALANCHE slip into Shinra because the front desk receptionist mistakes him for an executive of Urban Development. Only once he's in the elevator does he realize why she made that assumption about him.
- Mistaken for Murderer: He's suspected of going on a killing spree at Gold Saucer when multiple Shinra guards are found shot to death. Turns out he isn't the only person with a gun for a hand and a murderous grudge against Shinra.
- My Greatest Failure: He originally supported Shinra's plans to install a Mako reactor in his hometown, against the objections of his best friend. Not only did the reactor explode, but Shinra pinned the blame on the townsfolk and burned everything to the ground, killing his giant wife, leaving his friend for dead, and costing him an arm. From then on, Barret swore to live by his friend's (supposed) last words to never "f*ck up" again.
- Never My Fault: He blames Meteor's arrival on Cloud when Cloud trusted him to hold on to the Black Materia and fell for Sephiroth's ruse.
- Through, due to his somber tone, it could mean in another way given that he could tell that something was VERY wrong with Cloud and then learned the half-truth from Hojo about him. Likewise, while he may recognize Cloud's role in their current crisis, his tone and general lack of rubbing the fact in suggest he knows Cloud didn't f*ck up of his own control and probably partly blame himself for falling for Sephiroth's illusion of Tifa.
- Odd Friendship: He is incredibly happy to have a talking dog best friend, and he and Red get along great.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
... I f***ed up.
- Whereas he just goes along with the group as one of the few consistently sane individuals, Episode 15 has him want to take a different route to Gold Saucer that doesn't involve going back to North Corel. From that moment on, he is much more somber, even echoing his common complaint to Cloud.
- Him blowing up at Red XIII and calling him a "bad dog" in episode 16 showed just how mad he was when Cloud told him to get over it.
- Papa Wolf: He's very protective of Marlene. He even gives her a loaded gun so she can protect herself when he isn't around.
- Profiling: A frequent victim. One of the last jokes of the first season involves news anchors describing him as a well-armed minority as AVALANCHE escapes Midgard in a pickup truck.
- Rage Breaking Point: After Cloud tells him to "get over" the deaths of his wife, many people he loved, and his childhood friend Dyne, Barret hits this and explodes. It's such a bad case that he even breaks his friendship with the entire party, including Red XIII, off and runs away.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: He doesn't take Cloud telling him to just "get over" his tragic backstory very well.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he gets REALLY mad, he gets bloodshot eyes.
- Series Mascot: Of a sort, despite Cloud being the main character, as Barret is voiced by series creator Antfish, and thus is the most easily available member of the main cast to promote stuff for the show, followed by Red XIII, Cait Sith, and then Cid, also the only other members of the main cast voiced by TFS members.
- Shoo the Dog: After renouncing his friendship with Red in episode 16, Barret explains that because all of his old friends were killed on his account, he couldn't bear to lose anyone else he cared about. After getting over the initial heartbreak, Red refuses to hear any more of that.
- Sparse List of Rules: Barret lives by his "Wallace Wisdom", a list of advice that numbers as high as 420(Don't eat any of Red's snacks).
- Summon Magic: He's very informed on summoning Materia, and he really likes the Bahamut line. Maybe too much. Yuffie supplying the party with a new one when she returns all the Materia she stole convinces him to forgive her immediately. Later, for stopping the Huge Materia train from destroying Corel, the citizens apologize to him and as a token of that and for saving them, he gets another one.
- Supporting Leader: He calls the shots in AVALANCHE, while Cloud is the main protagonist. Starts phasing out by the time of Season 3, where he and pretty much everyone else defer to Cloud as the leader of the party. He does try to take over again, when Cloud is comatose in Mideel and Tifa electing to stay with him, but is overruled by Cid on grounds of using the latter's airship as their means of transportation, though he still plays this role to the letter.
- Surrounded by Idiots: After the rest of AVALANCHE dies, he's less than impressed with his new team's fighting skills.
- Stunned Silence:
- Well, less "silence" and more of "too stunned to speak straight", but he has this reaction after Cloud's epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Tifa in the last moments of Season 1, as he vainly struggles to keep his composure to do the requisite end-of-season thanking and plugging in the YouTube release of Episode 10.
- Even better, he could see the explosive rant incoming the moment Cloud reacted to Tifa's words with quiet vitriol, and was audibly scared of what Cloud was about to unleash.
- Took a Level in Cynic: He became the cynic he is due to the events of Corel. After losing his arm, he swore for the first time in his life.
- Doctor: Okay, so we got a few options. First, we have this new bronze gauntlet—
Barret: I wanna f***in' gun...
Doctor: ...How big do you want it?
- Took a Level in Kindness: While remaining a huge jerk, Barret gradually cools off on his treatment of Cloud as the first season progresses. He also tries to protect Aerith and Red from harm, seeing them as too innocent to be caught up in the events that are transpiring.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Downplayed for laughs and unintentional. After Gi Nattak helps Barret and Red through their troubles, Barret throws him a Phoenix Down as a gift.Barret & Red XIII: *sport shades out of nowhere after Gi Nattak is destroyed* AVALANCHE time, motherf***er!! *cue explosion*
- Verbal Backspace: He refuses to let Yuffie back in the party after her Wutai Theft, right up until she offers another Bahamut materia, which causes him to correct her on the name and say she's forgiven.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice has gotten lighter beginning with Season 2, except for when he's shouting.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Barret is quite afraid of spiders. This gets comical when Vincent joins the proceedings.
- "You apologized, so I must forgive you."
A girl selling flowers whom Cloud meets after he falls from "Heaven". She is the last of an ancient race called the Cetra. Very naive and not very bright, but very friendly.
- A-Cup Angst: Grumpily mumbles that Tifa's boobs aren't that big when the subject comes up.
- Ambiguous Innocence: To the very end, it's difficult to say how much of her childlike enthusiasm is genuine, and how much is an act. She alternates between bouts of childish ignorance that puts herself in danger (accepting a chopper ride from the Turks just because she could) and moments of genuine insightfulness such as her advice to Tifa to help reconcile with Yuffie. She admits in private to Cloud that she's aware of more than she lets on, but it's unclear if she's always been this way, or it was something she gradually came to realize.
- Adaptational Wimp: Compared to her game's counterpart, her supernatural powers are heavily downplayed. Justified, as in this continuity she's in heavy denial about her abilities as a Cetra and represses the thought that she's anything extraordinary. It's only after she starts to accept who she is that her powers progress beyond her occasional insight about the planet.
- Art Evolution: Her character portrait is updated in Season 2 to give her a more cartoony look, with a bigger mouth and eyes, and a skinnier neck.
- Beware the Nice Ones: This is mostly seen with her interactions with Tifa, showing that Aerith MAY have a bit of a Yandere problem when it comes to their love-triangle with Cloud.
- Catch Phrase: "All is forgiven."
- This winds up being her last words. Worst of all, Sephiroth doesn't give her the chance to finish her sentence.
- Character Death: She's killed in Episode 25 by Sephiroth stabbing her through the stomach with his sword. She also gets a Really Dead Montage, along with Cloud telling her to Please Wake Up. However, telepathic communication before her murder implies that she knew Sephiroth was going to kill her, since she mentions how she Never Got to Say Goodbye to Cloud.
- Character Development: At the beginning of the series, Aerith is a flighty, hyperactive CloudCuckoolander who seems to be oblivious to the dangers around her. As she endures her capture by Shinra and starts to adventure with the party, it becomes apparent that a lot of her ditzy qualities are self-inforced as she's reluctant to acknowledge her Cetra powers and her growing jealousy with Tifa. Over time, she starts showing her inner doubts and begins opening up to Tifa about Zack. By the end of her arc, she's grown into a wiser, more serious young woman who fully understands the danger Sephiroth poses to the planet, and willingly sacrifices herself to keep her friends safe and kickstarts a plan to give the world a fighting chance.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: The most negative traits she's shown all relate to her envy of Tifa. Her refusal to heal her when poisoned and claim that she's out of mana when her MP bar is clearly full seems to indicate that she's trying to hasten Tifa's demise to have Cloud to herself. Her dislike of Yuffie also seems to stem more from the ninja's admiration of Tifa and potential to be a rival for Cloud, rather than any hatred for Yuffie herself. And then in Episode 14 she goes as far as to break the Shiva materia because both Cloud and Tifa were in awe of how beautiful she was.
- CloudCuckoolander: She believes in fairies, thinks a jungle gym is a perfectly great house and tries to make friends with things trying to kill her. Aerith isn't that normal.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: In Episode 12, her tendency to heal the enemy and talk to them actually works, much to the shock and annoyance of her friends.
- Compressed Vice: Early on in season 2, she started acting more malicious, like refusing to heal Tifa from the Zolom's venom or breaking the Shiva Materia. A few episodes later, this aspect of her character was dropped.
- Covert Pervert: Despite her naivete, episode 10 reveals she might be this in regards to Cloud.Cloud: F*ck off, Tifa.
Tifa: We might have to! Isn't that scary?
Aerith: Goodness, how horrifying.
Tifa: What did she say?
- In episode 11, she audibly laughs upon hearing that Tifa's master taught her the Dolphin Blow attack in his Dungeon of Fisting.
- She also finds Zack's compliments to his parents about her butt sweet.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not for the most part, but her digs at Tifa are some of the driest snarks in the show.
- The Ditz: She doesn't realize that flowers can't break falls and believes in fairies. She also willingly goes along with the Turks just because they offered her a helicopter ride.
- Easily Forgiven: A trademark of her character, to the point of being her Catchphrase. Less so when Cloud openly mocks Zack's death in front of her, Tifa, and Zack's parents. While she does forgive him and means it, it's clear that one took some effort on her part.
- Famous Last Words: "It's alright, Cloud. All is forgiv-"
- Foil: In terms of personality, Tifa and Aerith are polar opposites. Tifa is a crass, cynical, violent psychopath who treats Cloud like crap, but she does have a Hidden Heart of Gold. Aerith is a flighty, gentle airhead who refuses to swear and gets along great with Cloud, but she also hides a bit of a nasty side. They've also both witnessed the death of a parent. This is even addressed in Episode 19.
- Friend to All Living Things: To the point of healing an enemy boss. The only exception is Tifa, though Aerith did at least try to be cordial at first, and occasionally tries again but with little success. It takes Tifa making the effort in Episode 19 for their dynamic to take any real positive turn.
- Genki Girl: Aerith is nothing if not enthusiastic.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Aerith uses the word "blank" to substitute actual curse words in her first appearance, and cuts off Tifa's use of "fuck" with "fairy tale" before she can say it.
- Happily Adopted: As in, happy being adopted while her previous mother was dying in front of her. Though that was a flashback from Elmyra's viewpoint, and season 2 suggests that she doesn't actually remember being adopted.
- Hartman Hips: In Episode 9, Red XIII refers to her as the "girl with the butt" as opposed calling Tifa "boob girl".
- Zack's parents heard from him that his girlfriend (AKA Aerith) had quote "a booty that won't quit!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: Unlike the game where it's ambiguous whether she knew she would die or not, in this adaptation, Aerith willingly goes to the Forgotten Capital to summon Holy despite knowing she'll be killed by Sephiroth.
- Homeschooled Kids: She says she was homeschooled immediately after correcting Barrett and telling him that marijuana is a natural sedative, not a drug.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She doesn't get that the Turks are not nice people and have ulterior motives for wanting her safe. She also doesn't get that Hojo has nasty plans for her, too, even after he attempted them on her.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Lampshaded by Cloud when he notes that Don Corneo and his goons will probably eat her alive, and not necessarily metaphorically.
- Jerkass to One: The normally sweet and bubbly Aerith is much frostier to Tifa, although this ultimately stops following Episode 19.
- Karma Houdini: She's never given any grief for refusing to heal Tifa when she got poisoned by the Midgar Zolom.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Cloud almost hits her with his Buster Sword, but stops himself. Just as she starts to tell him "All is forgi-", she's run through by Sephiroth.
- Killed Off for Real: Just like in the game, Sephiroth murders Aerith by stabbing her through the stomach, followed by a Really Dead Montage.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Deconstructed; she's sweet, flighty, ditzy, a huge Cloud Cuckoolander, has elements of a Magical Girlfriend, and is the first person to be nice to Cloud in a long time, but all of those traits combine into a character that Cloud can't help but find weird. Reconstructed anyway, since The Dulcinea Effect is in full throttle and she's eventually shown to be a positive influence to Cloud and the party in general.
- Medium Awareness: She appears to notice the bleeped-out swearing to some degree when she quotes the sailor-mouthed Reno.Aerith: We always invite Mr. Reno, but he says his Turk blank-hole bosses never give him a day off, and should get off his blanking blank.
- Nice Girl: She's the kindest and most forgiving character in the series, and one of the very few who doesn't (intentionally) give Cloud crap. Unless you're a potential rival, which causes her Yandere tendencies to come out, although even then she still can be nice to them.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Aerith is somehow able to meet up with Cloud after he runs away from her house. This is lampshaded by Cloud, who questions how she was able to move that fast.
- Out-of-Character Moment:
- Despite usually being all sugar and rainbows, she's standoffish to Tifa even before she knows the two of them are shaping up to be rivals for Cloud's affection, and downright rude and mean to her by the end of the first season and into the second.
- Barret quickly notices she's no fool when she and Red trick him into volunteering to test whether or not the front door is guarded.
- She starts off hating Yuffie more than nearly any other member of the party does save for Barret in Ep. 13, while Cloud is more amused and Tifa is just annoyed, all seemingly because of Yuffie's undying admiration of Tifa. On the overworld map when Yuffie is leading the way, Aerith's portrait is in a noticeable annoyed frown the entire time and staring at Yuffie while Red's high, Cloud and Barret are arguing, and Tifa's just bored. By Ep. 20, though, the two are on better terms.
- After asking Cloud to look at a Shiva Materia he was given, she immediately destroys it totally by accident to both Cloud and Tifa's shock.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- When the party confronts Sephiroth in Episode 14, she seems to realize just how frighteningly powerful Sephiroth is, fearfully telling Cloud that something is wrong.
- She gets noticeably depressed for the rest of Episode 18 when she realizes her former boyfriend Zack is dead and Cloud stated it to his parents so insensitively.
- She is completely out of the picture in Episode 19 when Bugenhagen finishes telling her that Elmyra and Hojo's "fairy tales" are in fact reality.
- Pet the Dog: In regards to her rivalry with Tifa, she does occasionally try to make nice with her, but Tifa's never having any of it, usually prompting some nasty form of revenge by Aerith later. Tifa gets better about it, and it's Aerith who helps her epiphany towards her own behavior, and neither woman is seen reacting negatively afterwards.
- Ship Tease: She clearly has feelings for Cloud, while Cloud in turn seems to enjoy her company and occasionally flirts with her, even if he finds her a bit weird. This has not passed Tifa's notice.Tifa: Ugh, would you two stop flirting?
- Spell My Name with an "S": An in-universe running gag is whenever she's in battle with the group, the result screen will write her name as "Aeris".
- Tempting Fate: When wondering about escaping Shinra, Aerith muses that maybe an angel would save them. They are saved by an angel.The one-winged kind.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Played with in Season 2: she's still largely the same Nice Girl from Season 1, but her nastier side in regards to Tifa seems to be coming out into the open more, to the point that she's outright cold to Yuffie for no other reason than that Yuffie admires Tifa, and obliterates a materia because it summons the buxom ice spirit Shiva.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The "girly girl" to Tifa's "tomboy".
- Turn the Other Cheek: It is her creed to forgive those who apologize for their actions. Even when they nearly get her killed, and even in her last moments.
- Vocal Evolution: Hand in hand with her Character Development, her flighty, airy tone of voice is quick to deepen when things get serious. In the latter portion of season 2 and beyond, the high pitch has almost entirely vanished, only to resurface when the scene calls for her to lighten the mood. By her final appearance, the sobriety in her voice is almost unsettling.
- White Mage: Exaggerated, she's never seen casting anything other than healing spells, to the point of casting them at her enemies when ordered to fight.
- Womanchild: She acts like a character out of a program for young girls, with tremendous enthusiasm and a very emotional attitude.
- Yandere: Dips into this in Episode 12 when she refuses to heal Tifa after being poisoned by the Zolom in spite of being the healer with full MP. She also shows a surprising amount of dislike for Yuffie seemingly less for her annoying nature and more for how much she worships the ground Tifa walks on. Episode 14 also makes it pretty clear that giving her a closer look at materia of female summons is also a bad idea.
Red XIII, a.k.a. "DogCat", "MeowBark", and Nanaki
- "I'm splendid!"
A dopey and pleasant creature from Cosmo Canyon resembling a dog and a cat. He was one of Hojo's test subjects who joins Cloud and his friends after being freed by them.
- Abled in the Adaptation: Zigzagged and downplayed. His ingame models still show his right eye permanently shut, but when animated, both his eyes are open and intact, though the differently-colored irises suggest the right eye is still non-functional.
- Admiring the Abomination: After Vincent transforms into a werewolf and devours the Materia Keeper boss monster. Everyone is visibly shocked with the exception of Red, whose first action is to hit on him.Barrett: [To Vincent] Can we go back to the part where you ate a giant f***ing bug monster?!
Red XIII: That's hot...
- Anything That Moves: Clearly, Hojo's experiments have had some effects on his psyche. In the beginning of Episode 11, he states his intention to have sex with a Motorbike monster, and his question about the horrifying Jenova mutant is asking if it was hot.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Even he develops his limits on what Cloud says or does, prompting him to bite his hands.
- Big Eater: If there's anything on Red's mind that isn't about sex, it's food.Tifa: Are you always thinking about food or sex?
Red XIII: I'm in a constant state of "horngry".
- Break the Cutie: Red defends Cloud by saying he's sure Cloud didn't mean anything by telling Barret to get over his past. Barret is still grieving and angry and explodes on him, taking away his pass to call him "Black", and calls him a bad dog. Red is so depressed, he feels he doesn't deserve to have fun. Poor guy.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: His unfailing peppiness is just the tip of the iceberg.
- Daddy Issues: Even himself off-handedly mentioning his father sends him into a snarling rage. Episode 19 reveals he hates any father and considers them all horrible people. He eventually grows out of it and admits it was just him being "juvenile".
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Due to his Daddy Issues, he loathes his birth name and would rather be called Red XIII instead.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Red has this in episode 16 when he realizes that calling Barrett black isn't the most sensitive thing to do as Barrett yells at him."What? What's wrong with referring to someone by the color of their—ohhh... Did I just Cloud it?"
- Extreme Omnivore: Red will eat pretty much anything, including floor-falafel, corpses, giant bug monsters, and ghosts.
- Fish Eyes: As the profile picture shows, he has these whenever he's animated on screen.
- Hidden Depths: To Barrett's surprise and disturbance, he turns out to have some serious daddy issues that he refuses to elaborate on.
- Hypocritical Humor: In Episode 12 after Aerith said the Zolom talked to her, he states animals can't talk.
- Innocent Bigot: When Barret calls him red, Red XIII calls Barret black (Red refers to the male characters by their hair colors, including himself). Barret probably gave him a pass because of this trope. Red starts to realize the problem with the nickname after Barret takes the pass away while at the gold saucer.
- Jerkass Ball: Episode 19 has Red returning to his hometown and acting less pleasant with his party members after issues regarding his father start to come to the surface. It isn't until he learns the truth behind his father's actions that he goes back to his usual self and more determined in helping his friends save the planet from SHINRA and Sephiroth.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Not exactly a Jerkass. More just proving his point. During a debate with Barret about all fathers being rotten, Red XIII is quick to reprimand Barret for leaving Marlene back in Midgar. To be fair, Barret's actions aren't too different from what Red's father did and leaving Marlene in the care of a drug addled woman isn't the smartest move.Barret: "Okay, Red, real talk: You, thinking all fathers are terrible people, is pretty f**ked up. I'm a father, and I'm a damn good one at that!"
Red XIII: "So good that you abandoned your child."
Barret: "So you think just because I left Marlene in Midgar, instead of bringing her along this dangerous quest, you think I abandoned her!?"
Red XIII: *condescendingly* "Well if the adopted child left in the care of a drug dealer fits..."
- The Load: He spends most of Episode 12 getting in the way, from eating the wild Chocobo they caught and eating the drug Cloud spent all their money on.
- Though it is pointed out that these are just as much, if not more, Cloud's fault as they are his, since all of these could have been prevented had Cloud not been actively sabotaging their efforts to catch a Chocobo. Red was simply doing what a dog would normally do, Cloud is the one who specifically set up the scenarios so that Red would get in the way.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: A bit. The lovable part comes from him being him, and the "sex maniac" part comes from being the center of Hojo's sick experiments.
- Mars Needs Women: Hinted/Played with. He did refer to Aerith as the "girl with the butt" and Tifa as "boob girl". In Episode 10, he even stated that he was going to miss Shinra headquarters due to having an "exceptional amount of sex" when he used for Hojo's "cross-breeding experiments".
- Meaningful Echo: In Episode 17, when Barret tries to drive a wedge between him and the rest of the party, insisting he has no friends, Red repeats Barret's speech of always wanting a talking dog best friend word-for-word to help him see the light.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Characters would often debate on whether he is dog or cat.
- Mushroom Samba: Eating Chocobo greens in Episode 12 has him tripping balls all the way through Episode 13."I can smell the COOOOOOOOSMOOOOOOOOOOOOS!!"
- The Navigator: Thanks to his sense of smell, he serves as the party's guide as they try to find Sephiroth. When he gets high on Chocobo greens, the party is at a complete loss on where to go until Yuffie shows up.
- The Nose Knows: Tracks Sephiroth by smell, and can even smell the presence of corpses (as in, ones that existed miles away and years ago) and tragic backstories. Based on that, the above quote might actually be true
- Nice Guy: He's a pretty jovial guy to be around and is very happy to be Barret's best friend. He's also one of the only members of the party alongside Aerith who doesn't chastise or belittle Cloud for sport.
- The Nicknamer:
- Seemingly, as he has yet to refer to the main characters by name. Thus far, Aerith is "Girl With the Butt", Tifa is "Boob Girl", Barret is "Black", Yuffie is "Ninjandit", and Cloud is "Blonde One".
- He even does this to himself. He tells the party to call him Red XIII because he's "the color red, and they carved the number thirteen into my flesh." Justified, given he hates his birth name due to the connection to his father.
- Nightmare Fetishist: During the season 3, he refers to Vincent eating the Materia Keeper alive as "hot".
- N-Word Privileges:
- Barret is so happy to have a talking dog friend that he gives Red a pass on calling him "Black."
- Said privileges expire by episode 16 when he calls Barret "Black" again, and Barret, who was already having a bad day, promptly tells him that he doesn't get a pass this time.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but he does seem to have some sharp wit about him when they need it. In episode 10 he (along with the equally goofy Aerith) immediately knows to not volunteer to step outside the main door of Shinra HQ, getting a lampshade from Barret. In episode 16 he's one of the first to notice Barret hasn't been himself once they started nearing Coral and is worried for him after his backstory is revealed. In episode 17 he behaves in a much more composed way when he helps Barret snap out of his heroic BSOD, and when Cloud interrupts Barret's dramatic showdown with Dyne, he irritably shouts at him to "read the room" and bites Cloud's hands to shut him up when he doesn't listen.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Mention his dad and he grows vengeful and spiteful.
- Playing with Fire: Knows fire magic and uses it against a Shinra robot. Barret claims it doesn't help.
- Simpleton Voice: Taka voices him slightly in this way, fitting his relatively naive characterization.
- Stepford Smiler: Lampshaded by Barret.Barret: Oh, Red. Only now do I see that underneath your happy-go-lucky demeanor, hides a troubled soul.Cloud: That's a lot of words to say "has Daddy Issues".
- The Stoner: Gets high off Chocobo "greens" (outright called "drugs" by Barret) at the tail-end of Ep. 12 and spends the entirety of Ep. 13 still under it.
- It's likely not new to him because the residents of Cosmo Canyon apparently use Chocobo Greens all the time.
- Talking Animal: He claims it's because of Hojo's experiments.
- They Have the Scent!: Red XIII's skills at tracking help keep the gang on track and he can even smell things that should have no scent like tragic backstories.
Yuffie Kisaragi a.k.a. "The Great Ninja Yuff—"
- "I just can't stop stealin'! Pens, giant shurikens, kisses, materia! You name it, I steal it!"
A young, kleptomaniacal ninja from Wutai who bumps into the party to steal their stuff, only to join up with them after being enamored with Tifa's punching skills. She's mostly viewed as an annoyance by the group.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Immediately starts crushing on the brooding, mysterious, spider-infested Vincent.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Tifa eventually comes to see her this way, noting that while Yuffie is incredibly irritating, she actually reminds Tifa of her younger self.
- Anti-Hero: Regularly steals what isn't nailed down, is rather brash and inconsiderate, and can be downright bratty at her worst, but she's also a kindhearted Genki Girl who's quick to make friends. Even her theft of the party's Materia had a sympathetic motive behind it, and she returns them later.
- Ascended Extra: She was an Optional Party Member in the game so didn't get as much screen time as the main characters. In this series she gets far more screen time, even playing a role in Tifa's Character Development.
- Bad Liar: She utterly fails to convince Barret that she's not going to steal the party's materia, or the Old Man that they're not Shinra's most-wanted.Yuffie: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? No I'm/we're not!
- Bare Your Midriff: A classic example.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her annoying or imply that she's Just a Kid.
- Birds of a Feather: Admires Tifa, who has more than a few traits in common with her. In episode 22, Tifa admits how alike they are.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Downplayed. While not the typical annoying brat, she's such an exaggerated Genki Girl that she gets on everyone's nerves. Although she does play it straight when she grabs the Jerkass Ball during episode 22.
- Catchphrase: "What? No I'm not!" when being accused. Also leaves any scene she's in with a smoke bomb with "Yuffie out!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: She sees nothing wrong with beginning her surprise attacks by yelling "SURPRISE ATTACK!" until Tifa points out the inherent flaw of her strategy and one of her fight moves involves throwing "invisible shurikens".
- Comically Missing the Point: It comes hand-in-hand with being Sarcasm-Blind.
- Daddy Issues: Yuffie ends up having a more justified reason for having these than Red, since it is revealed that her father isn't exactly the best father
- Easily Forgiven: When Yuffie apologizes for stealing the materia and give it back, Barret makes it clear that he doesn't intend to forgive her so easily. Then she gives him a new materia called Bahamut FighterZ, which causes Barret to correct her on how she pronounced it and forgive her.
- Everyone Has Standards: Insensitive as she can be, though maybe that was due to the Jerkass Ball she was holding for episodes 21 and 22, even she is not amused by a doctor tastelessly trying to make light of Cloud's vegetative state.
- Foreshadowing: In episode 11, Barret asks if anyone bought any materia while they were at a shop. Tifa notes that the shop's stock was stolen before they could. Yuffie is a known materia thief.
- Freudian Excuse: Her dad isn't exactly the best role model and her relationship with him is very sour, her mom (according to him) is in rehab (that or she left him), and Shinra crushed her home during a deadly war before turning it into a tourist attraction, actions for which she wants to take revenge.
- Freudian Slip: After stealing Barret's grenade, Yuffie admits to being a kleptomaniac and starts listing the various types of items she steals, including materia. When Barret accuses her of planning to steal their materia she unconvincingly tries to deny that that's her motive for joining the party. Guess what happens in Episode 22.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: She was one at first. Even Aerith didn't like her due to Yuffie's hero-worship towards Tifa, as well as believing her to be another rival for Cloud's love. Cloud was the only one who really wants anything to do with her (and it's partly because she annoys Tifa), while Barret and Aerith wanted her out. Tifa was in the middle, having started out being annoyed at her but growing to genuinely enjoy her company at the Gold Saucer like a little sister. And even then, Yuffie's singing about their trip to the Gold Saucer after hearing out Barret's backstory sorely tested Tifa's patience with her. Red at least tolerated her, but then again Red's nice to just about everyone. Though this aspect disappears during the last episodes of Season 2, with Tifa and later Aerith shown to having warmed up to her. In Season 3, this aspect is completely gone, save for the brief period during which she stole everyone's Materias. At the end of Episode 22, after she apologizes, everyone joins Tifa in a Group Hug centered around Yuffie when the latter admits that they have become something akin to a Family of Choice.
- Fuuma Shuriken: Mentions stealing these alongside many other things.
- Genki Girl:
- Highly Visible Ninja: She literally announces her surprise attacks, and takes the time to brag about herself before attacking, giving Tifa the opportunity to counterattack.
- Hero-Worshipper: She regards Tifa with great admiration after being on the receiving end of one of her punches, much to Tifa's annoyance, Aerith's disapproval, and Cloud's amusement.
- Hypocritical Humor: Yuffie calls out Cloud on his inability to read social cues in episode 16 while not picking up on Tifa's rather obvious annoyance with her.
- Implausible Deniability:
- Denies that she will steal the party's materia seconds after admitting that she steals materia. Nine episodes later...
- She also blurts out this little gem when the group reaches Junon:Yuffie: Great, now we have to kill them both before they tell anyone we're Shinra's most wanted!
Old Man: Wait... you're Shinra's most wanted?
Yuffie: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? No we're not!
- Ironic Echo: When forcing herself into the group. "You do me a solid, and I'll do you a solid." Cloud is quick to appreciate the irony of the situation.
- Jerkass Ball: In episode 22, she acts a lot more hostile to everybody, especially Tifa, though it's supposedly because Tifa called her a dumb kid last episode. She gets better by the end after Tifa realizes what Yuffie has been going through.
- Just a Kid: The others constantly treat Yuffie like she's just a dumb kid. As Episode 22 reveals though, Yuffie hates being belittled like that.
- Large Ham: Very loud and energetic. It's rare to find her speaking in anything softer than a yell.
- Nightmare Fetishist: While the others find Vincent gross, in no small part due to the spiders living in his skin, Yuffie is completely enamored by him and gushes over him every time. She also finds him turning into a Werewolf to kill the Materia Keeper "hot."
- Ninja: As per usual.
- Ninja Brat: The natural consequence of being both a Ninja and a Bratty Half-Pint. Although, just as the latter trope, it tends to be downplayed as she's more annoying due to being a hyper Genki Girl than due to being a bratty teenager. The exception is Episode 22 where this trope is played straight, due to her holding the Jerkass Ball during most of it.
- Parental Neglect: A victim of it. From what little we see of him, Yuffie's father is a neglectful asshole who squanders what money she can scrape together to send to him back home. It's not hard to see why she left.
- Perpetual Smiler: Her character portrait sports a big, toothy grin, and given her constant cheerfulness, it's pretty safe to assume the smile is equally constant.
- Pet the Dog: And towards an actual dog (maybe). In Episode 16, after Barret had an outburst and told Red that he's not his talking dog best friend, she seems genuinely sad for Red XIII and tries to comfort him by offering him some GPs to have fun with her and Tifa.
- Robbing the Dead: She reveals she has no issues with this, even when the "dead" are an unconscious Tifa and Cloud during the Mideel incident.
- Running Gag: Yuffie getting punched in the face, even by herself.
- Sarcasm-Blind: She never realizes when Tifa or Cloud are being sarcastic with her.
- Ship Tease: She spends a lot of Episode 20 saying how attractive Vincent is, and thinks him turning into a werewolf in Episode 21 was hot.
- Smoke Out: She does this whenever entering or leaving scenes suddenly. The extra-large smokeout in Episode 22 is cover for jacking the party's materia cache. At the Northern Crater, Cid somehow manages to hijack this gimmick to forcibly replace her in the party upon finding out Jenova being an alien, and she merely shrugs when asked how he did that.
- Sticky Fingers: See the quote above.
- Stepford Smiler: Episode 22 shows that she has a lot of resentment and pain over what happened to Wutai hiding behind her energetic cheer.
- Third-Person Person: "Yuffie out!"
- This Loser Is You: Just about all her dialogue with Vincent is subtle-as-a-nuke references to Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, seemingly as a teasing jab at the fans who thought Vincent would be played as a Takahata101 voiced Alucard Expy.
- Token Mini-Moe: The youngest member of the party at 16.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The comparative girly girl to Tifa's tomboy.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In episode 21, she makes snide remarks about Sephiroth setting a town on fire, in which Tifa gets onto her for. 22 has her very singing condescending remarks about Tifa reminiscing about her father, in which it results in a fight between the two. Though it's heavily implied that since Aerith tells Cloud to "kick [Sephiroth's] butt SOLDIER-style was her trigger, since she states Shinra and SOLDIER took Wutai. She does later apologize for her behavior after Tifa manages to get through to her. Compare Episode 27 where she negatively reacts to the doctor monitoring the mako-poisoned Cloud tries crack a joke at the man's expense.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: She certainly thinks that way about Vincent... It's also probably a nod to their rather popular pairing in the fandom. Played for Laughs because she finds him sexy even after it's revealed that living spiders crawl in his body.Yuffie: (smitten) Aaaah... He's filled with so much brooding mystery...
Aerith: And spiders!
- With Catlike Tread: Announces her surprise attacks by literally shouting "Surprise attack!"
Cait Sith, a.k.a. "Ket Shee"
- "Lemme ask you something, Cloud. When we're drowning in the tumultuous sea that is life, how do we stay afloat? ... With a friend, who understands your pain."
A cat-like creature who rides a stuffed Moogle named Mog. He allegedly works as a fortune teller at the Gold Saucer, but when he and Cloud hit it off over their shared desire for people to respect them, Cloud asks him to join the party. In truth, he's Reeve Tuesti, Shinra's Head of Urban Development, remotely piloting a robot body from Shinra HQ to reluctantly spy on the party. At first, anyway...
- Accent Relapse: Once his nature as a spy has been revealed, at his most sombre, Cait Sith's accent disappears, Reeve speaking with his regular voice.
- Actually a Doombot: When the party wants to pay him back for spying on them for Shinra by gutting him, he points out that they'd be wasting their time.Cait Sith: The only thing inside Mog is fluff and gears.
Mog: Don't forget the guilt. That's internal.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Not only is Mog named in this version, he's also capable of speech. Mostly to make nihilistic quips, though he does converse with his rider every now and then.
- Armor-Piercing Question: The first half of the quote above that stunned Cloud, causing him to simply mutter, "I don't know ".
- Armor-Piercing Response: The second half of the quote above, which caused Cloud to immediately ask Cait Sith to join him.
- He follows this up in episode 24 when Tifa asks him why he's still with the party after having betrayed them, as seen in Precision F-Strike.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Though he nervously questions the group's eagerness to kill Rufus, when asked to offer an alternative, he eagerly suggests they kidnap him, torture him till he gives them what they want, and maybe ransom him.
- Birds of a Feather: Cait Sith says he feels like he's lost control of his life, wants some respect and is working with someone that's mocking them all the time. This gets Cloud to like him and asks him to join their group instantly.
- Blatant Lies: Cait states he's never heard of Sephiroth...right after asking if Cloud meant Sephiroth after Cloud described a guy with a black cape, silver hair and big sword.
- Catch Phrase: "Holy kitty litter!"
- Chekhov's Gun: His walkie-talkie he uses to report back to Shinra. It works both ways, and in Season 4 (after his defection) he uses it to listen in on meetings Rufus has with his board of directors.
- Deadpan Snarker: A lot of his dialogue is often wry.
- Defector from Decadence: It turns out that the reason Cait Sith still wants to help the party after he reveals himself to be a spy is because he's officially had it with Shinra abusing their power and making others suffer and wants to do whatever he can to stop them.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears on Warker in Episode 15, albeit without Mog.
- Easily Forgiven: Double Subverted. After revealing that he was a Shinra spy, and not a fortune teller, he expected the group to forgive him after he reveals the truth. They do not, as even Tifa tells him it doesn't work that way. But by Episode 25, no one seems to harbor any animosity towards him anymore, though that might partly be more due to more pressing matters at the moment. Barrett still gives him shit about it even when he's genuinely tries to help the group.
- The Eeyore: Mog, of the existential variety.
- Establishing Character Moment: Everything you need to know about Mog comes from the first three words he speaks on camera.Mog: Existence is pain.
- Foreshadowing: A lot of his predictions just seem to be parts of Reeve's diary, like Reeve crying about Sector 7's destruction. The one that doesn't hint at this instead foreshadows Aerith's death.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: When choosing his name during introductions, you can briefly see the name Reeve before it's deleted.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Briefly becomes one in episode 24 after he betrays the party by giving the Key Stone to Tseng, while still forcing the others to keep him in the team. Even though he sincerely regrets his actions, the others are understandably angry and distrustful towards him. He makes up with Cloud and Aeris at the end of the episode, when he volunteers to sacrifice himself to get the black materia. Along with the rest of the party by the following episode. However, Forgiven, but Not Forgotten comes into play, as Barret still rubs his spy status in.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Played With. He does sacrifice himself to get the black materia for the others... but since he's only a remote-controlled robot, a Cait Sith 2.0 is quickly sent to replace him afterwards.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: In episode 16, Cait Sith asks what kind of person would work for Shinra and Mog states a sad, pathetic excuse for a man. Considering it's Reeve controlling Cait Sith...
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: Tries to laugh off his blatant walkie-talkie as being his private psychic phoneline.
- Must Make Amends: Episode 24 has him monologue about how he wanted to make the world a better place, but just ended up making it worse, and how he needs to do what he can to save the planet. This is much sadder when you realize that in the expanded universe Reeve was the one who discovered how to refine Mako energy. So despite his good intentions, not only was he responsible for Shinra's rise to power and all pain and suffering that came with that, but he's also indirectly responsible for dooming the planet.
- My Greatest Failure: In episode 23, Cid encourages everyone to close their eyes and imagine the world they want to see as a means of calming everyone down. When asked what he sees when he closes his eyes, the audio of the Sector Seven plate dropping plays, indicating that failing to stop it counts as this for Reeve.
- Named by the Adaptation: Mog is nameless in the original game, with his name being taken from a commonly reoccurring Moogle character in the franchise.
- Negate Your Own Sacrifice: As in the source material, he "sacrifices" himself in episode 24, only for Cait Sith 2 to pop up almost immediately. "Robots, am I right?"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Cait Sith is voiced by Lanipator impersonating Ed Wynn.
- No Pronunciation Guide: He normally pronounces his name as it's spelled, just like it's done in Dirge of Cerberus.
- Not So Stoic: Usually speaking monotone, Mog has notably raised his voice three times. In episode 30, he excitedly responds to the idea of Cid opening a window in the submarine while underwater in case Red farts. Then, during the fight against Hojo in episode 31, even he reacts with disgusted horror at Hojo mutating himself, and then is as in as much awe as its rider and Cloud when Vincent transforms into Chaos.
- Only Sane Man: Cait Sith notes that it makes no sense for Dyne to be killing random innocents instead of Shinra and is concerned he seems to be the only one who thinks that's strange. Fits right in with Reeve being Shinra's own Only Sane Man.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He is spectacularly bad at hiding the fact he's Reeve, and a spy.
- Precision F-Strike: Joins Dyne, Tifa and Cid on the list of characters who get an uncensored F-bomb.Cait: Do not call [Shinra] my friends!
Tifa: Then why, Cait?! Why is your greedy, corporate, fat-cat ass even here?!
Cait: BECAUSE I FUCKING HATE MY JOB!!!
- Redemption Equals Death: After he finally joins the heroes for real he willingly sacrifices himself so Cloud and Aerith could get the Meteor Materia, parting after a heartfelt speech and hoping that his actions here could redeem him even just a bit...And then Mog 2.0 pops out at the end of the episode. He is just controlling a robot after all.
- Regretful Traitor: He honestly wants to make up for deceiving the party and giving the keystone to the Turks, and doesn't want to resort to blackmail to stay on the team.
- Rhymes on a Dime: He lets out some pretty impressive wordplay during his fortune-telling.Cait Sith: Hold on to your britches, will this couple gain riches?
Cait Sith: Bachelorhood buried, let's see if they get married!
Cait Sith: Attention audience members, will this girlie be remembered?
Cait Sith: With all they endeavor, will [Aerith and Cloud] last forever?
Cait Sith: Uh Yadda yadda yadda, sloth, where's Sephiroth?
- Even when asked a question he doesn't exactly want to answer, he gives... a percentage of an effort.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Aerith is predictably taken with him and Mog.
- Sad Clown: Invoked. Cait believes that sometimes you have to laugh when faced with death. (And in Mog's case, cry at life.)
- Significant Double Casting: Lanipator voices both Cait Sith and Reeve. This is likely intentional as the two are actually the same person.
- Straw Nihilist: Mog seems to hate the world, constantly talking about how death would free him from pain and that life is meaningless. Considering that Mog is Cait Sith's internalized feelings, it really says a lot about what goes on inside of his head.
- Take This Job and Shove It: When Cloud offers Cait Sith to join them, this is his reaction for his fortune telling job. While Cait Sith never had such a job in the first place, it's implied that Reeve wishes to do this to Shinra. He pretty much acts on this in episode 24, staying with the group even after his cover is blown because he hates working for Shinra. Surprisingly, Tseng doesn't blame him for it.
Vincent Valentine, a.k.a. "Alucard"
- "Welcome to my home! You're the first real company I've had since all me spider friends crawled into me flesh and laid eggs."
A former Turk turned immortal shapeshifter by Hojo's experiments. He is awakened from his slumber beneath Nibelheim by the party and joins them for a chance to get revenge against Hojo.
- Adaptational Badass: Chaos was only accessible from Vincent visiting Lucrecia in her cave in a sidequest, and awakened via input from hernote . Here, he simply does out of his own sheer hatred of Hojo.
- Adaptational Ugliness: In a sharp contrast to his Tall, Dark, and Handsome canon self, this Vincent is drawn with a sickly pale, sunken face and a large hooked nose. To say nothing of the grosser parts of his character.
- Affably Evil: He's a frighteningly creepy Shapeshifter with plans to murder Hojo in the absolute worst way possible, but comes off as pretty amiable guy.
- Alliterative Name: Vincent Valentine.
- Bait-and-Switch: Trailers made it seem like Takahata would be voicing him as an Alucard Expy, matching up with some fan theories on how he would be adapted. Instead he's voiced by Faulerro sounding like he's doing an impression of Richmond.
- Body Horror: He makes multiple references to the spiders living in his flesh.
- Captain Obvious: When everyone threatens to kill Cait Sith should he betray their trust again.Vincent: I think they hate you
- Creepy Good: He thinks of nothing but killing Hojo and has spiders sleeping in his skin, but he's rather friendly (albeit in a lackadaisical way).
- Creepy Monotone: Excluding when he speaks Hojo's name, Vincent can't ever seem to change his tone, whether to express his own anger at Cait Sith's betrayal or his Big "NO!" when trying to stop the brainwashed Cloud from killing Aerith at the Ancient altar. Until episode 31
- Dissonant Serenity: He retains his casual, lackadaisical tone when talking about the vicious tortures he intends to inflict upon Hojo.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Possibly. In Episode 11, a creepy moaning is heard from his room when Cloud is running by and screaming for Sephiroth during the flashback.
- Everyone Has Standards: He may be a walking spiders' nest of a corpse that creeps everybody out, but even he is absolutely disgusted at Hojo mutating himself with Jenova cells into an even worse sin against nature.
- Expy: For approximately his first ten seconds of screentime, he's clearly meant to be taken as one for Alucard from Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. Once he gets over his cough, however, he transforms into Richmond.
- Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: He's still got the crimson overcoat and clawed metal gauntlet of his game counterpart, but he's a thoroughly chill and easygoing bloke who's friendly to basically everyone, except for Hojo.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Probably the most straight example in the series. No one in the party seems to be very fond of him due to his nightmarish characteristics, although they usually simply ignore him instead of being aggressive towards him. However, Red XIII and Yuffie appear to be exceptions.
- Goth: He's a "pale motherf*cker", seems far happier about being infested by spider eggs than he should, and his mode of speech is very much like Richmond from The IT Crowd.
- Horrifying Hero: In his first fight, he turns into a Werewolf and eats the Materia Keeper alive. He's still on the heroes' side though.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Episode 23 implies Vincent has eaten people before, since when he asked Cloud if he knows what humans taste like, Vincent answered his own question with "Chewy."
- Mr. Exposition: He tells the party all about how he was Gast, Hojo, and Lucrecia's bodyguard, that Lucrecia is Sephiroth's biological mother, and that Sephiroth was injected with Jenova cells while in the womb.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His homages to horror films are even more apparent here, with him casually talking about his desire to murder Hojo, the sounds of screaming and stabbing with dripping blood when he's being named, and having spiders he refers to as his friends living within his skin.
- Not So Stoic: He drops the Creepy Monotone for a much more menacing voice when he sees his opportunity to finally murder Hojo.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Vincent says he's not a vampire, but shares so many traits with common depictions (including sleeping in a coffin, wearing a red cape, and having a gun) that Yuffie and Aerith keep calling him one. Also he has spiders living under his skin that he's not too bothered about.
- Out of Focus: While the rest of the party have all played notable roles in the story, and at least one episode focusing on them, Vincent's only notable contribution to the story so far was giving some information about the Jenova project in his debut, and after that, is only brought attention to for jokes that rarely last for longer than a minute. He finally gets the spotlight in Episode 31, though he still shares it with Cait Sith, when they confront Hojo.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He makes no secret that he plans to make Hojo suffer. Horribly. However, since Hojo is basically the worst human being that has ever existed...
- When the time comes to finally kill Hojo, however, all he does as Chaos is anticlimactically end the man's life in one strike. Then again, Hojo had just turned itself into a disgusting abomination that awfully disgusted even him...
- Sleepy Head: Slept in a dungeon for thirty years and naps during battles. He even sleeps in the Haunted House at Gold Saucer, scaring the crap out of some park visitors when he wakes up.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: He tends to use "me" where "my" would be more syntactically correct.Vincent: You're the first company I've had since all me spider friends crawled into me skin and laid eggs!
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Played for Laughs: Yuffie sees him as a Mr. Fanservice, despite him being a rather creepy guy with spiders living in his skin.Yuffie: (dreamy sigh) He's filled with so much brooding mystery...
Aerith: And spiders!
- Verbal Tic: By virtue of his hatred for the man, he literally always pronounces a certain doctor's name as "HOOOOOOJOOOOOOO...". Once he kills Hojo in ep. 31, he drops the menancing tone and pronounces his name normally.
- The Worm That Walks: Sort of: while not actually made of spiders, he constantly brings up that his spider friends have been laying eggs and living in his skin for 30 years.Vincent: (referring to three spiders currently sitting on Barret's face) They came out of me eye socket!
- You Need a Breath Mint: Sleeping for thirty years results in one hell of a case of morning breath, inexplicably making him sound like a certain other gunslinging vampire in red.
- "There's gonna be people in your life that'll tell you that your dreams are unattainable. That you should just wear a tie, sit your ass behind a desk, and tell the world "I give up." But you don't give up. You get out of your seat, burn that tie, walk up to those people who told you your dream's dead... And you tell them to F*CK OFF."
An expert pilot and mechanic from Rocket Town who used to work for Shinra's Space Program in the hopes of being the first man to go to space. After Rufus refuses to revive the Space Program, he joins the party on their hunt for Sephiroth since he's got nothing better to do.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: His behaviour towards Shera might still be pretty abusive, but at least here it's a front for their BDSM relationship, having already resolved his issues with her long ago. It's to the point where he's willing to make innuendos about her, showing he certainly appreciates having her around. He's also less abrasive towards the other members of the team, and quick to give them Rousing Speeches to lift their spirit.
- Aggressive Submissive: He's verbally abusive to Shera, but she's actually a dominatrix who pays him back with interest during their private time.
- Ambiguously Bi: He confirms Zangan (Tifa's old fighting teacher) was his former dom. This doesn't necessarily mean their relationship was sexual, except Zangan used to make frequent references to going shoulder deep.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: His relationship with Shera looks gruff on the surface, but as evidenced by him calling her a "beautiful science bitch" during their BDSM sessions he really does love her.
- Unlike in canon, her helping save Cid from the exploded oxygen tank isn't treated as a change of heart for Cid. He just ends up appreciating her even more for her resolve to do what she can to foil Shinra's plan, implying that their issues with each other had already been resolved via their kinky arrangement long before the series started.
- The Chains of Commanding: Somewhat parodied, since, unlike in the game, he forcibly takes command of the remaining party rather than Barret promoting himnote , but the misadventures of the Corel mission make him quickly regret the decision. Oddly enough, instead of foisting the role back to Barret, he confides to Tifa about the strain of leadership.
- Cool Big Bro: Cloud certainly seems to view him as one, much like how Yuffie views Tifa. He's in constant awe of Cid's attitude and advice that he demands that he become a part of their crew simply on account of how cool he is.
- Cool Uncle: Lampshaded by Yuffie, who refers to him as "the uncle people are nervous about inviting over for the holidays".
- Cool Old Guy: Downplayed. Cid is only 32, but shows all the traits of this trope, and is bursting at the seams with crass language, gruff attitude, and overall awesomeness. He's also got plenty of stories up his sleeve.
- Determinator: Just take a look at his quote above. If he says he's going to space one day, then he's going to space, goddammit.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His first line is at the end of Episode 20, before he makes an onscreen appearance.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Cid doesn't believe in gods, even though he lives in a world where magic blatantly exists. He even calls them "imaginary friends" to rile up Barret.
- Friend or Idol Decision: In the past, he had to make the call to save Shera or go into space like he always dreamed. Mission Control only gave him ten seconds to wrestle with the issue before choosing Shera.
- Hope Bringer: He gives astoundingly effective Rousing Speeches on dreams that can pick damn near anyone up, and giving one to Cloud is the reason he's on the team in the first place. Given what's coming they're going to need him.
- Hot-Blooded: Much like his gamer counterpart, Cid is driven, passionate, and has one hell of a mouth.
- Incoming Ham: "Shera! Make some goddamn tea! I'M GOING TO SPAAAAACE!!!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Cait Sith describes him as "The foul mouthed pilot with a heart of gold". He most definitely fits the foul mouthed description, and he willingly cancels his dream to prevent Shera from getting killed.
- Being the Aggressive Submissive to Shera in their BDSM sessions somehow manages to show this side of himself better if one thinks about it: it allows him a means to control himself to avoid being actually abusive to her as he is in canon, as well as a fairer way to vent out his resentment for ruining his dream.
- He is noticeably nicer to Cloud when they first met. Where Cloud was shoved into The Friend Nobody Likes especially by Barret, the first thing he does is telling him if he has a dream, then he should accomplish them. This gains Cloud's approval of him while Tifa wasn't as receptive.
- Large Ham: From minute one!
- Legacy Character: Him being one for the franchise gets Lampshaded as a Running Gag, with all other Cids as his ancestors regaled through stories.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Since he's the last member to join the party, he's missed everything about Sephiroth, Jenova, Hojo, Reunion, and the Nibelheim Incident.Cid: Hey y'all? So I know I'm the new guy here, but I think I speak for everyone when I say I don't know what the f*** is going on.
- Meaningful Echo: He makes a Rousing Speech to Cloud about the world wanting to end your dream and put you in a desk job with a tie, only for you to tell them to "F*** off". When Rufus offers him exactly that, Cid responds accordingly.Cid: Well, with all due respect, Mr. Shinra you can just f*** off.
Cloud: So cool!!!
- The Nicknamer: Calls Tifa "Fists".
- Only Sane Man: Foul mouth aside, he's probably the most level-headed of the team.
- Precision F-Strike: Due to the below trope, this would have no effect. However, one of his (many) F-bombs gets uncensored in episode 24 when he's trashing Cait Sithnote .Cid: I bet the fucker called up the Turks to say we were coming so they could ambush us!
- Rousing Speech: He makes these quite alot. In fact, Cloud wants him to join their team after he gives a big one about following ones dream no matter how much everyone might oppose it.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Even moreso than he does in canon. He drops a lot of F-bombs in his onscreen debut.
- Shout-Out: His very first line is a reference to his infamous "Goddamn Tea!" line.
- Smoking Is Cool: Cid loves his smokes and is seen as the greatest man. By Cloud.
- The Smoking Section: Smokes so many cigars he fills up a giant space rocket with second-hand smoke all by himself. His naming screen is even covered in smoke!Cloud: All that smoke is coming from one guy? How's that even possible?
Villager: Son, we're a town full of rocket scientists and even we don't know.
- Take This Job and Shove It: Happily goes along with Shinra's plans if it means he gets to go to space, until Rufus says he's shutting down Cid's space program and relegating him to a desk job.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: During his reunion with Rufus.Rufus: Cid, ol' boy! How's the unemployment line?Cid: Not as long as the shadow of your daddy you've been standing under. [Beat] Ya' bitch.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Shera's tea. Sorry, Shera's GODDAMN TEA!
- Tranquil Fury: When Rufus informs him of shutting down the space division, effectively taking away any chance he has of going to space, Cid is beyond furious, but doesn't raise his voice like he normally does.
- "Good to see you, Cloud."
A legendary member of SOLDIER and the Big Bad of the series. Even amongst the SOLDIER elite, Sephiroth was considered a Living Legend. But when he learned he owed his existence to Shinra's Jenova Project, Sephiroth became convinced that Jenova is his mother and that they are both Cetra like Aerith, developing a genocidal hatred of humanity. He disappeared after Cloud apparently stopped him five years prior to the beginning of the series, but Cloud has no memory of how he did it.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Sephiroth admits to Cloud that he does like the idea of a Pre-Mortem One-Liner ("Sorry to cut this meeting short!). He even uses the line verbatim when Tifa tries to get revenge on him.
- Adaptational Badass: The UI gives him 9999 HP and MP during Cloud's retelling of the Nibelheim incident, which is impossible in-game.
- Adaptational Jerkass: The original Sephiroth killed nearly everyone in Nibelheim out of revenge. Abridged Sephiroth not only did that, but even murdered Cloud's mother just because of Cloud's annoying fanboy attitude. That sounds quite petty, even for a guy like Sephiroth.
- Upon murdering Aerith, rather than brushing off Cloud's ability to be emotional like in the original, here, he takes the opposite and more sadistic option and openly taunts Cloud on the latter feeling the pain of both her death and Cloud being unable to keep his promise to her.
- Bait the Dog: He ends up pulling an extended version of this throughout Episode 11, assuming that Cloud's memories are accurate enough. He tolerated Cloud's fanboying over him, allowed himself to share a photo with him, and even praised one of his lame one-liners before using it on Tifa. And then he told Cloud right to his face that he killed his mother.
- BFS: His giant Katana, Masamune. Apparently the wounds it makes can be mistaken for ones inflicted by Cloud's own buster sword.
- Big Bad: Takes the reigns from President Shinra by killing him, leading to Cloud getting framed for it.
- Bishōnen: He's Sephiroth. Of course he is.
- Bloody Hilarious: The only joke that Sephiroth makes during his debut in Season 1 is to tell the locked-up Cloud and company to "follow the blood"... which turns out to be the massive blood trails he made while going on a killing spree inside of Shinra Inc.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Subverted. His response to Cloud telling him he killed everyone in Nibelheim is to say, "I think I'd remember something like that." It's because it's not the real Sephiroth, but a fragment of Jenova taking his appearance they're talking to.
- The Comically Serious: Cloud's Whole Episode Flashback in the Season 2 premiere shows Sephiroth was like this before he went insane, displaying almost zero humor, and speaking in an exasperated monotonal voice (even when falling down a cliff). Most of the humor comes from his exasperated reactions to Cloud's excessive fanboying and admitting he found Cloud's idea of a Pre-Mortem One-Liner ("Sorry to cut this meeting short") to be pretty good.
- A very, VERY minor example happens in the story's Darkest Hour of all places, when he allows Tifa to try to cite all her memories with Cloud in an attempt to make the latter doubt them...only to find himself in a front-row seat to the Long List of their Hilariously Abusive Childhood moments together, and the way he says this implies a bit of regret towards this manner of making them despair.Sephiroth (annoyed): This is gonna take a while.
- A very, VERY minor example happens in the story's Darkest Hour of all places, when he allows Tifa to try to cite all her memories with Cloud in an attempt to make the latter doubt them...only to find himself in a front-row seat to the Long List of their Hilariously Abusive Childhood moments together, and the way he says this implies a bit of regret towards this manner of making them despair.
- Creepy Monotone: He never raises his voice beyond a quiet, detached whisper, sounding for all the world like George Newbern's Sephiroth. The only time he raises it is when he howls Cloud's name in a bloodthirsty rage at the end of Episode 11.
- Disproportionate Retribution: During his psychotic break in Nibelheim, he goes out of his way to kill Cloud's mother in order to punish Cloud for his irritating Hero Worship.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Seph-dog", courtesy of Cloud/ Zack.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Played With. He's largely simply obsessed with his own lack of a mother figure then Jenova herself. And even then, once "Reuniting" with her he takes control of her as in the original game.
- Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Rufus calls his Masamune a katana even though it's clearly a nodachi.
- Eviler Than Thou: Pulled this on Shinra with his killing spree on their headquarters, even killing their president. Later proved this again when he called Meteor, to the point where Shinra's switches priorities to trying to stop him..
- Face Framed in Shadow: His first thumbnail picture has him covered in shadow.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: His backstory is played sympathetically... at first. As Tifa put it:Tifa: "Oh what's the matter, separated from your parents? CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT THAT'S LIKE!"
- Godhood Seeker: Just like his original plan from the game, Sephiroth fully believes he'll become a god by severely damaging the planet with Meteor and absorbing the resulting Lifestream energy into himself that would come to try to heal such damage.
- Hate Sink: After his descent into villainy, there is nothing redeemable about him. He is a constant Jerkass towards Cloud rubbing in his face how he killed Cloud's mother and mocks him for being able to protect Aerith.
- Hero Killer: Just like in the original, he kills Aerith.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike the hilariously inept and evil Shinra executives, nothing about him or what he does is played for comedy (save for one Black Comedy moment), and he's had a more-or-less direct hand in making Cloud and Tifa into the damaged, broken people they are at the beginning of the show which involved killing Cloud and Tifa's parents. When he murders Aerith, it is played completely straight and devoid of any humor.
- A small snippet of "One-Winged Angel" (specifically, where his name is chanted) plays when Tifa points out the sword used to kill President Shinra was his. It also plays when he shows up on the boat to Costa del Sol.
- While not as famous as his boss fight theme "One-Winged Angel", Sephiroth's actual leitmotif from the original game, "Those Chosen by the Planet", is also used in moments with him, most notably in Cloud's Whole Episode Flashback.
- Mommy Issues: Actually presented in a much different way than most fanworks. Sephiroth doesn't seem to have an obsession with Jenova so much as with the idea of his lack of a mother figure in general. He muses that the dragon he killed on the way to Nibelheim was likely a mother and he's left orphans who will die soon, openly talks about his desire to have someone who was there for him and never did, and murders Cloud's mother out of malice and spite as opposed to her being collateral in canon, leaving Cloud motherless just like he is.
- Mythology Gag: His first line is a nod to his greeting of Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He does not care for President Shinra's metaphors, stabbing him in the back while Shinra was in the middle of one. Also, he brushes off Cloud's hero worship, is immune to Tifa's threats, and in general makes things much more tense any time he's on-screen.
- Not So Above It All: Even he gets irritated by Tifa's Overly Long Gag of stupid stuff she made Cloud do when they were kids."This is gonna take a while..."
- Not So Stoic: On a more serious note, he is especially livid at the Shinra MP that surprise-attacked him and chased him to finish him off. If it wasn't clear by now, that MP was Cloud...
- "Who... the hell... do you think you are...?!"
- Immediately after, he's clearly shocked at that MP's inexplicably superhuman ability to reverse his strength on him to lift then throw him into the Mako pit below, Sephiroth screaming in fear as he falls to his apparent death.
- Perpetual Frowner: A given with the current one, but when he shows Cloud the real photo taken 5 years ago, he describes himself as "looking happy"...while having a completely deadpan face. Given that he's showing the Awful Truth, albeit an incomplete one, he's being sincere about it.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Abridged!Sephiroth is the first villain portrayed by Team Four Star that's taken dead seriously. There's never a point he utters something funny, and the jokes stop dead any time he makes an appearance.
- Well, there are a few jokes, but they're incredibly rare and all focus on him as The Comically Serious. Example: His hilariously monotone scream as he falls off a bridge.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Big time. Episode 11 shows his change from a man sorrowful over the possibility that the dragon he killed was just a mother looking for food for her children, meaning her children wouldn't survive the winter, to a guy that killed an innocent woman merely out of spite towards the woman's son.
- Unknown Rival: When Cloud declares that he's stronger and not just a SOLDIER, but The SOLDIER, he responds with "I have no idea who you are". The original Sephiroth only got to know Cloud's name right before he was chucked into the Lifestream, so either he lied, paid it little mind, or that Sephiroth was a JENOVA copy.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In an abridged series full of goofy, almost cartoonish villains, Sephiroth stands out by being just as awful if not moreso than his canon counterpart. After all, Sephiroth in canon didn't single out Cloud's mother and murder her to make Cloud "just like him".
- Villainous Rescue: When the situation looks the most dire for Cloud, Sephiroth breaks him out and murders President Shinra. Of course it leads Cloud Out of the Frying Pan and into the fire.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Cloud spends the entirety of the mission in Nibelheim fanboying over him, at the expense of ignoring Sephiroth's overtly-stated desire to have a family.
- You Killed My Father: Tifa lost her father to Sephiroth. This is elaborated on in Cloud's Whole Episode Flashback in episode 11, where Cloud also remembers Sephiroth revealing that he killed Cloud's mother too.
The Shinra Electric Power Company is the corporation that rules Midgar. Unfortunately, they're run by a bunch of morons.
- Adaptational Villainy: Shinra was evil in the original, but aside from Rufus and Reeve, the company's top executives are motivated by evil for its own sake rather than for any practical purpose.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Most of the brass with the exception of Reeve and Rufus are cartoonishy evil to the extreme. To the point when Rufus declares that Shinra is going to save the world from Meteor, most of them are legitimately surprised and confused.
- Evil, Inc.: Worse than in the games since the executives largely don't even care about money, and are only interested in evil for its own sake.
- Mega-Corp: Having a monopoly on Mako energy, Shinra is the defacto world government, complete with it's own heavily armed security force. They're also shown to own the news networks and the setting's equivalent of the Internet.
- Incompetence, Inc.: Just look at the idiots they have running the place!
- Episode 28 reveals that due to Shinra's insane spending habits they are 36 trillion gil in debt.
- Laughably Evil: With the exception of Reeve (who is barely evil) and Rufus (who despite moments of comedy, takes things seriously), just about everyone who works for them is either hilariously inept, hilariously grandiose, or both.
- Stupid Evil: The majority of the executives' questionable actions serve no real purpose and/or are massively hurting both the company's bottom line and image. They keep doing it because there's no one to oppose them. By Episode 31's end, Reeve and Rufus are the only ones to not be confirmed dead.
- "I am willing to utterly and completely destroy our enemies, no matter how many 'omelets' need to be made."
The President of Shinra Inc., which is named after him. A unscrupulous man with almost no morals who is not above using crimes and violence to reach his goals.
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: None of his dialogue is properly accented, with weird pauses and rhythm.
- Arc Villain: For Season 1 until Sephiroth claims the Big Bad spot by killing him.
- Asshole Victim: Given that destroyed Sector 7 just to kill a handful of people, and has no care for Stupid Evil in his company, no tears were shed when it's learned he was killed by Sephiroth.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Being the head of Shinra initially makes him out to be the Big Bad, and everyone else sees as such. But then Sephiroth shows up and kills before the end of the first season.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: President Shinra doesn't seem to remember (or care to remember) that Cloud was in SOLDIER. That's because Cloud never was.
- Cold Ham: While his tone is quite subdued, he tends to be rather grandiose in how he carries himself. His rebuttal monologue to Reeve about his concerns with dropping Sector 7 on AVALANCHE's home base stands out as an example of this. It comes off as a Badass Boast as to why he's not worried with the bad press it will bring, even though he never raises his voice.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Gleefully notes that the population depends on Shinra's energy provisions, meaning they can't do a thing about the horrible stuff the corporation does.
- Corrupt Hick: His mannerisms and style of speaking tend to give this impression.
- Death by Irony: Sort of; he told Barret that the next time they see each other one of them will be dead. Clearly, he didn't mean the dead one to be President Shinra himself.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is surprisingly patient with his cousin, Palmer, gave his niece a job as a receptionist, and even referred to his son as his "special boy". For what its worth, he does seem to genuinely care about his family.
- Everyone Has Standards: He mocks Reeve for his grievances on where Shinra's budget is going, but Palmer's Insane Troll Logic on where his money wentnote has President Shinra conclude that yes, Reeve's problem with him is legitimate.
- False Reassurance: He tells Reeve that their customers are more than welcome to give their business to other energy companies if they dislike their plan to crush an entire section of the city with another section of the city just to kill five people... before smugly reminding him that they're a monopolistic mega-corporation that doesn't have to give a damn about PR since they crushed every other energy company "under [their] chocobo skin shoes".
- Faux Affably Evil: Every word out of his mouth is said in a calm, polite tone. This includes when he's about to sick a giant robot on Cloud and company or drop an entire section of the city on another section, in metaphor no less.
- Insane Troll Logic: His initial attempt to brush off Reeve's concerns about the plan to collapse the Sector 7 plate, saying "we live in a world of, absolutes." This only prompts Reeve to point that yes, as in the plan is absolutely terrible.
- Knight of Cerebus: While Laughably Evil, his appearance marks the first significant moments in the series that are not played for comedy.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: According to the only major eyewitness, he died halfway through one of his famous elaborate bits of figurative language.
- Metaphorgotten: He tends to get stuck on them pretty easily. All of his dialogue in his introduction is one long metaphor comparing AVALANCHE to rats, and he later is very fond of Reeve's aborted omelette metaphor. He dies doing what he loves: making an elaborate quasi-sensical metaphor.
- Nepotism: He's a practitioner with varying levels of success, having given the position of Vice President to his son (who, to be fair is competent, if treacherous), the Space Program to his cousin (who is literally burning money) and a receptionist job to his niece (who lets AVALANCHE storm the place and Sephiroth go on a killing spree).
- Oh Wait!: When he "remembers" that his customers can't do anything in the face of his company's actions.
- Starter Villain: He's the Big Bad up until Sephiroth puts a sword in his back.
- The Unfettered: He initially brushes off any kind of logical reasoning by Reeve against dropping part Sector 7's plate on the lower half by stating he will do anything it takes to destroy Shinra's enemies and doesn't care what measures he has to take to do it. Since Shinra is the only supplier of energy, he feels he can do whatever it can without any consequences.
Rufus (Ain't-Nepotism-a-Bitch) Shinra
- "I'm no son of a bitch, I'm the heir to a bastard."
The son of President Shinra, who is promoted from vice-president to president of Shinra Inc. after the death of his father. Far from being shaken up about it, Rufus relishes his new position, and is all too happy to frame AVALANCHE for his father's murder while letting Sephiroth get away scot free.
- Ambiguously Gay: Or at least an Ambiguous Crossdresser. He makes one heck of a Double Entendre before his fight with Cloud and agrees with him that Giuseppe's dresses are more comfortable than his suits.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Rufus hates his father which is made obvious when he first appears, celebrating becoming Shinra's president because of his father's murder. Episode 26 has Rufus obsessed with showing up his late father with Cid even mocking that Rufus is living under his father's shadow.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Manages to wound Cloud several times in their fight while wearing a Giuseppe brand suit. He doesn't appreciate Cloud scuffing it, either.
- Badass Longcoat: To go along with his suit he wears a long white coat to compliment it.
- Deep South: His accent, much like his father's.
- Fingerless Gloves: Opts to wear fingerless ones instead of full ones, contrasting with his suit.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Claims that he wouldn't judge Cloud because he wore a dress once.
- He is far less pleased with Heidegger's thirst for overkill than his father, both past (the destruction of Sector 7) and future (obliterating the western continent to kill Sephiroth).
- He allowed his men to bring back one souvenir from Costa-del-Sol. "But, no, women do not count, you pigs."
- Exact Words: His Press Statement.Rufus: I loved my father as much as he loved this city and its inhabitants.note
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very and genuinely civil to AVALANCHE, and his fight with Cloud is quite civilized while they're not attacking each other. He also proposes to frame AVALANCHE for killing his father at the same time. Later, he greets Cid with open arms and a warm greeting while telling that he's liquidating the Space Program for good (and throwing his dream under the bus in the process) and that he's giving him a nice comfy desk job.
- Heel Realization: Surprisingly, for a character that has largely been Faux Affably Evil since his debut, Rufus actually undergoes this after the incident at Junon. After nearly losing his life, he comes to realize that his original goal of finding the Promised Land to spite his father was selfish and vows to use Shinra's resources to save the planet by trying to stop meteor.
- What is particularly interesting is that this sort of heel realization is actually in-line with Rufus trying to atone for his mistakes in canon after he nearly lost his life against Diamond Weapon. However, in this particular case, it happens much earlier in the story as a result of Sapphire Weapon being more of a threat to him due to Heidegger's incompetence.
- Like Father, Like Son: He seems to take after his father in terms of personality and job position. As it turns out, he also shares his father's penchant for metaphors, or at least enough that he could finish his father's last metaphor when Sephiroth killed him.
- Nepotism: He's both President Shinra's son and vice president. Barret doesn't call him Rufus "Ain't-Nepotism-a-Bitch" Shinra for nothing.
- Not So Above It All: Although Rufus comes across as one of the few Only Sane Man's that work for Shinra Inc, it seems that even he is prone to having some... questionable judgment at times. Like how Heidegger mentions that Sephiroth's coffee preferences remain unknown, Rufus reacts with horror. Or how he decides to invite a disguised Cloud on board his ship to, unbeknownst to him, assassinate him, allows Cloud to bring along any of his friends, and even is willing to lend them some uniforms so they don't stand out. And when Heidegger of all people asks if that's really a good idea, he reassures him that nothing could possibly go wrong. While he does get angry that Heidegger decided to "Live Wark" Cloud and Co.'s battle on the ship rather than trying to capture them or their allies, he still doesn't make the connection that Cloud is Thunderhead and that the intruders got on board because he gave Cloud a bunch of uniforms and permission to bring his friends aboard.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When compared to his father in particular and his company in general, Rufus is practically the Only Sane Man. He explicitly tells Heidegger off for his penchant for overkill.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Fights with a double-barreled shotgun during his fight with Cloud.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: As stated above he uses a double-barreled shotgun to fend off Cloud in their fight, and manages to get a couple of good shots on him too.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He fully acknowledges that his company is run by morons, particularly regarding his Uncle Palmer's Space Program.Cloud: Your family's weird.
Rufus: You have no idea.
- Uncertain Doom: His death during the Diamond Weapon attack is played straight, but his survival in the original game's sequels throws whether he actually died into question.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a brief one in Episode 27 when the cannon initially does not fire on the Sapphire Weapon, the first time he ever loses his cool.
- Villains Want Mercy: In Episode 27, when his initial attempts to blow up the Sapphire Weapon fail due to Heidegger's incompetence, Rufus loses his composure and starts audibly panicking, culminating him whining afraid about how he doesn't want to die to a failure like his father. Right as he says that, the cannon fires killing the Weapon and completely eliminating the threat.
- Who's Laughing Now?: Episode 26 has him reveling in the fact that he, and not his father, found the Promised Land.
- "As the head of Urban Development, this is the most counterproductive situation imaginable!"
The Executive Chief Director of the Urban Development Department, and the only high-ranked member of Shinra Inc. with notable morals and common sense.
- Affluent Ascetic: Despite being the lowest on the totem pole among the execs, he's STILL an executive, and likely is still richer than most Midgardians, and yet he still takes the bus to work and eats at a food stand like a regular worker. It speaks a lot about his stronger connection to the people than his fellows.
- Anti-Villain: He technically works for an evil company, but is also the only executive with morals. He's simply powerless to do anything to stop the others. So far, the most villainous thing he did was giving intel to the TURKs to allow them to find the team in Gongana.
- Adaptational Heroism: Not by much, but via Cait Sith, he genuinely throws his lot with AVALANCHE by episode 24, when in canon he only started doing that after the events of the Northern Crater. In fact, his lines during his betrayal gave off much less of a blackmailing tone in this version, and in his monologue, it turns out he already experienced the rude awakening long before his canon counterpart did, possibly as late as the Sector 7 plate incident. In general, he trusts AVALANCHE from the get-go.
- Butt-Monkey: Completely disrespected by his peers and Scarlet had sex with him specifically to get more fuel to insult him with.
- Establishing Character Moment: His protests to Shinra that his plan to eradicate AVALANCHE is the dumbest plan he's ever heard of.
- Evil Counterpart: Not exactly "evil", but he is one for Cloud. Both often act as the moral voice of reason in their respective groups, and are the subjects of ridicule among their peers. Also, his relationship with Scarlet clearly reflects Cloud's own relationship with Tifa. The two hit it off spectacularly when they first meet while Reeve is Cait Sith.
- The Heart: Being the only executive chief director with any morals and commons sense, he's this by default among the other directors... not that they ever actually listen to him.
- Ignored Expert: Repeatedly points out how Shinra's spending habbits are financially bad ideas, but nobody listens.
- Men Don't Cry: Averted. Reeve isn't afraid to admit that he cried when Shinra killed everyone in Sector 7. The others laugh at him for it.Scarlet: THAT'S RIGHT! I HAD SEX WITH REEVE!
Heidegger: Did he cry during that too?
- No, You: When Heidegger told him that he missed the meeting on what to do with AVALANCHE:Heidegger: Oh, I'm sorry, Reeve, but we were just being men of action, while you were busy making that bonsai tree in your office your wife.
Reeve: I'll make YOU my wife, you son of a—
- One-Person Birthday Party: Episode 16 reveals that he has a recipe for a one person birthday cake.
- Only Sane Man: Much like Cloud, Reeve sees a bit of a flaw in his leader's well-intended attack. He correctly deduces that it's some random idea Heidigger spit-balled before no one called him out on it. Later, he spends an entire meeting calling out all of his fellow board members' insane business decisions and personality deficiencies and how they're costing the company billions.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Played with. He does have moral objections with the company's actions, but no one in his line of work cares about morality. So he spends his time trying to appeal to their business sense... which also doesn't work out for him.
- Punch-Clock Villain: "I stood and cried as I saw thousands of innocent lives perish. Why must I work in such an evil empire when my heart beats for justice?"note
- Shaped Like Itself: He struggles to find something insane enough to compare his bosses' city-smashing plan to and ends up going with this trope:Reeve: Okay, okay, I'll use a metaphor. It's like you're trying to make an omelette...BY DROPPING AN ENTIRE SECTION OF THE CITY ON TOP OF ANOTHER SECTION OF THE CITY!!!
- Sole Survivor: With Rufus's survival put into question, Reeve is the only surviving Shinra executive
- Surrounded by Idiots: Nobody respects him, and his coworkers are either idiots, sociopaths, or both.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: He gets control of the Space Program budget after Shinra realizes how Palmer's been wasting money.
- A much bigger one during the Raid on Midgar: Despite being restrained by security, via Cait Sith, he's able to hack into the Shinra Net and call out to the citizens (mostly of the slums) to revolt against Shinra. While it fails to empower his attack on the Proud Clod, it's implied that he was able to successfully instigate an uprising that destroyed Shinra's powerbase now that every other exec is dead.
- Token Good Teammate: While Shinra and all those associated with him are pretty evil, Reeve takes the time to call out his superior for such a devastating plan.
- "Now why would they challenge such a practical plan, Reeve?"
The Executive Chief Director of the Public Security Department and Head of Social Media who seems to think that violence is the best solution for anything.
- Ax-Crazy: According to Reeve, this comes out when his attempts to bribe people are unsuccessful.
- After Rufus reprimands him for failing to apprehend AVALANCHE Heidegger is seen assaulting a random passerby to take out his frustrations.
- Beard of Evil: Sports a large black beard and is one of the nastier members of Shinra.
- The Dragon: To President Shinra, although he loses the position under Rufus. He effectively becomes Scarlet's later in the story, which ends very badly for both of them.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Despite his outright insane problem solving tactics, episode 14 shows he doesn't think it's a good idea to invite people he and Rufus have never met onto their boat, especially since Rufus also plans on giving said group spare military and naval uniforms so they can blend in with the crowd. That said, he loses any points when Rufus discovers that Heidegger found out about Cloud and company when they were fighting in the hold, but instead of trying to capture them he makes several posts about it to social media.
- Evil Counterpart: Barret's. Both are large, aggressive men (with beards) who serve as the muscle for their respective groups, have very short tempers, and tend to resort to violence as a first solution. But while Barret has good reason to be like that, Heidegger is just a thug with enough money and political power to get away with his crimes.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies with Scarlet after he activates the Proud Clod's self-destruct.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He is the one who suggested dropping the section of the city just to get AVALANCHE. It's later revealed that when Shinra's usual plan to bribe witnesses, judges, and police officers to overlook their crimes doesn't work, Heidegger's response is to assault the person who refused, causing new bribes to be issued. Reeve calls this the "Assault Spiral".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice sounds like it was styled after Jim Cummings.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
- Reeve calls the plan to destroy Sector 7 (dropping the Sector 7 Plate onto the slums below) something Heidegger spitballed without being called on it. He's not wrong, considering...
- He advises blowing up the entire west continent just to kill Sephiroth. Unlike his father, however, Rufus shuts this plan down immediately.
- Too Dumb to Live: He has no idea how to pilot the Proud Clod, and kills himself and Scarlet by activating its self-destruct sequence.
- Totally Radical: He considers himself savvy with internet culture, especially memes, but doesn't quite get it. He becomes so invested in this that the first thing he complains about after Rufus is presumably killed is the Shintranet being down.
Scarlet Jade Quistis
- "Funny, I could have said the same about you a few weeks ago."
The "Baroness" of the Weapons Development Department.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the original game, Scarlet is able to take many hits from Tifa during their Sissy Fight. Here, Tifa knocks her off the cannon with one punch. Then again, when you think about it...
- Adaptational Villainy: Scarlet's far eviller here than in canon, seeking to usurp control of Shinra from Rufus and take over the world — a fact she barely even bothers hiding. With Hojo going rogue and Rufus wanting to save the planet, she effectively becomes the main Shinra opponent for the endgame.
- All Women Are Lustful: Just about everything she says comes with a Double Entendre.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Has a thing for building massive, needlessly complex weapons that serve no practical purpose.
- Bad Boss: She hits one of her own mooks for saying they're framing Barret and Dyne. The other mooks react in horror and she clarifies that he's new.
- The Baroness: By her own admission. She even wants it to be her title once she takes over the world.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Despite being eviler and more ambitious than her canon counterpart, it's clear she's out of her league against Sephiroth and Hojo. Even President Shinra outdid her with the Sector 7 incident.
- Bullying a Dragon: She really should not have talked down to Tifa...
- The Caligula: Her plan involves various insane reforms such that, as Cait Sith points out, society could no longer function. She's too greedy to care.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Her response to the meltdown at the Corel reactor is to destroy the village built next to it and frame the survivors as terrorists, rather than conduct an actual investigation and admit that Shinra fucked up, as doing such a thing would create dissent against Shinra's monopoly. This is why Barret went into the terrorism business.
- Drunk with Power: Once Rufus is presumed dead, Scarlet seizes control and launches into a few speeches about the authoritarian dictatorship she plans to institute. It's so authoritarian that, as Cait Sith points out, society would come to a grinding halt and be unable to function. She doesn't care.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: She wants to Take Over the World and pass laws that do nothing but make it worse place for everyone For the Evulz.
- Evil Counterpart: Scarlet is Tifa's on the Shinra board of directors, being the sexy, manipulative lady member of the team. However, while Tifa does sincerely care about her friends under it all and doesn't intentionally manipulate Cloud with her sex appeal, Scarlet has no redeeming qualities and once literally slept with Reeve just so she could mock him for it. The "evil" gets more pronounced as Tifa undergoes Character Development while Scarlet stays the exact same.
- Evil Is Hammy: Not nearly as hammy as Palmer or Hojo, but Miss Connors still appears to be having a bit of fun in this role.
- Incoming Ham: Her rather loud Noblewoman's Laugh tends to be the giveaway for when she's about to enter the scene.
- Insistent Terminology: Scarlet is not the Executive, but the Baroness of Weapons Development.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies with Heidegger after the latter activates the Proud Clod's self-destruct.
- Made of Iron: In Episode 27, Tifa punches her off the Mako cannon very high in the air, yet by Episode 28 she's fine with only a concussion to mention.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Starting from episode 17 onwards, she starts to laugh in that manner (comparable to Karen Kanzuki's), and it really annoys Tseng.
- Rich Bitch: She's an executive for Shinra, so this is guaranteed. Seen in full force in episode 27, where she her lines towards Tifa are nothing but contempt for the latter being from the slums.
- The Starscream: Episode 26 reveals Scarlet plans on taking Shinra from Rufus, she's too transparent about it though.
- Upper-Class Twit: She is too likely to carry out her Stupid Evil deeds without thinking about how those deeds could hurt her or her plans.
- She had Corel razed because of a problem at its Mako reactor, unknowing and uncaring that the man hurt the most by it would lead a terrorist organization against her and Shinra.
- Her constant abuse of Reeve (including having sex with him to mock him for later) was part of why Cait Sith was so eager to help the protagonists.
- She was lucky she left Episode 27 with only a concussion; Tifa could have (and had every right to) frag the bitch for all that she pulled.
- Putting Heidegger at the Proud Clod's controls in Episode 31 is where her luck runs out, as he gets it to blow and take both of them with it.
- The Vamp:
- Had sex with Reeve just so she could have the opportunity to mock his performance during a board meeting.
- If Barret is to be believed, she tried to proposition him in Corel but was turned down due to Barret not wanting to cheat on his dying wife. It should be noted that hearing that Barret was married did not deter Scarlet's desire for a tryst in the slightest.
Palmer Q. Shinra
- "Aww, but I wanna go to space! I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna!"
The "Executive Chief Director of Space 'Akkisition' and All the Cool Space Stuff". He's the least competent executive due to his weird character. He is also the former President Shinra's cousin and uncle of Rufus.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Palmer is basically the Space Core in human form. His "job" is "Executive Chief Director of Space 'Akkisition' and All The Cool Space Stuff", and he apparently thinks you can buy space by burning money. Weirdest of all, he seems to honestly think the world is flat...despite theoretically running "all the cool space stuff".
- Death by Adaptation: In canon, it is never confirmed if he died at the end since last time he is heard from is during the rocket launch in an attempt to destroy the meteor. Here, he gets his head cut off by the Tiny Bronco's propellers during the segment of Rufus attempting to take it from Cid.
- Famous Last Words: "I'm okay!"
- Insane Troll Logic: Burnt billions of gil thinking it would let him buy pieces of space. Also believes the world is flat and that you can take a propeller-lifted aircraft into space to prove it.
- Malaproper: Though he tries to be eloquent, Palmer can't string his words together properly.
- Manchild: Throws a tantrum when the President decides he shouldn't be handling money.
- Nepotism: Given Palmer's behavior, it's not a stretch to think he's only in his position because he's the President's cousin.
- Off with His Head!: Courtesy of being hit into the Tiny Bronco in Episode 21. His severed head is later taken by Red XIII as a snack and later dropped into the ocean. His headless corpse is later seen during a Shinra boardroom meeting, randomly spurting blood and being treated by Heidegger and Rufus as if it was talking. Nobody comments on this.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: According to Shera, Palmer took over the Space Program after Cid's failed launch of the Shinra 26 four years before the start of the series and basically ran it into its current defunct state.
- Related in the Adaptation: He has no familial relationship to the Shinras in the canon games to speak of.
- Sidetracked by the Analogy: His reaction to his cousin/boss's death.
- The Unfought: Whereas he's fought as an actual boss in canon, here he bails only to get smacked into the Tiny Bronco, then promptly decapitated.
- "Well, I've been preparing our latest 'subject' for... experimentation."
The Executive Chief Director of the Science Department, who is willing to violate any and every ethical standard in the name of science, including human experimentation. He's also shamelessly upfront about a particular fetish of his.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Abridged version of Hojo manages to be even worse than his canon counterpart (and that's saying a lot!). But, at the very least, there was no indication that the canon Hojo forced species to interbreed because he was into bestiality or that he potentially raped Ifalna. Abridged Hojo hints that he may have had his way with Ifalna (or subjected her to his fetish) and we can assume that she wasn't willing.
- Anticlimax Boss: Despite having many of the qualities of a Climax Boss — confronting him being the focus of a finale, dropping numerous plot revelations, and being the Arch-Enemy of one of the party members — he goes down in a single hit from Vincent. However, aside from one snarky line from Cloud, it isn't played for laughs, and Hojo's death ends up being one of the series' most disturbing moments.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: He plans to breed Aerith with Red XIII, and is very turned on about it.
- Chewing the Scenery: He's a massive Large Ham, to the point that the screen shakes and then drowns in color.
- Chick Magnet: Subverted. When he appears in Episode 15, he's surrounded by women in bikinis that he plays up as his charm...till one of the girls asks for their pay. He did, however, end up marrying Lucrecia, with said wife agreeing out of either genuine affection or support for his plans for their unborn son.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: His shrill, nasal voice is instantly recognizable and really emphasizes his creepy nature.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: His Helletic form exploding is a transition to his Lifeform form in the original game, but since the latter fight is cut, the explosion signals his death.
- Expy: Partially one of Brock from Pokémon The 'Bridged Series. Both are obsessed with breeding and are treated with absolute disgust by nearly everyone who meets them. Except Hojo has made it into his job and also does it For Science!.
- Evil Is Petty: Hojo reveals that he called Cloud a failure and encouraged his misconception that he was a failed experiment purely to be a dick.
- Fantastic Racism: Has to be this trope if he goes out of his way to personally describe Ifalna as "that subhumanoid lover of [Professor Gast's]", more than how he usually speaks of experiments or just other people in general.
- Fetish: His obsession with breeding random creatures with one another. While filming them. Though given how he refers to his Helletic Hojo form as him becoming his fetish, he might be talking about the Body Horror abominations his breeding program creates as much as the breeding program itself.
- Giggling Villain: Seemingly half of his screen time consists of high-pitched snickering. Fittingly, this is how he goes out.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Hojo is eventually revealed to be either directly or indirectly responsible for nearly everything bad that's happened in the series, ranging from the entire Sephiroth crisis to Cloud's identity issues. Notably, even after Hojo is defeated, Vincent primarily considers defeating Sephiroth to be putting an end to Hojo's twisted legacy.Vincent: You...You started all of this.
- I Banged Your Mom: Implies that he may have done this to Ifalna, if not subjected her to his fetish, during a conversation with Aerith. Cloud cuts the vacation short the instant he hears this. The season four finale reveals he had a rather possessive attitude toward Ifalna and considered her a prized specimen, so one shudders to think of the horrors she suffered while in his "care.":
- Knight of Cerebus: Hojo is certainly this throughout the entire original game, but here he initially takes backseat to Sephiroth, who is far more malicious than his canon self. His crimes, while disgusting, are mostly played for black humor at first, especially with regard to his "fetish." However, as season four progresses, he gets treated far more seriously and becomes just as much as a Knight of Cerebus as his canon self, if not moreso.
- Large Ham: Hojo loves his Motive Rants, that's for sure.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: As in canon, he reveals that he's Sephiroth's father just before his boss battle.
- Mad Scientist: But of course. His experiments are what cause the plot of the game.
- Mr. Exposition: During Hojo's appearances in the final third of the series, he usually stops to explain the plot and clarify mysteries, which makes sense since he's behind it all and basically patting himself on the back.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: His reason for murdering Vincent.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Edwyn Tiong channels John Kasir, voice of the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt, in his performance as Hojo.
- One-Winged Angel: He takes on an alarmingly grotesque form (Helletic Hojo) for his fight against the heroes, which all of them treat as the freakiest thing they've ever seen. Averted with his Lifeform Hojo phase, which is skipped.
- Revenge: At the end of the fourth season, Hojo reveals he murdered Gast, stole his research, and abducted Ifalna, Gast's wife, and Aerith, their daughter, to experiment upon in return for Gast running away with Ifalna, whom he viewed as his specimen, thereby ruining his experiment.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: When acting as Mr. Exposition and essentially bragging about his crimes against nature, he becomes far more subdued and chilling, dropping the evil laughter entirely.
- Super Breeding Program: Most of his "experiments" are forcing test subject of different species, including humans, cetra, and animals, to interbreed with one another in hope of creating new and powerful organisms, and simply because it is his Fetish.
- Surprise Creepy: Downplayed in that Hojo is consistently creepy, but his transformation and death are far more outright terrifying than any of his prior behavior. His One-Winged Angel form's appearance both disgusts and scares the crap out of the party, and his parting words and insane laughter are pure Hell Is That Noise compared to his usual voice (which is disturbing enough in its own right).
- Surrounded by Idiots: Refers to the other Shinra executives as a "group of neanderthals".
- The Unfettered: There is nothing Hojo won't do if he thinks if he thinks it will further his twisted research. Even his own life doesn't matter.
- Walking Spoiler: Although this fact doesn't become evident until later in the story.
Shinra's covert ops division.
- Demoted to Extra: Barring the party's brief encounter with Tseng in the Temple of the Ancients, the Turks become non-entities after the Wutai subplot. This is due to the Huge Materia subplot, where most of their Disc 2 appearances occur, being heavily compressed, and the sunken Gelnika confrontation being skipped, at least as of the end of season four. Their final appearance in the original game during the return to Midgar is also skipped, with the party proceeding directly to the boss that proceeds the Turks.
- "Now, if I'm not mistaken, you have... a minute before you die? Have a nice day."
The leader of the Turks.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Legitimately finds Elena's pun about Rude being rude to be funny.
- Badass Baritone: He and Rude are two contenders for having the deepest voice in the series.
- Bad Liar: He turns out to be quite poor at dodging questions.Elena: How do you think Sephiroth takes his coffee, by the way?
Cloud: Wait, you guys are hunting down Sephiroth?
Tseng: Sephiroth? Who's Sephiroth?! SCATTER!
- Beleaguered Assistant: Hence why he completely agrees with Cait Sith's reasoning for remaining with Cloud's party despite having betrayed them at Gold Saucer.
- The Comically Serious: It doesn't get much more comically serious then announcing when your laughter is going to start and stop.
- Faux Affably Evil: Is polite to the party while saying they only have a minute to live after slapping Aerith and leaves by saying "Have a nice day," right before Sector 7 falls.
- Flat Joy: His "laughter" sounds more like the dying screams of a goat.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Tseng sounds like Alan Rickman, particularly from his role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Claims his name is pronounced "tsUHng," even after having introduced himself as "tsEHng." He also claims the T is silent, despite clearly pronouncing the T every time.
- Uncertain Doom: With Icicle Inn skipped over, and thus the scene of Elena confronting Cloud, we get no confirmation if he survived being stabbed by Sephiroth at the Temple as made clear in the original Japanese script and revealed in Advent Children, or he dies like the mistranslation had most people believe
- Un Evil Laugh: Scarlet comments that his laugh sounds like a dying penguin.
- Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Aerith across the face when told by Cloud not to lay a finger on her.
- "So what you're saying is... because of the awful falafel, I became unlawfully awful?"
The redheaded member of the Turks.
- Butt-Monkey: Anytime Reno shows up on screen, something goes wrong for him. In order:
- His attempt at capturing Aerith fails miserably when he gets easily distracted by his men pointing out how no one trusts him since the falafel incident.
- When he fights against Cloud, Tifa punches his pelvis so hard it shatters and requires him to limp off in pain.
- He ends up needing surgery a few days later, where his doctor informs him that his one testicle went all over the place and the other is just plain dead.
- He ends up running into Tifa again who is very quick to remind him of what happened last time. Not helping matters is when he is forced to run away when Rude refuses to fight Tifa.
- When he is off-duty in Wutai, a drunken Reno is forced to help out Cloud against his will. Don Corneo even takes the time to point out his lack of a second testicle.
- While holding Marlene hostage, she promptly pulls a gun and starts shooting him.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: It's his job to be this for Aerith, and boy does he hate it when she wanders off.
- Enemy Mine: Very reluctantly pulls one with Cloud in Episode 22 to save Yuffie and Elena from Don Corneo. He does seem to enjoy the chance to kick Don Corneo off a cliff though.
- Gag Penis: By his claim, anyway, until Tifa destroys half of it.
- Groin Attack: Tifa shatters his pelvis in a single blow during their battle. He... tries to walk it off, only to require surgery days later. Even afterwards, he apparently only has one testicle left which he doesn't seem very pleased to hear anyone talk about.
- Heel Realization: Reno has a minor one that's Played for Laughs when he finds out how falafel incident has affected his public standing. Just as he's about to rethink his life, he realizes Aerith escaped under his watch.
- Noodle Incident: Reno isn't trusted to handle Aerith by himself after something involving a falafel stand.note
- Not Hyperbole: Reno's claim in Episode 7 that Tifa "destroyed half of my enormous dick" is shown to not entirely be exaggeration in Episode 13 due to the need for surgery. One testicle was shot all over the place and the other destroyed outright.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His reaction when Rude refuses to fight Tifa in episode 18.
- This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction when he meets Tifa in episode 18.
- "No. We're going up."
The bald member of the Turks.
- Adorkable: When he talks to Tifa.
- Tifa: Nice one, Rude!Rude: (sporting a Luminescent Blush) I-I think your glasses are cool, too.
- Badass Baritone: So far, he has the deepest voice of anybody besides Tseng.
- Bald of Awesome: He gives off quite a badass vibe, which is certainly not hurt by his lack of hair.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: He seems to play this role for Elena, from reminding her that she doesn't need to get everyone coffee now that she's a Turk to stopping her from spilling the beans to Cloud when they meet in Wutai. Odds are that he was her supervisor when she was an intern.
- Elena: Ah! Like we would tell you that we're here on a mission looking for-Rude: VACATION! We're here on a vacation.
- Cool Shades: Wears them even at night.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Mumbles something about searching for Sephiroth and turns to leave when pressed to fight Tifa.
- Only Sane Man: Thus far, the only member of the Turks (and very nearly the entirety of the parody) not to have any eccentric or unusual character traits.
- Scary Black Man: Unlike his compatriots, Rude is actually quite intimidating.
- The Stoic: Remains cool and collected at all times...except when he has to put up with Elena.
- Villainous Crush: Just like in the game, Rude has a crush on Tifa and can't even bring himself to fight back against her, choosing instead to walk away.
- "Yes, sir! How do you think Sephiroth takes his coffee, by the way?"
The Turks' former intern who gets brought on to replace Reno while he's...recovering.
- Affably Evil: Extremely friendly to the party.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Lets slip that Reno is undergoing surgery and that the Turks are looking for Sephiroth without giving it another thought. She also explains the entire story behind why Don Corneo is in Wutai in seconds with no prompting the instant she sees Cloud.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Maybe not to the extent of Aerith, but she doesn't quite understand that she's no longer an intern and doesn't need to get everyone coffee.
- The Ditz: In addition to the Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies listed above, she goes the wrong way when trying to make a break from the Mythril Mines.
- Genki Girl: She's an upbeat and energetic Perky Female Minion. Basically, Yuffie's counterpart in the Turks.
- Loose Lips: Spills the beans constantly.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her voice is most likely an impersonation of Jenny Slate.
- Perky Female Minion: Upbeat and energetic enough to rile up Rude.
- "Would you look at the spread I have today? Which flavor shall I partake in?"
A criminal leader from Midgar's Sector 6's Wall Market. He gave Shinra information about AVALANCHE's basement.
- Depraved Bisexual:
- Why Cloud's attempt at an Unsettling Gender Reveal fails.Cloud: I'm a guy.
Don Corneo: ...Even better!
- He also calls Reno cute, but seems to think the "one testicle" deal is a turnoff. Neither of these comment endear him to Reno in the slightest.
- Why Cloud's attempt at an Unsettling Gender Reveal fails.
- Dirty Old Man: One of the main points of his character. He's a pervert and a Depraved Bisexual.
- Disney Villain Death: Reno lets him fall off a cliff after he mentions seeing only one testicle. Subverted in that he doesn't die, though judging from how in-pain he sounds he probably wishes otherwise.
- Fat Bastard: The other main point of his character. He's a fat pervert and a fat Depraved Bisexual.
- Heel Realization: Played for Laughs. After Tifa opens up to Yuffie about what happened to her father and her own troubled past, he starts to break down and mention he too suffered similarly...and then Rude throws a shuriken into his head and Reno drops him off a cliff.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Like Aerith, he thinks Cloud's name is beautiful.
- "But the coal, man!"
Barret's coal-obsessed former friend, and Marlene's biological father. Barret thought that he died after falling into a deep crevice during Shinra's slaughter of North Corel, but it later turns out that he survived. However, he also became a little crazy after watching his home town burned to the ground...
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Claims he is going to continue to kill every "man, woman, child, and dog" if not stopped by Barret. Unfortunately, this is probably the worst possible thing he could have said to Barret, who promptly fatally wounds him.
- Arm Cannon: Just like Barret, he had the same operation to graft a gun to his arm after both of their hands were shot off.
- Cargo Ship: In-Universe; Dyne has a bizarre fixation on coal, to the point that every other line of dialogue he speaks has coal in it somewhere. So much so that when he's Driven to Madness, he eats coal, worships it as his "mistress", proclaims that he can hear the voice of coal itself compelling him to kill, and even calls his gun-arm a "coal gun." You'd almost think Jason Marnocha was getting paid every time he said "coal".
- Deep South: After he goes off the deep end, Dyne's accent changes noticeably, making him sound like the villain in a western movie. It would be Played for Laughs, if not for how utterly deranged the man's become.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: For no apparent reason other than to show he is really dead and not faking it or able to come back from his defeat, he explodes after dropping off of a cliff.
- Disappeared Dad: He is this for Marlene, believed to have died during Shinra's raid on Corel.
- Disney Villain Death: He kills himself by dropping himself off a cliff. And exploding.
- Driven to Madness: He goes from an ordinary enough guy to a psychotic gunman after seeing Shinra use his own coal-driven livelihood to burn his hometown to the ground.
- Driven to Suicide: After Barret beats him, Dyne realizes he has nothing else to live for and throws himself off a cliff.
- Evil Former Friend: He was once Barret's best friend before the destruction of his hometown turned him into a murderous psychopath.
- Freudian Excuse: His reason for going on an insane killing spree is given a little more clarity than in the game: With Shinra burning Corel to the ground for no reason over a Mako Reactor failure, and the rest of the world senselessly squandering the planet's resources, Dyne chose to act like the terrorist Scarlet said he was, figuring that he didn't need a reason either.
- Knight of Cerebus: Outside of his weird fixation on coal, he's almost never played for laughs after his Sanity Slippage and his madness is way more creepy and Nightmare Fuel-inducing than funny.
- Made of Iron: He not only survives a fall into a deep crevice (albeit with a noticeable limp afterwards), but also somehow takes a direct hit from Barret's grenade launcher with minimal injuries, as Barret points out. Despite this, Cloud is certain he's dead when he falls into another crevice and is engulfed in a fiery explosion.
- Offing the Offspring: Like in the game, Dyne is so crazy he's thinking of killing Marlene so she can be with her mother. Luckily Barrett stops him before he gets anywhere near her.
- Precision F-Strike: Remarkably, in a series where everyone uses the F-word on a semi-regular basis (albeit with a Sound-Effect Bleep), he's the only character who says "Don't fuck up" completely uncensored.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Instead of specifically targeting Shinra for the destruction of his home, Dyne just kills indiscriminately. After all, if Shinra had no reason for its actions, why should he have one?
- These Hands Have Killed: Just like the game, he realizes his hands are too stained with blood to ever hold his daughter again.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Shinra destroyed everyone and everything he cared about. It drove him insane and he retaliated by senselessly attacking people at random.
- "I SHOULD BE AN ACTION FIGURE!"
A weird monster created by the fallout of the explosion of Gongana's reactor. Spends its time between fighting the party, trying to have an action figure in its likeness, and advertising its brand of cereal.
- Adaptation Name Change: It's called Heavy Tank in the original game.
- Ascended Extra: Downplayed, as it remains a minor character who basically only exists to serve as a Brick Joke. However, since the original Heavy Tank is a random encounter that can only be found in an optional place, it's still a huge improvement. It even ends up playing a minor role helping the party leave the Gold Saucer after the rail car broke.
- Badass in Distress: Dio has had it captured between its last appearance and episode 23 to serve as his arena's champion. At the end however, the party busts it out to use it in the place of the cable car.
- HeelFace Turn: In its first two appearances, it is shown fighting the party as a random encounter in Gongana. But after they free it from Dio's arena, it helps them leave Gold Saucer.
- Large Ham: It comes hand-in-hand with having No Indoor Voice.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: It's a dinosaur... that's also a TANK!
- No Indoor Voice: IT SHOUTS ALL ITS LINES!
- Villains Out Shopping: The third time it's seen, it's shown passing by in Gongana, while saying that the its cereal is PART OF A BALANCED BREAKFAST. Said cereal contains lead and directly led to the death of a child though.
The Materia Keeper
- "Tremble in fear... for I am... the MATERIA KEEPER!"
A monster that has slumbered for countless millenium under Mount Nibel. When Cloud's party accidentally stumble across him, it announces to them its intention to lay waste on the world.
- Adaptational Wimp: The original Materia Keeper is notorious for providing one of Disk 1's toughest boss fights, and using Vincent's Limit Break on it is actually a very bad idea as it will absorb his fire-based attack. Here, Werewolf!Vincent alone is able to defeat it very easily.
- Alien Blood: It has green blood, as shown when Werewolf!Vincent brutally slaughters him offscreen.
- Big Bad Wannabe: It thinks it's the Ancient Evil Final Boss... ...It isn't.
- The Comically Serious: It makes a grandiose speech about the destruction its about to unleash on the world, as if it was the Final Boss of a JRPG, but Cloud completely brushes it off as unimportant, much to its irritation. It loses this trait seconds before its death as its final words are an undignified "WHAT THE F***!?"
- Eaten Alive: By Werewolf!Vincent.
- Gory Discretion Shot: We're spared the details of his death, but according to Cloud's and Tifa's expressions, it's quite gruesome. Since it involves Werewolf!Vincent presumably eating it alive, it's probably for the best.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies roughly one minute after his introduction.
- The Worf Effect: It builds itself up as a mighty foe, but Vincent makes short work of it once he transforms into his Werewolf form.
- "Hey uhhh hey Cloud...? Don't do that whole planting the bomb thing... That's a bad."
A strange, yet familiar voice that occasionally speaks to Cloud.
- Broken Pedestal: Regardless of how Cloud remembered it, Zack used to work with Sephiroth, and respected him greatly and so would not have been too thrilled when the guy pulled a FaceHeel Turn.
- Foreshadowing: Other than Cloud's beginning name as "Blond Zack", everything Cloud thinks he remembers is based on what Zack does. When Cloud encounters Sephiroth while trying to sink Shinra's ship they're on, the latter doesn't know who he is.
- Hearing Voices: Inverted. He is the voice, and only Cloud can hear him. Somehow, though, through her final telepathic conversation, Aerith can also interact with him, though we don't get to hear what they actually say to each other, only imply that they have spoken to each other.
- Insistent Terminology: Occasionally reminds Cloud that he's not just a SOLDIER, he's a SOLDIER First Class, the highest rank of SOLDIER there is. In episode 12, he says that Cloud isn't just in SOLDIER, but that he is SOLDIER.
- Jerkass: As Cloud's Whole Episode Flashback in the Season 2 premiere is actually from Zack's perspective, and the faceless soldier Ramirez is actually Cloud before he absorbed Zack's memories and personality, his rather callous interactions with said soldier paint Zack in this light. This could just be Cloud's subconscious opinion of himself however, as despite encouraging Cloud's SOLDIER delusions Zack's present day interactions with him as a voice in his head are a good deal more friendly.
- Averted. The real flashback in Episode 29 shows that Zack actually was supportive of Cloud, and tried to encourage him to talk to Tifa.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Already an accomplished warrior, what with being a first class SOLDIER and all, Zack has quite the idol in Sephiroth and is in full-on adoring fanboy mode whenever he is near him.
- Large Ham: If episode 11 is anything to go by, he was quite a Keet during his mission with Sephiroth.
- The Lost Lenore: Male example; though she doesn't realize it until Episode 18, he's this to Aerith.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Because Cloud is canonically projecting him, he unintentionally caused Sephiroth's Sanity Slippage.
- OOC Is Serious Business: A downplayed, but understandable, version occurs during the meeting with Sephiroth in Episode 20. While in past appearances Zack is often laid back and casual during conversations. When confronted with Sephiroth's question about if there was another reason Cloud was hunting him, Zack says "Not at all" in a more subdued and serious tone compared to his past appearances.
- Again in Episode 25, where his voice shows some concern when a mind-controlled Cloud is about to bring the Buster Sword down on Aerith.
- Posthumous Character: He's only really there due to Cloud absorbing his memories and personality.
- Shipper on Deck: Subtle, but it seems he's trying to push Cloud into pairing up with Aerith. Given his past relationship with her, and his current status as a voice in Cloud's head, Zack might be doing it for himself. However, in the real flashback in Episode 29, he seemed to subtly push Cloud, who was hiding his identity out of shame for not getting into SOLDIER, to step up and talk to Tifa at the entrance of Nibelheim.
- Spirit Advisor: Zack's final conversation with Cloud in Episode 29 implies that Zack isn't some personality aspect in Cloud's head, he's the actual spirit of Zack who remained on the mortal plane attached to Cloud. He only leaves once Cloud's mind is fully repaired.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Whatever his intentions, Zack keeps encouraging Cloud's delusions of being in SOLDIER, leading to Cloud making more of an ass of himself than usual. However, it's later revealed that he truly believed in Cloud's potential and was only giving him a little nudge.
- Walking Spoiler: And if you haven't played the game, consider yourself lucky.
Barret's anti-Shinra resistance group, of which he is the leader.
- Bookcase Passage: Their hideout is under Tifa's bar and the entrance is hidden by a pinball machine. Cloud lampshades this by saying that literally anyone who wants to play pinball would find it (Wedge was forced to join AVALANCHE because of this), and this indeed proves to be their undoing.
- Faction Motto: "There will an avalanche of justice!"
- Theme Naming: They aren't the only resistance named after a natural disaster; There's also TSUNAMI, BLIZZARD, HURRICANE, SANDSTORM, and QUAKE. According to Barret, QUAKE are all a bunch of assholes. Apparently, they all also have mottos that are puns on their names, with TSUNAMI's being "Bringing a wave of liberty".
- Jessie, was the alley dentist really worth what you saved?
- All Men Are Perverts: Biggs claims he loves the sound of Jessie's voice because it sounds like she's giving him a blowjob.
- If I Do Not Return: As he's dying, Biggs asks Cloud to relay the above mentioned comment on her voice.
- My ass! Pooping will now be a trial!
- He Knows Too Much: Non-lethal variation. Wedge joined AVALANCHE by accident after stumbling into their underground base via the secret pinball machine entrance.
- Rump Roast: Claims "pooping will be a trial" after getting his butt singed in the escape from Shinra's factory explosion.
- Too Dumb to Live: Brought an unloaded gun on a Mako reactor bombing mission. He later loads it and immediately sets it off, shooting the pinball machine.
- Die Laughing: Jessie dies as she and Cloud share a laugh over Biggs' comment that he loved how her voice makes it sound like she's blowing him, retorting that his dick isn't nearly large enough for that.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Jessie speaks like she has a sock in her mouth due to an "alley dentist" appointment. The other characters can somewhat understand her, though Cloud mistakes her saying "My foot is stuck!" for something dirtier.
- "Aren't you a little too old to be asking stupid questions?"
Barret's adopted little daughter who is equipped with a gun.
- Age Lift: Her age was doubled from four in the original game to eight, a fact which gets a Lampshade at one point.
- Defiant Captive: Her reaction after being held hostage by the Turks? Pull out a gun and shoot at them.
- Harmful to Minors: Her entire life, not that she minds. From the loss of her parents, to living in a bar, being given a gun, and now she's being babysat by a stoner before being held hostage by the Turks.
- Little Miss Badass: She has a gun, can run a bar, and knows how to negotiate drug profits.
- Older Than She Looks: She's stated to be eight years old. Cloud claims she looks four.
- Pity the Kidnapper: Much like in the game, the Turks try holding her hostage to enforce the heroes' cooperation... Only for Marlene to reveal she smuggled in her gun and start shooting.
- "Moogles... do they deserve full citizenship, and will marriage be next?"
An anchorman who provides provides news across Midgar.
- Everyone Has Standards: His a news anchor who works for Shinra, but he nonetheless acknowledges how pointless the capture of AVALANCHE is when there are giant monsters on the loose, and a giant meteor heading for the Earth.
- Kent Brockman News: Provides reports about the exploits of AVALANCHE and events regarding Shinra to the public through news broadcast. Subverted that, unlike his boss, he knows that AVALANCHE's capture and would-be execution mean absolutely nothing compared to the Weapons and Meteor.
- Original Character: Tom is not a part of the original game in any way and was created solely for this abridged series.
- Sarcasm Mode: When his boss insists on covering AVALANCHE's capture, Tom sarcastically celebrates then insists the giant flying monsters are way more important than a group of ordinary people.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When doing a report on the Weapons, Tom has a breakdown about how he was reporting about a week after they appeared and saying there couldn't be any bigger news. Upon finding out about Meteor, he up and leaves.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: As he's giving the report on the Weapons, he stops and insists someone's fucking with him.
- "And I am an oak tree! Spreading my roots and nurturing the Lifestream."
The foster mother of Aerith.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: No doubt she's been a terrible influence on Aerith.
- Granola Girl: She hits all the notes, what with making a meal out of orange peels, plus the not-so-implied use of hallucinogens.
- Hippie Parents: She talks like one, and the first mention of the Lifestream comes from her.
- Insistent Terminology: They're herbal inhalants, not weed.
- The Stoner: Every joke that comes from her is of her not-so-responsible marijuana use.
- Unreliable Narrator: Her description of how she adopted Aerith is suspect at best.
- "Zangan's fists are the most powerful in all of the world!!"
The Master of the Fist. He was Tifa's martial arts teacher who has a bad habit of naming his moves after innuendos.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He thinks more with his fists than his head.
- Death by Adaptation: In canon, he was one of the survivors in Nibelheim and he carried Tifa into Midgar for medical attention, departing to never be seen again. At least he lived longer than running into a burning building and dying.Zangan: Now stand back! For ZANGAN'S FISTS SHALL SAAAVE THE DAAAY!
Cloud (out of narration): Zangan died immediately.
- Innocent Innuendo: Zangan's Dungeon of Fisting... and that's not naming some of Tifa's Limit Break names. Though based on Cid's comments about him, it may not have been all that innocent.
- Too Dumb to Live: He ran into a burning building, thinking that he could punch the fire out. He couldn't.
- "I truly put the "man" in manager!"
The owner and manager of the Gold Saucer, a world-famous amusement park. Not to be confused with a certain other Dio.
- Bad Boss: Zigzagged. On one hand, he rightfully claims he just hired Cait Sith after the latter lied and told Cloud he's worked at the Gold Saucer for years, but Cloud chalks it up to Dio never remembering who his employees are. On the other hand, his reactions when finding a bunch of employees and security guards shot dead is to say that it's a good thing he got them for cheap, then crack a joke at their expense a few seconds later. He also establishes a lootbox system which, by the time of Episode 23, is a complete failure and ruins him financially, though he takes it pretty well.
- Can't Take Criticism: His response to Cloud having complaints about the Gold Saucer? Siccing giant security robots on him, Aerith, and Cait Sith. Though to be fair, he also thinks they're the ones who killed his guards.
- Heel Realization: After the failure of his new business model (the Loot Saucers), he ends up ruined. This makes him ponder on his life choices, and he decides to leave the Gold Saucer and travel the world.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On one hand, his reaction when finding a bunch of his guards dead is to say that it's a good thing he got them for cheap from Rufus. He also immediately refuses to give Cloud a fair chance to explain himself, even though the employees were killed with a firearm and neither Cloud, Cait Sith or Aerith have that kind of weapon on themselves. He later has Cloud thrown in Corel Prison and it's implied that it's at least partly because Cloud complained about the Gold Saucer. On the other hand, after Cloud and company get out of Corel Prison after winning the Chocobo Race and killing Dyne (the real murderer), Dio lets bygones be bygones and gives them a full pardon, a coupon for Gold Sauce, his own personal Dune Buggy, and info on where Sephiroth went.
- Riches to Rags: He tries a new business model called the Loot Saucers, but its utter failure ends up ruining him.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Dio's only form of "clothing" is a pair of speedos.
- "It's so very nice to meet you, Cloud. Did you know that you're named after visible masses of water droplets suspended in the air?"
Red's adoptive grandfather. A world-famous astronomer and expert on the Planet, and one of the elders of Cosmo Canyon.
- Hippie Parents Or Hippie Teacher: Gives off this vibe.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Doesn't mind Red's "abundant sexual exploits". According to him, everyone in Cosmo Canyon practices free love.
- Mr. Exposition: Explains the Lifestream to the party, followed by exactly what the stakes regarding Shinra are.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice and interest in astronomy seem like an allusion to Neil deGrasse Tyson.
- The Stoner: Just like everyone else who knows about the Lifestream.
- "I know on the outside, our relationship looks pretty dysfunctional. But behind closed doors... We make it work."
A scientist who lives with Cid. He aborted the launch of the rocket that would take him into space to save her life when she stayed behind to inspect a faulty oxygen tank.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Played with. Like the original, her fussiness over an oxygen tank is kept intact, given its integral role in her and Cid's characters, but unlike the original, her reason for being aboard the rocket in the present is not over the same silly fussiness, but to redirect the rocket away from Meteor. The fact that the tank WAS faulty enough to explode anyway was not a concern for her.
- Brains and Bondage: Her cute and nerdy exterior masks a merciless dominatrix.
- Extreme Doormat: During the day, she appears to be this for Cid. At night, however...
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her voice sounds very similar to Kate Micucci, specifically her performance as Velma in "Scooby Doo."
- Super Strength: Somehow, being a dom has given her enough strength to lift the exploded remains of oxygen tank #8 that Cloud (somehow, despite the Mako and Jenova cells juicing him up) can't.
- "Oh shit, you know Yuffie? God, I love that kid! She's like a daughter to me."
Yuffie's father, and the head of Wutai, who allowed Shinra's influence to turn it into a tourist attraction. Despite supposedly being Wutai's greatest warrior, he's a total deadbeat.
- Like a Daughter to Me: How he views Yuffie, as stated in the quote. But as Yuffie indignantly points out afterward, she IS his daughter. As such, this is a rare example of this trope being portrayed negatively, as it's another sign of his Parental Neglect.
- Parental Neglect: His reaction upon seeing Yuffie is to wonder whether he forgot to pick her up from ninja practice, which as Yuffie points out, was eleven years ago.
- Really Gets Around: Mentions that he may have children other than Yuffie, but he doesn't know about any of them.
- Sarcasm-Blind: When Cloud says Yuffie wouldn't be too bad if she had "a positive male role model in her life", he doesn't realize Cloud was calling him out for being a bad father to Yuffie.
- The Slacker: Hits Yuffie up for gil, which he uses to tune up his motorcycle... which he never drives because he's fighting multiple DUIs.
- The Stoner: Mistakes Cloud for a drug customer, and talks as though he's stoned.