- Adaptational Heroism: Compared to their original incarnations, who seem to have been rather indifferent about the mass destruction their bombings caused and are Implied to not be in it for purely altruistic reasons, they're treated here as being collectively more humane. As opposed to their actions in the original, they originally intended to merely sabotage the reactor and are horrified by the destruction their bomb, actually Shinra making the damage much worse to paint them in a bad light, caused, to the point that the one Chapter has Cloud assist Jessie, Biggs and Wedge in stealing parts from a Shinra Warehouse to make a more stable bomb so they won't have a repeat.
- Ascended Extra: Biggs, Wedge and Jessie barely appear in the original game, but receive substantially more screentime than they ever had before - the trio have more dialogue in the opening hours of the remake than they did in the entirety of the original game.
- The Alliance: Barrets group is allied with the much more militant and violent Avalanche from Before Crisis,note and its implied that there are many versions of Avalanche with different methods but the same goal of saving the planet around the world.
- Badass Biker: They are all skilled enough on motorcycles to fight off Shinra's motorcycle mounted MPs.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Shinra paints them as such, calling them allies of Wutai that are destabilizing Midgar's economy and causing rampant destruction.
- Eco-Terrorist: They destroy mako reactors to save the planet from being ruthlessly exploited by Shinra.
- Guest-Star Party Member: The three of them aid Cloud in the first motorcycle battle.
- Mage Marksman: They are all equipped with a firearm and different materia.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: They're ecoterrorists on paper, but they run the neighborhood watch to keep Sector 7 safe from monsters (and presumably human threats as well), and even basic community maintenance like supplying the locals with water filters or supplies for Sector 5's orphanages.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The ending has Biggs recovering in bed with Jessie's glove nearby. The implication that the defeat of the Arbiters of Fate rewrote their corrections to the timeline, which might have saved Wedge too.
- True Companions: Unlike the original story where they only seem tangentially hired by Barret, these three know each other well enough to snark at their little problems, praise their good sides and teach Cloud about one another.
Voiced By: Gideon Emery (English), Shuhei Sakaguchi (Japanese)
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: One of the last things he does in your final conversation with him is put his hand on Cloud's head. Given that he, during this conversation, implies that he can see through Cloud's act, noting that he's very similar to the orphans of the Leaf House, it's an obvious attempt at comforting the traumatized child that Biggs can see under the facade.
- Ascended Extra: Barely a character in the original game. Biggs has a substantially larger role in the remake with an expanded backstory and a far more complex personality.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has multiple contingency plans formed in case a mission goes south. When Cloud, Barret and Tifa are forced to evacuate their train during the Sector 5 mission, they tell Cloud it's time for Biggs' "plan E" back-up.
- CynicIdealist Duo: The Cynic to Wedge's Idealist. Compared to the rather optimistic Wedge, the reason he's Crazy-Prepared is because he tends to overanalyze things and can spend all night worrying about what could possibly go wrong. Right before the Reactor 5 mission, even Cloud tells him to take it easy.
- Foreshadowing: Part of Biggs's backstory is only revealed through incidental dialogue and a side quest that, to the point of The Reveal, has nothing to do with him. In your final conversation with him he also implies that his experience with taking care of orphans makes him able to see through Cloud's tough-guy act, but that's something we won't explore until way further down the line.
- Hand Cannon: Biggs' weapon of choice is a large-caliber handgun.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: As befits their names, Biggs and Wedge are practically married. Although Jessie makes this a trio, the two guys are particularly close.
- Hidden Depths: He heads up Sector 7's town watch in his spare time, and used to run the Leaf House school in Sector 5. He also stops Wedge tagging along with Cloud and Tifa as the former is shown around Sector 7, reasoning that they havent seen each other in five years.
- The Lancer: To Barret, as he's the one in charge of operations when Barret's not around.
- Neat Freak: He's neat and tidy by nature. After the first reactor mission, he's disgusted by his own smell and makes several comments about longing for a hot shower.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bears a striking resemblance to Chris Taylor, played by Charlie Sheen in the movie Platoon. He even jokes that he has a platoon in him when Cloud asks how he is.
- Playful Hacker: He's very carefree when he's hacking the doors for the Mako Reactor.Biggs: [doing a dramatic gesture] Bada-bing bada-boom bam!
- Spared by the Adaptation: He survives Shinra's attack on the plate, because Cloud and company rewrite the timeline. One of the shots just before the credits shows Biggs bandaged up in the Leaf House, heavily injured but alive, slowly opening his eyes.
- The Strategist: Of Barret's cell, as he's the one that comes up with plans that the others execute.
Voiced By: Matt Jones (English), Takayuki Asai (Japanese)
- Acrofatic: While he may be overweight, he's more-than-capable of keeping up with the more-outwardly athletic Biggs and Jessie.
- Ascended Extra: Barely a character in the original game. Wedge has a substantially larger role in the remake, with a far more complex personality. Wedge also lives much longer and saves most of the Sector 7 civilians from the plate. The Whispers are furious with him for it, and so push him out the window towards Uncertain Doom. It's currently unknown what happens to him afterwards.
- BFG: Wedge's weapon is a giant shotgun of some sort.
- Big Eater: Starts complaining about his hunger when he gets nervous.
- Big Fun: He's overweight, but extremely jovial and friendly. He has the most optimistic attitude of the members of Avalanche, is a Kindhearted Cat Lover, and generally tries to save people when the situation calls for it.
- Butt-Monkey: He's the subject of several comical scenes, like getting his butt chomped on by a Guard Dog while acting as a distraction, having Biggs pull his pants down to take a look in the following scene, and Jessie slap his exposed butt while teasing him.
- Character Tic: As seen on the right; giving people a thumbs up.
- CynicIdealist Duo: The Idealist to Biggs' Cynic. Compared to the more calculated Biggs, Wedge has a more positive outlook on things and doesn't worry as much about the outcome of his actions, eager to put himself in harm's way to help his friends. Although this might also have to do with how he perceives himself.
- Determinator: Becomes this after surviving the fall from the Sector 7 plate pillar and a You Are Better Than You Think You Are talk from Aerith. He gets the Shinra guards that told him to buzz off to open the gate to evacuate Sector 7, survives the plate falling on him and sending him crashing through an underground lab, infiltrates Shinra HQ while heavily injured, even though just getting to the HQ gave Cloud, Tifa, and Barret trouble. When the Arbiters of Fate opt to not leave Wedge's fate to chance anymore, they try throwing him out of the Shinra building, but he struggles and tries to claw his way through them. And it's ambiguous if even that was enough to kill him. If it was, he certainly made the Arbiters work for it, considering they effortlessly dragged Hojo away and threw around the party like ragdolls.Wedge: [to the Arbiters] You can't stop me!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: As befits their names, Biggs and Wedge are practically married. Although Jessie makes this a trio, the two guys are particularly close.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Wedge adores cats — having three of them as pets, and is the gentlest and most optimistic member of Avalanche — even though he has self-esteem issues.
- Nice Guy: The nicest of the Avalanche trio. While Biggs and Jessie are good and affable people who have to be pragmatic, Wedge takes the cake for being the most sincere and kindhearted individual among them. His friendly attitude ends up being a major reason Cloud changes his mind on the group and helps them out later.
- Pain to the Ass: His butt gets chomped on by a Shinra guard dog when he offers himself up as a distraction during Jessie's Shinra warehouse theft. She quips that it's barely singed.
- Spanner in the Works: Wedge surviving his fall from the Sector Seven plate tower allows him to rally the citizens of the slums and convinces the Shinra guards to open the gate between sectors, allowing him to evacuate the civilians and saving a lot more lives then in the original timeline.
- Spared by the Adaptation: A possibility. He makes it to the second-last chapter of the game, where he may or may not have been killed by the Arbiters of Fate. Even if he did die, he still lasted longer then his original game counterpart.
- Stepford Smiler: Wedge might seem cheerful on the surface, but deep down he worries that he's The Load and isn't contributing anything worthwhile to the team.
- Uncertain Doom: He gets carried away by the Whispers out of a window when he attempts to help the other members of Avalanche in Shinra HQ. It's unclear whether he survived or not.
- Verbal Tic: Most of his Japanese lines tends to end with "-ssu."
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite Clouds protests otherwise, Wedge genuinely believes that Cloud is working with Avalanche on an altruistic basis to some degree, in contrast with the rest of the group acknowledging hes only there because hes being paid for it.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He thinks he doesn't pull much weight like the others, considering himself to be The Load of the cell. It takes some convincing from Aerith to make him pull himself together. He does, helping to evacuate Sector 7 by giving a Dare to Be Badass speech to two Shinra guards blocking a gate. It's so convincing that one of them defies orders and opens the gate, letting the survivors through.
Voiced By: Erica Lindbeck (English), Satomi Moriya (Japanese)
A member of Avalanche, Jessie functions as the group's hacker and handles explosives in Barrett's cell.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Jessie's behavior in the 1997 game leaned towards that of a demure, introspective young woman. The remake contrasts this by portraying her as someone who's always brimming with cheerful, hyperactive energy. She shamelessly crushes on Cloud and also flirts with him aggressively, whereas in the original, she does nothing else besides making a few subtle advances towards him.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She quickly gains a crush on Cloud, and is very open about her interest in him. However, Cloud's own personal hangups leave him to finding Jessie's advances more annoying than anything, and when she tries to hug or be playful with him, he gets annoyed. Cloud does start warming up at the end of chapter 4 (especially if he agrees to consider her offer), but the next time he sees her after leaving for the next reactor job is when she's dying.
- All Women Are Lustful: She is very forward about her attraction to Cloud. That said, Wedge states she's likely faking this, and that she views it as a game more then anything serious.Jessie: [while tightly embracing Cloud] Mind coming over tomorrow night? My roommates should be out for a while.
Cloud: Are you seriously that desperate?
- Ascended Extra: Is more or less an NPC with not that much screentime in the original game. Jessie has a substantially larger role in the remake, complete with a brand new backstory and motivations. If it wasn't for her not being playable, she could easily come across as a main character. Because of this, she and Wedge cause most of the deviations in the original timeline, causing the Whispers to retaliate in fury and seemingly kill her. The ending of Part 1, however, implies that she survives in the altered timeline.
- Barred from the Afterlife: As a practitioner of Planetology, Jessie's greatest fear is that her father's soul, which she believes is trapped somewhere between his comatose body and the Lifestream, will eventually be sucked up into a mako reactor and destroyed. note
- Berserk Button: Entering her house without permission if you're a man is one, note and telling other people about her dad's condition. Both Wedge and Biggs worry big time that Jessie's gonna beat the shit out of them if she finds out they told Cloud about that.
- Breast Plate: Jessie wears a form-fitting cuirass that emphasizes her bust.
- Catchphrase: "Psych!" Usually follows her flirting with Cloud, highlighting that it's seemingly all a game to her, or so Wedge claims.
- Cosmic Plaything: On top of all the crap in her life already and Shinra making her believe she's killed a countless number of people in their False Flag Operation, the Arbiters of Fate specifically antagonize her for daring to go off the path of destiny. When Cloud is about to miss out on the Sector 5 bombing run, they attack the slums and then badly injure Jessie's leg to force Barret to suck up his pride and hire Cloud. And when she's recovered and has to prevent the Sector 7 plate fall, the Arbiters again go out of their way to near-directly cause her seeming death by her own grenade and then try to prevent Cloud and Tifa from reaching her in time to save her. Poor girl needs a break.
- Damsel in Distress: Winds up getting trapped under some rubble thanks to the damage caused to the reactor by the Scorpion Sentinel. Happens again when the Arbiters target her specifically so that her injured state forces Cloud to go on the mission he was otherwise just about to miss - and again when they cause her to get fatally injured in the battle for the plate support. Unfortunately for her, that last incident seemingly kills her.
- A Day in the Limelight: The fourth chapter of the game is focused on Jessies backstory.
- Demolitions Expert: She's the team's explosives specialist, creating bombs they use during their bombing runs.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Not by Shinra forces or the plate drop like in the original, but what seems to be by the Arbiters of Fate detonating her own grenade right in front of her and being buried by rubble. She passes in Cloud's arms, telling him and Tifa not to be sad over her death. Though the ending implies that she was Spared by the Adaptation along with Biggs.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She's very blatant about ogling Cloud. Biggs' reaction implies she does this often.Biggs: [about Cloud] Real joy to work with though.
Jessie: Real joy to look at too.
Biggs: Here we go...
Jessie: Looks are what people notice first!
- Gadgeteer Genius: Makes the fake identities and bombs utilized by Avalanche.
- Hand Behind Head: She puts her hand in her head in embarrassment while Barret is giving a Large Ham speech about the planet to an uncaring Cloud in the Mako Reactor 1 elevator, seemingly finding the whole thing an Uncomfortable Elevator Moment.
- Hidden Depths: Before she joined AVALACHNE, she studied planetology, a form of science based around understanding the Lifestream and the planets nature.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Jessie was on the fast track to becoming an actress at the Gold Saucer, but when her father suffered his accident and went into a mako-induced coma, she was so distraught and wanted to help him that she dropped out to research a way to fix it. This leads her to being recruited by Barret.
- Irony: Twofold. For one thing, as someone that was on the path to becoming a star actress at the biggest place for such a job, it's partly Jessie (and partly unforeseen circumstances) that causes the story to go wildly off-script enough for the Arbiters to get involved, even targeting her for it. For another, what does her in isn't bullets or being crushed by the plate fall - it's the Arbiters causing the bomb-maker's own grenade to detonate in her face.
- It's Personal: In Chapter 4 it's revealed that her father used to work at a reactor, and his severe mako poisoning is the reason Jessie joined Avalanche; quitting her job as an actress at the Gold Saucer to do so.
- Mad Bomber: Averted. She feels remorseful of the damage her bombs make during the first bombing mission and puts guilt upon herself, believing that it's her actions that caused that much destruction, not knowing that it's Shinra that authorized the reactor's complete demolition.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Shinra self-destructs the Sector 1 mako reactor, Jessie is horrified and blames herself for the catastrophic devastation — thinking her bomb was responsible. She spends the rest of the game feeling that she did something wrong and works to try and fix it.
- Named by the Adaptation: Had no last name in the original.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Her entire personal arc, mainly trying to recover her father from his mako poisoning coma as well as reduce collateral in the Sector 5 bombing, ultimately tumbles in on itself for reasons entirely out of her control and culminating in all of her hard work blowing up in her face. Literally, thanks to the Arbiters.
- Ship Tease: She displays a noticeable interest in Cloud, remarking to Biggs that he's easy on the eyes, frequently flirting with him throughout the bombing mission, asking him out of the blue what his relationship with Tifa is, and inviting him into her home where they can be alone. And if the players keep their health above a certain threshold during the motorcycle ride in Chapter 4, she will give Cloud a kiss on the cheek.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In spite of the Arbiters of Fate's best attempts, it's implied that Jessie survived the Sector 7 plate drop along with Biggs, as her glove can be seen on the desk by Biggs' bed as he wakes at the end.
- The Tease: She's very flirtatious towards Cloud, even during a dangerous mission. However, Wedge warns Cloud that Jessie's affections may not be serious.Jessie: [if spoken to while in the reactor core chamber] Aw, you're choosing me over the reactor? That's sweet, but I'll wait my turn. Go blow her mind.
- Third-Option Love Interest: Jessie is introduced in the remake as a potential third love interest for Cloud along with his famous canonical love interests Tifa and Aerith with an entire chapter of the game dedicated to her flirting with him and (potentially) kissing him.
Voiced By: Barbara Goodson (English), Tomoko Miyadera (Japanese)The landlady of the apartment complex where Tifa lives.
- Cranky Landlord: She's a stern older woman with a soft spot for Tifa and Tifa alone, treating Cloud with more suspicion and hostility.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a wry demeanor and zero tolerance for Cloud's aloofness, warning him to be nice to Tifa.
- Did You Just Have Sex?: Subverted; provided that all of the sidequests in Chapter 3 are completed, and after the bonus scene in Cloud's apartment where the player chooses the dress Tifa will later wear in Chapter 9, Marle has this reaction when the pair exit the apartment and are acting happier.
- Hypocrite: Intergrade reveals that Marle has a very low opinion of Cloud's character as seen during a conversation with Yuffie, painting him in the worst light by fixating on his surface level traits (i.e., being cold, emotionally distant, and rude). This is rich, coming from someone who never even bothered to at least try getting to know Cloud as a person, and who, instead, treated him with unprovoked, judgmental contempt from the get-go. To add Dramatic Irony to it, Marle's badmouthing occurs right around the same timeframe as Chapter 8, during which Cloud does prove that there's a kinder, more empathic person within his stone-cold facade through his interactions with Aerith, Mireille Dudley, and the orphans of Sector 5 — people who actually took the time to be welcoming and open-minded towards him, in contrast to Marle.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Despite being cranky all the time, she ultimately leads the Sector 7 slum evacuation during the dropping of the plate. One of your last conversations with her has her stating that she'd rather help people get their bearings back rather than mourning over the destruction of the Sector 7 slums.
- Like a Son to Me: She tells Cloud that Tifa is like a granddaughter to her, and warns him not to hurt her in any way.
- Mythology Gag:
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Marle is openly rude and condescending towards Cloud on their first few interactions, and continues to behave this way to a lesser degree afterward. It's pretty clear that she does so on the grounds that she's a local authority figure, putting the newcomer in his place. Despite Tifa repeatedly reprimanding Cloud to "be nice" to Marle, it's actually the old woman who goes out of her way to speak in an insulting manner, with Cloud only responding with subdued annoyance.
- Shipper on Deck: Seems to be a mild one for Tifa and Cloud, suggesting to him that he actually take the time to listen to Tifa instead of going through the motions. When she first meets him, she offers to lend an ear if he wants to talk, especially if it's about Tifa, and she advises he not do anything to hurt her. Subverted in Intergrade, where it's revealed that Marle is very disapproving and prejudiced towards Cloud, openly badmouthing him in front of other people (such as Yuffie) while loudly grousing that girls like Tifa should just "cut their losses" with him because Marle thinks he's too emotionally unavailable to be any good.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: When it comes to Tifa, she's practically cooing and smiling widely like a doting grandmother. But when it comes to Cloud, a stranger, she becomes rude, judgmental and prejudiced.
Voiced By: André Sogliuzzo (English), Hideaki Tezuka (Japanese)The Chief of the Sector 7 Neighbourhood Watch.
- Ascended Extra: He seems to be based off the leader of the Training house in sector 7 from the original game, who taught you the basics of how the game mechanics worked, but much more expanded upon.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He runs what is basically a monster culling patrol for Sector 7, what with the nearby abandoned factory, Train Graveyard and Scrapyard, which are all full of monsters, to keep Sector 7 safe as possible, he never once turns down an offer from the main characters to help handle things that are outside the abilities of his group that consist of basically a bunch of civilians with guns, even to the point later on when Sector 7 is demolished by the plate being brought down, that he asks the group to go down to the underground labs beneath Evergreen Park to take care of a monster below that turns out to be a Behemoth!
Voiced By: Danielle McRae (English), Mika Kanda (Japanese)
A Sector 7 resident who enlists your help in taking down a monster in the abandoned factory.
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: The reason the neighborhood watch exists in the first place is because the people in the slums know Shinra can't be trusted to help keep them safe. The Shinra security force may patrol the slums, but if they don't actually jump in to help, it's not really fair to ask the slum dwellers to have any respect for them, either.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She comes off as quite standoffish towards the Shinra guards who were refusing to hunt down a dangerous monster as they were guarding a gate, but is glad that Cloud would help out. However, she immediately turns sour when Cloud stands up for the guards by pointing out they are just doing their jobs, chewing him out and proclaiming that she would make it so the watch wouldn't need guards or mercs and thus get Cloud kicked out.
- Ungrateful Bitch: She wants to kick Cloud out after he disagrees with her about the guards' actual role in the town - which is especially rude, considering that she needed Cloud's help to take down the monster in the first place!
Voiced By: Hadley Gannaway (English), Erena Kamata (Japanese)
A Sector 7 resident and Marlenes friend.
- Adorably Precocious Child: After the fall of Sector 7, she cares about making depressed people smile once more with the power of music, despite looking not older than 6. She is down right adorable when she dances to the music.
- Plucky Girl: Even after Sector 7 falls she doesnt lose her cheerful attitude.
Voiced By: ???
A sickly man with a number tattoo that lives next door to Cloud and has been cared for by Tifa.
- Canon Foreigner: Doesn't appear in the original Final Fantasy VII.
- Chekhov's Gunman: At first, he just appears to be an early appearance of Sephiroth's clones, but ends up freeing Jenova, killing President Shinra and Barret (the latter gets better), and turns into a Jenova monster that serves as the second to last boss of Chapter 17.
- Jump Scare: Appears as Sephiroth when Cloud opens the door and tries to strangle him to death.
Voiced By: Cathy Cavadini (English), Ai Sato (Japanese)
- Locked Out of the Loop: She's unaware that her daughter and friends are part of Avalanche.
- Uncertain Doom: Having lived on the upper plate of Sector 7 along with her (now-comatose) husband, it's unclear whether she died when the plate fell, or was evacuated to safety with the other Shinra employees.
Voiced By: Hudson West (English), Satoshi Yamazaki (Japanese)A young boy wearing a Moogle costume, who tries to cheer up the people he meets. He sells items in exchange for Moogle medals.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The other kids remark that Moggie is a bit... strange... given that he dresses up as and seems to genuinely believe he's a Moogle, but they note that he does so in order to cheer people up.
- Goofy Suit: Moggie dresses in a Moogle mascot costume as part of his gig.
- Verbal Tic: He peppers his speech with "kupo" to emphasize that he thinks he's a Moogle.
Voiced By: Susan Silo (English), Ako Mayama (Japanese)A resident of the Sector 5 slums and admirer of the Angel of the Slums. She is later revealed to be Kyrie's grandmother.
- Adventurer Outfit: She's a stout older woman, but is kitted out like an explorer and has a backpack bursting with supplies and gear.
- ...But He Sounds Handsome: The way Mireille talks up the Angel of the Slums' alleged beauty just after she nonchalantly pickpockets Damon indicates her true identity several chapters before the reveal.
- Cool Old Lady: She's an even-tempered, polite old woman who's also not afraid to call out wrongdoers on their foolishness, has a good grasp on people, and is secretly a master thief who can steal from just about anyone — though she only targets those who can afford or deserve it.
- Five-Finger Discount: She picks Damon's pocket and gives his money to Cloud after the Shinra reporter stiffs him, quipping that it's not theft if someone's stealing what they're owed.
- Involuntary Charity Donation: Her main modus operandi as the Angel of the Slums is to target Midgar's greedy, Shinra-affiliated elites and crime lords, robbing them blind and then giving away their prized possessions to the poor folks of the slums.
- Just Like Robin Hood: As the Angel of the Slums, she only steals from those who can afford or deserve it, like Don Corneo, and distributes the wealth to those who need it. Accordingly, she's infuriated and disgusted by her granddaughter's lack of altruism..
- Phantom Thief: It's implied that she's the Guardian Angel of the Slums, which she admits to being at the end of the "Tomboy Bandit" side quest.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In the "Tomboy Bandit" side quest she harshly berates her granddaughter for being selfish, arrogant, and picking fights she can't win.Mireille: Learn to wipe your own ass before you start rooting around in other people's shit.
- Stealth Mentor: As the Angel of the Slums, Mirielle senses Cloud's potential for heroism early on and keeps watch over him as he performs various tasks for the downtrodden folk of Midgar, even providing indirect aid at times. During the "Corneo's Secret Stash" side quest, she leaves Cloud a note revealing each location of Corneo's hidden treasures, which he then generously donates to the homeless citizens of the recently destroyed Sector 7, all but solidifying him as a worthy successor to Mirielle's legacy, even if only temporarily. In the short time she gets to know him, Cloud manages to live up to Mirielle's ideals far more than her own granddaughter, Kyrie, does. And should Cloud go out of his way to complete every single side quest in Part 1, Mirielle gifts him a rare elemental materia and a thank you note near the end of Chapter 14, telling him how grateful she is for all the things he's done and promises to be his "guardian angel" from then on.
Voiced By: Erika Harlacher (English), Sumire Uesaka (Japanese)
A young woman living in Sector 5's slums. She is later revealed to be Mireille's granddaughter.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her undershirt is cropped to leave her midriff completely exposed.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She looks like an ordinary teenage girl, but is a cocky and unscrupulous thief motivated primarily by greed. She knowingly spreads lies about Avalanche expecting to be paid for it, and when she bites off more than she can chew expects the same people she was spreading lies about to bail her out. And when they do so, she tries to renege on her part of the deal.
- ...But He Sounds Handsome: A variant; while attempting to claim she's not who she is, she mentions that her name sounds "cool".
- Canon Immigrant: She first appeared in the Final Fantasy VII Gaiden: Turks ~The Kids Are Alright~ novel by Kazushige Nojima, with this marking her first appearance in a video game.
- Connected All Along: She and Aerith were Childhood Friends before they grew distant at some point.
- Crocodile Tears: When confronted by Cloud, Tifa, and Barret in the "Tomboy Bandit" quest she bawls about how Shinra will kill her if they do nothing to help her in an attempt to guilt-trip them into doing so. Immediately after doing so, she reveals that her crying was just an act.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She can be seen on the train to Sector 7, picking the pockets of sleeping riders in Chapter 2 and roaming Sector 5's slums in Chapter 8, long before she becomes relevant to the plot in Chapter 14.
- Entitled Bastard:
- Shortly after the Sector 7 plate collapse, Kyrie is found telling the residents of Sector 5 that Avalanche was behind it, and expecting people to pay her 5 gil for the information... Except shes expecting everyone she just told to pay, regardless of if they wanted to listen to her, and this is Shinras official story to boot. If the player listens to the ambient dialogue after first arriving in Sector 7, she can be heard trying the same thing after the Reactor 1 bombing.
- She spreads lies about Avalanche in an effort to make a quick buck, but when she ends up on Shinra's hit list, she fully expects Cloud, Barret, and Tifa to help her.
- Karma Houdini: As of Part 1, Kyrie doesn't get any real comeuppance for all the troubles she caused besides a minor scolding from her grandmother. Though she is forced to give the heroes the item she promised after she tries to renege on their deal.
- Modesty Shorts: She wears a set of black biker shorts under her daisy dukes.
- Soap Box Sadie: She plays the part, spreading misinformation about Avalanche and blaming them for the Sector 7 plate collapse.
- Tomboy: She's the titular focus of the "Tomboy Bandit" questline, where it's revealed she's a skilled pickpocket.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Kyrie wears a pair of ragged denim short shorts over a pair of biker shorts.
Voiced By: Julie Dolan (English), Gara Takashima (Japanese)
Aerith's adoptive mother.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. In the remake, she's more firm about her request that Cloud stay away from Aerith and never speak to her again, with her tone of voice expressing that she doesn't want him around her. In the original, she's a bit gentler when she asks Cloud to leave during the night without telling Aerith.
- Anger Born of Worry: She acts dismissive and callous towards Cloud upon meeting him, largely out of fear that he's putting her daughter in danger by acting as her bodyguard.
- Determined Widow: Despite losing her husband abruptly, she soldiered on so she could take care of Aerith.
- "Friends" Rent Control: Like in the original, she's somehow able to afford a multi-story house with a massive flower garden, when most of the slum dwellers live in a shantytown.
- Good Parents: Despite not being related to Aerith by blood, she treats her as her own daughter and loves her dearly. She even offers to look after Marlene later in the game after the destruction of Sector 7.
- I Will Wait for You: When her husband stopped returning home, she waited for his arrival everyday at the train station, until she was told that he had been killed in action.
- Mama Bear: A non-violent example; she's very protective of Aerith, to the point of asking Cloud to leave her home and never speak to Aerith again when she realizes that he's a SOLDIER.
- Muggle Foster Parents: She is one to Aerith, the last Cetra in the world.
Voiced By: Larry Davis (English), Masashi Sugiwara (Japanese)
A Chocobo handler with a gambling addiction, based out of Wall Market. He is also a member of the Trio who vet the women chosen for Don Corneo's auditions.
- Ascended Extra: In the original, he was just some unnamed NPC driving the Chocobo carriage Tifa was seen in, where here he's been promoted to one of Don Corneo's top 3 enforcers.
- Affably Evil: Never a malicious sort; he just follows the Don's orders. Even though it costs women their lives, he's just in it for the paycheck and additional power.
- Co-Dragons: Sam forms the Trio with Andrea Rhodea and Madam M, vetting prospective candidates for Corneo's prospective brides.
- Courier: According to the game's Twitter page he owns a courier service called Sam's Delivery. This is also used as the fast travel service...but only in Chapter 14+....just in time for the pre-endgame sidequests.
- Cowboy: He dresses in a Western fashion, though he handles Chocobos rather than cows or horses.
- The Gambler: According to the game's Twitter page, he's a "shameless gambler" addicted to the thrill of risking it all rather than any profits he stands to make doing so. During the Corneo Colosseum mission, he bets a significant amount of money on his customized Sweepers beating Cloud and Aerith, and loses.
- Graceful Loser: When Cloud and Aerith beat his fighters — a pair of customized Sweepers — in the Colosseum, he takes it rather well, while Madam M expected a 'little temper tantrum'.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: He's the Mean one of the Trio, being the least helpful to Cloud and Aerith of them all, even playing a rather mean trick on them with a Two-Headed Coin. The only thing he does that's even remotely and indirectly helpful is acting as Tifa's advocate for Corneo, allowing her a way into the mansion.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: As if being a cowboy named "Sam" weren't enough, his English voice actor plays him with a dead-on Sam Elliott impression.
- Not So Invincible After All: Sam's champions Cutty and Sweepy are the 5-time winners of the Corneo Cup. After defeating them, if you look at the arena screen, it'll show that both mechs were previously undefeated with a 49 - 0 record or so.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's a willing accomplice in Don Corneo's insidious game of debauchery; helping him scout young, unassuming women and then escorting them to their doom via Sam's Chocobo transport service. Sam himself lowkey admits after Cloud finishes the Missing Chocobos side quest that he takes no real pleasure in working for the Don, but sees no other way because without Corneo's protection, his own business would never survive the dangerous, lawless streets of Midgar's slums.
- Revenge Before Reason: A downplayed example, but there's a special Madam M sidequest that can be obtained before Aerith has changed her outfit. Sam wants a bit of revenge and has a special match with the new champion, even though he just lost a fortune on his mechs and he's probably heard about the match with Hell House, who's far more powerful than Cutty and Sweepy. He has an upgraded Cutty take on Cloud and once again it ends up in the scrap heap.
- Ship Tease: Something happened between him and Madam M in the past, and admits he wouldn't mind "finding himself in her parlor again". He also states he would pay good money to see her in the dress he provided to Andrea for Cloud.
- Two-Headed Coin: He likes to make decisions by flipping a coin, but — as Cloud and Aerith find out — both sides are engraved with a chocobo's head, meaning Sam has already made up his mind before tossing the coin.
- Whip It Good: He has a training whip coiled at his waist.
Voiced By: Mallory Low (English), Yuka Komatsu (Japanese)
The vain proprietress of a Wall Market hand-massage parlor. She is also a member of the Trio who vet the women chosen for Don Corneo's auditions.
- Canon Foreigner: Madam M was completely absent from the original Final Fantasy VII.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Her entire job is helping people relax, but suffers from chronic stress and anger management issues.
- Co-Dragons: Madam M forms the Trio with Andrea Rhodea and Chocobo Sam, vetting prospective candidates for Corneo's prospective brides.
- The Dreaded: It gets Played for Laughs with Cloud being completely unnerved by her. This pops up should you pick the Poor Man's Course hand massage and later on during the Corneo's Tournament where he sees Madam M's Hair-Trigger Temper first hand.
- Evil Laugh: She does this while "massaging" Cloud in the Poor Man's Course, much to his horror.
- Greed: On the surface. The game's Twitter page states that she's only courteous towards wealthy clients, and only so far as they can afford her magnanimity. She furiously kicks Johnny out of her salon upon learning he's dirt-poor, and if Cloud picks the cheapest massage option she subjects him to a tortuous "experimental" massage that leaves him in agony. She also completely loses it when Don Corneo stands in the way of her claiming the one-million gil colosseum tournament prize by arranging a surprise bonus round against the purportedly unbeatable Hell House. All that being said, her picking out a dress for Aerith has absolutely nothing to do with how much money you can make her, but how much you helped the people of Wall Market.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Despite her refined appearance she has a fiery temper and is prone to outbursts of seething rage at even minor unintentional slights.Madam M: [to Cloud and Aerith when informed they're not customers] Oh, for the love of — Say another word and I'll shove this fan right down your throat! [...] Is there any reason why I shouldn't have you dragged outside and shot for wasting my valuable time?! Well?!
- Happy Ending Massage: Parodied. She's styled after Japanese prostitutes, owns a hand-massage parlor (that literally massages just hands), and works for the lecherous mobster Don Corneo. The massage she gives Cloud is — depending on the option purchased — laden with innuendo.
- Hidden Depths: Far more perceptive than she lets on. From just a hand massage, she can read her clients' palms and tell what type of people they are. For example, just by touching Cloud's hand — through his glove no less — she could tell that he was not only a seasoned warrior but a man who'd cheated death, which makes him the ideal horse to bet on in the underground Colosseum.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Ultimately her helping you out has pretty much nothing to do with you doing favors for her or making her money. Which dress she provides for Aerith depends on the number of quests you did in Sector 5, which were almost all charity to help children and the unfortunate. If you did nothing, Aerith gets something that looks off the rack from Walmart. If you did some, her dress is lovely but still keeps the girl-next-door vibe. If you did all the quests, Aerith looks ready to walk onto a red carpet (which Johnny helpfully provides).
- High-Class Call Girl: She's styled after oiran, sporting an elegant kimono adjusted to expose one shoulder and her cleavage, with the obi tied at the front.
- Kimono Fanservice: She wears an ornate black-and-gold kimono with the top partially open and the obi tied at the front, signifying that she is at least styled after an oiran.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: She becomes one at her angriest. In English, it's played straight. In Japanese, it's played for comedy courtesy of a Cluster Bleep-Bomb instead.
- Mood-Swinger: Her behavior can range from calm and accommodating to harsh and demanding in just a matter of seconds (and vice versa), depending on how the conversation with her goes. Even a minor disagreement in the middle of a polite exchange can set her off instantly, while the opposite occurs whenever one tries to appeal to her greedy nature.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The In Between of the Trio, given that she's willing to help Cloud and Aerith out, but they have to deal with her abrasive attitude in the process. That said, her heart is still in the right place, and she does have a set of morals.
- Pet the Dog: In the event that Cloud does all of the side-quests in Sector 5, she points out that "what goes around comes around" and puts Aerith in a show-stopping red dress for her audition with Don Corneo.
- Serious Business: Her massages. When you come to see her, it had better be to get a hand massage, or she will completely blow a gasket on you. When Cloud tells her he's not a customer, she absolutely refuses to have any further dealings with him until he pays her for a proper massage.
- Servile Snarker: She may work for Don Corneo, but that doesn't mean that she likes him — being absolutely livid when he arranges for a surprise bonus round in the Corneo Colosseum after Cloud and Aerith (who Madam M sponsored) win — especially since it's against the supposedly unbeatable Hell House.
- Ship Tease: Something happened between her and Chocobo Sam in the past, which she regards as a mistake she doesn't want to repeat.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: If anything sets her off, her voice can and will go from being elegant and serene to screaming and screechy at the drop of a hat... and then back to calm and sultry as soon as she's calmed down.
Voiced By: Trevor Devall (English), Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese)
The owner of the Honeybee Inn nightclub. He is also a member of the Trio who vet the women chosen for Don Corneo's auditions.
- Affably Evil: Same deal as Sam: he's a rather personable and nice fellow who still provides bridal candidates to the Don, potentially ruining their lives in the process.
- Ambiguously Bi: He's got some very camp mannerisms and acts flirtatiously with Cloud (then again, this is Cloud), but is also appreciative of Tifa's strong figure that shows her strength. Andrea himself says that in his eyes, "true beauty" is something that transcends gender.
- Canon Foreigner: Andrea was completely absent from the original Final Fantasy VII.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Cloud ends up out of breath after their dance despite his mako enhancements and training, while Andrea acts like he wasnt exerting himself at all.
- Chippendales Dancers: He performs as a dancer at his own nightclub/cabaret lounge, and rigorously trains his body and mind in search of perfection — which he apparently finds in Cloud after Cloud's dressed up.
- Co-Dragons: Andrea forms the Trio with Chocobo Sam and Madame M, vetting candidates for Corneo's prospective brides. While Madam M sponsors Aerith, Andrea takes a shine to Cloud and sponsors him.
- The Dandy: He is a flamboyant and effeminate man who believes that beauty transcends gender, and is quite happy to help Cloud get dolled up to infiltrate Corneo's mansion - even dancing flirtatiously with him after Cloud's fully disguised. According to the game's Twitter page, he takes his job as a performer very seriously and has rigorously honed his body and mind.
- Decomposite Character: Along with his younger brother Jules, the Wall Market gym owner, both characters take after elements of Big Bro, the cross-dressing gym owner from the original game who provides Cloud with a wig. Jules has the effeminate look while Andrea sets up Cloud with his cross-dressing outfit. Both characters are also involved in rhythm-based minigames.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Like Leslie, he's got some sort of stake involved with getting rid of Don Corneo, but it's not explored all that well in Episode 1.
- Dub Name Change: A fairly rare modern example of a Final Fantasy character whose given name was changed in translation. He's called Aniyan Kunyan in Japanese, and Andrea Rhodea in English.
- Graceful Loser: So graceful, he strikes a pose as triumphant as if he'd won if Tifa beats him in a pull-up contest, thanks and rewards her, offers her a spot on the stage with him at some point, and leaves the gym bellowing with good natured laughter.
- Meaningful Name: His English name befits him in many ways. While "Andrea" is a masculine name in Italian, it's a feminine name everywhere else. And yet it is derived from the Greek word andros, which means "manly". Andrea dresses and acts flamboyantly, and yet he is paradoxically also one of the manliest characters in the game (his voice and personality seem to suggest a gentleman who merely has a strange fashion sense). It also complements his ideal of gender non-conformity.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice of the Trio, given that he's the friendliest of them and his only stipulation to helping Cloud and Aerith stems from them proving that they'll be able to take care of Corneo, who he has a vendetta against.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Is Andrea Rhodea the very campy owner of a night club in which he dances and puts on impressively flamboyant performances? Yes, he is. Does any of this make him any less manly than his younger brother who runs the manliest gym in all of Midgar? No, it doesn't.
- Strong Family Resemblance: You may not notice it due to the different hair styles and Andrea's facial hair, but Andrea and Jules have very similar facial structures.
Voiced By: Mark Whitten (English), Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese)
One of Don Corneo's enforcers, notable for his callous detachment and dead-eyed stare.
- Anti-Villain: Despite his aloofness giving Cloud a run for his money, he tries to dissuade Aerith from volunteering to be one of Don Corneo's brides, and betrays his boss to aid them when filled in by Andrea.
- Canon Immigrant: He first appeared in the Final Fantasy VII Gaiden: Turks ~The Kids Are Alright~ novel by Kazushige Nojima, with this marking his first appearance in a video game.
- Good All Along: Not that he was ever really doing anything outright evil to begin with, but he gets about two scenes before he delivers Aerith and Tifa their (and Cloud's) gear so they can finish off Corneo once and for all, and stays an ally to them for the rest of Part 1.
- HeelFace Turn: He starts off coldly refusing to help Cloud and Aerith rescue Tifa, but is persuaded by Andrea to do so. It's eventually revealed he's only working for Don Corneo in the hopes of getting close enough to the mob boss to avenge his fiancée.
- Hypocrite: Despite wanting Corneo dead for raping (and presumably killing) his fiancée, Leslie helps him scope out potential brides, causing others the same pain. That said, he repeatedly tries to discourage Aerith from getting involved by warning her about the danger, so it's likely he's tried to save other women in the same way. One could also argue that the same killings would have happened, with or without his involvement, and getting in good with Corneo to assassinate him was the only way to end them forever.
- I Will Find You: In their last conversation, Tifa persuades him not to lose hope that his fiancee is still alive, encouraging him to look for her.
- Non-Action Guy: Leslie's well aware that he lacks proper combat training or experience, and at best knows only how to shoot a handgun, hence why he makes a deal with Cloud, Barret and Tifa to serve as the muscle while all four of them explore Don Corneo's monster-infested sewers. He even gets easily overpowered by Corneo when attempting to hold the mobster at gunpoint despite the fact that Corneo himself isn't much of a fighter, either.
- Pretty Boy: He makes a snide remark at Cloud being a "pretty boy," but just look at Leslie.
- Revenge: It's revealed that he wants Corneo dead because his former fiancée vanished after becoming one of Corneo's brides. However, Tifa convinces him not to lose hope that she's still alive, and he sets out in search of her.
Voiced By: Alejandro Saab (English), Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese)
Andrea Rhodea's brother and the owner of the gym in Wall Market.
- Decomposite Character: Along with his older brother Andrea, both characters take after elements of Big Bro, the cross-dressing gym owner from the original game who provides Cloud with a wig. Jules has the effeminate look while Andrea sets up Cloud with his cross-dressing outfit. Both characters are also involved in rhythm-based minigames.
- Lovable Jock: Is very much this, being nothing but supportive and encouraging to Cloud, Tifa, and everyone else in his gym, even appreciatively commending Cloud's dance performance at the Honeybee Inn. In fact, going one step beyond this, he even chastises Ronnie, one of his bodybuilding buddies, for being a Jerk Jock, pitting him in a squat-off against the considerably skinnier Cloud for the sole reason of serving Ronnie a helping of humble pie and teaching him not to be so superficial and full of himself.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In contrast to his camp older brother's take on this trope, Jules runs "the gym where men become men", the primary brewing grounds for Testosterone Poisoning in Midgar, and he bosses over everyone in his gym with the respect and authority befitting a man in his position. He's also rather effeminate and shares his brother's open-mindedness and sincere appreciation for dance.
Voiced By: Griffin Puatu (English), Akira Igarashi (Japanese)
A Wutaian residing in Midgar. He serves as a point of contact between Wutai and Avalanche, and acts as Yuffie's guide through the Sector 7 slums.
- But Now I Must Go: After Sonon and Yuffie rescue him from Shinra, he leaves and... that's it.
- Delinquent Hair: A spiky bleached blond 'do.
- Odd Name Out: Amongst the the traditionally Japanese influenced Wutain's, Zhijie's name is notable for being a real world Chinese name.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's the first one to discover Shinra's plot to drop the plate on Sector 7 and warns the rest AVALANCHE about the coming disaster.
- Talking Your Way Out: Inverted. Attempts this when captured by Shinda soldiers, but fails miserably.
- Uncertain Doom: Vanishes from the story after INTERmission Ch. 1, with no mention of what happened to him when the plate fell.
Voiced By: Ashley Boettcher (English), Akane Fujita (Japanese)
A member of Avalance HQ. She acts as support, providing Yuffie with false documentation needed to visit the plate above the slums.
- Meganekko: Cute as a button and never seen without her glasses.
- Nerds Are Sexy: She's considered beautiful enough that Corneo's henchmen try to pick her up to be one of his "brides".
- Nice Girl: Not a mean bone in her body.
- Older Than They Look: Appears to be around the same age as Yuffie but Corneo's cronies recognize her as "a woman" while noting that Yuffie is "Just a Kid" (much to Yuffie's annoyance).
- Uncertain Doom: It isn't known if she was in Midgar when the plate fell, and if she survived.
Voiced By: David Goldstein (English), Kenichi Hoshino (Japanese)
An experienced member of Avalance HQ. He is known for never getting drunk despite his heavy drinking.
Voiced By: Daniel Amerman (English), Nobuyori Sagara (Japanese)
The youngest member of Avalance HQ. He is a bit obsessed about the popular game Fort Condor.
- Flat Character: His only contribution to the story is the introduction of the Fort Condor minigame.
- Zero-Effort Boss: The game of Fort Condor with him basically serves as a tutorial form the minigame as a whole, as such it's virtually impossible to lose to him unless you deliberately do so.
- Uncertain Doom: Vanishes from the story after INTERmission Ch. 1, with no mention of what happened to him when the plate fell.
Voiced By: Brielle Milla (English), Otoha Umezaki (Japanese)
Barret's adopted daughter.
- The Cutie: She's a sweet, adorable little girl who's adored by just about everybody who meets her.
- Daddy's Girl: She listens to what Barret tells her, like being wary of strangers, and adores him just as much as he does for her.
- Happily Adopted: Barret isn't her biological father, but she loves him like her dad.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a short pink dress.
- Troubled Fetal Position: She looks like this when she's hiding in Seventh Heaven during the fall of the plate.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: She frequently waits up for her father to come back home, and expresses disappointment when he's unable to do so.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She understands the reasons Barret gives her when he tells her why he has to leave, and even Barret comments that Marlene is stronger than he is.
Voiced By: Jeannie Tirado (English), Noriko Hidaka (Japanese)
Cloud's mother, who died during the Nibelheim Incident.
- Adaptational Name Change: Somewhat debatable, but her original concept artwork notes her surname as Strauss. The remake changes it to Strife to match her son.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the original game, she was one of the many casualties from Sephiroth's burning of Nibelheim. In the Remake, Sephiroth claims to have murdered her personally with the Masamune.
- Family Theme Naming: She and her son's names sound pretty similar to one another.
- Named by the Adaptation: Final Fantasy VII Remake marks the first time Claudia's name is actually given in an official piece of Final Fantasy VII media. Previously, her name could only be found scribbled underneath her concept artwork for the original game.
- Posthumous Character: She was killed by Sephiroth five years before the events of the game's story.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Her son strongly takes after her. In fact, a flashback shows that he could pass as her twin, strange natural hair shape and all. While cross-dressing in Wall Market, Cloud could almost pass as a younger version of Claudia.
Tifa's father, who was killed by Sephiroth during the Nibelheim Incident.
- All There in the Manual: He's only named in the Remake Ultimania.
- Disappeared Dad: Died five years ago in the Nibelheim Incident, having been cut down by Sephiroth.
- Posthumous Character: Dead since well before the game starts. He isn't seen alive in flashbacks either, though a teenaged Tifa is shown sobbing over his body in some of Cloud's flashback-hallucinations.
Voiced By: Yuri Lowenthal (English), Yasuyuki Kase (Japanese)
Tifa's self-proclaimed boyfriend, Johnny is an annoyingly exuberant but perennially unlucky young man.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He's head over heels for Tifa, even proclaiming that she's his girlfriend. She can only sigh in exasperation.
- Adaptational Dumbass: While he was never a smart guy per se, Johnny didn't land himself into any trouble in the original game, and got by just fine without any help from Cloud and company. In the Remake, his loose lips get him arrested and nearly killed by Shinra troopers and Cloud respectively, and he goes through all sorts of hilarious hijinks in Wall Market due to attempting one ill-conceived plan after another.
- Ascended Extra: In the original game, he was just a minor recurring NPC you could talk to in Sector 7, Wall Market, and Costa del Sol. Here, he's a lot more involved due to the Adaptation Expansion the game provides, especially during the Wall Market chapter which he accompanies Cloud for a good chunk of.
- Born Unlucky: Johnny suffers from humiliation after humiliation, with his only strokes of good luck being Tifa stopping Cloud from executing him and that Cloud is begrudgingly willing to help him.
- Butt-Monkey: Johnny is routinely humiliated by just about every situation he finds himself in, but only loses heart when he gets his butt kicked in the Corneo Colosseum.
- The Exile: Invoked when Cloud who was about to behead Johnny for outing Jessie as a member of Avalanche to Shinra tells Johnny to leave Midgar and never return, on pain of death. Johnny, however, never gets around to doing so until near the end of the game, when he decides to leave Midgar for good after Cloud helps him retrieve the money stolen by Kyrie.
- Failed a Spot Check: Johnny is blissfully unaware that the man who threatened to kill him unless he left Midgar immediately is the same person he calls his "bro". Justified because A) he was blindfolded, and B) Johnny's got what you might call a severe deficiency in the "listening" department.
- Fiery Redhead: Has bright reddish hair and a short temper to match.
- Hollywood Healing: When you find him in the Colosseum, you'll see he's barely able to sit upright and is covered in bruises and bandages from the thorough thrashing he got fighting. The next time you run into him, Johnny will be perfectly fine, even though only a few hours could have passed at most.
- Hopeless Suitor: He is in love with Tifa and utterly convinced she is his girlfriend, to her exasperation.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Played for laughs. Johnny never seems to pick up that his "Bro", Cloud, finds him annoying as hell.
- It Runs in the Family: Johnny's father can be encountered in Wall Market, and appears to be about as good a judge of character as his son.
- Keet: Johnny is a cheerful, exuberant, and generally kind person, but he's so high-energy that he can frequently end up being... a bit much.
- Large Ham: His near-constantly loud, bombastic personality, and over-the-top mannerisms are hard to ignore.
- The Load: He unintentionally makes every situation he gets into worse, starting with him outing Jessie as a member of Avalanche to a pair of Shinra guards. As a result, nobody really likes Johnny all that much, generally treating him with a mix of pity, condescension, and exasperation. Despite this, he seems to be under the impression that he and Cloud are best friends — calling him "Bro" despite Cloud repeatedly telling him not to do so — and that Tifa is his girlfriend.
- Loose Lips: Johnny rats Jessie out to some Shinra guards who are "interrogating" him, causing Cloud to go from trying to rescue him to trying to kill him.
- Motor Mouth: Along with his loose lips, he never knows when to stop talking.
- Oblivious to Hatred: As seen under Horrible Judge of Character, he seems willfully oblivious to the fact that Cloud can't stand him.
- Put on a Bus: Literally. Johnny's last appearance in Part 1 is him making good on his promise to skip town... but only AFTER (and if) you help him recover his stolen wallet. He'll (probably) turn up again in Part 2.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Always wears an open jacket that exposes his front torso.
Voiced By: Neil Ross (English), Motomu Kiyokawa (Japanese)
The figurehead mayor of Midgar.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the original game, Mayor Domino helps the party out of boredom more than anything else, and his only role is to give them a key card if they guess the word he's thinking. In Remake, he becomes Avalanche's man on the inside, though he notes Barret's cell must not have gotten the memo, and helps cover their tracks as they infiltrate the Shinra headquarters.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the original game he just gave the party a keycard and nothing more. In this game, he's a secret ally of Avalanche who can hack Shinra's security systems under their noses.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed. Mayor Domino in the original game was bitter and snarky, but also a kooky and helpful man. In this game, he is quite proud of his position as Mayor of Midgar, which he declares the greatest city in the world, and only helps the party specifically because he wants them to stick it to President Shinra. He quite clearly has no qualms with the terrible things Shinra has done, just with how they've marginalized his authority.
- Authority in Name Only: Despite being the mayor of the most advanced metropolis on the planet, his office is just another floor in Shinra's massive HQ, while he himself has been reduced to little more than a desk jockey.Cloud: But you're the mayor.
Domino: "But you're the mayor"!? Does this look like the office of a mayor? I'm a glorified librarian, nothing more! They don't even invite me to their meetings!
- The Cracker: Mayor Domino is skilled in cracking Shinra's security systems and communications, which he uses to cover up the party's tracks during their infiltration of Shinra HQ.
- Hidden Depths: He may be an old man and a "glorified librarian," but he's also a skilled hacker capable of quickly doctoring security footage and disabling alarms.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He helps Avalanche infiltrate Shinra HQ because he's angry at them for marginalizing his authority.
- The Mole: Domino is covertly an Avalanche member that is situated deep inside Shinra underneath their noses. He mostly uses his position to cover up the presence of any Avalanche member that is inside enemy territory.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He aids Avalanche less out of concern for the planet and more out of anger and frustration at having had his political authority stripped away, relegating him to a mere record-keeper.
- Puppet King: He's theoretically the mayor of Midgar, but in practice Shinra rules everything. He's more than a tad bitter about this arrangement, and helps Avalanche to screw over Shinra because of it.
Aerith's birth mother.
- Last of Her Kind: She was the last pure-blooded Cetra in the world.
- Not Enough to Bury: Hojo reveals to Aerith that he's dissected her mother's corpse, leaving only organs, bones and tissue to study.
- Posthumous Character: She died when Aerith was five, and her final act was entrusting her to Elmyra.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Hojo notes that her grown-up daughter is her spitting image.
Voiced By: Caleb Pierce (English), Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese)
A SOLDIER First Class who was Aerith's first love interest.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original, Zack only really appeared during Cloud's Angst Coma after the game's midway point. Here, he appears a quarter of the way through. note
- All There in the Script: He is never actually named in spoken dialogue. His first name can be seen if you turn on subtitles, and his full name is given in the credits.
- BFS: He preceded Cloud as the wielder of the Buster Sword, and is the one whose memories and dreams its description says Cloud inherited.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: In a direct Mythology Gag to Crisis Core, he once again utters a cocky one-liner before facing down an army of Shinra grunts.Zack: We drag our asses all this way...and this is the welcome we get. Boy, oh boy... The price of freedom is steep. Embrace your dreams. And, whatever happens... Protect your honor...as a SOLDIER! Come and get it!
- I Will Find You: In Intergrade's new extended ending after presumably recovering from his wounds fighting an entire Shinra army, he goes to look for Aerith at the sector 5 slums' church, only to find she's already gone and the refugees from sector 7 are using it as a shelter.
- The Lost Lenore: He was Aerith's first boyfriend and she still misses him. She asks Cloud if they'd known each other, and briefly reminisces about him while chatting with Cloud in the Sector 6 playground before saying it's time to look to the future instead of the past.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Zack managing to defeat an army of Shinra soldiers by himself and live. We don't see how the battle unfolds but the aftermath sees Zack banged up yet still standing. He then proceeds to carry the unconscious Cloud with him to the rest of the way to Midgar.
- One-Man Army: Zack was a genuine SOLDIER First Class, and in the new timeline supposedly created at the end of the game manages to wipe out the entire army of grunts Shinra sent to kill him and Cloud.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Played With. He originally died in the lead-up to FFVII's story, but the heroes defeating the Arbiters of Fate in Remake's finale alters history and creates a new timeline where Zack survives his Bolivian Army Ending battle against Shinra's army, and completes his journey to Midgar alongside the mako-poisoned Cloud.
- Super Soldier: He was a member of SOLDIER's First Class rank, marking him as being a cut above lesser SOLDIERs like Roche.
- Sword Plant: He uses his sword as a makeshift crutch after wiping out the army of Shinra goons sent to kill him and Cloud.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact Zack is referenced isn't a surprise, even if his name comes up much earlier than in the original's story. What is surprising is that he ends up presumably Spared by the Adaptation, thanks to the Cosmic Retcon caused in the finale. It's hard to talk about Zack's appearance in this game without mentioning that.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original game, Summons werent made available until after leaving Midgar.
- Ascended Extra: In the original game, Summons were relegated to just sticking to their traditional Final Fantasy purpose (that is to be utilized in combat) with no proper lore nor background given to their existence within the FF7-verse, specifically. The remake not only gives most of them backstories of their own, some (like Shiva) are even portrayed as legendary figures who've played major roles in ages past.
- Blood Knight: Summons only offer their materia's bearer aid in particularly difficult fights, relishing the challenge of a worthy opponent.
- Canon Foreigner: The three DLC Summons (Cactuar, Carbuncle, and Chocobo Chick) werent in the original game, although Cactuar and Carbuncle have both been summons in other entries in the franchise.
- Limit Break: When each Summon runs out of time, it unleashes a devastatingly powerful attack before disappearing.
- Olympus Mons: Most of the Summons are deific entities born from the Lifestream, and were worshiped by the Cetra. While most of the original Cetra-made materia used to summon them have been lost to the ages, Chadley is able to recreate them using battle data obtained from Cloud's team.
- Summon Magic: Each entity is tied to a red materia, which calls them forth when they sense its bearer is taking part in a difficult battle.
A fierce djinn possessing power over fire.
- Big Red Devil: He has a very demonic appearance, possessing horns, fangs, claws, and black-and-orange skin that looks like cracked lava.
- Horned Humanoid: He is a bulky humanoid being that possesses a pair of long, backswept horns — accentuating his demonic appearance.
- Our Genies Are Different: He's a demonic djinn that possesses control over fire.
- Playing with Fire: He's a demonic fire-djinn, and most of his attacks involve him hurling flames at his opponents.
- Tornado Move: His Ultimate Attack, Hellfire, causes him to fill the battlefield with a tempest of flames.
- The Unfought: Subverted. While Jessie gives Cloud Ifrit's Materia without needing to fight, Ifrit himself appears in the final Battle Simulator gauntlet alongside Bahamut when the latter's HP is about halfway gone.
The manifestation of an ancient queen who wielded powerful ice-magic and fought to save the planet from the Calamity from the Stars.
- Adaptational Modesty: Zigzagged. Shiva wears a few more pieces of clothing in the Remake than she did in the original game, but the new armor pieces have holes in them and the fabric is translucent, meaning she actually shows more skin than she did in the original.
- Attack Drone: After being staggered once, she'll summon ice familiars that orbit around her and nullify her weakness to Fire.
- Deity of Human Origin: According to her dossier, she was once a queen who "healed the planet's wounds" with her powerful ice magic.
- Hero of Another Story: Two thousand years ago she fought and defeated Jenova, sealing the planet-eating alien inside a glacier.
- An Ice Person: Shiva wields ice-magic so powerful she created the glacier covering the northern continent.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's a beautiful woman who's scantily clad.
- Mystical White Hair: Shiva has snow-white hair, befitting her powerful ice-magic.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She was once a queen who fought to save the planet when Jenova attacked.
- Stripperiffic: Contrasting her icy move set, Shiva is scantily clad — though not quite as underdressed as she was in the original game.
- Turns Red: Shiva can enter a state where she Pressures herself, making her more vulnerable to being staggered, but attacks much more relentlessly with larger and more powerful versions of her previous moves.
A legendary obese chocobo regarded as a symbol of luck and fertility, starring in several popular children's fairy tales.
- Acrofatic: It's surprisingly speedy for being so heavyset, and is capable of jumping surprising distances.
- Battle Aura: It emits downy wisps of golden energy in battle.
- Decomposite Character: It's based on the fat chocobo that would rarely appear when the Choco/Mog summon was used in the original Final Fantasy VII.
- Enemy Summoner: It can summon plush versions of Bombs and Tonberries to fight alongside it.
- Eyes Always Shut: Its eyes are always shut, accentuating its comical appearance.
- Ground Pound: Its Ultimate Attack, Kerplunk, has it leap into the air and smash down onto the battlefield butt-first.
- Rolling Attack: One of its moves have it rolling around the battlefield, flattening enemies in its path.
A moogle riding a chocobo.
- Blow You Away: The Chocobo deals wind-elemental damage.
- Energy Ball: The Moogle attacks by firing blasts of magic at its enemies.
- Martial Arts Headband: The moogle riding the chocobo wears a white martial arts headband, possibly signifying its status as a warrior.
- Natural Weapon: The chocobo attacks with its beak, wings, and talons.
- The Unfought: They are the only non-DLC summon that is never faced in battle.
- Took a Level in Badass: The original summon was the first summon the player could acquire in the original game, and was subsequently outclassed by both other summons & higher level magic.
- Zerg Rush: Their Ultimate Attack, Stampede, summons a flock of chocobo to trample the opponent.
A sea-dragon worshipped as a tutelary deity by the people of Wutai.
- Breath Weapon: It can spit a torrent of water from its jaws.
- Dragons Are Divine: It's a sea-dragon so massive that its full body doesn't appear when it's summoned, and is worshipped as a god in Wutai.
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: Its Ultimate Attack, Tidal Wave, summons a massive tsunami to flatten its enemies.
- Making a Splash: Many of its attacks are water-based, fitting its nature as a divine sea-serpent.
- Mythology Gag: The developers initially intended to go with the typical Fire, Ice, Lightning trio of Ifrit, Shiva, and Ramuh, as summons, but decided to drop Ramuh for Leviathan to homage the original demos for Final Fantasy VII, where Leviathan was a summon materia equipped on Aerith during the opening raid on the Sector 8 reactor. With Remake and chapter select, players can now recreate that scene.
- Plot Lock: Due to the combination of Leviathan flying around the battlefield and its size, it cannot be summoned in certain battles due to the battlefield otherwise limiting its movement.
- Sea Serpents: It's a serpentine sea-dragon with fins on its neck, though it flies using a pair of small wings.
- Shockwave Clap: It can create a shockwave of water by flapping its wings.
- Tail Slap: One of its attacks involves it sweeping the battlefield with its massive tail.
- Teleportation: It can warp around the battlefield by diving into the ground.
- Tornado Move: Its Tidal Roar ability creates damaging water spouts that move around the battlefield.
The king of the dragons, worshipped as a god in the time of the Cetra.
- Battle Aura: His Umbral Aura skill has him cloak itself in an aura that deals Damage Over Time. As it gets closer to using Megaflare, the aura gets stronger.
- Breath Weapon: His classic Flare Breath skill has him breathe purple fire. Also, his Umbral Inferno skill has him fire several Homing Projectiles from its mouth. It also breathes purple flames onto enemies it manages to grab, and its Ultimate Attack — Megaflare — has it spit a ball of plasma that deals 9999 damage.
- Casting a Shadow: Many of his attacks, such as his Umbral Strikes skill seem to be darkness-based.
- Dash Attack: One of his normal attacks has him perform a spinning dive at you.
- Death from Above: His Divebomb skill has him dive at your party from above with a small explosion.
- Dragons Are Divine: It's a legendary dragon-god once worshiped by the Cetra, though it's actually the least-powerful of the Bahamuts.
- Energy Ball: His Umbral Strikes skill has it conjure orbs of darkness in his hands and toss them at you.
- Eye Beams: His Umbral Gaze skill, a move he rarely uses, has him fire lasers from his eyes that will inflict Stop on anyone they hit.
- Fantastic Nuke: His Signature Move, Megaflare. Bahamut will periodically begin a five-second countdown and gather energy around himself. When the countdown ends, it will use Megaflare and deal massive damage to your party. Staggering him will reset the countdown and remove his aura.
- Flunky Boss: Halfway through the rematch in the final simulator gauntlet, Bahamut can summon Ifrit.
- Grapple Move: Bahamut can snatch opponents up in his talons, and blasts them with a torrent of purple flames.
- Magic Nuke: His Megaflare attack has him spit a ball of plasma that creates a mushroom cloud explosion and deals 9999 damage.
- Plot Lock: Due to the combination of Bahamut flying around the battlefield and his size, he cannot be summoned in certain battles due to the battlefield otherwise limiting his movement.
- Theme Naming: All of his skills are prefixed with the word Umbral.
- Time-Limit Boss: Calling back to some prior incarnations of Bahamut and Tiamat, shortly into the fight Bahamut begins a five-count to casting Megaflare. While the attack isn't a guaranteed Total Party Kill, it might as well be.
- Wolverine Claws: His main form of offense comes in the form of swiping you with his scarily long, powerful claws. His Claw Swipe skill has him drag his claws along the ground and release four waves of energy while his Umbral Frenzy skil has him perform a deadly eight hit combo with his claws.
A cactus-like creature with stiff limbs that uses it's needles as projectiles.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: It wouldn't be a Cactuar without its trademark 1,000 Needles and 10,000 Needles attacks, both of which fire countless thorns at its opponents.
- Downloadable Content: Cactuar is only available via either the Deluxe Edition or alongside Carbuncle in the more expensive 1st Class Edition.
- Spike Shooter: Its only Special Attack is 1,000 Needles, where it fires a rapid volley of thorns at a single opponent. Its Ultimate Attack — 10,000 Needles — has it fire an omnidirectional barrage of spikes.
A cat-like creature with a large red gemstone in it's forehead.
- Barrier Warrior: It casts Barrier and Manaward on your party to protect them from damage.
- Downloadable Content: Carbuncle is only available via the 1st Class Edition, which includes a copy of the Deluxe Edition and Cactaur as part of the package.
- Non-Action Guy: She is the only summon that doesn't actually attack enemies.
- Status Buff: It casts Haste on your party to increase their speed.
- Support Party Member: All of her summon abilities are supportive in nature rather than offensive.
A baby chocobo with mastery over magic.
- Attack Drones: His Summon Sparks skill has it, well, summon sparks that will energize Ramuh, causing a Holy Halo to from behind him. If the sparks aren't destroyed before the halo is complete, Ramuh will unleash Judgement Bolt and deal massive damage to the party.
- Badass Beard: A powerful lightning deity with an absoultely massive beard.
- Barrier Warrior: His Lightning Rampart skill has it create a wall of lightning in front of him that will block attacks.
- Battle Boomerang: His Orbiting Wand skill has him throw his staff around himself in a circle that spreads outwards.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: His Signature Move, Judgement Bolt has it strike down foes with a massive bolt of lightning. His Lightning Strike skill is a smaller version of this trope.
- Downloadable Content: Ramuh is only unlockable as part of the Integrade DLC.
- Energy Ball: His Thunderous Orbs skill has it fire lightning orbs that zigzag towards you.
- Energy Weapon: His Circuitous Bolt skill has him firing beams of electricity that rotate around him in a wide radius.
- Epic Flail: Ramuh's Spark Flail has it create a medieval flail made of lightning and swing it at you.
- Ground Punch: His Charged Current skill has it slam his staff to the ground, creating a large shockwave of electricity.
- Holy Halo: When summoned, a halo will slowly form behind him, and when completed, he'll cast Judgment Bolt. In his VR boss fight, he'll summon sparks that will energize Ramuh, causing a Holy Halo to from behind him. If the sparks aren't destroyed before the halo is complete, Ramuh will unleash Judgement Bolt and deal massive damage to the party.
- Javelin Thrower: His Voltaic Lance skill has it call down a lance of lightning that will linger on the battlefield, stunning any enemy that wanders too close.
- Magic Staff: As always, Ramuh goes to battle armed with a staff to channel and manipuate lighting.
- Mythology Gag: Ramuh's title as the "Lord of Levin" is taken from his moniker in Final Fantasy XIV.
- The Paralyzer: Some of Ramuh's attacks in his boss fight can stun your characters.
- Purple Is Powerful: His lightning is purple and he is a powerful lightning deity.
- Rain of Arrows: His Levin Arrows skill has it rain down lightning arrows that linger on the battlefield, acting as obstacles that will stun you if you wander too close.
- Shock and Awe: As befitting his title, Ramuh primarily attacks using bolts of lightning and beams of electricity.
- Spell Blade: Ramuh's Luminous Falchion skill has it wreathing his staff in a blade of electricity and wielding it like a sword.
- Wizard Classic: Ramuh resembles an old man with a long white beard, wielding an ornate magical staff and wearing an ornate robe.
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: He wields purple lightning.