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Sephiroth

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"Ha, ha, ha...my sadness? What do I have to be sad about? I'm the chosen one. And I have been chosen to be the leader of this Planet."
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Lance Bass (Kingdom Hearts I, English), George Newbern (all other appearances, English), Tyler Hoechlin (Final Fantasy VII Remake, English)

A famous war hero and SOLDIER 1st Class, Sephiroth is a living legend within Shinra, and considered the strongest SOLDIER ever produced. Years ago on an infamous assignment to Nibelheim, he discovered the truth of his origins; he was a Super Prototype created by infusing a fetus in the womb with Jenova's cells. Misinterpreting the scientist's own misinformed research, he believed he was Jenova's biological son and that Jenova was the last of the Cetra, the precursor race that ruled the world before humans rose to power. Sephiroth put Nibelheim to the torch and set out to reclaim his legacy, but was defeated by Cloud and thrown into the Lifestream. There his spirit endured, and years later he took control of Jenova's body in the physical world to enact a plan: he would claim the Black Materia and use it to summon Meteor to strike the planet. He would place himself in the impact crater when the Lifestream emerged to heal the planet, absorbing it to become a god and reign over mankind.

Also has a self-demonstrating page.

Spinoff appearances/other series appearances: Ehrgeiz, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Masamune. Not so much in the original game, but displayed in Crisis Core: During his fight with Angeal and Genesis, he ends up tearing apart a giant cannon by slicing it through the barrel.
  • Actually a Doombot: The "Sephiroth" the heroes face through most of the game is actually a Jenova construct bearing his appearance, though it was being directly controlled by the real deal. The real one fell down the Nibelheim Reactor in his battle with Cloud, had his remains crystallized in Mako at the Northern Crater and is fought as the final boss.
  • All There in the Manual: You really do need to get into the side materials if you want to fill in the blanks this guy's story has.
  • And Then What?: Until the Compilation, it wasn't explicit as to what Sephiroth was actually going to do with his godlike power after obtaining it, with interpretations ranging from Take Over the World to Omnicidal Maniac. According to Advent Children, the ultimate result was the Planet's destruction, it's hinted that he intended to use the Planet as a vessel similar to Jenova, and basically lead him towards a new planet (his "Promised Land") and rule it as a god.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Cloud. In Advent Children, when he comes back, he makes it his personal mission to cause as much misery for Cloud as he possibly can.
    Sephiroth: (to Cloud) Tell me what you cherish most. Give me the pleasure of taking it away.
  • Audible Sharpness: In his fight with Cloud in Advent Children Complete, his Masamune produces several sounds when he swings it around. Not even Cloud's swords have this property.
  • Audience Surrogate: In a comedic way during Crisis Core, for those who don't like Genesis or LOVELESS. After Genesis recites a verse and is impressed Sephiroth knows which act it's from, Sephiroth snarks he can't help but recognize it "after [you've] beaten it into my head".
  • Ax-Crazy: Don't let the composed, calm exterior fool you; following his descent into villainy, Sephiroth is a vicious mass-murderer who doesn't care who he has to slaughter or how many of them to complete his goals. In fact, directly following his Face–Heel Turn during the Nibelheim Incident, killing lots of innocent people in a vengeful rage was his goal. After that he developed higher aspirations that also involved killing a lot of people.
  • Back from the Dead: Technically speaking, Cloud killed him back in Nibelheim, several years before the start of the original game. His "resurrection" is that Sephiroth can manipulate Jenova's cells from within the Lifestream to create a new body for himself as his own. In Advent Children he does this again.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sephiroth's iconic attire is a long black coat. While most other characters get a change of outfit sometime in the series, Sephiroth's outfit is consistent, only featuring minor changes due to Art Evolution.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: After being destroyed in his Safer Sephiroth form, he returned to the Lifestream for a final mental confrontation with Cloud. Sephiroth lost, seemingly vanishing from existence.
  • BFS: His Masamune is depicted from anywhere between six and twelve feet long. You'd think something that long would be impossible to wield, but he somehow manages.
  • Big Bad: Sephiroth is the main antagonist of the original game and Advent Children.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Both Sephiroth and Shinra are searching for the "Promised Land", but Sephiroth is searching for it for far more dangerous reasons, and is the larger threat of the two.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Crisis Core he arrives out of nowhere and saves Zack from Ifrit.
  • Bishōnen: Sephiroth is fair-skinned with soft features and long, flowing silver hair.
  • Bishōnen Line: His Bizarro Sephiroth form is a mutated mash-up of wings, horns and Sephiroth's face over a deformed body. His Safer Sephiroth form on the other hand is essentially Sephiroth himself with his limbs replaced by wings. The battle afterward restores him to full human form, but is a mental battle and not his actual body.
  • Blade Spam: Spin-offs establish him as so fast he's able to swing faster than the human eye can see, letting him hit you multiple times while you only see him swing once or twice. His Limit Break Octaslash is a quick barrage of eight sword blows, usually only taking two or three seconds to land all eight hits.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: His theme in the original game was "Those Chosen By The Planet", while the final two battles with him used "Birth of a God" and "One-Winged Angel". The latter track became an iconic song of the game, the entire series, and a huge fan favorite, so in all subsequent appearances, "One-Winged Angel" has been used as Sephiroth's theme in various remixes.
  • Breakout Villain: Both he and Cloud were so popular, they made some cameo appearances outside of their franchise.
  • Broken Ace: He was universally admired in SOLDIER, but his professional calmness hid an emotionally insecure child.
  • Broken Pedestal: Cloud idolized him during their days with Shinra and dreamed of fighting alongside him in SOLDIER but, after his destruction of Nibelheim and killing of Aeris, he firmly became his Arch-Enemy.
  • Came Back Strong: Post-resurrection in Advent Children he's even more powerful than he was at the end of VII. Unfortunately for him, so is Cloud. And seeing as how Sephiroth has a tendency to die, he Can't Catch Up.
  • Came Back Wrong: A side effect of his resurrection in Advent Children due to him focusing entirely on his hatred of Cloud and desire for revenge to avoid becoming one with the Lifestream at the cost of a hefty chunk of the rest of his personality.
  • Canon Immigrant: Not Sephiroth himself, but his one wing. Sephiroth only had wings in his Safer form in VII, but in his Kingdom Hearts appearance he was given a single black wing. The black wing became a feature in Advent Children and Dissidia Final Fantasy after that.
  • Casting a Shadow: One of his attacks as Safer-Sepiroth at the end of the game is the Enemy Skill "Shadow Flare", which is a Palette Swap of the standard Flare from the Contain Materia. ULTIMATE Weapon also uses it, but as a final attack, and the Dragon Zombie enemies that can be encountered shortly before Sephiroth also carry this ability.
  • The Chosen One: He proclaims himself such during his rampage at Nibelheim.
  • Cold Ham: He always keeps his voice calm and controlled, even when delivering hammy threats such as "On your knees. I want you to beg for forgiveness."
  • Color-Coded Eyes: His green eyes symbolize his power over Jenova and the Lifestream, and his otherworldly nature.
  • Colony Drop: His plan is to summon Meteor to impact the planet.
  • Combo Platter Powers: His Super Strength is the stuff of legend and he is supposedly far stronger than even the most outlandish rumours paint him; post-resurrection he demonstrates Flight, Teleportation, Voluntary Shapeshifting (courtesy of Jenova, upon whom he was employing Demonic Possession) and a degree of Psychic Powers, as well as all the usual but high-level magical abilities common in the FFVII world. After his second resurrection it is cleanly demonstrated that he can unleash the deadly plague Geostigma and can create weaker avatars of himself, and he may have achieved Complete Immortality of sorts in that he basically refuses to die due to sheer force of will keeping his soul tied to the Planet.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: In the non-Japanese versions of Final Fantasy VII, Supernova seems like it should not only cause a Game Over but destroy the entire planet given its Overly Long Fighting Animation consisting of blowing up the planets of the outer Solar System and then causing a supernova that cooks the inner planets... but all it does is leave each of your party members with 1/16 of their current HP, and maybe cause some status effects. It will never actually kill anyone. His less grandiose attacks can do more damage and actually kill.
  • Corporate Samurai: Prior to going rogue, he was the Shinra Corporation's greatest warrior.
  • Crystal Prison: The remains of his original body were crystallized in Mako at the Northern Crater.
  • Cutscene Boss: After defeating Safer-Sephiroth, Cloud has to duel Sephiroth in human form 1-on-1 in his mind; this is a post-game cutscene fight that cannot be lost.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was experimented on in the womb by his own father, being implanted with Jenova cells under the false belief it would make him a Cetra. When he born and failed to display any power over the Lifestream but did display supernatural strength and ability, Shinra decided raise him as a warrior and turned him into the first SOLDIER. Shinra also lied to him about his parents, telling him that his mother was a deceased woman named Jenova.
  • Dark Is Evil: Aside from his menacing black outfit, he is associated with dark magic in general, such as the Meteor he seeks to summon and his obsession with obtaining the Black Materia. As Safer Sephiroth, though, he becomes a display of Light Is Not Good, though it's where he can cast Shadow Flare.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In Crisis Core, he keeps the black outfit though he is on the heroes' side as a prominent supporting character. However, since it's a prequel, we know he eventually will fall into playing the other trope straight.
  • Defector from Decadence: He was considering leaving from Shinra due to growing distrust from the organization. Unfortunately, he ended up doing more than that.
  • Depending on the Artist: The Masamune was originally about as long as Sephiroth was tall, maybe slightly longer (six-seven feet long). In other games, like Kingdom Hearts and Dissidia, it reaches lengths twice that length.
  • Depending on the Writer: His depictions vary wildly.
    • Final Fantasy VII depicted him as obsessed with his mother and wanting to become a god in her name; Advent Children has invoked Flanderization as described below, with him focusing on his rivalry and hatred for Cloud; Crisis Core explores his pre-madness Sugar and Ice personality where he's a nice guy who is just tough to get to know; Kingdom Hearts retools him as Cloud's Enemy Without existing to Troll him and goad him into fighting; Dissidia sees him as a Punch-Clock Villain interested only in recovering his memories with no loyalty to Chaos or Cosmos otherwise. Depending on the game you pick up, Sephiroth can be a mass-murdering sociopath, a respectful Worthy Opponent, a delusional with a God Complex, or some combination of them all.
    • His power levels also fluctuate, mostly to keep him balanced against other characters in each game. He may be an Empowered Badass Normal master swordsman, or he may have god-like top-tier magical abilities.
    • Numerous materials and creator statements vary on if Sephiroth is The Chessmaster or The Pawn to Jenova. Mostly it's implied Sephiroth assumed complete control of her, but it's also heavily implied that some of her nature and instincts began influencing him in return, and some creation materials say that it was Jenova controlling him and not the other way around.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: His murder of President Shinra is this. He had barely been mentioned in the story by that point and he effectively shows up out of nowhere and goes on a killing spree throughout Shinra HQ, stabbing the game's previous main villain in the back and throwing the plot off the rails.
  • Disney Villain Death: His first defeat at Cloud's hands involved Cloud lifting him into the air with the Masamune and hurling him off the reactor catwalk into the mako pool below.
  • Dissonant Serenity: With the notable exception of the Nibelheim incident, Sephiroth is eternally calm and collected even when chaos is sprouting around him by his own doing.
  • Dramatic Irony: He never finds out who his birth parents are even after the heroes do. He still believes his mother is Jenova and that he's a descendent of the ancients, unaware that his parents are two normal human beings.
  • The Dreaded: He's always spoken of with a combination of hate, reverence, and fear. In fact, the mere suggestion of his presence is enough to terrify just about anybody.
  • Duel Boss: The final meeting between him and Cloud after Safer-Sephiroth, the Final Boss that a party of 3 including Cloud fights, is destroyed.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He's initially presented as one to Cloud, being his former partner and an ex-SOLDIER who went rogue. Like Cloud, Sephiroth is an emotionally stunted adolescent at heart, convincing himself that his isolation from others made him "special"—and also like Cloud, when he found out what that entailed, he snapped. But where Cloud was eventually able to accept himself, weaknesses and all, Sephiroth refused to settle for being anything less than the very best.
    • As the game continues it emerges he's more this trope to Aerith, once Cloud's real history is revealed and more of Aerith's comes to light. Both Sephiroth and Aerith are children of Shinra scientists involved in the Jenova Project, both use angelic symbolism, both survive dissolution in the Lifestream, and both are linked to one of the Ultimate Magics, the Black and White Materia. Sephiroth believed that his mother was an Ancient whereas Aerith's mother actually was one. The novella "Case of the Lifestream" notes that in the events leading up to Advent Children, Aerith considered creating her own avatars on the surface to help fight Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo, but decided it was more important to contact Cloud herself and let him handle it. During development of VII, the developers even considered making them siblings or lovers, driving their connection deeper.
  • Evil Is Petty: Averted originally, as his God complex and omnicidal tendencies initially manifested after a legitimately traumatic revelation regarding his origins. However, as he continued to survive thanks to The Power of Hate, his motive started to decay to simply spiting Cloud, the guy who'd been thwarting his plans.
  • Evil Laugh: Though not a voiced sample like Kefka, one of Sephiroth's animations in the original game had him bouncing his shoulders, often accompanied by "Ha, ha, ha" in his dialogue boxes. He was given an actual one in later installments.
  • Evil Wears Black: He wears an all-black outfit with silver steel shoulders. However, this was his SOLDIER outfit, which he wore since his Shinra days when he was a hero.
  • Expy: Of Psaro the Manslayer regarding his appearance, behavior and motives.
    • His entire character trait of being insane, devoted to his "mother" while still being the one behind his actual actions brings many parallels to Norman Bates from Psycho.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He started off as a hero of Shinra and of SOLDIER, well-respected and highly-regarded. But once he found out that he was born from JENOVA cells, Sephiroth declared himself no longer human, and that he would wipe out humanity, using the Planet as his vessel to become a god.
  • Fallen Angel: Invoked by his Safer Sephiroth form, where he has six white wings and one black wing. The black wing has become another iconic trait of his to tie into this symbolism.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once a decorated war veteran and the most respected man on the planet. Then came the Nibelheim mission, and he transformed into the greatest threat the planet has known since Jenova.
  • Fantastic Racism: After discovering Professor Gast's notes stating Jenova is a Cetra, Sephiroth comes to the conclusion that he is the last Cetra, and that when the Calamity from the Skies came 2000 years ago the humans had left the Cetra to be wiped out. For the entire Nibelheim burning scene, he preaches about how he will retake the world from the inferior race for the sake of the Cetra, and boasts he is the chosen one. After Nibelheim this trait is dropped for general hatred/contempt of everyone with no racism attached.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride — Sephiroth really is the strongest being on the planet, but this means he never recognizes when an opponent is an actual threat to him and he doesn't exert the full force of his powers against them. This is how Cloud repeatedly defeats him; Sephiroth prefers to toy with him instead of finishing him off when he has the chance, and then Cloud pulls a comeback and blindsides him.
  • A Father to His Men: Part of the great tragedy of his descent into darkness is that he really cared for those under his command (like giving Zack permission to return to Midgar when there's an increase in monster sightings in the slums or telling Cloud he can visit his mom when they reach Nibelheim).
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sephiroth is very well-spoken and polite, even as he tells Cloud he's going to conquer the planet and destroy everything and everyone he holds dear. He clearly does this because he enjoys taunting him.
  • Final Boss: He's the last battle in VII. Sephiroth as an enemy is not engaged in an official boss fight until the very end of the game, and his second form as Safer/Seraph-Sephiroth is the final battle in a playthrough where the player makes the decisions and can get a Game Over; the battle after that is a Post-Final Boss.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: As part of his Evil Counterpart dichotomy with Aerith, Sephiroth is associated with fire via the Nibelheim Incident and his Supernova attack, while Aerith is associated with water via Great Gospel and the Lifestream.
  • Flanderization: Invoked in-universe. After his second death at the end of VII, he survives dissolution in the Lifestream by focusing on his hatred of Cloud and his desire for vengeance, giving him a strong enough emotional core to maintain his sense of self at the cost of letting less-focused traits be stripped away. This is why come Advent Children he's completely absorbed in rubbing his revival in Cloud's face.
  • Flash Step: One of his trademark techniques is to rapidly dash past or teleport behind an opponent, either striking them on the way or swinging at their back once he's passed.
  • Flight: In Advent Children he can fly even without manifesting his wing.
  • Foil: To Genesis. They're both famous First Class SOLDIERs that go rogue from Shinra and seek divine power. However, Sephiroth does so because he comes to think he's an Ancient and should rule the planet; Genesis is trying to save his own life and is resorting to desperate stretches of reason to find a way. Even their designs play into this; Genesis is shorter haired, right-handed, has a wing on his left side, and wields a double-edged, straight-bladed Laser Blade, while Sephiroth is The Southpaw with Rapunzel Hair, with a wing on the right side, and he wields a single-edged weapon with a curved blade that he doesn't enhance. Genesis relies on an army; Sephiroth acts largely on his own (and actively murders his own copies), and in his One-Winged Angel form, Genesis, who believes himself to be a monster, transforms into a demonic form, while the A God Am I Sephiroth takes on the form of a...One-Winged Angel, and the naming of these forms is reversed. (Genesis Avatar and Safer Sephiroth).
  • For Want of a Nail: He was considering retiring from SOLDIER at the time of the Niebelheim. If he'd stuck to his guns or just retired early, it's entirely possible that all of Final Fantasy VII and its aftermath could have been averted.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was raised as Shinra's greatest hero and served them loyally, then they tried to pressure him into hunting down and killing the two closest friends he ever had. Then he discovers the company has been lying to him all his life and that he's a genetic experiment created by them.
  • Freudian Trio: Forms one with Angeal and Genesis in Crisis Core, as the Superego; collected, calm, and rational. In the fight between him, Genesis and Angeal he calmly repels Genesis' enraged strikes, while Angeal steps in to get them to stop.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Sephiroth's playable segment during the flashback in the original game perfectly display key traits of him at the time: being absurdly powerful and downright invincible and A Father to His Men, who will always bring Cloud back to life when he's downed. Him being the commanding officer of the mission is also reflected in gameplay: he's controlled by the AI and can't be ordered around by the player (or level 1 Cloud, for that matter), nor can any of his equipment be altered or removed.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Despite the above, it doesn't explain how a level 1 Cloud was able to beat him, let alone survive being stabbed by the Masamune.
    • The international release's version of Supernova, an attack that obliterates the entire solar system, is not only incapable of actually killing your party or doing any actual damage to the Planet itself for some reason, but is also significantly more dangerous than his actual Evil Plan to destroy the world with Meteor (it's possible that the attack actually is another Meteor, just directed at the Sun rather than the world, but that doesn't explain how Meteor takes 7 days to hit the Planet but Supernova takes about a minute total). In the Japanese version, he just conjures an exploding star that deals a significant amount of damage and only destorys a few planets.
  • Genius Bruiser: He demonstrates that he has an advanced knowledge of science and slipping into insanity was prompted in part by spending several nights locking himself away in an underground library to study pretty much every book and and piece of research into the JENOVA project he could get his hands on; he later shows an in-depth knowledge of the history of the Planet and the Cetra civilization. Hojo (whose work Sephiroth considers inferior to Gast, implying he is read up on both) concedes that Sephiroth outsmarted him like father like son and proved impossible to predict, and he shows himself to be a brilliant chessmaster and Manipulative Bastard of the highest order once Disc 2 gets going and reveals that he's been playing you like a fiddle the entire game. As the most decorated veteran of SOLDIER ever he is also well-versed in battle tactics, strategy and various forms of combat as well, making for a very dangerous enemy.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He's a poster boy for the trope. The discovery of his origins drove him insane and sparked his Face–Heel Turn.
  • A God Am I: His original goal, according to the first game, was to become a god by absorbing the lifestream and conquering "the Promised Land". As for what it is in the Compilation, well... it varies but is generally this but with the twist of finding a new planet to build a utopia in his image on.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For the first hour or so of the game, the primary bad guy in Final Fantasy VII was Shinra, Inc., and the plot revolved around thwarting them in the city of Midgar. Sephiroth's introduction greatly widens the scope, and the stakes, of the rest of the game.
  • Guest Fighter: He cameos as a playable character in Ehrgeiz.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He is a part of the active party during the Niebelheim flashback sequence, but controlled exclusively by the AI in every battle.
  • Guinea Pig Family: He was conceived and born solely to serve as a test subject for the Jenova Project, which both of his parents worked on.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He was spliced with tissue samples of JENOVA in-utero, and considers it to be his mother even after learning of its true nature.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: With Cloud. He has really long flowing silver hair, is otherworldly and collected while his rival has shortish spiky golden blond hair, is pragmatic but unstable. Their personalities get reversed at the end of the game, however.
  • Hair Intakes: His bangs are parted in such a way that they curve up and then come down to his shoulders. This look is more pronounced in his original artwork and original game model.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His leather coat and leather pants.
  • Hellish Pupils: Sephiroth's eyes are distinctly cat-like, with slitted pupils. In Advent Children his remnants, Cloud, and the children infected by Geostigma gain this trait as a sign of his influence over them.
  • Hero Killer: You know who. Although, the culpability for Aeris's death could also be shared with Jenova as well.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He's a paragon of SOLDIER, and as such maintains a professional and stoic demeanor. Those who get to know him however find out that beneath it all he's a kind and caring guy. This was all before his Sanity Slippage, of course.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: After being thrown into the Lifestream with Jenova's head, Sephiroth comes to dominate her body and control it as his own, even beyond death.
  • HP to 1: One of Sephiroth's signature attacks is the Heartless Angel, which of course reduces the party/player/Sora's health down to one point. Both of his forms at the end of FFVII carry this, by the way.
  • Human Popsicle: When Cloud and the others discover his body at the Northern Crater, he's in stasis in a cocoon of crystallized mako.
  • Insane Equals Violent: The reason why his Go Mad from the Revelation moment resulted in his becoming an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • In-Series Nickname: Throughout the series he's variably known as The Nightmare, The Abomination, and The Man in the Black Cape.
  • Invincible Villain: While a member of your party in flashbacks his durability (coupled with his Tough Ring accessory which boosts it) is so high that none of the monsters can hurt him at all; every hit landed on him scores zero. The story itself and Advent Children further show that though his physical bodies can be killed (with great difficulty mind) you are effectively Fighting a Shadow as his soul and consciousness survives in the Lifestream as a kind of poison and he can return from death pretty much indefinitely, though the process of doing so may weaken him each time and diminish his personality. Regardless of this, one of Sephiroth's most defining traits is that the bastard just refuses to DIE.
  • It's All About Me: His goal to absorb the Lifestream to control the planet would more than likely kill off every living thing on the planet, and for sure would destroy a lot of the planet's spiritual energy that it uses to heal itself and grow its planets. If this is a concern to him he hides it well.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Prior to the Nibelheim assignment, Sephiroth was a consummate professional, cold on the surface but compassionate beneath. All he knew of his past was that he'd been told his mother's name was Jenova. His Sanity Slippage started when he found Jenova's chamber and the makonoid containment units inside the reactor, and was told by Genesis that he was created by Shinra to be the ultimate monster. Then he discovered Professor Gast's flawed notes stating Jenova to be the last of the Cetra. Cue him snapping, proclaiming that humans had betrayed the Cetra and deserved to be exterminated, burning down Nibelheim, and setting off for a Reunion with his "Mother".
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Though his sword is actually a nodachi named Masamune, but it is still an example of a Japanese sword who is far more powerful than several other weapons, whether they're of its kind or not.
  • The Kingslayer: Early in the game, he murders President Shinra. Given what a bastard Shinra was, it's hard to fault him for it, even though his motives were hardly altruistic.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Prior to his introduction, Final Fantasy VII isn't particularly serious. After Cloud tells his story, however, the story takes on a far grimmer tone as the player realizes this guy really isn't to be screwed around with. Emphasized when you discover the corpse of a giant snake that got in his way.
  • Lack of Empathy: Averted pre-madness, though he appeared cold and impersonal to outsiders, those that got to know him found Sephiroth to be personable and considerate. After his madness this is in full effect, he cares for nothing and no-one but himself and Jenova.
  • Large Ham: Sure, he's The Stoic most of the time, but when he goes crazy and decides to burn down Nibelheim? His grandiose speeches and Evil Laugh are just pure ham. However, it doesn't last.
  • Laughing Mad: In Cloud's flashback, Cloud/Zack goes down to the basement of Shinra's mansion at Nibelheim and locates Sephiroth a few days after the incident at the reactor, only to hear Sephiroth chuckling dementedly. This is the first sign that Sephiroth is not handling what he's read well.
  • Left-Handed Mirror: To both Cloud and Zack. While they are all three the result of inhumane experimentation, Cloud and Zack become more and more heroic, while Sephiroth becomes more and more villainous and insane.
  • Light Is Not Good: As Safer Sephiroth, he ditches the all black colors associated with his human form and becomes an abomination with several white wings who fights on a celestial, pseudo-heavenly background. He can, however, cast Shadow Flare in this form.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He moves faster than can be seen even when he isn't teleporting, has inhuman endurance and reflexes, and can swing his sword fast and hard enough to cut apart buildings.
  • Limit Break: Crisis Core reveals that Octoslash and Supernova are (two of) Sephiroth's Limit Breaks.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Shinra never explained to him that his birth parents are Hojo and Lucrecia or told him about the experiments that were done to him in the womb. Instead, they lied to him and said that his mother was a woman name Jenova who died giving birth to him. When he learned about the Jenova Project, he assumed that he was some kind of artificial creature created from Jenova's remains and went insane.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His long silver hair reaches his waist, and he has very delicate features.
  • Made of Iron: Being impaled by a BFS large enough to bisect him only slows him down!
  • Magic Knight: Sephiroth is as proficient with magic as he is with his sword. His Materia are fully mastered during Cloud's flashback and, when fought as a boss in Crisis Core, is able to use elemental crystals as well as his special moves with the Masamune.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He strings Cloud along to the Temple of the Ancients and lets him retrieve the Black Materia for him just to screw with his mind. In spin-offs he repeatedly demonstrates he knows precisely how to push Cloud's buttons to make him do what he wants; it helps that Cloud's biggest button is Sephiroth's very existence.
  • Master of Illusion: One of his lesser-known powers. He is able to recreate the entire burned Nibelheim to taunt Cloud about the truth of their mission there in the past.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: It's implied that when he took over Jenova's body, even if he was the one controlling her, he remained influenced by her instincts. Advent Children has him state outright his new plan is to repeat Jenova's behavior of using the planet as a vessel to travel the cosmos looking for a new planet to conquer.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He wears all leather, his outfit bears his chest, he's very tall, very handsome, and has a smooth voice.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: After falling into the mako reactor, he ends up becoming far more dangerous than before. His statement in Advent Children, "I will never be a memory" is confirmed by Word of God to imply that Sephiroth will always return no matter how often he dies.
  • Mystical White Hair: Prior to him becoming the Big Bad, Sephiroth's white hair symbolized his otherworldly nature, overwhelming power as the first SOLDIER, and connection to Jenova.
  • The Needless: In Advent Children Sephiroth neither breathes nor blinks, deliberately invoked by Kazushige Nojima to emphasize how inhuman and otherworldly he had become.
  • Nice Guy: Pre Face–Heel Turn, he was a pretty swell guy. He was kind, thoughtful, a great leader, and many men in SOLDIER highly respected him for his boundless courage and sympathy. That changed once he found out his origin.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Under his black coat he's shirtless. And then he loses the coat at the final duel against him in the original game.
  • Odd Friendship: While he was friends with Angeal and Genesis since childhood, his friendship with the Hot-Blooded and perky Zack is peculiar to say the least.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Though it isn't his main goal, his plan to seize control of the Lifestream would kill mostly everything else on the planet.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: His Masamune has already a much bigger size than the Buster Sword and, other than his standard attack animation in the original game, he wields it several times with only one hand.
  • One-Winged Angel: Trope Namer. He goes through Bizarro Sephiroth and Safer Sephiroth in the final encounter of the game before reverting to his own body (Safer is the de facto final fight since it's the last one the player can actually lose). In later appearances, he has become a literal one-winged angel.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Sephiroth was The Stoic to the nth degree even before burning down Nibelheim. That's why it's so surprising to see him getting his ham on while burning down the place.
  • Our Angels Are Different: His Safer Sephiroth form is clearly intended to resemble one of the Seraphim, with a single black wing in place of one of his arms. Later appearances feature him with that same wing on one of his shoulders, channeling Fallen Angel for all it's worth.
  • Out of the Inferno: His iconic scene from the Nibelheim Incident inverts it; Sephiroth stands before the fires of the destroyed town and turns to walk into the flames unfazed.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: He was Shinra's greatest warrior, the planet's greatest hero, and one of the most powerful and respected men in the world. He fell to the dark side with the force of a meteor.
  • Percent Damage Attack: Despite the elaborate and powerful imagery, the Super Nova will never actually kill your playable party, instead reducing them to 1/16th or their HP. Devastating, but still a non-lethal move.
  • Post-Final Boss: When Cloud duels him at the end of the original game, the battle is impossible to lose. The player is supposed to use Omnislash to finish him off, but even if the player does nothing, the dev team thought of a way to make Sephiroth still lose.
  • Posthumous Character: Strictly speaking, he died at Nibelheim some five years before the start of the game, in the sense that his physical body was slain and his corpse crystallized in mako at the Northern Crater. But thanks to the way the Lifestream works, his spirit is still active and he can exert control over Jenova's cells to shapeshift her into a new body to use as his own. This is why his plan in Advent Children is to get his hands on genuine Jenova cells, so he can complete his revival.
  • Post-Mortem Comeback: Though he was destroyed again in VII, he was able to use the Lifestream's emergence in the world to his advantage by spreading Jenova's cells through it to infect humanity, creating the plague Geostigma. Advent Children reveals that some actual fragments of Jenova's cells would let him create a new body for himself, which is his plan in the film.
  • The Power of Hate: How he survives between VII and Advent Children; he concentrates on maintaining and building up his hatred of Cloud so he can maintain his own identity in the Lifestream and resist being absorbed into the collective.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Rapidly devolves into this after the Nibelheim incident. His boundless arrogance and smug taunting of Cloud put him on the level of a schoolyard bully.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gives a very nasty one after he's killed Aerith. And after the Nibelheim incident, though Crisis Core retcons this to a slightly sorrowful/rageful expression.
  • Purposely Overpowered: His brief "playable" segment during Cloud's flashback has him as absolutely invincible: Enemies do zero damage to him and he is at level 50, way higher than your party at the time and is able to kill any enemy in one or two hits. Yet this is done to show the way Cloud saw him as: having "unreal" strength, in his words.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Sephiroth is one of the most (in)famous male examples in gaming, as his long silver hair nearly reaches his feet. Cloud's All-Star congratulations screen in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U makes fun of this by using the very feminine goddess Palutena as a stand-in for him due to her similar hair.
  • Rated M for Manly: Back in the day, his proficence with the sword, stamina and strength were the defining traits of Sephiroth. Nowadays, it's complicated.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: It's revealed in Crisis Core that his shampoo and conditioner are perfumed.
  • Retirony: Acording to Crisis Core, he was considering retiring from Shinra and SOLDIER after the Nibelheim mission due to growing distrust of the organization and guilt from his friends' deaths. Instead he gets his Start of Darkness while there and goes totally off the deep end.
  • Shipper on Deck: Was fully supportive of Zack dating Aerith, and even covered for him with SOLDIER.
  • A Sinister Clue:
    • He's left handed, and is the first Final Fantasy Big Bad to be such and one of two boss characters in the game to be left-handed (the other is Reno of the Turks note ). (Golbez was established as one retroactively by Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, but Sephiroth came long before that game.)
    • One of the questions in the Silver Elite club quiz in Crisis Core is about in which hand Sephiroth uses his sword, with "left" as the correct answer.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation:
    • In Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth leaves the Masamune impaled in President Shinra's back, but later uses it to impale Aerith, and later still to mow down the remaining Sephiroth-clones at the Reunion. This is justified in that these are neither the real Sephiroth nor the real Masamune, but replicas created by Sephiroth using parts of Jenova's body.
    • In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, the newly resurrected Sephiroth forms the Masamune out of tainted Lifestream just in time to effortlessly block Cloud's attack.
  • Start of Darkness: Sephiroth was once a relatively normal man. Then he went to Nibelheim...
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Sephiroth is still dressed in his SOLDIER outfit long after he's gone rogue. Though he assumes the monstrous forms of Bizarro and Safer Sephiroth, his humanoid form is always wearing that costume, even after coming back from the dead in Advent Children.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He took after his "mother", Jenova, in terms of looks.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Crisis Core gives him this personality pre-madness — he's composed, aloof, and professional, but he's also capable of being loyal and worried about his friends. He can also be pretty considerate, as evidenced by Zack once the two start to become friends. Comes complete with several Pet the Dog moments, such as the end of Chapter 7, when Sephiroth informs Zack that Genesis copies have been sighted in Midgar, particularly noting their presence in the slums, and gives him permission to return to the city because he knows Zack is worried about Aerith and wants to see her.
  • Super Reflexes: Not only he has insane strength but he is also very quick on the draw. In Crisis Core, when Zack held him at swordpoint, he quickly threw him off guard and off the platform they were standing. He also calmly deflected a fireball thrown by Genesis which caught even Zack off-guard.
  • Super Prototype: As the very first SOLDIER, Sephiroth was created with a different procedure than the rest: he wasn't just injected with Jenova cells, he was injected while in the womb and grew and merged with them as he developed.
  • Sword Beam: In Crisis Core and the Dissidia series, Sephiroth can fire waves of energy from the Masamune's blade.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Crisis Core explains his Start of Darkness was the result of this. His two closest friends (implied to be his only friends at all, aside from Zack) go rogue and rebel against Shinra, he's the one usually sent out to fight their forces, he finds out the two are Super Soldier Humanoid Abominations experiments created by Shinra, and Shinra is implied to never show any concern for his feelings about any of this. By the time the Nibelheim mission comes around a year or two since the outbreak of the Genesis War, Sephiroth is considering retiring... then he finds out he's also a genetic experiment created by Shinra, and the other two were basically prototypes for him. While Sephiroth snapped at Nibelheim, it was really just the last spark in a long, slow burn of his sanity.
  • Tranquil Fury: Opposite of Cloud, who let's out fierce Hot-Blooded yells, Sephiroth is always calm, it's eerie.
  • Tyke-Bomb: He was genetically altered in the womb and raised pretty much from birth to be Shinra's perfect warrior.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Played with. He definitely looks much more attractive than his father, who is repulsive, but his mother is quite beautiful.
  • Undying Loyalty: To pretty much anyone he gets particularly close to, like Genesis, Angeal and Zack. But at the same time, he's deeply loyal to SOLDIER and Shinra. When Genesis wages a one-man war against SOLDIER and takes Angeal with him, his loyalties become torn - though he does admit to Zack that he's at least considered betraying Shinra himself. This aspect of his character is pretty much gone after he loses his mind.
  • Unusable Enemy Equipment: While he's pointedly not an enemy at the time, the game goes out of its way during the Nibelheim flashback to keep your hands off his fully leveled materia with its late-game magic while he's a Guest-Star Party Member. Attempting to remove or transfer any of his materia (or the Masamune, for that matter) while he's in the party will earn a stern "..." from Sephiroth.
    • Sephiroth is also controlled by the AI the entire time he's in the party, making all his equipment doubly unusable.
  • Unwitting Pawn: It is heavily implied in both the original Final Fantasy VII and the novellas that Sephiroth was this to Professor Hojo for the sake of research in the main plot. Although not even Hojo realized what Sephiroth was capable of. In fact, he reluctantly admits that science was meaningless before him.
  • Villain Song: "One-Winged Angel" is probably the most famous example of this trope in video games, even though he's not the one doing the singing. Both versions are sung by a Latin choir with lyrics from the Carmina Burana, portraying Sephiroth as if he was "burning inside with violent anger". The Advent Children version, however, appears to be sung from Jenova's point of view, encouraging Sephiroth to not remain a memory.
  • The Virus: Is the cause of Geostigma in Advent Children; the virus was created through his tainting of the Lifestream from within. After he first noticed he could do it, he kept doing it for the sheer enjoyment of tarnishing everything. There are even hints he had been further breaking Cloud's psyche via Cloud's Geostigma infection. Once he was infected, he let Sephiroth into his mind again.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The front of his jacket is always open, exposing his chest. During his Final Boss battle with Cloud he sheds the trenchcoat, and attacks him wearing only his pants and boots. Heads straight into Fan Disservice when Cloud beats him and we see him like this again now covered in blood.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Although Sephiroth himself doesn't seem to realize it (he mentions that he "has no hometown"), it is implied in the games, and confirmed via Word of God and creation materials, that Sephiroth was born in Nibelheim, the very same place he ended up burning to the ground.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Despite being one of the most famous examples, Sephiroth was actually a subversion when he first appeared. He was not effeminate in his original appearance (one of his defining traits being his incredibly badass combat prowess), was not The Trickster (despite being a Manipulative Bastard) and, before going mad, his stoicism outweighed any Sugar-and-Ice Personality traits. The later games tend to play the trope straighter, with his white hair emphasizing his villainous nature and connection to Jenova.
  • Winged Humanoid: Sephiroth can manifest a single black angel wing while fighting.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Averted. As Safer Sephiroth, the wing in his right hand is used as his standard attack. He can also use the wings in his lower body to rise up in the air, making him unreachable to melee fighters.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: See Freudian Excuse. In-universe he actually averted this as Cloud and co. refused to give him any sympathy whatsoever on account of all his various atrocities. Come Advent Children, Cloud changed his tune and decided he pitied Sephiroth due to Evil Cannot Comprehend Good.
  • World's Strongest Man: Both before and after his Face–Heel Turn, Sephiroth is strongly implied to be the single greatest swordsman in the world, with Cloud noting that despite his last memory of Sephiroth prior to his amnesia being about to fight him to the death, realistically there was no way in hell he could have defeated him note . He has insane Super Strength even by the standards of the world he inhabits, can tank an insane amount of punishment and repeatedly comes back from the dead. He is the single greatest warrior in SOLDIER history and is a highly skilled and extremely intelligent fighter and strategist, and when you get to play him with in flashback he is literally invincible and kills almost every monster in your path with single attacks. His only competition by the endgame of Final Fantasy VII is Cloud Strife, who took over the title when he finally defeated him in a one-on-one duel (which, gameplay-wise, was a Foregone Victory), and since then every clash between them canonically ended with Cloud as the victor.
  • Would Hit a Girl: At Nibelheim he doesn't hesitate to disarm Tifa and slash her with the Masamune. There's also the whole "impaling Aerith" thing.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: The Sephiroth vs. Cloud final boss fight was infamous as impossible to lose. However, it's essentially an interactive cinematic to demonstrate Cloud's mind is too strong for Sephiroth to overpower now.
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    Genesis Rhapsodos 

Genesis Rhapsodos

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"My soul, corrupted by vengeance, hath endured torment to find the end of the journey, in my own salvation and your eternal slumber."
Voiced by: Gackt (Japanese), Robin Atkin Downes/Oliver Quinn (English)

A former SOLDIER 1st Class who had a friendly rivalry with Angeal and Sephiroth and is slightly obsessed with LOVELESS, a mysterious book of poems. When he's wounded by Sephiroth and falls mysteriously ill as a result, he defects from Shinra to wage war on them seeking a cure for his conditions.


  • Author Appeal: He was heavily based on Gackt, a Japanese pop star that Tetsuya Nomura was a fan of at the time.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Genesis Rhapsodos" is up there with Sephiroth as one of the coolest names you could come up with for your bad guy.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a long red coat. One of his fanclubs even calls themselves "Red Leather".
  • Beta Test Baddie: To Sephiroth. Genesis was just one of many people around the world who looked up to Sephiroth and wanted to be just like him. Learning that they were made from separate, competing branches of the Jenova Project, just heightened Genesis' jealousy of and ambition to surpass him.
  • BFS: His weapon is a massive red rapier, to parallel Sephiroth's Masamune.
  • Big Bad: For Crisis Core. Subverted when it becomes apparent Hollander is using him for his own ends and Genesis is more desperate than evil.
  • Bishōnen: He's got soft features and bright red hair.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: After Genesis Avatar is defeated, Zack must fight Genesis again in human form.
  • Cold Ham: He tends to be pretty even-toned and doesn't raise his voice a lot, but he still puts a lot of weight and drama into his sentences, especially if he's quoting LOVELESS.
  • Cool Sword: His rapier is a giant red blade that he can imbue with magic to fight.
  • Disney Death: Genesis fell into a reactor, yet it becomes apparent later on that he survived.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zack feels sorry for him and lets him live.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: In-universe, Genesis is obsessed with LOVELESS and has written papers on what it might mean. As his condition and sanity deteriorate and his desperation for a cure intensifies, he starts drawing parallels between the events of Crisis Core and LOVELESS, and becomes convinced it is some sort of holy prophecy or legend that he must fulfill.
  • Evil Redhead: Subverted; he isn't so much evil as he is a pretentious Jerkass.
  • Expy:
    • Sephiroth is the most obvious example, though Genesis is actually a Foil.
    • A straighter example would be Kuja from Final Fantasy IX. Both he and Genesis are poetic characters who are inferior products of an experiment in comparison to other characters (Kuja to Zidane, Genesis to Angeal and Sephiroth to a degree). Both also feel at some point that the world should not exist without them, and are redeemed by the game's end.
  • Final Boss: Of Crisis Core. Not counting the scripted Hopeless Boss Fight that follows.
  • Foil: To Sephiroth. They're both famous First Class SOLDIERs that go rogue from Shinra and seek divine power. However, Sephiroth does so because he comes to think he's an Ancient and should rule the planet; Genesis is trying to save his own life and is resorting to desperate stretches of reason to find a way. Even their designs play into this; Genesis is shorter haired, right-handed, has a wing on his left side, and wields a double-edged, straight-bladed Laser Blade, while Sephiroth is The Southpaw with Rapunzel Hair, with a wing on the right side, and he wields a single-edged weapon with a curved blade that he doesn't enhance. Genesis relies on an army; Sephiroth acts largely on his own (and actively murders his own copies), and in his One-Winged Angel form, Genesis, who believes himself to be a monster, transforms into a demonic form, while the A God Am I Sephiroth takes on the form of a...One-Winged Angel, and the naming of these forms is reversed. (Genesis Avatar and Safer Sephiroth).
  • Freudian Trio: Forms one with Angeal and Sephiroth in Crisis Core, as the Id; driven by emotion and personal ambition.
  • The Heavy: In Crisis Core, he's the character that the game's events revolve around.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His appearance is heavily based on his voice actor, Gackt. In Dirge of Cerberus, they didn't even bother with the ink suit; Gackt got into costume and performed in front of a green screen to be put into the game's secret ending.
  • Karma Houdini: He instigated a war, killed his own parents, basically wiped out his hometown's population, subjected an immense amount of innocent people to Hollander's experments, and his presence helped drive Sephiroth over the edge at Nibelheim. Yet he not only survives, he got exactly what he wanted from it all. He was last seen in Dirge of Cerberus' secret ending with plans for something else, but it has yet to be followed up on.
  • Laser Blade: He can channel magic into his sword, giving it the appearance of a lightsaber.
  • Magic Knight: He fights with sword combos and magic in equal turn, and powers magic into his sword to strengthen it.
  • Meaningful Name: "Genesis" of course parallels Sephiroth's name in Biblical symbolism, but it also means "birth" or "origin". Combined with the origin of his last name, he is "the original epic poem", referring both to his obsession with LOVELESS, and the idea that in-universe he was the original rebel SOLDIER and committed acts that Sephiroth would later repeat.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is based on Gackt Camui; he's also voiced by Gackt, Gackt had a hand in the design of his outfit, and Gackt portrayed him live action in the secret ending for Dirge of Cerberus.
  • One-Winged Angel: Empowers himself with the Goddess Materia to transform into Genesis Avatar.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: While not as revered or powerful as Sephiroth, Genesis was still one of Shinra's greatest warriors before he turns on them, and when he defects he takes a large number of other SOLDIER members with him.
  • Playing with Fire: He prefers fire and fire-like attacks, such as Flash, Homing, and Dark Energy.
  • Power Degeneration: The procedure that granted him his powers is also what's going to kill him if he doesn't find a cure.
  • Psycho Prototype: He's the original Project G SOLDIER. Finding out about it is what helped drive him to evil.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears black pants and a top under his red coat, though he's less evil and more a desperate jerk.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Played with. No other version of the Nibelheim Incident has any mention or appearance by Genesis. However, the way he appears in Crisis Core allows him to be there without actually retconning the event's other depictions — he appears when Zack and Sephiroth enter the reactor, and the only version of that specific scene that has been shown across the series is the one where Cloud is in Zack's place, so Genesis's absence could be given a Hand Wave as one of many inconsistencies in Cloud's memories.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his own parents. Played with in that they were his step-parents; we never find out who his biological parents are.
  • Sissy Villain: His English voice actor goes down this route, and the Bishoneny appearance, flamboyant hand gestures and constant recital of LOVELESS just add to it.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Implied with his statement to Zack that as a monster, he has neither dreams nor honor (admittedly a claim that is later disproven by his desire to regain his pride as a SOLDIER).
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Angeal's mother, he was a nice guy growing up.
  • Wicked Pretentious: He's one of the world's leading scholars on LOVELESS and is implied to have published writings about his theories to its meaning. Normally, this may have had him come across as Wicked Cultured, but see Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory above.

    Angeal Hewley 

Angeal Hewley

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"Embrace your dreams. If you want to be a hero you need to have dreams... and honor."

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Josh Gilman (English)

Zack's superior in SOLDIER, he's a First Class member and is respected and admired as a symbol of heroism and strength in the company. When Genesis declares war on Shinra, Angeal goes rogue, torn between loyalties to his friends and his career.


  • Anti-Villain: He's not a villain at all, he's just trying to do the right thing and sometimes is on the side of Shinra's enemies. The few times Angeal acts outright antagonistic to Zack is when he's in a Then Let Me Be Evil mood.
  • Artistic Age: He's 25, but acts much older.
  • BFS: The original wielder of the Buster Sword.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Zack.
  • Eldritch Abomination: As Angeal Penance, he's a bipedal chimera-entity formed from several Angeal Copies, with Angeal's face and chest on the torso.
  • Foil: To Genesis. While Genesis rebels against Shinra to heal himself, Angeal does it because he's torn between loyalty to Shinra and loyalty to his oldest and best friend. As well, while they're both experiments of Project G, Angeal is the "perfect" result of Hollander's efforts and has a different set of abilities than Genesis does.
  • Freudian Trio: Forms one with Sephiroth and Genesis in Crisis Core, as the Ego; the level-headed mediator between the two. Fully demonstrated in the duel between the two when Angeal has to intervene to stop them from taking it too far.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: In contrast to Genesis and Sephiroth's black wings, Angeal's wings are white and pure.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's a SOLDIER, so he's been infused with Jenova cells and Mako energy to create this. As a Project G experiment though he's even more on the "abomination" side than normal SOLDIER members.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Pretty much the reason why he transformed and fought Zack to the death.
  • Meaningful Name: Angeal = Angel. Lampshaded when Zack says his wings are those of an angel, not a monster. Also Angeal Penance, representing Angeal's desire to invoke Death Equals Redemption by forcing Zack to kill him and take up his legacy.
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: He uses the words "dream" and "honor" a lot. As in pretty much every other sentence. Usually when they're in improper context. Sephiroth lampshades it when he tells Zack about receiving "one of Angeal's famous lectures".
  • The Mentor: To Zack, instilling with him what it means to be a true SOLDIER and why those values are important.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Shockingly, this mentor to Zack and hero of Shinra you've never heard of does not survive the game.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Zack is horrified when he sees Angeal standing over his own mother's dead body, thinking that his mentor had just committed matricide. It's only later that Angeal reveals that his mother Gillian actually killed herself since she couldn't bear the guilt of her role in Project G any longer.
  • No Cure for Evil: Averted, End of Gluttony restores his HP.
  • One-Winged Angel: He merges with other Angeal Copies to become Angeal Penance.
  • Ornamental Weapon: The Buster Sword cost so much for his parents to have custom made for him that he dislikes using it to avoid damaging it.
  • The Paragon: Along with Sephiroth and Genesis, he's one of Shinra's most famous and respected SOLDIERs, and many aspire to his example.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: And he ends up siding with Genesis.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Just like Genesis and Sephiroth, though he gets two and his are white.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The DMW attack associated with him, Rush Assault, is a flurry of punches and kicks.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: An in-game email from his fan club states that he loves dogs and gardening.
  • Team Dad: To Zack, and most of SOLDIER.
  • Theme Naming: As Angeal Penance, all his special attacks are named after the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • What Have I Become?: He does not take the revelation of what he really is well.

    Lazard Deusericus 

Lazard Deusericus

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"Impossible dreams are the best kind."
Voiced by: Junpei Morita (Japanese), Stefan Marks (English)

The director of SOLDIER, he was born in the slums and has worked his way up through Shinra's ranks through hard work and determination. He advises Zack on furthering his dreams in the company and provides him missions and assignments. However, he acts behind the scenes on a secret agenda.

Appears in: Crisis Core

  • Affably Evil: He's very friendly and polite, but he's working with Hollander and Genesis.
  • Anti-Villain: He's aiding Hollander and Genesis, but his motivations are much more sympathetic, and he eventually realizes the error of his ways and aids Zack.
  • The Atoner: Post-time skip.
  • Big Good: Inasmuch as he can be considering the Grey and Gray Morality of Shinra, but he is the director of SOLDIER and is known and respected among the company's military branch for being a good leader.
  • First-Name Basis: His subordinates refer to him as Director Lazard and his last name is largely ignored.
  • Foil:
    • To Hollander. They both have been snubbed by Shinra and are using Genesis for revenge, but Lazard undergoes a Heel–Face Turn to help Zack while Hollander continues to aid Genesis. And while Hollander becomes a Genesis Copy, Lazard becomes an Angeal Copy.
    • Also one to Rufus Shinra once you find out his full backstory. While Rufus was born into his power and position, Lazard had to work his way up from the slums, and is a much better person than Rufus.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He is mortally wounded protecting Cloud from Shinra forces while Zack is fighting Genesis beneath Banora.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He eventually becomes an Angeal Copy. By the time he finds Zack at the end of the game, he's fully taken on Angeal's face and hairstyle, save for his hair going white due to his degradation.
  • Informed Attribute: He's said to have not forgotten his roots and has sympathy for others living in the slums, but it doesn't come into play much.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He is President Shinra's illegitimate son with a slum woman. This also makes him Rufus's older brother and thus rightful heir to the company if his lineage were to be revealed. His discovery of this is why he helps Hollander and Genesis wage war on the company.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's the one funding Hollander and Genesis.
  • Meaningful Name: "Deusericus" is Latin for "silken god", a potential alternate reading of the kanji for "Shinra".
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: As an Angeal Copy, he wishes to help Zack stop Genesis and save the world. Zack speculates that it's Angeal's cells influencing his mind.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While Zack is fighting Genesis in the caverns beneath Banora, Lazard sacrifices his life to protect Cloud from being captured by Shinra.
  • Power Gives You Wings: He sprouts a pair of white wings due to being an Angeal Copy.
  • Put on a Bus: He goes missing sometime between Chapter 6 and Chapter 7, presumably because Cissnei tells Zack in Chapter 7 that Shinra was beginning to suspect he was the one funding Hollander and Genesis. He reappears near the end of the game to aid Zack in the final chapter.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's polite, friendly and sociable with his subordinates, and recognizes Zack's exceptional performance for a Second Class and decides to call on him more often for future assignments.
  • Self-Made Man: He came from a single mother in the slums and has worked his way through Shinra to become one of the most powerful men in the company.
  • Walking Spoiler: His true hand in the game's events is a major reveal.

    Kunsel 

Kunsel

Voiced by: Crispin Freeman

Another aspiring Second Class SOLDIER, he's one of Zack's closest friends in the organization and has a knack for learning things going on in the company that he relays to Zack.

Appears in: Crisis Core

  • The Faceless: He never takes off his helmet so we have no idea what he looks like beneath it.
  • Mauve Shirt: He has enough screentime to be more than just an anonymous SOLDIER, but not enough to really be considered part of the core cast, even within the single title he appears in.
  • Mr. Exposition: He knows a lot about what goes on in Shinra that he explains to Zack.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Zack, to the point he says in his last emails after Zack awakens at Nibelheim that he's gonna leave Shinra to find him and help him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His final email says he's going to come look for Zack, but we never find out his fate.
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