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Cloud Strife
Cloud Strife art.jpg
Artwork of Cloud Strife by Tetsuya Nomura
Series Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Compilation of Final Fantasy VII
Designed by Tetsuya Nomura
Voiced by (English) Steve Burton
Voiced by (Japanese) Takahiro Sakurai
Fictional information
Weapon Buster Sword, Fusion Swords
Home Nibelheim
Blood type AB

Cloud Strife (クラウド・ストライフ Kuraudo Sutoraifu?) is a fictional character and the main protagonist in Square's (now Square Enix's) role-playing game Final Fantasy VII and several of its sequels and spin-offs. His original design was created by Final Fantasy VII character designer Tetsuya Nomura. Cloud's appearance is marked by spikey blonde hair, striking blue eyes, dark clothing and his Buster Sword (バスターソード?),[1] which previously belonged to his friend Zack Fair. Cloud is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in Japanese,[2] and in English by Steve Burton.[3]

In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is a mercenary and self-proclaimed ex-member of SOLDIER, a select, genetically augmented military unit operating under the defacto world government and megacorporation Shinra Electric Power Company. Fighting against Shinra in the resistance group "AVALANCHE" and driven by a feud with the primary antagonist, Sephiroth,[4] Cloud learns to come to terms with his troubled past and adapts to his role as a leader. Cloud has also appeared in several other titles outside the Final Fantasy VII continuity. Such titles include Itadaki Street Special, Final Fantasy Tactics, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Ehrgeiz, and the Kingdom Hearts series.

Cloud has garnered a primarily positive reception by critics. Described as "iconic," the character has been ranked highly in various published character lists. Cloud remains popular among fans, and continues to place highly in popularity polls. Cloud has also become the basis for a variety of merchandise, such as action figures and jewellery.

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Concept and creation

Cloud was designed by Tetsuya Nomura with influences from Yoshinori Kitase, Kazushige Nojima and Hironobu Sakaguchi. Originally conceptualized by Sakaguchi as one of only three playable characters in early planning stages for Final Fantasy VII, Cloud's character saw greater oversight by Nomura than with other characters in previous Final Fantasy projects.[5] Nomura has said the original parameters of Cloud's character design called for slicked-back, black hair with no spikes. This depiction was to serve as a contrast to the long, flowing silver hair of the game's lead antagonist, Sephiroth. However, to make Cloud stand out more and emphasize his role in the game as the lead protagonist, Nomura altered Cloud's design to give him spiky, bright, blond hair.[6] Furthermore, Nomura was called upon to supervise Cloud's various lines and personality traits.[7] Kitase and Nojima, meanwhile, were in charge of developing Cloud's background and his relationship with the character of Sephiroth.[8] Cloud's weapon, the Buster Sword, was originally smaller from its final form in the game, but its height increased as Nomura redesigned Cloud.[9] Kitase said of the character:

There wasn't really much controversy or criticism about having him as the hero from within Square, but he is definitely a mysterious character. That's one of the game's main themes, the fact that the protagonist has all these secrets to unravel. He isn't a straightforward hero like Superman; rather, he has lots of mysteries, self-doubts, and a real dark side. Mr. Nomura was also very good at designing a character like that.
—Yoshinori Kitase, Electronic Gaming Monthly, October 2005[5]

Nojima has expressed the dynamic of the relationship between the player and the main character in a Final Fantasy title is something he always puts thought into, and with Final Fantasy VII, Cloud's subdued nature led him to write scenes with the character in such a way that the players would be placed in the position of deciding for themselves what the character was thinking.[10] Nomura believes that the reason why Cloud has become popular within gamers is due to the impact from his personality made in Nojima's scenario.[9]

For Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Nomura agreed to direct the project, largely in part because of his attachment to the character of Cloud.[7] Nomura, on explaining Cloud's situation in the film, said that "Cloud tried to lead his life positively after the end of FF7 but he cracked...The sin which Cloud thinks he owns is not anyone's fault in particular. It is something Cloud has to overcome by himself." Nojima said that the theme of the story is one of redemption. "If you want to be forgiven, you have to take the hard path in life." Cloud, in choosing to fight against Sephiroth once again, is finally "given healing and forgiveness."[7] Nomura concluded, "Cloud seems to be a weak guy. Generally, heroes are strong, cool and don't have any weaknesses...Although Cloud is a jerk sometimes, he is really human-like. It's through redemption from his friends and having children to protect that he becomes stronger."[7] Cloud's design in the film is a combination of a total of 8 designs the staff made which were from deformed to realistic designs. In contrast to his hair, Cloud's clothes were difficult to make in the film.[11]

Cloud's Japanese voice actor, Takahiro Sakurai, first voiced his character in Kingdom Hearts with the idea that Cloud was a different character from the one of Final Fantasy VII, game which he was a fan of.[12] For Advent Children Nomura wanted Cloud and Vincent's voices to contrast with each other due to their similarities.[13] Sakurai expressed pressure for voicing Cloud as it was the sequel from the Final Fantasy VII. Although he did not mind whether critical response regarding his work was positive or not, Sakurai claims that he only received praise. When voicing him, Sakurai has in mind that his silence is more expressive than his dialogues and that due to his burdens, he notes that Cloud is shown to be a weak person. For Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Cloud was noted by Sakurai to be more normal as well as more expressive. The final scene in which Cloud screams over Zack Fair's death was the one in which Sakurai worked the most as it left the biggest impression on him. Sakurai has come to regard Cloud as very important character as it reminds him of his past and he is still impressed that he voiced him as he was fan of Final Fantasy VII.[12]

Appearances

Final Fantasy VII

In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is introduced as a mercenary and former member of SOLDIER, 1st Class, an elite military unit operating under the Shinra Company. Presented at the game's start as apathetic to anything unrelated to his job, Cloud's blasé attitude towards the goals of AVALANCHE, a resistance group fighting against Shinra, and the threat posed to the planet causes conflict with the other characters,[14][15][16] and his background produces misgivings as to Cloud's motivations and trustworthiness.[17][18] Cloud, meanwhile, takes pride in his past, confident in his abilities as a "former member of SOLDIER."[19][20] Despite appearing detached to members of AVALANCHE in the game's introductory sequence,[15][21][22] Cloud does display moments of camaraderie, some depending on the player's choices.[23][24] When confronted by his childhood friend and AVALANCHE member, Tifa, Cloud agrees to keep his boyhood promise to protect her,[25][26] continuing his AVALANCHE membership despite never having become a famous hero.[27][28] Following the player's departure from Midgar, Cloud is appointed group leader by the other members of the party, much to the chagrin of Barret, AVALANCHE's original leader.[29]

In interacting with Aerith, a flower girl wanted by Shinra and sole survivor of an ancient race known as the Cetra,[30][31] Cloud's character is further expanded upon. He shows increased signs of good-natured humor[32][33][34] and protectiveness,[35][36][37] as opposed to his antagonistic use of sarcasm with Barret[22] or comparative coolness to everyone other than Tifa that he has previously spoken with. Aerith, in turn, reciprocates this attitude, offering her assistance to lead Cloud back to Sector 7 and to rescue Tifa in Sector 6, despite Cloud being her bodyguard and the danger present.[34][36] Aerith also inquires about Cloud's romantic life,[38] and, depending on the player's dialogue choices and actions, could be one of several characters to take Cloud on a "date" at the Golden Saucer, an enormous amusement park, along with Tifa, and less seriously, Barret and optional character Yuffie. This love triangle aspect between Cloud, Tifa and Aerith is primarily focused on in the first disc, and at times is used to humorous effect.[39]

When the player arrives at the inn in the town of Kalm, Cloud narrates to the group his history with Sephiroth, a legendary member of SOLDIER and the game's primary antagonist. According to Cloud, the two were "war buddies," having worked together on previous missions prior to the one in Nibelheim.[40] Having joined SOLDIER to emulate Sephiroth,[26][40] Cloud states in the flashback that he signs up for "big missions" whenever they become available, as the war had already ended and thus his chances for fame.[41] When Sephiroth, upon discovering documents surrounding the nature of Jenova and his birth, mistakes himself to be a Cetra[42] and razes Nibelheim, Cloud chases after him. Finding Tifa wounded by Sephiroth at the Mt. Nibel Mako Reactor, Cloud discovers Sephiroth releasing Jenova, an extraterrestrial life-form and Sephiroth's "mother," from imprisonment. Cloud relates to the group that he then confronted Sephiroth, although he is unable to remember the events directly following.[43]

In fact, these events did not occur as Cloud describes; rather, they are an amalgamation of Cloud's actual past (as a member of the Shinra army who failed to enter SOLDIER) along with his friend Zack's own past, mixed with memories gleaned from Tifa's mind, created out of a combination of shame, Jenova cells and manipulation by Sephiroth.[44][45] The effects of this self-fabrication are made noticeable to the player prior to Cloud's discovery of the truth—Cloud, at mention of names from the past or moments related thereto, will experience a brief flashback and collapse momentarily, suffering from apparent physical pain,[46][47] and visual and audio cues are given to indicate discrepancies.[48][49] It is not until after he and Tifa fall into the Lifestream that he, with her encouragement can piece his past back together, and restore his own personality from underneath the amalgam where he had subconsciously hidden it, and dismisses Sephiroth's deceit that he is an artificially-constructed Sephiroth-clone.[50]

Compilation of Final Fantasy VII

Cloud's design in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children was one of the most difficult to make by the staff as they wanted it to look realistic.[11]

In the cell phone game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, Cloud appears in a minor role. During the course of the game, which takes place over the six years leading into Final Fantasy VII, the player encounters Cloud while he is serving under Zack and Sephiroth's command.[51]

In the CGI film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Cloud, two years following the conclusion of Final Fantasy VII,[52] lives with Tifa in the city of Edge, working as a courier for the "Strife Delivery Service" that Tifa set up in her new bar, having given up his life as a mercenary.[53] Staying with them is Marlene, Barret's adopted daughter, and Denzel, an orphan with a rampant and deadly disease called Geostigma. When confronted by Tifa following the disappearance of Denzel and Marlene, it is revealed that Cloud suffers from the effects of Geostigma, and he responds that he is unfit to protect his new family and other friends.[54] However, when urged by Tifa to let go of the past,[55] Cloud sets out for the Forgotten City in search for the children, and confronts Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo, genetic remnants of Sephiroth left behind before he could diffuse into the Lifestream completely.[56] In confronting Kadaj, the battle takes them back to Aerith's church, where the Lifestream-influenced water cures Cloud of his Geostigma. Kadaj later merges with the remnants of Jenova, causing Sephiroth to be reborn. When Sephiroth is once again defeated, he dissipates, leaving a dying Kadaj in his place.[57] At the movie's end, Cloud sees Aerith and Zack in the doorway of Aerith's church, and assures them that he'll be fine, as he isn't alone anymore.

Cloud in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII

Cloud is also one of the main characters in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. This OVA depicts Cloud in two events that were shown in flashbacks in Final Fantasy VII; one at Nibelheim when he fights Sephiroth, and the other while escaping from Shinra with Zack.[58] In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Cloud is presented as a young Shinra infantryman who befriends the SOLDIER Zack Fair. During the game's conclusion, a dying Zack gives Cloud his Buster Sword, telling him that he is his legacy and that he must continue to live.[59] After Zack dies, an emotionally-shattered Cloud departs for Midgar alone, and develops the Zack-based persona that he possesses for the majority of Final Fantasy VII.

Cloud appears in a small supporting role in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. A year after the events of Advent Children,[60] Cloud, working alongside Barrett and Tifa, lends his support to the ground forces of the World Regenesis Organization and Vincent in their siege of Midgar and counterattack against the rogue Shinra military unit, Deepground.

Other appearances

In Kingdom Hearts, Cloud is meant to have a "demon-like" appearance.[61]

Cloud's character has also appeared in games outside of the Final Fantasy VII continuity. He is one of several playable Final Fantasy VII characters in Itadaki Street Special for the PlayStation 2 and Itadaki Street Portable for the PlayStation Portable. In Chocobo Racing, Cloud is a hidden character that rides a motorcycle.[62] Cloud is a playable character in the PlayStation version of Ehrgeiz, but like the other Final Fantasy VII characters present in the game, he has no storyline. Cloud and Tifa are the only Final Fantasy VII characters with a third costume or a story mode title; Cloud's depicts him in his Shinra infantryman attire, and his title is 'Guardian'.[63]

In the PlayStation game Final Fantasy Tactics, Cloud is a playable secret character the player is able to recruit. He is accidentally pulled into the world of Ivalice by an ancient machine called "the Celestial Globe," which was activated by Ramza Beoulve in Goug Machine City.[64] Cloud is disoriented after arriving in Ramza's world, and after a short exchange with Ramza and the others, he leaves.[64] He wanders into Zarghidas Trade City, where he encounters a flower girl named Aerith, and it is implied that she reminds Cloud of the Aerith in the original game, including his grief of her death.[65] As Cloud is leaving the area, Aerith is accosted by a man demanding payment.[66] Cloud returns to help Aerith escape as Ramza and his party catch up to him.[67] After the battle, he joins Ramza's party as a playable character, although he can't perform any of his signature attacks until the player tracks down his Materia blade.[68]

In Kingdom Hearts, Cloud appears in the Olympus Coliseum world. He is depicted with a claw and a crimson cape, and the blade of his sword is wrapped in bandages. Nomura has stated that Cloud's left arm was inspired by Vincent Valentine, noting that, in this game, the character was supposed to illustrate a "demon-like" appearance due to his ties to the "dark side."[61] He has been hired by Hades to kill Hercules, but must fight Sora as a prerequisite.[69] After the fight, Hades sends Cerberus to attack Cloud and Sora, who are then saved by Hercules. Cloud meets with Sora afterward and explains that he is searching for someone.[70] Aerith later tells Sora in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix that he's looking for Sephiroth. Cloud appears later in the Coliseum's battle tournaments. During the credit roll at the end of the game, Cloud is shown reuniting with Aerith and the other residents of Hollow Bastion in the library after Cid has located him and brought him home. Cloud continued his role in the series in the Game Boy Advance sequel Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as a boss in the Olympus Coliseum[71] and later as a summon card for Sora.[72] However, this Cloud is based on Sora's memory in this game. Cloud appears again in Kingdom Hearts II, depicted in his Advent Children attire. He is still searching for Sephiroth, asking for Sora's help in order to do so while also warning Sora that Sephiroth will attempt to turn him to darkness,[73] and is himself being sought out by Kingdom Hearts's version of Tifa.[74] Cloud fights alongside Leon during the Heartless invasion of Hollow Bastion, and later aids Sora. Should the player choose to engage Sephiroth and win the battle, Cloud returns and engages Sephiroth which ends with both of them disappearing in a flash of light after Tifa gives Cloud the light to overcome his darkness. Sora concludes that Cloud is still fighting with Sephiroth, and will not stop until he is defeated.[75]

Cloud is the hero representing Final Fantasy VII in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, where he is, as in all his recent appearances, voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in the Japanese version and by Steve Burton in the English version.[76] His fight against Sephiroth in such game was based on their fights from Final Fantasy VII and Advent Children.[77]

Cultural impact

Critical reception

The character of Cloud has been overall well received by critics. IGN stated the character set a trend for role-playing game heroes.[78] "The spiky blond hair and the gigantic Buster Sword have become instantly identifiable icons, recognized by gamers around the world."[79] GameDaily concurred, listing Cloud as an example of the "spiky-haired hero with a strange weapon", though stating that they have no problem with Cloud's spiky hair in particular.[80] He was named best character of all time in Dengeki PlayStation's retrospective awards feature about the original PlayStation.[81] Electronic Gaming Monthly placed him seventh in their "Top Ten: List of Videogame Characters."[82] UGO placed him at the top on their list of "Top 25 Japanese RPG Characters".[83] IGN placed him third in its "Top 25 Final Fantasy Characters" feature.[79] He had the same rank in IGN's "Final Fantasy VII: Top 10 Characters".[84] GamesRadar listed Cloud as the 2nd best Final Fantasy hero of all the time stating "he’s one of the most well-rounded and thought-out characters in the series".[85]

GameCritics leveled criticism against the character, stating that, while Final Fantasy VII had "some of the most complex characters ever created, by video game standards," the character was nevertheless "paper-thin" with "childish motivations" when compared to characters from "Citizen Kane or the complexities of characters exhibited in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver."[86] Mania Entertainment writer Briana Lawerence listed Cloud 2nd in the article "10 Male Headaches of Anime" criticizing his feeling of guilt about Aerith's death.[87] On the other hand, Edge described Cloud as an example of "excellent design and characterization."[88] They also commented that his design "inspired many a Japanese teen to adopt his exact spiky, yellow hairstyle."[89] GameDaily ranked him fifth on their list of the "Top 25 Gaming Hunks", with praise on his design and weapon.[90] His development in Advent Children was praised by Todd Douglass Jr. from DVD Talk as one of the best parts from the film.[91] Famitsu issue #1103 featured Cloud on its cover and gave him a seven-page tribute, showing his many appearances through the years.[9] During February 2010, Famitsu ranked Cloud 3rd in their "Coolest characters" poll.[92]

Reception among fans has been predominately positive. According to IGN, "he is probably the most famous hero in the history of the Final Fantasy series," and that, although "his star has faded somewhat over the last decade and change, maybe it's just a consequence of overexposure," and "he'll probably still be an icon ten years from now."[79] IGN listed him as a possible character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl,[93] though he was not chosen as the "reader's choice."[94] In one of IGN's 2007 "Hero Showdowns," Cloud was pitted against Link, though Link was voted the favorite.[95] The character was placed in similar contests by GameFAQs, winning the "Character Battle II" (2003) and finishing second in the "Character Battle III" (2004) and the "Battle Royale" (2006).[96][97][98] GameSpot featured him in their poll "All Time Greatest Game Hero".[99] GamesRadar featured him in "RPG Emo-Off", in which they stated Cloud became "most emo character of all JRPGs" until he was defeated by Genesis Rhapsodos.[100] In an Oricon poll from 2008, Cloud was voted as the 2nd most popular video game character. He was also 2nd in men's category and 3rd in women's category.[101] Cloud has also been included in some unorthodox lists; these include IGN's "Worst Videogame Haircuts", "Top Videogame Sword Masters" and ScrewAttack's "Top Ten Coolest Characters".[102][103][104] Arnold Katayev from PSXextreme praise Cloud's redesign from Kingdom Hearts as one of best ones from the game, noting how it is a "hybrid" of his and Vincent Valentine's designs.[105]

Merchandise

Cloud has served extensively as a basis for a variety of merchandise, including figurines and jewelry.[106][107] Kanji Tashiro, Square Enix's manager of merchandise, said at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con that Cloud's likeness has produced some of the company's best-selling items, and said that fans could look forward to further adaptations of the character in the future.[108] Popular models include Cloud's Advent Children figurine and Hardy Daytona Bike set, having sold particularly well in European and North American markets.[108]

References

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  4. ^ Cloud: For me, this is a personal feud. I want to beat Sephiroth. And settle my past. Saving the planet just happens to be a part of that. I've been thinking.Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
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  14. ^ Barret: Little by little the reactors'll drain out all the life. And that'll be that. / Cloud: It's not my problem. / Barret: The planet's dyin', Cloud! / Cloud: The only thing I care about is finishin' this job before security and the Roboguards come. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  15. ^ a b Barret: Tifa! Let him go! Looks like he still misses the Shinra! / Cloud: Shut up! I don't care about either Shinra or SOLDIER! But don't get me wrong! I don't care about AVALANCHE or the Planet for that matter! Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  16. ^ Tifa: The Planet is dying. Slowly but surely it's dying. Someone has to do something. / Cloud: So let Barret and his buddies do something about it. It's got nothin' to do with me. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  17. ^ Jessie: Aren't they the enemy? What's he doing us in AVALANCHE? / Biggs: Hold it Jessie. He WAS in SOLDIER. He quit them and now is one of us. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  18. ^ Barret: EX-SOLDIER, huh? Don't trust ya! Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  19. ^ Barret: Yo. Cloud! There's somethin' I wanna ask ya. Was there anyone from SOLDIER fighting us today? / Cloud: None. I'm positive. / Barret: You sound pretty sure. / Cloud: If there was anyone from SOLDIER you wouldn't be standing here now. / Barret: Don't go thinkin' you so bad jes cuz you was in SOLDIER. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  20. ^ Cloud: Don't mess with me. I used to be in SOLDIER. I'll tell you how much I know.... an' for free too!" Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  21. ^ Cloud: I don't care what your names are. Once this job's over... I'm outta here. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  22. ^ a b Cloud: Cloud: Looks like I'm a little late. / Barret: You damn right, you're late!! Come waltzin' in here makin' a big scene! | Cloud: It's no big deal. Just what I always do. / Barret: Shit! Havin' everyone worried like that you don't give a damn 'bout no one but yourself! / Cloud: Hmm... you were worried about me! Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  23. ^ Biggs: What!? you tellin' me you're too good to drink with me? Don't act big-headed jus' because you were in SOLDIER! / Yeah, why not?/ Biggs: Oh!! That's more like it! Even if you were with SOLDIER, you're still a rookie here. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  24. ^ Cloud: Wedge!! You all right!? / Wedge: .......Cloud...... You remembered..... my name. Barret's up top. ...help him....... An' Cloud.... Sorry, I wasn't any help. / Cloud: I'm going up! Aeris, you look after Wedge.Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  25. ^ Before leaving Nibelheim, Cloud declared that "I’ll be a SOLDIER" to a village girl, Tifa, with whom he secretly fell in love, and made a promise to protect her. (Crisis Core Ultimania)
  26. ^ a b Cloud: But I'm different from all of them. I'm not just going to find a job. I want to join SOLDIER. I'm going to be the best there is, just like Sephiroth. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  27. ^ Cloud: I'm not a hero and I'm not famous. I can't keep... the promise. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  28. ^ Cloud: This is my pay? Don't make me laugh. \ Tifa: What? Then you'll...!! / Cloud: You got the next mission lined up? I'll do it for 3000. / Tifa: Thanks, Cloud. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  29. ^ Barret: We need a group leader for our journey. 'Course only me could be the leader. / Tifa: You think so...? / Aeris: It would have to be Cloud. / Barret: ^#$^%....... awright. Go Northeast to a town called Kalm. If something happens, we'll meet up there. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  30. ^ Red XIII: Cetra... That girl, is she a survivor of the Cetra? / President Shinra: Cetra, or the Ancients will show us the way to the 'Promised Land.' I'm expecting a lot out of her. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  31. ^ Aerith: I know. I know, but... I am the only...... Cetra. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  32. ^ Aerith: Then, get me out of here. Take me home. / Cloud: OK, I'll do it... but it'll cost you. / Aerith: Well then, let's see...... How about if I go out with you once? / [Cloud makes an affirmative nod.] Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  33. ^ Aerith: Puff... wheeze... Slow.... down.... Don't leave me.... / Cloud: Funny... I thought you were cut out to be in SOLDIER? Aerith: Oh! You're terrible! Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  34. ^ a b Cloud: You gotta be kidding. Why do you want to put yourself in danger again? / Aerith: I'm used to it. / Cloud: Used to it!? ....Well, don't know... getting help from a girl... / Aeris: A girl!! What do you mean by that!? Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  35. ^ Aeris: You're up bright and early. / Cloud: How could I ask you to go along when I knew it would be dangerous? Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  36. ^ a b Aeris: That girl in the cart was Tifa? Where was she going? She looked kind of odd... / Cloud: Wait! I'll go on alone! You go home! Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  37. ^ Aeris: Hey, this looks like the Don's mansion. I'll go take a look. I'll tell Tifa about you. / Cloud: No!! You can't!! / Aeris: Why? / Cloud: You DO know... what kind of... place this is, don't you? Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  38. ^ Aeris: Is Tifa...... a girl? / Cloud: Yeah. / Aeris: A girl... friend? / Cloud: Girlfriend? Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  39. ^ Aeris: I knew that Cloud would come for me. / Cloud: Hey, I'm your bodyguard, right? / Aeris: The deal was for one date, right? / Tifa: ............oh, I get it. / Aeris: ...!? Tifa! Tifa, you're there too! / Tifa: EXCUSE me. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  40. ^ a b Cloud: ......I used to want to be like Sephiroth, so I joined SOLDIER. After working with Sephiroth on several missions, we became friends. / Barret: You call that a friend? / Cloud: Yeah, well....... He's older than me, and he hardly ever talked about himself. / Tifa: ............ / Cloud: So I guess you'd call him a war buddy..... We trusted each other. Until one day...... Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  41. ^ Cloud: I joined SOLDIER so I could be like you. But by the time I made First Class, the war was already over. My big hopes of becoming a hero like you ended with the war. That's why I always sign up whenever there's a big mission. Kind of a way to prove myself. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  42. ^ Cloud: Traitor? / Sephiroth: You ignorant traitor. I'll tell you. This was an itinerant race. They would migrate in, settle the Planet, then move on… At the end of their harsh, hard journey, they would find the Promised Land and supreme happiness. But, those who stopped their migrations built shelters and elected to lead an easier life. They took that which the Cetra and the planet had made without giving back one whit in return! Those are your ancestors. / Cloud: Sephiroth… / Sephiroth: Long ago, disaster struck this planet. Your ancestors escaped… They survived because they hid. The Planet was saved by sacrificing the Cetra. After that, your ancestors continued to increase. Now all that's left of the Cetra is in these reports. / Cloud: What does that have to do with you? / Sephiroth: Don't you get it? An Ancient named Jenova was found in the geological stratum of 2000 years ago. The Jenova Project. The Jenova Project wanted to produce people with the powers of the Ancients……no, the Cetra! …I am the one that was produced. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  43. ^ Aeris: What happened to Sephiroth? / Cloud: In terms of skill, I couldn't have killed him. / Tifa: Official records state Sephiroth is dead. I read it in the newspaper. / Aeris: Shinra, Inc. owns the newspaper, so you can't rely on that information. / Cloud: ......I want to know the truth. I want to know what happened then. I challenged Sephiroth and lived. Why didn't he kill me? Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  44. ^ Cloud: I never was in SOLDIER. I made up the stories about what happened to me five years ago, about being in SOLDIER. I left my village looking for glory, but never made it in to SOLDIER...... I was so ashamed of being so weak; then I heard this story from my friend Zack... And I greated an illusion of myself made up of what I had seen in my life..... And I continued to play the charade as if it were true. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  45. ^ Cloud: You see, someone in SOLDIER isn't simply exposed to Mako energy. Their bodies are actually injected with Jenova cells...... For better or for worse, only the strong can enter SOLDIER. It has nothing to do with the Jenova Reunion. But weak people...... like me, get lost in the whole thing. The combination of Jenova cells, Sephiroth's strong will, and my own weaknesses are what created me. Everyone knew that. I'm...... Cloud. ......the master of my own illusionary world. But I can't remain trapped in an illusion any more...... I'm going to live my life without pretending. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  46. ^ Cloud: Fine, be my guest. / Watch out! This isn't just a reactor!! / Barret: ...What's wrong? / Cloud: Huh? / Barret: What's wrong, Cloud? Hurry it up! Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  47. ^ Cloud: It's about the Ancients. / In my veins courses the blood of the Ancients. I am one of the rightful heirs to this planet! / Cloud: Sephiroth...? / [Cloud falls down. Tifa and Barret run to him.] Tifa: Are you all right? Barret: Pull it together, man! Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
  48. ^ Cloud: I don't know who you are, but.... / You don't know me.....? ......I know you. / [The screen goes white, briefly.] Cloud: Oh yeah...... I know you. That uniform.... Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
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  50. ^ Sephiroth: Five years ago you were... ...constructed by Hojo, piece by piece, right after Nibelheim was burnt. A puppet made up of vibrant Jenova cells, her knowledge, and the power of Mako. An incomplete Sephiroth-clone. Not even given a number. ...That is your reality. Square Co.. Final Fantasy VII. (SCE America). PlayStation. (1997-09-07)
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Cloud Strife


Cloud in Kingdom Hearts II

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Game Series Final Fantasy series
1st Appearance Final Fantasy VII
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Occupation: Fighter
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Age: August 19
16 ( in Last Order)
21 (in Final Fantasy VII)
24 (In Advent Children)
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
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Blood Type: Type AB
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Birthplace: Nibelheim
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Weapon(s): Buster Sword
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Creator(s): Tetsuya Nomura
Voice Actor(s): Takahiro Sakurai (JP)
Steve Burton (English)
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Cloud Strife is the main protagonist in Square's (now Square Enix) role-playing game Final Fantasy VII and several of its sequels and spin-offs. His appearance is marked by spikey blonde hair, vivid greenish-blue eyes, purple or black clothing, and his Buster Sword, which previously belonged to his friend Zack Fair (who obtained it from Angeal, as shown in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII). At first, Cloud displays a cold and uncaring demeanor, but he gradually overcomes romantic and psychological problems and adapts to his role as a leader.

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Creation and Influence

Drawing of Cloud from Final Fantasy VII

The game's character designer, Tetsuya Nomura, has revealed that the original parameters of Cloud's character design called for slicked-back, black hair with no spikes. This depiction was to serve as a contrast to the long, flowing silver hair of the game's lead antagonist, Sephiroth; however, to make Cloud stand out more and emphasize his role in the game as the lead protagonist, Nomura altered Cloud's original design to give him spiky, bright, blonde hair. It would seem that the original black hair was given to Zack instead. Nevertheless, Nomura used the concept years later for Angeal in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima has expressed that the dynamic of the relationship between the player and the main character in a Final Fantasy title is something that he always puts thought into, and that with Final Fantasy VII, Cloud's subdued nature led him to write scenes with the character in such a way that the players would be placed in the position of deciding for themselves what the character was thinking. This character-player dynamic is reflected by the many opportunities the player is given to choose Cloud's way of interacting with other characters in the game's story, particularly where potential romantic-interests are concerned.

Appearances

Final Fantasy VII

In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is the main protagonist of the game. He is introduced as a mercenary and former member of SOLDIER. During a mission in which he worked with the anti-Shinra organization AVALANCHE, he encounters a young woman by the name of Aerith Gainsborough, who is wanted by the Turks. Cloud was born in the sleepy mountain village of Nibelheim, along with Tifa Lockhart. He grew up isolated from the rest of the village children. However, when Tifa and the others attempted to climb Mt. Nibel, Cloud followed them, Tifa fell from a bridge and her father blamed Cloud. He resolved to join ShinRa's elite SOLDIER force, hoping to prove to the others that he could be as strong as the well-known SOLDIER 1st Class Sephiroth.

Early in the game, however, Cloud's past is a mystery. He claimed that he was in the village of Nibelheim when Sephiroth went berserk and massacred the local population. After finding Tifa wounded, Cloud confronts Sephiroth. Yet, when examined closely, Cloud's memories of these events and others are filled with empty plot-holes that prevent them from making sense. It all comes together later in the game. As it turns out, Cloud suffers from a mixture of amnesia and mind control. Although he had been in Nibelheim during Sephiroth's rampage, he was not there as a top ranking member of SOLDIER, but a regular ShinRa guard under the command of both Sephiroth and another man named Zack. Following the incident, Cloud and Zack were captured by ShinRa and experimented on with Jenova cells for several years. The two escaped but were chased down. Zack was killed after trying to protect Cloud from the many Shinra foot soldiers, Cloud crawls to Zack a few minutes before he dies. Zack barely states "Live... You're the evidence that I lived," to Cloud who answers "I won't forget," showing the two's friendship. Cloud leaves in a stupor, then is again seen on a train (just like Zack in the beginning of Crisis Core) where he exclaims, "I'm Cloud. SOLDIER 1st Class.", this is where they leave off for Final Fantasy VII to begin.

Related Final Fantasy VII Appearances

Cloud in Advent Children

Cloud appears numerous times in the various titles in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He plays a minor role in the cell phone game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII. During the course of the game, which takes place over the six years leading into Final Fantasy VII, the player encounters Cloud while he is serving under Zack and Sephiroth's command. In the CGI film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Cloud lives with Tifa in the city of Edge. Staying with them is Marlene, Barret's adopted daughter, and Denzel, an orphan with the geostigma disease. Cloud works as a courier for the "Strife Delivery Service" that Tifa set up in her new tavern. Over time, Cloud began suffering symptoms of the geostigma, keeping his left arm cloaked to hide the symptoms. Since the end of Final Fantasy VII, Cloud grew apart from the others out of the guilt for the deaths of Aerith and Zack, and as result, he moved out of the tavern and took refuge in the old church in which Aerith once raised flowers.

Cloud is attacked by a mysterious trio of young men; Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo. The three are remnants of Sephiroth left behind before Sephiroth himself could diffuse into the Lifestream completely. The three begin luring and kidnapping children that possess geostigma, intending to have the children lead them to the remnants of Jenova. Upon confronting them for a second time, Cloud finds himself outmatched by the trio and is rescued by Vincent Valentine. Cloud confronts them once again and defeats Loz and Yazoo. In confronting Kadaj, the battle takes them back to Aerith's church, where the Lifestream-influenced water cures Cloud of his geostigma. Kadaj later merges with the remnants of Jenova, causing Sephiroth to be reborn. The two battle until Cloud overwhelms Sephiroth with a Limit Break attack. When Sephiroth is once again defeated, he dissipates, leaving a dying Kadaj in his place.

Cloud is also one of the main characters in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. This OVA shows Cloud in two events that were shown in flashbacks in Final Fantasy VII; one at Nibelheim, and the other escaping from Shinra with Zack. In the Nibelheim flashback Cloud is seeking revenge on Sephiroth, mentioning that he used to look up to him. Sephiroth impales Cloud in the stomach, but Cloud is able to gather enough strength to pull Sephiroth's sword further into his body so he can whip Sephiroth into a nearby wall. While escaping in a hitchhiked pick-up truck with Zack, Cloud proves to be too exhausted from the experimentations made on him by Hojo. Cloud is saved from death by Zack. The ending of Last Order is somewhat ambiguous, as it merely shows Zack jumping onto Cloud's body to protect him from Shinra members in a helicopter with a sniper pointed at an unconscious Cloud. We then hear a gunshot, although whether this should be considered as canon is up for debate.

Cloud appears in a small supporting role in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. A year after the events of Advent Children, he offers his help to the WRO in their siege of Midgar and counterattack against the rogue Shinra military unit known as Deep Ground. In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is presented as the young Shinra Guard in ShinRa. He meets Zack Fair and the two become good friends. At the very end of Crisis Core, Cloud is intoxicated by the experiments performed on him by Professor Hojo, and is unable to move. Whilst on the run, Zack hides Cloud and goes to face a platoon of SOLDIERs and Turks, only to be mortally wounded by them. Some time later, after being left for dead, Cloud crawls over to Zack and watches his friend die. Zack gives Cloud his Buster Sword, telling him to live his life for both of them.

Other Appearances

Cloud's character has also appeared in games outside of the Final Fantasy VII continuity. He is one of several playable Final Fantasy VII characters in Itadaki Street Special for the PlayStation 2 and Itadaki Street Portable for the PlayStation Portable. In Chocobo Racing, Cloud is a hidden character in which he rides a motorcycle. Cloud is a playable character in the PlayStation version of Ehrgeiz, but like the other Final Fantasy VII characters present in the game he has no storyline. Cloud and Tifa are the only Final Fantasy VII characters with a third costume; Cloud's depicts him in his Shinra gunman attire. In the PlayStation game Final Fantasy Tactics, Cloud is a bonus playable characters. He is accidentally pulled into the world of Ivalice by an ancient machine called "the Celestial Globe," which was activated by Ramza Beoulve in Goug Machine City. Cloud is disoriented after arriving in Ramza's world, and after a short exchange with Ramza and the others he leaves.[5] He wanders into Zarghidas Trade City, where he encounters a flower girl named Aerith. As Cloud is leaving the area, Aerith is accosted by a man. Cloud returns to help Aerith escape as Ramza and his party catch up to him. After the battle, he joins Ramza's party as a playable character.

In Kingdom Hearts, Cloud appears in the Olympus Coliseum world. He wears a claw and a crimson cape which Tetsuya Nomura stated are not Vincent Valentine's, but rather that the KH version of Cloud was designed in a similar "dark" style as Nomura put it, thus they will have similarities as a result. Cloud has been hired by Hades to kill Hercules, but must fight Sora as a prerequisite. After their fight, Hades sets Cerberus on Cloud and Sora, who are saved by Hercules. Cloud meets with Sora afterwards and explains that he is searching for the light he lost. Cloud appears later in the Coliseum's battle tournaments. During the credit roll at the end of the game, Cloud is shown reuniting with Aerith Gainsborough in the library at Hollow Bastion. In Kingdom Hearts Final Mix it is revealed that he is also searching for Sephiroth, whom he can be seen battling.

Cloud continued his role in the series in the Game Boy Advance sequel Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as a boss in the Olympus Coliseum and later as a summon card for Sora. However, this Cloud is based on Sora's memory in this game. Cloud appears again in Kingdom Hearts II where he is in his Advent Children attire. He is searching for Sephiroth, and is himself being sought out by Kingdom Hearts's version of Tifa. Cloud fights along side Sora during the Heartless invasion of Hollow Bastion. Should the player choose to engage Sephiroth and win the battle, Cloud returns and engages Sephiroth which ends with both of them disappearing in a flash of light.

Reception

The character of Cloud has been overall well received. IGN stated that he set a trend for RPG heroes. He was named best character of all time in Dengeki PlayStation's retrospective awards feature about the original PlayStation. ScrewAttack rated Cloud as the number two "coolest" character in their list of "Top Ten Coolest Characters". IGN listed him as a possible character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl; though he was not chosen as the "reader's choice". In one of IGN's 2007 "Hero Showdowns", Cloud was pitted against Link, though Link was voted the favorite.

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