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Tidus
Tidus.png
Tidus artwork by Tetsuya Nomura
Series Final Fantasy
First game Final Fantasy X
Designed by Tetsuya Nomura
Voiced by (English) James Arnold Taylor
Cree Summer (younger)
Shaun Fleming (Kingdom Hearts)
Voiced by (Japanese) Masakazu Morita
Yuuto Nakamura (younger)
Motion capture actor(s) Masakazu Morita
Fictional information
Weapon Brotherhood (Longsword)
Special ability Time magic
Overdrive Swordplay
Race Human, Dream of the Fayth
Home Dream Zanarkand

Tidus (ティーダ Tiida?) is the protagonist in the console role-playing game Final Fantasy X. As the lead character, the player controls Tidus through the game, manipulating his actions through the unfolding storyline in traditional Final Fantasy style. Similar to the other characters in Final Fantasy X, Tidus' abilities are built around a classic Final Fantasy job class—in his case a Fighter, a balanced melee class. However, he also features many abilities from the Time Mage class in the form of supportive spells for himself and his group. Tidus is one of three characters able to fight underwater.

The storyline of Final Fantasy X initially revolves around Tidus, a 17-year-old rising Blitzball star player from Zanarkand. After a mysterious creature called "Sin" attacked his hometown, Tidus was seemingly transported to the world of Spira. Lost, confused, and feeling out of place, Tidus soon meets a newly fledged summoner, Yuna, and her guardians. It is here that Yuna becomes the main focus of the story, while Tidus takes on a secondary role. The summoner is soon to set out on a pilgrimage in an attempt to put an end to the very creature that attacked Tidus' city, and by joining them, Tidus hopes he will find his way home. He has also made appearances in other video games, such as Final Fantasy X's sequel Final Fantasy X-2, the Kingdom Hearts series, and Dissidia: Final Fantasy.

Tidus has generally been well-received by video game reviewers, despite being criticized for his voice work and outfit design. Several types of merchandise based on Tidus' character have been produced, such as action figures and jewelry.

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Character design

The game's scenario writer, Kazushige Nojima, has expressed his concern regarding the relationship between the player and the main character in a Final Fantasy title, and wanted to try something new while penning Final Fantasy X. Since both the player and the main character find themselves in a new world, Nojima wanted Tidus' understanding of the world to reflect the player's progress in the game; a connection that allowed the player to advance Tidus' first-person narration of most of Final Fantasy X.[1] Nojima created a brief description for Tidus to give the character designer, Tetsuya Nomura, a rough scenario to work with. Nomura used the description to create a sketch to get input from Nojima and other staff members.[2]

Nomura has expressed after designing serious and moody main characters for Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, he wanted to give Tidus a cheerful attitude and appearance (while still keeping the recent trend of giving him a name related to the sky), which is reflected in the name Kazushige Nojima chose for him (Tiida is the Okinawan word for "Sun").[3][4] He's also explained he wanted his clothing and accessories to suggest a relationship with the sea. For example, his outfit bears a distinctive blue theme, and the symbol of Tidus' Blitzball team on his clothing is designed after a fishing hook. The symbol is designed as an amalgamation of the letters "J" and "T" (the first letters of Tidus' name and that of his father, Jecht).[4]

Nomura has also mentioned a contrast between the lead male and female protagonists was established by Yuna's name meaning "night" in Okinawan.[4] This contrast is also represented with the items required to empower their Celestial Weapons; the Sun Sigil and the Sun Crest for Tidus', and the Moon Sigil and Moon Crest for Yuna's.[5] Due to the player having the option to change his default name, Tidus is never directly referred to by name during audible dialogue, though one character in Dream Zanarkand says his name in a dialogue box. The only other in-game appearance of his name is on a name plate on an Auroch locker in the Luca stadium as "Tidu", written in the fictional script used in Spira.[6] Because his name is never spoken out loud in Final Fantasy X, its intended pronunciation has been a subject of debate among fans. Interviews with James Arnold Taylor, Tidus' English voice actor,[7] and spoken dialogue from the English versions of Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts—which featured the character in a cameo—portray it as /ˈtiːdəs/ TEE-dəs, whereas one instance in the English version of Kingdom Hearts 2 exists in which the character's name is pronounced /ˈtaɪdəs/ TYE-dəs.

Appearances

Final Fantasy X

In Final Fantasy X, Tidus is introduced in medias res via an in-game cut scene showcasing the main characters around a campfire back dropped by the wreckage of a city, Zanarkand. He narrates most of the game events, revealing his thoughts on certain aspects of his journey. Tidus recounts how events have led to the present, starting at his life in Zanarkand where he was a sports celebrity in Blitzball, a fictional sport that combines elements of hockey, soccer, and water polo.[8][9] During a Blitzball tournament, Zanarkand is attacked by an immense creature shrouded in water known as Sin. The city is destroyed in its path, and Tidus is taken by Sin and his father's friend Auron to the world Spira.

After arriving in Spira, Tidus encounters an eccentric salvager race, the Al Bhed, and learns from a young Al Bhed girl named Rikku that 1000 years have passed since the destruction of Zanarkand. After another attack by Sin, Tidus is separated from the Al Bhed and drifts to the island Besaid. While on the island he meets Yuna, a summoner who is planning a pilgrimage to destroy Sin, along with her guardians: Lulu, Wakka, and Kimahri.[10] Tidus navigates his way throughout Spira in the hope of finding his way home. On the way, he meets Auron again, who further reveals to Tidus that Yuna's father, Lord Braska; Tidus's father, Jecht; and Auron made the same pilgrimage and defeated Sin ten years ago.[11] However, Sin is reincarnated every time it is destroyed, and the current Sin is Jecht.[12][13] As the party approaches Zanarkand, Tidus learns he is not an ordinary human being. He and the Zanarkand he hails from, are the cumulative dreams of the fayth.[14] Their city, Dream Zanarkand, was created at the same time as the destruction of the original Zanarkand, when Sin was created in the war between Zanarkand and Bevelle. The fayth of the aeon Bahamut reveals to Tidus that they would like him to find a means to permanently defeat Sin, so that they can all finally rest. However, the fayth also reveals to him that if he does that, the summoning of Dream Zanarkand and all its people—including Tidus—will disappear.[15]

Tidus reaches Zanarkand's ruins with Yuna and her other guardians. Inside Zanarkand, they learn from Lady Yunalesca that Yuna must choose one of her guardians to become her fayth for the Final Summoning. Tidus argues with the others that they must find another way to destroy Sin forever. Yuna refuses to undergo the rite of the Final Aeon after learning that it can never defeat Sin, and the party fights and defeats Yunalesca. The group then attacks Sin directly and enter its shell. Eventually, they find Jecht, and Tidus is reunited with his estranged father, who transforms into his Final Aeon form and is defeated by the party.[16] The party engages the corrupt deity Yu Yevon in a final battle and destroys him, ridding the world of Sin permanently, as well as allowing the fayth to depart and the summoning of Dream Zanarkand to end. Tidus says goodbye on top of their airship and starts to walk away, knowing that he will soon vanish. Yuna runs after him and, tells him that she loves him (in the Japanese version of the game, she says "Thank you" instead).[17] Tidus hugs her and then dives off the airship into the clouds below, reuniting with the spirits of Auron, Jecht, and Braska in the Farplane.

Final Fantasy X-2

Tidus figures prominently into the plot of Final Fantasy X-2, though his appearances in the sequel are few. Also, because players have the option of renaming Tidus in Final Fantasy X, he is exclusively referred to with pronouns ("he" and "him") just like in the previous game.[18] Two years after the events of Final Fantasy X end, Rikku shows Yuna a sphere found by Kimahri on Mt. Gagazet displaying a young man who looks like Tidus trapped in a prison. This compels Yuna to join the Gullwings, a sphere-hunting group, and travel around Spira in the hopes of finding more clues that Tidus may be alive.[19] The individual seen in the sphere is eventually revealed to be Shuyin instead.[20] He is then reunited with her and allowed to live out a natural lifespan, so long as the Fayth can maintain it. In the ending, Yuna also begins narrating the events of the game to Tidus. If the player can manage to complete the game with 100% completion rate, there is another final scene with Tidus and Yuna, at the Zanarkand ruins, in which he reveals the nature of his return.[21]

Dissidia

In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, an action game that features several Final Fantasy heroes and villains, Tidus is featured as the hero from Final Fantasy X along with his father who is his respective villain.[22] To match the overall character designs of Dissidia, Nomura designed Tidus to look younger than his Final Fantasy X appearance.[23] In "Destiny Odyssey," Tidus originally was with Cloud Strife, Cecil Harvey, and Firion in finding their crystals. But as they group slowly breaks up, Tidus parts way with Firion to face Jecht. Though he hated his father, he manages to reconcile with him during their battle and gain his crystal.

Other appearances

Tidus has also appeared in games outside of the Final Fantasy X continuity. A more youthful version of Tidus appears in the Kingdom Hearts series as a friend of Sora and Riku. In the first Kingdom Hearts, he appears with younger versions of Wakka and Final Fantasy VIII's Selphie Tilmitt,[24] serving as an optional sparring opponent. The character makes a cameo alongside Wakka and Selphie in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. In Kingdom Hearts II, he does not appear within the storyline, but is briefly mentioned by Selphie.[25] Tidus appears in Itadaki Street Special, a board game-based video game, along with Auron and Yuna.[26]

Reception and legacy

Tidus has received an overall positive reception, and has also had various types of merchandise modeled after his likeness; for example, action figures and jewelry.[27] GameSpot commented players might not initially like the character, but would eventually find him "suitably endearing." They stated that he had the "surprising depth" characterized by past Final Fantasy protagonists, and called the ending involving Tidus "emotionally charged and satisfying".[28] Eurogamer stated that Tidus and the other characters "make much more dignified and believable decisions than those made by their predecessors in other Final Fantasy games."[29] The relationship between Tidus and Yuna was listed by GameSpot as one of the "Great Loves" in video games. It referred to their relationship as "one of the best (and ultimately saddest) examples" of a mature romance in games and cited the progression of the romance throughout the story as one of the game's best elements. GameSpot called the story revolving around their relationship "interesting" and "tender".[30] GamesRadar listed their relationship 10th in their "The 14 Best Videogame Couples", commenting that they have the most realistic relation from all the Final Fantasy games.[31] They also listed Tidus as the 4th best Final Fantasy hero of all the time describing him as "One of the most complex and bizarre heroes yet seen in the series".[32] In another article, "The Top 7... "That's a Dude!?" game characters", GamesRadar featured him 7th commenting that despite his androgynous appearance, his past with Blitzball.[33] Famitsu ranked Tidus 20th in their "Best video game characters" poll.[34]

Tidus was also compared to Squall Leonhart, the protagonist from Final Fantasy VIII. IGN noted the differences in appearances between the two, comparing Squall's darker colored outfit and "permanent mope" against Tidus' brighter outfit and weapon along with "an indelible grin".[35] Because of his English-language voice work, GameSpot commented it would have preferred "an almost-mute lead character, a la Squall from Final Fantasy VIII."[30] Regarding the character's English-language voice work, IGN stated the character "has a tendency to speak a little too high and fast when he gets excited."[35] GameSpot referred to Tidus as "annoyingly whiny", and Eurogamer echoed similar statements by referring to his voice acting as "whiny" and "detestable".[29][30] 1UP.com listed him as the worst dressed video game character, citing a "deal with it" outfit design by Nomura. They further commented that despite the "preposterous" design, Square was able to "successfully sell" Tidus as Final Fantasy X's main protagonist.[36] He was also featured 5th in 1UP.com's "The Top 5 Most Irriating RPG Protagonists" with criticism focused on his personality and his outfit.[37] James Arnold Taylor has also commented on his voicework for the character, stating that it did not seem realistic to him to have Tidus react in any other way than to truthfully show his emotions. While he also said there were things he would change about his performance if he could do it over again, Taylor said he loved voicing Tidus and thanked fans of the game for complimenting him on his work.[38]

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  13. ^ Tidus: Is he alive? / Auron: It depends on what you mean by 'alive'. He is no longer human. But then... I felt something of Jecht there in that shell, couldn't you? You must have felt him when you came in contact with Sin. / Tidus: It can't be... / Auron: It is. Sin is Jecht. Square Co. Final Fantasy X. (Square EA). PlayStation 2. (2001-12-20)
  14. ^ Tidus: Wait... this is a dream. / Fayth: Precisely. / Tidus: A dream? Are you crazy? I don't have time to be dreaming now! / Fayth: "You're wrong. It's not that you're dreaming. You are a dream. Square Co. Final Fantasy X. (Square EA). PlayStation 2. (2001-12-20)
  15. ^ Fayth: Yes, you're a dream of the fayth. You, your father, your mother, everyone. All dreams. And if the fayth stop dreaming... / Tidus: No! So what if I'm a dream! I... I like being here. / Fayth: We've been dreaming so long... we're tired. Would you and your father... Would you let us rest? Square Co. Final Fantasy X. (Square EA). PlayStation 2. (2001-12-20)
  16. ^ Jecht: Well, I am Sin, you know. / ... / Tidus: "That's enough. Let's finish this, okay?" / Jecht: You're right. Well, then... Let's go! / Tidus: I promise this'll be quick! Hit me with all you got, Dad! Square Co. Final Fantasy X. (Square EA). PlayStation 2. (2001-12-20)
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