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FF9 Characters

Final Fantasy 9 Characters

A list of minor characters can be found in the FF9 Minor Characters section.

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No. 288
The ad hoc leader of the Black Mages, he seems wiser than most of them and carries a crescent staff. He has an immediate affinity to Vivi, who seems to him to be something more than any of the other Black Mages are.

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Alleyway Jack
In FF9, Alleyway Jack is a four-armed treasure hunter and card player extraordinaire, also known as Alleyway Jack. Events in the game later reveal him to be Gilgamesh, and he's searching for the Excalibur (see In-Crossovers:FF9, Summon:Gilgamesh)

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Amarant Coral
(Aliases: Amarant (NA), Salamander (JP)) A large and mostly silent warrior. His fighting style is a mix of Monk and Ninja, but his outlook is samurai - his mind is filled with rules of fighting, the biggest one of them being Look Out For Number One and let the rest go hang. He starts off life as a security guard for Treno's auction house, but a chance encounter with Zidane of Tantalus changes his whole ideal. He searches Zidane out, only from curiosity, looking for the thing which so fascinated him, something he just couldn't understand. After challenging Zidane to a fight and losing, and yet not being killed by him, his confusion just grows. He's curt and never has a nice word to say, but sometimes what's not said is even more important than trying to speak your emotions. Even at the end, he never veers from his morals, but he does grow to respect the fact that other morals do exist. (See also Jobs:Monk)

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Artania, Minister
Cid's right-hand man and one of the leaders of Lindblum. Dagger calls him "Uncle Artania".

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Artemicion
A purple moogle who runs the Mognet mail service. His coat is looking unaccountably shiny lately, and people are wondering why Mognet has stopped working...

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Baku
The hearty, bearded leader of the Tantalus troupe who has a colossal sneeze which gets lets loose at the most inopportune times. His bark is worse than his bite - or rather, he usually holds back to those he loves, which includes Zidane (his adopted son), despite what he might say to him. He respects Zidane's motives, but doesn't want to show it. He plays King Leo in the play "I Want To Be Your Canary".

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Beatrix, General [GUEST]
A powerful and noble knight, the head of the female Alexandrian troops. She works for Queen Brahne without compunctions, disdaining the weakness of her enemies, until Kuja's works begin to really show themselves and she begins to have doubts. Eventually she goes over to the right side. Although almost completely oblivious to Steiner's feelings for her, she doesn't mind in the least once he finally says something about it. (See also Jobs:Paladin)

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Benero
One of the three Nero brothers, members of Tantalus. He has a kind of dog-head and claw grips, and apparently says everything with an exclamation mark.

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Black Waltz 1, Black Waltz 2, Black Waltz 3
Big, buffed-up versions of Kuja's Black Mages, with wings. They're "programmed" to chase after Princess Garnet and capture her alive by any means necessary.

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Blank
Another member of Tantalus. He wears some kind of band across his eyes (whoo, Geordie!). His bravery in the Evil Forest ends up in his petrification, and Marcus searches the world over for an item called Supersoft to restore him. He wields a sword and can steal from enemies.

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Brahne Alexandros XVI, Queen
The obese, green-skinned ruler of Alexandria was supposedly a kind creature before Kuja gave her an overweening sense of greed. She proceeds to exploit everyone and everything, even her adopted daughter's eidolons, to reach her goals. She's not destined to win her war, though.

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Choco
Zidane's chocobo friend, who goes on a long quest to find the Chocobo Paradise, only to decide he likes Zidane better. Go figure.

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Cid Fabool IX, Regent
The ruler of Lindblum and airship genius extraordinaire... well, he would be, except that his wife Hilda turned him into an oglop because he carried on an affair. An attempt at restoring him midway through the game just turns him into a frog. Shame, because he can't think well without his human brain. He's still an expert at Tetra Master, though. Don't worry, eventually he does get turned back to a human. Dagger calls him "Uncle Cid".

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Cinna
The engineer of the Tantalus troupe carries a hammer (which he's very protective of) and is mostly along for comic relief.

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Dagger [HERO]
That's the name Princess Garnet chooses for herself when she travels with Zidane and his ragtag bunch. Born to the name Sara in the summoner village of Madain Sari (and born with a horn), Garnet escaped the horror which destroyed Madain Sari (by Garland's Invincible) and floated to Alexandria in a boat. She bore an incredible resemblance to the recently-deceased Princess Garnet, and was adopted by the king and queen; her horn was subsequently removed. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, she becomes more and more fidgety and resolves to leave Alexandria and her brocade prison. She implores Zidane to capture her (funny, that's what he was gonna do anyway!). A fairly naive and kind-hearted person, Dagger tries hard to fit in wherever she can (and eventually succeeds, more or less). Her feelings for Zidane initially waver between attraction and annoyance, but eventually resolve themselves. She uses rackets and rods in battle, and can use both white magic and summon eidolons. (See also Jobs:White Mage, Jobs:Summoner)

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Eiko Carol [HERO]
The six-year-old sole survivor of Madain Sari now lives there with her moogle friends, including a small female one named Mog, who was born on the same day as her. She's tired of living alone, and latches onto Zidane in hopes of winning his heart... She gives up when she realizes how stupid he and Dagger are in the realm of love. She's a spunky and energetic kid who nevertheless manages to get into scrapes a lot, and inevitably ends up hanging by her baggy shirt (with the little angel decoration, a present from her grandpa) from some high place. She plays the flute (and uses it as a weapon in battles), and like all summoners, can call eidolons in battle as well as using white magic. (See also Jobs:White Mage, Jobs:Summoner)

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Erin
Head pilot of Lindblum, and Cid's right-hand lady. She registers for him in Treno's card tournament, and pilots the Hilda Garde 3 when it's finally complete.

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Fat Chocobo
The ruler of the Chocobo Paradise. He doesn't like strangers, but reluctantly allows Choco to travel with Zidane, searching for treasure.

Fratley, Sir
Sir Fratley the Iron-Tailed, a Dragoon of Burmecia, was Freya's beau once upon a time, before he left on adventures. Freya didn't hear from him for a long time, but when she finally saw him again, all of his memories had been erased. She still yearns for him, though...

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Freya Crescent [HERO]
A noble Dragoon of Burmecia. Freya was Zidane's neighbour for a while in Lindblum, and meets him there again, when the news of Alexandria's raid on Burmecia is exposed and they decide to travel together. She searches far and wide for her boyfriend, Sir Fratley the Iron-Tailed, only to find him... and discover he remembers nothing about her. She stands by her friends, though, and her battle prowess belies her strange appearance. (See also Jobs:Dragoon)

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Garland [VILLAIN]
He was created by the rulers of Terra to watch over them during their soul-sleep. He watches over the Genomes and decides who gets souls and when. He schemes and plans from his crazy castle of souls, Pandemonium, about the takeover of Gaia, the host planet for Terra. Ultimately, as he expected, his most unstable project, Kuja, overthrows him.

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Garnet Til Alexandros XVII
See Dagger.

Genero
One of the three Nero brothers. He has a kind of dog-head and claw grips, and apparently says everything with an exclamation mark.

Gilgamesh
See Alleyway Jack.

Hilda
Cid's wife, who's also a sorceress. When she discovered his unfaithfulness to her, she turned him into an oglop, stole his airship, the Hilda Garde, and left. She was later captured by Kuja and imprisoned in Mount Gulug. She's willing to let bygones be bygones, though... eventually.

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Kuja [VILLAIN]
A Genome from Terra, who was born with a fierce will, amazing power, and a huge ego. Garland imbued him with a soul and sent him to Gaia to wreak havoc and cause wars using his Mist-powered Black Mages. However, Kuja disdains his origins (even hiding his tail) and aims to overthrow Garland and those who would stand against him. He first tries hijacking the eidolons, and when that fails he turns to Garland's Invincible airship and its wellspring of Gaia's souls, to cause Kuja's Trance, resulting in incredible power. However, the shocker Garland throws Kuja regarding his imminent demise drives him over the edge and he resolves that nothing in the world should survive without him. Kuja has some of the crazed theatricality of Kefka and the debonaire charm of Sephiroth, but pays homage to neither.

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Lani
A well-proportioned bounty hunter hired by Queen Brahne to get Dagger's crystal shard from her. She teams up with Amarant to do the dirty deed, but that pairing doesn't last long. Lani chases them as far as Madain Sari, but is outsmarted and outgunned by Amarant and Zidane. She ends up staying with the moogles in Madain Sari while Gaia's crisis rages.

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Lowell Bridges
An unbelivably haughty and somehow popular theater actor living in Lindblum. He ends up in Ruby's theater in Alexandria, but makes everyone want to kill him with his incessive blathering about himself.

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Marcus
Blank's older brother and a member of Tantalus. Like Blank, he uses swords and can steal from enemies. He has a gruff personality, but a noble heart, and never abandons his friends. He temporarily joins up with Steiner and Dagger to search for the Supersoft to cure his brother from petrification.

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Mene
The moogle who runs the Chocobo Hot and Cold game, and who wants to get into the Chocobo Paradise someday. Too bad it's only for chocobos...

Mikoto
The only Genome, besides Zidane and Kuja, who was given a soul by Garland. Unlike them, she has no fire in her voice or mood; the best she can do is free choice, but even in that department she is loyal to Garland and the leaders of Terra. Zidane shows her a whole other option, though, and she's initially overwhelmed by the possibilities.

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Mog
Eiko's little moogle friend can shrink and hide in her bag to protect her. Mog is actually an eidolon named Madeen who allows Eiko to call him after a shocking experience with Kuja... (See also Summon:Madeen)

Morrid
An old man who lives in the Observatory Mountain, and who loves coffee. Grandfather of Slai, the girl from the bar/pharmacy.

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Necron [VILLAIN]
(Aliases: Necron (NA), Eternal Darkness (JP)) The original destroyer, who's convinced that all life desires nothingness. His convictions become complete after viewing Kuja's demented actions. Zidane manages to dispel his beliefs by sending back to wherever the hell he came from. In Japan, he is called "Necrosis" or "Eternal Darkness" and was not in the game's original plans. Since the main theme of FF9 is living, Necron appears as the negation of that, giving the characters (and player) a chance to think about what it really means to live.

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Puck
The Crown Prince of Burmecia ran off years ago to fend for himself, becoming a real rat-boy. When we first see him he prowls the alleys of Alexandria, and enlists Vivi to catch a glimpse of the play being staged. We don't see much of him, and neither does his father the king, although he wishes it were otherwise.

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Quale
Quina's master and pupil of Quan. He becomes angry at Quan, who disdains the ancient gourmand techniques for radical ideas, including being able to *think* tastes.

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Quan
A Qu, the master of Quale. He was the one who adopted Vivi when he found him outside his cave near Treno. Vivi began to teach him that merely eating everything perhaps wasn't the best way to become a true gourmand...

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Quina Quen [HERO]
An unlikely hero if there ever was one. Quina has a huge, lolling tongue, a cook's hat and apron, and an indeterminate gender. S/he, like most Qu, lives for food and tags along with Zidane to learn of new and interesting cuisine (by the order of his/her master, Quale). Like most Qu, s/he talks in pidgin English. S/he can learn blue magic from the enemies s/he eats during battle. His/her all-time favorite food, however, is frogs. S/he uses forks during battle. (See also Jobs:Blue Mage)

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Ruby
The only female member of Tantalus places more emphasis on the theater than the thievery aspect. She eventually leaves to start her own mini-theater in Alexandria. She was slated to play the part of Cornelia in the play "I Want To Be Your Canary" before being upstaged by Dagger. She talks with a southern twang, but somehow manages to speak Victorian English in the play.

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Sarah
See Dagger.

Steiner, Adelbert [HERO]
Dagger's unbelievably loyal knight (head of the Knights of Pluto), he sticks by her side through thick and thin. However, his idea of what's good for her doesn't always agree with her idea. Zidane's good-natured intervention drives him crazy, and it takes him an inordinate amount of time to admit that Zidane's more than just a thief and a criminal. As some of his beliefs come crashing down during the story, his resolve begins to weaken. A side point of that is his hidden and growing feelings for Beatrix. (See also Jobs:Magic Knight)

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Stella, Queen
A duck (?) living in Treno, who collects rare Stellazio. She pays good money for them, too.

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Stiltzkin
A moogle with tiger stripes and a bunch of scrolls in a backpack. He travels from place to place, selling rare items in value-packs.

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Thorn
One of Brahne's two unspeakably annoying jester sidekicks, who later side with Kuja when he beats Brahne. They're the ones who cast the eidolon-sucking spell with Dagger and (later) Eiko. Like all RPG twins, they join to make a two-headed boss. Thorn is the red-colored one who mangles his sentences.

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Tot, Dr.
Dagger's tutor from when she was a child now resides in Treno. He has a comical look (nerdy, as Eiko accurately pegs him) and an educated viewpoint, and he is devoted to the princess. He's a wellspring of knowledge of all kinds.

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Vivi Orunitia [HERO]
(Aliases: Vivi Orunitia (NA), Vivi Ornitier (NA manual, Kingdom Hearts 2)) One of Kuja's prototype Black Mages, who "malfunctioned" and began to think for himself. He was adopted by Quan, a Qu living near Treno, and fell in with Zidane completely by accident. He's still a child, both in size and outlook, and the constant doubts and soul-searching he entertains seem somehow out-of-place. His plight never fails to touch anyone, though, even the hard-knocking Zidane. His black magic can be devastating in battle. (See also Ex-Crossovers:Kingdom Hearts 2, Jobs:Black Mage)

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Zenero
One of the three Nero brothers, members of Tantalus. He has a kind of dog-head and claw grips, and apparently says everything with an exclamation mark.

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Zidane Tribal [HERO]
Zidane is a Genome from Terra (with a tail), who was imbued with a soul by Garland and sent to Gaia to finish the job Kuja was given. Unlike Kuja, however, Zidane has a good heart. He ended up being adopted by Baku and becoming a member of the Tantalus troupe. The thing first on his mind in any situation is wooing the opposite sex. Although he falls for Dagger as soon as he sees her (then again, he does that for any girl), it takes her a little longer to accept him. He uses paired daggers or a swallowtail (bladed polearm) in battle, and can steal from enemies. (See also Jobs:Thief)

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Zorn
One of Brahne's two unspeakably annoying jester sidekicks, who later side with Kuja when he beats Brahne. They're the ones who cast the eidolon-sucking spell with Dagger and (later) Eiko. Like all RPG twins, they join to make a two-headed boss. Zorn is the blue-colored one who speaks in normal sentences.

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