Information from On A Way To A Smile:Tifa, On A Way To A Smile:Denzel, and Before Crisis was taken from secondary sources that were unofficially translated.
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[FF7] Show Images The mysterious and happy-go-lucky daughter of a Cetra and a human seems almost too good to be true for Cloud... and it soon turns out that she is. Aeris's tragic history is cut all too short by Sephiroth, who makes sure she doesn't get in the way of his plan... Her magical powers are admired by all, and even she doesn't understand most of the things she feels. (See also Character:Tactics, External Crossovers: Kingdom Hearts, Jobs:White Mage)
[AC] Show Images Aeris is still dead. But her presence is felt by those around her. Her life force is prominently present in lifestream, and she seems to have the ability to influence its path.
[DoC] Show Images One of the five Tsviets. A hulking, hairy brute with blue hair, yellow eyes, and a gigantic machine gun. His beastlike personfication is compounded by the fact that he can turn into a giant horned animal similar to a Behemoth. He lives for battle and has absolutely no loyalties to anyone but Weiss.
[AC] Show Images Since the Meteor incident, Barret has been searching for an alternative fuel source. He just strikes oil when he gets the call from the others to stop the children of Sephiroth.
[DoC] Show Images Barret, along with Cloud and Tifa, act as part of the ground assault on the Midgar Mako reactors.
[FF7] Show Images This cute little guy is described as a "Toysaurus". He's a toy cat riding a giant Mog. (See also Species:Moogle page for an explanation). He starts out talking normally, but at the end of the game degenerates into Scottish drawl. He uses a megaphone in battle to command his Mog to attack. When the team meets him at Gold Saucer, he specializes in telling fortunes. In reality, he's controlled by Reeve, head of the Shinra Urban Development Section. The nature of how he's being controlled is still a mystery. Sometimes the cat shows he can move and act independently of Reeve, showing that he's not directly controlled by him. Other times Reeve can speak directly through him. He originally joined Cloud to spy for Shinra, but he joins him later when he realizes the evil nature of President Shinra and his intentions. The first Cait Sith is destroyed halfway through the game, but immediately replaced by Cait Sith No. 2. (See also Summon:Stray and Monster:Coeurl, Jobs:Gambler))
[AC] Show Images Cait Sith does appear in FF7:AC, but nothing about what he's done in two years is known. He is likely still controlled by Reeve, but seems to have lost his puppet mog and now rides Red XIII. For some odd reason he now has a Scottish accent.
[DoC] Show Images Reeve continues to use Cait Sith robots as a tool, disguise, and companion. Between Meteorfall and the present, Reeve has lost Cait Sith nos. 2 through 4, probably through similar means as shown in the beginning of the game, where Cait puts on a "Reeve suit" which is promptly assassinated by a Deepground soldier. The real Reeve and the Cait Sith in the suit stay unharmed. The player controls Cait for a short segment in the game until number 5 gets consumed in darkness in an attempt at infiltrating Deepground HQ. During this segment, Cait Sith has pitiful attacks and HP, being more useful as a covert stealth op. Later, Cait Sith No. 6 introduces himself aboard the Shera.
[FF7] Show Images A rough, crusty middle-aged aviator. His dream was always to go into space, but thanks to a bit of extra spot-checking by his underling Shera, who put herself in danger to make sure the launch went through, he ended up scrapping the whole project. He never really forgave her. His technological prowess, like all Cids, is unmatched. He can pilot anything. He uses a spear in battle and he's never without a cigarette, or a long string of cuss words. (See also External Crossovers: Kingdom Hearts, Jobs:Dragoon)
[AC] Show Images He's kept busy piloting a new airship, the Shera, and helps Cloud out several times.
[DoC] Show Images He picks Vincent up in the Shera en route to Midgar, and heads the air attack on Deepground HQ. Apparently they've found a whole fleet of airships like the Shera, even though they have no idea how they operate! We find he has married Shera, and he's been able to cut down on the cussing, although we do see him lighting up a cigarette again.
[FF7] Show Images The very dedicated hero of FF7 (although to what, he's not always entirely sure). He sports a wacked hairdo and a purple SOLDIER outfit. He likes using big swords. He starts out being kind of a loner, but for some reason all the ladies find him sexy and he comes out of his shell a bit. He's bent on a) destroying Sephiroth and b) finding out just who the hell he is. He also makes a surprise appearance as a playable character in Tactics, after finishing a complicated optional sequence of events. (See also Character:Tactics, External Crossovers: Kingdom Hearts, External Crossovers: Ehrgeiz, Jobs:Fighter)
[AC] Show Images Since the Meteor incident two years ago, Cloud steadily separated himself from his friends, up to the point where he hasn't seen any of them for two years. No doubt his guilt over his action (or inaction) over Aeris's death has caused his estrangement, for whom he obviously still carries a torch. With his motorcycle Fenrir, he runs a delivery service with Tifa, from whom he receives his orders via cellphone. His pattern is broken when he receives a call from Rufus Shinra, and makes contact with the children of Sephiroth. He also has a new sword, called "First Tsurugi" or "First Sword", which he can split into two separate swords and reform to make one really long one.
[DoC] Show Images Cloud, along with Barret and Tifa, participate in the ground assault on the Midgar Mako reactors, using his trusty motorcycle, Fenrir. He also takes on Rosso the Crimson, giving Vincent some time to sneak into the Shinra building.
[FF7] Show Images The newbie Turk, she really looks out of place with her blond mop and a black suit. She's very opinionated and sort of naive. She tries to do the best she can, which is amusing to her superiors.
[AC] Show Images Elena shows up briefly, still part of the Turks.
[DoC] Gast is one of persons responsible for the birth of G, along with Grimoire Valentine and Hojo.
[FF7] Show Images The guffawing, bearded head of Shinra's military force, as well as the Turks, it's hard to see how he made it that far. He's a complete incompetent whose idea of discipline is throwing people off bridges.
[FF7] Show Images The bespectacled, hunchbacked resident scientific psychopath. He'll do anything, up to and including destroying the known world, in the name of research. Kind of kills the purpose, don't it? He's Sephiroth's father, as well.
[DoC] Show Images Just before Meteorfall, Hojo put his consciousness into the "world network" before he died. Later, when the network was reactivated, he used his knowledge of Deepground to bring forth Chaos and Omega. He also possesses Weiss the Immaculate and uses this to control the Tsviets and Deepground. His plan is to use Weiss as the incarnation of Omega and traverse the galazy for all time. After Vincent defeats Weiss/Hojo, his mind is driven out by "Dark Nero". He's also one of the persons behind the creation of G.
[AC] After the events of FF7, only the head of JENOVA has survived (more accurately, a collection of JENOVA's cells), locked in Northern Crater, until Rude and Reno retrieved it via helicopter. Through this, the children of Sephiroth can join with the head of JENOVA and resurrect Sephiroth.
[DoC] Show Images A Shinra class A scientis specializing in biotechnology. The events given to us by the story are confusing, but we know a few things. Before she joined with Hojo, she worked with Grimoire Valentine (Vincent's father) on discovering Chaos and Omega, based on an ancient Cetran tablet. She blames herself for the accident which likely killed him. They also discovered the protomateria, and the crystalline spring that is supposed to be the birthplace for Chaos. Later, she joins with Hojo and has Vincent Valentine of the Turks assigned to her as a bodyguard. We know that she harbored some affection for Vincent, but ultimately turned away from him to proceed with Hojo's experiement (Sephiroth). Vincent became angry at Hojo, asking why he let this happen (assumably he's talking about taking her son away from her). Hojo shoots him in response, then uses his body to perform experiments on him, creating the monsters that he transforms into. Lucrecia gets control of him and merges Vincent with the Chaos gene to bring him back to life, and also provided him with the Protomateria to control the gene. Vincent sees her in the crystalline spring, but what we're exactly looking at is unknown, since her body "crumbled" long ago (some theorize that her appearance in the waterfall cave was just a reflection of herself). At some point, Lucrecia makes a copy of her brain as a sort of confession to Vincent. Later, Shelke uploads this image into her brain to find Vincent and the protomateria. She also gains some of her personality as well.
[AC] Show Images Marlene has grown quite a bit, and lives with Tifa, helping the orphans.
[FF7] Show Images A canine with red fur, a dark expression, Native American-type ornaments, a tattoo on his side saying XIII, and one eye. Red XIII, although in reality a young lad of about fifteen by his race's timeline, acts very mysterious and doesn't say much. He knows a lot more than he lets on, about everything. His father was Seto, defender of the Cosmo Canyon; his grandfather is Bugenhagen. His real name is Nanaki; Red XIII was what Hojo called him when he grabbed him for biological research. (See also Jobs:Red XIII)
[AC] Show Images Red XIII appears in FF7:AC, but not much is known about his past, except he seems to tolerate Cait Sith riding on his back. He has only a single line in the movie.
[DoC] Show Images Red only makes a single appearance for a few seconds at the very end, sitting next to Shelke outside Tifa's bar in Edge. He does not speak.
[FF7] Show ImagesThe only normal guy working for Shinra, he heads the Urban Development Section. Gotta love his goatee! He's the one who's secretly controlling Cait Sith from Midgar. He's got a good head on his shoulders, even if his loyalties are a bit confused to begin with.
[DoC] Show Images Since the fall of Shinra and Midgar, Reeve has become the commissioner of the World Regenesis Organization (WRO), a loose military organization dedicated to helping the healing of the planet and stopping those who would do it harm. They are funded by an anonymous sponsor, of whom Reeve has only ever met a representative. However, he suspects that it is someone who owes a great debt to the Planet. Reeve has also become the commander-in-chief in the fight against Deepground. He still has Cait Sith following him around and uses him to go on missions and do other work for him.
[FF7] Show Images The head of the Turks after Tseng is taken out, he's got an attitude a mile thick. He enjoys a good drink and never does anything beyond what his job requires.
[AC] Show Images Reno plays a prominent role in AC, acting in cahoots with his partner Rude, he acts as the liason for Rufus Shinra, and still wields a mean baton.
[FF7] Show Images The bald, silent member of the Turks, he just goes along with whatever Reno tells him. He's a very solid guy and takes everything in stride. He enjoys a good gambling night. Cool shades.
[AC] Show Images Along with his partner Reno, they act as Rufus Shinra's link to the outside world, seeking the spirits of Sephiroth.
[AC] Show Images Cloud discovers that Rufus Shinra did not die in the destruction of Shinra Tower by Diamond Weapon. He has been hiding out in Mideel, afflicted with Geostigma and confined to a wheelchair (or is he?).
[FF7] Show Images The sexy boss of the weapons department knows her stuff - she's got better aim than her entire force put together. She does tend to laugh at a lot of nothing, but she's caught the maniac syndrome like too many other heads of things. When push comes to shove, she doesn't do much that's worth anything.
[FF7] Show Images The ultra-powerful genealogical son of JENOVA (biological son of Hojo and Lucrecia), this guy has some major problems. He used to be a highly regarded general, and hero of the Midgar-Wutai war. When on a routine mission to Mt. Nibel, he found research in Shinra Manor leading him to believe the truth - that his "mother" is a planet-devouring entity, his true father is a medical psychopath, and he's got enough power to down a few solar systems. This knowledge breaks his spirit - he stabs Zack, Tifa, and Cloud, steals JENOVA's head and disappears until he assassinates President Shinra. His quest - to wound the planet enough that he can merge with Lifestream, destroying the world. This guy are sick. (See also External Crossovers: Kingdom Hearts)
[AC] Show Images Though Sephiroth has indeed been vanquished and absorbed into the lifestream, his will is too strong to be so easily assimilated. His refusal to be absorbed contaminated the surrounding spirit energy, and this manifested itself into the silver-haired men, Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo, also known as the Spirits of Sephiroth. They are all parts of his personality, and his consciousness. The only way for Sephiroth to truly return is for one of these spirits to join with JENOVA. This will give him the chance to transmogrify his will and become tangible again.
[DoC] Show Images Shalua is one of the WRO's top scientists. Her mom died when she was young. Shortly after, her sister Shelke was recruited or kidnapped, seven years before Meteorfall, likely by Shinra for some of their underground experiments. She wears glasses and a lab coat, but under it not much more than a bustier and two strips of cloth. In her search for Shelke, she's undergone unspecified trauma; she lost her left arm, now using a nearly useless artificial one, her left eye is permanently shut, and more than half of her organs are now artificial. Her artificial arm is destroyed when she holds the door open for Shelke and Vincent, holding them off from Azul the Cerulean. She is later found unconscious and placed in a capsule. When the Shera goes down, her capsule is left somewhere in Midgar, apparently still unfound.
[AC/DoC] Cid's married Shera in the two years since Meteorfall, and named his new airship after her.
[FF7] Show Images President Shinra's a real S.O.B. He basically rules Midgar with iron fist, controlling his interests through money and media. He claims to be serving the public's best interests while sucking the life energy out of the planet. He gets his, though - Sephiroth stabs him through the back with a nice big sword, right in his office. His son Rufus takes over, and he's not much better.
[DoC] We learn that the president was behind the Deepground project, which remained top-secret until the events in Dirge of Cerberus.
[FF7] Show Images The buxom barkeep of Seventh Heaven has a heart of gold. She always tries to put a silver lining in things. When push comes to shove, however, she's deadly with her fists. Her goal in life is really to help other people. Tifa has become, at least in the online population, the de facto sex symbol for Final Fantasy solely due to her physical dimensions; her personality isn't promiscuous in any way. (See also External Crossovers: Ehrgeiz, External Crossovers: Kingdom Hearts 2, Jobs:Monk))
[AC] Show Images Tifa has spent the past two years in Edge, the city formed slightly outside of Midgar after it was demolished by Meteor. She and Cloud run an orphanage for those whose homes were destroyed by Meteor. To fund this, they also run a delivery service - Tifa takes the orders, Cloud transfers the goods. Tifa's graphical model is far more realistic than in the original.
[DoC] Show Images Tifa makes a brief appearance as part of the ground attack on the Midgar reactors, and again in her bar in the ending.
[AC] Show Images Tseng regains his position as leader of the Turks, and makes a short appearance.
[FF7] Show Images A former Turk, he fell in love with Lucrecia while working with Dr. Gast and Hojo. He kept his feelings to himself, seeing her feelings for Hojo instead of him. However, when Hojo took her baby for the JENOVA experiment, Vincent confronted Hojo and lost; his punishment was to be transformed into an undead. One of his hands is metallic gold; he wears a red cape and can transform into other monsters during battle. He uses a shotgun to attack normally. Perhaps because of his predicament, he's very quiet and only tags along to get rid of Sephiroth. (See also External Crossovers:Ehrgeiz, Jobs:Gunner)
[AC] Show Images Vincent has been apparently wandering the planet for the past two years. Somehow he manages to find out about the Spirits of Sephiroth, and is able to get in touch with Tifa. Marlene mocks him for not having a cell phone.
[DoC] Show Images One year after AC, Vincent is the central protagonist in DoC. We learn that Vincent was part of the Turks, and assigned as protection for Lucrecia Crescent. Through his service he fell for her, though she did not return the feeling. Instead, she decided to join with Hojo. She also decided to experiment on her own child (Sephiroth), much to his protests. During a confrontation with Hojo over this, Hojo shoots him, and uses his corpse for experimentation, making Vincent's body nearly indestructable. Somewhere, Lucrecia gets a hold of him and merges him with the Chaos, only possible through Hojo's previous experiments. Later, Vincent transforms into Chaos before her eyes, and she narrowly implants the Protomateria in his body to help him control it. Hojo finds out, and laughs at her unfeeling attitude toward science, just like him. Lucrecia is consumed with guilt and runs away. Somewhere along the lines, Vincent leaves the capsule he was in, obtains his clothes, and crawls into his coffin. Although he's just as taciturn, his feelings, especially for Lucrecia, begin to bubble to the surface. Although he is aloof, and short of speech, he's kinder than he looks, and always willing to help others.
[FF7] Show Images Although born in the traditional oriental town of Wutai, Yuffie's a twerpy, clueless kind of kid who just happens to be a ninja. She has a spot of kleptomania when it comes to materia, and she'll steal even from friends. She's very disappointed in her father Godo's way of running Wutai; that's why she ran away. Her pinwheels are pretty deadly in battle; she's stronger than she looks! (See also External Crossovers:Ehrgeiz, External Crossovers: Kingdom Hearts, (See also Jobs:Ninja)
[AC] Show Images Yuffie returns in AC, apparently indolent about Cloud losing "her" materia. Little else is known about her though, except that she has lost her motion sickness.
[DoC] Show Images Yuffie rescues Vincent twice, and tags along with the WRO several times (she's never awake during Vincent's fights for various reasons, though, so he can't count on her as a party member). She's just as hyper as before, but seems to have toned down the urge to steal stuff. She has regained her motion sickness though.
[FF7] Show Images Cloud's alterego of a sort. He was the real SOLDIER; Cloud just THOUGHT he was one. A confused Cloud took over his job, so to speak, and his persona, after Zack was killed by Shinra soldiers. His parents live in Gongaga. (See also External Crossovers:Ehrgeiz)
Picture of Zack, Tifa, and Sephiroth; face pic of Zack from Square's fighting game Ehrgeiz.
[AC] Show Images Appears as a ghost/image in Cloud's mind at the end.