The Baron Empire is a powerful hegemonic superpower and the main antagonistic faction of the 1991 RPG video game Final Fantasy IV.
The Kingdom of Baron was once ruled by a benevolent and kind King. Some time before the start of the game, Golbez had Cagnazzo of the Elemental Archfiends kill and assume the identity of the King so he could use their powerful military and fleet of airships known as the Red Wings to claim the Elemental Crystals.
However, after leading the attack on Mystidia, Cecil, the commander of the Red Wings, protested to the King about the destruction brought by Baron's military campaigns, the imposter-King demoted Cecil from his position as captain to errand boy and had him and his friend Kain Highwind deliver a gift to the village of Mist. Unbeknownst to the two, the "gift" actually contained a bomb that burned down the entire village. Upon discovering this, Cecil vows to stop Baron, causing him to be labeled a traitor by the kingdom.
Later, the imposter-king had Golbez placed as leader of the Red Wings, with a brainwashed Kain being made his second-in-command. Resuming the hunt for the Crystals, Golbez and the Red Wings clashed with Cecil and his friends several more times before Cecil and his party sneak into Baron Castle and defeat Cagnazzo, revealing him as an imposter and freeing the kingdom from Golbez's control. However, the Red Wings continued their search for the crystal, now operating solely under Golbez's command.
At the end of the game, Cecil and his lover Rosa become the new King and Queen of Baron and reform the nation back to its original benevolent state.
- King of Baron - Ruler (deceased)
- Cagnazzo - Fake Ruler (deceased)
- Golbez - Captain of the Red Wings / De facto Ruler (formerly)
- Cecil Harvey - Captain of the Red Wings (formerly)
- Kain Highwind - Commander of the Dragoons / Second-in-command of the Red Wings
- Baigan - Army Commander
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
Final Fantasy Dimensions
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Final Fantasy Tactics