Villain Overview

Ha, ha, ha…my sadness? What do I have to be sad about? I am the chosen one. I have been chosen to be the leader of this Planet.
~ Sephiroth
I will... never be a memory.
~ Sephiroth's last words.

Sephiroth (in Japanese: セフィロス, Sefirosu) is the main antagonist of Final Fantasy VII, its 2020 remake, the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and a major antagonist in the extended Final Fantasy VII universe, Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, and the Kingdom Hearts franchise. He is also Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockhart's archnemesis.

He was voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in Japan, and by George Newbern in English. In the 2020 remake, he was voiced by Tyler Hoechlin in English.

History

Before, Sephiroth was once a first class SOLDIER from Shinra Electric Power Company (better known as Shinra Inc.) that was idolized by many in terms of his swordsmanship skills, intellectual actions, and discipline. His outstanding performance in the battlefield made him a celebrity war hero and an inspiration. His positive attitude did not last long until he, Zack Fair, and Cloud Strife ventured in the mako reactor in Nibelheim. Sephiroth then proceeds to Shinra Manor to search for possible clues of his origins. Finally learning the truth, Sephiroth goes insane, rebels from Shinra, and sets Nibelheim on fire. Believing that he is the chosen one, he decides to become a god and rule the planet.

Etymology and Symbolism

Sephiroth is named for the סְפִירוֹת Səphīrōth (medieval Hebrew form of Sephirot). Sephiroth is a plural noun in Hebrew; the singular is Sephirah (also spelled Sefira). The Sephiroth are described in the Kabbalah as the manifestations of God that allow Him to manifest in the physical and metaphysical universes, referring to Sephiroth's simultaneous existence in the Lifestream and the Planet, and his manifestations through Jenova.

Sephiroth also means "counting" (of numbers), which can be attributed to the Sephiroth Clones. Sephiroth's penultimate form, Bizarro∙Sephiroth, is a mistranslation, and "Rebirth Sephiroth" would be more apt.

It is often believed the name Safer∙Sephiroth is a mistranslation, similar to how Helletic Hojo should have been translated as "Heretic Hojo." A common rumor is that "Safer" is a misspelling of "Seraph" (שרף) due to Safer∙Sephiroth's angelic appearance. A Seraph (plural "Seraphim", שְׂרָפִים) is described in the Hebrew Bible as being a humanoid angel with six wings.

Safer∙Sephiroth could easily be seen as a Seraph, with a seventh wing in place of his arm (perfectly presenting an allusion to the game's number). However, the origin of the name Safer∙Sephiroth is Hebrew; the boss's name as written in Japanese is "セーファ・セフィロス", or Sēfa Sefirosu; "safer" can also be translated as "sefer", "sapher", and "sepher". Sepher (סֶפֶר) is Hebrew for "book"; thus, Safer Sephiroth (Sefer Sfirot) literally translates to "Book of Numerations", possibly linked to the mathematical formulas that appear during his Supernova attack. However, it more likely refers to the Sefirot, the 10 aspects of creation according to Jewish mysticism.

The presence of a single, black wing protruding from his back (or right arm) is taken from Lucifer (better known as Satan or The Devil) in the Bible. Lucifer was a Seraph/Angel before he turned against God and fell from heaven. Sephiroth having a single black wing emphasizes his evil nature, as Lucifer is often depicted with black wings, among other fallen angels.

Sephiroth's plan in Final Fantasy VII to ram a meteor into the Planet and use the overflow of Lifestream to become a god refers to a concept in Zohar regarding the Tree of Life, where it is said that if someone tries to fill all of humanity into a vessel, the vessel will break, alongside the universe, causing life to flow erratically yet in a familiar pattern.

Sephiroth considering Jenova to be his mother, yet also being implied to have become one with her, may allude to the Christian belief of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, yet also being one and the same with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit via the Holy Trinity.

Appearance

Sephiroth

Sephiroth appears as a young man with long silver hair and green cat-like eyes. He wears a long black leather trench coat with shoulder plates and sometimes appears with a single black wing; he often appears with black feathers falling around him. A common misconception is that this is the cause for his theme, and common alias "One-Winged Angel". The true cause for this is in his final form having absorbed vast amounts of mako, transforming his (non-dominant) right arm into a grotesque black scale and feathered wing. All future appearances with the black wing are in reference to this, presumably to imply he has retained the same level of power in a human form.

However, upon the advent of FFVII Crisis Core, it is revealed any survivor of the Jenova Project possesses the ability to sprout this wing, however, to date it remains unclear why this is. Sephiroth having literally joined with Jenova possesses powers far beyond that of other test subjects, and it cannot be assumed his abilities and theirs are truly relatable.

In his later appearances, it appears as though he now exists at some level as an energy-being comprised of mako, given his ability to die, and reappear unchanged at will. Ironically his attempts to destroy the planet seem to have made him more of a part of it.

Personality

Before his fall into insanity, Sephiroth was known for maintaining an aura of cold professionalism and composure that made him look antisocial, being aloof and distant among SOLDIER and rarely mingling around with his fans, and due to his power, Sephiroth was already extremely confident but not to the point of arrogance. Despite this, his demeanor once used to hide his noble traits: For all his coldness, he was known for his bravery and staunch loyalty to Shinra and preservation of his subordinates lives in battle, famous and well-respected by all for his bravery and loyalty as Shinra's greatest war hero.

He can still form genuine friendships with others, as he values his bond with Genesis and Angeal, both of whom were the only ones closest to him in prowess even if they are ultimately not a match for him, refusing to do missions regarding them and allowing Genesis to escape when he confronted him even though he knew he is more than a match for Genesis from their last one-on-one duel. He also quickly befriends Zack Fair, due to their shared bond with Angeal, having trained the boy to complete his training after Angeal left. Acts of compassion towards his friends include Sephiroth offering his blood for a transfusion when Genesis was injured, despite his usual disdain of the Science Department of Shinra, and pardoning Zack's failure to prevent Hollander from escaping and granting permission to return to Midgar knowing he wanted to ensure Aerith's safety.

He has no interest in self-glory, being annoyed by Genesis's envy of his reputation and even stating he can have it if that's what he wants. Even towards others of lower rank, he treats them rather politely and gently, as shown by how he showed concern for the Player Turk in Before Crisis after they were defeated by Elfe and later on kindly asked Cloud how it felt to be back at Nibelheim. His sense of humanity is also shown by how he held Hojo in utter contempt for his immorality and expressed disgust over Hollander's similar inhuman experimentation. While well-spoken, socially graceful, calm and composed, Sephiroth is not without a dry sense of humor and at times he can show frustration.

However, the betrayals and subsequent deaths of Genesis and Angeal and witnessing Shinra's inhuman experimentation began to wear down Sephiroth, who even went as far as to consider retiring from Shinra. Learning of his status as the greatest monster ever produced by Shinra and the knowledge of how his seeming race was betrayed was the last straw for Sephiroth and he finally falls into insanity, becoming extremely ruthless and destructive, falling from the greatest hero to the single greatest threat to the planet. Showing utterly no remorse for any of his crimes, such as murdering Aerith and destroying Nibelheim, for all his calm demeanor, inside he has great anger and hatred for Shinra Inc. and humanity in general and his sense of humor becomes sadistic, tormenting Cloud for his own amusement. He has a messiah complex, believing he is the chosen one destined to lead the planet and also is utterly devoted to Jenova and it's cause, essentially being the agent of its will.

Sephiroth's initial confidence increases to the level of arrogance, which has repeatedly lead to his defeats: Instead of finishing off Cloud, Sephiroth took time to torment him despite having been grievously injured and even mocked him for believing he could defeat him, which lead to Cloud gaining the strength to overpower him and Sephiroth was so shocked that he couldn't react to Cloud's subsequent last move that lead to his defeat. After his immersion in the Lifestream, believing himself worthy of becoming a god, he showed that he saw neither AVALANCHE or Shinra as genuine threats to him, continuing to gloat and taunt them as he increasingly progressed in his goals. His underestimation of AVALANCHE lead to his defeat at the final battle when he was so close to victory. When fighting Cloud in Advent Children, Sephiroth, despite having the skill to easily finish him off, took time to taunt and torment Cloud despite Cloud's own remarkable strength, which once again lead to his downfall as his taunts caused Cloud to remember his hatred of him and dedication to his friends and allowed him to soundly defeat Sephiroth.

Despite his destructive and inimical nature, it is hinted, or "implied" by Cecil Harvey's quote against Sephiroth in Dissidia, "There is sorrow in those wintry eyes", that Sephiroth's darkness is due to how he was unable to cope with the knowledge he obtained on his origins and thus this makes him somewhat tragic even if he is irredeemable and that deep down he is melancholic and suffering over all he had did. This is further indicated in Opera Omnia, where Sephiroth says Zack has failed SOLDIER and even goes as far as to say that Zack was the monster, seeming to indicate he blames Zack for being unable to save him, Genesis and Angeal, suggesting that deep down he loathed what he had become but blamed it on others. He seems to have retained a sense of honor despite all he had become, as he coldly refuses to aid the Emperor and Ultimecia with their plans to betray all the other warriors of Chaos and outright expresses his disgust for them.

Sephiroth appears to have a love for battle, even asking the Warrior of Light if he also has the same sense and Kefla went as far as to say Sephiroth is born for combat. He states that in Dissidia that the only worth the Warriors had in the cycles of war was to fight, indicating that fighting may be Sephiroth's only source of entertainment in the game. In Mobius, Sephiroth even says that in his eyes, a SOLDIER who doesn't fight is not worth remembering. Due to this, he shows disgust towards Cloud's desire for a peaceful life, knowing deep down Cloud subconsciously came to desire to fight to avoid confronting all he had lost but his hope prevents him from embracing that side of his. Even before his fall into insanity, Sephiroth already shows signs of enjoying battles, as his grinning expression when he fought Genesis and Angeal indicate.

Sephiroth has shown an unusual amount of grace whenever defeated, as when defeated by Cloud in Advent Children, he simply laughs at Cloud's demand to stay as a memory and says he would never be a memory and in Dissidia, whenever he loses a fight, he calmly says "I'll fall into the shadows".

In the Remake, Sephiroth's goals appears to have changed and so has his demeanor. Seemingly aware of his doomed goals and his destiny, Sephiroth appears to seek to "protect the planet" and seeks to defy destiny, which may or may not mean he is seeking another way to become a god rather than using Meteor. Sephiroth becomes more direct, not only sending illusions and Sephiroth's Clones from the beginning but actually confronting the party himself. His enmity towards Cloud, despite all his taunts and mockeries, appears to have toned down as he even repeatedly offers an alliance and encourages him to continue his journey. At one point, he says to Cloud that through suffering he can grow strong, indicating it was the suffering that he had endured from learning the truth that motivated him.

Relationships

  • Sephiroth and Cloud: Sephiroth and Cloud are archenemies. At first, Cloud deeply admired Sephiroth and wanted to become a hero on the same level as Sephiroth, so he left Nibelheim to join Shinra. Although Cloud only made it into Shinra as an infantryman, Sephiroth seemed to have personal interaction with him before, as he seemed to be on friendly terms with Cloud, even asking him how it felt to be back on his hometown as he didn't have one. However, Sephiroth's razing of Nibelheim completely deteriorated any kind of friendship between them, as Cloud did not hesitate to mortally injure Sephiroth and neither did Sephiroth hesitate to severely injure and stab Cloud and he flaunted his far greater might but Cloud's rage towards Sephiroth was strong enough to give him the strength to overpower Sephiroth and he sent Sephiroth into the Lifestream but this only allowed Sephiroth to gain the power and knowledge he needed to start his diabolical plans. At first, Sephiroth thought nothing of Cloud but as a mere puppet, causing him to mentally breakdown with cruel twisted words of the true Nibelheim Incident as Cloud in his trauma has imprinted Zack's memories into himself, but Cloud's defeat of him caused Sephiroth to hate him to the point he was able to resist being taken into the Lifestream and eventually revive himself for a final duel with Cloud, where Sephiroth's arrogance once again allowed Cloud to defeat him despite being weaker. Throughout Dissidia, Sephiroth remains on antagonistic terms with Cloud, who is effectively his nemesis, with Sephiroth even ignoring the war and just seeking to fight Cloud. He also reveals that he loathed Cloud's tendency to cling to hope, knowing fully well that Cloud deep down wanted to continue engaging in battles to avoid confronting all he had lost, and thus made it clear that both in the war and their world he would gladly give him a reason to fight, indicating despite hating Cloud, Sephiroth came to see him as a worthy opponent. However, in Final Fantasy VII Remake, Sephiroth's relationship with Cloud seems to be different: While Cloud is still as hateful as ever towards Sephiroth, but at the same time is also more traumatized by Sephiroth's destruction of Nibelheim than in the original continuity, and Sephiroth is just as ruthlessly patronizing and tormenting towards Cloud, Sephiroth appears to acknowledge Cloud as a fellow SOLDIER, and wishes Cloud to join him for his yet unknown goals to "save" the planet and despite Sephiroth still having the skill to defeat Cloud, on both times he overpowered Cloud, he never follows through and kills him and in their last altercation, even gives him a hint.
  • Sephiroth and AVALANCHE: As AVALANCHE is Cloud's friends and team, they are effectively Sephiroth's enemies. At first, Barret and Red XIII were interested in Sephiroth after he murdered President Shinra but after learning his goals, they quickly shared Tifa and Cloud's desire to defeat him, with Tifa in particular resenting Sephiroth for the murder of her father and trying to attack him only to be ruthlessly cut down, while Aerith seemed a bit more distant regarding her views of Sephiroth. Although Sephiroth couldn't care less about them, as shown by his ruthless murder of Aerith due to her being a threat, their enmity towards him only grew as Sephiroth murdered Aerith and manipulated Tifa into breaking Cloud's mind, soon considering him their number-one enemy. In Advent Children, Sephiroth cruelly promised to take from Cloud what he held most dear, referring to AVALANCHE, suggesting that just like with Cloud, while he didn't give them much notice early on, Sephiroth came to hate them for defeating him. In Remake, the antagonism between Sephiroth and AVALANCHE is considerably greater and easily visible than ever, with Sephiroth collapsing the bridge on them, though he didn't bother to finish them off, and then callously murdering Barret for unknown reasons, which caused Barret to curse at him upon meeting him again after being resurrected. Aerith in particular showed personal vehemence towards Sephiroth for his willingness to defy fate and ignorance of the screams of the planet and Sephiroth seemed rather dismissive of Aerith, unlike before when he considered her a threat, merely scoffing at her when she voiced her anger at him.
  • Sephiroth, Angeal and Genesis: Sephiroth's best friends, he deeply cared for Genesis and Angeal and they were the only ones until Zack Sephiroth socialized with. Sephiroth fondly referred to Angeal's penchant of giving lectures of SOLDIER honor but was dismissive of Genesis's intense jealousy of him due to Sephiroth's superior skills and heroic status. Even after they betrayed Shinra, Sephiroth could never let go of his bond with them, refusing to hunt them down and kill them. Ultimately, it was their fall from grace that began Sephiroth's own fall as he became disillusioned with Shinra and it was Genesis who led Sephiroth to becoming insane. Sephiroth in his anger rejected to save Genesis. Despite this, however, in Opera Omnia, when Zack called Sephiroth a monster, Sephiroth coldly replied by saying that the monster was Zack and that he failed SOLDIER: As Angeal was the only SOLDIER apart from Sephiroth himself who Zack had technically "failed", having killed Angeal and failed to save Sephiroth, it indicated that Sephiroth still remembered Angeal and somewhat cared for them enough to blame Zack for their fates.
  • Sephiroth and Zack: As Angeal's student and yet another admirer of his heroics, Sephiroth had interacted with Zack before and saved him from Ifrit but it was only with their shared reluctance to hunt down Genesis and Angeal that Zack became Sephiroth's only remaining friend. Sephiroth appeared to have a soft side towards Zack, apologizing for putting him into another mission so soon and pardoning his failure to capture Hollander and permitting him to return to Midgar to protect Aerith. However, upon Sephiroth falling into insanity, even his bond with Zack had completely vanished as Sephiroth burned down Nibelheim to Zack's outrage. As the two strongest SOLDIERS fought, Sephiroth could not be reached by Zack despite his attempts to reason with him and Zack came to accept it but was no match for Sephiroth fighting his fullest and defeated. Although he seemed to still acknowledge him as a fellow SOLDIER, at least compared to Cloud, including him in his illusion of Nibelheim Incident, in Opera Omnia, Sephiroth showed personal vindication towards Zack, stating that Zack is the monster instead of himself and that he failed SOLDIER and taunted him about his fate and stating that to him Zack is nothing but a bad memory that reminded him of the past, mocking him for believing that he could finish his unfinished business in the land. He also scoffed when Zack angrily said Sephiroth is nothing but a monster wearing the skin of his friend and considered him a cowardly blight unworthy of being in the planet he would use as his vessel. All this suggested that Sephiroth blamed Zack for his inability to save Angeal and himself and saw him as the one who caused his fall to insanity. In the Remake, Sephiroth is responsible for Zack's "resurrection", as his helping Cloud and the others defeat the Whispers allowed Zack to survive. Although it remains unknown why Sephiroth helped Zack defy his fate of dying, a possible reason could be that Sephiroth desires Zack's help in the future.
  • Sephiroth and Hojo: Sephiroth despised Hojo, seeing him as an inferior scientists to Gast and holding his immorality and scientific obsession in contempt. He never knew Hojo was his father and even in his madness, Sephiroth continued to hold Hojo in contempt, being incredulous of Hojo's attempt to clone him. Hojo considered Sephiroth his greatest success and despite being dismissive of him as a father, he became obsessed with Sephiroth after seeing his repeated success: Hojo is indicated to be the director of the Silver Elite and have went to the trouble of keeping close tabs of Sephiroth's personal life and likewise he declared that Sephiroth is not dead and that he had plans to bring him back, indicating he was aware that Sephiroth had survived and expectant of his return. He even created clones of Sephiroth as if knowing that he would be alive to control them and in the Remake, he laughed upon seeing Sephiroth alive and indeed not only controlling but even possessing and shapeshifting Sephiroth Clones. Hojo even went as far as to try to help Sephiroth destroy the planet just because he saw him as his greatest success.
  • Sephiroth and Gast: Gast appeared to be the only scientist Sephiroth respected. He considered the professor to be a great scientist far above Hojo and Hollander and may have even considered him as a father figure of sorts: He was visibly distressed upon learning that Gast seemingly produced him and lamented his death. The fact that he was seemingly betrayed by the very man he looked up to was the last blow to Sephiroth, inducing his fall to sanity, and though he continued to acknowledge Gast's genius, Sephiroth was disdainful of the man for his seeming conception.
  • Sephiroth and Hollander: Although clearly not to the same level as Hojo, Sephiroth seems to be distrustful and on bad terms with Hollander. He distrusted the man enough that he wanted to personally help Genesis by donating his blood and was further disturbed when Hollander rejected him. After learning of Hollander's Project G, Sephiroth's hatred towards Hollander escalated, deeming him to blame for Genesis and Angeal's fall.
  • Sephiroth and President Shinra: As the highest-ranking SOLDIER, it was only natural that President Shinra held a great sense of trust and pride in Sephiroth's strength and skill, with the leader of the Shinra Company trusting Sephiroth with the most dangerous of missions. Sephiroth's feelings towards the President are mostly unknown, only that he was willing to protect him when Genesis attacked, though for all likeness, it could be that Sephiroth was loyal to him and Shinra as a whole. However, learning of the true nature of his birth completely erased all of Sephiroth's loyalty to the President, replaced with tremendous anger, and he was the one who killed the President.
  • Sephiroth and Lazard: As Lazard was the director of SOLDIER, Sephiroth directly answered to him. They seemed to have a cordial, working relationship, as Lazard was confident in Sephiroth's ability during the Wutai War and Sephiroth likewise seemed to have no problem interacting with him and taking orders from the man. However, after his betrayal, Sephiroth saw Lazard as his enemy.

Powers and Abilities

The One-Winged Angel.

Even as a child, Sephiroth showed exceptional fighting potential, with superhuman physical prowess and natural fighting ability, that would compensate for his lack of the powers of the Ancients as he was originally conceived to have and be acknowledged by Shinra, with Sephiroth's strength being the inspiration for Shinra beginning the creation of SOLDIERS. As an adult, Sephiroth's combat abilities and superior superhuman physical abilities reached extraordinary levels that were unmatched by any other SOLDIER and his might was such that he was considered the best fighter ever produced by Shinra of all time and unbeatable, with Cloud describing his strength as unreal and beyond any stories of his reputed accomplishments in the fields of battle, having greatly contributing to many of the wars Shinra won, his legendary accomplishments in the field of battle having inspired many men to join SOLDIER. The strongest of SOLDIER First Class, his strength being unmatched even by Genesis and Angeal, who were also considered alongside himself the most powerful SOLDIER 1ST Class, it has even been stated that Sephiroth is the best warrior in Final Fantasy VII.

A terrifyingly accomplished swordsman and physically powerful hand-to-hand combatant, referred to as the strongest swordsman, and also an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant. Sephiroth is deemed the only one capable of fully mastering the Masamune and wields it with great ease, despite the blade's size and length. Sephiroth's skills are such that he is completely unhindered by it, displaying immense ambidexterity and specialized training with it, capable of effortlessly switching between offense and defense in a split second and although he mainly uses it with both hands, Sephiroth can just as effectively wield the blade with a single hand easily. In fact, he even uses the long blade to his advantage by deftly manipulating it to effectively attack others even from a distance. Combined with his high level superhuman physical prowess, Sephiroth can effortlessly cut through metal and concrete, swing so fast and strong as to not only completely outpace the speed with which the human eye can see but also pressure and outmatch even seasoned and highly physically powerful swordsmen, and perform deadly combos such as his notable attack Octaslash.

His sword-fighting style is easily adaptable from offense to defense, which he carries to phenomenal levels: When fighting Zack in his boss battle, Sephiroth displayed great caution and the ability to easily react to most frontal and even behind assaults, usually easily repelling Zack's attacks before quickly unleashing barrages of attacks, but when he fought Cloud, Sephiroth went all-out from the beginning, easily both attacking and defending. He is so flawlessly proficient in switching from offense to defense that he can even automatically block and simultaneously land multiple attacks in at once and is able to enhance his swordsmanship with his Mako energy, to the point that a strike to the ground could create craters and collapse structures with ease and he could deliver multiple powerful slashes in the blink of an eye. Sephiroth can also effortlessly incorporate hand-to-hand combat moves into his swordsmanship with immense force and skill.

During a sparring session with both Genesis and Angeal, Sephiroth was able to easily handle their combined assaults despite their thinner blades affording them an advantage, countering all of their attacks and pushing them back, and despite being momentarily pressured, gained the upper hand over Genesis using powerful magic to enhance his Rapier, deflecting every spell launched at him by Genesis even though they were homed on him and coming from many directions and sliced through the Sister Ray with ease, the clash between them creating craters and Sephiroth even sending Genesis flying a great distance, all the while holding back. Another noteworthy testament to Sephiroth's extraordinary fighting prowess was his ability to maintain superiority over Zack Fair, an extremely talented and skilled SOLDIER in his own right: A data simultaion of Sephiroth was able to easily outclass Zack when Zack was just a SOLDIER Second Class, which was still considerable considering Zack was already a powerful SOLDIER at the time and had the strength to potentially wipe out the entire Fort Tamblin and he effortlessly kills Ifrit after it had withstood Zack's victory and almost killed him. In addition to having trained Zack himself after Angeal's betrayal to improve his abilities to where he become a SOLDIER First Class and eventually gained skill surpassing Genesis, by the time they fought in Nibelheim, despite Zack putting up a considerable fight, Sephiroth ultimately proved to be still superior and was the only one to defeat his former comrade, although it was noted by Hojo that it took a significant amount of his strength to defeat Zack. He even effortlessly disarmed Tifa of Masamune with his back turned and nonachalantly lifted her with a single hand before severely slashing her within seconds. Even after being stabbed by the Buster Sword, Sephiroth was able to resiliently function and remain strong enough to outmatch Cloud, easily disarming and stabbing him with Masamune before he could get close and lifting and throwing him aside a great distance before quickly crossing the distance and stabbing him again, only being overpowered by Cloud's willpower.

Later on, even with Cloud having surpassed the level of SOLDIER First Class and having been able to defeat him, Sephiroth would always gain the upper hand over Cloud and only lost in the end due to his arrogance, having held back to toy with him first. In Advent Children, he showed a noticeable superiority in skill and might over Cloud throughout the entirety of their clash, despite Cloud's improved combat ability, able to flawlessly and easily deflect Cloud's attacks and pressure him with his own, not only repelling him with the force of his counters but even launching him through the remains of Shinra's building despite Cloud having properly blocked his attack, with it taking all of Cloud's strength just to engage in a sword-lock with Sephiroth, who showed no such strain. He could even easily match Cloud's dual-bladed swordplay, in process cutting through all the pieces of Shinra building in his way with ease, blocking all of Cloud's attacks while pushing Cloud into the defense and eventually forcing him to abandon his effort. Swiftly gaining the upper hand afterwards, with Cloud tiring while Sephiroth had not lost any of his stamina at all, Sephiroth even went as far as to fight Cloud hand-to-hand to his advantage, launching him several feet away with his blows, and in Advent Children Complete, he managed to not only completely neutralize Cloud's Omnislash, blocking his strikes with only minor effort, but he also managed to stab Cloud before he could even come close to completing the attack with astonishing ease, before proceeding to execute a version of Octaslash that easily overwhelmed and left Cloud badly injured, with him landing 6 out of 8 blows, before being caught off-guard by his Omnislash Version 5.

In the Remake, even while only using the body of Marco, which is physically frail and clearly cannot use his full strength, Sephiroth still displays formidably deadly might, as shown when not even trying to actually overpower him, he could casually surprise and pin Cloud down, who showed effort in overpowering the grip. When he confronted AVALANCHE using said body, with actual intent to handle them, Sephiroth displayed his superiority individually towards them by casually cutting a bridge faster than any of them could react and bested Cloud in a sword-lock with ease, sending him and the rest tumbling down and easily destroyed several Whispers with a single swipe, whereas it took their combined strength to defeat them. In the final battle, Sephiroth, in his true body, casually handled Cloud in a one-on-one fight and even single-handedly fought him and the other members of AVALANCHE, being able to react to any of their surprise attacks with ease, and despite sustaining enough damage that his Meteor was canceled, he still remained capable of casually proving himself a superior swordsman over Cloud, countering all of Cloud's attacks, sometimes so powerfully to send Cloud flying back, so easily that he sometimes rests it on his shoulder, while forcing Cloud to dodge his own attacks and only having to dodge once before he pushed back Cloud in a clash of blades and blitzed him, subsequently disarming Cloud in a single maneuver.

In Dissidia, Sephiroth's martial prowess is shown to be superior to every other warriors of chaos, who were also powerful villains in their own right, as unlike the other Chaos warriors, who always lost to the warriors of Cosmos, Sephiroth was never defeated by any of the warriors of cosmos but Cloud, as he pushed back Lightning in their one-on-one duel, stalemated the Warrior of Light, defeated Firion, Terra and Tifa rather easily. Even though he lost to Cloud, it is indicated he may have held back, uninterested as he is in the entire conflict, as in their first fight, despite his apparent defeat, Sephiroth seems to be uninjured. It was further hinted as he handily defeated Cloud in their final fight in the Dissidia NT, knocking him down after easily blocking his strike.

During the events of Mobius, Sephiroth once again displays his surpassing swordsmanship and physical might, as he easily defeated Cloud in their first altercation, even mocking him as unworthy of being a SOLDIER, easily countering his attacks and powerfully flinging him away with said counters before blowing down Cloud with a shoulder punch and holding him in sword-point and even managed to casually fight off both him and Wol and come out on top, impaling Cloud severely and rendering Wol helpless by holding him in swordpoint moments after impaling Cloud. When he had Cloud under his control and Wol tried to help Cloud, Sephiroth was able to dispatch Wol within moments with ease.

His fighting prowess and strength was also shown by the Remnants of Sephiroth. Despite Kadaj (the representation of Sephiroth's memories and skill), Loz (the representation of Sephiroth's physical power) and Yazoo (the representation of his allure) not having even close to the full extent of his might, the skills and power they gained from Sephiroth proved to make them formidable foes, with Loz proving a powerful hand-to-hand combatant that easily surpassed Tifa and Rude and capable of shattering trees and stone and moving at teleportational speeds, Kadaj being strong enough of a swordsman to handily defeat Reno and Rude and force Cloud to dual-wield to defeat him, and Yazoo, despite not even representing a part of his fighting skills, proving to be an agile fighter and extremely skilled marksman, which indicates Sephiroth may also be similarly, if not even more, skilled with firearms. Likewise, they all prove to be fully capable of riding motorcycles while engaging Cloud in combat, meaning Sephiroth himself would also be proficient in such methods of combat.

Although mainly preferring melee, Sephiroth was already quite accomplished in the use of Magic and proved fully capable of making liberal use of it in combat. He had mastered the use of all forms of Materia available to SOLDIER, such as Fire, Ice, Earth, Lightning, Revive, and Restore and is capable of casting their highest tier spells. In Crisis Core, Sephiroth displays an unseen ability to cast magical shields that could easily block the fires of a dragon and Genesis's fire spell and materialize Fire, Blizzard, Thunder and Support Materia to fight alongside him independently. The elemental materias are completely immune to the elements that compose them while the Support Materia have minor resistance and all of them are resilient to physical attacks and can cast the ga-level spells as well as Cura, Barrier and Dispel and exude energy to damage if close enough. His prowess over fire-based magic is evident by how easily he razed Nibelheim to the ground. He has always been able to cast Heartless Angel, surrounding his enemies with dark energy to drain their stamina.

Safer Sephiroth.

After being immersed inside Lifestream and absorbing immeasurable amounts of the knowledge of the Ancients, Sephiroth's magical prowess are enhanced to the point that he can perform all levels of magic without need of materia. In addition to being capable of performing all forms of status spells, such as Stop, Death Sentence and Silence, allowing him to reduce his enemies fighting effectiveness, render magic completely unusable as well as curse others to die within a set time limit, he also gained several unique and highly potent buffing spells, such as Reflect, Wall and Death Force, making him able to resist or even repel attacks and be immune to all instant death attacks. He even has access to his own status spells, such as Stigma and Pale Horse, sending a huge blast of reddish or blue energy capable of inflicting multiple status effects. He is also capable of combining several elemental magics and unleashing them in a devastating storm.

He also gains access to the devastating magical artifacts of Pandora Box and Black Materia. With Pandora Box, he can blast its energy, which ignores all form of defensive ability. With Black Materia, he is capable of performing the most destructive form of magic Meteor, summoning a massive meteor capable of heavily damaging the entire Earth.

In Remake, Sephiroth for unknown reasons uses Materia to cast magic but has proven to be a powerful spellcaster, regardless, casually casting Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga and Aeroga and can perform elemental infusion to absorb elemental attacks and increase his spell power, also gaining new spells such as Thunderstorm, raining down multiple strikes of thunder, Flamewall, creating a wall of fire, Windmail, reducing damage, and Frostpike, creating glazers of ice that explode. His most powerful elemental infusion is a dark form that infuses him with all elements and also gives him dark-elemental magic, allowing him to both resist and cast elemental spells with more power. His Heartless Angel has him empower his sword and having it spawn a red energy field with cursed feathers, while his Shadow Flare initially only summons one orb but he can create multiple orbs of darkness at the end, and he can also fire dark feathers of energy to restrain and damage simultaneously. He can even somehow create a large ball of fire resembling a meteor without Black Materia, though this apparently requires a period of time to charge, but upon being unleashed, it has the destructive power to easily destroy much of Midgar and kill the party instantly.

In Dissidia, Sephiroth retains the use of his signature magic spells: Shadow Flare and Heartless Angel. He displays two variations of both attacks; in addition to summoning four orbs of darkness, he can also cast a single attracting explosive orb of energy, while his Heartless Angel releases multiple rays of light or has him inflict doom on the enemy with a dark energy stab. He also has access to the Black Materia, displaying the ability to use Meteor at a smaller scale, releasing a small but still devastating meteorite.

In Mobius Final Fantasy, Sephiroth also displays the ability to use summon magic without Summon Materia, summoning several creatures, which Cloud notes is something he never had before. Not only that, Sephiroth proved capable of surrounding areas in impenetrable darkness and creating Materia of his own, which he gave to Cloud and was able to use to restrain Cloud. He casts the extremely powerful elemental Hellfire, Icerain, Bloodwind, Pinnacle, and Luna Eclipse spells and also powerful protective spells that can only be broken when he lets it down and is able to absorb elemental energy from his foes and create barriers that make him immune to such elements.

In addition to merely empowering his sword for more powerful strikes, Sephiroth can launch blades of energy capable of easily cutting through metal and concrete as well as fiery magical energy and forcing both Zack and Genesis into the defensive and pushing them back. He was also able to channel energy from his katana into the ground to release a wave of energy that Zack struggled to block. In Dissidia, Sephiroth can also unleash a circular wave of energy and create a shield of energy capable of countering Bravery attacks.

Although not capitalizing on teleportation often, Sephiroth can still teleport at high speeds and in an instant, doing so during his battle with Zack to dodge his attacks and catch him off-guard by appearing behind him and attacking him from his blind spot and later doing this with Sora to catch him off-guard and attack him from his blind spot. After his immersion in Lifestream, Sephiroth has displayed at certain occasions the ability to teleport others with him, although he can only do this if they're close enough. He is also able to levitate and fly even before being immersed in the Lifestream, as he was able to hover down to Zack's location in Crisis Core, and can manifest a single black wing for more conventional flight.

His immersion in Lifestream has granted Sephiroth potent psychic powers. Sephiroth can read the minds of others, project highly detailed illusions and telepathically communicate with others even from vast distances. His telekinesis is strong enough to lift not only objects, but even other people, using only his mind: He was able to not only easily break down a section of the Shinra Headquarters but was even able to briefly restrain the party telekinetically. In Remake, in addition to casually launching a Mako Cannon at the party, Sephiroth has even shown the ability to manipulate matter itself, breaking down and shaping several objects into a large rock that he fired at Cloud. He is also able to manifest the Masamune at will, allowing him to leave it impaled on others while still maintaining it. Remake even shows Sephiroth is able to warp space and reality to an extent, as he slices the dark tornado created by the Whispers and opens a wormhole for himself and then Cloud and the others to go to the other side of the Midgar bridge and later on creates a portal to teleport himself and Cloud temporarily into the Edge of Creation.

Sephiroth's Limit Break is Supernova, where he unleashes a massive amount of destructive energy in the form of explosion that is so strong it seems as if it can destroy the entire solar system. It is even said that powered with enough despair, Supernova is able to affect multiple dimensions.

Due to the extraordinary strength of his willpower, Sephiroth was able to retain his consciousness in Lifestream after his physical body was submerged in it, allowing him to travel inside the Lifestream and gain it's knowledge. Even after being further defeated by Cloud, despite the Lifestream forcibly trying to dissolve him, Sephiroth's will was too strong, allowing him to withstand the attempts for a second try at his goals.

Having been injected with Jenova cells as a fetus directly and exposed to pure jenova cells undiluted by human DNA, Sephiroth's abilities as a Project S SOLDIER marked him as the superior specimen of the Jenova Project, his quality surpassing Angeal and Genesis's Project G. He cannot degrade as his genome cannot be broken down and though he cannot be copied, he is able to deliver abilities to others via his cells, giving Cloud SOLDIER powers and Genesis believed Sephiroth's cells can transfer immunity to degradation to save him, although it appears that the process is much more random and requires a sufficiently strong body, as the Sephiroth Clones had no such enhancements and instead became mindless drones. Having overpowered Jenova's will, Sephiroth gained the ability to exert influence over Jenova's cells and he can construct avatars in his likeness, as well as other eldritch entities; this enables him to have a physical presence in the world of the living and attain a sort of immortality.

In Remake, Sephiroth also proves able to shapeshift carriers of Jenova cells into himself and also transform them into eldritch entities, as he transformed Marco into himself and Jenova Alpha and after his defeat, had another Sephiroth Clone masquerade as himself before revealing the disguise. Though they do not have his power innately, it appears Sephiroth can transfer his powers for them in order to make them capable of fulfilling his whims, albeit the weakness of their bodies make them incapable of using his abilities to the fullest. By extension, he can remotely control Jenova cells inside living organisms. If a human has a sufficiently high concentration of Jenova cells in their body, Sephiroth can control their thoughts and actions, and in severe cases can outright puppeteer their bodies. His ability to project his will through these avatars and puppets is compounded by the subject's lack of willpower, and intensifies over shorter distances, being strongest at the Northern Crater (the site of his physical body). He even has the power to generate and spread Jenova Cells from the Lifestream into the people of Gaia, giving birth to the disease of Geostigma that spread through all of Gaia, infecting much of humanity, and creating the Negative Lifestream, pulling the souls of those who succumbed to the disease, allowing him to control and inforce his will and extend the Stigma to the point of it potentially overtaking the Planet. Giving birth to creatures like the Shadow Creepers, which like his Remnants he can likely control, upon his resurrection, Sephiroth can summon the Negative Lifestream into the surface to begin the process. His powers even blocking out Aerith's ability to control the Planet, only when he is defeated was she able to heal the Geostigma. Even though Cloud has shaken off his control, if Cloud is weak enough, he can still mentally influence Cloud and in severe cases, as shown in Mobius, outright override Cloud's will, needing assistance from Wol for Cloud to return.

In addition to his extraordinary fighting prowess and powers, Sephiroth, as easily expectable of a well-known war leader hero and the greatest First Class SOLDIER, is an extremely intelligent individual borderline genius, especially in the arts of leadership and strategical and tactical warfare, perhaps ranking as the cleverest individual in Final Fantasy VII and among the most intelligent individuals in the entire Final Fantasy series as a whole.

His martial ability and legendary battle feats aside, his leadership and tactical abilities also played a hand in his rising to the rank of highest general in SOLDIER, having lead armies of other SOLDIERS into battles during the wars to victory, known for his bravery and staunch leadership in the face of dangerous conflicts that saved the lives of his man that also greatly attributed to his fame.

During the Genesis War, Sephiroth already displays his incredible intelligence, proving to be an excellent investigator: He was the first one to correctly anticipate, from Genesis's signs of change and his missing and taking a large number of SOLDIER, his friend's betrayal and deduce Hollander's part in it from his "help" of Genesis with his injury, something even Angeal couldn't fully figure out on his own, being the one who alerted Shinra to the true nature of their actions in the first place. While only wishing to save his friends and not betray Shinra, he displays the strategical sense and deceptive cunning to fool the company the entire time into believing he would execute Genesis and Angeal while he was actually planning to keep them safe, as Shinra completely trusted Sephiroth with the mission of hunting down his friends despite his initial refusal to do so, and successfully thwarted their attack while allowing them to escape.

During his quest to conquer the Planet, Sephiroth displays his genius strategical mind and also proves to be an exceptional manipulator and deceiver by being able to first orchestrate the murder of President Shinra and freedom of Cloud and his party and then flawlessly manipulate and outthink Cloud and the party throughout the entire game while also remaining one step ahead of Shinra, ultimately ending in Sephiroth successfully summoning Meteor. He was also able to successfully torment Cloud by revealing the truth of the Nibelheim Incident in his twisted manner and even manipulating Tifa into revealing the truth subtly, to the point where Cloud completely broke down.

In Remake, Sephiroth also successfully manipulates Cloud into continuing his journey to defeat him with taunting and cryptic words and preying on his desire for revenge. During the events of Mobius: Fatal Calling, Sephiroth once again effortlessly outsmarts Cloud, able to trick him into giving him the tools he needed to return to their world and despite the setback of Wol allowing Cloud to regain control, Sephiroth ultimately remained successful. Sephiroth is also shown to be highly knowledgeable and well-learned, being well-versed on the lore of Mako energy and Materia, with noticeable scientific competence and ability, being able to effortlessly identify Genesis and Angeal Copies and understand Project G much faster than Zack did, thoroughly explain why Materia is essential to use Magic and also how Mako was used to create SOLDIERS, swiftly identify the cause of malfunction in the Nibelheim Mako Reactor and figure out the way to stop it by closing the valve and effortlessly correctly analyze the process of creating monsters used by Hojo as well as read and understand the entirety of the library in the Shinra Mansion in a matter of days, managing to piece together from information he received from reports regarding the Jenova Project created by both Gast and Hojo, although the outdated nature made his conclusion incorrect and led to his insanity.

This knowledge is vastly enhanced after he fell to the Lifestream, as he obtained a vast amount of knowledge from it, learning secrets about the Planet and the Cetra, obtaining an understanding of the nature of the Planet itself, the cycle of life and death, and forbidden secrets such as the White and Black Materia, and the Magic they held: Holy and Meteor. Sephiroth also had enough scientific mind to be able to fully understand the Reunion Theory constructed by Hojo and use it to his benefit.

Weapons

Sephiroth with the Masamune.

Sephiroth's most famous weapon is the Masamune: a 10-foot long katana that has been an occasionally available weapon in other series of Final Fantasy, though Final Fantasy VII depicts Sephiroth as the only one able to wield the weapon effectively. His signature melee-attack is the Octaslash, a swift sequence of 5 to 8 sword strikes. In addition to using it as a melee weapon, Sephiroth also wields Masamune to channel his powers over energy, performing powerful attacks in the form of blades and waves of energy.

A lesser equipment of Sephiroth is the Materia he had as the SOLDIER Hero: As Shinra's foremost and most powerful fighter, Sephiroth had mastered all forms of Materia but the original game and Crisis Core depict different Materias. As a playable character in Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth has Revive, Restore, Earth paired with All, Fire, Ice paired with All, Lightning paired with All. In Crisis Core, he uses what seems to be Barrier Materia to project a shield to protect himself from both Ifrit and Genesis's fiery attack, a small-scale Energy Materia and can use Huge Materia in battle by summoning them. However, in his later appearances, his only Materia is the Black Materia, which he uses to perform Meteor, as Sephiroth can now cast magic without Materia. In the Remake, Sephiroth oddly enough uses Materia to perform magic when battling Cloud and the others and reveals the ability to perform elemental infusion.

Boss

Final Fantasy VII

To Be Added

Crisis Core

Sephiroth is a boss fight in Crisis Core during the Nibelheim Incident and fought in the Nibel Reactor. He can prove to be among the most difficult and powerful bosses in the game, as he is able to summon 4 Huge Materia: Fire, Blizzard, Thunder and Support. All those Materia have huge amounts of health, resists physical attacks and are immune to the elements composing them, though the Support Materia can only slightly resist elemental spells. Their offensive ability not only extends to casting spells to the ga-level, in the Support Materia case being using Cura, Barrier and Dispel, but are also able to exude magical energy to harm Zack if he is close enough. Even without the Materia, Sephiroth is still not to be underestimated as he can dish out punishing damage with his Masamune and he cannot be surprise attacked as he will simply turn around and attack faster than Zack could attack Sephiroth. His attacks range from 2-to-4 hit combos and can steadily wear down Zack unless he has high defense. Sephiroth's most devastating attack is Heartless Angel, which will deplete Zack's health to one and cannot be blocked, but Octaslash and Draw Slash are not to be underestimated as well as unlike the Materia spells, they cannot be interrupted.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Sephiroth is the final boss of the remake. He can be considered to be the toughest boss of the game, with extremely large HP and being very versatile with both his sword and magic. Likewise, he resists elemental magic and most status effects.

The fight starts with Cloud fighting Sephiroth solo: Sephiroth will perform 2 hit combos and can block any attack if he's on guard, making it necessary to attack him repeatedly and stop before attacking after he's stopped guarding. He can use Telluric Fury and Aerial Onslaught as his special sword moves and can cast Firaga and Blizzaga. Stagger him with physical attacks (Magic can't fill his Stagger gauge). After depriving 10% of his health, Sephiroth will overpower and fling Cloud into another piece of debris and another AVALANCHE member will join in. He begins with Aeroga and afterwards, though he continues to prefer Firaga and Blizzaga, will start using Aeroga and Thundaga. He gains a devastating, unblockable attack called Hell Gate that sends energy all around the field and if the player does not stagger him, he will use the attack to break down the debris, taking the fight to another arena. Sephiroth also gains Scintillia and do not attack him while he is doing so or else he will counter devastatingly. He can also cast Boundless Void, which will follow and paralyze a party member and he will then land a devastating 3-hit combo.

After taking half of his health, Sephiroth will manifest his wing and use Gravity to pin down Cloud and the other member only for yet another AVALANCHE member to join in, beginning the penultimate phase. Sephiroth will now use elemental infusion, gaining one spell and increased spell power for each element that he infuses himself with. At this point, the only way to fill his Stagger gauge is with elemental magic as well. Note that Sephiroth has also gained Octaslash, which is his most devastating attack.

At only 20% of his health, Sephiroth will summon Supernova and the player must defeat him before he can use Divine Proclamation, counted from 10 to 0, otherwise the fight is instantly lost. Sephiroth gains Heartless Angel and Shadow Flare but no longer attacks directly.

Quotes

Final Fantasy VII

I knew ever since I was a child, I was not like the others. I knew mine was a special existence. But this is not what I meant!
~ Sephiroth
Whether your words... are lies created to deceive me... Or the truth... that I have sought all my life... it makes no difference. You will rot.
~ Sephiroth to Genesis.
Good to see you, Cloud.
~ Sephiroth.

Kingdom Hearts

As have I.
~ Sephiroth encountering Cloud.
I'm a part of you, am I? Then join me in this eternal nightmare untarnished by light.
~ Sephiroth challenging Cloud to a duel.
Did Cloud tell you that? Then he must understand now.
~ Sephiroth after Goofy remarks at him being "the dark part of Cloud's heart".
That last bit of light is always the hardest to snuff out.
~ Sephiroth as he leaves.
Can you do it? That darkness comes from your own dark memories. Do you think you can erase your past?
~ Sephiroth responding to Cloud's claim that defeating him will make the darkness go away.
Face it—you turn your back on the present and live in the past. Because the light of the present is too much!
~ Sephiroth after Cloud's outburst.
I know. Because... I am you.
~ Sephiroth after Cloud is blinded by Tifa's light as she approached.
What is Cloud doing?
~ Sephiroth to Sora and company when they arrive at the Dark Depths.
Hmph. By the way, you three... who are you?
~ Sephiroth slashing at Sora who jumps back in surprise.
Well... That's an interesting sword you're carrying.
~ Sephiroth noticing Sora's Keyblade.
I see... so that's a Keyblade. And I suppose you must be its chosen wielder.
~ Sephiroth after Donald tells him about the Keyblade.
I wonder if it won't change its mind—once I defeat you.
~ Sephiroth preparing to attack Sora.
I admit you're very skilled... But apparently, Cloud is the only one who can eliminate me.
~ Sephiroth after his defeat.
Tell Cloud to come here. Tell him Sephiroth is looking to settle things.
~ Sephiroth requesting Sora to bring Cloud to him.
Did you give him my message?
~ Sephiroth to Sora after he returns from talking to Cloud.
Cloud... you'll never let go of the darkness.
~ Sephiroth to Cloud when he arrives to confront Sephiroth.
You'll never let go of your past.
~ Sephiroth to Cloud as the two prepare to battle.
You can't. He'll never let go of the darkness.
~ Sephiroth to Tifa when she tries to help Cloud.
Let's see what this light of yours can do.
~ Sephiroth directing his attacks to Tifa.
The light doesn't suit you.
~ Sephiroth after Tifa offers Cloud her light.

Cast

Japanese English
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Crisis Core, Advent Children, Last Order, Dissidia, 012, Kingdom Hearts II) Lance Bass (Kingdom Hearts)
Shinichiro Miki (Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring) George Newbern (Crisis Core, Advent Children, Dissidia, 012, Kingdom Hearts II)

Trivia

  • Sephiroth is one of the most popular and iconic villains in the Final Fantasy franchise, alongside Kefka.
  • The saying "I will...never be a memory" may imply that Sephiroth may keep coming back, leading us to think he will never lose without deciding, but this is debatable. Though, he never seems to lose without accepting the opponent to have won, if this is simply due to an arbitrary level of talent Sephiroth observes or if he truly believes he cannot win is unclear.
  • It is imperative at this point to note also Sephiroth is never like the typical FF villain, though very delusional, within this illusion and his psychopathy, Sephiroth is very calm and seemingly sane. His ambition is not universal destruction, but universal cleansing, draining all planets of life, as he believes his "mother" Jenova did, before crashing to the planet.
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Part One marks Sephiroth as the only main villain that wasn't defeated in the climax of the series conflict at any sense of the word and actually wins, as Caius Ballad, the main villain of Final Fantasy XIII-2, despite surviving his defeat, became more or less docile in Lightning Returns due to failing to get rid of his immortality while Ardyn Izunia was outright killed by Noctis as he always wanted to die, managing to manipulate the party into defeating the Whispers to allow him to alter fate and returning as the main villain for the upcoming next parts of the Remake.
    • This marks Sephiroth as the only villain in the Final Fantasy series as a whole that truly wins. Although Kefka succeeded at becoming a god and ruling the world for a year, he was still killed by the protagonists before he could destroy the world.
      • Sephiroth had previously secured a lesser form of such "honor" in both Dissidia Final Fantasy and Mobius Final Fantasy Fatal Calling as well: In the former, as he had nothing to lose should he be defeated as a Warrior of Chaos and even his plans of becoming a god were ultimately indicated to have been solely to return himself and Cloud to their world and as such his defeat at Cloud's hands actually served as a victory for him, allowing him to presumably continue his reign of terror in Gaia. In fact, in the Dissidia NT, Sephiroth outright can be considered to have "truly won", as he succeeded in hastening his and Cloud's return to their world by increasing the danger of the planegorgers and resurrecting Shinryu. In the Mobius, though he lost to Cloud and Wol, he had nevertheless succeeded in carrying out his goals to return himself and Cloud to their world.
  • Sephiroth's appearance in the Remake is classified in the Ultimania into four types. First is illusions that he projects into Cloud's mind repeatedly, second is Cloud's recollection of him, third is the Sephiroth Clones shapeshifted by Sephiroth and finally the fourth type, which will noted outright stated, is heavily hinted to be his true body. Proof of this was how unlike the Sephiroth Clones that were shown to revert back to their original appearance after suffering enough damage, Sephiroth never shows any signs of such ill-effects as he was able to battle Avalanche without stopping.
    • Curiously enough, in his final confrontation with Cloud, Sephiroth refers to himself as "Ore" rather than "Watashi" as he had after falling into insanity, indicating he may be a time-travelling, pre-insanity but somehow enhanced version of the Crisis Core Sephiroth who somehow knew of his despicable actions at the original continuity and abandoned them in pursuit of currently unknown goals.
  • It is indicated from Sephiroth's participation in Dissidia that he may be the most powerful of the Final Fantasy villains, as it was shown that both his allies, the Warriors of Chaos, all of whom are the main antagonists and can be considered considerably powerful, and his enemies, the Warriors of Cosmos, are wary of tangling with him. It is also shown from his fights with Firion, Tidus, Cecil, Tifa and later on Terra in Dissidia NT that Sephiroth could easily handle the Warriors of Cosmos and actually win, a feat that none of the other Warriors of Chaos were able to achieve. The only ones who seemed to be able to handle him among Cosmos's ranks are the Warrior of Light, Lightning and Cloud, though even the Warrior couldn't best Sephiroth while Lightning only defeated Sephiroth because as Cloud said it he was holding back much of his power and Sephiroth later on gained the upper hand in their altercation in Dissidia NT. As for Cloud, it was apparent that Sephiroth didn't actually want to kill him at that time and even though he wanted to become a god, even if he lost to Cloud, he would still return to his world, thus didn't take him seriously. This was later on supported as he handily defeated Cloud in the Dissidia NT.
    • To further prove his unmatched stature and power among the Final Fantasy villains, he was the only known villain who was said to have been holding back his power, as Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that even though he lost to Cloud and the others, Sephiroth was holding back all along. In fact, though Cloud did defeat him, it was shown that Sephiroth was holding back to toy with him in Advent Children and still easily had the upper hand until he was caught off-guard while his defeats at Cloud's hands as both a mere infantryman and a SOLDIER First Class was when he was weakened. Later on, in Mobius, Sephiroth once again defeated Cloud, this time with help from Wol, rather easily, and despite losing in their final altercation, his calm words indicated he let himself lose since he had already got what he wanted anyway. Hojo also wondered while having Zack fight a data simulation of Sephiroth if Sephiroth gave it his all when fighting Zack, stating that the level of power Sephiroth used to defeat Zack was significantly greater than any other records he had of Sephiroth's power and believing he must have had accepted Zack as being a worthy opponent if he exerted himself as he did, indicating even prior to his insanity, Sephiroth was still holding back in most of his fights. This was further hinted as when he fought a fully serious Genesis, he was pushed back after having earlier handled both him and Angeal but once he became serious, he turned the tides on Genesis.
      • In the Remake, it was indicated that Sephiroth had loosen up on this attitude, displaying noticeably greater might and abilities as well as finesse even compared to his Safer Sephiroth form, taking on the entire party, whose prowess were indicated to be comparable to their Advent Children selves, by himself and standing his ground, even though as he still needed Cloud and maybe the others, he would have presumably held back on them, despite ultimately losing, and he easily bested Cloud.
  • George Newbern, Sephiroth's English voice actor from Advent Children onward, was well-known for being the voice actor for Superman in the DC Animated Universe and various other animated incarnations of the Man of Steel as well as his more villainous counterparts such as his Injustice incarnation and his Justice Lords self.
    • Ironically, Sephiroth's backstory of being created by a mad scientist who wanted to utilize the power he possessed resembled that of the first incarnation of Superman, William Dunn, as well as his being "created" by Professor Ernest Smalley.
  • Both his voice actor ‎Toshiyuki Morikawa‎ and Cloud's voice actor end up voiced Griffith from dark fantasy manga Berserk. Ironically, Sephiroth is quite similar to Griffith; they started out as soldiers, but then they ascended into godhood and became the main villain of their respective installments. However, Griffith is much worse than Sephiroth.
  • The only versions of Sephiroth to die are in the original Final Fantasy VII and the movie Advent Children. He survived in Kingdom Hearts, Dissidia, and the Final Fantasy VII remake, likely due to his popularity.
  • The song of his second form, One-Winged Angel, is popular (especially for its time) to the point of being considered his primary theme, and has been remixed multiple times for his spinoff and remake appearances.
  • Sephiroth's relationship with Aerith Gainsborough went through different changes during the development of the original game. He was intended to be Aerith's brother, as suggested by their similar hairstyles. He was then rewritten as Aerith's love interest, but this was changed when Zack Fair was introduced to the story, ultimately changing their relationship once more.

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Final Fantasy II
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Baron Empire
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Others
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Exdeath | Gilgamesh | Enkidu | Demons of the Rift | Void | Enuo

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Emperor Gestahl | Kefka Palazzo | Typhon | Ultros

Cult of Kefka
Kefka Palazzo | Magic Master

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Shinra Inc.
President Shinra | Rufus Shinra | Heidegger | Palmer | Professor Hojo | Professor Hollander | Scarlet
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Alexandrian Empire
Queen Brahne | Thorn and Zorn | Meltigemini | Kuja

Others
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Leblanc | Logos | Ormi

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Promathia | Shadow Lord | Shantotto

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Archadian Empire
Vayne Solidor | Doctor Cid | Gabranth | Ba'Gamnan | Bergan | Ghis | Venat | Gerun

Others
Judge of Wings | Feolthanos

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Barthandelus | Bhunivelze | Caius Ballad | Jihl Nabaat | Order of Salvation | Orphan | Yaag Rosch

Final Fantasy XIV
Garlean Empire
Varis Zos Galvus | Nael Van Darnus | Gaius Van Baelsar | Zenos Yae Galvus | Livia Sas Junius | Nero Tol Scaeva | Regula Van Hydrus | Rhitahtyn Sas Arvina

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Final Fantasy XV
Empire of Nilfheim
Iedolas Aldercapt | Ardyn Izunia | Glauca | Ravus Nox Fleuret | Loqi Tummelt | Caligo Ulldor | Verstael Besithia

Others
Bahamut | Ifrit | Somnus Lucis Caelum

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Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Earl Tyrant | Fungus | Herba | Oshca | Pist Shaz XI | Solijashy

Final Fantasy Adventure
Dark Lord | Julius | Glaive Empire

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Meteor Parasite | Raem

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Larkeicus

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
Dark Lord

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
Cu Caspel | Galdes

Final Fantasy Dimensions
Elgo

Four Generals
Asmodai | Baugauven | Styx | Vata

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Dark Lord

Vile Four
Dualhead Hydra | Flamerus Rex | Ice Golem | Pazuzu

Others
Skullrus Rex | Stone Golem | Twinhead Wyvern

Final Fantasy Tactics

The Lucavi
Belias | Cuchulainn | Dycedarg Beoulve | Marquis Elmdor | Vormav Tingel/Hashmal

Others
Algus | Delita Hyral | Gafgarion | Gerrith Barrington | St. Ajora | | Wiegraf Folles

Final Fantasy Tactics A2
Duelhorn
Alys the Ensorceled | Duke Snakeheart | Maquis | The Night Dancer

Khamja
Ewen | Illua

Others
Klesta | Neukhia

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Llednar Twem | Queen Remedi

Final Fantasy Type-0
Cid Aulstyne | Gala | Gilgamesh Ashur | Nimbus | Qator Bashtar | Qun'mi Tru'e

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Real Organization XIII
Master Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Terra-Xehanort | Ansem, Seeker of Darkness | Xemnas | Vanitas | Xigbar | Vexen | Saïx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Dark Riku

Organization XIII
Xemnas | Xigbar | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx | Axel | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Roxas | Xion

Council of Disney Villains
Maleficent | Pete | Jafar | Hades | Ursula | Oogie Boogie | Captain Hook | Hector Barbossa | Scar | Riku

Other Disney Villains
Anastasia Tremaine | Beagle Boys | Beast | Black Guards | Bo'sun | Card Soldiers | Cave of Wonders | Cecil Clayton | Cerberus | Chernabog | Cheshire Cat | Crew of the Black Pearl | CLU 2 | Cy-Bugs | Davy Jones | Diablo | Drizella Tremaine | Fates | Flotsam & Jetsam | Gantu | Hayabusa | Hydra | Iago | Judge Claude Frollo | Julius | Kraken | Lady Tremaine | Lock, Shock and Barrel | Lord Cutler Beckett | Lucifer | Magic Mirror | Maleficent's Goons | MCP | Monstro | Mother Gothel | Mr. Smee | Neverland Pirates | Pain & Panic | Prince Hans | Queen Grimhilde | Queen of Hearts | Randall Boggs | Razoul | Rinzler | Sabor | Sark | Shan Yu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sour Bill | Tick Tock | Titans (Lythos, Hydros, Pyros & Stratos) | Turbo | Zeus

Heartless
Ansem (manga) | Anti-Sora | Antlion | Arch Behemoth | Behemoth | Blizzard Lord & Volcanic Lord | Crimson Prankster | Dark Follower | Dark Thorn | Darkside | Demon Tide | Destroyed Behemoth | Dustflier | Enraged Elk | Grim Guardianess | Grim Reaper | Groundshaker | Guard Armor | Illuminator | Infernal Engine | King of Toys | Kurt Zisa | Leechgrave | Lich | Opposite Armor | Parasite Cage | Phantom | Possessor | Pot Centipede | Pot Scorpion | Prison Keeper | Red Armor | Ruler of the Sky | Shadow Sora | Shadow Stalker | Sköll | Sneak Army | Sora's Heartless | Stealth Sneak | Storm Rider | Thresholder | Trickmaster | World of Chaos | Xehanort's Guardian

Nobodies
Specter | Twilight Thorn

Unversed
Belly Balloon | Cursed Coach | Element Cluster | Flame Box | Gluttonous Goo | Iron Imprisoner | Lump of Horror | Mad Treant | Metamorphosis | Mimic Master | Symphony Master | Trinity Armor | Vanitas Remnant | Vitality Vial | Wheel Master

Dream Eaters
Anti Black Coat | Armored Ventus Nightmare | Char Clawbster | Chill Clawbster | Commantis | Dark Hide | Hockomonkey | Holey Moley | Spellican | Wargoyle

Others
Braig | The Experiment | Fuu | Hostile Program | Ice Colossus | No Heart | Phantom Aqua | Rai | Replica Xehanort | Riku Replica | Seifer Almasy | Sephiroth

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