Characters of the Final Fantasy IV series
Square's role-playing game Final Fantasy IV features a large number of characters designed by Yoshitaka Amano. Final Fantasy IV focuses on Cecil Harvey, a knight of Baron who embarks on a quest to defeat Golbez, a man that is controlling the king of Baron. During Cecil's quest, he is joined by his childhood friends Kain Highwind and Rosa Farrell, as well as other warriors from around the world who also seek to stop Golbez. Final Fantasy IV was released in 1991, and was later ported to multiple consoles. In 2007, Square Enix released an enhanced remake for the Nintendo DS that added voice acting to both the Japanese and English versions.
The game's 2008 sequel, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is set seventeen years after Final Fantasy IV and includes most of the characters from the original game as well as introducing several new characters. The story of The After Years primarily revolves around Ceodore Harvey, the son of Cecil and Rosa. In 2011, a third game in the series was released. Set one year after Final Fantasy IV and sixteen years prior to The After Years, Final Fantasy IV Interlude, was released for the PlayStation Portable, and featured several of the original Final Fantasy IV protagonists.
As Final Fantasy IV was the first game on the Super Famicom, character designer Yoshitaka Amano made more elaborated designs made possible by the console's graphical capabilities. Lead designer Takashi Tokita noted how he and the staff worked in making all of the game's cast fit into the story. The characters were well received by video game publications with several of them finding the cast innovating thanks to their characterization.
- 1 Concept and creation
- 2 Final Fantasy IV playable characters
- 3 Final Fantasy IV antagonists
- 4 Other characters
- 5 Reception
- 6 References
Concept and creation
According to Final Fantasy IV lead designer Takashi Tokita, Final Fantasy IV was the first Japanese role-playing game to feature such "deep characters." The graphical capabilities of the Super Famicom allowed character designer Yoshitaka Amano to create more elaborate designs than he had done for previous games released for the Famicom. Tokita stated that although his inexperience may have hurt the story, the characters' personalities and roles made the story more appealing. Tokita also pointed out the variety of characters helped to appeal to a wider demographic, stating that the team worked hard to make all side characters fit into the story, something that, at the time, was difficult to do in Japanese media. For the Nintendo DS remake, the characters were handled by Airi Yoshioka. In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, the characters were designed by Akira Oguro.
Tokita stated that the inclusion of voice actors in the DS remake was pleasing for him, claiming that the voice-overs "allowed for a much more dramatic localization." The Japanese voice actors reflected Tokita's vision of the characters, but he noted that others did not feel the same way. English translator Tom Slattery had to change various parts of the original script for the voiced scenes in order for the characters' mouth movements to match the words they were speaking.
Final Fantasy IV playable characters
Cecil Harvey (セシル・ハーヴィ Seshiru Hāvi ) is the protagonist of Final Fantasy IV and Interlude and a major character in The After Years. He was raised by the King of Baron to become a Dark Knight. Although Cecil is reluctant to master the Dark Sword, he excels as a Dark Knight and is eventually promoted to the command of Baron's airship fleet, the "Red Wings". When the King orders Cecil to rob the magical town of Mysidia of its Water Crystal at the cost of killing innocent people, Cecil begins to question the king's morality. After the King tricks him into bombing the village of Mist, Cecil openly rebels and forms an alliance of warriors to oppose Baron. His first recruit is Rydia, a child he rescues from Mist. During his quest, he becomes a Paladin by climbing Mt. Ordeals and overcoming the darkness in his heart. This represents one of the game's themes; "brute strength alone isn't power," as when he becomes a Paladin, Cecil's power actually decreases, although he gradually becomes more powerful than he ever was as a Dark Knight. Cecil reaches Baron and learns that the new leader of the Red Wings is a man named Golbez, and that Golbez's minion, Cagnazzo, had killed and impersonated the king. With his companions, Cecil is able to defeat Cagnazzo but Golbez continues to hunt for the Crystals and Cecil must continue his quest. He ultimately learns that he is the son of a Lunarian, Kluya, and that Golbez is his brother. Golbez himself is not evil, but is being controlled by Zemus, a Lunarian who wants to wipe out all life on the Blue Planet. Although Cecil initially cannot accept that Golbez is innocent, he later forgives him, acknowledging him as his brother after Zemus' defeat. Cecil then returns to Baron, marries with Rosa, and becomes the new King of Baron.
Interlude depicts Cecil investigating the unexplained appearance of multiple monsters one year after the events of Final Fantasy IV. The game ends with Cecil discovering that Rosa is pregnant. Sixteen years later, in The After Years, Cecil and Rosa have a son named Ceodore. During an invasion of Baron, Cecil is defeated and possessed by the summoner Maenad, and his friends are forced to fight him to free him from Maenad's control. After he joins them, they encounter the incarnation of Cecil's negative emotions, the Dark Knight, who seeks to become the real Cecil and take revenge against Golbez for abandoning him when they were young. With the help of his family, Cecil manages to defeat his alter-ego. He then joins Ceodore and his friends in their efforts to stop The Creator.
Cecil has also been featured in the fighting games Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy where he use both his Dark Knight and Paladin forms. He also appears in the rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, as the main character representing Final Fantasy IV. He is voiced by Shizuma Hodoshima in Japanese and Yuri Lowenthal in English.
Kain Highwind (カイン・ハイウィンド Kain Haiwindo , "Cain Highwind" in the Japanese version) is the leader of the Dragoon Knights of Baron as well as childhood friend of both Cecil and Rosa. He claims that being a dragoon makes him feel closer to his father, who died when he was very young. Although best friends with Cecil, Kain is in love with Rosa and must deal with his jealousy throughout the story. Like Cecil, Kain notices the King of Baron's unusually harsh behavior, but he is under the mind-control of Golbez, and thus becomes Cecil's enemy. Kain eventually breaks free of Golbez's control after Tellah weakens Golbez. At this point, Kain joins Cecil's group in their efforts to defeat Golbez. However, after Cecil claims the last Dark Crystal, Golbez resumes his control of Kain. When Zemus' mind-control of Golbez breaks, Kain is released and helps Cecil's group destroy Zemus. After the final battle Kain is overcome with remorse for his actions, and decides that he must atone on Mt. Ordeals before he can rejoin his friends permanently.
At the end of Interlude, Kain, who is still living on Mt. Ordeals hears a mysterious voice calling to him. He reappears in The After Years as the "Hooded Man" (謎の男 Nazo no Otoko ), assisting Ceodore, while hiding his real identity. He is impersonated by the incarnation of his negative emotions, Dark Kain (ダークカイン Daaku Kain ), who wishes to kill Cecil and have Rosa for himself. Kain defeats his dark alter-ego and merges with him, causing Kain to become a Holy Dragoon. After helping his friends to defeat The Creator, Kain returns to Baron to assume command of the Red Wings.
Kain has also been featured in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as a playable character, as producer Tetsuya Nomura wished to add him to the fighting game. He is voiced by Kōichi Yamadera in Japanese and Liam O'Brien in English.
In Final Fantasy IV, Rosa Farrell (ローザ・ファレル Rōza Fareru ) is the childhood friend of and love interest for Cecil. She is a white mage and archer. Experienced in healing magic, Rosa is often busy attending to Baronian soldiers who have been wounded in battle. When Rosa learns that Cecil was sent to Mist with a bomb ring, she immediately leaves Baron in search of him, but contracts desert fever. Cecil cures her, and she joins his party. During the battle of Fabul, she attempts to save Cecil from Kain, but Golbez kidnaps her and demands the Earth Crystal for her safe return. Cecil brings the Crystal but when the party meets Golbez a fight erupts. Tellah wounds Golbez with the forbidden spell Meteor, but dies in the process and the party is left at the mercy of a wounded Golbez. He is about to slay Cecil but stops and flees. Afterwards, Cecil saves Rosa, and she helps them defeat the Lord of Wind, Barbariccia. Immediately after this, Rosa uses her magic to teleport them out of the unstable tower and she remains in the party for the rest of the game. At the end of the game, she marries Cecil and becomes the Queen of Baron.
After marrying Cecil, Rosa has a son named Ceodore; her pregnancy causes her absence from most of Interlude. In The After Years, she is kidnapped by Kain's dark self. Once back to safety, Rosa joins her old friends as they fight to defeat The Creator.
Rydia of Mist (ミストのリディア Misuto no Ridia ) is a powerful summoner. When Cecil and Kain travel through the Mist Cave to reach Mist, they kill the Mist Dragon that was summoned to protect the village. As Eidolons are directly linked to their Summoner, Cecil and Kain inadvertently kill Rydia's mother in the process. They also set the entire village on fire by inadvertently releasing a Bomb Ring. Rydia becomes enraged when she learns of their actions, using Titan to cause an earthquake that separates them, but injuring herself in the process. Cecil takes her to Kaipo, and when she regains her senses, she initially cannot forgive him, although she does agree to join him after he defends her from some Baron soldiers. Later, Rydia is swallowed by Leviathan and taken to the Land of the Eidolons, the Feymarch. Due to the different flow of time in the Feymarch, she physically matures during her stay despite being gone only a short time in the real world. Having mastered summoning and black magic at the expense of white magic, she saves Cecil from Golbez's Shadow Dragon in the Dwarven Castle's Crystal Room and rejoins the party. At the end of the game, she returns to the Land of Eidolons.
During Interlude, Rydia is impersonated by a mysterious summoner named Maenad that attacks Cecil and his friends. The real Rydia appears near the end of the game, saving their lives. At the beginning of The After Years, Ashura (Queen of the Feymarch) teleports Rydia to the real world moments before Maenad appears and turns Ashura and Leviathan (King of the Feymarch) into stone. After helping her old friends defeat The Creator, Rydia decides to rebuild Mist with the cooperation of Cecil and others.
Tellah, known in the Japanese version of the game as Tella (テラ Tera ), was once the wisest sage in Mysidia and master of all spells. However, after a serious accident involving his magic, he retired to Kaipo, where he gave up sorcery and forgot most of his spells. He had a wife and daughter. When his wife passed away, and he learned of his daughter's secret engagement to Edward of Damcyan, he became furious. He left his home and traveled to Damcyan to confront Edward. Along the way, he meets and befriends Cecil and Rydia. Upon reaching Damcyan, he learns Anna, his daughter, has sacrificed her life to save Edward from Golbez. When Tellah learns how deeply Edward had cared for Anna, his anger towards him lessens and he vows to kill Golbez, leaving Cecil's group. During his quest, he realizes that his current powers are not enough to accomplish this goal, so he travels to Mt. Ordeals where his memories return and he regains his mastery over magic. He also learns the forbidden spell, Meteor. Rejoining Cecil to confront Golbez, Tellah casts Meteor. Doing so weakens Golbez, but it kills Tellah. In the final moments of his life, Tellah admits to Cecil that his thirst for vengeance had consumed him.
He briefly reappears as a spirit in The After Years, alongside Anna, advising Edward not to give up the fight against The Creator.
Edward Chris von Muir
Edward Chris von Muir, known in the Japanese version of the game as Gilbart Chris von Muir (ギルバート・クリス・フォン・ミューア Girubāto Kurisu fon Myūa ), is the prince of Damcyan, soon to become the seventh king of the region. Edward grew up very mild-mannered. Although expected to become an expert in business, Edward showed much more interest in music and became a bard. When Golbez's Red Wings attack Damcyan and kill his beloved Anna, Edward joins Cecil's group in their fight against Golbez. He falls overboard when Leviathan attacks Cecil's ship on the way to Baron, and is tended to in Troia. From his room, he plays the Twin Harp, sending out a melody which aids Cecil's group in defeating the Dark Elf. He joins the airship fleet against the Giant of Babel, and helps to rebuild Damcyan after Zemus' defeat, ultimately becoming its king.
In The After Years, he is an active member of the group who fight The Creator.
Yang Fang Leiden
The composed leader of the monks of Fabul, Yang Fang Leiden (ヤン・ファン・ライデン Yan Fan Raiden ) is an undisputed expert in martial arts. When training on Mt. Hobs, he and his fellow monks are attacked by a group of monsters. Yang emerges as the only survivor, and returns to Fabul with Cecil's group, who help him to defend the city from Golbez's attack. He finds his way to Baron after Leviathan attacks the party's ship, losing his memories and attacking Cecil before coming to his senses. In the Tower of Babel's cannon room, he sacrifices himself to prevent the cannon from destroying the dwarven tanks, but resurfaces in the Sylvan cave, unconscious. He wakes up when the party strikes him with a frying pan (given to them by his wife). After the ultimate victory over Zemus, Yang becomes king of Fabul.
In Interlude, Yang investigates some incidents caused by monsters one year after becoming the king of Fabul. In The After Years, he spends much of his time arguing with his daughter, Ursula.
Yang is voiced by Tesshō Genda in Japanese and Jackson Daniels in English.
Palom and Porom
Palom (パロム Paromu ) and Porom (ポロム Poromu ) are twins from Mysidia. Palom is a rowdy, immature and rude young boy who is a Black Mage, while Porom is his sweet, polite, and mature older sister who is a White Mage. Though the twins are only five years old, they are experts in their respective magic skills and are sent by the Elder of Mysidia to help Cecil on his journey to the top of Mt. Ordeals. However, they are really acting as spies for the Elder, who does not yet trust Cecil. Following Cecil's trial and his transformation into a Paladin, Porom and Palom decide to join his group. They turn themselves to stone to save Cecil and his friends from being crushed in Cagnazzo's trap. The Elder later releases them, and they assist the efforts against the Giant of Babel and ultimately help in the defeat of Zemus. They later resume their studies in Mysidia, with Porom working to rein in Palom, who aspires to become as great as Tellah.
In The After Years, Palom is sent on a mission to Troia to train a replacement Epopt, Leonora. However, with Porom now helping the elders preserving Mysidia's laws, a wedge is driven between them. Over the course of the game, they come to realise that despite the fact they dislike and get on one another's nerves, they need each other, and are at their best when together.
The chief engineer of Baron, Cid Pollendina (シド・ポレンディーナ Shido Porendīna ) is friend of Cecil, Kain, and Rosa. He lives in the town of Baron with his daughter, who often scolds him for his workaholic behavior. Since the loss of his wife, Cid has treated Cecil like his own son. Having discovered the ancient skill of levitation, Cid is credited with inventing the airship. After discovering that Cecil has been relieved of his position in Baron's fleet, Cid is locked away in the dungeon by Cagnazzo. After Cagnazzo is defeated, Cid escapes and gives Cecil access to his special airship, the Enterprise. When the Enterprise crashes in the Underworld, Cid takes it back to the surface to outfit it with Mythril, which enables it to fly over magma. He rescues Cecil from the collapsing bridge to the Tower of Babel, and attempts to escape a pursuing Red Wings airship. He ultimately jumps off the ship and detonates explosives to seal the Underworld. He is thought to have been killed, but he returns to add Mythril and a drill to the newly acquired airship, the Falcon, which he deploys against the Giant of Babel.
In The After Years, Cid is still Baron's airship engineer, having refused to retire. He has taken on Luca, daughter of the King of Dwarves, as his apprentice. He joins in the fight against The Creator.
Edward "Edge" Geraldine (エドワード・"エッジ"・ジェラルダイン Edowādo "Ejji" Jerarudain ) is the royal prince of Eblan, only heir to the throne and a skilled ninja. Though often cocky, impulsive and overconfident, he is a righteous young man who is not easily manipulated or led astray. Cecil's group first meets Edge in Eblan Cave, after he has been defeated in battle by the Lord of Fire, Rubicante. Because Cecil and the rest are after Rubicante as well, Edge, joins the party and leads them into the Tower of Babel. However, he is made to watch helplessly as his parents, whom Dr. Lugae has abducted and turned into demons, sacrifice themselves rather than be forced to kill him. He stays with the party throughout the game. Following Zemus' defeat, Edge returns to Eblan.
By the time of The After Years, Edge has proven to be a kind-hearted and popular king, making efforts to aid in the reconstruction of Mist. He joins his old friends in the struggle against The Creator.
Fusoya, known in the Japanese version of the game as Fusuya (フースーヤ Fūsūya ) and FuSoYa in earlier versions of the game, is a Lunarian, and a resident of the moon. He watches over the other Lunarians in their long sleep and knows the true origins of Cecil, Golbez, the Crystals, and the real nature of the threat to the Blue Planet. Once Fusoya explains Golbez's innocence to Cecil, he joins the party to help defeat Zemus, returning to the planet just in time to fight the Giant of Babel. Inside the huge android, Fusoya dispels Zemus' mind control over Golbez, and the pair set off to fight Zemus at the core of the moon. While Fusoya and Golbez defeat Zemus' physical form easily, just as Cecil's group arrives Zemus transforms into Zeromus, a being formed from Zemus' intense hatred. Zeromus defeats Fusoya and Golbez, but is then vanquished by Cecil's group. Fusoya then returns to his sleep with Golbez and the rest of the Lunarians.
In The After Years, Fusoya sacrifices his own life to ensure Golbez escapes from the moon and gets to the Blue Planet to help in the conflict against The Creator.
Final Fantasy IV antagonists
Golbez (ゴルベーザ Gorubēza ) is a sorcerer who pursues the Crystals around the world using Baron's forces, attacking multiple innocent people in the process. In reality, he is Cecil's older brother Theodore (セオドール Seodōru ) who has been under the control of Zemus from the day his parents died; his father beaten by the people he tried to help and his mother dying after giving birth to Cecil. Taking Cecil's place as the captain of the Red Wings, Golbez is a powerful opponent who serves as the main antagonist for the majority of the game. Seemingly affiliated with King Baron, Golbez brainwashes Kain to assist him. Upon recovering his true self while fighting Fusoya, he attempts to defeat Zemus, but fails. Once Cecil's group defeats Zemus, lacking the heart to return to the Blue Planet with the others, Golbez decides to remain on the moon with the Lunarians.
Golbez returns to the Blue Planet in The After Years under the identity of the Man in Black (黒衣の男 Kokui no Otoko ), joining Ceodore in his journey to find Cecil. Depending on the player's party, Golbez either dies while protecting Cecil from his alterego, the Dark Knight, or is saved by Rosa. Should Golbez survive, he remains with the party until the end of the game, at which point he decides to return to the moon.
Zemus (ゼムス Zemusu ) is the mastermind behind Golbez's actions in Final Fantasy IV. Wishing to destroy the planet, he manipulates Golbez into carrying out his will in hunting down the Crystals. Fusoya reveals that Zemus is the only Lunarian who refused to go into stasis until the time when Lunarians and Earthlings could live in harmony. Even though Golbez and Fusoya seemingly vanquish him, Zemus comes back to life as Zeromus (ゼロムス Zeromusu ), the monstrous embodiment of his hatred and evil. Cecil and his friends are able to defeat Zeromus by weakening him with a Crystal.
A stronger version of Zeromus, Zeromus EG, can be found in the Game Boy Advance port, where he can be fought the Lunar Ruins, on the last floor. Zeromus is also an optional esper in Final Fantasy XII, combining the Zeromus and Zeromus EG designs. He is voiced by Ryō Horikawa in Japanese and Michael McConnohie in English.
Rubicante (ルビカンテ Rubikante ) ("Rubicant" in the original SNES release and PlayStation re-release) is the leader and strongest member of the Four Elemental Lords. The Lord of Fire, he is working with Dr. Lugae to raise the Giant of Babel, and is the archenemy of Edge. Cecil and Edge defeat Rubicante in the Tower of Babel and the Giant of Babel. Unlike the other Lords, he is very honourable, and even heals Cecil's party before fighting them. He later advises Edge not to let his anger get the best of him, as it will merely blind him. He did not authorize Lugae's transformation of Edge's parents into monsters, and he apologizes to Edge for the deed before they fight. Cecil must face him again within the Giant of Babel.
Rubicante also appears in Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls, in the final level of Hellfire Chasm, as well as in The After Years, where he again gives Edge advice. He is voiced by Norio Wakamoto in Japanese and Lee Everest in English.
Barbariccia (バルバリシア Barubarishia ) (Valvalis in the original SNES release and PlayStation re-release) is the only female member of the Four Elemental Lords. The Lord of Wind, Barbariccia can transform herself into an almost indestructible tornado. Although Cecil's party first defeat Barbariccia in the Tower of Zot, they fight her again inside the Giant of Babel.
She also appears as an optional boss in Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls on the final level of Hellfire Chasm, as well as in The After Years. She is voiced by Yūko Kaida in Japanese and Kirsty Pape in English.
Cagnazzo (カイナッツォ Kainattso ) (Kainazzo in the original SNES release) is the Lord of Water. Hired by Golbez and Zemus, Cagnazzo killed King Baron and impersonated him. It was in fact Cagnazzo that ordered Cecil to steal the Water Crystal from Mysidia and bomb the village of Mist. He was also responsible for imprisoning Cid after he would not divulge the location of his hidden airship. The initial battle with Cagnazzo is fought in the throne room of Baron. He later joins the other Lords in a final battle against Cecil and his friends in the Giant of Babel.
He also appears in Dawn of Souls on the fifth level of Hellfire Chasm. He is voiced by Takeshi Ono in Japanese and Michael McConnohie in English.
Scarmiglione (スカルミリョーネ Sukarumiryōne ) (Milon in the original SNES release and PlayStation re-release) is the Lord of Earth who first meets Cecil's group on Mt. Ordeals. Scarmiglione first appears as a small cloaked figure. Though Cecil thinks that he has defeated Scarmiglione and his zombie minions, the Earth Lord soon transforms into a hunched, zombie-like beast, attacking the group from behind. Even though Cecil and his allies believe that Scarmiglione had been destroyed as he fell off a bridge at the summit of Mt. Ordeals, he faces the Lord once again in the Giant of Babel.
Both of his forms appear in Dawn of Souls on the fifth level of Hellfire Chasm. He is voiced by Konishi Ōnishi in Japanese and Dameon Clarke in English.
Dr. Lugae is a mad scientist working for Rubicante. He is the self-proclaimed "brains behind Golbez's operation" and he turns Edge's parents into monsters even though Rubicante never gave him permission to do so. His bodyguard and master creation is Barnabas (バルナバ, Barunaba) (Balnab in the original SNES release). Should Barnabas become damaged enough to warrant the concern of Dr. Lugae, he will apply oil, and eventually mount the monster as a last resort, combining their powers. If Lugae is defeated before the player destroys Barnabas, then Barnabas will explode, damaging the party. Lugae later transforms into a cyborg-like creature with advanced weaponry.
He reappears in The After Years as a boss.
Baigan (ベイガン Beigan ) is a knight of Baron. He is a good friend of Cecil — although like Kain, he joins Golbez and the King in their army of evil. When the party sneaks into the seemingly vacant castle through the Watery Passage, he is the first apparently friendly face to greet them. However, the twins Palom and Porom smell "something fishy", and Baigan reveals his true self, telling the party that he was given the gift of his alternate form by Golbez. He is subsequently killed by Cecil's group.
Ceodore Harvey (セオドア・ハーヴィ Seodoa Hāvi ) is the protagonist of The After Years and the son of Cecil and Rosa. He is an apprentice knight who has no confidence in himself, as he fears he will never be able to step out from the shadow of his parents. When his family disappears, Ceodore goes on a quest to find them and eventually joins forces with them to fight against The Creator.
Anna (アンナ) is the daughter of Tellah and is engaged to Prince Edward of Damcyan. After the death of Anna's mother, Tellah became overly protective of Anna, in the hopes of never losing her. When he learns of Anna's elopement with Edward, Tellah becomes furious and sets out after her. In Baron's raid on Damcyan, Anna is killed saving Edward's life. Edward later meets Anna's spirit in Kaipo, where she assuages his fears.
She is voiced by Hitomi Akino in Japanese and Zarah Little in English.
Elder of Mysidia
The Elder of Mysidia is the trainer of Palom, Porom, and the other mages of the town. A friend of Tellah, the Elder orders Palom and Porom to spy on Cecil when he heads to Mt. Ordeals. When Cecil becomes a paladin, the Elder realizes he is trustworthy, and becomes his ally. Later, the Elder, along with Palom and Porom, directs the prayers of the world to Cecil before the final battle against Zeromus.
In The After Years, the Elder offers much advice to Porom before she leaves to join the fight against The Creator.
As both Cecil and Kain were orphaned at very young ages, King Baron took them in and raised them as his own. While he wished for both to become Dark Knights, Kain wanted to train as a Dragoon, like his father. King Baron is killed by Cagnazzo though his spirit remained trapped in a secret second throne room of Baron Castle. When it is released, he is reincarnated as the Eidolon, Odin.
King Giott, or King Giotto (ジオット王 Jiotto Ō ) in the Japanese version, is the King of the Dwarves. Though the Enterprise gets caught in the crossfire between the Red Wings and Giott's tanks, the dwarves soon befriend Cecil and the rest of the party. King Giott provides much of the insight on the Dark Crystals of the Underworld. In all his kingdom, Giott's most prized treasure is his only child, his daughter Luca. After his wife's passing, he gave his wife's necklace to Luca. The necklace is needed to open the Sealed Cavern, so Cecil and his party can stop Golbez from obtaining the final Dark Crystal.
He is voiced by Takeshi Aono.
Luca is the daughter of King Giott and princess of the Dwarves. She is most notable as the creator of two mechanical dolls, Calca and Brina, which Golbez turns into a monster called Calcobrenas that attack the party. At first Luca seems untrusting of Cecil, but like the other dwarves, she learns to accept them. Under the rule of Luca and her father, the Dwarves help assist the party in their battles in the Underworld.
Luca is a major character in The After Years, where she is Cid's apprentice, mastering the skills of airship steering and maintenance. She joins the party in Rydia's chapter along with her two dolls.
She is voiced by Naomi Orikasa.
The cast of Final Fantasy IV has been well received by video game publications. GameTrailers stated that by the time the game was first released, the characters surpassed common RPG stereotypes, and that the relationships between the main cast would still entertain gamers a decade later. Dragon reviewer Sandy Petersen added that the cast was notable for each having their motives in the plot which attached him to the game. The diverse amount of characters has been praised for their distinctive traits by RPGFan's Matt Rickert. Greg Kasavin from GameSpot had similar comments, and appreciated that unlike other RPG protagonists, Cecil was already an experienced warrior at the start of the game and had strong relationships already established. Similarly, Micky Gunn from GamePlanet stated that thanks to the characters' expertise, the player had access to a wide variety of moves from the game's beginning.
Cecil was listed as the best hero in the Final Fantasy franchise by GamesRadar as well as one of the characters by GameZone owing to his heroic traits and character arc. Both GameSpot and IGN stated that the cast was interesting and avoided common cliches. On the other hand while RPGamer's Michael Beckett found the main characters likable, he felt that some of the most important ones "have been copied by so many other titles in the genre that they have been rendered cliche," specifically pointing to Cecil and Rosa's personalities.
The designs from the Nintendo DS remake were praised by Elisa Di Fiore from GameSpy as making the characters appealing, while Cheat Code Central complained that some were too pixelated. The inclusion of English voice actors in the Nintendo DS remake resulted in positive reactions from RPGamer's Glenn Wilson, who stated that the actors "emote well and add to the believability of the characters," while Elisa Di Fiore stated it made the characters more enjoyable. Lark Anderson from GameSpot instead said the acting was "weak", stating it made some scenes overdramatic. Cheat Code Central enjoyed the voice acting but felt it could have been better.
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- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: In Mysidia, we killed innocent people to steal their Crystal. It was horrible. I suppose this is my fate as a dark knight. Soon, I won't even feel remorse for my own actions. / Rosa: You and I both know that would never happen. / Cecil: Still, I can't defy the king... I'm a hopeless coward.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: I refuse to continue any more slaughter in the king's name! / Kain: I knew you'd say that. But don't worry, I'm on your side. / Cecil: You are? / Kain: I owe the king so much, but I can't disgrace the dragoons. / Cecil: So you'll join me? / Kain: Yes. But we will need allies if we are to oppose the mightiest kingdom in the land. We have to do it for Rosa, as well.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Elder: The most important thing is that you have become a paladin and have shed yourself of the darkness you once had. That sword! Where did you obtain it! / Cecil: It was given to me on the mountain's peak.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) FuSoYa: That was built by my younger brother, KluYa, years ago, as transportation to the blue planet. He had always dreamed of visiting unknown lands. This is how the Devil's Road and air flight technology were introduced. On the blue planet, KluYa fell in love and had many children. You... are one of his children. / Cecil: Me? Then, the voice I heard on Mt. Ordeals was... / FuSoYa: The voice came from the soul of KluYa, your father. I see it now... You resemble him when he was your age.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Golbez: My father... Is KluYa. / Cecil: What?! / Rosa: Then you must be Cecil's... / Edge: You two are brothers? / Cecil: My brother? / FuSoYa: You were Zemus's puppet in his plan. He was using you with his hypnotic powers. You were chosen because you have the blood of KluYa, a Lunarian, coursing through your body, which made it easier for you to be controlled. But to make you fight against your own flesh and blood...
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Kain: Are you certain you want to part this way? / Rydia: He's your brother! / Golbez: Goodbye, everyone. / Rosa: Cecil! / Cecil: ... Goodbye! Goodbye, my brother! / Golbez: Thank you... Cecil!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Golbez: Forgive me... Cecil... / Dark Knight: You dare to believe this atones for throwing me aside!?
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Dark Knight: Ridiculous...How could you be Cecil!? What...what does that make me, then!? / Cecil: You are myself. That is true... the part that has shut itself from the world, once upon a time. / Dark Knight: I...I...! / Cecil: But those days are over. You are no longer alone!
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- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: You must be under Golbez's spell! / Kain: Have any final words?
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: He's okay now. Tellah's Meteor broke Golbez's spell. / Kain: But I was still aware. And yet. Rosa. I wanted to keep you close at any cost. / Rosa: Kain. Let's fight together, Kain.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Kain: Cecil, Rosa. I cannot bring myself to face you both, not yet. I must test myself as you did, Cecil, at Mt. Ordeals. I will train until I've surpassed my father as a Dragoon. When that time comes, then I shall return to Baron.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Hooded Man: We can reach Baron from Mysidia, in the west. / Ceodore: Is there a ship there? / Hooded Man: Something even better than that. I'm coming along with you. / Ceodore: Are you sure? / Hooded Man: I have business of my own in Baron. Urgent business.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Kain: I've been held back all this time by the past. I thought those days had been buried for good... But things didn't work that way. My past is as much a part of me as any part of my body. The happiness, the sadness... And all the hatred... / Dark Kain: Stop...no! / Kain: I'm not here to deny your right to exist. /.../ Kain: You're a part of me, too.
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- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Rosa: The Cecil I know would never whimper like this! The Cecil I love... You leave for Mist early tomorrow, right? / Cecil: Yes, but don't worry. Kain's coming, too. I'll be fine. Trust me. / Rosa: Please come back to me in one piece.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Rosa: I'm fine. But I thought I'd lost you. They told me you died in Mist when the earthquake hit.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: My friend is suffering from desert fever in Kaipo. I need to get the Sand Ruby to save her. Can you help me? / Edward: What is her name? / Cecil: Rosa.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: Rosa. Stop! You're not coming with is in that condition! / Rosa: I'll be alright. Really. As a white magic, I promise I won't be a burden. / Edward: Rosa only wishes to be with you, Cecil. / Cecil: Alright. We'll go together. Make sure you get plenty of rest tonight.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: Rosa, no... / Golbez: So, you cherish this woman? Then I shall take her with me to raise the stakes. Until next time.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Kain: I've heard of people with the power to summon monsters... Summoners, they are called. / Cecil: Then we are the ones responsible for killing her mother by killing the dragon. / Rydia: YOU killed my mom's dragon!?
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: Hey. Are you alright? My name is Cecil. What's yours? I'm sorry about your mother. I understand if you can't forgive me. Will you at least let me protect you?
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Rydia: Are you okay? / Cecil: Yes,. Don't worry about me. I won't let anyone hurt you. / Rydia: Promise? / Cecil: I promise.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: Where are Rydia and Edward? / Yang: Rydia was... swallowed by Leviathan.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Leviathan: What a courageous little girl. / Asura: Yes, I never really thought she would come back.
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- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Tellah: Could that be...? It is! That Dark Sword! Dark knight, I need your assistance! / Cecil: What's wrong? / Tellah: I must get to Damcyan to reclaim my daughter. She was deceived by a wicked bard! We must hurry, for I sense an ill omen!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Anna: Father, Edward is the Prince of Damcyan. Forgive him, father, for running away... but I love Edward. Still I knew I couldn't find happiness without your consent, I was on my way home when... / Edward: We were attacked by Baron's Red Wings, led by Golbez. / ... / Edward: They wanted the Crystal, and they spared no one to get it. My mother, my father, even Anna shielded me from their arrows.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: Tellah, wait! You can't possibly go alone! / Tellah: I will kill Golbez on my own. I don't need your help. I don't need anyone's help!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Tellah: My spells! I remember them now! Me...teor... That light! Somehow, it broke the seal upon Meteor!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: Yeah... Meteor must have weakened him. Tellah! Are you okay? / Tellah: I failed. / Cid: Keep still. / Tellah: I'm such a fool. I lost myself... in my own hatred... Avenge my daughter... for me... I beg of you...
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Edward: Sire, Baron's fleet decimated Damcyan and claimed our Crystal not long ago. Many died, including my parents and my beloved. Damcyan's tragedy must not be repeated! / King: Forgive me for my suspicions. Yang, mobilize the men for battle. Prince Edward, dark knight, will you help us defend Fabul? / Yang: They have already offered to help, sire. We will join the forward guards by the main gate.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Yang: You have my gratitude. Yang is my name. I am the high monk of Fabul. I came out here to train with my men, but all were killed by a swarm of beasts. They were Fabul's finest monks. /.../ Rosa: I'd assume Golbez was behind the monster attacks that killed your men. And almost killed you. / Yang: Then the attack is imminent. I must go. / Cecil: We will follow you to Fabul. We would like to help.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Yang: You're a queen now, try calling me "My King" instead of "Honey".
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: Are they the mages? / Elder: Yes, this is Palom and Porom! Although still apprentices, they should be of great help. / Palom: I'm the greatest mage in all of Mysidia! You should be thankful I'm helping you out! / Elder: Palom! I hope you behave yourself on this journey... / Porom: My name is Porom. I'm pleased to meet you, sir. Palom! Greet him properly!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Elder: Forgive me. I assigned them to spy on you. / Palom: That pretty much sums it up. / Porom: I feel awful having deceived you. I'm so sorry.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Elder: Very well. You have both overcome the trials of Ordeals and returned alive. Perhaps this is your fate. Please look after them. / Cecil: But I, uh... / Palom: Are you saying you don't want us tagging along? / Porom: I'm sure we can still be of assistance.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Palom: Hey, all! Miss me? / Porom: The Elder restored us. / Elder: This battle is not yours alone! Everyone must fight for the sake of survival!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Rydia: We're after Rubicante, too. / Edge: Stay out of this! He's mine! / Kain: Well, you obviously don't know who you're dealing with. He's one of the four Elemental Lords. / Edge: Hah, you take me for some sissy prince? I'm the rightful heir to the throne of Eblan, famed for its ninjutsu for generations. Leave! I can take care of myself! / ... / Cecil: Rubicante is the strongest of the Four Lords. The odds might be against us, but somehow we must recover the Crystals. / Edge: Alright, I'll let you all in on this. I can't bear to see a pretty girl cry.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Golbez: I was chosen... because of the seeds of evil that lay inside me. Zemus saw that evil and he helped it grow. / Cecil: Where are you going? / Golbez: To find Zemus! I'll settle this! / FuSoYa: Wait! I, too, am a Lunarian, just like Zemus. I will join you!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) FuSoYa: Ah yes. Lunarian blood flows in your veins... Very well, come along. But you must be ready for a long, long sleep. / Golbez: Yes, thank you. [To Cecil] You sounded very worried when you called my name... Does that mean you've forgiven me? ... How foolish of me, of course not, after all I've done. / FuSoYa: We are off to spend many years in slumber. We pray that the blue planet will be peaceful, for a long, long time. Come.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Rosa: He's the new captain of the Red Wings, appointed by the king himself. But the king has been acting strangely. I believe Golbez is manipulating him to collect the Crystals for himself. With Mysidia's Water Crystal in hand, he'll surely go after the others, which are the Fire Crystal, of Damcyan, the Wind Crystal of Fabul and the Earth Crystal of Troia.
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Dark Knight: Why...why do you choose him, Rosa!? This man threw me away like trash! He steered the world to its own destruction!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Golbez: I am happy... that it came to pass like this... That I was blessed... with the parents... and the brother that I had... / Cecil: Golbez... / Golbez: It was a tremendous joy... to see Ceodore... for the first time... / Cecil: Golbez! Th... thank... Thank you, my brother!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Kain: Would anyone on that moon still be in one piece, for that matter? / Golbez: I don't know. That is why I must to there at once.
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- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: He must be the one behind Golbez's actions! / Edge: Who is he? / FuSoYa: His name is Zemus. He is gathering the Crystals, our energy source, to run the dimensional elevator in the Giant of Babel. With it, he'll destroy everything on your planet
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) FuSoYa: His death caused him to double his power? We've intensified his evil! / Golbez: Zemus... No, now you are Zeromus! This time I will see to it that you are completely destroyed!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Rubicante: Strike me down... Now! /.../ Rubicante: You must stop it... Stop this moon...with all your might!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Golbez: Return to your eternal slumber, Barbariccia... / Barbariccia: I am overjoyed... to see you again...
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Cecil: What have you done with the king!? /Cagnazzo: You'll see him soon enough. Oh, and give my regards to Scarmiglione if you run into him in the netherworld. That weakling never deserved to be one of the four Elemental Lords. The rest of us are more powerful than him. / Cecil: Then you are? / Gagnazzo: Behold! I am the Lord of Water, Cagnazzo!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV Advance. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (December 12, 2005) Scarmiglione: Under master Golbez's orders, I, Scarmiglione of Earth will deliver you unto the gates of hell. But first, my undead hunger... for your flesh!
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Lugae: Ha ha ha! Yes, that's right... I will show them... you power...
- Square Enix. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. (Square Enix). PlayStation Portable. (April 19, 2011) Wedge: Yes, my lord. You have inherited the blood of two great heroes: King Cecil the paladin and Queen Rosa the white mage. / Ceodore: That doesn't mean anything! I am just another soldier being tested for knighthood.
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