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Vivi Ornitier
Final Fantasy character
Vivi Ornitier character.png
Vivi Ornitier, as he appears in Final Fantasy IX.
First gameFinal Fantasy IX (2000)
Voiced byEnglish
Melissa Disney (Kingdom Hearts II)[1]
Kath Soucie (World of Final Fantasy)[1]
Japanese
Ikue Otani[1]

Vivi Ornitier (Japanese: ビビ・オルニティア, Hepburn: Bibi Orunitia)[a] is a fictional character in the Final Fantasy series. He first appears in the video game Final Fantasy IX, where he serves as one of the game's protagonists. He is a shy character who through Final Fantasy IX grapples with the trauma of discovering his past and identity. He is a Black Mage, a class of magic users who employ fire, ice, lightning, and other elements into their magic. His design took inspiration from the film The Dark Crystal and was meant to appear both realistic and comic-like. He had part of the game's world designed around him. He has appeared in other Final Fantasy spin-off games such as the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy series, Kingdom Hearts II, and World of Final Fantasy. A felt doll of Vivi was included with pre-orders of the Japanese original release of Final Fantasy IX.

Vivi has been met with positive reception, regarded as one of the greatest characters in role-playing games with some critics wishing that the game followed him instead of protagonist Zidane Tribal. He also received praise for the depth of his character development in Final Fantasy IX. He was popular with Famitsu readers, who identified him as one of the best video game characters.

Concept and creation[edit]

Vivi Ornitier was created for the video game Final Fantasy IX. His name in English was originally Vivi Ornitier in the Final Fantasy IX manual, though this changed in the Greatest Hits re-release. Vivi is kind and of pure heart, yet is also obedient, quiet, indecisive, and introverted.[2] He is a Black Mage, a class of magic user who employs fire, ice, lightning, and other elements into their magic.[3] His character design was meant to strike a balance between realism and a comic-like style, while taking inspiration from the style employed for the characters in the film The Dark Crystal.[4] When designing Final Fantasy IX, the designers made a point of designing a part of the world around Vivi due to him being a key character of the story.[5] An early scene in Final Fantasy IX features various characters posing as members of a play; while he does not participate in the final version, a previous version has him participating after coaxed by Zidane Tribal in order to avoid being arrested.[6]

While Final Fantasy IX lacks voice actors, Vivi would get multiple voice actors across various other games. In Kingdom Hearts II, he is voiced by Ikue Ōtani in the Japanese version and Melissa Disney in the English version, while in World of Final Fantasy his English voice actor is Kath Soucie.[1][7]

Appearances[edit]

Vivi appears in Final Fantasy IX as one of its main protagonists and is a Black Mage.[4] He becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot by Zidane Tribal and others to kidnap Garnet Til Alexandros XVII during Vivi's trip to attend a play, where the three of them and Adelbert Steiner travel together. He later discovers a Black Mage factory, which causes him to remain with the group to seek out the truth of his identity and origin, as well as why he has emotions where the other Black Mages do not. He later discovers that the Black Mages are mindless footsoldiers, manufactured by a man named Kuja and supplied to Garnet's mother Queen Brahne to conquer the Mist Continent. He finds the Black Mage Village, where he is told that most Black Mages stop functioning after about one year, though he discovers that he is a prototype Black Mage built to last longer. He aids the group in overcoming Kuja and other threats. He is implied to have died during his ending monologue, and he has created seven copies of himself, with one identifying himself as Vivi's son.[8]

He appears in other Final Fantasy titles, including Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy series, and World of Final Fantasy, the latter featuring him as the leader of a group of Black Mages who gains sentience after battling the protagonists.[9][10][11][12][7] Vivi also appears in non-Final Fantasy works. One such work is the Disney/Square Enix crossover Kingdom Hearts II, a series which features appearances by both Disney and Square Enix characters. He is a member of the Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee, a group run by Seifer Almasy. This group routinely antagonizes protagonist Roxas, though Vivi is friendly to him despite that.[1][13] He also appears in Puzzle & Dragons.[14]

A felt doll of Vivi was included with Final Fantasy IX in Japan at launch.[15] It was given out to people who pre-ordered the game starting June 1, 2000.[16] A figurine of Vivi was released by Play Arts.[17]

Reception[edit]

Vivi has been met with positive reception, regarded by Famitsu readers as one of the best video game characters.[18] He was named one of the best Final Fantasy characters by IGN and Complex staff, the latter calling Vivi's design "iconic," a sentiment that Sarah Doherty of RPG Site shared.[19][20][21] Dave Smith of IGN felt that VIvi was simple yet complex, owing to him feeling like a mixture of old and new Final Fantasy elements.[22] Chris Carter of Destructoid identified Vivi as one of the core reasons for their enjoyment of Final Fantasy IX, while Bitmob staff noted him as a standout among the game's cast.[23][24] Mike Diver of Vice called him one of the most overlooked video game characters, praising him for his evocative story line.[25] Aoife Wilson, also of Vice, regarded Vivi's discovery of his origins as one of the greatest moments in the series.[26] Jason Schreier of Kotaku called Vivi the best character in the game, praising his character evolution as the most significant aspect of the story.[27] Adam Biessener of Game Informer discussed how exciting it was to see a character with his design, and noted that they wish they could have followed Vivi's story instead of Zidane's.[28] Screen Rant staff praised Vivi as one of the best Final Fantasy heroes, agreeing that he should have been the lead, feeling that Zidane's plot arc was derivative and inferior to Vivi's. Vivi's implied death was regarded by staff as one of the saddest in the series.[8][29][30][31] Joshua Carpenter of RPGamer felt that Vivi's quest for meaning was the most emotional part of Final Fantasy IX.[32] Nadia Oxford of USGamer called him one of the best-written characters in a Japanese role-playing game while similarly praising his journey.[33] Gerren Fisher of Venture Beat discussed how they connected to Vivi due to going through similar things in their life as a child, such as his shyness and learning about death. Vivi's story was therapeutic for him.[34] In 2020, NHK conducted an All-Final Fantasy Grand Poll of Japanese players, featuring over 468,000 votes. The poll named Vivi as the franchise’s 4th best character, the highest placement for any Final Fantasy IX character.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orunitia is localized as both Orunitia and Ornitier depending on the source
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