This Final Fantasy papercraft is a chibi Sephiroth, created by Juke. Sephiroth is the main antagonist of Final Fantasy VII, and one of the major villains of its extended universe. A member of SOLDIER, Sephiroth was idolized for his supreme strength and considered a war hero. After misinterpreting his origins, and believing himself to be the only remaining survivor of the Ancients, or “Cetra”, Sephiroth enacts a vendetta against mankind, with the ultimate goal of becoming a god and controlling the Planet. Many of the events in Final Fantasy VII are underlined by Cloud Strife and his friends trying to locate Sephiroth in order to make sense of unresolved questions laid forth early in the game.
Sephiroth is arguably the most popular villain in the Final Fantasy series – his appearance, name, and musical theme are all highly praised among fans, and he has appeared in many spin-off titles. He is also consistently voted as one of the top video game villains in polls and lists on video game websites, such as GameFAQs and IGN.
In Japan, Sephiroth’s voice was provided by seiyū Shinichiro Miki in Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring and Toshiyuki Morikawa in all subsequent appearances including the Kingdom Hearts series. His voice was provided by Lance Bass of *NSYNC fame in the English version of Kingdom Hearts, a decision that was received negatively by some fans. He is voiced by George Newbern in all subsequent appearances, which has been better received.
Sephiroth was designed by Tetsuya Nomura. Sephiroth, in all his appearances, wears a long black coat with silver pauldrons, black boots and black clothing. The top of his clothing is open to reveal his chest, with his leather SOLDIER suspenders crossed over it. Sephiroth’s hair is long and silver with his bangs parted to either side of his face. In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, Sephiroth’s bangs are noticeably shorter than in any of his earlier appearances. Beyond his clothing and hair, Sephiroth is known for his green cat-like eyes and the Masamune, his seven-foot long katana he is rarely seen without. His battle stance with the sword is to hold it over his left shoulder with the blade curving downward. Sephiroth usually wields the Masamune two-handed. In later appearances a single black wing emerges from his right shoulder.
In the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth’s uniform remains the same as in Final Fantasy VII, but his coat has several buckles instead of just one, and the original SOLDIER logo in his belt is replaced with the redesigned version of the logo for the Compilation.
In the Kingdom Hearts series, Sephiroth retains his core design of silver hair and a black coat, but his clothing is given red linings and is a different shape. His sleeves have small red wings, and he bears a dark blue and black wing over his right shoulder, which has become another of Sephiroth’s trademark character traits. He bears two additional wings underneath his coat in Kingdom Hearts II. In Dissidia, Sephiroth’s design is similar to his Final Fantasy VII design, but his pauldrons are changed to resemble Yoshitaka Amano’s artwork and his coat is closed by a belt as in Nomura’s design.
Sephiroth’s personality is one of cold ruthlessness. Prior to his madness, he was not particularly anti-social, as he has friends in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and willingly tells Zack, and Tifa about Mako and Materia on Mt. Nibel. All the same, his cold exterior and professional attitude turn people away. Sephiroth is intelligent and respectful to those he deems worthy – he considers Professor Faremis Gast a great scientist, but looks down on his father, Professor Hojo, describing him as “a walking mass of complexes”. In Crisis Core, Sephiroth maintains an outwardly professional demeanor, but is loyal and friendly to a select few, and has a dry sense of humor. He is confident to the point of arrogance, but as the strongest SOLDIER alive, it could easily be argued he has the right to be. Well-spoken and somewhat graceful, Sephiroth is universally calm, collected, and in control. He can be frustrated and caught off guard, but this rarely happens.
Following his fall into insanity, Sephiroth retains most of the above personality traits, but becomes murderous and vengeful. He also develops something of a messiah complex, proclaiming several times he is “the chosen one”, destined to lead the Planet and become a god. In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Kefka calls him “Just another sadist with a god complex. Like THAT’S anything special!” His intelligence has increased vastly following his time in the Lifestream where he absorbed the knowledge of the Ancients. At one point, Sephiroth even says he is greater than the Ancients. He has become cruel and enjoys mentally torturing Cloud. In Advent Children, in one of his iconic lines, asks Cloud what he cherishes so he may simply take it from him. Sephiroth is fiercely devoted to Jenova and her cause, even though her body serves as little more than his avatar. However, it is also stated that he himself is an agent towards Jenova’s will.
Interestingly, in Dissidia, there was at least one hint that Sephiroth may have some sadness despite his nature, as Cecil Harvey tells Sephiroth before fighting him that “there is sorrow in [Sephiroth's] wintery eyes.” In addition, in both Dissidia games, when he is defeated, he calmly remarks, “I fall into the shadows”, implying that either he accepts defeat, or simply doesn’t care.
In the Japanese releases, Sephiroth uses the pronoun “ore” prior to his insanity, a common masculine pronoun usually used by confident males. Following his “death” at Nibelheim he begins to use “watashi” instead, a more formal pronoun with no attached gender. This post-madness mannerism is also used in his spin-off appearances such as Dissidia.
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