Cloud Strife artwork by Tetsuya Nomura
|Game series||Final Fantasy series|
|First game||Final Fantasy VII|
|Designed by||Tetsuya Nomura|
|Voiced by (English)||Steve Burton|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Nozomu Sasaki (Ehrgeiz)|
Takahiro Sakurai (all other appearances)
Cloud Strife (クラウド・ストライフ Kuraudo Sutoraifu?) is the main protagonist in Square's (now Square Enix's) role-playing game Final Fantasy VII and several of its sequels and spin-offs (known as the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII). is a Console role-playing game developed by Square (now Square Enix) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the (born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game director and character designer working for Square Enix (formerly Square) English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Jack Stephen "Steve" Burton (born June 28 1970) is an American actor who is perhaps best known for playing Jason Morgan on is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities is a Seiyū who was born January 25, 1967 in Hiroshima. He is a client of the seiyū management firm 81 Produce. is a Voice actor who was born in Aichi. He is a member of 81 Produce. History The ABO blood group system is widely credited to have been founded by the Austrian scientist Karl Landsteiner, who found three different Blood types in The Protagonist or main character is the central figure of a story. was a Japanese Video game company founded in September 1983 by Masafumi Miyamoto. is a Japanese video game and publishing company best known for its Console role-playing game franchises which include the Final Fantasy series the Dragon A console role-playing game is a video game genre that has its origin rooted in Video game consoles and includes game mechanics and frequently settings derived is a Console role-playing game developed by Square (now Square Enix) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII is the formal title for a series of games and animated features developed by Square Enix based in the world and continuity  He was designed by Final Fantasy VII character designer Tetsuya Nomura. (born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game director and character designer working for Square Enix (formerly Square) His appearance is marked by spikey blonde hair, vivid greenish-blue eyes, purple or black clothing, and his Buster Sword, which previously belonged to his friend Zack Fair. is a Non-player character from the role-playing game Final Fantasy VII and the Protagonist of two of its Prequels Crisis Cloud initially displays a cold demeanor, but gradually adapts to his role as a leader.
Cloud has appeared in several other titles outside the Final Fantasy VII continuity. Such titles include Itadaki Street Special, Final Fantasy Tactics, and the Kingdom Hearts series. is a computer Board game series originally created by Dragon Quest designer Yuji Horii. is a Tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Sony PlayStation Video game console. is a series of Action role-playing games developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square) His voice actors are Takahiro Sakurai for his Japanese appearances—with Nozomu Sasaki first voicing Cloud in the video game Ehrgeiz—and Steve Burton for his English appearances. is a Voice actor who was born in Aichi. He is a member of 81 Produce. is a Seiyū who was born January 25, 1967 in Hiroshima. He is a client of the seiyū management firm 81 Produce. Ehrgeiz God Bless the Ring ( German: lit "Ambition" Japanese: エアガイツ Eagaitsu) is a Fighting game developed Steve Burton may refer to Steve Burton (actor Steve Burton (footballer born 1982 from Kingston-upon-Hull Yorkshire England The character has been well received by fans, and his likeness has been adapted into several types of merchandise.
The game's character designer, Tetsuya Nomura, has said the original parameters of Cloud's character design called for slicked-back, black hair with no spikes. (born October 8, 1970) is a Japanese video game director and character designer working for Square Enix (formerly Square) This depiction was to serve as a contrast to the long, flowing silver hair of the game's lead antagonist, Sephiroth. is a Fictional character and recurring villain in Square 's (now Square Enix) role-playing game Final Fantasy VII. However, to make Cloud stand out more and emphasize his role in the game as the lead protagonist, Nomura altered Cloud's original design to give him spiky, bright, blonde hair. It would seem that the original black hair was given to Zack instead. 
Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima has expressed the dynamic of the relationship between the player and the main character in a Final Fantasy title is something he always puts thought into, and with Final Fantasy VII, Cloud's subdued nature led him to write scenes with the character in such a way that the players would be placed in the position of deciding for themselves what the character was thinking. is a Japanese game Scenario writer and is the founder of Stellavista Ltd  This character-player dynamic is reflected by the many opportunities the player is given to choose Cloud's way of interacting with other characters in the game's story, particularly where potential romantic-interests are concerned. He wears a dark blue attire, although in the game it appears to be purple. Blue is a Colour, the Perception of which is evoked by In Kingdom Hearts he wears a claw and a crimson cape, Tetsuya Nomura has stated that Cloud's left arm was inspired by Vincent Valentine, noting that in this game the character was supposed to illustrate a "demon-like" appearance due to its ties to "the dark side". is a Fictional character in the role-playing game Final Fantasy VII and the Protagonist in the Third-person shooters Dirge 
In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is the main protagonist of the game. is a Console role-playing game developed by Square (now Square Enix) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the He is introduced as a mercenary and former member of SOLDIER, a militaristic organization part of the fictional, antagonistic Shinra Corporation. During a mission in which he worked with the anti-Shinra organization AVALANCHE, he encounters a young woman by the name of Aerith Gainsborough, who is wanted by the secret police branch of Shinra called "Turks. &mdashknown as Aeris Gainsborough in the English translations of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics &mdashis a female Protagonist Secret police (sometimes political police) are a Police agency which operates in Secrecy to maintain National security against internal Square 's Final Fantasy VII was one of the first major Console role-playing games released for the Sony PlayStation and was Square's largest game " Cloud was born in the mountain village of Nibelheim, along with his childhood friend Tifa Lockhart. is a female Protagonist from Square 's (now Square Enix) role-playing game, Final Fantasy VII. He grew up isolated and ostracized from the rest of the village children; however, when Tifa and a group of other children attempt to climb Mt. Nibel, Cloud follows them. Incidently, Tifa falls from a bridge and her father blames Cloud for what happens. Cloud resolves to join SOLDIER, hoping to impress Tifa by becoming as strong as the popular SOLDIER 1st Class Sephiroth. is a Fictional character and recurring villain in Square 's (now Square Enix) role-playing game Final Fantasy VII.
Early in the game, however, Cloud's past is a mystery. He claims that he was in the village of Nibelheim when Sephiroth went berserk and massacred the local population. After finding Tifa wounded, Cloud confronts Sephiroth. During the course of the game, it becomes apparent that Cloud's memories of these events and others are filled with empty plot-holes that prevent them from making total sense. It all comes together later in the game; as it turns out, Cloud suffers from a mixture of amnesia and mind control. Amnesia (from Greek) is a condition in which Memory is disturbed Mind control is a broad range of psychological tactics able to subvert an individual's control of his own thinking, behavior emotions or decisions Although he had been in Nibelheim during Sephiroth's rampage, he was not there as a top ranking member of SOLDIER, but a regular Shinra arm guard under the command of both Sephiroth and another man named Zack Fair. is a Non-player character from the role-playing game Final Fantasy VII and the Protagonist of two of its Prequels Crisis Following the incident, Cloud and Zack are experimented on with the remarkable genetic material from an alien lifeform, called "Jenova cells," for four years by a man who works for Shinra named Professor Hojo. Square 's Final Fantasy VII was one of the first major Console role-playing games released for the Sony PlayStation and was Square's largest game The two subsequently escape, but are chased down by Shinra's armed forces. Zack is mortally wounded after trying to protect Cloud from the pursuing Shinra foot soldiers. Cloud crawls to Zack before he dies, and Zack tells Cloud that he will be his living legacy. Cloud leaves in a stupor after Zack's death. The next scene, reminiscent of Zack, shows Cloud onboard the roof of the train headed for the #1 Mako Reactor at the start of Final Fantasy VII.
Cloud appears numerous times in the various titles in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. is a 2005 CGI film directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji Hashimoto. Compilation of Final Fantasy VII is the formal title for a series of games and animated features developed by Square Enix based in the world and continuity He plays a minor role in the cell phone game Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII. is a Japanese online Action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix in 2004. During the course of the game, which takes place over the six years leading into Final Fantasy VII, the player encounters Cloud while he is serving under Zack and Sephiroth's command. In the CGI film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, Cloud lives with Tifa in the city of Edge. Computer animation Computer-generated imagery (also known as CGI) is the application of the field of Computer graphics or more specifically 3D computer graphics is a 2005 CGI film directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji Hashimoto. Staying with them is Marlene, Barret's adopted daughter, and Denzel, an orphan with a rampant deadly disease called Geostigma, which appeared as a result of the events of Final Fantasy VII. Cloud works as a courier for the "Strife Delivery Service" that Tifa set up in her new tavern. Over time, Cloud begins suffering symptoms of the Geostigma as well, keeping his left arm cloaked to hide the symptoms. This causes him to bring back memories and feelings of regret over not being able to save Aerith's life. Not feeling worthy enough to protect his new 'family', he leaves.
Cloud is attacked by a mysterious trio of young men; Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo, who are genetic "remnants" of Sephiroth left behind before he could diffuse into the Lifestream completely. The three begin luring and kidnapping children that are inflicted with Geostigma, intending to have the children lead them to the remains of Jenova, an alien antagonist of the Final Fantasy VII video game. Upon confronting them for a second time, Cloud finds himself outmatched by the trio and is rescued by Vincent Valentine. is a Fictional character in the role-playing game Final Fantasy VII and the Protagonist in the Third-person shooters Dirge Cloud confronts them once again and defeats Loz and Yazoo. In confronting Kadaj, the battle takes them back to Aerith's church, where the Lifestream-influenced water cures Cloud of his Geostigma. Kadaj later merges with the remnants of Jenova, causing Sephiroth to be reborn. The two battle until Cloud clinches the battle with a Limit Break attack. When Sephiroth is once again defeated, he dissipates, leaving a dying Kadaj in his place.
Cloud is also one of the main characters in Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. is a 2005 CGI film directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji Hashimoto. is a 2005 CGI film directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji Hashimoto. This OVA shows Cloud in two events that were shown in flashbacks in Final Fantasy VII; one at Nibelheim, and the other escaping from Shinra with Zack. abbreviated (and sometimes as OAV) is a term originating from Japanese animation ( Anime) for animated films and series which are made specially to be In the Nibelheim flashback Cloud is seeking revenge on Sephiroth, mentioning that he used to look up to him. Sephiroth impales Cloud in the stomach, but Cloud is able to gather enough strength to pull Sephiroth's sword further into his body so he can whip Sephiroth into a nearby wall. While escaping in a hitchhiked pick-up truck with Zack, Cloud proves to be too exhausted from the experimentations made on him by Hojo. Cloud is saved from death by Zack. The ending of Last Order is somewhat ambiguous, as it merely shows Zack jumping onto Cloud's body to protect him from Shinra members in a helicopter with a sniper pointed at an unconscious Cloud, a gunshot is then heard.
Cloud appears in a small supporting role in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. is a Third person shooter / RPG Video game developed and published by Square Enix. A year after the events of Advent Children, he offers his help to the protagonist organization known as the WRO in their siege of Midgar and counterattack against the rogue Shinra military unit known as Deep Ground. In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is presented as a young Shinra infantryman where he meets the character Zack Fair and the two become good friends. is an Action role-playing game developed by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable. At the near end of Crisis Core, Cloud is intoxicated by the experiments performed on him by Professor Hojo, and is unable to move. Square 's Final Fantasy VII was one of the first major Console role-playing games released for the Sony PlayStation and was Square's largest game Whilst on the run, Zack hides Cloud and goes to face a platoon of infantrymen, only to be mortally wounded by them. Some time later, after being left for dead, Cloud crawls over to Zack and watches his friend die. Zack gives Cloud his Buster Sword, telling him to live his life for both of them.
Cloud's character has also appeared in games outside of the Final Fantasy VII continuity. is an Action role-playing game developed and published by Squaresoft (now Square Enix) in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 Video game console He is one of several playable Final Fantasy VII characters in Itadaki Street Special for the PlayStation 2 and Itadaki Street Portable for the PlayStation Portable. is a computer Board game series originally created by Dragon Quest designer Yuji Horii. is a computer Board game series originally created by Dragon Quest designer Yuji Horii. The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP) is a Handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. In Chocobo Racing, Cloud is a hidden character, and rides a motorcycle. is a Racing game for the PlayStation Game console. The game was developed by Square Co MotorCycle is the title of a 1993 album by Rock band Daniel Amos, released on BAI Records. Cloud is a playable character in the PlayStation version of Ehrgeiz, but like the other Final Fantasy VII characters present in the game he has no storyline. Ehrgeiz God Bless the Ring ( German: lit "Ambition" Japanese: エアガイツ Eagaitsu) is a Fighting game developed Cloud and Tifa are the only Final Fantasy VII characters with a third costume; Cloud's depicts him in his Shinra gunman attire. In the PlayStation game Final Fantasy Tactics, Cloud is a bonus playable characters. is a Tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Sony PlayStation Video game console. He is accidentally pulled into the world of Ivalice by an ancient machine called "the Celestial Globe," which was activated by Ramza Beoulve in Goug Machine City. is a fictional location in the Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story universes is a Tactical role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Sony PlayStation Video game console. Cloud is disoriented after arriving in Ramza's world, and after a short exchange with Ramza and the others he leaves.  He wanders into Zarghidas Trade City, where he encounters a flower girl named Aerith. As Cloud is leaving the area, Aerith is accosted by a man. Cloud returns to help Aerith escape as Ramza and his party catch up to him. After the battle, he joins Ramza's party as a playable character.
In Kingdom Hearts, Cloud appears in the Olympus Coliseum world. is an Action role-playing game developed and published by Squaresoft (now Square Enix) in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 Video game console Here he has been hired by Hades to kill Hercules, but must fight Sora as a prerequisite. Hades, voiced by James Woods, is the Villain in the 1997 movie Hercules, based on the Greek god Hades. Hercules is a Fictional character who first appeared as the 1997 film of the same name and later in the midquel television series of the same name After their fight, Hades sets Cerberus on Cloud and Sora, who are then saved by Hercules. In Greek mythology, Cerberus or Kerberos ( Greek Κέρβερος Kérberos) the ker or Daimon of Cloud meets with Sora afterwards and explains that he is searching for someone.  Aerith Gainsborough later tells Sora in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix that he's looking for Sephiroth. &mdashknown as Aeris Gainsborough in the English translations of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics &mdashis a female Protagonist is an Action role-playing game developed and published by Squaresoft (now Square Enix) in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 Video game console The wing he has resembles Proffessor Holander's and is most likely resulted from his infusion with Jenova cells, the same as Sephiroth. Square 's Final Fantasy VII was one of the first major Console role-playing games released for the Sony PlayStation and was Square's largest game Cloud appears later in the Coliseum's battle tournaments. During the credit roll at the end of the game, Cloud is shown reuniting with the other Final Fantasy characters in the library at Hollow Bastion. Cloud continued his role in the series in the Game Boy Advance sequel Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as a boss in the Olympus Coliseum and later as a summon card for Sora. The Game Boy Advance (often shortened to GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. is an Action role-playing game developed by Square Enix and Japanese studio Jupiter and published by Square Enix in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance A boss is a computer-controlled opponent which is found in Video games Their purpose is to test the skills that the player has accumulated over the course of a game Kingdom Hearts is a series of action role-playing video games developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square)  However, this Cloud is based on Sora's memory in this game. Cloud appears again in Kingdom Hearts II where he is in his Advent Children attire. is an Action role-playing game developed by Square Enix and published by Square Enix and Buena Vista Games (now Disney Interactive Studios in 2005 for the Sony He is searching for Sephiroth, and is himself being sought out by Kingdom Hearts's version of Tifa.  Tifa eventually catches up with Cloud to give him his light. Sephiroth makes comments that light doesn't suit Cloud anymore, and he runs off. Cloud fights alongside Sora during the Heartless invasion of Hollow Bastion. Should the player choose to engage Sephiroth and win the battle, Cloud returns and engages Sephiroth which ends with both of them disappearing in a flash of light.
The character of Cloud has been overall well received. IGN stated the character set a trend for role-playing game heroes. IGN (abbreviated and formerly known as I magine G ames N etwork is a multimedia news and reviews Website that focuses heavily on Video A console role-playing game is a video game genre that has its origin rooted in Video game consoles and includes game mechanics and frequently settings derived  He was named best character of all time in Dengeki PlayStation's retrospective awards feature about the original PlayStation. is a Japanese gaming magazine published by ASCII Media Works (formally MediaWorks) The PlayStation (abbreviated PS, PSone, PS1, or informally as PSX) is a 32-bit fifth generation Video game console  Electronic Gaming Monthly placed him seventh in their "Top Ten: List of Videogame Characters". Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American Video game magazine.  IGN listed him as a possible character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl; though he was not chosen as the "reader's choice". often abbreviated SSBB or Brawl, is the third installment in the Super Smash Bros  In one of IGN's 2007 "Hero Showdowns", Cloud was pitted against Link, though Link was voted the favorite. is a Fictional character and the main Protagonist from Nintendo 's ''The Legend of Zelda'' series.  The character was placed in similar contests by GameFAQs, with the "Character Battle II" (2003) and finishing second in the "Character Battle IV" (2004) and the "Battle Royale" (2006). GameFAQs is a Website that hosts FAQs and Walkthroughs for Video games It was created in November 1995 by Jeff "CJayC" Veasey and  Cloud has also been included in some unorthodox lists; these include being ranked second in IGN's "Worst Videogame Haircuts" and ScrewAttack's "Top Ten Coolest Characters". Screwattack is a video game-related website that showcases original entertainment for an audience of Video game enthusiasts 
Cloud has served as basis for several action figures. The earliest versions were inspired on his original Final Fantasy VII appearance. Bandai included this model in a series titled "Extra Knights" which was published in 1997. is a Japanese Toy making company as well as the producer of a large number of Plastic model kits With the release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children the character was featured in more merchandise including a new series of action figures published by Square Enix, which included various accessories with it, consisting of exchangeable hands, the "First Tsurugi" sword and a motorcycle featured in the film. The company has also published and licensed collectable figures in Cloud's image have also been published, including a 19" tall polystone statue included in a series titled Masterpiece Arts, numerous resin statues manufactured by Kotobukiya and a figure included in a set named Final Fantasy: Trading Arts. Other types of merchandise includes collectible cards, keychains, lighters, pins, phonecards, jigsaw puzzles and plush toys.