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Barret Wallace
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Portrait FF7 - Barret Portrait
Also known as Barrett Wallace[1]
Japanese name バレット・ウォーレス
Romaji Baretto Wōresu
Weapon Gun-Arms
Ultimate Weapon Missing Score
Occupation Leader of AVALANCHE
Birthplace Corel Village
Date of Birth December 15th, 1972[2]
Age 35 (Final Fantasy VII)
37 (Advent Children)
38 (Dirge of Cerberus)
Height 6'4"[3](197 cm)[1][4]
6'5"[5]
Blood type O
Japanese voice actor Masahiro Kobayashi
English voice actor Beau Billingslea
Final Fantasy VII Character
Head of the underground resistance movement AVALANCHE, Barret depends on brute strength and his 'Gun-arm' to see him through...
—Description

Barret Wallace is a playable character in Final Fantasy VII. He is the leader of an eco-terrorist group called AVALANCHE, trying to prevent Shinra Electric Power Company from using Mako, the planet of Gaia's life source, as a form of energy. His seemingly benevolent cause of fighting for the Planet is a cover for his personal vendetta and anger, which he later must come to terms with. Despite his brash and sometimes violent attitude, Barret has a good heart, and is torn between fighting and caring for his daughter Marlene.

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AppearanceEdit

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In his original appearance, Barret is a heavy-set, muscular dark-skinned man with a dirty brown vest, green pants and large brown boots. His right arm was mangled in the loss of his hometown, and has been replaced with his weapon, the gun-arm, which lets him interchange various weapon attachments to it. Barret has several bands of metal around his waist and his remaining arm, and a tattoo on his left shoulder. His hair is cut similar to a hi-top fade and he has a thick beard, with a dog-tag hanging around his neck. He has three scars on his right cheek. This appearance has humorously been compared to actor Mr. T, a comparison also somewhat shown through Barret's character.

In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Barret's gun-arm has been replaced by a transforming steel hand that can turn into a large gun. His vest has been replaced by a puffier, off-white one and he wears a fish-net shirt, and retains the green pants. His hair is differently styled, and is now arranged in cornrows. Tetsuya Nomura has commented that Barret's character was redesigned largely due to the comparisons to Mr. T, and when instructing the animators on what Barret's gun-arm should be like, he told them to make "a big, over-the-top gun that transforms in a huge, over-the-top way". Barret's skull tattoo was altered from his original artwork in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children; originally a skull with wings, it was changed to a rounder skull with extending wisps.

PersonalityEdit

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Promotional image of Barret in his Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children outfit.

You gotta understand somethin'... I don't got an answer. I wanna be with Marlene... but I gotta fight. 'Cause if I don't...the planet's gonna die. So I'm gonna keep fightin'!
—Barret in Final Fantasy VII

Barret is characterized early in Final Fantasy VII as a brash, gruff man with a short temper and a tendency to curse, although his mouth is not as bad as Cid Highwind's. He is prone to firing his gun-arm into the air in fits of rage catching the attention of everyone around him. Barret's rage is accompanied by a deeper, albeit rarely shown thoughtfulness. Barret later admits to Elmyra Gainsborough he wants to be with his daughter Marlene but at the same time wants to save the Planet, the issue confusing him to the point he gives up trying to explain it.

Barret describes life with train metaphors, including one of his more well-known phrases, "there's no gettin' off this train we on 'till we reach the end of the line", which he adopted from Cloud during the train ride after their first successful AVALANCHE mission. Late in Final Fantasy VII, when Cloud and Tifa are absent, Barret first says he ought to be the leader, but then says he has come to realize he is not suitable, and elects Cid in his place.

In the novella On the Way to a Smile, Barret's character is examined on a deeper level, revealing his isolation due to viewing himself as a monster because of his gun-arm, and his search for a new meaning to his life after his vendetta with Shinra is settled and the company destroyed. Still guilty over the chaos AVALANCHE caused, particularly the death of the group's members under his leadership, Barret seeks both a normal life and a way to atone for his "minefield of mistakes" as the faction's leader.

StoryEdit

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Early lifeEdit

Barret grew up in the small, forested coal mining village of Corel. He was happily married to a woman named Myrna who suffered from an unspecified illness. Because of his wife's illness Barret decided to advocate co-operation with Shinra in building a Mako Reactor north of Corel. His childhood friend, Dyne, disagreed at first, but Barret convinced him to agree.

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In Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, the original, more violent incarnation of AVALANCHE has occupied the Corel on May 8, 0003. Barret helps the Turks sneak into the reactor to take it back. At the time he does not know the name of the enemy organization and ironically would later choose that title for his own insurgency group. Shinra destroys the reactor and Corel in retaliation, believing it was the people of Corel who helped AVALANCHE take the reactor. In the chaos, Barret and Dyne return to the town and are gunned down by Shinra troops. Dyne falls off a cliff and Barret narrowly grabs his hand. Scarlet shoots their hands and Barret drops Dyne to his apparent doom.

In the aftermath, Barret found Dyne's daughter Marlene and took her to raise her as his own, believing Dyne had perished. He acquired a prosthetic gun-arm, which was made for him by Shalua Rui. Barret made his way to Cosmo Canyon and learned of AVALANCHE, becoming the leader of the organization's second incarnation, and went to Midgar to begin his campaign against Shinra.

AVALANCHE LeaderEdit

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Sometime in 0007 in Midgar, Barret leads the reformed AVALANCHE against Shinra, its members including Biggs, Wedge, Jessie and Tifa Lockhart. As part of an attack on Shinra, Barret agrees to hire Tifa's childhood friend, the mercenary Cloud Strife. With Cloud, they begin their largest operation yet on December 9th. The attack on the Sector 1 Reactor is successful, and although Cloud's fee is steep and Barret does not like him, the need for help and his skill convinces Barret to continue to keep him with the group. At the next reactor bombing, Cloud is separated from the others.

Tifa comes up with a plan to meet Don Corneo when they discover he is a Shinra informant. While Tifa and Cloud are gone, Shinra sends the Turks to destroy the pillar holding up the Sector 7 plate, crushing the slums. Barret and AVALANCHE fight to stop them, and Wedge, Biggs, and Jessie are lost in the struggle. The pillar is destroyed and Barret, Cloud, and Tifa narrowly escape. Barret is enraged at the loss, but is consoled by Tifa's assurance that Aeris Gainsborough took Marlene to safety before the plate fell. When Cloud resolves to rescue Aeris from Shinra, Barret accompanies him to repay Aeris for saving Marlene. Barret meets Marlene at Elmyra Gainsborough's house and has a tearful reunion, but leaves Marlene in Elmyra's care and asks the two to flee Midgar as the city is no longer a safe place.

Pursuit of SephirothEdit

The foray into Shinra Headquarters is successful in rescuing Aeris and Red XIII, and during Sephiroth's attack on President Shinra, they flee Midgar to Kalm. Cloud is elected the group's leader over Barret, and he grudgingly accepts. After Kalm, the group continues to track Sephiroth and crosses the sea at Junon to Costa del Sol.

The group eventually arrives at North Corel, a town built by the Corel survivors near the destroyed Mako Reactor's ruins. The townspeople vilify Barret and he explains his past to the group. Riding to the Gold Saucer, an amusement park built towering over the Corel ruins, Barret's frustrations increase and he runs off alone after Aeris tries to cheer him up, telling Cloud and the others not to forget they are after Sephiroth. Cloud and the others find many people gunned down, and a survivor says it was a man with a gun-arm.

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Barret in an FMV.

Thrown into Corel Prison, Cloud and the others find Barret, further enraged and demanding to be allowed to settle his past alone. He allows them to accompany him as they confront the prison's leader, Dyne, who also has a gun-arm on his mangled hand. Traumatized by the loss of his family and home, Dyne wishes to destroy the world. When Barret tells Dyne Marlene survived, Dyne attacks him, saying he has to kill Marlene so his wife will not be lonely. Barret prevails, and Dyne, considering himself a lost cause, gives Barret and the others permission to leave the prison, then throws himself off a cliff to his death.

Barret continues to travel with the group, developing a profound respect for Cloud. It is even possible for the two to spend a date together at the Gold Saucer. After betraying the party at the Temple of the Ancients, Cloud decides to quit the journey but Barret assures Cloud he is among friends and that he will look out for him. When Sephiroth murders Aeris Barret consoles Cloud, and is willing to continue the hunt for Sephiroth with him even if Cloud now fully knows he is susceptible to Sephiroth's influence. Barret has a small revelation at Gaea's Cliff, where he considers the cold and barren land the exact opposite of the technological Midgar, yet is just as unappealing to him.

MeteorfallEdit

After the party reclaims the Black Materia, Cloud, who does not trust himself in Sephiroth's presence, can hand it over to Barret for safekeeping. Sephiroth conjures an image of Tifa who begs Barret to help Cloud, and thus Barret is tricked to handing the Materia back to Cloud, who gives it to Sephiroth who uses it to summon Meteor. This rouses the Weapons and Barret and Tifa escape on the Highwind with Shinra and are captured in Junon. A week later during a public execution, Barret escapes with Cait Sith and Yuffie Kisaragi's help, making his way to the Highwind to rendezvous with the rest of the group, minus Cloud.

While Barret is skeptical about Cloud's identity after Meteor is summoned, he realizes he is not fit to be the group's leader and in Cloud's absence hands control over to Tifa, and when she departs to care for a comatose Cloud in Mideel, to Cid. In the quest for the Huge Materia, North Corel is on the brink of destruction from Shinra, but if it is saved, Barret becomes a local hero; if it is destroyed, further blame is put on Barret.

After Shinra destroys Sephiroth's energy barrier from over the North Crater, the group descends down the Northern Cave to defeat Sephiroth and release Holy to save the Planet from the Meteor. Barret elects to keep fighting for Marlene and satisfies himself knowing he has done well.

Post-CrisisEdit

In On the Way to a Smile: Case of Tifa, Barret, along with Cloud and Tifa, revisit the various locations they had seen during their quest to save the Planet from Sephiroth, and in Kalm, Barret reunites with Marlene. They return to Midgar, where they help construct a new city, Edge. It is Barret's idea for Tifa to open a bar to help the depressed cope with their losses, and Tifa, struggling with her own personal dilemmas, agrees to run it. Shortly after, Barret leaves on a journey to settle his past.

Barret is the focus of another novella, Case of Barret. After Barret leaves Marlene in Cloud and Tifa's care, he searches the world for an alternative energy source, and his peace of mind. Searching for a way to atone for the deaths of Jessie, Biggs and Wedge, Barret requisitions a new attachment for the gun-arm that can transform into a mechanical hand, allowing him to live a more normal life. After having seen the effects of Geostigma Barret makes his way to Rocket Town, where he helps Cid with his new airship and decides to locate an oilfield to help fuel it, as the airship can be used to help those with Geostigma get to aid when a cure is found.

Geostrigma CrisisEdit

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Barret in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

One year later, in 0009 during the events of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Barret is still in contact with his friends. Barret leaves a message on Cloud's cellphone saying he has found a large oil field. Barret later appears to help Cloud fight against Bahamut SIN using the gun on his right hand as a weapon (although it can now morph into a prosthetic hand). Despite his time away from her, he cares deeply for Marlene; his first words to Tifa are a command that his daughter better be safe. After Bahamut SIN is defeated, he watches Cloud battle Kadaj from the Shera and orders Cid to land so they can help, but Cid tells him to jump if he wants off the ship.

Barret can also be heard, though not seen, in Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII's "present" sections, as he gives Cloud a "closed" sign passed on from Yuffie and each present to deliver to Marlene and Denzel.

Deepground ConflictEdit

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Barret in Dirge of Cerberus.

When I'm through, there won't be a single sucka standing!
—Barret, on a phone with Vincent Valentine in Dirge of Cerberus

During Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Barret, along with Cloud and Tifa, leads a ground assault on Midgar against Deepground in 0010, and provides Vincent with a map via phone which leads the way to Deepground. The three join Cid, Reeve, Yuffie, and a young defected Tsviet named Shelke, to aid Vincent in Omega's destruction.

GameplayEdit

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See also: List of Final Fantasy VII Weapons#Barret's Gun-Arms

Barret has high HP and Defense, but poor Magical Attack and Magical Defense. Barret joins the party at level 6.

Barret wields various gun-arms for long range attacks—which makes him a good character to keep in the back row—and mech-hands that are short-range. His gun-arms have average power, and his strongest, the Missing Score, does more damage the more AP the player stocks it with; with enough mastered Materia Barret can easily hit for 9,999 damage with every attack. It is even possible to overflow the damage if the weapon is filled with mastered Knights of the Round Materia.

StatsEdit

LV Exp HP MP Strength Dexterity Vitality Magic Spirit Luck +
2 7 233 - 246 16 - 21 15 - 16 5 - 7 13 - 15 11 - 13 9 - 11 13 - 15
3 35 250 - 268 25 - 27 15 - 17 5 - 9 13 - 17 11 - 15 9 - 13 13 - 17
4 98 272 - 290 31 - 32 15 - 18 5 - 10 14 - 19 12 - 17 10 - 15 13 - 18
5 210 291 - 312 35 - 38 15 - 19 6 - 11 15 - 21 13 - 18 11 - 16 13 - 19
6 385 313 - 334 42 - 44 15 - 20 6 - 12 16 - 22 14 - 19 12 - 17 13 - 19
7 637 335 - 356 46 - 49 15 - 21 7 - 13 17 - 24 15 - 20 13 - 18 13 - 20
8 980 354 - 378 52 - 55 15 - 22 8 - 14 18 - 25 16 - 21 14 - 19 13 - 20
9 1428 376 - 400 57 - 61 16 - 23 8 - 15 19 - 26 17 - 22 15 - 20 13 - 20
11 2695 417 - 444 68 - 72 18 - 25 10 - 17 22 - 29 19 - 24 17 - 23 13 - 20
12 3689 484 - 511 75 - 80 19 - 26 11 - 18 23 - 30 20 - 25 18 - 24 13 - 20
13 4740 551 - 578 82 - 87 20 - 27 12 - 19 24 - 31 21 - 27 19 - 25 14 - 21
14 5973 596 - 632 88 - 93 22 - 29 12 - 19 25 - 32 22 - 28 20 - 26 14 - 21
15 7403 636 - 677 94 - 100 23 - 30 13 - 20 27 - 34 23 - 29 21 - 27 14 - 21
16 9045 681 - 722 101 - 107 24 - 31 14 - 21 28 - 35 24 - 30 22 - 28 14 - 21
17 10913 721 - 767 106 - 113 25 - 32 14 - 21 29 - 36 25 - 31 23 - 29 14 - 21
18 13022 766 - 812 113 - 120 26 - 33 15 - 22 31 - 38 26 - 32 24 - 30 14 - 21
19 15387 806 - 857 120 - 127 28 - 35 15 - 22 32 - 39 27 - 33 25 - 31 14 - 21
21 20942 891 - 947 132 - 140 30 - 37 17 - 24 35 - 42 29 - 35 27 - 34 14 - 21
22 24827 981 - 1045 140 - 148 32 - 39 18 - 25 37 - 44 30 - 37 29 - 36 14 - 21
23 28457 1063 - 1127 148 - 156 34 - 41 19 - 26 39 - 46 31 - 38 30 - 37 14 - 21
24 32424 1136 - 1209 155 - 163 35 - 42 20 - 27 40 - 47 32 - 39 31 - 38 14 - 21
25 36744 1218 - 1291 162 - 171 37 - 44 21 - 28 42 - 49 33 - 40 33 - 40 15 - 22
26 41431 1291 - 1373 170 - 179 38 - 45 21 - 28 43 - 50 34 - 41 34 - 41 15 - 22
27 46501 1373 - 1455 176 - 186 39 - 46 22 - 29 44 - 51 36 - 43 35 - 42 15 - 22
28 51968 1446 - 1537 184 - 194 41 - 48 23 - 30 46 - 53 37 - 44 36 - 43 15 - 22
29 57848 1528 - 1619 191 - 202 42 - 49 24 - 31 47 - 54 38 - 45 37 - 44 15 - 22
31 70905 1683 - 1783 206 - 217 45 - 52 25 - 32 50 - 57 40 - 47 39 - 46 15 - 22
32 79149 1824 - 1924 215 - 226 47 - 54 26 - 33 52 - 59 41 - 48 41 - 48 15 - 22
33 86931 1942 - 2053 224 - 235 48 - 55 27 - 34 53 - 60 42 - 49 42 - 49 15 - 22
34 95207 2048 - 2182 232 - 244 49 - 56 27 - 34 54 - 61 43 - 50 43 - 50 15 - 22
35 103992 2166 - 2300 241 - 253 51 - 58 28 - 35 55 - 62 44 - 51 44 - 51 15 - 22
36 113302 2272 - 2418 249 - 262 52 - 59 28 - 35 56 - 63 45 - 52 45 - 52 15 - 22
37 123151 2378 - 2536 258 - 271 53 - 60 29 - 36 57 - 64 46 - 53 46 - 53 15 - 22
38 133555 2496 - 2654 266 - 280 55 - 62 30 - 37 58 - 65 48 - 55 47 - 54 15 - 22
39 144529 2602 - 2772 275 - 289 56 - 63 30 - 37 59 - 66 49 - 56 48 - 55 15 - 22
41 168248 2826 - 3008 292 - 307 59 - 66 32 - 39 62 - 69 51 - 58 50 - 57 15 - 22
42 183403 2969 - 3165 302 - 318 60 - 67 32 - 39 64 - 71 52 - 59 51 - 58 16 - 23
43 196985 3112 - 3322 311 - 329 61 - 68 33 - 40 66 - 73 53 - 60 52 - 59 16 - 23
44 211222 3255 - 3465 321 - 340 62 - 69 33 - 40 67 - 74 54 - 61 53 - 60 16 - 23
45 226129 3398 - 3608 330 - 352 63 - 70 34 - 41 68 - 75 55 - 62 54 - 61 16 - 23
46 241721 3526 - 3751 340 - 362 64 - 71 34 - 41 69 - 76 56 - 63 55 - 62 16 - 23
47 258014 3669 - 3894 350 - 372 65 - 72 35 - 42 70 - 77 57 - 64 56 - 63 16 - 23
48 275023 3797 - 4037 360 - 382 66 - 73 35 - 42 71 - 78 58 - 65 57 - 64 16 - 23
49 292763 3925 - 4180 369 - 392 67 - 74 36 - 43 72 - 79 59 - 66 58 - 65 16 - 23
51 330500 4196 - 4466 388 - 413 69 - 76 36 - 43 74 - 81 61 - 68 60 - 67 17 - 24
52 350527 4339 - 4609 398 - 424 69 - 76 36 - 43 75 - 82 61 - 68 61 - 68 17 - 24
53 371347 4467 - 4752 408 - 435 70 - 77 37 - 44 76 - 83 62 - 69 62 - 69 17 - 24
54 392976 4610 - 4895 418 - 445 70 - 77 37 - 44 77 - 84 62 - 69 62 - 69 17 - 24
55 415429 4738 - 5038 428 - 455 71 - 78 37 - 44 78 - 85 63 - 70 63 - 70 17 - 24
56 438721 4881 - 5181 438 - 465 71 - 78 38 - 45 79 - 86 63 - 70 64 - 71 17 - 24
57 462868 5009 - 5324 447 - 475 71 - 78 38 - 45 80 - 87 64 - 71 65 - 72 17 - 24
58 487885 5152 - 5467 457 - 485 72 - 79 38 - 45 81 - 88 64 - 71 66 - 73 17 - 24
59 513787 5280 - 5610 466 - 495 72 - 79 39 - 46 82 - 89 65 - 72 67 - 74 17 - 24
61 568310 5551 - 5896 485 - 515 73 - 80 39 - 46 83 - 90 66 - 73 69 - 76 18 - 25
62 596961 5654 - 6010 492 - 523 73 - 80 39 - 46 83 - 90 67 - 74 69 - 76 18 - 25
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65 688659 5963 - 6352 515 - 549 74 - 81 40 - 47 85 - 92 69 - 76 71 - 78 18 - 25
66 721191 6066 - 6466 523 - 557 74 - 81 40 - 47 85 - 92 69 - 76 71 - 78 18 - 25
67 754732 6180 - 6580 530 - 565 75 - 82 40 - 47 86 - 93 69 - 76 72 - 79 18 - 25
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91 1902360 8683 - 9236 701 - 746 82 - 89 46 - 53 95 - 100 76 - 83 80 - 87 20 - 27
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98 2378833 9348 - 9919 742 - 790 84 - 91 47 - 54 97 - 100 78 - 85 82 - 89 20 - 27
99 2452783 9443 - 9999 748 - 796 84 - 91 47 - 54 97 - 100 78 - 85 82 - 89 20 - 27

Limit BreaksEdit

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Barret's first Limit Break, Big Shot.

Main article: Limit (Final Fantasy VII)#Barret

Barret's Limit Breaks consist mainly of physical blows, although one of them attacks the target's MP rather than HP: Mindblow. If the player is keen in their leveling, Barret can learn his level 2 technique Hammer Blow early, making it useful for dispatching enemies instantly.

In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, during the battle with Bahamut SIN, Barret's gun-arm takes on a green glow before firing a large, round blast of energy at the summon. This may be either Big Shot or Mindblow, though it is difficult to tell which - the energy blast Barret fires is green, while Big Shot and Mindblow are orange and blue, respectively.

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

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Barret, along with early versions of Cloud and Aerith, was one of the first three main characters designed for Final Fantasy VII. Barret's original backstory was that of a miner whose home Shinra destroyed—a story that was changed very little in the final product. In the original concept Marlene was Barret's biological daughter, and Barret would have had a wife as well. The confrontation between Barret and Dyne would have taken place during a battle between AVALANCHE and Shinra in the Corel ruins, and the leader of the attack that destroyed the town was changed several times, including Heidegger and Reeve, before settling on Scarlet.

In a deleted scene, Barret was to promise the other AVALANCHE members they would go to Cosmo Canyon together after finishing their mission. A remnant of this promise exists in the game when Barret mournfully says at the campfire in Cosmo Canyon he swore with his friends they would have a toast at the Cosmo Candle.

Barret's job class was originally listed as "Gunner", a class which would eventually be introduced to the series in Final Fantasy X-2.

Musical ThemeEdit

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"Barret's Theme" from Final Fantasy VII
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FFVII - Barret's Theme
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"Barret's Theme" (バレットのテーマ, Baretto no Tēma?) plays as the background to the 7th Heaven and Sector 7 after preparing to attack the Sector 5 Reactor. Additionally, "Mining Town" (炭坑の街, Tankō no Machi?), which plays during Barret's flashbacks of Corel and in North Corel, is a remix of "Barret's Theme". "Mark Of The Traitor" also has elements of "Barret's Theme"; it plays in North Corel.

Other AppearancesEdit

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

Theatrhythm CC Barret

Barret appears as an unlockable character, and is unlocked by collecting Silver Crystal Shards.

He is a Defense and Support oriented character.

StatsEdit

Level CP HP Strength Magic Agility Luck Stamina Spirit
1 6 299 15 8 8 11 17 11
50 34 5362 124 65 63 94 141 94
99 50 7944 181 94 92 137 205 137

AbilitiesEdit

Reactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Chi Blast (Lv1) 5 Initial
Cheer (Lv1) 8 Level 10
Brace (Lv1) 3 Level 15
Sic (Lv1) 10 Level 25
Chi Blast (Lv2) 10 Level 35
Cheer (Lv2) 10 Level 50
Brace (Lv2) 5 Level 55
Sic (Lv2) 15 Level 65
Chi Blast (Lv3) 15 Level 80
Brace (Lv3) 7 Level 90
Sic (Lv3) 20 Level 95
Proactive Abilities
Ability CP Level Learned
Sacrifice (Lv1) 5 Initial
Mighty March (Lv1) 7 Level 5
HP Up (Lv1) 4 Level 20
Sight (Lv1) 16 Level 30
Sacrifice (Lv2) 10 Level 40
Mighty March (Lv2) 10 Level 45
HP Up (Lv2) 8 Level 60
Sight (Lv2) 24 Level 70
Sacrifice (Lv3) 16 Level 80
Mighty March (Lv3) 15 Level 85


Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Barret is an ally and a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. He is depicted in his default Final Fantasy VII and his Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children outfits.


Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit


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Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Barret appears in the Japan-exclusive Final Fantasy trading card game published by Square Enix. On one card, Barret can use his Hammer Blow Limit command as an Action Ability, while the other card has Gatling Gun as an Action Ability. Cards with Barret from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete also exist. His cards are earth-elemental.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Kingdom Hearts IIEdit

Wallace KHII

A shopkeeper named "Wallace" appears in Twilight Town alongside Biggs, Wedge and Jessie in Kingdom Hearts II. Much like the other characters, his appearance is different from his name sake, being light-skinned instead of dark-skinned, and being tubby instead of muscular.

MerchandiseEdit

Barret has appeared in action figures, key chains and Coca-Cola figurines. He, alongside Marlene, has also appeared on a Potion can.

GalleryEdit

Etymology and SymbolismEdit

The name Barret is a Japanese transliteration of the English word "bullet".[6] Before Final Fantasy VII had an English localization Barret was referred to as "Bullet" in some pre-release magazine articles. His last name Wallace is of French origin and means "foreigner".

[view  · edit  · purge]Wallace is a Scottish surname derived from the Anglo-Norman French waleis, which is in turn derived from a cognate of the Old English wylisc meaning "foreigner" or "Welshman". Due to his prominent role as fighting against Shinra, Barret's surname in Final Fantasy VII may allude to William Wallace, a Scottish landowner who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence, who is the subject of the 1995 Academy Award-winning film Braveheart.

Final Fantasy VII derives symbolism from Jewish mysticism, and Barret's character may have been influenced by it as well. Sephirot are the ten attributes through which God appears, and Barret may be tied to one such attribute, gevurah, associated with judgment and strength. From the Bahir, "This is the left hand of God." The right hand of God being chesed: kindness/love. Cloud, Barret and Aeris were the first player characters designed for the game, with Aeris and Barret possibly representing chesed and gevurah. The metaphor may be embodied in Barret, who has lost his right hand, but retains his left.

TriviaEdit

  • Barret shares his Japanese voice actor with Ryid Uruk from Final Fantasy Type-0.
  • Barret was referred to as "Barrett" in the English version of the Final Fantasy VII manual.
  • The internet MMORPG Kingdom of Loathing has a monster called the Burly Sidekick. This is a direct parody of Barret.
  • Barret was the first consistently dark-skinned playable character in the Final Fantasy series. The first was technically Leo Cristophe, who was depicted as dark-skinned in some artwork, but was light-skinned in his sprite form.
  • While Barret's appearance in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was changed to make him look less like Mr. T, the first line he is heard speaking in the movie is "Yo, waddup foo?"
  • In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, published by Square Enix, there is an antagonist named Lawrence Barrett who possesses a gun-arm. Despite these similarities, the developers have called it a coincidence.
  • In Final Fantasy Tactics, when talking with Cloud after selecting "Dismiss" from the party menu, he will say "There's no getting off this train until we reach the station", a reference to a line Barret uses in Final Fantasy VII.
  • There is a bit of unused dialogue found in the Final Fantasy VII game data that would have taken place outside the Shinra Headquarters, before the party head in for the first time, and in the elevator, if the player entered the building through the main entrance. Outside the building Barret would suggest that Cloud knows the place well, to which Cloud would have answered it to be his first time there. Barret would then have said he has been at the headquarters before back when he still had both his hands. The elevator scene is similar, with Cloud saying he's never been to the place before and asking if Barret is familiar with it, which would have prompted the same response from Barret.[7] These bits were cut off the final game and nothing in the finished version suggests Barret would have ever visited the Shinra Headquarters before.

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