Biggs (ビッグス, Biggusu?) and Wedge (ウェッジ, Wejji?) are a recurring running gag in the Final Fantasy series. They almost always appear as a duo, and are named after Star Wars characters, Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles, Luke Skywalker's Red Squadron wingmen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
It is revealed in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years that Biggs and Wedge were the two Red Wings soldiers who questioned Cecil about the King of Baron's orders to raid Mysidia and obtain the Water Crystal, as the Mysidians offered no resistance and had done no harm.
Biggs and Wedge appear as Red Wings soldiers who die protecting Prince Ceodore from an attack led by the Mysterious Girl. The game reveals that Biggs and Wedge were actually the two soldiers who questioned Cecil about stealing the Water Crystal of Mysidia at the beginning of Final Fantasy IV.
Biggs (originally mistranslated as Vicks), and Wedge, are two briefly playable characters, who assist Terra Branford on her raid of Narshe. The Vicks mistranslation is referenced in Dissidia Final Fantasy in a tutorial where Biggs, using his Final Fantasy VI sprite says "Huh? You wanted to talk to Vicks?... I have no idea who you're talking about. There is no Vicks, only Biggs. Ahem. Moving along..."
Biggs and Wedge, along with a third friend Jessie, are part of the eco-terrorist group, AVALANCHE. They take part in the attacks on Midgar's Sector 1 and Sector 5 Mako Reactors. When Shinra attacks Sector 7 to drop the plate upon the Slums, Biggs and Wedge try to fight to defend the town. They are badly wounded—perhaps even fatally—along with Jessie. They are ultimately killed when the Shinra Company brought down the upper plate on Sector 7.
Biggs and Wedge get a brief mention. While on the missions in Midgar's Train Graveyard, Vincent can talk with a girl from the World Regenesis Organization (WRO). She mentions that her brother had been part of a rebel group which was against Shinra, and that he had died three years earlier during the dropping of the Sector 7 plate, implying her brother to be either Biggs or Wedge.
Major Biggs and Lieutenant Wedge are members of the Galbadia Army. Squall Leonhart, Zell Dincht, Selphie Tilmitt, and Seifer Almasy first meet them in the Dollet Radio Tower, where they are repairing it. Squall, Zell, and Selphie fight them, but the two are blown away by Elvoret. They are next seen in the D-District Prison, where they have been demoted to Lieutenant and Private, respectively. They are sent to deal with Zell, Selphie, and Quistis Trepe, who have escaped from their cell. Their last appearance is in Lunatic Pandora, where they are considering retiring from the G-Army. They also appear as a Triple Triad card.
This is the first time Biggs and Wedge manage to survive the story's events. They also stopped dying in the later installments.
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Biggs and Wedge are part of the Gullwings's blitzball team.
However, the player can gain earlier access to the Mosphoran Highwaste by riding a chocobo up to them. Gibbs will reveal his hatred of chocobos, and start to back off, claiming he used to work around chocobos when he was younger, and could never get their smell out without the help of expensive cologne. Eventually, he'll run away, and Deweg will follow, opening up access to the Highwaste. This is the only time players can see the two.
The shop B&W Outfitters in the Retail Network refers to Biggs and Wedge. The logo, however, spells out "V+W", likely as a reference to the English mistranslation of Biggs to "Vicks" in Final Fantasy VI.
Biggs and Wedge appear in Yusnaan and are associated with the death games where Lightning is tasked to slay thirty monsters. Wedge hosts the "Death Safari" in the industrial area. Upon winning, Lightning gets a ticket to participate in the "Death Game", hosted by Biggs, where Lightning must kill more monsters found within the Chaos infusion in the warehouse district. Completing the quest awards the player with the Dragoon garb. Afterward, Lightning asks Biggs and Wedge to shut down the death games. Lightning can later run into the pair in the city's Aromatic Market, at the bottom of the steps to the Glutton's Quarter, now as traveling musicians playing "Terra's Theme".
Biggs and Wedge are engineers with the Garlond Ironworks, first encountered when the player rescues them from Garlean hired mercenaries after the crash of their prototype airship the Tiny Bronco.
Wedge can be encountered as a random-encounter battle ally, occurring only after the player has explored/gained control of much of the world map (story progress: 75%±3%). Whether or not this is a coincidence, is debated by fans, however; the name generator for random enemies encountered in free-walking gameplay does not contain the name Wedge, therefore, his name placement in the random-name generator for random-encounter allies is seemingly deliberate. Wedge's name does not appear in the name generator for hired soldiers.
The Japanese release features a number of sound novel minigames that can be played by acquiring certain Artefacts. One of these, Nanai's Histories, features appearances from Biggs as a bartender and Wedge as his assistant.
In the English translation, Biggs is a former business subordinate of Cid Randell. Biggs and Wedge also appear as random names for character units.
Biggs and Wedge also appear in the card rental section of the tutorial. Their respective rental cards are Fat Chocobo★3 and Ares★3.
Biggs and Wedge write the Occult Fan magazine.
Wedge from Final Fantasy VIII and Biggs and Wedge from Final Fantasy XIV appear on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
A V-Jump issue in Japan humorously stated that after Valigarmanda made them disappear in Final Fantasy VI, they ended up in the Chrono Trigger dimension and were found by Norstein, who gave them their new jobs. Biggs and Wedge are the name of two soldiers found in the Tent of Horrors in the Millennial Fair. They are joined by a third soldier named Piette, whose name is likely a reference to Admiral Firmus Piett from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Biggs and Wedge along with Piette all have the same generic soldier sprite. Like in Final Fantasy VI, Biggs was called Vicks in the SNES and PlayStation versions, but this was corrected in the Nintendo DS version.
Characters named Biggs and Wedge, along with Jessie and Barret from Final Fantasy VII make cameos as shopkeepers in Kingdom Hearts II. Biggs also hosts the Struggle tournament in the Simulated Twilight Town.
- Biggs is usually Wedge's superior officer. In Final Fantasy VI, Biggs has superior stats and is more knowledgeable about monsters than Wedge, and in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Final Fantasy VIII, Biggs is of a higher military rank than Wedge. This continued until their cameo in Final Fantasy XII where under the names of Gibbs and Deweg, Deweg appears to be the higher ranking soldier.