I exist only to kill!
The three Black Waltzes (黒のワルツ, Kuro no Warutsu?) are special, winged black mages manufactured by Zorn and Thorn in Final Fantasy IX to apprehend Princess Garnet. They are many times more powerful than regular black mages, but their vast magical power means they have a shorter life expectancy, and are more volatile in nature.
Each Black Waltz seems to specialize in a certain element, although they have access to each others'. Black Waltz 1 uses mainly ice-based magic, Black Waltz 2 uses mainly fire-based magic, and Black Waltz 3 uses mainly thunder-based magic.
|"Black Waltz" in Final Fantasy IX|
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The theme "Black Waltz" (黒のワルツ, Kuro no Warutsu?) plays when encountering the Black Waltzes in the game.
Black Waltz figures have been released as part of the Final Fantasy Creatures series of action figures.
Black Waltz 3 appears in Final Fantasy Artniks.
Black Waltz 2 appears as a boss.
Black Waltzes appears as a trading cards in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. Black Waltz 2 is Fire-elemental while Black Waltz 3 is Lightning-elemental.
Black Waltz 3 and Black Waltz 2 appear on Triple Triad cards in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.
The waltz is a ballroom dance that is performed to triple time, meaning it will have three beats per measure or some number divisible by three. This is how Zidane knows there are only three Black Waltzes and no more, as Steiner initially feared.
- The logo of the progressive metal band, the Black Mages, features a Black Waltz. The logo has appeared in all three studio albums released by the band.
- In Final Fantasy XI, a specific player gesture associated with the Black Mage job involves sprouting large black wings and levitating above the ground for several seconds, quite possibly alluding to the Black Waltzes.