|Job||Dark Knight > Paladin|
|Skill||Darkness (Dark Knight)|
White Magic, Cover (Paladin)
|Age||20 (Final Fantasy IV)|
37 (The After Years)
|Height||5' 10" (1.78 m)|
|Weight||128 lbs. (58 kg)|
|Final Fantasy IV Character|
- "The mysterious young man who possesses unsurpassable skills in swordsmanship and airship navigation."
Cecil Harvey is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy IV, who also appears in the sequel Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, and their interquel Final Fantasy IV -Interlude- that bridges the gap between the two games. Cecil is unique in being one of the few characters in the series to change his job during the game, starting out as a Dark Knight, but after a trial and the battle with the first of the Four Elemental Archfiends, transforms into a Paladin.
In the English version of the 3d remake originally released for Nintendo DS, as well as in Dissidia Final Fantasy, Cecil is pronounced /ˈsɛsɪ̈l/ (seh-sil), as opposed to /ˈsiːsɪ̈l/ (see-sil), the pronunciation more commonly found in North American English. The Japanese form セシル (Seshiru) seems to back this up. However, the bonus disc included with Final Fantasy XII's collector's edition pronounces it the other way.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- "I've worn this darkened armor for so long now, there's no mote of light left in me. Not even... in my heart."
- —Cecil to Rosa
Cecil is a young man who wears dark armor that covers his body and face while he is a Dark Knight (in the 3D version the in-game render shows his eyes, however). When he becomes a Paladin, Cecil wears a blue and white armor that reveals his appearance: shoulder-length white hair, blue eyes, pale skin, and a tinge of purple on his lips. Even though Fusoya claims Cecil resembles his father, Kluya, in his youth, it is stated Cecil greatly resembles his mother, Cecilia, even being named after her.
In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Cecil wears a suit of white armor, but with dark spikes on the knees and pauldrons, and also a brown cloak with blue stripes around the neck.
During Final Fantasy IV, Cecil is a strong and gifted knight, gaining the respect and admiration of his men during his time as captain of the Red Wings. Although being raised by the King of Baron, Cecil is modest and shy having difficulty showing his emotions to others. His most remarkable traits are his bravery and firm beliefs. Towards his friends Cecil is loyal and exceptionally forgiving, able to forgive even those who betray him.
During Dissidia Final Fantasy, Cecil is insecure regarding the way to obtain the crystals. Like in Final Fantasy IV, he cherishes his bonds with his companions, especially Tidus, Firion, and Cloud, with whom he travels for most of the game, and believes that fighting together is the way to succeed.
Cecil's relationship with his opposing villain, Golbez, deepens during the game; Cecil is respectful of him, listening to his advice and believing in his inner goodness while asking him to join the Warriors of Cosmos. Cecil is protective of Golbez as shown when he defends him against Exdeath.
Cecil was born to a Lunarian named Kluya and Cecilia from Earth. Cecil's father was killed before he was born, and his mother died in labor. His older brother Theodor ran away with him, but abandoned him outside Baron. The King of Baron found him and named him Cecil, since he resembled his late mother.
Cecil was raised by the king, which initially caused friction between him and the young Kain Highwind. Kain thought Cecil received special treatment and wanted to fight him, but Rosa intervened. As the three grew up, they became close friends. Kain and Rosa followed in the footsteps of their parents and became a Dragoon and a White Mage respectively, while the king had Cecil train to be a Dark Knight. Cecil harnessed the job's dark powers and became one of the kingdom's top warriors. He later became the captain of Baron's airship fleet, the Red Wings.
- "Stay back. This is a fight for me and me alone."
- —Cecil, confronting his dark side.
The story opens with Cecil commanding a raid on the city of Mysidia to steal the Water Crystal for the king. He succeeds, but he and his crew become suspicious of the king, wondering whether robbing national treasures from innocent people is right. Cecil reminds his crew they are the Red Wings, and must represent Baron at all times.
When Cecil returns to Baron Castle, Baigan, the captain of the guards of Baron, notices something strange about Cecil, and takes Cecil to meet the king. Cecil hands over the Crystal, and is appalled when the king does not even thank him. Cecil complains he and his crew do not understand the reasons for robbing Crystals from innocent people.
The king discharges Cecil from the captainship and orders him to hunt summoned monsters in the Mist Valley, and to deliver a ring known as the Carnelian Signet to the village of Mist. Kain comes to Cecil's defense, but to no avail, as the king orders him to accompany Cecil. That night, Rosa comes to Cecil's room to show him her sympathy. Cecil is upset because he is torn between doing what he believes in and doing what the king orders. He swears to never perform another act of evil on behalf of Baron and states that despite loving Rosa, he knows they can never be together because of his profession as a Dark Knight.
The next morning Cecil and Kain leave for Mist. They pass through the Mist Cave where a voice orders them to return to Baron and when Cecil and Kain refuse, the mist gathers and the pair has to fight the Mist Dragon. After slaying the dragon they head to Mist, but the package they were supposed to deliver opens and bombs fly out and burn the village. Cecil and Kain see a little girl with her dead mother who explains that whenever a summoned monster dies, the summoner who summoned it dies as well. When Cecil and Kain realize they defeated the Mist Dragon and thus accidentally killed the girl's mother, they offer to take her to safety and pledge not to follow any more orders from the king. She does not listen and summons Titan and an earthquake makes an avalanche separate Mist from the rest of the valley.
Cecil wakes up with Kain gone and the girl lying wounded. Cecil takes her to Kaipo and allows her to recover at the inn, but she does not speak to Cecil. That night soldiers from Baron arrive at Kaipo and demand Cecil hand over the girl, saying the king decreed the Summoners of Mist too dangerous to be left alive. Cecil does not allow the soldiers to kidnap her, and fights them off. The next morning the girl thanks Cecil for protecting her, reveals herself to be Rydia of Mist and joins Cecil's party formally.
Cecil and Rydia hear of a sick girl from Baron who had contracted Desert Fever and find Rosa resting in a nearby home. The doctors say they have to find the Sand Pearl to cure her and Cecil and Rydia go north through the Underground Waterway to Damcyan meeting an old man, Tellah, on the way. The three arrive at Damcyan in time to see the Red Wings, now commanded by Golbez, steal the Fire Crystal and find Tellah's daughter, Anna, who soon dies of her wounds. Tellah vows to get vengeance on Golbez and leaves despite Cecil's protests.
Anna's lover, Prince Edward, mourns for her death but Cecil and Rydia snap him out of it. Cecil tells him he is now the king of Damcyan and must act as such. Edward agrees to take them to the Antlion's Den where the Sand Pearl is found. They return to Kaipo and use the Sand Pearl to cure Rosa and decide to defend the remaining Crystals deducing the Air Crystal in Fabul is the next target.
To reach Fabul they must cross Mt. Hobs, and on top of the mountain the party finds a Monk named Yang Fang Leiden fighting off Golbez's troops. Cecil and his friends help Yang defeat them. Cecil warns Yang of the danger ahead, and joins Yang in the journey back to Fabul.
In Fabul, Yang warns the king of Baron's incoming attack, and Cecil and Edward back him up. The king is skeptical because he cannot trust the Dark Knight Cecil. Yang convinces him of Cecil's loyalty, and Cecil, Yang, and Edward help defend the castle with Rosa and Rydia put on relief. After the battle against the Baronian army, Kain, who is now working for Golbez, corners Cecil in the Crystal Room. The two duel, but Cecil fails to beat Kain. Golbez defeats Edward and Yang and takes Rosa hostage. Kain takes the Crystal and leaves.
Cecil decides to sneak into Baron and get an airship from Cid Pollendina, who was also skeptical of Baron's activities. The party boards a ship provided by the king of Fabul and set sail to Baron, but on the way the ship is attacked by Leviathan, the Terror of the Sea. Cecil, Rydia, Edward, and Yang are all blown off the ship.
Cecil lands on a beach near Mysidia, the town he raided as the captain of the Red Wings, and learns he is unwanted. Cecil meets the Elder of Mysidia and tells him his plight. The Elder tells Cecil if he wants to defeat Golbez he would have to relinquish his Dark Sword and acquire the acceptance of the Holy Light by becoming a Paladin. Cecil accepts the challenge, and the Elder sends him to Mount Ordeals with Palom, a Black Mage, and Porom, a White Mage. On Mount Ordeals they meet Tellah again, who has been searching for the legendary magic Meteor to defeat Golbez.
Tellah agrees to help them and at the top of the mountain they arrive at a room full of mirrors, and a mysterious light who refers to Cecil as "my son" commands him to take a sword, which transforms him into a Paladin. Cecil has to overcome his former feelings of hatred by facing himself as a Dark Knight. Succeeding by not raising his sword against his darkness, Cecil becomes a full-fledged Paladin. Tellah also learns Meteor at this time, but finds he is not strong enough to cast it.
Cecil, Tellah, Palom, and Porom return to Mysidia where the Elder congratulates them and speaks of the Mysidian Legend of the sword Cecil now holds, and how only a chosen one can wield it. Cecil agrees to defeat Golbez and asks the Elder to open the Devil's Road to Baron, and the Elder obliges. In Baron, Cecil and his friends learn Cid has a new airship, but was arrested when he refused to let the king see it. Cecil tries to enter the castle, but the guards stop him.
Cecil overhears a martial-artist was invited to be an officer in Baron, and that he was hanging out at the inn. Cecil discovers it is Yang who orders the guards to attack Cecil, and then attacks him himself. Cecil snaps Yang back to reality, and Yang realizes he was under the control of the king of Baron the whole time. Yang rejoins Cecil's party and finds the Key of Baron in his pocket, which the party use to enter Baron Castle via the Ancient Waterway.
Cecil's party reach the castle and meet up with Baigan who tells Cecil he is not under Golbez's control, and that he is loyal only to the King of Baron. He offers to help Cecil, and Cecil accepts it, but Palom and Porom smell a monster in the area and point Baigan out as the monster. Cecil's party fights Baigan, and Cecil proceeds to meet the king who is upset Cecil has become a Paladin. When Cecil mentions the king of Baron's true name, the king lets out that he killed the real king, and Cecil demands the king reveal himself.
The king is Cagnazzo, the Archfiend of Water, whom Cecil's party defeat in battle. Cid escapes prison and joins Cecil's party, but Cagnazzo has one last trick up his sleeve; when Cecil tries to escape, the walls cave in. Palom and Porom save Cecil's party by petrifying themselves to hold the walls back. Tellah tries to heal them, but to no avail, and Cid takes them to his newest airship: the Enterprise.
Kain issues an ultimatum to Cecil: Cecil would have to get the Earth Crystal in Troia or Rosa would die. Cecil has no choice but to go to Troia where he learns from the Epopts that the Dark Elf, a monster who lives in Lodestone Cavern to the north, has stolen the Crystal. He finds Edward recovering from the Leviathan attack who gives Cecil a Whisperweed as he is too weak to help Cecil out.
Cecil's party heads to the cave to meet with the Dark Elf, but the cave is covered in a magnetic field and Cecil and his friends cannot equip metallic weapons or armor. The Dark Elf thus defeats Cecil. Edward senses this and plays a melody on his harp. The Whisperweed reacts and the Dark Elf loses control of himself and Cecil can attack him with his sword. Cecil reclaims the Earth Crystal and he and his party head back to Troia, where Kain makes him get on the Enterprise.
Kain guides Cecil's party to the Tower of Zot where Golbez is holding Rosa prisoner. Cecil's party climb the tower and meet Golbez at the top who takes the Crystal but would not free Rosa. Tellah attacks with Meteor, severely wounding Golbez. Cecil rushes forward to strike, but Golbez knocks him down. As Golbez is about to strike the finishing blow he stops and backs away from Cecil, realizing Cecil is his younger brother. Cecil is surprised Golbez has stopped and Golbez tells Cecil it is not over, and escapes. Everyone surrounds Tellah, who is dying due to the effects of casting Meteor. He asks Cecil, Yang, and Cid to avenge Anna for him, and dies.Kain is now free of Golbez's control and takes the party to Rosa and Cecil shares a kiss with her. Rosa and Kain join the group, but they cannot escape the tower without fighting Barbariccia, the Archfiend of Air. Before she dies, Barbariccia tries to kill the party by collapsing the tower, but Rosa casts the Exit spell and the party is warped to Cecil's room in Baron.
It looks like Golbez now possesses all four Crystals, but Kain speaks of the Dark Crystals hidden in the Underworld and explains Golbez needs the Crystals to open "the way to the Moon". Cecil decides to head underground to protect the remaining Crystals and Kain shows Cecil the Key of Magma used to enter the Underworld.
Cid tells the party the Enterprise is back in Baron due to a remote control feature. The party head for the town of Agart and throw the Key of Magma in the well, which opens the way to the Underworld. The party enter the Underworld via the Enterprise, but they are too late; the Red Wings are already battling tanks the dwarves use for war.
The Enterprise is damaged and Cecil's party seek help from the dwarves in their castle where they meet King Giott, the ruler of the dwarves. He asks the party for help, but Cid has to take a leave of absence to repair the Enterprise and wrap its body in Mystic Silver to help the airship withstand the intense heat of the Underworld. Yang senses something in the Crystal Room behind the throne and Giott opens it up for Cecil's party. They find Luca's dolls, known as the Calcabrina, under Golbez's control and Cecil's party defeats them.
Golbez shows up and places the party in a magical hold. He summons the Shadow Dragon to eliminate each party member one by one except for Cecil. The Mist Dragon appears and defeats the Shadow Dragon releasing Cecil and an adult Rydia appears and defeats Golbez. The party, Cecil and Rosa in particular, are happy to see Rydia who has been living in the Feymarch and thus aged into adulthood in a faster pace than normal, and she offers her help. The weakened Golbez still steals the Crystal and escapes.
The party heads for the Tower of Babil to get the other Crystals back and find Dr. Lugae, a scientist under Golbez working with Rubicante, the Archfiend of Fire. Rubicante is teleported away and Cecil's party defeats Lugae. The party finds the key to stopping the Super Cannon, but when they reach the Super Cannon its operators would not go down without a fight or making the cannon unstoppable. Yang is determined to stop the cannon himself, and is left behind.
Golbez catches the party escaping the tower and drops them off a bridge. Cid catches them on the Enterprise before they fall into the lava. The Red Wings chase the Enterprise, and Cid sacrifices himself to save the party and the airship, which escapes the Underground back into the Overworld. Before he jumps off the Enterprise Cid asks Cecil to return to Baron and talk to his workers. Cecil does so, and the workers attach a hook to the airship used to pick up and carry the Hovercraft which is used to enter Cave of Eblan.
In the cave the party finds Rubicante fighting Edge, the prince of Eblan. Rubicante defeats Edge and the party tries to convince him to join them. Edge agrees to join because he has taken a liking to Rydia, albeit she is not impressed with Edge's flirting.
The party enters the upper half of the Tower of Babil and find Edge's parents at the top murdered by Rubicante and transformed into monsters by Dr. Lugae. Edge brings them to their senses and Rubicante appears and attacks the party. Cecil's party defeats him and enters the Crystal Room, where they fall back to the Underground and find a new airship: the Falcon.
The Falcon cannot fly over the lava, so the party heads back to the Dwarves' Castle to visit King Giott who says it is time to defend the last Crystal in the Sealed Cave. He gives Cecil's party the key to opening the cave, which is the necklace of his daughter Luca. To get the Falcon to fly over the lava Cecil heads for the hospital to find Cid recovering who remodels the airship.
The party heads for the Sealed Cave and work their way to the bottom where they find the Crystal. Golbez possesses Kain who steals the Crystal and runs off. The party heads back to the Upper World (after Cid attaches a drill to the head of the Falcon) and heads for Mysidia, where the Elder prays for something to help the party. That something is the Lunar Whale, the "Ship of Light from The Moon", which lets the party fly to the Moon.
On the Moon the party finds a palace where a man named Fusoya sleeps. Fusoya wakes up and explains Golbez is being controlled by a Lunarian named Zemus and reveals the real reason Golbez is gathering the Crystals: the Crystals are the key to activating the Giant of Babil which can grant wishes. Zemus wishes for the Earth to be destroyed, and he is using Golbez to do it. The party returns to Earth with Fusoya, but they are too late: the Giant of Babil has awakened, and goes on a destructive spree.
A fully-recovered Cid leads an army of leaders from all over the world, as well as Cecil's friends, to do battle with the Giant. They help Cecil and his friends enter the Giant and after defeating the CPU an angry Golbez appears. Fusoya knocks Golbez back to reality and Cecil learns he is his older brother, Theodor. Fusoya and Golbez head to the Moon to fight Zemus, and Kain rejoins the party.
On the Lunar Whale Cecil asks Rydia and Rosa to leave the ship, as he feels it is too dangerous for them to go to the Moon. They oblige but stow away to the Moon anyway, and convince Cecil they should join. Rosa asks Cecil who would heal the wounds, and Rydia believes they are all fighting for the common cause. Cecil agrees to have them on the team and they head to the Lunar Core where they witness Fusoya and Golbez defeat Zemus. The hatred possessing Zemus, Zeromus, jumps out and attacks the party. With help from old friends, they defeat Zeromus using the crystal.
Back on Earth Cecil and Rosa marry and take the throne of Baron with all but Kain attending.
While attending the ceremony of Damcyan's reconstruction, Cecil joins Yang in investigating an incident at Mt. Hobbs by the Dad Bomb. Saving the two monks, Cecil accompanies Yang to Fabul and learns of Ursula being born, naming the baby girl as her godfather. The Falcon arrives and Cecil joins Cid, Palom, Porom and Luca in dealing with the monsters emerging from the Sealed Cave while Rosa remains in Fabul.
Finding Rydia, Cecil takes her to the Tower of Babil where he and the twins lose her and Edge comes to their aid. Upon finding her, Edge realizes it is not the real Rydia and the group nearly lose to her until the real Rydia arrives, and they defeat the imposter together. Though he never finds out the fake Rydia's true identity, Cecil learns Rosa is to bear him a child and reveals the news to his friends.
- "A paladin of Lunarian ancestry. Ascending to the throne of Baron has done nothing to change the love he has for his people, and both the military and his citizens trust him deeply."
- —Game Description
Seventeen years later Cecil rules over Baron with Rosa as his queen and their son Ceodore as prince. While Ceodore is at Mythril training to be a knight, Baron Castle is attacked by monsters. Cecil, Rosa and Cid fight them off but Cecil has Cid take Rosa away to Damcyan via airship when their numbers don't relent. Shortly after a Mysterious Girl arrives, riding Bahamut, and unleashes him on Cecil, who slumps down.
Soon after, Ceodore returns to Baron with a Hooded Man who rescued him from monsters after his airship crashed, and the two find Baron peaceful again, the townsfolk claiming Cecil fended off the monsters. When the two sneak into the castle the Hooded Man finds Cecil in the throne room, not recognizing him and acting strangely. Suspicious and unwilling to let Ceodore see his father this way, the Hooded Man takes him out of the castle and they flee Baron. However, Cecil is also suspicious of him and sends soldiers to pursue them.
Word spreads among the inhabitants of the world that Baron's Red Wings are again attacking kingdoms and stealing Crystals, and several of the former heroes seek to travel to Baron to investigate. Edward sails to Baron and meets with Cecil when Cecil orders Damcyan to leave the investigation of the meteor impact to Baron. Though Cecil acts strangely, he is reassuring and friendly and gives Edward a gift to take home to Damcyan. Edward in turn gives Cecil a bouquet of flowers and Cecil not recognizing them alerts him that something is wrong - the flowers are Whisperweed, and if Cecil was himself he would recognize them. Edward eavesdrops on Cecil through the Whisperweed, the conversation revealing he is working with the Mysterious Girl to seize the Crystals, and the item he has given Edward is a Carnelian Signet.
Ceodore, Rosa, Kain, Cid and Edward confront Cecil at Baron Castle. Cecil engages them using the Mysterious Girl's power to summon Odin, but Odin, being the spirit of the former King of Baron, recognizes his enemies as "[his] children of Baron" and returns to his senses, refusing to harm them. He strikes down Cecil breaking the Mysterious Girl's hold on him, but rendering Cecil in a pseudo-comatose state. Unable to speak but for grunts and moans, Cecil's abilities in battle are hampered. The party travels to the True Moon to follow the Mysterious Girl, hoping to find the answer to restoring Cecil's mind.
In the Subterrane the group comes upon a Dark Knight who attacks them, claiming to be the true Cecil. Cecil protects them from its blows, and is protected himself by Golbez. Rosa and Ceodore help Golbez stand against the Dark Knight and ultimately, Cecil comes to his son's aid to save his life. Cecil absorbs the Dark Knight as the embodiment of his repressed darkness, and is restored to his senses and power.
After the Creator's destruction and the True Moon's departure Cecil returns to his throne as the King of Baron and continues to train his son Ceodore as a knight.
Final Fantasy IVEdit
As a Dark Knight, Cecil's stats are heavily weighted physically, and he has barely any Magic Defense. As a Dark Knight he has low MP and Spirit. In the DS version he can boost his attack power with the Darkness ability, but at the cost of health.
Once Cecil becomes a Paladin, his stats increase, especially in Magic Defense and Spirit. Though Cecil loses all his levels when he becomes a Paladin, a Level 1 Paladin Cecil has 600 HP, more than even a Level 20 Dark Knight Cecil. Cecil can use White Magic as a Paladin, but his magic stats are not high, making him a mediocre support healer or someone to take damage for the team.
Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit
Cecil's HP and Strength growth are among the highest in the game, making him an excellent attacker, but his Spirit is low, so he cannot make good use of his White Magic.
Final Fantasy IVEdit
As a Dark Knight Cecil uses the Darkness ability, which damages all opponents with waves of dark-elemental energy fired from his blade. Cecil takes a small amount of damage whenever he uses this attack. In the DS version, Darkness is a buffing ability that envelopes its user in a dark aura that increases the amount of damage caused by regular attacks, at the cost of a small amount of HP being lost every round.
Once Cecil becomes a Paladin he can use Cover, which allows him to intercept physical attacks against the ally Cover is targeting. Cecil automatically uses this ability to protect any ally whose HP is low. Cecil will stop covering, active or passive, when his own HP is critical. He can use some basic White Magic and in the DS release he learns several more spells as well as fighting techniques using augments. His intellect stats decrease his effectiveness with some of those skills. The spells he can learn are listed below.
Cecil retains his White Magic and Cover skills. He joins the party at Level 32, and he already knows all his spells. He comes equipped with a Mythril Sword, Mythril Helm, Fire Armor, and Mythril Gloves.
Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit
Cecil retains his White Magic and Cover abilities. Cover works like in Final Fantasy IV, but Cecil's pool of White Magic is smaller. He has a wide variety of Band abilities and can fit well into several party line-ups.
||15||Slice a single enemy with a sword wreathed in holy power.|
||7||Cause massive damage to machine-type enemies.|
||40||Cecil borrows the power of Odin to cut through all enemies.|
||13||Attack one enemy to the beat of the music.|
||35||Petrifies and shatters all enemies.|
||15||Sword and fist strike at a single enemy.|
|Sword and Fist||
||30||Combine the power of four to strike a single enemy. Can break damage limit.|
||45||Attack a single enemy with sword and spear.|
||20||Cast Curaja, Protect, Shell and Haste on users.|
||35||Three fighters combine to attack one enemy. Can break damage limit.|
||20||Slows down all enemies.|
||50||Inflicts non-elemental magic damage on all enemies.|
||40||Imbue your sword with magic and attack one enemy. Can break damage limit.|
||35||Two fighters slice away at a random number of enemies.|
||35||Strike all enemies with sword containing holy power.|
||30||Four kings join together for a combo attack. Can break damage limit.|
||40||Five fighters slice away at all enemies.|
||75||An offense/defense mix combining the powers of all five fighters. Damages all enemies and restores HP and status of party.|
Final Fantasy IVEdit
As a Dark Knight Cecil can only equip special swords, shields, and armor designed specifically for Dark Knights. His weapons are ineffective against Zombies, Ghouls, Revenants, and Skulnants. His most powerful Dark Sword, the Deathbringer, can inflict instant death on his opponents.
As a Paladin Cecil can equip swords, staves, bows and arrows, knives, and axes. Cecil can also equip most shields, hats, helmets, armor, tunics, rings, and gloves, not to mention his original ultimate weapon, the Ragnarok, and, if he proves himself worthy in his Lunar Trial, he can obtain the almighty Lightbringer.
Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit
|Swords||Daggers||Axes||Staves||Bows and Arrows|
Final Fantasy IVEdit
- Main article: Dark Knight (Final Fantasy IV)
Cecil's dark side attempts to stop him from becoming a paladin in Final Fantasy IV. He must be defeated at the chamber in Mount Ordeals.
Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit
- Main article: Cecil (The After Years Boss)
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Cecil's theme is called "The Red Wings", and it is mixed into the fanfare that plays when Cecil transforms into a Paladin. It plays during the opening scene on the airship and on the upper levels of the Lunar Subterrane.
- Main article: Cecil Harvey/Dissidia
Chaos has summoned a combined force of Final Fantasy's ultimate masters of evil, while Cosmos has summoned warriors to thwart their plans. Cecil is one of these warriors and stands as the hero representing Final Fantasy IV, opposing Golbez.
As one of two Warriors of Cosmos related to a villain by blood, Cecil is torn between his feelings for Golbez as a brother and as an enemy. Golbez offers him cryptic advice, which makes Cecil doubt his chosen path. The trials Golbez gives to Cecil reveal his true motivations and desires, which strengthen his resolve to confront his dark brother and reclaim his Crystal.
Cecil's alternate outfit is a palette swap based on his artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, recoloring his armor with red details and giving him an orange cape as a Paladin.
Cecil returns in the prequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy along with all other characters. He plays a small role in the plot, but is an influence on the decisions of Golbez and Kain. Golbez tells Kain about the cycles of war and that they recover their memories as they fight, which is why Cecil, being summoned to fight more recently than Golbez or Kain, cannot remember him. When Cecil confirms he cannot remember much about his home or his connection to Golbez, Kain realizes Golbez has told the truth, and this epiphany motivates Kain's actions for the rest of the storyline.
Cecil's second alternate outfit is based on his appearance in the FMVs of the 3d release of Final Fantasy IV, giving him lighter Dark Knight armor and silvery Paladin armor, both with symmetrical designs. As a bonus fourth outfit available with the purchase of Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Cecil takes on his sprite appearances with aspects of his super-deformed designs, giving him dark blue Dark Knight armor and gold and blue Paladin armor with spiked purple hair and a red cape.
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- "When a Lunarian of legend threatens his world, Cecil disbelieves that he can defeat such evil as a dark knight and turns aside from his shadowed past. As a paladin, he will fight, grieve, and risk all for the planet..."
- —Theatrhythm Final Fantasy CollectaCard description.
Cecil is a playable character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
|Cure||1||8||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 75%. Restores 10% of the HP gauge. Will only trigger once during a stage.|
|Cura||35||16||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 65%. Restores 20% of the HP gauge. Will only trigger once during a stage.|
|Curaga||65||25||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 50%. Restores 40% of the HP gauge. Will only trigger once during a stage.|
|Protect (Lv 1)||15||7||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 80%. Reduces damage taken by the party by 15%. Effect continues until the end of the stage.|
|Protect (Lv 2)||45||14||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 65%. Reduces damage taken by the party by 25%. Effect continues until the end of the stage.|
|Protect (Lv 3)||70||21||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 50%. Reduces damage taken by the party by 40%. Effect continues until the end of the stage.|
|Fire||5||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 30 Touches of Good or better score.|
|Fira||60||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 34 Touches of Good or better score.|
|Thunder||20||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 20 Slides of Good or better score.|
|Thundara||85||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 24 Slides of Good or better score.|
|Blizzard||10||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 12 Holds of Good or better score.|
|Blizzara||75||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 16 Holds of Good or better score.|
|Soul Shift||40||18||Reactive (Limit Break)||Used on BMS; Causes damage to every boss, in proportion to its Strenght and Magic.|
|HP Up (Lv 1)||1||4||Proactive (Augment)||HP+800|
|HP Up (Lv 2)||30||8||Proactive (Augment)||HP+1600|
|HP Up (Lv 3)||55||14||Proactive (Augment)||HP+2400|
|Dark (Lv 1)||25||5||Proactive (Special)||Strenght+25, but increases all damage taken by party by 10%.|
|Dark (Lv 2)||50||10||Proactive (Special)||Strenght+45, but increases all damage taken by party by 20%.|
|Dark (Lv 3)||80||16||Proactive (Special)||Strenght+75, but increases all damage taken by party by 30%.|
- "Captain of the Red Wings, Baron's airship fleet. Was once an elite Dark Knight, but became a Paladin after finding himself caught between King Baron's unreasonable orders and his own sense of justice."
- —Character Description
Cecil appears as a Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade and can use his Luminous Shard ability.
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- "This captain of the Red Wings has some issues with the King of Baron's authority."
Dark Knight Cecil is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content, he uses the Souleater during battle.
There are a few trading cards depicting Cecil in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game: one displays his paladin FMV render, another in his SD form, and the other is a Dissidia Final Fantasy artwork of his Paladin form. His cards are part of the Shine set.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Users in Square Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as either of Cecil's two known versions: Dark Knight Cecil or Paladin Cecil, both designed similar to Cecil's DS appearance.
Secret of EvermoreEdit
Cecil makes a cameo in Secret of Evermore in Ebon Keep. Cecil runs both the armor shop and the inn, and sells powerful medieval-themed equipment he claims to have acquired on his adventures, although none of them are actually items that appear in Final Fantasy IV.
When first met, Cecil asks the protagonist if he's heard of him, and makes reference to the events of Final Fantasy IV in his attempts to remind him - the player can choose to remember Cecil or not, and will receive a discount at his shop if they do. Cecil mentions he is still married to Rosa, although she does not appear in person, and gives the player their Bazooka weapon he found on a cliff. The music that plays in Ebon Keep is titled "Cecil's Town".
|Final Fantasy IV|
|Final Fantasy IV: The After Years|
|Dissidia Final Fantasy|
"Cecil" is a unisex name, derived from the elements caecus, meaning blind, and sextus, meaning sixth. Caecilius (Latin), Seissylt (Welsh), and Sextilius (Latin) are original forms of Cecil. In the medieval period, Cecil was sometimes used as an English form of the Latin Caecilius. The 3rd-century Saint Caecilius converted Saint Cyprian, who subsequently adopted Caecilius as an additional name. The name Cecilia is the female form of Cecil.
"Harvey" is from the Breton given name Haerviu, which meant "battle worthy" from Breton haer "battle" and viu "worthy". The name was introduced to England by Breton settlers after the Norman Conquest.
- A character named Cecil appears in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles as an NPC in Marr's Pass.
- Cecil is the only central protagonist in the series known to have married and have children, though several side characters have done so in other games, such as Lulu and Wakka.
- Cecil is referenced by Natsuki Takaya in one of her side columns in Fruits Basket Volume 5, showing her love of Final Fantasy.
- In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, the Paladin Armor is based upon Cecil's DS model, while the Paladin Helmet and Royal armor are modeled after his original SNES sprite.
- The Knight class from Final Fantasy III wears a similar head ornament to Cecil from the SNES version. Cecil on the Japanese box cover greatly resembles the Knight, as his hair and cape are colored red.
- Cecil is the first half-human main protagonist, as he is son of a Lunarian and a woman from Earth.
- Cecil is the first main protagonist to start off with a martial rank (captain) early in the game, a trend that would continue with Terra Branford, Cloud Strife (going by what is initially believed), Squall Leonhart, and Lightning.
|Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-|
|Cecil Harvey - Rosa Joanna Farrell - Rydia - Yang Fang Leiden - Cid Pollendina - Palom - Porom - Rydia? - Edge Geraldine|
|Temporary playable characters|
|Monk A, Monk B|
|Asura - Biggs and Wedge - Creator - Dancing Girl - Edward Chris von Muir - Elder of Mysidia - Kain Highwind - Gekkou - Giott - Leviathan - Luca - Sheila - Ursula - Zangetsu|
|Baron - Damcyan - Mount Hobs - Fabul - Eblan - Cave of Eblan|
|Feymarch - Sealed Cave - Tower of Babil - Developer's Office|
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|Abilities - Armor - Bestiary - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Items - Spells - Statuses - Translations - Walkthroughs - Weapons|