Chicken is a status effect in Final Fantasy Tactics. It happens when a character's Bravery (Brave in the original version) is below 10. The character literally turns into a chicken, and runs away from all units, each turn restores its Bravery by 1. The status is removed when the Bravery stat is above 10. Characters attacking a chicken will receive a Physical Attack bonus (new PA = [PA * 3/2]).
Weapon attacks that normally have a vertical 3 tolerance when attacking from above will only have a vertical 2 tolerance if the target is a Chicken. Three ways to achieve this status are the Orator's Intimidate which lowers a unit's Bravery by 20 with high success rate, Beowulf's Spellblade ability, Chicken which lowers a unit's Bravery stat by 50 and the Mystic's ability, Trepidation which lowers Bravery of one target by 30 and can be calculated. While some enemies are immune to Chicken status, immunity only prevents the unit from transforming into a chicken but the Bravery may still drop below 10, weakening the chance for executing their Reaction Ability.
The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. As one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs.
Chicken also refers to a person who is cowardly.