- “There really isn't any deep meaning to it, we just wanted to make a character that would appear in various forms in all the games. I guess I've always had a soft spot for that kind of character. Cid is like Yoda from the Star Wars series--very intelligent and wise.”
- —Hironobu Sakaguchi in EGM2 August 1997.
Cid (シド, Shido?) is a character that has appeared, or been mentioned, in almost all Final Fantasy-related media; the main series, spinoffs, film and anime. Cid has become a Final Fantasy trademark, as with chocobos and moogles. He leads the list of recurring characters, which include Biggs and Wedge and Gilgamesh. However, each installment features a different Cid character, and his roles in the series range widely from a party member to a NPC to an antagonist.
In Final Fantasy tradition, Cid characters often have a group of distinct traits fans have come to expect. They are often mechanically minded and frequently portrayed as engineers or inventors. Cids are often the source of the airships the player uses toward the game's end, as its captain or its creator.
The Cid characters are sometimes partially responsible for the main conflict within the game as a result of his inventions or research being abused. If this is the case, he will often seek redemption by assisting the party. Cid is usually older than the main cast, sometimes by several decades, and they are thus portrayed as fatherly figures, sometimes as the biological, adoptive, or surrogate father of one of the main characters.
- Main article: Cid of the Lufaine
Cid does not appear in the original NES version. He is mentioned briefly in remakes, a retcon designed to extend the presence of Cid into every game of the core Final Fantasy series. Cid is described as the ancient Lufenian creator of the airship the Warriors of Light use.
- Main article: Cid (Final Fantasy II)
The original Cid. He began his career as one of Fynn's knights, but later acquired an airship and left Fynn's service to seek out his own fortune. Based out of Poft, Cid offers taxi service with his airship to Firion and the party. His airship is taken (with Princess Hilda aboard) by the Palamecian Empire's Dreadnought, but Firion and his friends rescue them, and the Dreadnought is destroyed. Later, Cid dies and gives his airship to Firion.
- Main article: Cid Haze
Cid Haze is a creator of airships on the floating continent, from the village of Canaan. He transforms the sailing ship into an airship and in the short time he accompanies the party, will occasionally attack with a hammer or use a Fire spell on all the enemies. Later, he helps save the Light Warriors from Xande.
In the 3D remake version of Final Fantasy III, Cid is involved in the Legendary Smith sidequest.
- Main article: Cid Pollendina
Cid Pollendina is a playable character and the first playable Cid in the series. The head of Baron's corps of engineers, Cid is a friend and mentor of both Cecil and Rosa. He designs the airships used by Baron's elite Red Wings corps, but develops misgivings about the King of Baron's methods. Cecil and Kain's exile, and the use of the Red Wings to destroy Damcyan, prove more than Cid can tolerate: he rebels against the King, is imprisoned for his treason, and is later freed by Cecil, joining his party.
Cid is a temporary character who doesn't make it into the final party.
Cid is a playable character at the ripe old age of 71. He fights alongside Cecil and Rosa to repel Baron's invasion and later accompanies Ceodore for the last portion of his journey.
- Main article: Cid Previa
Cid Previa and his grandson, Mid Previa, are engineers from Karnak who invented the machine which amplifies the power of the Crystals. In particular, they used the Fire Crystal to build the Fire-Powered Ship for Queen Karnak. The two later remodel an airship found in the Catapult.
Cid Previa reappears in Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals.
- Main article: Cid Del Norte Marquez
Cid Del Norte Marquez is a non-player character who invented Magitek technology for the Empire, a broad technological category that includes powered armor, weapons, and even pseudo-genetic engineering, all stemming from the extraction of magical essence from espers. He raised Celes as if she were his own daughter. Depending on the actions of the player, Cid either lives or dies.
- Main article: Cid Highwind
Cid Highwind is a playable character. A gifted mechanic and pilot, he constructs several of the vehicles used by the party in Final Fantasy VII, including the Tiny Bronco and his eponymous airship, the Highwind. Cid dreams of going into space; the player first encounters him in Rocket Town, a city built around Shinra's abandoned space program (of which Cid was a part).
He reappears as a non-playable character in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, in the CGI-movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and is mentioned off-hand in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. He also appears in the Kingdom Hearts series, making him the "Cid" of that game series as well.
- Main article: Cid Kramer
Cid reveals to Squall that Balamb Garden is capable of flight, fulfilling his traditional duty as a Cid to provide the player with a flying form of transportation.
- Main article: Cid Fabool IX
Cid Fabool IX is briefly playable during a non-battle sequence. He is the Regent of the city-state of Lindblum -- appropriately, a city of accomplished engineers, mechanics, and airship pilots. A fight with his wife, Hilda, over his issues of infidelity ended with his being transformed into an oglop.
Despite this handicap, Cid remains Lindblum's ruler, and his skill at designing airships has led the city to become the world's preeminent air power. He is transformed into a frog when the party attempts to cure him, but returns to his human form after his dispute with Hilda is resolved.
At the end of the game, Cid and Hilda adopt Eiko.
- Main article: Cid (Final Fantasy X)
Cid is the Al Bhed's leader, the father of Rikku and Brother, and Yuna's uncle. With the help of the other Al Bhed, he unearths an ancient airship at the Al Bhed excavation near Baaj Temple. Cid repairs and christens the ship Fahrenheit (name is only referenced in the Japanese and international versions). The airship is made available to the player as a mode of transportation late in Final Fantasy X, and is employed in battle with Evrae and Sin. Cid is voiced by Kōichi Sakaguchi in the Japanese version and Mike McShane in the English version.
In Final Fantasy X-2, he appears at the Zanarkand Ruins, selling clues to sphere hunters, coming into conflict with Yuna's misgivings about the area becoming a tourist attraction. He later appears on the Thunder Plains, helping the Al Bhed technicians recalibrate the lightning towers.
- Main article: Cid (Final Fantasy XI)
Cid is a non-player character in the nation of Bastok. He is a Hume and the most prominent engineer and inventor on the world of Vana'diel. He is found in the Bastok Metalworks in "Cid's Workshop". Cid has a close relationship with the owner of the Steaming Sheep Tavern, the bar in Bastok.
Cid is responsible for much of Bastok's success and prosperity in recent years, and as such has grown influential in the Republic. It is implied that one of the key factors behind President Hrichter Karst's election to office was Cid's backing. Player characters who come from Bastok can expect to do a few quests to help Cid acquire items to make his inventions.
- Main article: Cidolfus Demen Bunansa
Doctor Cidolfus Demen Bunansa is a non-playable character and, for the first time in the series, an antagonist and a boss battle. He is Archadia's chief researcher who leads the study of nethicite. Cid is the creator of most of Archadia's airships, including Sky Fortress Bahamut. Cid shares his surname with Mustadio and Besrudio from Final Fantasy Tactics.
There is another character with the name Cid, Al-Cid Margrace, a member of the Rozarrian ruling family. Unlike Dr Cid, Al-Cid is on the player team's side; however, he isn't the "Cid" of Final Fantasy XII, as only Doctor Cid has been confirmed by Akitoshi Kawazu and Yasumi Matsuno in interviews as being the game's "official" Cid.
- Main article: Cid Raines
Cid Raines is a Brigadier General in command of the Wide-area Response Brigade division of the Sanctum Guardian Corps, commanding the airship Lindblum. He is younger than previous Cids and initially prevents the player party from being arrested by the Sanctum, but his more complex role and motivations are revealed later.
In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, a soul trapped in the Sea of Chaos takes form of Cid and acts as the advocate of the souls of the dead. Cid reveals to Lightning the true nature of Chaos and hints at Bhunivelze's true intentions.
- Main article: Cid nan Garlond
- Main article: Cidolfus Orlandeau
Cidolfus Orlandeau, or Cidolfas Orlandu, is a playable character. Orlandeau, a Holy Swordsman, is the commander of the Knights of the Order of the Southern Sky and a long-time friend of Ramza Beoulve's father, Barbaneth. He becomes playable late in the game, and is the most powerful player character at the time of his recruitment. He has been referred to as Thunder God Cid, or T.G. Cid for short.
- Main article: Cid Randell
Judgemaster Cid Randell is Mewt Randell's father and in the fantasy world of Ivalice, he is the Judgemaster, leader of the Judges that enforce Ivalice's laws. He is playable only if specific conditions are met by the player.
- Main article: Cid (Tactics A2)
Al-Cid returns, this time as a playable character.
- Main article: Cid Aulstyne
Imperial Marshal Cid Aulstyne is the game's main antagonist, a first for a Cid character. He is the 76-year-old leader of the Milites Empire and has broken the world's peace treaty, Pax Codex, by sending l'Cie troops to attack other countries and destroy their crystals. He wields a sword.
- Main article: Moogle Brothers
Mogcid is a moogle in My Life as a King who pilots the Skysphere. He helps bring more families to Padarak. He is part of the group of moogle brothers who live in Padarak. Mogcid is the first time a Cid has appeared in the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series.
- Main article: Cid (The Crystal Bearers)
- Main article: Otto Cid Bekenstein
Cid is an non-playable character who lives in the windmill behind Horne. Cid was not affected by the curse and thus was not petrified along the other villagers. Cid plays no role in the storyline and the player needs the Magic Key to unlock his windmill's door. When spoken to, he will tell the player various statistics, such as play time and number of enemies slain.
Cid is the leader of the Empire's fleet of airships. He orders the Warriors to steal the crystal belonging to the kingdom of Lux. He leads a scientific project to create indestructible robots as soldiers for the emperor.
Dr. Lugae, the creator of this machine, loses control over a unit named Argy. Later on, Cid is defeated when he is unable to see the humanity in the robots and they turn on him. They do not kill him, but save his life before the explosion of the biggest flying ship in the game.
Cid of the Lufaine of Final Fantasy is the game's narrator, voiced by Bunta Sugawara in the Japanese version and Rodger Parsons in the English version. He is revealed to be the master behind the cycles of conflict, with a past connecting him to Chaos, Cosmos, and the Warrior of Light. This past is revealed in the Chaos Reports and Cosmos Reports, the latter of which are written by Cid himself.
One of the Mognet moogles is named "Mogcid", and is an airship fanatic who asks the player what their craft of choice is. He is enthusiastic if the player answers Gelnika or Fahrenheit, but is displeased with an answer of wyvern, decrying "Okay, so there is some romance in flying on the back of a dragon. But it ain't no airship, kupo!"
Cid Haze appears in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as the Smithy of Crystal weapons.
Cid Haze returns in Theatrhythm as a bonus character.
Cid Haze appears as a playable character and one of the representatives of Final Fantasy III.
Cid appears in Final Fantasy Record Keeper.
- Main article: Cid (Chocobo Series)
Cid has appeared in the Chocobo game series in two incarnations. The first incarnation appeared in Chocobo's Dungeon 2. The same appearance was retained in Chocobo Racing, albeit a different costume. He is also seen in Chocobo Stallion and Hataraku Chocobo, Japanese-exclusive Chocobo titles.
- Main article: Cid (Unlimited)
Cid in the Final Fantasy: Unlimited anime is an energetic young blond, a break in the tradition of old and wise Cids, though still as intelligent. He plays a supporting role as the starry-eyed inventor of various vehicles, weapons and equipment, all of which have feminine names. Cid is a member of the Comodeen, a resistance group which joins forces with the cast to defeat Earl Tyrant and his cadre of villains.
- Main article: Dr. Sid
Dr. Sid is the film's resident Cid character, though his name is spelled differently. He is a scientist to whom Aki, the protagonist, serves as the protege. He is voiced in the English version by Donald Sutherland.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
- For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Cid
Cid's Highwind incarnation from Final Fantasy VII appears as a non-playable character in the Kingdom Hearts series. He plays a crucial role in providing Sora's Gummi Ship along with translations of Ansem's Reports. Originally from Radiant Garden, he takes Leon, Yuffie, and Aerith with him when the world is taken over by Heartless.
Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket SlimeEdit
In one of the many recent Dragon Quest games after Enix's merging with Square, a Platypunk (a platypus monster) character named Ducktor Cid (CidMoja (シドもじゃ, ShidoMoja?)) in Japanese version) appears in Dragon Quest Heroes.
- Main article: w:c:lostodyssey:Sed
Sed is a playable character in the game Lost Odyssey. He is the mortal son of one of game's main protagonists, Seth Balmore, and in his younger years was a notorious Pirate.
Although the name differs slightly it can be considered the name Sed is derived from that of Cid in the Final Fantasy series as the creator of Lost Odyssey, Hironobu Sakaguchi, also worked on a number of the Final Fantasy games. This is backed up by Sed also providing both the main mechanical expertise in the party, and some of the vehicular support in the form of his ship, the Nautilus.
- Main article: w:c:imaginaryrange:Cid
Cid appears as the male protagonist of Imaginary Range where Cid still fulfills his role as an engineer/inventor. He can create and/or alter things using his "PAD" with the power of "IP". He calls his ability "miracle".
The word Cid derives from the Old Spanish loanword 'Çid', which comes from the dialectal Arabic word سيد sîdi or sayyid, which means "Lord" or "Master".
- A character in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was named after the recurring Cid character as a response to the Final Fantasy series taking names from Star Wars characters (e.g, Biggs and Wedge).
- ↑ facebook.com/notes/star-wars-sourcebooks/creating-naming-the-naboos-finest-rogues-gallery-star-wars-insider-145/630688876981223