- “You should have... An older girlfriend, one that would take care of you. I think that would be the perfect type for you.”
- —Cloud's Mother on Cloud's love life
Cloud's Mother, also known as Mrs. Strife (夫人ストライフ, Fujin Sutoraifu?), is a minor character in Final Fantasy VII. She is Cloud Strife's mother and appears during his flashback to the Nibelheim Incident. Being Cloud's mother, she resembles him, with the same hair style and color only with an added ponytail. Cloud describes her as "vibrant".
Cloud's mother makes a brief cameo during Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, standing at the town's square, but Zack can only interact with her with generic dialogue. Zack receives mail from Cloud inviting him to come over to her house and try her cooking. Her overall look is different, but her facial textures are similar to her son's.
Cloud's mother raised him as a single parent, since Cloud's father disappeared when he was young. When Cloud left to join SOLDIER, she remains alone in her house in Nibelheim. When Cloud returns with Sephiroth in the fateful mission, Cloud meets with his mother who worries about him, especially concerning girls. Cloud's memory fails about the rest of the conversation.
Due to Cloud's fragmented memory of his meeting with her, it is likely Cloud's psyche has suppressed the actual details of the conversation to maintain continuity with his adopted persona of Zack Fair. When she supposes Cloud to have been made a SOLDIER, she remarks about his "SOLDIER" uniform. Cloud responds as if he needs to confess something, at which point the memory skips. This is likely because Cloud was actually wearing a Shinra MP uniform.
Because Cloud's mother is among the people killed when Sephiroth ravages Nibelheim, when Cloud visits his old house in the rebuilt Nibelheim he finds one of the stand-ins whom Professor Hojo employed as part of the cover-up, who claims she has lived there her whole life.
- According to the Crisis Core Complete Guide, her specialty dish is stew.
- Cloud's mother once told him to get an older girlfriend to take care of him. Aerith Gainsborough, one of the two women vying for Cloud's affection, is one year older than Cloud. The other woman, Tifa Lockhart is one year younger than Cloud. However, Cloud states he's not interested.
- In her concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura she is named "Claudia Strauss" and is said to be 33 years old.