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...RAGE!
—Fujin

Fujin (風神, Fūjin?) is a character from Final Fantasy VIII, and a member of Balamb Garden's Disciplinary Committee, alongside Raijin and Seifer Almasy. Fujin's most distinguishable trait is her manner of speech, speaking in one-word sentences, usually shown in all-capitals in the text boxes (e.g. "RAGE!" or "LIAR!"), though later she is seen to speak more prominently, even saying an entire speech at one point. In the original Japanese release, she spoke completely in kanji characters. Fujin is 17 years old during Final Fantasy VIII.[1]

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Fujin wears an all-blue uniform with a metal pauldron over her left shoulder (mirroring the one worn by Raijin). She keeps her silver hair in a short, though unkempt, cut; and her left eye is covered by an eye patch.

Stoic and disciplined, though the shortest in stature among the Disciplinary Committee, Fujin is the most stringent to the rules than her two partners, who either forget them (Raijin) or outright disobey and/or rebel against them (Seifer). When acting under authority of the committee, it is usually Fujin who cites the rules being broken, allowing her comrades to then pursue the students violating them.

Preferring efficiency, Fujin dislikes "small talk" and will cut her sentences down to the bare minimum needed to get a point across resulting in various one-word statements or exclamations.

Fujin is devoted to her two friends and will gladly go out of her way to help and/or support either one of them, even if, at times, their respective behaviors cause her frustration.

StoryEdit

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Fujin over Squall's graduation.

POSSE... We are. We always will be. Because we're a posse, we want to help you. Whatever it takes to fulfill your dream, we're willing to do. But... You're being manipulated, Seifer. You've lost yourself and your dream. You're just eating out of someone's hand. We want the old you back! Since we can't get through to you, all we have now to rely on is Squall! It's sad... Sad that we only have Squall to rely on... Seifer! Are you still gonna keep goin'?
—Fujin to Seifer, the only time in the game she speaks in full sentences.

Not much is known of Fujin's past. She was enrolled at Balamb Garden at some point and she, Raijin, and Seifer Almasy met and formed the Balamb Garden Disciplinary Committee. Rarely seen apart, the three bully their fellow students through punishment and detention. Their friendship is such that, when Seifer breaks out of the disciplinary room and goes rogue, Fujin and Raijin embark to find him despite the Garden already sending Quistis to do just that. Headmaster Cid gives Fujin and Raijin instructions to deliver new orders for Squall's party to Galbadia Garden's Master Martine.

At Galbadia Garden they do as they were asked and run across Squall, who informs the two Seifer has been executed for actions against Vinzer Deling, the president of Galbadia, but the two don't believe Seifer would go down so easily. When Squall's party returns to Balamb Garden under the threat from missiles they run into Fujin and Raijin who promise to assist Squall in evacuating the students, and are not seen again in the Garden after this event.

It is unknown when exactly Fujin and Raijin reunite with Seifer, but as he has become Sorceress Edea's Knight, Fujin and Raijin become generals of the Galbadian army to support him. Assisting in the search for Ellone the two encounter Squall again in Balamb during a Galbadian-induced lock-down, whereupon Squall defeats them, but lets them leave peacefully after Fujin and Raijin explain their reasons for continuing to follow Seifer: because Seifer has no other friends, and everyone at Galbadia is only taking orders from him because they fear the sorceress he serves, not because they are truly loyal.

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Fujin pleas with Seifer to stop.

During the Battle of the Gardens Fujin and Raijin run into Squall's party in the Galbadia Garden, but decide not to fight. Sorceress Edea is defeated and Fujin and Raijin assist Seifer as he embarks on resurrecting the Lunatic Pandora. The two begin to admit Seifer is no longer the friend they once knew and, when Squall arrives in Lunatic Pandora to rescue Ellone, they allow him to confront Seifer. Fujin makes an emotional plea for Seifer to stop what he is doing but Seifer claims it is too late to go back, and wishes them a good life, before he fights Squall one last time.

After Squall and his party go into the future to defeat Ultimecia, Fujin and Raijin go fishing together with Seifer, who has returned to being the friend they remember him being. After Raijin shows off a fish he has caught, Fujin kicks him off the pier into the sea, much to Seifer's amusement.

BattleEdit

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Main article: Fujin (Boss)

Fujin is fought twice: First in Balamb and second in the Lunatic Pandora. Both times she utilizes a chakram-type weapon and uses wind para-magic. The Guardian Force Pandemona can be drawn from her in battle.

Triple TriadEdit

Fujin, Raijin
TTFujinRaijin Element None
Refine 1 refines into 1 X-Potion
Drop N/A
Card Jelleye, Iron Giant
Level 6 (Boss Cards) Win Grease Monkey in Fishermans Horizon, Cid Kramer, Laguna Loire, Lecture room student Galbadia Gardenn Prisoner in D-District Prison.


Other AppearancesEdit

Pocket Station Memorycard IconsEdit

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An icon sprite of Fujin appears in the Pocket Station memorycard file manager.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Fujin TCG

Fujin appears in the trading card game with a wind-elemental card with her Tetsuya Nomura character artwork. Fujin is also associated with wind in Final Fantasy VIII, using wind magic and possessing the wind GF Pandemona.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit

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For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Fuu

A younger Fujin appears in Kingdom Hearts II, along with Seifer, Raijin, and Final Fantasy IX's Vivi. The four make up the "Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee". She is referred to as "Fuu", and continues to speak using as few words as possible, though what she says is no longer in all capitals. She, along with Seifer and Raijin, sees Sora as a rival at first, but once he saves them from the Nobodies the trio becomes more respectful towards him. Her eye is not covered by a patch, instead covered by long bangs.

Fujin is voiced by Rio Natsuki in the Japanese version. In the English release, she is voiced by Jillian Bowen.


GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Fujin is the name of the Japanese wind god; but the correct spelling is Fuujin (Fūjin). This explains her use of wind-based attacks, and why any wind-based attacks or magic will heal her. The player can also draw the game's wind-type Guardian Force, Pandemona.

In Chinese Buddhism, a legend states that Fuujin and Raijin were both originally evil demons who opposed Buddha. They were captured in battle with Buddha's army of heaven, and have worked as gods since then.

TriviaEdit

  • Fujin, along with Raijin, was initially designed to appear in Final Fantasy VII, but the inclusion of the Turks saw their presence unnecessary and they were shelved until Final Fantasy VIII.[2]

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