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Grim Reaper FFIX Art

Concept art of the Grim Reaper in Final Fantasy IX.

The Grim Reaper (死神, Shinigami?)[1] is a recurring motif in the Final Fantasy series. A psychopomp and personification of death, its appearance differs in every installment, but shares a distinct similarity: a reaper is summoned whenever someone uses the spells Death or Doom, more frequently the former.

AppearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

I

FFI-Reaper

The Grim Reaper in its first appearance is summoned through the spell Death (called RUB in the NES version and Reaper in the Origins version). A skeletal figure wearing a red cape beckons the target's soul and slices it down with its scythe. Or, if using another spell, it throws back its cloak, and four skulls emerge, attach to the soul, and fly upwards.

Final Fantasy IIEdit

II

FFII Curse

Grim Reapers.

Multiple Grim Reapers appear during the spell animation for Curse. They are skeletal blue-hooded floating figures with scythes.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

IV

FFIV-Reaper

The Black Magic spells Doom and Death summon the Grim Reaper upon the target. The Reaper appears shrouded in black, has a skull with red eyes, and carries a dark scythe. In the Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, the Reaper looks like an famished man with a skull for a head covered in a ghostly white shroud. He is also mentioned in Kain's Lunar Trial, as Dark Kain's shrouded appearance and polearm remind the townsfolk of the legendary Grim Reaper.

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

FFIV-I- The Grim Reaper's depiction remains the same.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

FFIVTAY The Grim Reaper's depiction remains the same.

Final Fantasy VEdit

V

FFV Grim Reaper Sprite iOS

The Blue Magic Doom summons the Grim Reaper. Hitodama appear around the target, followed by the Reaper floating away. The Reaper is dressed in faded red robes and carries a silver-colored scythe. It also appears when the player uses Predict and it generates the Pestilence effect.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

VI

FF6 Reaper

The Death spell summons the Grim Reaper. In its red cloak and a scythe, it appears out of thin air and carries the target's soul skywards while laughing.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

VII

GrimReaper-ffvii-battle

The Death spell from the Destruct Materia (also seen in Cait Sith's attack "Game Over" from his "Slots" Limit Break) summons the Grim Reaper. Its appearance is more machine-like, its head placed in a red saucer, abstracting its red cloak, and its arms oversized, with its right arm an outright scythe and its left arm large, with a crest with the kanji for death on its hand. The Grim Reaper emerges from black smoke and slashes its scythe across the target. These are the only ways to summon the Reaper; other Death spells, such as Doom, summon an elongated skull instead.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

VIII

FFVIII-Reaper

Final Fantasy VIII.

The Grim Reaper's appearance differs greatly from before, with its color scheme being black, red, and purple. It has a dark, mouth-less head and wears a horned skull. Its back has bat-like wings, and its red hands carry a darkened scythe. It is summoned using the spell Death and the command Doom.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

IX

FFIX Death

Final Fantasy IX.

The Grim Reaper wears brownish robes of Middle Age attire with a skull as its head. It appears with four spells: Lv5 Death, Death, Doom, and Roulette. There was a design for an alternate Grim Reaper to be summoned during the final battle, but this idea was scrapped. It appears to have been a precursor for the Hades, which appears as a superboss in the final game.

Final Fantasy XEdit

X

FFX-Reaper

The Grim Reaper's appearance is similar to the Malaysian penanggal: a bodiless shriveled head. It wears a horned headdress and a cape, and has only a clawed left hand. With that clawed hand it reaches into the target, extracting its soul and crushing it, killing the target.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

XIII-2

FFXIII-2 Mog Clock 3

Final Fantasy XIII-2.

When a player runs out of time in the Mog Clock a battle is initiated where the player cannot escape. Images of skulls shrouded in black mist appear on the screen during the battle transition, representing the idea of a Grim Reaper.

Also, Cie'th Gorgyra resembles a Grim Reaper and can even cast Doom.

Final Fantasy Versus XIIIEdit

Etro's-painting-FFVersusXIII

Grim Reaper holding a painting of Etro.

A large Grim Reaper statue held a painting of goddess Etro, who is known as the goddess of death. Worship of the Grim Reaper was to be a theme in Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but had to be toned down for Final Fantasy XV due to ratings concerns in certain countries. Explicit references were replaced by having the color black be special in the kingdom of Lucis. For example, the main cast dress in this color.[2] A winged skull motifLucis-Emblem still recurs within crests and banners in Lucis in Final Fantasy XV, and the main cast has skull motifs on their outfits.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

TA

FFTA-Reaper

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

Grim Reaper appears when the Doom counter expires or Level 5 Death is used on a susceptible target by Jawbreaker or a Morpher using their powers. It will appear above the target, laugh maniacally and then draw the target's soul towards it, KOing them.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit

TA2

FFTA2Reaper

Final Fantasy Tactics A2.

When the Death spell is used several Grim Reapers fly over the battlefield, which turns red. It also appears when the Doom counter reaches zero, when Doom is inflicted via Sniper's Death Sickle, and when instant kill moves such as the Parivir's Lifethread Blade are used. It flies onto the battlefield and seizes what appears to be the target's soul, and takes it off the screen.

Final Fantasy Legend IIEdit

FFL2

FFLII Reaper

The reaper will appear when a character uses the Death spellbook. A skull shrouded in a black cloth will appear on a target for a split second and vanish. He will take the target with him if the spell was successful.

Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

FFL3

FFLIII - Reaper

The reaper is a slightly modified version of the reaper sprite from Final Fantasy Legend II. It appears when a character uses the black magic Fatal spell. A skull shrouded in a black cloth will appear on a target and vanishes after he finishes laughing. He will take the target with him if the spell was successful.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

FFAB

FFAB Game Over - Cait Sith SR

Grim Reaper appears as part of Cait Sith's Game Over attack.

Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK

FFRK Grim Reaper
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EtymologyEdit

The concept of death as a sentient entity has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, Death is often given the name Grim Reaper and, from the 15th century onwards, came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood.

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