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Kefka Palazzo
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Kana ケフカ・パラッツォ
Romaji Kefuka Parattso
Japanese Name Cefca Palazzo
Original Game Final Fantasy VI
Story Difficulty
EX Mode Power of Destruction
EX Burst Warring Triad
Japanese Voice Actor Shigeru Chiba
English Voice Actor Dave Wittenberg
Dissidia Final Fantasy Character
An insane harlequin who lacks self control as a result of experiments infusing him with Magitek power. He finds no greater joy than destruction.
Dissidia 012 Description
A mage who finds no greater joy than in destruction.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Description

Kefka Palazzo is a villain fighting for the side of Chaos in Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. He is the villain representing Final Fantasy VI. An insane sorcerer with a lack of scruples, his attacks are generally magic-based, but more chaotic than basic spells. Coupled with his erratic movements, Kefka's main skill is annoy his opponents with his contemptuous manner. He shares his goal of destroying everything with the other villains, but he handles any hindrance with extreme prejudice, regardless of the offender's allegiance. Kefka's short-term goal is to use the power of his rival, Terra, to further his plans and seize control of her again.

While Terra is his rival in the original Dissidia, Kefka's main rival in the Dissidia 012 storyline is Vaan, whom he blames and detests for breaking Terra free of his control.

AttireEdit

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Kefka's appearance is drawn from his original Yoshitaka Amano artwork rather than his Final Fantasy VI sprites. His clothing is colorful with a variety of polka-dots and stripes, with red and yellow being predominant. His trademark blond hair and white and red facial makeup are present, and his lips are outlined in bright purple in a manner resembling a Glasgow smile.

Kefka's first alternate costume, "Zebra Tights," is based on an alternate Amano design and resembles his Final Fantasy VI battle sprite. Kefka wears an outfit with more blue and white colors with a red, white, and blue ruffle around his neck and a white cape. His EX Mode in this outfit is a darker purple god form with a purple loincloth, white angel wings, and red and black demon wings.

Kefka's second alternate outfit, "Snobbish Turban," is based on another alternate Amano art, and resembles Kefka's Final Fantasy VI original 16-bit field sprite. He wears an outfit in various shades of green with gold and red details, puffed sleeves, and a green and yellow skullcap. His lip makeup is dark blue instead of purple. His EX Mode in this form is based on Rest, one of the two final opponents in the Statue of the Gods leading up to Kefka in the final battle in Final Fantasy VI. Kefka has light blue-gray skin with a dark blue loincloth, golden angel wings and black demon wings.

Kefka's manikin version, Phantasmal Harlequin, is red.

StoryEdit

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Twelfth cycleEdit

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Kefka ignoring Vaan's "abduction" of Terra.
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In "Prologus," Kefka is the second Warrior of Chaos Lightning and the Warrior of Light face. He tells Ultimecia to let him handle them, but is defeated.

Overhearing Kuja speaking with Cloud about memories, Kefka decides to "help" the two, arranging the chain of events leading to Cloud's defection by talking Sephiroth into attacking Tifa and revealing the battle to Cloud. Due to Kuja's own scheme, Kefka finds himself unable to control Terra and retaliates by gathering the Emperor and Ultimecia in a plan to foil Kuja's scheme and expose him to the Warriors of Cosmos he was attempting to align with. Though Kefka expresses how impressed he was with Kuja's scheme, encouraging him to try again in the next cycle, he intends to be a witness to the young man's defeat and nags Kuja into showing him what he is made of against Lightning. After Kuja is defeated, Kefka approaches a fading-away Kuja and mocks him for his failure.

Though Kuja is defeated, Kefka takes in it stride and implies his intentions of supplying Kuja with fake memories upon his revival for the next cycle. Lightning is disgusted at Kefka's treatment of Kuja, but he dismisses it, and hints at the reviving nature of the conflict before taking his leave. Later, Kefka finds his prize "toy" Terra unwilling to fight, and tortures her until Vaan intervenes. Rendered giddy by the fight, Kefka fails to notice Vaan running off with Terra, yet remarks she will come back to him eventually. Kefka joins the group under Garland to stop Lightning's team from advancing, battling Vaan, asking him to return Terra, before falling back. Afterwards, Kefka attacked the Cloud of Darkness for her part in the rift's closing, having her memories erased as well.

Thirteenth cycleEdit

After talking Exdeath into confronting the Onion Knight and Terra, refusing to accept he has lost the latter to Cosmos, Kefka recruits the Cloud of Darkness to help him in unlocking Terra's full power. While recruiting the Cloud of Darkness to capture Terra, he unintentionally alludes to Terra's prior service to Chaos in front of the still-amnesiac Cloud of Darkness. After the Cloud of Darkness is defeated and the Onion Knight got his crystal, Kefka finds out about the Cloud of Darkness' loss, boos at the result, and resolves to turn Terra directly, having found the Cloud of Darkness useless. He briefly saves Terra and the Onion Knight from the Cloud of Darkness's particle beam to have Terra rejoin them. Kefka appears before him and Terra and with Terra having forgotten about being a Warrior of Chaos and no memory of her battle with the little knight, Kefka reminds her and mocks her, calling her "destruction incarnate" while firing spells at Terra to get her to awaken her cataclysmic power. Kefka tells Terra she is better suited to fight for Chaos than against him and extends an offer to Terra to rejoin him in causing destruction. Onion Knight attacks and Kefka teleports them away, leaving Terra alone to search for her friend. Kefka teleported himself and Onion Knight to the World of Darkness where Onion Knight questions why he is obsessed with Terra, and Kefka rebukes by referring to him as an imitation hero.

Kefka meets with the Emperor concerning Sephiroth's plans, but Kefka does not care as he feels Sephiroth is "yet another sadist with a god complex." Kefka is surprised to learn from the Emperor that Sephiroth killed himself in front of the Emperor in the last battle, and they decide to keep an eye on him. Terra encounters Cloud after her powers reach breaking point upon remembering Kefka's taunts about her being destruction incarnate. Cloud takes the brunt of Terra's attacks and joins her to look for the Onion Knight.

They find Kefka and again she refuses his offer, having found hope for a future where dreams like those of Firion can come true. Kefka summons the Cloud of Darkness to assist him before the Onion Knight arrives to give Cloud a hand in holding off the Cloud of Darkness, while Terra fights Kefka alone. Kefka bombards her with spells while demanding that she "play" with him, until she stops running and fights him. Terra overcomes Kefka and he fades away, still declaring he will get her back.

Kefka battles Zidane
Kefka battles Zidane.

Afterwards, Kefka appears with Kuja, telling him to acquire some "bait" for Zidane, but Kuja protests that his friends cannot be kidnapped because they travel together. Kefka tells Kuja Squall travels alone, prompting Kuja to attack Squall and try to capture him, telling him to "kill two birds with one stone".

When Bartz falls into a trap laid for Zidane, Kefka appears before him and, still sore about having lost all chances at getting Terra to return to the Warriors of Chaos, refuses to tell him where Bartz is. The two duel and Zidane wins. Kefka tells Zidane Bartz has been taken to enemy territory and makes a brief appearance directly afterward, where Kuja complains Kefka botched his plan, only for Kefka to shrug off the accusation and taunt him with the failure. Kuja plotting to use the setback to trick Bartz into getting Zidane into a trap by using a fake crystal perks Kefka's interest.

Kefka fades
Kefka fades with a sad laugh.

After Chaos has killed Cosmos, Kefka appears along with Exdeath to ridicule the heroes, as they begin to fade away as a result of the goddess's death. Later on, he is confronted by Terra in his tower and taunts her for her role in Cosmos's death. Terra defeats him, and Kefka laments the futility of existence before self-destructing and fading away with a sorrowful laugh. Terra later speculates Kefka desired destruction because he could not perceive anything else in life and needed it to fill his broken heart.

Official QuestsEdit

In "Sephiroth's Quest 012: The Hero's Memory" during the twelfth cycle, he speaks to Sephiroth about the latter's desire to recover his memories. Though Kefka doesn't see the point of such a desire, he tells Sephiroth that fighting someone from their own world will make him "see things differently". Kefka appears in "Cloud of Darkness' Quest 013: The Power of Destruction", where, after they kidnap Terra in the thirteenth cycle, he and the Cloud of Darkness discuss the value of Terra as a minion with their supply of manikins running low.

BattleEdit

See also: Kefka Palazzo/Dissidia/Quotes

Kefka is described as a Mad Mage. His attacks consist of various magical projectiles that move in erratic patterns and hit over large areas, allowing him to catch opponents by surprise. His attacks usually have a lag when used, or leave Kefka stationary while he manipulates the attack, leaving him vulnerable to counterattacks. Another drawback is that Kefka has slow ground movement, and many of his Bravery attacks can be blocked. As an upside, when they do hit his Brave attacks often do high damage.

BossEdit

In Dissidia, Kefka is fought in Destiny Odyssey VI and IX, Shade Impulse, Distant Glory, and Inward Chaos.

In Dissidia 012, Kefka is fought in Stern Eyes, An Undocumented Battle, The Chosen Path, Trust, and Conclusion of the Cycle chapters of Story Mode.

AttacksEdit

See also: Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy/Gameplay Changes#Kefka


Bravery AttacksEdit

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low Wall Rush Magical Initial DFF Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
Fires an orb of ice at the ground that shoots forward and rebounds off walls. In EX Mode, the orb bounces along the ground several times before flying towards the opponent.
Lickety-Split Thundaga
(ground)
Ground 20 (10) 90 Ranged Low Chase
Wall Rush
Magical Initial DFF Lickity-Split Thundaga
Fires a string of lightning bolts at opponents. In EX Mode, fires twice.
Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
(ground)
Ground 20 (10) 140 Ranged Low-Mid None Magical Level 3 DFF Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
Throw a fireball that zig-zags towards opponents and hits multiple times, stunning them. In EX Mode, fires two fireballs. The fireball changes size and damage priority as it travels.
Extra-Crispy Firaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 6 Extra crispy firaga
Fires three fireballs that zig-zag in the air. In EX Mode, the fireballs each split into three after being fired.
Scatter Spray Blizzaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low None Magical Level 9 DFF Scatter Spray Blizzaga
Fire a block of ice that stops after a short distance and shatters over a wide area. In EX Mode, the shards home in and strike opponent a second time after breaking.
Zap-Trap Thundaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low None Magical Level 16 DFF Zap-Trap Thundaga
Rapidly tap Dissidia Circle Button to summon a barrage of lightning bolts around opponents. In EX Mode, strings of lightning bolts home in on the opponent from multiple directions.
Ultima
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 180 Ranged Mid
Ranged Low
Wall Rush Magical Level 28 Ultima Kefka
Fire an orb of energy that explodes over a wide area. In EX Mode, the orb explodes three times and travels farther.
Meteor
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 31 DFF Kefka Meteor
Summons five fireballs to fall to the ground and bounce towards opponents. In EX Mode, the fireballs pause upon hitting the ground before homing on the opponent.
Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
(midair)
Aerial 20 (10) 140 Ranged Low-Mid None Magical Initial DFF Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
Throw a fireball that zig-zags towards opponents and hits multiple times, stunning them. In EX Mode, fires two fireballs. The fireball changes size and damage priority as it travels.
Zap-Trap Thundaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low None Magical Initial DFF Zap-Trap Thundaga
Rapidly tap Dissidia Circle Button to summon a barrage of lightning bolts around opponents. In EX Mode, strings of lightning bolts home in on the opponent from multiple directions.
Extra-Crispy Firaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 3 Extra crispy firaga
Fires three fireballs that zig-zag in the air. In EX Mode, the fireballs each split into three after being fired.
Scatter Spray Blizzaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low None Magical Level 9 DFF Scatter Spray Blizzaga
Fire a block of ice that stops after a short distance and shatters over a wide area. In EX Mode, the shards home in and strike opponent a second time after breaking.
Lickety-Split Thundaga
(midair)
Aerial 20 (10) 90 Ranged Low Chase
Wall Rush
Magical Level 16 DFF Lickity-Split Thundaga
Fires a string of lightning bolts at opponents. In EX Mode, fires twice.
Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low Wall Rush Magical Level 24 DFF Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
Fires an orb of ice at the ground that shoots forward and rebounds off walls. In EX Mode, the orb bounces along the ground several times before flying towards the opponent.
Ultima
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 180 Ranged Mid
Ranged Low
Wall Rush Magical Level 28 Ultima Kefka
Fire an orb of energy that explodes over a wide area. In EX Mode, the orb explodes three times and travels farther.
Meteor
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 180 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 31 DFF Kefka Meteor
Summons five fireballs to fall to the ground and bounce towards opponents. In EX Mode, the fireballs pause upon hitting the ground before homing on the opponent.
Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low Wall Rush Magical Initial DFF Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
Fires an orb of ice at the ground that shoots forward and rebounds off walls. In EX Mode, the orb bounces along the ground several times before flying towards the opponent.
Lickety-Split Thundaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 80 Ranged Low Chase
Wall Rush
Magical Initial DFF Lickity-Split Thundaga
Fires a string of lightning bolts at opponents. In EX Mode, fires twice.
Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 80 Ranged Low-Mid None Magical Level 3 DFF Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
Throw a fireball that zig-zags towards opponents and hits multiple times, stunning them. In EX Mode, fires two fireballs. The fireball changes size and damage priority as it travels.
Extra-Crispy Firaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 6 Extra crispy firaga
Fires three fireballs that zig-zag in the air. In EX Mode, the fireballs each split into three after being fired.
Scatter Spray Blizzaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 100 Ranged Mid
Ranged Low
None Magical Level 9 DFF Scatter Spray Blizzaga
Fire a block of ice that stops after a short distance and shatters over a wide area. In EX Mode, the shards home in and strike opponent a second time after breaking.
Zap-Trap Thundaga
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low None Magical Level 16 DFF Zap-Trap Thundaga
Rapidly tap Dissidia Circle Button to summon a barrage of lightning bolts around opponents. In EX Mode, the bolts move towards opponent before striking.
Ultima
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 100 Ranged Mid Wall Rush Magical Level 28 Ultima Kefka
Fire an orb of energy that explodes over a wide area. In EX Mode, the orb explodes three times and travels farther.
Meteor
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 80 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 31 DFF Kefka Meteor
Summons five fireballs to fall to the ground and bounce towards opponents. In EX Mode, the fireballs stop after falling a distance and bounce in place before homing on the opponent.
Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 80 Ranged Low-Mid None Magical Initial DFF Waggle-Wobbly Firaga
Throw a fireball that zig-zags towards opponents and hits multiple times, stunning them. In EX Mode, fires two fireballs. The fireball changes size and damage priority as it travels.
Zap-Trap Thundaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low None Magical Initial DFF Zap-Trap Thundaga
Rapidly tap Dissidia Circle Button to summon a barrage of lightning bolts around opponents. In EX Mode, the bolts move towards opponent before striking.
Extra-Crispy Firaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 3 Extra crispy firaga
Fires three fireballs that zig-zag in the air. In EX Mode, the fireballs each split into three after being fired.
Scatter Spray Blizzaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 100 Ranged Mid
Ranged Low
None Magical Level 9 DFF Scatter Spray Blizzaga
Fire a block of ice that stops after a short distance and shatters over a wide area. In EX Mode, the shards home in and strike opponent a second time after breaking.
Lickety-Split Thundaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 80 Ranged Low Chase
Wall Rush
Magical Level 16 DFF Lickity-Split Thundaga
Fires a string of lightning bolts at opponents. In EX Mode, fires twice.
Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low Wall Rush Magical Level 24 DFF Twisty-Turny Blizzaga
Fires an orb of ice at the ground that shoots forward and rebounds off walls. In EX Mode, the orb bounces along the ground several times before flying towards the opponent.
Ultima
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 100 Ranged Mid Wall Rush Magical Level 28 Ultima Kefka
Fire an orb of energy that explodes over a wide area. In EX Mode, the orb explodes three times and travels farther.
Meteor
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 100 Ranged Low Chase Magical Level 31 DFF Kefka Meteor
Summons five fireballs to fall to the ground and bounce towards opponents. In EX Mode, the fireballs stop after falling a distance and bounce in place before homing on the opponent.


HP AttacksEdit

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Havoc Wing
(ground)
Ground 40 (20) 180 Melee High Wall Rush N/A Initial Havoc Wing
Spins, then thrusts wings to stab opponents.
Trine
(ground)
Ground 40 (20) 180 Ranged Mid None N/A Level 12 DFF Trine
Creates triangles from opponent's position to gang up on the opponent.
Hyperdrive
Ground 40 (20) 300 Unblockable None N/A Level 34 Hyperdrive dissidia
Hold Dissidia Square Button to charge energy, release to fire a wave of explosions along the ground. Fully charged version pursues the opponent into the air. In EX Mode, the explosions stop briefly near the opponent before moving again.
Forsaken
(ground)
Ground 40 (20) 300 Ranged High Wall Rush N/A Level 38 Forsaken Dissidia
Hold Dissidia Square Button to conjure a field of energy that tracks opponents, dropping magical orbs on them from above. In EX Mode, the orbs turn in the air to track opponents. Kefka is immobile while using the attack.
Trine
(midair)
Aerial 40 (20) 180 Ranged Mid None N/A Initial DFF Trine
Summons three triangles to converge on opponents. In EX Mode, summons triangles twice.
Havoc Wing
(midair)
Aerial 40 (20) 180 Melee High Wall Rush N/A Level 20 Havoc Wing
Flip and sprout wings to stab opponents. In EX Mode hits over a larger area.
Forsaken
(midair)
Aerial 40 (20) 300 Ranged High Wall Rush N/A Level 38 Forsaken Dissidia
Hold Dissidia Square Button to conjure a field of energy that tracks opponents, dropping magical orbs on them from above. In EX Mode, the orbs turn in the air to track opponents. Kefka is immobile while using the attack.
Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Havoc Wing
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush N/A Initial Havoc Wing
Flip and sprout wings to stab opponents. In EX Mode hits over a larger area.
Trine
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 130 Ranged Mid None N/A Level 12 DFF Trine
Summons three triangles to converge on opponents. In EX Mode, summons triangles twice.
Hyperdrive
Ground 30 (15) 130 Unblockable None N/A Level 34 Hyperdrive dissidia
Hold Dissidia Square Button to charge energy, release to fire a wave of explosions along the ground. Fully charged version pursues the opponent into the air. In EX Mode, the explosions stop briefly near the opponent before moving again.
Forsaken Null
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 130 Ranged High Wall Rush N/A Level 38 Forsaken Dissidia
Hold Dissidia Square Button to conjure a field of energy that tracks opponents, dropping magical orbs on them from above. In EX Mode, fires one orb up and one orb down. Kefka can move using the attack.
Trine
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 130 Ranged Mid None N/A Initial DFF Trine
Summons three triangles to converge on opponents. In EX Mode, summons triangles twice.
Havoc Wing
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush N/A Level 20 Havoc Wing
Flip and sprout wings to stab opponents. In EX Mode hits over a larger area.
Forsaken Null
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 150 Ranged High Wall Rush N/A Level 38 Forsaken Dissidia
Hold Dissidia Square Button to conjure a field of energy that tracks opponents, dropping magical orbs on them from above. In EX Mode, fires one orb up and one orb down. Kefka can move using the attack.


EX ModeEdit

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Warring Triad

Kefka's EX Mode is Power of Destruction where he transforms into his God of Magic form as seen in the final battle of Final Fantasy VI. In EX Mode Kefka gains the abilities "Glide" and "Exhilarating Magic". Glide lets Kefka fly through the air by holding Dissidia X Button, while Exhilarating Magic augments his attacks in various ways, such as firing more projectiles, hitting over larger areas, improving their tracking, and so forth. This makes Kefka's attack even more erratic and difficult to defend against.

Kefka's EX Burst is Warring Triad, named after the trio of deities from Final Fantasy VI. Kefka attacks the opponent with Ultima, then leaps back and conjures a field of energy. Three button commands flash over Kefka's head, and the player must input the commands in the same order they appear. If the buttons are input incorrectly, Kefka will use a stronger version of Forsaken. If the buttons are correct, he will use Light of Judgment, smiting opponents from above with a beam of light.

EquipmentEdit

Kefka can equip Rods, Staves, Instruments, Bangles, Hats, Hairpins, Ribbons, Clothing, and Robes. In Dissidia 012, Kefka can also equip Poles and Headbands.

Exclusive WeaponsEdit

Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Lamia's Flute 50 ATK +34
DEF +2
Initial EX Force +15%. Trade: 15460 gil, Diamond Bell, Thorny Lumber x3, Allure Shard x2
Nephilim Flute 92 ATK +61
DEF +2
Initial EX Force +20%. Trade: 29570 gil, Lamia's Flute, Revival Tree x5, Allure Crystal x3
Dancing Mad 100 ATK +66
DEF +2
Initial EX Force +25%.
Back to the Wall Effect.
Trade: 31920 gil, Nephilim Flute, Fanatic's Leer x5, Allure Orb x5
Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Lamia's Flute 30 BRV -42
ATK +40
DEF +2
Initial EX Force +10%. Trade: 61000 gil, Diamond Bell, Scarletite x1, Harlequin's Desire x5
Nephilim Flute 90 BRV -35
ATK +63
DEF +1
Initial EX Force +15%. Trade: 158,000 gil, Lamia's Flute, Electrum x1, Harlequin's Dream x5
Dancing Mad 100 BRV -40
ATK +68
DEF +1
Initial EX Force +20%.
Back to the Wall Effect.
Trade: 182,800 gil, Nephilim Flute, Fanatic's Leer x1, Harlequin's Hopes x5

GalleryEdit

AllusionsEdit

  • Kefka's weapon, Dancing Mad, is named after his final battle theme, while his Lamia Flute originates from a Final Fantasy IX weapon for Eiko Carol.
  • A lot of Kefka's dialogue is based on Final Fantasy VI's script.
    • Against the Emperor, Kefka says "You are less than worthless!", his rebuke to Emperor Gestahl. When using Extra Crispy Firaga, Kefka yells "You'll be well done!", derived from "Run! Run! Or you'll be well done!", his line when Gestahl was escaping the Warring Triad's judgment.
    • When facing Cecil in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, he says "Goody two-shoes!", his riposte to Leo while murdering him.
    • "I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE YOU!", a line he speaks on defeat, is derived from his dialogue to Celes after she stabs Kefka instead of her friends; he also quotes this in Destiny Odyssey VI shortly after he teleports himself and Onion Knight away from the Chaos Shrine.
    • "Don't think you've won this!" and "Graaah! I'll remember this!" are from his defeat at Narshe.
    • "You're lower than lower than dirt", is based on "You may as well be the dirt on the bottom of my boots! Or the dirt stuck to the bottom of that dirt!" in the GBA version of Final Fantasy VI. It is also referenced during Destiny Odyssey III in Dissidia 012 when Kefka is insulting Cloud of Darkness.
    • Kefka's line when facing Jecht, "Meatheads, meatheads everywhere", is similar to Ultros's exchange with Sabin.
    • When Kefka denies Terra's request to know how the Warriors of Cosmos were responsible for Cosmos's death, Terra says "Stop fooling around!". In the GBA translation for Final Fantasy VI, Emperor Gestahl, when Kefka demands that the Warring Triad use Gestahl as a demonstration of their true power, tells Kefka, "Stop playing around!"
    • When against Exdeath, Kefka says, "Destruction without death? BORING," which is comparable to his final battle dialogue; "What fun is destruction if no precious lives are lost?" On a related note, his line after Terra tells him none of his actions make sense, "Destruction isn't supposed to make sense! It's only fun when it's senseless!" is similar to the aforementioned final battle dialogue. Shortly before Terra fights him in Destiny Odyssey VI, Kefka says "I'm going to destroy... EVERYTHING!!", referencing his line to the Returners in the SNES and PS versions: "I will exterminate everyone and everything!"
    • During Shade Impulse, Kefka delivers several lines that mirror his dialogue before Final Fantasy VI's final battle.
      Dissidia Kefka Speech
      Kefka's famous speech.
      BurstDragonAdded by BurstDragon
      If it is someone other than Terra, he greets them with "Welcome, dear, dear friends. I've been thinking of just the right thing to say when we met again", similar to "Welcome, friends! I knew you'd come, so I've been practicing my greeting!" If playing as Terra, Kefka says "Destruction is the fate of all things!", alluding to "Embrace your destruction! It is the fate of all things!" After being defeated by Terra, he paraphrases various excerpts of his speech before Final Fantasy VI's final battle; "Beyond the chaos, the end draws near", which is based on the SNES ("The end comes... beyond chaos.") and GBA ("The end draws near...") localizations of his line when preparing Forsaken. In addition, part of his final words, "Destroy! Destroy! Destroy!" are derived from the line from the SNES version "No! I will hunt them down! I will destroy it all! Destroy! Destroy! Destroy!!" A similar reference to the above line was made in the pre-battle exchange between Terra and Kefka in "Light the Way part III The Cycles's Conclusion" in Dissidia 012.
    • When Lightning asks them to step aside in Dissidia 012's final stages, Kefka responds with "'Step aside' she says. Do we look like side steppers?", alluding to Kefka's exchange with Sabin, "'Wait' He says! Do I look like a waiter?"
    • Kefka's opening quote to Kain Highwind, "Well, look who it is, the traitor." is near-direct quote of what he says to Celes Chere shortly before the Battle for the Frozen Esper.
    • One of Kefka's "Dissidia 012" win quotes references Kefka's first appearances, where he orders two soldiers to "clean [his] shoes!"
    • A sample voice clip of Kefka's in the theater is "Such magnificent power!", his line before demonstrating his strength to the party in Final Fantasy VI.
    • When fighting Vaan in Dissidia 012, he says "You're about to learn why 'oppose' rhymes with 'dispose'!" paralleling his orders before invading Narshe, "There's a reason 'oppose' rhymes with 'dispose'!"
  • When using Forsaken Null and while chasing Terra during Destiny Odyssey VI, Kefka briefly enacts the pose from Amano's artwork. On victory, he assumes a variation on the pose from Amano's chibi design.
  • Shortly after being forced to teleport himself and Onion Knight to the World of Darkness in Destiny Odyssey, Kefka refers to Onion Knight as an "imitation hero" when rebuking him, referring to Onion Knight having an equivalent role to Locke Cole.
  • During EX Burst, he will descend from above, similar to his introduction in Final Fantasy VI's final battle. Golden lights shine upon him, alluding to the battle's scenery. If he uses Forsaken, the camera's perspective changes to that of a 2D Final Fantasy battle, with Kefka taking on the pose of his final battle sprite. The screen zooms on Kefka's face, a reference to when Kefka's facial expression is displayed before he prepares it.
  • Kefka's EX Burst, Warring Triad, refers to the three gods he absorbed power from to become a god himself. The color of the three circles that surround him correspond with the trio's appearance; the top blue circle reflects Goddess, the right red circle references Demon, while the left yellow circle represents Fiend. Their positions relative to Kefka reference when he took their power on the Floating Continent, with Kefka standing in-between them.
  • On victory, he breaks the fourth wall by humming the "Victory Fanfare".
  • Kefka's attacks are based on his final battle script in Final Fantasy VI; his Firaga, Blizzaga, and Thundaga in Dissidia are variations of the normal versions he uses.
  • Kefka controls Terra in Destiny Odyssey III using a "Puppeteer's Wheel", a reference to Kefka using the Slave Crown on Terra in Final Fantasy VI.
  • Excluding Chase Sequences, Kefka's Havoc Wing is his only physical attack, as in Final Fantasy VI.
  • One of his opening lines before fighting a weaker character is "Do you think you can beat me?" This refers to a line Kefka stated when an esper's attack failed to hurt Kefka during his raid at Thamasa, "Imagine! Thinking you could defeat ME!!"
  • In Dissidia 012, Kuja attempts to sneak Zidane and his friends behind enemy lines to fight Chaos himself, but Kefka, the Emperor, and Ultimecia stop them, with Kefka claiming that Kuja's plan was to betray them in the end. This mirrors when Celes in Final Fantasy VI helps the party sneak into the Magitek Research Facility, before Kefka tells them in the esper storage she was an imperial spy.
  • When Sephiroth faces Kefka in Dissidia 012, he says "Die laughing", similar to Gestahl's line to Kefka before he attempts to kill him on the Floating Continent.
  • When the Emperor faces Kefka in Dissidia 012, he says "Back to your cage, foolish jester", alluding to Emperor Gestahl placing Kefka under fake arrest to gain the Returners' trust and then releasing him to acquire magicite from Thamasa.
  • In Dissidia Duodecim Prologus Final Fantasy, the theme when fighting Kefka is "Esper Battle ~ arrange from Final Fantasy XII", alluding to Kefka's exploitation of the espers' power, before turning them into magicite.

TriviaEdit

  • Kefka's exclusive weapon "Nephilim Flute" takes its name from the Nephilim, a group in the Hebrew Bible said to be the offspring of "the sons of god" (commonly interpreted to mean angels) and "the daughters of men". This could either be taken as a reference to espers, being humans granted magical powers by the Warring Triad, or to Terra, the offspring of the esper Maduin and the human Madeline.
  • Kefka is the only male character besides Cloud who can equip the "Pretty Princess" female-equipment set.
  • If Kefka begins Forsaken Null during EX Mode, and continues to keep the same Forsaken Null out after his EX Mode ends, that specific Forsaken Null will keep its EX Mode effects.
  • Kefka possesses the fastest attack in the game in both Dissidia and Dissidia 012 — in EX Mode, Ultima takes only one frame to execute. The only other attacks that execute as quickly as this are blocking abilities like Shield Bash and Omni Block.
  • The Japanese name for Kefka's "Exhilarating Magic" ability is Dokidoki Magic. "Dokidoki" is a Japanese onomatopoeia for a beating heart.
  • Much of Kefka's dialogue, as well as his tendency to change the tone of his voice mid-sentence, were ad-libbed by Kefka's Japanese voice actor, Shigeru Chiba. In particular, Kefka's use of "Ti-La-Pia!" as a magic spell in Shade Impulse is an example of Chiba's habit of using seafood-related puns when ad-libbing the dialogue of some of his anime roles.
    • Similarly, there was at least one ad-lib regarding fruit, a notable instance being when Kefka, in an attempt to draw out Terra's power in Destiny Odyssey VI, used "Ta-Pi-Oca!" as a magic spell.
    • In the English version, when Terra tells Kefka to "stop fooling around" in the second Shade Impulse cutscene, Kefka ends up replying with "Sorry, ma'am." Kefka's tone when saying this, as well as the first Dissidia not placing the line in the subtitles, indicated a blooper that made the final cut.


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