One of Golbez's elemental archfiends, the Blighted Despot, archfiend of earth.
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium
Scarmiglione (スカルミリョーネ, Sukarumiryōne?), also known as Milon, is a recurring character in the Final Fantasy universe. First appearing as a minor villain, he is a fiend associated with the element of Earth and the undead.
- Main article: Scarmiglione (Final Fantasy)
Scarmiglione appears in the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable remakes as a boss in floor 5 of Hellfire Chasm, one of the bonus dungeons for the remakes. As in his original appearance, he is fought twice: once under his cloaked appearance and sequentially, in his true form.
I am the oarsman who will ferry you beyond the veil! The Blighted Despot, Scarmiglione—Archfiend of earth, and first of Golbez's circle of four!
- For the battle information, see: Scarmiglione (Final Fantasy IV Boss)
Scarmiglione first appears in the Tower of Zot, where Golbez tells him that Cecil Harvey is climbing Mount Ordeals with the intention of becoming a Paladin. Golbez sends him to kill Cecil while he is still is a Dark Knight, because Cecil is powerless against the undead. When he arrives to Mount Ordeals, Scarmiglione makes hissing noises. Porom, a member of Cecil's party, blames them on her twin brother Palom, who denies making them.
Tellah, another member of Cecil's party, senses something evil in the air. Scarmiglione attacks the party with the help of his four Revenants. After Cecil's party defeats Scarmiglione, he returns from the dead and attacks the party again, this time from behind and in his true form. Cecil's party defeats him a second time, and he falls off the ledge.
The other three fiends, especially Cagnazzo, think lowly of Scarmiglione, with Cagnazzo stating Scarmiglione was "a weakling that never deserved to be one of the four fiends."
Scarmiglione mentions that "death brings about [his] true power," which may imply he can only take his true form if he dies.
- For the battle information, see: Scarmiglione (The After Years)
Scarmiglione returns as a boss. During the battle he begs to be killed before his soul is crushed, and afterwards thanks the party as one of the spirits of the land. If Golbez is in the party, Scarmiglione will thank him for accepting him for what he was despite being hideous and unworthy. The Stardust Rod is awarded after his defeat.
Scarmiglione appears as a summon in Dissidia summoned as a counter to an opponent's summoning, where Scarmiglione resets the opponent's Bravery points back to 0, as its Final Fantasy IV artwork appears. Scarmiglione can be obtained on the second stage of the Shade Impulse I storyline.
Like the rest of the Archfiends, Scarmiglione seems to act as a "counter" version of one of the original Final Fantasy Four Fiends, specifically Lich. Lich's Earth Arcana and Scarmiglione's Curse both reduce the opponent to 0 Brave. Lich and Scarmiglione are each the first "fiend" to be fought in their respective games. Plus, they are both undead.
There is also a weapon bearing his name: Scarmiglione's Fang.
Scarmiglione also appears as a tutor for the Labyrinth feature at the in-game manuals.
The Blighted Despot, Scarmiglione, is one of Golbez's Archfiends. From what you can see beneath his cowl, he could hardly be described as human, and only those with an unshakeable will would dare face him...
- —Scarmiglione's CollectaCard
Scarmiglione appears in the rhythm game as an enemy.
The Final Fantasy IV incarnation of Scarmiglione appears as an enemy in Pictlogica Final Fantasy.
The Archfiend of Earth is weakest of them all, but wins points for being the scariest.
Scarmiglione appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
Non-Final Fantasy Guest AppearancesEdit
Lord of VermilionEdit
Scarmiglione is a card in Lord of Vermilion II along with other characters from Final Fantasy IV, as a special cross promotion. Scarmiglione also appears as a card in Lord of Vermilion Arena.
This Elemental Archfiend rules over death and darkness, and commands his undead legions to end the living.
Scarmiglione, along with Cagnazzo, Rubicante, and Barbariccia, is a promotional card in Guardian Cross. They were special captures to celebrate the release of Final Fantasy IV for the iOS. All of them are Rank 5 (the rarest), with Scarmiglione being a Wisp-type Guardian that would have been found in the Storm Reach region.
The name "Scarmiglione" (pronounced: skar-mil-yo-nay) derives from the "Inferno", part one of Dante's Divine Comedy. He is one of the Malebranche ("Evil Claws") who guards the 5th Malebolge in the eight circle of Hell (Cantos XXI through XXIII). His name roughly translates as "troublemaker", and derives from the Italian verb scarmigliare, lit. "to dishevel, to throw into chaos".
"Milon" was likely an attempt to compress the character's name coherently into fewer than eight characters, as the SNES version had an eight-character limit for enemy names. "Milon" was likely derived from the last three kana syllables of the character's name in Japanese, ミリョーネ, with the "e" being dropped.
- Much like in the original Final Fantasy, the fiend of Earth is undead.
- Scarmiglione is the only fiend to fight Cecil as a Dark Knight.
- Scarmiglione is the only fiend fought twice in a row. He is also the only fiend whose two forms are different enemies.
- Scarmiglione is the only fiend not to share his voice actor with another character.
- An Undying from Final Fantasy XIII, Zenobia, bears physical resemblance to Scarmiglione with its arms and tentacles. Zenobia is fought as a boss in Final Fantasy XIII-2 due to a paradox, even though she died in the first game, similarly to Scarmiglione in The After Years.