|Also known as||Tifa Lockheart|
|Ultimate Weapon||Premium Heart|
|Occupation||Bar hostess, AVALANCHE member|
|Date of Birth||May 3 1987|
|Age||15 (Crisis Core)|
20 (Final Fantasy VII)
22 (Advent Children)
23 (Dirge of Cerberus)
|Height||5'4" (167 cm)|
|Japanese voice actor||Yōko Asada (Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring) (Arcade)|
Yūko Minaguchi (Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring) (PS)
|English voice actor||Rachael Leigh Cook|
|Final Fantasy VII Character|
- "Bright and optimistic, Tifa always cheers up the others when they're down. But don't let her looks fool you, she can decimate almost any enemy with her fists..."
Tifa Lockhart is a playable character in Final Fantasy VII, and is the deuteragonist of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. In Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- she plays a supportive role. Tifa is the only one of the cast who knew Cloud Strife when they were children and is his childhood friend. She is strongly opposed to the Shinra Electric Power Company, joining the resistance group AVALANCHE to fight them.
Appearance and personalityEdit
Tifa has dark brown hair, occasionally appearing black, which falls below her waist and is tied at the tips to form a distinctive dolphin-tail split. In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and some other appearances, her hair is shorter and reaches to her lower back - in Advent Children this was done due to longer hair being more difficult to animate. Tifa's eye color has been officially addressed as red, but they have also been depicted as a rich brown in some appearances. Arguably, her most notable traits are her large breasts and long legs. According to an official artwork, Tifa's bust-waist-hip measures are 92-60-88 cm (36-24-35 inches).
In all her outfits across her many appearances Tifa has worn some variation of a sleeveless shirt that exposes her midriff, a miniskirt and white teardrop earrings. In Final Fantasy VII Tifa wears a white tank top and black mini-skirt with a belt and suspenders. She dons red and black gloves that extend to her elbows, red boots, and a metal elbow guard on her left elbow. She wears the same outfit in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, as well as in Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring and the Itadaki series.
In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, and in flashbacks in Final Fantasy VII when she is a guide at Nibelheim, Tifa wears a cowgirl outfit with a short leather skirt and vest, a white shirt, cowboy boots and hat. In Crisis Core this outfit is given more detail, changing the top into a patterned, button-up corset, giving pockets and tassels to the skirt and vest and adding a belt around her hips. In her artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, Tifa has white hair and wears a red miniskirt with a white top and red gloves. This outfit appears as an alternate outfit for her in Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Tifa wears a white shirt under a black zip-up vest with black shorts that fold at the waist, forming an additional utility pocket at the front and a short duster at the back extending to her heels. She wears a pink ribbon around her left arm in remembrance of Aerith Gainsborough, and a Fenrir ring on her right hand. Her gloves are black and shorter than in Final Fantasy VII, covering only her hands. Tifa wears this attire in the Kingdom Hearts series and in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, and it is available as an alternate outfit for her in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
While deceptively strong, Tifa is an empathic and emotionally shy character. While identifying and responding to others' feelings Tifa does not express her feelings often, and when she does she has trouble doing so.
In Final Fantasy VII Tifa is a hard worker and spends her time caring for everyone but herself. On the inside, she keeps the feelings of uneasiness towards Cloud locked up. She has a motherly streak and offers sanctuary and physically protects those in need. Seeking to do all that she can for those in need she spends her time caring for others at the consequence of herself, often comforting the other AVALANCHE members; finding in them similar spirits seeking to find an end to the tyranny and corruption the Shinra Electric Power Company has brought unto the Planet, although initially her motivation for joining the rebel group was to seek revenge for the destruction of her hometown and the deaths of her family and friends therein.
When writing Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Tetsuya Nomura and Kazushige Nojima had a hard time creating the new Tifa and focused on developing the emotional backbone her character is to the cast. They made sure to portray her as a modern woman who can function without a man. When Tifa tells Cloud what's inside her heart, the original scene had Tifa feeling guilty about being blunt, but Nojima decided to cut it for time.
Tifa was born in Nibelheim and was Cloud's next-door neighbor. She was out-going, lively and had a lot of friends. Although she and Cloud lived right next to each other, and were only a year apart in age, they were never close. Tifa's mother died when Tifa was eight years old in 1994, leaving her upset and confused. Tifa believed her mother had gone to Mt. Nibel, and that she could meet her again if she crossed the mountain.
Tifa headed off to Mt. Nibel and Cloud followed to keep her safe, but both fell from a rickety bridge. Tifa's father found her severely injured, and blamed Cloud for leading her to Mt. Nibel. Five years later, in 1999, Cloud decided to become a SOLDIER, like his idol Sephiroth, in part to impress Tifa. He called Tifa out to the water tower, a local date spot, to tell her of his plans, and Tifa made Cloud promise to protect her if she was ever in trouble. He agreed, and left to join SOLDIER the following spring. Tifa worried about him, reading the newspaper every day looking for some mention of Cloud, and asking Shinra personnel if they knew him when they came to Nibelheim. She would find nothing, for Cloud never made into SOLDIER, becoming only a lowly infantryman.
- "I hate you! I hate Shinra! I hate SOLDIER! I hate you all!"
- —Tifa to Zack after the Nibelheim Incident
Two years later, on September 21, 0001, at the age of 15, Tifa is working as a tour guide in the Nibelheim mountains and is taking martial arts lessons from Zangan. In Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- she is hired by the player's Turk to lead a Shinra expedition from up Mt. Nibel to investigate a faulty Mako Reactor. The expedition includes Sephiroth and a SOLDIER named Zack. During their stay, she drops hints to Zack that she dreams of specifically having a blond-haired SOLDIER protecting her.
Unbeknown to her, Cloud is one of the two Shinra guards with Zack and Sephiroth, but is hiding his identity due to his shame of failing to enter SOLDIER. Without her knowing it the entire time, he prevents her entry to the reactor, attempts to protect her from a monster attack that occurs shortly after (trying to anonymously keep his promise) with little success, and whom she helps down the mountain. Afterward, Tifa leaves messages for Zack expressing her worry for the soldier who helped her. She thanks Zack for his help and asks him if they could talk about SOLDIER.
At the reactor, Sephiroth goes berserk when he learns who "his mother" is, and upon his return to town and spending several days studying, is driven fully insane. On October 1st, he sets Nibelheim ablaze and razes the town, then sets off to the reactor. Tifa's father and others follow, but Sephiroth slays them. At the reactor, Tifa finds her father's corpse with Sephiroth's Masamune. Declaring her hatred of Sephiroth and Shinra, she rushes into the reactor and attacks Sephiroth, but he disarms her and cuts her down. Tifa falls down the steps and slumps to the ground, unconscious.
After learning of Sephiroth's madness, Zack goes to the reactor and finds Tifa injured. He engages Sephiroth in combat, but is defeated. Cloud arrives and carries Tifa aside to make sure she will be safe while he confronts Sephiroth; Cloud later admits he thought Tifa's wounds were fatal. Tifa would later be taken to Midgar by Zangan for medical treatment. He continuously cast Cure on her to try and heal her, but succeeded only in keeping Tifa alive, and it is implied she has no recollection of the journey to Midgar.
The exact time frame is not given, but at some point after this, Zangan leaves Midgar, and Tifa recovers from her wounds and joins AVALANCHE, an anti-Shinra resistance group led by Barret Wallace. She becomes the owner and proprietor of the bar and restaurant 7th Heaven, which houses AVALANCHE's base in a secret basement.
As an allusion to Tifa's eventual role as the 7th Heaven's barmaid, earlier in the game Zack can speak to a man building a bar, who asks Zack what to name it. When Zack suggests "7th Heaven", the man loves the name and suggests getting "a young girl with a big bosom and long legs" to work the bar.
When Cloud returns to Midgar as a mercenary in late 0006, he meets Tifa. Unaware Cloud was in Nibelheim during its destruction, but suspecting something is off about his behavior, Tifa recruits him to work for Barret to examine him further. Later realizing Cloud knows several things he should not and has forgotten things he should know, and also initially doubting her own recollections when faced with Cloud's, Tifa decides to keep this information to herself while she tries to figure out the reason behind Cloud's different character and inconsistent memories.
On December 9th, Cloud's first mission with AVALANCHE is a success, and he returns to Tifa's bar. Cloud attempts to quit AVALANCHE saying he doesn't care about Shinra and the Planet, but Tifa pleads for him to stay reminding him of the promise they made as children. Cloud reluctantly assigns for the next mission. The next day Tifa accompanies him and Barret on the mission and the bombing of Sector 5 Reactor is successful, but Cloud is separated. When the rest of AVALANCHE returns to the hideout, they find someone spying on them, who points to the crime boss Don Corneo as a Shinra informant. Tifa comes up with a plan to get close to him; Don Corneo is known for calling up girls in his mansion and choosing the one he likes best to be his "bride" for the day. Cloud catches Tifa being taken to Don's, and infiltrates Corneo's mansion with a girl he met at the slums, Aeris.
In the ensuing confrontation, Corneo reveals Shinra is planning to drop the Sector 7 plate to crush the slums. Tifa and Cloud race to help Barret defend the pillar supporting the plate while Aeris takes Barret's daughter, Marlene, to safety. The other AVALANCHE members are killed, and the pillar is destroyed. Tifa, Cloud and Barret escape while Shinra captures Aeris.
Tifa, Barret and Cloud fight their way into Shinra Headquarters to save Aeris, but are captured. That night, Sephiroth attacks the building, and in the chaos the group is mysteriously released from their cells. After battling various Shinra war machines and the new president of the company, Rufus Shinra, the group flees from Midgar to Kalm. At Kalm, Cloud tells the group how he was deployed to Nibelheim with Sephiroth and how the latter destroyed Nibelheim. His version of events is faulty, but Tifa, confused by his story, does not confront him on these issues both to protect him and because she now doubts her own recollection.
The group travels around the world tracking Sephiroth, with Tifa supporting the party when she can. In Gongaga they run into Zack's parents who are worried about their son as they have not heard from him in years. Knowing Zack was the SOLDIER member who came to Nibelheim with Sephiroth, Tifa gets upset, but lies to Cloud when he tries to find out what's wrong. When they arrive at Nibelheim, they discover the town has been rebuilt, and the villagers (who are really Shinra employees hired to cover up the Sephiroth incident) do not remember Cloud or Tifa ever living there.
While the group stays in Gold Saucer while the ropeway is being repaired, Tifa is one of the possible date options for Cloud. If Tifa goes out with Cloud during the night she laments on being insecure with her feelings and how she wishes she could tell something to Cloud but finds herself unable to.
When the group tracks Sephiroth down to the Whirlwind Maze, Sephiroth shows Cloud the true events of Nibelheim's razing. Tifa, worried what this could do to Cloud, pleads for him to stop, but Sephiroth's manipulations take their toll and Cloud begins to believe he is not a real person, but someone made by Professor Hojo of Shinra with false memories. Cloud submits to Sephiroth's will and hands over the Black Materia they had stolen from Sephiroth earlier, a powerful Materia that can summon Meteor, then apologizes to Tifa as the crater begins to shake and the ancient beasts called Weapons awaken. Tifa and Barret flee on the Shinra airship, Highwind, as the crater collapses and are captured, with the rest of AVALANCHE escaping another way. Tifa and Barret are brought to Junon, where they are to be executed as scapegoats to show Shinra is still in control as Meteor looms in the sky.
Tifa is thrown into a gas chamber, while the other party members hidden in the crowd save Barret. While gas seeps into the chamber, Tifa breaks out of her restraints. Sapphire Weapon attacks Junon, blasting a hole in the gas chamber, which saves her. Running to escape the Shinra forces, Tifa climbs up onto the Mako Cannon. The Shinra executive Scarlet confronts Tifa, and the two descend into a catfight. The Highwind commanded by the rest of AVALANCHE appears below the cannon and Tifa jumps down to the airship. She is elected the party's temporary leader while Cloud is gone.
Cloud is found in Mideel, suffering from a Mako overdose. Tifa stays behind to watch over him, and Cid is elected leader. Cloud who is not showing signs of improvement and Ultimate Weapon appears and Lifestream swallows Mideel. Tifa tries to push the unresponsive Cloud to safety but both end up falling into the Lifestream.
Being submerged in the Lifestream lets Tifa enter Cloud's Subconscious where she uncovers the truth about the Nibelheim incident, and helps Cloud restore his memories and motivations. Tifa learns how Cloud admired her when he was young, and how he left to join SOLDIER to impress her. Tifa learns how Cloud helped her during the Nibelheim Incident, even though she didn't know it was him at the time. After Cloud's memories have been restored the two wash ashore near Mideel, where the others find them and take them back to the Highwind.
In the aftermath of Midgar's siege by Diamond Weapon and the impending chaos of Shinra's destruction, Cloud dismisses the party members, instructing them to find a reason to fight. Tifa stays behind with Cloud, as she has nowhere else to go. The two spend the night on the cliff above Northern Cave. Depending on the player's interactions with her during the game, the following scene has two possible dialogue courses that vary in the amount of affection the two show each other.
In late January 0007 the party descends to the bottom of the Northern Cave and defeats Sephiroth to release the power of Holy. After the battle Cloud feels Sephiroth is still not fully vanquished, and Tifa stays behind to help Cloud as he descends into the Lifestream for a final battle with Sephiroth. As he returns to his body the cavern begins to fall apart and Cloud saves Tifa from falling. Tifa is last seen on the Highwind with the others as the Lifestream surges from the Planet to help Holy destroy the Meteor.
Tifa is the focus of Case of Tifa in On the Way to a Smile, examining her life and relationship with Cloud after the game events. Tifa, Cloud and Barret's daughter Marlene become a family in the newly built city of Edge, and Tifa runs a bar called 7th Heaven, while Cloud runs a delivery service. Her life with Cloud is initially happy, but Tifa becomes concerned with Cloud's secrecy and growing depression, which strains the family's unity.
Cloud brings Denzel, a boy he found from the Midgar ruins, to the bar, and he joins the family, but Cloud continues to grow distant from Tifa as time goes on. As the novella ends, Cloud has left 7th Heaven with no explanation, despite briefly showing signs of happiness again. Tifa calls his cellphone several times but the answering service takes over. Shortly thereafter, the events of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children begin.
Tifa has a brief mention in Hoshi wo Meguru Otome where after learning from Zack that Cloud truly is not himself, Aerith protects Tifa's mind from the Mako poisoning while she is in Cloud's subconscious, believing she can restore Cloud's true persona.
- "Which is it, a memory or us?"
- —Tifa to Cloud
Two years after Final Fantasy VII in 0008, Tifa serves as Cloud's emotional support, runs a bar called 7th Heaven in Edge, cares for Marlene and Denzel, and handles the business side of Cloud's delivery service.
While taking Marlene to Sector 5 Church to find Cloud, she discovers Cloud has Geostigma. Loz, one of the Remnants of Sephiroth, shows up hoping to find Jenova's head under Cloud's care. He finds Tifa, whom he duels. Though she puts up a good fight, Tifa is defeated after Loz uses his superhuman speed and pile bunker. Cloud finds her unconscious in the church and prepares to hunt down Marlene, but a bout of pain from his Geostigma stops him. They are found by Reno and Rude who bring them back to the 7th Heaven. Cloud first turns down Tifa's request to go to the Forgotten Capital to get Marlene and Denzel, fearing he will be unable to help them, but Tifa gives him a speech about his apathy and self-loathing, talking him into going.
The next day, when Loz and Yazoo have mind-controlled the children with Geostigma into going to the memorial in the center of Edge, Tifa attempts to save Denzel from them, but Bahamut SIN knocks her out. Quickly waking up, she joins the battle with the remaining AVALANCHE members, and is the last person to physically help Cloud — with Aerith providing support from the Lifestream — into the air to deliver the final blow to the dragon.
Tifa appears on the Shera with the AVALANCHE members while Cloud fights Kadaj and Sephiroth, and arrives in the church with Denzel to heal his Geostigma, and share a shy smile with Cloud as he relaxes with the children in the pool of Lifestream purified water.
One year later in 0009, Tifa appears during the ground assault on Midgar, leading the tanks with Barret and Cloud. She appears again when the gang is cheering on Vincent when he is "saving the world", and at the end, when Yuffie enters 7th Heaven to inquire about Vincent. She is still running the bar, and lets Shelke live with them. Tifa can be heard during a phone call to Vincent during his descent into Midgar's underground, but in audio only.
Tifa fights with punches and kicks and her stats in Final Fantasy VII are designed around the Monk character class from previous Final Fantasy games; thus her physical stats are better than her magic stats, and she equips claw and glove type weapons. She has low HP growth.
Tifa's starting level is determined by the following formula:
- [average party level - 2]
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy VII Weapons#Tifa's Knuckles
Only a handful of Tifa's knuckles have higher-than-average strength, but the two that do are exceptional. The God's Hand has 255% Accuracy, meaning Tifa will never miss, and the other is her strongest weapon, the Premium Heart, which grows stronger as Tifa's Limit Break gauge fills. Both weapons also boost her magic power.
Also notable are the Master Fist, which does not have a powerful strength rating, but whose damage output doubles for each status ailment Tifa is under while it is equipped, and even outclasses several final weapons if Tifa has numerous ailments afflicting her, and the Powersoul, which doubles in power if Tifa is near death, and quadruples in power when she is under Death Sentence.
- Main article: Limit (Final Fantasy VII)#Tifa
Tifa's Limit Breaks are unlike most Final Fantasy VII characters': Instead of selecting a move from a list, Tifa's Limit Breaks consist of consecutively hitting the opponent with each move adding on to the previous. Each move deals physical damage to a random opponent. The Limits are selected through a selection process similar to the Slots skill from Final Fantasy VI. Each time the reel hits "Hit" the attack connects and does normal damage. When the reels hit "Yeah!" damage is doubled, but each time it hits "Miss", the attack does not connect and is not performed at all. The player stops the reel, and later skills have "Yeah!" harder to hit and surrounded by "Miss".
Tifa uses many of her Limits in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children in the battle against Loz.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Designed by Tetsuya Nomura, the concept of Tifa was first created when the idea was suggested that, at some point within the game, a character would be permanently killed off. When it was decided to have Aeris die, attention went into developing her character and her relationships with the other characters; this resulted in the idea to introduce Tifa as a sort of rival for Cloud's affections. The notion of having two concurrent heroines and the protagonist torn between them was something producer Yoshinori Kitase liked, describing it as something new, not present in past Final Fantasy games.
The Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania interviews with the creators of Final Fantasy VII reveal the original depiction of Cloud and Tifa's "moment" under the Highwind before their final battle against Sephiroth was more suggestive: following a fade-out scene, Cloud was to walk out of the airship's chocobo stable followed shortly by Tifa who would check around as she left, implying the two had spent the night together. This idea was rejected by Yoshinori Kitase for being too "extreme" and was replaced by the less risqué conversation scene.
Initially Nomura had difficulty deciding whether to give Tifa's design a mini-skirt or long pants. Seeking input, he passed his sketches around Square's offices, and the majority of the staff members approved of the mini-skirt design. The attire was explained in respect to the game as giving her freedom of movement due to her affinity to weaponless fighting, and the skirt, noted as "quite short [...] giving a considerable degree of exposure", was kept as a staple for her alternate costumes. The developers additionally noted that due to her figure, her otherwise plain garments took on a pleasant appearance. Initially Tifa was planned to be a supportive member of AVALANCHE rather than a field operative, and would have played a role in the organization's formation.
In a plot point cut from the final product, Tifa was intended to have been attacked by Cloud in the past and receive a scar on her back. This plot point was later changed to her childhood accident, for which Cloud was blamed but not responsible for. At another point Tifa's childhood diary was to be found, where she wrote about other children who were her friends and Cloud's tendency to get into fights. Tifa was going to meet her master Zangan who would directly teach her the Final Heaven Limit Break - this was replaced with her finding a hidden letter from Zangan containing the manual for the attack. Tifa was planned to tell Aeris the true events behind the Nibelheim Incident, revealing to her Cloud's faulty memories and Zack's role in the town's destruction.
When developing Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Takeshi Nozue had difficulty developing a framework for Tifa's body that was "balanced, yet showed off her 'feminine qualities'". Her outfit was redesigned with emphasis on expressing her physical qualities while being pleasing to the eye. Her hair was cropped shorter due to the difficulty of animating her original length of hair, as well as problems that arose due to its dark color and lighting.
With Aerith's Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children voice actress already decided, Nomura requested Ayumi Ito take on the role of Tifa for the film; feeling her "husky voice" would offer a good contrast to Maaya Sakamoto (who played Aerith). Nomura additionally noted that after completing Tifa's updated design they debated on her finalized details, but once Ito had been cast for the role they chose to blend many traits from the voice actress into the character's completed appearance.
Script writer Kazushige Nojima described Tifa's role in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children as "very much like any woman who's been left behind by a man", stating that while they didn't want her to appear clingy, they wanted to portray her as having been hurt emotionally. In the film's initial draft, she was intended to have a more central role in the then-short film, which only featured herself, Cloud, and several children, with the story revolving around a note being delivered to him.
A minor error occurs in the film; when Cloud finds an injured Tifa laying in the church, she is not wearing her gloves. This error is corrected in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete.
- Main article: Tifa's Theme
|"Tifa's Theme" from Final Fantasy VII|
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"Tifa's Theme" (ティファのテーマ, Tifa no Tēma?) plays during Tifa's flashback of Cloud's promise. "Tifa's Theme" originally plays as the background music for the 7th Heaven bar, until the day they are going to destroy the Sector 5 Reactor, after which it switches to "Barret's Theme".
Tifa's Theme has been remixed for Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- as "Brief Reunion", for the Case of Denzel as "Connected Heart" and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as "Tifa's Theme" as well as appearing on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII.
- Main article: Tifa Lockhart/Dissidia
Tifa is one of the new characters in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy fighting as a Warrior of Cosmos. She goes off her own during the 12th cycle of war and comes into conflict with Ultimecia. Saved by Kain, she follows him to discover the truth of his betrayal, knowing he is a good man and would not attack his allies without reason. She does not know Sephiroth or Cloud due to losing her memories, but they remember her when the three confront one another in a Report.
Tifa dons her original design from Final Fantasy VII as her default outfit. Her alternate costumes, she wears her Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children attire and her Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- guide outfit. As a downloadable fourth outfit, Tifa wears an outfit with a red miniskirt, boots and gloves, based on her design by Yoshitaka Amano.
- "A member of AVALANCHE, an anti-Shinra group that takes extreme measures to defy the company, and the popular proprietress of the bar 7th Heaven. She is a kind and motherly woman, while also being a proficient martial artist. Her lively personality belies an introverted nature and hides her love for her childhood friend Cloud."
- —Online description
After being purchased through the online store, Tifa appears as a playable character in the iOS version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. She appears in her Final Fantasy VII attire. She has high Strength and Agility, but her Magic and Luck are average.
Tifa appears as a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. She is depicted in both her default Final Fantasy VII and default Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children outfits, as well as an event-related Sailor Uniform outfit. Her abilities are Beat Rush, Meteor Strike, Dolphin Blow, Somersault and Final Heaven. She was first introduced in the event, Final Fantasy VII - Calamity from the Skies, in which her abilities and weapons were made usable in order to successfully combat Jenova∙LIFE and Jenova∙DEATH.
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- "This AVALANCHE heroine really wishes people would stop getting into her drawers."
Tifa is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content, she uses the Beat Rush and Somersault ability during battle.
Tifa is represented in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game by five fire-elemental cards, one being a promotional card. One displays Tifa's promotional CG art; another uses her artwork by Tetsuya Nomura; a third uses her Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy artwork; and one depicts her from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete. The final, promotional card, depicts her artwork by Yoshitaka Amano. Her Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy card has the Falcon Dive Action Ability, while the promotional artwork card bears Waterkick.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Tifa is an initial playable character in Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring. Her moveset includes Somersault, Beat Rush, and chargeable energy blasts. Her alternate costume is based on her Yoshitaka Amano artwork and a third costume can be unlocked, depicting her in her cowgirl outfit from the Nibelheim flashbacks. Her title in Story mode is "Summoner", and she can only be fought after successfully defeating "Guardian" Cloud.
- For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Tifa
Tifa appears in Kingdom Hearts II, looking around Hollow Bastion for Cloud and helping Leon defend Hollow Bastion when the world is invaded. Tifa wishes to help Cloud fight Sephiroth, and has spent much of the game searching for him. She interrupts a battle between the two and gives Cloud the power of light to combat Sephiroth's darkness. Cloud shines brightly and he and Sephiroth depart to places unknown to continue their battle. Tifa thanks Sora for his help in locating Cloud and gives him the Fenrir keychain. She later appears as a boss in several cups in the Underworld Coliseum, fighting with the other Final Fantasy characters.
Tifa may or may not be a human resident of Hollow Bastion, but rather a physical embodiment of Cloud's inner light to oppose Sephiroth, who symbolizes his inner darkness. The ambiguity of her nature was deliberately inserted by Nomura to generate discussion among players.
Tifa was originally supposed to appear in Kingdom Hearts, but was removed for time reasons.
Itadaki Street seriesEdit
Tifa appears as a playable character in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special, Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable and Itadaki Street Mobile alongside Cloud, Aerith, and Sephiroth.
In Popular CultureEdit
- See also: Final Fantasy in Popular Culture.
Tifa has been named the pinup girl of the "cyber generation" by the New York Times, being compared to the likes of Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise as an example of a strong, independent and attractive female character in video games. As such, whenever there is a poll involving female video game characters, Tifa is usually featured in the list. In 2004, Play featured Tifa in the first issue of their "Girls of Gaming" annual periodical, describing her as "the most adored female in recent Final Fantasy history".
The entire fight sequence between Tifa and Loz in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children has been duplicated for Korean pop singer Ivy MV's "Temptation of Sonata" music video, albeit with minor changes, such as small parts of the fighting choreography being altered due to the absence of Loz's Dual Hound, and Tifa's victory by snapping Loz's neck at the end. The music video was later banned from Korean television and singer Ivy was sued by Square Enix for copyright infringement.
Tifa's "Dilly dally, shilly shally" line from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was referenced in The World Ends With You, a game made by Square Enix. A poster of Tifa can be seen in Solaris in Xenogears, which is another Square RPG that was in development at the same time with Final Fantasy VII.
Tifa appears in the game Mainichi Issho, but as a costume only. Tifa's costume is also available as DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2.
Tifa makes a slight appearance in Cartoon Network's MAD TV show. She appears in season 1, episode 16, Gaming's next top model.
- For more information, see Dead Fantasy Wiki: Tifa Lockhart
Tifa makes an appearance in Monty Oum's Dead Fantasy series as a combatant against the girls from the Dead or Alive video game series. Her main opponent is Hitomi, as they are both martial artists. Tifa combines her martial arts with her Materia magic. As of the fifth episode, Tifa loses most, if not all, her Materia to Hitomi, and is severely wounded and knocked out by Hayate and his men. She is now held captive by Helena Douglas and DOATEC.
Tifa also appears in the two music videos Monty Oum created: Dead Fantasy - Obsessed and Dead Fantasy - Gee. In both videos, she's in her cowgirl outfit from Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.
Tifa's name is pronounced with a long "e" (Tee-fa) rather than a short "i" (Tiff-a). "Tifa" may be a shortened version of the name Tiffany, meaning "manifestation of God" or, in Greek, "Three, The Trinity". "Tifa" may also possibly be derived from the Tiferet, the sixth Sefira in the Tree of Life symbolizing love, beauty and self-sacrifice.
Tifa's last name, Lockhart, might be a reference to Tifa's reserved nature and hiding away her feelings for Cloud, "locking" them within her heart, or to her role in unlocking Cloud's psyche later in the game.
- Two of the Gold Saucer minigames can be played by Tifa in Cloud's stead if she is in the party: Snowboarding and Chocobo Square. She will sometimes ask Cloud if she can have a go when the player chooses to play. If Tifa and Cid are both in the party, Tifa will take precedence. Tifa and Cid are the party leaders during the time Cloud is lost, but during this time Gold Saucer is closed and Tifa and Cid can only play the games by asking Cloud.
- Yuffie's dialogue changes if either Tifa or Cid are the party leaders when recruiting her. She calls Tifa "Boobs" and Cid a "Cranky-legged old man".
- Tifa is the first permanently playable female Monk in the series.
- Throughout Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, the player can find posters for LOVELESS, which appear to depict Tifa.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Final Fantasy VII manual - Europe
- ↑ Final Fantasy VII manual - PC
- ↑ Final Fantasy VII manual - North America, pg.8
- ↑ http://na.square-enix.com/ff7psn/
- ↑ Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega p.26
- ↑ Archive of http://www.squaresoft.com/tifa-char.html on 29th May 1998.
- ↑ Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega p.533
- ↑ FFVII 10th Anniversary Discussion: p. 8 to 13 of the FFVII 10th Anniversary Ultimania; translated by TheLifestream.net
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