- “One of these days I'll fly an airship of my own. I'll be a sky pirate, free to go where I will.”
Vaan is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XII and its spin-off sequel, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. An orphan street thief hailing from Rabanastre in the Kingdom of Dalmasca, Vaan hates the Archadian Empire for the death of his brother, Reks, and the subjugation of his home, and dreams of one day owning an airship and being a sky pirate free to travel the world. When his attempt to steal from the Royal Palace of Rabanastre goes awry he becomes entangled in a conflict that could decide the fate of Dalmasca.
Vaan does not play a large role in the game's story, instead being a view-point and foil, observing and contrasting the actions of others who influence the unfolding events more directly.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- “Hating the Empire, getting revenge. It's all I ever thought about. But I never did anything about it. I mean, I realized there was nothing I could do. It made me feel hollow, alone. And then I'd miss my brother. I'd say stuff like "I'm gonna be a sky pirate", or some other stupid thing. Just anything to keep my mind off it. I was just—I was running away.”
- —Vaan opens up to Ashe
Vaan is a 17-year-old youth standing at around 5'7". Like many other Dalmascans, he has tanned skin, blond hair and gray eyes. Due to his homeland's hot climate, he wears a loose cropped open metal vest fastened with a pendant over his chest. According to the manga, it once belonged to his brother. His dark pants are held up by a red ribboned sash belt, and are tucked into a pair of knee-high steel boots.
His appearance Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings remains identical, while his Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift appearance adds a large-collared white shirt beneath his cropped vest and several metal accessories on his side. The ornament on Vaan's waist at his Tactics A2 artwork resembles the Galbana airship.
Vaan was forced to adopt a leadership role, being the eldest among the group of orphans he spends his time in. He is seen as a brotherly figure to the younger children, particularly Kytes and Filo. He is protective of his childhood friend Penelo, and though he hails from the Lowtown slums, Vaan dreams of becoming a sky pirate to escape the Empire's hold and roam the skies freely.
Vaan trains in the Garamsythe Waterway slaying Dire Rats, gaining the nickname "Vaan Ratsbane" from Old Dalan. Despite having been forced to grow up early due to the loss of his family, Vaan is still naive; he holds an idealistic view of one day getting back at the Empire, owning an airship, and his inexperience with the world comes across during his interactions with his more worldly companions. Vaan admits to Ashe that his desire to be a sky pirate stems from wanting to flee the memory of his brother, who was killed during the war.
Vaan was born in the year 689 Old Valendia, and grew up in Dalmasca's capital, the Royal City of Rabanastre. In 701 — five years prior to the events of Final Fantasy XII — when Vaan was only twelve his parents fell victim to the plague. Vaan and his elder brother Reks were taken in by his childhood friend, Penelo and her family. Two years later the war between Rozarria and Archadia bared upon its middle ground, Dalmasca, and a small scale raid of Rabanastre claimed the lives of Penelo's parents, leaving Vaan and Penelo with only one family figure left: Reks.
Final Fantasy XIIEdit
- “Dalmasca? What do you care about Dalmasca? Everything that happened is because of you! Everyone that's died, every single one! Even my brother; YOU KILLED MY BROTHER!”
- —Vaan to Basch fon Ronsenburg
During the Imperial occupation Reks signed up as a light infantry soldier. When King Raminas agreed to a peace treaty and left for Nalbina Fortress to sign it, word came in the treaty signing was but a conspiracy to murder him. Reks was sent to the fortress to stop the treaty signing, his squadron being led by Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg of the Order of the Knights. Reks was fatally wounded by what appeared to be Basch who appeared to have taken it upon himself to murder the king. Reks's witness testimony led to Basch's conviction for high treason and he was announced executed, while Vaan looked after the increasingly unresponsive Reks in a hospital in his final moments of life. Believing his brother to have been murdered by not only Captain Basch, but also at the fault of the Archadian Empire, Vaan resented the Empire and vowed vengeance.
Vaan was forced to live in Lowtown with Penelo and the rest of the children orphaned by the war. He dreamed of becoming a sky pirate to escape his mundane lifestyle and alongside Penelo spent his days carrying out menial tasks for the sundry shop owner, Migelo while pick-pocketing the Archadian troops stationed in Rabanastre, rationalizing it to Penelo as taking back the wealth of the city Archadia was stealing.
When Vayne Solidor becomes the consul of Dalmasca Vaan sneaks into the royal palace during the fête to take back things that once belonged to Dalmasca. During his raid he chances upon the Goddess's Magicite and runs into the sky pirates Balthier and Fran who demand he hand over the object. Not knowing its true power but guessing it to be valuable, Vaan makes a run for it when the Resistance attacks the palace and the Imperial airship Ifrit repels the insurgence.
As told in the manga, during his escape Vaan overhears Vayne speaking to Gabranth and spies on them overseeing the battle. He is caught and brought before Vayne, who mocks his rage. Vaan tells the two his brother was killed at Nalbina Fortress, but neither Gabranth nor Vaan realize who the other is yet. Vayne invites Vaan to attack him, and Vaan lunges but is blocked by Gabranth. Vaan is taken away by the guards, Vayne ordering him executed for attempted assault on an Archadian official.
As Vaan is carried off the guards are intercepted by Balthier, who continues to pursue Vaan and throws him over a bridge to Fran's hoverbike and follows suit. The vehicle malfunctions, its power being drained by the Goddess's Magicite Vaan is holding onto, and crashes in the Garamsythe Waterway where Vaan teams up with Balthier and Fran to find a way out. Balthier surmises the Vayne deliberately staged the dinner to lure the Resistance out of hiding and trap them using the Imperial fleet. By chance, they encounter a Resistance fighter named Amalia, who is cornered by several Imperial Guards. Vaan runs to her aid, and following the ensuing battle, Amalia joins the party briefly though she scorns at Vaan's thievery from the palace. Upon reaching the Waterway's exit they battle a Firemane and afterward are confronted by Vayne. Despite Amalia's insistence that her company is innocent, Vaan is thrown into the Nalbina Dungeons with Balthier and Fran.
In the dungeon Vaan attempts to defend a wounded bangaa from three abusive seeq dungeon masters, and is thrown into a caged battle with them. Balthier joins the fray and the two emerge victorious and hide within the arena when Judge Gabranth appears with an entourage. They follow him into an Oubliette where they are surprised to find an emaciated Basch fon Ronsenburg imprisoned. Following Gabranth's leave, Basch pleads the party to set him free.
Balthier is indifferent but Vaan furiously jumps atop Basch's cage. The ruckus attracts the guards, and Fran tells everyone to hang onto the cage while she drops it to the pit below the dungeons that leads to Barheim Passage. Freed, Basch joins the party while they trek through the Passage, though Vaan makes his distaste at this arrangement known. Basch explains the Empire framed him by having his twin brother, Noah, now going by the name of Judge Magister Gabranth, impersonate him to assassinate the king and leave Reks as a witness to "Basch's" treachery, but Vaan remains unconvinced.
The party escape to Rabanastre where Vaan parts with the others to report his adventure to Old Dalan. Dalan gives Vaan a sword to deliver to a Resistance member, Vossler Azelas, and at the Resistance base in Lowtown Vaan finds Vossler disrespecting the people who were at the Nalbina Fortress during the treaty signing, including Reks. Vaan yells out that Reks was no liar, which Basch — who had been recuperating under the Resistance watch — agrees with, stating that Reks was the witness Archadia needed to make it convincing. Needing to find Balthier, Basch asks Vaan to help him. He apologizes but Vaan has let go of his hatred, realizing Basch's framing was another of Vayne's schemes.
They find Balthier in the Sandsea tavern with a worried Migelo demanding he look for Penelo, who has been kidnapped by a bounty hunter named Ba'Gamnan, who is after Balthier and saw him speaking to Penelo before being taken to the Nalbina Dungeons. Vaan pleads with Balthier to fly them to the Skycity of Bhujerba to find Penelo and when he offers the Goddess's Magicite as payment, Balthier agrees. The four board Balthier's airship, the Strahl, with Vaan excited at a first-hand sight of an airship.
On their way to the Lhusu Mines in Bhujerba the party is joined by a well-spoken young Archadian boy, Lamont, but in the mines the party learns Penelo has already been set free. After dealing with Ba'Gamnan, the party hide as Judge Ghis and it is revealed "Lamont" is Larsa Ferrinas Solidor, a member of the ruling family of Archadia and Vayne's brother. Penelo stands with them, having been found by guards outside the mines. Larsa ensures Penelo's safety and asks her to accompany him to Marquis Ondore's mansion.
Vaan's wishes to rescue Penelo coincide with Basch's need to meet with Ondore. Knowing that Ondore has connections with the Resistance, they concoct a plan to catch the Resistance's attention by having Vaan run around the city proclaiming Basch is alive, hoping to discredit the Marquis who declared Basch executed two years ago. When the stirring Vaan is approached by the Resistance who grant him and the rest of the party an audience with Ondore. Ondore wishes to reunite Basch with "Amalia", and informs Ghis of the party's whereabouts to have them taken aboard the Dreadnought Leviathan where she is held captive.
Aboard the Leviathan they find Amalia — who is revealed to be Princess Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca, the rightful heir to the throne of Dalmasca, believed to have committed suicide after her father's murder two years prior. As she cannot prove her birthright she cannot challenge the Empire, but Basch tells her that the Dusk Shard will be proof enough — the Goddess's Magicite Vaan stole from the palace. Vaan hands the stone over to Ghis on the condition their lives be spared, and the group is imprisoned. However, Vossler has infiltrated the ship in an Imperial disguise and they escape their captives and Vaan is finally reunited with Penelo who had come onboard with Larsa.
When the group returns to Bhujerba Ashe expresses her wish to locate the third stone belonging to the royal family, the Dawn Shard, to prove her royal blood. Vaan accompanies the team to the Tomb of Raithwall where they find the Dawn Shard but are captured by the Empire after Vossler's unexpected betrayal. The party again escape imprisonment when Ghis attempts evaluate the Dawn Shard's power by placing it in the ship's engine and it overloads, exploding in Mist. Recovering the now lusterless Dawn Shard, the party return to Rabanastre where Vaan points out that while Ashe may wish to wreak revenge on Archadia using the Dawn Shard, she doesn't know how to use it. Wishing to see the Empire fall and Dalmasca be restored to its rightful rulers, Vaan accompanies Ashe as the group to Jahara to learn more about the Dawn Shard.
The trip to Jahara seems unfruitful as the garif do not know how to use the stone either, and say the stone has lost its power as its Mist has been consumed. That night, Vaan reveals to Ashe that he saw Lord Rasler's ghost when they claimed the Dawn Shard from Raithwall's Tomb, though he thinks it resembled his brother. The two of them are the only ones capable of seeing the spirit, and decide to keep the sighting secret. Vaan explains he had always run away from his problems, but has decided he will try and make a difference instead. Vaan's confession helps Ashe decide what she should do. Accompanied again by Larsa who claims to be on their side as he also wants to see a peaceful resolution to the conflict, the party heads to Mt. Bur-Omisace whom Larsa hopes could help Ashe claim Dalmasca's throne and then propose peace to the Empire. The plan falls apart when it is learned Vayne has murdered his father, the Emperor, and succeeded him and disbanded the Imperial Senate making him the sole ruler of the Empire. The Gran Kiltias Anastasis tells Ashe of another treasure of King Raithwall — the Sword of Kings that can destroy nethicite, like the Dawn Shard as well as the artificially produced nethicite powering the Empire. Vaan suggests Ashe try the sword on the Dawn Shard and although Ashe is about to strike it, she sees Rasler's ghost who orders her not to destroy it. This time, however, Vaan didn't see anything when Ashe later asks him about it.
With the Sword of Kings in hand the party heads to the Draklor Laboratory to seek out the Midlight Shard and the Dusk Shard in possession of Doctor Cid, who flees the confrontation. Cid lures Ashe to the Ancient City of Giruvegan where she learns of the Occuria's wish for her to wield nethicite to destroy the Empire and the rogue Occuria, Venat, who has told them the secrets to creating man-made nethicite. The Occuria give Ashe the Treaty Blade, a new nethicite-destroying sword, and direct her to the Pharos at Ridorana to find the Sun-Cryst, the origin of nethicite from which King Raithwall once cut the Dawn, Dusk, and Midlight shards.
Accompanied by the mysterious and wise sky pirate Reddas, the group climbs the Pharos and locates the Sun-Cryst. Vaan if Ashe plans to destroy it rather than take its power for herself, but Ashe is unsure. She holds up the Treaty Blade and calls forth a Mist from the Sun-Cryst, Rasler's spirit appearing again and this time, everyone present see him. Ashe takes this to mean he wants her to use the stone to destroy the Empire. Gabranth arrives and announces himself as the true murderer of Reks and King Raminas, and goads Ashe to strike him down with the Sun-Cryst's power. Gabranth attempts to attack Vaan but is stopped by Reddas, who reveals himself to be Judge Zecht, who unwittingly used the Midlight Shard to destroy Nabudis two years ago. Reddas urges Ashe to set aside her desire for revenge while Gabranth continues to taunt her. Ashe declares Rasler would not desire revenge and strikes the spirit, revealing it to be an illusion of the Occuria used to sway her decisions.
Ashe resolves to destroy the Sun-Cryst and when Gabranth questions her, Vaan tells him revenge is meaningless and cannot bring back the dead. The group battles Gabranth before Cid arrives and Venat merges the three original shards of deifacted nethicite back into the Sun-Cryst, spilling Mist over Ivalice. Cid is defeated and his body fades into Mist and Sun-Cryst grows increasingly volatile. Vaan wields the Treaty Blade as Ashe wields the Sword of Kings and the two attempt to destroy the Sun-Cryst but cannot get close enough with the erupting Mist. Reddas takes the Sword of Kings from Ashe and sacrifices himself to destroy the Sun-Cryst, the party escaping as it explodes.
With the Mist awash over Ivalice the Empire's ultimate weapon, the battleship Sky Fortress Bahamut, powers up. The Resistance and Archadian fleets meet in battle over Rabanastre and Ondore, leading the Resistance fleet, attempts to stop the Strahl's passage but Vaan imitates Larsa's voice across the intercom to trick the Marquis to letting them go. They infiltrate the Bahamut where Vaan ensures Dalmasca's fate to a doubtful Ashe, stating that she can reign properly since she has good friends.
After battling Vayne and the transformed Vayne Novus, Vaan charges forward and mortally wounds him with Gabranth's fallen sword, forcing Vayne out onto the Bahamut's deck. Venat and Vayne merge, the Bahamut's rubble gathering around Vayne to form The Undying, but it is still defeated. With Vayne and Venat gone the Bahamut begins to fall on Rabanastre, and Balthier and Fran remain behind to reactive its power Balthier entrusting the Strahl to Vaan, who pilots the others to safety.
One year after Vayne's defeat Larsa has become the new Emperor and there is peace across the land. Vaan has looked after the Strahl as Balthier and Fran have remained unseen and unheard of since the Bahamut's fall, but one day Vaan and Penelo enter the hangar to find the ship gone, in its place a message from Balthier: he is searching for the Cache of Glabados at the Bervenia Palace, and wishes Vaan to meet him in Bervenia to join in on the spoils. Penelo is going with him, saying that every good sky pirate needs a partner.
- “A young sky pirate whose journey throughout Ivalice have taught him so much. At last the captain of his own airship, Vaan travels the skies in search of adventure”
- —FFXII: Revenant Wings instruction booklet
Vaan and Penelo meet up with Balthier and Fran in Glabados Ruins where they find two shards of auracite, one of which Balthier entrusts to Vaan as an introduction to sky pirating. The ruins collapse and Vaan's new airship is destroyed, but back in Dalmasca Penelo is relieved the ship was destroyed hoping Vaan would settle down. The arrival of a derelict outside of Dalmasca prompts Vaan to sneak onboard with Kytes and Filo and inside, they are attacked by Ba'Gamnan and his family, but the party uses the auracite to summon some Espers to fight them off.
After tying up Ba'Gamnan, Penelo and Tomaj come onboard and the ship reacts to Vaan's auracite and lifts off, taking them to the sky continent of Lemurés. Seeing a chance for a new adventure Vaan claims the ship, naming it Galbana, to be his until they can take it to its original owner. Kytes and Filo and Penelo join the crew and in the party's first mission in Lemurés they meet Llyud, an aegyl, who requests their assistance in stopping the Ivalician sky pirates from defiling Lemurés.
At the Fane of Tehp Qul Vaan's party encounters the Judge of Wings who seeks to destroy the Auraliths to claim their power and lay waste to Ivalice. Though the Judge is temporarily defeated, she shatters the great Skystone and absconds with its power. Tomaj locates the Judge at the Yapih Caverns but when they confront her she summons Bahamut breaking up the Muruc Cahuac Skysea into pieces and sending the Galbana crash-landing at Tswarra, Isle of the Lost, where they find a wounded man called Velis, Mydia's dead lover, the Feol viera behind the Judge of Wings's faceless helm. The Judge herself appears, changes Velis into a terrible Yarhi, and orders him to attack Vaan's party, but the party defeats him.
The Galbana repaired, Vaan and company meet up with Fran at Arda, Heaven's Pillar, after rescuing her from the tireless Ba'Gamnan. She leads them to the Ymir Qul Underground where Balthier and the Judge of Wings await next to an Auralith. The Judge is defeated and leaves but Balthier destroys the Auralith himself despite Vaan's efforts to stop him. The release of energy from the Skystone sends Vaan, Penelo, Llyud, Filo, and Kytes to Lesrekta, Isle of Illusions, that serves as a test for Vaan's true feelings toward his friends. After being separated throughout the misty island, the five reunite after Penelo expresses her wish for Vaan to return. A voice calls them to Illusion's Home where Velis's spirit explains Mydia's existence as Feolthanos's puppet and pleads with Vaan to save her from Feolthanos's clutches, turning himself into the godblade Anastasia. The party return to the real world, upon the Galbana.
Thousands of years ago, a man called Feolthanos was the chief of the aegyl when they still lived in Ivalice. Feolthanos took a viera wife and started a family; their descendants eventually being called "Feol Viera". He revolted against the Occuria and took the aegyl to Lemurés, using the Auraliths to create a barrier around Lemurés to repel the Occuria while trapping the aegyl within. The barrier was maintained until about a year prior when the massive amount of Mist from the Sun-Cryst was released upon Ivalice.
After Balthier explains he destroyed the Auralith to protect the aegyl souls within from Feolthanos, he and Fran join Vaan's party and they meet with Queen Ashe and Basch on the new Dreadnought Leviathan, now Dalmasca's flagship. Descending to Ivalice, Vaan and company follow several leads on the Judge until they meet her at the Feol Warren, the secluded home of the Feol Viera. Mydia kills the penultimate members of her race to give them, in death, escape from Feolthanos's will. Vaan's party kills Mydia who, upon her death bed, tells them of her loss of Velis and the attempt to bring him back to life, which led only to the giving of herself to Feolthanos in the false hope he would resurrect her fallen love.
Mydia's spirit leads the Galbana to Feolthanos's fortress, the Keep of Forgotten Time. The aegyl god is the final Auralith, a leech that drains his people's souls. After Feolthanos's defeat the Auraliths' power dies with him. The Purvama of Lemurés, no longer supported by the anima of its aegyl inhabitants, falls from the sky, and Llyud bids farewell to Vaan and the others to lead his race to a new home. The Galbana departs to places unknown as its former commanders return to Ivalice aboard the Strahl.
Some time later, Vaan and Penelo meet outside Rabanastre and share a covert kiss. They plan to sneak out for another adventure together, but are caught by Filo and Kytes who insist on accompanying them.
- “Final Fantasy XII's leading man. Tempered by his many adventures, Vaan has matured in the intervening years, but he remains spirited and carefree - some might say careless. Now famous sky pirates, he and his partner, Penelo, even find themselves plagued by impostors.”
First encountered at the Moorabella Aerodrome, Vaan runs into Luso Clemens, discovering an airship hijacker. Vaan aids Luso in attacking the hijackers, though Luso is disgruntled, assuming Vaan wants to take credit for his efforts. After the battle Penelo arrives, explaining that Vaan was supposed to meet her at a different airship dock in the Aerodrome. While leaving, Vaan alludes to a treasure in the Tramdine Fens and Penelo explains this "hint" is Vaan's way of apology for the mishap.
Luso and Clan Gully later discover that Vaan and Penelo have been framed for a failed assassination attempt against Jylland's Baron Beltorey. They track down the two who explain that Illua and Khamja were behind the botched attack. Vaan and Penelo had been attempting to save the Baron, but were spotted while leaving the Baron's manse, and were assumed to be the attackers.
Later, Luso accepts a quest posted against Vaan, itching at the chance to face his "rival". It turns out the perpetrators were no more than impostors and the real Vaan and Penelo arrive in time to apprehend the impersonators, leaving Luso somewhat disappointed. Vaan joins Clan Gully after Al-Cid Margrace, at the Fluorgis Aerodrome, gives Luso and Adelle a letter to give to the sky pirate, instructing Vaan to seek Clan Gully to learn more about Khamja. After Al-Cid's departure Penelo arrives at the Aerodrome, requesting the Clan's aid in locating Vaan. After the Clan saves Vaan from some thugs in the ruins north of Fluorgis town, he explains that he and Penelo have been working against Khamja all along, and joins the Clan.
Final Fantasy XIIEdit
Vaan has the game's best overall stats. At Level 99 he has the highest strength tied with Basch, the third highest Magick Power, the highest Vitality, and the second highest Speed. His HP and MP are high as well. Vaan begins with the licenses "Smallswords", "Leather Armor 1", and "Steal", and is equipped with a Mythril Sword, Leather Cap, and Leather Clothing.
Vaan starts at level 1 with no LP. His current level and LP later determine Penelo's, Balthier's and Fran's level and LP when they join him.
|1||82 - 84||25 - 27||23||20||24||24|
|10||282 - 316||40 - 51||28||24||27||25|
|20||645 - 742||62 - 89||33||28||31||26|
|30||1,111 - 1,293||84 - 127||39||33||35||28|
|40||1,552 - 1,814||111 - 176||44||37||39||29|
|50||2,257 - 2,650||134 - 217||50||42||42||31|
|60||2,878 - 3,387||156 - 255||55||46||46||32|
|70||3,230 - 3,802||172 - 282||61||51||50||33|
|80||3,637 - 4,281||188 - 309||66||55||54||35|
|90||4,192 - 4,938||199 - 325||72||60||57||36|
|99||4,818 - 6,203||204 - 330||82||69||61||37|
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit
- See also: List of Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Weapons#Vaan's Weapons, List of Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Armor#Vaan's Armor, and List of Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Accessories#Vaan's Accessories
Vaan uses one-handed swords and attacks like a traditional Warrior although his skills comprise mostly of abilities that steal attributes from enemies to enhance his own. His Quickening, Pyroclasm, does heavy damage to enemies within a range. It is obtained by defeating Belias.
|Dual Attack||3||Deal damage to one foe with two successive hits.|
|Sprint||7||Increase movement speed.|
|Steal Speed||12||Transfer Speed from one foe to the user.|
|Steal Endurance||18||Transfer Stamina from one foe to the user.|
|Steal Power||25||Transfer Strength from one foe to the user.|
|Timeslip||33||Inflict Stop on one foe.|
|Dervish||42||Drastically increase user's Attack Speed.|
|Pyroclasm||-||Deal heavy damage to all foes in range.|
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the RiftEdit
Vaan's unique Job is Sky Pirate, enabling him to raise his speed and dodge-related statistics and allowing him to ignore enemy defenses and look for treasure during battle. He is one of the most agile characters, losing only to Adelle in terms of speed and agility.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Vaan's early name was "Aqua" (アクア, as seen in Akihiko Yoshida's concept art) and intended to be an Iyashi kei character (癒し系, "therapeutic type", a kind of Japanese stock character). Vaan is known for going over several personality changes over the course of development, originally written as a rugged and world-worn character until the developers reconsidered the target demographic and Vaan was rewritten to be more effeminate. After Kouhei Takeda was cast as his voice, the developers rewrote Vaan to match the energetic personality his voice lent to the character. The executive producer of Final Fantasy XII, Akitoshi Kawazu, has said in an interview  that character design is one of the areas the developers mull over extensively, and is one of the most difficult things to develop and decide on.
When commenting on Vaan, Kawazu said Vaan in particular is a little bit younger than the series is used to, and there are many people on the development team who aren't necessarily feeling he is the right character to be the main, because it clashes with the other characters and game environments, but also commented it's traditional for the Japanese RPGs to start out with a young, inexperienced character, who grows throughout the story, and that having the lead be a younger immature character is somewhat expected. He also said that doesn't necessarily mean the producers and designers always like that, but that certain concessions must be made to cater for what the market wants. Vaan's status as main character was a decision made to appeal to the game's intended demographic, causing focus to shift from a more masculine written role to a younger and more energetic one.
Vaan was originally considered to fill the Final Fantasy XII spot in Dissidia Final Fantasy, but was rejected in favor of Gabranth. When Penelo appears in the Battle Tips, she complains of Vaan's rejection.
During development of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, battle director Takeo Kujiraoka consulted Hiroyuki Ito, the designer of the License Board in Final Fantasy XII and director of the International Zodiac Job System remake of the game, for his thoughts on Vaan's fighting style. Due to Ito working in a different department and being occupied with another project, they were unable to speak directly, so Kujiraoka sent him an email with a demo file of Vaan asking for Ito's opinion. Ito replied he thought Vaan was a great character and that Kujiraoka had chosen his favorite victory pose of Vaan's to use in the game. Ito received a "Special Thanks" credit for the game due to his feedback.
|Bobby Edner as Vaan|
|"One of these days, I'll fly an airship of my own. I'll be a sky pirate, free to go where I will."
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Vaan's Japanese voice actor was changed for Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy due to problems from the agency of his original voice actor, Kouhei Takeda. His role was taken over by Kenshō Ono, known for his work with dubbing the Harry Potter film series in Japan. This makes Vaan, along with Gilgamesh and Firion, the only characters not to have their original Japanese voice actors reprise their roles.
Both Vaan's Japanese and English voice actors had confirmed their returned for a new Final Fantasy game, but did not reveal what game it was. It was later revealed the game they were speaking of was Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. However, due to problems with his agency, Kouhei Takeda was not able to reprise his role.
In Final Fantasy XII, Vaan and Penelo speak in a more casual style than Ashe, Basch and Balthier who speak in formalized English. In Japanese, Balthier, Ashe and Basch use an older, more formal form of Japanese than Vaan and Penelo.
In Final Fantasy XII, Vaan is associated with the song "The Dream to be a Sky Pirate" (空賊への夢, Kūzoku e no Yume?), which plays when Vaan speaks of his dream to become a sky pirate, the theme is mixed with the Salikawood's theme. In Revenant Wings Vaan's theme is a remix of the Mosphoran Highwaste theme. In Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift Vaan and Penelo's appearances are accompanied by the song "The Sky Pirate From the East", a remix of Penelo's theme from Final Fantasy XII.
- Main article: Vaan/Dissidia
Vaan appears in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as a hero representing Final Fantasy XII. He is a fairly new addition to the cycles of war, and offers naive but heartfelt comments on the events around them, putting him at odds with Lightning. Vaan finds Terra and is forced to fight her to defend himself when she attacks him. He later sees her being tortured by Kefka, and helps her escape when he realizes she isn't fighting for Chaos willingly.
Explaining he doesn't care about her allegiance and just wanted to help, Vaan asks Terra to hide until he can take her to Cosmos and have her turn Terra into one of her warriors. Vaan later travels to the Lands of Discord and sacrifices his life to seal the portal to the Void the manikins are emerging from.
Vaan's first alternate outfit is based on his Yoshitaka Amano concept art, giving him a dark gray and black version of his base outfit. His second alternate outfit is his Tactics A2 attire, a light blue shirt under his vest with different pants. As a bonus fourth outfit available for download, Vaan wears an original design by Final Fantasy XII character designer Akihiko Yoshida, dressing as a traditional sea pirate with a pirate hat and blue and white boots and a coat.
Vaan is indirectly mentioned in a letter sent by Sablé. The mail talks about Penelo, her work ethics as the "item shop girl from Rabanastre" and her personality when Sablé found out she was kidnapped by a bangaa. The mail is a tease to Vaan because Sablé was comparing him to Penelo and suggested "That brat friend of hers should learn from her".
- Watching You, Kupo
- “You understand, right? Right, kupo? The item shop girl at Rabanastre is a hard worker with a sunny disposition. That brat friend of hers should learn from her, kupo. I hope she comes back safely, kupo...”
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- “An orphan boy living in what remains of the Kingdom of Dalmasca after the empire's invasion. He aspires to be one of the sky pirates who rule the skies in their airships. While on the hunt for treasure to steal, he finds instead the Dalmascan princess, believed by all to have died during the war. Joining Ashe in her plans to free their homeland, he will give his aid in her battle against overwhelming powers.”
- —Online description
Vaan is a playable character in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. He has the highest Luck of any character in the game, but otherwise has below average stats. Vaan's specialty is obtaining rare items. Vaan can boost the chances with Steal and Treasure Hunter, and like Tidus, boost the party Agility with Agility Up.
|Mirage (Lv 1)||Level 5|
|Spare Change||Level 10|
|Steal (Lv 1)||Level 20|
|Mirage (Lv 2)||Level 50|
|Steal (Lv 2)||Level 70|
|Mirage (Lv 3)||Level 75|
|Steal (Lv 3)||Level 85|
|Earth Blues (Lv 1)||Initial|
|Fortune's Refrain (Lv 1)||Initial|
|Luck Up (Lv 1)||Level 15|
|Luck Up (Lv 2)||Level 25|
|Agility Up (Lv 2)||Level 30|
|Treasure Hunter (Lv 1)||Level 35|
|Luck Up (Lv 3)||Level 45|
|Agility Up (Lv 3)||Level 55|
|Treasure Hunter (Lv 2)||Level 60|
|Treasure Hunter (Lv 3)||Level 80|
- “Lives in Lowtown and dreams of being a sky pirate. A lighthearted young man whom the orphaned street urchins view as their leader.”
- —Character Description
Vaan appears as an ally and a summonable Legend depicted in his default Final Fantasy XII outfit. His ability is Inferno. He is first introduced as an event ally in the event, "Final Fantasy Special Event Part 2 — Showdown", in which he was unlocked by clearing the Ridorana Cataract stage. Leveling him up to 99 in these events granted the player his individualized SSR weapon, Treaty-Blade. In battle, Vaan is armed with his sword and uses the ability Inferno.
- “This youth from the Lowtown slums longs for unbound freedom in the skies.”
Vaan is an exclusive character only available from the Premium Character Shop as a random downloadable content. He uses the White Whorl ability during battle.
Vaan appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game with numerous cards. Most of his cards are wind-elemental, but his Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy pirate costume card is of the water element.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Vaan appears as a character in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special, a game which was released before Final Fantasy XII, alongside Ashe.
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Vaan appears along with the other five main characters of Final Fantasy XII in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable. The game was released prior to Final Fantasy XII.
Users in Square Enix Members Virtual World community can make their character appear as Vaan. Vaan's hair costs 100 crystals and his clothes cost 480 crystals.
Vaan is a variation of the Hebrew name Van meaning "God is Gracious".
- Vaan's sprite is unlocked in Final Fantasy XII's Sky Pirate's Den after successfully stealing 50 times, earning the player the title of Master Thief.
- According to the Final Fantasy XII/Official Strategy Guide under the "Character Relationships" section, Vaan 'wants to be' like Reddas.
- Only Vaan and Balthier retain their original Quickenings from Final Fantasy XII in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings: Pyroclasm for Vaan and Element of Treachery for Balthier.
- Vaan was used in the production of Final Fantasy XIII to stand in for unfinished characters.
- Vaan's Japanese voice acting is the center of mondegreen parodied by its fans. The most notorious one is the (オイヨイヨ, oiyoiyo?) which is misheard from the line (飛び降りろ, tobioriro?, lit. "jump down") when he first encounters Ashe in the sewer.
- G4TV editor Jonathan Hunt stated that "Neku Sakuraba" from The World Ends with You was created from the same "brooding mold" as Vaan and Cloud Strife, stating that it's easy to hate him at first, citing his "over-sized anime hairdos" and "outlandish cosplay street wear".