|Also known as||Vince/Vinnie|
|Ultimate Weapon||Death Penalty|
|Date of Birth||October 13, 1950|
57 (chronologically, Final Fantasy VII)
59 (Advent Children)
60 (Dirge of Cerberus)
|Height||6' 0" (184 cm)|
|Japanese voice actor||Kazuhiro Nakata (Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring)|
|English voice actor||Steven Jay Blum|
|Final Fantasy VII Character|
- "A mystical man, stern and upright while at the same time dark and mysterious..."
Vincent Valentine is an optional playable character in Final Fantasy VII, and main protagonist of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. A former Turk with a mysterious past, Vincent's secrets tie him directly to several of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII's main antagonists.
Vincent wields handguns in battle and his Limit Breaks cause him to shapeshift as a result of the experiments Professor Hojo performed on him. His Japanese voice actor is Shōgo Suzuki, and he is voiced by Steven Jay Blum in English. Since his introduction, Vincent has become one of the most popular characters in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- "It's just that you're always so cold. I thought you didn't care what was happening."
"Cold? Hmm...... I guess that's just how I am, sorry."
- —Cloud and Vincent
Vincent is a man physically in his late twenties, and stands roughly six feet tall. He has crimson eyes and long black hair. He wears a red bandanna with his fringe emerging over it. Vincent's most distinctive feature is his red cloak, held in place over his shoulders and lower face by several buckles. Underneath his cape Vincent's attire is black with several straps and buckles. Vincent wears a holster for his gun against his right leg, and pointed sabatons on his feet. He wears a golden gauntlet on his left arm. His weapon of choice is the Cerberus, a three-barreled revolver. Vincent has kept this look in all his appearances, with subtle variations. Vincent was originally intended to appear in Kingdom Hearts alongside Cloud Strife, but was removed (see below), and aspects of his costume were incorporated into Cloud's design, including the tattered red cloak and gauntlet.
In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Vincent's cloak was meant to have an organic feel and was difficult to animate. The developers decided changing his costume would be conflicting with his character, so Vincent was the only character in the film to appear the same as he had in Final Fantasy VII, although there are minor changes, such as a full bodysuit, a tattered cloak and a glove completely covering his previously partially bare right arm.
In Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Vincent's Galian Beast and Chaos forms incorporate his design into them; Galian Beast is wearing a shorter version of Vincent's cloak as a kilt, while Chaos's feet resemble Vincent's boots.
Dark and brooding over his past experiences, Vincent conceals many secrets. He speaks in a cryptic manner, when he talks about his past, calling his traumas 'sins'. Despite his cold personality, he is not uncaring; at a point where Cloud admits he thought Vincent does not care about the Planet, Vincent brushes off the remark. He has a soft spot for Lucrecia, referring to her as a beautiful lady. He fiercely despises Professor Hojo for his immoral actions, and it is the promise of meeting him that stirs Vincent to accompany the party in Final Fantasy VII. Vincent is reluctant to speak, although when he does, he typically has something important to say.
Kazushige Nojima has noted Vincent is naturally a loner, and had he not been a former ally of Cloud and his friends, it is unlikely he would have joined them in the battle with Bahamut SIN in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. His voice actor, Shōgo Suzuki, noted Vincent's few appearances have a profound impact and that Tifa's remark "they're our friends", after Vincent's arrival, shows his underlying warmth. He is noted to be similar to Cloud, only more mature, which influenced his character and voice work. Vincent was originally intended to appear in Kingdom Hearts with Cloud, but it was decided to remove him due their similar brooding personalities and aspects of his design were worked into Cloud's new design for the series, which has been used for all of Cloud's appearances in the Kingdom Hearts series thus far, with the exception of Kingdom Hearts II.
- "That was my sin, and this...this is my punishment."
- —Vincent, referring to his inability to stop the Jenova Project.
About twenty-five to thirty years before Final Fantasy VII, Vincent was a member of the Turks, then known as Shinra Electric Power Company "Department of Administrative Research". When he was assigned to supervise the Jenova Project in Nibelheim, he fell in love with a scientist named Lucrecia Crescent, an assistant to Gast Faremis. When he discovered her link to his deceased father, Grimoire Valentine, Lucrecia distanced herself from Vincent and entered a relationship with her associate, Professor Hojo. Lucrecia became pregnant and Hojo planned to use the fetus as a test subject for the Jenova Project.
Vincent objected to the use of humans — especially Lucrecia — as test subjects. In the interest of science Lucrecia proceeded with the treatment and became sick as a result. Vincent confronted Hojo in the Shinra Mansion's underground laboratory and a heated argument ensued. Hojo ended it with treachery, pulling a gun from his lab coat and shooting Vincent in the chest. He proceeded to use Vincent's half-dead body as the subject for experiments involving strengthening the endurance of the human body, and metamorphosis, enabling the body to transform into various monstrous forms. While Hojo did succeed in making Vincent's body stronger, the experiments were a failure because Vincent, though still living, remained in a death-like state.
As a last resort to rehabilitate him, Lucrecia infused the Chaos-tainted Mako into his broken-down body. The procedure worked, as Vincent's body, due to Hojo's previous experiments, was strong enough to become a vessel for Chaos; however, Chaos was uncontrollable and was only stopped when the Protomateria had a reaction to Chaos. The Protomateria, discovered by Grimoire alongside Chaos, was theorized by Lucrecia to have been created by the Planet "out of necessity as a means to control Chaos and prolong its own inevitable fate", and was placed in Lucrecia's laboratory.
Lucrecia put the Protomateria inside Vincent's chest, enabling Vincent to control Chaos to a degree. As a result of the combination with Chaos and the experiments made by Hojo, Vincent acquired superhuman abilities such as increased physical strength, speed, endurance, agility, regeneration, shape-shifting, and other powers. Vincent later awakened on the operating table and responded to his modified body with anguish and rage.
Believing himself responsible for Lucrecia's illness after Sephiroth's birth, Vincent locked himself within a coffin in the Shinra Mansion basement, where he slept mostly undisturbed for thirty years to atone for his "sins". He constantly relived his "nightmare" as a punishment for his inability to stop Lucrecia from submitting to Hojo's experiment on her unborn baby.
When Zack Fair hears groaning coming from a coffin in the Shinra Mansion basement, he opens it and is startled to find a sleeping person. Deciding against disturbing the slumbering man, Zack replaces the cover, which locks back into place.
On December 19th, 0006, in Episode 19, the player's Turk and Veld search for the Support Materia for the summon Zirconiade at the Shinra Mansion. Veld awakens Vincent inside his coffin and despite the differences in their physical appearances, recognize each other as Vincent and Veld were with the Turks at the same time.
When he wakes up, Vincent helps the Turks fight AVALANCHE, and displays sharp shooting skills, though he is jaded after his long sleep. The materia was hidden in the mansion and Vincent knew of its existence; he gives it to Veld before he returns to his rest, refusing to leave with the Turks.
Cloud and the party discover Vincent in a locked room in the basement of Shinra Manor in Nibelheim where he is talked out of his sleep and speaks to Cloud. Cloud tells him about Sephiroth, and Vincent, knowing he was the child Lucrecia had conceived, considers it another "sin" and returns to sleep. When Cloud tries to leave, Vincent follows and asks if they will meet Hojo. Cloud confirms, and Vincent agrees to accompany the party with thoughts of claiming revenge.
When the party finds Lucrecia in Lucrecia's Cave, Vincent relives memories from his past, remembering the argument between himself and Hojo over Lucrecia, and Hojo shooting Vincent and experimenting on him. When the party confronts Hojo at the controls of the Sister Ray, Vincent has a small scene where he claims it was Hojo, not him, who was meant to sleep and atone for his crimes.
Vincent, along with Yuffie, is not present in the ending FMV due to being secret characters. Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- retcons that the two returned to Midgar early to help evacuate the city before Meteor hit, saving many lives, including a heavily-injured Rufus Shinra. This occurs following Sephiroth's defeat, while the other characters watch the events from above in the Highwind. However, in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, both are seen with the rest of the group fighting Sephiroth during the last battle.
Vincent appears in the On the Way to a Smile novella "Case of Red XIII". He leaves Cloud and the others in the Forgotten Capital with a cold "bye". During his journeys he follows a Turk helicopter and arrives at a hunter camp near Nibelheim. He shoots down Red XIII when he attacks one of the huts. He explains to Red XIII his actions were wrong and leaves.
Vincent meets Red XIII later again at the Forgotten Capital. Red XIII is scared that, due to his long lifespan, he will lose everyone he loves and live a life of loneliness. Vincent comforts him and reveals he will always be with him because he is immortal. They agree he and Red XIII will always meet once a year in Midgar.
- "Where can I buy a phone?"
- —Vincent walking up to the fight with Bahamut SIN
During the year following Final Fantasy VII Vincent traveled the world, mysteriously popping in and out, retrieving information and helping those in need, keeping looser connection with his friends than the rest of the party. In 0009 he follows rumors to the Forgotten Capital, where the Remnants of Sephiroth were stationed. After Tseng and Elena were struck down and tortured by the trio at the North Crater, Vincent rescued them and helped them recover, while getting as much information about the remnants as he could.
When Kadaj fights Cloud in the Forgotten City, Vincent rushes in and opens fire at Kadaj while picking up Cloud and carrying him to safety. Resting in a remote part of the forest, Vincent tells Cloud about Geostigma and Sephiroth's impending rebirth. Cloud, still tormented over his guilt at being unable to prevent Aerith's and Zack's deaths, asks Vincent if sins are ever forgiven. Vincent replies with "I've never tried". Cloud decides he will try, and tells Vincent he would "phone in the verdict".
Vincent shows up with the rest of AVALANCHE for the battle against Bahamut SIN, asking Tifa where he could buy a cellphone (he apparently is the only member of AVALANCHE without one). Aboard the Shera, Vincent tells the party Kadaj is Sephiroth's "larva form" and would become him, while Cloud duels him atop the Shinra Headquarters' remains. Although the party are eager to help, Vincent says Cloud can handle him alone.
During the bonus feature, "Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII", Vincent makes a call to Cloud. At some point after Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Vincent purchased a cellphone, and made a point to relay a message to Yuffie that she has no right to call it.
- "Hmph. Guess I have no choice. It's time... to save the world."
A year following the events of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, in 0010, Vincent is called into duty when the mysterious group Deepground begins attacking people around the world. Vincent and the World Regenesis Organization investigate and find Deepground is a group born from secret experiments underground the Shinra Building trying to awaken the final Weapon, Omega.
To do this, they hunt Vincent because he houses the Protomateria needed to control it. Vincent fights off the constant attacks while trying to solve the mystery of his past and he gets his answers with the help of a young Tsviet named Shelke.
Deepground steals the Protomateria from Vincent's body, and Chaos becomes increasingly unstable within him. A digitized version of Hojo was the plot's mastermind, but Chaos is unleashed and defeats Hojo, Deepground, and Omega. When Vincent concludes his mission, he disappears within the Crystal Cave where Lucrecia lay for quite some time. Cloud's party sends a befriended Shelke to retrieve Vincent, who has made his amends and forgiven himself for his "sin".
Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- reveals that when Vincent confronted Hojo he was shot, and turned into a sample for Hojo's metamorphosis experiment. The experiment left Vincent effectively immortal and with the ability to assume various demonic transformations. Hojo considered the experiment a failure because Vincent remained in an unconscious state and Hojo left him for dead. Upon discovering this, Lucrecia took Vincent's body and attempted to save him by implanting the Chaos gene within him. While Vincent was revived by this process, he became Chaos itself and had no control over the form.
The Protomateria appeared and Lucrecia used the materia to suppress Chaos to allow Vincent to have some control over the transformation. In a flashback, Vincent wakes up on a table in a lab, and looks down to find himself in his Galian Beast form. Hojo reveals he inadvertently saved Vincent's life, because his experiments had made Vincent's body durable enough to house Chaos. It seems the longer Vincent lives the more transformations he can evolve and the stronger they become.
It is ambiguous precisely what happened between Vincent's awakening in the laboratory and the beginning of his extended slumber. In a note written by Hojo in Final Fantasy VII - the first clue provided for uncovering Vincent - he claims to have put Vincent to sleep in the basement himself. While there was originally much conjecture as to whether Vincent's sleep was voluntary versus induced, because of his attitude toward it, and the mystery of his in-game attire and long hair, a flashback scene in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- clearly illustrates Vincent was experimented on and then immediately put to sleep in his current appearance as a Turk. His change of appearance to his current design is unexplained.
Acquiring Vincent in Final Fantasy VIIEdit
In the Shinra Mansion the player must get the Mansion Key from the safe upstairs. The combination is RIGHT TO 36, LEFT TO 10, RIGHT TO 59, RIGHT TO 97. Following the safe's opening a boss called Lost Number will appear. The key can be picked up from the safe after the battle and used to open the locked cellar in the basement. Inside, the player will find coffins, and one of them contains Vincent. The player must talk about Sephiroth when Vincent asks the party a question. When the coffin closes, the player must touch the coffin again and ask his name when Vincent poses another question. As the party leaves the cavern, Vincent will join.
It is possible to recruit Vincent on disc 3 after Hojo has already been killed. Vincent will still join the party, ready to exact his revenge.
In the PC version re-release acquiring Vincent earns the player the "Vincent" achievement.
- List of Vincent's Guns in Final Fantasy VII.
- List of Vincent's Guns in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.
In Final Fantasy VII Vincent uses a variety of different pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles, and has rather low stats. Although he is one of the best magic users, his highest Magic is second to Aeris and Cloud, and tied with Cait Sith, while his max MP is second only to Aeris. Vincent has the least HP at level 99 of all characters, and possesses only marginally more Strength than Aeris. Along with Cait Sith, Vincent has the least Vitality at the highest levels, and his Dexterity is average. He has the highest Spirit rating, along with Cloud, Aeris, and Cait Sith. Vincent's starting level is determined by the following formula: [average party level + 3].
Vincent's default weapon is the Quicksilver pistol, which he carries in his official artwork. His ultimate weapon is the Death Penalty, whose strength increases with the number of enemies Vincent has killed. Due to an overflow glitch, with his ultimate weapon, Vincent is capable of killing even the Emerald Weapon in one shot.
Vincent's guns have mediocre Attack power, but two of them have a 255% hit rate, meaning they will never miss, and all of his guns are long range. The 255% Accuracy makes Vincent a good choice for the Deathblow Materia, which inflicts double damage but has low Accuracy - the 255% hit rate can make up for this.
Vincent's primary weapon in both Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- is the handgun Cerberus, named after the three-headed dog which guarded the Greek underworld for its three barrels (each of which is ornamented with a dog head in place of the iron sights). There is also a key chain attached to it that bears a Cerberus-shaped charm, referenced as the aforementioned "Dirge". It holds a total of eighteen rounds and fires three each time the trigger is pulled. The weapon can be upgraded to either be lighter, hold more ammo (84 rounds at most), or do more damage.
In the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children's prologue, when the Final Fantasy VII cast is shown fighting Sephiroth all wielding their base weapons, Vincent wields the Cerberus, rather than the Quicksilver.
During the course of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Vincent acquires two other guns early in the story. One, a bolt-action rifle, is christened the "Hydra". The other, the "Griffon", resembles a Thompson machine gun, and has a rapid-fire ability, although shoots slowly enough to only shoot one bullet. Later in the game he can acquire secret "gimmicked" versions of his main weapons. The new rifle is the Bayonet Rifle, which increases the power of Vincent's melee attacks when equipped.
The new machine gun is the Blast Machine gun, which is weak and inaccurate but always knocks down enemies when an attack hits. The new handgun is a "model gun", which starts out useless, but can be upgraded into the Ultima Weapon, the second strongest gun in the game. Finally, Vincent can use the Death Penalty in the final chapter, which produces a large explosion with each shot. With the exception of the Death Penalty, all guns can be equipped with accessories, such as longer or shorter barrels, a scope, and Materia.
- Main article: Limit (Final Fantasy VII)#Vincent
Vincent's Limit Breaks are different from the others'. He has only one Limit Break for each of the four levels and when Vincent initiates a Limit Break, he turns into a constantly berserk monster and stays that way until the battle is over, win or lose. When he shifts his form, Vincent's stats increase and his HP refills, but he cannot shift back at will. Thus, while his Limit Breaks can be powerful, they are risky. If Vincent should be knocked out he will transform back to his normal form. Vincent learns his new Limit Breaks the fastest of all party members.
Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-'s tutorial, framed as a training session during Vincent's days as a Turk, implies his natural Limit Break increased his strength and defense for a time.
- Main article: Vincent (Boss)
Vincent is fought as a boss in the Training Mode of Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
According to the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega Vincent's character changed several times during development, from horror researcher to chemist to detective, and finally to a former member of the Turks. An early artwork (see gallery) of him depicts Vincent wielding a scythe rather than a handgun. Although his connection to the Turks is not made explicit in Final Fantasy VII, it is explained in detail in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. In Final Fantasy VII, a deleted scene involving Cloud explaining SOLDIER to the party would have involved Vincent, who would outright state he was a former Turk who investigated "the Sephiroth project" that would lead to SOLDIER's development.
In another early draft, Vincent was a detective working supernatural cases, most of them bogus. His last job was investigating Shinra's secrets to expose them to the world for the benefit of a rival company. Vincent's relationship with Hojo would have gone back to the Midgar University medical department, and then the Shinra Research Lab. Using leverage with Hojo's assistant, Lucrecia, Vincent delves deeper into Hojo's work. Hojo captures Lucrecia and uses her as part of the Jenova Project and Vincent tries to save her, but Hojo puts him to sleep for thirty years.
When the party finds him, Vincent has no idea what year it is or even that he has had experiments done to him at all. He would join the party in the hopes of getting revenge on Hojo and finding out Lucrecia's fate. The player would not know Vincent could transform into monsters, and when it happens, Vincent would be the most shocked of all. His transformations could carry outside of battle, changing cutscenes depending upon his form. In this draft, Vincent's personality was wildly different with a far more suave and talkative demeanor. He would even go out of his way to flirt with female party members.
Kazushige Nojima has noted that, although Vincent does not have many scenes, when he does speak he usually has much to say. Nojima compared him to Auron, as "even though he's supposed to be a silent character, he still tends to talk a lot".
Vincent's Job Class was originally listed as "Horror-Terror (Horror Researcher)".
Vincent's theme is "The Nightmare Begins". It is played in several key scenes regarding Vincent and his past, including his introduction in the Shinra Mansion basement and during his flashback about Lucrecia.
Vincent appears in many cards in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Vincent is a secret character in Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring. He uses his claw and spiky boots to aid his martial arts, and can fire his gun to attack from a distance. The gun can be charged, and charged shots create images of his Limit Break alter egos on impact. For his alternate costume, he dons a Turk uniform.
Vincent is set to appear in the fan-made movie Dead Fantasy created by Mounty Oum. A preview on YouTube shows that Naminé summoned Vincent with her Oblivion-like Keyblade, and that he will fight alongside Naminé against Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji. He was summoned from a red portal and the red from the portal collates into his cloak.
Vincent has appeared in numerous merchandise. All of Final Fantasy VII cast had action figures made by Bandai back in 1997, and later on Vincent has also had two Play Arts action figures. The first one is with a Quicksilver gun in the Volume 2 set of Final Fantasy VII Play Arts action figures, and another one in the Volume 1 of Advent Children: Final Fantasy VII Play Arts figures, where Vincent has a tattered cape and the Cerberus gun rather than the Quicksilver.
Other figures include the Final Fantasy Trading Arts Vol. 2. figure, and the collectible Coca-Cola figurine with a colored and a "red crystal" versions. Resin statue by Kotobukiya was released in 2001 and unlike the original Final Fantasy VII resin statues, the ones issued later don't have serial numbers and are not as valuable as collector items. Final Fantasy VII characters have appeared in key chains originally available from crane catcher games in Japan. Vincent is part of the "Set B" of these figurines.
The dirge associated with Vincent in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- has appeared in jewellery and key rings, t-shirts and even a Zippo lighter.
The name "Vincent" is a Latin name meaning "victorious" or "conquering one". "Valentine" is a primarily masculine given name derived from the Roman family name Valentinus, which was derived from the Latin word valens, which means "strong and healthy".
- Other than the overflow glitch with Death Penalty, there are two other harmless glitches associated with Vincent in Final Fantasy VII; the Vincent Mug Glitch and a glitch that occurs only in the original PC-version if Vincent is in the party during Aeris's death, where his character model is stuck with one leg extended into the air.
- In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, when Vincent appears in the fight with Bahamut SIN, Denzel asks Tifa who he and Yuffie are, referencing their status as optional characters in Final Fantasy VII.
- Also in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, all of the party members sport a pink ribbon on their left arm in remembrance of Aerith. Vincent is the only one who wears the pink ribbon on his right arm due to the golden gauntlet on his left arm.
- A running joke about Vincent is that he is a vampire. In-line with common vampire myths, Vincent wears all black with a red cloak, is brooding, has pale skin and red eyes. Due to Hojo's experiments Vincent can shapeshift into various demonic forms and is immortal. He is first found sleeping in a coffin in the basement of the Shinra Manor, and is seen with a glass of red liquid (possibly red wine) nearby in the opening of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.
- Along with Cait Sith, Vincent is one of the only two Final Fantasy VII characters to have more than one playable appearance in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. However, if non-Compilation games are counted, Cloud, Tifa, Yuffie, Zack, and Sephiroth also have more than one playable appearance.
- Vincent's costume appears as DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2.
- Despite popular belief, Vincent does not use a cellphone in the opening scene of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-; he and Yuffie are using walkie-talkies.
- While his scrapped class "Horror Teller" was not known of its properties, Vincent's Limit Break forms are themed of the kinds of terrors and evils from certain aspects of the corporeal world.
- The Galian Beast represents the horrors of nature, from voracious monsters and beasts in the world outside of civilization.
- The Death Gigas represents the horrors of science, creatures born of the unknown and accidents of experimentation.
- Hellmasker represents the horrors of society, serial killers and psychotic murders born from the cruelties and evils that mankind can spawn from their sins and vices.
- Chaos represents terrors of the occult and divine, devils, demons, the horrors of the spiritual underworld, and harbringers of the end of existence.
|On the Way to a Smile|
|On the Way to a Smile: Episode Denzel|
|Aerith Gainsborough - Barret Wallace - Cid Highwind - Cloud Strife - Denzel - Marlene Wallace - Red XIII - Rufus Shinra - Sephiroth - Tifa Lockhart - Yuffie Kisaragi|
|Abel - Arkham - Chloe - Elena - Gaskin - Johnny - Kilmister - Mutten Kylegate - Pazu - Reeve Tuesti - Reno - Rick - Rin - Rude - Ruvie Tuesti - Sakaki - Veld - Vincent Valentine - Yuri|
|Cliff Resort - Cosmo Canyon - Edge - Forgotten Capital - Kalm - North Corel - Rocket Town - Materia Caves - Midgar - Wutai - 7th Heaven|
|Cellphone - Fenrir - Geostigma - Gilligan - Lifestream - Materia - Meteor - The Shera - Strife Delivery Service - World Regenesis Organization|