|Japanese Name||VIVI Ornitier|
|Age||6 months (chronologically)|
9 years old (physically)
|Job Class(es)||Black Mage|
|Skill||Black Magic, Focus|
|Ultimate Weapon||Mace of Zeus|
|Final Fantasy IX Character|
- “Sorrow - How do you prove that you exist...? Maybe we don't exist...”
- —Vivi's quote
Vivi Ornitier, occasionally stylized as VIVI, or with the surname Orunitia, is a playable character in Final Fantasy IX. He is a black mage, differentiated from humans by having a black aura surrounding his visible outer skin, glowing yellow eyes, and the ability to cast magic.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- “No more. I won't let you make any more instruments of murder!”
Vivi is designed after a traditional Final Fantasy Black Mage with a pointy hat and blue clothes. Vivi's hat appears a bit too large for him and flops down his back instead of pointing straight up like those of the other black mages in the game. Vivi wears a blue jacket, green and white stripy trousers, red and white gloves, and brown boots. In Trance, Vivi's clothes are replaced by a full-length white robe, gloves, and an appropriately-sized hat the that stands at a point as it should. The straps crossing over his chest are replaced by a stylized design down the middle of his robe including a wing-like design on his chest. The pitch black shadow under his hat instead gives off a dark bluish hue while his eyes are stark white instead of yellow.
Early in the story, Vivi is shy and gullible, almost to a fault. Often stumbling over his speech and lacking in self belief, he is afraid to use his magic to save his friends, believing himself incapable. During the game his personality develops and he gains self confidence and bravery in the face of danger. Despite his new-found confidence, Vivi still questions his existence during the story's course.
Vivi is a black mage created in Dali by Alexandria after Queen Brahne learns of this technology from Kuja. Vivi is a prototype black mage who managed to escape by falling out of the cargo ship and was later fished out of the Mist Ocean by a Qu named Quan. Quan raised Vivi out of the hope he would grow big enough for him to eat; however, after six months, Vivi was still as short as before.
Vivi knew none of this and lived happily with his "grandpa" in Quan's Dwelling. When Quan died, Vivi was left alone. Just days before the starting events of Final Fantasy IX, Vivi headed to the nearby town of Treno to get some help and eventually hitches a ride on an airship to Alexandria.
Vivi first appears at the beginning of the game in Alexandria. He has a ticket for the Tantalus Theater Troupe's performance of Lord Avon's well-known play, I Want to be Your Canary; however, when he shows his ticket at the booth, he is told his ticket is a fake. A sad Vivi stumbles upon what appears to be a street-smart rat, Puck, who helps him sneak over the town rooftops and into the show.
Vivi and Puck are caught for watching the show in the audience without tickets and are chased through the crowd by Alexandrian guards. After tripping and falling, Vivi is deserted by Puck and chased onto the stage in the middle of the show where he casts a fire spell to defend himself, but accidentally sets the cloak of Princess Garnet on fire revealing her identity to the crowd.
Vivi is still aboard when Tantalus's airship, the Prima Vista, takes off and crashes in the Evil Forest. Zidane tries to convince the confused Vivi to help him out, but Vivi is unsure if he wants to use his magic powers. Steiner eventually convinces him, as he has taken a liking to the mage and even calls him "Master Vivi".
Although Vivi is first hesitant to help Zidane and Steiner rescue Princess Garnet who has been lost in the Evil Forest, he tags along and helps the others defeat a carnivorous plant that is keeping Garnet hostage. After escaping the forest the party travel through the Ice Cavern to get above the Mist, where Vivi casts Fire spells to melt the ice to reveal hidden treasures.
When the group reaches the small village of Dali, Vivi is captivated by the windmills and spends some time looking at them. One of the townspeople captures him and brings him to the underground black mage production plant, thinking he got away from them on accident. Zidane and Garnet help rescue Vivi and discover the Dali villagers' purpose of creating black mage drones for Alexandria.
Boarding the cargo ship, Vivi tries to converse with the black mage pilots, but is unable to elicit a response from any of them. Vivi's anxiety about his race is deepened when the evil Black Waltz 3 razes the ship, killing all the black mages who attempt to defend Vivi. This is the first time Vivi begins to question his true identity and similarity to the mindless foot soldiers that Queen Brahne manipulates.
Upon reaching Lindblum, Vivi learns of the Festival of the Hunt from a shop owner and is persuaded by Zidane to join in along with himself and Freya Crescent, promising him a date with Princess Garnet should he win. After the festival, a dying Burmecian soldier informs Cid Fabool IX and the party of the attack on the kingdom of Burmecia, stating that the army was built of mages wearing 'pointy hats'.
Vivi, determined to discover more about the black mages, travels with the group to Burmecia, only to find the kingdom in ruins and the people behind the black mage army: Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI, Beatrix and Kuja. The party travels to the Cleyra settlement, the sister kingdom to Burmecia, just in time for it to fall to the hands of Brahne and her army of mages.
After crossing Fossil Roo to the Outer Continent, the party visits the dwarven town of Conde Petie. The dwarves living there express a familiarity towards Vivi as he wanders around talking to the locals. The group quickly discover a black mage in the town's shop and assume that Brahne has followed them; however, after questioning the locals, they discover that many "pyntie-hets" live in a village so deep in the forest to the south that "even the owls don't live there". The party follows the black mage to the Black Mage Village, where many black mages who have "awakened" live. They regard Vivi with suspicion at first, associating him with the humans.
Vivi is frustrated by their way of thinking and stops by the town's cemetery, and comes to learn that black mages have a finite life span of around one year. He tries to gain some knowledge about the black mages who have "stopped" by conversing with a wise black mage, Black Mage No. 288 who explains the nature of "death" to Vivi, who is, at first, distressed. It is also suggested that Vivi is a prototype build that may "last longer" than the one year afforded for the other black mages (though this hasn't been verified). After many contemplative moments throughout the course of the game, Vivi eventually comes to grips with his existence.
Later on in the game Kuja kills Brahne and begins his quest to fight against his master, Garland, his goal to become the master of Gaia and Terra both. He enlists the sentient black mages from the Black Mage Village promising them he can prolong their lifespan if they follow him. When Vivi learns of this he is greatly against it, knowing Kuja is a liar.
Vivi helps the party in defeating Kuja and the mysterious Necron and some time after Necron's defeat, the party members gather in Alexandria to view another showing of I Want To Be Your Canary by Tantalus, which is a ruse for Zidane to reveal to Garnet that he survived the destruction of the Iifa Tree. Vivi is the only party member absent from this final scene, instead being represented by several children, each of which looks like Vivi. It is uncertain how Vivi managed to have children of his own, as with the Iifa Tree gone, the source of Mist, an ingredient used in black mage production, is also gone.
The monologue during the ending sequences is spoken by Vivi, indicating that he has expired by the time the ending takes place, as he is saying goodbye to his friends and the final words of his monologue are "Farewell. My memories will be part of the sky", an allusion to death in the world of Final Fantasy IX. Because the speaker of the lines is not specified it has caused widespread speculation among fans on Vivi's true fate and who is the true speaker of the ending monologue. The Japanese version of the game is more explicit on the issue, as the speaker uses a speech pattern and pronouns that only Vivi used throughout the game.
Equipment and StatsEdit
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy IX Weapons#Staves
Unlike in games past, where Black Mages equip rods or daggers, Vivi equips staves. His armor consists of mage robes and hoods, as well as lightweight vests and hats. Vivi has the highest Magic stat in the game.
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy IX Abilities#Vivi
Vivi learns abilities that enhance him as a mage, such as MP+20%, Half MP and Return Magic. His unique abilities are Reflect-Null to make his spells piercing, Reflectx2 that causes spells cast by Vivi double in power when reflected off a target, and Mag Elem Null that renders all spells non-elemental.
- Main article: List of Final Fantasy IX Spells#Black Magic
Vivi's main ability is to use Black Magic and he is the only character in the game with the ability to do so. He can use the Focus ability to increase his magic power. If Vivi and Steiner are in the party, Steiner can use Sword Magic together with Vivi during battle; this will not make Vivi lose his turn. Vivi is one of the strongest black mages encountered in the game, his powers rivaling even those of the Black Waltzes.
As a bossEdit
- Main article: Vivi (Boss)
Vivi is an AI-controlled target in the second battle with Prison Cage. Vivi will cast Fire on the Prison Cage throughout the battle, while the Prison Cage will cast Drain on Vivi to drain his HP. The battle will result in a Game Over if Vivi dies during this battle.
A mirrored Vivi can also be summoned by the Epitaph enemy through its Mirror ability. Like other mirror enemies, the Vivi will use regular attacks on others, but a 9999 attack on Vivi where he exclaims "I'm Vivi!".
|"Vivi's Theme" from Final Fantasy IX|
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"Vivi's Theme" is played once early in the game when Vivi is wandering around Alexandria. The song is paced at a fast tempo and is mildly syncopated, which elaborates the aura of Vivi's curiosity. The song "Black Mage Village" uses parts of Vivi's theme in its melody in its second half, and the song "Limited Time" is also very similar.
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- “A young boy plagued with a fear of heights and a host of questions regarding who—or what—he truly is. He heads to Alexandria to see a play performed by the famous traveling theatre troupe Tantalus, but when Zidane and his comrades kidnap Princess Garnet during the show, Vivi somehow gets mixed up with their motley crew and flees the royal city together with them.”
- —Online description
Vivi appears in Theatrhythm as an unlockable party member. He is unlocked by collecting eight Orange Crystal Shards, obtained through Rhythmia awards or won from Dark Note bosses.
Vivi has the highest Magic tied with Shantotto, and is the only "Mage" type character to possess a full set of Black Magic abilities. This, combined with his Magic boosting abilities make him very useful. Vivi's obvious weakness is his low HP and Strength.
|Protect (Lv 1)||20||7||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 80%. Reduces damage taken by the party by 15%. Effect continues until the end of the stage.|
|Protect (Lv 2)||65||14||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 65%. Reduces damage taken by the party by 25%. Effect continues until the end of the stage.|
|Protect (Lv 3)||90||21||Reactive (Magic)||Activated when HP gauge drops below 50%. Reduces damage taken by the party by 40%. Effect continues until the end of the stage.|
|Fire||1||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 30 Touches of Good or better score.|
|Fira||30||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 34 Touches of Good or better score.|
|Firaga||70||26||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a high magic attack after every 38 Touches of Good or better score.|
|Thunder||5||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 20 Slides of Good or better score.|
|Thundara||60||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 24 Slides of Good or better score.|
|Thundaga||85||26||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a high magic attack after every 28 Slides of Good or better score.|
|Blizzard||1||7||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a low magic attack after every 12 Holds of Good or better score.|
|Blizzara||40||14||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a medium magic attack after every 16 Holds of Good or better score.|
|Blizzaga||75||26||Reactive (Magic)||Used on BMS; Executes a high magic attack after every 20 Holds of Good or better score.|
|Bluff||15||15||Proactive (Special)||The power of all magic abilities is increased by 50% (only the caster is affected).|
|Dualcast||45||22||Proactive (Special)||All magic abilities' power is doubled (only the caster is affected).|
|Magic Up (Lv 1)||10||4||Proactive (Augment)||Increases parameters while equipped. Adds 20 to Magic.|
|Magic Up (Lv 2)||35||8||Proactive (Augment)||Increases parameters while equipped. Adds 40 to Magic, but drops Strength by 20.|
|Magic Up (Lv 3)||55||14||Proactive (Augment)||Increases parameters while equipped. Adds 60 to Magic, but drops Strength by 30.|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv 1)||25||5||Proactive (Augment)||Agility+20. During EMS, Luck+40|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv 2)||50||10||Proactive (Augment)||Agility+30. During EMS, Luck+45|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv 3)||80||15||Proactive (Augment)||Agility+40. During EMS, Luck+60|
Vivi appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is represented in five Fire-elemental cards, one of them being Promotional. In his regular cards, he is depicted in a screenshot from a Final Fantasy IX FMV, his render, his Theatrhythm artwork and his Yoshitaka Amano artwork. For his promotional card, a screenshot from the opening FMV of Final Fantasy IX is used.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
- For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Vivi
Vivi makes a cameo appearance in Kingdom Hearts II as a member of the Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee, led by Seifer, whom Vivi admires for his strength. When the Struggle competition is on, he is shown to be controlled by Nobodies. Simulations of Vivi again appear in the Sunset Station tunnel, where many duplicates attack Roxas.
His unwilling heavy involvement of the many oddities in the early parts of the game may be references to the original Vivi as a black mage, as well as the large mysteries surrounding him in the original game. In the English release, Vivi is voiced by Melissa Disney, and by Ikue Ōtani in the Japanese version. Additionally, Vivi makes another appearance in the Kingdom Hearts series as a costume in Kingdom Hearts: Mobile.
Vivi is the only Final Fantasy character not designed by Tetsuya Nomura that appears in the Kingdom Hearts series.
Vivi appears as a character in Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special.
Vivi has a Play Arts action figure, released in 2009 with a Mage Staff, extra hands, and display stand as bonuses. Two Coca-Cola bottle cap figurines for Vivi also exist, one fully colored and a "red crystal" version.
Vivi is the passive infinitive tense of the Latin verb vivere, which means "to live", which means that 'vivi' can be translated as "to be living" in English, a possible allusion to the character's constant search for the meaning of his existence.
In the Voodoo religion, a Vévé is a symbol used in black magic to summon a god or spirit for various purposes. This is a possible allusion to the character's abilities and maybe even his struggle to prove that he is not a "doll" or puppet to do others' bidding.
In the North American version of the Final Fantasy IX instruction manual, Vivi's last name was rendered as Ornitier. His name was later changed into "Orunitia" in the Greatest Hits release. In Japan, his last name is Ornitier as shown in the Final Fantasy IX Ultimania guide, but his name is still spelled Orunitia in the game's North American website.
"Ornitier" is a scarce name in real life, appearing rarely as a surname in France and Belgium. Removed from Final Fantasy IX references, it is not easy to ascertain how many real life uses of "Ornitier" are authentic names and how many are pseudonyms obliquely inspired by Vivi Ornitier. If "Ornitier" is a real name, it may be derived from Latin ornitharius, which means "pertaining to birds". The natural French descendant of this word is ornithier /ɔʁnitje/, with ornitier as a possible alternative spelling.
- There is some inconsistency to Vivi's age, as official sources usually list his age as nine, yet the timeline found in the Ultimania Omega places him as being born in 1799, less than a year before the game's start. Although Quan could have believed he was around nine or so after saving him, the estimate of a few months is more accurate due to him being a mass-produced black mage, since their production started shortly before the start of the game.
- At a mere six months old, not only is Vivi the youngest playable character in Final Fantasy IX, but in the entire series, as well.
- Vivi's given age, nine, is a reference to the number of the game. Final Fantasy IX has many other allusions to the number nine, as well.
- Vivi makes a cameo in Dissidia Final Fantasy as a tutor from the in-game manuals, explaining the equipment system with Steiner. Vivi is also the name of a Ghost Card the player can battle. The Vivi ghost is a Level 100 Kuja who has the White Gem and Strategy Guide items to be won via Battlegen. The quote on the ghost card "How do you prove that you exist...? Maybe we don't exist..." is Vivi's signature quote.
- On May 16, 2008, Vivi was voted number-two of favorite Final Fantasy characters of all time on IGN., with the number-one character being Sephiroth.
- For the instruction manual of Final Fantasy Origins, a PlayStation remake of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II, Vivi is shown as an example name chosen for the Black Mage class of Final Fantasy.
- If Zidane, Eiko, and Steiner are not in the party, Vivi assumes the role of party leader, most notably in the Desert Palace and in the final battle against Necron.
- On discs 1 and 2, Vivi always joins Zidane's group whenever the party is split.
- Although Vivi can learn Water, he cannot learn the Waterga spell. Waterga is exclusive to the Kraken enemy.