The time has come to cleanse this planet. The pure will be "spared" for the cause, while the tainted will be hunted down and exterminated. They shall be slashed, strangled, and slaughtered. Beaten, stabbed, and crushed. Garroted and impaled. Shot and executed without mercy. The time has come to cleanse this world.
A mysterious SOLDIER who commands Deepground, Weiss declared a hunt on the world three years after the Meteor crisis. He received the title of emperor, as he is the strongest Tsviet, as well as the first member. Deepground soldiers fear his power and follow him; however, it is said they rarely see him directly. He has a deep bond with his younger brother, Nero the Sable.
Weiss is tall with a muscular build and shoulder-length, spiky white hair, which sticks up in all directions and partially covers his face. His eyes are blue with yellow rings around the pupils. His upper body is bare and wears white pants tied with a black sash similar in appearance to a karate uniform, and knee-high boots. His Omega form adds a metal skirt resembling Samurai armor. Weiss often sports a broad smile during battle or when he gets excited.
Weiss wields a pair of lever-action sword revolvers forged by Argento. Though only officially referred to as "Weiss's weapons", they are identified by the emblems on their hilts: Heaven (天, Ame?) on the one carried in his right hand, and Earth (地, Tsuchi?) on the one carried in his left.
Sometimes referred to as gunblades by fans, Weiss's weapons are more accurately compared to various real world pistol swords that attempted to combine firearms with edged weapons. In the Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania, the weapons are described as, "a set [of weapons] that combine a revolver-type gun and a katana, with the reload action pictured in the concept art".
Much of his personality traits may have been affected by being under Professor Hojo's control, but Weiss harbors a sincere hatred for humans, much like the others Tsviets, and is particularly scornful towards scientists. Weiss can be described as calm, charismatic, and confident. These traits, combined with his leadership skills, make Weiss persuasive. He displays psychopathic traits and cares little for the well-being of his subordinates, even delighting in their deaths as much as those of his enemies. He is arrogant, brash, reckless, sadistic, and perceives people to be only as useful as they can further his agenda. He is, however, affectionate towards his younger brother, Nero, whom Weiss describes as "the only person who ever loved him".
But, will he accept his fate willingly?
Weiss and Nero appear soon after Zack Fair defeats Genesis Rhapsodos. They are wearing SOLDIER First Class uniforms with the Deepground SOLDIER crest. Weiss and Nero take Genesis's body away in a helicopter. Though previously unacquainted with Genesis, Weiss and Nero were aware that they, along with the other colored Tsviets, were spliced with his genes.
In the Crisis Core Ultimania it is revealed Genesis was alive when he was recovered by Weiss and Nero, and there was an attempt to persuade him to join the rebellion against the Restrictors. Genesis rejects the offer to regain his SOLDIER honor, and seals himself in a cavern below Midgar.
There is nothing that can destroy me. Nothing.
During the events of the online multiplayer mode in Dirge of Cerberus, Weiss is restrained by chains attached to his throne inside Mako Reactor 0. He tells the Restrictor he would like to try out his new swords. After the Restrictor breaks the chains, Weiss takes hold of his swords and tells him he wanted to fight him handicapped as he is confident he is the more powerful one.
The Restrictor calls forth Azul the Cerulean and Rosso the Crimson and tells Weiss that if he wants to fight handicapped, he can; against Azul and Rosso. Weiss beats them both easily, but Azul transforms into Arch Azul and Rosso into Bloodburst Rosso. Still, Weiss proves to be more than a match for the two Tsviets. Unable to attack the Restrictor, Weiss orders the player to shoot him.
The Restrictor is defeated by the player but forces his gunblade into the player's stomach and watches as they drop to the floor. Weiss takes the opportunity to attack and executes the Restrictor knowing that along with the Restrictor's death comes the release of a virus within his body, a defense mechanism designed to deter Weiss from attacking the Restrictors. As the dying Restrictor explains this to Weiss, Weiss retorts that it was he who said that death is always with you as long as you are a part of Deepground, and Weiss and the Tsviets laugh at the Restrictor's demise.
At the time of the Kalm revival festival, the Worldwide Network that was broken since the Meteor disaster had been restored. The fragments of Professor Hojo's digitized mind that were previously spread were about to reform. Hojo invades Weiss's body while he was performing a Synaptic Net Dive to find the cure to the time-released virus the Restrictors infected him with. The virus was meant to control him and ultimately kill him within three days if the Restrictors' signal disappeared.
Hojo, through Weiss, had Deepground abduct those not under the effects of Geostigma to serve as incubators of pure Mako. Hojo would need purity to enable Weiss to summon and absorb Omega. This grants Weiss superhuman strength, speed and endurance and he is easily able to overcome his adversary, Vincent Valentine. Vincent turns the tables by embracing Chaos's power, leading to Weiss's initial defeat.
Once Weiss is defeated, Nero, who had been watching, attempts to merge with his brother. Hojo orders Nero to stop, knowing he would not be able to control Omega with an impure being inside him. Neither Weiss nor Nero care, and Hojo is finally destroyed as Nero joins with Weiss. Weiss invokes Omega's power by a sense of compulsion and vanishes in a ball of light. Weiss is later, supposedly, defeated by Vincent in Chaos's form, but Weiss's body is carried off by an awakened Genesis, who tells his "brother" that they "still have much work to do".
Weiss is fought as a boss twice at the end of Chapter 11. At first he cannot be killed, as it is extremely difficult to hit him and any hits do not affect his health, so the player must lose. He is fought again in a regular battle once Vincent has been augmented by Chaos. Weiss then comes back fused with the Omega as the game's final boss, Omega Weiss.
Weiss is voiced by David Boat in the English version.
He is voiced by Jouji Nakata in the Japanese version. He shares his Japanese voice actor with Grimoire Valentine.
Other appearances Edit
Weiss appears with an ice-elemental card. His card depicts his official render.
Etymology and symbolism Edit
emperor is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. Empress, the female equivalent, may indicate an emperor's wife (empress consort), mother (empress dowager), or a woman who rules in her own right (empress regnant). Emperors are generally recognized to be of a higher honor and rank than kings, and are generally the highest temporal political rank/honor in existence. The term itself is of Old French origin and was derived from "Imperator" which was the title of the Roman head of state during the Roman Republic and, post-Augustus Caesar, the Roman Empire, and itself roughly means "commander."An
- Although his official date of birth is unknown, taking into account the dates of the Jenova Project and his younger brother Nero's age, Weiss is probably around 24 years old.