A wing is an appendage with a surface that produces lift for flight and/or propulsion through the atmosphere, or through another gaseous or liquid fluid. It is an airfoil, which has a streamlined cross-sectional shape producing a useful lift to drag ratio. In many Final Fantasy titles, characters and creatures appear with real or symbolic wings.
White-feathered wings as angels are commonly depicted with are signs of good characters, while black leathery wings are signs of evil and black-feathered wings symbolize the corruption of goodness. Wings are also symbolism of the divine, representing one as a god-like being or as connected to a god.
Kefka Palazzo bears four white-lavender angel wings and two black demonic wings below them after he absorbs the power of the Warring Triad and becoming a god. In the FMVs of the Anthology release, he is instead shown with six golden angel wings.
Sephiroth bears seven wings in his Safer∙Sephiroth form. His legs are gone, replaced with six angel wings from below the waist, and his right arm is transformed into a black, red and purple wing. The final boss theme against Safer∙Sephiroth is named "One-Winged Angel" for his appearance.
In his appearances in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and the Dissidia Final Fantasy, Sephiroth bears a feathered black wing extending from his right shoulder as an allusion back to Safer∙Sephiroth and symbolizing his status as a fallen hero.
The growth of wings is linked to the Jenova Project. Genesis Rhapsodos bears a large black wing similar to Sephiroth's over his left shoulder, while Angeal Hewley bears two white wings from his left shoulder.
The copies the two produce bear similar wings, and Genesis and Angeal retain the wings, though in different forms, when they become Genesis Avatar and Angeal Penance. Various characters interpret the symbolism of wings differently, in tying into the game's thematic elements. Cissnei considers wings a sign of freedom, while Angeal and Genesis consider them the traits of a monster.
Several sorceresses are associated with wings. Rinoa Heartilly has two angel wings on the back of her clothing, her ultimate weapon, the Shooting Star, is made of angel wings, and she grows literal wings during her Angel Wing Limit Break. Griever, the ultimate Guardian Force that Ultimecia draws from Squall Leonhart's image of the beast, has two feathered white wings with black linings. The Griever engraving on Squall's Revolver has angel wings.
Ultimecia has two feathered black wings, and Adel has two black spiked wing-like protrusions. When Ultimecia junctions herself to Griever, Griever's wings appear as red and purple spiked growths. In the game's introductory sequence, Squall attacks his rival, Seifer Almasy, causing a flurry of black feathers to appear. Seifer would go on to serve Ultimecia as her Sorceress Knight. Also, Adel's tomb sports angelic wing designs.
When Squall and Rinoa return to the flower field at the end, the flower petals swirling in the air transform into white feathers.
Eiko Carol bears two small wing ornaments on her back that enlarge into full wings when she enters Trance. The ultimate eidolon Alexander has white feathered wings, the first and to date only time he bears them. The Black Waltz, elite Black Mages, have black and blue feathered wings.
The Tantalus logo seems to symbolize Zidane—it is blue and bears a heart, a dagger, and a pair of angel wings.
After its first form is defeated, Braska's Final Aeon grows large spikes from his back in a manner resembling wings.
Selh'teus gains multicolored wings upon merging with the soul of Phoenix near the conclusion of the Chains of Promathia storyline. Additionally, one of the game's expansion is titled Wings of the Goddess.
Lumina has a metal feather adornment as part of her necklace.
The kings of Lucis are associated with wing motifs as per their royal arms, which each have them, and often have wing only on one side. The emblem for the kingdom of Lucis is a skull with a wing. The emblem for the Kingsglaive is a winged Bahamut, but his true form rather has wings made of swords. On the cover of Cosmogony Bahamut has two black wings.
Instances of humans depicted with one angel wing may refer to their status as mortals who wield divine powers as a gift from the gods, as beings sent by the gods themselves are depicted with two wings in Cosmogony. The Oracle in the prophecy painting is an angelic figure who has one wing. She also appears on the game's logo. Ardyn Izunia at times wears a black wing accessory, likening him to an image of a fallen angel.
Curiously, the game's symbol for the Dark element is that of a wing.
The Primus l'Cie of the Vermilion Bird Crystal can use their power to generate wings of fires on their back. There also is a soundtrack titled "Wings of Fire" (炎の翼, Honō no Tsubasa?), plays during RTS missions and narration scenes. After completing The Kingdom's Final Hours mission in Chapter 7, it then becomes the background theme for the Akademeia. The Vermilion Bird Crystal is associated with wings because of its association with the Vermilion Bird, or Phoenix.
Kefka, Sephiroth and Ultimecia bear wings as described above, though in her EX Mode Ultimecia retains Griever's white wings, as it is her junctioning Griever and not the other way around. In his "Emperor of Arubboth" outfit, the Emperor of Final Fantasy II bears the wings depicted in the Light Emperor's sprite.
Sephiroth has appeared in the series with one black wing on his right side. As a sign of the dark powers he is using in the series, as well as his connection to Sephiroth, Cloud Strife bears a demonic black wing from his left shoulder. Squall, known in the series as "Leon", has two red wings on the back of his jacket as an allusion to Rinoa.