- “I'm Zangan. I travel around the world teaching children martial arts.”
Zangan (ザンガン, Zangan?) is a non-player character in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Zangan has gray hair and wears a cape, and is the resident martial arts master in Nibelheim, training Tifa in the art of self-defense.
When Sephiroth kills nearly everyone in Nibelheim and sets fire to the town, Zangan and Cloud try to rescue any survivors. After Cloud and Zack's confrontation with Sephiroth at the Mt. Nibel Reactor, Zangan carries Tifa to safety, but is unable to come back for Cloud and Zack before Shinra and Professor Hojo arrive. Zangan takes Tifa to Midgar for medical attention and departs the town sometime after, unwilling to settle down.
Five years later, Tifa discovers a letter sent to her by Zangan tucked away in her piano in the reconstructed Shinra mock-up of Nibelheim. The letter instructs her to continue her training and speaks of Zangan's suspicions of the reconstructed town. The letter also contains her final Limit Break, Final Heaven. In the letter, Zangan recounts his saving her at Mt. Nibel, and claims "he can't even jump anymore", implying he may have become injured since leaving Tifa. Whatever the case, his ultimate fate once he left Midgar is unknown.
Zangan can be fought as a boss in the Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- Training Mode.
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Zangan is only vaguely mentioned in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- in an e-mail sent to Zack by Tifa, and is never actually seen.
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- During development of Final Fantasy VII, Zangan was planned to be found in Nibelheim in person, where he would tell Cloud that the survivors of the town's destruction had been killed by Shinra, and he would relate to Tifa that he took her to safety. This was ultimately cut from the game.
- Zangan is voiced in Last Order by Hiroshi Fujioka, best known for his roles as the original Kamen Rider and Segata Sanshiro, the mascot for the Sega Saturn.
- Zangan boasts he has 128 students across the world.
- Zangan is referenced in an introductory quote by Tifa in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy when she says "I'll show you Zangan's secret technique!"