Tifa Lockhart

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is a player character in Square Enix's role playing game Final Fantasy VII. Created by character designer Tetsuya Nomura, she has since appeared in the fighting game Ehrgeiz and cameo appearances in other titles, as well as the CGI film sequel to Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children and related games and media as part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series. As of Advent Children, Tifa is voiced by Ayumi Ito in Japanese, and by Rachael Leigh Cook in English.

A member of the terrorist group AVALANCHE and owner of the 7th Heaven bar, Tifa is the childhood friend of Cloud Strife, the protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. Convincing him to join the group to keep him close and safe, she later assists him in saving the planet from the game's villain, Sephiroth. Elements of The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII later touched upon her character further, such as the film Advent Children in which she attempts to convince Cloud to let go of his self-imposed guilt and move on with his life after Sephiroth's defeat.

Named the pinup girl of the "cyber generation" by the New York Times, Tifa has been compared to Lara Croft as an example of a strong, independent and attractive female character in video games. Sources such as IGN and UGO.com have both repeatedly praised both the character's appearance and strength as well as one of the best female characters in gaming, while Play named her the "most adored" of the Final Fantasy series' female characters. In 2007, Dengeki PlayStation named her the eighth best fictional character all time to appear in games for the Sony PlayStation.

Designed by Tetsuya Nomura, Tifa was not present in early versions of Final Fantasy VII, and instead only three characters were intended to be playable: protagonist Cloud Strife, heroine Aerith Gainsborough, and Barret Wallace. However during a phone call to project director Yoshinori Kitase, the idea was suggested at some point within the game to permanently kill one of the characters, and after heavy discussion it was decided to have Aerith die. Nomura later joked that this was his idea to introduce Tifa into the game. Regardless, the notion of having two concurrent heroines and the protagonist torn between them was something Kitase liked, describing it as something new not present in past Final Fantasy games.

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Loss Predalien 53 to 70
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Win Bender 57 to 26
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Win Mai Shiranui 62 to 47
Win Lara Croft 59 to 39
Loss Rogue 49 to 79
Win Lady Shiva 57 to 39
Win Chun-Li 64 to 40
Win Mulan 81 to 34
Loss Bender 62 to 68
Win Aerith Gainsborough 87 to 22
Win Haruno Sakura 14 to 13
Win Alex Louis Armstrong 11 to 4
Win Nina Williams 15 to 7
Win Izumi Curtis 11 to 5
Win Blaze Fielding 13 to 4
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Win Rinoa Heartilly 17 to 7
Win MIghty Morphin Power Rangers 11 to 7
Loss Ten Shin Han 11 to 14
Win Jason Voorhees 13 to 9
Win Haruno Sakura 13 to 6