Sephiroth

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is a fictional character in the role-playing game Final Fantasy VII developed by Square Co.. Introduced there as the main antagonist, character designer Tetsuya Nomura wanted his role in the story to be different from the other Final Fantasy villains while his design is intended to contrast directly with that of the main character, Cloud Strife. His Japanese voice actor is Toshiyuki Morikawa;

In Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth is the result of an experiment by the mega-corporation Shinra in which they used cells from the extraterrestrial lifeform Jenova. Feeling he is better than all the humans, Sephiroth decides to become a god to take control of the planet and so Cloud and the other game's protagonists decide to stop him. Sephiroth's role in the story as well as his background are expanded in the titles from Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Additionally, he appears as a boss character in the Kingdom Hearts series, and other video games developed by the same company.

Sephiroth has been well-received within the video game community and is regularly featured in top positions on many villain lists as well as list of Final Fantasy characters. While his role in the story has been praised, many websites commented on how difficult it is to defeat Sephiroth in the games he is featured. Various types of merchandise based on his appearance have been developed such as figurines.

Sephiroth was designed by Final Fantasy VII s character designer Tetsuya Nomura. His character existed since Nomura thought that the game's plot would be about Cloud Strife pursuing Sephiroth with him already being the main antagonist. In the making of the plot, Nomura wanted Sephiroth to appear early in the game and then follow his way so that gamers would not meet the game's final boss late in the game. During development from Final Fantasy VII, Sephiroth was meant to be Aerith Gainsborough's first love interest who she remembers when seeing Cloud. Before finishing the game, Sephiroth was replaced by Zack Fair with Nomura considering it to be sudden. Director Yoshinori Kitase has regarded Sephiroth's role in the game as one of the reasons why the game has become very popular. Nomura later called Sephiroth "the ultimate antagonist in the Final Fantasy VII saga. There can't be anyone else." and regarded him as an enemy from a previous generation in contrast to his "remnants" that later appear. In early drafts of the game, Sephiroth's original personality would already be brutal and cruelty, as well as strong will and a calm ego. He would also suffer to Mako Addiction, a semi-conscious state result of high exposure to Mako energy, but would show withdrawal symptoms to retain his composture caused by his madness, making him a unique exception. Sephiroth was also meant to be influence Cloud into believing he is a creation from his will, but such theory would later be dismissed. In another removed scene, when his true body is first seen in the Northern Crater, it would have the contours of a female. His name comes from Kabbalah, in which the ten sephirot on the Tree of Life represent the ten attributes that God created through which he can manifest.

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