- "Ho Ho Hooo!"
Bugenhagen (ブーゲンハーゲン, Būgenhāgen) is a character in Final Fantasy VII, and the elder of the village of Cosmo Canyon, the hometown of Red XIII. He is very knowledgeable and helps Cloud Strife and his party in their quest to save the Planet. Bugenhagen is referred to as "grandfather" by Red XIII, although obviously not in a literal sense. Bugenhagen has a knack for saying "Ho Ho Hooo!" whenever he hears something that catches his interest or it could be him coughing. Oddly, he appears to capable of some form of levitation, though how this levitation is achieved is never explained in the game. Aged 129 in Final Fantasy VII, he is also a supercentenarian.
Bugenhagen makes an appearance in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- speaking with Fuhito. They appear to be having a conversation about the Lifestream. It is interesting to note that Bugenhagen's appearance in Before Crisis differs from his appearance in the original Final Fantasy VII in that he seems to be sitting on a large green sphere of some sort. Though this green spherical area is visible on Bugenhagen in the original Final Fantasy VII, it is much smaller and lacks detail, and thus could easily be misinterpreted as part of his apparel. The sphere's increased size in Before Crisis seems to give the impression that it is rather significant to his character, and it may be one possible explanation for Bugenhagen's unexplained ability to levitate.
Very little is known about Bugenhagen. Cait Sith informs the party that he was once a very skilled Shinra employee, although he never bought weapons or materia. Vincent also mentions that the machinery found in Cosmo Canyon was a gift from Professor Gast. Through Bugenhagen, the players learn of Red XIII's past. The most prominent memory, which Bugenhagen reveals, is that Red XIII's father, Seto, was not a coward at all, but a hero in the fight against the Gi Tribe. Unfortunately, Seto was petrified; though he still stands watching over Cosmo Canyon.
In disc 2 of Final Fantasy VII, the party seeks Bugenhagen's advice to help prevent Meteor's fall. Bugenhagen and the party ascends into his Solar System model generator and place their Huge Materia within. They then head to the Forgotten Capital to find answers in the works of the Ancients. They arrive at the Forgotten Capital and use the Ancient Key to access a huge Machine created by the Ancients. The machine displays the moment of Aeris Gainsborough's death. Bugenhagen examines the machine's image and notices that Aeris' White Materia is glowing green, a sign that her praying for Holy was a success. He then reveals to the party that Aeris was ultimately able to summon Holy, which would destroy Meteor. The party then leaves to fight Diamond WEAPON.
After Diamond WEAPON's defeat, if the player returns to Cosmo Canyon, a resident informs Red XIII that Bugenhagen is ill from his trip to the Forgotten Capital. The party visits the observatory and learns that he is dying. Before his death, Bugenhagen gives Red XIII his ultimate weapon, the Limited Moon, that once belonged to Seto (as the Seraph Comb).
Bugenhagen allows Cloud and the others to utilize his Solar System model generator to hide the four Huge Materia they find and steal from Shinra. He tells Cloud that he is welcome to use the machine and visit the materia orbs at any time.
Bugenhagen is named for a character of the same name in The Omen. In the film, Bugenhagen is an archeologist who relates a great deal of the lore of the Antichrist to the protagonists so they may stop him.
Bugenhagen may also be named after German Lutheran Reformer Johannes Bugenhagen. This would fit in with the recurring theme of important German thinkers being used as names in the game, as seen in the case of Heidegger. Bugenhagen was the so-called "Apostle to the North" and was responsible for spreading the Reformation to the city-states of northern Germany, as well as the Scandinavian kingdoms.