Young, beautiful, and somewhat mysterious, Aerith met Cloud while selling flowers on the streets of Midgar...

Description

Aerith Gainsborough, alternately known with the first name Aeris, is a playable character in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Remake, being a major character in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII; appearing in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

Aerith is the last of the Cetra, an ancient race with powerful magical abilities, and so the Shinra Electric Power Company hunts her throughout her life, seeking to exploit her powers. She meets Cloud Strife in Midgar, and the two become close, leading her to join his quest to fight Shinra and hunt down Sephiroth. Aerith is upbeat, carefree, and joyful, being flirtatious towards Cloud and also compassionate towards others.

Aerith wields staves in battle, and is in the back row by default, as she primarily uses magic from equipped Materia in battle. Her Limit abilities are defensive, either providing restorative powers, healing other party members, or granting them positive status enhancements.

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Appearance

Original artwork by Tetsuya Nomura.

In Final Fantasy VII, Aerith wears a shin-length pink dress that buttons up the front and a red button-up bolero jacket. She wears brown boots and has metal bracers on her wrists and around the edges of her jacket sleeves. In Final Fantasy VII Remake, her dress is more detailed (pink with a white diamond pattern and a white lace hem). Her jacket is a variant of her post-Advent Children renders: it's a zip-up instead of button-up, with zipper pockets and a belt at the bottom. Her original cord necklace was replaced with a flower necklace Aerith necklace from FFVII Remame merchandise with a pearl in the center on a leather ribbon, and a trio of bracelets (gold, silver, and bronze) replace the metal bracers.

In all her appearances, Aerith has long plaited light brown hair with a large pink ribbon; within the ribbon, she keeps the White Materia orb given to her by her mother. Segmented bangs frame Aerith's face, and she has emerald green eyes. Due to poor conversions from centimeters to feet in English materials, Aerith's height has been listed as 5'3"[2]. Her height is actually 5.3ft, or 5ft4in.

During the Wall Market segment of the original game, she wears a red spaghetti-strapped formal gown with frill designs and red heels. Her long light brown wavy hair is let loose but retains her pink ribbon.

In Final Fantasy VII Remake, she has three dress variants that end up getting chosen based on how many of the side quests the player completes during Chapter 8: completing none has her wear a knee-length pale pink sundress and off-white heels; completing half of them has her wear a darker pink dress with an asymmetrical skirt and pink gladiator-style heels; completing all side quests has her wear a re-imagined version of her original dress.

As a young child, she wears a dark blue denim jumper dress with a light teal turtleneck, white socks, and brown shoes. Her ribbon is light teal. After her adoption, she wears a burnt orange loose collar shirt with a yellow collar, brown shorts, and a matching short boots. Her ribbon is yellow.

Aerith in Wall Market attire.

Aerith wears the same usual attire in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children with new details added to her jacket, giving her two pockets on the breast and replacing the metal bands on the sleeves with leather belts. This is how Aerith appears in most of her spin-off appearances.

In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, Aerith wears a blue and white dress with a red camisole underneath and white wedge sandals with pink straps. During their first date, Zack Fair buys her the iconic pink hair ribbon, and later suggests that Aerith continue to wear pink, likely prompting her wardrobe change to what is in Final Fantasy VII. In Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, Aerith wears a pink, white and red top tied around the neck with buttons up the front, and a frilly white and green skirt. In Kingdom Hearts, Aerith wears a variation of her original Final Fantasy VII attire, abandoning the jacket and bracers, and instead wears a series of metal bracelets on one arm and a thick bright blue belt. Her outfit in Kingdom Hearts II is based on her Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- outfit, but her skirt is pink.

Aerith is one of the few Final Fantasy characters who are of mixed race, along with Cecil Harvey, Golbez, Yuna, Terra Branford, Seymour Guado, Hilda Ware, Lilisette, and Arenvald Lentinus. She also resembles the enemy Lemure from Final Fantasy V, both being flower girls with similar clothes and hairstyles. Lemure also holds the Ribbon item, a signature part of Aerith's outfit.

Personality

You worry too much. I'm not some princess who needs to be coddled.

Aerith to Cloud, Final Fantasy VII Remake

CG render of Aerith in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.

Aerith is upbeat and joyful, and several times in Final Fantasy VII attempts to cheer up her fellow party members. Raised in the Midgar Slums, Aerith maintains that she can take care of herself and can fight off Shinra troops, as well as demonstrating more subtle forms of savvy. Aerith flirts with Cloud and possesses a carefree and naive nature, expressing a desire to fly on an airship when the party sails out of Junon.

When Aerith has made up her mind about something, she will not listen to anyone who tells her otherwise. She intuitively understands others and can lift her companion's spirits despite occasionally appearing insensitive to their point of view, such as when Barret is troubled while at the Gold Saucer. Aerith and Tifa often spend time together when the party splits up and are good friends, though both also appear slightly jealous of the other's closeness to Cloud.

As a child, Aerith was reluctant to accept her Cetra heritage, and in Final Fantasy VII, she admits to Cloud she feels lonely as the only remaining Cetra. She exhibits personality quirks, such as fearing the sky in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, claiming she can "hear the wind calling her" in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, and talking to her flowers in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Her Cetra heritage may influence these traits, allowing her to communicate with the planet.

Final Fantasy VII Remake emphasizes Aerith's will to live in the moment, cherish the present, and not take anything for granted. She shows a temper unseen in the original continuity, as she is quick to anger when insulted for her appearance. She shows more emotional scars from her childhood, crying upon remembering how her mother and friends had left her behind. She coldly defies Professor Hojo even though distressed over the treatment of her mother's remains. If the affection between her and Cloud is high enough, she will warn him against falling in love with her, cryptically saying that it wouldn't be real, though is touched over his determination to rescue her. She seems to hold intuitive knowledge of the future the Whispers want to enforce and hesitates fighting against it, expressing a personal vehemence towards Sephiroth for his selfish desire to defy destiny without care for the consequences of his actions.

Aerith is forgiving, as seen with Cloud after the events at the Temple of the Ancients. She even shows compassion to people who might not deserve the gesture, like Tseng. Aerith is portrayed as an independent, outgoing, motherly[3], and kind young woman who is deeply in-tune with nature. Her extroverted personality is a contrast to Tifa's more withdrawn and guarded mindset. In Aerith's later portrayals in Before Crisis, Crisis Core and Kingdoms Hearts her outgoing, playful nature is not as apparent and instead shows a more prayerful and dreamy demeanor.

Name

Artwork of Aerith and Cloud by Yoshitaka Amano.

In the original English release of Final Fantasy VII, Aerith's name was transliterated as "Aeris" by SCEA. The transliteration stems from the nature of the katakana writing system and how it is used to represent loan words. The name in kana is エアリス, "e-a-ri-su". Because the Japanese language lacks a pure "th" sound, ス (su) is used as a best-fit substitute for the sound when spelling out loan words. If one translates a piece of work with relatively minimal context, however, it can be challenging to spot these cases if the intended word is not immediately apparent. The translator of Final Fantasy VII likely lacked a lot of the context discussed in the Etymology section. So, "Aeris" is the more sensible transliteration of エアリス when the word has no other context, as ス is also commonly used to represent a "solo S" in addition to a "th" sound.

Since Kingdom Hearts and all related appearances since, the official English spelling of her name was cemented as "Aerith".

An article in GameFan magazine (volume 4 issue 5, from May 1996) shows the characters known at the time. In the issue, Aerith's name was written as "Aerith", as opposed to "Aeris" found in the game. The magazine also translated Barret's name as "Bullet".[4]

Although she's never referred to as Aerith in-game before Kingdom Hearts, in the original Final Fantasy VII, she is called "Aerith" by default within the game's code. The player never sees this since the first time her name appears is after the name select screen, which defaults to "Aeris", meaning that if the name selection screen could be bypassed, her name would natively display as Aerith. This also applies for Cloud, who is called Ex-SOLDIER in the game, but this is changed when the player gets to the name selection screen where the default is "Cloud". The same also applies for Red XIII, who is called "Red" before naming him, as seen at the top of a dialogue box during the player's first interactions with him, and changes to "Red XIII" in the name selection screen.

The official English website for the 2012 PC re-release of Final Fantasy VII refers to her as "Aerith Gainsborough".[5] Despite this, the translation of the game remains unchanged from the original 1998 PC release, and "Aeris" is still the default name.

Japanese publications referring to the character with a Latin-text name have always used the name "Aerith", including the game manual with the Japanese edition of the game[6], and in the Final Fantasy VII Official Establishment File prior to its release.[7]

In early concept artwork, Nomura wrote her name closer to a straight romanization as "Earith".[8]

Story

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Early life

Aerith's portrait art for Before Crisis.

Aerith was born to Ifalna and Professor Gast Faremis in Icicle Inn on February 7th, 1985, making her half-human and half-Cetra. When she was barely twenty days old, Professor Hojo tracked Gast down, killed him, and captured Ifalna and Aerith. The two became subject to numerous experiments at the hands of Hojo and Shinra as they researched the Cetra. Aerith's life in captivity is elaborated upon in a short story by scenario writer Kazushige Nojima included in Final Fantasy VII Remake: World Preview. A man named Gheddi Beck watched over Aerith and Ifalna while they were held in captivity in the Shinra Building. Aerith made drawings of what was interpreted to depict the promised land. A boy who was Aerith's playmate at the facility, his mother working as a caretaker of Aerith and Ifalna, instructed her to draw Mideel. Gheddi—looking make money—headed there to find the promised land for himself. He poisoned his friends with mako and assumed the identity of one of them, Glenn Reiner, but ended up getting mako poisoning himself.

Seven years later, in 1992, Ifalna and Aerith escaped the Shinra Building, but Ifalna was wounded and only made it as far as the train platform in the Sector 7 Undercity before collapsing. Elmyra Gainsborough was there waiting for her husband's return from the Wutai War, and before passing, Ifalna asked her to keep Aerith safe, and so Elmyra brought Aerith home with her.

For years, Elmyra raised Aerith alone as her adopted daughter in the slums of Sector 5 Undercity. Shinra relocated her, and Tseng of the Turks attempted to persuade her to join Shinra willingly instead of capturing her, but Aerith refused. At the time, the Wutai War ate up most of Shinra's resources, postponing the Neo Midgar project—the main reason why Shinra wanted Aerith. As she grew up, Aerith continued to hear the planet, and although she was reluctant to admit it, she was aware of her Cetra heritage and strove to hide it.

Growing up, Aerith spent a lot of time in the Sector 5 Slums Church. Due to the mako reactors draining the life out of Midgar and the surrounding areas, little could grow around the metropolis. Regardless, Aerith cultivated a flower patch out of the dirt under the church's floorboards, as well as a large garden outside her house. She was close friends with Kyrie Canaan, and they often played together in the church. One day, Aerith told Kyrie to hurry home, and when she got there, Kyrie saw her parents' bodies carried in after being killed for stealing a man's wallet. When Kyrie was 10, after learning about the Ancients from her grandmother and figuring Aerith to be one, she told the 15-year-old Aerith that she made her uncomfortable and ended their friendship.

Relationship with Zack

I have twenty-three tiny wishes, but you probably won't remember them all, so I put them all together into one... I'd like to spend more time with you.

Aerith's note to Zack

Aerith in Crisis Core.

A year later, in 0001, Aerith meets Zack Fair when he falls into the church from Mako Reactor 5. When he awakens, Zack mistakes being in heaven and Aerith as an angel, but she corrects him. Zack suggests a date, but Aerith brushes him off. She shows him around, and Zack buys Aerith her trademark pink hair ribbon. The two visit the Sector 6 park, and Aerith tells him that she fears SOLDIER members for being experiments who love to fight. When she learns Zack is in SOLDIER she apologizes. Tseng calls Zack back to the Shinra Headquarters, but he promises to see Aerith again.

Aerith and Zack continue to keep in contact for the next two years. After Angeal's death, Zack visits Aerith, who holds him as he cries. Angeal's will lingers in the form of a canine copy that settles at the church and defends Aerith from rogue Shinra security robots.

Zack suggests Aerith sell flowers to make money and constructs flower carts for her, as flowers are a luxury item in Midgar. The two head out to the slums to open her business, but it does not go well. Aerith asks Zack for "a few tiny wishes", and Zack has her write them down. This is the last time the two would see each other, as later that day, Zack is dispatched to Nibelheim with Sephiroth and never returns. In the coming years, Aerith overcomes her fears and ventures above the plate to sell flowers, although she uses a basket instead of her flower wagon due to it losing a wheel. She hopes Zack will return to fix it.

In Episode 6 of Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, Aerith sells flowers to Rude when he goes on his date with Chelsea. In Episode 11, on August 9th, 0002, the player Turk meets Aerith as she exits her house, surprised by the blooming flowers. Aerith tells the Turk she wishes to leave Midgar to see the world, as she can hear the wind calling to her. Avalanche arrives searching for her, and the player Turk helps Aerith evade them.

Shears defeats the player Turk, and Aerith is taken to the church to meet the leader of Avalanche, Elfe. Elfe tells Aerith Avalanche wants to bring down Shinra and protect the promised land, and it would be in her best interests to ally with them. Aerith hears an "old voice" emanating from Elfe, inadvertently leading to the discovery of the Turk spying on them from the rafters. After the Turk battles Shears and Fuhito, sudden weakness strikes Elfe, and Avalanche retreats. Tseng arrives, and the Turk allows Aerith to flee while they distract him.

Aerith in Crisis Core's ending.

When Zack escapes Shinra custody years later, the final Angeal copy that was left watching over Aerith when Zack left Midgar seeks him out but soon dies, leaving behind a letter from Aerith as it fades. As Zack reads it, he discovers Aerith has been doing well for herself selling flowers in Midgar, and during the four years he has been gone, had written Zack eighty-nine letters, though he never receives the rest of them. Tseng holds the letters and sends the Turks to locate Zack before the Shinra army so they can save him and deliver the correspondence, but the Turks ultimately fail.

Original continuity

Meeting Cloud and Avalanche

Aerith tends the flowers in the church while, outside Midgar, Zack is gunned down by Shinra forces. She looks up and clasps her hands.

Aerith in the opening Full motion video.

On December 9, 0007, at the beginning of Final Fantasy VII, Aerith meets Cloud as he flees from the bombing of Mako Reactor 1. Cloud has the option to warn her to get to safety, buy a flower from her, or blow her off. Later, after an attack on the Mako Reactor 5, Cloud falls into the church and awakes on the flower bed. Reno of the Turks comes to apprehend Aerith, who asks Cloud to become her bodyguard, offering him a date as payment. Cloud helps Aerith escape and takes her home, and Aerith tells Cloud of her materia heirloom that "does nothing".

Cloud sneaks out early in the morning to return to Sector 7 alone at Aerith's mother's insistence, but Aerith confronts him, and Cloud agrees to bring her along. Taking a break in the Sector 6 playground, Aerith tells Cloud he reminds her of her first love, who was also a SOLDIER First Class. The pair spots Tifa on a chocobo cart, and learn she is going to Don Corneo, a notorious crimelord on Wall Market.

Through an idea of Aerith, she and a crossdressed Cloud infiltrate the Don's mansion to rescue Tifa, who reveals she didn't need rescuing as she was trying to get information on Shinra from Corneo. Shinra has learned the location of the base of operations of the eco-terrorist group Avalanche Tifa and Cloud are members of and is planning to drop the plate covering the sector to destroy the area. The trio rushes to the Sector 7 slums, but their attempts to stop Shinra from dropping the plate fail and Aerith is captured by Tseng while taking Marlene Wallace, the daughter of Barret—the leader of this cell of Avalanche—to safety.

The remaining members of Avalanche, Cloud, Tifa, and Barret, attempt to rescue her from the Shinra Building where Aerith is being held in Professor Hojo's lab. During an executive meeting, Hojo explains to the top echelons of Shinra he plans to breed Aerith to produce another test subject for them to study. Hojo wants to breed Aerith with Red XIII to produce a Cetra-like specimen with extraordinary longevity. As Hojo places Red XIII and Aerith in the same containment tank, Red XIII feigns aggression toward her. Avalanche storms the lab, and Red XIII and Aerith are released. Red XIII joins Cloud to defeat Hojo's experimental monsters while the other members of Avalanche safeguard her, but the Turks capture the group. Instead of returning Aerith to Hojo's lab, she is imprisoned in the cells with the others.

Aerith's heritage is made known to the others, but she posits she will not be able to lead Shinra to the promised land like they want her to. Sephiroth manifests through Jenova's remains that were stored in Hojo's lab to attack Shinra, killing President Shinra. Aerith, Barret, and Red XIII head down to the first floor while Cloud and Tifa remain behind as Cloud confronts the new president of the company, Rufus Shinra. They end up escaping Midgar through the expressway.

Pursuit of Sephiroth

Artwork for Aerith's menu portrait in Final Fantasy VII.

Aerith decides to accompany the others on their quest to hunt down Sephiroth. She wants to find out more about her heritage, having heard Sephiroth is seeking the Cetra's promised land. They keep running into the Turks, with Tseng ensuring she is alright upon their meeting in the Mythril Mine. They pass through Junon and stow away on a cargo ship. During the voyage, Aerith tells Cloud she had glimpsed Shinra's Highwind back in Junon airport and wishes she could fly on it one day.

In Costa del Sol, they run into Professor Hojo, who asks Aerith about her late mother. She retreats to the hotel and mulls over the possibility of being the last Cetra in the world. In Gold Saucer, she attempts to cheer up the frustrated Barret by telling him they are going to play, causing him to run off alone. In Gongaga, the party runs into Zack's parents, who haven't heard of him for years, and Aerith reveals she used to be his girlfriend. Following a visit to Cosmo Canyon and speaking with the village elders, she comes to terms with her powers and duties as the last Cetra, although the knowledge of her task makes her feel more alone. Back in the Gold Saucer, Aerith is a date option for Cloud, and if the two go out, she mentions how much Cloud resembles Zack but also realizes he's different and expresses a desire to meet the "real him".

The party tracks Sephiroth to the Temple of the Ancients, and Aerith uses her Cetra powers to help decipher the temple's mysteries and locate the inner chamber. Sephiroth reveals his plan to use the Black Materia to call Meteor, the ultimate Black Magic. The temple itself transforms into the Black Materia, but Sephiroth takes control of Cloud, forcing him into relinquishing it. When Aerith attempts to stop Cloud, he attacks her and is knocked out by a party member. While he is unconscious, Aerith contacts Cloud in a dream and tells him that, as the last Cetra, only she can stop Sephiroth. When Cloud awakens, Tifa and Barret tell him Aerith is gone. Cloud follows the clues she had given him in the dream to the Forgotten City.

Return to the lifestream

Cloud lays Aerith's body to rest.

In a temple underneath the city, the party finds Aerith praying on an altar. As Cloud approaches her, Sephiroth attempts to take control of him to make him kill her, but Cloud resists. As Aerith finishes praying and lifts her head to see Cloud, Sephiroth—still using Jenova's body as a vessel transformed into his likeness—descends from the ceiling and impales her with the Masamune. Aerith collapses into Cloud's arms, and as her hair ribbon unravels, the White Materia concealed in her hair bounces off the altar into the water below.

Enraged, Cloud turns on Sephiroth, who detaches a part of Jenova's body to fight Cloud, transforming it into Jenova∙LIFE whom the party destroys. The party pays their respects to Aerith, and Cloud lays her body in the pool of water in the city's center. Reeve Tuesti, a Shinra executive sympathetic to their cause traveling with the party under the guise of Cait Sith, later brings the news of her death to Elmyra Gainsborough and consoles her.

Aerith was praying for Holy, the ultimate White Magic to defend against Meteor, called by the White Materia she had worn in her hair. The party later learns Aerith had succeeded in summoning it before her demise, but Sephiroth is blocking its power. Cloud's party descends to the core of the planet to defeat him, and afterward, Cloud has an out-of-body experience, during which he faces off against Sephiroth's spirit alone. Vanquishing his nemesis, Cloud finds himself among the lifestream with Aerith extending her hand to him. As Cloud tries to grasp it, he returns to his body and saves Tifa as the cave begins to crumble. He tells her he can meet Aerith again in the promised land. Sephiroth's defeat releases Holy, but by this time, the Meteor has fallen too close, and Holy's energy is unfocused by its gravity. Within the lifestream, Aerith's spirit commands the lifestream itself to emerge from the planet and push the Meteor back, allowing Holy to focus its energy. Thus, in January of 0008, Holy and the lifestream destroy Meteor and save the planet.

Aerith's role in the lifestream fending off the Meteor is expanded upon in the novella, Hoshi o Meguru Otome, where immediately after her death she helps fight Sephiroth's influence over the lifestream. She encounters other dead characters from the game, including Barret's childhood friend Dyne, fallen Avalanche members Biggs, Wedge, and Jessie, President Shinra, and Hojo. Aerith also meets Zack, surprised to learn that he is dead. She helps Tifa and Cloud when they fall into the lifestream and into Cloud's Subconscious, and when Holy fails to defeat Meteor, Aerith commands the lifestream to push it back and help Holy destroy it.

Aerith is also the central character in the On the Way to a Smile novella "Lifestream: White" chapters. As Sephiroth avoids dissolution and spreads Geostigma using the lifestream tainted with his memories, Aerith tries to help heal the spirits of the dead and contain the damage being done to the lifestream. Despite the help of the souls of other Cetra, those infected with Geostigma die faster than Aerith can heal their spirits, so she resolves to try and contact Cloud and stop the infection on the planet itself. Aerith considers creating avatars similar to Sephiroth, but decides against this as she would prefer to meet Cloud as he remembers her.

Geostigma crisis

I never blamed you. Not once. You came for me... that's all that matters.

Aerith

Cloud has a vision of Aerith as she assists him in the battle against Bahamut SIN.

When Cloud and Tifa collapse wounded on the flowers of the Sector 5 Slums Church in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, they later awaken healed, implying Aerith's presence. Aerith appears to Cloud in a vision as he rides to the Forgotten City to save the children of Edge from Kadaj. Standing behind him, she questions his reasons for coming, and Cloud says he wants to be forgiven. When Aerith asks, "By who?", Cloud turns to look at her, and the vision ends.

When he loses his cellphone during his fight with Kadaj and his brothers, Aerith leaves a message on it as it sinks into a pool of water, assuring Cloud she never blamed him for her death. During the battle against Bahamut SIN, its attack consumes Cloud. Amid the fireball, he sees a vision of Aerith, who takes his outstretched hand and transfers enough energy to him to cut through Bahamut's attack and destroy it.

In the battle's aftermath, Cloud pursues Kadaj and his brothers on motorcycle, eventually confronting Kadaj in the Sector 5 Slums Church. Kadaj attacks Cloud with a blast of energy, destroying the flowerbed. Water full of power from the lifestream erupts in a geyser from the hole, healing Cloud of his Geostigma and sending Kadaj fleeing. Cloud follows him, and during their battle, Kadaj absorbs Jenova's cells he had obtained from Rufus earlier to become Sephiroth. Sephiroth covers Midgar in the corrupted lifestream, and as Marlene watches it descend over the city, she senses Aerith's presence.

When Cloud defeats Sephiroth, the latter reverts into Kadaj. Aerith calls down healing rain over the city, curing most of the inhabitants of Geostigma. Hearing Aerith's voice and mistaking her as his mother, Kadaj dissolves into the lifestream. His brothers attack Cloud, and an explosion consumes the three.

Floating in a void, Cloud senses Aerith's presence and mistakes her as his mother. She and Zack joke about it, and Zack informs him that his place isn't with them yet. Cloud awakens in the water of the Sector 5 Slums Church, and the Moogle Girl tells him that "she" said to wait there for his return. Cloud uses the water to heal Denzel—a boy suffering from Geostigma he and Tifa had adopted—and the remaining children. As Cloud surveys his celebrating friends, he spots Aerith speaking to children near the church entrance before walking to the light-filled doorway where Zack waits. Aerith turns and smiles, assuring Cloud that "everything's alright". As she and Zack walk into the light, Cloud smiles as they fade. Later, as Cloud rides his motorcycle through the countryside, Aerith stands among the fields of flowers, watching him whiz by.

Cloud remembers Aerith's death.

In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, when Tifa is about to get crushed by falling foundation during the battle against Bahamut SIN, an image of Aerith about to meet her death at the hands of Sephiroth superimposes over Tifa in Cloud's right eye. During the new ending, phones around Edge ring, and Aerith's unheard voice tells the children who answer to go to her church for healing. Aerith is no longer seen on the field in the ending when Cloud rides his motorcycle.

Remake continuity

Aerith offers Cloud a flower.

After Avalanche scatters to the streets of Midgar in the wake of the Mako Reactor 1 bombing, Cloud finds Aerith acting strangely. After she gives him a flower, it turns out she is being attacked by invisible monsters, which he can only see after she grabs his hand and asks him to help her. A confused Cloud draws his sword, attracting the attention of Public Security who, likewise, cannot see the invisible monsters tormenting Aerith. She runs away with the beings in hot pursuit, leaving Cloud to deal with the soldiers.

Cloud later falls through the roof of Aerith's church, where Aerith asks him to become her bodyguard, though Cloud never specified he works as a mercenary. When Reno comes to kidnap Aerith, Cloud fights him to protect her, though Aerith, as well as the mysterious ghosts, stop Cloud from killing Reno. The invisible beings guide Cloud and Aerith out of the building and he gets to know her when they help the locals in the Sector 5 slums together. They run into a Sephiroth-clone whom Cloud momentarily sees as Sephiroth himself, taunting him, but the illusion breaks and the clone walks off. When Cloud asks if Aerith knows about Sephiroth, she says he was a war hero who died five years ago. When Cloud believes Sephiroth may still be alive, Aerith turns somber.

Cloud and Aerith in the Sector 6 park.

After protecting Aerith from Rude, another member of the Turks out to kidnap her, Cloud agrees to spend the night in Aerith's guest room. Aerith's mother is unhappy Aerith is getting mixed up with an ex-SOLDIER and asks him to leave without telling her. Cloud sneaks out at night, but Aerith catches up with him and takes him to the Sector 6 park where they take a break on the playground. Aerith tells Cloud that he reminds her of her first love, who was also in SOLDIER, but Cloud's ears begin to ring when she mentions his name. They spot Cloud's friend Tifa being taken to Don Corneo's mansion, and Aerith insists they help her, knowing how dangerous Tifa's plan to become his "bride" is.

When they try to get into Corneo's mansion, they learn that only women can take part in the audition and that Aerith doesn't cut it unless she gets endorsement from an influential Wall Market member whose opinion the don trusts. Aerith garners Madam M's approval after she and Cloud win the Corneo Cup tournament at the local battle arena, and Madam M gives Aerith a new dress and a hairstyle. When Aerith meets with Cloud again, he has had a change of heart and doesn't want Aerith to go in alone. Aerith brings news that Andrea Rhodea, the owner of the local VIP club Honeybee Inn, wants to meet Cloud and that he can be disguised as a woman. A reluctant Cloud goes through the makeover much to Aerith's delight, and they enter the don's mansion and meet Tifa. They learn from Don Corneo that Shinra is going to drop the plate over the Sector 7 undercity and rush back after falling through Corneo's trap door into the sewers.

Aerith with a ghost.

The spirits of abducted children haunt the Train Graveyard and play tricks on the trio when they make their way through it. Though Tifa is scared and Cloud is alarmed, Aerith is instead emphatic toward the ghosts and strives to understand them. The children have been taken by Eligor, a mysterious soul-capturing demon who also tries to torture Aerith by repeating images of her lonely childhood. When Cloud and Tifa rush to her aid, and they defeat the monster together, the children's spirits find rest.

Back at Sector 7, they are hindered by the mysterious cloaked beings while the pillar is under attack by Shinra with Cloud and Tifa's friends defending it. After helping Wedge recover, Tifa wants to climb the pillar to help Cloud and Barret, but worries over Marlene, Barret's four-year-old daughter who is still at her bar. Aerith volunteers to get her even before anyone says Marlene's name, but Tseng, the leader of the Turks, accosts Aerith at the Seventh Heaven bar. She willingly gives herself up in exchange to have Marlene taken to her mother's place.

Aerith is taken to Professor Hojo's laboratory in the Shinra Building, where she used to live as a child with her mother. When Cloud later stays at Elmyra's house, he has a chance of dreaming of meeting Aerith in the garden. She tells Cloud that she is safe for now, though thankful that he wants to come and rescue her. She cryptically imparts that everyone will die one day, and that Cloud is better off not falling in love with her.

Aerith held captive by Hojo.

Hojo plans to breed Aerith with a SOLDIER member. Red XIII, another of Hojo's test subjects, is accidentally released when Barret disrupts the locking system by breaking Aerith's containment tank. Aerith knows that he is their friend, and calms Red XIII by placing her hand on his head. Cloud passes out after reaction to Jenova's presence in Hojo's lab and wakes up in Aerith's old room, where her childhood belongings still are. Aerith tells the others about her heritage and how Shinra believes she can lead the company to the promised land. However, she deems this will be impossible. She feels lost and unsure, saying that whenever the mysterious ghosts touch her she loses another part of herself. Tifa grabs her hand and ensures they will get through their hardships together.

They escape the building but find Sephiroth waiting for them at the end of the unfinished expressway, where he cuts a passage into "another future". Aerith becomes stern and explains that Sephiroth is their real enemy over Shinra who must be stopped no matter what. She hesitates defying fate, though believing that the future can be changed. They end up fighting through numerous Whispers, the mysterious ghosts that have been intermittently helping and barring their progress, revealed to be beings sent by the planet itself to guide the course of destiny. After felling a giant Whisper that seems to be controlling the others, they face Sephiroth himself. Sephiroth departs with a message to Cloud to follow him. Aerith laments that she misses the steel sky, as the new sky ahead of them seems unknowable.

Defeating the Whispers alters the course of destiny. Zack survived his "final stand", but his fate thereon remains unknown.

Spoilers end here.

Gameplay

Final Fantasy VII

Aerith's battle model from Final Fantasy VII.

Aerith (named Aeris in the original game) is a playable party member in Final Fantasy VII. She focuses on casting magic with high magical stats and low physical stats. She wields several staves, which often contain many Materia slots and boost her Magic. Her Limits are healing abilities and buffs. Her ultimate weapon, Princess Guard, is the only ultimate weapon with standard Materia growth, and increases in attack power proportional to killed allies. Aeris is a date option for Cloud in the Gold Saucer, and she is the easiest option to date.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Battle render.

Aerith is a ranged support character who excels in spellcasting. Instead of striking with her staves, she sends magical projectiles from a distance that home in on her targets. Her unique ability, Tempest, is a ranged attack that can be charged up to deal more damage. Aerith also provides a variety of unique supportive abilities that give her unmatched utility to the party. Her unique limit breaks provide healing and support rather than dealing damage.

Aerith using Tempest.

Aerith's main strength is in being the best spellcaster because she has the highest Magic Magic attribute in the game, and her Arcane Ward ability allows all spells cast within it to be cast twice. Aerith's damage is entirely magical, and even her regular attacks use her magic attribute. Her main issue is her very low durability, due to having the lowest HP and Vitality Vitality attribute, and her slow mobility. However, her skillset allows her to remain at a safe distance from enemies, and her damage output can be tremendous. Aerith's role in the party is unique, and though she is locked into this playstyle, she excels at it.

Aerith joins the party in Chapter 8, "Budding Bodyguard", joining Cloud. She is present for the Odd Jobs in the chapter, and completing them will improve Cloud's affection score and determine the dress she wears in Chapter 9, "The Town That Never Sleeps". Aerith remains in the party from Chapter 8 until the end of Chapter 12, "Fight for Survival", but rejoins in Chapter 17, "Deliverance from Chaos".

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

Aerith is fought as a boss in the Training Mode.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Aerith's DMW icon.

Healing Wave is a Limit Break used by Zack when Aerith's portrait lines up in the Digital Mind Wave during a modulating phase. It acts similar to Great Gospel, healing Zack of all status ailments, granting him invincibility, and restoring a large amount of AP, MP and HP, possibly beyond their max amounts. Zack can use Healing Wave after meeting with Aerith, since the beginning of chapter 5.

Musical themes

Aerith's musical theme is called "Aerith's Theme". Two other pieces focusing on Aerith, "Flowers Blooming in the Church" and "Water", are derived from this central piece. Also, the background theme of the final dungeon, "The Great Northern Cave", contains a motif from her theme. Her theme has various version on the Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack to befit different scenes with her.

A cover of "Aerith's Theme" with lyrics and the alternate title, "Pure Heart", was sung by Ritsuko Nakano (AKA Rikki) the singer of the vocal theme of Final Fantasy X, "Suteki da ne", as an additional song on the theme's album. Later versions, including versions with lyrics and orchestrated by Nobuo Uematsu, use the original title.

In 2016, during a special event titled "Awakening Cloud" for Final Fantasy Record Keeper, players were treated with a special theme, a heavy metal cover of "Fight On!" (also known as "Those Who Fight Further") that would play in the main menu screen. The theme featured a moment where the "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" and "Aerith's Theme" became a medley.

Other appearances

Aerith has made appearances in the following games in the Final Fantasy series:

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances

Aerith has had key guest appearances in the following non-Final Fantasy games:

Other media

Dead Fantasy

Cloud refers to Aerith in the introduction of Dead Fantasy IV as a person he said goodbye to a long time ago. Cloud's rival, Helena Douglas from Dead or Alive, resembles Aerith with the same hairstyle, but is an antagonist in the series.

Games

An NPC in the Miner quests in 1.0 version of Final Fantasy XIV mistakenly called players by the wrong name. He would call a Midlander Hyur "Cloud", and a Miqo'te "Aerith". Aerith Gainsborough is also among the names used in example sentences for the chat log filtering configuration.

Aerith's Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- render appears within the code for Dissidia Final Fantasy, probably because Dissidia Final Fantasy shares the same game engine as Crisis Core, so it may be leftover data. The image of a Crisis Core Tonberry also appears. Through hacking, one can control this version of Aerith. She cannot attack, only run around due to her lack of animations.[9]

When the Mysterious Old Man in Final Fantasy Dimensions tries to introduce himself as "Clou-", Alba replies by saying her name might as be "Aeri-".

In Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, there is an NPC flower vendor in the city of Dalaran named Aerith Primrose, wearing clothing nearly identical to Aerith's Final Fantasy VII design.

Aerith Costume in LittleBigPlanet2.

Aerith's costume appears as downloadable content for LittleBigPlanet 2, along with Cloud, Sephiroth, Vincent, and Tifa.

Aerith's outfit appears as a costume for Lyudmila N Ignatova in the third-person shooter arcade game Gunslinger Stratos 2. Announced during a Tokyo Game Show, the ensemble was released as part of a Final Fantasy-themed collaboration event for the game in November 2014.

A costume themed around Aerith's outfit is available as the 3P costume for Mirage Koas in the game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.

Yoshitaka Amano's "Tranquility" artwork of Cloud and Aerith appears on a wall in Parasite Eve I. The picture was originally used as a cover for Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack.

Parasite Eve II portrays a laboratory where Aya Brea tries to use a computer infected with a virus called "Fatekeeper". The anti-virus, "Cloud", is found inside the September issue of a magazine called "Aeris".

Aerith has been alluded to in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. In Cloud's reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, his first meeting with Aerith is recreated with an unconscious Cloud next to a kneeling Princess Zelda holding a flower. In the next game in the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the player can unlock an Advent Children Cloud Fighter Spirit by performing a Cross Slash with a fully charged Limit Break. To commemorate the achievement, a picture is shown of Cloud holding Princess Zelda in water, similar to when he was laying Aerith's body to the lake in Forgotten City.

Other

In Disney's movie Wreck-it Ralph, there is a message written in graffiti outside of Game Central Station that reads "Aerith Lives". "Aerith Lives" is also a password in the Deus Ex: Black Light novel.

Behind the scenes

Character design

Original

Concept art by Tetsuya Nomura.

Aerith was designed by Tetsuya Nomura with influence from director and scenario writer Yoshinori Kitase and Hironobu Sakaguchi. Yoshitaka Amano created conceptual artwork of Aerith for Final Fantasy VII, which also influenced her design. Her long dress was designed to appear ladylike and as a contrast to Tifa Lockhart's miniskirt. Making Aerith's dress with polygons was difficult at the time. Still, Nomura believed that thinking about how to make it move naturally would lead to improvement of skills and rendering.[10] Her green eyes symbolize nature and serve as another contrast to Tifa's.

Aerith was, along with Cloud and Barret, one of the first three playable characters designed for Final Fantasy VII before more were added. An early demo of Final Fantasy VII includes Aerith in the attack on the Sector 5 Reactor with Cloud and Barret, but she does not appear outside of battle and does not speak. During early plans for the game, Aerith was to have the Geomancer job class. Though the final product has no job system, Aerith's Limit Breaks draw power from the earth, a typical trait of Geomancers.

Aerith during the reactor attack in an early demo version of Final Fantasy VII.

In the original development materials it is stated the DNA of her mother Ifalna, not Jenova, would have been used to create SOLDIER members, and Aerith herself would have been cheerful but naive regarding men, having never been in a relationship.[citation needed] In a subplot cut from the final game, Aerith would tell Cloud stories about a nameless SOLDIER who used to buy flowers from her years ago whom she fell in love with, but her feelings were unrequited. Cloud would have deduced the unnamed SOLDIER was Sephiroth and would have gone out of his way to hide evidence of Sephiroth's true character from Aerith to avoid shattering her idealized vision of him.[citation needed] At an earlier point in development, it was considered that Sephiroth and Aerith would be brother and sister, a connection intended to be hinted at through their similar hairstyles. This was changed to Sephiroth being Aerith's former love, and then dropped.[11] Tifa would also have told Aerith the truth about Cloud and the Nibelheim Incident, including Zack's presence there when the village was destroyed.

Though he has made humorous remarks to the contrary, Tetsuya Nomura has stated that Aerith's death was always planned to be part of the plot, even when she, Cloud and Barret were the only planned characters. In an interview with Electronic Gaming Monthly, Nomura stated the following:[12]

We knew even in the early concept stage that one character would have to die. But we only had three to choose from. I mean, Cloud's the main character, so you can't really kill him. And Barret... well, that's maybe too obvious. But we had to pick between Aerith and Barret. We debated this for a long time, but in the end decided to sacrifice Aerith... In the previous FF games, it became almost a signature theme for one character to sacrifice him or herself, and often it was a similar character type from game to game, kind of a brave, last-man-standing, Barret-type character. So everyone expected that. And I think that death should be something sudden and unexpected, and Aerith's death seemed more natural and realistic. Now, when I reflect on Final Fantasy VII, the fact that fans were so offended by her sudden death probably means that we were successful with her character. If fans had simply accepted her death, that would have meant she wasn't an effective character.

Electronic Gaming Monthly[12]

Remake

For Final Fantasy VII Remake, Aerith, much like the rest of the cast, was redesigned both in terms of physical appearance and personality. In an interview with Famitsu[13], Tetsuya Nomura stated that the team decided to visually separate the two heroines, Aerith and Tifa. Aerith's beauty follows western aesthetics, while with Tifa, they emphasized the cuteness of her face to follow eastern aesthetics. In terms of personality, Aerith has the innocence of a young girl, and Final Fantasy VII Remake conveys that strongly. There is a gap between her appearance and inner personality, with her aspects of "innocence" and "beauty".

Aerith's resolution scene.

Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima has described Aerith as "the most important character in the remake" and thus paid special attention to her lines. He wrote her under the presumption that her words were filled with hints of what's to come. He got some pushback for Aerith's warning to Cloud to not fall in love with her in the Chapter 14 Resolution scene, some of the staff feeling it made her come off as looking down on Cloud. However, if viewed through the lens that Aerith knows the future, it is a powerful line, and Nojima thought the contrast was interesting.[14]

Aerith's "ghost"

Aerith's death scene in Final Fantasy VII is considered one of the notable events in the history of the series. Afterward, when returning to the Sector 5 Slums Church, two different images of Aerith may appear. One manifests for a split second in the center of the screen before disappearing, while in the other Aerith tends to the flowers before Cloud moves closer. It has been speculated that this is meant to be her "ghost".

Aerith and the Highwind

Original key art
Remake key art

Comparison between the original and Remake key art

A Final Fantasy VII promotional poster of Aerith shows her standing before the Highwind, but she is gone before the player obtains it as the party's airship. Before the party's second visit to the Forgotten City, if the player talks to Cid while inside the Highwind, he will mention wanting to give her a ride in the airship. The Remake version of this poster has Aerith stand on an empty airfield, likely because Highwind does not appear in the first part of the Remake, and thus may not have had a final model yet at the time the poster as commissioned.

Advent Children development

Aerith's appearance in the original and Complete versions of Advent Children.

When discussing the making of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, co-director Takeshi Nozue said that particular detail went into Aerith's appearance, under the belief that fans would pay close attention to her when she appeared. Tetsuya Nomura stated they knew from the beginning they would not show her face until the final scenes, and when her face was finally revealed, he thought she looked "cuter than ever".[citation needed] In the final scenes where Aerith turns to face Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, her facial structure is redesigned from its previous appearance, in addition to having sharper graphics from the film's different format.

The members of Avalanche wearing pink ribbons in memory of her was added when it was noticed no one mentioned Aerith's name in the film; if she was not going to be mentioned in dialogue, the filmmakers wanted a visual indication that Avalanche remembers her.[citation needed]

In original concepts for Aerith's appearance to Cloud in a vision at the Forgotten City, the plan was for Aerith to appear on the back of Cloud's motorcycle and ride with him as they spoke. Motion capture for the sequence was done, but the scene was discarded when the development staff felt it would look too much like a ghost looming over Cloud's shoulder.[citation needed]

Voice

Aerith was first voiced in Kingdom Hearts, and has had several different voice actors in English. In Kingdom Hearts she was voiced by Mandy Moore; later she was voiced by Mena Suvari for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts II; and she was voiced by Andrea Bowen for Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.

Aerith's Japanese voice actor is Maaya Sakamoto. She shares her voice actor with Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII and Diva from Final Fantasy Type-0. Maaya Sakamoto is married to Zack's voice actor, Kenichi Suzumura.

For Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary Celebration, Final Fantasy Record Keeper had a special commercial featuring Maaya Sakamoto and Cloud Strife's voice actor, Takahiro Sakurai.

Aerith has a pretty big moment in gaming history. It's iconic enough that everyone knows exactly what they were doing. Everyone remembers, 'it made me cry' or 'I was sitting next to my cousin' or 'I had the guide open, thinking this can't be right.' They know exactly where they were when that moment happened. And so from the very get-go, beginning my research for this project, that's the first thing I saw. Knowing that she has that place in people's hearts was a lot of pressure from the very beginning. To actually take on that challenge of giving this character life, it's been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my entire life.

Briana White, GameSpot interview[15]

In Final Fantasy VII Remake, Aerith is voiced by Briana White, who runs a YouTube channel named Strange Rebel Gaming in which she streams video games. Briana auditioned not expecting to be cast, as Aerith is her first real voice acting role, and before playing the game, her only experience with the Final Fantasy series was with Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XV, which she had enjoyed.[16][17]

In preparing for the role, Briana White chose to listen to Aerith's other voice actors, disagreeing with the advice she'd received to not listen to reference. She intended to deliver a performance that honored the original while still presenting her own take on Aerith. Briana found that Aerith may only be a "sweet flower girl" in some iterations, but wanted to preserve the idea that Aerith is also "sassy, can spit fire, and doesn't need to be protected".[17] She continued to avoid playing Final Fantasy VII while recording voice lines for Aerith to keep her portrayal separate enough from the original game. However, she found many fans would still remark that her portrayal was exactly how they had imagined Aerith would sound.[15] Briana came to cherish Aerith as a well-rounded character who, though she plays with the idea of being a damsel, does not need protecting and is toying with Cloud in asking for a bodyguard.[17]

A few months following the reveal of Aerith in Final Fantasy VII Remake in 2019, Briana published a video on her YouTube channel, publicly addressing her audience and saying she is extremely excited for the game.[16] After recording the lines, she played the game and uploaded gameplay of her playthrough on YouTube in a series featuring other voice actors, beginning with John Bentley, the voice of Barret.[18] While playing the game, she noted many similarities in Aerith's personality in the original game compared with the voice lines she had recorded.[15]

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Merchandise

Aerith has appeared in numerous merchandise. Her Remake flower necklace was also released as official jewelry.

Gallery

Etymology and symbolism

Aerith's name was made to sound similar to "earth" due to her connection to the planet. According to the September 1997 issue of the Famitsu magazine, "Aeris" is the transliteration of the word into katakana: "earth" turned into "earisu", Aerith's Japanese name.

Additionally, the Hebrew word עירית, ʻīrīṯ (the was pronounced th), refers to the asphodel flower. It is also a modern Hebrew girls' name, Irit. This might have been appropriate, considering Aerith's association with flowers. Because of the inexact way Hebrew treats vowels in writing, an alternate reading ʻērīṯ is also conceivable from an intuitive reading of the letters.

Her name could also be representative of Tiferet, also pronounced Tifereth, representative of the sixth Sefira in the Tree of Life, symbolizing love, beauty, and self-sacrifice. This would tie in with the larger theme Final Fantasy VII has with Jewish mysticism. Given how Tifa's concept was developed after the decision to have Aerith die, and certain characteristics originally attributed to Aerith in earlier storyboards were transferred to Tifa's storyline, it would make sense their names would derive from a split of "Tifereth".

Gainsborough is a town 15 miles north-west of Lincoln on the River Trent within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. Many European surnames derive from locations.

Final Fantasy VII derives symbolism from Jewish mysticism, and Aerith's character may have been influenced by it as well. Sephirot are the ten attributes through which God appears, and Aerith may be tied to one such attribute, chesed, meaning kindness or love. It is a virtue that contributes to a concept translated as the healing of the world, and the concept suggests man's responsibility to repair and transform the world. The Talmud says, "the Torah begins with chesed and ends with chesed", and Aerith is the first and last character seen in the main events of Final Fantasy VII (excepting the epilogue). Those who embody chesed go "above and beyond that which is normally required", and chesed is the first of the sephirot of the attribute of action; in other words, the initiation of action. This is similar to how Aerith ventures off alone to summon Holy. The gematria (a numerological system for assigning numbers to words) of chesed is 72; Aerith's birthday is February 7th.

External links

Notes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania
  2. http://na.square-enix.com/ff7psn/
  3. Tetsuya Nomura, Kingdom Hearts Character Reports vol.2
  4. GameFan magazine, Vol.4, Issue 5, p.18 (Accessed: August 05, 2019) at Glitterberri
  5. Final Fantasy VII (Accessed: August 05, 2019) at Final Fantasy VII on PC
  6. Final Fantasy VII (JP) manual, p.06
  7. Final Fantasy VII Official Establishment File, p.20[Scan]
  8. Concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyd6clR0By4
  10. Weekly Famitsu Issue no. 1224 Tetsuya Nomura Interview translated by TheLifestream.net (Accessed: August 05, 2019) at The Lifestream
  11. Weekly Famitsu Magazine no. 1224, May 31, 2012, p.36-41 (Chinese scanlations, Nomura interview translation, Kitase interview translation), (Nomura, Kitase and Nojima Discuss Final Fantasy VII's Development (dead) (Accessed: September 28, 2018) at Andriasang.com (dead))
  12. 12.0 12.1 Interview with Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura from Electronic Gaming Monthly, issue #196, October 2005. (Accessed: August 05, 2019) at The Final Fantasy 7 Citadel
  13. Final Fantasy VII Remake Gets New Screenshots and Details on Content and Design on Famitsu, June 19, 2019. (Accessed: UnknownError: See this for how to archive.) at ?Error: Missing site URL.
  14. Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania Interview With Tetsuya Nomura (Accessed: July 17, 2020) at Game8
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Steve Watts (April 6). How The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Cast Found Its Voice. GameSpot. Archived from the original on April 14, 2020.
  16. 16.0 16.1 I'm the Voice Actor for Aerith in Final Fantasy VII Remake! (0:00) (Error: No screenshot/audio evidence) by Strange Rebel Gaming at YouTube
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Josh West (April 21). Meet Britt Baron and Briana White, the voice actors behind Tifa and Aerith in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. GamesRadar. Archived from the original on April 24, 2020.
  18. Aerith & Barret Remake Voice Actors Play Final Fantasy VII - Briana White & John Bentley (0:00) (Error: No screenshot/audio evidence) by Strange Rebel Gaming at YouTube
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