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Alexander Highwind Tycoon is a character from Final Fantasy V. He is the king of Tycoon and the father of Lenna and Sarisa. His speech is credited to King in the Anthology release, and King Tycoon in the Advance and later releases.



King Tycoon wears long, flowing blue robes along with blue chest armor and pauldrons edged with gold. He wears a winged helmet reminiscent of a Dragoon's, with a visor that covers his eyes. His hair is covered, but his short beard and mustache are dark. One piece of Yoshitaka Amano art depicts him holding a spear or scepter, although he does not participate in battle during the game. King Tycoon is the only known "Highwind" in the series who isn't clearly a spear-wielding Dragoon.


King Tycoon is a dutiful man who puts the best interests of his kingdom and the world above his own needs and unhesitatingly risks his life to protect others. He passed on the values of devotion and self-sacrifice to his daughter, Lenna. King Tycoon is a loving father although he can be stern. While he is an important character in the game, how he thinks and acts generally are unclear, as he is most often seen during crises and acting out of his control.


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King Tycoon leaving to the Wind Shrine.

King Tycoon was twice bereaved. His daughter Sarisa was lost at sea when she was five years old while they traveled to find a treatment for the queen's long illness. The king was forced to admit the only cure for his wife was to kill their wind drake, Hiryu, to extract medicine from its tongue, something she refused to consider. She passed away sometime before the Crystals began to shatter, leaving him a widower.

King Tycoon is the guardian of the Wind Crystal, a responsibility he takes more seriously than the other monarchs of Crystal-bearing kingdoms; he does not use a machine to extract power from it as they do. When he senses a change in the wind, he travels to the Wind Shrine on Hiryu to examine the situation, but disappears afterward. Lenna goes searching for him but the king is not heard from again until Lenna and her new friends, Bartz, Galuf and Faris travel to Crescent, where they learn King Tycoon was seen floating through the air over Karnak and the Desert of Shifting Sands.

The party spots him in Gohn, where he behaves strangely, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with them. The king lures them into a trap and makes them fall into what would become the Catapult.

King Tycoon talking to Lenna and Faris before he dies.

The party finds King Tycoon in the Ronka Ruins, still behaving strangely, and snapping at his daughters. The party obeys his instructions and kills Archeoaevis, not realizing it is the guardian of the Earth Crystal. King Tycoon attempts to kill the party afterward, as he is being possessed. Krile appears and snaps him out of the enthrallment, revealing the king had been under Exdeath's control, and probably had been since his disappearance.

With his wits restored, King Tycoon is overjoyed to see that his long-lost daughter, Sarisa (now going by the name of Faris), is alive and well. Their reunion is cut short when Exdeath, now freed from his seal, appears in the ruins and sends the crystal shards to attack the party. Tycoon draws the shards' attack and is mortally wounded. With his last words, he implores the party to protect the world and apologizes to Faris for not being a better father. He implores her and Lenna to keep each other strong and asks Bartz to protect them before succumbing to his injuries.

King Tycoon's spirit appears before the final battle.

There are hidden scences in the third world with him being playful to his daugther, Sarisa and looking out for his beloved wife while searching for a cure to her illness. Another with the passing of his wife as he accepts her fate and not harm the wind drake for a selfish cause.

When Bartz, Lenna, Faris and Krile follow Exdeath to the Interdimensional Rift to stop him from taking control of the Void, King Tycoon's spirit, along with the spirits of the Warriors of Dawn, appears in the the Rift to suppress Exdeath's control of the Void when he uses it on the party. He speaks to them one last time after they defeat Neo Exdeath, saying the world still needs them.

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Behind the scenes[]

Artwork of King Tycoon by Yoshitaka Amano.

Early character descriptions mention an intended backstory for King Tycoon and his kingdom. King Tycoon was originally a commoner who was a famous mercenary swordsman in his youth, he inherited the throne after impressing the previous king of Tycoon with his leadership skills and fighting prowess. This backstory is never mentioned within the narrative of the final product. [1]



"Alexander" is a common western name of Greek origin, the original name being Ἀλέξανδρος (Alexandros), "Protector of Mankind". Alexander III, better known as Alexander the Great, was a famous Macedonian king and military conqueror.

"High wind" is typical of wind speeds that place a seven on the Beaufort scale. When wind travels this fast (approximately 32 to 38 miles per hour), the sea heaps up. Streaks of foam from breaking waves are blown in the direction the wind is traveling, and there are moderate amounts of airborne spray. On land, high wind moves entire trees, and effort is required to walk against it.

"Tycoon" comes from Japanese Taikun (大君?) which translates into "great prince/baron" and is a title given to a shogun. "Tycoon" has come to mean a "wealthy and powerful business person".