Embrace your dreams. If you want to be a hero you need to have dreams... and honor.Angeal to Zack
Angeal Hewley is a First Class SOLDIER in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. He is Zack Fair's mentor and passes down the Buster Sword to him. He is stoic and serious, but with a playful side, giving Zack the nickname "Zack the Puppy."
- 1 Profile
- 2 Story
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Musical themes
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Behind the scenes
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Etymology and symbolism
- 9 References
Angeal is a tall man with a broad and muscular structure. He is approximately 25 years old. He has black hair slicked back except for two bangs on each side, in a style similar to that of his mother Gillian Hewley. Angeal wears a standard SOLDIER First Class uniform and carries a standard SOLDIER sword, along with his iconic Buster Sword, the latter of which he only uses on special occasions.
Angeal grows two white wings on his right side (one large wing on top and a small one underneath); their appearance troubles him, as he considers them traits of a monster.
Use brings about wear, tear and rust. And that's a real waste.Angeal to Zack, about his Buster Sword
Angeal is moral and dedicated and takes pride in his membership in SOLDIER. He is honor-bound to protect as many people as he can, and nothing can stand between him and his honor and pride. He views the sword gifted to him by his family as a symbol of his dreams and honor, and therefore he refrains from using it to avoid damaging it.
He has a sense of humor, calling Zack a puppy, calling himself cheap, and saying that Zack is "just a little more important than his sword." According to emails from his fan club, Angeal enjoys gardening and cooking, and he has a soft spot for dogs. He is an influential member of SOLDIER and many revere him as a mentor, the ideal SOLDIER operative and the organization's spiritual leader. His influence passes on to Zack.
When he learns of the circumstances of his birth, Angeal comes to resent his existence, feeling himself a monster unworthy of dignity or honor. He exiles himself from SOLDIER, but even through his self-deprecating talk, he still considers himself a SOLDIER at heart. Angeal wants to help the entire planet and save the world from monsters, like the one he believes himself to have become.
I am perfect. A perfect... monster. My cells can absorb genetic traits, and pass them along to others.Angeal Hewley
As a product of Project G and a member of SOLDIER, Angeal has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and reflexes. He can sprout wings used for flight. He is one of the three most powerful SOLDIER Class First members, although still falling short to Sephiroth's prowess. Angeal is accomplished in both swordsmanship and martial arts, wielding large swords with ease and able to execute a rapid barrage of hand-to-hand blows. He rarely if ever uses magic, though he is shown releasing a blast of energy to break the flooring Zack was standing on to send him plummeting down.
Directly born from Gillian's cells as her son, Angeal's abilities as a Project G SOLDIER surpass Genesis's. Dr. Hollander considers Angeal a successful result of the experiment, as he has taken on Jenova's shapeshifting abilities, able to not only use his cells as a conduit to imbue other beings with his abilities by implanting them with his cells—which unlike Genesis he can do with both humans and monsters—but he can also take on the abilities of those imbued with his cells in return. He appears able to command his copies, summoning and having them fuse into him. Even after his death, Angeal's will influences Lazard Deusericus into helping Zack, and may be the influence guiding the canine Angeal Copy that protects Aerith Gainsborough. Being able to absorb others' DNA allows Angeal to not degrade, and though his copies still do, they degrade at a slower rate than Genesis's copies.
As Angeal Penance, he wields a large trident and uses powerful lightning magic as well as self-enhancement and healing spells.
Angels dream of one thing... To be human.Angeal to Zack
Many years ago Gillian Hewley worked with Dr. Hollander in the experiment of her namesake, Project Gillian, a branch of the Jenova Project to create a Cetra-human-hybrid. Gillian was injected with Jenova cells (an organism Hollander mistook for a Cetra) and her cells were injected into other subjects.
Gillian's son, Angeal, gained her cells naturally, and during his childhood, he lived in Banora Village with his mother and a stepfather. His family was poor in comparison to his best friend, Genesis Rhapsodos, the adopted son of the village's landlord. Unknown to both, Genesis was also a test subject in Project G, having gained Gillian's cells via injection rather than naturally.
Working for Shinra
Angeal joined SOLDIER and was promoted to First Class, becoming a mentor and role model for many lower class SOLDIER members, in particular Zack Fair. He wields the enormous Buster Sword, a gift from his stepfather when he joined Shinra, though he rarely uses it for the fear of it gathering "wear, tear, and rust," as he approximates it to a representation of his family's pride and honor.
During a training session in the Virtual Reality Training Room taking on the image of Junon's mako cannon, Angeal and Genesis faced the confident Sephiroth. Genesis wanted to battle Sephiroth alone, claiming he, too, wants to become a hero. The duel escalated and Angeal intervened. Genesis sustained an injury and Angeal donated blood for a transfusion after Sephiroth was told his blood is not compatible with Genesis's.
During an attempt to recover a hi-jacked Shinra train in Midgar, Angeal tells Zack to be careful before allowing him to recover the train alone. When Sephiroth takes Zack down Angeal pulls out his cellphone and aborts the mission and the train station, Midgar, and Sephiroth fade away as it was only a virtual training exercise.
Later, Angeal tells Zack to report to the Briefing Room where Director Lazard Deusericus explains Zack's mission at a temple in Wutai to help bring an end to the Wutai War. Zack is surprised Angeal has recommended him to go on this mission and receive a promotion to SOLDIER First Class if he fares well.
Once in the forest outside Wutai's Fort Tamblin, Angeal tells Zack of the "dumbapples," fruits that ripen randomly throughout the year. He used to steal them as his family was poor. The largest tree grew outside the house of the richest family in the village, but Angeal would never take an apple from that tree since the rich family's son was his best friend. When asked why he didn't ask his friend for apples, Angeal replies, "Honor can be quite a burden at times."
After Zack takes the fort and is knocked down by two monsters in a dojo, Angeal saves him and jokes that Zack's life is a little more important than his sword, if only a little. Heading back, Zack and Angeal meet up with Lazard and the three are attacked by Genesis Copies, copies of Angeal's friend who had defected the company some time earlier. Angeal agrees to handle them while Zack protects Lazard. Angeal pretends to desert Shinra to try and regain Genesis's trust and bring him back.
Defecting from Shinra
Two months later Zack and Tseng investigate Angeal and Genesis's hometown of Banora Village and find Genesis at the apple juice factory. As Zack prepares to fight him, Angeal intervenes and Genesis leaves. When Zack finds Gillian Hewley dead and Angeal staring at his mother's lifeless body, Zack attacks him. Angeal states his mother had no reason to live, and he, too, is guilty of the same crime. After Genesis returns, Angeal leaves.
During the Genesis Copy raid in Midgar four months later, Zack and Sephiroth learn that Angeal can also produce copies. Zack chases after Dr. Hollander after searching through Hollander's records with Sephiroth and finding out about Project G. Within the Sector 5 Plate Interior Zack confronts Hollander, but is stopped by Angeal. Zack asks about Angeal's motives and he replies with "world domination" and "revenge." Revealing his wings, he claims those are the objectives monsters focus on. Zack tells Angeal he is wrong and that his wings aren't the wings of a monster, but "angel's wings." Angeal asks what angels should fight for and what they dream of. Zack is unable to reply, and Angeal claims angels dream of being human. Zack refuses to fight and Angeal sends him plummeting to the Midgar Slums.
After a change of heart Angeal appears on the Sector 0 of Midgar Highway and confronts Zack outside the Shinra Building asking him to join him, stating their enemy is all that creates suffering. At the Shinra Building they find Sephiroth dealing with Genesis copies. While Angeal handles things outside and Sephiroth holds the current floor, Zack heads to check on Professor Hojo, who is about to be captured by Genesis. Angeal catches up with them in Hojo's laboratory and tells Genesis to stop. Hojo is surprised to see both Genesis and Angeal with wings.
Angeal pursues Genesis, and once Genesis's attack on the headquarters has been quelled, Angeal meets Zack in the Sector 5 slums the next day and apologizes for leaving him to fight alone. Angeal explains Genesis and Hollander have gone to Modeoheim. Zack asks if he plans to return to SOLDIER, but Angeal does not know, and flies off.
Zack later finds Angeal in the Modeoheim Public Bathhouse after hearing from Tseng Angeal had attacked him and Cloud, a Shinra infantryman. Angeal tells Zack it should have been him to fight Genesis, but he intends to prepare Zack for his final battle. Dr. Hollander enters and tells Angeal it is time to take his revenge for their family, but Angeal says his father is dead. Bemused, Hollander tells him to take revenge on his mother's behalf, but Angeal says his mother was so ashamed of her past she took her own life.
Dr. Hollander explains Jenova cells were injected into Gillian and her cells were injected into the fetal Genesis, but while Genesis was a failure, Angeal—having received her cells directly—was branded perfect. Hollander relishes on how Angeal has developed a two-way conduit, having received Jenova's ability to absorb other creatures' traits and implant his into monsters.
Angeal asks if Zack remembers their promise to fight anything that causes suffering, and though Zack insist that does not include him, summons several copies. Though Dr. Hollander warns that he cannot assimilate a number of creatures at once, Angeal uses the monsters to turn into a chimera composite called Angeal Penance whom Zack is forced to destroy. Defeated, Angeal lies dying and tells Zack he is counting on him to do the rest. Angeal entrusts the Buster Sword to Zack and his life ends with the words, "Protect your honor, always."
More than a year after Angeal's death, a surviving Angeal copy (a winged canine) appears at a church in the Midgar slums and defends Zack and his girlfriend Aerith from a Shinra attack robot. Injured and weak from the clash, the copy remains within the church.
During the four years Zack lays imprisoned in the Shinra Manor in the aftermath of the Nibelheim Incident, Angeal is sighted across the world. One day Zack sees a physical manifestation of Angeal caused by a reaction to the concentration of Jenova cells and mako energy. Angeal asks how Zack can call himself a member of SOLDIER. Zack's heightened emotions allow him to break free of his containment to try and reunite with his mentor.
As he escapes Shinra's and Genesis's pursuit to Gongaga Village, Zack spots an Angeal figure who is revealed to be Director Lazard and the source of the Angeal sightings. Lazard had received Angeal's cells and become an Angeal copy gifted not only with Angeal's physical appearance, but with his morals and sense of justice. Lazard did not receive Angeal's strength, nor his immunity from degradation, and has been deteriorating like Genesis.
While Zack is away to finish Genesis off for good, Lazard and the canine Angeal copy use the last of their energy to defend Cloud Strife from Shinra, pass out and fade into the lifestream. Later, after Zack is killed by Shinra and left lying on a precipice on the Midgar Wasteland, Angeal's spirit descends from the sky and helps Zack start his journey into the lifestream.
In the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Professor Hojo mentions G type SOLDIERs as possible candidates for "breeding" with Aerith as a solution to "mitigate the risks" and ensure further studies on the Ancients to reach the promised land, suggesting that Angeal and Gillian's legacy still lives on within the company.
Angeal is fought as a boss in the form of Angeal Penance.
Digital Mind Wave
Zack has Angeal in his Digital Mind Wave since the beginning and can use Angeal's Limit Break, Rush Assault, if three of Angeal's icons line up during a modulating phase. Rush Assault has two sequences of seven physical attacks and a final diving attack. Each of the three sequences has different power and can hit a different enemy. It ignores Vitality, the final hit inflicts Stun, and it may grant Endure. Emotion Gauge increases by 1 for Level 5 attack.
Angeal's theme can be considered to be "CRISIS CORE Theme - Dreams and Honor", which plays when he tells Zack about dumbapples in Wutai, and when Zack remembers Angeal in the Nibelheim Inn. It is a variation of the game's main theme, "CRISIS CORE Theme".
- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Angeal is a playable character who could be initially recruited during the Challenge Event In the Footsteps of Greatness as a First Time Reward for completing the event's Mt. Tamblin - Animal Trail on Classic difficulty.
Angeal appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Lightning-elemental Forward cards.
Behind the scenes
Angeal was designed by Tetsuya Nomura. The Crisis Core Complete Guide includes a developer interview where the interviewer asks about the identity of Angeal's father, and if the relationship between Hollander and Gillian is comparable to the relationship between Hojo and Lucrecia Crescent in Final Fantasy VII. The developers state Gillian married after being sent to Banora with Angeal, and Angeal was raised never knowing his mother's husband was not his biological father. The developers say the idea of a marital relationship between Hollander and Gillian is a secret, leaving the possibility open that Angeal's unidentified biological father could be Hollander.
Many believe that the last Angeal copy was born out of Angeal's will and that he controls it from within the lifestream to continue helping Zack. This is foreshadowed when, after Genesis copies attack Costa del Sol, Tseng speculates that Genesis is controlling his copies from beyond the grave. It is also similar to how Sephiroth controls those with Jenova cells in Final Fantasy VII.
The scenes of Angeal and Zack grabbing hands in Wutai and the ending FMV are reminiscent of Aerith and Cloud grabbing hands after Cloud's final confrontation with Sephiroth at the end of Final Fantasy VII, and during the fight against Bahamut SIN in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete.
Angeal is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue in Japanese, and Josh Gilman in English.
Etymology and symbolism
Angeal is most likely derived from the Irish word for "angel," aingeal, tying into his white wings. angel is a non-physical entity or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks. The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions. In art, angels are often depicted with bird-like wings on their back, a halo, robes and various forms of glowing light.An
Out of those born from the Jenova Project, Angeal was the first and only one to have more than one wing and have them be a color other than black. Angeal is the only product of the Jenova Project who does not wish harm to others, and thus the white wings may symbolize retaining his honor. This may also be done in contrast to Genesis and Sephiroth who both have a single black wing, symbolizing fallen angels/Satan, while Angeal has two white wings, making him more akin to a Heaven's angel.
Also tying into the Judeo-Christian traditions are Angeal Penance's special attacks, named after the Seven Deadly Sins: Unleashed Wrath, End of Gluttony, Wings of Pride, Charge of Greed, Thunder of Envy, Defense of Lust, and Rage of Sloth. Penance is repentance of sins as well as the proper name of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and Anglican Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation/Confession.
Hewley derives from hyle.Hyle, a Greek word, translates as "Materia" in Latin.