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{{Quote|So I ran. Free at last... Then I met you. All that running and I got nowhere. It's time to end this—cut my ties to the past.|Balthier}}
 
{{Quote|So I ran. Free at last... Then I met you. All that running and I got nowhere. It's time to end this—cut my ties to the past.|Balthier}}
 
[[File:Dr. Cidolfus and Balthier (artwork).jpg|thumb|Baby Balthier with Dr. Cid.]]
 
[[File:Dr. Cidolfus and Balthier (artwork).jpg|thumb|Baby Balthier with Dr. Cid.]]
Born in 684 Old Valendian, Ffamran mied Bunansa is the son of [[Cidolfus Demen Bunansa]], the head of House Bunansa and a scientist in employ of the [[Archadia|Archadian Empire]]. He showed such promise at a young age he was made an [[Archadian Judges|Archadian Judge]] at only sixteen years old. In 700, after his father returned from [[Giruvegan]], Ffamran noticed Cid's sanity fading: he talked to someone who wasn't there, raving on about "bringing the reins of history back to the hands of man." This strained their relationship until Ffamran could not stand the sight of his father.
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Born in 684 Old Valendian, Ffamran mied Bunansa is the son of [[Cidolfus Demen Bunansa]], the head of House Bunansa<ref>Dialogue with Streetear Jules in Old Arcades: Jules mentions the noble status of Balthier's family and his position in the family</ref> and a scientist in employ of the [[Archadia|Archadian Empire]]. He showed such promise at a young age he was made an [[Archadian Judges|Archadian Judge]] at only sixteen years old. In 700, after his father returned from [[Giruvegan]], Ffamran noticed Cid's sanity fading: he talked to someone who wasn't there, raving on about "bringing the reins of history back to the hands of man." This strained their relationship until Ffamran could not stand the sight of his father.
   
 
Ffamran's falling out with his father, combined with Archadia's political maneuvers, made him decide to leave his post as Judge and flee [[Archades]], stealing a new prototype fighter ship. After going into hiding he upgraded the ship (so much it no longer resembles the original design) and named it the ''Strahl''. Ffamran took on the name "Balthier" as an alias to help cast aside his ties with Archades. Partnering with a [[viera]] companion named [[Fran]], he flew the skies of Ivalice searching for treasure, gaining notoriety as a sky pirate, and increasing the bounty on his head.
 
Ffamran's falling out with his father, combined with Archadia's political maneuvers, made him decide to leave his post as Judge and flee [[Archades]], stealing a new prototype fighter ship. After going into hiding he upgraded the ship (so much it no longer resembles the original design) and named it the ''Strahl''. Ffamran took on the name "Balthier" as an alias to help cast aside his ties with Archades. Partnering with a [[viera]] companion named [[Fran]], he flew the skies of Ivalice searching for treasure, gaining notoriety as a sky pirate, and increasing the bounty on his head.
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== Creation and development ==
 
== Creation and development ==
 
[[File:BalthierUO.jpg|thumb|left|Concept art for a flashback scene.]]
 
[[File:BalthierUO.jpg|thumb|left|Concept art for a flashback scene.]]
''[[Final Fantasy XII Ultimania Omega]]'' details that a flashback scene to Balthier's younger days was planned for the game, and a character design was drawn for it. The render for young Balthier was finished, and his Yoshida especially noted that the glasses' texture was of good quality.<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = http://iamfangu.tumblr.com/post/71949102751/so-tresdias-squall-of-seed-finished-the-page-3| page name = Balthier's Early Days from the FFXII Ultimania Omega translation| site url = http://iamfangu.tumblr.com/| site name = Rant by Fangu on Tumblr| access time = 20180821203859}} |</ref> The flashback scene was cut but his unused flashback attire resembles somewhat the one he wears in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics|Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions]]''.
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''[[Final Fantasy XII Ultimania Omega]]'' details that a flashback scene to Balthier's younger days was planned for the game, and a character design was drawn for it. The render for young Balthier was finished, and [[Akihiko Yoshida]] especially noted that the glasses' texture was of good quality.<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = http://iamfangu.tumblr.com/post/71949102751/so-tresdias-squall-of-seed-finished-the-page-3| page name = Balthier's Early Days from the FFXII Ultimania Omega translation| site url = http://iamfangu.tumblr.com/| site name = Rant by Fangu on Tumblr| access time = 20180821203859}} |</ref> The flashback scene was cut but his unused flashback attire resembles somewhat the one he wears in ''[[Final Fantasy Tactics|Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions]]''.
   
 
Balthier has been called a "completely original character" by creator Akihiko Yoshida, having not used any previous ''Final Fantasy'' character as a reference.<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = https://www.ign.com/articles/2006/05/12/e3-2006-interview-with-the-final-fantasy-xii-staff| page name = E3 2006: Interview with the Final Fantasy XII Staff| site url = https://www.ign.com/| access time = 20140714175542}}</ref> Balthier has been compared to other characters in fiction. Simon Wigham of Console Obsession called Balthier his "favorite by quite a wide margin", comparing him to James Bond due to his "humorous lines".<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = http://www.consoleob.com/playstation/ps2/final-fantasy-xii-ps2-review/| page name = Final Fantasy XII PS2 Review| site url = http://www.consoleob.com/| site name = Console Obsession| access time = 20180821203229}}</ref> RPGFan editor Stephen Harris compared his voice to that of Ian Fleming's depiction of Bond.<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/finalfantasy12/index.html| page name = Final Fantasy XII review| site url = http://www.rpgfan.com/| site name = RPGFan| access time = 20180821203342}}</ref> 1UP.com editor Andrew Pfister compared the duo of Balthier and Fran to that of Han Solo and Chewbacca, two characters from the ''Star Wars'' franchise, adding that they are far more interesting than any other character in the "modern FF era".<ref>{{Refwebsitedead| page url = http://www.1up.com/reviews/final-fantasy-xii_4| page name = Final Fantasy XII Review for PS2| site url = http://www.1up.com/| site name = 1UP.com| access time = 20160617015023}}</ref>
 
Balthier has been called a "completely original character" by creator Akihiko Yoshida, having not used any previous ''Final Fantasy'' character as a reference.<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = https://www.ign.com/articles/2006/05/12/e3-2006-interview-with-the-final-fantasy-xii-staff| page name = E3 2006: Interview with the Final Fantasy XII Staff| site url = https://www.ign.com/| access time = 20140714175542}}</ref> Balthier has been compared to other characters in fiction. Simon Wigham of Console Obsession called Balthier his "favorite by quite a wide margin", comparing him to James Bond due to his "humorous lines".<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = http://www.consoleob.com/playstation/ps2/final-fantasy-xii-ps2-review/| page name = Final Fantasy XII PS2 Review| site url = http://www.consoleob.com/| site name = Console Obsession| access time = 20180821203229}}</ref> RPGFan editor Stephen Harris compared his voice to that of Ian Fleming's depiction of Bond.<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/finalfantasy12/index.html| page name = Final Fantasy XII review| site url = http://www.rpgfan.com/| site name = RPGFan| access time = 20180821203342}}</ref> 1UP.com editor Andrew Pfister compared the duo of Balthier and Fran to that of Han Solo and Chewbacca, two characters from the ''Star Wars'' franchise, adding that they are far more interesting than any other character in the "modern FF era".<ref>{{Refwebsitedead| page url = http://www.1up.com/reviews/final-fantasy-xii_4| page name = Final Fantasy XII Review for PS2| site url = http://www.1up.com/| site name = 1UP.com| access time = 20160617015023}}</ref>
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== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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==External links==
 
*[[wikipedia:Balthier|Balthier at Wikipedia]]
 
   
 
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