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|romaji=Banan
 
|romaji=Banan
 
|lit=Bannan
 
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|image=[[File:Banon.jpg|160px|Artwork by [[Yoshitaka Amano]].]]
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|portrait=[[File:Banon menu.png|50px|Menu sprite.]][[File:FFVI Banon Menu iOS.png|50x50px|Portrait (iOS/Android).]]
 
|portrait=[[File:Banon menu.png|50px|Menu sprite.]][[File:FFVI Banon Menu iOS.png|50x50px|Portrait (iOS/Android).]]
 
|sprite=[[File:Banon.png|In-game sprite.]]<hr/>[[File:FFVI Banon Sprite iOS.png|48x48px|Field sprite (iOS/Android).]]
 
|sprite=[[File:Banon.png|In-game sprite.]]<hr/>[[File:FFVI Banon Sprite iOS.png|48x48px|Field sprite (iOS/Android).]]
|home=[[South Figaro]]
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|home=[[South Figaro]]<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/>
|age=54<ref name="Complete-p180">{{Refbook|title=[[Final Fantasy VI The Complete]]|page=180}}</ref>
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|age=54<ref name="ultimaniavol1">{{refbook|title=[[Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive]] Volume 1|page=3-8}}</ref><ref name="Complete-p180">{{Refbook|title=[[Final Fantasy VI The Complete]]|page=180}}</ref>
|dob=October 23<ref name="Complete-p180"/>
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|dob=October 23<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/><ref name="Complete-p180"/>
 
|affiliation=[[Returners]]
 
|affiliation=[[Returners]]
|occupation=Leader of the Returners
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|occupation=Returner leader<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/>
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|loves=Peace<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/>
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|hobby=Reading<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/>
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|sign=Libra<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/>
 
|race=[[Human]]
 
|race=[[Human]]
 
|gender=Male
 
|gender=Male
|height=172cm<ref name="Complete-p180"/> (172 cm)<!--DO NOT CHANGE HEIGHTS WITHOUT PROOF. Always cite your reference(s).--> 5' 8"
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|height=172 cm<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/><ref name="Complete-p180"/> (172 cm)<!--DO NOT CHANGE HEIGHTS WITHOUT PROOF. Always cite your reference(s).--> 5' 8"
|weight=70kg<ref name="Complete-p180"/> 154 lbs.
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|weight=70 kg<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/><ref name="Complete-p180"/> 154 lbs.
|blood=A<ref name="Complete-p180"/>
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|blood=A<ref name="ultimaniavol1"/><ref name="Complete-p180"/>
 
|type=guest
 
|type=guest
|job=[[Oracle (job)|Oracle]]
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|job=[[Oracle]]
|skill=[[Pray (ability)|Pray]]
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|abilities=[[Pray (ability)|Pray]]
|weapon=[[List of Final Fantasy VI weapons#Punisher|Punisher]]
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|weapon=[[Final Fantasy VI weapons#Punisher|Punisher]]
|armor=[[List of Final Fantasy VI armor#Wizard's Hat|Magus Hat]] and [[List of Final Fantasy VI armor#Silk Robe|Silk Robe]]
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|armor=[[Final Fantasy VI armor#Wizard's Hat|Magus Hat]] and [[Final Fantasy VI armor#Silk Robe|Silk Robe]]
 
|designer=[[Yoshitaka Amano]]
 
|designer=[[Yoshitaka Amano]]
 
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{{Q|Your power is a gift, not a curse. No matter what happens, you must remember that. You are this world's last ray of light...our final hope.|Banon, to Terra}}
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{{Quote|Your power is a gift, not a curse. No matter what happens, you must remember that. You are this world's last ray of light...our final hope.|Banon, to Terra}}
 
'''Banon''' is a [[Guest|temporary playable character]] in ''[[Final Fantasy VI]]''. He is the leader of the [[Returners]], a secret resistance movement formed against the [[Gestahlian Empire]].
 
'''Banon''' is a [[Guest|temporary playable character]] in ''[[Final Fantasy VI]]''. He is the leader of the [[Returners]], a secret resistance movement formed against the [[Gestahlian Empire]].
   
 
==Profile==
 
==Profile==
 
===Appearance===
 
===Appearance===
Yoshitaka Amano's artwork shows Banon with a mass of shaggy brown hair and a beard, wearing green clothing and a layered cape that is brown, green, and orange from outside to inside. He wears black pauldrons, red bracers, and a wide belt with a zebra-striped sash underneath. His boots are dark brown. His in-game sprite simplifies this look as well as recoloring his trousers red and his boots green.
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Banon has large, bushy brown hair with a beard and mustache. He wears a brown cloak with layered green, orange, and yellow linings, and green robes with black pauldrons, red bracers, brown boots, and a belt with a zebra-striped sash. His in-game sprites simplify this to an orange cloak with a large collar that covers his upper chest, a green tunic, red bracers, red pants, and brown boots. Banon's hair is long and straight rather than messy, but he retains his beard and mustache.
   
 
===Personality===
 
===Personality===
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Banon is pragmatic and straightforward. He is forthcoming to [[Terra Branford|Terra]] about her being the Returners' only hope to turn the tide of the war and speaks openly of rumors that she killed fifty Imperial soldiers; when [[Locke Cole|Locke]] protests that she has no memory of doing this, Banon replies "hiding from the truth won't change it!" However, he is not harsh, and coaxes Terra to see her magical abilities as a gift, not a curse, that can be used to help defeat the Empire.
Banon is a man of determination and spirit, leading a small rebel group against the might of the Empire. He has his agents fight with diplomacy, sabotage, and spying more than brute force. However, the harsh conditions of the war makes him somewhat harsh himself; he is very blunt when speaking to Terra for the first time and speaks of the atrocities she committed as an Imperial soldier, and brushes off Edgar's anger for not taking her amnesia into consideration. However, he does encourage her to join them by describing her as a ray of hope and doesn't intend to force her into it.
 
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Banon is quick to remind others of the near-destruction of the world during the [[War of the Magi]] and fears that the Gestahlian Empire's pursuit of [[Magitek]] power will result in history repeating itself. Instead of using Magitek machinery to combat the Empire, Banon believes the best course is to get the aid of the [[Esper (Final Fantasy VI)|espers]] directly, and believes the war can be brought to an end swiftly if they can earn their trust. When the espers [[Battle of Vector|decimate the Empire]], Banon can barely believe they could be capable of wreaking such destruction.
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===Abilities===
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Banon's unique ability is [[Pray (Final Fantasy VI)|Pray]] that restores HP to his allies. Because [[Magic (term)|magic]] is thought to be a myth and normal humans cannot cast it, it is unknown how Banon has this power.
   
 
==Story==
 
==Story==
 
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[[File:Banon-FFVI-iOS.png|thumb|Banon meets Terra.]]
 
[[File:Banon-FFVI-iOS.png|thumb|Banon meets Terra.]]
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[[Edgar Roni Figaro|Edgar]], Locke and Terra escaped [[Figaro Castle]] after [[Kefka Palazzo|Kefka's]] attack, and Edgar asked Terra to come with them to the [[Returners' Hideout]] and meet Banon if she wanted to be protected from the Empire and learn more about her powers. At the hideout Banon told them a story about a man who opened a box that unleashed the evils of humanity on the world, leaving only a ray of light: hope. Banon believed Terra is that light, their last hope to repel the Empire. He besought her to speak to her allies and hear their reasons for fighting the Empire and see if it convinced her to aid them.
Players first meet Banon when [[Locke Cole]], [[Edgar Roni Figaro]] and [[Sabin Rene Figaro]] bring [[Terra Branford]] to see him. He immediately becomes interested in Terra because he knows she annihilated fifty of the finest Imperial soldiers single-handedly, a fact which Terra denies due to amnesia. He asks Terra to join the Returners, and while it is up to the player to decide if Terra agrees or not, the story remains the same as she is forced to flee with the Returners. With Terra on his side, Banon realizes he needs to protect the remaining [[Esper (Final Fantasy VI)|espers]] from the Empire. He decides to go to [[Narshe]] to take a look at the [[Valigarmanda|frozen esper]], and takes Terra, Edgar and Sabin on a raft ride down the [[Lethe River]] to get there.
 
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While the Returners were meeting, the Empire conquered [[South Figaro]] to use as a staging ground for further northern invasions, and a force began to make its way over [[Mt. Kolts]] to the Returners' base. When one of their agents brought warning of this, Banon elected to flee down the [[Lethe River]] with Terra, Edgar, and [[Sabin Rene Figaro|Sabin]], and go to [[Narshe]] to investigate the [[Valigarmanda (Final Fantasy VI)|frozen esper]] there that first brought Terra to the Returners' attention; Locke would go to South Figaro to sabotage the Empire's advance. On the river the four were attacked by [[Ultros (Final Fantasy VI)|Ultros]] and Sabin was washed away, but the remaining three made it to Narshe safely.
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At Narshe the local guards refused the three entry, as they recognized Terra from [[Raid on Narshe|when she had attacked the town]] with the Empire. The guards knocked Banon back when he tried to explain the situation. Terra remembered a secret entrance into [[Narshe Mines (South Passage)|the mines]] that Locke had used to get her out of town, and they used this entrance to sneak into town and meet with [[Arvis]], a secret supporter of the Returners. Arvis warned Banon that the townsfolk were adamant about remaining neutral in the [[Third Gestahlian Campaign|Imperial war]], and Banon met with the [[Elder of Narshe]] to try and convince him of the need to act against the Empire, but the elder was unmoved.
   
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During the negotiations Sabin and Locke arrived with new allies: [[Cyan Garamonde|Cyan]], [[Gau]], and [[Celes Chere|Celes]], a former Imperial general. Celes knew the Empire was planning to attack Narshe with a larger force, and when a guard reported that force approaching, the elder agreed to at least allow the Returners to protect the town. At the [[Narshe Cliffs|cliffs above the town]] where the frozen esper had been moved, the Returners made their stand; with Banon guarding the passage to the esper, the other [[Battle for the Frozen Esper|Returners fought off the Imperials]] and faced Kefka commanding the attack and sent him into retreat.
On the way, the four meet up with [[Ultros#Final Fantasy VI|Ultros]] the octopus, and a [[Ultros (Final Fantasy VI boss)|battle]] ensues. During the struggle, Ultros sticks a tentacle onto Terra's leg, forcing Sabin to save her. He then boldly jumps from the raft to teach Ultros a lesson, but is swept away, and Banon, Edgar and Terra continue to Narshe alone. Once they get there, they can not enter the town because Terra is recognized as the person who attacked Narshe earlier.
 
   
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After the battle, Terra confronted the esper and transformed into an [[Trance (Final Fantasy VI)|esper-like being]] that flew away. Banon remained in Narshe while the party searched for Terra. When they found her and discovered her origins—that she was the child of [[Maduin (Final Fantasy VI)|an esper]] and [[Madeline|a human]]—they returned to Narshe. Banon informed them the city had agreed to support the Returners, and they had been coming up with a plan to attack the Empire with a combination of Figaro's machinery and Narshe's resources, but they lacked the manpower. Banon suggested Terra go to the [[Cave to the Sealed Gate|Sealed Gate]] to the [[Esper World|esper world]] and ask the espers for aid, and they could storm the Empire from the east while the Returners invaded from the west.
Terra shows Edgar and Banon a secret way in, which they use to make their way to [[Arvis]], a Returner living in Narshe. They then speak to the [[Elder of Narshe]], who is reluctant to side with the Returners. Not even [[Cyan Garamonde]], [[Gau]] or [[Celes Chere]] can convince the Elder. [[Kefka Palazzo]] attacks Narshe to claim the esper and Banon has to lead a defense, which consists of Terra, Locke, Edgar, Sabin, Cyan, Gau and Celes. They succeed in holding back Kefka, but when they check on the esper, Terra reacts to it and turns into an esper herself, flying away.
 
   
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Banon's plan worked better than he expected: a group of espers rushed out of the Sealed Gate and [[Battle of Vector|laid waste]] to the imperial capital [[Vector]], causing massive destruction and casualties. When the coalition of Returner forces reached the city, the Imperials put up no resistance and surrendered. The party arrived at Vector and had a banquet with [[Gestahl|Emperor Gestahl]], and he told them the war was over and asked them to help the Empire locate the espers before they attacked again. Banon was dubious of the idea of teaming up with the Empire to look for espers, but the party went along with it.
A search party is formed to look for her. Meanwhile, Banon stays in Narshe and tries to convince the Elder to align the city with the Returners and by the time Terra is saved, Narshe has decided to do so. Banon formulates a plan to attack the Empire. Terra would plead to the espers in their [[Esper World|home]] to help, and attack [[Vector]] from the east, while Banon would lead a coalition of Returners and Narshe Guards to attack from the north.
 
   
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Banon's fate after this point is unclear; he is never seen again once the party departs Vector to go on the Imperial expedition.
The plan works, and Banon eventually winds up in Vector to find it in flames, worried that the espers had gone too far. What happens to Banon after that is unknown, and it is possible he is either betrayed and killed by the Empire, or died during the [[end of the world]]. The developers actually refuse to comment on his fate, with Sakaguchi saying "Use your imagination."<ref>[http://totscqcc.hp.infoseek.co.jp/vjamp.htm V-Jump issue (in Japanese)]</ref>
 
 
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==Gameplay==
 
==Gameplay==
 
[[File:FF6_iOS_Banon_Sprites.png|right|250px]]
 
[[File:FF6_iOS_Banon_Sprites.png|right|250px]]
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Banon is an '''Oracle''' {{j|神官|Shinkan|Shinto Priest}}. His four primary stats are very low, with his [[Final Fantasy VI stats#Magic|Magic]] being mediocre. However, his defensive stats—[[Final Fantasy VI stats#Defense|Defense]], [[Final Fantasy VI stats#Magic Defense|Magic Defense]], [[Final Fantasy VI stats#Evasion|Evasion]], and [[Final Fantasy VI stats#Magic Evasion|Magic Evasion]]—are higher than any of the playable cast save for [[Umaro (Final Fantasy VI party member)|Umaro]]. His equipment is permanently set to a [[Punisher (Final Fantasy VI weapon)|Punisher]], [[Magus Hat (Final Fantasy VI)|Magus Hat]], and [[Silk Robe (Final Fantasy VI)|Silk Robe]]. Because Banon has no MP, the Punisher's effect to [[MP Attack|deal a critical hit at the cost of MP]] will not trigger. Though the Punisher has high attack power for the point in the game he is playable, Banon's extremely low [[Final Fantasy VI stats#Strength|Strength]] makes him an ineffective attacker.
Banon's job wasn't listed within the Super Nintendo version of the North American game. It was removed. Within the ''[[Final Fantasy III Nintendo Player's Guide]]'', his job is given as Top Returner. The English Gameboy Advance version retained the job titles and Banon is a Oracle.
 
   
Banon is an [[Oracle (job)|Oracle]], and as such his [[stats]] are heavily weighted in the magic areas, while having low [[List of Final Fantasy VI stats#HP|HP]], and [[List of Final Fantasy VI stats#Strength|attack power]]. His [[List of Final Fantasy VI stats#Defense|defensive stats]] are also quite high. Being a temporary character, his equipment is permanently set to a [[List of Final Fantasy VI weapons#Punisher|Punisher]], [[List of Final Fantasy VI armor#Wizard's Hat|Magus Hat]] and [[List of Final Fantasy VI armor#Silk Robe|Silk Robe]]. Also, if Banon is [[Knocked Out|KO'd]] at any time while in the party, it counts as an instant [[Game Over (term)|Game Over]]. His ability is [[Pray (ability)|Pray]] (Health in the original SNES version), which simply casts [[Cura]] on the party for no [[MP (stat)|MP]] cost. This makes Pray vulnerable to [[Runic]], and can be [[Reflect (status)|reflected]], though it is unlikely for the player to ever see this happen.
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Banon's ability is [[Pray (Final Fantasy VI)|Pray]], which casts the equivalent of a [[Cura (Final Fantasy VI)|Cura]] spell on the party. Pray is considered a spell, which means it is affected by [[Runic]] and [[Reflect (Final Fantasy VI status effect)|Reflect]], and Banon is unable to use Pray if he is affected by [[Silence (Final Fantasy VI status effect)|Silence]] or [[Imp (status)|Imp]]. With Pray Banon is a very effective support character; [[Terra (Final Fantasy VI party member)|Terra]], [[Edgar (Final Fantasy VI party member)|Edgar]], and [[Sabin (Final Fantasy VI party member)|Sabin]] can focus on attacking while Banon spends every turn using Pray to top up the party's HP. A [[Lethe River#Level up strategies|level grinding spot]] on the Lethe River allows the player to battle enemies over and over, using Banon's Pray to sustain the party.
   
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While Banon is in the party, if he is [[Knocked Out|KO'd]] it is an instant [[Game Over (term)|Game Over]]. Through the player is not informed of this until boarding the raft on the Lethe River, this condition is in effect the entire time Banon is in the party, including the [[Three Scenarios]]. For this reason it is best to keep Banon in the back [[row]]. Because his [[level]] is much lower than the party's (he is the average of the party's levels minus three), it is beneficial to level up Banon a bit outside the Returner Hideout before boarding the raft.
Banon and [[Leo Cristophe|Leo]] share the same slot, whatever [[row]] (back or front) Banon is currently or placed in before he leaves the party, Leo will be in the same row Banon last was.
 
   
 
===Stats===
 
===Stats===
 
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|11
 
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|6
 
|6
 
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|56
 
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|32%
 
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==Other appearances==
 
==Other appearances==
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===''[[Final Fantasy]]''===
 
In the ''[[Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls|Dawn of Souls]]'' and subsequent remakes of the original ''Final Fantasy'', Banon is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the [[Warrior (Final Fantasy)|Warrior]] job.
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===''[[Final Fantasy Trading Card Game]]''===
 
===''[[Final Fantasy Trading Card Game]]''===
 
[[File:Banon TCG.png|right|100px]]
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{{Section|Final Fantasy Trading Card Game}}
[[File:Banon TCG.png|left|100px]]
 
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{{stub|Final Fantasy Trading Card Game}}
 
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==Behind the scenes==
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In the Super NES and PlayStation ''[[Final Fantasy Anthology|Anthology]]'' versions, when Edgar suggests using Magitek weapons of their own to combat the Empire, Banon's refusal to resort to such a tactic is [[Final Fantasy VI dummied content|disabled]] due to an oversight in the dialogue coding, and the conversation skips to him suggesting they have Terra speak to the frozen esper to wake it up. This has the effect of giving the impression Banon concurs with Edgar's idea instead of opposing it. This glitch is fixed in the [[Finest Fantasy for Advance|Game Boy Advance version]], making it clear that Banon's intent from the beginning was to combat the Empire with the aid of espers, either the frozen esper or the espers beyond the Sealed Gate.
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Banon's fate is unknown. Given that Gestahl's alliance with the Returners was revealed to be a trick, they may have had him killed when the deception was revealed. Otherwise it would seem that Banon perished in the [[Cataclysm (Final Fantasy VI)|cataclysm]]. When [[Hironobu Sakaguchi]] was asked what happened to Banon and Arvis (whose fate is also ambiguous), Sakaguchi replied "use your imagination".<ref name="vjamp">{{Refwebsitedead| page url = https://web.archive.org/web/20090215121344/http://totscqcc.hp.infoseek.co.jp/vjamp.htm| page name = V Jump issue (in Japanese)| site url = http://www.infoseek.co.jp/| site name = Infoseek| access time = 20090925022956}}</ref>
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Banon's sprite with a different palette is reused for [[Duncan Harcourt|Duncan]].
   
 
==Gallery==
 
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
{{Etym|Banon}}
 
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==Trivia==
 
*In the ''[[Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls|Dawn of Souls]]'' and subsequent remakes of the original ''[[Final Fantasy]]'', Banon is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the [[Warrior (Final Fantasy)|Warrior]] job.
 
*[[Duncan Harcourt|Duncan]], the mentor of Sabin, appears as a palette-swap of Banon.
 
   
 
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Latest revision as of 14:35, 31 July 2020

Your power is a gift, not a curse. No matter what happens, you must remember that. You are this world's last ray of light...our final hope.

Banon, to Terra

Banon is a temporary playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is the leader of the Returners, a secret resistance movement formed against the Gestahlian Empire.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Banon has large, bushy brown hair with a beard and mustache. He wears a brown cloak with layered green, orange, and yellow linings, and green robes with black pauldrons, red bracers, brown boots, and a belt with a zebra-striped sash. His in-game sprites simplify this to an orange cloak with a large collar that covers his upper chest, a green tunic, red bracers, red pants, and brown boots. Banon's hair is long and straight rather than messy, but he retains his beard and mustache.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Banon is pragmatic and straightforward. He is forthcoming to Terra about her being the Returners' only hope to turn the tide of the war and speaks openly of rumors that she killed fifty Imperial soldiers; when Locke protests that she has no memory of doing this, Banon replies "hiding from the truth won't change it!" However, he is not harsh, and coaxes Terra to see her magical abilities as a gift, not a curse, that can be used to help defeat the Empire.

Banon is quick to remind others of the near-destruction of the world during the War of the Magi and fears that the Gestahlian Empire's pursuit of Magitek power will result in history repeating itself. Instead of using Magitek machinery to combat the Empire, Banon believes the best course is to get the aid of the espers directly, and believes the war can be brought to an end swiftly if they can earn their trust. When the espers decimate the Empire, Banon can barely believe they could be capable of wreaking such destruction.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Banon's unique ability is Pray that restores HP to his allies. Because magic is thought to be a myth and normal humans cannot cast it, it is unknown how Banon has this power.

Story[edit | edit source]

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

Banon meets Terra.

Edgar, Locke and Terra escaped Figaro Castle after Kefka's attack, and Edgar asked Terra to come with them to the Returners' Hideout and meet Banon if she wanted to be protected from the Empire and learn more about her powers. At the hideout Banon told them a story about a man who opened a box that unleashed the evils of humanity on the world, leaving only a ray of light: hope. Banon believed Terra is that light, their last hope to repel the Empire. He besought her to speak to her allies and hear their reasons for fighting the Empire and see if it convinced her to aid them.

While the Returners were meeting, the Empire conquered South Figaro to use as a staging ground for further northern invasions, and a force began to make its way over Mt. Kolts to the Returners' base. When one of their agents brought warning of this, Banon elected to flee down the Lethe River with Terra, Edgar, and Sabin, and go to Narshe to investigate the frozen esper there that first brought Terra to the Returners' attention; Locke would go to South Figaro to sabotage the Empire's advance. On the river the four were attacked by Ultros and Sabin was washed away, but the remaining three made it to Narshe safely.

At Narshe the local guards refused the three entry, as they recognized Terra from when she had attacked the town with the Empire. The guards knocked Banon back when he tried to explain the situation. Terra remembered a secret entrance into the mines that Locke had used to get her out of town, and they used this entrance to sneak into town and meet with Arvis, a secret supporter of the Returners. Arvis warned Banon that the townsfolk were adamant about remaining neutral in the Imperial war, and Banon met with the Elder of Narshe to try and convince him of the need to act against the Empire, but the elder was unmoved.

During the negotiations Sabin and Locke arrived with new allies: Cyan, Gau, and Celes, a former Imperial general. Celes knew the Empire was planning to attack Narshe with a larger force, and when a guard reported that force approaching, the elder agreed to at least allow the Returners to protect the town. At the cliffs above the town where the frozen esper had been moved, the Returners made their stand; with Banon guarding the passage to the esper, the other Returners fought off the Imperials and faced Kefka commanding the attack and sent him into retreat.

After the battle, Terra confronted the esper and transformed into an esper-like being that flew away. Banon remained in Narshe while the party searched for Terra. When they found her and discovered her origins—that she was the child of an esper and a human—they returned to Narshe. Banon informed them the city had agreed to support the Returners, and they had been coming up with a plan to attack the Empire with a combination of Figaro's machinery and Narshe's resources, but they lacked the manpower. Banon suggested Terra go to the Sealed Gate to the esper world and ask the espers for aid, and they could storm the Empire from the east while the Returners invaded from the west.

Banon's plan worked better than he expected: a group of espers rushed out of the Sealed Gate and laid waste to the imperial capital Vector, causing massive destruction and casualties. When the coalition of Returner forces reached the city, the Imperials put up no resistance and surrendered. The party arrived at Vector and had a banquet with Emperor Gestahl, and he told them the war was over and asked them to help the Empire locate the espers before they attacked again. Banon was dubious of the idea of teaming up with the Empire to look for espers, but the party went along with it.

Banon's fate after this point is unclear; he is never seen again once the party departs Vector to go on the Imperial expedition.

Spoilers end here.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

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Banon is an Oracle (神官, Shinkan?, lit. Shinto Priest). His four primary stats are very low, with his Magic being mediocre. However, his defensive stats—Defense, Magic Defense, Evasion, and Magic Evasion—are higher than any of the playable cast save for Umaro. His equipment is permanently set to a Punisher, Magus Hat, and Silk Robe. Because Banon has no MP, the Punisher's effect to deal a critical hit at the cost of MP will not trigger. Though the Punisher has high attack power for the point in the game he is playable, Banon's extremely low Strength makes him an ineffective attacker.

Banon's ability is Pray, which casts the equivalent of a Cura spell on the party. Pray is considered a spell, which means it is affected by Runic and Reflect, and Banon is unable to use Pray if he is affected by Silence or Imp. With Pray Banon is a very effective support character; Terra, Edgar, and Sabin can focus on attacking while Banon spends every turn using Pray to top up the party's HP. A level grinding spot on the Lethe River allows the player to battle enemies over and over, using Banon's Pray to sustain the party.

While Banon is in the party, if he is KO'd it is an instant Game Over. Through the player is not informed of this until boarding the raft on the Lethe River, this condition is in effect the entire time Banon is in the party, including the Three Scenarios. For this reason it is best to keep Banon in the back row. Because his level is much lower than the party's (he is the average of the party's levels minus three), it is beneficial to level up Banon a bit outside the Returner Hideout before boarding the raft.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Name Initial Stats
Strength 10
Speed 24
Stamina 11
Magic 32
Attack 6
Defense 56
Evasion 36%
Magic Defense 51
Magic Evasion 32%
Escape Success 2
HP Gain 46
MP Gain 16
Level Averaging -3
Level HP MP EXP +
2 57 20 32
3 69 24 96
4 83 29 208
5 100 34 400
6 120 40 672
7 142 46 1056
8 166 53 1552
9 192 61 2184
11 247 78 3936
12 277 87 5080
13 312 97 6432
14 351 107 7992
15 395 117 9784
16 445 127 11840
17 499 137 14152
18 556 148 16736
19 617 159 19616
21 749 181 26360
22 818 192 30232
23 890 204 34456
24 966 216 39056
25 1045 228 44072
26 1127 240 49464
27 1213 252 55288
28 1303 265 61568
29 1398 278 68304
31 1597 304 83184
32 1698 317 91384
33 1800 331 100088
34 1902 345 109344
35 2005 359 119136
36 2109 373 129504
37 2215 387 140464
38 2322 402 152008
39 2430 417 164184
41 2651 447 190416
42 2764 462 204520
43 2878 478 219320
44 2994 494 234808
45 3111 510 251000
46 3230 526 267936
47 3350 542 285600
48 3472 559 304040
49 3597 576 323248
51 3855 609 364064
52 3986 624 385696
53 4119 638 408160
54 4253 651 431488
55 4389 663 455680
56 4526 674 480776
57 4665 684 506760
58 4807 693 533680
59 4951 701 561528
61 5243 714 620096
62 5391 719 650840
63 5541 724 682600
64 5693 730 715368
65 5846 736 749160
66 6001 743 784016
67 6157 750 819920
68 6315 757 856920
69 6475 765 895016
71 6797 781 974536
72 6952 789 1016000
73 7103 797 1058640
74 7248 804 1102456
75 7388 811 1147456
76 7524 818 1193648
77 7656 824 1241080
78 7782 830 1289744
79 7902 836 1339672
81 8132 847 1443368
82 8242 852 1497160
83 8350 857 1552264
84 8455 862 1608712
85 8557 867 1666512
86 8657 872 1725688
87 8755 877 1786240
88 8850 883 1848184
89 8942 889 1911552
91 9120 901 2042608
92 9207 907 2110320
93 9292 914 2179504
94 9375 922 2250192
95 9457 931 2322392
96 9537 941 2396128
97 9620 952 2471400
98 9706 964 2548224
99 9794 977 2637112

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

In the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Banon is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the Warrior job.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

In the Super NES and PlayStation Anthology versions, when Edgar suggests using Magitek weapons of their own to combat the Empire, Banon's refusal to resort to such a tactic is disabled due to an oversight in the dialogue coding, and the conversation skips to him suggesting they have Terra speak to the frozen esper to wake it up. This has the effect of giving the impression Banon concurs with Edgar's idea instead of opposing it. This glitch is fixed in the Game Boy Advance version, making it clear that Banon's intent from the beginning was to combat the Empire with the aid of espers, either the frozen esper or the espers beyond the Sealed Gate.

Banon's fate is unknown. Given that Gestahl's alliance with the Returners was revealed to be a trick, they may have had him killed when the deception was revealed. Otherwise it would seem that Banon perished in the cataclysm. When Hironobu Sakaguchi was asked what happened to Banon and Arvis (whose fate is also ambiguous), Sakaguchi replied "use your imagination".[3]

Banon's sprite with a different palette is reused for Duncan.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Banon is a Welsh female name meaning "Queen". An alternate spelling (Bannon) is a family name of Anglo-Saxon origin that translates to "warrior" or "soldier".

References[edit | edit source]

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