A Shinra materia researcher who commissions Cloud to collect monster data to further his studies. He harbors doubts about Shinra's current policies and wants to provide the citizens of the slums with materia powerful enough to overthrow the corporation. Though just a child, Chadley possesses an impressive intellect.

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Chadley is a minor supporting character in Final Fantasy VII Remake. He is an intern for Shinra's Research and Development Division, a materia researcher, and Professor Hojo's assistant. He works in secret to undermine Shinra, commissioning Cloud to collect combat data to further his studies and achieve his ultimate goal. Though just a child, he possesses an impressive intellect.

History[edit | edit source]

I am an intern for Shinra's Research and Development Division. I hope you'll be interested in helping me with my research.

Chadley in Final Fantasy VII Remake script

Chadley was created by Professor Hojo as a cyborg to serve as his research assistant. He was bound to his master's whims, who robbed him of his free will.[2]

Chadley introduces himself to Cloud.

During "Home Sweet Slum", Chadley was in the Sector 7 slums searching for candidates to help him with his research. When Cloud approached him, Chadley performed a physical analysis assessing his sizable weapon, excellent cardiovascular health, impressive lung capacity, perfectly balanced muscle and bone structure, and referred to him as an "optimal candidate". He introduced himself to Cloud as an intern for Shinra's Research and Development Division and hoped he'd be interested in helping with his research. He gave Cloud an Assess materia as down payment and requested he use it to gather battle intel to help him develop new types of materia. Cloud initially refused to help, believing that would aid Shinra, but Chadley assured he was working to undermine the corporation. He was sure Cloud would appreciate the power of materia and how it could be used against his "corporate enemies". He promised Cloud could later eliminate him should he prove untrustworthy, and the two reached an agreement.[3]

During "Budding Bodyguard", Chadley traveled to the Center District of the Sector 5 slums. He acknowledged that Cloud was busy, but reminded him about his research. He asked him to test a fascinating theory regarding summoning materia, which is rare and said to only be found in nature. He introduced Cloud to a VR headset used for combat simulation, had him test his theory by battling summon data, and believed Cloud found his words to be "obtuse". Cloud defeated Shiva earning praise from Chadley, who said the "lady of frost" was the perfect companion for Cloud, and that she'd prove useful when the time would come to destroy Shinra.[4]

Chadley has an "emotional response" when seeing Cloud dressed as a woman.

During "The Town That Never Sleeps", Chadley migrated to Wall Market and when seeing Cloud dressed as a woman, questioned the "emotional response" he was experiencing.[5] After the Sector 7 plate collapse, during "In Search of Hope", Chadley returned to the Sector 5 Undercity and thanked Cloud for all the help. He had Cloud battle Leviathan, praised him for defeating the patron deity of Wutai, and said together they could cleanse the world of the Shinra scourge.[6]

During "The Belly of the Beast", Chadley headed to the Shinra Building. Once Cloud arrived, Chadley reminded him of his research and position in Shinra's Research and Development Division. He hacked into the executives' private network to monitor Cloud's progress through the building. He expressed his support for Cloud, sensed a surge in trust, and wished to keep their exchange brief to avoid suspicion.[7]

Chadley reveals his true identity.

During "Deliverance from Chaos", Chadley traveled to Hojo's lab where he praised Cloud for tapping into the potential locked within him and said that his research had concluded. He revealed his true nature as a cyborg, mentioned his superior knowledge and power, and spoke on the ill treatment received from his master, Hojo. He sensed something within Cloud that would help him "break free of his chains". He admitted that by studying Cloud, he could adhere to the directives imposed upon him while simultaneously pursuing his plans for independence in secret. Cloud's combat data had provided Chadley with vital information needed to enhance his basic functionality. He had freed himself of Hojo's bondage, thanked Cloud's help, and was happy to be able live life unconfined. Cloud asked what Chadley was going to do now, but he was unsure and called it a wonderful mystery.[2]

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

A close-up.

Chadley is a cyborg with the appearance of a 15-year-old human boy. He has a slim build, fair skin, medium-length silver hair styled with bangs, and blue eyes. He wears a school uniform consisting of a white and blue button shirt, a black leather belt, black plaid shorts, tall black socks with suspenders, and brown boots. He wears a magnification eyepiece, a multi-colored orange bow on his right shoulder, a large backpack, and a white lab coat when in the Shinra Building.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Chadley is a mature and intelligent teenager dedicated to his studies. He possesses impressive analytical and scientific skills. Doubting Shinra's current policies, he wants to help the people of the slums resist and overthrow the corporation using materia.[8] He also wishes to "break free of his chains" as Hojo forced obedience and robbed him of free will.[2] Chadley becomes flustered and questions his "emotional response" when seeing Cloud dressed as a woman.[5]

Quests[edit | edit source]

Chadley's shop.

Chadley hosts a materia shop called Chadley's Secret Research where the player can get materia that are not available in normal shops. The shop gets new stock as the player completes battle intel missions. The first offering of a materia is a cheap 100 gil, but further copies cost more. Unlike other shops, Chadley's wares are limited in quantity.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Chadley was created as a vehicle to include content in which materia could be obtained through mission rewards. His role in lore as a Shinra researcher was created to accommodate this.[9] Chadley was given the portable VR headset, inspired by PlayStation VR, to allow the player to fight summons earlier.[10]

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