FFVII wiki iconVIICC wiki icon

You should have... An older girlfriend, one that would take care of you. I think that would be the perfect type for you.

Cloud's mother on Cloud's love life

Cloud's mother, also known as Mrs. Strife, is a minor character in Final Fantasy VII. She is Cloud Strife's mother and appears during his flashback to the Nibelheim Incident. Being Cloud's mother, she resembles him, with the same hair style and color only with an added ponytail. Cloud describes her as "vibrant".

Cloud's mother makes a cameo during Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, standing at the town's square, but Zack can only interact with her with generic dialogue. Zack receives mail from Cloud inviting him to come over to her house and try her cooking. Her overall look is different, but her facial textures are similar to her son's.


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

Cloud's mother raised him as a single parent, since Cloud's father died when he was young. When Cloud left to join SOLDIER, she remains alone in her house in Nibelheim. When Cloud returns with Sephiroth in the fateful mission, Cloud meets with his mother who worries about him, especially concerning girls. Cloud's memory fails about the rest of the conversation.

Due to Cloud's fragmented memory of his meeting with her, it is likely Cloud's psyche has suppressed the actual details of the conversation to maintain continuity with his adopted persona of Zack Fair. When she supposes Cloud to have been made a SOLDIER, she remarks about his "SOLDIER" uniform. Cloud responds as if he needs to confess something, at which point the memory skips. This is likely because Cloud was actually wearing a Shinra MP uniform.

Because Cloud's mother is among the people killed when Sephiroth ravages Nibelheim, when Cloud visits his old house in the rebuilt Nibelheim he finds one of the stand-ins whom Professor Hojo employed as part of the cover-up, who claims she has lived there her whole life.

In the Remake, when Cloud is confronted by Sephiroth after blowing up Sector 8's Mako Reactor, Sephiroth mocks Cloud with the reminder that his mother was killed not by the fire that he caused but by his very hands using his blade and claims that Cloud's mother had pleaded him to spare Cloud, causing Cloud to remember Nibelheim Incident, where he was on the ground, powerless to save his mother.

Spoilers end here.

Behind the scenesEdit

In her concept artwork by Tetsuya Nomura, she is named "Claudia Strauss (クラウディア・ストラウス)" and is said to be 33 years old.

According to the Crisis Core Complete Guide, her specialty dish is stew.



  1. Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania Vol.2, p.62
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.