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Don Corneo

Don Corneo is a character in Final Fantasy VII. He is a mafioso-style leader who resides in Sector 6's Wall Market in Midgar, an area filled with shops, restaurants and a brothel known as the Honey Bee Inn, which Don frequents.

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AppearanceEdit

Don Corneo is a short, portly man sporting a thin mustache and blond hair shaved at the sides. The word "Love" above a heart pierced by an arrow is tattooed on the left side of his head, and he is never without a cigar. His outfit consists of a red three-quarter length coat with fur trim on the collar and cuffs over a white shirt, opened partway to reveal a hairy chest, blue jeans (with a golden belt buckle in his field model) and white shoes. Corneo wears stud earrings, a medallion round his neck, and several rings on his fingers.

PersonalityEdit

Don Corneo fits the mafia leader stereotype, using lackeys to do his dirty work, having a reputation both feared and revered, and always getting his way. He is perverted and enjoys the company of beautiful women to use as he wishes. He is cold and ruthless, discarding others to the mercy of his lackeys and doing anything he can to win a confrontation. Despite being feared and wealthy, he is cowardly.

StoryEdit

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Corneos mansion

Don Corneo's mansion.

Don Corneo is the current ruler and overseer of criminal activity of Wall Market, as long as far anyone in the slums of Sector 6 can remember. About a decade ago, Ruluf was once a high ranking enforcer of his organization and top bodyguard before leaving the criminal underworld behind for a career in the Turks. Not taking his desertion well, Ruluf escaped before Corneo could locate him and bring him back to punish his actions.

Corneo was later hired by Shinra to collect intel about AVALANCHE, an eco terrorist group that opposes Shinra's use of Mako energy, in turn for overlooking his racketeering and other "legitimate" services. When AVALANCHE learned of this and his perversions, around this time, it is told that Corneo feels the weight of his age getting to him, and issues out a call for potential suitresses for a wife, where he looks at and judges prospective girls for interview. Tifa then infiltrates his mansion under the guise of a canidate for intel on Shinra's next move.

When Cloud and Aeris see Tifa entering the estate, they assumed the worst and strive to rescue her. Cloud disguises himself as a woman due to Corneo only allowing men under his employ to enter, putting him through a set of misadventures before regrouping with Aeris and Tifa. The three threaten Corneo with castration to force him into revealing his connections to Shinra and the company's plan to destroy Sector 7. Corneo distracts the group long enough with a multiple-choice question to send them down a trap door into the sewers where he ushers his "pet" Aps unto them.

Elena Yuffie captured by Don Corneo

Elena and Yuffie being captured by Don Corneo.

Following the group's escape and the destruction of Sector 7, Corneo is forced to flee Midgar after Shinra sends the Turks to silence him for divulging their Sector 7 plot to AVALANCHE members. Corneo manages to hide himself within the city of Wutai before his lust eventually drove him to kidnap the Turks member Elena and Yuffie (a girl traveling with AVALANCHE). Don takes them to the statue of Da Chao, where he ponders whom he desires the most. After his pet Rapps is killed by Cloud's party when they confront him, Corneo threatens to kill his hostages in a last-ditch escape attempt. Reno appears as Rude shoots Corneo with a silencer, causing the Don to lose his balance and hang on the precipice's edge for dear life. Reno asks him a multiple-choice question he cannot answer before stepping on his fingers so Corneo loses his grip and he plummets off Da Chao.

The novel Final Fantasy VII The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story reveals that Corneo survived the fall, although confined to a wheelchair. He is a third party supplier of fuel between the remnants of Shinra and the World Regenesis Organization and agrees to supply the fuel to Evan Townshend. It is revealed that his mansion contains hidden cameras, which he uses to take compromising photos of individuals, in the hopes of using them against them. These include photos of Cloud Strife in his dress.

Spoilers end here.

Musical themesEdit

"Don of the Slums"
Music
FFVII - Don of the Slums

"Don of the Slums" plays in Corneo's mansion in the Wall Market, and when he first appears in Wutai.

Other appearancesEdit

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

Don Corneo is referenced by a young girl in the slums of Midgar. She claims her uncle dresses nicely, is kind to women, and his profession is a "Don". Later, a series of missions can be unlocked that pit Zack Fair against Corneo's forces in the slums.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

The name Corneo makes a brief appearance in the Tale of Nanai, one of the three stories in the Zodiac Brave Story Sound Novels.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

DonCorneo TCG

Don Corneo appears with an ice-elemental card with his Tetsuya Nomura artwork.

Behind the scenesEdit

An unused dialogue path is found in the game's data for the scene where Cloud is chosen as Don Corneo's "bride". Corneo says Cloud is his number one choice, but the other girls weren't bad either, and asks Cloud who he thinks was prettier, "from a woman's perspective". The player could then have chosen to reply either Aeris or Tifa, or claim that Cloud was the prettiest. There is also an unused end to the scene, where Tifa and Aeris don't run in and bust the two if Cloud goes along with Don's advances, and is about to kiss him; instead, Cloud would jump off the bed and reveal his identity as a man, saying that he needs Don's mouth for something else than kissing, namely, for giving him the info he needs.[2]

Corneos bedroom

Bedroom.

Don's mansion interior has a Chinese-inspired design and there are many mysterious kanji phrases scattered around, such as: 古留根尾 ('old remaining root tail' [koruneo = Corneo]) and 業座 ('work seat' [gyouza = Chinese dumplings]). The concept behind the phrases being read one way, yet meaning another, is 'ateji', which means using kanji/Chinese characters based on how they are read, and not what they mean, which means one can't tell the meaning at all by looking at how the characters are written.[3] In Don Corneo's bedroom, his bedspread bears a large 天, which means "heaven" or "sky".

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EtymologyEdit

Don Corneo is likely named after, and partially inspired by The Godfather character Don Corleone. It may also be a wordplay on poet Lord Byron's Don Juan, a story about a ladies' man with a dark past.

The name "Corneo" could also be derived from the Spanish word córneo, a slang word that means "horny".

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