Wah-ha-ha! Did you think a little thing like the end of the world was gonna do me in? The earth tried to shallow me up once or twice, but I just pried its jaws open and climbed back out!

Duncan

Duncan Harcourt is a non-playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is a famous martial arts master that lives in South Figaro, and is Sabin and Vargas' mentor and the latter's father.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Duncan is an old man with thick hair and a bushy beard and mustache, and wears dark blue and brown robes. He uses the same sprite as Banon, just with a different palette. His artwork for Mobius Final Fantasy retains this design, with the addition of metal gauntlets and shoulder armor.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Duncan is a spry man in spite of his advanced age. He laughs in the face of danger and is proud of his abilities. He trains rigorously in his dojo and curses his own body for his age impacting his prowess, sometimes but is still a capable combatant able to leap great distances and rapidly pummel targets. Duncan was upset that Vargas had difficulty progressing in his lessons and would grumble about it to others, but he loved his son and never had any intent of any student other than Vargas taking over his dojo.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Duncan ran a dojo at a cabin near Mt. Kolts where he trained students in the martial arts. Vargas and Sabin were his prize pupils, but Vargas was ambitious and hungry for power. Knowing his father favored Sabin and believing he would choose Sabin to be heir to the dojo, Vargas apparently killed Duncan and fled into Mt. Kolts. The circumstances of his death are unclear, but everyone including Vargas believed Duncan was dead. Actually Duncan survived and seemingly went into hiding.

During the cataclysm, Duncan was nearly killed when an earthquake split the ground around him, but he climbed to safety. Word that he was alive reached his wife in South Figaro and he returned to his dojo, now relocated north of Narshe in the reshaped world, and continued his training in solitude.

Duncan teaches Sabin the Phantom Rush.

A year after the cataclysm, the party including Sabin found Duncan. Sabin was overjoyed to see his mentor alive and was moved to tears, something Duncan disapproved of. He invited Sabin to duel him and learn his ultimate Blitz technique, the Phantom Rush. The two leapt onto the roof of Duncan's dojo and rapidly spared with each other until Sabin mastered the technique. Duncan then bid the party well, telling Sabin to use every Blitz he knows on Kefka.

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

In the World of Ruin, Duncan can be found at his cabin north of Narshe, at a set of five trees arranged in the shape of a cross by a small mountain. If the player attempts to enter Duncan's cabin with Sabin in the party, a scene will play where Duncan teaches Sabin the Phantom Rush, his final Blitz technique. After this Duncan remains in his cabin to encourage the party. If the cabin is reached without Sabin, the party will find Duncan inside training.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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

Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Duncan Harcourt was created by Kaori Tanaka, who also worked on the PlayStation game Xenogears that has a character named Sigurd Harcourt. His brother is Bartholomew Fatima, a descendant of a character named Roni Fatima who has a brother, Roni. Together, they live in a high-tech desert kingdom and possess a fortress that can travel through the sand. Harcourt, Roni, Rene, their desert kingdom and their mobile sand fortress are all homages to Final Fantasy VI.

The Duncan bug can be triggered if the player visits him in the World of Ruin before recruiting Sabin.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Duncan is a given name. It is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Donnchadh. Duncan means "chief" or "noble".

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