My soul, corrupted by vengeance, hath endured torment to find the end of the journey, in my own salvation and your eternal slumber.Genesis Rhapsodos
Genesis Rhapsodos, also known as G, is a character in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He is the main antagonist of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and makes a cameo in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-.
A SOLDIER First Class born from the Jenova Project, Genesis is initially loyal to the Shinra Electric Power Company wishing to prove himself a hero like Sephiroth. When he begins to suffer from genetic degradation due to his imperfect infusion of Jenova's cells, Genesis leads a rebellion against Shinra with the intent of finding a cure. Genesis is an authority on research and interpretation of the epic LOVELESS, and his obsession with the poem drives his actions as he comes to think of himself, Sephiroth, and their friend Angeal Hewley as its three protagonists.
As a First Class SOLDIER, Genesis excels in both swordplay and using magic, and can enhance his blade with spells.
Genesis's appearance is based on Gackt, a Japanese singer-songwriter and actor. Gackt wrote and performed the theme song of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII, "Redemption", and wears the Genesis costume in the music video, though with a different hairstyle. Beyond this, Genesis's design bears similarities to Sephiroth, including the long coat, crossed leather straps, the SOLDIER symbol, black boots, shoulder guards, and a large sword. In Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- the left side of his outfit is separated into straps.
Genesis is right-handed and can manifest a black wing on his left side in contrast to Sephiroth, who is left-handed and has been depicted with a wing on his right side. Gackt had some input on the costume design, mostly to ensure it would allow for easy movement, but also to help settle on the color scheme, which had previously been intended to be either white or black. As Genesis experiences genetic degradation during Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, his hair turns white and his clothing lightens to white and gray, his wing turning a lighter shade of black.
Infinite in mystery is the gift of the Goddess. We seek it thus, and take to the sky. Ripples form on the water's surface. The wandering soul knows no rest.Genesis quoting LOVELESS Act I
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- portrays Genesis as a deserter, arrogant and prideful. Being adopted, Genesis feels betrayed by both his biological and adoptive parents, and his main source of turmoil comes from discovering the secrets of his birth that leads him to resent Shinra and all those associated with it. He takes pride in the handsome figure he cuts, his fighting style, and the popularity they garner him, but does not enjoy mingling directly with people, and only opens himself up to his companions, Sephiroth and Angeal. Although he considers Sephiroth a friend, Genesis envies him. Despite having betrayed SOLDIER, Genesis seems to still hold on to their friendship.
Genesis is obsessed with LOVELESS, a famous poem that has been adapted into numerous plays. According to the Genesis fan club "Study Group" Genesis first read LOVELESS at a young age and it became his favorite, and he has spent his life trying to decipher it. Genesis takes the words of LOVELESS literally, believing to have discovered its meaning: he considers himself, Zack, Sephiroth, and their friend Angeal to be characters in the poem, and believes that by fulfilling its words he can obtain the "gift of the goddess" to cure his degradation.
After his degradation is cured, Genesis only wants his honor as a SOLDIER restored. He shows respect and gratitude towards Zack and develops a desire to protect the world, deciding to seal himself to wait for the inevitable time where he would be needed.
Genesis's personality juxtaposes with Zack's in their respective quests of "becoming a hero". Whereas Genesis believes himself entitled to the moniker and strives to achieve it by proving himself superior to others (especially Sephiroth), Zack views becoming a hero a personal achievement and the only person he strives to surpass is his own past self. Whereas Genesis looks into outside sources to affirm his role as the hero—LOVELESS and becoming stronger and more revered in the public eye than Sephiroth—Zack instead follows his own moral compass.
As a Project G SOLDIER, Genesis has superhuman physical prowess. He is one of the three most powerful SOLDIER Class First, though still falls short to Sephiroth's prowess. A masterful swordsman, Genesis wields the Rapier, a large red-bladed sword he variably uses one or two-handed. He is a powerful spellcaster, blasting homing fire balls, electric needles, and red magical swords. He can drain health from others, restore himself, and even render himself invulnerable, and can enhance his sword with magic and channel blazing energy into his hands to detonate whatever he touches. He can conjure powerful monsters to stall his adversaries via Summon Materia. In his Genesis Avatar form, he wields a much larger red sword, and can call forth enhanced Genesis Copies and summon materia from the lifestream to perform spells. Genesis's signature ability is Apocalypse, which creates a crest above his opponent that emits a wave of energy to damage them.
When cognizant of his identity as a Project G SOLDIER Genesis manifests a black wing over his left shoulder that allows him to fly. He can launch the wings' feathers as projectiles. Although he no longer bears his wings after being cured, the secret ending of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- shows Genesis remains able to summon it.
As a product of Project G, Genesis can use his cells as a conduit to transfer his abilities onto others, thus creating copies of himself. The Genesis Copies take on his appearance, the degree of which depends on how strong the copy is—the strongest copies appear identical to Genesis save for his weapon. Considered a failure of the Jenova Project, Genesis is vulnerable to degradation, and unlike Angeal, cannot imbue monsters with his abilities, nor can he take on the abilities of those imbued with his cells as Angeal does when he becomes Angeal Penance.
In the secret ending of Dirge of Cerberus, Genesis walks on water, which darkens as it makes contact with him. In his youth, Genesis was interested in agriculture and the cultivation of "dumbapples." He once won a prize for the "National Agriculture Awards, Processed Foods Category."
The world needs a new hero!Genesis to Sephiroth before the VR room fight
Genesis was born from the Jenova Project G led by Dr. Hollander. Gillian Hewley was injected with Jenova's cells and her cells were transplanted into Genesis to grant him Jenova's abilities. Jenova is an extraterrestrial organism Shinra scientists mistook for a member of the Cetra, a race of ancient humans said to have been able to commune with the planet itself. After Genesis's birth Professor Hojo's "Project S," which created Sephiroth, was deemed superior, and Project G was shut down. Unknown to Hojo and Hollander the Project G research would continue in Deepground, a secret underground research area. Genesis was labeled a failed experiment and was adopted by a wealthy landlord in Banora, the village where Gillian Hewley lived.
Genesis and Angeal, Gillian's son born after Project G, were childhood friends despite Angeal's family being poor. During the Wutai War Genesis envied Sephiroth's fame, and he and Angeal left for Midgar to join SOLDIER. The two became 1st Class and became the only SOLDIER members Sephiroth socialized with on a personal level. They would use the training room when the Second Class SOLDIERs were gone to spar. At one point, Genesis challenged Sephiroth to a one-on-one duel and Angeal had to intervene. Genesis broke Angeal's SOLDIER sword and the top sliced into his shoulder as it shattered.
Genesis assured the two it was a minor wound, but it worsened rather than healed, having triggered Genesis's flawed genetic structure to begin to degrade. Hollander, knowing the secrets of Genesis's birth, claimed he could heal him. Secretly, Hollander desires vengeance on Hojo and Shinra and wants to prove Genesis the superior product of the Jenova Project.
Under Hollander's orders Genesis took a large force of 3rd and 2nd Class SOLDIER members and went rogue during the closing stages of the Wutai War. Hollander vanished, taking with him the technology to produce Genesis Copies. By transplanting Genesis's cells into the SOLDIER members who had followed him Hollander granted them Genesis's appearance and abilities, and the two began to build their army.
A month later SOLDIER director Lazard sends Zack and Angeal to Wutai to assist in the siege of Fort Tamblin and to investigate Genesis's disappearance. Angeal goes missing and Zack is assaulted by Genesis Copies. Zack is dispatched with Tseng, the leader of Shinra's intelligence agency, the Turks, to Banora to question Genesis's parents. The town is overrun with Genesis Copies as well as stolen Shinra robots, and during the investigation Tseng finds a fresh grave with Genesis's parents, killed by their adopted son.
The two find Genesis at the apple juice factory outside of town who incapacitates Tseng. Angeal appears and stops Zack from striking him as Genesis leaves, then follows him. Zack returns to the village and finds Angeal's mother, Gillian Hewley, dead, and assumes Angeal killed her. In reality, she took her own life in shame for taking part in the Jenova Project. Genesis tells Zack and Angeal that Angeal can no longer live in their world and trips Zack as he tries to chase after his old mentor.
Genesis summons Bahamut to fight Zack, and after Zack defeats it, Genesis unfurls a large wing from his left shoulder. He tells Zack that he and Angeal are monsters and flies away leaving Zack and Tseng to evacuate as the town is destroyed by Shinra to cover up Genesis's actions. Shortly after, Genesis and Angeal are declared killed in action.
In Midgar, Lazard tells Zack (now promoted to SOLDIER 1st Class) and Sephiroth that Shinra plans to fight Genesis and his forces out of the public's eye when alarms sound an intruder. The building's security drones have malfunctioned and Genesis Copies are attacking the Shinra Building. As Zack helps fight off the army Sephiroth contacts him and informs Angeal has been spotted in the Sector 5 Reactor. The two find Hollander's lab with evidence of his hand in creating the Genesis Copies and information on Project G. Hollander and Genesis arrive, and Zack chases Hollander as Genesis speaks to Sephiroth, claiming Sephiroth's glory and fame ought to be his.
He cites a passage from LOVELESS and asks Sephiroth which of them would be the Hero of the story, and reveals he seeks the "gift of the Goddess" LOVELESS speaks of. Angeal interrupts Zack's pursuit of Hollander and reveals two white wings of his own. Wishing to be returned to normal, Angeal has allied with Genesis and Hollander to be cured. As Zack refuses to fight his old mentor, Angeal knocks Zack off the platform sending him plummeting into the Sector 5 slums church in the Midgar Slums.
The attack on Shinra continues and Zack returns to the plate to help defend the city. Angeal reappears with a change of heart, and flies him to the Shinra Building. Sephiroth and Angeal repel the Genesis Copies and send Zack to protect Hojo. Genesis, Angeal and Zack congregate in Hojo's lab where Genesis quotes from LOVELESS and the group discusses the poem's missing fifth act that leaves the result of a climactic battle between friends uncertain. Genesis flees and Zack and Angeal follow. Angeal abandons Zack to fight a Bahamut Fury summoned by Genesis, who has also taken his leave once Zack defeats it.
News of a base used by Genesis in Modeoheim come in. Zack and Tseng, accompanied by another Shinra infantryman and Cloud, investigate, and find Genesis in a mako excavation facility. Zack finds Genesis confronting Hollander, now degraded to the point his clothing and hair have begun to turn white. Genesis deems Hollander useless, failing to help his condition, and declares to seek Jenova cells for a cure. Hollander protests that no one knows where Jenova is, and Genesis says he will destroy the world along with himself then. Genesis duels Zack and is defeated, and throws himself into the depths of the mako reactor to his apparent demise.
Several months later the Genesis army resurfaces and attacks Shinra across the planet. Zack and Sephiroth assist in defending Junon where Hollander is being held captive. During the attack Hollander escapes with the assistance of two Genesis Copies. Though unseen by Shinra, Genesis observes the events from atop the mako cannon, alive but still degrading.
When Sephiroth and Zack are dispatched to Nibelheim to investigate the local reactor Genesis confronts Sephiroth at the reactor's core. He tells Sephiroth about the two Jenova Project branches, G and S, and that as Angeal was the perfect "monster" of Project G, Sephiroth is the product of Project S. Genesis tells Sephiroth the origins of his "mother," Jenova, and her hand in their creation. Claiming that Sephiroth is the perfect product of Jenova's cells, Genesis says this means his cells will never degrade and asks Sephiroth to give him his cells to cure his degradation. Sephiroth, confused and angry, refuses, and Genesis departs. His words, combined with the discovery of the mako-mutated humans and what Sephiroth learns about his origins in the Shinra Manor, spark Sephiroth's descent into madness, and he burns Nibelheim to the ground and is seemingly killed by Cloud within the reactor.
After four years of captivity in the aftermath of Nibelheim's destruction, Zack and Cloud break free from Shinra Manor, being pursued by two Genesis Copies. As Zack prepares to face off with them the real Genesis soars down from the sky, explaining he heard Zack was being used for one of Hojo's experiments, Project S, and so Zack holds Sephiroth's cells that can cure him. One of the Genesis Copies consumes a lock of Zack's hair, but it mutates into a monster and Genesis leaves.
When Zack makes his way to Gongaga more Genesis Copies attempt to kill him, but are stopped by Genesis and Hollander, now also a degrading Genesis Copy. Believing Zack's body rejected Sephiroth's cells due to being a SOLDIER member, they now seek Cloud and the cells he carries. Genesis declares to have discovered the true final act of LOVELESS and flies away as Hollander and the copies search for Cloud. Zack dispatches Hollander and meets Lazard, an Angeal Copy, who directs him to Genesis's lair, the caverns beneath Banora.
Zack discovers the journal of a younger Genesis before his days as a SOLDIER that describes his invention of Banora White apple juice, along with his desire to share his accomplishments with Sephiroth by having him eat a Banora White. Deeper in the caves Zack finds the story of LOVELESS carved on stone tablets and Genesis before a goddess statue holding a gigantic natural Materia, certain that the Goddess Materia is the "gift of the Goddess." With Zack's arrival, having inherited Angeal's Buster Sword and Sephiroth's cells, the three friends are reunited and LOVELESS is fulfilled.
Believing himself the Hero who has received the Goddess's protection Genesis absorbs the Materia's power to become Genesis Avatar and engages Zack. When defeated Genesis returns to human form, cured from degradation. Zack figures that all Genesis wanted was to regain his pride as SOLDIER, and be healed of his degradation. Gathering the last of his strength Genesis challenges Zack to a final duel as a SOLDIER, and is struck down.
Genesis is sent flying back with Zack's final attack and lands on his feet in a place flooded with lifestream. The goddess statue in the distance morphs into Minerva who sees his desire to complete his duty as SOLDIER, and as the will of the lifestream, spares his life. Zack carries the weakened Genesis out of the cave.
Zack lays him down and retrieves three Banora Whites, taking a bite out of them to fulfill Genesis's childhood dream, though he apologizes for not being "the real thing." Zack asks if the apple is the "gift" but Genesis shakes his head; thanks to his battle with Zack Genesis discovered the gift is the pride of a SOLDIER. Content with his pride restored and his dream fulfilled, Genesis passes out, and Zack and Cloud move on.
Shortly after Zack and Cloud leave a Shinra helicopter lands nearby and two 1st Class SOLDIER members with Deepground symbols on their belts jump out. They wonder if Genesis would join them and carry him into the helicopter leaving his book of LOVELESS behind. Genesis's voice recites the final act of LOVELESS that appears onto the book.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Professor Hojo mentions G type SOLDIERs as possible candidates for "breeding" with Aerith as a solution to "mitigate the risks" and ensure further studies on the Ancients in order to reach the promised land, suggesting that "Project Gillian" still has some legacy within the company.
Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-
Sir. I've been spending time analyzing the data retrieved from the files of former weapons development administrator Scarlet. Deepground. It used to be a medical facility for injured SOLDIER troops. Military personnel would be sent there for care and rehabilitation. However, over time, it evolved into a laboratory for madmen content on ignoring all laws of man and nature. And supposedly this evolution took place because of the existence of one rogue SOLDIER—a man known only as 'G.' However, that's all we were able to retrieve.WRO Personnel onboard the Shera
Genesis was brought to Deepground and the two SOLDIER members, Weiss and Nero, attempted to persuade him to join in their rebellion against the Restrictors, current leaders of Deepground. Genesis declined and sealed himself in a flooded cavern beneath Midgar awaiting the day he would be needed to protect the world in Sephiroth and Angeal's stead. Vincent discovers that, according to Shinra executive Scarlet's private files, the Tsviets were spliced with Genesis's cells and subjected to various experiments to see how they reacted.
Collecting the three "G Reports" unlocks an extra ending. Following Omega's destruction, Weiss's body lays in the flooded cavern, which sends out a shock wave that awakens Genesis. Genesis approaches Weiss and tells him "It is not yet time for slumber" and that they have much work to do. He picks up his "brother," spreads his wing, and flies off into the night.
The Crisis Core Complete Guide explains that Genesis has reappeared to protect the planet, and his final lines in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- (i.e. his finale of LOVELESS) explain his return, but in more of a riddle. Because Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- is the last chronological entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, save for the final scenes of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, Genesis's current status is unknown.
Genesis is fought three times. A degrading Genesis is fought at the Mako Excavation Facility with his wing present. He is fought as Genesis Avatar in the Banora Underground after being transformed by the lifestream from the Goddess Materia. Immediately after this the player fights Genesis in human form, restored to full strength.
A simulation of Genesis based on his abilities in the battle in the Mako Excavation Facility can be fought in Mission 5-1-5.
Digital Mind Wave
Genesis is added to Zack's Digital Mind Wave allowing him to unleash Genesis's Limit Break, Apocalypse. Genesis Mode is a special mode where Genesis's portrait is added to the reel. This is the final check the game makes; if the game fails to enter both Summon Mode and Chocobo Mode, there is a chance Genesis Mode will activate. The base chance is 12.5%, but it can be boosted further with DMW Materia.
Genesis Mode still doesn't mean Apocalypse will activate. After Genesis Mode has been activated once, Genesis's portrait stays in the reel until it is reset, such as during a storyline event or by drinking the Potion from the Shinra employee in the Shinra Building lobby.
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- Ability Cards
- Legend Cards
Genesis appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Ice-elemental Forward cards.
Behind the scenes
Gackt's original involvement with Square Enix was singing the theme song for Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, and appearing in a minor role in that game, playing Genesis. Hideki Imaizumi, the producer of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII, thought such a passing role was a waste, and asked for more involvement. Imaizumi and Gackt came up with Genesis's design, describing everything from his attitude to his clothes. "I went to eat with him one time and described the Final Fantasy VII universe in rich detail. And it turned into this process of collaboration, creating the character together. Then we went to the studio and recorded the Japanese voice with all that in mind. So he really was a creative partner in all of this. And we really wanted the connection between Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core."
According to the Crisis Core Complete Guide, Genesis's fan club, the Red Leather, is sponsored by his foster parents in Banora. Despite initially seeing their task of raising Genesis as a mere job from Shinra, their affections for him grew over time.
The Crisis Core Ultimania Scenario Q&A details that Genesis used the remains of the abandoned Banora mine as a "secret base" or child's playground when he was young. The Crisis Core Complete Guide explains that the desk installed there, the one the player views when first entering the Banora underground, was Genesis's desk from his childhood. Items found here include a trophy cabinet, containing the prize for winning the "National Agriculture Awards, Processed Foods Category," scattered photos from Genesis's youth, and a book that appears to be his journal.
In the Japanese versions of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, Genesis is voiced by Gackt. In the English version of Dirge of Cerberus, he is voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, and in the English version of Crisis Core, Genesis's voice is provided by Oliver Quinn.
Etymology and symbolism
Genesis originally being known only as "G" likely refers to Gackt who played him.
Book of Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament.Genesis is a Greek term meaning "birth" or "origin".
The Fruit of Knowledge that caused Adam and Eve to fall from Eden is often depicted as an apple, and Genesis often carries one with him. It is used as a symbol of temptation, as he offers it to people he wishes would join him. Genesis was the first to learn about the "sin" of the Jenova Project, but unlike Sephiroth, achieves salvation, as well as spiritual and physical healing, from the gift of the Goddess.
Rhapsodos is "one who performs an epic poem", a rhapsody, such as the poet Homer. Thus, Genesis's name may be interpreted as meaning "the original performer of the epic poem," which could refer to his desire to reenact LOVELESS, or his rebellion against Shinra that Sephiroth would repeat years later.
- Crisis Core Ultimania Scenario Q&A (Accessed: December 31, 2018) at The Lifestream
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII UK Interview (Accessed: December 31, 2018) at IGN UK
- Crisis Core Complete Guide Keyword Collection (Accessed: December 31, 2018) at The Lifestream
- Crisis Core Complete Guide Keyword Collection (Accessed: December 31, 2018) at The Lifestream