Gordon honors the King of Fynn's memory by leading the rebel forces to make the king's dream a reality. Though he was once a prodigal prince, in the rebel army he gains strength of character and body.
Final Fantasy II Anniversary Edition instruction manual
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Gordon is a young man with pale skin, blue eyes, and blond hair tied back in a ponytail. He wears a headband on his forehead inlaid with a blue gem, leather chest armor with a yellow tunic underneath, dark green pants and boots, and a purple cape. His NES battle sprite is similar to the Red Mage's sprite from the original Final Fantasy, with red and white clothing, but he has a red headband and his hair tied back instead of a hat. Gordon wears a red cape and yellow clothing in his PS/GBA sprites, but his sprite matches Yoshitaka Amano's concept art in the PlayStation Portable version.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Gordon is initially a cowardly man, filled with self-loathing over having abandoned Fynn and his brother. He is envious of the party's bravery and progress, feeling even more worthless in comparison to them. He eventually gathers the courage to try to assist the Rebellion, and during his time with Firion's group develops into a brave and confident leader, willing to volunteer for even the most dangerous missions.
In Final Fantasy II Muma no Meikyū, Gordon is portrayed with a drastically-different personality. He is rash and hotheaded, urging members of the rebellion to fight more aggressively, and rushing to confront Borghen alone. He goes by the alias "Gordy" when fighting alongside rebel forces.
Story[edit | edit source]
Gordon is a man plagued with depression and self-loathing. He wanders in Altair blaming himself for his brother's death, as when the Palamecian Army penetrated the royal castle in Fynn, Gordon fled in terror rather than help his brother, Scott, who was overpowered and mortally wounded. His cowardice keeps him from joining the Wild Rose Rebellion, but Gordon offers his knowledge on various topics when asked.
What finally inspires him to take action is the rebellion's need of the Sunfire to destroy the Dreadnought. Firion and the others meet Gordon at Kashuan Keep as Gordon tried to find the Egil's Torch to prove to both his peers and to himself his strength. He was unable to continue through the keep due to the monsters festering inside and his lack of knowledge of the full workings of the castle despite being the prince of Kashuan. This revelation about himself threatens to drive Gordon into despair but he pulls himself together and offers to fight and aid the party as they travel the monster-infested castle, as he is the only one who can open the door to Egil's Torch.
Upon his deathbed, the King of Fynn recognizes how Gordon has grown and grants him control over the rebellion's army. After the party returns from Deist they discover that Hilda had been captured and replaced with a Lamia Queen by the Palamecian Empire. Gordon requests to accompany Firion and the others on the rescue mission while Leila keeps watch on the army for him. Though thrown into the dungeon of the Coliseum, he rescues Hilda with the party's help.
Gordon remains by Hilda's side, leading the bulk of the rebellion with her while Firion's party acts as the front line. Gordon and Hilda pledge to join together to rebuild their kingdoms and Gordon finally believes that he can live up to his brother's expectations.
Gordon, alongside Hilda, plays a vital role in the defeat of the deceased Emperor's light-half. They, alongside Nelly, Elina and Kain, appear before the deceased warriors, and warn them that the Light Emperor is just as evil as the Emperor the surviving Wild Rose Rebels are currently fighting (his dark-half).
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Gordon comes to the party wielding a spear, and with balanced stats and equal proficiency levels with every weapon, though his HP and MP are weak compared to the other party members. Because of his balanced stats the player can train him however they like as either an attacker or a mage.
Initial Abilities[edit | edit source]
Optimal Key Terms for Arcane Labyrinth[edit | edit source]
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Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Gordon has made appearances in the following games in the Final Fantasy series:
- Dissidia Final Fantasy as a cameo.
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a summonable Legend.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Gordon is something of a spiritual predecessor to Edward Chris von Muir from Final Fantasy IV. Both are princes of benevolent nations who suffer from debilitating survivor's guilt following the death of a loved one, and grow courageous and resolute over the course of their respective stories. Gordon is the first playable character in the series who is of royal blood.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Gordon is an English name that means "from the round hill" or "from the triangular shaped hill".