Leon is Maria's brother and Firion's adoptive brother and best friend. During the invasion of Fynn by the empire, he escapes with Maria, Firion and Guy, but becomes lost when they are set upon by a party of black knights on the forest.
Final Fantasy II 20th Anniversary instruction manual.
Leon, or Leonhart, is one of the playable characters in Final Fantasy II. He is an ally but he also serves as the secondary antagonist as the Emperor's Dark Knight. He is Maria's brother. Leon is the first Dark Knight in the Final Fantasy series, although it would take until Final Fantasy IV for the signature abilities and fighting style of Dark Knights to be introduced. Leon is nineteen years old in the Final Fantasy II Muma no Meikyū novelization.
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Appearance[edit | edit source]
Leon is a young man with tanned skin, purple eyes, and spiked dark purple hair that is swept back. In his normal appearance, he carries a curved sword and wears dark purple suit of armor trimmed with bronze with spiked pauldrons and bronze knee pads. He also wears leather boots and has a large red jewel on his belt. As the Emperor's Dark Knight, he wears an ornate set of black armor trimmed with gold, a helmet with curved gold horns, and a red cape. Leon's NES sprite is a modification of the Warrior sprite from the original Final Fantasy, colored blue and bronze instead and having a slightly different blue hairstyle, while his field sprite shows him with blue armor and red hair.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Leon's personality before becoming the Dark Knight is unknown, but he seems to have cared for his sister Maria deeply. As the Dark Knight, he is power-hungry and authoritative, often rude and harsh to Firion and his party. His dreams end up being dashed and he comes to regret his decisions, hoping that someday he will be forgiven.
In Bafsk, the citizens under his control appear mute and afterwards can't remember what it was like when he was in control, so he may have used dark powers like mind control.
Story[edit | edit source]
Leon, Guy, Maria, and Firion were among the people forced to flee Fynn when it fell. Maria ended up in danger of being killed by Imperial Soldiers when she tripped, but Leon came to her defense and held the soldiers off while Firion got her to safety. He later reconvened with the group, ultimately watching Fynn from afar as it burned with the others.
Leon is separated from his allies, including his sister, during an attack by Palamecian Knights. He becomes the Emperor's Dark Knight and fights against his former allies. It is never stated why Leon joins forces with the empire. At one time he leads the building of Dreadnought but is replaced by Borghen and forced to work behind the scenes to put on the finishing touches.
When Firion and his party go to Bafsk to stop the construction of the Dreadnought, Leon informs them they are too late and the Dreadnought is complete, also making clear that the claim that he left for Palamecia and had Borghen do the finishing touches was, in fact, disinformation. When Firion and the others drop the Sunfire in the engine, Leon comes to see what happened and Maria recognizes his voice. He later appears to capture Firion and the others who try to rescue Hilda. After the Emperor is slain aboard the Cyclone, Leon attempts to crown himself Emperor, but is forced to flee with Firion and Maria after the Emperor returns from the dead in demonic form.
Leon joins forces with Firion, Maria, and Guy to defeat the Emperor at the Pandaemonium. After the Dark Emperor's death, Leon states that "too much has gone on between us" (referring to Firion's party). He implies he and Firion will meet again one day and leaves. Firion comments that when he is ready to return, Leon will be welcomed with open arms.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Since Leon is removed from the party following the initial battle, it is impossible to see his equipped armor or stats other than his starting 30 HP and 5 MP. He wields a Broadsword and a Buckler; they can be unequipped from him in the remake versions, and they will not be lost after the battle.
Leon's stats are higher than most of the characters when the player regains him, unless the player has done a lot of grinding. Leon starts off with no spells and very little MP, but has high Intelligence so he can be effective with Black Magic. His Stamina and Magic are high so his HP and MP will grow quickly. He has high Strength and is proficient to some degree with all weapon types. His initial equipment is a Flame Sword and a Poison Axe as weapons, and a set of diamond equipment for armor. Leon's ultimate weapon in the Arcane Labyrinth is the Longinus, making spears the weapon to focus him in if the player wishes to use it well.
It is up to the player to decide what kind of warrior Leon becomes, due to how stat growth works, any of Leon's lower stat can be made up with the proper investment.
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Optimal Key Terms for Arcane Labyrinth[edit | edit source]
|Good Fortune||Promising||Quite Well||Auspicious||Superb|
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Leon has made appearances in the following games in the Final Fantasy series:
- Pictlogica Final Fantasy as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade as a summonable Legend.
- Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia as a playable character.
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper as a playable character.
- Final Fantasy Brave Exvius as a summonable vision.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as a series of cards.
- Triple Triad as a card.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Leon is the first character in the series to serve as both a party member and an antagonist. Leon is the first antagonist in the series that is related to a playable character.
Leon's Japanese name, Leonhart, is also the last name of Squall, the main character from Final Fantasy VIII. In the Kingdom Hearts series, Squall changed his name to Leon after failing to save Hollow Bastion from the Heartless.
In Final Fantasy IV, the King of Fabul gives Cecil Harvey the Deathbringer and says a Dark Knight left it there years ago. In the Final Fantasy IV Settei Shiryou Hen guide, the name of this Dark Knight was Leonheart. The guide mentions he lived approximately 100 years before the events of the game, and was said to have renounced the Dark Sword to become a priest, somewhat echoing Cecil's journey to become a Paladin a century later. His sword remained a centerpiece in the Temple of Fabul until it was given to Cecil by the king.
Although Leon doesn't appear in Dissidia Final Fantasy, he as well as his brainwashing by the Palamecian Empire, are referred to when fighting the Emperor as Cecil, where the Emperor says "Ought you not be on our side?"
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Etymology[edit | edit source]
Leon is a name of Greek origin. The Greek λέων (leōn), meaning "lion," has spawned the Latin leo, French lion, Irish leon and Spanish león. During the Christian era Leon was merged with the Latin cognate Leo, with the result that the two forms are used interchangeably.
Lion Heart means to possess or display courage, being able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching.