Reeve Tuesti is a character in Final Fantasy VII and the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He is in charge of Urban Development at the Shinra Electric Power Company. Reeve was born in 1972, making him thirty-five during the events of Final Fantasy VII.
Reeve has black hair, a mustache and a chinstrap beard. He wears a dark blue business suit with a white shirt and a tie. In Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- his tie is blue, but in Final Fantasy VII it is red. By the time of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- Reeve wears a dark blue coat.
Unlike many of the Shinra executives, Reeve shows sincere concern for Midgar citizens, and eventually, the Planet itself. This sense of empathy is reflected in what little is shown about his family; he is close to his parents. Reeve hates Scarlet, most likely because of her ruthless and inhumane personality. Tifa speculated Reeve stayed in Shinra and tolerated their inhumane nature because it gave him enough power to do some good by reducing some of the damage caused by Shinra.
He is also shown to have a sense of humor shown when he asked the party if they were interested in what "Kya ha ha" and "Gya ha ha" were planning (nicknames referring to Scarlet and Heidegger respectively from their signature laughs).
Working for Shinra
In Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, Reeve was an architect who designed the mako reactors. He supported the cancellation of the Space Program following the crash in Rocket Town. He later supported the Turks when they briefly split from Shinra by using his Cait Sith to aid them.
Spying on Avalanche
Please, Mister President! I am asking you to reconsider—no, begging.Reeve to President Shinra
In Final Fantasy VII, Reeve protested to President Shinra about destroying Sector 7 and framing it as Avalanche's attack, pleading in vain for the man to reconsider the civilian lives that would be sacrificed. He found himself outvoted by the board who agreed to focus on their Neo Midgar project instead of rebuilding Sector 7. Reeve was told to take some time off.
Cait Sith joined Cloud's party at Gold Saucer with Reeve using it as a spy to track Cloud and his party. When the team revisited Gold Saucer later, Cait Sith betrayed the team and handed the Keystone to Shinra, but blackmailed Cloud's party for keeping him around. After helping complete the puzzles in the Temple of the Ancients and saving Barret's life from execution by Shinra, Cait Sith regained the party's trust. Reeve initially intended to merely spy on and sabotage the group, but after witnessing certain events, particularly Aerith's death at Sephiroth's hands and the events in Northern Cave, he decided to help the team instead, letting them eavesdrop on Shinra meetings through Cait Sith while also trying to keep Shinra forces off the party as they tried to undermine Sephiroth's plans. After bringing Bugenhagen to the Highwind, he supposedly delivered the news of Aerith's death to Elmyra Gainsborough.
Reeve never revealed his identity to the party, although he admitted working for Shinra. When Professor Hojo planned to use the Sister Ray to help Sephiroth by giving him an energy boost, Reeve contacted the party via Cait Sith. Scarlet and Heidegger arrested Reeve under the belief Rufus Shinra, the new president of the company, was dead, taking matters in their own hands. Reeve's cover was blown and the party became aware of Cait Sith's "true" identity. It is unknown what happened to Reeve, but his arrest did not hamper his ability to give orders to Cait Sith.
Before descending to the Northern Cave, Cloud asked everyone to find a reason for fighting. Cait Sith went mute and unresponsive as if being "switched off", but as the party gathered the following day, Cait Sith came back to life, and joined for the final battle. Reeve was freed and evacuated the people of Midgar to the slums to shield them from the oncoming Meteor impact.
Leading the WRO
Reeve started the World Regenesis Organization (WRO) to restore the world. In On the Way to a Smile "Episode: Denzel", Reeve went to Johnny's Heaven to interview Denzel, a previously Geostigma-inflicted orphan in Cloud and Tifa's care. The boy explained what happened to him, including the destruction of Sector 7 and the events that followed the Meteorfall. Denzel was the one who kept Reeve's mother, Ruvie, company, since the fall of Sector 7 until she died shortly after the Meteorfall due to Geostigma.
Johnny, who had been listening the whole time, rejected the idea of having Denzel join the army. Reeve decided children will no longer be accepted in the World Regenesis Organization (WRO), and before he left, thanked Denzel for looking after his mother.
In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Reeve called Cloud's cellphone saying he has seen the ads for the Strife Delivery Service and offered to help out. During the battle in Edge against Bahamut SIN, Reeve sent in Cait Sith to help out Cloud and the others. The sign closing off the highway to Midgar announced only WRO members were allowed to cross. The WRO worked to bring scrap and rubble from Midgar to Edge to aid in its construction.
In Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Reeve led the World Regenesis Organization, a service hoping to rebuild the planet after the loss of mako energy. Its army replaced Shinra's in peace-keeping and order. Yuffie Kisaragi was a member, heading espionage and intelligence. Most of the party members from Final Fantasy VII willingly helped out Reeve and the WRO.
Reeve invited Vincent Valentine to a festival in Kalm. When Deepground attacked, he and Cait Sith recruited Vincent to fight with them and the WRO. Reeve acted as an informative ally, giving Vincent direction. He operated from the WRO base, watching the actions of the world and commanding the WRO. He planned a joint attack on Midgar to wipe out Deepground, letting Yuffie, Vincent, and Cid Highwind lead an attack from the air, while Cloud, Tifa, and Barret led an attack from the ground.
In "Episode INTERmission", Reeve strongly objected to the President's plan in dropping the Sector 7 plate, citing that over 50,000 people lived in the undercity. When his demands fell on deaf ears, he wanted to at least issue a warning, but was denied. In Final Fantasy VII Remake, Reeve took matters in his own hands by remote-controlling Cait Sith to intercept the Turks to stop them from dropping the plate. Cait Sith arrived too late to prevent the sector's destruction. Reeve worked without rest to assemble a reconstruction plan which he was to present at the next board meeting, but President Shinra was uninterested in such a project, as Shinra was planning to abandon Midgar in favor of Neo Midgar. Reeve futilely tried to get him to reconsider. After Sephiroth killed President Shinra, his son Rufus took over the company and addressed the company directors, Reeve among them.
Reeve appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Lightning-elemental Backup cards.
Behind the scenes
According to the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega, in an early draft of the script, Reeve was an "Inspire", a person who can breathe life into inanimate objects, such as the Cait Sith dolls. His "child", the cat-shaped doll Cait Sith, can be controlled from a great distance. The accent Cait Sith has is said to have been inspired by his parents.
There was a plot point considered where the party would have had to shut down the world's Mako Reactors to defeat Sephiroth. Due to the party's lack of time, Reeve does it himself, ending his loyalty to Shinra. Neither plot point made it to the final game.
While in the Shinra Building at the start of Final Fantasy VII, upon looking in lockers in the Shinra gym, the player can find a megaphone. It is possible this belongs to Reeve, and is later revealed to be Cait Sith's ultimate weapon, the HP Shout.
In a rare moment of humor, in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Vincent comments that Reeve's outfit isn't very interesting, to which Reeve replies he thought long and hard about what he was going to wear for the day. It is soon revealed "Reeve" was a robot controlled from the inside by Cait Sith, who was being controlled by the real Reeve.
In the Japanese versions, he is voiced by Banjo Ginga.
Reeve is of Middle English origin, and means "bailiff". The medieval reeve of a castle or landholding was an administrator for the king or someone of high position.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania, p.048
- Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- Official Complete Guide, p.011
- Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-r Signature Series Guide, p.005
- Early Material File Character Files – p. 519 and part of p. 520 of the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega (Accessed: March 19, 2020) at The Lifestream