With the chaos resulting from the Meteor reports, we desperately need to rally public support... it's better that we punish somebody, anybody.


Scarlet, written Scarlett in On the Way to a Smile, is an antagonist in Final Fantasy VII, who also appears in the prequel Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-. She is the Head of Weapons Development in the Shinra Electric Power Company. She is ruthless and will use any means necessary to fulfill her goals. She has a characteristic laugh ("kya ha ha!"), much like her colleague Heidegger. The two often work together, despite feelings of mutual contempt.

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Concept art by Tetsuya Nomura.

Scarlet has blond hair and blue eyes. She wears her hair tied up. In Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- her earrings are blue, and in Final Fantasy VII they are red. In Final Fantasy VII she has a necklace she does not wear in Before Crisis. Scarlet wears a long red satin dress that has a plunging neckline and a slit on the side and matching high heels. Under her dress she wears black thigh-high stay-up stockings. In Final Fantasy VII Remake, she wears dark eye makeup with large crystal earrings and wears a green pendant and ring; she has red nails.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Personally, I've never had a problem with torture.


Scarlet is the only female Shinra executive, and is cruel and ambitious. She is blunt and does not care if her remarks hurt others. Scarlet is unbothered by violence and often resorts to forceful means as her first choice of action to solve the problems facing herself and the Shinra Inc. She is passive towards the atrocities the Shinra Company commits, and only looks after her own status within the company. As the head of Weapons Development she is fascinated with machines and weapons of mass destruction. She exhibits dominatrix traits, using one of her subordinates as a footstool in the remake Scarlet from FFVII Remake, and in Crisis Core a SOLDIER fantasizes about being stepped on by Scarlet wearing high heels.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Working as a Shinra director[edit | edit source]


Scarlet is the director of Advanced Weaponry at Shinra. During the Wutai War, her innovative and high-end weapons brought in money and the resulting profits saw Scarlet promoted to executive officer.[2]

In Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- Scarlet works under President Shinra as a director of the company. She is ordered to capture Veld after the Turks refuse to take in their commander, and is ordered to assassinate the Turks. She leads the army against them, but fails. In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- she is mentioned briefly by a scientist in the Materia Room of the Shinra Building, who claims Scarlet wanted to close down their department and was humiliated at the next board meeting.

Scarlet oversaw the attack on the town of Corel due to blaming the residents for sabotaging the newly built Corel Reactor. She and the Shinra soldiers under her command shot Barret during his attempt to keep Dyne from falling, destroying both men’s’ arms in the process.

Original continuity[edit | edit source]

War against Avalanche and Sephiroth[edit | edit source]

Scarlet's field model in Final Fantasy VII.

When Cloud Strife and his friends storm the Shinra Building to save their friend Aerith, Scarlet participates in the executives' meeting over the collapse of Sector 7 and the plans for Neo Midgar. She is unsympathetic toward Reeve's request of rebuilding Sector 7 rebuilt. She is the only director to act suspicious, as she gazes at the ceiling vent where Cloud's group are eavesdropping the meeting.

Scarlet later embarks to Gongaga to acquire a Huge Materia to build an ultimate weapon, but considers the ruined Gongaga Reactor a dud. After Shinra deduces Sephiroth is heading towards North Crater, the new president of the company, Rufus Shinra, arranges an expedition to the area on the Highwind with Scarlet, Heidegger and Professor Hojo accompanying him. After the Meteor has been summoned, Scarlet oversees Tifa’s public execution at Junon, only for Tifa to escape the gas chamber when Sapphire Weapon attacks the city. Scarlet ends up in a slap fight with Tifa on the Mako Cannon but Tifa escapes onto the stolen Highwind.

After Sephiroth erects a barrier around the North Crater, Scarlet oversees the Mako Cannon’s transfer to Midgar to be hooked up to the mako reactors as part of Rufus's plan to destroy the barrier around the crater. She dubs the new cannon the Sister Ray (even if the name was previously seen written on the cannon in Junon). After Diamond Weapon is destroyed and Rufus presumed dead, Scarlet and Heidegger take over the company and have Reeve arrested.

When Cloud and the others return to Midgar to stop Professor Hojo from overloading the mako reactors, Scarlet and Heidegger pilot the Proud Clod developed by her department. Scarlet's plan fails as the Proud Clod is defeated and explodes. It is unknown if Scarlet and Heidegger died in the blast, but she is neither seen nor heard from again.

Deepground crisis[edit | edit source]

During Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Scarlet is mentioned briefly with her old files being Reeve's primary source of information on Deepground. She was one of only three Shinra executives to know of the Deepground project, and presumably outfitted them with their arsenal.

Remake continuity[edit | edit source]

Scarlet on TV.

Scarlet appears on an TV interview after the explosion of Mako Reactor 5, asserting how Shinra will handle everything and quell Avalanche, and that the populace does not need to panic over the terrorists. During the interview Scarlet shows video footage of the Avalanche members Barret, Biggs, Jesse and Wedge infiltrating the reactor and further deduces that they're hiding in Midgar and that Shinra will apprehend them.

Scarlet at the directors' meeting.

Scarlet later oversees the development of new materia in the materia room of the Shinra Building, but leaves as things start to go wrong. She takes part in the directors' meeting at the Shinra Building after the collapse of Sector 7 plate. She is unbothered over the casualties and uninterested in Reeve's pleas to rebuild. At the meeting she doesn't care that Professor Hojo wants to use torture to get more results out of Aerith, and dismisses Palmer's story of Sephiroth having been spotted at the Shinra Building. With the other members of Shinra, Scarlet is present when Rufus is appointed new president of the company.

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Musical themes[edit | edit source]

In Final Fantasy VII Remake, "Scarlet's Theme" is soft jazz song available on music disc for jukeboxes. It is found in the jukebox in the Shinra Building. It appears as track 15 of the sixth disc of Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Fireworks to light up your night sky
In a flash, life and love can go awry
Let me take you higher, fulfill your desires
Stilettos and lingerie both complement, supplement
In my grandeur, I'm all-natural
beneath this crimson dress
In my splendor, I'm all-natural
beneath jewels, and finesse, and elegance
What you see is what you get
Only passion, no regrets
Only triumph, I've got nothing to hide
So, sit back and enjoy the ride
What you see is what you get
Only passion, no regrets
Only triumph, I've got nothing to hide
So, sit back and enjoy the ride
Oh, what you see is what you get (what you get)
Only passion, natural
Only triumph, natural
So, sit back and enjoy the ride

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Scarlet using a soldier as a footrest.

The scene in Final Fantasy VII Remake where Scarlet uses a Shinra infantryman for a footstool was added to show her sadistic personality and how she nor the Shinra directors as a whole do not care about abusing their positions of power over the ordinary workers.[3]

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

Scarlet is a bright red with a slight orange tinge. Scarlet and other bright shades of red are associated with courage, force, passion, heat, and joy. In the Roman Catholic Church, scarlet is worn by a cardinal, and is associated with the blood of Christ and the Christian martyrs, and with sacrifice. Scarlet is also often associated with immorality and sin, particularly prostitution or adultery, largely because of a passage referring to "The Great Harlot", "dressed in purple and scarlet", in the Bible.

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