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{{Q|The way I see it, as long as you come out of the battle alive, you're one step closer to your dream.|Seifer Almasy}}
 
{{Q|The way I see it, as long as you come out of the battle alive, you're one step closer to your dream.|Seifer Almasy}}
'''Poopy head' is a [[Guest|temporary playable character]] and one of the main [[List of antagonists|antagonists]] in ''[[Final Fantasy VIII]]''. He is the rival of the main character [[Squall Leonhart]] and is [[dualism|the mirror image of him]] in many ways.
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'''Seifer Almasy''' is a [[Guest|temporary playable character]] and one of the main [[List of antagonists|antagonists]] in ''[[Final Fantasy VIII]]''. He is the rival of the main character [[Squall Leonhart]] and is [[dualism|the mirror image of him]] in many ways.
   
 
==Profile==
 
==Profile==
{{Q|One of the top fighters of the Garden. His temperament kept him from becoming a SeeD member. Uses a gunblade.|[[Libra (ability)|Scan]] description as a player character}}
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{{Q|One of the top fighters of the Garden. His temperament kept him from becoming a SeeD member. Uses a gunblade.|[[Libra (ability)|Scan]] describing Seifer as a player character<!--not his boss scan-->}}
poopy head is famous around [[Balamb Garden]] for being skillful in battle, but his stubborn, arrogant, reckless, and unpredictable nature has kept him from completing the [[SeeD]] exam. Aside from Squall, poopy head is the only [[Gunblade (weapon type)|gunblade]] specialist in the [[Garden]]. Even though they both brandish a gunblade, Squall and poopy head fighting styles are different, with Squall wielding his with two hands, whereas Poopy head uses his single-handedly. poopy head's [[Triple Triad (Final Fantasy VIII)|Triple Triad]] card is a mirror of Squall's, both having the same numbers.
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Seifer is famous around [[Balamb Garden]] for being skillful in battle, but his stubborn, arrogant, reckless, and unpredictable nature has kept him from completing the [[SeeD]] exam. Aside from Squall, Seifer is the only [[Gunblade (weapon type)|gunblade]] specialist in the [[Garden]]. Even though they both brandish a gunblade, Squall and Seifer's fighting styles are different, with Squall wielding his with two hands, whereas Seifer uses his single-handedly. Seifer's [[Triple Triad (Final Fantasy VIII)|Triple Triad]] card is a mirror of Squall's, both having the same numbers.
   
 
===Appearance===
 
===Appearance===
[[File:Ff8-seifer.jpg|150px|left|thumb|A sketch of poopy head Almasy.]]
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[[File:Ff8-seifer.jpg|150px|left|thumb|A sketch of Seifer Almasy.]]
poopy head has short blond hair, blue-green eyes and a scar across his forehead and nose received from Squall as retaliation during a duel. Poopy head
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Seifer has short blond hair, blue-green eyes, and a scar across his forehead and nose received from Squall as retaliation during a duel. Seifer wears a blue vest with a cross design lined in white, a gray coat with an emblem resembling the symbol of the [[wikipedia:Cross of Saint James|Cross of Saint James]] on the sleeves, black gloves and boots and a silver chain with a tag. The coat hem eventually frays. The cross is Seifer's symbol as much as the [[Wing (term)#Final Fantasy VIII|angel wings]] are [[Rinoa Heartilly|Rinoa's]], and the [[Griever (Final Fantasy VIII)|Griever]] is Squall's.
wears a blue vest with a cross design lined in white, a gray coat with an emblem resembling the symbol of the [[wikipedia:Cross of Saint James|Cross of Saint James]] on the sleeves, black gloves and boots and a silver chain with a tag. The cross is poopy head's symbol as much as the [[Wing (term)#Final Fantasy VIII|angel wings]] are [[Rinoa Heartilly|Rinoa's]] and the [[Griever (Final Fantasy VIII)|Griever]] is Squall's.
 
   
As Squall's rival poopy head appearance is directly opposite in many ways. His hair color is light, as opposed to Squall's brown. His chin is square whereas Squall's is oval. The color scheme of their clothing is opposite, as well as their coat lengths. Both have a facial scar inflicted during a duel; the scars are mirror images with poopy head pointing up-left (from his point of view) while Squall's points down-right.
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As Squall's rival Seifer's appearance is directly opposite in many ways. His hair color is light, as opposed to Squall's brown. His chin is square whereas Squall is oval. The color scheme of their clothing is inverse, as well as their coat lengths. Both have a facial scar inflicted during a duel; the scars are mirror images with Seifer's pointing up-left (from his point of view) while Squall's points down-right.
   
 
His choice of attire of a white coat with a red cross may allude to the real world [[wikipedia:Knights Templar|Knights Templar]].
 
His choice of attire of a white coat with a red cross may allude to the real world [[wikipedia:Knights Templar|Knights Templar]].
   
In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Poopy head wears a gray long sleeveless coat with a short blue vest that shows his lower abs, brown baggy trousers with a matching brown tie and black combat boots. He wears a black bonnet hat with a gray stylized kanji of at the center.
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In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Seifer wears a gray long sleeveless coat with a short blue vest that shows his lower abs, brown baggy trousers with a matching brown tie and black combat boots. He wears a black bonnet hat with a gray stylized kanji of 俺 (oneself, me, I) at the center.
   
 
===Personality===
 
===Personality===
[[File poopy head Dream.jpg|thumb|poopy and his craptastic dream.]]
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[[File:Seifer Dream.jpg|thumb|Seifer and his dream.]]
There are many parallels between poopy head and Squall. Even though they are rivals battling to prove their superiority, they have an unspoken respect for each other's prowess. poopy head is a loud and outspoken rebel, while Squall is a silent, strict rule follower. Both are nigh-equally skilled in using the gunblade, but poopy head's temper often leaves him losing to Squall. Poopy head's hypnotized friends, [[Raijin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Raijin]] and [[Fujin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Fujin]], call themselves a "posse", whereas Squall is a loner.
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There are many parallels between Seifer and Squall. Even though they are rivals battling to prove their superiority, they have an unspoken respect for each other's prowess. Seifer is a loud and outspoken rebel, while Squall is a silent, strict rule follower. Both are nigh-equally skilled in using the gunblade, but Seifer's temper often leaves him losing to Squall. Seifer's friends, [[Raijin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Raijin]] and [[Fujin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Fujin]], call themselves a "posse," whereas Squall is a loner.
   
Although he is belligerent and rude with delusions of grandeur, poopy head is troubled rather than bad. He is twisted by the [[Sorceress (Final Fantasy VIII)|sorceress's]] power, and pursues a warped version of his dream, although the degree to which he is controlled or influenced by her power is left ambiguous. He has been bullying other kids since he was young, and is considered a "problem child" by the Garden staff. He defies authority figures and considers that others should defer to taking orders from him. He acts impulsively and his rash decisions get him into trouble until he feels he can no longer back out.
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Although he is belligerent and rude with delusions of grandeur, Seifer is troubled rather than evil. He is twisted by the [[Sorceress (Final Fantasy VIII)|sorceress's]] power, and pursues a warped version of his dream, although the degree to which he is controlled or influenced by her power is left ambiguous. He has been bullying other kids since he was young and is considered a "problem child" by the Garden staff. He defies authority figures and believes that others should defer to taking orders from him. He acts impulsively, and his rash decisions get him into trouble until he feels he can no longer back out.
   
Poopy head displays some terrible traits as he's the first to become a big fat AZZZHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!
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Seifer displays some positive traits, as he's the first to clap in congratulation for the new SeeDs despite not making SeeD himself. He also becomes angry upon hearing that only three rookie SeeDs were sent off on an unreasonable mission with a vague time limit, and rushes to help.
 
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[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer1.jpg|right|thumb|Seifer as a child in Edea's Orphanage.]]
 
[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer1.jpg|right|thumb|Seifer as a child in Edea's Orphanage.]]
Poopy head is an 18-year-old orphan who was born during the [[Sorceress War]] and sent to [[Edea's Orphanage]]. From a young age he bullied the other orphans, especially [[Zell Dincht|Zell]] since he bullied other kids.He was enrolled in Balamb Garden where he studied to become a butthole. Poopy head would forget his past in the orphanage due to the [[Amnesia (term)#Final Fantasy VIII|memory loss]] using [[Guardian Force]]s causes.
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Seifer is an 18-year-old orphan who was born during the [[Sorceress War]] and sent to [[Edea's Orphanage]]. From a young age, he bullied the other orphans, especially [[Zell Dincht|Zell]]. He was enrolled in Balamb Garden where he studied to become a SeeD. Seifer would forget his past in the orphanage due to the [[Amnesia (term)#Final Fantasy VIII|memory loss]] using [[Guardian Force]]s causes.
   
''[[Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania]]'' reveals that when poopy head was a child, a popular movie was released about a sorceress who defended her country, and the knight who protected her. The film was poopy head's favorite, and inspired his dream to become a [[Sorceress (Final Fantasy VIII)#Butthole |butthole]] himself, copying the selected weapon and battle pose of [[Laguna Loire|the actor]] who played the butthole in the film.
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''[[Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania]]'' reveals that a famous movie was released about a sorceress who defended her country, and [[Zefer|the knight who protected her]].<ref>{{Refwebsite| page url = https://thelifestream.net/lifestream-projects/translations/6043/ffviii-ultimania-and-related-translations-continue/| page name = Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania — and related — Translations Continue| site url = https://thelifestream.net| site name = TheLifestream| access time = 17:31, December 06, 2018 (UTC)}}</ref> Though not directly stated, it is implied the movie inspired Seifer's dream to become a [[Sorceress (Final Fantasy VIII)#Sorceress' knight|sorceress' knight]] himself, copying the weapon and battle pose of [[Laguna Loire|the actor]] who played the knight in the film.<!--in Dissidia Opera Omnia Seifer also says that he is Laguna's fan and the reason he uses a gunblade-->
   
At Balamb Garden, poopy head would form the [[Disciplinary Committee]] with his hypnotized friends Fujin and Raijin, abusing their power to give fellow students punishment and detention. poopy head became a rival to Squall Leonhart, who had also grown up in Edea's Orphanage before being enrolled in Balamb Garden, although neither remembers this. Of all the Garden students only poopy head and Squall chose a gunblade as their specialized weapon, and it can be presumed the two would often duel to hone their skills. Also poopy head is the WORST gunblade user ever.
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At Balamb Garden, Seifer would form the [[disciplinary committee]] with his friends Fujin and Raijin, abusing their power to give fellow students punishment and detention. Seifer became a rival to Squall Leonhart, who had also grown up in Edea's Orphanage before being enrolled in Balamb Garden, although neither remembers this. Of all the Garden students, only Seifer and Squall chose a gunblade as their specialized weapon.
   
[[File:Squal versus poopy head.jpg|left|thumb|Squall and Poopy head sparring.]]
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[[File:Squal versus Seifer.jpg|left|thumb|Squall and Seifer sparring.]]
Even though poopy head had great potential to become a SeeD, his behavior made him fail the exams, and he was labeled a "problem child". poopy head developed a "wet dream" about becoming a butthole and borrowed several books from the Balamb Garden [[Library#Final Fantasy VIII|library]] related to the subject. When he was seventeen, poopy raped [[Rinoa Heartilly]], a girl working in a resistance group to free the occupied nation of [[Timber]]. By the age of eighteen, poopy head is in instructor [[Quistis Trepe]]'s class, but has little respect for his young teacher, and openly defies her.
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Even though Seifer had great potential to become a SeeD, his behavior made him fail the exams, and he was labeled a "problem child." Seifer's "romantic dream" is to become a sorceress' knight and he has borrowed books from the Balamb Garden [[Library#Final Fantasy VIII|library]] related to the subject. When he was seventeen, Seifer dated [[Rinoa Heartilly]], a girl working in a resistance group to free the occupied nation of [[Timber]]. By the age of eighteen, Seifer is in instructor [[Quistis Trepe]]'s class but has little respect for his young teacher, and openly defies her.
   
On the morning of a SeeD exam poopy head and Squall duel on a rocky field near Balamb Garden and Seifer casts a Fire spell sending Squall to the ground. He strikes at Squall's face, giving him a bloody scar. As poopy head lets his guard down, Squall retaliates, leaving a mirrored scar on poopy head's face.Which he deserves.
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On the morning of a SeeD exam, Seifer and Squall duel on a rocky field near Balamb Garden and Seifer casts a Fire spell sending Squall to the ground. He strikes at Squall's face, giving him a bloody scar. As Seifer lets his guard down, Squall retaliates, leaving a mirrored scar on Seifer's face.
   
For the SeeD field examination on that day, Squall and Zell, with poopy head as their leader, form Squad B in the [[Siege of Dollet]]. poopy head begrudges having Squall and Zell in his team and declares that the Squad B rule is to follow his command. Unlike the others Poopy head does not wear the the cadet uniform for the mission, and during the [[SeeD Assault Boat|boat]] trip to [[Dollet]] acts indifferent and bored when [[Xu]] explains their objective, dissatisfied his squad was not given a more important task than securing the central square.
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For the SeeD field examination on that day, Squall and Zell, with Seifer as their leader, form Squad B in the [[Siege of Dollet]]. Seifer begrudges having Squall and Zell in his team and declares that the Squad B rule is to follow his command. Unlike the others Seifer does not wear the cadet uniform for the mission, and during the [[SeeD Assault Boat|boat]] trip to [[Dollet]] acts indifferent and bored when [[Xu]] explains their objective, dissatisfied his squad was not given a more critical task than securing the central square.
   
[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer5.jpg|thumb|poopy head and his hypnotized squad arrive.]]
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[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer5.jpg|thumb|Seifer and his squad arrive.]]
Upon arriving to Dollet poopy head leads his squad to their post on the central square, and upon clearing it of enemy soldiers becomes frustrated with the following idleness. They spy the [[Galbadia]]ns heading to the mountains toward a radio tower, and, acting on impulse, decides to abandon their assigned position, with Squall and Zell following behind. poopy head goes on ahead leaving Squall and Zell behind when [[Delphine Tilmitt]] catches up with the them, bearing a message to the squad leader.
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Upon entering Dollet, Seifer leads his team to their post on the central square, and upon clearing it of enemy soldiers becomes frustrated with the following idleness. They spy the [[Galbadia]]ns heading to the mountains toward a radio tower, and, acting on impulse, decides to abandon their assigned position, with Squall and Zell following behind. Seifer goes on ahead, leaving Squall and Zell behind when [[Selphie Tilmitt]] catches up with them, bearing a message to the squad leader.
   
Poopy head single-handedly clears the radio tower of soldiers before taking the elevator to the top, where the squad finds [[Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy VIII)|Biggs and Wedge]] activating the tower. Selphie delivers the withdrawal order to poopy head, announcing they only have 30 minutes until the boats will leave. poopy head is furious they are ordered to withdraw when there are still enemy forces around, but is unwilling to be left behind. He again abandons his team to make his way back to the beach on his own, leaving Squall, Zell and Selphie to fight the [[X-ATM092]] sent to pursue them.
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Seifer single-handedly clears the radio tower of soldiers before taking the elevator to the top, where the squad finds [[Biggs and Wedge (Final Fantasy VIII)|Biggs and Wedge]] activating the tower. Selphie delivers the withdrawal order to Seifer, announcing they only have 30 minutes until the boats will leave. Seifer is furious they are ordered to withdraw when there are still enemy forces around but is unwilling to be left behind. He again abandons his team to make his way back to the beach on his own, leaving Squall, Zell and Selphie to fight the [[X-ATM092]] sent to pursue them.
   
Everyone makes it back to the beach to withdraw in time, and upon arriving in Balamb Harbor Poopy head complains about his squad members' incompetence to Fujin and Raijin who had arrived to greet him. Poopy head takes the [[SeeD Personal Carrier Vehicle]] back to the Garden leaving Squall and Zell to walk their way back. The exam results are announced, but because of poopy head's disobedience during the engagement he fails and grudgingly applauds Squall, Zell and Selphie, all of whom pass.
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Everyone makes it back to the beach to withdraw in time, and upon arriving in Balamb Harbor, Seifer complains about his squad members' incompetence to Fujin and Raijin who had arrived to greet him. Seifer takes the [[SeeD Personal Carrier Vehicle]] back to the Garden, leaving Squall and Zell to walk their way back. The exam results are announced, but because of Seifer's disobedience during the engagement he fails and grudgingly applauds Squall, Zell and Selphie, all of whom pass.
   
[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer6.jpg|left|thumb|poopy head's takes the President Vinzer Deling hostage.]]
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[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer6.jpg|left|thumb|Seifer takes the President Vinzer Deling hostage.]]
While poopy head is sent to be disciplined for his actions Squall, Zell and Selphie are assigned their first SeeD mission: to aid the resistance faction [[Forest Owls]] free the occupied nation of Timber. Rinoa, whom poopy head had introduced to SeeD to hire them, is a member of said faction. Having heard of this mission, poopy head breaks out of the discipline room injuring many in the process, and embarks to assist the Forest Owls by holding the [[Vinzer Deling|President of Galbadia]] hostage during a broadcast from the Timber TV Station. Backed into a corner and watched on by Squall, Zell, Selphie and Quistis—poopy head's former teacher who had been sent to retrieve him—poopy head's is saved by [[Edea Kramer|Sorceress Edea]]. Appealing to Seifer's darker side, she convinces him to follow her. Seifer is announced executed by the Galbadian government and Rinoa reveals her past with Seifer to Squall and his party.
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While Seifer is sent to be disciplined for his actions Squall, Zell and Selphie are assigned their first SeeD mission: to aid the resistance faction [[Forest Owls]] free the occupied nation of Timber. Rinoa, whom Seifer had introduced to SeeD to hire them, is a member of said faction. Having heard of this mission, Seifer breaks out of the discipline room injuring many in the process, and embarks to assist the Forest Owls by holding the [[Vinzer Deling|President of Galbadia]] hostage during a broadcast from the Timber TV Station. Backed into a corner and watched on by Squall, Zell, Selphie, and Quistis—Seifer's former teacher who had been sent to retrieve him—Seifer is saved by [[Edea Kramer|Sorceress Edea]]. Appealing to Seifer's darker side, she convinces him to follow her. Seifer is announced executed by the Galbadian government, and Rinoa reveals her past with Seifer to Squall and his party.
   
Seifer is believed dead until he shows up in [[Deling City]], standing at Edea's side having become her sorceress' knight. Squall, with their new ally, [[Galbadia Garden]] sniper [[Irvine Kinneas]], had been assigned to assassinate the sorceress during her welcoming parade. Despite having been saddened by the news of his death, Rinoa acts indifferent when informed Seifer is alive but that he may soon be killed by Squall. Edea blocks Irvine's shot with a spell and Squall breaks into the sorceress's parade to fight her one-on-one. Seifer stops him and, declaring his new status as hero and sorceress' knight, fights Squall. After Seifer's defeat, Squall fights Edea who casts [[Ice Strike]], piercing Squall's shoulder and rendering him unconscious.
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Seifer is believed dead until he shows up in [[Deling City]], standing at Edea's side having become her sorceress' knight. Squall, with their new ally, [[Galbadia Garden]] sniper [[Irvine Kinneas]], had been assigned to assassinate the sorceress during her welcoming parade. Despite having been saddened by the news of his death, Rinoa acts indifferent when informed Seifer is alive but that he may soon be killed by Squall. Edea blocks Irvine's shot with a spell and Squall breaks into the sorceress's parade to fight her one-on-one. Seifer stops him, declaring his new status as hero and sorceress' knight. After Seifer's defeat, Squall fights Edea who casts [[Ice Strike]], piercing Squall's shoulder and rendering him unconscious.
   
 
[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer2.jpg|thumb|Seifer tortures Squall for information on SeeD's intended purpose.]]
 
[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer2.jpg|thumb|Seifer tortures Squall for information on SeeD's intended purpose.]]
When Squall comes to in Galbadia's [[D-District Prison]], he is transported to the torture room by Seifer who interrogates him for the truth about SeeD. Edea wants to know why the SeeD persecute sorceresses, but Squall, who knows SeeD only as a general mercenary force, does not understand the question. While Squall later escapes with his friends, Seifer, now head of the Galbadian Army (formerly headed by [[Fury Caraway]]), takes over Galbadia Garden under Edea's orders. Enabling the Garden's mobile functions he embarks on a search for a girl named [[Ellone]] whom his sorceress wishes to find.
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When Squall comes to in Galbadia's [[D-District Prison]], he is transported to the torture room by Seifer who interrogates him for the truth about SeeD. Edea wants to know why the SeeD persecute sorceresses, but Squall, who knows SeeD only as a general mercenary force, does not understand the question. While Squall later escapes with his friends, Seifer, now head of the Galbadian Army (formerly headed by [[Fury Caraway]]), takes over Galbadia Garden under Edea's orders. Enabling the Garden's mobile functions, he embarks on a search for a girl named [[Ellone]] whom his sorceress wishes to find.
   
Galbadia Garden intercepts a similarly airborne Balamb Garden over the [[Centra]] continent near the ruins of Edea's Orphanage. With Seifer as commanding officer Galbadia Garden launches a [[Battle of the Gardens|full assault on Balamb Garden]]. The Balamb students and SeeDs turn the battle and infiltrate Galbadia Garden. Squall and his party confront Seifer, who is defeated and left unconscious and disgraced on the floor.
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Galbadia Garden intercepts a similarly airborne Balamb Garden over the [[Centra]] continent near the ruins of Edea's Orphanage. With Seifer as commanding officer, Galbadia Garden launches a [[Battle of the Gardens|full assault on Balamb Garden]]. The Balamb students and SeeDs turn the battle and infiltrate Galbadia Garden. Squall and his party confront Seifer, who is defeated and left unconscious and disgraced on the floor.
   
Squall's party defeats Edea who relinquishes her [[sorceress power]] to Rinoa, who, being [[Enthrallment|possessed]], revives Seifer and orders him to raise the [[Lunatic Pandora]]. During the entire ordeal Edea had been possessed by a sorceress from the future, [[Ultimecia]], but it is unknown at what point Seifer learned of this. Edea is no longer a sorceress yet Seifer continues to follow Ultimecia's orders. Ultimecia wishes to destroy the world via [[time compression]], but it is unknown if Seifer knows of her true goals.
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Squall's party defeats Edea who relinquishes her [[sorceress power]] to Rinoa, who, being [[Enthrallment|possessed]], revives Seifer and orders him to raise the [[Lunatic Pandora]]. During the entire ordeal Edea had been possessed by a sorceress from the future, [[Ultimecia]], but it is unknown at what point Seifer learned of this. Edea is no longer a sorceress, yet Seifer continues to follow Ultimecia's orders. Ultimecia wishes to destroy the [[Final Fantasy VIII world|world]] via [[time compression]], but it is unknown if Seifer knows of her actual goals.
   
Under Ultimecia's orders Seifer has the G-Forces resurrect the [[Esthar]] weapon Lunatic Pandora from the depths of the ocean. Restoring the device to active status he directs the pillar to be placed upon [[Tears' Point]], precipitating the [[Lunar Cry (Final Fantasy VIII)|Lunar Cry]] that [[Siege of Esthar|decimates Esthar City]] and brings [[Adel|Sorceress Adel's]] tomb down from the orbit to be a new host for Ultimecia. G-Forces recover Ellone from the [[Lunar Base]] escape pod crash site, and Seifer holds her hostage inside the Pandora for Ultimecia's use while waiting for Adel to recover.
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Under Ultimecia's orders, Seifer has the G-Forces resurrect the [[Esthar]] weapon Lunatic Pandora from the depths of the ocean. Restoring the device to active status he directs the pillar to be placed upon [[Tears' Point]], precipitating the [[Lunar Cry (Final Fantasy VIII)|Lunar Cry]] that [[Siege of Esthar|decimates Esthar City]] and brings [[Adel|Sorceress Adel's]] tomb down from the orbit to be a new host for Ultimecia. G-Forces recover Ellone from the [[Lunar Base]] escape pod crash site, and Seifer holds her hostage inside the Pandora for Ultimecia's use while waiting for Adel to recover.
   
Squall and his party invade the construct with an [[Ragnarok (Final Fantasy VIII)|Estharian airship]]. The toils have taken their toll on Seifer, as his hair is unkempt and his coat is blackened and falling apart. As the G-Forces begin to question their loyalty to Seifer, Fujin and Raijin, who up until now had followed him loyally, beg him to stop, and release Ellone.
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Squall and his party invade the construct with an [[Ragnarok (Final Fantasy VIII)|Estharian airship]]. The toils have taken their toll on Seifer, as his hair is unkempt and his coat is blackened and falling apart. As the G-Forces begin to question their loyalty to Seifer, Fujin, and Raijin, who up until now had followed him loyally, beg him to stop, and release Ellone.
   
 
[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer8.jpg|left|thumb|Seifer defeats Odin.]]
 
[[File:FF8ScreenshotSeifer8.jpg|left|thumb|Seifer defeats Odin.]]
Seifer claims it is too late to go back, and wishes them a good life as Fujin and Raijin depart and leave him to his own devices. Squall asks if he's still going to continue "with this knight thing" to which Seifer replies he's retired and now considers himself a young revolutionary, saying he's going to make it to the goal since he's come so far with no interest in sharing it with Squall. The two engage in battle and if Squall has obtained [[Odin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Odin]], Seifer bisects him when he is summoned and [[Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy VIII)|Gilgamesh]] takes his place, knocking Seifer down.
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Seifer claims it is too late to go back and wishes them a good life as Fujin and Raijin depart and leave him to his own devices. Squall asks if he's still going to continue "with this knight thing" to which Seifer replies he's retired and now considers himself a young revolutionary, saying he's going to make it to the goal since he's come so far with no interest in sharing it with Squall. The two engage in battle, and if Squall has obtained [[Odin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Odin]], Seifer bisects him when he is summoned and [[Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy VIII)|Gilgamesh]] takes his place, knocking Seifer down.
   
Despite his defeat, Seifer captures Rinoa and offers her to Ultimecia in the body of her new host, Sorceress Adel. Seifer flees the scene as Squall's party intervenes. After Squall's group defeats Ultimecia within Adel's body, Ellone helps Ultimecia cast time compression allowing Squall to [[Time travel|reach her era]] and defeat her. Seifer returns to [[Balamb Town]] with Fujin and Raijin where they spend a day fishing together. Raijin catches a fish and Seifer throws down his fishing rod in frustration, but Fujin kicks Raijin into the sea. Seifer laughs before looking up at the passing Balamb Garden with a smile on his face, implying he has put his hatred of them to rest and moved on.
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Despite his defeat, Seifer captures Rinoa and offers her to Ultimecia in the body of her new host, Sorceress Adel. Seifer flees the scene as Squall's party intervenes. After Squall's group defeats Ultimecia within Adel's body, Ellone helps Ultimecia cast time compression allowing Squall to [[Time travel|reach her era]] and beat her. Seifer returns to [[Balamb Town]] with Fujin and Raijin where they spend a day fishing together. Raijin catches a fish, and Seifer throws down his fishing rod in frustration, but Fujin kicks Raijin into the sea. Seifer laughs before looking up at the passing Balamb Garden with a smile on his face, implying he has put his hatred of them to rest and moved on.
 
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[[File:Seifer-ffviii-battle.png|right|100px|Character model.]]
 
{{main|/Gameplay|t1=Seifer Almasy gameplay}}
 
{{main|/Gameplay|t1=Seifer Almasy gameplay}}
Seifer appears first as a temporarily playable party member. He wields the [[List of Final Fantasy VIII weapons#Hyperion|Hyperion]] [[List of Final Fantasy VIII weapons#Gunblades|gunblade]], and like Squall, pressing {{button|ps|r1}} as he hits will boost his damage by 50%. His [[Limit Break (Final Fantasy VIII)|Limit Break]] is [[Fire Cross]], and he is the only character who can use it normally without being [[HP Critical]]. Only his first Fire Cross ability, No Mercy, can be used by the player when he is a playable character.
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Seifer appears first as a temporarily playable party member. He wields the [[Final Fantasy VIII weapons#Hyperion|Hyperion]] [[Final Fantasy VIII weapons#Gunblades|gunblade]], and like Squall, pressing {{button|ps|r1}} as he hits will boost his damage by 50%. His [[Limit Break (Final Fantasy VIII)|Limit Break]] is [[Fire Cross]], and he is the only character who can use it normally without being [[HP Critical]]. Only his first Fire Cross ability, No Mercy, can be used by the player when he is a playable character.
   
Seifer is also fought four times as a [[Seifer (boss)|boss]]. He uses [[List of Final Fantasy VIII elements#Fire|Fire]]-based attacks, and Fire [[Magic (Final Fantasy VIII)|spells]] can be drawn from him, as well as the rare [[Magic (Final Fantasy VIII)#Aura|Aura]] spell. If the party has [[Odin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Odin]] a cutscene will occur the last time Seifer is faced.
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Seifer is also fought four times as a [[Seifer (boss)|boss]]. He uses [[Final Fantasy VIII elements#Fire|Fire]]-based attacks, and Fire [[Magic (Final Fantasy VIII)|spells]] can be drawn from him, as well as the rare [[Aura (Final Fantasy VIII)|Aura]] spell. If the party has [[Odin (Final Fantasy VIII)|Odin]] a cutscene will occur the last time Seifer is faced.
   
As with other characters in the game, a [[Triple Triad (Final Fantasy VIII)|Triple Triad]] [[List of Final Fantasy VIII Triple Triad cards#Seifer|card]] based on Seifer can be obtained.
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As with other characters in the game, a [[Triple Triad (Final Fantasy VIII)|Triple Triad]] [[Final Fantasy VIII Triple Triad cards#Seifer|card]] based on Seifer can be obtained.
   
 
==Other appearances==
 
==Other appearances==
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*''[[/Other appearances#Dissidia Final Fantasy|Dissidia Final Fantasy]]'' as a cameo.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Dissidia Final Fantasy|Dissidia Final Fantasy]]'' as a cameo.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy|Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy]]'' as a cameo.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy|Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy]]'' as a cameo.
*''[[/Other appearances#Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia|Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia]]'' as a playable character.
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*''[[/Opera Omnia|Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia]]'' as a playable character.
*''[[/Other appearances#Theatrhythm Final Fantasy|Theatrhythm Final Fantasy]]'' as a playable character.
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*''[[/Theatrhythm|Theatrhythm Final Fantasy]]'' as a playable character.
*''[[/Other appearances#Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call|Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call]]'' as a playable character.
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*''[[/Theatrhythm|Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call]]'' as a playable character.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Pictlogica Final Fantasy|Pictlogica Final Fantasy]]'' as a playable character.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Pictlogica Final Fantasy|Pictlogica Final Fantasy]]'' as a playable character.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade|Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade]]'' as a summonable [[Legend (Airborne Brigade)|Legend]].
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade|Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade]]'' as a summonable [[Legend (Airborne Brigade)|Legend]].
*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy Artniks|Final Fantasy Artniks]]'' as a series of [[List of Final Fantasy Artniks cards|cards]].
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*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy Artniks|Final Fantasy Artniks]]'' as a series of [[Final Fantasy Artniks cards|cards]].
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy All the Bravest|Final Fantasy All the Bravest]]'' as a playable character.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy All the Bravest|Final Fantasy All the Bravest]]'' as a playable character.
*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy Record Keeper|Final Fantasy Record Keeper]]'' as a playable character.
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*''[[/Record Keeper|Final Fantasy Record Keeper]]'' as a playable character.
*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy Trading Card Game|Final Fantasy Trading Card Game]]'' as a series of [[List of Final Fantasy Trading Card Game cards|cards]].
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*''[[/Other appearances#Final Fantasy Trading Card Game|Final Fantasy Trading Card Game]]'' as a series of [[Final Fantasy Trading Card Game cards|cards]].
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Triple Triad|Triple Triad]]'' as a card.
 
*''[[/Other appearances#Triple Triad|Triple Triad]]'' as a card.
   
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{{main|/Other appearances#Guest appearances|t1=Seifer Almasy non-Final Fantasy appearances}}
 
Seifer has made key guest appearances in the following non-''Final Fantasy'' games:
 
Seifer has made key guest appearances in the following non-''Final Fantasy'' games:
*''[[Seifer Almasy/Other appearances#Kingdom Hearts|Kingdom Hearts]]'' as a support character.
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*''[[Seifer Almasy/Other appearances#Kingdom Hearts|Kingdom Hearts]]'' as a supporting character.
   
 
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==Other media==
 
==Other media==
 
[[File:GS2_Seifer.png|70px|right]]
 
[[File:GS2_Seifer.png|70px|right]]
A costume based on Seifer was released for the game ''[[wikipedia:Gunslinger Stratos 2|Gunslinger Stratos 2]]'' in November 2014.
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A costume based on Seifer was released for the game ''[[wikipedia:Gunslinger Stratos 2|Gunslinger Stratos 2]]'' in November 2014. Coincidentally, the character Aaron Burroughs shares Seifer's Japanese voice actor, Takehito Koyasu.
 
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==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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Seifer FFVIII Art.jpg|Concept art by [[Tetsuya Nomura]].
 
Seifer FFVIII Art.jpg|Concept art by [[Tetsuya Nomura]].
 
Ff8 amano12.jpg|Artwork by [[Yoshitaka Amano]].
 
Ff8 amano12.jpg|Artwork by [[Yoshitaka Amano]].
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FFVIII Promo Art 2.jpg|Promotional artwork.
 
FFVIII Promo Art 2.jpg|Promotional artwork.
 
BW Seifer.jpg|Seifer with the Hyperion in the intro credits.
 
BW Seifer.jpg|Seifer with the Hyperion in the intro credits.
Wal VIII 07 clean.jpg|Seifer artwork.
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Wal VIII 07 clean.jpg|Artwork.
Seifer parade.jpg|Seifer in a parade.
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Seifer parade.jpg|Seifer in the parade.
Seifer_Sorceress_Knight.png|Seifer in a parade.
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Seifer_Sorceress_Knight.png|Seifer in the parade.
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Seifer Almasy from FFVIII Remastered.png|Seifer confronts Squall at the parade.
 
Battle of the Gardens Seifer.jpg|Seifer leads the G-Forces.
 
Battle of the Gardens Seifer.jpg|Seifer leads the G-Forces.
 
FF8ScreenshotSeifer7.jpg|Seifer tries his hand at fishing.
 
FF8ScreenshotSeifer7.jpg|Seifer tries his hand at fishing.
 
Seifer smile.jpg|Seifer smiles.
 
Seifer smile.jpg|Seifer smiles.
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Seifer confronts Squall at the prison from FFVIII R.png|''Final Fantasy VIII Remastered''.
 
RealTT109.png|[[Triple Triad (Final Fantasy VIII)|Triple Triad]] card.
 
RealTT109.png|[[Triple Triad (Final Fantasy VIII)|Triple Triad]] card.
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Seifer Victory Pose.gif|[[Final Fantasy VIII battle poses|Victory pose]].
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{{Etym|Seifer}}
 
{{Etym|Seifer}}
   
{{Etym|Almasy}} [[Refine|Refining]] Seifer's Triple Triad card yields [[List of Final Fantasy VIII items#Diamond Armor|Diamond Armor]].
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{{Etym|Almasy}} [[Refine|Refining]] Seifer's Triple Triad card yields [[Final Fantasy VIII items#Diamond Armor|Diamond Armor]].
   
Cifer, Seifer's German name, comes from [[wikipedia:Cipher|Cipher]], a type of encryption normally hard to read or understand without the original producer's clues. The spelling was most likely changed because ''Seife'' is the German word for "soap," thus ''Seifer'' can be understood as an [[wikipedia:agent noun|agent noun]] "soaper."
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Cifer, Seifer's German name, comes from [[wikipedia:Cipher|Cipher]], a type of encryption ordinarily hard to read or understand without the original producer's clues. The spelling was most likely changed because ''Seife'' is the German word for "soap," thus ''Seifer'' can be understood as an [[wikipedia:agent noun|agent noun]] "soaper."
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
<!--Do not put the "trivia" that Seifer might be Cid and Edea's son here! There is no proof and speculation is frowned upon.-->
 
<!--Do not put the "trivia" that Seifer might be Cid and Edea's son here! There is no proof and speculation is frowned upon.-->
*Seifer uses a power similar to [[Magic (term)|magic]], though in-game information confirms he does not use real magic, but [[wikipedia:Qi|chi]]-based attacks.
 
 
*The red cross usually worn by Seifer is a variant of the ''Cruz de Santiago'' ([[wikipedia:Cross of Saint James|Cross of Saint James]]), the emblem of an ancient Spanish order designated to protect the European pilgrims from the Muslims of the Iberian Peninsula.
 
*The red cross usually worn by Seifer is a variant of the ''Cruz de Santiago'' ([[wikipedia:Cross of Saint James|Cross of Saint James]]), the emblem of an ancient Spanish order designated to protect the European pilgrims from the Muslims of the Iberian Peninsula.
 
*Seifer is the second-eldest character from the "orphanage gang," the eldest being Quistis.
 
*Seifer is the second-eldest character from the "orphanage gang," the eldest being Quistis.
 
*Although Seifer forms a posse with Fujin and Raijin, the player never gets to fight all three of them in the same battle.
 
*Although Seifer forms a posse with Fujin and Raijin, the player never gets to fight all three of them in the same battle.
*Seifer uses the more traditional meaning of "romantic," which can cause some confusion over the meaning of his "romantic dream".
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*Seifer uses the more traditional meaning of "romantic," which can cause some confusion over the meaning of his "romantic dream." [[wikipedia:Romanticism|Romanticism]] was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature.
*During the parade, Seifer is usually seen on the float with Edea during the FMVs, however, he appears to have momentarily vanished for one scene.
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*During the parade, Seifer is usually seen on the float with Edea during the FMVs; however, he appears to have momentarily vanished for one scene.
*On May 30th, 2012, [http://www.finalfantasy.jp/ official website] for ''[[Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary]]'', in the character section dedicated to ''Final Fantasy VIII'', Seifer's katakana was correct while his English name was translated to "[[Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)|Sephiroth]]." As of May 31st, 2012, [[Square Enix]] corrected the error.
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*On May 30th, 2012, [http://www.finalfantasy.jp/ official website] for ''[[Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary]]'', in the character section dedicated to ''Final Fantasy VIII'', Seifer's katakana was correct while his English name was translated to "[[Sephiroth]]." As of May 31st, 2012, [[Square Enix]] corrected the error.
   
 
==References==
 
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The way I see it, as long as you come out of the battle alive, you're one step closer to your dream.
—Seifer Almasy

Seifer Almasy is a temporary playable character and one of the main antagonists in Final Fantasy VIII. He is the rival of the main character Squall Leonhart and is the mirror image of him in many ways.

ProfileEdit

One of the top fighters of the Garden. His temperament kept him from becoming a SeeD member. Uses a gunblade.
Scan describing Seifer as a player character

Seifer is famous around Balamb Garden for being skillful in battle, but his stubborn, arrogant, reckless, and unpredictable nature has kept him from completing the SeeD exam. Aside from Squall, Seifer is the only gunblade specialist in the Garden. Even though they both brandish a gunblade, Squall and Seifer's fighting styles are different, with Squall wielding his with two hands, whereas Seifer uses his single-handedly. Seifer's Triple Triad card is a mirror of Squall's, both having the same numbers.

AppearanceEdit

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A sketch of Seifer Almasy.

Seifer has short blond hair, blue-green eyes, and a scar across his forehead and nose received from Squall as retaliation during a duel. Seifer wears a blue vest with a cross design lined in white, a gray coat with an emblem resembling the symbol of the Cross of Saint James on the sleeves, black gloves and boots and a silver chain with a tag. The coat hem eventually frays. The cross is Seifer's symbol as much as the angel wings are Rinoa's, and the Griever is Squall's.

As Squall's rival Seifer's appearance is directly opposite in many ways. His hair color is light, as opposed to Squall's brown. His chin is square whereas Squall is oval. The color scheme of their clothing is inverse, as well as their coat lengths. Both have a facial scar inflicted during a duel; the scars are mirror images with Seifer's pointing up-left (from his point of view) while Squall's points down-right.

His choice of attire of a white coat with a red cross may allude to the real world Knights Templar.

In Kingdom Hearts II, Seifer wears a gray long sleeveless coat with a short blue vest that shows his lower abs, brown baggy trousers with a matching brown tie and black combat boots. He wears a black bonnet hat with a gray stylized kanji of 俺 (oneself, me, I) at the center.

PersonalityEdit

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Seifer and his dream.

There are many parallels between Seifer and Squall. Even though they are rivals battling to prove their superiority, they have an unspoken respect for each other's prowess. Seifer is a loud and outspoken rebel, while Squall is a silent, strict rule follower. Both are nigh-equally skilled in using the gunblade, but Seifer's temper often leaves him losing to Squall. Seifer's friends, Raijin and Fujin, call themselves a "posse," whereas Squall is a loner.

Although he is belligerent and rude with delusions of grandeur, Seifer is troubled rather than evil. He is twisted by the sorceress's power, and pursues a warped version of his dream, although the degree to which he is controlled or influenced by her power is left ambiguous. He has been bullying other kids since he was young and is considered a "problem child" by the Garden staff. He defies authority figures and believes that others should defer to taking orders from him. He acts impulsively, and his rash decisions get him into trouble until he feels he can no longer back out.

Seifer displays some positive traits, as he's the first to clap in congratulation for the new SeeDs despite not making SeeD himself. He also becomes angry upon hearing that only three rookie SeeDs were sent off on an unreasonable mission with a vague time limit, and rushes to help.

StoryEdit

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Seifer as a child in Edea's Orphanage.

Seifer is an 18-year-old orphan who was born during the Sorceress War and sent to Edea's Orphanage. From a young age, he bullied the other orphans, especially Zell. He was enrolled in Balamb Garden where he studied to become a SeeD. Seifer would forget his past in the orphanage due to the memory loss using Guardian Forces causes.

Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania reveals that a famous movie was released about a sorceress who defended her country, and the knight who protected her.[2] Though not directly stated, it is implied the movie inspired Seifer's dream to become a sorceress' knight himself, copying the weapon and battle pose of the actor who played the knight in the film.

At Balamb Garden, Seifer would form the disciplinary committee with his friends Fujin and Raijin, abusing their power to give fellow students punishment and detention. Seifer became a rival to Squall Leonhart, who had also grown up in Edea's Orphanage before being enrolled in Balamb Garden, although neither remembers this. Of all the Garden students, only Seifer and Squall chose a gunblade as their specialized weapon.

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Squall and Seifer sparring.

Even though Seifer had great potential to become a SeeD, his behavior made him fail the exams, and he was labeled a "problem child." Seifer's "romantic dream" is to become a sorceress' knight and he has borrowed books from the Balamb Garden library related to the subject. When he was seventeen, Seifer dated Rinoa Heartilly, a girl working in a resistance group to free the occupied nation of Timber. By the age of eighteen, Seifer is in instructor Quistis Trepe's class but has little respect for his young teacher, and openly defies her.

On the morning of a SeeD exam, Seifer and Squall duel on a rocky field near Balamb Garden and Seifer casts a Fire spell sending Squall to the ground. He strikes at Squall's face, giving him a bloody scar. As Seifer lets his guard down, Squall retaliates, leaving a mirrored scar on Seifer's face.

For the SeeD field examination on that day, Squall and Zell, with Seifer as their leader, form Squad B in the Siege of Dollet. Seifer begrudges having Squall and Zell in his team and declares that the Squad B rule is to follow his command. Unlike the others Seifer does not wear the cadet uniform for the mission, and during the boat trip to Dollet acts indifferent and bored when Xu explains their objective, dissatisfied his squad was not given a more critical task than securing the central square.

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Seifer and his squad arrive.

Upon entering Dollet, Seifer leads his team to their post on the central square, and upon clearing it of enemy soldiers becomes frustrated with the following idleness. They spy the Galbadians heading to the mountains toward a radio tower, and, acting on impulse, decides to abandon their assigned position, with Squall and Zell following behind. Seifer goes on ahead, leaving Squall and Zell behind when Selphie Tilmitt catches up with them, bearing a message to the squad leader.

Seifer single-handedly clears the radio tower of soldiers before taking the elevator to the top, where the squad finds Biggs and Wedge activating the tower. Selphie delivers the withdrawal order to Seifer, announcing they only have 30 minutes until the boats will leave. Seifer is furious they are ordered to withdraw when there are still enemy forces around but is unwilling to be left behind. He again abandons his team to make his way back to the beach on his own, leaving Squall, Zell and Selphie to fight the X-ATM092 sent to pursue them.

Everyone makes it back to the beach to withdraw in time, and upon arriving in Balamb Harbor, Seifer complains about his squad members' incompetence to Fujin and Raijin who had arrived to greet him. Seifer takes the SeeD Personal Carrier Vehicle back to the Garden, leaving Squall and Zell to walk their way back. The exam results are announced, but because of Seifer's disobedience during the engagement he fails and grudgingly applauds Squall, Zell and Selphie, all of whom pass.

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Seifer takes the President Vinzer Deling hostage.

While Seifer is sent to be disciplined for his actions Squall, Zell and Selphie are assigned their first SeeD mission: to aid the resistance faction Forest Owls free the occupied nation of Timber. Rinoa, whom Seifer had introduced to SeeD to hire them, is a member of said faction. Having heard of this mission, Seifer breaks out of the discipline room injuring many in the process, and embarks to assist the Forest Owls by holding the President of Galbadia hostage during a broadcast from the Timber TV Station. Backed into a corner and watched on by Squall, Zell, Selphie, and Quistis—Seifer's former teacher who had been sent to retrieve him—Seifer is saved by Sorceress Edea. Appealing to Seifer's darker side, she convinces him to follow her. Seifer is announced executed by the Galbadian government, and Rinoa reveals her past with Seifer to Squall and his party.

Seifer is believed dead until he shows up in Deling City, standing at Edea's side having become her sorceress' knight. Squall, with their new ally, Galbadia Garden sniper Irvine Kinneas, had been assigned to assassinate the sorceress during her welcoming parade. Despite having been saddened by the news of his death, Rinoa acts indifferent when informed Seifer is alive but that he may soon be killed by Squall. Edea blocks Irvine's shot with a spell and Squall breaks into the sorceress's parade to fight her one-on-one. Seifer stops him, declaring his new status as hero and sorceress' knight. After Seifer's defeat, Squall fights Edea who casts Ice Strike, piercing Squall's shoulder and rendering him unconscious.

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Seifer tortures Squall for information on SeeD's intended purpose.

When Squall comes to in Galbadia's D-District Prison, he is transported to the torture room by Seifer who interrogates him for the truth about SeeD. Edea wants to know why the SeeD persecute sorceresses, but Squall, who knows SeeD only as a general mercenary force, does not understand the question. While Squall later escapes with his friends, Seifer, now head of the Galbadian Army (formerly headed by Fury Caraway), takes over Galbadia Garden under Edea's orders. Enabling the Garden's mobile functions, he embarks on a search for a girl named Ellone whom his sorceress wishes to find.

Galbadia Garden intercepts a similarly airborne Balamb Garden over the Centra continent near the ruins of Edea's Orphanage. With Seifer as commanding officer, Galbadia Garden launches a full assault on Balamb Garden. The Balamb students and SeeDs turn the battle and infiltrate Galbadia Garden. Squall and his party confront Seifer, who is defeated and left unconscious and disgraced on the floor.

Squall's party defeats Edea who relinquishes her sorceress power to Rinoa, who, being possessed, revives Seifer and orders him to raise the Lunatic Pandora. During the entire ordeal Edea had been possessed by a sorceress from the future, Ultimecia, but it is unknown at what point Seifer learned of this. Edea is no longer a sorceress, yet Seifer continues to follow Ultimecia's orders. Ultimecia wishes to destroy the world via time compression, but it is unknown if Seifer knows of her actual goals.

Under Ultimecia's orders, Seifer has the G-Forces resurrect the Esthar weapon Lunatic Pandora from the depths of the ocean. Restoring the device to active status he directs the pillar to be placed upon Tears' Point, precipitating the Lunar Cry that decimates Esthar City and brings Sorceress Adel's tomb down from the orbit to be a new host for Ultimecia. G-Forces recover Ellone from the Lunar Base escape pod crash site, and Seifer holds her hostage inside the Pandora for Ultimecia's use while waiting for Adel to recover.

Squall and his party invade the construct with an Estharian airship. The toils have taken their toll on Seifer, as his hair is unkempt and his coat is blackened and falling apart. As the G-Forces begin to question their loyalty to Seifer, Fujin, and Raijin, who up until now had followed him loyally, beg him to stop, and release Ellone.

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Seifer defeats Odin.

Seifer claims it is too late to go back and wishes them a good life as Fujin and Raijin depart and leave him to his own devices. Squall asks if he's still going to continue "with this knight thing" to which Seifer replies he's retired and now considers himself a young revolutionary, saying he's going to make it to the goal since he's come so far with no interest in sharing it with Squall. The two engage in battle, and if Squall has obtained Odin, Seifer bisects him when he is summoned and Gilgamesh takes his place, knocking Seifer down.

Despite his defeat, Seifer captures Rinoa and offers her to Ultimecia in the body of her new host, Sorceress Adel. Seifer flees the scene as Squall's party intervenes. After Squall's group defeats Ultimecia within Adel's body, Ellone helps Ultimecia cast time compression allowing Squall to reach her era and beat her. Seifer returns to Balamb Town with Fujin and Raijin where they spend a day fishing together. Raijin catches a fish, and Seifer throws down his fishing rod in frustration, but Fujin kicks Raijin into the sea. Seifer laughs before looking up at the passing Balamb Garden with a smile on his face, implying he has put his hatred of them to rest and moved on.

Spoilers end here.

GameplayEdit

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Seifer appears first as a temporarily playable party member. He wields the Hyperion gunblade, and like Squall, pressing R1 as he hits will boost his damage by 50%. His Limit Break is Fire Cross, and he is the only character who can use it normally without being HP Critical. Only his first Fire Cross ability, No Mercy, can be used by the player when he is a playable character.

Seifer is also fought four times as a boss. He uses Fire-based attacks, and Fire spells can be drawn from him, as well as the rare Aura spell. If the party has Odin a cutscene will occur the last time Seifer is faced.

As with other characters in the game, a Triple Triad card based on Seifer can be obtained.

Other appearancesEdit

Seifer has made appearances in the following games in the Final Fantasy series:

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit

Seifer has made key guest appearances in the following non-Final Fantasy games:

Other mediaEdit

GS2 Seifer

A costume based on Seifer was released for the game Gunslinger Stratos 2 in November 2014. Coincidentally, the character Aaron Burroughs shares Seifer's Japanese voice actor, Takehito Koyasu.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Seifer could be based on the Semitic root s-y-f, seen in Arabic سيف (seif), Hebrew סיף (sayif), and Maltese sejf meaning "sword" or "saber". "Seifer" is also a variant of the name Siegfried (meaning victory and peace); a German first name.

Almasy may derive from the common Hungarian family name Almásy (pronounced [ɒlmaːʃi]). It means "related to or from [the land] of apples". The word "Almasy" is the English transliteration of the Persian word الماسی (which has the same pronunciation), which means "of or pertaining to diamond". Refining Seifer's Triple Triad card yields Diamond Armor.

Cifer, Seifer's German name, comes from Cipher, a type of encryption ordinarily hard to read or understand without the original producer's clues. The spelling was most likely changed because Seife is the German word for "soap," thus Seifer can be understood as an agent noun "soaper."

TriviaEdit

  • The red cross usually worn by Seifer is a variant of the Cruz de Santiago (Cross of Saint James), the emblem of an ancient Spanish order designated to protect the European pilgrims from the Muslims of the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Seifer is the second-eldest character from the "orphanage gang," the eldest being Quistis.
  • Although Seifer forms a posse with Fujin and Raijin, the player never gets to fight all three of them in the same battle.
  • Seifer uses the more traditional meaning of "romantic," which can cause some confusion over the meaning of his "romantic dream." Romanticism was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature.
  • During the parade, Seifer is usually seen on the float with Edea during the FMVs; however, he appears to have momentarily vanished for one scene.
  • On May 30th, 2012, official website for Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary, in the character section dedicated to Final Fantasy VIII, Seifer's katakana was correct while his English name was translated to "Sephiroth." As of May 31st, 2012, Square Enix corrected the error.

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