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Kitase: no one main character[edit source]

Not anymore, Kitase has confirmed. It was designed to be ensemble cast. - - - - 1UP: I know a lot of people who consider FFVI not only their favorite Final Fantasy, but their favorite game of all time. What do you think it is about the game that makes it so enduring and so beloved? - - YK: There are two things I can think of that draws fans into FFVI. First of all, the main concept behind the game was that I wanted to create many characters that could all stand up to be main characters. We weren't creating one main character that the story would revolve around, but rather each and every character had something to show and bring to the table. I think that made it so that players could relate to at least one, maybe several characters within the game -- and they were very memorable characters as well.

Confirmed by one of the directors....FFVI has no main character.

Does no one care for this new bit of information? Terra's status as main protagonist has been debated, and then when the author finally makes a statement on this people decide to ignore it because the information contradicts their own bias? Discordius 19:58, November 25, 2010 (UTC)

"Does no one care for this new bit of information...because the information contradicts their own bias?" - Yes. DoreikuKuroofangu - Visit the Soul Shrine! 20:04, November 25, 2010 (UTC)
I edited it based on Edgars page, saying she is "a playable character in Final Fantasy VI". Edit: I did edit it, but it's been reverted.Discordius 20:19, November 25, 2010 (UTC)
Even if the Word of God states that their intent was to have no main character in FFVI (and I agree that they managed to pull it off to a certain extent) there are several important facts about Terra that point out to her being the main character of the game:
  • The sheer amount of official artwork by Yoshitaka Amano and its use. Seriously, check the gallery section
  • Terra and her theme appears in virtually every single compilation and arrangement that, one way or the other, makes a reference to FFVI.
  • Her theme being the overworld theme for the WoB and the theme with the most arrangements in the series' OST.
  • Her inclusion in Dissidia.
  • The game's own logo.
Final Fantasy VI has a huge cast with many different spotlights, but the game's face is always her, with no exceptions. What I do indeed agree with, is that that piece of information about the cast should definitely be included in the game's or her pages. Fëasindë te audio 23:33, November 25, 2010 (UTC)
These things you cited don't have much to do with protagonizing the story. I know that generally the protagonist would be given these honors, but there are exceptions to this. For instance, if you had a game with no protagonist you would still want a character to appear in the advertisement campaign, and they wouldn't be the main character because, like in this case, there is not one. And her inclusion in all those sequels/ references is due to the popularity of the character, and also don't contribute anything to her case of protagonizing the story, because that is only gotten by having a sizeable advantage in importance over the other characters in the story, which isn't the case. Those points you cited reallly are clues to speculation. I don't think they should prevail over the author's statement, because the opinions of you and the other fans who are on that side of the arguement are just as important as that of our side. So why is it that your opinon is the one written in the article and not ours? Because you have the power in this wiki. You can revert our edits, block us from editing as you wish. That's an illegitimate use of authority. That's why we should take the author's opinon in the article and not fan specualation.Discordius 03:18, December 5, 2010 (UTC)
Oh please. That you take the article's statement as some sort of abuse of Fae's authority shows you obviously have no clue what you're talking about. DoreikuKuroofangu - Visit the Soul Shrine! 03:23, December 5, 2010 (UTC)
Not his authority, but the authority of the people who run the wiki colectively, the majority. I know that he at least is open for debate. I interpret the fact that controverted fan opinion was taken as the default point of view over that one of the very author as wrong. There is no certainty on either side of the debate (at least before the statement was made), but certainly Kitase's words have more weight than fan theories, correct?Discordius 03:35, December 5, 2010 (UTC)

Much like Vaan she is the advertisement girl for this game. Remember that she has no advantages in prominence in the plot compared with the other important core of the main characters.Discordius 18:25, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

"she has no advantages in prominence in the plot compared with the other important core of the main characters." - obviously you haven't played FF6, or at least didn't pay attention. DoreikuKuroofangu - Visit the Soul Shrine! 18:30, November 27, 2010 (UTC)
Discordius, you fail. She is in no way similar to Vaan, as she has quite a lot of relevance to the plot. I quote Razordash: "Let's see, one of them is a Half-human Half-Esper who is the worlds only hope for uniting Espers and Humans, Vaans a street thief who tagged along Ashe in saving the world." R8.50Mango 18:37, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

Vaan's a pretty lame comparison. But I still don't see a need for us to state that she's the main character. SE have stated there is no main character. There is no loss in saying "she is a playable character" or "she is the first playable character". None of these facts are arguable. Being the main character is both incorrect, as stated by SE, and clearly debatable. 18:43, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

Couldn't we compromise by calling her "a central character?" She is, and that's a happier median between contradicting Square and failing to recognize just how important she really is. Bluestarultor Best-of Stellar Arena sigicon.png BSA 18:49, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

Somebody please address the reasons I presented on my previous post. Otherwise I have little else to say. Fëasindë te audio 18:54, November 27, 2010 (UTC)
Well, there's nothing to address. Kitase said the concept of the game was to have no definite central character. I mean, I could try to argue that Terra was the first character designed, or was an intended main character before they developed into a "no real main-character" concept, or Amano's favourite character. On the Dissidia point, Terra is a more interesting character than anyone else could be, gameplay wise, in Dissidia. Her theme's use in the World of Balance makes it notable, and as well being a brilliant composition and a fan favourite... they're also reasons to reuse it. Also, the fact that she is the first main character gives a small reason.
But then I have no real argument. All your points are true. But they said there was no intended main character. So it kinda pales everything else into insignificance. I'm sure, a section in Trivia could outline the points added with "Many fans argue that Terra was the intended main character". 19:08, November 27, 2010 (UTC)
You appear to be working on the assumption that SE have stated that there is no main character. As I've explained below, this is not the same as what has actually been stated. Fans cannot argue that she was intended to be the main character, because what has been stated is that there is no intended main character. However it is possible to argue that she unintentionally is the main character. It's a subtle difference, but an important distinction to make -- Sorceror Nobody 19:18, November 27, 2010 (UTC)
Aah, I see, so it's fan interpretation we are putting in our articles when we claim her to be the primary protagonist in the first line? 19:25, November 27, 2010 (UTC)
Correct. For the article to explicitly claim that she "is" the main protagonist is indeed false. Ideally, the article should point out the factual crux of this whole discussion, i.e. fan reckoning vs statement of creators' intent, and also detail the reasons why she is often considered to be the main. God knows there are enough reasons, most of them mentioned in this discussion already. Mostly as described in your last-post-but-one, really -- Sorceror Nobody 19:41, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

A great deal of argument is resulting from interpretive extrapolation of the interview. However, let's return to the actual statement. Just because it has been stated that there was no intent to make one main character doesn't mean that Terra didn't inadvertently end up being the main character. The outcome could well have been entirely unintentional, but a real outcome nonetheless. This standpoint is completely compatible with both the exact statement and also with Terra being the main protagonist -- Sorceror Nobody 19:03, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

Even before that interview, her protagonist role was ever controverted. Fans never agreed on any. The decisions of the other characters, like Edgar bringing Terra to the returners, the assault on the magitec research facility, and other big plot elements she was not involved in were just as important. Arguably, she had little impact on how the game progressed, since she wasn't informed enough to take decisions for the group. She only became important whenever you needed someone with an esper connection. The other guys came in prominence when something else was needed. Discordius 02:59, December 5, 2010 (UTC)
Making decisions regarding the plot is irrelevant. In many many many stories the protagonist just gets "caught up in the events" and the story follows how they are handling it and that is just fine. You never have to recruit Terra in the World of Ruin (but you do have to visit her, unlike some other characters whom you never have to even see again), but she will still appear in the ending; if you don't recruit her, she will come and join you in the ending regardless.
What it comes to the article, I think it should say that Kitase has mentioned that the development team designed FFVI with the idea in mind that it wouldn't have a clear main character, but a cast of many characters, but that Terra is often considered the game's central character, because of her big role in the plot, she is in the logo, etc.Keltainentoukokuu 04:01, December 5, 2010 (UTC)

Terra did in fact have a major role in the story but the way her character was used made itt so she could be replaced.Celes took the role of the protaginst in the second part of the game because Terra was no longer of any importance to the plot.So in a way there are two protagnist in the story.I do not know why the developers did this but this but thre is nothing it can be done about it now unless a remake of the game was made so the plot could be revised.--User:Lord of the Dark Depths

Main Character?[edit source]

The story does not revolve around Terra at all, if there is any character in the game the story revolves around, it is Kefka, the games antagonist. Even though he makes only one appearance in the World of Ruin, the world is in his image. Celes also competes for main protagonist status as well, because her storyline is basically independant from Terra's for the most part as well as playing a pivotal role in the storyline. The most correct thing to say about Terra is "the first playable character introduced".

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Well, there are several major protagonists in VI (Such as the ones you are forced to use in WoR), but Terra is still definitely the main character.
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Terra and Celes are co-main characters. true, the storyline in the World of Balance is revolved around Terra somewhat, with some focus on other characters, but Celes gets the most PIVOTAL scene in the game, The Solitary Island, as well as she is the starting character for the World of Ruin. Celes has more to do with Kefka's defeat at the end of the game than Terra. Celes and Terra also parallel quite well as characters.

"most PIVOTAL scene in the game"? So the Sealed Gate opening, Terra turning into an Esper, appearing in the ending even if you don't recruit her to help the party, I guess those scenes mean nothing. Stop phailing, please, it's making the kiddies sad. Drake Clawfang 00:45, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
BTW, FYI - Terra's in Dissidia as the hero of FFVI, Celes isn't, and Nomura has said there was never any other choice besides Terra. End of story. Drake Clawfang 00:46, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

This game is ensemble cast with each character having a role in pivotal moments. Celes also has to be in the ending as well even if you don't use her in Kefka's Tower as well. But thematically, the Solitary Island and getting the Falcon are the most pivotal scenes in the game and Celes is heavily involved in both scenes and events. But the game revolves around its antagonist because Kefka has ties to the most characters in the game was well as being the central focus for the majority of the game. The majority opinion on this game is ensemble cast.

Yes, but the important opinion - ie, one of the developers - is that Terra is the main character.

"In, for example, FFVI, there were a lot of characters who fit the role of main character. Did you have trouble deciding who to pick?"

Nomura: If it weren’t Terra, then there would be no female characters on the Cosmos team. I was also a member of the production team for FFVI, and based on my feelings from that time I thought it had to be Terra. She’s on the cover image, and Terra appeared in the advert, so really I didn’t have a reason not to choose her.

Thank you. 00:59, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Nomura is just one of the designers for FFVI, he isn't the main one and he didn't write the game. The most correct position on the lead of FFVI is that it is debated. Most of the opinions I am seeing is its ensemble cast with no main character.

"most correct position, blah blah" - in your opinion, it's the most correct position. Sorry to break it to you, your opinion is wrong. Drake Clawfang 01:33, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

If your so right, then why isn't Terra considered the clear main character? Why is FFVI considered an ensemble cast to a great many people? I am not saying Terra isn't the main character, I am saying it is not agreed upon.

You keep saying "many people". Who? Where are these people? Can't they speak for themselves? And just because a majority believes something doesn't make it right. Drake Clawfang 02:01, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Forum posters and game reviewers. Fans can have a say in what the game is about and what its supposed to be. Clint Eastwood once said that once he releases a film, its "no longer mine". There is no debate on who is the lead for FFIV, FFVII, or FFVIII because it is obvious. FFVI, FFX, and FFXII, there is debate. And you are a Terra fan anyway, I can tell by your avatar and profile, so I sense bias.

Alright then, then I say Ghostie is the main character. Ghostie is a character I largely made up. You meet her sporadically throughout the game and she joins the party on the Phantom Train. It makes perfect sense to me that she's the heroine. --BlueHighwind 02:20, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
And I sense BS, your point? I'm also a Celes fan, doesn't change the fact she's not the protagonist. Debate on who's the protagonist of FFX? Not that I've ever seen. And it's funny, but I've seen reviewers who say Terra is the lead. And Clint Eastwood has nothing to do with FF. Terra's the lead, Celes is not. Deal with it. Drake Clawfang 02:21, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
Believe me, I would be the #1 Celes main character pusher, and I used to believe so. However, Terra is obtained immediately, and though she is not required to complete the main game, she is substituted in along with Locke to confont Kefka and jump around those... stone fiery spire thingies. Oh, and there's Dissidia. They almost put Kain in. They didn't consider Celes. Celes comes close, but not quite. 8bit 03:16, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

I have beat the game without Terra and she doesn't argue with Kefka at all if you do not bring her, with strangely Edgar or Locke doing the arguing due to the order of characters coded into the game. She appears in the ending after the final battle. I do really think Terra should have been required in order to face Kefka. You can basically skip Terra's defining moments in the story though. Terra is a much better fit and the correct choice for Dissidia for gameplay reasons though.

The characters who confront Kefka at the end depend on who you left on the Falcon. If you took them to the fight, it's Locke and Terra, then Celes if you left one of them, and I guess, based on your comment, Edgar then. I think it should have been Terra and Celes who had top priority for that scene though. Drake Clawfang 03:57, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Its actually run by the character order in which I think it Celes is 8th. I think the order is done by the order the character canonically joins the party the first time. So if you did the Celes-Edgar-Setezer challange in Kefka's Tower, Edgar would argue with Celes being on the 2nd pillar because of Edgar being 3rd, Celes 8th, and Setzer 9th. They really screwed this up. It would have been best if the characters most affected by Kefka's actions would have argued...Terra, Celes, and Cyan.

Dissidia[edit source]

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Dissidia Images[edit source]

An image of her artwork, an image of her render, an image of her Exmode. The three images that should show in dissidia sections. Though the least needed is her normal 3D render.  ILHI 19:14, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

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WTF? ONE normal-in-game image, ONE artwork, ONE Ex-Mode (with exceptions). Doesn't sound like every single Dissidia scan, does it now?  ILHI 19:27, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

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Oh, see what you mean Fae. That's bad. The best idea would be to just keep the full-artwork, clearest, best-quality Ex-mode and normal and turn down any more images for being over excessive on an "Other appearance" section, which regarding all other things are kept short. Though Dissidia has a reason to be longer: It's a real Storyline game, but SE didn't create new characters for it. (They'll get more people buying it this way). So it's kinda like a spin-off in a sense, but not-canon to their world.  ILHI 20:40, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

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Fixing things[edit source]

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Last Name[edit source]

I must inquire about her last name. Not simply for curiosity, there's a practical reason. Did the empire give it to her, or was it her mother's name? I ask this because if it's the latter, we should move Madeline to Madeline Branford. However, I can't recall if this is stated to be so, and thus, my question. Anyone have an answer? Drake Clawfang 07:07, 5 July 2009 (UTC)

If no one objects, I'll move it tomorrow. Drake Clawfang 20:11, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
You will perform this move based on what? Υοu cannot know whether Madeline's name was Branford or not. Faethinte audio 20:15, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
For all we know Madeline and Maduin were living in sin. Who says they got married? And did Maduin even have the last name "Branford"? Where did that come from? --BlueHighwind 20:17, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
I don't think Maduin even have a last name. I think it just her mother's last name.  NeoZEROX Dissicon ff6 Ter4.png 20:21, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

That's the whole point of my above question - where did Terra's name come from? If it came from Madeline, we should move her page, if it didn't, we should try and see if it's ever reported where it did come from. I just wanted to poke this discussion and try and get people to talk. Drake Clawfang 20:21, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Unless the O!-so-holy-word of VI's Ultimania or whatever VI's official guide is called says something, the only instance in which Terra's last name is mentioned is during the ending. That's all we know. Faethinte audio 20:42, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
That's what I was thinking, but I'm not sure where to find such information. Weren't they called something besides "Ultimania" before FF7's was released? Battle Guides, or something. Drake Clawfang 20:48, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Age?[edit source]

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Terra's height is actually 5'3[edit source]

Do a google search with her Japanese name [ティナ・ブランフォード] every webpage lists her height as 160cm, which is 5 feet 3 inches. Rolen47 23:38, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

Every time I see someone edit a page to change someone's height, I want to gouge my eyes out. Drake Clawfang 23:42, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

Green Hair[edit source]

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Probably the same reason that Celes is in a leotard instead of the gold suit. Somewhere between the concept artwork and the final product, someone said "I think THIS is better" and others agreed. They were WRONG about the leotard, but that's just my opinion XD -- Lycentia Stuffcocoa.gif 13:43, October 19, 2009 (UTC)

Official reason: Terra and Celes were both originally BLONDE. As such, to eliminate confusion on who is whom, they had to chance one of the characters' hair to give a bigger give-away. So, they made Terra's hair green, probably choosing Terra over Celes for the hair color change because of the Esper heritage she has. After all, what laws of nature do Espers have over hair color? Seriously, humans don't normally have green hair, but who's to say that Espers DON'T? Zexionfan15 14:16, October 19, 2009 (UTC)

Huh. Interesting. I figured it was just put in to elaborate on the "Yo, she's not a normal person" thing.-- 13:26, October 20, 2010 (UTC)

Terra is ALWAYS the 2nd best character in my team[edit source]

When i made a team of 2 characters. BTW: Terra is actually 5,3 of height not 5,7 look for japanese wiki or settei shouyu of FFVI

Why Terra is so weak?[edit source]

I mean all FF main characters are strong

Cecil: Not the strongest but at lest has an use as a tank

Bartz: In FFV everyone are the same so don t really care

Cloud: Obtains nice weapons as ultima weapon & apocalypse (triple growth) & onnislash owns

Squall: Havent played FFVIII but they say that lionheart owns

Zidane: Havent played FFIX

Tidus: Has an use knowing haste, blitz ace is a good overdrive

Yuna: Her summons as bahamut,anima,magus sisters are pretty tough

Terra? :Just crappy magic at the beggining and then EVERYONE can use magic and half-shit skill is not worth and when it doubles its time (in WoR) Ultima does more damage and it ignores morph and everyone can does more damage, Locke valiant knife, sabin bum rush , etc...

She is by far the weakest char. with umaro

You obviously haven't played enough of the game to realize that Terra can enter Trance and has access to some of the best equipment. In Trance, her combat stats (save for HP/MP) double; she is also capable of using the Lightbringer, Minerva Bustier, and Paladin Shield. With a few other items (Oath Veil, Prayer Beads, Zephyr Cape), she becomes untouchable outside of Trance; throw in Trance, and she will murder anything she comes across. Additionally, she can use the Ultima Weapon (by the way, seven-troll, Final Fantasy VI is where the Ultima Weapon and Limit Breaks come from) if you actually want to go that route; since the object of the game is to keep your characters alive, Terra is still superior since she is better with magic (and can heal herself easier), has higher defenses, and can deal more damage however you choose to fight enemies. Dogurasu 16:03, May 10, 2011 (UTC)

Phail troll has phailed. Thanks for the laugh, bye-bye. Doreiku Kuroofangu 18:05, December 24, 2009 (UTC)

Love Cloud's "triple growth" part. That was what made me crap out of laugh. - Henryacores^ 22:11, May 10, 2011 (UTC)

You know, initially I didn't think Terra was very strong either, and I guess she sort of does start as the "weakling" of the original parties in the game, but that does change - even if you don't use Trance mode. Today I actually made a list outlining the pros and cons of each character based on how good they all are at level 90 or so. I honestly couldn't think of a con for Terra. She's got the physical power of Edgar and Locke, along with the magical power of Celes, plus excellent gear options. Her ability might not supply much "casual battle" use, but it's excellent for those fights against the super bosses. Also, she's the only character in the game for whom AP stays relevant no matter what (not really a strength, but I don't like to be wasteful). 03:01, November 23, 2011 (UTC)

Section on Philosophy[edit source]

One of the major themes of Final Fantasy VI was mortality and the value of human life. While Kefka was heavily influenced by nihlistic beliefs, Terra opposed him and saw life as something very important and sacred. In the World of Ruin, she revealed her strong philosophical beliefs numerous times from her speech at Mobliz to her many actions in the game's conclusion.

I wanna make a section focusing on Terra's anti-nihilistic beliefs, but the page is locked.

Something like that would be better suited to the "Character" section. Doreiku Kuroofangu 03:36, December 28, 2009 (UTC)

Well can I edit it?

The page is protected against new and anonymous users due to issues with speculation. It should allow you to edit in due time. 8bit 04:08, December 28, 2009 (UTC)

A Possible Reference[edit source]

Some time ago I saw a movie (pretty stupid I must say) which was about "a pill for happiness" or something like that. In this movie there was a talk-show with inventor of these pills. The talk-show was conducted by Tina Branford. Terra's name in Japanese release is Tina so I thought it must be some kind of tribute to her. Is it worth mentioning it in trivia? Or somewhere else?—Kaimi 16:30, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

Is there anything other than the name that can connect the two? Likeacupcake 16:33, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

It's only a name reference I believe.—Kaimi 17:06, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

Music is missing[edit source]

She has two themes, none of which have been sampled in her article: Awakening: Is apparently used only in sad scenes involving her. Overworld: Is used in the intro and on the overworld (duh) 15:40, July 19, 2011 (UTC)

Because her theme has its own page, which is linked to under "Musical themes" along with mention that "Awakening" is a remix of her theme and her theme is used for the overworld. Try reading the page next time before leaving a message. Doreiku Kuroofangu 22:24, July 19, 2011 (UTC)

theatrythm stats[edit source]

Im playing it right now and terra is almost level 30. This page says that the table for her stats in theatrythm is incomplete and i think i might be able to fill it out. However, my problem is that only HP has a numerical value, all the others are just letters. How do i assign numerical value to them74.125.191.5 00:47, October 17, 2013 (UTC)

Are you playing the iOS version? I heard from another user that in that version stat growth is replaced with simple number values. In the 3DS version though characters have normal stat totals that increase per level like a normal game. Drake Clawfang (talk) 01:39, October 17, 2013 (UTC)

Stub under Voice section[edit source]

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In an ideal world voice sections would also have a voice clip, like some FFXII characters' sections do, but it's not a stub without it. Seems complete to me.Keltainentoukokuu (talk) 09:24, February 7, 2018 (UTC)

Esper mode[edit source]

Would anyone know if there is an official term for Terra in her Esper form? Like "Esper Terra" or anything? Either in the manual, in the game, in an official guide, statement from a creator, etc?

I know of Trance (Final Fantasy VI) but I think that may just describe the process of changing form, not the actual name of the form. talk2ty 17:08, February 7, 2018 (UTC)

Not that I know of. Dissidia only refers to it as Trance, and so does Record Keeper. DrakeyC (talk) 17:51, February 7, 2018 (UTC)
There's Trance Terra in Exvius.Keltainentoukokuu (talk) 18:16, February 7, 2018 (UTC)
Exactly the type of thing I was looking for, thank you. talk2ty 21:08, August 20, 2018 (UTC)
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