Tifa... Tifa... Run, hurry.
Tifa's father was a resident of Nibelheim prior to the events of Final Fantasy VII. He was killed by Sephiroth in the Nibelheim Incident before the beginning of the game. This led Tifa to join AVALANCHE to fight against Shinra and SOLDIER. Tifa's father also blamed Cloud when Tifa hurt herself on Mt. Nibel when she was trying to find her mother.
Tifa's father only appears in flashbacks in Final Fantasy VII, and also appears in Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-. In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Tifa's father is mentioned in a email from Cloud explaining to Zack that Tifa and her father went after Sephiroth when he started to destroy the town and to save them.
Tifa's father is known as Tifapapa (ティファパパ, Tifapapa?) in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VII, with the first part of his name changing based on what the player names Tifa. This name only features as his speaker name. In English he has no speaker name. Tetsuya Nomura's concept art labels him "Brian Lockhart" (ブライアン・ロックハート, Buraian Rokkuhāto?) although this name is not used elsewhere.
Seen in Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-, during the Nibelheim Incident, Tifa runs through a burning Nibelheim shouting out to her father when she sees her master, Zangan, who tells her Sephiroth set fire to the town and killed the townspeople. Tifa asks for her father and Zangan replies he has gone to Mt. Nibel. She arrives at the Mako Reactor and finds her father lying injured on the ground with Sephiroth's Masamune close by covered in blood.
Tifa tells him to hang on, cradling him in her arms. He tells her to run away and dies before her eyes. Tifa declares her hatred for Shinra, SOLDIER, mako, and Sephiroth. She runs into the reactor to confront Sephiroth with the Masamune but is easily disarmed and cast aside.
- In his concept art by Tetsuya Nomura, he is given the name "Brian Lockhart" and is said to be 40 years old.