An active and cheerful thief, Zidane exhibits fondness for women and is easily elated. But he has a strong sense of justice beneath that cheerful exterior, and cannot help but aide those in need.Dissidia 012 Description
A thief with great energy and a sharp wit, though all is lost when it comes to women.Dissidia Final Fantasy Description
Zidane Tribal is one of the heroes fighting for the side of Cosmos in Dissidia Final Fantasy. Lithe and graceful, Zidane excels at midair battling, and can run rings around foes in arenas with few footholds. During his quest to find the Crystals, he befriends Bartz and Squall, However, Kuja lays traps for them with the intent to make Zidane feel powerless and break his spirit.
Crystal and Attire
Zidane's appearance is heavily based on his original concept art, but keeps a resemblance to the anatomic style from the designs of Toshiyuki Itahana. He wears a teal vest over a white sleeveless shirt with blue pants and several belts. He has large white and blue gloves and white boots, and has a monkey-like tail. His weapons of choice are two Mage Mashers, which can combine into the thief sword The Ogre.
Zidane's first alternate outfit, "Navy Gilet," is based on his Yoshitaka Amano artwork. His clothes are dark purple, his Mage Mashers are dark green to make them appear closer to the Ogre's color scheme, and his hair is a lighter shade of blond. His EX Mode form in this outfit is a gray palette swap.
Zidane's second alternate outfit is "Pluto Uniform," the uniform of the Knights of Pluto he steals and disguises himself with in the opening scenes of Final Fantasy IX. He wears a single piece chestplate with gray-green shorts. He bears a sword sheath strapped over his torso, and a small round shield on his left arm. His EX Mode form in EX Mode is purple.
Zidane's third alternate costume, "Marcus's Cloak" (listed in some regions as "Marcus's Hoodie"), is available as DLC. It is an original design by Hideo Minaba, Final Fantasy IX's art director and the original character designer of Zidane and Kuja, and is based on the cloak he wore to disguise himself during the game's ending, which includes light brown patterns along the cape and a large hood. Zidane's EX Mode form in this outfit colors his fur white, but he remains mostly clothed, removing only his gloves, boots, and lowering his hood. In this outfit, Zidane's Mage Mashers are black.
Zidane's manikin version, Capricious Thief, is indigo.
Zidane is first seen with the rest of the Cosmos warriors receiving powers from Cosmos herself. When everyone sets out, Zidane runs into Kuja. Surprised to see him, he talks with Kuja, believing him to be a warrior of Cosmos himself. Kuja asks Zidane to gather his comrades after explaining that if Chaos himself were defeated, then the Chaos warriors would vanish also. Zidane set out to find some friends, then eventually convinces Squall and Bartz to join him. Kuja later meets up with all three warriors and tries to convince them to leave, but they are interrupted by The Emperor, Ultimecia, then Kefka. Kefka explains to the Cosmos warriors that Kuja actually was working for Chaos.
Kuja then says that he had gathered Zidane and company so that he may eventually crush them. He battles all three by himself; however, Kuja allows them to escape. Later on, Kain attacks Zidane and leaves him unconscious. After a battle, Ultimecia points out Zidane to Tifa, warning her of Kain's acts of betrayal. Before Tifa can help Zidane, Kain returns, disappearing with Zidane in his arms. Later, Kain explains to Tifa that he attacked Zidane so that he may "sleep" for Cycle 13. Zidane at some point runs into the Onion Knight and says to him that they need to defeat Chaos himself, but that he does not know what will happen after that. In Report 11, when Laguna is talking to Squall, he mentions Zidane. Thinking that Zidane's tail was fake, he yanked on it, which Zidane "sure wasn't happy" about.
Bartz and Zidane are attacked by a group of manikins while looking for the crystals, and Squall comes to assist them. After the battle, the two invite Squall to join them, but Squall declines their offer, stating that he prefers working alone, which leads to Bartz giving him a chocobo feather as a good luck charm.
Bartz and Zidane propose a contest to see who obtains a crystal first, but their "treasure hunt" is cut short when Bartz disappears in front of Zidane's eyes, having fallen for a trap meant for him. Zidane is ambushed by Kefka, who helped Kuja set up the trap, and the two fight to a standstill. Zidane finds out Bartz has been captured by the forces of Chaos and has been taken to their base.
Zidane later finds Squall cornered by both Garland and Ultimecia. Zidane rushes to his aid, tackling down Garland and fighting him, while Squall fights Ultimecia and receives his Crystal. After the fight, Garland laughs at Zidane and vanishes, leaving him to join up with Squall as they go on to look for Bartz. They eventually find him, and Bartz reveals that he escaped on his own, obtaining what appears to be a Crystal. It turns out to be another trap set by Kuja, warping Zidane to his nemesis, who taunts him by telling of the fall of his friends.
Cosmos pays Zidane a visit, and Zidane laments that there is nothing he can do to help them. Cosmos reassures him that his friends believe in him, and he should believe in them in return. Taking it to heart, Zidane encounters Kuja once again. Zidane wants to go back to his friends, and Kuja believes it is pointless to believe in "strangers." But after infuriating Kuja by asking about his relation to the other Warriors of Chaos, Zidane fights and defeats Kuja. Zidane then receives his Crystal, which teleports him back to Bartz and Squall.
Later on, he talks with Firion about his reason for fighting. When the weapon-master gives "The Wild Rose" as an answer, Zidane asks him if that is what he calls his "princess," in reference to Princess Garnet of Final Fantasy IX. Before Firion can reply, they suddenly hear something behind them and run off to investigate.
After all the Crystals have been collected, Chaos appears out of nowhere, who not only subdues the heroes with his power, but also incinerates Cosmos in front of them. After the Warriors have overcome their own erasure, they set out to defeat the Warriors of Chaos once more. Along the way, Zidane cheers up the disillusioned Onion Knight when he questions their existence.
Zidane runs into Kuja, who is bent on his envisioned finale. However, Zidane wins the fight, and as result, Kuja is lamenting over how he lost everything as he asks Zidane to finish him off. However, Zidane instead extends his hand to Kuja, with the latter refusing it as he asks Zidane if there is something else he would rather seize. When fading away, Kuja comments that "he will return there someday," with Zidane agreeing in belief that they will both one day, return to their home. Zidane, along with the other heroes then battle Chaos. When the Warriors of Cosmos emerge victorious, Zidane ends up in World A before fading back to his homeworld as he tells his friends that they are going back to their promised places.
Template:See Also Zidane is an Aerial Ace. While he does not have that many ground attacks, many of these attacks launch the opponent into the air, easily taking the battle airborne. He has one of the largest pool of aerial attacks in the game, and can easily chain his attacks into each other. His attack list consists of his Dyne techniques and various dagger attacks and throws, and he has several Bravery to HP combos. He also has a very fast ground movement. A downside to Zidane's speed is that his attacks are rather weak, and he is most proficient fighting with melee techniques as his few ranged attacks are weak and easy to block.
Bravery to HP attacks
Bravery to HP attacks
Zidane's EX Mode is his Trance form from Final Fantasy IX. While in EX Mode, Zidane gains the abilities "Aerial Jump" and "Dodge Jump". The former allows Zidane to jump ten more times than usual, in addition to any jump boosting abilities he has equipped, while the latter makes Zidane invincible to some attacks while jumping. In Dissidia 012, Zidane also regains his jumps after dodging, which other characters normally no longer do.
Zidane's EX Burst is Reverse Gaia. The player must rapidly press the button to fill up a power gauge as Zidane dashes past the opponent from multiple angles to attack. Zidane ends the EX Burst by circling the opponent attacking multiple times. Failing to press the button quickly enough will result in Zidane skipping to the end of the attack, minimizing the Bravery damage done.
Zidane can equip Daggers, Thrown Weapons, Parrying Weapons, Bangles, Gauntlets, Hats, Hairpins, Clothing, and Light Armor. In Dissidia 012, Zidane can also equip Swords, Poles, Headbands, and Chestplates.
|Sargatanas||50||ATK +35||BRV Boost on Dodge +10%.||Trade: 14910 gil, Pinwheel, Great Serpent's Fang x3, Power Shard x2|
|The Tower||92||ATK +62||BRV Boost on Dodge +15%.||Trade: 29020 gil, Sargatanas, Beastlord Fang x5, Power Crystal x3|
|Ozma's Splinter||100||ATK +67||BRV Boost on Dodge +20%.|
Major Gambler's Spirit Effect.
|Trade: 31370 gil, The Tower, Theater Ticket x5, Power Orb x5|
|BRV Boost on Dodge +2%.||Trade: 61000 gil, Pinwheel, Scarletite x1, Thief's Desire x5|
|The Tower||90||ATK +62|
|BRV Boost on Dodge +5%.||Trade: 158,000 gil, Sargantanas, Electrum x1, Thief's Dream x5|
|Ozma's Splinter||100||ATK +67|
|BRV Boost on Dodge +8%.|
Minor Sneak Attack Effect.
|Trade: 182,800 gil, The Tower, Theater Ticket x1, Thief's Hopes x5|
- While performing Zidane's EX Burst, two planets, one red and one blue, are seen merging with each other, a nod to the merging of Terra and Gaia in Final Fantasy IX. In further reference of his allegiance with Gaia, the blue planet emerges as the dominant one in the fusion.
- Ozma's Splinter, Zidane's strongest weapon, is named after the optional superboss in Final Fantasy IX. The Sargatanas and The Tower are also weapons Zidane uses in his original game.
- In the ending, Zidane leaps towards the sun to return to Gaia, similar to how the party returns to Gaia in the Invincible when Terra is destroyed.
- When Squall asks Zidane why he attacked Garland, Zidane replies with, "What? Do I need a reason to help someone?" a reference to his motto of Virtue from Final Fantasy IX. He also speaks this line upon defeating Kuja in Shade Impulse, offering his hand in assistance must like during Kuja's final scene in Final Fantasy IX.
- When battling Garland, Zidane declares, "This is gonna be your grave!" the same line he tells Garland's Final Fantasy IX namesake. The line was translated in the English release of Final Fantasy IX as, "I am the new angel of death! Yours!".
- If Zidane is defeated, he protests, "There's a place I have to go back to..." referring to the recurring theme song of Final Fantasy IX, "The Place I'll Return to Someday." A line of his from Destiny Odyssey IX, "I'm going back...to where I belong," also recalls this. In Dissidia 012, when against Feral Chaos, he will exclaim, "We're not going home "someday", we're going now!", further referencing the song. Sephiroth's encounter line against Zidane in Dissidia 012 further references the song, "There is nowhere to return home to."
- Zidane's line towards Shantotto when battling her, "If I win, you owe me a date!" is a reference to the deal he made with Garnet before the Festival of the Hunt: "If I win, you owe me a date!".
- In the English release, Destiny Odyssey IX is subtitled "Melodies of Life," the name of the Final Fantasy IX main theme.
- After being kidnapped by Kuja, Cosmos appears to Zidane in Pandaemonium and convinces him to keep fighting. This mirrors the events of Final Fantasy IX, when Zidane wakes up alone in Pandemonium after his confrontation with Garland and fights his way past Garland's servants to reunite with his friends.
- When Zidane is defeated, his pose is similar to when he and the others were defeated in Burmecia. The Onion Knight, Tidus, Prishe, and Vaan also assume this pose when defeated.
- Garland's specific quote when he battles Zidane is, "I will erase you and your soul," a reference to what the Garland of Final Fantasy IX said. Sephiroth's quote to Zidane is, "Your planet is an illusion," a possible reference to Gaia being an assimilation for Terra.
- When facing Zidane with a female character, Zidane will usually flirt in his opening quotes towards them. In his original game, he was a heavy womanizer, as he flirts and stares at most pretty females he meets. In addition, if the player is Zidane and his opponent is Tifa, she will say "What are you looking at? Focus!," referring to focusing on the battle rather than just staring at her.
- In Dissidia 012, Zidane encounters Gilgamesh and said to him that if he had more arms, he would probably recognize him. This is an allusion of Gilgamesh's appearance in Final Fantasy IX, where he is a multi-armed character that went by the alias, "Alleyway Jack."
- In one of the reports in Dissidia 012, Zidane consoles and comforts Onion Knight, who is questioning himself. Onion Knight wonders whether they are all manikins that have progressed somewhat. This is similar to Zidane's comforting of Vivi, who went through a similar process upon encountering the Black Mages.
- Zidane is the seventh character to obtain his Crystal in Destiny Odyssey 91.
- Unlike the original Final Fantasy IX where Zidane would wield his trademark Orichalcum dagger in addition to his equipped weapon, he uses two Mage Mashers in Dissidia.
- Zidane and Gilgamesh are the only characters to dual-wield outside of EX Mode.
- Zidane is the only Warrior of Cosmos whose eye color changes with his EX Mode.
- Zidane and the Warrior of Light were the first heroes to be announced for Dissidia.
- Zidane is one of three characters, the others being Kuja and the Warrior of Light, to have more than one intro quote when fighting his rival.
- Zidane and Cloud share a defeat quote, "a loss is a loss."
- Zidane and Tifa also share a quote when they both enter EX mode, "Time to get serious!".