7 days of video game characters: Sephiroth

Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII
Let the world burn!!

Character: Sephiroth | Game: Final Fantasy VII

For my first post on this little challenge, I won’t lie. This will be a straight up rip from one of my posts I did on another blog.

Designed by Tetsuya Nomura, Sephiroth is best described as a tall man with a muscular build. He wears a long black coat with silver pauldrons, black boots and black trousers. The top of his coat is open to reveal his chest, with his leather SOLDIER suspenders crossed over it. Sephiroth’s long silver hair has bangs parted to either side of his face. With his signature weapon being the masamune, a 7ft long sword. From the start, Sephiroth is a decorated SOLDIER in Shinra. Looked up to by everyone. However, as the story progress. His descent from hero to villain is what made him an iconic villain in the videogame world.

From the get go Sephiroth is a by-product of the 90’s style of what a villain is. Handsome, charismatic. Seen as heroic in the eyes of the populace. Generally well liked by all. To give him some back story, they make it as mysterious as they can. Not knowing his roots, or what his heritage is. To then give him some motivation as to what will lead to his eventual down fall. How I felt about the character. Well.

Sephiroth with cat like eyes
You like me hair??, I use head and shoulders

I’m not sorry to say in saying this, Sephiroth is a badly written mess of a villain. His origins is vaguely touched upon by reading a whole bunch of documents, then he suddenly goes insane?. And declares everyone his enemy?. Come on!!. What utter nonsense. It has no logic behind it what so ever at all. You then spend the next 2 discs chasing him around the damn globe. Other than being omnipotent throughout the game, he does very little to the even badly written main cast. Wow, “he stabs” Aerith…really. Because she posed a threat to his grand plan of using meteor. After he went insane. But if he is insane, then how come he was sane enough to target Aerith. If that’s not bad enough, it gets even better.

Sephiroth the one winged angel from final fantasy VII
The one winged angel

He somehow manages to take control of Cloud, even though Cloud is not even a test tube baby from the same experiment. So how the hell did that even make any sense?. His actions and motivations aren’t that compelling whatsoever at all. He just turns up out of the blue, swings his long ass sword around for a few seconds and then do a ninja on us. Yeah some villain. I know you don’t want to over expose your main villain, however this sets the precedent that he is all powerful. Yet, right at he end. He gets clobbered really easily. Even the damn weapons were more of a challenge than him.

Ultima weapon from final fantasy VII
I am the ultimate weapon!

The only good thing that did come out of this shambolic character, is his theme tune; one winged angel. Anyway, enough of me blathering on about my dislike of this character.

Thanks for reading folks!. Scribble down your thoughts in the comment section. Next post will be coming.

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