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Videogame Villain Spotlight: Sephiroth

Videogame Villain Spot light is a post that looks at villains from videogames that I have played. On this post: Sephiroth is the first villain I look at.


 Franchise: Final Fantasy VII |  Created by: Nomura, Tetsuya |


As the title of the post is pretty explanatory, I don’t really need to say much, xDD. However I will say, these type of posts will be up whenever as I don’t have a schedule in mind. With that being said let’s get in to it.

FFVII will be known as the series to popularise JRPG’s in the west – thanks to it being on the PS1. Despite several FF games being around on the snes, the series never really got the attention it craved. That all changed in 1997.

FFVII is notably known for two things; Cloud and the for mentioned villain Sephiroth.

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. Hand-some, 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 fall.

Caveat here: I’m only focusing on the core FFVII game. Not crisis-core which extends on his back story or even retcon the origins story or that convoluted mess advent children.

With that in place, I’m not sorry to say but in the core game. 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. Then you spend the next 2 discs chasing him around the damn globe. Other than being omnipotent through out 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.

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.

There are a few other things, but I really can’t remember them. Despite having such negativity towards the character. I do acknowledge that he is an integral part of bringing the FF franchise as to what it is today. Does it mean I like the villain? as you can read from the tone of the post, a resounding no.

Anyway thanks for reading the post. As always leave your scribbles down below.

2 replies on “Videogame Villain Spotlight: Sephiroth”

While I do agree that Sephiroth could have been written better in some areas, I still like him purely for the fact that I think he’s terrifying. How he pops in and out out of nowhere and seems stronger than you could ever imagine. He feels very out of reach for the player, and you have a hard time understanding who exactly he even is, and that’s the main thing I enjoyed about him. People are scared of what they don’t understand, and I think that plays to his strength.

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Well, even though we say Sephiroth went insane, it’s not like even in real life crazy people never have clarity. And plus, Aerith was an Ancient/Cetra, which Sephiroth was not, and Jenova was sealed by Cetra. The fact Jenova’s only line comes after her death is probably evidence of its hatred versus its probably more virus or animal-like normal self. Also want to point out that others who had Jenova cells ended up under Jenova/Sephiroth’s influence (the people in the black coats), and it’s also hinted that even SOLDIER candidates, who are supposed to be mentally strong, could or will fall to cells’ influence.

Also, the Weapons (Ruby & Emerald) were added in as Superbosses, so obviously they were made to be more difficult than the Final Boss.

Do agree the game should have explained him and the relationship with Jenova better, and the awful original PS1 localization certainly didn’t help matters.

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