Vincent Valentine

Vincent Valentine (ヴィンセント・ヴァレンタイン Vinsento Varentain) is a player character in Square's (now Square Enix) 1997 role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII. Designed by Tetsuya Nomura, he also appears in various titles from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, a metaseries set in the Final Fantasy VII continuity. Specifically, he is the protagonist in the 2006 third-person shooter Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and its mobile phone tie-in Dirge of Cerberus: Lost Episode. Vincent is voiced in Japanese by Shōgo Suzuki and in English by Steven Blum.

In the backstory to Final Fantasy VII, Vincent is a Turk who is assigned to guard the scientist Lucrecia Crescent, with whom he falls in love. After a series of scientific experiments involving the cells of the extraterrestrial lifeform Jenova, Crescent gives birth to the game's antagonist, Sephiroth. Soon thereafter, Vincent himself became subject to experiments performed by Crescent's boss, Professor Hojo, resulting in genetic modification that means he will not age. If the player unlocks Vincent, he will join Cloud Strife's group to stop Sephiroth, as well as to seek revenge on Hojo.

Due to time constraints, Vincent was originally not intended to be playable in Final Fantasy VII; however, he was ultimately made an optional character. Despite his optional status and lack of concrete detail as to his background, he proved very popular with both fans and critics, and his history was developed greatly in other installments of the Compilation, primarily Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus.

Vincent Valentine
Final Fantasy character
Vincent Valentine
Vincent Valentine artwork by Tetsuya Nomura for Final Fantasy VII
First gameFinal Fantasy VII (1997)
Designed byTetsuya Nomura
Voiced bySteven Blum[1]
Shōgo Suzuki (Japanese, Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia)[1]
Kazuhiro Nakata (Japanese, Ehrgeiz)[1]


Final Fantasy VII

Players can unlock Vincent by the halfway point of Final Fantasy VII, when Cloud Strife and his allies find him sleeping in a coffin in the basement of Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim.[2] Cloud mentions his quest to stop the game's antagonist, Sephiroth, who Vincent recognizes as the son of Lucrecia Crescent.[3] Vincent joins the group when he learns that they may eventually meet up with Hojo, against whom Vincent has an unexplained vendetta.[4] Later, Vincent finds Lucrecia inside a cave, and his backstory is partly revealed. Vincent was a member of the Turks, an elite group of Shinra agents. While serving as Lucrecia's guard, he fell in love with her, but she ultimately decided to remain faithful to Hojo, who persuaded her to use her unborn baby in his experiments. When protesting about the nature of these experiments, Vincent was shot by Hojo, who subsequently began to experiment on him as well. This resulted in him not aging and having the ability to transform in various demons.[5] Not being able to protect Lucrecia, Vincent felt a strong guilt which led him to his isolation.[6] Overcome by guilt, Lucrecia sealed herself away in Mako crystals. Upon entering the cave in the game, Lucrecia revives and asks Vincent if Sephiroth is still alive, but Vincent lies and tells her that he is dead.[7]

Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.

In Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, which is set six years prior to Final Fantasy VII, Vincent is seen in his Turk attire having a conversation with Veld, leader of the Turks. He subsequently helps Veld obtain some Materia needed for a mission.[5] In the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, set two years after Final Fantasy VII, Vincent rescues Cloud from Kadaj and his gang. He reveals to Cloud Kadaj's intentions to merge with the remaining Jenova cells so as to bring about Sephiroth's rebirth. Vincent later helps Cloud and his Final Fantasy VII allies defeat the summon creature Bahamut SIN.[8] In the On the Way to a Smile novella "Case of Nanaki", set between the original game and Advent Children, Vincent encounters his former comrade, Red XIII (Nanaki), who is fearful that he will soon be alone due to his lifespan being much longer than humans. Vincent explains to Red that he is immortal and promises to meet with him every year to prevent his loneliness.[9]

In Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, which takes place one year after Advent Children, Vincent is seen working with Reeve Tuesti and the World Regenesis Organization to eliminate an organization called Deepground,[10] who have targeted Vincent because he carries "Protomateria" inside his body, implanted by Lucrecia after he was shot by Hojo. The purpose of the Protomateria was to enable Vincent to control the Chaos gene, with which he was injected by Lucrecia to save his life.[11] The Protomateria is eventually ripped from his body by Rosso the Crimson, leading to Vincent being unable to control Chaos. Eventually he confronts the Deepground leader, Weiss the Immaculate, who is possessed by the digitalized mind of Hojo. Hojo reveals that his plan is to awaken Omega WEAPON, who will absorb the Lifestream and leave the Planet, resulting in the death of all living things.[12] After Omega's awakening, the renegade Deepground member, Shelke, returns the Protomateria to Vincent, and he is once again able to control Chaos, ultimately destroying both Hojo and Omega. The mobile game Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode: Final Fantasy VII takes place during Dirge of Cerberus and also features Vincent as the protagonist.[13]

Other appearances

Outside the Final Fantasy VII series, Vincent appears in the fighting game Ehrgeiz as an unlockable character, with his Turk uniform as an alternate costume. Like the other Final Fantasy VII characters in the game, Vincent does not serve a role in the main storyline.[14] Although he was meant to appear in Kingdom Hearts, his design was instead used as the basis for Cloud's redesign.[15] Vincent's popularity has seen merchandise related to the character, including the release of action figures.[16][17]

Character design

Character designer Tetsuya Nomura has explained that Vincent's character shifted from that of horror researcher, to detective, to chemist, and finally to the figure of a former Turk with a tragic past. Director Yoshinori Kitase was in charge of the cutscene in which Vincent joins the party, while scenario writer Kazushige Nojima wrote his backstory. Nojima had a great deal of trouble with Vincent's dialogue, as he very rarely speaks.[18] In the original script of the game, Vincent was introduced in a similar fashion, but was a handsome, sarcastic personality. He would join Cloud's group after learning they were in pursuit of Hojo, but he had no knowledge of the results of the experimentation to which he was subjected.[19] Additionally, he would be also privy to more information regarding Shinra's involvement with the creation of Sephiroth, and it is he who would explain to Cloud the story of Sephiroth's origins.[20] When the game was still in development, Nomura and his staff considering removing Vincent and Yuffie Kisaragi altogether, as they did not have enough time to work them into the story properly. As a result, Vincent and Yuffie ultimately appeared as optional characters in the game.[18]

Vincent's Japanese voice actor, Shōgo Suzuki, explained that he tries "to hold back as much emotion as possible when playing Vincent," noting that Vincent is "a bit of a loner" and "appears cold on the surface."[21] Nomura wanted Cloud and Vincent's voices to contrast with each other due to their similarities in terms of personality. He felt Vincent was older and more mature than Cloud, and as a result he cast Suzuki, who has a very low voice.[22]

Vincent's cape took many adjustments to perfect for Advent Children, and his gun was transformed to reflect his new role as the protagonist for Dirge of Cerberus

Vincent is shown as a tall, lean young man with long black hair and a ragged red cloak and mantle over black underclothes. He wears a metallic, golden gauntlet on his left forearm. Vincent's cloak covers the lower half of his face and is held closed by a series of buckles. His eyes are naturally red. His crimson cloak was added to symbolize the idea of Vincent carrying a heavy weight connected to death.[23] While other characters were given simple costumes in Advent Children, Vincent was given something more complex. Nomura felt that changing his design to something complicated would "conflict with his personality," which is relatively straightforward, and he was thus given attire consisting of "various, complex parts."[21] His cloak was difficult to animate due to it being very organic; the overall complexity of Vincent's design led to his scenes being "especially hard to create."[21] These scenes were constantly being adjusted so as "to convey [their] elusive nature of seemingly having shape, but not." These adjustments concluded six months before the films completion.[21]

Vincent was chosen as the protagonist of Dirge of Cerberus due to his strong connections to the setting of Final Fantasy VII and the room available for expanding on his background.[24] Due to the staff's desire to make Dirge a shooter, Vincent was also chosen because of his weaponry, while his transformations into different type of beasts in the original Final Fantasy VII was something the staff wanted to work into the gameplay.[25] For the game, Nomura redesigned Vincent's gun in the same way that Cloud's Buster Sword was redesigned for Advent Children, so as to demonstrate that Vincent is the protagonist of the game.[24] The gun was named Cerberus in reference to the multi-headed hound with the same name from Greek and Roman mythology; the gun has three barrels as Cerberus has three heads.[24]


The character has received primarily positive reviews by video games publications. In GameSpot's article "The History of Final Fantasy", Vincent was comically referred to as the Final Fantasy VII character who female players found to be "the most alluring undead man they've ever met."[26] GameSpot writer Greg Mueller regarded Vincent as one of "the more interesting characters from Final Fantasy VII," and liked how Dirge of Cerberus was focused on him and explained his origins more clearly.[27] His character design and abilities have been praised by GameSpy's Justin Speer, who felt that with such traits he "capably steps into a leading role" of Dirge of Cerberus.[28] IGN's Jeremy Dunham had a similar opinion, noting that Vincent "is exposed pretty convincingly here."[29]

On the other hand, Eurogamer's Rob Fahey criticized Vincent as not being familiar enough to players, even to those who played the original Final Fantasy VII, to warrant his role as protagonist in Dirge of Cerberus. However, Fahey still recognized him as very popular character, commenting that he is one of the most common characters from Final Fantasy VII to be featured in fan fiction and fan art.[30] Although RPGamer's Michael "CactuarJoe" Beckett said that Vincent was one of the "less well-developed" characters from Final Fantasy VII, he found his development in Dirge of Cerberus to be satisfying.[31] According to GamesRadar, Dirge of Cerberus focused on developing Vincent due to his lack of backstory in Final Fantasy VII, and regarded the mobile phone spin-off as "Vincent fanservice instead of FFVII canon."[32]

In IGN's 2008 list top ten Final Fantasy VII characters, Vincent was given an honorable mention by Dave Smith.[33] He received praise for his "striking" character design, as well as the fact that "FFVII's 3D engine made his shape-shifting Limit Breaks some surprisingly scary stuff."[33] He has been held as an example of the recurring character categories of "The Kickass Quiet Guy" by[34] and "The Brooding Pretty Boy" by GamesRadar.[35] In 2013, Vincent was included among the ten most notable vampire characters in video games by Gergo Vas of Kotaku.[36] That same year, Gus Turner Complex ranked Vincent as the 13th greatest Final Fantasy character of all time.[37]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Voices of Vincent Valentine". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  2. ^ Square (September 7, 1997). Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation. SCE America. Vincent: To wake me from the nightmare... Who is it?! .... Never seen you before. You must leave.
  3. ^ Square (1997-09-07). Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation. SCE America. Vincent and Cloud: You know Sephiroth? / Vincent: You Start first.
  4. ^ Square (1997-09-07). Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation. SCE America. Vincent: Wait! If I go with you will I meet Hojo? / Cloud: Dunno. But we're after him and Sephiroth. So, I guess sooner or later... / Vincent: Lucrecia... All right. I've decided to go with you.
  5. ^ a b Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania (Revised Edition) (in Japanese). Square-Enix. 2009. pp. 68–71. ISBN 978-4-7575-2560-3.
  6. ^ Square (September 7, 1997). Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation. SCE America. Vincent:This body is... the punishment that's been given to me... I was unable...... to stop Professor Gast and Hojo... And Lucrecia... I was unable to stop them... All that I was able to do was watch... That is my punishment...
  7. ^ Square (September 7, 1997). Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation. SCE America. Lucrecia: I wanted to disappear... I couldn't be with anyone... I wanted to die... But the Jenova inside me wouldn't let me die... Lately, I dream a lot of Sephiroth... My dear, dear child. Ever since he was born I never got to hold him, even once... Not even once. You can't call me his mother... That... is my sin... Back!! Stay back!! Vincent... Won't you please tell me? / Vincent: ......What? / Lucrecia: Is Sephiroth still alive? I heard he died five years ago. But I see him in my dreams so often... And, I know that physically, like myself, he can't die so easily. Please, Vincent tell me...... / Vincent: Lucrecia... Sephiroth is dead...
  8. ^ Tetsuya Nomura (Director) (September 14, 2005). Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (DVD). Square Enix.
  9. ^ On the Way to a Smile: Final Fantasy VII (in Japanese). Square-Enix. 2009. ISBN 4-7575-2462-5.
  10. ^ Square Enix (August 15, 2006). Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation 2. Vincent: Reeve. Who were those men? / Reeve: Deepground soldiers. / Vincent: Deepground? / Reeve: Yes. The shadow of the Shinra Company, constructed by the former president and completely hidden from the rest of the world. / Vincent: Constructed? / Reeve: His goal was to create an army of superhuman warriors--not once letting morality interfere. The man you met earlier, Azul, is also a member of Deepground. But, he belongs to an elite unit known as the Tsviets.
  11. ^ Square Enix (August 15, 2006). Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation 2. Rosso: So you're Vincent Valentine. Keeper of the Protomateria. / Vincent: Protomateria? / Rosso: Yes. The key to controlling Omega. We know you have it.
  12. ^ Square Enix (August 15, 2006). Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation 2. Hojo: If the Chaos within you was born of a tainted Lifestream, then the almighty Omega would be born of a pure one. So I had my minions gather up the "uncontaminated" to create a stream of refined mako, thus awakening Omega inside me. /.../ Hojo: Only a scientist of my caliber is worthy to become one with Omega and leave this planet for the stars!
  13. ^ Square Enix (August 15, 2006). Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation 2. Vincent: Lucrecia. Everything's alright now. Omega and Chaos have returned to the planet. Thank you. It was you. You were the reason I survived.
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  18. ^ a b Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania (Revised Edition) (in Japanese). Square-Enix. 2009. pp. 8–13. ISBN 978-4-7575-2560-3.
  19. ^ Studio BentStuff, ed. (2005). Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Ω (in Japanese). Square-Enix. p. 523. ISBN 4-7575-1520-0.
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Shōgo Suzuki (鈴木 省吾, Suzuki Shōgo, born 12 April 1963) is a Japanese actor and narrator. He began his career narrating television commercials and instructional videos for corporations. He debuted as a voice actor in Square-Enix's Final Fantasy VII Advent Children.

Steve Blum

Steven Jay Blum is an American voice actor of anime, animation and video games known for his distinctive deep voice. He provides the voice of TOM, the host of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim's Toonami programming block. Some of his major roles in anime include Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Mugen in Samurai Champloo, Eikichi Onizuka in Great Teacher Onizuka, Guilmon and Mitsuo Yamaki in Digimon Tamers, Shishio Makoto in Rurouni Kenshin and Orochimaru and Zabuza Momochi in Naruto. In animation, he has voiced Vilgax, Heatblast and Ghostfreak in Ben 10, Starscream in Transformers: Prime, Wolverine in Wolverine and the X-Men, Zeb Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels and Amon in The Legend of Korra. He was also awarded the Guinness World Record for being the most prolific video game voice actor in 2012, with roles in franchises such as Call of Duty, God of War, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Naruto, Transformers and X-Men. In 2014, he voiced Shoe and Sparky in the animated film The Boxtrolls. In 2015, he appeared in The Incredible True Story, a rap album by Logic.

Valentine (name)

Valentine is a unisex given name derived from the Roman family name Valentinus, which was derived from the Latin word valens, which means "strong and healthy." Valentine was the name of several saints of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Valentine's Day was named for a third-century martyr. The usual feminine form of the name is Valentina.


Vincent (Latin: Vincentius) is a male given name derived from the Roman name Vincentius, which is derived from the Latin word "vincere" (to conquer).

Vincent Valentine (American football)

Vincent Valentine (born February 23, 1994) is an American football defensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

Vincent Valentine (cricketer)

Vincent Adolphus Valentine - An affable player of the 1930s, Vincent Valentine was born in Portland, Jamaica on April 4, 1908, and died in Kingston, Jamaica on July 6, 1972, aged 64. He was a fast-medium bowler that never really gave batsmen an easy shot, keeping as he did a perfect length, turning the ball both ways off the pitch and swinging it sharply through the air. He was also a forceful lower-order batsman and a safe fielder. He made his first-class debut for Jamaica in a memorable match at Melbourne Park, in February 1932 playing against Lord Tennyson's touring team. Although he did not bat, due solely to Jamaica's first innings score of 702 for 5 declared, he took four wickets in the match to play his part in Jamaica's victory by an innings and 97 runs. It was in this particular match that George Headley (344 not out) and Clarence Passailaigue (261 not out) made an unbeaten stand of 487 that remains a sixth-wicket record. After just one further match a year later, a match in which he did nothing of note with either the bat or the ball, he was selected for the West Indies tour to England in 1933. In truth, he only made the tour as a substitute for Learie Constantine who had availability restrictions due to his Lancashire League commitments for Nelson. Nineteen of Valentine's 24 first-class matches came on the tour, including his two Test matches (the 2nd and 3rd of the trip) in which his most noted achievement was his 19 not out in the visitor's second innings at Old Trafford. Valentine's death in 1972 went unreported at the time and therefore no obituary appeared for him within the pages of Wisden.

Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia

Vincent Valentine Eguchukwu Ezeonyia (5 April 1941 – 8 February 2015) was a Roman Catholic bishop.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1968, Ezeonyia was appointed the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aba, Nigeria in 1990. He died while still in office.

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