Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – XIV Temperance

<–XIII Death                                                                                             XV The Devil–>

This is my current Final Fantasy Friday post where I’ll be discussing which characters I think exemplify each card of the Major Arcana.  If this is your first time here, please head over to my Final Fantasy Tarot page for explanation.  Now onto the next card!

XIV Temperance

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The moment I saw Temperance, I knew it was going to be Tifa Lockhart.  That lady knew the meaning of patience and balance since she was the only thing that held Cloud together (albeit barely) after catastrophe.  Relegated to the role of the girl next door, she took second string to the “magic girl” (aka Aeris), but even their relationship wasn’t fraught with jealousy.  They were friends and Tifa mourned her death as much as any.

The angel of Temperance has one foot in the water and one foot on the ground, showing the balance needed to ride both sides.  My memory is a bit fuzzy on the details, but when Tifa and Cloud were floating through the Lifestream during his Heroic Blue Screen of Death, you can bet your ass she was the grounding factor that aided in his recovery.

Canonically (despite the number of flame wars raging across the internet), Final Fantasy VII doesn’t have an OTP, and we see in Advent how damaged Cloud still is from his experiences in the game, but despite her forlorn longing, Tifa “locked in her heart” sticks with him and is the friend he sorely needs.


Alternates: Yuna (X)

When it comes to patience, Yuna and Tifa are on an even keel.  The summoner not only had that trait, but bravery and selflessness to boot…though Tifa wasn’t without.  VII’s lady took the card, because while Yuna may have fallen in love with a dream, it’s better to do so and have them love you than to only dream of true love.


LightningEllen guessed the alternative Yuna, which counts as a win in my book!

Next week’s card is The Devil, the biggest bad of them all.  Do not be deceived by lesser evil; the Devil is whom you must truly fight…

Happy guessing!

<–XIII Death                                                                                             XV The Devil–>

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13 thoughts on “Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – XIV Temperance

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  2. Fabulous as always! I’m afraid Final Fantasy VII is the only one I’m well-versed enough in to actually know all the characters by name (thank you, Let’s Plays), but I think you’re spot-on with Tifa. I liked her; she was equal parts bad-ass (no damsel in distress here!) but also sweet and sensitive to her friends. With my limited knowledge of the games, of course my guess for the Death card is Sephiroth, but he’s the guy I know (haha).

    Oh! Or the guy from Final Fantasy X who tried to save the world from sin by becoming Sin…. er… (checks interwebs) Seymour Guad0. I think he would be a fantastic choice, since what he’s trying to do would definitely being about a massive change and usher in a new era of existence…

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    • Oh you guessed it with Sephiroth! But alas I update every Friday around 7ish or so. Rest assured you were correct with guessing Seph. I used Seymour earlier with The Hierophant, since he’s kind of like an evil pope. Also side note, his voice annoyed the hell out of me. It was like that smarmy, upper class, high toned voice that just made me want to kick him grrrr.

      I’m taking guesses for the Devil card now so take another crack at it! I won’t repeat any character so Sephiroth and Seymour are out, but you can guess as many times as you want 🙂

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      • Leave it to me to forget how to read. Yes, I saw you said “Devil” and then immediately noticed the “<–Death" and… well I blame the copious amounts of turkey I ate.
        Okay… Devil… The only other Final Fantasy game I know anything about is IV, so… maybe Golbez (not going to lie, I had to look up his name because "the guy with the horns" just sounded silly). He wants power, more than craves destruction, which I think falls within the card a little more… Otherwise, I'm out of characters! 🙂

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  3. Yay! 😀 But I should have known it was Tifa… Oh well. I’m still happy!

    Before someone enlightened me, I would have blindly said Sephiroth, lol Let’s see… I know a good one from the FFXIII trilogy, but someone hasn’t played that yet. Uh, Jenova maybe? Yeah, I’ll go with that.

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    • Jenova is pretty much the creepiest, eeriest…thing from the entire franchise. Like total, soulless, parasitic alien out for its own ends and willing to do anything and use anyone to get it. The Final Fantasy series loves its demonic beings though. You have to have something huge for the heroes to vanquish, and then you have to have something huger!

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    • Kefka is an excellent guess and no I haven’t used him! In other Final Fantasies there’s almost always a dark behind the dark, but in VI, Kefka is the biggest bad hehe. I love how Dancing Mad was inspired by Bach’s Toccata in D similar to One Winged Angel deriving from Carmina Burana. Square certainly knows how to utilize music from the greats.

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