Final Fantasy Friday: A Cid in Every Sequel

A Final Fantasy (et al) post to welcome you to the glory of Friday (if you don’t have weekends off then may this hopefully brighten the midst of your work week) with more located here!

Final Fantasy has quite a few universal themes running throughout the series, and it pretty plainly has character archetypes (I’ll have more to say on that in later essays), but it also has a recurring character who’s first appearance was in Final Fantasy II, though per the FF Wiki he was retconned to be in the original.  I’m talking about non other than the ubiquitous Cid.

Who is your favorite Cid?

My Cid.

Yes, I named my cat after the ubiquitous Final Fantasy character; fight me.  He’s my favorite real life Cid ♥

For Final Fantasy, hm, this is a tough question.  I don’t just want to pick Cid Highwind because he’s from VII, but I do love his crusty, brusque demeanor that’s hiding a true heart of gold.  No one in VII is one-dimensional, and I can understand Cid using that gruff exterior to cover up how much he truly cares.

I’m a little annoyed he doesn’t smoke anymore in Advent.  I mean of course smoking is bad for you, but it kind of reminded me of the Solid Snake in the Metal Gear loading screens, and it was Cid’s signature thing.. If I were going to pick a voice actor for Cid, it would probably be Hugh Laurie, but I don’t know if I’d want him to use his typical English accent or the American one he has for House.  I’m learning towards the latter though.

But…I also like Regent Cid Fabool from Final Fantasy IX. He’s kind of the Edgar/Edge archetype due his philandering and position of power.  I know what that sounds like, but surprisingly none of these characters are really assholes (even though I don’t like Edge very much).  They’d never abuse their position in order to get a woman into their bed; they’d just use their charms.

Also IX’s Cid certainly gets his comeuppance when his wife Lady Hildegarde finally tires of his lecherous ways and turns him into an oglop, a little bug-like creature.

He then winds up as a frog when he tries to reverse the spell, and it takes a kiss from Lady Hilda to return him to a man again.  It’s a cute little side story.

Despite his adulterous ways, I liked that Cid was the first person Garnet thought to turn to when her mother’s erratic behavior reached critical levels, and the princess was willing to do anything, even get herself “kidnapped” in order to reach Lindblum.  The fact that Garnet was willing to risk all said a lot for how much she trusted her uncle.  He was also integral to Zidane and company’s quest, and like most Cids, was mechanically minded and able to *spoiler* adapt to a world without Mist, their primary energy source.  Like VII, IX had the “runs on souls” paradigm, and *end spoiler* craft airships despite this.

Who’s your favorite Cid?  Let’s discuss in the comments!



33 thoughts on “Final Fantasy Friday: A Cid in Every Sequel

    • I think all the Cids are pretty fantastic, but those two were my go tos. I love the crusty, foul-mouthed Cid of VII, and Cid IX has that epic mustache hehe. Cid X looks like a total bad ass though I have to say, nor can I forget how Cid IV essentially survived an explosion and Cid VI took care of my favorite character Celes.

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  1. D’aww! Your Cid is definitely my favourite 🙂 Second place goes to Brigadier Genera Cid Raines from FFXIII. I can’t say anything due to huge spoilers, haha.

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  2. FFVII’s Cid is the most memorable, but I have a soft spot for Cid in FFVI. Duped into killing espers to fuel a diabolical empire, father figure to Celes (who can even die if you bring him bad fish). Such a tragic character.

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    • I was just talking about Cid VI! I should’ve mentioned him because Celes is my favorite character. I always felt like though his death was tragic, if it went that way, it made the story that much more powerful, because holy shit, it was the first time I’d ever seen a character try to commit suicide in a video game, and I’m sure a lot of people could relate to her level of despair of losing everything, waking up to a destroyed world, and the losing the only father figure you ever had. Like what even is life?

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    • FFVII’s Cid seems to be the fan favorite! I think because he’s a main character and he has such personality. The last time a Cid was a main character was IV (as far as my knowledge goes since I haven’t played V yet). Yeaaaaah, I can definitely see that *sigh*


  3. Yay! Cids! It’s hard to not go with VII Cid, especially since my default FF’s Cid is a lame bug creature… I love VII’s Cid and his backstory though. Plus he’s playable! Bonus points to IV’s Cid for also being playable! I do like XV’s version of Cid, Cindy, since she’s a girl. Though it’s kind of cheating since there is an actual old man Cid in that game too. I just don’t like him as much.

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  4. Yo, thanks for the like. Also, I feel like Modern Amy Rose is one of the most overrated gaming characters of all tie not just because of her narcissism. If you all like anything I do not like, I will do more than just try not to be butthurt.

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                    • Here’s I’ll show you somebody off his quotes. They’re on WordPress.

                      Other sayings he has:

                      Miley Cyrus: If you’re not ready to go home
                      Can I get a hell no?

                      ADoseofBuckley: No, of course I’m ready to go home! AND NEVER COME BACK! – The Ten Worst Songs of 2013

                      ADoseofBuckley: I really wanna chop this up to more Me-Generation whining, millennials believing they deserve everything they want unconditionally! But I think this thing has existed for a long time! (some loser from the “lewronggeneration” subreddit at this very moment: “Yeah, he’s defining! I’ve got Buckley now, I can’t wait to go post this on Reddit and get my awesome Internet points when the hivemind agrees with me!”) Hell, half of the plot of Revenge of the Nerds is basically this with a happy ending for the nerds, of course, and that movie is 30 years old! (30 years ago, they made a movie about nerds complaining that the jocks get all the hot chicks. And I’m sure it wasn’t the first, not by a long shot!) So, “nice guys” of the world, it’s time for a little wake-up call! You’re f***ing lying to yourself and everyone else when you say that you’re “nice guys”! You’re f***ing d*******gs too! Just in a different way! – Nice Guy Syndrome

                      ADoseofBuckley: Followed by a bunch of silly, ridiculous noises that are clearly not the sound that the fox makes.
                      Ylvis: Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding

                      Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding

                      What the fox say?

                      ADoseofBuckley: Complete with costumes and dances because there wouldn’t be a viral video if it didn’t have some dumb dances in this. – Ylvis – The Fox – A Dose of Buckley

                      ADoseofBuckley: So, One Direction: a bunch of pretty boys taking the US by storm by singing stupid songs about being in love with girls. Wait, hold on there. Where have I heard this one before?? Hmm, if only I could think of another example…
                      Paul McCartney and John Lennon: Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something

                      I think you’ll understand

                      When I say that something

                      I wanna hold your hand

                      I wanna hold your hand

                      I wanna hold your hand

                      ADoseofBuckley: Oh-ho-ho-ho, s**t, how p***ed are you right now? How f***ing ready are you to stop this video, go to my channel, click the unsubscribe button and comment about how much you hate me right now? “Comparing a Beatles song to a One Direction song?! BLASPHEMY!!!” But it’s really not. I’m gonna bet the 99% of you who watched this video weren’t alive when The Beatles first performed in the USA in 1964. – Musical Autopsy – One Direction

                      ADoseofBuckley: Mr. Bryant passed in the law this week the “Protecting Freedom of Consistence from Government Discrimination Act”, you may know this better as the “Religious Freedom Act”, and you may know it even better as the “We don’t want no f*****s in the establishment act.”. – Mississippi Earnings (The Religious Freedom Act)

                      ADoseofBuckley: I was recently introduced to something called “Babymetal”. If you managed to steer clear of this minor Internet viral sensation, here’s what it is: It’s a band that fuses metal and J-pop. The results are… you can hear it.
                      Babymetal: Plays “Gimme Chocolate”

                      ADoseofBuckley: Yes. please, don’t give Billie a xanny! The last thing she’s needs is a sedative! – The Worst Song of 2019 (plus Year End Awards)

                      ADoseofBuckley: It’s weird, but, it’s Japanese. – Babymetal (Metalheads)

                      ADoseofBuckley: The first time you get bit by a strange dog you’re trying to pet, it’s not your fault. You didn’t know it was vicious. But the second time, you f***in’ knew. – The Ten Worst Songs of 2012

                      Rebecca Black and Jenna Rose are well-known because they are the equivalent of 🐶 s**t on a hot sidewalk. There was this video of a fat Kid doing the “Dougie” getting hit by an ice cream truck, the stupid dating profile girl crying about cats. Yeah, we all love laughin’ at stupid s**t. It makes us feel better about our worthless lives and how they’re going to end eventually, but guess who’s really laughing! The people who made the videos! Let’s use Hot Problems as an example! – Viral Videos (Hot Problems)


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