Aeris Gainsborough

Aeris Gainsborough is a anime/manga character in the Final Fantasy franchise
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Aerith is a main character from Final Fantasy VII. She is a love interest of Cloud. Aerith was a big part in saving the world before and after her death. She now resides in the Lifestream.

She was born to a the last full-blooded Cetra named Ifalna, and a Shinra scientist named Professor Gast. She was born at Icicle Lodge in the northern continents. Professor Gast met Ifalna when he quit his job at Shinra and moved to the northern continents to research about the Cetra. Fortunately for him, he meets Ifalna to

 
 
which she voluntarily allowed him to research about her race. They would eventually fall in love with each other and two years later, Aeris was born. When Aeris was only 20 days old, Shinra soldiers attacked Icicle Lodge in an attempt to kidnap the Cetra. The Shinra soldiers were sent by Professor Hojo, a former assistant of Gast. The soldiers killed Gast and kidnaps Ifalna and Aerith. They were taken back to Shinra’s Headquarters in Midgar, and were used as test subjects. Shirna attempted to learn more about the Cetra race and gain access to the “Promise Land.” Seven years go by and Ifalna was finally able to escape from Shinra Headquarters. She fled to Sector 7 with her daughter and died at the train station. A woman named Elmyra Gainsborough has been visiting the train station everyday in hopes of reuniting with her husband (Her husband was enlisted in the army and fighting in a war). One day, Elmyra would discover Aeris and a dying Ifalna, entrusting her daughter to Elmyra.

Shinra would continue to search for Aeris, who is now the last Cetra alive. As she grows up she begins inheriting the Cetra abilities. She began hearing voices from dead souls that wander the Earth, but since she never knew anything about her Cetra heritage, she was frightened by this ability. Aerith decided to ignore it and never acknowledge it. When Aerith was 16 years old, she meets a boy named Zack. Zack was training to become a Shinra SOLDIER and the two began a romantic relationship in Midgar  wich ended after the 89th letter that she sended to him for he hadnt replied in 4 years.

Aerith has also begun helping her mother with their financial problems. Aerith started selling flowers around the train station. Five years would go by and Aerith is still a target of Shinra, despite that she still continues to sell flowers to help her adoptive mother.

Final Fantasy 7

Meeting Cloud

Aerith first meets Cloud in the train station after the AVALANCHE had just blown up a mako reactor. Aerith was attempting to sell Cloud a flower, he tells her to flee from the area for now. Aerith would meet Cloud again when he falls through the roof during a mission with the AVALANCHE. Cloud falls onto the flowers in the church, and they talk for a while. Aerith tells Cloud that the church is the only place in Midgar that flowers will grow. Aerith then reveals to Cloud that she is being pursued by Shinra’s Turks. She then asks him if he’ll be her bodyguard, and promises to go on a date with him if he does. The Turks then shows up at the church, demanding to turn Aerith over. Cloud would take care of the Turks while Aerith exits via back door. They successfully escape from the church and run across the rooftops back to Aerith’s home. They arrive back at Aerith’s home and she introduces him to her adoptive mother, Elmyra. Aerith explains to her mother that Cloud does not know his way around Midgar, so she wanted to help him get back to Sector 7.

Helping the AVALANCHE

On their way back to Sector 7, the two of them decide to take a break on a playground. While talking to each other, they see Tifa being taken to Don Corneo’s place. Cloud and Aerith then decide to infiltrate Corneo’s place to rescue Tifa. Aerith was allowed to enter but Cloud was not, because he was a man. Aerith decides to give Cloud a make over and dress him up as a woman. With their new disguise, both of them were able to successfully enter Corneo’s place undetected. They head to the basement and discover Tifa there, Tifa tells them the plan about finding out what Corneo knows about Shinra. They successfully get the answers out of Corneo, and learn that Shinra knows where AVALANCHE is hiding. Shinra was also planning to destroy all of Sector 7 to rid them of AVALANCHE. Aerith, Tifa, and Cloud drop down in a trap door and begin heading towards Sector 7. When the three of them arrive, they discover that the battle has already begun. Cloud and Tifa head up the tower to help their friends, while Aerith went to Tifa’s bar to get Marlene out of the Sector. Aerith was able to locate Marlene and took her back to her adoptive mother’s place. However, the Turks were waiting for Aerith and were finally able to kidnap her. They took her on a helicopter and went to taunt Cloud and the AVANACHE.

 
 

Aerith was being held in Shinra Headquarter Labs. She was in a tube where they unleashed an orange beast at her. Cloud and company were able to locate Aerith and free her before she could be harmed. They also befriend Red XIII, who was not intending to hurt Aerith at all. Afterwards, they would head for the exit but were quickly captured before they could go anywhere. Everyone was imprisoned in a cell at Shinra Headquarters. Later that night, Cloud wakes everyone up and alerts them about the dead guard outside of their door. The party follows the blood trail upstairs, where they discover President Shinra dead with Sephiroth’s sword impaled in his back. Cloud alerted everyone to head downstairs and that he will follow them. Aerith and everyone else quickly run downstairs and steals a truck to escape on. Cloud would regroup with them on a motorcycle and they headed for the outskirts of Midgar. Cloud protected everyone on the truck with his Buster sword while riding the motorcycle. They all eventually make it to the outskirts safely, and headed for the nearest city to rest up. At the inn, Cloud briefs everyone in on his past and Sephiroth’s plans to destroy the world. They all agree to go after Sephiroth to save the world. They head for Nibelheim to gain answers, but make a quick stop at Wutai when they meet Yuffie. They also make a quick stop for rest at the Gold Saucer, also meeting Cait Sith here. The relationship of Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith is playable at the Gold Saucer. Cloud is able to choose to either go play with Aerith or Tifa, choosing either one will earn a kiss at the end with one of them. When they finally arrive at Nibelheim, they end up gaining more questions. The party also meets Vincent Valentine in the Shinra Mansion basement. The last member of the party is met at Rocket City, Cid Highwind. Cid allows them to use his plane, the Highwind. When the party visits Red XIII’s home at Cosmo Canyon, Aerith learns more about her heritage and about the Cetra temple.

The Death of Aerith

The party would eventually learn that Sephiroth’s plan was to acquire a materia called the “black materia,” which allows him to cast Meteor. Sephiroth was planning to use the Meteor to severely injure the planet, that it will force the Lifestream to expose itself and heal the planet. He would then use that to gain access to the “Promise Land.” Aerith and company were able to get their hands on the black materia before Sephiroth, however Sephiroth would somehow force Cloud

 
 
into handing over the black materia. With the black materia in the hands of Sephiroth now, Aerith decides to leave the party nad stop him herself. She travels alone to the Forgotten City to use her white materia and caset Holy, using Holy would repel the Meteor. Cloud and everybody else would track Aerith to the Forgotten City, where they see her praying on an alter. Unknown to anyone, Sehpiroth was acting in the shadows, displaying similar mind control powers when he made Cloud hand over the black materia. Sephiroth attempted to force Cloud into killing Aerith himself. However, Cloud was able to resist Sephiroth’s influences. Unfortunately, Sephiroth decides to jump down and kill Aerith anyways. He stabs her through the back with his long sword, causing the white materia she wore on her headband to drop down into the water. Sephiroth proceeds to mocking Cloud, claiming that he has no emotions, and that he was not even human. Sephiroth tells Cloud that he was a puppet the whole time, trying to drive Cloud insane. Cloud would give Aerith a proper burial at the City of Ancients in the water.

Holy Unleashed

It is later revealed to the party that Aerith had casted Holy before her death. It is revealed that the white materia was passed down from Cetra to Cetra, and from Ifalna to Aerith. They learn that Aerith went to the Forgotten City in order to learn how to use the spell. Aerith was successful in unleashing Holy before she died, however Sephiroth has been keeping the Holy spell in check with his powers. The party would realize that the only way to make sure Aerith did not die in vain, they must defeat Sephiroth for Holy to be unleashed. With this information, the party confronts Sephiroth for a final battle, to which they defeat his monster form. Cloud then battled Sephiroth in his normal form, to which Cloud defeats him with his Omnislash. With Sephiroth defeated, Holy was unleashed and attempted to repel the Meteor. As it seemed like Holy was not enough, the Lifestream rises and aids Holy pushing the Meteor far away enough to be destroyed. Aerith was seen in the Lifestream.

Advent Children

Meeting Her Again, That is My Dream...
Meeting Her Again, That is My Dream...
Two years after the defeat of Sephiroth, and the planet has healed. The world was cursed with a diseased called “Geostigma.” Aerith still remains in the Lifestream, guiding Cloud through difficult times. Cloud continues to blame himself for not being able to prevent the deaths of Aerith and Zack. He no longer felt he was strong enough to protect anyone, and thus moved to Aerith’s church. Aerith continues to be a great inspiration for Cloud to continuing living. Cloud would eventually learn to forgive himself before seeking for other’s forgiveness, thanks to Aerith. During the fight with Bahamut, Aerith appears to help Cloud by throwing him towards Bahamut. While Cloud chased after Kadaj, their battle goes through Aerith’s church, where the Lifestream water rises up and cures Cloud’s Geostigma. This was also a reason why flowers were able to grow in that one particular spot in Midgar. After Kadaj is defeated by Cloud, he and his brothers are accepted into the Lifestream by Aerith, who they call “mother.” Aerith has a final appearance at the end of the movie, where she is helping one of the children before leaving with Zack. She turns around and smiles at Cloud, to which he smiles back with the burden of guilt lifted from him.
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Name: Aeris Gainsborough
Name: エアリス・ゲインズブール
Romanji: Earisu Geinzubuuru
Gender: Female
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1st anime movie: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
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Set two years after the events of the game, Cloud Strife and his friends must discover the mystery of the plague called "Geostigma".

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