One of the main characters of the Final Fantasy VII Compilation series. His abilities, iconic hair and huge sword have made him one of the most recognizable characters of the series and industry.
Born and raised in a back water village up in the mountain range called Nibelheim. An outcast compared to most of the kids but growing up he deeply admired the popular Tifa who was his childhood friend.
The two were close close as ever until one day where Tifa climbed up the mountains all by herself in hopes to see her dead mother again. Originally, she invited her friends to go with her but everyone chickened up except for Cloud who stuck behind her. Unfortunately, while walking steadily on a fragile bridge, Tifa had fallen off. Cloud tried to rescue her but, failed and fell with her.
In the end it had put Tifa in a coma and her father made Cloud responsible for her injury. After that Cloud is seen wanting to become just like one of his heroes named Sephiroth in order to become strong for Tifa. He wanted to become the best Shin-Ra Soldier there would ever be.
Before leaving in the autumn, Cloud invited Tifa to the town's well one night where he would promise her that he would be her hero that would always protect her whenever she would be in a bind. As the two promised this, a shooting star soared pass the background.
No matter how hard Cloud trained he was just an ordinary guard rather than the first rank Soldier he wished to be. During one mission he would return back to his hometown with Sephiroth and a first class Soldier Zack Fair to see what was happening with a Mako reactor in the mountains of Nibelheim. Cloud was so ashamed to return back home as a low rank soldier so he kept his helmet on and remained quiet.
Tifa showed up as their guide, wearing a cowgirl outfit to show the men the Mako reactor far up in the mountains. All that was there was failed experiments of those that were once human transformed into creatures. But the calamity that caused a great darkness in the world, Jenova, the mother of Sephiroth was secured there.
For three days Sephiroth locked himself in the Nibleheim mansion to research on the Ancients and Cetras. He snapped with the research he discovered and lost all sense of humanity. He burned down Nibleheim allowing innocent civilians to burn in ashes. This would include Tifa's father and Cloud's mother.
Cloud rushed back to the reactor to find Tifa lying unconscious on the floor with a scar given from Sephiroth on her chest and a injured Zack distorted not far from her. Cloud picked up his buster sword and stabbed Sephiroth when he was off guard. In pain, Cloud looked down to find Sephiroth's sword through his chest. He kicked Sephiroth off the cliff, falling into the lifestream.
Shinra decided to keep this incident hushed up and covered it up by using Cloud and Zack as experiments for a few years with Jenova cells injected into their bloodstream. The two broke out and tried to head their way back to Midgar so Zack could see his special someone.
As they were escaping in the back of a yellow truck, Shin-ra Soldiers appeared. The unleashed a fury of bullets on Zack killing him. Cloud was left for dead next to Zack. As he laid next to Zack, Jenova cells in him began to start reacting causing Cloud to believe that he now had Zack's life. Cloud picked up Zack's Buster Sword and went off towards Midgar where a new journey would begin.
Final Fantasy 7
It starts with Cloud arriving at Midgar and said he was a mercenary for hire. He soon found Tifa was there and caught up with her. he then met Barret. Cloud talked to Barret about joing the Avalanche group. Barret decided to take up on the offer and hire Cloud. Cloud's first mission was to take down a Mako reactor. The mission was a success and on his way back to the bar Cloud met a girl who would change his life forever. Her name was Aerith. He only talked to her for a brief moment but they would meet again.
As the group went on another mission to destroy another reactor they were tricked. The Shin-ra had left a powerful robot to stop them but, they defeated it. The explosions went off as they were escaping causing Cloud to be thrown down through the roof of a church. He looks over to see Aerith again. After a small talk Aerith explains that she needs help getting home.
Cloud agreed to protect her from Shin-ra and get her home which was sector 7. They had finally made it to her house but, she wanted to then escort Cloud back to where he was going. On the way they discover Tifa and find out she was on a mission to find out what Shin-ra knows. They find out from a crime lord that Shin-ra plans to blow up sector 7 and have it fall on the slums below. They tried as hard as they could to stop the explosion but, failed. The explosion killed just about everyone in the slums and several members of the Avalanche group.
Shin-ra had also captured Aerith and taken her to their headquarters. They believed she was the key to getting them to 'the Promised Land'. Cloud, Tifa and Barret needed to get Aerith back. They inflitrated the Shin-ra headquarters and after awhile they had made it to a lab where Aerith was being held. They released Aerith and found what seemed to be a wolf name Red Xlll Which joined their group.
Shin-ra soon captured them and put them into cells. It was in the middle of the night when Cloud saw that his cell was opened. He got out and released his friends, They discovered blood everywhere and found the Shin-ra president killed with Sephiroth's sword in him. They had also discovered Jenova was now gone somewhere. So the group headed out and where going to the outskirts of Midgar with Cloud protecting them the whole way. On the way out of Midgar the group decided they would find Sephiroth. They also discover a girl named Yuffie. She was a ninja and joined them after they saved her. They went to Cloud's home and found that no one acted like anything had happened. They went back to Shin-ra mansion to find a mysterious man named Vincent in it. They left and went to Rocket town and met Cid. He owned a plane and joined the team to help them with faster travel. After they had build up their crew they went to the Temple of the Ancients to find black materia.
Sephiroth appeared though and made Cloud give him the materia. He then explained that he was going to use it to find the promise land and have it all to himself. Aeris went after Sephiroth to Cetra city. Cloud followed her but Sephiroth appeared again and tried to make Cloud kill Aerith. However because Cloud resisted, Sephiroth stabbed her and killed her. Cloud swore to take revenge on Sephiroth as he laid next to her.
Cloud and the group gave her a burial and went to find Sephiroth yet again. On the way they discovered the true facts about Jenova. They find that Sephiroth was actually a Cetra made from Jenova cells. After finding this all out they had finally found Sephiroth once again. He told Cloud about how his memories were actually Zack's. This put Cloud in shock giving Sephiroth enough time to summon the meteor that would cause the lifestream to appear.
Cloud gets tossed into the lifestream. This sends Cloud to a island resort washed up on the beach. The crew finds him but. discover the weapons that Sephiroth had summoned to open the lifestream is now headed right towards them. The attack hits splitting the island in half. But, this time Tifa jumps in the lifestream with Cloud. Doing this caused Cloud to remember his original life and all of his memories of his low class solder life.
Cloud and his crew go to confront Sephiroth in the earth's core.They defeat a monster version of Sephiroth but, this wasn't the end of Sephiroth. Sephiroth was still alive and challenged Cloud to one last fight. After a long and hard battle Cloud uses the omnislash and defeats Sephiroth. Doing this destroys the meteor that was set to destroy the earth. Tifa saves Cloud from falling to his doom and him and his crew head off for the rebuilding.
Final Fantasy Advent Children
After the events of Final Fantasy 7, Cloud has been living with Tifa and Barret in a city called Edge. Tifa helped Cloud set up a delivery service called “Strife Delievery Service” at Tifa’s new bar. They have also been raising Marlene (Barret’s adoptive daughter) and Denzel (an orphan). The events of Advent Children take place two years after Cloud defeated Sephiroth. Cloud has caught a disease called “Geostigma” (called “Seikon Shokogun” in Japanese, translate to “Planet Scar Syndrome”). It has spread through his arm which he decides to cover with a long piece of cloth to hide it. Over time after the events of Final Fantasy 7, Cloud has begun to grow distant from the others because of the guilt he carries for the deaths of Aeris and Zack. He continues to carry the burden of failing to protect those he cared about. It would eventually lead to him moving out of Tifa’s tavern and into the church where he first met Aeris.
While out near the same place where Zack had died Cloud was attacked by three men. They asked him "where is mother". Confused Cloud just fought them off and made his way to find Reno who had a job for him. When he arrives he finds Rufus who tells Cloud about the three men. They were Kadaj, Yazoo, and Loz. He then offers a job to Cloud but Cloud declined and left. While he was heading back Tifa went with Marlene to visit Cloud at the church. All they find is Yazoo, who fights Tifa and defeats her he then grabs all of Clouds materia and Marlene.
The Fight Against Kadaj
While he was out on a delivery, Cloud receives a call from Tifa telling him that Reno has a job for him. Cloud was standing on the outskirts of Midgar, the same place where Zack died and where he left the Buster Sword. Cloud tells Zack that he wanted to live his life for the both of them, then he headed to Reno. Cloud was then attacked by three mysterious strangers named Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo. They claimed to be Sephiroth’s remains before he tried to jump into the Lifestream. Cloud was able to fend them off on his motorcycle, and the three would eventually leave. Kenshin finally arrives at the location Reno said. There he meets with Rufus who offers him the job to fight the three mystery men, but Cloud rejects the offer and leaves. Meanwhile, Kadaj and his brothers have been gathering children that are infected with Geostigma, one of which is Denzel. Tifa and Marlene went to the church to see if Cloud was home yet, however he was not. Tifa would encounter Yazoo and the two began fighting. Yazoo defeats Tifa in the end and takes Marlene and a chest full of materia. Cloud eventually returns back to the church, where he discovers Tifa had been beaten. However, Cloud could not do anything as the Geostigma began hurting him until he passed out. Cloud enters a white area and talks to Aeris, still trying to figure out a way to be forgiven. When he awakens, he realizes that the Turks helped him back to Tifa’s tavern, and learned that the children have been taken by Kadaj’s gang to the City of Ancients.
After a really long battle Sephiroth gets Cloud down and stabs him in the shoulder. After he threatened Cloud to take away what he loved the most Could pulls the sword out and does a Omnislash. This attack slices through Sephiroth killing him. Cloud remarked "Stay in my memories where you belong". Before he dies Sephiroth replies " I will never be a memory". He then dissolves and Kadaj falls from his dissolved body.Cloud holds him in his arms and watches as he goes into the lifestream. Then Yazzo and Loz appear and shoot down Cloud. They then go into the lifestream but, as Cloud is about to go it shows Aerith and Zack making it so he can't go. He then finds himself at the church where he cures all the kids with the stigma with the lifestream water.
After an argument with the Turks, then an argument with Tifa about not letting her help, Cloud rushes to the City of Ancients to rescue the children. There, he began battling all three of them, but quickly knew he was outmatched. Eventually, Vincent comes in and saves Cloud from getting killed. Marlene was able to escape and ran to Cloud, asking him to take her home. Cloud tries to get Vincent to take her home, but Marlene wanted Cloud to. Cloud then asks Vincent if it is okay to forgive himself, to which Vincent replies that he has never tried. Cloud then realizes that he should try to forgive himself first, and decides to take Marlene back home. When they arrive back at Edge city, Kadaj had just unleashed Bahamut on the city. Tifa, Cid, Barret, Yuffie, Vincent, Red XIII, and Cait Sith are all fight Bahamut when Cloud arrives. Cloud then takes on Bahamut one on one, the end result was Cloud slicing Bahamut in half, defeating him. After defeating Bahamut, Cloud goes after Kadaj, who just got his hands on the last remains of Jenova.
Cloud races after Kadaj and his brothers on a motorcycle. Yazoo and Loz engage against Cloud on a motorcycle, Cloud would eventually hold them off long enough to let the Turks set bombs for them. After losing Yazoo and Loz off his tail, Cloud heads straight for Kadaj. He chases Kadaj to the church, where the Lifestream water was activated and healed his Geostigma. Cloud continues after Kadaj, and the two finally clash swords against each other. Cloud was able to beat Kadaj, but was not able to stop him from drinking the remains of Jenova as he fell off a tall building. Cloud charges at him but it was too late, Sephiroth was reborn. Cloud and Sephiroth have an epic battle against each other, destroy building after building. However, Sephiroth was just toying with Cloud, eventually stabbing him on the shoulder and pinning him to a wall. Sephiroth then asks Cloud what is important to him so that Sephiroth could take it away from him. That comment angered Cloud as he was able to pull Sephiroth’s sword out of his shoulder. Cloud then unleashes his “Omnislash Version 5” and slashes through Sephiroth. Sephiroth is defeated and he disappears, leaving Kadaj to die. Kadaj hears Aerith’s voice whom he thinks is his mother. Kadaj then diffuses into the Lifestream along with his brothers. As for Cloud, Aerith and Zack does not allow Cloud to enter the Lifestream and he is taken back to the church. Back at the church, Cloud uses the Lifestream water to cure the Geostigma from the children. Cloud then catches Aerith and Zack standing near the entrance, as Aerith walks away, she turns around and smiles at him, then leaves with Zack. Cloud smiled back and is finally free from the guilty burden he had been carrying.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Set two years after the events of the game, Cloud Strife and his friends must discover the mystery of the plague called "Geostigma".