Tifa Lockhart
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Introduced in Final Fantasy VII, Tifa is the childhood friend of protagonist Cloud Strife, owner of the 7th Heaven bar and member of the terrorist organization AVALANCHE, who oppose the city of Midgar's Shinra corporation and their use of "Mako" energy from the planet as a power source. She convinces Cloud to join the group to keep a closer eye on him after noticing his personality had changed, and follows him in pursuit of the game's antagonist, Sephiroth. Unable to keep him from being influenced by Sephiroth's control, she helps him recover after his mind becomes fractured, and they realize their mutual feelings for each other and work together to help defeat Sephiroth.

As children, Tifa and Cloud had decided to follow a path to a mountain near her home town of Nibelheim only for both to be injured, with Tifa in a coma for a week and her father holding Cloud responsible for the incident. Cloud eventually left to join Shinra's "SOLDIER" program in order to become stronger, later revealed to be done in order to earn her attention. In response, she requested if she was ever in danger, he would return to save her. Years later he rescued her from a berserk Sephiroth after he had destroyed the town of Nibelheim on an expedition for Shinra, beating him to a stalemate but with both Cloud and Tifa critically injured. Surviving the incident, Tifa is taken elsewhere by the martial artist instructor Zangan, eventually arriving in Midgar and meeting AVALANCHE's leader, Barret Wallace, and joins his group in order to get revenge for the destruction of her home town. She eventually encounters an incoherent Cloud at the city's train station, and convinces him to work for Barret to keep him close and safe.
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Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring

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Page Updated:  May 14th, 2024

In the original FF7, I thought Tifa was awesome because she fights with her fists and her feet. Tifa was instantly cool... along with her original outfit design. To state the obvious, Tifa also has sexy elements about her (and a lot of people like her for that reason also). Most importantly, I'd say Tifa's cool personality and badass fighting style are the key factors of why she's a great design. Her appearance and moveset in Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring could've been more fleshed out, but hey... it's TIFA... in a 1998 PS1 fighting game. Nobody was complaining.

Tifa's role and updated outfit in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was pretty well done, although I always preferred her original look. Out of countless JRPG female heroines out there, Tifa is probably one of the most appropriate guest characters to appear in a proper fighting game (due to her martial arts based fighting style). That said, it would be cool to see her appear in another fighting game one of these days. On that note, Tifa's FF7 Remake animations & moveset seem PERFECT for a fighting game.

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