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didn't i tell you? he was my first love.
Name: Aerith Gainsborough (Aeris in the original game)
Job: Flower Merchant
Age: 22 (in FFVII)
Birthdate: February 7
Birthplace: Icicle Lodge
Blood Type: O
Young, beautiful, and somewhat mysterious, Aerith met Cloud while selling flowers on the streets of Midgar. She decided to join him soon after. Her unusual abilities allow her to heal the party, but she seems more interested in the deepening love triangle between herself, Cloud and Tifa.
Aerith is a central character in the original game, and easily one of the most memorable. If you've played the game, you know why. If you haven't, you've probably been spoiled for it.
Aerith is a young girl living in the slums of Midgar with her adoptive mother, Elmyra. In Crisis Core, the prequel to the original game, Aerith meets Zack, a SOLDIER who falls through the roof of her church. The two get to know each other, but their relationship is often interrupted by Zack's work, and it's not long before he leaves for a job he never returns from.
Years later, Aerith meets another man who falls through the roof, Cloud; soon after, she finds herself swept up in his quest. There's something about Cloud that doesn't entirely sit well with her, though: Cloud bears an uncanny resemblance to Zack. He acts like him, walks like him, talks like him — he even has the same job as him.
So even as they travel around the world, following the ghost of Cloud's past named Sephiroth, Aerith gets closer and closer to Cloud, trying to make sense of this mystery. And along the way she gets closer to the mystery of her own past, the heritage of an Ancient.
Here's a list of the other Final Fantasy titles Aerith has appeared in:
- Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy: Aerith is a bonus assist-only character.
- Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade: Aerith is an event character.
- Final Fantasy All The Bravest: Aerith can be purchased.
- Final Fantasy Artniks: There are a few Aerith cards.
- Final Fantasy Explorers: Playable character.
- Final Fantasy Record Keeper: Aerith appeared as an event character.
- Final Fantasy Tactics: A flower merchant who bears an uncanny resemblance to Aerith appears in this game, running into this game's version of Cloud. It makes zero sense, but hey! Cash-in.
- Final Fantasy Trading Card Game: Aerith's on a few cards.
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning can wear Aerith's original FFVII outfit as one of her garbs, inspired by the fact they have the same Japanese voice actress.
- Pictologica Final Fantasy: A puzzle game for smartphones released in Japan; apparently Aerith is a playable character.
- Theatrhythm: Aerith is one of the representatives for FFVII.
- Theatrhythm: Curtain Call: Aerith appears again for FFVII.
She's been in a few non-Final Fantasy games as well.
- Kingdom Hearts: Aerith is one of the main Final Fantasy characters appearing in this franchise, having been part from the first entry.
- Gunslinger Stratos 2: Aerith's costume is available as part of a Final Fantasy promotion.
- Itadaki Street: Aerith appears in the Special and Portable titles.
- LittleBigPlanet 2: There's an Aerith costume in this game.
- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time: Aerith's costume is available.