Cloud's Subconscious is a surreal location inside the mind of Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII. It is visited once by Tifa Lockhart following Cloud and her falling into the Lifestream after an attack by Ultimate Weapon at Mideel. Cloud was mentally unstable following the experiments of the Jenova Project, and so had to descend into his own mind to find himself. Tifa Lockhart manages to enter his mind thanks to the Lifestream's effects on the two of them. Since it is Cloud's inner mind, various versions of himself exist as memories from the past. A gigantic holographic Cloud can be seen to the side, twisting and writhing in agony.
As Tifa helps Cloud to unravel the mysteries inside himself, she visits several versions of Cloud during various stages of his life.
This is Cloud's memory of the Nibelheim Incident, and so shows Nibelheim exactly as it was just before Sephiroth destroyed the town. Cloud begins to play what occurred in his mind five years ago. Tifa tells him that he was not one of the two SOLDIERs who was ordered into the town. Instead it was a black-haired man carrying the Buster Sword. Tifa continues on, leaving Cloud to try to figure out what really happened back then all those years ago.
This is Cloud's memory of his promise to Tifa just before he left Nibelheim to join SOLDIER. Since Cloud does not even know if he is the real Cloud, and not some Sephiroth Clone created by Professor Hojo as Sephiroth claims, he wonders if this memory is false just like his memories of the Nibelheim Incident. Tifa concludes by viewing this memory that the Cloud of Final Fantasy VII must be the real Cloud. There was no way that he could have made up the details of this event so clearly by just listening to Tifa's stories. But Cloud himself still has doubts.
Tifa suggests that Cloud mention a memory of her that she had never talked about during the course of the game. Cloud reveals that he wanted to join SOLDIER to make Tifa notice him. They were not nearly as close as Tifa remembers.
This memory of Cloud as a very young boy looking through Tifa's window just before being allowed inside to join the group. This memory is around the time that Tifa's mother died. Tifa was so distraught that she tried to climb Mt. Nibel to find her mother, imagining that she would be on the other side of the mountain. Tifa's three friends followed, but they all eventually deserted her because of the difficulty of the climb. Cloud followed from behind, and was the only one present when Tifa injured herself in a fall. Afterward, the townsfolk blamed Cloud for the accident, and Tifa's father forbid him to come near Tifa, which only increased his isolation. While in this memory, Cloud breaks into two parts, a normal Cloud, and a black shadow of himself.
This section also reveals that Cloud and Tifa were not particularly close as children, instead she played with three other kids, whom Cloud was jealous of. He thought they were stupid and immature, though this was a cover for his own loneliness and admits it was entirely his fault that he was not part of the group. When Cloud called Tifa to meet him at the well, she was surprised to be called out to such a well-known date spot, apparently unaware of Cloud's crush on her. Cloud was unsure whether or not she would ever come, though was quite glad when she did. Tifa admits that after Cloud left town she really began to think of him, and believing he could make good on his promise, look for word of his deeds in the newspapers.
Cloud rejoins into a single form, and then moves back into his memory of Nibelheim. Tifa follows him past the town and into the Mako Reactor nearby, to his memories of confronting Sephiroth. Tifa is injured, as before, and the black-haired SOLDIER runs up to fight Sephiroth. Cloud finally remembers that the SOLDIER's name is Zack. Tifa then wonders where Cloud was during all these events, since he saw all of them.
Zack is easily defeated by Sephiroth in the memory. It is then that a blackened character appears. This person runs up and stabs Sephiroth from behind with the Buster Sword, then cries for his town to be returned to him. When the person removes his mask, it is revealed to be Cloud. He was there during the Nibelheim Incident the entire time, only hiding under his mask. Cloud did not wish to be seen because he failed to become a SOLDIER as he promised Tifa he would.
After badly wounding Sephiroth, Cloud went down to move Tifa to a safer location and make sure she was okay. Then Sephiroth staggered by with the head of his "mother" Jenova in his hands. Cloud went to fight Sephiroth, only to be stabbed through by Sephiroth's Masamune. Taking the sword inside him with his own hands, Cloud threw Sephiroth into the Lifestream and defeated him.
After Cloud remembers who he is and what really happened in Nibelheim, his mind is cured. All the versions of himself from his memories come together, and Cloud is again a whole person. Following this, Cloud and Tifa leave the Lifestream and return to their party, with Cloud again as its leader.
|Cloud Strife - Barret Wallace - Tifa Lockhart - Aeris Gainsborough - Red XIII - Cait Sith - Cid Highwind - Vincent Valentine - Yuffie Kisaragi|
|Temporary Playable Characters|
|Rufus Shinra - President Shinra - Professor Hojo - Tseng - Reno - Rude - Elena - Heidegger - Scarlet - Palmer - Reeve Tuesti - Gast Faremis - Lucrecia Crescent - Mayor Domino - Zack Fair|
|Elder Bugah - Bugenhagen - Big Bro - Biggs - Chole - Choco Billy - Chocobo Sage - Cloud's Mother - Mr. Coates - Dio - Don Corneo - Dyne - Eleanor - Elmyra Gainsborough - Ester - Godo Kisaragi - Elder Hargo - Deputy Mayor Hart - Mr. Holzoff - Ifalna - Jenova - Jessie - Joe - Johnny - Kalm Traveler - Marlene Wallace - Mukki - Myrna - Priscilla - Seto - Shera - Teioh - Wedge - Zangan|
|Locations on the Planet|
|Midgar - Sector 1 Reactor - Sector 8 - Sector 7 - 7th Heaven - Sector 5 - Sector 5 Reactor - Sector 5 Church - Sector 6 - Wall Market - Train Graveyard - Shinra Headquarters - Kalm - Chocobo Farm - Mythril Mines - Fort Condor - Junon - Junon Underwater Reactor|
|Costa del Sol - Mt. Corel - North Corel - Gold Saucer - Wonder Square - Battle Square - Corel Prison - Gongaga - Cosmo Canyon - Cave of the Gi - Nibelheim - Mt. Nibel - Rocket Town - Ancient Forest - Crystal Cave|
|Bone Village - Sleeping Forest - Forgotten Capital - Icicle Inn - Great Glacier - Gaea's Cliff - Whirlwind Maze - Northern Crater - Chocobo Sage's House|
|Cargo Ship - Wutai - Temple of the Ancients - Mideel - Cloud's Subconscious - Materia Caves - Goblin Island - Cactus Island - Round Island - Sunken Gelnika|
|Humans - Red XIII's Species - Cetra|
|AVALANCHE - Black Materia - Buster Sword - Chaos - Condor - Date Mechanics - Gi Tribe - Hardy-Daytona - Holy - Huge Materia - Jenova Project - Keystone - Leviathan Scales - Lifestream - Lunar Harp - Mako - Mako Reactors - Makonoid - Materia - Meteor - Nibelheim Incident - PHS - Promised Land - Shinra Electric Power Company - Siege of Fort Condor - Sister Ray - SOLDIER - Sephiroth Clones - Turks - Weapon - Wutai War - White Materia|
|Highwind - Buggy - Cargo Ship - Chocobo - Motorcycle - Submarine - Tiny Bronco - Shinra No. 26|
|Original Soundtrack - Reunion Tracks - Piano Collections
|Accessories - Armor - Demo - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Items - Materia - Timeline - Walkthroughs - Wallpapers - Weapons|