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Denzel

Denzel (デンゼル, Denzeru) is a recurring character in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. A young child, Denzel's life is one of many misfortunes. He fights with a metal rod, similar to the weapons used by Aerith Gainsborough during Final Fantasy VII.

He is voiced by Kyousuke Ikeda in Japanese version of Advent Children and by Benjamin Bryan in English. However, he is also voiced by Aaron Refvem in the English version of Advent Children Complete.

Contents

Story

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On the Way to a Smile

Denzel in the OVA of On the Way to a Smile

According to the novella, On the Way to a Smile: The Case of Denzel, Denzel grew up in a well-to-do family in Midgar's Sector 7. His father, Abel, worked for Shinra, while his mother, Chloe, worked around the house.

Denzel was six years old during the events of Final Fantasy VII. It is also at this time that Abel had recently received a promotion and they were planning on moving to a new house in the upper-class Sector 5. Before they could move, however, Shinra had made plans to blow up the Sector 7 pillar in order to take out AVALANCHE's headquarters and place the blame on them. Abel had been informed of this, and attempted to get his family to Sector 5 before Sector 7's imminent destruction. Upon telling his family about the circumstances, Chloe immediately panicked and rushed off to warn her friends and neighbors. Abel went to go look for her and had an associate of his named Arkham take Denzel to their new house in Sector 5. Abel promised Denzel that he and his mother would make it back in time, but they were unable to do so, and all Denzel could do was stand there as he witnessed the destruction of Sector 7.

The first day after the fall of Sector 7, Denzel lived alone in the house that his family had planned on moving into. Arkham had said that he would check in on him every once in awhile to make sure he was okay. Alone in his new home, it was not long before Denzel was overcome with emotions of anger and grief over the loss of his parents. He left the house looking for his parents, clinging to a small hope that they might have made it out in time. After walking around Sector 5 aimlessly, Denzel realized that he was lost. When Denzel stops to rest on the side of the road, he notices a Shinra model airship, which he angrily throws at a nearby house and accidentally breaks a window. The old woman who lived in the house, Ruvie Tuesti, came out to scold Denzel, but sympathizes with him when she finds out that he lost both of his parents in Sector 7. Upon learning that Denzel lives alone, Ruvie lets him live with her.

For a time, Denzel and Ruvie led a peaceful life together, with the grief of losing his parents now less prominent. Denzel's days would mostly consist of helping Ruvie around the house and yard, doing mostly cleaning. When Meteor appeared in the sky, he and Ruvie were a bit shaken up, but they continued to live out their lives and did not evacuate Midgar, as they considered it meaningless to do so if Meteor was going to destroy the world anyway. As Meteor began to crash slowly down onto Midgar, Denzel and Ruvie fearfully awaited the end to come at the hands of Meteor's destructive power. Then the Lifestream came to destroy Meteor, and Ruvie's whole house filled with the white light of the Lifestream's presence. Ruvie protected Denzel from the Lifestream by throwing herself in its path. The next morning Denzel found Ruvie barely alive, and not long after that she died, one of the first victims of Geostigma.

Denzel, Rix, and the rest of Triple S from the Episode Denzel OVA.

In the wake of Meteor's destruction, Denzel was found by a man named Gaskin who was helping get everyone who did not evacuate before Meteor fell to the slums. Denzel receives some help burying Ruvie's corpse from Gaskin and some other survivors, and then leaves with them to the railroad tracks, where he and the other survivors use them to descend Midgar's main pillar. On the way down, and after reaching the slums, he witnessed a large amount of other people suffer and die from Geostigma (the earliest cases of it seemed to kill much faster than the later cases). While in the Slums, Denzel and a group of orphaned kids his age began to make a living looking for scrap metal that people needed to build the new city of Edge in exchange for food. Denzel and his friends called themselves Triple S, for Sector Seven Scavengers. But when Geostigma took the life of Gaskin, a man who was viewed as somewhat of a leader to the survivors living in the ruins of Sector 7, the members of Triple S began to gradually leave and set off to live at homeless shelters in Edge. At first many of the kids, Denzel included, were too prideful to stop living independently as they had been. But once heavy machinery was brought into Sector 7 to clear away the ruins, they began to see very little business and food became more and more scarce. It was not long until the only remaining members of Triple S were Denzel and a boy named Rix. However, after Denzel made an offensive comment about people who lived in the slums, not realizing that Rix was originally from the Slums, Denzel found himself alone again.

Denzel showing symptoms of Geostigma.

After an unsuccessful search for food, Denzel began to wander around the ruins of the slums. He eventually made his way to the Sector 5 Slums, and there, just outside of Aerith's church, he came upon Cloud's bike, Fenrir. He noticed Cloud's phone hanging off of the bike's handlebars and begins to examine it. Then, for no particular reason, Denzel decided to call one of the numbers on the phone's incoming call list. The number he called was that of 7th Heaven in Edge and he is answered by Tifa, who was surprised to find that the person calling is not Cloud. That's when Denzel felt a sharp pain in his forehead, and upon realizing that there was black liquid dripping from his forehead, he knew that he had Geostigma. He collapsed on the ground from the stigma, and was found by Cloud.

Cloud felt that him finding Denzel was no coincidence, he thought that Aerith brought Denzel to his bike so that he could find him in his most desperate moment of need. So rather than simply dropping off Denzel at some hospital, Cloud brought him back home. Denzel soon recovered from his initial symptoms of the stigma, and told them about all that had happened to him up until that point. Because they felt responsible for what happened to Sector 7, both Tifa and Cloud felt that it was their obligation to take care of Denzel, and Marlene was also happy to have a new member in their family. Now finally having a place to call home, Denzel was able to pull his weight around, trying to be of as much help around the bar as he could. He also looked up to Cloud as his hero, and would wait for him to come home late at night so that they could spend time together. Denzel especially enjoyed hearing stories of the places Cloud went during his travels, as did Marlene, and both would listen to his stories late at night and ask Cloud as much as they could about the places they had been. Denzel still suffered from the effects of Geostigma, but he tried his best not to think about it or how it may bring about his imminent death.

Advent Children/Advent Children Complete

"He'll come back. He said that he would."
—Denzel referring to Cloud in Advent Children
Denzel after being cured of Geostigma

In the CG movie, Advent Children, Denzel's condition was worsening and he began to lose hope. He hears about some men who can cure Geostigma, and so he goes along with a group of other kids and these men. The true identity of these men were Kadaj, Loz, and Yazoo, and they take him and the others to the Forgotten City, where Kadaj had the children drink water tainted with his will. This water made it so that their bodies would stop resisting Geostigma and allow a complete takeover of their bodies and minds by Jenova's will. Kadaj's group uses Denzel and the other kids to track down Jenova's remains, a plan which ultimately proves unsuccessful.

Denzel is eventually freed from control during Bahamut SIN's attack. When he comes to, he finds Tifa, who had been hurt while trying to protect him, lying next to him unconscious. Feeling angry that she has gotten hurt on his account, he charges at Bahamut but is stopped short by Barret, who opens fire on the summon along with the other member of AVALANCHE. Shortly therafter, after a promise from Cloud to return home, Denzel goes back to Seventh Heaven, where he and Marlene await the outcome of the battle. In the end, having missed Aerith's healing rain, he is the first Geostigma victim Cloud cures by using the water infused with Lifestream pooled in the church.
Denzel using Cloud's cellphone
 

Advent Children Complete gives an expanded role for Denzel. He is also seen in the ruins of the Slums by Aerith's church holding Cloud's cellphone, depicting a moment from his story from On a Way to a Smile. He is later seen returning the doll of Moogle Girl's dead brother after she is knocked down in front of 7th Heaven carrying him on her back. Denzel is shown with the other children of Edge, riding in the back of a truck driven by Yazoo in reference to the ride Cloud Strife and Zack Fair took while on the run from Shinra. He is present for more of the battle against Bahamut SIN, being saved from Shadow Creepers by Tifa and Cloud, the latter seeing an image of Zack superimposed over Denzel's form just before the rescue. He is also seen doing battle against the monsters created by the Remnants of Sephiroth, using an imitation of Cloud's limit break to crack open a fire hyrdrant. Denzel is also shown running to Aerith's church with Marlene, Moogle Girl, and the other children of Edge to be healed by Cloud.

Aftermath

He and Marlene were not seen during the Deepground/Omega Crisis the following year, seen in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, as they were spirited away by Cloud and Tifa to some place where they would be safe from the Deepground.

In the year following the Deepground Crisis, he decided that he was tired of having everyone else helping him. He wanted a chance to give back for all that had been done for him. So he requested an interview for the WRO, which was still accepting kids at the time. Denzel was to meet for the interview at Johnny's Heaven, an outdoor cafe owned by Johnny, Tifa's old friend from Nibelheim and customer in Sector 7. But when the interviewer arrived, Denzel was surprised to find that person interviewing him was none other than the head of the World Regenesis Organization, Reeve Tuesti himself. Reeve asked Denzel what his story is and why he wanted to join the WRO, and Reeve listened intently as Denzel related his story to him. At the end of the interview, Johnny, who had been listening in the whole time, voiced his objection to Denzel joining the WRO, thinking that it would damage his image if the word got out that a kid was recruited by the WRO at his cafe, especially when that kid belonged to Tifa.

However, Reeve told Denzel that as of right then the WRO would no longer be accepting kids, his heart changed by the boy's story. As Reeve left, he thanks Denzel for taking care of his mother. Then Reeve produces a handkerchief made from the exact same pattern as the one that Ruvie gave Denzel, who realized that Reeve was, in fact, Ruvie's son whom she had always talked about. Johnny then questioned why Denzel wanted to join the WRO and Denzel said he wanted to be strong like Cloud. Johnny then said that instead of a guy who swings a sword it's a guy who rubs away the pain of getting all the girls, which Denzel declares that was not the case before he leaves with encouragement that everyone, including the women and children, can be strong.

Sometime during the year, Denzel and Cloud visit the outskirts of Midgar where yellow flowers grow in the place where Zack died. Denzel asks if this was someone's grave and Cloud replied that the spot was where a hero began his journey.

Trivia

  • Koki Uchiyama was among those who auditioned for Denzel's role. Although Nomura found his voice too old for Denzel, he did choose to cast him for the voice of Roxas in the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Denzel was found by Cloud on June 29th, in the early afternoon, as can be seen from the phone display shown during an Advent Children Complete trailer.



This article uses material from the "Denzel" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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