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Edgar Roni Figaro
Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.
Sprite(s) Edgar's in-game spriteEdgar as Gerad Edgar's menu sprite
Japanese name Edgar Roni Figaro
Kana エドガー・ロニ・フィガロ
Romaji Edogā Roni Figaro
Job Machinist
Skill Tools
Limit Break Royal Shock
Age 27
Birthday August 16
Height 6' (1.83 m)
Weight 169 lb (77 kg)
Blood Type O
Birthplace Figaro
Treasure Double-headed coin
Loves Women
Hates Lectures, and people who give them.
Hobby Flirting and mechanics
Final Fantasy VI Character
"The young king of Figaro Castle, ally to the Empire, and a master designer of machinery..."
—SNES version
"The young king of Figaro Castle, Imperial ally, and champion of the technological revolution..."
—GBA version

Edgar Roni Figaro is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. He is the king of Figaro Castle, the twin brother of Sabin Rene Figaro and is the older twin. He often redecorates his room and is a master engineer, which leads him to create odd and unusual weapons, mostly as a hobby. He is also very flirtatious with women, a trait shared with many other characters in the series.

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Character and Appearance

Edgar is usually seen wearing light blue armor, with white boots, and a long, blue cape, all with yellow trim, to match the colors of the desert and sea. His eyes are a deep blue, a sign of Figaro nobility. His hair is in a long ponytail, kept together with two ribbons. His Amano artwork and portrait shows him having a dark blue outfit while his in-game sprite show him having a dark green outfit. While operating under the alias "Gerad", Edgar wears a dark blue, brown, and black version of his usual outfit. Edgar also dons various protective gear when using his various Tools in battle.

As a person, Edgar is very much a ladies man. From the minute he is introduced in the game, he constantly tries to hit on to Terra, with no avail. He also flirts with Celes upon meeting her as well, and even shows interest in Relm until he learns she is only ten years old. Several other NPCs, particularly in Figaro, note that Edgar is a flirt. This has been a target for many jokes in the game from many characters, mostly from Locke, while his twin brother Sabin refers to his behavior towards women like an "old bad habit". Despite his constant girl-chasing, he's a king first, and puts his responsibilities as ruler as his top priority. In a scene between him and Sabin in Figaro Castle, Edgar reveals he sometimes doubts his ability to live up to their father as a king, and wonders "if he'd be proud of me" to which Sabin responds that Edgar should not ever doubt that.

Story

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Backstory

Edgar, along with his brother Sabin, was born a prince to the throne of Figaro to his father Stewart Remy Figaro and his mother, an orphan named Crystale who may have had some mage descent. His mother died in childbirth. At the age of fourteen, Edgar participated in the "hunting of the Antlion", a Figaro rite of passage into adulthood, and with his brother's help, he succeeded. His liking of women started early; at the age of fifteen, he got into trouble for flirting with his uncle's wife. When Edgar was only seventeen, the Gestahlian Empire poisoned his father. Their father died asking that both of his sons rule the kingdom together.

Sabin, becoming upset at how no one seemed to care about his father's death but only who would become the next king, urged Edgar to run away with him, far from the castle and corrupted politics. Edgar wanted to go with his brother, but he knew that abandoning the kingdom would go against his father's wishes, so he decided to give his brother his freedom in trade for his own. Edgar proposed a coin toss, picking "heads" for Sabin. The coin he threw had his face on one side, and Sabin's on the other. Sabin left the kingdom unaware of the trick that had been played on him, and Edgar became the new king.

Edgar established an official friendship with the Empire, but never forgot who had his father killed and caused his brother to leave home. He secretly allied himself with the Returners, a resistance movement to the Empire headed in the Sabre Mountains, to avenge his family's falling apart. Locke Cole was his contact with them.

In the Game

Edgar's SD artwork

One day, Locke brought a girl named Terra Branford to the castle, and Edgar agreed to harbor her from the Empire. However, Imperial General Kefka Palazzo knew something was up, and came to Figaro to question Terra's whereabouts. Edgar lied, and forced Kefka to set the castle on fire. However, Edgar was too quick for him and escaped the castle with Terra and Locke. The Chancellor of Figaro had the castle submerged under the desert.

Edgar's reaction after seeing Terra using magic.

Edgar decided to take Terra and Locke to the Returners' hideout. On the way, they had to climb Mt. Kolts and got in a struggle with Vargas, a student of the great martial arts master Duncan. Sabin suddenly arrived to save them, and offered his help. Edgar accepted. The four went to the Returners' hideout and met Banon, who convinced Terra to join their cause. Banon then joined Terra, Edgar, and Sabin on a trip down the Lethe River to Narshe to see the frozen Esper. On the way, they had to fight Ultros. During the battle, Ultros stuck a tentacle onto Terra's ankle, forcing Sabin to save her. In this struggle, Sabin was thrown from the raft, and Terra, Edgar, and Banon had to make the rest of the trip alone. Upon arrival at Narshe, they had to sneak in through the mines, since the guards would not let Terra in. The threesome went to see Arvis, a member of the Returners living in Narshe, a neutral city. Together, they tried to convince the Elder to join them. Such efforts were futile.

CG render of Edgar.

Later, Kefka arrived at Narshe with an army in hopes of claiming the Esper for the Empire. At this point, Locke, Sabin, Cyan Garamonde, Gau, and Celes Chere arrived and helped defend Narshe. They succeeded, but after the battle, Terra reacted with the Esper for the second time. She was turned into an Esper and flew away. A search party was sent to look for her. On the way, the party passed through Figaro again. Here, Sabin walked around the castle, and met Edgar in the throne room, where they discussed what happened.

The party found Terra on top of the tallest tower in Zozo, where she was being cared for by Ramuh. Ramuh told them that they needed to go to Vector and free the imprisoned Espers. One of them was Terra's father Maduin. To get there, they had to meet up with Setzer Gabbiani, the infamous gambler. Setzer was not willing to help them, but Celes proposed a coin toss, which if she won, Setzer would offer help. Otherwise, Setzer and Celes would marry. Edgar provided a two-faced coin to guarantee that Celes would win. Setzer agreed to help anyway. The group went to Vector, succeeded in recovering the Espers, and saved Terra.

Back in Narshe, the Elder decided to join with the Returners. An agreement was made that Terra would contact the Espers to attack Vector, after which a coalition of Returners and Narshe guards would storm from the north. The plan was a success, and Emperor Gestahl appeared to have surrendered. At a banquet, he asked Terra if she would try convince the Espers to negotiate peace. She and Locke would go to Crecent Island to parlay the Emperor's message. Edgar was still very skeptical of the Emperor, and decided to stay in Vector to make sure the Emperor wasn't lying. However, he seduced one of the Emperor's maids into revealing the Emperor's true plan: he wanted to lure out the Espers in hopes of capturing them. Edgar and the others flew to Thamasa to warn Terra and Locke, but they were too late. Kefka had acquired more magicite and used it to revive the Statues and turn the Land of Espers into the Floating Continent.

One year after the apocalypse, Figaro Castle was stuck under the desert. Edgar disguised himself as a Thief named Gerad and recruited the best thieves around the world to form a gang known as the Crimson Robbers. The thieves would help him get into Figaro. However, Celes and Sabin caught up to him in Nikeah and followed him through South Figaro and South Figaro Cave through a secret passage to the castle. Celes and Sabin followed him to the Engine Room, where Edgar revealed his true identity. Celes and Sabin helped him defeat the monster that disrupted the engine, and Edgar rejoined the two. They headed to Kohlingen, where they met up with Setzer, who would help them find another airship: the Falcon.

In the ending, Edgar would be saved by Sabin from being crushed by a falling girder. However, if Sabin was not recruited back into the party, Edgar will dodge the girder, wondering where's Sabin when he is needed as he, Setzer, and Celes push the girder out of the way.

Equipment and Stats

Edgar's initial stats in Final Fantasy VI.

Edgar has high physical stats and low magic stats and speed. He is able to equip all swords, spears, shields, as well as a few daggers and heavy armor.

Equipment list

Weapons

Dirks Swords Spears

Armor

Shields Helmets Body Armor
  • Buckler
  • Heavy Shield
  • Mythril Shield
  • Gold Shield
  • Diamond Shield
  • Crystal Shield
  • Flame Shield
  • Ice Shield
  • Thunder Shield
  • Aegis Shield
  • Force Shield
  • Genji Shield
  • Cursed Shield
  • Paladin Shield
  • Leather Hat
  • Plumed Hat
  • Iron Helmet
  • Green Beret
  • Bard's Hat
  • Mythril Helmet
  • Gold Helmet
  • Diamond Helmet
  • Crystal Helmet
  • Regal Crown
  • Circlet
  • Red Cap
  • Thornlet
  • Genji Helmet
  • Leather Armor
  • Iron Armor
  • Mythril Vest
  • Mythril Mail
  • Gold Armor
  • Diamond Vest
  • Diamond Armor
  • Mirage Vest
  • Red Jacket
  • Crystal Mail
  • Force Armor
  • Genji Armor

Abilities

Edgar's job class is a Machinist, which makes him adept at handling machines. As a result, his skill, Tools, allows him to use various machines to attack his opponents. A total of eight Tools can be found throughout the journey. He also has some traits of a Dragoon, as his ultimate weapon is a spear.

Musical Themes

Edgar & Sabin
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Edgar shares his theme with Sabin. It is the song played at Figaro Castle, as well as when Sabin or Edgar are the focus of a scene. His theme is also found in "Coin Song" and the Ending theme.

Trivia

Young Sabin and Edgar, as drawn by Soraya Saga for the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy VI.
  • Before Amano drew the final artwork, Edgar, Sabin, and their backstory were designed by Kaori Tanaka (later nicknamed Soraya Saga), an artist who would go on to participate in the development of Xenogears. Two royal siblings named Rene and Roni appear in the later game. Soraya Saga also authored the doujinshi Figaro no Kekkon: Tales from Desert, which explores their backstory.
  • At one point in the game, he uses the alias "Gerad", this being an anagram for Edgar. Curiously, even if the player renames Edgar, he will still use Gerad as his alias.
  • In the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Gerad is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the Thief Job.
  • In Dissidia Final Fantasy, a subset of Armor named "Machine" is partially named after Edgar's Tools: "Auto Crossbow" Armor, "Drill" Helm, and "Chainsaw" Shield. However, the subset's weapon, Machine Gun, is not named after any of Edgar's tools.

External links


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

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