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"Cloudy Wolf"

Fenrir is the wolf motif that became prevailant in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Usually, Fenrir is used to refer to Cloud's motorcycle in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, but the term can also be used to refer to the large gray wolf that follows Cloud throughout the duration of Advent Children, the same grey wolf whose symbol Cloud wears throughout his Advent Children outfit.

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Fenrir's Interpretations

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The Wolf

Fenrir outside Midgar

Fenrir, a brownish-gray timber wolf that appears several times in Advent Children is seen as a symbol of Cloud's loneliness and his guilt for the deaths of two of his greatest friends: Aerith Gainsborough and Zack Fair, and his other failures as well, though this was not stated in the movie, but in the "Reunion Files", a 'making of' book for Advent Children. It was also speculated by some to be the spirit of Zack, following Cloud from the Lifestream. The symbol of the wolf can also be attached to Cloud to signify his being a "Lone Wolf" who tries to deal with problems his own way - either confronting or escaping from them - without the help of others.

It first appears early in the movie, at the Buster Sword memorial outside Midgar before Kadaj kicks it down and before Cloud returns to replace it. It isn't seen again until Cloud collapses after a bout of pain from his Geostigmatic arm, where the Fenrir stands watch in the flower field near Tifa and Cloud. It returns in the Forgotten City, standing by the waters of Aerith's grave before vanishing. After this, it does not appear again until the end of the movie, when Aerith and Zack send Cloud back from the Lifestream, and it appears, only to vanish, symbolizing Cloud finally forgiving himself and letting go of his guilt and loneliness.

The Emblem

Cloud wears a emblem on his shoulder pauldron known as either the Fenrir or the Cloudy Wolf. He also wears an earring with the same appearance. In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, it is shown that the background of Cloud's cell phone also has this image watermarked behind the menu. If one looks closely, they can see the emblem on Barret's ring as well.

The Bike

Fenrir, with its front compartments open.
Main article: Fenrir (Motorcycle)

Cloud's motorcycle is the best-known instance of Fenrir. The bike is a combination of polished black metal over brushed gold mechanics. On either side of the front tires there is an expandable compartment that fits all pieces of the Fusion Swords, and is clearly large enough to fit the completed sword as well. It switches to reverse very easily, functions quite well in this gear, and seems to be able to keep itself upright and driving even without a driver.

Non-Final Fantasy appearances

Kingdom Hearts II

The Fenrir in Kingdom Hearts II

In Kingdom Hearts II Tifa Lockhart gives Sora a keyblade called Fenrir after he defeats Sephiroth. This weapon is unique in that it is the only keyblade in the game to be modeled after a modern-day key, a motorcycle key specifically, and has the distinction of having the highest attack power and reach in the game, even above that of the Ultima Weapon. It is also one of the Special Gummi Ship models, where it features Cloud riding on his motorcycle.

Dissidia Final Fantasy

The Fenrir, is Cloud Strife's ultimate weapon, which offers +69 ATK, Wall Rush HP Damage +30% with minor Sneak Attack Effect.

Trivia

  • The name "Fenrir" is reference to the giant wolf Fenrisulfr in Norse mythology, often known as Fenrir, who is bound by silk chains and is destined to devour Odin at Ragnarok. This is particularly interesting as Fenrir is considered by many to be a hellhound due to his link to the guardian of Nifleheim, garmr. This leads to an interesting set of coincidences, as it means Cloud, represented by Fenrir, hails from Nibelheim, named for the land of the dead, where Odin is found in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud being represented by the hellhound who devours a god may be a deliberate distinction with Sephiroth, who wishes to achieve godhood but is repeatedly defeated by Cloud. Another interesting coincidence, Cerberus, a hellhound of a different mythology, shares its name with Vincent Valentine's gun.
  • Fenrir also appears as a Summon in several other Final Fantasy titles.
  • In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Cloud's strongest weapon is known as the Fenrir. This is possibly a reference to the Keyblade mentioned above, as Sephiroth's strongest weapon is called the One-Winged Angel, another powerful Keyblade from the series.

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

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