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Ritz Malheur
Sprite(s) Ritz's in-game St. Ivalice portrait, her hair dyed red Ritz's in-game Fencer portrait Ritz's in-game St. Ivalice portrait, with white hair
Ritz's in-game St. Ivalice sprite, with hair dyed red Ritz's in-game sprite as a Fencer in Ivalice. Ritz's in-game St. Ivalice sprite, with white hair
Japanese Rittsu Marūru
Romaji リッツ・マルール
Age About 12 - 14
Race Human (Viera)
Job class Class Head/Fencer/Red Mage/Elementalist
Voice Actor
(Radio Drama)
Yumi Kakazu
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Character
"I know some "little girls" who can kick your butt!"

Ritz Malheur is the female protagonist of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. The headstrong class head, she appears to be rather bossy, but has a much more vulnerable side. Shara the Viera is her partner, and comforts her many times during the game. Her hair is naturally white, but she dyes it pink because she is ashamed of it.



"Unlike her quiet friends, Ritz is outspoken and strong-minded. While she excels in both classes and in sports, her independent spirit and firm sense of right and wrong result in most other kids giving her a wide berth. She's the last person you'd expect to have a secret — one that troubles her more than anything else. When Ivalice changes, Ritz is nowhere to be found..."
—Online Description
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Due to how she is teased about her hair color in the real world, Ritz has a strong desire to keep the world as it is. Marche first met Ritz and Shara at Nubswood, during the mission The Cheetahs. At the mission, Ritz and Shara caught the Cheetahs, while the Cheetahs try to attack. That is when Marche came in, joining the battle along with two other units. After the mission is completed, Ritz told Marche that Ivalice was made based on Final Fantasy and told Marche to not expect her to help him get out of it.

Although she helps Marche Radiuju on a number of occasions, Marche makes significant progress toward reverting the world to normal, and Ritz attacks him in order to prevent this. Defeated, she agrees not to interfere in Marche's attempts to convince Mewt he no longer needs the world of Ivalice by saying that "a game has its end". Just before the world reverts, her Viera comrade Shara tells her that white hair is considered a blessing by the Viera, thus giving Ritz a more favorable view of her real world self as she thinks the white hair of the Viera is beautiful.

If Ritz and Shara are recruited after the main game's completion a special cutscene can occur. During this scene Ritz asks Shara if she is "cute", feeling insecure. Shara suggests asking Marche, who arrives moments later, but Ritz quickly drops the subject. This suggests that Ritz may have feelings towards Marche.

In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Radio Edition, Ritz's voice says "Final Fantasy Tactics Advance" at every beginning of each CD. Her arrival is shown in the radio drama, where she is found in the woods by Shara. Later, Ritz and Shara will join the party along with Doned. When the party fought Queen Remedi, Ritz casted Fire Whip, which indicates that she had learnt some Spirit Magic and casted Mateus.



Despite the fact that Ritz is a Human, the game almost treats her as a Viera. This might be because of her Viera gift. Ritz can only change into Viera jobs, and the Totema she summons is Exodus. However, the radio drama has Ritz being able to summon Mateus, the Human Totema. While having Viera treatment, the Dmg2:Human will be broken if Ritz is attacked. The official guidebook also depicts Ritz as a "Human (Viera)".

As a playable character

Ritz can be recruited after successful completion of the Mortal Snow mission. If dismissed, she can be recruited through the mission Ritz's Offer. Her equipment is:

  • Femme Fatale
  • Brint Set
  • Ribbon

She joins as a Fencer, and is able to change Jobs, with the following abilities already learned:

Lunge Tech

  • Swarmstrike - Damage and Poison.
  • Shadowstick - Reduces Speed.
  • Featherblow - Double Accuracy, half damage.
  • Manastrike - MP damage.
  • Piercethrough - Attacks two spaces in direction of attack.


  • Block Arrows - Avoid Bow and Greatbow attacks.


Ritz's job at St. Ivalice is called "Class Head", and is described as a person who rings the school bell. When it was transformed into another world, her Jobs during the story line are Fencer, Red Mage, and Elementalist.

Below are Ritz's stats at the snowball fight.

Level Max HP Max MP Move Jump Evade Weapon Attack Weapon Magic Magic Power Magic Resist Speed
2 16 10 3 2 55 19 26 0 8 120

Musical Theme

Ritz's musical theme name is "Ritz" according to Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Original Soundtrack it is number 30 on disk one and number 22 on disk two. At the beginning of the song, it uses some of Marche's musical theme with strings. The song contains a soft feeling, despite of her strong-minded personality. "Ritz" is the only musical theme that does not have a remix for White: Melodies of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

Other Appearances

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Screenshot of the girl.

A drawing of a girl similar to Ritz can be seen at the beginning of the game, as the background to the quiz the player takes.


"Ritz" is an English word meaning "a display of ostentatious elegance", while her last name, "Malheur", is French for "bad luck".

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


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