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Tidus
Japanese Name ティーダ
Romaji Tīda
Voice actor(s) Masakazu Morita
Voice actor(s) James Arnold Taylor
Age 17 (Final Fantasy X)
Height 1.75 m (5'9")
Eye color Blue
Hair color Dirty blond
Laterality Right handed
Home Dream Zanarkand, Besaid
Race Human (Dream of the Fayth)
Weapon(s) Longswords
Overdrive Swordplay
Final Fantasy X Character
"Listen to my story. This... may be our last chance."
—Tidus

Tidus is the main character of Final Fantasy X. The storyline of Final Fantasy X revolves around Tidus, a rising Blitzball star player from Zanarkand. After Sin attacked his hometown, Tidus was transported to the world of Spira. Lost, confused, and seemingly out of place, Tidus meets a newly-fledged summoner, Yuna, and her guardians. Yuna soon to set out on a pilgrimage in an attempt to put an end to a terrible creature only known as Sin. Similar to a gargantuan whale in appearance, Sin is the very creature that destroyed Zanarkand. By joining Yuna on her pilgrimage, Tidus hopes he will find his way home.

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Personality

Tidus is a youthful teen with an upbeat and carefree attitude, as demonstrated at first in the game he is rather childish, however turns more serious when things get hectic. Despite his carefree ways Tidus conceals a troubled past and a more mature and caring persona, this is because of the hardships during childhood towards his father, in fact for this is that motivates him to become a Blitzbal player, even to the point that he desires nothing more than to return to his world and wrap himself up on it instead of facing his new reality in Spira.

To Tidus dismay he has a strong resemblance to his father who at some point denied his position, taking things easy at every time and never worrying about the present situation leaving things for tomorrow, a trait that Tidus despised about his father Jecht. This is pointed out by Auron several times through the game by telling Tidus that he is running away.

For his cheerful personality it interesting to note that Tidus is quite sensitive, thinking things through and even when giving an emotional response to most of his arguments he tends to give an rational idea, just as he explained to Yuna about his ideas about the Yevon dogma, and even when the heroes face the truth about the Final Aeon, Tidus is capable of giving a reasonable doubt regarding the fate of the party.

Most of Tidus' personality is related to his father's comments about him, which despite being offensive to Tidus, at heart Jecht was proud of him and his resolve, which in turn make Tidus hate Jecht and think rather lowly of himself, as long since he is not too sure if he is capable of surpassing his father despite his desires. However as the story develops Tidus grows into a mature nature and selfless persona that even Auron acknowledges and so Tidus chooses to finish the battle for the sake of his friends, father, and himself to save the world.

Story

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Final Fantasy X

"Maybe...this wasn't a good idea after all."
—Tidus, after he steps into the Besaid Temple's Cloister of Trials.
Tidus CG model

The story begins as Tidus, an inhabitant of the city of Zanarkand, is about to play blitzball in the Jecht Memorial Cup - a tournament in honor of his lost father, Jecht. Ten years prior to the game, Jecht mysteriously disappeared while on a blitzball training expedition out at sea. A successful blitzball player, people would talk about how his skills were unequaled, which left pressure on Tidus to match, if not surpass, his father's skill. Tidus hates Jecht for this, as well as for his constant habit of putting people down.

During the tournament, Zanarkand is attacked by Sin, an immense creature shrouded in water. The city is destroyed in its path, and Tidus manages to escape a similar fate before the blitzball stadium collapses. After falling to the ground and while the destruction still occurs, Tidus sees Auron, an old friend of Jecht and Tidus' own mentor. Auron and Tidus fight their way towards Sin. Once there, Auron drags Tidus into the depths of Sin, claiming his story begins here.

Tidus running from the Geosgaeno.

Tidus awakens to find himself in the world of Spira, where he runs into the eccentric salvager race, the Al Bhed. He befriends a young Al Bhed girl named Rikku, and tells her about his life in Zanarkand, as well as his career as the star player of the Zanarkand Abes. But Rikku is rather reluctant to believe him, asking if he breathed Sin's toxin, which is known to induce amnesia. After Tidus claimed he was telling the truth, Rikku decides to take his word, but not before telling him that one thousand years have passed since the destruction of Zanarkand. Rikku also tells him that since Zanarkand is now a holy place, it would be wise not to tell anyone about his life there. After being knocked off the ship by another attack by the monstrous Sin, Tidus awakens at the shores of Besaid Island.

It is here he meets Wakka, the coach and captain of the Besaid Aurochs, who was impressed by Tidus' talent in Blitzball. Like Rikku, Wakka is shocked to hear Tidus claim to be from the "holy city" of Zanarkand. From this point on, Tidus decides to stick with the story of being a victim of Sin's toxin, lest people think of him as a heretic. The two then arrive inside the Besaid Temple, where an apprentice summoner has not returned from the Cloister of Trials for a day already. Worried the summoner may be in danger, Tidus rushes in, despite the Priest's warning about obeying the Precepts. Wakka finds Tidus near the entrance to the Fayth. Wakka proceeds to tell Tidus about the Fayth, and the Temples: only Summoners and Guardians (such as Wakka) can go in and face the trials. Upon arriving, Tidus meets the summoner Yuna, and the guardians accompanying her, Lulu and Kimahri Ronso, who have just completed the trials and have achieved Valefor. Lulu was surprised to see Tidus, since he doesn't meet the conditions of those allowed in the temple. Afterwards, Tidus gets the chance to talk with Yuna, who invites him to come along with her on her pilgrimage.

That night, Tidus awakens after a dream about his father Jecht putting him down him to hear Lulu berating Wakka. Lulu claims that Wakka is only interested in Tidus because he reminded him of his younger brother, Chappu. Apparently, Chappu was a member of the Crusaders, a group determined to defeat Sin, but was killed the previous year. Despite this, Tidus still thinks of Wakka as a true friend. The next day, the two leave with Yuna, Lulu, and Kimahri, who unexpectedly charged at and picked a fight with him because he does not trust nor like him, on their journey to defeat Sin.

As they sail to Kilika, Tidus gets to know Yuna. She enjoys his company and believes his claims that he came from Zanarkand. When he asks why, she says Jecht told her the same thing when she was younger. Tidus is disturbed by the knowledge that his own father arrived in Spira, and Yuna tells him that Jecht helped her father, a summoner named Braska, by becoming his guardian. When Tidus tells her Jecht disappeared from Zanarkand ten years previous, Yuna said that was the same time he appeared in Spira. The group soon arrives at Kilika, only to witness its destruction by Sin. Here, Tidus witnesses Yuna's first Sending, an elaborate dance during which she sends the spirits of the dead to the Farplane.

The party arrives at Luca and the annual Blitzball World Championship. Once they arrive, Tidus finds out that his new team, the Besaid Aurochs, are the butt of the tournament, having lost their first match each year for the past twenty-three years. Frustrated, Tidus attracts some attention by grabbing a megaphone, climbing on top of some crates and yelling at the favored-to-win Luca Goers, saying that his team will be taking the cup home. This incident leaves the Aurochs in embarrassment and all of Luca taking Tidus for the "Aurochs' comedian."

Shortly after this misfortune, Tidus meets Grand Maester Mika and the newest maester, Seymour Guado, a man who is half human and half Guado. During the Blitzball tournament, Kimahri's old foes, Biran and Yenke Ronso, picked a fight with him. When Tidus goes to help him, Yuna is kidnapped by a group of Al Bhed. Tidus and Kimahri chase after them, and with Lulu guiding them to the Al Bhed ship, they rescue her. Afterwards it is revealed that Yuna is half Al Bhed herself, on her mother's side. Before the group goes back to the tournament, Lulu warns Tidus not to tell Wakka about Yuna's lineage, as Wakka holds a strong hatred for the Al Bhed. After the Blitzball game, Tidus reunites with Auron, who offers his services to Yuna as a guardian. Auron later tells Tidus something he never expected: that somehow, his father is the enemy.

"Yes, Sin is Jecht."

This news comes very suddenly to Tidus, as this would mean that in order to defeat Sin, he would have to defeat his own father. Before the group continues on their journey, Yuna gladly and officially makes Tidus her guardian. Yuna notices that Tidus is depressed about something and tries to cheer him up by teaching him how to smile when he's feeling sad. She then tells him to try and laugh out loud and he reluctantly does so and lets out an annoying, sarcastic laugh. She joins him and they laughed together. Realizing what they were doing, they seriously start laughing togeter. Yuna thanks Tidus for this humorous moment and tells him that she wants her journey to be full of laughter. She also told him to whistle if they ever get seperated and she'll come running. After Tidus promised her, they realized that the others have been watching them and were worried that "they might have gone crazy."

After setting out, Yuna and Tidus have a moment together and Tidus asked Yuna why Sin always comes back. She tells him that Sin is the "punishment" for their vanity and will not go away unless they have atoned. Tidus wondered if because people were using lots of machina and asked if it was really a bad thing. Yuna couldn't answer that because she does not know herself and she doesn't know a lot of things. Tidus cheers her up by jokingly pretending to be Mika, causing her to laugh. Tidus then told her to not worry about the future until they beat Sin. But he wondered how they can beat something big like that. Yuna explains to him about the Final Aeon, the only aeon powerful enough to destroy Sin, which lays in wait in Tidus's old home, Zanarkand. This surprised Tidus, but was immediately informed by Auron that it's the ruins of an ancient city destroyed 1000 years ago. He briefly doesn't believe it but Auron tells him he'll see it for himself soon enough. Yuna asks him if he'll go with her and he decides to go to Zanarkand to see it with his own eyes, walking away depressed again.

Along the way, Tidus and the group were blocked by the Crusaders, who were planning for their big Operation Mi'ihen, and operation that was created by the Crusaders and the Al Bhed to join forces to lure Sin into a trap and destroy it with a machina that supposely as powerful as the mighty aeons. The Crusaders let them through under the orders of Maester Seymour. When the operation began, they fought off a Sinspawn Gui. Sin started to attack and delivered a ultimate blast that wiped out almost all the Crusaders into ashes. Horrified at what happened out there, Tidus chased after Sin, having seen enough death and wants to go home. Tidus begins to have visions of his father pestering him and wakes up near the Djose Highroad, where Yuna is still sending the fallen soldiers to the Farplane and wishes Yuna would stop, but won't stop until Sin is gone. He meets up with Auron and is told that Sin is Jecht, but still doesn't buy his story. They later travel to Djose Temple, where the surviving Crusaders are healing while a few of them pass away.

The next day, the group travels to the Moonflow, riding on a Shoopuf, where Tidus is shown a sunken city by Wakka, and learns more about Spira's history and the machina war from 1000 years ago. Yuna is then blindly kidnapped by the Al Bhed while Tidus and Wakka swim after them. Tidus and Wakka successfully defeated the underwater machina and saved Yuna. Tidus meets with Rikku again, relieved that his first friend in Spira is still alive, and is startledd when he finds out she was the one controlling the machina. He asks Yuna and Auron if she could come along as a fellow guardian, and since Wakka doesn't mind, seeing as how he doesn't know she's an Al Bhed, she joins the group.

Maester Seymour's home of Guadosalam lies on the way of the pilgrimage, so the group briefly stops there and is welcomed by the Maester. Seymour has become noticeably fixated on Yuna, causing Tidus to instantly dislike him, in light of his own growing feelings for her. To the surprise of all, Seymour proposes to Yuna, asking her to marry him for the good of all Spira. She is allowed time to decide and consult with the others, and they take this time to visit the Farplane, gathering place for departed spirits. It is explained that within the Farplane, one will see images of their deceased loved ones, triggered by their own memories. Yuna, unaware of Sin's identity, pointedly notes to Tidus that Jecht must still be alive, since he hasn't appeared. She and Tidus talk a bit more about Jecht, and when Tidus' mother appears, his resentment towards his father increases, since he blames Jecht for her death. Upon leaving the Farplane, the others stumble upon a deceased Jyscal Guado, who escaped from the Farplane to seemingly give Yuna a message. After Yuna sent him, a sphere dropped from out of Gyscal's clothing. The others are still wondering what caused Gyscal to escape from the Farplane.

When the party reached the Thunder Plains, it is revealed that Rikku suffers from astrophobia and becomes so frightened of thunder that she quickly crawled to Tidus and grabs him by the leg. She begs Auron to stop at Rin's Travel Agency until the storm stops (which will never happen). When they got there, Yuna immediately checks out a room. Tidus walks through the hall when he heard a man speaking in Yuna's room. As he tries to listen closely, the door slides open on him, causing Tidus to humorously fall into the room. As Tidus entered the room, he happens to catch Yuna looking at a sphere that shows Seymour's deceased father, Jyscal Guado. Yuna immediately turns it off and Tidus apologizes for coming in without permission. As he heads out the room, he asks Yuna if that was Jyscal. Yuna replies yes and tells Tidus that the sphere is his will and says to "take care of my son."

As Yuna leaves her room seemingly upset, Tidus decides to take a peak at the sphere when Wakka comes in and playfully tackles him by the neck, asking him what he's up to. As Tidus tries to tell him that Yuna's acting strange, Wakka, who is still hanging on to Tidus, informs him to "hold his chocobos" until she tells them when she's ready. As Tidus struggled out of Wakka's grasp, he quickly agrees, showing that he's had enough. Yuna eventually decides to accept Seymour's proposal, though the others don't fully agree, and they make ready to travel to Macalania, where Seymour awaits her answer.

However, upon arriving to Macalania Temple they find that Seymour was responsible for the death of his father, Jyscal Guado, simply so he could gain the title of Maester. The group hurries to Yuna's side to deal with Seymour, who has already guessed that Yuna wouldn't marry him knowing what he did. They are forced into battle and Seymour is killed. Before Yuna can perform a Sending, though, his body is taken away and Tromell brands them all traitors for killing a maester. Before the Guado can apprehend Tidus and the others, Sin whisks them away, and all but Yuna arrive in the endless desert, Bikanel.

Rikku decides to guide her friends to Home, the Al Bhed's sanctuary, thinking Yuna might be there somewhere, but this is false. It is here Tidus is finally told the truth: when the Final Aeon is summoned, it destroys not only Sin, but the summoner as well; thus, Yuna has embarked on a suicide mission to defeat Sin, only for it to return some time later. When Tidus learns this, he suffers an emotional meltdown and swears to find a way to keep Yuna alive. Rikku takes Tidus and the others to the Airship, where they meet Cid, the leader of the Al Bhed and Yuna's uncle. They proceed to Bevelle, where Yuna is being forced into marrying a now Unsent Seymour.

Tidus and the rest of the guardians crashed the wedding but weren't able to stop it. They were to die if they interfere with the ceremony. Unable to do anything, they were forced to watch Yuna marry Seymour, which enraged Tidus. Seymour then commanded the Warrior Monks to finish them off, but Yuna protests and threatens to commit suicide by jumping off the balcony. Seymour tells the monks to cease fire and Tidus and Rikku rush to Yuna. Yuna asks to leave but they refuse. She tells not to worry and says that she can fly. They don't believe it but decides to believe anyway. Yuna falls from the balcony and summons Valefor, escaping to the Chamber of the Fayth. On their way to the chamber, they stumble upon a machina in the temple, revealing Yevon's true face. When they arrived, Tidus couldn't stand and wait for Yuna to come out and attempts to break in to no avail alone. Kimahri lends him a hand and they manage to open the entrance. Yuna receives the aeon, Bahamut and faints. When Tidus carries her out, Rikku tried to tell him to not come out, but was too late to listen. They are tried for killing Seymour and siding with the Al Bhed. They are sentenced to the Via Purifico, where dangerous fiends linger.

Tidus, along with Rikku and Wakka, manage to fight off underwater fiends, including Evrae Altana, and escaped. When they all reunited at the front entrance, they confronted Seymour and his goons, with one of them carrying the body of Wen Kinoc. Seymour claims that he has saved him from life, having great power, fearing he would lose it, and spends his life scheming petty schemes, never knowing rest. Now that he has no worries, he has been granted sleep eternal. He would then reveal his plans on using Yuna to become the new Sin, and destroying Spira, saving everyone from fear and suffering, having Tidus calling him totally nuts. Kimahri aims his spear at him, not wanting him to use Yuna for any of this.

Seymour decides to kill Kimahri, thinking that he wants death so much. He kills his minions and uses their souls to transform into Seymour Natus. Kimahri orders his friends to run and protect Yuna. Auron follows his orders, but Tidus refuses. Auron aims his blade at him and forces him to go. Yuna stops running and argues with Auron, wanting to rush back to save Kimahri. Tidus agrees, reminding everyone that they're all guardians and tells Yuna that he'll follow Yuna anyway. They all run back to help Kimahri fight Seymour. They become successful in taking down Seymour, with him scattering into pyreflies. The party retreats to Macalania Woods, where Yuna, her faith shaken, departs to the forest spring. In a mutual agreement between himself and the others, Tidus follows her, revealing that he knows the truth behind the Final Summoning and apologizing for constantly talking about defeating Sin, believing that he had only stressed Yuna out by doing so; however, Yuna assures him that his words had in fact cheered her up.

Tidus attempts to convince Yuna to abandon her pilgrimage and stay with him, even toying with the idea of showing her his own Zanarkand (though it is becoming clear that he can never return); though Yuna considers it, she is ultimately unable to allow Sin get away with all it has done, and resolves to go on. At this moment, Yuna, overwhelmed by everything that has happened, lets down her emotional walls completely and breaks down in tears. Tidus comforts her, and they share a passionate kiss under a shining full moon. The next morning, Tidus, Yuna, and the others continue on their journey towards Zanarkand, and in the meantime Tidus and Rikku desperately try to come up with a plan on how to keep Yuna alive after the final summoning, to no avail.

As the party approaches Zanarkand, another disquieting fact is revealed: neither Tidus nor Jecht are actually real. They, and the Zanarkand they hail from, are merely dreams of the Fayth, ordered into existence after the destruction of the real Zanarkand with the formation of Sin. The Fayth want Tidus to defeat Sin permanently, so that they can finally rest. Unfortunately, if he complies, the dream will end and Tidus himself will disappear. However, all is not lost, as the player is left with these words, as said by Bahamut's Fayth: "You have been touched by Sin... you're more than just dreams now."

When the party reaches Zanarkand, they are shown visions of the past by Pyreflies, including Seymour's childhood, summoners and guardians in the past, and even the last chapters of Braska's pilgrimage. They are presented with yet another bizarre revelation by Lady Yunalesca, and the last questions are answered: Jecht is Sin because the Final Aeon is dead, and a guardian close to the summoner will have to sacrifice him or herself to become a new one, as Jecht did. Unfortunately, the question of how to defeat Sin/Jecht becomes murkier: he's an Aeon, and now he has become Sin. Yunalesca leaves the group to decide which of the guardians will be sacrificed into becoming the new Final Aeon, but after witnessing another vision in which Jecht decides for Braska to use him as the Fayth, Tidus decides to break the cycle of death, and Yuna doesn't wish to sacrifice any of her guardians.

Yunalesca becomes dismayed at the party's unwillingness to follow the rites of the pilgrimage and offers to end their suffering through death. Suddenly, the party sees a vision of Auron from the past, grief-stricken over the death of Braska and transformation of Jecht, going to confront Yunalesca. She killed Auron, making him presently an Unsent. Auron then rallies his team to attack Yunalesca. A fierce battle ensues, and Yunalesca is defeated. Unfortunately, without Yunalesca, the Final Aeon cannot ever be attained, and summoners will never be able to temporarily defeat Sin again. Auron then decides to tell Tidus that he was an unsent all along, and his spirit couldn't rest because of the promise he made to Jecht: that he would travel to the dream Zanarkand and look after his son. The party leaves Zanarkand without the Final Aeon, but still determined that there is another way to defeat Sin.

The storyline unfolds further to reveal exactly how Jecht became Sin. Sin is actually the protective armor for an entity named Yu Yevon, the ruler of what was once Zanarkand, whose skill in summoning was so great that he could actually possess the aeons he called forth. Every time the current Sin is defeated by a Final Aeon, Yu Yevon simply possesses that Final Aeon, corrupting it, and making it into a new Sin.

The team boards the Airship and plans the next move: if Yuna can defeat the current Final Aeon, Yu Yevon will be left spiritually and ecumenically vulnerable, which is when the party could destroy him. To do this, they must invade the gigantic hulk of Sin's body and destroy Yevon from the inside. However, Seymour follows them, determined to become the new Sin no matter what, but the party successfully defeats him, leaving him weak enough for Yuna to send. As they travel further inside Sin, they finally encounter the man called Jecht, Tidus' father and Braska's Final Aeon.

Jecht speaks to Tidus the way only a father could, saying he is proud of Tidus for becoming the man he is now, and though it's difficult for Jecht to say, Tidus can tell his father really loves him. After the fight, he urges Yuna to summon her remaining Aeons and defeat Yu Yevon once and for all. Yu Yevon possesses each of the aeons in turn, and each is defeated by the group, until Yu Yevon has nowhere left to hide and is easily destroyed.

The Fayth depart, relieved and thankful...but so must Tidus meet the same fate. As he starts to fade, he apologizes to his friends, bids a tearful farewell to Yuna, who doesn't want to accept the fact that he'll be leaving her. As he walks away, Yuna rushes up to him, but simply passes right through him, much to the shock of the rest of her guardians. Though distraught over this, Tidus accepts his fate, and Yuna tells Tidus that she loves him. Embracing Yuna one last time, Tidus takes a running jump off of the airship and enters the Farplane, where he is reunited with the spirits of Auron, Braska, and Jecht. Tidus slaps his father a jovial high-five, proof that the two are finally at peace.

After the end credits, Tidus is shown being revived by the Fayth and waking up in the depths of the ocean somewhere near the coast of Besaid and swims toward the surface with a smile on his face.

Final Fantasy X-2

Tidus is also featured in the plot of Final Fantasy X-2, in which Yuna sees a sphere recording that shows a young man who appears to be Tidus, trapped in a cage and demanding to be freed to let him "talk to the summoner." It is this sphere that compels Yuna to join the Gullwings, a sphere hunting group, and travel all around Spira in the hope that she could discover what really happened to the man she loves.

Because at the beginning of Final Fantasy X the user can choose to name Tidus whatever they want, Tidus is exclusively referred to with personal pronouns in Final Fantasy X-2. For example, instead of someone saying, "What happened to Tidus?" they would always ask "What happened to him?" In the original Japanese language, Yuna refers to him with the friendly terminology for "you", kimi.

Though he doesn't appear much throughout the game, he still makes some brief appearances. His first appearance was in Yuna's nightmare. While viewing the sphere the Gullwings have stolen from Kilika Temple, the same young man who looked a lot like Tidus is seen in the Bevelle Underground approaching the machina Vegnagun and telling it "you know... you're all I can count on to save Lenne," causing Yuna to question whether or not it's him and who is Lenne. Brother, leader of the Gullwings requests that they give back the sphere, feeling that it's bad news. Yuna agrees saying that she's seen it. Bored, the Gullwings decide to have Yuna dance the rest of the night. In the meantime, Yuna is still upset and jealous about this Lenne and lets out a big shout asking "WHO THE HECK IS LENNE?!" leaving Yuna in an awkward moment. She then decides to go to bed to get rid of the stress she has. She then dreams about her and Tidus running from the Bevelle soldiers in the Bevelle Underground. They later find themselves in front of Vegnagun and are caught by the soldiers knowing that they would die. They silently looked into each other's eyes and are shot down. Rikku and Paine then wake her up and she realizes that it was all a dream. Rikku jokingly tells her to blame it on "her new jammies," namely the Songstress Dressphere, leaving Yuna in embarrassment. They did not yet know about Lenne's spirit inside the dressphere.

His next appearance was during the crisis in Spira. Fiends were pouring out of the temples and the Gullwings had to fight them off. The fayth were being possessed by the darkness of the same young man shown in the sphere. They freed the fayth from their enslavement but Yuna, Rikku, and Paine were ambushed by Ixion, who was thought to be down. Yuna, without thinking, accidently jumped into the hole where the fayth statue once was, falling into the Farplane. While falling, she heard a mysterious voice that sounded familiar. She awakens in the Farplane in her songstress dressphere. Pyreflies began to float out of the dressphere and Yuna sees someone walking towards her; the very young man Yuna was hoping to meet and asks if it was really him. He responds to her and says "It is me. Shuyin. I've waited so long, Lenne." Disappointed, she quickly informs him that she is not Lenne. Shuyin, not believing her, explains to her that he was alone and looked for her for so long after disappearing together. He came to realize that everyone in Spira is still fighting over nothing and dying like they used to. He promises that he'll fix the problem by having Vegnagun making it all go away and the two will fade together again. Because of the dressphere, Lenne's feeling began to react, causing Yuna a great deal of difficulty to back away from him. Shuyin begins to hug her and Yuna seems to have feelings for Shuyin and couldn't resist him.

Nooj and Gippal were able to wake her up and Shuyin's image began to fade and shows a possessed Baralai. He then creates a portal that takes them into the deeper parts of the Farplane. Nooj and Gippal leaves Yuna to go after Baralai after giving her spheres to give to Paine. Now alone, she begins to questions what she's gotten herself into and becomes angry. She then decides to scream so someone could hear her. Then an unforgettable whistle calls out to her. It was her lost love, Tidus, who gathered enough strength to briefly materialize, guides her out of the Farplane and back to Spira.

Shuyin in Final Fantasy X-2

Despite the fact that the person seen in the sphere turns out not to be Tidus, but Shuyin from the Bevelle-Zanarkand war, and that Yuna's quest to find some clues about Tidus' whereabouts is put on hold, when all is completed, the Fayth reveal just how Yuna can find Tidus. Towards the end of the game the player (as Yuna) gets the opportunity to change the ending of the storyline, reuniting the two.

The story of Final Fantasy X-2 seems to suggest that Tidus' likeness and abilities are the Fayth's way of having another Shuyin (a Blitzball ace in his own right during Zanarkand's golden age). If the story of Shuyin and Lenne was known to residents of Zanarkand, Shuyin must have appeared as a romantic hero (going to great lengths to save his lady), thus prompting his recreation.

Tidus reunites with Yuna

Once a certain percentage is completed in Final Fantasy X-2, as well as fulfilling other conditions, the player will be rewarded with an extra scene in the ending of the game which shows Tidus being revived by the Fayth. He makes his entrance to Spira in the same way he did in Final Fantasy X, appearing in the sea just off the coast of Besaid Island (at the end of Final Fantasy X, the portion of the scene where Tidus is swimming up towards the surface is shown. This is obviously the same scene and it suggests that there was some truth the Fayth's statement that "he was more than dreams"), to be greeted by Yuna and a crowd of people on the beach, including Wakka and Lulu. If the player achieves a perfect completion score of 100%, this is followed (after the game credits) by a scene at Zanarkand, in the same location as the beginning of Final Fantasy X, thus bringing the story full-circle to its final conclusion.

Tidus also appears while playing Blitzball. You can play against the Zanarkand Abes (Tidus' original team in Final Fantasy X), and then trade a player for him.

Numerous tributes to Tidus have been made by Yuna during the story, the most notable of which is the Zanarkand Abes symbol on her chest while donning the Gunner Dressphere. Her hair has been cut into a similar style to his (excluding her long ponytail), and her battle stance while using the Warrior Dressphere is the same as his as well as her victory dance and his battle quotes. Furthermore, while using the Warrior Dressphere, she uses the Brotherhood sword, while with the Dark Knight, she wields the Caladbolg, Tidus' Celestial Weapon.

Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission

An illusion of Tidus only appears in Final Fantasy X-2: International + Last Mission. In Last Mission, he appears as a boss battle in the Yadonoki Tower, if players unlock the "Good Ending" or the "Perfect Ending". Should one obtain the Good or Perfect Ending, Yuna will mention living with him in Besaid. Tidus is also one of the new party members included in the International version, if players beat him and win first place in the Farplane Cup.

Tidus in Battle

Tidus is the classical Warrior character of the party and uses basic Swords and Shields during battle. His stats are fairly normal for an allrounder: he lags behind Auron in terms of strength (explained in the game as being "inexperienced with the sword," if you cast Scan on him) and defense but makes up for it with high Agility, Evasion and Accuracy growth, allowing him to easily dispatch the speedier fiends. Tidus begins the game with no commands but will quickly learn the abilities Cheer, Flee, Haste, and Delay Attack, which are very helpful in the early battles. His Overdrive is Swordplay.

Scan

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—Scan
"Perhaps not the young man shown in the sphere that Kimahri discovered on Mt. Gagazet... "
—Dossier description

Tidus's Swords

See Tidus' Swords

Tidus's Shields

See: Tidus' Shields

Tidus's Sphere Grid

Tidus's Sphere Grid area runs near Yuna's and Auron's, and his Sphere Grid color is aqua. The unique abilities that are in Tidus's default position on the sphere grid include the following:

Ability Description Ability Description
Delay Attack Delays target's next turn Delay Buster Greatly delays target's next turn
Quick Hit Strike quickly with reduced recovery time Cheer Raises party's strength and defense
Flee Aids party's escape from battle Provoke Draw an enemy's attack toward you
Haste Speeds up actions of one ally Hastega Speeds up actions of all allies
Slow Slows down actions of one enemy Slowga Slows down actions of all enemies

Blitzball Stats

Final Fantasy X



Location
NA
Key Techniques
Anti-Venom 2
Drain Tackle 2
Venom Tackle
Jecht Shot
Stats
LV 1 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 60 70 80 90 99
HP 132 237 441 679 954 1264 1609 1990 2407 2859 3347 4429 5853 7020 8529 9999
SP 60 60 60 61 61 61 62 62 63 63 64 64 65 66 67 67
EN 10 12 16 19 23 27 30 34 37 41 45 52 59 66 73 80
AT 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 17 19 21 23
PA 3 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 23 27 32 38 44 49
BL 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 16 18 19
SH 10 13 17 21 25 29 33 37 41 44 49 55 61 67 73 78
CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 15 17 19 20

With his high SH and EN, Tidus is best in a forward position. His PA, initially low, increases to a decent figure by later levels.

Techniques

He has the "Sphere Shot" from the beginning, and his Jecht Shot, learned on the S.S. Winno, is unique to only him.

Final Fantasy X-2

Upon completing the game once with the “Good Ending”, the right to face the legendary Zanarkand Abes will appear as a prize in the second run-through of the game. The player has to beat them at least once in an exhibition match in order to be able to trade players with them.


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Super Shots
Overhead Volley, Corkskrew Shot

Stats

LV Start Max
SP 32 32
EN 47 92
AT 27 36
PA 30 73
BL 10 42
SH 98 99
CA 2 13
RNG 190 199
REC 174 250
RCH 50 50
Tidus in Final Fantasy X

Sphere Break

Tidus Coin
Coin No. 64 Coin Value 9
Trait Quota x5
Location Win from the Bevelle Core Sphere player in the Luca Stadium.

Etymology

Tidus's name comes from the word Tida which means "sun" in Okinawan, which establishes a contrast between him and Yuna, whose name means "moon" in Okian. This contrast is also represented in-game by items named for the sun and moon that empower Tidus' and Yuna's most powerful weapons.

Musical Themes

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"Tidus's Theme" from Final Fantasy X
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In Final Fantasy X, Tidus has a theme simply titled Tidus's Theme, which has a low tempo and mellow tune. Two notable times the theme can be heard are when Tidus is heading for Zanarkand's blitzball stadium at the beginning of the game, and when he is remembering Jecht showing him the Jecht Shot while he, Yuna, Wakka, Lulu, and Kimahri are on the ferry to Luca.

Design

Sketch of Tidus by Yoshitaka Amano

Throughout the game, it is very noticeable that Tidus eventually matures, changing from a somewhat self-centered, outspoken athlete to a selfless hero. This theme is also hinted in the flashbacks of when Jecht helped defeat Sin in his own adventure, as well as in a conversation between Yuna and Tidus, where Yuna states that defeating Sin and bringing happiness to Spira makes any price worthwhile. At the game's conclusion, Tidus has obviously come around to her way of thinking. (Ironically, during the events of Final Fantasy X-2, Yuna expresses a clear opposition to sacrificing lives, indicating that she had taken up Tidus's way of thinking.)

Because he is never directly referred to by name in any audible dialogue, the pronunciation of his name among fans is sometimes unclear, although the expected Japanese pronunciation should be Tee-das/Tee-dusu. This was confirmed in dialogue from Kingdom Hearts, which featured him in an unusual cameo, and was also confirmed in an interview with James Arnold Taylor, who did Tidus' English voice. Unfortunately, in Kingdom Hearts II, although he doesn't appear, Selphie mentions him, pronouncing his name as Tie-dus, confusing the issue further. Though ostensibly unrelated to either, the pronunciation of his name among fans may also be affected by its resemblance to the English word tide and the given name Titus. However, due to the English release of Dissidia Final Fantasy, all characters in-game refer to him as "Tee-dus."

Tidus is considered an interesting, unconventional hero and a refreshing break from the clique of broody role playing game protagonists (Fans often specifically reference Final Fantasy VIII's Squall Leonhart, as well as Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife in Advent Children, although the latter was more upbeat in Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus), as his personality at its core is friendly, playful, and good-hearted (not unlike Final Fantasy IX's Zidane Tribal). Taylor reprises the role of Tidus in the spin-off Final Fantasy X-2 as well as that of the antagonist, Shuyin.

Other Appearances

Dissidia Final Fantasy

Main article: Tidus/Dissidia

Chaos has summoned a combined force of Final Fantasy's ultimate masters of evil. Cosmos, in an attempt to protect the Crystals, has summoned warriors to thwart their plans. Tidus is one of these warriors and stands as the hero representing Final Fantasy X, opposing Jecht.

Though seen as cheerful and energetic by his companions, Tidus' weak point is Jecht, to the point even the mention of his name makes him angry. Though he confuses his friends in doing so, Tidus claims to hate Jecht and feel no sympathy for him in spite of their relationship. However, when Tidus is finally given the chance to battle his father, he hesitates and questions his motivations. Jecht likewise defies orders from the Emperor about Tidus, and father and son meet to do battle on their own terms.

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Kingdom Hearts series

For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki:Tidus

Tidus in Kingdom Hearts

A younger version of Tidus appears in the Square-Disney collaboration game project: Kingdom Hearts, as childhood friends with Selphie Tilmitt of Final Fantasy VIII, Wakka and the three main protagonists of the series, Sora, Riku and Kairi. He is an energetic boy who is confident in his athletic ability and likes to spar with the main characters using a wooden training sword known as a boken. Here, he employs a variation of his original battle stance. Once Sora, Riku and Kairi are swept off of the island he, along with Selphie and Wakka, are left behind.

In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories he appears in the memory version of Destiny Islands along with Selphie and Wakka, however in Kingdom Hearts II, he does not actually appear within the storyline, but is mentioned by Selphie.


Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special

Along with Auron, Yuna, Rikku, and Paine, Tidus appears as a playable character in Itadaki Street Special.

Gallery

Trivia

The Tidus prototype with two unidentified characters
  • Tidus, or an apparent prototype of him can be seen in early concept art for Final Fantasy X. In early footage of Final Fantasy X (when online elements were still being implemented in the game) and in the game flashbacks, Tidus had brown hair rather than blonde.
  • Tidus's name is never actually spoken in Final Fantasy X. This is due to the fact that the player has the possibility to change his name in the beginning. As the game features spoken dialogue, it would present a problem for the developers if any of the characters were to call Tidus by name. Incidentally, in Final Fantasy X-2, Tidus is referred to as merely he, him, or you-know-who. Following this, later games and remakes removed the feature to (re)name characters to make way for the voice acting.
  • Tidus' name has been pronounced differently several times. In Kingdom Hearts, Wakka pronounces it as "Tee-dus". However in Kingdom Hearts II, Selphie refers to him as "Tai-dus". In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Tidus' name is pronunced "Tee-Dus"
  • Tidus and Yuna won 1st place in Game Informer Magazine February 2009 issue's "Best Couple of the Year" feature.
  • The elemental theme of Tidus is water. This is represented by many factors seen in the game, such as the Brotherhood (his sword), his swimming abilities, and his sphere grid color, which is aqua.
  • Although it is made clear that Yuna and Tidus become romantically involved, other small romantic scenes can occur. Final Fantasy X. In a dream sequence early in the game, Tidus is confronted by Yuna and Rikku, arguing over which will go to Zanarkand with him. Later, in Guadosalam, if the player talks to Rikku for a third time when waiting for Yuna, and chooses the option "I'd rather have you, Rikku", Rikku will giggle, hit Tidus, and say, in Al Bhed, "Maybe someday!". A similar option is available with Lulu, with Lulu replying, "Interesting. I suppose I could add you to my list. I wish you good luck, little boy, you're going to need it.".
  • A similar exchange to Yuna and Tidus' reuniting exchange in Final Fantasy X-2 (Yuna:"You're back.", Tidus:"I am back, I'm home."), is used by Sora and Kairi during their reunition at the end of Kingdom Hearts 2 (Sora:"We're back.", Kairi:"You're home.").

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







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