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Vincent Valentine

Artwork by Tetsuya Nomura
A.K.A. Vince/Vinnie
Japanese name ヴィンセント・ヴァレンタイン
Romaji Vinsento Varentain
Weapon Gun
Birthplace Unknown
Date of Birth October 13, 1950
Age 27 (physically)
57 (chronologically, Final Fantasy VII)
59 (Advent Children)
60 (Dirge of Cerberus)
Height 6' [1]
Blood type A
Japanese voice actor Shougo Suzuki
English voice actor Steven Jay Blum
Final Fantasy VII Character
"A mystical man, stern and upright while at the same time dark and mysterious..."
—Description

Vincent Valentine is an optional playable character in Final Fantasy VII, and main character of Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. A former Turk with a mysterious past, Vincent's hidden secrets tie him directly to several of the main antagonists of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. At one time, though it has now been proven false, it was even rumored he was the father of Sephiroth.

Vincent's weapon of choice is a handgun and his Limit Breaks cause him to shapeshift as a result of the experiments Hojo performed on him. His Japanese voice actor is Shougo Suzuki, and he is voiced by Steven Jay Blum in English. Since his introduction, he has become one of the most popular characters in the Compilation.

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Appearance

Artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.

Vincent is a man physically in his late 20s, and stands roughly six feet tall. He has crimson eyes and long black hair that streams about a bit wildly at times. He wears a red band over his head with his bangs emerging over it. Vincent's most distinctive feature is his tattered red cape, held in place over his shoulders and lower face by several buckles. Underneath his cape, Vincent's attire is black with several straps and buckles. Vincent wears a holster for his gun against his right leg, and pointed metallic boots. He also wears a golden gauntlet on his left arm. His weapon of choice is the Cerberus, a three-barreled revolver. Vincent has kept this look in all his appearances, with subtle variations. His gauntlet was originally rumored to be a prosthetic claw, but newer artwork and information strongly indicates that it is simply metal armor covering a black leather glove.

Vincent was originally intended to appear in Kingdom Hearts alongside Cloud Strife, but was removed (see below), and aspects of his costume were incorporated into Cloud's design, including his tattered red cloak and gauntlet. In Dirge of Cerberus, Vincent's Galian Beast and Chaos forms incorporate his design into them; Galian Beast, for example, is wearing a shorter version of Vincent's cloak as a kilt, while Chaos's feet resemble Vincent's boots. In Advent Children, Vincent's cloak was meant to have an organic feel to it and was very difficult to animate. Furthermore, the developers decided that changing his costume would be conflicting with his character, so Vincent was the only living character in the film to appear the same as he had in Final Fantasy VII, although there are still minor changes such as a full body suit and a glove completely covering his previously partially bare right arm.

Character

Menu portrait
"Cold, huh? I guess that's just the way I am...sorry"
—Vincent

Dark and brooding over his past "sins", Vincent carries many burdens and secrets. Despite his cold personality, he is not uncaring: at a point where Cloud admits he thought Vincent was cold and did not care about the planet, Vincent casually brushes off the remark. He also has a soft spot for Lucrecia, referring to her as a beautiful lady when meeting Cloud's allies. He fiercely despises Hojo for his various immoral actions, and it is the promise of meeting him that stirs him to accompany the party in Final Fantasy VII. Vincent is reluctant to speak, although when he does he typically has something very important to say.

Nojima has noted that Vincent is naturally a loner, and had he not been a former ally of Cloud and his friends, he probably would not have joined them to fight Bahamut SIN in Advent Children. His voice actor Shogo Suzuki noted that Vincent's few appearances had a profound impact each time they occur, and that Tifa's remark "they're our friends" after Vincent's arrival shows his underlying warmth. He was also noted to be very similar to Cloud, only more mature and older, which influenced his character and voice work. Vincent was originally intended to appear in Kingdom Hearts with Cloud, but it was decided to remove him due to similar brooding personalities.

Story

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"That was my sin, and this...this is my punishment."
—Vincent, referring to his inability to stop the Jenova Project.
Vincent while he was a Turk.

About 25 to thirty years before Final Fantasy VII, Vincent was once a member of the Turks, which was then known as Shinra's "Department of Administrative Research." When he was assigned to supervise the Jenova Project in Nibelheim, he fell in love with a scientist named Lucrecia Crescent, an assistant to Gast Faremis. When he discovered her link to his deceased father, Lucrecia fled from Vincent, ultimately entering a relationship with her associate Professor Hojo instead. Lucrecia became pregnant afterward, and Hojo planned to use the fetus as a test subject for the Jenova Project.

Vincent objected to the use of humans — especially Lucrecia — as test subjects. Even so, in the interest of science, Lucrecia proceeded with the treatment and became very sick as a result. Outraged, Vincent confronted Hojo in the Shinra Mansion's underground laboratory and a heated argument ensued. Hojo ended it with treachery, pulling a gun from his lab coat and shooting Vincent in the chest. He proceeded to use Vincent's half-dead body as the subject for experiments involving strengthening the endurance of the human body, and metamorphosis, enabling the body to transform into various monstrous forms. While Hojo does succeed in making Vincent's body stronger, Vincent dies during the procedure.

Lucrecia, devastated with Vincent's death, used her knowledge about Chaos to resuscitate him by infusing the Chaos-tainted Mako into him. The procedure worked, as Vincent's body, due to Hojo's previous experiments was strong enough to become a vessel for Chaos, however, Chaos was completely out of control and only stopped when the Protomateria had a reaction to Chaos. The Protomateria, which had been discovered by Grimoire alongside Chaos and theorized by Lucrecia to have been created by the Planet "out of necessity as a means to control Chaos and prolong it's own inevitable fate," had been in Lucrecia's laboratory. She put it inside Vincent's chest, and thus Vincent was able to control Chaos to a degree. Vincent later awakened on the operating table and responded to his modified body with both anguish and rage.

Believing himself responsible for Lucrecia's illness after Sephiroth's birth, he locked himself inside a coffin in the basement of Nibelheim's Shinra Mansion, where he slept mostly undisturbed for 28 years to atone for his "sins". He constantly relived his "nightmare" for these years as a punishment for his inability to stop Lucrecia from submitting to Hojo's experiment on her unborn baby.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

Vincent in Before Crisis.

On December 19th, 2006, in Episode 19, the player's Turk and Verdot search for the Support Materia for the Summon Zirconiade at the Shinra Mansion. While searching, Verdot awakens Vincent inside his coffin. Despite the differences in their physical appearance, Vincent and Verdot knew each other when they were with the Turks. When he wakes up, Vincent helps the Turks fight AVALANCHE, and displays sharp shooting skills, though he is rather jaded after his long sleep. It would turn out that the Materia was hidden inside the mansion and he knew of its existence. He gave it to Verdot before he returned to his rest once more, refusing to leave with the Turks.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Vincent sleeping inside his coffin.

When Zack Fair heard groaning coming from a coffin, he opened it and was startled saying "there's someone sleeping in there!". Due to the camera angle, Vincent is not actually seen. Deciding against disturbing the slumbering man, he replaced the cover, which locked back into place.

Final Fantasy VII

Vincent's battle model.

Vincent was discovered by Cloud and the party in a locked room in the basement of Shinra Manor in Nibelheim. After some careful coaxing, he was talked out of his sleep and spoke to Cloud. Cloud told him about Sephiroth, and Vincent, knowing that he was the child Lucrecia had conceived, considered it another "sin" and returned to sleep. However, when Cloud tried to leave, Vincent followed and asked if they would meet Hojo. Cloud confirmed this, and Vincent agreed to accompany him with thoughts of claiming revenge.

Later in the game, when the party found Lucrecia in the Crystal Cave, Vincent's backstory was hinted at, with scenes depicting an argument between Vincent and Hojo over Lucrecia, and Hojo shooting Vincent and experimenting on him. However, the lack of dialogue in the scenes made their true significance ambiguous at best. When the party confronted Hojo at the controls of the Sister Ray, Vincent had a small scene where he claimed that it was Hojo, not him, that was meant to sleep and atone for his crimes. Beyond these two segments, Vincent's character is fairly inconsequential.

As Vincent was an optional character in the game, he, along with Yuffie, was not shown in the ending FMV. Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- retcons that the two of them returned to Midgar early to help evacuate the city before Meteor hit, saving many lives, including a heavily-injured Rufus Shinra. This occurs following Sephiroth's defeat, while the other characters watch the events from above in the Highwind. However in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, both are seen with the rest of the group fighting Sephiroth during the last battle.

Acquiring Vincent

Vincent joins the party.

In Nibelheim, get the Mansion Key from the safe upstairs in the Shinra Mansion. The combination is RIGHT TO 36, LEFT TO 10, RIGHT TO 59, RIGHT TO 97. Following this is a tough boss called Lost Number. Pick up the key from the safe after the battle and enter the locked cellar halfway to the library in the basement. Enter the cellar using the gold key from the safe. Touch the foot of the purple coffin. The lid will fly off and Vincent will talk to you. Choose to talk about Sephiroth when he asks you a question. When the coffin closes, touch the coffin again. Choose to ask his name when Vincent poses another question, and you can name him. Leave the cavern and he will join you.

Novellas

Vincent appears in the On the Way to a Smile novella "Case of Red XIII". He quickly leaves Cloud and the others in the Forgotten Capital with a cold "bye". During his journeys he follows a Turk helicopter and arrives at a hunter camp near Nibelheim. He shoots down Red XIII when he attacks one of the huts. He explains to Red XIII that his actions were wrong and leaves.

He meets Red XIII later again at the Forgotten Capital. Red XIII is scared that, due to his long lifespan, he will lose everyone he loves and live a life of loneliness. Vincent comforts him and reveals that he will always be with him because he is immortal. They agree that he and Red XIII will always meet once a year in Midgar.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

Vincent in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

During the year following Final Fantasy VII, Vincent traveled the world, mysteriously popping in and out, retrieving information and helping those in need, keeping even looser connection with his friends than the rest of the party. In 2009, he eventually followed rumors to the Forgotten Capital, where the Remnants of Sephiroth were stationed. After Tseng and Elena were struck down and tortured by the trio at the Northern Crater, Vincent rescued them and helped them recover, while getting as much information about the remnants as he could.

When Kadaj began to fight Cloud in the Forgotten City, Vincent rushed in and opened fire at Kadaj while picking up Cloud and carrying him to safety. Resting in a remote part of the forest, Vincent relayed information about the Geostigma to Cloud, and the impending rebirth of Sephiroth. Cloud, still tormented over his guilt at being unable to prevent the deaths of Aerith and Zack, asked Vincent if sins were ever forgiven. Vincent simply replied "I've never tried". After a few minutes of thought, Cloud decided to try, and tells Vincent that he would "phone in the verdict".

Vincent rescuing Cloud.

Vincent showed up with the rest of AVALANCHE for the battle against Bahamut SIN, inquiring as to where he could buy a cell phone (a joke in the film; he apparently is the only member of AVALANCHE without one). He told the party the truth about Kadaj aboard the Shera, while Cloud dueled him atop the remains of Shinra Headquarters. Although the party members were eager to help, Vincent told them that Cloud could handle him alone.

During the bonus feature Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII, Vincent made a call to Cloud. At some point after Advent Children, Vincent purchased a cell phone, and made a point to relay a message to Yuffie that she had no right to call it.

When fighting BahamutSIN, an explosion happens on the ground, and Vincent emerges with a fire trail. It is not confirmed if it was a jump or flight ability.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-

"Hmph. Guess I have no choice. It's time...to save the world."
—Vincent
Artwork of Vincent in Dirge of Cerberus by Tetsuya Nomura.
Vincent's Dirge of Cerberus character model.

A year following the events of Advent Children, in 2010, Vincent was called into duty once again. When the mysterious group Deepground began attacking people around the world, Vincent Valentine and the World Regenesis Organization started investigating. Deepground, they found, was a group based from secret experiments underground in the Shinra Building that were trying to awaken the final Weapon, Omega. To do this, they were hunting down Vincent Valentine, who housed the powerful Protomateria needed to control Omega. Vincent was forced to fight off the constant attacks while trying to solve the mystery of his own dark past. Eventually, he got his answers with the help of a young Tsviet named Shelke.

Deepground was able to steal the Protomateria straight from Vincent's body, and Chaos became increasingly unstable within Vincent throughout the game. At the end, it was revealed that a digitized version of Hojo was the mastermind of the plot. Chaos was finally completely unleashed and defeated Hojo, Deepground, and Omega. When Vincent concluded his mission, he disappeared within the Crystal Cave where Lucrecia lay for some good time. Cloud's party eventually sent a befriended Shelke to retrieve Vincent, who had made his amends and forgiven himself for his "sin".

Vincent takes control of Chaos.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- revealed that when Vincent confronted Hojo he was shot, and turned into a sample for Hojo's metamorphosis experiment. The experiment left Vincent with three demonic transformations, but he was left in a death-like state. Upon discovering this, Lucrecia took his body and attempted to save him by implanting the Chaos gene within him. While Vincent was revived by this process, he became Chaos itself and had no control over the form. The Protomateria then appeared and Lucrecia used the materia to suppress Chaos and allow Vincent to have some control over the transformation. In a flashback, Vincent woke up on a table in a lab, and looked down to find himself in his Galian Beast form.

It is ambiguous precisely what happened between Vincent's awakening in the laboratory and the beginning of his extended slumber. In a note written by Hojo - the first clue provided for uncovering Vincent - he claimed to have put Vincent to sleep in the basement himself. While there was originally much conjecture as to whether Vincent's sleep was fully voluntary versus induced because of his own attitude toward it and the mystery of his in-game attire and long hair, a flashback scene in Dirge of Cerberus clearly illustrates Vincent was experimented on and then immediately put to sleep in his current appearance as a Turk. His change of appearance to his current design is unexplained.

Equipment and Stats

CG render of Vincent.

In Final Fantasy VII, Vincent uses a variety of different pistols, revolvers, shotguns, and rifles. His default weapon is the Quicksilver pistol, which he can be seen carrying in Nomura's artwork. His ultimate weapon is known as Death Penalty. It becomes stronger the more enemies are dealt the killing blow with it equipped. Vincent's guns typically have mediocre attack power, but two of them have a 255% hit rate, meaning they will never miss, and all of his guns are Long Range. The 255% accuracy makes Vincent a good choice for the "Deathblow" Materia, which inflicts double damage but has low accuracy normally - the 255% hit rate can make up for this.

Vincent's primary weapon in both Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII- is the handgun Cerberus, named after the three-headed dog which guarded the Greek underworld for its three barrels (each of which is ornamented with a dog head in place of the iron sights). There is also a key chain attached to it that bears a Cerberus-shaped charm, which is referenced as the aforementioned "Dirge". It holds a total of eighteen rounds and fires three each time the trigger is pulled, making it extremely lethal to a normal person. The weapon can be upgraded to either be lighter, hold more ammo (80 rounds at most), or do more damage.

It is interesting to note that in the prologue of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, when the cast of Final Fantasy VII is shown fighting Sephiroth all wielding their base weapons, Vincent is shown to wield the Cerberus, rather than Quicksilver. This could possibly mean that he was meant to use the Cerberus all along, replacing the Quicksilver as his original weapon. However, there has been no confirmation of this replacement.

During the course of "Dirge of Cerberus," Vincent also acquires two other guns. One, a bolt-action rifle, is christened the "Hydra." The other, the "Griffon," resembles a Thompson machine gun, and has a rapid-fire ability, although shoots slowly enough that it is possible to only shoot one bullet. All three guns Vincent acquires in this game can be equipped with accessories, such as longer or shorter barrels, a scope, and Materia.

Limit Breaks

See videos of the various Breaks here.
Artwork of Galian Beast and Death Gigas, by Tetsuya Nomura.
Artwork of Hell Masker and Chaos.

Vincent's Limit Breaks are quite different from many others. There is only one Limit Break for each of the four levels. When he initiates one, he turns into a monster, who is constantly berserk, and stays that way until the battle is over, win or lose. When he shifts his form, Vincent's stats increase and his HP refills, but he cannot shift back at will. Thus, while his Limit Breaks can be very powerful, they are quite risky. If Vincent should be knocked out though, he will transform back to his normal form. Vincent is also notable in that he learns his new Limit Breaks the fastest of all party members, most others of which need to kill upwards of 70 enemies to learn their new techniques.

In the following table, the first attack listed in the description does damage based on Vincent's physical attack, while the second does damage based on Vincent's magic attack.

Level Name Obtaining Action Image
1 Galian Beast
ガリアンビースト
Garian Bīsuto
Known automatically. Vincent transforms into a wild purple beast. Defense increases by 20%, Dexterity by 50%, and HP by 130%. Attacks are Berserk Dance which does 1.5 times normal damage to a single target, and Beast Flare which does 3.75 normal damage to all targets and is fire-elemental
2 Death Gigas
デスギガス
Desu Gigasu
Kill 40 enemies with Vincent. Vincent transforms himself into a hulking monster. Defense increases by 50%, MDefence decreases by 70%, Dexterity decreases by 20%, and HP increases by 200%. Attacks are Gigadunk which does 2.625 times normal damage to a single target, and Live Wire which does 4.375 normal damage to all enemies and is lightning-elemental
3 Hell Masker
ヘルマスカー
Heru Masukā
Kill 56 enemies more with Vincent after learning Death Gigas. Vincent transforms into a thug wearing a hockey mask and wielding a chainsaw. Defense and MDefense increase by 50%. Attacks are Splattercombo, which does 0.5 normal damage to five random targets, and Nightmare which inflicts Sleep, Poison, Silence, Confusion, Frog and Mini to a single opponent.
4 Chaos
カオス
Kaosu
Go to Crystal Cave with Vincent in the party and witness the scene. Leave the cave and fight ten random battles, then return to find the Chaos manual Vincent transforms into a winged demon. Defense and MDefense increase by 100%. Attacks are Chaos Saber which does 2.5 times normal damage to all enemies, and Satan Slam which does 5.625 times normal damage to all enemies.

Development

During development, Vincent's character changed several times, from horror researcher to chemist to detective, and finally to a former member of the Turks. Although his connection to the Turks is not made explicit in Final Fantasy VII, it is explained in detail in Dirge of Cerberus. In Final Fantasy VII, a deleted scene involving Cloud explaining SOLDIER to the party would have involved Vincent, who would outright state he was a former Turk who investigated "the Sephiroth project" that would lead to the development of SOLDIER.

In another early draft, Vincent was a detective working supernatural cases, most of them bogus. His last job was investigating Shinra's secrets to expose them to the world for the benefit of a rival company. Vincent's relationship with Hojo would have gone back to the Midgar University medical department, and then the Shinra Research Lab. Using leverage with Hojo's assistant, Lucrecia, Vincent delves deeper into Hojo's work. However, Lucrecia is captured by Hojo and used unwittingly as part of the Jenova Project. Vincent tries to save her, but Hojo puts him to sleep for twenty-three years. When the party finds him, Vincent has no idea what year it is or even that he has had any experiments done to him at all. He would join the party in the hopes of getting revenge on Hojo and finding out Lucrecia's fate. The player would not know that Vincent could transform into monsters and when it happens Vincent would be the most shocked of all. His transformations could carry outside of battle, changing cutscenes depending upon his form. In this draft, Vincent's personality was wildly different, with a far more suave and talkative demeanor. He would even go out of his way to flirt with female party members.

Kazushige Nojima has noted that, although Vincent does not have many scenes, when he does speak he usually has much to say. Nojima compared him to Auron, as "even though he's supposed to be a silent character, he still tends to talk a lot".

Vincent's Job Class was originally listed as "Horror-Terror (Horror Researcher)".

Music

Vincent's leitmotif is titled "The Nightmare Begins". It is played in several key scenes regarding Vincent and his past, including his introduction in the basement of Shinra Mansion and during his flashback about Lucrecia.

Battle

Main article: Vincent (Boss)

Vincent is fought as a boss in the Training Mode of Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.

Non-Final Fantasy Appearances

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring

Vincent is a secret character in the game Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring. He uses his claw and spiky boots to aid his martial arts, and can fire his gun to attack from a distance. The gun can be charged, and charged shots create images of his Limit Break alter egos on impact. For his alternate costume, he dons a Turk uniform.

Gallery

Trivia

  • A running joke about Vincent is that he is a vampire. In-line with common vampire myths, Vincent wears red and black with a cloak, has pale skin, is brooding, has pointed teeth as Chaos in "Dirge of Cerberus," and due to Hojo's experiments can shapeshift into various demonic forms and is immortal. He is also first found sleeping in a coffin in the basement of the Shinra mansion, and is seen with a glass of red liquid nearby in the opening of Dirge of Cerberus.
  • Vincent is one of the only two characters in the entire Compilation of Final Fantasy VII to have had more than one playable appearance in its continuity, the other being Cait Sith.
  • Despite his popularity, Vincent is not well endowed in terms of stats. He has the least HP at level 99 of all characters, and possesses only marginally more strength than Aeris, whilst still having far less MP and Magic power. Along with Cait Sith, he has the least Vitality at the highest levels, and his Dexterity is average.
  • Vincent is one of the series' only five playable characters, the others being Rydia, Fran, Vanille, and Fang whose appearance does not mirror their actual age. While he appears to be in his late 20s, he is, in actuality, over 50 years old.
  • Due to a glitch, with his ultimate weapon, Death Penalty, Vincent is capable of killing even the Emerald Weapon with one shot.

References

  1. http://na.square-enix.com/ff7psn/

External Links


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