Aerith Gainsborough

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Aerith
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Aerith's 10th Anniversary CG Render
Job Flower Merchant
Age 22
Weapon Rod
Height 5'4"
Birthdate February 7th
Birthplace Icicle Inn
Blood Type O

Aerith Gainsborough, also known as Aeris Gainsborough, is one of the main protagonists in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Aerith is the last Cetra, or Ancient, and as such is constantly under surveillance by the Shinra Electric Power Company. Known as Aeris only in the original game, it has been revealed that this is a mistranslation and her named has been retconned since then to be Aerith.


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[edit] Compilation Appearances

[edit] Final Fantasy VII

Cloud Strife first meets Aeris on the streets of Midgar where she is selling flowers for 1 gil. Later, under bizarre circumstances, Cloud comes crashing through the roof of her church in the Sector 6 slums of Midgar.
Cloud meets Aeris
When the Turks invade the church looking for Aeris, she hires Cloud as a bodyguard for the cost of one date and they return home safely to Elmyra for the time being. When Cloud sneaks out later that night, Aeris is already ahead of him, agreeing to accompany him back to Sector 7. When they stop at the playground, Aerith mentions that her first boyfriend was a member of SOLDIER, which is how she knew about Cloud's mako eyes.

When Tifa Lockhart rides past on her way to Wall Market, Aeris insists on helping Cloud rescue her from Don Corneo. She helps Cloud dress like a woman to gain access into Corneo's mansion. When they enter, they each pose in front of Corneo and he picks one to be his date. When the two others return to rescue the chosen member, Corneo reveals Shinra's plan to drop the Sector 7 plate. Aeris, who helped save Marlene by bringing her to Elmyra, is finally captured by Shinra. Tseng reveals her to be the last Ancient, though the meaning is not quite clear at this point.

The party heads to Shinra HQ to rescue Aeris, and Hojo elaborates on the Ancients and reveals his plan to mate her with Red XIII. After being rescued, Aeris permanently joins Cloud's pursuit of Sephiroth so that she may further learn about her heritage.

When the party visits Gongaga, and Zack's parents, Aeris tells the party that Zack was her first love.

Cloud & Aeris' date
When the party visits the Gold Saucer for the second time, depending upon the player's actions, Cloud will have a date with either Aeris, Tifa, Barret, or Yuffie. During the date with Aeris, she compares Cloud to Zack, saying she was initially surprised at the similarity. She goes on to say that she would like to "get to know" the real Cloud – a statement which has been interpreted by fans in several ways.

When the party arrives at the Temple of the Ancients, Aerith uses her abilites to help guide the party through the maze. After the temple has been turned into the Black Materia, Aeris' attempts to stop Cloud from giving it to Sephiroth are in vain. She appears to Cloud in a dream to tell him that she is going after Sephiroth to stop him.

By the time the party arrives in the Forgotten Capital, Aeris is praying at the central altar. Cloud climbs up to her, and under the control of Sephiroth, raises his sword to kill her. He manages to fight it with help from his friends, however.
Sephiroth kills Aeris
In what is one of the most famous scenes of the game, Aeris smiles at Cloud and Sephiroth drops from the roof to drive his sword through Aeris. As he removes his sword, and Aeris' body falls forward, a small green materia falls from her hair (hidden in her ribbon). Cloud is extremely emotional at his friend's death, and the party is forced to fight Jenova LIFE.
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After the party pays their repects to Aeris, Cloud gently places her body in the water and watches as she floats down.

At Icicle Inn, the player is able to view videos in one of the cabins. These videos reveal that Icicle Inn was Aeris' birthplace, and that Professor Gast and Ifalna were her real parents. Two years after Gast met Ifalna, Aeris was born. Only twenty days following her birth, Shinra soldiers led by Hojo attacked the family, killing Professor Gast and capturing Aeris and Ifalna. In Midgar, seven years later, Ifalna and Aeris escaped their captors and traveled to the Sector 7 slums; Ifalna had become ill and entrusted Aeris to Elmyra, who became her adoptive mother, before she passed away.

Later, with Bugenhagen's help, the party learns that Aeris' praying had summoned Holy, the only means of stopping Meteor. However, by the time Holy is summoned, it is too late, and Aeris post-humously summons the Lifestream to save the world from Meteor.


[edit] Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis

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[edit] Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

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Zack first meets Aerith when he falls through the roof of her church after a fight with Angeal (much the same way Cloud did in the original). Aerith wakes him up, and Zack believes himself to be in heaven with an angel. When Aerith corrects him, he offers to take her on a date as compensation for saving his life. They walk through the Slums of Midgar, and she tells Zack that she has never seen the sky and that it would seem scary to her. They stop at the shops of Sector 6, where Zack buys her the recognizable pink hair ribbon she would wear throughout Final Fantasy VII.

When Zack and Aerith stop at the playground, Aerith tells Zack that she is afraid of SOLDIER. When Zack tells her that he is a member of SOLDIER, she quickly recants and becomes entranced by his eyes.
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He leans in to give her a better look and she playfully pushes him away. He tells her that his glowing eyes are a result of mako – a mark of SOLDIER. He also remarks that they are like the sky, to which Aerith replies that they are not scary at all.

Aerith and Zack continue to communicate via cell phone while he is on his missions. After being forced to defeat Angeal, Zack returns to Aerith, who talks to him about the flowers. When she realizes that he is crying, she kneels behind him and holds him.

Later, Zack returns again and convinces Aerith to sell her flowers. He helps her build a wagon to carry them throughout Midgar. She tells Zack that she has twenty-seven tiny wishes and Zack tells her to write them down. The pair would then proceed to try and sell some flowers. During this time, Zack is summoned back to Shinra HQ and must leave Aerith, making this the last time they would see each other alive.

Years later, Zack finds a letter from Aerith after the Angeal copy disappears. It reads that she has been selling flowers throughout Midgar. Aerith also reveals that it has been four years since she has seen Zack, and this would be her final of 89 letters she has written to him.

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In the closing scenes of the game, after Zack has been shot down by the Shinra forces, Aerith is shown in the church tending to the flowers. She stands, clasps her hands, and looks up to the sky, which leads into Zack's dying moment. Some fans interpret this as her being aware of Zack's death due to her Cetra abilities, although in FF7 she claims to be unaware of his fate.

After Aerith is added to the DMW, Zack can induce a Limit Break called "Healing Wave", which he performs similarly to Aerith's Great Gospel and has the same effects.


[edit] Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

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In the film, Aerith appears a few times to Cloud in an alternate space, although her face is never shown. When Cloud tells her he is seeking forgiveness, she tells him that he is the one that need to forgive. During the fight with Bahamut SIN, Aerith is the final party member to help Cloud by giving him her hand. This is also the first time the viewer is able to see her face, reflected in Cloud's eye. Aerith is also seen in one of Cloud's flashbacks during his battle with Sephiroth when he thinks of the things that are most precious to him.

When Kadaj and Cloud clash in her church, Aerith sends a healing rain down on them. The rain floods the church, causes Kadaj to flee, and cures Cloud of his Geostigma. The event is reminiscent of her Limit Break, Great Gospel. She also gives Cloud an encouraging word to continue the fight. Later, Aerith speaks to Kadaj as he is dying, who mistakes her for "Mother". She tells him to let go and presumably pulls him into the Lifestream. While the party celebrates the win, Tifa thanks Aerith through the drop of water that permeates the airship, saying that she has never left their side.

When Cloud is sent to the Lifestream after the explosion, he too refers to her as "Mother". She jests with Zack that he is too big to adopt, and sends him back to the church.
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It would seem that she can also communicate with others, as one of the young girls tells Cloud that "she" said to meet Cloud at the church. While everyone celebrates the healing powers of the water, Cloud sees Aerith leaving the church. She turns and this is the first and only time the viewer gets a proper look at her. She assures Cloud that everything will be alright before walking into the white void with Zack.


[edit] Other Appearances

[edit] Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

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Aerith appears as a special assist character, only available to players that purchased the game's demo. A code was given along with the demo that unlocks Aerith to be used as an assist in the player's purchased copy of the game.




[edit] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

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Aerith represents Final Fantasy VII along with Cloud in the 3DS game.



[edit] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

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Aerith returns in the sequel to represent Final Fantasy VII.


[edit] Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade

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Aerith appears as a Legendary character.


[edit] Final Fantasy All the Bravest

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Aerith appears as one of the random purchasable Premium characters in the shop.


[edit] Kingdom Hearts

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Along with Leon, Cid, and Yuffie, Aerith failed to save her world from the Heartless and was forced to flee to Traverse Town. She first meets Goofy and Donald, and explains to them that she is searching for the Ansem reports.

Aerith explains that she knows Cloud is in Olympus Coliseum and he was searching for Sephiroth.

In the library at Hollow Bastien, Sora will find her researching the Heartless. She will hand over the reports she's found to Sora, and upgrade is Cure spell to its highest form.

During the closing credits, Aerith, Leon, and Yuffie are reunited with Cloud and Cid. Aerith runs to Cloud and leans toward him in greeting.


[edit] Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Aerith appears in as a figment of Sora's memories. She warns Sora of his memories, then disappears.


[edit] Kingdom Hearts 2

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Aerith returns in the sequel, Kingdom Hearts II, in a adapted version of her Before Crisis dress. She, Leon, Cid, Yuffie, and Merlin are members of the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee, dedicated to restoring Hollow Bastion to its former glory.


[edit] LittleBigPlanet 2

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An Aerith costume for a sackperson was released on July 13, 2011 in a bundle with Cloud, Tifa, and Vincent costumes.







[edit] Quotes

"Mine is special. It's good for absolutely nothing!" (FFVII - referring to her White Materia)
"I think they believe I have what it takes to be in SOLDIER!" (FFVII)
"He always said that just once, he'd like to dress up like a girl." (FFVII)
"Hey, that's Cloud's line! '...It's too dangerous, I can't get you involved...' Blah blah blah." (FFVII)
"I won't let you do it! The future is not only yours!" (FFVII)
"I'll be going now. I'll come back when it's all over." (FFVII - last words)
"I feel so safe with you, Zack." (Crisis Core)
"I never blamed you. Not once. You came for me...that's all that matters." (Advent Children)
"See? Everything's... alright." (Advent Children)
"No matter where we are, our hearts will bring us together again." (Kingdom Hearts)
"Sora, beware of your memories." (Kingdom Hearts ReCoM)
"Bon apetite. Don't talk with your mouth full." (Kingdom Hearts 2)


[edit] Gallery

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Artwork of Aerith in FFVII
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Aerith's alternate Amano costume for Dissidia 012
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Aerith's alternate Crisis Core costume for Dissidia 012


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