Kefka as he appears in the Anthology Port
Kefka Palazzo is the main antagonist of Final Fantasy VI. He starts out as one of Emperor Gestahl's leading generals, carrying orders for the The Gestahlian Empire. Kefka's psychotic demeanor suits his jester-like appearance.
Although he starts out working under Emperor Gestahl, Kefka had his own agenda, and went behind Gestahl's back and attacked towns and cities that weren't part of the Empire's plans, and drained Espers of their Magic while infusing it with his own. He eventually manages to manipulate both the Returners and the Empire, and succeeds in taking control of the Warring Triads and reshaping the world, ruling with their Light of Judgment over a new world with tyranny.
Kefka was born to unknown parents, and was abandoned at birth. Found and raised in the town of Thamasa, Kefka was beaten and abused by his adoptive parents, and in return developed a taciturn personality. Eventually, Kefka leaves Thamasa for the Imperial City of Vector, and joins the Imperial Academy, which he graduates at the top of his class. Due to his superior skill and above average knowledge of academia and science, Kefka becomes the apprentice of Dr. Cid. Together the two develop a Magic Infusion process, and Kefka agrees to be the first person to be tested on. The Magic Infusion process is a success and grants Kefka superior Magic abilities, however his it soon lead to the degredation of his sanity.
At 23, Kefka gets appointed as General of the Magitek Knights. Becoming obsessed with Magic, and slowly ascending to insanity, Kefka takes the child of an aristocratic family in Tzen, under his wing, and uses his political pull to in order to transform her into the perfect Magitek Knight. The child was Celes Chere. At 31, Kefka gets appointed to the title of Imperial Prime Minister, and becomes even more culminated with power. His supreme reign wouldn't last long however as he finally cracks at a banquet, celebrating his protege, Celes Chere's promotion to Read Admiral of Magitek Knights. Kefka slowly started descending into insanity due to the Magic Infusion process from years earlier.
Kefka's whole demeanor changed, and began dressing in clownish gowns, started wearing makeup and even began playing with dolls. A once humble and genius strategist with immense Magical Power, transformed into a deranged sociopath lusting nothing more than more power, with a thirst for death and destruction for all those around him. Kefka also develops a dark and sadistic sense of humor due to his downward spiral to insanity, and is famous for his signature laugh. Due to obvious reasons, Kefka is removed from his military duties and stripped of his rank, however Gestahl appoints him to Court Mage for his years of service to the Empire, and recognition of his power and mind.
At the start of the game, Kefka is seen enslaving Terra Branford with a Slave Crown and orders her to kill 50 Imperial Soldiers in order to test the crown. Terra obeys and heartlessly takes the soldiers out without any sign of emotion or remorse. Kefka is first seen in the town of Figaro, on a mission to return Terra back to the Empire's hands, on behalf of Emperor Gestahl. Edgar not willing to comply, takes Locke and Terra to the returners hideout, and manages to escape Kefka and his troops. Kefka becomes infuriated, however he returns back to Vector, and is soon dispatched to Doma. There, he releaves General Leo of his duties and takes matters into his own hands with dealing with the Doma Army. Kefka poisons the river flowing through Doma and kills all of the town inhabitants, with the exception of Cyan Garamonde.
After his crimes in Doma, Kefka returns back to Narshe and attempts to halt the Returners resistance to the Frozen Esper. Kefka engages in battle with the Returners and is defeated, allowing him to retreat for one last time. Kefka is next seen in Vector, at the Magic Research Facility, when the Returners infiltrate it in order to retrieve Maduin and the rest of the imprisoned Espers. There, they meet with Dr. Cid who discovers the true power of Magic Infusion. Kefka overhears and is joyed to hear this, and catches the Returners snooping around. He orders Celes to hand him the Esper Magicite, however she refuses and opens a hatch for the Returns to escape. Kefka attempts to stop them by operating cranes in order to bring the BlackJack down. After the Returners escape, they plot an attack on Vector with the help of the Espers. Gestahl offers a truce, and schedules for a peace treaty, and imprisons Kefka on behalf of the Empire for his crimes against humanity, such as poisoning Doma, and killing Espers.
The imprisonment was a ploy however, and Kefka is released in Thamasa, killing and draining Espers of their power, just as Terra was delivering the peace treaty to the Esper Elder. General Leo attempts to stop Kefka, however the now insane and equipped with a massive Magic arsenal from the drained Espers, easily kills him. He is then seen at the Warring Triads statues alongside Gestahl, as they discover them on their way to the Esper Gate.
Just as the Returners make their way towards the Warring Triads to stop Kefka and Gestahl, they seem to be too late. Gestahl offers Celes one last chance to join them and avoid death, knowing full well how strong she is. After Gestahl offers her a sword to slay her friends in order to finalize the deal, Celes in return assaults Kefka, seriously wounding him. Kefka begs the Warring Triad Statues for more power in order to defeat the Returners, but Gestahl stops and warns him saying that extracting too much power at once will destroy the world. Kefka doesn't care and goes insane, whilst engaging Gestahl into a duel of magic. Gestahl is the superior magic user, however Kefka utilizes the magic of the Statues to absorb Gestahl's spells, then orders them to strike him down. Gestahl becomes fatally wounded from the power of the Warring Triads, and Kefka pushes the once mighty Emperor off the Floating Continent to his demise.
Kefka then reshapes the world with the power of the Warring Triads by destroying the land and building his own tower and ruling with his Light of Judgment, killing anyone or anything that opposes his rule. The world is turned into ruin, and civilizations crumble under Kefka's power. The air becomes polluted, and animals and plants slowly go extinct, as humanity breaths it's last hour. Kefka also creates ridiculously powerful monsters in order to guard his tower. Kefka obtains the power and essence of Magic, and is reborn as a God. Boasting the highest Magic in the game, his Foresaken spell, which is exclusive to him only, has an ATK power of 220, next to the strongest attainable spell in the game, Ultima, which boasts 120. The Foresaken spell however is affected by Magic Defense, rendering it's usefulness down.
 Other Appearances
Kefka is a Warrior of Chaos representing Final Fantasy VI, opposing Terra.
Kefka returns in the prequel to Dissidia.
Kefka appears as a Legendary character.
|"Son of a Sandworm! You'll pay for this!" (FFVI)|
|"There's a reason why OPPOSE rhymes with DISPOSE! Kill them all!"|
|"'Wait,' he says... Do I look like a waiter?" (FFVI)|
|"Nothing beats the sweet music of hundreds of voices screaming in unison!" (FFVI)|
|"I don't care for the appearance of this pitiful little hamlet... So burn it!!" (FFVI)|
|"Run! Run! Or you'll be well done!" (FFVI)|
|"You're all nothing more than fleas compared to me now! Embrace your destruction... It is the fate of all things." (FFVI)|
|"Bleh! You people make me sick! You sound like lines from a self-help book! If that's how it's going to be... I'll snuff them all out! Every last one of your sickening, happy little reasons for living!" (FFVI)|
|"Life... Dreams... Hope... Where do they come from? And where do they go...? Such meaningless things... I'll destroy them all!" (FFVI)|
|"I see a poser!" (Dissidia - to Squall)|
|"Aww, friends forever, huh? Please, stop. Makes me want to puke my guts out!" (Dissidia)|
|Final Fantasy VI Characters|
|Terra • Locke • Celes • Edgar • Sabin • Shadow • Cyan • Setzer • Relm • Strago • Gau • Mog • Gogo • Umaro|
Banon • Biggs • Cid • Emperor Gestahl • Kefka • Leo • Ultros • Wedge
Arvis • Darill • Duane • Duncan • Elaine • Impresario • Interceptor • Katarin • Lone Wolf • Madeline • Maduin • Owain • Rachel • Ramuh • Vargas
|Dissidia: Final Fantasy Characters|
|Cosmos | Warrior of Light | Firion | Onion Knight | Cecil Harvey | Bartz Klauser | Terra Branford | Cloud Strife | Squall Leonhart | Zidane Tribal | Tidus | Shantotto|
Chaos | Garland | Emperor | Cloud of Darkness | Golbez | Exdeath | Kefka Palazzo | Sephiroth | Ultimecia | Kuja | Jecht | Gabranth
|Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Characters|
|Lightning • Tifa • Kain • Vaan • Yuna • Laguna|
Warrior of Light • Garland • Firion • Emperor • Onion Knight • Cloud of Darkness • Cecil • Golbez • Bartz • Exdeath • Terra • Kefka • Cloud • Sephiroth • Squall • Ultimecia • Zidane • Kuja • Tidus • Jecht • Shantotto • Gabranth • Cosmos • Chaos