Sephiroth

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Character
Name: Sephiroth
Occupation: Soldier (formerly), Self-appointed God
Title/Rank: N/A
Location: Nibelheim (FF7), Olympus Coliseum (KH)
Status: Uncertain (FF7), Alive (KH)
Relationships: Tifa (enemy), Barrett (enemy), Aerith (enemy), Red XIII (enemy), Cait Sith (enemy), Yuffie (enemy), Cid (enemy), Vincent (enemy), Lucretia (biological mother), Jenova ('mother'), Zack (enemy), Cloud (enemy, old friend, incomplete clone)
Fandom: Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts
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Sephiroth is the primary antagonist in the Square Enix video game Final Fantasy VII, and a minor character in the Disney/Square Enix video game Kingdom Hearts.

Canon

Cold and callous, yet damaged, Sephiroth is seen as exemplary among the leading archetypes of villains. His motives are established, he is clearly evil, he wasn't just born sociopathic, and he is seen acting normally. This makes him both memorable and relatable.

Sephiroth lost his mind when, on a visit to his hometown of Nibelheim, he stumbled across a genetic experiment that just 'happened' to share its name with the woman he believed was his mother; Jenova.

Outraged, he burned the town to ashes, refusing to believe what he had found. Not satisfied with just one town, he subsequently hatched a plan to destroy the entire world with the Black Materia.

Sephiroth is eventually stopped by Cloud Strife - a failed clone of him - and his group of friends, which at one point included Aerith, supposedly the last surviving cetra (aside from himself).

Sephiroth had killed Aerith, however it was her Holy magic, summoned by the White Materia, that ultimately vanquished his meteor and saved the planet. All Cloud and friends did was actually defeat Sephiroth himself.

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Shipping

Despite being the villain, Sephiroth is often shipped with the hero Cloud, and sometimes his 'other' clone Zack Fair too. These shippings can be argued as Clonecest or Selfcest.

Sephiroth's complex relationship with his mother sees them shipped too, making for even more controversy due to the fact that Jenova does not even appear human.

Sephiroth/Tifa is about the only 'normal' ship featuring Sephiroth, and even that is comparatively rare.

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Mommy Issues

Sephiroth's relationship with his 'mother' Jenova is far closer than many would consider normal. This could perhaps hint that he suffers from an Oedipus Complex.

On the other hand, there is no evidence to suggest that Sephiroth is even aware of his birth mother Lucretia, who laments the very choices that led to his existence. She even wishes death upon him out of regret.

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