|Series||Final Fantasy series|
|First game||Final Fantasy VII|
|Designed by||Tetsuya Nomura|
|Voiced by (English)||Steve Burton|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Takahiro Sakurai|
Cloud Strife is the protagonist of Final Fantasy VII and is one of the most recognizable Final Fantasy characters. He is a skilled swordsman, and believes himself to be a member of SOLDIER, an elite warrior unit for Shinra. This is due to Cloud's friendship with Zack Fair (a SOLDIER 1st Class) while working as a security guard for the Shinra Company and being exposed to Mako poisoning. This served to both "cloud" his memories and give Cloud's eyes a 'greenish glow hue' which is the main trait in SOLDIER's members.
Despite being one of the weakest weapons of FF7, Cloud's main weapon of choice is the Buster Sword, a sword given to him by Zack, who was passed down by his mentor Angeal Hewley.
Cloud later became a member of AVALANCHE, an eco-terrorist rebel group that opposed Shinra and its actions in order to save the planet.
Cloud's weapon, the Buster Sword, has two holes near the handguard. These represent it's slots for Materia, orbs that allow characters use of magic and abilities. When not used, they serve as a means for Cloud to clips his sword onto his back
He makes appearances in both Chain of Memories and Re:coded. In Chain of Memories, he is as a boss in the Olympus Coliseum and as a summon for Sora later. In Re: coded, he is hired by Hades to defeat Hercules within the glitched labyrinthine coliseum. After his defeat, he joins Sora and Hercules briefly. He also appears in the game's final level, Castle Oblivion.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Cloud makes his appearance as one of the DLC fighters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
- Neutral Special: Blade Beam
- Side Special: Cross Slash
- Up Special: Climhazzard
- Down Special: Limit Charge / Finishing Touch
- Final Smash: Omnislash
Cloud has his Advent Children costume as for 4 of his alternate costumes. The costume has several different features including the Fusion Swords instead of the Buster Sword.
Final Fantasy Explorers
Cloud appears in this as a special summon for the characters. They gain the strength and buster sword for a limited time against the enemy.