April 15, 2024

My poisonous trait is that I’m a colossal simp for Remaining Fantasy VII’s foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, dragoon pilot Cid. My love for this man spans a long time, from when he was a collection of blobs stacked on high of one another within the authentic PlayStation sport to when he was a unvoiced shopkeeper within the first Kingdom Hearts. As such, I used to be wanting to see him in Remaining Fantasy 7 Rebirth, even when he doesn’t get promoted to playable get together member this time round. After going again and reacquainting myself with the unique sport, I’m fairly proud of how Sq. Enix approached the character almost 30 years later.

Spoilers for authentic Remaining Fantasy 7 observe, however nothing main from Rebirth.

In most ways in which rely, Cid continues to be the identical man followers know and love from FF7 in Rebirth. He’s the pilot of Tiny Bronco, acts just like the dad within the room regardless of being allegedly solely 32 years previous, and is usually grumpy in the direction of everybody. However he’s additionally overtly kindhearted in a approach that perhaps didn’t all the time come throughout within the authentic sport. Certainly one of his earliest scenes in Rebirth reveals him realizing he knew Aerith’s mom, Ifalna, and is disheartened to listen to of her passing since they final met years prior. This prompts him to supply his pilot companies at no cost, all as a result of he desires to assist the daughter of somebody he as soon as cared for.

Cid stands in front of his plane.

Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Kotaku

The place authentic Cid was usually outlined as crass, angsty, and imply (sure, there’s nuance, we’re getting there), Rebirth Cid’s doesn’t really feel fairly as excessive and as a substitute goes for a extra understated assured however nonetheless caring bravado. His no-nonsense practicality feels distinct within the face of some actual weirdos in FF7’s crew, however now it’s a bit extra reined in. Cid was prickly within the authentic sport, however that facet of him was all the time meant to masks the protecting and supportive individual he was deep down.

Some long-time followers will seemingly body this as “altering” him, however I’d argue it brings out the perfect of who Cid all the time was. He’s nonetheless a grouch, however not indiscriminately so. My hope is this can enable Sq. Enix to raised body future storylines, particularly the one involving his future spouse, Shera. Once I was excited to see Cid once more, some associates who had performed Remaining Fantasy 7 extra not too long ago have been shocked to listen to this, given he has a popularity throughout the neighborhood. I hadn’t seen Cid work together with Shera in years, however I went again and watched the scenes between the 2 within the authentic Remaining Fantasy 7, and was shocked at how uncomfortable it was to see the 2’s dynamic.

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Remaining Fantasy makes Cid a nicer man

When the crew first meets Shera, they’re mistaken in assuming she is Cid’s spouse at this level, in all probability as a result of the way in which he talks to her is textbook abusive husband in a approach somebody within the ‘90s would write a sitcom couple. He berates her for not making their visitors tea, asks if she’s blind, after which goes off to work on one thing whereas she tends to Cloud and firm. Once they inform her to not fear about them, she instantly takes the blame on herself and says that is simply how Cid is. She explains that he sabotaged his personal rocket launch to make sure she wasn’t killed within the blast, and now she feels as if she’s chargeable for ruining his desires. That is why she places up with the way in which he treats her and says she’ll “dwell [her] life for him.”

Cid's official art from the original game.

Picture: Sq. Enix / Remaining Fantasy Wiki

Watching a person speak all the way down to a girl as she does home duties wasn’t nice in 1997 and is even worse to look again on now. That is purported to be a revealing second that reveals that he’s secretly a caring, type individual regardless of him being abrasive to a whole lot of the individuals he meets. However within the years since Remaining Fantasy 7, now we have collectively misplaced endurance for abusive conduct. Even when Cid resents Shera for her half in destroying his dream, that may be communicated in a far more healthy approach. Thorny relationships, particularly between individuals who supposedly care about one another, don’t must be mean-spirited and hurtful. They’ll simply be clumsy, awkward, and ultimately restorative.

My hope is that as a result of Cid appears a bit extra even-tempered in Rebirth, his relationship with Shera might be explored in a approach that feels much less brazenly misogynistic and abusive 30 years later. Firming down his antagonism in Rebirth in favor of creating him a stern and passionate pilot who hoots and hollers his approach into everybody’s hearts, makes for a much more likable and modern take. And contemplating how Rebirth’s story performs into his bigger arc, I’m to see how Sq. handles it.

Cid nods off with fireworks behind him.

Screenshot: Sq. Enix / Kotaku

Remaining Fantasy 7 Rebirth is, regardless of some weighty moments, a fairly joyful sport. It makes use of most of its prolonged time with the forged to only allow them to hang around, vibe, and play some foolish mini-games. Recreating Cid as he was in 1997 would have been diametrically against the imaginative and prescient of the Remaining Fantasy 7 universe Rebirth is making an attempt to create. The Remake collection has the perfect variations of those characters so far, and chipping away among the sharp edges to get to Cid’s coronary heart of gold is the way you modernize the character. He’s one other instance of those video games recognizing {that a} remake doesn’t must uncritically mimic one thing from a long time in the past.

The Honey Bee Inn was as soon as a brothel and stage for homosexual panic, the place Remake retools it to be a queer-inclusive nightclub. Cid continues to be a stingy previous man however doesn’t must be uncomfortably merciless to somebody he cares about. If Sq. Enix retains him as such within the subsequent sport and might higher body his relationship with Shera, he’ll be one other bullet level on the checklist of issues the workforce bought proper this time round.

However convey his cigarettes again, Sq. Enix. That man smells like an ashtray, I do know it.

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