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Crisis Core characters

Familiarise yourself with the Crisis Core characters before jumping into the remastered prequel of one of gaming's most iconic series'

Screenshot of Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core reunion character Zack looking into the distance in a field with trees in it

Final Fantasy VII is heralded as one of the best RPGs of all time, and that’s with good reason. People love the narrative, but before the story of Cloud Strife, there’s Zack Fair. So, we’ve put together a Crisis Core characters list, making it easy to familiarise yourself with the cast of this classic title before making the leap, though it’s up to you to decide whose fan club to join.

Should you be after similar content, you can check out our list of all the FFVII characters, which makes sense if you ask us, since you’re about to discover more about the game’s prequel. Or, if you prefer Final Fantasy X, you might want to look at our FFX Lulu and FFX Auron guides.

For our list of Crisis Core characters, we’ve kept things spoiler free as possible, so don’t worry about checking it out before playing even a minute of the game. With that out of the way, let’s get into the list.

Crisis Core characters

Characters of note

Crisis Core characters Zack

Zack Fair

The man of the hour in Crisis Core is Zack, and as great as Cloud is, we have to give the edge to Zack when it comes to characters from the world of Final Fantasy VII. He’s who you play as on your journey, and it’s fair to say that he’s a bit of a badass.

Crisis Core characters Aerith

Aerith Gainsborough

Aerith has quite a big role in Crisis Core, and that comes down to her relationship with Zack. Yes, before she became friends with the ragtag group of misfits in FFVII, she was involved with Zack. If you want to learn more about her role in the main game, our FFVII Aerith guide has all the information you need.

Crisis Core characters Cloud

Cloud Strife

Yes, the guy that everyone knows from Final Fantasy VII is, of course, in Crisis Core, he just doesn’t take centre stage like Zack, but that’s okay, because Cloud’s time comes in the main game, and you can check out our FFVII Cloud guide to discover even more about him.

Crisis Core characters Tifa

Tifa Lockhart

Ah, Tifa, dear sweet Tifa, any time she pops up in anything, it’s a cause for celebration, and she just so happens to be one of the supporting Crisis Core characters. Sure, we could list her further down, but it’s Tifa, and she deserves a little paragraph, even if it’s mostly fan talk. If you do want to know more about this fantastic character, and her role in the grand scheme of things in the Final Fantasy VII universe, check out our FFVII Tifa guide.

Crisis Core characters Sephiroth


Every time we hear this guy’s name, we can’t help but ask – why won’t he just die already? Anyway, Sephiroth is a SOLDIER in Crisis Core, and it does serve as a good introduction for the primary antagonist of the main game. Speaking of which, to learn more about Final Fantasy VII’s villain, check out our FFVII Sephiroth guide.

Crisis Core characters Genesis


And here we have the main antagonist of Crisis Core, Genesis Rhapsodos, he’s a bit of a butthead, and that’s putting it very lightly, though perhaps there’s some method to his madness. Like several other important characters in the game, he’s a SOLDIER first class, so prepare yourself for an epic fight when the time comes.

Crisis Core characters Angeal


Angeal is one of the more interesting Crisis Core characters, as he has strong friendships with Genesis and Sephiroth, the antagonists of Crisis Core and FFVII respectively, but he’s also Zack’s mentor. We don’t want to give too much away here, but he does play a vital role, and is a huge influence on his protege.

Crisis Core characters Turks


  • Reno
  • Tseng
  • Rude
  • Cissnei

Crisis Core characters SOLDIERS


  • Lazard Deusericus
  • Luxiere
  • Kunsel
  • Weiss
  • Nero

Crisis Core characters other

Other characters

  • Dr Hollander
  • Gillian Hewley
  • Cloud’s mum
  • Professor Hojo
  • Yuffie Kisaragi
  • Minerva

There you have it, all of the Crisis Core characters you need to know about. While you’re here, be sure to check out our list of the best Final Fantasy games so you can keep experiencing Square Enix’s incredible approach to fantasy across multiple titles.