Aerith Gainsborough Advent Children Complete Character Bio from Dengeki PS3

by April 11, 2009 0 comments

Today, the next profile we will cover is Aerith Gainsborough’s character profile for Advent Children Complete, from the Dengeki PS3 April issue. Once again, big thanks to hitoshura for this! Enjoy!


A young woman who lived in Midgar’s slums, selling flowers. She was a descendant of the Cetra, an ancient race who were said to be able to hear the voice of the planet, and for this reason she was continually monitored by Shinra from a very young age. According to legend, the Cetra would lead the way to the “Promised Land”, abound with supreme happiness, but by then no pure blood Cetra existed and Aerith, the sole survivor, was only a half-blood. However, the Shinra Company sought after the Promised Land and kept on relentlessly pursuing her.

Despite these harsh circumstances, Aerith never gave up hope and lived optimistically, and finally the day came when she left Midgar with Cloud, who she had met in the church. During her long journey she learned her destiny, and gave herself to stop Meteor.

She joined the Lifestream, but even then she carries on watching over the planet and Cloud. At all times, her first love Zack is always by her side.

Compilation of FFVII for Aerith

Before Crisis -FFVII-
Aerith appears in chapter 11, “A Dash for Freedom.” Here you can see how the Turks, having received the order from Shinra to capture the Ancient, don’t use violent means to apprehend her.


Crisis Core -FFVII-
“CC” shows her meeting and relationship with Zack, and the budding love between them. However, fate would tear the couple apart.


Final Fantasy VII
As an Ancient, Aerith risks her life to stop Sephiroth. Afterwards, she continues to watch over Cloud and the others from the Lifestream.

While fulfilling her duty as an Ancient, she also came to worry about Cloud. And those feelings are even now…

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  1. BBM
    #1 BBM 11 April, 2009, 05:37

    “At all times, her first love Zack is always by her side.”

    Aw, that may just be the sweetest thing I’ve read. ^_^

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    • rabbitbooboo
      rabbitbooboo 9 June, 2009, 18:27

      I totally agree!

  2. Isabella
    #2 Isabella 11 April, 2009, 05:45

    Bit of a cliffhanger ending there. LOL

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  3. Tennyo
    #3 Tennyo 11 April, 2009, 06:00

    Oh good, for some reason I was worried that they would decide not to give us one about Aerith. I mean, they didn’t even put her bio up on the AC website for some reason, and you’d think they would have. :/

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  4. Cloudtail4ever
    #4 Cloudtail4ever 11 April, 2009, 06:33

    Aw, I <3 the mentions about Zack ^^

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  5. sloppygegger
    #5 sloppygegger 11 April, 2009, 09:40

    aw how cute- her first love Zack is always by her side
    zerith rules

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    • Makoeyes987
      Makoeyes987 Author 11 April, 2009, 18:28

      That it does!

  6. Dark & Divine
    #6 Dark & Divine 11 April, 2009, 11:42

    Zackerith fgj! :wackymonster:

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    #7 X-SOLDIER 11 April, 2009, 21:53

    Huzzah for the mention about Zack!


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  8. Lily
    #8 Lily 17 April, 2009, 04:38

    has anyone read “The maiden who Travels the Planet”?? Y’know, the OFFICIAL novel attached to FF7 Ultimania Omega, where Aerith confesses that her feelings for Cloud were deeper and stronger then for Zack. And Zack is also concerned about his best friend, that’s why he always appears beside her (she appears only to Cloud)
    can’t wait to see her in blu-ray definition *-* I wanted her face to be shown more times…

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    • Makoeyes987
      Makoeyes987 Author 17 April, 2009, 05:51

      Yeah, I’ve read it. And it was completely contradicted by CC on points such as when Aerith met Zack, what she fell in love with him for, and hell..even contradicted DC. Too bad its plot points and existence is totally ignored by the official continuity of the Compilation of FFVII. Explaining why its not shown in any other subsequent Compilation of FFVII guidebooks or timelines.

    • airgrl
      airgrl 20 April, 2009, 12:16

      there is also a part in the story where she tries to think of what makes cloud
      and can only think of the false things, ya know the stuff he stole from zack.
      it kinda proved she didn’t really know cloud all that well

  9. Ryushikaze
    #9 Ryushikaze 17 April, 2009, 05:48

    You mean the novel Benny Matsuyama wrote, was always of questionable officiality, has never been mentioned again, and has been contradicted on several major points in official compilation titles, and does not suggest what you suggest it does?

    Yes, I have read it.

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  10. Shinvar
    #10 Shinvar 17 June, 2009, 16:10

    The thing is “Maiden who travels the planet” is nothing more than an officially approved fanfic. Even Ultimania Omega never said it’s supposed to be part of the Canon.
    After all it’s a nice Story and parts of it might or might not be the way SE planed them but the only titles that actually count as arguments are the officiel Games and hints the Gameeditors made. Anything else (including the fanfic) is nothing more than a beautifully written theory.

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  11. lockheartgainsborough
    #11 lockheartgainsborough 20 July, 2009, 15:17

    aerith is better off with zack (they’re cute!)
    Cloud suits Tifa better…their clothes in AC even looks the same

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    • stfu
      stfu 2 December, 2009, 03:29

      big deal, the clothes, dont make me friggn laugh, is that the best proof there is lmfao!

    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 8 December, 2009, 19:10

      No, ‘STFU’, though I do recall the folks on the pink side of the fence making quite a lot of clothing related arguments, especially a bunch regarding a certain ribbon, so those in glass houses should not throw stones.

  12. aaaaaaa
    #12 aaaaaaa 24 July, 2009, 13:54

    i can imagine how happy they are to see each other again in lifestream after separated for years with no news and all 89 letters from aerith to zack that never got to him
    ah im just obsessed with zerith, that’s all 😀

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  13. SB
    #13 SB 27 September, 2009, 14:54

    Awwww, Zack and Aerith. How adorable.

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  14. Darksteel
    #14 Darksteel 22 October, 2009, 06:42

    Well, guess you havent read case of the lifestream white where it says Cloud is her beloved. And CC is the past people, you can choose like in FFVII to fall for Aerith or not, and in the end Aerith moved on with her life without Zack. So yes Aerith loved Cloud as case of the lifestream white indicates. And if there’s doubt about Cloud’s feelings for her, here is something from the japanese manual of DC in Aerith’s profile:

    “Aerith Gainsborough – A girl with the blood of the Ancients flowing through her veins, who is engraved in Cloud’s heart for the rest of his life”

    If Cloud moved on with Tifa, then DC would have showed that, but neither Cloud or Tifa’s profiles indicate that. They are still shown as childhood friends on the official couple chart on the ultimanias.

    And Zack did get the 89th letter, he just didnt get the other 88. Perhaps you need to see that video again when Zack goes crazy because Aerith moved on

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    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 22 October, 2009, 07:10

      Hi. This site hosts the COLW translation. We are aware of what it says. We are aware of the quotes you are using.

      We are aware of your attempts to distort the facts. They are amateurish, really. It is obvious you are getting your talking points from a particular site that shall remain nameless.

      DC was neither Cloud nor Tifa’s story, but Vincent’s. Their affairs are not of concern to the story.
      That said, please, do actually READ the Ultimania resources before speaking again, and do join us in the forums.

    • ava rose
      ava rose 25 October, 2009, 00:53

      i AGREE with you 100%!!!!
      on the DC manual booklet! thats Aerith’s description! and; “that Cloud would never forget,” sounds way more romantic rather than “childhood friends. i cant believe ppl are so into Cloti, its so stupid. the only evidence proving cloud and tifa being together is the promise, please, thats the only LINK that hences towards Cloud and Tifa even being “childhood” friends, Tifa never noticed Cloud, until he pulled her to the tower, and thats when Tifa started to care about Cloud or wondered about him, and in the REAL ff7, Cloud doesnt REMEMBER that promise.
      other than that, CC is the FREAKEN past, why does that CONFUSE so much ppl. are you stupid? its Cloud and Aerith. they are just like; VINCENTxLUCRECIA, TIDUSxYUNA, SHUYINxLENNE!!!!! death cant seperate LOVE. SE has made it very clear that death doesnt mean the end. EVEN in DISSIDIA, Cloud is shown going back to his time FACING a huge FLOWER FIELD <3~AERITH! overall i dont care if Maiden of the Planet is official or not, cus TETSUYA was the one who asked Ben to write it!

    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 25 October, 2009, 01:22

      Um… that same booklet calls Cloud an Ex-SOLDIER.
      Furthermore, the U10 says Cloud will never forget his promise to Tifa, that he’s obsessed with it.
      He himelf confirms that his heart was calling out to Tifa’s, the Prologue book says she’s the only person he has ever opened his heart to, to say nothing of ‘Realized their feelings for each other at the end of the story and live together in AC and DoC.’
      That you’re seeing romance in ‘He’ll never forget her’ when she died by stabbing in front of his eyes tells me a lot.
      Moreso that you see it in Cloud leaving by trudging over flowers in Dissidia, a game in which romance could not be any less relevant.
      And where are you getting the idea that Tetsuya Nomura asked Benny Matsuyama to write Maiden? Not that maiden HELPS your argument, I’m just curious.
      Please, come to the forums to discuss this, Ava.

    • stfu
      stfu 5 December, 2009, 18:10

      get ur ass into that link, that Ava person is RIGHT.

    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 6 December, 2009, 19:01

      I’m sorry, could you link me somewhere I’ve not already read, laughed my ass off at, and debunked already? I mean, you could link me somewhere with a shred of credibility left, to start.

    • adsfsfsfsa
      adsfsfsfsa 7 December, 2009, 07:21

      im going to be honest wit you, i was once a clerith fan. a BIG one, then i read . seeing how the deny zack in aerith’s eyes, and tifa in cloud’s eyes. yes im a clerith but that site is too much againts zack and tifa. and i HATE it. yes i like clerith better, but theres no excuse to mock zack and tifa either. I wont deny the face that tifa IS important to cloud and that zack IS important to aerith. i just like clerith better, but please dont give anyone a link about that stupid site. yes, CLERITH.COM IS STUPID. they made us clerith fan looks stupid. their reason is useless its just doesnt make sense.

      so there, that clerith site is completely retarded. for ex: in kh2 nojima stated tifa IS cloud’s light but this site keeps saying that “nojima was assuming, he didnt mean it really. cloud is searching for aerith” see, i think cloud and aerith in kh2 are really sweet but still it’s obvious that cloud shines after tifa gave him her light. this site is in complete denying. sorry to bring up kh2, i just have to.

    • Quexinos
      Quexinos 30 October, 2009, 12:12

      I’m calling troll on this one…

    • MaliciousMisery
      MaliciousMisery 27 April, 2011, 19:37

      Am I the only one who thinks Cleriths can’t spell?

    • Quexinos
      Quexinos 30 October, 2009, 12:12

      Okay seriously, just come to the forums or visit the Northern Crater. Please? We need more idoi-… we need more Cleriths like yourself to … discuss this with.

    • stfu
      stfu 5 December, 2009, 18:11

      get ur ass into that link, that Ava person is RIGHT!

    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 6 December, 2009, 19:06

      No you aren’t Ava.

    • hochiminh
      hochiminh 20 September, 2010, 19:44 = fail

  15. Darksteel
    #15 Darksteel 22 October, 2009, 20:00

    I have read the ultimania resources from 4 diferent sites, both the cloti and the clerith resources, and my own opinion from my last visit to Japan 3 weeks ago. Its good to be in the military and be able to go there TDY without paying a penny. =D And I’m not trying to distort facts, but Its my opinion. The only reason why I don’t go in the forums is because while we are here fighting over our points of view, SE is laughing at our misfortune, which they know will end if they give an answer and they will not make more money out of it.

    That said, even I will not give an answer if I know that the result will be an angry mob trying to lynch me like back in the day when SE dumbed down the first FF’s for USA.

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    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 25 October, 2009, 01:17

      “4 different sites?” Which four are these?

      And your excuse is noted, but dismissed as entirely irrelevant. By your worldview, they’re laughing at us either way.

      And an angry mob? Lynching? Like when they first released the FFs? My good man, I dare say you’re vastly overstating the conflict.

  16. Anonymous
    #16 Anonymous 21 November, 2009, 02:25

    I was wondering… I’m pretty new to Final Fantasy and already a HUGE fan of Zerith, so after Zack dies, does he ever see Aerith again? If he does, where? And what happens when he does? Do they end up together?

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    • adsfsfsfsa
      adsfsfsfsa 7 December, 2009, 07:25

      well from ultimania it was said that “Aerith and Zack REUNITED in lifestream” so i think yes… in the ending of ACC its pretty obvious the two are together, seeing how Aerith’s flowers could bloom in Zack’s death place. being a clerith fan…. i think zerith is cute though xD

    • adsfsfsfsa
      adsfsfsfsa 7 December, 2009, 07:26

      well from ultimania it was said that “Aerith and Zack REUNITED in lifestream” so i think yes… in the ending of ACC its pretty obvious the two are together, seeing how Aerith’s flowers could bloom in Zack’s death place.

    • MaliciousMisery
      MaliciousMisery 27 April, 2011, 19:45

      Yeah, they’re reunited in the lifestream. If you read Maiden Who Travels the Planet, Aerith pretty much blows him off and says, “Nah, I’ve moved on. But thanks anyways!” Thankfully though, if you read the above comments, whether or not Maiden is canon or not has always been questioned. Do they end up together? Nyuk nyuk nyuk, if this had been answered, this whole Axis of Evil thing would’ve been done a long time ago. They show up together in ACC, so I guess, if that’s what you’re asking. In the original Advent Children, only Aerith appeared to Cloud, and you heard Zack’s voice toward the end, but until the final scene he didn’t really show up. In Complete though, Zack helps Cloud throughout the final battle with Sephiroth. Sorry if I sound bored, but I’ve been a Zerith and Cloti fan for forever, and I’m losing faith XD

  17. DarkRose_93
    #17 DarkRose_93 13 March, 2010, 14:29

    Awwww Zack and Aerith, they are too cute together. Although she and Cloud make a beautiful couple I prefer Zaerith…

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  18. ilovebarret
    #18 ilovebarret 30 July, 2010, 04:46

    serious??? this debate is still going on?!?! i dont even understand why people waste their time, anyone with half a brain should know the appropriate pairings by now, where do these dumbass clerith fangirls keep crawling out from??? and the zack bashing and tifa bashing, its so unneccessary. grow up!

    ps. this website rocks!

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    • Vendel
      Vendel 2 August, 2010, 03:42

      The don’t call it ‘Die for our Ship’ for nothing.

      SHUTTHEFUCKUP 7 July, 2011, 10:41

      these Clorith fans are just in denial…the hardcore ones that is

  19. Zack_Fair
    #19 Zack_Fair 21 December, 2010, 04:03

    Ok, let me just say this to all the Clerith fans, I think we all know Zack and Aerith belong together, WATCH AC ENDING! and PLAY CC! and remember that they both die, that’s not just a coinsedence that Square Soft did that, the only reason Aerith even liked Cloud was because she saw so much of Zack in him, and Dissidia ending? Wtf? They were just making a referance to the game, like Holy Materia being his crystal, end of story

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    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 21 December, 2010, 18:46

      Actually, the Dissidia crystal probably isn’t even Holy, but yes, narrative analysis, ahoy.