Early Material File Character Files – p. 520-523 of the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega

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Job: Horror Terror (Horror researcher) Age: 25 Weapon: sickles, rifles

Believes in demons and spirits, and can fight by turning himself into of various horror monsters (vampire, Frankenstein, wolf man, mummy, etc). His true form is that of an attractive man. Sleeping in a coffin in the basement dungeon of the Shinra Manor. Originally a detective hired to expose Hojo and his team’s secret research. His employer was a rival company.


A number of coffins are lined up in the underground dungeon. Most are just corpses (the corpses have items and so on), but when you check one of them, the coffin lid rattles loose, and a figure slowly rises up.


Tifa: “Ahh!!”

Cloud: “……!”

What appeared from the coffin was a beautiful young man.

Man: “Uh… nh….. am I… awake…… I’m… awake again…..”

Barret: “What the hell you doin’ in here? You some kind of zombie?”

Man: “Mm…..?

The young man notices the party. He gets out of the coffin, but ignores Barret and heads for Tifa and Aerith.

Man: “Allow me to apologize. I had not expected to find two beautiful woman such as yourselves in a place like this… I never meant to startle a lady. Please, forgive me……”

Tifa: “L-lady? Hold on, now …”

Man: “My name is Vincent. Vincent Valentine. What a pleasure it is to meet such a beautiful woman so soon after awaking from my long sleep…”

Barret: “Hey, just a minute! Answer my question! What were you doin’ here?”

Vincent: “…… Quite the boorish one, aren’t we? Is that how you ask someone a question…..? I was sleeping, surely that was obvious enough.”

Barret: “Grr…… then, that weird voice was you!? How long you been sleeping here?”

Vincent: “How long? I’ve only just woken up this minute and still don’t know what the time nor date is now, you don’t really expect me to know how long it’s been, do you? On top of your lack of manners, it would seem you’re not the brightest of men, either.”

Barret: “You little….! I’m gonna….!”

Tifa: “Wait, Barret. He might be a little wier… peculiar, but he doesn’t seem like a bad person. …… Right, Aerith?”

Aerith: “Yeah… I guess.”

Barret: “Tsk. what is it with woman and judging by looks.”

Vincent: “Someone once said the face is a mirror of the heart…”

Barret: “Aaarrgggh! I can’t stand it anymore! I’m gonna fill you so full of lead!”

Vincent: “I don’t like uncivilized quarrels.”

Cloud: “Just knock it off, both of you. … Vincent, was that voice really you?”

Vincent: “My sleep has been plagued by nightmares. …. Well, it doesn’t matter now. Please leave. There’s still some things I have to do.”

Cloud: “Yeah, come on, let’s leave him. We’ve got to go after Sephiroth quickly.”

Vincent: “Sephiroth? … That name… Just answer me this, what is it you are looking for? What did you come here to do in the first place?”
Cloud: “Same to you. Just what are you doing here? Is this something to do with Hojo?”

Vincent: “Hojo! …. That’s it, Hojo. It was Hojo who did this to me.”

Vincent starts to talk about his connection with Hojo.
A man who has slept for 23 years. A man who has a connection with Hojo. Hojo was an acquaintance from his time at the Midgar University medical department, and then the Shinra Research Lab. Hojo’s research team consists of two people: Hojo (leader) and Lucrecia (female, an idol in the lab).

Vincent worked as a detective. He investigated mainly cases which were very bizarre. Flying saucers, vampires… however, the majority of them were bogus, frauds. Vincent is hired by one of Shinra’s rival companies, and takes on an assignment to spy on what Shinra are researching. Officially, he is working under the pretext of doing a story on Hojo’s research. Due to people saying they can hear strange voices (these are generally the death throes of the lab animals) coming from Hojo’s lab night after night, other detectives are put off by it and stay clear of it, and finally the offer gets around to Vincent. Because he is a lover of horror, Vincent gladly accepted it. Lucrecia, the sole woman on the Hojo team, was Vincent’s favorite.

Hojo: “Can one truly be called a scientist, if one fears to take that step into the unknown?”

Vincent: “What effects Jenova might have on humanity is still under investigation. What are you planning to do? The creation of life is the domain of gods. Are there not lines that science shouldn’t cross?”

Hojo: “A mere reporter should stay out of the realm of scientists.”

Vincent: “I’m not saying it as a reporter. I’m saying it as a human being.”

Hojo: “A human being? I did not expect to hear such moralist words from the mouth of a spy like you.”

Vincent: “How do you….?”

Hojo’s female colleague was on Vincent’s side. However, Hojo drugged her into unconsciousness and experimented on her. He was going to use her as a sample for the Jenova project. Vincent tried to save her, but fell into a trap and was put to sleep. He has no memories after that point. It appears that several people have been used as test samples in human experiments. And then they were put in coffins.


Vincent: “Lucrecia…. what happened to you after that?”

Tifa: “Wow, that’s rough.”

Aerith: “Let’s help him out, Cloud.”

Vincent: “Cloud….?”

Tifa: “What is it?”

Vincent: “Never mind, it’s nothing…. Cloud…. that name…. I feel like I’ve heard it somewhere before.”

Vincent wants to learn what happened to her after that. If he asks Hojo, maybe he can find something out about her. Combined with his resentment towards Hojo, he joins the party. You don’t know at this point that his body has been modified and now can transform. Nor does Vincent himself…

Vincent: “Hojo has probably done some manner of experiment on my body. But I don’t know what it might be…. If you notice any change in me, please, tell me immediately. I don’t know what I might do.”

●In battle, when Vincent gets mad he transforms into a horror monster. The first time he transforms, after leaving the battle a cut-scene occurs.

Tifa: “V, Vi, Vincent!? What did…?”

Vincent: “Is something the matter?”

He has absolutely no memory from when he transformed.
Exceptionally, Vincent alone can activate his Limit Gauge not just in battle but also in the field screen. His appearance can change even on the field screen. This causes differences in reactions in cut-scenes.

* The details on Vincent were not decided on until the final stages, and there were various suggestions for his personality and job, this being one of those ideas.

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  1. Dumb Apple
    #1 Dumb Apple 29 May, 2009, 03:09

    Wow~! These are really interesting. I knew Vincent’s had various character designs, but I can’t believe how drastically different Yuffie’s original plans were.

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  2. KissTheRain
    #2 KissTheRain 29 May, 2009, 03:18

    These were wonderful. I always wondered about Yuffie’s mother and I don’t think they changed that part in the game, just there was no need to mention it, imo.
    I loved these and I wish they would have kept some the same, probably for Yuffie it would have made her character more developed and intresting.

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  3. Ahvia
    #3 Ahvia 29 May, 2009, 03:28

    Thanks for these! I get so excited to see these translations!

    The idea they had for how different Yuffies appeared to your party was creative, I kinda wish some aspect of that had been kept! Imagine getting to choose your own Yuffie.
    And this suave and sassy horror-buff Vincent is awesome, he was a totally different archetype. I wouldn’t complain if he kept that personality, lol.

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  4. Edley
    #4 Edley 29 May, 2009, 03:44

    Very cool. Thank you. The early Yuffie ideas sound a whole lot better than the brat they ended up with, but that’s just me. Was she really going to be 25? And Vince hitting on Aeris and Tifa right out of the box is just win.

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    • licoriceallsorts
      licoriceallsorts 3 October, 2009, 21:22

      I have to agree with you – this character would have been splendid. Did they ever revive her under a different name in another game?

    • alec mann
      alec mann 5 January, 2012, 17:27

      lmao i coul;dnt see vincent hitting on them. haha! but yuffie is decently useful cuz i got her in disc 3 cuz i didnt care about her until then she does alot damage and is very useful

  5. Dark & Divine
    #5 Dark & Divine 29 May, 2009, 11:30

    Wow, thank you very much for these translations!

    It’s funny how Vincent had such a different personality in this material..

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  6. Raquelborn
    #6 Raquelborn 29 May, 2009, 12:13

    Awesome. Thanks!

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  7. Dark & Divine
    #7 Dark & Divine 29 May, 2009, 13:32

    Btw, is there any more material in the Early Files?

    Or was this all that was left?

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  8. Splintered
    #8 Splintered 29 May, 2009, 16:39

    Very glad they kept the current Vincent, the old draft made him annoying if not amusing.

    Much thanks for the translation.

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  9. Spacey
    #9 Spacey 29 May, 2009, 18:01

    “::Getting her to join:: Face her in battle. Or, she attacks Cloud while he’s sleeping in an inn.”

    Aww, it would have been awesome if you met her when she attacked Cloud in his sleep. xD

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  10. ShuShu
    #10 ShuShu 29 May, 2009, 21:58

    I like this Vincent better. It fits my VinTi needs. (I KNEW VINCENT HAD A THING FOR HER. HAHA. HAH! Lmao)

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    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 2 June, 2009, 22:12

      Yeah, but that vincent probably had a thing for anything female with a pulse.

  11. ForceStealer
    #11 ForceStealer 30 May, 2009, 20:45

    Wow, with a lot of the early files, I’m glad they went with what they went with for the final game. But this actually sounds better than the final version of Yuffie. I kinda like the idea of the wanted posters with a bounty and all.

    Though stealing materia is more crippling and memorable than just your money.

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  12. Anzu Mazaki
    #12 Anzu Mazaki 31 May, 2009, 02:38

    Nice to know Vincent was originally a playboy. XD

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  13. Ravynne
    #13 Ravynne 7 June, 2009, 00:05

    Haha, I’d seen the early materials on Vincent before, but I find a few things interesting, reading them again now:

    1. “Hojo’s female colleague was on Vincent’s side.” Seems that carried over to DoC.

    2. “However, Hojo drugged her into unconsciousness and experimented on her.” Maybe that’s why everyone thinks Lucrecia was forced.

    3. “Hojo was an acquaintance from his time at the Midgar University medical department, and then the Shinra Research Lab.” I *thought* I saw a reference to “Midgar University” somewhere, but I thought it was when Grimoire mentioned Lucrecia’s education in Dirge. When I looked at it again to check, it only said “university” and I thought I had invented the “Midgar” part. But when Hojo and Lucrecia were in school, Midgar wouldn’t have existed yet, which was why I thought it odd and was trying to find the reference again. Obviously they retconned that. But then, I wonder where the university that Grimoire mentioned Lucrecia graduating from was located?

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    • alec mann
      alec mann 5 January, 2012, 17:29

      pshh personally on the fact the hojo is technically sephiroth’s dad cprrect me if im wrong but i feel bad for sephiroth to have such a douchebag for a dad

  14. Carses
    #14 Carses 2 October, 2009, 16:24

    Так же думаю, что это лучше в другой теме обсуждать и не засирать комментами блог.

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  15. kimmik
    #15 kimmik 19 October, 2010, 10:20

    ooo wow interesting! I do still think the changes are better. I understand at the time i belive Vincetn was changed becasue they ran out of time for script, so they kept him more quiet? But i much preferre him being a Turk and How Lucrecia ultimatly chose to go ahead with the experiment rather than drugged. Just acts another knock to poor ol’ vincent. Yuffie was interesting too, a bounty hunter 😛 haha. But again, i think the reason for her gathering materia for her town was a better idea. Very interesting though! But much preferre Vincent as he is now 😛 Shame that they didnt get to get included into any cutscenes, a Vincent first transformation one would have been awsome!

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  16. Tappymint
    #16 Tappymint 21 October, 2010, 14:02

    This Vincent is so much better.

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  17. Shinra-Guy
    #17 Shinra-Guy 13 October, 2011, 16:29

    ”The early Yuffie ideas sound a whole lot better than the brat they ended up with, but that’s just me.”

    Huh? Her personality sounds like it’d be the exact same, except more foul-mouthed, which is redundant since that’s what Cid is for.

    ”Was she really going to be 25?”

    No, that was just one option; it says her age varied depending on wanted posters.

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  18. felipe
    #18 felipe 3 June, 2013, 02:26

    yuffie has 13 years

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