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Aerith Gainsborough Character Profile p.48-51

by November 20, 2008 35 comments

Aerith’s Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania character profile translation is now redone and posted here. Enjoy reading up on the flower girl!



Aerith Gainsborough
Compilation of FFVII: FFVII – AC – BC – CC

Character Profile

Sex: Female
Height: 163cm
Blood Type: O
Date of Birth: 2/7
Birthplace: Icicle Lodge
Weapon: Rod
First Person Pronoun: 私 [Watashi]
Voice Actor: AC, CC – Maaya Sakamoto


The legendary race, the Cetra, are known to have the ability of speaking with the Planet and leading people to the “Promised Land” where supreme happiness awaits. Aerith is the last survivor of this race. ShinRa took away her parents’ lives and then chased after her for scientific experiments. Although Aerith had miserable circumstances, her mind still overflows with brightness and sometimes mischief; no matter what happens, she never gives up hope. After the battle fighting to protect the Planet, Aerith returned to the Lifestream. But after that, she still exists in many people’s mind as someone very important.


In Final Fantasy VII

Living her life to the best she could:
An innocent and mysterious “Cetra.”

Age: 22

Aerith sold flowers in Sector 5. It was there she met Cloud by accident and asked him to be her bodyguard. Aerith took this opportunity to leave Midgar. While traveling, she came to realize Sephiroth was intending to use Meteor to destroy the Planet, and the only way to stop him was to invoke the White Magic handed down though the Ancients—Holy. However, she lost her life to the hands of Sephiroth, and became a part of the Lifestream and now still keeps guard of the Planet.

「 Let’s see . . . . . . How about if I go out with you once? 」

After the Reactor exploded, Cloud and Aerith merely exchanged words briefly. Meeting him again in her favorite Church, the wheel of Aerith’s destiny started spinning. Although Aerith indeed looks like a weak young girl, in fact, she has a strong will. Once she decides something, she’ll absolutely remain constant and quickly pull others to join the decision.

「 Let me handle Sephiroth. And Cloud, you take care of yourself.
  So you don’t have a breakdown, okay? 」

Even though Aerith perceived that Cloud had lost sight of his true self, she still has great affection for him. As an Ancient, Aerith had planned to accomplish the mission. On the one hand, her last concern is Cloud.

Compilation Check

Hidden inside of the ribbon,
The important materia from Mother’s remembrance.

Aerith inherited something from her real mother, Ifalna, who was the last pure blooded Ancient. This object is what the Ancients passed down from one generation to another, and the last hope for the Planet—the materia of the White Magic, Holy. However, it seems that Aerith hadn’t realized that her mother’s memento was the key to saving the world, so she didn’t take it too seriously.

[FFVII] Aerith explains to Cloud her materia is nothing special. [BC] Escaping from AVALANCHE, she accidentally dropped the materia, and she’s terrified.

Limit Break

Great Gospel

Aerith infuses prayer into the staff, and makes the blessed rain pour. Aerith keeps praying, ceasing the rain while Angels appear in the rift of clouds.
From the sky which clears of Angels, the invincible power that heals everything is given to the party.

In Advent Children

Showing up in front of people feeling pained and confused,
Her figure seems like a loving mother.

Age: N/A

Two years after returning to the planet, Aerith still lives on in the hearts of her friends who saved the planet. And in particular to Cloud, as a symbol of his failure to having being unable protect those dear to him, she was a major factor in causing him to close himself off. For Cloud, and the world once again faced with danger, she reaches out and offers her aid. In that sense she is like a mother watching over the entire planet, and it gives the feeling that she lives in every part of the world.

Suffering from an attack of Geostigma, Cloud strayed into the labyrinth of his heart. Aerith wants to take away the burden on his mind, and she greets him with a tender, teasing voice. Cloud’s friends sent him toward Bahamut like a relay race, and as for the last push—Aerith!

Trivia 1

In AC, we can see all members that saved the Planet wear a pink ribbon on their arms. Mentioning the pink ribbon, it will necessarily bring to mind the one that sacrificed herself in the previous battle in FF7—Aerith. This ribbon is the symbol of all members’ feeling that “she will always be remembered”. Although Marlene does mot tie the ribbon around her arm, she keeps a hairstyle which reminds us of Aerith.


In Before Crisis

Longing for the world outside of the Slum,
Aerith made up her mind to start on her journey but…?

Age: 17

Aerith wanted to know the outside world, so she decided to leave home although she knows it’s thoughtless. On her way starting the journey, even though Aerith got help from a Turks member who was unwitting to the whole thing, she was besieged between “the group of ShinRa who needs her to get to the Promised Land”, and “another group of AVALANCHE who wants to stop ShinRa’s plan.”

Although Aerith dislikes ShinRa and searches for freedom, when she met the member of the Turks who could understand her feeling, the change in her state of mind is….? By the power of the Ancients, Aerith immediately noticed AVALANCHE’s leader, Elfe and her secret.

In Crisis Core

The dull life in the Slum,
The love with a SOLDIER who fell from the sky.

Age: 15

In CC, Aerith is just a 15-year-old girl under the surveillance from ShinRa, who wanted to worm out the location of the Promised Land from the Ancients. Growing flowers seems trivial but it brought her joy while she lived at the Sector 5 Slums. At that chosen day, she accidentally met Zack, SOLDIER 1st Class, and they were attracted to each other…

「 Stop! Don’t step on the flowers! 」

Inspired by the flowers that she forbids trampling, they planed to sell flowers at the market. In CC, Aerith used to say that flowers are indispensable.

Aerith gently embraced Zack, who came back sad. The atmosphere makes them feel like a couple….


Compilation Check

When Aerith gets angry.

According to the scene of flower selling and her movement of checking over flowers when she meets Cloud, we get to know that Aerith likes flowers very much. That’s why besides the flowerbed in the Church of Sector 5’s Slum, we can also see flowers in the house where she and her foster mother, Elymra live, and many in the garden outside.

Of course, her anger toward people who trample on the flowerbed is not to be taken lightly. In FF7, when Reno and his gang appear to capture her, the first thing she does is to tell them to go outside, away from her flowerbed. Then in “BC”, the battle between AVALANCHE and the Turks is stopped by a shout of “Don’t step on the flowers!” Next, in “CC”, there’s also a scene about Zack’s paying attention to not to step on the flowers….. Is there anyone able to be a better flower guardian than Aerith?

[FFVII] Being affected by Aerith’s desperate attitude, Reno’s subordinates have accusing looks for their boss, who stepped on the flowers. [BC] The fierce fight between the cadre of AVLANCHE and the Turks is stopped by Aerith’s “Don’t step on the flowers” ….. she’s brave.

Aerith Map

— Forgotten City
The place where the Ancients built up their capital. Aerith’s life ends here, but her emotion goes on living after that.

— Icicle Lodge
The place where the rest of the Ancients finally gather. It’s also the place where Aerith was born, but since she was soon captured by ShinRa, she actually only stayed there for 20 days.

— Midgar
It’s the place where Aerith spent her childhood under surveillance by ShinRa, and the place where she leads her poor but free, happy life in the Slums– the place where lies her various memories.


Aerith Gainsborough – Timeline
[Compilation of FFVII]

[ μ ] – εуλ 2/7/1985

· Is born.

2/27

(20 days after birth)

· Icicle Lodge
Her father Professor Gast was shot to death by troops led by Hojo, and she was taken into custody in the ShinRa Building with her mother, Ifalna.


[ μ ] – εуλ 1992

(Age 7)

· FFVII – Midgar
She escaped from the ShinRa building with her mother, but Ifalna died at the Sector Seven train station. Elmyra took her in and raised Aerith as her adopted daughter.


[ ν ] – εуλ 0000

(Age 15)

· CC – Midgar
She met Zack in the Sector 5 church, and became very intimate with him.


[ ν ] – εуλ 0002/8/9

(Age 17)

· BC – Midgar
She was saved by a member of the Turks after she rejected a heavy-handed demand that she assist AVALANCHE.


[ ν ] – εуλ 0007/12/9

(Age 22)

· FFVII – Midgar
While selling flowers in Sector 8, she met Cloud by chance just after the bombing of the Sector 1 Mako Reactor.

· FFVII – Midgar
She met Cloud again when he fell through the roof of the Sector 5 slum church. She offered him one date on the condition that he act as her bodyguard, and then had him escort her home.

· FFVII – Midgar
As Cloud and company went to stop the dropping of the Sector 7 plate she was entrusted with Marlene, but when they are captured by ShinRa she agreed to be taken to the ShinRa Building in exchange for Marlene’s safety.

· FFVII – Midgar
Cloud and company are thrown in jail while trying to rescue her, but then take the opportunity made by Sephiroth’s murder of President ShinRa to escape out of the city. Cloud and company then decide to chase after Sephiroth.

· FFVII – Temple of the Ancients
She learned that Sephiroth planned to summon Meteor, and knowing that she had to stop this, she separated from the party to act on her own.

· FFVII – The Forgotten Capital
She sent her prayer for Holy to the Planet, and immediately afterwards lost her life at the hands of Sephiroth.


[ ν ] – εуλ 0008/1

· FFVII
She used a portion of the Lifestream to stop Meteor’s descent.

· AC – The Forgotten Capital
She appeared to Cloud from the spiritual world, trying to ease his painful sense of sin and guilt.

· AC – Midgar
She joined everyone in the fight against Bahamut-SHIN, lent her power to the people suffering from Geostigma, and personally provided for Cloud’s recovery.


35 comments

  1. thuthuy62
    #1 thuthuy62 26 August, 2009, 06:24

    I love Aerith!

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  2. Vendel
    #2 Vendel 28 November, 2009, 14:23

    Wait…where is all of the Maiden info? Also I can’t find where it says Aerith lives inside of Cloud after AC.

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    • sadafava
      sadafava 2 December, 2009, 07:27

      maiden is NOT canon, just like last order. it wasnt created by square-enix. the canon one is case of lifestream. maiden was created by some other people who is NOT involved in the making of final fantasy VII

    • kyouya134
      kyouya134 10 April, 2016, 07:32

      Last Order is present in Cloud’s profile so I doubt that it isn’t canon. Besides, it is said that Nomura had a hand over its creation himself.

  3. stfu
    #3 stfu 2 December, 2009, 03:35

    yep, just as i thougt those fcken haters dont even bother to read Aerith’s profiles, ugly idiots, well im always right, its CloudxAerith all the hints,
    AC, ACC, CC, KH, DFF yeah, im fcken right ^_^

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    • Ryushikaze
      Ryushikaze 2 December, 2009, 03:42

      Uhm, “stfu”, who and what are you talking about? What haters, and what hints? AC/C, CC, KH/2, and Dissidia are not C/A inclined, showing the opposite, that while she is important to him, there is not a romantic inclination between the two of them.

    • sadafava
      sadafava 2 December, 2009, 07:25

      lol you do know you’re a major epic failure? read cloud’s profile, it’s all tifa. though i like cloud with sephiroth better, both tifa and aerith can have each other anyway

  4. Bishojo1218
    #4 Bishojo1218 31 May, 2010, 04:58

    I love Aerith. she’s so cute. I don’t care if she likes Zack or Cloud better. And she makes Cloud smile.

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  5. isabella
    #5 isabella 14 July, 2010, 15:47

    0h so cute Aerith and ZAck <3

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  6. Meister
    #6 Meister 5 August, 2010, 23:16

    In the temple of the ancients in the game cait sith tells one last fortune about cloud and aerith’s compatibility and it hinted toward mairrage even!

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    • Makoeyes987
      Makoeyes987 Author 5 August, 2010, 23:17

      …Yeah, and then she dies. Which goes to show just how accurate that prediction was.

    • Lulu
      Lulu 21 January, 2011, 07:38

      lol

  7. Meister
    #7 Meister 5 August, 2010, 23:26

    If cloud doesn’t love aerith then why hasn’t he gotten over her death?

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    • Lulu
      Lulu 21 January, 2011, 07:37

      I think he loves her as a friend not a lover. And he’s not over her death because he always blamed her dying and zack’s on himself, that was the whole point of AC, him moving on.

    • aeris15
      aeris15 28 February, 2011, 06:37

      Aerith love Cloud. Zack and Aerith are past lovers. Aerith said it to herself that she likes Zack for awhile.
      To prove Aerith love for Cloud is that the statement stated is,

      “Even though Aerith perceived that Cloud had lost sight of his true self, she still has great affection for him. As an Ancient, Aerith had planned to accomplish the mission. On the one hand, her last concern is Cloud.”

      If she didn’t love Cloud then why does her last concern was Cloud?
      Not Zack, Tifa, Barret, Red XIII (Nanaki) and others..

      Anyway I have 100 reasons for Cloud and Aerith.

      Cloti back off

    • Palmira
      Palmira 26 March, 2011, 03:48

      @aeris15
      (lol what?)

      Yes, Aerith loves Cloud. But Cloud loves Tifa. Sooo…?

      “Anyway I have 100 reasons for Cloud and Aerith.

      Cloti back off”

      ^This made me laugh. It’s like a hilarious dub from a kung-fu movie.

      COME AT ME BRO

    • Lulu
      Lulu 31 March, 2011, 09:03

      lol back off?
      what are those 100 reasons then?

    • Vendel
      Vendel 6 September, 2011, 04:35

      100 may seem like a lot. But if you take out all the silly and made up stuff. And then the parts of the story they just get wrong. You would probably end up with less than 10 actual reasons. And of those probably half are lines taken out of context.

      So that would leave us with 3-5 things that you could consider real hints towards C/A love. But only hints. And only if you observe them in a vacuum.

    • shaoran
      shaoran 19 May, 2013, 17:59

      look at the story as a whole. Of course she cares for him more than anything cloud is his ‘friend’ close friend that okay probably she loved more than Zack as stated in Maiden’s *though it was not made by square enix*

      but cloud is not himself when she is with Aerith. And clearly acting as a ‘complensation’ to Zack’s fused memories. You’ll know when you played CRISIS CORE, all his interaction is same as cloud.

      Square-enix clearly made this to tell people that cloud acted based on memories with Zack. HEHE, I dont care if you dont believe it~! CLOUD can only be himself when he is with TIFA. At the end of all the series, it is always TIFA who can bring him back.

      Not with some ‘memories’ like Sephiroth, Zack and Aerith.
      He cant lived in the past! Tifa is his future~!

    • Nanacloud
      Nanacloud 7 June, 2019, 12:09

      i have the same point,if she is not precious to him,he wouldn’t imagine her all the entire movie..and she is also the power for him cause for every battle he …without her he couldn’t move on although tifa was there but he needed the major support from his love.Tifa is a childhood friend to cloud..that dosent mean that he should been in love with her for his entire life, cause she is like a sister for him not more not less.He loves her and worried about her like a brother to his sister.Its like Harry Potter and his relationship with Hermine..its all about friendship and childhood friend things..but each of them love another people.Think of it in that way you will be convinced.

  8. Reno
    #8 Reno 13 October, 2010, 14:17

    Tseng of the turk also love aerith! try playing FF7 CC on the psp and u will know!

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  9. Lulu
    #9 Lulu 21 January, 2011, 07:36

    I have a question, didn’t BC happen before CC? so shouldn’t aerith be 15 during BC and 17 during CC? or am i missing something? :O

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    • Vendel
      Vendel 3 June, 2011, 09:16

      There is some timeline crossover between the two .

  10. Maiden
    #10 Maiden 20 March, 2011, 01:30

    I like Aerith. She’s sweet.

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  11. AllNightmareLong
    #11 AllNightmareLong 21 September, 2011, 23:36

    Maiden is canon. It was in the Ultimania Omega or whatever it’s called, and so many people are convinced it’s not because it sinks the whole ZxA boat.

    We must all get a life. Seriously.

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    • Vendel
      Vendel 25 September, 2011, 11:20

      Maiden isn’t anything. It doesn’t exist as far as SE is concerned.

  12. AllNightmareLong
    #12 AllNightmareLong 27 September, 2011, 18:56

    Get a life

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  13. AllNightmareLong
    #13 AllNightmareLong 27 September, 2011, 18:58

    We really just need to move past VII. Its probably not gonna come up again

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    • Lulu
      Lulu 28 September, 2011, 08:04

      You are an extremely negative person. If you have a problem with people who are still talking about 7, maybe because it is an interest of theirs, then you don’t comment on this site, and you move on. Telling people to get a life makes me wonder if you have one, Coming here and taking ur time to type something negative is sad.

  14. anon
    #14 anon 9 July, 2012, 14:42

    After all these years, you people STILL fight over what couple is canon? Why can’t they both be canon and move on? Good grief… It’s a bloody video game in which the characters do not exist.

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    • Vendel
      Vendel 11 October, 2012, 10:21

      Thank goodness you care so little you came on here to tell everyone else not to care.

  15. CG
    #15 CG 5 October, 2012, 22:56

    I like Aerith. She’s a great character on her own. Enough of this Cloud and Aerith bologna. They just had a deep friendship. Sure, both were flirty at the beginning, but then that came to a halt pretty much right after leaving Midgar. Advent Children was about him moving on from GUILT and GRIEF over BOTH Zack and Aerith’s deaths. I don’t know why people say they must be in love because he was still grieving over her’s and Zack’s death. If ANYONE important dies, it’s sad and hard to get over. A guardian dies, you’re sad. A sibling dies, you’re sad. A friend dies, you’re sad. Doesn’t mean you ROMANTICALLY love them. You love them, but not romantically.

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  16. Lone Wolf
    #16 Lone Wolf 24 April, 2013, 03:29

    According to this site, On the Way to a Smile is considered canon. Therefore the line, “Cloud was her friend, her beloved — a symbol of what was important to her, and someone to be protected.” from Lifesteam White 1 is a SOLID canonical statement of how Aerith feels about Cloud. In otherwords, her beloved.

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  17. Aeirth
    #17 Aeirth 18 June, 2018, 19:24

    I think Aeirth & Zack are meant to be

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  18. Nanacloud
    #18 Nanacloud 7 June, 2019, 12:40

    i have the same point,if she is not so precious to him,he wouldn’t imagine her all the entire movie..and she is also the power for him cause for every battle he needed her…without her he couldn’t move on although tifa was there but he needed the major support from his love.Besides there is no one in the movie remembered her like cloud did…also all his period in the movie was in her Church cause he depressed about missing her not only cause he had Geostigma.Otherwise he would forget her like the other did technically and moved on his life with Tifa(if tifa was really his love life like you guys convinced your selfs about) but he couldnt cause his feeling about her not easy to forgot.Tifa is a childhood friend to cloud..that dose not mean that he should been in love with her for his entire life, cause she is like a sister for him not more not less.He loves her and worried about her like a brother to his sister.Its like Harry Potter and his relationship with Hermine..its all about friendship and childhood friend things, and for your information:Harry and Hermine did have a romantic scene but all of that was a passing phase…( like cloud and tifa’s Highwind scene) ..but each of them love another people.Think of it in that way you will be convinced.

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