Tifa in "Dead Fantasy"
|Full Name||Tifa Lockhart|
|Debuts||Final Fantasy VII|
Dead Fantasy I
Zangan-Ryu Martial Arts mixed with Materia magic
Zui Quan (DFII)
Tifa Lockhart is one of the female protagonists in the widely-acclaimed video game, Final Fantasy VII. She makes her first appearance in the Dead Fantasy series at the end of the first episode.
Tifa is Cloud's childhood friend from Nibelheim and a key member of an eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE. She also owns a bar called 7th Heaven, located in Sector 7 slums of Midgar, which also serves as an AVALANCHE hideout. Her personality is much more laid back and selfless in comparison, with a motherly streak concerning all her friends and her attitude to others.
Role In Dead FantasyEdit
During Dead Fantasy I, Yuna and Rikku are being battered by team Dead or Alive. Toward the end, just as Ayane, Kasumi and Hitomi were ready for a final strike and charge them, Tifa shows up and rescues her teammates by simultaneously beating back all of the Dead or Alive girls across the platform. Yuna and Rikku recover and join Tifa, who strikes an offensive stance as her Materia glows. She was showed as the most powerful character among all the girls.
The Dead or Alive girls charge the Final Fantasy girls, only to again be repelled by a series of Tifa's kicks. She and Kasumi exchange magical attacks, afterward conjuring a wall of sharp ice and hurling Hitomi through it. Tifa grabs Ayane by the head and unleashes a vicious 15-hit combo, sending her flying backward. Afterward Tifa sets up an impressively coordinated three-way attack against the DOA girls using her time magic. Tifa then displays her strength by hurling her teammate Rikku through the air, then withstands a point-blank explosion to the back of her head courtesy of Kasumi. During Kasumi's protecting of Ayane, Tifa jumped up and dealt a jarring blow to her face, the only one capable of penetrating her defenses.
While sliding down the tower Tifa utilizes her lightning materia to duel Ayane, then uses Kasumi's head to break a stone wall. Tifa outmaneuvers Hitomi while on the stone block, backflipping over Hitomi, grabbing her by the waist, then suplexing her upper body straight through the stone they're standing on. Tifa then unleashes a chain of spells onto the trapped Hitomi, who flies back screaming and trailing smoke. Tifa then regroups and casts Haste on her team. Hitomi manages to block Tifa while she's hasted, but as soon as it wears off, Tifa kicks Hitomi upward, then unleashes Final Heaven. When the tower came down, Tifa casts Protect on her team preventing further damage from the fall.
The girls land on a stone slab floating atop a bed of lava. Yuna supports a visibly weary Tifa, hurt from the fall and likely having expended too much energy casting spells. Yuna readies a Potion and Ether, but soon both her and Rikku fall to the DOA team, at which point Tifa then steps up to reaquire the bottles, flipping over Hitomi and allowing Kasumi's ninja blade to slice the bottle open for her. She then smashes the second bottle across Hitomi's face and beats her down with one arm. She then proceeds to beat the entire team whilst sustaining little damage herself. Even after being nearly knocked into the lava, she runs straight over it and delivers a flaming kick to Rachel's face.
Once Rinoa enters the fray and conjure the Tornado, Tifa is seen firing flaming spells into it at the DOA girls. Inside the tornado Tifa kicks Hitomi to Rinoa, who proceeds to repeatedly body-slam her enemies. After the conjuring of the Lunar Portal, Tifa slams Hitomi down into the one that leads to the site seen in Dead Fantasy III.
Tifa and Hitomi start their battle off by hitting each other with mirrored blows. First Hitomi kicks down Tifa, then Tifa does the same, only with lightning imbued into her leg. The two go to punch each other, but Tifa gains the advantage after channeling a Fire spell through her arm, sending a wave of fire into Hitomi's face and forcing her to fly back. The whole church structure now set ablaze, Tifa imitates Sephiroth's infamous fire scene. Tifa throws a fire kick at Hitomi, briefly setting her bare arm on fire, then knocks her to the ground. She then throws her into a pillar, but Hitomi vaults off of it, catches Tifa with her legs, and sends her knocking into another pillar, which shatters on impact. After several more blows are exchanged with no combatant outdoing the other, Tifa slams Hitomi with a combination of Poison and Blind, forcing her back. Once Hitomi gains her bearings, Tifa attacks again. Using touch Hitomi counters Tifa's blows, and surprisingly, is able to expel the materia from her body. After knocking Tifa's materia out Hitomi sends her flying out of the church. Tifa gets up and recovers, but she is bleeding. Before she and Hitomi can reengage, Hayate and his ninja clan appear.
Tifa is seen at the end of the fourth episode in a flashback. After Cloud rescues Yuna, he remembers the last time he saw Tifa before she fell down to the ruins of Midgar in Dead Fantasy V. Before that, there was some word appeared which was from Cloud, it mentions that he was there because he trusts Tifa and Yuna somehow reminds him of Aerith, whom he said goodbye a long time ago.
"It's only if you understand love... That you understand absolute fear... She needs my help.
--Cloud to Tifa before she falls off the cliff in the ruins of Midgar
--Tifa to Cloud before she falls off the cliff in the ruins of Midgar
In Dead Fantasy V, Hayate interrupts Hitomi and Tifa's fight and sends his ninja clan to capture Tifa. Having had almost all of her materia expelled from her during her fight with Hitomi, Tifa is considerably low on defense and advantages. She is also severely injured due to the previous fight, trailing blood where she walks. She makes an attempt to escape the ninjas by jumping onto a train, to be foiled by her enemies ability to teleport. Tifa makes her final stand in a vacant automobile garage, but is soon slashed and further injured by the ninja's weapons. For defense she seizes a large hydraulic car jack, and begins smashing the ninjas away with it. Hayate's men then ready themselves to shoot Tifa with their bows. While she manages to block the majority, she is still hit. There a flashback occurs where Tifa is about to jump off the cliff where Zack Fair died. Cloud tries to stop her, but she tells him, "Trust me". Directly after this line, Cloud tries to reach her but she jumps off the cliff. After she jumps, a feather is flown into the sky. She falls and wakes up because of the feather and in the ruins featured in Dead Fantasy II.
The flashback ends, and Tifa finds renewed strength. She forces a pipe through a foe's head, then makes a charge at Hayate, who repels her. Unabashed, she continues to slay his men one after one, then makes a final charge for Hayate again. He teleports out of her reach while his surviving men wrap her limbs and neck with chains. Still she keeps fighting, slinging the men around at the end of their own chains. Finally she rushes for Hayate a final time. He teleports away again, and Tifa collapses behind him, either of an unseen attack, fatigue, or blood loss. Hayate carries Tifa out to Helena, who with Hitomi take her on a helicopter and transports her to the city seen at the end. They were followed closely by Yuna and Cloud.
Tifa appears in Dead Fantasy Gee, again in the Crisis Core outfit. She sings and dances alongside Yuna, Kasumi, Ayane, Rikku, Hitomi, Rinoa, Kairi, and Cissnei. She portays Seo Joohyun (better known as simply, Seohyun) of Girls' Generation.
Tifa's appearance in Dead Fantasy is based on her look in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. She wears mostly black leather, a white tank top under a black leather vest with a zipper going up the center, black overhauled shorts which is below her knees and a long black cape at the back of her waist. She also wears black and white boots and her black gloves. She also wears a pink ribbon around her left bicep in memory of her deceased friend Aerith. The pink ribbon she wears on her left bicep is red instead of pink.
Towards the end of Dead Fantasy III through Dead Fantasy V her appearance is changed slightly due to her losing her fight with Hitomi. She is bleeding heavily all over her body showing visible injuries. Her white tank top is tattered to become a midriff as her cleavage is revealed and her black leather vest becomes a short tattered vest with another torn on the right side. Tifa's cape from her overhauled shorts and gloves are also damaged partially showing her hands. When she was bleeding heavily as she kills most of Hayate's shinobi and being taken by Helena in the helicopter, the long cape on Tifa's overhauled shorts is missing implying that one of his ninjas manages to slash it when Tifa slashes them with their kodachi.
In the promotional trailer, she is seen waking up without any clothes. It is unknown what Tifa will look like or wear in future installments due to her clothes being damaged.
In Dead Fantasy - Gee and Dead Fantasy - Obsessed she wears her Crisis Core outfit. It consists a gray and white tube top that reveals the top of her cleavage. That is under a brown leather minivest. Tifa also wears a brown miniskirt with a belt around it. She wears a cowboy hat around her neck with the string that keeps the hat on the head/neck. To finish off the outfit she wears heeled brown cowgirl boots with white lining.
Sporting a multitude of Materia - including Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Haste, Slow, Stop, Gravity, Ultima, Barrier, Poison, All and Blind Tifa is classed as a highly magical competitor, mixing their magical power with her strength and skill in martial arts. Her martial arts skills are high enough that she can handle multiple opponents at once for a limited amount of time and does a great deal of damage with spells like Haste and Stop.
In Dead Fantasy II until Dead Fantasy V, she also utilizes few of her Limit Breaks as she uses Somersault as her basic attacks against her enemies. The second is Meteordrive where she drags Kasumi through the stone wall during their fall to the edge of the temple and lastly is her ultimate Limit Break, Final Heaven as she uses this against Hitomi after in her haste state. She also has a very high threshold for pain, as she can fight on when seriously wounded and even when impaled by various weaponry.
However, Tifa does have two major downfalls. She continues to fight, although she may be gravely injured and tired, not giving herself the chance to rest and recover. Although she does seem to be too dependent on her Materia in battle, which becomes her downfall against Hitomi when her opponent steals most, if not all, of her Materia and uses it against her, she was still able to fight almost all the Hayate's ninjas. Tifa is still a highly dangerous opponent in battle, as seen when she continued to fight Hayate and his ninjas without stopping although she was seriously injured.
During her appearance in Dead Fantasy II as she tried to get both X-Potion and Ether bottles from Team Dead or Alive girls, her fighting style changes from Zangan-Ryu martial arts to Zui Quan (drunken boxing) as she unleashes this fighting style against them after drinking both bottles to recover herself with a mix of her magical ability.
Tifa's fighting style is based on her Ehrgeiz counterpart from the game Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring and she no longer utilizes Ken "Godhand" Mishima's fighting style. Her style is now known as Zangan-Ryu Martial Arts mixed with Materia magic as her moves are focused on her kicks.
The only person to be shown so far in Dead Fantasy with a previous attachment to Tifa is Cloud Strife. The two grew up in the same village, but were just barely considered friends. Cloud had a crush on Tifa, but he was too shy to tell her. Currently they're considered to be close friends and possibly more. In Dead Fantasy, Tifa is at the Midgar Wasteland where Cloud had lost a good friend named Zack years before. It is here where it is believed she was called to become a fighter. Looking at Zack's memorial (his sword) she turns around to find Cloud running after her protesting her next actions as she backed up to the cliff's edge. She then tells him "Trust me," backing off the edge of the cliff. Cloud raced to grab her but missed. It is believed that Cloud is looking for Tifa and is going to rescue her along side Yuna.
After Cloud brought Denzel to Seventh Heaven, Tifa and Denzel quickly developed a close bond. Denzel views Tifa as a mother figure and Cloud as a father figure along with Marlene, and would also do anything to help her and protect her, like when he did when he saw Tifa wounded by Bahamut SIN, and bravely ran to attack the monster, while not even thinking about his own safety. Tifa also thinks of Denzel as her own son, and cared for him while he had Geostigma.
In the Dead Fantasy series, it is unknown what Denzel's relationship will be with Tifa, but it is known that he still views her as a mother figure, as he views Cloud as a father figure.
- Tifa was voted as Dead Fantasy's most popular character on the creator's blog.
- Tifa makes many allusions to other franchises in her performances. Some in-universe examples include her mimicking Cloud in leaping onto a train to evade soldiers, and more notably for recreating Sephiroth's notorious fire scene in Nibelheim.
- In Monty Oum's promotional materials, Tifa has a scar across her heart that she suffered from Sephiroth after he went insane in Nibelheim.
- The voice of Lisa (La Mariposa) was used for Tifa who is voiced by her current Japanese voice actress, Maaya Sakamoto.
- When Tifa does a German suplex towards her rival, Hitomi. It's the same suplex that Lisa executes from her ending in Dead or Alive 4.
- Tifa uses Jet Li's signature butterfly kick in Dead Fantasy I and Jackie Chan's drunken fist in Dead Fantasy II. Tifa also uses Chun Li's famous "Hyakuretsukyaku" "Senretsu Kyaku" and C.Viper's "Burning Kick", moves from Street Fighter in Dead Fantasy II & III respectively. In Dead Fantasy V, she uses Kilik's "Great Waterfall" from Soul Calibur.
- A hidden easter egg appears in Dead Fantasy V during Tifa's flashback. It is impossible to see unless you pause on the black screen flickering. It is assumed these words are a monologue of Tifa's inner voice. They read: "... It´s only after you truly understand love ... That you understand absolute fear ...; She needs my help."
- During Tifa's flashbacks in Dead Fantasy V, the hidden easter egg is saying at the end that "she" needs Tifa's help. It's unknown who Tifa (who is saying these things) is talking about, but some fans assume she is talking about Rinoa, hinting that Rinoa wanted Tifa to fall off the cliff in the ruins of Midgar so she can join the fight.
- It has not been revealed what Helena plans to do with Tifa's unconscious body, though she displays an interest in the materia that Hitomi now possesses, in particular one specific materia that looks white. Monty Oum has confirmed that she will return and be "crazy awesome" in future installments.
- Since it has been confirmed that Tifa will make a return, it hasn't been told if she will have a rematch with Hitomi in a future episode, making it unknown if they'll fight again.
- Tifa is confirmed to make a return, based off early-production footage found on Monty Oum's account.
- It is possible that Helena is going to take some DNA to make a clone similiar to Alpha-152 in Dead or Alive 4.
- She plays the Piano
- She started her Zangan Ryu Jujitsu Training when she was only about 17 or so
- Tifa's mother died when she was very young
- She also nearly died when Cloud and her were younger when she fell off a cliff. Ironically, Cloud tries to stop her both times.
- Tifa is one of three characters to change their fighting style, the other two being Hitomi and Yuna.
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