A young man at the center of a struggle to save his planet on a distant world. Cloud is a former Shinra SOLDIER, an elite group within Shinra's private army. After a request from his childhood friend Tifa, he joins the terrorist group AVALANCHE in their mission to destroy one of Shinra's mako reactors. Amidst the fighting he meets a flower girl by the name of Aerith, whom he attempts to save after she is captured by Shinra and taken to their headquarters. This is where Cloud learns that the legendary SOLDIER Sephiroth has somehow come back to life.
A young man at the center of a struggle to save his planet on a distant world. A former Shinra SOLDIER, Cloud joins the terrorist group AVALANCHE in their fight against Shinra, and eventually learns that Sephiroth, his nemesis, is still alive. He then decides to leave Midgar in order to pursue him and stop his plans. However, the more he chases after him, the more he realizes that he is not acting of his own volition, and gradually comes to fear his own self.
A young man from a distant world who is embroiled in a struggle to save his planet. Whilst in pursuit of Sephiroth—his long-time nemesis and the man who stripped him of his family and hometown—Cloud is plagued by his past, strange headaches, and a mysterious inner voice. The constant psychological strain does take its toll on him, but he eventually realizes that he must make peace with his true self and settle things with Sephiroth if the world is to be saved. After having been manipulated into handing over a substance called Black Materia—used to send a giant meteor hurtling toward the planet—Cloud finds the strength to band together with his companions and fight on.