|“||He doesn't need to. He just needs someone to surround him with light.||„|
|~ Tifa to Sephiroth|
Tifa is a character in Kingdom Hearts II that originates from Final Fantasy VII. Her role in Kingdom Hearts II is the manifestation of Cloud's inner light. Tifa appears in Kingdom Hearts II, looking around Hollow Bastion for Cloud and helping Leon defend Hollow Bastion when the world is invaded. Tifa wishes to help Cloud fight Sephiroth, and has spent much of the game searching for him. She interrupts a battle between the two and gives Cloud the power of light to combat Sephiroth's darkness. Cloud shines brightly and he and Sephiroth depart to places unknown to continue their battle. Tifa thanks Sora for his help in locating Cloud and gives him the Fenrir Keychain. She later appears as a boss in several cups in the Underworld Coliseum, fighting with the other Final Fantasy characters. Tifa was intended to appear alongside Cloud and Sephiroth in the original Kingdom Hearts, but she was removed due to time constraints.
Tifa is the physical embodiment of Cloud's inner light to oppose Sephiroth, Cloud's darkness. She may be incorporeal and not an actual human. Nomura left her nature open to interpretation to generate discussion among players on whether or not Tifa was human. In addition, Tifa makes an appearance in Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] as one of the obtainable character cards.
Tifa, Cloud, Aerith, Yuffie, Cid, and Leon were originally intended to appear in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. However, they were removed from the game because, according to Tetsuya Nomura, there were too many plot lines already, and their inclusion would have made the story confusing.
Powers and Stats
Name: Tifa Lockhart
Origins: Kingdom Hearts
Classification: Cloud's Inner Light
Speed: Massively FTL+ (Able to keep up with both Sora and Sephiroth)
Lifting Strength: Class M+
Striking Strength: Solar System Class
Durability: Solar System level
Range: Standard melee range. Hundreds of kilometers with magic.
Standard Equipment: Her leather gloves
Intelligence: Skilled combatant
Weaknesses: None notable
- Final Heaven: She can perform her final Limit Break attack, which enables her to send a massive energy blast at her opponent.