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|“||I can hear it. I can hear the planet.||„|
|~ Aerith Gainsborough.|
|“||You worry too much. I'm not some princess who needs to be coddled.||„|
|~ Aerith to Cloud.|
Aerith Gainsborough is a playable character and the female lead in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Remake. She is a recurring character in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, appearing as a supporting character in Advent Children, Before Crisis and Crisis Core.
She is the last of the Cetra, an ancient race with powerful magical abilities, and so the Shinra Electric Power Company hunts her throughout her life, seeking to exploit her powers.
Outside of the series' continuity, Aerith is also a recurring minor character in the Kingdom Hearts series, a recurring playable character in the Itadaki Street series, and a minor character in Final Fantasy Tactics, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
In Japanese, Aerith is voiced by Chihiro Tanaka as a youth in the Remake, and Maaya Sakamoto in all other speaking roles. In English, Aerith is voiced by Mandy Moore in Kingdom Hearts, Mena Suvari in the Kingdom Hearts II and Advent Children, Briana White and Capri Oliver in the Remake as an adult and a youth respectively, and Andrea Bowen in all other speaking roles.
Aerith wears a shin-length pink dress that buttons up the front and a red bolero jacket. She wears brown boots and metal bracers on her wrists and around the edges of her jacket sleeves. In all her appearances Aerith's long light brown hair is plaited with a large pink ribbon; within the ribbon she keeps the White Materia orb given to her by her mother. Segmented bangs frame Aerith's face and she has emerald green eyes.
Aerith is upbeat and joyful, and several times in Final Fantasy VII attempts to cheer up her fellow party members. As she was raised in the Midgar Slums, Aerith maintains that she can take care of herself and can fight off Shinra troops, as well as demonstrating more subtle forms of savvy. Aerith is flirtatious with Cloud and possesses a carefree and naive nature, expressing a desire to fly on an airship when the party sails out of Junon.
When Aerith has made up her mind about something she will not listen to anyone who tells her otherwise. She intuitively understands others and can lift her companion's spirits despite occasionally appearing insensitive to their point of view, such as when Barret Wallace is troubled while at the Gold Saucer. Aerith and Tifa often spend time together when the party splits up and are good friends, though Aerith expresses slight jealously when she discovers how close Tifa is to Cloud.
As a child, Aerith was reluctant to accept her Cetra heritage, and in ''Final Fantasy VII'', she admits to Cloud she feels lonely as the only remaining Cetra. She exhibits personality quirks, such as fearing the sky in ''Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-'' and claiming she can "hear the wind calling her" in ''Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-''. Her Cetra heritage may influence these traits, allowing her to communicate with the planet.
Aerith is forgiving, as seen with Cloud after the events at the Temple of the Ancients. She even shows compassion to people who might not deserve the gesture, like Tseng. Aerith is portrayed as an independent, outgoing, motherly and kind young woman who is deeply in-tune with nature. Her extroverted personality is a contrast to Tifa's more withdrawn and guarded mindset.
- Aerith's first name was mistransliterated as 'Aeris' in the English-language versions of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics. The correct spelling is given in all of her subsequent English-language appearances.