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Cloud Strife
Cloud Strife.png
Nickname SOLDIER 1st Class
Special Moves Blade Beam (Neutral), Cross Slash (Side), Climhazzard (Up), Limit Charge / Finishing Touch (Down)
Final Smash Omnislash
First appearance Final Fantasy VII (1997)
Voice actor Takahiro Sakurai

Cloud (クラウド, Cloud) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. He was officially announced during the November 12th, 2015 Nintendo Direct, and released as DLC on December 15th, 2015. He is one of the nineteen third-party characters in the game, alongside Bandai Namco's Pac-Man, Goku and Naruto, Capcom's Mega Man and Ryu, Konami's Snake, Sega's Sonic, Bayonetta and AiAi, Golgoth Studio's Justice, Clamp's Sakura, Activision's Crash, Team Shanghai Alice's Reimu, Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha, Nickelodeon's SpongeBob, Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim and Disney's Ralph and Elsa.

Trophy Description

The protagonist of FINAL FANTASY VII, Cloud wields the enormous Buster Sword, a memento from his comrad Zack. Once a SOLDIER of Shinra, he now fights as a mercenary against the corporation he originally served. His decision to join AVALANCHE's insurgence, however, will transform his destiny.


  • Cloud makes a few references to his home game, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and the Dissidia Final Fantasygames:
    • His pose in his official artwork matches his pose from his official artwork from Final Fantasy VII. Conversely, the pose for his Advent Children costume resembles his official artwork from Dissidia Final Fantasy.
      • Humorously, Cloud strikes a variation of the first pose when he is screen KO'd.
    • His attacks emit unique blunt sounds when they hit opponents, while his side taunt emits a unique sound when performed. These sound effects originate from Final Fantasy VII, similarly to how Snake and Ryu emit sound effects from their respective home series.
    • His idle stance is identical to his battle stance in Final Fantasy VII. Strangely enough, his idle animation is reversed, facing left in Final Fantasy VII, but right in SSB4. His hand placement is reversed as well, from having the arm facing the screen hold the bottom part of the Buster Sword's hilt to now holding the upper part of it.
    • The greenish coloration of the Buster Sword's trail is a reference to Mako, a liquid that is used as the primary energy source within Final Fantasy VII. It also possesses the ability to grant superhuman abilities to humans via genetic experimentation, especially when used in conjunction with Jenova cells, a process which granted Cloud his superhuman abilities.
    • Cloud's body emits blue Mako when his Limit Break is fully charged. This is a reference to his final battle against Sephiroth in Advent Children.
    • His on-screen appearance, which has him landing and then catching the Buster Sword, is a reference to the end of his battle against Sephiroth in Advent Children, where the separated blades of the Fusion Swords strike around him and he catches the "core" blade as it falls.
    • Cloud glides forwards when he dashes. This is a reference to the dashing mechanic in the Dissidia Final Fantasy games, where all characters dash in a manner akin to flying, which can also be performed in midair.
  • Cloud and Bayonetta are the only characters with alternate costumes that sport a change of weapon. In Cloud's case, his Advent Children costume sees him wield the Fusion Swords from that movie instead of the Buster Sword, though they cannot be separated into their individual components.
  • Cloud is the second DLC character from a newly added universe, succeeding Ryu and preceding Bayonetta. He is also the only one from a newly represented company (Square Enix), as Sega and Capcom were already represented by Sonic and Mega Man, respectively, prior to the release of Ryu and Bayonetta.
  • Cloud has an alternate blast KO line in which he mutters (ミスった, "Missed it"), making him one of the few characters who says anything during a KO, and the only character to have a Japanese KO line in non-Japanese versions of the game.
  • Cloud and Little Mac are the only characters who have special moves that affect the in-game camera, with both KO Uppercut and all but one of Cloud's Limit Break moves zooming in and slowing down time upon hitting their targets. Notably, both characters' attacks involve dealing and receiving damage before they can be used.
  • Cloud, Roy, Ryu, Corrin, and Bayonetta are the only characters to use different sound clips when using battering items. Coincidentally, all of them are DLC.