- Oct 29, 2014
A little surprised I was the first to make this thread. This is also my first character thread. Let's get this out of the way:
SPOILERS FOR FINAL FANTASY VII AND THE COMPILATION AHEAD.
Who is Zack Fair?
Zack Fair was a SOLDIER who worked for the Shinra corporation on various missions, wielding the Buster Sword that Cloud would one day use. He has made various appearances in the Compilation Of Final Fantasy VII, usually in flashback form, but is the protagonist of the PSP prequel Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, which shows his journey from being a SOLDIER to a mentor figure to Cloud, who is a low ranking grunt in comparison. After being betrayed by Shinra, Zack and Cloud go on the run, and after a tragic run-in with Shinra military, Zack is assassinated. Traumatized by these events, in his delusion, Cloud's mind forms a different backstory; he was the legendary SOLDIER and wielder of the Buster Sword all this time, and enters Midgar to join AVALANCHE as an ex-SOLDIER. And so begins the story of Final Fantasy VII...
So what's his personality like?
Zack is Cloud's opposite in many ways; Cloud is withdrawn, sullen, and mysterious. Zack is energetic, goofy, and charming, and something of a self-styled ladies man. He always tries to help people in need, but his naivety and eagerness can lead to him jumping into situations before fully understanding what's at risk. A true hero at his core, Zack will stop at nothing to fight evil - even when his friends and comrades are the evil.
Has Zack been on a Nintendo console?
He has! He appeared in the 3DS title Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. This is significant because Sakurai said he might have misgivings about adding Cloud if he was not on a Nintendo console. Cloud's appearances on Nintendo consoles amount to nothing more than spin-off cameos, so Zack should be just as qualified as Cloud is.
Why should Zack be in Smash Bros.?
Echo fighters so far have been fan favorite characters - Daisy, Richter, Dark Samus, and Chrom are all popular, either in the context of Smash or within their own series. Zack is one of the most popular Final Fantasy protagonists, and his prequel game is generally regarded as the best part of the Compilation outside of the original. Due to having the same outfit and weapon as Cloud, Zack would be significantly easier to make as an echo fighter compared to many others, and Richter has proven that third party series are, at the very least, able to have additional echo fighters. Thematically, it also ties in very well, since Cloud's appearance and persona in Final Fantasy VII is a subconscious attempt to imitate Zack; it can be brought full circle by having Zack imitate Cloud in Smash Bros.
What are his chances?
For the base game? Very low. It's likely the remaining echo fighters will be chosen from the ballot or general fan favorites in the Smash community. Given that the ballot closed before Cloud was revealed, it's extremely likely that Zack received a grand total of zero votes on the ballot, so unless Sakurai decided to throw FF fans another bone, it doesn't seem like he will be in the game at launch. However, this thread might be a good place to generate interest and see if we could get him added as DLC.
If you'd like to see Zack as an echo fighter, please post here! Or don't, and just let this thread gather dust.
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