Rydia

Rydia
Final Fantasy character
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Rydia, as she appears in Final Fantasy IV
First appearanceFinal Fantasy IV (1991)
Designed byYoshitaka Amano
Voiced byCaroline Macey (English)[1]
Noriko Shitaya (Japanese)[1]

Rydia of Mist (ミストのリディア, Misuto no Ridia) is a fictional character in the Final Fantasy series. She appears in Final Fantasy IV[a] as one of its protagonists. She is able to summon entities, as can others from her village. She was created by Yoshitaka Amano. Her design in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years was controversial, resulting in it being censored for an international release.

She is the daughter of the Mist Dragon, who protagonist Cecil Harvey and his ally Kain Highwind killed under orders from their king. She joins Cecil after he inadvertently destroys her village, not knowing that a package he was delivering was meant to destroy it. She is initially cold to Cecil, though he apologizes and promises to protect her from harm. Rydia has received generally positive reception and is considered a fan favorite. She is considered one of the best Final Fantasy characters, and her outfit and hair design is considered iconic.

Concept and creation

Rydia's design was created by Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano. Her outfit design in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years was changed for international releases in order to be less revealing.[2] She is a powerful summoner. She is voiced by Noriko Shitaya in Japanese and Caroline Macey in English.[3]

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