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.