Terra Branford

Terra Branford
Final Fantasy character
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Terra as seen in Dissidia: Final Fantasy
(a concept art by Tetsuya Nomura)
First appearanceFinal Fantasy VI (1994)
Designed byYoshitaka Amano
Tetsuya Nomura
Voiced by

Terra Branford, known as Tina Branford (ティナ・ブランフォード, Tina Buranfōdo) in Japanese media, is a character in the Final Fantasy series of role-playing video games published by Square Enix. Designed by Yoshitaka Amano and Tetsuya Nomura for the main series installment Final Fantasy VI, where she is one of its protagonists. She also appeared in the spin-off fighting game series Dissidia Final Fantasy and rhythm series Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, and has made small appearances in several other games in and outside the Final Fantasy series.

Terra is the daughter of a human and a magic creature known as an "Esper." Mentally enslaved by the antagonistic Gestahlian Empire, which exploits her magic powers for militaristic purposes, she is rescued by rebels at the beginning of the game. She was originally designed to be a man, and her character was designed to start out passive in the first half of the game in order to show her grow as a character. She was very well received by journalists and fans alike.


Final Fantasy VI

Terra is the first introduced character, a mentally-enslaved Imperial super-soldier gifted with devastating magic. She is tasked to the Magitek-armored assault on Narshe, slaughtering most of the town's militia in pursuit of a recently unearthed frozen Esper. Upon encountering the creature, her Imperial contingent is annihilated together with her armor. She wakes in Arvis' home, freed of her slave crown and suffering amnesia.[1] Pursued into the depths of Narshe's mines by local forces, she is eventually rescued by Locke (a member of the Returners) and a horde of moogles.[2] After experiencing events in the Figaro kingdom and after another Imperial assault on Narshe to claim the Esper, she eventually learns that she is the daughter of an Esper father and human mother, explaining her natural magical abilities. Brain-washed, extensively trained and manipulated, she had been instrumental in the Empire's subjugation of the other city-states on the southern continent, her powers even decimating fifty Imperial troops in moments.[3] Instrumental in the Returner's strategy to ally with the Espers beyond the sealed gate, Terra succeeds in opening the barrier between worlds and unintentionally unleashes the Espers' devastating obliteration of the Empire.

Now in a post-apocalyptic world, Terra is found bereft of her fighting spirit, having taken on the mantle of a mother figure for the orphans of Mobliz. Ultimately, she fails to stop the attack of a legendary demon known as Humbaba, requiring the party's intervention.[4][5] Returning later on, the player finds her willing to stand up against Humbaba, joining the player in the fight and avowing to make the world safe for children.[6] At the game's conclusion, expected to fade from existence with the remaining Espers, Terra is informed by the Magicite remnant of her father, Maduin, that so long as some human element of her remains anchored in the world, she will continue to exist.[7]

Other appearances

Terra is the heroine representing Final Fantasy VI in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, a crossover fighting game featuring characters from the series. She was redesigned by Tetsuya Nomura and sports both blonde hair in her default appearance and green hair in her alternate appearance. She returns in Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy as a slaved enemy during the first Dissidia's backstory, and again in the next follow-up game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

Terra makes a cameo in Secret of Evermore, represents Final Fantasy VI in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[8] and its sequel Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, appears as a Legendary character in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, appears as one of the random purchasable Premium characters in the shop in Final Fantasy: All the Bravest,[9] is mentioned in Final Fantasy XIII-2, is represented by several cards in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, and is playable in Final Fantasy Record Keeper. Her outfit appears as in-game avatar parts in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.

Merchandise items of the character such as a gashapon figurine were produced for Final Fantasy VI.[10] She is featured in the technical demo Final Fantasy VI: The Interactive CG Game.[11]

Other Languages
español: Terra Branford
Bahasa Indonesia: Terra Branford
italiano: Terra Branford