"Could this be the end? If it is, I want to tell everything."

Panuru With the release of Final Fantasy X coming closer, we have decided to have a series of special features on the new Squaresoft's masterpiece throughout the month of December. Every two days, we'll take a deeper look on each character of the game - Tidus, Yuna, Seymour, Lulu, Kimari, Auron, Rikku and Wakka. Stay connected to Ps2Fantasy.com for a great coverage on Final Fantasy X!

The first feature is about Tidus, one of the two main characters of the game. After Cloud, Squall, Zidane a new hero arrives from the Final Fantasy series.

Character profile

Name : Tidus
Age : 17
Height : 175 cm
Weapon : Sword
Hometown : Zanarkand
Job : Blitzball Player
Team : Zanarkand Apes

General Information

Tidus' name is pronounced in Japanese as "Tiida". In Okinawa's dialect the meaning of this name is "Sun". In fact Tidus, unlike other Final Fantasy heroes like Squall or Cloud, is a joyful and optimistic person. From this point of view Tidus is similar to Zidane from Final Fantasy IX. Besides, it's known that similarities with Zell from Final Fantasy VIII are far away from being accidental: the actor who took the role of Zell in Final Fantasy VIII during the motion capture process is the same for Tidus.

His positive and spontaneous nature is evident also in his physical appearence: Tidus is blonde, tanned, has friendly and sincere eyes. His clothing style is bright (yellow jacket and boots) and reflects is sporty attitude. Around his neck and on his trousers his Blitzball Team logo is in evidence. In general the abundance of pendents, bracelets, zips and metal ornaments is typical of Tetsuya Nomura, character designer also for Final Fantasy VIII and The Boucer.

The Story
At the begining of the game, Tidus is introduced as a famous Blitzball player in Zanarkand. His father Jecto was himself a legendary Blitzball player. Suddenly, during a Bliztball match, a supernatural force called Sin attacks the city and Zanarkand is destroyed. Tidus, together with Auron, for some unknown reason is teleported in the mysteryous world of Spira. Final Fantasy X begins from this point.

CG Images
Tidus CG Screenshot 1
Tidus CG Screenshot 2
Tidus CG Screenshot 3

Weapons and Abilities
Tidus' weapon is the Long Sword, along with the tradition of Final Fantasy's male heroes. As it happened in the preceding episodes, Tidus will be able to improve his sword or change it with more powerful swords during the game. His overdrive, called "Sword Tech", is similar to Squall's limit. While Tidus is performing his overdrive ability, a meter bar appears on screen; if you press the trigger button at the right moment, your attack will be stronger. Then, he can learn also other abilities to use during the battle. Many of them are the same seen in all the other Final Fantasy games (for example Haste, Slow, Runaway etc.).

Blitzball is the most popular sport in Tidus' world. It's sort of original mix between football, basketball and rugby, played into a huge globe of water placed in the middle of a stadium. Each team is composed by six players: Left forward, Right forward, Middle forward, Left defense, Right defense, and Keeper. Among the main characters, Tidus is not the only Blitzball player: Wakka is a skilled player too.

In-game Images
Tidus In-game Screenshot 1
Tidus In-game Screenshot 2
Tidus In-game Screenshot 3

Note: All the names used in this feature are translated from the Japanese version of the game. For this reason, there will surely be many variations in the final U.S. copy of the game.

- Panuru (5 Dec, 2001)