is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Square's (now Square Enix's) role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII and several of its sequels and spin-offs.
After VII, Nomura assumed greater responsibility over Cloud's development, and his design was revised to better conform with the series' shift to a more realistic style.
Fighting against Shinra in the resistance group AVALANCHE, and driven by a feud with the primary antagonist, Sephiroth, Cloud learns to accept his troubled past and adapts to his role as a leader.
Cloud reappears as the protagonist in the computer-animated film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which serves as a sequel to the original game.
Cloud has garnered a primarily positive reception from critics.
Described as "iconic", Cloud has been cited favorably as an example of complex character writing in video games and as one of its first unreliable narrators.
Cloud's appearance is marked by spiky blond hair, striking blue eyes, dark clothing and his Buster Sword the sword previously belonged to his friend, Zack Fair.In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud is a mercenary claiming to be formerly of SOLDIER, a group of elite supersoldiers employed by the Shinra Electric Power Company, a megacorporation responsible for draining the life from the planet.He acts in a supporting role in other Compilation of Final Fantasy VII titles, and is featured in several other games outside the Final Fantasy VII continuity, such as Ehrgeiz, Final Fantasy Tactics, Itadaki Street Special, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Super Smash Bros.for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and the Kingdom Hearts series.He has ranked highly in various character lists compiled by video game publications, and remains popular among fans, continuing to place highly in popularity polls conducted by Famitsu, Guinness, and other organizations.He has also become the basis for a variety of merchandise, such as action figures and jewelry.