Final Fantasy XVI Characters: meet the cast of FF16

It’s that time again; something that only happens every few years - a new numbered Final Fantasy is approaching. That means we’ve got some new friends to meet - the Final Fantasy XVI characters

This cast of newcomers will be our company for tens of hours as we experience whatever story has been lined up for us by the developers at Square Enix - and so it’s important to try to get to know them as best we can. If you're trying to learn as much as you can about FF16, you should check our our analysis of the first trailer, and our full profile on FF16 director Hiroshi Takai, which will help tell you what to expect from his first FF in the director's chair.

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Meet the Final Fantasy 16 Characters

On this page, we’ll introduce you to the characters of FF16 keeping it as spoiler-free as Square Enix defines - by which we mean, we won’t talk about or feature any information on the characters that hasn’t been revealed in official pre-release material. We might, however, speculate on the nature of some characters - making sure speculation is clearly listed.

This will be a ‘living’ page as FF16 approaches its release - meaning as Square Enix reveals more of the cast of characters in the game and their roles in the story, we’ll update this page and keep it full of detail, so whenever the game launches you can jump right into the story feeling ahead of the game. 

So, without further ado, let’s get into the characters of Final Fantasy XVI:

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Clive Rosfield

The main protagonist of FF16, Clive Rosfield is the son of aristocracy - the first-born son of the Archduke of the Grand Duchy of Rosaria, one of FF16’s key locations. Clive’s younger brother, Joshua, is chosen to inherit the status as the ‘Dominant’ of Phoenix, a powerful fiery Eikon/summon, from their father. Clive trains to be a skilled swordsman in order to protect his younger brother in his perilous role. 

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Officially, he’s given the title of the First Shield of Rosaria to represent his mission to guard his brother and the Phoenix. 

In the early stages of the game, a fifteen-year-old Clive will face the dark Eikon Ifrit in what producer Naoki Yoshida has described as a “grand tragedy” - and whatever happens in those tumultuous sets him on a path of vengeance. An older version of Clive appears to be seeking revenge for whatever happens on that fateful day - which we’ll experience in-game. 

In FF16’s trailers, we see two distinct time periods: one with Clive as a young man and one with him as an adult. Based on the trailers, it seems the tragedy befalls him as young man, and then we’ll also take on his revenge mission as a more grizzled, tattooed adult. 

Speculation & Analysis on Clive:

So far, Clive is the only character we actually see the player directly controlling - and honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if FF16 eschews traditional party mechanics and primarily has you only controlling Clive, as with Noctis in FF15 at launch. We’re sure others will join him on his journey, though - we’ve already seen brief glimpses of others fighting alongside him.

We’ve also caught small looks at his abilities. He’s a skilled swordsman, but he also clearly wields the power of certain summons in combat. We see him perform a fiery uppercut style move with a giant wing (Phoenix), smash opponents with a stony fist (Titan), and swipe at them with a avian-like talon (Garuda). What other summons might he be able to borrow the powers of? We’ll have to see…

Series Factoid: This is the second Clive in Final Fantasy history; in FF14, there’s an NPC member of the Students of Baldeson who shares the name, which is a traditional Old English name fitting for FF16’s medieval fantasy setting. 

The official website description of Clive: 

The firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. Though all expected him to inherit the Phoenix's flames and awaken as its Dominant, destiny instead chose his younger brother Joshua to bear this burden. In search of a role of his own, Clive dedicated himself to mastering the blade. His practice pays off when, at just fifteen years of age, he wins the ducal tournament and is dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria—tasked to guard the Phoenix and blessed with the ability to wield a part of his fire. Alas, Clive's promising career is to end in tragedy at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit, setting him on a dangerous road to revenge.

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Joshua Rosfield

Clive’s younger brother. As mentioned above, he’s the Dominant of the Phoenix, having inherited that title from his father. The title was expected to go to Clive, but destiny chose the younger of the Archduke’s sons instead. 

In the world of FF16, a summon/Eikon’s Dominant can actively transform into them - so Joshua can essentially morph into Phoenix, the powerful Eikon of Fire, a creature that also adorns the flag of the kingdom he is royalty of. 

Joshua is ten years old in the earlier timeline events of FF16. Time will tell if he actually survives those events - but if he does, he’ll naturally be a little older for the rest of the game, probably in his late teens. 

Series Factoid: Joshua’s backstory is very similar to another Square Enix character of the same name - Vagrant Story’s Joshua Corrinne Bardorba. He too is the son of a Duke who befalls tragedy related to his bloodline. 

The official website description of Joshua: 

The second son of the Archduke of Rosaria and Clive's younger brother by five years. Joshua awoke as the Dominant of the Phoenix soon after his birth. Despite his noble upbringing, Joshua treats all his father's subjects with warmth and affection—none more so than Clive, whom he deeply admires. Joshua often laments that it was he, the frail and bookish younger son, who was granted command of the firebird's flames, and not his stronger, braver brother. While Clive will gladly throw himself into any danger, Joshua quails at the sight of a carrot on his dinner plate. But carrots become the least of his concern when he, too, is swept up into the tragic events that change Clive's life forever.

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Jill Warrick

Possibly FF16’s main female lead, Jill has suffered a difficult past - she was taken from her home as a political hostage, traded and held in order to keep international peace. Despite the nature of her arrival to the kingdom of Rosaria, the Archduke treated her like a daughter, which in turn made her a sister figure to both Clive and Joshua. She can be seen in the early trailers during the earlier segment of FF16’s narrative, during which she is aged around 12 years old. 

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If Jill survives those earlier events, she’d likely be in her late teens or early twenties in the later portion of FF16’s timeline - exactly the sort of age of most of FF’s female leads.

Speculation & Analysis of Jill:

We find Jill’s costume curious - in her concept art, her outfit is white accented with blue. This is a sharp contrast to Joshua’s red outfit. Given Joshua’s connection to Phoenix, Jill’s outfit does make us wonder if she could have a connection to Shiva, an Eikon we know is in the game but know nothing of her Dominant.

Series Factoid: Jill sort of shares her name with Jihl Nabaat, an under-utilized antagonist in FF13. Her history as a political prisoner bartered from one nation to another to keep the peace places her close to FF’s previous female lead, FF15’s Lunafreya, who had a similar backstory.

The official website description of Jill: 

Born in the fallen Northern Territories, Jill was taken from her homeland at a tender age to become a ward of Rosaria, securing peace between the two warring nations. The Archduke insisted that she be raised alongside his sons, and now, at twelve years of age, she is as much a part of the Rosfield household as Clive and Joshua. Ever kind, gracious, and unassuming, Jill has become a trusted confidant to the brothers.
 

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