Kefka Palazzo

Kefka Palazzo
Final Fantasy character
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Concept artwork of Kefka by Yoshitaka Amano
First gameFinal Fantasy VI (1994)
Created byYoshinori Kitase
Hiroyuki Ito
Designed byYoshitaka Amano
Voiced byDave Wittenberg (English)
Shigeru Chiba (Japanese)
HomeGestahlian Empire
ClassCourt jester
Army general

Kefka Palazzo (ケフカ・パラッツォ, Kefuka Parattso, romanized as Cefca Palazzo in the Japanese version) is a character in the Final Fantasy series of video games. Originally designed by Yoshitaka Amano, he appears in the 6th installment of the series - Final Fantasy VI. First introduced as the court jester and army general under Emperor Gestahl, throughout the game he reveals himself to be a nihilistic psychopath after setting in motion events leading to the Apocalypse and pronouncing himself the God of Magic. From that point he acts as the game's primary antagonist.

He is also present in the spin-off fighting game series Dissidia Final Fantasy, wherein he is voiced by Shigeru Chiba (Dave Wittenberg in English localization). As well as these appearances, he shows up in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Artniks, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, and Final Fantasy All the Bravest as an enemy boss character.

Kefka has been rated one of the most memorable and most evil video game villains ever created, with critics and fans noting his intense hatred and maniacal laughter as defining characteristics. He has also been compared to the Joker from the Batman universe.[1]


Character design

Kefka's appearance was designed by Yoshitaka Amano, who was given complete creative freedom in Final Fantasy VI, with only brief character outlines as guidelines. His approach was to create "real" and "alive" characters, though with consideration for the representation as small computer sprites.[2] Kefka is well known for his clown-like apparel, which has been compared to the Joker from Batman.[3] His dress has been described as "garish", with "makeup smeared across his face" and "a shrill, girlish laughter" that is thought to "punctuate his madness".[1][4] In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, he also bore lip makeup patterned in a way that resembled a Glasgow smile.


Given only the artwork and outline to work with during production, writer Yoshinori Kitase felt that one early scene of Kefka's approach of a castle was too "boring to make completely normal" and decided to ad-lib a scene where he requests that his accompanying soldiers dust off his boots in the middle of a desert.[5] The scene set the tone for his personality from that point onwards, suggesting that there "may be a screw or two missing from this character's head".[5] He has been described as "powerful" and "manipulative", though he is retiring on occasion when confronted by opposition and even called a coward for delegating his authority.[3] He is also known for his sarcastic tone and one-liners.[6] As Kefka's power grows, his nihilism and madness grow in tandem and as he attains godlike powers he thirsts for the destruction of all life, expresses his loathing of everything in existence by chanting the word "hate" to his enemies.[1] He is also very sadistic, taking amusement at the very idea of people dying and screaming. This is especially evident when he poisons Doma,[7] as well as his admission prior to confronting the Returners for the final time that he enjoys destroying things precisely because precious lives are lost in the process.[8] In his Dissidia appearance, Kefka's insanity is further explored, suggesting that his actions stem from a desire to fill his heart with destruction when love failed to provide his life with meaning.[9] Final Fantasy VI features a song called "Kefka", which exemplifies the "sadistic joy" of the character.[4] His laughter has been called the greatest video game laughter of all time.[10]

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