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Cloud Strife: A Trans Woman

The entirety of Final Fantasy VII’s story revolves around identity crises. Both its chief protagonist and antagonist face personage-shaking revelations when forced to ask themselves the question “Who am I?”

Questions of identity and self consistently come into play throughout the events and expositions of Final Fantasy VII, and this is why transgender headcanons are especially appropriate for the work.

I think the character of Cloud makes quite the exemplary trans woman, and this is the foundation for that headcanon.

For the purposes of this post, I’ll be using she/her pronouns for Cloud, as I have in the past, because they are more appropriate for my interpretation of the character.

I’d give a spoiler warning, but I mean come on, it’s 2016.

I didn’t expect this post to be this long, but here it is! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, because it’s quite a journey.

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