Cloud seems to be a weak guy. Generally, heroes are strong, cool and don’t have any weaknesses… Although Cloud is a jerk sometimes, he is really human-like. It’s through redemption from his friends and having children to protect that he becomes stronger.
The ending scene of the battle with Bahamut, the scene where Aerith reaches out her hand, is homage to the last scene from a previous production. It was Tetsuya (Nomura)’s idea. —Nojima; pg. 113; Reunion Files; Square Enix