The Gestahl Empire
Kefka Palazzo (ケフカ・パラッツォ, Kefuka Parattso, spelled as Cefca Palazzo in the Japanese version) is the main villain of the video game Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III in the US) for the Super Nintendo, and arguably the best villain in the SARP. At least, at some point he was. Originally created by Stormy, Kefka is now under the control of Kodfish.
Who is Kefka?Edit
While previous villains in the FF series as well as many villains in the SARP were distant, cold, ruthless, and bent on their goals, Kefka is obnoxious, short-tempered, maniacal, self-absorbed, and destructive. His popularity among FF fans as a villain is rivaled only by Sephiroth, though if you ask him, he'll barely even know who Sephiroth is, probably out of denial. Kefka is known for his many one-liners, his final appearance as God or an Angel of Death, and his sociopathic hate hate HATE-tred of absolutely everything in existence, especially you.
Kefka's early life is pretty much absolutely unknown. He is roughly thirty-five years old by the time of the game, and was Emperor Gestahl's right-hand man (or left-hand man, depending on who's asking). Kefka was the first experimental Magitek Knight. The procedure gifted Kefka with incredible magical power, but also shattered his sanity. Kefka became a cruel, destructive madman after the procedure, and eventually acquired a reputation as one of the most dangerous men in the Gestahl Empire. Though honestly he was probably insane to undergo the experiment in the first place. The precise circumstances are unknown, but sometime prior to the game, Kefka used a Slave Crown to control Terra Branford, made her burn fifty Gestahl soldiers alive, and the rest, they say, is history. Play the game.
Ascent to Godhood because Some People aren't ConvincedEdit
Kefka ripped open the sealed gate in Thamasa, and a second wave of Espers flew straight to the town to attack him, but at this point Kefka had simply grown too strong and their attacks had no effect; Kefka easily killed them all and took their Magicite, enhancing his already overpowered powers even further with the dozens of shards he acquired. Kefka actually gradually increased in power as the game progresses, unlike a lot of villains.
With the sealed gate open, Kefka and Gestahl crossed over to the Esper world, found the three god-statues of magic and raised the Floating Continent. When the protagonists confronted them, Kefka rushed into the field of the Triad and demanded they bestow their power upon him. Ignoring the warnings of a shocked Gestahl, Kefka had the statues strike him down and pitched his body to its doom off the edge of the island. After this, he moved the statues out of alignment, shattering their delicate magical field. The damage was done and the Apocalypse occurred; the Triad awoke from their slumber and the world was shifted into a ruined world. Effectually, Kefka wins. Most villains just want to destroy the world, Kefka actually did. Eat it, suckahs! In the aftermath of this, Kefka drained the three statues of their power, turning them into weakened husks and himself into God. Yeah, really. Kefka built a gargantuan tower from the rubble of the world he had destroyed. With more or less the entire world fearing him, Kefka ruled over the World of Ruin from atop the tower, smiting anyone who defied him with the Light of Judgment, a beam of magical energy that could destroy entire towns. A cult eventually rose, worshiping Kefka, likely out of fear more than anything else. This cult is still around, known as a Sheezy Club "Cult of Kefka." During this time, it is unspecified what Kefka spent his time doing, though he implies during his dialogue with the party before the final battle that he created the monument of nonexistence (inferno, purgatorio, paradiso) to fight them and guard his tower should they rise up against him. Well, they did. And to see what happens, play the game.
Though he technically only became the "God of Magic," Kefka takes it to the next level and believes himself to be the God. Vanity.
- "This is sickening! You sound like chapters from a self-help booklet! Prepare yourselves!"
- "Son of a submariner!"
- "Nothing can beat the music of hundreds of voices screaming in unison!"
- "Run run or you'll be well done!"
- "I will hunt them down. I will destroy them all! Destroy! Destroy! Destroy!"
- "I will destroy everything! I will create a monument to non-existence!"
- "Edgar, you pinhead! Why do you have to live in the middle of nowhere?! Ahem. There's SAND on my boots!"
- "Poor old... oh well, what a worthless excuse of an emperor!"
- "Life...Dreams...Hope...Where'd they come from? And where are they headed...? These things...I'm going to destroy!!"
- "Wait? Do I look like a waiter?"
- "Welcome to My barbecue!"
- "How does it feel to know you've been working for us?!"
- "Now I feel you've outlived your usefulness..."
- "Hee, hee, hee!! But what fun is destruction if no 'precious' lives are lost!"
- "Now, for my next trick, I will make you all...disappear!"
In the SARP WorldEdit
Aw, nuts. I can't exactly copypaste from the Final Fantasy Wikia on this note.
Well, Kefka was one of the first villains around, and at first allied himself with Trev Roberts in an attempt to destroy Giygas and the Universal Cosmic Destroyers. He lost.
Then about half a year later, he came back. His first order of business was to kill Sheik, and then some serious plot stuff happened. The Party Poopers plot occurred, and thus Kefka was sealed away in the DeSa Absolutely Safe Capsule. After a short stint in deeper insanity, Kefka escaped by use of a plothole (both physical and metaphorical) and since then became something of an ignored villain. He's also argued with Lindsey Sead over philosophical matters, including faith, science, and the very basis of reason itself. Neither is the clear winner.
He's currently a joke villain, only appearing to be a nuisance to The League of Metaknights, claiming to want to destroy them but really hasn't done much to contribute to his cause. That and Popple thinks he's Kefka's little henchman, though Kefka couldn't think less of the thief. Actually, he probably could. But for now Popple is more of a minor annoyance to him rather than a handy assistant. He is also having something of a row with Tomis Tel Aviv, probably because he sees Tomis as a new Sephiroth, since the "real" Sephiroth isn't really around anymore. Currently, the only ones Kefka trusts are Ultros and Robot Unicorn, Ultros because allegedly they were roommates in college, and Robot Unicorn because, in Kefka's eyes, he's the only one who stands as a threat, and thus makes for a useful ally. He dislikes Dimentio because he thinks Dimentio is just a rip-off of himself.
Kefka's a jerk, a liar, a cheat, a thief, and a clown.