Tifa Lockhart (ティファ・ロックハート, Tifa Lockhart) is a playable character from the video game Final Fantasy VII.
Tifa Lockhart first appears in Final Fantasy VII. A childhood friend of Cloud Strife, Tifa recruits him to aid the insurgency group AVALANCHE in their ecoterrorism campaign against the Shinra Electric Power Company. The home base for AVALANCHE is a bar named 7th Heaven, which Tifa owns and operates. After the return of Sephiroth, Cloud relates the story of the Nibelheim incident to the party. Despite believing that Cloud was not present during these events, Tifa does not contradict him, worrying about what such a revelation will do to Cloud's mind.
When Sephiroth reveals the truth—that the SOLDIER present during the incident was Zack Fair—Cloud undergoes a mental collapse. Following the events at the Northern Cave and the summoning of Meteor, Tifa and the party find Cloud comatose in the village of Mideel. Tifa stays with Cloud to care for him, and finds herself in his mind after she and Cloud are caught in the Lifestream. Tifa helps Cloud piece his memories together, resolving the contradiction of Zack's presence. Cloud had in fact been present during the Nibelheim incident, but as a Shinra infantryman, not a SOLDIER. Cloud's motivation for trying to join SOLDIER had been to impress Tifa, and having not made the cut, hid his identity out of embarrassment. When Tifa had attempted to avenge her father and been struck down by Sephiroth, Cloud rescued her and defeated Sephiroth by throwing him into the Lifestream below Nibelheim's Mako Reactor. Before the final confrontation with Sephiroth, Tifa and Cloud share a quiet moment beneath the Highwind.
After the defeat of Sephiroth, Tifa, Cloud, Barret, his daughter Marlene, and a boy Cloud met named Denzel decide to all live together in the newly built city of Edge. Tifa opens and runs a new 7th Heaven in this city. At some point between then and the events of Advent Children, Cloud contracts a terminal illness known as Geostigma, and develops a sense of secrecy and depression. Tifa discovers this while looking for a missing Cloud with Marlene and is initially shocked and angry that he told no one. Soon after this revelation, a man named Loz, one of the remnants of Sephiroth, arrived looking for the head of Jenova. Tifa fought Loz, but was defeated and he took Marlene. Cloud found Tifa unconscious in a church and tried to go after Loz, but was stopped by a Geostigma inflammation. Two turks named Reno and Rude find the two and take them back to 7th Heaven to regroup. Cloud initially refuses to go with the group to save Marlene, believing he will slow them all down. He changes his mind after Tifa lectures him about apathy and self-loathing.
The next day, Loz and another remnant of Sephiroth named Yazoo mind control several children with Geostigma to sacrifice for a Jenova revival. Denzel is one of these children, and Tifa attempts to save him, but is knocked away by Bahamut SIN. The rest of the AVALANCHE members back her and Cloud up, and Tifa specifically throws Cloud towards Bahamut SIN to deal the final blow. Tifa then joins the AVALANCHE members on the airship Shera as Cloud fights Sephiroth. After Cloud defeats Sephiroth, Tifa returns to the church with Denzel to heal his Geostigma, with Cloud and the rest of the children already there.
One year later, a private militia known as Deepground lead an assault on Midgar in the events of Dirge of Cerberus. Tifa appears leading the tank forces, then is seen cheering Vincent Valentine on during the ending. After the battle, Tifa is seen managing 7th Heaven and agreeing to let the character Shelke live there.
Tifa's role is largely the same in the remake. There are many more moments of Tifa and Cloud together, like the job of selling water filters and Tifa breaking up a confrontation between Cloud and Marco. Tifa also follows Cloud to face Sephiroth in the final boss fight.
Tifa is a skilled martial artist, using gloves as her weapons, and performing sequential martial arts strikes as her Limit Breaks.
As a Mii Costume
Tifa Lockhart appears in Round 8 of DLC as a paid Mii Brawler costume. In said costume, she uses both her design and her weapon from Final Fantasy VII, with her initial weapon Leather Gloves. She was revealed during the Mr. Sakurai Presents "Sephiroth" presentation on December 17, 2020. She was released alongside the other Round 8 Mii Fighter costumes on December 22nd, 2020.
In the video introducing the Mii Fighter costumes of Challenger Pack 8, a Tifa and Barret Mii Fighter appear on Spirit Train with the sound and red screen flash of an X Bomb referencing the security check on the train during the mission to bomb Mako Reactor 5. The Tifa Mii Fighter is then seen fighting Greninja at Arena Ferox as a reference to the Toxic Frog enemies at the Gold Saucer's Battle Square. The Mii Fighter uses attacks to reference Tifa's basic attack from her original game, as well as her Limit Breaks Somersault and Waterkick. She then battles King K. Rool and Cloud on Paper Mario, referencing the stage play performed at the Gold Saucer while on a date with Cloud. King K. Rool references the character of Valvados, and Cloud references his own role in the play as the character of Alfred. Tifa's actions reference when the play goes wrong. Finally, the Mii is seen standing on a platform in Mario Galaxy, using the starry backdrop to represent Tifa's promotional image for Final Fantasy VII, as well as Cloud's promise at the Nibelheim well.
As a Spirit
Debuting in version 10.1.0, Tifa appears as a spirit featured on Sephiroth's Spirit Board. Her spirit uses the original artwork for Final Fantasy VII made by Tetsuya Nomura. In battle, she is represented by a Mii Brawler, with her costume being used if it has been purchased. Notably, the Mii used is customized to distinctly resemble her in comparison to many other Spirit Battles. She will occasionally gain boosts to her power and speed, likely in reference to her Limit Breaks. Her spirit has the bonus effect of increasing the power of fist attacks.
If Tifa's Mii costume is not purchased, her Spirit Battle will have her wearing the Protective Gear as a replacement.