Final Fantasy VII
|Series||Final Fantasy VII|
|D.o.B / Age||Ancient|
|B / W / H||Not known|
|Affiliated Characters||Aerith Gainsborough, Elena, Tifa Lockheart|
|Family||Sephiroth, Loz, Yazoo, Kadaj (sons)|
|Background Info||Jenova is one of the major antagonists in Final Fantasy VII. The character also appears in a retelling of a section of the game in the original video animation Last Order: Final Fantasy VII, and in flashbacks in the movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. Throughout the game, Jenova is often referred to as a "she", although the character's gender is not definitively confirmed. Furthermore, through Ifalna's description of Jenova's approach to the Cetra and Sephiroth's statements concerning—and his use of—Jenova's abilities, it is known that Jenova's cells can change their form, even from male to female appearance. This concept is also confirmed by the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania guide.
Jenova is indicated to be an extraterrestrial lifeform, composed of strange cells that carry her will and power even when separated. Her name has long been speculated to be a portmanteau of "Jehovah" and "nova," the Hebrew name of God and the Latin word for "new," thus meaning "New God." Various points of symbolic signifiance within the game's storyline may support this notion, but it has not as yet been confirmed. The creature is also known as "the Calamity from the Sky/Skies" or "Heaven's Dark Harbinger".
Jenova has a major role in the continuity of Final Fantasy VII plot. In the game, many of the main characters, including Cloud Strife and Zack, have been injected with Jenova cells at some point in their lives. All members of SOLDIER were also given Jenova cells, as were the "Sephiroth clones" in Nibelheim. Additionally, all these individuals were infused with mako. This procedure leaves its subjects stronger and more resilient to physical attacks, but the cells and mako can also have various effects on one's mind, some beneficial (improved magical ability) and others detrimental (insanity). Sephiroth's case is more enhanced as he was injected with Jenova cells while in the fetal stage, becoming more powerful than other subjects as a result.
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