[27] PSX Extreme editor Cavin Smith commented that while Vaan is the main character, he usually takes a back seat, adding that Balthier is the closest thing to a male lead. His birth name is Ffamran mied Bunansa, and he is the estranged son of Doctor Cid, one of the game's primary antagonists. 5:10. VideoGamer.com editor Greg Vallentin made a similar comparison, calling him a "Han Solo-like sky pirate". Franchise: Final Fantasy. He then encounters with Vaan when attempting to steal the magicite and caught in a situation of a battle between the Resistance forces and the Imperials. He also described him as being similar to the character. As second-in-comma… [2] The armor of the Judges, which Balthier had been, were designed as a combination of historical armor, mountain bike gear, and futuristic ideas. The armor of the Judges, which Balthier had bee… Balthier. Gideon Emery, Balthier’s voice actor, plays the role of Sam Gideon in Vanquish. Check out what we'll be watching in 2021. "[29] PALGN's Phil Larsen commented that though a lofty prediction, he expected that the duo of Balthier and Fran would "go down in history as one of the greatest duos of modern narrative storytelling". Gideon Emery is the English dub voice of Balthier in Final Fantasy XII, and Hiroaki Hirata is the Japanese voice. [35] 1UP.com editor Andrew Pfister compared the duo of Balthier and Fran to that of Han Solo and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars franchise, adding that they are far more interesting than any other character in the "modern FF era". [22][23], Since his appearance in Final Fantasy XII, Balthier has received mostly positive reception. And don't think of running off without collecting. Below is a list of main characters from Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age / FFXII: TZA. He was the first cameo character they added to War of the Lions, with co-producer Shingo Kosuge stating that it was not a conscious decision to add continuity to the Ivalice story. Notably Balthier's voice from Final Fantasy and Fenris from Dragon Age 2. “He has an incredible smoldering quality to his voice that I find really cool,” Shinji Mikami, Director, wrote . [5] To give Final Fantasy XII a Western feel, Balthier's movements were recorded by a Western motion capture actor. [3] A motion capture actor was hired especially for the North American release of Final Fantasy XII. [21] A full-colored action figure of Balthier has also been displayed in the Square Enix Japan merchandise page. My shot is faster, or my name's not Balthier.Balthier Balthier from Final Fantasy XII is a secret playable character in Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. His zodiac sign is Leo. He stated that he took no inspiration from anyone else for the role, wanting to ensure that he was unique. Name: Balthier (Ffamran mied Bunansa) Japanese name: バルフレア 『ファムラン・ミド・ブナンザ』 (Balflear) Age: 22 Race: Hume Height: 6’0” (183 cm) Seiyuu: Hiroaki Hirata Voice Actor: Gideon Emery A dashing sky pirate He would describe himself as a … He was designed by Akihiko Yoshida, was voiced by Gideon Emery and Hiroaki Hirata in the English and Japanese versions respectively, and is one of the most positively received characters of the game, compared by some to the likes of James Bond and Han Solo. Seems best fitting and sounding voice is Ashe, and Balthier. Final Fantasy XII (Video Game 2006) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. An award-winning actor best known for his role as the eloquent Deucalion on 3 seasons of cult hit Teen Wolf (2011) and his namesake Gideon in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014), Emery was raised in both England and South Africa. Producer Naoki Yoshida had expressed an interest in Balthier appearing in Final Fantasy XIV but the idea was ultimately scrapped. In an interview, Yoshida stated that all the characters of Final Fantasy XII were designed with a focus on creating an aesthetic found nowhere in the real world. She is proficient with a variety of weapons, yet prefers [5] Emery auditioned for Balthier, seeing him after he did this and "instantly fell in love with the character". I can barely understand what anyone says, especially Vaan and Fran. In addition to Final Fantasy XII's former general Basch, he has played Friend Owl in Bambi II, and Bloo in the animated TV show Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. At MyAnimeList, you can find out about their voice actors, animeography, pictures and much more! Hiroaki Hirata. Emery cited Jack Fletcher, the voice director, as a great help in voicing the character and setting up the scene for him. When he was first revealed, the fan response was very positive. I Would Crack Under Pressure If Interrogated By... Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Beautiful Things Deserve Beautiful Things, Lego the Lord of the Rings: The Video Game, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He does at times let his boldness get to his head, but he tries to avoid being a coward and motivate his fellow comrades to do the same. Edit: Not a wow character, but Wakka from Final Fantasy X is the same voice actor as Bender from Futurama, I hate the fact I know that because now I can never take Wakka seriously again. Born as Ffamran mied Bunansa (ファムラン・ミド・ブナンザ, Famuran Mido Bunanza),[10] he is the son of Dr. Cid (Cidolfus Demen Bunansa), though he grew weary of his father's madness and obsession with nethicite. [2] During the making of the game, there were some issues with the character's faces; In one scene Balthier asked Vaan how he was feeling which brought laughter to the staff because in that scene Vaan's face was poorly modelled. His Viera partner Fran also appears as a prominent non-playable character in the narrative. Fully updated for The Zodiac Age! Comment by Aisenfaire In case anyone else recognized the voice, it IS Gideon Emery who is his voice actor. An award-winning actor best known for his role as the eloquent Deucalion on 3 seasons of cult hit, Cinedigm Acquires Psychological Thriller ‘100 Days To Live’ For North America; Digital Release Coming Early 2021, ‘Dash and Lily’ Trailer: Austin Abrams, Midori Francis and NYC Fall in Love at Christmas With the Help of a Notebook (Video), Dash & Lily Trailer: Netflix's Christmas-Themed Series Launches Romantic Scavenger Hunt Across New York City. It was awarded by "Impressing Sett" (scoring first blood in 10 PvP games) and openable from January 14th, 2020. In Final Fantasy XII, he is a sky pirate who is accompanied by a member of the fictional Viera species, Fran. [27] Gideon Emery's work as Balthier's English voice actor was acclaimed by Eurogamer writer Martin Robinson as one of the best ones from the entire game as "it's fascinating to think how the game's wider perception might have changed if he was placed as the leading man". World of Final Fantasy: Balthier Champion Summon DLC (1080p) - … [4], For Final Fantasy XII, Balthier was voiced by Gideon Emery in English and Hiroaki Hirata in Japanese. ... Balthier is a freelancer who only targets people on whom he holds a grudge. [25] 1UP.com editor Jeremy Parish called Final Fantasy XII protagonist Vaan annoying, placing the duo of Balthier and Fran above him. [34] RPGFan editor Stephen Harris compared his voice to that of Ian Fleming's depiction of Bond. I think it's amazing. Join the online community, create your anime and manga list, read reviews, explore the forums, follow news, and so much more! He comes across as cocky and self-centered but his trust in Fran is complete. 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[32] Destructoid's Aaron Linde noted that few video game characters had both his intelligence and his common sense, and wished more male characters in gaming could be like him. Age: Unknown (50+) Race: Viera Height: 7’1″ (215cm) with ears, 6’2″ (187cm) without English Voice Actor: Nicole Fantl Japanese Voice Actor: Rika Fukami “A master of weapons.” Equal partner to Balthier, Fran has a long history of sky pirating. "[1] Balthier has been called a "completely original character" by Yoshida, having not used any previous Final Fantasy character as a reference. Gideon Emery, Balthier's voice actor, received a very positive reception for his portrayal of the character, considered one of the best voice actors in Final Fantasy XII. GamesRadar editor AJ Glasser listed Balthier and Fran as one of his favourite Final Fantasy couples, describing theirs' as … Balthier, also known as Ffamran mied Bunansa, first appears in Final Fantasy XII as he attempts to steal a piece of Magicite. 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