idane Tribal is the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy IX. He is a thief who works for the Tantalus Theater Troupe. His name has varied in spelling according to the localizations of the game as “Yitán” (his Spanish name), “Gidan” (his Italian name) and “Djidane” (his French name).

Zidane possesses little of the sullenness associated with previous Final Fantasy protagonists Cloud Strife and Squall Leonhart. He is shown to be a skirt-chaser, constantly flirting with Princess Garnet during Final Fantasy IX as well as other females. Zidane also gives advice to the party members at multiple times on several aspects of life, and is overall laid-back and casual in his actions and speech patterns. Though he is highly confident in his abilities, Zidane harbors some insecurities about his past and possible loneliness, though he does not often express them. Throughout the game, Zidane starts developing true feelings for Garnet, and acts like an older brother to Vivi. Towards other party members, even Steiner and Amarant who dislike him, Zidane is generally friendly.

Zidane has shoulder-length blonde hair, blue eyes and a prehensile monkey-like tail, a trademark of Genomes in Final Fantasy IX. In Trance form Zidane’s hair becomes longer, and his clothing is replaced with thick fur covering his body. It is not revealed whether or not he has fur under his clothing when not in Trance form.

One main thing about Zidane that differs from the regular thief class is his choice of weaponry. He wields two daggers or short swords at once and at times even uses dual-handed weapons, such as a short double-bladed naginata, commonly referred to as a “swallow blade.” This type of weapon bears some resemblance to two short swords merged at the handle, though with the handle being an arms length. He can combine his two blades into a “swallow blade” as well.ke the name suggests, the “Steal” ability allows players to steal items from an enemy. Some items can only be obtained by stealing, and sometimes, players only get one shot at stealing it. Steal can be augmented with the abilities Flee Gil, Steal Gil, Master Thief, Mug, and Bandit. Also of note is that Zidane’s Thievery skill is directly linked to the number of successful Steals he performs times half of his Speed rating (i.e. if Zidane’s speed is 28, he will need to steal successfully 715 times for Thievery to hit the maximum of 9,999).


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