18 Facts About Balthier


Balthier is a 25-year-old fictional character in the Final Fantasy series, and a protagonist in Final Fantasy XII.

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Balthier 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.

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Balthier later appears in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings and in a cameo appearance in Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions.

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The armor of the Judges, which Balthier had been, were designed as a combination of historical armor, mountain bike gear, and futuristic ideas.

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Balthier was meant to appear in another Final Fantasy XII game where the character would appear within the game's climax to assist its protagonists, Ashe and Basch, but the game was cancelled.

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Balthier commented that the biggest challenge of voicing Balthier was having to stay consistent, adding that he spent more than four hours in a small booth while doing the voice, which could cause him to "drift away from the character" if he goes on for too long.

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Emery auditioned for Balthier, seeing him after he did this and "instantly fell in love with the character".

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Balthier described him as a cross between Han Solo, James Bond, and Jack Sparrow, citing suave yet cocky attitude.

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Balthier was thankful that he was not aware of Balthier's popularity since his reveal, stating that he would have been "crippled by the fear of not delivering on what the fans expected".

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Balthier stated that he took no inspiration from anyone else for the role, wanting to ensure that he was unique.

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Balthier is a Hume sky pirate who pilots the Strahl, a small airship, around the skies of Ivalice.

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Unfortunately for Balthier, it took him a while to realize he'd been following his father in pursuing nethicite while he served in the resistance.

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Balthier was at first intent to take Lemures' treasure, the Auracite, but knew the truth behind it and attempted to destroy the Auralith, eventually rejoining Vaan's group to fight the Judge of Wings, letting Vaan be the "leading man" while he himself leaves the limelight.

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Balthier makes a crossover appearance in Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.

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Balthier 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.

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Producer Naoki Yoshida had expressed an interest in Balthier appearing in Final Fantasy XIV but the idea was ultimately scrapped.

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Balthier figurine was sold randomly in Japanese sets of Final Fantasy XII characters.

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Balthier ranked ninth on IGNs top 25 best Final Fantasy characters, ranking higher than any other character from Final Fantasy XII.

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