At a young age, Cloud strove to join the illustrious Shinra organization. Instead, he was forcefully exposed to Mako poisoning, a raw energy drained from the planet itself. He gained the memories of his deceased friend, Zack, and went on to be the guardian of the Lifestream from planetary threats such as the evil Sephiroth.
Super Smash Bros. 4
During a Nintendo Direct on November 12, 2015, Cloud was announced to appear in Super Smash Bros. 4 as downloadable content. This makes him the fifth third-party character to appear in SSB4, and the first representative of Square Enix. According to series director Masahiro Sakurai, Final Fantasy characters were heavily requested by fans to appear in the Super Smash Bros. series, with Cloud Strife receiving the most support out of all of them.
Cloud is ranked 2nd out of 55 on the current tier list, placing him in the S tier and rendering him as a top-tier character.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Cloud is a veteran in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Although his move set is largely unchanged, Cloud received noteworthy changes to his Limit Break mechanic; his Limit Gauge is now constantly displayed next to his damage meter, and a full Limit Charge must be used within 15 seconds before it depletes entirely.
In Classic Mode, the name of his route is called A Ride? Not Interested. (乗り物...? 興味ないね A vehicle...? Not interested?), referencing his motion sickness and his catchphrase, "Not interested.". He fights opponents on traveling vehicle stages.
- Cloud is the only character with an alternate costume based on a movie, being Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
- Cloud is the first character to have his victory theme continuously play over the results theme, with the second being Joker.
- Cloud is the first Square Enix character in the Super Smash Bros. series. The next is Hero.
- He's also the first third-party swordsman in the series.
- Although Steve Burton voices Cloud in English, only his Japanese voice actor, Takahiro Sakurai, is heard in all regions of the game. According to Burton, he was never asked to voice Cloud in Super Smash Bros. This was likely due to the fact that Steve Burton is a union-based voice actor; Square Enix only allows Burton to be the voice of Cloud in English and he must be credited as such.