TidusDesember 7, 2012
- “Listen to my story. This… may be our last chance.“
Tidus is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy X, a rising starblitzball player from Zanarkand. After the gargantuan monster known as Sin attacks his hometown, Tidus is transported to the world of Spira. Lost, confused, and seemingly out of place, Tidus meets a newly-fledged summoner, Yuna, and herguardians. Yuna is to set out on a pilgrimage in an attempt to put an end to Sin, and by joining Yuna on her pilgrimage, Tidus hopes he will find his way home.
Appearance and Personality
- “This is our story! Now let’s see this thing through together!“
- —Tidus to Yuna
Tidus is a youthful teen with an upbeat and carefree attitude, and at first appears rather childish. He turns more serious when things get hectic, and despite his carefree ways, Tidus conceals a troubled past and a more mature and caring person. For his cheerful personality, Tidus is quite sensitive, thinking things through, and even when giving an emotional response to most of his arguments, he tends to give a rational idea, just as he explains to Yuna about his ideas about the Yevon faith, and even when the heroes face the truth about the Final Aeon, Tidus is capable of giving the party a reasonable doubt concerning their fate.
Having been picked on throughout his childhood by his blitzball-playing father, it motivated Tidus to become a star blitzball player himself. To Tidus’s dismay, he still has a resemblance to his father, who tended to deny his position, take things easy, and never worry about the present situation, leaving things for the tomorrow, a trait Tidus despised about him. This is pointed out by Auron several times throughout the game, saying that Tidus is “the one running away”. A lot of Tidus’s personality is shaped by the comments he used to receive from his father, and how he grew up to resent him. However, despite having been verbally offensive, at heart, Jecht was proud of his son and his resolve. As the story develops, Tidus must confront his childhood and his relationship with his father.
Throughout the game, Tidus eventually matures, changing from a somewhat self-centered and outspoken athlete, to a selfless hero. This theme is also hinted in the flashbacks of when Jecht helped defeat Sin in his own adventure, as well as in a conversation between Yuna and Tidus, where Yuna states that defeating Sin and bringing happiness to Spira makes any price worthwhile and at the game’s conclusion, Tidus has come around to her way of thinking.
Since he is never directly referred to by name in any audible dialogue, the pronunciation of his name among fans is sometimes unclear, although the expected Japanese pronunciation should be Tee-das/Tee-dusu. This was confirmed in dialogue fromKingdom Hearts, which features him in an unusual cameo, and was also confirmed in an interview with James Arnold Taylor, who did Tidus’s English voice.
In Kingdom Hearts II, although he doesn’t appear, Selphie mentions him, pronouncing his name as Tie-dus, confusing the issue further. Though ostensibly unrelated to either, the pronunciation of his name among fans may also be affected by its resemblance to the English word tide and the given name Titus. However, in the English release of Dissidia Final Fantasy, all characters in-game refer to him as Tee-dus.
Notably, since Tidus could not be referred to by name in spoken dialogue, Final Fantasy X succeeded in, with every instance of referring to the main protagonist, doing so entirely using impersonal pronouns (you, him, new guy, brudda).