Date of Birth: 1985
Zack Fair is a fictional character from the Final Fantasy series by Square Enix. He first appeared as a non-player character in the role-playing game Final Fantasy VII. In the story, Zack is a late member from the paramilitary organization SOLDIER developed by the megacorporation Shinra Electric Power Company. During the game, he is revealed to be Aerith Gainsborough's first boyfriend, as well as a friend of Cloud Strife. Zack ultimately dies protecting Cloud from Shinra's army after escaping from imprisonment and human experimentation. He is the second owner of the Buster Sword, and wielded it before Cloud. Zack also appears in the titles from Compilation of Final Fantasy VII—which are prequels and sequels from the original game— most notably in the prequel Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, where he acts as the protagonist.
Zack originally was not meant to appear in Final Fantasy VII, and was created by scenario writer Kazushige Nojima when he wanted to bring mysteries to the title. He was designed by Tetsuya Nomura and his name derived from "fair weather", to contrast with Cloud Strife's name. With Zack's conceptual backstory already written by Final Fantasy VII, the staff decided to use Compilation of Final Fantasy VII to expand his character. Zack is voiced by Kenichi Suzumura in Japanese and Rick Gomez in English. Suzumura was chosen specifically for his voice by Nomura, and was given the role without an audition. Western critics have praised Zack's character, commenting on his development since Final Fantasy VII, as well as his role within Crisis Core.