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Cid is a recurring character concept in the Final Fantasy franchise
and some of its spin-offs. The Cid that appears in each game is never
the same person, nor do the Cids necessarily fill the same role from game to game (although at least three of them have been airship engineers). Some Cids appear as playable characters while others feature in supporting NPC
roles. A select few have also appeared as villains
and boss encounters
. Occasionally, the name of the Cid may also vary, such as Cidolfus Demen Bunansa
of Final Fantasy XII
Though their roles vary, Cids often share similar traits with one another. They tend to be older than the central character, or if not noticeably older at least wiser to the ways of the world. Some Cids such as Cid Pollendina
of Final Fantasy IV
and Cid Highwind
of Final Fantasy VII
share an interest in flight and serve as the player's means to an airship. In fact, many Cids share an interest in (or at least become heavily involved with) Airships at some point in their respective games.
A Cid also appears in the theatrical film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
. This Cid, named Dr. Sid, is a scientist voiced by Donald Sutherland. He is the mentor of the film's protagonist, Aki.