Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: JST)
It looks like Final Fantasy VII antagonist Sephiroth has been getting some attention regarding his nipples lately. The discussion started when a Twitter user named apolo posted an image of a Sephiroth bust statue. While it’s only a recreation of Sephiroth’s upper body, from what we can see in the pictures, the quality is quite high. The statue also has a couple of pink nipples attached under his clothes.
And it’s these nipples that many fans are fixating on. Even Kotaku has written an article about them. However, this Sephiroth bust isn’t an official product. It’s a fan-made item by FantasyToys Studio and not for sale to the general public. The bust is currently only available publicly via the images uploaded online. For that reason, the color of Sephiroth’s nipples should not be construed as official.
Is it correct for Sephiroth’s nipples to be pink? In the original Final Fantasy VII, a shirtless Sephiroth appears, but he’s posed in a way where his arms block his chest. Plus, the game doesn’t really show a close-up of his chest area, so it’s not possible to determine if he has nipples or what color they are. Although his chest area does become more visible in his Safer Sephiroth form. There are other games where Sephiroth appears shirtless, though, like his “Another Form” variant in Dissidia Final Fantasy. But they’re depicted in such a way that it’s hard to confirm if they exist or not.
From there, the nipple hiding continued. In Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, Sephiroth appears shirtless but is designed in such a way that his hair obscures his chest. And even with the in-game 3D model, it’s difficult to make a determination about it they’re there or not.
However, there is an example where Sephiroth’s nipples are clearly shown. At a former official shop in Tokyo called the Square Enix Character Goods Show Case, a large Sephiroth diorama was on display. This shirtless Sephiroth statue had small brown nipples. Sephiroth’s nipples are also clearly visible in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but again in a rather modest fashion.
Sephiroth up to this point has either not had his nipples shown or had them depicted in a modest manner. For that reason, many fans were probably taken aback when they laid eyes on the pink nipples used on the FantasyToys Studio bust. Official products have so far shown Sephiroth with small brown nipples, not the unofficial pink ones we see here where it looks like Sephiroth was the one that left Icicle Inn to go snowboarding. In the end, it’s probably best to just think of them as FantasyToys Studio’s unique interpretation.
The sequel to Final Fantasy VII Remake is currently in development. While Sephiroth’s nipples didn’t appear in the first title, maybe they’ll be unveiled in the upcoming title.