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Cid Pollendina is a playable character in Final Fantasy IV and its sequel, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. He is a master engineer who designs the airships that make up the Red Wings in Baron. He is an old acquaintance of Cecil Harvey and is adventurous and fun-loving, despite being over fifty years old.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Cid is a large man with a brown beard, and wears a blue outfit with red gloves and boots, a tool belt holding his trademark weapon, and an aviator's helmet and goggles. In the DS release of Final Fantasy IV, Cid's mouth is exaggeratedly larger than the other characters'. In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Cid's beard has turned white from age, and his outfit no longer has sleeves and his boots and gloves are blue, but otherwise his appearance is identical. His artwork depicts him wearing a brown coat wrapped loosely over his shoulders, but this is not present in-game.

Cid is a loud and proud man, boasting of his prowess with machines frequently and having the skill to back it up. Few he meets are not impressed by his skills, especially with airships. Cid often doesn't make a strong first impression, reacting with offense when Tellah, Edge and Fusoya give him orders or question his technical skills. However, Cid is a good man with a firm belief of right and wrong, and particularly cares for Cecil and Rosa. He has a fatherly streak, as it is detailed in Final Fantasy IV Settei Shiryou Hen that he has a strong bond with Cecil, whom he views almost like a son.[1] He works hard to the point of collapsing from exhaustion at times, and is known to be late coming home from work. In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years his age has not stopped him from being an active engineer and pilot.

EtymologyEdit

Cid's last name is based on a nickname given to Geppetto from Pinocchio. Geppetto's nickname (polendina, or corn meal mush) comes from the yellow wig he wears. Cid's surname is especially befitting of him in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, as he helps Luca repair Calca and Brina and teaches them the Final Calcabrina Band.

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