Cid Highwind is a playable character in Final Fantasy VII who also appears in other titles of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. He is part of a long tradition of Final Fantasy characters named Cid. He is the most uncouth of the protagonists: he swears, is short-tempered, and chain-smokes cigarettes. Despite this, he has a good heart, and is voted as a temporary party leader during Cloud and Tifa's absence.
- Cid Highwind will meet Nighlock and Red Smoke in Nighlock and Red Smoke in Kingdom Hearts.