Cid Highwind (シド・ハイウインド Shido Haiuindo) is an airship pilot and the most uncouth of the main characters, constantly swearing, losing his temper and smoking cigarettes. In Final Fantasy VII, Cid is encountered in Rocket Town, where it is revealed he had been part of Shinra's space program and was set to be the first man in outer space. During the launch, however, an engineer named Shera defied his orders and stayed behind to double-check the rocket's oxygen tanks, leading Cid to abort the mission to save her life. Shinra subsequently concluded that space exploration was not financially viable, after discovering that Mako energy was a far more profitable venture, and they withdrew funding from the project altogether. Cid blamed Shera for destroying his dreams to go to space, and she devoted herself to doing whatever she could to atone for her "mistake", even while Cid continued to verbally abuse her. However, her concerns regarding the oxygen tanks were eventually proven to be correct when an explosion temporarily traps Cid during a later successful attempt to launch the rocket. Knowing this, Cid is able to forgive her, and by the time of Dirge of Cerberus, they had married, and Cid had named his new airship after her. He was listed by IGN as one of the top 10 characters most needing a spin-off.
Cid also appears in Before Crisis and in Advent Children, where he briefly rejoins the party to fight against Bahamut SIN. In Dirge of Cerberus, he aids the World Regenesis Organization in launching an attack on Deepground headquarters, and later in fighting Omega WEAPON. Outside of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, he appears in Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts coded. He is voiced in Japanese by Kazuhiro Yamaji and in English by Chris Edgerly.