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You impertinent fools, I, Garland, shall knock you all down!
~ Garland

Garland is the main antagonist of the first Final Fantasy game. He is a renegade knight of the Castle Corneria. His character is built up more in the Dissidia series.

History

Final Fantasy I

It all started when the 4 main characters known as the Four Warriors of Light, each holding a crystal appeared in front of the King of Cornelia. He immediately recognized them as fated heroes and requested them to rescue his daughter, Princess Sarah from the clutches of former Cornelia knight Garland. After doing so, their adventure to restore light to the elemental crystals and save the world begins. Garland was presumed dead until the very end where the warriors discover Garland had traveled back to the past and was the reason the light of the crystals had vanished in the first place and the elements of the world were out of control: He was the one that had sent the Four Fiends into the present so that they would send him back into the past, creating a time cycle in which he would live forever. He absorbed the power of the fiends to become Chaos, the ultimate foe the Warriors must defeat to restore order to the world.

Fall from Grace

Garland was once one of Corneria's finest knights. But Garland, for unexplored reasons, turned on the King of Corneria and kidnapped his daughter to barter for land. However, as fate would have it, the Warrior of Light and his fellow Warriors of Light came to the kingdom and sent to the Temple of Chaos to defeat Garland as he ended up trapped in a void before he was released by Shinryu and taken to an alternate dimension called World B. There, learning of the Conflict of the Gods, Garland chooses to side with Chaos due to a feeling of familiarity between them.

Dissidia

Throughout the cycles of conflict, Garland battled Cosmos's chosen warriors like Prishe and Lightning before the final cycle where he confronts a past version of the Warrior of Light. Though defeated, Garland tells the Warrior that the conflict is futile, faking his demise as he turns his attentions to the other Warriors of Chaos, helping Ultimecia with Squall before Zidane interferes. Making himself known to the Warrior of Light after he defeats the Emperor, Garlands reveals the true nature of the conflict's repeating itself endlessly encourages the Warrior to submit to the cycle of war, but he refuses and the two battle again.

Though defeated as the Warrior of Light claims his Crystal, but Garland hints that he and the other villains allowed themselves to be defeated intentionally in order to ensure that the Warriors of Cosmos received the Crystals, as per their plan to end the conflict with Cosmos's death. But as the others start to act on their own whims, Garland remains by Chaos's side until only he remained. When Chaos awakens and describes a peculiar dream in which he governed World B harmoniously with Cosmos, Garland reveals that was how things were before the conflict and that he instigated the conflict in accordance to the Great Will, Cid of the Lunfaine. Garland tells Chaos he is predestined to be sent 2,000 years into the past by Chaos - their fates intertwined as Chaos would subconsciously convince Garland to take the path leading to his eventual change into the Chaos of World A. After being defeated by the Warrior and his allies, Garland reveals Chaos's recent plans to destroy World B with the cycle finally broken. Though the heroes question Garland's acceptance of this, Garland tells them his spirit will endure the world's destruction, and eventually he will find another cycle as he fades while vowing he and the heroes will meet again.

Becoming Chaos

Once back in World A 2000 years into the past, Garland uses his power to sent the Fiends of Chaos to his time in order to cement the time-loop and become immortal. The light crystals, which mantained the balance of the world, become tainted by the evil of the Fiends, but they choose their Warriors of light to restore the world. After the Warriors of Light defeated all the fiends, they managed to travel to the past, where Garland absorbed the Fiends' power and becomes World A's version of Chaos. The heroes were able to defeat Chaos, breaking the time-loop, and erasing the event from existence.

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           Final Fantasy Villains

Final Fantasy
Astos | Chaos | Fiends of Chaos (Garland | Kraken | Lich | Marilith | Tiamat)

Final Fantasy II
Borghen | Dark Emperor | Emperor Mateus | Leon | Light Emperor

Final Fantasy III
Cloud of Darkness | Djinn | Gigameth | Goldor | Gutsco | Hein | Xande

Final Fantasy IV
Baigan | Dr. Lugae | Elemental Archfiends (Barbariccia | Cagnazzo | Rubicante | Scarmiglione) | Golbez | Kain Highwind | Maenad | The Creator | Zemus

Final Fantasy V
Enkidu | Enuo | Exdeath | Gilgamesh | Neo Exdeath | Void

Final Fantasy VI
Emperor Gestahl | Gestahlian Empire | Kefka Palazzo | Typhon | Ultros

Final Fantasy VII
Don Corneo | Genesis | Jenova | Omega Weiss | Remnants (Kadaj | Loz | Yazoo) | Sephiroth | Shinra Inc. (Heidegger | Palmer | President Shinra | Professor Hojo | Professor Hollander | Rufus | Scarlet) | Turks (Elena | Reno | Rude | Tseng)

Final Fantasy VIII
Adel | Fujin | Griever | NORG | President Vinzer Deling | Raijin | Seifer | Ultimecia

Final Fantasy IX
Garland | Kuja | Necron | Queen Brahne | Thorn and Zorn

Final Fantasy X
Jecht | Lady Yunalesca | Leblanc | Seymour Guado | Shuyin | Sin | Yevon | Yu Yevon

Final Fantasy XI
Promathia | Shadow Lord | Shantotto

Final Fantasy XII
Ba'Gamnan | Bergan | Doctor Cid | Gabranth | Judge of Wings | Vayne Solidor | Venat

Final Fantasy XIII
Barthandelus | Bhunivelze | Caius Ballad | Jihl Nabaat | Order of Salvation | Orphan | Yaag Rosch

Final Fantasy XIV
Archbishop Thordan VII | Ascians (Elidibus | Igeyorhm | Lahabrea | Nabriales | Warriors of Darkness) | Gaius Van Baelsar | Heavens' Ward | Illuminati | Livia Sas Junius | Lolorito | Nael Van Darnus | Nero Tol Scaeva | Nidhogg | Quickthinx Allthoughts | Regula Van Hydrus | Rhitahtyn Sas Arvina | Teledji Adeledji | True Brothers of the Faith | Varis Zos Galvus

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light
Chaos | Servants of Chaos (Asmodeus | Beezlebub | Belphegor | Leviathan | Lucifer | Mammon)

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
General Hein | Phantoms

Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Earl Tyrant | Fungus | Herba | Oshca | Pist Shaz XI | Solijashy

Final Fantasy Adventure
Dark Lord | Julius

Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles
Meteor Parasite | Raem

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Larkeicus

Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
Dark Lord

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
Cu Caspel | Galdes

Final Fantasy Dimensions
Elgo | Four Generals (Asmodai | Baugauven | Styx | Vata)

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Dark Lord | Skullrus Rex | Stone Golem | Twinhead Wyvern | Vile Four (Dualhead Hydra | Flamerus Rex | Ice Golem | Pazuzu)

Final Fantasy Tactics
Algus | Delita Hyral | Gafgarion | Gerrith Barrington | St. Ajora | The Lucavi (Belias | Cuchulainn | Dycedarg Beoulve | Marquis Elmdor | Vormav Tingel/Hashmal) | Wiegraf Folles

Final Fantasy Tactics A2
Duelhorn (Alys the Ensorceled | Duke Snakeheart | Maquis | The Night Dancer) | Khamja (Ewen | Illua) | Klesta | Neukhia

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Llednar Twem | Queen Remedi

Final Fantasy Type-0
Cid Aulstyne | Gala | Gilgamesh Ashur | Nimbus | Qator Bashtar | Qun'mi Tru'e