Once a kind and gentle soul, this mage’s weaknesses in his heart lead to him being controlled by an evil being.
A figure clad in armor of deepest night who walks the path of darkness.—Dissidia Final Fantasy description
Golbez is the dark sorcerer who takes command of the Red Wings after Cecil’s dismissal.
He is also Cecil’s brother.
Golbez is an arch magician, able to turn the King of Baron into a puppet ruler. His intent is to gather the Crystals, using their powers to activate the Tower of Babil. Yet, he also takes control of Kain’s mind. However, there’s a twist. Golbez himself is under Zemus’ mind control. Zemus is a powerful Lunerian, and it turns out that Golbez and Cecil are half Lunerian.
In World B, he acts with remorse, as he did at the end of Final Fantasy IV:
Golbez: After that, I took to the borderlands, where I could hide from others’ eyes. Wracked by guilt…ashamed to show my face. I would not think to ask for your forgiveness now, but I am glad that you survived.
This realization guides his actions on World B, as he secretly aides the Cosmo’s Warriors. Yet, he still ends on the side of Chaos. When does Chaos summon Golbez? Sometime after Golbez breaks free of Zeromus’ mind control:
Golbez: Why? Why was I so consumed by hate?
Fusoya: You’ve regained your sense then. Do you…do you remember your father’s
As Rosa explains:
Rosa: Golbez is… Cecil’s older brother… A Lunarian named Zemus was controlling Golbez, taking advantage of the Lunarian blood he carries.
The most likely scenario is during his slumber on the moon:
Golbez: Might you permit me to accompany you?
Fusoya: You would…join me?
Golbez: I would. I cannot return. Not after all I’ve done. And I would very much like to meet my father’s people. At least one time.
Fusoya: I see. Yes our blood flows in your veins, too. You know this will be a very long slumber?
Golbez: I do. Cecil..you called me “Brother”
Golbez: I suppose I can expect no more than that. All you’ve suffered until now has been because of me.
Fusoya: We must go now, and sleep. We will pray for the peace of your planet. Come, let us go.
Cecil: Farewell…my brother.
While he sleeps, Chaos summons him to World B.