Age: 16 to 23
Date of Birth: 1985
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Blue
A 1st Class SOLDIER in the making with a simple yet passionate dream of becoming a hero. Zack Fair is a talented yet stubborn young man, always bringing a positive energy and charisma with him wherever he goes. He is a very enthusiastic young man who will take any mission head on without fear to prove his worth to the Shinra company. He is also very popular among the women in Midgar, even to the point of having his own fan club. Zack left his home town of Gongaga at the age of fourteen to join the Shinra Electric Power Company's military forces. He was promoted to SOLDIER 2nd Class sometime in the next two years.
Unlike some SOLDIER members he has a 1st Class mentor, Angeal. During the war against Wutai, Angeal vanished and later returned as Zack's enemy. Zack was eventually promoted to 1st Class at the age of only eighteen. He was the first and only SOLDIER to make 1st class without the aid of Jenova Cells, this feat speaking a lot of his natural talent. However, soon after this promotion, Zack was forced to kill his mentor and close friend Angeal after the latter turned into a monster. Angeal hands the Buster sword to Zack in his dying moments and encourages him to carry on both their Dreams and Honour. Zack's signature X-shaped scar on his cheek was given to him by Angeal in their battle. Sometime during his SOLDIER 2nd class days, Zack meets a girl named Aerith and they fall in love. Although Duty and Antagonists get in the way of their relationship, Zack and Aerith often kept in contact through phone. Even after Zack went missing for four years in Nibelheim, Aerith continued to write him letters. She sent a total of 89 letters within that time before she had finally given up. The ribbon that Aerith is always seen wearing in her hair was gifted by Zack during a date.
Unfortunately, Zack dies at the age of 23 while protecting Cloud Strife from the Shinra Corporation on their way back to Midgar. Zack's final stand was against the entirety of Shinra's infantrymen. He defeats all but three men before finally exhausting his Stamina after pushing far beyond his limits. He is shot through the body and face with an unimaginable amount of bullets. In his final moments, he hands down the famous Buster Sword to Cloud, just as Angeal had done with him. He encourages Cloud to be his "Living Legacy" and to live for the both of them, to carry his dreams and honour on for him. Parting the world with a smile, his final words were "say hi to Aerith for me", and "hey, would you say I became a hero?".
(Source: Final Fantasy wikia)