Wait, asexual might be right given that Tifa probably would throw herself on him if he even barely suggested it. Sorry, not to give the idea that Tifa's Cloud-cock crazy, but she literally drops anything for the fella. And it's actually very sweet.
Like I said earlier, the whole scene where she keeps vigil while Cloud's a damn near vegetable after the mako poisoning really shows the strength of her character.
EDIT: And in thinking about JRPG love interests, is it me or is it rare to see a heroine who's dated and been in relationships prior to meeting the hero? I know Aeris dated Zack when she revealed that Cloud reminded her of him. And there was that one scene in FF8 where Rinoa reveals that she dated Seifer.
Agreed there. I think it's weird they recycled the "dated a dude you knew" angle twice though.
I like it though, it certainly makes the character more realistic even if an expense of that somewhat "chaste" or innocent quality given (or simply assumed) to characters otherwise. Plus, they're not necessarily a young cast either; Yuffie being the youngest at 16[?]. The love-triangle group is in their early 20s so I'm glad the game indeed gave them their teenage years to find that first love or whatever.
Actually, not to divert things too much, but the "Wedding episode" of Falls' somewhat quiet hit TV show Outlander surprised its audience by somewhat reversing these roles despite an 'olde world' setting:
The female main character wasn't a virgin but the man she was marrying was
I actually really want to get this out there, and maybe I didn't pay attention or didn't do battle in enough places too. But Final Fantasy 7 has to have the most impressive amount of unique monsters I've ever seen in a game. Literally, every place no matter how small or minor (and "soldier enemies" aside) has unique monsters seen in one place but never again. I'm hard pressed to tell you which monsters are indeed reskins.