Mr. Coates is a minor character in Final Fantasy VII. He works under Dyne in the Corel Prison. His office is inside a small, crudely converted trailer. At first, Mr. Coates refuses to help Cloud and his party escape via Chocobo Racing, saying that they must talk to the "boss", Dyne, first. When Cloud and Barret return after Dyne has been killed, Barret shows Mr. Coates the pendant Dyne gave him as proof. After Barret "persuades" Mr. Coates by use of force, he agrees to let the party enter the Chocobo Race. After the party leaves, Mr. Coates does not return again in the storyline.