Influências de Final Fantasy

* Como sempre, o número representa o FF referente.

Music Crossovers

Almost every Final Fantasy, in some way, has three music themes in it. The first, Prelude, was the first tune anyone ever heard when popping any Final Fantasy game into a console system. Its soaring melody has been ingrained in our thoughts. It's curiously absent in its entirety from 8, although some of it plays during the "dead music" and in the ending. 10 has an upbeat, disco arrangement of it. Tactics also only has a small variation on Prelude; it plays after winning a battle. MQ does not have Prelude in it.

The second theme, Final Fantasy, always appears in the introduction, the ending, or both. It does not appear in FF10, Tactics or MQ.

The last theme is the Victory Fanfare. This has remained more or less unchanged from 1 through 6. However, 7, 8, and 10 only kept the first few trumpet bars after winning battles (7 had a subdued version of the full Victory Fanfare playing after winning a Chocobo Race). It was absent from MQ and Tactics.

Finally, the Chocobo Theme appears in some way in every numbered FF, starting with 2. Each game has a different version of the Chocobo theme, like Samba de Chocobo, Electric de Chocobo, etc. FF7 has four different Chocobo themes! (Fighting, riding, racing, and waltzing. O_o)

The Logos

Every numbered game since FF4 has had the same logo, with a different image in the background. For 4 it was Kain; 5 was a Hiryuu; 6 was Terra in Magitek Armor; 7 was Meteor; 8 was Squall and Rinoa in an embrace; 9 is a Crystal, 10 is Yuna dancing, 11 is a whole slough of online players. The remake of FF1 has a generic warrior in the background, and FF2 has Queen Hilda.

The Moai

In many games, Squaresoft tries to sneak in references to a stone face. It's been postulated that these faces are meant to be the Moai, the strange stone creations populating Easter Island. However, the faces usually carry only a superficial resemblance to the Moai. In 4, the face was found on the moon; in 5, it was underwater. In 7, it was at the Great Glacier (as well as being visible in one of the Chocobo races). In 8, a huge number of invisible "stone faces" were part of the optional Obel Lake quest; there was also a Moai being towed by a UFO in that side quest. If other faces exist in other games, no one has found them yet.

Apparently, while mapping terrain of the Cydonia region of Mars in 1976 for potential landing sites for Viking Lander 2, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory came up with a hill that looked remarkably like a face. Of course, rumors flew that it was actually artifically-shaped. It does look uncannily like the FF face, which would explain why it's always in secluded/barren areas.

The supposed Moai from 4, 5, and 7.

Character Crossovers

Several character names make appearances in many FFs. There's been a Cid in every Final Fantasy (excluding MQ) since FF2. These Cids are usually old, brilliant men who frequently control the airships. Cid was playable in 4, 7, and Tactics (Cidolfas Orlandu, also known as Thunder God Cid). As well, characters named Wedge and Biggs have been in 6, 7, 8, and 10 (and also have cameo roles in another Squaresoft game, Chrono Trigger). There have only been two real character crossovers in the FF series: Cloud from 7, who reappeared as a playable character in Tactics (Aeris also appears there but is only called the Flower Girl), and Gilgamesh from 5 who reappeared as a Summon in 8. He also appears in a few places in 9, where he's also called Alleyway Jack. Gogo, who appeared as a boss in 5 and a playable character in 6, is nevertheless two different characters who only have two things in common: their propensity to wear loud clothes, and their Mimic class. Perhaps they're distant cousins.

Two cameo crossovers go to Lone Wolf, the thief, who's behind bars in both 5 and 6; and Boco the Chocobo, who's Butz's buddy in 5, is the Chicobo belonging to Squall in 8, and who's rescued by Ramza and Agrias in Tactics. As a minor side point for other Square fanatics, Lucca from Chrono Trigger is in Lahan Village in Xenogears, as well.

Crossovers To Other Games

Square just can't resist putting some Final Fantasy-isms in some of their other games. Here's a short list:

Final Fantasy Adventure (Seiken Densetsu): This Game Boy title has more than a name in common with FF. The graphics are very reminiscent of FF3 and 4 (even the menu screens!), and Chocobos and Moogles feature heavily in the storyline. This is actually the first time Moogles were named in a Squaresoft game!

Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2): Moogles make another appearance here (as a status ailment, and as a species in the northern part of a forest). Besides this, the secret Moai face mentioned above makes an appearance here as well!

Seiken Densetsu 3: Also known as Secret Of Mana 2. The "Magician" enemy from this game is identical to the "Black Wizard" Job, right down to the crescent on his hat! There's also a piece of armor called the "Moogle Smock".

Secret of Evermore: The American copy of Secret of Mana had some very blatant character crossovers. Firstly, Cecil from FF4 now runs a weapons/armor shop and inn in Ebon Keep; secondly, in the Coliseum fight, several characters from FF6 (from left, Locke, Mog, Relm, Strago, Terra, and Umaro) make an appearance in the stands! Here are the exclusive photos of the events:

Chrono Trigger: Biggs and Wedge make an appearance with their buddy Piette in Norstein Bekkler's lab. Incidentally, there's an Admiral Piett in the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back.

Super Mario RPG: A hidden boss in Monstro Town is Culex. Although this boss doesn't appear in any Final Fantasy, his cohorts, the four Crystals, should be familiar to everyone! His boss music is identical to that of FF4, and the victory music is the ever-loved Victory Fanfare.

Ehrgeiz: Some go so far as to call this "Final Fantasy Fighter". No less than five of the 9 main characters from FF7 are completely playable in the PlayStation version (Cloud, Tifa, Yuffie, Vincent, Sephiroth); as well, the final boss, Django, bears a remarkable resemblance to Red XIII from the same game.

 

Tobal 2: Chocobo is one of the hidden characters here.

Vagrant Story: This game was made by the same team who did FF Tactics, so of course they'd stick some references to FFT in it. For starters, a lengthy quote in the stunning introduction sequence is attributed to "A.J. Durai" - better known as Alazlam from FFT. Plus, four of the items in the game are "Agrias's Balm", "Beowulf", "Orlandu", and "Altema". By the way, the names Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from the game come from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Guildenstern's first name is Romeo, as well. 8-)

Parasite Eve: The banner in front of the Museum Of Natural History has a Chocobo on it.

Chocobo Games: These three games (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 1 and 2, and Chocobo Racing) are almost part of the FF series, but not quite. Basically, everything is dumbed down and cutesied-up. Here's a list of what appears where (unfortunately, CMD 1 was never translated into English, so my information is rather sketchy.) There are several more monsters which are direct from FF games, as well.

Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon

Characters: Mog

Jobs: Black Mage

Items: Potion, Hi-Potion, Elixir, Remedy, X-Potion

Summons: Shiva, Ifrit, Unicorn, Ramuh, Titan, Phoenix, Carbuncle, Leviathan, Odin, Bahamut, Typoon/Chupon

Magic: Bio, Death, Teleport, Gravity, Flare, Meteor, Holy, Quake, Ultima

Monsters: Goblin, Pudding, Sahagin, Ahriman, Behemoth, Bomb, Lamia, Cactuar, Magic Pot, Tonberry, Molbol, Shinryuu, Omega

Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2

Characters: Mog, Cid, Ultros

Jobs: Black Mage, White Mage

Summons: Ramuh, Shiva, Ifrit, Titan, Sylph, Carbuncle, Unicorn, Odin, Bahamut, Ashura

Magic: Aero, Tornado, Blizzard, Fire, Thunder, Drain, Quake, Slow, Poison, Sleep, Mini, Toad, Confuse, Silence, Haste, Gravity, Meteor, Death, Flare, Bio, Ultima, Holy

Items: Potion, Hi-Potion, Elixir, Antidote, Remedy, X-Potion, Bomb Spirit (Bomb Essence), Genji Equipment, Mythril Equipment, Ribbon

Monsters: Bomb, Goblin, Sahagin, Behemoth, Lamia, Ahriman, Tonberry, Molbol, Cactuar, Magic Pot, Omega

Chocobo Racing

Characters: Mog, Cid, Bahamut, Cloud, Squall, Aya from Parasite Eve

Jobs: Black Mage, White Mage

Monsters: Goblin, Behemoth, Cactuar

Spells: Fire, Thunder, Haste, Death, Ice, Ultima, Mini

Places: Mythril Mine

Other: Moomba (species from FF8). I've also been told that a piece of the music from Mythril Mines is identical to that of Mount Gulug (FF9) / Gurgu Volcano (FF1).

References To Popular Culture

As far as I can tell, only one game has ever had the honor of being ridiculed by a Final Fantasy game. In the first FF, a gravestone reads "Here lies Erdrick". The main contender (in fact, it came out before FF and some say it was even the inspiration for FF) for this game was Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior in North America). The warrior (not the one you play, one that died a long time ago) featured in this game was Erdrick.

Two other Final Fantasy games have even made references to other Squaresoft games: In FF9, the two people running Lindblum's Synthesis Shop are named Torres and Wayne, the two people who run the ammo station in Parasite Eve. And in FF Tactics, when Cloud comes out of his Mako Reactor, he mumbles "zeno...gias..." - a reference to Xenogears. The PC version apparently changed it to "xeno...gears". The first rant he has is a reference to Small Two of Pieces, the vocal song from Xenogears. One of its lines reads "Broken mirror, a million shades of light".

However, the entire series has had snippets of references to Star Wars, including the names of Biggs and Wedge (from Luke's Red Wing squadron in the first Star Wars movie), the name of Baron's airship force in FF4 (the Red Wings), a scene from FF6 where Locke rescues Celes from South Figaro, and the more-than-coincidental resemblance of Orlandu from Tactics to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

FF9 had one more Star Wars connotation. Part of Necron's speech at the very end of the game is: "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." These words were originally spoken by Yoda in the fourth Star Wars movie (Episode I), The Phantom Menace.

In the same scenario as the above scene from FF6, Locke is asked to choose from three passwords. One, "Rosebud", is a reference to the movie "Citizen Kane".

This paragraph holds various miscellaneous miscellaneous: As of now, all I have is the two ships called Enterprise (FF3 and 4), both named after the one in Star Trek; a minor character in FF9 has a famous line usually associated with Dr. "Bones" McCoy from the original Star Trek: "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a miracle worker!"; the Nautilus (FF3) named after the submarine in 10,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and the appearance of the Three Stooges as bosses in the American version of FF6.

The "Loveless" poster in FF7 has the words "My Bloody Valentine" on the side. In 1991, the band "My Bloody Valentine" released an album called "Loveless". Coincidence? I think not.

FF Tactics has a few nods to Lucasfilm also: Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones (well, Luke and Indy) demonstrate battle techniques in the Tutorial! Other movie references include two directors who show up as either enemies or mercenary-shop allies, Robert Zemeckis of Back to the Future fame, and Terry Gilliam, from 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' and 'Brazil'.

The title of Chapter 4 from FF Tactics, Somebody to Love, which came from a song by the band Queen. (The Japanese chapter title, 'Ai ni subete o', means something like 'all for love'.) Other Queen references are the title of the game Ogre Battle, its subtitle March of the Black Queen, and Tactics Ogre subtitle 'Let Us Cling Together'. All are Queen songs. There's also a weapon called "Save The Queen". 8-) [Also, there's a Queen CD called "A Night At The Opera"; nice FF6 scene. - Ed.] Plus, Magus's three baddies are also named after major rock bands: Ozzie is Ozzie Osborne, Michael "Flea" Balzary is the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Slash is the guitarist of Guns 'n' Roses.