Despite the word “final” in its title, Final Fantasy just doesn’t seem to end. This popular RPG video game series has created new entries and adventures since 1987, and is still going strong. While each sequel is considered a fresh adventure that isn’t connected to the other games, there are a number of Final Fantasy fan theories that suggest otherwise.
Some of these fan theories about Final Fantasy lore could just be coincidences, however many of them might be on to something. Whether fans make a connection thanks to crossover characters, timeline jumping, or just the constant appearance of a guy named Cid, there is some compelling evidence to suggest that there are connections among two, three, or even all of the games in the Final Fantasy franchise.
So set up camp, cast Curaga on the party, save your game, and take some time to read through each one of these fun Final Fantasy theories. Afterward, you’ll see that the games are more connected to each other than you may think – and if you have a theory of your own, share it in the comments.
Final Fantasy IV Is a Sequel to Final Fantasy II
There are some things that both Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy IV have in common, aside from the fact that FFIV was originally titled Final Fantasy II in the United States (yeah, it’s a bit confusing). In fact, FFIV might be a sequel that takes place 20 or so years after FFII.
In Final Fantasy II, there is a young boy named Kain who wants to be Dragoon Knight. It is presumed that this boy is the son of the Dragoon Knight Ricard Highwind. In Final Fantasy IV, one of the main characters is a Dragoon Knight named Kain. In the Nintendo DS version of FFIV, Kain mentions that his father was named Ricard and that he died fighting an evil empire. Coincidence?
Gilgamesh Proves the Final Fantasy Franchise Is a Multiverse
Some fans believe that all the games are connected or at least share a multiverse due to a single character: Gilgamesh. See, ol’ Gilgamesh first appeared in Final Fantasy V and sacrificed himself by going through the dimensional vortex. As he went through, he said that his only regret was not fighting Bartz, one of the main FFV characters, one last time.
But that wasn’t the last time we’d see the multi-armed swordsman. Gilgamesh would appear in other Final Fantasy games, sometimes even mentioning Bartz by name. His sporadic appearances suggest that he’s been jumping from game to game via dimensional portals.
Final Fantasy IX Took Place in the First Final Fantasy’s World
Some fans believe that FFIX took place years after the first Final Fantasy in the same world. The geographical boundaries in both world maps look similar and even have similarly named landmarks such as Mt. Gulg/Mt. Gulug. In addition to that, both games require the party to defeat the Lich, Marilith, Tiamat, and Kraken fiends.
There is another big connection between the two games: a main villain named “Garland.” When you defeat Garland in the first Final Fantasy, the game says he will be waiting for the Warriors of Light in the future. This could suggest that the Garland from FFI and the Garland in FFIX are the same guy.
Final Fantasy X and X-2 Are Prequels to Final Fantasy VII
In Final Fantasy VII, an organization known as Shinra Corporation taps into the Lifestream as a power source, providing electricity to all of the cities. One of the main missions of the game is to stop Shinra from draining the planet’s life force.
In Final Fantasy X-2, one of the NPC allies is a prodigy that reveals that he discovered the planet’s life force and thinks its energy can be contained to fuel cities. The name of that NPC? Shinra.
This theory believes that the world of Spira in Final Fantasy X/X-2 is just Gaia’s world in Final Fantasy VII, but hundreds or thousands of years in the past.
All the Final Fantasy Games Are Connected Through Eidolons
Eidolons, Aeons, Espers, Summons – they go by many names, but these creatures/deities could be the primary link that connects all of the Final Fantasy games. Some fans think that Bahamut, Ifrit, Shiva, and the others are beings/essences of magic drawn from a dimension that is connected to all of the worlds in the games.
Hein from Final Fantasy III Empowered the Sorceresses in Final Fantasy VIII
In Final Fantasy III, there was a sorcerer named Hein (sometimes spelled “Hyne”) that was ultimately defeated by the Warriors of Light. In Final Fantasy VIII, there is a tale about a sorcerer named “The Great Hyne” that gave half of his body to humans, which began the tradition of sorceresses passing down their powers.
It is important to note that Hein was depicted as a skeleton creature in FFV, suggesting that he had already given half his body to humanity. In addition, there are several other details and correlations between FFIII and FFVIII to be explored.
The Three Faces of Eve
While the Final Fantasy games themselves may not be all linked together, certain theories on the franchise’s themes could connect most of them. One such theory is that all of the non-MMO-style games from Final Fantasy IV onward subscribe to the “Three Faces of Eve.”
The “Three Faces of Eve” represent the three main stages in a woman’s life, and each of these games has three female characters that represent those stages. The first stage is the “child,” who represents innocence. The second stage is the “maiden” (sometimes called “the seductress”), who represents sexuality. The third stage is the “mother,” who represents wisdom.
Most of the Final Fantasy games have their female characters embody those three aspects. Let’s break it down in each game in the order of child, maiden, and mother:
Final Fantasy IV – Porom, Rydia, Rosa
Final Fantasy V – Krile, Faris, Lenna
Final Fantasy VI – Relm, Terra, Celes
Final Fantasy VII – Yuffie, Tifa, Aerith
Final Fantasy VIII – Selphie, Rinoa, Quistis
Final Fantasy IX – Eiko, Freya, Dagger
Final Fantasy X – Rikku, Lulu, Yuna
Final Fantasy X-2 – Rikku, Yuna, Paine
Final Fantasy XII – Penelo, Fran, Ashe
Final Fantasy XIII – Vanille, Fang, Lightning
This theory gives fans a deeper insight on how Final Fantasy developers assemble their characters and conjure up their personalities.
Final Fantasy IV Happened 1,000 Years Before Final Fantasy VI, In the Same World
Some fans believe that the Americanized numbering of Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI as Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III is more appropriate than people realize. Some evidence suggests that the “War of the Magi” that happened 1,000 years ago in Final Fantasy VI was actually the war that takes place in Final Fantasy IV – a callback that makes FFVI look like a sequel to FFIV, just 1,000 years later.
Fans also suggest that the Warring Triad depicted in the statues in Final Fantasy VI was actually the three Lunarians from Final Fantasy IV. It’s a lot to unpack, but astute observers have noticed that there are also similarities in the geography of both of the games’ world maps.
Final Fantasy III & IX Have the Same Final Boss
While the character models look different, some Final Fantasy fans believe that the Cloud of Darkness end boss in Final Fantasy III and Necron in Final Fantasy IX are the same entity. Both bosses show up at the end of the game, out of nowhere, and both share the same motive to end all life on the planet.
Fans have also pointed out the Necron was originally named “Eternal Darkness” in the Japanese translation of FFIX.
So Many Cids
Come on, these games have to be connected, right? Every one of them has a character named Cid in them. Not only that, but regardless of whether Cid is playable, non-playable, hero, or villain, he is always some kind of engineer and usually is involved with airships somehow.
Granted, the inclusion of having a Cid in every game was intentional by the developers, but it’s so blatant that maybe Cid will be revealed as a time lord or something that leaps between each Final Fantasy universe somehow.
All the Main Games Are Within the Same Timeline
While there are some holes in the theory, there are some fans that believe that all 15 of the main Final Fantasy games can fit within the same timeline. However, it’s not like one game’s adventure begins as soon as the previous adventure ends. Each game takes place hundreds to thousands of years apart, which would account for the geographical changes in the world map along with the advancements (and regressions) in technology.