History VideoGame / FinalFantasyIX

21st Aug '16 2:11:26 PM Ultimatum
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** Maliris. No, seriously.

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** Maliris. No, seriously.Maliris’s concept art shows she’s one ,[[http://i.imgur.com/3n9jCAW.jpg surprisingly]]
21st Aug '16 1:25:40 PM Ultimatum
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* BlackSheep: These days, Creator/SquareEnix seems to treat this particular game as one for the wider franchise. It's one of only two main-series games to have never gotten either a full retail remake for another system (and even the PSN release took ''forever'' to come out compared to the others) ''or'' a dedicated spinoff product. This ''may'' have something to do with Hironobu Sakaguchi's contentious departure from Square, possible lingering legal issues, and/or technical considerations[[note]]It's the only [=PS1=] Final Fantasy title that didn't get a PC port around the time of its original release, meaning that they only have antiquated [=PS1=] code to work with and would likely have to remake the entire thing from the ground up, whereas ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' were comparatively simple port/uprez jobs that could be done on the cheap.[[/note]]. That being said, [[http://ps3.ign.com/articles/980/980580p1.html Takeshi Arakawa]] has openly said he'd ''like'' to make a sequel, so some people in the company do love the game... but the higher-ups seem to keep quashing remake and sequel ideas.
13th Aug '16 6:32:51 PM nombretomado
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* SissyVillain: [[ViewerGenderConfusion GOOD GOD]], KUJA. So much so he's the page image on ViewerGenderConfusion! Taken UpToEleven in ''{{Dissidia}}'', where his main form of offense is ''slapping people in the face with giant balls.''

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* SissyVillain: [[ViewerGenderConfusion GOOD GOD]], KUJA. So much so he's the page image on ViewerGenderConfusion! Taken UpToEleven in ''{{Dissidia}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia|Final Fantasy}}'', where his main form of offense is ''slapping people in the face with giant balls.''
6th Aug '16 1:44:04 PM morenohijazo
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* CasualHighDrop: During Amarant's first scene, after he's finished talking to Queen Brahne, he leaves by jumping off the balcony (as opposed to Lani, who just uses the door).
17th Jul '16 3:17:58 AM morenohijazo
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* MagnificentBastard: Both Kuja and Garland, who together orcheastrate most of the events behind the game and are usually always one or two steps ahead of the heroes.



* MemeticMolester: Kuja. Just look at [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/SoYeah.jpg this screencapture]] from ''{{VideoGame/Dissidia|FinalFantasy}}''.



* {{Moe}}: Vivi is the best example in the series. He has many of the standard moe traits: he is clumsy, shy, young and innocent. Add in existential angst to justify his social awkwardness and a doll-like appearance and you have a character that most players just want to give a hug to.



* NeverLiveItDown: Though not as negative as some examples, Zidane will always be famous for that one scene--"Ooh, soft!". As well-known among fans of the game as that scene is, groping Garnet really was an accident and he apologized afterwards. He may be a ChivalrousPervert, but he's more the former than the latter.



* SignatureScene:
** The YouAreNotAlone scene
** Kuja [[spoiler: attaining Trance and destroying Terra]] at the end of Disc 3.
** Both the plays on the Tantalus, at [[BookEnds the very beginning and the very end]].
** The assault of the Silver Dragons upon the approach to the Iifa Tree.
** The balcony scene in Alexandria Castle where [[TheHero Zidane]] saves Princess Garnet by [[BigDamnHeroes swinging in on a rope]].



* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: There's quite a handful of anvils that are dropped on a character by character basis:
** One shouldn't look at romantic love as the solution to all one's problems, nor is obnoxiously and relentlessly pursuing someone a good way to win them over.
** Don't fully shoulder all of the responsibility by yourself. You have people who can help you.
** The best course of action can come from [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight what you believe is right]]; blind honor and loyalty is not always right.
** Trying to do things alone won't get you far and it's ok to rely on others for assistance.
** Cherish and make the most of your time while you are alive.
** You'll always have friends who will stand by you through the thick and thin, even in your DarkestHour when all seems lost.
17th Jul '16 3:08:42 AM morenohijazo
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** There is the ambiguous-gender Quina marrying the male golem Vivi. There's also a scene where Zidane and Vivi piss in the ocean, with dialogue that makes it sound like Zidane's teaching Vivi [[ADateWithRosiePalms something else]], while [[YaoiFangirl a secluded Eiko looks on]].
** It also has a character referencing a scene from a romance play where a man sneaks into his lover's bed chamber, Zidane suggesting Garnet can't sleep because she's too ''lonely'' and him outright grabbing her ass while they're both climbing a ladder.
** It also has a rather uncomfortable character design for Eiko: her pants are somehow cut and show part of her legs. Unfortunately, it's the inside part of her legs which is shown. ''Including the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130321013026/finalfantasy/images/f/fc/Eiko_Carol_character.jpg crotch]]''. Of course, she is supposed to wear slim underwear and not actually be naked, but you'd think they could have chosen a less confusing color than ''pale pink'' for that.



* HeelFaceTurn: After defeating Zidane and friends three times and getting a PyrrhicVictory after the third battle upon realizing Garnet's condition, General Beatrix joins your party for a couple of fights and seeks to atone for what she has done.
** An unusual, less extreme example, but it counts. Steiner, even though he's in your party for a greater portion of the game, spends most of his time trying to sabotage the party and deliver Dagger back to the queen. Zidane and the others win his loyalty, eventually.
** Even BigBad Kuja pulls this off before he dies at the end of the game. [[spoiler: Just when Zidane comes to pull off a HeroicBSOD to pick him up just as the Iifa Tree is about to crumble.]]



* HeroicBSOD:
** Dagger/Garnet, after [[spoiler:the destruction of Alexandria]]. Also [[spoiler:Vivi after finding out the origins of the Black Mages, and Zidane later in the game]].

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* HeroicBSOD:
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HeroicBSOD: Dagger/Garnet, after [[spoiler:the destruction of Alexandria]]. After her mother's death (suffered whilst trying to ''kill her'', after finding out that she never loved her and just wanted her powers) closely followed by her witnessing the epic destruction of her new kingdom on the eve of her coronation, Garnet/Dagger spends a good chunk of the later game completely catatonic, unable to talk and just dragged around by her comrades. Oddly enough, she could still join you in battle, though her hit chance went right down, and occasionally, she just gave up, with the notice "Garnet can't concentrate". Her depressed state also prevents her from using her Trance abilities, which is signified by having her Trance gauge removed from the interface.
** Well, she doesn't become catatonic until [[spoiler: her homeland is nearly wiped off the map by an invasion of undead monsters and an incredibly destructive magical attack that had been stolen from Garnet herself.]] You can hardly blame Garnet for developing post-traumatic stress disorder after a trauma like that.
*** Also, during her death scene, Brahne apologizes for it and claims that she did it out of overwhelming (and recently realized) greed, not that she never loved Garnet in the first place.
** Another prime case of HeroicBSOD occurs near the end of the game to Zidane. After finding out his true origins and the morbid purpose of his existence he goes temporarily insane, turning into a raging, foul-mouthed misanthrope who attacks everything in his path both verbally and physically.
*** He was having his soul sucked out by his creator. It'd put ''you'' in a foul mood. Before Garland did the soul drain, Zidane was shocked about his origins, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BFR8-PBsSM&feature=related but he immediately turned against his maker, on the grounds that his true place was with his friends]]; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZg__mP0l30 when the party finds him after the fact, he's slumped in a chair and when he walks, its at a slow stumbling gait.]]
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Also [[spoiler:Vivi after finding out the origins of the Black Mages, Mages]]. Heck, most of the main cast suffers some form of the trope after experiencing a personal trauma. Steiner doesn't know what to do or feel after he ''finally'' sees and Zidane later in gets that the game]].Queen is truly a monster bent on conquering other nations and was planning to kill her own daughter off. Freya has a minor breakdown after seeing that the love of her life lost his memories and has no idea who she is. Vivi goes into complete shock after seeing the Black Mages being mass produced in a factory and they look just like him. The only people that don't go into a meltdown are Quina (too simple minded to really care about many things), Amarant (has a personal score to settle and focuses on nothing else), and Eiko (already gone through some tragedies when she was younger, so she's mostly over it).



* HypercompetentSidekick: Beatrix does all the heavy lifting, compared to Queen Brahne's incoherent rages.
** That's why she's a general instead of a queen.



* ImplacableMan: No matter what you do to Quina, regardless of if s/he ends up getting lost in a dungeon, getting left in the middle of a city being blown up by friggin' ODIN, dropped into a river, or whatnot, s/he WILL come back somehow. You can't get rid of him/her or kill him/her off for good, no matter what you do.



* ImplacableMan: No matter what you do to Quina, regardless of if s/he ends up getting lost in a dungeon, getting left in the middle of a city being blown up by friggin' ODIN, dropped into a river, or whatnot, s/he WILL come back somehow. You can't get rid of him/her or kill him/her off for good, no matter what you do.



** And of course there's Eiko's [[InstrumentOfMurder flutes]] and Quina's [[ForkFencing forks]].

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** And of course there's Eiko's [[InstrumentOfMurder flutes]] and Quina's [[ForkFencing forks]]. Although this refers to Quina's culinary theme, tridents are a classic military weapon, and no [[TorchesAndPitchforks torch-bearing angry mob]] or traditional devil warrior would be complete without a good pitchfork. Quina's forks are generally big enough to stand in for either. Stranger are the lacrosse-like "racket" weapons Garnet and Eiko often use, hurling projectiles of unstated composition and [[BottomlessMagazines endless supply]]. Given that both Garnet and Eiko are magic-users, it can be justified in that the projectiles are actually magic. They certainly look magical.



* InterspeciesRomance: Zidane and Garnet. [[spoiler:{{G|attacaBabies}}enome and [[WitchSpecies summoner]], respectively.]]

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* InterspeciesRomance: Zidane and Garnet. [[spoiler:{{G|attacaBabies}}enome and [[WitchSpecies summoner]], respectively.]] Garnet and Eiko were Summoners, apparently a different species from normal people, since they were born with horns. Also, Zidane's not entirely human either -- obvious from the start since he has a ''tail'', but this turns out to be more than a cosmetic quirk.]] And then there was the Vivi/Quina marriage, which involved a techno-magical construct and an ambiguously gendered giant frog thing.



* KillerRabbit: The Bandersnatch, which also has MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.

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* KillerRabbit: KillerRabbit:
** Yan. They're so adorable... but they're the strongest monsters in the game, and can easily take out a full party in seconds with [[UselessUsefulSpell Comet]], which they [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard will take full advantage of]], Virus Power, which will prevent the afflicted from gaining any EXP you get in the battle, and has Float/Snort combo, which blows away one of your party members and counts them as Dead.
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The Bandersnatch, which also has MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.



* LargeHam: Again, Zidane's no slouch in that department either. [[spoiler:Must run in the, er, family?]]

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* LargeHam: Again, Zidane's no slouch in that department either. [[spoiler:Must run in the, er, family?]] LargeHam:



** Again, Zidane's no slouch in that department either. [[spoiler:Must run in the, er, family?]]



* LastNameBasis: Aldebert Steiner is almost always referred to as Steiner, or occasionally "Rusty" by Zidane. He also holds the privilege of being the only Final Fantasy character to have his surname [[HelloInsertNameHere determined by the player]].



* {{Leitmotif}}: The soundtrack has so many leitmotif-using songs that it is actually one of the soundtrack's biggest criticisms (depending on whether you think they help tie things together, or simply make everything sound the same). Probably half of the 100+ songs in the game use the leitmotif of a previous song, and many of those that don't hail from earlier games in the series (the Crystal, Chocobo, and Moogle themes, for example).
** Kuja's Theme, in one form or another, is guaranteed to show up any time that he does.
*** It also plays instead of the usual World Map theme when [[spoiler:half the party travels to Oeilvert under his orders to save the other half]]. This, combined with the airship's eerie scripted flight, really drives home how dire things are.
** "Melodies of Life". This song appears everywhere, from when the game starts to the ending credits.
** [[HopelessBossFight Bea]][[GuestStarPartyMember trix]] has three versions of hers, and they double as {{Mood Motif}}s. Though one of the three doesn't resemble the other two as much.
** As an example for lietmotifs that subvert the "(character)'s Theme" naming convention, Zidane's lietmotif could be considered to be "A Place to Call Home" rather than "Zidane's Theme" since it frequently resurfaces in places like Oeilvert and other areas that are connected with his past.



** Steiner spends most of the first half of the game as the ButtMonkey and all-around buffoon, but when he actually gets into a fight, he's shown to be a pretty good swordsman. His general demeanor also starts to change when he helps rescue Dagger halfway through Disk 2, and he shows himself to be a competent leader and fighter alongside Beatrix during the invasion of Alexandria in Disk 3. This also happens every time he reaches Trance, where he goes from a knighty in rusty armor to a full on knight in shining armor. Since he's already one of the three melee monsters, this only makes him more dangerous.



%% * LightningBruiser: Defying the common expectations of his job class, [[TheHero Zidane Tribal]] is a surprisingly hard hitter and has good HP, only balanced by his lack of heavy armor (of which only two characters in the game use anyway). And then he becomes a straight-up nuker in his SuperMode.



* LimitBreak: Trance. As a plot device, no less. [[ExaggeratedTrope Even better]], it lasts a few turns instead of just being a single attack. [[UselessUsefulSpell ...Or triggers just in time for the battle to end, depleting the bar, and giving you positively nothing to show for it.]]

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* LimitBreak: The Limit Break system is called Trance. As a plot device, no less. [[ExaggeratedTrope Even better]], it lasts a few turns instead of just being a single attack. [[UselessUsefulSpell ...Or triggers just in time for the battle to end, depleting the bar, and giving you positively nothing to show for it.]]]] Although the typical super moves is just one aspect of it, it works more like a SuperMode for most characters and unlike other games, you don't get to choose whether to actually use it when you fill up the bar, meaning you might end up wasting it entirely on weak enemies. It also has plot significance and can be triggered automatically in the key points of the story. The OneWingedAngel form of the BigBad is the result of this trope. [[spoiler:For much of the game, Kuja had sought out the game's SummonMagic to gather the power needed to take his revenge on Garland. After failing to take control of [[LightEmUp Alexander]], however, he decided to take a leaf from the book of the player character's party, and got them to induce a Trance in him.]] This resulted in [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX the destruction of the planet Terra]].



* LongSongShortScene:
** "Zidane's Theme" is a very long track which only plays during one very short cutscene early on Disc 1. Hence, you're only likely to hear about half the track, if that. Noteworthy because, toward the end of the track, a melody plays which shows up on Disc 3 as "Unfathomed Reminiscence." It's a neat bit of thematic connection that no one would ever hear unless they put the controller down and didn't advance in the dialogue at all.
** The theme for Fossil Roo. It plays for the dungeon's first couple of screens, but the rest of the dungeon uses the same music as Gargan Roo.



** Zidane's "What's That!?" ability.

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** One of Zidane's thief skills is actually called "What's That!?" ability.That!?", and makes enemies turn around temporarily to allow for a back attack.



** Too numerous to mention. Not merely in bosses, but also in the characters before health reaches a certain point. A good example is whenever "Doomsday" attack (a planet-destroying meteor) ''misses'' its intended target, [[SlapOnTheWristNuke leaving no mark on either the enemy or the landscape]]. Generally, in video games, only the [[CriticalExistenceFailure last hit point counts]].



* MagicPants: With both Zidane and Kuja, whose trance forms have all their clothes vanish in lieu of fur, yet reappear as soon as it ends.



* MagnificentBastard: Both Kuja and Garland, who together orcheastrate most of the events behind the game and are usually always one or two steps ahead of the heroes.



* MemeticMolester: Kuja. Just look at [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/SoYeah.jpg this screencapture]] from ''{{VideoGame/Dissidia|FinalFantasy}}''.



* MightyGlacier: Adelbert Steiner is pretty slow in body, and before CharacterDevelopment kicks in he's not exactly swift when it comes to brains, either. On the other hand, he can give a tremendous amount of punishment.



* MindRape: [[spoiler: Zidane]] suffering a BSOD... not from [[spoiler: finding out that he was an alien who was meant to be the Angel of Death for his adopted homeworld,]] but from [[spoiler: actually having the man who created him rip his soul out.]] Fortunately, that just [[spoiler: made him wangsty until his friends could give him a sequential pep talk.]]



* {{Moe}}: Vivi is the best example in the series. He has many of the standard moe traits: he is clumsy, shy, young and innocent. Add in existential angst to justify his social awkwardness and a doll-like appearance and you have a character that most players just want to give a hug to.



* MsFanservice:
** Garnet wears a skin-tight orange latex outfit showing off a great butt, and her Trance outfit swaps in a different outfit to add AbsoluteCleavage to the mix. Bonus points for her nice rear being lampshaded for a CrowningMomentOfFunny when [[ChivalrousPervert Zidane]] accidentally gropes her while climbing up a ladder. "Ooo, soft!"
** [[WorthyOpponent Beatrix]], to whose BoobsOfSteel the camera also devotes plenty of affectionate attention.



* MythologyGag:
** One of the game's reasons for existing.

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* MythologyGag:
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MythologyGag: One of the game's reasons for existing.existing.
** The play in the ending sequence includes the line "No [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII cloud]], no [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII squall]] shall hinder us!" This is one of many such references to the game's predecessors.
** Getting the Ramuh Eidolin requires gathering parts of a story. Said story is about [[spoiler:Josef's HeroicSacrifice]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''.
** When the main character is in a weapon shop he sees a sword on the wall. He remarks that he remembers "a guy with [[AnimeHair spiky hair]]" who used a sword like that. The sword looks very similar to Cloud's Buster sword from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
** In fact, the game was ''filled'' with these, since it was basically a reference to the series as a whole, to wit: the return of the BattleThemeMusic that had been last heard in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', a sidequest involving characters named [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Doga and Une]], the in-game band's performance of the Rufus march from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the appearances of black mages as faceless people with glowing eyes underneath wide-brimmed hats, which had been avoided (at least for player characters) after ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', and the general return to cartoonish proportions in the character design, which had been eschewed in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
** One of the villains is named Garland and the four fiends are named after the ones from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''.



** Kuja [[spoiler: kidnaps a princess named Sarah (Garnet's real name) and a woman named Hilda]] like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the original Garland]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Emperor Mateus]] respectively. He also goes on a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum upon learning he is mortal like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Xande]] and [[spoiler: like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Golbez]] he is the brother of the main protagonist.]] His character design bears resemblance to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth and his plan disrupts the natural cycle of life.]] Finally, like [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] he uses this game's summons to gain more power and usurp his boss with Garland's death mimicking that of Emperor Gestahl.
** And of course, the Trance powerup, which turns the characters into furred versions of themselves for an incredible power boost, is a reference to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s Terra.



* NeverLiveItDown: Though not as negative as some examples, Zidane will always be famous for that one scene--"Ooh, soft!". As well-known among fans of the game as that scene is, groping Garnet really was an accident and he apologized afterwards. He may be a ChivalrousPervert, but he's more the former than the latter.



** As always, the Black Mage's pointy hats are awesome, but Freya's and Sir Fratley's hats are also nice.

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** As always, the Black Mage's pointy hats are awesome, but Freya's and Sir Fratley's hats are also nice. Freya's red hat is a mix between the Red Mage pimp hat and the Dragoon helmet. It's so awesome that we never get to know what she looks like under it.



** Also, creating the Black Mages was certainly a good plan...except that your SuperPrototype is ''highly'' likely to be one of the four people killing you at the end of the game.

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** Also, creating * NiceJobFixingItVillain: Creating the Black Mages was certainly a good plan...except that your SuperPrototype is ''highly'' likely to be one of the four people killing you at the end of the game.



** Black Waltz No. 3 when he realizes that he has set his airship on fire.

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** Black The look on [[spoiler:Black Waltz No. 3 No.3's face when he realizes realises that he has he's accidentally set his own airship on fire.fire- just before he crashes into the South Gate.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtMNgPOZTSQ]]



** Queen Brahne's horrified expression a split second before [[spoiler:Bahamut incinerates her ship.]]
** Kuja, upon realising that Garland has arrived in the Invincible.



** Along with the Death spell, some weapons have an Instant Death ability.

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** Along with the Death spell, some weapons have an Instant Death ability. Zidane's Soul Blade move, which gives the target the status effect of the weapon equipped with 100% success rate (barring immunities). With the Masamune equipped, which has the Doom status effect, all you have to do is survive until the countdown runs out.



* ParentalAbandonment: Zidane not only has no parents, but is phenotypically unique on Gaia (and in that game's verse, that's really saying something) and doesn't know anything about his origins. Garnet's an orphan who's been raised by Queen Brahne, who also dies part-way into the game. Vivi also is unique and unaware of his origins. Eiko is an orphan who lives alone in the ruins of her hometown... I think what we can take away from this is that Final Fantasy loves this trope.



* QuirkyMiniBossSquad: Court jesters Zorn and Thorn, who later turned out to be less "quirky" and more ''[[MonsterClown freaky]]''. It also had the Black Waltz, a trio of [[EliteMooks elite]] Black Mages.



* RedOniBlueOni: [[ChivalrousPervert Zidane]] and [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Kuja]], which sort of makes sense when you consider [[spoiler: they're brothers]]. It is later subverted: Zidane becomes a lot more responsible and thoughtful, while Kuja becomes an OmnicidalManiac. Even the planets Gaea and Terra are color-coded according to this convention.



** Princess Garnet. Aside from the obligatory adventuring, Garnet makes reference to the political and economical aspects of ruling a country, [[spoiler:especially after she becomes the Queen]].

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** Princess Garnet.Garnet/Dagger, [[spoiler:who in a twist on the usual application turns out to not be royalty after all, but rather an adopted [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]]]]. Aside from the obligatory adventuring, Garnet makes reference to the political and economical aspects of ruling a country, [[spoiler:especially after she becomes the Queen]].



** The game had a lot of fun with the scenery: Alexandria's crystal-obelisked palace; the SteamPunk industrial metropolis of Lindblum; the eldritch branches of the Iifa Tree; Kuja's desert palace in all its stained-glass glory, the most extraordinary are Terra (alien landscape with otherworldly blue sky dotted with mushrooms like skyscrapers) and Memoria (tangle of different environments and architecture manifested from the collective memory of the entire planet).



** The game has several friendly monsters that [[FairyBattle ask you for an item]], which they will give you tons of AP for it and their battle theme is different to show they're friendly. However, there's a monster called the Gimme Cat that tries to trick you by demanding a Diamond and if you give it one, it runs off with it and you leave with nothing. However, since the normal battle theme plays, that should tell you "do not listen to this monster". Be careful fighting it because it attacks with the powerful Comet spell.



** Freya's ''Six Dragons'', erm, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dragon]] ultimately counts as one. So you have this ability whose help text is an extremely vague ''See For Yourself''. When you select it, it defaults to selecting everyone in your party. Now, given that ''Reis' Wind'' and ''White Draw'' are healing abilities, you would naturally think that this would be beneficial to your party in some way. So you cast it. For your troubles, random members in your party would have their HP and MP randomly cut down to one. Yeah, you just screwed the battle up.

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** Freya's ''Six Dragons'', erm, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dragon]] ultimately counts as one. So you have this ability whose help text is an extremely vague ''See For Yourself''. When you select it, it defaults to selecting everyone in your party. Now, given that ''Reis' Wind'' and ''White Draw'' are healing abilities, you would naturally think that this would be beneficial to your party in some way. So you cast it. For your troubles, random members in your party would have their HP and MP randomly cut down to one. Yeah, you just screwed the battle up. While it does have some legitimate uses (ie to bring the party health down so that "desperation attacks" like Quina's Limit Glove hit stonger, but all things considered it is kind of pointless, and pretty much skews the battle to the favor of your enemies if you're not prepared for it).



* ShowWithinAShow: The setting for the start of the game revolves around the theater troupe Tantalus performing a play called ''I Want to be Your Canary'' (Queen Brahme's favourite) for the birthday of Garnet, princess of Alexandria. In actuality, the performance is merely a front, for Regent Cid of Lindblum's order to 'kidnap' Garnet (who, ironically, wanted to run away, anyway).
* ShrinkingViolet: Male example: Vivi.
* ShutUpHannibal: Garland tells Zidane to destroy Gaia, [[spoiler: since he's an ArtificialHuman created for exactly that purpose.]] Zidane refuses, obviously, but when Garland tries to push he delivers an amazingly snappy and spoilertastic comeback:
--->'''Garland:''' [[spoiler: Regrettable. I thought your soul would be a perfect choice for the new Angel of Death.]]
--->'''Zidane:''' [[spoiler: I ''am'' the new Angel of Death. Yours!!!]]



* SignatureScene:
** The YouAreNotAlone scene
** Kuja [[spoiler: attaining Trance and destroying Terra]] at the end of Disc 3.
** Both the plays on the Tantalus, at [[BookEnds the very beginning and the very end]].
** The assault of the Silver Dragons upon the approach to the Iifa Tree.
** The balcony scene in Alexandria Castle where [[TheHero Zidane]] saves Princess Garnet by [[BigDamnHeroes swinging in on a rope]].



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Firmly'' on the Idealism side. The main character starts as a cheery fellow, and one HeroicBSOD notwithstanding he stays that way (and he even gets out of the HeroicBSOD through ThePowerOfFriendship played completely straight).



* SmugSnake: [[BigBad Kuja]] is a genuine threat--but not only is he ''obscenely'' arrogant and cruel, he's ultimately unable to overcome his fear of death. Essentially, he has the mind and air of a wicked genius, but the temperament and personality of a frightened, spoiled child. This mainly shows up in the latter half of the game. It's played UpToEleven in VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy.



* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: There's quite a handful of anvils that are dropped on a character by character basis:
** One shouldn't look at romantic love as the solution to all one's problems, nor is obnoxiously and relentlessly pursuing someone a good way to win them over.
** Don't fully shoulder all of the responsibility by yourself. You have people who can help you.
** The best course of action can come from [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight what you believe is right]]; blind honor and loyalty is not always right.
** Trying to do things alone won't get you far and it's ok to rely on others for assistance.
** Cherish and make the most of your time while you are alive.
** You'll always have friends who will stand by you through the thick and thin, even in your DarkestHour when all seems lost.



* SoundtrackDissonance: Black Waltz 3 kills a group of black mages while Vivi looks on in horror; a soft, sad piano theme plays in the background. Yeah, it's a TearJerker.



** Zidane's name (originally romanized as Jitan) is supposed to be Gitan, French for gypsy. Since "ji" is used in Japanese to approximate the "zi" sound, the translators got it wrong. However, Zidane is also the name of a famous French footballer who helped his team win the World Cup in 1998, so one has to wonder if the change wasn't intentional (the game was in the works in 1998 and released in the west in 2000 for the USA, and 2001 in Europe).
** A lot of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to other ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games were messed up due to incorrect romanisation; for instance, Mount Gulug, which was supposed to refer to Mount Gurgu (written "Gurugu" in Japanese) from VideoGame/FinalFantasyI, and the summon Madeen (written "Madin" in Japanese), supposed to be a reference to Maduin, an Esper from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI. Madeen's attack, Terra Homing (Terahōmingu), was supposed to be Terraforming. The Fire Guardian Marilith is rendered as Maliris.

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** There's a recurring enemy called the Ragtime Mouse in the English release. It's almost certainly a mistransliteration of Ragtime Mouth (since the character in question is not a mouse, but does have a giant mouth: [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070728163038/finalfantasy/images/f/fe/Ragtime-FFIX.jpg behold]]!)
** The main character Zidane has been a strong victim of this trope.
Zidane's name (originally romanized as Jitan) is supposed to be Gitan, "Gitan", which is French for gypsy."gypsy". Since "ji" is used in Japanese to approximate the "zi" sound, the translators got it wrong. However, Zidane is also the name of a famous French footballer who helped his team win the World Cup in 1998, so one has to wonder if the change wasn't intentional (the game was in the works in 1998 and released in the west in 2000 for the USA, and 2001 in Europe).
Europe). In the French version, his name was changed to Djidane because Zidane is the name of France's most popular football player. For the same reasons, he's called "Yitán" in the Spanish translation.
** A lot of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to other ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games were messed up due to incorrect romanisation; for instance, Mount Gulug, which was supposed to refer to Mount Gurgu (written "Gurugu" in Japanese) from VideoGame/FinalFantasyI, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' (which itself has been alternately translated; as of the [=PS1=] remake it is now called "Mt. Gulg"), and the summon Madeen (written "Madin" in Japanese), supposed to be a reference to Maduin, an Esper from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI.''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' (both are romanized as "Madin" in Japanese). Madeen's attack, Terra Homing (Terahōmingu), was supposed to be Terraforming. The Fire Guardian Marilith is rendered as Maliris. The boss "Hilgigars" is clearly supposed to be "Hill Gigas", which is a recurring enemy in the series.
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* BrokenBase: The game, naturally, created a huge rift between the people who thought it was a good tribute to the old classical SNES-era games with its more lighthearted and idealistic themes and colorful world, and those who thought the FF series was, is, and should always be intended for more mature audiences, and saw IX as a big step backwards.
** Other points of contention regarding IX: Sci-Fi vs Fantasy (VII and VIII had moved the series into almost completely Sci-Fi with Fantasy window-dressing, while IX was more 'pure' fantasy than FF had been since FF4) and the art style (the change from VIII (the most realistic up until that point) to IX (the most 'moe' of the main games) was a bit much for some fans).



* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer:
** The ''official'' German [=PlayStation=] Magazine reported that the game was a continuation with a new character named Skylar Goodsworth. Turns out they were tricked by a {{fanfiction}} on what was then a rather obscure site, which not only lacked any form of professionalism, but came from a website hosted by [[http://www.beepworld.de Beepworld]].
** An early preview of ''Final Fantasy IX'' stated that it was to be a remake of the first game in the series. A writer clearly unfamiliar with Roman numerals claimed that Square had started development on "Final Fantasy 1 X".



* DracoInLeatherPants: Kuja is a smug bastard that manipulates people to gain power, kills the princess' mother, taunts Vivi on how he was manufactured instead of being a real person, and throws a cosmic tantrum when he finds out that his life span is short, so he destroys a planet and seeks to end all forms of life as a response. Many fans view Kuja as a poor sympathetic guy who is brainwashed to destroy and just needs some affection. While he gets an AlasPoorVillain death, this assessment is inaccurate.



* EnemyScan: A boss actually used Scan on your party, which made little sense since the boss' attack patterns never changed after that.



** Lani also casts Scan on your party, after which she changes her battle strategy.

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** Lani also casts Scan on your party, which made little sense since the boss' attack patterns never changed after which she changes her battle strategy.that.



* GeniusDitz: The Knights of Pluto are an entire unit of these. While they're generally portrayed as incompetent, they all have their own specific talents, detective work, writing, gunnery, etc.



* GeniusBonus: The music for one of the nastier dungeons uses a slowed-down version of the opening of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_irae "Dies irae,"]] the best-known of Gregorian chants, as its bass line. Since it's an ominous chant about the Day of Judgment, it's rather appropriate.
** Some secondary villains on the first disk are called The Black Waltzes. Zidane guesses there are only three of them because of the name. The Waltz is performed at three beats to the measure.
* GeniusDitz: The Knights of Pluto are an entire unit of these. While they're generally portrayed as incompetent, they all have their own specific talents, detective work, writing, gunnery, etc.



* GenreSavvy: Zidane and Kuja. One of the more brilliant aspects of ''FFIX'' is the fact that the protagonist and antagonist are both ''fully aware'' of their roles. Zidane--deputy leader of a theater troupe known for performing melodrama--is convinced that he's a swashbuckling hero long before the rest of the characters start noticing that bad guys end up dead around him. Likewise, Kuja, a fan of romantic fiction, has no delusions of being anything other than the bad guy of this story. His love of theatrics and [[LargeHam hamming it up]] isn't just for show.



* GenreSavvy: Zidane and Kuja. One of the more brilliant aspects of ''FFIX'' is the fact that the protagonist and antagonist are both ''fully aware'' of their roles. Zidane--deputy leader of a theater troupe known for performing melodrama--is convinced that he's a swashbuckling hero long before the rest of the characters start noticing that bad guys end up dead around him. Likewise, Kuja, a fan of romantic fiction, has no delusions of being anything other than the bad guy of this story. His love of theatrics and [[LargeHam hamming it up]] isn't just for show.



Played for laughs with the actor Lowell's fanclub.


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** Freya Crescent. To put it in [[http://socksmakepeoplesexy.net/index.php?a=ff09 the words of one reviewer]]:
-->"Let me see if I'm understanding this. Freya is one of the main heroines of a JRPG -- and she ''doesn't'' at any point have the hots for the hero, ''never'' needs to be rescued by the hero, and in fact shows up the hero in a monster-slaying competition? (Unless the player really knows what he's doing during the Festival of the Hunt sequence, that is.) And wait -- does Freya really offer ''zero'' fanservice? Not even the slightest effort is made to cater to ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' fanboy furries? (..) And am I really not imagining the game, when Freya ends up with the guy she has the hots for -- a guy who, again, isn't the game's male main character? Whoa. Not only might Freya be the best Dragoon in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', the best female party member in the whole series (at least from a feminist perspective)."
** Beatrix gets the opportunity to play a game of HeadsIWinTailsYouLose with the party ''three times'', and then she joins as a GuestStarPartyMember and gets to clean house. It's interesting to note: she is actually the only character in that entire game who is never defeated by anyone. She also hits a lot of the points from the above review about Freya.



* {{Adorkable}}:
** Vivi. He's sweet, kind, TheWoobie, clumsy, and adorable. He fits this like a glove.
** Zidane may act like a total flirt, but deep down, he's this. Particularly the way he acts around Garnet/Dagger and his boyish attitude.



** The game also gives us this trope all in one person, with Dagger, a.k.a. Garnet Til Alexandros XVII, whose real name is actually [[spoiler:Sarah]].



* AlasPoorVillain:
** The end had Kuja dying at the base of the Iifa Tree. Being a fluke with a crushingly short life-span made him cruel and nihilistic, but only when he was defeated by the heroes and had nothing left to live for did he realize too late what it means to really live. This also gets a callback in ''Dissidia''.
** Brahne's death is a surprisingly solemn moment. In spite of all the atrocities she did, Garnet still loses her mother when she dies. Although it's a little played with. While Garnet is (understandably) saddened by her death, the other party members (like Vivi) on the other hand feel sad for Garnet, not really for Brahne.



* AlliterativeName: Quina Quen.



* AntiHero: Amarant, who under goes a HeelFaceTurn and joins your party purely to observe Zidane, not that he worries about bad guys taking over the world so much.



* AttackItsWeakPoint: There is an enemy on the way to Cleyra called Sand Golem, which will revive over and over again no matter how many times you defeat it. You have to destroy its Core in order to defeat it for good.



* ArchEnemy: [[AllLovingHero Zidane]] who's motto is to [[ChronicHeroSyndrome help anyone who needs it]] and his brother [[TheFightingNarcissist Kuja]] who is unable to see the value of anything but himself.



* AssholeVictim: Lampshaded by Vivi, who states (in narration) "I hated Brahne. I wanted this to happen to her." However, it's subverted second later, when he laments "But then I saw Garnet cry...".



* AttackItsWeakPoint: The game features normal {{Mook}}s that work like this. For example, {{Random Encounter}}s in Cleyra include sand-elementals where you actively need to target a little, pink heart-like part of it. Not realizing this fast enough can result in throwing away lots of HP and mana in battle against the main body of the {{Mook}}.

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* AttackItsWeakPoint: The game features normal {{Mook}}s that work like this. For example, {{Random Encounter}}s in Cleyra include sand-elementals where sand-elementals, the Sand Golem, which will revive over and over again no matter how many times you defeat it. You have to destroy its Core in order to defeat it for good: you actively need to target a little, pink heart-like part of it. Not realizing this fast enough can result in throwing away lots of HP and mana in battle against the main body of the {{Mook}}.



* AwesomeMcCoolname: '''Zidane''', '''Dagger''', '''Steiner''', and '''Amarant'''.
** Ruby and Blank from Tantalus. Oh, and Lord Puck of Burmecia. Amarant in Japanese is ''Salamander Coral'', too, which means his nickname in that version is "The Flaming Salamander".



** '''Vivi'''. I mean, come on. The little cutie is the [[TheWoobie freakin' Woobie]], but if he gets angry and/or determined, he will own you.



** Although he spends half of the game portrayed as the ButtMonkey, Steiner is the only character in the game (if not the entire planet) who isn't either a SuperPrototype creature, a HalfHumanHybrid that can call destruction from the heavens, a [[PettingZooPeople petting zoo person]] with natural gifts, or some chi master who can jump 100 feet in the air and throw fireballs at people. He just hits people really hard with swords, and is the only party member who can hit for max damage unaugmented.
** This is also doubly true for his [[LimitBreak Trance]] abilities. Every party member that goes into Trance gains new abilities or have their current abilities enhanced for extra power or additional properties. What does Steiner have for his Trance skills? Not a damn thing. Instead, he just has ''tripled'' attack power.
** Vivi, however, can turn him into an EmpoweredBadassNormal by enchanting his sword to summon magic attacks to hit enemies. When they are in the party together, Steiner can use his own MP to use Vivi's black magic against one target.



** [[TheWoobie Vivi]]. Especially while preparing to reduce [[PsychoForHire Black Waltz No. 3]] [[KillItWithFire into a pile of charred feathers]].

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** [[TheWoobie Vivi]]. Especially Vivi]] is sweet, innocent, kind, and despite his species, looks massively adorable, so naturally he has powerful black magic up the ying-yang. Shown impressively at the beginning of the game when he's captured by a monster and then proceeds to [[KillItWithFire fry]] the thing as it's sucking up his HP. Most notably during the battle with Black Waltz 3 where the little guy just went ''ballistic'', while preparing to reduce [[PsychoForHire Black Waltz No. 3]] [[KillItWithFire into a pile of charred feathers]].



* BigBad: The game had Kuja and Garland competing for the position, the winner being [[spoiler:Kuja, although Garland, like Professor Hojo from VII, is responsible for nearly everything in the background.]]



** Zidane [[spoiler: when he saves Garnet from the crumbling Alexandria tower. Garnet falls off the edge, despite Eiko's best efforts to reach her in time, and looks to be falling to her death. Then Zidane swings on a rope and catches her. Zidane is left badly injured from his heroics, and is out cold for a few days.]]

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** One during a cutscene in Disc 3. Zidane [[spoiler: when he saves Garnet from the crumbling Alexandria tower.tower. Eiko and Dagger (Garnet) are praying to summon Alexander and save Alexandria. The BigBad decides this a bad idea, however, and proceeds to destroy Alexander, with Dagger and Eiko still on him. Garnet falls off the edge, despite Eiko's best efforts to reach her in time, and looks to be falling to her death. Then Cut to Zidane swings on a rope swooping in to save Dagger at the last second, and catches her.Dagger with tears in her eyes hugs him for being there. Aww.. Zidane is left badly injured from his heroics, and is out cold for a few days.]]



* BittersweetEnding: The game has this, in a way. Sure, Zidane survives the events at the Iifa Tree and ends up with Dagger, Steiner ends up with Beatrix, Freya gets back together with a still-amnesiac Fratley, and Eiko is HappilyAdopted by Cid Fabul and Hilda. But, [[TheWoobie Vivi]] died some time before the epilogue, and [[TearJerker his dying words play out over the ending]].



* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: The Dead Pepper. When they were fed to chocobos, it drove them crazy and gave them supercharged abilities.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: The game lost some of its callbacks to previous games through BlindIdiotTranslation. Mount Gulug was supposed to be Mount Gurgu, referencing Gurgu Volcano from the first game. Mog's [[spoiler:true identity, Madeen]] was supposed to be [[spoiler:Maduin]] (both are romanized and pronounced the same), referencing the Esper from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', and her attack, "Terra Homing", was supposed to be "Terraforming". Other gems include "Maliris" instead of "Marilith" (the proper name of the fiend known as "Kary" in early translations of the first game) and "Rally-ho!" instead of "Lali-ho!" ("Lali-ho!" being the cry of the dwarves in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''). Freya's long-lost love, Sir Fratley, was possibly meant to be Flatley, a reference to Michael Flatley, an Irish-American step dancer and actor.
** According to the translators, however, ExecutiveMeddling is the reason for most of these changes, as apparently the players were supposed to figure out the references themselves.
** While it's often said that the boss Valia Pira was supposed to be Barrier Pillar, the katakana for the boss's name actually deliberately uses the "va" katakana - they write it as ヴァリアピラ (Varia Pira), whereas "Barrier Pillar" would be バリアピラー (Baria Pirā - also note the long "a" sound). Quina's Limit Glove move is another case of this - it's often thought to be "Limit Globe", but again, it's deliberately spelled with the "vu" katakana - リミットグローヴ (Rimitto Gurōvu), instead of リミットグローブ (Rimitto Gurōbu).



* BoisterousBruiser: Baku and Lani (who is even first described as "Boisterous Woman").

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* BoisterousBruiser: Baku and BoisterousBruiser:
** Baku, the leader of the Thieves' Guild.
** The bounty hunter
Lani (who is a villainous example, even first being described as "Boisterous Woman").Woman" before we learn her name.



* BookEnds: The game began with Tantalus coming to Alexandria to perform "I Want To Be Your Canary", and ended the same way, too.

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* BookEnds: The game began with Tantalus coming to Alexandria to perform "I Want To Be Your Canary", and ended the same way, too.too, but as a front for a kidnapping the first time and sneaking someone in the second.



* BrattyHalfPint: Eiko is another female example, and one often accused of being TheScrappy.



* BreakTheCutie: Poor, ''poor'' Garnet.
** And Vivi. Everybody loves Vivi and his existential woes.

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* BreakTheCutie: BreakTheCutie:
**
Poor, ''poor'' Garnet.
poor [[RebelliousPrincess Princess Garnet]] suffers so many traumas in a short space in time [[spoiler:like watching her mother die, becoming the queen and never being able to see her love Zidane again, only to have her kingdom nearly destroyed by Bahamut]] that she goes ''completely mute'' for a good section of the game.
** And Vivi. Everybody loves Vivi and his existential woes. Finds out he's a prototype model of mindless magical soldiers, watches his own kind get killed or sacrificed like cannon fodder, and then learns that [[spoiler:all the black mages have a ''very'' short lifespan and his time could come any moment]]. No wonder he's TheWoobie.
*** It's also heavily implied that his "Grandfather" was planning on eating him.



** [[spoiler: This also happens to Zidane, when he finds out that he was meant to be the one to destroy Gaia, the planet he's now fighting desperately to protect. The happy go lucky guy who's been boosting everyone else's spirits throughout the game just ''breaks'', and it's heartbreaking to watch.]]

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** [[spoiler: This also happens to Zidane, too, surprisingly. His androgynous looks aside, he's TheCutie because he is relentlessly cheerful and upbeat throughout the entire game. The few times that his optimistic demeanor vanishes are usually when it's replaced with righteous anger, like upon seeing enemies slaughtering helpless civilians. [[spoiler:Just like Vivi, though, he learns that he's actually nothing more than a weapon. A highly complex and specialized weapon, but ultimately meant to bring war and destruction to the planet that is his home. He finds out that he was meant to be the one to destroy Gaia, the planet he's now fighting desperately to protect.protect. This causes him to completely lose hope and march slowly towards his death during the famous YouAreNotAlone scene. The happy go lucky guy who's been boosting everyone else's spirits throughout the game just ''breaks'', and it's heartbreaking to watch.]]
*** The above is subverted, actually. When he discovered the truth, Zidane[[spoiler: declared he would do what he was meant to do; by killing Garland. Garland then decides to rip Zidane's soul out of his body, causing his HeroicBSOD.
]]



* BrokenBase: The game, naturally, created a huge rift between the people who thought it was a good tribute to the old classical SNES-era games with its more lighthearted and idealistic themes and colorful world, and those who thought the FF series was, is, and should always be intended for more mature audiences, and saw IX as a big step backwards.
** Other points of contention regarding IX: Sci-Fi vs Fantasy (VII and VIII had moved the series into almost completely Sci-Fi with Fantasy window-dressing, while IX was more 'pure' fantasy than FF had been since FF4) and the art style (the change from VIII (the most realistic up until that point) to IX (the most 'moe' of the main games) was a bit much for some fans).



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Amarant holds a grudge against Zidane for copping out of a challenge by framing him for a crime he didn't commit and using the distraction to flee. He isn't too happy to hear that Zidane doesn't remember it either...

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Amarant holds a grudge against Zidane for copping out of a challenge by framing him for a crime he didn't commit and using the distraction to flee. Even though he doesn't reveal it to Zidane directly, Amarant and Zidane met once before the events of the game: [[spoiler:Amarant was working as a security guard in Treno when he interrupted Zidane carrying out a heist, and Zidane managed to frame Amarant for the crime as he made his escape, leaving Amarant a wanted criminal]]. He isn't too happy to hear that Zidane doesn't remember it either... Zidane never acknowledges their shared past, and seems completely oblivious to the impact his actions had on Amarant's life.



* CatchPhrase: Zidane: "Do I need a reason to help people?"



* CentralTheme: All living things strive to live. Don't obsess over stopping the inevitable, but focus on what you can accomplish with the time given to you.

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* CentralTheme: CentralTheme:
** The briefness of life, memory, and what makes a person human.
**
All living things strive to live. Don't obsess over stopping the inevitable, but focus on what you can accomplish with the time given to you.you.
* CerebusSyndrome: You start with a bunch of thieves/actors kidnapping a rebellious princess and a kid who goes to watch a theater play. The first 7 or 8 hours of the game (especially in the [[{{Woolseyism}} brilliantly done]] French translation) are lighthearted and fun. Then, the thieves'/actors' hometown is invaded, the rebellious princess [[spoiler:sees the death of her mother and watches her kingdom getting nuked]], the whole world comes close to destruction, and the little cute kid of the intro gets to deal with his own mortality.



** Early on you are introduced to the Pluto Knights, and are told what their professions and [[ChekhovsSkill specific duties]] are [[ChekhovsGun for no particular reason]]. Skip to Disc 3, and you are expected to [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest remember said duties]] so that they can help defend their DoomedHometown. Doing it perfectly nets you [[DiscOneNuke an awesome accessory]].



** One of these in the form of an EasterEgg. When Baku is describing the plan to Tantalus on the ship at the start of the game, Zidane has the option of saying "That's when I kidnap Queen Brahne, right?" or "That's when I kidnap Princess Garnet, right?" Saying the "Queen Brahne" option a total of ''64'' times will eventually make Ruby come in and chastise Zidane, long before Ruby is ever properly introduced.



* CloudCuckoolander: Quina Quen. 7 of your team are out to SavingTheWorld from the {{Big Bad}}. Your 8th member (Quina) is out to discover ''yummy yummies''.



* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer:
** The ''official'' German [=PlayStation=] Magazine reported that the game was a continuation with a new character named Skylar Goodsworth. Turns out they were tricked by a {{fanfiction}} on what was then a rather obscure site, which not only lacked any form of professionalism, but came from a website hosted by [[http://www.beepworld.de Beepworld]].
** An early preview of ''Final Fantasy IX'' stated that it was to be a remake of the first game in the series. A writer clearly unfamiliar with Roman numerals claimed that Square had started development on "Final Fantasy 1 X".



* CurbStompBattle: The game has Kuja ''destroy a frickin' planet!'' Also, any time an eidolon is summoned in FMV. And whenever you face Beatrix.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Vivi is a Black Mage, but far from evil. His "brothers" aren't either, when they aren't brainwashed or tricked into being evil.



* DemotedToExtra: Freya features rather prominently in the first disc after her introduction, but pretty much as soon as [[spoiler:her race is massacred]], she only appears in battle until the epilogue. Painfully ironic given that her character quote is "To be forgotten is worse than death."



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The FinalBoss is [[spoiler: Necron (JP: Darkness of Eternity), the very embodiment of death in its most absolute sense]].

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The FinalBoss is [[spoiler: Necron (JP: Darkness of Eternity), the very embodiment of death in its most absolute sense]]. It's not clear exactly what Necron is, since he appears a bit as a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, but in the English version he claims to be Death itself. (And, of course, he gets obliterated by our heroes because they don't like his "destroy all existence" plan.)



* [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Disc Three Final Dungeon]]: Pandemonium castle.
** The entirety of Terra is a ''third'' disc final dungeon. This is where Kuja and TheChessmaster behind him are from, so it must be important, right?

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* [[DiscOneFinalDungeon DiscOneFinalBoss:
** Queen Brahne, who is -- as usual -- killed by Kuja, who'd previously seemed to be TheDragon. He's a WhiteHairBlackHeart, so she really should've seen it coming.
** Happens ''up to three times'', in fact, since Kuja himself is then set up to be a
Disc Three One Final Dungeon]]: Pandemonium castle.
** The entirety of Terra is a ''third'' disc
Boss when he's revealed to be working for {{Chessmaster}} Garland, and then subverted [[spoiler:when Kuja goes OmnicidalManiac, kills Garland, and proves to be the BigBad after all.]] And AGAIN, [[spoiler:at the very end, where the actual final dungeon. This boss fight is where Kuja fought against [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere the physical manifestation of the inevitable cycle of birth and TheChessmaster behind him are from, so it must be important, right?death]].]] There's also Beatrix, the [[LogicalExtreme literal]] final boss of disc one.



* [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Disc Three Final Dungeon]]: Pandemonium castle.
** The entirety of Terra is a ''third'' disc final dungeon. This is where Kuja and TheChessmaster behind him are from, so it must be important, right?



* DistractedByTheSexy: Zidane's head will move toward any attractive female NPC walking past him in a town.



* DracoInLeatherPants: Kuja is a smug bastard that manipulates people to gain power, kills the princess' mother, taunts Vivi on how he was manufactured instead of being a real person, and throws a cosmic tantrum when he finds out that his life span is short, so he destroys a planet and seeks to end all forms of life as a response. Many fans view Kuja as a poor sympathetic guy who is brainwashed to destroy and just needs some affection. While he gets an AlasPoorVillain death, this assessment is inaccurate.



* EldritchAbomination: You've probably never fought an enemy quite like Ozma before. It appears as nothing more than a giant orb of PureEnergy, top half consisting of bright colors swirling clockwise and a bottom half made of dark colors swirling counter-clockwise. It has the most powerful spells in the game and appears in a cave on a floating island that drifts around the world. There is absolutely no indications of what it might be except for the possibility it is, or was, an Eidolon that was sealed away and forgotten long ago.

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* EldritchAbomination: EldritchAbomination:
** Necron fits this to a T, with the effect being accentuated by horrific [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62MkCz0f83s scenery and music]]. Necron (like Amarant) was a replacement name chosen because the original would have exceeded their name character limit. Its original name? ''"The Darkness of Eternity"''.
** Also, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HM7kgvbr2E Ozma]]. Like Necron, it happens to be a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
You've probably never fought an enemy quite like Ozma before. It appears as nothing more than a giant orb of PureEnergy, top half consisting of bright colors swirling clockwise and a bottom half made of dark colors swirling counter-clockwise. It has the most powerful spells in the game and appears in a cave on a floating island that drifts around the world. There is absolutely no indications of what it might be except for the possibility it is, or was, an Eidolon that was sealed away and forgotten long ago.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The game brings out one for almost every single character introduced- hero or villain:
** [[TheHero Zidane]], having already proved himself a talented fighter, thief and actor, turns out to be something of a HandsomeLech when he's sent into Alexandria castle to abduct the princess- only to end up getting distracted by an attractive woman.
** [[ChildMage Vivi]], already introduced [[TheKlutz tripping over his own feet]] and staring in amazement at the sight of the airship flying overhead, spends the next few minutes [[TheWoobie getting knocked down, insulted, bullied and pickpocketed]]. For good measure, his ticket to the play turns out to be a fake. Then, just when it looks as though he's about to get arrested for tresspassing, he [[BewareTheNiceOnes fights back by launching a fireball from his hands!]]
** [[RebelliousPrincess Garnet]] mistakes Zidane and Blank for palace guards and makes an impressive escape from them on foot. And when she realizes that Zidane's actually there to kidnap her, she changes tune and ''formally requests to be abducted.''
** [[ButtMonkey Captain Steiner]] gets a whole segment of the game's earliest level to prove himself a laughingstock: not only is he constantly upstaged by Beatrix, forgotten by the Queen and saddled with the dumbest unit of soldiers in the entire Alexandrian military, but he's also a pompous twit with a habit of [[CharacterTic jumping up and down in impotent rage]]. But at the end of this segment, he sees Garnet being chased across the castle by Zidane; believing her to be under attack, he immediately grabs a rope and swings after them. True, he almost immediately crashes into a wall, [[TheDeterminator but there's no denying the man's dedication.]]
** [[GoldFishPoopGang "We are in trouble!" "Trouble we are in!"]]
** After her unassuming introduction at a bar with Zidane, [[LadyOfWar Freya Crescent]] is later seen [[RoofHopping wandering the rooftops]] of Lindblum, apparently lost in thought, musing on the war brewing and worrying about Sir Fratley.
** [[JokeCharacter Quina Quen]] trying to catch frogs and failing miserably- before joining Zidane out of a desire to see the world and sample its many foods.
** General Beatrix: if the ominous music and the BadassBoast don't make it clear [[OneManArmy who you're dealing with]], the HopelessBossFight ''will.''
** Having been introduced as an advisor to Queen Brahne, [[AgentPeacock Kuja]] proceeds to make as big a spectacle of himself as possible: overdramatically commenting on the [[WhenItRainsItPours weather]], providing details on the Burmecian retreat using some oddly cryptic word choices, bragging about the magical power he'll use to defeat the Cleyran defences, and referring to Brahne's black mage army as "his." Then, when Beatrix has kicked the asses of Zidane and co, Kuja stays behind to examine them... then without saying another word, he departs on the back of a silver dragon. [[EvilIsHammy Hammy]], melodramatic, weirdly-dressed... and the ''[[TheManBehindTheMan real]]'' [[TheManBehindTheMan power behind Brahne's invasion.]]
** Disc 2 manages to establish the character of an entire faction in one short scene: after almost an entire disc of battles with Queen Brahne's mass-produced black mages, the party bumps into another one of them in Conde Petie. Unlike the others, [[TokenHeroicOrc this one appears to be sentient]], and by all appearances, ''he's on a shopping trip''. And when he finally notices the party, he responds not by shouting "KILL!" and pelting them with magic, but by [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turning tail and running as fast as possible in the opposite direction]].
** At the beginning of the third disc, the battle of Alexandria and Kuja's attempted capture of the eidolon Alexander is interrupted by the arrival of a huge, futuristic airship. Within, a mysterious figure dressed in a [[EvilWearsBlack glistening black exoskeleton and cape]] surveys the scene below; he takes the time to muse in disappointment on Kuja's attempt at interfering with his plans, before casting a spell: minutes later, Alexander dies horribly and Alexandria palace vanishes in a colossal fireball, leaving Kuja upstaged, OutGambitted - and most notably of all, [[HorrifyingTheHorror horrified]] at the fact that ''' ''[[BiggerBad Garland]]'' ''' himself is now after him.



* EvilCounterpart: Ark to Alexander. The latter is a Holy-elemental, defense-oriented transforming [[spoiler:castle]] while the former is a Shadow-elemental, offense-oriented transforming airship.

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* EvilCounterpart: EvilCounterpart:
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Ark to Alexander. The latter is a Holy-elemental, defense-oriented transforming [[spoiler:castle]] while the former is a Shadow-elemental, offense-oriented transforming airship.airship.
** [[spoiler:Zidane to Kuja - both created by Garland to lead Gaia to war. Zidane is horrified when he thinks that if things had gone differently, he could be the one doing all the evil Kuja has been doing.]]



* ExtremeOmnivore: Quina will literally try to eat ANYTHING.

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* ExtremeOmnivore: Quina Quen, the Qu that joins the party, has the "Cook" [[LimitBreak Trance Skill]] which allows it to eat any sufficiently-weakened enemy in order to [[MegaManning learn its special skills.]] Quina will literally try to eat ANYTHING.ANYTHING.
** And "Cook" is just an upgraded version of "Eat" [[AmbiguousGender her(?)]] normal skill that does the same thing.



* FamousLastWords:
** " Ugh...! Sealion, kill him for me!" [[spoiler: Black Waltz 1]]
** "Wh-Why...!?" [[spoiler: Black Waltz 2]]
** "Mission...retrieve... princess...alive... Eliminate...all!" [[spoiler: Black Waltz 3.]]
** "I have seen the end of my thousand-year life, and it is not now. You cannot stop me. It is futile even to try." [[spoiler: Soulcage.]]
** "I led... Alexandria... down... the path... of ruin... The people... will be... happier... with you... on the throne..." [[spoiler: Queen Brahne]]
** "We will put you to death!" [[spoiler: Zorn.]]
** "Put you to death, we will!" [[spoiler: Thorn.]]
** "One is all, all is one... You'll never break the seal..." [[spoiler: Taharka.]]
** "Your power is...meaningless." [[spoiler: Garland, speaking to Kuja.]]
** "Even if I were created to serve one purpose alone, I do not regret being born to this world." [[spoiler: Garland, before his spirit disappears for good.]]
** "This is not the end. I am eternal... ...as long as there is life and death..." [[spoiler: Necron.]]
** "After you guys beat me, I had nothing left... nothing more to lose. Then, I finally realized what it means to live... I guess I was too late." [[spoiler: Kuja.]]
** "Everyone... Thank you. Farewell. My memories will be part of the sky..." [[spoiler:''Possibly'' Vivi.]]



** The Burmecians are referred to as 'rats' and 'rodents' as a racial slur by those attempting their genocide.
** Friendly [=NPC=]s are often shown to be afraid of Vivi because he's a black mage, and most of their experience with black mages involves them destroying their cities.
** Nobody even once raises an eyebrow or disrespects any members of the Qu race, despite them being universally depicted as food-obsessed, bumbling, baby-talking clown-looking things. Though this may be due to their obsession with food making them great food critics and chefs.



* FixedCamera: In battle
* FixedDamageAttack: Zidane's Thievery and Lucky Seven, Freya's Dragon Crest, and Quina's Frog Drop.

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* FixedCamera: In battle
* FixedDamageAttack: Zidane's Thievery
FiveBadBand:
** The Kingdom of Alexandria
*** The BigBad - Queen Brahne
*** TheDragon - General Beatrix
*** TheEvilGenius - Kuja, [[spoiler: who was also TheManBehindTheMan
and Lucky Seven, Freya's Dragon Crest, the BiggerBad]]
*** TheBrute - The Black Waltzes
*** TheDarkChick - Zorn
and Quina's Frog Drop.Thorn
** The Terrans
*** The BigBad: Garland
*** TheDragon: [[spoiler: Kuja, who is also TheStarscream]]
*** TheEvilGenius: The Soulcage
*** TheBrute: Taharka and the Elemental Guardians
*** TheDarkChick: Mikoto
*** SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler: Zidane, who Garland originally created to replace Kuja, but ultimately rebelled]]



** A discussion at the Iifa Tree leads to this line:
--->'''Kuja:''' ''"Oh, brother... But you're not ready yet!"''

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** A discussion at Halfway through the Iifa Tree leads game when the heroes meet the villain Kuja for the second time, he responds to this line:
--->'''Kuja:''' ''"Oh,
Zidane's inquiries about his plots with the line "Oh, brother... But you're not ready yet!"''yet!" On the first playthrough this just seems like uncharacterically crude choice of words from him (he speaks like he's in a Shakespearean play most of the time). After you play the game again, [[spoiler: knowing that he and Zidane are brothers, the line seems like such an obvious hint]].


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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The first party: Steiner (choleric), Vivi (melancholic), Garnet (phlegmatic), and Zidane (sanguine).


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* GeniusBonus: The music for one of the nastier dungeons uses a slowed-down version of the opening of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_irae "Dies irae,"]] the best-known of Gregorian chants, as its bass line. Since it's an ominous chant about the Day of Judgment, it's rather appropriate.
** Some secondary villains on the first disk are called The Black Waltzes. Zidane guesses there are only three of them because of the name. The Waltz is performed at three beats to the measure.


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* GlassCannon: Vivi has the powerful attack magic and weak defenses of the archetypal [[SquishyWizard Black Mage]].


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* GondorCallsForAid: Something similar happens where the [[spoiler:air forces of the entire world arrives to save the heroes from a hundred dragons emerging out of TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: The game has this with Garland's creation of [[ArtificialHuman Kuja and Zidane]]. Both of them were created to exterminate all life on Gaia, Kuja being the SuperPrototype Garland created before he made what he considered the superior design. He was more GenreSavvy about this trope and realized Kuja might turn against him so he make sure he had a very short lifespan. Garland's fears proved completely justified as Kuja ultimately surpassed him, but knowing his {{Pride}}, Garland taunted him with how short his life was to push him over the DespairEventHorizon. It worked, but Kuja's reaction was far worse than he anticipated and he attempted to wipe out all life in the universe.


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Kuja, who robs the whole bakery. The motivation for his SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: He was informed that he was mortal and thus would die soon, and he found it utterly unfair that the rest of the universe was allowed go on existing ''without him''. Naturally, something had to be done to correct this grave injustice.
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*** Hey, at least he's genre savvy enough to realize that beating the Superboss means you're the real deal.

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*** Hey, at least he's genre savvy enough to realize realizes that beating the Superboss means you're the real deal.
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* OutsideContextVillain: The Terrans.
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