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[[caption-width-right:350:''Final Fantasy: Unlimited'']]

->''"Welcome to the night of Wonderland."''\\
--'''Fabula'''

''Final Fantasy: Unlimited'' is, as the name implies, an anime series produced as part of the [[RunningGag mind-flayingly popular]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise. It was produced by {{Gonzo}}, and brought to the United States by Creator/ADVFilms; it's available to the Spanish-speaking audience in a subtitled version, and has also been dubbed in French and German. Like many Gonzo anime, ''Final Fantasy: Unlimited'' is often guilty of ConspicuousCG (though it uses said CG better than many other Gonzo productions) and varying art quality depending on which studio is working on each episode.

Originally planned as a two-season anime with an open-ended finale to allow for a third season if it was well-received, ''Final Fantasy: Unlimited'' did not receive enough attention to have its second season produced. The unanimated plotline was instead released in two voiced dramas, a book, and several short stories released on the official website--[[NoExportForYou none of which were made available in a language other than Japanese]]. That didn't stop the non-Japanese fans from piecing the rest of the story together through unofficial translations and summaries anyway.

''Final Fantasy: Unlimited'' tells the story of a pair of twins from the real world, Hayakawa Ai and Yuu, who journey to a bizarre parallel dimension in search of their parents, a pair of scientists who've made a living off said parallel dimension and went there to investigate it... and never quite made it home. Along the way, they and the friends they find there discover a great deal about Wonderland's troubles, which might actually present a threat to the real world as well. Being a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' story, the villains are affiliated with an EldritchAbomination known as Chaos. And Chaos is battled by existences known as the Unlimited, who are said to be more powerful than gods.

What does this have to do with Ai and Yuu, who just want to find their parents and go back home? Well, maybe more than anyone would like.

'''The statute of limitations on anime spoilers is now up.''' Please continue to mark spoilers from After, though.

'''''Final Fantasy Unlimited'' now has a [[Characters/FinalFantasyUnlimited character sheet]], but at this time it is not complete.'''

!!Tropes:
* AbnormalAmmo: Kaze's summon-firing gun that turns out to be using [[spoiler: souls]] as bullets.
* ActionGirl: Miles.
* AfterlifeExpress: Good ol' Elizabeth, which is a ShoutOut to the phantom train of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''.
* AGodAmI: "I'm the only god in this world!"
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Despite what he does, Lisa seems to have a very strong love interest for Kaze from the very beginning. Lou too.
* AnimationBump: Ho boy.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Kumo]]
* BadBoss: Though of course playing as the BigBad, the Earl is mean to everyone whenever he's in a bad mood.
* BalanceOfGoodAndEvil: Or rather, the balance between order and chaos--what [[spoiler:Kumo]] aims to restore.
* BalefulPolymorph: The hilarious ShoutOut episode 17.
* BerserkButton: You don't damage any of Cid's mechanical creations. You just ''don't.''
* {{BFG}}: The Magun.
* {{BFS}}: Both Kiri and Kumo's Maken.
* BigBad: Chaos.
* BigGood: Fabula. [[MindScrew Maybe]].
* BodyHorror: Poor, poor [[spoiler: Dolk]]...
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Fabula often addresses the viewers directly, as the series is presented as though it's a story she is telling them.
** Chocoimo gets to do the intro once and directly addresses the viewer. Cid gets the pleasure of doing the intro twice, cheerily providing the viewer with details about Wonderland physics.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:The ''entirety of After'' is based on the forces of Chaos putting Lisa through as much emotional turmoil as possible.]]
** This is also just Chaos' favorite game, seeing as how [[spoiler:it feeds on negative emotions and all]].
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Kumo in season two]]. This is also the cause of Kaze's Magun problems in season one; it was damaged when [[spoiler:he contained Chaos twelve years ago]].
* [[{{Kawaiiko}} Burikko]]: Herba.
* CallingYourAttacks: Regularly.
* CanNotSpitItOut: [[spoiler:The whole misunderstanding between Yuu and Touya in ''After Spiral''.]]
* CantCatchUp: [[spoiler:Due to Kumo's status as Unlimited, whenever he and Kiri got into the same hobby--say, swordsmanship or summoning--Kumo would always wind up leaving Kiri in the dust; as the older brother (and one with considerable {{pride}}), Kiri had a lot of trouble dealing with this. Especially as, like most younger siblings, Kumo wanted to emulate everything his brother was good at out of innocent admiration.]] This (and Oscha being an asshole) is the eventual cause of all the CainAndAbel in episode 18.
** And [[AllThereInTheManual apparently]], [[spoiler:Kiri eventually gets over this. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Offscreen]] CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ensues]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Yikes.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Oscha]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: It's kinda stupid how even the Earl didn't see that coming from Kumo, even after saving the good guys/Kaze a few times.
* ClipShow: Episode 14.
* ConspicuousCG: The Magun loading sequence and the summons.
* CryCute: Kumo.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: "And when did you wake up?"
* CurbStompBattle: Kumo beats the living crap out of Kaze in episode 4, which is quite a change from Kaze's previous [[GameBreaker I-Win Button]] status. [[spoiler:Chaos to everyone in episode 24, too.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Oscha, Soljashy, and possibly Fabula.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Cid.
* DeathTrap: Ocean puzzle.
* DeusExMachina: Twice a season, Fabula finds some loophole (once a {{Pun}} on her role as a Guide) that allows her to assist Lisa and the twins. The first time, it's by giving Ai a few words of encouragement and Poshepocket; the second time, she pulls our heroes out of the dimensional tunnel when it looks like Omega will destroy them. And then, in ''After'', she [[spoiler:sends Ai, Yuu, Lisa, and Chobi back to their own world when Chaos attacks the Comodeen]].
** Tends to be of the FridgeBrilliance variety, especially considering all the hints that are dropped about how Fabula really feels about her job.
* DomesticAbuse: Though not really, what kind of parents like their elementary level kids at home alone?
* DramaticIrony: Possibly true with Lou Lupus. She leaves the party to go looking for Kaze, which is pretty amusing to the audience, given that we know that Kaze always seems to show up wherever Lisa, the twins Ai and Yuu and Chobi are.
* EldritchAbomination: Omega and Chaos.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sort of. About who's with them - no one cares when [[spoiler:Fungus dies because he never did anything noteworthy.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Earl and his flunkies call Kumo "Makenshi" because he never reveals his name around them. In After, [[spoiler:even though they know his name is Shiroi Kumo, everyone still calls him Makenshi out of habit. It causes some, uh, consternation when Touya freaks out about what kind of person might actually be ''named'' Makenshi]].
* EvilLaugh: Earl Tyrant eventually shows himself to be quite capable of this.
* {{Expy}}: The cast has got plenty in ''SamuraiChamploo'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' thanks to the designer liking to recycle his designs; Fabula also has Cosmos in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** Perhaps tellingly, her expy character in ''Legendia'' also happens to be a god. [[WildMassGuessing Hmm.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: Fungo.
* FanService: Lisa gets some shots that show off her apparent abundance of breasts... And from the looks of it, without a bra on.
* FauxActionGirl: Lisa is supposed to be a secret agent with the ability to use Kigen Arts (defensive spiritual energy). She does toss around some foes to temporary effect, but in the end she ends up huddling with the twins while Kaze shoots the things with his Magun.
** This becomes less and less true the longer the series goes on, culminating with her [[spoiler:getting to fire the Magun in the final episode.]]
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Kumo blasts his way into [[LaResistance the Comodeen]]'s ElaborateUndergroundBase using nothing but his breath and a twig he picked up outside.
* GadgeteerGenius: Cid, of course.
* GenkiGirl: Lou Lupus.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Kiri in episode 18, and [[spoiler:Kumo in episode 24]].
* GodMode: It's heavily implied that both Oscha and Fabula have GodMode but are unable to use it to directly interfere in the story.
* GodsHandsAreTied: Not that they don't occasionally find loopholes around this.
* GratuitousEnglish: The colors of Kaze's Soil bullets.
** Soljashy just ''loves'' to use this, too. And gratuitous French, and gratuitous Russian... At least this is revealed to be SurprisinglyGoodEnglish in the drama CD ''After 2''.
* GreenThumb: Herba.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Kumo's was spectacular in so very many ways.]]
* HeroicAlbino: Kumo.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Kumo's]] entire fight against Chaos is eventually revealed to be one. And then there's [[spoiler:Kaze and Kumo's apparent deaths in episode 25]], which are actually something of a subversion, as they turned out to be [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/AkiraIshida as the voice of Kumo, and...
** Creator/HikaruMidorikawa: ... as the voice of Clear.
** Creator/KikukoInoue: ... as the voice of Fabula.
** Creator/TakehitoKoyasu: ... as the voice of Pist.
** Creator/ToshihikoSeki: ... as the voice of Cid.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Kumo just ''adores'' this trope. So did Lisa's mother, apparently.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:Kumo and the twins, so very very much.]]
* IllKillYou
* IntimateHealing: Laughed at in episode 15, where Kaze is found drifting in the ocean by the Comodeen and brought aboard their submarine; when Lisa notes that he doesn't seem to be breathing, Yuu prompts her to perform CPR. Although she had no problems using it to resuscitate Ai in the sixth episode, Lisa balks at the thought of having to kiss Kaze--so Knave volunteers. Cue [[{{Squick}} a close-up of his puckered lips descending]]; luckily, Kaze wakes up just in time.
* IShallTauntYou: Depends on how you take it but the way Kumo talks DOES probably lead Kaze on.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Fungus.
* {{Keigo}}: Oscha.
* KidWithTheLeash: [[spoiler:Ai and Yuu are eventually revealed to have an indirect leash on Kaze's Magun.]]
* LaResistance: The Comodeen.
* LargeHam: Every one of the Lords of Gaudium, but Pist and Soljashy definitely take the cake here.
* LimitedWardrobe: In the first season, Ai gets a change of clothes twice, but no one else does; Yuu lampshades this once she gets her winter duds in episode 14. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since all they came to Wonderland with was in Ai's backpack, which Fungo ate. Lisa and the twins get new costumes in the second season, though.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Kaze's Magun sequence. It takes a while and makes battle a bit inconvenient; there's a lot of LampshadeHanging here from the heroes and villains.
* LoveFreak: Lou Lupus.
* LoveTriangle: Kaze/Lisa/Dolk.
* MacGuffinGirl: Clear, arguably.
* MagicalRealism
* ManipulativeBastard: Oscha and Soljashy.
* MarriedToTheJob: "Where is White Cloud?"
* MeaningfulName: ''Lupus'' is the Latin word for "wolf". And [[spoiler:Joe and Mary's names might be considered to be a biblical reference, considering Ai and Yuu's eventual role in the story]].
** [[spoiler: Oscha is an anagram for "Chaos."]]
* MoodWhiplash: Episode 17 is a silly little story about [[TheChewToy Cid]] coping poorly with a BalefulPolymorph. Episode 18 is an incredibly serious and depressing glimpse of Kumo's backstory and motivations. And then Episode 19--the most slapstick of the lot--is positively bipolar, swinging between over-the-top gags and Clear angsting.
* MysteriousPast: We see very little, if not any of anyone's past in the first season. And when we do, it's mostly the same stuff over and over.
* {{Narrator}}: Fabula. Subverted in that she turns out to be a story character who just can't interfere directly in the plot (unless she's sneaky about it).
* NoExportForYou: Damn it, Square-Enix!
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: All the lords of Gaudium, but Soljashy especially.
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: In episode 25, [[spoiler:after being run through on his own sword by Earl Tyrant, Kumo regains consciousness in time to bind Chaos in a show of truly BadAss HeroicWillpower]].
* NotQuiteDead: Kaze is notoriously guilty of this. He ''never'' quite seems to die [[MemeticMutation even if he is killed]].
** [[spoiler:Kumo generally suffers more damage than Kaze does, but he regularly survives death all the same.]]
** And Fungus is noted for being indestructible, surviving everything that gets thrown at him [[spoiler:until he's betrayed by the Earl and infected with mold]].
* OddFriendship: Ai and Clear, [[spoiler:Ai and Kumo; Aura and Kumo in the backstory]].
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler:watch as Kumo just lays there for a bit then does his ultimate summon after getting pierced though his abdomen.]]
* OrderVersusChaos
* PaletteSwap: Kiri's summon is just a red version of Kumo's.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Lisa is also revealed to have suffered from this, between her mother's death and her father's complete disinterest in her aside from her powers.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Despite being around for one episode, Kiri shows he does indeed like fire.
* PosthumousCharacter: Aura, who is very important to the motivations of a lot of characters, but has no development until Before.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:This is a big part of the final episode. Among other things, it's how Joe and Mary Hayakawa finally break free of Herba's MindControlDevice.]]
* PuppyDogEyes: With ones that size, it's probably safe to say Crux has them on default.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Lords of Gaudium.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Lou to Kaze, for Aura; Ai to [[spoiler:Kumo]], for [[spoiler:Kiri]].
* [[ScarfOfAsskicking Ribbon of Asskicking]]: Kumo.
* RiddleOfTheSphinx: Parodied in episode 16.
* RoyalBrat: [[AGodAmI Just a little]].
* RuleOfCool: Arguably the entire point behind the show, going above plot and character development. Especially prevalent in the (egregiously long) summon sequences.
** To some degree, they started getting better about it towards the end of the series, focusing more on plot and no longer having Kaze pull out his Magun and summon in every episode. It's possible the series might have lasted longer if they had focused more on plot right from the very beginning and not so much on cool.
* SavingTheWorld: Or in this case, several worlds.
* ShipTease: A lot of them. There's Kaze's strange tolerance for Lou, Lisa getting a bit further in [[DefrostingIceQueen making Kaze acknowledge her presence]], Kaze and Kumo's obsession with each other, Kiri and Kumo and their copious {{Subtext}}, Ai being so very considerate of Clear, Miles and Cid apparently getting closer, and even [[spoiler:hints that Kumo may have felt something for Aura]]...
** An entire end credit sequence is based entirely around a ship tease between Lisa and Kaze.
* ShooTheDog: Attempted by Yuu when Chobi makes friends with Chocoimo's chocobo herd. [[spoiler:It doesn't stick for too long, though.]]
* ShowerScene: Knave in Episode 17 and again in Episode 21.
* ShoutOut: Episode 17 is a play on the traditional Franchise/FinalFantasy Toad spell, and Kiri and Kumo both seem to use a lot of Franchise/FinalFantasy spells during their battle in episode 18.
** The Final Fantasy victory theme is also heard whenever the good guys win.
** Episode 21 features cactuars.
** Every summon that appears in the series also appears in the games.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Lou, full stop.
* SmugSnake: Pist.
* StepfordSmiler: Subverted with Lisa; whenever she tries to hide emotional distress with a smile, Ai promptly tells her to knock off the creepy laugh.
* StockFootage: Every time Kaze loads his Magun or Lisa uses one of her special abilities. This tends to come up a ''lot'' when the show is criticized; Kaze and the Magun were particularly bad, as the show tended to use the ''entire'' loading sequence in multiple successive episodes.
* StuffBlowingUp: The radio tower in "Moogle: Nostalgic Memories," once Kaze and Moogle Kupo use Ixion Zero on it.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Kumo. Sort of. [[spoiler:The coldness isn't a natural part of his personality, though; if he had his way, he'd be able to dere all the time.]]
* SummonMagic: used by Kaze, Kiri, Kumo and [[spoiler:Lisa]].
* SupportingLeader: Knave and the Comodeen eventually assume this role as the story becomes more serious, but they never quite outgrow being PluckyComicRelief at the same time.
* TalkToTheFist: Part of the lampshades the cast throws on Kaze's long, long, ''long'' summoning sequences. Both Pist and Kumo do it. Pist eventually has this trope turned on him by [[spoiler:Kumo]]; the results were beautifully epic.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Kaze, Kumo, and Lisa are all prone to this. The Lords of Gaudium each have a villainous version.
** Chobi's Ciel Chocobo transformation comes complete with a special theme as well.
** ThemeNaming: All three summoner boys have weather names.
* TheseQuestionsThree
* ThirdPersonPerson: Lou Lupus, in the Japanese. She speaks normally in the dubbed version, though.
* ThisIsADrill: The Magun. And Elizabeth the subway train. And Cid's electric-hammer-backpack-thing. Apparently to get the energy out of Soil [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann you have to move it in a spiral motion, so any device that uses it will tend to feature a drill somewhere]].
** Also, the Cube-Ashura robot in episode 9, which (unlike the other examples) actually uses it as a weapon.
* ThisIsUnforgivable
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Ai and Yuu are revealed to be parts of Chaos at the end of the first season. Soljashy spends most of the second season trying to convince them to accept their birthright.]]
* TomatoSurprise: Lou Lupus, revealed as a werewolf in the middle of episode 7. Ai and Yuu don't care that she's not human, though, and tell her that her transformations are cool.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: played straight most of the time, but subverted by Pist, who seems to be the only one DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to realize you ''can'' interrupt the montage.
* VerbalTic: Moogle, of course.
* WeakButSkilled: [[spoiler:After being useless bystanders for most of the early part of the story, the twins eventually become very good at using what they have to help out however they can.]]
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: So he didn't [[spoiler:stay dead]], but that episode was quite a wince-worthy change to the show's previous BloodlessCarnage. The especially {{egregious}} fact is that [[spoiler:Kumo is one of ''two'' characters ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice in that episode, and he's the only one who apparently bled at all--let alone so profusely]].
* YouALLLookFamiliar: No one sees most of the faces of the Comodeen members.
* YouAreNotAlone
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