* DoingItForTheArt: The original plan when making the English port of the DS version was just to text dump the game's GBA script. Translator Tom Slattery, however, was a fan of the original Super NES version of the game, and offered to single-handedly re-translate the entire script from Japanese to give it more flair and be more faithful to the original Japanese story. [[{{Woolseyism}} His hard work is noticeable]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: In the DS version, your team includes [[Creator/YuriLowenthal Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto]], [[Creator/KarenStrassman Kallen Stadtfeld from Code Geass]], [[Creator/LiamOBrien Gaara from Naruto]], [[Creator/SamRiegel Viral from Gurren Lagann]], Hunter Mackenzie Austin AKA [[RODTheTV Michelle from Read Or Die the TV]], [[Creator/DanWoren Byakuya Kuchiki from Bleach]], Taliesin Jaffe AKA [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Blanka and Adon from Street Fighter IV]], and John Snyder AKA Gohda from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', among others.
** Interestingly, Megan Harvey ([[CrossDressingVoices Palom]]) also played one of a set of HalfIdenticalTwins in ''GunXSword'', though in that, she was the female half.
** In Japanese, when hearing Golbez's voice, you're listening to none other than [[IronChef Takeshi "Chairman" Kaga]] himself!
*** The Japanese version also includes Creator/RieKugimiya as Palom and Porom and Creator/KoichiYamadera as Kain.
* PortOverdosed: The game has been released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation, Wonder Swan Color, Game Boy Advance, Wii, PlayStation3, FOMA and PlayStationPortable, as well as a 3D remake for NintendoDS, which was later ported to iOS and Android.
* ShoutOut: Also see MeaningfulName.
** First, look at Rubicante [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060323013547/finalfantasy/images/b/b5/Rubicant_battle_sprite.gif]]. Then, look at this bad guy from ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG2W05xJ76o&t=0m47s]]. They have the same [[Creator/YoshitakaAmano designer]], after all.
** Kain's father's name is Richard, which is similar to Ricard Highwind from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' (and in fact, his name ''is'' Richard in Japan - his name is shortened overseas due to space limitations). And in remakes, FFII returns the favor, by having Ricard adopt a boy named Kain.
** Plenty of other Highwinds occur throughout the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, the most famous being Cid of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII.''
** During the party's first fight with Rubicante, the fiend of fire states that [[DivineComedy "the frozen winds of hell's 9th circle"]] couldn't penetrate his cloak.
** [[http://spoonybard.org/fanlisting/dawn/barbariccia.jpg Barbariccia's]] appearance seems like an intentional shout out to [[http://catherinebray.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/barbarella2.jpg Barbarella]].
** DS-version Scarmiglione's quote to the party before attempting to murder them for the last time is [[LordOfTheRings "I'll smite your ruin upon the mountainside!"]]
** [[Literature/TheHobbit Lali-Ho]]
*** Or, depending on which town you're in, [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Hi-Ho!]]
** Square's love affair with StarWars may have began with VideoGame/FinalFantasyII, but this installment found other ways to make its story an homage.
*** Cecil must overcome his dark side and become a Paladin if he hopes to defeat Golbez.
*** Golbez is [[TheDragon a giant in black armor]] turned to the Dark Side by the robed BigBad. He [[LukeIAmYourFather turns out to be family to the hero]], and at one point suffers a severed hand. Golbez also gets the Emperor's Force Lightning routine since the game's BigBad [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere doesn't get to do much]].
*** They didn't name the [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]'s companion airship the Falcon for nothing.
** Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen came out in Japan two years before the game, titled simply "Baron." If you can't tell where they got the name for the starting kingdom, consider the trip to the moon, the volcanic underworld, and getting attacked by a giant sea monster.
*** The film may have also influenced the graphics for the death spells. They become grim reapers from this installment onwards.
** The [[UpdatedRerelease GBA-Version]]-Cid give's us this line: "So how are my airships? I'll bet you and your ''goons'' wrecked them up ''[[SomethingAwful something awful]]''!"
** The "Pig" spell is a reference to Circe in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
*** Possibly also ''Film/{{Willow}}''.
** Barnabas-Z. ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Its name sounds awfully similar]]'' to another HumongousMecha built by a MadScientist and whose cockpit is located on the head.
** The Giant of Babil is based on the on another [[ApocalypseHow planet-scorching]] humanoid weapon, the [[Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Giant Soldier]]. Made hard to tell by the [[SpecialEffectFailure lack of laser effects]], later incarnations as Alexander would show the delayed swaths of explosions better, even lumbering on its arms for extra similarity. Sadly the DS version would [[ArtShift ditch the original design]] and change it to multiple lasers from its hands.
** A sign in Baron's inn in the DS version references the awkwardly-scrolling and -phrased text "l i t t l e m o n e y" in the original version of VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As mentioned before, the SNES version had roughly ''25%'' of the intended script. The remakes (especially the DS in 2008) went on to expand the script (which, it turns out, is largely to the benefit of fleshing out Golbez, which is why he serves as the remake's logo.)