Lets Play: Final Fantasy Wiki
The users of the Final Fantasy Wiki band together to take on the franchise in a series of Let's Plays.The inaugural videos were of Final Fantasy VI. Led by ScatheMote and accompanied three at a time by other users, including 8bit BlackMage, Ark, BlueHighwind, Chocolancer, Deadlyslashsword, Drake Clawfang, Faethin, Henryacores, Hexedmagica, SomeColorMage, and Yuanchosaan, the group sets out to defeat Kefka, restore the world's glory, and teach their userbase how to play the game. Hilarity Ensues.During the World of Balance-World of Ruin transition, BlueHighwind takes over to LP Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. It culminates in a Despair Event Horizon for most everyone involved.After Final Fantasy VI ended, the next LP was Final Fantasy VIII, hosted by BlueHighwind. In addition to the old cast members, users Jimcloud, Jeppo and Tia-Lewise have joined the recordings.During their LP of Final Fantasy Adventure, again hosted by ScatheMote, the project died down and was abandoned.The project was rebooted almost a year later, with Final Fantasy VII, hosted by Technobliterator. Later Hexedmagicka took over to host Final Fantasy V.The videos are hosted on the FFWiki's YouTube channel, which can be found here.
The Final Fantasy Wiki LPs provide examples of
- Aborted Arc: The game after Adventure was going to be Final Fantasy X, hosted by Jeppo. Recording problems from both him and Scathe resulted in this being abandoned in favor of reviving the project with VII and Techno.
- Canada, Eh?: Drake Clawfang is Canadian. Drake lampshades this by saying "What's that aboot, eh?" in one episode.
- Scathe: "(something mundane) is obviously a metaphor for class struggle."
- Drake: "You only x if you fail, like Scathe."
- The Cast Showoff: The guest commentators will occasionally demonstrate they know the game better than the host does. BlueHighwind lampshades this in the VIII LP when he tells Jimcloud "it's hard LPing with you, you know all the stuff and I don't give a crap."
- Deadpan Snarker: It'd be easier to list off the commentators who aren't...and done.
- Disorganized Outline Speech: There is actually very little discussion of VI's gameplay going on. Lampshaded during the Mystic Quest side-LP, where it's noted that it's the bad game they seem to prefer discussing. So far with VIII, there have been equal amounts discussing and complaining about the game.
- One of the things that inspired them to do Mystic Quest in the first place.
- Drinking Game: Every time BlueHighwind makes a Shout-Out, take a shot! And especially in later vids in VI, take a shot for Sabin dying.
- Fake Brit:
- Yuanchosaan's accent is easily confused with Ark's.
- Scathe is occasionally mistaken for British.
- Faethin isn't a native English speaker and is actually Latin American.
- Fanboy: All of them. Clearly.
- Game Breaker: Discussed and ultimately invoked, the cast agrees that VI and VIII are very breakable if you know what you're doing.
- Genius Bonus: Faethin and Yuanchosaan are not very good at restraining themselves from revealing their artistic interests.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Yuan never swears. She is the complete opposite of fellow Australian, Hexed.
- Incoming Ham: Blue's introductions.
- Large Ham: Particularly BlueHighwind and Drake. Ham-to-Ham Combat is not unheard of, between them or with others.
- Land Downunder: Discussed whenever multiple Australians take part in the same video.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: By the end of FFVI, 15 people who have various amounts of screentime appear in the LP.
- Metaphorgotten: Yuanchosaan is prone to long, intricate and nonsensical metaphors.
- Running Gag:
- Several in each individual game LP. Series-wide, Drake asking for Crazy Chocobo music to be used.
- It's regularly cracked that the hosts are not very good at the games they're playing, and overlook and miss things despite the very Wiki they're doing the project for hosting numerous in-depth walkthroughs.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Hexed. Sometimes BlueHighwind lapses into this as well.
- Smurfette Principle: Yuanchosaan was the only female user to contribute to the production during VI. Come VIII this is subverted with females Jimcloud and Tia-Lewise joining.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Faethin, the most cultured user, is surprisingly foulmouthed at times.
- The Unpronounceable: Yuanchosaan's username causes some difficulties. Faethin is not far behind her.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: In-universe with Ark. His voice is occasionally confused for Yuanchosaan's.
Final Fantasy VI
- Author Tract: Faethin derails the last five minutes of one episode to rant about opera.
- Berserk Button: Drake earlier on gets more and more annoyed the more Scathe screws up in VI. After awhile, Drake gives up and instead regards Scathe's mistakes with Dull Surprise.Drake: "Scathe, are you gonna die?"
Scathe: "Um....if I say yes, will you hurt me?"
Drake: "No, I'm used to you dying at this point."
- Brick Joke: One of the last frames of video in FFVI is a still that says "Color by Technicolor", which references a joke that BH and Scathe made many videos earlier about color in video games.
- Butt Monkey: Sabin, so much. See Drinking Game above.
- Strago begins as this, but eventually becomes the groups' favorite character.
- In Part 14.1, the KatanaSoul enemy becomes this when the commentators begin joking that he's not immune to Confuse, which would cause him to use his One-Hit KO attack on himself. He is eventually delegated to being the Plucky Comic Relief for Strago Returns.
- Shortly after, the Holy Dragon is dubbed "the worst dragon ever" for how entirely ineffectual he is, failing to land a single attack due to Reflect.
- Crack Pairing: Terra and Phumbaba as well as Scathe and Reuben during Mystic Quest.
- Demonic Possession: Scathe, in one episode due to microphone problems distorting his voice.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Scathe when fighting the Dirt Dragon:"First of all, why have I not cast Float yet, first of all, and secondly...um...why haven't I cast Float yet?"
- Die Laughing: Drake almost kills Hexed in this fashion during 9.4 in the VI LP with his innuendos about Edgar and tentacles.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- While Scathe could never do the Blitz inputs all that well, Sabin is mostly lauded as useful in the earlier stages of the LP (especially after he suplexes a train). It is not until much later that Sabin becomes a Butt Monkey.
- When Strago appears in Thamasa, he mostly decried as useless and pitiful. The original use of Strago Returns is just a one-off joke after several after "x Returns" jokes.
- Eldritch Abomination: Chris Tucker. In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, he emerges into the human world and takes the "Motomu".
- Fake Difficulty: The group has no problem pointing out VI's gameplay flaws. Some of the fake difficulty is also self imposed by Scathe's oftentimes terrible playing.
- Game-Breaking Bug/Good Bad Bug: Invoked with an entire episode dedicated to showcasing the many fun ways the Sketch glitch can bug the game and potentially make the game crash.
- Hentai: Have no problems making Hentai jokes about Ultros, especially in part 9.4.
- Grand Finale: VI's ending, along with a few Good Times Montages.
- Lost Episode: An aborted episode that was taken over by "Demon Scathe".
- Mathematician's Answer: At the end of one episode, Blue asks Drake which part of the Human Centipede he was, front, middle or back. Drake answers "Yup".
- Once per Episode: Sabin dies. When fighting the Warring Triad at the end of the game, Poltrgeist only gets one turn before Scathe casts Stop on him...and he uses it to kill Sabin.
- Only Sane Man: Scathe, desperately trying to keep the discussion centered on the video game. It doesn't work.
- Painting the Medium: The first segment of the World of Ruin with Celes on the deserted island has Scathe alone engaging in Evangelion-esque pathos. The style returns to normal when Celes reaches the shore and the other commentators join in.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Played for Laughs with Drake and Terra.
- Refuge in Audacity: The end of 9.4 is a long, long series of tentacle jokes involving Edgar.
- Running Gag
- Strago Returns, the wiki's (non-existent) project for a sequel to VI.
- Sabin dying, a lot, and in earlier videos, Scathe failing the Blitz inputs.
- Scathe being bad at the game, which he himself admits. Occasionally followed by a jab that the Wiki hosts several walkthroughs for VI, two of which written by the other cast members.
- XIII-2 is "the forbidden game", and is referenced at least once per four-video part, especially in the earlier videos where it was a recent release at the time.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Narrated by Scathe.
- Fake Difficulty: Noted. Part 4 opens with a prime example, two Stheno enemies get a pre-emptive strike (as all enemies in the particular area shown do), and promptly petrify both party members before they can act.
- Na´ve Newcomer: The group is initially hopeful that Mystic Quest won't be as bad as they've heard, Blue in particular since he hadn't played it before, and early attitudes are that the game is So Okay, It's Average. This does not last.
- That One Level: The tree dungeon, which is decried as pointless filler as well as tedious, even moreso than the rest of Mystic Quest.
- The Untwist: The group figures out one of the "twists" ( that there is a fifth crystal in addition to the four elemental crystals) of Mystic Quest in the first 30 seconds of the first video by looking at the title screen. Scathe lampshades this during the end of LP.
Final Fantasy VIII
- Big "YES!": Drake's reaction in Episode 5 of VIII when Zell's Theme Music Power-Up is The Touch.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Discussed in the VIII LP about, among others, Seifer, Quistis, and Xu.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Blue's hatred of VIII was infamous on the Wiki, but during the LP he's come to admit that while still a bad game, it's not as terrible as he remembers.
- Running Gag:
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Lampshaded when random encounters begin to occur after the Spider Tank Bonus Boss is destroyed. "'Cause after you kill the giant spider bot, the Galbadians still think "I got a shot at these guys!"."
- Technology Porn: Mentioned when the Dollet satellite dish is activated. "It's Tony Stark's satellite system."
Final Fantasy Adventure
- Development Hell: Updates slowed down after Episode 5, and Episode 8 was never released.
- Running Gag: Meta-example. After Episode 7, "Scathe updating the LP" became something of an in-joke on the wiki.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks: Subverted. While the group constantly complains that the game is ripped off from Legend of Zelda, even noting this in the LP's description, "... A monochrome adventure that has a striking similarity to a certain series involving a certain legend about a certain Zelda", they finally come to agree the game is much better than Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.
Final Fantasy VII
- Author Appeal: Techno has said staunchly that Tifa will always be in the party and will be the date for the Gold Saucer; he's a fan of hers.
- Hell Is That Noise: Drake's hatred of Rufus's marching theme is brought up in Part 6, and on Techno's permission he mutes his feed to avoid hearing it.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's lampshaded in Part 2 that odds are little of the original game is going to count as a spoiler to the crowd watching.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Asked in regards to Barret confronting President Shinra in Part 2, then watching him climb into a helicopter and fly away.