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Final Fantasy. You know, that teeth-crunchingly popular series that everyone who actually plays video games has, at the absolute least, heard of? If it's that popular, with the release of each game, you know that it'll spawn memes.
When adding to this page, please write the meme, then add the explanation of the meme inside a labelnote titled "Explanation." Not everyone knows where a particular meme came from or how it's used, even if it's potholed.
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Final Fantasy I
"I, Garland, will knock you all down!" Explanation Garland's line to the heroes early in the game before getting completely thrashed, a shining example of what happens when Never Say "Die" and Good Bad Translation love each other very much. Like other such lines in the series, this one is kept in later releases/retranslations of the game.
"Welcome to Corneria!" Explanation In a typical NES RPG, an NPC would say the same thing over and over, and one guy would always tell you where you were. Incidentally, this line isn't actually in the game, but comes from FF1 spoof webcomic 8-Bit Theater.
Final Fantasy II
"UBOAAAAAAAAAA" or "UNGAAAAAHHHH"Explanation The Emperor's death cry, the former being the Japanese transliteration and the latter being the English translation. It's a very popular meme in Japan, to the extent that it's the name of the Emperor's fan club.
From the Japanese fandom: Iidesutomo! Explanation Golbez's line when Fusoya urges him to "give his power to Meteor", translated in English as something like "Fine then" or "Very well." How big is this meme in Japan? In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, there was a secret voice file accessible only when the player had a level 100 Golbez, consisting of this line alone.
What the hell is swoon?Explanation The original English SNES translation had "swoon" for KO, possibly a means for the game to comply to Nintendo's censorship policies.
GILGAMESH!Explanation The fandom's view of GILGAMESH as a Memetic Badass crystallized in their need to spell out his name in ALL CAPS whenever mentioning him on forums. Sometimes doubles as an Interrupting Meme.
Sabin suplexes himself.Explanation If you do the command for Suplex before he gets confused or if he randomly chooses to do so and he is the only living party member... This happens.
SON OF A SUBMARINER! Explanation A Woolseyism of Kefka's reaction when Edgar orders Figaro Castle to dive into the sand.
This is sickening! You sound like chapters from a self-help booklet! Explanation Kefka before the final battle, mocking the "World of Cardboard" Speech that the cast has been doing.
Don't tease the octopus, kids! Explanation One of Ultros' memetically memorable lines, often used out of context to refer to naughty tentacles.
On a certain Image Board, it became common to post a picture of Ultros (who's known for his weird lines) along with an Incredibly Lame Pun where the punchline is always spoiler marked.
HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE Explanation Kefka pitching an epic temper tantrum when Celes stabs him.
I'm a general, not some opera floozy! Explanation Locke's idea to capture Setzer at the opera is to have Celes, who looks like the opera star Maria, take her place in the show. Celes is not impressed with this plan as the quote shows.
Locke is not a thief, he is a TREASURE HUNTER! Explanation Based on Locke's insistence on his profession. Expect to be corrected anytime you refer to him as a thief.
Everybody wants Gau! Explanation Gau is the only character who has the Charm ability, which will make an enemy attack its allies until one of them dies or Gau casts Charm on somebody else. It works on all enemies.
I thought it was about a clown...Explanation A popular joke made by fans of the game to troll other fans of the game regarding Kefka's jester-like attire.
THERE'S SAND ON MY BOOTS! Explanation Kefka does not enjoy being in the desert.
Final Fantasy VII and Compilation of Final Fantasy VII
Aerisdies.Explanation The most famous (and, at the time, spoileriffic) permanent character death in the game. Occasionally combines with the "Dumbledore dies" meme and someone else chimes in with "You son of a bitch!"
SUPERNOVA! Might want to go make a sandwich. Explanation A dig at the Overly Long Fighting Animation that has since become endemic to the Final Fantasy series, in reference to one of Sephiroth's attacks. Can also apply to the Knights of the Round summon.
Sit your ass down in that chair and drink your goddamn TEA! Explanation One of Cid's lines during the scene when the party is introduced to him.
Bells frogs, big cherries, peter pan, magic cheese... SEPHIROTH Explanation Another Mondegreen, this time of the lyrics to the final battle theme. The actual lyrics are in Latin, but even more modern versions with better sound technology sound like a rather bizarre list in English.
"Conflict Resolved!" Explanation Zack's win quote in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
"Is this the end?"; "I'm trying, I'M TRYING!" Explanation Dialogue between Tseng and Zack in Crisis Core during one of the Limit Breaks.
"Shall I give you 'dis pear?" Explanation A Mondegreen of Sephiroth's famous line in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children: "Shall I give you despair?" Often accompanied by a picture of him Photoshopped so it looks like he's holding the fruit in question.
Final Fantasy X
HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA.Explanation The infamous "fake laughter" scene from Final Fantasy X, intentional Stylistic Suck that still garnered a Narm reaction out of the audience.
NO TIME FOR LOVE. DESKTOP THREAD! and "SHOW ME YOUR DESKTOP, BITCH!" Explanation A /g/ meme where some posters will post images of Tidus in threads where posters show off their desktops.
"Stay away from the summoner!!"Explanation A random female NPC in Besaid commanding Tidus to keep his distance from Yuna. Considering that the two hook up over the course of the game, her warning didn't seem to deter Tidus one bit.
"I NEED FOOD." Explanation Tidus again. After lighting a fire, he discovers he's hungry and belts out this line before briefly dozing off.
Ride ze shoopuf?Explanation The Hypello have a mangled handle on the English language, which will become very noticeable very quickly. They'll ask you this line when you want to ride a shoopuf, the Spiran equivalent of elephants.
I'm annoying, huh? Explanation During the attack on Home, there's a voice shouting something, presumably in Al Bhed, over the loud speakers over and over. What he's actually saying is "I'm annoying, huh?"
Final Fantasy XI
loldrgExplanation A derogatory reference to the Dragoon job because of its uselessness. "lolthf" and "lolpup" are variations that refer to the Thief and Puppeteer classes.
"PS2 Limitations." The one and only reason why everything in the game is the way it is...Explanation Including not knowing how to code something properly or just being lazy. Carried over to XIV as well, switch "PS2" with "PS3".
[Incredibly Tough] [Tarutaru] [Meat] [Rod] [You can have this.] Explanation Some of the things you can get past the radar via the Auto-Translator. Also carried over to XIV.
[Mithra] [fun] [hole] [Can I have it?]
Tarutaru punting. Explanation The diminutive race being mocked for their size.
Final Fantasy XII
"I'M CAPTAIN BASCH FON RONSENBURG OF DALMASCA!", "BASCH LIVES!", and "DON'T LISTEN TO ONDORE'S LIES!" Explanation From a hilarious side mission where Vaan raises a clamor to the effect that the character Basch is still alive. He does this by going up to random people on the street and shouting one of the aforementioned lines.
TOWNS!!!Explanation The outcry of some fans when it was revealed that there would be no traditional towns in the game.
RENONA REWIS!!!Explanation The outcry of some fans when it was revealed that a Leona Lewis song would be used as a theme for the English release of the game.
Wanna know why everyone hates Jihl Nabaat? BECAUSE YOU DON'T FUCK WITH SAZH KATZROY, BITCH!Explanation Jihl Nabaat is disliked by many fans because of her treatment of Sazh and his son.
"Momsare tough." Explanation Said by Hope's mother, putting on a brave face before going off to her death.
You think you die and that's it?! You think you die and everything's all sugar and rainbows?!Explanation One of Sazh's lines to Vanille, which gained popularity when it appeared in the English trailer.
STEELGUARD!Explanation A sketch involving Ali Hillis (Lightning) and Troy Baker (Snow) dubbing over a playthrough of the game, where Snow does nothing in battle but repeatedly use his Steelguard skill, and then runs off into danger without even batting an eyelash (which bites the entire party in the ass). A related meme is "I/Bitches like/love Steelguard!" as a retort to Lightning's remark "Nobody loves Steelguard." when the party is wiped out by a Boss In Mooks Clothing.
Toriyama'd Explanation It means that if you play a game where he had a hand in the creative development, expect the story to troll you and make no sense.
"The cat is my only family!" Explanation One of Serah's sillier Live Triggers.
TIME AND SPACE TIME AND SPACE TIME AND SPACE TIME AND SPACE Explanation The last few lines of the Historia Crux theme (sung by Origa no less) done in a very bombastic manner.
WhileSquare Enix plays inappropriate music. Explanation The number of times the story's mood swings and contrasts with the current music is numerous.
"Come Forth, PuPu!" Explanation Rechallenging PuPu at the coliseum will have the Arbiter say this in his hammy way. And yes, it's pronounced exactly how looks.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN RIDE THIS CHOCOBO!Explanation The one lyric everyone remembers from Crazy Chocobo, an aptly named hard rock version of the Chocobo theme.
Final Fantasy XIV
LOLPATCH X.XX Explanation A 1.0 meme, frequently posted on the official forums after a patch deemed useless goes live. Or when a massive patch goes live. Heck, when any patch goes live.
ARC ARC ARC ARC ARC CON CON GLA Explanation Refers to the "optimal" class setup for clearing the 1.0 version of the Dzemael Darkhold, which is simply including as fewer melee classes as possible.
team b tho(ugh) Explanation Refers to the phenomenon of how there always seems to be one alliance in the 24-person raid Crystal Tower that is pants-on-head-stupid and is causing everyone else to wipe. Has an uncanny likelihood of being Alliance B, for some reason.
Dragoons in FFXIV have become something of a meme in and of itself, since they have garnered a reputation for dying often in high level raids and trials. Square Enix has taken note of this reputation had have used a dead Dragoon as a gag in the trailer for 2.3 and the 16-Bit Titan fight video.
Greg Explanation The name Inspector Hildibrand mistakenly calls Gilgamesh. It promptly became a Fan Nickname for him.
Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
The people of Ivalice were left with l...i...t...t...l...e... m...o...n...e...y... Explanation From one of the very first narrations of the game (the ellipses represent unskippable pauses between each letter).
This was the darkened items won't appear. Explanation An instance of the terrible translation job in the PlayStation version of the game.
I got a good feeling! Explanation One of the things the generics sent on jobs can report back, which was given a Shout-Out in Final Fantasy XII.
Defeat Dycedarg's elder brother! Explanation The (incorrect) mission objective where you have to defeat Dycedarg himself.
ANIMALS HAVE NO GOD! Explanation Algus/Argath, expressing his opinion of non-nobles in one of the many, many, MANY moments that will cause the player to hate him.
Marche was right. Explanation Related to the above, used by those who defend Marche's actions.
Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
THE VOID!Explanation A reference to Exdeath's and the Cloud of Darkness' obsession with the Void.
TURTLE! (or KAME! in Japanese) Explanation An alternate sound clip that players can buy after getting Exdeath to Level 100, which randomly activates during his EX Burst. This is a reference to a line Exdeath uttered in his battle with the ancient sage Ghido, a turtle.
Because of the intensity of the battle and the less than perfect pronunciation of the voice actors, Dissidia has become infamous for Mondegreens, many (if not all) have risen to Memetic Mutation level. Some of the most famous include "GET THE FRUIT!", "Naive Weekly!", "To asylum beyond!", "I bring you dis pear," "Supper!", "There is no butter for this plane," and "Dorks unite!" More can be heard in thesevideos.
You've been KEFKAROLL'D! BAH!Explanation An (unfortunately removed) video mashing up several of Kefka's lines and mannerisms from the Japanese version of Dissidia with music, in a Rick Roll-esque fashion.
Emperor Mateus "DavidBowie" Palamecia. HEAVENS!!Explanation A reference to the Emperor's similar look to Jareth (played by David Bowie) in Labyrinth, and referencing the phrases he uses to indicate his also memetic "Starfall" attack.
Captain Jecht. HE'S THE BEST!Explanation A reference to Jecht from Final Fantasy X, who is now considered the Final Fantasy equivalent of Captain Falcon due to "Triumphant Grasp" bearing a very noticeable resemblance to Falcon Punch, and the fact Jecht is a Lightning Bruiser using only his kick and punch combos compared to the other characters. In addition, we have "RE-JECHT-ED!" and "OBJECHTION!" for whenever Jecht does something badass and simultaneously nullifies anything that his opponent tries to throw at him. Also often sarcastically mutated to refer to his stellar parenting skills regarding Tidus.
THEGREATESTATTACK EVER!Explanation Laguna shouts this line when he gets a perfect EX Burst, and it became memetic from the moment it appeared in a demo video.
LEG CRAMP!Explanation Laguna's unfortunate habit of getting a leg cramp when he tries to talk to women, carried over to Dissidia 012 from his original appearance in Final Fantasy VIII, hilariously displayed in a scene with Cloud of Darkness.
Gimme a bite of SPICY HOT TACOS! Explanation Prishe's secret voice clips replace her HP attack calls, EX Mode and EX Burst dialogue with comments about her being hungry and wanting various types of food. Thus there's some five or six of these, but this is the one that really caught on.
Seriously!Explanation Shantotto's line while performing Bind, which is just as annoying as Kuja's dodge quote.
You'reallfucked whenGilgamesh gets back. Gilgamesh's Army will have their vengeance!!! Explanation A faction of fans proclaiming that everyone will play dearly for excluding fan-favorite Gilgamesh in the original Dissidia. This is based on the "You're all fucked when the Hulk gets back" meme popular during the Marvel Civil War. And now that Gilgamesh in is Duodecim, this has been occasionally mutated further into "So... are we fucked yet?"
"Feel the wrath of RAGIWHAMIDOODOODA!!!!" Explanation Cloud's rage at Squall believing his relationship with Zack to be that of Ho Yay, leading Cloud to go into a long warcry/summon chant... that does nothing. At least to him.
"NO! I DON'T WANT YOUR GODFORSAKEN TEST-TUBE EXPERIMENTAL BABIES!!!" Explanation Kefka's response to Squall saying "Tell me you want my babies!"
"Hey, Jerry!" "Yeaaaah, Jerry?" "Did you hear about who's at Squall's place?" "No, I didn't. Because if I did I probably would have answered with 'who was at Squall's place?!'" "Well, I heard it was JENOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!" Explanation Cloud's fake conversation out-of-sight to dick with Sephiroth for wooing Terra, which leads to the first instance of the line below.
"Jenova? JENOVA?!JENOOOOOOOOOOVAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!JENOVAJENOVAJENOVAJENOVAJENOVA" Explanation A Running Gag poking fun at Sephiroth's "mommy issues" by having Sephiroth break down into an incoherent, nearly epileptic fit at the mention of the words "Jenova" or "mother."
"I USED TO BE A WHALE!" "YOU WANTED TO BE A WHALE?!" "OF COURSE I WANTED TO BE A WHALE!!!" Explanation Jecht's Punctuated Pounding of his son Tidus after he thwarts Jecht's attempt to have Sephiroth give him a blowjob. Makes fun of Sin (the monster Jecht was unintentionally transformed into), as it resembles a giant space whale.
Probably mentionable that all of the above quotes where written by the same Machinimator, whose YouTube account is here.
He was also responsible for the equally memetic "Real Men" Machinima.
Speaking about Real Men Machinima, Only Real Men do X is usually played whenever a thread about this video is posted.
And the RAGIWHAMIDOODOODA!!! was originated from Real Men Machinima. The effect's also worked accurately in this video, where the summon caused Squall and Cloud to freezing in the midair for several seconds.
Shantrollto. Explanation Shantotto ALWAYS makes fun of her opponents, even if they look like her, with rhymes. "Jack of all weapons, master of none"
Hooray, I win! FTW!Explanation The iconic Final Fantasy Victory Fanfare, used in the successful completion of any task. It was given a Shout-Out in Advent Children as Loz's ring tone, and many people have tried to add their own lyrics to the tune.