Trivia / Final Fantasy XIII

  • Author Existence Failure: Storyboard director Yoshinori Kanada died of a heart attack five months before the game's release.
  • Dawson Casting: Zigzagged with Hope's voice actor, Vincent Martella. He was 17 when the first game came out in English while Hope was supposed to be 14 in-game. In XIII-2, Hope was aged up to 24, meaning Martella was actually younger than him, inverting the trope. Then in Lightning Returns Hope was de-aged back to 14 while Martella was 21 by now.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Sazh has been dubbed both "Chocobro" and "Chocofro" by his adoring legion. And thanks to Gadot's expy mention he is now called (by the fans that hate him) "not-Wakka".
    • Snow was nicknamed "Mr. 33cm" as mentioned above due to his rather large... feet.
      • And at 6'5/6'7 (accounts vary), his "feet" are actually small for his size.
    • Galenth Dysley / Barthandelus has recently been dubbed Superpope/SUPAHPOPE!, mainly due to his fondness for transforming into a mechanical monstrosity and beating the party to a bloody pulp. His own Menvra is also called Hedwig. He's also been dubbed "Barty" by some.
    • Snow's Gestalt mode has been dubbed "The Motordyke" by a portion of the fandom.
    • Orphan, the final boss of the game, was referred to as Oprah rather frequently during early squabbles over its name.
    • Aster Protoflorian has been given the name Bulbasaur.
    • The chocobo chick, or Let's Player nickname at least: "Frocobo says NO/YES!"
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The European edition comes with a soundtrack disc, artbook, and a l'Cie temporary tattoo, so that you too can impress your friends with your totally bitchin' Mark of the Beast!
  • The game is full of Mythology Gags (many more can be found here):
    • The town of Palumpolum.
    • And the flying fortress Lindblum.
    • Sanctum Skybase Palamecia.
    • Doesn't Cocoon look an awful lot like Meteor? It sure does in the ending. Vanille and Fang even use The Lifestream from stopping its descent.
    • Sanctum soldiers and citizens use something called "manadrives" to cast magic without the threat of becoming l'Cie. They serve the same function as Odine Brand para-magic machines, just with a different name.
    • The cities of Nautilus (NPCs also make Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger references here) and Eden.
    • The entire fal'Cie civil war and the humans caught in the middle of it mirrors the Archadia/Rozarria conflict in Final Fantasy XII, except a Lensman Arms Race is involved.
    • Cocoon itself is a reference to Doctor Tot's globe.
    • Cocoon is red, Pulse is blue. The game pits these worlds against each another.
    • The entire battle system is apparently based around Chainspell, although it is expanded to all attacks rather than being a Limit Break. Someone more familiar with XI could confirm/deny this more readily.
    • And Yaag Rosch's last stand near the end of the game involves piloting a Humongous Mecha called the Proudclad to fight the group. This directly parallels Scarlet and Heidegger facing off against Cloud and the others in a mecha by the same name.
    • And there is an enemy called Manasvin Warmech that looks very similar to the Bonus Boss WarMECH from Final Fantasy I.
    • The concept of l'Cie, magic-using humans who mutate into demonic monsters and whose souls solidify into a physical, crystalline form and are forced to fight a war as avatars of Physical Gods are based on Espers, who are... magic-using, mutated humans whose souls solidify into a physical, crystalline form who were forced to fight a war as avatars of Physical Gods.
    • The game starts with the ex-Soldier and the black guy on a train. They then proceed to fight a giant scorpion robot.
    • The entire dynamic between Fang and Vanille is mined from a single boss battle from Final Fantasy III: You fight a boss named Hecatoncheir in order to collect the Fang of Earth, four of which unlock the path to the Crystal Spire and the end of the game.
    • And on a similar note, Orphan and Barthandelus are based on Demonic Spiders from Final Fantasy V.
    • One of the children in a group of kids when you first arrive one the Nautilus will occasionally say "Run, run, or you'll be well done!" Something said by Kefka.
    • AMP technology is used the very similarly to the green gravity drop bombs used in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
    • The plot of the game while on Gran Pulse is basically an abridged version of Final Fantasy X's. It especially starts to line up towards the end of the segment - the party traverses a large, tall structure (Taejin's Tower/Mt. Gagazet) in order to reach a city at the far north of the continent (Oerba/Zanarkand), which at least one of the party members (Vanille and Fang/Tidus) lived in while it thrived, but is now in ruins.
  • Killer App: Or, it was supposed to be. Its absence for the first four years of the PS3's lifespan, as well as its hop to international multi-platform release, has blunted its impact. Total sales of the game are more-or-less on par with Final Fantasy XII (which is no mean feat on the Playstation 3, which has the lowest userbase of the Big 3 consoles of this generation.)
  • Name's the Same: No, "The Undying" are not the same ones from Final Fantasy XII, of which one acted as the Final Boss.
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  • Gilgamesh was intended to appear as a regular character; a fal'Cie with giant swords. Fridge Logic dictates that he was likely supposed to be the ultimate opponent of Titan's Trials as opposed to Attacus, as Attacus uses the exact same progressive battle tactics that Gilgamesh did in Final Fantasy XII, and you are arbitrarily given the store Gilgamesh Inc. as a quest reward for finishing half of the Trials fights. Getting this store as a reward for beating their namesake would have made more sense.
  • Similarly Named Works: Fans of this game might see the Ford Focus differently to other people:
    On Cocoon, Focus drives YOU!
  • What Could Have Been: According to the Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega, the development team at one point considered making Vanille the official main character of the game, but dismissed the idea as they had already released a trailer and art featuring Lightning in that role.
    • The fal'Cie Siren wasn't just in the Pompa Sancta, but is Bodhum's fal'Cie. However, since the player never gets visit Bodhum properly, the only time one can see Siren is in cutscenes.
    • Fang was originally supposed to be a man, but was changed to a woman when the developers had to drop Serah from the party. Noel was likely based off those designs.
    • Lightning was originally supposed to have a much more flirtatious and carefree personality, but it was determined that her role required her to be more serious and her original personality was largely transplanted to Fang and Lumina.
    • Serah was conceived as being the seventh party member, with a more serious personality to match Lightning's more frivolous one. She was reduced to an NPC due to unspecified "implementation problems". The changes to Lightning and Fang can ultimately be traced back to Serah's removal from the party.
    • The game was to have an extra dungeon, called the Seventh Arc, a hidden facility designed to train fal'Cie, which contained a superboss named Nemesis. The dungeon was cut for time (although it seems to have inspired the Augusta Tower dungeon), and Nemesis is recycled into Final Fantasy XIII-2 as Proto-fal'Cie Adam.
  • You Sound Familiar: Jihl's English voice actress, Paula Tiso, previous starred in Final Fantasy X as straight-laced black mage Lulu. In many ways, Jihl is like an evil Lulu.
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