Final Fantasy IX takes place after Dragon Ball GTThere are no more natural saiyans; the genomes were an attempt by Garland to create an indestructible army of clones of one of Goku's ancestors, but since that ancestor had less than 1/10 Saiyan blood, the clones created didn't have the same abilities as a Saiyan.
Necron is Chaos
Necron is the Iifa TreeExplained here: http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/197338/36121
Necron is the incarnation of Kuja's despairJust before the final boss battle in Final Fantasy IV, the final Man Behind the Man and ultimate Big Bad, Zemus, is killed in a cutscene by FuSoYa and Golbez while the party watches. Unfortunately, Zemus's hatred was so strong that after Zemus was killed, the hatred itself took on a physical form, the Nigh Invulnerable Zeromus. As Final Fantasy IX is a deliberate Homage to earlier Final Fantasy games, when Kuja dies in the presence of the life-granting Crystal, his despair is so powerful that it, too, is given form, creating a being that exists solely to annihilate the universe because "all things live to perish." Furthermore, Necron's dying words and Zeromus's dying words are very similar:
I will not...perish...so long as evil...dwells in the hearts...of mankind. G...gh... GRRRAAGH!
"This is not the end."
"I am eternal..."
"...as long as there is life and death..."
Necron is the Final Boss of Final Fantasy IIIThe final boss of Final Fantasy III is the Cloud of Darkness. In Final Fantasy III, if the Balance between Light and Darkness gets messed up, whichever power is stronger will overwhelm the other and destroy the world. During the course of the game, you learn that in the past, the Warriors of Darkness defeated an out-of-control incarnation of the power of Light (which would have burned the world to a crisp). This time, Darkness has become too powerful, and your party, the Warriors of Light, eventually end up having to battle against the Cloud of Darkness, which is going to return the world to nothingness. The literal translation of Necron's Japanese name is "Darkness of Eternity", and it wants to do the same thing as the Cloud of Darkness: turn the world into a state of nothingness. Again, it's one of Final Fantasy IX's many Shout Outs to earlier games in the series.
Necron is actually Doctor Manhattan.The resemblence is all there in the boss battle: Necron is (pale) blue, bald, and the humanoid half of his body is certainly muscular enough. So obviously, after leaving Earth, Doctor Manhattan spends many centuries refining his powers before setting forth on his mission to create life: in this respect, he creates life on several formerly barren planets — two of which are Terra and Gaia. He also gives several of his engineered species latent supernatural powers in the form of magic, before retreating to the Crystal World, the replacement for the totalled Glass Palace left back on Mars. However, after watching his creations war and kill over the next several million years, he begins to lose faith in life again. By the time Kujah's Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum comes to a close, Doctor Manhattan is ready to obliterate all his old work in the new galaxy and focus on something different. However, his defeat forces him into yet another epiphany, and he decides to give his creations another chance.
Necron is Nyx.After all, at the end of the battle, you don't defeat him. You just save yourself, and he goes away. Which makes sense, since he's the Anthropomorphic Personification of Death itself.
Necron is Death.As in The Grim Reaper. Anthropomorphic Personification and all that Jazz. The fight against him happens for EVERYBODY when they die, which happens to the heroes after Trance Kuja takes them down with him. The reason it doesn't happen to you earlier in the game is because you couldn't possibly win against him up until the Endgame. The reason he acts like Zeromus is to trick the heroes into wanting to fight him; since they're clearly good people who really don't deserve to die, he decides to not give them a choice as to whether or not to take the test to come back to life.
Necron is the final boss of Final Fantasy IX.And nothing more. Square left his real identity ambiguous because we don't need to know it.
Necron lives in the Moongle's red pompom.
Necron is Nekron
Necron is Ash's Father
Forgoing Necron, Zidane is an alternate universe equivalent to Edward Elric.C'mon, Chaotic Good mid-teen short blonde with a preference for shorter bladed weapons in non-magic combat and long hair tied back voiced by Romi Paku? Yeah, there's the whole "FFIX is SD" thing, but I've noticed that several characters are taller than Zidane by more than just "He'll grow" standards. (And in Dissidia, Kuja seemed of comparable height to the rest of the characters who aren't wearing horned helmets.)
Zidane died when he tried to save KujaThe lines proceeding the last FMV and the FMV themselves are a delusion of Garnet's. Afterwards, she and Tantalus had tea and a good laugh about it, but she never was the same. Even if I don't want to believe this and sincerely hope it isn't true.
Kuja is a Red Mage.Kuja can use both White Magic (Holy, Curaga) and Black Magic (Meteor, Flare). Furthermore, his hair is pale like all of the Red Mage NPCs one sees on the streets. Maybe that's why he isn't blond like all of the other Genomes — the process of becoming a Red Mage changes the hair pigmentation. Being a Shout-Out to previous series, all of the party members are based (in combat) on the various classes from the earlier Final Fantasies, so it makes sense to have the villain follow that pattern as well.
Tied into my previous theory in regards to Fullmetal Alchemist, Terrans aren't orignally from Terra, they're from Amnestris.Father won, the world's doomed, Father adopted the name "Garland", and Zidane was just randomly lucky and got Ed's soul in the process. This was more based on the fact that after one-too-many viewings of "Breaching the South Gate" to figure out the exact musical sting that accompanies the blink-and-you-miss-it cut that makes FFIX page pic, I realized Vivi had a transmutation circle under him. (Okay, they're normal run-of-the-mill Instant Runes, but I still went "Hocrap! Human Transmutation!" when re-watching it.) Also, we've got two kinds of Homonculi here, the Genomes and Black Mages. Father managed to improve on the original designs of Homonculi, and thus ended up with one that could do Alchemy, who then stole the plans and mass produced these Alchemist Homonculi. The only risk was the shortened life span, even without a soul. And now I'm not certain I want Zidane to go back to Gaia afterwards in that fanfic I'm writing...
Qus are actually Eloquent In Their Native Tongue.They're not simple-minded so much as speaking a second language that they don't bother to learn. This troper suspects they use a Southeastern Asian language, in order to explain the barrel marked with the character for "alcohol" in the feast hallucination had by Quina.
Amarant is Eiko's father.Because the two are already expies of Shadow and Relm in every other way.
The party came closer to beating Beatrice than she let on.The way she keeps Stock Break in reserve, and the fact that when you get her it's a very high MP-cost attack, indicates that she was using it as a last resort. The party might have literally had her on her last legs before she swatted them. She's not almighty when you get her as a party member, and the fact that she gets stronger as the battles go on indicates she may have been doing a bit of Level Grinding herself. Her sparing the rest of the party may be as much respect for how much fight her opponents put up as contempt for said opponents.
Baku is a legendary hero from Lindbulm's pastBaku is close enough to Cid to be the first person he turns to when he needs Princess Garnet kidnapped, despite seeming to be just the leader of Tantalus. Regent Cid evidently trusts Baku enough to have him flying the Hilda Garde 3 at the end, with the rest of Tantalus on board, despite him owning a large army with other airship pilots. There's also a statue near the entrance to Lindbulm which Zidane says "looks a little like Baku," and it's revealed towards the end that "Baku always loved a grand charge." Plus, he's allowed access to Lindbulm and Alexandria castle seemingly at will, and knows the way around both.
Garland created Jenova.He said that Terra had absorbed many planets before in an attempt to survive, but first they needed to be weakened. So what's to say he didn't construct an animal variation on the Iifa tree and send it to Cloud's world to consume the lifestream and then replace it with Terra's?
Zidane and Makoto (and the other Genomes (except Kuja)) are immortal.Or at least unaging once at the adult stage, since Genomes were intended to receive the souls of the Terrans, who unlocked the secret of immortality, and whose whole plan is to live forever.
The Terrans had 2 different plans for dealing with Gaia.Plan 1 was Terraforming, which is what turned the waterworld Gaia into a world with livable landmasses. On a related note, all Gaian land life is the result of this process, thus explaining the similarities between summoners, humans, and genomes — including the ability of a single drug to affect all of them roughly the same way. Plan 2 was the thing with the cycling of souls and such, which was turned to when the constructed ecosystem began to behave in unexpected (and to the Terrans, detrimental) ways.
Genomes are hardwired to be unable to kill each other.This explains why Kuja doesn't kill Zidane despite numerous opportunities to do so, even after Zidane becomes an actual problem for his plans.
Garland was Lord Avon.Reasoning: The play "I want to be your canary" contains a minor character named Zidane. Main PC Zidane is named Zidane. Unlikely coincidence... unless they were both named by the same person: Garland.
Kuja is an alternative universe version of Franky from One PieceBoth are human, yet not human, and both wear a speedo/thong. Difference is Franky is good and the epitome of manliness, Kuja is VERY effeminate and evil.
Concerning Vivi's children...Vivi and the rest of the black mages somehow found a way to create other black mages that wouldn't have such a restricted lifespan. They could have worked with the Genomes to find the right way to go about it. So Vivi's children aren't strictly his, but they are black mages created by his idea to give black mages a longer lifespan. So they're more the children of his idea.
Terra is what happens when the Light Warriors lose their first fight with Garland.In theory, that is an alternate way to break the FF1 time loop. It removes the need to send Garland back in time, and the Four Fiends' origin. But because evil won in the end, the world turns out darkly. The Lufenish retain their supertechnology, but the crystals are still drained for reasons no one is capable of seeing. The desparate Lufenish develop dimensional travel and soul manipulation, and eventually put together the Terrans' plans as seen in Final Fantasy 9. For added drama, let's say that the five warriors were caught in limbo when the time loop ended, locked outside of the reincarnation cycle, until the Terrans rescued them. Garland is Garland's reincarnation, and his three angels of death are three of the four Light Warriors (Most likely Black/Red Mage, Thief, and White Mage). In a related note:
There was a Zeroth Angel of Death used during Garland's first assault on Gaia.I'm guessing Zero was a Warrior in contrast with the more magic-based reapers developed later.
Cid and/or Hilda are sterile.Think about it. They both look quite old and have ruled Lindblum for a while, but they have no heir. That would also explain why they adopt Eiko and raise her as their own. literally out of nowhere. What is the Void again? Yeah... It's nothing. Exdeath created a metaphysical place of nothingness. After Bartz destroyed Exdeath, he tried to turn into his One-Winged Angel form, but failed and instead became Neo Exdeath. Then, he was left in the Void, and absorbed with Necrophobe. Necron is a combination of Exdeath and Necrophobe.
Eiko will marry Zidane and Garnet's son.Even though she'd be about ten years older, she'd fall for him for the same reason she fell for Zidane. Plus, their children would be the closest thing possible to a full-blooded summoner (3/4, since Eiko is a summoner and Garnet's kids would be half-summoners). The summoning tribe lives on....
Zidane's Heroic BSOD wasn't caused just by Garland's revelations of his purpose.Right after the revelation, Zidane seemed shaken, but still valued his friends and home in Gaia and was ready to kick Garland's ass over it. Garland then knocked him out with a comment of having to turn him into a regular Genome, and we're treated to to a scene of Zidane descending into an emo state, before being woken up seated in a weird chair. What was the difference between Zidane and the other Genomes? Zidane was given a soul, the chair was a device Garland was using to take out Zidane's soul and turn him into an empty vessel. Good thing the others went after him.
Fat Chocobo is an EidolonEidolons are born from legends and myths to serve as guardians of the planet. The whole chocobo subquest shows that at least this time, chocobos are a fully sapient race. Therefore, they would have their own legends for the crystal to create an Eidolon from. This Eidolon would resemble the chocobos whose legends birthed him, and would then take on the role of the chocobos' guardian deity like in those same legends. He could hypothetically form a pact with a Summoner, but he's not inclined to do so, and Garnet and Eiko, if they even went into Chocobo's Paradise with Zidane, didn't realize his nature and so didn't ask.
Kuja was immortalGarland was lying about limiting his lifespan... there would be no reason to bother. As a genome, Kuja's immortal, since he was originally meant to serve as a vessel for a Terran soul. Modding that would be pointless for Garland, since Garland is more than powerful enough to simply kill Kuja if he became a nuisance.
Ruby is the real Princess of Alexandria.Explained here: http://katersgonnak8.tumblr.com/post/44007469949/kates-super-crack-final-fantasy-headcanons
Ozma IS Ark.Admittedly, you can synth the Pumice on Disc 4 in Memoria, but Ozma himself drops one. Why is this? (Reward mechanics aside) This is because Ozma IS Ark and always has been. Eidolons, when their legends and memories fade, "die"- they're reduced to formless balls of energy waiting to be shaped by new beliefs. Or, perhaps, remembered. The party are the only people in living memory to have ever seen the Ark, but it's not unreasonable to suspect that just after Gaia and Terra's failed merger the ship was active in the skies of Gaia as a warship. In this case, legends would have cropped up regarding the ship's capabilities; pass these on to a summoner tribe and you get an eidolon. The moles of Gulug were summoners (their extraction circle still exists down there, after all) and are certainly old enough to have seen the ship in its heyday. But they feared (rightly so, given the Ozma fight) the power that eidolon had and sealed it away in the Chocobo's Air Garden. When you defeat Ozma (the eidolon's shapeless primal form) and it drops the full Pumice, the party puts two and two together (remembering the Pumice PIECE Ark drops in Oeilvert) and boom, Ark is back. Weakened, of course, because of its defeat in its primal form, but back nonetheless.
Ozma is all the beliefs and ideas of Terra.Essentially, Ozma was created when Garland first tried and failed to merge Gaia with Terra, and is a complete mishmash of every thought, belief and idea from Terra. As Ark was an airship that was thought up by someone of Terra, it was stored within Ozma along with every other idea, and that is why you are definitely able to summon it (with the pumice). While Oeilvert only held the physical portions of the airship, it didn't hold the complete form of the menace and intent that went into Ark. This is why Ark is the only summon that could be fought by the party, as it wasn't at its full power. If the party or the world had any more insights of the ideas and beliefs of Terra, you would have been able to get access to even more summons from beating Ozma.
Zidane was resurreccted/reincarnated by Mikoto.Zidane died in the Iifa tree. Mikoto and the other Genomes simply grew a new Genome body for him, and then salvaged his soul and reinstalled it. This is how he shows up alive despite being buried at ground zero of a world spanning disaster, and why Mikoto was at the Iifa tree at all in the closing cinematics,despite living on the other side of the continent... she was there to recover his soul from the Tree's mechanisms.
Steiner suffered from severe PTSD for most of the game.At one point, he tells Garnet that he doesn't want her to experience war as he has, so we can obviously assume that he was in a war, and it still haunts him. His extreme dedication to Honor Before Reason could be his way of coping with what he saw and did during that war. He was fighting for his King and Queen, so he must have done the right thing. That is the one truth. There is absolutely no alternative.