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Cloud is some sort of dimensional nexus between Square's videogames.
In the inevitable sequel...Genesis (who somehow released himself from his self-imposed prison thingy) will team up with Nero/Weiss (who fused, and conveniently fell from the sky in front of Genesis in Dirge of Cerberus' ending and presumably free from Hojo's mind control) and Cloud and fight Sephiroth (who came back from the dead for the third time) to make up for what they did in their games. Not that sophisticated a plot, but fangirls will be sure to go Squee. Also, Denzel will be playable. Why? No reason.
Cloud is copying Squall?The evidence is quite obvious that the creators of Advent Children and beyond have tried to restore the franchises greatness by doing this, in hopes to make Cloud as cool as he once was. Think about it, he goes from wearing a sleevless turtle neck to wearing a full leather outfit. Who was the first FF hero to (notably) wear a full leather outfit? Squall Leonhart. Then they decided to give him something to symbolize his feelings from the inside, so they give him an Animal Motif in the form of a wolf motif. Who is the most famous Animal Motif FF Hero? Squall Leonhart with his lion motiff. Now, not only did they give Cloud a wolf motif, but they also gave him an accessory/weapon and reoccurring form of the motif that he wears at all time, Fenrir. Just like how Squall constantly wears BOTH Lion Heart and Griever accessories/weapon. AND then he kept his same emo personality, and turned it to make him even colder to his friends/allies, despite he would be pass all that by now, to mirror the way Squall acted around his friends and allies. So some how, Square Enix took a character that they made before, and made him a copy of a character they made later.
Genesis is dyslexic.There are so many serious WMGs on this page, but this idea came to this troper the other night and it won't let go. As a sufferer of dyscalculia, with several dyslexic relatives and friends, it makes way too much sense. He shares the following in common with most otherwise highly-intelligent and talented people that she knows with this condition:
Sephiroth is Jesus.Didn't he cause huge impact on Gaia even after he died? Didn't he come back? He's angelic, is infused as a human embryo or has a 'rebirth' of sorts from Jenova (Jehovah/Yahweh, who obviously is God), and Shinra Corp were destroying the planet — if he could make a flood as a deluge, why not a meteor? He even has one wing, symbolizing he's only half human.
Aerith allowed herself to die.It's heavily suggested in the game and Advent Children that Aerith was responsible for the Lifestream's final assault on the Meteor. It makes sense that she would have to enter the Lifestream itself in order to conduct such an attack. And what's the easiest way to get the Lifestream? Die.
Aerith is Jesus.She, the last of those chosen ones of the Lifestream (The Cetra), sacrifices her life so that mankind may live (she was even pierced while summoning the Holy spell aka Praying for the absolution of mankind and the Planet from Meteor/The Apocalypse, not unlike the Biblical scenario with Longinus). In Advent Children Cloud cures everyone by Baptizing them in the spring where she died. Also, everything about her abilities have religious overtones (Holy? Great Gospel? Come on!) What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?!
Barret is Jesus.Or at least, he's Mr. T; which amounts to the same thing. He pities the fool who doesn't let him get in on this action.
Yuffie Kisaragi and Rikku from Final Fantasy X are the ''same person.... and they're Jesus. In purgatory.
In short, everyone is Jesus in some way.Betcha you didn't know this was such a religious game when you played it.
The Buster Sword does NOTHING!There's a sequence in Crisis Core where Zack uses a beach umbrella with no difference. Not to mention he states he usually uses the blunt side...
Davros is responsible for Sephiroth.Davros of Doctor Who infamy once said "Yes... yes. To hold in my hand a capsule that contained such power... to know that life and death on such a scale was my choice. To know that the tiny pressure on my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything. Yes - I would do it. That power would set me up above the gods! And through the Daleks, I shall have that power!" Well what did the Cetra call Jenova? They called it The Calamity From the Sky. So where did it come from? My theory is that Davros developed a collection of cells from harvested from his own flesh that would grow into the ultimate Dalek. Human-like and capable walking and surviving outside a Mark Three vehicle. Davros realized that it would take centuries perhaps even millenia to fully refine his creation and that all he could do is wait. So Davros launched his creation, a synthesis of all that is Dalek into the past onto a planet whose inhabitants now call it Gaia or simply the Planet. Then Doctor Hojo injected this collection of Dalek cells into a fetus produced through invitro fertilzation, leading to the monster most of us love to hate, Sephiroth.
The world only industrialised recently, perhaps within President Shinra's lifetimeIt would do something to explain why swords are still a viable and popular weapon, for one thing.
All party members are in fact different personalities in Cloud's mindThis would explain why member disappear when they don't have dialogue. It also explains why we can see things that happen in Shinra, since Cait Sith's controller is actually Cloud, and why when Cloud is incapacitated we can still control the other characters. Since Sephiroth is part of the party during the flashback, Final Fantasy VII is the story of Cloud's struggle within himself.
The series takes place inside Aerith's imagination.Ever notice how you see the same shot of Aerith's face in green light at the beginning and end of the game? Obviously, the story of the game takes place within her mind. The segment after the credits featuring Red XIII seems to have "actually" taken place though. However, let's see what we can find out about Aerith from this new perspective:
Jenova is The ThingBoth are shapeshifting alien creatures that fell to Earth. They both infect people and turn them into hideous abominations. If Jenova isn't the thing, she has to at least have been inspired by it.
Hojo is actually an idiot who knows diddly-squat about even the most basic of geneticsToo many reasons:
Sephiroth was Dead All Along, and Cloud is responsible for everything.Sephiroth was actually killed at Nibelheim and all the appearances of Sephiroth, who embodies all of Cloud's fears, throughout the game were simply delusions conjured up by Cloud's fractured mind, which is demonstrated to be an a state of extreme psychosis for most of the story . So who is responsible for all the actions attributed to Sephiroth throughout the game? Cloud himself! Everything starts when Cloud first sees Jenova in Shinra Headquarters. After this, Cloud's group is captured. Cloud falls asleep, he wakes up to find his cell door open (a blood trail starts there) and that Jenova has been freed and that someone is responsible for murdering everyone in the building. This is attributed to Sephiroth, although no one in the party ever sees him. In fact, no one ever seems to see Sephiroth except Cloud! The rest of the party almost exclusively states looking for a "black-caped man," a description that fits the various Jenova-infectees, but notably doesn't seem to describe Sephiroth himself! When Aerith dies we see Cloud draw his sword and the rest of his party yells at him to stop, but Cloud in fact kills Aerith! He simply imagines seeing Sephiroth kill her. Later, when Cloud acquires the Black Materia in the Northern Crater, he disappears from the party for a while, during which Meteor appears; clearly Cloud was responsible for this too. Upon his return from this situation he is found in a highly catatonic state, which he recovers from only during the sequence within his own mind, where he finally comes to terms with the fact that he killed Sephiroth, and he is dead. The party returns to the Northern Crater and finally defeats the reunited Jenova, but this causes him to relapse and he has illusions of fighting Sephiroth while freeing Holy, but after the final battle Cloud has a vision. This is the final duel with the shirtless Sephiroth at the end, which takes place entirely within Cloudâ€™s own mind, in which he is empowered to finally destroy the Sephiroth within himself once and for all (represented by him performing the ludicrously overpowered Omnislash on him) Only then, at the very end, is Cloud finally free from his delusions.
Sephiroth was Dead All Along, and Jenova is responsible for everything.Okay, so Sephiroth finds out about the Ancients and gets pissed off at humanity. Okay. Fine motivation. Then he dies within the hour, and the next time a "Sephiroth" is encountered, he's instead working with the exact specific entity responsible for killing the very Ancients that he got mad at humanity for "out-evolving". It's a motivational 180, and only makes sense if Jenova hijacks Sephiroth. All of the Sephiroth clones encountered turn out to be humanoid Jenova fragments that mutate into the real deal with every battle, so why not the original as well? Bizarro Sephiroth looks pretty much exactly like a malevolent alien monstrosity possessing a dead human. Don't ask me about the next form, though the wing torso is even more bizarro-like to this troper.
Sephiroth was guided to start Instrumentality by Jenova.... Well, he was One-Winged Angel, so, to be the Instrumentality Angel, wouldn't need too much. Also, the Instrumentality basically involved hijacking Eldritch entities (Jenova and the Lifestream, and Evangelion's Adam and Lilith) to create a divine collective unconscious (The Lifestream). Almost worked, it it wasn't for Shinji— Err, I mean, Cloud.
You can only use Soft and Revive on party members who fall in a battle in which you participate.Aerith was too far away for the others to rejoin her team (or rejoin her to their team), and the battle where Nanaki's father was Petrified happened 20 years ago. Possibly, the Soft and Revive need an imprint of the character's mind, to bring them back in a non-vegetative state, while Potions and Antidites can be used on members outside of the party as they only heal minor wounds and cure Poison. (Several more detailed explanations of the different potion types to make this theory work may be found here.)
Cloud was possessed by Sephiroth (or his Heartless, or his Memory, or whatever) at the end of the game.After the defeat of Sephiroth, you see a number of green Lifestreams surround Cloud and one red one. The red one enters Cloud but doesn't come back out. So the manifestation of Sephiroth in Advent Children isn't just a side effect of the Jenova cells still within Cloud or prologned contact with Jenova's Head In a Box; Sephiroth had hitched a ride on Cloud's soul/subconscious/whatever and if Aerith Ex Machina hadn't happened Sephiroth would have had his Revenge by Proxy, brutally murdering the cast through Cloud. (This would explain why Cloud's been more socially withdrawn despite his Character Development in the games: he's aware on some level of this possession and he doesn't want to accidentally go into a berserker rage around anybody.)
Sephiroth was a shizophrenic driven by Jenova's alien instincts.Hojo is mentally unstable, no two ways about it. Sephiroth inherited a predilection toward insanity from Hojo, though up until the events of the game it had either not yet manifested, was being treated, or he kept it hidden from others. (Schizophrenics can be very good at hiding their illness.) When Sephiroth approached Jenova at the reactor, he was in close enough proximity to pick up on her alien emotions and instincts. This coupled with what he learned at the mansion triggered a psychotic episode. When Sephiroth and Jenova merged in the lifestream, Jenova's alien instincts were combined with Sephiroth's human experience. His instinct now told him to get into the lifestream. His human mind worked out that if he did this, he would essentially become a god. That was rationalization enough for him. His schizophrenia, now in full swing thanks to the trauma, gave him the superiority complex needed not to care about destroying the 'inferior' humans in the process. In his mind they had wronged him; they deserved to die anyway. So, full blame can't really be pinned on either one. Jenova had the drive and the instinct; Sephiroth had the means and the mind to carry it out.
Sephiroth was Dead All Along and is still responsible for everything.Cloud actually killed Sephiroth in the Nibelheim Incident. But right before dying, Sephiroth's personality, memories, and, most importantly, his hatred, were imprinted on Jenova. Thus the "Sephiroth" everyone was fighting for the entire game was never anything but a copy of Sephiroth's mind embedded within the Jenova cells. This of course means that Sephiroth managed to become an Omnicidal Maniac Big Bad who nearly destroyed the world while stone cold dead. And I don't mean that his spirit is somehow possessing Jenova from beyond the grave; I mean dead.
99% of the game is really Aerith seeing of the futureThat's why we see the shot of her at the end, the exact same shot that introduced her. She's looking in the window and sees something funny in her reflection, it's the events of the game up until the point when we see the shot again. Aerith then turns and think to her self that It's [[all just a dream]] and walks off, perhaps having many moments like this before...
Aerith is still aliveBecause Sephiroth killed Aeris!
Sephiroth was being controlled by Jenova who was in turn being controlled by SephirothNo, not a typo. Sephiroth was taking his cues from his alien half-mummy, who was actually just a figment of his insane imagination. As an above WMG mentioned, he's a super-powered Norman Bates or Alfred Ashford. From his point of view he was carrying on the will of his dear mother, when in reality, his own very powerful will was actually what enabled the braindead meat puppet that Jenova became after 2,000 years to act again at all. He wanted it to act through him and so it did, because it was him in the first place.
Aerith is the real hero of the story, and Jenovah is the real villainThe story of Final Fantasy VII is basically the final chapter in the war between the Ancients and Jenovah carried on to present day, with Sephiroth and the main characters only 'conscripted' to each side. It's the arrival of Jenovah that sets everything in motion and threatens the planet, so she's the true villain. Aerith is the one who knows how to stop her and performs a Heroic Sacrifice to carry it out, making her the true hero. Since that neither side can act on their own, they need help to carry out their plans. Sephiroth acts as The Dragon on Jenovah's behalf by freeing her head, getting the Meteor Materia, and blocking Holy's attempts to save the Planet. Aerith's friends act on her behalf to stop Sephiroth and Jenovah. The good guys eventually win, and, through them, so do the Ancients.
Sephiroth is also suffering from his own identity crisisY'think Cloud had reasons to have his psyche fracture? Try Sephiroth. All throughout his life, Sephiroth always knew that he was different from other people, never knowing where he really came from but surrounded by a near-mythical reputation by others. He then goes to the Nibelheim reactor, where he's horrified by the idea that he's related to the monsters in the pods, and his mind begins to splinter. A combination of the nature of his creation, his proximity to Jenovah, and seeing a glimpse of the truth of his birth, his psyche completely shatters. Everything he knew was a lie, and everything he feared was true. Like Cloud, he went into a delirous state as he desperately tried to find his true identity. Thanks to Jenovah's influence and his desperate desire not to think of himself as a mad-scientist project, he created the persona of being the 'Last of the Ancients', with Jenovah as his mother and the human race as a convenient scapegoat for all of his rage. His new false persona now created, he unleashes a bloody massacre on the human race, subconsciously fulfilling Jenovah's plans while believing himself to be a god, not a freak of nature. He madly pushes himself toward this goal, because like Cloud, he wants to believe the lie he's told himself instead of the harsh reality.
Sephiroth is in purgatory.But he's not Jesus, sorry. He killed Cloud and Tifa in (sort of) cold blood, and has been spending the time since having his sins tortured off of him by being mentally abused by the universe and killed over and over in the form of the JENOVA pieces. When he becomes the One-Winged Angel, his sins finally atoned for, he's finally allowed to die. Aerith is his guardian angel, or supervisor, or whatever you might call it. The Clarence to his George Bailey.
Jenova is the same species as LavosLook at Jenova's apparent life cycle: crash lands into the world as a "meteor", influence the evolution of the life forms of the native species, turns said world into a lifeless husk, rinse and repeat.
Characters can naturally use magic (Limit Breaks), Materia just enhances their natural abilities.I thought that was obvious. In game you can unequip all Materia and still use Limit Breaks, and Word of God states that Cloud outright refused to use Materia in Advent Children for ethical reasons. Didn't stop him from spamming Limit Breaks like he had a cheat code on.
Jenova is a Sorceress.Inspired by the "Fling Adel into deep space" WMG on the FFVIII page. Some time after the events of FFVIII's epilogue, Esthar manages to capture a really really monstrously warped sorceress (who is not part of the Ultimecia line). They put her into cold sleep, and not wanting to risk Adel ver.2, they fling her into deep space and keep their fingers crossed that this one doesn't come back. She ends up crashing into the FFVII world and the rest is history.
The distant ending that takes place 500 years later is NOT a Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies ending.There are alternate ways to interpret Midgar being covered in greenery and wildlife 500 years after the events of FFVII that don't amount to "everyone died", and one good reason for that is because everything else that was capable of killing the residents of Midgar didn't. A Meteor to the Planet's face didn't Kill 'em All, Geostigma and a bunch of meddling kids didn't do it, and Omega couldn't kill them either. Maybe the residents got a little savvy and decided something: Crap, the Planet is sentient, and it's pissed off at us. Related to the WMG up above, they realize that the Planet has been trying to kill them but don't know exactly why. In an effort to appease it, they slowly wean themselves of technology, including the alternative methods like fossil fuels, and turn their attentions to learning the abilities they had originally evolved out of using. That is to say, Midgar becomes a Neo-Cetra civilization. It's a lot harder to piss off a Planet when you know what its problem is. Alternately, they could have realized Crap, all of these bad things are happening in Midgar. We're out of here. Is there a trope for that? Simply put, the residents move out of Midgar and scatter to the corners of the Earth, to other less populated towns. So, maybe Choco Billy has new hands helping him in his farm, or Kalm gets a burst of people to fill in its latest expansion (courtesy of Dirge of Cerberus), or Mideel gets rebuilt, leaving the Planet alone to handle turning Midgar back into... whatever that is.
Supernova is an illusion and the characters are suffering from a Heroic BSOD. This is reflected by the hit point loss, which reflects not injuries but also willingness to fight and defensive skill. Cure spells are as much morale-bolsterers as healing mechanisms.Notice how characters are perfectly fine up until they reach quarter HP. Then they kind of hunker down, as if wounded. A theory runs that this is due to the characters simply not being injured until this point: a skilled warrior may have deflected all those nasty looking physical attacks while a strong spirit could have resisted the spells. As for a MISS, that could be put down to the character brushing the attack aside so easily they aren't affected. This also explains how even the weakest enemies always cause 1 damage: even the strongest warrior will get ground down eventually, and the characters aren't gaining supernatural strength, they're just tougher and better at defending, and used to battle-trauma due to having fought so many times. This willingness to fight leads me onto the supernova theory. The characters have apparently just seen the end of the world. So cue Heroic BSOD. They believe they've failed. This hits so hard that they lose the will to fight on and the next blow will kill them as they have no will to defend themselves. This is why the attack registers a percentage loss, rather than a fixed amount of damage for defence to factor in. Healing spells have two elements: they heal the physical wounds, this is true. However, they also cure mental anguishes, bolstering spirits, restoring concentration and just generally acting as rallying cries. However, the world isn't destroyed really, Sephiroth was using an illusion. This is why he can use the attack again, the characters fall for it again not because they've suddenly got the Idiot Ball but because they can't know for sure if Sephiroth was for real this time.
Sephiroth possesses Cloud at the end of the game.But differently from above. The red lifestream current was Cloud's soul. This WMG is assuming the fight with Safer Sephiroth was supposed to be a representation of a Battle Of Wills In The Center Of The Mind for Cloud's body. Until Advent Children, Cloud and Sephiroth had turned into a sort of fusion, Cloud happy that he had friends and saved the world and a little mopey because of all the stuff that went down in FFVII, and Sephiroth suffering a Villainous BSOD because his mummy's dead and he can't destroy the world without getting a heck of a lot stronger (since Cloud's best attack for world-destroying would be Meteorain, and the best it could do at ~level 60-98 is wipe out the life and maybe put a few dents in the surface five or six enemies at a time). In Advent children, As soon as Kadaj pulls Jenova's still-living head from the (psychically shielded?) box (still-living because it's a virus, not a single meat-creature), Sephiroth gets a surge of confidence. Cloud and Kadaj hit the ground at the same time (the instant that, in the film, Sephiroth appears in a burst of black feathers), and the rest up to the Mako rain is a Battle in the Center of the Mind. Running through and chopping up the chunks of building in midair? Getting through the mental shields the other had set up. Cloud was on the losing side of the battle, until he unleashed the secret weapon that could strike Sephiroth's weak point: Symbolically the Omnislash, literally Sephiroth's mommy issues. Cloud says "get the Precision F-Strike out of my head", and wakes up to the rain (not necessarily even of lifestream matter) that Kadaj, Loz, and what's-his-name can no longer handle thanks to the advanced progression of the Jenova virus thanks to touching its source. The baptism scene may or may not have been Cloud using a combination of the local water and his antigen-filled blood as a retroactive vaccine (since Kadaj had turned the water black by shedding his own virus-strewn sweat and possibly blood into it), but it could be just as symbolic and mystical as it ever was.
FFVII is the triumph of polytheism over monotheism.Jenova is Jehovah, the grouchy "Kill 'em All HERESY" god of the Abrahamic Religions. Sephiroth is Jesus (but can't be In Purgatory because the Cetra won). Aerith is Gaia (or, depending on which romanization you think was intended, Aeris), the last of the Ancients. Jenova arrived two thousand years ago, and immediately started trying to wipe out any Ancients (any confusion is in this being the Theme Park Version of Abrahamic religion). Since Aerith lives on even after her destruction in the minds of those who survive her, but Jenova is remembered only as that freak that tried to Kill Us All once her last followers (the Remnants of Sephiroth) are dead from their own insistence on fighting.
Jenova is an incarnation of Omega WEAPON from the future.Omega was supposed to absorb the Lifestream after everyone was killed and take it to another planet. The upper half, with the wings and the comparatively humanlike body, is the human part of the species, and the lower half is the embodiment of the part of the species that Nanaki is (yes, they are the same species as humans, and therefore [due to the possibility of breeding humans and cetra] Aerith X RedXIII is possible). This unfortunately implies that, as of the time of JENOVA, there are no more of that part of the species, or the two branched off enough that Omega WEAPON split or something. At some point, Gaia is in danger again, and releases renewed forms of the WEAPONs, resulting in a humanoid winged creature that carried what could be considered a Virus that tries to regenerate its energy and rebuild its species. The unfortunate part of this is, instead of landing on a planet devoid of sentient life, it falls through time and becomes the Boss Villain of the story told by the game. Thanks to the impossibility of it destroying its world in the past to rebuild our world in the future, the humans survived but at the cost of destroying the future of the race (500+ years in the future, but the future nonetheless). The geostigma was FutureOmega/JENOVA and the lifestreams not being equipped to deal with having itself over there, as well as right here, and trying to overpower the "impostor".
Shinra is a lot more evil than any of us realize.Shinra is a corporation that milks the Planet of its lifeforce and apparently doesn't give any in return, making the land around Midgar a barren desert. The Lifestream is the current of energy in all living things, which returns to the planet once the organism dies, continuing the cycle. It´s very likely that the Shinra corporation realized that their relationship with the Planet was 'all take and no give', and tried to fix it. How? Spin a globe, pick a spot on it, wipe it off the face of the Planet. A forced attempt at speeding up the cycle of life, putting the Lifestream back into the Planet for them to be able to turn it into Mako. Nibelheim? Exactly as planned. Corel? It´s a ghost town for a reason. Mideel? ... They didn't get far enough to kill off the people there, but they were about to!
Cloud's buster sword has an anti-gravity field around it.It explains both how he is able to lift it, spin it as his finishing pose, and the reason he has such spiky hair.
Final Fantasy 7 is a deconstruction of Final Fantasy 6.
FF7 is a decontruction of JRPGs pre-1997 in general.
FF7 is an Alternate Universe of Neon Genesis EvangelionJenova is Lilith while the WEAPO Ns are EVA. Sephiroth's ultimate plot is Instrumentality. I have no idea what I'm talking about.
Weiss and/or Nero is/are alive
Nero may or may not be spliced with WeissAt the end, Weiss wasn't completely assimilated with Omega because Nero's darkness made him "impure."
The Lifestream rejected Nero, who is currently wandering the face of The PlanetIf Omega rejected Nero, why wouldn't it's fuel source?
Even in the original game Rufus had his own moral code which he followed.See the events immediately after Meteor's revealed. He's going to make Barret and Tifa scapegoats for it and execute them to placate the public. Underhanded and a real dick move, yes, but they presumably would have been sentenced to execution anyway, for blowing up the reactors and killing a bunch of people at the beginning of the game. He let everyone else go free, even though they'd all been thorns in his side. So, he probably wouldn't have cared if they'd died in a fight with the Turks or anything, but he has at least enough of a sense of fair play not to have people who haven't seriously broken the law to death.
Jenova is even more dangerous then believed.Specifically, didn't Sephiroth say that controlling the planet is done by infecting it's lifestream? So that would mean that somewhere out there are multiple entire worlds consisting of basically nothing but Jenova cells. Not only is there the threat of Jenova on The Planet, but also a possible army of equally aggressive Genius Loci out there as well.
The Planet is Spira some time before the formation (And fall) of Zanarkand.In addition to the obvious parallels (The similarity between the appearance of Mako and the appearance of the pyreflies, the idea of a technologically advanced world existing at some point in the past), there's also the concept of the sphere grid. What if people found a way to use materia (Which later became spheres: Both are crystalized energy holding memories and knowledge.) that permanently linked it to themselves? Then, of course, there's the GIANT FREAKIN' MAKO REACTOR that Yuna and Co have to climb all over underneath Bevelle.
Sephiroth is a Kwisatz Haderach bred in the ScatteringWe know that among the people who left after the fall of Leto II were some Bene Gesserit, some of whom went off the deep end and became Honored Matres. Gaia was colonized by a group of people including some Bene Gesserit and some of the Tleilaxu, and lived there for a few hundred years, by which point most historical knowledge was lost to the others. Shinra, and organization controlled and manipulated by the changing Bene Gesserit, discovered the Lifestream to not only have potential as a power source but also to have physical and psychic effects not unlike melange, and used it to boost physical strength, mental abilities, and cause extended lifespans. Shinra scientists - the exiled Tleilaxu Masters, somewhat subjugated by the Bene Gesserit - used it in various experiments. Then they uncovered an artifact of their own: a crater formed by a crashed no-ship, containing no survivors but holding a nullentropy tube full of genetically manipulated cells, which remained from experiments on genetic memory. The cells, as well as mako, were injected into a fetus inside Lucrecia, a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother from a Kwisatx Hederach breeding program who had been bred with Hojo, a Tleilaxu, causing the fetus to awaken in the womb to full consciousness of the genetic memories, which had mostly melted into a single and insane identity through the original experiments with them - Jenova. The fetus became, in effect, an Abomination not unlike Paul Atreides and Leto II, with extreme physical and mental powers. Lucrecia, due to the effects of mako started to have prescient visions of what her son would do. Sephiroth himself had prescient powers and possibly raw Mentat-like abilities in addition to physical enhancements as well as the constant push of memories. The crisis at Nibelheim combined with the prescience pushed him over the edge of Abomination, where the Jenova memory-entity almost completely took over his psyche. He believed he was the Chosen One for a good reason - he was bred and manipulated to be exactly that. Even his Omnicidal Maniac take on the role of Kwisatz Haderach was not far off that of his predecessors, Paul Atreides and Leto II. fact.
Midgar and Junon are incomplete traction cities.Junon and Midgar especially severely drained their surroundings of Mako. The eventual plan was to make them mobile so they could move to a fresh location. Explains why Midgar was floating on a plate. Shinra just got lazy or presumed there was no need to mobilize the cities.
Hojo is becoming Jenova.Or was, assuming he's really dead this time. He was an Evilutionary Biologist from the beginning and was quite fond of messing around with others genes, in the case of Vincent literally turning him into a monster (or rather multiple) which is also Jenova's MO. And when he came back from the dead. The first thing he did was try to hijack the Lifestream. The exact same thing Jenova planned. He even goes One-Winged Angel more often then the Trope Namer. Of course he didn't inject himself with the cells until very late in, most the traits were already there. But while Sephiroth is certainly in the running for it, Hojo very much seems to be a more accurate "human embodiment" for Jenova. Either he was exposed without knowing it very early on, which led to the rest, or what was already there was magnified in the end, leading to his plan in Dirge of Cerberus, as he unknowingly became the embodiment of Jenova's will.
FFVII is a parable/allegory between Good and Evil and Science vs Faith.FFVII's story shows of how a group of people (Shinra and their scientists), in their greed and lust for power, uncover the body of a lifeform which they believe to believe to be a Cetra, the spiritual people of ancient times who were known to communicate with the Planet, and begin to experiment its powers. One of the scientists (Prof. Gast) names this lifeform 'Jenova' which means, 'New God,' effectively believing this creature to be some higher power than themselves, and through Shinra's greed, begin to lust for the power of this new false god/dess. Using the cells of Jenova, they create SOLDIERS, the first and greatest of them being Sephiroth. Though the use of Jenova is not without consequence - Lucrecia Crescent falls under spells during the pregnancy after she is injected with Jenova cells, and afterwards finds that she is unable to age or die, and thus abandons Shinra. Professor Gast soon meets Ifalna, a true Cetra, and begins to discover the truth from her, and about the Promised Land, among other things. Aerith is born to them, but Shinra in their pursuit of greed finds them and kills Gast, taking back Ilfana and Aerith. During Crisis Core and Final Fantasy VII itself, the truth behind Shinra's actions come into light. Sephiroth becomes insane once he misinterprets his origins and becomes the equviliant of an Anti-Christ in the FFVII world, believing that he and Jenova should rule all. Sinners and weak ones along come together to stop the tyranny of Sephiroth and Shinra. Aerith is killed as she tries to reach out to the Planet for help, the most hopeful and Christ-like woman in the party. With grief in their hearts, the party takes up the burden of finishing things once and for all. Redemption becomes a key core in Advent Children/Complete, with Cloud blaming himself for his weaknesses and his inability to help anyone; with help from friends and loved ones alike, he casts his burdens aside, and at the end of the film, baptizes the children of Jenova's stain with Aerith's holy water in the church. (Your take on these might be different, but I liked seeing this games and film through this perspective... almost similar to the Narnia series, in certain ways)
Cloud is a Unicorn.Why else would his hair be like that? Also, it was actually Cloud who used holy against the Meteor. This used up all his unicorn magic, so he lost the horn between VII and Advent Children.
Jenova is an Avatar of Nyarlhathotep.Eldritch Abomination from beyond the stars, implied to be beyond life and death, and can lie dormant for several thousand years, even buried beneath freezing snow (that is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons, death may die). At this point, one may assume she could be a Cthulh-esque figure, but unlike Cthulhu, who is not truly evil, but is so alien that he transcends the idea of good or evil, but rather, she is highly manipulative, actively evil, comes first in A Form You Are Comfortable With only to use it to use her very presence to cause people to go insane, at one point taunts the main character, something Cthulhu wouldn't be capable of. Like Nyarly, she also is implied to have tried to destroy planets in manners like this several times, and in Advent Children, it is stated that to do so was in fact her goal.
Materia is how the life stream/planet reproduces.And by extension, the planet isn't doomed from all of the damage to the life stream. Whenever a materia is mastered, it spawns a new materia, which can in turn be raised to mastered, producing another new materia. Since materia are formed from the life stream, naturally, there may be a method for either materia to either produce more energy for the life stream or a reverse of the process that formed them: Mastered materia fading back into the life stream, bolstering it. It's just a very slow process, which is why the mastered materia don't vanish during gameplay. (This may also contributed to the bag of spilling in Dirge of Cerberus, where Vincent doesn't have any of that awesome materia: They've started dissolving back into the life stream by then.) So the world isn't doomed, it's just going to take a long time to recover.
Aeris/Aerith was created specifically by the Planet to deal with SephirothWe know that the Planet is both alive and capable of creating lifeforms to defend itself. When the life of the Planet is threatened it released WEAPONS to kill things and increase the amount of spirit energy available to heal itself. We also know that Jenova is a threat to the Planet, being a cosmic parasite that feeds on the Lifestream. The true form of Jenova has been dormant/dead for thousands of years so the Planet has been ignoring it and focussing on healing it's injury, but that changes a few decades before te game begins. Jenova is discovered and it's cells are placed within living beings, at first this isn't much of a problem untl Hojo creates Sephiroth. Sephiroth has an incredibly high concentration of Jenova cells, so much so that he actually registers as a threat to the Planet. His physical and magical abilities far outstrip any other being, save perhaps for the Weapons. Now, we don't know how exactly he was a threat, maybe the Jevona cells fed off the dieing beings round him, it would certainly explain where his power comes from, maybe because he seems to be able to influence the dormant/dead Jenova which wasan actual threat to the Planet or something like that. Sephiroth was classified as a problem but not one that required the use of the Weapons so the Planet created a lesser form of defense, Aeris. Aeris is, by natureof her limit breaks which are theinherent power of each user, a protecter, healer and cleanser. She is in tune with the voice of the Planet and seems to be guided down a path full of too many coincidences to be pure chance. Notice how the two places she's most connected to, her home and the church, are the only two places in all of Midgar where flowers will grow, despite having several mako reactors sucking the lifestream away from the area constantly? Was Aeris drawn to these areas because of their lingering ties to the Planet or did she cause those ties herself? Aeris is also in possesion of the White Materia, right from the start, the one thing needed to counter the Black Materia, that she somehow managed to keep despite both her and her mother have been in Shin Ra captivity for years and then captured again as an adult? She is the one who finds out how to fight Sephiroth, she is the one who stops meteor, she is the one to cure geostigma. Aeris is responsable for every true thwarting of Sephiroth, because that is what she was created to do.
How Sephiroth's sword worksWeapons such as whips are so painful because they break the speed of sound when used. As physics tells us, this is because the whip's tip is far away from the handle. The farther from the end an object is the faster it goes. Sephiroth's sword is incredibly long, so it can go at incredible speeds when swung, maybe even fast enough to break the speed of light. That, combined with his SOLDIER training, may let him temporarily stop time. This is why he can make so many attacks at once with just one swing.
Materia are what's left of the CrystalsThis ties in with the many "Planet is sentient" WMGs, and to the overall theme of deconstruction throughout FFVII. Consider, the Crystals were the ultimate power of light, good, and life in many previous entries, and the theme of science being used to subjigate the forces of magic is prevalent in both FFV and FFVI. In the world of FFVII humanity(via the Shin Ra Corp.) has turned the Crystals into a commodity in the form of Materia, and is tapping directly into their power source, the Lifestream, by way of Mako energy. Wheras magic previously required training, spiritual awareness, or a hereditary ability to commune with the life force, Shin Ra has gone straight to the source and canibalized it into little crystal balls that anyone can slot into their weaponry or equipment. Planet is sentient, and it's pissed at us because we've murdered it's messengers and guardians, used their corpses as a shortcut to power we have no comprehension of, and are tapping directly into it's nervous system/bloodstream to fuel the very machines we've used to subjigate it. Humanity has canibalized the Planet's immune system to allow itself faster access to power, and now that Planet faces a threat that said immune system was specifically designed to protect we have to use the White Materia(perhaps the last true Crystal left in the world) to jump start it back up again. It's no wonder that Bunhaggen thinks Planet might hold a grudge, we've been treating it horribly for generations.
Barret is gayDyne was his lover, and Barret raised his daughter Marlene. Otherwise, Barret has never been married and never dated a woman. He's also in the bear subculture, and likes to wear clothes that flash his skin and body hair. His date with Cloud actually was an attempt at a date, but Barret might not admit it. And then there was that yummy fishnet shirt in Advent Children...
The game from Whirlwind's Maze onwards is the result of a botched attempt at entering a war with the World of RuinSephiroth hated Kefka's babbling about destroying the world, considering Exdeath did much more - but didn't have enough power. In Crisis Core, he prepared to attack by burning down Nibelheim, and organized a Xanatos Roulette that would end in using the Black Materia to fire Meteor at the World of Ruin, with assistance from the Weapons... but it was aimed in the wrong direction. Draco in Leather Pants genes (or DILP genes for short), and he's passed it on to his son Sephiroth, who takes Hojo's tall, long-haired appearance Up to Eleven. But Sephiroth, being superhumanly powerful thanks to his Jenova heritage, has twisted Hojo's DILP abilities into a new form. While Hojo has the power to attract adoring fangirls in his own 'verse, Sephiroth can use his Jenova-enhanced DILP genes to Break The Fourth Wall and mesmerize legions of real-life fans into doing his bidding. It remains to be seen whether he's planning to unleash a fangirl version of the Reunion upon the world, or if he has some other evil scheme in mind.
Cloud is an AncientOr rather he BECAME an ancient while fighting Sephiroth. In Advent Children, his ability to hear and see Aerith after her death is actually him listening to the lifestream, not just Aerith sending messages from beyond the grave. This is why he can see Zack beside Aerith by the end. This is why he's also the only one to hear it.
The Black Materia (in Sephiroth's plan) doesn't just summon an ordinary meteor, but a meteor containing larger masses of Jenova cells.The Jenova who was Sephiroth's mommy? That was just an extremely tiny part of it. The meteor? That's no meteor, that's a Jenova planet (and really, do meteors cause tornadoes and fall slowly?). This can also be linked to a previous theory that there are other planets out there consisting primarily of Jenova cells, with Jenova itself being The Virus who migrated from planet to planet. Also, since planets including those with lifestreams are always bombarded by meteors and still manage to survive (has anyone heard of bacteria?). Also, after all, what would really blow a hole in the collective unconscious that is The Lifestream and allow an opportunity for the creation of a God and an Instrumentality plot? An ordinary piece of rock, or a horrible thing from Aerith-knows-where? Of course, the next theory is optional, but.....
The Cetra used the Black Materia to bring their downfall upon themselves.Because This Troper wants an And The Precursors Grew Proud backstory. Back then the Ancients used the immense power of the Black Materia to conjure immense quantities of divine power from Aerith-knows-where, but of course, they ended up bringing themselves the "Calamity From The Skies", whose immense eldritch power turned back against them. And the rest is FFVII history.
Marlene Wallace is the actual last CetraHer general precociousness combined with the fact that she could sense Aerith's presence when the Lifestream stopped Meteor indicates a heightened level of awareness. With the destruction of Corel and the death of most of its residents (Not to mention she vanished from the scene of the fire) makes her legally dead in the eyes of Shinra, hence why she was not researched. Elmyra, who also took care of Marlene for a while, took care of Aerith as well; meaning she might have a knack for adopting Cetra children. On top of that, in Dyne's after-death story, he beholds his wife when he joins the life-stream. Keeping ones consciousness that long in the Life Stream seems to be something only Cetra can do. Now we can compound that with her Advent Children appearance: One of the only Edge children not affected by Geostigma and look at her hairdo! Thus, everyone, Marlene is the real last Cetra and has survived due to slipping under the radar, and judging by how things are looking up in the future, she just might not be the last for long.
Masamune is a Cursed Sword that deals Vile damageThe sword Masamune has the effect of inflicting injuries than cannot be healed by magic, technology or Phoenix downs and can only be recovered from naturally. There are many hints to this idea which is only disputed by the ability to heal in Crisis Core. Not only do we have the obvious death of Aerith, but Cloud and Tifa both take a great deal of time to recover from their injuries(Five years). Zangan describes the numerous "Cure" spells he casts on Tifa as not helpful to close the wounds she received from the weapon. As a result, Aerith's mortal injuries could not be healed despite the possible frantic actions of everyone. This would also be a reason that Sephiroth was feared: he held a weapon that you cannot heal from with magic or technology, and swords tend to inflict mortal wounds.
Vincent is Sephiroth's real fatherThis idea came from a fanfic, but it makes a lot of sense. Firstly, let’s consider Hojo. Hojo is a small, weedy, stooped scientist who has no physical aptitude whatsoever; the perfect symbol of a sleazy immoral scientist. Even with JENOVAH cells in his body to dramatically improve his physical abilities, Sephiroth is the utter polar opposite in every way except for his intelligence (and mental instability). Lucrecia herself isn’t quite as frail as Hojo, but is still a small human scientist. Neither of these people seem like candidates to create a physical god.
But consider Vincent. Unlike Hojo, Vincent qualified to be a highly competent member of the Turks. This would require him to be at peak levels of human fitness, like physical prowess, combat skills, sharp reflexes, and aptitude for battle. Considering that both Vincent and Sephiroth performed the same function, acting as highly trained operatives for Shinra, it makes sense that Vincent is a more likely candidate. But even besides that, they share more similarities than physical skill; they both have the same cold, reserved (but not wholly uncaring) personality, physical grace, and flair for the dramatic. They even look similar, both of them being nearly the same height with the same refined facial features.
Now, how could this come about? It’s pretty obvious; both Vincent and Lucrecia were attracted to one another and spent quite some time together. It’s possible that Lucrecia had an affair before or even during her relationship with Hojo. As for why Hojo would claim Sephiroth is his son, either Lucrecia kept the truth from him (if she even knew who the real father was) or Hojo claimed that he sired Sephiroth so he could lord it over others.
Mako energy = nuclear energy.Nuclear energy was first used as a weapon of mass destruction before a power source; ShinRa started out as a weapons company before becoming a power company. If rare materia like Meteor were to to appear in the modern world, it would be classified as a WMD. Just as nuclear fallout destroys life and sterilizes, sucking the mako from an area effectively destroys life and sterilizes. Like radiation, too much mako exposure causes horrible mutations (eg, the makonoids). Just as children in Japan were the main victims of radiation poisoning after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, children are the main victims of geostigma. Really makes the game Harsher in Hindsight, doesn't it?
Kadaj is humanity and it's redempion.If the theories about Aerith being a Messianic Archetype and Sephiroth the Anti-christ above are true, then Kadaj represents humanity and the possibility of redemption as well. Ok, Geostigma represents the original sin, originated by man's greed and wanting divinity; Sephiroth, who also can play as Satan here, controls people with Geostigma through Kadaj (to get the souls of people infected with it, as stated by him in the final fight), that also is being controlled, being aware of Sephiroth's return, but actually not knowing that he's behind all this, and it's not his "mother's" will, thinking that with all this he can win her love, or see her. What it means? That Kadaj (i.e humanity), can be really cruel and sometimes can look as pure evil, capable of anything, but like a child, he's doing it because he's being manipulated by Sephiroth (i.e Satan, but I like to call it evil forces), in hopes for getting love and retribution. Aerith (i.e Jesus, or God, or whatever), knowing this, that Kadaj actually doesn't have a mother and might never get the love he desperately wants, forgives him pretending to be his beloved "mother" (also Cloud, that can be viewed as a Aerith's envoy, like the rest of the party. Or Peter and the apostles, for church fans) and ensures him that he will be loved, calming him, and allowing him to rest in peace: In resume, Death Equals Redemption, and humanity is forgiven for it's actions in it , because humanity is God's children and she/he loves them, no matter what. Also, the rain is his demise can ve interpreted as said redemption, peace, forgiveness and/or happiness in form of baptism (this troper doesn't like church, this is merely an anthropologist and objective analysis). Don't forget Rufus Shinra, he has a part in here too. He might represent money and executive power's corrupting and manipulative force in mankind. That's how I see Kadaj's life and demise. As for Cloud's role in the last one, be my guest and share your WMG because this troper had a hard time interpretating his role in this escene, the way he looks and recieve Kadaj you can see that actually killing him wasn't in his plans, or at least he understands (or forgives? The main theme in the movie is forgiveness/redemption, after all) him in the end. Also the reasons why Kadaj keep calling him "brother", specially the way he did in the end.
The first Cait Sith was controlled by Tseng instead of Reeve.He had a crush on Aerith that Tseng shared but #2 didn't seem as affected by her death as you'd expect considering that. Kidnapping Marlene makes a lot more sense for one of the Turks than it does for Reeve, and since she was left with Aerith's mother it would be easy for Tseng to find her. #2 tends to speak with a country accent (in the US release, at least). #1 seemed to be getting weak before he ever even reached the controls for shrinking the Temple, which would be understandable if his real body was off dying (until the sequels brought him back) at the same time. And his last words were not to forget him, because even if another Cait Sith shows up he won't be the same. Then #2 introduces himself by saying that he's pleased to meet them, instead of acting like he was just the same guy come back. So Tseng could have been using the first Cait Sith to spy on them, which is a Turkly job to be doing, but then after being skewered and knowing that he'd be sacrificing the robot he contacted Reeve to take over with helping them out, which makes sense as a choice when he's the one decent guy in Shinra.
LOVELESS is a prophecy foretelling the events of the Compilation.In Crisis Core, after the other games were written and released, we find Genesis quoting LOVELESS a lot. Oddly enough, the quotes all mentioned can be related to the rest of the Compilation in some way. Take the quote about the tree friends, one dies, one flies away, and the one that is left becomes a hero. This can be seen as either Genesis, Angeal, and Sephiroth, or as Zack, Sephiroth and Cloud. The one that dies is, for the first group, Sephiroth, and Zack for the second. For the one that flies away, it is first Genesis, then Sephiroth. For the one who becomes a hero, it is first Angeal's Heroic Sacrifice, and Cloud's stubborn refusal to allow Sephiroth to win for the second. All of Genesis' quotes can be interpreted in some way to be related to the overall plot of the Compilation of FF7.
Zack's final battle makes beginning of the game easierDuring Zack's final Battle, Shinra must have sent somewhere around a Battalion to Regiments worth of security men, along with a large number of helicopters. Only 1 helicopter and 3 men survived. One has to think that the loss of manpower in killing Zack must have impacted security in Midgar, as there would be fewer guards for just about anything.
Hojo abused CloudThis came as a joke from a discussion this troper had with a friend where she said something about the ungodly thinks Hojo did to Cloud and Zack's bodies while they were unconscious in Nibelhiem. But then this troper got to thinking - it actually does make sense! Think about it - are we ever specifically told what Hojo actually does to people who he experiments on? Sure he says he's imbuing their bodies with Jenova Cells, Mako etc, but maybe this is just his coverup to disguise the nasty truth behind Hojo's acts. Maybe Cloud is not a 'failed experiment', maybe Hojo never performed the experiments he did on the Sephiroth Clones on him. Cloud's behaviour as he and Zack escaped Nibelhiem could be a result of the mental scarring of five years of abuse by Hojo. Perhaps Zack was not abused to the same extent (maybe Hojo prefered blonds), allowing him to stay as upbeat as ever. Cloud taking on Zack's persona at the end of Crisis Core could be his way of repressing these damaging memories. We then join Cloud in the events of Final Fantasy VII. Here Cloud bumps into Hojo a couple of times in Shin-ra HQ as well as Costa Del Sol. At this stage, Cloud still believes he is Zack, so he is able to restrain himself. However, when he meets Hojo at the Northern Crater, Cloud's memories of the truth begin to return to him as Hojo calls him a 'failed experiment'. Cloud then begins to act very strangely - a result perhaps of those years of repressed memories coming back to him in a rush due to being presented with a trigger of those times. Cloud's catatonic state in Mideel could then be explained as him trying to come to terms with what Hojo had done to him. This troper has always wondered why Tifa was not effected by the lifestream in the same way as Cloud was. However, if you approach it with this view, Cloud's mental state was not a result of Mako poisoning from the lifestream, but from the reality of years of abuse. Tifa's 'counselling' not only allowed him to come to terms with theimes truth of his identity, but allowed him to overcome the scars Hojo left him with.
Cloud was originally meant to be a silent protagonistThere would have been a lot more Dialogue Trees and the Relationship Values would have been much more important to the plot. Once they gave Cloud a more fleshed out backstory and a personality, they decided to keep some of them in the game for things like the date scene on Disc 1.
Bugenhagen is, at least from a thematic standpoint, the single most important character in the game.Bugenhagen is strangely depicted in game simulataneously as a kind-hearted naturalist and a man obsessed with technology (this is even explicitly pointed out by both Bugenhagen and Barret), and, on a related point, can fly. The true moment of Fridge Brilliance here comes when one realizes that that's the point of the whole goddamn game. The entire game is about the relationship between science and naturalism and their pursuit in explaining and achieving the supernatural. Think about it: what element of gameplay do people criticize for being impractical more than any other? The fact that guns, swords, fists, and magic are being used in the same battle. Each one of the principal protagonists seems to represent a different point in the balance between nature/magic and technological science. Barret definitely personally leans toward nature, yet is a cyborg; Cid explicitly states that while he prefers science, he puts trust in magic; Vincent fights with both modern and corrupted supernatural science, yet has the strangely Aesthetic persona of an ex-romantic in nihilistic despair. The principal antagonists, Professor Hojo and Sephiroth, each represent extreme imbalance in their interaction with nature/magic and technology. Hojo, of course, is obsessed with science, and even approaches studies of the planet with a heartlessly empirical attitude. Sephiroth, on the other hand, starts out fairly balanced- he is a result of scientific experimentation with the natural- but as he descends into insanity, he becomes more obsessed with the past and the planet itself, and seems to view technology with an attitude approaching even naïvete. They both are motivated by the mostly unexplained Jenova, the supernatural element in this aspect of the game. The message of the entirety of this fairly violent, apocalyptic game is to approach life with a balanced, peaceful attitude, as in yinyang. And... wait... what was the name of that two-headed zombie in the Shinra Mansion basement again?
The game is Star Wars, and AVALANCHE is the Red Squadron.Both Red Squadron and AVALANCHE are recognizable by their red headgear, and are part of a Rebellion against a corrupt empire. Red L Eader is obviously Barret; Biggs and Wedge are named after Red Three and Two, respectively; Jesse is most likely four, and Cloud five. 6-12 are (in no particular order) Tifa, Aeris, Yuffie, Vincent, Cait Sith and Cid. This leaves us with RED THIRTEEN.
Sephiroth didn't kill Aerith...Cloud did! See here.
Gilgamesh DOES have a cameo in Final Fantasy VII.He's the final knight in Knights of the Round. The giant knight wielding Excalibur.
Sony are the reason Square are holding off on a remakeObviously, the remake would make Square a lot of money... But remember that Sony footed part of the development costs, and distributed the game. Aside from having to split the profits, this likely means that any remake would have to be exclusive to Sony consoles, much in the way the Goldeneye1997 rights are tied up with Nintendo, Activision & Rare, preventing a direct remake of that game.
Teioh is a different chocobo each timeit's the only reasonable explanation I can think of, when it comes to Teioh racing A (and sometimes even B) class races. Maybe not a different chocobo each time, but different for each chocobo you use.
The difference between humans and Cetra is cultural, not genetic.Sephiroth implies this when he explains stuff to Cloud, telling him "the ancients that hid from the calamity became your ancestors". So humans are just Cetra that lost their connection to the planet. This explains how Aeris/th can be full-blooded Cetra despite having a human father; she was raised by her mother up until a certain point (she's also not that good at being a Cetra, because her mom died before she could teach her everything.) When the planet is in enough pain, the party (mostly normal humans) can hear it screaming, and when the Lifestream surges up in Mideel, Cid can tell it's the Lifestream and not just an earthquake. If normal humans re-taught themselves to listen properly, they could hear the planet when it's speaking at its normal volume.
The Shinra family is from Nibelheim.Points in favour:
Red XIII, the galian beast, and the behemoth species are related.Points in favour:
Knights of the RoundThe Knights of the Round are the spirits of the Cetra warriors who defeated and sealed Jenova the first time around. This has a neat parallel with some of the earlier entries in the series.
One-Winged FlightIt was brought up on the Crisis Core page as Artistic License - Physics, so it got me thinking. And the answer is simple how to fly with one wing. It isn't flight. It's simple levitation. In the AC movie people are shown activly defying gravity with simple jumps, so it's not much of a stretch. The one wing for Jenova Cell recipients doesn't grant flight. Think of it more like a deer's antlers. The wing represents the cells reaching their maturity, to the point where such powers become available.
Jenova was a Terran probe.Major spoilers for Final Fantasy IX, The Terrans in FFIX move from star system to star system absorbing the life-stream of younger planets into theirs. Jenova is a probe to find suitable planets, and Gaia in FFVII may even be the Gaia from FFIX thousands of years before the events of FFIX, or some other world the Terrans [spoilered].
Tifa died in the Nibleheim incident.She's a ghost, Unsent or other such revenant.
Vincent has the Terror Mask.Let us count the ways. The woman he loves was taken from him by a mad scientist. He ends up in the basement of the mansion where that scientist performed human experiments. One of his Limit Breaks has him shapeshift into an incredibly burly man with a hockey mask like face and a chainsaw. And to top it off, the name of that Limit Break is the same as the Japanese name of the Terror Mask: Hell Mask.
Remina is what you get when Jenova eats a planetThink about it: clearly sentient planetoid, and home to all sorts of nasty WTF. Possibly it's even an evolved form of Jenova, to where it simply eats the planets rather than parasitizing them.
Cloud is still in the tube.He never escaped Hojo's lab. The whole game is basically his incoherent power fantasy of destroying Shinra and getting with Tifa. Aerith isn't a Cetra, she's a prostitute that either he or Zack frequented in Midgar. Aerith's death is his way of processing his grief at Tifa's death. The other characters are basically imagined versions of either people from Shinra wanted lists or characters taken from popular entertainment.
In his appearance in Advent Children, Sephiroth is now 100% JenovaOr rather, 100% whatever species she was. Human in appearance obviously, but he outright states his goal was what she'd intended to do to the Planet when she arrived (as opposed to his original goal of 'kill all the humans because all the humans are dicks'), and he was formed from Kadaj, a remnant forged from Jenova cells that were in the lifestream.
Shinra is the real Calamity of the Skys. Jenova was just a Mako Experiment that served as a remnant of Shinra's downfall.The Ultimania states that the Shinra family came from Spira from Final Fantasy X. It's likely Shinra's Ship crashed on the Planet then they tried to harvest Mako right from the start and implemented Shapeshifting in the Mako Monsters they created. The Planet wasn't trying to kill off humanity it was trying to kill off the parasitic Shinra family! The Cetra managed to defeat them and set them back a few centuries yet by Final Fantasy 7 they started the parisite buisness up again and were only stopped when Sephiroth used Meteor and the Lifestream fought it off saving both the planet and Rufus Shinra in the process.
Yuna is Jenova.As of the novel and audio drama, Yuna has become very emotionally unstable and apparently accidentally revived Sin and caused the dead to come back to life. Naturally, this creates chaos on Spira, which Yuna sets out to fix. Her inability to move on after defeating Sin and losing Tidas has caused her to try to fix her problems only to wind up creating worse problems as a side-effect. This cycle repeats until she winds up turning herself into a planet-devouring monster.
The WEAPO Ns are on the party's side.The WEAPO Ns, despite all the hype they’re given, are ultimately Plot Irrelevant Villains. Their purpose is to destroy anything and everything that’s harming the planet, but they pretty much disappear from the plot almost immediately after awakening. Ruby just hangs out in the desert, Emerald swims on the ocean floor, and Ultima flies around after it makes a quick pitstop at Mideel. Only Sapphire and Diamond actually attack civilization, and the latter is implied to be under Sephiroth's control. But let's look closer at things. When Sapphire stops over at Junon, the only active attack it launches at the fortress city is a little beam that does some superficial damage. Not to a major population center, not to a structural weakness that could compromise the defense of the city, not to a place where the leadership would presumably be, not to the big-ass gun that could be dangerous to the WEAPON, but to the roof of the gas chamber where Tifa is stuck in of all things. This gives her the chance to escape. And Ultima’s only plot-relevant action in the game is to (implicitly) stir up the Lifestream in Mideel, which is what ultimately allows Cloud to recover from his coma and find himself. These actions, while causing all sorts of death and destruction, ultimately prove to be useful for the party's quests. The WEAPO Ns never once impede the heroes' progress. So what can we conclude from this? That the WEAPO Ns are, in their destructive way, actively assisting AVALANCHE. Yeah, they’ll defend themselves if they’re attacked, and they’re still highly animalistic monsters that are instinctively violent. But they and/or the Planet know that the party is the best bet to systematically destroy all of the major threats posed by Shinra, Sephiroth, and Meteor, and are willing to step aside and let them handle everything until the WEAPO Ns need to intervene with their unique sets of skills.