Brynhildr was a keyblade master.
fal'Cie are also 'slaves'.
Fang will become Lightning's best friend, then die shortly before the final showdown.
Lightning becomes Haruhara Haruko.
Odin is the unicorn from Robot Unicorn Attack.What kind of mecha warhorse doesn't have a mane? The kind that's trying to hide something. Due to having the same mix of badassery and femininity, the unicorn decided Lightning was the best possible rider. The rose is actually a many-pointed glass star the unicorn was trapped in, which also broke its horn off, probably.
Sazh's Chocobo is the true Villain of the Game.Forget what the trailers show, no matter how prominent Jihl and Yaag might be, its just a big huge red herring. The real villain will pop out of nowhere and kill them both off in a matter of seconds (and nobody will care). Sazh's little Chocofro will transform into a fifty-foot monster of pure evil, then fuse with Cocoon to become a giant death star of evil energy, and try to existence. Most likely it will win too.
Menrva is the real form of Barthandelus.
Sazh's chocobo is also a l'Cie.How else could he kick that soldier's ass in chapter 9? Any regular baby bird would have ended up like what happens when one flies into your windshield.
Pulse is the world of FF Versus XIII in the futureFFVXIII, FFAXIII and FFXIII are in separate worlds, right? What if SE lied to make the revelation that Pulse used to be quite advanced a secret?
The people of Gran Pulse is a One-Gender RaceVanille and Fang are female. All the Cie'th stones you see have female parts and figures.
The Chickobo is the MakerIt only makes sense - see the above WMGs about it. It guides the team, serves as Sazh' moral conscience, and subtly leads them all to the right course of action. There's only one answer that explains it all: It is God.
Humanity is extinct on Pulse because Titan got bored and made every single one of them a l'CieThe game hints at this already, and Titan's pretty much the god of survival of the fittest. So he made some humans into l'Cie and pitted them against random monsters. When those failed, he made more l'Cie. Eventually some powerful Cie'th turned up so Titan made more l'Cie to kill them. The Cie'th stones for the marks are simply the first ones to have failed at those specific tasks.
The people from Cocoon don't last long after the end of the game.See above. Did you think Titan was done?
Dajh's Focus was actually to find Vanille or Fang specifically.He didn't need to capture Pulse l'Cie, he needed to capture the Pulse l'Cie that actually threatened Kujata. When he found Vanille with Sazh, his Focus was considered complete.
Humans are now useless to Fal'Cie as tools.Why do Fal'Cie use humans? Because Humans Are Special and can rise beyond their limitations - like their Focus. The Fal'Cie think that a l'Cie must fulfill their Focus because that's all they know, and l'Cie believe it because it's what they've been told. But just like how extreme shock can instantly turn you into a Cie'th, a supreme act of emotional strength can turn you into crystal, seal your brand or turn you back human. Now humanity has four people that can say - "Hey, this whole Focus thing? Is bullshit. It's what the Fal'Cie want you to think, and you have the power to defy your fate. We turned back from being Cie'th by willpower alone because that's humanity's special power." Sure, one or two weak-willed humans can still be turned into Cie'th, but anyone powerful enough to be a decent l'Cie are strong enough to save themselves.
The main characters will always be social outcasts.Okay, they saved Coccoon from certain death. But they still killed countless soldiers who were trying to stop them and indirectly caused the deaths countless civilians. Even if their story is believed, not a whole lot of people are going to forgive them. Lightning, especially, will probably never be able to work in the military again considering that she's decimated it.
Lindzei is actually Barthandelus.The Analects mention that Lindzei convinced many people to migrate from Gran Pulse to Cocoon. Barthandelus wanted to make a huge human sacrifice by destroying Cocoon, so he would definitely want to lead people there. The Analects also mentioned that Lindzei eventually left, abandoning the people he lured to Cocoon. However, this Analect could be referring to the time when Barthandelus became Dysley and no longer revealed his Fal'Cie form to others (until Lightning and co. showed up).
The Goddess is the Maker.The Fal'Cie all assume the Maker is gone. Maybe the Maker just changed its appearance, and none of them realized it. The 13th Analect even mentions that the Goddess Etro is through the same Door that the Maker is believed to be through.
Barthandelus is the one who actually put Fang and Vanille in their premature crystal sleep.When Vanille refused to join with Fang to form the full-powered Ragnarok, Barthandelus realized they would not be able to destroy Cocoon as he desired. Since they had the power to become Ragnarok, he knew they were too useful to let die, so he put them in a crystal sleep until there would be a better opportunity for them to destroy Cocoon/Orphan.
Barthandelus manipulated Orphan as part of his plan to create an enormous human sacrifice.When Cocoon was created, Barthandelus placed Orphan as the power source and programmed him to desire death. This would make it easier to destroy Cocoon when the time came.
Orphan is manipulating Barthandelus as part of his plan to die.Orphan is obviously a very powerful Fal'Cie. As such, he is able to plant ideas or suggestions into the minds of other Fal'Cie. He made them think that a large human sacrifice would bring back the Maker, thereby convincing them to try to destroy him (since by destroying him, they could destroy all the humans of Cocoon).
The Fal'Cie of Pulse went on a l'Cie-making rampage to try to create their own large human sacrifice.Similar to how the Cocoon Fal'Cie are trying to destroy Cocoon to create a large human sacrifice, the Pulse Fal'Cie used l'Cie brands to wipe out most of the population of Gran Pulse. Apparently, the sacrifice didn't bring back the Maker.
Lindzei is not only Barthandelus, Lindzei is Satan.Lindzei is a Smug Snake who lied his ass off to lure people into (rather than out of) "Paradise", served as a "god" of a world of his own fabrication with the intention of leading the people in it to ruin, tried to discredit the very God he was intitially serving in the first place by imitating Her, deceived the 'true believers' (the people of Pulse) into thinking he had left their worlds entirely (or very well never existed), whose forms grew increasingly angelic in each battle. How is he not some form of Satan?
Snow is really from Gran Pulse.They never tell us any details about his early life, only that he 'grew up' in Bodhum with Lebreau and Gadot and they made NORA. Snow seems like the kind of person that could survive pretty well on Gran Pulse, AND he's an orphan who (supposedly) doesn't remember his family very well. Perhaps his parents were the last inhabitants of their village on Pulse, and they realized that keeping themselves and Snow out of danger in friggin' Pulse was way too difficult to do and they'd be wormfood if they kept this up. Despite their distaste with the idea, they decided to go to Cocoon. Either they both died on the way through the gate or got shot down in Cocoon for being from Pulse, leaving young Snow all on his own either in or near Bodhum. He probably made up his name, since his real one he either forgot or wanted to leave behind.
The game is a far future sequel to Final Fantasy IXThere are several shout outs, such as to Lindblum and so on. The Maker of the Fal'cie was either Garland or Necron, which is why it isn't around anymore; they were released into the world upon its death.
Orphan had some kind of mind-fogging power or power of compulsion, which it used to cause those near it to lose their full grasp of what was going on and just act instinctively.Hence the party destroying Orphan while in their normal form despite the logical issues with that approach. When they killed it, its influence on them lingered briefly, thus allowing Vanille and Fang to transform to Ragnarok and save Cocoon, because they became Ragnarok before they could think about it, and their thought process was still vague enough that it didn't occur to them that they couldn't simply use their power to catch the falling world. Doesn't the end of the game make more sense like that?
Phineas is HopeOne day, Phineas and Ferb tried creating a way to go through alternate demsions. Phineas tested it out and well it worked but he couldn't go home because Doof's-intvention-of-the-day managed to "clean-up" the boys object much faster. Somehow, Phineas' appearence was altered to fit his new home better. He was found by Nora and she took him in. Phineas lived a few peaceful years in this world, learning all he could in hopes that one day he could go home. (Meaningful Name much?) Unfortunitly for him the grownups here DO care if a kid builds omething like a rollercoaster downtown. (There's a quote on the quote page of Despair Event Horizon that pretty much sums it up) He coped by putting his faith in his new mom. But think of how his old family and friends are coping. Yes, yes this was based solely off of his voice actor.
Lightning is a lesbian.At no point in the game does she show any attraction to a guy, first of all. In Palumpolum, in the oft-cited Les Yay moment when Fang tries to get a look at her brand, Lightning is visibly embarrassed. Some have written this off as Lightning being uncomfortable with physical contact in general, except about three scenes later she Glomps Hope without a problem. It would be totally in-character for Lightning to freeze up around someone she finds attractive, even in a general "Damn she's hot" way. Also, in Episode Zero when at her iciest, she still notices LeBreau's outfit (or lack thereof) in a way no other character seems to do. It just kind of makes sense.
Vanille's actress wasn't slipping on the accentVanille realized that speaking with a Gran Pulse accent would be a great way to get herself killed fast, so she tried to cover it up, but wasn't as good at it as she thought. Fang didn't even bother trying to hide it, probably because anyone who tried would get their asses handed to them.
Serah, Lightning, and Snow are alternate incarnations of Tohru, Kyo, and Uo of Fruits Basket. In that order.Snow/Arisa is totally fine with the trade of sister/husband roles. Kyo/Claire, less so. By extension, Sazh is Shigure, Hope is Yuki (who hasn't realized just who he's crushing on), Vanille is Momiji, Fang is Hatsuharu, Cid is Akito (internet! find me Sazh/Cid slash, stat!), Nora is Kyoko, Dajh is Megumi (thus the creepiness), Rygdea is Kakeru, the Farrons were Saki and Kazuma (finally made him call her mother), etc. As a corollary, Anima made sure to give Serah a Focus that would immediately leave her encased in crystal and out of the way because it knew that if left free with the task of destroying Cocoon she would find some way to make it all end with everyone hugging, the opposite of what it wanted.
Square Enix will release a DLC containing a rehashing of the removed content from the origional gameWith the massive amount of content that Square Enix removed in order to fit the game on to one disk it would be stupid not to recycle that content in some form. Most likely it will be in the form of a DLC that will be a prologue about fang and vanille when they first became l'cie.
Barthandelus's familiar, Menrva, is none other than Lindzei.Sounds far-fetched, doesn't it? Menrva's just Barthandelus's owl familiar that follows him around, right? But the Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega states that the Cocoon L'Cie brand is Lindzei's symbol, and if you look carefully, you can clearly see it branded on Menrva's wing. Menrva's obviously not a L'Cie, otherwise Barthandelus would've used it to destroy Orphan, so what else can it be? The Ultimania Omega also reveals that Menrva's a kind of fal'Cie, which makes sense- right after Barthandelus sinks into Orphan's pool, you can clearly see Menrva fly in, then, and only then, does Orphan's trinity form rise up. Orphan's left form, according to the wiki is supposed to represent Lindzei. But only two fal'Cie, at first glance, were absorbed- if you're not counting Menrva. If you are counting it, then Orphan's trinity appearance makes a lot more sense. And as for why Lindzei would be helping Barthandelus with all this in the first place, why wouldn't it? Pretty much all of the fal'Cie long for death; by taking Menrva's form and helping Barthandelus, Lindzei is "laying low" and avoiding detection while helping Barty bring about Cocoon's destruction.
The Maker is the same person as The Creator from Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsCocoon and Pulse were another experiment just like Final Fantasy IV's world was; clearly one with a much higher alteration variable(comparatively speaking, FFIV's world was practically in the control group, as far as experimental interventions go). The Fal'Cie's attempt to summon him would have failed regardless of saving Cocoon, as Cecil and Co. had already killed him. Depending on the timescale, however...
The plot is ultimately caused by Cecil and co killing the Maker in The After YearsAssumes the above guess about the same Maker/Creator being true. Coccoon and Grand Pulse were next on his list of experiments to check up on after the FFIV world, and the Fal'Cie knew when he was scheduled to stop by. When Cecil and friends caused him to come down with a sudden bout of deadness and so he missed his appointment, the Fal'Cie freaked out, not having any programming or instructions for such a scenario, and came up with the "sacrifice Cocoon" plan in a desperate attempt to summon the missing Creator. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
Humanity is the Maker.Gran Pulse was a planet that was supposed to be colonized by humans from some other planet, but not completely fit for them to immediately settle in. So they started a slow process of terraforming the planet, using some bio-mechanical devices known as Fal'cie. With time, technology keeps advancing and Fal'cies become more and more efficient and complex, like the Fal'cies seen on the surface of Pulse. But nevertheless, big chunks of Gran Pulse remain unfit for humans, so a group of them decides to create Cocoon, an artificial world made from scratch using only the basest materials from the surface of Pulse and putting there the modified Fal'cies who should not terraform pulse anymore but just maintain Cocoon. Centuries go by, and between the slow progress of Pulse's terraforming forcing the people down under to put a lot more effort in their survival than in the preservation of their knowledge and the people of Cocoon living contented stagnant lives in their artificial paradise, the more advanced technological knowledge (especially concerning the building of Fal'Cie) is forgotten and myths and religious faith eventually become the accepted explanation about the mysteries. But what about the immortal Fal'cie? Well, while they are more durable than humans, their ability to retain memories is not perfect: either there is a limited amount of information they can safeguard, or their memories get corrupted with time (or both), and eventually, they end up believing the creator myth as well. (and maybe even the fact that some of them have personalities is not an original feature but a glitch produced by the slow degrading of originally incredibly complex but non-sentient machines) Having forgotten their origins, they now only have bitterness toward their "focus", in other words, toward the fact that they are mere tools of mankind: which is especially hard for the Cocoon Fal'cie: they don't have a grand project to work for like the terraforming of a whole planet: they are merely automatic glorified nannies, the great irony being that by killing the humans in Cocoon, the Fal'cies are actually about the destroy the very "Maker" they are trying to summon.
Pulse is the land of Panzer Dragoon in the past.Just look at the opening cinematic's, or any other cinematic showing Pulse, look at the wide variety of creatures, the nature of machinery and the 'Towers' littering the land. If the Fal'Cie can control so many things, as well as one large 'worm like' Fal'Cie that resides within and controlling a tower, it just makes sense that they would eventually hide as towers themselves to remain in control of the world. Technology would obviously be lost thanks to the lack of Fal'Cie to cater to the people, and everyone would be reduced to medieval style standards, with lost technology littering the world. Pulse already has ruins that fill the land, a few hundred years more with knowledgeable people concerning survival skills and the technology in place would ruin the land further. The 'ancients' could have been the first of the humans to come to Pulse, using what technology and knowledge they have to enhance their lives to a level near what they were once given, with disastrous results (leading to the dragon program, based on Ragnarok). Drone's are very likely made up of C'ieth and attempts to recreate L'Cie. Augusta Tower which features in XIII-2, with the ability to manipulate the world to a large degree as well as create all kinds of creatures. This is very reminiscent of the Towers from the PD universe, and considering it made everything worse to almost apocalyptic levels, it fits the theme of the origin to Panzer Dragoon.
The game takes place in Spira.Think about it the Fal'Cie are rather reminiscent of the fayth, the L'Cie are summoners. and Ragnaork is a new form of Sin
FFXIII is a distant prelude to FFVIILightning doesn't act like Cloud, Cloud is descended from Snow and Serah. Snow never takes off his bandanna to prevent everyone from seeing his spiky hair and figuring it out. Jenova's meteor wasn't big enough to create the northern crater, it smashed through the Cocoon spire and Cocoon's belated impact caused the crater. Cetra is a corruption of Cie'th, and everyone forgot about L'Cie. Oh, and the WEAPONS are all fal'Cie. The Cetra evolved from the cocoon survivors too.
Lightning suffered a bout of tuberculosis a few years before the storyOr at least some form long lasting weakening illness, I mean think about it,at fully maxed stats she only has a little more health than Hope, you know, pampered kid from a well-off family in his early teens, didn't do physical anything until the l'cie mess probably, and she's just barely a better Sentinel, only able to dodge attacks and the only other character to not get the Adrenaline ability. Also she has Medic as one of her Primary Roles, completely at odds with her otherwise offensive fighting style with Staggering and raising the chain gauge being her forte. Battle-wise it makes her a balanced character but not too overpowered, but is segregated from the back story of her being a supersoldier in the GC and having more stamina than most of her peers, outlasting them in long marches. So my explanation to myself is she got sick as a kid and is still feeling it now, thus the lack of endurance during fights and the need for medical skills. Just makes her more badass if so seeing all she did if she does have a debilitation.
Location of l'Cie brands is related to handednessLightning, Hope, Snow, Serah, and Vanille all have their brands appear on the left side of their body, and all appear to be more-or-less right-handed. Sazh dual-wields, implying he's ambidextrous, and has his appear right in the center of his chest. Fang is usually holding her spear in her left hand, and has her brand on her right shoulder.
The fireworks display was just a simulation.You know how a lot of people are berating Snow and Serah for going into the fireworks display where they could easily be blown up and stuff? That used to be my train of thought too.. But then I thought back to a time when I was younger and went see to a fireworks display with my family at the beach. During that display, I saw a glowing rock ( or something ) coming towards us from the sky. There was a thin later of smoke tailing it, and one of my friends rolled out of the way to avoid it. Would I be wrong to say that it was one of the sparks from the fireworks? Would I be wrong to say that the sparks of real fireworks are supposed to be hot enough to burn you skin? Because when Snow and Serah went into the orb, they went right through a bunch of those little sparks like they were nothing.
Anima was against Orphan and Barthandelus.Anywhere ranging from a minor adjustment of their plan or just flat-out trolling them by letting their plan succeed but for not long enough to matter. The hazy glimpse you get upon being branded? It's not only Cocoon getting destroyed, but also Ragnarok saving it. However Bart and Orphan weren't aware of that being part of the focus and therefore never mentioned it. This would explain why it took until after Ragnarok saved Cocoon upon its descent that you all turn to crystal.
The Cocoon fal'Cie insignia represents The Maker.
All the games in the Fabula Nova Crystallis are gonna have major Downer EndingsThis is based on the original 13, 13-2, and Type 0. Versus may or may not Joss this when it comes out.
Ragnarok is a form of Cie'thDuring the ending, when Fang turns into her half of Ragnarok, her brand unfreezes and reaches it's final stage (the one where the "eye" is open and the pupil is white). Ragnarok also looks sorta like a Cie'th, in the way it's crystalline and animalistic.
Serah was working with social service.Considering the fact that Lightning has becoming more obsessed with her job and distanced herself from her, it definitely does make sense. She has contacted and told them that story, including the part where Lightning threatened her. They planted a wire on her to keep an eye out on Lightning's behavior; the plan is to make sure she doesn't do anything bad that if she commits three strikes, they'll gonna have to transfer Serah's custody over to Snow, whom she's planning to get married to. Because of the wire, the social service found out of Lightning punching Snow after Serah gets crystallized; this is her strike one. With Serah under this condition, they have backup of using Hope to keep track of her, promising him that if he does their work, they'll hand Snow over to him even if they don't want to; it is because they know he has a vendetta towards him. What else is that they made a deal with PSICOM into keeping Serah into their custody until it's over. Like her, Hope is also planted with a wire to keep track of Lightning's behavior. They manage to find out she summoned Odin because of her resentful towards Hope; this is her strike two. It would appear that her strike three is slapping Fang, but since Hope is not with her, they didn't noticed that. Because Hope was wearing the wire at this entire time, they learned that Lightning has apologized to both Snow and Hope for her behavior. At the endgame, when the two sisters reconcile, the social service decided not to have Serah's custody go to Snow.
The game takes place in the same universe as Tengen Toppa Gurren LagannOne of the main themes of the game is never giving up, you have to always keep going forward and pursue a goal, never give into despair and hopelessness. Orphan's statement that humans can achieve the impossible through sheer willpower and determination is very reminiscent of spiral power. The fal'Cie in turn are incarnations/servants/aspects of the Anti-Spiral created to control humans, their personal growth has stalled and they cannot move beyond their set programming. Barthandelus wants to call back the Anti-Spiral by killing all humans because with no humans left in the world, the purpose of the fal'Cie is done and they will be taken to another world for a new purpose, and if the fal'Cie just die, they will still be released from their existences deprived of their creators's presence. Just like Gurren Lagann, the party calls them out on wishing for death and despair over seeking hope and life and declares that to try and make others suffer for that goal is selfish and cowardly. Gurren Lagann's theme is combining, Final Fantasy XIII's theme is transformation, shown in the characters's weapons, the Eidolons (which "coincidentally" are giant robots in this game), and the shapeshifting powers of the fal'Cie. And of course, the game is a World of Badass that largely runs on Rule of Cool. Lightning's declaration of "We live to make the impossible possible" all but makes this theory canon.
Pulsian MorphologyTwo theories on the analysis of "fal'Cie", "l'Cie", and "Cie'th":
L'Cie sometimes turn directly into Cie'th stones...without a wandering Cie'th period between. Specifically, perhaps that is what happens when a l'Cie dies; this would explain why the Cie'th stones in the Faultwarrens are so close to their marks; the l'Cie who originally entered the contest fought and were killed by their marks. Also, since it is stated that the more stress and dispair a l'Cie faces about their focus, the faster they become Cie'th, perhaps some l'Cie who forsake their focus calmly, like the one for Mission 33 (unlike the Undying who forsake it angrily), do not have the regrets at failing that other l'Cie have and so do not become wandering Cie'th, but go right to Cie'th stones too, maybe after a relatively long life for a l'Cie. There's very little support for this idea in canon but it would be a nice small power that humans would have over the fal'Cie bullies. This does not however explain the many l'Cie that seem to have fought and been defeated by their marks but nonetheless have Cie'th stones rather far from them.
Gran Pulse is Earth in the very distant futureonce the tectonics revert earth majorly to either a pangea like continent, or something similar, and life evolves to the point of giving us some of those monsters, while others are Science Gone Horribly Right. Some machines have become sentient, and the one who created the first Sentient Machine was Genre Savvy enough to program it to make itself revere him/her as a god, making them The Maker. these machines are the Fal'Cie, who are capable of these feats through their engineering behind them. the L'Cie brand is the result of the Fal'cie attempting to put these powers into humans, while the Focuses are a way to try to make sure these powers aren't abused. Cie'th are what happens if they don't finish in time, and when this happens the cybernetics inside the human take over the host body entirely, forcing the sentience out. The Undying are humans who were stubborn enough to keep their sanity when they turned. When the Maker realizes pulse is a Death World, s/he brings a select population who have also realized this but are too stubborn to leave, or those who insist that the world is inhabitable.
Everyone is wrong (or lying) about the party's Focus (i.e. to destroy Cocoon).The actual granting of the Focus is very vague, and it's clear that nobody understands Anima when she gives it out (as the party spends multiple chapters trying to figure out their Focus). The only source for the idea that the Focus is to destroy Cocoon is Barthandalus, and he's noted as constantly trafficking in Blatant Lies. The actual Focus is probably closer to being "Stop the plans of Barthandalus and Orphan", or maybe "Keep the fal'Cie from murdering humanity" - both of which the party accomplishes handily in the ending.
The Fal'cie were created by the IncubatorsIt's called "subcontracting". 人◕‿‿◕人 In order to gather more energy than they can on their own, Kyubbey creates a series of robots to generate the Hope-Despair energy arc for him/them. In fact, they're responsible for the Pulse-Coccon war because they are Running Both Sides. Instead of "Magical Girls, the contractee is called a "L'cie": humanoid undead creature, possesses a power gem, and is compelled to complete a task given to them by the one who granted them superhuman magical power. This is a very stressful way of life and despair accelerates the transformation. If you do the hunts, you'll see that a lot of L'cie on Pulse were told to kill monsters, and sometimes Cieth, which are L'cie who have failed their focus.