YMMV / Final Fantasy V

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Downplayed. In Japan, Final Fantasy V is one of the more popular installments, more popular there than Final Fantasy VI. Overseas, it isn't as popular, due to its temporary No Export for You status, being the only numbered Final Fantasy game of the SNES generation not imported stateside, on top of being from the pre-Final Fantasy VII era. Also, whereas Japanese gamers didn't like the bigger emphasis on story that VI had, Americans did and Western critics knock down this game's lack of story and seemingly bare-bones characters (and the high random encounter rate).
  • Awesome Music: Like all Final Fantasy games, it has a lot. See this page for examples.
  • Broken Base: The iOS and Steam versions of the game are a point of contention among the fans. While most people like that the game is now available on more platforms, many agree that the new sprites don't blend well with the rest of the game and would have preferred that they kept the original sprites (the new monsters sprites and battle backgrounds can be seen as improvements, but the character sprites are very divisive). This article goes over the graphical issues in detail, comparing it unfavorably to the PSP remakes of Final Fantasy I, II, and IV. Besides the sprites, the majority of players agree that the main problem is the overly big and invasive user interface (which is the same in both versions, even though it doesn't make sense to keep this kind of user interface for the PC port of the game).
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Fans have a tendency to pair Faris with the other pirates and / or Loveable Rogues in the series, like Leila (II), Locke (VI) or Balthier (XII).
    • Thanks to Dissidia, Bartz is shipped around a lot. Common pairings are with Squall and Zidane (as they share a story path), and Terra (even though they don't actually interact in-game).
    • Krile and Hope have some fanart together as a Toy Ship, likely due to Krile's elemental essence, and maybe the irony between Hope's name and personality.
  • Cult Classic: While not one of the series' most popular games outside of its native country, it has garnered a decent following, enough to inspire a yearly charity run, the Four Job Fiesta, that anyone can participate in.
  • Ear Worm: While most of the songs are catchy, the worst is "Hurry Hurry" (which plays during the Karnak Castle escape).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Fanon: Some fans take Krile's statement that Bal lacks an heir and jokes "as if" about taking the throne herself to mean that she's adopted. It's worth noting that Relm in the next game has townspeople drop clear hints that she's not Strago's blood relative, whereas nobody in Bal says that Krile was. The Ultimanias also list Relm's relationship with Strago as "raised by", while Krile's is simply "granddaughter".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Bartz/Faris is quite popular. The two of them share a sad moment bonding over having a Disappeared Dad in Bartz's hometown. Although Bartz has romantic artwork with Lenna, his artwork with Faris can read as a Battle Couple.
    • Faris/Lenna has some popularity, particularly in Japan. Faris gets protective of Lenna very quickly (threatening Lenna is her Berserk Button) and Lenna cares deeply about her, and there's some rather shippy official art. Tends to be popular among people who like femmeslash and Incest Yay Shipping. There are also those who dismiss their blood relation as a minor hurdle (as though it's not the whole point of their subplot).
  • Game-Breaker: Here.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Galuf dies, the group attempt to heal him with Phoenix Down, Raises, and the like to no avail. Some time after the release of Final Fantasy VII, the most common joke is "Why didn't they just use a Phoenix Down on Aerith?"
  • It Was His Sled: Faris is a woman, and she is also Lenna's sister. Also, Galuf dies in the most awesome death and Krile takes his place.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Faris has numerous trans, nonbinary, and genderfluid fans.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Exdeath is a very accomplished villain. He manipulates various world leaders into shattering the crystals despite still being sealed, leads the Light Warriors on several wild goose chases, gets them to actually destroy a seal that (to put it mildly) they should not have, and very nearly accomplishes his goal. Pretty impressive for an evil tree.
  • Memetic Badass: Galuf. When you're down to 0HP and can still fight, you know this applies.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Piano FLEX! (There's a subquest involving playing all of the pianos in the game, and the lead character always poses heroically after every unique piano played. It is traditional to level up in piano skills even if Bard is not used for a Self-Imposed Challenge, and it's also a vaunted Games Done Quick tradition to include flexing as a sub-goal to donate towards.)
    • The text accompanying Neo Exdeath's Grand Cross, "The laws of the universe mean nothing!" became a meme in Japan in reaction to absurd situations. It was popular enough to return in Dissidia, though translation adjustments have led to English audiences thinking Exdeath is shouting it himself. It was originally the party observing "The laws of the universe are warping!" to signal all the incoming nonsensical status effects.
  • Narm Charm: The GBA script is well liked for not taking itself seriously. The player can also invoke this with certain job/ability combinations, such as Galuf in a Bard's frock calling on the forest animals like some kind of Disney princess... and there's nothing to prevent you from making him a Dancer in his final battle with Exdeath.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • According to some, Exdeath is a laughably stupid and absurd villain because... he is a tree.
    • Bartz being an "Idiot Hero." He actually gets to be the Only Sane Man several times and isn't any goofier than his companions. Granted, he is The Malaproper (psychotically? really?) and Ghido spends most of his time insulting Bartz's intelligence, but that's because he was already pissed off at him. Fans (and Dissidia) tend to act like he was too doofy to survive years of wandering a monster-filled landscape.
    • Lenna getting poisoned is a running joke for the game's fans. It happens three times throughout the game, but the fact that two of those times were of her own volition is what gets people.
  • Player Punch:
    • Exdeath's murder of Galuf. Fortunately, right after this happens, you assault Castle Exdeath to take him down.
    • The reunion of the Tycoon family; shortly afterwards, King Tycoon dies.
    • The death of Syldra.
    • When Exdeath sucks all the friendly NPCs and character hometowns into the Void. That's harsh.
  • Self-Fanservice: Faris is subjected to a lot of this, especially in Japan where some fan artists give her a bust that rivals Tifa or Lulu.
  • That One Attack:
    • Garula's Charge. Hits hard and inflicts the Sap status, which rapidly drains small amounts of HP. Since your characters are likely to have around 200 HP when you fight him, it's very deadly, especially if he hits the same character twice in a row or nails multiple party members with Sap.
    • Shinryu's Tidal Wave, by far the most damaging attacking in the game that does over 8000 damage. Unless you're at a really high level, or possess Coral Rings (which absorb water damage, and are quite expensive even late in the game), you're dead if he uses it, and he opens up the fight with it. In essence, if you can't survive the attack, you'll never defeat Shinryu.
  • That One Boss: Soul Cannon. Atomos. Liquid Flame. It'd be easier to list the bosses that aren't considered That One Boss.
    • Puzzle Boss: However, most bosses have some elemental or status weakness, or stats exploitable by Blue Magic. If you know what you're doing, most bosses last for two rounds tops. And if you have also the Return spell...
    • That One Level: The Pyramid. You only have three party members, it's incredibly long, full of traps and forced encounters, is required before getting the airship back, and concludes with another That One Boss to get Lenna back.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: The Berserker, as in many games before and after. It hits hard, takes hits, and that's literally all it can do, since you can't control it or make it do anything else. And even its damage isn't that impressive, compared to Flare Spellblade, Rapid Fire, Thrown weapons, Zeninage, or Finisher.
  • Toy Ship: Krile and Mid have only one scene together (outside of Mid and Cid's briefings on the latest piece of brilliant engineering they've done for the party) but it's a very sweet one where they bond over grandfathers. With that, and the fact that Krile has to go back to Bal alone, pairing her up with Mid tends to be popular.
  • Translation Trainwreck: The PlayStation version is... less than stellar, to say the least. Several transliteration choices were very odd (Socklet, Carlboss, Yburn, just to name a few), Faris speaks like a stereotypical pirate, etc.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Most reviews that praise the game still make a point of calling the story and characters flat, even though they do have quite distinctive personalities and Character Development. That's what happens when the previous and subsequent games have casts of 10+ people with world-affecting existential crises and/or Love Hurts problems.
  • Uncanny Valley: The redone sprites used for the mobile and Steam versions. They used the soft-shaded, elongated body sprites from Final Fantasy Dimensions, which have sometimes been compared to Gumby. It also makes all the male characters look permanently angry, which is particularly jarring for a game with so many jokes and puns.
  • Vindicated by History: Although the gameplay has always been admired, the lighthearted story, irreverent dialogue, and the familial bond between the main characters have become more appreciated by Western audiences. This probably has a lot to do with their appearance in various tie-ins (starting with Dissidia) and a new cohort of fans having their first exposure be through the good translation, rather than the awful mess of the Playstation port.
  • The Woobie: Krile. Unlike the main cast, who are at least eighteen, she's a kid who's been thrust into fighting a world-destroying entity who killed her only living family member right in front of her eyes. Her reaction to having to take Galuf's place is heartbreaking, and the fact that she's The Cutie just makes it worse—in spite of all that, she manages to perfectly embody the element of Earth and Hope.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Nobody really complained when the main character's name was quietly switched from Butz to Bartz for the U.S. localization. Many of the lines in the GBA remake also qualify for making the script more fun to read compared to the rather bland translation of the PlayStation release.
    • The essence of the wind element is translated differently as Pursuit, Curiosity, and Passion (through fan and official versions). Probably owing to the fact that "spirit of exploration" doesn't have a neatly packaged single word in English.

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