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** We have two brothers: the red-haired, noble older brother who was born to be king, and the dark-haired, ambitious and charismatic younger brother. Out of jealousy the younger brother betrays the elder, luring him into a trap and killing him, thereby usurping the throne. Are we talking about Ardyn and Somnus, or [[Franchise/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar?]]

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** We have two brothers: the red-haired, noble older brother who was born to be king, and the dark-haired, ambitious and charismatic younger brother. Out of jealousy the younger brother betrays the elder, luring him into a trap and killing him, thereby usurping the throne. Are we talking about Ardyn and Somnus, or [[Franchise/TheLionKing [[WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994 Mufasa and Scar?]]




%%*** Likewise, Noctis barely survives an assassination attempt in his youth which leaves him crippled and comatose. During this time, he experiences various visions and dreams which he's able to wake up from with the help of a strange small supernatural creature. Sounds a lot like Jon's half-brother Bran Stark.
%%*** Adding to that, some early concept art for the game features Regis, Noctis, and his friends in black fur capes with leather straps across the chest that look rather similar to the one worn by Jon Snow.
%%*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.
%%** Quite a number of similarities have been drawn between ''XV'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'': we have TheGoodKing who is killed early on in the story through an act of treachery (Regis/Mufasa), the prince who loses his father and kingdom and has to reclaim his birthright (Noctis/Simba), the prince's [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]] and [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed]] who is initially separated from and eventually reunites with him (Luna/Nala); the suave, charismatic BigBad who usurps the throne [[spoiler:and who is also related to the prince]] (Ardyn/Scar),[[note]]Creator/DarinDePaul's voice as Ardyn is even eerily reminiscent of Creator/JeremyIrons'.[[/note]] and the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife (The Rulers of Yore/Great Kings of the Past). In addition, [[spoiler:during the final act the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Bonus points for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POeeTmtKLWs&gl=SG&hl=en-GB both]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv2DSmy3Tro featuring]] covers of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me."
%%*** The comparisons further intensified with the release of ''Episode Ignis'', which revealed that Noctis's ancestor was in fact [[spoiler:Ardyn's brother, making Ardyn and Noctis uncle and nephew (albeit ''very'' distantly), and that -- like Scar -- Ardyn's grudge against his own kin stems from his being denied the throne]].


** We have two brothers: the red-haired, noble older brother who was born to be king, and the dark-haired, ambitious and charismatic younger brother. Out of jealousy the younger brother betrays the elder, luring him into a trap and killing him, thereby usurping the throne. Are we talking about Ardyn and Somnus, or [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar?]]
* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: Our hero is a prince born as the sole heir of the kingdom and the scion of a long line of monarchs who AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon their deaths, with his father being a loving parent who teaches him what it means to be a good king. The heroine is the prince's childhood friend and betrothed; both are separated as children due to circumstances beyond their control and eventually reunite as adults. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is also related to the prince)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?



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** We have two brothers: the red-haired, noble older brother who was born to be king, and the dark-haired, ambitious and charismatic younger brother. Out of jealousy the younger brother betrays the elder, luring him into a trap and killing him, thereby usurping the throne. Are we talking about Ardyn and Somnus, or [[Disney/TheLionKing [[Franchise/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar?]]
* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: Our hero is a prince born as the sole heir of the kingdom and the scion of a long line of monarchs who AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon their deaths, with his father being a loving parent who teaches him what it means to be a good king. The heroine is the prince's childhood friend and betrothed; both are separated as children due to circumstances beyond their control and eventually reunite as adults. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is also related to the prince)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?


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%%** Quite a number of similarities have been drawn between ''XV'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing'': we have TheGoodKing who is killed early on in the story through an act of treachery (Regis/Mufasa), the prince who loses his father and kingdom and has to reclaim his birthright (Noctis/Simba), the prince's [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]] and [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed]] who is initially separated from and eventually reunites with him (Luna/Nala); the suave, charismatic BigBad who usurps the throne [[spoiler:and who is also related to the prince]] (Ardyn/Scar),[[note]]Creator/DarinDePaul's voice as Ardyn is even eerily reminiscent of Creator/JeremyIrons'.[[/note]] and the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife (The Rulers of Yore/Great Kings of the Past). In addition, [[spoiler:during the final act the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Bonus points for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POeeTmtKLWs&gl=SG&hl=en-GB both]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv2DSmy3Tro featuring]] covers of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me."

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%%** Quite a number of similarities have been drawn between ''XV'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing'': ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994'': we have TheGoodKing who is killed early on in the story through an act of treachery (Regis/Mufasa), the prince who loses his father and kingdom and has to reclaim his birthright (Noctis/Simba), the prince's [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]] and [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed]] who is initially separated from and eventually reunites with him (Luna/Nala); the suave, charismatic BigBad who usurps the throne [[spoiler:and who is also related to the prince]] (Ardyn/Scar),[[note]]Creator/DarinDePaul's voice as Ardyn is even eerily reminiscent of Creator/JeremyIrons'.[[/note]] and the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife (The Rulers of Yore/Great Kings of the Past). In addition, [[spoiler:during the final act the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Bonus points for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POeeTmtKLWs&gl=SG&hl=en-GB both]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv2DSmy3Tro featuring]] covers of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me."


** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.

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** *** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.


*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.

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*** ** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.


** He's a dark-haired PrettyBoy dressed in black, supernaturally bonded to a white canine creature, whose kindhearted father (played by Creator/SeanBean) is brutally betrayed and murdered early in the story, and who is descended from an ancient lineage of kings known for their magical prowess and/or capacity for prophetic dreams. In addition, [[spoiler:other characters specifically believe him to be a prince that was prophesized to usher in the end of a dark era of endless night, in which the world will be literally enshrouded in permanent darkness and is accompanied by the rise of a demonic race of beings who gain strength from corrupting humans and animals.]] Are we referring to Noctis, or [[Series/GameOfThrones Jon Snow]]?

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** He's a dark-haired PrettyBoy dressed in black, supernaturally bonded to a white canine creature, whose kindhearted father (played by Creator/SeanBean) is brutally betrayed and murdered early in the story, and who is descended from an ancient lineage of kings known for their magical prowess and/or capacity for prophetic dreams. In addition, [[spoiler:other characters specifically believe him to be a prince that was prophesized to usher in the end of a dark era of endless night, in which the world will be literally enshrouded in permanent darkness and is accompanied by the rise of a demonic race of beings who gain strength from corrupting humans and animals.]] Are we referring to Noctis, or [[Series/GameOfThrones Jon Snow]]?Snow]]? Adding to that, some early concept art for the game features Regis, Noctis, and his friends in black fur capes with leather straps across the chest that look rather similar to the one worn by Jon Snow.
*** Likewise, Noctis barely survives an assassination attempt in his youth which leaves him crippled and comatose. During this time, he experiences various visions and dreams which he's able to wake up from with the help of a strange small supernatural creature. Sounds a lot like Jon's half-brother Bran Stark.
*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.


* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: Our hero is a prince born as the sole heir of the kingdom and the scion of a long line of kings who AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon their deaths, with his father being a loving parent who teaches him what it means to be a good king. The heroine is the prince's childhood friend and betrothed; both are separated as children due to circumstances beyond their control and eventually reunite as adults. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is also related to the prince)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?



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* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: Our hero is a prince born as the sole heir of the kingdom and the scion of a long line of kings monarchs who AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon their deaths, with his father being a loving parent who teaches him what it means to be a good king. The heroine is the prince's childhood friend and betrothed; both are separated as children due to circumstances beyond their control and eventually reunite as adults. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is also related to the prince)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?




** We have two brothers: the red-haired, kindhearted older brother who was born to be king, and the dark-haired, ambitious and charismatic younger brother. Out of jealousy the younger brother betrays the elder, luring him into a trap and killing him, thereby usurping the throne. Are we talking about Ardyn and Somnus, or [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar?]]
* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: We have a prince born as the only son of TheGoodKing and the sole heir to the kingdom, his female childhood friend and betrothed who he gets separated from during childhood and eventually reunites with as adults. Also integral to the lore are the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is revealed to be his uncle many-times-removed)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?



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** We have two brothers: the red-haired, kindhearted noble older brother who was born to be king, and the dark-haired, ambitious and charismatic younger brother. Out of jealousy the younger brother betrays the elder, luring him into a trap and killing him, thereby usurping the throne. Are we talking about Ardyn and Somnus, or [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar?]]
* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: We have Our hero is a prince born as the only son of TheGoodKing and the sole heir to of the kingdom, kingdom and the scion of a long line of kings who AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upon their deaths, with his female father being a loving parent who teaches him what it means to be a good king. The heroine is the prince's childhood friend and betrothed who he gets betrothed; both are separated from during childhood as children due to circumstances beyond their control and eventually reunites with reunite as adults. Also integral to the lore are the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is revealed also related to be his uncle many-times-removed)]], the prince)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?





%%*** Likewise, Noctis barely survives an assassination attempt in his youth which leaves him crippled and comatose. During this time, he experiences various visions and dreams which he's able to wake up from with the help of a strange small supernatural creature. Sounds a lot like Jon's half-brother Bran Stark.
%%*** Adding to that, some early concept art for the game features Regis, Noctis, and his friends in black fur capes with leather straps across the chest that look rather similar to the one worn by Jon Snow.
%%*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.


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%%*** Likewise, Noctis barely survives an assassination attempt in his youth which leaves him crippled and comatose. During this time, he experiences various visions and dreams which he's able to wake up from with the help of a strange small supernatural creature. Sounds a lot like Jon's half-brother Bran Stark.
%%*** Adding to that, some early concept art for the game features Regis, Noctis, and his friends in black fur capes with leather straps across the chest that look rather similar to the one worn by Jon Snow.
%%*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.


* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: We have a prince born as the only son of TheGoodKing and the sole heir to the kingdom, his female childhood friend and betrothed who he gets separated from during childhood and eventually reunites with as adults. Also integral to the lore are the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is revealed to be his uncle many-times-removed)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne and birthright. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?


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* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: We have a prince born as the only son of TheGoodKing and the sole heir to the kingdom, his female childhood friend and betrothed who he gets separated from during childhood and eventually reunites with as adults. Also integral to the lore are the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is revealed to be his uncle many-times-removed)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne and birthright.throne. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?




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\n%%* * JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: We have a prince born as the only son of TheGoodKing and the sole heir to the kingdom, his female childhood friend and betrothed who he gets separated from during childhood and eventually reunites with as adults. Also integral to the lore are the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife. Near the story's beginning, the prince loses his father and kingdom through the machinations of the suave, charismatic BigBad [[spoiler:(who is revealed to be his uncle many-times-removed)]], and he has to go on a journey to reclaim his throne and birthright. During the final act [[spoiler:the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Are we referring to ''Final Fantasy XV'', or ''Disney/TheLionKing''?



%%*** Likewise, Noctis barely survives an assassination attempt in his youth which leaves him crippled and comatose. During this time, he experiences various visions and dreams which he's able to wake up from with the help of a strange small supernatural creature. Sounds a lot like Jon's half-brother Bran Stark.
%%*** Adding to that, some early concept art for the game features Regis, Noctis, and his friends in black fur capes with leather straps across the chest that look rather similar to the one worn by Jon Snow.
%%*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.


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%%*** Likewise, Noctis barely survives an assassination attempt in his youth which leaves him crippled and comatose. During this time, he experiences various visions and dreams which he's able to wake up from with the help of a strange small supernatural creature. Sounds a lot like Jon's half-brother Bran Stark.
%%*** Adding to that, some early concept art for the game features Regis, Noctis, and his friends in black fur capes with leather straps across the chest that look rather similar to the one worn by Jon Snow.
%%*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.

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** He's a dark-haired PrettyBoy dressed in black, supernaturally bonded to a white canine creature, whose kindhearted father (played by Creator/SeanBean) is brutally betrayed and murdered early in the story, and who is descended from an ancient lineage of kings known for their magical prowess and/or capacity for prophetic dreams. In addition, [[spoiler:other characters specifically believe him to be a prince that was prophesized to usher in the end of a dark era of endless night, in which the world will be literally enshrouded in permanent darkness and is accompanied by the rise of a demonic race of beings who gain strength from corrupting humans and animals.]] Are we referring to Noctis, or [[Series/GameOfThrones Jon Snow]]?
%%*** Likewise, Noctis barely survives an assassination attempt in his youth which leaves him crippled and comatose. During this time, he experiences various visions and dreams which he's able to wake up from with the help of a strange small supernatural creature. Sounds a lot like Jon's half-brother Bran Stark.
%%*** Adding to that, some early concept art for the game features Regis, Noctis, and his friends in black fur capes with leather straps across the chest that look rather similar to the one worn by Jon Snow.
%%*** The Nox Fleuret siblings have received comparisons to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen for the similarities in both their appearances, and their role as the last members of an ancient lineage of magically adept monarchs with the ability to communicate with dragons (or in this case, gods who can take the form of dragons). Ravus even has (one) purple eye, and Luna's blue eyes were originally purple in earlier versions. Fitting that the game's OfficialCouple would be between its Jon Snow and Daenerys analogues.
** Picture a boss who hits [[LightningBruiser fast and hard]], wields a {{BFS}} with only his right arm, and is oozing a black, abyss-like substance throughout the fight. Are we talking about [[VideoGame/DarkSouls Artorias the Abysswalker]] or [[spoiler: Daemon!Ravus]]?
** Both characters appear to be TheStoic until their focus episode reveals that it's a [[BeneathTheMask cover]] for someone far more emotionally volatile than they're willing to let on to others. [[spoiler:They also have a ''massive'', incredibly uncompromising case of AlwaysSaveTheGirl to AmbiguouslyGay levels regarding their most important person, to the point that they willingly endure great personal suffering for them, which puts them at odds with said person's more [[MessianicArchetype selfless]] nature. In addition they are revealed to be the {{Deuteragonist}} of the story, with their plot primarily about discovering the truth behind, then attempting to prevent/undo their important person's HeroicSacrifice. In one timeline they are able to achieve an alternate ending in which they successfully save that person, with the fate of the world and people around them left more ambiguous.]] As a fun side note, both characters wear a mixture of black and purple as their primary color and their [[MeaningfulName names]] are the words for "fire/flames" in different languages. Ignis Scientia, or [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Akemi Homura]]?
** We have two brothers: the red-haired, kindhearted older brother who was born to be king, and the dark-haired, ambitious and charismatic younger brother. Out of jealousy the younger brother betrays the elder, luring him into a trap and killing him, thereby usurping the throne. Are we talking about Ardyn and Somnus, or [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa and Scar?]]
%%* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories:
%%** Quite a number of similarities have been drawn between ''XV'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing'': we have TheGoodKing who is killed early on in the story through an act of treachery (Regis/Mufasa), the prince who loses his father and kingdom and has to reclaim his birthright (Noctis/Simba), the prince's [[ChildhoodFriends childhood friend]] and [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed]] who is initially separated from and eventually reunites with him (Luna/Nala); the suave, charismatic BigBad who usurps the throne [[spoiler:and who is also related to the prince]] (Ardyn/Scar),[[note]]Creator/DarinDePaul's voice as Ardyn is even eerily reminiscent of Creator/JeremyIrons'.[[/note]] and the spirits of the kingdom's previous rulers who watch over their descendants from the afterlife (The Rulers of Yore/Great Kings of the Past). In addition, [[spoiler:during the final act the prince returns to his kingdom after a long absence, only to find that it has fallen into ruin. He then defeats the BigBad and ascends the throne, restoring life and light to the land]]. Bonus points for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POeeTmtKLWs&gl=SG&hl=en-GB both]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv2DSmy3Tro featuring]] covers of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me."
%%*** The comparisons further intensified with the release of ''Episode Ignis'', which revealed that Noctis's ancestor was in fact [[spoiler:Ardyn's brother, making Ardyn and Noctis uncle and nephew (albeit ''very'' distantly), and that -- like Scar -- Ardyn's grudge against his own kin stems from his being denied the throne]].
%%** Since the reveal of her face, Aranea has been rather affectionately compared to [[VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII Lightning]].
%%** Gentiana's English voice has been compared to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Fran's]].
%%** We have an artifact created by the gods and gifted to a royal bloodline. The artifact gets stolen by the BigBad for their own nefarious means, and the hero has to journey to get it back. [[spoiler:Upon retrieving it, it's revealed that the hero is TheChosenOne, and in the ending he uses the artifact's power to light the world's DarkestHour.]] Are we talking about the Crystal, or the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie Matrix of Leadership]]?
%%** The game draws a lot of comparisons to ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' due to both games being Japanese-developed but with strong Western aesthetics, gorgeous graphics and strong early open world aspects that narrow down as the story progresses. ''Final Fantasy XV'' also features portions where the main character has to sneak around military bases and can obtain guns that can be fired over-the-shoulder. Both games also had lengthy and [[TroubledProduction Troubled Productions]] that resulted in a lot of plot alterations and large amounts of [[WhatCouldHaveBeen cut content]], and a very common criticism of both games is that the last portions of each game feel rushed, overly dependent on [[ShowDontTell exposition]], and suffer from [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot underwhelming final acts]] and [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter characters]]. [[spoiler: Another similarity is that the protagonists in both games end up comatose/asleep for a period of about ten years. Noctis also develops a beard and is noticeably scruffier looking after this time, leading some people to give him the FanNickname "Punished Noct."]]
%%*** The ''Episode Prompto'' DLC also draws a lot of comparisons to the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' due to the gameplay consisting of Prompto sneaking around a military base in the middle of a wintry landscape, and taking enemies out with heavy gunfire, {{Neck Snap}}s and various other moves reminiscent of Solid Snake's fighting style. He's also assisted by an ActionGirl who he has a bit of ShipTease with who helps to snap him out of his funk and rides along with him on a snowmobile. One of the big reveals is even [[spoiler:that he's a clone whose original purpose was to help the villains control the world, and his creator accuses him of being an inferior creation, similarly to Liquid Snake.]] The developers were not blind to these parallels, considering one of the missions is even titled ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Sins of the Father]]''.
%%** Likewise with ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian'', another game which was both announced and released at almost the same time as ''XV'' with a similar tortuously long development process.
%%** The battle with [[spoiler:Leviathan as a powered-up Noctis]] is reminiscent of a final boss of [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure another series]] that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txwH2UAbDy8 quite a few people have]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z9dAPlAowg noticed the resemblence]].
%%** Noctis and Ardyn's final battle has drawn comparisons to the final battle between Neo and Agent Smith in ''Film/TheMatrix: Revolutions'': TheHero and the BigBad engage in a one-on-one DuelToTheDeath in an abandoned city, both combatants take to the air at one point, and [[spoiler:TheHeroDies at the end in order to vanquish his foe for good]]. It probably helps that [[spoiler:Noctis looks a good deal like Creator/KeanuReeves (albeit as he appears in [[Film/JohnWick a totally different movie]]) at this point thanks to having been inside the Crystal for a good ten years.]]
%%** The additional revelations in ''Episode Prompto'' about the Magitek Troopers being all based on clones of one man and also hitting the UncannyValley unsettlingly well, is very reminiscent of the background of the Replica Soldiers from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon.''

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