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  • Many of the dancers you encounter in Final Fantasy IV do their routine to a short song that directly resembles the first section of Aram Khachaturian's Sabre Dance.
  • The main battle theme in the original Final Fantasy uses a similar bass line to "Love Machine" by The Miracles.
  • The Final Fantasy I Overworld Theme sounds similar to a part of Zigeunerweisen.
  • The opening song to Final Fantasy IX sounds like 'Stairway to Heaven'. Uematsu has said Led Zeppelin is one of his favourite bands. The main battle theme sounds like a cross between those from the sixth and eighth entries.
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  • Compare this song from Final Fantasy VI to this one by J.S. Bach.
  • Another from VI: Locke's Theme and the theme of Back to the Future
  • One that falls between this and orchestration: Terra's Theme from Final Fantasy VI and Alkan's La Chanson De La Folle Au Bord De La Mer which dates to 1847. The beginning of Alkan's piece is very close to that theme apart from it being slower and for piano. In fact this trope could also be called the Final Fantasy version because it is not uncommon for Uematsu to do this. For that matter, Golden Saucer is clearly inspired by BMV 655.
  • The title theme from Final Fantasy VI sounds like "Thus Spake Zarathustra" played on an organ.
  • And the first few bars of Shadow's theme from VI sound a lot like the opening theme to The Virginian.
  • Of course, Shadow's theme also sounds very similar to the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
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  • "Johnny C. Bad" is named after Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" but is more thematically similar to "Rock This Town" by the Stray Cats.
  • The intro to Celes's theme (before it transitions into a reprise of "Aria de Mezzo Carattere") bears no small resemblance to the file select/fairy fountain theme from The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Then there's the Slam Shuffle, or Nobuo Uematsu's take on The Pink Panther theme.
  • The World of Balance overworld theme shares a bassline with the Mars Movement of Gustav Holst's The Planets.
  • The refrain of the Red Wings theme in FF 4 sounds like part of the ending credits theme to the Star Wars films. Furthermore, Rosa's theme sounds like the main theme of Summer of 42.
  • The Vile Peaks music from Final Fantasy XIII sounds like a more upbeat version of Yuki Kajiura's Les Soldats, complete with very similar ominous chanting.
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  • Fittingly, Golbez's theme sounds like the Imperial March fed through a classical orchestra.
  • Compare Kuja's Theme from FFIX to "We Will Rock You" by Queen. One of the more obvious ones. "Melodies of Life" also has a beat similar to "We Are the Champions."
  • The first part (before the choir comes in) of One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII sounds a lot like the music from the shower scene in Psycho.
  • "Electric de Chocobo" from Final Fantasy VII is basically the Chocobo theme pretending to be "Wipeout" by The Surfaris.
  • The "Prelude" is predated by an obscure electronic song, Francis Rimbert's "Voices of Paradise" from 1979, which contains a tune very similar to the ascend/descend notes (only half shorter or twice faster).
  • The beginning of "Starting Over" from Final Fantasy XIII-2 is remarkably similar to "Flawless" by The Ones.
  • The climax of Caius's Theme and all of its variations from Final Fantasy XIII-2 sounds like A Pressing Need to Save the World from Doctor Who.
  • The music that plays during the intro scenes of Final Fantasy VII resembles the "Tunnel Chase" music from the first Terminator movie. Also, "Forested Temple" resembles the Habanera from the opera Carmen, the bells of the FF 7 piece in particular syncing well to the Habanera.
  • Exdeath's battle theme in Final Fantasy V features snippets that sound similar to the final boss theme of Dragon Quest III. Furthermore, his main theme at its beginning sounds like a sped-up version of the shower scene music from Psycho.
  • Aerith's theme in FFVII is basically a reinterpretation of FFVI's opera climax.
  • Fight On, the boss theme from FFVII, borrows from Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls in its intro. A later part, including the chorus, is actually a relatively unknown part of FFVI's opera theme sped up.
    • It also sounds similar to Motorhead's Jailbait.
  • Freya's theme in FFIX begins identically to Philip Glass' Glassworks.
  • Evil Mist from FFIX contains a part which is a note-for-note rip of part of the intro to Watcher of the Skies by Genesis.
  • Ultimecia's Castle in FF 8 starts of with an organ section identical or extremely similar to one found in the final battle of FF 6 (the rest of which borrows liberally from Bach's Toccata & Fugue).
  • The chorus of One Winged Angel seems at least inspired by the second part of Dancing Mad.
  • Dancing Mad isn't off the hook, either; compare the first movement to Triumvirat's The Burning Sword of Capua. The more rocky parts of the tune seem to have been inspired by [1], Tarkus in particular.
  • Kuja's theme (and all its variations) is actually a combination of Chrono Trigger's Tyrano Lair and aspects of Silent Light (the main dungeon theme).
  • Premonition from FFVIII appears to be a slightly reworked unused FFVII track. It even includes parts of the main theme and Temple of the Ancients, as well as part of the FFVII battle theme which builds into a very similar climax. A single phrase from The North Cave (also FFVII) can be heard in the introduction.
  • "Clash on the Big Bridge", aka Gilgamesh's Theme, from FFV, is a weird lovechild between the keyboard sections of Quicksilver Messenger Service's "Edward The Mad Shirt Grinder" and bridges from "Hotel California".
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, the boss theme that plays in the second phase of Sephirot's boss battle sounds very similar to the Powerman 5000 song "When Worlds Collide." In fact, Powerman 5000 in their Facebook page claims that Sephirot's boss theme is "a straight up rip off" of their song.
  • Also, Good King Moggle Mog's boss battle theme in FFXIV resembles This is Halloween.
  • "Melody of Lute" from Final Fantasy IV sounds almost exactly like Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier: Prelude No. 1".
  • The Playroom theme from the Platinum Demo of Final Fantasy XV sounds exactly like The Orgy Theme from Conan the Barbarian.
  • Final Fantasy: Original Theme has a lot in common with the track Misty Roses by Astrud Giblberto —>
  • Tifa's Theme from 7 has a phrase repeated in 8's Eyes on Me (and all its related tracks) - listen for "You'd always be there in the corner of this tiny little bar", appropriately enough.
  • And let us not forget FFVII's "Anxious Heart", whose intro is *blatantly* lifted, note-for-note, from Kraftwerk's Spacelab, and may very well be one of the most glaring and irrefutable examples of plagiarism on this entire page. It utterly boggles my mind that they were able to get away with this, especially considering the controversy surrounding FFVIII's original Landing music (which admittedly was clearly quite heavily based on the soundtrack to The Rock, but still nowhere near the shameless rip-off the FFVII song and Spacelab).
  • The refrain of Tifa's theme in FF 7 resembles the "sad walking-away music" from The Incredible Hulk.
  • The popular song "Calling for Rain" from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV opens with a guitar riff that sounds remarkably similar to "Greko (Sketch)" by Kevin MacLeod, and also to "Tipično Muški", a Eurodance song by the Croatian group Colonia.
  • The final boss victory jingle in Final Fantasy Tactics borrows from the last few notes of the song "You Are My Sunshine."

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