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  • Actor Allusion: For both Cloud and Sephiroth, starting from Kingdom Hearts:
  • Ascended Fanon: Sephiroth's signature black wing never appeared in the original game. While he was the original One-Winged Angel, and had the black wing in his final form, he never had any wings in his human form. Instead, said wing made its first appearance in Kingdom Hearts. It seems to have proven popular with (most of) the fanbase, though, since it appeared in Advent Children and pretty much every game Sephiroth's made a cameo in since.
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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Sephiroth's final form was never called "One-Winged Angel". The name of the track playing during the boss fight was. The final form is referred to as Safer Sephiroth by the game's in-battle tip bar. This may be a bit of poor translation, as Sephiroth's final form resembles an angel, or saviour.
  • Breakthrough Hit: If Final Fantasy I made Square a big name in Japan, this game made Square a big name all over the world. It also served as Tetsuya Nomura's breakthrough.
  • Defictionalization: In 2014, Square Enix started up a subsidiary company to explore the potential applications and development of "cloud" gaming platforms. They named it "Shinra Technologies, Inc." The real-life company even uses a variant of the in-universe Shinra logo.
  • Development Gag: Ace Chocobo racer Joe is most likely named after a cut character known as "Hot-Blooded Detective Joe", who was a major character in an earlier version of the story.
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  • Fan Nickname: Sephy. Also, a lot of people rename Barret "Mr. T." This makes for an amusing bit of dialogue when Aerith calls him "Mr. Mr. T."
    Mr. T: That don't sound right!
  • Fan Translation: There have been several attempts from fans to bring the translation of the game up to par with modern Final Fantasy translations as well as make the text much clearer than before. This is one example.
  • Fountain of Expies: Sephiroth is one of the Trope Codifiers of the White Hair, Black Heart character type, and has numerous Expies in Square-Enix titles alone.
  • I Knew It!:
    • The unnamed aquatic WEAPON that attacks Junon at the start of Disc 2 was dubbed the Sapphire WEAPON by fans and was later confirmed to be true by Word of God.
    • Of course, they could've just accepted the popular fan name.
    • For years everyone was saying it was only a matter of time until Square Enix remade Final Fantasy VII. On June 15, 2015 they finally announced it.
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  • Jossed: Fan theories continue to abound that Vincent, not Hojo, is Sephiroth's father. Spin-offs have done nothing to support the idea though, and Ultimania guides with relationship charts state outright that Hojo really is the father.
  • Network to the Rescue: Not only did Sony help with the costs for the game, they also handled the North American distribution (Square didn't have an American distributor at the time).
  • No Dub for You: When Last Order was finally released in North America and Europe in the collector's edition of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, it was subtitled only. This is ironic, since Last Order is traditionally animated while Advent Children is CG, which is much harder to dub due to the more detailed lip movements resulting in Lip Lock.
  • No Export for You: Before Crisis, particularly annoying because it's almost universally agreed by reviewers to be the highest quality cell phone game of all time, even as of The New '10s. There may yet be hope now that Square has ported two cellphone projects to other platforms explicitly to ensure Western release, but this one remains a curious omission.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Twice with Aerith, counting Mandy Moore from her Kingdom Hearts appearance. Since then she's been voiced by Mena Suvari in Advent Children and Kingdom Hearts II, and has since been replaced by Andrea Bowen for Crisis Core and Dissidia 012.
    • Sephiroth's VA in Kingdom Hearts was Lance Bass. George Newburn took over the role in Advent Children, and has held on to it ever since.
    • Yuffie's VA in Kingdom Hearts I and Advent Children is Christy Carlson Romano; in Dirge of Cerberus and Kingdom Hearts II, she's played by Mae Whitman.
    • Beau Billingslea has confirmed that he will not be returning to voice Barret in the remake. It is currently unknown if it's just him or if the entire cast will be replaced.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Kenichi Suzumura, the voice of Zack Fair, and Maaya Sakamoto, the voice of Aerith Gainsborough, are married in real life. Suzumura and Takahiro Sakurai are well known for being best friends, with the two even owning their own radio station and a singing duo R-16. They appear together in a lot of things, some Boys' Love audio dramas, or other closely platonic friendships, like Sting and Rouge, another spiky blond-black hair duo.
  • Referenced by...:
    • In Wrestle Wrestle Spoony is discussing all the moves done in a match, and then starts naming moves in this game, like Omnislash and Knights of the Round.
    • In BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, the Partnership Towers dungeon is basically one big reference to this game’s Shinra Headquarters, including the option to skip part of it by taking the stairs.
  • Shout-Out: Loveless is named after My Bloody Valentine's magnum opus. You can actually see the band's name on one of the posters for it in an FMV.
  • Trolling Creator: Square revealed in December 2014 that the game would finally come to the PS4, only to reveal (to the disappointment of everyone watching) that it was the simply PC version being ported. Then in E3 2015, the actual remake was finally unveiled to the public. It's also been in work for eighteen months. Dammit Square.
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  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Rumors abounded for years about ways to bring Aeris back from the dead. One of the most popular back in the day was one that said you could retrieve the White Materia from the pool in the ancient city and use it to revive her. Another popular rumor was that, if you were really mean to Aeris but really nice to Tifa, then it would actually be TIFA who died! As this was in the early days of the internet and data mining wasn't as big a thing as it is now, rumors like this caught a lot of traction. Also not helping was that if you go back to the church where you meet Aeris after getting the Midgar key, you can see her "ghost" make a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance above the flowerbed.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to legend (referenced extensively online, but apparently without magazine scans/transcriptions of those interviews), Hironobu Sakaguchi's original pitch for Final Fantasy VII was a Detective Drama taking place in modern-day New York City. Obviously, these segments were incorporated into the first few hours of the game, followed by a more traditional RPG Overworld Not to Scale once Cloud leaves Midgar. Eventually, Sakaguchi had his way and got his NYC gumshoe plot made, starring a gender-flipped Cloud, to boot.
    • Many cut concepts for the game, including Cloud really being a Sephiroth-created copy of the original Cloud, who would occasionally speak through him.
    • Sephiroth and Aerith being former lovers(!), or brother and sister.
    • Most interesting is the idea that "jenova" would be the term for a certain aspect of humans that when "awakened" with Mako gave them magical abilities. Again, this was later incorporated into Parasite Eve with its power-hungry mitochondria.
    • Sephiroth's "Jenova" powers would be heightened, and his madness caused by over-exposure to Mako. In other words, Sephiroth could have ended up being a silver-haired Expy of Kefka.
    • Red XIII had an entire sub-plot based around him cut from the game. He was going to have his own Quirky Miniboss Squad of feline clones created by Hojo that would repeatedly attack the party.
    • Yuffie also had a major character-based subplot cut from the game due to time constraints, in which she was a former SOLDIER hired by Shinra to kill Sephiroth and Cloud. She was also intended to be 25 years old, nine years older than she turned out in the final game.
    • Early concepts of Vincent had him wielding a scythe instead of a handgun. His profession changed from horror researcher to chemist, to detective and finally the ex-Turk turned undead gunslinger we know today. His detective concept had him, the party, and even the player unaware of his shapeshifting powers until some time after he would join the party. Vincent would be the most shocked upon awakening his powers - and his various forms would carry over into the Field maps and cutscenes.
    • Despite being one of the defining Killer Apps of the PlayStation, it was originally intended to be released on Nintendo 64. Square previously had a long standing relationship with Nintendo, but it went sour after Square grew frustrated with Nintendo's censorship policies and later their decision to scrap moving on to CD technology. Nintendo did not take this well at all.
      • This has since come full-circle with the rerelease on the Nintendo Switch.
    • Aerith's death was originally supposed to happen at the Northern Crater instead of the Lost City.
    • A significant chunk of the Honeybee Inn was left on the cutting room floor. Probably because the final product was already pushing things.
    • Sephiroth was at one point meant to be a Child by Rape, with his conception and the subsequent experiments being an explicit case of Medical Rape and Impregnate. The final product made the situation more ambiguous, with the Compilation eventually revealing that Lucrecia was a willing participant the whole time.
    • In Kalm, you could find the Peacemaker, a weapon for Vincent, long before the player actually meets him in Nibelhiem. Usually, the player doesn't find new weapons for a character until at least the first town after recruitment. This has led some to believe that the player first encounters Vincent much earlier in the game.
      • Vincent has a lot of WCHB tropes, mainly because his character was half finished. Both he and Yuffie were supposed to be mandatory party members, but deadlines got in the way so they were made optional instead. While Yuffie at least got some subplot moments, Vincent's arc was mostly left out, leaving just a few story snippets behind (the parts that shed light on Sephiroth's origins). It's the main reason has so little characterization in the game, and possibly why his stats are so low (as mentioned above, his arc was supposed to revolve around awakening his powers). Ironically, this may have contributed to his popularity.
    • At the end of Disc 2, if Cloud's affection points with Tifa is high enough, the two of them will spend the night together underneath the Highwind with the implication that the two had sex. This was toned down significantly from what was originally planned: the game would have cut to a scene of Cloud and Tifa exiting the Chocobo Stable, looking disheveled and nervously looking around to see if anyone had seen them.
    • A plan actually discarded very late in development involved the Midgar air raid towards the end of Disc 2. When the party would parachute from the airship into the city, everyone that you did not pick for your main party would have been Killed Off for Real in the events that ensued. The team ultimately decided that this was just a bit too bleak for the story and scrapped the idea.
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