- Acting for Two:
- Actor Allusion:
- Creator's Apathy: Despite Lulu being nine months pregnant, her character model is identical to the one from Final Fantasy X. Hell, she's still wearing her corset! This is actually Lampshaded by Rikku, who states that Lulu doesn't look pregnant. The developers said that they didn't feel like making a new character model for her. Ditto Wakka, who's supposedly out of shape since the events of the last game, but also reuses his old model.
- Creator's Favorite: The Dark Knight costume is Tetsu Tsukamoto's favorite of Paine's designs. Each of the girls' helmets reflect their personalities; the sharp edges on Paine's helmet reflect her prickly outlook.
- Inspiration for the Work: Yuna's Gunner outfit was indeed inspired by Tomb Raider, according to the producer Yoshinori Kitase.
- No Export for You:
- X-2 International + Last Mission, which is pretty maddening considering it has a complete additional game where it addressed many of the complaints by fans on Yuna and Rikku's change in personality.
- Subverted, as they eventually released Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster on the PlayStation 3, Play Station Vita, and later; PlayStation 4, and Steam, which contains both the International content and Last Mission.
- Non-Singing Voice:
- In the English version, Yuna's singing voice is actually Jade Villalon of Sweetbox. (Cree Summer is the speaking voice for Lenne. Not that Summer's unable to sing; she's released an album.) Hedy Burress does her own singing when choosing a Songstress ability. Ditto for Tara Strong and Gwendoline Yeo whenever Rikku and Paine sing in battle.
- In the original Japanese, Lenne's speaking and singing were both done by Koda Kumi.
- Official Fan-Submitted Content: The Festivalist dressphere was created by an eight-year-old who won a dress-designing competition.
- Playing Against Type: Cree Summer voices two characters in this, neither of whom are a Sassy Black Woman. Calli is an Adorably Precocious Child, while Lenne is an ethereal Barrier Maiden.
- Real-Life Relative: Baralai and Gippal are voiced by real life brothers Joshua and Rick Gomez respectively. Ironically Baralai is the older character, yet is voiced by the younger brother.
- Shrug of God: Tidus and Shuyin's resemblance is stated in-game by Maechen to be anything but a coincidence. The developers however, have stated that while that's possible, Tidus being directly based on Shuyin is complicated by the issue of genetics and so this interpretation cannot be made certain, leaving the answer somewhat ambiguous.
- Typecasting: Rikku's English voice in the previous game was slightly different for Tara Strong, due to the trauma muting some of her optimism. However here, she's a full on Genki Girl, making this within type for Strong.
- What Could Have Been:
- There were originally two spinoffs planned: one focusing on Yuna and the other on Rikku. As you might guess, they were eventually merged into one game.
- A prequel was pitched which would have focused on Jecht's arrival in Spira and Braska's pilgrimage. Fearing that would end up becoming repetitive, the developers opted to work on this one instead. (Additionally, a game focusing on Braska's party would have no playable female characters, and they didn't want that.)
- Lulu was planned to be the third party member, but since her no-nonsense personality would have put a stop to the adventure before it began, the writers created Paine.
- Numerous Dressphere ideas were planned, only a few of which are seen in the game. A ones described below are particularly intriguing examples:
- There is concept art of Yuna with a pistol-sized Gunblade similar to Squall's. Presumably this was the seed for the Gunner.
- While dressed as a Trainer, Paine was originally going to be a snake charmer. The programmers abandoned the idea because the snake was too hard to animate, so they recycled the bird who appeared when Tidus first spawned in Spira (in Baaj Temple).
- Paine was going to pilot a humanoid mecha instead of a bird (Full Throttle).
- The Geomancer class from Final Fantasy V was going to appear.
- Nobuo Uematsu was supposed to compose music for the game, but he had other commitments, hence the radical shift in tone.
- The Wiki Rule: The Final Fantasy Wiki.
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