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Final Fantasy IX takes place after Dragon Ball GT
There are no more natural saiyans; the genomes were an attempt by Garland to create an indestructible army of clones of one of Goku's ancestors, but since that ancestor had less than 1/10 Saiyan blood, the clones created didn't have the same abilities as a Saiyan.
  • Gaia is actually the planet where most of the Dragon Ball story unfolds, but it was gradually destroyed after being hit with so many overpowered attacks.
  • Very funny. Jossed. The Final Fantasy series have nothing to do with the Dragon Ball series whatsoever.
    • Never stopped these WM Gs from popping up before

Necron is...

Necron is Chaos

Necron is the Iifa Tree

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Necron is the incarnation of Kuja's despair

Just before the final boss battle in Final Fantasy IV, the final
Man Behind the Man and ultimate Big Bad, Zemus, is killed in a cutscene by FuSoYa and Golbez while the party watches. Unfortunately, Zemus's hatred was so strong that after Zemus was killed, the hatred itself took on a physical form, the Nigh-Invulnerable Zeromus. As Final Fantasy IX is a deliberate Homage to earlier Final Fantasy games, when Kuja dies in the presence of the life-granting Crystal, his despair is so powerful that it, too, is given form, creating a being that exists solely to annihilate the universe because "all things live to perish." Furthermore, Necron's dying words and Zeromus's dying words are very similar:
I will long as evil...dwells in the hearts...of mankind. GRRRAAGH!
"This is not the end."
"I am eternal..."
" long as there is life and death..."

Necron is the Final Boss of Final Fantasy III

The final boss of Final Fantasy III is the Cloud of Darkness. In Final Fantasy III, if the Balance between Light and Darkness gets messed up, whichever power is stronger will overwhelm the other and destroy the world. During the course of the game, you learn that in the past, the Warriors of Darkness defeated an out-of-control incarnation of the power of Light (which would have burned the world to a crisp). This time, Darkness has become too powerful, and your party, the Warriors of Light, eventually end up having to battle against the Cloud of Darkness, which is going to return the world to nothingness. The literal translation of Necron's Japanese name is "Darkness of Eternity", and it wants to do the same thing as the Cloud of Darkness: turn the world into a state of nothingness. Again, it's one of Final Fantasy IX's many Shout Outs to earlier games in the series.

Necron is actually Doctor Manhattan.

The resemblence is all there in the boss battle: Necron is (pale) blue, bald, and the humanoid half of his body is certainly muscular enough. So obviously, after leaving Earth, Doctor Manhattan spends many centuries refining his powers before setting forth on his mission to create life: in this respect, he creates life on several formerly barren planets — two of which are Terra and Gaia. He also gives several of his engineered species latent supernatural powers in the form of magic, before retreating to the Crystal World, the replacement for the totalled Glass Palace left back on Mars. However, after watching his creations war and kill over the next several million years, he begins to lose faith in life again. By the time Kujah's Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum comes to a close, Doctor Manhattan is ready to obliterate all his old work in the new galaxy and focus on something different. However, his defeat forces him into yet another epiphany, and he decides to give his creations another chance.
  • And Zidane's speech about not being afraid and wishing to live on (and proving his desire to live by fighting and triumphing), reminded him of his epiphany, years and years and years ago, on Mars about how truly miraculous life is. Also, Necron/Manhattan's proclamation of being eternal was just an echo of his final line in Watchmen: "'In the end'? Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.'"

Necron is Nyx.

After all, at the end of the battle, you don't defeat him. You just save yourself, and he goes away. Which makes sense, since he's the Anthropomorphic Personification of Death itself.
  • Does that mean that Kuja's the Nyx Avatar? That makes too much sense. -sighs-

Necron is Death.

As in The Grim Reaper. Anthropomorphic Personification and all that Jazz. The fight against him happens for EVERYBODY when they die, which happens to the heroes after Trance Kuja takes them down with him. The reason it doesn't happen to you earlier in the game is because you couldn't possibly win against him up until the Endgame. The reason he acts like Zeromus is to trick the heroes into wanting to fight him; since they're clearly good people who really don't deserve to die, he decides to not give them a choice as to whether or not to take the test to come back to life.
  • But then who's that skull-faced guy with the Sinister Scythe who shows up when you cast Death spells?
    • Perhaps a fragmented aspect of Necron. That facet is the physical embodiment of mortality, of the end of a living being. Necron itself is DEATH. The end of all things. Of Stars, of worlds, of every single thing that is

Necron is the final boss of Final Fantasy IX.

And nothing more. Square left his real identity ambiguous because we don't need to know it.
  • Now that's just crazy.

Necron lives in the Moongle's red pompom.

Necron is Nekron

  • Not only are the Name's the Same, but they have the same motivation and personificational aspects.

Necron is Ash's Father.

Necron is a fal'Cie.

The fal'Cie were created to find the "Unseen World" while Bhunivelze slept for eternity. The main antagonists of XIII, its sequels, and Type-0 were all fal'Cie trying to open Etro's Gate, the only barrier blocking the "Unseen Realm." Each fal'Cie tries its own method to try to open the Gate, with Necron's method being destroying an entire world, and forcing Etro's Gate open. Pretty much just like what the Cocoon fal'cie tried to do, but on a much larger scale. All he needed was a world with enough rage and despair to fuel his destructive power. Enter Kuja, who couldn't deal with the fact that his expiration date was right around the corner.

Necron is the Void

Necron's Japanese name is more like "Eternal Darkness" than anything to do with death. Kuja's final Ultima destroyed the Crystal, returning reality to the Void. The personification of the Void appears (thematically, the Grim Reaper of universes), but is beaten back by Zidance and co. This drives back the Void long enough for their memories to restore the universe, somewhat like Doctor Who's 'Big Bang 2'. This also makes him a perfect thematic match for one of IX's major themes: the existential fear of oblivion.

Necron is the eidolon representing fear of oblivion.

Somewhat related, this seems to be a popular Japanese theory. Kuja's last vindictive act basically 'summons' Necron from the Crystal. Eidolons are born from memories, myths, and legends, so Necron is the embodiment of every being's fear of death/oblivion, made manifest by Kuja's incredible power. The fact Kuja summoned it is the reason it bears Terran motifs, such as the focus on eyes and the resemblance to the faces of Oeilvert.

Forgoing Necron, Zidane is an alternate universe equivalent to Edward Elric.
C'mon, Chaotic Good mid-teen short blonde with a preference for shorter bladed weapons in non-magic combat and long hair tied back voiced by Romi Paku? Yeah, there's the whole "FFIX is SD" thing, but I've noticed that several characters are taller than Zidane by more than just "He'll grow" standards. (And in Dissidia, Kuja seemed of comparable height to the rest of the characters who aren't wearing horned helmets.)
  • It would technically be more correct to say "Edward is Zidane in an AU", since FFIX was released before FMA began publication (2000 and 2001, respectively), but I may be just nitpicking here. There's actually MUCH more to it than that. Besides the obvious similarities in their appearances and personalities, there are multiple instances where the link can be made: Edward has been called a "monkey" (by Nr. 48, in Laboratory 5) and "thief" (by Mustang when he lends him money), and both have a little brother figure (Vivi and Al), whose relationship with them kind of echoes each other. Their differing behaviors can easily be explained by the setting they live in, the way they were brought up, and what hardships they've gone through: had Zidane been more used to Heroic BSoD-inducing situations, like Edward is, he would've shrugged that whole "I'm actually from Terra" business much more easily (and he still does it rather quickly). Not even in the English version of Dissidia are they immune to the "link": sure, Zidane is not voiced by Vic Mignogna, but rather by Bryce Papenbrook. Now, Bryce has done a character in the .hack//Legend of the Twilight anime, named Shugo, who, in Japanese, was voiced by Junko Minagawa, who is often mistaken for Romi Paku... And guess who she voiced in the radio drama of FMA? ...I'm actually thinking of writing a whole paper on this, because it's just too blatant and I'm that crazy.
    • Point, and he's been called monkey more than then, since I've gone deeper into FMA, he also was called monkey in Rush Valley after getting stolen from by Paninya. I don't know why I never updated with more, deeper, similarities.
    • However, Kuja is known for being tall in the original FFIX, so his being average in height in Dissidia either means that everyone else is fairly tall (which is a fair assumption for the villains) or they undercompensated for the Chibi style of FFIX. Zidane might not be particularly tall in FFIX, but he didn't seem to be child-sized when compared to the few normally sized humans (ie, not Steiner and Amarant) who were shown in cutscenes.

Zidane died when he tried to save Kuja
The lines proceeding the last FMV and the FMV themselves are a delusion of Garnet's. Afterwards, she and Tantalus had tea and a good laugh about it, but she never was the same. Even if I don't want to believe this and sincerely hope it isn't true.
  • Kuja was still barely alive when Zidane went for him. It was not shown but it is very obvious that he used his last remaining energy to shield Zidane from harm, thus him being able to return to Garnet and have their happy ending together.

Kuja is a Red Mage.
Kuja can use both White Magic (Holy, Curaga) and Black Magic (Meteor, Flare). Furthermore, his hair is pale like all of the Red Mage NPCs one sees on the streets. Maybe that's why he isn't blond like all of the other Genomes — the process of becoming a Red Mage changes the hair pigmentation. Being a Shout-Out to previous series, all of the party members are based (in combat) on the various classes from the earlier Final Fantasies, so it makes sense to have the villain follow that pattern as well.
  • I always put down Freya as a liar about her class; she may be able to jump, but she has the "Dragon" skills that are kinda-magic (even if the only ones I ever used were Rei's Wind and Lancet). White hair, awesome red hat with decoration...
    • Those aren't decorations. Those are her ears.
    • The bat wing looking things? Yeah no, those are not her ears, they're a part of her hat.
      • Ear covers, then, since they're in the exact same spot as the ears are on every other burmecian.

Tied into my previous theory in regards to Fullmetal Alchemist, Terrans aren't orignally from Terra, they're from Amnestris.
Father won, the world's doomed, Father adopted the name "Garland", and Zidane was just randomly lucky and got Ed's soul in the process. This was more based on the fact that after one-too-many viewings of "Breaching the South Gate" to figure out the exact musical sting that accompanies the blink-and-you-miss-it cut that makes FFIX page pic, I realized Vivi had a transmutation circle under him. (Okay, they're normal run-of-the-mill Instant Runes, but I still went "Hocrap! Human Transmutation!" when re-watching it.) Also, we've got two kinds of Homonculi here, the Genomes and Black Mages. Father managed to improve on the original designs of Homonculi, and thus ended up with one that could do Alchemy, who then stole the plans and mass produced these Alchemist Homonculi. The only risk was the shortened life span, even without a soul. And now I'm not certain I want Zidane to go back to Gaia afterwards in that fanfic I'm writing...
  • Fanfic into the trash bin but I won't do that. The Final Fantasy series has nothing to do with all the Anime out there whatsoever.

They're not simple-minded so much as speaking a second language that they don't bother to learn. This troper suspects they use a Southeastern Asian language, in order to explain the barrel marked with the character for "alcohol" in the feast hallucination had by Quina.

Amarant is Eiko's father.
Because the two are already expies of Shadow and Relm in every other way.
  • Except that Eiko is a White Mage with some Summoner traits while Relm is a virtuoso. Also, Amarant doesn't have a dog and his father is not shown so jossed.

The party came closer to beating Beatrice than she let on.
The way she keeps Stock Break in reserve, and the fact that when you get her it's a very high MP-cost attack, indicates that she was using it as a last resort. The party might have literally had her on her last legs before she swatted them. She's not almighty when you get her as a party member, and the fact that she gets stronger as the battles go on indicates she may have been doing a bit of Level Grinding herself. Her sparing the rest of the party may be as much respect for how much fight her opponents put up as contempt for said opponents.
  • Makes sense, though she had no need to level grind seeing as she spent quite a while slaughtering her way through a few civilizations before she switches sides, XP gain just makes sense.
    • Doesn't really make sense since she strikes you with it after a while, even if you don't attack her at all. She toys with the player party for a while, and then shows her might.
  • Unlike other beings Beatrix came across, the party members are "special". Them having Trance, something which Beatrix herself doesn't have and she is probably as surprised as Steiner when he witnessed Zidane's Trance, except that she does not show it.

Baku is a legendary hero from Lindbulm's past
Baku is close enough to Cid to be the first person he turns to when he needs Princess Garnet kidnapped, despite seeming to be just the leader of Tantalus. Regent Cid evidently trusts Baku enough to have him flying the Hilda Garde 3 at the end, with the rest of Tantalus on board, despite him owning a large army with other airship pilots. There's also a statue near the entrance to Lindbulm which Zidane says "looks a little like Baku," and it's revealed towards the end that "Baku always loved a grand charge." Plus, he's allowed access to Lindbulm and Alexandria castle seemingly at will, and knows the way around both.
  • Not confirmed but not jossed either. Before becoming the overweight guy he is, Baku was probably just like Zidane back then.

Garland created Jenova.
He said that Terra had absorbed many planets before in an attempt to survive, but first they needed to be weakened. So what's to say he didn't construct an animal variation on the Iifa tree and send it to Cloud's world to consume the lifestream and then replace it with Terra's?
  • Entirely possible! Though I don't know the source and cannot prove this, I once read that the Final Fantasy games were confirmed to have taken place in the same universe, just the planets are no doubt many, many light years apart if this is truly the case.
    • Dissidia brought everyone together. In fact, Final Fantasy VI, V and IV were all connected in some ways. But even so, Garland did not create Jenova so jossed.

Zidane and Makoto (and the other Genomes (except Kuja)) are immortal.
Or at least unaging once at the adult stage, since Genomes were intended to receive the souls of the Terrans, who unlocked the secret of immortality, and whose whole plan is to live forever.

The Terrans had 2 different plans for dealing with Gaia.
Plan 1 was Terraforming, which is what turned the waterworld Gaia into a world with livable landmasses. On a related note, all Gaian land life is the result of this process, thus explaining the similarities between summoners, humans, and genomes — including the ability of a single drug to affect all of them roughly the same way. Plan 2 was the thing with the cycling of souls and such, which was turned to when the constructed ecosystem began to behave in unexpected (and to the Terrans, detrimental) ways.
  • Nah, the Terrans wanted to merge with planets that had "pure crystals", which I assume means no life (as the crystals govern souls). They didn't want life to develop there. If Terra had been eying Gaia since before there was even any land on it, they'd have had plenty of time to fuse the planets before entire civilizations were developed on Gaia. Granted, maybe their sense of time is a bit off considering how long they "live," but I wouldn't think Garland would go thousands or millions of years before noticing, "Oops, Gaia has people now. When did that happen?" Rather, what probably happened was Terra stumbled upon Gaia long after life had developed and it was just their only option. As for why the Genomes are so much like humans... I'd say that these specific Genomes were designed by Garland to mimic humans after observing life on Gaia, and that Terrans actually used to have some other form. Only problem with that is the giant stone faces in Oeilvert look human.... Summoners, presumably, just branched off a little from humans some centuries back.

Genomes are hardwired to be unable to kill each other.
This explains why Kuja doesn't kill Zidane despite numerous opportunities to do so, even after Zidane becomes an actual problem for his plans.
  • Alternately, Kuja still harbored some kind of lingering fellow feeling or fondness for the younger Genome, despite hiding it really, really well. This actually makes Zidane choosing to go back for him twice as touching.

Garland was Lord Avon.
Reasoning: The play "I want to be your canary" contains a minor character named Zidane.Main PC Zidane is named Zidane. Unlikely coincidence... unless they were both named by the same person: Garland.
  • Don't the rest of the Tantalus (sans Ruby, who isn't an orphan) also share names with the characters? Baku probably named them; Marcus, who seems the oldest, even has the name of the main character of the play. Garland calls Zidane by that name as a Sure Why Not moment.

Final Fantasy IX takes place in the same world as Final Fantasy.
Garland was named after... Garland, since the king remembered the days when Garland was a knight of Cornela/Corneria. The Garland we see is simply Garland *insert Roman numeral here*. Also, Mount Gulug.
  • Why would Mount Gulug be on a different planet than Garland's homeworld?
    • Presumably, it's really New Gulug, named after the original Mount Gulug during that time back in the depths of history when Garland had Terra invade Gaia conventionally. Presumably, the name stuck after the Terrans retreated, but the Gaians dropped the "New" part of the name because they didn't know about the original.
      • According to Ultimania, after Garland's failed attempt to merge the two planets into one, some of the locations from Terra ended up on Gaia, Mount Gulug being one if them. So it IS the original Mount Gulug from Garland's homeworld.
  • Actually, if you look at the world maps of both versions, they're quite similar. (The former is FFI, the latter is FFIX.)
    • Aside from the fact that the land tends to be concentrated in the four corners of the map, those maps aren't similar at all.

Adelbert Steiner is an Expy of Patrick Warburton.
If this game had voice acting (or if he appears in the next Dissidia), it's pretty obvious who'll be voicing him in the English version.

Kuja is an alternative universe version of Franky from One Piece

Both are human, yet not human, and both wear a speedo/thong. Difference is Franky is good and the epitome of manliness, Kuja is VERY effeminate and evil.

Concerning Vivi's children...

Vivi and the rest of the black mages somehow found a way to create other black mages that wouldn't have such a restricted lifespan. They could have worked with the Genomes to find the right way to go about it. So Vivi's children aren't strictly his, but they are black mages created by his idea to give black mages a longer lifespan. So they're more the children of his idea.

In theory, that is an alternate way to break the FF1 time loop. It removes the need to send Garland back in time, and the Four Fiends' origin. But because evil won in the end, the world turns out darkly. The Lufenish retain their supertechnology, but the crystals are still drained for reasons no one is capable of seeing.

The desparate Lufenish develop dimensional travel and soul manipulation, and eventually put together the Terrans' plans as seen in Final Fantasy 9.

For added drama, let's say that the five warriors were caught in limbo when the time loop ended, locked outside of the reincarnation cycle, until the Terrans rescued them. Garland is Garland's reincarnation, and his three angels of death are three of the four Light Warriors (Most likely Black/Red Mage, Thief, and White Mage).

In a related note:

There was a Zeroth Angel of Death used during Garland's first assault on Gaia.

I'm guessing Zero was a Warrior in contrast with the more magic-based reapers developed later.

Cid and/or Hilda are sterile.
Think about it. They both look quite old and have ruled Lindblum for a while, but they have no heir. That would also explain why they adopt Eiko and raise her as their own.

Necron came literally out of nowhere. What is the Void again? Yeah... It's nothing. Exdeath created a metaphysical place of nothingness. After Bartz destroyed Exdeath, he tried to turn into his One-Winged Angel form, but failed and instead became Neo Exdeath. Then, he was left in the Void, and absorbed with Necrophobe. Necron is a combination of Exdeath and Necrophobe.

Eiko will marry Zidane and Garnet's son.
Even though she'd be about ten years older, she'd fall for him for the same reason she fell for Zidane. Plus, their children would be the closest thing possible to a full-blooded summoner (3/4, since Eiko is a summoner and Garnet's kids would be half-summoners). The summoning tribe lives on....

Zidane's Heroic BSoD wasn't caused just by Garland's revelations of his purpose.
Right after the revelation, Zidane seemed shaken, but still valued his friends and home in Gaia and was ready to kick Garland's ass over it. Garland then knocked him out with a comment of having to turn him into a regular Genome, and we're treated to to a scene of Zidane descending into an emo state, before being woken up seated in a weird chair. What was the difference between Zidane and the other Genomes? Zidane was given a soul, the chair was a device Garland was using to take out Zidane's soul and turn him into an empty vessel. Good thing the others went after him.
  • ...Is this really Wild Mass Guessing?

Fat Chocobo is an Eidolon
Eidolons are born from legends and myths to serve as guardians of the planet. The whole chocobo subquest shows that at least this time, chocobos are a fully sapient race. Therefore, they would have their own legends for the crystal to create an Eidolon from. This Eidolon would resemble the chocobos whose legends birthed him, and would then take on the role of the chocobos' guardian deity like in those same legends. He could hypothetically form a pact with a Summoner, but he's not inclined to do so, and Garnet and Eiko, if they even went into Chocobo's Paradise with Zidane, didn't realize his nature and so didn't ask.

Kuja was immortal
Garland was lying about limiting his lifespan... there would be no reason to bother.As a genome, Kuja's immortal, since he was originally meant to serve as a vessel for a Terran soul.Modding that would be pointless for Garland, since Garland is more than powerful enough to simply kill Kuja if he became a nuisance.
  • Unless the genomes by default are as short-lived as any mortals, in which case Kuja's mortality would be a case of not having modded in any changes to that. Presumably such mortality is to enable adaptation to changing circumstances and reproduction and the like once the souls are in place.

Ruby is the real Princess of Alexandria.

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As the original Tumblr post has been deleted;

Ruby is the true Princess of Alexandria.

  • In Ruby's concept art, her skin is actually a light blue colour. That would make her and Queen Brahne the only two humanoids we meet who have blue skin. Coincidence? Ruby's skin could be more lightly coloured because she takes after her presumably lighter-skinned father. While Ruby and Garnet don't look terribly alike as adults, they both have similar figures and both are quite attractive. And as small children tend to look quite similar to one another, it's very possible that they resembled each other when they were younger. They also appear to be around the same age, give or take a couple of years.
  • Ruby and Garnet are also both named after a red coloured precious stone. Better yet, garnets are sometimes known as 'false rubies'. Additionally, Ruby is the only member of Tantalus who isn't named after a character in Lord Avon's plays.
As for how Ruby, aka the real Princess Garnet, ended up on the streets of Alexandria? That's a little more difficult. One theory is that the original Princess Garnet didn't actually die, she was just extremely ill and slipped into a coma that made the royal doctors think that she had died. In the confusion with her 'death' and Garnet's arrival, the real Princess Garnet was able to wander out of the castle, with no memories of her former life due to her illness, and was found by Baku.

Ozma IS Ark.
Admittedly, you can synth the Pumice on Disc 4 in Memoria, but Ozma himself drops one. Why is this? (Reward mechanics aside) This is because Ozma IS Ark and always has been. Eidolons, when their legends and memories fade, "die"- they're reduced to formless balls of energy waiting to be shaped by new beliefs. Or, perhaps, remembered. The party are the only people in living memory to have ever seen the Ark, but it's not unreasonable to suspect that just after Gaia and Terra's failed merger the ship was active in the skies of Gaia as a warship. In this case, legends would have cropped up regarding the ship's capabilities; pass these on to a summoner tribe and you get an eidolon. The moles of Gulug were summoners (their extraction circle still exists down there, after all) and are certainly old enough to have seen the ship in its heyday. But they feared (rightly so, given the Ozma fight) the power that eidolon had and sealed it away in the Chocobo's Air Garden. When you defeat Ozma (the eidolon's shapeless primal form) and it drops the full Pumice, the party puts two and two together (remembering the Pumice PIECE Ark drops in Oeilvert) and boom, Ark is back. Weakened, of course, because of its defeat in its primal form, but back nonetheless.

Ozma is all the beliefs and ideas of Terra.
Essentially, Ozma was created when Garland first tried and failed to merge Gaia with Terra, and is a complete mishmash of every thought, belief and idea from Terra. As Ark was an airship that was thought up by someone of Terra, it was stored within Ozma along with every other idea, and that is why you are definitely able to summon it (with the pumice). While Oeilvert only held the physical portions of the airship, it didn't hold the complete form of the menace and intent that went into Ark. This is why Ark is the only summon that could be fought by the party, as it wasn't at its full power. If the party or the world had any more insights of the ideas and beliefs of Terra, you would have been able to get access to even more summons from beating Ozma.

Zidane was resurreccted/reincarnated by Mikoto.
Zidane died in the Iifa tree. Mikoto and the other Genomes simply grew a new Genome bodyfor him, and then salvaged his soul and reinstalled it. This is how he shows up alive despite beingburied at ground zero of a world spanning disaster, and why Mikoto was at the Iifa tree at all in the closing cinematics,despite living on the other side of the continent...she was there to recover his soul from the Tree's mechanisms.

Steiner suffered from severe PTSD for most of the game.
At one point, he tells Garnet that he doesn't want her to experience war as he has, so we can obviously assume that he was in a war, and it still haunts him. His extreme dedication to Honor Before Reason could be his way of coping with what he saw and did during that war. He was fighting for his King and Queen, so he must have done the right thing. That is the one truth. There is absolutely no alternative.
  • That would also explain why he and Beatrix are so willing to commit 'minor' war crimes. such as commanding no quarter, and participating in genocide, do something terrible so something worse doesn't happen.

Hades was originaly Garland's One-Winged Angel transformation, and named Chaos.
There is concept art, where Hades is the final boss, instead of Necron. Hades's trone and sword have the blinking eyes, which also appear on Terran structures, and the eyes are also present during the battle with Necron. It's possible that such transformation would be triggered by the Terran souls possessing Garland, after Kuja wounded him lethaly.

Eidolons and Aeons are the same thing.
Eidolons are created through memories and stories shared by a large group of people, the memories work the same way as a fayths dream but passively. Aeons are stronger than eidolons because they have dedicated dreamers while eidolons are made up of lots of little memories.

Vivi had a real ticket until he was tackled and Liela swapped it with a fake.
it's an easy old street con; a kid bumps in to a traveler and steals something of theirs. it's entirely plausible that when Vivi was tackled and he drops his ticket she makes the switch, there's a clear pause before she turns around to give it back. and with as many forged tickets around as the ticket master comments on her having a dupe already and using it is entirely possible. we also see her near the church that Puck uses to get in to the castle giving her another in.

The Ring Leader enemy inspired the Black Mages.
The Ring Leader demon enemy is encountered on Terra. It's a diminutive mage creature veiled in black with glowing yellow eyes, wearing robes accented with crossed brown laces, and a fancy hat. When Kuja designed Vivi as a prototype Black Mage, he based it on one of Terra's few remaining creatures, following which he scaled up the design.

Zidane messed up the measurements when mixing the potion that was to turn Cid human
Zidane has shown no proficiency in mixing potions, nor is it stated that he can do that. It is stated that he mixed the potion that Cid drinks. Had he been more accurate (or left it to Doctor Tot), it would have worked.

The Ur-Crystal is THE Crystal.
As in, it's not just the heart of IX's universe, it's the heart of the entire Final Fantasy multiverse. Zidane's party travel back to the beginning of all things. For a brief moment, the fate of the entire multiverse is in their hands. Necron is the Eternal Darkness beyond the multiverse, the one true enemy of the Crystal, and the ultimate source of the desire for Void which drives Exdeath, the Cloud of Darkness, and the like.

Colin was in love with Ipsen.
That's why he went with him.

Lani is a Selkie from the world of the Crystal Chronicles
She's one of the Crystal Caravan adventurers that was unable to defeat Lady Mio/Raem and got blasted across space and time to wind up on Gaia bereft of the memories of her past life. She created a new identity for herself as a bounty hunter afterwards, but retained her eye-catching sense of fashion as a nod to her true origins, which she still tries hard to look for despite being the only one from her caravan to end up on Gaia. Given where she comes from, it's likely she has nothing to do with Tida, Tipa, or other known named settlements.


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