Game Theory: Why Final Fantasy is Anti-Religion
Final Fantasy games feature a lot of religious symbolism. But if you look closely, those references to religion actually form a very interesting pattern; the Final Fantasy games are actually against organized religion...and even the concept of God himself. So today, we're looking at the Final Fantasy series, including Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy X, and Final Fantasy Legend to see just how this popular series deals with religious issues.
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Of course Final Fantasy is anti-religious, I've known it from years. That's what I like of them.
"MatPat uses Disclaimer."
A wall of text shows up. I go to pause the video to read it
"Final Fantasy fan pau-" *this is the exact moment where the video pauses*
HAAAAAAHAHAAHAHAHAHA you got me! XD
Also: I'd like to point out the fact that "a statement of facts" and "a judgement on [certain theologies]" are NOT mutually exclusive ;)
and another and another why cant we just see oh i dont know some other game?
Please make another video of this PLEASE!
God is good not this game
Do more on this please
Fascinating episode I say, reason why I came here for love of Final Fantasy
I viewed it the same way, you took the words right out of my mouth. XD
Fine intelligence at work. *claps* Makes all the final fantasy grinding more interesting.
I would like to know about transportation in gaming. I bet you'd have FUN with that.
Hmm..... what's his next video?
Great video. Keep up the good work, man.
Now it may be because I am admitably biased, as both a religious person and a big Final Fantasy fan, 6 especially, but I viewed the Kefka boss a rather different way. I had always taken it that Kefka transformed into crude parodies of religious figures and the like to assert his powers and better convay his nihlistic ideals. I don't think that case is so much that God is evil, but that people pretending they're gods are evil. People pretending they have some sick false authority to dctate the world are evil.
i would like to request for a dragon ball z theory please/thank you
So just to clarify, the makers of the game support using a mixture of religion in order to live a life where you go to Heaven and saying pure anything is bad? If so, then *clears throat and uses very deep singing voice* I agreeee!♫
One nit to pick, Final Fantasy for the Gameboy was actually part of Square's SaGa series that was repackaged as Final Fantasy so it would sell in the USA. But this just shows that Anti-religion is a pervasive trend in JRPGs. I've fought members of the clergy in Grandia 2 and Tales of the Abyss in addition to Final Fantasy.
While I haven't played much Final Fantasy at all, it was still very interesting to watch this. Looks like I have some pretty epic boss fights to look forward to as well. Thanks MatPat and Gaijin Goomba!
You should do something with Mega Man. You haven't made a Mega Man video yet.
On the flip side, there's Aerith, a beloved character both in-game and out. There's religious imagery with her pretty much 100% of the time. Despite the destitute state of Midgar, her church in the slums is both lit and teaming with beautiful life. On top of that, her limit breaks are basically prayers. With all that in mind, I interpreted the idea of the ancients to be closely related to Christianity. The blood of the ancients, to me is symbolic of the blood of Christ that flows within them. Sepheroth and Jenova, on the other hand, are experiments of evil in an attempt to create basically counterfeit ancients. Simply put, to me Sepheroth represents the anti-Christ.
On a side note, Kefka is more like the devil in my eyes. He doesn't start out as a god in any sense of the word but seeks to take the throne of God. Nor is he anywhere in the game referred to as the creator. The religious symbolism at the end further adds to that thought as he has taken up the position that is supposed to be designated to God. Sadly, that doesn't take into account why you have to fight images of Mary and Jesus. Unless, of course, the imagery is only meant to represent Kefka's desire to replace God in the hierarchy and nothing more.