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The Final Fantasy series has had many pop culture references throughout its existence.
Television, anime and cartoons
I don't want fries with that, Cloud.
- The TV series Robot Chicken had a parody of Final Fantasy VII called the Final Fantasy Burger Chain, which is also a parody of fast food chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's, featuring Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith, and Yuffie as workers. The restaurant is owned by Sephiroth and is ultimately destroyed by Cloud in a fight with Sephiroth. The characters don't actually speak in this, as their dialogue is shown in a blue box at the top of the screen similar to games in the series from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy VII. In addition, during this skit, the "One-Winged Angel" song is parodied, with repetitive chants of "hamburger" in the same tune.
- In an episode of the TV comedy, Two and a Half Men, Jake begs Charlie throughout the show to take him to the video store to rent the new Final Fantasy. When they are at the video store, the Final Fantasy X box was shown as the "new" Final Fantasy. But at the end of the show, the Final Fantasy II battle music is played, not Final Fantasy X's.
- One episode of the third season of Captain N: The Game Master is loosely based on the original Final Fantasy. Matoya, the Prince of Elfheim, and Astos are featured.
- In an episode of Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island, several video games are parodied, including Final Fantasy VII. Coconut Fred is depicted as Cloud and must stop Butchy, who is depicted as Sephiroth.
- On an episode of Comedy Central Presents, comedian Jackie Kashian referenced the Creator from The Final Fantasy Legend, describing the game's final battle as "the worst premise ever of any video game", though stated that regardless she continued trying for eight months to defeat the boss.
- In the anime series Welcome To The NHK the show's main character discovers, and becomes obsessed with, an MMORPG that seems to be a parody of Final Fantasy XI. A further parody arrives in the form of a Mithra-like player whom the character falls head over heels for.
- In the first episode of series one of the BBC Three comedy, Coming of Age, Matt's first line is "Alright mate. Brilliant night last night. Level 14 of Final Fantasy XII, I'm a god." (Based on the context of the line, it is possible the writer has mistakenly used the word "level" to refer to a stage such as a stage from old Mario or similar games rather than the level of a character gained via experience points that you would normally find in Final Fantasy games. This would explain the show's character Matt acting so pleased with himself.)
- 8-Bit Theater is a Final Fantasy based webcomic which follows the story of the original game, starring a Fighter, a Thief, a Black Mage, and a Red Mage.
- The Order of the Stick comic series Episode 388, the characters Elan and Thog disguise themselves as Locke and Mog from Final Fantasy VI so they can get aboard the Blackjack to head to Azure City. However, Terra and Edgar are suspicious of them when they use the term "Resurrect" to describe a Phoenix Down and throw them overboard.
- Neglected Mario Characters features many Final Fantasy characters, most notably Kefka and Celes in the "Mario Busters" series.
- VGCats has several episodes relating to Chocobo raising, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XI, and Final Fantasy XII. There is also an episode where it is claimed that Chocobo meat, along with Moogle pom-poms are sold by an establishment called "Kentucky Firaga Chocobo".
- The comic Adventure Log is about a Mithra named Kiro's journeys in Vana'diel.
- Three Panel Soul has a couple of comics about the writers' Final Fantasy XI characters.
- The flash comic Weebl and Bob on December 10th, 2002, released an episode that was a satire of Final Fantasy VII. It featured Cloud, Aeris, a Chocobo, and a random encounter.
- The Webcomic Gameworld and its upcoming side series Gameworld Gaiden Re-Direct contain characters from many of the Final Fantasy games as main and secondary characters alongside several original characters called Outsiders. It also has references to other Square-Enix Properties.
- Youtube user lasagnacat is known for his video parodies of Jim Davis' Garfield comic strip. One of the parodies are set on a Final Fantasy VI medley, complete with the battle scene and theme.
Other Video Games
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- In the fan-translation of Mother 3, a pig sings a "musical fanfare." The text box implies that this is the Victory Fanfare. It is unknown whether this was in the original Japanese version.
- In Super Smash Bros. Melee, three of the random names that are chosen are Vivi, Lulu, and Odin.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations, during the last case, after being compared to a spoon stirring a cup of coffee, the judge exclaims, "I'm a spoon!? I'm no spoony bard, I'll have you know!" This is a reference to the famous quote by Tellah in Final Fantasy IV.
- In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, a Square Enix developed game, Ninja, White Mage, Black Mage, Moogle, and Cactuar are unlockable playable characters. This is the first time Mario is playable with Final Fantasy characters. Also, there's a Bomb going around at Bowser Castle Court, and a Chocobo as basket in the Airship Court.
- In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, there is a flower vendor in the city of Dalaran named Aerith Primrose.
- In Star Ocean: Till The End of Time, on Elicoor II, Fayt meets a flower girl named Ameena who is dressed quite suspiciously like Aerith Gainsborough (as well as she bears a striking resemblance to his friend Sophia).
- In Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 a TV commentator uses the phrase "I bet he'd slit his mama's throat for a five-yen piece!" to describe the character Tanaka. This is reference to the famous quote Edgar uses to describe Shadow in the SNES version of Final Fantasy VI.
- In No More Heroes 2, the series protagonist Travis Touchdown is able to wield a beam katana much reminiscent of Sephiroth's Masamune, known as the Peony. Like Sephiroth, Travis most of the time uses one hand to wield it.
Oddly enough, a new opponent, by the name of Charlie MacDonald, looks similar to Tidus, and the character Skelter-Helter bears a resemblance to Cloud Strife.
Touchdown wields the Masamune MK-II.
- In the new DS game Scribblenauts, three of the words that can be inputted by the player are Black Mage, White Mage, and Red Mage (Final Fantasy).
- In Tekken 6, a fighting game developed by Namco, it is possible for the player to costumize their characters's hair to look like Cloud's, although it is also possible to choose a combination of hairstyles that resemble Sephiroth's hair.
- In Soul Calibur IV, another Namco-developed fighting game, it is also possible to gets Cloud's hairstyle; players who recreate Cloud in the game tend to base his fighting style on that of Siegfried Schtauffen, as both characters wield massive swords. In addition, when Sephiroth is recreated in the game, he is based on Mitsurugi, although his sword is not as long as Sephiroth's.
- In Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete a blue Chocobo-like creature drives the wagons of the traveling circus, Carivan. The red dragon Ruby mentions it was a Chocobo, but quickly changed it into "Chuckoboo".
- In Tobal 2 a Chocobo is obtainable as a combatant.
- Battle for Wesnoth features a "Chocobone" unit. The official unit profile on the Chocobone states that "Riding the bones of ostrich-like large birds once used as mounts by a lost civilization, the skeleton Chocobones can move faster than most cavalry units."
- On the online forum game Gaia Online there is a Monthly Collectible item, called "Wild Things", which among two other "ridable" animals there is one called Roc, which highly resembles a Chocobo, there is also armor for it called "Wild Armor" that gives it a helm and chestplate.
The Chocobo banner in Parasite Eve
- In Parasite Eve a large banner picturing a Chocobo hangs over the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History. Inside the museum, a Chocobo skeleton can also be found inside an exhibit about primitive species.
- In Mortal Kombat Armageddon, both Cloud's and Sephiroth's hairstyles can be purchased as head parts for the game's Kreate-A-Fighter feature, a character creation feature similar to the ones in Soul Calibur III and IV, under the names "Anime 1" and Fantasy, respectively. They are among many other video game character designs inspired by other video game characters, including one named after Akuma from Street Fighter.
- The Chocobo is parodied in the browser-based game Kingdom of Loathing as a familiar which can charge monsters to deal damage, heal characters by nuzzling them, run around monsters to confuse them, and dig in the ground to give the characters extra gmae points. The familiar (called a Cocoabo) is shaped like a Chocobo but is apparently made of cocoa or chocolate, hatched from a Cocoa Egg item. Now and then, the Cocoabo also is affected by a "Limit Break" which can either double it's damage, healing or game point abilities. A stuffed version of the familiar (Stuffed Cocoabo) is also available and reportably squeaks "Kweh!" when squeezed.
- In the hit online game AdventureQuest, there are two NPCs in the town of Granemor that might reference Final Fantasy; one is a potion maker named Lucretia (supposedly a reference to Lucrecia Crescent), while the other is the bird that the Moglin Dewlok rides on, which resembles a red Chocobo.
Secret of Evermore is a game released by Squaresoft in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System featuring a young boy and a dog as its main characters. The game features several cameos by Final Fantasy characters and media:
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was a game developed by Squaresoft, featuring light cameos of the Final Fantasy series:
- The playable characters have vague likenesses to Final Fantasy Job classes; for example, Mario could be classified as a hammer weilding Dragoon, Princess Peach has the ability to heal and has weak attack power, similar to a White Mage, Mallow is similar to a Black Mage; he is weak physically, but has very powerful magic attacks which allow him to control the weather and Bowser as a rough example of a Monk, as he uses Knuckles for weapons.
- Smithy has four Elemental Fiends, similar to the original Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy IV, and Final Fantasy IX. Mack is fire-Elemental, Bowyer is lightning-Elemental, Yardovich is ice/water-Elemental, and the Axem Rangers are "Jump"-Elemental.
- The theme that plays in the Mushroom Kingdom is very similar to the castle theme in Final Fantasy V.
- Bahamut makes an appearance as a boss in Bowser's Keep as "Bahamutt".
- Various Final Fantasy VI enemies also appear, including the CzarDragon, which was dummied out of the game, and Zombone, both as bosses. The Myconid enemy appears later in Final Fantasy IX.
- A Final Fantasy tradition that ended with Final Fantasy VI (but returned in Burmecia in Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy XII) of having some monsters disguised as treasure chests continues in this game.
- The concept of "Timed Hits" allows a player to hit the Attack button during the attack animation to cause a critical hit. This concept was repeated for the Gunblade weapon in Final Fantasy VIII.
- The Elixir and Megalixir appear as items in this game.
- The most obvious Final Fantasy reference is Culex, a secret boss found in Monstro Town. Culex seems to be particularly inspired by the Final Fantasy IV universe; he claims to be a Dark Knight, and fights alongside four elemental Crystals. During the battle with Culex, the theme "Battle 2" from FFIV plays; the traditional Victory Fanfare plays after his defeat, and the Prelude plays as he departs from the world.
Books, Comics/Manga and Magazines
Squall and Rinoa in the background
In Ken Akamatsu's acclaimed manga, Love Hina
make a guest appearance in Volume 3, page 37, frame 6. The pair are seen walking out of a gaming plaza as Keitaro, the protagonist of the series, and Naru, the love interest, careen into a stack of plush mascot toys possibly meant for delivery to said gaming plaza. They proceed to regard the two and the devestation with bewildering astonishment.
Mutsumi Otohime, an Aerith look-alike.
- In the same manga, one major recurring character, Mutsumi Otohime, arguably resembles Final Fantasy VII character Aerith Gainsborough, and has even worn a similar dress during one chapter.
- Finally, in Chapter 113 of Love Hina, when Keitaro defeats the kendo girl Motoko Aoyama, using the same technique she often deals to him, he compares it to the Lancet ability of Final Fantasy X's Kimahri Ronso, which absorbs a small amount of HP and MP and sometimes, the ability of a monster.
- On page 114 of book 4 a cactuar-like artifact hits Keitaro over the head. It should also be noted that the cactuar pose is frequent in the earlier artifacts uncovered by Seta in the series though wether or not this is intentional is unknown.
- There are some parallels that indicate that Shinmeiryu (God's Cry School) techniques are similar to Sephiroth's. Practitioners even wield a nadachi as their common weapon; a 1.5 to 2 meter long sword that Sephiroth's Masamune was based upon.
- Another of Akamatsu's works; Negima! Magister Negi Magi, has a character drinking a beverage called Last Elixir which has been noted as being a reference to Final Fantasy. Also in Negima, issue six, chapter 91, first page panel three, when Negi and Kotaro visit Chisame at a cosplay event, there are two cosplayers dressed like Tifa and Yuffie.
- In the manga "Midori no Hibi"(Days of Midori in english), Chapter 57, Page 5, panel three shows two incredibly ugly "women" dressed in very good Yuna and Rikku costumes from Final Fantasy X.
- In the manga version of the anime, Hare+Guu, there is a running appearence of a young Aerith. She hs her exact hairstyle and the exact outfit from the original game. When Hare goes to the city, there is a little girl in his class who looks exactly like a younger version of Aerith. The first time she was shown, she was in a completely different outfit but you knew it was her by the hair. But in every appearence after the first, she is wearing her traditional long dress and bolero jacket.
An autographed photo of Quistis Trepe.
- In Shiro Amano's manga adaptation of the video game Seiken Densetsu (called Legend of Mana in English), Quistis Trepe gets a reccuring cameo as the main character's idol and fanboy obsession, but in the original translation her name was misstranslated into "Kistis Tulip". The main character of the manga, Toto, collects everything involving her including fake autographed photos and life-sized dolls. He even attempted to defeat three evil dragons with the request of meeting Quistis in person as payment.
- In the manga Angel Sanctuary Kaori Yuki writes in her notes about her reaction to Final Fantasy VIII and her opinion on the graphics and Squall and Rinoa's relationship.
- In the manga Descendents of Darkness Cloud, Tifa, Vincent, Cait Sith and Red XIII appear in the background of Volume 3, Chapter 1.
Yuffie, Cid, Aerith, and Leon in the manga adaptation of Kingdom Hearts
- In the manga adaption of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Squall, with his name changed to Leon, Yuffie, Aerith, Cid, Tidus, Wakka, Selphie, and Cloud all make their respected appearances as they do in the game. In the Kingdom Hearts II adaptation, the same characters, as well as Seifer, Fujin (with her name changed to Fuu), Raijin (with his name changed to Rai), and Vivi appear as well.
- Ryukishi07, creator of the visual novel and manga Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, is a self-proclaimed fan of Final Fantasy V. His pen name originated from Lenna — "07" in Japanese can be pronounced as "reinana", and "Ryukishi" means "dragoon". It's also loosely the basis for the Higurashi character, Rena Ryugu.
- In the manga Fruits Basket, author Natsuki Takaya often writes about her video game fandom, especially of the Final Fantasy series, in side columns and author's notes, such as her reaction to Aerith's ultimate fate in Final Fantasy VII. During 2000, she often wrote about her anticipation of Final Fantasy IX being released that year.
- The manga Genshiken also features some Tifa and Yuffie cosplay. This time done by two of the manga's main characters.
- The manga Descendants of Darknes has a resturant scene with most of the party members from Final Fantasy VII in the background.
- The 2004 Summer Olympics' women's synchronized swimming event had one team swimming to Liberi Fatali.
- Professional wrestler Chris Sabin got his namesake from the Final Fantasy VI character Sabin.
- Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, during his tenure with the NHL team Atlanta Thrashers, has worn a mask featuring Yuna and Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2. He admits he's never played a Final Fantasy game and just thought the characters "looked cool" when he saw them in a commercial.
- In 2000, a 16-year-old Spaniard boy killed his parents and his sister with a katana, proclaiming to be on "another avenging mission by Squall Leonhart".
- A baby had been named after Sephiroth, who was born on November 3rd, 2006. 
- 6-piece American Post-hardcore band A Skylit Drive's CD Wires...and the Concept of Breathing has multiple references to the Final Fantasy series:
- The Japanese metal band CROW'SCLAW have produced 2 albums of Final Fantasy Remixes. These are their self-titled album and the album "Battlefield 1987" 
- On July 2009, TheSpeedGamers, a charity group, conducted a Final Fantasy marathon to raise money for children with severe Autism. They raised more than 50,000 USD.
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