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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
A few preliminary thoughts on FFX characters...
....back to work after a nice, long vacation.... ::sigh:: If you want to know more of what I've been up to day-to-day, check out my other blog Something Wicked.

I got Final Fantasy X over the holiday and have been playing (and cheating) like mad. I'm about 90% through the game, but I've already developed an opinion (not necessarily correct, of course) of several FFX characters.

Seymour (the villain) just doesn't grab my attention. I'm not finished with the game, but so far I haven't had been given nearly enough background to explain his particular brand of insanity. The game gives you a few superficial hints which are plausible, I admit, but there's just some character development lacking here. ::shrug::

The romance between Tidus and Yuna is sweet and all that, but again, it doesn't particularly grab my interest. I wonder why I found the romance between Zidane and Dagger in FF9 so much more intriguing? ::ponder::

Frankly, Wakka irritated me a lot in the first part of the story with his blind, unquestioning belief in Yevon and its teachings, not to mention his thing against the Al Bhed. ::snort:: He gets better later in the story, but I've never had much enthusiasm for the stubborn, boisterous, brawler types. It's probably the same reason I never got drawn to Zell (FF8) or Barett (FF7), either.

Rikku is almost the stereotypical perky young girl/woman that shows up in these Final Fantasy stories (i.e., Yuffie of FF7, Selphie of FF8, etc.). She's likable, in a puppyish way.

Lulu, on the other hand, is a much more interesting. Cool, insightful, competent, and strong, although with a quiet sense of tragedy and loss held tightly in control. I definitely approve of her style.

On the other hand.... ::drumroll:: It should be no surprise that Auron is my favorite -- a dangerous, rather sinister swordsman with both angst and many secrets. Just the way I like 'em! Rather like the way that Saitoh can't be considered pretty or classically handsome, Auron's not beautiful or gorgeous in the common sense, but he's a man with true character. Both these characters have a cold, intense determination and focus which makes that definitely attractive, at least to me. Combine that with a pragmatic, but unshakable personal sense of honor, kickass fighting skills, and the brains to use those skills... well, it's no wonder why I like these sorts of guys! ::melts into a puddle of Hydra-goo::

I should warn you guys that a pack of evil plot bunnies have been whispering in my ear about the relationship between Auron, Brask, and/or Jecht. The flashbacks I've seen make me think that there's a deep sort of emotional bond and love between these men. I'm not really talking about something sexual -- stop those lewd snickers from the back row! -- but there's definitely love, at least of the plutonic, intensely close brother-in-arms sort. However, I'm not categorically ruling out the possibility of something more physical. It's the same sort of impression I get about Laguna and Kiros in Final Fantasy VIII, which is the only relationship that really caught my attention in that game -- the Squall+Rinoa romance in that game did absolutely nothing for me!

Hmmmm... ::ponder:: I might end up writing a short story or two (like I did for Final Fantasy IX) about Brask, Auron, and Jecht exploring this idea.

::quickly ducking hail of stale pocky from irate and impatient readers::

Current Mood: blah blah

10 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
spacefille From: spacefille Date: January 2nd, 2002 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


Ano, I've *seen* FF X, (played by others) but since I haven't played it yet, I have no idea who those particular characters are. Yet. However since I've been a fan of your writing for quite some time, I'm of the opinion that anything you write will be delightful and/or delightfully twisted, (of which I like both), and I'll happily read it, along with a whole swack of other fans I'm sure. *lol* Go for it!
Oh, and on the subject of Lulu, I have been exposed to her (my friend is obsessed with her) she sounds really neat!! *nods enthusiastically.* Okay, *lol* I'll go now. ^_^
meimi From: meimi Date: January 22nd, 2002 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)


I didn't know you had an lj, Hydra-chan. *adds you to friends* Auron is my favorite character in FFX too. And while I do see a lot of the usual ff stereotyping abound in 10, I must say they're much easier to put up with, and thus likable, in 10... maybe it's the (read: good) voice acting.

I do have a plot bunny hopping around for it too... for Yunalesca, strangely enough. @_o
edana_ni_emer From: edana_ni_emer Date: January 30th, 2002 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just a random visitor doing a drive-by comment...

But I heard that the Japanese version of FFX was two CDs long, and the American version got edited down to one. Haven't played it myself, but some friends tell me that's the case. *G* That would explain the lacking characterization, though.
From: ex_lina_inve743 Date: February 5th, 2002 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is sooo random but I saw on one of your sites something about "Zack" from FF7. He's real then? And do you have any pictures of him? :D Please? Pretty please?
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: February 6th, 2002 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)

about Zack

Oh yes, Zack's an actual character in FF7. However, he appears only in flashbacks and in other characters' conversations. There are several shrines to him. ^_^

You might try this one:

From: (Anonymous) Date: February 18th, 2002 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Random Reply

Heh, hi ^_^ I, too, just got Final Fantasy 10. Fun, fun... am hoping to see a story about Jecht, Auron, and Braska soon. But, I actually wanted to comment on your little floating kitty heads. Kawaii ^_^;
tifag From: tifag Date: March 6th, 2002 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm an impatient read, may I hurl pocky? ^_^ Nah...

I agree, Lulu is probably the most interesting female character in the game.

I just had to drop in. Sorry to have bothered you.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2002 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

FFX Character comments

It's amazing. I agree with most (hah, most... more like all) of your opinions on FFX. I'd like to see a story about Auron, Braska and Jecht. It'd be interesting, since I haven't looked around much for FFX stuff online. And yes, I agree that the love stories in 8 and 10 didn't catch my attention as much as in 9. Ten seemed too abrupt, to me, much like 8...
But dat's just my opinion o_o;
doven From: doven Date: June 10th, 2002 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow!! Madamhydra has a livejournal!! *dances*.. sorry! you don't know me (obviously right).. I'm a very timid fan ^_^.. umm.. damn I haven't played FFX yet. Not counting the wonderful graphics, all I've heard about it is bad stuff. Oh well, I may get it and play through just to find out for myself.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 10th, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)


...Laguna and Kiros....Lagunaaaa and Kiiiiirossss....Laguna and KIRRRROOOSSSS.....LAAAAGUNNAAA AND KIIIROOSSSSS...

*shuts up and slithers away back into the darkness, waiting for another day when she shall try to influence people to do mroe KirosxLaguna stuff*
10 hisses or Hiss in my ear....