Is Final Fantasy 6 Related To ‘The Divine Comedy’?

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Final Fantasy 6: Behold, the Voxel team is back with another theory of the gaming world. After presenting points that can make associations between Crono and Jesus Christ in Chrono Trigger, now let’s look at another great RPG of the 16-bit era: Final Fantasy VI (or Final Fantasy III, as it became known on this side of the globe).

Why Final Fantasy VI? Simple. Because there is a possibility that his final battle is a direct reference to Dante Alighieri’s book The Divine Comedy. Want to know what the connection points are?

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To begin the comparison, it is necessary to remember that the battle has three phases before the fight against Kefka Palazzo in her angelic form, each of which is a representation of hell, purgatory and paradise (environments that were visited by Dante and Virgilio in the book’s journey. — which, by the way, we’ll just use as a reference, without going too deep into the plot).

The first place is hell, in which the protagonists don’t find fire when they reach the last level, but cold. And that’s where Lucifer is. In Final Fantasy VI, we get the idea that Visage, the first form in this final battle, looks like a demon with an ice-covered body part, basically just having the above-the-waist portion visible. Another point related to the icy area of ​​hell is the fact that the enemy is weak against fire, which is the opposite nature of ice in Square Enix’s RPG.

At the second point of the battle, there are four enemies: Tiger, Magic, Machine and Power, which are located in what would be purgatory, a place where souls go in search of purification before ascending to paradise for the definitive encounter with God. In the book, it is in this place that the protagonists meet the Mountain of Purgatory and become aware that it represents the seven deadly sins. In the game, the four opponents would be associated with things Kefka sought on his journey (especially magic and power), as well as making a bridge to the human race and the book.

And where are Tiger and Machine in this whole story? In the 1990s, when the game was created, the machines already dictated some rules for society (less than today, it is worth mentioning), and the game itself shows them being used in confrontations, even in the first minutes of the adventure. Tiger would be a reference to the River Tiger; in the work of the Italian writer there is a mention that paradise lies between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, being the last stage to be crossed by the protagonists before reaching the abode of God.