7. The hidden extinction of the Moogles (Final Fantasy Tactics)
Final Fantasy Tactics is notable for a lot of reasons. It's fantastic, for one. For another, it was downright incomprehensible at times. Its awful translation gave us useful lines like " This was the darkened Items won't appear." That was from the tutorial. Yes, it was an absolute joy to puzzle out the game in the days before online walkthroughs were common.
One thing came across loud and clear, however. Assuming you looked in the right place. In the description for the Siedge Weald zone, there's a single block of text. It calls the woods:
An ancient forest surrounded on all sides by mountains. Said to have once been home to a race of extinct moogles.
In addition to this little tidbit, there's the fact that the game takes place in the land of Ivalice. This is also the setting of Final Fantasy XII, during which the balloon-bottomed buggers seem to be alive and kicking.
Dig a little deeper into the planet's lore, and you'll see that they were likely wiped out by "the Cataclysm" mentioned several times throughout Tactics. That would not only put XII and Tactics in the same universe, but also gives a rough chronology of how we came from one main series Final Fantasy game to a spin-off released eight years earlier.
And as it turns out, there might be an even stronger connection running throughout the whole franchise...
7. Gilgamesh Proves Final Fantasy is a Multiverse
If you've been playing Final Fantasy games for a while, you likely know that each entry occurs in discrete, self-contained universes. It's why we can have fifteen games all called Final Fantasy nearly 30 years after the first one. Each game is the last, or most important tale from its respective universe (though that doesn't excuse anyone from calling a game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3).
Of course, there are some commonalities. Sure, there's always somebody named Cid, but it's always a different guy named Cid. There are usually Moogles, but they're different Moogles, with different functions. Not every similarly named character is so unique, however.
Gilgamesh, the right-hand man of Final Fantasy V's big bad Exdeath, actually appears as himself across multiple numbered games. Returning to the topic of ridiculous names, this is revealed in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy -- the second Final Fantasy fighting game spin-off for the PlayStation portable. Yes, somehow they made two of those.
After beating the game's main campaign, a series of "Reports" are unlocked. Completing these reveals not just a set of hidden characters, but the stories of who they are and how they got wrapped up in the events of the game. In Gilgamesh's story, it's revealed that when Exdeath disposed of him in FFV he was cast into an inter-dimensional void that connects all of the Final Fantasy games.
Meaning that dickweed from Final Fantasy V is the same dickweed you come across in FFVIII.
It's almost as though there's this giant, persistent online world of Final Fantasy. I wonder if someday there could be say, a monthly fee to get access to this sort of thing.