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What If Disney Characters Fought In Final Fantasy?



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Geek admission – I’ve never played Final Fantasy. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the work of Geryes on DeviantArt! The artist has placed several Disney women in the many classes from the RPG. See if you agree with their placement.

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  • Nigel Bradley

    I’d play this game… as long as it was like the “good” Final Fantasy games. Haven’t enjoy an FF game in years, alas

  • NantesdeAbreu .

    Tiana Should be a Morphist!!!

  • Suzanne Larsen

    The only thing Ive enjoyed post-VI was the Mognet sidequest in IX. *hugs my SNES tightly*

  • Lowprices

    These are brilliant. I would definitely play a game with these guys as the cast.

    The Final Fantasy games are an odd one. The big ones, VII and VIII, were totemic games for me growing up. But playing them since, even though I love them, I can say they haven’t aged well. I certainly wouldn’t recommend them as an entry point to the series. The only ones I would recommend as great games are VI, XII and Tactics. And X-2, of course. But that’s because it’s basically Charlie’s Angels, if the Angels followed their own lead, could do magic, and wore the dresses from Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The entire game is FABULOUS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Umm…Shouldn’t Mulan be a Samurai rather than a Monk? Plus, is Dark Knight really the right class for Kida?

    nitpicking aside, this is very good and it leaves me wondering at the possabilities

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    Monks aren’t women, so I disagree with the Mulan placement. I know… it’s fantasy, but still.

  • Charlie

    They can be either in final fantasy.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Uh, wouldn’t that make Mulan the *perfect* character for a Monk then?

  • Anonymous

    I was trying to think who would have been a great Blue Mage, but all I came up with was Aladdin. Blue Mages use enemy magic. Aladdin uses Jafar’s own wish to defeat him… makes sense.

    And just for the hell of it:
    6, 8, 5, 9, 7, 10, 4, 10-2, 12, 13 In that order. (1-3 aren’t memorable for me and 11 and 14 are MMO and thus don’t count)

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    it just sits strangely on the tongue, I know it’s just a word and I don’t really, honestly have a problem with it. If you called a guy a nun it would be the same kind of feeling. And I get the Mulan male/female thing. But I think some kind of warrior class would be better! that’s all ^_^

  • Seth Brodbeck

    Why? She’s not Japanese. If we’re going by East Asian character = East Asian-associated class, then Monk makes as much sense as Samurai. If your complaint is that it doesn’t match her role in the movie, there’s also Soldier and Knight classes.

  • Dessa Brewington

    Hmm. Bard WOULD be a better fit.

  • Dessa Brewington

    Lets fill this out a bit! Not sure it can be done with just princesses, so I’ma go ahead and include non-princesses, boys, and Pixar characters.

    Beastmaster: Boo from Monsters Inc. (If you reassign Belle to Scholar, which works!)
    Samurai: ?
    Ninja: ?
    Viking: Merida’s Dad?
    Berserker: Tarzan
    Onion Knight: Russel from Up (He’s inexperienced, but has diverse training from being a Boy Scout)
    Time Mage: ?
    Alchemist: Mickey from Fantasia
    Blue Mage: ?
    Geomancer: Uhh, Pocohontas? (She can paint with all the colors of the wind, that should count for something. There are a ton of warriors that could fill that empty slot).
    Bard: Giselle from Enchanted (this counts for animated, right?!)
    Dancer: The Hippos from Fantasia
    Mime: ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    However we are going by the logic of Final Fantasy were samurai included Cyan Garamonde and Auron, which came from settings/regions completely lacking in the needed contxt for a samurai generally. Plus, soldier and knight as classes tends to be a weaker class which does not really mesh well with the awesomeness of Mulan.
    Given the skillset she displayed in her film, Samurai would be the closest fit to the character. Failing that, Fencer (the final fantasy tactics advance job class) would probably suffice as an alternative given her use of counters and such over the course of the film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Hmm…It might not be a perfect fit, but I believe Wendy from Peter Pan would work as a blue mage. She makes use of abilities others displayed and she even wears blue for the whole film.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Well if you are counting Pixar then you are probably also counting Ghibli in which case…
    Yuriko=Ninja/beastmaster
    Pinochio=Mime (he mimics people)

    and…gah…giveeen the insane number of job classees in final fantasy and the insane number of characters from disney films this would take forever ^^;

  • Mina

    No love for IX?

  • Anonymous

    Esmeralda – Dancer
    Mulan – Samurai (what she should have been)

  • Lindsey Stock

    VII definitely hasn’t aged well graphics wise, but I’m playing VIII on PSP right now and it looks fine to me. Of course, I was never able to afford a PS3 or any recent generation console, so I haven’t been immersed in modern graphics.

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  • Anonymous

    You didn’t like VII? Heresy!

  • Anonymous

    Except that Mulan defied her place to become a soldier. Mulan is clearly a Warrior. Making a her Monk seems to pigeon-hole her in “mystic Chinese mysticism”. Also, maybe the movie Xenafied her, but Pocahontas was a peacemaker. She’s a White Mage (or Lancer at her most “savage”). Belle’s a Blue Mage. Snow White’s a Beastmaster. Jasmine’s a Thief- it basically the thrill of urban sprawl that sets the plot. Yet, Cinderella being a Paladin is stroke of genius.

    Also, for the sake of political correctness, I wouldn’t throw that Samurai word for a Chinese character. The only people in the world that hate the Japanese more than the Chinese are South Koreans. They view the Japanese as Nazis with better publicity. (I know you didn’t mention the S-word yourself, but it reeks of “all orientals are the same”)

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Shouldn’t Ariel be the Spoony Bard?

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Yeah, but the pun with the name is just too good to pass up. Besides, ALL the Disney Princesses have superhuman musical talents (ie charming birds off of trees). Ariel wins my vote for Bard because hers is actually plot relevant (as in its good enough for Ursula to want to take).

  • Dessa Brewington

    Yeah, I skipped the obscure and less used classes for a reason. If we got into like, Thaumaturge and Commando we’d be here all night.

  • Lowprices

    Some love for IX. The storybook visuals and the brisker pace of battles mean it’s aged a lot better than VII and VIII. Also it’s has Vivi’s character arc about his identity, which is one of the most moving things in the entire series. But the main narrative didn’t grab me. That’s just me though.

  • Abel Undercity

    I had her pegged as a Summoner (Final Fantasy X).

  • Abel Undercity

    Including the frying pan in Rapunzel’s weaponry gave me a chuckle, I admit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    On the other hand given the insane number of characters in Disney, you would need it XD
    Thaumaturge: Kiki (kiki’s delivery service)

    Commando: Mr. Incrdible (The Incredibles)

    Mediator: Jane (Tarzan)
    Monk: Elastagirl

  • Nigel Bradley

    When discussing “Monk” in a role playing game, it has absolutely no connection with the solitary religious organization. D&D first used the term “Monk” as a class of martial artists who attack with their fists and feet. Since then, Monks have been used in role playing games over and over again, often with little connection to any sort of religious spirituality. If they can cut “being religious” out of being a Monk, I don’t think gender is that big of a worry.

  • TokenOfficeGoth

    Am I the only one weirded out by a feminist website like Mary Sue constantly bombarding us with posts fawning over Disney Princesses? Just me huh…

  • Anonymous

    From the “About Us” : The Mary Sue hopes to be a place for two things:
    highlighting women in the geek world, and providing a prominent place
    for the voices of geek women.

    Nowhere does it say “feminist.” And since when does feminist mean eschewing everything that is feminine? I want women to be treated the same as men. I also like pretty things. *shrugs* So, while there’s nothing wrong with you being weirded out, I also don’t see why it’s necessary.

  • Ashe

    If we’re going by the ‘logic of Final Fantasy’, we can just boil it down to: it’s made by Japanese people. They’re going to have Japanese culture everywhere. They don’t need context.

    If you made Mulan a Samurai, even in something as benign as a fanart, it’d demonstrate a lack of knowledge, seeing as how Japanese/Chinese relations have always been really bad…and it’s also common for people to sweep East Asians all under the same banner.

    Just not a good idea!

  • Emily Walton

    “Mulan is clearly a Warrior. Making a her Monk seems to pigeon-hole her in “mystic Chinese mysticism”. ”

    Thank you. There’s no reason to make Mulan a Monk other than “they’re both Chinese”. She CAN fight unarmed and unarmored like the Monk class, but she’s a soldier and a swordswoman first (and frankly I don’t see her taking well to the monastic lifestyle). Warrior would be perfect for her, and you could make a good case for Paladin (she risked her life to protect others, and she has divine/spiritual assistance).

  • Emily Walton

    If being a feminist meant we had to stop liking problematic things, there’d be nothing left for us to fangirl over.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    The artist missed out on a potential gag, with the Fairies arguing over whether Aurora should be a Red Mage or a Blue Mage.

  • Flitzy

    That Dark Knight one though. <33

    This makes me want to dig out FF again. ^_^

  • Flitzy

    While I, too, have a fondness for the SNES versions, I think that VIII was very underrated (and IX was just extremely underrated). <3

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    This also ignores the VERY REAL impact the Disney Princesses have had on young girls.

    My daughter is of the age that was first inundated with the Disney Princess line. And because of that, my daughter DEMANDS that her entertainment caters to her as a girl. She grew up watching and playing with a line that centered the lived experiences of girls.

    She didn’t grow up like I did, having to love the “token” girl, like Leia or Smurfette, because that’s all that was on offer. Instead, my daughter and all her friends, are now a part of the largest and fastest growing demographic, geek girls whose formative years were shaped by the Disney Princesses, which gave them the understanding that THEIR stories were important, that they deserve to heard.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Y’all forget, they created this game, Kingdom Hearts, that put the Disney characters in a Final Fantasy game, so this classifying’s already been done.

  • Ashe

    I agree with pretty much everything, but you don’t need to socially grease your words with ‘political correctness’ if you’re just being ‘correct’.

  • Ashe

    Yay, some love for IX!

    (andyeahgrindingwasabittedious)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    True, however they tried to do adaptions that were true to the original series as much as possible on Disney’s end of things and only Donald, Mickey and Goofy were given the chance of exploring a fun mesh of the two.

    Plus, alot of people are still waiting to see if Ghibli, Pixar, Marvel and Lucas properties will be making an appeearance in future games (one popular theory i heard is it will become a thing in kingdom hearts 4. After the ansem arc is resolved)

  • Anonymous

    Just forget to equip her with status defense. She’ll get Frog cast on her rather quickly.

  • Emily Walton

    I wanted to say something along these lines, but you did it way better than I would have. We can debate the details of how the Disney Princesses are presented, but the fact remains that Disney had been presenting female leads for decades and continues to do so (compare this with, for example, Pixar, who didn’t manage to produce a female lead until 2013, and who released a movie in freaking 2009 that had no major female characters).