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We know that out of universe, "Final Fantasy" simply refers to the brand/franchise.

But what does it mean in-universe in the "Final Fantasy: Spirits Within" film?

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    @Richard - that section doesn't mention the film at all. And is out of universe. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 7 '15 at 22:56
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    ... absolutely nothing? (yes, snarking, but honestly can't think of a thing) – Radhil Nov 7 '15 at 22:56
  • @Radhil - I'd prefer WoG confirmation even for an empty set. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 7 '15 at 22:58
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    @MikeKellogg - well, one thing i do NOT expect is rude comments. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 8 '15 at 1:47
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Just going to throw this idea out there (rather comment this but unfortunately it's too long).

From the Oxford Dictionary, the term 'fantasy' is defined as:

The faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things.

From wiki, the first line of the plot reads:

In 2065, Earth is infested by alien life forms known as Phantoms.

If we were to combine these two pieces of information and start claiming to people that in 50 years time from now, Earth will be overrun by aliens - they're gonna think you're nuts! Simply because the chances of it happening are fairly slim so to them it would be a fantasy.

Now fast forward to 2065 and fantasy has become reality. But as our heroes save the day, it is the 'end' (which can be a synonym of 'final') of the whole event. Most people would probably still need to come to terms as to what happened as less than a year before, the idea of an alien infestation would still have been a fantasy.

So for me and my weird brain, this would be where the term Final Fantasy would come from - an end to an improbable event.

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