I've played several of the final fantasies over the years, and while they seem to have a few common elements, there seems to be some significant differences between the various worlds. Is there any commonality to the back stories of the final fantasies, or do they all take place in essentially different universes?


Entries in the Final Fantasy series share a lot of themes and elements (Cid, chocobos, crystals), but most occur in different universes. Aside from the obvious sequels (e.g. X and X-2):

  • Most games let you explore the entire world; there's nothing in the way of shared geography.
  • The different games have vastly different technology levels, and presence of and systems of magic.
  • The different games have different sentient and non-sentient species with different pre-game histories, often explored all the way back to the origin of the planet.

There are two exceptions. First, Ivalice, the setting of XII, the Tactics games, and Vagrant Story. Second, the Crystal Chronicles series contains several games in different genres, and all occur in the same universe.

  • Just to add to this: Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy X (and therefore X-2) are set in the same universe. Shinra was founded by a descendent of a character from Final Fantasy X-2 – ediblecode Nov 29 '12 at 17:05
  • @danrhul Why do you state that Final Fantasy X-2 is set in the same universe as FF7? Are there any references or sources you can give? – Rufo May 29 '14 at 18:11
  • @Rufo Yes, see my answer here: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/76061/… – ediblecode May 29 '14 at 18:29
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    Biggs and Wedge can be found in all the Main Franchise. The Creator was a big star Wars fan – KINGOFCLUBS Jun 3 '14 at 14:40

Cid is the only character that is consistant through all of the games.
All the games also share gil.

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    Why the downvote? Do you really think it isn't useful that I pointed out the evidence for the games being in the same universe and having the same monetary system? – Nathan C. Tresch May 3 '12 at 14:43
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    I think "same monetary system" is a poor standard; how many universes use "dollars" or "credits"? A character (or more than one!) named Cid is in all games, but he's hardly consistently portrayed. – user1030 May 3 '12 at 14:46
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    I don't think they all take place in the same world. What led you to that? – Xantec May 3 '12 at 14:46
  • Yeah, that was an unfounded assumption that I had always made based on the Gil system. I changed my answer. – Nathan C. Tresch May 3 '12 at 14:49
  • Does your answer include the older games, like Final Fantasy Legend II on the GameBoy and Adventure and all that? I'm not downvoting or trying to be rude - just genuinely curious if you went that far. I would upvote this, if so. – Mikey Feb 13 '17 at 8:07

This is about it. They have common themes, character names, and mechanics.

  • This isn't correct? – IngisKahn May 3 '12 at 14:52
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    It's insubstantial; answers on Stack Exchange are expected to be more than a single external link. – user1030 May 3 '12 at 14:58
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    Well, since everything you said in your answer is summarized there as near as I can tell, maybe the question itself should be closed since it's all located in the wiki? – Nathan C. Tresch May 3 '12 at 15:00
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    Common themes, character names, and mechanics are the only unifying factors throughout all the games. Down voting all others answers is pretty lame. – IngisKahn May 3 '12 at 15:01
  • @IngisKahn: Except for the games that are direct sequels. Or the games in the CC universe. Or the games set in Ivalice. Or the games (only two of which are out) that are part of Fabula Nova Crystallis. – user1030 May 3 '12 at 15:21

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