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2019-05-31 10:15:01

Final Fantasy: 15 Superpowers Sephiroth Keeps Hidden (And 10 Strange Weaknesses)

For over twenty years, the scourge of the Final Fantasy world has been Sephiroth. Debuting as the main antagonist of the epic and instantly hallowed Final Fantasy VII. Appearing on the original PlayStation in 1997, the game didn’t just take role-playing video games by storm. It took the entire video game world by surprise at how great the game was.

The graphics and dazzling video-cut scenes might have been the eye candy to get the mainstream masses. But it was the compelling story, great characters, and completely customizable gameplay (at least by 1997 standards) that helped make the game an instant classic and it’s still considered by most to be one of the best video games of all time and one of the greatest of the Final Fantasy series.

The game’s biggest and most heart-wrenching scene was Sephiroth swooping down and ending Aeris (or Aerith) at the conclusion of the first third of the game. There is no Revive Materia for her. No extra life, she’s just gone; the key to saving the planet. One of the few instances where a playable character is done for good.

Why did such a villain resonate with the fans? All of the above reasons that made the game itself popular. The look, the madness, the giant Masamune sword. As the world of Final Fantasy VII has grown over the years, so has the imposing force known as The One-Winged Angel. Here are 15 Superpowers Sephiroth Keeps Hidden (And 10 Strange Weaknesses).

25 Superpower: Demise Won’t Stop Him

Someone once said that demise is just another path we take. Another person stated if they were struck down, they’d become more powerful than imagined. Sephiroth certainly held these truths to be self-evident. Because for the scourge of Final Fantasy VII, passing isn’t that much of a problem for him.

In one of the big events that take place before the game, Cloud, enraged by what Sephiroth did to Tifa and to the town of Niblehiem, took up his friend Zack’s Buster Sword and ended Sephiroth right there. At the beginning of the game, he wasn’t even functioning.

24 Superpower: Can Brainwash People

Sephiroth’s bond with Jenova and her cells is one of the scariest things seen in a video game. Whatever the story called for, Sephiroth was able to do it, through his ability to utilize the Cetra–infecting creature.

Probably the freakiest ability he has through Jenova cells was his ability to brainwash other people, so long as they too were exposed to Jenova cells, which meant plenty of Shinra and SOLDIER warriors, like Cloud; who was responsible for questionable acts under the control of Sephiroth.

23 Weakness: He’s Mentally Unstable

One of the best characteristics of a great supervillians is their convictions in whatever they’re doing is right. Magneto doesn’t see himself as a bad guy, just someone who wants to preserve the mutant race before they’re thrown in the kind of camps that he grew up in. They believe they’re right, and they’re completely insane.

The One-Winged Angel was no different. Once he learned the truth about where he really came from – Hojo infused his mother with Jenova cells, he went completely unhinged. He turned on Hojo and Shinra, and decided the planet needed to be cleansed, and he would make himself a god in the process.

22 Superpower: Can End Dragons With Ease

It seems a little silly to play through flashbacks. The events at Kalm unfold in Final Fantasy VII as a flashback Cloud is remembering. It might have been a little boring to play through, but as flashbacks go, it sets up a lot of the story.

It also helps that during this time in the game, Sephiroth is a playable character for you, in the party. He’s AI-controlled of course, but it’s still pretty cool to see him running with you as part of your team. Even cooler to let yourself perish facing off against the Dragon that Sephiroth can destroy a few quick hits.

21 Superpower: Can Summon Angels

When playing any role-playing game, most times players need to traverse the entire world, facing off against imposing monsters while raising up their levels and maximum hit points. It’s a great feeling to head into the final boss battles maxed out with enough hit points to take on any attack, gratifying that all those hours spent playing would finally pay off.

Then the One-Winged Angel casts Heartless Angel on you and a very real panic sets in that you’re about to start this whole process over again. Heartless Angel is a terrible summon on your party that brings all of that hard work to just 1 meager HP to have to quickly rebound from.

20 Weakness: His God Delusion

In his quest for vengeance against the likes of Shinra and whoever else he deemed necessary to be destroyed, Sephiroth thought it was his destiny to call upon the summon spell, Meteor, and leave a massive scar in the planet. This would essentially help him merge with the Lifestream to become a God.

While Cloud and his friends stopped the madman, Sephiroth was able to unleash a small portion of this power. The final version you face is called Safer-Sephiroth, and his appearance is as Godlike as you’re going to get.

19 Weakness: Constantly Underestimating Cloud

Even in a role-playing game like Final Fantasy VII, there’s plenty of room for over-confident megalomaniacs who yearn for the total destruction of the world or obscene amounts of financial gain. Thanks to all of the skills Sephiroth amassed over the years, he’s no different than your monologuing Bond villain.

That supreme overconfidence of the One-Winged Angel is one of his biggest weaknesses. He has constantly underestimated the power of the people trying to stop him. Cloud in particular, who shouldn’t be underestimated by him at all; considering he’s already stopped Sephiroth once.

18 Superpower: Survived All Of The Experiments Performed On Him

At the beginning of the film, Advent Children, Barrett’s daughter Marlene perfectly describes the Man In The Black Cape: “There was one SOLDIER named Sephiroth, who was better than the rest, but when he found out about the terrible experiments that made him, he began to [dislike] Shinra. And then, over time, he began to [dislike] everything.”

All of those experiments performed on him by Hojo and Shinra…being infused with the Jenova cells since birth. Sephiroth was able to survive all of them, and come out the other side the best that SOLDIER had to offer.

17 Superpower: Can Wield The Masamune

Thanks to all of the experimentation performed on him, the One-Winged Angel was Shinra’s greatest warrior. Like Cloud, he too was ex-SOLDIER. His strength in battle was unmatched. His weapon of choice needed to be equally dangerous.

He wields the Masamune blade. Named after the real world Japanese sword-smith, the sword is a masterpiece of battle. It’s slightly curved enough to impale Aerith from on high. It is also uniquely tailored for a madman like Sephiroth, the blade is seven feet, only he can wield it.

16 Weakness: Safer Sephiroth’s Supernova Doesn’t End You

For all of his bravado and all of his desire to join the Lifestream, Sephiroth’s big bad Limit Break assault can’t actually end anyone in your party. Don’t get cocky when the assault comes, you still need to be ready to cast some healing spells really quick.

Just because it doesn’t end you doesn’t mean that Safer Sephiroth’s Super Nova makes you stronger. Instead, you’re going to get walloped with any and all kinds of status effects: Confuse, Silence, and Slow to name a few. Having your HP reduced greatly isn’t fun either. But the big bad’s big bad attack doesn’t destroy you – a huge weakness to exploit if you know which Materia and spells to arm yourself with.

15 Superpower: Infected The World With Geostigma

After Cloud and company stopped the maniacal Sephiroth from casting Meteor, the city of Midgar was its only casualty; instead of the whole planet. In the years that followed Cloud and Tifa were working as couriers, while a new sickness had been unleashed on the planet – Geostigma.

The disease, as it turned out, was created by Sephiroth. Once he was defeated, the world was infested with this plague, which affected everyone infused with alien Jenova cells. The body tried to fight off “foreign invaders,” but got sick in the process. The cells were actually Sephiroth’s will acting through them.

14 Superpower: Doesn’t Need Materia

In the world of Final Fantasy VII, magic users are able to conjure up all kinds of spells using orbs called Materia. Unlike later games in the series, where there was seemingly a limited amount of magic for users to learn, FFVII had a finite number of slots, so customizing for every battle was essential.

The One-Winged Angel didn’t have that problem. With the exception of the madman’s quest for the Black Materia to cast Meteor, Sephiroth didn’t need any Materia to cast spells throughout the game.

13 Weakness: Loves His Mother

We all had one. Even undead guys like Eric Draven knew that mother is the name of god on the lips and hearts of children. Perhaps between his love of his mother and his own god-complex combines for a very potent weakness in the ex-SOLDIER.

Between the truth about his creation and the sorrow he feels for what happened to his mother, not to mention the love he has for her, is what started his descent into madness. Sephiroth never got over the love he had for his mother.

12 Weakness: Has No Chance In The Final Battle

After spending countless hours of leveling up and earning countless weapons, collecting all kinds of items; your party finally reaches the Northern Crater for the final battle with Sephiroth. After spending what would normally be a few hours strategizing and battling Bizarro and Safer Sephiroth, you are transported to a black room.

Slightly panic-stricken that you again have to deal with the monster a third time for another grueling battle, it’s quickly realized that you actually can’t lose the fight. The Masamune reduces you to just one HP, but that’s the worst of it. If you really want to be ridiculous you can just sit back and watch Cloud counterattack until the beautiful ending.

11 Superpower: Can Summon Meteor

What’s the entire story of Final Fantasy VII? To stop Sephiroth from destroying the planet, right? That’s the whole reason Cloud and his buddies band together. It’s what Aerith prayed for help with and tragically perished for. It’s why the planet summoned Holy to save itself.

Using the Black Materia, Sephiroth was able to pull off these feats by summoning the intense and cataclysmic Meteor spell. Only The One-Winged Angel was powerful enough to summon such a destructive force.

10 Superpower: Can Make Multiples Of Himself

When Cloud defeated Sephiroth at Niblehiem, Sephiroth fell into the Lifestream that held the planet together. He was already powerful enough to hold himself together and keep from totally bonding with the Lifestream.

He would become stronger than ever and have more superpowers than he ever had. One of which was being able to conjure up multiple images of himself. This is why and how he never physically appeared in front of Cloud and his friends until they encountered Bizarro Sephiroth at the end of the game.

9 Weakness: Bizarro Sephiroth Conditions

Once you find Sephiroth at the planet’s core, he looks like a grotesque beast. Bizarro Sephiroth looks like a massive enemy to take down, and he can be depending on how high you’ve leveled your party, whether or not you’ve found Yuffie and/or Vincent; and how you defeated Jenova Synthesis.

While most players wouldn’t have been able to pull off all of the mitigating conditions, Bizarro can have only 60,000 HP to deal with. That’s only a few big summon spells with quad-magic attached. Much easier to deal with than a monster that has 180,000 HP.

8 Superpower: Flight

Sephiroth is a master at everything else – a master tactician, swordsman, and he doesn’t even need Materia to cast magic. The Jenova-infused monster can pretty destroy the world until the planet decides to fight back.

Squaresoft, the company behind the Final Fantasy series, broke the mold when they created Sephiroth. Might as well give him even more abilities to deal with. Someone decided he wasn’t imposing enough and decided to give the ability to fly. Picture that discussion – “What else can give to Sephiroth to make him even more of a threat?” “Because he’s not a threat enough? “…Oh, I know, let’s make him fly too!”

7 Superpower: Technically Immortal

In a fit of rage, Cloud actually defeated the One–Winged Angel at Niblehiem. He ran Zack’s Buster Sword right through Sephiroth and left him for the grave. Sephirota h is highly-skilled SOLDIER who was experimented on. But even he shouldn’t have been able to be run through with a broadsword.

No one, not even Sephiroth could have survived such a killing blow. However, thanks to Jenova cells, Sephiroth didn’t die, he simply merged with the Lifestream, albeit momentarily. Thanks to this ability, Sephiroth is technically immortal; he can be eliminated, but between his willpower and the Lifestream, he won’t be eliminated for long.

6 Weakness: Aurora Fence Attack Restores Your Health

Some video games over the years have had some sort of AI assist feature that will either help the player or the computer, depending on how good you’re doing in the game. Final Fantasy VII even has this feature, right when it counts the most during the final battle.

Bizarro Sephiroth has an attack called the Aurora Fence. For the party, it restores all of your HP and revives KO’ed characters. It also removes all status effects, good and bad. So while you might have recast some of your own status spells, it’s a pretty sweet deal for the big bad to cure the entire party.

5 Weakness: He Won’t Let Loose

Every time Cloud and Sephiroth did battle, he always would find a way to win. Whether it was surprising him at Niblehiem, or during the game itself where the ex–SOLDIER was constantly outnumbered by Cloud and his friends; Sephiroth was always defeated. But he wasn’t going down without a fight.

Even weakened, he was always able to be a convincing threat. For whatever the reason, Sephiroth couldn’t or wouldn’t totally let loose and annihilate everyone. He clearly could have. It’s never explained why he didn’t but had he let loose, Final Fantasy VII would have had a very different ending.

4 Superpower: Could Leave Afterimages Of The Masamune

In the world of Final Fantasy VII, The Masamune blade is one of, if not the most powerful sword in the game. It’s approximately six to eight feet tall and seemingly only can be utilized by a certain white-haired madman ex-SOLDIER bent on eliminating everyone.

Whether it was the power of the sword, the swordsmen, or the combination of the two with Jenova-infused cells, but Sephiroth was able to also create afterimages of the blade to use with all of the copies of himself he could create.

3 Superpower: Jenova Cells Transported Him To The Northern Crater

After underestimating Cloud at Niblehiem and getting severely wounded, if not eliminated, Sephiroth was left for the grave and more than worse for wear. He fell into the Lifestream and was able to keep himself together by sheer force of will.

But it was the alien species Jenova and its cells that really helped power him. His connection to them helped to fuse with Sephiroth, bringing his body to the Northern Crater where he was ensconced in a Mako–cocoon while he regained his full strength.

2 Superpower: Youth Is On His Side

It might not seem like a superpower at first, but when you’re essentially bred for war since you were in utero, it is a superpower that Sephiroth is not even thirty by the time Final Fantasy VII starts. After Hojo dosed his mother with Jenova cells, the One-Winged Angel was raised for the sole purpose of being a dedicated member of SOLDIER for Shinra.

It was a fit of teenage rebellion when he realized what had happened to him. Sephiroth was then ready to wage war against everyone to become one with the Lifestream. You might have thought that a middle-aged battle-hardened veteran would be responsible for the events of the game. But no, the guy wasn’t even 30 yet.

1 Weakness: Bizarro Core Vulnerability

Sometimes, you have to work to expose a heavy weakness in an opponent. After you set up your party combinations, it’s time to start the arduous task of taking down the Jenova-infused Sephiroth once and for all. In what could take an hour or so of attacking, healing, summoning, reviving, and repeating, Cloud and his friends meet the One-Winged Angel first in his Bizarro form.

To expose the behemoth’s weakness, you have to work to take out his Left and Right Magics, along with the head to expose Bizarro’s core. Once exposed, it’s pretty much smooth sailing – just make sure he doesn’t cure himself to restore all that you worked to take out.

2019-04-05 06:04:14

Eric Rhodes

The 10 Best Fantasy Books Of 2018

The year of 2018 brought us hundreds of new and noteworthy novels. It’s next to impossible to pick favorites from all the choices out there. And yet, there are always a few shining examples of literature for each year.

2018 had dozens of brilliant fantasy novels. We could spend all day listing the novels worth reading, but instead we’ll just focus on ten that most people agree are some of the best from last year. Hopefully, you’ll find a book or two to add to your reading list.

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10 Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe follows the life of the daughter of a Titan. She’s not like the other gods, and quickly finds herself banished from the rest. Circe humanizes her character in unexpected ways, while fleshing out the classic tales of legend by showing her perspective.

Circe is alone; her banishment only made that all the more obvious. She isn’t like the other gods, but she’ll never fit in among the humans either. Here she is trapped, between worlds. But that never shakes her, never brings her down. She’s more than capable of making a place for herself on this lonely little island.

Circe has already won dozens of awards, from the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy, to the Orange Prize and more. It hit the New York Times Bestellers list, and has been showing up in many other Best Fantasy lists as well.

9 Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver was published in July of 2018, and it made major waves when it came out. This is a novel that is both fantasy and love story, fairy tales and timeless, all in one. It reads very much like a classic fairy tale, where the stakes are high and the threat is real. It’s a twist on the classic Rumpelstiltskin.

Miryem is from a family of moneylenders. Despite their careers, her family has gone into debt over the years. Miryem is the one that will change all of that though – determinedly collecting all that is due, until she gets a reputation all of her own. Her actions (and money) draw the attention of the fae, and things quickly spiral out from there for young Miryem.

Spinning Silver was a finalist for the Nebula Award, made it onto the New York Times Bestseller list, and countless other fantasy listings as well.

8 Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky is the third novella in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. The series itself explores the idea of magical doorways opening portals to other lands. The series has been a hit from the start, so it’s really no surprise that this novella made it onto dozens of lists as well (including this one).

Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, bringing us back into the present for this tale. Rini, the daughter of the departed Sumi, comes home looking for her long lost mother. Only to find that the worst has happen. But in the world that Rini loves, is death truly something to be understood? Is it as permanent as we believe?

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The Wayward Children series has won several awards in recent years, including the Alex, Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and Locus Award. It’s also been a World Fantasy Award Finalist. The series was recently optioned to become a TV series as well, starting with the first novella. With any luck we’ll see Beneath the Sugar Sky on the small screen in no time at all.

7 Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone has been making waves since its first appearance last year. The novel was written by Tomi Adeyemi, a Nigerian-American author who uses her knowledge and experience to create rich worlds.

Children of Blood and Bone is the first novel in the Legacy of Orisha series. It follows Zelie Adebola on her quest to bring magic back to her world. Along the way she’ll face plenty of danger and threats, as well as opportunities. Before she can do anything though, she’ll have to learn how to control her newly awakened powers.

The first novel in the series has been selling out everywhere. It made it to the New York Times Bestseller list, and it won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut Goodreads Author for 2018.

6 The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War is the first novel in a series of the same name, by R.F. Kuang. It’s a grimdark fantasy at heart, and is set in the mid twentieth century in China.

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Rin is a young orphan girl, one who happened to pass one of the most prestigious tests known in her country. Her world suddenly changes, and nobody can quite believe what is happening, least of all Rin. Here Rin have to face people unwilling to accept her because of who and what she is, all while trying to use her powers to save her people.

The Poppy War was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel, the Goodreads Choice Awards for best Debut Goodreads Author, and the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy.

5 Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand is another debut novel worthy of being included on many best of lists. It’s the first novel in the Books of Ambha series by Tasha Suri. The series is a Mughal India inspired fantasy, full of nomads, magic, and brilliantly written characters.

Mehr is an Amrithi. She’s also an illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor, while also inheriting her mother’s powers. It’s those powers that bring all sorts of the wrong attention onto her. Mehr has to survive the attention and figure out how to help her people at the same time.

Empire of Sand has been getting loads of praise from publishing companies, review sites, and authors alike. The novel was a great start to what is sure to be a dazzling series.

4 Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett is a fast-paced and fast selling novel from 2018. It’s the first novel in a new series called the Founders, and the series is bound to be just as popular as the first book.

Sancia Grado is a thief who quickly finds herself in over her head. However, she can’t back out, she has to keep going forward, because there’s more than just her fate on the line at this point. Sancia must stop a transformation of the city, while also keeping herself alive at the same time. She’ll have to create and find allies in order to make it possible, but she has a chance.

3 Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence

Grey Sister is the second novel in the Book of Ancestor series by Mark Lawrence. It’s a dark fantasy series, following Novice Nona Grey from the Convent of Sweet Mercy. Nona has a lot of choices to make in the near future for herself, such as which order she’ll want to dedicate herself to.

Making a decision that major isn’t going to be easy, not with all the challenges that keep showing up along the way. Nona has enemies all around, and they’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on her.

Grey Sister was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy, and has been consistently selling copies up through now.

2 Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts

Year One is the first novel in the Chronicles of the The One by the famous Nora Roberts. It’s the launch of a new series by a well-loved author, so it’s no surprise that fans jumped at the chance to read it.In the world of Year One a sickness has taken over the world. Everything collapsed along with the spread of the disease, power systems, the government, everything. The novel follows a handful of survivors as they try to adapt to the world crumbling around them. They all have unique situations they’re coping with, and while they don’t know it, they all have the same goal in mind.Year One was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy. The second novel in the series is already out as well, Of Blood and Bone.

1 The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower is the second novel in the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. It’s a spellbinding series, full of magic and lore and pure determination. Vasya survived the events of the Bear and the Nightingale, but there’s still a long way for her to go.

Vasya’s life is filling up with secrets, and yet there’s still so much more she has to learn and do. Worse of all, the Kingdom is still under threat, and she’s the only one that realizes the true depth of the danger.

The inclusion of this one on the list is somewhat sneaky, since the novel technically released at the tail end of 2017. However, it was considered for awards with the rest of the 2018 books, so it only seems fair to count it here as well.

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2019-03-20 05:03:29

Cat Wyatt

Final Fantasy: 20 Strange Details About Aerith’s Anatomy

An entire generation of gamers is still traumatized by the events of Final Fantasy VIIYou were encouraged to befriend and possibly even fall in love with a flower girl from Midgar, only to have her taken away from you in a seemingly random moment of violence.

The passing of Aerith Gainsborough was intended to be a surprising twist for people who played Final Fantasy VII for the first time, but it has since become one of the most well-known plot twists in video game history, meaning that anyone going into Final Fantasy VII will likely be aware of what happens to Aerith at the end of disc one.

There are those who find it hard to appreciate Final Fantasy VII due to how dated its graphics are and how some of its subject matter is questionable when viewed from a modern perspective. Those gamers will be given their own chance to experience the pain of Aerith’s loss whenever the Final Fantasy VII Remake is released. The whole point of Final Fantasy VII was that people never truly leave us as long as they remain in our memories. The fact that the loss of Aerith is still felt by many gamers is a testament to the fact that the developers succeeded in making us care about her and feel sad when she is taken away.

We are here today to learn the secrets of the last surviving member of the Cetra – from the truth behind her lineage to the theory that she always knew what awaited her in the Forgotten Capital. Here are the 20 Strange Details About Aerith’s Anatomy!

20 She Had The Power To Send People From Limbo To The Afterlife

Bugenhagen explains to the party that all souls on the planet are meant to return to the Lifestream, which will lead to them being reincarnated into a new form in the future. The events of the novel called The Girl Who Travels the Planet raise questions about the nature of the Lifestream, as Aerith encounters the lost souls of those she had encountered in her life.

Aerith discovered that some people were trapped in Limbo due to the guilt they carried from their life, such as the members of AVALANCHE who regretted the lives that were lost during their missions. It was also possible for Aerith to help lost souls pass on and become one with the Lifestream, which she was able to do with Dyne, who was able to let go of his anger and be reunited with his wife, before dissolving into nothingness.

19 She Could Communicate With The Planet Through The Wind

Aerith demonstrated supernatural abilities from a young age, as she knew that Elmyra’s husband had passed away during the Wutai War before word about his demise had reached Midgar.

There was a Japan-exclusive Final Fantasy VII spin-off that was released exclusively on mobile phones, called Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, where you play as a group of Turks who do missions for the Shinra Corporation. The Turks encounter a young Aerith during the events of Before Crisis, where she claims that she can hear the voice of the wind trying to communicate with her. It’s possible that the pollution of Midgar prevented Aerith from being able to properly communicate with the planet until after she left the city.

18 She Is Descended From Black Mages

The world of Final Fantasy VII was once populated by a magical race known as the Cetra, who shared a connection with the planet and could communicate with nature. The Cetra were almost totally wiped out by Jenova, forcing the remainder of the species to procreate with humans to allow their race to survive. We are only given a brief glimpse at what the original Cetra looked like, but their appearance was the same as the black mages from the older Final Fantasy titles.

A lot of gamers who played Final Fantasy VII when it was first released may not be aware that the Cetra were black mages, as it was difficult to tell what they looked like on a pre-HD television set, as you were only given a few glimpses of them in the Temple of the Ancients.

17 She Could Summon Angels (In A World Without A Heaven)

The ultimate Limit Break of each party member in Final Fantasy VII was incredibly powerful and took a long time to unlock. There is a question over whether the appearance of the Limit Breaks should be taken literally, as Cid is able to command the Highwind to fire missiles at the enemy, even if you are indoors.

Aerith’s ultimate Limit Break is the Great Gospel, which summons three faceless angels to bless the party, resulting in all HP and MP being restored and the party becoming temporarily invincible. The weirdest aspect of Aerith’s ability to summon angels is that Final Fantasy VII is a story about reincarnation, with the afterlife not existing outside of returning to the planet and being reborn in a new form.

16 She Could Maintain Her Original Form In The Lifestream Due To Her Cetra Blood

The fact that Sephiroth was implanted with Jenova cells when he was still an embryo caused him to become unnaturally strong and allowed him to maintain his original form in the Lifestream, from which he was able to manifest in the world of the living through the remnants of Jenova’s body.

The On the Way to a Smile novel confirmed that Aerith was able to maintain her original consciousness while within the Lifestream. Aerith remains conscious within the Lifestream as a means of trying to keep Sephiroth in check, though this ultimately fails during the events of Advent Children, as Sephiroth finds a way to return to the world of the living.

15 It Takes Her The Longest To Reach Level 99

You only have access to Aerith throughout the first disc of Final Fantasy VII, as she meets her fate at the hands of Sephiroth in the Forgotten Capital and the members of AVALANCHE have to continue on without her. It’s still possible for dedicated players to bring Aerith up to level 99 and teach her all of her Limit Breaks, but this is a lot harder than it looks, and that’s not just because of the paltry amount of experience points on offer from the monsters on disc one.

It takes Aerith the longest to reach level 99 (save for Young Cloud, who has to be hacked into your party), as she requires 2,484,643 experience points to level up, while the rest of the party need to acquire either 2,452,783 or 2,420,933 experience points, depending on the character.

14 She Has The Potential To Be The Strongest Fighter In Midgar

Aerith’s stats are based around magic, which means that she won’t last long in melee combat. It’s best to keep Aerith in the back-row and have her use spells to buff the party or destroy the enemy. It’s possible to turn Aerith into a physical powerhouse for a brief period of time in Midgar, as you can steal a powerful weapon from a rare enemy in the Train Graveyard.

There is an enemy in the Train Graveyard called Eligor, who carries the Striking Staff weapon. You have to use the Steal command on Eligor in order to acquire the Striking Staff. The Striking Staff is a powerful physical weapon for Aerith that outstrips anything else your party can have at that point in the game, making her one of your best warriors until you reach the city of Junon.

13 She Could Sense Summoned Monsters

The version of AVALANCHE that is led by Barret at the start of Final Fantasy VII is actually the second incarnation of the group. The first incarnation of AVALANCHE was far more aggressive, which prompted the Shinra Corporation to dispatch the Turks to deal with them. This conflict was part of the story seen in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.

The original leader of AVALANCHE was a woman named Elfe, who wanted Aerith on her side, as she believed that Aerith could lead them to the Promised Land. Their meeting was interrupted by the Turks, but Aerith was able to determine that Elfe was actually the container for Zirconiade. Zirconiade was an incredibly powerful summon monster whose materia had been grafted onto Elfe’s flesh. Aerith was able to sense Zirconiade’s presence within Elfe, due to its strength.

12 She Can Solo Ruby Weapon

You can’t use Aerith against Emerald Weapon or Ruby Weapon, as she perishes long before they arrive on the world map. Players have been able to hack Aerith back into the game using cheating devices and have used her to defeat Ruby Weapon on her own. Aerith’s Great Gospel Limit Break would have been incredibly useful against Ruby Weapon, due to how it grants temporary invincibility, but players have been able to win the battle using Aerith on her own.

Ruby Weapon might be one of the hardest bosses in the game, but players have worked out various strategies to defeat it, such as using items like Dazers (combined with the W-Item materia) to stun it. The existence of Hero Drinks also allows Aerith to tank hits from Ruby Weapon’s attacks, allowing her to survive its onslaught.

11 SHe Once Had A Limit Break Based On Tantalizing Secrets

Aerith’s Limit Breaks are all based around magic, which means that they mostly rely on effects that either buff or heal the party. When Final Fantasy VII was in development, the Limit Breaks were still being designed and storyboarded for use in the game. There is concept art for an unused Limit Break that shows Aerith powering up Cloud by whispering something to him.

It’s possible that this Limit Break came from the time in development when there were only three characters (Aerith, Barret, and Cloud), as it’s unclear how this Limit Break would work with every character, which may have been why it was cut.

10 Her Powers Are Based Around A Cut Character Class Concept

There are some Final Fantasy games that use an equivalent to the Dungeons & Dragons character class system, which is often referred to as jobs. The version of Final Fantasy VI from Japan included names for the jobs of each character, even though they couldn’t be switched. Final Fantasy VII was originally going to do the same thing, but the idea was scrapped during development.

Aerith’s job was originally going to be a geomancer, which is a class that is associated with using magic that is drawn from the land itself. Aerith being a geomancer was likely the reason why so many of her Limit Breaks are based around buffs and healing magic that is derived from nature.

9 She Has The Power To Manifest In The Real World (Like Sephiroth)

The story of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children involves Sephiroth’s plan to return to the world of the living, which he accomplishes with the aid of Kadaj and the remaining Jenova cells. The On the Way to a Smile novel shows Aerith within the Lifestream as she becomes aware of Sephiroth’s plan. Aerith realizes that Sephiroth is able to return to the world of the living with the aid of proxies and that she may be able to do the same.

Aerith doesn’t go through with this plan, even though she knows that it will allow her to see her old friends once more, as it will not be her true form that returns and she wants to meet Cloud in the form that he remembers her in.

8 Her Face Was Redesigned In Advent Children Complete

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was given the George Lucas treatment when an updated version of the movie with extra content was released in 2009. The new version of the film was called Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete and it featured numerous changes to the visuals of the movie.

One of the biggest changes to Advent Children Complete involves Aerith, as the design of her face was reworked for the final scenes of the movie. Aerith’s face was given more lifelike textures in accordance with the new technology used on the Complete version of the movie and the fact that it was being released on Blu-ray, which required some of the visuals to be improved for the HD format.

7 She & Sephiroth Have A Similar Hairstyle Because They Were Almost Siblings

There are a lot of similarities between Aerith and Sephiroth, which is something that is referenced throughout the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.  Sephiroth barely interacts with Aerith before their final encounter, as he is only interested in dealing with the last of the Cetra.

Aerith and Sephiroth’s relationship was originally planned to be a lot deeper, as they were initially supposed to be siblings, which was briefly switched to them being former lovers. The sibling aspect can be seen in the similar hairstyles that Aerith and Sephiroth have, as they mirror each other in their shape, though Aerith ties her hair into a long ponytail, while Sephiroth lets his fly free.

6 Her Concept Art Shows Her With Animals In Her Hair

Yoshitaka Amano is the artist who designed the aesthetic of the first six Final Fantasy games, even though the Nintendo hardware of the day wasn’t able to properly exhibit his work on the screen. Tetsuya Nomura handled most of the artwork on Final Fantasy VII, as Amano had other commitments that limited his time on the project.

Amano had some strange ideas for Aerith in some of the pieces of concept art that he created for Final Fantasy VII, as he revealed a piece for Illustration magazine that showed Aerith wearing no clothes and with animals sticking out of her hair.

5 Her Conservative Design Was Meant To Contrast Tifa’s More Revealing Design

Final Fantasy VII has dating mechanics, which means that your choices in conversation will determine who you take on a date while in the Gold Saucer. The choices you make throughout the early portions of the game will force you to decide who you like more – Aerith or Tifa.

The designs of Aerith and Tifa were intentionally made to contrast each other – Aerith dresses in a more conservative manner and has a slimmer figure, while Tifa wears revealing clothes and has a fuller figure. The eye colors of Aerith and Tifa were almost meant to be very different from the other, with Aerith having bright green eyes, while Tifa has red eyes with a brownish tint.

4 It’s Never Explained Why She Never Bled From Her Wounds

The FMV sequence where Sephiroth plunges his sword into Aerith might be the most famous scene of any video game of the 32-bit era of gaming, if not of all time. The fans have often wondered why Aerith never bled when Sephiroth attacked her and removed his sword, which has led to numerous fan theories, including ones that involved her actually surviving the assault… and then drowning when Cloud puts her body in the water.

You might think that censorship rules might have prohibited that level of violence, but Sephiroth bleeds during the final sequence of the game after Cloud defeats him in combat.

3 She Had A Different Menu Design In The First Final Fantasy VII Demo

There were several demos of Final Fantasy VII available before the game was officially released. The first of these demos is referred to as the “Aeris Demo,” as Aerith is a playable party member during the bombing mission at the start of the game, while the second demo is known as the “Tifa demo,” as Tifa is in the group instead of Aerith.

The Aeris Demo comes from an earlier point in the development of Final Fantasy VII, as the translation is quite different from the final version of the game. The menu portrait used by Aerith was different in the Aerith Demo, too, as her expression was more serious and stern. Aerith’s expression was made more appealing in the final version of the game, as her design was changed so that she was smiling.

2 Her Design Was Intentionally Difficult In Order To Test The Developers At Squaresoft

Square Enix (formerly known as Squaresoft) has always pushed the envelope when it comes to the graphics of the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy VII represented the jump from 2D to 3D, which the developers wanted to make sure was as successful as possible.

When coming up with Aerith’s design, Tetsuya Nomura realized that her dress would be difficult to recreate using polygons. Nomura decided to use them anyway, as he wanted these difficulties to improve the skills of the producers working on the project and wanted to do the things that the competition of the time was avoiding, so as to make Final Fantasy VII stand out even more.

1 It’s Believed That She Could See The Future And Knew That She Had To Perish To Save The World

The ending of Final Fantasy VII confused a lot of gamers at the time, as it was unclear whether the human race was wiped out by Meteor or not. The confusion was added to by the fact that the last moment of the final FMV (save for the epilogue) shows Aerith’s face lit up by green lights, which is the same as one of the first shots of the game.The similarity between the two shots has led to a prominent fan theory about Aerith possessing the ability to see the future and that the entire game was her vision at the beginning of  the story.

It’s possible that Aerith knew she had to perish in order for the world to survive, as her presence inside the Lifestream was needed in order for it to help Holy hold back Meteor. Aerith may not have even realized the meaning behind her visions until she visited the Temple of the Ancients, at which point she starts to act strangely and almost seems to go to her fate willingly.

Are there any other interesting facts about Aerith’s body in Final Fantasy? Sound off in the comments!

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18 Best Sequels, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%)

We live in an age where sequels are all the rage. Every major studio is chasing those franchises that can keep their cash flow healthy for years to come. Sometimes, they’re exhausting. Other times, they can be our most anticipated movies. Maybe we could do without more Transformers movies, but Marvel and Mission: Impossible sequels are event movies that drive us to the theater in droves.

Sequels are tricky and unpredictable, though. On one hand, they’re often necessary for expanding stories and the good ones continue sagas we want to see progress. On the other, some are soulless cash grabs that shouldn’t exist. In the worst cases, some of them completely derail promising franchises by failing to deliver the goods. Then again, in some instances, sequels can get a series back up and running after they’ve experienced setbacks.

This list will look at those rare sequels that are considered worthy — and even superior — follow-ups. Those rare beasts that make us grateful for multiple movies in a series. Furthermore, we’ll also be discussing the most maligned sequels that brought no critical good will to their respective franchises whatsoever. It’s more fun this way. In order to fully appreciate the best of the best, we also must acknowledge the worst of the worst. Without evil, we wouldn’t be able to understand all that’s good and pure. Without terrible movies, we wouldn’t be grateful for the good ones.

With this in mind, here are 18 Best Sequels According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%).

26 Best: Captain America: Civil War (91%)

The decision to keep the same team of writers for all three Captain America films paid off in the end. The trilogy just went from strength to strength with each passing entry, though some would argue that The Winter Soldier is equally as good — if not better — than Civil War. Either way, they’re both prime examples of how to do sequels right.

Civil War tackles the same themes you’d expect from a movie about a do-gooder like Cap, but where the film truly soars is during its wild third act. The airport showdown is the best action showdown in the MCU, and that’s saying something.

25 Worst: The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (0%)

If you didn’t know that sequels to The Bad News Bears exist then no one would think any less of you. While the first movie is a cult classic about an underdog baseball team, the sequels have faded from the collective memory with the passing of time, lost like tears in the rain. That’s for good reason.

None of the sequels are good, but The Bad News Bears Go To Japan is especially bad.

While the idea to relocate to Japan for a big game is good on paper, the sequel is just bland, forgettable, and was made to cash in on the brand name.

24 Best: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (93%)

Some fans argue that The Force Awakens is essentially a retread of A New Hope in many ways. However, clearly the critics and audiences didn’t necessarily agree, given its stellar Rotten Tomatoes score and its audience score of 87%, not to mention its impressive box office haul.

As far as Star Wars movies go, it hits the spot. The new characters are great, the return of some old faces is a trip down memory lane, and the story still made significant effort to push the franchise forward. In those regards, the film definitely succeeded.

23 Best: War for the Planet of the Apes (93%)

Anyone who has a problem with classics being rebooted needs to watch the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy.  The finale pits the apes in a brutal battle against the humans, which leads to an epic confrontation between the Caesar the Ape and humanity’s ruthless colonel (played by an utterly wicked Woody Harrelson). As far as concluding trilogies goes, War for the Planet of the Apes has everything.

By no means is this a pleasant movie, but it is rewarding. And not only does it wrap up an epic story, but the film boasts some of the great CGI wizardry out there. The action is also ridiculously impressive and compelling, which is crazy considering it’s a movie about people versus monkeys.

22 Best: Logan (93%)

James Mangold’s Logan, the gloriously violent and heartbreaking farewell to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, is an all-timer. Taking cues from the Old Man Logan comics, the movie has just as much in common with neo-westerns as it does with superhero yarns, which makes for a gritty, character-driven elegy to characters many of us grew up with.

Logan deserves praise for going R-rated and taking some stylistic risks.

The movie is proof that audiences will still flock to see superhero movies with some edge. If you’re going to send off some icons, this is the way to do it.

21 Worst: Return to the Blue Lagoon (0%)

Considering that no one liked The Blue Lagoon (it currently holds a 9% rating on RT), why anyone would want to return to the franchise is beyond comprehension. Of course, every sequel is a perfect opportunity to right some old wrongs if handled with care. Unfortunately, this was not. The story follows two children who are marooned on a tropical island as the grow up and fall in love, etc. The characters don’t wear enough clothes either, which makes for some weird, uncomfortable viewing.

There are some unintentional laughs to be had at the poor script and performances.

Otherwise the Blue Lagoon isn’t a scenic cinematic paradise worth spending time in unless you want to punish yourself for some reason.

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

Few superhero movies are ever regarded as anything more than popcorn fare. However, if there were ever a superhero movie that proved the genre could be prestige cinema, it would be The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman is an exploration of chaos and just how far people are willing to go to achieve their goal.

The Dark Knight — for better or worse when you consider how devoid of fun some DC movies have been since — also brought a gritty, realistic touch to the genre. The movie feels more like a Michael Mann crime saga than it does a story about superheroes versus their outlandishly evil counterparts.

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

In recent times, Pixar has been criticized for relying too heavily on sequels, but if it ain’t broke… Finding Dory was released 13 years after Finding Nemo, and it was a smash with critics and audiences alike.

Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes is complemented by an 84% audience score.

Upon release Finding Dory was praised for being as funny and thought-provoking as the first movie, while also adding a new dimension to the story. As with any Pixar movie, Finding Dory can be appreciated by audiences of all ages. 

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

No other actor on the planet has experienced a career of ups and downs like John Travolta has. When he broke out he had the world at his dancing feet. After that, his career experienced a downturn until it was resurrected briefly following Pulp Fiction until it ultimately plummeted when he started starring in movies like Battlefield Earth. Staying Alive was released in 1983 when Travolta was experiencing his first fall from grace. Following up a classic like Saturday Night Fever was never going to be easy, but it shouldn’t have been this difficult, either.

The sequel lacks the gritty realism of its predecessor, and instead tries to get by on dance sequences. What’s the point in dancing when we don’t care about who’s doing it?

17 Best: Creed (95%)

No franchise tends to remain compelling seven sequels in, but Creed is proof that the Rocky franchise is the rare exception. Granted, some Rocky movies aren’t exactly knockouts, but Creed got things back on track and showed that it’s game for a few more rounds.

By serving as both a sequel and a spin-off/soft reboot, Creed gave the franchise a breath of new life.

It passed the gloves on to Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous character.  Creed 2 is right around the corner. Let’s see if it can do what the original saga failed to do and deliver a second outing that’s as good as the inaugural entry.

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

The first Leprechaun movie doesn’t come close to being certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it should come as no surprise that the sequels didn’t receive any critical acclaim. Especially not the second movie, which no critic seemed to enjoy at all.

Here, the infamous critter resurfaces in Los Angeles to find a bride, which leads to him abducting a young woman and trying to claim her as his own. This isn’t high art by any means, nor does it try to be.

15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (96%)

The Harry Potter books were an emotional roller coaster that affected millions of readers worldwide. Reliving those adventures on the big screen was also a great time to be alive, and the grand finale lived up to expectations. In the final installment of the saga about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the forces of darkness, the ultimate showdown finally happens as our hero and his pals face off against Voldemort in Hogwarts castle.

It’s a true epic in every sense of the word.

As far as wrapping up the story goes, Death Hallows: Part 2 delivered the goods and gave us cinematic closure in style.

14 Worst: Looking Who’s Talking Now (0%)

Look Who’s Talking is a perfectly serviceable comedy that should never have received any sequels. In a bid to end to the trilogy on a high following the disappointing previous sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce talking dogs to the mix for the series’ swan song. 

Needless to say, Look Who’s Talking Now wasn’t the glorious goodbye the series was looking for, but at least the film did cast some cute dogs.

13 Best: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (97%)

The third installment of Sergio Leone’s influential Dollars trilogy, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is the creme de la creme of spaghetti westerns. 

The story centers around two men who form an uneasy alliance following a scam.

This leads them on a quest as it turns out there’s money buried in the desert and they want to find it. However, they have to compete against another who won’t hesitate to put a bullet in them to claim the prize. On top of being one of the most acclaimed movies out there, the film has been hailed as a major influence on directors like Quentin Tarantino.

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

The continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture-winning 1972 crime saga, The Godfather: Part II chronicles Michael Corleone’s further ascendency in organized crime while simultaneously taking us back to the past to explore his dad’s humble beginnings.

Like its predecessor, the sequel also won Best Picture and is hailed by many a critic and film buff as one of the best movies ever made. Whether it’s better than the original is up for debate, but they’re like two sides of the same coin. These movies set the bar for mob pictures, and to this day, other directors are still trying to recreate the formula.

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

Director George Miller was in his seventies when he unleashed Mad Max: Fury Road, but the energy and madness imbued in every frame of this extravaganza suggest a man half his age.

Maybe we’ll never see another Mad Max movie, but the world needs a Furiosa spin-off eventually.

Fury Road is essentially one non-stop chase that barely lets up from the get-go all the way to the climactic ending. Furthermore, it’s a movie that defied expectation by taking the focus away from the titular character and making Charlize Theron’s Furiosa the real hero of the adventure. 

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

Is Jaws: the Revenge a good movie? Definitely not. Is it an entertaining movie, though? Definitely yes.

How many other movies have sharks that make a conscious decision to get revenge on the humans that wronged them? Not only that, but the shark here followed its target to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. And why would someone who wants to avoid sharks go to an island surrounded by ocean? The movie is illogical, silly, nonsense, but it does offer sheer entertainment value for bad movie buffs.

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

Alien and Aliens are quite different in some regards, but they complement each other perfectly. The first is an exercise in pure suspense and terror. The sequel, on the other hand, retains the horror elements but adds a lot more action to proceedings.

Aliens shows how to make a successful sequel: acknowledge what came before but don’t be afraid to bring some fresh ideas to the table.

James Cameron was on fire in the ’80s and he wasn’t afraid to make Ridley Scott’s baby his own.

8 Best: Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (98%)

While George Miller’s inaugural Mad Max caper is a cult classic, most film buffs would agree that a couple of the sequels are slightly superior. Taking nothing away from the first movie, Road Warrior is a vast improvement when it comes to world building and sheer action spectacle. The story follows the eponymous character as he helps a group of people steal oil from a tyrannical madman and his band of goons.

As far as cinematic thrill rides go, few movies are on par with Road Warrior. Here, Miller turned up the volume significantly by making the post-apocalyptic terrains feel more dangerous and the action sequences more gung-ho and grander in scale.

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

Sam Raimi’s first Evil Dead movie was a huge achievement for independent filmmaking when it was released back in 1981. The movie still holds up to this day with its innovative camera work, effective scares, and excellent cast as well.

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

While the first movie contained moments of dark comedy, the sequel amps up the zaniness to become what is essentially the splatter flick equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy flick. For 90 minutes, Bruce Campbell is tormented by laughing ornaments and his own severed hand. As silly as that sounds, Evil Dead 2 still manages to pack more punch than your average MMA fighter.

6 Worst: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (0%)

In the third installment of the Police Academy franchise, the cops are understaffed and in need of some help. Naturally, the force turns to America’s civilians to help aid in their mission. Things don’t go smoothly, for the characters in the film and the movie itself.

Rotten Tomatoes describes Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as “Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny” and  a movie which sent “a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.” That sounds about right.

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

Few franchises manage to strike three home runs in a row. Even The Godfather stuttered when it came to the third outing. Toy Story, on the other hand, never ceases to replicate the magic time and time again.

This emotional installment sees Andy get ready to leave for college and neglect his old toys.

He’s all grown up and has no use for them anymore, and what ensues is what is by far the most heartfelt movie in the series.

4 Worst: Highlander II: The Quickening (0%)

As far as pure entertaining action-fantasy goes, the first Highlander movie is a fun slice of popcorn entertainment that aficionados of cult cinema lose their head over. The sequel, meanwhile, is an incomprehensible mess.

Highlander II is too overplotted to explain, but the cusp of the story revolves around the hero from the first movie taking on a corporation after being led to believe that they don’t have the world’s best interests in mind. In this one, our hero is a defender of the ozone as well. What makes Highlander II so awful is that it completely retcons everything good about the original film and the mythology it introduced.

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

We all desire to be loved by someone special– even bolt-head monsters made up of the remains of other people. But to find them a mate, one must dig up some more corpses and create a suitable partner that’s similar in genetic make-up. This is also the storyline behind James Whale’s 1935 masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein.

There are too many Frankenstein movies to keep track of at this point, but this sequel remains the pinnacle of the original series.

The movie is a masterpiece that successfully blends campy fun with Gothic beauty and genuine chills that’s stood the test of time as a result.

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

No one expected the the first Paddington to be as good as it is. That movie is a bona fide classic in the making in its own right, but the sequel is some next-next level brilliance.

Paddington 2 sees the lovable bear go to prison and, unsurprisingly, all the mean criminals fall in love with him as well. Critics, like the fictional convicts, were also full of praise for the titular bear and his second big onscreen adventure as well. At one point, Paddington 2 was even the best reviewed movie in history.

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

Following up a movie like Toy Story was never going to be easy, but that didn’t stop Pixar from trying and succeeding. In this one, we find out that Woody is a collectible when he’s discovered and stolen by a greedy museum owner. Naturally this prompts Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato, and the rest of the gang into action and they set out to save their friend.

General consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that Toy Story 2 is that rare sequel that improves upon its predecessor.

The sequel raises the stakes and ups the element of adventure while retaining the humor and heart that made audiences fall in love with the franchise in the first place.

What’s your favorite sequel? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!

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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Hellboy NYCC Trailer Description: The Last & Only Hope

One of the most exciting events at New York Comic-Con this year was the Hellboy panel, in which star David Harbour (Stranger Things), his co-stars Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Sasha Lane (American Honey), and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola presented fans with the first trailer for the upcoming movie reboot. Directed by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers), the movie pits Hellboy against Nimue, the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich), an ancient sorceress who is hell-bent on revenge and the destruction of mankind.

Hellboy faces the challenge of winning over audiences after two well-liked Hellboy moves from director Guillermo del Toro, which starred Ron Perlman in the title role, but fans seem to be open to this new take and excited to see what Harbour can bring to the role. During the panel, the actor described Marshall’s Hellboy as “a monster movie right out of Frankenstein, updated for 2018.” It will have more of a monster movie tone that emphasizes the horror elements, in contrast to the fantasy tone of del Toro’s movies. We’ve pieced together descriptions of the trailer from several sources to give those who weren’t able to attend an idea of what to expect when Hellboy arrives in theaters next year.

Related: Hellboy NYCC Poster Reveals Professor Broom, Blood Queen, & More

The trailer opened with a scene in which Hellboy arriving at a crime scene, with cops surrounding a building. When Hellboy exits his vehicle a panicking SWAT officer shoots at him and Hellboy, annoyed, yells “I’m on your side!” The officer apologizes, replying, “My bad.” From there, the footage launched into a collection of brief clips set to Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony.”

  • A series of clips introduce the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), which Ian McShane’s Professor Bruttenholm describes as, “The line in the sand, we fight against the forces of darkness.”
  • The BPRD arrive at their secret headquarters in England, whose front is a quaint little shop. Hellboy is skeptical, and Kim’s Ben Daimio asks him if he expected it to be labelled “Secret Headquarters.” When they go in, the old lady behind the counter asks Hellboy for ID and he asks, “Are you serious?”
  • Hellboy is asked if his Hand of Doom can do anything special. He replies, “It smashes things real good,” and then offers a demonstration.
  • Ben Daimio isn’t too happy when he first meets Hellboy, saying, “I thought we were fighting monsters, not working with them.” Hellboy retorts, “Who you calling monster, pal? You look in the mirror recently, Scarface?” In another clip, Hellboy calls Ben an “asshole.” It seems like there’ll be a fair bit of friction between these two.
  • Hellboy wonders aloud if he’s nothing more than a weapon, and Professor Bruttenholm tells him that he wants him to be the best version of himself that he can be.
  • Professor Bruttenholm gives Hellboy his gun, the Good Samaritan. Hellboy cocks the gun and comments, “Some parents get their kids LEGOS.”
  • Hellboy and Alice (Lane) are seen fighting side-by-side in a setting that resembles a factory, with Bruttenhol saying in voiceover, “You are our last and only hope.”
  • Hellboy interrupts a ritual being held by the Blood Queen, sardonically asking her, “Did I interrupt?” She replies, “No, you’re right on time.”
  • There’s plenty of action, including one particularly bloody clip of someone getting shot in the head and gore splattering towards the camera, emphasizing that this will be an R-rated affair.
  • The trailer ends with an impressive shot of Hellboy in his full demonic glory, rising from a pit with his flaming sword and crown. The crowd went crazy when they saw this.

You can expect to see an emphasis on practical effects over CGI in the movie, with Harbour even throwing a little shade at Thanos when comparing his character with the big purple villain of Avengers: Infinity War. Harbour quickly amended that by saying that he thinks Infinity War is “a great movie,” but went on to say, “I do lament that [Hollywood] uses a lot of CGI right now, and I love the practical stuff.”

Unfortunately the trailer was not released online, so it may be a while before everyone else gets a look at Harbour’s version of the character in action. However, the positive response from fans in attendance definitely has us excited for this one, so hopefully Lionsgate won’t keep us waiting for a trailer much longer.

More: Hellboy 2019: Every Update You Need To Know

Source:, IGN, Deadline, Gizmodo

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2018-10-06 05:10:55 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

20 Best Fantasy Movies Ever Made, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 5 Stuck With 0%)

Hollywood has always loved the fantasy genre. In fact, some of the first movies involved monsters, swords, and magic. Even before the advent of sound it was easy to convey those classic themes on film. Of course, it also didn’t take the movie industry long to start adapting iconic fantasy novels and stories, and that’s when the genre really exploded.

One of the things that sets fantasy movies apart from some of their closest relatives– like sci-fi, superhero movies, and animation– is that they tend to get more critical recognition, and they certainly earn more awards. Whereas genre films are often written off as fun, light, popcorn fare, fantasy films seem to get a lot more genuine respect and acclaim. At least, when they are done well, that is. Fantasy is also capable of going very wrong, and few bad movies are worse than bad fantasy movies.

It’s worth giving you advanced warning that this list is a bit heavy on franchises– two in particular. But there was no way around that if we were to stay honest to the theme of the list, as those two franchises are simply among the best-reviewed franchises in movie history, fantasy or otherwise. That said, you’ll also find that there is a decent amount of variety on this list, from the traditional magic and dragons type of fantasy to some much more unorthodox examples of the genre.

Here are the 20 Best Fantasy Movies Ever Made, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 5 Stuck With 0%).

25 Best: Life Of Pi (87%)

The original Life of Pi novel is one of those books that people claimed was “unfilmable,” which Hollywood loves to take as a challenge. Sometimes it blows up in the filmmaker’s face– and other times, we get a brilliant film like Life of Pi.

After a few other big-name directors were attached to and subsequently exited the project, Ang Lee stepped up to helm the effects-heavy film that takes place almost entirely on a boat with a single human actor and various animals both real and fabricated. The movie is absolutely captivating throughout, right up to the gut-punch ending that really solidifies its place as a fantasy movie.

24 Best: Pete’s Dragon (87%)

No matter how you may personally feel about Disney’s current push to remake its classic animated films in live action, it’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon as they have comprised some of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Fortunately, most of these remakes have been quite good– and in some cases, maybe even surpassed their originals.

While the animated Pete’s Dragon is an indisputable classic, it was bested by this 2016 remake starring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard.

It’s not easy to make a live-action movie featuring a giant furry dragon that doesn’t feel completely ridiculous, but the subtle direction of David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) accomplishes exactly that.

23 Best: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (88%)

While none of the Harry Potter movies have gotten a particular poor critical reception, it wasn’t until the third movie that the film franchise started to earn genuine acclaim. Much of that had to do with the series beginning to take on a darker, more mature tone around that time, which continued on through fourth installment Goblet of Fire.

Goblet of Fire is the first Harry Potter film to fully embrace its main characters as teenagers.

Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint handled this transition flawlessly. If there was any lingering fear that they weren’t cut out for the franchise’s maturing direction, that was gone after this movie.

22 Best: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (89%)

When Gene Wilder passed away in 2016, most tributes to him were fronted with a picture of the actor as Willy Wonka. While Wilder was in a number of classic films in his legendary career, he will always be best remembered in the titular role of the eccentric candy company owner who seemingly loves children but is also quick to teach them very extreme lessons.

When working on the Johnny Depp-starring remake, Tim Burton had harsh words for the original film, which differs greatly from the tone of the book, and was proud of the fact that his movie was going to be different. However most of us love the original and that’s the one that’ll live on for another 50 years.

21 0%: The Crow: Wicked Prayer

It’s ironic that the original The Crow is a story about a man who returns from the afterlife to right various wrongs, since the franchise that has spawned from it has only proven that The Crow should’ve stayed resting peacefully after the original installment.

Each and every Crow sequel– and we’re currently at three, plus a short-lived TV series– has seemingly been worse than the last, and has only served to tarnish the original’s legacy. The latest, Wicked Prayer— starring Edward Furlong, Tara Reid, David Boreanaz, and Dennis Hopper– couldn’t even manage more than a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s quite the plummet from the 81% that the first movie earned.

20 Best: Matilda (90%)

While he is best known for his acting roles, Danny DeVito has been just as big a force behind the camera over his 40+ year career. In addition to being a producer on such noteworthy films as Pulp Fiction and Erin Brokovich, DeVito has also directed eight films, including 1996’s Matilda.

Starring in Matilda is actress Mara Wilson, who was seemingly in all of the family movies you loved in the mid-1990s.

Wilson is wonderfully charming in the role based on the book of the same name– one of three Roald Dahl adaptations on this list– in a movie that many former kids still love to this day.

19 Best: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (91%)

As we mentioned before, this is the first Harry Potter movie that really started to get critics’ attentio, proving the series wouldn’t be dismissed as disposable kids’ fantasy fare. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (GravityChildren of Men), Prisoner of Azkaban still looks and feels unlike any other Harry Potter movie, which is exactly why it remains many fans’ favorite cinematic installment of the franchise.

The introduction of Gary Oldman’s Sirius Black is also a pretty big reason why Prisoner of Azkaban is a standout Harry Potter film, adding yet another respected A-lister to an already impressive collection of veteran actors.

18 Best: Edward Scissorhands (91%)

If you grew up in the late ’80s to early ’90s, and you were even the slightest bit off-kilter of a child, then you were most likely a Tim Burton fan. Even if his directorial efforts over the last couple decades haven’t matched his creative peak, when you’re responsible for movies like BeetlejuicePee-wee’s Big Adventure, and the Michael Keaton Batman movies, your legacy is pretty well secure.

In the first of nine films they would eventually collaborate on, Tim Burton directed Johnny Depp in the unorthodox love story Edward Scissorhands in 1990.

It also featured standout performances from Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, and one of the final appearances by legend Vincent Price.

17 Best: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (91%)

It was seen as a huge gamble at the time: to trust a fairly unknown director with steering a massive, multi-year, multi-film attempt at adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s series of classic fantasy novels starring a cast with relatively few A-listers.

Needless to say, it paid off for just about everyone involved, as the Lord of the Rings film franchise has earned nearly $3 billion worldwid– without even including the tally of the Hobbifilms. While Fellowship of the Ring is the weakest of the bunch due to all of the necessary character set up and world building it has to do, it is still one of the highest-grossing and best-reviewed movies of all time.

16 0%: Highlander 2: The Quickening

While the original Highlander movie wasn’t a critical darling and barely turned a profit at the box office, it quickly became a cult hit that found an enthusiastic fanbase. Unfortunately, achieving that status also led to a sequel that is among the poorest-received theatrical films in history.

In addition to having one of the worst subtitles ever, Highlander II: The Quickening does just about everything a movie could possibly do wrong.

The problems that came with making this movie are legendary.

15 Best: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (92%)

The sole American member of the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe wasn’t seen on screen a ton in their TV series or films, but Terry Gilliam’s interstitial animations helped to create a unique visual language for the group and led to him finding success as a visionary film director.

Gilliam left a unique stamp on Hollywood in the 1980s in particular, including his self-described “Trilogy of Imagination” that included The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Starring fellow Python Eric Idle as well as a young Uma Thurman and featuring an extremely inventive Robin Williams cameo, Munchuasen is a visual treat the likes of which nobody but Terry Gilliam could’ve possibly been responsible for.

14 Best: Enchanted (93%)

Nobody quite knew what to make of Enchanted when it was first announced: a live-action movie about a Disney princess who finds herself transported into the harsh, ugly “real world.” Almost everyone was surprised by how hilarious and charming the movie ended up being, due in large part to the spot-on performances of Amy Adams and James Marsden as misplaced cartoon characters in real New York City.

Most surprising of all are Enchanted’s songs and dance numbers, which easily stand among some of the best in Disney history.

In fact, three of the five nominees for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards were songs from Enchanted.

13 Best: Time Bandits (93%)

The other fantasy movie in Terry Gilliam’s “Trilogy of Imagination”– the third branch is sci-fi classic Brazil— Time Bandits was the only of the three to actually be measurable as a box office hit.

Part of that could’ve been due to the cast list, headed up by John Cleese– arguably the most famous Monty Python member– and also starring Sean Connery and Shelley Duvall as well as frequent Gilliam collaborators like Ian Holm and Katherine Helmond. It also probably helped that the movie was co-written with Gilliam by another Python, Michael Palin, making for an unusually Python-heavy Terry Gilliam film.

12 Best: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (93%)

According to reviews, The Lord of the Rings finale film The Return of the King is the second-best movie of the trilogy– but the Lord of the Rings trilogy basically exists as a single, unified whole and each film needs the other two, so picking which one is the best is just a matter of nitpicking.

The film swept the Oscars, winning all of its 11 nominations.

Besides not having something as epic as the battle at Helm’s Deep, Return of the King is often derided for its protracted denouement, where one ending seems to roll into another and then another. You can’t exactly wrap up such an epic trilogy of movies with an ending that only lasts a couple of minutes.

11 0%: Pinocchio

While Roberto Benigni had been around for awhile by the time he won his Oscar for Life is Beautiful, that film really broke him through to the global audience. It also gave him the clout to make whatever vanity projects he wanted, and used that creative freedom to make this.

It’s hard to imagine what other angles are left to take on the classic book The Adventures of Pinocchio, especially after the masterpiece Disney animated version, but people keep taking their own crack at it. Benigni’s 2002 effort, which he directed, wrote, and starred in, is objectively the worst adaptation of the bunch.

10 Best: Pan’s Labyrinth (95%)

Guillermo del Toro doesn’t get enough credit for a lot of things that he has done, but what he probably deserves the most respect for is in his being one of the few directors who actively works to keep genuine, classic fantasy alive in Hollywood at a time when many filmmakers seem to be actively moving away from it.

The Shape of Water might be del Toro’s most acclaimed film overall, but it’s easy to make the case that his actual best movie remains Pan’s Labyrinth.

Here is one case where Rotten Tomatoes‘ consensus sums things up perfectly: “Pan’s Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups.”

9 Best: The Jungle Book (95%)

One person who doesn’t get enough credit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Jon Favreau. He played a large part in setting the tone for that world via his directing of the first two Iron Man movies. It seemed as though his directorial exit from the MCU was entirely of his own choosing, wanting to have the freedom to work on different types of films.

Not all of Favreau’s non-MCU directorial efforts have been stellar, but he is also responsible for the wonderful live-action remake of Disney’s The Jungle Book. Given that movie’s critical reception and nearly $1 billion haul, he definitely knows how to helm non-superhero blockbusters.

8 Best: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2 (96%)

Harry Potter fans might have been a bit worried that the film franchise was going to end on a sour note after the relatively poor critical reception of Deathly Hollows – Part 1, receiving a series-low 79% Rotten Tomatoes score. The criticism centered on it feeling too much like a mere prologue to the epic climax that was to occur in Part 2.

Deathly Hallows – Part 2 contained everything that fans wanted out of the final installment of the franchise.

It bounced back and earning the best reviews of the entire Harry Potter film series.

7 Best: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (96%)

It’s fairly common for the second installment in a pre-established trilogy ends up becoming the fan favorite. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it– the boring set-up of the first movie is out of the way, and with a third movie ahead that will wrap things up, the second installment can end on a more interesting, darker note.

The Two Towers is one of the best examples of this trend, perhaps with only The Empire Strikes Back to challenge it. Of all the three-plus hour Lord of the Rings films, Two Towers definitely flies by the fastest and is the one that is easiest to watch multiple times.

6 0%: Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

Have you ever heard of the Sarah Landon Mysteries series? No? That’s because it ground to a halt after just a single movie installment, the absolutely awful 2007 film Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour.

That anyone thought this could launch entire series indicates some seriously misplaced ambition.

With a writer/director team and actors who are all so obscure that their names probably don’t even show up as clickable links on the movie’s Wikipedia page– and most of which have the last name “Comrie” for some reason– the cast and crew of Paranormal Hour are as forgettable as the movie itself.

5 Best: The Princess Bride (97%)

Sometimes movies that function as something of a send-up of/tribute to a certain genre end up being shining examples of said genre. See: Shaun of the DeadThis Is Spinal Tap, and the best example of this in movie history: The Princess Bride.

Featuring one of the most talented casts ever assembled all firing on all cylinders, The Princess Bride gets pretty close to being a perfect movie.  The Princess Bride is also in contention for most quotable movie of all time. We meant it… “Anybody want a peanut?

4 Best: The Wizard of Oz (98%)

In one of the most stunning moments in movie history, The Wizard of Oz brilliantly starts off in black and white before switching to full, glorious color once Dorothy gets to Oz. Before that, she also manages to squeeze in a performance of one of the most iconic songs of all time, movie-based or otherwise.

The Wizard of Oz has more amazing things happening in any 10-minute chunk than most movies have in their entire run time.

There aren’t many movies from the 1930s– especially that aren’t animated– that people still actively watch eight decades later, but The Wizard of Oz remains in rotation to this day for very good reason.

3 Best: The Witches (100%)

The third– and according to Rotten Tomatoes, the best– movie on this list to be adapted from a Roald Dahl story is The Witches, the fiendishly delightful 1990 film starring Anjelica Huston and with creature effects by Jim Henson.

There’s a lot that we can say about this dark classic, but we all know what scene we immediately think of when this movie comes up– the iconic moment when all of the witches take off their human disguises. It was way more frightening than anything that should’ve been in a children’s movie and scarred millions of us for life. We still couldn’t help watching this movie on repeat, traumatizing or not.

2 Best: Mary Poppins (100%)

As anticipation for the Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda-led sequel builds ahead of its December 2018 release, it’s fitting that we have the opportunity to discuss the classic original, which Rotten Tomatoes has deemed the best fantasy movie of all time.

While we have since learned that the writer of the Mary Poppins book didn’t intend for it to be made into something so poppy and fantastical, taking the movie on its own merits, it’s a wonderful, magical film that arguably contains more classic singalongs than any single movie in history. Aside from Dick Van Dyke’s absurd cockney accent, this movie is flawless.

1 0%: The Nutcracker in 3D

Completely wasting a talented cast that includes Nathan Lane, John Turturro, Shirley Henderson, and a young Elle Fanning, The Nutcracker in 3D— yes, that’s the actual title– is an ugly mix of live-action and subpar computer animation.

It features sets and costumes that barely look better than some local middle school production.

Disney’s upcoming Nutcracker and the Four Realms will hopefully get the awful taste out of the mouths of anyone who had the misfortune of enduring this awful adaptation.

What’s your favorite fantasy movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-09-28 02:09:20 – Chris Hodges

Fantasy Book Series The Riftwar Saga Becoming TV Show

Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga – one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling fantasy series in history  – has been optioned for adaptation into a TV series by BCDF Pictures. Atomic Blonde screenwriter Kurt Johnstad has been attached to the project, which will also see mobile content developed by Fiction Riot starting early in 2019.

Based on the setting of an original role-playing game that Feist and his friends ran together, The Riftwar Cycle is one of the longest-running fantasy series of all time, having spanned 30 full novels and three short stories over three decades. The Riftwar Cycle is made up of several sagas, with the first three books (Magician, Silverthorn and A Darkness At Sethanon) being known collectively as The Riftwar Saga. Other sagas in The Riftwar Cycle include The Serpentwar Saga, The Darkwar Saga, The Demonwar Saga and The Chaoswar Saga.  Feist’s novels have been translated into 25 different languages, and sold over 20 million individual copies worldwide since 1982.

Related: 10 Fantasy Projects Currently In Development (And 10 Rumored)

Deadline reported on the deal, which will see Feist serving as a producer on the new show. Feist is notoriously protective of his work and has only allowed it to be adapted on three earlier occasions – twice to make computer role-playing games utilizing his setting, and once into a graphic novel format by Marvel Comics.

Feist: I’ve been talking to film and TV people about adapting my work since the publication of Magician in 1982. I have said no repeatedly to deals simply because the ‘fit,’ was wrong. I am delighted to have finally met people with the understanding of the work and vision to match my own in bringing The Riftwar Saga to series television. I look forward to working with the talented crew at BCDF as much as they need and am excited at finally seeing Magician on the screen.

Spread across ten years and two planets, Magician details how a war came to be fought across interstellar distances through magic portals called “rifts” that allow for travel between worlds. As The Kingdom of The Isles is invaded by the Empire of Tsuranuanni and the magicians they call Great Ones, an apprentice wizard named Pug and a young soldier named Tomas will find their destinies tied to the conflict that threatens to destroy all they know and more. Pug will learn to master the strange powers that his mentor cannot explain, as Tomas becomes the scion of a long-dead civilization of god-like warriors. Mad monarchs, political conflicts, tales of lost heirs and Machiavellian scheming also figure into the plot, forging one of the most complex narratives and some of the most interesting characters this side of Game of Thrones.

While it’s too early to predict that The Riftwar Saga might replace HBO’s series as television’s most popular fantasy offering, there’s little reason to bet against Feist and his legacy. There’s a reason The Riftwar Cycle novels routinely made the New York Times Best-Sellers list, and why Feist has the large and local fan base that he does. Given that, it seems all but certain that a new wave of fantasy fans are about to discover the magic of Feist’s work.

More: 10 Fantasy Novel Series That Could Be Great TV Shows

Source: Deadline

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2018-09-20 10:09:05 – Matt Morrison

20 Rare Hidden Items In Final Fantasy (And How To Find Them)

The Final Fantasy games number well above twenty titles when including the spin offs and sequels. Just to run through the games would take several hundred hours, never mind exploring every nook and cranny of each world.

Could one human being feasibly become a walking encyclopedia of the famed RPG franchise? Probably, but it is not something any average person could accomplish.

For a lot of players, the secrets are what make the journeys worth it. Finding those hidden parts give a catharsis that the narrative alone could not supply.

Throughout all of the games, there are countless secret items littered about the world with the methods of obtaining them numbering almost as high.

For this list, we looked through the series to find the most well hidden items and the unique ways they can be retrieved. As one could imagine, narrowing this number down to twenty was no easy task, as each game alone could have its own list of interesting and rare collectibles.

To make this list, an item had to be either useful for some other purpose, be fun to get, or be so rare that only one or a few of them even exist.

Some of these are pretty tough to get, so if you put in the work to have these items in your own inventory, all the bragging rights belong to you.

For those that have not, the items can help people appreciate the creative thinking of the developers and the scope of each game’s world.

With that said, here are the 20 Rare Hidden Items In Final Fantasy (And How To Find Them).

20 Final Fantasy VII – Knights Of The Round

Being the first three dimensional Final Fantasy adventure, the team really went all out with the summon animations. Every monster that the player can call into battle performs its attack with a grandiose entrance.

The most magnificent of all these sequences has to be the Knights of the Round materia. It is only appropriate for this to be the case since it is the final summon and requires a lengthy side quest to reach.

The spell is the last of the materia in the Materia caves, being only accessible by Breeding a Gold Chocobo.

Once a Gold Chocobo is successfully in the player’s hands, they will be able to traverse over the terrain that previously blocked them from the cave’s entrance.

19 Final Fantasy XIII – Elixirs

One would not think to find Elixirs on this list. They are valuable, sure, but never in short supply or particularly difficult to accrue.

Final Fantasy XIII shakes things up a bit and only includes four throughout the entire 30+ hour campaign.

The first one can be found in the campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for it though, because if it is missed it becomes impossible to get.

The other three can be found by fully upgrading the Doctor’s Codes.

The powerful healing item serves the same purpose it does in all the other titles, fully recovering a character’s heal and magic (or TP in this case).

Given their scarcity, each usage must be done with careful consideration.

18 Final Fantasy XV – Hypno Crown

The Hypno Crown, not to be confused with Futurama’s Hypno Toad,  of the most recent numbered Final Fantasy drastically increases its wearer’s magic.

Shops don’t sell it, and there is only one that can be discovered in an optional dungeon.

The Costlemark Tower is an optional area in the Duscae region that can only be entered at night.

In the dungeon’s sixty floors many items can be found, but perhaps the most valuable is the Hypno Crown – specifically, the accessory can be snatched up on the twenty sixth floor of the maze like tower.

It may not brainwash legions of fans into loving you like Hypno Toad can, but it still is an extremely useful.

17 Final Fantasy VI – Paladin Shield

The Paladin Shield is the most effective defensive item in Final Fantasy VI, but acquiring it takes perseverance.

Not only does it require a long quest, but it also involves fighting over two hundred fifty battles in a weakened state.

Before even thinking about the Paladin Shield, players must first fetch the cursed shield. To get this purposefully nerfed piece of equipment players must find Locke in the World of Ruin, and then bring him to Narshe.

The Cursed Shield awaits, but the journey is far from over.

Players must fight two hundred fifty five battles with the detrimental shield before it is transformed into the ultimate piece of defensive armor.

It is a long task, but well worth the effort.

16 Final Fantasy VII – Omnislash

Every character in Final Fantasy VII has an ultimate limit break that requires some side quest to be completed in order to obtain.

Cloud’s final move is called Omnislash, and those who want it better be ready for some fighting.

The Gold Saucer is a floating amusement park that holds numerous diversions from the main campaign, including a battle arena.

Omnislash is one of the prizes Cloud can buy with the tokens he wins from the matches. The price is obscenely high, forcing players to do the competition several times over.

After Obtaining Omnislash and a few other prize items, Cloud can participate in a special battle where the Final Attack materia can be won, along with other less useful key items.

15 Final Fantasy IX – Rank S Medal

Not every rare item in the series has a purpose on the battlefield. Sometimes they are simply a token of the player’s hard work. Even if it does not have a use, the feeling of having it is satisfaction enough.

Take, for instance, the Rank S Medal from Final Fantasy IX.

Once it is bestowed upon Zidane and company there is nothing that can be done with it, but getting it in the first place means the player has collected numerous key items and opened countless treasure chests.

Some players may not see any reason to strive for a useless key item, but others get great fulfillment from the text appearing in their inventory signifying they have the rare item.

14 Final Fantasy IX – The Three Dark Matters

The Treno Auction House’s function in Final Fantasy IX is fully explained in its title.

The player is able to place bids on items in an attempt to claim it for their own, winning it if Zidane’s bid is the highest. One of the items up for auction is the extremely rare Dark Matter.

This isn’t the only place where Dark Matter lies, but it is the only way to have one without a fight.

Two are with the super boss Ozma, who is waiting in the Eidolon cave for any player brave enough to face it.

Cherish each of them, because they are the only three that exist in all of Final Fantasy IX.

13 Final Fantasy XII – Dark Energy

Being one of the largest entries in a series known for its grandiose scope, it is easy to imagine the amount of rare items that can be discovered throughout Ivalice in Final Fantasy XII.

One of the most elusive items is Dark Energy.

While technically infinitely available, there is only one that can be gotten through trade. The Bazaar, not to be confused with the actual shops, will trade Dark Energy for a certain assortment of items.

After that, the only way to get more Dark Energy is by digging through treasure chests in certain areas with the Diamond Amulet, an accessory that yields rare loot from chests. Even then, its chances of popping up are extremely rare.

12 Final Fantasy – Teleport Stones

Relative to the games that followed it, Final Fantasy is a straightforward fare with few side quests.

With that being said, the world still possess an irresistible charm.

While slim on secrets, later releases of the game added a rare item that can be used to get the Warriors of Light out of sticky situations.

Teleport Stones are able to transport the party out of dungeons, which is an invaluable ability for those who venture into them unprepared.

Don’t expect for the game to give the item out like candy though, as the life saving stones are only found on Purple Worms. The chances of dropping them are rare, making each use of it a strategic choice.

11 Final Fantasy IV – Pink Tail

The Adamant Armor will make even the toughest battles of Final Fantasy IV more manageable. As usual, no piece of equipment that useful is just given to the player without some sort of challenge.

The challenge in question is obtaining a Pink Tail.

The Pink Tail can be looted from a Flan Princess, an enemy which is only found in a particular area of the Lunar Subterrane.

As if finding the enemy was not enough, the odds of it dropping a Pink Tail are laughably low.

With enough patience, however, a Pink Tail will eventually be dropped. Bring the tail to the collector at the Adamant Isle Grotto and the armor will be gifted to Cecil and crew.

10 Final Fantasy V – Tinklebell

This recurring weapon is also sometimes known as “Tinkerbell.” It is not a particularly effective weapon, but it is the most powerful bell in the game none the less.

For those unaware, the bell is mainly utilized by the geomancer job class.

The only way to acquire this weapon in Final Fantasy V is by having the boss, Twintania, drop it.

It is only fought one time, which means that players determined to have the bell will probably end up resetting their console a few times.

Thankfully, Final Fantasy V Advanced added the Sealed Temple, whose Cloister of the dead section allows the player to fight Twintania as many times as they need in order to obtain Tinklebell

9 Final Fantasy III – Dream Harp

Some items are so well hidden that they cannot be retrieved through conventional means.

The Dream Harp from Final Fantasy III, for example, requires methods outside confines of video game law and logic – glitching.

In the original NES version of the game, players can glitch the weapon into existence by having ninety nine of a certain item, and then obtaining one more through a fight.

This will make the recently looted item another one entirely, maybe even the Dream Harp.

The weapon, usable by bards and ninjas, does no damage, but it does puts enemies to sleep.

When the game finally hit North American shores with the 3D remake, the Dream Harp was put into a shop.

8 Final Fantasy X – Sun Sigil

In Final Fantasy X, it is not enough to simply find each character’s ultimate weapon.

Two additional items, a sigil and a crest, must be found in order to imbue each of them with their true power.

They usually require some task or mini game, and obtaining the Sun Sigil for Tidus’ Caladbolg ended up being the bane of some people’s existence.

This particular Sigil is won when Tidus finishes the Chocobo race on the Great Plain with a time of zero point zero seconds.

While not literally plausible, it involves the player dodging an onslaught of birds and blitzballs while collecting as many balloons as possible.

Save for a talented few, this task took many players hours to accomplish.

7 Final Fantasy II – Blood Sword

Even the strongest of villains have their weakness, and sometimes exploiting it is the only way to win the battle.

The last boss fight of Final Fantasy II can be a challenging bout if players did not find the Blood Sword beforehand.

The sword’s potential importance in the last fight is not stressed, and it is in an innocuous location in Paul’s house, a character who helps the party out from time to time throughout the adventure.

Strangely enough, up until the twentieth anniversary version on the Playstation Portable, there were two Blood Swords.

The second can be found in the dungeon of Castle Fynn, for any readers still rocking the NES or Playstation versions.

6 Final Fantasy VIII – Ribbon

Long before smart phones had their companion apps and mini games, Final Fantasy VIII was ahead of the curb with the integration of the PocketStation peripheral.

With the device, players could play Chocobo World and earn items to use in the eighth Final Fantasy.

This was a cool feature, especially in 1999 when so few games had done something similar. It is a shame then, that the world outside of Japan could not experience it.

Not only that, but the functionality was left in the international versions, meaning the items that could only be unlocked with Chocobo World were completely unavailable to players.

Save for the PC version, where a virtual PocketStation is available, only those who still have the device can access the items.

5 Final Fantasy X-2 – Dark Matter

It is in classic RPG fashion to have great items in wait for players after they accomplish the most difficult challenge of a given game.

Once they do not need it anymore, they are allowed to have it. Final Fantasy X-2 is no different when it comes to Dark Matter.

The highly valuable item can only be obtained from Paragon and Trema. These two bosses are dueled in Via Infinito, the game’s lengthy and arduous bonus dungeon.

Once obtained, it can be mixed to create the Miracle Drink, a super helpful concoction.

As great an item it is, the Dark Matter would have been way more helpful before the fights with Trema and Paragon, not after.

4 Final Fantasy IV – The Knife (or Spoon)

The Kitchen Knife was known as the Spoon in older translations of the game, which leads one to wonder just how somebody could confuse the two utensils.

It is an extremely powerful throwing weapon, and is useful if the player is in a jam against a super boss or even in the final battle.

To obtain it, one must simply hit Yang with the frying pan in the Sylph Cave.

After doing this, they must return the pan to Yang’s wife, where they will then be given the item.

In the Nintendo DS version it even becomes possible to equip the item as a weapon. However, Only Golbez can wield it, and he must be hacked into being playable

3 Final Fantasy Tactics – Cancer Stone

Final Fantasy Tactics takes away freedom of movement, with exploration being reserved for the job tree and discovering new classes.

However, the developers still managed to drop in a few side quests, some of which yield rare items.

While the Stones play a pivotal role in the games plot, The Cancer Stone is the reward from an entirely optional quest. After fulfilling a few per-requisites, the player fights Construct 7 at the Nelveska Temple.

Defeating the hostile robot will net the stone.

The final point of this side quest is to return a key party member to their human form, as the stones are able to grant wishes, no matter how virtuous or vile they may be.

2 Final Fantasy XV – The Fourteenth Magic Flask

Magic Flasks are key items scattered throughout the world utilized to improve magic. There are thirteen in total that one can get in a single play through, or at least that is what we’ve been led to believe.

Those who look hard enough will discover a fourteenth Magic Flask in the Galdin Quay beach starting in Chapter Nine.

That’s not all – some players even managed to snag up a fifteenth Flask in one go due to a glitch when the game was updated to the 1.05 version.

It should be noted that with new game plus and chapter select the Flasks respawn, but retrieving every one in a single campaign is still a nice personal challenge.

1 Final Fantasy XIII – The Gold Watch

The first two thirds of Final Fantasy XIII have little in the way of side quests. Only when Lightning and friends make their way to the world below Cocoon, Gran Pulse, does the world open up for exploration.

The optional tasks come in the form of Cie’th Stone Missions, which typically involve defeating an enemy.

There are sixty four in all, and each one usually grants a small reward.

The final, and arguably the toughest, mission will net brave players the Gold Watch, an accessory useful for improving battle scores.

Unlocking the final Cie’th Stone itself is an arduous task. Defeating the boss that awaits, Vercingetorix, is a whole other feat of skill and strategy.

What are some of your favorite rare items from the Final Fantasy series? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-09-14 12:09:42 – Jason Wojnar