Final Fantasy has never been a series to drop to many extreme mature themes. Despite its usual Teen rating from the ESRB, the series has for the most part been relatively PG other than repeating themes such as fantasy violence or the presence of alcohol. This really depends from game to game, though both the classic and modern Final Fantasy games have instances where the game is a little more mature, whether it's about the themes or specific scenes in the game.

While Final Fantasy's themes are often kid friendly, there have been many instances where the series has taken a dark turn or have featured more mature themes than other entries. Character design typically falls more on the risqué side and themes such as life and death are no stranger to the popular series. While Final Fantasy may never reach the mature contact of, say, Grand Theft Auto, here are some of the less PG moments in the series which should be taken with a grain of salt when wondering if they are appropriate for children to play. All of these moments, keep in mind, were things that the developers actually programmed into the game; these aren't glitches or anything fan-created. Enjoy!

15 Cloud Experiments With The Other Team

The Honey Bee Inn is an optional area in Final Fantasy VII, which is a segment that might be missed while playing through the already non-PG plot point early on the game. This portion sees Cloud and friends trying to infiltrate Don Corneo's mansion. The game never takes Midgar's infamous brothel toward graphic levels, but the scandalous aspects of this area are heavily implied by given the choices of entering either the "@#%! Room" or the "Group Room."

Much of the controversy regarding this area is in regards to what actually happens in the "@#%! Room" as Cloud has one of his multiple breakdowns and passes out. The gay bodybuilder Mukki wakes him up, but it is heavily implied that Cloud was taken advantage of while he was asleep. The "Group Room" on the other hand has Cloud uncomfortably take a group bath with Mukki and several other beefy body builders. This is all in an attempt to obtain clothes for Cloud to cross-dress in, and its heavy sexual themes and gay undertones were one of the more "WTF is going on" moments in the series.


14 This One Was Rated M For A Reason

Final Fantasy isn't a stranger to violence as the whole series has the good guys and the bad guys duking it out with a wide range of weapons from swords to machine guns. Despite that, the game has never been heavy on the gore, which is why the ESRB typically describes the games as having "Fantasy Violence." A couple years ago, Final Fantasy Type-0 was released, marking the first time a Mature rating was given to a game in the series.

The game's opening alone has enough blood and dead bodies to account for the entire series as we see a ravaged battlefield and a mass of corpses littering the ground. Due to the game's heavy war themes, the amount of blood and dead bodies makes sense, yet it was a strange direction for the series to take as most of the gameplay still remains pretty tame. But seeing a chocobo soaked in its own blood screaming out in pain was more than enough to make this game less than PG.

13 I Swear, This Is A Professional Massage Parlor

Final Fantasy X-2 took a slightly different direction than its predecessor Final Fantasy X. Gone were the days of summoners' tragic pilgrimages and the doom and gloom that was embossed across the world of Spira. In exchange, we got a more lighthearted, whimsical adventure. There never felt like there was much at stake in Yuna's second adventure, as the game at its core was about Yuna and her friends having fun as they traveled the world hunting for treasures.

Due to the whimsical nature of the sequel, more random encounters and plot elements felt welcome, yet one of the more random events have Yuna infiltrating her rival Leblanc's mansion while disguised as one of her goons. The narcissistic Leblanc orders Yuna in disguise to give her a back massage, leading to a really random, yet entertaining, minigame where Yuna has to massage Leblanc. It's definitely not an X-rated scene by any means, but I'm sure a girl on girl massage isn't too likely to make a PG rating any time soon.

12 You Wouldn't Want To Introduce Your Friends To Them

Earlier entries in the Final Fantasy series lacked a lot of mature content in regards to extreme violence or harsh language seeing as the graphical limitations didn't allow very graphic violence and bad words weren't all too common in earlier games as younger audiences were the biggest demographic. Despite that, the series still managed to pull some rather mature themes throughout its stories that were far too disturbing to be PG.

Final Fantasy IV is our earliest entry on this list, dealing with the King and Queen of Eblan, parents to the playable character Prince Edge. Captured by Dr. Lugae and experimented on, they were turned into terrible monsters forcing Edge to fight against his own parents. Eventually, they come to their senses but realize that they have to kill themselves as they are no longer human, thus dying before their son's eyes.

11 This Just Seems A Little Sadistic...

Death and murder are no strangers to the Final Fantasy series, but both seem to easily go hand in hand when it comes to Final Fantasy VI's lead antagonist, Kefka. Though Kefka exhibits multiple moments of his sociopath tendencies, him clearing out the kingdom of Doma is by far the most twisted and memorable.

Kefka is likely the least kid-friendly villain in the series as he shows little regard to human life and actually enjoys the physical suffering of others. Earlier in the game, he succeeds in one of his more sinister plans poisoning the river by Doma Castle. Not only does this kill the residents, adults and children alike, he even disregards his own troops who are captured and kills them in the process.

10 Nobody Was Asking For This Ship

Final Fantasy VII tends to carry some of the more racy themes compared to other Final Fantasy titles. Despite it often times containing more lighthearted areas, the overall tone made Final Fantasy VII a bit darker. Hojo helps with that as the twisted yet cliche mad scientist of the Shinra corporation.

Early in the game while attempting to rescue a captured Aeris, you find her locked in a glass room with Red XIII. Hojo suggests that he intends to breed the two, thus helping to species stop from becoming extinct. A frightened Aeris bangs on the glass screaming for help while Red XIII seemingly looks like he's ready to jump on top of her. Though Red XIII is merely acting to keep Hojo off guard, the idea was pretty sickening and this kind of act is definitely frowned upon in society, and especially doesn't usually show up in kid-friendly media.

9 Final Fantasy VI, Welcome To Your Tape

Final Fantasy has explored more adult themes in previous titles, including the concept of suicide. Often times, it depicts characters sacrificing themselves for the greater good including such characters as Palom and Porom or earlier on this list, the King and Queen of Eblan. It wasn't until Celes attempted to kill herself that it really tapped into heavier themes such as depression and feeling hopeless. Final Fantasy VI, welcome to your tape.

In a world completely destroyed by Kefka, Celes finds herself on a desolated island, waking up to discover that Cid had survived as well and had been nursing her back to health. After making a recovery, Celes attempts to take care of Cid, but the plot allows him to die shortly after. A devastated Celes climbs a mountain north of the small island and realizes that she is truly alone and makes the decision to end her own life by jumping off a cliff. Thankfully, she fails in her attempt and regains the courage to find her missing friends, but such a heavy concept such as suicide was something that many games had not yet tackled.

8 At This Point We'd Just Prefer To Be Dead

While Final Fantasy has had its share of grotesque enemies over the years, there is something particularly disturbing about the Cie'th from Final Fantasy XIII. Looking like monsters that might look more suitable in a Resident Evil game, Cie'th are large, hostile creatures that were transformed from former humans, or l'Cie that failed in completing their focus.

While a l'Cie that completes its focus is immortalized into crystal, one that fails becomes a killing machine and loses all free will. Despite turning into a monster, the person's mind remains intact and is filled with sorrow and regret for all eternity as their new undead body wreaks destruction on the world, killing others including friends and family. Becoming a Cie'th is by far one of the more disturbing ways to leave the world within the series.

7 Your Characters Really Didn't Deserve This

Due to many Final Fantasy titles dealing with themes such as war and opposing military factions, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that interrogation scenes appear every so often, which often times goes hand in hand with being tortured. Though we haven't seen so much of torture scenes in more recent installments, possibly due to them wanting to exclude graphic violence, it was fairly common in earlier entries.

In Final Fantasy VIII, we have a captured Squall being tortured while hanging from a wall and being administered bolts of electricity by his rival, Seifer. In Final Fantasy VI, Celes who was restrained by handcuffs was beaten by a pair of soldiers. This scene was controversial enough to be censored in later releases, depicting the guards hitting her, but she is no longer restrained. More recently, Final Fantasy XV shows Noctis, Ignis, and Gladiolus finding a beaten up Prompto restrained in a jail cell. Though no violence toward him was shown, it is up to the imaginations of the player to wonder what happened to him in those missing days from the party.

6 You Spoony Bard, How Dare You Curse Like That?

Final Fantasy VII marked the series debut for extreme cursing through characters such as Barret and Cid constantly shouting out explicit words every other sentence. Gone are the days where characters shouted things such as "You spoony bard!" or "Son of a submariner!" and are more than likely to be replaced with "You @*#!&$^ bard!" or "Son of a b*tch!" It's no wonder that Final Fantasy eventually obtained its usual Teen rating from the ESRB.

It's not uncommon for curse words to be in a Final Fantasy game these days, yet Final Fantasy VII seemed to go a bit overboard in that regard. Although the more extreme words were censored out, it wasn't infrequent to come by a "Sh*t!" or "Godd*mmit!" in this title. Future titles wouldn't necessarily shy away from cursing, but would tend to use it more sparingly. Not to mention, if the same script were used today for Final Fantasy VII's remake, it would more than likely make the leap to a Mature rating by the ESRB.

5 Death And Destruction Are Around Every Corner

Final Fantasy X tends to be one of the more kid-friendly entries in the Final Fantasy series, as it never really becomes too dark. Sure, we deal with themes such as death and religion, much like other games in the series, but the story involves such a friendly and lighthearted cast rather than the grumpy, brooding roles we've seen in previous titles. With that said, the destruction of the entire village of Kilika comes to mind as a scene that may have been a little too dark for children.

While the giant monster Sin attacks the village of Kilika, Yuna and her guardians attempt to ward the beast away from the village to little success. A good portion of people died in the attack and we are then shown a scene were the villagers mourn the loss of their loved ones as Yuna sends them to the afterlife. The entire series of events is somewhat beautiful, but at the same time haunting as Yuna dances to free their souls. The scene is depicted in such a way that we never see much suffering or violence, but there is no denying that it is still one of the more dark scenes in the series.

4 Maybe Brother Doesn't Realize Their Connection

Thankfully, Brother took more of a role in the backseat in Final Fantasy X and could only speak the language of the Al Bhed, making him a far less creepy character. Though generally a likeable character, his demeanor seems to completely change by Final Fantasy X-2, getting a more central role, but at the same time never really seeming like anything more than your stereotypical horndog hitting on Yuna consistently.

His language never really gets to be too sexual, yet his crush on Yuna is a bit disturbing. If you remember the game's prequel, one of the big reveals was that Yuna and Rikku were actually cousins. Seeing as Brother is Rikku's sibling, it makes the whole crush scenario to be rather awkward. I'm not entirely sure how things work on Spira, but I'm pretty sure incest would be frowned upon in their culture as well, despite no longer having a powerful deity to put in place the laws of the land. Unless there is some crazy backstory where Brother was adopted and there is no actual blood connection, Brother's infatuation with Yuna is entirely not PG friendly.

3 Indecent Exposure Leads To Changes

Final Fantasy has always had an affinity with revealing costumes for its characters, especially in regards to the female ones. As a rule of thumb, the more gifted a female's chest tends to be, the more skimpy her clothing gets as a result. In most cases, these design choices leave little impact to the overall themes of the series though it obviously implies sexual undertones and may be something that parents don't want their eight-year old kids to be gawking at.

In some cases, many outfits were often censored from country to country and this is usually in regards to the summons of the series. In the most recent installment of the series, Shiva was considered to be a little too bare by China's standards and was replaced with a model covering up more of her cleavage. Earlier sprites for summons also went through different changes, one example being a sprite of Siren whose butt was actually exposed in earlier versions of Final Fantasy VI. This was later changed to have Siren covering up more and is one of the few examples of wardrobe changes in the series to help tone down any extreme sexual themes.

2 He's Fully Aware That That's A Child, Right?

Since we've already covered relationships between people and animals (and also relationships between relatives) as not so PG moments, we might as well move on to the subject of... people being creepy towards children! Everyone's favorite King of Figaro is one of the biggest womanizers in video game history. Though he usually keeps it classy and would never do anything harmful to a woman, every so often he crosses the line. This couldn't be more apparent than the time that Edgar meets Relm for the first time in the city of Thamasa.

To Edgar's disappointment, Relm is only ten years old. In the localized version, the translation of their interaction is a little more appropriate than the Japanese version, yet it still implies that Edgar is attracted to a child. While the western release has Edgar state he needs to wait another eight years before he can approach Relm, the Japanese release translates the text to "I need to get a hold of myself... or else it's going to be a crime." Someone get a hose, because Edgar needs to take it down a notch.

1 Aeris Gets A Little... Frisky

Let's be honest. The whole Don Corneo mission is as R rated as it gets when it comes to the series as a whole. While we've already discussed plot elements that are a minor optional portion of the Don Corneo mission, every aspect of the character is skeezy. In an attempt to find Tifa, Aeris and Cloud infiltrate Corneo's mansion to find her, which turns out to be nothing more than a sex den. Forget the cross dressing aspect of the game, even Disney's G-rated Mulan featured cross dressing. The real entertainment comes when Cloud, Tifa, and Aeris confront the horndog himself.

In an attempt to get him to reveal the Shinra corporations evil plans, the gang threaten him not simply through violence, but through genital mutilation. Each character forces him to talk as they threaten to cut off, rip off, or squash his genitalia. While the whole mission was quite R-rated for the time, its finale is what really takes the cake and gets the evil womanizer to talk.

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