This is my current Final Fantasy Friday post where I’ll be discussing which characters I think exemplify each card of the Major Arcana. If this is your first time here, please head over to my Final Fantasy Tarot page for explanation. Now onto the next card!
I realize this is the third week in a row I’ve used someone (or something) from Final Fantasy VII, but I won’t apologize for that. I will promise that next week will not be from that game…at least not the main answer.
The Devil is a being who only has the power you give him, and Jenova is a parasitic, alien, eldritch abomination horror the Cetra sealed away and humans unearthed to utilize for their own greedy purposes. They used it to make more powerful soldiers/weapons, spreading its cells, virus, and influence into both those willing, unwilling and even unable to consent (pretty difficult to say yea or nay when you’re in utero). People augmented with its cells could hear its “voice,” a literal devil whispering in your ear, binding you to its cause like the two people chained in the Marjor Arcana.
I’ve said a great deal about Jenova here, here, and here, so I won’t bother repeating. It is the most terrifying enemy in the Final Fantasy repertoire. An entity that that can invade your very thoughts and emotions to influence you until you don’t know where you end and it begins. The indoctrination of the Reapers from Mass Effect puts me into the same mind, and the planet devouring brethren moons from Dead Space inspire a similar horror.
The Devil is supposed to be the utter antithesis of God, and Jenova is symbolically the “mother” of the antichrist in Sephiroth. Now he also oscillates in the role of Lucifer/Satan, as well, but Jenova is the Bigger Bad of FFVII, because without Jenova, there is no Sephiroth, no conflict, and therefore no story.
Alternates: Zemus/Zeromus (IV), Kefka (VI), Ultimecia (VIII), Necron (IX)
Zemus or rather Zeromus was a really close second. He or it only had power through peoples’ jealous/envy and other bad/exploitable traits.
The Kefka Devil connection isn’t out there, but as implied above, the devil usually works through an agent, and FFVI was very straightforward and uncomplicated with who its big bad was.
The futuristic sorceress Ultimecia of FFVIII was a consideration or even Adel, the sorceress from the past since they both used agents in the present (and past) to accomplish their goals. I’m going to really have to sit down and figure out FFVIII’s wibley, wobbly, timey wimey shenanigans when I get to its replay.
A lot of my reasoning pushed me towards IX’s Necron, but Necron really pissed me off lol. While all of the above (save Kefka) could be considered a diabolus ex nihilo, Necron also serves as a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere. There was absolutely no precedence for it in the story. It was just the eternal nothingness you had to fight because Kuja wasn’t that powerful of a final boss, and it lent more credence to *spoiler* his redemption (by death) at the end. *end spoiler*
LightningEllen wins again with her guess of Jenova!
Next week’s card is The Tower, and not only is it definitely not from FFVII, it’s also a place rather than a person. The Final Fantasy series is riddled with ominous towers. You just need to guess which tower I picked as the paragon of the Major Arcana card!