Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – XVI The Tower

<–XV The Devil                                                                                      XVII The Star–>

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!

XVI The Tower


 I played Final Fantasy VI long before I ever did my first tarot reading or even saw my first tarot deck, but the first time I saw the Tower card, I immediately thought of Kefka’s monolith to his own delusions of godhood.

The Final Fantasy series is riddled with nefarious towers, but Kefka’s always struck me as most aligned with the card, which speaks of sudden, disruptive, and potentially disastrous change.  The lightning striking it in the Major Arcana is reminiscent of the Light of Judgment the mad clown gleefully dishes out.  If you give the Devil any power in the previous card, the cataclysm of the Tower is what you then must face.

Alternates: The Tower of Babil (IV), The Shinra Tower (VII), Lunatic Pandora (VIII)

The Tower of Babil from FFIV that connects the core of the (false) Moon to the core of the Earth is awakened by Zemus/Zeromus for sinister motives.  VII’s Shinra Tower is of course the headquarters of the Planet killing corporation, and though the Lunatic Pandora isn’t technically a tower, it certainly presents as an ominous, monolithic structure.


There are even more towers in the Final Fantasy series, arguably at least one in every iteration, but these three others stand out as close to what I believe exemplifies the Marjor Arcana card.

No happy guesses this week, and the series is starting to wind down.  There are five more Major Arcana cards left for you to take your chances on!

Next week’s card is The Star and the light of hope it can potentially bring.

<–XV The Devil                                                                                      XVII The Star–>