5 Most Heartbreaking Moments in Final Fantasy You Can Totally Miss (Easter Eggs & More)

When you're talking about the damn near Biblical scope of Final Fantasy as a franchise, then you know there are plenty of scenes that will be forever burned into your mind. Things like Palom and Porom sacrificing themselves into stone statues to keep Cecil's party from being crushed to death in Castle Baron, the moment Zidane threw off his cloak to reveal he had survived the battle in the Lifa Tree and Dagger runs to his arms, and the death of Aeris at the hands of Sephiroth.

You remember those moments because we all saw them and talked about them. The thing is, though, there are plenty of great scenes in the games that you might never even see, but rival some of the best work that was mandatory to completing the game. Today we salute the Easter eggs, optional quests, and hidden stories that the average gamer might have missed in their first playthrough.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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