Final Fantasy VII
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Introduction1997, Final Fantasy VII, the seventh game in the Final Fantasy series, was released by Square for the PlayStation console. Fans were instantly enamored with its complex story and characters. Cloud Strife, the main character of the game, was an anti-hero by video game standards, and his personality as well as his interaction with the other characters inspired uncountable fanworks.
FFVII is arguably the most popular game in the Final Fantasy series. It has inspire numerous sequels (Advent Chilren, Dirge of Ceberus Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding), and prequels (Last Order, Crisis Core, Before Crisis), as well as Novelleas (Maiden who Travels the Planet, On the Way to a Smile). Together, they are officially referred to as [[[A Compilation of Final Fantasy VII]]. A common rumors is that Square-Enix is going to remake the original game.
In 2005 the movie Advent Children began what is considered the start of a new age in the fandom; numerous new fans joined the already massive FFVII following, and the influx of new ideas, new fanworks, and new kerfluffles is still going strong.
The fact that most of the male characters, including the main antagonist Sephiroth, are considered bishonen may also explain its lingering popularity.
- Cloud Strife
- Aeris/Aerith Gainsborough
- Barret Wallace
- Cait Sith
- Cid Highwind
- Nanaki/Red XIII
- Tifa Lockhart
- Vincent Valentine
- Yuffie Kisaragi
- Don Corneo
- Lucrecia Crescent
- Marlene Wallace
- President ShinRa
- Professor Hojo
- Reeve Tuesti
- Rufus ShinRa
- Zack Fair
- The Turks
Advent Children Characters
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Dirge of Ceberus
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Crisis Core Characters
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Before Crisis Characters
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Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fandom. These terms were created by shortening and combining character names to form a portmanteau to describe the relationship between the characters. Occasionally, the position of the characters' names defines who is the dominant member of the couple. Pairing for which no portmanteau currently exists are indicated using the traditional slash (/)or 'x' format.
- Aeriseph or Sephris refers to the relationship between Aeris/Aerith Gainsborough and Sephiroth.
- Cidvin or Valenwind refers to the relationship of Cid Highwind and Vincent Valentine.
- Cleris/Clerith or Cloris/Clorith refers to the pairing of Cloud Strife and Aeris/Aerith Gainsborough.
- Cloti or Clofa/Cloudfa is a term that refers to a relationship between Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockhart.
- Vincrecia refers to the relationship between Vincent Valentine and Lucrecia Crescent.
- Vinti or Ticent refers to the relationship between Vincent Valentine and Tifa Lockhart.
- Yuffentine is a term that refers to a relationship between Yuffie Kisaragi and Vincent Valentine.
- Yuffiroth refers to the pairing of Yuffie Kisaragi and Sephiroth.
- Zangeal refers to the pairing of Zack Fair and Angeal Hewley.
- Chocobohead is a fairly common term applied to Zack Fair and Cloud Strife because of their distinctive spikey hairstyle.
- SHM refers to the 'Silver-Haired Men', Kadaj, Yazoo and Loz, as a group and is not necessarily indicative of a sexual relationship.
- Ukeroth refers to yaoi fanfiction in which Sephiroth is the submissive member of the relationship.
Besides these Final Fantasy VII-specific terms, other common words found in the fandom include:
- bishonen refers to attractive male characters
- doujinshi are fan-made Japanese comics
- mpreg refers to fanwork that features pregnant males
- seme, which is a Japanese word and refers to the dominant member of a relationship
- shoujo ai is a Japanese term that refers to a female/female relationship that is not as explicit as yuri
- shounen ai is a term that refers to a male/male relationship that is not as explicit as yaoi
- slash, which refers to a male/male relationship
- uke, which is a Japanese word that is used in English to describe the submissive member of a relationship
- yaoi, which is another Japanese term, refers to a slash relationship
- yuri, which is yet another Japanese term, refers to a female/female relationship
Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fandom.
- On January 31, 1997, FFVII was released in Japan.
- On September 7, 1997, FFVII was released in the United States.
- Posing as a Squaresoft employee, Ben Lansing circulates a rumor that "explains" why Aeris can't be resurrected. He later confesses, though the original rumor persists for years. This is among the first (and arguably the most famous) Aeris resurrection rumor; there will be many more in the years that follow.
- The Final Fantasy VII Citadel was founded by Ambigore. It would grow to become one of the largest and most enduring FFVII sites on the internet.
- Through his prolific contributions to IcyBrian's RPG Page, Frank Verderosa becomes known as one of the best known fanfic writers in the fandom.
- Another famous Aerith resurrection rumor, simply known as The Equinox, first appeared around this time.
- Advent Children, a movie that takes place two years after the ending of Final Fantasy VII, was first announced at the Tokyo Game Show.
- AdventChildren.net was founded by Summoner Yuna. Though not the first AC fansite, it quickly becomes the largest.
- On LiveJournal, the community adventchildren_ was founded by shinra_inc.
- On May 28, 2004, twilightsrain created theLiveJournal community Mako_Reactor
- Advent Children is released.
- On November 17, 2005, the LiveJournal community 10_au was created. It was a fan themed community where fan fiction authors agreed to write ten stories based on the themes that the community stipulated.  Fandoms represented by this community included Final Fantasy VII, Fruit Basket, Gravitation, Gundam Seed, Gundam Destiny, Mulan, Mutant X, Prince of Tennis, Rurouni Kenshin, Weiß Kreuz, Yu-Gi-Oh
- The PlayStation 2 game Dirge of Cerberus, which is set three years after the events in Final Fantasy VII, was released in 2006 (January in Japan, August 15 in North America).
- On January 29, 2006, the_dw posts an essay supporting the Sephiroth/Vincent slash ship in the Ship Manifesto LiveJournal community.
- On May 29, 2006, the LiveJournal community 30_dreams was created.  It was created so authors could explore the "kiss theme." Fandoms represented by this community include but are not limited to: Card Captor Sakura, Final Fantasy VII, Gravitation, House M.D., Kingdom Hearts, Kyou Kara Maou, Mulan, Yu Yu Hakusho.
- On October 11, 2006, Archica posts her essay supporting Cloud/Yuffie in the Ship Manifesto LiveJournal community.
- On March 19, 2007, Mamma's Boy by hadesphoenix was published on FanLib. It was the first Final Fantasy VII story published on the site. 
- On September 13, 2007, Crisis Core was released in Japan.
The Final Fantasy VII fandom has had oodles of bad fanfiction, Mary Sues, and ugly photomanipulation. Fans have long debated who Cloud's true love is, whether Aeris is a better name than Aerith, if Cloud/Sephiroth can be considered canon, if old school fans are more devoted than newer fans, and the possibility of resurrection and its affect on Cloud's lovelife. Its darkest moment may have been when one fan announced that she had married Sephiroth on the astral plane.
There has also been a variety of debate over elements of the canon that the original game left ambiguous. For example, there was some degree of debate over what, specifically, The Promised Land referred to, and whether the game's final battle takes place in the Lifestream or in Cloud's mind.
Final Fantasy VII has also been the centre of debate for other Final Fantasy fans. Final Fantasy VI fans have a history of resenting VII's popularity, and with VII's recent popularity, many Final Fantasy fans have come to see VII's fans as "lesser." Conversely, fans of VII have been asserting their place within the Final Fantasy heirarchy for years, and the recent influx of fans has only strengthened the popular sentiment that it is the "best game in the series."
Final Fantasy VII fandom has dealt with a lot of internal tension over the release of new, but associated media such as Advent Children and Crisis Core. Both have brought in new fans who are sometimes at odds with older fans, often over canonical changes. New fans are often accused of being shallow and simple, while older fans are often accused of being elitist and stuck-up. In reality, most fans hover at some point between the two ends of the spectrum rather than ardently denouncing either old or new fans.
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- Reeve maintains The Final Fantasy VII Citadel, a large site dedicated to all aspects of FFVII. Opened in 1998, the Citadel remains a staple site in the fandom.
- Advent Children
- Dirge of Cerberus
- Final Fantasy
- Crisis Core
- Before Crisis
- Last Order
- Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding
- List of Final Fantasy Compilation Ships
Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.
- Thierry Nguyen "Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. September 2006. FindArticles.com. 04 Dec. 2007. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_zdoup/is_200609/ai_n19408500