Have you ever wondered why no one has a nose in Final Fantasy Tactics’ Ivalice? This isn’t just for the character sketches, in-game sprites or promotional artwork either. For Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, characters in cutscenes have no noses. Why not?
Obviously, this must be a stylistic choice for Final Fantasy Tactics. But Luso, Marche and the character from the other Final Fantasy Tactics games have noses. In this sense, only the original Final Fantasy Tactics don’t have noses.
Why do anime characters have huge saucer eyes, yet tiny mouths? The simple answer is that it’s an intentional aesthetic choice. Akihiko Yoshida left them out. But this was probably also for in-game sprite reasons; drawing a nose on each character’s field models would have been cumbersome.
However, this might not be true either. In other games, such as Tactics Orge, the characters have noses and the in-game style is similar.
What’s more, the characters of Final Fantasy XII have noses. Final Fantasy XII also takes place in Ivalice. So then it would make sense that Ramza, Delita, and the others should have noses. However, they don’t.
Why doesn’t Balthier have a nose? For whatever reason, Balthier makes a cameo in Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. He also appears without a nose. Balthier exists in the Ivalician timeline, yet Cloud isn’t. The character of Cloud comes from a different world from a different mainline game. Yet, when he arrives in Ivalice, he appears without a nose.
Perhaps the Ivalice’s evolution took a strange turn after the Lucavi went on a rampage. During the magical battle, somehow, the noses of the Hume’s fell off.
Yeah, that’s all I got. Maybe you can think of something else.
Or maybe…maybe…there’s no significance to it.
Of course, Ramza has a nose in the Final Fantasy Dissidia NT.