Most Final Fantasy villains are gigantic neckbeards.
Sephiroth constantly whines about his mother, lives in the basement of the Shinra mansion and has massive unwarranted self-importance. He’s in his 30’s, yet he still dresses like he’s going to a cosplay convention in daily life. Sephiroth doesn’t know how to talk with girls, and he penetrates them…literally. That’s now how it works, Sephiroth!
Then there’s Vyv.
He’s waiting for the Final Fantasy VII Remake, like all of us. But at least he gets outside.
But when it comes to neckbeards, Ardyn is the epitome:
Ardyn is a middle-aged man with red-violet hair, amber eyes, and strong facial features. He dresses in a long, black jacket that has a white and gray trim, and matching trousers. He wears a red scarf and a hooded, gray and white mantle. Ardyn wears a black fedora and sometimes wears a black winglike accessory on his left arm. He is the only notable person representing the empire to dress in black rather than white.
That’s right, he’d rather wear all black than white.
He’s literally a traditional neckbeard, and has all of the visual cues:
- Greasy hair
- Dyed hair
- Unkempt facial hair
- Wears all black and red
- Odd eye behavior, similar to low self esteem
Final Fantasy suppossedly teaches us about the prevalent of good over evil. You know what Final Fantasy did with Ardyn? It tuaght us to judge people and label people. That’s right. They treat this guy like crap the entire game. They judge him right in his face.
“I don’t trust that Ardyn guy one bit.”
He’s like, “Noct, I took in the Starscourge! I’m the poorest person Eos. Nobody’s helping me.”
I mean, you can’t always judge by appearances. What if he weren’t the bad guy? What if he were a good guy?
Well, he isn’t because…we’re not stupid.
Then you wonder why we grow up and step over homeless people…