“Kuja… What you did was wrong…”
“But you gave us all one thing… Hope…”
“We were all created for the wrong reason, but you alone defied our fate.”
“We do not want to forget this. We want your memory to live on forever…”
“…to remind us that we were not created for the wrong reason – that our life has meaning.”
We recognize Kuja as the primary antagonist of Final Fantasy IX, not only for causing destruction but for also ruining lives:
The Black Mage is not a mere job class, but an entire race. Produced from Mist by Kuja’s magic, the majority of Black Mages are soulless dolls who serve Kuja’s whim to destroy kingdoms. However, a few have achieved sentience and live peaceful lives in the Black Mage Village.
Kuja creates slaves who act as war machines with no autonomy and an expiration date. He also tempts them with the false promise that they can extend their lives by following him to war.
He decides to destroy both Gaia and Terra without concern for killing the other Genomes.
Yet from Vivi’s final assessment of Kuja, he’s a hero. Without Kuja’s actions, the Black Mages would not have had a life. Without destroying Terra, how would the Genomes know about Gaia?
Should we praise Kuja for his actions? Has he earned the praise of either the Genomes or the Black Mages?
NOTE: Kuja’s birth year is 1776, probably alluding to America and their involvement around the world. Kuja’s ability to create life is also an allusion to God.