Thanks to nameredacted for the inspiration!
Remember when Edge meets Rubicante for the second time, this time with the rest of our party?
Rubicante: I respect men like you. Men with…courage. But you are a slave to
your emotions, and so will never know true strength. Such is the curse of Men.
Edge: You think our rage…a weakness? Then let me show you how wrong you are!
Edge’s anger awakened his latent powers. Edge learned Flood and Blitz.
What was this rage? Was it a – the first – Limit Break in the Final Fantasy series? I think nameredacted thinks so:
As Edge faces his hated foe, Rubicante, he feels surge upon surge of anger over having to slay his mother and father for, as he was told, “something this bullshit guy did for no reason whatsoever.” After hearing it, he POWERS the hell up and gains the power to defeat Rubicante.
Though not a true limit break, Edge wasn’t able to defeat him by himself before, but can with it. Is this the first true limit break in the series?
Are they not true limit breaks?
When using a Limit Break, the camera angle focuses in on the character, a flame-colored light emits from the ground while a sound is played before the technique is used.
During this time, Edge learns Flood and Blitz, which are like special abilities only he can use. In order to acquire a Limit Break, one has to learn it. He doesn’t have a limit gauge, but consider that the ATB is also invisible for Final Fantasy IV.
Limit Breaks originated in Final Fantasy VII. And take it from Cloud, when he says:
When an enemy has pushed your anger to the limits, you can unleash unimaginable power.
In a sense, Final Fantasy VII got the idea from Desperation Attacks in Final Fantasy VI. But it seems like Final Fantasy IV was the basis.