Most Final Fantasy theories work as alternate explanations to the stories and characters they’re based on. The ‘Squall is Dead’ theory about Squall hallucinating the rest of Final Fantasy VIII after a certain point. The ‘Cloud killed Aerith’ theory postulates that Aerith really died after Cloud lowered his into the pond, drowning him. But this theory doesn’t
That Gogo, the mime from Final Fantasy VI, the is Adlai Stevenson, the Governor of Illinois and U.S. presidential candidate. Keep in mind, this is not Adlai Stevenson I (Congressman and U.S. Vice President), but Adlai Stevenson II.
The theory most likely started by usernames Claudius Aquilla and Otik2.
Being a skilled mime, Gogo is able to successfully mimic anyone, including politicians. There are five quotes with theorist link Gogo to Adlai Stevenson.
“I am always amazed by the resistance offered to progress, even the most innocuous progress. Imagine, if you will, jumping from one rickety bridge to another, with blind men running back and forth trying to push you off, and you will have some idea what legislating progress is like. The good news is that if you’re pushed off, you can always climb back up and try again.”
Here Gogo as Adlai Stevenson uses the World of Ruin to convey what politics is like. As Invalid_Target explains in this post:
[T]o reach Gogo, the player must navigate his way through several bridges in an underground cavern, jumping from one to another, while strange men in green clothing move around, knocking the character off if they touch it, making the process begin again.
“I suppose I could wear a hat, but then my teeth would fall out to spite me. I could get false ones, but doubtless then I would get fat just to prove my teeth work. The easiest course is to drape my whole body in robes and shawls and hope no one recognizes my eyes”
According to the Final Fantasy Wikia, concerning Gogo’s appearance:
Gogo wears many layers of clothing and has their face covered so well it is unclear who Gogo is, or even what gender. On inspection, it appears Gogo is wearing myriad designs and pieces of clothing that resemble the rest of the cast to varying extents.
“President Eisenhower continues to amaze me. He appears to be an ungainly and graceless man, but when senator Robert Taft makes a move, no matter how ridiculous, Eisenhower copies it with the skill of French mime Marcel Marceau. I haven’t achieved such levels of mimicry with my own party, but I’m working on it”.
Gogo is a skilled mime. Adlai Stevenson may belie his true profession.
“The legislature is a frightening thing. To this day the state capitol building seems to me a beast ready to swallow me up; the very walls and ceilings seem to crush you as you walk through it”
This quote refers to the Zone Eater, where
The true purpose of the Zone Eater is to recruit the optional character Gogo from inside the monster’s stomach. To do this, the player must wait for the Zone Eater to inhale their party members ending the battle when the entire party is eaten and spawning them in the Zone Eater’s belly.
“Today we are plunged into a battle that is familiar to us. The enemies and the problems are the same. But the terrain is different. The world around us has changed and shifted so much we no longer recognize it”
This quote refers to World of Ruin, where Final Fantasy VI’s world was transformed due to Kefka moving the statutes of the Warring Triad.
The World of Ruin is characterized by barren wastelands, deserts, burned forests, and polluted water. It consists of a series of small islands that dot the world, and those islands are where most people live.
Why would Gogo mimic Adlai Stevenson?
This theory was debunked here, as many of these quotes are, unsurprisingly, out of context.
This game is not real life
or is it. In fact, the theory is more of a joke, rather than a serious. But the parallels are entertaining, none the less.
This theory was so outlandish, Kitase didn’t even address it. In fact, he preferred to debunk the theory that Gogo is Darill, Setzer’s friend. What are the odds that Kitase would know of an American politician, a governor from Illinois no less?
But thanks to this theory, we all seem to know about him now.