One of the sickest scenes in Final Fantasy VII completely went over my head when I first played through the game in the late 90’s:
In Final Fantasy VII, when Cloud’s group infiltrates the Shinra Headquarters in Midgar to rescue Aeris, who had been kidnapped by the Turks, they witness a Shinra executives’ meeting where Hojo also takes part. He explains to President Shinra he plans to breed her with another test subject to create a specimen with a long enough lifespan to withstand the lengthy study. Cloud and his friends follow Hojo to his lab where they find Aeris in an enclosure with Red XIII. They release them and Hojo flees the scene.
This really seems excessive. But it wouldn’t work anyways. First, Aerith and Red XIII are two different species; they can’t breed. Second, even if they could, breeding them wouldn’t result in preserving their species. It would result in a hybrid unless Hojo might be planning to separate their genes. But then why combine them as opposed to taking individual genetic samples?
Now, this misses the point that Hojo simply isn’t right in the head. In fact, his Final Fantasy’s quint-essential mad scientist (Cidolfus Demen Bunansa). But it doesn’t explain why he would stand by to watch the breeding scene between a human female and a…dog/cat male? I’m not sure of any sperm banks in the world that watches the donor collect his samples.
Maybe the breeding is just Hojo’s scientific fetish:
In Final Fantasy VII Hojo places Red XIII and Aeris into the same containment tank after telling the Shinra higher-ups that he plans to “breed” Aeris with another specimen. Whether he expected the two to mate is ambiguous, but he may have intended to clone a hybrid of them, because in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- it is shown that the tanks collect information on beings placed inside them and replicate them. This allows for Hojo to create another Zack for the player to fight, among other experiments.
But Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is a retcon. The original game most likely intended for Aerith and Red XIII to breed the old-fashioned way. If Hojo wanted to preserve their respective species, why put both of them in the container? Maybe he was trying to make a hybrid like all of the other monsters he created.
Even if this were the case, maybe to save costs Shinra had to cut the original process. Hojo seems fine with it either way.
Evil corrupts you in sick ways, and it seems Hojo is content to be a voyeur.