Fans criticize the inclusion of Necron as the final boss of Final Fantasy IX. Necron’s appearance and motivations for ending existence are lacking. But players also notice the same for Cloud of Darkness. Some fans speculate they could be the same.
Final Fantasy III & IX Have the Same Final Boss, as Necron and The Cloud of Darkness are the same.
From the Final Fantasy Wikia:
Necron also shares many similarities with the Cloud of Darkness, both of whom are the final bosses of their game revealed only at the climax, both are summoned by someone fearing his mortality, and both are created to revert the world back to nothing. Before fighting Necron Zidane’s party members are also revived by the non-fighting playable characters similar to how the Warriors of Light were revived by Doga and Unei.
The etymology for their names appear to be similar as well.
- > A dark cloud or dark nebula is a type of interstellar cloud that is so dense that it obscures the light from the background emission or reflection nebula or background stars.
If eternal denotes “having infinite duration”, then they very well could be a manifestation of the same Darkness.
Both bosses seem to “appear out of nowhere” (i.e. the Void). Otherwise, they don’t seem to have much in common in appearance, lore or motivations.
Cloud of Darkness appears as a green-skinned female, but is in fact a genderless monster. Throughout Final Fantasy III, it “manipulates Xande to destroy the world’s Crystals” causing it to manifest. Its intentions are to return the world to a state of nothingness, but its reasoning remain unclear.
Necron, while also a genderless monster, takes the form of a humanoid male with “glowing pale blue skin”. Necron stays dormant until it “concludes all life exists to seek death” after “observing Kuja’s murderous actions”:
You stand before the final dimension, and I am the darkness of eternity…
All life bears death from birth.
Life fears death but lives only to die.
It starts with anxiety.
Anxiety becomes fear.
Fear leads to anger… anger leads to hate… hate leads to suffering…
The only cure for this fear is total destruction.
Kuja was a victim of his own fear. He concluded he could only save himself by destroying the origin of all things – the crystal.
…Now, the theory is undeniable.
Kuja’s action proves it. All things live to perish.
At last, life has uncovered this truth. Now, it is time to end this world.
I exist for one purpose…
To return everything back to the zero world, where there is no life and no crystal to give life.
In a world of nothing, fear does not exist. This is the world that all life desires.
Your fears have already deluded you.
One day, you will choose destruction over existence, as Kuja did.
When he sought to destroy the crystal, the purpose of life ended.
Now, come… Enter the zero world that you desire.
From Necron’s entry on the Final Fantasy Wikia:
Necron resolves to destroy the Crystal, the origin of life, and thus revert everything to a “Zero World” of perpetual nothingness, an existence that would be without the fear of death. It teleports the heroes to a coliseum-like structure and engages them in battle.
Necron’s motivations are dependent upon Kuja’s, whereas the motivations of Cloud of Darkness are independent of Xande’s.
Originally, the final boss of Final Fantasy IX was conceived to be Hades. Concept artwork of the final battlefield shows the party fighting Hades instead of Necron. Also, Hades was to have a much more thematic presence throughout the game, to hint at his coming:
There are eyes on the face of his sword and on his throne. Blinking disembodied eyes are also seen in the final battle arena, showing the connection between Hades and the original final battle. Incidentally, eyes are also a feature of many Terran structures (e.g. Pandemonium), perhaps implying a deeper connection that was lost or severed in the final cut of the game.
It is possible that Hades represented the final culmination of the many eye motifs observed throughout the game, seen largely displayed on structures of Terran design.
For whatever reason, Hades became an optional super boss. Necron took his place – creating the aura of mystery similar to Cloud of Darkness.