This isn’t satirical. This goes beyond a cross-dressing like in Final Fantasy VII:
A puzzle in Wall Market involves Cloud collecting various articles of female attire to audition as the girl who will spend the night with crime lord Don Corneo. If the player collects the best items they are chosen as the girl and can play along with the scenario to a certain extent, although the couple is interrupted just as they are about to kiss. During the scenario Cloud and Aeris can visit a gym whose owner, “Beautiful Bro”, is a crossdresser, and the player must perform a squatting minigame trying to win off a wig to wear from him. In the PlayStation 4 version, getting Don Corneo choose Cloud earns the trophy Consummate Cross-dresser.
During the second bombing mission, Jessie disguises herself as a man to hide her identity during the time they are almost caught in the train. She asks Cloud how she looks, and the player can choose whether to tell her she looks just like a man.
While Beautiful Bro, or Big Bro, is actually transgender.
The gym is a gathering point for cross-dressers and is led by a man named “Beautiful Bro”. The player can play a squatting minigame to obtain a wig. The best wig is obtained by winning the squatting game. The gym contains some banners with Japanese and English text: the mat says “FIGHT”, the front of ring “S.W.C” and “Square Wrestling Club”, left of ring エネルギーＶ ([Enerugii V]?, lit. Energy V), banners 燃えろ男よ！！ ([Moero otoko yo!!]?, lit. Burn, Man, Burn!!), 男乃中乃男!! ([Otoko no naka no otoko!!]?, lit. The Man Inside the Man), 肉質剛健 ([Nikushitsu gouken]?, lit. Muscular Vitality) and 好色美男 ([koushoku binan]?, lit. Sensual, Beautiful Man). Notice to right of mirror says 男の道 ([otoko no machi]?, lit. Way of Man).
Actual trans characters exist in Final Fantasy. In Final Fantasy Tactics, some recruited characters can look male, but will be female. They’ll have a female sex sign and scream “like a girl” when they fall in battle. In Final Fantasy Tactics there was a specific level where a male time mage screams like a female character.
In Square’s 1999 title Final Fantasy VIII, an unnamed minor character can be encountered in a bar; during a conversation, there is strong implication the character is transgender. The player character Squall Leonhart is given the option to ask if she is really a woman. If Squall asks this the character becomes paranoid and wonders how he knew. In the French version, the antagonist Adel is described as being intersex, with other characters using both pronouns to refer to them.
The PlayStation era was very fond of including trans characters. But the most famous transgender protagonist is Faris Scherwiz, the androgynous female Pirate from the SNES era Final Fantasy V.
Being raised as male by pirates, Faris is defensive about her gender and even slips up in referring to herself as male or female.
Due to the generally misogynistic attitude of pirates, Faris was raised as a boy, dressing and acting accordingly.
First, gender dysphoria is
“the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex.”
Faris probably developed gender dysphoria due to the amount of overwhelming social pressure to fit into a male-dominated society. Faris, I think, chest binds, uses gruff speech and other stereotypical appearance of being a man. She ends up adopting the male persona, even to the point where she feels uncomfortable in a dress.
Fun Fact about Gilgamesh:
Gilgamesh: And you, Faris! You must fall in love, or something, and try acting a little like a woman- if you still know how!
What? But he knew all along.
Gilgamesh: Enough expository banter! Now we fight like men! And ladies! And ladies who dress like men!
Why didn’t the pirates? And what of the one pirate that loves Faris, even though all of the pirates believed she was male?
Others: Quina Quin, Vivi, and Cloud of Darkness are genderless. Adel the Sorceress is intersex. Gogo’s gender is unknown.