Some people find extra meaning in the video games they play, as it provides an extra depth for narrative.
There will be an Ultimecia in the future. Her existence, persecution, and defeat are inevitable. You can’t change the past, and Ultimecia’s death in the past created the present and future. Now what if that Ultimecia was not a random person yet to be born, but one of the fighters who would perpetuate her own tragic destiny?
Longevity. The theory starts with Rinoa living for a few hundred years longer than her peers. Her extended life could be the result of being sealed by Esthar technology or an anomaly caused by her inheritance of powers from three different witches. From there, there is a myriad of reasons why she changes. Some possibilities are amnesia and plain insanity. The simplest and best one is that she grows jaded and bitter from whatever horrors human unleash upon her. By then, Squall and anyone else she ever loved would have died long ago. They could have even died to try to protect her.
Motives. Whether she’s corrupted, forgetful, or just crazy, she decides to compress time, just as she desired on the Ragnarok generations ago, to escape her fate. An alternative explanation is that she is only playing the part of being evil. She may remember everything but realizes that her campaign needs to happen for her younger self to be happy, if only for a brief time. Whichever the reason, she knows all the complex details she needs to do to accomplish that goal.
Realization. As Ultimecia dies, falling right into the destiny that tortured her for most of her life, she tries to send a final message to her younger self. Treasure your youth and these precious times. There’s the only hell to come, and there’s nothing you can to do about it. So right now, in the present, appreciate it. Then she warps back to Edea’s Orphanage, to start the vicious cycle again.
Interesting, huh? But if you think it’s a workable theory, let’s analyze this with a psychoanalytical twist.
In a seminal essay, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Sigmund Frued postulated
“[H]umans as struggling between two opposing drives:
Eros, which produces creativity, harmony, sexual connection, reproduction, and self-preservation;
and Thanatos, which brings destruction, repetition, aggression, compulsion, and self-destruction”
Ultimecia’s plan, however misguided, was actually according to the libido:
By compressing the entire universe in this manner and placing herself at the center of it, Ultimecia would assimilate all of creation into herself, then use her sorceress power to recreate everything according to her desires.
Her plan was to be a “living god”. This is perhaps the ultimate “wish fulfillment” of most human beings who desire power. And all sorceress are humans with extraordinary powers.
The Rinoa is Ultimecia theory doesn’t take these two drives into account. The theory actually misunderstands Ultimecia’s goal, and assumes it was to merely “stop time”. Even if this were the case, the theory has nothing to do with the two drives.