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"Ahead on Our Way", the main theme of Final Fantasy V
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The main theme of a game in the Final Fantasy series generally refers to the most recurrent theme, which is often used as the background theme for the world map, and sometimes named simply Main Theme.

The main theme of the series itself is considered to be "Final Fantasy", also known as "Opening Theme" in older iterations.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Main Theme" (Origins)
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The main theme is simply called "Main Theme."

Final Fantasy II[edit | edit source]

"Main Theme" (Origins)
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The main theme simply called "Main Theme." A vocal arrangement of this theme, "The Promised Land," is included in the album Final Fantasy: Pray. The main themes of both the original Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II were released together on the compilation, Final Fantasy I & II Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy III[edit | edit source]

"Eternal Wind" (3D)
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"Eternal Wind" is the main theme. A vocal arrangement is included in the album Final Fantasy: Love Will Grow.

Final Fantasy IV[edit | edit source]

"Final Fantasy IV Main Theme"
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The main theme is simply called "Final Fantasy IV Main Theme." It is included in the album Final Fantasy IV: Celtic Moon arranged in a traditional Celtic style.

Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

The main theme is simply called "Main Theme of Final Fantasy V" and plays during the opening movie, when Bartz decides to join Lenna and Galuf's journey to the Wind Shrine, when Bartz, Lenna, and Faris travel to Galuf's World, and when the Warriors of Dawn appear in the final dungeon. Arrangements of this theme include "Lenna's Theme", and "Four Hearts" which plays on the world Map of Bartz's World.

Final Fantasy VI[edit | edit source]

Terra Branford's theme, simply called "Terra," is the main theme during the World of Balance. It has been included as a rearrangement in the albums Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale, Final Fantasy: Pray, and Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VI.

"Searching for Friends" plays during the World of Ruin. It is first played after the player acquires the Falcon.

Final Fantasy VII[edit | edit source]

"Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII"
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The main theme is simply called "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII." It is included as an orchestrated arrangement in the album Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks. The piece plays on the world map before Meteor is summoned, being replaced by "The North Cave" afterward.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-[edit | edit source]

"CRISIS CORE Theme - Under the Apple Tree"
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The main theme is "CRISIS CORE Theme." Due to its importance towards the game's theme of legacy, the tune is rearranged into numerous tracks, such as "Burden of Truth," the main battle theme "Encounter," and "Melody of Agony," with various instruments ranging from piano to electric guitar. The main theme itself is also rearranged into other tracks under the "CRISIS CORE THEME" title, such as "Dreams and Pride," "Chaotic Battlefield," and "Truth Behind the Project." The tune is heard during significant plot events.

Final Fantasy VIII[edit | edit source]

"Blue Fields" is often considered the main theme, although Nobuo Uematsu, composer of the game's soundtrack, does not agree with that definition and places "Liberi Fatali" and "Eyes on Me" as the main themes.[1] The latter plays in more variations than any other musical track throughout the game.

Final Fantasy IX[edit | edit source]

The main theme is simply "Main Theme," though this theme is not featured on the original soundtrack, but instead in Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack PLUS. A variation of this theme, "Over the Hills," serves as the overworld theme until endgame, being replaced by "Another Nightmare" after the party acquires the Invincible. "Melodies of Life" is the vocal theme, as well as a more orchestral variation of the main theme, featured during the closing credits. Yet another track, "A Place to Call Home", serves as the game's title theme.

Final Fantasy X[edit | edit source]

"Zanarkand" is the main theme. It first plays during the opening, which shows Tidus and the others at the ruins of Zanarkand. "Zanarkand" shares the greatest importance in the soundtrack, along with "Suteki da ne," being played at various significant plot events, typically rearranged and under different titles, such as "Movement in Green," "The Truth Revealed," and a large part of the "ending theme."

Final Fantasy X-2[edit | edit source]

"KUON: Memories of Waves and Light"
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"KUON: Memories of Waves and Light" is the main theme. It plays during the cinematic introduction before the title screen. A vocalized arrangement, called "Morning Glow," is released in the Final Fantasy X-2: Vocal Collection - Yuna album. "KUON: Memories of Waves and Light" is also included in the Final Fantasy X-2 Piano Collection album.

Final Fantasy XI[edit | edit source]

The main theme is the "Vana'diel March." It plays during on the start menu of the game's original version.

Final Fantasy XII[edit | edit source]

"Opening Movie (Theme of FINAL FANTASY XII)"
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"Opening Movie (Theme of FINAL FANTASY XII)" is the main theme. It is one of the longest main themes, reaching almost seven minutes, and it plays during the game's cinematic prologue. Many other tracks on the soundtrack use the leitmotifs from "Theme of Final Fantasy XII."

Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

"FINAL FANTASY XIII - The Promise"
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"FINAL FANTASY XIII - The Promise" is the main theme. It plays in the title screen, and several variations carry the theme's tune, including "Sunleth Waterscape" and "Archylte Steppe," but most notable being "Serah's Theme."

Final Fantasy XIII-2[edit | edit source]

"FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 - Wishes -"
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The main theme is "FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 - Wishes -." Many tracks from the soundtrack use its melody as their base - notably "Serah's Theme - Memories -," "Noel's Theme - Last Journey -," and "FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 - The Future -."

"Paradox" is another important theme. It serves as the base of tracks like the frequent battle theme "Paradigm Shift," "The Story So Far...," "Oracle Drive," "Eyes of Etro," "Oathbrand," "Yeul's Theme," "Song of the Farseers," and "Time's Master."

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

The main theme is "Blinded By Light". Used to emphasize Lightning's central role, it appears both in its original Final Fantasy XIII form and through the majority of tracks. Among them are the battle themes "Crimson Blitz" and "Savior of Souls", and other tracks in the game such as "Last Resort", the two segments of "Song of the Savior", "Humanity's Tale" and "Epilogue".

"Almighty Bhunivelze" is a secondary theme representing Bhunivelze. It is used a few times, most notably in the theme for the Ark.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

The main theme is "Answers." It plays in the opening of each storyline, as well as in the End of an Era video. At seven minutes and eleven seconds, it is the longest main theme to date in the series.

"Answers" returns in A Realm Reborn as it is featured in the opening movie.

The main theme of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is titled "Dragonsong". Nobuo Uematsu and Susan Calloway returned to work together as a composer/writer and a singer.[2]

The main theme of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is titled "Revolutions". This song was once again a collaboration between Uematsu and Calloway.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has two main themes, "Shadowbringers" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow". Both of these songs are written/composed by Masayoshi Soken. Jason C. Miller is the vocalist for "Shadowbringers", while Amanda Achen-Keenan sings "Tomorrow and Tomorrow".

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

The main theme is "Somnus." It was first released on the composer Yoko Shimomura's album Drammatica. An instrumental version serves as the title theme for Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae, Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV, and the game itself. "Prayer of the Oracle" serves as both the main theme and ending theme to Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn.

Final Fantasy Tactics[edit | edit source]

The main theme is called "Hero's Theme." The tune can be heard in several battle themes and cutscenes throughout the game.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[edit | edit source]

The main theme is simply called "Main Theme." A part of this song had been played during the songs "Vanishing World" and "The Place We Should Return To."

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[edit | edit source]

"Summer Vacation" is the main theme. It was made into "Putting Words Together," "Unfold the Map," "Premonition of Origin," "The End of The Tale," and "Words Put Together."

Final Fantasy Type-0[edit | edit source]

"The Beginning of the End"
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"The Beginning of the End" and various alternative versions of it are the main theme.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]

"DISSIDIA -opening-"
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The main theme is simply named "DISSIDIA".

"DISSIDIA" uses cuts and variations of its motif for the background themes for the menu screens, and some are incorporated in scenes of its story. The theme also concludes the ending theme, ""DISSIDIA -ending-" from DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY": a medley of the the ending themes of the first ten installments of the Final Fantasy main series.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Debut trailer version
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"DISSIDIA" return and is the leitmotif of the prequel.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[edit | edit source]

"DISSIDIA" for the new Dissidia Final Fantasy
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. At first, I was going to make the opening song the main theme, and to play it in various spots throughout the game. Still, I began to realize that I have always been playing the main theme in the world map. This time, I decided to experiment by not playing the main theme in the world map. In addition, when I created "Eyes On Me", both songs had become the main theme. I, myself, couldn't decide which one to be the main theme. That's why a main theme does not exist in FF8.-Nobuo Uematsu, https://web.archive.org/web/20160309212957/http://www.nobuouematsu.com/yosh.html
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtuwltmTp9I
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