Tuesday, March 5, 2024

That’s Underrated: Fang and Vanille from Final Fantasy XIII

I’m not going to even pretend to hide my judgment for people who see Fang and Vanille from Final Fantasy XIII, take a good long look, and are like ‘uhm, they are really good friends, actually.’

No, we’re not doing that and if you’re down in the comments to argue it, we’re going to fight. Put down your address, I’m coming to your house to fight you. Good? Stopped commenting? I’m super glad we came to that conclusion, folks. Excellent talk.

Anyway, Fang and Vanille. You’ve probably heard of these messy ladies if you’ve played Final Fantasy XIII. A game where love, familial love or otherwise, is at the heart of the game. All of them were important, particularly that of Lightning and Serah, who was a better portrayal of sisters than Anna and Elsa ever were, but none mattered to me as much as Fang and Vanille.

There’s a lot to love about these two. One of the things I personally love is that the two of them lie, steal and fight and do anything else that’s necessary to get back to one another. It makes more sense once you play throughout the game, but you would have to buried underground not to be able to see how much the two care about one another.

Yes, it has been argued that the relationship seems more sisterly. However, let me remind you that Fang was originally going to be a male character, and while her gender changed, her relationship with Vanille didn’t. With that in mind, I suppose the question you’ve got to ask yourself is if you would feel the same way if Fang remained male.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, the ending of Fang and Vanille and what they symbolize, is overtly romantic in tone. Neither of them can live without the other, making their love for one another certainly feel as one the most significant in-game relationships.

Are you a fan of these two, or are there other video game couples you think highly of? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.