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Why is Rydia so popular?

Posted: 22nd December 2010 16:01

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Character development was a major theme in FFIV (it's arguably the first FF game to feature it) and Rydia was one of the characters who got it - she grows strong and overcomes her phobia of fire. I think that's why people like her.

I'm a bit squicked out by the fanservice though. Didn't she only age physically and not mentally? That would make her a 7 (?) year old girl in a grown-up woman's body.
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Posted: 22nd December 2010 16:11

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I'm a bit squicked out by the fanservice though. Didn't she only age physically and not mentally? That would make her a 7 (?) year old girl in a grown-up woman's body.

I don't believe it's ever even suggested that she aged in only one way. I don't think it's necessarily said that she DOES age in every way, but I think the context of the scenes in the Land of Summoned Monsters indicates that she does - for instance, I don't see any reason to think that Leviathan and Asura would be willing to work with her had she not become mentally strong enough to handle them.

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Posted: 23rd December 2010 11:03

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I'm a bit squicked out by the fanservice though. Didn't she only age physically and not mentally? That would make her a 7 (?) year old girl in a grown-up woman's body.

I don't believe it's ever even suggested that she aged in only one way. I don't think it's necessarily said that she DOES age in every way, but I think the context of the scenes in the Land of Summoned Monsters indicates that she does - for instance, I don't see any reason to think that Leviathan and Asura would be willing to work with her had she not become mentally strong enough to handle them.

Hmm, that makes sense.
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Posted: 18th January 2011 22:56

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All that being said,i agree with the above,i think she grows on you due to her emotional involvement and i don't think it has anything to do with fanservice,at least the original one.And i never liked palom and porom that much,while they are good temp characters,i feel i had more emotional involvement with rydia.

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Posted: 1st August 2011 19:56

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I don't really do much with her besides "Defend" unless it's a boss. Her spells take forever to cast.

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Posted: 1st August 2011 22:04

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I love Rydia for alot of reasons.She has Bahamut,She can use Black Magic,She has Warp,She has The Ga's,she has Flare,she has Meteor,Shes hot,Shes sexy,She barly ever leaves you,She can equip Ribbon,She is an Epic of Epicness of Epic Purporrsion,She is a Summoner,and She Awsome.Those are my reasons.Some may be the same but Idc.

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Posted: 1st August 2011 22:25

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Are these psp graphics?

TBH; I found her (grown up form) even attracting in the PSX version, lol.

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Quote (KasperNinja @ 1st August 2011 23:04)
I love Rydia for alot of reasons.She has Bahamut,She can use Black Magic,She has Warp,She has The Ga's,she has Flare,she has Meteor,Shes hot,Shes sexy,She barly ever leaves you,She can equip Ribbon,She is an Epic of Epicness of Epic Purporrsion,She is a Summoner,and She Awsome.Those are my reasons.Some may be the same but Idc.

Hot and sexy are redundant, but did you forget that everyone can equip Ribbon, IIRC?

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Posted: 2nd August 2011 04:08

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Quote (Bas @ 1st August 2011 17:25)
Are these psp graphics?

TBH; I found her (grown up form) even attracting in the PSX version, lol.

I'm pretty sure that's from the DS version. Here's her look all grown up.

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Posted: 2nd August 2011 05:23

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Are these psp graphics?

TBH; I found her (grown up form) even attracting in the PSX version, lol.

I'm pretty sure that's from the DS version. Here's her look all grown up.

Gotta love Japanese character design, never satisfied with just a normal dress, lol.

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It seems to me that Rydia and Edward were faced with almost identical situations, which was probably on purpose. The difference is that Rydia is six years old.

Think about it. A six year old girl watches her mother die in an attempt to save the village. Then the village burns to the ground. Then two men show up who she thinks are going to kill her, so she summons a monster she cannot control and blows up everything. Then she wakes up in an inn with one of those men, whom she still hates, and not without reason. After sleeping half the night, a lot of soldiers show up for the especial purpose of killing her. Then she travels across a desert filled with monsters, through a cave filled with monsters, and across another smaller desert also filled with monsters. Then she witnesses the bombing of a castle, and shows up to see a lot of mangled corpses everywhere. Then this prince is stubbornly refusing to go anywhere because his girlfriend died. Rydia felt indignant because Edward had only gone through a fraction of her problems, and yet could think of nothing better to do than mope. Also, she would have been profoundly stressed, and I know that if I had gone through that much, I would be basically looking for an excuse to beat someone up. Edward's self-centeredness would probably infuriate me. So Rydia slaps him and tells him to grow up. I say, good for her! At least she managed to talk sense into him.

I like Edward a lot too, but that is a completely different topic.
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I always thought that her story was great because she was forced to grow up. Not many people have the heart to look the person responsible for a loved one's death, and not only forgive them completely, but trust that person with their own life. She grew up way before Leviathan grabbed her.

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Posted: 5th October 2013 09:59

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Rydia would have sat there crying over her mother's lifeless body forever, and probably have died of smoke inhalation, if not for Cecil and Kain.

When Kain disappears, Cecil takes on Rydia as his ward. (I dunno if there's a female version of the word or not) The reason she calls Edward a crybaby is because she has had the behavior of not sitting around whining modeled for her by Cecil and Tellah already.

Rydia is quick as a whip.

Edward is lost in music, but he's just as quick, given proper remonstration (by Cecil, btw).

Rydia is popular because while she is prone to weeping and emotional behavior, she is no pansy.

That's a strong woman.

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Posted: 5th October 2013 16:32

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When Kain disappears, Cecil takes on Rydia as his ward. (I dunno if there's a female version of the word or not)

It is gender-neutral.
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Posted: 5th October 2013 22:13

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Plus she's got a friggin' Dragon! How popular would YOU be if you had a dragon?
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Posted: 24th October 2013 14:42

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Rydia is Sexy, powerfull, a cute little girl and a fantastic overall character!

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Posted: 22nd June 2017 11:54
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Edward is meant to also be a Prince..

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