FF7 Headcanons and Discussion

JBedford

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From what I've seen, even the Japanese are unsure whether "President" is meant to be his name or not. Because it's not an uncommon word to Japanese people, and they know it's a title in English. He'd also be the only character in the game to have his textbox name include his surname--you'd expect Rufus's dialogue to also be "Rufus Shinra" if "President" was a first name. Then again, the pres's surname is special because besides his, I think a surname only appears two other times in the Japanese version of the game, and just once in the English.

Every other character seems to be known by their first name, so the Shinra exec's first names are likely the names you know. Unless we believe "Reeve" is an exception. Hojo's a little more questionable (his name is a Japanese surname, and I think the only other kanji name is "Shinra"), but Gast is known by his first name.
 
But are they? Because of course you know that in Japanese surnames come before given names. It just seems very odd that all the executives would have known surnames as given names. I thought Gast's name was Faremis Gast, not Gast Faremis.
 

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FFVII puts given name first in all instances of writing names. Gast appears alongside every other surnamed character in the Ultimania Omega and 10th Anniversary Ultimania as ガスト・ファレミス (just as he's named in the game, along with ル~ファウス神羅).

Reeve is also a surname, but at some point they decided that was his first name. At this point they're not locked into anything with the execs' names, but they're probably not renaming Reeve, and I don't think they'll be calling him Tuesti.
 
Clearly the President's name is Shinra Shinra.


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Shinra family headcanon: The original impetus behind Rufus' distaste for his father's "bread and circuses" style of leadership was a childhood irritation at having to project an image to the public that they had a loving relationship. President Shinra strikes me as the type to have acted proud of child Rufus on camera while constantly cutting him down behind closed doors, the latter of which we see in Case of Shinra.

As Rufus grew up, his pragmatism created a political dimension to that irritation. Curiously, we never really get to see the differences in leadership styles (other than Rufus exhibiting a more results-driven style and bluntness on the board) between the two, so maybe we'll get more of this in the remake. There was also the whole parade thing, which appeared to contradict those philosophies (idk, maybe there were other reasons for it, but it just seemed like him jacking himself off lol) - I think the difference there was that that was more of an egotistical celebration of himself rather than the company. In his mind, the company was something that his father built. Hypocritically discrediting ostentatious displays of Shinra's glory would have been easy, because Shinra's glory wasn't his glory. If he hated his father, it would have made sense for him to also hate seeing his father show off, while touting solely political reasons.
 
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It's too bad Rufus doesn't get more of a chance to expand on his political philosophy, especially since post-Meteor he seems to be a changed man (unsurprisingly). I like your headcanon; however, I always undertood his position differently. I thought he was referring to the fact that his father spent a fortune on covering up disasters like Nibelheim because he was afraid the public would lose faith in Shinra's ability to keep them safe. Rufus didn't see the need for these cover-ups, because fear was just as effective at controlling people as - belief? - and a lot more reliable. Despite all this, he's astute enough to understand just how much the public loves a good show, whether it's a parade to inaugurate a handsome young president, or a state execution. He knows Tifa and Barret aren't responsible for Meteor, but he calculates that sacrificing two terrorists for the sake of avoiding mass panic is worth it. President Shinra squandered money left right and centre, while Rufus is all about the cost:benefit analysis.
 
It's too bad Rufus doesn't get more of a chance to expand on his political philosophy, especially since post-Meteor he seems to be a changed man (unsurprisingly). I like your headcanon; however, I always undertood his position differently. I thought he was referring to the fact that his father spent a fortune on covering up disasters like Nibelheim because he was afraid the public would lose faith in Shinra's ability to keep them safe. Rufus didn't see the need for these cover-ups, because fear was just as effective at controlling people as - belief? - and a lot more reliable. Despite all this, he's astute enough to understand just how much the public loves a good show, whether it's a parade to inaugurate a handsome young president, or a state execution. He knows Tifa and Barret aren't responsible for Meteor, but he calculates that sacrificing two terrorists for the sake of avoiding mass panic is worth it. President Shinra squandered money left right and centre, while Rufus is all about the cost:benefit analysis.
The space program disagreement is something that stuck out in my mind, so my thinking is influenced by that, and I have always tended to think of it in the sense of President Shinra wanting to entertain the people as a contrast to Rufus who thinks that the more expensive PR projects could be easily replaced by fostering a fear of Shinra's might rather than fostering a sense of benevolence. Actually, were there any instances in BC of Rufus expressing disapproval at any of the cover ups? Either way, I haven't thought about it, but since you mention it, I'm sure he probably would have, because they were undoubtedly extremely expensive. According to his apparent philosophy, utilizing fear of the enemy is equally effective and more cost effective than creating a false sense of security. I think I was focusing more on fear of Shinra whereas you are focusing more on the fear of the enemy. Though the more I think about it, compounded with the short length of his scenes in the OG, the more I realize it's actually kind of hard to gauge exactly what his political philosophies were supposed to be (both in theory and in practice).
 
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I don't think there's any evidence that he objected to the cover-ups, but since they're objectively stupid, pointless, and expensive, my headcanon is that he would have done. I'm not sure Prez Snr was interested in entertaining the people; the rocket launch had a real purpose in that Shinra père believed they might find the promised land in space. My feeling was always that Prez Snr wanted to keep the people lulled into a false sense of security: just pay your rates and Shinra will make sure nothing bad ever happens to you. Thus, all the bad things that happened had to be concealed or, if that wasn't possible, blamed on others. It goes without saying that Prez Snr didn't actually care whether bad things happened to people or not, since he was happy to crush an entire slum sector in order to kill five terrorists.
 

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I don't think there's any evidence that he objected to the cover-ups, but since they're objectively stupid, pointless, and expensive, my headcanon is that he would have done. I'm not sure Prez Snr was interested in entertaining the people; the rocket launch had a real purpose in that Shinra père believed they might find the promised land in space. My feeling was always that Prez Snr wanted to keep the people lulled into a false sense of security: just pay your rates and Shinra will make sure nothing bad ever happens to you. Thus, all the bad things that happened had to be concealed or, if that wasn't possible, blamed on others. It goes without saying that Prez Snr didn't actually care whether bad things happened to people or not, since he was happy to crush an entire slum sector in order to kill five terrorists.
Well, he did believe that throwing money at people would keep them complacent.
 

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When hearing "Remember Me" from Coco. It made me think that maybe before he left Gast sung a similar song to Sephiroth before he departed. I guess an assurance to always remember each other even if they have to depart from one another.
 
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