My thoughts exactly! I immediately Googled a picture of pyreflies and then showed it to my muggle partner, who totally agreed they were the same, despite knowing nothing about FF.
It's kinda neat that you can tell how much of a stamp FF left on the Millennial generation, with game designers, writers (and, apparently, marketers) coming into their own around about now. And, more generally, it's also true for the wider set of Japanese cultural exports that began in earnest in the 90s. There were some early glimpses of it with things like ATLA, but that influence is much more obvious now.
Even some of the old nerds get in on the action, like George R.R. Martin quietly borrowing the term "Onion Knight." Yeah, I see you, George.
I'd love to say great minds think alike, but eh, they most probably don't
While I'm here, I recall those days when I was a happy owner of PS1; buying a PS2 was beyond possible, but my dad's colleague would bring us tons of AMVs and GMVs on VHS - can you imagine that? One particular video left a long-lasting impression, and youuu guessed it: it was a FFX video combined with "A Thousand Years" by Sting. I can't express how much I love this video even today.