Tidus from Final Fantasy X could have been a plumber


You all remember Tidus – the Final Fantasy X protagonist, Blitzball player, and star of that goofy laughing meme you’ve probably seen here and there on the internet. Well, it turns out that he wasn’t always the athletic athlete you know and love and was originally going to be a plumber.

Final Fantasy X producer Yoshinori Kitase, screenwriter Kazushige Nojima, character designer Tetsuya Nomura and event director Motomu Toriyama sat down with Famitsu to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary (thanks, Kotaku), exploring some original plans by Tidus. “To put the character in the water, for the initial shot, there was a time when Tidus had to be an underwater plumber,” Nojima explains.

That would be, until Kitase stepped in with a different idea. Inspired by his love of sci-fi movies with elements of running or sports, Kitase proposed to turn Tidus from plumber to athlete. “Up until this point there had been no sports components in the Final Fantasy series,” Kitase says, “so I thought that would be a new challenge.”

Nojima and Kitase discussed the idea further and decided to turn Tidus into an aquatic athlete as it would fit Kitase’s idea while also putting the character in the water.

Famitsu also asked Nomura if there were any traces of Tidus as a plumber in the design of his final character. “The overalls seem to be,” Nomura replies, then explaining that he drew designs inspired by work clothes before making them sportier to highlight the change in the design of Tidus’ characters.

All the developers have also discussed the possibility of a Final Fantasy X-3, and it is “not bad”, it seems.

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