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Does anyone know what's going on with the color palette on Strago, Relm, Gau, Banon, and Kefka? Why are they like... the same?

I was half tempted to draw Strago with a weird little skeleton face I can't unsee whenever I look at his sprite, but I'm glad I didn't.
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Winter-Poppy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Nice! Love me some good old Strago :D
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Shinbufuman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
He may not be the best old man in the series (Galuf is too strong in that category), but he definitely has the most style among the old dudes. All hail Old Man Mohawk!
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MasterRob Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
I can answer that question for you, Melon. You see, FF6 has a limited number of palettes for field sprites. There are 168 spritesheets for out-of-battle sprites in the original SNES game's code, but only 32 color palettes, so many sprites had to share palettes. If you crack open a rom of the game and change... say... all of Edgar's greens to browns, then Sabin, Celes, the "imp" status effect, and General Leo's greens will all also change to browns, because they all share the same palette.
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ObstinateMelon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
That makes a lot of sense. It's what I had assumed, but the way you explained it made more sense than what I gave it credit for. It wasn't a problem with previous Final Fantasies with inferior graphics so I wasn't sure why it happened here, but this game has a friggen huge playable cast; it isn't just 5 or 6 characters anymore.

However I still don't know why these select few have almost identical palettes considering the other characters are diverse enough to look different, even village girls and NPCs and stuff. It's a very specific color set... almost like when characters represent a country, i.e. the Doma people wearing purple. What I'm saying is I don't know why they didn't just splash some of Locke's blue on Strago or at least one of the other Red/yellow/green characters.

And when I say what you're saying makes sense for the 168 sprite sheet, I'm kind of thinking the characters WERE all supposed to look unique, but they ran out of resources when they got to Relm and Strago at the end. Maybe for whatever reason they couldn't add more blue to that sheet. But aaah, who knows, I'm talking out of my ass here.
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Dracozombie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Relm and Strago can be given a pass for being related. Banon and Kefka... are because of SNES color palette limitations. Or because they're secretly related.
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Shadow-da-Hedgie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm an old man and I come with Aqua Breath. Makes you wonder why I need your help with that house that's on fire.
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LordZerotheMighty Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Long as he sees an attack he can use it unless he got blinded.

Blind does F*ck all though but give you sweet shades
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BakaGrappler Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
At least Strago has that punk look working for him.  He's a former badass from a post apocalyptic landscape where a lone warrior with seven scars on his chest faces off against the forces of far too populated evil!
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ObstinateMelon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
This old wasteland raider motherfucker.

Wait... that comment makes me want to take Sabin's shirt off (Not like that!) to see how many scars he has. Given the first attack you can use with him is kind of an ATATATATATATATA!
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BakaGrappler Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
You can do that, you know, if you make a Final Fantasy 6.0 comic.  Sabin's master might be Kenshiro after all, retired from his wanderings.
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LordZerotheMighty Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
So sabin trancended time and was a practicioner of Houkuto no Ken?

Mind blown...
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alexx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Two is too many characters to have abilities based on grabbing powers from monsters.  I don't have anything against Blue Magic, but when you've got Gau...why bother with Strago?  The whole Blue Magic thing works way better when something SUPER similar isn't standing along next to it that is WAY easier to use.

Oh yeah, and the character of Strago.  He was...what was he again?  Old...man?  I think he had to kill a monster for his side story?
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Shadow-da-Hedgie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because Gau is uncontrollable. You simply choose an enemy for his rage and he'll just keep going until he's dead or the fight is won. Strago may have less enemy based moves to use, but at least he won't be locked into doing the same shit over and over and over in one battle, so he can heal party members if they need it.
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alexx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
I can't argue with you there, but I ended up using Gau because his powers were so much easier to get!  Strago was more of a hunt, and you were never guaranteed to find an enemy that actually had something to give.  Gau had a nice, easy spot to hunt, and you got something from every monster you jumped in to (and sometimes the surrounding monsters on the screen!).

I'm not knocking any Strago fans.  Blue magic is awesome!  It just felt a little superfluous amidst all the other characters.
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Shadow-da-Hedgie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gau is easier to get rages for, yes. However, after a while, grinding on the Veldt just to find the monsters you don't have gets boring and almost pointless. You can use it to train up characters using espers as well, but once they're all maxed on all espers, there is a lot less point. You only get stuff from monsters assuming Gau hasn't learnt their rage yet.

Strago may have less things and it may be a bit more difficult to get them, but all things considered, some of Gau's rages are just absolutely pointless and it can be tedious to scroll through them to find one of the useful ones. And once you set him off on a rage, you lose all control of him. So you can't use him for an emergency heal or anything, and if everyone gets wiped out but Gau, then you're pretty much fucked.

I like Strago because most of the Blue Magic he has is at least useful, and he's not locked into a certain set of actions so if you need to heal up quickly, Strago can do that. So it's all about control and a few, useful choices rather than a fuckton of useless ones with a few useful ones sprinkled in.
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ObstinateMelon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
He joined the Cult of Kefka... that was something. God dammit, Strago. It was strange since every character represents a certain job from older games, but to have one job twice, and only twice (We don't have two thieves, for instance) it made him seem exceptionally pointless (as everyone likes to point out). It feels odd to say a game has 'too many characters', but, well... y'know. It's almost as if some just fill the slots for the Kefka battle at the end, like they planned and wanted to have this epic thing.

Oh wait, Terra and Celes do a lot of the same things as well.****
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