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FF9-  Loss of Kuja by Saimain FF9-  Loss of Kuja by Saimain
Bah, poor Kuja and Zidane... -_- All those giant Iifa Tree roots took pretty much all week...never again will I paint roots.

Third in a sequence of four pics 'based' on the ending of Final Fantasy IX. The other three can be found here:
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TheArtFaerie111 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
The feels!

Nice pics, I just finished IX a few hours ago.
lillywintersIV Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I swear, at the top right corner, the tree looks like there is a mocking, sneering face O.O
ThornSkadi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm kinda sorta in the middle of writing a fanfic where Kuja is found alive -barely- and nursed back to health by an herbalist (my OC)
freakingfabulous Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
This is deep.
M65P3 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
After Seph and Caius he was one of my favorite villians. Not much fan of the battle system for IX ( really only due to having four people in it (like three or less)). but I still enjoyed the story.
RockmanGurl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I have to say that I think that because of their stories in the games, I think both Kuja and Golbez are both some of my favorite villains and characters in Final Fantasy (though if I had to choose between the two, I'd have to go with Golbez). 
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Very sad piece...Kuja may be the best written vilian in FF, as he gets redemption, and has some very good psychological explanations. The whole situation with Garland and Genomes is very interesting, as Garland himself is a bio-android, created buyh the Terrans, so it's an interesting example of an synthethic life form, creating his own synthethic life, and being abusive towards his creations...
ExpressoChild Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL!!:Big eyes: 
zzzzxx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Angst angst why would he cry on such a fiendish devil?
MARYXULA Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014

Wuauuuuu amazing fanart *u*


MaryTyndale Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Kuja... even though he's been cruel... he made his little brother Zidane (as well as his comrades) escape to safety.
Despite his hatred, his pride hurt to the most since he'd found out about his mortality, he realized only in the very end what the meaning of life was.
And here, Zidane cannot help but cry... over his older brother's "corpse".

Bravo! Such a marvellous picture, a perfect match of desperation and realization of someone's loss!
LadyUnderwood Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I remember seeing this picture on your website quite some time ago and got excited when I found it here.  I think this picture is actually what made me realize what a tragic villain Kuja is, and what a sympathetic hero Zidane is.  I could go on and on, but you've probably heard it all before in the previous comments. ^^; It's a beautiful picture, and successfully captures the dark, tragic and lonely atmosphere of the scene.
AwkwardPenguinGirl Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You may hate roots but DAMN you are good at them. This picture is really powerful emotionally, you did an amazing job! The whole set is moving :heart:
AzureKate Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww </3 i love kuja.....poor zidane :(
sarita1893 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I absolutely love this. Though the commenter beneath me may not feel sympathy for Kuja, I feel that he is one of the very few truly sympathetic villains, and the game absolutely hammers that in. Zidane understands it. Yes, Kuja did some horrible things. Unspeakable atrocities, really. But there are reasons he was the way he was, and in his last scenes particularly, he betrays a pained and fearful nature that's at his core. Zidane understood this and knew that that could have very well been him, had things gone differently. While I'm not sure he would cry like this particularly, this picture captures the feeling of the whole thing. And I love it so much for that.

My favorite game and my favorite characters of all time.
JohnDoe10001 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Although this is very well drawn, I refuse to believe Zidane could have honestly cried over this miserable, demented little dog who needed to be put down. That was the point where I didn't believe the game anymore. Me? I would have run to see him, make sure he was still alive, and then turned and that he would get to know what it means to die alone, unloved, and without a single know that every single person in the world was waiting to dance on his grave. Kuja never suffered nearly enough for me to start feeling sympathy for him again. He crossed a few too many Moral Event Horizons.

Anyway...sorry, I'm rambling.
shierrarobin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
So many feels. And it's so pretty.
Starshinearcher Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
That scene was so sad...and your picture makes it even sadder T_T
Chamira Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Eirenare Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
This scene was too sad for me ;___;
bestninjaever Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This is my all-time favorite game. I always cry at this part.
NekoZidaneTribal Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
oh god I cry to this game so much I love it with all my heart!
dagelbagel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
All four of these pictures are amazing. Kuja's Fall, I think, is the best, but this one is my favorite since I love Kuja and his dynamic with Zidane. He was the only character I paid any attention to in both Dissidia games, and I hope he makes a Kingdom Hearts cameo somehow someday^u^
SeraphimTenshi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Love it so much!
NightofRome Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Part of me wants to cry the other wants to laugh at the man thong.
JaleahNZCHUUR Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahahaha, lawl, true :nuu:
May-Ya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This fills my heart with-I don't know what-but it's an amazing feeling! :iconawwwplz:

Such a beautiful work!
Finalsweet Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It make me sad to see Kuja death!:crying: And Zidane isn`t the oncest he will crying for him! This picture is so BEAUTIFUL!
calavel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful
Isar-Anon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Utterly gorgeous
Mercy-kun Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Amazing picture! : O <3
Terra-Fae-Odosson Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
That's gorgeous.
Fiendish-Thingie Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I saw this in a youtube video, searched on here, and found a cosplay based on this photo with a link :3 I always cry at the ending and your drawing of it conveys such emotion as well! I love it!!
ColourfulThoughts Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Oh oh. And so died one of my favourite characters of all time... :(((
WildRose18 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student Writer
OAO So emotive and touching...I think I'm liking Kuja more than I should :faint:
NightshadeULF Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nooooo! Kuja LIVE! O_O
Aqualung22 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Writer
Sad... but, according to the ending, it is only IMPLIED that he died. He might have survived, so don't fret until SE say that Kuja died. Of course, I haven't finished the game yet, but I've seen the ending on Youtube. I have a feeling he survived... usually that feeling is correct. :)
But, man, this picture is sad and beautiful!
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, although Kuja's creator says something before the end of the game that confirms that Kuja will die. But the ending itself was unclear, that's why this artwork is only "based" on the ending, and not exactly what happened. :)
sevan98 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Final Fantasy IX is my favorite FF game and i really like Kuja as well. any chance of making this into a wallpaper. :D
songstressoflight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
chibinekokuja Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Ohh noooo! XD Cool picy!
MissReno2012 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Bye-bye girly-man~.Q_Q
Eriin-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So sad Q^Q
moonlily7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
wow....this is really something. I can feel the overwhelming emotions in the picture
icekitsune13darkfire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is done really beautifully, and its so sad, i wuv kuja
ShadowZelda96 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
i don't believe kuja is dead, you only see him fall unconcious
Saimain Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's very true. The ending is open for interpretation.
sillyground Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
This is so tragically beautiful! I can almost feel Zidane's anguish over Kuja's death.
TheTrueDarkness Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
I'm crying right now... poor kuja.......
Ryoko-Hydra Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
he's crying over his older brother ......... why did he had to die just when he found he was wrong with what did
but he had still his friends and his sister
a verry beautiful pic. and a verry sad too ...... i'm going to cry waaaah!
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