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Is Marcus a goblin?Do you Remember Marcus?
Many years ago when I was playing FFIX it occurred to me that Marcus vaguely looked a bit like a goblin. Now that I’m older and have more Final Fantasies under my belt, I have recently chanced upon Marcus again and have been reminded of how much he does look like a goblin in the style of classic Final Fantasy portrayals of goblins or goblin-type enemies (and later titles such as FFXV also present goblins in a similar fashion).
Marcus' stance is more human-like and his features are less exaggerated compared to the traditional goblin counterparts, but there are mild similarities.
The sharp tooth could just be a sharp tooth, and yes the pointy ears could just be pointy ears, but they are considerably more pointy than human ears typically are without surgery. Marcus also wears a bandana which resembles those worn by some goblin enemies (others wear long hats which flop backwards/forwards). Marcus' colour scheme fits those of some FF goblins too.
When he isn’t acting, Marcus is a skilled thief and his combat ‘job’ as Thief reflects this. Considering that Final Fantasy goblins are tricksy and mischievous, the role suits him. It would make sense for the Tantalus Troupe to hire a goblin as perhaps goblins are renowned for their thieving skills.
So, what do we know about Marcus? Is any of his backstory given? Is he a goblin? Is he a human who just happens to have pointy ears and a sharp tooth? Is he a hybrid of sorts?
It doesn’t matter at all, obviously. We should show respect towards Marcus whoever he is and we should never discriminate against someone just because they turn out to be a goblin... I’m just rather curious.