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A list of characters from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', and ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII''. '''Be warned for unmarked spoilers.''' Trying to read this page before having played the games is not recommended.

For characters introduced in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' go [[Characters/FinalFantasyXIII2 here]]. Characters introduced in ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' are [[Characters/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII here]].
* [[Characters/FinalFantasyXIIIMainParty The Main Party]]


!Friends & Family Members

[[folder:Serah Farron]]
!!Serah Farron

->"The point is, I have people I can count on. I'll make it through."

!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/MinakoKotobuki in Japanese and Creator/LauraBailey in English.

Lightning's younger sister and Snow's finance, Serah was branded a l'Cie by the Pulse fal'Cie Anima prior to the game. Her Focus is what draws the party together, setting the plot in motion. Along with Dajh, she is revived from crystal stasis at the end of the game.

* BodyToJewel: She sheds a crystal tear which Snow keeps with him for the duration of the game.
* TheCassandra: Her explanations about being branded a l'Cie is dismissed by Lightning, but it eventually turns out to be true when Serah gets captured.
* TheCutie: A sweet girl and Snow's fiancée.
* DamselInDistress: She's captured by Anima, forcing both of her protectors (Lightning and Snow) to follow her in a rescue attempt.
* DemotedToExtra: She was originally meant to be the seventh party member, but problems with her implementation led to her being made an NPC, which resulted in Lightning's more serious personality and Fang's GenderFlip.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: When the ''XIII'' trilogy is looked at as a whole, it's a story about Lightning and Serah, and their journey across time and space to find each other again.
* DisneyDeath: Lightning treats her crystallization as death, but it's later revealed that l'Cie can be unfrozen.
%%* HairDecorations
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She is fairly average in height but anyone would look tiny next to [[TheBigGuy Snow]].
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Between Lightning and Serah, Serah is the better cook.
* TheLostLenore: For Snow, as the comatose lover that he feels both inspired by and tormented byb,
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Rather from the parental substitute. Lightning is ''so'' opposed to it that she thinks "I'm a l'Cie" is something Serah and Snow ''made up'' so that she would approve of their getting engaged. Of course, her statement of becoming a l'Cie later [[CassandraTruth turns out to be true]].
* PosthumousCharacter:
** [[spoiler:Subverted; she is largely developed as such, but crystallized l'Cie are indeed NotQuiteDead, and she's revived along with Dajh during the ending.]]
** [[spoiler:Played straight in ''Lightning Returns''.]]
* YouAreWorthHell: Snow firmly believes she is and she's grateful.
* ZettaiRyouiki
!!Tropes present only in ''XIII-2''


Living with the rest of Team NORA in New Bodhum (Snow off searching for a way to free Vanille and Fang), Serah's world is shattered when monsters attack the village. Noel saves her, handing her a weapon so she can fight.

The two then set off to investigate Lightning's fate -- everyone believes she's dead, but Serah's memory shows the opposite. What is behind these strange events?

* ActionGirl: [[TookALevelInBadass Believe it or not]] she kicks a substantial amount of ass as the game's heroine.
* ApologeticAttacker: She sometimes does this after killing an enemy.
* AscendedExtra: Downplayed, but present: she goes from supporting character in ''XIII'' to playable character and heroine in this game.
* BadassAdorable: Possesses fighting skills on-par with the original party members now, but she's no less cute while doing it. Her victory pose is catching [[EmpathicWeapon Mog]] and giving him a hug. Aaaaaaw.
* BadassTeacher: She scolds a school of miniflan into submission.
* TheBeastmaster: As with Lightning, she can collect crystals of monsters and raise them akin to ''Pokémon'', the datalog explains this is a lesser form of SummonMagic.
* {{Beware The Nice Ones}}: Among her students she has a reputation as a strict teacher and both Snow and Noel comment she is like Lightning when she is angry.
* BlackMage: Serah specializes in the [[ElementalPowers Ravager]], [[StoneWall Sentinel]] and [[StandardStatusEffects Saboteur]] [[StanceSystem paradigms]].
* BowAndSwordInAccord: They're technically the same weapon, but the effect remains.
* CrazyCatLady: Some of her Live Triggers can invoke this, regarding her cat [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack Snow]]. [[MemeticMutation Because the cat is her only family!]]
* CoolSword: A shapeshifted Moogle that can also [[MixAndMatchWeapon turn into a bow]]
* CombatPragmatist: One of her specialities is sabotaging the enemy to give herself an advantage. When a monster is staggered, she shouts "Go! Go! Go!" to make sure her teammates hit them harder.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Not always noticeable, but she dashes her knee every time she comes out of a gate.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Saw Noel in her dreams before she met him.
* ElementalPowers: As a [[BlackMage Ravager]], she learns all of the [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[ShockAndAwe lightning]] spells.
* EmpathicWeapon[=/=]EquippableAlly: Mog transforms into both her sword and bow.
* EnergyBow: Sort of, it fires physical arrows that don't exist till after they've been fired.
* {{Fangirl}}: Of Snow. Best demonstrated in an optional Live Trigger where Noel asks her what Snow means to her where she goes into a rapid rant about how awesome he is as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywMHnJJ-KpM here.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Although she has never fought before in her life, she is just as useful as Noel, who has been fighting monsters all his life, from battle one. However, it was mentioned that she learned how to defend herself, which makes sense as she and the people of Bodhum chose to go off into the wilds of Pulse in search of a beach. Being a teacher by profession instead of a hunter, it doesn't come up as often.
%%* GirlyRun
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: The developers have stated they wanted Serah's sword to turn into a bow to preserve her femininity. Unlike Noel and Lightning, her weapon actively maintains its ranged form rather than taking it situationally, and Starseeker's appearances outside of XIII-2 are always as a bow.
* TheHeroine: XIII-2 is her story of tracking her sister through her time and helping people along the way.
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:During the ending, she has a vision that kills her.]]
* HotterAndSexier: Many of her outfits are skimpier than before.
* IRegretNothing: Even when she discovers that [[spoiler: changing the future will eventually kill her]], Serah remains unwavering and continues on her journey. Later [[spoiler: after her death]] she reappears to Lightning and says she had no regrets because she made a promise to keep going on until they were reunited.
* InTheBlood: Takes charge after Lightning goes missing.
* MageMarksman[=/=]MagicKnight: Her specialty is magic but is also skilled at archery and swordplay.
%%* MsFanservice
* MusclesAreMeaningless: As any real-world archer will tell you, it takes a decent amount of strength and stamina to pull a bowstring properly and effectively enough to use it as a weapon. Serah's arms don't look muscular in the slightest. However, [[FridgeBrilliance The "bow" is just Mog shapeshifted.]] It's likely Mog used some kind of magic to enable Serah to operate him as a bow effectively. Also, look at how the bow is constructed, it has more in common with a NERF bow blaster than a traditional bow. The trope is lampshaded on the Archylte Steppe, where passing one of the hunters as Serah will earn the comment that "There's a lot of strength in those skinny arms."
%%* ParrotExposition
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Pink to Noel's blue.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Noel. They become very close over the course of the game but they have love interests in other people.
* ThePowerOfLove: Serah takes out several miniflans that were attacking Snow with no weapon whatsoever.
* RainOfArrows: With her Ultima Arrow skill.
* RuleOfCool: Mog's "bow" form is some chaotic hybrid of a proper bow and a crossbow's propulsion mechanism; rather than a bowstring, it has a long chamber into which the arrows are loaded before firing[[note]]By "loaded" we mean "materialized", but ignore that for a moment[[/note]]. That would be horrendously impractical ''and'' easily ruined for any physical weapon; combined with the fact that it must be assumed the weapon is spring-loaded or something in order to give it any propulsion at ''all'', which would be significantly weaker than a proper longbow, and Rule of Cool is the only excuse the weapon has for its design.
* SacredBowAndArrows: Her Ultima Arrow skill, which was "Artemis Arrow" in the Japanese release.
* {{Seer}} She possesses the "Eyes of Etro" which enable her to see the future. [[spoiler: This is BlessedWithSuck because it eats up her life span.]]
%%* SheFu
* SilkHidingSteel: In the words of Noel she is an "angel hiding an ogre."
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Many of the time periods she visits have guns as commonplace but she uses a bow. Justified as her bow is [[MorphWeapon not a normal bow]] and her archery specific skills wouldn't work with a gun.
* SternTeacher: Her students in New Bodhum call her "Meanie Miss Farron."
* {{Stripperific}}: Her outfit in XIII-2 shows significantly more skin than her one in XIII-1.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Mog, which can transform into a sword or bow.
* ThreePointLanding: The time gates deposit her and Noel in midair; Serah tends to land like this. [[RealityEnsues At least once she has too much momentum and bangs her knee on the ground beneath her]].
* TookALevelInBadass: From DistressedDamsel in the original game and at game open to full-blown ActionGirl by Chapter 2.
* {{Transhuman}}: After the fall of Cocoon, Serah is one of the few who have developed natural magical abilities; by Noel's time this is said to be the norm.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Delivers one to Caius
--> '''Serah''': "I know the truth, Caius. [[spoiler: I know that every time I change things, I lose a part of my life.]] But don't you see? I don't care. I'm here to protect the future. And I will.
!!Tropes present only in ''Lightning Returns''

After the [[DownerEnding brutal end]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', Lightning is now working as God's savior, holding on to the promise that Bhunivelze will bring Serah back to life. Occasionally when Lightning returns to the Ark, a ghostly form of Serah will appear and talk to her.

* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:She may be a fake, but she states at the end that her attempt to think and act like the real Serah caused her to come to love Lightning as an older sister for real.]]
* BreakThemByTalking: When Lightning refuses to be honest in the end and keeps trying to justify [[spoiler:becoming the new Goddess of Death, the fake Serah then reveals to Lightning that Lumina is the manifestation of all the weaknesses she forcibly tore away from herself when she was young, then tells her she deserves to be abandoned in the Chaos forever. This is what spurs Lightning to cry out for help.]]
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:The "Serah" that talks to Lightning whenever she returns to the Ark is a fake that was created by Bhunivelze. At the end of the game, she expresses regret that she is not real and can only emulate what she believes the real Serah would say and do]].
* DeathIsCheap: The real Serah [[spoiler: died in XIII-2, but is back by the end of LR, and is in college in the new world]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:''Nothing'' can bring her back, not even the power of a god. The best Bhunivelze can do is create an imperfect, defective clone of her.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:The last thing the fake does before vanishing forever is to tell Lightning she loves her]].
* WalkingSpoiler: Partly due to the fact that she [[spoiler:truly died in the previous game and the one presented here is a fake created by Bhunivelze]].

[[folder:Team NORA]]
!!Team NORA
[[caption-width-right:330:Left to right: Gadot, Yuj, Maqui, Lebreau.]]

->"The army's no match for NORA!"

!!!!!!Gadot: Voiced by Biichi Satou in Japanese and Zack Hanks in English.
!!!!!!Yuj: Voiced by Creator/WataruHatano in Japanese and Jeff Fischer in English.
!!!!!!Maqui: Voiced by Makoto Naruse in Japanese and Daniel Samonas in English.
!!!!!!Lebreau: Voiced by Creator/YuuAsakawa in Japanese and Anndi [=McAfee=] in English.

A team of rebellious monster hunters from Bodhum. The name is an acronym for "No Obligations, Rules, or Authority" in the English version, but is a play on the word "noraneko" in Japanese (meaning ''stray cat''). When the Purge breaks out, they become LaResistance to combat PSICOM and protect the Purge victims.

%%* ActionGirl: Lebreau
%%* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Maqui, who is OlderThanHeLooks.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: They tend to walk around New Bodhum with their fingers on the triggers, even when they're standing in front of (or ''in'') a crowd of civilians (many of whom are armed and holding their guns similarly).
* TheBartender: Lebeau runs a bar in both XIII and XIII-2 and offers advice to the player.
%%* {{Bishonen}}: Yuj
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:The whole team in Chapter 12 arrives to help the heroes. Triples as a Crowning Moment of Awesome ''and'' a Crowning moment of Heartwarming when they tell Snow that they don't care whether or not he's a l'Cie, they're still a team to the end.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Avalanche]]
%%* TheFashionista: Yuj.
%%* GuestStarPartyMember: Lebreau and Gadot in the first chapter.
%%* GogglesDoNothing: Maqui
* MrFixit: Maqui is in charge of fixing the group's gear.
%%* OneOfTheBoys: Lebreau
%%* SleevesAreForWimps: Gadot
* SmallGirlBigGun: All of Team Nora uses the standard military issue machine gun except for Lebreau who packs a much larger rifle.
* {{Stripperific}}: Lebreau's outfit is based on volleyball players.
%%* TeamChef: Lebreau.
%%* TeamMom: Lebreau
* ThemeNaming: Doubles as FridgeBrilliance, as Snow and the two {{Guest Star Party Member}}s Lebreau and Gadot all have rhyming names.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki: Lebreau

[[folder:Dajh Katzroy]]
!!Dajh Katzroy
!!!!!!Voiced by Shotaro Uzawa in Japanese and Connor Villard in English.

Sazh's young son, he loves Chocobos, and Sazh purchases the Chocobo Chick for him as a gift. Showing extreme maturity for his age, he comforts his father over the untimely death of his mother. Shortly before the game started, he was branded by the Cocoon fal'Cie Kujata and was taken by Jihl Nabaat into PSICOM custody. He completes his Focus and is crystallized a third of the way through the game, nearly prompting Sazh to commit suicide. Along with Serah, he awakens from crystal stasis during the game's ending.

* BackForTheFinale: In both ''XIII-2'' and ''Lightning Returns'', along with his father.
* CheerfulChild: Unlike his dad, he is truly happy throughout the game because he is ignorant of the death going on. He's also kept by PSICOM so he's not fighting monsters.
* ConvenientComa: Has been in one for 500 years when ''Lightning Returns'' takes place.
* DisneyDeath: L'Cie crystallization is semi-permanent coma, not death.
%%* FunnyAfro
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: His soul got split into 5 fragments and scattered across Nova Chrysalia after he fell into his coma.

[[folder:Chocobo Chick]]
!!Chocobo Chick

A baby chocobo Sazh bought for his son Dajh at Euride Gorge. It has human intelligence and frequently stands in as a physical form of Sazh's conscience.

* TheConscience: Talks Sazh out of [[spoiler:killing himself]] multiple times.
* HeadPet: Resides in Sazh's FunnyAfro.
%%* HotBlooded
* IntellectualAnimal: It can communicate with Sazh somehow and clearly recognizes when [[spoiler:a human is about to kill themselves or when they need help in battle]].
* KillerRabbit: Its entry in the Datalog implies it. The fact that it took on an [[spoiler:armed PSICOM soldier]] and won confirms it.
* NoNameGiven:
** The chick is unnamed. The implication is that Sazh wants Dajh to have the honor of naming it. In Episode Zero, Sazh declares that he'll give it a name "as soon as they get back" and wants to give it a "cool, cute name".
** In XIII-2, [[spoiler:Dajh named her Chocolina, as it turned out she was a girl. Yes, the same name as the merchant.]]
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Sazh:''' "Hurry the ''what'' up?"
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: It's a baby chocobo, [[CaptainObvious duh]].
* TeamPet: He's Sazh's pet (or rather Dajh) and travels with the group.

[[folder:Nora Estheim]]
!!Nora Estheim

->"Moms are tough."

!!!!!!Voiced by Komina Matsushita in Japanese and Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn in English.

Hope's mother.

* ActionMom: She volunteers for Snow's militia and even saves Snow at one point.
* MamaBear: She covers for her son and [[spoiler:goes out with a bang by virtue of saving Snow's ass with a bazooka]].
* SacrificialLamb: She's a minor character that dies in the prologue.


!Sanctum Officials
[[folder:Galenth Dysley]]
!!Primarch Galenth Dysley
[[caption-width-right:320:''Click here to see Dysley's true form [[labelnote:Spoiler]][[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/barthandelus.png]][[/labelnote]]'']]

->"Without our help, death is all of which you're capable. You saw the fools. A mindless mob drunk on fear of a few l'Cie."

!!!!!!Voiced by Masaru Shinozuka in Japanese and S. Scott Bullock in English.

The Primarch of Cocoon, he is revered and loved by his people as a wise and fair old ruler that protects them from the horrors of Pulse, even if it means Purging cities at times. However, he is much more than he seems to be, as the party discovers.

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: How wrong you were if you thought he was a harmless old man...
%%* BadassLongrobe
* BadassBoast: Combines this with TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, making for a truly awe-inspiring monologue when [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3UT8g3jQG0he reveals his true nature to the heroes]] when they confront him for the first time]]. The OhCrap looks on the faces of the party are amazing.
--> "[[spoiler:I am fal'Cie. My name is Barthandelus; voice of the Sanctum, and Lord-Sovereign of the Cocoon fal'Cie. Your kind feared the darkness, so we gave you light. You begged us for the Purge, and did it not come to pass? Now you spurn our counsel? You must learn your place!]]"
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Once he reveals his true hand in the game's events, he spends the rest of the game tricking the party into doing what he wants by playing to their sense of righteousness, such as relying on them to return to Cocoon to try and protect it when he tells them he's set it up to be destroyed without them]].
* TheBattleDidntCount: After the first battle with him, he just [[spoiler:returns to his old man form]] and keeps talking.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:[[BigBadDuumvirate One of the two]], that is. He's one the behind the L'Cie and the Purge and the ultimate threat to humanity.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Everything went according to his EvilPlan and the heroes realize they have little choice but to play along, however he didn't get his goal anyway.]]
* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:In all of his incarnations, fights with him start a new chapter in the story.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:"Release... at last, release!" Like his ally Orphan, Barthandelus never intended to survive his plan.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Although he doesn't physically appear until the third chapter, he can be heard speaking to the Purge victims at the very beginning of the game.
** There's a literal bird cameo as his [[OminousOwl Rukh]] Menrva shows up very early in the game.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:His Fal'Cie form is a mechanical monstrosity with too many faces.]]
* TheEmperor: [[spoiler:seeing as how he's been planning things out since the War of Transgression, it's likely that every Primarch over the centuries has been him changing forms to keep up the {{Masquerade}} and using his powers to manipulate the Sanctum to ensure he keeps getting into office.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His entire confrontation with the party aboard the Palamecia, but especially this exchange, his first words to them.
-->'''Snow:''' "Monster! People are not yours to use!" \\
'''Dysley:''' "What else does one do with tools?"
* EvilIsHammy: Particularly notable as his appearances in public portays him as a perfectly sane and competent leader. When he's alone with the party, all that slips away.
* EvilLaugh: Whenever someone in the party tries to give him a KirkSummation, he replies with an evil chuckle.
* EvilMentor: He is to [[spoiler:the hero party. They got as far as they did because he was pulling strings to allow them to, and when they confront him he spells out plain for them that their Focus is to destroy Cocoon by becoming Ragnarok. Then he sends them off to Fifth Ark to train them up for the job by pitting them against the enemies within]].
* EvilOldFolks
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Manipulate Pulse l'Cie into destroying Cocoon. This was supposed to summon The Maker and kill him.]]
* {{Familiar}}: His Rukh, Menvra.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* FemmeFatalons: Even though he is [[spoiler:disguised as]] a guy, those are some insanely long specimens.
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:The third and final battle with Dysley is the first stage of the game's final encounter.]]
* FirstChurchOfMecha: The Sanctum Government worships the fal'Cie like gods.
* FrickinLaserBeams: [[spoiler:His main attack method. [[BeamSpam He never stops attacking with them.]] Then there's Thanatosian Laugh and Thanatosian Smile, which truly exemplify this trope]].
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: Leader of the Sanctum and most powerful human in Cocoon answering direct to the fal'Cie. [[spoiler:His true form initially subverts this when it first appears, almost entirely black with little gold and white, then plays it straight when his later two fights have him appearing as white and silver with more gold]].
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: He's a DeathSeeker so why shouldn't he be happy when he dies?]]
* HumansAreMorons: "What can mere men do? Without our help, death is all of which you're capable. You saw the fools, a mindless mob drunk on fear of a few l'Cie."
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: When the heroes confront him about the Purge, he replies that humans are a " mindless mob drunk on fear".
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Created Cocoon for the entire reason of breeding humans to be the ultimate sacrifice to bring the absent Maker back to the world.]]
* KickTheDog: Constantly and fearlessly, in order to [[spoiler:keep pissing off the party or drive them further into despair, either way making them easier to manipulate. At the end of the game he orders the Calvary into Orphan's Cradle to protect Orphan from the party, then turns them into Cie'th. The party speculates this is just a reminder from him that their time as l'Cie is almost up and they'd better give in to their Focus soon]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Killing Jihl Nabaat earned him a lot of goodwill from players. Of course, he proceeds to totally squander it afterwards by being such a ManipulativeBastard.]]
* KillSteal: Ganks [[spoiler:Jihl Nabaat]] before the heroes (particularly Sazh) get a chance to.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The only character outside the main cast (and Serah) with one.
* LightEmUp: Uses light-based techniques.
* LightIsNotGood: A religious figure dressed in white, and entirely void of empathy.
* LoopholeAbuse: There is a reason his entire plan hinges on manipulating the party into doing his work for him instead of doing it himself. [[spoiler:As a fal'Cie he is bound by his own Focus to serve Cocoon and lacks the willpower to defy his Focus, but humans are not so restricted.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:When the party tries to hide from their Focus, he tells them he's found a way to destroy Cocoon without them so they'll come back... and he can push them to fulfill their Focus.]]
* MasterOfIllusion: [[spoiler:Presents himself to the people of Cocoon as an old man, but is really a multi-faced [[HumongousMecha fal'Cie]]. Also presents himself to the party as Serah at one point]].
* MechanicalLifeform: [[spoiler:He's actually a fal'cie]].
%%* MyNameIsInigoMontoya
* NiceHat: Wears a suitable pope-like hat with a fancy veil.
* OminousLatinChanting: [[spoiler:His battle theme is fitting for a sinister religious themed villain]].
* OminousOwl: Has a robotic and terrifying pet owl.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:Comes with being a fal'Cie.]]
* PresidentEvil: As seen above, the Primarch is an elected position and he's screwing over his constituents
* PurpleIsPowerful: His robes have a lot of purple in them, fitting for a world leader.
* TheRedBaron: [[spoiler:Voice of the Sanctum, and Lord Sovereign of the Cocoon fal'Cie]].
* RecurringBoss: He's fought three times over the course of the story.
* RunningGag: Whenever he encounters the party, Snow tries to throw a punch at him and gets thrown back by a barrier.
* SinisterMinister: In the Japanese version his title is ''Great Pope'', and he's a villain.
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler:How he ''always'' looks in his true form.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Some fans romanize his [[spoiler:real]] name as [[spoiler:Baldanders, a mythological shapeshifter]]. The Spanish translation has that romanization as canon.
* StaffOfAuthority: Although it seems to be just a badge of office it also doubles as a MagicWand, [[spoiler:although he doesn't ever use his human form to battle you.]]
* TeleportSpam: Casually pops in and out while lecturing the party so he can speak to each member directly (and also to be an unnerving jackass).
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:When disguised as Serah, he recites the lyrics to his battle theme, "Fighting Fate"]].
* TransformingMecha: [[spoiler:Though it's likely an extension of his powers as an overall shapeshifter]].
* TheUnfettered: He's been waiting a very, ''very'' long time to put his plan into motion [[spoiler:though how long it's been for a fal'Cie, probably not as long as it seems to us]]. There's nothing he wouldn't do to make it happen.
* UngratefulBastard: Invoked when he tells the party that after centuries of Cocoon prospering under fal'Cie rule, who are they to suddenly start questioning their government and being indignant about the fal'Cie controlling things? [[spoiler:Considering they nurtured Cocoon to prepare for the day they destroyed it, he's just being a dick about it]].
* UnwittingPawn: The party assumes he's just a puppet ruler doing what the fal'Cie tell him. [[spoiler:They couldn't be further from the truth; he's a fal'Cie and the Sanctum and the party are ''his'' pawns unaware that he's manipulating them]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: If only the adoring public knew [[spoiler:they were being bred as human sacrifices for his grand scheme]].
* VisionaryVillain: [[spoiler:Is out to see the world reborn by sacrificing all the fal'Cie and humans alike]].
* WalkingSpoiler: Anything aside from the fact he's evil is off-limits for those wishing to be unspoiled.
* WhamLine: "Why don't you leave, Jihl? Or rather, ''take'' your leave? [[spoiler:''Humans'' have no business here]]."
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:The reason the party follows the batman gambit is because they know he has other pawns he can use and will explore other methods to destroy Cocoon if they don't cooperate]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:He mercilessly slaughters Jihl Nabaat and his staff prior to revealing his true identity to the protagonists]].

[[folder:Jihl Nabaat]]
!!Lieutenant Colonel Jihl Nabaat

->"Your son's a hero. We'll erect a memorial for him on Eden... and put his crystal on display!"

!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/MieSonozaki in Japanese and Paula Tiso in English.

A colonel in charge of running the military division PSICOM (Public Safety and Information Command) which are charged with the handling and containing Pulse activity, and as such opposes the party.

Is available as DLC for ''FF XIII-2's'' coliseum.

* BaitAndSwitchBoss: When the party bursts onto ''Palamecia's'' bridge, she steps forward and brandishes her weapon, prepared to fight. [[spoiler:Then Dysley murders her--and the bridge crew--so he can fight them himself.]]
%%* TheBaroness: Of the Sexpot subtype.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:At first, she was nice to Sazh, but that was only to get close to Dajh and his L'Cie-detecting abilities.]]
* CleavageWindow: Her chest is technically covered by cloth, but it seems to have been vacuum-sealed.
* CombatStilettos: It's a zigzag. [[spoiler: She's in the field but not a combatant. While she was prepared to fight the heroes, it was after they reached the bridge and she had no choice. Then Dysley kills her before the fight but she can still be fought in bonus battles.]]
%%* FlunkyBoss: In ''XIII-2''
%%** TheMinionMaster
* ForScience: After revealing to Sazh that Vanille is the reason his son crystalized, she lets them fight it out to "gather data" on l'cie battle power.
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* FullContactMagic: Her Sadistic Surge Feral Link.
* GlassesPull: Jihl does this a few times to punctuate [[KickTheDog particularly callous lines]]. Later, she whips off her glasses and crushes them in a fit of abject rage and frustration, [[spoiler:then gets killed a few minutes later]].
* TheGlassesComeOff: [[spoiler: Before her boss battle in XIII-2, She can put them back on to 'Sneer' at the party during her boss battle, which is a warning of her upcoming LimitBreak that is generally strong enough to almost wipe out the entire party.]]
%%* IceQueen
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Brandishes a [[StaffOfAuthority swagger stick]] in cutscenes.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:She holds the belief that people only live to serve a use to more important people. Cue the last seconds of her life where she realizes that she has that exact same role placed on her by her boss]].
* MagicFromTechnology: Uses Manadrives [[spoiler: built into her stick in her boss battle in XIII-2]].
* NotSoStoic: Throws a nervous tantrum when the party breaks into the airship she and the Primarch are in.
* NotSoHarmless: [[spoiler: Her anti-climatic defeat in FFXIII would give players the impression that she would continue to be a pushover in her boss fight in FFXIII-2. [[ThatOneBoss Then they witness her performing her 'Sadistic Surge' ability and goes on to take out one or two of your party members in a single turn.]]]]
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Subverted; she's a colonel and acts polite, but is really just trying to get her way.
* OneHitKill: Her 'Sadistic Surge' LimitBreak ability in FFXIII-2 deals tremendous damage to the point where it is guaranteed to kill a combatant regardless of their HP, unless a Sentinel is in the party and is defending against the attack. Her improved LimitBreak 'Malicious Surge', which occurs if she manages to absorb not one but two Behemoths, dramatically increases it's damage output to the point where even a Sentinel may not survive the attack.
%%* RapunzelHair: She wears her hair loose all the way down her back.
%%* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Yaag's blue.
* {{Sadist}}: Very much; based on her tone of voice, it's even implied during the battle against her in XIII-2 that she's ''getting off on causing pain.''
-->''(before unleashing her LimitBreak)'' [[https://youtu.be/aeXAwOgkIcU?t=2m46s "Scream for me...!"]]
* SexySpectacles: Not only did her glasses have concept art, but they're a rare drop from her in XIII-2. [[note]]The glasses grant Debuff Duration -33%.[[/note]]
* SmugSnake: She goes through the game with her nose in her air and her eyes looking down on the heroes because of her high position and tactics.
%%* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
* StaffOfAuthority: Carries a fancy swagger stick for both combat and command purposes.
* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Of all the military officers the party meet, she's the only one who can really be called a villain.]]
* TheUnfought: She was willing to try and give it a go, [[spoiler:but was struck by Dysley's magic instead]]. She's available for a thrashing in the {{DLC}} of XIII-2.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:She didn't even know that the Primarch was only using her until he tells her, just a few seconds before he kills her by shooting his magic in her back]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: As a gameplay mechanic in her boss fight, she has the ability ''Sacrifice Pawn'' where she [[LiquidAssets sacrifices any allies the player hasn't killed yet]]. Depending on the type and number of allies she sacrifices, she gains various effects: PSICOM Wardens restore her HP, Nightblade Pumas cast Daze on your party and Azure Behemoths allow her to use her LimitBreak and if none are present, she instead sacrifices a large chunk of her HP to use it.


[[folder:Yaag Rosch]]
!!Lieutenant Colonel Yaag Rosch

->"Tell me, do you really think your life is worth more than the lives of millions of Cocoon citizens?"

!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/HirokiTochi in Japanese and Jon Curry in English.

Jihl Nabaat's second-in-command, Rosch is a field commander and regularly participates in battle alongside his troops, hence the scar on his forehead. He rebels against Sanctum in the end, presumably after learning of Bart's human sacrifice plan. He dies by blowing himself up to kill two King Behemoths.


* AcePilot: Has his own transforming mecha/airship called The Proudclad which he challenges you in.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist III.]] The party has his sympathies, but he does what he thinks is best for Cocoon. He'd be type IV if his protecting Cocoon didn't involve orchestrating and condoning ''mass murder,'' though he himself is the first to point out how despicable his own actions are.
%%* BadassLongcoat
* BeamSpam: The main method of attack from The Proudclad via its AttackDrones.
* TheCaptain: Director of PSICOM.
* ColonelBadass: Far more dangerous than any lower-ranking solider.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Gray eyes and gray-silver hair.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The main weapons of the Proudclad are lasers.
* FriendToAllChildren: Got along very well with Dajh in the Novella.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a faint one on his forehead. It's there to show that he's not afraid to mix it up and fight to the death alongside his own troops.
* GoOutWithASmile: Yaag grins right before [[spoiler:his grenade detonates, killing two Behemoths in the process]].
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: After losing one last time against the party, [[spoiler:he orders the entire PSICOM military to cease their pursuit of the L'Cie and focus on evacuating Eden. Since he's too injured at this point, he declines the party's offer to join them. Afterwards, he blows himself up along with two Behemoths that were about to attack him.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: He blows himself up to keep a couple of Behemoths off the party.]]
* IDieFree: [[spoiler: This is his FamousLastWords amount to.]]
--> '''Rosch''': [[spoiler: [[YouShallNotPass "This is my end. The end which I have chosen!"]] [[TakingYouWithMe (Bang)]]]]
* InterserviceRivalry: He seeks to prove the superiority of PSICOM over the Guardian Corps and, wouldn't you know it, one of the L'Cie he's hunting used to be in the Guardian Corps.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: He can CounterAttack with a load of missles in the Proud Clad.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Played straight in an interesting way. [[spoiler:He has the best intentions for the people of Cocoon, and he feels that the governance of it should be left to them. However, he is afraid to speak out against the fal'Cie for fear of the retribution that may befall the citizens he's sworn to protect, so he shuts up and does what he's told]].
* MythologyGag: The ''Proudclad'' is a reference to a giant robot with a similar name in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' (the imperfect English translation for ''VII'' rendered it "Proud Clod", when it should have been "Proud Clad"). The first form of the machine also resembles the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' monsters Elvoret and Elnoyle.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: After being defeated by the party, [[spoiler:he leaves Cocoon in their hands and does this combined with YouShallNotPass to stop some Behemoths from reaching the party]].
* RecurringBoss: Twice in the same chapter.
--> '''Fang''': "He really wants us dead!"
%%* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Jihl's red.
* SelfDestructMechanism: [[spoiler:He blows up the broken Proudclad in his final YouShallNotPass moment.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Knocks out a pair of Behemoths with [[HeroicSacrifice his final act.]]]]
* TransformingMecha: His mecha, the Proudclad, is his method for challenging the party but he carries a {{Cool Sword}} as well. In its flight mode it's a CoolAirship and a SpiderTank in its walker form.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has steel-gray-ish hair with a light blue tint.

[[folder:Cid Raines]]
!!Brigadier General Cid Raines

->"The public fears what it doesn't know... Strike down the phantoms before their eyes, and they sleep like babies."

!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/YuuichiNakamura in Japanese and Erik Davies in English.

A Brigadier General who runs a fleet of airships called the Cavalry. Cid, however, has secret machinations of seizing power in Cocoon and giving rule to the people rather than the fal'Cie, and helps the party in order to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, he is really a l'Cie and only helps the party on the orders of Barthandelus. He asks his NumberTwo to 'cut his strings' and kill him.

* AdaptiveAbility: He, like the hero party, uses Paradigm Shifts to change his fighting style to better suit the battle, being a l'Cie and all.
* BadassArmy: His soldiers, the Cavalry, are a mighty force.
* {{Bishonen}}: The Prettiest Cid yet.
* TheBrigadier: His literal rank is "Brigadier General" and he's helping the government bring down a supernatural threat.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Has Rygdea shoot him because he can never escape his life as a l'Cie]].
* FourStarBadass: Cid is an extremely powerful general in the Guardian Corps famous airship fleet.
%%* GrayEyes
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Subverted because he was never on the hero party's side to begin with, but played straight in the case of betraying his fal'Cie]].
* HolyHandGrenade: His attack Seraphic Ray.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In regards to [[spoiler:challenging his fate as a l'Cie]], which involves him opposing the group that he's supposed to help.
* KungFuWizard: He fights entirely using his l'cie magic and martial arts.
* LegacyCharacter: The Cid of ''XIII'', and one who shakes up his traditional characterisation. Most Cids are heroic [[GadgeteerGenius clever inventors]] who usually provide the airship or flying transport for the party, and some were[=/=]are playable characters. Dr. Cid Bunansa from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII the previous game]] broke the trend somewhat by being an antagonist, albeit one with good intentions who retained his association with airships and inventing. Cid Raines is an AntiHero, and a soldier (though a [[GeniusBruiser smart one]]) who never so much as picks up a toolbox, never mind inventing something; the fact his troops happen to work on airships is, along with his name, the only real tie he has to other versions of Cid.
* LightningBruiser: Like Snow, he is a brawler with great speed and endurance.
* ManInWhite: His uniform is primarily white with some dark greys. Initially, the party doesn't know if they can trust him, but when he wins them over by revealing his intentions to rebel against the Sanctum, it becomes LightIsGood. [[spoiler:But really, it signifies that he's been untrustworthy all along and has merely been ferrying them around at Dysley's orders.]]
* NobleDemon: [[spoiler:'Demon' is a big stretch, but shortly before he battles the party, he gives Lightning's gunblade back to her (via throw), having took it from her minutes ago.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Upon confronting the party, [[spoiler:he transforms into a creature with ''six'' wings and tries to kill them.]]
* PowerGivesYouWings: Six of them, in fact, in L'Cie form.
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:He turns his back on his Focus in order to stop the hero party.]]
* ShadowArchetype: He can easily be described as the Anti-Snow. He's idealistic, but it was turned against him. Wants to defy his fate, but is forced to follow it. Fights with his fists. The only thing missing is a short fiancée. [[spoiler: Snow himself later goes Cie'th himself, interestingly on the opposite arm to Cid.Their Cie'th forms in general play with this, especially with how they both go through an extra transformation during their battles. Cid has a more angelic themed form while Snow has a more demonic form.]]
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Asks his subordinate to shoot him because he can't die otherwise.]]
%%* TroubledButCute
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:He becomes a crystal for his efforts and is later revived, but still kept under Barthandelus' control]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:His reason for attacking you is because it's your Focus to destroy Cocoon]].

!!Lieutenant Amodar

->"Listen up, Farron! Your mission is to dominate this field of battle! I wanna hear that blade sing!"

!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/YujiUeda in Japanese and Creator/DaveWittenberg in English.

A lieutenant in the Bohdum Security Regimen of the Guardian Corps and Lightning's immediate superior and mentor.

* AdaptiveAbility: For his battle in XIII-2 he can paradigm shift just like the hero party letting him switch between, attacking, tanking and debuffing.
%%* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BadassNormal: He doesn't use any magic or even [[MagicFromTechnology manadrives]] when the hero party fights him, just his gun, some grenades and his bare hands.
* {{BFG}}: His weapon is a gigantic [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] with a massive bayonet.
* GeniusBruiser: He's an expert at trivia games as well as a powerful soldier.
* {{DLC}}: Comes with the Lightning DLC in ''Final Fantasy XIII-2.''
* InterserviceRivalry: He makes mention of how he dislikes the PSICOM division of the military.
* MightyGlacier: He is a very powerful ally if you can get him to join your paradigm pack in XIII-2 but he's not the quickest.
* MoreDakka: In ''XIII-2'', He can't jump after a Launched or otherwise airborne target, so he'll sit on the ground and fire at them with his gatling gun. For context, the passive ability Attack: ATB Charge II refills one-sixth of an ATB segment per hit; Amodar fills an entire segment per use of Attack when firing if he's been infused with the ability.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: He uses a lot of annoying grenades in battle which can inflict StandardStatusEffects.
* PistolWhipping: Although it's a pretty damn big gun to smack someone with!
* RapidFireFisticuffs: His Iron Bear Claw [[LimitBreak Feral Link]]. The attack itself is a ShoutOut to Akuma's Raging Demon attack from VideoGame/StreetFighter.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: See's NORA's technically illegal monster hunting as well meaning and lets them do their part in defending Bodhum and is a good boss for the troubled Lightning.
* StoutStrength: He is heavy but physically he is very strong.
* SubordinateExcuse: Creator/MaayaSakamoto admitted to playing Lightning as though she had a crush on her superior officer. This was because the scene was recorded when Amodar's design hadn't been finalized yet, and in the beta version of the scene that Sakamoto was using as a reference, Amodar was actually a [[MrFanservice young handsome man wearing a Hawaiian shirt.]] She was quite shocked when Amodar's character model was finalized. For obvious reasons, this trope was never in effect for the English dialogue.

!!Captain Rygdea

->"Damn idealism! Ya feed it blood and it howls for more!"

!!!!!!Voiced by Yasuyuki Kase in Japanese and Josh Robert Thompson in English.

A soldier in Cid Raines's airship fleet, he is Cid's right hand man and aids the party at his request.

%%* TheCaptain
* HeadSwap: His model is a slightly modified version of the standard Cavalry trooper.
* MrFanservice: He got his difficult to model hair for this reason; looking good.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:He kills Cid on the latter's request.]]
* NumberTwo: Cid's right hand.
%%* RebelLeader
* SatelliteCharacter: His role in the game is just as Cid's NumberTwo. Supplementary materials expand his behind the scenes role as one of the co-founders of Academy along with Hope's father Bartholomew.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The game does not elaborate on his fate [[spoiler:after he mercy kills Cid. It was implied that he is among the men made into Sacrifice cie'th in Orphan's Cradle just prior to your arrival, but the sequel then implies he survived somehow.]]


[[folder:All fal'Cie]]
The fal'Cie are god-like beings created by Pulse and Lindsei to run and maintain Gran Pulse and Cocoon. The fal'Cie create servants by branding humans are l'Cie, giving them a Focus to complete in service to the fal'Cie.


* AmbiguousRobots: Many of the fal'Cie appear to be mechanical in nature, especially Anima, but their movements give off a biological vibe. It is never stated one way or another what they truly are.
* BigBad: They collectively serve as the antagonists of the first game.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: It's a tool morality. Complete your Focus? Be turned into crystal until the fal'Cie revives you with a new Focus. Fail your Focus? Get turned into a zombie.
* CrystalPrison: They crystallize their l'Cie that complete their Focus. Cocoon l'Cie are encased in crystal, Pulse l'Cie turn into crystal statues.
* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:The Cocoon and Pulse fal'Cie purposefully cultivated hatred and fear between Gran Pulse and Cocoon in order to create war and open Etro's Gate.]]
* GemHeart: All fal'Cie have a crystal core.
* LoopholeAbuse: [[spoiler:The reason they create l'Cie is for this reason. Like l'Cie, the fal'Cie have Focuses, but they cannot deviate from or act against their Focus. Human l'Cie can, so the fal'Cie create l'Cie to have servants that can do things they can't do themselves. The ambiguous visions are often purposeful, to make manipulating their l'Cie into doing specific tasks easier.]]
** Specifically, [[spoiler:the Cocoon fal'Cie can't go against their Focus to care for Cocoon and humanity, but Anima, a Pulse fal'Cie meant to defend a town on Pulse, can. There AintNoRule that a Pulse fal'Cie can't be moved to Cocoon as raw material (that was taken as a trophy of war) meant for in-Focus rebuilding efforts.]]
* MundaneUtility: Some Sanctum Fal'Cie get to be the sun. But in the Gapra Whitewood, there are numerous Fal'Cie whose sole purpose in existing is to act as an automatic door. In that context, maybe their desire for armageddon makes a bit more sense.
* MythologyGag: Most fal'Cie are named for Summons in the series.
* NonActionBigBad: Not all, but many of them are immobile buildings, dependent on their l'Cie or attendant fal'Cie to get things outside of their focus done. Kujata (a geothermal power plant) can't fight at all and gives out a focus that is basically "tell a PSICOM officer where the Pulse l'Cie are (then crystallize)."


A fal'Cie sleeping inside the Pulse Vestige. When Serah Farron found it and it branded her l'Cie, the events of the game were set in motion.


* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The party kills this machine god ''before'' they gain any sort of advanced power.
* FloatingLimbs: Its arms float independently of its body.
* StarterVillain: The instigator of the conflicts for the first two chapters of the game, but it's just the beginning of the larger plot.


A fal'Cie in charge of overseeing ecological evolution on Gran Pulse.


* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Adamantoises and variants that tower over the party? They're the size of his ''fingers''.
* BonusBoss: Titan's trials pit the party against them as sidequests.
* TheSocialDarwinist: It eats or otherwise destroys species it decides are weak, and creates new, stronger ones.


->"You overreach yourselves."

[[caption-width-right:330:''Click here to see Orphan's second form [[note]][[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/orphan2.png]][[/note]]'']]

!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/HiroShimono in Japanese and Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas in English.

The fal'Cie powering Cocoon hidden within the capital city, He is in stasis while the other fal'Cie draw upon his massive power to cater to the whims of Cocoon's inhabitants.

* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:It wasn't until Barthandelus's death that Orphan was truly "born"; until then he existed in a sort of in-between state, aware but unable to take action as the other fal'Cie took their power from him.]]
* {{BFS}}: [[spoiler:Its shell ''is'' one, and it rises up into the air to use it for [[LimitBreak Merciless Judgment]].]]
* ClippedWingAngel: [[spoiler:In comparison to his monstrous first form, his true form is quite tame]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: Tortures Fang and Vanille to provoke one into become Ragnarok. Even worse, it heals them each time so it can do so again.]]
* CreepyChild: Has a childlike face in the middle of an angelic wheel. WordOfGod says when he was designing Orphan, one of two guidelines he had was that its true form have such a face.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:He's spent centuries trapped in a sort of un-life state of AndIMustScream. When he's finally "born," he's ready to die.]]
%%* EldritchAbomination
* EvilOrphan: The clue is in his name. His whole motif is based on this, his first form having a loving mother and father incorporated into his designs and his final ClippedWingAngel true form having the visage of only of a child abandoned by the parental figures. It also factors into the lore, where he was apparently forgotten and abandoned by the Maker and other fal'Cie.
* EyeBeams: He can spawn a single gigantic eye solely for this purpose.
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler:He has a creepy giant, serpentine woman caressing him through the whole final battle]].
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Orphan is the final boss of ''FFXIII'', with his two forms making up stages 2 & 3 of the final encounter after Barthandelus is defeated for the third time and absorbed onto him.]]
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: It's a massive white and silver fal'Cie inside a golden wheel.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:Has been used by all the other fal'Cie as Cocoon's LivingBattery, making him to blame for Cocoon existing at all, yet he technically wasn't "born" until the final phase of the game.]]
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: [[spoiler:The multi-phase final boss battle doesn't count for him. He just turns messing with the hero party again. Luckily he gets mauled another cutscene later.]]
* IAmLegion: [[spoiler:When fused with Barthandelus and a representation of Lindzei, he speaks with layered voices.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler:The premise. If he could, there would be no need to train l'Cie, the main party, into killing him. So there would be no game]].
* {{Jerkass}}: [[spoiler: In just one scene,''Barthandelus'' looks nice in comparison. He mocks the party after his boss fight, laughs as the party become cie'th and beat up Fang, proclaims miracles to be born out of misery, and tortures and heals her after she fails to kill them. Even assuming the shell of Barthandelus and the Lindzei image aren't Orphan speaking, the first words out of the mouth on that childish face is a disdainful proclamation that the party is trying for something they can never achieve.]]
* LightIsNotGood: Like Barthandelus, his powers are light-based.
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:He, or rather his death, is what Barthandelus spends most of the game grooming and manipulating the party for.]]
* MeaningfulName:
** As invoked by Orphan himself, he is the Abandoned One, created by the Maker to power Cocoon and then left in a state of un-life and forgotten about. [[spoiler:His design was also made to invoke the idea that when his shell is destroyed and you face his true form, his "parents" in the shell have abandoned him to fight alone]].
** Orphan also ties into the "Ophanim", singular form "Ophan", a class of angels also known as Thrones for they carry the throne of god, and are depicted as giant flaming wheels covered in eyes.
* MechanicalLifeform: The fal'Cie are all these, machine like gods powered by a magical crystal.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya:
** "[[spoiler:We are the Abandoned One, born but now to die. Our name is Orphan! By our hand, the world shall know redemption!]]"
** Additionally, the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome very impressive music]] that plays when he appears for the first time has an ''extremely'' big, dramatic, and loud opening, and the translation of the choir's [[OminousLatinChanting Latin]] is "My name is Orphan! ORPHAN!"
* NoSell: [[spoiler:He's completely immune to all damage in his final form, until you Stagger him.]]
* OneHitKill:
** [[spoiler:His final form has only one attack besides Doom, which he casts at the beginning of the battle, and repeatedly casts Death.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, it's possible to slaughter him with Vanille's Death if you're lucky]].
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Easily the most angelic-looking of the fal'Cie, as much as he can while still clearly being a MechanicalLifeform anyway.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: He ''is'' the forsaken child powering Cocoon. Which is why [[spoiler:he is out to destroy himself]].
* SequentialBoss: [[spoiler:Orphan has two forms that need to be destroyed, with a long cutscene between them.]]
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler:Right before the final battle.]]
* StrawNihilist: As noted by Lightning, [[spoiler:it gave up on living before it was even really alive.]]
* TimedMission: [[spoiler:Casts Doom on the party leader in the final battle, though with a much higher timer than usual.]]
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler:His shell speaks in male and female voices in unison, and refer to themselves in the plural.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:He's the final boss of the game, and is a Death Seeker as eager to die as Barthandelus and to have the party kill him.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Unlike Barthandelus, Orphan has been trapped in a purgatorial, tormented, "unborn" state for centuries, giving him ample personal reason to be a DeathSeeker.]]
* YinYangBomb: [[spoiler:His first form is encased in a shell made of a light and gold image of a female Lindzei on the right, and a dark blue and black image of Barthandelus on the left. He also has the debuffing skill Consummate Darkness and the buffing skill Consummate Light]].



The first god, and the mother of Bhunivelze. She was killed by him so he could [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The Mortal Realm.]]

* AllThereInTheManual: She's never mentioned in the games proper with the exception of a single Fragment in ''XIII-2.'' In the Japanese version of ''Lightning Returns'', Bhunivelze makes off-hand mention of her to Lightning as the world's destroyer whom he defeated, but never says her name except in the [[TrueFinalBoss Bhunivelze+]] fight on Hard Mode, where he references humanity as her children.
* AntagonisticOffspring: Got offed by her boy.
* DeathByOriginStory: She was dead long before the events of the trilogy even started.
* DeathOfTheOldGods: Her death paved the way for Bhunivelze to become the TopGod of TheVerse.
* MeaningfulName: The word ''Mwyn'' means "gentle" or "kind" in Welsh.
* NotQuiteDead: Bhunivelze always suspected that she wasn't dead yet, which was why he tasked Pulse to find the Door of Souls that led to the Unseen Realm. Turns out Etro found Mwynn first (thanks to her committing suicide and being sent to the Unseen Realm) and discovered Mwynn ''was'' still alive... of a sort. She got devoured by the Chaos, but managed to give Etro one final task.
* OrderVersusChaos: She tasked Etro with preserving the balance between the two Realms, and if this balance should ever be broken, [[ApocalypseHow the universe would end.]] This was absolutely proven right when said balance was shattered at the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''.


The Goddess of Death who is said to be the creator of the human race, and one of the remaining fal'Cie. Etro does not actually appear within the series in person, but plays a very prominent role in the back story.

* BigGood: She is this in the first two games. Unlike the fal'Cie and her siblings, Etro loves humanity instead of viewing them as tools and will frequently step in to help them should her intervention be needed, such as [[spoiler: when she reversed the parties Cie'th transformations and freed them from Crystal Stasis.]]
* CharacterDeath: As of the ending of the second game, [[spoiler:her heart is pierced, causing the Chaos to flow between worlds and creating the setting for the third and final game.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: The pictures of her in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' has her in all black, but she, inadvertently, created humanity and gave them their heart. Mind you [[SuperEmpowering the powers]] she may elect to further bless humanity with [[BlessedWithSuck aren't all that great]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Being powerless compared to Pulse and Lindzei as well as thinking of Mwynn caused her to cross it in the myth.
* DeusExMachina:[[spoiler: Specifically, her Deus Ex Machina actions at the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' break the laws of reality, which causes a TimeCrash and unleashes Chaos into the world, which Etro must attempt to seal at the cost of her life.]]
* DivineIntervention: She often takes pity on humanity in their struggles. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' confirms that the ending of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', in which the party members were de-crystallized and had their l'Cie brands removed, was the direct result of her intervention. This intervention came with a high price...]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Thanks to her DespairEventHorizon where she tore at her own body but thanks to that humanity was born from her blood.
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: She has gifted Lightning with godlike power, as well as granting Yeul and Serah with her eyes allowing them to see the future ''and'' Caius with her heart; granting him immortality.
* GodIsGood: Her mercy is frequently commented on and Yeul says that, unlike the Fal'cie, she grants super powers without turning people into slaves. [[spoiler: The CastFromLifespan aspect is not her fault.]]
* GodIsInept: She tries to help but has a hard time doing anything without [[spoiler:breaking reality, as shown by her DeusExMachina at the end of the first game.]]
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: [[spoiler: Inverted. Etro causes problems by being too active. Saving the heroes from their crystalized fate and reuniting them with their loved ones at the end of the last game distorts the 'true' timeline which directly leads to the death of Yeul. She is a seeress whose visions shorten her life span and the distortions in time increase the frequency of her visions which leads to a premature death. This motivates Cauis to become the game's Big Bad. The power to see visions was given to her by Etro to better govern her city. The only thing she did that did NOT backfire was choose Lightning to be her champion.]]
* GuardianEntity: Etro's duty is to watch over the Door of Souls.
* IdenticalGrandson: Etro is said to be identical to her creator's mother Mwynn.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Like Lindzei we never see Etro, only a painting of her in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' and on murals in ''Lightning Returns''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Etro broke the timeline when she awoke the main party from crystal stasis at the end of the original game.]]


The deity who is said to be the creator and master of Cocoon. He is the creator of the world in which the games take place and is such worshiped by the fal'cie of Cocoon.

* AmbiguousGender: This varies depending on the language. The English version of Lightning Returns always refers to Lindzei as male, but his gender remains unspecified in the original Japanese. In addition, many of the representations and descriptions of Lindzei in the original Final Fantasy XIII describe Lindzei as a motherly figure, implying a female gender.
* FinalSolution: [[spoiler: Lindzei and his Fal'Cie children Barthandelus, Orphan, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0 Gala]] seem to like commiting mass genocide. While Lindzei's reasons are unknown the others attempted it to open the Door of Souls.]]
* GuardianEntity: [[spoiler:According to the mythology, Lindzei was made to be the protector of Pulse. [[ColonyDrop One can only wonder what the hell happened.]]]]
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: [[spoiler: His disappearance is what drives the antagonist's actions.]]
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: We never actually see Lindzei, although it's represented by a symbol and various statues.
* TheMaker: He created Cocoon, the Cocoon Fal'cie as well as humanity itself out of his sister Etro's blood.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:He was a parental figure to the Cocoon fal'cie and abandoned them long before the game begins.]]
* RiddleForTheAges: Why did Lindzei abandon Cocoon? Doubles as a bit of a DrivingQuestion, [[spoiler:especially to the Cocoon fal'Cie. Whether or not Lindzei is The Maker is also a bit of a puzzle.]]
* SigilSpam: Lindzei's mark is prominent throughout Cocoon, such as the head Dysley's StaffOfAuthority as well as Dajh [[spoiler:and Cid's]] l'cie brands. It is essentially Cocoon and Sanctum's 'flag'.
* {{Satan}}: To the people of Pulse, at any rate. The viper comparisons really drive it home.



The deity which the land Gran Pulse is named after. Appears in one scene where he turns the party except for Vanille into l'Cie.

* ForDoomTheBellTolls: He seems to be made up of church bells!
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Averted. Unlike Lindzei or Etro, we actually see Pulse.
* OurGodsAreDifferent: His appearance in his [[OneSceneWonder one scene]] is quite bizarre to say the least.
* ParentalNeglect: [[spoiler:Pulse was a parental figure to the Gran Pulse fal'Cie and abandoned them long before the game begins. His reasons for doing so are unknown.]]
* RiddleForTheAges: Like Lindzei he disappeared from the people of Gran Pulse. [[spoiler: Though what his goals are is unknown, his servant [[VideoGame/{{FinalFantasyType0}} Arecia Al-Rashia]] attempted to open the Door of Souls using special souls.]]