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* ContinuityPorn: His boss fight is positively ''saturated'' in {{Mythology Gag}}s and {{Call Back}}s, both from the previous ''XIII'' games and ''Final Fantasy'' as a whole.
** He greets Lightning in Hope's body before showing his deific form, referencing [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland greeting the Warriors of Light before becoming Chaos]].
** In his first form, he attacks Lightning with Ruin and Graviton spells, favourites of Barthandelus and Caius, respectively.
** His first and third forms use Almagest, one of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath]]'s favourites.
** In his second form, he becomes a ''Final Fantasy'' classic BarrierChangeBoss, with the same function as the [[SarcasmMode beloved]] Aster Protoflorian from earlier in the Saga.
** His second form uses a charged attack that can be weakened by dealing enough elemental damage before it goes off. The incomplete version is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Mateus]]' Falling Star, while the complete version is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]]'s Forsaken.
** In his third form, he one-ups [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]]'s infamous Supernova with a cinematic (and thus unblockable) ''Hypernova''.
** His fourth form takes a stance similar to the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Cloud of Darkness]]; leaning forward, body angled back.
** In his fourth form, one of his attacks is an inconsistent BeamSpam like Barthandelus', though mercifully much less frequent.
** Unlike most renditions of Heartless Angel, the HP to 1 effect can be nullified with sharp timing, similar to Sephiroth's [[Franchise/KingdomHearts most devastating use of it]].



* FinalBoss: Of ''Lightning Returns'' and the ''FFXIII'' series altogether.

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* FinalBoss: Of ''Lightning Returns'' and the ''FFXIII'' series Lightning Saga altogether.


* TopGod: The God who defeated his mother and made the three major Gods that created humanity and Fal'cie.
* TwoFaced: He has an angelic face in his front and a demonic face on the back of his head, they can rotate to suit his mood.

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* TopGod: The God who defeated his mother and made the three major Gods that created humanity and Fal'cie.
fal'Cie.
* TwoFaced: He has an angelic face in his front and a demonic face on the back of his head, they head; he turns around to show the demonic face in the second phase of his battle, sprouting extra wings in the process. Lightning considers the demonic one "the true face of God".
* UnderestimatingBadassery: A self-inflicted variant; he nurtured Lightning as a goddess of death... and then lets her walk right up to him with intent to take the new world at his expense.
-->'''Bhunivelze:''' You think you
can rotate to suit his mood.slay god?
-->'''Lightning:''' The goddess of death can! ''You've'' made me strong enough!

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* GodOfOrder: The god most opposed to the forces of chaos, who wishes to eliminate free will and is a massive ControlFreak.


->"This savior... What is she about, anyway?"

!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/KanaeIto in Japanese and Creator/JessicaDiCicco in English

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

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!!!!!!Voiced by David Lodge in English

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'''WARNING''' - the following profile has all spoilers unmarked, including those for the end of the game.

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'''WARNING''' - -- the following profile has all spoilers unmarked, including those for the end of the game.



!!Bhunivelze




!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/YukiKaji in Japanese and Daniel Riordan in English

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* SatanicArchetype: Although referred to as God throughout the game, he's a bit closer in concept to a {{Satan}} that actually succeeded in his rebellion against the actual God of this verse (his mother Mwynn) and is trying to remake the human world to his liking.


* AltumVidetur: Her name is derived from the Latin word for light. [[spoiler: It's a MeaningfulName, too: she's an incarnation of ''Lightning'', whose real name is Claire, which means "light".]]


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* GratuitousLatin: Her name is derived from the Latin word for light. [[spoiler: It's a MeaningfulName, too: she's an incarnation of ''Lightning'', whose real name is Claire, which means "light".]]

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Despite effectively being an incarnation of the young Claire, everyone identifies Lumina as resembling a younger Serah, which speaks volumes of the similarities between the Farron sisters.]]


* GoodAllAlong: If her backstory is anything to go by, [[spoiler:everything she did was to ultimately save Lightning and all of her friends, and get Lightning to re-embrace her childhood personality traits to be a stronger person.]]
* TheHeavy: She drives the story along, manipulating Lightning and the others to get them exactly where she wants them to be. She could be considered the BigBad if not for the fact that [[spoiler:she's not really evil, and is helping to expose the actual villain to be thwarted, Bhunivelze.]]

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* GoodAllAlong: If her backstory is anything to go by, [[spoiler:everything Apparently, everything she did was to ultimately save [[spoiler:save Lightning and all of her friends, allies, help them stop Bhunivelze, and get Lightning to re-embrace her childhood personality traits to be a stronger person.]]
* TheHeavy: She drives She's the driving force of the story along, by virtue of manipulating Lightning and the others her allies to get them exactly where to do what she wants them wants, and usually in an antagonistic manner to be.at least Lightning. She could be considered the BigBad if not for the fact that [[spoiler:she's not really evil, and is helping to expose the actual villain to be thwarted, Bhunivelze.]]


!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/KanaeIto in Japanese and Jessica [=DiCicco=] in English

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!!!!!!Voiced by Creator/KanaeIto in Japanese and Jessica [=DiCicco=] Creator/JessicaDiCicco in English


* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original Japanese, he originally possessed Hope so he could better understand humans and become a better (if still villainous) deity. The English version changed that into him wanting to remake humanity as his mindless puppets, with Hope being his lab rat to figure out how to mold them to his liking.

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* AdaptationalSexuality: In the original Japanese, in possessing Hope's body it is implied he had begun to feel some of Hope's emotions, and developed a twisted "love" for Lightning, referring to her in adoring words during their battle. That he was voiced by the same person who voiced Hope was meant to further this subtext. The English version completely rewrites those bits of dialogue and gives him a different voice actor than the English Hope, entirely removing Bhunivelze's sexual interest in Lightning.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original Japanese, he originally possessed Hope so he could better understand humans and become a better (if god for them; however, his desire to purge them of negative memories including their memories of the dead was still villainous) deity. wrong, thus why Lightning opposed him. The English version changed that into him wanting to remake humanity as his mindless puppets, with puppets to live in his new world as blissfully ignorant servants, and Hope being was his lab rat to figure out how to mold them to his liking.liking. This moves him from AntiVillain to a more straightforward brand of villainy.


* MrExposition

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* MrExpositionMrExposition: He explains lots of things for Lightning, such as the corrupted Soul Song and the nature of living memory-soul existence.



* {{Bishonen}}

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* %%* {{Bishonen}}



* DeadpanSnarker: Nowhere near the level of Fang, but he's picked up a thing or two.
* NumberTwo: To Fang.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Nowhere near the level of Fang, but he's picked up Snarking is apparently a bandit thing or two.
to do because he does it a lot with Lightning. It makes a comical routine given her stoic mission-focusedness.
* NumberTwo: To Fang.Fang's adjutant in the bandit gang.


* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Bhunivelze's philosophy goes down to this. By tasking Lightning with saving souls, he culls them to rid them of free will, making them nothing more but dolls, and even plans on robbing Lightning of hers, turning her into another Etro, a living balance between the worlds of the living and the dead. Alas, Lightning will have none of it.

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* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Bhunivelze's philosophy goes boils down to this. By tasking Lightning with saving souls, he culls them to rid them of free will, making them nothing more but dolls, and even plans on robbing Lightning of hers, turning her into another Etro, a living balance between the worlds of the living and the dead. Alas, Lightning will have none of it.


* GodIsGood: He's a subverted example in that he is initially set up as this benevolent deity that is creating a new one for humanity to live in and empowering a hero to save their souls, and of course, the Order of Salvation goes on and on about his good qualities. However, Lightning harbors doubts about him early on and considers his promise of reviving her sister to be more like a HostageSituation. Sure enough, she is right.

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* GodIsGood: He's a subverted example in that he is initially set up as this benevolent deity that is creating a new one world for humanity to live in and empowering a hero to save their souls, and of course, the Order of Salvation goes on and on about his good qualities. However, Lightning harbors doubts about him early on and considers his promise of reviving her sister to be more like a HostageSituation. Sure enough, she is right.



* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Because human souls are invisible to him, he has a very limited understanding of what makes us tick. In the Japanese dialogue, he explicitly states that he possessed Hope's body, then remade and remolded it to suit his purposes as a vessel to dwell in as part of an attempt to better understand humanity. [[note]]The English dialogue has him saying that he's planning to remake all of humanity's souls in general instead of singling out Hope.[[/note]]

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Because human souls are invisible to him, he has a very limited understanding of what makes us them tick. In the Japanese dialogue, he explicitly states that he possessed Hope's body, then remade and remolded it to suit his purposes as a vessel to dwell in as part of an attempt to better understand humanity. [[note]]The English dialogue has him saying that he's planning to remake all of humanity's souls in general instead of singling out Hope.[[/note]]



* NotQuiteDead: Lightning doubts that he actually died following the final battle, suspecting that he just merely fell into stasis again. But she is confident that humanity will be able to defeat him again should he return.
* OedipusComplex: A variant -- he killed his mother to supplant her as ruler of the world, but believed she didn't really die and became obsessed with finding her again. It gets fully sexual in ''Lightning Returns'', with the Japanese version having a lot of innuendo-laced dialogue about Lightning replacing Etro (who was said to look like Mwynn) by offering herself to him. This further goes to downright ShipTease when you connect it to Bhunivelze possessing Hope as a vessel and the implication Hope's emotions are influencing him during this.

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* NotQuiteDead: Lightning doubts that he actually died following the final battle, suspecting that he just merely fell into stasis again. But However, she is confident that humanity will be able to defeat him again should he return.
* OedipusComplex: A variant -- he killed his mother to supplant her as ruler of the world, but believed she didn't really die and became obsessed with finding her again. It gets fully sexual in ''Lightning Returns'', with the Japanese version having a lot of innuendo-laced dialogue about Lightning replacing Etro (who was said to look like Mwynn) by offering herself to him. This further goes to downright ShipTease when you connect it to Bhunivelze possessing Hope as a vessel and the implication that Hope's emotions are influencing him during this.



* StalkerWithACrush: Japanese version only. He spent the entire game watching ''everything'' Lightning did through Hope, after all.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Japanese version only. He spent the entire game watching ''everything'' Lightning did through Hope, after all. Then there's the innuendo during his boss fight with her.


* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: His body is primarily white with his wings and ornamentations being gold and black.

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*GodIsGood: He's a subverted example in that he is initially set up as this benevolent deity that is creating a new one for humanity to live in and empowering a hero to save their souls, and of course, the Order of Salvation goes on and on about his good qualities. However, Lightning harbors doubts about him early on and considers his promise of reviving her sister to be more like a HostageSituation. Sure enough, she is right.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: His TopGod body is primarily white with his wings and ornamentations being gold and black.



* HumanityIsInfectious: It's implied especially more clearly in the Japanese dialogue, that while he stole Hope's memories, he was also starting to become affected by Hope's emotions. Hence why after Lightning defeats him in the final boss battle, he begins to [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry feel emotions, namely anger]] [[DespairEventHorizon and despair,]] as it indicates Hope's soul is surfacing and is within reach for Lightning to save.

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* HumanityIsInfectious: It's implied especially more clearly in the Japanese dialogue, dialogue that while he stole Hope's memories, he was also starting to become affected by Hope's emotions. Hence why after Lightning defeats him in the final boss battle, he begins to [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry feel emotions, namely anger]] [[DespairEventHorizon and despair,]] as it indicates Hope's soul is surfacing and is within reach for Lightning to save.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: On the Final Day, her [[spoiler:desperate/tearful pleading for Lightning not to leave her alone]] is a ''stark'' contrast to everything she's said/done before then.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: On the Final Day, her [[spoiler:desperate/tearful pleading she [[spoiler:desperately/tearfully pleads for Lightning not to leave her alone]] is alone]]. It's a ''stark'' contrast to everything she's said/done before then.then, to say the least.

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