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The younger, handsomer face of New Yevon, Baralai works as Praetor to reform the image of Yevon in the eyes of the people. But he might not be able to bear the weight of the secrets that Yevon buried long ago on top of the demons he already carries. Like the other Crimson Squad members, a shade of Baralai created by pyreflies can be fought in the Den of Woe; him and the others can also be recruited in the Creature Creator.
- Arranged Marriage: Subverted. Through a case of mistaken identity, Yuna assumes that New Yevon's current praetor is the one that proposed marriage to her, but Baralai clarifies that he's the replacement praetor.
- The Atoner: Sort of. He formed New Yevon in the hopes of atoning for the previous church's mistake.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Paine says as much. Leblanc's goons expect he'll be useless without an escort to do the fighting for him. Needless to say, in the boss battle he doesn't need them.
- Break the Cutie: See Despair Event Horizon.
- Carry a Big Stick: He has a staff-spinning attack which only hits targets close to him.
- Chromatic Arrangement: The green to Nooj's red and Gippal's blue.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Has tanned skin and white hair.
- Despair Event Horizon: The subject of Nooj's betrayal is clearly this for him. The tone Baralai's voice takes during his talk with Seymour after the Crimson Squad massacre as well as the fact that Shuyin possesses Baralai almost immediately after he confronts Nooj in the Bevelle Underground makes it clear that any thought of that incident and the events leading up to it is the point at which he is mentally and emotionally weakest.
- Distressed Dude: In the second half of the game, Baralai confronts the other Crimson Squad survivors in Vegnagun's Cradle; his body is taken over by Shuyin and dragged to the Farplane to recover Vegnagun. Nooj and Gippal give chase out of a sense of camaraderie.
- Freudian Trio: The Id in the trio consisting of him, Nooj, and Gippal.
- Grand Theft Me: By Shuyin, after he hops from Nooj.
- Not So Stoic: A recurring character trait. He's pleasant and sociable in regular conversation. Once in battle or sufficiently angered, the dude's a regular berserker for all the yelling he does. For all the stoicism that he exudes whenever the Gullwings encounters him, he freaks out when he and Gippal meet with Nooj in the Bevelle Underground.
- Peace Conference: No matter which ending you receive, Baralai will bury the hatchet with the Youth League in public.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: was originally a member of the ill-fated Crimson Squad, and later sought refuge with Seymour Guado, thus explaining his inexorable rise. Seymour expunged his record so that nobody could tie him to the Youth League leader.
- Ship Tease: He has this with Paine, as seen in the Crimson Spheres.
- Simple Staff: When you fight him, his main weapon is a battle staff that can extend for attacks.
- The Stoic: He's the most softspoken of the three leaders in Spira during FFX-2.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Baralai has a few nasty tricks if you aren't prepared. Demi pierces Reflect, and Drill Shot lops off 75% of the target's max HP. It's a Blue Bullet attack which you can only learn from him.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Nooj, Gippal, and Paine. From the scene in the Bevelle Underground, it's easy to see that though Gippal, Paine, and Nooj seem to have moved on from the Crimson Massacre incident, Baralai definitely hasn't. Almost screamed word for word:Baralai: WHY DID YOU SHOOT?! WHY DID YOU SHOOT GIPPAL AND ME?! WE WERE FRIENDS, AND YOU SHOT US IN THE BACK!! ANSWER ME!
- White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. He comes off as a rather suspicious figure with implications of the victorious Starscream kind when first introduced, and there's plenty of reason to think he's evil, given that he fights the party in order to protect yet another one of Bevelle's dark secrets, and his sphere also reveals that after the Crimson Squad fiasco, he sought help from Seymour of all people. However, later on, it becomes clear that Shuyin-possessed Nooj is the actual villain, and Baralai doesn't get around to his FaceHeel Turn until after Shuyin swipes his body. The ending makes it pretty clear that he's one of the good guys, working for the betterment of Spira.
- In essence, he's basically a character inversion of Seymour. In the backstory, he mysteriously rises to leadership of a reformed New Yevon despite never even appearing in the first game, and there's a couple hints that an Arranged Marriage was attempted between himself and Yuna. The developers clearly tried to paint an image of a Seymour expy early on, only to subvert it as he was Good All Along. Then double-subverted when Shuyin body hops over from Nooj, meaning that Shuyin is using Baralai's body to control Vegnagun.
The leader of the Youth League faction who leads Spira's foolhardy and inexperienced youth in collecting spheres for the sake of documenting Spira's true history.
- Artificial Limbs: Two of them. No explanation how he lost them or why he needs a cane for supplemental support by X-2.
- Big Brother Instinct: Once he is free of Shuyin's influence, Nooj wastes no time telling Paine to stay away before Shuyin, now in Baralai's body, ever has the chance to attack her. And then he spends the rest of the game with Gippal trying to save Baralai from Shuyin.
- Bonus Boss: If the player enters the Den of Woe.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Wears a lot of red to contrast with Gippal's blue and Baralai's green.
- Deadpan Snarker:Paine: You were ready to give up back there. Ready to die.
Nooj: Very perceptive. You'll be a legend among recorders.
- Death Seeker: As Shuyin explains, this made him an easy target for possession at the time of the Crimson Massacre. Nooj's sphere alludes this to being part man and part machine and just being depressed over the loss of his own limbs.
- Easily Forgiven: By Gippal, who doesn't seem to hold any grudge towards Nooj for the shot taken at him (and Gippal had a clear view that Nooj was the one that did it), and Paine, who explains to Yuna and Rikku that she saw Nooj's actions as an accident resulting from the strange pyreflies from the Den of Woe. Baralai, however, averts this full-stop.
- Gollum Made Me Do It: He is one of four survivors of the Den of Woe incident: Unbeknownst to him, he is still carrying the malevolent entity known as Shuyin, who promptly hijacks Baralai when the pair meet again beneath Bevelle.
- Grand Theft Me: It's hard to tell how much of Nooj's actions were subconsciously driven by Shuyin following his possession in the Den of Woe two years prior, but it's clear that Shuyin is the one that shot Baralai, Gippal, and Paine and was also the one that surfaced in the Bevelle Underground.
- Freudian Trio: The Superego of the trio consisting of him, Baralai, and Gippal.
- Fixed Damage Attack: His Signature Move in the Fiend Arena, Lightfall, deals 5,000 damage to the entire party.
- Improbable Hairstyle: What is it with this series and antigravity hair?
- Handicapped Badass: Presumably, he can fight well enough to support the Gullwings in the final battle.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: He is deeply indebted to the LeBlanc Syndicate, but he doesn't return their leader's romantic affections.
- Rapunzel Hair: It's almost as long as Yuna's braided hair.
- Rebel Leader: As captain of the Youth League, which is essentially filled with the younger generation of Spira that, on top of being relatively inexperienced, does not understand that not everything can be solved with violence.
- Red Baron: Nooj the Undying.
- Rummage Sale Reject: His outfit is nothing short of ridiculous.
- Supporting Leader: He is later spotted in the Bevelle Underground, where he witnesses Shyuin possessing Baralai. When Yuna gets knocked into one of the holes linking Spira with the Farplane, she momentarily spots Nooj and Gippal, who tell her to "take care of things topside." We later find out that Nooj and Gippal (along with the LeBlanc Syndicate) have chased Shuyin into the Farplane to rescue their friend. When their combined efforts fail to faze Vegnagun, the Gullwings join the fight.
- Survivor's Guilt: Nooj lost a quarter of his body in a battle with Sin and replaced his lost limbs with machina, which left him feeling fatalistic.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: We learn he is famous enough to be notorious, and in Bevelle we start to get the first signs of his self-destructive tendencies. After his brush with Sin (i.e. death) he is unable to rest until he meets a warrior's end. There's echoes of Auron in there. They both wear red, as well.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: LeBlanc certainly thinks so.
- Taking You with Me: At the end of the game, Nooj journeys ahead of the party and straps a bomb to himself so he can be re-possessed by Shuyin and kill them both. Yuna is appalled by his plan and manages to talk him out of it.
- Throwing Off the Disability: Nooj discards the cane when he's under Shuyin's influence. Although Nooj has his artificial leg and limps slightly in flashbacks, he's seen without his cane at the Den of Woe. When Baralai draws a pistol on him beneath Bevelle, Nooj's body shimmers green for a moment and he drops his cane.
- Too Many Belts: As usual for Nomura character designs. Nooj in particular is probably the worst offender by a long shot, even by Nomura's standards.
- We Used to Be Friends: See Baralai's entry.
An Al Bhed punk who leads the Machine Faction from their base in Djose Temple.
- BFG: With a circular saw blade on the end. Also, it's pink. (Purple?)
- Bonus Boss: If you go into the Den of Woe.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He might not seem like The Smart Guy but he's a genius when it comes to machines.
- The Charmer: Cocky and and cool enough to make even Rikku blush.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: A male version. He's well-liked, the leader of an organization and Yuna definitely takes notice when he walks past. And his theme music is a guitar riff that basically tells us "this guy is cool".
- Eyepatch of Power: He sported it two years ago, so it's unknown how he lost his eye. Unless it's just a fashion statement.
- Freudian Trio: The Ego in the trio consisting of him, Nooj and Baralai.
- Genki Guy: He tones it down when things get serious but he's quite the ray of sunshine.
- Implied Love Interest: For Rikku, by way of saying "we made quite the couple". Rikku frequently denies that anything ever happened, but it's made clear across the game that she feels something for him.
- Improbable Age: He's the leader of the Machine Faction at only eighteen! Presumably his experience in the Crimson Squad helped give him some clout.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Paine. It's subtle, but definitely there: Gippal is the only one that Paine bothers willingly showing her face in front of when YRP meets the various leaders of Spira for the first time.
- Maybe Ever After: Rikku definitely shows some concern for him when Djose Temple is attacked. They're seen leaving the Farplane together, though both end the game with their respective friends rather than each other.
- Remember the New Guy?: He hated Sin and wanted to become a Crusader, but the Al Bhed weren't eligible; when he heard that the Crimson Squad were less discriminatory, Gippal leapt at the chance. He decided to lay low after Yevon tried to cover up the incident, and Paine plays it off as though they have never met. He is briefly seen conversing with Auron in a recording taken shortly before Home was destroyed in X.
- Ship Tease: He's got it with both Yuna and Rikku (more so with the latter, especially considering he seems to come on a bit too strong for Yuna's taste).
- Spiky Hair: He's unique in the series that his hairstyle is actually possible to pull off in real life.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: One of the Crimson Spheres shows that he called Paine "Dr P" as well; it's one of Rikku's nicknames for her.
- We Used to Be Friends: See Baralai's entry.
The navigator of the Gullwings and friend of Brother's.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of his attacks in the HD Remaster edition involves running behind the enemy and then attacking.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He's got platinum blond hair and brown skin.
- Improbable Weapon User: If you recruit him using the Creature Creator feature in the HD Remaster edition, he uses a large, exotic-looking wrench as his weapon.
- Only Sane Man: In contrast to the quirky genius Shinra and the clownish Brother, Buddy is the level-headed member of the male Gullwings. He negotiates fees on behalf of the Gullwings, and slaps some sense into Brother whenever he acts up.
- Promoted to Playable: Like the other male Gullwings, he can be recruited through the Creature Creator system.
- Remember the New Guy?: Dialogue implies he was good friends with Rikku during the events of the first game, and also knows Gippal. He was also apparently on the Fahrenheit during the previous game, and is disappointed that Yuna doesn't remember him.
- The Smart Guy: He's the navigator on the Celsius.
- Shirtless Scene: In blitzball, his top is removed.
An Al Bhed prodigy and member of the Gullwings. In the PAL and HD versions, the Celsius also contains a Fiend Arena with which Shinra captures and tames fiends.
- Body Horror: Take a closer look at Almighty Shinra. Those dreadlock-like appendages on either side of his head? Those are actually regular Shinra's arms. Shinra's head is also faintly visible merged on top of Almighty Shinra's own.
- Brief Accent Imitation: After Tobli sends his Hypello army to advertise Yuna's concert in Chapter 4, one Hypello can be seen through the Kilika Port CommSphere selling the news to Dona. Later, while accidentally eavesdropping on Dona rehearsing on what to say to Barthello, Shinra imitates a Hypello accent when he thought Dona realized he was there.
- Catchphrase: Whenever someone asks him a question that he can't answer he'll say "I'm only a kid."
- Child Prodigy
- Cool, but Inefficient: In Chapter 4, he can teleport Chocobos onto the ship using a CommSphere, with what he calls the Chocoporter. Unfortunately, it shorts out the CommSphere after the second use.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much his defining characteristic.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Shinra later tries to convert the energy from the Farplane into fuel, which causes him to be overwhelmed by pyreflies and transform into the Bonus Boss Almighty Shinra, who is fought in the Arena.
- Friend to All Living Things: The Creature Creator sidequest portrays Shinra as this - he befriends all the fiends that you catch for his fiend arena and is responsible for their finding peace with their state of being, whether that means moving on to the Farplane or remaining as they are on Spira.
- Fusion Dance: An interpretation to Shinra unwittingly absorbing Omega's pyreflies to become Almighty Shinra.
- Insufferable Genius: He is a useful but tricky ally: He's the final opponent in the Sphere Break tournament, and if you lose to him, he refuses to turn over the grand prize (the Gambler Dressphere) even though he can't conceivably use it.
- Just a Kid: Shinra's boilerplate excuse whenever he's unable to come up with the answer to a problem.
- Mission Control: His on-board computer offers a Monster Compendium, an Encyclopedia Exposita, a failed "Choco-porter", and later a commsphere network which lets you FaceTime with other residents of Spira.
- Monster Compendium:
- Through him YRP can access a virtual dictionary detailing the basic stats and Flavor Text of various Fiends. It also functions as a checklist, highlighting enemies' names in pink text if they have been defeated in Oversoul form.
- A second compendium is available in the International versions; however, this one instead summarizes the Fiend Tales of Fiends that the Gullwings have recruited.
- Promoted to Playable: A different take compared to Brother and Buddy. Shinra can transform into a powerful Bonus Boss, Almighty Shinra, which can be recruited after besting it in battle.
- Shout-Out: Shinra should ring a few bells.
- Might be more than a Shout-Out: the Ultimania states that Shinra researched how to extract life energy from the Farplane as a power source, and after generations this would become the process of extracting Mako energy as seen in Final Fantasy VII. This has led to no small number of theories about how the worlds of VII and X are connected. It's hinted that his family line will journey into space and populate Gaia in Final Fantasy VII.
- Teen Genius
- Token Evil Teammate: Shinra. He is a staunch ally of the Gullwings, but has other agendas that sometimes conflict with yours. He refuses to cough up the Lady Luck Dressphere unless you best him at Sphere Break. In Last Mission, Rikku mentions that he is assisting Rin with his machina upgrades, and Ultimania confirms that Rin provides financial backing for Shinra's experiments on mining energy from the Farplane. (This is ominous if you implicated Rin in the Mi'ihen Mystery or are familiar at all with Final Fantasy VII's plot.) In the remaster, Shinra's meddling in the Farplane causes him to become possessed by pyreflies that emerge from Omega Weapon, which temporarily transforms him into a boss.
- Voiced by Masatoyo Tetsuno (Japanese)Voiced by Jack Fletcher (English)
A young Ronso warrior who feuds with Kimahri over what path the Ronso should take.
- Anti-Villain: Wants to avenge the death of his Ronso comrades because of Seymour's actions two years earlier, even though the Guado people had nothing to do with that massacre.
- Blood Knight: Wants to wipe out the Guado for Seymour's crimes.
- Fantastic Racism: He blindly hates the Guado for Seymour killing Maester Kelk, Biran, Yenke and other Ronso.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Garik can be recruited through the Creature Creator, even if the Chapter 5 events in Gagazet have yet to be played.
- Graceful Loser: Downplayed. After besting him in Chapter 3, Garik respectfully accepts Yuna's terms that he quell his uprising, however, it doesn't mean that he wants to give up on his revenge plot just yet.
- Religious Bruiser: He asks the spirit of Mount Gagazet for advice before embarking on his quest for revenge. What (he thinks?) the mountain says varies depending on whether Yuna has pacified the Ronso tribe, although he decides to attack regardless. In the optimal route, he admits that he knew Gagazet's silence was a rejection of his desire, and that he was foolish to defy its will.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Kimahri delivers one of these to him.
- Underestimating Badassery: He underestimates both Yuna and Kimahri, mistaking their desire not to go to war as a weakness.
- Worthy Opponent: When Yuna defeats him in battle he agrees to swear off his revenge and follow Yuna's lead.
A popular Songstress and summoner from the original Zanarkand. A sphere of her imprinted with her consciousness is later acquired by Yuna.
- The Anti-Nihilist: She considers her life to have been a good one, although by objective standards it was tragically cut short.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Sadly, Shuyin didn't hear it. Yuna's goal in the end is to help Lenne express her feelings to him.
- Contrived Coincidence: She's a summoner who has a Zanarkand blitz player for a lover. The official stance on their connection to Tidus and Yuna are supposedly coincidental.
- Grand Theft Me: She does not ask for permission when possessing Yuna's body. Yeah, she has good intentions most of the time, but...
- The Ingenue: Skilled in performing arts as well as the summoning arts of Zanarkand.
- I Should Have Been Better: She doesn't blame herself for Shuyin's crimes, but she wonders if things would have been different had she been honest about her feelings.
- I Wrote Our Story: Her songs are very heavily based on her experiences in real life.
- The Lost Lenore: She is this for Shuyin. Although he's dead as well, he's still lingering as an unsent.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A non-romantic example. The first indication of her existence is when she possesses Yuna to help the girl relax and have fun.
- Nothing Personal: She doesn't hate the people of Bevelle (and actually becomes...friends? with Yuna, who was born there). She will rip them to bits with her aeons, but that's not the same thing.
- Patriotic Fervor: It's unclear whether Zanarkand was fighting back in self-defense, but either way, Lenne was entirely willing to fight on her hometown's behalf.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her dressphere outfit.
- Silent Treatment: When Lenne and Shuyin had a bad fight over her role in the war, she refused to speak to him even as he stormed out. She deeply regrets this, not least because it meant she Never Got to Say Goodbye.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Though she looks frail and harmless, she was a summoner, which has been shown to be extremely difficult. What's more is that she fought on the front lines during the war between Zanarkand and Bevelle.
- Soul Jar: The Songstress Dressphere is one of hers, though she's using it willingly and appears to be able to leave whenever she wants.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Shuyin.
The founder of New Yevon who inspired many Spirans to pursue the career of a Sphere Hunter. After hoarding many spheres he collected for himself, he mysteriously vanished into the Vio Infinito. In reality, he's still lying in wait in Bevelle, at the very bottom of the Bonus Dungeon.
- Badass Normal: He is an extremely strong-willed man who resists becoming a fiend and can take on and tame the strongest of the Weapon species with his bare hands—and win. He's a pretty fast opponent, made even speedier in the Creature Creator where you can recruit him.
- Bonus Boss: The most powerful enemy in vanilla X-2. (In the International versions, while still powerful, he's lost the spot of "ultimate challenge" to Major Numerus and Almighty Shinra).
- Dead All Along: According to Word of God, he was an unsent to begin with, but he posed as a priest to infiltrate the heart of Yevon.
- Ice-Cream Koan: The apparent Theme Naming of his basic attacks.
- The Man Behind the Monsters: An Unsent, that is, yet he remains in human form. All the bosses in Via Infinito answer to him.
- Principles Zealot: He admits to the Gullwings that he destroyed his entire sphere collection, his rationale being that people must discard the past to face the future.
- Promoted to Playable: After defeating him in Via Infinito, he can be captured through the Creature Creator.
- Sequential Boss: Even though there's a lengthy cutscene between them, the Gullwings fight Trema right after Paragon, with the party's condition carrying over between the two battles.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Trema remarks that without Sin, there was no unified enemy for the people of Spira, and so in turn they would turn their swords on each other. This pretty much is the Youth League as Lucil said in her speech at the end of Chapter 5.
- You ALL Look Familiar: He uses the same model as the raggedy priest who introduces you to Yunalesca in the previous game, but they're probably not the same person.
- You Have Failed Me: After the Gullwings defeat Paragon, Trema steps up and annihilates him with his bare hands.