Follow TV Tropes

Following

Webcomic / Guardian

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/guardianffx.png
The party has arrived at Zanarkand. Yunalesca explains to Yuna what she must do now: the summoner chooses one of her guardians to become the Final Aeon. Then she will call that person forth, battle Sin, and die. It is time for Yuna to select the companion that will bear this fate. Lulu steps forward and volunteers.
Advertisement:

Then, on the next page, we watch a little girl on a snowy island catch the attention of Lady Ginnem when she brings her moogle doll to life.

Guardian is a Final Fantasy X comic drawn by MintyWolf. It is a Perspective Flip of the game's story, following Lulu from early childhood into the events of the game. It details many things left unexplored by the game: how she became a guardian twice before the age of twenty, how she met Yuna in the first place, and why her fashion sense is so different from everyone else in Spira. It is also somewhat of an Alternate Universe version (as the author details here).

The comic updates on Mondays and can be read on Tumblr or Deviantart.


Advertisement:

Tropes:

  • Alternate Universe: Most of the comic falls in line with canon (apart from a couple of minor edits) once it catches up to ingame events. The divergence point turns out to be immediately after the moment on the first pages. Lulu offers to become the Final Aeon; rather than refuse and fight Yunalesca, Yuna and the others accept this decision and the transformation is made.
  • Art Evolution: Page 100 compared to page 1.
  • All-Loving Hero: Lulu describes Yuna as someone whose heart can hold the whole world.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Even as a young girl, Lulu is a bit of an outcast due to her affinity for black magic.
    • Yuna is mistreated by the temple clerics for being half Al Bhed... until Braska defeats Sin.
  • Anti-Climax: Zuke's pilgrimage is shown to be fairly quiet because he starts in Bevelle and, unlike Ginnem or Braska, has Yevon's official backing.
  • Advertisement:
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Lulu hits Luzzu hard enough to hurt her own hand when he confesses he convinced Chappu to enlist.
  • As You Know: After Yuna demonstrates white magic, Wakka starts to point out that her dad was a summoner. Lulu cuts him off mid-sentence with "I know."
  • Bag of Spilling: The comic offers an explanation for how someone who's twice traveled with summoners starts the game with level one magic spells. She stopped using magic after Ginnem's death and only returned to it on Zuke's journey, which was too uneventful for her to get much practice.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Kimahri roars into the cave on Besaid and tosses aside a wolf-like fiend with one swipe, rescuing Yuna and Lulu.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Lulu volunteers to be Zuke's guardian, though she knows it will upset Yuna, because it might prevent Yuna from having to follow the pilgrimage herself.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Lulu casually speaks of "going home" after Ginnem's pilgrimage is over and goes uncorrected, much like Tidus during the game.
    • Paine is one of the temple orphans on the snowy island.
    • Yuna's first performance of the Sending dance reproduces a shot from the FMV.
    • The last panel replicates Lulu and Yuna's poses in Lulu's character poster.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: The first time Yuna walks on water, she falls in once the others point it out.
  • Child Mage: Lulu is an elemental magic prodigy, which is one reason why she accompanies Lady Ginnem despite being twelve.
  • Children Are Innocent:
    • Lulu during her first pilgrimage. Though she's an orphan and has seen the effects of Sin's attacks, she has no idea what the ending involves.
    • Yuna is very much an innocent when they live together on Besaid, which is part of why Lulu has so much affection for her.
  • Comforting Comforter: Auron gives Lulu his coat when she finds Braska's group outside Yojimbo's cavern.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Says this herself when she saves Yuna by calling a fiend's attention onto herself.
  • Doomed by Canon: Ginnem and Chappu.
  • Dramatic Irony: Lulu and Wakka console themselves by saying Yuna will be safe on Besaid when they journey with Zuke. Naturally, Sin attacks while they're away.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: The moogle doll. Explained as being a childhood toy, more or less the only thing she owned.
  • Failure Knight: Lulu characterizes herself this way in the narration, describing Ginnem as "the first summoner I failed."
  • Fix Fic:
    • Lulu's clothing matching nobody else's is explained by her coming from a different part of Spira and moving to Besaid later, and she's shown sewing her in-game outfit herself.
    • Chappu's being the "spitting image" of Tidus is resolved by showing him with a new haircut after he signs on to the Crusaders.
    • Yuna gives her goodbye message to Auron, rather than Tidus chucking it away on the airship.
  • Healing Hands: Yuna is able to revive a cat that was killed by some teenagers.
  • How We Got Here: The comic begins with Lulu volunteering to be the Final Aeon, a moment revisited at the start of each chapter. It doesn't catch up to canonical events until chapter four.
  • Grim Up North: Lulu's home is a forgotten, snowy island in the north of Spira, its temple having lost its fayth.
  • Guilt Complex: Lulu has a hell of a one. She blames herself for Ginnem's death, any time Yuna is physically or emotionally hurt, Chappu joining the Crusaders....
  • Improbable Weapon User: The moogle doll's "weapon" function is given a nod in Part 2 when Lulu, her magic skills rusted away, opts to chuck it at a fiend's head.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Wakka kids Chappu about Lulu bringing the moogle on their honeymoon... while Lulu is practicing magic twenty feet away. Her next lightning bolt topples a tree.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: After Ginnem's death, Lulu becomes prone to resentment, notes the hypocrisy of the Church's treatment of Yuna after her father's death, and somewhat resents Yuna for her father's success.
  • Jumped at the Call: Frequently in Lulu's life. The comic opens when she volunteers to become Yuna's Final Aeon. She was also eager to join Ginnem's pilgrimage as a child, and doesn't think long before joining Zuke.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Yuna keeps the cat...like creature she revives as a pet.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Lulu becomes cynical about Yevon's teachings, but never wholly abandons them—instead she transfers the greater part of her faith to belief in Yuna.
  • Lies to Children: Ginnem declines to fully explain the pilgrimage to Lulu, not wanting to destroy her innocence.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted; the party actually gets cold-weather gear when they go to icy Macalani.
  • The Mentor: Lady Ginnem is portrayed as Lulu's first teacher of magic.
  • Moment Killer:
    • A non-romantic version when Zuke tells Lulu he's going to start his pilgrimage. Lulu volunteers dramatically. Wakka immediately follows by saying "Me too." She's visibly miffed.
    • She sees Tidus as one long, extended moment killer for her last journey with Yuna.
  • Mundane Utility: Yuna sometimes summons Valefor just to fly around.
  • My Girl Back Home: Lulu for Chappu—he joins the Crusaders so that she won't be guardian again. She's not thrilled.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lulu recognizes Yuna's ability to walk on water as a sign of summoner talent, and she is not happy.
  • One-Winged Angel: Lulu's form as the Final Aeon is an elegant, lupine creature the same size as Jecht in his form as Sin's core.
  • Opposites Attract: Lulu eventually falls for Chappu because he's such a teen goofball.
  • Parting Words Regret: After trying to patiently explain to Yuna why she can't join Zuke's pilgrimage, Lulu eventually snaps at her and Yuna runs away crying. The moment haunts her frequently on the abbreviated journey.
  • No-Sell: Yojimbo's cavern has been unvisited for so long that the fiends have multiplied in power. The skeletal monster that kills Ginnem and Imogen easily rebuffs swords, magic, and even Shiva.
  • Shout-Out: Yuna wears a classic White Mage's cloak for warmth in Macalania.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Chappu kisses Lulu to stop her from protesting his enlistment.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Lulu creates her present-day outfit with its iconic belts and corset to symbolize the bonds of her vow to Yuna and determination to keep her fears and doubts locked inside.
  • Silence Is Golden: The page where news of Chappu's death is delivered.
  • Sleep Cute: After Yuna moves to Besaid, she shares Lulu's bed like a little sister.
  • So Proud of You: Lulu tells Yuna this after Yuna successfully performs a summoner's dance, though it's full of sadness.
  • Taking the Veil: Lulu is sent to the temple to become a cleric after Ginnem's death, since she has nowhere else to go, but Father Zuke sends her to live on Besaid when he sees she's unhappy there.
  • Time Passes Montage: Lulu's adolescence on Besaid in Part 2 is shown with several silent panels.
  • Training from Hell: The Yevon priest has Yuna practice her water-walking over the deep parts, though Yuna can't swim, and sends her out again as soon as she's revived from nearly drowning. When Lulu protests, he threatens her with penance for interfering in a summoner's training.
  • Trauma Button: Lulu refuses to explore a cave on Besaid with Wakka and Chappu.
  • Warrior Monk: Ginnem is given a swordswoman sister named Imogen.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Imogen keeps the skeletal fiend occupied long enough for Lulu to escape the cavern.

Top

Example of:

/

Feedback