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The tenth game of the Final Fantasy series, Square's 2001 bestselling role-playing video game Final Fantasy X features several fictional characters designed by Tetsuya Nomura who wanted the main characters' designs and names to be connected with their personalities and roles in the plot. The game takes place in the fictional universe of Spira that features multiple tribes. The game's sequel released in 2003, Final Fantasy X-2, takes place two years after the events in Final Fantasy X and uses new and returning characters.
There are seven main playable characters in Final Fantasy X starting with Tidus, a skilled blitzball player from Zanarkand who is lost in the world of Spira after an encounter with an enormous creature called Sin and searches for a way home. He joins the summoner Yuna who travels towards the Zanarkand's ruins in order defeat Sin alongside her guardians: Kimahri Ronso, a member of the Ronso tribe; Wakka, the captain of the blitzball team in Besaid; Lulu, a stoic black mage; Auron, a famous warrior and an old acquaintance of Tidus; and Rikku, Yuna's cousin who searches for a way to avoid Yuna's sacrifice in the fight against Sin. The leader of the Guado tribe, Seymour Guado, briefly joins the party for a fight but is then revealed as an antagonist in his quest to replace Tidus' father, Jecht, to become the new Sin. Final Fantasy X-2 features Yuna, Rikku, and the newly introduced Paine as playable characters in their quest to find spheres across Spira and find clues regarding Tidus' current location. During their journey, they meet Paine's former comrades who are related with the spirit of an avenger named Shuyin.
The creation of these characters brought the Square staff several challenges as Final Fantasy X was the first game in the franchise to feature voice acting and also had to feature multiple tribes from different parts from Spira with distinctive designs. Various types of merchandising have also been released. The characters from Final Fantasy X and its sequel were praised by video game publications owing to their personalities and designs. The English voice acting received a mixed response during their debut while in Final Fantasy X-2 the dub received a better response.
The character designer from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 is Tetsuya Nomura. Since art director Yusuke Naora convinced the Square staff to make Final Fantasy X an Asian-themed game, Nomura designed the characters to give them an Asian look. Nomura first illustrated the characters' faces and started adding details upon receiving information from the staff. Since the PlayStation 2's capabilities allowed to feature multiple details, Nomura did so with characters and asked the staff to make them consistent. The hardest part from his work involved making the characters' clothes identical between full motion scenes and in-game parts.
Nomura has expressed after designing serious and moody main characters for Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, he wanted to give Tidus a cheerful attitude and appearance, which is reflected in the name Nojima chose for him (Tiida is the Okinawan word for "Sun"). Nomura has also mentioned a contrast between the lead male and female protagonists was established by Yuna's name meaning "night" in Okinawan. Since Tidus did not originate from Spira, his outfit was made stand out from the ones from world's inhabitants. Nomura also placed image colors to each main character to give hints regarding their personalities. Since both the player and the main character find themselves in a new world, Nojima wanted Tidus' understanding of the world to reflect the player's progress in the game; a connection that allowed the player to advance Tidus' first-person narration of most of Final Fantasy X.
Sub-character chief designer Fumi Nakashima's focus was to ensure that characters from different regions and cultures bore distinctive characteristics in their clothing styles, so that they could be quickly and easily identified as members of their respective sub-groups. For example, she has said that the masks and goggles of the Al Bhed give the group a "strange and eccentric" appearance, while the attire of the Ronso lend to them being able to easily engage in battle.
Final Fantasy X features innovations in the rendering of characters' facial expressions, achieved through motion capture and skeletal animation technology. This technology allowed animators to create realistic lip movements, which were then programmed to match the speech of the game's voice actors. Nojima has revealed that the inclusion of voice acting enabled him to express emotion more powerfully than before, and he was therefore able to keep the storyline simple. He also said that the presence of voice actors led him to make various changes to the script, in order to match the voice actors' personalities with the characters they were portraying. Despite being worried about the inclusion of voice acting, Nomura was satisfied when hearing their clip as he stated the characters "became full of life." The voice acting brought difficulties in the making of the English version of the game as the localization team has to translate Japanese dialogues into English-oriented lines as well as fit the characters' lip movements.
Before starting development of Final Fantasy X-2, Square had planned to make a game following the story of Jecht, Auron and Braska ten years before the events of Final Fantasy X, but they felt that they would end with a "traditional game." For Final Fantasy X-2 Tetsu Tsukamoto designed the new costumes used by the main characters in order to distance the game from its prequel while Nomura still remained as the character designer. The outfits are meant to represent the changes from the world of Spira after two years of peace. The use of three female characters was inspired by multiple films that depict strong female leads. To reinforce this concept, the staff made sure to make the protagonists still look feminine while changing into multiple type of warriors such as the Samurai form in which feature the characters having troubles wielding large swords.
Tidus (ティーダ Tīda) is a skilled 17-year-old blitzball player from Zanarkand and the main protagonist of Final Fantasy X. Though Tidus is his official name, the player has the option of renaming him at the beginning of the game. He washes up near Spira a thousand years in the future after being attacked by the creature Sin during a blitzball game. He becomes one of Yuna's guardians in order to find a way back to Zanarkand during the journey. Throughout the game, he finds himself coming to terms with his father, Jecht, who has become Sin, dealing with his increasing love for Yuna, and the implications of her pilgrimage. In the audio drama Final Fantasy X -Will-, set a year after X-2, Tidus is a star blitzball player in Bevelle, where he meets Kurgum and Chuami. The character's outfit was designed to stand out within the people from Spira due to being from another world, while his lively personality is meant to contrast with previous Final Fantasy protagonists. Tidus has also been featured in the Kingdom Hearts series and is also the hero representing Final Fantasy X in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
Yuna (ユウナ Yūna) is a 17-year-old summoner from Spira. In Final Fantasy X, she is the daughter of the late High Summoner Braska, who defeated Sin ten years ago, and seeks to accomplish the same task with help from her guardians. While often serious and naïve, she gradually becomes more open and falls in love with Tidus during their journey. Two years after the conclusion of Final Fantasy X, now 19 years old, she is spurred on a journey of self-discovery by the possibility of reuniting with Tidus, which results in her becoming the main character of Final Fantasy X-2. In Final Fantasy X -Will-, Yuna is a priestess acting as an advisor to the Yevoners organization. Yuna has also been featured in Kingdom Hearts II and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
Auron (アーロン Āron) is a 35-year-old warrior known as the Legendary Guardian who helped Jecht and Braska defeat Sin. Shortly after Sin's defeat, Auron started watching over Tidus from afar at Jecht's request. In the game's present day, he sends Tidus to Spira using the new Sin that is Jecht. After meeting Tidus once again, the two start serving as guardians for Yuna, Braska's daughter, in another journey to defeat Sin. It is eventually revealed during the game that Auron attacked the unsent summoner Yunalesca in a fit of rage after she revealed that Braska and Jecht needlessly gave their lives against Sin, and that she struck him down with a mortal wound. Despite his injuries, Auron managed to make it down Mt. Gagazet before his strength abandoned him just outside Bevelle. As he was dying, he met Kimahri Ronso and asked him to fulfill the promise he had made to Braska: that Yuna be moved from Bevelle to Besaid so she can have a peaceful childhood. Afterward, he became an unsent, and secretly held this status for nearly the entire duration of the game. At the end of the game, when Sin's creator, Yu Yevon, is defeated, he is laid to rest. Auron has a brief appearance in Final Fantasy X-2, where his voice helps Yuna during her battle in the Farplane with Vegnagun. The updated International version added Auron both as a boss and as an optional playable character. In the audio drama Final Fantasy X -Will-, Chuami claims to be Auron's daughter based on stories told to her by her late mother.
While the developers originally considered having Final Fantasy X-2 follow the story of Auron and Jecht's generation, they eventually let this idea pass due to the concept making the game "too traditional", deciding instead to go with the trio of Yuna, Rikku, and Paine. In initial versions of Auron was a Crusader, an exterminator of monsters from Zanarkand, but as the story involved deceased people, the staff decided to make him an Unsent. Auron was planned to be Jecht in disguise, but such idea was scrapped.
Auron appears in Kingdom Hearts II as a one-world ally in the Olympus Coliseum. He is brought back to life by Hades in order to kill Hercules but Auron refuses to aid him. He joins Sora's group in escaping from the Underworld, but he is later brainwashed by Hades into fighting Hercules. During the battle, Sora restores Auron's free will, and he joins them and Hercules to defeat Hades. A super-deformed version of Auron appears in Itadaki Street Special.
In 2008, GamesRadar ranked Auron's glasses tenth in "The top 10 famous glasses". Auron ranked fifth on Electronic Gaming Monthly's Top Ten Badass Undead. In a Famitsu poll done in February 2010, Auron was voted by readers as the thirty-third most popular video game character. In its December 2010 cover feature, Game Informer named Auron one of their "30 characters who defined a decade," describing him as "one of the most complex RPG companions in gaming history." In 2011, GamesRadar used Auron as an example of a badass commenting: "a smooth-talking, shades-wearing, longcoat rocking snarker who can wield a huge sword with his one good arm. He is a badass, and nobody can deny it. With that perfect storm of cool, he has nothing to worry about." In 2013, Complex ranked Auron fourth in "The 20 Greatest Final Fantasy Characters of All Time" and eighteenth in their "25 Dead Video Game Characters We Wish Were Still Here".
Wakka (ワッカ) is a 23-year-old professional blitzball player who is characterized by having a long reddish-orange quiff and, being tall and muscular in appearance. He uses speech-mannerisms as saying "brudda" for "brother" and sometimes finishing sentences with "ya?" for "right?" or "okay?" In addition to being one of Yuna's guardians and childhood friends, he is captain of the Besaid Aurochs, a blitzball team that – as of the beginning of Final Fantasy X – went ten years without winning a single game.
Wakka lost his younger brother Chappu to Sin a year before the events of Final Fantasy X, and he never fully recovered from it. He forms a close brotherly relationship with Tidus, partially fueled by his resemblance to Chappu, though Lulu constantly has to remind him that Tidus is not Chappu. As a devout follower of Yevon's teachings, Wakka believes that anyone who does not believe in Yevon, like the Al Bhed, are evil heathens, and is staunchly against the use of machina. However, he begins to question both his faith by the time Yevon's true colors are exposed to the world. Near the game's ending, Wakka denounces his prior beliefs entirely.
Six months after the events of Final Fantasy X, he marries Lulu. In Final Fantasy X-2, he becomes a father to their baby son, Vidina, a name thought up by Wakka. A younger version of Wakka makes a cameo appearance in Kingdom Hearts on Destiny Islands as a friend of a younger Tidus and Final Fantasy VIII's Selphie and a sparring partner who can be engaged in battle, fighting with a beach ball. He makes a smaller cameo in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as well as Kingdom Hearts coded.
Lulu (ルールー Rūrū) is a 22-year-old black magic user and an older sister figure to Yuna, whom she grew up with alongside Wakka and Chappu on Besaid Island. Before becoming one of Yuna's guardians, she had previously accompanied two other summoners as their guardians. Lulu had been romantically involved with Wakka's younger brother, Chappu, and his death at the hands of Sin affected Lulu greatly. While she is often stern and scathing (particularly to Wakka), she is nonetheless caring toward others. Wakka and Lulu fall in love and marry six months after Final Fantasy X. She appears in a reduced role for Final Fantasy X-2, where she has a son with Wakka named Vidina. In the audio drama Final Fantasy X -Will-, Lulu is the mayor of Besaid Village.
Tetsuya Nomura has expressed that he wanted her character design to resemble a cross between a fashion model and Black Mage to break the connotation in players' minds of the traditional Final Fantasy Black Mage. This was achieved through – in Nomura's words – Lulu's "eccentric" hair and dress. She is dressed in a low-cut, fur-lined, dark grey and black dress with an interlocking series of belts across the front. Nomura has said that as technology advances, the Final Fantasy games allow for a greater level of detail to be incorporated into characters' outfits, and that he makes a point of challenging the game's visual programmers with his designs. In Final Fantasy X, this challenge was Lulu's belts; each belt and buckle is different, and the design team needed to keep them consistent throughout the game. Her look was also inspired by the traditional obeah vodoo priestess and a modern-day witch doctor due to her ability to wield black magic and her usage of dolls during battle.
Outside of Final Fantasy X series, Lulu makes an appearance as a card in Square Enix Legend World and her costume is available in Gunslinger Stratos 2. Several figures of Lulu were released by various companies, including Kotobukiya, Coca-Cola/Square and Bandai.
Kimahri Ronso (キマリ＝ロンゾ Kimari-Ronzo) is a 25-year-old warrior from the Ronso tribe and Yuna's first and most faithful guardian. He fulfills the role of "body man", being the guardian with the closest and constant physical contact with Yuna at all times. He has known and protected her since she was a seven-year-old child. He is not well accepted by the other Ronso, who view him as inferior due to his shorter stature and broken horn. When Tidus' group arrives at Mount Gagazet, Kimahri is confronted by Biran and Yenke Ronso, who challenge him—and thus the player—to a 2-on-1 battle as an obstacle to the player's progression. Following Kimahri's victory, he has proven his worth as a Ronso.
After departing from Mt. Gagazet in shame ten years before the current events depicted in Final Fantasy X began, Kimahri discovered a dying Auron outside Bevelle. Auron told Kimahri about the daughter of Braska, Yuna, and asked him to fulfill a promise Auron had made to Braska in his stead: to remove Yuna from Bevelle and transport her to the island of Besaid, where she may grow up peacefully. Kimahri honored Auron's request and made sure that Yuna arrived at Besaid safely. When his task was completed, he prepared to depart, yet Yuna pleaded with him to remain with her, and he complied.
In Final Fantasy X-2, Kimahri is depicted as the new Elder of the Ronso tribe. Kimahri's difficulties as chief comprise several playable missions, most notably involving a disagreement he has with a young Ronso named Garik, who desires to seek vengeance upon the Guado for the Ronsos killed by Seymour in the previous game as well as find two Ronso children, Lian and Ayde, who are in search of adventure and a way to fix Kimahri's broken horn. Eventually, Kimahri realizes that all Ronso should follow the example of Lian and Ayde in trying to find their own individual paths while working together to forge a better future for one another, and that he alone can not provide a single answer to what the future of the entire group should be.
Rikku (リュック Ryukku) is a 15-year-old Al Bhed girl who is Cid's daughter and Brother's younger sister. She helps Tidus when he first arrives in Spira, but then disappears during an attack from Sin. Upon meeting Tidus again at the Moonflow, she becomes the last character to join Yuna's entourage of guardians. Her attitude is somewhat childish, but is also quite cheerful and positive. She is afraid of lightning because when she was attacked by a water elemental at the beach when she was young, her brother Brother destroyed it using Thunder spell, but electrocuted her too. This was shown at the Thunder Plain. Cid's sister married Braska, which makes him Rikku's uncle, and also makes her Yuna's cousin, and, as such, wishes to prevent her from going through with her pilgrimage as summoners die after defeating Sin. Rikku returns in Final Fantasy X-2 as a protagonist, now 17 years old. She is also the one who convinces Yuna to leave Besaid on a journey after showing her a mysterious sphere featuring a person resembling Tidus.
Rikku appears in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call as a playable character. Her appearance resembles as a chibi-esque version of her Final Fantasy X-2 character. Rikku also appears alongside Yuna and Paine in Kingdom Hearts II as a miniature fairy version of herself wearing modified versions of her Final Fantasy X-2 attire. Itadaki Street Special features a miniature Rikku in her Final Fantasy X-2 outfit, along with Yuna and Paine. Rikku also appears as a non-playable character in World of Final Fantasy. Several figurines of Rikku were released by various manufacturers, including by Coca-Cola and Square Soft in 2000 (two), Kotobukiya in 2001, Bandai in 2002, 2003 and 2005, Hobby Japan in 2003, Kotabukiya and Square Enix in 2003, Square Enix in 2003 (three) and 2006, and Square Enix and Amono Shiro in 2008. A special PlayStation memory card was also released by Hori in 2003.
Rikku's outfit changed from a casual outfit to a skimpier outfit from Final Fantasy X to X-2. Tetsu Tsukamoto, the alternate costume designer, explains that the change could come from the changes in Spira from the two titles from a "darker, religious feel". The decision to pick Rikku as one of the three female leads came early on in the design process of X-2, due to the developers challenging themselves to create an all-female character party. Yuna and Rikku were the original choices.
Rikku won the award for "Hottest Character" at G4's 2004 G-Phoria award show and "Baddest Good Girl" at their 2005 Video Game Vixens award show. In a Famitsu poll done in February 2010, Rikku was voted by readers as the fiftieth most popular video game character. In official Square Enix poll, Rikku was voted the thirteenth favorite female Final Fantasy character in 2013.
Paine (パイン Pain) is an 18-year-old girl and a protagonist of Final Fantasy X-2. While Final Fantasy X characters Yuna and Rikku were planned as stars of X-2, she was created for X-2. Paine is prominently featured as a warrior. In contrast to Yuna and Rikku, she is more calm and reserved, with her comrades knowing little about her. Throughout the game, the player learns of Paine's experience as a member of the Crimson Squad, which was intended to be an elite unit to surpass the Crusaders; the best members were to be assigned to lead Crusader chapters across Spira. Paine had also been the recorder for a group of candidates named Nooj, Baralai, and Gippal, the game's present day leaders of the Youth League, New Yevon, and the Machine Faction, respectively.
Most of the Crimson Squad candidates died during the group's final field exercise due to the influence of the undead Shuyin, who caused them to turn on one another while getting a glimpse of Vegnagun. Only Nooj, Baralai, Gippal and Paine escaped alive from the Yevon monks, but later, Nooj–possessed by Shuyin–fired on his friends, effectively ending their friendship for two years. Just before Yuna joined the Gullwings, Paine enlisted in the group in the hopes of finding out more about why the Crimson Squad had been massacred–and because she had long desired to fly in an airship. In Final Fantasy X-2 International+Last Mission, Yuna, Rikku and Paine reunite after being disbanded three months after the game ended, exploring a newly discovered tower. Paine appears in Kingdom Hearts II with an updated super deformed and fairy-like design, as do Yuna and Rikku. Yeo explains that she both was given liberties in how she read the script, as well as watching scenes beforehand to figure how they should be said. Yeo found Paine to be true to life, commenting that the writers left "no stone unturned" with the plot and writing. She compared herself to Paine, describing her as similarly wry.
Sin (シン Shin) is an enormous creature that moves through Spira's oceans in its attacks towards mankind, killing a large number of people and destroying towns. Sin's form is vaguely whale-like in appearance, though vastly more massive and the creature is able to release remnants known as Sinspawns. Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima compared with Sin a typhoon due to the disaster it causes in the world.
Summoners are tasked with destroying Sin with a creature known as the Final Aeon, sacrificing themselves so that Spira can enjoy a peaceful period known as the Calm until Sin is reborn. Unbeknownst to most of Spira, the Final Aeon is always made from the fayth of one of the summoner's own guardians, and it is possessed by the spirit of Yu Yevon, Sin's creator, to be transformed into a new Sin after the previous Sin is destroyed. After the Final Aeon destroys the body or armor of the previous Sin, Yu Yevon possesses the Final Aeon and kills the summoner. The possessed Aeon's power is then used by Yu Yevon to create a new Sin, with Jecht being the current incarnation during Final Fantasy X. At the end of the game, the party must fight and destroy each aeon possessed by Yu Yevon in order to draw him out into the open so that he can be destroyed, and thus Yu Yevon does not possess an aeon, leaving him unable to create a new Sin. This final death of Sin marks the beginning of the Eternal Calm, as Spira is freed from its long cycle of death and destruction.
Jecht (ジェクト Jekuto) is Tidus' father, and a blitzball celebrity in his hometown of Dream Zanarkand. Jecht is a tall, muscular, and surly man armed with a large sword. It is mentioned multiple times in game that Tidus hates Jecht, as he often verbally abused him as a child; however, Jecht deeply loved Tidus, but found himself unable to express it in a kind way. Jecht became Nomura's favorite character from Final Fantasy X he designed as the finishing model was identical to his first sketches.
Before the start of Final Fantasy X, Jecht was taken to Spira by Sin, and was thought to be dead in Zanarkand. In Spira, Jecht joined Auron as one of Braska's guardians to defeat Sin. Having lost hope of returning home, Jecht gave his life to become Braska's Final Aeon, which temporarily defeated Sin; beforehand, he requests that Auron take care of Tidus, believing that Auron could find a way to Dream Zanarkand, and Auron agrees. As a consequence, Jecht became the new Sin. Sometime later, Jecht asserts some control over Sin, makes his way to the Dream Zanarkand, and communicates with Auron, to transport Tidus to the Spira mainland, repeatedly communicating with his son so that he could find a way to permanently dispose of Sin. Near the end of the game, Tidus' group confronts Jecht inside Sin taking the form of Braska's Final Aeon (ブラスカの究極召喚 Burasuka no Kyūkyoku Shōkan). Before Jecht's death in battle, Tidus makes peace with his father.
Jecht has a small voice cameo in the final battles of Final Fantasy X-2 along with Braska and Auron, during which time they give the protagonists encouraging words and advice on where to strike at the machine Vegnagun. Jecht is the villain representing Final Fantasy X in Dissidia Final Fantasy. As revealed in the prequel Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Jecht is a Warrior of Cosmos, who gives up his position to save Tidus's life before he turned into a Warrior of Chaos. Jecht reappears as a playable character in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.
Seymour Guado (シーモア＝グアド Shīmoa-Guado, formal titles: Maester or Lord Seymour) is the leader of the Guado nation, a race of demi-humans in the world of Spira as well a maester of Yevon. He inherited both positions after the death of his father, Lord Jyscal Guado. Seymour is half-Guado and half-human, as his father married a human woman in an attempt to foster friendship between the Guado and human races. He is briefly playable during Operation Mi'ihen, a part of the game in which the Crusaders and the Al Bhed join forces to stop Sin.
While often formal, Seymour hides a twisted desire to save Spira by becoming Sin and destroying the world. This resulted from his father's treatment who had his wife and son exiled to the island of Baaj since Seymour was considered an abomination by the Guados. Afterwards, Seymour's mother gave her life in the Baaj Temple to become the fayth of the aeon Anima, believing that by sacrificing herself for Spira's temporary peace against Sin, her son will be accepted by Spira's people. At eighteen years of age, Seymour's exile was revoked and he soon killed Jyscal and took his position. He asks summoner Yuna to marry him, seemingly to further unite Spira, as they both have mixed parentage, being the offspring of a human and another race. When Yuna's guardians learn of Seymour's motives, they stand against him and kill him. Seymour's spirit is able to remain in the living world and become an unsent. Seymour later reveals his plans for Yuna – to have her turn him into the next Sin. His pyreflies are later absorbed by Sin. There, Seymour begins seeking a means to control the creature from within. During this process, he is confronted a final time by Yuna and her guardians, who manage to break their way inside the creature's body. However, he is defeated and is sent to the Farplane by Yuna.
In Final Fantasy X-2, Seymour appears only in a flashback cutscene that shows him assisting Baralai to hide from the Yevon Order. In Final Fantasy X-2 International, Seymour can be fought in the Battle Simulator tournament and also be added as a member of the party.
Yunalesca (ユウナレスカ Yūnaresuka) is a legendary summoner and the daughter of Yu Yevon from one millennium before the events of the games. She was the first person to defeat Sin, using the process known as "the Final Summoning", sacrificing herself and her husband, Lord Zaon. Although she died in the battle, Yunalesca remained as an unsent to instruct her successors in their pilgrimage to defeat Sin's ever-regenerating incarnations. When Yuna and her guardians refuse to sacrifice anyone for the Final Summoning, Yunalesca fights the party but is defeated and vanishes. She reappears in the Via Infinito in Final Fantasy X-2 as the fiend "Chac", while Zaon reappears as the fiend, "Paragon".
Yu Yevon (エボン-ジュ Ebon-Ju) is the ruler of the original Zanarkand and the father of Lady Yunalesca. Near the end of the war between Zanarkand and Bevelle, Yu Yevon and the remaining townspeople and summoners decided to preserve the overpowered Zanarkand at all costs. They all become fayth for the summoning of "Dream Zanarkand" and then drawing on millions of pyreflies with Gravity spells, Yu Yevon creates Sin. The mental effort necessary to create both Dream Zanarkand and Sin essentially wipes Yu Yevon's mind clean, overwriting it with his final command: summon Dream Zanarkand and continuously create Sin. If Sin is destroyed, he then recreates it by possessing the Final Aeon that defeats it. In the end, Tidus' group use the aeons to weaken the disembodied spirit of Yu Yevon, and destroy him.
Shuyin (シューイン Shūin) is the main antagonist of Final Fantasy X-2. He is a native blitzball star from Zanarkand who had lived during the age of the Machina War between Zanarkand and Bevelle. The lover of the summoner Lenne, he refused to accept her fate when she was ordered to the front lines and attempted to commandeer Bevelle's machina weapon, Vegnagun (ヴェグナガン Vegunagan), in the hopes of using it to end the war and save Lenne. Both Shuyin and Lenne were gunned down in front of Vegnagun after she prevented him from using it to take many lives for her sake. Sealed in the Den of Woes, Shuyin's unsent spirit was filled with despair and self-loathing, not capable of fading away and be free of his suffering. Shuyin desires to destroy all of Spira in the hopes that his agony may be able to end and that there can never again be a war like the one that cost him and Lenne their lives. Unlike other deceased people, Shuyin is called a "shadow" of his original self, being able to take a physical form. This allows him to possess people or fayths, using their aeons to help him. He is eventually defeated and shortly reunited with Lenne before they fade away. In response to rumours that Tidus was created by the fayth based on Shuyin, Square stated it cannot be certain that Tidus is a "duplication" of Shuyin due to the fact, the inhabitants of Dream Zanarkand began to blend in a different way from the real one.
Cid (シド Shido) is the leader of the Al Bhed, Brother and Rikku's father, and Yuna's maternal uncle. He is responsible for bringing the Al Bhed together after it was scattered by Yevon years before the events of Final Fantasy X, and for abducting summoners after Braska's Calm to ensure that the summoners after him, especially Yuna, would not needlessly sacrifice themselves to destroy Sin. This attack ultimately results with the Guado race attacking the Al Bhed's Home, which forces Cid to destroy it. He uses the airship his children salvaged, dubbed the Fahrenheit, to aid Tidus and company in fighting Sin. After the events of Final Fantasy X, Cid is one of the few to receive a negative impact from Sin's demise, as his children left him behind to set their sights on the changing Spira, rather than rebuilding Home like most of the other Al Bhed. In Final Fantasy X-2, he attempts to convert Zanarkand into a tourist attraction, only to make his way to the Thunder Plains. After being saved from an ancient Machina, Cid goes on board the Gullwings' Celsius, much to Brother's dismay. However, by Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission, Cid returns to make business in Mt. Gagazet alongside his son.
Brother (アニキ Aniki) is Cid's 18-year-old son, Rikku's older brother, Braska's nephew, and Yuna's cousin. Brother participates in the Al Bhed expedition to salvage an airship from the ocean floor, where he meets Tidus. Eventually, he goes on to support the protagonists' struggle against Sin and Yu Yevon as the pilot of the salvaged Fahrenheit. During Final Fantasy X-2, Brother is the pilot of his own airship, the Celsius, and is leader of the Gullwings sphere hunter group with Buddy (ダチ Dachi) and Shinra (シンラ) working alongside him in the ship. Having fallen out with Cid after the events of Final Fantasy X, father and son frequently—and-unsuccessfully try to bury the hatchet and make up. He has feelings for Yuna, and often makes passes at her. But in the long run, Brother eventually resigns himself to an unrequited love, preferring the Yuna he knew her as two years ago compared to as she is now. In International + Last Mission, Brother helps his father with his business in Mt. Gagazet.
Lord Braska (ブラスカ Burasuka) is Yuna's father, Cid's brother-in-law, and Rikku and Brother's uncle. He is the summoner who defeated Sin and brought the Calm ten years before the events in Final Fantasy X, earning him the title of High Summoner. During a mission to repair relations with the Al Bhed, Braska met and fell in love with Cid's sister, and the two got married. A few years after Yuna's birth, Braska's wife was killed by Sin, and because of this, Braska decided to become a summoner and embarked on a pilgrimage with his guardians, Auron and Jecht, to defeat Sin. People were initially skeptical about his and his guardians' ability to defeat Sin, but Braska reached Zanarkand, where he sacrificed his life to turn Jecht into the Final Aeon and defeat Sin.
Lenne (レン Ren) is a famous songstress and summoner from Zanarkand during the time of the Machina War, and Shuyin's lover. She was forced to the front lines to fight along with the other summoners in the city. Shuyin attempted to use Bevelle's machina weapon, Vegnagun, to defeat Bevelle and save her life. Lenne convinced Shuyin to stop but the couple was then gunned down by Bevelle soldiers. Upon her death, her spirit was somehow crystallized into Yuna's Songstress Dressphere, which contains her memories. Yuna begins to feel Lenne's presence and feelings more and more until they explode on stage. Because Yuna unknowingly serves as Lenne's host, Shuyin only sees Lenne rather than Yuna herself whenever she dons her Songtress outfit. After Shuyin is defeated, Lenne separates herself from the dressphere and fades with Shuyin while thanking Yuna for helping her.
Maechen (メイチェン Meichen) is an elderly itinerant historian who often tells Tidus the history and origins of all things related to Spira. Although he seems to be an ordinary inhabitant of Spira, he reveals himself in Final Fantasy X-2 to be an unsent from Zanarkand who used to live before the city was destroyed, and was so engrossed in his studies that he forgot that he'd died of old age. His memories of his time in Zanarkand are rekindled when he shakes Yuna's hand and realizes her resemblance with Lenne.
The Chocobo Knights are a team of Chocobo-riding soldiers: Lucil (ルチル Ruchiru), the captain; Elma (エルマ Eruma), the second-in-command; and Clasko (クラスコ Kurasuko) are the only named members of the group. Alongside the Crusaders and the Albhed, the group works in Operation Mi'hen in an attempt to defeat Sin. However, the plan fails and only the Chocobo Knights and one Chocobo survive to the fight against Sin. In Final Fantasy X-2, Lucil, Elma, and Clasko have joined the Youth League although Clasko later leaves to become a Chocobo breeder.
The Crusaders are a semi-military organization which role is to protect Spira's towns from Sin and other monsters. They were founded by Lord Mi'hen eight centuries before the events of Final Fantasy X, and are incorporated into the Yevon clergy. Members of the Crusaders include the high-ranked Luzzu and the younger, lower-ranked Gatta, while Wakka's brother, Chappu (チャップ) died a year ago fighting Sin. Depending on the player's actions, either Luzzu or Gatta dies during Operation Mi'hen, while the other one survives and returns to Besaid to rebuild the village's Crusader branch.
Dona (ドナ) is a 26-year-old female summoner who mocks Yuna for having a large group of guardians while remarking that Lord Braska only needed two. Her one guardian is Barthello (バルテロ Barutero), an admirer of Auron, and significantly more friendly than Dona. After escaping from Home in the Airport, Tidus can influence Dona to either continue or quit her pilgrimage. In Final Fantasy X-2, Dona has joined the Youth League while Barthello has sided with New Yevon. Although they are on opposite sides of the conflict, they still have feelings for one another, which lead them to make up later.
Isaaru (イサール Isāru) is a summoner guarded by his younger brothers Pacce (パッセ Passe) and Maroda (マローダ Marōda). Since he was a child, Isaaru has always looked up to Braska, and sets up a challenge with Yuna to see who will defeat Sin first. At Besaid, Isaaru's party gets kidnapped by the Al Bhed and are present at Home's destruction. He is later sent by Yo Mika to prevent Yuna from escaping the Via Purifico, and reluctantly fights her with his Aeons. Defeated, he remains in Bevelle to preserve order along with Pacce and Maroda. The three brothers part ways in Final Fantasy X-2. Isaaru helps out with the Ruin Tours in Zanarkand, Maroda joins the Youth League, and Pacce starts a spherehunting group known as "The Kinderguardians". Eventually, all three reunite in Bevelle and Maroda decides to assist Isaaru with his pursuits there.
The Yevon Order is the unique religious organization in Spira. It has been ruled by Grand Maester Yo Mika (ヨー=マイカ Yō-Maika) since fifty years before the events of the game. When Yuna asks Yo Mika to send the unsent Seymour during her trial in Bevelle, Mika reveals that he too is an unsent, having remained in Spira to guide its people even after death. Although Mika condemns Yuna as a traitor for killing Seymour and questioning Yevon, he eventually repeals the condemnation in an attempt to prevent order from breaking down. When he learns that the party has defeated Yunalesca, and thus placed the Final Summoning out of reach forever, he departs to the Farplane, believing that the end of Spira is near.
The other Maesters include Wen Kinoc (ウェン=キノック Wen-Kinokku), the leader of the Crusaders and Warrior Monks and old friend of Auron, who is killed by Seymour after Yuna's trial; Kelk Ronso (ケルク=ロンゾ Keruku-Ronzo), a Yevon maester and leader of the Ronso tribe, who leaves the former after learning that Seymour had committed a patricide but is killed by Seymour; and Jyscal Guado (ジスカル=グアド Jisukaru-Guado), the deceased Maester of Yevon killed by his own son Seymour. However, in the events of Final Fantasy X-2, Jyscal, Kinoc, and Mika appear as unsent spirits within the depths of Bevelle's Via Infinito and become fiends.
The Leblanc Syndicate is a group of sphere hunters based in Guadosalam, and a rival of the Gullwings. Leblanc (ルブラン Ruburan), the arrogant leader of the Syndicate, became a sphere hunter because of her infatuation with Meyvn Nooj. The syndicate is composed of Ormi (ウノー Unō), Logos (サノー Sanō), and others who were all outcasts in some fashion until Leblanc helped them out. As a result, they follow Leblanc out of dependence and gratitude. After learning that Vegnagun is hidden beneath Bevelle, Leblanc decides to team up with the Gullwings to infiltrate the city. When Vegnagun retreats from Bevelle and Nooj disappears, Leblanc becomes depressed and goes to search for Nooj; she eventually joins the Gullwings to get into the Farplane, find Nooj, and help fight Vegnagun.
Gippal (ギップル Gippuru) is the founder of the Al Bhed Machine Faction group that pioneers in machina research. While they possess heavy military power, they prefer to avoid interventions in politics and remain neutral. Gippal is also a former candidate for the Crimson Squad, who once served with Nooj and Baralai. Their friendship was broken on the day of their final candidate exercise, when they turned on each other while under Shuyin's control. Gippal dedicates himself to studying machina to subdue or destroy Shuyin's Vegnagun. During the game, he and his former comrades reunite to help save Spira from Shuyin.
Baralai (バラライ Bararai) is the leader of the New Yevon Party organization inspired by the defunct Yevon religion following the replacement of its founding leaders. Though New Yevon's goal is to make up for the former Yevon Order's transgressions and help those who feel overwhelmed by the rapid changes sweeping Spira, their ideals that a slow evolution of Spira's customs is the only way to prevent complete anarchy made them antagonized by the Youth League for being as furtive as the Yevon clergy before them. Baralai is also a former Crimson Squad candidate who becomes involved in Shuyin's quest of revenge. He is possessed by Shuyin to control Vegnagun but Shuyin leaves him upon Vegnagun's destruction. Shortly afterwards, Baralai reconciles with his old friends. In the audio drama Final Fantasy X -Will-, Baralai is chancellor of the Spira Council that has replaced the New Yevon organization.
Nooj (ヌージ Nūji) is the leader of the Youth League organization which emerged in the wake of Sin's defeat and whose members advocate radical reform of Spira's society. Its progressive attitude has attracted former Crusaders and younger inhabitants of Spira to its ranks. Nooj is also a former Crusader who lost his left arm and leg during a battle against Sin and replaced them with machina prosthetics. After an incident caused by Shuyin's spirit, Nooj was possessed by Shuyin, and shot his friends Paine, Gippal and Baralai, resulting in their split. When Shuyin leaves Nooj and possesses Baralai, Nooj joins Gippal in a quest to free Baralai. In stopping Shuyin, Nooj reunites with his old friends.
Chuami (チュアミ) is the 17-year-old female protagonist and narrator of the audio drama Final Fantasy X -Will-. She is a member of the Spira Council and the assistant of her childhood friend Kurgum (クルグム Kurugumu), but owing to her force of character and Kurgum's lack thereof, the de facto roles are actually the reverse. The two are sent from Bevelle to Besaid by Baralai to meet with Yuna. As Chuami is headstrong and tactless, she constantly upsets people with her brutal honesty. She has a deep hatred for the Yevoners organization for its role in her mother's death at the hands of Yevoner hunters since her mother only sympathized with the group. When Yuna is reluctant to accompany her and Kurgum back to Bevelle, Chuami spurs Yuna into action by mentioning Tidus' weakened state when they met. Based on stories from her mother, Chuami claims to be Auron's daughter, although Lulu says there are no physical similarities between the two and believes that Auron would have mentioned having children. Upon returning to Bevelle with Yuna and Wakka, they learn Sin has returned, possibly beckoned by someone's wish. While eavesdropping on a conversation between Tidus and Yuna, Kurgum says he is in love with Yuna but Chuami doesn't understand what he truly means. The two part ways with Chuami returning to Besaid with Tidus while Kurgum stays with Yuna and Wakka in Bevelle. After Tidus realizes Yuna's true reason for breaking up with him, Chuami accompanies him and Lulu on a journey to reunite with Yuna's group.
Kurgum (クルグム Kurugumu) is Chuami's childhood friend, a member of the Spira Council, and the male protagonist of Final Fantasy X -Will-. He is a sender, a person authorized to send spirits to the Farplane in the place of summoners, who once aspired to become a summoner himself before the Eternal Calm. He reveres Yuna and her legendary guardians and looks up to her. Unlike the outspoken Chuami, Kurgum is more introverted but determined. On orders from Baralai, Kurgum and Chuami travel to Besaid to meet with Yuna. Upon returning to Bevelle with Yuna and Wakka, they find out Sin has returned. As he and Chuami eavesdrop on a conversation between Yuna and Tidus, Kurgum suddenly claims to be in love with Yuna. It's implied that Kurgum is lying and has feelings for Chuami but she doesn't understand as Kurgum says it's something only summoners understand. They part ways with Chuami returning to Besaid with Tidus while Kurgum stays in Bevelle with Wakka and Yuna as she resolves to fight Sin once more.
Near the release of the first game, Square released multiple types of merchandising featuring the cast of Final Fantasy X including plushes and action figures. A CD titled Final Fantasy X Vocal Collection contains monologues and character songs by the Japanese voice actors. Another CD is an extended play with themes by actors Masakazu Morita and Mayuko Aoki who do the characters of Tidus and Yuna, respectively. A three-CD album, Final Fantasy X-2 Vocal Collection, was also released featuring tracks by the actors behind Yuna, Rikku and Paine. A new action figures for Tidus was also released in conmemoration of Final Fantasy's 20th anniversary alongside other protagonists from the franchise.
Critical reception to the characters from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 has been positive. The cast from Final Fantasy X has been well received by IGN's David Smith for their characteristics which avoided clichés, commenting that supporting cast was "rock-solid". IGN also appreciated the variety of characters based on Spira's regions, favorably comparing it with the ones from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX. GameSpot writer Greg Kasavin found the game's cast entertaining and emphasized how different was Tidus from previous Final Fantasy heroes in terms of personality yet still was appealing. Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell noted how the character development from the main cast "converge to bind the group and the player on an emotional level" and stated that thanks to the animation, the game is "transformed into more of a movie than a game at times." Various characters have also stood out within the Final Fantasy franchise and games in general with Tidus and Yuna appearing in GameZone's list of the ten best Final Fantasy characters as well in a Famitsu poll of the best 100 video game characters with GameZone praising the two characters' attitudes. Additionally, Tidus and Yuna have been listed by several publications as one of the best couples in gaming. GameSpot cited the romance's progress across the game as one of its strongest elements, while GamesRadar referred to it as a realistic relation. The main cast of Final Fantasy X-2 was also praised with writers comparing the trio with the protagonists from Charlie's Angels.
Raymond Padilla from GameSpy also praised the game's visual which resulted in appealing character designs. The change of several designs in Final Fantasy X-2 resulted in mixed reactions with GameSpot criticizing "a dominantly lighthearted tone" in comparison to Final Fantasy X's darker atmosphere, while IGN praised the clothing designs, combining "proven and recognizable Final Fantasy styles" with a "revealing neo-modern fashion sense". The voice casting was praised by Game Revolution who noted most of them were "above average". Bramwell was more critical owing to the lack lipsynching and unsuitable tones that made him wonder why could not the gamers listen to the original Japanese audio. Criticism to the English acting in Final Fantasy X was aimed towards James Arnold Taylor's and Hedy Burress's portrayal of Tidus and Yuna, respectively, in comparison to the original Japanese delivery which made the characters less interesting. The English release of Final Fantasy X-2 won the Seventh Annual Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences award in 2004 for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance in recognition of the character Rikku.
Tidus' narration: So I told her everything there was to tell about Zanarkand... About life there, blitzball, and Sin's attack...and about how Auron and I were engulfed in this light.
Tidus: Auron? Will I ever go home? Back to Zanarkand? / Auron: That's up to Jecht. ... I'm going to offer my services to Yuna. Come.
Tidus: I'm telling you, she won't die! / Cid: ...Boy, don't forget those words, 'cause if you do...I'm gonna make you regret it. / Tidus: I won't. So you know where she is? / Cid: 'Course not! That's why we're gonna look! Using this airship!
Jecht: Well, I am Sin, you know. [...] Tidus: That's enough. Let's finish this, okay? / Jecht: You're right. Well, then... Let's go! [...] Tidus: I promise this'll be quick! Hit me with all you got, Dad!
Tidus: We're taking the same boat as Yuna, right? Why do we gotta wait here? / Wakka: Yuna came to [Besaid] ten years ago, when the last Calm started. [...] Since then, she's been like a little sister to me and Lulu. But she had the talent...she became an apprentice. Now, today, she leaves as a summoner. / Lulu: This is our journey. We should leave together.
Yuna: I'll continue. I must. If I give up now...I could do anything I wanted to, and yet... Even if I was with you, I could never forget. / Tidus: I'll go with you. I'm your guardian. Unless I'm...fired? / Yuna: Stay with me until the end. Please. / Tidus: Not until the end... Always. / Yuna: Always, then.
Yuna [voiceover]: It all began when I saw this sphere of you. At least, it looked like you. I couldn't say for sure. I thought I might find more spheres like it if I joined the Gullwings. So I did. Oh, in case you're wondering, the Gullwings are sphere hunters, and sphere hunters are, well...this! We fly all over Spira. I'm really enjoying myself.
Tidus: Who are you, anyway? You knew my old man, didn't you? / Auron: Yeah. / Tidus: And you also knew Yuna's father? / Auron: That's correct. / Tidus: Hey, man, there's no way. That's just impossible. / Auron: Nothing impossible about it. Jecht, Braska, and I...together, we defeated Sin, ten years ago. Then I went to Zanarkand, where I watched over you, so that one day, I could bring you to Spira.
Braska: When this is over...could you bring Yuna here? I want her to lead a life far away from this conflict. / Auron: You have my word. I will bring her here.
Auron: When Braska and Jecht died defeating Sin...I just couldn't accept it. I came back here...tried to avenge them. But she struck me down. Somehow, I made my way, crawling, down Mt. Gagazet. But my strength left me just outside Bevelle. That's where Kimahri found me. I told him about Yuna...just before I died. I've been wandering ever since, never going to the Farplane.
Auron: Don't stop. / Yuna: But I... / Auron: It's all right. It's been...long enough. This...is your world now.
Hades: Let's cut to the chase. Here's the deal I'm gonna offer you. I let you out of the slammer---no strings---you'll be free as a bird. And all for one little job. Fight Hercules, in the Coliseum...to the death! / Auron: This is my story. And you're not part of it.
Sora: Auron's in trouble! It's like Hades brainwashed him!
Donald: Hey, Auron! This belongs to you! / Auron: Sora. Donald. Goofy. / Hades: Why those little---Ugh, prisoner! What happened to our mutual agreement? I can give you a clean slate, but you gotta work with me. / Auron: Maybe you didn't hear me. This is my story, and you're not part of it.
Wakka: This is where I was born. I started blitz when I was five. I joined the Aurochs at thirteen...ten years ago. Ten years...and we never won a game.
Wakka: My little brother, Chappu. He looked like you. / Tidus: He's dead? / Wakka: He was with the Crusaders...when they fought Sin last year. He didn't make it. I first heard on the day of the tournament. / Tidus: Oh, so that's why... / Wakka: I became a guardian to fight Sin, ya? / Tidus: Revenge, then? / Wakka: That was the idea, but I'm more worried 'bout a stupid game now than avenging my brother. Well, after this tournament, I'll be a guardian full-time.
Lulu: He does look a lot like Chappu. I was surprised, too, when I first saw him. But no matter what he looks like, he isn't Chappu.
Wakka: This is great! I can't believe I've been traveling with an Al Bhed! A heathen! / Rikku: You're wrong! We have nothing against Yevon! / Wakka: But you Al Bhed use the forbidden machina! You know what that means? Sin was born because people used machina! / Rikku: You got proof? Show me proof! / Wakka: It's in Yevon's teachings! Not that you'd know!
Wakka: I...I guess I didn't know anything about the Al Bhed. Didn't know anything, didn't wanna listen to anything. I was a big jerk. So, I... Well, uh... I'm sorry, ya? Please forgive me. / Cid: Don't let it bother ya. Hey, I'm guilty of hatin' those durn Yevonites, myself!
Sora: Oh, yeah... You're Selphie, Wakka, and Tidus, that's who you are! / Wakka: You hit your head? / Sora: No, uh...just thinking aloud. / Selphie: I know...you're thinking about HER again! / Tidus: Ohhh, I get it. Yeah, he's a total zombie when she's on his mind.
Tidus: Who was that? / Lulu: Until half a year ago, he was a summoner. Wakka and I were his guardians. / Wakka: It was kind of a short pilgrimage. / Lulu: He gave up halfway. Here, on this plain. Now, he is a monk at the Bevelle temple. ... This is my third pilgrimage as a guardian.
Lulu: Kimahri Ronso, of the Ronso tribe. He's learned the fiends' way of fighting. / Tidus: That's not what I meant! / Wakka: He's another of Yuna's guardians. [...] / Yuna: Sometimes we don't understand him either. Kimahri doesn't talk much anyway. But he has protected me since I was a child!
Biran: Think you will win? You not forget who took your horn! Never forget! / Yenke: Kimahri never beat brother Biran! Never win! / Kimahri: This time, I win. I will win!
Yenke: You...win. / Biran: Strong is Kimahri. Biran is happy. Sacred Mount Gagazet! I honor the name of strong warrior who defeats Biran. Remember always, Gagazet! That name is Kimahri!
Yuna: I cried after we got to Besaid, too. When you tried to go after leaving me in the care of the temple...I held on to you, crying, "Don't go, don't go!" And you listened, Kimahri. You stayed. Kimahri, thank you.
Garik: Garik not listen unless Kimahri speak of Ronso future! Kimahri unable to give answer he not have! Kimahri not elder! / [...] Kimahri: Silence! Garik not think for himself! Beg Kimahri for answer! [...] Lian and Ayde make long journey. Find own path. / Garik: So, Garik must settle Garik problems? / Kimahri: Wrong. Garik not alone. Let us think together. Kimahri is elder. / Garik: ...Elder is right. One Ronso problem is problem for all. All Ronso problem is problem for one.
Rikku: We're Al Bhed. Can't you tell? Wait, you're not an Al Bhed-hater, are you? / Tidus: I don't even know what an Al Bhed is.
Rikku: Hey, do I look like Yunie, you think? / Tidus: Huh? / Rikku: Well, my dad's sister is Yunie's mother, you get it?
Rikku: Summoners journey to get the Final Aeon. Yuna told you, didn't she? With the Final Aeon, she can beat Sin. But then...but then... If she calls it, the Final Aeon's going to kill her! Even if she defeats Sin, it will kill Yunie too, you know! / Tidus: Was I the only one who didn't know...? [...] I can't let her die! I'll find her!
Yuna [voiceover]: This is Paine. I look up to her as a sphere hunter...and also as a friend. I still don't know her very well. She's not exactly the talkative type. I heard she joined the Gullwings shortly before I did... Rikku doesn't know much about her either.
Paine: Yevon created the Squad and started training members two years ago. It was supposed to be an elite fighting force. The best were to be assigned leadership of Crusader chapters across Spira...
Nooj (to Yuna): Give this to Paine. It was all I was able to find. / Gippal: Give her this one, too. / Yuna: Huh? / Gippal: [...] Just make sure Paine gets 'em, all right? / Yuna: How do you know her? / Gippal: The four of us go way back.
Paine: They're old friends. The three of them were candidates for the Crimson Squad. And I was the recorder assigned to their team.
Paine: This is what destroyed the Squad. Despair strong enough to crush the minds of those it touches. What just happened to us happened to them, too. Here. They felt Shuyin's despair. They went mad, and they died. They killed each other!
Paine: It was Shuyin. Two years ago, the guys encountered Shuyin's memories and learned of Vegnagun. After we escaped, they said they would uncover the truth behind it. But then...Nooj shot us. We thought he'd betrayed us. But Nooj wasn't Nooj. I understand now: Shuyin was using him the whole time.
Paine: The Squad was destroyed before that happened. Most of the candidates died. An accident. The four of us were separated then. Things happened. I don't get it. I was there. I saw everything. But still. I don't know why it happened that way. Even now. So I went to look...for some answers. / Yuna: You became a sphere hunter. / Paine: I always did want to fly on this thing, anyway.
Gippal: Whaddaya got in mind for fun? Any ideas, Dr. P? / Paine: Me? A ship that glides through the air. That thing you mentioned before. If it's for real, I want to fly it.
Yuna: Where's Maleficent? / Sora: Looks like she ran away. / Rikku: Well, that was PRET-ty lame of her. / Paine: I guess we picked the wrong side. / Sora: Umm, hey...if you're looking to pick sides, why don't you pick Leon's? They can always use help. / Yuna: Does this Leon have any treasure? Donald: Yeah, lots of stuff! / Rikku: Perfect! /Paine: Come on. / Sora: Who ARE you? / Yuna: Oh, we're nothing worth mentioning. / Paine: Just three treasure fanatics.
Wakka: If you asked me, Sin's our punishment for letting things get out of hand. What gets me, though... is we gotta suffer, 'cause of what some goofballs did way back when! 'Course, we must always repent for our sins! That's important!
Tidus: So, what're these sinspawn, anyway? / Lulu: Fiends. They fall from Sin's body, and are left behind in its wake. / Wakka: Leave 'em alone and Sin comes back for 'em. Ya gotta be quick!
Yunalesca: Sin is eternal. Every aeon that defeats it becomes Sin it its place...and thus is Sin reborn. / Tidus: So that's why Jecht became Sin.
Fayth: If you defeat Yu Yevon, it will end. Tell me, what do you know about Yu Yevon? / Tidus: He's what makes Sin come back! / Yuna: Sin is his armor. It protects him. / Fayth: Yu Yevon was once a summoner, long ago. He was peerless. Yet now he lives for one purpose: only to summon. [...] Even if you defeat[ed] Sin with the Final Summoning, Yu Yevon will live. Yu Yevon will join with the Final Aeon. He will transform it into a new Sin. / Yuna: Yu Yevon merges with the aeon... / Fayth: Then, protected by this new Sin he has created, Yu Yevon continues the summoning.
Yuna: Everyone... everyone has lost something precious. Everyone here has lost homes, dreams, and friends. Everybody...now, Sin is finally dead. Now, Spira is ours again. Working together...now, we can make new homes for ourselves, and new dreams. Although I know the journey will be hard, we have lots of time. Together, we will rebuild Spira.
Yuna: Sir Jecht showed it to me when I was a child. He called it the "Sublimely Magnificent Jecht Shot Mark III". / Tidus: Stupid name, huh? You know what? There is no "Mark I" or "Mark II", you know? My old man said the name "Mark III" was just something to hook the crowd. He said they'd come back every night expecting to see "Mark I" and "Mark II". And...they really did come back.
Tidus: Putting people down... They're as bad as my old man! / Yuna: But, Sir Jecht was a kind and gentle man! / Tidus: Well, not my Jecht.
Auron: Jecht loved you. / Tidus: Oh, come on, please! / Auron: He just didn't know how to express it, he said. / Tidus: Enough about my old man, okay / Auron: I just thought you should know. / Tidus: Okay. Thanks.
Fayth of Besaid: Sin swam in the sea near Zanarkand. Perhaps the waking dream eased its suffering. Your father touched Sin and became real that night, floundering in the seas of Spira. How sad now, that he is caught in the tragic spiral. He is Sin. He is lost.
Jecht: Make me the fayth. I been doing some thinking. My dream is back in the other Zanarkand. I wanted to make that runt into a star blitz player. Show him the view from the top, you know. But now I know there's no way home for me. I'm never going to see him again. My dream's never gonna come true. So make me the fayth. I'll fight Sin with you, Braska.
Auron: Sin is Jecht. He came here for you. / Tidus: So he killed all those people just for a chance to see me? / Auron: That's what Sin does. He wanted to show that to you. Do you know why? / Tidus: How am I supposed to know? / Auron: So you would kill him. As long as he is Sin, Jecht will keep killing. He wants you to stop him.
Jecht: Pretty soon, I'm gonna be Sin. Completely. I'm glad you're here now. One thing, though... When it starts, I won't be myself anymore. I won't be able to hold myself back. I'm sorry. / Tidus: That's enough. Let's finish this, okay?
Tidus: Right... We've got a job to do, don't we? / Jecht: Good. That's right. You are my son, after all. / Tidus: You know...for the first time, I'm glad...to have you as my father. / Jecht: Heh.
Auron: Kinoc! / Tidus: Why, you-! / Seymour: So you see...if all life were to end in Spira, all suffering would end. Don't you see? Do you not agree? That, Yuna, is why I need you. Come, Lady Yuna. Come with me to Zanarkand, the lost city of the dead. With death on our side, we will save Spira, and for this...I will take from you your strength, Yuna, your life, and become the next Sin. I will destroy Spira! I will save it!
Seymour: No! Mother, no! I don't want you to become a fayth! / Seymour's mother: There is no other way. Use me and defeat Sin. Only then will the people accept you.
Tidus: We saw Jyscal's sphere. / Auron: You killed him. / Seymour: What of it? Lady Yuna, did you not? Well then, why have you come here? / Yuna: I came...I came to stop you!
Jyscal: Listen to me very carefully, for I shall tell you the truth about my son, Seymour. His mind is closed even to me, a maester of Yevon. But I can feel flames of darkness burning in his heart. He is using Yevon, the Guado, and even the summoners. If he is not stopped, he will surely bring destruction and chaos to Spira.
Seymour: Yuna...you would pity me now? / Tromell: Lord Seymour! What happened here?! / Wakka: What...What have I done...? / Tidus: Wait a minute! It's not our fault at all! Seymour struck first; he's the bad guy! / Tromell: Y-You did this?!
Seymour: Sin has chosen me. I am part of Sin. I am one with Sin, forever. Immortal! / Tidus: Sin just absorbed you.
Seymour: So it is you, after all, who will send me. But even after I am gone, Spira's sorrow will prevail.
Baralai: The Crimson Squad is no more. Maester Kinoc betrayed us. And my friends...they turned on me as well. I have no place else to go. / Seymour: Then, why do you come to me? I, too, am a maester of Yevon. / Baralai: I don't suppose Maester Kinoc and a certain other maester might by vying for power behind the scenes? [...] I will not fail you. / Seymour: Very well. I will take you under my wing. Consider any record of your association with the Crimson Squad erased. / Baralai: You have my thanks. I will go into hiding until the time is right.
Yuna: Lady Yunalesca! / Seymour: She was the first person to defeat Sin and save the world from its ravages.
Yunalesca: There must be a bond, between chosen and summoner, for that is what the Final Summoning embodies: the bond between husband and wife, mother and child, or between friends. If that bond is strong enough, its light will conquer Sin. A thousand years ago, I chose my husband Zaon as my fayth. Our bond was true, and I obtained the Final Aeon.
Yunalesca: Yevon's teachings and the Final Summoning give the people of Spira hope. Without hope, they would drown in their sorrow. Now, choose. Who will be your fayth? Who will be the one to renew Spira's hope?
Yunalesca: If I die, so does the Final Aeon. And with it, Spira's only hope. / Tidus: Then we'll find Spira a new hope!
Mika: Spira has lost its only hope! Destruction is inevitable! Yu Yevon's spiral of death will consume us all! I have no desire to watch Spira die! / Yuna: It won't die! / Tidus: Who is this Yu Yevon guy? / Lulu: Lady Yunalesca also mentioned him. / Rikku: Wait, gramps! Who's Yu Yevon? / Mika: He who crafts the souls of the dead into unholy armor. An armor called Sin. Clad in it, Yu Yevon is invincible. And the only thing that could have pierced that armor,
Shuyin: Lenne. We disappeared together, but when I awoke, I was alone. I looked for you for so long. While I wandered, I realized something: Spira hasn't really changed at all. Everyone's still fighting over nothing. Still dying like they used to. A thousand years have passed, and they can't leave the hatred behind. I'm through waiting. I'll fix it. This world continues to fail us, and what's worse, I failed to protect you. Vegnagun will make that all go away. And we'll fade together again, together. Help me do it, Lenne.
Fayth: Shuyin? Just a shadow. It may look like him, but the real Shuyin died long ago. Even after a thousand years, his hate and misery linger on. His feelings grew so strong, they began to act on their own... Eventually, they became a shadow—a shade that wants only to vanish, but cannot.
Shuyin: A thousand years, and this moment is all we get? / Lenne: This moment's enough. I don't need anything else. Just knowing how you feel is enough. Shuyin, let's end this. Let's go home. /Shuyin: Can we? / Lenne: That was all a thousand years ago. We've come too far to look back now. Rest, Shuyin. Rest with me. Let's go. I have a new song for you.
Rikku: Cid. Leader of the Al Bhed... He's my dad.
Auron: After rescuing Yuna, then what? You want to keep her safe, correct? Would you seek to stop her pilgrimage? / Cid: Of course! If she continues this fool pilgrimage, she will die! Sure as if you killed her yourself. No haired-brained law or teaching can send my little niece to her death!
Rikku: We're...we're going to blow up our Home. / Lulu: How? / Cid: With one of the forbidden machina!
Brother: Vydran! E ghuf fryd du ima! (Father! I know what to use!) / Cid: Aha! Of course! [...] All right! We'll give that thing a new blowhole. All you gotta do is jump! / Tidus: Roger! / Cid: I won't tell ya to be careful. Do your worst, kiddo! / Tidus: Roger! / Brother: Fyed! (Wait!) Rikku, you...guard. / Tidus: Will do!
Isaaru: Ah, yes. I've been helping Cid with his work. / Rikku: Don't look at me. / Isaaru: I guide people through Zanarkand, once the most sacred of places. People come from all over Spira. Sphere hunters, too.
Brother: Vydran, ev oui fyhd uh dra creb, ybumukewa du sa. (Father, if you want on the ship, apologize to me.) / Cid: E's cunno, cuh. (I'm sorry, son.) / Brother: Dryd fyc duu ayco. Fryd'c ra bmuddehk? (That was too easy. What's he plotting?) / Cid: Hmph. / Yuna: (narrating) Cid and Brother have put each other through a lot over the years. Not even Rikku knows what caused their final falling out. Still, there's something nice about the whole thing. If only I could have talked like this with my father... or you with yours.
Yuna: Shinra's an Al Bhed. He's a real whiz kid.
Yuna: (narrating) Buddy and Brother are old friends. Buddy says he was aboard Cid's airship with us two years ago. When I told him I didn't remember, he seemed disappointed.
Brother: These past two years, Yuna has always been looking ahead...into the distance. Always, her back is to me. I like this Yuna. Even more than a Yuna that is facing me. E muja ran.
Priest: Ten years have passed since Lord Braska became high summoner. And finally we receive a statue for our temple.
Tidus: Yuna's old man was a priest of Yevon, but he married an Al Bhed, huh? / Rin: Lord Braska wanted peace between his people and ours. [...] / Tidus: Wow, Cid must've been furious! / Rin: Yes. He wouldn't talk to her after that. But, when Yuna was born, they made up again. His sister took off for Home at once. But then, her ship... / Tidus: Sin? / Rin: That incident turned Lord Braska down the summoner's path.
Auron: But I must protest... This drunkard a guardian? / Jecht: Hey! You want to step in here and say that? / Braska: What does it matter? No one truly believes that I, a fallen summoner wed to an Al Bhed...could possibly defeat Sin. This is what they say. No one expects us to succeed.
'Shinra: Yeah, the girl from the Songstress dressphere. / Yuna: That's Lenne? / Shinra: Sure. She wore that dress one thousand years ago. / Rikku: Why didn't you tell us? / Shinra: No one asked. Besides, all I knew was her name. What's to tell? [...] / Rikku: Okay, okay. So, the reason Shuyin keeps calling Yuna "Lenne" is— / Paine: Because of that dressphere?
Maechen: I am on a journey, studying the history of our world, Spira, seeking its stories and secrets
Lucil: I am Lucil, captain of the Djose Chocobo Knights. / Elma: And I'm Elma. We've been charged to guard the Highroad.
Lucil: Yes, first we cross the Moonflow, and then we head north in search of chocobos to replace those we have lost. / Elma: Once we find chocobos, our Mounted Forces will ride again! / Tidus: Huh? Aren't you missing someone? / Clasko: Captain! Waaaaait for meee!
Clasko: I ended up following Captain Lucil. When she joined the Youth League, so did I. But I'm still stuck playing tour guide. You know, all I want is to ride on a chocobo... faster than the wind!
Gatta: The Crusaders are sworn to battle Sin! We have chapters throughout Spira, accepting all who wish to join our struggle! The hero Mi'ihen formed the Crusaders eight hundred years ago as the Crimson Blades. Later, our ranks grew and we called ourselves the Crusaders. We've been fighting Sin ever since!
Wakka: My little brother Chappu. He looked like you. / Tidus: He's dead? / Wakka: He was with the Crusaders when they fought Sin last year. He didn't make it.
Luzzu: Hey. Gatta, he's...he's dead. He was a good fighter. He just wasn't lucky enough.
Gatta: I found him...but he was...torn in half, I... / Wakka: That...idiot! / Gatta: What...what do I do now? I can't do this... I'm going back to Besaid
Dona: So, you're High Summoner Braska's daughter. That's quite a name to live up to. My, my, my... And all these people are your guardians? My, what a rabble! As I recall, Lord Braska had only two guardians. Quality over quantity, my dear. Whatever were you thinking?
Barthello: You are...Auron, no? / Auron: What of it? / Barthello: Can...I shake your hand? Auron—no, Sir Auron—you're the reason I became a guardian!
Dona: "Wait... There's something I want to ask you. What would you think if I said I...I was giving up my pilgrimage?" / R1 --> Sure! Sounds good to me. / R2 --> Who cares? / R1: Dona: Unusual. Most people would never forgive a summoner who quit. / Tidus: Why's that? / Dona: Behind my back, they would say I was abandoning my duty. / Tidus: So, who cares? Why not do your own thing and let them say what they want! / Dona: Easy for you to say. But...you do have a point. Maybe Barthello and I should go someplace far away. / R2: Dona: Show some sympathy! / Tidus: Oh, like all the sympathy you showed me first time we met? / Dona: You're right. Quitting now would be sort of anti-climactic, no?
Rikku: What's with Barthello? / Dona: Nothing out of the ordinary. I am with the Youth League and he is with New Yevon. It makes living together rather difficult.
Barthello: Dona, please forgive me! I'll apologize as much as you want! Don't say I can't be your guardian anymore! I'll never leave your side again. / Yuna: That's so sweet. / Dona: Shut up. You're making such a scene! How humiliating. Don't think that you're off the hook for embarrassing me like this. You'll be making this up to me for the rest of your life.
Isaaru: Since I was a child, I've always looked up to Lord Braska. I wished I would someday become a high summoner like he was. You must have some of your father's talent in you! I believe you might someday defeat Sin. / Yuna: I...I'm not really... I've only just become a summoner. / Isaaru: Of course, I've no intention of losing, either. So perhaps we should race to see who can defeat Sin first, no? / Yuna: Very well, then. I accept your challenge.
Isaaru: We rode the airship to the Calm Lands, then came to Bevelle. Maester Kinoc summoned us then. Ordered us to "deal with the traitors." / Auron: You will fight us? / Isaaru: The temple's orders are law. Even if you are Lord Braska's flesh and blood... You're a traitor!
Maroda: My brother heard that Bevelle was a mess and came all the way from Zanarkand. Hey, he can do what he wants, but what I wanna know is: How did I get dragged into this? / Yuna: You're protecting Bevelle together. / Maroda: Yeah, I guess that's about right. Somebody's gotta watch his back. / Pacce: Hey Maroda, who you talkin’ about? / Maroda: We're talking about how brothers have to stick together.
Lulu: Maester Mika is the leader of all the peoples of Spira. He's come all the way from Bevelle. The tournament is being held to honor his fifty years as maester. / Tidus: Fifty years? Shouldn't he be, uh, retired by now? / Wakka: Hey, mind your mouth now!
Mika: Send the unsent to where they belong? / Yuna: Yes! Maester...? / Mika: Send the dead, hm...? You would have to send me, too. / Wakka: What?! / Kelk: Grand Maester Mika is a wise leader. Even in death, he is invaluable to Spira. / Kinoc: Enlightened rule by the dead is preferable to the misguided failures of the living.
Warrior Monk: You'll regret showing your face here! We'll strike you down in the name of Yevon! / Tidus: Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, so? Guys? [...] Shelinda: Lady Yuna is not to be harmed! She's no traitor! That is an evil rumor spread by the Al Bhed! / Rikku: What?! / Shelinda: Maester Mika himself told me.
Auron: And you'll be busy, too. I heard they made you second-in-command. / Kinoc: You know that promotion was meant for you. You were always the better one, even until the end.
Rikku: You give us back Yunie’s Garment Grid right now! / Leblanc: Didn’t you girls ever learn to share?
Leblanc: That is the colossus Vegnagun. We'e finished our analysis of the sphere. It appears to have been recorded underneath Bevelle. [...] Rikku: But it's a machina! All we have to do is shakey-shake our way up to it and take it apart! / Leblanc: That's what Noojie got in mind. And of course, whatever he's planning is what I'm planning. What about you?
Gippal: You know, I realize I'm like a lot of you people. We want a captain. And we want a ship to ride, but more important than that... Really, we all want to ride together. The crowds cheer and gave the applause. / Baralai: There are some things you can't do alone. But they become easy with friends beside you. / Nooj: This was the lesson that we learned when we launched those ships.
Baralai: A pleasure, Lady Yuna. I am Baralai, Praetor of New Yevon. / Rikku: So, you're the chairman's son? / Baralai: Ah. As it happens, the chairman has recently resigned. As did his son, the praetor. They were trying to take too much power. We had to ask them to leave. Now the younger members run the party—by mutual consensus, of course.
Rikku: Remember when the three of them were meeting in the Bevelle Underground? All these pyreflies came floating out of Nooj's body in a big cloud. And then they went whooshing into Baralai's body! So doesn't that mean Shuyin's using Baralai now?
Yuna: This is Youth League headquarters. The Youth League was formed a year ago by people who opposed New Yevon. Its members claim that, in the hands of New Yevon, Spira would only repeat its past mistakes. Their leader is a former Crusader named Nooj. Apparently he earned quite a reputation among the Crusaders.