Caius Ballad is a pretty sympathetic villain. But also one that’s tragic. I think we all wish to change the wrongs of the past, as it’s human nature. But while most of us eventually get over our past mistakes, Caius tragically attempts to reverse it.
His constantly organizing of multiple contingent paths is a faulty belief one will lead to the correct conditions. This can actually tell us a little bit about his personality.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Compulsive personalities are conscientious and have high levels of aspiration, but they also strive for perfection. Never satisfied with their achievements, people with compulsive personality disorder take on more and more responsibilities. They are reliable, dependable, orderly, and methodical, but their inflexibility often makes them incapable of adapting to changed circumstances. People with compulsive personality are highly cautious, weigh all aspects of a problem, and pay attention to every detail, making it difficult for them to make decisions and complete tasks. When their feelings are not under strict control, events are unpredictable, or they must rely on others, compulsive personalities often feel a sense of isolation and helplessness.
Caius seems to be conscientious enough. In addition to his calm and serious personality, he definitely wishes to do what’s right (almost inflexibly so). But he’s attempting to do the paradoxical, which will take extreme attention to details, orderliness, and rules of the timeline. Noel describes him as someone who prefers to personally take action. Caius desires to be in control of people, tasks, and situations. Such extreme perfectionism results in his dysfunction and distress.
He is calm and serious, rarely displaying emotion, making it difficult to discern his thoughts and intentions. Noel describes Caius as someone who prefers to personally take action instead of having others do the dirty work for him, and says he is like “the calm before the storm,” as he may remain silent until spotting a weakness in his enemies, and once he does, he will expose it without mercy. As his goal draws nearer, Caius becomes emotional, ultimately revealing himself as a man who has been consumed by sorrow and rage over the centuries.
And in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII:
In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Caius no longer has a single-minded goal and has lost his drive and become cynical, reacting to Lightning and the world’s condition with spite. He sees his predicament impossible to escape from and thus exists in a perpetual state of suffering.