He has very high magic stats, the highest of the party. This also makes him ideal for the Medic role. Hope’s main function is to restore HP and remove status ailments, similar to a white mage.
I know Vanille might make a better white mage in the long term. Still, Medic is one of Hope’s main roles in Final Fantasy XIII.
Also, consider that Hope’s eidolon is Alexander. As we all know from Final Fantasy VI and on, Alexander is a non-elemental summon which usually casts holy. And what class of mages can cast holy?
White mages can! Well summoners too, but you know…
So what’s the story behind a male white mage? Usually, people think a male white mage is too weak, too whiny, petrified, and sad. All this kid’s good for is healing people every now and then, staying out of people’s way. This isn’t just the story of a male white mage, this is the story of Hope Estheim. In Final Fantasy XIII, Hope is the only character whose default weapon has a passive ability.
Actually, Minwu was pretty tough.
I think it would have been cool if Hope officially joined your party in Final Fantasy XIII-2.
The Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega producer and director interview reveals scrapped plans for a Hope downloadable content (DLC) scenario episode, in the vein of Sazh’s, Snow’s and Lightning’s episodes. Originally, a DLC was planned involving Hope and a journey through the Augusta Tower. Players would have ventured through the tower, completing a number of Live Triggers. The aim was to stop Alyssa from killing Hope, and based on player’s Live Trigger choices, player would have either continued the game or receive a game over.
I’m sure he would have been primarily a medic, with a sweet boomerang/striking tool.
But I wonder what successes people had with Hope as a character?
Sure you could make him a type of red mage, but where’s the fun in that?