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She must not be forgotten…
Why does Toriyama make such a big about Lightning, as I do?
even though we share a Dakimakura of her on it she actually incorporates every single trait of popular anime girlfriends.
Using this website’s definition, we can see Lightning’s evolution throughout the trilogy from trait to trait.
First, Lightning appears as a Tsundere:
A character personality which is usually stern, cold or hostile to the person they like, while occasionally letting slip the warm and loving feelings hidden inside due to being shy, nervous, insecure or simply unable to help acting badly in front of the person they like.
“She’s what you’d call the ultimate tsundere.”
What more can I say? This is Lightning in a nutshell during the first Final Fantasy XIII game. She really couldn’t express her emotions towards Serah in an appropriate way, even on her birthday. Really, look.
But Lighting’s also given slight yandere trait, who’s:
initially loving and caring to someone they like a lot until their romantic love, admiration and devotion becomes feisty and mentally destructive in nature through either overprotectiveness, violence, brutality or all three.
This is Lightning when defending her sister. She’ll go through any length to save Serah, and will probably destroy anyone and anything that gets in her way. She’s not murderous, but she’s very violent.
Lightning isn’t much of a dandere, except for around Fang (when she had to so her tattoo).
In Lightning Returns, we get the rest of Light’s personality traits. After becoming emotionless, she becomes a kuudere, but with sunglasses (a meganekko). When she changes garbs, she can be a catgirl or an idol (in a way). In fact, her garbs all kinds of tropes.
Lumina (who’s Lightning in a way) fits a lot of the rest, such as Moe(kko), Gothic Maid Lolicon (the outfit), Dojikko, Bishōjo, Chūnibyō.
Humans are complex. They aren’t one way or the other. They may incorporate many different traits we identify with anime stock characters. And Lightning has a reason to act like all of them, making her personality well-rounded. This ironically makes Lightning one of the most three-dimensional characters in the Final Fantasy series.