Lightning, A former sergeant of the Cocoon military, Lightning sought the fal'Cie of Pulse only to be made a l'Cie much to her dismay. Lightning has long pink-brown hair and is 177 cm tall (5'10"). Originally named Éclair Farron Ekurēru Faron?), she discarded her birth name after her parents died in an attempt to emotionally reinforce herself so she could protect her sister Serah, though this only causes things to worsen between them. For her design, character designer Tetsuya Nomura was asked to create a "female version of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII". During development, he described her as "not very feminine". Lightning wields a weapon called a Blaze Edge that is a combination of a gun and a sword (one collapsing into the other) and can also manipulate gravity with a device on her thumb (though due to Sazh's interference, this device becomes damaged). In battle, she is agile and uses acrobatic moves. She can also summon the Eidolon Odin to fight by her side in battle, who can assume a horse-like form that she can ride on. While riding, Lightning dual wields Odin's detachable sword. Her l'Cie mark is in the center of her chest. Her strongest unique special attack is called Scene Drive. Her Japanese voice actress is Maaya Sakamoto.

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