Lightning (Final Fantasy)
Lightning was created by Motomu Toriyama, the director and scenario writer of Final Fantasy XIII. She was designed by Tetsuya Nomura, a regular character artist for the Final Fantasy series. Her real name is Claire Farron in English and Éclair Farron in Japanese. She has appeared in multiple Final Fantasy games and had cameo appearances in other video games.
About Lightning (Final Fantasy) in brief
Lightning was created by Motomu Toriyama, the director and scenario writer of Final Fantasy XIII. She was designed by Tetsuya Nomura, a regular character artist for the Final Fantasy series. Her real name is Claire Farron in English and Éclair Farron in Japanese. Lightning has received mixed commentary from critics, much of it relating to her cold personality. Her role in Lightning Returns met with mixed reception, with some critics seeing her as underdeveloped and unlikable, while others found her better developed and more human than in previous games. Lightning later appeared on lists, compiled by video game publications, of the best characters in the Finalantasy series and in video games as a whole. The game’s version of Odin, Lightning’s father, was intended to present Lightning as a horseback figure on the cover of the Japanese version of the game. The Blazefire Saber was designed to mirror the ability of the Eidolons, the game’s summoned monsters, to transform into human-like shapes and transform into animal-like forms. Lightning’s house models were constructed for XIII, but were removed due to space issues. She is the sole playable character in XIII-2, wherein she sets out to save her world, which is destined to end in thirteen days. She reappears as a supporting character in Final Fantasy XV, acting as protector of the Goddess Etro. She has appeared in multiple Final Fantasy games and had cameo appearances in other video games, such as Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy VIII.
She also appeared in the film version of XIII-1, which was released in North America and Europe on November 25, 2013. She appears in the upcoming film, Final Fantasy XI, which will be released on November 28, 2014, in Japan and North America on November 29, 2014. The film is based on the Japanese game Final Fantasy XII: Return of the Lightnings, and will also be released in the UK and Europe in November 2014. In the U.S. and Australia, she will appear in the movie Final Fantasy VII: The Final Fantasy Experience, which opens on November 26, 2015, in the United States on November 27, 2015 and in Australia on November 30, 2015. She will also appear in a spin-off film, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy, released in November 2016. Her name in Japanese was originally a placeholder. Because of its similarity to the name of a pastry, her first name was changed to \”Claire\” in other countries. Her English name, Claire, was chosen because name is closely associated with a type of pastry. The name was not chosen by the development team but by the tradition of naming protagonists after weather events, and was surprised by the choice of naming. Several Final Fantasy protagonists have been named Lightning, including the character’s father and a recurring monster in the series, the Eidolon. She appeared as a playable character and protagonist in the role-playing video game Finalantasy XIII, in which she is a resident of the artificial world of Cocoon.