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Once my prey is in my sight, it doesn't ever make it out alive!
Aimee Matchlock (エイミー・マッチロック, Eimī Matchirokku?) is a non-player character that appears in Bravely Second: End Layer. She is a member of a minority tribe that lives deep within Florem's interior and she is also the keeper of the Hawkeye asterisk. She is said to possess the ability to communicate with the dead.
Aimee is a 17-year-old girl with long white hair tied in two ponytails with a small braid that hangs in front, red eyes, and dark skin. She wields a large, white bird-shaped rifle called the Guncleaver.
In the Japanese release, she has white painted markings on her skin. She wears a light brown bikini with a small skirt and has a feathered headdress in her hair. She is barefoot with black straps wrapped around her feet, brown armlets and pant-like cloth on her legs. She has a fur scarf around her neck.
In the overseas release, she wears a brown cowboy hat with a single feather stuck in it and a brown tube top. She wears long light brown pants with a thick dark brown belt under a short light brown skirt and black boots.
Originally from Florem, Aimee lived in the Florem Gardens until she met Angelo OVO Panettone and tasted his pastries for the first time. Since then, she followed the patissier everywhere out of devotion.
Having been deployed to Eisenberg as a distraction, Aimee takes over the Eisen Bridge and overwhelms the Shieldbearers. Prior to Yew Geneolgia's group reaching Eisenberg, having done the feat from the Eisen Bridge, Aimee sniped the youth as he and his friends were about to enter the Skyhold while it was anchored to Ancheim. After visiting Hartschild as Angelo was dealing with the populace, the group decide to deal with Aimee with Danzaburō holding her off while they use the Black Swords' secret pathway to sneak up on her from behind. But after Yōko is injured as a result, Aimee is killed in battle against Yew's group. However, despite her death, the message that Aimee placed on an arrow reaches Angelo to convince him to open a bakery.
When Yew and his group use the SP Hourglass to go back in time to stop the kaiser before he could kidnap Agnès, it negated Aimee's demise with her believing her memories of her previous timeline as a strange dream. She helps Angelo open his new shop in the Florem Gardens, encountering Yew's group and having a rematch against them.
Aimee uses a guncleaver in battle meant to signify the likeness of her tribe's guardian deity. She utilizes a variety of abilities that allow her to imbue her bullets with elements, which is highly reminiscent of the Spell Fencer's 'Sword Magic' abilities.
Creation and developmentEdit
Aimee was designed by Sword Art Online illustrator, abec.
Aimee is voiced by Mayumi Shintani in the Japanese version.
She is voiced by Colleen O'Shaugnessey in the English version and speaks with a New York/New Jersey accent.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearancesEdit
Rise of ManaEdit
Aimee appears on a sticker set for the LINE communications app. The sticker set she appears in is titled "Bravely Stickers - Volume 2".
The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock," invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target.
- Aimee is the only asterisk holder in the series to have her appearance changed overseas. This change is likely due to controversies regarding real life historic and racial issues of Native Americans in the Americas, specifically that of their depiction in modern day culture and society.
- Her Native American imagery is likely done to evoke the closeness of her class and heritage to the elements and nature. As Native American beliefs hold that all things in nature have a spirit given birth by the deity known as the Great Spirit, and to be in tune with the natural order of the world to respect it. The incorporation of a gunslinger is likely to fuse the archetypes of Wild Western settings into one type, specifically that of the pioneer/cowboy and indigenous tribes that originally settled in the American west. Despite this, her name, appearance, and backstory give the implication of cultural assimilation, appropriation, and dominance done by the current rulers of the Glanz Empire onto Florem similar to the real life history and events of the American west.