|Age||14 (Final Fantasy XIII, Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII)*|
24, 27 * (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
514* (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
1014 * (Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII)
|Height||5' 0" (153 cm) (Final Fantasy XIII)|
5' 11" (180 cm) (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
|Home||Palumpolum; Academia; Nova Chrysalia|
|Primary Roles||Ravager, Synergist, Medic|
|Exclusive Skill||Last Resort|
|Japanese Voice actor(s)||Yūki Kaji|
|English Voice actor(s)||Vincent Martella|
|Final Fantasy XIII Character|
- “Hope is a normal boy from a normal family whose childhood on Cocoon can best be described as uneventful. Inexperienced in the ways of the world, and wont to turn to his mother for protection, he is completely unprepared for the turmoil into which his life is thrown when he is unexpectedly caught up in the Sanctum's brutal Purge.”
- —Booklet Description
Hope Estheim is a playable character in Final Fantasy XIII, who also appears in a major supporting role in Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. He is the son of Nora and Bartholomew Estheim.
In Final Fantasy XIII, Hope and his mother are caught up in the Purge as victims of circumstance. After his mother is killed in the conflict that follows, Hope is made a Pulse l'Cie, and he chooses to journey with Lightning to become stronger and avenge his mother's death.
In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Hope once again acts as Lightning's close ally when she is chosen as Bhunivelze's Savior. He watches over Lightning from within his Ark, and acts as her faraway navigator and informant as she fights to save the world.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
- “Lightning. I - me too. I mean, at least I'll try. I'll try to watch out for you, too.”
- —Hope, promising to protect Lightning
Hope has short silver hair and light blue-green eyes. In Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero -Promise-, Lightning says Hope's face looks similar to his mother's. Of all the playable characters, he is the shortest and the youngest. He wears a short-sleeved orange and yellow jacket with a detailed green neckerchief over a black shirt, and black gloves with white palms. He wears green cargo pants with a black storage pack hanging from a black belt over his left leg, and green boots. His l'Cie brand is on his left wrist, covered by his yellow wristband.
Hope is close to his mother, always confiding in her and relying on her for protection, but he has had a distant relationship with his father ever since he reached adolescence. In Final Fantasy XIII -Episode i-, Hope says he tends to run away from his problems, specifically things he can't change. Hope starts off as naive, insecure, and sensitive. His speech is reserved but he makes outbursts of anger and frustration whenever his emotions get the best of him. His naivety makes him quick to blame others for his misfortunes, and he is easily affected by harsh words and rash actions, especially when they involve personal subjects. Hope has little to no battle experience and is often afraid to get into confrontations, and thus tries to run from a fight or tense situation when he has the chance.
At first, Hope turns to Vanille for emotional support, but later comes to depend on Lightning and tries to follow her example as a former soldier to gain experience in battle. Due to his time under her tutelage, Hope matures into an efficient fighter and is able to speak in a more straightforward manner and control his emotions. Hope becomes willing to throw himself into harm's way for the sake of others, show his sense of humor, and comfort his friends. Hope gives his companions words of encouragement and wisdom, and remains positive in otherwise negative situations, ultimately living up to his namesake.
Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit
- “Director of Academy Research, Team Alpha. A tireless work ethic and extraordinary ability have propelled Hope through the ranks of the Academy. Despite his youth, he has become the de facto leader of the research institute.
Hope is articulate, considerate, and admired by his peers. He has matured considerably in the ten years since he fought alongside Lightning and the other l'Cie.
He is researching "spacetime anomalies" that were discovered at the site of ancient ruins. Sorrowful events in his past once threatened to destroy him, but now they are the fuel that drives him to build a better future.”
- —Online Description
Hope has straight and slightly longer hair. He retains his yellow wristband, but now wears an Academy uniform of a long-sleeved yellow and white coat with a light blue necktie. He wears light gray pants, black boots, and has black and red storage packs along the left shoulder and waist of his coat. Hope keeps his boomerang, but is not seen using it often.
With the skills he gained during his time as a l'Cie, Hope has grown into an intelligent and confident leader, admired by many, but continues to show moments of vulnerability whenever he reflects on his past.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
- “Hope watches over Lightning from his base in the Ark, guiding the savior as she tries to carry out all-mighty Bhunivelze's divine mission. As Lightning's trusted partner, Hope provides key information throughout the quest.
Mysteriously, Hope is no longer a grown man, but has instead turned back into the boy that Lightning first met.”
- —Official description
Hope has physically regressed to his 14-year-old self from Final Fantasy XIII, wearing nearly identical attire. The main difference is his green scarf, which is replaced by black-and-white chequered and spotted scarf. It has been said Hope has reverted back to his 14-year-old appearance "thanks to the power of the gods".
His personality is still that of an adult, though his emotions have been sapped, distancing him from the woes of the world below.
- “Mom... You still believe in that kind of stuff? Wishing on fireworks? Really? That's for little kids.”
- —Hope to Nora
Hope and his mother, Nora, are on a ten day vacation in the seaside town of Bodhum to see the annual fireworks show. His father, Bartholomew, is due to join them, but calls at the last minute to cancel much to Hope's relief. They visit Euride Gorge six days later, but with buzz still circulating about the incident four days prior, they return to Bodhum.
Two days later at the fireworks festival, Hope laughs at his mother's belief in the wish-making tradition, since he believes it is for children. He is disappointed his mother wished for his father to be with them next time, and says they are better off without him. That night, PSICOM discovers the Pulse fal'Cie, Anima, within the Bodhum Vestige.
In the next two days, Hope and Nora are caught within the town's subsequent quarantine, unable to return home, and the Sanctum announces the Purge, the forced relocation of everyone in town to Pulse. As they wait in line for the Purge train in Bodhum Station, Nora begs with PSICOM that Hope be allowed to return home, willing to stay behind and be Purged herself, but her pleas fall on deaf ears. Hope and Nora are forced onto the Purge train alongside a young woman they befriended in line named Vanille.
- “And what if that gets people around you involved? What happens when your actions end up ruining someone's life? What if someone dies? What then, Snow? How do you pay for what you've done?”
- —Hope to Snow
While the Purge train enters the Hanging Edge, it is derailed by Lightning and her ally Sazh Katzroy. Hope, Nora, Vanille, and the rest of the Purgees are rescued by the resistance group NORA and their leader, Snow Villiers. Some Purgees choose to fight alongside them, including Nora. From afar, Vanille and Hope watch the bridge with Nora and the other volunteers destroyed in an army attack, and Nora fall to her death after saving Snow's life. Vanille leads Hope away to safety and leaves with him following behind. Since Hope blames Snow for his mother's death, Vanille encourages him to approach Snow and talk to him, but Hope hesitates long enough for Snow to leave for the Pulse Vestige.
Vanille and Hope steal Gadot's airbike and follow Snow. They crash-land within the Vestige and are ambushed by a group of Cie'th. Snow saves them and tells them about his mission to save his fiancée Serah, a Pulse l'Cie. Hope yells at Snow for wanting to save an enemy of Cocoon, unable to tell Snow about Nora. Snow takes Hope and Vanille with him and they meet with Lightning and Sazh, finding Serah outside Anima's Throne. They witness Serah's crystallization and the army attacks the Vestige. When Lightning, Sazh and Snow awaken the sleeping fal'Cie, Hope tries to run away but his path is blocked off. After Anima is defeated, everyone present is branded a l'Cie. The damaged Vestige destroys the Hanging Edge and falls to Lake Bresha below, crystallizing it on impact.
Everyone decides to work together to solve their Focus. They identify the legendary beast Ragnarok from a shared dream vision, and believe their Focus is to destroy Cocoon. The group finds Serah's crystal form stuck in the crystallized lake. Snow stays behind and dig her out while the others continue onwards. Hope tries to tell Snow about Nora but Snow tells him to hurry or he'll get left behind. In the abandoned ruins at the edge of the lake, the party finds an airship. Sazh attempts to pilot it, but it sustains damage from a PSICOM pursuit and crashes in the Vile Peaks.
Lightning tells the others about her plan to get vengeance against the Sanctum by going to the city of Eden to destroy its namesake fal'Cie that runs the government, and leaves the group. Drawn by Lightning's strength and seeing it as the chance to grow stronger and eventually confront Snow, Hope follows her. The two are separated from Vanille and Sazh and decide to go through the Gapra Whitewood and Hope's hometown of Palumpolum to catch a train to Eden. Against Lightning's orders, Hope takes control of a Pulsian Dreadnought and clears a path for them. Lightning's patience with Hope runs thin as he fails to keep up with her. She threatens to leave him behind and inadvertently summons her Eidolon Odin, who attacks Hope. Lightning saves him and his aid in defeating the Eidolon persuades her to have faith in the boy and help him 'toughen up'.
Reaching the Gapra Whitewood, Hope asks to take the lead in Lightning's place, and she gives him her survival knife to boost his confidence. Hope reveals his intent to make Snow pay for his mother's death. Taking Lightning's advice to form a plan, Hope conceives 'Operation Nora', his plan for revenge against Snow. When Lightning tells him the Sanctum killed his mother, Hope decides to make both Snow and the Sanctum pay for it. To dissuade Hope from his goal, Lightning suggests they see his father and tell him about Nora.
To avoid the PSICOM troops stationed throughout Palumpolum, Hope leads Lightning underground into the Nutriculture Complex, where they see the fal'Cie Carbuncle, which provides Cocoon with its food. Upon hearing Hope talk about the fal'Cie treating humans like their pets, Lightning realizes they have been fal'Cie pawns since birth, and fighting blindly to make up for doubt and confusion is not the answer. She tells Hope to abandon Operation Nora and talk to his father to find a new reason to keep fighting. Returning to the surface, Lightning and Hope are ambushed by Yaag Rosch and his troops. Snow and Oerba Yun Fang arrive on the scene and Lightning forces Hope to escape with Snow while Fang goes with her.
On a wireless communicator, the two groups agree on Hope's place in Felix Heights as their rendezvous point. When Hope talks to Lightning, he reveals that, against her wishes, he intends to complete Operation Nora. With every word he says, Snow's optimism and obliviousness continue to anger Hope, as he unknowingly insults Nora and the events surrounding her death. As they travel through the town, Hope asks Snow a series of personal questions to justify his belief for revenge, only to be further aggravated by Snow's answers. When they see PSICOM rounding up more people to Purge, Snow tries to save them by announcing his l'Cie status and firing a gun into the air to make them scatter. His actions are misunderstood and they return as an angry mob. After escaping the mob and making their way through the Rivera Towers, they are attacked by an Ushumgal Subjugator.
While they stop to rest on a building's roof, Hope confronts Snow about Nora, unleashing his rage and blasting Snow off the roof, leaving him hanging from the edge. Just before Hope can kill Snow with Lightning's knife, a Sanctum airship fires shots behind him, knocking him unconscious and blasting him off the roof of the building. Snow catches Hope in midair and shields him from the fall with his body. Hope awakens on the streets below to find Snow had saved him. Snow apologizes for endangering Nora and being unable to save her. He returns Lightning's knife to Hope, giving him a second chance for revenge, but Hope hesitates. He confesses that he knew nothing would bring Nora back and used revenge as a way to cope with her death. The Ushumgal Subjugator returns and knocks Snow unconscious, prompting Hope to fight it alone until Lightning and Fang arrive to help. Hope returns Lightning's knife and ends Operation Nora. After they promise to protect each other, the reunited party travels the rest of the way to the Estheim Residence and meet Bartholomew.
Hope tells his father everything that has happened and the two repair their relationship. Bartholomew forgives Snow for fulfilling Nora's dying wish of getting Hope home. PSICOM attacks the house and Snow confronts Yaag Rosch. Under Lightning's orders, Hope ties up his father to make him look like an unwilling accomplice. Rygdea and more of the Cavalry soldiers arrive, and Hope and the rest of the party leave with them, boarding the Lindblum. With the Cavalry's help, they infiltrate the Palamecia upon learning Sazh and Vanille are being held captive onboard. They fight their way through the ship and reunite with the prisoners. The party faces Primarch Galenth Dysley, who kills the ship's crew and reveals his true form, the fal'Cie Barthandelus. Barthandelus claims their Focus is to become Ragnarok and kill the fal'Cie Orphan, the source of all of Cocoon's power.
They use an airship to escape the Palamecia into the Fifth Ark hidden beneath Eden, where the party's l'Cie powers are fully awoken. They are confronted by the Cavalry leader, Cid Raines, revealing himself as a Sanctum l'Cie branded by Barthandelus to help them destroy Cocoon. They defeat Raines but he turns to crystal despite going against his Focus, inspiring the party to do the same and resolve to save Cocoon. After Fang tames her Eidolon Bahamut, Hope resolves to make his own decisions from now on without any influence from the Sanctum or the fal'Cie, and see what Gran Pulse is like for himself.
Using an old Pulsian airship, they exit the Ark out into Gran Pulse. After falling under attack by a wild wyvern, they land and create a base camp in the Vallis Media. The party searches Pulse for days but find no traces of human life. While he is gathering food, Hope's brand advances and he falls unconscious. Coming to later at night, Hope talks about Fang and Vanille's hometown of Oerba, and how it might have the answers they are looking for. Fearing for his friends' safety, he implores the others to go on without him but his anguish causes his Eidolon, Alexander, to appear. After Hope tames the Eidolon, the party comes to believe the Eidolons come to give l'Cie hope, not to end their journey through death. Hope says he will ask for help earlier next time and decides to continue on his journey with the others.
The party crosses the Archylte Steppe to the Mah'habara Subterra. In the tunnels, Hope tampers with another Dreadnought and falls into the path of the incoming fal'Cie Atomos. A group of Dreadnoughts stop Atomos and saves Hope from getting crushed. The party uses the fal'Cie as a means of transport to travel to the Sulyya Springs. Reaching the top level of Taejin's Tower, Fang and Vanille see their home village devoid of life and color. They arrive in the dilapidated village, where the party is confronted by Barthandelus, who claims he has appointed a revived Raines as Primarch and tricked the Cavalry into destroying Orphan. Hope encourages the others to keep fighting, even if it means getting only one person to listen to their plight.
The party returns to Cocoon to foil Barthandelus's plan, interrupting a race on the circuit in Eden with their Eidolons. They fight their way through the city and make their way to Orphan's Cradle. Reaching the Nascent Throne, the party fights Barthandelus. Upon Barthandelus's defeat, Orphan is awakened and everyone except Vanille and Fang are transformed into Cie'th. Remembering everything they went through, the group reverts back to normal, believing it to have been another fal'Cie trick. They save Fang from her cycle of torture at Orphan's hands and say they now have a new Focus: to save Cocoon. Hope concludes that if they have the power to destroy Cocoon, they also have the power to save it, after which everyone's l'Cie brands turn white.
After Orphan's defeat, Cocoon loses power and falls from the sky. They witness Fang and Vanille sacrifice themselves to become Ragnarok and save Cocoon, and Hope is crystallized alongside the rest of the party at the base of Cocoon's crystal pillar. Soon after, they awaken with their brands wiped clean. Though Serah and Dajh Katzroy also awaken, Hope is upset that Vanille and Fang did not, but remains positive with Lightning's support, remarking they have defied their fate before.
- “It doesn't matter. Thank you. Knowing he's safe is enough.”
- —Hope about his father
Hope sees a group of soldiers from the Cavalry, and runs off to meet them with the others in tow. He learns his father is still alive. A soldier tells Hope his father is arriving on the next cargo transport, and Hope leaves with the soldier to reunite with him.
- “You're not one to think about things anyway.”
- —Hope to Snow
After Lightning disappears from the timeline, Hope finds her knife near the base of Cocoon's crystal pillar and returns it to Serah. Shortly after, he participates in relief efforts on Gran Pulse with soldiers and his willingness is noted by his father as a token of the maturity he has gained through his journey as a l'Cie.
Upon returning to Palumpolum, he studies diligently to become a proper adult and atone for his sins. In 3 AF, he is informed by Snow they may have been mistaken about Lightning's death.
- “I wanted to change history, make things better. Not just bring Lightning back. But Vanille, and Fang... and my mother.”
- —Hope to Serah
Five years later, when Serah, Noel and Mog arrive in the Paddra Ruins of the Yaschas Massif in 10 AF, Hope comes to their aid during their battle against Aloeidai. Hope reveals Noel and Serah's appearance in the Bresha Ruins five years ago enabled the Academy to analyze the Time Gates and predict their arrival to the ruins. He says that within the last ten years Serah was not the only one who disappeared, but Snow, Sazh, and Dajh as well. Hope says the paradoxes started happening a few years ago and believes if he can solve their cause he could see everyone again.
Hope explains how he joined the Academy to atone for what happened to Lightning, Fang and Vanille, and to build a society using man-made power. He and his assistant, Alyssa Zaidelle, tell Serah and Noel about the Farseers led by the seeress Yeul that lived in Paddra in ancient times. Hope shows Serah and Noel the Oracle Drive, an ancient device that shows images of events considered impossible. The Oracle Drive shows images of the events leading to the Day of Ragnarok and blurry images of Lightning's fight with Caius Ballad in Valhalla. He theorizes the paradox affecting the area might be affecting the Oracle Drive and gives an artefact to Noel and Serah so they can fix the paradox.
After the paradox is resolved, Noel and Serah repeat the process of being welcomed by Hope in the alternate timeline at 1X AF, before he again uses the Oracle Drive to show them the now clear images of Lightning in Valhalla. When the Oracle Drive shows Cocoon falling at Caius's hands, Hope resolves to do what he can to prepare for the crisis while Serah and Noel continue to fix the timeline. Three years later, while overseeing the construction of the Augusta Tower, Hope and Alyssa devise the Proto fal'Cie Project as a means to keep Cocoon airborne without the crystal pillar.
Acting on its own from the future, the Proto fal'Cie Adam arrives to that moment in time to reprogram the tower's AI and slaughter Hope, Alyssa, and all the Academy members to maintain the time and order it is thriving in. Back in 1X AF, Hope catches a glimpse of Serah and Noel's fight with Adam in the Augusta Tower in 200 AF, with Serah yelling at him for building the fal'Cie through the Oracle Drive, and abandons the project, negating his and Alyssa's future deaths. Hope begins the New Cocoon Project to build a new man-made Cocoon.
In the alternate timeline at 13 AF, Hope learns about the Thirteenth Ark through the Oracle Drive, and invents a time capsule for him and Alyssa to enter suspended animation and reawaken 387 years later in Academia 4XX AF, where the Ark is supposed to appear. Welcoming Serah and Noel to "the future they saved", Hope invites them to Academy headquarters where he tells them that after investigating the Thirteenth Ark, the Academy discovered it floats through the use of a Graviton Core. After Noel, Serah and Mog bring him the needed Graviton Cores, Alyssa gives them an artefact to open a new gate in the city. As Hope and Alyssa go see them off, Hope reflects on his past as a l'Cie, when he was almost consumed by hate until Lightning and Snow showed him the way out. Promising to meet Noel and Serah again a century in the future, the two groups part ways.
In Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments After, Hope and Alyssa go to the Augusta Tower to investigate an intruder in the system. Hope disposes of duplicates trying to kill him and finds a diary belonging to Alyssa in the system. It details the events in the Bresha Ruins in 5 AF, her hatred of the Pulse l'Cie for causing the Purge, her true identity as a paradox, how everyone would forget her and none of her research would be remembered as hers but someone else's instead, her life ultimately having meant nothing. Her diary also reveals how she sided with Caius to save herself from disappearing and received a false artefact from him while sleeping in the time capsule with Hope. It tells of Caius telling Alyssa to give the false artefact to Serah and Noel to get rid of them, which she did when they found the Graviton Cores, and how Alyssa plans to deal with Hope in the Augusta Tower.
Hope pleads with Alyssa that he can find a way for her to live. Then Alyssa appears and holds Hope at gunpoint from behind. Just as she pulls the trigger, she starts to disappear before she can kill Hope, and begs him not to forget her. In Academia 500 AF, Hope now only vaguely remembers Alyssa, and she has been replaced by an intern named Aina Stein, the descendent of Alyssa's friend Nena.
When Noel and Serah are attacked by Chaos Bahamut, Hope arrives with a squadron of soldiers provide them with backup. As they chase after Caius atop an airship piloted by Sazh, Hope arrives to accompany them but Serah tells him not to follow and make sure Fang and Vanille are safe, which he does. After Noel and Serah defeat Caius in Valhalla, Hope and his team monitor the status of the crystal pillar, which is set to collapse in moments. After Vanille and Fang have been safely removed from the pillar, the old Cocoon falls and the new Cocoon, which Hope christens "Bhunivelze", rises.
Learning that Noel, Mog, and Serah have returned from Valhalla, Hope takes an airship to greet them only to find Serah has died. As they mourn over her, Noel reveals Serah was a seeress like Yeul and killed by her visions. The world darkens and Mog says the goddess Etro is gone. Noel realizes he had unknowingly played into Caius's scheme and killed Etro. Etro's seal appears in the sky and Bhunivelze and everything on Gran Pulse is consumed by chaos and the world merges with Valhalla, forming the world of Nova Chrysalia.
- “Welcome back, Light.”
- —Hope to Lightning, said every time when Lightning returns to the Ark
Three hundred and thirty-one years later, the god Bhunivelze abducted Hope and tortured him to become Bhunivelze's physical vessel and gain a better understanding of humans. Bhunivelze chose Hope for being a "constant, noble soul worthy of harboring a god, and reverted him to his "pure and innocent" child form to better meet the god's standards. Hope awoke in the Ark, where he remained for the next 169 years, as Bhunivelze continued to mold him into the perfect host.
For reasons he can't remember, when Hope arrived in the Ark he had physically regressed back to how he looked when he was 14 and was in a near-emotionless state, but retained memories of his past. When Lightning awakes from her crystal stasis and Bhunivelze chooses her to be the savior, Hope aids her from the Ark, sending her messages via wireless communication.
On the final day, when Lightning gives her remaining Eradia to Yggdrasil and finds herself in an otherworldly dimension, Hope reveals his role to act as Bhunivelze's eyes to monitor her. Hope says he will disappear like any other pawn of god that has fulfilled its role, but urges Lightning to forget about him and save the others, as Vanille is preparing to sacrifice herself in a ritual to purify the souls of the dead. He tells Lightning that to save Serah's soul she would have to imagine the kind of world she would want and the kind of person she would want Lightning to be. Hope tells Lightning not to be sorry for trying to understand his strange behavior as Bhunivelze's pawn, and that he is glad to speak to her as his true self one last time. As Lightning laments on failing to protect him, Hope says it was because of her he was never afraid of the future, not even now, and fades away.
When Lightning encounters Bhunivelze, he toys with Hope's lifeless body before absorbing him. After Bhunivelze's defeat, Hope is freed from his control and sees the spirits of his parents, offering him the chance to be reborn with them in the new world. Hope rejects the offer and chooses to stay with Lightning and his friends as he is. When Lightning falls into an abyss and calls for help, Hope answers her call and saves her. Joined by their other friends and the Eidolons, everyone launches their final assault on Bhunivelze, destroying him for good.
As Nova Chrysalia is destroyed Hope and his friends travel to the new world and begin new lives free of gods and free to choose their own destiny in life.
- “Try this on for size!”
- —Hope in battle
- See also: Hope Estheim/Crystarium
Hope's strength lies in his magic power; out of the six playable characters in Final Fantasy XIII he is the only one to learn all elemental spells as a Ravager up to the -ga level, though he lacks the -strike skills, meaning he cannot physically attack in the role. Hope's Full ATB Skill, Last Resort, deals non-elemental magic damage to random targets.
Hope is the most supportive-oriented character. As a Synergist, he is more proficient with defensive buffs, learning the Bar-Spells early, and he also learns the entire family of Cure spells as a Medic. Hope is the only character with only one offensive primary paradigm role, and is the only playable character in Final Fantasy XIII that may acquire every -ga leveled spell in all of the roles.
Hope fights with boomerangs that, thanks to Antimatter Manipulation Principle and design, he can throw once and hit multiple enemies without having to throw it again. In the Commando role, when performing multiple physical attacks using his boomerang, Hope moves his hand as if to throw it again, even though it is not in his hand. Hope is the only one able to cast Ruin without holding his weapon; this can be accomplished by choosing Attack first and stacking Ruin after.
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- “Alexander... Need your help, big guy!”
- —Hope summoning Alexander
- Main article: Eidolon (Final Fantasy XIII)#Alexander
Alexander is a non-elemental Eidolon who turns into a fortress in his Gestalt Mode. When Hope calls for Alexander, he is launched from an even larger fortress in the sky.
Hope is the only member of the main party whose Eidolon is the same gender as their l'Cie partner.
Hope's weapons have inscriptions with the names of mythological birds; Hope's initial weapon, Airwing, has an inscription that reads "Phoenix". In Final Fantasy XIII-2 his weapon has an inscription reading "To the heavens soars the phoenix". In Final Fantasy XIII, Hope is the only character whose default weapon has a passive ability.
Hope puts his boomerang away as his victory pose, but if seen from behind, the boomerang vanishes. Cutscenes avoid showing where he pulls it from with camera angles cutting it offscreen. It is never implicitly stated where Hope received his first boomerang; the first time it is shown is during the scene where Vanille receives her weapon, but she does not give the boomerang to Hope. It is left unclear as to whether or not he had it with him in Bodhum.
- Main article: Hope Estheim/Quotes
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Hope was designed by Tetsuya Nomura in Final Fantasy XIII and Hideo Minaba designed his clothes in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Lightning was originally designed as a silver-haired character, but when the decision was made to make her pink-haired, the silver hair was transferred to Hope.
For Final Fantasy XIII-2 the game's director, Motomu Toriyama, felt keen to portray Hope as a more mature person; that's why he returns to the story as a grown-up who works as a leader of the Academy.
The Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Omega producer and director interview reveals scrapped plans for a Hope 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 of DLC 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.
There are some hints that point toward Hope being planned as a playable character for Final Fantasy XIII-2 at some point during development. He seems to have some combat data and even a chocobo riding animation, but it is unknown if these were meant for his scrapped DLC episode. A young version of Hope is found in the game data, which is not the same model as used in Final Fantasy XIII although it has the same clothes and otherwise similar appearance. It is unknown why a model of a young Hope was made for Final Fantasy XIII-2, which was never used.
Director Motomu Toriyama commented on Hope's role as a secondary character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII thus: "Hope Estheim is for us only a secondary character, even though we love him no matter what. He only lacks something that gives him the heroic image, like Lightning or Noel."
Final Fantasy XIIIEdit
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In Final Fantasy XIII, "Hope's Theme", composed by Masashi Hamauzu, is a melancholy tune composed with acoustic guitar representing his sensitive and vulnerable nature, as well as the emotions he goes through while coping with the loss of his mother.
There are two variants of his theme: the orchestral version is titled "Sustained by Hate", and the slow, acoustic version called "This Is Your Home".
Arrangement Album appearancesEdit
- “The original version of "Hope's Theme" was mocked up on piano. I wanted to go with an acoustic guitar for Hope in the actual game, so I ended up hiding this version away without letting anyone listen to it. Quite a few other issues developed along the way, and I ended up abandoning it altogether. It was something of a mixed bag, so the version included in this CD is only a portion of the full track. Sorry!”
- —Masashi Hamauzu; liner notes to Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack PLUS
A piano version of his theme titled, "Hope_PfNer3", is included on the album as the sixth track.
Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit
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In Final Fantasy XIII-2, "Hope's Theme - Tomorrow's Dream -" is a calm, mellow, rustic, and jazzy rearrangement of his original theme, and a variant of the main theme, "FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 - Wishes -". It is composed with acoustic guitar, violin, and piano. While it hints at his vulnerability like his original theme, it also symbolizes his wish to bring back the people who are dear to him.
Action figures of Hope from Final Fantasy XIII were released as a part of the Plays Arts series.
Hope appears as a recruitable character in Final Fantasy Tactics S.
Hope makes a cameo appearance in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as a tutor in the in-game manual. He teaches the player about Assists alongside Fang.
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- “A smart but timid boy, this middle school student was on a trip with his mother when they become caught up in the Purge. His mother is lost to him during the battle between Sanctum's forces and those opposing the Purge, and Hope himself is made into a Pulse l'Cie. He hates Snow, blaming the NORA's leader for the death of his mother, and works alongside him waiting only for his chance for revenge.”
- —Online description
Hope appears as a purchasable character in the iOS version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
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Hope is featured on three cards as part of the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. One of his cards depicts a FMV shot of him in the Hanging Edge, another is his Final Fantasy XIII CG render, and the other is his Final Fantasy XIII-2 CG render. Alexander's card depicts him with Hope alongside him. Hope's cards appear within the "Wind" set.
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It is possible the name "Hope" was chosen for him, because he was somewhat "hope" for Cocoon, to free it from the control of the fal'Cie. Est is Latin for "is", whilst Heim is German for "home". Concluding, his full name means "hope is home". This is also somewhat alluded to by Lightning in Chapter 7 in Palumpolum's Nutriculture Complex, when she says he needs to find out what hope he was named for by going home and talking to his father. In addition to this, his name is an anagram of 'the hope is me.'
- While Hope sometimes refers to Lightning as "Light" in the English version, he calls her "Light-san" for the rest of the game after she tells him to in the Japanese version. Presumably a minor error, Hope will sometimes call Lightning "Light" in battle shortly before the cutscene in which she tells him to do so.
- Hope's eidolith is in the shape of a star, almost resembling the crystal in the Final Fantasy IX logo.
- Hope's crystal is used for the "Instrument of Change" trophy/achievement.
- The animation sequence for Hope's full ATB skill, Last Resort, resembles the White Magic spell Holy in previous Final Fantasy games. Furthermore, Alexander is the series' main Holy-elemental summon.
- In Episode Zero -Promise-, it is revealed Hope once visited the Sunleth Waterscape on a school field trip when he was eight, and that Sazh was the pilot of his class's transport airship.
- According to the datalog in Final Fantasy XIII-2, Hope is a favorite among the people of Academia.
- Hope shares his Japanese voice actor, Yūki Kaji, with Ace from Final Fantasy Type-0.
- Despite not having much interaction with Fang, in a Live Trigger in Academia 4XX AF, Hope mentions that he always admired her strength.
- The Eshtaime Lapidaries (Goldsmith guild) of the Ul'dah city-state in Final Fantasy XIV derives its name from Hope's surname.
- ↑ http://finalfantasy-xiii.net/2010/02/04/official-final-fantasy-xiii-character-artwork-and-information.html
- ↑ http://andriasang.com/con2l3/lightning_returns_details/
- ↑ http://gematsu.com/2013/07/lightning-returns-vanille-fourth-continent-more
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 http://www.novacrystallis.com/2013/07/the-first-hour-of-lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii-detailed/
- ↑ http://tensai-shoujo.tumblr.com/post/67826237675/bhunivelzes-true-plan
- ↑ http://andriasang.com/comya1/
- ↑ http://ps3.ign.com/articles/102/1027527p1.html
- ↑ http://eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/final-fantasy-xiii-2-mini-interview-focuses-story
- ↑ http://squareportal.net/2012/07/06/new-final-fantasy-xiii-2-ultimania-omega-scenario-details/
- ↑ Interview with Motomu Toriyama and Yuji Abe with The German gaming site Spieletester