|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 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 allies with Lightning's when she is chosen as Bhunivelze's savior and watches over her from within his Ark, acting 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 resembles 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 a yellow wristband.
Hope is close to his mother, always confiding in her and relying on her for protection, but has had a distant relationship with his father ever since he reached adolescence. In Final Fantasy XIII -Episode i-, Hope says he runs from his problems, specifically things he can't change. Hope starts off as naive, insecure, and sensitive. His speech is usually reserved but sometimes 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 when he has the chance.
At first, Hope turns to Vanille for emotional support, but later depends on Lightning. He comes to idolize her and tries to follow her example and under her tutelage Hope matures into an efficient fighter and confident individual who can 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 advises companions 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, only his green scarf is replaced by black-and-white 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, but is disappointed his mother wished for his father to be with them next time. That night, PSICOM discovers the Pulse fal'Cie, Anima, within the Bodhum Vestige and in the next two days Hope and Nora are caught within the town's subsequent quarantine. 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, but her pleas fall on deaf ears. Hope and Nora board 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
When 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. Hope blames Snow for his mother's death and so Vanille encourages him to approach Snow 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 and Hope yells at Snow for wanting to save an enemy of Cocoon. They meet with Lightning and Sazh and find Serah outside Anima's Throne, who crystallizes, 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. Anima brands everyone in the group a l'Cie and the damaged Vestige destroys the Hanging Edge and falls to Lake Bresha below, crystallizing it on impact.
They decide 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 and Snow remains to dig her out while the others continue onwards. Hope tries to tell Snow about Nora but Snow tells him to hurry. 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 plans to get revenge against the Sanctum by destroying the capital city Eden's namesake fal'Cie that runs the government, and leaves the group. Drawn by Lightning's determination and strength 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 and she threatens to leave him behind, inadvertently summoning 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 and Lightning lends him her survival knife to boost his confidence. Hope intends to make Snow pay for his mother's death and conceives 'Operation Nora', his plan for revenge. When Lightning tells him the Sanctum killed his mother, Hope makes both Snow and the Sanctum his targets. To dissuade Hope 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 that 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 groups agree on Hope's place in Felix Heights as their rendezvous point, but Hope still intends to complete Operation Nora. Snow's optimism and obliviousness continue to anger Hope, as he unknowingly insults Nora and the events surrounding her death. Hope asks Snow a series of personal questions to justify his belief for revenge, only to be further aggravated by Snow's answers. After making their way through the Rivera Towers, they are attacked by an Ushumgal Subjugator.
While they stop to rest Hope confronts Snow about Nora, unleashing his rage and blasting Snow off the edge of the building, leaving him hanging. Just before Hope can stab Snow with Lightning's knife, a Sanctum airship fires shots behind him, knocking him unconscious and blasting him off 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 confesses 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 as he had fulfilled 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 others 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 as the fal'Cie Barthandelus. Barthandelus claims their Focus is to become Ragnarok and kill the fal'Cie Orphan, the source 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, who reveals himself 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 without 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 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 summons his Eidolon, Alexander. After Hope tames the Eidolon, the party comes to believe the Eidolons appear 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 the journey with the others.
The party crosses the Archylte Steppe to the Mah'habara Subterra where Hope tampers with another Dreadnought and falls into the path of the incoming fal'Cie Atomos. A group of Dreadnoughts stop Atomos and save Hope. The party uses the fal'Cie to travel to the Sulyya Springs and atop 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.
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 where 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. 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 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 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 atone for his sins. In 3 AF, Snow tells him they may have been mistaken about Lightning holding up the pillar with Vanille and Fang. Hope joins the Academy to follow in his father's footsteps and help rebuild society. Within the next two years he skips several grades in pursuit of his degree, and becomes leader of the Academy at 19 years old.
- “I wanted to change history, make things better. Not just bring Lightning back. But Vanille, and Fang... and my mother.”
- —Hope to Serah
When Serah, Noel and Mog arrive in the Paddra Ruins of the Yaschas Massif in 10 AF, Hope aids them 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 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 who 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 is 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 their meeting with 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 Augusta Tower's construction, Hope and Alyssa devise the Proto fal'Cie Project 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 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 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 the Academy headquarters where he explains 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, they 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 that 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, her life ultimately having meant nothing. Her diary reveals she sided with Caius to save herself from disappearing and received a false artefact from him while sleeping in the time capsule with Hope. Caius told 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 Alyssa plans to deal with Hope in the Augusta Tower.
Hope pleads with Alyssa telling her he can find a way for her to survive in the fixed timeline. Alyssa holds Hope at gunpoint but before she pulls the trigger she starts to disappear and begs him not to forget her. In Academia 500 AF, Hope only vaguely remembers Alyssa, and she has been replaced by an intern named Aina Stein, the descendent of Alyssa's friend Nena.
In Academia 500 AF when Noel and Serah are attacked by Chaos Bahamut, Hope arrives with a squadron of soldiers to provide backup. As they pursue Caius atop an airship piloted by Sazh, Hope accompanies them but Serah tells him to ensure Fang and Vanille are safe, and Hope departs. After Noel and Serah defeat Caius in Valhalla, Hope and his team monitor the status of the crystal pillar, which is set to collapse. 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 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 crystal stasis and Bhunivelze chooses her as 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 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 purge the souls of the dead. He tells Lightning that to save Serah's soul she has 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 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 that he was never afraid of the future, not even now, and fades away.
After Lightning and Fang convince Vanille to guide the dead to the Ark to be reborn in the new world, Bhunivelze uses Hope as his medium and absorbs the souls of Noel, Fang, Vanille and Snow. When Lightning sets out to confront Bhunivelze, he appears to Lightning in Hope's form and tells her he wanted the world to last forever, but the aftermath of Etro's death forced him to create a new world.
Bhunivelze cannot see or gather unseen entities such as souls, so he looked for servants who endured the test of time: Hope, to be his vessel, and Lightning, to be the savior and mold her into the new Etro for his new world. When Lightning encounters Bhunivelze in another dimension, he declares he will destroy the new world because Lightning stopped Vanille's ritual to destroy the dead and purify humanity to satisfy his vision to rid them of despair and pain. Bhunivelze shows Lightning the torture he put Hope through by toying with Hope's lifeless body before absorbing him.
After Bhunivelze's defeat, Hope is freed and sees the spirits of his parents, waiting for him to be reborn with them in the new world. Lightning insists he not worry about her as she will stay in the new Unseen Realm in Etro's place to hold Bhunivelze back and watch over him and the others in the new world. When Lightning falls into an abyss and cries for help after accepting Lumina as a part of herself, 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. After Nova Chrysalia is destroyed, the fragments of Yeul volunteer to take Etro's place in the new Unseen Realm, and Hope and his friends travel to the new world and begin their lives anew, finally 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 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 who may acquire every -ga leveled spell in all 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." One of the main themes of Lightning Returns is how much Hope grew and matured in Lightning's "motherly" point of view. In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning acted like a mentor and surrogate mother to Hope, and has not interacted with him since the original game. Now that Hope helps Lightning in her new mission, she gets to see how much he has changed.
The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania implies that Hope still has the soul of his 27-year-old self from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and his younger appearance in the ending is a temporary form, and he could have returned to his adult form in the new world. It also reveals that the main plot revolves around the two questions of "Who will be the last soul Lightning will save and who will, then, save Lightning?", and Hope was chosen as the answer to both.
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 teen, this teenager was on a trip with his mother when they become caught up in the Purge. He loses his mother 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 multiple in 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. He also has a card with his Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII render. Hope's cards appear within the "Wind" set.
It is possible the name "Hope" was chosen for him because initially Hope was the negative one of the group but after going through the journey's trials and tribulations he eventually lives up to his name, "hope" for Cocoon, to free it from the fal'Cie's control. Est is Latin for "is", while Heim is German for "home", thus his full name means "hope is home". This is alluded to by Lightning in Chapter 7 in Palumpolum's Nutriculture Complex when she says he needs to discover what hope he was named for by going home and talking to his father. His name is also 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 Crystal Star also can be acquired as an adornment in Final Fantasy XIII-2.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are a few occasions in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII where Hope will describe an event from his past as if he wasn't present. An example of this is after recruiting Fang, Hope will recount the details of how Lightning and Fang once fought together. Lightning calls him out on this though, mentioning he was also there.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/06/15/its-official-lightning-got-a-boob-job-for-lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/