- “Paine is armed with a one-handed sword and a lukewarm attitude. It seems she joined the Gullwings because of something that happened in her past. However, none of the Gullwings know exactly what that might be. The often ridiculous antics of the Gullwings tend to prompt sarcastic remarks from Paine, but the others don't seem to worry about it much.”
- —Booklet description
Paine is a playable character in Final Fantasy X-2, and the most reserved of the girls. Her past is a mystery and it is up to the player to discover what happened to her two years ago during the events of Final Fantasy X.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- “Don't forget that notoriety can be a bad thing.”
Paine's manner of dress is different from that of other Spirans, and the cultural distinction implied by her clothing and appearance is never explained. The only known citizen of Spira who looks or dresses anything like her is Lulu, but no other relation is known between the two.
Paine has red eyes, making her resemble Lulu. She has short, silver hair, and most commonly wears a black leather ensemble complete with high-heeled boots, elbow-length gloves and a folded top. She wears a silver pendant threaded with a barbed wire chain. Paine's swords have a skull-motif at the base of the blade that also appears on the belt buckle of her Warrior ensemble, as well as the swords hovering over her head in her special dressphere, Full Throttle. In a bonus cutscene where the girls spend time in a hot spring in Mt. Gagazet, Paine wears a black and white bandeau bikini swimsuit with additional wrist, ankle and neck bands.
Paine's swords are unique in her Warrior, Dark Knight, and Samurai dresspheres, while in her White Mage and Black Mage dresspheres she wields the Malleable Staff and Enchanted Rod respectively. In the Gunner dressphere, she wields Yuna's Tiny Bee pistols and wields a purple variant of Rikku's dagger blades while in the Thief dressphere. Her deck theme for the Lady Luck dressphere is diamonds and her Mascot dressphere is a Tonberry. All of her footwear is high-heeled. When applicable, Paine's dressphere outfits incorporate boyish designs; e.g. her Psychic outfit is based on a typical Japanese schoolboy uniform.
Paine's personality resembles Auron's in the way she reveals information only when she needs to. Not much is known about Paine except that she is cynical, quiet, and keeps to herself. Paine is tough and loves a good fight, but she is sensible enough to smell trouble a mile away. If she feels her fellow Gullwings are getting overenthusiastic, she uses sarcastic cracks to jolt them to their senses, and despite Rikku's constant prying, she refuses to divulge information about herself, except for always wanting to fly on an airship and hunt for spheres containing records of Spira's past.
In spite of her dry wit and demeanor, Paine values her friendship with Yuna and Rikku, but only after spending three months traveling Spira by herself she is able to express these feelings. Her physical mannerisms are boyish, perhaps a side effect from her past adventures with Nooj, Gippal, and Baralai.
Final Fantasy XEdit
- “You're a legend yourself. The Crusaders won't soon forget "Nooj the Undying". So why?”
- —Paine to Nooj
Not much is known about Paine's childhood. She grew up during the time of Sin's reign and came to join the Crimson Squad, an elite group of soldiers set up by Yevon. Around the time of Operation Mi'ihen, Paine worked as a recorder for a group of three men: Nooj, Baralai, and Gippal. When the other Crimson Squad members were killed in the Den of Woe, Paine's group survived but were put up for execution soon after by Yevon, since nobody was supposed to have survived.
After Operation Mi'ihen, Paine got separated from Gippal, Nooj, and Baralai and searched for them, while passing by Yuna while she was sending the dead. Finding each other, the four stayed together for a while, with Paine still recording their travels, while learning how to speak fluent Al Bhed from Gippal. They went their separate ways on the Mi'ihen Highroad, but Nooj betrayed the group by shooting each of them in the back. The Al Bhed came across the fallen Paine, Baralai, and Gippal, and tended to their wounds and kept them out of sight from the temples, thus separating them.
Final Fantasy X-2Edit
- “Maybe we should both let go of our past, and focus more on what's to come.”
- —Paine to Yuna
Two years later, Paine joins the sphere hunter group, the Gullwings, to uncover the truth of what happened on that day in the Den of Woe, but whenever any of the other Gullwings ask Paine of her reason for joining she claims it was for the chance to fly on their airship, the Celsius. Shortly after Paine joins the Gullwings, Yuna also joins the group. As the Gullwings perform missions, they are frequently opposed by the Leblanc Syndicate - their rival sphere hunters, led by Leblanc.
Leblanc steals Yuna's Garment Grid to impersonate her and perform a concert in Luca. While the real Yuna dons a moogle costume as disguise to keep a low profile, Paine and Rikku infiltrate the concert to capture the "impostor Yuna". Rikku and Paine confront Leblanc and chase her out to the docks until being confronted by her two chief henchmen, Logos and Ormi. Yuna joins the fray and reclaims her Garment Grid and begins dancing uncontrollably as though against her will.
With the mission completed, the Gullwings return to the Celsius and continue sphere hunting until they steal an "awesome sphere" from Kilika that records a mysterious machina and an unknown man mentioning someone named Lenne. Upon returning the sphere to either the Youth League or New Yevon, it is learned from Nooj or Baralai that the colossal machina is called Vegnagun. They discover the Leblanc Syndicate had stolen the half-sphere the Gullwings found in the Zanarkand Ruins, forcing them to infiltrate Chateau Leblanc in Guadosalam to reclaim it. To do so, they track down Leblanc Syndicate groups around Spira and steal their uniforms.
During their tracking they come across the Machine Faction and its leader Gippal, but Paine acts as if they have never met before, confusing him. After obtaining enough uniforms the Gullwings infiltrate Leblanc's headquarters and find one of Paine's Crimson Spheres that details the events leading up to, during, and after the incident with the Crimson Squad, but Paine remains silent about its significance. YRP discover Leblanc already had the other half of the broken sphere, and stole their half to make it whole.
After watching the restored sphere it is learned Vegnagun hides underneath Bevelle, and Paine is unsurprised that Bevelle "still has its fondness for secrets". Realizing they are on the same side, the Gullwings and the Leblanc Syndicate form a truce. Together they infiltrate Bevelle and enter the underground passage formed after the fayth's disappearance finding the Bevelle Underground, a secret complex filled with machina. They fight their way past Baralai to an empty room where the sphere had shown Vegnagun to be. Instead of finding Vegnagun the group fights the Dark Aeon Bahamut and Vegnagun is gone with a large hole left in its place.
Returning from the escapade, the Gullwings learn that Nooj, Gippal, and Baralai have disappeared, and are soon caught fighting fiends and Dark Aeons in the Besaid, Kilika, and Djose temples. Through the hole in Djose Temple's Chamber of the Fayth Yuna falls into the Farplane, where Nooj and Gippal give Yuna two more Crimson Spheres, telling her to give them to Paine. Back on the Celsius, Yuna tells everyone about her encounter with Shuyin while on the Farplane, learning that Lenne wore the Songstress dressphere over a thousand years ago.
Only when pressed on the deck of the Celsius does Paine reveal a little of her past with Nooj, Gippal, Baralai, and the Crimson Squad, telling Yuna how the four of them dreamed about having an airship, traveling Spira. Later, she assists with finding Tobli to set up Yuna's concert in the Thunder Plains, as a way to calm the tensions rising between the Youth League and New Yevon. During the concert Lenne's spirit appears, and it is revealed Shuyin and Lenne were lovers who were gunned down by Bevelle soldiers after she stopped him from activating Vegnagun. Lenne was a famous songstress and summoner from Zanarkand, who was called to the front lines during the Machina War and Shuyin tried to use Vegnagun to save her. The Gullwings receive a Crimson Sphere, this time from Leblanc herself.
With the final Crimson Sphere obtained, Paine, Rikku and Yuna enter to the Den of Woe and discover the truth behind the events two years ago involving Paine's team. Den of Woe is the place where Shuyin's spirit lingered for a thousand years, and his painful memories and anguish were imprinted on the abundance of pyreflies in the den. When the Crimson Squad entered the den the pyreflies possessed them driving the squad members to kill one another. Shuyin escaped the den by possessing Nooj, which was why he shot his comrades in the back, severing their friendship. Emerging from the den with renewed purpose, Paine is determined to free her friends of Shuyin's influence. Realizing that during their meeting under Bevelle with Baralai and Nooj, Shuyin's spirit left Nooj's body to possess Baralai, Paine asks the Gullwings to help her face Baralai and defeat Shuyin. Now knowing the holes in the temples lead to the Farplane, Yuna plans to tell Shuyin how Lenne felt before they died to calm his spirit.
The Gullwings and Leblanc Syndicate enter the Farplane and defeat Vegnagun and Shuyin in a joint effort. Lenne emerges from Yuna's Songstress dressphere to console Shuyin, convincing him to rest in peace before they return to the Farplane together. The Gullwings drop Nooj, Baralai, and Gippal at Luca but leave to return Yuna home to Besaid. When Rikku worries about missing a big party back at Luca, Paine says they party enough. Paine later joins Rikku in watching Yuna and Tidus reunite with each other.
- “When we all parted, I journeyed alone for a long time. I didn't know how lonely a life like that could be. I wanted to share this with you. I didn't want to come here alone because...someone who's alone is incomplete.”
Over the next three months the Gullwings have gone their separate ways: Yuna lives with Tidus in Besaid, Rikku works mission after mission, and Paine wanders Spira by herself. Each receive a letter that calls them back together at Luca to explore the recently discovered Yadonoki Tower. As the trio explores the ruins, they discuss what they had been doing since they had separated. Paine speaks of how Nooj, Baralai and Gippal are doing and when Rikku asks Paine if she and the guys could ever be a team again, Paine says they are too busy doing their own things. She says there is something she needs to say to them but won't reveal what.
The girls discuss why they had not stayed in contact. When Paine asks what Rikku wants to do with her life, Rikku is unable to answer, and she expresses her jealousy towards Yuna who had settled down. The bickering between the cousins causes Paine to raise her voice, wondering if the three of them getting back together was a mistake. Paine reveals she sent the letters as she did not want to lose the friendship they once shared, having learned from both her previous friendship with Nooj, Gippal, and Baralai and from her own lonely travels.
Paine talks of the day Nooj shot her, Gippal, and Baralai. She explains her feelings of loss and how she and the others had to start anew full of regret. Realizing they all felt lonely and wanted to come back together, the girls agree to stay in contact. Atop the tower they find a broken machina and realize the machina symbolizes their group: broken and separated. As they vow to be more than just strangers who had met by chance and become friends once again, the machina springs to life, and their adventures continue...
- Main article: Dressphere
- “Once a recorder for the Crimson Squad, and also an old friend of Nooj, Baralai, and Gippal. She joined the Gullwings hoping to find answers to why the Squad collapsed.”
- —Dossier description
Before and during battle Paine can change her job class by changing dresspheres. She can use any of the common dresspheres and her Special Dressphere is the Full Throttle. Her Mascot dressphere is a Tonberry, and her Trainer's pet is a bird named Flurry. Paine's default dressphere is the Warrior.
- Main article: Paine (Boss)
A possessed Paine is fought in Den of Woe by Yuna.
- Main article: Paine/Quotes
Due to their babysitting Wakka and Lulu's baby, Vidina, the Besaid Aurochs allow the Gullwings to take their place in the tournament. Blitzball is available to play in Luca during Chapter 5. The player can select to play the game upon landing, or drop in at the booth at Luca Stadium Entrance any time.
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Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Paine was a newly introduced character, having not appeared previously in Final Fantasy X. "With the two (Rikku and Yuna) being a lot more talkative, there had to be someone with a calm, cool demeanor who could put a halt to their excessive chattiness. If it were Lulu in that role, she would have completely shut them down, and the story wouldn't have advanced at all. But in Paine's case, she's someone who can remain neutral, keep the others focused, and help the story carry on together with these two girls".
In regard to the dresspheres, and the warrior classes in particular, only Paine carries a unique sword. "This is her own weapon", says Alternate Costume Designer [[Tetsu Tsukamoto], "It doesn't belong to anyone else". The symbols on all three of Paine's warrior-class swords are similar.
From a design standpoint, Paine's Dark Knight is Tsukamoto's favorite. "I handled a lot of monster designs prior to working on the costumes for Final Fantasy X-2", he says. "It feels like the scales of the monsters apply to this design. That's why I like it a lot". He reveals each of the girls' head pieces reflect their personalities, with the sharp edges of Paine's head piece reflecting her prickly outlook.
The reason why Paine's Songstress costume is so different from the others is because the team could not decide whether she should be rock 'n' roll or Top 40, so Tsukamoto split the difference. For the Thief job Tsukamoto designed Paine and Yuna to have as much sex appeal as Tetsuya Nomura's original design for Rikku's default character. For the Trainer job Paine was originally supposed to carry a snake, but a programmer put the idea away because the animation would be too difficult to pull off.
Paine shares her Japanese voice actress with Elena in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Elena's older sister in Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-, Qun'mi Tru'e from Final Fantasy Type-0, and Aqua from the Kingdom Hearts series.
|"Paine's Theme" from Final Fantasy X-2|
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Paine's theme is "Paine's Theme." Vocal versions of her theme also exist, called "Misty Eyed" and "Nemuru Omoi..." ("Dormant Feelings..."). Despite her Punk Metal-like outfit both of her themes are more reminiscent of the Blues. Both vocal versions of the themes are sung by Megumi Toyoguchi as Paine. A piano arranged version of "Paine's Theme" is also found on the Final Fantasy X-2 Piano Collection album.
Paine appears as an ally and a summonable Legend in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. She is depicted in her default Final Fantasy X-2 outfit.
Paine appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is represented by three cards all of which are of the Ice element.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
- For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Gullwings
Paine appears in Kingdom Hearts II as a chibi fairy version of herself alongside similar versions of Yuna and Rikku. Calling themselves "treasure fanatics", the Gullwings are mercenaries spying on Leon for Maleficent, though after being left behind by Maleficent and some trickery from Donald involving promised treasure, they join with Leon and help defend Radiant Garden against the army of Heartless.
Later the Gullwings discover Donald's lie, but sympathize to Sora's cause. Instead of taking his items they give him the Keychain "Gullwing".
Paine is a playable character in the special edition of the Monopoly-like video game available only in Japan alongside Yuna and Rikku.
Paine's name is an English surname, of Norman derivation, meaning "someone who lived outside of a city"; appropriate considering her status as a new character. The English pronunciation (versus the more phonetic "pine" in Japanese) has the added connotation of her aggressive look.
- In the E3 2013 trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster trailer, Paine's model in the Celsius scene has her with another mouth placed at the belt strap on the neck. Paine in other scenes in the trailer has the correct model.
- As demonstrated by her ability to play blitzball, Paine can hold her breath for at least five minutes.
- Many of Paine's battle quotes reference real-world pop culture; such as the quote "Ice, ice baby", the title of a song by Vanilla Ice, and "You. It's what's for dinner", a play on an ad campaign for beef. She is occasionally heard saying "Knowing is half the battle", a reference to the G.I. Joe cartoon's Public Service Announcements.
- Paine is the first playable character shown during the opening FMV scene.
- It is unknown if Paine could fight before Final Fantasy X-2, as she is never seen doing so in the Crimson Records. She is only seen in the final record that shows the group of four on a boat talking about their futures.
- Only Paine is never shown wearing another dressphere in cutscenes; Yuna and Rikku wear their Songstress outfits at least twice.
- Paine's promotional poster has text in Yevon script on the background that reads: "Tell me why did you pull the trigger".