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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀︶︶︶︶ ₊ ˚ ˑ༄ؘ⋆𑁍ࠜೄ ･ﾟˊˎ ⠀ ོ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⋮ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⋮ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⋮
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ✯˚̣̣̣͙✯⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⋮ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀✯˚̣̣̣͙✯
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀- ˏˋ ꒰ 𝐏 𝐄 𝐑 𝐒 𝐎 𝐍 𝐀 𝐋 𝐈 𝐓 𝐘 ꒱ ˊˎ - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Lightning is determined, concentrated and independent. Initially, she is cold and standoffish, distancing herself from her companions. She only looks out for herself and doesn't care if others are left behind. Much of her motivation is fueled from what she perceives as failing to protect Serah leading her to lash out at those she believes are responsible for her fate: namely, the Sanctum, its fal'Cie and, to a point, Snow Villiers due to his relationship with Serah and his failure to protect her as he promised. As she journeys with Hope Estheim, she acts as his mentor and maternal figure. Taking him under her wing, Lightning becomes more emotionally open as Hope acts as a surrogate sibling and helps her see the errors in her approach and realize the mistakes she made with Serah. Lightning begins to show compassion and trust others, and becomes the leader and, to a degree, protector of the other Gran Pulse l'Cie as they journey to challenge their fate.
In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning has almost become a new woman due to the experiences and emotions she has endured. She has learned to trust others and ask them for help, and expresses her emotions rather than keeping them bottled up. Her recognition of her past "sins" has made her more somber.
In Lightning Returns, Lightning is initially cold and distant, most of her emotions sapped from her, although her memories remain intact. Her wish to save Serah remains, and she still shows concern for her former allies. Lightning and Hope demonstrate trust and care for one another, Hope promising to be by her side, helping Lightning better maintain her humanity despite her situation. She resents Bhunivelze for robbing her of her emotions and his use of her situation to his advantage. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀