in the Japanese version), is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XIII.
She is the narrator and a temporary playable character in Final Fantasy XIII-2, and returns as the protagonist and sole permanently playable character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
In the concluding tale Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning is chosen to be a savior by the god Bhunivelze, tasked to save the people's souls before the end of the world.
Lightning is the second main female protagonist in a mainstream numbered Final Fantasy game, the first often considered being Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI.
Lightning is a young woman with wavy rose-colored hair, and pale aqua eyes.
Lightning's eye color has been officially noted to be blue, though in the FMVs and promotional art they often appear green due to green aspects around the pupil.
In Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments Before, Serah says Lightning resembles their mother.
In Final Fantasy XIII, she wears a variation of the standard Guardian Corps uniform.
The green metallic pauldron over her left shoulder bearing yellow stripes denotes her previous rank as a sergeant.
She carries her gunblade in a black case which hangs off her belt, and wears a necklace with a lightning bolt pendant.
Her l'Cie brand is located slightly above her left breast.
She has a navel piercing, although it can be difficult to spot.
In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning wears a silver and gold Valkyrie-like suit of armor with a shield on her left arm (though in her CG render it appears on the right arm).