Rinoa Heartilly
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Rinoa in "Dead Fantasy"
Full Name Rinoa Heartilly
Affiliation Final Fantasy
Debuts Final Fantasy VIII
Dead Fantasy II
Age 17
Nationality Unknown
Fighting Style Sorceress
Chinese-Style Straight Sword
Weapons Vanishing Star
Silenced Tear
Sorceress Power
Main Rival Rachel

Rinoa Heartilly is a rebellious teenager from Final Fantasy VIII who made her debut in the Dead Fantasy series in the second episode.


Background[edit | edit source]

The daughter of Fury Caraway, a high ranking general of Galbadia and Julia Heartilly a concert pianist who died in a car accident when Rinoa was young. Her personality is everything that Squall is not: feisty, compassionate, warm, and friendly, and these traits initially annoy him at first. However, She slowly wins over the irritated Squall, and eventually he returns Rinoa's feelings and in the later part of the game the two become a couple. She has been participating in various underground protest movements against her government's dictorship and is a member of Forest Owls. Rinoa later discovered that she would inherit the magical powers of a Sorceress from Edea Kramer and Adel. Rinoa's appearance was a surprise to many viewers in Dead Fantasy, for she has not made many appearances outside of her debut game.

Role In Dead Fantasy[edit | edit source]

Rinoa, descending from the sky in Dead Fantasy II

Dead Fantasy II[edit | edit source]

Rinoa's intentions have yet to be revealed, though it seems that she was responsible for Tifa Lockhart's arrival at the tower. In her first appearance she saves the Final Fantasy girls from a fiery fate by freezing a lava river they were about to fall into with Blizzaga; before she herself entered the fray alongside Kairi. Primarily, she gracefully duels against Rachel and she protects her team members on various occasions. She also shoots her Blaster Edge towards Ayane but knocking her with Holy magic before the blade returns to its wielder. After demonstrating telekinetic powers; spells such as Tornado and Holy; and a variation of her ultimate Limit Break, Wishing Star; she utilizes the power of the Lunar Cry to conjure portals from the moon and separate the girls for a series of one-on-one brawls. Although Kairi tried to knock Rachel into one of these portals, Rachel dodged her to attack Rinoa instead, and consequently was blasted off with her.

Dead Fantasy VII[edit | edit source]

Rinoa was expected to fight Rachel in Dead Fantasy VII before the series was placed on hiatus following Monty's death in 2015. One of the previews also shows Rinoa fending off some fighting jets using her Sorceress Magic.

Dead Fantasy series (remake)[edit | edit source]

Rinoa in the remake version

Dead Fantasy II (remake)[edit | edit source]

Following the release of the remake version of its first installment, Uiyahan made a brief teaser for Rinoa. In the remake version during her brief teaser, the white feather falls off until and is blown on the wind, reminiscent of the feather she sent to Squall who is lost in the time compression in Final Fantasy VIII. Rinoa unveils herself in her permanent Angel Wing state while landing on the icy hill and making her trademark pose.

Music Videos[edit | edit source]

Dead Fantasy Gee[edit | edit source]

Rinoa singing "Gee" along with the other girls.

Rinoa appears in the music video Dead Fantasy Gee in her ballroom dress. She sings and dances alongside Yuna, Kasumi, Ayane, Rikku, Hitomi, Tifa Lockhart, Kairi and Cissnei where she plays the role of Kwon Yuri of Girls' Generation. While doing Yuri's solo in the music video Rinoa enters her Angel Limit Break as seen in Dead Fantasy II.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

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Rinoa is a pale-skinned girl with shoulder-length black hair that has a few subtle caramel highlights in her bangs and dark brown eyes.

Her main outfit is a long, sleeveless, blue rib-knit duster sweater with a pair of white wing designs on the back. She wears matching rib-knit arm warmers, a black tank top, a denim button-up skirt, a black ribbon on her left arm, and black cycling shorts with zippers going down the front and a pair of silver-buckled black boots. Her necklace features a ring. Monty Oum's design of Rinoa gains a large black gun holster that holds Vanishing Star (Rinoa's gunblade weapon) and the black ribbon on her left bicep is missing. The color of her rib-knit duster sweater and her arm warmers are in deep blue instead of blue and gains large white angelic feathered wings on her back due to her permanent activation of her Angel Wing Limit Break. In her updated design, Rinoa's appearance became slightly different. She regains her black ribbon on her left bicep and her black tank top is replaced by a matching tube top.

In the remake version, and like Tifa Lockhart before her, Rinoa's overall appearance is her playable appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT but the black gun holster is replaced by a brown belt with a silver lion buckle and matching cross-lined belts, which were worn by Squall in his Dissidia appearance, to house her gunblade. She gains her black ribbon. Her large angel wings are more realistic, resembling her Angel Wing state from her Dissidia NT appearance.

In Dead Fantasy - Gee, she wears her ballroom dress; a white halter-neck short dress and white stiletto heels. She also wears a bracelet on her left wrist. The large angel wings on her back was briefly seen when the lights are off.

In the remake version during Dead Fantasy- Say So, her ballroom dress was updated and the large angel wings are no longer to be seen. Her overall dress is from her playable appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT within her first alternate costume.

Fighting Capacity[edit | edit source]

Being a Sorceress, Rinoa uses a great deal of powerful magic in battle: she was able to freeze a lake of lava using Blizzaga, as well as use telekinetic abilities to manipulate large stones with relative ease. She is also able to implement the Junction System, as shown when she junctions Holy and Tornado to her Blaster Edge. She is also shown utilizing her Sorceress power to bring about the Lunar Cry and conjure portals from the Moon. As she is permanently in her "Angel Wing" Limit Break, this allows Rinoa the abilities of flight and protection (as seen when she protects Rikku and Kairi from Rachel's Blades of Ouroboros sorcery) and acts as an augmentation of her magic abilities. She also utilizes her ultimate Limit Break, Wishing Star to incapacitate most of Team Dead or Alive while in her "Angel Wing" Limit Break before casting Ultima towards them.

She also wields two fan-made weapons: a Gunblade named "Vanishing Star" and a Blaster Edge named "Silenced Tear". In both terms of fighting skill and magical ability, Rinoa is by far the most powerful Final Fantasy character in this series where her fighting style is based on a Chinese-Style Straight Sword and the way she wields her gunblade is based on a Dao Sword.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Comrades[edit | edit source]

Though Rinoa does not appear to have known her comrades previously, they interact to each other in a friendly manner, waving upon meeting. During Rachel's attack, Rinoa puts herself between it and her team mates to protect Rikku and Kairi, the team's youngest members. In fact, she protects her comrades from almost every attack the DOA girls attempt from her introduction to her exit. Likewise, as she deflects Rachel's strike at her and backflips away, her Rikku, Yuna and Kairi (Rinoa's team members) team up to send Rachel flying backward.

Kairi[edit | edit source]

While not much is known about their relationship in Dead Fantasy, Rinoa and Kairi appear to have some kind of bond from the moment they entered, as it seemed as though Rinoa knew of Kairi's arrival to the scene - her pose after entering almost indicating the anticipation of such. They have also been featured together in multiple artwork in the gallery of Monty Oum's DeviantArt page.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

  • The name Rinoa means "Light".

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

Promotional Art[edit | edit source]

the 'Transient princess' picture as it appears on Yang's mobile phone.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The voice of Sion Eltnam Atlasia from Melty Blood was used for Rinoa in Dead Fantasy II and is voiced by Rio Natsuki.
  • Rinoa's sword style vaguely resembles that of Amy from Soul Calibur.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa was only able to display her wings during the Angel Wing Limit Break. In Dead Fantasy, her wings appear due to its permanent activation of her Limit Break.
  • Upon casting Tornado in Dead Fantasy II, Rinoa is one of only three girls to speak in the series so far as she can be heard chanting what sounds like a spell before unleashing the attack. Hitomi speaks at the beginning of the same episode, and a member of the Final Fantasy team speaks when being lauched into the tornado.
  • In Oum's A-kon panel, Oum has made a comment that Rinoa's story may not be explored again until Dead Fantasy X (or later).
  • If you listen closely in Dead Fantasy II, when Rinoa is about to make her final blast against the DOA Girls, you will hear her say the word "Ultima."
  • In Dead Fantasy II, Rinoa is equipped with a gun holster to wield her gunblade and the black ribbon on her left arm is missing. But in Final Fantasy VIII, she does not have the gun holster and has a black ribbon.
  • In RWBY's Yellow trailer (an original series by Monty Oum), Yang asks a man if he has seen a certain woman. The picture she uses is the Transient Princess artwork.
  • In Dead Fantasy II, Rinoa's ultimate Limit Break, Wishing Star becomes different than in Final Fantasy VIII and she uses this against Team Dead or Alive while in her Angel Wing Limit Break instead of being a Combine Limit Break where she was assisted with her dog, Angelo.
  • Rinoa was Oum's favorite Final Fantasy character.
  • Apparently, said by someone who influenced the series a little, Rinoa's fantasy was to die (a play on the series' title). An alternate universe where Squall had died perhaps thousands of years ago as her sorceress knight and Rinoa was a sorceress who was unable to die and eventually became almost god-like and in her sorrow, pushed herself to the limit.

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