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Auron (アーロン)Auron (アーロン Āron?) is a thirty-five-year-old warrior. Shortly after the disappearance of Tidus' father, Auron started watching over him from afar at Jecht's request. In the game's present day, he – along with Tidus – is Yuna's Guardian, as he was to her father. It is eventually revealed during the game that Auron attacked Yunalesca in a fit of rage after she revealed that Braska and Jecht needlessly gave their lives against Sin, and that she struck him down with a mortal wound. Despite his injuries, Auron managed to literally crawl all the way down Mount Gagazet before his strength abandoned him. As he was dying, he met Kimahri and asked him to fulfill the promise he had made to Braska (that Yuna be moved from Bevelle to Besaid and have a peaceful childhood). Afterward, he became an unsent, and secretly held this status for nearly the entire duration of the game. At the end of the game, when Yu Yevon is defeated, he is finally laid to rest. A Jecht Sphere reveals that he rejected the love advances of a priest's daughter, which damaged his reputation. Auron has a brief appearance in Final Fantasy X-2, where his voice helps Yuna during her battle in the Farplane with Vegnagun.
Auron was drawn by Final Fantasy series artist Tetsuya Nomura, and was voiced by Matt McKenzie in the English version and Hideo Ishikawa in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy X. While the developers originally considered having Final Fantasy X-2 follow the story of Auron and Jecht's generation, they eventually let this idea pass due to the concept making the game "too traditional," deciding instead to go with the trio of Yuna, Rikku, and Paine.
Auron appears in Kingdom Hearts II as a one-world ally in the Olympus Coliseum. In Kingdom Hearts II, he is brought back to life by Hades in order to kill Hercules. Auron flatly refuses to help Hades, and joins Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy in battling Cerberus. He is later brainwashed by Hades into fighting Hercules in the Underdrome, but during the battle, Sora, Donald and Goofy restore Auron's free will, and he joins them and Hercules for the final battle against Hades, which ends with Hades falling into the River Styx. A super deformed version of Auron appears in Itadaki Street Special with Tidus and Yuna as playable Final Fantasy X characters.
Auron ranked fifth on Electronic Gaming Monthly's Top Ten Badass Undead. In a Famitsu poll done in February 2010, Auron was voted by readers as the thirty-third most popular video game character. In its December 2010 cover feature, Game Informer named Auron one of their "30 characters who defined a decade," describing him as "one of the most complex RPG companions in gaming history."
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