Yuna was born in Bevelle, the biggest city in Spira and the one with the most military power. After her father, High Summoner Braska, defeated Sin he perished along with her mother. Yuna was taken in by the Ronso, Kimahri to be raised on Besaid Island. When Yuna was a teenager, she decided to follow her father and become an apprentice summoner. At the age of seventeen, she received her first aeon from the Besaid Temple, making her a proper summoner. At this time she also met Tidus who, along with her friends Wakka, Lulu and Kimahri, served as guardians in her pilgrimage to receive the final aeon needed to defeat Sin. Two years later, Yuna joins the Gullwings to search for Tidus when she receives a sphere with a recording of a man bearing a strong rebalance to him.
Final Fantasy X
Yuna is one of the characters in Tidus' party in Final Fantasy X and therefore can be controlled in combat. There is also a brief area in the Via Purifico under Bevelle where the player has control over Yuna outside of combat. Although Yuna isn't the main character in Final Fantasy X, she is central to the story, as all the other playable characters are her guardians in her travels to the temples that complete her pilgrimage.
Yuna starts off as a summoner in training on the Island of Besaid, with her close friend Lulu and Wakka. On the same day as Tidus appears, Yuna gets her first Aeon and she seems to take an immediate liking to him. She impresses him with her summoning and he impresses her with his free-spirited personality. On the boat to Kilika, Yuna reveals that she knew Tidus' deceased father, Jecht, as he was Yuna's guardian ten years ago. In the Blitzball paradise of Luca, Yuna is captured by the Al Bhed, though she is quickly rescued by Lulu, Kimahri and Tidus. There are plenty of signs to Yuna being not as happy as her smile would make her out to be, but when the party reaches Luca, she urges Tidus to keep smiling no matter what. During the party's stay in Djose, another summoner called Isaaru warns Tidus about the Al Bhed's kidnapping of summoners all over Spira, proving that Yuna's capture was no coincidence. When the Guado Maester Seymour Guado proposes to Yuna, she is left with a decision to continue her pilgrimage or marry him. Eventually Seymour tells her he is willing to let her continue journeying, but a sphere of Seymour's father Jyscal talking about Seymour's many crimes, convinces Yuna to stop Seymour, who has dark plans for Spira. Tidus and the party only find out about this in the fourth Aeon temple, in Macalania. After succeeding in killing Seymour, though being unable to send him to the afterlife due to interference, the party is forced to flee and is now considered a band of traitors to the Church of Yevon.
Yuna is captured by the Al Bhed and taken to their main base in Bikanel Island, where she is put in the summoners sanctum. It is revealed that the reason the Al Bhed kidnap summoners, is to protect them from being sacrificed. Apparently the summoning of the Final Aeon results in the summoner dying as well. During a Yevon attack on the base, Yuna is taken prisoner and taken to Bevelle by the Guado. When she next meets the party, she is about to get married to the Unsent Seymour, by force. When the party is threatened with death, she accepts to kiss the much older Seymour, who proceeds to take the 17-year old youth in a passionate embrace. Seymour lied and he orders to have the guardians killed, anyway. Yuna threatens to jump from the gigantic tower, killing herself. The party is released, but Yuna jumps anyway and summons Valefor to be flown away to safety.
In the Bevelle temple, Yuna obtains he fifth Aeon, Bahamut, but the party is once more imprisoned and set to stand trial before the four maesters. During the trial Grand Maester Mika (the supreme leader of Spira), is revealed to be unsent and to have been for many, many years. Mika explains to Yuna that Sin cannot be permanently eliminated and that death and destruction are destined to rule over Spira. Yuna is sent to the Via Purifico, to be killed in its deadly halls filled with dangerous fiends. She finds Auron, Kiamhri and Lulu and escapes after defeating Isaaru, who was ordered by Yevon to murder the Besaid summoner. The party meets Seymour again, with his power now amplified by energy from the dead. He explains that he plans to take Yuna's life and control Sin, indirectly through her summoning prowess, but the party manages to defeat him again and escape Bevelle.
The betrayal by her own faith hits Yuna hard, she breaks down over the burdens of being a summoner, telling everything to Tidus, who proceeds to kiss her in Macalania's lake. He vows to find a way to stop her from dying. Reaching mount Gagazet, the home of the Ronso, Maester Kelk Ronso judges her a traitor to Yevon and thus the an enemy of the Guado, he questions her reason for continuing the journey. Yuna explains that her quest is not for herself, but to bring peace to Spira, temporarily or forever. Kelk, moved by her story, allows the party to climb. Yuna and the guardians once more face off with Seymour, just done with killing most of the Ronso. He is once again beaten and disapears. Seymour told Tidus that once he took control of Sin, Jecht would be free again. Yuna demands an explanation and Tidus explains that Jecht somehow became Sin, unknown to even Tidus himself. Coming closer to the fallen city of Zanarkand, Auron tells her about the trials that Lady Yunalesca (the first High Summoner and Yuna's namesake) has planned for her. Rikku is still adamant on trying to stop Yuna from going into Zanarkand, but she does it anyway.
Reaching Zanarkand, Yuna finds out that the fayth of the Final Aeon is gone, but Yunalesca explains that there never has been a fayth for this Aeon, and explains how the Final Aeon is obtained: the summoner must sacrifice a person close to him or her, transforming them into the Final Aeon, who will defeat Sin, then lose control and kill its own summoner before going into a dormant state and somehow transforming into the next incarnation of Sin. Because Braska chose Jecht to become the Final Aeon, Jecht is now Sin. Yuna, unwilling to choose one of her companions, instead fights and defeats Yunalesca, and vows to find a way to destroy Sin once and for all. Along with her guardians and Cid's airship, they fight Sin head-on, and manage to break its shell and fight within the monstrosity. After meeting Seymour once again and defeating him for the final time, finally Sending him for good measure, Yuna fights her final battles against Jecht as "Braska's Final Aeon" and the corrupt Yu Yevon and is rewarded with the complete defeat of Sin, the freeing of her aeons, and the sending of Jecht.
But she faces heartbreak as Tidus, along with the aeons and his father, fades away as the dream comes to an end. She finally tells him that she loves him (although in the Japanese version, she simply thanks him) and watches him disappear. In the final sequence of the game, Yuna addresses the people of Spira, and tells them not only of the joy of the eternal calm but also of the sacrifices that were made to bring them this peace.
But, as we see from the sequence after the credits, the dream may not have faded entirely.
Final Fantasy X-2
Rikku has also joined Yuna on her journey, wielding dual knives as a Thief. Her cousin, Brother, seems to have a little more than a crush on her, having an obsession with her backside. He can be seen talking to a bartender about him having a romantic interest in the ex-summoner. She still carries a lot of respect for her uncle, Cid, who is largely responsible for Sin being destroyed for good. She is also close to Paine, her newest friend, a mysterious sword-wielding Warrior. Wakka is still annoyed with Yuna for just running off without a word, but Lulu seems far more supportive of Yuna's newfound energy and lust for life. Kimahri still cares for Yuna deeply too.
In FFX-2, we see Yuna having to cope with the world around her now that Sin is gone and her title as High Summoner redundant. The discovery of the sphere containing the likeness of Tidus seems to have pulled her out of her limbo, but the discoveries she makes as she travels shows that the world now still contains some of the themes from two years before - corruption, unnecessary sacrifice and death. The people of Spira are being divided by two main factions, the Youth League and the reworked religion of New Yevon, and secrets are still aplenty as Yuna discovers. The Al Bhed have their own faction too in the Machine Faction. It seems even in the Eternal Calm, peace is still not completely found.
In the first chapter of the game, we can see already that Yuna is far more fun-loving than she was two years before, as she joins her fellow Gullwings in the retrieval of a stolen Garment Grid and taking a mission to climb to the furthest peaks of Mt. Gagazet to collect another sphere. But this sphere contains two secrets - another image of the Tidus look-alike, talking of another woman by the name of Lenne, and something called Vegnagun. It seems Yevon is still hiding secrets, even after 1000 years. Not only is Yuna frightened by this, but she is also quite jealous of Tidus talking of another woman.
As the game progresses, Yuna learns that the leaders of the three factions, Nooj, Baralai and Gippal are connected somehow after they investigate the Bevelle Underground - only to discover that Vegnagun, an impossibly powerful Machina weapon, has disappeared. As the player learns further on, Paine has been keeping secrets from Yuna and Rikku about her past connection with the faction leaders, Yuna discovers as she awakes in the Farplane that the man she hoped was her beloved, was actually another man named Shuyin, the original person who was the model for the fayth known as Tidus, and he was seeing her as his lover Lenne due the singer's spirit being "recorded" inside the Songstress dressphere. Lenne was a summoner, and in the pursuit of a means of destroying Sin that would not sacrifice her life, Shuyin took part in the development of Vegnagun, the ultimate Machina weapon. Unfortunately, Vegnagun was ultimately incapable of differentiating between friend and foe; it would have been more than powerful enough to destroy Sin once and for all, but then it would have proceeded to destroy everything else in Spira as well. Even more unfortunately, the weapon was self-regenerating, so much so that it was literally impossible to destroy it. This lead to it being sealed away beneath Bevelle, where it was intended to stay forever. Without explanation, it is shown that Shuyin and Lenne died when they were gunned down by a group of soldiers while fleeing.
Lenne passed on to the Farplane, but Shuyin's hatred of war and resentment towards what had happened to them caused him to linger behind. For a thousand years, he grew more and more resentful of the world around him, ultimately growing to hate Spira in general. Now, though, that he has seen Yuna in the Songstress dressphere, he believes that he has finally found Lenne, and plans to use Vegnagun to destroy Spira and put a final end to war. Shuyin also manages to summon up the Aeons that Yuna had been forced to say goodbye to two years before, and heartbroken that he has twisted them so, she is forced to defeat them. As she is stuck in the Farplane however, all is not lost. Tidus's whistle can be heard, and Yuna follows the sound desperately, only to be lead out of the Farplane - her love saved her once again. She still, however, has to deal with Shuyin.
But Yuna understands his pain, and she also knows all too well of Lenne's feelings - after all, it wasn't until the last moment that she told Tidus her true feelings. In the fourth chapter of the game, she uses Lenne's spirit in the dressphere to hold a concert and sing of the songstress' love for Shuyin and her sorrow at not saying goodbye. The dressphere also projects images of Shuyin and Lenne's final moments, revealing that he had tried to activate Vegnagun once before, and Lenne tried to stop him, only for them to be cornered and killed by Bevelle soldiers. Knowing that Shuyin needs to hear Lenne's feelings, Yuna plans to find him in the Farplane and stop him with the words of his love.
Joining up with Nooj, Gippal, and the LeBlanc syndicate, Yuna, Rikku and Paine delve into the depths of the Farplane, defeating the last of the Aeons and finally reach Vegnagun. Although it can't ever be destroyed, the Gullwings manage to damage it enough that it is temporarily disabled. Yuna finally faces Shuyin (in Baralai's body) and as Lenne, she tells him that she loves him. Shuyin doesn't buy it, finally seeing beyond the disguise and starts another assauult on the Gullwings. Spurred on by the voices of her father Braska, Tidus's father Jecht and her former guardian Auron, Yuna defeats Shuyin. But as he is ready to give up, the spirit of the real Lenne leaves Yuna's dressphere, and taking Shuyin in her arms and thanking Yuna, the two lovers depart for the Farplane, together at last after a thousand years.
And Yuna's valiant deeds don't go unnoticed. The fayth of the aeon Bahamut comes to Yuna and asks her if she'd like to see 'him' again. Should the player say 'yes' and met some requirements involving Tidus, a whistling event, Maechen and Luca, then Yuna is happily reunited at the end of the game with Tidus on Besaid Beach. This happens after Bahamut's fayth locates Tidus's scattered pyreflies and essentially brings him back to life. In the "good" ending, Yuna and Tidus run together to the beach, and after Tidus remarks at how much she's changed since he last saw her, to which she replies with the story of how she found the sphere of him; thus completing the cycle of the story. In this ending, Tidus's long term fate is unknown.
However, If the player has 100% completion, then they can witness the "true" ending, taking place in Zanarkand, where Tidus tells Yuna he will be real for as long as she cherishes him. Yuna promptly proves that he is here to stay regardless of how she treats him by pushing him into the sea with a laugh. Relieved and happy that he is "real" again, Tidus iand Yuna enjoy their unexpected and wonderful reunion.
Of course, there's always the non-canon "bad" ending where Yuna isn't reunited with Tidus at all, although the cutscene of Yuna on the airship still remains.
Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission
Three months after the Gullwings defeat Shuyin, the team separates and go their own way. Yuna moves in with Tidus on Besaid Island, Rikku goes from mission to mission and Paine wanders Spira alone. They each receive a letter that brings them together again and the trio journey together again and recover their lost friendship.
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
Yuna is a playable character in this game and is one the Warriors of Cosmos. She travels alongside Jecht and comes across Tidus who has no memories and has been chosen to be come a Warrior of Chaos to defeat Jecht. Yuna tries to help Tidus awaken his memories and they journey together. It's interesting to note that she calls Tidus by name in this game, having never spoken his name in FFX or FFX-2 due to the fact that players could rename him.
Kingdom Hearts II
Yuna appears along with Rikku and Paine as chibi versions of themselves. The trio work with Maleficent and spy on Sora but eventually decide against it.
At first look, Yuna does not seem to have any special features, but the details make the difference. She has heterochromia, meaning that her eyes are of two different colours. Her left eye is blue like her father's, but her right is green, an Al Bhed trait from her mother. In FFX she wears a dress that looks quite plain from a distance, but a closer look reveals all types of emblems on the giant bow around her waist. A ring is on her finger and a flower-like pattern runs along her blue skirt. She has blue and green braids around a lock of her hair.
In Final Fantasy X-2, she has dropped her dress for a more open and revealing style. Clearly a change due to her more open and free lifestyle. It would also seem that she has adopted Tidus's look in a lot of ways, such as the feathered-out hair, the shorts, and of course, the Zanarkand Abes symbol on her chest. She also has a long braid wrapped in ribbon down her back.
Yuna has a will and determination that can overcome anything, she is loyal to Spira and will do whatever it takes to keep it's people safe. It is for these reasons that she is willing to give up anything, including her life. Whether it's standing up to a Ronso tribe, taking on evil Maesters or standing in the middle of wars, she's got it on lock. There is nothing she can't overcome (with a little help). She very much mirrors her father in the fact that she is stubborn and somewhat of a maverick (Braska married an Al Bhed, while Yuna falls in love with Tidus and only loosely follows the teachings).
Yuna could be described as kind, thoughtful, strong and caring although these traits are often abused by the citizens of Spira, as she cannot say no to someone who asks her for help. Auron described her as "naive, serious to a fault, and doesn't ask for help." At first she is willing to make sacrifices in order to win battles, but by the end of Final Fantasy X-2, she start's to see that some of these prices of victory are too high.
Her main weaknesses are two-fold, she is gullible and let's people take advantage of her. Whether it's going up against an ancient sand demon or facing a gigantic machina doomsday weapon, Yuna get's dragged into other people's troubles. Shinra described her as "hero, summoner, doormat", quite appropriate. Nevertheless her strengths far outweigh her weaknesses, allowing her to overcome any obstacle.
- I’ve done it! I-I have become a summoner!
- He called it the 'Sublimely Magnificent Jecht Shot Mark III'.
- Don't say that. It might be a hopeless campaign, and it might mean defying Yevon... But the Crusaders and the Al Bhed-they're doing their best to defeat Sin. They want to rid Spira of Sin forever. And that's just what we want, too, isn't it? Isn't it?
- I fight for Spira. The people long for the Calm. I can give it to them. It's all I can give. Defeating Sin, ending pain... this I can do.
- And when you refused to let me become a summoner and I did it anyway...I'm sorry. I've always wanted to apologize. You know, when you tried to stop me then-really, I was happy. I could tell you really cared about me. You were like my big brother and sister. No... I think you really were my big brother and sister.(to Lulu and Wakka)
- Maester Seymour. I trust my guardians with my life. But they are also my friends. I will not stand by and watch them be hurt. I will fight you, too!
- It would be so easy...to let my fate just carry me away...following this same path my whole life through. But I know...I can't. What I do, I do...with no regrets.
- My father... my father wanted... to make Spira's sorrow go away. Not just cover it up with lies!
- I live for the people of Spira, and would have gladly died for them, but no more! The Final Summoning is a false tradition that should be thrown away.
- My father... I loved him. So I... I will live with my sorrow, I will live my own life! I will defeat sorrow, in his place. I will stand my ground and be strong. I don't know when it will be, but someday... I will conquer it. And I will do it without... false hope.
- Everyone has lost something precious. Everyone here has lost homes, dreams, and friends. Now, Sin is finally dead. Now, Spira is ours again. Working together, now we can make new homes for ourselves, and new dreams. Although I know the journey will be hard, we have lots of time. Together, we will rebuild Spira. The road is ahead of us, so let's start out today. Just, one more thing... the people and the friends that we have lost, or the dreams that have faded... Never forget them.
- I've... learned how to smile... Even when I'm feeling sad.
- If we should get separated, just whistle. I'll come running. I promise.
- I believe in your Zanarkand.
- I love you (while embraced by Tidus)
- Thank you (in the Japanese ending)
- Where’s the impostor? (opening line)
- I don't like your plan. It sucks.
- I gave in, I accepted, I believed. I allowed it to be true. I thought I'd able to go through with it without ever doubting myself. But I...It hurt so much.
- (emotionless) "We had no choice." (normal) Always "we had no choice." Those are our magic words. We repeat them to ourselves again and again. But you know... The magic never worked! The only thing we're left with is regret.
- It all began when I saw this sphere of you. At least, it looked like you. I couldn't say for sure.
- So this is my life now. We travel from place to place, and the days just seem to fly by. But sometimes, I find myself stopping. I'm listening for your whistle.
- Here comes the real Yuna!
- The Gullwings are sphere hunters, and sphere hunters are... well... this ! We fly all over Spira. I'm really enjoying myself.
- There's a connection. Everything is connected. I can feel it.
- I don't want friends to die...or fade away. I don't want battles where we have to lose in order to win. Nooj, I know that what you say is what you mean to do. Give me your resolve. Believe in Yuna.
- So much has happened! And I'm sure it's only the beginning. Through the smiles, tears...through the anger, and the laughter that follows. I know that I will keep changing. This is my story. It will be a good one. It all began when I saw this sphere of you.
- The Eternal Calm. I can feel it crumbling from beneath our feet
- Yuna is voiced by Hedy Burress (English) and Mayuko Aoki (Japanese).
- Yuna and Tidus won 1st place in the Game Informer magazine's 'Best Couple of the Year' in February 2009.
- Yuna's character model was used as a guideline in the early development of Final Fantasy XIII before the characters were officially finished.