The Light Emperor is the light half of Emperor Mateus's soul and the final Boss in Final Fantasy II.
In the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary versions, something unforeseen happened when Emperor Mateus was killed: His soul split into 2 entities. While one went to Hell and became the lord of Pandemonium, the other went to Heaven and became the lord of Arubboth. With his new powers, he summoned the fallen souls of Minwu, Josef, Scott, and Ricard to him as representatives of those who fell in the wake of the Empire's conquests.
After they traveled to his throne within the walls of Arubboth, he asked for their forgiveness and offered them eternal life. They are reluctant, and consider his offer. However, the souls of all the people they care about appear before them, and tell them to look past his charade.
With their help, they realize they are being tricked, that this Emperor is no different from the other, and attack the Emperor's light side while Firion's group battle his dark counterpart. As he dies in conjunction with his other half at the hands of their respective parties, the Emperor's light half tells them it is futile that the bloody struggles of violence and war with continue as long as humans exist. Minwu comments at the very end that if anyone can change man's violent legacy, it would be Firion and his friends.
The Light Emperor has an otherworldly appearance and always has his eyes closed. He has six wings similar to a Seraph, and a golden arch on his back. He at times appears to be made of clouds and wears a light-colored robe. The design may be based on Lucifer, since he was an angel before he fell. The Light Emperor's portrait is based on Mateus's appearance from a promotional poster by Yoshitaka Amano.
The Light Emperor is quite deceptive in nature; he is also monstrous. He initially comes off as courteous and apologetic, but is revealed to be a hypocrite and a liar, and just as evil as his former self.
The Light Emperor is even more powerful than the Dark Emperor. He is capable of casting Flare and Starfall with far greater strength than the Dark Emperor and he retains the drain effect his dark half's physical attacks has and his immunity towards elemental magic and almost any attempt to inflict status ailments. In addition, the Emperor could also cast the highest level of Holy and Blaze, with his use being just as devastating as his Starfall and Flare. As the Ruler of Arubboth, the Emperor is capable of returning souls to their bodies and even granting eternal life, as he did with the fallen heroes and offered to grant them immortality.
- In Duodecim, the prequel to Dissidia, Emperor Mateus can get a downloadable costume which turns him into the light emperor. As the costume's EX Mode is still called "Power of Hellfire" despite his Light Emperor form technically being a heavenly spirit, this may imply that after the Light Emperor's defeat he fell into hell and he and his dark half merged back into one being.
- It is unclear how the Emperor's "Light Half" was allowed into Arubboth, where good people go when they die, despite his being unrepentantly evil.
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