|“||"All of Cocoon was against us. With us dead, they were sure everything would go back—back to the way it was before."||„|
Oerba Dia Vanille is a playable character, the narrator and the deuteragonist in Final Fantasy XIII. Her full name stands for "Vanille of the Dia clan, from the village of Oerba."
|“||"My name is Oerba Dia Vanille. I'm a l'Cie from Gran Pulse. And to everyone on Cocoon... evil."||„|
|~ —Vanille to Sazh|
Despite her chronological age, Vanille has the physical appearance of a nineteen year-old. Her bright red hair is tied in curled pigtails. She has green eyes, and pierced ears adorned with silver hoop earrings. She wears a light pink halter top, an orange and yellow skirt, and beige boots. She wears a fur pelt around her waist, which she uses to attach carry her weapon; according to Dengeki PS3 magazine, it is made from a bear she defeated herself. She wears numerous bracelets, and three beaded necklaces, along with an assortment of beads attached to various parts of her clothing. Her outfit is inspired by the traditional clothes of the Namibian Himba women. Vanille's l'Cie brand is located on her upper left thigh, but mostly remains hidden beneath her skirt.
In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Vanille wears a headdress resembling a traditional Indian dupatta. The headdress is comprised of a semi-transparent red and gold veil that covers her hair and shoulders, gold ornaments that cover her forehead, and two long silver horn-like ornaments that resemble Bhunivelze's crest, which serves as the Order of Salvation's symbol, attached to the back and curving around the sides of her head.
In Final Fantasy XIII, Vanille has a childlike innocence. She is considerate, understanding, and at times, headstrong and stubborn. Vanille is empathetic, easily driven to tears, and cares deeply for others, Fang in particular. Despite facing many hardships, Vanille remains a caring and upbeat person as she tries to remain positive in situations others deem hopeless. She tries to cheer up her friends when they're down and see the bright side of things, but her happy-go-lucky persona is really a facade to hide her fear and guilt. Throughout her journey Vanille learns to face her past mistakes, stop running from her problems, and fight for her friends and what she believes in.
In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, due to living under the Order's protection and being subject to its teachings, Vanille has become a follower of Bhunivelze and seeks to help the group carry out his will. She is close friends with Lumina, who describes them as being "thick as thieves." Vanille has become solemn and rarely shows a trace of her upbeat personality, as she continues to feel guilty for the suffering her past actions had caused and hopes to use her new power to atone for it.