Prompto Argentum is razor thin, sports Final Fantasy hair and wears Final Fantasy style clothes. But he wasn’t always that way.

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In the latest episode of the Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV anime, we get Prompto’s backstory. The younger version seems like a nice, gentle soul. Unlike the Prompto of FFXV, he wasn’t in shape and lacked confidence.

After saving Luna’s dog, Prompto gets the notion that he should befriend Noctis. To do so, he decides he needs to get into shape.

Here, Prompto is breathing heavily after running.
Prompto’s parents always appear to be at work. He ends up eating fast food alone.

Though, Noctis probably didn’t care what he looked like and would’ve befriended him regardless.

Prompto lacks self confidence.

So, Prompto starts jogging and eating better.

Here, he’s having a salad and a burger and not a burger and fries.
While jogging, Prompto begins greeting everyone he meets, showing increased confidence.
Before.

By the end of the episode, he looks like your typical Final Fantasy character. This might raise questions about what exactly it implies (for example, does this mean thin is good or is this reinforcing body stereotypes that exist among FF characters?); however, the main thrust of the episode seemed to be about confidence. For Prompto, he felt he needed to get into shape to feel better about himself.

After.

By the time he’s in high school, Prompto works up the confidence to introduce himself to Noctis for the first time. Though, Noctis rightly points out that this isn’t the first time they’ve met.

By now, Prompto also has Final Fantasy hair.

He might seem like your typical stylish Final Fantasy character, but this backstory proves he’s anything but. You can watch the full episode below: