Paya is portrayed as helpful and eager to share what information she can with Link, though her timid and bashful nature tends to get in the way of this. She will often stutter and cover her face when speaking to him. Judging from her interactions with him and the entries in her diary, she appears to have a tremendous crush on Link, and she later expresses as love in her diary. Paya will also lose control of herself in a fit of stuttering and pleading if Link talks to her without wearing any armor.
Paya is also very devoted to her village and the people that reside in it. In the evenings, she devotes herself to prayer as a means to help protect the village.
Paya says that her name comes from a papaya-shaped birthmark she has on her left butt cheek, though she seems embarrassed by its location. She will refuse to reveal the birthmark's location when Link asks, but is eventually outed by Impa. She uses the name "Papaya" as her alias for her entry in the Journal of Various Worries.