Squall LeonhartDesember 7, 2012
- “Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It’s our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us.“
- —Squall Leonhart
Squall Leonhart is the primary protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII. A young and aloof SeeD mercenary for much of the game, others view Squall as cold and focused until he begins to question the way he has chosen to live his life. Squall’s weapon, the gunblade, is one of the most iconic weapons of the Final Fantasy series. Squall is later given the title Commander (委員長, Iinchō?, lit. “Chairman”).
Appearance and Personality
- “Uses a sword called a gunblade. Special skill is Renzokuken, using the gunblade. Silent, and a bit cold.“
- —Scan description
Teenager with unruly brown hair and light blue eyes, Squall is most often seen wearing a black leather bomber jacket with a fur trim collar and a v-neck white shirt, black pants with three interconnecting belts, and black boots and gloves. He has a silver stud in his left ear, and wears a silver chain necklace with a Griever pendant and a matching ring. The only times he isn’t wearing this particular outfit is when he’s wearing his SeeD uniform or SeeD cadet uniform, which he only does if he is required to, and in flashbacks to his childhood days, in which he wears an orange shirt with several horizontal stripes and dark pants. Squall’s gunblade of choice is the Revolver, of which he owns a customized version with Griever engraved imprinted on both sides. In a duel with his rival, Seifer Almasy, both end up giving each other mirroring scars across the face.
In Dissidia Final Fantasy Squall looks much as he did in Final Fantasy VIII, but is given additional fur ruffles on his jeans, a sash partially covering his right leg, and a lion’s head belt buckle, as well as a new shirt with a plunging v-neck collar.
Even though in Squall’s eyes are light blue in Final Fantasy VIII and Dissidia Final Fantasy, in a few selected FMV’s in Final Fantasy VIII Squall’s eyes appear green, and both his Final Fantasy Mini Arts figure and Dragon Quest & Itadaki Street portable artwork have brown eyes.
Squall starts an introverted, brooding, cold and taciturn teenager who pushes away those who would otherwise be considered his friends. Though withdrawn, Squall does not shrink from what he considers his duty. As much as he resents assuming leadership, he is the first to ensure that what is necessary gets done. Squall’s clear mind and sense of responsibility lead others to trust and follow him. Even though everyone agrees on how difficult Squall can be, staff and students admire him, and he is eventually appointed Commander ofBalamb Garden, much to his dismay. Squall becomes the “de facto” leader of the party, though at first he dislikes his comrades looking to him for orders and advice.
During the game, Squall narrates his thoughts and feelings in silent voice-overs, during which he reveals he acts the way he does for fear of getting close to people. Squall cannot remember his parents, and his sister was taken away when he was young, making him afraid of losing the feelings of comfort loved-ones provide. Squall does not believe in relying on others, as friends and family are inevitably lost and in the end he will be alone.
Squall comes to rethink his choices in life, falling in love with Rinoa Heartilly and accepting the support and friendship of his comrades, becoming more social. This more open version of Squall is more or less how he is characterized in theKingdom Hearts series. Dissidia Final Fantasy mirrors Squall’s evolution from a loner to the man he is in Final Fantasy VIII’s ending. Squall fights alone, but finds himself worrying about fellow heroes Bartz and Zidane, and accompanies them and helps them on their quests once he has completed his own.