“Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It’s our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us.”
Squall Leonhart is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII. A young and aloof SeeDmercenary, others view him 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 iconic weapons of theFinal Fantasy series. Squall is later given the title Commander (委員長, Iinchō?, lit.Chairman).
Squall idolizes the mythical winged lion Griever, holding it as an ideal of courage and strength, traits he wishes to possess himself. The lion has come to be his symbol, the same way Rinoa is associated with angel wings.
Squall starts an introverted, cold and taciturn teenager who pushes away those who would otherwise be considered his friends. Though withdrawn, Squall does not shirk from what he considers his duty.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 pragmatism and sense of responsibility lead others to trust and follow him.
Even though everyone agrees Squall can be difficult, staff and students alike admire him, and he is eventually appointed Commander of Balamb 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.
Author: Luis Felipe Lopez Salcido