Not “would Laguna have made a good father”. Was he actually a good father?
For those who don’t know, Laguna is Squall’s father. He has the following personality:
Laguna is cheerful, generous and kindhearted. He is respected among his comrades, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac, although they scorn him at times for his impulsive attitude, ultimately rely on him for guidance and direction. Laguna is courageous in the face of danger and especially when his friends are in trouble. When given time to think about the danger he is in, Laguna can become hesitant, but he is always willing to put his life on the line for the sake of justice.
Most people recognize the “cheerful, generous and kindhearted” part of his personality. I don’t think they don’t pay attention to the “impulsive attitude” part. I didn’t. Due to his adventurous free-spirit, he ends up traveling the world.
When Laguna left Winhill, Raine was pregnant, and after her death both the baby and Ellone were taken to Edea’s orphanage, which is where Squall grew up.
Essentially, Laguna abandoned Squall and Raine. It’s not that he’s callous; he previously saved Raine from a literal mad scientist. But, he’s still definitely neglectful. Regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that Laguna went missing in action again (the first during his stint as a Galbadian infantry soldier). Laguna is uninvolved in Squall and Raine’s life for the most part, due to being:
Emotionally distant from their children
- Offering little or no supervision
Showing little warmth, love, and affection towards their children
- Have few or no expectations or demands for behavior
- Don’t attend school events and parent-teacher conferences
- May intentionally avoid their children
- Are often too overwhelmed by their own problems to deal with their children
The last one is crucial. Laguna has a lot of issues. He appears cheerful, generous and kindhearted on the surface. Yet you can really see the stress take its toll later on in the game. A lot of his big dreams seem like an escapist fantasy. He ends up as a soldier, monster hunter, journalist, and then president of a country; yet he can’t raise his own children?
This isn’t to say Laguna is a bad person, but in his role as father was he really that good?
Plus, Squall has to battle Laguna for the card that has his face on it. We can safely say that Laguna really doesn’t celebrate birthdays…
So what do you think? What are your thoughts on this subject?