Between Cloud Strife, Squall Leonhart and Lightning, who’s more alike?
When it comes to negativist attitudes, all of them in a way. Lightning has several different negativistic attitudes all throughout the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. Lightning was pretty passive-aggressive on her birthday, especially to her own sister Serah. And it really only gets worst to everyone else. She lets up in Final Fantasy XIII-2 but gets more sarcastic in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
The way Cloud talked when he believed he was a SOLDIER was very cocky, but also very passive-aggressive. It’s also how he comes across when belittling Biggs, Wedges, and Jesse.
But Squall embodies passive-aggressiveness.
But how about when it comes to their character creation? Firehearts321 compared the three, yet found much more similarities between these two:
Lightning and Squall
Both start off as loners whom want nothing to do with anyone else. But they gradually warm up to those around them and come to accept their companions as friends, eventually turning into a reliable leader as the story progresses.
Both have direct ties to the character driving the plot of their games, a sibling relationship in fact
(Lightning = Serah, Squall = Ellone)
Both resent their “destiny” or “fate” at first but eventually come to accept it and even take control of it.
Both are a soldier of some sort (Lightning = Guardian Corp., Squall = Mercenary)
Both wield a gunblade
Both have a single word catchphrase that can be translated to mean the same thing (Lightning = “Right”, Squall = “Whatever”)
Both are accompanied by a group of people whom are far more outspoken, while they remain introverted and distant.
Both are plagued by past events that have resulted in their cold persona. (Lightning = her refusal to believe Serah, Squall = his “abandonment” by Ellone)
The companions whom join them on their respective quests are mirror images of each other in personality and mentality _(Zell = Snow, Rinoa = Hope,
Selphie = Vanille, Irvine = Sazh, Quistis = Fang)_
This is an amazing analysis. Normally, we tend to think either Squall or Lightning is more like Cloud than the other. But it seems that Cloud is less like the two than the others are to each other.
Are there any similarities between all three of them? Yes of course. All three are soldiers. Each has names pertaining to weather. All three acquire superhuman abilities:
- Cloud gains superhuman strenght through Mako
- Squall gains powers through his Guardian Forces
- Lightning gains the use of magic through the L’Cie
And all three had a foe that was once a former ally (Sephiroth, Seifer, Cid).
Oh, and each of them weirds swords.