Is it because he’s negative in a lot of true ways we don’t like to acknowledge? During Timber and Galbadian Gardens, we see Squall faced with life and mortality. In the former, he has a full inner monologue about mortality. In the later, he has an existential crisis. And he’s true to himself. Consider this from the Galbadia Gardens (analysis from Pop Matters):
As they plan their next move, they receive word that Seifer, one of their former classmates, has been executed. Stunned by the news, the group takes turns trying their best to remember Seifer as a decent person. Quistis says she doesn’t have “any good memories of him,” then insists “he wasn’t really a bad guy.” Zell swears revenge despite having been tormented by Seifer, and Rinoa, lost in her romantic memories of their time together, seems to be imagining a different person entirely. Yet, Squall is heartless enough to realize the truth: Seifer was a bully who made their lives miserable and his death was largely the result of his own recklessness.
The implications: all that matters is what the person was like – the content of their character. And yet, he freaked out at the idea people might talk about him in the past tense. He hated the idea his memory wouldn’t be true to who he was. Ironically, he never wanted to let anyone know the real him. Getting close to others was painful to him.
This is just one scenario, and there’s a lot not to like about this. We respect the dead. We think people who don’t are insensitive. But why should we respect the dead just because they’re dead? Do you respect a dictator’s death just because they’re dead? Squall is being honest with himself by logically challenging our traditions and assumptions. But he’s going against everything we’re OK with. He does this throughout the game. And that makes us uncomfortable with him. But should it?