|Occupation:||SeeD, Gunblade Specialist|
|Relationships:||Cloud (rival), Sora (acquaintance), Donald (acquaintance), Goofy (acquaintance), Aerith (colleague), Yuffie (colleague), Cid (colleague), Seifer (enemy/rival), Rinoa (friend/love interest), Quistis (friend), Selphie (friend), Zell (friend), Irvine (friend), Laguna (father), Raine (mother), Kiros (friend of father), Ward (friend of father), Ultimecia (enemy)|
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Squall is a main character in the Square Enix video game Final Fantasy VIII, and a supporting character in the Square Enix/Disney video game Kingdom Hearts, albeit under the alias of 'Leon' in the latter.
Distant, wary, and cold, the main distinction between Squall and his predecessor Cloud is that he has brown hair. Otherwise, not a lot separates them in the early parts if their respective games. Both are talented young individuals with respectable skills on the battlefield, both are hired as mercenaries at the start of their games, both have overlarge swords, both have trouble expressing emotion, both have a natural mistrust for people, and both even have a very similar final limit break (Omnislash vs Lionheart).
So one could argue that Square did not exactly break the mould when Squall was designed.
However, Squall's character growth takes him in different directions to Cloud. Where Cloud learned of his origins, Squall learned that, while it wasn't necessary to place your trust in other people, life became so much easier if you did.
So yeah. Two similar characters, put into different scenarios, to ultimately create two (fairly) different end products.
For a main character, Squall is not all that popular in fic. His most common pairing would be with Rinoa, as it is a canon relationship. Some AUs pair Squall with Quistis, while rival shipping exists in the form of Squall/Seifer and Squall/Cloud.