The Road Not Taken: A Brief Forward

Welcome to the newest section of Antihero, a collection of essays that explore Squall's character through antithetical themes. I do try to go through parts of the game in thorough detail, though hopefully you've played through the game! Much of this can sound so far out of the box that I don't even know what it looks like anymore because I try to do things differently and unconventionally, much to my friends' and family's chagrin.

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Determinism/Free Will
(choices)
For centuries, the brightest of philosophers and intellectuals have debated whether or not our actions are made by our freedom of choice or part of a bigger, planned scheme made by the universe. No one quite knows the answer to this question, and many, including Squall, cognitively take part in this age-old argument... Read more...

➘ Updated: 23 May '17




Honne/Tatemae
(inside & out)
The creators of Final Fantasy VIII gave us a protagonist who is unusual yet groundbreaking: although he is a man who speaks far too little to be playing such a big role, we as players constantly see a side of him that no other character in the game can. Essentially, we are given the opportunity to read his thoughts in the form of semi-transparent dialogue boxes, also known as internal dialogue... Read more...

➘ Updated: 23 May '17




Past/Present
(time)
The merging of past, present and future can be looked at as a representation of events coming full circle, representing itself through the history of several characters, and repeating until it's made right. However, time is not merely a cycle, but also a development, and in some cases, an improvement. This is what we would call a "second chance" ... Read more...

➘ Updated: 23 May '17




Destruction/Creation
(war)
Squall not only fights a war in the physical realm, but also on an internal level. As we go through Squall's experience, we find that in order to fight his demons, he must become a new person; this idea of creating a new outlook for himself ultimately brings him resolve... Read more...

➘ Updated: 23 May '17






About Antihero
Antihero is a fansite dedicated to Squall Leonhart, a fictional character from Final Fantasy 8. Started in August 2004, this site hosts a collection of analyrical essays and writings geared towards helping to understand the character on a critical level. All personal opinions are subject to debate. Also featured is an archive of images collected from various places over the years.
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To my brother, for allowing me to play this game on the console, otherwise I would not have. To all of my friends in the shrine community who have supported this dedication and up with its constant transformation. And to all of the visitors, old and new, who have come throughout the years: this site wouldn't be here without you.
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