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Squall Leonhart

MBTI enneagram type of Squall Leonhart Realm:
Fiction

Category:
Videogame Characters

Part of:
Final Fantasy

TOTAL MBTI VOTES: 12


INTJ - 6 vote(s)
ISFP - 3 vote(s)
ISTJ - 3 vote(s)

Last vote: INTJ

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TOTAL ENNEA VOTES: 7


5W4 - 3 vote(s)
4W3 - 2 vote(s)
4W5 - 1 vote(s)
6W5 - 1 vote(s)

Last vote: 6w5
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  • Posted on: 2018-01-10 15:29:09

    carli

     

    It has been a long, long time since I last played this game, but I think at first he can seem more 5 than 4 since he mainly concerns himself with fears of helplessness, and his utmost desire appears to be the ability to hold his own without needing any ties to other people to keep him afloat. He wants to be capable without depending on anybody. However I refreshed my memory a bit and I am seeing more possibility of him being a 4: a lot of the reasoning for this desire stems from being abandoned in the past and the resulting persistent fear of that happening again, so that’s worth thinking about as well. I could see (and have actually seen in real life) a 4 seeming or acting like a 5 (or at least seeming to possess certain qualities of the 5) for this reason.

    (Am I that untrusting…? Maybe I’m this way because I’m scared. Nothing lasts in this world. It feels great to have friends who believe in you, and adults you can rely on. That’s why it’s so dangerous, especially if you become used to it. Someday you’re bound to lose everything. Everyone around you will be gone. Then what are you left with? Nothing. Nobody… It’s so miserable. And it’s inevitable. It’s so hard to recover from something like that. I never ever want to deal with that again. I can’t. Even if it means being alone… for the rest of my life.)

    “What do you think? To tell you the truth… I worry too much about what others think of me. I hate that side of me… That’s why I didn’t want anyone to get to know me. I wanted to hide that side of myself. I hate it. Squall is an unfriendly, introverted guy. It made it easy for me when people perceived me that way. That’s a secret between you and me. Got that?”

    I can certainly see the “unhealthy/untrusting 4 acting like a 5 to try to avoid getting hurt again” concept present here—even his more 5-ish ideas seem like rather defeatist thinking for him rather than something he actually has belief in. I think I have problems discerning introverted 4w3s sometimes so that’s probably why I was hesitant. I see the reasoning for this typing very clearly. If only we could see more of how he is after the end of the game when he’s healthier and happier and feeling safe with Rinoa and his other friends.


    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 17:12:33

      hearts

       

      I like your analysis a lot, and I didn't get super super far into FF8, so please take my suggestion with a grain of salt.  But is there any chance that Squall could be 6w5? He's hyper-skeptical, and wary of relying on others. But his fear does seem rather rooted in abandonment, and at the end of the day, finds some degree of comfort and salvation in the secruity offered by Rinoa. 


    • Posted on: 2018-01-10 20:18:05

      carli

       

      Thank you :) You know I was so close to acknowledging the possibility of him being 6 in my comment but I decided to focus more on the options that already had votes—yes, I do think it’s definitely possible for him to be 6w5. I guess I leaned toward 4 the most because of how much he tends to 'flee' to sort out his feelings (especially after he gives someone the cold shoulder or is questioned about his demeanor), he seems pretty absorbed in trying to understand himself and why he does the things he does. (Of course I think it's important to consider age here as well, since he's seventeen in the game it's pretty natural for any teenager to be focused on that.) But you’re right, what he hides is that deep down he does want to have some people to rely on and feel secure with, and the importance he places on that concept is what causes a lot of his wariness around it. He also proves to be extremely loyal to Rinoa once he accepts his feelings for her, to the point of making protecting her his main duty.

      The only thing I do question is that I don’t know if a 6 would be as cold as he can be? This is the main reason I think people type him as a 5, with the “then go talk to a wall” moments and what not. Of course, these moments often occur when another character asks him about his feelings or something similar, so it definitely goes back to the lack of trust and fear of being vulnerable due to fear of abandonment. Coldness tends to be kind of a knee-jerk reaction for him and a sort of ‘emotional armour’ to keep him safe in the earlier parts of the game.

      I guess I would have to recall Squall’s attitudes toward tradition, authority, and the like as well. The only thing I can readily remember right now is that his friend Quistis is an instructor (because she was a child prodigy, she is only a year older than him) and he doesn’t really treat her with any special respect despite that. But then again I don’t think she would want him to. However, he is still concerned with doing what he consiers to be his duty and is very responsible. Yes, I can definitely see reasoning for 6.