yeah I have to say that I interpretted Cloud’s personality as insecure and geeky in FF7 - and it never occured to me that he was emo - and so he never was… to me -
I mean there was the part at the very end where -after he drops his Jacky persona - and starts acing like himself again, where he’d say something trying to be cool and acting like the leader but there is an awkard silence following it like for instance right before you fight Sephiroth I beleive he says something like “Giddyup” or something like that. That doesn’t sound like an emo person to me. It sounds like a young guy trying to impress his friends but not quite knowing how to do it so he says something corney instead.
So thats why to me, Cloud was not emo - but instead he was awkward and sincere. That’s how I took it. Only the Jacky persona was him trying to be cool. But even the Jacky persona wasn’t emo. Jacky was just hardcore.
So I suppose for a similar reason I don’t accept the emo interpretations of his character. I mean Squall was emo. Not Cloud. Mmmkay?
And I never liked Squall. Not for one minute.
I mean cloud was one of those people who seems cooler than they actually are from a distance. Then once you get to know them you realize they are just as geeky as you are. But that’s what makes them even cooler. The insecurity. Emos are just… bleh… self absorbed… and that was not Cloud.