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madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: February 26th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Squaresoft comparisons

Strife more than likely chose to use that name for himself, specifically BECAUSE of those negative connotations.

I'm not sure about the game canon, but at least for COI, Strife is Cloud's real last name. His mother picked that name because it was as close to 'Shinra' as she dared get.

But you're right -- Cloud's negative persona picks that name, not only because of the negative connotations, but it sounds much stronger, violent, aggressive, and macho than 'Cloud'."

There are several instances throughout the COI works when various people comment that the pre-Nibelheim Cloud made a big deal about people using his last name -- partially because it made him feel more macho (and feeding his Strife persona) and partially because it was too easy for others to make humiliating jokes about his first name (e.g., 'clod', etc.)

But the present COI-Cloud is the reverse -- he's CLEARLY adverse to being called 'Strife', to the point of sharply correcting people. And there's several very good reasons why he has an unconscious and instinctive abhorrance for that name.
41 hisses or Hiss in my ear....