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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
COI - Excerpt from an old teaser for Nibelheim Redux
25 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: February 23rd, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Gah. Thanks for adding to the zoo. ::stares grumpily at COI-plotbunnies littering her home::

Is it me or is Strife kind of turning into a game-based, insane Sephy? o.O I've noticed similarities. Granted, it happens longer than overnight, but both him and the general sport a few like-qualities. On one hand, they are both incredibly insane and hate everyone.

There are similaries between Strife and Sephiroth, of course. They're both insane. But their type of insanity is very rather different.

Sephiroth's insanity reflects his personality. It's much more intellectual in nature -- it's more like a matter of principle than a personal vendetta. Sephiroth is cold and calculating -- he plans, plots, deals with grand schemes, etc. He's a big picture-type of madman (and no, destroying the planet wasn't his ultimate goal, but rather an unimportant side effect). Also, Sephiroth really doesn't hate everyone -- he just doesn't give a damn about most of them. Although he despises certain individuals, he's more contemptuous and scornful of humanity in general. But he doesn't hate them personally. So insane Sephiroth is ice.

In constrast, Strife's insanity is much more personal and immature in scope -- it's all about "me, me, ME!". It's childish brattiness and spitefulness taken to the nth degree. And as abundantly clear (I hope), Strife hates everyone personally. So Strife is fire.

It's like comparing... hmmm, the closest real-life comparison I can think of at the moment is Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer. Both are definitely insane, but Hilter was grand-scheme nuts, while Dahmer was personal-gratifcation nuts. Even if you gave Dahmer Hitler's equivalent in power, I would think that he'd still be more fixiated on personal gratification than anything else. ::shrug::

That difference in insanity is important. Personally, I tend to think that dealing with Strife would be considerably harder than dealing with mad-Sephiroth. Sephiroth was ruthless, merciless, and all that, but he was also deliberate and rather rational in his own way -- he had an overall goal and most of what he did was directed at achieving that goal.

On the other hand, Strife is going to be a horribly unpredictable enemy because he's much more emotion-driven. You can't be sure from moment to moment if he's planning to blow up a city in a temper tantrum or target an individual out of sheer spite.

No question that Strife will be a troublesome enemy in COI. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's the ultimate 'boss' of the story, so to speak. After all, there is a pretty easy way of dealing with Strife....

On the other hand, the cure might be worse than the disease. ^_-

And while Sephiroth was "under the influence" of Jenova, so was Strife, from all that special treatment from Hojo and the happenings with Dr... Savois, was it? Ugh...

Jenova's influence over Strife is much more indirect than with Sephiroth. Jenova can't really coax and guide Strife into doing specific things the way she manipulated Sephiroth. Strife views Jenova as female and we all know Strife's poor opinion of females. ^_- Jenova's influence is basically limited to the fact that her cells greatly aggravate Cloud Strife's preexisting mental instability.

If not for Jenova's direct intervention, Sephiroth would probably still be reasonably sane. Strife was insane all along and Jenova only made it worse.

25 hisses or Hiss in my ear....