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COI - the continuing evolution of the Great Nibelheim Plotbunny! (i.e., yet more retconning)
30 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: April 14th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn character limit! -_-

My mind hit me on the side of the head as I was typing this out with the whole question of spirit or personality. Are Cloud and Strife the splintered aspects of a single spirits personality? Or did they split into two separate spirits. When you throw Zack in is he his own Seperate spirit or is he absorbed into the whole spirit that inhabit Cloud's body so that he's another personality in Cloud's head. If there is in fact two spirits in Cloud Zack and Cloud/Strife then is it really Zack taking on aspects of Cloud?

Hmmm... Let me see if I can explain this a little more clearly. Strife was originally a splinter persona created by the original-Cloud as a way of dealing with the abuse in his young life. So Strife started out pretty much as a psychological coping mechanism for Cloud. However, as the abuse continues and escalates, the separation between the two aspects of Cloud's personality (Cloud and Strife) becomes more and more severe, until Strife starts to take on an identity and will of his own. That split becomes even more drastic and nearly complete as Cloud is experimented in the Shinra Mansion, due to the interaction of excessive mako and Jenova cell exposure. So at this point, Cloud and Strife are nearly two separate mental entities sharing and fighting over the same physical body.

The situation with Zack is much more complicated. The secret experiments performed on Cloud resulted in a complete copy of Zack's mind (including emotions, personality, memories, etc.) within Cloud. So now there's THREE distinct mental entities in Cloud's body -- Cloud, Strife, and Zack.

When Zack is killed, Strife was nearly but not quite destroyed by Cloud in a blaze of mutual destruction. At this point, there is essentially only one remotely intact and coherent entity in Cloud's body -- Zack. Cloud's mind is in tatters and Strife is badly damaged and hiding. As Cloud attempts to hide Zack's presence from Sephiroth, Zack and what's left of Cloud begin to fuse.

So in the present-day COI storyline, there are technically 2 1/2 personalities in Cloud's body -- Zack (1); Strife (1); and the remnants of Cloud (1/2). However, because Zack's personality is the most intact (and the strongest), Zack basically becomes the core personality in Cloud's body, although heavily overlaid and camouflaged by the the fragments of Cloud's broken mind. So yes, you could say that it's Zack that's taking on aspects of Cloud, while Strife still remains separate and distinct. ^_^

Hope this helps clarify things a bit. ::sweatdrop::

30 hisses or Hiss in my ear....