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Squall is the complex, antisocial hero of the game, pushed into the role of leadership. His personality - or lack of - clashes with conventional views of what a hero should be like, but Squall does it in his own way. He lives life without questioning the why's - what has to be done, is done, and pushes away those who try to get close to him. People may perceive him as a jerk, but he just doesn't want to go through the pain of losing someone and being alone again, so he builds up this wall around him to protect himself.
As the game progresses and his relationship with Rinoa grows, he begins to change - he lets others know what's on his mind instead of keeping it in, and he learns to trust others. He begins to realize just how much he needs Rinoa in his life, not just because she filled the empty void in his heart, but also because she gave new meaning to his life. Suddenly, the world doesn't seem so bleak and horrible anymore, and he can finally smile again.
Constant references are made between Squall and lions. Lions are silent and deadly, known for their great strength and pride, and Squall strives for those qualities in himself.
It is never actually stated in the game, but there are enough hints to conclude that Squall's parents are Laguna and Raine. Because of the GF effect, Squall doesn't remember much about his childhood - just that it was painful for him.
He grew up at the orphanage along with Zell, Quistis, Selphie, Irvine, Seifer, and Ellone under the care of Matron (Edea) and Cid. Everyone called Ellone Sis, but Squall was especially attached to her, and got jealous whenever she spent more time with the others. She was his security and happiness, and when she left the orphanage, Squall was devastated and once again all alone.
He never wanted to feel that kind of pain again, so he isolates himself off to the rest of the world where no one could get through to him. It's his way of protecting himself.
At a young age, with nothing else to do with his life, he enters Balamb Garden and trains hard to become a part of the elite mercenary force, SeeD. He is an exceptionally gifted student, disciplined and intelligent, and is one of only two gunblade specialists at the Garden. He's afraid of the uncertainty in his future, so the Garden becomes his life, a place where he can call home.
Not one to act on impulse, his words and actions are carefully calculated. Its his ability to think logically under pressure that makes him the natural choice for leader, although he didn't like the fact that the position was forced upon him, but he takes everything in stride and deals with it.
Seifer is his sworn rival from childhood, and the only other gunblade specialist. Seifer loves to provoke Squall, and not one to back down, they have their many battles and even gave each other the matching scars on their face. As equal rivals, they are constantly pushing each other to their limits and they hold a somewhat cool respect for the other.
It is at the SeeD graduation dance that he meets Rinoa for the first time, and they share an unforgettable dance before she mysteriously walks out on him. But as fate would have it, his first SeeD mission was to provide support for a resistance faction in which Rinoa was a part of, and the rest is history.