Why do people think a character needs to change to be good? It's why we constantly get cheesy cliches like the cold hearted man warms up thanks to the pure hearted person (*cough*Squall*cough*). What makes a good character is a well written character, with believable motives and dialogue.
They don't need to change if they are already awesome like the original Dante from Devil May Cry 1-4.
I believe Cloud is dull. Others disagree.
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But one of the first things you said about Cloud was that he doesn't change, meaning that you believe that to be a fault with the character. He was merely changing isn't what makes a character good.
I still see him as a douche with an infinity plus one sword. That is what I mean about not changing. I still see him as the same guy with the same emotions. Maybe expressed in a different way but he seems to me to be the same guy.
Now if he was cool before than he would not have to change, but I don't see him as cool. I see him as a dull douche with an infinity plus one sword
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Light was modeled after Cloud? ehh fair enough... but most of the cutscenes shes in, its either talking for storyline purposes, or shes kicking ass... the "nice gun" scene, or the attack on eden scene (my favorite, because everyone but Vanille is kicking ass)...
however, Light does change... chapter 3, she floors Snow 3 times... chapter 4 in the Vile Peaks, she tells Hope to go away, then Odin comes out to say "dont say that, you need him more than he needs you" but she doesnt know that... by the end of the game she realizes that she needed the help of all 5 of the others just to get everything done that she needed to do to save Serah and Cocoon... she doesnt knock Snow to floor every time he talks, she doesnt try to go it alone....
tl;dr Light changes throughout the game, Cloud not nearly as much...
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Play FFVII again. Cloud went through a complete change (don't bring the s*** stain that's AC into this). He went from an arrogant douche to a nice, rather dorky guy. The real Cloud is the latter, not the former. The only thing that changed with Squall is he became a love-obsessed pansy.
FF6 didn't really have a main character because you could switch out everyone whenever you want, but Terra was a pretty boring character. Cloud in my opinion is a pretty good character, at least he's got some dimension. Now Squall is a character that is just mopey all the damn time. All the characters from IX are just goofy. Tidus was a good character, its just that most of FFX's story had nothing to do with him. Same with Vaan except Vaan is also a terrible character. Lightning and FFXIII on the whole I just don't care for.