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Final Fantasy VIII
I speak with passion, from the heart! That's what matters most.
Laguna is described throughout the story as a man with many faces and even more talents. He has shoulder-length dark brown hair, glowing green eyes, and an innocent face that cause most women to find him very handsome. He is cheerful, generous, kind-hearted, as well as a natural born leader, and though he hates fighting, he becomes a Galbadian soldier and does it for the sake of the greater purpose. He is well respected among his comrades, Kiros and Ward who scorn him sometimes for his impulsive attitude but ultimately rely on him for guidance and direction when push comes to shove. He’s courageous in the face of danger and most especially when his friends are in trouble, but when given time to think about the danger he’s truly in, he usually becomes a little more hesitant. However, he’s always willing to put his life on the line for the sake of justice. Laguna is known for making up his own answers on the fly whenever he doesn’t know the real answer to something, or occasionally he just gets it wrong altogether. For example; he tells Kiros and Ward that “the unfamiliar always happens” when in actuality they have to correct him and say that it’s the “unexpected” that always happens. They playfully laugh at him for his mistakes to which he usually becomes embarrassed and abruptly ends the conversation. He is also well known for his inability to talk to women, though he exclaims that it’s only “beautiful women” that he gets nervous around and when he does his left leg cramps up. He eventually overcomes this however, when one night he has a full conversation with Julia Heartilly, a piano singer he used to have a crush on when he lived in Deling City. Laguna’s dream is to become a traveling journalist so that he can write all about his adventures with his friends and give others the inspiration the world has given him. When the player first meets Laguna, he is constantly wearing his Galbadian soldier uniform, albeit without the helmet. However, Laguna’s normal attire consists of a medium blue jacket with white studs and grooves, white undershirt, brown pants, black boots, and his dog tags from his time in the Sorceress War. As he ages though, he adopts an even more casual appearance, wearing simply a baby blue button-up shirt with khaki slacks and sandals with his hair tied back behind him. However, he still sports his dog tags even in his old age, along with a few wrinkles that shows his age.
They say Laguna was born in Deling City, but most of his past is unknown. When 27 years old, Laguna joins the Galbadian Army in the effort to fight the Sorceress War against Esthar. He actually want to do this to aid Galbadia to victory, but even more because of the fact he has a dream of becoming a traveling journalist, acquiring information about the world around him and writing about his experiences in a magazine. In the army, he meets Kiros and Ward and they form a platoon together as they became friends and sharee each other's dreams and ambitions, Laguna's being the only one mentioned in the game. Throughout their time and adventures together, the three frequently fall victim to Laguna’s clumsy nature, though somehow always managing to complete their mission. In this time, Laguna falls in love with Deling City’s most famous lounge pianist, Julia Heartilly. She feels the same way about him but all of their interactions together end awkwardly thanks to Laguna's nervousness. One night however, at the behest of Kiros and Ward, Laguna manages the nerve to walk up to her piano while she is playing and though his leg cramps up and he is forced to retreat, Julia decides to invite him up to her room to talk. He follows and the two share their life dreams with each other before confessing that they’ve always watched each other from afar. She will eventually begin to write the song, "Eyes on Me" as dedication to their love. Their romance is cut short however, when Laguna, Kiros, and Ward are called away to fight in Centra, the main battleground against Estharian forces. During a mission to locate and observe a secret Estharian operation, Laguna and his friends are severely injured while fighting off hordes of enemy forces. With no other options left to them, Laguna tosses the unconscious Kiros and Ward off the side of a cliff into the ocean below before following after them himself. Laguna doesn't make the jump gracefully however, plummeting to the ocean waters unconscious. The three are separated by the sea and Laguna drifts until he washes up shore in a little village called Winhill where he is found by a woman named Raine Leonhart and her adopted daughter, Ellone.
The three encounter many difficulties in finding Ellone and getting into Eshtar. They have to get money so they take part in a movie deal. Later, Laguna meets with Edea in her orphanage and asks her to keep an eye out for Elleone as well as Sorceress Adel as she's lookingfor her successor for the Sorceress power and with Edea being a Sorceress herself, she might be a target. Laguna eventually becomes separated from Kiros and Ward and once again becomes injured, this time winding up in Shimi Village, where he repays the Shimi's kindness and he became friends with the Moomba's, trying to teach them how to speak. Eventually, he is reunited with Kiros and Ward and they find a way into Esthar. They try to free Ellone, but are imprisoned inside the Lunatic Pandora Laboratory, where they join the Adel Resistance. Laguna becomes their leader after displaying his kindness to one of the Moomba's and immediately afterwards stages a jailbreak. Laguna escapes and they finally find Ellone, who's been kept safe this entire time under the protection of Dr. Odine, who has been trying to come up with a way of defeating Adel before she could pass on her abilities to the young girl. They then create the Sorceress Memorial to seal away the evil Sorceress. They construct an armored cryo-capsule, placing it inside the Memorial and crafting a simulacrum image of Ellone, whom Adel was desperately searching for to pass her powers onto and continue her reign of terror through her successor. Once Adel is informed that Ellone was being held inside this newly constructed building, the Sorceress transports herself there at once. Once at the Memorial, Adel sees the fake Ellone and moves inside to seize her. However, when she enters the cryo-tomb (later known as the Sorceress Tomb), she is trapped by Laguna and immediately flash-frozen before she can use her Sorceress abilities.
Laguna's main weapon is a standard Galbadian assault rifle machine gun that he wields with devastating accuracy. He is not a sharpshooter by nature, but he can still outshoot most opponents with ease. During the movie, you'll also see him wielding a Gunblade. Right after it, he is forced into a real combat and he shows that he is quite proficient with it as well. He had training with the Gunblade while in the Galbadian military academy.
Laguna's name derives from the word "lagoon", a shallow body of salt water separated from larger seas by small sandbanks or coral reefs. This is fitting as both his wife and son share a name linking to water.
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