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On the discussion of Barrett, here is my two cents....

I don't know if anyone else in here is Black, but I am and some Black people absolutely do talk like that. When you look at Barrett's basic design aesthetic he is very clearly based on Square at the time's limited view of what Black people are like. That view was obviously formed by Mr T videos LOL.

The thing about Stereotypes such as him, they are not wrong, they are just not always right. He could have been seen as offensive then, but in reality he is a pretty endearing character. Thats what I always got out of him in the original game. He was THE first Black character I ever played as growing up and that alone got me super excited about him.

He is a character built within an arch type no different than the typical brooding teenager or Damsel in distress types. He is a foil for Big Bro machismo, a counter balance to Cloud's cool disinterested demeanor.

His voice, while hit with a twinge of bad translation(thats the price of Japanese dictacting English diction and overthinking their own language nuance) is actually very appropriate as well.

I am very curious is Square Enix will have the courage to answer a timeless curiousity I have always had for Barrett. The idea that the game with many jabbed jokes leads me to believe he is gay/bi. Usually it was done in some reference of Cloud and Barrett together. Reminded me SOOOOOO much of the way Kanji is depicted in Persona 4. The idea they make Barrett of all male characters a romance choice on several occasions such as the Gondola Ride. The overthetop nature of his bravado is blatantly demonstrated to be his defense mechanism. We find that he is actually a very big softy. His relationship with Dyne, the man whose Daughter he adopted always struck me as.......hmmm. Do I even need to mention the fishnet shirt he wears in Advent Children?

Maybe was just wishful thinking on my part, but we shall find out soon enough.




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