|Date of Birth||January 3rd|
|Age||27 (in flashbacks)|
44 (in main story)
|Height||175 cm (5'9")|
181 cm (5'11) 
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Final Fantasy VIII Character|
- “I speak with passion, from the heart! That's what matters most.”
- —Laguna Loire
Laguna Loire is a temporarily playable character in Final Fantasy VIII. For most of the game the player experiences Laguna through playable flashbacks explained to the player as the main characters' dreams. His weapon of choice is the machine gun.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
- “An energetic man with a big heart. Uses a machine gun. Fires bursts at enemies to help party members in danger.”
- —Scan description
Laguna has shoulder-length dark hair and green eyes. Laguna's in-game render depicts his hair as black, but in his menu portrait and concept art it is cocoa brown. As a soldier Laguna wears the regular blue Galbadian soldier uniform, albeit without the helmet. His civilian attire consists of a medium blue jacket with white studs and grooves, white undershirt, brown pants, black boots and dog tags. As he ages Laguna adopts a casual appearance, wearing a baby-blue button-up shirt with khaki slacks and sandals with his hair tied back, still sporting his dog tags.
He is cheerful, generous, kind-hearted, and though he hates fighting, he becomes a Galbadian soldier. He is respected among his comrades, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac, although they scorn him at times for his impulsive attitude, but ultimately rely on him for guidance and direction. Laguna is courageous in the face of danger and especially when his friends are in trouble. When given time to think about the danger he is in, Laguna can become hesitant, but he is always willing to put his life on the line for the sake of justice.
Laguna is known for making up phrases on the fly whenever he does not know the correct words to a phrase, or just getting it wrong altogether. Laguna's friends laugh at him for his mistakes to which Laguna usually becomes embarrassed and ends the conversation. He is known for his inability to talk to women, though he exclaims it is only "beautiful women" around whom he gets nervous. When Laguna gets nervous his right leg cramps up.
Laguna is said to hail from Deling City, though most of his childhood and early adulthood remain a mystery. During his twenties Laguna joins the Galbadian Army and participates in the effort to invade Timber. His dream is to become a traveling journalist, acquiring information about the world and writing about his experiences. In the army Laguna is best friends with Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac and the three form a platoon where they share each other's dreams and ambitions.
Throughout their time and adventures together, the three frequently fall victim to Laguna's clumsy nature. Laguna falls in love with Deling City hotel's lounge pianist, Julia Heartilly, who feels the same way about him, but all of their interactions end awkwardly due to Laguna's nervousness.
One night, at the behest of Kiros and Ward, Laguna walks up to Julia's piano while she is playing, and though his leg cramps up and he is forced to retreat, Julia invites him up to her room to talk where the two share their life dreams before confessing they have always watched each other from afar. Their romance is cut short when Laguna, Kiros and Ward are called away to Centra and end up fighting for their lives against Esthar soldiers. Julia waits for his return but as Laguna never comes back, she writes the song "Eyes on Me" as dedication to their love.
Laguna and his friends are injured while fighting off hordes of enemy forces and with no other options left, Laguna tosses his friends off the side of a cliff into the ocean before following after himself. Laguna does not make the jump gracefully, plummeting to the waters. The three are separated and Laguna washes up on a shore where a woman named Raine finds him and together with her adopted daughter, Ellone, looks after him.
For the next six months Laguna is bed-ridden due to his injuries. Raine nurses him back to health and he forms a close bond with her and Ellone, who refers to him as "Uncle Laguna". The working men in the town of Winhill have been sent off to the Sorceress War and so Laguna becomes the self-appointed "Monster Hunter of Winhill". He declares Raine to be his commander and Ellone to be the assistant-commander, but never lets either go out with him on his hunting.
After another six months roll by, Kiros, who has been searching for Laguna ever since he recovered eleven months ago, finds him and tells him what has been going on with Ward and Julia. Ward has lost his voice and became a janitor at the D-District Prison (which Laguna has trouble believing) while Julia has become a famous singer/songwriter and married General Caraway from the Galbadian army after her "true love" never returned from war.
Laguna takes Kiros out on a monster hunting mission where he declares him his assistant, and the two talk about Laguna's plans of becoming a journalist. Upon arriving back at the house, the two eavesdrop on a conversation between Raine and Ellone about Raine marrying Laguna, to which Raine responds they are two entirely different people, and there are things about Laguna that are just too tentative. Kiros notes a change in Laguna's demeanor since they last saw each other.
Laguna and Raine fall in love and Laguna proposes to her in the middle of a field and the two marry. One day Sorceress Adel's forces kidnap Ellone to Esthar while Laguna is away with Kiros getting his first article published in the Timber Maniacs magazine. Laguna promises Raine he will bring Ellone back to Winhill, without knowing Raine is pregnant. Laguna and Kiros recruit their old friend Ward and the search for Ellone begins.
The three encounter many difficulties in finding Ellone and getting into Esthar. They participate in a movie deal to raise money for their travels where Laguna fights a Ruby Dragon with a gunblade, a weapon he hasn't used since his training at the military academy. At one point, Laguna meets with Edea Kramer in her orphanage and asks her to keep an eye out for Ellone, as well as Sorceress Adel, as she's looking for a successor for her sorceress power. Laguna becomes separated from Kiros and Ward and is injured, winding up in Shumi Village where he repays the Shumis' kindness and befriends the Moombas, attempting to teach them to speak. The Moombas learn only a single word, "Laguna", which they exclaim whenever they see him.
Laguna reunites with Kiros and Ward and they find a way into Esthar by walking across the Horizon Bridge, but are captured and imprisoned within the Lunatic Pandora Laboratory, where they join the resistance against Sorceress Adel. Laguna is appointed their leader after displaying his kindness to a Moomba, and stages a jailbreak. Laguna and the others find Ellone, who has been kept safe by Dr. Odine who wants to study her power to send a person's consciousness back in time.
To capture Sorceress Adel the resistance construct an armored cryo-capsule, placing it inside the Sorceress Memorial. They craft a simulacrum image of Ellone, whom Adel is searching to continue her reign of terror through her successor, and use it as a bait. Once Adel is informed Ellone is being held inside, the sorceress comes to see the fake Ellone, but before she can act, Laguna pushes her into a cryo-tomb (later known as Adel's Tomb) where she is trapped and flash-frozen.
Laguna is appointed the new president, replacing Adel's former reign. Laguna sends Ellone back to Winhill where she stays with Raine as she gives birth to Laguna's child. Raine dies soon after and Ellone and the child are sent to Edea's Orphanage on Centra. Laguna later hears Raine has died and Ellone has been taken to an orphanage, but never learns he has a son.
Laguna remains the president of Esthar for the next seventeen years, and because of his duties to uphold a policy of seclusion and neutrality for his nation he cannot get away to see Ellone, who has been hidden away from the world to protect her on the White SeeD Ship. Eventually, Ellone leaves the White SeeD Ship herself to come to Esthar to see him, and she is sent to the Lunar Base to reunite with him, where she presumably tells him about his son. Squall arrives on the base soon after with Rinoa, seeking Ellone's powers to revive her, and Laguna interacts with Squall and his friends with his space suit on, concealing his identity.
Laguna meets Squall and the forces of SeeD face-to-face when they are called to Esthar for a mission to defeat Sorceress Ultimecia. Laguna aids Squall's party in infiltrating Lunatic Pandora, a fortress-like structure excavated from the ruined civilization of Centra, where Adel, being possessed by Ultimecia, is being held after her tomb fell due to the recent Lunar Cry incident. When Ellone sends Ultimecia's consciousness back in time it triggers the time compression, which lets Squall and his friends travel to the future and defeat her once and for all.
Laguna finally returns to Winhill and visits Raine's grave in the nearby fields, the same place he had proposed to her 18 years ago. He is joined by Ellone, Kiros and Ward, while Balamb Garden soars overhead.
Though not directly confirmed, it is heavily implied Laguna's unknown son is Squall. When Laguna left Winhill Raine was pregnant, and both the baby and Ellone were taken to Edea's orphanage, which is where Squall grew up. Kiros remarks Squall resembles his mother and should be grateful he doesn't look like his father, implying he knows Squall's parents. Near the end of the game, Laguna mentions Ellone has "told him everything", and tells Squall that once Ultimecia is defeated the two of them have a lot to talk about. This would also explain several other connections between them, such as a Moomba recognizing Squall's blood as Laguna's in D-District Prison, as it is stated in the Information section of the menu that Moombas can recognize people after having tasted or smelled their blood. Squall's mind is the one always connected to Laguna's when Ellone uses her powers to send Squall back in time, and Laguna also possesses Squall's Triple Triad card.
Laguna is playable in the dream sequences and always takes over Squall's junctions during the scenes. Battles fought as Laguna have unique battle music.
Laguna's machine gun is a standard Galbadian machine gun he wields during his travels in Final Fantasy VIII. During a minigame Laguna briefly fights with a gunblade.
In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Laguna continues to use his machine gun as his primary weapon, but also has an arsenal of different firearms and explosives: shotgun, a close range weapon capable of being charged up to increase its range and damage; sniper rifle, which, aside from shooting directly at the target, can aim at walls, the ground and ceilings to make the bullet ricochet, and, like the shotgun, the rifle can be charged up to shoot multiple bullets; sticky bombs, special grenades that stick to the target before blowing up, and a miniature Ragnarok Cannon, a scaled version of the Ragnarok airship that works as a portable laser cannon. When performing his EX Burst Laguna rides the Ragnarok cannon while blasting the opponent with laser beams.
|Refine||1 refines into 100 Heroes|
|Level 10 (Player Card)||Win||Ellone in the Lunar Base.|
The CC Group in the Ragnarok airship on disc 4.
Creation and DevelopmentEdit
Kazushige Nojima planned for the two playable parties featured in the game — Squall Leonhart's present day group and Laguna Loire's group of twenty years in the past — to contrast with one another. Laguna's group consists of characters in their late twenties who have plenty of combat experience and are close friends who have fought together for a time and trust one another. Squall's party on the other hand is young and inexperienced, and Squall himself does not initially understand the value of friendship.
The concept of two main characters was planned since the beginning of the game's development. Tetsuya Nomura tried to create a contrast between Laguna's and Squall's occupations; thus, Laguna became a soldier and Squall became a mercenary student. The designers intended Laguna to be similar to the previous protagonists in the Final Fantasy series to complement Squall, who is different from previous main characters.
Various examples of unused backgrounds hint that Laguna may have possessed a lime-green convertible truck during his time in Winhill. Laguna's black-and-white intro picture depicts him driving said car and the artisan in Shumi Village, one of the places Laguna spent time in, has a miniature model of it. The car can be found in the garage in Ellone's parents' house where Laguna resides during his stay at Winhill if the location is hacked into the game. The car, however, is never used as Laguna's car in the final game.
There are also dozens of unused battle formations with Esthar soldiers being fought in Esthar City. This evidence, combined with the Great Salt Lake as still a lake, and the missing FMV, shows that a good portion of Laguna flashback scenes may have been deleted before the final game's release.
|"The Man with the Machine Gun"|
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- Main article: The Man with the Machine Gun
Laguna's theme is "The Man with the Machine Gun", which is used as the battle theme for the scenes in which the player controls Laguna's party. The song has also appeared in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, and has appeared in numerous arranged albums and been performed in Final Fantasy concerts.
Pocket Station Memorycard IconsEdit
An icon sprite of Laguna appears in the Pocket Station memorycard file manager.
- Main article: Laguna Loire/Dissidia
Laguna appears in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as a new warrior fighting for Cosmos. He acts as a brother-like figure to the other warriors, mediating them and offering advice, but is at odds with Lightning and Squall, who dislike his carefree attitude. Laguna and Vaan travel together but are separated before Laguna meets the Cloud of Darkness.
Denying his attraction to her and admitting he fights only to return home and not out of a personal interest in Cosmos's victory, the Cloud of Darkness is intrigued by him and tells him where the manikins are coming from, desiring to see if he will seek them out knowing it is a suicide mission. Laguna relays this information to the other Warriors of Cosmos, and six of the survivors find the portal the manikins are coming from and sacrifice themselves to close it, Laguna among them.
Though Laguna interacts with Squall in the Reports, neither is aware of their true connection.
Laguna's first alternate outfit is his Galbadian soldier uniform, giving him a blue outfit with gray armor on the arms and torso. His second alternate outfit is his attire while president of Esthar, a light blue shirt with khaki pants. As a bonus fourth outfit available for download, Laguna dons his Sorceress Knight armor from the film he stars in one of the flashbacks in Final Fantasy VIII, a full suit of plate armor with a purple skirt-like covering over the thighs.
Laguna appears in the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game and is represented in four Ice-elemental cards, one of them being Promotional. In his regular cards, he is depicted in his Dissidia artwork, his Final Fantasy VIII artwork and his Yoshitaka Amano artwork. His promotional card features the promotional poster where he is opposite from Squall.
The Banpresto Final Fantasy VIII Laguna Loire figures were released in 1999, and has Laguna on a black stand touting his machine gun. These were won from crane catcher games in Japan. Also in 1999 Kotobukiya released Laguna Loire 1/6 Scale Figure of Laguna, and Bandai released an official action figure the same year. Manufactured by Banpresto, a Laguna keyholder also exists, available briefly from crane catcher games in Japan.
The first Final Fantasy themed Coca-Cola marketing campaign brought Final Fantasy figures attached to Coca-Cola products sold in shops, the first edition containing characters from Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, thus including Laguna. The variants were "deformed", (big head, disproportionate body) "real" (more realistically proportioned) and "crystal" (solid red figurines).
A physical version of Triple Triad was released as merchandise, containing Laguna's card.
Laguna is the Romanian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Tagalog and Spanish word for "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, although the word Laguna is a feminine noun in each language. His surname, Loire, may come from the French river.
Additionally, "Laguna" is a Spanish term for a "mental blackout"; periods where one loses consciousness and is unable to remember what happened during that time when one wakes up. This resembles how Squall and his party lose consciousness every time they are entering a Laguna flashback.
In Basque, "laguna" means "the friend".
Further contrast between the two protagonists can be seen in their etymology of their names:, "Laguna" referring to a calm and serene body of water, and "Squall" referring to a chaotic and tempestuous windstorm.
Laguna's name in Japanese, (ラグナ, Raguna?) is spelled the same as the first three characters in the name of the Ragnarok (ラグナロク, Ragunaroku?). This is noted in-game when Laguna says, "I always wanted to ride that thing. Plus the name sounds so cool!".
- The film Laguna and his friends were in while raising money would directly inspire the dream of Squall's rival, Seifer Almasy. After seeing the film, Seifer became inspired to become a Sorceress Knight like the character Laguna played, who, according to the Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, was named "Zefer", similar to "Seifer". This is why, if one looks closely, Seifer has the same battle stance as Laguna did when playing in the film - Seifer copied his stance from Laguna's portrayal.
- When approaching his office within the presidential palace in Esthar City, a detailed portrait of downtown Winhill is placed above the doors.
- In the Debug Menu, among the FMVs listed for disc 2, are ones called Laguna/Squall watching the moon. When played, they show scenes from the Battle of the Gardens - indicating these FMVs were left out. There also exists a promotional CG artwork that depicts Squall and Laguna looking at the night sky, which may have been part of this unused FMV at one point.
- Laguna's Limit Break, Desperado, is the Japanese name of Sazh Katzroy's Full ATB Skill in Final Fantasy XIII. The name was changed in the English releases.
- In Dissidia Final Fantasy, a Ghost Card bearing Laguna's name can be fought. The Laguna ghost is a Level 24 Squall, equipped with Mythril equipment and the Machine Gun weapon, a reference to Laguna's signature artillery. The accessories White Gem and Occult Fan can be won from the ghost via battlegen. The quote on the card "Just for that, you're gettin' the Cuchi-cuchi treatment" is what Laguna said to Ward during their escape from Esthar soldiers in Centra Excavation Site. The Occult Fan is in reference to the magazine that can be collected in the Estharian presidential palace.
- Laguna was originally planned to appear in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and a scenario was planned where he would be the one in charge of the Mirage Arena. However, due to his inclusion in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, he was left out.
- ↑ http://www.final-fantasyviii.com
- ↑ Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania, p. 24
- ↑ http://flaregamer.com/b2article.php?p=81&more=1#more81
- ↑ http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/12/21/nomura_takahashi_dissidia/