Just a little rant, my first on the internet.
Oh, heads up, Spoiler Alert. Though the game is 11 years old. If you haven't played it, you should
I just want to know why people think Cloud is emo. Yes, he is depressed and seems to complain a lot, but I think he has a good reason to. His hero, Sephiroth, destroyed his home town and nearly killed him and his best friend and future wife, before falling into a ton of Mako. He was betrayed by the company he worked for, Shinra, who then did experiments on him and his best friend Zack. Then when they escape from the labratory, they are hunted down by Shinra infantry, where Zack is shot to death. I'm assuming they already thought Cloud was dead since he was unconcious from Mako addiction. Later on, he finds out that his once hero now enemy is still alive and is threatning to destroy everything. Oh$*!% ! Then later on, what might be his current girlfriend is killed by his ex-hero present-nemesis while trying to save everyone after Cloud almost did it himself.
Not only that, he ends up having his memories and even very existance questioned. Tifa never saw cloud in Neibelheim (sorry if I mispelt that), Sephiroth claims Cloud is a replica of him and half of his memories are missing. While it turns out Tifa never saw him, it was because he was in full armour, and Cloud does have Sephiroth genes, but they were injected into him instead of himself been created by them. In Advent Children, he's living with the guilt that he couldn't save Aerith.
That above, should be well justified for his depressiveness. That's not emo, that is very unlucky and sad. Also, before Final Fantasy VII, in Crisis Core, you see him as a happier more energetic person. It's obvious the events made him as he was, not that he was upset by nature. In Advent Children, towards the end, you see Cloud has forgiven himself over Aerith's death and he seems more upbeat. He even tells Sephiroth "There's not a single thing I don't cherish!" which doesn't sound as impressive out of context. When he wakes up in the pool of water in the chapel he fell through in Final Fantasy VII, he also smiles when he sees Aerith and Zack and plays with the children including his adopted son.
Therefore, I do not think Cloud is emo