No worries, doin’ it right as far as I can see. :)
how I feel about them
Squalo is HILARIOUS. Possibly the single most entertaining character in KHR. Like, every single thing he says or does is awesome in some way or other, it’s ridiculous, actually. Quick, go back and look up his last ten appearances in the manga! Except don’t, really, because that’s just crazy. But if you did look them up, I think you’ll find that they are all awesome. I think the last time we saw him he was swiping a new battle watch so that he could stay in on the watch battlin’ action. The time before that, he was tackling Xanxus to the ground to stop him from smashing his own watch in an epic fit of stupidity. The time before that, I forget, but most likely he was fighting someone or getting his ass kicked or screaming at Xanxus or one of the other Varia, or just screaming in general, HE LIKES TO SCREAM.
The fact that Squalo is probably the sanest of the Varia (Mammon aside) is really saying something and is yet another hilarious thing in the tapestry of hilariousness that is Squalo’s life. He actually is a good leader—he does about as good of a job leading the Varia as anyone could, and somehow manages to keep them more or less on track most of the time, which, how does he do that anyway. He is also a good violencementor to Yamamoto and a hilarious angry shouting rivalfriend to Dino, and one of the many people who seem to have taken it upon themselves to be a part of Sawada Tsunayoshi’s upbringing by way of shouting at him all the time too. For all of his crazy murdering and shouting and swording things up all the time, Squalo is actually not a bad guy, really? I mean, he kind of is. But for the mafia, not really? Or at least I love him so I don’t give a shit, shut up.
Courtesy of chapter 255. Squalo rides a flying shark. Greatest moment in the history of time.
No, but in all seriousness, my favorite Squalo scene is…
…IT REALLY IS ACTUALLY THAT SCENE. HE FLIES A FUCKING SHARK. Seriously, this is the scene for me that defines Squalo. He’s the guy that rode a flying shark in the middle of a battle. Like it was a normal thing. True, characters in KHR routinely do ridiculously awesome and insane things like it was nothing, but none of them ever rode a FUCKING FLYING SHARK, JESUS CHRIST.
otp for them (romantic or otherwise)
I don’t ship Squalo romantically with anyone because have you ever stopped for a second to just think about Squalo having sex with someone, and then laughed so hard you cried? I mean, I’m not saying he wouldn’t be good at it or that it wouldn’t be hot, there’s just also a very good chance that it would also be the funniest fucking thing that ever happened, so like hell if I could ever take it seriously.
So let’s go with platonic, in which case it is Yamamoto Takeshi. Squalo is like the absolute last person you’d ever picture being a good mentor, but Yamamoto is admittedly a few candles short of a birthday cake (it’s KHR, CRAZY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME), so it’s really a perfect fit. I love how they get each other simply because they both fight with swords. But on a more serious level, Squalo understands the inner assassin lurking inside of Yamamoto better than anyone (with the possible exception of Reborn), and I love how enthralled he is by Yamamoto’s potential. I mean, who the fuck films a hundred battles and burns them to a DVD collection and sends them one by one to someone as a way of trying to sucker them into taking up the sword again? SQUALO DOES. SQUALO IS THE PERSON WHO DOES THAT. And idk how it worked out with TYL!Yama, but TYE!Yama at the very least was FASCINATED by that shit. Squalo is like his crack dealer if swordfighting was crack. And no matter how many times Yamamoto tries to get clean, Squalo will always be there to lure him back in because NO, YOUNG MAN, WE ARE MAKING AN ASSASSIN OUT OF YOU NO MATTER WHAT, AND THAT’S FINAAAAAAAAAAAL.
I also love how Yamamoto both finds him incredibly funny and takes him utterly seriously at the same time. Only Yamamoto, man. Only Yamamoto.
my endgame of choice
One day this guy will grow up to be Pai Mei from Kill Bill Vol. 2. CANON.
my response to fandom’s attitude towards them
No real complaints? I do sometimes wish it was easier to find Squalo stuff that wasn’t also Varia centric. Out of everyone in the Varia, Squalo’s the one who branches out the most; his two most interesting relationships (IMO) are with people who have little to nothing to do with the Varia—Yamamoto, as mentioned, and Dino also. Varia antics are all well and good, but if I actually am craving the meatier, semi-serious side of Squalo (which has been known to happen once in a blue moon), those are the two relationships I look for. Still, all in all, he’s much loved by the fandom and as I said, I can’t really complain.