eyyy question for your cool vento analysis skills: I see la Squadra represented with rather distinct personalities in fanon - like for example Melone as cheerful and easygoing - and I was wondering where ppl get that from because in canon we mostly only ever see them in "I will defeat you!!" mode, and if those interpretations are in line with what we know abt their personalities based on the text?
This is a really good question, friend! Thank you for this question! And I’m glad you mention Melone in particular because I’ve wanted to talk about him for a while!
Fandom will often (not to say always) do this thing where when it takes ahold of a character, it will inevitably end up reducing them to two or three characteristic traits. Sometimes these traits are pretty in line with the way the character acts in their source material (Pretty much everybody will agree on Josuke being a sweet, helpful sort of guy), sometimes they will be insanely popular despite being contradicted by the source material (see exhibit “CLAMP Kakyoin” where his characterization as a gentle, soft-spoken type goes in direct contradiction with the information stated in his character sheet, for example). This is not a criticism, but rather an observation - after all, fandom is just a group of people enjoying themselves, and we all enjoy characters differently.
What we call “fanon personalities” are usually extrapolations on these character traits. Take Bruno for example: His fanon personality is usually that of a kind, borderline affable dad-figure. This is not innacurate per say, after all it would be wrong to say Bruno does not have some parental qualities to him, and it is stated in canon that he is a very kind soul - to the point he’s told his kindness will be his downfall one day. He has this sort of “perfect son in law” aura to him. Little old ladies love him! However by extrapolating on these particular canon traits, most of the time people forget or don’t take into account that Bruno by his own admission is a hot head who acts before he thinks and has a pretty quick temper despite his helpful nature. He gouged out a comatose Luka’s eye (whom he later killed in cold blood because he wasn’t useful anymore) and chopped his fingers off for the sake of having something to intimidate Giorno with. He slapped the ever-loving lights out of a 14 year old Narancia. He did it because he cared about the kid, sure, but still, that’s pretty far from the choir-boy representation you see him have in the fandom. Bruno is more likely to dish out tough-love and grunt at you approvingly like a rugged fisherman than he is to read you a bed time story (Trish’s never-ending communication problems with Bruno? they all rely on this particular character trait). Long inspirational speeches are Giorno’s forte, not Bruno’s. And yet, ONLY taking these latter traits into account would also be restrictive and only give a partial (and probably pretty negative) view of his character. That’s how fanon works: people focus on the traits they like best or find more interesting.
It’s the same for the Squadra, with more or less accurate results.