Some people have authority thrust on them.
Some people have to live with their homes coming under siege.
And some people have their girlfriend chosen to harbor ancient powers.
These two have all three in common.
Jaune Arc leader of team JNPR
Squall Leonhart commander of Balamb Garden.
Here I will compare their equipment, tactics and strength to see who would win a Death Battle.
"An Arc never goes back on his word."
Jaune Arc is the only son of eight children in the Arc family. While a stable family they never really put to much faith in him due to his clumsy nature. Despite this he was inspired by the tales of his family to be better. Determined to change how everyone perceived him he falsified information, stole the family heirlooms and enlisted in Beacon Academy. Headmaster Ozpin saw through the information but upon seeing the lad's earnest behavior allowed him to stay. After completing the initiation trials Jaune was selected to be team leader of JNPR a team made of himself, Sanctum Academy ace Pyrrha Nikos, Kuroyuri survivors Lie Ren and Nora Valkyrie. Together they face threats both monster and man in their journey.
Squall Leonhart was originally an orphan living in the Sorceress Edea's Orphanage. Whoever is his parents are is unconfirmed but rumor suggests that the current Esthar president Laguna Loire and his wife Raine Loire are his father and mother. While Laguna was in Esthar working to overthrow Sorceress Adel, Raine died in childbirth, thus both he and his adoptive sister Ellone where sent to the Orphanage. Squall grew close to Ellone but her unique power made her a target so Edea's personal Seed entourage was tasked to keep her hidden, even from herself. Shocked by her loss Squall became defensive and shut in, letting no one come close and determined to do things with his own strength. These qualities made him a useful soldier and he was enlisted in Balamb Academy to become a Seed. From there he was embroiled in a conflict with the Sorceress Ultimecia in a battle that spanned the globe and surpassed time itself.
Utilizing his aura Jaune can increase his natural strength to perform superhuman achievements. In fact seemingly because of his lack of formal training and choice of weapon Jaune has focused primarily on increasing his ability to hit harder. He has deflected the massive armored pincers of an ancient, massive Deathstalker, blows from Ursa grimm and even stopped the Nucklevee's charge cold. Rather comedically he was able to cushion the fall of Weiss Schnee after she fell from the Nevermore hundreds of meters up. Should be noted that despite all his weapons and armor looking to weigh about 50 pounds he rarely takes his stuff off, even appearing to sleep in it.
Seed's utilize the power of Guardian Forces of GF's to accomplish their tasks. Because of this Squall's raw strength is actually somewhat lacking compared to ordinary soldiers. In fact when taken by surprise by a soldier and forced into hand to hand combat Squall was barely able to win. Either way he is fully capable of landing a five meter jump without issue. One time he seemingly jumped a dozen meters to save his friend Zell Dincht in the Galbadia prison.
DURABILITY AND STAMINA
Jaune's aura shields him from harm and heals his minor wounds. It's kept him safe in battles with rock monsters, opposing teams and was able to keep him alive when he mistakenly entered the lair of the Deathstalker. His defensive power increases when he uses his Semblance. Jaune's Semblance allows him to supercharge aura temporarily by using some of his own. As he has quite a bit of it he can afford to give some of it up from time to time.
Squall's defensive strengths have kept him alive in his travels. He has survived electrical torture, impalement from the Sorceress Edea, getting blown up in a training match with his rival Seifer and getting rammed by the Galbadia spider tank while escaping Dollet. He was even run over by a flying Galbadian soldier and still continued the fight. While journeying to the remote continent of Esthar Squall was able to make the entire trip while carrying Rinoa.
SPEED AND AGILITY
Despite having the most static fighting style of his teams and likely the world Jaune's speed has allowed him to keep up. He's avoided flying rocks, sniper shots in the battle with ABRN and nearly every hint that Pyrrha Nikos was attracted to him. By the time he got to Mistral his sword swings are fast enough to create shock waves through the air. His speed has improved to the point that he has not ever been a liability because of his late start on training which is pretty impressive considering the superhuman speeds possessed by his teammates.
A decent level of physical education is probably standard for Seed students as Squall has demonstrated impressive physical abilities. He's jumped between trains, kept from being dropped when a bridge fell out from under him and even made it all the way from the top of Dollet Tower to the beach in less then 30 minutes all while being chased by a spider tank every step of the way. He even managed to make his way out of the battlegrounds in the Battle of the Gardens.
WEAPONS AND ARMOR
Jaune's personal weapon is the Crocea Mors, a family heirloom used by his great-great-grandfather. While a simple sword and collapsible shield/sheath, this weapon has proved his worth holding up to massive strikes and cutting down armored Ursa. After the Battle of Beacon Jaune had it reforged, increasing their size and allowing him to combine the two into a stronger sword when he wants offensive power alone.
He also carries armor pretty much at all times. After the Battle of Beacon he had a larger more covering suit commissioned. Both suits however do nothing to protect his face.
Squall is one of the few individuals who have chosen to wield a Gunblade. These weapons use an explosion triggered by the user to drastically increase the damage caused by the swing. Squall's mastery allows him to use the recoil to set up follow up swings. Should be noted it is not actually capable of firing real bullets. His original model was the Revolver, but later was able to upgrade to the Lionheart model. This upgrade came with increased power and the ability to use the powerful LionHeart attack in times of 'desperation.
- Stronger, faster and more durable in feats.
- Gunblade isn't something he hasn't seen before
- Can self heal
- Has armor
- Probably better dancer
- Overall weaker in feats
- Is unarmored
- Has magical attacks
- Powerful Desparation attacks
- Actually saved superpowered Girlfriend and can get farther then first base with her
All told this is a fight between a guy who actually has superhuman feats to his name and a decently fit fellow. Squall is outclassed in all 3 categories of stats, and his Gunblade style is unlikely to catch Jaune off guard, if anything he would be unimpressed. Squall's Limit Breaks while powerful are still avoidable and with the light show telegraphing the attack he is unlikely to land any on someone already shown to be faster then him.
This battles winner is Jaune Arc.