I strongly disagree with this post, OP, like strongly. He is neither racist nor a poor representation. He is by far the most complex character, he's goofy and funny but he is also extremely serious and has a ton of energy, he's a great leader, a great father, a deeply flawed person who thinks before he acts, he acts tough but is super bad with heights, he is the perfect mix of old school JRPG passionate characters with a modern more interesting, less one note key. So what if he's a black man and is angry/impulsive? Are black characters unable to be impulsive? I feel like this is is just a need to be angry at something, anything. I find him extremely relatable, sometimes you just read the news and grow incresingly desperate, but you have restraint and just angrily sigh, Barret doesn't, he yells he gets mad he even says "don't worry, I got enough hate for Shinra to keep me going for days" in one of the later parts of the game. Unless you fell for his faccade early on in the game when he's acting tougher than he actually is.I agree 100%, every character is much better than in the original, and Barret's personality is kind of the perfect blend between the 90's characters and the new ones. Just because he falls into stereotypes doesn't mean that is all there is to him. If he is to be the leader of the small group of rebels, he has to be extremely charismatic and at the same time, almost like a father figure to everyone.