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Template:ImgRight Superbi Squalo (スペルビ スクアーロ, Superubi Sukuāro) is an assassin and the Second-in-Command of Varia, the Vongola IX Family's Independent Assassination Squad. His most notable feature is his long silver hair, which he keeps long to show his dedication to his boss, Xanxus, and refuses to cut it until Xanxus replaces Tsunayoshi Sawada as the 10th Vongola boss. He is often seen wearing his Varia uniform. He is characterized by his loud personality, and has a tendency to shout "VOOOI!!!" (the Italian version of the plural "you") to vent his frustration. Squalo, as revealed in the Rain Ring Battle against Takeshi Yamamoto, cut off his left hand and replaced it with a mechanized sword, which was done so he could better relate to the Sword Emperor, Tyr, who also happened to be the previous Boss of the Varia and fought without a left hand. Squalo seems to be quite perceptive, seeing right through Genkishi's Mist Illusions when Genkishi tried to fake a loss and even seeing through Chrome Dokuro's skilled illusion of Yamamoto, which Mammon mentions that only real experts could see through.
Squalo first arrives in Namimori after battling Basil all the way to where Tsuna and his Family are dining downtown. He, at that time, does not recognize Tsuna as the 10th Vongola Boss. Yamamoto and Gokudera then step in to aid Tsuna in fighting him, but they are easily defeated by Squalo. Squalo takes Yamamoto on first and deduces that he doesn't know a style because his swings are light. He defeats him by shooting several small amounts of Gunpowder from his Sword into the ground, blowing him up. Next, after Gokudera attempts to bombard Squalo, he quickly slashes the fuses off Gokudera's Dynamite, extinguishing them and leaving Gokudera in surprised shock. He then delivers a harshly punishing kick to Gokudera, rendering him unconscious and unable to battle.
Dying Will Tsuna steps up to square off with Squalo, but he easily catches his opponent's punches while simultaneously realizing who Tsuna truly is. Squalo dexterously holds and beats Tsuna before he can land the finishing blow. Soon thereafter, Dino, the current Boss of the Cavallone Famiglia, steps in to confront Squalo, questioning him on his behaviour in fighting against children. Squalo disregards Dino and steals the Fake Half Vongola Rings fleetingly, reluctant to cause even more trouble by fighting an allied Family.
Squalo delivers the Rings to Xanxus, the Boss of the Varia, as was his task, but Xanxus recognizes them as Fakes sooner than Reborn and the others expected. He appears in most of the Ring Battles as a spectator, as well as a commenter on the Varia's side. Later, Squalo fights Yamamoto in the Rain Ring Battle. Squalo is certain he's going to win when he discovers that Yamamoto fights with a style he has already learned and beaten. But he ends up losing the battle because he does not know the secret of the Shigure Souen style: it branches off at who their past mentor was to make sure that the style remains strong and undefeatable. In the process, the Techniques may change. Squalo is defeated by Yamamoto's Technique that he added to the Sword Style; Mirroring Rain. Squalo, now unconscious, falls into the water within the Rain stage, where a shark has been released. The watching Vongola and Varia fear the worst and assume that Squalo is dead. Later, in the Sky Battle, Squalo reappears, albeit wheelchair-bound and badly injured with Dino and the Cavallone, much to Tsuna's and his guardians' surprise. Dino reveals that the Cavallone had set up men within the Rain stage to rescue the loser who would fall into the water at the battle's end; Dino states that he had expected Yamamoto to lose the battle and had put preparations in place to save him, but wound up saving Squalo instead. Squalo, in his hospital room, refused to reveal any information about Xanxus and his plans to Dino but, at the Sky Battle, was accepted as a spectator along with Dino and several Cavallone members.Flan participating in their Raid in Italy. The group then splits up into Belphegor and Flan, Levi, and Lussuria, and Squalo alone. He encounters some of the lower ranking Varia Members assigned to feed Xanxus, but then senses enemies approaching. He releases his Squalo Grande Pioggia (Heavy Rain Shark) to defeat them. Squalo later comes to the forefront when he learns that Yamamoto lost to Genkishi. He arrives in the Vongola Hideout with a gift of tuna to Dino, and viciously attacks Yamamoto by punching him in the gut who, without his guard up, is easily knocked out. Squalo then carries him off to train him.
Squalo decides to come for Choice and hid out in the Base Shoichi constructed and as such became the second known stowaway. It seems that Yamamoto harbours no ill will towards him.
During Tsuna's fight with Torikabuto, he notices that Tsuna's Sky Lion is very similar to Xanxus's Sky Lion (they are from the same weapon series).
He later defends Yuni from an attack by Kikyo and Zakuro with Hibari, staying behind to fight alongside Dino so Tsuna can escape with Yuni.
After returning to Vongola HQ, he tries contacting Lussuria for backup, though nobody can be sent. The transmission gets cut off by Zakuro's attack. Squalo is able to use his Rain Flames to fend off Zakuro's Storm Flames, and tries to buy time while the others escape. He loses his prosthetic sword hand and is defeated by Zakuro without any difficulty. He is later revealed to have survived. Dino believes Squalo was defeated only because Byakuran has fought them in a parallel world and therefore knows all their techniques, briefing the Real Six Funeral Wreaths on their Abilities, their strengths, their Techniques, and how to counter them.He loses his hand, which he threw away for the emperor's sword and understanding of his technique. It is shown when Ghost is absorbing their flames.
Later after the final battle with Byakuran, he was talking with Yamamoto before everyone's return to the past by asking was he going to play baseball again and calling him the naive brat. He then left and Yamamoto thanks him.
The Varia appear at the Ceremony except for Xanxus, who Squalo states was absent and wouldn't attend. He and Dino were able to see through Chrome's illusion of Yamamoto and questioned Tsuna about it, and offered their assistance.
During the Shimon's attack at the Ceremony, Squalo alongside the other Varia members and Dino were attacked by Adelheid who was using her abilities to prevent them from entering the fight. After the attack, Squalo offered the Ninth the assistance of the Varia in tracking the Shimon family, in which his assistance was refused due to the Ninth not wishing to produce any more victims.
When the Shimon's base has been discovered, a meeting is held between the Ninth and Tenth family in which Squalo represented the Varia. Squalo became outraged at Tsuna's opinion of Enma's attack and stated the conflict between the two families was a Mafia war, and refused the idea of the Ninth only sending the Vongola X guardians and Reborn to the Shimon Family Base.
Weapons and Abilities
- Artificial Arm Sword: Squalo cut off his own left hand and replaced it with this sword. The artificial arm sword is able to extend and turn 180 degrees backwards.
- Grande Pioggia Squalo (Heavy Rain Shark): Squalo's Box Weapon, which resembles a great white Shark and is powerful enough to defeat enemies on its own. He nicknamed it Alo.
- Attacco di Squalo (Attack of the Shark): A shockwave attack which turns a powerful blow into an oscillating wave, which stuns the opponent's muscles.
- Zanna di Squalo (Fang of the Shark): Thrusts sword forward multiple times, Basil states that "it was chewing away at the air ahead of him."
- Scontro di Squalo (Charge of the Shark): Squalo slices diagonally in front of him, tearing away the water as he charges forward.
- Squalo, when translated, literally means "Shark" in Italian. Superbia can be translated to pride/arrogance, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. He shares the Sin trait with the rest of the Varia Members, whose names and personalities each resemble a Sin (Wrath, Lust, Greed, Sloth, Gluttony, Envy, and Pride).
- In the Reborn! Fandom his shorthand is S.
- In one of Haru Haru's Interview: Dangerous, Reborn states that Squalo is the loudest Member of the Mafia, according to Fuuta's Rankings. In the manga interview, Belphegor also stated that he is noisy.
- The anime lists his surname as "Superbi."
- Like Xanxus, he also has a habit to call people "Trash" or "Scum," especially to Tsuna's Family.
- He made a promise to Xanxus when they were young that he wouldn't cut his hair until Xanxus became the Vongola Boss.
- In a recent popularity poll, Squalo ranked sixth, with 27,303 votes. He was also the only non-Vongola Guardian in the top six.
- His bangs are gone in the Future Arc.
- Dino stated that when Squalo couldn't choose a swordstyle, he traveled east to fight other swordsmen and "absorb" their abilities.
- Squalo completed his current swordstyle when he defeated Tyr.
- In the Rebokku Interviews, only showed on DVD, one of the interviews stated that Squalo brushes his Rain Shark's teeth when on vacation.
- According to the Reborn! Fanbook, Squalo's favorite hobby is sword maintenance.
- Squalo's favorite animal is a shark.
- Squalo's sword is a well known brand of Italian sword called a Spatha, which was used by gladiators.
- His talent in the OVA was that he could balance a spinning top on his sword, while creating a threating a sense of fear.
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