Why oh why do I dedicate my av, banner, and basically my apparel to his bidding? Simple. It is cuz he is freakin awesome.
Think about it..
Cloud is not a regular human. He is injected with alien cells, which make him super-human. He died twice, and was revived. He laid major ownage on a psychopath who wields a long ridiculous sword 3 times. Every chick he runs into has the hots for him. Plus he steals someone's identity and wields a huge ridiculous sword and can use it for a very awesome final attack.
Plus he has a motorcycle, and another huge ridiculous sword that breaks off into 6 different swords.
And he has awesome shades.
Cloud is awesome.