Final Fantasy VIII is a game that’s defined by its vibrant cast of characters. We’ve consolidated pertinent information on every important character featured in the game, including the playable cast and NPCs that play an important role in the story.
Note: This content reveals information about characters throughout the entire game and contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VIII.
Table Of Contents
The following list shows every notable character’s Age, Birthday, Height, Blood Type, Occupation, and Limit Break, where known and applicable.
|Name||Age||Birthday||Height||Blood Type||Occupation||Limit Break|
|Squall Leonhart||17||August 23rd||5'10''|
|Rinoa Heartilly||17||March 3rd||5'4''|
|n/a||Leader of the Forest Owls Resistance group.||Combine,
|Quistis Trepe||18||October 4th||5'8''|
|Selphie Tilmitt||17||July 16||5'2''|
|B||SeeD Cadet, Transfer Student from Trabia Garden||Slots|
|Irvine Kinneas||17||November 24th||6'1''|
|A||Sharp Shooter for Galbadia Garden.||Shot|
|Zell Dincht||17||March 17th||5'6''|
|Seifer Almasy||18||December 22||6'2''|
|O||Seed Cadet, Disciplinary Committee||Fire Cross|
|Laguna Loire||27 (in the dream sequences)|
44 (Present Day)
Leader of the residence against Adel,
President of Esthar
|Kiros Seagill||23 (in the dream sequences)|
40 (Present Day)
Ruby Dragon Impersonator,
|Ward Zabac||25 (in the dream sequences)|
42 (Present Day)
Cleaner in the Desert Prison
Ruby Dragon Impersonator,
|Edea Kramer||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Matron in an orphanage,|
|Cid Kramer||40||n/a||n/a||n/a||Headmaster of Balamb Garden||n/a|
|Raine Loire||n/a||n/a||n/a||A||Foster Parent||n/a|
|Fury Caraway||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||General in Galbadian Army||n/a|
|Biggs||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Major in Galabadia's Army||n/a|
|Wedge||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Lieutenant in Galbadia's army||n/a|
|Vinzer Deling||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||President of Galbadia.||n/a|
|NORG||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||Garden Master, Sponsor to Balamb Garden||n/a|
The Main Characters of Final Fantasy VIII
Below you can find additional information on all of the main characters in Final Fantasy VIII. These character bios allude to major events and important relationships in the game so proceed with caution if you wish to play the game uninitiated and without spoilers.
Squall begins the game as a SeeD Cadet from Balamb Garden under the tutelage of his instructor, Quistis Trepe. When he is first introduced, Quistis is helping him and the other SeeD cadets prepare for the SeeD Exam. As shown in the opening, Squall has a fierce rivalry with Seifer Almasy. However, each have an unspoken admiration for the other.
Squall believes that to be dependent on others is a weakness, and therefore is a staunch individualist. As such, he often pushes others away with his overly curt way of speaking. Upon meeting Rinoa Heartilly and spending more time with the other SeeD graduates, his “every-man-for-himself” worldview is challenged.
It’s learned that he is an incredibly repressed individual and has a reason for the way he is that stems from his childhood. What’s more, he learns to be a capable leader and to value the connection he has with other people. Squall is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII and as such, many of his thoughts and inner monologues can be read throughout the game.
Rinoa is the leader of the resistance group, the Forest Owls. This group fights against Galbadian Occupation in Timber. This causes contention between her and her father, Fury Caraway, who is a general of the Galbadian Army.
She is very proactive when it comes to solving problems but this proactivity often leans in to impulsiveness. This tendency lands her in trouble at certain times. In this respect, she is similar to Seifer Almasy. The two shared a romance in the summer before the game begins.
She is considerate of the feelings of those around her which means she often clashes with people who are colder and more cinical. Because of this, she spends a lot of her initial time with Squall Leonhart in heated discussions about expressing emotions. However, over the course of the game, she learns they have more in common with each other than either of them expected.
As the youngest instructor for Balamb Garden, Quistis helps to oversee and tutor SeeD Cadets. At the start of the game, she is in charge of overseeing Squall Leonhart. Prior to becoming an instructor, she was something of a child prodigy, becoming a qualified SeeD when she was only 15. Quistis has her own fan club in Balamb Garden, known as the “Trepies,” who treat her like a celebrity. She also holds a secret prestigious alter ego among the students of Balamb Garden which can be revealed after undertaking a specific side quest.
In spite of her preceding reputation, she struggles to command authority from her more unruly student, Seifer Almasy. Quistis appears to have an understanding of Squall’s nature but often seems to want more from him emotionally than he is willing to give. Over the course of the game, she learns what her connection with Squall means to her.
Selphie is an upbeat transfer student from Trabia Garden. She enthusiastically takes part in any opportunity that comes her way. As such, she takes part in many extracurricular activities such as planning the Garden Festival and writing for the Balamb Garden Website.
While she can appear childish in many respects, certain events throughout the game show that Selphie can remain positive in the direst of circumstances, and that her nature is ultimately a strength that other people have come to depend on. Throughout the game, her connection with Irvine Kinneas becomes clear as well.
Irvine is a sharpshooter from Galbadia Garden who is tasked with a mission of great importance earlier in the game from Galbadia’s headmaster, Martine. Something of a charmer, Irvine initially tries to woo the girls in the party. However, it soon becomes apparent that he isn’t as confident as he initially appears.
Additionally, he seems to have prior knowledge of all the characters and keeps talking about fate to the rest of the party. He also seems to have a certain connection with Selphie Tilmitt that is explained through certain events of the game.
A hot-headed SeeD cadet from Balamb Garden, Zell often acts first and thinks later. He is first introduced when he is placed in the same squad as Squall Leonhart and Seifer Almasy. He always strives to do what is right. However, he is easily provoked into anger, especially by the likes of Seifer Almasy and Irvine Kinneas.
Despite his appearance, Zell can often demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the locales the party visits throughout the game. His family lives in Balamb Town and he is often shown to be very protective of his possessions and his bedroom there.
Over the course of the game, Zell learns the importance of thinking before speaking and how to not let the words of others provoke him so easily.
Seifer is a SeeD Cadet and a member of the Disciplinary Committee in Balamb Garden, alongside Fujin and Raijin. Whilst fiercely loyal to his comrades, he is often unwilling to heed orders and advice from others. This proves to be a problem for his instructor, Quistis Trepe, who is unable to get him to step in line during the SeeD Exam. What’s more, he has an intense rivalry with Squall Leonhart which only escalates more as the game goes on.
Seifer often talks about his “dream” with other people. It’s shown throughout the game just how far he is willing to go to make that dream a reality.
He shared a brief romance with Rinoa Heartilly before the events of the game unfold but as the game goes on, he drifts further and further away from the person he once was.
Laguna is first introduced in a dream as a Galbadian Soldier. He’s almost always shown in the company of his two good friends, Kiros Seagill and Ward Zabac. Together they often follow Laguna’s harebrained but often well-meaning schemes. Laguna is gentle at heart, and while he is often clumsy and erratic, he is well-liked by his peers because of his conviction to do the right thing.
Laguna initially frequents the Galbadia Hotel to see Julia Heartilly. Their connection eventually inspires her to write and release a song. Latterly, he and Raine foster a child called Ellone together. The events of the game show how Laguna’s relationships transpired and the impact he had on a global scale.
Near the end of the game, it is strongly alluded that Laguna is connected to Squall Leonhart in a specific way.
Kiros starts the game as a Galbadian soldier and is a close and loyal friend of both Laguna Loire and Ward Zabac. He often appears acerbic in response to Laguna’s hapless antics, but for all of his wit, he and Ward always end up following and helping Laguna. This results in the three frequently ending up in ridiculous situations.
Near the end of the game, Kiros alludes heavily to a specific connection between Squall Leonhart, Raine, and Laguna Loire.
Like Kiros Seagill and Laguna Loire, Ward starts the game as a Galbadian Soldier. However, events in the game force him and the others to retire as soldiers and to pursue other occupations. These same events cause Ward to lose his voice, but Kiros never fails to understand him.
Ward is a loyal friend to Laguna and Kiros. Much like Kiros, Ward is often skeptical about Laguna’s ideas, but will always follow his friends into danger without hesitation.
A mysterious and malevolent sorceress, her goal appears to be that of World Domination. To this end, she becomes an ambassador for Galbadia so that she can get closer to President Vinzer Deling and manipulate him. Her machinations get the attention of General Caraway and Martine who both seek to dispose of her by any means necessary.
As the game unfolds, Edea is shown in a new light and her previous actions are given a new context. Additionally, her connection with Cid Kramer and Balamb Garden becomes clear.
Cid Kramer is the headmaster of Balamb Garden. He is often conflicted between his own values and the values that the Garden must instill in its students. As such, opinion of him is divided among the students. With that being said, he often goes to extra lengths to do right by the people he takes pity on. What’s more, he has the unwavering loyalty of the students who think of him highly.
He is often seen having disagreements with the mysterious Garden Faculty members. As events unfold, the origins of Balamb Garden and the Faculty members become clear and a mysterious benefactor is revealed.