The cast of Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy VIII: Every Character’s Age, Birthday, and Height

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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.

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    Character Information

    The following list shows every notable character’s Age, Birthday, Height, Blood Type, Occupation, and Limit Break, where known and applicable.

    NameAgeBirthdayHeightBlood TypeOccupationLimit Break
    Squall Leonhart17August 23rd 5'10''
    ABSeeD CadetRenzokuken
    Rinoa Heartilly17March 3rd5'4''
    n/aLeader of the Forest Owls Resistance group.Combine,
    Angel Wing
    Quistis Trepe18October 4th5'8''
    AInstructor Blue Magic
    Selphie Tilmitt 17July 165'2''
    BSeeD Cadet, Transfer Student from Trabia GardenSlots
    Irvine Kinneas17November 24th6'1''
    ASharp Shooter for Galbadia Garden.Shot
    Zell Dincht17March 17th5'6''
    BSeeD CadetDuel
    Seifer Almasy18December 226'2''
    OSeed Cadet, Disciplinary CommitteeFire Cross
    Laguna Loire27 (in the dream sequences)
    44 (Present Day)
    January 3rd5'11'
    BGalbadian Soldier,
    Foster Parent,
    Magazine Writer,
    Leader of the residence against Adel,
    President of Esthar
    Kiros Seagill23 (in the dream sequences)
    40 (Present Day)
    July 6th6'3''
    OGalbadian Soldier,
    Ruby Dragon Impersonator,
    Presidential Adviser
    Blood Pain
    Ward Zabac25 (in the dream sequences)
    42 (Present Day)
    February 25th7'1''
    AGalbadian Soldier,
    Cleaner in the Desert Prison
    Ruby Dragon Impersonator,
    Presidential Adviser
    Massive Anchor
    Edea Kramern/an/an/an/aMatron in an orphanage,
    Ice Strike
    Cid Kramer40n/an/an/aHeadmaster of Balamb Gardenn/a
    Raine Loiren/an/an/aAFoster Parentn/a
    Fujin17n/an/an/aSeeD Cadet,
    Disciplinary Committee
    Raijin18n/an/an/aSeeD Cadet,
    Disciplinary Committee
    Raijin Special
    Julia Heartillyn/an/an/an/aPianist,
    Singer Songwriter
    Fury Carawayn/an/an/an/aGeneral in Galbadian Armyn/a
    Biggsn/an/an/an/aMajor in Galabadia's Armyn/a
    Wedgen/an/an/an/aLieutenant in Galbadia's armyn/a
    Vinzer Delingn/an/an/an/aPresident of Galbadia.n/a
    NORGn/an/an/an/aGarden Master, Sponsor to Balamb Gardenn/a
    Adeln/an/an/an/aSorceress, Dictatorn/a
    Dr. Odinen/an/an/an/aScientistn/a
    Ultimecian/an/an/an/a Sorceressn/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 Leonhart

    Concept Art of Squall by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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 Heartilly

    Concept Art of Rinoa by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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.

    Quistis Trepe

    Concept Art of Quistis by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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 Tilmitt

    Concept Art of Selphie by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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 Kinneas

    Concept Art of Irvine by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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.

    Zell Dincht

    Concept Art of Zell by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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 Almasy

    Concept Art of Seifer by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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 Loire

    Concept Art of Laguna by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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 Seagill

    Concept Art of Kiros by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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.

    Ward Zabac

    Concept Art of Ward by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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.

    Edea Kramer

    Concept Art of Edea by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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

    Concept Art of Cid Kramer by Tetsuya Nomura.

    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.