Game Trivia

  • During the final boss of the game, there is one spell you can Draw from it: Apocalypse. However, there is no time between battles to junction it, so its ability to be Drawn is very unusual.

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  • There is a soundtrack named "Raid on Dollet" that is used in the game's demo, but not in the actual game, even though it's on the actual disc.

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  • There are a couple of dummied-out spells in this game (Percent and Catastrophe) that were to be exclusive to Selphie's Slots ability. Some data remains present for these spells, though it's not complete: for example, the animations for these use Fire's animations by default. Percent is used to drop the foes' HP to critical levels, and Catastrophe deals heavy non-elemental damage to all foes. You can still obtain these via cheating devices.

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  • The Quistis card is the only character card in the game whose picture faces to the right.

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  • The fur lining on Squall's jacket was designed by Tetsuya Nomura as a challenge to see how accurately the full-motion video team could animate it.

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  • Scenario writer Kazushige Nojima wrote the backstory for Squall. The scar on his face was added before the character's scenario was written.

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  • The game's theme song "Eyes on Me" was performed by Chinese singer Faye Wong.

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  • Triple Triad cards were sold in stores shortly after the game was released.

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  • Squall was the first character created for the cast of Final Fantasy VIII. The scar across his face was designed to give him greater significance and make it clear that he was the main character.

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  • Faye Wong was selected to sing the song Eyes on Me because Nobuo Uematsu felt her voice and mood seemed to match his image of the song exactly.

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  • This game makes a cameo appearance in the 2000 film version of Charlie's Angels.

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  • Nobuo Uematsu tried to base the music off the emotional content of the story, commenting: "I think it will be a shame if we won't be able to cry as we play our own game."

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  • Apart from the shots of Rinoa in the field and Squall dueling with Seifer, all the shots shown in the opening sequence are clips from FMV sequences to appear later in the game.

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  • The teenagers in Final Fantasy VIII look to be in their early to mid-20s. Since the game is supposed to be like an American-style high school drama and was made at the height of Squaresoft's period of trying to be 'cinematic', it comes across as an intentional stab at creating the look of a Dawson-Cast movie. This is especially apparent with Squall, who was modeled after a musician who had been in his 30s at the time of development.

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  • According to Tetsuya Nomura in an interview at the Square Media Tour in 2000, Squall's appearance is heavily based on the late actor River Phoenix.

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  • "The Landing," which plays en route to Dollet, is sampled in Afrojack's 2012 track "Rock the House".

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  • The general idea for the game's atmosphere and setting was to be "bright and fresh." A significant contrast from the darker settings of Final Fantasy VII, the team felt that this was an appropriate change for Final Fantasy VIII.

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  • This game earned more than 50 million US dollars just 13 weeks after its release.

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  • Development began during the English localization process of Final Fantasy VII.

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  • The Gerogero boss is reddish-colored in the Japanese version, giving a little realism to its exposed intestines. In other versions, it's guts are bluish and its skin grayer, giving it a more alien look.

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  • The game's full-motion video sequences were made by a team of 35 people with the cutscenes running about an hour in total.

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  • The game cost just under $30 million dollars to make among a team of 180 people.

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  • Yoshinori Kitase wanted to give the game a more foreign atmosphere. To achieve this, designs were used that were inspired by Ancient Egyptian and Greek architecture, Paris, France, and an idealized futuristic European society. The game's characters were also designed to have European appearances.

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  • Programmer Kentarow Yasui came up with and implemented the idea of the Triple Triad card game.

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  • Hironobu Sakaguchi was working on the feature film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within during production of Final Fantasy VIII. He therefore left the task of directing the game to Yoshinori Kitase while Sakaguchi acted as the executive producer.

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Famous Quote

  • Squall Leonheart: Someday you're bound to lose everything. Everybody around you will be gone. Then what are you left with? Nothing. Nobody... it's so miserable. And inevitable. It's so hard to recover from something like that. I never want to deal with that again. I can't. Even if it means being alone...

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  • Quistis: I'm not asking you to say anything. I just want you listen.
    Squall: Then go talk to a wall.

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  • Squall Leonheart: Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us. Both sides blame one another. There's no good or bad side. Just two sides holding different views.

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  • Squall Leonheart: Will they... will they talk about me this way if I die, too? Squall was this and that, using past tense, saying whatever they want? So this is what death is all about... not for me. I won't have it!

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  • Seifer: This is great... I have a Chicken-wuss and a guy who just reached puberty in my squad...

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  • Squall: ...Whatever.

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  • Squall Leonheart: Why do people depend on each other? In the end you're on your own. I'm fine by myself now. I have all the skills I need to survive. I'm not a child anymore... that's a lie. I don't know anything. I'm confused. I don't want to depend on anyone. How can I do that? Someone tell me... someone? So I'll end up depending on others after all...

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  • Squall Leonheart: I had a dream, too. It wasn't pleasant, though... I dreamt I was a moron...

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  • Squall Leonheart: Reality isn't so kind. Everything doesn't work out the way you want it to. That's why... as long as you don’t get your hopes up, you can take anything... you feel less pain.

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  • Rinoa Heartilly: I guess... I'm getting scared. Sometimes... when I'm with all of you... I... feel like we're on the same wavelength... you know? But when the battles start happening, it's different. Everyone's tempo seems to pick up and... ...I get left behind. I try to catch up, but it's no use... How far is everyone going? I can't hear anyone... once I catch up, I wonder... is everyone safe? Will they welcome me with open arms? ...Is everyone ok? Will we all make it back together?

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  • Squall Leonheart: What do you think? To tell you the truth… I worry too much about what others think of me. I hate that side of me… that’s why I didn’t want anyone to get to know me. I wanted to hide that side of myself. I hate it. Squall is an unfriendly introverted guy. It made it easy for me when people perceived me that way. That’s a secret between you and me. Got that?

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  • Quistis Trepe: You know, the boys often choke on this test when I come with them. I guess my charm makes them nervous.

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  • Kiros: I'd say you're about a -3 on the manliness scale.

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  • Rinoa: Hey, you're the best looking guy here. You wanna dance with me?

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  • Squall Leonheart: I hate having nothing to do. It gets me thinking too much.

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  • Seifer: Shut your damn mouth, chicken-wuss!

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  • Squall Leonhart: Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us. Both sides blame one another. There's no good or bad side. Just two sides holding different views.

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  • Rinoa Heartilly: You're still a teenager. Why don't you act like one for a change?

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  • Squall Leonheart: No argument there. Trite, and dull as hell, though.

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  • Squall Leonheart: The true... goal of SeeD... is to spread... seeds all over the world... flowers... fill the world with flowers.

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  • Squall Leonheart: Rinoa... even if you end up as the world's enemy, I'll... I'll be your knight.

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  • Ultimecia:
    Reflect on your... Childhood...
    Your sensation... Your words... Your emotions...
    Time... It will not wait...
    No matter... ...how hard you hold on. It escapes you...
    And...

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  • Ultimecia: I am Ultimecia. Time shall compress... All existence denied.

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  • Rinoa Heartilly: I don't want the future. I want the present to stand still. I just want to stay here with you...

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  • Fujin:POSSE... We are. We always will be. Because we're a posse, we want to help you. Whatever it takes to fulfill your dream, we're willing to do. But... You're being manipulated, Seifer. You've lost yourself and your dream. You're just eating out of someone's hand. We want the old you back! Since we can't get through to you, all we have now to rely on is Squall! It's sad... Sad that we only have Squall to rely on... Seifer! Are you still gonna keep goin'?

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  • Seifer: This is great... I have a Chicken-wuss and a guy who just reached puberty in my squad...

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  • "I dreamt I was a moron..."
    – Squall

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  • Rinoa Heartilly: But now... Squall, you're the one who gives me the most comfort. Comfort and happiness... And annoyance and disappointment, too!

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  • Squall Leonheart: I feel like a helpless puppet being manipulated in some major scheme.

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  • Squall Leonheart: Forget it. I don't want friends who won't be around tomorrow.

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  • Squall Leonheart: It feels great to have friends who believe in you, and adults you can rely on.

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  • Squall Leonheart: Did I say something terrible? Women... I don't understand them.

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  • Squall Leonheart: I don't mind fighting the sorceress. It's unavoidable as long as I'm a SeeD member. What? As long as I'm a SeeD member? What if I quit? Quit... then what? What do I have left? Don't even want to think about it. Just stop thinking...

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  • Rinoa Heartilly: Do you actually have fun acting so callous towards your comrades?

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  • Squall Leonheart: Everybody, this is Squall. How's everyone doing? You're all probably too tired to even stand up after all the fighting. But I want everyone to listen to me... we still have a chance to win, and I need your help. This is going to be our final battle. We're going to attack them before they come in again. To do that, we're going to head straight into their Garden. So I want everyone to prepare for a major collision. Take care of all the junior classmen. Irvine, Quistis, Zell, and Selphie will lead the attack into their Garden. As for everyone else, please support them if you can. SeeD was formed to fight the sorceress, at least, that's what I heard. And Garden was created to train SeeDs. So this battle is Garden's destiny and also our destiny. It's a grueling battle, and I'm sure you guys are all exhausted. But I don't want to have any regrets. I don't want anyone to look back and regret this day. So just this once, I want you guys to give everything you've got! For yourselves, and for me!

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  • Rinoa Heartilly: Act on my decision? That's your duty? Oh, what an easy life it must be, just to follow orders...

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  • Squall: The true...goal of SeeD... To spread... seeds all over the world... ...Flower... Fill the world with flowers.

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  • Squall: (I dreamt I was a moron...)

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  • Zell:Why don't you try to show a little more passion...? You know, like me!

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  • Squall Leonheart: I don't want to carry someone else's burden.

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  • Rinoa: "Squall might say 'but no one has ordered me to escape' and end up staying in there."

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  • Quistis Trepe: Hello, this is Quistis Trepe. I've been quite busy with my SeeD duties. How's everybody doing with their studies and training? For all those working towards becoming a SeeD and everyone else, just remember, have fun.

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  • Ultimecia: ...SeeD... SeeD......SeeD...... SeeD, SeeD, SeeD! Kurse all SeeDs. Swarming like lokusts akross generations.

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  • Squall Leonheart: Everything will be fine now... because I'm not alone. If I call out... they will answer.

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  • Quistis Trepe: Squall, it's not like everyone can get by on their own, you know?

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  • Squall: I hate having nothing to do. It gets me thinking too much.

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  • Quistis Trepe: Even after becoming an instructor, I couldn't stop thinking about Squall. I thought it was... love. I had to hide my feelings because I was an instructor, but I've come to realize it wasn't. It was my childhood feelings as a big sister that lingered...

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  • Quistis Trepe: She might wake up with a kiss from the prince.

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Connection to Other Media

  • Galbadian Soldiers Biggs and Wedge are references to two characters from Star Wars, Biggs Darklighter and Wedge Antilles. They have appeared in some form in nearly every Squaresoft game since Final Fantasy VI.

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  • During the 2004 summer Olympic Games, the U.S.A. synchronized swimming team (Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova) performed to two songs from Final Fantasy VIII: "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" and "Liberi Fatali". Their performance won a bronze medal.

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  • Not only are Biggs and Wedge present, but fellow Star Wars character Admiral Piett is referenced with Piette, an NPC aboard the Lunar Base.

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