Information

Biography & Profile - An introduction to Rinoa
Look-Alikes - Others who look or act like Rinoa
Style - Cosplay and fashion inspirations
Quotes - Bits of Rinoa's dialogue
Mystery Blood - The significance of Rinoa's blood
Birthday - Girl's Day & birthday stuff
Sorceresses - Magic use in FF & Rinoa's role

Deeper

Personality Bits - Examinations
Reflections - Rinoa in Rinoa's opinion
Is Rinoa Ultimecia? - The famous theory
Wings - Rinoa's recurring motif
Present - Rinoa as a symbol of the present
Politics - Rinoa's political beliefs
MBTI - Rinoa's possible "personality type" (ENFJ)

Interaction

Family - Rinoa's parents
Angelo - Rinoa's best friend and battle partner
Missed Dream - Seifer's dream becomes Squall's
Love Debate - Seifer versus Squall?
Relationships - How Rinoa acts with others
Take on Life - Childhood
The Forest Owls - The Forest Owls rebel group

Rinoa in Battle

Rinoa's Battle Stats - Technical performance
Abilities - Powers learned from GFs
GFs - Mythology, uses, and stats
Magic - All of the magic that can be drawn
Rinoa's Weapons - Upgrading
Rinoa's Limit Breaks - Skills, Pet Pals locations, etc.
Scan Rinoa - An in-game profile of Rinoa

Gameplay

Game Basics - How to play, some helpful hints, etc.
Glossary - Some RPG terms as well as FF8 terms
SeeD Test Answers & Ranks - For cheaters!
Boss Strategies - With video tutorials
Side Quests - With video tutorials
Master Runs - The types of Master Runs for FF8
Timber Maniacs - Where to get TimMani mags
Triple Triad - A tutorial
Rare Cards - Win the rare TT cards

The World

Other Characters - Profiles of other characters
Location - Origins of location names, culture, etc.
Destiny - The importance of destiny and free will
Searching - The theme of seeking out fulfillment
Faye Wong - The voice behind "Eyes On Me"

Multimedia

Lyrics - Lyrics and translations of FF8 songs
Merchandise - A shopping guide
Desktop - Wallpapers, icons, cursors, etc.
Avatars & Icons - For use on forums, LJ, etc.
Cell Phone Wallpapers - Backgrounds for cells
Ringtones - FF8 music for your mobile phone
Trivia - Did you know this about FF8?

Fan Material

Fandom - Fanart, cosplay, and fanfictions
Fan Lyrics - Rewriting lyrics to pop songs for Rinoa
Alternate Theme Songs - Songs reminiscent of Rinoa
Sprites - Animated GIFs and sprites of Rinoa
Puzzles - Cross words/word finds, etc.
Triple Triad - Interactive Triple Triad!
Doctored Pictures - Humor, fan "confessions", etc.
Parodies - Advertising featuring the FF8 crew
Meme - Which "Rinoa" are you?
YKYLRTMW... - Too much love?

Miscellaneous

Change Log - An archive of updates
Networking - Links and linking in
Affiliates & Sister Clubs - Closer connections
History - Background, experience, and why
Layout Archive - Past layouts used on this site
Credits - Those who make this site possible
FAQ & Contact - Get in touch with me

INDEX

Personality Bits

Many FFVIII players make up their minds about Rinoa's personality by their first glances of her. They see her surface personality as a helpless, sometimes childish, teenager who always wants her own way: in short, a spoiled princess. However, digging a little deeper, we see an incredibly headstrong woman with a clear definition of right and wrong, who wants to bring joy to those around her while preserving her sense of self.

Rinoa appears to have endless confidence: she voices her opinions and backs them up, she launches into battle with courage and skill, and she always stands up for what's right. However, this confidence is not necessarily the whole truth. Rinoa has very human moments of insecurity, questioning her worth in battle or wondering about her place, and when someone pulls her ability to contribute into question she feels compelled to prove herself. One of the first major scenes in which we see this happen is while the party is visiting Caraway's mansion in Deling City, where she decides to present the Odine bangle to Edea.

Rinoa: It's supposed to suppress the sorceress' powers. But, its effects are still unknown. So I don't think they're going to use it for this mission.
Zell: If it's Odine brand, it should be pretty effective! They're number one when it comes to magical goods.
Rinoa: Right! Right!

Quistis: So what exactly do you want to do with it!? Are you planning to have the sorceress put it on!? Who? When? How?
Rinoa: That's what we're going to discuss!
Quistis: We don't have time for that. Squall and Irvine are already standing by. We have an operation to carry out, too. You understand, don't you? This isn't a father-daughter quarrel. This isn't a game.
Rinoa: Who said this was a game...?
Rinoa: I understand what's going on...
Rinoa: It's not like I don't have a plan...

We can see from this interaction that Rinoa takes Quistis' blunt criticism very personally. Up until this point, Rinoa has considered herself an equal member of the SeeD party that would liberate Timber. She now begins to realize people think of her as a naive child, perhaps even a burden.

Caraway: It'll be chaos out there soon. You'll be safe here.
Caraway leaves the room, setting a lock.
Rinoa: Oh no! He's gonna lock me in!
Rinoa: I... I can do it...

Through multiple experiences, Rinoa continues to try to prove that she is, in her own words, on the same "wavelength" as the rest of the group. Often, she is not even making this effort to prove to others that she can accomplish these things, but to herself. This insecurity is part of her reckless, impulsive nature, but over the course of time in the game she grows, and comes into her confidence.

Rinoa is an upbeat person who really does have an attitude ready to conquer anything in her path. She doesn't hesitate or back down from the challenges set before her. Nothing in her life is wholly permanent: she has left home and spends all of her time with a political rebellion effort, living a life with little certainty. Despite her extremely fast-paced, active, and dangerous lifestyle, sometimes we get hints that this has less to do with her actual personality and more with her circumstances. In Disc 3 when Rinoa and Squall are alone on the Ragnorak, her life finally catches up to her and she admits that she wishes to remain alone with Squall forever. She doesn't want to face the waiting world.

Another clue to this side of her personality---the desire for an end to the reckless way of life---comes to us in an optional quest in Shumi Village. There is a moment while in Sculptor's room where you can talk to members of your party, and each little tidbit reveals something personal about that character. Rinoa herself states enthusiastically how cozy the town seems. Small declarations such as this one, which happen from time to time, indicate that Rinoa is searching for a little bit of comfort or stability.