There is a total of 9 main characters in Final Fantasy VIII. You may only have 3 characters to a party at a time, all of them have their own special abilities. As you play the game you will learn about the characters and what sort of life they lead. This is very important to the development of the game. There are also little side quests and extras that give you key information on the characters past. Information about the characters weapons, limit breaks and special abilities are not listed on these pages.