Rinoa Heartilly Cheerfully Subverts Gender Roles in ‘Final Fantasy VIII’
In many Final Fantasy titles and RPGs in general, the game begins with a foregone conclusion that the two leads will end up romantically involved at some point, and most of the time, they do. Final Fantasy VIII is, of course, no exception as it is actively centered around the theme of love and works to pair its protagonists Squall and Rinoa up almost instantly upon their first meeting. Where it does differ from other titles in the series, though, is in having Rinoa be the pursuer, rather than the pursued. In fact, when they first meet, she spies him from across the room