Selphie Tilmitt is one of the main playable characters of Final Fantasy VIII. Brought up in Trabia Garden for as long as she can remember, Selphie transferred to Balamb Garden to take part in the SeeD exam. Throughout the game, she keeps the party's spirits up with her cheerful and perky personality. Although seemingly cute and ditzy, her clear talent with computers and vehicles, and excellent organizational and motivational skills betray a fine mind, and a deeper nature and intelligence than is immediately obvious. Selphie sometimes displays a much darker sense of humour than the other characters are comfortable with, and in a few scenes, it seems that her cheerfulness is born of desperation - out of a fear of allowing herself to acknowledge unhappiness.
Selphie meets up with Zell and Squall when she has to deliver a message to their leader during the SeeD exam. Despite the orders she was set to deliver, she allows herself to join Squall and Zell when Seifer decides to take it upon himself to take out the Galbadians that have assaulted the Dollet Communication Tower. From that point on she becomes a permanent and valuable member of your team.
Selphie was originally raised in Edea's orphanage, until the founding of Garden, by Headmaster Cid. Then, she was sent to Trabia Garden, while Irvine, her best friend, was sent to Galbadia Garden. The rest of the group remained in Balamb Garden, close to Cid. There is no explanation for this.
A scene at the end of FFVIII involves Squall and Ultimecia going back in time, to the time when five of your main party members lived in Edea's orphanage. There, Edea took Ultimecia's powers into herself, in order to, in her own words, prevent one of the children becoming a sorceress. Selphie's powerful spells may indicate that she was the most likely candidate for this risk - however, bear in mind that Quistis is also a powerful mage (judging solely by limit break, since other stats vary depending on junctions), while Ellone has powers of her own.
 Limit Break
Although random, her limit break Slot allows her to cast powerful spells such as Firaga, Thundaga, Blizzaga, Ultima, and Demi long before the rest of your party. She also has four unique spells in her limit break;
- Full Cure - Completely heals the party
- Wall - Casts protect and Shell over your team
- Rapture - Removes enemies from the battlefield (may miss).
- The End - The most powerful spell in any Final Fantasy game. Although random and rare, The End can defeat any monster (including the final boss, but excluding the undead) instantly.
The inclusion of The End makes Selphie the single most powerful magic user in the group - more so even than sorceresses Edea and Rinoa - and the most powerful fighter out of your entire group. Unfortunately, The End is so rare that it is almost useless.
 Other Appearences
Selphie appears as a Legendary character.
Selphie is one of the six children who plays on the Destiny Islands. She helps Sora train, using a jumprope instead of her nunchaku.
Selphie returns as a figment of Sora's memories. Her design is the same as her Kingdom Hearts design.
Selphie is seen only once, asking Kairi about going to the Island. She pronounces Tidus's name as TIE-dus, confusing fans.
|"You should feel honored that a very, very cute girl sat on your bed, you know!" (to Zell, FF8)|
|"It's so romantic~! I gotta try it sometime!" (Kingdom Hearts)|
|"Only an idiot like you would not notice if you had food on your face!" (to Wakka, KHReCoM)|
|"Tidus and Wakka are all wrapped up in their silly ball game, and they won't go with me!" (to Kairi, KH2)|
|Final Fantasy VIII Characters|
| Squall | Rinoa | Zell | Quistis | Selphie | Irvine |
Laguna | Kiros | Ward | Seifer | Edea | Ultimecia | Adel
Angelo | Biggs | Cid | Dr. Kadowaki | Dr. Odine | Ellone | Fujin | General Caraway | Julia Heartilly | Ma Dincht | Mayor Dobe | NORG | Raijin | Raine | Vinzer Deling | Watts | Wedge | Xu | Zone