Your not going with the Squall dies at the end of disc 1 playthrough?
FUCK YEAH FFVIII.
Not a popular opinion even among FFVIII's fans, but I never hated Rinoa. I mean, yeah, she's a constant damsel and all that but at least she had some defining character traits which made her recognizable even among all the other JRPG damsels of the day (of today?).
Irvine petered out quickly, except to drop the Orphanage bomb, but the cocky front coming undone at the end of Disc 1 still holds up. And I prefer to think of it as the effect of the stress of the mission getting to him, rather than the subsequent orphanage scene in re: Edea.
And I love Selphie just because she's both the resident hyper-go-lucky girl but with a pretty dark twist, made even better because it's understated and left to the player to make the connection that she's a wee bit...off.