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Rinoa Heartilly is a Non-Nahm and one of the founding members of the SCP's MTF unit, the Forest Owls.

Rinoa is compassionate, warm, and friendly, although she can act stubborn and naive. She was born to a well-to-do family, but she is concerned by the state of the world.The Forest Owls are MTF units and she has experience with the realities of combat, and is anxious at the prospect of fighting solo. She can be impulsive and act without thinking, which gets her into trouble. She is loyal to her friends and committed to doing what she thinks is right.

Rinoa clashes with Squall and Quistis for what she perceives as a cold and mechanical attitude and their impatience with her inexperience. Rinoa serves as a foil to Squall as a person who can freely express emotion. Although she initially dislikes him for his coldness, she grows fond of him and encourages him to open up and talk about his feelings, as well as teasing him playfully to try and break through his shell. Although Rinoa puts up a brave front, her isolation is hinted at, having lost her mother at a young age and having a strained relationship with her father. Rinoa has many followers but not many close friends save for her dog, Angelo, leading her to bond with Squall over what they're both missing from their lives.

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