[[http://witchesreign.dreamwidth.org/profile Here.]] Characters find themselves in Balamb Garden twenty-one years after the events of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Thanks to the sorceress Ultimecia's attempts to make time one single moment, people from different worlds were drawn into the unnamed world of FFVIII thanks to the resulting "Time Compression."

As either Cadets, Instructors, or [=SeeDs=], characters are expected to learn the rigors and rules of a top-notch mercenary organization and accordingly work with it until they can find a way back to their homeworlds. That, however, is much easier said than done.

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!! This game provides examples of:
* ADegreeInUseless: Averted: every major (even the less physically-dependent ones like Intelligence) is important in some way.
* AcademyOfAdventure: Even without the shenanigans of time compression, Garden teaches kids how to use magic and mystical forces as well as the usual SpySchool fare.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: Subverted: Claire is mildly weirded out by the fact that this world's chocobos are not, unlike the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII XIII]] world's.
* AllElectionsAreSeriousBusiness: Grell threatens to kill people who don't vote for her for Homecoming Princess; Tom thinks something would have exploded if she or Sharpay hadn't won their respective titles. Subverted by all the other [=SeeD=] candidates, who didn't care about or want their titles.
* AmazonBrigade: The game roster consists of a disproportionate number of cute, friendly, capable girls.
* BagOfSharing: If the school has access to one canon Guardian Force, every character can junction it.
* BeachEpisode: Kiden throws together a weekend trip to the beach. IntoxicationEnsues.
* BigBrotherInstinct: [[SonicTheComic Espio]]. One reason not to mess with Tobias.
* BossInMookClothing: Averted. Most of the cast slaps the crap out of the poor T-Rexaurs in the training center without breaking a sweat.
* ClassTrip: While Garden is on break in Esthar, students are invited to the presidential palace and to Odin's laboratory.
* CompetenceZone: Subverted. The minimum age for taking the [=SeeD=] field exam is 15, which many of the younger kids, heroes or deadly assassins in their own canons, are not impressed with. The maximum age for attaining [=SeeDship=] is 25, but the Headmaster seems to have turned a blind eye to several of the older characters, and some of the immortals are outright lying about their ages.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Barnaby considers Pinkie Pie one.
* DullSurprise: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Seifer]]-mun's reaction towards everything. Including you.
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: Balamb Garden, reprising its role from its home series.
* EyepatchAfterTimeSkip: Tobias, though it's less a typical eyepatch and more of a medical one.
* FantasticRacism: Many of the natives of the [=VIII=] world do not look kindly on off-worlders, most notably an [=NPC=] GirlPosse.
* FantasticReligiousWeirdness: Played straight with [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Damian]].
* FoodFight: During the superpowers event, fuelled by Zephyr's sudden ability to generate baked goods and Kiden's sudden invisibility.
* FundraiserCarnival: Subverted: The carnival was originally just part of homecoming, but then the Garden Festival Committee decided to give the funds to charity.
* GlobalAirship: Besides the Ragnarok, Espio has donated his own airship to Garden. On the other side, an old-school Final Fantasy style airship -- a literal ship with propellers instead of sails -- has fallen into the hands of a different faction.
* GuestFighter: [[DCComics Impulse]] holds a superhero party, attended mostly by the DC and [[MarvelComics Marvel]] casts, but also [[AlternateUniverse Miracle]] [[TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya Mikuru]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]], and [[Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage Luki]].
** Played with when ''enemies'' from other worlds start turning up and destroying things... including ComMons from Franchise/{{Pokemon}} in the tall grass.
* GymClassHell: Jecht's swimming class.
* HeroicBSOD: [[SonicTheComic Espio]] goes through one when he sees his home reality implode.
* HighSchoolDance: Valentine's and homecoming dances are added to the graduation ball returning from the original game.
* HumanityEnsues: Temporarily achievable via a potion invented by [[Literature/HarryPotter Professor Slughorn]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Sharpay breaks curfew to have a New Year's countdown with Tom, and clears out the secret area to do so by telling everyone off for breaking curfew.
* IncrediblyLamePun: This being a spooky jamjar game, there was an event that involved a [[http://witchesreign.dreamwidth.org/403803.html portal to the jam dimension]].
** [[{{Squick}} No one was happy]] when [[WordofGod Word of Mod]] revealed [[http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/042/1/c/strangely_obsessed_with_tubs_of_jelly_by_perinigricon-d4pd5d1.png where the jam actually came from]].
* [[InformedJudaism Informed Islam]]: Subverted with [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Damian Razem]]. Although he seems like a Muslim who's more show than tell, his constant use of Arabic and subtle obedience towards his religion indicates that he's more than just talk.
* InstantFanClub: That same NPC GirlPosse happen to be Trepies, and also think [[HotTeacher Snow]] is quite good-looking.
* LeaningOnTheFurniture: If there is any furniture, it's [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Seifer]]'s now.
* MilitarySuperhero: Played straight for any of the characters from either the [[DCComics DC Universe]] or [[MarvelComics Marvel Universe]], as they're superheroes who have graduated or will graduate and work for Garden as part of its mercenary force.
* MistakenForPregnant: Espio leaves his turnip stash in Marco's dorm room without telling him; Marco leaps to the conclusion that it is a message from Grell in vegetable language.
* TheNapoleon: [[InvaderZim Zim,]] since his classmates are mostly normal-human-sized... and he ran into [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Snow]] not long after enrolling.
* NextSundayAD: Despite being set twenty-one years after ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', it appears that [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Has Not Marched On]].
** RealitySubtext: Until the game's move to Dreamwidth, when the characters receive wireless-capable laptops and much of the world outside Garden also gets a technological upgrade.
* OrganizationWithUnlimitedFunding: Now that students are sponsored by outside groups, Garden has the money to quickly build an adults' lounge on a newcomer's request while they have the dorms renovated.
** Averted when for some reason that surely has nothing to do with things like building adult lounges on request, Balamb Garden ends up so broke it has to bring in a new Commander to clean up the mess and make missions profitable.
* PapaWolf: [[OnePiece Marco]]. Another reason you don't mess with Tobias.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Characters applied as [=SeeDs=] have at least a year of handwaved history within the setting, and including CR in this handwave is an option.
* SchoolPlay: The drama classes put one on every quarter, having so far performed ''RomeoAndJuliet'' set in the first Sorceress War [[foldercontrol]]

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* ShipperOnDeck: Did they talk to each other? Miss Tattler ships it now.
* StandardStatusEffects: The subject of an entire event within the game.
* {{Subject 101}}
* [[SuperPowersForADay Super Powers For A Month]]: The focus of an event - some powerless characters received powers, some had new powers swapped for their old ones, some swapped powers with other people, and some unlucky sods were BroughtDownToNormal. Powers received include:
** TheEmpath: Selphie absorbs the emotions of anyone she touches and [[PowerIncontinence can't turn it off]].
** {{Flight}}: Joe, Dick; Danny Masters gets Clark Kent's flight.
** FriendToAllLivingThings: Squall and Sharpay, with the latter's friendliness extending to [[FriendToBugs bugs and monsters]]. Equius also receives Tavros' friendliness.
** HealingHands: Tom.
** AnIcePerson: Riku.
** IntangibleMan: Clark Kent gets Danny's ghost powers in return.
** {{Invisibility}}: Kiden, who also starts turning things she touches invisible.
** MindOverMatter: Cid Raines.
** PrehensileHair: Goose.
** PlayingWithFire: Rolo gets Zuko's Firebending; Espio also gets firepowers.
** SuperSpeed: Danny again.
** SuperStrength: Danny again; Tavros gets Equius'.
** TimeStandsStill: Zuko gets [[BlessedWithSuck Rolo's Geass]], making people think this has happened.
** WingedHumanoid: Rinoa gets stuck with the wings from her Angel Wing Limit Break ''all the time''.
** XRayVision: Redglare.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Nothing has developed exclusively in the game, but [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Snow]] was the Martial Arts Instructor, and Serah was just a student.
* ThanksgivingEpisode: Danny invites people to celebrate it with him at the last minute.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Time compression is the cause of, and solution to, every issue that needs a handwaving.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Garden at large and baked goods.
** Espio has an obsession with turnips. He'll eat them, hoard them, steal them, talk to them, threaten people with them and generally takes it to a ridiculous level. Even the Headmaster has noticed that he loves the things.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Averted! Many [=SeeD=] [=PCs=] are instructors.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Seifer, after the entire events of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', had no trouble getting back into the Garden and resuming his classes. Not everyone has welcomed him, though.
** Done again when Seifer takes TheSlowPath to returning, as a gunbladesmith rather than a student.
* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Applies to practically half the cast, but special mention goes towards [[InvaderZim Zim]] for publicly asking for people's DNA samples on the BBS where the teachers could spot him... and Damian for hitting a weapon at Souless![[VideoGame/TalesofSymphonia Colette]] and getting attacked with freaking Judgment in retaliation.
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