- “You probably don't know, but everybody in this Garden looks up to you. They like you.”
- —Nida to Squall.
Nida (ニーダ, Nīda?) is a non-player character from Final Fantasy VIII. He is the fourth candidate who passes the SeeD field exam along with Squall, Zell, and Selphie. Headmaster Cid's whispered words of advice to him are "Do your best, even if you don't stand out", which are poignant, as he had not been introduced to the player by that time.
Nida is a quiet yet dutiful individual, he tends to blend into a crowd if he has no reason to act or speak. Despite this passive nature, he is highly skilled, capable of overcoming many seemingly stronger opponents in combat and he is the only one who can be taught to be the pilot of the Garden.
Nida one of the SeeD candidates during the Siege of Dollet that was the SeeD exam, possibly operating in the squad bunkered in the Dollet streets, but remained unnamed. He continued going unnamed during the SeeD award ceremony conducted by Headmaster Cid Kramer where he stood alongside Squall, Zell and Selphie in receiving his honorary SeeD ranking for passing the exam and completing his Garden training. His dream was to one day become the ruler of Garden.
During the Garden riot Nida defends the Infirmary. When Squall says he doesn't recognize him, he's upset about having to remind him that they graduated together. When the Sorceress Edea makes her bid for power Balamb Garden becomes mobile and crashes into Fishermans Horizon. Nida is voluntarily trained by the FH technicians on how to pilot the unusual vessel, and becomes the Garden's chief navigational officer that he receives proper recognition for. As pilot Nida stands alongside Xu, Quistis Trepe, and Squall Leonhart in overseeing the daily activity of the Garden and the students there-in.
- The player may choose to not help him during the Garden Riot. Unlike other encounters, he will win the ensuing battle without Squall's help, though Dr. Kadowaki will scold Squall for not helping and the player will not receive an item they would have otherwise.