A Non-Player Character or Non-Playable Character (NPC for short) is any character within a video game that cannot be controlled by the player. This includes most enemies and bosses, although some enemies later join the hero's party. Talking with non-playable characters may sometimes trigger sidequest to complete.
Player is able to interacts with non-player characters who provide the player with various information and many can be challenged at Triple Triad, the card game of Final Fantasy VIII, by pressing .
Player can interact with non-player characters and due to the game's plot may be given items from random people. After completing the events regarding Luca, the player can can press while talking to certain people to recruit them for the blitzball matches as team members of Besaid Aurochs.
Once again the player can interact with non-playable characters. By initiating the publicity campaign at Calm Lands and/or marriage recruiting, the player can press to 'pump' people into one of the Calm Lands companies and/or praise the son of the Calm Lands Agency's owner.
Due to the exploration system embedded with the game, many non-playable characters have names or epithets describing the nature of the non-player character.
The non-playable characters' conversations can be overheard, but aside of that they doesn't have any relation to the party due to the game's specific story-driven gameplay.
Like in Final Fantasy XIII, in Final Fantasy XIII-2 non-player characters' conversations can be overheard. The player can also initiate a conversation with some NPCs and depending on who's the current party leader, a different discussion can be heard. Some NPC can also initiate sidequests, refered as Fragment Quests in in-game Datalog, which may span for several areas.
The upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is said to be 'world-driven' meaning that non-playable characters will shape the evolution of plot as well as Lightning will have the option to influence the behavior of other people for the plot's advantage.