- “Alright, I have some reports for you already.”
Xu (シュウ, Shū?) (Shou in the German version, Shu in the French version) is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy VIII. She is a SeeD operative who works in Balamb Garden and supports the Garden through overseeing field exams. She is friends with Quistis Trepe.
At the SeeD examination, Xu is called forth to explain the scenario occurring in Dollet to Seifer, Zell, and Squall; all members of Squad B. Quistis is also present. Although she does not take part in the mission, Xu was vital in the plan. Further on in the game, when NORG tries to take over the Garden, Xu is seen aligning and supporting Headmaster Cid, even threatening the main characters when they, unaware of what's going on, run into her and do not identify themselves as aligned with Cid.
Afterward, when the Balamb Garden becomes mobile and Squall is given the rank of Commander, Xu, along with Quistis and Nida, can be found at the Command Bridge, helping Squall by keeping things in order.
Later, during the Battle of the Gardens, Xu takes part in coordinating Balamb Garden's defense and offense. During the ending cinema of the game, Xu is seen when Irvine is in control of the camera and waves to him.
She unwittingly survives the Time Compression along with the other CC group members by boarding the Ragnarok and can be challenged to Triple Triad on disc 4 by finding the airship on the Kashkabald Desert.