The dance scene from Final Fantasy VIII: Random, cute girl comes up to guy and pulls him onto the dance floor despite (feeble) attempts to resist; guy stumbles around making a complete idiot of himself for the better part of the song; and finally, guy gets over his nervousness to finish the dance perfectly, just in time for the lights to dim romantically and fireworks to go off!
It also plays as very bittersweet, because you can see Squall sort of smirking near the end, and then she just runs off, which changes to a sort-of disappointed half-frown. Squall's facial expressions here are pitch-perfect. The game only gives us those few movements to work with, but we know how utterly crushed he is on the inside. It's also a sort of mini-downer ending, because considering future reveals in the game, those moments play perfectly into Squall's nihilistic philosophy. All of this, of course, sets up more heartwarming later on though.
The final balcony scene, and the kiss you waited the whole damn game to finally see. The best possible note to end the game on.
The inclusion of the (slightly tweaked) original Final Fantasy theme was the icing on the cake.
Squall's adorable smile. The only time he smiles in the game, and it's a damn knockout.
The "Garden Square" message board, shut down after one Flame War too many, is re-opened after Squall is made Commander. It's full of good luck messages for him.
Extra meaning if you're a gamer and a 'Net dweeb. And, let's face it, anyone looking at this page not matching that description?
Ellone talking to Squall on the Lunar Base about his trips to the past at her instigation: "Thanks to you guys, I was able to see how much I was loved. I couldn't change the past but just seeing it was more than enough."
The Scene where Squall leaves the garden and heads down the railroad on foot carrying the unconscious Rinoa. Also, when his friends catch up with him soon after.
To clarify: Balamb Garden was docked at Fisherman's Horizon, a settlement smack-dab in the middle of the ocean. Railroad tracks extend from either side to land at separate continents. That's right: Squall carried Rinoa on his back halfway across the ocean on the slim chance of finding a hidden civilization, on the even slimmer chance that they might be able to help her.
Seifer's final scene managed to sell his redemption perfectly. The genuine joy on his face from his friendship with Raijin and Fujin, as well as his expression upon seeing the Garden, are powerful.
Disk 2's Great Escape sequence includes a moment in which Squall leaps down several stories to save Zell's life. Once they're free, cue Selphie and Quistis teasing Squall going through those lengths to save Zell.
During the preparations for the concert in Fisherman's Horizon in disc 2, the player very briefly controls Irvine to select the music for the event. It's possible to leave the stage area and wander around FH and Garden with him, during which he can have a confrontation with the same FH resident who gave Squall a hard time on their arrival:
Familiar Face #3: That's strange... You don't look like one of them... So why are you with them?
Familiar Face #3: Those warmonger SeeDs.
Irvine: Before, I was just a solo sniper... A lone ranger. I was alone in my battles: my battles against pressure, my battles against death. It almost drove me nuts at times. And it was 'them' who saved me from it all... 'They' are what you call comrades.
Familiar Face #3: Then you are one of them. Another warmonger.
Irvine: Yup... I guess so. I'm a warmonger. And you... judging us... Who are you?
It was mentioned in passing, but the scene onboard the Ragnarok: Rinoa fails (supposedly at the risk of her own safety) to resist the temptation to jump into her beloved's arms. It's adorable and sweet. So much so that Squall responds visibly to being caressed so lovingly, and, whilst still being unable to put his feelings into words, finally returns the favor with his own adorable hug.
The scene where Squall tells Mayor Dobe of FH his thoughts on war and peace:
Squall: I wish you could be a little more understanding about us. We're not just a bunch of warmongers.
Mayor Dobe: Oh?
Squall: It's hard for me to explain... I wish...everything could be settled without resorting to violence... ...and there would be no need for battles. Like you've been preaching, it would be wonderful if things could be settled by discussion. The only problem with that is that it takes too much time. Especially if the others are not willing to listen. So I believe that fighting is inevitable at times. It's really sad. That's all I have to say. I hope you understand someday. I think the world needs both people like you and people like us. Thank you for all your help. Good bye.