Zell Dincht (ゼル・ディン Zeru Din?) is a student at Balamb Garden with Squall and Seifer. Seventeen years old, Zell is a martial artist; his weapons are gloves, and his Limit Break, Duel, requires the player to input button combinations on the controller to deal damage. Zell is slightly impulsive and overconfident in his own skill; however, he is loyal to his friends. Zell is often used as comic relief; Seifer gives him the nickname “chicken-wuss” and other characters begin using it as well. He also has a passion for hot dogs; a recurring gag is that they are always sold out by the time he reaches the cafeteria.
Zell lived at the same orphanage as many of the other protagonists; this is where Seifer first began to bully him. He was later adopted by the Dincht family in the town of Balamb. His motivation for enrolling at Garden is to live up to the memory of his grandfather, a famous soldier.
Zell was designed to look and act like the main character of a shōnen manga (Japanese comic books intended primarily for boys); his neighbors in Balamb describe him as a “‘comic-bookish’ type of hero”. The inspiration for the tattoo on his face came from an MTV music video that featured a man with a full body tattoo.