The leader of Fisherman's Horizon. A strict pacifist. Before coming to FH, used to be a scientist conducting energy research in Esthar.FFVIII Info Corner
Mayor Dobe is a non-playable character from Final Fantasy VIII. He and his wife Flo rule the aptly named fisherman's town of Fishermans Horizon, referred to as "FH" by the residents. They are steadfast pacifists who believe in resolving all issues with discussion and compromise, even when faced with certain death.
In the game's Japanese and German versions, Dobe's title is "station master," not mayor.
Mayor Dobe is an older man who wears a yellow patterned dress shirt over a black top and green shorts and sandals. His black hair is graying. In a flashback scene, Dobe is depicted as wearing typical Estharian fashion of a floor-length white and green robe.
Flo is an older woman who wears a lavender shirt, white pants with a thin black belt, and a necklace with a golden pendant. She wears burgundy shoes and had blonde hair with parted bangs.
Dobe and Flo take a strictly neutral stance to the politics of the world, insisting that FH does not get involved. FH does not have an army, Dobe believing all conflict must be able to be solved with peaceful discourse. He despises military groups and soldiers, and begrudges Balamb Garden coming to his town unannounced. When Balamb Garden sends an envoy to apologize, he is bluntly rude to them and tells the SeeDs to leave as soon as possible. After armed conflict becomes impossible to avoid, Dobe deems to solve the matters himself, and Flo blames the SeeDs for the turn of events. Afterward, neither say another word to the SeeDs, though they don't ask them to not come to FH either, seemingly silently tolerating their presence.
In the tale told by Master Fisherman, it is revealed that Dobe used to be a passionate idealist who tirelessly yet fruitlessly tried to spread his ideals. The older Dobe is rather sullen and cynical, unwilling to engage Squall when the latter tries to explain why he decided to become a SeeD.
Dobe is one of FH's founders. After trying to alter the war-based course of his home-country, Esthar, he left the hi-tech state along with others who shared his mindset and built the peace-loving town Fishermans Horizon at the railway. Other members of the founders are the owner of the junk shop next to the fishing boy, and the Master Fisherman.
When Balamb Garden crashes into Fishermans Horizon, Mayor Dobe and Flo, along with their fellow FH residents, hardly appreciate the presence of SeeDs, and ask them to leave immediately. When Galbadia enters Fishermans Horizon in search of Ellone, Dobe attempts to reason with them only to be nearly killed but for the intervention of Squall. Regardless, Dobe blames SeeD for Galbadia's presence and hastens the repairs on the Garden so that the mercenaries may leave. If the player speaks with Dobe immediately after defeating BGH251F2, they can choose to have Squall express his true feelings about resolving conflict, in which he states that it would be wonderful if discussion could work all the time, but that fighting is inevitable when people refuse to listen.
If the player participates in the Master Fisherman sidequest, he will tell Squall and Irvine the town's history and Mayor Dobe's role in it. Checking the telegram in the hotel after Irvine joins Squall broadcasts Mayor Dobe's comments on the Galbadia situation: "I am concerned about this situation, but we must maintain our principles."
The Quezacotl card can be won from Mayor Dobe, although it may take him a while to actually use it in a hand. The Irvine Triple Triad card can be won from Flo after having lost the Sacred card to the Queen of Cards and the queen has been sent to Dollet.