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!!Naesala
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The treacherous leader of Kilvas, Naesala is a mercenary, hiring out his men to anyone who will pay for them. Always seeking the advantage, Naesala desires to make his tiny nation into a power to feared, and to that end, offers his services to Daein during ''Path of Radiance''. Aloof, manipulative, and calculating, he maintains a soft spot for the Heron siblings, whom he has known since childhood.

->'''Class:''' Raven King (''[=PoR=]'' and ''[=RD=]'')
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* AllThereInTheManual: In order to puzzle out his actions in ''[=RD=]'', you need to pay close attention to a number of seemingly throwaway lines and a few potentially hidden conversations. [[spoiler:In short, he inherited the blood pact from his predecessor.]]
** Several throwaway lines in Path of Radiance [[spoiler:hint at the blood pact Naesala inherited. It doesn't even come up until the very end of Radiant Dawn.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain: Let's see... He was forced into a blood pact with Begnion's senators, meaning he couldn't help his allies and was alienated by everyone because of it (Tibarn and Skrimir even threatened to kill him). And he thought he was helping his nation by doing so, and to make matters worse, even the herons, his childhood friends don't trust him much. Type I and II.]]
* {{Badass}}
* BlowYouAway: The only Laguz in either game to use magic, ironically, the same magic his tribe has a weakness to.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Betrays the Laguz, Daein commander Norris, Reyson, and Petrine, and that's just in the first game.
* [[spoiler:ChildhoodFriendRomance: He marries Leanne if they have an A rank support by the end of the game.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Was more than willing to let Skrimir tear him to shreds for betraying the Laguz alliance after the light of judgement fell. He only backed out because he realized that Nealuchi and Leanne were willing to give their lives to defend him. He also says that Skrimir killing him would mean Tibarn wouldn't be able to get his revenge.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: Following his defection from Daein, he can be recruited during the last level of ''Path of Radiance''. In ''Radiant Dawn'', he can be recruited after most of Kilvas is turned to stone.
* GuileHero: And HOW!
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Betrays people '''a lot'''. [[spoiler:Even if it is all for the good of his country.]]
-->'''Ranulf:''' Naesala and the ravens of Kilvas betrayed us? [[LampshadeHanging Again?]]
* HiredGuns: Hires out his soldiers, and his own services, to the highest bidder.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:A treacherous raven, yes, but his reason was justified in ''Radiant Dawn'', since his people were forced to pull out of the Laguz Alliance via Blood Pact. He chose the safety of his people over defeating Begnion.]]
** This is his attitude in Path of Radiance, as well. Simply put, Naesala will do whatever he has to in order to ensure the prosperity of his kingdom, even if it means betraying his most trusted allies. Of course, you can expect him to betray pretty much anyone if it helps him out. [[spoiler:Selling Reyson to Oliver? Naesala was probably going to rescue him later on, as Tibarn surmises. Teams up with Norris from Daein? Gives him false information that leads to Norris attacking a Begnion ship instead of Elincia's while he sends his own men to plunder the latter. And then offers his royal assistance to Norris for triple his usual fee. Norris doesn't take.]]
* [[spoiler:InterspeciesRomance: Marries Leanne, a heron laguz, after Radiant Dawn if they have an A-level support. This indicates that while beorc/laguz relationships are taboo, relations between members of different laguz clans are not.]]
** [[spoiler:Although we do often see the laguz classified into just three ''tribes'' -- beasts, birds, and dragons. (Example: the scene depicting the covenant that Altina, Soan, Lehran, and Dheginsea made with Ashera.) It has yet to be seen how a relationship between, say, a beast and a bird would be viewed. Though according to a support conversation in Path of Radiance, the laguz tribes are unable to procreate if they come from different tribes. So a a beast tribe laguz may be with a bird tribe laguz, but they can't have children. Unless it's another thing Dheginsea said.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2HUYGP4G5E On Black Wings]] is his conversation theme.
** In Radiant Dawn, when he fights non-boss enemies, there is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nva04nH_YI0 Wheeling Corby]].
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoralEventHorizon: {{In-universe}}, his putting the entire adult male population of Phoenicis Island to death is seen as this, though it's noted he made a point of sparing all females, children, and elderly, proving he's not ''complete'' scum. [[spoiler:Eventually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]; he was under a Blood Pact, meaning he literally ''had'' to do it or else his entire country would've dropped dead one by two by three...]].
* MoralityPet: [[LoveInterest Leanne]] and [[OldRetainer Nealuchi]].
* OptionalBoss: In one level of ''Path of Radiance''. Since the level ends when you take out Petrine's subordinate, Homasa, engaging Naesala is ''not'' recommended.
* PurposefullyOverpowered: Strong, tough, and ungodly fast.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He serves as a frontline soldier and mercenary as well as a leader.
* SequenceBreaking: Either that or he bribed the developers, because in ''[=RD=]'' he has his mastery skill three levels before the game would allow him to learn it.
* [[SmugSnake Smug Crow]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Leanne.
* VillainousCrush: How his interest in Leanne looks to Reyson.
* WeakButSkilled: By Laguz Royalty standards. He's still freakishly strong.

!!Oliver
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A corrupt Begnion Senator and the main antagonist of the Begnion chapters in the first game, involved in the Laguz slave trade.

->'''Class:''' Bishop (''[=PoR=]''), Saint (''[=RD=]'')
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* ArcVillain: The Begnion subarc, which lasts for about four chapters, is about stopping the illegal slave trade and rescuing the herons from him. As a Begnion senator, he has no connections to Daein, the antagonist country for the rest of the game. Then in the second game, when Begnion senators are the major antagonists, he has a HeelFaceTurn.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: In the second game. Coupled with the loss of his DirtyCoward status, as he's not afraid to die anymore.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness:
** Played with. Oliver himself is {{Gonk}} and rather unpleasant when not going out of his way to suck up to someone else, but is genuinely convinced that all things beautiful in the world are only exponents of the greatest good ([[SarcasmMode like himself]]). As it turns out, having [[{{Bishonen}} Rafiel]] talk to him [[InsaneTrollLogic convinces him that you are "Protectors of Beauty", and therefore, must be on the side of ultimate good.]] Ergo, [[HeelFaceTurn he must join you]] in your crusade against those who [[BerserkButton would tarnish everything beautiful!]] ...HilarityEnsues.
** While still an overweight {{Gonk}}, Oliver is drawn to be [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ferd-oliver.jpg considerably more cheerful and less villainous-looking]] in the second game. Since this is the one where you can recruit him, that's not exactly shocking.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: This is what ultimately makes him more redeemable than the other Begnion Senators.
* CowardlyLion: Don't threaten anything beautiful in front of him. He'll go from DirtyCoward to LethalJokeCharacter in about ten seconds flat.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: His treatment of Reyson in POR comes across like a molestor.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sure, he'll buy and sell Herons on the black market like nothing, but he wouldn't dream of actually ''harming'' one, let alone [[spoiler:destroying their entire civilization]].
* EvilLaugh: Ho, ho, ho...
* FanNickname: [[JokeCharacter Loliver]].
* FatBastard: A truly depraved [[BigFun happy fat guy]].
* TheFightingNarcissist: You gotta admire Oliver's self-confidence if nothing else. He honestly believes he's the most beautiful character in the game.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: If he joins you.
--> '''Ike''': "Look... Would you mind rejoining the enemy?"
** [[spoiler:His support conversations with the vast majority of your army in Radiant Dawn. Most of them are extremely hesitant at having anything to do with him.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: In the second game... sort of.]]
* HilarityEnsues: Recruit Oliver in the second game and pit him against any of the human bosses that remain. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Kick back and have a laugh.]]
** This video explains it better: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbT6Mr2hM3M]].
* {{Gonk}}: As if his personality wasn't revolting enough.
* JokeCharacter
* LaughablyEvil: He's hilarious in a CreepyAwesome way.
* {{Leitmotif}}: First appears when he's a villain in the first game; re-used in the second for all of his battles unless an enemy's Leitmotif overrides it.
* LightEmUp: And seems to have a penchant for the [[LifeDrain Nosferatu]] spell book.
* LightIsNotGood: How the hell was this guy ever accepted into the priesthood?!?
* MoralityPet: Turns out, despite playing a large part in getting them sold into involuntary servitude, he really does like the Herons a lot. [[spoiler:If you bring him to the final battle, [[BerserkButton he'll take it particularly well]] to discover that the guy who signed his checks was responsible for wiping out their society all along]].
* {{Narcissist}}
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsLife: Recruiting him in the second game and keeping him alive results in the guy arguably redeeming himself in the epilogue, living the peaceful life he always wanted as a "protector of beauty". Surprisingly enough, [[PetTheDog it seems he easily befriends Rafiel at some point.]]]]
* SinisterMinister
* [[spoiler:TokenEvilTeammate: If you recruit him in the second game.]]
** WakeUpCallBoss: In ''[=RD=]'', the first one you run into with a [[HolyHandGrenade mastery]] [[OneHitKill skill]]. Yikes!

!!Shiharam Fizzart
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Jill's father, Haar's superior, and commander of Daien's Dracoknights, Shiharam left Begnion due to corruption in the Senate and now serves as one of Petrine's subordinates. He is the boss of Chapter 20 in ''[=PoR=]''.

->'''Class:''' Wyvern Lord (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AFatherToHisMen: Implied. This guy oozes respect to his men so much that they were crushed at his death and wondered in tears if eighteen years of serving him would be for naught, until Haar convinces them to take the ItHasBeenAnHonor stance.
* AntiVillain
* ArchnemesisDad: Averted. He and Jill may be on opposite sides but he still cares about her deeply, which makes forcing her to fight him a real TearJerker.
* AnAxeToGrind
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** FourStarBadass
* DefectorFromDecadence: He couldn't stomach the corruption in Begnion, or the casual attitude that the Senators displayed towards his men's lives. Unfortunately, he ended up on the receiving end of it again in Daein.
* DragonRider
* EvilRedhead
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: More like the general ''nobody knows''. If Jill confronts Ashnard about his death, he'll reply that he ''doesn't even know Shiharam's name''. It's also implied that, due to being an honourable guy (or maybe just because he originally came from Begnion), he's something of an outcast in Daein.
* HonourBeforeReason: Fights to the death for Daein out of a misplaced sense of loyalty and the need to prove himself to Petrine and Ashnard.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Was at least once this, according to Haar, but Shiharam wasn't left with much choice once Petrine put the screws to him.
* StoneWall: He comes with good defenses and is prepared to try and stall you until you run out of turns, sitting with a strong throwing axe between two map obstructions (making him not as easy to approach) and packing a Full Guard to neutralize his Wind and Bow weaknesses.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Among the Daein generals.

!!Ena
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A shy, nervy girl who serves as Petrine's strategic advisor, Ena is more than a little out of place in the Daein army. For much of the game she appears to have a crush on Ashnard; it's eventually revealed that she's a Goldoan Red Dragon and that the one she's in love with is Ashnard's dragon mount, Rajaion. She opposes Ike and the Crimean Liberation Force when they storm Daein keep; she is eventually captured by them following Ike's confrontation with the Black Knight.

->'''Class:''' Red Dragon (''[=PoR=]'' and ''[=RD=]'')
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* ActionGirl[=/=]FauxActionGirl: She tries, but she just isn't up to providing much of a fight statistically without help.
* AntiVillain: Only allied with Ashnard to try and save her boyfriend, Rajaion, who was forced into serving as the latter's mount and slave.
* ArtificialStupidity: For whatever reason, dragons can't do ranged attacks in ''[=PoR=]''. She's weak to thunder magic. [[AnticlimaxBoss She's... not much of a boss]], unless you choose to [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fight like gentlemen]].
* BrokenBird
* EvilCounterpart: She's Petrine's equivalent of Soren, offering advice and building strategies but never taking direct command of the army (until Ashnard decides to get rid of her). Also, whereas Soren's is a cold-blooded AntiHero who doesn't really fit in with Ike's crew, Ena is a fairly pleasent, timid girl who doesn't fit in at all with [[BadBoss Petrine]] and her soldiers. [[spoiler:They also share Goldoan origins.]]
* TheEvilGenius: Serves as Petrine's.
* HeelFaceTurn: It happens no matter what, but she only [[EleventhHourRanger joins your party]] if you fail to save [[spoiler:Nasir]].
** SchrodingersPlayerCharacter
* LoveHurts: Her love for Rajaion forced her to ally with Ashnard, work for Petrine, compromise her morals, participate in numerous atrocities, and ultimately watch him die after Ashnard's defeat.
* LoveMakesYouEvil
* MagikarpPower: In both games, she joins near the very end and quite underleveled. For ''[=PoR=]'', her growths are still decent and if you've been saving up some powerful skills, she can be trained in time to fight Ashnard [[spoiler:and even take on Berserk Ashnard with the right loadout]].
** CantCatchUp: In ''[=RD=]'' though, you'll have to dump all your remaining Bonus EXP onto her and cross your fingers, or be content using her as a wall and StatusBuff-bot.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: A small, bright pink Dragon once she transforms. This is likely due to being of mixed White and Red Dragon heritage; however, in ''[=RD=]'', her shifted state is suddenly taller than everyone except Gareth and [[spoiler:Dheginsea]].
* PinkMeansFeminine: Despite being a red dragon she's, well, pink. Technically, she's part-red, part-white. (One of her grandparents is white.)
* [[spoiler:PregnantBadass: She sure doesn't look it, but she's already carrying Rajaion's child by the end of ''[=PoR=]''.]]
* StoneWall: She has very high HP and Defense, plus a lot of good defensive Skills, which is especially notable when you fight her in ''[=PoR=]''. This all comes at the expense of poor attack power, and it gets even weaker in ''[=RD=]''. (She has a very good magic stat, which she can't even use apart from the Imbue skill in ''[=RD=]''.)
* TheStrategist: Serves as Petrine's strategic advisor.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: Using cheat codes to put White Breath in her inventory (in both games) reveals she could equip that as well, whereas no other Laguz in either game can equip anything but their default weapon. This was probably scrapped for game balance.

!!Petrine ''(Prague)''
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A member of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Four Riders Of Daein]]. She's the first major antagonist met, and also the first to be defeated. [[spoiler:She's also a Branded, which you learn if you attack her with Soren.]]

->'''Class:''' Paladin (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AlasPoorVillain: Despite the numerous atrocities she committed, it's possible to feel some pity for her when she dies begging for her life.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Like all of Daein's Riders, she holds her position due to her ability to roast the rumpus of anyone who thinks she's unqualified.
* {{Badass}}
** FourStarBadass
* BadBoss...just like her boss. At one point Naesala refuses to let one of his ravens deliver the news of a defeat to her, on account of her temper, and fondness for frying subordinates who fail.
* TheBaroness
* [[spoiler: BirthMarkOfDestiny: Her brand is on her right breast.]]
* BladeOnAStick: A Flame Lance to be precise.
* BoobsOfSteel: The highest ranking female villain in the game is also the most stacked. Wonder if there's a connection there?
* BreastPlate: Her's not only shows off her rack, but a fair amount of cleavage as well. [[spoiler: It also shows off her brand.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Dog's breath!"
* CoDragons: Subverted. While she's theoretically of a rank with The Black Knight and Bryce she's obviously subservient to them both, serving as TheDarkChick in Daein's FiveBadBand.
* CombatStilettos: Has them built into her armour.
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkChick: Of the Four Riders.
* EvilCounterpart: To Titania. Both are [[LadyOfWar Elegant]], {{Badass}}, [[KnightInShiningArmor Paladin Chicks]], who seem to have a thing for Greil.
* FantasticRacism: Towards Laguz.
* FreudianExcuse: Given the kind of lives that the [[spoiler:Branded]] tend to live this may well serve as hers.
** Also goes to explain her fierce devotion to Daein and, more to the point, Ashnard. Ashnard doesn't give a damn what a person's origins are. He values strength above all else. So Petrine no doubt felt that for the first time in a long time, she was treated like a person.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Like most of Daien's troops she's clad in jet black armour.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's the first acknowledged [[spoiler:Branded that we meet, although what sort of Laguz her ancestor was is unknown]].
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: As Soren points out, Petrine covers her intense fear of death with a facade of bravado and cruelty.
* LackOfEmpathy: Doesn't bat an eye at the deaths of her subordinates, not even the exceedingly loyal [[TheDragon Homasa]].
* LadyOfWar: A thoroughly villainous example.
* MagicKnight
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Petrin" is French for "trouble". Petrius, is a psuedohistorical Roman general and an enemy of King Arthur.
* NotSoDifferent: Tries it on Soren; it doesn't take.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Branded age very slowly, which could easily put Petrine in her fifties or older]].
* PlayingWithFire: Her Flame Lance.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: A raging racist who condemns all Laguz as sub-human "half-breeds". This likely stems from her own history of mistreatment as a [[spoiler:Branded]].
* {{Pyromaniac}}: If her threats to charbroil and eat Laguz are any indicator.
* ProperlyParanoid: With regards to Haar's and Naesala's continued loyalty.
* SocialDarwinist: She shares Ashnard's belief in rule by the strong.
* StoryAndGameplaySegregation: The aforementioned Flame Lance is apparently a fearsome weapon in-universe. To the player? A moderately strong throwing lance that deals magic damage. Petrine's Magic stat happens to suck. Gang up on Petrine with mages and she drops like a stone.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Ashnard, absolutely flipping out if he's insulted. One of her henchmen, Homasa, displays a similar attitude towards her.
* [[spoiler: YouAreWhatYouHate: A Branded that hates laguz. Granted, most laguz treat her kind like they don't exist, so it's justified.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green actually.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Has a reputation for this, and reminds her subordinates of it:
--> '''Shiharam''': If the goal is merely to stop the Crimean army, this is not necessary. The strength of my troops will suffice to--
--> '''Petrine''': The last idiot who told me that ended up on a corpse pile!

!!Bertram ''(Beuforres)''
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The newest member of the Four Riders of Daein, he gets the least amount of time devoted to him in story until the second game, where he is revealed to be [[spoiler:[[BrainwashedAndCrazy Renning, Prince of Crimea]].]]

->'''Class:''' Paladin (''[=PoR=]''), Gold Knight (''[=RD=]'')
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* AxeCrazy
* {{Badass}}
** BadassMustache
** FourStarBadass: Although his leadership skills are limited by his madness.
* BlackKnight: Fits the trope as well or better than the actual Black Knight, with his black armour, black horse, creepy magic sword, bizarre persona, clear madness, and MysteriousPast. He's even got a connection to one of the main characters.
* [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy: He's Renning, the would-be heir to the Crimean throne and Elincia's uncle.]]
* TheBrute: Too insane to actually give orders to his troops, Bertram leads by strength and example, nothing more.
* CoDragons: As in Petrine's case it's thoroughly subverted. On the surface he's of a rank with Bryce and The Black Knight, but his status as a mind controlled slave leaves him as little more than TheBrute.
* CoolHelmet[=/=]CoolMask
* CoolSword[=/=]LightIsNotGood: Owns a sword that can drain life by using Light.
* DeathSeeker: "Kill...me... ...KILL...M-ME..."
* [[spoiler:EleventhHourRanger: After Reyson restores Renning to normal, you can recruit him for the Endgame.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Geoffrey.
* EvilUncle: [[spoiler:To Elincia, although this was not his own idea. Blame Izuka. We certainly do, especially since he retains just enough sense to tell Elincia to get away from him as he doesn't want to fight her.]]
* GoodColorsEvilColors
* HeelFaceTurn: In ''Radiant Dawn'' after much deprogramming from Bastian.
* InterfaceSpoiler[=/=]TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[spoiler:An unused portrait of Renning was found in ''Path of Radiance'''s file which corresponded to Bertram's portrait exactly, giving away a big {{reveal}} for the next game]].
* KnightInShiningArmour: [[spoiler:As Geoffrey's {{mentor}} Duke Renning was a classic example.]] Bertram is essentially designed as a dark mockery of the trope, and the man himself.
* MagicKnight: But only with his Runesword.
* MysteriousPast: In ''Path of Radiance'' where he's the newest member of the Riders and we know nothing about him. Most of this is cleared up in ''Radiant Dawn'' (albeit very late).
* PsychoSerum: Dosed on it by Izuka
* SlaveMooks: Slave boss actually.
* SssssnakeTalk: He does hiss a lot.
* YourSoulIsMine: Invoked by his boss dialogue. "I will...take...your sssoul."

!!The Black Knight / [[spoiler:Zelgius]]
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One of the driving forces of both games, Ike's nemesis and later [[spoiler:Micaiah's protector]] who is eventually revealed to be one of the few in the loop about the series MythArc.

->'''Class:''' General (''[=PoR=]''), Black Knight (''[=RD=]'')
->'''Voiced by:''' Junji Majima (Japanese, ''[=PoR=]'' and ''[=RD=]''), Mark Dias (English, ''[=PoR=]'')
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* [[spoiler: AntiVillain]] [[spoiler: Like his master Sephiran, Zelgius has went through hell being a Branded and all, being persecuted by his family, friends, and everyone he knew and loved. His only real friend besides Sephiran was his mentor General Gawain. Plus he's very affable. Type I and II.]]
* AffablyEvil: He's quite polite when facing him both for the first time [[spoiler: and as Zelgius.]]
* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. Only one obtainable weapon in the whole of ''[=PoR=]'' can penetrate it. ([[StoryAndGameplaySegregation Due to the game mechanics, Alondite actually can't.]])
** Played a bit straighter in ''[=RD=]''. His NighInvulnerability seems to have worn off and it becomes possible to kill him with technically any weapon, as long as you're bringing enough power. [[spoiler:Or using a [[AnticlimaxBoss Hammer]].]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* BackFromTheDead / NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat: Having [[spoiler:a castle collapse on top of him]] didn't, ironically, seem to leave more of a scratch on him than the the beating he took from [[BadAss Ike]].
* {{Badass}}
** BadassCape
** FourStarBadass
* {{BFS}}: Seriously, Alondite is ''huge''.
* [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes[= / =]BigDamnVillains: All the time in the second game (whether or not he's a hero or a villain depends on [[POVSequel which faction you're fighting with / for]] in ''Dawn'').]]
* [[spoiler: BirthmarkOfDestiny: His brand is on his back.]]
* BlackKnight: The clue is in the name.
* BloodKnight: Always spoiling for a fight against a WorthyOpponent.
* BroughtDownToNormal: For all practical purposes, you ''must'' invoke this in ''[=RD=]'' to stand a chance against him. [[spoiler:If Ike doesn't have Nihil equipped, there is nothing stopping BK (short of having Miracle and getting lucky) from triggering Eclipse for an instant kill. He is also doing the same to you, unfortunately stopping you from using Aether.]]
* CoolMask: Comes complete with [[PowerEchoes an echo effect]].
* CoolSword
* CoDragons: To Ashnard, with Bryce.
** [[spoiler:DragonWithAnAgenda: Since he's really TheDragon to Sephiran, everything he does while helping Ashnard is to further his goal]].
* [[spoiler:CrutchCharacter: In ''Radiant Dawn''. Absolutely ''nothing'' the game has at that point can touch him, but leaning too heavily on him can cripple the already EXP-starved Dawn Brigade.]]
* DarkIsEvil[= / =]LightIsNotGood: That scary black armor and silver sword? Blessed by a Goddess.
* [[spoiler:DiscOneNuke: In ''[=RD=]''. The entirety of chapter 1-9 is dedicated to using the Black Knight to rip through waves of Mooks while defending Micaiah. Fun stuff!]]
* DramaticUnmask: {{Averted}}, unfortunately. The English version really fumbled with this one.
** It's revealed even earlier if you pay attention. [[spoiler:Pretty much all of Zelgius's animations are exactly the same as the Black Knight's]].
* DuelBoss: Twice.
** When the time comes near the end of ''[=PoR=]'', Ike challenges him solo (Mist comes running to his aid, but all she can do is heal).
** In ''[=RD=]'', [[spoiler:Zelgius erects an [[LockedOutOfTheFight impassible barrier between Ike and his party that you can't heal through]], making it a true Duel Boss, albeit one weighted really, really heavily in your favor. You can still support through the wall, however.]]
* EnigmaticMinion
* ForMassiveDamage: His DamageIncreasingDebuff [[LimitBreak Limit Breaks]] in both games. Luna (''[=PoR=]'') merely halves the victim's defense and isn't a unique skill, but since it's on the Black Knight you know it's going to hurt. Eclipse (''[=RD=]''), however, is well and truly over the top, ''negating'' defense and [[NoKillLikeOverkill inflicting five times more damage on top of that]]. This totals out to the tune of about '''208 damage'''. This is enough to kill any unit in the entire series, to date, in one shot.
* GetBackHereBoss: Inverted in ''[=PoR=]''. You can try to chip at the Black Knight using Ragnell's [[SwordBeam ranged attack]], which has the benefit of preventing you from being [[ForMassiveDamage randomly owned]] by his mastery skill, but exactly the same applies to him, so you have to attack directly if you want to win.
* [[spoiler:HalfHumanHybrid: Outed as a Branded in the sequel]].
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceRevolvingDoor]]
* HeroKiller: Oh, hello Greil. [[spoiler:Or should one say, General Gawain?]]
** As for when the player fights him... When the Black Knight shows up on the battlefield, stay the hell out of his range. [[spoiler: Not until the end of the game, anyway, and even then it's all up to luck whether you beat him or not.]]
* HeroicRematch: In ''Path of Radiance'' he is unstoppable until late in the game where Ike has better honed his skills and obtained a sword that can harm him.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With [[spoiler:Sephiran]].
* HopelessBossFight: He appears twice in the mid-chapter in ''Path of Radiance'' prior to his duel with Ike. You are not supposed to fight him, you are supposed to ''run''.
* ILetYouWin: The reason that Ike won in ''Path of Radiance'', [[{{Woolseyism}} according to the English version]] of ''Raidant Dawn''. In the Japanese script, the Black Knight's [[PhlebotinumBreakdown warp powder malfunctioned]], only sending his spirit to fight Ike. In English, however, [[spoiler:the Black Knight decided to spare Ike in the final battle after learning that Greil had cut the tendons in his sword arm and was no longer at the level he was as Gawain of Daein, thus allowing Ike to grow and hone his skills so that he could be a suitable opponent later down the road.]]
* ImplacableMan: Almost constantly.
* InstantRunes
* InterfaceSpoiler[=/=]TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[spoiler:Similar to the situation with Bertram, hacking ''Path of Radiance'' revealed that the Black Knight and Zelgius have identical stats and growth rates. Come ''Radiant Dawn'', guess who he turned out to be]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Not in these games, but in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', if you aren't privy to his identity yet, don't summon his Spotpass version or fight him in the DLC... due to legacy characters using generic character models, it's made immediately obvious [[spoiler:from his hairstyle and color]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: His personal battle theme, "Against the Black Knight". It's slightly altered into another theme for his appearances in cutscenes and on the map, "The Black Knight Lives".
* LightningBruiser: Animations aside, his speed is said to be much greater than a guy in heavy armor should be capable of. In game he is one of the few enemies in ''[=PoR=]'' that a capped Ike cannot double and he's only slow in ''[=RD=]'' to high level third tiers.
* LuckBasedMission: When you finally get a chance to damage him in the first game, the game only lets you do it with Ike, and gives you a certain number of turns before you lose your opportunity. Even at level 20, with Ike's Aether skill and even a few stat-boosting items, it all comes down to whether you can luck into activating Aether at least once before you run out of time.
* MadeOfTitanium
* MightyGlacier: Capable of making use of this status in frightening ways. PowerWalk, NighInvulnerability, {{BFS}}, awesome and ominous {{Leitmotif}}, large and imposing black armor... Hell, even in his first map appearance, ''in plain daylight'', you (the player) probably had an instant OhCrap moment as soon as he stepped out of that door. In battle, he walks up to his foes pretty slowly. But he WILL (most likely) kill whoever is in his way.
* NighInvulnerability
* OhCrap: No one will blame you if this is your reaction when he steps out of that house in the middle of the map he first appears in ''Path of Radiance''. Just as long as you run like hell.
* [[spoiler: OlderThanTheyLook: As a branded, he's likely in his forties ''at the very least''.]]
* OneHandedZweihander: A style he picked up from [[spoiler:Greil]].
** [[spoiler:It's this fighting style that clues Ranulf into his identity (and to observant players).]]
* [[spoiler:SixthRanger: To Micaiah, when you fight Daein in Part 3 of the second game.]]
* ShouldersOfDoom
* TheSlowWalk
* SwordBeam: Courtesy of Alondite.
* TeleportSpam: He teleports from place to place with magic powder. However, he doesn't like to use it for any purpose except for quick travel, as according to him (and [[spoiler:Lekain]] in ''[=RD=]''), using it drains his strength.
* TeleportersAndTransporters
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: His real identity was revealed in promotional material before the game's English release. It says something about the creators when TheyJustDidntCare about one of the most important reveals of the two games.
* [[spoiler: WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:Saw his teacher Greil as such and set out to surpass him. When he felled Greil, this was then placed on Ike with the hopes that he too would mature into a formidable swordsman.]]
** [[spoiler:Ike likewise sees Zelgius as one, considering him his final teacher.]]
* [[spoiler:YouGottaHaveBlueHair: He's Zelgius]].

!!Bryce
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The oldest member of the Four Riders, he originally served with Greil and Tauroneo, and is the only current member who is not intimidated by the Black Knight. Utterly loyal to Daien as a nation, he remains devoted to his country to the end, despite his distaste for Ashnard. He is encountered in the final chapter where he dies protecting Ashnard.

->'''Class:''' General (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]].
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Bryce is a badass, no doubt about it, and that's why he still has his position, despite his advancing age and Ashnard's dislike of him.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassCape
** BadassMoustache
** FourStarBadass
* BladeOnAStick: The Wishblade, an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Lance]]. In the sequel it's wielded by his {{expy}}, Levail.
* CoolOldGuy
* CoDragons: With The Black Knight. Unlike the other two Riders, Bryce is not intimidated by the Black Knight and continues to answer to Ashnard and Ashnard alone. He actually manages to outlast the Black Knight in this position.
* EvilCounterpart: To Tauroneo. They're both {{Mighty Glacier}}s who fight with a BladeOnAStick, belong to the same generation of Riders, want what's best for Daien, and dissaprove of the current king. Unlike Tauroneo, however, Bryce is unable to change and remains loyal to Daien to the end.
* EvilRedhead: {{AntiVillain}}ous Redhead anyway.
* HonourBeforeReason: He even introduces himself before fights.
* MightyGlacier
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Even AFTER [[spoiler:finding out that Ashnard killed his own father to become king. Ashnard finds it amusing that he still fights for him to the end, even when he has doubts.]]
* NobleTopEnforcer
* OptionalBoss: You don't actually have to fight Bryce, and it's possible to slip past him and take down Ashnard.
** DoomedByCanon: ''[=RD=]'' assumes he died anyway.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Daein.
* WorthyOpponent: He and Ike view each other as such if you make them duel.
* YouShallNotPass: Stands astride the easiest path to Ashnard, anchoring Daein's lines.

!!Mad King Ashnard
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The BigBad of the first game, an insane SocialDarwinist who hopes to release the Dark God and destroy the entire continent [[spoiler:or so it is assumed - his real aim is to use the Dark God to remake the known world into a hellhole where only the strongest people rule and survive.]]... Did we mention he's insane?

->'''Class:''' King Daein (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AboveGoodAndEvil: He distinctly states that none of the current laws, moralities or ideals mean anything to him. So long as someone is powerful, they should be allowed to gain even more power through whatever means necessary.
* AllThereInTheManual: The reasoning behind Ashnard's motives is danced around a lot. In fact, the only time Ashnard will [[MotiveRant come out and explain himself]] is if he gets into a fight with [[spoiler: ''Reyson'']], which most players will never see since it will almost certainly end in a reset.
* AmazonChaser: Disturbing example. While [[AllAmazonsWantHercules Almedha was attracted to Ashnard]], he only coveted [[spoiler:her power as a Dragon laguz]]; there was no romantic affection from him whatsoever.
* [[spoiler:ArchnemesisDad: To Soren, though neither of them know it.]]
* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. His armour is the same type as the Black Knight's, and thus the only ways to punch through it are Ragnell and certain extremely strong Laguz.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Fervently believes this.
* AxeCrazy
* BadBoss: Which is why his troops don't bother protesting Daein's more self destructive tactics.
* {{Badass}}: A raging psycho, but a badass.
** BadassBeard
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: Posthumously. On top of the destruction already caused by his war, his death sets in motion another escalating chain of catastrophies that end up awakening the "Dark God" anyway, as depicted in ''[=RD=]''. Ironically, some good comes of it.]]
* TheBattleDidntCount: [[spoiler:You have to kill him to trigger his SuperpoweredEvilSide on Hard/Maniac, and not only does he come back with full health and more of it, it's ''still your turn'' if you did it on the player phase, so you'll have to survive his counterattack.]]
* {{BFS}}: His personal sword, Gurgurant.
* BigBad: Of ''Path of Radiance''.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: General Shiraham, you say? Ashnard doesn't remember him. This pushes Jill's BerserkButton.
* TheCaligula
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:Touching the Medallion. Hard/Maniac mode only, though.]]
* DragonRider: [[spoiler:And, unlike every other example in this game, it ''isn't'' a wyvern.]]
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Say what you want about Ashnard, he ''did'' revolutionise Daein's social structure by making it so that ''anyone'' with sufficient strength and talent could do well for themselves. Well, any ''beorc''.
* TheEvilPrince: In his backstory, where he [[spoiler:murdered his father and all the rest of his family to seize total control of Daein]].
* [[spoiler:TheExtremistWasRight: Well, not about the "Dark God" being a ''Dark'' God, but there are eerie parallels to what happens in part 4 of ''[=RD=]'' and what Ashnard was seeking to achieve.]]
* FinalBoss: Of ''Path of Radiance''.
* ForTheEvulz: It seemed as though he wanted to throw Tellius into war for this reason. At first.
* GodIsEvil: He's aware that there's a chaotic god sealed within the Medallion. Unlike everybody else, however, he actively ''embraces'' the idea as it would mean a complete upheaval of the current order - exactly what he's been trying to accomplish since Day One. He doesn't even care if he gets killed in the process, just so long as the world is revolutionised.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Black armour, black sword, black dragon.
* GracefulLoser: Preemptively. True to his beliefs, he tells Ike just before they fight that, should Ike have the strength to defeat him, "so be it".
* ItsAllAboutMe: He proudly exclaims "I AM Daein" and states that, without him, Daein can fall into ruin for all he cares. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realise that, if he falls, it would mean the failure of Daein. Thus, he wouldn't be strong enough to live in his ideal world - causing this to double-up as a strange kind of TakingYouWithMe.
* [[spoiler:InterspeciesRomance: With Almedha, a black dragon.]]
* [[spoiler:KlingonPromotion: He killed his father and brothers to become king of Daein.]]
* LackOfEmpathy
* LaserGuidedKarma: Fairly subtle, but he loses the war to the Crimean army due to a highly competent tactician and general. The tactician? [[spoiler:The son he abandoned]]. The general who ends up directly killing him? [[spoiler:The boy who found his abandoned son years ago.]] It gets better once you realize that, had Ashnard ''not'' [[spoiler:abandoned his son]], the likelihood they would even meet, let alone be in the same company, would decrease significantly.
* LoveRuinsTheRealm: Well, not exactly "love," but whatever attraction he had to Almedha some 20 years ago [[spoiler:got Goldoa involved in external affairs and nearly risked the awakening of the Dark God.]] And, of course, [[spoiler:Almedha bore him a son, who would grow up to invade Daein and destroy Ashnard's army, ruining the realm more directly.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Discussed in-universe. Most of the protagonists and characters with ties to Daein have their own belief as to which of his actions marked his crossing of it. As it turns out, [[AboveGoodAndEvil he doesn't recognise that what he is doing is wrong in the conventional sense due to his]] ''[[UpToEleven extreme]]'' [[SocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]].
* NietzscheWannabe: Averted. His ideology has more in common with Nietzsche's actual {{Ubermensch}} philosophy than most, as he wants to overthrow the current order and morality and build a new world order based on power and a new set of ideals... The biggest problem, however, is that he's ''batshit insane''.
* NighInvulnerability: Has blessed armor much like the Black Knight's.
* NotSoDifferent: He tells Ike that "If you have the strength to fell me, then so be it!" Also, despite his lack of respect for the Laguz, his philosophy is basically a more extreme version of the Laguz worldview.
* ObviouslyEvil: Just [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/c/cf/Ashnard.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080329230148 look at him]].
* OneHandedZweihander
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Once he takes over the Crimean captial, he's not seen outside of it for the whole game, and seldom gets screen time until the last 1/3rd of the story, almost all of it devoted to scheming and issuing orders. Nobody in your party (besides Elincia, possibly) comes face to face with him until the Endgame. [[AllAccordingToPlan All justified]]; he was waiting for the war to play itself out until it came straight to his doorstep, so that there was nothing standing between him and the strongest troops left (and to agitate the Medallion).
* PureIsNotGood: Able to use Lehran's Medallion without losing his mind, not by being Pure Good, but by being Pure Batshit Insane already.
* SlasherSmile: Just look at that grin. That is not the face of a stable man.
* SocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:His philosophy is basically that strength is the ''only'' thing that matters and that anyone who has the strength to survive the release of the Dark God will have enough power to create a better world... by his standards, of course.]]
* TheSociopath
* SpikesOfVillainy
* [[spoiler:SuperPoweredEvilSide: Like Greil, Ashnard was a powerful warrior before touching the Fire Emblem and even more powerful after. Fortunately, he only becomes super-powered on Hard or Maniac modes.]]
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: [[spoiler: In Hard mode, the final chapter has ''less'' enemies than Normal. Let's just say Ashnard picks up the slack. Big time.]]
* TheDevTeamThinksofEverything: There are more units with pre-battle banter with him than there are units that can deal any damage to him whatsoever. Essentially, you have no reason to let Jill attack him but if you do they'll still have dialogue.
** If you're [[ViolationOfCommonSense unfortunate or unskilled enough]] to let him attack [[NonActionGuy Reyson]], you get to sit through a full-blown MotiveRant from Ashnard before Reyson meets his likely doom. It's practically an easter egg!
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Play on Hard Mode or higher, and after defeating Ashnard once, he goes berserk from touching Lehran's Medallion and you have to kill him this time.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the sequel, Muston's traveling group comments how times in Daein were better under Ashnard's rule than Begnion's, probably because of his simple respect of anyone with strength to fight for him, regardless of class.
* VisionaryVillain: His "ideal world" is remarkably meritocratic.
-->'''Ashnard:''' "I question the way in which our society is designed. No matter what strength a person has, it is the station he is born into that controls his destiny. And you cannot control where you will be born. Do you believe that a person of low birth should simply endure the curse of his station? I think not. If you are stronger than those around you, you should benefit from your strength. This is why I will use my strength to remake this world."
* {{Ubermensch}}: His ideal world is one where ''everybody'' fits the bill.
* [[spoiler:YouCantThwartStageOne: See TheBadGuyWins.]]

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!!Naesala
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The treacherous leader of Kilvas, Naesala is a mercenary, hiring out his men to anyone who will pay for them. Always seeking the advantage, Naesala desires to make his tiny nation into a power to feared, and to that end, offers his services to Daein during ''Path of Radiance''. Aloof, manipulative, and calculating, he maintains a soft spot for the Heron siblings, whom he has known since childhood.

->'''Class:''' Raven King (''[=PoR=]'' and ''[=RD=]'')
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* AllThereInTheManual: In order to puzzle out his actions in ''[=RD=]'', you need to pay close attention to a number of seemingly throwaway lines and a few potentially hidden conversations. [[spoiler:In short, he inherited the blood pact from his predecessor.]]
** Several throwaway lines in Path of Radiance [[spoiler:hint at the blood pact Naesala inherited. It doesn't even come up until the very end of Radiant Dawn.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain: Let's see... He was forced into a blood pact with Begnion's senators, meaning he couldn't help his allies and was alienated by everyone because of it (Tibarn and Skrimir even threatened to kill him). And he thought he was helping his nation by doing so, and to make matters worse, even the herons, his childhood friends don't trust him much. Type I and II.]]
* {{Badass}}
* BlowYouAway: The only Laguz in either game to use magic, ironically, the same magic his tribe has a weakness to.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Betrays the Laguz, Daein commander Norris, Reyson, and Petrine, and that's just in the first game.
* [[spoiler:ChildhoodFriendRomance: He marries Leanne if they have an A rank support by the end of the game.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Was more than willing to let Skrimir tear him to shreds for betraying the Laguz alliance after the light of judgement fell. He only backed out because he realized that Nealuchi and Leanne were willing to give their lives to defend him. He also says that Skrimir killing him would mean Tibarn wouldn't be able to get his revenge.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: Following his defection from Daein, he can be recruited during the last level of ''Path of Radiance''. In ''Radiant Dawn'', he can be recruited after most of Kilvas is turned to stone.
* GuileHero: And HOW!
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Betrays people '''a lot'''. [[spoiler:Even if it is all for the good of his country.]]
-->'''Ranulf:''' Naesala and the ravens of Kilvas betrayed us? [[LampshadeHanging Again?]]
* HiredGuns: Hires out his soldiers, and his own services, to the highest bidder.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:A treacherous raven, yes, but his reason was justified in ''Radiant Dawn'', since his people were forced to pull out of the Laguz Alliance via Blood Pact. He chose the safety of his people over defeating Begnion.]]
** This is his attitude in Path of Radiance, as well. Simply put, Naesala will do whatever he has to in order to ensure the prosperity of his kingdom, even if it means betraying his most trusted allies. Of course, you can expect him to betray pretty much anyone if it helps him out. [[spoiler:Selling Reyson to Oliver? Naesala was probably going to rescue him later on, as Tibarn surmises. Teams up with Norris from Daein? Gives him false information that leads to Norris attacking a Begnion ship instead of Elincia's while he sends his own men to plunder the latter. And then offers his royal assistance to Norris for triple his usual fee. Norris doesn't take.]]
* [[spoiler:InterspeciesRomance: Marries Leanne, a heron laguz, after Radiant Dawn if they have an A-level support. This indicates that while beorc/laguz relationships are taboo, relations between members of different laguz clans are not.]]
** [[spoiler:Although we do often see the laguz classified into just three ''tribes'' -- beasts, birds, and dragons. (Example: the scene depicting the covenant that Altina, Soan, Lehran, and Dheginsea made with Ashera.) It has yet to be seen how a relationship between, say, a beast and a bird would be viewed. Though according to a support conversation in Path of Radiance, the laguz tribes are unable to procreate if they come from different tribes. So a a beast tribe laguz may be with a bird tribe laguz, but they can't have children. Unless it's another thing Dheginsea said.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2HUYGP4G5E On Black Wings]] is his conversation theme.
** In Radiant Dawn, when he fights non-boss enemies, there is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nva04nH_YI0 Wheeling Corby]].
* ManipulativeBastard
* MoralEventHorizon: {{In-universe}}, his putting the entire adult male population of Phoenicis Island to death is seen as this, though it's noted he made a point of sparing all females, children, and elderly, proving he's not ''complete'' scum. [[spoiler:Eventually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]; he was under a Blood Pact, meaning he literally ''had'' to do it or else his entire country would've dropped dead one by two by three...]].
* MoralityPet: [[LoveInterest Leanne]] and [[OldRetainer Nealuchi]].
* OptionalBoss: In one level of ''Path of Radiance''. Since the level ends when you take out Petrine's subordinate, Homasa, engaging Naesala is ''not'' recommended.
* PurposefullyOverpowered: Strong, tough, and ungodly fast.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He serves as a frontline soldier and mercenary as well as a leader.
* SequenceBreaking: Either that or he bribed the developers, because in ''[=RD=]'' he has his mastery skill three levels before the game would allow him to learn it.
* [[SmugSnake Smug Crow]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: With Leanne.
* VillainousCrush: How his interest in Leanne looks to Reyson.
* WeakButSkilled: By Laguz Royalty standards. He's still freakishly strong.

!!Oliver
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A corrupt Begnion Senator and the main antagonist of the Begnion chapters in the first game, involved in the Laguz slave trade.

->'''Class:''' Bishop (''[=PoR=]''), Saint (''[=RD=]'')
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* ArcVillain: The Begnion subarc, which lasts for about four chapters, is about stopping the illegal slave trade and rescuing the herons from him. As a Begnion senator, he has no connections to Daein, the antagonist country for the rest of the game. Then in the second game, when Begnion senators are the major antagonists, he has a HeelFaceTurn.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: In the second game. Coupled with the loss of his DirtyCoward status, as he's not afraid to die anymore.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness:
** Played with. Oliver himself is {{Gonk}} and rather unpleasant when not going out of his way to suck up to someone else, but is genuinely convinced that all things beautiful in the world are only exponents of the greatest good ([[SarcasmMode like himself]]). As it turns out, having [[{{Bishonen}} Rafiel]] talk to him [[InsaneTrollLogic convinces him that you are "Protectors of Beauty", and therefore, must be on the side of ultimate good.]] Ergo, [[HeelFaceTurn he must join you]] in your crusade against those who [[BerserkButton would tarnish everything beautiful!]] ...HilarityEnsues.
** While still an overweight {{Gonk}}, Oliver is drawn to be [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ferd-oliver.jpg considerably more cheerful and less villainous-looking]] in the second game. Since this is the one where you can recruit him, that's not exactly shocking.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: This is what ultimately makes him more redeemable than the other Begnion Senators.
* CowardlyLion: Don't threaten anything beautiful in front of him. He'll go from DirtyCoward to LethalJokeCharacter in about ten seconds flat.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: His treatment of Reyson in POR comes across like a molestor.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sure, he'll buy and sell Herons on the black market like nothing, but he wouldn't dream of actually ''harming'' one, let alone [[spoiler:destroying their entire civilization]].
* EvilLaugh: Ho, ho, ho...
* FanNickname: [[JokeCharacter Loliver]].
* FatBastard: A truly depraved [[BigFun happy fat guy]].
* TheFightingNarcissist: You gotta admire Oliver's self-confidence if nothing else. He honestly believes he's the most beautiful character in the game.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: If he joins you.
--> '''Ike''': "Look... Would you mind rejoining the enemy?"
** [[spoiler:His support conversations with the vast majority of your army in Radiant Dawn. Most of them are extremely hesitant at having anything to do with him.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: In the second game... sort of.]]
* HilarityEnsues: Recruit Oliver in the second game and pit him against any of the human bosses that remain. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Kick back and have a laugh.]]
** This video explains it better: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbT6Mr2hM3M]].
* {{Gonk}}: As if his personality wasn't revolting enough.
* JokeCharacter
* LaughablyEvil: He's hilarious in a CreepyAwesome way.
* {{Leitmotif}}: First appears when he's a villain in the first game; re-used in the second for all of his battles unless an enemy's Leitmotif overrides it.
* LightEmUp: And seems to have a penchant for the [[LifeDrain Nosferatu]] spell book.
* LightIsNotGood: How the hell was this guy ever accepted into the priesthood?!?
* MoralityPet: Turns out, despite playing a large part in getting them sold into involuntary servitude, he really does like the Herons a lot. [[spoiler:If you bring him to the final battle, [[BerserkButton he'll take it particularly well]] to discover that the guy who signed his checks was responsible for wiping out their society all along]].
* {{Narcissist}}
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsLife: Recruiting him in the second game and keeping him alive results in the guy arguably redeeming himself in the epilogue, living the peaceful life he always wanted as a "protector of beauty". Surprisingly enough, [[PetTheDog it seems he easily befriends Rafiel at some point.]]]]
* SinisterMinister
* [[spoiler:TokenEvilTeammate: If you recruit him in the second game.]]
** WakeUpCallBoss: In ''[=RD=]'', the first one you run into with a [[HolyHandGrenade mastery]] [[OneHitKill skill]]. Yikes!

!!Shiharam Fizzart
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Jill's father, Haar's superior, and commander of Daien's Dracoknights, Shiharam left Begnion due to corruption in the Senate and now serves as one of Petrine's subordinates. He is the boss of Chapter 20 in ''[=PoR=]''.

->'''Class:''' Wyvern Lord (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AFatherToHisMen: Implied. This guy oozes respect to his men so much that they were crushed at his death and wondered in tears if eighteen years of serving him would be for naught, until Haar convinces them to take the ItHasBeenAnHonor stance.
* AntiVillain
* ArchnemesisDad: Averted. He and Jill may be on opposite sides but he still cares about her deeply, which makes forcing her to fight him a real TearJerker.
* AnAxeToGrind
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** FourStarBadass
* DefectorFromDecadence: He couldn't stomach the corruption in Begnion, or the casual attitude that the Senators displayed towards his men's lives. Unfortunately, he ended up on the receiving end of it again in Daein.
* DragonRider
* EvilRedhead
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: More like the general ''nobody knows''. If Jill confronts Ashnard about his death, he'll reply that he ''doesn't even know Shiharam's name''. It's also implied that, due to being an honourable guy (or maybe just because he originally came from Begnion), he's something of an outcast in Daein.
* HonourBeforeReason: Fights to the death for Daein out of a misplaced sense of loyalty and the need to prove himself to Petrine and Ashnard.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Was at least once this, according to Haar, but Shiharam wasn't left with much choice once Petrine put the screws to him.
* StoneWall: He comes with good defenses and is prepared to try and stall you until you run out of turns, sitting with a strong throwing axe between two map obstructions (making him not as easy to approach) and packing a Full Guard to neutralize his Wind and Bow weaknesses.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Among the Daein generals.

!!Ena
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A shy, nervy girl who serves as Petrine's strategic advisor, Ena is more than a little out of place in the Daein army. For much of the game she appears to have a crush on Ashnard; it's eventually revealed that she's a Goldoan Red Dragon and that the one she's in love with is Ashnard's dragon mount, Rajaion. She opposes Ike and the Crimean Liberation Force when they storm Daein keep; she is eventually captured by them following Ike's confrontation with the Black Knight.

->'''Class:''' Red Dragon (''[=PoR=]'' and ''[=RD=]'')
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* ActionGirl[=/=]FauxActionGirl: She tries, but she just isn't up to providing much of a fight statistically without help.
* AntiVillain: Only allied with Ashnard to try and save her boyfriend, Rajaion, who was forced into serving as the latter's mount and slave.
* ArtificialStupidity: For whatever reason, dragons can't do ranged attacks in ''[=PoR=]''. She's weak to thunder magic. [[AnticlimaxBoss She's... not much of a boss]], unless you choose to [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fight like gentlemen]].
* BrokenBird
* EvilCounterpart: She's Petrine's equivalent of Soren, offering advice and building strategies but never taking direct command of the army (until Ashnard decides to get rid of her). Also, whereas Soren's is a cold-blooded AntiHero who doesn't really fit in with Ike's crew, Ena is a fairly pleasent, timid girl who doesn't fit in at all with [[BadBoss Petrine]] and her soldiers. [[spoiler:They also share Goldoan origins.]]
* TheEvilGenius: Serves as Petrine's.
* HeelFaceTurn: It happens no matter what, but she only [[EleventhHourRanger joins your party]] if you fail to save [[spoiler:Nasir]].
** SchrodingersPlayerCharacter
* LoveHurts: Her love for Rajaion forced her to ally with Ashnard, work for Petrine, compromise her morals, participate in numerous atrocities, and ultimately watch him die after Ashnard's defeat.
* LoveMakesYouEvil
* MagikarpPower: In both games, she joins near the very end and quite underleveled. For ''[=PoR=]'', her growths are still decent and if you've been saving up some powerful skills, she can be trained in time to fight Ashnard [[spoiler:and even take on Berserk Ashnard with the right loadout]].
** CantCatchUp: In ''[=RD=]'' though, you'll have to dump all your remaining Bonus EXP onto her and cross your fingers, or be content using her as a wall and StatusBuff-bot.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: A small, bright pink Dragon once she transforms. This is likely due to being of mixed White and Red Dragon heritage; however, in ''[=RD=]'', her shifted state is suddenly taller than everyone except Gareth and [[spoiler:Dheginsea]].
* PinkMeansFeminine: Despite being a red dragon she's, well, pink. Technically, she's part-red, part-white. (One of her grandparents is white.)
* [[spoiler:PregnantBadass: She sure doesn't look it, but she's already carrying Rajaion's child by the end of ''[=PoR=]''.]]
* StoneWall: She has very high HP and Defense, plus a lot of good defensive Skills, which is especially notable when you fight her in ''[=PoR=]''. This all comes at the expense of poor attack power, and it gets even weaker in ''[=RD=]''. (She has a very good magic stat, which she can't even use apart from the Imbue skill in ''[=RD=]''.)
* TheStrategist: Serves as Petrine's strategic advisor.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: Using cheat codes to put White Breath in her inventory (in both games) reveals she could equip that as well, whereas no other Laguz in either game can equip anything but their default weapon. This was probably scrapped for game balance.

!!Petrine ''(Prague)''
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A member of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Four Riders Of Daein]]. She's the first major antagonist met, and also the first to be defeated. [[spoiler:She's also a Branded, which you learn if you attack her with Soren.]]

->'''Class:''' Paladin (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AlasPoorVillain: Despite the numerous atrocities she committed, it's possible to feel some pity for her when she dies begging for her life.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Like all of Daein's Riders, she holds her position due to her ability to roast the rumpus of anyone who thinks she's unqualified.
* {{Badass}}
** FourStarBadass
* BadBoss...just like her boss. At one point Naesala refuses to let one of his ravens deliver the news of a defeat to her, on account of her temper, and fondness for frying subordinates who fail.
* TheBaroness
* [[spoiler: BirthMarkOfDestiny: Her brand is on her right breast.]]
* BladeOnAStick: A Flame Lance to be precise.
* BoobsOfSteel: The highest ranking female villain in the game is also the most stacked. Wonder if there's a connection there?
* BreastPlate: Her's not only shows off her rack, but a fair amount of cleavage as well. [[spoiler: It also shows off her brand.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Dog's breath!"
* CoDragons: Subverted. While she's theoretically of a rank with The Black Knight and Bryce she's obviously subservient to them both, serving as TheDarkChick in Daein's FiveBadBand.
* CombatStilettos: Has them built into her armour.
* DarkActionGirl
* DarkChick: Of the Four Riders.
* EvilCounterpart: To Titania. Both are [[LadyOfWar Elegant]], {{Badass}}, [[KnightInShiningArmor Paladin Chicks]], who seem to have a thing for Greil.
* FantasticRacism: Towards Laguz.
* FreudianExcuse: Given the kind of lives that the [[spoiler:Branded]] tend to live this may well serve as hers.
** Also goes to explain her fierce devotion to Daein and, more to the point, Ashnard. Ashnard doesn't give a damn what a person's origins are. He values strength above all else. So Petrine no doubt felt that for the first time in a long time, she was treated like a person.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Like most of Daien's troops she's clad in jet black armour.
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's the first acknowledged [[spoiler:Branded that we meet, although what sort of Laguz her ancestor was is unknown]].
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: As Soren points out, Petrine covers her intense fear of death with a facade of bravado and cruelty.
* LackOfEmpathy: Doesn't bat an eye at the deaths of her subordinates, not even the exceedingly loyal [[TheDragon Homasa]].
* LadyOfWar: A thoroughly villainous example.
* MagicKnight
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Petrin" is French for "trouble". Petrius, is a psuedohistorical Roman general and an enemy of King Arthur.
* NotSoDifferent: Tries it on Soren; it doesn't take.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Branded age very slowly, which could easily put Petrine in her fifties or older]].
* PlayingWithFire: Her Flame Lance.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: A raging racist who condemns all Laguz as sub-human "half-breeds". This likely stems from her own history of mistreatment as a [[spoiler:Branded]].
* {{Pyromaniac}}: If her threats to charbroil and eat Laguz are any indicator.
* ProperlyParanoid: With regards to Haar's and Naesala's continued loyalty.
* SocialDarwinist: She shares Ashnard's belief in rule by the strong.
* StoryAndGameplaySegregation: The aforementioned Flame Lance is apparently a fearsome weapon in-universe. To the player? A moderately strong throwing lance that deals magic damage. Petrine's Magic stat happens to suck. Gang up on Petrine with mages and she drops like a stone.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Ashnard, absolutely flipping out if he's insulted. One of her henchmen, Homasa, displays a similar attitude towards her.
* [[spoiler: YouAreWhatYouHate: A Branded that hates laguz. Granted, most laguz treat her kind like they don't exist, so it's justified.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green actually.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Has a reputation for this, and reminds her subordinates of it:
--> '''Shiharam''': If the goal is merely to stop the Crimean army, this is not necessary. The strength of my troops will suffice to--
--> '''Petrine''': The last idiot who told me that ended up on a corpse pile!

!!Bertram ''(Beuforres)''
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The newest member of the Four Riders of Daein, he gets the least amount of time devoted to him in story until the second game, where he is revealed to be [[spoiler:[[BrainwashedAndCrazy Renning, Prince of Crimea]].]]

->'''Class:''' Paladin (''[=PoR=]''), Gold Knight (''[=RD=]'')
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* AxeCrazy
* {{Badass}}
** BadassMustache
** FourStarBadass: Although his leadership skills are limited by his madness.
* BlackKnight: Fits the trope as well or better than the actual Black Knight, with his black armour, black horse, creepy magic sword, bizarre persona, clear madness, and MysteriousPast. He's even got a connection to one of the main characters.
* [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy: He's Renning, the would-be heir to the Crimean throne and Elincia's uncle.]]
* TheBrute: Too insane to actually give orders to his troops, Bertram leads by strength and example, nothing more.
* CoDragons: As in Petrine's case it's thoroughly subverted. On the surface he's of a rank with Bryce and The Black Knight, but his status as a mind controlled slave leaves him as little more than TheBrute.
* CoolHelmet[=/=]CoolMask
* CoolSword[=/=]LightIsNotGood: Owns a sword that can drain life by using Light.
* DeathSeeker: "Kill...me... ...KILL...M-ME..."
* [[spoiler:EleventhHourRanger: After Reyson restores Renning to normal, you can recruit him for the Endgame.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Geoffrey.
* EvilUncle: [[spoiler:To Elincia, although this was not his own idea. Blame Izuka. We certainly do, especially since he retains just enough sense to tell Elincia to get away from him as he doesn't want to fight her.]]
* GoodColorsEvilColors
* HeelFaceTurn: In ''Radiant Dawn'' after much deprogramming from Bastian.
* InterfaceSpoiler[=/=]TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[spoiler:An unused portrait of Renning was found in ''Path of Radiance'''s file which corresponded to Bertram's portrait exactly, giving away a big {{reveal}} for the next game]].
* KnightInShiningArmour: [[spoiler:As Geoffrey's {{mentor}} Duke Renning was a classic example.]] Bertram is essentially designed as a dark mockery of the trope, and the man himself.
* MagicKnight: But only with his Runesword.
* MysteriousPast: In ''Path of Radiance'' where he's the newest member of the Riders and we know nothing about him. Most of this is cleared up in ''Radiant Dawn'' (albeit very late).
* PsychoSerum: Dosed on it by Izuka
* SlaveMooks: Slave boss actually.
* SssssnakeTalk: He does hiss a lot.
* YourSoulIsMine: Invoked by his boss dialogue. "I will...take...your sssoul."

!!The Black Knight / [[spoiler:Zelgius]]
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One of the driving forces of both games, Ike's nemesis and later [[spoiler:Micaiah's protector]] who is eventually revealed to be one of the few in the loop about the series MythArc.

->'''Class:''' General (''[=PoR=]''), Black Knight (''[=RD=]'')
->'''Voiced by:''' Junji Majima (Japanese, ''[=PoR=]'' and ''[=RD=]''), Mark Dias (English, ''[=PoR=]'')
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* [[spoiler: AntiVillain]] [[spoiler: Like his master Sephiran, Zelgius has went through hell being a Branded and all, being persecuted by his family, friends, and everyone he knew and loved. His only real friend besides Sephiran was his mentor General Gawain. Plus he's very affable. Type I and II.]]
* AffablyEvil: He's quite polite when facing him both for the first time [[spoiler: and as Zelgius.]]
* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. Only one obtainable weapon in the whole of ''[=PoR=]'' can penetrate it. ([[StoryAndGameplaySegregation Due to the game mechanics, Alondite actually can't.]])
** Played a bit straighter in ''[=RD=]''. His NighInvulnerability seems to have worn off and it becomes possible to kill him with technically any weapon, as long as you're bringing enough power. [[spoiler:Or using a [[AnticlimaxBoss Hammer]].]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* BackFromTheDead / NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat: Having [[spoiler:a castle collapse on top of him]] didn't, ironically, seem to leave more of a scratch on him than the the beating he took from [[BadAss Ike]].
* {{Badass}}
** BadassCape
** FourStarBadass
* {{BFS}}: Seriously, Alondite is ''huge''.
* [[spoiler:BigDamnHeroes[= / =]BigDamnVillains: All the time in the second game (whether or not he's a hero or a villain depends on [[POVSequel which faction you're fighting with / for]] in ''Dawn'').]]
* [[spoiler: BirthmarkOfDestiny: His brand is on his back.]]
* BlackKnight: The clue is in the name.
* BloodKnight: Always spoiling for a fight against a WorthyOpponent.
* BroughtDownToNormal: For all practical purposes, you ''must'' invoke this in ''[=RD=]'' to stand a chance against him. [[spoiler:If Ike doesn't have Nihil equipped, there is nothing stopping BK (short of having Miracle and getting lucky) from triggering Eclipse for an instant kill. He is also doing the same to you, unfortunately stopping you from using Aether.]]
* CoolMask: Comes complete with [[PowerEchoes an echo effect]].
* CoolSword
* CoDragons: To Ashnard, with Bryce.
** [[spoiler:DragonWithAnAgenda: Since he's really TheDragon to Sephiran, everything he does while helping Ashnard is to further his goal]].
* [[spoiler:CrutchCharacter: In ''Radiant Dawn''. Absolutely ''nothing'' the game has at that point can touch him, but leaning too heavily on him can cripple the already EXP-starved Dawn Brigade.]]
* DarkIsEvil[= / =]LightIsNotGood: That scary black armor and silver sword? Blessed by a Goddess.
* [[spoiler:DiscOneNuke: In ''[=RD=]''. The entirety of chapter 1-9 is dedicated to using the Black Knight to rip through waves of Mooks while defending Micaiah. Fun stuff!]]
* DramaticUnmask: {{Averted}}, unfortunately. The English version really fumbled with this one.
** It's revealed even earlier if you pay attention. [[spoiler:Pretty much all of Zelgius's animations are exactly the same as the Black Knight's]].
* DuelBoss: Twice.
** When the time comes near the end of ''[=PoR=]'', Ike challenges him solo (Mist comes running to his aid, but all she can do is heal).
** In ''[=RD=]'', [[spoiler:Zelgius erects an [[LockedOutOfTheFight impassible barrier between Ike and his party that you can't heal through]], making it a true Duel Boss, albeit one weighted really, really heavily in your favor. You can still support through the wall, however.]]
* EnigmaticMinion
* ForMassiveDamage: His DamageIncreasingDebuff [[LimitBreak Limit Breaks]] in both games. Luna (''[=PoR=]'') merely halves the victim's defense and isn't a unique skill, but since it's on the Black Knight you know it's going to hurt. Eclipse (''[=RD=]''), however, is well and truly over the top, ''negating'' defense and [[NoKillLikeOverkill inflicting five times more damage on top of that]]. This totals out to the tune of about '''208 damage'''. This is enough to kill any unit in the entire series, to date, in one shot.
* GetBackHereBoss: Inverted in ''[=PoR=]''. You can try to chip at the Black Knight using Ragnell's [[SwordBeam ranged attack]], which has the benefit of preventing you from being [[ForMassiveDamage randomly owned]] by his mastery skill, but exactly the same applies to him, so you have to attack directly if you want to win.
* [[spoiler:HalfHumanHybrid: Outed as a Branded in the sequel]].
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceRevolvingDoor]]
* HeroKiller: Oh, hello Greil. [[spoiler:Or should one say, General Gawain?]]
** As for when the player fights him... When the Black Knight shows up on the battlefield, stay the hell out of his range. [[spoiler: Not until the end of the game, anyway, and even then it's all up to luck whether you beat him or not.]]
* HeroicRematch: In ''Path of Radiance'' he is unstoppable until late in the game where Ike has better honed his skills and obtained a sword that can harm him.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With [[spoiler:Sephiran]].
* HopelessBossFight: He appears twice in the mid-chapter in ''Path of Radiance'' prior to his duel with Ike. You are not supposed to fight him, you are supposed to ''run''.
* ILetYouWin: The reason that Ike won in ''Path of Radiance'', [[{{Woolseyism}} according to the English version]] of ''Raidant Dawn''. In the Japanese script, the Black Knight's [[PhlebotinumBreakdown warp powder malfunctioned]], only sending his spirit to fight Ike. In English, however, [[spoiler:the Black Knight decided to spare Ike in the final battle after learning that Greil had cut the tendons in his sword arm and was no longer at the level he was as Gawain of Daein, thus allowing Ike to grow and hone his skills so that he could be a suitable opponent later down the road.]]
* ImplacableMan: Almost constantly.
* InstantRunes
* InterfaceSpoiler[=/=]TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: [[spoiler:Similar to the situation with Bertram, hacking ''Path of Radiance'' revealed that the Black Knight and Zelgius have identical stats and growth rates. Come ''Radiant Dawn'', guess who he turned out to be]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Not in these games, but in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', if you aren't privy to his identity yet, don't summon his Spotpass version or fight him in the DLC... due to legacy characters using generic character models, it's made immediately obvious [[spoiler:from his hairstyle and color]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: His personal battle theme, "Against the Black Knight". It's slightly altered into another theme for his appearances in cutscenes and on the map, "The Black Knight Lives".
* LightningBruiser: Animations aside, his speed is said to be much greater than a guy in heavy armor should be capable of. In game he is one of the few enemies in ''[=PoR=]'' that a capped Ike cannot double and he's only slow in ''[=RD=]'' to high level third tiers.
* LuckBasedMission: When you finally get a chance to damage him in the first game, the game only lets you do it with Ike, and gives you a certain number of turns before you lose your opportunity. Even at level 20, with Ike's Aether skill and even a few stat-boosting items, it all comes down to whether you can luck into activating Aether at least once before you run out of time.
* MadeOfTitanium
* MightyGlacier: Capable of making use of this status in frightening ways. PowerWalk, NighInvulnerability, {{BFS}}, awesome and ominous {{Leitmotif}}, large and imposing black armor... Hell, even in his first map appearance, ''in plain daylight'', you (the player) probably had an instant OhCrap moment as soon as he stepped out of that door. In battle, he walks up to his foes pretty slowly. But he WILL (most likely) kill whoever is in his way.
* NighInvulnerability
* OhCrap: No one will blame you if this is your reaction when he steps out of that house in the middle of the map he first appears in ''Path of Radiance''. Just as long as you run like hell.
* [[spoiler: OlderThanTheyLook: As a branded, he's likely in his forties ''at the very least''.]]
* OneHandedZweihander: A style he picked up from [[spoiler:Greil]].
** [[spoiler:It's this fighting style that clues Ranulf into his identity (and to observant players).]]
* [[spoiler:SixthRanger: To Micaiah, when you fight Daein in Part 3 of the second game.]]
* ShouldersOfDoom
* TheSlowWalk
* SwordBeam: Courtesy of Alondite.
* TeleportSpam: He teleports from place to place with magic powder. However, he doesn't like to use it for any purpose except for quick travel, as according to him (and [[spoiler:Lekain]] in ''[=RD=]''), using it drains his strength.
* TeleportersAndTransporters
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: His real identity was revealed in promotional material before the game's English release. It says something about the creators when TheyJustDidntCare about one of the most important reveals of the two games.
* [[spoiler: WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:Saw his teacher Greil as such and set out to surpass him. When he felled Greil, this was then placed on Ike with the hopes that he too would mature into a formidable swordsman.]]
** [[spoiler:Ike likewise sees Zelgius as one, considering him his final teacher.]]
* [[spoiler:YouGottaHaveBlueHair: He's Zelgius]].

!!Bryce
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The oldest member of the Four Riders, he originally served with Greil and Tauroneo, and is the only current member who is not intimidated by the Black Knight. Utterly loyal to Daien as a nation, he remains devoted to his country to the end, despite his distaste for Ashnard. He is encountered in the final chapter where he dies protecting Ashnard.

->'''Class:''' General (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I]].
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Bryce is a badass, no doubt about it, and that's why he still has his position, despite his advancing age and Ashnard's dislike of him.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassCape
** BadassMoustache
** FourStarBadass
* BladeOnAStick: The Wishblade, an [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Lance]]. In the sequel it's wielded by his {{expy}}, Levail.
* CoolOldGuy
* CoDragons: With The Black Knight. Unlike the other two Riders, Bryce is not intimidated by the Black Knight and continues to answer to Ashnard and Ashnard alone. He actually manages to outlast the Black Knight in this position.
* EvilCounterpart: To Tauroneo. They're both {{Mighty Glacier}}s who fight with a BladeOnAStick, belong to the same generation of Riders, want what's best for Daien, and dissaprove of the current king. Unlike Tauroneo, however, Bryce is unable to change and remains loyal to Daien to the end.
* EvilRedhead: {{AntiVillain}}ous Redhead anyway.
* HonourBeforeReason: He even introduces himself before fights.
* MightyGlacier
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Even AFTER [[spoiler:finding out that Ashnard killed his own father to become king. Ashnard finds it amusing that he still fights for him to the end, even when he has doubts.]]
* NobleTopEnforcer
* OptionalBoss: You don't actually have to fight Bryce, and it's possible to slip past him and take down Ashnard.
** DoomedByCanon: ''[=RD=]'' assumes he died anyway.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Daein.
* WorthyOpponent: He and Ike view each other as such if you make them duel.
* YouShallNotPass: Stands astride the easiest path to Ashnard, anchoring Daein's lines.

!!Mad King Ashnard
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The BigBad of the first game, an insane SocialDarwinist who hopes to release the Dark God and destroy the entire continent [[spoiler:or so it is assumed - his real aim is to use the Dark God to remake the known world into a hellhole where only the strongest people rule and survive.]]... Did we mention he's insane?

->'''Class:''' King Daein (''[=PoR=]'')
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* AboveGoodAndEvil: He distinctly states that none of the current laws, moralities or ideals mean anything to him. So long as someone is powerful, they should be allowed to gain even more power through whatever means necessary.
* AllThereInTheManual: The reasoning behind Ashnard's motives is danced around a lot. In fact, the only time Ashnard will [[MotiveRant come out and explain himself]] is if he gets into a fight with [[spoiler: ''Reyson'']], which most players will never see since it will almost certainly end in a reset.
* AmazonChaser: Disturbing example. While [[AllAmazonsWantHercules Almedha was attracted to Ashnard]], he only coveted [[spoiler:her power as a Dragon laguz]]; there was no romantic affection from him whatsoever.
* [[spoiler:ArchnemesisDad: To Soren, though neither of them know it.]]
* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. His armour is the same type as the Black Knight's, and thus the only ways to punch through it are Ragnell and certain extremely strong Laguz.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Fervently believes this.
* AxeCrazy
* BadBoss: Which is why his troops don't bother protesting Daein's more self destructive tactics.
* {{Badass}}: A raging psycho, but a badass.
** BadassBeard
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: Posthumously. On top of the destruction already caused by his war, his death sets in motion another escalating chain of catastrophies that end up awakening the "Dark God" anyway, as depicted in ''[=RD=]''. Ironically, some good comes of it.]]
* TheBattleDidntCount: [[spoiler:You have to kill him to trigger his SuperpoweredEvilSide on Hard/Maniac, and not only does he come back with full health and more of it, it's ''still your turn'' if you did it on the player phase, so you'll have to survive his counterattack.]]
* {{BFS}}: His personal sword, Gurgurant.
* BigBad: Of ''Path of Radiance''.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: General Shiraham, you say? Ashnard doesn't remember him. This pushes Jill's BerserkButton.
* TheCaligula
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler:Touching the Medallion. Hard/Maniac mode only, though.]]
* DragonRider: [[spoiler:And, unlike every other example in this game, it ''isn't'' a wyvern.]]
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Say what you want about Ashnard, he ''did'' revolutionise Daein's social structure by making it so that ''anyone'' with sufficient strength and talent could do well for themselves. Well, any ''beorc''.
* TheEvilPrince: In his backstory, where he [[spoiler:murdered his father and all the rest of his family to seize total control of Daein]].
* [[spoiler:TheExtremistWasRight: Well, not about the "Dark God" being a ''Dark'' God, but there are eerie parallels to what happens in part 4 of ''[=RD=]'' and what Ashnard was seeking to achieve.]]
* FinalBoss: Of ''Path of Radiance''.
* ForTheEvulz: It seemed as though he wanted to throw Tellius into war for this reason. At first.
* GodIsEvil: He's aware that there's a chaotic god sealed within the Medallion. Unlike everybody else, however, he actively ''embraces'' the idea as it would mean a complete upheaval of the current order - exactly what he's been trying to accomplish since Day One. He doesn't even care if he gets killed in the process, just so long as the world is revolutionised.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Black armour, black sword, black dragon.
* GracefulLoser: Preemptively. True to his beliefs, he tells Ike just before they fight that, should Ike have the strength to defeat him, "so be it".
* ItsAllAboutMe: He proudly exclaims "I AM Daein" and states that, without him, Daein can fall into ruin for all he cares. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realise that, if he falls, it would mean the failure of Daein. Thus, he wouldn't be strong enough to live in his ideal world - causing this to double-up as a strange kind of TakingYouWithMe.
* [[spoiler:InterspeciesRomance: With Almedha, a black dragon.]]
* [[spoiler:KlingonPromotion: He killed his father and brothers to become king of Daein.]]
* LackOfEmpathy
* LaserGuidedKarma: Fairly subtle, but he loses the war to the Crimean army due to a highly competent tactician and general. The tactician? [[spoiler:The son he abandoned]]. The general who ends up directly killing him? [[spoiler:The boy who found his abandoned son years ago.]] It gets better once you realize that, had Ashnard ''not'' [[spoiler:abandoned his son]], the likelihood they would even meet, let alone be in the same company, would decrease significantly.
* LoveRuinsTheRealm: Well, not exactly "love," but whatever attraction he had to Almedha some 20 years ago [[spoiler:got Goldoa involved in external affairs and nearly risked the awakening of the Dark God.]] And, of course, [[spoiler:Almedha bore him a son, who would grow up to invade Daein and destroy Ashnard's army, ruining the realm more directly.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Discussed in-universe. Most of the protagonists and characters with ties to Daein have their own belief as to which of his actions marked his crossing of it. As it turns out, [[AboveGoodAndEvil he doesn't recognise that what he is doing is wrong in the conventional sense due to his]] ''[[UpToEleven extreme]]'' [[SocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]].
* NietzscheWannabe: Averted. His ideology has more in common with Nietzsche's actual {{Ubermensch}} philosophy than most, as he wants to overthrow the current order and morality and build a new world order based on power and a new set of ideals... The biggest problem, however, is that he's ''batshit insane''.
* NighInvulnerability: Has blessed armor much like the Black Knight's.
* NotSoDifferent: He tells Ike that "If you have the strength to fell me, then so be it!" Also, despite his lack of respect for the Laguz, his philosophy is basically a more extreme version of the Laguz worldview.
* ObviouslyEvil: Just [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/c/cf/Ashnard.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080329230148 look at him]].
* OneHandedZweihander
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Once he takes over the Crimean captial, he's not seen outside of it for the whole game, and seldom gets screen time until the last 1/3rd of the story, almost all of it devoted to scheming and issuing orders. Nobody in your party (besides Elincia, possibly) comes face to face with him until the Endgame. [[AllAccordingToPlan All justified]]; he was waiting for the war to play itself out until it came straight to his doorstep, so that there was nothing standing between him and the strongest troops left (and to agitate the Medallion).
* PureIsNotGood: Able to use Lehran's Medallion without losing his mind, not by being Pure Good, but by being Pure Batshit Insane already.
* SlasherSmile: Just look at that grin. That is not the face of a stable man.
* SocialDarwinist: [[spoiler:His philosophy is basically that strength is the ''only'' thing that matters and that anyone who has the strength to survive the release of the Dark God will have enough power to create a better world... by his standards, of course.]]
* TheSociopath
* SpikesOfVillainy
* [[spoiler:SuperPoweredEvilSide: Like Greil, Ashnard was a powerful warrior before touching the Fire Emblem and even more powerful after. Fortunately, he only becomes super-powered on Hard or Maniac modes.]]
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: [[spoiler: In Hard mode, the final chapter has ''less'' enemies than Normal. Let's just say Ashnard picks up the slack. Big time.]]
* TheDevTeamThinksofEverything: There are more units with pre-battle banter with him than there are units that can deal any damage to him whatsoever. Essentially, you have no reason to let Jill attack him but if you do they'll still have dialogue.
** If you're [[ViolationOfCommonSense unfortunate or unskilled enough]] to let him attack [[NonActionGuy Reyson]], you get to sit through a full-blown MotiveRant from Ashnard before Reyson meets his likely doom. It's practically an easter egg!
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Play on Hard Mode or higher, and after defeating Ashnard once, he goes berserk from touching Lehran's Medallion and you have to kill him this time.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the sequel, Muston's traveling group comments how times in Daein were better under Ashnard's rule than Begnion's, probably because of his simple respect of anyone with strength to fight for him, regardless of class.
* VisionaryVillain: His "ideal world" is remarkably meritocratic.
-->'''Ashnard:''' "I question the way in which our society is designed. No matter what strength a person has, it is the station he is born into that controls his destiny. And you cannot control where you will be born. Do you believe that a person of low birth should simply endure the curse of his station? I think not. If you are stronger than those around you, you should benefit from your strength. This is why I will use my strength to remake this world."
* {{Ubermensch}}: His ideal world is one where ''everybody'' fits the bill.
* [[spoiler:YouCantThwartStageOne: See TheBadGuyWins.]]
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8th Aug '15 12:13:47 PM SetsunasaNiWa
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* BlackKnight: [[CaptainObvious The clue is in the name]].

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* BlackKnight: [[CaptainObvious The clue is in the name]].name.
31st Jul '15 11:54:42 AM case
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* EqualOpportunityEvil: Say what you want about Ashnard, he ''did'' revolutionise Daein's social structure by making it so that ''anyone'' with sufficient strength and talent could do well for themselves.

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* EqualOpportunityEvil: Say what you want about Ashnard, he ''did'' revolutionise Daein's social structure by making it so that ''anyone'' with sufficient strength and talent could do well for themselves. Well, any ''beorc''.
31st Jul '15 10:40:16 AM RaustBD
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* GracefulLoser: Preemptively. True to his beliefs, he tells Ike just before they fight that, should Ike have the strength to defeat him, "so be it".
19th Jul '15 2:14:37 AM RainbowPhoenix
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* EvilCounterpart: She's Petrine's equivalent of Soren, offering advice and building strategies but never taking direct command of the army (until Ashnard decides to get rid of her). Also, whereas Soren's is a cold-blooded AntiHero who doesn't really fit in with Ike's crew, Ena is a fairly pleasent, timid girl who doesn't fit in at all with [[BadBoss Petrine]] and her soldiers.

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* EvilCounterpart: She's Petrine's equivalent of Soren, offering advice and building strategies but never taking direct command of the army (until Ashnard decides to get rid of her). Also, whereas Soren's is a cold-blooded AntiHero who doesn't really fit in with Ike's crew, Ena is a fairly pleasent, timid girl who doesn't fit in at all with [[BadBoss Petrine]] and her soldiers. [[spoiler:They also share Goldoan origins.]]


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* [[spoiler:InterspeciesRomance: With Almedha, a black dragon.]]
7th Jul '15 8:08:42 PM Luigifan
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* AllThereInTheManual: In order to puzzle out his actions in ''[=RD=]'' you need to pay close attention to a number of seemingly throwaway lines and a few potentially hidden conversations. [[spoiler:In short, he inherited the blood pact from his predecessor.]]
** Several throwaway lines in Path of Radiance [[spoiler: hint at the blood pact Naesala inherited. It doesn't even come up until the very end of Radiant Dawn.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain]] [[spoiler: Let's see... He was forced into a blood pact with Begnion's senators meaning he couldn't help his allies and was alienated by everyone because of it and even threatened to be killed by Tibarn and Skrimir. And he thought he was helping his nation by doing so, and to make matters worse, even the herons, his childhood friends don't trust him much. Type I and II.]]

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* AllThereInTheManual: In order to puzzle out his actions in ''[=RD=]'' ''[=RD=]'', you need to pay close attention to a number of seemingly throwaway lines and a few potentially hidden conversations. [[spoiler:In short, he inherited the blood pact from his predecessor.]]
** Several throwaway lines in Path of Radiance [[spoiler: hint [[spoiler:hint at the blood pact Naesala inherited. It doesn't even come up until the very end of Radiant Dawn.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain]] [[spoiler: [[spoiler:AntiVillain: Let's see... He was forced into a blood pact with Begnion's senators senators, meaning he couldn't help his allies and was alienated by everyone because of it (Tibarn and Skrimir even threatened to be killed by Tibarn and Skrimir.kill him). And he thought he was helping his nation by doing so, and to make matters worse, even the herons, his childhood friends don't trust him much. Type I and II.]]



* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Was more than willing to let Skrimir tear him to shreds for betraying the Laguz alliance after the light of judgement fell. He only backed out because he realized that Nealuchi and Leanne were willing to give their lives to defend him. He also says that Skrimir killing him would mean Tibarn wouldn't be able to get his revenge.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: Following his defection from Daein he can be recruited during the last level of ''Path of Radiance''. In ''Radiant Dawn'' he can be recruited after most of Kilvas is turned to stone.

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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Was [[spoiler:Was more than willing to let Skrimir tear him to shreds for betraying the Laguz alliance after the light of judgement fell. He only backed out because he realized that Nealuchi and Leanne were willing to give their lives to defend him. He also says that Skrimir killing him would mean Tibarn wouldn't be able to get his revenge.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: Following his defection from Daein Daein, he can be recruited during the last level of ''Path of Radiance''. In ''Radiant Dawn'' Dawn'', he can be recruited after most of Kilvas is turned to stone.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler: A treacherous raven, yes, but his reason was justified in ''Radiant Dawn'', since his people were forced to pull out of the Laguz Alliance via Blood Pact. He chose the safety of his people over defeating Begnion.]]
** This is his attitude in Path of Radiance, as well. Simply put, Naesala will do whatever he has to in order to ensure the prosperity of his kingdom, even if it means betraying his most trusted allies. Of course, you can expect him to betray pretty much anyone if it helps him out. [[spoiler: Selling Reyson to Oliver? Naesala was probably going to rescue him later on, as Tibarn surmises. Teams up with Norris from Daein? Gives him false information that leads to Norris attacking a Begnion ship instead of Elincia's while he sends his own men to plunder the latter. And then offers his royal assistance to Norris for triple his usual fee. Norris doesn't take.]]

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A treacherous raven, yes, but his reason was justified in ''Radiant Dawn'', since his people were forced to pull out of the Laguz Alliance via Blood Pact. He chose the safety of his people over defeating Begnion.]]
** This is his attitude in Path of Radiance, as well. Simply put, Naesala will do whatever he has to in order to ensure the prosperity of his kingdom, even if it means betraying his most trusted allies. Of course, you can expect him to betray pretty much anyone if it helps him out. [[spoiler: Selling [[spoiler:Selling Reyson to Oliver? Naesala was probably going to rescue him later on, as Tibarn surmises. Teams up with Norris from Daein? Gives him false information that leads to Norris attacking a Begnion ship instead of Elincia's while he sends his own men to plunder the latter. And then offers his royal assistance to Norris for triple his usual fee. Norris doesn't take.]]



** [[spoiler:Although we do often see the laguz classified into just three ''tribes''--beasts, birds, and dragons. (Example: the scene depicting the covenant that Altina, Soan, Lehran, and Dheginsea made with Ashera.) It has yet to be seen how a relationship between, say, a beast and a bird would be viewed. Though according to a support conversation in Path of Radiance, the laguz tribes are unable to procreate if they come from different tribes. So a a beast tribe laguz may be with a bird tribe laguz, but they can't have children. Unless it's another thing Dheginsea said]]

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** [[spoiler:Although we do often see the laguz classified into just three ''tribes''--beasts, ''tribes'' -- beasts, birds, and dragons. (Example: the scene depicting the covenant that Altina, Soan, Lehran, and Dheginsea made with Ashera.) It has yet to be seen how a relationship between, say, a beast and a bird would be viewed. Though according to a support conversation in Path of Radiance, the laguz tribes are unable to procreate if they come from different tribes. So a a beast tribe laguz may be with a bird tribe laguz, but they can't have children. Unless it's another thing Dheginsea said]]said.]]



* ArcVillain: The Begnion subarc, which lasts for about four chapters, is about stopping the illegal slave trade and rescuing the herons from him. As a Begnion senator he has no connections to Daein, the antagonist country for the rest of the game. Then in the second game, when Begnion senators are the major antagonists, he has a HeelFaceTurn.

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* ArcVillain: The Begnion subarc, which lasts for about four chapters, is about stopping the illegal slave trade and rescuing the herons from him. As a Begnion senator senator, he has no connections to Daein, the antagonist country for the rest of the game. Then in the second game, when Begnion senators are the major antagonists, he has a HeelFaceTurn.



** While still an overweight {{Gonk}} Oliver is drawn to be [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ferd-oliver.jpg considerably more cheerful and less villainous looking]] in the second game. Since this is the one where you can recruit him, that's not exactly shocking.

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** While still an overweight {{Gonk}} {{Gonk}}, Oliver is drawn to be [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ferd-oliver.jpg considerably more cheerful and less villainous looking]] villainous-looking]] in the second game. Since this is the one where you can recruit him, that's not exactly shocking.



** [[spoiler: His support conversations with the vast majority of your army in Radiant Dawn. Most of them are extremely hesitant at having anything to do with him.]]

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** [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His support conversations with the vast majority of your army in Radiant Dawn. Most of them are extremely hesitant at having anything to do with him.]]



* MoralityPet: Turns out, despite playing a large part in getting them sold into involuntary servitude, he really does like the Herons a lot. [[spoiler: If you bring him to the final battle, [[BerserkButton he'll take it particularly well]] to discover that the guy who signed his checks was responsible for wiping out their society all along]].

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* MoralityPet: Turns out, despite playing a large part in getting them sold into involuntary servitude, he really does like the Herons a lot. [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you bring him to the final battle, [[BerserkButton he'll take it particularly well]] to discover that the guy who signed his checks was responsible for wiping out their society all along]].
3rd Jul '15 9:25:01 AM Lizardon
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* ObviouslyEvil: Just [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080329230150/fireemblem/images/c/cf/Ashnard.jpg look at him]].

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* ObviouslyEvil: Just [[http://images2.[[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080329230150/fireemblem/images/c/cf/Ashnard.jpg net/fireemblem/images/c/cf/Ashnard.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080329230148 look at him]].
13th May '15 9:25:45 PM Balmung
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* DarkChick: Of the Four Rider's.

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* DarkChick: Of the Four Rider's.Riders.
12th Apr '15 7:05:29 AM MechWarrior
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* EvilRedhead: {{Antivillain}}ous Redhead anyway.

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* EvilRedhead: {{Antivillain}}ous {{AntiVillain}}ous Redhead anyway.
12th Apr '15 7:01:58 AM MechWarrior
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* BackFromTheDead / NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat: Having [[spoiler:a castle collapse on top of him]] didn't, ironically, seem to leave more of a scratch on him than the [[Badass the beating he took from Ike]].

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* BackFromTheDead / NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat: Having [[spoiler:a castle collapse on top of him]] didn't, ironically, seem to leave more of a scratch on him than the [[Badass the beating he took from [[BadAss Ike]].
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