* AnticlimaxBoss: Julius, the final boss, if you use the plot-dictated method involving Julia and Naga. If you want to do anything else, the final boss becomes a SNKBoss. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aLEoF6-kGw&feature=plcp&context=C387d729UDOEgsToPDskLXdA6wtX-ULNCb-lJmWuya It is still entirely possible to kill him without Naga,]] but it requires a lot of patience, as you can only do a tiny bit of damage every turn (20 to be exact, assuming Seliph's attacks hit), and he regenerates 15 HP every turn. (He's immune to skills and criticals thanks to his Awareness.) And hope that he doesn't decide to cast Meteor on whoever you have healing Seliph- he's known for charging (Charge or Duel, a skill that causes combat to act as though another "attack" command was issued, and it can proc on itself, causing combat to last until death in some cases...) those in his meteor range to death (he also has Wrath so if he's at 35 HP and decides he's gonna meteor someone, say a quick prayer for that character, cause he/she is dead).
** The final boss of Thracia 776 is widely considered to be the most ''pathetic'' final boss ever. Most other final bosses can be one-shotted because the character (Often the main character or someone with a special weapon, i.e. Julia in ''Geneology'' and Tiki or Nagi in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon]]'') has a weapon that almost doubles the damage done to them and bypasses defense entirely. Veld ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Beldo/Berdo/Beld]]), meanwhile... is practically just an Upgraded {{Mook}}. You can literally take him out without even ''using'' a special weapon or having Leif lay a finger on him. It's kind of a disappointing end to a NintendoHard game.
* {{Asspull}}: King Travant of Thracia [[spoiler:murders Quan and Ethlyn in cold blood and kidnaps an infant Altenna]] to spite Sigurd. While it's made known that he is a WellIntentionedExtremist who desperately wants to improve Thracia's welfare (which is down the tubes, as the game lets you know), his acts are heinous. Come ''Thracia 776'', we find out, very cheaply, that [[spoiler:the Loptyr Sect manipulated him into killing Quan and Ethlyn]].
** It is known that Julia is Deirdre's daughter and has major Naga blood, so this is averted when she gets the Naga Tome at the eleventh hour...however, it's not explained as to why the Naga Tome is superior to the Loptyr Tome (as it can pierce right through its defensive powers), when it's made known that light and dark magic are on even ground in terms of power in this game.
* CompleteMonster: The game is ''really'' good at this.
** Hilda [[spoiler:tortures and kills Tailto, then brutally abuses Tinny (and if in any case Tiltyu died during the first generation, Hilda would instead torture and kill Tailto's little sister Ethnia; then abuses the hell out of Teeny's substitute/Ethinia's daughter Linda), goes on child-hunting for fun (and that's when her husband Bloom, Tailto's brother, [[EvenEvilHasStandards had second thoughts of child-hunting despite being an overall bastard as well]]. She also manipulates her and Bloom's DarkMagicalGirl daughter Ishtar into marrying the guy she loves, Julius, solely because Hilda wants to use said marriage to get more power for herself.]].
** Archbishop Manfroy is responsible, directly or indirectly, for almost everything that happens in the plot, to the point that he's considered the game's true BigBad.
*** First Generation: He manipulated various rulers and dukes, causing the war against Isaach by [[spoiler: using Duke Reptor of Freege to assassinate Ira's father, King Mananan]], while also [[spoiler: manipulating King Chagall into killing his father and sending his envoy Sandima to stir trouble in Verdane.]] During this time he worked primarily with [[spoiler: Arvis]], whom he was blackmailing with knowledge of [[spoiler: Arvis's Loptyr blood in addition to his Fala heritage, thus poisoning him with hatred and envy.]] Later, he [[spoiler: kidnaps and brainwashes Sigurd's wife Deirdre (and in one of the mangas, he outright ''{{mind rape}}s'' her and laughs about it), then manipulated her ''and'' the emotionally-weakened Arvis so they'd marry and have children who could be used as Loptyr vessels (and they're half-siblings, by the way).]] And as the cherry on top, he [[spoiler: killed Lewyn of Selisse with his own hands in the Battle of Belhalla (With Forseti becoming a [[DeusExMachina Dragon Ex Machina]] to let him escape death).]]
*** Second Generation: A while before it started, he [[spoiler: gave Prince Julius the Loptyr tome, causing him to become the vessel for the Dark God and kill his mother Deirdre while attempting to kill his twin sister Julia (who Deirdre is just barely able to save with her dying breath), shaping him into the horrible rival we'd meet later]], and also [[spoiler: attacked his pregnant daughter and his son-in-law purely because they broke his ParentalMarriageVeto, killing him and driving her into insanity, which would cause his soon-to-be granddaughter Sara to be pissed off at him forever.]] And after all of that? [[spoiler: He organized and helped commit the horrible child hunts already mentioned, and later he kidnapped Julia (who had been taken in by Lewyn, and later by Seliph's army) and brainwashed her so she'd become his and Julius's ApocalypseMaiden.]] Go. To. HELL. Manfroy.
* CrackPairing: You can potentially pair any available male with any available female, but it'll take some work for [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight the couples who don't interact in the main story]].
** Once the player understands how the romance and inheritance mechanics work, and they start pairing people up for items and stats rather than for their in-story relationships, a lot of the resultant pairings are like this.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: This timeline in general, ''Genealogy of Holy War'' amongst titles, and Ayra.
** Finn, for being a character who survived part 1, including being usable in both Genealogy and Thracia 776, and being a solid character for both of them.
* FoeYay: Ayra's fight with Lex in the Oosawa manga reeked with this.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Sylvia's first conversation with Sigurd is pretty funny, [[AllThereInTheManual until you look up her age]] and find out she's ''fourteen''... and then think about the HookerWithAHeartOfGold implications from before and the "special dance" she offers to Alec. (Which is confirmed in a roundabout way when Sylvia explains her backstory in the Oosawa manga) Even [[ValuesDissonance for a medieval setting]], the idea of [[BreakTheCutie a girl that young making her living like that]] is cringeworthy. [[TheWoobie And depressing.]]
* GameBreaker: If you play your cards right with the pairings in the first generation, you can end up with a whole army of GameBreakers. [[JustifiedTrope Justified,]] since most people wouldn't have a clue on their first time through that pairing people up was actually extremely important, never mind which pairings were good or bad, and the game doesn't take it easy on you.
** Special mention goes to any magic user who inherits Forseti. Especially [[OneManArmy Ced]] or [[DiscOneNuke Arthur]].
** The various warp staves come as close as you can get, allowing a player to abuse InstantWinCondition to get around some of the more difficult chapters.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Despite being a fan-favorite among English speaking Fire Emblem communities, Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu gave the Jugdral games the lowest review scores of the Fire Emblem series.
** Famitsu might not have liked them, but Genealogy of the Holy War was the best-selling Fire Emblem game ever in Japan. Thracia 776 didn't sell very well, but then again, it was released for the SFC in ''1999'' and in regular cartridge form in ''2000'', being the second to last SNES game. (For reference, the NintendoSixtyFour debuted in 1996).
** Which makes it more of a EightPointEight then.
** [[http://mynintendonews.com/2012/01/02/famitsu-readers-rank-the-top-50-nintendo-games-of-all-time/ No, Japan loves it too]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Seliph tells Lana "Nuns and warfare do NOT mix!" at the start of Chapter 6. ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' would later introduce the [[AnAxeToGrind Battle Cleric]] class and resulting NUNSWITHAXES [[MemeticMutation meme]]. And in the English localisation, the class is even called ''War'' Cleric!
* ItWasHisSled: The ending of Gen 1 in which [[spoiler: Sigurd and almost everyone he's with dies]] seems to be known by everyone now.
* MagnificentBastard: Arvis plays Sigurd, Grannvale's unscrupulous nobles, and the king for all they're worth, eventually [[spoiler:becoming the head of Grannvale's new Empire after removing all of his potential rivals--Sigurd included]]. Manfroy, meanwhile, is manipulating ''Arvis'' and the leaders of several other nations on the continent to bring about the resurrection of a dark god whose followers had been driven into hiding for centuries.
* MagnumOpus: Many fans argue this timeline to be the best of the series thanks to its deep plot and characters.
* MemeticBadass:
** Ayra is considered by some to be ''the'' ActionGirl of the series, being the first female Myrmidon-type[[note]]the game was released before the name "Myrmidon" began to be used[[/note]]. She can easily be made a GameBreaker if she's given the Brave Sword, which combined with her Astra skill can allow her to hit an enemy ''ten times in a row''. Her kids are just as badass as she is.
** Finn for being a {{Badass}} in both games, not to mention [[spoiler:the only character who is not only playable, but manages to survive the entirety of the game's events]]. Like Ayra, he can also get a Brave weapon, and his role in the story is pretty significant too. Some compared Finn to [[FireEmblemElibe Marcus]] in this respect.
** When arguing about [[GameBreaker broken]] Fire Emblem characters, Sigurd also gets mentioned a lot. His main competitor in this category is [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Seth]]. Unlike every other Lord in the series, Sigurd is a pre-premote and yet avoids being a CrutchCharacter.
** [[OneManArmy Ced]], or more specifically [[GameBreaker Forseti-wielding-Ced]]. One LP of the game had the player commenting "[[WhatAnIdiot Anyone]] who attacks Ced [[TooDumbToLive deserves to die]], period."
* MemeticMutation: "I kill X for Y". [[spoiler:Literally, for some characters whose substitute children are considered more preferable character-wise or stat-wise, then the mother (X) must be left childless or get thrown off to a bunch of enemies to die so you get the substitute (Y) instead. Two characters that are unfortunate enough to get this usually include either Tailto or Sylvia (for either Linda or Laylea)]]
** And Ferry? She. Has. FURY!!
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Arvis brings the brainwashed and amnesiac Deirdre in front of her husband, Sigurd, to taunt him, just before he kills Sigurd and his entire army.]] And shortly beforehand, [[spoiler:Travant assaults and slaughters Quan's entire army in a desert. The catch is, Travant's army are flying Wyvern Knights, Quan's army is made up of Cavalry hindered by the desert. Quan's beautiful wife Ethlyn got killed, her 3-year-old daughter Altena is captured by Travant and is used as a hostage so Quan drops the only thing that could save him: the Gae Bolg. Then Travant killed Quan out of cold blood, and takes Altena and the Gae Bolg to Thracia.]]
* {{Narm}}: As if the narmification of the [[spoiler: Battle of Belhalla]] via limited graphic quality wasn't enough, a ''[[HaveAGayOldTime very]]'' [[HaveAGayOldTime antiquated word]] usage in some fan translations ruins it all over again.
-->[[spoiler: '''Sigurd''']]: "[[spoiler: ARVIS]], YOU DASTARD!"
** It doesn't help that the whole [[spoiler: Battle of Belhalla]] (the incident mentioned above) is represented as [[spoiler: tiny little SuperDeformed mages casting Meteor over an equally cutesy army.]] Wha…?
** Many of the [[HotterAndSexier lovemaking]] scenes in Mitsuki Oosawa's manga adaptation are this, natch, as is Sigurd's ridiculously heartfelt declaration of love to Deirdre:
--> '''Sigurd''': "[[PurpleProse A fate in which I cannot kiss you is a fate I will not recognize]]!"
* NightmareFuel:
** The very idea of how the [[spoiler:Battle of Belhalla]] developed. Think about it: Not only do you see [[spoiler:your leader being burned to death by the local MagnificentBastard]], but immediately afterwards [[spoiler:your whole army is '''decimated''' via a particularly horrifying and fiery DeathFromAbove via a Meteor shower of sorts.]] '''''SERIOUSLY, NOT COOL'''''.
-->'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HNE87Taixc YT commenter]]:'' There's hardly a more faith-rocking experience than [[spoiler: losing this many friends in one sitting]]. (...) Though, to be honest, the little Fire Emblem sprites of [[spoiler: the mages casting Meteor]] are just a little too... cute... to truly affect any person. I'd love a remake of this game.
** Oosawa's rendition of [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fire_emblem_seisen_no_keifu/v01/c005/40.html Sandima's]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fire_emblem_seisen_no_keifu/v01/c005/41.html Fenrir]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fire_emblem_seisen_no_keifu/v01/c005/42.html spell]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fire_emblem_seisen_no_keifu/v01/c005/43.html is]] '''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fire_emblem_seisen_no_keifu/v01/c005/44.html really]]''' [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fire_emblem_seisen_no_keifu/v01/c005/45.html not pretty.]]
** [[spoiler:'''The Child Hunts'''. Children are forcibly taken from their families to be sacrificed to an evil god.]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: ''Genealogy'' is where the weapon/magic triangle and weapon ranks originate from, although ''Thracia 776'' was the first game to use the "modern" weapon ranking system (ranks from E to A; weapon usage increases the rank). The biggest mechanic of all, though, is the marriage system that ''FireEmblemAwakening'' cranks UpToEleven; due to the fact that all of the kids in the second generation had their classes set in stone, only a small selection of fathers are optimal for each child (admit it, are you really going to have ''Arden'' be Ced the sage's father?), so anyone who knew of ''Awakening's'' marriage system first is in for quite a shock should they play ''Genealogy.''
* PlayerPunch: In Chapter 5, [[spoiler:it is quite painful to watch Quan and Ethlyn ambushed and cut down in the Yied Desert. Your army is, by then, technically in the area--but there is no way to reach them in time]]. And that's just the start of the hits in this chapter.
* ScrappyMechanic: Dismounting in Thracia 776, Knights specializing only in Lances spontaneously losing their ability to use their WeaponOfChoice and being forced to use Swords when they get off a horse is completely illogical. This also turns makes all of the Lances acquired VendorTrash in the later chapters.
** Thracia 776 doesn't allow players to reposition their units before entering battle. At all. This is worse on chapters that split up player units into seperate groups, as you don't have any control over which units join which group.
* {{Shipping}}: It's a game mechanic here. Who you pair up determines what characters, with what stats, you get. Thus, ShipToShipCombat is about mechanical benefits as much as it is about romantic chemistry and sex appeal.
* {{Squick}}: A lot of the incest can fall into this, with [[spoiler:half-siblings Dierdre and Arvis marrying and having children (albeit Dierdre was hypnotized at the time and Arvis didn't find out that they were related until later in life)]] being the biggest, and arguably most well-known, example. Taken even further with Julia, who's all but stated to be in love with Seliph...her half-brother. [[spoiler:Julia herself is the result of inbreeding (she's one of Dierdre's and Arvis' children), taking this particular example UpToEleven.]] Yikes.
** And the [[SarcasmMode best part?]] [[spoiler:Arvis remained heavily in love with Dierdre, even after discovering that they were related.]] This is the same guy who's implied to have something of an OedipusComplex. [[spoiler:Just look up pictures of Dierdre and Cigyun, Dierdre and Arvis' mother. They almost look identical...]]
* StrangledByTheRedString: Finn and Raquesis are pretty close to an OfficialCouple. The Oosawa adaptation of ''Genealogy'' goes in-depth into the relationship, Finn can have a conversation with Nanna if he's her father, and ''Thracia 776'' drops some very strong hints that he and Raquesis were married before she vanished in the desert. The only thing is that during the time Fin and Raquesis are both playable in ''Genealogy'', they have no love conversations the way other plotted pairings do. It comes off like the writers forgot to put that in there.
* TierInducedScrappy: Arden, dear lord. Also, do NOT mention wanting to use your high priests as combat units. Ever. Sylvia and her children (Leen and Corple) aren't well-liked either, forum discussions will practically ''implore'' you to kill Sylvia or not pair her up and take the substitutes Laylea and Sharlow. Sometimes, same thing can happen to Tailto, since not only she's kind of not very useful in the time she's recruited and the next chapter, and as most [=FAQs=] said it, if the father isn't Lewyn, her children, especially Teeny, may end up not very useful.
** Lance Knights with the exception of Finn are considered totally inferior to Cavaliers in Thracia 776.
** There's also Ronan AKA "the mage who wants to become an archer", Marty who is basically a worse Dagda, the entire Lenster group, and Eda for being worse Dean who started much weaker then Dean.
* WhatAnIdiot: Eldigan employs HonorBeforeReason like there's no tomorrow [[spoiler:which eventually proves to be the case for him]]. At the start of chapter two, Chagall is preparing to invade Grannvale after widespread (and true) rumors that he killed his father. Eldigan dismisses Raquesis' belief that a patricide is not to be trusted and rides off to talk to Chagall. He gets tossed in the dungeon for the whole chapter while Chagall tries to seize his lands and attack his little sister. And then Eldigan ''rescues'' Chagall from Sigurd and pledges his continuing loyalty to the king, continuing into chapter 3 when Agustria is clearly losing. If Raquesis asks him to try reasoning with the now-losing Chagall, he goes... alone, leaving the Cross Knights in the field. [[spoiler:Chagall immediately has him beheaded.]] If she doesn't, [[spoiler:Eldigan insists on fighting Sigurd despite their years of friendship and Chagall's obvious evil, and dies.]]
* TheWoobie: This game has aplenty, but it... pretty much sucks big time if you are a heroic character from House Freege.
** Tailto: Starts out as a super cheery, devil-may-care GenkiGirl that has the markings of a PluckyGirl. The pluckiness starts to shatter the instant her father brands her a traitor along with Sigurd and she felt that only her childhood friend Azel is the one she can turn to. It breaks again when confronting her father and eventually losing contact with her husband after the Battle of Belhalla. Then [[spoiler:she gets kidnapped with her infant daughter Teeny to Freege, losing contact with her son Arthur, and [[BreakTheCutie broken beyond belief]] due to the torture and abuse of [[EvilMatriarch Hilda]] just to protect little Teeny that [[KillTheCutie she degenerated into a depressed woman that dies losing her will to live]].]]
** Teeny: See above. [[spoiler:The prospect of being kidnapped since infant age, seeing her mother die protecting her and spending the rest of her childhood taking further abuses by Hilda now that Tailto is gone (like being called 'traitor's daughter'), and Bloom still acting like a controlling uncle instead of protecting her... it's not doing any favors for Teeny's insecure self. It was a good thing that there were some kind souls like Ishtar and Ishtore to prevent her going off the rockers.]]
** Arthur: [[spoiler:Unlike any other children, Arthur pretty much had his life as a normal child robbed from him at the tender age of ''7'', including the kidnapping of his mother and sister. Other children may have their noble upbringing (Ced/Fee), being in an OrphanageOfLove (Seliph & co, Faval/Patty, Leen), be in good retainer/parent's hands (Leif, Nanna, Julia (yes, Arvis and Deirdre were very kind to her before things went to hell)), or be HappilyAdopted (Corple). Arthur only had a stranger old lady that picked him up and the rest, he had to fend for himself since young age, [[StoicWoobie shaping up his 'cold' self as mentioned]].]]
* {{Woolseyism}}: Most characters' names are Japanese renditions of various figures from Nordic or Celtic mythology. With the release of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the localization team is rendering many of them as the original names (e.g. Sigurd and Deirdre, rather than Siglud and Diadora). On the other hand, some of the changes (Raquesis? ''Quan?'') seem to be just rendering the Japanese renderings back again and making them ''weirder''.