* AntiClimaxBoss:
** You will have a bunch of weapons that are super effective against the final boss and if you train the right characters to use them, you can kill him fairly quickly.
** Also, Valter goes down way too easily and without much ado for someone who's been a major threat for about three quarters of the game. This is especially glaring when you consider he's fought in the same map as [[ThatOneBoss Caellach]].
** Each floor of the bonus dungeons has a promoted "boss" monster. In [[BrutalBonusLevel Lagdou Ruins]] though, ''most'' of the enemies will be promoted, and the boss is the only one who doesn't scale -- so it's often the weakest enemy on the field by far and has about 2/3 the stats of the surrounding flunkies.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Eirika. Some people think she's fine for being a NaiveNewcomer and goes through realistic CharacterDevelopment to become a strong LadyOfWar by the end, given that her upbringing was solely focused on diplomacy and she made a personal effort to learn swordplay before the game even started. Others think that the game script is sexist for handing her the DistressBall a few too many times while her brother gets CutscenePowerToTheMax. And whether or not [[spoiler:handing Lyon the Sacred Stone was stupid, or understandable given their long friendship and the Demon King's silver tongue]].
** Though generally well-liked, Ephraim is not safe from this either. A cool though [[LeeroyJenkins impulsive]] badass leader and the rightful protagonist of the story, or little more than a glorified Canon Sue who seems to be adored by the script as it allows him to succeed at virtually anything while constantly making Eirika hold the DistressBall.
** Innes is either a {{jerkass}} or a JerkWithAHeartOfGold depending on who you talk to.
** Whether or not Innes or Seth is a good romantic partner is a point of some contention. Some people find one or both of them sexist, feeling that their protective attitudes border on the possessive, some think it makes sense due to their personalities/upbringings/political positions/etc. and like their supports fine... some fans just get annoyed with all the arguing over her potential romantic partner since that's not even what Eirika is concerned about for most of the game.
** Amelia, though unlike most characters it comes entirely down to whether or not it's worth raising her. On the one hand you have those who don't mind LevelGrinding in order to get her to catch up with the rest of your army, and thanks to MagikarpPower the results are usually quite good, but on the other hand there's those who think her base stats are just irredeemably awful for her joining time and training her is more trouble than it's worth.
** Gheb. While he became an EnsembleDarkhorse meme character (as seen under that trope's entry below), he's [[{{Gonk}} notoriously ugly]], and some people consider all the rape jokes surrounding him to be in poor taste.
** General Selena is either a [[TearJerker heartbreakingly]] [[TragicVillain tragic]] HeroAntagonist or a [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]] [[HonorBeforeReason honor-obsessed idiot]] who insists on following her country's orders to the letter despite being repeatedly smacked upside the head with indications that something very, very bad is happening there.
** Even Lute isn't safe from this treatment. While she reached EnsembleDarkhorse status due to her quirky personality and usefulness in-game, as well as [[MemeticMutation memes]], many detractors have popped up as of late accusing her of being a {{Jerkass}} without getting her comeuppance. A small, but vocal portion of the fandom also hates her for [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowing Artur]] in the fandom, who they feel is a much more likeable (and sometimes useful) character.
* BrokenBase:
%%** When the Nintendo3DS rerelease came around, there was some minor consternation over whether ''The Sacred Stones'' was really the best GBA representative for the franchise. Most of the people who were complaining wished for ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade The Blazing Blade]]'' instead.
** The Tower of Valni, an optional side area that unlocks in Chapter 10 (and also the Lagdou Ruins, though they don't unlock until the final chapter). Critics claim that it trivializes the game, as the ability to visit it as many times as you like makes gaining experience easy, while defenders point out that, being optional, one doesn't have to use it, so if it's a GameBreaker it's entirely your own fault for visiting it in the first place, and it's a good place for beginners to the series and casual players.
* CommonKnowledge: No, Eirika and Ephraim do ''not'' get married in their Japanese paired ending. The ending is identical to the English version, any accusations of censorship never happened. There's definite IncestSubtext there, but it ''never'' goes beyond that.
* ContestedSequel: Among the VideoGame/FireEmblem fandom; detractors say it was too easy and short compared to other games, fans love it for its worldbuilding and the return of various mechanics from ''Gaiden''. Similarly, there is debate as to whether the complex and interesting characterization of the main antagonist makes up for the generally-cliche nature of the plot.
* CounterpartComparison:
** Kyle is a dead ringer for [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]], minus the tragic aspects of Spike's backstory.
** [[spoiler:Gameplay-wise Morva is a slightly weaker version of the Fire Dragon from the end of ''The Blazing Blade'' and can be beaten with the same tactics.]]
** Eirika's growths and bases are almost dead on with ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade The Blazing Blade's]]'' Lyndis.
** [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/5/55/Innes.png/revision/latest?cb=20160627170938 Innes]] is a grey-haired prince of a nation who wears blue and uses a bow. ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' features [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/2/2e/Takumi_boxart.png/revision/latest?cb=20160516051823 another]] grey-haired prince of a nation who wears blue and uses a bow in combat. Not only that, but they act somewhat antagonistic towards a main protagonist: Innes has his FriendlyRivalry with Ephraim, while Takumi takes a while to warm up to either of the Corrins. Both also have a retainer who has feelings for them, Vanessa in Innes' case and Oboro in Takumi's.
** Similarly to Eirika with Lyndis, Neimi's stats are almost identical to those of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Rebecca]]. Unless you make her a Ranger, becoming more similar to Rath or a promoted Sue.
* DemonicSpiders: The Baels are ''actual'' demonic spiders, but they have obnoxiously high enough physical attack and defense to fall under the spirit of the trope as well.
* DoubleStandard: Eirika is reviled and hated by fans for needing to be rescued twice. Innes needs to be rescued twice as well, and in one of these times it's '''Eirika''' who bails him out... but no one picks on '''him.'''
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Joshua, who is surprisingly important to the storyline as a whole for an early-game OptionalPartyMember. [[NiceHat We suspect it's the hat.]]
** Gheb was just some random {{gonk}} that takes little to no difficulty to kill, but the fandom sees him as a MemeticMolester who stabs others to death with his penis.
** Lute is also definitely one of the more popular mages in the fandom, thanks to her odd habits, her endearing braggadocio, and the related fact that [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards she can back that boasting up with results]]. (Her married endings being adorable are also a plus.)
** L'Arachel is one of the most popular characters in all of ''The Sacred Stones'', thanks to her hilarious delusions of grandeur, devoted belief in justice, wacky personality, and pretty design.
** When you talk about who is the best antagonist in Fire Emblem, Lyon is always brought up and regularly wins. Between his realistic and three dimensional character, his friendship with the Renais twin and his tragic life, it is not hard to see why.
** Artur has a small, but devoted following due to being one of the best units in the game, as well as being just plain adorable and sweet.
* FanPreferredCouple: When it comes to ships involving Eirika ignoring [[{{Twincest}} Ephraim/Eirika]], [[LesYay Eirika/L'Arachel]] is generally the one that gets the most love thanks to their interactions in ''and'' out of support conversations. This is very ironic as of all the people Eirika can support with, L'Arachel is the '''only''' one she does not have a shared ending with.
* FoeYay: Valter, towards both Eirika and Ephraim.
* FridgeHorror: The Za'ha map, which contains Lute and Artur's home village, can be revisited as a training map. When you do, [[DoomedHometown you find that both villages there have been destroyed]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In a flashback, Ephraim states his father Fado "will likely outlive us all." Year and a half later he's killed by Grado forces.
* GameBreaker: Oh so much...
** The S-class weapons deal ''ridiculous'' damage to monsters. The game compensates for this by throwing a ''shitton'' of monsters at you in the final levels.
** Bishops have a class skill that makes them deal triple damage to monsters. The majority of the enemies you face are monsters, so bishops are very powerful indeed. Plus, they're your party's main healers, so their utility does not just extend to monster levels.
** Seth, the game's CrutchCharacter, actually has really good growths, meaning he both starts off and ends up good. In fact, he averages equal to or better stats that the game's non-CrutchCharacter Paladins. Seth is regarded as so good that a SoloCharacterRun with him is considered ''easier than playing the game normally''. The most common SelfImposedChallenge for this game is simply to ban using him.
** The Tower of Valni, a revisitable dungeon that you can retreat from at any time, in short, an infinite source of experience. It's optional, but if you really want to put the screws to the game this is the place to do it.
* GoodBadBug:
** The Gorgons' Stone spell is treated as a regular Dark Magic spell rather than a monster-exclusive attack, but it lacks a proper weapon level, so if acquired via hacking or the enemy control glitch, it can be used by ''any'' of your units ''except'' Myrrh. As there are no E-ranked Dark Magic tomes in this game, it takes 8 uses of the Stone spell to permanently teach a unit Dark Magic. This is primarily used to give [[SpoonyBard Tethys]] attacking capabilities and allow Sages access to all four types of magic.
** The enemy control glitch also lets you repair Myrrh's Dragonstone, which otherwise isn't possible. She can also use monster weapons like claws or fangs.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Whilst L'Arachel is [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular]] with most everyone (whether due to her [[MagikarpPower spectacular growths and power]] or her [[HilarityEnsues hilarious supports]]), Western fans seems particularly enamored with her.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Ephraim states he would rather be "traveling the land as a mercenary", and Eirika chides him for it. During the game, Eirika is pretending to be a mercenary leader.
** In their C support, Ephraim attempts to comfort Eirika by stroking her face. Years down the line, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fates]]'' would feature an infamous relationship-building minigame centered on stroking various units' faces which was exclusive to Japan.
** Garcia and Dozla's supports (in the English version) have them trying to use magic and staves and [[EpicFail failing in spectacular ways]]. Later ''Fire Emblem'' games introduced reclassing, which lets characters actually do this in gameplay. And it's very likely that [[MightyGlacier with their stat builds]], these two really ''would'' be that terrible in tome or staff classes.
* HoYay: There's a fair bit in the game, most prominently in the mixture of admiration and rivalry between Ephraim and Lyon and Eirika's RomanticTwoGirlFriendship with both L'Arachel and Tana.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: As a relatively easy game in an otherwise NintendoHard series, it draws this reaction from some fans. Then again, some point out that it's still harder than your average game, so it kind of depends on what context you're using.
** At least until the BrutalBonusLevel, which is suddenly able to reduce level-capped characters to fine paste.
* LoveToHate: Valter and Riev are just too hilariously and unrepentantly evil.
* MagnificentBastard: Caellach. AffablyEvil, clever, ambitious... and ThatOneBoss, to boot.
* MemeticBadass: Gheb is invincible, and the "Gheb" one fights as a boss is actually his loser twin brother Gleb. If the actual Gheb were used, the game would be impossible.
* MemeticMolester: Valter. Admittedly, it's not that much of a stretch, as he's far too happy to track the twins down. Also, Gheb, who isn't exactly a stretch either, given his dialogue with Tana.
* MemeticMutation: Gheb's has an entire patch of this game dedicated to him!
* {{Moe}}: Amelia and Myrrh (less in the "super cutesy and adorable moeblob" sense and more in the "sweet child who goes through lots of shit" one).
* MoralEventHorizon: Novala from Chapter 6 gleefully traps several Renais citizens in the mountains to be killed by giant spiders during the fight after they fail to work as hostages for Eirika's surrender. When Eirika is horrified by this display of pointless cruelty, Novala just laughs and says that this is war; any atrocity is fair game as long as you win.
** Everything Valter does, but special mention goes to [[spoiler:his cold-blooded murder of Glen and subsequent lying to Cormag about who killed Glen in order to send him on a misguided RoaringRampageOfRevenge that could possibly get him killed as well]]. Riev's approval of Valter's savagery puts him over the line too.
* {{Narm}}: Ewan's color palette is quite colorful compared to other Shaman from past games. [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/fireemblem/images/4/4b/Ewan_druid_magic.gif/revision/latest?cb=20110420231339 This makes him look ridiculous when he's a Druid]].
* NeverLiveItDown: Much of Eirika's BaseBreakingCharacter status comes from [[spoiler:her being tricked into giving the Sacred Stone of Renais to the Demon King-posessed Lyon, resulting in its destruction.]] The ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' DLC even aludes to this by having Old Hubba claim Eirika was "quite naive. Gullible, even".
* OneSceneWonder: Morva makes a badass entrance at the beginning of his chapter and looks like he may be the EleventhHourRanger. Instead, he gets killed and subsequently turned into a dracozombie.
* StopHavingFunGuys: "Hardcore" players absolutely ''loathe'' the [[LevelGrinding Tower of Valni]], to the point where the game's Serious Business CharacterTiers ''assume the player will never use it.'' Overlaps with ItsEasySoItSucks, most StopHavingFunGuys find this game so easy they have to [[SelfImposedChallenge make it harder by any means necessary]].
* ThatOneBoss:
** Caellach can be notoriously hard to defeat. He has a close-combat axe... AND a hand-axe. He hits like a damn truck with either one of them, and not even the Lords will survive at Lvl. 20. You have two options: hope that one of your units survive his attacks, or take the easy path by summoning mooks to slowly waste the uses for his hand-axe to THEN bombard him with magic from far away. Also, his in-story rival, Joshua, is a [[CriticalHitClass Myrmidon/Swordmaster]], and Caellach comes equipped with a [[NoSell Hoplon Guard]], which prevents critical attacks. That being said, there is a simple way to defeat Caellach with Joshua. [[CuttingTheKnot Bring a thief to steal his Hoplon Guard]].
** Carlyle on Eirika's route may be even more annoying. He's a Swordmaster, so that automatically means high speed, hit, and avoid. Avoid which is boosted by the throne he's on. Good luck hitting him, and there's no way you're doubling without powerlevelling Joshua or Colm. Both of whom will probably go down in two to three hits. And he has a crit bonus. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And a 2-range sword (though he cannot critical at range because of his weapon)]].
** Fighting him is optional, but those trying to finish Eirika's Chapter 13 early are going to have a ''really'' hard time with Aias. He's a [[StoneWall Great Knight]] on a Fort (heals every turn, plus a defence bonus) with enough Con not to be weighed down by his weapons, so doubling him is surprisingly hard. And his assortment of weapons is ''terrifying'': in addition to a 1-2 range spear (to threaten Mages trying to bypass his defence), he also has a Silver Blade (one of the strongest swords in the game) and a ''Swordslayer'' (an axe that not only reverses the weapon triangle, but deals bonus damage to sword-wielders). His class may make him weak to both armour and cavalry-slaying weapons, but all those but the Armourslayer have unreliable accuracy, made even worse by him being on a fort. And those using Armourslayers will risk getting oneshotted by his Swordslayer. Even though he is also weak to magic, you have to hope that whichever magicians you send against him will be able to either dodge his attacks or be able to tank at least one. The writers seemed well aware of this, since his death quote is [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall praising Renais' tactician for managing to beat him]].
* ThatOneLevel:
** Ephraim's chapter fourteen. Those Berserk staves! That enourmous map! The challenge that is recruiting Rennac in time!
** The GhostShip on Hard Mode. Holy shit. This map throws everything under the kitchen sink and then some at you in one giant onslaught of enemies, so you need to choke the crossing points between the two bridges. That's not so bad on its own, but then there are Gargoyles coming at you from all directions. [[DemonicSpiders Not only are they capable of bypassing your defensive units to pick off vulnerable ones (being fliers and all), they hit like trucks]]! [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse after a few turns]], in which two recruitable [=NPCs=]; L'Arachel (a defenseless healer) and Dozla (who lacks a ranged weapon) show up on the other side of the map where Mogalls can chip away at their health. [[ArtificialStupidity Dozla's determination to ignore the most dangerous units doesn't help matters]], so unless you've been grinding like a madman, they'll likely die before you can reach them. Worst of all, there's FogOfWar. [[SarcasmMode Have fun!]]
** And after that, there's Landing at Taizel, which isn't quite as difficult, but still a pain in the ass. Part of the problem with this level is that, while you do get to save beforehand, you don't get to go back to the world map in between. So if you needed to do some LevelGrinding? ''T-O-O B-A-D''!
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Morva, the Manakete hero who defeated the Demon King during his first reign of terror, is introduced, killed off, and revived as a zombie slave of the selfsame Demon King within the space of the opening scene of one chapter.
* TierInducedScrappy: While loved as a plot character, Knoll is HATED as a playable one for his poor stats and the general weakness of dark magic in this game. Summoners in general are considered the worst overall class, too, [[BoringButPractical though careful use of their summons can prove surprisingly effective.]]
** A majority of the Bonus Characters who have lackluster stats and growths, as well as limited potential.
* VindicatedByHistory:
** A lot of the more controversial elements that were criticized as making the game [[ItsEasySoItSucks too easy]] [[note]]easy level grinding, being able to revisit old maps[[/note]] were adopted into ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', whose NewbieBoom will define FireEmblem for the foreseeable future.
** The game as a whole became a lot more popular after the release of ''Awakening'' and ''Fates'', going from one of the biggest cases of ContestedSequel in the series to near SacredCow levels in some sectors of the fandom. While the plot is still considered mostly cliché, it's still seen as well-written with good characters, and as ''Gaiden'', the inspiration for the above-mentioned controversial mechanics, ''also'' experienced a VindicatedByHistory surge with the help of a remake, the gameplay became a lot more liked.
** Eirika and Ephraim as well. While they're still [[BaseBreakingCharacter base-breaking]], both made a pretty good performance in the Voting Gauntlet in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemHeroes'', with Eirika curb-stomping [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Elise]] and Ephraim managing a ''very'' close victory over [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Chrom]], the Lord of the most popular game in the series. Considering Eirika used to be among the most reviled Lords in the series and Ephraim had a lot of detractors, this says something.
*** Though to be fair, fans could only pick one character to support. Most of Awakening's fans and Chrom's would-be supporters during his matchup with Ephraim were over in the other bracket helping Lucina grind Eirika into a fine paste.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: As with the Elibe games, the battle animations are considered one of the best aspects of the game.
* TheWoobie: Knoll, to the point that he actually expresses relief in his death quote. Amelia, who is also a PluckyGirl and refuses to let it get her down. Myrrh, who is already a ShrinkingViolet.
** The country Grado in general has its forces decimated, 85% of its high ranking leaders killed off, the ''entire'' royal family killed, and then undergoes a massive earthquake after the epilogue.
* WhatAnIdiot: When Fado gave his children bracelets that act as a twin key to Renais' Sacred Stone, he ordered [[SecretKeeper Seth]] to [[LockedOutOfTheLoop not tell them what the bracelets were]] until "the time was right." Seth, who is usually smart, inexplicably refuses to give Eirika a detailed explanation of its true nature -- this while her brother is missing, possibly dead or captured, in enemy territory with the second and they themselves are on the run. He only tells her that losing it puts the whole continent at risk from the Demon King ''after'' Novala demands it in exchange for hostages and she -- not having any idea that it's more than a very important but not magical or world-risking royal artifact -- decides that it's not worth people dying over. Admittedly, he didn't know that Grado knew, but after the bracelet had ''already been stolen once'' and necessitated a desperate detour, he really should have given her the whole story.
** Somehow, Seth also seems to forget that he shouldn't be calling Eirika "Princess" or "Your Highness" in front of ''other people''. In fact, the Easy Mode script (which differs in some areas from the regular script), Neimi [[LampshadeHanging actually calls Eirika "Your Highness" later.]] It's probably how Binks manages to find them so easily in Chapter 9, too.
** Carlyle somehow thinks ''selling out her country to Grado'' is the best way to win over the queen he's in love with. She even calls him out on it!
** Duessel, Selena, and Glen's continuing loyalty to Vigarde for what is probably weeks or months after the initial invasion of Renais. Everything we learn about Vigarde in life points to him being kind, fatherly, and gentle. The second that Vigarde opens his mouth in-game, it's very obvious that he isn't anything but at this point. Yet the three generals treat it more like Vigarde had a bad day. Even Glen, who is the first to voice his criticism, ''still'' planned on returning to Grado and confronting Vigarde about his actions when Eirika proves that Vigarde lied to him. In Selena's case, Ephraim calls her out on it, since Myrrh tells her everything and yet she ''still'' remains loyal to Vigarde.
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Eirika is often put under the microscope, nitpicked, and/or downright ''bashed'' for being a sensitive NiceGirl aside of a MessianicArchetype and the ActionGirl, with some of her haters even ''[[InsaneTrollLogic openly denying that both she and Ephraim are co-protagonists of the game]]'' and saying Ephraim is the only lead. Sometimes using '''Japanese fanart''' as "evidence".
** This has become worse ever since ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has her in the Bride class, despite still being a fighter on top of a staff user. Even more baseless because one can download a version of Eirika ''that is still a 100% Swordswoman'' (more exactly a Myrmidon, which makes sense since her Lord class is VERY similar to it), so the above "Bride Eirika" is an optional event that can be taken or not.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Ismaire's original name was Ishmael. Since that's a male name, it got approximated to the more feminine sounding Ismaire.
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