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The Outsiders are people from our world, who have been relocated by the mysterious 'The Old Man' to change something about the events of Fire Emblem Awakening. Upon their arrival, they are physically and mentally changed to be better able to survive in their new environment, granting them actual combat skills and on occasion powerful items.Tropes applicable to them as a group:
- Freudian Trio:
- Self Insert
- With a Friend and a Stranger: Cameron and Julian are long-time friends, with Jaclyn as the stranger in question. They're yet to be seen in one place together, though.
Well, I guess this cinches it. I'm in lunatic mode. I'm screwed.The first Outsider to arrive, and the main character of the story. He's the only POV character until the start of the Timeskip arc. Prone to swearing quite a lot.
- Badass: Eventually manages to duel General Mustafa and win, as well as last a few seconds against King Gangrel, but he's still lagging behind the Shepherds proper.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Anna's death.
- Brave Scot: Downplayed from the stereotype, and he's rather snarky along the way, but... yes. Definitely yes.
- Class Change Level Reset: Appears to have become a Dread Fighter after spending a period of time in Daydreams And Nightmares following the destruction of his shield.
- Catch Phrase: Fuck.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Well, duh.
- Combat Pragmatist: There were hints of it earlier on, comes into his own when he becomes Deathstroke, to the extent of carrying caltrops around with him to dismount cavalry and focusing on removing his foes from the fight as fast as possible rather than necessarily killing them.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disappeared Dad: In the bad future.
- The Dreaded: As Deathstroke, this to pretty much anyone in Valm who commited a war crime.
- For Want of a Nail: Thanks to Lucina's interference in the timeline, Cameron was not crippled in the first onslaught of Risen, making him more combat-worthy and able to induce change. For better or for worse.
- Fourth Date Marriage: In-Universe and acknowledged as well - she and Cam only knew each other for a few months and only went on one actual date, but they still end up engaged. Neither really minds, though.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Cameron's main weapon. An extremely sturdy one at that.
- This doesn't last once Lucien uses his Anti-Magic sword, though.
- Official Couple: With Anna. Who becomes The Lost Lenore for him after she dies.
- Only Sane Man: After his rendezvous with Jaclyn and recruitment of Cynthia, Cameron is certainly feeling like this. Also, of the three Outsiders he's the only one who knew right from the get-go that being in FE:A was not going to be an easy feat (though Julian caught up pretty quickly).
- Opposites Attract: He and Anna are very different in personality (and even priorities), but they fall in love quite strongly just the same.
- Heading to this with Cynthia, according to Word of God
- Papa Wolf: Shades of this when Eiryss/Fire revealed that she had to fight her Alternate.
- Following this he reams out Tom, brutalising him without letting him explain the exact circumstances of her arrival and why he brought her, and basically told him to stop interfering with his life for good - he's fed up with playing the games of gods and their unfair rules, no matter their motives... And with one child that hates him, another that was taken by Lucien, and an alternate counterpart of the latter who barely defeated her none-too-empowered-but-still-strong Alternate (along with a dead fiancée), it's hard to completely blame him for it.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Anna.
- Potentially again with Cynthia
- Shipper on Deck: For Robin/Lucina. Admits that this is his One True Pairing.
- Shout-Out: He does this frequently.
- Surrounded by Idiots: His response to Chrom and Robin asking him what Chrom can do about Cordelia:Chrom: <slumps down in a chair with a moan> "Gods, how do I deal with this?"Cameron: <glares at Robin> "Oh no, you are NOT leaving me alone to deal with your best friend."Robin: <sighs and grudgingly sits back down> "I'm not exactly experienced in this, either. He's got a point - you are the only one in a secure relationship type...thing."Cameron: "Wonderful."
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In Chapter 55, from his view when he meets Morgan, and all-but-definitively confirms that his OTP is canon in this timeline.
- Took a Level in Badass: Following a few months in the D&N-verse, he seems to have become a Dread Fighter.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Happens after Anna's death, though since he met Eiryss it's become a bit more tempered out.
- Younger Than They Look: The stress of being Trapped in Another World, dealing with Lucien, and having his fiancée die has not been very kind on him - Maugen was shocked to learn that Cameron is only twenty-one, and when Cam looks directly into a mirror for the first time since coming to Ylisse...
Julian and Kylar
You lucky, lucky bastard...you know what? Fine, have your 'Sorry for almost dying' sex, I'm gonna go see if a man can get drunk out in the desert.Arrived shortly after Cameron on the wrong side of the continent, joined up with Gregor and wandered around for a while.
- Badass: Still not to the same level as the other Shepherds, but rapidly catching up.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: More sedate than some, but he's still a little... quirky.
- Catch Phrase: "Evidently."
- Celibate Hero: Being in what is apparently a World Of Straight (so to speak), this is practically a given.
- For the Lulz: According to Tom, this was the reason he gave for saving Emmeryn. It also seems to be half the reason he does most anything, except for when he's serious.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He formed a close-knit bond with Gregor during the time they spent together as travelling mercenaries. Gregor later pulled a Taking the Bullet Heroic Sacrifice to save Julian during the final confrontation with Gangrel's army, which left him feeling more down in the dumps than he'd ever have expected.
- Only Sane Man: Being The Kirk can be for the better, since he's got a much more level head on his shoulders than Cameron or Jaclyn: compared to the former, he lets out his emotions more freely, which enables him to keep his cool and not get so easily set off; compared to the latter, he has more common sense and thinks about his actions and consequences more, but also would be less likely to fall into a slump by overthinking. He has a much more balanced temperament than either of the other Outsiders, so while he's not strictly the most logical or emotional, he's also the least emotionally fragile of the trio.
- Put on a Bus: In the Valm arc, he stays in Ylisstol to help guard Emmeryn.
- Straight Gay
- Troll: To the exhasperation of most everyone around him.
Skree.Julian's mount, a Griffon, given to him by Tom as part of the transition.—-
- Badass: Arguably more so than Julian.
- Giant Flyer: He is, after all, a griffon.
- Our Gryphons Are Different
- Silent Snarker: Technically he can make one sound, but the effect is just the same since only Julian can somewhat understand him.
Who wouldn't want to live in a world with magic and dragons and...The third Outsider, appearing in the middle of the ocean - near where Cameron was. Like Julian, she got herself a mount as part of the deal - in her case, a Pegasus.
- Break the Cutie: Hasn't happened yet, but her characterization, plus Reality Ensues in the Fire Emblem verse seems like it will lead to this eventually...
- Expy: Based on Shanzira, the main character of Awakening fanfic Daydreams And Nightmares.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Both Julian and Kylar can barely stand her at the best of times.
- Genki Girl
- Magic Knight: As with her counterpart in D&N, she's a Pegasus-riding magic-user.
- Out of Focus: Well, she's so far the only Outsider to not have any POV chapters, and isn't yet critical to the storyline.
- Put On A Ship: She leaves Cameron's party with Mal and his crew, partly to look for her own future child and partly because she was sick of Cam's cynicism and abrasiveness at the time (not that he was in a state to care much, however).
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Unlike the more pragmatic Cameron and Julian, she seems to think she's landed in a total Wish Fulfillment fantasy where she can fight alongside her fictional heroes - Cam is trying to disabuse her of this notion. As Matthew points out, she's a Break the Cutie waiting to happen
PS: Have fun figuring out who I am without your memories.
PPS: Power comes with a cost, you idiot. Prepare to pay it.The Alternates - as the name implies - represent an alternate version of the Outsiders. Because the Outsiders originally did not exist in the FE world, they needed a sort of ultimate enemy to fight. Thus, the Alternates were created - different and opposite to the Outsiders in many ways, representing their most hated qualities.
Lucien, Log Entry #3
- Balance Between Good and Evil: To bring an Outsider, Tom and the other members of the pantheon need to create an Alternate to keep the world in balance.
- Enemy Without: They are everything their respective Outsiders hate about themselves.
- Evil Counterpart/Foil
- Hero Killer: All of them are extraodinarily dangerous - ironically, the only one we've yet met, Lucien, might be weaker than Julian and Jaclyn's (since said Outsiders got themselves mounts and such), but this is unconfirmed.
- If Cameron and Cynthia hadn't been walking by, Fire/Eyriss' alternate would have killed her due to a massive gut wound.
- If we believe Eiryss, Lucien is the most dangerous - while the other two possess brute force and power, Lucien is the most dangerous because he's a lot more cunning. The fact that his future self had the foresight to try and interfere with Cameron's note left for Mal, which led to Fire being abducted, is living proof of this.
- Outside-Context Villain: For the Shepherds and the Outsiders both.
- Power at a Price: The more powerful an Outsider makes themselves, the more powerful their respective Alternate becomes. And since Julian and Jaclyn gave themselves mounts and Cameron cured his dyspraxia... Lucien directly invokes this trope when contacting Cameron (prior to their face-to-face meeting).
- Wake-Up Call Boss: For each of their counterparts.
- Younger Than They Look: Technically they're only as old as the amount of time their respective Outsider has been in the Awakening-verse.
"Luckily for you...I'm not going to do that. No, I'm going to wait two years, then kill you at your strongest and prove that you were never good enough for anything, even with all the little changes you made. So, to make sure you don't just cheat and kill yourself or something like that, here's the deal – I'm not going to kill all the Shepherds, just the next three people to come down this hall."Cameron's Alternate. A deranged madman who treads the line between being a sociopath and a psychopath, he has a determined grudge against both his Good Counterpart for his morality, and against Tom and the Pantheon for his existence in the first place. Although he's too unhinged to be high-functioning (and thus cannot hide his vile nature if he tried), his shrewd and cunning mind and natural combat ability makes him a dangerous opponent that's very difficult to properly dispose of.
- Anti-Magic: His sword is made of antimagic, a material capable of killing the setting's true gods. Grima wants it, it destroyed Cameron's shield, and if it ever touches Falchion... Bad Things (tm) will happen.
- Archenemy: To Cameron.
- Axe Crazy: Somewhat. Just look at the quote.
- And then he came back in time from the Bad Future and killed his past self' without a blink of an eye. This guy is completely off his rocker.
- Badass: Besides the other tropes mentioned here, he's also the only Alternate who survived in the Bad Future - Julia and Lambda were eventually killed and the ones we see are from the regular timeline, but the Lucien we see went back in time with Fire, killed his past self and basically derailed the plot as it suited him! Yeesh.
- Big Bad: Of the Alternates, given that he is - while not strictly the most powerful - the most dangerous, active, and personal foe in the narrative.
- Card-Carrying Villain
- Classic Villain: He definitely represents pride, wrath and envy.
- The Corrupter: In the Bad Future, he managed to kidnap one of Cameron's children (which depends on whether it's the main or an alternate future timeline) and psychologically break them until they're utterly loyal to him. The exact outcome varies, but both became subservient to him.
- Dead All Along: Bad Future-Lucien ran into and killed his past self at some point after arriving in the past - it's not clear just when all this took place (or even exactly how far back he went), but it's loosely implied to have been either before he first contacted Cameron, or between their first two face-to-face encounters; if the former, then we've never even met the original Lucien (not that we need to, mind).
- Devil in Plain Sight/Obviously Evil
- Evil Is Petty
- Faux Affably Evil: He doesn't even pretend to be 'truly'' affable, he just likes using it to screw with people and feeds off their fear and anger.
- Hero Killer: The more flaws an Outsider removes from their self, the more powerful their Alternate becomes. Lucien is already deathly-strong - strong enough that he killed two Pegasus knights easily, maimed the third, weakened Validar for nearly "kill-stealing" said third, finishing her off, and still being confident enough that he'll be strong enough to kill Cameron in two years no matter how much the latter may Level Grind.
- Hijacked by Ganon: A varient in-story: Lucien from the Bad Future hijacked the Arch-Enemy role from himself.
- Knight of Cerebus: Black Comedy aside, nothing is ever funny when he's on-screen, and the chapter can go from funny or heartwarming right into outright chilling. Especially when he actually fights, putting everyone in the opposition on their toes...
- Narcissist: While he mostly doesn't care what people think about him, there's a self-obsession and insecurity to him - which drives him to try and kill his Good Counterpart and his younger self (which thankfully for him is a valid action since it's not a Stable Time Loop but a potentially-divergent timeline. This is also probably his Fatal Flaw, too.
- One-Man Army: Considering that he managed to pull a "one-man 'fuck you Gangrel' mission" and succeed, yeah.
- Psychological Horror: Unlike the other Alternates, who are more Implacable Men, Lucien is describled by Eiryss as being able to torment people psychologically, and is able to communicate mentally with Cameron. Thankfully, the latter stops working once Cameron discovers how to project his thoughts to torment Lucien if he ever tries entering his head, but less thankfully he has other tricks up his sleeve.
- In the Bad Future timeline, Lucien kidnaps either Fire (in the main future timeline) or Mal (in the alt-future timeline) and plays the role of Evil Uncle to the child, destroying them over the years. With Fire, he completely shattered her willpower and independance, making her a Broken Bird too afraid of the consequences of defying him to act on her moral objections about it; with Mal, he (from what we saw) turned him into a Psychopathic Manchild who serves him even more loyally and seems even more brainwashed, his affection for his sister seeming to be his only redeeming flaw (and even then he tries to convince her to join them).
- Rage Against the Heavens: He seems to blame the Gods for the nature of his existence, since they brought Cameron into Ylisse and made him in the process. Given he's a deranged mass-murderer, he gets absolutely zero sympathy points from the heroes for this.
- The Sociopath: A more low-functioning variety as he cannot hide his evil nature, but he still qualifies. Cruel, calculating, he treats everything as a game (including his kills), psychologically (and physically) abuses his young apprentice, is incredibly vain and perfectionistic (to the point he cannot conceive the idea that Cameron might defeat him - see the above quote), a complete narcissist who hates having anyone interfere with him and his plans (judging by his response to Henry constantly finding and hurting him)... need we go on?
- Spanner in the Works: He interfers with Gangrel after the Rescue Mission succeeds, setting alight Plegia Castle. Though this makes ending the war a little easier for the Shepherds, he does this not out of nobility but to help ensure that Cameron survives long enough so he can kill him.
- Villain Ball: Not killing Cameron might be this, but then again he is an egomaniac - he wants to prove that Cameron is so inferior to him that he will never catch up even with the Time Skip to boost his stats.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Because of his ego being a Fatal Flaw, he's barely any more powerful than the last time Cameron fought him and despite still proving a true threat they nearly end up defeating him - if he didn't have Anti-Magic at his disposal, Cameron would have allowed Chrom to kill him and ended the villain threat right there.
- Villainous Breakdown: Facing Tom in the bad future and promptly receiving a Curb-Stomp Battle resulted in this
- Wild Card: He works separate from the key powers in Ylisse/Valm and merely follows his own agenda. He seems to know Julian's Alternate, but is not directly aligned with her.
JuliaJulian's Alternate. Confirmed to be Female thanks to some of his insecurities related to his sexuality. Not yet seen very clearly. Her name might be Julia, following Eiryss's inner thoughts. Her name was revealed in Eiryss' first chapter.
- The Archer: Seen wielding a crossbow.
- Badass: She very nearly killed Cameron and Julian when they tried to save Emm.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dragon Rider: Atop a massive wyvern-like creature, at that. Lucien refers to her as a "Drake Rider".
- Evil Distaff Counterpart: Unlike Lucien & Lambda, she's the opposite sex of her Good Counterpart. Julian admits he's not surprised by this.Julian: "My parents are how conservative?"Cameron: "Well, the one time I met them they were screaming about your return home two hours later than you said you would, so...greatly?"Julian: "Yes. I'm a gay guy with ultra-conservative parents. Do you see how this might manifest as an insecurity for my sexuality?"Cameron: "Well, that's your alternate explained." <shrugs> "No big deal."Julian: "Yeah, yeah." <sighs, glances at Anna> "...please don't tell anyone else about this yet."
- Spanner in the Works: Attempted this for the Rescue Mission, and she nearly succeeded.
LambdaJaclyn's Alternate, first having a true appearance rather than a cameo in chapter 56. Her name might be Lambda, following Eiryss's inner thoughts. Her name was revealed in Eiryss' first chapter. And she has artwork, courtesy of lambentlodestar.
- Axe Crazy/Hair-Trigger Temper: Considering Jaclyn, it's not too shocking to discover that she's got even less self-control than Lucien...
- Dark Action Girl
- Evil Redhead
- The Ghost: Until chapter thirty five.
- Chapter 53 shows her in the flesh for the first time, and Chapter 54 elaborates on her characterisation more thoroughly.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Annihilated General Pheros' fleet in seconds, barely missing the future kids.
- Murderthe Hypotenuse: She seems to want to kill Cordelia very, very much. She even threw a tantrum when Julian mentioned she wasn't there.
- Yandere: Oh my god.
GiomattiAn Alternate created when Eiryss enters the main timeline.
- An Axe to Grind
- Bald of Evil
- Eye Scream: How Eiryss kills him.
- Flat Character: Being an alternate aside, he's just a big ugly brute there to be killed by Eiryss. And to piss off Cameron enough that he refuses to communicate with Tom anymore.
- Foreshadowing: He's the second Alternate who is the opposite sex of their respective Outsider, which hints at the fact that Fire - like Julian - is homosexual.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Eiryss actually has preexisting combat skill and did not augment herself, so Giomatti is the weakest of all the Alternates - strong, but not supernaturally so like the rest. There's also the fact that Eiryss is a Kid from the Future (albeit from a different future than the one the others originate from).
Other major characters that are original to the story but don't exactly fit into any the above two categories.
Malcolm "Mal" Yriel
I swear to Naga, if Inigo's crashed my ship I'm killing him.Captain of the ship "Serenity", which Severa, Inigo, Brady, Noire and Gerome are part of. Cameron and Anna's son from the future.
- The Captain
- Fiery Redhead: Gets it from his (non-redhaired) father, though.
- Generation Xerox: Neither he nor his father can handle anger very well, and both can carry a massive grudge longterm.
- Insane Troll Logic: Blaming Cameron for Anna's death, because of course it's his father's fault that she was randomly killed by an arrow (especially since that was Lucien's doing). Pretty much everyone - even those who sympathise with him on this - think he's being stupid too.
- Granted, it's kind of implied by his 4th chapter that he felt like Cameron partially caused her death by going off-script - discovering that her death was a deliberate move on Lucien's part rather than a freak accident causes him to realise he was being quite a dick without justification.
- Missing Mom: When he first arrives in the past, he's quite eager to see his mother, not aware that Anna of the Changed timeline was killed. He's decidedly not happy about it - to the point of hurling a weapon at his father for not "trying harder" to keep her safe, much to everyone's consternation.
- Momma's Boy: All signs point to him being one, in contrast to Fire's Daddy's Girl - not only did Cynthia tell Cameron that Mal considered him boring from what she'd heard, but he was more eager to see her than he was his father. From his reaction to learning she died, he's made it clear that while he didn't want either parent to be dead, he'd rather that Cameron were dead and Anna alive.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When we finally get his 4th chapter, it's revealed he feels horrendously guilty for his unjust attitude towards his father for his mother's death - he's even convinced that he's caused both his father and his alternate timeline sister to hate him because of his earlier actions (he hasn't, but he's been in a Heroic BSOD for a while because of it until his girlfriend shakes him out of it).
- Nice Hat
- Official Couple: With Severa.
- Oh, Crap: He promptly starts shitting his (metaphorical) pantaloons when he realises that Lucina knows he's together with her sister... and isn't happy about it.
- Shout-Out: A captain named "Mal" commanding a ship named "Serenity" and prefering to avoid large government bodies. Sound familiar?
- Wham Line:Chapter 31: I can't wait to see Mom again.Chapter 39: DAD?! WHAT THE HELL?
- What the Hell, Hero?: While Mal's pain is understandable, the response to his blaming Cameron for Anna's death hasn't exactly been supportive (even Severa, who prioritised comforting him, didn't try to endorse it). Cynthia and Fire/Eiryss were particularly displeased about it: the former was only stopped from yelling at him because she caught him and Severa making out; the latter does give him an earful about it when they first meet, loud enough that he's left reeling in shock.
- You Should Have Died Instead: He all but outright states this, as seen below:Cameron: "...I'm so proud of you."Malcolm: <spits overboard the ship> "Yeah, and I bet she'd have been prouder."
- He regrets this later on, however.
I thought there were no poets in the bitter business.Lucien's apprentice/niece. She is Mal's sister, who was seized by Lucien.
- Anti-Villain: She doesn't appear to actually enjoy the acts that Lucien commits (and forces her to commit in turn) - she only follows him out of an as-yet-unexplained loyalty. Seems to involve indoctrination, as he kidnapped her some amount of time before Mal and the rest time-travelled.
- The Archer
- Brave Scot: Subverted, thanks to the trauma she's endured.
- Broken Bird
- Dark Action Girl
- Deadpan Snarker: See her quote.
- Self-Made Orphan: At Lucien's orders, she killed Anna, her mother-to-be, with an arrow to the eye to Make It Look Like an Accident (or rather, so that she'd look like just another random casualty). Why did she do it? Because Lucien stopped torturing her and gave her a proper meal for the first time in six years in exchange for the deed.
- Shout-Out: Her name is a reference to the quote "Fire, walk with me". Cameron is left wondering what exactly his future self was thinking, naming his daughter after a quote of all things.
- It turns out that it was Julian who chose the name.
"Rukina-sama!"Jaclyn's daughter from the future, her father is a man named Rufure. Briefly mentioned by Cynthia before she first appears some time later.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In D&N, she's a redhead like her mother and her sibling takes after their father; in this fic she has a different father and has inherited his white hair, while her brother received their mother's bright red hair.
- Expy: Of Noel from Daydreams and Nightmares.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Mark's responsible.
- Genki Girl
- The Ghost: Until Chapter 49.
- Kid from the Future
My name is EIRYSS my name is EIRYSS my name is EIRYSSFire from an alternate dimension where Mal was captured by Lucien instead. Became an outsider from that dimension to this one.
- Alternate Self: A version of Fire who wasn't indoctrinated by Lucien.
- The Archer
- Brave Scot: Her determination and courage is a trait she gets from her father, Cameron.
- The Chick: For Cameron's vigilante group, Swordwind.
- Cry Cute: When she is being held in her father's arms, all the pain she's had to suppress from losing her parents and her brother's abduction comes right to the surface.
- Daddy's Girl: Not that she doesn't love her mother, but she's quite attached to her father. Her reaction to learning Anna died is to comfort her grieving father and have them grieve together, whereas Mal unjustly blamed him for something he couldn't prevent. And she chews out Mal for being a dick about it when they meet for the first time.
- Determinator: She sets out to kill her Alternate without hesitation, despite still reeling emotionally, because of the threat to nearby civilians that would take place if she doesn't.
- Last Het Romance: With Mark, possibly.
- That Man Is Dead: She tries to do this, but fails.
- Walking Spoiler: Hoo boy.
"I found Noel, though. Unfortunately, she's still..."
"Still Noel."Briefly mentioned by Eiryss/Fire. Jaclyn's son, and Noel's older brother.—-
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Noel's foolish.
- The Smart Guy: Apparently he tried to be The Strategist in the Bad Future, but according to Lucina he's better at logistics than actual strategy.
- The Ghost: Until Chapter 49.
- Kid from the Future
NorrinA mysterious man who is somehow acquainted with Maugen. He ends up joining Cameron's group, Swordwind.
Characters who exist within the established canon of the FE universe. Until further notice, only those who are different from canon should be listed.Listed by section, in order of appearance.
- Five-Man Band: The circle of close friend who Cameron finds among the Shepherds actually fit this to a tee. To specify:
- The Hero - Cameronbrings the all together by befriending them, one by one. Weapon is a shield.
- The Lancer - Kellam, the first friend Cam makes in the Shepherds, also pretty much his right-hand man. Weapon is a lance.
- Big Guy - Vaike, slower than most and cocky, but strong in physical prowess and warm-hearted. Weapon is an axe.
- Smart Guy - Lon'qu, a quiet man with excellent observational skills as opposed to raw power. Weapon is a sword.
- The Heart - Stahl, all-around pleasant guy with no great talent in one area, but all around. Weapons are swords & lances.
- Sixth Ranger - Gaius, not a trained soldier and tecnically a rough, but a cautious and helpful ally. Prefers to avoid direct combat.
ChromThe Captain of the Shepherds and Prince of Ylisse.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted as he's he's actually better off than he was in canon, what with his big sister not having gone splat and not having to worry for a couple of years after the war has finished. Cameron, who notices the grey streaks in his own hair, realises that he is the one dealing with soul-crushing trauma arguably worse than the games' original protagonist: his Love Interest is dead, a psychopathic murderer is out to cause him as much pain as possible before killing him (and knows just how to hurt him), and foreknowledge of the Bad Future that could still come to pass if he's not careful; not to mention that said foreknowledge, when he used it, had dire consequences for not just himself; plus he's left wondering if he can do any true good. Compared to him, Chrom's original traumas somewhat look like a walk in the park...
- Asexuality: He is technically attracted to women but, as Cameron points out, Chrom appears to lack any form of sex drive in general let alone a need to satisfy it. Neither Chrom nor Robin argue this point, either.
- Badass: Heck, he very nearly killed Lucien at one point, albeit as part of Robin's strategy to deal with him. He would have succeeded too, except that Lucien had by this point discovered Anti-Magic - which could have destroyed Falchion if it made contact with him - and so Cameron had to throw himself and Lucien off the roof of the building to ensure this wouldn't happen, since they'd be rather screwed without Falchion once Grima is awoken.
- Oblivious to Love: To the point that he had no idea that Cordelia was in love with him. When she finally confesses to him, he (calmly) takes it in until he can consult Robin and Cameron, at which point it's clear that he's freaking out inside.
- He also didn't seem aware that people thought he and Sumia were an item - she was actually seeking out his help in trying out her pies because she wanted to impress Frederick.
- The Wise Prince: Not in the traditional sense, but more that Chrom knows his limitations and weaknesses - his wisdom shows mostly in how he manages his personal militia, the Shepherds, but also in knowing who to seek out when he needs assistance in certain matters.
RobinThe Shepherds' tactician and strategist, recruited shortly before Cameron.
- Badass Bookworm: Actually demonstrated more strongly here, where his plans are given in more detail.
- The Chessmaster: Robin has plans upon plans - whenever he has time to strategise, he'll somehow pull out not just a Plan B, but a Plan C and Plan D. He'll even try for Plan E and onward if possible.
- Crazy-Prepared: Sweet Naga...
- Properly Paranoid: In Chapter 52, he argued with Chrom over his (justified) wariness about Validar (who they officially met off-screen), who he suspects is the same man that tried to assassinate Emmeryn three-and-a-half years ago; Chrom is skeptical because that man was ripped to pieces by Lucien back then, but Robin insists to not rule out the possibility (not that it matters - as Emmeryn has been made aware by Tom, they need to keep him from being suspicious so that Plegia lends support in the coming war with Valm).
FrederickThe Shepherds' second-in-command, Chrom's competant lieutenant. Father to Cynthia.
- The Dreaded: Played for Laughs In-Universe, with Chrom and Robin showing signs of trauma when reminded of his "Fanatic Fitness Hour":Robin: <shudders> "So many push ups, so little time..."
- Official Couple: With Sumia.
- Properly Paranoid: His suspicions about Cameron being more than he appears (when Chrom inducts him into the Shepherds not long after Robin) are correct, albeit not for the reasons he suspects.
LissaYounger sister of Chrom and Emmeryn, thus a princess of Ylisse. Friends with Maribelle.
MaribelleLissa's best friend and one of the Shepherds. She and Cameron don't get along due to her impatience with him not being more genteel, and his disliking her general manner.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She does warm to people slowly as in canon, but bonus points for the fact that she and Cameron are at each other's throats for a long time. The first time we see her showing actual concern for him as a person is after Anna's death sends him into a depression.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Again, this is Maribelle.
- Romantic False Lead: In-Universe, as people were hedging bets early on that her testy relationship with Cameron was a case of Belligerent Sexual Tension. Being Maribelle, it's not shocking that this isn't the case.
AnnaA travelling merchant from a family of Inexplicably Identical Individuals with no One Steve Limit in sight - the youngest of the lot, in fact. She joins forces with Robin and Kellam when they're scouting a village occupied by bandits along with Donnel, the one resident who escaped. After defeating the leader, she offers her services to the Shepherds and eventually becomes their quartermaster, travelling in the caravan.She and Cameron start to develop feelings for each other over time, in no small part due to her awareness of the Outrealm Gates and being able to carry his secrets. Despite being very different in personality, the two of them end up working rather well. Tragically, Anna becomes a casualty of the final battle with Gangrel, shot through the eye while still in her caravan - something which truly sakes Cameron to the core and leads to him leaving the Shepherds in his grief. Though at first believed to be just a random death, Julian soon discovers that the arrow which killed her had its white feathers covered with dark powder, making them look like typical Plegian arrows...
- Action Girl: Though she usually stays out of direct combat, being quartermaster to the Shepherds.
- Eye Scream: The cause of her death is an arrow to the eye.
- Fourth Date Marriage: In-Universe and acknowledged as well - she and Cam only knew each other for a few months and only went on one actual date, but they still end up engaged. Neither really minds, though.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die/The Lost Lenore: For Cameron - her death makes him feel immensely guilty due to feeling that he was responsible for it by changing things (not helped by Mal blaming him for not doing more). When he finds out that Future-Lucien actually forced Fire to kill her just to hurt him, though (and thus suggesting that it would've happened anyway at some point), he get utterly pissed.
- Missing Mom: Both Mal and Eiryss (the alternate Fire) are grief-stricken to learn that she died in the changed timeline, though the latter handles it more rationally than the former.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: There are 15, to be precise - all given the same name. She is the youngest, as it turns out.
- Official Couple: With Cameron (and they even have children from the Bad Future coming back in time with the others, proving it). Then tragically subverted when one of those children, tortured and brainwashed by Cam's Arch-Enemy, kills Anna.
- Opposites Attract: She and Cameron are very different in personality (and even priorities), but they fall in love quite strongly just the same.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Cameron.
- Secret Keeper: For the Outsiders, since her position means that Cameron can trust her with the whole truth about his origins, as can Julian.
- The Tease/Troll: At times, especially towards Cameron. She always plays with him in terms of his feelings (and Exact Words in regards to measuring his love for her), but she's mostly joking.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Cameron was incensed that she could have helped against the bandit leader Garrick more directly, stating that he could have been killed. Anna refutes this, noting that the man was drunk and off his game.
- Also later, when she (sort of) jokingly considers charging Julian to keep the secret of his sexuality and his insecurity about it, Cameron calls her on wanting to use his personal crisis to make more money.
- Youngest Child Wins: The youngest of all her sisters, and she ends up joining the Shepherds and becoming rather recognised as a hero.
KellamThe Shepherd who everyone seems to forgot about.
- Ascended Extra: He gets some notable screentime compared to canon, starting with the Sidestory Mission (a composite of the Anna and Donnel chapters) and generally keeps it from there for a good while. He falls out of focus later, but there are other characters who need the screentime (and are more significant overall to the plot).
- Deadpan Snarker: Chapter 5 gives us this gem:Cameron: "Donnel! Go home!"Donnel: "Naw! I asked the elder and my ma, they said ah should do what I felt was right!"Kellam: (flatly) "And what you think is right is following a group of strangers through hostile territory and being subjected to fierce military training for the rest of your life."
- Running Gag: A small one with people constantly mentioning he should become a spy with his unique talent. He lamentably points out that he wouldn't be able to deliver his reports very well.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Cameron would show a lot of concern (and internalised guilt) whenever he Failed a Spot Check due to Kellam's... condition, and his efforts to include Kellam lead to him finding a place in the Shepherds among some of the guys.
DonnelA young farmhand from an Ylissean village. Along with Anna, he allied himself to Cameron and Kellam in a plan to liberate his village, after which he and Anna are recruited to the Shepherds.
- Insistent Terminology: From the initial respect and awe, he takes some time to stop addressing Cameron as "milord" - which Cam naturally finds silly because he's not even nobility. Even later into the conflict he falls back into it out of habit, though he's gotten better with time.
- New Meat: But he adapts quite well, all things considered. He even ditches the pot helmet for proper gear, unlike what the games show us.
- Puppy Love: He seems to have a crush on Nowi, which Cameron finds himself supporting - if in part because the physical age gap between them isn't as extreme as with some of the Other Shepherds...
CordeliaA talented Pegasus Knight of Ylisse, serving under Phila until her squad is slaughtered by the invading Plegian forces. Has massive feelings towards Chrom, though he seems unaware of them. With Cameron's help, she finally finds the courage to confess to him in the hopes that whatever the result, she can finally sort herself out. It ends surprisingly well for her.
- Action Mom: To Severa and Lucina.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Drunk and depressed, on Cameron's advice she fessed up her affections to Chrom before running away crying.
- Badass: She takes out Gangrel with a well-timed javelin throw, impaling and decisively killing him.
- Badass Princess: Her marriage to Chrom makes her a Princess of Ylisse, since Emmeryn's still alive as Exalt in this timeline (and according to Tom/Xane, Emmeryn might in fact survive all the way this time around - no word on if she'll have children to succeed her or if Chrom will later on, though.
- Battle Couple: With her eventual husband Chrom.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Cameron finds her watching Chrom and Sumia interacting quite closely, with a despondent look in her eyes, quite intoxicated given her slurred speech and sluggish movements.
- Everyone Can See It: Only Chrom is unaware of the flame she holds for him, but her feelings are so obvious that Robin is incredulous to learn that his best friend had absolutely zero idea about her feelings.
- Happily Married/Official Couple: With Chrom, after their wedding during the Timeskip Arc.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Much as she wants Chrom to reciprocate her feelings, she doesn't want to hurt him - or Sumia, her dearest friend - though Cameron convinces her that she needs to tell him at least, because if Chrom goes on unaware she'll never be able to put it behind her. As it turns out, there wasn't anything going on between Chrom and Sumia at all.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Sumia isn't interested in Chrom after all, and he decides to give a relationship a go. It works out beautifully.
GregorA kind-hearted, seasoned mercenary who the Shepherds meet when facing the Grimleal in the desert. He met up with Cameron's friend Julian a couple months before this, and they worked together as partners.
- Cool Old Guy
- Heroic Sacrifice/Taking the Bullet: He takes several high-power Wind spells directly in order to save Julian and their allies, who were about to be hit. They tear into him and he bleeds out.
- Intergenerational Friendship/Odd Friendship: A 40-something, bizarre mercenary and a 20-something, wyvern-riding youth from another world. They get along quite famously. Also with Nowi, of course.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first casualty among the Shepherds, and not the last as of yet.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He and Julian did this more than once during their time as freelance mercenaries.
LucinaChrom's Kid from the Future, her mother is Cordelia and she has one sibling: her sister, Severa.
- Insistent Terminology/Last Name Basis: Calling Cameron "Lord Yriel" after the assumed surname he took in Ylisse.
- Knight Templar Big Sister: Her reaction to learning that Mal - who she dislikes on principle - is dating Severa is for her to prepare to kill the perpetrator - or commit maiming at the very least. Severa calls her out on it.
- Running Gag: Cameron keeps telling her to talk to Robin, much to her bemusement.
- Screw Destiny: Along with her general attitude, she uses Falchion to cure Cameron of his crippling (from the first Risen attack). He finally gets the chance to thank her properly for it during the Time Skip Arc, when they meet again in a non-combat situation.
SeveraDaughter of Cordelia and Chrom - making her Lucina's younger sister and a Princess of Ylisse. She is first seen travelling with Mal on his ship "Serenity".
- Badass Princess
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Malcolm. They are implied to have consummated after he learned of his mother's death.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Her and Mal.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Genre Savvy: She needs only one look at Cameron's dead eyes to realise that they just like her mother's, when her father died, and that it means Anna is dead. Knowing just how Mal must be feeling with this discovery, she immediately goes to comfort him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She snarks at Mal well enough, but nonetheless she's very concerned for him after he learns of Anna's death.
- The Lancer: Of Mal's crew.
- Official Couple: With Mal - they're officially together as of his discovering Anna's death, with her comforting him over it.
- Oh, Crap: See above.
- Shout-Out: When General Pheros's fleet pulls them up, she pretends to be Mal's whore to avoid close inspection so they won't see the Brand of the Exalt on her shoulder/upper arm and deduce she is Ylissean royalty.
- Tsundere: She is definitely this to Mal: one minute she's being quite sweet, and then she does a 180 when he tells her that playing the role of his whore suits her.
CynthiaDaughter of Sumia and Frederick, she is discovered when Cameron lands on the continent of Valm (with the newly-found Jaclyn in tow), working for Maugan/Ruger as in canon. The two manage to convince her that she's been duped, and she helps them eliminate his forces. After a series of events which lead to their group changing and growing, she chooses to stay by Cameron's side rather than go off with her friends, and becomes a founding member of Swordwind.
- Accidental Pervert: She found out that Malcolm and Severa were an item when she walked in on them, um... yeah. She'd been intending to yell at Mal for blaming his mother's death on Cameron.
- Ascended Extra: She's become a major character in her own right compared to her role in canon, despite not even having a POV chapter yet.]]
- Badass Adorable: Oh yes. Definitely.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In Chapter 55, she has to deal with the attentions of a sleazy baron trying to pick her up, while she's in disguise because Swordwind is trying to rescue a young girl. All is going well despite her discomfort... until he insults Cameron, triggering her Berserk Button and getting unwanted attention - leading to Cameron implementing Plan B, where she proceeds to cut loose, kick arse and take names.
- Hero-Worshipper: She actually thinks Cameron is rather awesome, despite his son, Malcolm thinking he was a total bore. Cameron is pleasantly surprised by this. As it turns out, she had a crush when she was a little girl; once she got to know him she began to develop a genuine affection for him along with the hero worship, and he eventually reciprocates.
- Hidden Depths: And HOW.
- I Choose to Stay: A variant, she elects to stay with Cameron and his group, even after Jaclyn left with Mal's group, rather than going to meet her parents.
- Idiot Hero: She gives off this vibe, plus she's pretty much The Hero of Cameron's new Five-Man Band, the Swordwind vigilante group.
- Let's Get Dangerous: It's acknowledged In-Universe that she and Owain can turn off their individual quirks if the situation really calls for it.
- Nice Gal: Cynthia is too kind by half. She even stays by Cameron's side - rather than going off with her friends, who were going to go and see their parents - because she was worried about him: after the falling out with Mal, she thought he needed her support and genuinely wants to help him out in his quest. It helps that she seems fond of him.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Quite often despite her serious moments - and quite necessary too, since the story was getting quite dark and serious given the Character Death and the expanding of the Myth Arc. Cynthia's presence just makes things sunnier than they would be without her.
- Saying Too Much: Telling Lucina that Mal/Severa is a thing, apparently not aware that Lucina and Mal don't seem to get along (Lucina intends to maim him for it, convinced that he's manipulating her).
- Second Love: To Cameron.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Girly Girl, Eiryss is the Tomboy.
- What the Hell, Hero?
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
OwainSon of Lissa and Lon'qu, he is found by Cameron's group when they visit the Sage Hamlet he was recruited at in the game. Excited at the idea of a group of vigilante heroes protecting the innocents caught in war, he promptly joins the group then and there.
- The Big Guy: Being more of an impulsive fighter rather than a complex strategist, he fits into this role in Swordwind.
- Brutal Honesty: He's the worst possible choice for a spy or infiltrator for this reason - even Cynthia is better than him!
- Large Ham: Being Owain, of course he is... even when it leads him to trouble. Eiryss is pissed when she learns that he inadvertently got her the codename "Cupid".
- Let's Get Dangerous: It's acknowledged In-Universe that he and Cynthia can turn off their individual quirks if the situation really calls for it.
- Unexpected Character: In-Universe, as Cameron didn't expect to run into him... until a comment by the locals that revealed the hamlet they'd just arrived in was the same one he's recruited at during the game. He has a small Freak Out over the concept of dealing with him and Cynthia for an extended period of time.
MorganDaughter of Robin and Lucina, she is discovered first when she has been taken prisoner by Count Zykle of the Valmese Empire, and it inducted into Cameron's group.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Invoked - Eiryss is understandably wary about this girl who is wearing a Grimleal cloak, but she turns out so cute and innocent-looking that it's obvious she's anything but bad.
- Sixth Ranger: For Swordwind.
The Old Man (a.k.a "Tom")/XaneOriginally mistaken as Old Hubba, then as an old man Cameron knew called Eugene, The Old Man (TOM for short) is the one who created the whole Outsider/Alternate system to begin with and is just one of many people watching over assorted universes.The first chapter from Emmeryn's POV reveals him to be Xane, from the Archanea games. For more on his character, see here.
- Almighty Janitor: He's ridiculously powerful, capable of warping reality and pulling people across universes, but compared to the rest of the Pantheon members he's basically an Intern.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Emmeryn openly expresses dislike for him and the Pantheon because they don't do more in helping people with their everyday lives. He retorts that things are so simple and black-and-white, and that everything is shades of grey - to which she simply retorts that it shouldn't have to be this way, to his irritation. For his part, he does care about the people he's watching over, but humans absolutely loath being used like chess pieces for a greater good, and neither side can truly understand the opposite in terms of priorities.
- Cool Old Guy: He's really quite friendly for a Physical God Reality Warper.
- Failed a Spot Check: He should have checked whether Emmeryn ever drinks alcohol: had he done so, then he wouldn't have needed to pull her from her realm into that of the Pantheon, precisely before they were about to have a meeting; this leads to her learning of their existence more comprehensively and some of their secrets - not too much of them, but still more than they'd prefer. As Discworld Death puts it, he "done goofed".
- Jerkass Gods: Subverted, at least by him. Old Hubba is another matter, though...
- Loophole Abuse: Because BadFuture!Lucien (from a parallel universe), killed Tiki, he breaks part of the contract which requires that Tom not interfere directly. He proceeds to utterly decimate him, saving Alt-Fire and sending her to the mainstream Asleepverse.
- Mission Control: Until Cameron cuts him off. Following this, the other Pantheon members tell him interfere directly anymore, though he still saves Cameron's hide from a certanly-fatal fall - by sending him to the Daydreams And Nightmares universe, to take advantage of Time Distortion between dimensions to Level Grind in a new fighting style.
- More recently, they've reconciled enough to renew communication... somewhat.
- Precision F-Strike: Lets out a "Shit" at the above Failed a Spot Check.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: One thing he can do at will. It foreshadows his true identity as Xane.
EmmerynThe ruler of the Halidom of Ylisse.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She is able to deduce that Inness is The Archer before even being introduced to him, simply by looking at his arms - she notices that his dominant right arm is far more toned than the other and thus he likely fights with a bow. She also isn't likely to Fail A Spot Check - she picks up more from the Pantheon than some others would have managed to get!
- Rage Against the Heavens: She calls Xane out, in their second meeting, for the machinations the Pantheon has towards their fates as well as for their No Interference Policy as "the rules" demand of them.
- Secret Keeper: For the Pantheon - because she was needlessly pulled into their Realm by Xane, she found of more about them than most mortals do but is required to keep it a secret.
- Spared by the Adaptation: She does still go the Heroic Suicide route to spare Chrom the hard choice, but Cameron manages to save her.
- What Is One Man's Life in Comparison?: Cameron ponders on this one, knowing that it's not just her speech to Plegia, but her very martyr-like death which helped break their resolve to keep fighting and ended the war much quicker. He wonders whether it would save more lives - and leave the country better-equipped to deal with Walhart - if he just lets her die. He saves her, but just as he predicted her survival causes more damage than her death would, though implicitly not as much as in the original timeline.
PhilaCommander of the Ylissean pegasus knights, and loyal to Emmeryn.
- Ascended Extra: She gets more screentime and development before her capture by Plegia and survives the Rescue Mission for Emmeryn.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: See below, in regards to Cameron (she does carry herself in a very professional manner in general).
- Jerkass Realization: The Ylissean high command come to suspect that Cameron, with his surprising amount of knowledge regarding Plegia's plans, is The Mole - she treats him coldly as a result of this. A segment at the end of a chapter in her POV, where she and her forces are captured, makes her realise they were wrong about him and she feels guilty for not trusting him earlier. When he breaks her out of the Plegian dungeons she shows her remorse and apologises sincerely to him... though she still can't remember his name.
- Lady of War: Demonstrated by this skilled Falcon Knight more than in canon.
- Running Gag: She never seems to get Cameron's name right!
- Spared by the Adaptation: Thanks to Cam and Julian interfering in Emmeryn's Heroic Suicide, she and a number of her Pegasus Knights survive the Risen onslaught summoned by Aversa during the Rescue Mission/
- Undying Loyalty: To Emmeryn, and by extension to all House Ylisse.
MatthewA blonde-haired man who first appears during the Ylisse/Plegia War. Apparently in league with some assassins sent after Lissa, he quickly exposes the Hierarch as The Mole within the Ylissean forces, vindicating Cameron (whose warnings about Plegia's plans cast suspicion upon himself. He incapacitates the Hierarch before fleeing.He returns during the Timeskip Arc, where his true identity is revealed: Matthew, one of the heroes of Eliwood's heroes army. Having fought to save Elibe twice, first from Nergal's schemes and years later against King Zephiel's invading armies, his efforts have rewarded him with becoming an Einherjar. Existing on the mortal plane on-off for the past few hundred years, he was sent by Tom/Xane to assist Cameron in his efforts to protect this part of the multiverse from Grima and Lucien.
- The Bus Came Back: In the Timeskip Arc.
- Good All Along: Helping stop the Hierarch when he attacks Cameron hints at it. His reappearance confirms it.
- The Lancer: For Cameron's vigilante group, being of the opposite temperament and the one who knows most about what's fully going on. He also helps train Fire/Eiryss and Cynthia to become stronger fighters and works as The Mentor in a manner of speaking, which is in line with the traditional role of The Lancer (as the experience Older Sidekick to The Hero).
- Number Two: Tom's agent, who was assigned to give Cameron and the others assistance in a hands-on manner. He eventually becomes Cameron's right-hand man in the Swordwind group.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Perpetual Smiler: He's Matthew - this is to be expected.
- Stepford Smiler: Like in FE 7, he buries his own anguish under a cheerful smile; when he's confronting Cameron over the implications of trying to resurrect Anna, and reveals just what the afterlife has become since Grima destroyed Heaven, his serious side truly shows. It's not very cheerful at all.
- Walking Spoiler: He is the Einherjar of the hero Matthew.
PherosA general of the Valmese army with an Undying Loyalty towards her leader, Walhart. She pulls aside Mal's ship due to them passing in Imperial waters, causing some tension. Her fleet is soon after devastated by Lambda, with the future kids barely evading death, though Pheros is likely still alive
- Anti-Villain/Affably Evil: She's utterly civil and courteous towards Mal, yet he's very much aware that if she suspects their true intentions and allegiance, they'd be done for.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Pheros doesn't appear in the games until roughly midway through the Valm Arc. Her she and her fleet appear well over a year before said arc even begins.
- The Worf Effect: What better way to showcase the extent of Lambda's powers (without showing her onscreen, to boot) than by having her devastate a naval fleet commandeered by a Valmese general?
Maugan/RugerThe bandit leader who impersonate Chrom within the Valmese continent, tricking Cynthia along the way. He turns out to be a skilled disguise artist - contrary to popular opinion - which convinces Cameron to spare his life when he has him at his mercy. He decides to use Maugan's skill as he sets out to form a small band of vigilantes who will protect the common people from atrocities on ''all'' sides of the Valmese conflict.
- Ascended Extra: Given he was a one-off villain in the game.
- Adaptational Badass: In the games he's pretty much just a Dirty Coward who bullies villages, and his skill at truly disguising himself is never touched upon. Here, he's quite skilled at disguising himself, and while he did abuse a position as a bandit leader he's less cowardly - he's still an asshole and is helping Cameron through blackmail, but is more grudging that outright cowardice due to his self-preservation.
- Adaptation Name Change: Subverted - Maugan is his real name, and Ruger was just one of many names he'd adopted as he drifted through life.
- Cowardly Lion/Lovable Coward: Kind of. He's a dick, but he's not a completely detestable wimp like in canon.
- The Drifter: Just goes through lives as he pleases, taking on new lives as he feels necessary (or just wishes to).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Maugen might be a douche, but the implications of what Count Zykle of the Valmese Empire does to the children he holds captive... make him look visibly sickened.
- Heel-Face Turn: By force.
- Hero of Another Story: Apparently, he served under Frederick as an apprenticeduring one of his many lives, and served under Gecko, the bandit leader who searches for treasure in the area Owain is located at (for additional points, the two have a Palette Swap in the game).
- I Have Many Names: Ruger being one of them - some eight in total, from what he says.
- Jerkass: Not the nicest or most selfless guy.
- Master of Disguise: Good enough to make Cynthia not look like an idiot for believing him to be actually Chrom.
- Oh, Crap: When he hears about what Cameron is planning.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Since he probably feels he's got nothing to lose, he makes it clear he's just along for the ride and doesn't care for his new allies.
- The Smart Guy: In Cameron's vigilante group, starting with the Time Skip arc.
- Spared by the Adaptation: For anyone who plays through Cynthia's recruitment chapter or just considers all the Future Children to be canon (which would be pretty much everyone, of course, so it pretty much makes no difference.)
- Token Evil Teammate: He's kind of an asshole (being a onetime bandit leader), and nobody in Cameron's group actually likes him. They seem at least confident that he won't backstab them, though, even though they don't truly trust him.