Characters: Fire Emblem Awakening First Generation Males
This page details the male first generation characters of Fire Emblem Awakening. For other characters, head back to the index here.
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- "No knight fears the slow-but-steady road."
Class: Great Knight
- Affectionate Nickname: Chrom and Lissa deem him "Frederick the Wary", a title he wears with pride.
- Embarrassing Nickname: The male Avatar calls him "Fredericson" and the female one "Freddy-Bear" in their supports, which he immediately dislikes.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Can get Luna.
- Badass: As Chrom's second in command and the most likely character to have lasting power in the early game chapters, this is a given.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a suit underneath his armor. Word of God said his suit was based off a butler's. It was lampshaded in his support with Maribelle.
- Badass Normal: He is considered a paragon in the art of combat, despite being in an army which includes one or two powerful non-humans.
- Cultured Warrior: To Virion's joy, he's also well-versed in the art of tea.
- Four-Star Badass: The Sherperds' Lieutenant.
- Battle Butler: Although he will insist he is strictly a knight, Frederick dedicates much of his time performing butler-like duties for Chrom and Lissa. He even wears what is essentially a butler's uniform under his armor.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Maribelle, as she also has strong bonds with Lissa and Chrom.
- Birds of a Feather: With Cherche. They're both completely loyal to their lords, Workaholics that do all the menial chores said lords can't be bothered with without a single complaint, they're both quite well-spoken, and they highly value the knightly virtues. If they get married, their ending states that they both keep soldiers in line with their "famously disarming smiles".
- Blade on a Stick: Unlike most Great Knights, Frederick specializes in Lances instead of Axes, though he can still use them and Swords as well.
- Boring but Practical: Without any grinding, Frederick will have lower stats in comparison to everyone else, who have faster growth speed and comparable growth rates to Frederick. At this time, Frederick is not the One-Man Army that he was back in early game, and his usefulness mainly stems from his D/B/D weapon rank that allows him to use every kind of effective weapon to deal heavy damage from Pair Up Partner position.
- Character Select Forcing: He is essentially your only answer for doing the early stages of Lunatic and Lunatic+ mode. The early stages of Lunatic and Lunatic+ runs are affectionately called Frederick Emblem with good reason.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's so tough, he can get over a cold with a single sneeze. No, it doesn't make sense to Tharja either.
- The Comically Serious: Conducts himself in a stern and dignified manner all the time (ok, most of the time)... which makes it all the more hilarious when he does things like try to force himself to eat bear meat without freaking out, or put up naked posters of Chrom in each tent in order to boost morale.
- Crutch Character: Despite the fact that the early chapters of harder difficulties rely on him, Frederick will inevitably fall off in comparison to the player units, and the enemies by mid-late game where his speed is not sufficient, and his durability is not up to par anymore all thanks to his low base stats, and high internal level in spite of his amazing growth rate. With little to no grinding, Frederick is arguably the single most straightforward Jagen Archetype in the entire series, and is comparable to Old Marcus and Jagen himself in a lot of respects. Which is surprising considering his game breaking predecessors.
- The pair up system makes him very useful without stealing too much XP from your low level characters and if set up right with someone like Chrom, he'll always be there to attack and defend.
- If you do put time into leveling him up and give him decent weapons and use some Speedwings on him, he becomes much more useful and if paired up for someone like Cordelia or Sumia, he becomes a One-Man Army.
- He can easily ive up to his potential if you reclass him into a Dread Fighter after you reach level 15 of his starting class. In doing so, you can now make full use of his growths while retaining his old skills. The thing about Frederick is not that he is weak, but that he starts off at a handicap. Once you remove it, he becomes one of the strongest walls in the game.
- Custom Uniform: Frederick, as a Great Knight, wears slightly different, lighter armor than the generic armor worn by others of the same class. It's also likely that the other Great Knights don't wear butler clothing underneath their armor...
- Cuteness Proximity: In his A support with Panne, when he finally gets over his fear of wolves and anything that looks like wolves, he gets distracted by her rabbit ears.Frederick: Yes, yes, of course. No more fear of... Oh, look at these floppy ears! They're so cute!
- Deadpan Snarker: At times. His short bio even states he's the "stern and sarcastic second-in-command".
- Dislikes The New Guy: Towards Robin. While the other Shepherds are quick to welcome him/her to the group, as Chrom's body guard he is proud to say he's wary of an amnesiac hyper intelligent warrior joining their ranks out of the blue. Robin turns out to be the Avatar of Grima the Fell Dragon, the Big Bad and Chrom's killer in an alternate Bad Future but also a loyal member of the Shepherds and good friend in this timeline
- Does Not Like Spam: He hates wild game meat, especially bear meat.
- First Guy Wins: If you have him paired up with Lissa.
- Go Nagai Sideburns: It fits with his enthusiastic nature as a royal knight
- Good Is Not Soft: Not with his enemies, nor his allies, as his trainees can vouch for.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: When he doesn't believe the fact that the Avatar has amnesia:"It's called a load of Pegasus dung."
- Innocently Insensitive: To the Avatar in their B support, where he compliments them for their ability to eat bear meat, but makes it sound like they an uncultured savage.
- The Lancer: Provides the cautious, matter-of-fact voice of reason to balance Chrom's trusting and open-hearted leadership.
- Large Ham: While he's usually calm and composed, he tends to lose all restraint if he encounters something he really doesn't like.
- Love Confession:My heart is yours, milady. I vow to defend you as knight and husband until death should part us.
- Love Hurts/Unwanted Spouse: If paired with Cordelia, he enters into the marriage knowing full well that her heart belongs to Chrom, but hoping that she'll eventually come to love him as he loves her.
- Magikarp Power: Post-game: His slower Exp gain ratenote will have him trail behind early on, but he is one of the few characters who naturally gains access to the Pavise/Aegis combo (and he's one of the few guys with a Defense modifier who doesn't suffer a hit in Resistance), which along with his high Skill stat and Luna skill, makes him a good tank and a good damage dealer. His access to the Wyvern Rider class set also makes him a good choice for ferrying units around if he's in a mobile class, once he gets Deliverer (alternatively, you can make Frederick into a General and make him into a somewhat more mobile foot tank when paired up).
- The Mentor: He prefers to guide others.
- Mighty Glacier: A mobile one in his starting class. His modifiers also lean him towards this.
- Nerves of Steel: Lampshaded by Avatar regarding the jokes he gets from Chrom and Lissa. Although he claims to get it all out of his system when there aren't people looking.
- Not So Above It All: His supports with Avatar reveal that he can't stand bear meat himself, despite chiding Lissa for refusing to eat it.
- Also, his supports with Henry reveals that he doesn't actually like training as much as people think he does.
- Number Two: He's Chrom's second in command.
- Odd Friendship: One of his platonic supports is with Henry, of all people.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Dutiful, refined, and a cornerstone of the Shepherds army.
- One-Man Army: Just like other Jagen characters, he gets to be this at the beginning of the game. Although thanks to the game's new class-change system, he still can maintain the status if the player grinds enough.
- Picky Eater: Surprisingly, he hates gamey meat, especially bear. He feels this is a weakness that needs to be corrected in his supports with the Avatar.
- Plot Armor: Because he appears in cutscenes throughout the entire game, Frederick retreats rather than dies when defeated in battle, though he will still become permanently unusable in classic mode.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Pick a god and pray!"
"Your last breath approaches."
- Properly Paranoid: He's in charge of his country's prince and princess. He has to be.
- His mistrust of the people that Chrom and Lissa meet is not entirely unfounded. For instance, he was right about the Avatar being a Plegian though at first it looked like he was just being paranoid.
- Pyromaniac: Downplayed, as he's only fond of starting campfires.
- Real Men Wear Pink: One of his solo barracks conversations allows you to catch him muttering to himself about knitting everyone matching gloves and wondering what color to make them. He also knits Chrom a blanket in their C Support.
- Recurring Element: The early game Crutch Character Jagen archetype. He's somewhere between being a straight Jagen and being an Oifey however.
- Schedule Fanatic: Frederick has a specific routine he undergoes every day, but no event is more important to him than drilling the soldiers.
- The Spartan Way: His way of training his troops. Although instead of being a Drill Sergeant Nasty, he always keeps smiling while being polite... which his trainees find even MORE scary.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Just like other characters, he got a odd alternate spelling in the NoJ stuff, in this case, "Fredrick" (no second "e").
- Stop Helping Me!: Frederick's attempts to help others sometimes backfire horribly. Of particular note is his C support with Chrom, where he tries to raise troop morale by sticking posters of Chrom naked in every tent.
- It gets worse. When told to tone down the helping, he has a small psychological breakdown, and ends up trying to dust the Avatar when they are trying to have a meeting with Chrom.
- Super OCD: Minus the "super" part, but Frederick is implied to have some strong compulsion to keeping everything neat, tidy, and on schedule.
- Tears of Joy: Frederick is moved to tears when Henry finally decides to take his training seriously.
- Training from Hell: His training session for the army, dubbed "Frederick's Fanatical Fitness Hour."
- Undying Loyalty: To the Ylisse Royal Family.
- Veteran Instructor: He served as a royal knight before becoming Chrom's lieutenant and the Shepherds' drill sergeant.
- Why Did It Have to Be Wolves?: Due to nearly getting killed by a wolf when he was younger, Frederick is terrified of wolves or anything that looks like a wolf, like a Taguel.
- Workaholic: Frederick takes his duties as a knight very seriously, to the point that some of his support conversations imply he doesn't even know how to relax.
- "Am I not a thing of beauty?"
Voiced by: Hiromichi Kogami (Japanese), Dan Woren (English)
- The Ace: Practically all of his boasting turns out to be just him stating simple facts.
- Agent Peacock: Virion is a master archer and tactician, who also loves to look at himself in the mirror.
- The Archer: Specifically, "The Archest of Archers."
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with his underling, Cherche.
- Bishōnen: While a good chunk of the first generation males are rugged and distinctively masculine, Virion is quite effeminate.
- Blue Blood: The Duke of Rosanne. He wound up in Ylisse after the Valmese Empire laid siege to his territory, which becomes relevant halfway into the game.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Duke of his own territory, The Ace in a variety of fields, and a master archer... who also happens to be a shameless flirt.
- The Casanova: If his tales are to be believed, Virion is normally quite successful with lonely noble women, and he actually manages to swoon Olivia.
- Casanova Wannabe: Despite the above, his conversations with women typically end with plenty of annoyed groans.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Played with. He speaks with a marked French accent, and was driven out of his dukedom... but at the same time, he had a perfectly valid reason for fleeing from Valm. When he returns, he is called out for this.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He can't stop thinking about women, but he always treats them like royalty.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Forms a quartet with the first 4 characters to join the party. He's the 'blue ranger' coming after Sully's red and before Stalh's green and Vaike's yellow.
- Classy Cravat: And proud of it too, as he becomes quite insulted when the Avatar calls it a bib in their B support. Sully even calls him "Ruffles" when she first meets him because of it.
- Cultured Badass: Tea and chess are his hobbies.
- Dirty Coward: How the majority of the world sees him after abandoning his province of Rosanne to Walhart.
- The So-Called Coward: In some supports, he reveals that he hated abandoning them, but only did so because his vassals would have been willing to fight and die for him had he not fled, and he knew that they would not have been able to win.
- Engaging Conversation: Virion's fond of pulling these.
- Establishing Character Moment: Virion's first little chat with Sully establishes his quickness to propose to anything woman, and more importantly his success rate.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: He has a distinctively French accent in the English dub.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Rosanne is apparently French-like in culture.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He's skilled, good-looking, classy, intelligent, and he's going to flaunt all of it shamelessly the entire game.
- Fragile Speedster: He gains little defense and more skill and speed.
- Gambit Roulette: Virion frequently finds himself needing rescue, but he will always insist he was in control the entire time. Considering that Virion is an insightful strategist, it's difficult to tell whether or not he is lying.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: From supports, and his bio, we can gather that Virion is a deadly combatant, though he only picks fights he can win, and preferably does so at a distance. It fits his Archer class quite nicely, no?
- Genre Savvy: Why he actually doesn't lead armies. (See Hidden Depths)
- Glad He's on Our Side: Sully, after gaining significant respect for him in their A support after he won a duel against somebody the entire rest of the army was having trouble with, says that he's still clearly insane after he once again expresses hope (in his usual flowery way) that she'll fall in love with him. She then adds "But if there must be a dangerous madman about, I'm glad he's on my side."
- Handsome Lech: Infamously so. His allies know all too well his record of flirting with every woman he meets.
- Hidden Depths: Though he combines this with Cassandra Truth, constantly telling people how amazing he is, only to have them write him off as just a boaster. Then he goes and proves it.
- He also is able to beat the Avatar at chess (or something similar to it). However, in his B support with him/her, he points out that even though the Avatar can't beat him, Virion wins with extreme cost and that if he did lead a real army like that, he would have a 0% Approval Rating.
- His fortune telling, as revealed in his supports with Miriel, is actually somewhat of a social science to him - he tries to see what that person's desire is, and then tries to make a vague guess as to what is plausible to happen to them, hence why they will come correct.
- In his S Support with Sully, Virion shows that, despite all his Large Ham tendencies, he can actually be quite shy.
- He also deliberately allows himself to be seen as a coward for fleeing his homeland and allowing it to fall...because he didn't want his people dying to defend him against a foe they couldn't possibly match.
- Insufferable Genius: His conversations with certain characters (like Cordelia) are marked with him pointing out and elaborating on his interlocutor's problems before they can even answer.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Virion never picks a fight he knows he can't win, and has no problem running away if he has to. This is the reason he fled from Valm.
- Ladykiller in Love: If paired.
- Large Ham: Enthusiastically goes on long-winded speeches when he's around women.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: What's a Handsome Lech without some luscious locks?
- Love Confession:I love you, no, I am enamored with you, no, we are soulmates! Oh, the sultry sonnets we shall spin!
- The Magnificent: Virion goes by many epithets (which he apparently gave himself) such as "Virion the Cunning", or "Virion the Tenacious."
- My Greatest Failure: The people of Rosanne never forgive him for abandoning them, and Virion never really forgives himself, either. Only with the help of a wife will Virion eventually find a way to redeem himself.
- Plot Armor: Even in Classic mode, Virion escapes rather than dies if defeated in battle. And this is all because he appears in one scene after the Time Skip to drop exposition on the Valmese empire.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Die! With magnificence!"
"Shall I make you famous?"
"One for the bards!"
- Pyrrhic Victory: The reason why, despite being a skilled tactician, he never tries to take the Avatar's role. He gets too many of his men killed achieving any specific objective, as opposed to the Avatar's (and likely the player's) reluctance to sacrifice so much as a single unit.
- Recurring Element: In terms of stats he's the early game archer archetype. Subverted in terms of personality, he's similar to characters like Sain by being a serial flirt, instead of a young eager boy.
- Serial Romeo: Blatantly obvious when you notice that he will flirt with almost every single female character available.
- Smart People Play Chess: Though, to everyone's surprise, his strategy is that of The Combat Pragmatist.
- Spot of Tea: Virion enjoys a good cup of tea every now and then.
- Weak, but Skilled: While his strength is nothing to sneeze at, what Virion brings to the table is his good speed and phenomenal skill, though his defenses do leave much to be desired.
- Weak-Willed: Subverted in his supports with Tharja; he was doing what she wanted because she was pretty, not because he was hexed.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- "Anyone else hungry? Because I'm starving!"
Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)
- Adorkable: Very apparent in his romantic supports.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Can get Luna if he goes Great Knight.
- Badass: He's among the most steadfast Ylissean knights, being trained by Frederick and all.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Miriel, who is rather intrigued by his average-ness.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As kindhearted as he is, he was a knight who was personally trained by Frederick alongside Sully, and can become a deadly unit gameplay-wise.
- Big Eater: Stahl has a very large appetite and constantly talks about food. Upon picking up an item on the battlefield or barracks, he gives us this gem:What's this? Is it edible? I haven't eaten in minutes.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Forms one with Kellam (Big) and Donnel (Short). Stahl serves as the Thin member.
- Blood Brothers: With Vaike in Summer Scramble. The two reminisce how they joined the Shepherds at the same time and swore to become great warriors together.
- Blue Oni Red Oni: The Blue Extreme Doormat Nice Guy to Sully's Red Hot-Blooded Sir Swears-a-Lot.
- Butt Monkey: Stahl tends to wind up in a lot of unfortunate situations, but the thing is, it's usually his own fault.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: In the supports, Tharja curses him with a spell that, if he lies to her in any way, he will die a painful death. If he reaches a rank S, he uses the curse as proof that his feelings are true. Cue Tharja explaining him that she lifted the curse a long time ago.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Forms a quartet with the first 4 characters to join the party. He's the 'green ranger' coming after Sully's red and Virion's blue and before Vaike's yellow.
- Cool Sword: Focuses on swords more than lances. Which is unusually reversed for an Abel archetype.
- Can gain axes as well if he promotes to Great Knight.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Green, and like Sully, it is also present in his Paladin and Great Knight class models.
- Damage Reduction: Can gain this against bows, tomes, and dragonstones if he goes Paladin.
- Extreme Doormat: "No" does not seem to be a part of Stahl's vocabulary.
- Extreme Omnivore: Stahl thinks the field items are edible.
- Famous Last Words:"Ungh... If only... I'd trained harder... Made myself... stronger..."
- Hair Color Dissonance: His hair in official art is green, but in-game the more neutral tone makes it hard to tell whether it's is gray, green, brown, or any combination of the three.
- Hidden Depths: He has a talent for being able to read others easily and knowing what they want before they even ask. Not that he even takes advantage of it, instead it supplements his considerate and thoughtful nature.
- Gut Feeling: He is very good at anticipating how others feel and what they are thinking.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Listen to his battle quotes and it's hard to believe that he's so easygoing off the battlefield.
- Love Confession:My lady, I may never take my eyes off you again! ...Unless I'm about to run into a wall.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Sully's masculine girl. He's not that feminine, really, but anyone would come off as feminine when compared to her.
- Meaningful Name: Stahl means "steel" in German. Sol and Sort mean "sun" and "fate", the latter fitting well with Sully's original French-derived name.
- Messy Hair: Stahl likens his hair to a vegetable.
- Mighty Glacier/Jack-of-All-Stats: His modifiers lend him to be a mix of this, with bonuses to strength, defense and skill at the cost of luck and resistance. Promotion to the balanced Paladin Class with the Aegis skill exemplifies this, halving tome, arrow, and Dragonstone damage. His speed cap is actually decent, but the mediocre growth rate can hamper it.
- Nice Guy: To the point where various characters either tell him that he doesn't give himself enough credit or don't believe he has no ulterior motives for being so nice. The Avatar in their A Support has them assuring that they will always look out for him like he does for everyone else.
- Obsessed with Food: Stahl is left heartbroken anytime he suffers the tragedy of missing a meal.
- Only Sane Man: His supports with some of the more eccentric characters come off this way. His short bio even says that he's the most reasonable of the Shepherds.
- Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: In the beach DLC, Chrom gives Stahl some encouragement which causes him to start sweating and hyperventilating, thinking he has to live up to Chrom's expectations.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Ready?"
"I love this part!"
"You are so dead!"
- Recurring Element: Of the Cain and Abel Red and Green knights, forming a duo with Sully.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: According to his B support with Miriel, he is in the exact median for any and all performance data of everyone in the camp. She is amazed by just how incredibly unoutstanding he is. Although it's played with later on. It's noted that he's improved significantly during Miriel's tests. Because everyone knows that Stahl is ridiculously average, they perceive him catching up to them as their own skills atrophying, and push themselves to improve in turn. He's basically the baseline for the entire army, and by improving himself he makes the whole thing better.
- Through Her Stomach: He tries to win over Panne by looking for dishes that she and the rest of the group like so that she can joins the group during meals, instead of isolating herself. This is because Panne, being a Taguel, can't digest some of the human food, such as potatoes (Stahl discovers this last bit the hard way).
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fried fig cakes, according to his support with the Avatar.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Against Stahl's low expectations in himself, Chrom says he's one of the Shepherds' best knights, and Sully tells him that he's the better rider out of the two of them.
- In a similar case to Sumia, it's actually to his benefit that he thinks that way: he fights every battle like it would be his last and thus he does his best.
- You Gotta Have Greenish-Gray Hair
- "Looks like the Vaike just got Vaiker!"
Voiced by: Daisuke Endo (Japanese), Michael Sorich (English)
- An Axe to Grind: He starts in the fighter class, which predictably only lets him use axes.
- Badass Normal: One Chrom's most trusted soldiers, but he used to be just some guy from the slums.
- Badass Teacher: Or so he claims, given he often refers to himself as "Teach".
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with his rival Chrom's sister, Lissa, since both Chrom and Emmeryn helped change his life.
- The Big Guy: Class IV.
- Blood Brothers: With Stahl in Summer Scramble. The two reminisce how they joined the Shepherds at the same time and made a pact to become great warriors together.
- Blood Knight: Vaike loves a good fight and likes to pick them at random times.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Enjoys boasting about his fighting prowess, to the annoyance of everyone else.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Lissa thinks he has one for Chrom. He reveals he has one for Lissa herself if they S Support.
- Chained by Fashion: Sports some chains hanging from his collar protector.note
- Chromatic Arrangement: Forms a quartet with the first 4 characters to join the party. He's the 'yellow ranger' coming after Sully's red, Virion's blue and Stahl's green.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He's got noticeably tanner skin than his fellow Ylisseans.
- Dumb Muscle: Vaike isn't exactly the sharpest axe in the armory, but he can be surprisingly clever when he wants to be.
- Famous Last Words:“GAR! Vaike the Mighty...falls at last...C-Chrom...take up the torch...”
- Fluffy Tamer: He wrestles with Minerva in his supports with Cherche. It gains him plenty of scratches and bruises, but it also wins him Minerva's respect and friendship. In fact, he even learns to communicate with her like Cherche does.
- Forgetful Jones: He forgets to tell Stahl about the mission to Regna Ferox in Chapter 2, and later on he forgets his own axe.
- Friend to All Children: He's great with kids, as seen in his supports with Nowi. Also, his life's ambition is to create a better future for the children of his hometown.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: It's implied that he loses most if not all of his fights against Chrom and Lon'qu in their supports, which makes sense in regards to the weapon triangle, as his rivals are both swordsmen while Vaike's got An Axe to Grind.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Sully mentions in one of their supports that he's decent with a lance. Lances are in fact the one weapon type that Vaike is completely incapable of using in any of his classes.
- Genre Savvy: He knows that he's The Big Guy at best in terms of his role in the plot but he still insists on challenging Chrom and acting like his Lancer because he figures that the only way he can become the best warrior in the army is to keep challenging the one who currently holds that title.
- Glass Cannon: Vaike provides plenty of Strength, Health, and decent Speed, but his poor defenses, especially Resistance, will make those hit points vanish quickly if his enemy manages to survive his onslaught.
- Goal in Life: To become a great warrior and role model for the children of his hometown, hoping to improve the next generation and bridge the gap between the high and low classes.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has one on his cheek.
- Hidden Depths: He is not as completely self-centered or dull-witted as one would think. He can come up with pretty honest compliments about the Avatar in Tharja's support, and genuinely wants to help the reclusive Lon'qu socialize with other members of the army.
- Hot-Blooded: His male supports make it especially obvious. Vaike takes everything seriously, even cooking, apparently.
- I'm a Man, I Can't Help It: His justification when the Avatar catches him peeping on bathing women.
- In-Series Nickname: "Teach," which he apparently gave himself.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: It's 'vake,' not 'vike.'
- Large Ham: He's a loud Boisterous Bruiser who tends to dramatize most of his interactions with his allies.
- Life Drain: Sol, which he can learn if classed into Hero.
- Love Confession:This has gotta be the first time I've ever rated someone else first! Is this...love? The Vaike is stunned!
- Overshadowed by Awesome: By his wife in almost all of his paired endings. And in almost every one of those, Vaike is absolutely adored by his hometown... just that little bit less than his wife is.
- The Peeping Tom: His supports with the Avatar chronicle his attempts to peep on the ladies bathing. His A support gives him a taste of his own medicine when said ladies spy on ''him''.
- Bad Liar: He tries to lie his way out of it when the Avatar catches him.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Looks like Teach just got tenure!"
"That's enough back talk!"
"Just you and me!"
"You want some?"
- Recurring Element: Of the boisterous Axe fighter archetype. He most closely resembles Boyd in terms of characterization and an axe fighter in the mercenary company with a friendly rivalry towards its leader.
- Real Men Cook: The reason Vaike decides to challenge Chrom to a cooking contest.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Forms a classic pair with Lon'qu as the blue to Vaike's red.
- The Rival: Deliberately acts this way towards Chrom because it's the only thing Vaike knows would make them equals.
- Running Gag: He tends to misplace his axe, first in Chapter 2, again at the end of the game and during the Summer Scramble DLC.
- Screaming Warrior: He makes ferocious grunts while he fights. Miriel finds that his shouting actually has practical purposes in combat.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He calls himself Ore-sama (The Great Me) in the Japanese version. He's actually a lot less arrogant than one might expect from his speaking style, as it was the style of his poor hometown to talk like such to keep an upbeat atmosphere.
- Spell My Name with a "The": "Enter the Vaike!"
- Street Smart: If nothing else, Vaike is surprisingly good at reading people, sizing them up and understanding their feelings.
- Third-Person Person: On occasions, but not all the time, unlike Gregor. Lissa thinks he has to, otherwise he would forget his own name.Vaike: The Vaike never forgets! I just don't always remember is all.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Not so much gameplay-wise, where he has both tremendous strength and very good skill growths, but implied in his supports with Cordelia, who recognizes his great potential is hampered by his lack of training in the basics.
- Uptown Girl: As a former Street Urchin, he's got a lot of options with marrying nobility, such as Lissa or Maribelle.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Chrom, from which Vaike will outright deny it's anything friendlier than rivalry even if it's proven otherwise.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Played straight with his portrait, but zig-zags depending on his promotion route.
- "Hey, did you see how...Oh, no one's looking."
Voiced by: Manabu Sakamaki (Japanese), Orion Acaba (English)
- 24-Hour Armor: His supports with Maribelle show that he wears his armor most of the time because it's his most comfortable clothing. Said armor was made for him by his village because they were proud of him for being a Shepherd, even if they got his size wrong.
- After Action Patch Up: If he supports with Sully, he gets hurt while protecting her. When she notices, she at first calls him out and then bandages his injuries.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: In the Golden Gaffe DLC. Most of the other characters are angry with the Risen for stealing their valuables. Kellam is angry at the Risen because they -didn't- steal his.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Can gain Luna if promoted to Great Knight
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Sully, possibly due to their desire to protect others and Kjelle being a Knight like him.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Forms one with Stahl (Thin) and Donnel (Short). Kellam serves as the Big member.
- Blade on a Stick: His default selection of weapon as a Knight.
- Butt Monkey: His first appearance in an issue of Famitsu was spent demonstrating different death quotes between classic and casual mode. Poor guy. Heck, his face is obscured by Chrom's knee on the game's boxart! In-game, Kellam goes unnoticed by almost everyone, even if he's within plain sight.
- Damage Reduction: Can gain this against swords, lances, axes, and beaststones if he goes General.
- Expy: Of Arden, who also had difficulites getting attention in his game. Their situation is so similar the Lost Bloodlines DLC makes a Running Gag out of it! note Kellam: Fight me! ...I mean, just look at us. It was meant to happen.
- Eyes Always Shut: He claims to have a bad habit of squinting.
- Failed a Spot Check: His main Running Gag. Despite wearing a huge suit of armor, he still barely gets noticed! In fact, it's so bad that despite being the tallest person at the table according to his bio, for ages the rest of the army was baffled by an extra cup at the table—his—and assumed the place was haunted.
- In his supports with Tharja for example, she somehow misses him clanging two pans together to get her attention!
- Chrom and the rest of the Shepherds apparently failed to even notice he accompanied them on the mission to Regna Ferox, only acknowledging his existence once they reach its gates.
- Famous Last Words:“I-I'm done for... I wonder if...anyone will notice...I'm gone...”
- Farm Boy: He hails from a small rural village and is the son of a poor family of farmers.
- The Generic Guy: In fact, he's so generic that his own family barely knows he exist. He also capable of pulling some serious Stealth Hi/Bye even though he's the largest person in the army.
- He's so generic that every one of his marriage endings (except for the female Avatar, where he's mentioned!) is his wife's solo ending with the line "Her husband's name has been lost to history" tagged on at the end.
- Genre Savvy: Kellam is fully aware of how unnoticeable he is and apparently knows how to "disappear" at will.
- Becomes something of Fridge Brilliance when one notices that one of two other classes he can change into with a Second Seal is the Thief class... and he performs well at it, too.
- Gentle Giant: He's the tallest of the shepherds sitting up, and is an incredibly Nice Guy.
- I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me!: Some of his love confessions, specially the adorable one to the female Avatar:“You make me feel like I-I'm really here. Like I mean something. I am yours... forever.”
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: For a certain value of "cool", but certainly "impossible".
- Though it's actually more practical than it looks (for a certain value of 'practical' anyway). The large part above the torso is actually a detachable Shoulders of Doom.
- Kids Are Cruel: As a child, his family was very poor, but he was mean and didn't like sharing. This led his parents and brothers to start ignoring him. To this day, they pretend he doesn't exist save for one brother.
- Mighty Glacier/Stone Wall: His class, and his modifiers. He gets decent strength, and has a great defense modifier, but his speed and luck modifiers are poor. Any child he has will be a defensive beast.
- Love Confession:You make me feel like I-I'm really here. Like I mean something. I am yours...forever.
- Mysterious Protector: But not by choice!
- Nice Guy: Poor Kellam doesn't even have it in him to be angry for being ignored all the time. He's just happy whenever someone actually notices him."They've gotta notice this!"
- The Nondescript: Despite wearing a gigantic suit of armor, he's virtually invisible to everyone, including his own teammates. It also doesn't help that his design is very plain compared to the other characters.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"It's my big moment!"
"Don't miss this!"
"They've gotta notice this!"
"Come on, look at me!"
- The Quiet One: Literally. One of the reasons most people don't realize his presence is that he doesn't say anything nor makes any sounds (despite wearing that bulky armor everywhere!) when entering a room.
- Maribelle actually mistakes him for a display armour standing in the middle of a room.
- Running Gag: Read the rest of his tropes and take a wild guess...
- Even the boxart gets in on it; it's easily possible to not even know he's there. Ironically, he's almost right in the center, in the background just a little below and behind Chrom. There's two versions of the official art, and his face is deliberately hidden in both.
- Olivia spends a Support Conversation and a half thinking he's a tree!
- Self-Made Man: He comes from an extremely poor village, and was the first person from his small and knit-tight community to make himself kind-of a name outside of it via joining the Shepherds.
- The Sneaky Guy: Kellam can actually take advantage of his lack of presence to pull off some stealthy moves. It's taken to an absurd level in his supports with Cordelia, where she vows to be just as stealthy as him, but fails to notice Kellam at all when he had been patrolling around the same perimeter as her!
- Lampshaded: He can re-class to a Thief (or appropriate promoted class) with a Second Seal.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Caeda and Lilina notice him in a few DLC chapters. In addition, if he has a child s/he will see him with no troubles.
- Also, girls like Panne and Nowi can spot him rather easily - implied to be due to their inhuman natures.
- The Unfavorite: His family has purposely ignored him since childhood.
- Walking the Earth: His solo ending. After the events of the game, he leaves Ylisse to go on a long journey. Of course, it's not until years later before anyone even notices his absence.
Lon'qu (Ronkuu / Lon'zu)
- "Where I'm from, strength is the only law that matters."
- Adorkable: Easily seen when he's on an event tile with his family or a female unit, where he loses most of his usual composure. His confession scene is this incarnate.
- Allergic to Love: Though only at first.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Subverted; certain characters will call it gynophobia. However, the circumstances behind why he has it and physical symptoms he suffers make it sound very much like PTSD.
- Anti-Hero: He's not the friendliest fellow, but Lon'qu is definitely a good guy.
- Badass: As a skilled Feroxi swordsman who was designed as Basilio's champion up until recently, he sure lives up to his reputation.
- Bad Dreams: He is mentioned to suffer frequently from nightmares.
- Bash Brothers: Potentially, with Vaike, Gregor, and Male Avatar.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, nor the female SpotPass characters. Since his childhood sweetheart was killed, his potential wife is also a Second Love. Unlike most others, he has no fast support with the opposite sex, supporting equally (slowly) with all marriageable candidates, possibly due to his gynophobia.
- Birds of a Feather: With Olivia, as both have trouble dealing with other people. Also with Panne, as both have a Dark and Troubled Past and suffer from nightmares as a result.
- Blood Knight: He keeps challenging other men to training fights in their supports in order to find a Worthy Opponent and become stronger. However, in battle, he just does what he's told without much emotion about it.
- Bodyguard Crush: If paired with Lissa.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Less boisterous than most examples, but he's a tough fighter with an aloof image... but has a soft side, mainly in that he doesn't abandon those who need his help, or those he wants to help.
- Butt Monkey: His early supports with female units can definitely come off like this.
- Cartwright Curse: Believes he has this due to failing to save his childhood friend from bandits. As a result, he thinks that any woman who so much as talks to him is also doomed, much less becomes his friend.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Most characters have enough trouble spitting out their declaration of love in their S supports, but poor Lon'qu really has a hard time with admitting love.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Most of his interactions with the women are him struggling to speak comfortably with them around. Despite this, he can be paired with any first generation female, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters.
- One of his solo event tile quotes is even him saying he needs to practice talking to women.
- Becomes a case of Gameplay and Story Integration concerning the character greetings when the player visits the Barracks: When playing as the female Avatar, he has an extremely low chance to show up unless it's her birthday or they are married. It is also slightly the case in terms of pairing him up at all: His supports with the opposite sex all rise slowly compared to the others.
- The Comically Serious: Lon'qu is bound to be this this in nearly every time he interacts with someone, but his supports with Nowi, in which he is forced to play house with her, easily takes the cake.Lon'qu: I shall now pretend to engage in agriculture! Chop, chop, shovel!
- Cool Sword: As a Myrmidon, he initially uses swords and nothing else.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: If promoted to Assassin.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He spent his childhood as an orphan growing up in the slums of Chon'sin. The reason for his fear of women is that his first friend was a young girl his age, Ke'ri. She would be killed by bandits, and he developed gynophobia because of his inability to do anything to help her, always believing that any woman who gets close to him is bound to be killed.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, especially towards the more intelligent Shepherds:Lon'qu: (to the female Avatar) I honestly cannot tell sometimes if you are a genius or a complete dimwit.Lon'qu: (to Miriel) For a smart woman, you sure are dumb.
- Death By A Thousand Cuts: Can learn Astra through Swordmaster.
- Discriminate and Switch: Sully confuses his gynophobia for misogyny.
- Does Not Like Women: Due to his stoic demeanor, this is how he comes across to the rest of the characters at first.
- Dub Name Change: He's called "Lon'zu" in the Non-English European versions.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: He was on the receiving end of this by Ke'ri's parents after she was killed. It's revealed later by Cherche that they forgave him when they learned about how much he meant to their daughter.
- Fainting: Apparently, he'll pass out if a woman he doesn't know tries to grab him by the hand.
- Famous Last Words"So... This is how it ends..."
- Fantastically Indifferent: His leveling quotes:"... Hmph." (0-1 stats increase)"... Acceptable." (2-3 stats increase)"... Better." (4-5 stats increase)
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: The real reason for his fear of women.
- Fragile Speedster: His modifiers lean him towards this. Specifically, he gets amazing Speed and Skillnote , but is the only character to have poor modifiers in both Defense and Resistance.
- Friend to Bugs: In the Summer Scramble DLC, he reveals to Gaius that he liked to catch them as a kid and finds them fascinating. He's even balancing his sword for a butterfly in his official artwork. Lissa also catches him catching butterflies in one of their support conversations.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Because of his gynophobia, Lon'qu supports slower with females than with males. His event quotes also differ between genders, with Lon'qu being reluctant in his responses and questions to females.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Inverted, actually. Despite his gynophobia, he functions just fine in Pair Up and Dual Supports with women because they're life-or-death situations. It becomes Gameplay and Story Integration when you learn he would very much prefer if anyone, male or female didn't die when he is able to do something about it.
- Glad He's on Our Side: Said nearly word for word by the male Avatar after training with him in their support.
- Hates Being Touched: He completely shuts down if a woman manages to close the distance and actually physically touch him. In quite a few of his S Supports, he begins to overcome it.
- Heir to the Dojo: Said to be groomed as Basilio's heir for Western Ferox, but he doesn't seem to really believe in his own ability after losing his position as Western Ferox's representative to Masked Marth.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Lon'qu is very hard on himself, especially about his gynophobia as he blames himself for Ke'ri's death.
- I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: In his A Support with Lissa, Lon'qu gets hit with an arrow and slaughters several would-be assassins without batting an eyelash.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his irritable and stern nature, he doesn't have a hateful bone in his body and refuses to hold grudges. Concerning his family when he marries, he's a surprisingly attentive father and husband.
- Love Confession:I confess... I do have feelings for... Gods, must all these emotions be so vexing?
- Luminescent Blush: In his 'confession' scene and the majority of his S supports. It's all the more obvious thanks to how stoic and composed he usually is.
- Meaningful Name: Lon is Gaelic for blackbird, a symbol of unluckiness. His past makes it tragically fitting. The second part comes from the Chinese qù, which can be translated as quiet, alone, distance, or departure.
- Mistaken for Gay: In the Harvest Scramble, Vaike assumes he is due to his rampant gynophobia and word quickly spreads around the army. Lon'qu is not amused.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The 'deftest potato peeler' according to his profile.
- My Greatest Failure: His inability to save his childhood friend when she died protecting him from bandits. Her parents (initially) blamed him for her death, so he left. Many supports bring up how he's haunted by nightmares of that.
- Noodle Incident: Invoked by his potential children if they ask about his past: he tells them he's done unsavory things to earn his meals in Ferox, before promising he'll be a better father to look up to.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He thinks that all females have this if they venture within 15-20 feet of him. Of course, what they're doing is perfectly normal, he's just being Lon'qu.
- Not So Above It All: He maintains an image of being stoic and serious, but he has his silly moments. In his supports with Nowi he genuinely starts to enjoy playing house with her after initially being extorted into it, and in his Summer Scramble conversations he tricks Virion and uses Gaius as bug bait.
- Opposites Attract: With quite a few supports with female characters, as they are often outspoken and optimistic.
- One-Hit Kill: Can learn Lethality if he goes Assassin.
- Parental Abandonment: Unsurprising, but his supports with Nowi playing house definitely hint at this, since he has no idea what a regular family is like.
- Perpetual Frowner: He almost always wears a scowl on his face. The female avatar spends most of their support conversations trying to get him to laugh for once.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"No hard feelings."
"I'll make this quick."
"How well will you die?"
- The Quiet One: Lon'qu does not converse much due to his philosophy that strength speaks louder than words.
- Recurring Element: The Nabarl/Navarre, the early-to-mid game Myrmidon who starts off as an enemy (despite the fact that you never fight him), carries a Killing Edge when he joins, and seeks to become the strongest swordsman he can be.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Forms a classic pair with Vaike as the red to Lon'qu's blue.
- Interestingly, he's the blue Oni to Miriel's red in their supports, since she gets excited about studying his gynophobia.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Lissa, Nowi and the Female Avatar's Energetic Girls.
- Standard Female Grab Area: Inverted. If a female grabs his hand or arm, he completely freezes up and can't do anything about it. He actually has to beg Maribelle to let go of his arm already in their supports.Lon'qu: That's my arm. You're touching my arm. ... Please stop touching my arm.
- The Stoic/Not So Stoic: Apart from his gynophobia, this guy seems to be cold as ice most of the time.
- Stop Helping Me!: In-universe, he has this reaction to women trying to do him favours or even approaching him on the battlefield (unless there's immediate danger, which overrides his fear). In his supports with Maribelle, he keeps avoiding Maribelle who is just trying to heal him, to the point where she can't keep up with him on horseback.
- Suddenly Shouting: It seems to be a reflex of his anxiety when a woman tries to approach him.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: He doesn't talk much, but he can still deliver some good snark.Tharja: "Do you know how many hours I spent collecting bat wings?"Lon'qu: "I have no doubt a woman of your ilk will find another use for them."
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to his B Support with Cordelia, it's cabbage stew.
- Training from Hell: Having him as a sparring partner is supposedly brutal, according to his support with the male Avatar and event tiles with his children. Sully and the female Avatar are rather offended when he can't spar with them at the level he normally would be due to his gynophobia.
- When He Smiles: His support with the Female Avatar has her making it a goal to try and make him laugh.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Notably with the Female Avatar, as their clashing of personalities has some effect on distracting him from his phobia. S-Rank proves it to be more effective than either of them anticipated.
- Why Did It Have To Be Women?: He suffers gynophobia due to a traumatic event in his youth. Although eventually he makes an exception with the female character he marries. An exception is also made for his daughter if the resulting child is female.
- Would Hit a Girl: In-game, he has no problems facing a female Mook in battle. He explains in one support conversation that, in the heat of battle, he is able to temporarily suppress his fear.
- "Do I look any taller? I hope so."
- Adorably Precocious Child: He tries so hard to be important...
- All of the Other Reindeer: According to his supports with Lissa he was bullied a lot as a child.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his C support with Tharja, Ricken tells her that he's learning fencing, wyvern riding, and even butter sculpting.
- Badass Adorable: Although he'd probably be upset with the "adorable" part.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Panne, because of his love for animals and curiosity about her species.
- Berserk Button: "Don't talk down to me!"
- Big Brother Worship: He admires Chrom like an older brother, which is especially apparent during their Summer Scramble conversations. Ironically they don't have any Supports with each other.
- Big Damn Hero: Has his moment in Chapter 5. After being left behind by Chrom, he comes out of nowhere, knocks out the soldier holding Maribelle hostage, and slows Aversa down long enough for both of them to escape.
- Black Mage: As a Mage, he can cast offensive magic.
- Child Mage: Ricken seems to be the youngest in the entire army as everyone else treats him like a little brother.
- Child Prodigy: In the English dub, it's more like a young teen prodigy instead, due to his deeper voice.
- Dragged into Drag: In the Harvest Scramble DLC, Gregor has Ricken crossdress and pretend to be his girlfriend in order to get out of marrying a drunken woman who proposed to him earlier.
- Elemental Powers: Able to wield magic tomes.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Tharja tells him as much when he wants to learn how to do curses from her in their supports.
- Famous Last Words:“I'm sorry, Chrom... I can't fight anymore...”
- First Name Basis: The first time Panne calls him by his name instead of just saying something like "You there" is in their S support. He's ecstatic about it, though she is surprised to hear it.
- Friend to All Living Things: According to his in-game profile, cute animals like him best.
- Height Angst: He's very insecure about his height, and wishes he could be taller.
- Impoverished Patrician: Ricken constantly tries to prove himself because he comes from a family of nobles who have fallen from grace and lost all influence by the time of the game. Ricken is hoping to restore his family's good name by becoming a war hero.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Can form one with Gregor.
- I Want to Be a Real Man: More than anything, Ricken wants to become everything that makes a man strong and respectable.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: His growths are quite balanced compared to your typical Mage, though his defenses are still rather poor. Notably, Ricken does boast the highest Magic modifier among all the male units (barring the Avatar).
- Just a Kid: Hates getting this kind of treatment.
- Love Confession:I wish I could throw my arms around you and never let go! Just...wait for me to get a little taller... Okay?
- The Napoleon: He's a nice kid, but his desire to be treated as an equal causes him to be quite stubborn at times, and he's self-conscious about his height.
- Nice Hat: That's much too big for him.
- Noodle Incident: We never find out how his house was left broke and dishonored. What we can gather is that it must have been really bad when Frederick mentions the Ylisse noble houses' sturdy built reputations, in a support with Virion.
- No Respect Guy: As studious and skilled as he is, young Ricken is always looking up to others and never the other way around.
- In the Future Past DLC, most of the children, if he fathered any of them, will comment on how shrimpy he is if he talks to them.
- Precocious Crush: He admitted he's had a crush on Maribelle since the first time they met in their S support.
- Likes Older Women: Any pairing involving him will inevitably lead to this.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Take this!"
"This is gonna hurt!"
"Don't look down on me!"
- Real Men Cook: Some barracks dialogue has him mention that cooking is something all modern men should know how to do. Ricken likes to experiment using his fire tome.
- Recurring Element: The early to mid game Wind Mage archetype.
- Reluctant Warrior: He mentions how much he hates the concept of killing in several of his support conversations, yet he fights and kills alongside the Shepherds anyway, mostly because their enemies have no such reservations.
- Rescue Romance: If paired with Maribelle. Their S Support reveals he always liked her right from the start.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: Ricken's hat would make Gandalf proud.
- Taking the Heat: In their support, Ricken covers for Nowi, which, coincidentally, was for setting a tent on fire.
- Tender Tears: In his A support with Panne, he cries after she tells him about what happened to the rest of the taguel. This surprises her, as apparently he is the first human she's ever met to express such remorse over it.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In The Future Past DLC, if Kjelle is his daughter she tells him that she remembers him as a tall and strapping man. It looks like there's some hope for Ricken to get taller after all.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Some of his S Supports. Not necessarily because the girls are terribly tall, it's just that Ricken is so young.
- Token Mini-Moe: He's the youngest member of the Shepherds.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Averted, his C Support with Lissa reveals he hates the concept of killing (to the point he believes he's been holding back) and is only killing to avoid dying himself.
- He specifically mentions during his B Support with Henry that Plegian soldiers "aren't just faceless blobs with axes".
- "A little sugar in my tank, and watch out!"
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted. Gaius tells Tharja in one of their supports he's "always had a thing for bad girls".
- Anti-Hero: Gaius has good intentions, but his profession wouldn't exactly make him a good role model for the kids.
- The Atoner: His supports with Maribelle reveal that after being caught sneaking into the royal treasury, Gaius framed her father as his employer, causing him to be put on trial and nearly executed until an anonymous letter provided evidence to clear him. She quite naturally bears a grudge, until Gaius admits that not only was he the one who sent the letter, he was pressured into breaking into the treasury and framing Maribelle's father for it by his real employers, who threatened Maribelle's life if Gaius didn't go along with their scheme.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Discussed with Libra. Gaius acknowledges that morally questionable deeds must be committed for the army to succeed and sees himself as the only one suited for the job.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Tharja, probably because they are the only 1st generation characters that are recruited from enemy units.Which becomes interesting in light of Fates, which reveals that he and Tharja are either the past selves or reincarnations of Gurei and Syalla, who can also marry. Making this a subtle case of Reincarnation Romance, if the player chooses to.
- Big Eater: When it comes to sweets. He never stops snacking, even while in the middle of battle.
- Bishōnen: While a good chunk of the first generation males are rugged and distinctively masculine, Gaius is rather pretty. The fact that he's voiced by Gideon Emery probably doesn't hurt.
- The Charmer: Not to Virion's extent, but Gaius does engage in some casual flirting in a lot of his romantic Supports.
- Cool Sword: As a Thief, he's initially using only swords.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of his dialogues are dripping with snide remarks towards the rest of the army.
- Declaration of Protection: In his supports towards Maribelle. Can potentially develop into Bodyguard Crush if they reach S rank.
- Distracted By the Sweetness: He's normally calm and collected... until candy is involved.
- Easily Forgiven: Anyone in the party who apologizes for suspecting him of something is forgiven easily since he's aware he's a thief and it's only natural to suspect him.
- Establishing Character Moment:Chrom: You'll risk your life for us if I give you...a bag of candy?Gaius: I said "sweeten the deal", didn't I? Don't get me wrong, I'll take the gold too. Later. Unless you've got more of these. ...Have you got more of these?!
- Every Man Has His Price: In his case, it's sweets.
- Gaius tries to invoke this on the Avatar, see Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer.
- Everyone Has Standards: He joined Validar's raiding party to loot Ylisse's treasures, but he'd never think of actually harming their Exalt.
- Exact Words: When he tells Chrom that he'll join him if he sweetens the deal, he means it.
- Famous Last Words:“Nngh... Damn and double damn... I hate when things...go sour...”“Didn't see...that coming...No more...sweets for me...”
- Fanservice: Gets a swimsuit scene in the Summer Scramble DLC chapter.
- Reluctant Fanservice Guy: Complains about being in a "clown costume" during said scene.
- Foreign Queasine: Not him, but he's rather irked to learn from Sumia that bee larvae are a delicacy in high Ylissean society (which might as well be foreign from his viewpoint).
- Fragile Speedster: With his phenomenal Speed, Gaius will easily dodge most attacks that come his way. He also boasts fantastic Skill and surprisingly good Strength. His Luck and defenses, however, are severely lacking.
- The Gadfly: Some definite shades of this. He certainly does like to troll people, like the female Avatar or Chrom in the DLC Scramble packs, but not out of any malicious intent. He just likes teasing people. Very prominent in his supports with Tharja, as his responses to her threatening to curse him boils down to "Bring it."
- Glass Cannon: He boasts surprisingly good Strength. His Luck and defenses, however, are severely lacking.
- Hair Decorations: His black headband tied to the side.
- Heel-Face Turn: Over a bag of candy, no less!
Gaius: Woah, woah! I was kidding! Do I look that easy to buy off? I like my sweets, but this is one battle I can't back out of.
- Not What I Signed On For: He had no idea Validar's men were planning to kill Emmeryn, he just joined for the looting. Once he finds out he immediately states that while he'd rob the exalt blind, he'd never harm her. The candy was just the "sugar on top" of the excuse to sneak away from these people. This is proven when he jokingly suggests to Eirika in Smash Brethren 2 that he'll stop fighting if she gives him candy, and when she actually produces some, he goes:
- Hidden Depths: The Summer Scramble DLC reveals that the profit from all of the items that he habitually scrounges up to sell does not, in fact, go to funding his candy addiction; he uses the money to anonymously fund the army, and is actually upset when the Avatar learns the truth.
- Honor Among Thieves: Make no mistake, Gaius is a hardened crook through and through. He just also happens to be very noble.
- House Husband: General housework, embroidery, jewelry, making his own sweets.
- Hurricane of Puns: All of his Japanese battle quotes use the word, "amai." This word means both sweet (as in taste, since he loves candy) and also describes someone who isn't trying very hard (so, it's used a lot in taunts which mean something like "Is that all?" or "Too naive!") His English ones are in a similar mold, with lines like "What a cupcake!" and "Like candy from a babe!" Some are much more subtle, like when he levels up, he sometimes says "Sweet".
- Impossibly Awesome Magic Trick: He appears to be doing this in his supports with Miriel.
- Informed Flaw: Despite being nagged at by Cordelia to take better care of his appearance, and admitting that he isn't in the best shape due to his candy snacking, Gaius is still very attractive, and does not subtract from his swimsuit scene in Summer Scramble.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Crude, but never malicious.
- Loveable Rogue: For a crook, Gaius is pretty dashing.
- Love Confession:Baby, you're a river of chocolate in an ocean of cream. I'm gonna steal your heart on a daily basis.
- Lucky Seven: Can gain this as a skill if he goes Trickster. It gives him +20 Hit and Avoid for 7 turns at the start, but he has to rely on his own skill afterwards.
- Master of Unlocking: His main shtick as a Thief. He doesn't even need tools or keys to do the job!
- Murder by Mistake: Can be a common mistake for beginners of the game, since you can kill him in Chapter 6, removing him from the rest of the story.
- The Nicknamer: He likes to give the other characters friendly nicknames, like "Bubbles" for Avatar, "Stumbles" for Sumia, "Twinkles" for Maribelle, "Whiskers" for Panne, "Sunshine" for Tharja, "Baby" for Olivia, "Princess" for Lissa, or "Blue" for Chrom.
- Interestingly, Gauis doesn't have a nickname for Sully, instead she has one for him: "Chuckles." He also lacks nicknames for Cordelia and Cherche.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: In his support conversations with Chrom and Libra, he's the roguish male.
- Nosebleed: He can get one from a high enough intake of sugar.
- One-Hit Kill: Can learn Lethality if he goes Assassin.
- Only Sane Man: Not counting his crippling sugar addiction, he's actually a lot more grounded compared to most of the Shepherds.
- Oral Fixation: He always has a lollipop in his mouth.
- The Pig Pen: His supports with Cordelia reveal he's quite the slob, and is noticeably annoyed when she offers to clean him up.Gaius: Well, as long as it's not slowing me down on the battlefied, right? I'm not some fancywaist who needs to strut about like a peacock.
Cordelia: Well, perhaps you should consider it regardless.
Gaius: All right, all right. Message received. I'll put on some new clothes, mother.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"What a cupcake!"
"So long, sucker!"
"Piece of cake!"
"Like candy from a babe!"
- Punch Clock Hero: His supports reveal a surprisingly noble man, but at the end of the day, Gaius admits he is still a crook at heart.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Very aware and embittered in regards to how "checkered" he is in regards to the others. That won't stop him from helping his friends and do what he believes is right.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Completely and utterly subverted; Gaius practically lives off sugar!
- Real Men Wear Pink: Gaius is a good baker of sweets, and he is talented at hand-making jewelry.
- Rescue Romance: With Maribelle, in a way. He framed her father to save her from a corrupt nobleman, then sent a letter that got her father pardoned.
- Shout-Out: In his C support with the Avatar, after (s)he walks in on Gaius while he's bathing, he let's out this gem. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Slobs Versus Snobs: Having grown up with nothing, Gaius is easily upset by people who are born with everything yet take it for granted. Interestingly, this is discussed in his supports with Chrom, but not with Lissa.
- The Sneaky Guy: Thievery, espionage, infiltration and assassination are his fortes.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: In his epilogue with Maribelle, he returns to a life of crime, while she becomes a magistrate and is noted to "dread the day she would meet her own husband in court".
- Street Smart: In stark contrast to Chrom, Gaius grew up with nothing and had to learn the tricks of the common people to get by. In their C support, he seems to resent Chrom a little for this.
- Sweet Tooth: Gaius loves sweets, up to the point that he keeps a stash of them in various pockets all over his clothes. There is never a single conversation in which he doesn't slip in a pun that has to do with sweets, being his Trademark Favorite Food and all. He even has a consumable item with his name to it (Gaius's Confect).
- Tattooed Crook: He hides a tattoo on his forearm that marks him a convicted criminal. He covers it with a black band and is very distressed when the Avatar sees it. If the comics are canon, he got the tattoo in the same incident where he was forced to frame Maribelle's father.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Sweets of all kinds, of course. But he really seems to have a thing for honey.
- Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: In his supports with the Avatars, he insists on trying to bribe them so they won't tell anyone about his tattoo, even after repeated assurances that they won't tell anyone.
- Why Did It Have To Be Bugs: He's terrified of insects, who often are attracted to his sweets.
- "Is Gregor time!"
- The Ahnold: In the English dub, he speaks with a distinctive, rugged-sounding Russian accent.
- Almighty Janitor: He could very well have become the Khan of West Ferox if he chose to fight Basilio again. He's instead content to be a sellsword and leave it at that.
- Ambiguously Bi: Gregor's flirting in the support conversations with the Avatar is the same whether the Avatar is a man or a woman. There's also the fact that he really seemed to enjoy dressing Ricken up in a dress and parading him around as his girlfriend...
- Badass: As a hardened mercenary who was able to fight Basilio to a standstill, it's no wonder Lon'qu came rushing to him for a duel.
- Badass Normal: Aside from being The Ahnold, he doesn't really have any defining character traits. He can't use magic, he's not related to royalty in any way, and he doesn't have a dark and mysterious past. He's just there to kick some ass.
- Badass on Paper: To Lon'qu's dismay, the infamous Gregor who has the makings of a khan... is also a jolly old guy who prioritizes money over power and warrior pride.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Nowi, as he freed her from slavery.
- Big Eater: Not nearly to Stahl's extreme extent, but in his C support with Maribelle, he swipes extra bread from the pantry because the rations don't cut it for him.
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: He does not have a firm grasp on most idioms and tends to word phrases incorrectly."You know saying? 'Youth must work like dog to make future better!'"
- Chivalrous Pervert: Quite a few of his supports with females involve him teasing them about having crushes on him, though tries to serve as a matchmaker for Cordelia.
- In his support with the Avatar, Gregor suggests ways for him/her to keep up his/her health... such as sharing body heat with him in bed.
- Cool Old Guy: Gregor is a worldly man and has plenty of useful (and sometimes not-so-useful) things to share with his younger comrades.
- Cool Sword: Starts in the Mercenary class, who use swords only.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His odd speech patterns and jovial demeanor sometimes lead people to underestimate him. As Lon'qu finds out the hard way, he can draw his blade fast enough to put the former champion of West Ferox to shame.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Sort of. His A support with Tharja reveals that Gregor is actually his brother's name, which he adopted out of respect after he failed to save him from bandits.
- Dirty Old Man: Gregor enjoys the presence of pretty ladies.
- Eloquent In My Native Tongue: Gregor is actually an intelligent, well-rounded individual, despite his... impediments to effective communication.
- Face of a Thug: He's a pretty friendly guy, but his appearance often leads to... misunderstandings. See Not What It Looks Like below.
- Famous Last Words:“Easy come...easy go...It was...a good ride”
- Funny Foreigner: Implied to be this, which explains his broken English.note Gregor: "Is just, how you say, flatulence? No, wait. ...Flippery? ...Flatness? ...Gregor does not remember. Is that word when people say lies to make other person feel better."
- Genius Bruiser: While big and muscular, Gregor is shown to be pretty intelligent. He claims that if you aren't smart, then you can't survive as mercenary. Part of this is shown in his knowledge of health and diseases.
- Gentle Giant: He's pretty burly and has the bulkier character build, but Gregor is a total sweetheart.
- Groin Attack: Implied in his introductory chapter:Gregor: This day has been nothing but insults and punches to groin.
- Hidden Depths: A rugged and seasoned soldier... who happens to be good with makeup, cooking, and pathology.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Mentioned once in his C Support with Cherche. His dad made him stay up in a tree for three days for being a bad boy.
- Hulk Speak: Which, again, does nothing to help his case. It's even lampshaded with one of his critical quotes being "Gregor smash!".
- Husky Russkie: His broken English makes him sound like this, though he only has the accent in the English localization.
- You No Take Candle: Most other characters speak proper English, so his accent stands out even more. However, Gregor is in no way unintelligent.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: In quite a few of his romantic supports, notably with Nowi, Lissa, Maribelle and Olivia.
- Inter Generational Friendship: With Ricken.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Gregor is very balanced, having good growths all around, fitting of his Mercenary class. His one glaring flaw, however, is an abysmal Resistance growth.
- Love Confession:Now you listen. Gregor promise to bring his beloved many happiness for as long as we both keep on with the living.
- Matchmaker Crush: Gets one on Cordelia while trying to help her with Chrom.
- May-December Romance: Most of his pairings due to the young age of the cast. If he is paired with Nowi, he is on the other end of this trope.
- Life Drain: Through Sol, if he goes Hero.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In one of his supports with Olivia, he's completely indifferent to an injury that, according to Olivia, left his bones exposed. While Olivia is patching him up, he calmly recounts to her an occasion where he lost a leg and sewed it back on.
- Not What It Looks Like: He's first seen chasing after Nowi after the latter has run away from him. Due to Face of a Thug above, Chrom instantly assumes he's just a bad guy attacking her. Of course, It Makes Sense in Context.
- Old Master: In their supports, Gregor becomes a mentor to Lon'qu.
- Only in It for the Money: Subverted. Gregor initially jokes his paycheck is his main motivation, but it soon becomes apparent he's gained another reason for fighting.
- Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: Says this to the Deadlords during Infinite Regalia.Gregor: Is that big, legendary weapon, or are you just glad to see Gregor?
- Palette Swap: His Mercenary armor plating is green instead of the usual blue.
- Perpetual Smiler: Gregor is a pretty cheerful guy.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Gregor smash!"
"Now to face maker!"
"Your jigging is up!"
"Don't want to get along, eh?"
- Real Men Cook: Gregor apparently can whip up a gruel fit for a king using a special spice he makes himself.
- Real Men Wear Pink: According to his B Support with Cordelia, he knows how to sew and apply make up.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Though he tries to pass himself off as just a mercenary who is Only in It for the Money, he's willing to turn on his employers if they cross a line he's uncomfortable with.
- Self-Deprecation: Gregor often pokes fun at his own old age and simpleness. He at one point tells Olivia she is serving food for "local oafs", right after she served him food.
- Stay Frosty: Parodied. When supporting another unit, he may tell them to "Stay frosting."
- Stupid Sexy Gregor: In his B Support Conversation with Male Avatar. Male Avatar claims he's been having weird dreams about Gregor after drinking one of his health drinks where he dreamt that he was sleeping with his head on Gregor's lap. Ever since then he's been afraid to go to bed. Turns out, Male Avatar had contracted some kind of disease after being bitten by an insect.
- Taught by Experience: Gregor's life philosophy, He believes that knowledge is natural and that the world knows what it's doing so all you have to do to learn about it is simply watch it.
- Third-Person Person: In the English dub, almost exclusively due to English apparently not being his native language.
- You Are Already Dead: In his B support with Lon'qu, he finally agrees to a duel... then states that he's already won. Lon'qu then realizes that his opponent's blade was already drawn and pointed at his chest before he even noticed.
- "O wise Naga, guide us to safety and victory..."
Class: War Monk
Voiced by: Megumi Yamato (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)
- Apologetic Attacker: Just see his critical hit quotes.
- The Atoner: He joins up with Chrom because he can't forgive himself for letting Emmeryn die (despite not being there when it happens).
- An Axe to Grind: As a War Monk, Libra wields axes along with staves
- Badass Preacher: Heck, two of his critical quotes are "Repent, sinner!" and "I am your omega!"
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Cordelia, as both are the sole survivors of parties en route to aid the Shepherds.
- Bishōnen: Whether it's a blessing or a curse, Libra is very pretty.
- Boring but Practical: Libra is the second promoted unit to join the party (other than Frederick). Players who can get over the fact that he's pre-promoted will find that he has solid growths, not to mention being one of the few War Monks who is guaranteed to have enough Strength and Magic to be useful at both.
- Braids of Action: Wears a traditionally feminine braid that wraps behind his head.
- Broken Bird: Gives these vibes when you find out about his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Broken Hero: Despite everything he's gone through, and indeed having once given into his bitterness, the Libra we know today is a gentle, altruistic man.
- Combat Medic: The earliest character to use a weapon and have the ability to heal other units.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, his parents abandoned him because they believed he was under Demonic Possession and he wandered his life bitter and alone until he joined the priesthood.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: And sounds like one too in both dubs!
- Even the Guys Want Him / Stupid Sexy Libra: Even after he tells Virion he's a man, Virion continues to flatter him for his looks and tells Libra he's "like a rose". Libra thinks he's funny, but Virion has to remind himself that Libra's still a dude.Virion: It's just that...your eyes are...so very shiny and pretty... Like two pools...of...something...
- Also, his unpaired ending says that he got proposals from people of both genders.
- Expy: He's intentionally made out to evoke Lucius from the Elibe saga.
- He's an androgynous Monk with long blond hair who is often mistaken for a girl, but this time it's even more convincing due to the addition of voice acting.
- He even has a lot of "suspect dialogue" with a former noble whose possessions were forcefully removed, though Virion is more happy-go-lucky than Raven, and it's mostly one-sided on his part.
- And he founds and orphanage post game just like Lucius. And their names both start with 'L'.
- Famous Last Words:“Gods... I beg of you... Take me... but do not forsake... my friends...”
- Gender Reveal: Normally Played for Laughs in the Unsettling Gender Reveal category, but there are also a couple of "normal" reveals.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The guy is an angel. Libra wouldn't hurt a fly. He'd axe a mook, but NEVER a fly.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Libra doesn't consider himself morally superior to anyone else despite his religious background.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: A magical one, as his modifiers are not that impressive, save for one point in magic in a game where most males either have it unchanged or have a bad one. He does have the best resistance out of the male first-gen characters (Male Avatar excepted).
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair goes down to his upper chest, adding to his feminine appearance.
- Love Confession:I am yours forever, my love. May the gods smile upon our union, and bring us joy in the years to come.
- Magic Knight: Combat Medic version.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: In his support conversations with Gaius, he's the noble male.
- One-Hit Kill: Can perform this even before you recruit him, since he comes with a Killer Axe.
- Opposites Attract: In his supports with Sully and Tharja.
- Orphanage of Love: Runs one in almost all of his endings.
- Palette Swap: His War Monk robes are white, as shown above.
- Parental Abandonment: In his supports with Tharja, you find out that as a child, his parents thought that he was possessed by a demon and abandoned him. He wandered aimlessly, homeless, until he found the faith. It was so unpleasant that he was willing to be a test subject for Tharja's experimental memory potion just so he could forget about it.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Repent, sinner!"
"Gods forgive me."
"Rest in peace!"
"I am your omega!"
- Running Gag: "I'm a man..."
- Scars Are Forever: He has one on the back of his neck. It's from his mother pulling Libra off of her when she abandoned him, clawing his neck in the process.
- Sexy Priest: His end credits title is "Fetching Friar".
- Shock and Awe: He's pictured with a Bolt Axe, a ranged and magic-based weapon.
- Sole Survivor: Before being recruited, Libra was attempting to save Emmeryn with a group of fellow monks. The others weren't as lucky as him.
- Vocal Dissonance: As mentioned above, he has a very feminine voice, being voiced by voice actresses in both Japanese and English.
- "Do you think we could breed Risen in here? I love pets!"
Class: Dark Mage
- Abusive Parents/Parental Neglect: His parents mostly ignored him, and dumped him off in the woods alone to be Raised by Wolves. The wolf tried to visit him when he returned home, and she was killed by the townsfolk for her trouble... and Henry simply snapped. Then his parents sent him to a Boarding School of Horrors (English) or an Orphanage of Fear (Japanese), where he was abused when he did something wrong and nearly died on more than one occasion. Henry... did not come out of that childhood with his sanity completely intact.
- Admiring the Abomination: He loves Risen since they're just so adorable to him. It's the first sign that he's not exactly... quite right. He's also fascinated with Dreadlords and thinks their curse sounds like a jolly good time.
- Affably Evil: Though not exactly "evil", he's still a very friendly fellow. He can also be very sweet to his friends; unfortunately, this tends to result in him offering to do horrific and/or creepy things on their behalf.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Interestingly played with. He certainly fits the archetype, but when a girl falls for him, it's not because of his badassery or darkness, it's because of how he's a surprising sweetie off the battlefield.
- Badass: In Owain's B support with his father, they are surrounded y enemy archers. With other fathers (including the likes of Lon'qu and Robin), they both make a hasty retreat. Henry though? He will tell Owain to go on without him as he takes care of the archers. He then proceeds to kill them all single handedly. It's also implied tat he managed to do so without a scratch.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. His fastest support is with Olivia, possibly because they are among the last 1st-generation characters to be recruited.
- Birds of a Feather: With Tharja, as both are Plegian Dark Mages who enjoy cursing other people.
- A bit of Opposites Attract as well, as while both are Dark Mages of questionable morality, Henry is an overly cheery, yet insane Nice Guy who genuinely likes helping people, while Tharja is a gloomy Jerkass who prefers to do her own thing, but who is also somewhat more sane and can distinguish between right and wrong. She just prefers to do wrong.
- Blood Lust: He has a bizarre fixation with blood and enjoys spilling it most of all.
- Blood Knight: He joins Chrom because he loves war.Henry: "I don't care about politics. I just want to throw fireballs at the bad guys."
- Blue and Orange Morality: To a degree. Henry genuinely doesn't seem to understand that what he's doing could be considered bad, just as long as it's helping the person he speaks to. Cherche comments that he needs to spend more time with people, whereas Panne describes him as a wild animal that needs to be taught humanity.
- Boarding School of Horrors: Was raised in Wizarding School version one so his parents wouldn't have to take care of him. According to him, he has nearly died on multiple occasions while in said school because they would put him in a room filled with metal spikes as punishment whenever he "did something naughty". Implied to be why he turned out so... unhinged.
- In the Japanese version, they send him to an Orphanage of Fear instead.
- Body Horror: His event tile and level up quotes reveal he's quite enthusiastic about this potentially happening to him! ... Meeeeeep.
- Character Development: His supports (especially the A and S level ones) and The Summer Scramble DLC show that he's beginning to comprehend just how divorced he is from "normal" people and conventional concepts of morality. He exhibits signs of trying to rectify this, which is likely a direct result of the amount of time he's spending with the Shepherds.
- Henry (to Kellam): "When I was a kid, my only friends were wolves, so they ended up raising me. Thing is...that made it tough for me to learn about basic human warmth and affection... Like just now. I tried to be nice to you and show you that I care and stuff, right? But I got it all wrong and instead made you freak out. Sorry about that..."
- Cloudcuckoolander: Often seems disconnected from all rhyme or reason save his own, although the clouds his head inhabits are black, ominous, and probably rain blood.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Not only does he love inflicting nasty death, he expresses some glee at getting something similar done to him. And he does not use safe-words.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Henry really gets a kick out of schadenfreude.
- Creepy Crows: He comes to the map where he can be recruited with an entire flock of crows surrounding him. Tharja's support implies that they are his pagan familiars that protect his identity from everyone.
- Creepy Good: Like Tharja, he is definitely this, what with being a Blood Knight, being unnecessarily cruel, practicing curses, and doing it all with a smile!
- Critical Hit: Can get a really high Critical Hit rate on his own, thanks to his skills.
- Curse: His supports with Sumia indicate that he's also a practitioner.
- Custom Uniform: The Dark Mage outfit is highly Stripperific, with both genders wearing what consists of silk spandex and some cloth for the crotch area (Tharja, herself a Dark Mage, wears a generic female outfit). As shown above, while Henry wears the usual bottom, he also wears a far more modest sweater on top, and he also touts a black cloak with three eyes sewn on it. Seemingly sensible, since he's still rather young, but he'll wear the regular Sorcerer's outfit if he's promoted into one.
- Cutscene Incompetence: Due to the Father/Noire support being (more or less) the same regardless of father, Henry never removes Tharja's curses from either him or Noire, despite being so powerful that he can brush them off if he wanted to.
- This may or may not be justified. In his supports with Noire, he states that Tharja's runny nose curse is so weird, he can't break it.
- Dark Is Bad: While not actually evil, Henry is more malicious than the other main characters. This is more prominent in the English version, where his Pet the Dog moments are toned down.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Non-villainous example, he joins because he somehow knows he'll be able to fight more if he's with Chrom's party than with Plegia.
- Death Seeker: Often looks for the most gruesome ways to die. He even notes that he wishes to die in the most bloody and horrific manners possible, while having the death being painless. It could also be why he decided to join Chrom's army which is outnumbered and outmatched, for he hopes to die while fighting in it. He also is heavily implied to have committed suicide if unmarried at the end.
- Dissonant Serenity: It takes a special kind of insanity to be smiling whilst telling the person you hope includes you in his army that if he doesn't want you he can just kill you on the spot.
- Dissonant Laughter: Hell, his death cry is a laugh, though noticeably weaker than his usual cackles.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Surprisingly, he can be one towards Cordelia. He openly admits it in their S support, when she catches him training to be "more manly":Cordelia: "Is this another of your schemes to make me feel better?"Henry: "Nya ha! No, it's a scheme to make you fall in love with me. (...) I'm just gonna work hard so you end up liking me instead!"
- Driven to Suicide: It's implied he kills himself in his solo ending, in stark contrast to his paired endings.
- Elemental Powers - Able to wield magic tomes.
- Even Henry Has Standards: In a conversation with the Einherjar Legion, Henry chides him for assuming that they are similar, stating that he does have morals and a code of honor, even if they are "a little messed up" as stated in his own words, compared to Legion just doing what he's told. It is also stated in his paired endings that he became a surprisingly good father to whoever child he has.
- Evil Laugh: "Nya ha ha ha!"
- Eyes Always Shut: Even during his Confession! He's like Oscar that way, though his panicked portrait does reveal his eyes; his irises are black.
- Famous Last Words:“Argh, this is the end for me... So dark... So quiet... So beautiful..."
- Foil: To Tharja. Both are Plegian Dark Mages that border on Token Evil Teammate and have creepy streaks though Tharja is female, dark-haired, and scantily clad (like most Dark Mages) while Henry is male, light-haired, and clothed in actual robes. Tharja's misanthropic, cynical, and self-serving, though firmly grounded in reality, while Henry's friendly, seemingly-naive, and much more gleeful about violence and bloodshed.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Uses magic to do this with Sumia in their supports.
- Freudian Excuse: His parents completely neglected him and his only friend and substitute parent was a wolf near the town he was born in. Then the townspeople proceeded to kill the wolf and afterwards, he was sent to an institution / wizard school where there were several rather nasty and deadly experiments done to and by the others. This also included being locked in a room filled with metal spikes as one of their punishments. Doubles as a Dark and Troubled Past, as in his supports it's implied that due to this he genuinely doesn't understand human empathy at all, and it's only in his time with the Shepherds that he's starting to really comprehend it.
- Friend to All Living Things: Crows are quite fond of him. Implied that he gets along great with any animal, including Cherche's wyvern Minerva. (Even if she attacked him at the start)
- Glad He's On Our Side: He engenders this reaction from quite a few people, and with good reason.
- In fact, he used to be one of Gangrel's subordinates, but was incapacitated before he could go head to head with the party. Glad he's on our side, indeed.
- Of course, in the Drama CD, he starts attacking Plegian soldiers because he thinks it's interesting, so this doesn't necessarily apply if he doesn't like you.
- In fact, he used to be one of Gangrel's subordinates, but was incapacitated before he could go head to head with the party. Glad he's on our side, indeed.
- Good Father: In all of his paired endingsnote , it's stated that he turns out to be a "surprisingly good father". He's the only character explicitly said by the game to be this. In fact, upon meeting his future child, he immediately shows his own unique brand of fatherly devotion:
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: His more unhinged tendencies are mostly played for (dark) laughs.
- Sociopathic Hero: His creepier moments (and he has quite a few) land him in this territory.Ricken: "Henry, it's my job to kill Plegian soldiers... So I have to believe that they deserve to die. But now you've reminded me that they aren't faceless blobs with axes. They have friends, and families, and... H-how am I going to fight them if I know that? What if I hesitate?"Henry: "You're weird. I don't see the problem here at all."
- Sociopathic Hero: His creepier moments (and he has quite a few) land him in this territory.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Inverted. He joins Chrom's group because being outnumbered gives him many more people/Risen to kill.
- Jack-of-All-Stats/Mighty Glacier: His modifiers. He has the same magic modifier as Libra, but gets good skill as well as decent defense for a mage. However, though he is not hit in speed, he has bad luck (but not as bad as Tharja) and a bad Speed base which mitigates his avoid somewhat, though he can lean towards a hard-hitting Lightning Bruiser with some Speedwings and training (and Pair-Ups), and his skills can give him a very high crit rate. He also gets a point in Strength, which makes him one of the best Magic Knights out of the first-gen characters if you decide to go with such a class.
- Keet: A somewhat creepy example.
- Large Ham: Almost never, but he does have one shining moment in his A-Support with Olivia:
- Last Guy Wins: If paired with Sumia, he becomes this, as he is the last possible suitor to join your team. He would be this to all first generation females, but you can technically get Donnel after him (and Donnel will always be at the bottom of the support log, regardless of who you get first).
- Life Drain: Through Lifetaker, if he promotes to Dark Knight, as well as the dark magic tome Nosferatu.
- Lightning Bruiser: His stat growths are rather odd; high all around, save for luck (albeit not as bad as Tharja's), and because he has a good strength growth, he can transition between his base class and his reclassing options (thief and barbarian) with less hassle compared to the other mages.
- Love Confession:I'll love you with every ounce of my blood, until I die. Ooh... when do you think that'll be?
- Love Makes You Evil: Played with. Henry's already unhinged, but the things he'll offer to do to help either his friends or one of his love interests is... pretty frightening.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In one of his supports with Olivia, she notices his clothes are covered in blood, and Henry calmly tastes it and realizes that it's his blood and that he was wounded in battle. When Olivia asks how he can take it in stride, Henry Hand Waves it as nerve damage and a high pain tolerance.
- Mercy Kill: Offers to do this in the Golden Gaffe DLC after Risen steal his things. Considering what those things probably are...Henry: "Are you the one who stole my bag? Because the stuff in there'll probably kill you slowly and painfully. Just saying. Aw, but I'm a nice guy, so come here. I'll finish you off quickly. Hold still..."
- In his B support with Maribelle, he tells her that he has been working on a curse that Mercy Kills people the instant they are fatally wounded, sparing them the pain of dying.
- Morality Chain: If he marries, his wife and child will play this role for him. Whatever else Henry is, it's clear that he loves his family... although his way of expressing it isn't always exactly what one would call "normal."
- Mundane Utility: His supports reveal that he has hexes and curses for a large variety of non-combat situations, including curses that help one sleep and curses that can "cure" having fallen in love.
- When he temporarily fixes some dishes that Sumia had broken upon tripping while carrying them, he explains to her that using curses for daily stuff is actually a well-spread practice among Dark Mages.
- Nice Guy:
- While the way Henry tends to act can freak people out, he genuinely likes helping people. Even if the way he goes about it is completely misguided and a little... unorthodox. Unlike the sour grape that is Tharja, the only time he places hexes on his fellow Shepherds is if they ask him to do so. He just as gladly removes them again if they request him to, with no hard feelings.
- A support with Miriel has Henry saying that he would like to make a hex that makes life easier on pregnant women.
- The trope is lampshaded in verbatim in The Golden Gaffe DLC by himself:
- A far more conventionally nice example appears in his A support with Lissa, who is having trouble sleeping due to angst about fighting. She stumbles and falls on top of Henry due to lack of sleep, and then passes out completely after commenting that he makes a nice pillow. Henry's reaction is to just stay there, probably for several hours, rather than move her, just so she can have a nice nap. Granted, he falls asleep himself right afterward, but that doesn't change his initial plan.
- Nightmare Fetishist: See Body Horror for one. And his response when asked about his dreams?"I want to die a horrible, bloody death that's completely painless. ...I don't like ouchies."
- There's also his mildly terrifying response to fighting one of the Deadlords.Henry: "Dang! That's quite a nasty curse someone put on you. So if I strike you down, you'll come back as strong as before? Sounds like an eternity of agony... Where do I sign up?"
- There's also his mildly terrifying response to fighting one of the Deadlords.
- Nominal Hero: Begins as this. He has no fealty to any Kingdom, he just wants to travel the road with the most bloodshed. He even warned Panne about the assassination attempt on Emmeryn, only because he felt the war would end too soon if she died. He does start to warm up to the Shepherds though, especially if he gets married.
- Noodle Incident: He was apparently incapacitated and therefore unable to assist Gangrel during his final fight against Chrom, but it's never made clear exactly what happened to render him unable to fight.
- No Social Skills: Very much so.
- Obliviously Evil: What do you mean killing birds so Lissa can sleep is a bad thing?
- In his A Support with Panne, he offers to murder Chrom in order to plunge humanity into unprecedented levels of chaos and bloodshed, all in the name of making a friend happy. He does not understand what's wrong with doing so if the end result would be Panne feeling better.
- His S support with Tharja may be the most extreme example. Completely out of nowhere, he cheerfully offers to bloodily murder everyone in camp if it would make her happy. Tharja asks what the hell is wrong with him. Tharja! When the resident Yandere Stalker with a Crush is questioning your mental state, you're really off the deep end.
- Odd Friendship: With anyone, really, but his supports with Frederick stand out the most.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In his A Support with Olivia, he gets visibly flustered and actually breaks down crying when he comes very close to failing to save her from an enemy assassin.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Due to his extremely quirky and unique personality being forced to fit the general template of the generic father supports, a huge number of his supports with his children are this. He's generally portrayed in his parental supports as several hundred times easier to weird out than he usually is, such as in his first support with Cynthia, where he, like any other father of Cynthia, makes his injured face simply by being told about her mildly weird ideas for dramatic entrances.
- Perky Goth: Sully says he's awfully sunny for a dark mage.
- Perpetual Smiler: Whether it's a goofy smile, an UnSmile, or a Slasher Smile, he always has some form of a smile on his face.
- Pet the Dog: Surprisingly, when Olivia thinks she is going to stop him from mercy killing an injured puppy in their C support, he calls her crazy because he loves dogs. He seems to have a soft spot for animals in general, actually.
- In the original Japanese text, he does offer to kill it — but as a mercy, because its injuries are so severe.
- His paired endings say that, for all his flaws, he can be a pretty decent dad for his kids.
- The Summer Scramble DLC is pretty much nothing but Pet the Dog moments for Henry, to the point that it seems that he's genuinely beginning to gain some sort of understanding of human emotion and empathy. Libra notes that Henry has been deliberately risking his life to save civilians and his comrades; when Henry tries to laugh it off, Libra points out that he's seen Henry observing the battlefield and moving to help those in danger. Henry's response to this is a very telling Visible Silence.
- The Pollyanna: As revealed in supports, nothing really gets to him. An interesting example though, as he is quite unhinged.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Have some death!"
"I'm gonna kill you!"
- Psychopathic Manchild: Between his perpetual optimism, Cloudcuckoolander tendencies and insanity, his support conversations with Nowi and Frederick suggest that he has signs of this.
- Punch Clock Hero: Similiar to Tharja. Though, he joins because he figured he'll last longer with them than against them.
- Pungeon Master: He loves puns. His recruitment is probably the best example, but he even sneaks a few into his level up quotes.
- Pure Is Not Good: Tharja says that his power derives from his purity. He is kinda crazy.
- Raised By A Wolf: And then his fellow townsmen killed her.
- Red Mage: As a Dark Mage, Henry has access to the versatile Dark Magic in addition to standard magic.
- Magic Knight: Becomes a mounted version if promoted to Dark Knight, but he won't have access to his Dark Magic if he does.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In his supports with Ricken, Ricken notes that Henry didn't care at all that his fellow Plegians were killed by the Shepherds, and asks Henry if he'd care at all if Ricken were killed. Surprisingly, Henry tells Ricken that he'd actually be very sad and angry, and would hunt down the person responsible. And kill them. Bloodily. ...Oh yes. There would be blood.
- Sex Equals Love: In his S support with Nowi. Throughout the support, Nowi gets sad that she has no Manakete friends - so Henry makes an illusion for her. The problem is, she doesn't like it because it's not real, so he goes away and has a think about what to do. When he returns, he says that, if they have lots of kids, she'll have plenty of Manakete friends to play with. Yes, really.
- Sleep Cute: In his A-Support with Lissa, Lissa ends up falling asleep on him.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: And flower. And insect. In fact, as long as it's alive, Henry can have a conversation with it.
- Stepford Smiler: In the Japanese version, he is revealed to actually be quite empty inside, and simply fakes his happy-go-lucky demeanor. In the English version, however, it's not quite clear if his eccentricities are seemingly genuine or if he's gone off the deep end.
- Story-Breaker Power: An Informed Ability restricted to his support conversations, but according to those, he has a few hexes that have rather large potential, including the ability to kill people from huge distances with just a hair, switch bodies with others and even to temporarily reverse time. He is also a master at dispelling enemy magic and can even return it straight to the sender.
- His supports with the Avatar also reveal he eventually learns how to summon Risen (albeit without control over them) and send them against their enemies. Sadly, he can't do this in actual combat. Of course, the Avatar specifically orders him not to, considering the Risen would eventually start tearing into nearby towns.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: His birthday is on 13th of November, and he joins in Chapter 13 as the 13th unit. Comes with a side of irony, considering it's World Kindness Day.
- Token Evil Teammate: More so in the English version than in the Japanese version, though.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Very troubling. When he was a kid, he made sure that the people who killed his wolf friend paid in blood.
- The Unsmile: His "angry" portrait.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Henry might not be evil, but he's not exactly good, either.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Libra tells him this in one of the DLC Scrambles. Kellam also seems to think so, though he doesn't openly say it.
- "Don't you put any stock in this destiny hogwash!"
- Affectionate Nickname: Flavia calls him "oaf", but it's not always affectionate.
- The Archer: Comes with being in the Warrior class.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: His portrait gets mirrored when switching sides during conversations. This results in his eyepatch flip-flopping eyes. Oddly enough, his confession scene also has his right eye patched, when his official artwork and game model have his left eye patched.
- An Axe to Grind: Most of his class options have this as their main weapon.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Before being dethroned by Flavia, he held absolute authority over the powerful nation of Regna Ferox. He's also one of the game's biggest badasses.
- Badass: He's consistently said to be one of the Shepherds' supporting pillars once he allies with them, and he even lands a Critical Hit on Walhart, despite a 0% critical rating.
Mustafa: "Ylisseans! I offer you mercy! Surrender to me now and live!"Basilio: "Surrender? Sorry, I'm not familiar with the word."
- Badass Baritone: Patrick Seitz gives him a distinct basso voice, adding to his credential as a colossal badass.
- Badass Boast
- Colonel Badass: Serves this role once his and Flavia's Feroxi army integrates with Chrom's.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: While's not exactly the leader per se once his army integrates with Chrom's, he's got considerable authority regardless.
- Bald of Awesome: Of all the playable characters in the game, he's the only bald guy. And he's tough as nails.
- Battle Couple: Potentially with Female Avatar if S Support is achieved.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's wild and goofy, but he's still a great fighter.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and Flavia get the drop on Validar in chapter 23 after revealing that he faked his death against Walhart and has been hiding the true gemstones since then.
- The Big Guy: He serves as this role for the Sherperds' army after the timeskip, bringing in the bulk of the Feroxi army to distract the Valmese Empire while Chrom's elite force drops behind enemy lines. He's initially thought to be killed by Walhart in chapter 17, but later reveals he's faked his death to prevent Validar's spies from tracking the gemstones needed to complete Grima's ritual.
- But Not Too Black: Notably averted, at least for his skin tone; it's noticeably darker than Flavia's.
- Cannot Spit It Out: In his supports with the female Avatar, he keeps trying to recruit her as his tactician, and then as his toady (which the Avatar is rather insulted by). In his S support he reveals that what he really wanted her for was to be his wife.
- Catch Phrase: Basilio frequently brings up his "sweet brown arse."
- The Charmer: Well, he tries, anyways.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Walhart completely outmatches him, but Basilio does manage to land a critical hit before going down.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has quite the list of sardonic quips, and his sense of humor tends to stay in the sarcastic range.
- Disney Death: He's seemingly killed by Walhart, only to turn out to be alive and having avoided Validar's spies.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He and Flavia are the last two recruitable characters in normal gameplay, dropping a big twist in the process.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears one over his left eye. Despite his handicap, Basilio still manages to be one of Ferox's fiercest fighters.
- Honor Before Reason: He tries to take on Walhart, even after he gets critically injured by him. It doesn't go well. In the Bad Future, this is what killed him there. In the present however, Lucina's words causes him to realize that Walhart is way too strong even for him, and he plays dead instead, allowing him to swap the stones in the Fire Emblem with forgeries when Validar's spies weren't watching, and pull off a Big Damn Heroes moment later on.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Bad Future timeline, he was killed by Walhart. In the present time, Lucina warns him about this, but he still falls in battle against Walhart anyway, although he turns out to have survived this encounter, if barely.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Basilio has a firm understanding of when it is best to pack up and retreat. When it comes to personal battles, however, he hates to admit defeat, but this ultimately saves his life.
- Large and in Charge: Ruler of West Regna Ferox, he's also the biggest playable character. Unless we count Walhart.
- Late Character Syndrome: Suffers this on the easier two difficulties. His stat bonuses on the later two make him useful, however.
- Lightning Bruiser: His modifers lean him towards being a physical one, though magic can still do quite a lot of damage against him, and his starting stats and class makes him somewhat of a Glass Cannon (albeit a not too fragile one).
- Love Confession:Just think of all the fun times we're gonna have! All the battles! Heh, I'm gonna make you proud!
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules / Gameplay and Story Segregation: Pulls a critical during his scripted fight with Walhart, despite having a 0% crit rate.
- Noodle Incident: He promises to tell the male Avatar a funny story involving a cat and a sandbag.
- Oh Crap!: His reaction word-for-word when he meets Walhart.
- Pirate: According to his conversation with Morgan, if he's Morgan's father, Basilio used to be one, before becoming Regna Ferox's West-Khan.
- Platonic Life Partners: He and Flavia are unique in the sense that they are the only two characters of opposite sex who aren't related and yet they cannot marry each other (as much as some players would want to). Hence, they can only get up to an A rank support.
- He also has similar platonic relationship with Olivia, even though they're unable to support, and details of this is only revealed through Olivia's other supports. Their relationship has more father-daughter vibes due to their age difference, though.
- Playing Possum: He survives his battle with Walhart by pretending to be dead, and just barely clinging to life.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's one of the khans of an entire nation of proud warriors.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"Hot death coming through!
"Don't Try This at Home."
"Come on! COME ON!"
"Time to die, pal!"
- Rated M for Manly: The buffiest man in the army, and a jolly one at that.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After Chrom gets to know him, Basilio is revealed to be surprisingly level-headed and wise.
- The Rival: To Flavia, although it's arguably a Friendly Rivalry.
- Scary Black Man: If he's not on your side.
- Screw Destiny: "Don't you put any stock in this 'destiny' hogwash."
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Mead.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Flavia.
- The Worf Effect: Naturally being both Badass and Famed In-Story, he's the game's go-to guy for this trope.
- After Chapter 12, you find out Basilio and his army took a devastating blow from the Valmese forces off screen. The characters explicitly comment on how "they must be tough if they beat his forces".
- The second time, he's going up against Walhart himself, and gets his ass handed to him in proper fashion to show off how much of a beast Walhart is in combat. That said, it also ends up being a huge fake-out, as Basilio fakes being dead thanks to Lucina's warning so he can come back and be a Big Damn Hero later on.
- Downloadable Content: All of the Secret Characters are of the free kind, through Spotpass. You have to enter their Paralogues and fullfill their requirements to actually get them however.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: All of the Secret Characters, as Donnel's Paralogue is available early and the Spotpass Paralogues don't open up until you're almost done with the game.
- Irrelevant Sidequest: You recruit them through these.
- Late Character Syndrome: The last spotpass characters subvert this. They start off with ridiculously high bases, growths, modifiers, and a unique combination of skills. They'll catch up with the rest of your units in no time.
- Optional Party Member: The various Paralogue Chapters are all independent missions and not required to complete the main quest.
- Secret Character: Every Spotpass Paralogue character. Priam especially stands out, as while the other Spotpass characters have roles in the main story, Priam is only found through the chapter he's recruited from, and his presence was only hinted by the fact that his voice actor was credited in the credits and that he could support with the Avatar and Male Morgan (if he is the father).
- "C'mon, Donny...!"
- Adorkable: His admiration of soldiers, need to feel useful, and exaggerated humbleness define Donnel.
- Almighty Janitor: If one keeps him as a Villager as long as possible to max out his stats, he'll end up with some very high stats for a crappy Villager class. When he gets promoted he'll have stats that 2nd-tier units would envy... as a level one Mercenary or Fighter.
- And Now For Something Completely Different: The Villager has the distinction of being the only class to not carry their weapon over to either promotion option. Whether he becomes a Figher or a Mercenary, he still has to discard his Lance proficiency and start over from scratch.
- Badass: He's one of the most powerful non-Robin or Morgan characters in the game if you promote him.
- Badass Adorable: He's just a simple kid trying his best to pretend he has a clue of what he's doing. And yet he'll still skewer you like a boar with ease once he's got some experience under his belt.
- Battle Couple: Can be paired with any female first generation character, except Sumia, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, and Flavia, as well as the female SpotPass characters. He is the only optional first generation party member to not be restricted to the Avatar in fact, but supports equally (slowly) with all marriageable females.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Forms one with Stahl (Thin) and Kellam (Big). Donnel serves as the Short member.
- Blade on a Stick: Weirdly, his class change options are Mercenary and Fighter, making his promoted options Hero, Warrior, and Bow Knight. None of those classes have lances as an option, meaning he has to discard his lance rank altogether.
- Blue with Shock: One of his character portraits.
- Born Lucky: Boy howdy. In-game he's the only character that is guaranteed to cap Luck without grinding to full level, and he has a ridiculously high cap for it as a Villager.
- Bucket Helmet: He wears it throughout the game, even after changing classes. Which can be odd when he's wearing full plate armor and still has a cooking pot as helmet.
- Coming-of-Age Story: The plot of his sidequest is basically this.
- Country Mouse: Donnel never strayed far from his quiet village, so he is in complete awe of soldier life.
- Dare to Be Badass: Chrom gives him one.
- Dark Is Not Evil: How he views dark mages. In his supports with Tharja, you find out that the people in his home village were expected to help their resident mages cast curses, because the curses would be set upon harmful forces, not the villagers themselves.That's what the dark arts are all about, right? Using dark forces fer the greater good?
- Disappeared Dad: His father died when he was a kid.
- Famous Last Words:“Unnngh...I-I did m'best...Made the village proud...”
- Farm Boy: Before running into the Shepherds, he was a simple farm hand. One of his roles in the army is tending to their crops and securing food.
- Genius Ditz: In some supports, such as the one with Maribelle, Donnel reveals that he is in fact much smarter than he seems to be. He also has the Skill "Aptitude" which increases his growths across the board.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has an X scar on his left cheek.
- Hero's Journey: Donny rises to the call, fights the good fight, and in the end, he returns to the peaceful farming village he knows so well.
- I Just Want to Be Special: In his supports with Stahl, Donnel tries to find a special talent so that he can have his own place in the army.
- Improvised Weapon: As a Villager, the spear in his battle model looks like a makeshift weapon that he made himself (even if he's wielding a high caliber lance). He also mentions that he could just cobble something together when selecting him to buy something in a shop.
- In-Series Nickname: "Donny."
- Joke Item: Seen fighting with a Wooden Stick. Really. (Looks more like a log.)
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Played with. Donny lacks much in terms of book knowledge, thanks to being a simple Farm Boy, but he's shown in some of his supports to be a fast learner, implying he's inexperienced rather than unintelligent.
- Lightning Bruiser: He will always become one of these.
- Jack-of-All-Stats/Master of None: His Cap modifiers keep him from being too special once the children come into play and your other units begin to catch up to him, his only outstanding stat being luck, with only decent strength and defense and being poor in everything else. Whether he is one or the other depends on you though.
- Love Confession:I love ya. I don't reckon I could live without'cha. Let's you n' me settle down on the farm!
- Magikarp Power: He has pitiful starting stats but comes with a skill, Aptitude, that increases ALL of his growth rates by 20% with no penalty. He's extremely difficult to train as a Villager, but can become incredibly powerful. And unlike many other cases in the series, this is actually built into his character too; the sidequest you get him in focuses on him overcoming his fears of being useless, and getting him to level up at least once is how you recruit him.
- Meaningful Name: "Donnel" is a Gaelic name for "brave" and "dark haired one."
- Messy Hair: This is the main reason why he wears a pot all the time. His hair underneath that resembles an ox in his words, and he was never able to tame it.
- Nice Guy: Donnel always pays great respect to his comrades due to admiring them as real knights and warriors. He's especially sweet to Lissa, going out of his way to humor her desire for a younger brother.
- Older Than They Look: In a support, Donny claims to be the same age as Lissa — who is in her mid teens.
- Optional Party Member: He'll only join if you level him up at least once during Paralogue 1.
- Photographic Memory: He memorizes a Door Stopper about Ylissean law that Maribelle lends to him.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner"YEEEEEE-HAW!"
"How 'bout this?"
- Shout-Out: He'll shout "Let's get 'er done!" in battle sometimes.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Becomes one after Miriel teaches him in their support conversations.
- Super Intelligence: Surprisingly enough, he's shown to have an exceptional memory.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: His reaction when Kellam guesses that his pot helmet is a lucky charm. It isn't. See Messy Hair above.
- Tagalong Kid: At first, he's there because Chrom can't make him go away when the party is freeing the other captured villagers. He stays this way for a while too, until Magikarp Power kicks in.
- Tohoku Regional Accent: In the Japanese version, as a way to emphasize his Farm Boy background.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Wild game meat, particularly boar meat.
- Tragic Keepsake: A small rock from his late father.
- Uptown Girl: His relationship with his wife if paired with any of the noble girls. It's explicitly played up in his support with Maribelle.
- Weak, but Skilled: Tons of potential, but very weak at the start. Eventually the "Weak" part gets subverted as he becomes a force to be reckoned on his own.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: It's hard to see thanks to his pot helmet, though.
Spotpass Character # 1 SPOILERS
Gangrel, a man who can only be recruited through the first SpotPass Paralogue. For his character sheet, look up his entry here.
Spotpass Character # 2 SPOILERS
Walhart (Valhalt), a man who can only be recruited through the second SpotPass Paralogue. For his character sheet, look up his entry here.
Spotpass Character # 4 SPOILERS
Yen'fay (Lenha), a man who can only be recruited through the fourth SpotPass Paralogue. For his character sheet, look up his entry here.
Priam (Paris) SPOILERS
- "I intend to grow strong. Stronger than anyone..."
- Adorkable: Who knew that a massive badass like Priam could be as cute as a blushing school boy when he tells a female Avatar that he likes her?"HUZZAH!!!"
- An Axe to Grind: Not half bad with an Axe, and starts with a B rank.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Starts with Luna. Which he can't get through his reclass options.
- Badass: He's got a massive army under his command, is nearly capped in all stats at base, and possesses an unholy combination of skills: Swordbreaker, Axebreaker, Lancebreaker, Luna AND Sol!!
- Badass Baritone: Jamieson Price gives him a deep, masculine voice that's only rivaled by Basilio and Lon'qu.
- Bash Brothers: With the Male Avatar, if A support is reached.
- Battle Couple: Possibly with the Female Avatar, if S Support is achieved.
- Blood Knight: Priam lives for fighting, building his entire life around it.
- Boring but Practical: The strategy he uses against you in his SpotPass chapter. He's in the middle of a massive enemy force (50 units) that all come charging after you in one overwhelming Zerg Rush. Priam is of course the strongest enemy on the field, and given his dangerous skillset and the number of other enemies you're trying to deal with, it's easy for him to get the drop on you in a crowd.
- Bragging Rights Reward: Priam's Paralogue is the hardest mission in the game, harder than even the final battle. As a result, once you recruit him you really don't have anything left to sic him on. Unless you get some of the harder paid DLC.
- Canon Welding: He claims to be a descendant of Ike, and also wields what happens to be a very worn-out Ragnell.
- Cool Sword: Ragnell, although it's noticeably worn out.
- Deadpan Snarker: Infrequently, but his wit is no duller than Ike's.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Exactly how you recruit him. Priam apparently amassed his former army by employing this method himself.
- Excalibur in the Rust: His Ragnell is visibly dull, full of cracks, and its very brittle hilt is crudely wrapped in bandage just so it won't fall apart. Not as awesome as when Ike wields it, but still an awesome rank A sword nevertheless.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He's as eleventh-hour as it gets - Priam is neither seen nor heard of any time during the story, and like the other SpotPass Paralogues his chapter only comes up right before the Endgame.
- A Father to His Men: He's gathered soldiers and warriors from every nation, and also fosters an unique brotherhood with them.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Well, his Sword rank is better than his Axe rank, and he wields Ragnell, so...
- Heroic Lineage: Among other things, he loves to eat meat, just like Ike. Curiously, he has not inherited Aether, Ike's trademark skill, though he does have the 2 skills that make up Aether: Sol and Luna.
- Hero of Another Story: Before being recruited, he led his own Badass Crew.
- Large Ham: When he really gets into his rambles."Fail to perform maintenance, and it may well cost you... EVERYTHING!"
- Last Guy Wins: You can pair him with a female Avatar, and since he's found in the very last Spotpass Paralogue and isn't seen at all during the main story, he's very much is this.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When leveling up with most stats capped:"I've learned all I can from this class... Next!"
- Life Drain: Sol.
- Lightning Bruiser: A physical variant. Starts with all stats (except magic and resistance) capped or close to capped depending on the difficulty. His modifiers lean him more towards a physical Mighty Glacier, though.
- Love Confession:You give my strength new purpose—and meaning. I'll let the world burn before I see you hurt.
- Master of Your Domain: A major part of his training regime is harnessing and utilizing his Life Energy, or chi.
- Motor Mouth: Get him on a subject he likes, and he'll ramble on and on.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner
- The Quiet One: Most of the time. Get him on a subject he's interested in, though, and he'll become very talkative.
- Rated M for Manly: Deep voice? Check. Badass? Check. Priam is essentially Awakening's Poster Boy for this, when Basilio isn't around.
- Shrouded in Myth: The first thing Chrom talks about in his paralogue is how he heard rumours of a descendant of the Hero of Blue Flames. Priam soon appears and refers to himself as the hypothetical descendant.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: All over the place in his supports with a male Avatar. He even surprises Chrom like this at the start of his paralogue.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The Ragnell can be used as a ranged attack in this style.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Meat, just like Ike.
- Tsundere: When he proposes to the female Avatar, he tries to deny that giving her a ring means anything, though he eventually admits how he really feels when it's clear that she isn't fooled. He even shows hints of being this in his A support, when he also tries to deny how much he's blushing:I am a warrior of the sword. Nothing fazes me. Nothing!
- Walking Spoiler: A mention in the credits is the only thing that hints that he is in the game at all, which gave him a lot of spoiler-filled entries for a while.
- Worthy Opponent: To Walhart.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The most readily noticeable trait he inherited from Ike.