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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Fire Emblem Awakening
Grima has No Biological Sex.
  • Going from the idea that Grima came from a fusion of all the Earth Dragons in the Dragon's Table, Grima is a sexless creature, and the Avatar can become Grima, regardless of being a man or woman.

If Robin is Owain's father ,then after Chrom's death and the Awakening ceremony's success in the bad future, Grima/Robin returned to the army and stuck around long enough to run into a group of risen and get away from Owain.
  • In his support with Robin as his father, Owain says that Robin was struck by an arrow and then seperated from Owain. Owain also says that there were Risen at the time. It's made clear that the Risen are tied to Grima and would therefore not appear at this time unless Grima was active. Therefore, after the incident in the Dragon Table, Grima/Robin returned to Chrom's army, possibly to enact some sort of plan. As well as possibly Grima/Robin not being completey awakened. If the former, then Grima/Robin being struck by an arrow was part of an act, if the latter, then Grima/Robin being struck may have been the last straw for the Awakening of Grima.

The way time travel works was changed during development.
  • The game repeatedly brings up changing fate and the past. Grima!Robin goes through the trouble of leaving the future and putting himself at risk. One could ask why he even bothered, considering how Lucina killing Robin wouldn't have taken down Grima!Robin had he stayed in the future. Have the game work with the "new future erases the previous future" and things flow better, namely Grima!Robin going back in time. At some point, the game did work under the "new future erases the previous" rule, but this was changed to "changes lead to more timelines that are still around and can be accessed from other timelines", with Grima!Robin's actions not being changed to account for the diffrent approach to time travel.
    • The game implies that Lucina's group were the first to ever try to change their own history in this way. They might have simply assumed that the "new future erases the old one" rule applied, only to find out about the branching timelines later when they actually made the jump. Even Naga and Grima may not have known until that point; for all their power, the gods in Ylisse are not omniscient.

If the Avatar is a playable character in the next Super Smash Brothers, then the character will be a composite of the Avatar from the Bad Future and the one you play as.
  • Both of them are the Avatar in some form. Having a Composite Character would represent both of them.
    • Well, they're the same person, one just succumbed to possession. There's nothing a composite character could do that just one couldn't. At the end of the game, the Avatar even uses Grima's magic on his villainous self. That could be a final smash, but it doesn't need to be a composite character for that to be so.
      • Think of Exdeath in Dissidia. He behaves like Neo Exdeath (Exdeath before being engulfed by the Void never said he wanted to erase himself) but he is in his humanoid and armored form.
  • Jossed. Robin in Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS appears to have his/her default look, with a Purely Aesthetic Gender to boot. They use the Bronze/Levin Sword (switches between them in an as-of currently unknown method), and they use 4 different spell types: Fire, Thunder, Wind and (somehow as a Tactician) Nosferatu, with ramping levels for each note 
    • Although, Robin was floating in the trailer that featured him/her and Lucina, not to mention how he/she uses a Nostferatu tome. One can speculate that both are nods to Robin's heritage and nature as Grima's avatar, considering how Robin's father Validar has shown the ability to float, along with how Grima and the Grimleal specialize in Dark Tomes.

Earlier in development, Cordelia was not only planned to be a wife for Chrom, but was even the woman that would have been pushed as Chrom's wife
  • Concept art for Cordelia in the Knights of Iris artbook has her with ''blue'' hair (akin to Caeda), Lucina and Severa were paired together in a piece of artwork and they even have a convo in the Future Past DLC. The artwork and convo are either leftovers from this, or are Mythology Gags.
    • Not only that, but blue haired Cordelia looks almost exactly like Lucina.
    • She even makes an ideal choice for Lucina's mother gameplay-wise: she passes down positive strength, skill, and speed modifiers, as well as three classes that don't overlap with Chrom's (and two of which don't overlap with any of her other potential mothers besides the Avatar). And having Severa packing Aether along with Sol would be similarly awesome.

Alternately, Lucina and Cordelia were originally the same character before the second generation was added.
It would explain their physical similarities as well as their shared Iron Woobie statuses. Maybe IS just really liked Cordelia's design enough to make two characters out of it instead of just one.

Yarne and Panne's roles were reversed during development. i.e. Originally Yarne was the first-gen character and Panne was his daughter.
  • This stems from an oddity in Panne's inheritance. Despite Wyvern Rider NOT being a female-exclusive class, the game treats it as if it was when passing it to Yarne, so he gets it swapped for Barbarian. Panne -> Yarne is the only inheritance pair in the game where this occurs. This is certainly a leftover of something that got changed during development. It's possible Panne originally had a female-only class like Pegasus Knight instead of Wyvern, but look at this. While Wyvern Rider -> Barbarian doesn't make much sense, Barbarian -> Wyvern Rider does. Perhaps things went like this:
    • Orininally, Yarne was a first-generation character. Perhaps a Proud Warrior Race Guy envisioned before the pairing system existed. When it did, the devs realised they'd have to give him the ability to have kids, him being the Last of His Kind and all. But they then realised this would go against the female-dependant children system they were using. Wanting to limit non-mother dependant children to Chrom and Male Avatar, they figured the best thing to do would be to swap the parent-child roles around, having him become a second-gen character and his child developed into thr Panne we know. The inheritance oddity is a leftover of this.

Liz's Dub Name Change to Lissa is solely due to Lip Lock problems
  • Liz is a perfectly fine name from an English perspective, but it's one syllable in English as opposed to two (Ri-zu) in Japanese. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, except Lissa is one of the very few characters whose name is spoken in animated cutscenes. This, the one-syllable Liz wouldn't have matched the Japanese mouth flaps, so it had to be changed to the two syllable Lissa.

Grima is the result of a mass fusion between every single Earth Dragon that was sealed within the Dragon's Table.
  • Both the Binding Shield (now called the Flame Pedestal), and the Dragon's Table both have completely different functions. In addition, none of the Earth Dragons actually appear, despite the Binding Shield being incomplete and Medeus swearing that he and his clan will return when the shield itself returns to incompleteness.

"The Avatar is the descendant of the My Unit (Kris) and Katarina from Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Shadow~"
It's a common trope in various media that the protagonist of the sequel with time skips is some how related to his/her predecessor from the prequel.
  • The Avatar may gotten his/her natural ability to formulate combat strategies from Katarina who was studying to become a Tactician at the time. The ability to use magic probably also came from her too.
  • His/Her physical combat and swordsmanship came from My Unit (Kris) whos male default class was a sword wielding Mercenary.
    • Jossed with authority; his/her father is actually Validar of all people!
      • Yeah, but what about his ancestor then?
      • Gharnef?
      • Two thousand years have passed between Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem and Awakening. The fact we know who the father of the Avatar is doesn't exclude the possibility of My Unit being his distant descendant at all. In fact, assuming MU had offspring and his family line didn't get cut short on one or two generations, 2000 years is enough time for him to get a shitload of direct descendants. The Avatar descending from any Marth-era character wouldn't be surprising. Surprising is the fact that Marth himself appears to have only three living descendants by the time of Awakening.
      • That and Kris and Marth's A Support in Heroes of Light and Shadow has them wondering if their decendants will be friends too. If their respective decendants are indeed the Avatar and Chrom, this becomes an amazing Fridge Sequel Hook.
      • Actually, for a more likely theory, see below.
  • DLC Katarina comes as a Grandmaster, becoming the only character with a tactician default class besides Avatar/Morgan. The resemblance she bears to Avatar and Morgan becomes rather uncanny.
  • This is impossible, because whenever your avatar is female, so was Kris (and also the tactician from Blazing Sword as well). Thus this theory can only be possible in the "Robin is male" continuity. Unless you mean to imply that Katarina could have become pregnant with Kris's child regardless of Kris's gender.

"Travis Touchdown is going to be a DLC character".
Think about it. Yusuke Kozaki is designing the characters, they've already announced that there will be DLC scenarios, No More Heroes enjoyed a lot of popularity on the Wii... They'd be utterly mad not to do it.

"The Identity of the Masked Man from the trailers".
Okay, so the guy obviously looks like Marth with a Paper-Thin Disguise on. The most widely circulated theory is that it's Marth time/dimension hopping into another version of Archaneia to save his own. But admittedly, that's a tad predictable, so here's a few other ideas:
  • It's someone pretending to be Marth. Either to fulfill some sort of prophecy or personal gain. Or he's just a big fan of the hero from lore.
  • It's some sort of guardian spirit masquerading as A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • It's the spirit of Krom's Falchion testing Krom's worth as a wielder.
  • It's actually a girl. Not likely, but would be a fun twist.
    • Looks a bit more likely with "Marth" being Yuu Kobayashi (who admittedly does male voices as well, though that is pretty handy if you are faking maleness) instead of Hikaru Midorikawa as he is in the OVA and Super Smash Bros..
    • One needs to take into consideration his original V As age (forty), and the fact he last VA-ed Marth in Melee. His Brawl voice is reused. He hasn't done Marth in 11 years.
    • Confirmed!
  • Take A Fifth Option. Marth defeated Medeus but failed in his duties as a ruler after that, leading to his Archaneia being embroiled in chaos and war. His Falchion is somehow destroyed in the process. Hoping to end the chaos by finding a hero who won't fail, he reforges the Falchion into a new form that also serves as his Soul Jar (hence: "the Binding Blade Falchion") that Krom ultimately receives. When he does, he reawakens the dormant spirit of Marth inside.
  • Is an Identical Descendant, some previously unknown relative of Krom's, who is claiming to be the real deal for some reason. Can overlap with the girl suggestion and the one below.
  • Is using Marth's Falchion while Krom's is actually Alm's (hence the "sealing" in Krom's). Can overlap with any of the above.
    • Well, according to this page, it ain't him. Actual Marth confirmed for DLC.
      • Combining two theories: DLC Marth is from an alternate universe where the world didn't go to shit after he was crowned.
  • As it turns out, ''she'' is Krom's daughter from the future. The reason she wears the mask is to hide the mark of Naga.

"The Masked Man is a Hero Antagonist".
Because, if it is Marth, seeing a clash between two heroes with noble goals would be an awesomely good way to spice up Archaneia's Black and White Morality.
  • {Jossed}}. The scene of Chrom and Marth fighting in the trailers turned out to be a case of Superdickery (It's an organised arena battle.)

"The new world setting for this game is a Cross Over universe where all the previous Fire Emblem games exist on the same world.
Thus leading to Alternate Continuity versions of classic Fire Emblem characters that will pop up with only a few being playable during the main game.
  • Pretty much Confirmed, though the classic characters are summoned spirits rather than Alternate Continuity counterparts.

The dragon-mark-bearing hero tied to Naga, who is widely presumed to be Krom, is also a descendant of Heim, and that's where the mark comes from.
Upon consideration of the fact that the world of the game is practically identical to Archanea/Valencia, and that Jugdral is set in the ancient history of those worlds, that got me thinking, if working under the assumption that the world is indeed "future" Archanea. First, to refer to an excerpt from the logo text:

"Two heroes marked with the symbols of dragons."

With Naga confirmed to be one of the dragons, this reminded me strongly of the Twelve Crusaders and their bloodlines, the descendents of which have identifying marks on their bodies. Naga bonded with one of the Crusaders, Heim, who proceeded to have quite a few descendants carrying the blood themselves. So from here, what I'm thinking is this: Somehow, in the thousands of years since Monshou and Seisen's events, a descendant of the Heim line came to whatever the Kakusei continent is now called and had children with someone, whose eventual descendant is one of the prophecised heroes. Given that he has a dragonlike mark on his shoulder, combined with the standard trends for FE heroes, that could well be Krom and his family, and I guess that's the assumption I'm working under here: the royal family of Iris carries the Heim bloodline, aka the Naga bloodline, and that is the cause behind the dragon mark.

Consider also that there are only thee options for Heim ancestors here: Yuria, Linoan and Celice, the latter of whom may be used as a way to tie yet another main character into this world (assuming you buy the Masked Marth thing); on the other hand, Celice only had minor Heim and thus, without him or his descendants marrying Yuria, Linoan or their descendants, may not be able to sustain the line.

  • OP here: Linoan isn't an option, or at least is a very unlikely one, as her ending says she never married; obviously a child out of wedlock isn't out of the question, but it doesn't seem all that likely.
    • Celice marrying Yuria isn't an impossiblity- far from it. Given that would also tie them to Anri and Marth, however...
  • Recall that Marth and Sheeda are distantly related, both descended from Anri - if Anri had minor Naga blood and passed this on to his descendants, than Marth and Sheeda could potentially both have minor Naga blood, thus allowing their children to have major Naga blood. As for how Anri would have minor Naga blood, that requires another whole crazy theory. Perhaps he's descended from Celice? (The Falchion and the Tyrfing do look rather similar...)
    • ...Marth and Sheeda are not distantly related. As for Celice and Yuria, yeah, negative love growth. They aren't hooking up outside of exploits. Anyway, the mark of Naga on Krom and co has nothing to do with Heim, but rather the first King of Iris who also made a pact with Naga to gain the power to defeat Gimle.
      • This is true - there is no reason to believe that the mark (called the Brand of the Exalt in the localization) has any relation to Heim. That being said, it's worth noting that the B support between Tiki and the Avatar does include a line where Tiki mentions that Chrom reminds her not of Marth but of one of Marth's ancestors who lived around the time or her birth. Given that she was born following the war between the Divine Dragons and the Earth Dragons, it seems unlikely that any human heroes of note would be present on the continent at the time. However, given that FE 4 takes place around 300 years after some point in the Divine Dragon/Earth Dragon war (as Archbishop Galle had to have made a pact with Loptous before the Earth Dragons were sealed away, and then accounting for 200 years of Lopt Empire rule and 100 years of piece following its overthrow), and considering the fact that Sigurd is probably the most similar main character to Chrom in the series, it seems increasingly likely that Marth and by extension Chrom are related to Sigurd and Seliph.
      • Not only that, but Leif's conversation at the end of the Lost Bloodlines 1 DLC has him use the term "Brand" to reffer to the Holy Blood system in his home universe. Since descendants of Heim in FE 4 were said to have a mark on their bodies, it's not hard to assume this is indeed the Mark of the Exalt.

"Marth" will have his name localized as "Mars".
For the sole purpose of screwing with fan theories.
  • Jossed, and for good reason, considering the point is to trick players into believing it is in fact Marth.

My Unit will be able to Change Proofs to enter any class
Which would give a way for MU to be flexible yet start with a single class.
  • Confirmed! My Unit can use the Change Seal to change into any class barring special ones like Manakete or Taguel.
    • My Unit can marry a Manakete or Taguel... and then Morgan can change into one of those two. (And Nah or Yarne will get all other classes too)

My Unit and Marth are two parts of the same being
Marth looks more like an anti-hero here. My Unit is the lighter part of his personality, with the tactical genius included.
  • Jossed

My Unit is Perezian royalty.
Saw this on Serenes, thought I'd post it here. The basis of the theory is that My Unit is dressed very similarly to the evil sorcerer in the trailer, who is assumed to be the ruler of the enemy nation. Additionally, if MU and Chrom are indeed the two marked heroes in the logo, it would be natural for Ylisse's prince to be the marked of Naga and for Plegia's hier to be the marked of Gimle. Makes you wonder if their meeting accidentally unleashed that Lovecraftian dragon...
  • Being Plegian Royalty is Jossed, and the sorcerer is actually the head of the Grima Cult, with the king being Gangrel. Originally being from Plegia is confirmed however, and MU IS Validar's son/daughter. MU's mark proves that he/she is a suitable vessel for Grima. Furthermore Validar does become the king of Plegia after Gangrel's death. So... confirmed From a Certain Point of View?

The children from the Marriage option are from the future.
It's confirmed married couples can have children that fight alongside them, but, barring a long timeskip, the timeframe of the game doesn't seem like it spans an extremely long drawn out conflict. Also it doesn't look like Sumia aged a day in her scenes with her daughter (granted it would be taxing to have to redraw older versions of everyone). It could be that the children are recruited from the mysterious Dimension Gate after the parents have bonded.
  • Confirmed

My Unit's son, Mark, is the same Mark from Blazing Sword.
Same well, default name, the two characters start their games in similar circumstances, and they serve the same plot purpose in their respective games.
  • But what if you made a female Mark? Making it non-canon seems unfair.
    • It turns out that Mark in this game is the opposite gender of his parent. If My Unit is male, Mark will be female, if My Unit is female, Mark will be male. This was probably done to match up with the FE7 guy.
    • Of course, this just means that now we're going to have flame wars about the other parent. Since the only thing we know about Mark from his/her sprite in Blazing Sword is that (s)he has brown hair, and the children in this game have the same hair color as their father, this means either Male MU with brown hair is canon or... Fe MU x Frederick?
    • To be fair, ever see an enemy unit tactician? Or a Player Unit Tactician? Or Purple-guys Tactician? Each changes the hair color. All "Other Units" (Green) have Brown Hair... even if they're canonically... Purple-haired or something like that, unless it's a Mage (Female) (Green Hair) or Lord (Eliwood) (Red Hair). So, there's actually nothing known about Mark of FE7, outside of him/her being really skilled. (Ala, the "Brilliant Mind" ending needs to happen for background of FE6)
      • Actually the first CG makes it pretty clear that s/he has light reddish-brown hair. It's not even the sepia filter, either, since the unfiltered prototype version CG has hir with light reddish-brown hair also.
    • And of course, Mark might well have been simply have been dying his/her hair.
  • JOSSED. Mark is not Mark... but... MU is. Or may be. Lyn seems to remember him/her/you from FE7, unless you don't remember that. She still thinks MU is the Tactician and would like to see for herself.
    • You can actually take this as either Jossed or Confirmed, since you're given the choice in-game to confirm or deny Lyn's claims that Awakening's MU and Blazing Sword's MU are the same person. There's nothing storyline-wise hinting at it being true or false, so any logic you use to justify/refuse it is your own.
    • However, Lyndis does refer to the FE7 tactician as whatever sex you made Robin. Whether or not Robin is the FE7 tactician is still unclear, but this seems to imply that Morgan isn't.
  • Irrelevant in the localized version, which changed his/her name to Morgan instead.

Secret Character Support conversations
Will involve MU confronting them with the mistakes they made in the main plot.

  • Emmeryn: MU will be happier than her about her survival/duplication at first, but later on will start arguing with her about whether her sacrifice was necessary or not.
    • Nope. Seems Emmeryn lost her memories... and MU just wants to help her get them back... She never does.
  • Gangrel: Gangrel will try to be his typical arrogant self, but will be a bit deflated. MU admits that they are on the same side now and that MU's aims for perfect victories preclude a Uriah Gambit... in theory.
    • Actually, judging by their S support, Gangrel seems to actually try and become a better person, at least with Female MU.
    • He appears to be quite self-deprecating around his son if him and Female MU marry, saying among other things, "Your Father was a turd with a crown", suggesting his defeat has humbled him big time.
  • Aversa: These will revolve around MU's nature as an avatar of Grima. Aversa will compare and contrast their personalities, while MU keeps a close eye on her to prevent her from subverting Chrom. Finally, MU will call her out on the idiocy of her following a being which self-identifies as Evil and with a stated goal of Kill All Humans.
    • Jossed fairly hard. Aversa actually turned out have been horrifically manipulated by Validar (who she believed had saved her life, when actually, it was him who murdered her family and friends — and then later turned her into a weapon, because she possesses the same power as Micaiah, Dark Blessing)... Between Male MU, it's revealed that she had seen him as something of an Older Brother, and was for a long time jealous of him as a result... and it's eventually revealed that despite them being, for a time, adopted siblings, she had loved him from the beginning, before the game even got started — which is added to her worry over being in an Enemy Mine situation, as she believes everyone else in the army hates her for who she was when she was under Validar's control. With a Female MU, she's rather aggressive and tries to take MU's position as the Army's tactician (and seduce Chrom while she's at it), which nearly gets MU and her killed by an enemy ambush — revealing that the both of them are, in fact, Magnificent Bastards in the process.
  • Walhart: MU will claim that their battles were rather pointless in the grand scheme of things, and distracted them both from the true threat of Grima. Walhart will try to justify his actions as pragmatism, but MU will counter that provoking more moral people like Krom was what (almost?) got him killed.

Griffons will eventually become their own class
Much like in the far past how the Dragon Knight was a promotion of the Pegasus Knight, as now Griffons are a alternate promotion for the Dragon Knight class, eventually they will become their own, being the Jack of All Stats to the Pegasi's Fragile Speedster and the Dragon's Mighty Glacier.

MU is Kris AND Mark.
Marth, Katarina, and Lyn all recognize him/her. How do you answer these time paradoxes assuming you say "Yes" to all of them? It's simple, they're all of them. It makes sense, considering MU is supposed to be the Player who "travels through time" quite easily.
  • This is actually a valid theory, since Katarina's death quote in the Lost Bloodlines 1 DLC makes a refference to Kris... but with the gender pronoun changed to reflect the Avatar's. (I.e. Kris is male for a male Avatar and female for a female Avatar)
  • The problem with this theory is that Kris and Avatar have vastly different personalities and established backstories. Also Tiki would've recognized Avatar since she was definitely around during both periods. Unless a silly Doctor Who style explanation is used, Kris and Avatar aren't likely to be the same person. Mark being Avatar is still a possibility though due to how vague Mark's details were.

The Grimleal are what's left of The Lopto Sect.
The Lopto empire was originally founded when someone made a blood pact with a dragon from Akaneia. The events of Fire Emblem 4 pretty much destroyed the Lopto sect...HOWEVER, it's quite clear that they are still going, and have become the Grimleal. If anything, after the events of Fire Emblem 4, they fled the continent and went back to the land of Loputosu's birth...Akaneia. They discovered that Loputosu wasn't the only one, and Grima was another. So naturally...yeah. They became the Grimleal instead of the Lopto sect. And Validar having a child specifically to be Grima's next host... that's exactly what Manfroy manipulated Alvis and Diadora to do. If there were "Bloodlines" in this game, the Avatar would have major Grima blood.
  • I support this theory. It would also explain the presence of the Deadlords. Presumably, the remains of the Sect took the knowledge of how to make them with them and it eventually ended up in Validar's or Aversa's hands. Also, the Deadlords wield some of Jugdral's Crusader Weapons. According to Word of God, after the war against the Lopt Sect, the holy weapons lost most of their power and presumably also their blood-bond to specific lineages. After FE4, the remaining followers of Lopt might have stolen a few of the weapons, or, if we want to be darker (as if Jugdral isn't already dark), assassinated their wielders and took them. It would explain why they landed in Ylisse and are wielded by Deadlords. The only problem is that several thousand years lie between Jugdral and Awakening. It's questionable where the Lopt Sect/Grimleal were in that time, particularly what they did during the events of the Akaneia games.
    • Apparently, the Jugdral games are set before Akaneia, so maybe they were in hiding there, or maybe they met Medeus before Grima... or maybe history isn't all it seems to be and there is some confusion as a result of lost records.

Playing off the above theory, the Avatar has major Lopt blood

We're still not completely familiar with how holy blood works; who's to say that just because Julia doesn't have it, her descendants won't? The Lopt Sect, thinking the same thing, kept tabs on Julia after fleeing Jugdral and spent the next few centuries watching from afar, waiting for minor Lopt blood to surface in a male and female. Once it had, they kidnapped those two and forced them to inbreed until they finally got someone with major Lopt blood — the Avatar, who is described as "a heroic Julius" in the Expy trope on their character page.

  • Alternately, Julius and Ishtar somehow managed to have male and female kids without anyone noticing, who were kidnapped by the Lopt Sect and went through the process above. The reason it takes them more than a millenia was because Manfroy got really lucky and it actually takes Lopt blood a long time to become major.
    • Playing off of this theory... who says it was any descendent of Diadora or Alvis? Surely they weren't the only ones with Lopto blood out there. Was Diedre the only one living in the forest?
      • As far as I know. It's mentioned that her family was allowed to have only one child per generation, for fear of this exact thing happening, except Cygun broke the rule by having Arvis and Deirdre.

Morgan is the Dovahkiin
Considering the fact that Morgan is a descendant of Grima, can learn and master almost any skill, and pretty much has demigod levels of power, s/he probably fell into Skyrim at some point while time traveling, and doesn't remember due to the amnesia. Or better yet, an older Morgan travels to Skyrim via the Outrealm Gate.
  • Am I the only one who read that WMG and was suddenly tempted to roll up a blue-haired Imperial girl who specializes in One-Handed and Destruction, with Dawnbreaker as a primary weapon?
    • Nope. Currently playing through on that Morgan build now. Lightning Bolt looks like Thoron to boot. However, Morgan's "default" hair colour seems to be dark brown.

Lissa has a mark of Naga, it's just in a place no one can see it.
Chrom's children have theirs in the eye, so the mark can be fairly small and unobtrusive and not even on skin.
  • Perhaps it's just in a location that no one has bothered to look, like the underside of her tongue. Or maybe it's under her hairline.
  • It might not be limited to just the outside of the body. Perhaps it's on her heart or stomach or some other symbolic organ.

Sumia is Chrom's canon love interest/spouse.
Chrom begins the game with relationship points already shared with Sumia. When Sumia rescues Chrom in a cutscene, he stares in appreciation/wonder at her for just long enough to be awkward if there isn't any romantic subtext. And the cutscene itself is titled "Lovebirds."

This is probably to avoid having the Avatar as Chrom's canon spouse (since female Avatars seem to overwhelmingly choose him), since the end of the storyline reveals that should the Avatar strike the final blow against Grima, he/she apparently dies, or at least vanishes for a long period of time. Also, since Chrom and his lineage may be referenced in later games, it would be useful to have the option to say who his wife was, rather than go New Mystery's route and say, "Chrom was married, but who she was/what she looked like is now lost to history."

  • Seems about right: even the opening cinema for the game features Chrom with a woman that looks like Sumia holding their child in front of cheering crowds.
    • Forgot to mention it in my explaination, but it is indeed Sumia seen with Chrom in the opening. Further support for their relationship.
    • Basically confirmed by game mechanics. If Chrom has equal support level with all his eligible love interests, the game prioritizes Sumia as his spouse, and pairs him with her even lacking S Support.

Walhart becomes a Risen or otherwise undead.
The SpotPass chapter where Walhart can be recruited takes place in a graveyard, where every enemy save Walhart is clearly a Risen and Risen reinforcements spawn from tombstones. Further, despite Walhart being against Grima, none of the Risen attack him, even though he's apparently been trying to provoke them for a while. It doesn't seem unreasonable that you actually killed him earlier in the story, only for him to be brought back as a pawn of Grima. However, Walhart's Conquest skill negates armor and cavalry weaknesses, so in this case it might also negate his Risen weakness; that is, a mindless devotion to Grima. By driving Grima out of his mind, Walhart remained in control of his reanimated body, and after being recruited to your side he's all set to go Faustian Rebellion on the Fell Dragon's hide.
  • One might see it that those Risen were actually his men at one time and despite their state, will not turn on their ruler. The fact that he was able to command them suggests a sort of Undying Loyality.

The SpotPass team leaders are from Old Hubba's cards from the DLC levels.
If you play the DLC levels related to Old Hubba (like Champions of Yore), he tells you about the cards that contain the copies of brave warriors. Every last enemy from these levels has a blue aura, as they have been summoned by these cards. He also tells you that there are multiple copies of some of these cards, each somewhat different. The leaders of the downloadable SpotPass teams all have the same aura and icon, they even show up as cards when you talk to them!

Lucina will have a game to herself
In her unpaired ending it says that Lucina disappears after the conflict to unknown places, leaving IS with plenty of room to continue her story in a later game.
  • Alternatively, Priam will get one. Come on, his appearence and backstory just scream Early-Bird Cameo!
    • Alternately, they both will be in a sequel. Lucina is already incredibly popular anyway, in addition to going off on her own in her solo ending, and Priam could really use some development. Them having Deuteragonist roles would be awesome as well.

Priam's English dialogue will, voiced or otherwise, parody Ike's "I fight for my friends" line from Brawl at some point.
  • This certainly sounds like something the localisation would do.
    • Alternatively, we'll have Continuity Nods in his critical quotes, like "You won't get any sympathy from me!"

The reason why Naga plays matchmaker for Morgan (M) and Nah...
...may be to prevent or severely delay Grima's hypothetical future revival. There is no guarantee that the Avatar would sacrifice herself to kill Grima permanently. Though it'll take at least one thousand years for Grima to be revived again, if there is no suitable host, it may take longer still. By having the Avatar's son, a likely carrier of Grima's fellbloodline, marry and possibly have children with a half-Manakete, the Divine Dragon blood may weaken or dilute it greatly. Morgan and Nah's descendants may not viable for use in Grima's revival, or it would take longer than one thousand years.

Since the children are already crushing on each other, she figured she would just help them along while giving humanity a boon. This may not be as necessary if Morgan is the son of Chrom, Brady, Inigo (if they are Chrom's sons), or Owain and thus get exalted blood as well, but it may act as extra insurance.

Yarne is incredibly nervous about being one of the last taguel alive because...
...he actually had several siblings in the future, all of whom, except for Morgan if a male avatar married Panne, were killed by Risen and/or Grima him/herself.
  • I mean, taguel are obviously based off of rabbits, which don't exactly have children one at a time.
    • Plus, real-life rabbits do have offspring in litters, so... it would also make sense if Panne had twins or triplets when Yarne was born.
  • Might also be why he asks his father for a lot of brothers and sisters.

The Spotpass Yen'fay came from the same Bad Future as the other second generation characters.
In the timeline they're from, Say'ri never acted as Chrom's insider to Valm; Chereche played that role instead, until they were forced to retreat through Demon's Ingle/Doma's Remains. At that point, Yen'fay was only with Walhart because he was a Death Seeker. He was too noble to take his own life, and too many people relied on him so he couldn't commit Suicide by Cop on Walhart, so he figured he would commit Suicide by Cop on Chrom instead, knowing that his own death would make the Resistance turn on Walhart. However, Chrom instead convinced the broken Yen'fay to instead join him — which turned the resistance around on Walhart. After the war was over, Yen'fay went back to ruling Chon'sin and Chrom's army went home to live their lives, until their children had grown up a little and now Plegia acts against them again. However, back on Valm, risen started coming and they were one of the first to fall, sending thousands of refugees to Ylisse to warn them. Yen'fay escaped when there was no hope for Valm anymore. (Chereche and Virion did as well, unless they decided to stay on Ylisse.) He didn't want to initially go back in time, but he was convinced that he could correct his greatest failure: The fact that his plan had failed, and Say'ri had died. Because of the second generation's intervention, Say'ri was found by Chrom and his men still. (It's possible the Alternate Yen'fay spoke to Excellus to ensure his plan would succeed, knowing what he would have told her back then.) However, there was a big wrench in his plan: Not only was he there, but so was the Parallel Yen'fay. Upon hearing that the parallel Yen'fay stayed with Walhart, he retreated to Chon'sin in hiding, thinking he didn't think his plan through and that no matter what, he was doomed to lose Say'ri — since while Say'ri would live, she would forever hate him and think him a traitor. He especially thought "What have I done?" when he heard that the real Yen'fay was killed in the battle when he defected to Chrom's side in the timeline he was familiar with. When he is found in Paralogue 21, he was finally given another chance to atone for what he did.

In the Future of Despair, (M)Morgan has a harem
The mission is to save all of the daughters from the prisons and the boss is (M) Morgan. If you had that many girls in your prison and your mother was an evil dragon who conquered the world and caused a risen apocalypse, why wouldn't you enjoy yourself to the survivors?
  • ...I'm still having extreme difficulty seeing that, even considering that Morgan joined the dark side in that alternate future. Everything evil that Morgan does is at Grima's command, and that doesn't sound like something he'd be ordered to do or inclined to do otherwise.

Lucina actually did accomplish one of her goals... to save Emmeryn's life
. In the Bad Future, Emmerynn was assassinated by Validar. And Validar made sure that she was dead, since Emm is quite resilient. In the revised events caused by the Timey-Wimey Ball, Emmerynn lived. Rather than being stabbed through the chest or killed with dark magics at the hand of Validar, she jumped off a cliff. Being as resilient as she is, Emmerynn survived but suffered a severe head injury that possibly resulted in brain damage, hence her loss of memory and childlike manner of speech. As for how the events of Paralogue 20 could be canon, she was moved there shortly after the mad king's war. Gangrel put her "Dead body" up for display, which further caused the citizens of Plegia to defect. One of these viewers, however, noticed one thing... Emmeryn's "dead body" was breathing. The sympathetic Plegians quickly snatched her off her display in hopes that she could be saved... however, now they made an enemy of Gangrel and the Grimleal. They retreated to the village seen in Paralogue 20 with Emmerynn, in hopes that she could be nursed back to health. However, she lost her memory and suffered brain damage as a result of her fall... and then Chrom enters a little over two years later.
  • Well, in Chapter 9, Gangrel does bring up the idea of putting Emmeryn's body up on display. He may not have meant that seriously, but if he did, that would definitely be a plausible way to tie it in to Paralogue 20.

Miriel (and possibly Tharja) is pregnant at the end of the game.
If Miriel is married at the end of the game, her "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue mentions a newborn son, while Noire's solo ending involves her staying with her parents to help her mother with her work and (possibly) take Tharja's curses in the place of Baby Noire. Furthermore, Laurent comes across as being one of the older children even before we learn that he ended up arriving three years before Lucina and ended up three years older than her. EDIT: Upon closer examination, Miriel's ending doesn't always mention a newborn son. The mention of a newborn child shows up with whoever Henry marries.
  • Miriel would still have to have gotten pregnant fairly soon after the end of the game, though, in order for Laurent to end up older than Lucina.
    • Who says that the parents have to have their kids right after the end of the game? Besides, in the Bad Future, Laurent can plausibly be born from one to two years after Lucina and still be older.
    • This is explained actually - Laurent wound up going further back in time than the others by mistake, three years before "Marth" showed up. So in theory Laurent could have been as old as the others or maybe older than the others by a year (Still younger than Lucina though), he just is physically older because he wound up going back five years later.

Lucina is a Time Lord
Other than the "no duh" factor, she can even have Owain as a companion!
  • Just Owain? Wouldn't all the kids be her companions?
    • Have her S Rank with Owain, and they become companions instead of spouses.

Priam didn't inherit Aether because it was locked to Ike's top slot in Radiant Dawn.
First, because any discussion about Priam's heritage tends to be Flame Bait, let me just snuff any potential flame war out before it starts by saying, "It's a game and this is WMG - we all have better things do than argue about what sexuality a polygon model has." (Although whether or not they even have one is in itself an amazing WMG)

I propose that Ike gets Aether, despite not being a Lord in this game, simply because he invented it and they had to pay homage to the skill's original creator. So why doesn't Priam get it if he's Ike's descendant? Other than the obvious reason that having a third (potentially a fifth) Aether-user would be the most broken thing ever? Because you can't move skills in Radiant Dawn. The inheritance system in Awakening means the last skill in your list is the one you pass down to your children. As a Vanguard, Ike's Aether was in the top slot and forcibly locked there. So, it could never have been handed down. Furthermore, he wouldn't have been able to move it even if he'd wanted to - the skill is locked to the top slot. In the Prologue, the Avatar states that he can "see" enemy information; like equipment, parameters, etc. This, and Flavia's Dual Guard of Basilio, imply that Fire Emblem runs on Gameplay and Story Integration rules. So, is it so far-fetched to assume that Ike couldn't pass on his trademark skill because the mechanics quite literally prevented him from doing so?
  • Actually, Aether is inherited in Awakening regardless of slot, so this WMG may possibly be Jossed.
  • The difference between Ike's bloodline and Chrom's bloodline though is that the latter is of royal blood, and such skills seem to be passed down almost like a divine right (and perhaps having blue hair/being able to wield the Falchion as well). Also, Aether is a skill that is automatically passed down to the females, while the males automatically get Rightful King (ignoring the fact that Lucina can also get that skill at lvl 15 Great Lord). So even if Aether was a skill that was in the family, Priam would not recieve it, and he wouldn't get Rightful King since he has no claim to any throne (I think).
    • Actually, the (first) above creates something of a hole in the Ike-Descendant and Mist-Descendant sides of the argument. Let's assume that Aether has to be passed down. This makes sense for Ike and Greil, the latter of whom could use it as shown in FE9 hackings of unused data. As such, it can be assumed that he passed down the ability to use it to his son. So, by that logic, Priam can't be Ike's kid if he doesn't have Aether... but then Mist can't use it at all. Why? Wait a minute. Maybe she wasn't Greil's kid to begin with...
      • Perhaps Greil's line passes it down through the male children. Or even the older child.
      • There's another problem with the Fanon of Mist being Priam's ancestor via "the Marth/Anri route": namely that Marth not being a direct descendant of Anri is actually a Retcon. In the original script for the first Fire Emblem game, and Book 1 of Mystery of the Emblem, Anri's name is only mentioned a few times and there's nothing to suggest that he isn't Marth's ancestor. The fact of Anri's brother being Marth's true ancestor isn't actually mentioned until late into the second book: which implies that it wasn't thought of until later in the series' lifespan. Marth's trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Melee actually hints at this by not actually stating that Marth is Anri's descendant — only that they share blood (which is technically true as they're family). So, when Priam says that he's a descendant of the Radiant Hero, it's very possible that that's true.

All of the characters are actually ...
Satyrs. It's why they have no feet; under their shoes/boots they have hooves!
  • Jossed by the official art, which clearly depict feet.

Loptyr was The Man Behind the Man throughout Awakening and, by extension, the Archaneia games.
Something that has always bugged me about the Marth-driven Emblem games is Medeus. In the second game, they try to pull the Well-Intentioned Extremist card by explaining that he raised an empire to punish the humans who were oppressing his people. To me, this just raises further questions — not the least of which being why he says that, as long as evil remains in human hearts, he'll have a chance at revival. Why? If you think you're the good guy in this scenario, why do you more or less define yourself as evil? That is not something a Well-Intentioned Extremist does!

So, yeah, this bugged me for God knows how long... and then I realised that Loptyr basically says the exact same thing when you off him (with Celice, anyways). Suspiciously Similar Substitute? I thought so, too; but then Loptyr actually is evil. He wants to create a hellish dystopia where he controls everything and tortures humanity for all eternity just because he finds it amus— Wait a minute! That's a word-for-word description of Grima!

So, here's my theory. Fire Emblem 4 is a prequel to the Archaneia games. After being defeated in Jugdral, Loptyr is out of human bodies, so his spirit travels back to the land of his birth — Archaneia — and possesses Medeus. This explains why Medeus suddenly goes from being motivated by revenge to just sort of being an omnicidal tyrant. It also explains why Medeus is able to change from an Earth Dragon to a Dark one. Y'see, Loptyr's design looks nothing like the Earth Dragons (who always looked more like dinosaurs to me) and is much more comparable to Medeus' Dark Dragon form. From hereon, this WMG follows the theory that Grima is a fusion of all the Earth Dragons. The dominant mind, however, is Loptyr. It just explains too damn much about the Grimleal being Expies of his old cult.
  • This is interesting. And Jugdral being a prequel to Akaneia is canon. Perhaps we could tie this into the theory above that the Grimleal are what eventually became from the remnants of the defeated Lopt Sect? Let's say they either managed to preserve Loptyr's spirit somehow, or just followed him to Akaneia, and then aided in the corruption of Medeus? If Lopyr is the head of this new super-dragon now named Grima, that would also explain why they changed their name to Grimleal, and why Grima seems much more powerful than previous dark dragons. I am not, however, familiar enough with Marth's games to be sure if there could be a place for the then-Grimleal during the Akaneia era.
    • Possibly! Gharnef does have a cult of dark magicians who serve him in Mystery and their ultimate goal is to resurrect Medeus as a Dark Dragon. Sounds kinda familiar to Manfroy, doesn't it?
  • Also, according to the game, Grima once tried to destroy the world over 1000 years ago, but was stopped by Naga and the first exalt of Ylisse. As said, the events of Genealogy take place before Marth's games...which is more than 1000 years ago. And what spell do you use to kill Julius (unless you're feeling masochistic)? A spell calling forth Naga. This could also tie into the "Chrom is descended from Sigurd" theory if Granvalle eventually became Ylisse, who would likely regard Seliph as their first leader. Of course, there is the problem that the Jugdral map and the Awakening maps don't look the same...

The Dragon's Gate was an Outrealm Gate
Thus, the world on the other side Nils spoke of, which had mostly dragons, but also humans, might have been one of the other FE continuities. For instance, the past of the Akaneia games.

Grima's Face
Grima's human like face under the exoskeleton helmet is most likely meant to be very similar to the Avatar's face due to their sharing a body.

Grima's origin will be explained in the upcoming Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem crossover.
  • Remember the theory above about Grima being a fusion of all the sealed-away Earth Dragons? One of the hallmark mechanics of the Shin Megami Tensei series is the ability to fuse two or more demons to create a single, more powerful demon. What if someone from another dimension found a way to reach the space in which the Earth Dragons were sealed away and fused all of them to create the Lovecraftian abomination that is Grima? Or fused a single powerful Earth Dragon with an extremely powerful demon from their own dimension?
    • Not only that, but the dichotomy between the Avatar and Grima is a perfect fit for the Death Arcana, which has played a major role in SMT before. Death is even called the "Nameless Arcana" in some decks, fitting the Avatar's status as a customizable character.

The Avatar fathers/gives birth to twins. The Morgan you recruit depending on the Avatar's sex is the twin who ended up in the timeline you play in. What happened to the other twin is anyone's guess.
  • The Future of Despair features both Boy!Morgan and Girl!Morgan regardless of the Avatar's sex.
  • Maybe the other one is wandering around, lost? Though this then raises the question if they're both named Morgan or not.

Alternately, Morgan is a shape shifter who can choose a male or female form at will.
  • Admittedly, this WMG only came about due to some very strange wording on Grima's part. When the other children reunite with Lucina at the end of Future Past, Grima remarks that Morgan has failed to stop them twice, as if it was the same person who attacked both groups. If both Morgans were siblings, Grima would probably have said "so your sister/brother failed as well" or something more reasonable. If one of them (i.e. the one who is the same sex as the Avatar) was actually just a random Grimleal instead of the Avatar's child, then there'd be no reason to call him/her "Morgan," and it wouldn't have been possible for the real Morgan to have been present for both battles. Alternate!Avatar also refers to Morgan in singular, as well. Something is very odd about the two Morgans existing simultaneously.

Tharja, Henry, and the other dark mages weren't evil to begin with. Dark magic corrupted them. Furthermore, others can be corrupted in the same way.
  • Throughout the Fire Emblem series, dark magic has always been the source of corruption and moral decay. Gharnef created Imhullu and its power warped his soul; the Lopt Sect - according to Lewyn - were normal to start with but something changed them over time; Nergal lost his mind to the darkness and forgot about his family beyond the Dragon's Gate; Lyon tried to control the Demon King with his dark magic and ended up getting possessed by him... Face it. No matter how the likes of Canas try to portray it, dark magic is extremely dangerous and corrupting. This is why Tharja and Henry are Punch Clock Heroes. Both of them have Hidden Depths that reveal that they're not as evil as they seem, but there's no denying that they're creepy as hell on the surface. Why? Well, who's to say that their minds haven't already been warped by their own powers?

In fact, let's go on even further. Dark Mage is a reclass option for quite a few characters. Who is to say that they haven't started to feel the effects of this corruption as well?
  • The Avatar: Was bred as a potential vessel for an Eldritch Abomination. Enough said.
  • Miriel: Wants to know more or less everything about the world. Even things that she probably shouldn't. Also, while she's highly intelligent, she's also something of a Defrosting Ice Queen who isn't particularly great at social interaction. Maybe some of her empathy has already started to be drained away...
  • Cordelia: Holds an unrequited love for Chrom. Who's to say that love can't be warped into something darker? Not to mention, the loss of her unit pushed her towards the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Libra: He has a Dark and Troubled Past, which causes him to harbour a darkness inside him that even Tharja is scared to touch upon.
  • Gangrel: Sought to create a great empire to match Valm strength-for-strength but ended up forgetting his goal and started pursuing power for its own sake. That's pretty much what happened to Nergal, sans the family aspect.
  • What about Pelleas, though? He's just a spirit charmer — he's not actually evil.
    • Well, considering that the spirits slowly consume the soul, they very well might be.
  • Aversa: Seems to be the only exception to the rule, as she had a natural affinity for dark magic from childhood. So, basically, if you level your heroes up as Dark Mages, you're pushing them closer and closer towards the same kind of madness that past villains have embraced. You're putting them on the road to evil.
    • (Different Poster) Doubtful. It could just be that all the evil dark mages we've seen were messed in the head to begin with. Fire Emblem dark mages tend to have three different motivations for choosing dark magic over safer-but-less-powerful alternatives like Anima or Light Magic:
      • Curiosity: This is where Canas and Knoll fit in. They study the dark arts for the sake of keeping its knowledge alive, as well as finding ways to use it for good purposes. They couldn't care less about how powerful it is, and only study it because it's there to be studied. Notably, almost all of the heroic Dark Mages in Fire Emblem come from this category, and none of them have ever turned evil from Dark Magic usage.
      • Desperation: This category includes Lyon and pre-amnesia Nergal. They have some purpose that simple Anima or Light magic simply can't fulfil, so they turn to darkness instead. These tend to be the more sympathetic Dark Mages, but also the ones most likely to be corrupted, if they weren't already. Brammimond and Athos might also have been in this category. Given that the Scouring was going on at that time, it's likely they needed a weapon to counter the strength of the dragons, and turned to (or possibly even invented) dark magic to serve that purpose. And they never turned evil as a result.
      • Power-Lust: This is where Gharnef, Manfloy, and Validar come in. They were always jerks, and all that Dark Magic did was make them dangerous jerks. You can't say that Dark Magic made them evil any more than you can say the way of the sword made Karel evil.
      • As it relates to the playable Awakening characters, Tharja and Henry are almost certainly Curiosity-type dark mages, and despite their creepy dialogue, they never do anything particularly evil (other than Tharja's treatment of Noire). The characters who can optionally become dark mages could also fall under that category (especially Miriel).

The Exalted bloodline is the result of a centuries-long eugenics program by Naga to create the ultimate Badasses using Marth, Seliph, and Ike's lines. Also, Chrom and Priam are distant relations.
For this WMG, we'll be looking at two other WMG's: namely, Grima actually being Loptyr and the one about Priam's ancestry. Oh, and you might want to grab a sandwich or something... you might be here for a while.

First, let's talk about the Exalt. The game never actually says that Marth was the First Exalt. He's referred to as a heroic king of ages past, yes, but that's not the same thing. If it was, surely Chrom would have said something along the lines of, "Hey, that's the name of the First Exalt" when "Marth!" introduced himself. The timelines also don't add up. The First Exalt appeared 1000 years ago, while Marth's adventures were 3000 years before Awakening. So, we know that the First Exalt is a completely different character. But, according to Lucina, Falchion can only be wielded by someone of the Exalted Bloodline. Marth could use it, which implies that the weapon is like the Jugdrali Crusader Weapons and will only recognise users with the blood of Anri's family.

But who were they? Well, since they have the Brand, they must have Naga blood. That means it has to be someone descended from Seliph or Julia. Fire Emblem IV is a prequel to the Marth games and we know from the former that the Crusader Heim is the one who made the blood-pact with Naga while she had a physical form. By the time of Marth, Naga has died and most likely become the spiritual entity seen in Awakening. Ergo, the only living people possessing the blood of Naga are Seliph and Julia. Since Jugdrali Sagas are known to the people of Archaneia by the time of Awakening, we know that there has to have been some communication between the lands. Therefore, let's assume that this Naga-descended character from Jugdral came to Archaneia and started a family there. Perhaps they were even guided by Naga, who knew that her archenemy Loptyr would revive in time. The Naga descendant is able to mingle their bloodline with that of Marth's descendants and, from this union, a Falchion-wielder with Naga blood is born.

But what about Ike? Well, following on directly from the previous WMG about Priam's lineage and the section about Marth being Anri's brother's descendant actually being a retcon. Let's assume for the purposes of this WMG that that's correct and that Priam really is Ike's descendant. This still does not eliminate the Ho Yay Ship Tease he has with Soren. So, what's the answer? Bi the Way. Ike and Soren arrived in Archaneia and started a One True Threesome with a woman from there. Or maybe he was just experimenting. Either way, Ike sired a daughter to whom he could pass down Aether via Awakening rules. ... See where I'm going with this? Yes. This line of Ike eventually mixed with that of the Naga-blooded Falchion wielder. The product of this union? The First Exalt; who grows up just as Grima appears. They're able to take down Grima with a mixture of Marth's Falchion, Seliph or Julia's Naga bloodline, and Ike's Aether. Their mentor throughout this journey? Why, Ike's Really 700 Years Old other lover, of course! After that fight with Grima, the guy also helps bring Tellius magic over to Archaneia. I mean, how else do you think the people of that continent are going to learn so many Tellius spells? (Here's lookin' at you, Arc-level spells and Rexcalibur)

So, yes. Chrom's line combines Marth, Seliph/Julia, and Ike into the most badass of bloodlines ever seen in Fire Emblem history. So, where does that leave Priam? He's descended from Ike, sure, but isn't part of the line that mixed with Marth & Naga's. Since Ike's other line didn't need Ragnell, on account of now being kings with Falchion and all that jazz, Soren made sure to use his remaining time to put this line of Ike on the path of the man himself and made sure that they inherited Ragnell.

The Future Past timeline is a lot more like the main one than we thought
In the main story, Grima implies that the Avatar of his timeline joined him willingly, either before or after killing Chrom (which one is irrelevant for now). This would explain why original!Avatar isn't seen Fighting from the Inside during the main story. The fact that futurePast!Avatar does try to resist Grima seems to indicate that s/he was a victim of Grima rather than a co-conspirator, just like main!Avatar was. It's possible that another version of Lucina intervened in this timeline, just like she did in the main one, causing them to follow one another. The only difference being that the Avatar's plan to save Chrom failed for some reason, resulting in the Avatar's unwilling possession by Grima. The presence of Lucina and company in this timeline would also justify Morgan's existence if the Avatar married a second-gen character.

There is no timeline where the Avatar becomes a villain.
When Grima claims that the Avatar joined with him willingly, he's either lying or has a Self-Serving Memory to the point of being delusional. Admittedly, the main reason I'm placing forth this theory is that Validar's and Grima's plans are so blatantly stupid that someone as smart as the Avatar joining them is simply not within the realm of possibility.

The Morgan we recruit in the main game is from the Future Past timeline.
The Avatar's last words at the end of that storyline express regret at not treating Morgan better. It's possible that s/he sent Morgan back in time with his/her memory wiped (and replaced with vague-but-happy memories of time spent with the Avatar), so that s/he could be raised by a version of the Avatar from before Grima possessed them and have a (relatively) normal life.
  • More evidence: In the Hot Spring Scramble DLC, both male and female Morgan have two copies of the exact same book, annotated by the Avatar, which they show to Inigo and Cynthia (respectively). In the Future Past, Morgan receives a second copy of said book from the Avatar if you try to talk them out of fighting.

Nah has a vore fetish.
She makes an awful lot of comments about eating people she likes and/or loves, especially during her supports with Inigo.

Chrom's wife options besides Avatar represent the spouse options of past lords
All of them share a class or archtype (or both) with one:
  • Sumia: Fairly obvious. Marth/Caeda, Roy/Shanna, Eliwood/Fiora, Hector/Florina, Hector/Farina, and Ephraim/Tana...
  • Sully: Slighly harder to pinpoint, but Lyn/Kent and Eirika/Forde.
  • Maribelle: Ephraim/L'Arachel and Leif/Nanna.
  • Olivia: Roy/Lalum and Eliwood/Ninian.
  • Considering how the Avatar is the one who has the blood of Grima and becomes the Fell Dragon in at least one timeline, the Avatar could represent Deirdre. What with how Deirdre had the blood of Loptyr and later becomes the mother of someone who was Loptyr in human form.

    • Sully makes even more sense when you think about it. She's really tomboyish, and so naturally she's a gender inversion of the popular class for female lord love interests. Cavalier/Paladin is pretty much the pegasus knight of men when it comes to female lords falling in love with them. Eirika with Seth / Ephraim, Elincia with Geoffrey, Lyn with Kent/Eliwood. Hell, her tomboyishness may be a bit of an inside joke reference to this.

Kellam will be the antagonist in a direct sequel to Awakening.
Learning that it took Chrom and the rest of the army several years to notice his disappearance, Kellam will become disillusioned with the heroes who paid him no attention. Kellam will become the shadowy, masked figure known only as Mallek the Conqueror. Owain (shut up, you want him as a protagonist) will lead an army to take down Mallek the Conqueror. This army will consist of both young heroes and first-generation characters from Awakening. As Owain and his army finally confront Mallek the Conqueror in battle, the terrifying warlord takes off his mask to reveal his true identity. How do the first-generation characters respond? Do they tremble with shock? No. Do they deny that their old friend could ever betray them like that? No. Are they filled with rage toward Kellam? Nope. One of the first-gen characters just looks at Kellam and asks, "have I met you before?" Realizing that he will never be noticed, even as an evil conqueror, Kellam just gives up, goes home, and cries himself to sleep as he lets some other demonic dragon become the antagonist for the rest of the game.

In Lon'qu and Nowi's S support, he marries her because their play-time reminded him of similar games he played with Ke'ri.

Anna, the Secret Seller's Secret is...
  • ... That her sisters aren't actually her sisters. The original Anna kidnapped female merchants and brainwashed them to look, act and sound exactly like her, to form a money-worshipping cult. If they really were all sisters, than an Anna-born Morgan wouldn't look so much like Robin or even be named Morgan.

If the Avatar is ever given a canonical signature weapon beyond Thoron, it will be Tyrfing.
  • Simply because Tyrfing was also made from Naga's fangs, and it would seem fitting for all three protagonists to wield swords made from her fangs.
    • This would be even more fitting if the previous WMG of Grima being Loptyr is true, since it could imply that Robin is distantly related to Seliph, and in that case, that would technically make him/her Tyrfing's rightful wielder.
    • Where is it stated that Tyrfing was indeed made from one of Naga's fangs? Nevermind the fact that it's not even associated with those whom Naga shared her blood with.
    • Well, if the Smash Bros announcement is any indication for a "canon" weapon, M!Robin is wielding Thoron and the Levin Sword. However in the gameplay footage, it's shown to be able to switch between a Bronze Sword to a Levin Sword.

The Children characters represent the legacies of the Twelve Crusaders of Jugdral.
  • Lucina - Baldur: The ancestor/descendant of the main Lord of the game.
  • Owain - Hezul: His personal weapon is a misspelled version of the Mystletainn.
  • Severa - Noba: Her mother's situation with the Ylissean Pegasus Knights mirrors Cuan's fate in the Yied Massacre.
  • Cynthia - Sety: Silesse was known for its Pegasus Knights.
  • Kjelle - Neir: Her attachment to her armor may be a reference to the fact that major Neir blood provided a boost to Defense.
  • Noire - Tordo: "BLOOD AND THUNDER!" ...with less emphasis on "Blood".
  • Nah - Heim: He wielded the Book of Naga, the Divine Dragon. All of the playable manaketes in this game are classified as "Divine Dragons".
  • Inigo - Odo: Odo's descendant, Prince Shanan, seemed to be quite popular with the ladies...
  • Yarne - Ulir: As a taguel, he presumably has enhanced senses, including eyesight. Which would be pretty useful for wielding a bow.
  • Brady - Blaggi: They're both Priests.
  • Gerome - Dain: They're both Wyvern Riders.
  • Laurent - Fala: They're both Mages.
  • Morgan - Loptyr: The offspring of Grima/Avatar, the Big Bad of the game.

The Bad Future would be saved for no reason other than the fact that the kids and Grima went back in time
Since the future kids didn't disappear after they changed their future, that would mean that their future still stands in the multiverse. This started off as Fridge Horror, but then I realized that Grima also went back in time with them. Assuming that the Risen are under Grima's control, Grima can't control them as long as he's in the present timeline. So no Risen and no Grima. The future's starting to look up...
  • Plus, it's implied that Lissa survived!

The Risen go after Morgan in the chapter where s/he is recruited because Grima wants to recruit him/her
Grima would most likely know of Morgan's existence in the Bad Future, due to the fact that any siblings can remember Morgan. If this really is the same Morgan as in Future Past, where s/he is working for Grima due to his/her affection for the Avatar, then Grima may have figured that Morgan would be malleable enough to take the side of the first Avatar to find him/her. Why this wouldn't work for any of Morgans siblings, maybe it's because Grima couldn't find them in time?
  • This is most likely not the case, given that the dying words of the Risen Chief of that horde express their aim was to kill "the future child", ie, Morgan.
    • Perhaps Morgan refused to join with Grima (in whatever timeline he/she comes from), which is why the Risen are trying to kill him/her?
      • Well, considering Morgannote  has inexplicably lost almost all of his memories save for those of his mother, i.e. Grima, it's possible that Grima tried to possess Morgan — whether willingly or not on Morgan's end — but it failed for two reasons: first, because Morgan's heart, like the Avatar's, could not handle it, and second, because Morgan's blood is no longer purely of Grima's line. Therefore, Morgan is useless to Grima, and potentially a threat if Morgan ever finds his mother and joins with her. So it would be prudent to kill him.
        Even if Morgan had been on Grima's side before, now that he's been wiped of all his memories of his mother post-Grima and has only the ones where she was kind and loving and non-genocidal, Grima has no guarantee that Morgan would be on his side again. And even if Morgan sided with Grima at first in the present, after meeting his "real" mother and seeing her being all kind and loving and non-genocidal, Morgan could just as easily turn on him in favour of the Avatar. Hell, even the Bad Future Morgan — of both genders! — flat-out refuses to fight the Avatar despite knowing that she's not the one from the Bad Future world. Who's to say that the Avatar wouldn't convince Morgan — who, again, only has memories of the Avatar as she is now — to switch sides? Grima knows exactly how powerful Morgan has the potential to be, and it's not as if Grima actually cares about Morgan. Again, it's better to just kill him off.

Lucina is Marth's reincarnation
Tiki notes she's a lot like Marth in their supports, that Lucina reminds her of Marth and thinks to herself in their A support "Could she truly be...?!" which is very odd. And for a 2000+ year gap between the two, Lucina looks an awful lot like Marth.

Lucina, not Chrom, is the main character of the game
This theory is mostly based on the opening cinematic. The whole thing seems to jump around in time a lot, first from a peaceful Elise to Risen attacking to Lucina and Chrom fighting together to Emmeryn committing suicide to Lucina being born etc. However, the series of events can be seen as perfectly chronological from Lucina's perspective. In the opening cinematic, if we take the moving light as representing Chrom and the butterfly as representing Lucina (as they are only present when that character would be), it can be seen that the light is shown getting chased down and encased in darkness right before Grima appears (Chrom getting killed by the Avatar right before Grima's return in Lucina's time line) and immediately afterwards Lucina is shown running towards a light that presumably will take her back in time, followed immediately by the video going back to the beginning of the story and proceeding chronologically. This is the exact order of events as Future!Lucina would experience them. Secondly, when Lucina, Chrom, and the Avatar are shown facing down Grima and then reflected on Falcion, Lucina is front and center while Chrom is off to the side and behind. Finally, in the actual game, Lucina is truly the one that saved the day, as it was her (and Grima) being in the past that changed the outcome from bad to good. This still makes sense despite the fact that there are 10 levels in which we have Chrom and not Lucina, as in Eliwood's game the first 10 chapters are spent with Lyn.
Chrom's limited marriage options
There are thirteen playable women that can have children. Why Chrom can only marry five/six:
  • 1) Since Chrom is kind of forced in-game and gameplay-wise to marry someone before the timeskip, Cherche is out.
  • 2) Of course, Lissa is his sister, so she's out.
  • 3) Nowi and Panne are out because Lucina has already appeared and is clearly full human, which bars Panne, and about Chrom's age, which would mess with Manakete's aging.
    • Morgan looks human regardless of who his/her parents are. And Sophia, Ninian, Nils, and possibly Roy are all part dragon with none of them ever being noted as looking draconic when in a humanoid form.
      • Being part Manakete may not show very many exterior traits, but they age very slowly. You never find out exactly when Morgan was born and how old s/he was when s/he came to the present, while Lucina is known to be the eldest child and looks older than, say, Owain.
    • It would complicate things immensely for Chrom to marry a non-human. Fantastic Racism is in play with Panne, and an already unstable country doesn't need the kind of controversy that would come with a half-taguel princess. For a manakete, would it really be a good thing for a country to have the same ruler for potentially over three thousand years? Even if Lucina stepped down, she'd still be virtually ageless, and any children she had would likely be similarly long-lived, as interbreeding appears to favour the non-human parentage. So her grandchildren could also be long-lived. And their children. And so on and so forth. Sooner or later, someone's going to want to hold onto power. There are just too many unknown variables with marrying a manakete. Chrom!Morgan can marry Nah, yes, and Lucina can marry Yarne, but those are their future selves. They're not truly in line for the throne and don't believe they can ever go back to their own time, so they're free to love and marry whomever they wish without being bogged down by politics.
  • 4} Tharja is Plegian and a bit too... obsessed with Avatar for Ylissian nobles to go down well with. Female!Avatar is also Plegian, but no one knows that at the moment.
  • 5) Flimsy reason for Cordelia. She seems to be out of camp a lot, and sometimes crushes avoid the object of their affection.
  • 6) No good reason for Miriel.
    • Miriel probably wouldn't make a very good queen, nor would she be likely to enjoy it. It's not just a title; a huge amount of responsibility and work comes along with it. She's far too obsessed with her studies to be willing to give up that much of her time to "frivolous" pursuits. And even if she did, she'd just approach everything like a scientific curiosity, which is a less than healthy attitude for a queen who is responsible for the well-being of an entire country and everyone in it.
Villager Girl is Chrom's canon marriage
Villager Girl is the only girl who marries Chrom by default unless the player changes things knowingly or not so that Chrom marries someone else.
Validar is actually a Risen
Case in point: the second movie cutscene of the premonition and the same cutscene from chapter 23 show Validar's death. To elaborate, he falls to his knees and then onto the ground, all the while slowly turning to smoke. When it's over, his body is gone, turned into purple mist. Guess what else dies by fading to purple mist and leaves nothing behind? That's right; Risen. And, of course, Validar's... pale complexion doesn't debunk it, either.
  • That's a damn good theory, actually. Perhaps he was killed in Chapter 5 and then resurrected?
  • I dunno, he was already plenty pale by then. He does mention being part of a Super Breeding Program along with everyone else on the father's side, and we later see that the Avatar's memory is wiped after Grima overloads him during his repossession attempt. What if Validar had the same reaction, but more extreme? It's possible that after siring the Avatar, Validar underwent the ritual and was killed in the attempt, at which point he was resurrected as a Risen.
Henry was originally a more plot-significant character
Henry is a Plegian Dark Mage, which Chrom recognizes from the get-go. Unlike Tharja, you recruit him automatically. His recruitment scene appears to be similar to Nowi's 'let's talk after the battle', but no conversation turns up.
  • I don't know, I think the reason he's given so easily is he's more a last ditch attempt to give the player someone sumia can marry if they accidentally married off the rest of her very small pool of eligible bachelors.
Future Grima and Future Past Grima are different entities
  • Future Grima referring to themself as the Future Avatar may seem odd, but the way they word it makes it seem like the Future Avatar legitimately pulled a Face-Heel Turn. Future Past Grima makes no such indication and it's clear that they had hijacked the Future Past Avatar. The indication that the Future Avatar may have willingly switched sides may be why Future Grima has Anathema and Ignis sporting a crackling purple lightning aura while Future Past Grima replaces it with Aegis and Hawkeye while rocking an extremely thick and wispy dark aura. Also, since Future Grima is not as strong as Future Past Grima, that's why they don't have Aegis and Hawkeye yet.
The spotpass units except Priam are possibly borderline zombies
  • Both Gangrel and Walhart state that you've already killed them once, Emmeryn took a fall that by all rights should have killed her yet survived without having Miracle equipped (though she is stated to be the hardest to kill), and Aversa was most likely killed and seeing how suicidal she became after Validar's death, she likely was waiting for it to happen. Future Yen'fay is another exception... probably... he's possibly lying about being from the future considering how strained he and his sister had become in the present, and you do recruit him in the same place his present day counterpart was buried.
Nowi is lying about her age.
Nowi and Nah appear to be about the same age. Nah would have come back in time close to the same time as her living friends; thus, she would be close to their actual age, not thousands of years older. So, either Manaketes age like humans until they are ten years old and then slow down rapidly, or Nowi is actually somewhere around 13 and pretending to be 1000 years old.

Each playthrough is the same story told from a different narrator.
The endings for both a single and married Avatar allude to the fact that, aside from the married Avatar's love for their spouse, everything about them is a subject for debate. It can be surmised that the entire story of Awakening is being told by different narrators, and each narrator tells the story differently, which can also account for different couples, different decisions made, and suchlike, not unlike the past tradition of orally passing down legends such as The Odyssey.

The Morgan who comes to the present day is really an alternate-universe version of the Avatar
His/her memories become muddled, not unlike the Avatar's, when they arrive in the present day, but whereas the Avatar loses his memories, Morgan's mind fabricated memories of the Avatar being their parent. This could explain how their memories of their non-Avatar parent are lost, while the Avatar is still fresh in their memory.

Lucina appears to have a notably flatter chest than many of the other female children, even though she is the oldest behind Laurent. Likely, she binds her chest. She would need to in order to pass herself as Marth.
  • Pretty much confirmed. Many of her non-lord outfits, particularly the archer, show her being considerably bustier than her portrait would suggest.

Inigo's chronic failure with women is at least partly due to a curse
Seriously, let's look at Inigo as an eligible bachelor. He's handsome, he's brave, he's strong, he's a soldier in one of the most revered and important armies in the world, he's from the future, and in many continuities, he's a goddamned prince. You simply cannot have that much going for you, try that hard, and fail that epicly. Women exist who would fall for a man with those credentials regardless of his personality (which really isn't all that crappy, he has plenty of good qualities). The utterly cold reception he gets, with every woman he comes across angrily rejecting him, simply does not make sense when you consider his position in the whole scheme of things.

This can really only be explained if he, without knowing it, fell victim to a curse that causes him to have horrible luck with women. By this I mean not only that he is at times compelled to say extremely stupid things, but that women around him react to him far more angrily and contemptuously than they normally would. And this is pretty much a confirmed phenomenon. More than half of the women he can support with act Out of Character around him, sometimes to nigh sociopathic levels (I'm looking at you two, Nah and Noire).

And if we notice, the further he gets with a woman in spite of the curse, the more he will almost automatically screw it up, as if driven by a compulsion. The curse finds out he's about to get married? It tries to stop it by making a totally unnecessary comment slip implying he still plans to flirt with other girls. The curse finds out he has a future SON? Suddenly then, and only then, do we get any indication of him actually flirting with other girls after marriage (ignoring his other supports, which are all written assuming he's still single, as everyone he talks to still seems to think he has no girlfriend/wife. Thus, rather than being indicative of him being a cheating bastard to begin with, it's simply indicative of a plot hole in the support system).

He seems to be free of this curse in the outrealms, as he has a very healthy and charming conversation with the Avatar if she is his wife during Hot Spring Scramble, and his conversation with Mia in Smash Brethren 2 is quite pleasant, without any anger at all from Mia (though she could also be immune to the compulsion to hate Inigo due to being an Einherjar).
  • I posit that it was Tharja who cursed him. After all, the Village Maiden seemed quite pleased with Inigo, indicating that she'd had zero issues with his behaviour beforehand. Inigo only has issues after he joins up with Chrom. Tharja cursed him to keep him away from the Avatar. This doesn't only work for the female Avatar, either. Inigo has a few Ho Yay moments, and Tharja doesn't seem to be too hung up on little things like gender. She was just... being cautious. All of those Ho Yay moments end badly, after all, so it might not only apply to women — if Inigo tries to flirt with anyone, the curse kicks in. And if Inigo is the Avatar's child? Well, anyone Inigo ends up in a relationship with is one more person who's close to the Avatar. A daughter-in-law for the Avatar to dote on? Not on Tharja's watch.

Chrom's limited Marriage Pool is because he isn't allowed to marry non-nobles and it becomes Gameplay and Story Integration.
Think about it. Maribelle is a straight-up example of nobility, Sully hails from a line of nobles who happen to be knights, Sumia is called a crazy noble by Gaius in the two's supports with each other, Olivia is essentially the adopted daughter of Basilio (who is one of the ruling Khan's of Regna Ferox) which could potentially make her nobility so long as Basilio is a ruling Khan, and even though he didn't know early on the Female Avatar is the crown princess/queen of Plegia.
  • What about the Maiden Villager then? She wasn't described to be a noble woman.
    • If I recall correctly, she's named 'Maiden', isn't she? It's just that the Villager Maiden portrait is reused for her, because a custom sprite or even a name for the wife of the Exalt and the mother of Princess Lucina (and, by extension, the Queen of Ylisse) would just have been silly. So technically I suppose she could just be a very... low-key noblewoman.

Cherche and Gerome have dormant laguz blood.
and that's why they can understand Minerva.
  • Henry can too, though...
    • Henry can talk to flowers. He's probably just an exception to the rule. To all of the rules.
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