What An Idiot / Fire Emblem

"Are you daft?"
Severa, when she defeats an enemy in Fire Emblem Awakening

  • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
    • There's a loyal, honorable knight named Eldigan who is best friends with Sigurd and vassal of King Chagall. Chagall is meanwhile in league with the Big Bad and murdered his father to ascend the throne. After dismissing his sister's concerns over this, Eldigan tries to talk Chagall into not attacking Sigurd and is thrown into the dungeon for his trouble until Sigurd rescues him.
      You'd expect: Eldigan to renounce his knighthood and not fight for a king who attacked his sister and fiefdom, maybe even join Sigurd's army.
      Instead: He insists that his honor as a knight comes first, rescues him from Sigurd, and then attacks Sigurd on Chagall's orders a while later. He can be persuaded to stop by Lachesis... in which case he rides back to try talking Chagall out of attacking Sigurd again. Chagall immediately orders him executed in this case.
      Even Worse: In the Oosawa manga adaptation when the Agustrian knight Zyne tells him in no uncertain terms that Chagall will execute him and that Chagall is being brutal to the people, who would definitely prefer Eldigan to be their king. Eldigan refuses and continues to refuse after Sigurd tells him to honor Zyne's dying wish. Admittedly, he is ashamed of his incestuous feelings for his sister in the manga and those would pose a HUGE problem if he became the King, but even running away to live as a hermit would be smarter than being loyal to Chagall.
    • King Chagall himself counts, part of Eldigan's problem being underestimating his liege's stupidity. Eldigan has sworn an eternal oath of loyalty to the royal family of which Chagall is the last remaining heir of. Eldigan's loyalty is further proven when he saves Chagall from certain death despite Chagall imprisoning him moments before. As Chagall's forces fall, Eldigan and his men are the King's last line of defense, with Grannevale rapidly advancing. Eldigan advises Chagall to do a Tactical Withdrawal of the remaining troops and do a treaty with Grannevale in the hopes of reclaiming Agustria in the future after rebuilding their forces.
      You'd expect: Chagall agrees as they're already on the verge of defeat, Eldigan is clearly his most important supporter, and as the last of Agustrian royalty, Chagall has the duty to produce an heir to plan out the line from dying out.
      Instead: Chagall calls Eldigan's words traitor talk and immediately has his best soldier executed despite Eldigan saving his life. Chagall then stupidly challenges Grannevale in battle and is unsurprisingly killed. Due to Chagall never taking the time to produce an heir, the Agustrian royal line dies with him and the country falls into crisis as a result.
  • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
    • In Chapter 3, Roy turns up at Araphen with a small amount of plucky but low-level fighters (and a really old Paladin) while Narcian, King Zephiel, and Idoun (the Final Boss) are still there. The King and his forces have just finished sacking the place to squash the Lycian Alliance.
      You'd Expect: That Zephiel would at least want to know who was leading the pathetic remnants of the Lycians and, once he found out, to squash them personally. He's more than capable himself even if he didn't have a bunch of manaketes with him at that moment.
      Instead: He doesn't bother and dismisses Idoun's suggestion to fry them and leaves with her. To his credit, he does order Narcian to take care of it, and as a dragon general Narcian would tear them apart easily.
      But... Narcian hands the job to a knight (who Roy's company is capable of defeating) so he can go leer at Clarine.
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
    • King Fado gave his children Eirika and Ephraim bracelets that function as a twin key to the nation's Sacred Stone, a powerful artifact that is one part of a seal on the Demon King. He entrusts the knight Seth with the secret and orders him to escape with Eirika when Grado invades. While on the run, a thief nabs the bracelet and Seth insists that they go take it back.
      You'd expect: That after reclaiming it, Seth would tell Eirika what it is so that she knows just how important it is to keep it safe.
      Instead: He tells her that it is very important, but decides that this does not fall under the heading of "the right time" (what Fado had told him about when to reveal the secret) and refuses to say why it is very important. As such, she decides that even a very important royal bracelet isn't worth allowing hostages to be eaten by giant spiders and hands it over to the dark mage that demands it... and then Seth tells her, after it's in enemy hands. It's just a good thing that they had enough badasses to take it back.
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance:
    • When the mercenaries meet Lethe and Mordecai for the first time, Soren immediately insults them as sub-humans. Mordecai is, of course, pissed.
      You'd expect: Seeing a man Mordecai's size getting angry, Soren would realize he'd gone too far and back off.
      Instead: He keeps taking potshots at him until Mordecai attacks him, causing Ike to have to rush in and rescue him.
      Furthermore: When Ike gets hurt, Soren tries to attack Mordecai with wind magic until Ike pulls him back, only apologizing when Ike scolds him for going too far.
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn:
    • Early on, one of the first main antagonists, General Jarod, is desperately trying to shut down the Dawn Brigade, as they are what could potentially lead Daein into overthrowing Begnion. After the first chapter introducing the Dawn Brigade, his soldiers chase them through the streets and Micaiah showcases her healing powers to save a dying boy, which require her to sacrifice her own health.
      You'd expect: The soldiers take advantage of her weakened state to capture her.
      Instead: They escape unharmed, and the soldiers stand around and do nothing about it, despite that a moment ago they were willing to kill an innocent child just to get at her.
    • Also, early on in the story, Micaiah, the one Jarod is after, abandons her team to buy time for them, running into Jarod.
      You'd Think: Jarod would cut her down where she stands, as he'd been planning to do the entire time.
      Instead: He sends her to jail, where she meets up with the traders from the previous game, and Kurth. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
    • After Micaiah is made general of the Daein army, she leads an all out assault on the Empress's army culminating in an assassination attempt on the Empress herself. However, this fails spectacularly, and Sothe gets captured and nearly dropped to his death because she refused to stop the assassination attempt.
      You'd Expect: Micaiah is captured by Sanaki's army, or she at least explains that Pelleas is under a blood pact with Lekain.
      Instead: She panics, Tibarn lets Sothe go and the all-out bloodbath continues until the situation reaches critical mass and Ashera goes berserk and turns all the NPCs into stone.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening
    • Prior to the beginning of the third level, Chapter 2: "Shepherds", the player character gets introduced to Chrom's millitia, The Shepherds. During that scene, Vaike goes "Can he/she do this?" and lets out a burp, which The Avatar character doesn't mind (and is rather amused)... but Maribelle, the local Troubadour (healer mounted on a horse), is so repulsed by Vaike and the Avatar that she leaves the Shepherds' Garrison room in a huff before even Chrom returns to deliver the news of the voluntary expedition to Regna Ferox to set up an alliance with them to counter the problems with Plegia and the zombie creatures called Risen.
      You'd Expect: That after Chrom delivered the news about the expedition to everybody in the room, Vaike, Lissa, Chrom himself, or one of the other Shepherds would go look for for Maribelle, who left the room earlier in a huff, and tell her about the mission to Regena Ferox and invite her to join them. It's always good to have a backup healer in case there's the off-chance the main healer (Lissa) falls in battle on the way there. If they had a back up healer, they wouldn't be expending vulneraries.
      Instead: They completely forget about Maribelle. And she never even hears about the expedition to catch up with the rest of the Shepherds (unlike Stahl, one of of the cavaliers, and Miriel, the mage, who were among the last to hear about this expedition).
      The Result: Maribelle is left behind in Ylisse, and when Plegian troops attacked Themis, another area in Ylisse, she gets captured by the Plegians and falsely accused to being a spy, which gives Gangrel, the king of Plegia, who has been looking for excuses to start a war, a very convenient excuse to start pointing his fingers at the Ylisseans, causing the Ylissean-Plegian War to start very quickly, which in turn, eventually leads to the kidnapping, and later, suicide spoilers  of Emmeryn, the exalt of Ylisse.
  • Fire Emblem Fates
    • In the first level on the Conquest path, the Nohr royal family returns with the Avatar, and Garon is furious at this, suspecting that the Avatar will betray him. To test the Avatar's true loyalty, he sends him/her on a suicidal mission to put down a rebellion by the Ice Tribe. And to make things harder for the Avatar, he/she has to do it all by him/herself, much to the shock of his/her siblings. So the Avatar heads out, but nobody knows that this is actually a Uriah Gambit just to get him/her killed off.
      You'd Think: Garon would keep the fact that this is a Uriah Gambit to kill the Avatar all to himself, since there would be no benefit to announcing it to anyone in the Nohr family. Or, if Garon absolutely has to gloat, make sure that no one's in earshot first.
      Instead: Garon gloats to himself about the Avatar's inevitable demise, and that he intentionally sent the Avatar on the mission just to be killed or to suffer... not knowing that his eldest son, Xander is overhearing him. Xander then sends his youngest sibling, Elise, and her companions, Effie and Arthur, to assist the Avatar in his/her mission.
    • Again in Conquest, the high-ranked Nohrians Iago and Hans have always despised the Avatar and plan to kill him/her.
      You'd Expect: For Iago and Hans to team up and attack the Avatar when he or she is on their own (or just with Azura, who is actually a weaker fighter when compared to the rest of the royalty characters), since two promoted enemies may have a chance to take on a single warrior prince or princess.
      Instead: In Chapter 26, they gang up on the Avatar when the other four Princes and Princesses of Nohr are nearby. The four are skilled warriors/magic users, two of them have Sacred Weapons, and all of them adore the Avatar. Needless to say, this does NOT bode well for Hans and Iago at all, as the Nohrian siblings and their retainers proceed to kill both Hans and Iago via Unfriendly Fire while Garon isn't around (due to him sitting in the throne room at the time).
      Even Worse: Iago had a perfect moment to kill the Avatar after Chapter 25 after Ryoma's Heroic Suicide, and he did find out about Hinoka being alive during the battle in that chapter (as explained in Chapter 26). If he had followed the depressed Avatar during their Heroic B.S.O.D. and attacked them then, Iago could've won easily, since the Avatar would be too broken and depressed to fight back. Plus, he could have easily made up an excuse about the Avatar betraying Nohr by not killing Hinoka when he or she should have done so.
    • In Revelation, Xander and Leo overhear Garon laughing about how he plans to burn the continent to the ground. Xander asks what's wrong.
      You'd Think: That Garon would make up some story about how he was talking about the Hoshidan army or something. Xander, who is in denial about Garon's Face–Monster Turn due to his My Country, Right or Wrong mentality, would probably buy it.
      Instead: The senile, literally slime-for-brains maniac tells him to shut up and then begins ranting about how he is going to "Destroy Hoshido! Destroy Nohr! Both nations are completely useless to me! This entire world should be reduced to nothing but dust!"
      The Result: Xander and Leo are finally able to accept that Garon has completely lost his mind and run off to join the Avatar. Very well done.