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* DarkerAndEdgier: The hero's home country is actually TheEmpire who conspires against him, which he doesn't realize. Even nobles descended from legendary heroes are capable of being very petty, evil, and corrupt, [[spoiler:and for all his efforts, Sigurd is branded a traitor and executed along with most of his friends]]. In the second half, the evil cult [[spoiler:abducts children to sacrifice them to their god]].

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Genealogy'' is considered the darkest ''Fire Emblem'' game. The hero's home country is actually TheEmpire who conspires against him, which he doesn't realize. Even nobles descended from legendary heroes are capable of being very petty, evil, and corrupt, [[spoiler:and for all his efforts, Sigurd is branded a traitor and executed along with most of his friends]]. In the second half, the evil cult [[spoiler:abducts children to sacrifice them to their god]].

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* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: While a lot of it is obfuscated by SpellMyNameWithAnS from both fan and official translators alike, most of the heroes are named after figures from Myth/CelticMythology, with the remainder from Myth/NorseMythology as well.

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* UnequalPairing: Quite a theme in the first generation, where your army members have wildly different social backgrounds, ranging from wealthy aristocrats to hereditary knights to royals to complete commoners and even a lord ruling in his own name (Claude). They can all fall in love with each other regardless, but it causes some of them a little angst. It isn't much of an issue in the second generation where almost everybody grew up in poverty and menaced by imperial soldiers despite their noble backgrounds.

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* AristocratTeam: If everyone in Sigurd's army lived to marry [[note]]All of the ladies in Sigurd's army except for Erinys have BlueBlood whether they know it or not, and Erinys becomes queen without it[[/note]], Seliph's army will be composed entirely of nobility or royalty, even if every single one is an ImpoverishedPatrician.

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* CherryTapping: Any attacks will always deal a minimum of 1 damage, even if the enemy's defense is higher than your attack. This is hilarious when you use dancers attack because they have terrible attack power to deal meaningful damage and fighting in the arena takes almost hours (realtime) to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCwA64lZe1o finish]].

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* ContractualBossImmunity: Averted! The bosses in the game are just as vulnerable to StandardStatusEffects as every other enemy in the game. This means that using the Silence staff in particular is a legitimate strategy for many of the magical bosses in the game as long as you have a staff user with sufficient magic.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: Most types of Holy Blood give a person a 20% growth increase in HP and a 30% growth increase in exactly ''one'' other stat. Coupled with the generally low growth rates for first generation characters in this game this generally means that most units with Holy Blood tend to be very strong in that particular stat and decidedly subpar everywhere else. Chulainn for example has extremely high HP (110%) and skill (80%) growth rates, but is rather mediocre in everything else, at trait he tends to pass onto his children if he has any. Ditto Lachesis, whose children with their Hezul Blood usually have a strength growth in the range of 70-80%, but rather lowish growth rates in skill, speed and defense, and single-digit growth rates in magic.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Prince Munnir of Verdane gets one in the Prologue, where he defeats Midayle in a single hit with a Critical attack despite having less than a 50% chance to hit. When you have to fight him on the following map, he will naturally not be nearly as dangerous, and in particular won't be able to land any critical hits due to lacking any of the relevant skills.


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* GuestStarPartyMember: Deirdre could be considered one, given that she is effectively playable for only [[spoiler:one chapter]]. She has her own signature weapon usable by nobody else and only has an offensive Silence staff, meaning if you want to use her as a healer you have to strip one of your other staff users of theirs, and also can't be promoted despite there being little logical reason for this. On top of this, the first half of said chapter usually involves a mad cavalry rush, so overall the odds are staked highly against her gaining a lot of experience.


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* MinorMajorCharacter: Lost of these, since much of the first generation's critical plot elements take place off-screen in Grannvale and Isaac while Sigurd is busy subduing Verdane and Agustria. The straightest example is probably Prince Kurth of Grannvale, who is at the center of the first generation's plot (being [[spoiler:Deirdre's father]] and all), but never actually makes an in-game appearance [[spoiler:before he is assassinated]].

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* HitAndRunTactics: Mounted units can spend their remaining movement points after executing an action such as attacking or healing. Foot units can do this by equipping a Knight Ring.


* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Most of the First Generation females are clearly very young. Even if it's assumed that there are years between chapters, it seems unlikely that all of them were at least 18 by the time they gave birth.

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Most of the First Generation females are clearly very young. Even if it's assumed that there are years between chapters, it seems unlikely that all young with most of them were at least 18 by the time they gave birth. being stated to be around 15.


** While the Falcon Knight promotion appeared in ''Fire Emblem Gaiden'' first, this game separates the Pegasus Knight and Wyvern Rider classes and gave them their own unique traits. Interestingly, Sigurd is currently the only pre-promoted Lord in the entire franchise, making him similar to Marth, except the latter started off weak and couldn't promote at all.

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** While the Falcon Knight promotion appeared in ''Fire Emblem Gaiden'' first, this game separates the Pegasus Knight and Wyvern Rider classes and gave them their own unique traits. traits.
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Interestingly, Sigurd is currently the only pre-promoted Lord in the entire franchise, making him similar to Marth, except the latter started off weak and couldn't promote at all.


** This is the first game where ''all'' units can truly promote, including Thieves and Armor Knights. While the Falcon Knight promotion appeared in ''Fire Emblem Gaiden'' first, this game separates the Pegasus Knight and Wyvern Rider classes and gave them their own unique traits. Interestingly, Sigurd is currently the only pre-promoted Lord in the entire franchise, making him similar to Marth, except the latter started off weak and couldn't promote at all.

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** This is the first game where ''all'' units can truly promote, including Thieves and Armor Knights. While the Falcon Knight promotion appeared in ''Fire Emblem Gaiden'' first, this game separates the Pegasus Knight and Wyvern Rider classes and gave them their own unique traits. Interestingly, Sigurd is currently the only pre-promoted Lord in the entire franchise, making him similar to Marth, except the latter started off weak and couldn't promote at all.

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* TheUnfought: While Sigurd's and Seliph's journeys combined have them fighting almost all of the continent's factions, there are two of these that were left untouched by them: Isaach (due to fighting a war against the rest of Grannvale) and the entirety of the Manster District (they were busy fighting off Thracia, and Leonster is allied with Sigurd's forces). By the time the players visit these two regions, they were conquered by Grannvale.

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* VillainBall: [[spoiler:Manfroy has a chance to have Julia, the only person capable of wielding the Naga tome and thus the person best-equipped to defeat Julius, executed. Instead, [[StupidEvil he allows cruelty to override common sense]] and brainwashes her into fighting the crusaders, resulting in her reuniting with them when he dies and his spell is broken. This mistake leads to the crusaders gaining a Naga tome user, ensuring Julius' downfall, and with it, the downfall of the Empire Manfroy worked so hard to create.]]

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* ShockAndAwe: House of Friege is well known for their thunder magic.

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