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(My Unit) (default: Robin/Reflet/Daraen)

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High Deliverer / Mystery Tactician note 

"There's something between us all. Something that keeps us together... Like... invisible ties, connecting us."
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Another main hero of the game, whose identity and name is crafted by you — the player. A traveler who remembers nothing prior to being found by the wayside. Chrom realized their tactical genius and enlisted them in the Shepherds, where they are well-liked. The biggest mystery of the group. It is revealed later in the game that the Avatar is Validar's child and the vessel required for the resurrection of the Fell Dragon Grima. Their mother was a member of the Grimleal and presumably Validar's girlfriend/wife/lover/Dark Mistress, but at some point, she betrayed the cult and took the infant Avatar away to safety, allowing them to grow up in a relatively peaceful environment. Grima's arrival from the future caused them to lose their memory when they first met Chrom.

While it never crops up in the main storyline, the character's personality in Supports is slightly different depending on their gender. The male character is somewhat more mellow and calm, whereas the female is more aggressive.

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Both genders are playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, going by the default name of "Robin". The male Robin is a playable unit in Codename STEAM and Fire Emblem Fates via his Smash Bros. amiibo.

Class: Tactician
Male voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya, Miyuki Sawashiro, or Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese), David Vincent (English, Super Smash Bros., Heroes, Warriors), Brandon Karrer, or Christopher Corey Smith (English)
Female voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Michelle Ruff or Wendee Lee (English), Lauren Landa (English, Super Smash Bros., Heroes, Warriors)

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  • Abusive Parents: Their biological father conceived the Avatar specifically to become to become a vessel for an evil Dragon, as Avatar's paternal line had done for generations. For whatever reason, their biological mother fled with the baby, and had both of them smuggled out of the country. It's unknown if their mother was Grimleal or not.
  • Accidental Marriage: From a meta-standpoint, a female Avatar can end up in one with Chrom if the player is unaware that the game automatically marries Chrom to his highest unmarried female support if he's still single in Chapter 11.
  • Accidental Pervert: Inverted in a female Avatar's A support with Chrom, where she walks in on him naked. She also does it to Gaius and Say'ri.
  • The Ace: Their ability to master a huge number of classes in the game, support with every character, and be The Strategist of the force simultaneously lands the Avatar quite firmly in this trope. Also deconstructed in that they're bred to be the perfect vessel for Grima.
  • Action Dad: A married Male Avatar is this to Female Morgan by default and any of the future children should he marry their mothers. They can also be an Action Mom to Male Morgan and potentially Lucina if playing female.
  • Action Genre Hero Guy: One of the male Avatar's character creation options involves picking the Type 03 build and the buzz-cut hair.
  • Adaptational Curves: The Ylissean Summer Robin is much more buxom than the model for the Avatar she's based off of. Also, the Fallen Heroes version of male Robin is very muscular, although it's hard to say whether it's truly an example of this trope or a case of Clark Kent Outfit.
  • Adaptational Wimp: See Flanderization below for more details on how each game since Awakening has changed their fighting style. However, in Fire Emblem Heroes, both Avatars lose their Master of All potential, becoming simple Tome users with none of their physical attributes being present.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: There are three different builds per gender to choose from: adult, late teen... and this. Which leads to Lolicon and Shotacon when the supports come into play... However, the localization does not have any "deep" or "childish" voices to choose from, which makes it closer to a young teen, like Ricken.
  • Ambadassador: Both Chrom and the Avatar fill this role during their trip to Regina Ferox and Plegia.
  • Amnesia Danger: Inverted. Despite having amnesia, the Avatar was also surprised about their fighting abilities. Also, this is how they get recruited into the Shepherds as their Tactician.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Lissa lampshades this, to which Frederick calls BS on the whole Easy Amnesia.
  • Amnesiac Protagonist Catalyst: In the game's first chapter, Robin awakens in the middle of a field without any memory of who they are. Later on, it's revealed that Robin is actually the child of the Big Bad, and was conceived to be the vessel of the evil dragon Grima, who is destined to bring chaos and ruin to the world. Now aware that their amnesia is the result of Grima's failed attempt to possess them, the protagonist spends most of the later chapters fighting off the monster's influence and helping the other heroes repel the antagonist's forces.
  • And I Must Scream: Briefly when Grima imprisons the Avatar in a dark, featureless void during the final chapter. The implication is that this is the fate that the Avatar's soul would suffer for the rest of eternity in the event that they were to become one with Grima.
    • The Future Past 3 DLC implies that in the timelines where Grima took over, the Avatar is aware of what's happening, but cannot do anything to break through and stop the mayhem... and at that point, it's been several years for that iteration of them.
  • Anime Hair: The available hairstyle options can be this to an extent, especially for the female Avatar, though they're tamer than other instances of this trope.
  • Antichrist: The Avatar is the Chosen One that will become the vessel for Grima, this universe's equivalent of Satan in the Bad Future.
  • Anti Anti Christ: They are a kind and gentle person at heart, and do not want what's described above to happen.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The world goes to hell if Avatar gets possessed by Grima. In the Bad Future, the possession is successful. In the present, they manage to successfully avert this fate for the Avatar. Alas, Grima has a backup plan... and it's up to everyone to stop it.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How the Avatar ended up as the Shepherds's strategist.
  • Audience Surrogate: Amnesia and a balanced personality sets the Avatar up as the vital viewpoint character.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The Avatar (AKA the player) is able to "see" things such as the enemy's stats, weapons, the chance of hitting, evading, or critting between two attacking parties, etc.
  • Back from the Dead: If the Avatar deals the final blow against Grima, they die too, but their bonds with the friends they've made over the course of the game prove to be stronger than their connection with Grima. Chrom and Lissa then find the Avatar in much the same way they did at the start of the game, only lacking the Mark of Grima, and the post-credits epilogue reveals that they will be remembered for their valiance and tactical genius. They will also be remembered for being incredibly loving to their spouse if they are married.
  • Badass Adorable: If the Avatar is styled as an Adorably Precocious Child, the player will have a tiny boy or girl showering the enemy in absolute mass destruction.
  • Badass Bookworm: The Avatar is not only the army's tactician, but a Magic Knight with Lightning Bruiser potential.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a black coat/duster with a hood.
  • Badass Bystander: The prologue sees the amnesiac Avatar as anything but helpless, being able to fight with swords and sorcery along with knowledge of battlefield tactics and awareness.
  • Badass Boast: The Avatar's response to chapter 8's crisis. Flavia, the ruler of a country of badasses, appreciatively declares that the Avatar's got balls.
    Avatar: I am equal to the challenge.
    • In combat, the Avatar additionally can boast after blocking an attack intended for a unit paired with them:
    Avatar: *block* "Predictable."
  • Bash Brothers: The Avatar can have those with any of the other characters of the same gender, though Chrom and the Male Avatar get the most out of it.
  • Battle Couple: Can be paired with any playable unit of the opposite sex (except for Morgan, obviously). They have equal (but slow) support growth with all of them.
  • Battle Harem: Played with. The Avatar can't start a harem (or reverse harem) story-wise and can only have one S Support with their spouse. However, the game does allow you to remain single and obtain up to A Rank support conversations with every single non-DLC character in the game.
  • Berserk Button: The female Avatar is normally a nice, cheerful, if sometimes slightly mischievous woman, but she doesn't take insults to her femininity well, as shown in her C-support with Chrom.
    • Another is trying to steal her position as the army's tactician, as shown in her supports with Aversa where she's unusually hostile and competitive.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: With Chrom if a male Avatar marries Lissa, Emmeryn, or any one of Chrom's daughters from the future. Also with Chrom if a female Avatar marries a Chrom-fathered Inigo or Brady.
  • Big Brother Mentor: In some of their support conversations with the Second Generation characters, the Male Avatar comes off as this.
  • Bifauxnen: If a female Avatar gets short hair, she can look rather boyish in a refined way. The "default" female body built is especially good for this due to her clothes hiding her figure.
  • Bishōnen: Very definitely an option for a male Avatar. Even the default has some elements of this, having features that are only slightly more masculine compared to the default female.
  • Black Cloak: Complete with In the Hood, although worn very loosely.
  • Blessed with Suck: Through the means of their family's Super Breeding Program, the Avatar is now The Chosen One that will one day become the Soul Jar of the Dragon of Mass Destruction that will bring about The End of the World as We Know It. The plus side is that they are given Superpowerful Genetics allowing them to class change into almost every class and produce absurdly powerful children, as well as being the one person capable of defeating Grima once and for all — something that even Naga isn't capable of.
  • Bling of War: The Grandmaster class has the Avatar wearing shiny plate armor underneath a even more badass-looking longcoat.
  • Blow You Away: In Fire Emblem Heroes, Female Robin uses Wind tomes, and not the usual Thunder tomes, in order to differ from Male Robin, who does use Thunder tomes.
  • Boobs of Steel: A Female Avatar with a third build (representing an older woman) has a portrait with notoriously large breasts and an low neckline that shows it off. In contrast, the other two models have smaller breasts. The standard female Robin is a bit bigger when she appears in a bikini under Fire Emblem Heroes' "Ylissean Summer" banner.
  • Born Winner: As revealed by Validar, the Avatar was born as the perfect vessel to house Grima after generations of failed attempts.
  • Born Unlucky: Unfortunately, being Grima's vessel means they are destined to lose their individuality and be responsible for the end of the world. They also must die if they wish to stop Grima forever.
  • Boss Remix: "Id (Hope)", which plays for the Future Past DLC bosses, who are all related to the Avatar in some way.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: When Lissa pinches the Avatar's nose in their C support with her, they yell this upon waking up from a nightmare:
    Avatar: Risen! Wolves! Risen riding wolves!
  • Canon Name: Robin is their official name, though it varies by region.
  • Casting a Shadow: Not in-game, unless reclassed into Dark Mage or Sorcerer, but should you choose to have the Avatar kill Grima permanently, they'll use Grima's Truth to deal the final blow.
  • Catchphrase: "It's time to tip the scales" has become Robin's signature quote in spin-off and crossover media.
  • Character Customization: From the Avatar's appearance and voice to their actual class, the possibilities are pretty expansive .
  • Cherry Blossoms: When Ignis triggers, it causes their attacks to leave these in its wake, whether it's a physical or magic attack.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: By the second act, everyone knows that Ylisse's increasingly improbable streak of victories is due to its exceptionally gifted and staunchly loyal Master Tactician.
  • Chick Magnet: The male Avatar can hook up with any female playable characters, including SpotPass characters, with the exception of his daughter Morgan for obvious reasons. Yes, even the amnesiac Exalt Emmeryn and a unbrainwashed Aversa can become his wife and the mother of his child.
  • The Chosen One: The Avatar is the chosen vessel of Grima, destined to usher in the end of humanity.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: If we take the Fallen Heroes version of male Robin as canon, then Robin is surprisingly muscular under those robes.
  • The Comically Serious: Gets put into a lot of wacky situations in many of their Support Conversations.
    • Sometimes it doesn't even have to be their supports. Getting dusted by Frederick, anyone?
  • Cool Big Sis: The Female Avatar is generally this towards all the kids from the future.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: A lot of the strategies in the Walhart arc only work because they are so batshit insane that no one would consider preparing for them. For instance, what do you do when you realize that your navy is vastly outnumbered by the enemy and you have each of your own ships only half-filled with soldiers, while the enemy ships are each fully manned with dangerous combatants? Simple! Pack all of your soldiers onto one half of your fleet, set the remainder of your own ships on fire, and sail them into the enemy fleet. Multiple characters remark that they can't figure out whether the Avatar is a genius or insane. Or both.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In Chapter 23, it's revealed that the Avatar somehow knew that Basilio was alive and was using him as a secret agent to perform tasks that the Avatar couldn't do without being noticed, due to Validar's spies being everywhere. This includes replacing the stones on the Fire Emblem with fakes, just in case Validar actually managed to get ahold of it.
  • Critical Status Buff: Male Robin's Defiant Speed skills in Fire Emblem Heroes provides him with an increase in speed when his health drops below half.
  • Crusading Widow: Can be insinuated as Bad-Future Robin's motivation for abandoning everything and succumbing to Godhood (whereas the Avatar is married to Chrom).
  • Cuteness Proximity: As evidenced by her supports with Panne and Yarne, the female Avatar finds the Taguel simply irresistible.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: An odd case. While all Avatars are valid due to the Outrealms, Robin is generally portrayed in his default Male form. In games where the character appears, he is either the primary form or in some cases, the only form of the character, particularly in comparison to their direct successor, Corrin, and the following protagonist, Byleth. However, in Heroes and Warriors, the female Robin appears alongside her male counterpart, being a playable character in the latter, and having equal units to the male Robin in the former, and also having more appearances in Cipher. While there is no 'canon' gender of the character like Corrin and Byleth, the male Robin is still the most commonly used across media; Word of God states that's simply because Male Robin scored higher in popularity polls. note 
    • Inverted in Heroes during one of the Tempest events where Female Robin appears as the main Robin against a Grima Possessed Male Robin. The situation proves to be confusing for them both.
    Grima: We are one and the same. But we come from different worlds...Very different. Perhaps it's due to the intensity of the forces of chaos... I had not anticipated meeting a female self.
    Robin: Well, here I am.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They are the avatar of Grima, and do everything in their power to stop it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They have their moments.
    (In response to Maribelle calling them "lowborn":) "Did you just drop by to look down your nose at me, or was there something else?"
  • Deconstructed Trope: Why are they The Ace at everything and can be amazing at any class the player chooses, and pass this inherent greatness onto their children? Because of the selective breeding that gave them their Superpowerful Genetics.
  • Defiant to the End: To Grima in the final mission, where he threatens to kill all the Avatar's companions if they do not join with him.
  • Delicate and Sickly: In a sense. They're prone to fainting spells and exhaustion and other medical problems, but it's easily explained by their workaholic tendencies and lack of self-care.
  • Demonic Possession: In the Spoiler Opening, Validar succeeds in allowing Grima to possess the Avatar.
  • Depending on the Artist: is the Avatar's default hair color white, grey, silver, or very light blond? Depends on which art or character model you're looking at.
  • Deuteragonist: Much emphasis is often placed on how the Avatar is just as important to the success of the mission in the moment as Chrom. While he's the military commander of the Shepherds who leads through strength and example, they are The Strategist of the group who organizes the battle-plans, and Chrom often consults them for input on how to move forward during the main plot.
  • Developers' Desired Date:
    • As explained above, the Female Avatar and Sumia share this position in regards to Chrom. They remain close even if not married to each other and there are plot consequences that come into play if they are married, and Lucina, if her mother isn't a Female Avatar, will swing between a Shipping Torpedo and a Shipper on Deck regarding them.
    • The Male Avatar is one for Lucina as well, since the plot can be seen as implying that the whole "Lucina's Judgement" scene is far more fitting to a Lucina who's mothered by the Female Avatar or to one married to a Male one.
    • To a lesser extent, thanks to their popularity Gaius is this for the Female Avatar, while Cordelia or Tharja is this for the Male Avatar. All three get more interactions with Robin in the DLC and their implied incarnations/reincarnations imply their love for each other is eternal.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: While Chrom only has the ability to seal away the Fell Dragon Grima for a thousand years, Grima will still come back a millennium later because only Grima's power can kill himself. The Avatar and Grima, however, have their souls linked via the ancient pact. This loophole allows the Avatar to kill the otherwise unkillable Grima at the cost of them basically being killed as well!
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Downplayed. It's the case towards any of Avatar's potential romances, considering how they are the intended vessel of Grima. They are not possessed by Grima during first stages of courting, but in the original timeline it's stated that Robin was at least partially possessed by Grima when they had children with their partner.
    • Male Avatar can hook up with Tiki, who's such a Person of Mass Destruction that her mother Naga had to put her into Deep Sleep to prevent her from degenerating into madness like all the other dragons. Her power is so tremendous that if she goes wild, the world will be destroyed.
  • Disc-One Nuke: Thanks to the skill Veteran, which grants 50% more exp whenever they are paired. The Avatar will most likely be one of the first characters to be promoted if you've been doing a lot of exp grinding.
  • Disney Death: At the end of the game.
  • Ditzy Genius: Without a doubt a tactical genius, but they have some strange moments in support conversations.
    Female Avatar: Oh, it's all right. I know exactly when and where everyone sleeps. I made sure I wouldn't be spotted.
    Lon'qu: I honestly cannot tell sometimes if you are a genius or a complete dimwit.
  • Dub Name Change: The Non-English European version changed the default name to "Daraen".
  • Dude Magnet: The Female Avatar can marry all the guys in her army, excluding her son Morgan for obvious reasons. That includes SpotPass characters. Yes, even the Mad King Gangrel and Walhart the Conqueror can marry her and father her child.
  • Dying as Yourself: At the end of Future Past, the alternate Avatar's last words are an apology to Morgan for putting them through so much pain, as well as expressing relief at finally being free of Grima.
  • Elemental Powers: Able to wield magic tomes.
  • Elite Tweak: You can customize the Avatar's growth rate to an extent, and while the Tactician class starts out with stats and growth rates slightly weaker than the Lord class, it also has an enhanced experience gain through Veteran. Also, branching into different classes will allow you to learn their skills and equip them when you class change back. This can eventually lead to the Avatar becoming one of the most powerful units in the army.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Some of the most ship tease-y lines directed to female Avatar do not change when the Avatar is a guy, and vice versa. For instance, Tharja is a Stalker with a Crush for both of them, and Gregor offers Intimate Healing regardless of their gender. And in Vaike's supports with Tharja, he describes the male Avatar in almost exactly the dreamy terms he uses for the female Avatar.
  • The Everyman: Aside from being a huge tactics nerd, their personality is fairly neutral and mostly left to the player's interpretation.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Avatar was bred to act as Grima’s counterpart to Naga’s chosen of the Exalted bloodline. If things had gone their intended path, the Avatar would have been Chrom’s greatest enemy short of Grima itself.
  • Eyepatch of Power: One face for small-build females has an eyepatch.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Some of the face customization options can give the Avatar this.
  • A Father to His Men: The Avatar always tries to limit their army's casualties to zero. This also serves as a Deconstruction in their chess game with Virion, who would always win thanks to his We Have Reserves mentality. However, a majority of Virion's wins were Pyrrhic Victories, something which Virion himself points out—and why he, despite being a tactician himself, refuses to take charge; the Avatar's command style is the better one for the real battles.
  • Featureless Protagonist: The game lets you choose the Avatar's name, face, build, gender, birthday, and voice. The cut-scenes show your avatar hooded.
  • Fighting from the Inside: The Future Past reveals the Avatar is still fighting against Grima even after being possessed by him.
  • First-Person Peripheral Narrator: For the first twenty or so chapters of the game, the Avatar actually has little bearing on the plot, simply serving as Chrom's tactician. This changes in the final act of the game, where the Avatar's backstory is revealed and they take center stage over Chrom for the finale.
  • Flanderization: A fighting style variation. Every time the Avatar appears in another game or spinoff, they progressively lose their distinct combat skills in favor of becoming a straightforward Squishy Wizard. In Awakening, the Avatar was a Master of All Magic Knight, who was, even if Strength or Magic was a Dump Stat by player choice, good at using a sword and tome. In Super Smash Bros., they were more geared towards being a Magic Knight with a heavier focus on magic, but their sword skills still were vital to their playstyle. Then Fire Emblem Fates rolled around with the Male Avatar Amiibo, who leaned more heavily toward magic and carried a Thoron tome as his personal weapon, before becoming purely a Tome user in Fire Emblem Heroes and Fire Emblem Warriors (though he does use his Levin Sword as part of his Warrior Special in the latter).
  • Forgiving the Accidental Pervert: Downplayed. The female Avatar reacts to Chrom accidentally walking in on her bathing by throwing stuff at him and yelling at him to get out, but she does accept his apology without further incident.
  • The Four Loves: The Avatar neatly fills all of these. Storge for their family, Phileo for their companions (especially Chrom), Eros for their love interest, and finally Agape for Ylisse as a whole, as exemplified by their Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Frontline General: Depending on how much you use them.
    • Lampshaded by Saias in the Rogues & Redeemers DLC.
      Saias: Aren't you the enemy tactician? What kind of fool strategist puts himself at the fore of the battle?
  • Future Me Scares Me: Not surprising, considering they became possessed by an evil dragon.

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  • Gameplay and Story Integration: In the Prologue chapter, the Avatar states that they can see things like the enemies' strengths, weaknesses, and weapons. Just like the player can.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: No matter what class you make the Avatar into, they will always be a tactician when the premonition chapter comes to pass. Even if it was a non-magic class.
  • Game Favoured Gender: Averted in an interesting way. Both genders have advantages and disadvantages over the other that can make for rather unique playthroughs depending on the gender (a Female Avatar has Bride, Galeforce, and Male Morgan aka the most powerful of the sons; Male Avatar has Dread Fighter, two prospective kids [including Female Morgan aka the most powerful of the daughters], and freedom of choice when it comes to mothers with kid/s).
  • Gender-Blender Name: In every version, the Avatar has a default/canonical name that works for either gender. Their child's name in the English dub, Morgan, is also this.
  • Gendered Outfit: While most of the Avatar's clothing are the same between their genders, the male Avatar wears a tunic, and the female Avatar wears a camisole, that is more pronounced with her adult body build.
  • Girlish Pigtails: The default female Avatar's default hairstyle, and a possible one for the younger model.
  • A God I Am Not: According to Validar near the end of the game, they could have been a god, but they chose to be with their companions instead.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Grimleal wanted to create the perfect human via Super Breeding Program that will one day become the vessel for their God of Evil. They succeeded, but unfortunately for them (and fortunately for everyone else in the world), they went missing along with their mother, and because of The Power of Friendship, is now the Ylisseans' ace in the hole. And to top it all off, they can actually kill Grima.
    • Made even worse as Future Grima's attempt to possess the present-day Avatar wiped their memory, leaving them a blank slate for when they first befriend Chrom and the others.
  • Good Counterpart: To the Hierophant, who is Grima.
  • Good Morning, Crono: They start off the game unconscious in an open field and being woken up by Chrom and Lissa.
  • Grand Theft Me: In an Alternate Timeline, Grima possesses the Avatar's body and creates a Bad Future.
  • Grow Old with Me: Referenced when their spouse asks them to keep themselves safe.
    Avatar: I'll stay safe if you promise to do the same. I want to grow old together.
  • Guile Hero: On top of being a master strategist, the Avatar is also the only person in the game that has support conversations with every recruitable character in the game.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: Their Supports with Vaike. "WHY ME?!", indeed.
  • Happily Married: In the epilogue, the only thing scholars, poets, and bards can all agree upon is that they loved their spouse above all else.
  • The Hero Dies: If the player chooses to have the Avatar deal the final blow against Grima, they cease to exist, but are reborn sometime later. In the bad future, a female Avatar married to Chrom apparently suffered complete annihilation after merging with Grima, if Grima's statement to Lucina in the cutscene "Dire Future II" ("Your mother and father are dead, tiny one") — which is the same regardless of who Lucina's mother is — is to be taken literally.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Players are free to name their Avatar however they please.
  • Heroic Mime: Strangely enough, you're given the option to make them one (in the Japanese version at least). Other players' Avatars recruited from Streetpass are also this by default, at least during dialogue, (they do get Voice Grunting in combat as usual) presumably so they don't overshadow the "main" Avatar in story importance.
  • Heroic Willpower: As Grima's vessel, Robin is vulnerable to Grimleal mind control. They are dominated into doing the Grimleal’s bidding more than once in the plot. They eventually learn to resist enough to shake off even the best attempts of Grima itself by focusing on their bonds with the other Shepherds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: It's possible for the Avatar to pull one of these in the endgame, so as to ensure that Grima is permanently killed. The Avatar isn't actually dead, though, and seems to return fairly soon.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: In their Supports, particularly the Male Avatar's, they tend to downplay their abilities and importance despite being the lynchpin for the Shepherd's strategies. Perhaps most noticeable in Male Avatar's Supports with Lucina, where he encourages her that You Are Not Alone by listing everyone willing to fight alongside her to save the world and future...before adding himself almost as an afterthought and "for whatever that's worth."
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Male Avatar with Chrom.
  • Humble Hero: For all their fame and accomplishments, the Avatar never lets it go to their head.
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll: Inverted in Chapter 23.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Although Chrom is undoubtedly a superb leader and warrior, the most crucial victories are credited to the Avatar's strategies.
  • Identical Stranger: If the Avatar faces off with Marth or Katarina in the DLC, they'll almost mistake them for the Avatar from New Mystery of the Emblem. Which is rather odd, considering that in the male Avatar's supports with Tiki, she'll note that the Avatar's soul is much closer to that of Marth — enough for her to mistakenly call him Mar-Mar.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Male Avatar shows shades of this in Tiki's S-support. Specifically with this quote:
    Male Avatar: "Well, you've lived for millennia... Seen the legendary heroes with your own eyes... You knew the Hero-King Marth himself! And compared to him, what am I? I felt that I had to be as great as him, as mighty and powerful... Otherwise, you couldn't help but find me lacking in comparison."
  • Instant Expert: The Avatar has access to nearly all classes and skills.
  • In the Hood: In some of the CG cut scenes, no doubt due to the number of variations in their appearance presenting a logistical nightmare otherwise. In others, like what looks like the first one, things are shown from their perspective to avoid looking at them at all.
  • I Owe You My Life: The Avatar very much has this towards Chrom. A male Avatar expresses it very well in their A support.
    Male Avatar: "I'll save you like you saved me. So, let me help you. I'll bet on those bonds you made."
  • Irony: If the Female Avatar marries Chrom or another one of male Ylissean royalty/the Male Avatar marries Lucina or another of the female Ylissean royalty (or Tiki). They are the vessel of the Fell Dragon Grima, yet fell in love with the Divine Dragon Naga's chosen (or Naga's own daughter).
  • I Should Have Been Better: They lament this after their plan to rescue Emmeryn failed.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Discussed. If the Male Avatar marries Lucina and accepts her judgment in Chapter 21, he'll ask her to move on after his death for this reason.
    Male Avatar: Just...promise me you'll find someone else who cares for you. Promise me you won't be alone... I want you to be happy. That's all I've ever wanted.
  • It's Personal: Almost literally between the Avatar and Grima, considering that they were bred for Grima to possess.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: The chosen one that will one day get possessed by an evil dragon that will annihilate the human race.
  • Jack of All Stats: The Avatar's Tactician and Grandmaster classes have perfectly balanced growths and stat caps. The Avatar themself can avert this, though, and averts it in general when they make appearances in games outside of Awakening.
  • The Kirk: To Chrom's McCoy and Lucina's Spock. Many of the game's big decisions (especially the ending) are made by the Avatar in the end.
  • Lady of War: Female Avatar, even if Chrom may not always think of her as one. One of her voice options further cements this.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Avatar was hit by this when Grima from the future tried to take possession of them. However, the only thing the Avatar forgot was everything that happened to them in the past, while still maintaining their knowledge of warfare.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In-universe! They can marry anyone of the opposite sex... Except Morgan, of course. They can also support everyone of the same gender, and as stated above, some of the conversations don't change for the Avatar's gender, leading to some Ho Yay situations. Tharja/FemAvatar stands out especially.
  • Leitmotif: "Id", mainly the Serenity version, which gets many variations, most notably a Triumphant Reprise as the Final Chapter theme.
  • The Leader: As the tactician and co-leader of the Shepherds.
  • Lethal Chef: Avatar varies between the two wildly. In particular, the non-human members of the army seem to think they're the best chef ever — especially Panne, who loves their carrot stew (which everyone else hates).
  • Lightning Bruiser: Will very likely be this given their vast selection of Classes and Skills available. Their child/children will also be this, possibly even more so than the Avatar.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Using a Second Seal, the Avatar may gain the Sorcerer class, just like Validar.
  • Living Legend: In their epilogue. Tales of their exploits are so varied and unbelievable that history isn't sure what happened to them after the plot ended.
  • Loss of Identity: The Avatar from the bad future apparently suffered this to some degree after uniting with Grima.
  • Magic Knight: Is able to wield swords and magic in their default Tactician class and its promoted Grandmaster form. Their signature ability Ignis plays this up by adding half of their physical or magical strength to an attack when wielding a weapon using the opposing stat. However, games after Awakening tend to play up the "Magic" side to differentiate them from the mostly physical other major characters.
  • Manchurian Agent: In the Bad Future timeline. Luckily, the Avatar came Crazy-Prepared in this timeline.
  • Mark of the Beast: On the back of their hand. Yes, it is related to Grima. It disappears if Grima is slain by the Avatar's hand.
  • Marry Them All: Not all at once, but through separate playthroughs if you want 100% Completion.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Male Avatar is in the receiving end of one in Aversa's confession scene.
  • Master of All: Between the two genders, the Avatar can be any class in the game apart from Manakete and Taguel, use any weapon besides Dragonstones and Beaststones, learn any skill and get decent to excellent ranks in every stat with sufficient Level Grinding. They pass these traits onto their children, too.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Messianic Archetype: They become this, should you choose to have the Avatar deal the final blow to Grima in the endgame.
  • Missing Mom: After the Avatar's mother had smuggled both of them out of Plegia when they were still a baby, she's never heard from again.
  • Mission Control: Their role within the army. They are, however, also a certified badass in combat.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The female Avatar in Ylissean Summer gives her a massive Fanservice Pack, along with Tiki and her "outfit" includes a purple two-piece. Moreso with her attack animations.
    • The Male Avatar in the Fallen Heroes banner as well. His damaged portrait is one of the most revealing in the game.
  • Mysterious Past: Even ignoring the amnesia, when Validar reveals the truth of the Avatar's past, he offhandedly mentions that he has no idea what they did with their lives after their mother took them away. The only person who could possibly know anything of their lives before meeting Chrom and Co is Grima, and the Fell Dragon doesn't care to answer.
  • Mysterious Waif: A rare example where the Player Character is a Mysterious Waif, provided they are female or using the "child" male model. Justified because the Avatar is also an Amnesiac Hero. Also, the game's biography entry describes the Avatar as the army's greatest enigma.
  • Mystical White Hair: Their default hair color.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The Avatar's amnesia makes them ignorant of Ylisse, justifying all the exposition they need early on.
  • Nice Guy: Generally their personality in the game.
  • Noodle Incident: In a support conversation with Gaius, they tell him an embarrassing secret involving a cow.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Has no problem with outright killing Grima themselves despite it resulting in their mutual destruction.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Chrom, if the Avatar is male or not married to him. Chrom even gives a speech at one point about how he considers himself and the Avatar two halves of a greater whole, and that's not even taking the A support with the male Avatar into account. Lucina is even convinced there has to be more to the female Avatar's relationship with Chrom than just friendship should they not be married.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: In their supports, female Avatar mistakes Flavia's invitation to be her adopted sister as a marriage proposal, leading to her saying this word for word when pointing out that they're both women.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Avatar may sacrifice himself for his friends against Grima, but they do come back in the following epilogue.
  • Number Two: To Chrom, moreso than any other contenders for the title. He even describes them as two halves of a whole.
  • Odd Friendship: They seem to have this with nearly everyone they can support, ranging from Manaketes, Taguel, kids from the future, etc. Their relationship with Chrom and Lucina are their strangest given that the Avatar was meant to be their greatest enemy.
  • One-Man Army: Can potentially become this if you have the time. The Avatar has the ability to class change into any non-exclusive class and learn their skills. With the right skill setups, you can one-shot enemies and dodge enemies like a bullet timer.
  • Only Sane Man: With so many wacky supports to choose from, the Avatar will eventually look like one. However, they can be just as weird when they want to be.

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  • The Paragon: The Avatar is very much this given the ability to influence and support every playable (non-DLC) character in the game.
  • Parental Substitute: The female Avatar to Noire, seemingly, but it's subverted. Noire is open about wanting her to be this, given how horribly her biological mother treated her, and even asks permission to call her Mom, but Robin isn't comfortable with the idea. Noire later espouses that she's kind of a Team Mom to the Shepherds anyway.
    Noire: It's just that you're so strong and kind and charismatic. You're a true leader, both on and off the battlefield. You have this kindly maternal aura that cocoons everyone who comes near. But you also have a calm, commanding presence that makes people feel safe. You're like a mother to this whole entire army, Robin!
  • The Perfectionist: Unsurprisingly, considering how most people tend to play Fire Emblem.
    "Chrom and I aren't trying for fewer casualties, Severa. We're trying for none.
    Any time we lose a fighter, the operation is a failure — no matter the end result."
  • Pink Is Feminine: In Smash Bros, one of the female Avatar's alternate costumes include changing her hair and coat pink.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: If the female Avatar doesn't marry Chrom, they end up being best friends anyway.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: When Lucina remembers that the Avatar is the one who will kill her father Chrom in the Bad Future, she promptly tries to kill them to stop it from happening; the player has a choice whether or not to accept Lucina's judgment, but either way, Lucina is stopped by Chrom himself, who asserts that he trusts the Avatar completely.
    • Alternatively, if the Male Avatar is Lucina's husband, or if the Female Avatar is her mother, whether or not they accept, they refuse to fight back and reassure Lucina that they love her no matter what; in response, Lucina breaks down and can't bring herself to go through with it.
  • The Power of Friendship: The Avatar cherishes the bonds formed with their companions to the point of rejecting godhood. It's the strength of the Avatar's bonds that allows them to break free when Grima imprisons them in a dark void and to return to life in the event they deal the final blow against Grima and cease to exist.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: To Validar, before their final battle after he tries to convince them to become a god one last time.
    Avatar: Not your god, not today.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    "Here's how it's done!"
    "Checkmate!"
    "You're finished!"
    "Time to tip the scales!"
    "Wrong Move!"
  • Pro Human Trans Human: Whereas Grima considers humanity and human bonds to be weak and useless, the Avatar considers them to be their greatest strengths. Guess which one wins in the end?
  • Raised as a Host: Their entire reason for existing, as the Grimleal have been raising people for centuries to act as a vessel for their leader before finally succeeding with their birth. However, their Missing Mom ran off with the baby before the Grima cult could make full use of it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Chrom's red oni.
  • Reincarnation: It's somewhat implied that the Avatar is the past life or next life of the Avatar from Fire Emblem Fates.
  • Reincarnation Romance: With Gaius/Asugi, Cordelia/Caeldori or Tharja/Rhajat.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Being the newest member of Ylisse's Shepherds and appointed by Chrom as their Tactician.
  • Ruling Couple: If Chrom marries female avatar, she turns the queen consort of Ylisse.
  • Running Gag:
    • There is a running joke in the supports involving various characters trying to snatch the Avatar away from Chrom and make them their strategist, including Basilio, Flavia, and Gangrel. This might also double as a Mythology Gag to The Blazing Blade, where the epilogue for a player with a good enough tactics rating stated that countries went to war over wanting to recruit them as their tactician.
    • Female Avatar walks in on several people while they're naked. Her son does the same to Kjelle in their S Support.
  • Screw Destiny: A central belief of theirs even before the the reveals of their own intended role.
    Avatar: We're not pawns of some scripted fate. I believe we're more. Much more... There's something between us all. Something that keeps us together... Like... invisible ties, connecting us.
  • Sherlock Scan: The Avatar alludes to doing something like this, since once their brain stops being fuzzy early on in the campaign, they start seeing numbers, movement ranges, and other data when they look at units on both sides.
  • Shipper on Deck: Since the Avatar determines who gets placed where, paired up, etc., they ultimately decide who ends up with who, despite saying to Cherche that they have never played matchmaker before.
  • Ship Tease: With Chrom. So, so much. For male Avatar, Lucina gets the most of anyone else, though Chrom still rivals her.
    • Female Avatar: Their supports play out in Belligerent Sexual Tension manner, which is a very popular (if token, for some) romance trope. It's extremely easy, as said above, to get her and Chrom hitched almost by accident/mistake. If she marries Chrom, there's LOTS of prospect romantic/familiar drama since she's the vessel of Grima, potentially making any other non-Chrom marriage very awkward. If she doesn't, Lucina will actually accuse her of wanting to seduce Chrom and will be shocked to learn it's not the case, switching to pretty much demanding for the female Avatar to fall in love with him.
    • Male Avatar: His supports with Chrom play out in a very in-universe Ho Yay-tastic way, with him acting as a borderline "nagging wife" towards him. Some fans have joked that Male Avatar's C-through-A supports would have worked even better for a Female Avatar romancing Chrom than her own lines, plus he gets near everything the Female Avatar gets regarding Chrom save for marriage/kids and Lucina's above-mentioned nagging.
  • Shock and Awe: When the Avatar is actually shown attacking in cutscenes, they're frequently shown using thunder magic, regardless of their actual class or equipped weapon at the time. They also start out with a Thunder tome. Later games have since promoted their use of thunder magic (and casting the Thoron spell in particular) into one of their defining traits.
  • Shrouded in Myth: The epilogue indicates that no historian can agree on what the Avatar actually looked like, providing an in-game explanation on why the Avatar is fully customizable.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Or at least something similar to Risk, in their supports with Virion and Morgan. Though given they're the army's strategist, it's pretty understandable.
    • Also remember that they are supposed to represent the player. So naturally, they're the closest thing to a strategy gamer that would make sense in a medieval setting.
    • With both of the above said, supports with the former imply they're not that great at it, or at least Virion is better; they play like it's a real battle, and thus are very defensive and unwilling to sacrifice units (much like a Fire Emblem player), while Virion uses this to their advantage and sacrifices half his units to ensure a win against them. The two discuss this and Virion points out he would be a terrible real-life tactician, as his tactics would result in Pyrric victories at best, or would collapse due to mass mutiny at worst.
    Virion: "I won, yes, but at what cost? Half the moves I make in this game could never be used in a real battle. My own men would have my head on a pike before the enemy even reached me. No, this army needs a tactician who loathes the sacrifice of even a single man. It needs you, Robin."
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • In the main timeline, they throw a wrench at the Grimleal's plan by having Khan Basilio fake his death, replacing the gemstones with fakes, and pretending to kill Chrom to play along. Screw Destiny!
    • In The Future Past timeline, despite being mostly suppressed by Grima, they manage to land two critical blows on Grima's plans. The first one is when they hold back Grima from fully obliterating Tiki, ensuring the survival of her spirit which later becomes the new Naga of that world. The second one is paralyzing Grima, allowing Lucina to complete the Awakening and land the killing blow on him.
  • Spell Blade: Their signature ability, Ignis, works like this if it activates while using a physical weapon, empowering the physical weapon through magic.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Before Super Smash Bros. confirmed the romanization of "Reflet", there was confusion over if it was supposed to be romanized as Rufure or Reflet.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: When compared to the Tactician (Mark) from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. (Which is ironic as they are implied to be the same person during Robin's interaction with Lyn.) The Tactician in Awakening is no longer a helpless Non-Action Person who can't fight, but an actual badass in combat and the Tactician being a playable class along with class promotion. Instead of being The Faceless, the Avatar is customizable by the player and can even form support bonds and get married with other characters. The Avatar is also very heavily involved with the story compared to their predecessor, who has minimal importance to the overall plot.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Defied if the Avatar, the foreordained vessel of Grima, marries any member of the Ylissean royal family, a foreordained vessel of Naga.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Multiple times between the Avatar and Grima, especially during the last chapter.
  • Statuesque Stunner: A female Avatar with the "adult" build will be about the same height as most male members of the cast (and tower over all the women, save Panne and Cordelia), and is still very pretty.
  • Status Buff: The Avatar learns two of these in the Tactician and Grandmaster classes. The Solidarity skill from the Tactician class grants adjacent allies a +10 boost in their Critical Rate and Critical Evade. The Rally Spectrum skill command from the Grandmaster class can grant all allies within two spaces of them a small boost to all of their stats. Male Robin also gets Spur Defense skills in Fire Emblem Heroes, providing adjacent allies with either a +2, +3, or +4 boost to their Defense stat.
  • Stepford Smiler: To an extent. The Avatar has a friendly personality and an optimistic demeanor, but some of their dialogue near the end suggests some major self-esteem issues.
    Avatar: (To their mirror image in Paralogue 22) If you know who I am, please tell me... Am I fit to stand with Chrom and the others?note 
  • The Strategist: The Avatar's starting class and role within the army.
  • Super Breeding Program: How the Avatar came to be in this world. The Grimleal spent thousands of years selectively breeding to produce what was meant to be the perfect vessel for their dark god.
  • Super Powerful Genetics: Given how the parent system works note , the Avatar will almost always have the most powerful children in the game. In-Universe, they inherited the bond with Grima from their ancestor.
  • Superdickery: The opening Prelude sees the Avatar stabbing Chrom with a bolt of lightning followed by an Evil Laugh.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: A male Robin has these in Fire Emblem Heroes, which feature prominently in his intro cinematic. Female Robin has what seems to be a darker shade, but not nearly as pronounced.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The story is seen from their perspective, and it's Game Over if they ever go down, but Chrom and Lucina are the main drivers of the plot. Robin only takes the lead in the final portion of the plot, but even that can be averted if the player chooses.
  • Survivor Guilt: If they didn't decide to land the final blow on Grima, they feel guilt about not truly putting him down at the cost of their life when people in the far future are just going to suffer for their decision. However, the Avatar's spouse and children will assure them that they'd miss them greatly if they sacrificed themselves, which alleviates their guilt a bit.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The female avatar is very similar to Deirdre from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. Both girls have white hair, they wear purple in their main wardrobe, they both have amnesia at one point in their respective stories, and they're associated with dark dragons through their heritage. The similarities pop up even more if you have the female Avatar marry Chrom. Both girls marry the Lord of the first generation, eventually gives birth to the Lord of the second generation, and again gives birth to another child who wields a tome and specializes in dark magic.
  • Team Mom: The Avatar, regardless of their gender, will be so to many of their allies. Most strongly addressed in the female Avatar's Supports with Noire.
  • Terrible Artist: The Avatar's B Support with Libra has him awkwardly compliment them on their attempt at drawing Lissa, only for the Avatar to gloomily say "that's a Pegasus..."
  • That Man Is Dead: During their final confrontation with Validar, the Avatar will declare whoever they were or were meant to be before meeting Chrom doesn't matter anymore.
  • This Loser Is You: Completely inverted. Not only does the Avatar have a special class, the first true Magic Knight since Judgral, but they can also get paired with any playable character of the opposite gender, and even have kids. Way to go, stud!
  • Time-Travel Romance: They're the only first-generation character that can marry characters from the future.
  • Tomboy: The female Avatar is one, due to her slightly mischievous nature, her stronger interest in swordsmanship than the Male Avatar, and her love for training in general. It's such a large part of her character that Chrom is stunned speechless that she does feminine things like a girl, and and his awkward response to her unexpected feminine side sets the events of their C-Support in motion.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Thanks to their amnesia, the Avatar is horrified to learn that this whole time, they were Validar's child who is destined to become Grima's vessel.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Takes a new level in each story arc. By the end of the game, the Avatar is considered a miracle-working tactician that can turn certain defeat into victory. Took an enormous one between games if you decide that the Avatar is the Tactician from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, considering they were a complete non-combatant in that one.
  • Tragic Bromance: If the Avatar is male or not married to Chrom. Chrom's death in the original timeline directly heralds the Avatar's possession by Grima and the eventual end of the world.
  • Trans Human: Has the Mark Of Grima via Super Breeding Program to create the perfect human that will serve as a vessel for their proclaimed God of Evil. This also makes Robin the counterpart of Chrom, who has the Mark Of Naga.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Most any kind of meat, but seems to be particularly fond of bear. According to Tharja, "liver-and-eel pie" is also a favorite. Given the awkwardness of this conversation in general, it's plausible that she just guessed that (and her Nightmare Fetishist tendencies shined through) though.
  • Troll: Comes off as this in certain supports, most notably with Ricken and Frederick.
  • Tyke-Bomb: The Avatar was intended to be raised as such, as all in their line had been before, but was stolen away by their mother early in life to prevent their indoctrination.
  • Unequal Pairing: This varies depending on who the Avatar's spouse is.
  • Underboobs: When appearing in Fire Emblem Heroes' Ylissean Summer banner, Female Robin's bikini top is effectively a strap of cloth worn over her chest with a ring in the middle and a knot at the back. Due to her large bust size, her breasts bulge out of both the top and bottom.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Shepherds as a whole, but especially to Chrom.
  • Vague Age: Thoroughly possible due to the customization. Whether it's someone right around Chrom's age, as young as Ricken's, a mature adult who happens to be short, and anywhere in between. Their lack of memories doesn't help, as Noire can point out.
    Robin: But Noire, I'm still so young. I don't think I'm half the person you think I am.
    Noire: You say you're young, but how can you know for sure? You have no memories at all, right? So who knows when you were born?
    Robin: Huh. Well, I suppose I could be an old crone and just not know it. At least I'm aging well.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Their initial relationship with some supports, but they get better with higher ranks and can even lead to a Relationship Upgrade. Gangrel and Walhart are notable examples, particularly for a male Avatar. Tharja too, to the point where he begrudgingly admits his love for her lest he be killed on the spot.
  • Walking Spoiler: By virtue of being an Amnesiac Hero, their past and real role in the story are all titanic spoilers.
  • Warrior Prince: They get to be this if they marry any of the various nobles in the party, and of course by birth for being Validar's child.
  • Warrior Therapist: Some of the support conversations the Avatar has with their team members.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: Like all the Lords, it's Game Over if the Avatar ever gets taken down in battle.
  • With This Herring: Played with. Chrom and Frederick get the weak, but unbreakable Falchion and a Silver Lance, respectively. Meanwhile, the Avatar starts off with... a Bronze Sword and Thunder Tome. Justified because the better weapons your characters can equip are usually Level-Locked Loot. The Thunder Tome is your first 1-2 range weapon, so naturally it will be invaluable in the beginning.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Ignis appears to set the Avatar aflame when it activates.
  • Workaholic: A few of their support conversations have others expressing concern that the Avatar is dangerously overworking themselves.
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