This page details the miscellaneous characters of Fire Emblem Fates. Beware of unmarked spoilers.
The peace loving Queen who rules the Kingdom of Hoshido. The birth mother of the protagonist. She found herself as the crown monarch following her late husband Sumeragi's untimely death.
- Barrier Maiden: Mikoto placed a protective spell over the lands of Hoshido, causing Nohrian soldiers to lose their will to fight as soon as they step into the country's borders. When she dies, the magic wears off and this allows the Nohrian troops to enter Hoshido. (Though the CD dramas imply that the barrier itself was already beginning to weaken before that took place.)
- Beauty Mark: Below her lower lip.
- Big Good: The closest on the Hoshido side.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: Entered a relationship with a mysterious man... who turned out to be the amnesiac soul of Anankos.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After her spirit was resurrected by Anankos. He turns her once gentle demeanor into that of a yandere seeking to turn her entire family into Anankos' undead minions.
- Came Back Wrong: Courtesy of her former lover Anankos (or rather, his insane half).
- Combat Medic: As a Priestess, she can use bows and staves.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Despite her stately appearance, she can apparently be a bit airheaded. Though we never see her act like this, Orochi mentions some of her odder moments in her supports with Ryoma and the Avatar, like going swimming with her slippers on, forgetting she was holding two chopsticks and eating with four chopsticks, and stuffing her mouth with sweets when she thought no one was looking.
- Custom Uniform: Her Priestess outfit is blue and white with some gold accents, instead of the standard red and white.
- Dying as Yourself: In Revelation, as she dies and confesses how she loves all her children. She does this again in chapter five of Heirs of Fate, where she asks her grandchildren to save Anankos.
- Face Death with Dignity: She foresaw her own death note , but carried on being her usual self before the moment came.
- Famous Last Words:Mikoto: You were not hurt? Tell me you're OK. (Avatar: I'm fine.) I'm... so glad...
- Florence Nightingale Effect: The Hidden Truths DLC states that she found a badly wounded and amnesiac blue-haired man, nursed him back to health, and soon they hooked up and had a child. The man was Anankos' Soul, and the child was the Avatar.
- Foil: To her sister Arete. Both came from Valla, and both had a child with a ruler of Valla before they married the rulers of Hoshido and Nohr. Both also sacrificed themselves to protect something they loved. Their differences is that Mikoto married Sumeragi of Hoshido and Arete married King Garon of Nohr. Mikoto also sacrificed herself to protect the Avatar while Arete was said to have sacrificed herself to protect the good in Nohr. Mikoto also dies much later on than Arete, in contrast to Sumeragi dying earlier than King Garon (or so it seems).
- Healing Factor: Has the Renewal skill on higher difficulties.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies shielding the Avatar from the blast of a cursed magic sword exploding sometime in the prologue. Unlike Emmeryn's own sacrifice (who is only playable if the players have Spot Pass activated), it sticks. With some complications.
- The High Queen: She gives vibes of this, being the ruler of Hoshido and all.
- Interspecies Romance: She once got involved with the soul of Anankos, and the Avatar was the result of that union.
- Lady of War: The High Queen of Hoshido, she has a gentle and regal demeanor, and can use bow and arrows as a Priestess.
- Mama Bear: A downplayed example, as she's normally kind and gentle, but she crafts a special barrier over her entire country to keep it safe, and is also willing to jump in front of an exploding sword just to defend her child.
- Medical Monarch: Mikoto is the Queen of Hoshido until her murder helps kick off the plot, and she's a Combat Medic.
- Miko: As a Priestess, which is the promoted version of the Shrine Maiden class, she's technically this. Being a Barrier Maiden for Hoshido ties into it as well.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: How is she a mother to one kid, let alone five? The truth is she's only the mother of the Avatar, and the Parental Substitute and stepmother of the rest. Possibly justified due to Anankos being able to grant long life/eternal youth to humans, although whether he gave her such a gift is mere speculation.
- Our Founder: As seen in Birthright's ending cinematic, a massive statue of her is erected in the city square of Hoshido's capital.
- Parental Substitute: To Azura who technically is her niece, in the days when she lived in Hoshido. Actually, to all the Hoshidan princes and princesses, since she raised them after her marriage to Sumeragi.
- Parents Know Their Children: Step-children in this case, but Hinoka and Sakura's S-Supports with a Male Avatar and Takumi's S-Support with the Female Avatar suggest that Mikoto knew they would fall in love with them and gave them a letter explaining that they weren't related the day the Avatar returned to Hoshido.
- With regards to the Avatar, if the Avatar chooses to fight Yukimura in Chapter 6 of Conquest, he suggests that Mikoto wouldn't be angry with their decision to side with Nohr.
- Parent with New Paramour: Of her Hoshidan stepchildren, Hinoka was the slowest to warm to her, though she eventually changed her tune and regrets her early actions by the present time of the story.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Lay down your weapons!"
- In Heroes:"Sweet dreams."
"Dreams offer peace."
"Forget your troubles."
"Close your eyes, now."
- In Heroes:
- Promoted to Playable: She makes her playable debut in Heroes.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She ruled very wisely over Hoshido and did her best to protect it.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Twice. Her First Love was Anankos' Good Side, who loved her and the Avatar deeply but had to leave them for their safety and ultimately performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save his other "daughter" Lilith. Her Second Love was King Sumeragi, who helped her rebuild her life but was killed defending the Avatar.
- Taking the Bullet: Her Heroic Sacrifice is shielding her child from an exploding sword in the prologue.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is so kind-hearted that the game decides to kill her off right before Chapter 5 starts. And it is even more the reason to corrupt her pureness by reviving and mind-controlling her thanks to Anankos in Revelation.
- Trademark Favorite Food: If the player has a bean tile in their castle, Reina will claim that Mikoto was fond of soybeans.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She does get fleshed out more in some support chains and Revelation, but other than that, no, the player doesn't personally see much.
- Widow Woman: As mentioned above, Mikoto was thrust in a leadership position after her husband died unexpectedly (even though most people by now know that he was flat-out killed defending the Avatar).
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She has the looks, hair, Japanese VA, and serene yet kind behavior. Her willingness to sacrifice herself for the Avatar, who had only reunited with her a few days earlier and had no memory of her, further cements her as this. However, what makes this odd is that she's not native to the Japanese-inspired Hoshido and is actually from Valla, but this probably means that she had to re-invent herself into one after her arrival to the court.
- Yandere: Subverted: she acts disturbingly so as another puppet of Anankos in Revelation, wanting all of her children killed so they can be Together in Death, but this is only because she is Brainwashed and Crazy. Once she's defeated, she returns to her actual self before dying again peacefully.
The king of Nohr and the father of Xander, Camilla, Leo and Elise. He is revealed to have kidnapped the Avatar when they were young and raised them as part of the Nohrian royal family. With natural suspicion of others and lust for power, he is an ambitious person who intends to invade the Kingdom of Hoshido.
Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English, Fire Emblem Fates), Patrick Seitz (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: In Conquest's Endgame after his slimey form is revealed, he speaks in this manner.Garon: I...WiLl nOt LoSe...I WiLl RuLe nOhR aNd hOsHiDo...tHe wHoLe WoRld!! I aM tHe GrEaTeSt KiNg Of aLl!!
- Abusive Parents: More openly towards the Avatar, but he's not exactly much kinder to his own sons and daughters. It's revealed the Garon during the main story is actually his corpse controlled by Anankos; Garon, prior to becoming a walking talking corpse, never met the Avatar, but was already mentally tainted by the Deadly Decadent Court.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is charcoal grey.
- It's one of the first hints you get that he's actually just a walking corpse puppet.
- An Axe to Grind: Wields the S-Rank weapon Bölverk, a large axe with a partially serrated double-head. Interestingly, the card game showed that he used to wield a sword like Xander.
- Anti-Villain: He barely skirts the line between this and a straightforward Evil Overlord. He fell into the latter category when his corpse became a puppet of Anankos. Garon as he was in life averts the trope.
- Archnemesis Dad: To the Avatar. While the siblings on the Conquest route indeed come into conflict with Garon, it's only after he's dead and Anankos turns his corpse into his vessel to do his bidding.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Applies to him before and after his death: King Garon when he was alive was a valiant man who fought on the front lines in battle, while the corpse-puppet slash familiar is either the Final Boss (in Hoshido) or the Climax Boss (in Nohr) with stats to match, wields a big greataxe, and can transform into a dragon due to Anankos' power residing within.
- Ax-Crazy: He becomes more and more unhinged as The Crown of Nibelung goes on, to the point he begins to casually execute Nohrian soldiers and civillians in his throne room for his own pleasure.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Played with in Conquest since, even when Nohr does win the war against Hoshido, Garon's true form is revealed and he's killed immediately afterwards, Hinoka survives and becomes Queen of Hoshido so she and Sakura can start rebuilding it, while the Avatar's Nohrian older brother, Xander, inherits the Nohrian throne and succeeds Garon as the ruler of Nohr... so he and the Avatar can properly begin to change Nohr from within, making it more like "The Anti Villains Win", rather than imposing Nohr's war-like will (and Anankos' desire for destruction) like Garon wanted.
- Believing Their Own Lies: (Slime) Garon genuinely thinks he's Garon due to being his resurrected corpse. He never seems to realize he's a monster until something forces it to manifest (Hoshido Throne) and never notices when Anankos takes control to make him think the way his masters wants him to think. His last appearance on the Revelation route was him appearing and expecting his master to make him a vessel like Gunter was.
- Big Bad: Seems to be this in both the Hoshido (where you are defending it from Nohr) and Nohr (where you eventually try to reform the government from the inside) campaigns. As Garon is revealed to be dead and is being manipulated as a corpse-puppet slash familiar, he has never actually been the Big Bad in the first place.
- Blob Monster: "Garon" reveals his true form as a slime monster on the Conquest route.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He Came Back Wrong as this due to Anankos's influence.
- Came Back Wrong: Courtesy of Anankos who, after his death, replaced Garon's spirit with that of a monster servant with access to Garon's memories, and who Anankos can control as he pleases.
- Climax Boss: Is the penultimate boss of Conquest, which happens after the reveal of his slime form.
- Cool Sword: While Garon doesn't have swords in his current arsenal, this Cipher card shows him wielding none other than Xander's current weapon, Siegfried.
- Damage Reduction: When fought in Conquest, he has both the Armored Blow and Warding Blow skills.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: The Dragonskin skill effectively doubles his health when faced against conventional weaponry by halving the damage that he receives as one of the ability's effects. In Conquest, he's also sitting on a Throne tile, which provides an additional layer of defensive bonuses while restoring a portion of his health every turn.
- Dead All Along: Garon actually died years before the story even began, though after he had Elise. His current self is his corpse transformed and manipulated by Anankos into a vessel to further his agenda of annihilating both Hoshido and Nohr.
- Death Seeker: Pre-death Garon, upon regaining control of his body at the end of Birthright, admits to having wished for death since his possession began.
- Demonic Possession: Since Garon seeks counsel with Anankos in one scene, one assumes this is the case with him. Played straight, but with a twist: "Garon" is a monster servant of Anankos (who is able to program him to do whatever he wants) with Garon's memories, and is currently inhabiting the real (and deceased) Garon's body.
- Demoted to Extra: In Revelation, he literally makes only three appearances in that route, due to the focus being on Anankos being the main villain of that route. He isn't even fought as a boss in this route, as he is almost immediately absorbed by Anankos when he finally confronts the heroes.
- Devour the Dragon: On the wrong end of this in Revelation. Literally. Anankos eats him to regain the power he invested in him, right in front of his children, no less.
- Disappears into Light: Rather, he dissipates into water bubbles in Birthright and Conquest. This is the first sign of a connection to both Azura and Anankos.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- The default punishment for defying any of his orders appears to be death. For Corpse Garon, anyways.
- In the third route, it's revealed that he offered Gunter Dragon Blood and a place in his court, and then slaughtered his family and village after he turned him down in favor of remaining with them.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Fought in the last numbered chapter of both of the main routes. While he goes One-Winged Angel in Birthright, averting this, he plays it straight in Conquest when a Brainwashed and Crazy Takumi acts as the final boss.
- The Dragon: His corpse is this to the Dragon King Anankos, having been turned into a vessel of his. His status as a servant is highlighted by his Familiar/Empty Vessel class on the Nohr route, where you find out his fate.
- Dragons Are Demonic: King Garon transforms into the wicked Blight Dragon during the final battle of Birthright, complete with glowing red eye.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Revelation, he is quickly eaten by Anankos without being fought by the Avatar and company.
- Doting Parent: Leo reveals in his supports with Elise that Garon would show him affection, patting him on the head, and carrying him around on his shoulders a stark contrast to the man he is today. This could actually serve as a red flag that Garon is gone, as his corpse (which is a puppet of Anankos) is basically a different person sharing his memories.
- Dying as Yourself: In Birthright, Garon gradually regains his sense of self and sanity as he speaks to the Avatar once his dragon form is defeated. Also implied on the Conquest route, where Garon reverts to his human form upon falling to the main army, despite having been forced into taking "his" true form moments prior.
- Expy: To previous Fire Emblem Emperor types such as Hardin, Zephiel, and Vigarde. Hardin and Zephiel in the sense that he was corrupted by the madness of Dragons, and Vigarde in the sense that the King Garon we see for much of the game is a mere puppet to the true villain, an empty shell animated by dark magic.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Wants to invoke this in the Revelation route, where he outright states that he not only wants to destroy Hoshido, but also the very kingdom he is ruling, Nohr... in front of his sons, Xander and Leo.
- Evil Laugh: He either lets out a low chuckle or a guffaw full of ham.
- Fake King: An interesting example. Garon actually died before the story began. Shortly after his death, Anankos reanimated and possessed Garon's corpse to further his own goal of destroying both Hoshido and Nohr. But what makes this really complicated is that the reanimated Garon retains all of his previous memories and believes that he is still the real King Garon.
- Final Boss: Of the Birthright path, as the final opposition of the Hoshidan army.
- Foil: To Sumeragi, natch. Dressed primarily in black with white hair (with slight black in it), both have oppositely colored beards, and they are both killed early in the story, with Anankos being responsible. While Sumeragi comes back from the dead, Garon does not (his corpse is instead used as Anankos' vessel). However, while Sumeragi's early death is well-known, Garon's is not. Furthermore, "Garon" serves as the chief enforcer of Anankos' will, while the resurrected Sumeragi deals with his master's enemies from the shadows.
- For the Evulz: His missions for the Avatar in Conquest are intentionally treacherous and meant to cause them torture, and for no purpose other than to please himself and his god, Anankos. Indeed, as "Garon" (or rather, his corpse) is simply an empty vessel used to enforce Anankos's will, it is acting on Anankos's feelings of resentment and jealousy towards the Avatar.
- Good Parents: Once, he had a reputation for loving all of his children very much, in spite of all the drama caused by his active libido and inability to leave women he'd once loved. Obviously, by the time the game's begun, he's grown out of it. Or, rather, it's a hint that he has left the building.
- Happily Adopted: He apparently loved Azura like she was his own child simply because he loved her mother Arete. This doubles as a Tear Jerker, as the real Garon never got to see her again before he died. And, again, it's a sign that something's up, as he barely acknowledges Azura's return in Conquest.
- Healing Factor: On Lunatic Mode in Conquest, he will have the Renewal skill when fought.
- The Heavy: Serves as the main antagonist of Birthright and Conquest, on account of the game's real villain, Anankos, only directly appearing in the third route.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: It's shown in some routes that Garon's conscience still exists within the familiar, but unlike the other parents, never gets a chance to speak to his kids as himself again.
- Hidden Depths: He used to be a more or less decent guy until the consequences of his Marry Them All deals hit him and his children hard, and he became the asshole the story shows. Made worse because he died before the story began, and his existence in the present is due to being a corpse-puppet/vessel of Anankos.
- I Was Quite a Looker:
- According to Leo and Elise's Support, the ladies used to love Garon as much as Garon loved the ladies; if his sons Xander and Leo are any indications, Garon was likely a very attractive man before old age caught up to him.
- This Cipher card shows that, at his prime, Garon was basically a white-haired and somewhat older Xander with a Badass Beard. Down to a similar hairband and Siegfried.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: His method of keeping his pawns in line. If anyone disobeys his orders, he will kill not only them, but their family as well. Prior to being turned into Anankos's pawn, he did not use such methods.
- Jerkass: He is not a nice guy. He even sends the Avatar on suicidal missions, hoping that they die. All of his more jerkass actions stem from Anankos's massive overwrite of his personality and use of his dead corpse as a further means to bring ruin to both Hoshido and Nohr. Though Garon was not a saint towards the end of his life, he almost surely wasn't AS horribly cruel as when he became a corpse-familiar minion of Anankos.
- Kick the Dog: Near the end of Birthright, when the Avatar tells Garon that Elise and Xander are dead, he doesn't care, saying that Xander "was quite a capable pawn."
- Killed Off for Real: More like "Already Been Killed Off for Real", and unlike the other rulers who died (Sumeragi, Mikoto, Arete), his actual self stays dead. His corpse-possessed body is also killed in all three routes, by the Avatar in Birthright/Conquest and by Anankos in Revelation.
- Large and in Charge: As king of Nohr, he is easily the tallest and burliest of the royals.
- Large Ham: Stern King of Nohr he may be, he is not immune to having his moments. Whether he be living or just a corpse.
- Marry Them All: Deconstructed. Garon never could sever ties with any woman he'd once liked, and he ended up with a vast extended family of children from many different women. However, their infighting for his favor didn't result in a very happy home life, and while he once tried to be a good father to all of his children, many of his mistresses actually murdered one another's kids for political gain. The whole situation more-or-less only sorted itself out once most of his women were dead, and the surviving kids banded together and bonded while arranging matters amongst themselves. It ultimately left him the bitter, paranoid tyrant he is at the start of the story. Or, rather, it provided a convenient cover for Anankos-using-Garon's-body to neglect and abuse the princes and princesses for his own ends.
- Mood-Swinger: In The Crown of Nibelung manga he can easily go from sadistic and ruthless tyrant, to mistaking Leo for his mother and talking fondly of both her and him as a little boy. Making it clear to his son how something is controlling him.
- Not So Different: Garon, prior to being a corpse puppet, was this for Sumeragi. Both were actually loving parents to their children, in spite of nasty complications.
- Obviously Evil: Does not look like a good guy, and certainly does not act like one. By the events of the game, his corpse is a puppet whose only purpose is to spread destruction and suffering across the continent for his master.
- Offing the Offspring:
- He's been shown to have tried to kill the Avatar twice in one chapter; once by ordering Xander to do it, and once via Uriah Gambit. Additionally, the Avatar suspects the sword Garon gave them was intended to kill them.Avatar: [The sword you gave me] broke while I was in Hoshido... it exploded in my grasp. If Mother... I mean, the Hoshidan queen... if she hadn't sacrificed herself to save me, I would have died. [...] Father... I must ask you... D-did you give me that sword, knowing this would happen? Was it planned?
- After returning to Nohr on the Conquest path, he sends the Avatar to stop a rebellion by themselves after consulting Anankos. Everyone knows that it's a suicide mission.
- Lastly, it is said by Camilla after the Cheve incident that Garon would also kill his own blood children if he felt like he had to. This is more or less proven in Conquest and the third route, but it's because Garon is essentially a puppet with little to no remnants of his real personality.
- He's been shown to have tried to kill the Avatar twice in one chapter; once by ordering Xander to do it, and once via Uriah Gambit. Additionally, the Avatar suspects the sword Garon gave them was intended to kill them.
- One-Winged Angel: After being initially defeated in Birthright, Garon quickly transforms into a Blight Dragon.
- Out-Gambitted: He manages to pull this in Birthright, as he had guessed that the Avatar and the Hoshidans would attack him while in Cyrkensia, so he had several soldiers, plus Xander (and his subordinates Peri and Laslow) with him.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The Garon we see throughout most of the game is a corpse turned into a vessel controlled by Anankos, gifted with and transformed by his powers. Depending on what route you play, he will transform into one of two things: a Blight Dragon as a result of tapping into the power Anankos bestowed upon him (Birthright) or a blob monster as a result of his true form being exposed (Conquest).
- Playing with Fire: Casts a fire spell in an early cutscene, though his class solely uses axes.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Die!"
- Promoted to Playable: He makes his playable debut in Fire Emblem Heroes.
- Really Gets Around: Xander is the only one of his kids to be born from Queen Katerina. The rest are from different concubines. And Azura was adopted. These are also the only kids that have survived until now as well, as he has had others along with numerous concubines due to never being able to sever ties with a woman once he liked her.
- The Reveal: In truth, the real Garon has been dead for years and his corpse is being used by Anankos as his puppet-familiar infused with and transformed by his power to sow ruin upon both kingdoms.
- Sanity Slippage: Garon gets hit with this hard in Revelation compared to the other two routes; openly communing with his god Anankos in the middle of Castle Krakenberg's throne room is one thing, but then ordering Xander and Leo, the only two of his children to still even be vaguely loyal (with Camilla having already joined the Avatar, and Elise having just run off to do the same), to destroy both Hoshido and Nohr in a fit of maniacal glee is absolutely absurd. The only thing giving such an insane order does is just convince Xander and Leo (the latter of whom was already coming around, having been observing Garon for longer) to defect to the Avatar's side.
- Skunk Stripe: Interestingly, has one in his beard, in the form of a black patch of hair on his chin that looks like a goatee against his otherwise age-whitened hair. It's the complete opposite of Sumeragi's beard and hair color.
- Slasher Smile: His smiling portrait. Eaugh...
- Sorcerous Overlord: Is the king of Nohr and a master at magic.
- Super Toughness: Always has the Dragonskin skill, halving damage done to him.
- Talking to Themself: He does this after everyone leaves and he sends the Avatar on a suicide mission, talking about how the Avatar "betrayed" him and Nohr. Too bad for him Xander's been eavesdropping.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Towards the end of his pre-walking talking corpse life, after many of his mistresses actually murdered one another's kids for political gain, it ultimately left him as a bitter, paranoid tyrant. This "helped" Anankos after his death, as no one realized that he had taken over the now dead King.
- The Unfought: In the Revelation route, he is never fought in his Nohr King form, Blight Dragon form, or even his Empty Vessel form, as Anankos decides to eat him to get his power back since the man was no longer useful to him.
- Uriah Gambit: Sends the Avatar to wipe out the Ice Tribe to prove their loyalty after they return from the climatic "choose a side" moment. He also sends them alone and through a very dangerous piece of land, clearly intending for them to either die or suffer during the mission.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers a magnificent one on the Conquest path when Corrin's Yato is upgraded to its final form and it's revealed that the blade can harm him now, in addition to the entire royal family of Nohr finding their resolve to stand against him. His very speech becomes shakier as the battle goes on.
- Walking Spoiler: One of the biggest cases of this trope at play at Fates due to the massive and unexpected twists involving him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Starts a war with Hoshido in order to unite Nohr, which is currently suffering from inner turmoil and a lack of good crops leading to a food shortage in a Genghis Gambit. This is a ruse; his real intention is to sow discord for "his" master Anankos.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His sudden increase in ruthlessness was considered by most of Nohr as Garon grieving over Queen Arete's death. In actuality, it was due to Anankos's influence.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Does not react well to Azura's singing and dancing and manipulating the surrounding water in both the Hoshido and the Nohr route, though while he looks like he feels slightly unwell in the Hoshido route, he looks like he's having a seizure in the Nohr route. It serves as a hint towards "his" true nature.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Falls victim to this trope in Revelation, where Anankos decided to eat him to get his power back.
Voiced by: Taketora (Japanese), David Stanbra (English)
- Back from the Dead: Was resurrected by Anankos after being killed by Garon.
- Badass Armfold: His portraits have him doing this. Ryoma his son seemed to have inherited this particular trait.
- Blood Knight: While Sumeragi had always been fight-happy according to Fuga, when he was revived as a servant of Anankos, this side of him was amped Up to Eleven. He doesn't recover until he's defeated.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After his spirit was resurrected by Anankos.
- Came Back Wrong: And subsequently became the dragon's minion.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Has the Astra skill on higher difficulties.
- Dying as Yourself: Upon being defeated in Revelation.
- Foil: To Garon, natch. Dressed primarily in white with black hair (with slight white in it), both have oppositely colored beards, and they are both killed early in the story. While Sumeragi comes back from the dead, Garon does not (his corpse is instead used as Anankos' familiar). However, while Sumeragi's early death is well-known, Garon's is not. Garon acts as the direct enforcer of Anankos' will throughout the game, while Sumeragi serves as an assassin meant to deal with them from the shadows.
- Former Teen Rebel: Sumeragi was... quite rougher around the edges while younger. According to his best friend Fuga, he was kind of a prankster as a child and a huge brawler as a teenager/young adult (and a bit of a manwhore, in the JPN original), only growing into a Reasonable Authority Figure around the time he married his first wife Ikona.
- The Good King: Accounts of his life paint him as this. Subverted horrifically when he returns as Anankos' puppet, where he's reduced to a brainwashed Blood Knight. He does return to his much kinder self when he's dying again, though.
- Good Parents: He truly cares for his children. When he's defeated in Revelation and comes back to normal, he compliments their strength and says that he believes they can beat Anankos. He also performed a Heroic Sacrifice to prevent the young Avatar's death.
- Happily Adopted: He took in his second wife's, Mikoto's, child the Avatar as his own. After learning the truth, the Avatar says that Sumeragi really was his/her father
- In the Hood: Is the hooded figure that appears in the story and killed Mikoto while aiming for the Avatar.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Retreats after getting defeated by Owain, Inigo, and Severa in the first part of Hidden Truths.
- Love at First Sight: In Revelation, he says this was how he fell in love with Mikoto.
- Like Father, Like Son:
- Sumeragi's adopted child, the Avatar, is said to have a very similar personalty to him.
- In Revelation, he explains to the Avatar that he fell in love with Mikoto when he found her by the lake. Azura and the Avatar first met this way and, if the Avatar is male, can repeat Sumeragi and Mikoto's romance. With more success in Revelation.
- He's also pretty similar to his oldest son, Ryoma. Both are dedicated to their people, highly skilled with katanas, and either have or had a Hot-Blooded streak.
- Sumeragi's adopted child, the Avatar, is said to have a very similar personalty to him.
- Meaningful Name: The Kanji for Sumeragi, 皇, can translate as "emperor". Also, if the character of Sumeragi is broken up, it can be read as 白王, which translates as "White King". Now, what color is Hoshido associated with?
- Not So Different: From the real Garon in that they were good parents to their kids. (Sumeragi remained as such, while Garon became a jerk especially after being replaced.) They were also apparently quite amorous, but in different ways — Sumeragi hung out in the Hoshidan Red Light Districts as a prince (according to the original Japanese version) and is strongly implied to have been together with Mikoto while his official wife/queen Ikona was still alive (in both versions), but was savvy enough to not have other lovers aside from those two (and siring children only with Ikona, plus adopting Mikoto's child); Garon opted to Marry Them All and keep all of his many concubines around, and the horrible consequences deeply affected the Nohrian Decadent Court.
- Posthumous Character: Subverted; he's very much alive, though he'd probably be better off dead.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"This is the end!"
- Remarried to the Mistress: According to Hinoka's supports with the Avatar, Mikoto showed up one day with "a newborn baby" — the Avatar — and married Sumeragi. Problem is, Takumi and Sakura are younger than the Avatar — they couldn't have been born yet, meaning their real mother, Queen Ikona, was still alive at the time. It's very easily explained by how up until the Meiji era, a nobleman could have an official wife AND concubines at the same time if he could afford it, and being a concubine for The Emperor, the shogun, or a powerful enough noble was considered a huge honor for noblewomen; they'd often use it as a chance to forge their own reputations and careers, and could be potential mothers to their lovers's heirs and other offspring note . If such things apply to Hoshido as well, then Mikoto probably was Sumeragi's concubine and maybe one of his advisors first, officially married him after Ikona's death, and became Queen Dowager when he perished.
- Shounen Hair: A long, wild mane, just like his eldest son.
- Skunk Stripe: Down his beard, which actually makes it an inversion of Garon's.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Mikoto, to the point that he killed her when Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Strong Family Resemblance: As if there was any doubt who Ryoma got his looks and fighting style from.
- Tragic Keepsake: Ryoma appears to have inherited the Raijinto Katana from Sumeragi.
A servant of the Avatar during their childhood growing up in Nohr. She is revealed to be a dragon and it is through Lilith that the Avatar learns of the Astral Planes.
Voiced (in human form) by: Kazusa Murai (Japanese), Danielle Judovits (English)
- Animal Companion: Serves as one to the Avatar.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: She's the madness of Anankos given human form.
- Big Damn Heroes: Her timely arrival in Heirs of Fates allows the second generation to go save Shigure, empowering the crystal balls of transport to get them there before it's too late.
- Breath Weapon: Uses this in the "invasion" battles (in Conquest and Revelation).
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her role is much larger in the DLC chapters, specifically the Hidden Truths and Heirs of Fate.
- Crystal Ball: Rides around on a levitating one, which apparently is the gateway to the dimension MyCastle is in.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Goes out in the Avatar's on Birthright and Conquest.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: The ending cutscene of Chapter 21 of Conquest and the opening to Chapter 24 of Birthright. You can max out her magic, defense, and HP stats all you like. In Conquest she'll still jump in the way of the Faceless's punch rather than attack the Faceless with her astral breath, in Birthright she'll still jump in the way of Hans' attack rather than using her healing powers on the tired and injured Avatar, and in both this attack will always kill her in one hit.
- Healing Hands: Has healing powers in Birthright and Revelation.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In both Birthright and Conquest, she gives her life to protect the Avatar from an attack. After her death, her spirit will still remain in the player's Castle.
- I Owe You My Life: She says the Avatar saved her once when they were younger — they mistook her injured dragon form for a baby bird and nursed her back to health — and that's why she's so loyal to them. It's not her only reason, however.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Early on in Conquest, Lilith gives an "EHEM" when the Avatar complains about having to go into the Woods of the Forlorn alone, evidently having forgotten that Lilith was with them.
- Killed Off for Real: In the story, she dies on both Birthright (in Chapter 24) and Conquest (in Chapter 21). She survives in Revelation and Heirs of Fate, however.
- Leitmotif: "In the Stars" serves as hers. A calm, lulling tune that plays during her rescue of the Avatar in Chapter 3, every time they visit her in in My Castle, and plays during her death scenes in Birthright and Conquest.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She's revealed in Hidden Truths to have been fathered by Anankos, which makes her the actual biological sister to the Avatar.
- Multicolored Hair: In her human form, her hair has a blue to red gradient, and her scales feature the same gradient in dragon form.
- Mistaken for Romance: In Chapter 1 Elise teases Lilith about having a crush on the Avatar (regardless of gender),this prompts Lilith to blush and fumble over her words. Before she can give a proper response Xander interjects that there are currently more pressing matters. Liliths reaction seemingly implied that Lilith has romantic feelings towards the Avatar, but the Hidden Truths DLC shows that her love for the Avatar is strictly familial as Lilith is in fact their biological, younger sister. It can be inferred that she simply became flustered due to her feelings towards her sibling being mistaken as romantic; with no way to explain the truth.
- Our Dragons Are Different: About the size of a large cat, with very cartoony and fish-like features.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In Birthright and Conquest, after dying, her spirit still remains, performing the same duties for the Avatar she had in life.
- Put on a Bus: In a variation, she never appears again in-story after bringing the Avatar to their castle in the Astral Plane on Revelation.
- Pocket Dimension: My Castle is supposedly located inside the Crystal Orb she is holding in her dragon portrait, as stated in the Making of Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary book.
- Pointy Ears: Although in human form her ears are obscured by her bonnet, it's confirmed that she has pointy ears in the official Fates art book "Pellucid Crystal".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Her dragon form; she's even called adorable by Felicia when she learns about the Astral Plane (when playing as a male Avatar).
- Secret Keeper: To honor both Anankos, she chooses to keep both her identity as the Avatar's sister and their connection to the Silent Dragon a secret. Lilith decides to help and guide them while keeping her own distance from them.
- Series Mascot: According to the Making of Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary book, Lilith's dragon form is designed by Kosakihara, while Kozaki designed her human form. She was originally supposed to look more mature than her final design, but they worked hard to make her more child-like as shes intended to be some sort of cute mascot of Fates.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: According to her, in order to save the Avatar, she summoned a power that her human form can't handle or contain, and is thus stuck in her dragon form. However, before she dies in the Birthright and Conquest routes, the astral dragon Moro gives her the power to revert to her humanoid form to say goodbye.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Like two other people from Valla, Azura and Arete, Lilith has bright, yellow eyes.
- Taking the Bullet: In Birthright, she took a hit from Hans to prevent him from killing the Avatar. In Conquest, she took a deadly punch from a Faceless.
- The Team Benefactor: She is definitely this no matter what route is taken, as she allows the Avatar and his/her group to use the Pocket Dimension in her Crystal Ball as their headquarters.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Retroactively. Hidden Truths revealed that she used to be violent and spiteful towards others; she changes to how she was in the main story thanks to Anankos' human self.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Has a human form that she normally took the form of until she needed to save the Avatar's life, taking her dragon form. It's later revealed that she was also the injured baby bird that the Avatar once found and nursed back to health, which explains how she came to Nohr.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: All she wanted is her father Anankos's love before the events of Fates. She finally gets it when his soul dies in her arms.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A slightly darker shade than Azura and Arete. Lilith likely got the hair color from her father, Anankos, whose human form has blue hair too.
He's one of the First Dragons that took part in a war to decide who will control the entire world. As the Rainbow Sage, he has the ability to empower mortals through his rigorous trials or by sharing his power with them. He also single-handedly forged the four divine weapons of Hoshido and Nohr. More impressively, he created the Fire Emblem in the form of Yato. When the four divine weapons resonate with Yato, it becomes the Omega Yato; a blade that's capable of slaying gods.
- Ambiguously Human: Mentions he has lived since ancient times in Conquest and Birthright. Revelation reveals he is one of the few remaining First Dragons.
- Bequeathed Power: In all of his appearances, his final act is providing the Avatar with the means of empowering their Yato blade before passing away from old age (or at times, killing himself).
- Expy: A wise old dude who has a trial on top of a really tall place. When you get there, it turns out the climb was the trial itself. Are we talking about the Rainbow Sage or that other Korin?
- Face Death with Dignity: At the end of his chapter in Revelation, where old age is finally allowed to claim his life.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: He appears in the My Castle Records Hall even after he dies.
- Heroic Suicide: He pulls this in Conquest: he would die soon anyway, yes, but when Iago sends the Avatar and his/her group a message saying that they must kill the Sage to avert anyone else getting his immense powers, the Sage simply tells the Avatar not to worry and offs himself right there.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies from old age in Revelation. It's more ambiguous in Birthright, though it's implied he won't last much longer there, either. In Conquest, he dies before the Avatar and Co. are forced to kill him off.
- Older and Wiser: Reveals in Revelation that he had taken part in the wars between dragons.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: For his role in involving humans in endless wars, he was cursed to be unable to die until he had properly atoned. This, coupled with the fact that he is a dragon, who will inevitably succumb to dragon madness if allowed to live longer, makes him more than happy to pass on during the Conquest and Revelation routes.
- Wizard Beard: Has a long beard as a sign of how old he is.
Anna returns as a DLC character, and joins the party upon being saved from bandits after clearing her DLC map.
Voiced by: Saori Seto (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)
- The Archer: This Anna, being of the Outlaw class, uses a bow as her main weapon. One of her secondary classes is the Apothecary line (including the Merchant class promotion, fittingly enough), which also uses bows.
- Badass Adorable: Just like Awakening's Anna, she's a cute young woman whose Money Fetish makes her even more quirky and endearing. Her design is a bit cuter than her Awakening counterparts, with larger eyes and a slightly more practical outfit.
- Badass in Distress: At the start of her DLC chapter, she's cornered by Lloyd, Llewelyn, and a crowd of their identical brothers, and the Avatar and their crew have to save her.
- Battle Couple: She can be this with a Male Avatar if they S-Support.
- Born Lucky: Similar to how she was in Awakening, her best stat is her Luck, with a whopping 70% growth rate. Her personal weapon even gives a luck bonus.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: If one decides to promote her to a Bow Knight, she'll gain Swords to go along with her Bows.
- Combat Medic: Anna can become one if she promotes to an Adventurer, which lets her use Staves in addition to Bows.
- Downloadable Content: She's part of Fates' second season of DLC.
- Extra Digits: Bizarrely, this incarnation of her has six fingers on her right hand.
- Famous Last Words:Penny on a dead woman's eyes? Please...?
- Fourth-Wall Observer: In her "A Gift from Anna" DLC, she directly addresses the player and even advertises purchasing more DLC content.
- Horse Archer: Can promote into Bow Knight, allowing her to use her bows on horseback.
- Hypocritical Humor: When confronted by Lloyd and Llewelyn's bevy of identical brothers, she notes how unsettling it is that they all look alike, then admits that she has no room to talk.
- Love Confession:Being with you makes me feel like nice things will keep happening. Is it OK that I still love money a little more than you?
- Memetic Hand Gesture: Resting her index finger on her face, like all of her sisters.
- Money Fetish: Just like the Awakening incarnation, Anna obsesses over money. It even ties into her Personal Skill, "Make a Killing", which gives her a chance of getting some gold from enemies she defeats based on her Luck stat (which is rather high, letting it activate often).
- Mythology Gag: Her DLC recruitment chapter takes place on the same map as her recruitment chapter in Awakening, with the same music to boot.
- Off-Model: Her portrait erroneously gives her 6 fingers on her right hand.
- Optional Party Member: Just like in Awakening, except one has to buy and download her level in order to unlock her.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: While she was rather strong in her Awakening incarnation, in Fates she initially doesn't have a lot of ways to defend herself at close range due to using bows. Additionally, she is more susceptible to physical pain due to her mediocre Defense growth and the inherently low Defense stat of her Outlaw class.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Right to refuse service!"
"Business is booming!"
"Slashing more than prices!"
- Pungeon Master: She makes a lot of money puns, often peppering her comments with salesman vocabulary.
- Series Mascot: Anna serves as the mascot of the Fire Emblem franchise as a whole, this time having full rein over the Dragon's Gate and all DLC content.
- Squishy Wizard: Her defensive stats aren't that good, but she has a surprisingly great Magic stat. Shining Bows are great weapons for her because of this, since they let her deal magical damage without the need to change to a class that can't use bows.
- Supreme Chef: Her cooking in the mess hall shares the same top-tier modifier (Exquisite) as Jakob, Peri and Percy's.
Nohrs tactician who excels at witchcraft. Loves tactics that involve foul-play and adores manipulating from the shadows. Follows Garon's orders without fail, no matter how ruthless, and takes pleasure in the misery he causes others.
Voiced by: Akinori Egoshi (Japanese), John Rubinstein (English, Fates), Kirk Thornton (English, Warriors)
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He pathetically begs for his life after he's defeated, in spite of all the bad things he did. In all paths, the heroes have none of it.
- Ambition Is Evil: In The Crown of Nibelung, the promise of dragon's blood from Garon brings out the worst in him, and he even plots to rule over Nohr with Garon as his puppet.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Hans' Brawn.
- Climax Boss: He is the final major Nohrian opponent you face in Revelation before the party moves on to Valla.
- Co-Dragons: Shares this position with Hans after the latter is promoted to general in Birthright.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears a black outfit. Fittingly, his tome in Birthright is Ginnungagap, a tome representing Casting a Shadow.
- Demoted to Extra: In Revelation, he's fought in the beginning of the second half of the story, in stark contrast to the Birthright and Conquest storylines, where he's a penultimate boss.
- Dirty Coward:
- Begs the group to spare him after he tries to kill them in both Birthright and Conquest.
- In Conquest, he spends the entire fight barricaded in a room while letting Hans, a few dozen Nohrian soldiers, and some Faceless do most of the fighting as he debuffs the player's army.
- The Dragon: To Garon, being his tactician.
- Elemental Powers: Wields elemental tomes, including the S-Rank Tome Excalibur on Conquest. He even uses a different elemental spell in every route: darkness on Birthright, wind on Conquest, and ice on Revelation.
- Evil Genius: As the mage of the corrupt Nohrians.
- Eviler Than Thou: A far bigger and more manipulative bastard than fellow sorcerer Zola ever was, and he's proud of it.
- Expy: Of Excellus, as both sport feminine appearances, are the tacticians of antagonistic monarchs, but are The Unfavorite among their allies, mainly because they use underhanded tactics.
- Faux Affably Evil: He occasionally talks like old friends to the Avatar and occasionally talks in a polite manner, but in actuality, he despises them and wants to make their life miserable.
- Hate Sink: Every bit as despicable as Hans owing to his selfish, cowardly acts. Doesn't help that he portrays a negative stereotype of mages being utter cowards.
- He Knows Too Much: Toward the end of Conquest, he figures out that the Avatar is a traitor when his men discover a certain someone who was meant to be killed. After hearing his accusations, the Nohrian royal siblings decide that it would be better to kill Iago and Hans to protect their foster sibling's life rather than face the wrath of an enraged Garon. He really doesn't help his case by attacking the Avatar, too.
- Hypocrite: In Conquest, he never misses an opportunity to suggest that the Avatar is conspiring with Hoshido. If the two fight in Chapter 26, Iago reveals that he told Ryoma about their detour to Macarath, putting three members of the Nohrian royal family and a little over a dozen loyal Nohrian soldiers' lives directly in jeopardy.
- Idiot Ball: In Conquest, he tries to kill the Avatar in the Nohr siblings' presence.
- Jerkass: An unpleasant fellow who has made it his life to make the Avatar miserable because he never liked them.
- Karmic Death: Leo offs him in Birthright and Conquest, and he is defeated in battle by Hoshido and Nohr's combined force in Revelation. Then again, it's not like he doesn't deserve to die...
- Lampshade Hanging: The Avatar winds up accomplishing two of Garon's objectives via Loophole Abuse. When the Rainbow Sage dies of a heart attack instead of at the Avatar's hand, he even says "Curse these loopholes!"
- Malevolent Masked Men: His mask may be part of a dragon's skull as implied by the horn.
- My Rules Are Not Your Rules: On the Conquest route only. See the entry below in regards to having a Staff rank? Well, he has three status staves in his inventory in the Conquest route and a skill that lets him increase all of them to maximum range AND abuse all three as much as he wants. If you're on Lunatic, he gains another status-inflicting staff.
- No Respect Guy: His plans fail more often than not and his magic isn't as good as he'd like to think. Thus, allies and enemies alike have no fear or respect for him, to the point they'll tell him so to his face. Even Garon eventually mocks him for being useless.Garon: It's unsurprising he failed. His plans never do work, after all.
- Obviously Evil: While not ugly, Iago doesn't look like a good guy with his greasy black hair, evil expression, and dark outfit, does he?
- Pet the Dog: He's Obviously Evil, true to the series fashion. He outright states that the Avatar would be dead if he had his way, and curses the Avatar for not accomplishing the missions Garon gives them the way HE thinks. But surprisingly, he does accept that technically, s/he IS doing what Garon ordered. When Garon orders Iago to make things worse for the Avatar in Conquest, Iago is actually surprised.
- Sadist: He deeply enjoys making people suffer, especially the Avatar (for no adequately explained reason).
- Secret A.I. Moves: The only Sorcerer in the game to have a Staff rank. No one else has this distinction. He puts it to good use on Conquest.
- Shout-Out: He's named after Iago from Othello, who also hates the main character of said play and plots to make his life as miserable as possible. In Japan, he's named after Macbeth.
- Sissy Villain: Mostly just in appearance, but is also something of a Dirty Coward.
- Smug Snake: Scheming from the shadows, he is all too proud of the misery he provides to the Avatar. He speaks only to Garon with respect, and only out of fear, and even looks to his own allies as pawns.
- Too Dumb to Live: Despite proclaiming himself to be a smart and brilliant tactician, threatening the Avatar's life in front of the Nohrian royal siblings in Conquest is a death wish.
- The Strategist: Fills this role as Nohr's tactician.
- Undignified Death: He pathetically begs for his life in both Birthright and Conquest and is unceremoniously executed by Leo in both paths.
- Villains Want Mercy: On every route, he begs for his life upon being defeated for the final time. Leo will have none of it and kills him in Birthright and Conquest.
A soldier of Nohr. A former criminal who has committed a number of offenses in the past. Has a lust for power, willing to do anything to get it. Garon requests he aid the Avatar in their first mission out of Nohr.
Voiced by: Hisanori Koyatsu (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)
- A Lady on Each Arm: In this Kozaki sketch, he's all Dressed to Kill and with two cute women next to him.
- Ambition Is Evil: Trying to off the Avatar, mercilessly slaughtering people, working alongside the Avatar, following Garon's and Iago's orders... he'll gladly do anything so long as it gets him ahead.
- An Axe to Grind: As a Berserker, he exclusively uses axes, including the S-Rank axe Aurgelmir in Conquest.
- Artificial Stupidity: A spectacular example as an ally in Chapter 3. He charges a Samurai and an Archer who beat him in Tactical RockPaperScissors, are paired up for increased defensive ability, are entrenched in an easily defendable fortress that constantly heals them, and are surrounded by three more archers who can all attack him without fear of retaliation. He has about a 15% chance to even hit his targets. Happy trails, Hans! Of course, it later turns out his real objective was to spark off Garon's war, then assassinate the Avatar and their entourage, something he very nearly succeeds at.
- Ax-Crazy: Literally laughs with joy as he cuts innocent people down. Bonus points for using an axe.
- Bad Boss: Orders his own men to kill each other while they're training.
- Bald of Evil: The shaved thug look.
- Boxed Crook: He was once a thief and a murderer brought to justice by Xander. Garon claims he's reformed, but it's clear he's really just making use of the thug's skills for his own ends.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Iago's Brains.
- The Brute: Garon's chief enforcer, and the one personally carrying out all of the atrocities Garon orders.
- Co-Dragons: Promoted to top general in Birthright, making him this to Iago.
- Damage Reduction: Has Pavise late in Birthright, and Armored Blow late in Conquest.
- Demoted to Extra: In Revelation, he's fought in the beginning of the second half of the story, in contrast to the Birthright and Conquest storylines, where he's a penultimate boss, just right before Iago.
- The Dragon: In a different way from Iago; while Iago is the tactician, Hans serves as a commander of an army.
- Dumb Muscle: Is incredibly strong, but is also incredibly dumb as well, quite evident in Chapter 3 where he runs up to a heavily defended fortress. Though this was a part of his plan.
- Evil Albino: His skin is chalk white, contributing to his evil look.
- Expy: A mixture of Calleach and Valter, combining the former's ambition with the later's sadism and brutality.
- Faux Affably Evil: In Conquest, he is actually capable of speaking like a normal underling and does his best to make an impression that he's just doing the dirty work so no one else has to. Of course, once the 'dirty work' comes in, he's doing it with glee.
- Hate Sink: Easily the most loathsome character in the game, especially in Conquest. While not as cowardly as Iago, he makes up for it by being a mass-murderer.
- Just Following Orders: His excuse for trying to kill the Avatar and slaughtering innocent villagers and captured soldiers? He claims that he's remorseful for his actions, but any order from Garon can't be disobeyed or he'll be executed for treason. But given how much he enjoyed his questionable actions, this is probably a bluff for anyone who criticizes his violent methods.
- Karmic Death: He gets butchered by the army in all three routes.
- Leeroy Jenkins: His combat philosophy. He calls his troops "cannon fodder" in the Prologue chapter, and decides that throwing himself at a dug-in Hoshidan emplacement is the best way to spend his time in Chapter 3.
- Mook Promotion: He started off as a common lowlife, but through sheer ruthlessness claws his way into becoming a general of Nohr by the time the Avatar crosses paths with him again.
- Nothing Is Scarier: How he executes Scarlet in Conquest. It happens off-screen, but it was apparently so brutal and horrific that Camilla, a Blood Knight who's been Conditioned to Accept Horror and able to casually threaten people with death and dismemberment with a smile on her face, is shocked speechless.
- Obviously Evil: Between his intimidating appearance and blood-thirsty demeanor, it's clear Hans is no hero. It's even commented on in-game, as Xander says he doesn't trust the guy when Hans is introduced.
- Recruiting the Criminal: He is a former murderer who was given a commission in the Nohrian army. Xander doesn't trust him because of this, and with good reason.
- Sadist: In Birthright, he orders his own men in training to kill each other just to see a bloodbath, while in Conquest, he kills any and every prisoner of war, even those that were promised safety if they surrendered.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If he gets killed in Chapter 3 (which is almost certainly inevitable), he'll comment that he's done enough for now, and withdraws.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: See also Artificial Stupidity and Too Dumb to Live.
- Too Dumb to Live: So very much, he tries to run up to a heavily defended fort in Chapter 3 and gets himself beaten up. This is later justified, as it's revealed Hans did this to get Corrin killed for Garon.
- It's played straight when he threatens the Avatar's life in Conquest along with Iago right in front of the Nohrian royal siblings (three of whom, including the Avatar themself, possess sacred weapons with Tactical RockPaperScissors advantage over his axe).
- Did we mention that the brothers can also hit from two tiles away, making any skills he has when attacked completely obsolete (save for Countermagic for Leo on Lunatic. Xander on the other hand...)?
- It's played straight when he threatens the Avatar's life in Conquest along with Iago right in front of the Nohrian royal siblings (three of whom, including the Avatar themself, possess sacred weapons with Tactical RockPaperScissors advantage over his axe).
- Uriah Gambit: He instigates a fight with Omozu's forces so Corrin will be killed in the fight.
A shinobi of Hoshido. He serves as Saizo and Kazes replacement protecting the border.
- Anti-Villain: He's just trying to protect his fort. It was Hans, in fact, who instigated the battle.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: His high Speed and strong weapon make him the hardest boss faced up to that point.
- Wolfpack Boss: Surrounded by enemy Archers, and later, Sky Knights.
A mage of Nohr. Disguises as Izana in order to fool the protagonist.
Voiced by: Hisashi Izumi (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)
- An Ice Person: Uses Ice magic to create an "Ice/Snow of War" that the Avatar must fight through in the Revelation route. Also wields Fimbulvetr on easier difficulties on both the Birthright and Conquest routes.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: In Birthright, the Avatar spares Zola and prevents Leo from killing him. Even though it's not enough to convince him to do a HeelFace Turn, this act of kindness leads to him begging Garon to spare the Avatar later.
- Dark Chick: The first of the corrupt Nohrians that the player fights, in addition to being the weakest.
- Dirty Coward: In the Revelation route, he holds Sakura hostage, hoping the Avatar would not be able to kill him. Leo executes Zola for resorting to this cowardly tactic.
- Elemental Powers: Wields Fimbulvetr on lower difficulties on the Birthright and Conquest routes. Also wields Nosferatu in Conquest and Revelation. On higher difficulties on the former, Fimbulvetr is swapped out for Mjolnir instead, while he swaps it out for Ragnarok on the harder difficulties in Conquest.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: After trying to beg Garon to spare the Avatar for not being a bad person, feeling they were only misguided by their Hoshidan comrades, Garon executes him on the spot in Birthright.
- He Knows Too Much: Executed on the spot by Leo in Conquest since he would report back the role the Nohr siblings and the Avatar had in preventing the capture of the Hoshido siblings.
- Kick the Dog: In Conquest, he mockingly wonders aloud whether Sakura will cry when she's executed.
- Killed Off for Real: On all three routes. By Garon in Birthright, and by Leo in Conquest and Revelation.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Of all the Nohrian NPC Bosses, he's shown to be the only one not irredeemably evil, at least in Birthright, as he pleads with Garon to spare the Avatar.
- Master of Illusion: Disguises himself as Izana in all three routes.
- The Mole: During his time with the Avatar in Birthright.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His only truly selfless action ends up costing his life in Birthright.
- Obviously Evil: It's actually hardly surprising that he's up to no good in Birthright. The bigger question really was when and how he would be revealed as such. This is even invoked as Takumi doesn't even trust him in Birthright despite not showing as much distrust towards the likes of Felicia or Silas, at least until Zola saves his life.
- Pet the Dog: In Birthright, the Avatar sees the good in him, and he sees the good in the Avatar back. Sadly, this isn't one of the games where you might get to recruit someone like him.
- Poe's Law: In-Universe. His impersonation of Izana is so over-the-top that it rings alarm bells with your royal siblings (and Gunter in Revelation)... but then they meet the real Izana, who is just as flamboyant as Zola's impression was.
- Punished for Sympathy: Garon kills him for begging him to spare Corrin.
- Reality Ensues: The Avatar learns that just because you showed kindness to an enemy once, it may not be enough to convince him to switch sides.
- Taking the Bullet: He takes an attack meant for Takumi in Birthright... knowing that there was a White Mage right there to heal him and that it would gain Takumi's trust.
- Token Evil Teammate: Deconstructed on Conquest and Revelation, where his morally-questionable methods result in him being quickly executed by his own allies.
- Villain Has a Point: Hinoka in Birthright accuses him of being terrible at impersonating Izana, but as mentioned earlier, the real Izana really is like that.
Ruler of the Principality of Mokushu. Making his country powerful is his great ambition.
Voiced by: Hidemitsu Shimizu (Japanese), John Rubinstein (English)
- Ambition Is Evil: Nothing is sacred to him so long as he and his country benefits.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the leader of a famed ninja clan, he kind of has to be strong.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Why he's an enemy even on the Conquest route, where he's technically the group's ally. He's really on no-one's side but his own. Allies are just the enemies of his enemies.
- Developers' Foresight: He gets an alternate death speech if killed by Saizo, due to You Killed My Father below, as well as Shura in Conquest.
- Dirty Coward: Averted actually; he's considered this by Saizo, though we never actually see him act this way. Underhanded maybe, but he does fight to the end.
- Expy: The ruler of a small nation willing to do anything to expand it, even side with an invading nation, and who resents the nation the main Lord comes from? He's basically Erik of Laus as a Ninja.
- Eye Scream: Not subject to this himself, but Saizo and Kaze's supports reveal that he's the reason Saizo only has one eye.
- Hate Sink: He's one of the most despicable and self-serving characters apart from Iago and Hans, since he plays both sides against each other for his personal benefit, and is responsible for a great deal of Saizo, Kaze and Shura's suffering.
- He Knows Too Much: He claims this in Conquest, when the Avatar and Co. realize how he's trying to play both sides.Avatar: We came to your aid because you said you were low on troops. So that was a lie too?
Kotaro: I won't waste any more breath on you. In death, you shall keep my secrets! We'll tell King Garon his darling children died fighting the Hoshidans, heh heh. If you had just kept your mouths shut, you could have lived. Such a shame. Instead you will all be sacrifices on the altar of my grand ambition!
- It's Personal: Since he had a part in the fall of the Principality of Kohga and the murder of the previous Saizo ninja leader, he is absolutely loathed by Shura, who used to be a Kohga citizen, and by the similarly-named eldest son and heir of the aforementioned Saizo leader. Both of them will have special conversations with Kotaro if they're allowed to confront him.
- Karmic Death: If killed by Saizo.
- Magic Knight: In Conquest, he's carrying a Flame Shuriken.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after famous Ninja Fuuma Kotaro. His province is even called Fuuma in the Japanese version.
- Smug Snake: He's quite a powerful enemy, okay, but his ambition makes him impossible to trust and he's so damn smug as he resorts to every trick in the book to keep his share of power. Plus he boasts about having either killed someone dear to other ninjas or destroying a whole nation, greatly angering either the eldest son of his victim or a citizen of said fallen land.
- Token Evil Teammate: The only Hoshidan character to be depicted as outright evil.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Were the players getting used to the weapon triangle the entire game up to this point? Beware in Birthright, because he has a weapon that screws axes and bows over with more potency. note Even moreso in Revelation where he's equipped with a Steel Katana as well as a Steel Shuriken and has a few Master Ninja accompanying normal ones.
- You Killed My Father: Killed Saizo and Kaze's father, the previous Saizo. Kaze believed that their father had simply died in the line of duty, but Saizo suspected Kotaro from the very start.
Voiced by: Shigeo Kiyama (Japanese), David Stanbra (English)
- An Ice Person: As the Chief of the Ice Tribe, this is to be expected.
- Casting a Shadow: Wields Nosferatu.
- Killed Offscreen: In Birthright, Garon has Kilma killed to keep the Ice Tribe (including Flora) in line, and has them fight against the Avatar. Averted in the other two routes.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It's thanks to his treatment of Flora that resulted in her having massive insecurities as an adult, but she never does call him out on his favoritism towards Felicia.
- Parental Favoritism: The Ice Tribe is filled with proud warriors that teach their children to handle weapons from an early age. When his younger daughter Felicia showed more promise in handling weapons than Flora, who had difficulty, he only praised Felicia. Despite this, he still expected Flora to act as the heiress. When they were taken away to be the Avatar's maids, Felicia was told that it was going to be a simple job. Flora, on the other hand, knew that she and Felicia were political hostages.
- Punny Name: His Japanese name, Clear, is a pun on ice, which can be transparent in its purest form.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Unlike most of the other NPC bosses, who are fought in all three routes, Kilma is only seen on-screen in an early chapter of Conquest, being Killed Offscreen in Birthright (and likely so in Revelation, too, though it's a bit more ambiguous). However, the Ice Tribe's rebellion happens in all three routes regardless, his daughters were kidnapped by Garon in an attempt to keep him in check, and one of them (Flora) becomes an enemy in all three paths because of this, if briefly in Conquest and Revelation.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Flora definitely got her father's hair color.
A young human who claims to have been a page to the former King of Valla, and guides the party through the Kingdom.
Voiced by: Yayoi Sugaya (Japanese), Kris Zimmerman (English)
- Baleful Polymorph: Is turned into a Faceless by Anankos as punishment for failing him.
- Forehead of Doom: He's got a HUGE one, another clue that he's evil.
- Kubrick Stare: His portrait is posed like this, your first clue that he isn't trustworthy.
- The Mole: Tried to sabotage for the group during his time with them.
- Obviously Evil: No one trusted him while in his child form and trying to "help" them. The Avatar seemed to believe him and be led into a trap by him, but they were savvy enough to leave a letter explaining the deal.
- Smug Snake: Makes a sinister remark about how Takumi, who was just saved by Leo, could have died a painful death by falling, with Xander catching onto Anthony being up to no good.
- Slasher Smile: Once he reveals his true intentions, he starts smiling rather sadistically.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Mole who happens to be Obviously Evil, who certain parties don't trust, whom is then punished by the Big Bad for failure? Seems to be a repeat of Birthright!Zola and his own mole status.
- Villainous Breakdown: Anankos punishes him and he begs to be given a few more moments, believing he can still achieve his goal.
- Leave this land at once!
Voiced by: Yuka Keicho (Japanese), Kris Zimmerman (English)
- Back from the Dead: Died in the past and was resurrected to serve Anankos.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: After her spirit was resurrected by Anankos.
- Came Back Wrong: After being resurrected by Anankos.
- Combat Medic: Carries healing staves in every battle, allowing her to heal her mooks.
- Custom Uniform: Compared to the generic Strategist uniform, hers is more ornate, tight-fitting and features darker colors-making her look more like a Dark Mage or a Sorcerer instead.
- Dark Is Evil: Dresses in an all-black outfit. Subverted. Her "evil" actions are because she was resurrected as a puppet; Arete herself is not and never was evil.
- Dying as Yourself: When defeated for the final time, she dies in her daughter Azura's arms, happy that she finally remembered who she was.
- Equipment Spoiler: Her head feather can be purchased from the Accessory Shop and is said to belong to a queen, despite the fact that the only queen who physically appears in the other paths is Mikoto.
- Evil Matriarch: Her daughter is one of the protagonists who opposes her and her master's plans. Being evil is not by Arete's own choice; she's been mindwiped and cannot remember her past. Azura herself tells the group that in her living years, she was a kind and gentle mother who taught her all she knew about Valla. She was also a kind loving wife and Queen, and her death is one of the biggest reasons Garon became so bitter.
- Foil: To her younger sister Mikoto. Both came from Valla, and both had a child with Valla's rulers before they married the rulers of Nohr and Hoshido. Both also sacrificed themselves to protect something they loved. The difference is that Mikoto married Sumeragi of Hoshido and Arete married King Garon of Nohr. Mikoto also dies much later on than Arete, in contrast to Sumeragi dying earlier than King Garon (or so it seemed).
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Teleports away whenever allied units get close enough to her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrificed her life to save both her daughter and Nohr, sometime in the past, by speaking about Valla, knowing full well that it would kill her.
- Lady of Black Magic: The elegant Queen of Nohr who can use magical tomes, on par with being a Strategist.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Unlike the others Anankos resurrected, she was revived without her memories.
- The Lost Lenore: According to Leo, Arete's death was the absolute last straw for Garon, who became extremely bitter.
- Meaningful Name: Two for the price of one.
- "Arete" can either mean "excellence" or "mortal virtue" in Greek. It was seen as the notion of living up to ones full potential.
- Arete is the name of the very beloved Queen of Scimira mentioned in The Odyssey, who was also a descendant of Poseidon, in keeping with the theme-based naming of her daughter and grandson.
- Posthumous Character: Everything we know about Arete and how important she was to Azura and Garon is told from the perspective of other characters who knew her while she was alive.
- Playing with Fire: Comes with the Ragnarok tome in Revelation Chapter 23, Hidden Truths 2, and Heirs of Fate: V.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
- Recurring Boss: Fought thrice in Revelation.
- Replacement Scrappy: In-universe, she and her daughter endured especially harsh treatment from the citizens and concubines of Nohr because she replaced the beloved, late Queen Katerina.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Elise's nanny Cassita says in the Birthright path that Arete and her daughter Azura were very similar.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Guards the gate leading to the exit in the second part of Hidden Truths.
- I AM THE FORGOTTEN GOD! THE BETRAYED KING! THE BURIED DRAGON!
Voiced by: Rokuro Naya (Dragon), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Human) (Japanese) / Travis Willingham (Dragon), Cam Clarke (Human) (English)
- Abusive Parents: Anankos the Dragon had Garon treat the Avatar as a disposable tool, and later had them sent on a suicide mission because they betrayed him by surviving. He didn't treat his daughter Lilith well either and used her as a tool, which caused the poor dragon girl to be devoted to him solely to gain his approval. However, Anankos' Soul did indeed love them and Lilith, doing what he could to protect them.
- Apologizes a Lot: His Soul does this very often. His child, the Avatar, seems to have inherited this.
- Archnemesis Dad: The father of the Avatar and the one that manipulated them and the events of the story. Though technically the "Archnemesis" and the "Dad" are separate, as it was the humanoid soul of Anankos who fathered the Avatar.
- Bad Boss: He treats many of his minions like crap, including those that serve him through Garon. Once he no longer has a use for them, he tends to kill them.
- Big Bad: He's the one behind the war and the main antagonist of the story.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He manages to do this in the Heirs of Fate DLC. The story is about stopping him from doing it to the Multiverse.
- Body Snatcher: Does this to King Garon's corpse before the games begin to further his mad intentions. It accomplishes a lot, naturally.
- Cognizant Limbs: His arms and head each have to be beaten during the final battle before the core can be attacked. Any attack initiated against the arms results in the head performing a counterattack.
- Cool Mask: His initial head appears as a mask.
- Dark Is Evil: As well as Light Is Not Good, as his first form manifests as a Light mask in appearance and Dark mask as his artwork. Taken further in that he's the Dawn/Dusk Dragon of both Nohr and Hoshido.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: By the final battle of Heirs of Fates, Anankos' mind has fully slipped into complete madness. He only remembers how he felt betrayed and cursed humans, but has forgotten how he had killed Azura's father or how his friend believed in him. Anankos tries to convince Shigure, who he thinks is his oldest friend Cadros, to join him in living in a Valla that's perfect once he finds the right world free of humans yet exactly the same as the one he loved a mission that is impossible to achieve.
- Death Seeker: Realizing that he was descending further and further into insanity, his soul desires this to prevent himself from harming others, but he is unable to off himself.
- Demonic Possession: Inflicts this on "Garon" (occasionally), Takumi on the Conquest route (and briefly in Birthright), and Gunter in Revelation.
- Devour the Dragon: Literally devours his corpse-familiar, Garon, in Revelation to take back the power he gave him.
- Draconic Abomination: His madness-corrupted form is a colossal omnicidal eyeless draconic beast holding a terrifying eye-covered orb — which is actually his heart — in its jaws, and he is capable of reshaping the world as he sees fit, resurrecting the dead as grotesque familiars, and manipulating both light and darkness to the effect of being able to conjure black holes.
- Dragons Are Divine: Anankos is one of the First Dragons, and a deity with control over light and darkness, water, and fate. Among his other powers are the ability to raise the bodies of the dead as his undead servants, the ability to grant eternal life and the eternal survival of one's bloodline, the ability to easily travel between worlds, and the ability to grant the power to use Dragon Veins using his blood. However, by the time of the game, he has devolved into madness like so many other First Dragons, and in Revelation the Avatar and company are forced to put him down.
- Driven to Madness: Due to his growing power and inability to become a spirit, he descended into madness and eventually desired to Kill All Humans.
- Emotion Bomb: How Anankos' curse works on those afflicted by it; the curse causes them to slowly lose control of their negative emotions and their own inhibitions as time passes, preying on their individual vices but always ending up with the same result. The worst part, though, is that the emotions brought up are ones the victims are already feeling, and the circumstances that caused them are real; all the curse really does is amplify what's already there (to an abnormal degree, yes, but it's still feelings that originated with that person). As such, very few people are able to tell they've been affected by a curse since they are still acting on their real thoughts most of the time and by the time anyone can tell, it's usually too late as was the case for Garon and Takumi.
- For Garon, it increases his distrust in everyone, making him heartless towards the children he was once kind to, and increased his murderous impulses, which made him decide to kill anyone at the slightest provocation, order people killed with little consideration, and desire to rule Hoshido.
- For Takumi, it caused his anger toward the Avatar for siding with Nohr in Conquest to become homicidal with rage that destroyed most of his good qualities and reasoning, using his desperate desire to protect his home as means for him to commit suicide so Anankos can gain full control of his body.
- For Gunter, it uses the hidden resentment he holds toward Garon for burning down his hometown and killing everyone in it — his family included — as a means for Anankos to possess his body, so he can try to kill the Avatar with it. Worse still was that the Garon who caused this atrocity was likely the one possessed by Anankos himself, so in reality Gunter ends up victimized by the same power that took his family.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: The dragon's head is eyeless, but the orb he carries in his mouth has several eyes on it.
- Famous Last Words: His soul apologizes to Mikoto, Corrin, and Lilith before dying."I'm sorry Lilith... I'm sorry... Mikoto... I'm sorry... Avatar...
- Final Boss: Of the Revelation route and Heirs of Fate DLC. He is also technically this on the Conquest route, as he possessed Takumi to be able to kill the Avatar and his party himself, should "Garon" fall.
- Freudian Excuse: As a dragon, he constantly struggled with a primal desire to rampage and destroy all things. One little slip-up, where he ravaged an entire forest, was all it took for the people of Valla to turn on and try to kill him out of fear. This led directly to his Tragic Mistake, where his anger and despair at being betrayed caused him to accidentally kill his only friend; this act finally broke him and he split himself in two — his soul was cast out into human form, leaving his original body with nothing but madness and hatred.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: It's implied that isolating himself from others after burning the forest by accident and being attacked by fearful humans didn't help his mental health one bit, to the point that even though he longed for companionship, his mind was being twisted in his loneliness to desire the death of all humans. This plays a part in why he killed the King of Valla despite knowing he truly meant to help him.
- Good Parents: His soul is revealed to be this, in contrast to his physical self. He sacrificed everything trying to save Mikoto and their child from his other self, including his life for his daughter Lilith.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His soul goes through one in order to save his daughter Lilith.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He is the one behind Azura's powers, which are vital in his defeat. And of course, there's the fact that his own child is the one to kill him. Though, as noted under I Cannot Self-Terminate, this is what his soul wanted all along.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: A firm believer in this, so he wishes to wipe out both kingdoms for exploiting the gifts he gave them, for forgetting his existence, and for "betraying" him.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: This is the last desire of his soul prior to being fully integrated with his physical counterpart, as he requests that the Avatar, Laslow, Odin, and Selena come and end him.
- Interspecies Romance: His soul had a relationship with Mikoto, which resulted in the Avatar.
- In the Hood: In the Hidden Truths DLC. The hood never comes off.
- Irony: Anankos threw out the source of his insanity... but he was still insane.
- Karma Houdini: For someone who is responsible for perpetuating the war between Hoshido and Nohr, he is this in the Birthright and Conquest paths, as he acts using Garon as his puppet and despite Garon's destruction, no one ever finds out about his involvement in the events of those paths. This is averted in the Revelation path, where he is defeated once and for all.
- Kill All Humans: Wants to drive humans to extinction.
- Kaiju: His true form is massive, rivaling Grima in size.
- Leitmotif: "Coming Demise" serves as his, playing in a majority of the scenes he or someone he's "possessed" is in.
- Let's You and Him Fight: His modus operandi. Since he's weaker outside of Valla, he orchestrates in-fighting between human nations to eventually Kill Em All. In Heirs of Fate, he foregoes this to take out the actual threats of the nations directly by killing them separately in the Deeprealms, then sending his soldiers to wipe out the countries in each alternate world he conquers.
- Literal Split Personality: After killing the one person in Valla who accepted him, Anankos discarded his own soul, which contained his original kind personality and took on human form. Soul Anankos wandered until he lived with Mikoto and had a child, eventually warning them of the danger and fleeing from his other half's troops. Lilith is also a piece of his madness that he has discarded and given human form.
- Mad God: His inability to fully become a spirit, along with the burgeoning strain of his draconic nature, are what started to drive him mad. A bunch of misunderstandings and almost everyone turning against him in Valla only drove him further into the mad god seen in the story.
- Making a Splash: Controls water, and both him and his minions are water-themed to some extent. Usually shown by them disappearing as water. He displays it through his breath attack in the final battle, which bursts into a swarm of water bubbles from the target after it hits them.
- The Man Behind the Man: Despite being a dragon with powers rivaling that of a god, he mostly keeps to plotting in the background, gifting his minions with his power to further his will, instead of just outright invading the world outside of Valla. It's suggested that it's because he becomes weaker outside of Valla, meaning a direct invasion of Hoshido or Nohr is liable to end in failure.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Anankos" comes from the Greek word "ananke", meaning "fate", which hints at the title and structure of the game, revolving around the Avatar's choice.
- His original Japanese name was Hydra, another word for "water", hinting at his connection to Azura and his own water-based powers.
- Me's a Crowd: In Heirs of Fates, he has gathered the power of twenty one other Anankos, shown in the final battle as their hearts floating around the battlefield.
- Multiversal Conqueror: His Heirs of Fate counterpart becomes a multi-world conquering threat, having taken over numerous worlds. The second generation seen in the DLC are from the different worlds he's conquered, and his ultimate goal is to conquer every world.
- He resurrects Sumeragi, Mikoto, Arete, and Scarlet as spirits to do his bidding after their deaths, and turns Garon's corpse into a vessel serving him, all for his own goals. He also turns Takumi's corpse into a minion on Conquest.
- His Vallite soldiers are formed from the souls of fallen soldiers, making them an expy of the Risen from Awakening.
- Nerf: Tried and failed to do this to himself. After failing to become a spirit, Anankos spent an untold number of years trying to weaken and limit his own power to prevent himself from going out of control. He had his own dragonstone and even created a ritual to weaken himself through songstresses and a fragment of his dragonstone. None of it ever worked in the long run and the songs started killing their wielders.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- It's implied Anankos was taking control of Garon and rewriting his thoughts to make him desire the destruction of both Nohr and Hoshido on Revelation. He of course does this while Xander and Leo are overhearing Garon. This led to them defecting and being around to help the Avatar forge Omega Yato.
- Back before his personality split, he created the Magic Music Azura uses, and blessed her lineage with it so as to help him keep his primal urges in check. It ultimately wound up being more of a curse than a blessing, but many years later it was one of the key parts of his defeat.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal is the destruction of the entire world.
- Orcus on His Throne: He never leaves Castle Valla's throne room in the story, preferring to use puppets and minions to attack the Avatar and their group until the last chapters of Revelation. Justified for two reasons; before the events of Fates, he gave Garon a big portion of his power (which he gets before back before the final battle), and as Hidden Truths explains, he's significantly weaker outside of Valla. He's still a giant powerful dragon, but it would be suicide to take on both Hoshido and Nohr in his weaker state. In Heirs of Fate, he still prefers a divide and conquer strategy, but each alternate world he dominates also has him assimilate the Anankos of that world's Valla, as seen in the final battle.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His initial appearance is a dragon with a mask-shaped face. His empowered form is mostly normal save for the lack of eyes on his face and carrying a golden ball in his mouth with multiple eyes on its surface. Said ball turns out to be his heart.
- One-Winged Angel: After his dragon form is beaten, Anankos becomes a floating orb covered in eyes. Said orb is also his true form (as stated in Heirs of Fates).
- Physical God:
- He has the power to create black holes, monsters, Time Travel, changing the very environment with Dragon's Vein, power over Light/Darkness/Water, raise the spirits of the dead as an infinite army as well as raise human corpses, empower humans through his blood, alter a person's very appearance, grant eternal youth/life/longevity, eternal beauty, and even ensure a person's bloodline can exist indefinitely (Japanese version). His human form was even capable of granting these things outside of Valla (even though Anankos is said to become weaker when leaving Valla). The one power he doesn't have is the ability to (truly) raise the dead.
- In Heirs of Fate, by taking the power of the Anankos in the worlds he conquers, he reaches new levels of power he previously didn't have, and it's revealed that with the 4th verse of Lost In Thoughts All Alone, he does have the ability to bring the dead completely back to life. Though it comes at the price of Laser-Guided Amnesia of a life's worth of memories or a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Possessing a Dead Body: His M.O. He killed and possessed Almost all Vallites, Garon, Takumi in Conquest, and Scarlet, Arete, Mikoto and Sumeragi in Revalation. The only people who did not die as a result of his possession are Takumi in Birthright and Gunter in Revelation.
- Power Echoes: In the Hidden Truth DLC, his human guise has a notable echo in his speaking lines.
- The Resenter:
"Why am I left to suffer? Why am I the one left to die? Why do humans flourish while I am buried here...ignored...forgotten? TELL ME WHY!"
- Towards humans in general:
Even the thorn in your heartmay in time become a rose.
- Towards the Avatar. Anankos will try to make the poor guy/girl suffer as much as possible in his schemes before having them die. It's even implied that the only reason he waited so long to have his troops kill Mikoto was just to have them watch her die protecting them with the very sword he had Garon give them. Additionally, his Garon vessel tries to inflict as much suffering as possible on Conquest, via his orders.
- In Heirs of Fate, he has all the kids fight one another for little more than his own amusement at their suffering.
- In both of these cases, however, it's also implied that Anankos is making them suffer in order to make them strong enough to defeat him, in a twisted form of Tough Love.
- Sequential Boss: His fight in Revelation Endgame consists of three stages: first, you need to destroy his arms, then his head, and finally his exposed heart. In Heirs of Fate, it works similarly, but instead of heart, the final stage is a battle with his soul.
- Significant Double Casting: His Human form/Soul shares both his English and Japanese voice actors with the male Avatar, who is his son. His Dragon form, however, shares his English voice actor with Garon (whom is his Dragon), and his Japanese seiyuu with Gunter (whom he possesses on the third route).
- Spanner in the Works: To himself. If Soul Anankos hadn't fathered the Avatar and granted Azura's family their powers, Physical Anankos would have likely succeeded in his goals to destroy the world.
- Split-Personality Merge: Soul Anankos returns to his body upon dying, allowing him to be temporarily sane until the madness once again takes over.
- Thanatos Gambit: His soul has been aiming for this all along, as he created Azura's Magic Music with the intent of weakening himself and safeguarded the Avatar so that they will eventually come and kill him. It's downplayed in that he solely seeks his own death and has no other ulterior motive.
- The Usurper: Usurped the previous king of Valla, aka Arete's first husband and Azura's birth father.
- Tragic Bromance: With the former king of Valla.
- Tragic Mistake: Accidentally killing the king of Valla, his best friend, is the direct cause of his ultimate descent into madness and the events of the game.
- Tragic Monster: Knowing full well that he was slowly going insane, Anankos did all that he could to prevent it, but did eventually end up going mad. Despite going crazy, his soul still managed to escape and gather warriors capable of killing dragons; but even this failed and had to change his plans. Anankos' soul was eventually killed and returned to the feral mad original body, but before he was fully lost, he begged for the warriors and the Avatar to end him. Azura even thinks that the song Lost in Thoughts All Alone is actually Anankos' cry for help to end his suffering. Word of God says it actually is.
- True Final Boss: Of the third route.
- Truly Single Parent: Due to creating Lilith from himself.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: Creates one before the final battle, and it sucks up much of the palace after Anankos destroys it. It even sucks up a floating island.
- Villain Song: While actually sung by Azura, Lost in Thoughts All Alone (if~hitori omou) is sung from his perspective towards the Avatar, his child of the prophecies that lead to Anankos' own death.
- The Virus: Merely being in his presence will induce Anankos's madness into someone harboring powerful negative thoughts and feelings. It's implied that this is how he offed the real Garon, and Takumi on the Conquest route, giving him corpses to turn into vessels and tools for his own ends. And, as shown with Garon and Takumi's weapon on the Conquest route, he can further corrupt the vessels' bodies into hollow slime monsters, and turn inanimate objects into instruments of his will.
- The Voiceless: While he mostly averts this in the second-to-last chapter of Revelation, when he assumes his dragon form after eating Garon, he never talks again before his defeat.
- Walking Spoiler: Anything beyond saying that he's the final boss is a big give-away in and of itself.
- We Can Rule Together: Mistaking Shigure for his old friend King Cadros, Anankos offers Shigure a chance to live together in a paradise he seeks to create free of humans in the final chapter of Heirs of Fate. Shigure refuses and mentions that Cadros is dead.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The world hasn't been kind to him, due to his dragon nature. This becomes more apparent once the player discovers his soul/original self, who's a genuinely good person, as well as his backstory. Sadly enough, the Heirs version of Anankos was desperately looking for a world where he hadn't gone insane and screwed things up for everyone. All Anankos ever wanted was to go back to how things were before he went insane; but in 22 worlds so far, he failed to find any world where he didn't go crazy. The reason being that his insanity is a condition of being a dragon, which means it's impossible to find a world where he isn't insane.
- Would Hurt a Child: He sends his Vallite soldiers to hunt down and kill the child units as babies, forcing the parents to hide them in the Deeprealms. His troops continue hunting down the children in order to kill them and are fought after finding several child units in paralogues.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His human form shows long turquoise hair beneath the hood.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Since the Avatar and their allies came to him on Revelation, Anankos no longer had a reason to keep Garon's corpse vessel alive. Likewise, Anthony failing to get rid of the Avatar results in him turning him back into a mindless Faceless.
Tropes applying to the bosses as a whole:
- Defeat Means Friendship: If they're captured.
- Hard Mode Perks: Zigzagged. Some of them, especially the ones available in Conquest, get extra skills on hard difficulties. They even keep their class's capped weapon rank(s) on Lunatic mode. However, if you capture an enemy who possesses skills impossible for players to obtain, these are removed upon capture. Additionally, like any bonus unit who joins your army, they don't come with the weapons they had when you captured them.
- HeelFace Turn: Naturally should you choose to capture and recruit them, as they're all introduced as antagonists in their respective chapters.
The boss of Chapter 14 of Birthright, and is thus only capturable on that route. A Nohrian commander. She leads Nohrs mighty army to protect the countrys borders.
- Creepy Good: If captured, she still retains her sociopathic look.
- Lady of Black Magic: Uses magic tomes as her weapons.
- Psycho for Hire: Seems to enjoy killing.
- Smug Snake: Portrayed as arrogant and cruel.
- Stock Sound Effects: She is the only capturable female to retain her voice clips, though they are the same ones used by generic female units.
- Blade on a Stick: Is a proud Spear Fighter who tells of his fighting style.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Enjoys boasting about his lance-fighting skills, even to his enemies.
- Crutch Character: While most captured units end up being like this his is a special case. He has good offensive stats and Rally Defense (which is really beneficial in the early-game); however, he is footlocked and you will eventually get Rally Defense for Camilla and/or Beruka.
- Lightning Bruiser: Part of the reason why many players capture him other than his highly useful Rally Defense is because of his amazing growth rates.
The boss of Chapter 14 of Conquest, and is thus only capturable on that route. A Hoshidan commander. He seeks the life of Nohrs King Garon.
- Anti-Villain: He only wants to kill Garon to end the war so as to end meaningless bloodshed.
- Attack Reflector: He can get the regular physical Counter naturally from his default class and Countermagic on higher difficulties.
- Carry a Big Stick: His boss battle has him using a club, the Hoshidan answer to axes. As they're in the same weapon type, he can use axes too.
- Face of a Thug: A scary-looking man who adorns human skulls, but is nevertheless well-intentioned.
- Good Counterpart: Despite only appearing in one chapter, Kumagera can be seen as Hoshido's answer to Hans, as both are bald, bearded assassins of parallel classes (Oni Chieftain and Berserker, much like Rinkah and Charlotte). Their morals are also opposite in that Kumagera tries to spare his opponents and is only after King Garon's head, while Hans relishes in causing as much bloodshed as possible. In addition, Kumagera is a one-shot antagonist who can be captured and recruited, while Hans is a major antagonist who dies no matter what you do.
- Hero Antagonist: He also wants to end the war without wasting lives.
- Hitman with a Heart: Despite being an assassin sent by Hoshido, he seems unwilling to take Nohrian lives, and gives the Avatar opportunities to surrender.
- Magic Knight: Uses axes and tomes as an Oni Chieftain.
- Mighty Glacier: His high HP, Strength, and Defense growths makes him able to tank and dish out most physical damage.
- Not Me This Time: He shows up right after a mysterious singer severely injures Garon with a song, so the Nohrians naturally assume they're connected. As it so happens, the singer is actually making her own attempt on Garon's life and is totally unrelated to Kumagera.
Lloyd & Llewelyn (William & Hormone)
Voiced by: Travis Willingham (Lloyd) (English), D.C. Douglas (Llewelyn) (English)
A duo of bosses in Kana's Paralogue and are capturable on all routes. A pair of berserkers of unknown origins, the twins, Lloyd and Llewelyn, are always together.
- Affably Evil: They're a rather cheery pair of fellows despite their profession. If they do a HeelFace Turn, then they're just plain cheery.
- Alliterative Family: In the western version, the twins are known as Llewelyn and Lloyd.
- An Axe to Grind: Their weapons of choice.
- And Call Him "George"!: Both want to capture Dragon Kana as a pet because they think s/he is cute.
- Bonus Boss: Lloyd and Llewelyn only appear after a certain number of turns on a certain map. As such, it is easy to miss them!
- Composite Character: In Japan, the bandits in "Anna on the Run" are not Lloyd and Llewelyn but simply new characters with re-used portraits. The overseas versions made them actually Lloyd and Llewelyn.
- Delinquent Hair: Lloyd has a wild, pink mohawk.
- Glass Cannon: Both of them have this exaggerated, as the Berserker class was never sturdy to begin with, but neither of them ever hit more than 25% defense growth.
- Gonk: They're strange-looking men, but this is part of their charm.
- Heart Symbol: Both have matching heart tattoos on their forearms.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: The gold you got in Ghostly Gold DLC was apparently cursed. This could be subverted, as neither are the brightest bunch and the curse they speak of is never brought up; they probably didn't even know it was cursed.
- No Brows: Both brothers' lack of eyebrows and silly expressions only adds to their gonk-like appearances.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in the overseas releases. Lloyd the bandit has the same first name as Lloyd Reed, the White Wolf, from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
- Theme Twin Naming: Their English names, Lloyd and Llewelyn, both start with two L's, referencing that there are two of them. The bandits in Anna's DLC in Japan, who are not Lloyd and Llewelyn in Japan, have meat-based names. In the overseas version, their many look-alikes in the "Anna on the Run" Xenologue, who all have names beginning with two L's... Except for Tom.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Lloyd and Llewelyn continue the tradition of the two bandit brothers who are a little too fond of each other.
- Promoted to Playable: For the first time, the bandit brothers are potentially playable should they be captured.
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese), John Rubinstein (English)
The boss of Sophie's Paralogue, and is thus capturable on all routes. A Nohrian soldier. Hes apathetic to everything, but his stubbornness to survive is stronger than most peoples.
- An Axe to Grind: He comes with a higher Axe rank than Tome.
- Black Knight: As a Malig Knight, he has black armor, and is the leader of a group of bandits.
- Creepy Good: If he joins you, he remains a rather sinister-looking man.
- Demoted to Extra: There are indications that Nichol was meant to be a fully fledged playable character, as his name is listed amongst the playable characters in the game data, and he has a cut-in portrait. He and Candace were also the only capturable bosses to be candidates for the Fire Emblem Heroes roster.
- Determinator: Apparently, he has a stubborn will to survive, but nothing in-game besides his description supports this. Had he been made a properly playable unit, he may have had a personal skill invoking this somehow.
- Elemental Powers: He can wield magical tomes.
- Heel Realization: If you bump him off, he realizes he should have believed in hope instead of cruelty just before he dies/falls before being captured.
- Obviously Evil: Has a sinister appearance with black armor, and sunken in eyes. Becomes a Face of a Thug if he gets captured and is convinced to join your party in any of the three routes.
- Magic Knight: As a Malig Knight, he can use axes and tomes.
- Meaningful Name: In the Japanese version. Nacht is the Dutch and German word for night, fitting for a Malig Knight.
- No Brows: It contributes to his gloomy appearance.
- Shock and Awe: Uses a Thunder tome when fought in Sophie's Paralogue.
Voiced by: Yuka Keicho (Japanese), Amber Hood (English)
The boss of Midori's Paralogue, and is thus capturable on all routes. A genius explorer from Nohr. She has devoted her life to that of an adventurer's.
- Acrofatic: Candace's weight doesn't stop her from running and jumping around wildly.
- The Archer: Uses bows as her offensive option.
- Combat Medic: She can heal as well as fight.
- Demoted to Extra: Like Nichol, there are indications that Candace was meant to be a fully fledged playable character, as her name is listed amongst the playable characters in the game data, and she has a cut-in portrait. She and Nichol were also the only capturable bosses to be candidates for the Fire Emblem Heroes roster.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Rather than to make an attempt to fight or just spend the entire match on one tile, she prefers to flee with a harvest of rare herbs as the rest of the opposition impedes the player's progress.
- Head Swap: Averted. Because of her unique model, Candace cannot reclass, nor can she wear the Bath Towel accessory.note
- Insane Troll Logic: Candace claims that she isn't part of a band of thieves, but she travels among them to have a distraction while she does her work. She also claims that her taking the Dragon Herbs from Midori isn't stealing; she only took them from Midori because she treasured them. When Midori calls out Candace for actually stealing them, Candace accuses Midori for being the thief who stole them from the forest. When Midori denies stealing the herbs from the forest, Candace denies stealing them from Midori, entirely.
- Lady of Adventure: Her description shouts this.
- Third-Person Person: Constantly refers to herself by name, with her Catchphrase being "Leave it to Candace!"
The boss of Shiro's Paralogue, and capturable on Birthright and the third route. A villain from the border lands. He robs from travelers along a road near the secluded realm.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries the mean Killer Axe, giving him a massive critical damage boost.
- Cleavage Window: His harness leaves his chest open.
- Desert Bandit: Runs a bandit gang in the desert.
- Gonk: Actually averted, as despite being a Berserker unit, he looks more like a mean criminal with a standard appearance.
- Smug Snake: Self assured that he'll kill everyone...even if that one person is Ryoma or a Mother Corrin of all people.
The boss of Asugi's Paralogue, and capturable on Birthright and the third route. A villain from the border lands. He broke into a rich house to plunder their money and goods.
- The Archer: Par for the course as an Adventurer.
- Combat Medic: Has access to rods/staves.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks relatively politely and refers to Saizo and the others as "guests," even as he's planning on taking them hostage to ensure that Asugi does his job.
- I Have Your Wife: He suggests that he's planning on using Saizo and his companions as hostages to force Asugi to go through with the burglary.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: He's Faux Affably Evil, in stark contrast to the rather blunt and rude Saizo and Asugi.
- Something About a Rose: Is smelling a rose in his portrait, giving him a rather vain look.
The boss of Selkie's Paralogue, and capturable on Birthright and the third route. A villain from the border lands. He caught a fox spirit and tried to sell it for a high price.
- Greed: His reason for capturing and selling fox spirits.
- Magic Knight: As a Basara, he has access to naginatas and scrolls.
The boss of Forrest's Paralogue, and capturable on Conquest and the third route. A villain from the border lands. He preys on a small village near the secluded realm.
- An Axe to Grind: Can only use axes as a Fighter and Berserker.
- Bald of Evil: Based on the original Pirate class sprite on the NES which the original Gazzak used.
- Damage Reduction: Gets Pavise in Hard Mode and above, where he has a chance to take half the damage from close-ranged weapons.
- Expy: Of Gazzak, a pirate from Archanea, and the first boss in the series.
- Gonk: Has a unusual character design, signifying him as intimidating.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar that goes across most of his head, this contributes to his thuggish look.
- Mighty Glacier: In contrast to the usual Berserker, Gazzak has a very high Defense growth, but not a particularly good speed one.
- No Brows: Makes him look frightening.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: He and his men were in the midst of taking over a village by raiding it and claiming anyone he finds as hostages when Corrin and Leo encounter him.
The boss of Ophelia's Paralogue, and capturable in Conquest and the third route. A villain from the border lands. He acquired a rare magic tome and used it to commit foul deeds.
- The Archer: As an Apothecary he wields bows.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His glasses partially obscure his face, giving him an evil look.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: As an Apothecary (or Merchant, if one is far enough), he can't actually use the aforementioned tome.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: The left lens of his glasses shines sinisterly.
The boss of Soleil's Paralogue, and capturable on Conquest and the third route. A villain from the border lands. Was once a famous swordsman, but now reduced to an accomplice to common crooks.
- Attack Reflector: Has Countermagic on Hard Mode and above, which reflects magical attacks back to the enemy during the enemy phase.
- Badass Armfold: A skilled swordsman with the pose to match.
- Fallen Hero: Was once a famous swordsman, but is now a common crook. If captured and convinced to do a HeelFace Turn, he might get his old "heroism" back as much as the plot allows.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: As a playable unit, all of his growth are in between Selena's and Laslow's. In addition, his only glaring weakness, being his low resistance, is somewhat alleviated by coming with Countermagic on Hard Mode and above.
One of the potential Amiibo DLC characters. Marth travels from the world of Archanea, having fought the other Fire Emblem amiibo characters and challengers from across the gaming world in Super Smash Bros..
- Alternate Self: Marth also appears as a non-amiibo DLC character, with codes packed in with Fire Emblem Cipher TCG products in Japan.
- Alternate Universe: His dialogue shows that this is the same Marth that appeared in Super Smash Bros..
- Apologetic Attacker: Can shout "Forgive me!" as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
- Ascended Extra: He's more or less an upgrade of his Einherjar from Awakening, with a fully unique model and voice acting, and unique stat modifiers this time around.
- Badass Cape: It carries over the symbol on it from Super Smash Bros..
- Battle Theme Music: In his Hero Battle, a remix of "Strike!" from Shadow Dragon and Early Initiative from New Mystery of the Emblem.
- Bishōnen: Marth's as pretty as ever.
- Blade Spam: His Finishing Move is a quadruple stab, similar to one of his side-special's possible fourth hits in Super Smash Bros..
- Bonus Boss: Has to be defeated before he can be recruited.
- Born Lucky: Marth has a positive Luck modifier, a high growth rate and a high cap as a Lodestar.
- Cool Crown: Can give out his tiara as an accessory, as well as Tiki's headdress.
- Cosplay: Any regular male unit can reclass to Marth's Lodestar class using the Hero's Brand DLC item, gaining his outfit. To complete the look, mock versions of his sword are also available for purchase.
- Force and Finesse: Finesse to Ike's Force, best exemplified by the level 1 skills of their classes. Marth's Dancing Blade describes his fighting style as light-footed, and grants +3 Speed at the cost of -1 Defense.
- Foreshadowing: During his second visit, Marth teases the possibility of the Avatar visiting the Super Smash Bros. world one day. Several months after the Japanese release of Fates, Corrin was indeed announced as a Smash DLC character.
- Hair Decorations: Always wears his signature tiara.
- Heal Thyself: Can use the Falchion to restore 10 HP.
- Inconsistent Dub: Marth has an English voice in Fates, unlike in Super Smash Bros.. What makes this a case of this tropenote is that Fates Marth and Smash Marth are the same individual.
- Kill Streak: Speedtaker gives Marth a bonus of +2 Speed every time he defeats an enemy, for a maximum of +10, but said bonus is temporary, and Marth is restored to normal once the map is completed.
- Master Swordsman: Lodestar can S-Rank swords, making Marth this.
- Mythology Gag: One of his critical quotes in the Japanese version is his famous "Everyone, please watch me!" taunt from the Super Smash Bros. series in a fiercer tone.
- Marth's team when you fight him is his team from chapter 1 of Shadow Dragon: Marth paired up with a Paladin (Jagen), two Cavaliers paired up (Cain and Abel), a Sky Knight (Caeda), a Knight (Draug) and an Archer (Gordin).
- The English version adds another one by changing Gentle Blade to Dancing Blade, naming it after Marth's side special in Super Smash Bros..
- His pose after killing an enemy is the same pose from his 3DS and Wii U Super Smash Bros official art. Most of his animations are also lifted from his Super Smash Bros. incarnation.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"I must end you!"
"My prayers are with you!"
"Fate has brought us here!"
- Red Baron: He's still the Hero-King.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: His tiara.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A king from another world, but one who's happy to held out if you recruit him.
- The Voiceless: The Cipher version of Marth is mute, unlike his amiibo counterpart.
- Weak, but Skilled: Marth has a negative Strength modifier, the lowest Strength growth rate of the amiibo characters and Lodestar has a cap of 29 in Strength outside of modifiers. On the other hand, he has a positive Skill modifier, the highest Skill growth out of all the amiibo characters and Lodestar has the highest Skill cap of the amiibo classes at 35.
- Weapon of Choice: The Falchion, which cannot be removed from Marth's inventory.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The original blue-haired character in Fire Emblem.
One of the potential amiibo DLC characters. Ike travels from the world of Tellius, having fought the other Fire Emblem amiibo characters and challengers from across the gaming world in Super Smash Bros..
Voiced by: Michihiko Hagi (Japanese), Jason Adkins (English)
- Alternate Universe: His dialogue shows that this is the same Ike from Super Smash Bros..
- An Axe to Grind: He can use axes as a secondary weapon type.
- Apologetic Attacker: Can shout "Sorry Friend!" as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: The second hit of Aether.
- Ascended Extra: He's more or less an upgrade of his Einherjar from Awakening, with a fully unique model and voice acting and unique stat modifiers this time around.
- BFS: Ragnell, his default sword.
- Badass Armfold: The second half of his victory pose.
- Badass Cape: It carries over the symbol on it from Super Smash Bros..
- Battle Theme Music: In his Hero Battle, The Devoted, from Radiant Dawn.
- Blood Knight: While the original Ike shows shades of it, this Ike is this in full, saying that he seeks power in his life as a mercenary, and that he would fight for power rather than fight for peace in his My Castle appearance.
- Bonus Boss: Has to be defeated before he can be recruited.
- Challenge Seeker: Between his first and second visits to the Avatar's castle, Ike wanders the world looking for a good fight, and scowls at the lack of one, noting that he misses the challenge of non-stop fights.
- Composite Character: Ike's Mighty Glacier stats are similar to his attributes in Smash, but his Ragnell behaves like it does in canon (firing light-based Sword Beams) rather than being a fire-based weapon like in Smash.
- Cosplay: Any regular male unit can reclass to Ike's Vanguard class using the Vanguard Brand DLC item, gaining his outfit and muscles. To complete the look, mock versions of his sword are also purchasable.
- Force and Finesse: Force to Marth's Finesse, best exemplified by the level 1 skills of their classes. Ike's Heavy Blade describes his fighting style as unsubtle, and grants +3 Strength at the cost of -1 Speed.
- Hunk: He's using his Radiant Dawn design.
- Kill Streak: Strengthtaker gives Ike a bonus of +2 Strength every time he defeats an enemy, for a maximum of +10, but said bonus is temporary, and Ike is restored to normal once the map is completed.
- Life Drain: The first hit of Aether.
- Martial Arts Headband: More of a swordsmanship headband, but he wears one.
- Mighty Glacier: Unlike in his original appearances, but like in Super Smash Bros., Ike's stat caps give him very high attacking power but low speed.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: He's using his muscular Radiant Dawn design, and has the best Strength of the amiibo units.
- Mythology Gag: His Mighty Glacier stat caps and victory pose come from Super Smash Bros., though his famous quotes from Smash ("I fight for my friends" and "You'll get no sympathy from me") are absent here.
- Ike's team when you fight him is based on a few of the Greil Mercenaries: a Priestess (Mist), a Cavalier (Oscar), a Fighter (Boyd), a Dark Mage (Soren), a Knight (Gatrie), a Archer (Rolf) a Sniper (Shinon) and Ike himself.
- The song that plays when you fight Ike in his Hero Battle, The Devoted, is the Greil Mercenaries battle theme in Radiant Dawn, and the battle theme.
- Nice Guy: When spoken to for the first time, he comments on the kindness of the Avatar's friends at the castle, and returns the favor by giving them a gift.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Get ready!"
"No holding back!"
"Let's end this!"
- Rated M for Manly: This is one of the most powerful Fire Emblem heroes we're talking about, and he uses his very muscular Radiant Dawn design here.
- Red Baron: He's still the Radiant Hero.
- Signature Move: Aether, which retains its same unique animation from Super Smash Bros. and Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
- Sword Beam: Can fire these from Ragnell for his ranged attack.
- Sword Plant: The first half of his victory pose, derived from one of his victory poses and taunts in Super Smash Bros.
- Weapon of Choice: The Ragnell, which cannot be removed from Ike's inventory.
One of the potential amiibo DLC characters. Lucina travels from the world of Ylisse, having fought the other Fire Emblem amiibo characters and challengers from across the gaming world in Super Smash Bros.. While she was a Moveset Clone of Marth in that game, her skillset in Fates is a bit closer to her actual skillset as a Great Lord in Awakening.
- Alternate Self: Lucina also appears as a non-amiibo DLC character in her guise as "Marth", with codes packed in with Fire Emblem Cipher TCG products in Japan.
- Alternate Universe: She travels from a different world than the one Odin, Laslow, and Selena come from. Her dialogue shows that this is the same Lucina that appeared in Super Smash Bros..
- Armor-Piercing Attack: The second hit of Aether.
- The Artifact: Because Lucina's portrait comes from Awakening, she still has blushing graphics, while Marth and Ike lack it, and there's no situation where it's used.
- Badass Adorable: Sweet, polite, friendly, secretly likes cutesy teddy bear hats, and a skilled warrior who helped save her homeworld.
- Badass Cape: It carries over the Brand of the Exalt on it from Super Smash Bros..
- Battle Theme Music: In her Hero Battle, Rival, from Awakening.
- Blade on a Stick: She can use lances as a secondary weapon type.
- Bonus Boss: Has to be defeated before she can be recruited.
- Composite Character: While she is her Smash incarnation, she can wield lances and use abilities such as Aether like in Awakening itself. Furthermore, her Great Lord skillset takes skills from both Marth and Ike's class skillsets.
- Cool Crown: Wears a gold tiara, engraved with dragons.
- Cool Mask: Can give her butterfly mask from Awakening as a gift to the player, and the Cipher version of her wears it.
- Cosplay: Any regular female unit can reclass to Lucina's Great Lord class using the Exalt's Brand DLC item, gaining her outfit. To complete the look, mock versions of her sword are also purchasable.
- Critical Status Buff: The skill Awakening provides Lucina with +30 to Hit, Avoid, Critical, and Evade when her HP drops below half.
- Distaff Counterpart: To both Marth and Ike.
- With Marth, both wield the Falchion, have the Charm skill, and have a skill relating to the stance system, though Lucina has one for the Attack stance while Marth has one for the Defense stance.
- With Ike, both are primarily sword users who have a physical secondary weapon type (Axes for Ike, Lances for Lucina), learn Aether at Level 25, and use and sell swords that affect the wielder's ability to double (Lucina's makes it easier, Ike's makes it harder).
- Divergent Character Evolution: In a meta sense. While she is a clone of Marth in Smash, she keeps her promoted Great Lord class from Awakening proper, which gives her different skills and weapons from Marth's, even though these are the same incarnations that appeared in Smash.
- Exotic Eye Designs: The Mark of Naga, visible in her left eye.
- Fragile Speedster: Her modifiers lean her towards this, getting good speed at the cost of defense.
- Futile Hand Reach: Her death/defeat animation.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a gold tiara, engraved with dragons. She also gives a bear hat as an accessory.
- Heal Thyself: Can use her Falchion to heal.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Among the amiibo characters, Lucina never has the lowest base or growth in any stat.
- Lady of War: Her battle animations are graceful, quick and powerful.
- Life Drain: The first hit of Aether.
- Moveset Clone: Just like in Super Smash Bros, Lucina shares her animations with Marth despite the Divergent Character Evolution done to her for this game, right down to her victory pose being the same pose as Marth's official 3DS/Wii U render.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Lucina is the smallest of the amiibo units, but has the second highest Strength base and growth.
- Mythology Gag: Her team when you fight her are based on a few of the future children from Awakening. Lucina paired up with a Sky Knight (Cynthia), a Wyvern Rider (Gerome), a Dark Mage (Laurent), a Samurai (Owain) and a Mercenary (either Inigo or Severa).
- If the Mercenary is assumed to be a reference to Severa, then Lucina's team consists of her allies in The Future Past 3, her cousin and one of her possible sisters.
- The English version adds another one by changing Attack Stance+ to Dual Striker, referencing the Lord class's Dual Strike+ from Awakening.
- The song that plays when you fight Lucina in her Hero Battle, Rival, is the song that plays when you fight her in Chapter 4 of Awakening.
- One of her accessories, the Bear Hat, is something from one of Awakening's CD Dramas.
- Nice Girl: She's quick to befriend the Avatar, shower them and the other residents with compliments about their warmth and friendliness, and offer them a gift.
- The Power of Friendship: Discussed. Lucina asks the Avatar if they feel that the bonds of friendship are stronger than destiny.Lucina: [...]But my father once said that the bonds that bind us are all are stronger than destiny. such bonds make anything possible. What say you? Is friendship more powerful than fate?
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: The same as in Awakening."I challenge my fate!"
"You will not stop me!"
"I say when it ends!"
"Hope will never die!"
- Requisite Royal Regalia: A tiara.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A princess from another world, who's more than happy to lend a hand if you recruit her.
- Screw Destiny: Still a bit of a theme with Lucina, if the question she asks the Avatar about friendship is any indication, along with her critical quotes.
- Signature Move: While not to the same level as Ike, Lucina retains Aether as this from Awakening.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Lucina normally uses slightly formal language, and greets the Avatar using such until she offers them a "totally cute" gift.
- Stock Sound Effects: Her voice clips are recycled from Awakening.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only one of the amiibo units to be female.
- Tomboy Princess: Identified as a princess, but other than that, there's not a lot that would reveal her as one besides the tiara. However, she still shows hints of girliness through one of her possible gifts (which she secretly loves herself) — a Kawaisa Bear Hat.
- The Voiceless: The masked Cipher version of Lucina is mute, unlike how her amiibo counterpart reuses her voice clips from Awakening.
- Warrior Princess: One of the princesses of Ylisse.
- Walking Spoiler: For "Marth"'s identity in Awakening. Taken even further that her masked Cipher variant (based on the "Marth" disguise) is named "Lucina", is female, and shows her face if you try different outfits on her.
- Weapon of Choice: The Parallel Falchion, which cannot be removed from her inventory.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Darker than Marth's and Ike's, but still blue.
One of the potential amiibo DLC characters. Robin travels from the world of Ylisse, having previously battled many fighters from across the universe and the other amiibo characters in Super Smash Bros.. In this game, he is of the Grandmaster class, and fights with tomes and swords.
- Alternate Universe: He travels from a different world than the one Odin, Laslow, and Selena come from. His dialogue shows that this is the same Robin that appeared in Super Smash Bros..
- The Artifact: Because Robin's portrait comes from Awakening, he still has graphics for blushing, while Marth and Ike lacks this, and there's no situation where it's used.
- Badass Bookworm: A tactician, but one more than capable of fighting on the front lines.
- Badass Longcoat: Robin wears this, instead of a cape like the other amiibo units.
- Battle Theme Music: In his Hero Battle, Id (Hope), from Awakening.
- Bonus Boss: Has to be defeated before he can be recruited.
- Born Unlucky: Robin has a negative Luck modifier, a low growth rate, and Grandmaster has a low Luck cap.
- Cosplay: Any regular male unit can reclass to Robin's Grandmaster class using the Fell Brand DLC item, gaining his outfit. Oddly enough, while Robin could be of either gender and any of their children/grandchildren had access to the Tactician and Grandmaster classes in Awakening, female characters cannot reclass to Grandmaster in Fates.
- Cutting Off the Branches: For his Smash Bros. incarnation, which itself cut a lot of branches. Robin in that game could have either gender chosen (as the female was an alternate), but in this game, the male version is the only one to appear, owing to the fact that the amiibo is of him, with dialogue that confirms him to be the same Robin that partook in Smash. Taken even further by the fact that females cannot reclass to his Grandmaster class, despite the fact that the class and Tactician outfit were readily available to both genders in Awakeningnote .
- Easy Amnesia: Lost his memory again.
- Elemental Powers: Uses magic as his primary weapon.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Averted. While he can use swords, this Robin prefers to use magic.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Discussed. Robin asks the Avatar if they would sacrifice themselves to save the world.Robin: If you could save the world at the cost of your life, would you? [...] But giving up your life for a cause affects many others too. Such a noble sacrifice is a cost that your friends and family pay as well.
- Magic Knight: He keeps his promoted Grandmaster class from Awakening, which lets him wield both swords and tomes. As in his Smash Bros. portrayal, he is portrayed as being more of a spellcaster who can use a sword in comparison to usual Magic Knight portrayals, with Grandmaster having a higher Magic cap than Strength cap and Robin himself having a higher Magic growth and respectively positive modifier.
- Mystical High Collar: Has one beneath his coat.
- Mystical White Hair: Contrasting the blue of the other amiibo units, he has this.
- Mythology Gag: Robin's team when you fight him is the team from Awakening's prologue: Robin paired up with a Mercenary (Chrom), a Great Knight (Frederick), and a Shrine Maiden (Lissa).
- Nerf: Rally Spectrum now only increases stats by 2, instead of increasing them by 4. On the flip-side, it's the only Rally skill whose range has been increased, going at a 4-tile radius instead of 2.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Differs from the other three amiibo units: White hair instead of blue, a Badass Longcoat instead of a Badass Cape, and his Weapon of Choice is magic (specifically thunder magic) rather than swords.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: The ghost of the Robin from Awakening and its ruined future is still there, and gifts Anankos with the Fell Brand as thanks for healing the world for Selena, Odin, and Laslow.
- Playing with Fire: The Replica weapon Robin sells, Robin's Primer, shoots out fire despite the yellow covering of the tome indicating that it should be a thunder spell.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: The same as in ''Awakening''."Here's how it's done!"
"Time to tip the scales!"
- Shock and Awe: Thoron is his personal tome.
- Signature Move: Robin has two skills that serve as such, Ignis and Rally Spectrum.
- Spell Blade: His Ignis skill serves the same purpose here as it did in Awakening.
- Squishy Wizard: Has a low base and growth in both HP and Defense, making him this when fighting units that attack with physical weapons.
- Status Buff: Can learn Rally Spectrum, which increases the stats of allied units in range by 2.
- Stock Audio Clip: His Male Voice 1 clips are recycled from Awakening.
- Stone Wall: Robin is both low in a Speed base and growth rate, but has excellent Resistance and Thoron increases it further, making him this when fighting units that attack with Magic. This also ties in with his role in Smash Bros., where he is one of the slowest-moving characters and relies on projectiles to attack.
- Weapon of Choice: Thoron, which cannot be removed from his inventory.
- Wreathed in Flames: Ignis appears to set the user aflame when activated.
- You Don't Look Like You: Sort of. If he speaks with Selena, Odin, or Laslow all three of them will find him familiar, but ultimately conclude hes not the Robin they know from Ylisse. Selena even outright accuses him of being an imposter. This references how Robin is a customizable character in his home title.
A kindly Apron Matron who shows up in the Birthright path, living in Nohr's capital Windmire. She turns out to be a former retainer for the Nohrian court and gives some important info to the group.
- Apron Matron: A portly lady with a motherly disposition.
- Exposition Fairy: She tells the Avatar and their group about Xander's mother Katerina and specially Azura's mother Arete.
- Parental Substitute: For the Nohrian royalty, especially Elise. So much that, when Elise escapes from Castle Krackenburg after the Avatar's defection to Nohr, Cassita let her live in her house.
Layla is a famous songstress in Nohr who is the leading performer at the Opera House in the port city of Cyrkensia. Her performances are so famous, King Garon is known to frequent the Opera House to watch her...
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She helped Kaden in the recent past, and he joins the group to repay said debt.
- Belly Dancer: Her character portrait strongly resembles one.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: A rather sweet young lady who loves her mom and has pink-lilac hair.
- Sick Episode: Not her, but her beloved mother. She's old and sickly and Layla really wants to check on her, but Garon is coming to see her perform so she's stuck... Azura and the Avatar make Zola use his magic to cast an illusion that lets Azura pass as Layla and try killing Garon. Too bad Garon had predicted this...
- Small Role, Big Impact: In Birthright, her predicament allows allows Azura to "dance" for Garon and try using her powers on him, triggering Chapter 12 and the battle there. As a bonus, Kaden joins the cast because of her.
Queen Katerina (Ekaterina)
Xander's deceased mother, and the first Queen of Nohr during Garon's reign.
- 100% Adoration Rating: According to Cassita, Katerina was a gorgeous High Queen and very well-loved by all Nohrians. This became bad news for her successor Arete and especially Arete's daughter Azura: many nobles didn't like to see a foreign woman taking what they saw as Katerina's place, so they treated the two like shit.
- Missing Mom: To Xander.
- Posthumous Character: Logically, she's been dead for many years.
King Sumeragi's first wife, and the birth mother of Ryoma, Hinoka, Takumi, and Sakura.
- Missing Mom: To her kids.
- Posthumous Character: As with many in this folder, she's been dead a long time.
- Walking Spoiler: Her sole role is being mentioned as the Hoshidan royals' real mother, which gives away the fact that the Avatar isn't really related to them.
Previous Vallite King
The unnamed former king of Valla, and Azura's father.
- Cain and Abel: The friend version, to Anankos.
- The Good King: Said to have been a just and kind sovereign until Anankos murdered him to take his throne. Even then, he tried to help comfort Anankos before he was killed.
- No Name Given: As seen around, his actual name has never been said. This has led to quite a bit of confusion among fans, who mistakenly equated him to the below mentioned King Cadros.
- Only Friend: He was the only companion of Valla's Dragon God, Anankos.
- Posthumous Character: He died before the Avatar was ever born.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's first mentioned on the third route, but we never see him and he's not given a name. But without his death, the Avatar would have never been born.
- Tragic Bromance: With Anankos.
- Walking Spoiler: This guy's murder at the hands of Anankos kicks off almost everything in motion in the story, so...
King Cadros (Ryuurei)
The first king of Valla, mentioned in the Heirs of Fate DLC. Azura and Shigure are among his descendants and inherited his knowledge about the lands and his songs.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: He could sing the 4th verse of Lost in Thoughts All Alone, but deemed it so dangerous as to be unusable. This is the song whose regular verses kill its singers.
- Identical Grandson: Descendant, but Shigure is said to be a dead-ringer for him.
- Magic Music: He can sing just like his descendants, and his powers are greater than theirs, as he can sing the secret 4th verse of Lost in Thoughts All Alone.
- Posthumous Character: Well, he was the founder of Valla, so he's naturally not still alive.