This page covers the characters who started joining the player' party during Eliwood's and Hector's part of the story. Characters from Lyn's Tale return at different points in the story, and entries regarding them can be found above label "Lyn's Tale".
Many years later he would serve the same role to Eliwood's son Roy in The Binding Blade. For tropes regarding his appearance in that game, see here.
- Crutch Character: Although not as much as he was in The Binding Blade. In fact, despite his mediocre growths, he can actually become one of the most useful prepromoted units in this game provided that he's not overused, particularly in Hector Hard Mode, and he's not a bad choice if you need a filler unit for an extra slot. One of the best ways to use him early in the game is to take away all his weapons or only leave him with the weaker ones (Slim/Iron) and make him act as a Human Shield, or have him smack enemies around so that weaker units can finish them off. He can No-Sell almost any attack from a non-boss enemy, including most critical hits, allowing your squishier units to gain valuable experience without exposing themselves to too much danger. This only works for a few stages but by then your units should be experienced enough to survive without him. While the group did not need him as much as his older self, it is pretty beneficial to have a liberal use of Marcus during early game, to make the early game much more easier to deal with. In particular, Hector Hard Mode Dracoshield is practically impossible to get without his assistance. A fast clear during early game also allowed you to stock up your turncounts to train your other units in the Arena during ranked runs.
- Cool Old Guy: Definitely, although he is not too old in this game.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Can sometimes be a little harsh with Lowen's training. Their Support conversations are centered around making him mellow out a little.
- Four-Star Badass: He is the greatest Knight of Pherae.
- Lightning Bruiser: At first, in comparison to allies and enemies. Becomes more of a Jack-of-All-Stats later on, as other units begin to surpass him, but he still manages to stay relevant with his weapon ranks and high Con (meaning he gets to use many good weapons from the entire weapon triangle while most units will only use weapons from one part of it during the game's course) and his other uses. And of course, because his Resistance is actually higher than most Cavalier units, he's a decent choice to take on mages early on (and not a bad choice after).
- Mage Killer: His Resistance growth is comparable to Mages and Pegasus Knights (the token mage killing class in the game).
- Master of All: One of the things that keeps him going even in the lategame is that he has access to every melee weapon type from the start, as well as abnormally high ranks in all of them (A in Swords and Lances and B in Axes; at the same level, the Cavaliers will be lucky to have B in the former two and E in the latter). This makes maintaining weapon triangle advantage a near-guarantee, and lets him wield every type of silver weapon with some training.
- The Mentor: To Eliwood, and to Lowen. And even to Isadora and Harken.
- Not Quite Dead: If defeated, he will still appear to track your tactician progress.
- Old Retainer: Arguably the definitive one in the franchise. He served Elbert, took care of Eliwood since he was a child, and he still serves Roy in his old days. And in comparison to Jagen, he is fighting on the frontline, while Jagen acts as an advisor.
- Parental Substitute: Mixes this with being The Mentor. When Eliwood's parents were otherwise occupied with their duties, the child Eliwood would always follow Marcus around; something Marcus likes to remind his young liege of to teasingly embarrass him. He's also a source of emotional comfort for Eliwood to turn to even now, such as when he reassures Eliwood that the concern he's feeling about his father's possible involvement with the Fang is really just concern for his father's safety.
- Plot Armor: He serves as the "score-keeper" for the Tactician in Eliwood's Tale and has to survive to The Binding Blade, but he isn't a Lord. Therefore, he can fall in combat and still survive.
- Recurring Element: The Jeigan/Oifey to Eliwood. Early game pre-promoted unit who's some type of mentor or bodyguard to The Hero.
- Team Dad: Mentors everyone in Eliwood's band, and stays on their side for the rest of the game.
- Bash Brothers: With Marcus if upgraded to Paladin.
- Big Eater and Supreme Chef Of Iron: Justified Tropes, because he comes from a family of cooks.
- Birds of a Feather: With Rebecca, to some degree.
- Blinding Bangs: He has these, which hide most of his eyes in his portraits.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Kent and Sain wear red and green, respectively; Lowen rounds this out by wearing yellow.
- Country Mouse and Naïve Newcomer: He hails from a village indebted to Eliwood's crew for saving them from bandits.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: In his supports with Marcus, Marcus has plenty of criticism to give Lowen about his fighting technique, but when Marcus thinks Lowen's had enough and is about to end the training, Lowen gets right back up and says he's ready for more. This reflects his in-game stats, where his strength, skill and speed aren't the best, but when he's hit, he gets back up.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: His in-game title is "Swift Knight", despite the fact that, stat-wise, he is the complete opposite of swift.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Pathologically so.
- Hidden Eyes: His hair hides most of them.
- I Owe You My Life: To Elbert, who saved his village from attackers when he was a child.
- Large Ham: He can be especially in his supports with Eliwood and Rebecca, where he panics about about him not eating well and for Marcus seemly knowing so much about him. respectively. He's like a mix of Sain and Kent, but without Sain's perversion.
- Stone Wall: Thanks to his high HP and Defense growth rates, far superior to the other cavaliers, he can become a horse-riding tank. On the downside, his Speed growth is rather mediocre compared to the others (being the second lowest, with Marcus), cementing this status. Not helped further by his Strength being mediocre as well, but his HP and Defense should last him a while to get him kills anyway.
- Rescue Romance: He saves Rebecca from bandits and helps free her village. She pretty much hero-worships him.
- Shrinking Violet
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light green.
Years after the game's conclusion, she would eventually marry (either with Sain, Wil, Lowen or an unnamed partner) and give birth to Wolt from The Binding Blade. She was unseen at the time, though mentioned to had served as a nursemaid to Roy.
Voiced by: Chinami Hashimoto (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Hunter MacKenzie Austin (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Birds of a Feather: With Nino. They're the same age, they like food, and discuss their crushes together (Jaffar or Erk, for Nino; either Wil, Lowen, or Sain, for Rebecca). Also with Lowen, to a smaller degree. They bond over their love of cooking.
- Country Mouse: She's from a village in the border of Santaruz and Pherae.
- Fangirl: Pretty much worships the ground Lowen and Louise walk on.
- Fragile Speedster: She's not built from the sturdiest stuff around, but she makes up for it by being the fastest archer in the game; she'll double reliably, and dodge most shots if enemies attack her point-blank.
- Genki Girl: After her panicky recruitment (her village was overrun by brigands), she remains chipper and upbeat throughout the game.
- Parental Substitute: To Roy, if him and Wolt being "milk-brothers" is to be taken seriously.
- Plot Armor: Averted, in what appears to be an oversight — despite being Wolt's mother, she can be Killed Off for Real.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Deep breath and!"
- Proper Lady: Wants to be one.Rebecca: (to Louise) Please teach me how to be a lady!
- Recurring Element: As she's an outgoing novice archer, she serves as the Gordin for Eliwood's team. She can also hook up with Lyn's token Gordin character, Wil, and no matter who she gets paired with, she will become the mother of Roy's Gordin, Wolt.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Nino.
- Self-Serving Memory: In a mild sense; she romanticizes her memory of her rescue by Lowen:Rebecca: Oh, but that's absurd! Sir Lowen, you are a fine knight! Why, I remember it so well... Countless hundreds of bandits had descended on our village...
Lowen: Please... There were ten at most...
Rebecca: In the heat of the moment, it felt like many more!
Rebecca: Anyway, just as their fiendish grip on our village began to tighten, you appeared, Sir Lowen, on your white steed...
Lowen: But... my horse is sorrel.
Rebecca: This is the way I prefer to remember it, milord. Please don't ruin it by correcting me!
- Team Chef Of Iron
- Tsundere: Very tsuntsun for Sain and Wil, full-blown deredere for Lowen and Nino.
- Weapon of Choice: Her aptly named "Rebecca's Bow" in Heroes. It is a bow which not only lowers the base cooldown of specials, it also boosts her stats even further if she is boosted by a buff when refined!
Twenty years later, he goes on to fight alongside Eliwood's son Roy in the Disturbance of Bern; for tropes regarding his appearance in The Binding Blade, see here.
Voiced by: Tone Kentarou (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Kyle Hebert (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- An Axe to Grind: Specializes in axes, as a fighter.
- Bash Brothers: With Dorcas if you keep him alive during Lyn's story.
- Blood Knight: The first thing he'll generally do when presented with an unfamiliar face is to challenge them to a fight, whether an enemy or not.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's always looking for a challenge.
- Book Dumb: This changes if you pair him with Canas. He admits that brawn is clearly his strong suit and that Canas's vocabulary hurts his head, but he realizes that he and Canas can help each other. He can help Canas to work out and Canas can lend him a few books to help his mind. Rather surprising for a guy who punches rocks to relieve a headache.
- Character Exaggeration: Has something of a reputation for it in fanfiction, unfortunately, and while Bartre's not the brightest character, he's not as stupid as some people would make him out to be. It's pretty jarring to see him unable to speak in complete sentences when it's clear that he's able to do so. Less common these days, thankfully.
- Character Select Forcing: Even if Bartre could be considered a poor man's Hector (right down to sharing the same affinity, in fact), there's still obligation to use him in Hector Hard Mode, as he will be able to promote and continue gain experience well before Hector is able to himself. While there are other axe users available, Bartre has greater long-term prospects than Dorcas, and more availability than either Dart, Geitz, or Hawkeye. He is also necessary for recruiting Karla at the end of the game. It's not uncommon to see Lets Players use Bartre all the way to the end of the game.
- Dub Induced Plothole: The English version of his ending with Karla states that he handed their daughter Fir to Karel before dying, even though he survives long enough to be a playable character in The Binding Blade. This is not the case in the Japanese version.
- Dummied Out: Has unused placeholder portraits in Fire Emblem Awakening.
- Flanderization: Bartre comes across as much more simple-minded and reckless than he was in The Binding Blade. This may be justified, as this is him in his youth, but it's a very noticeable change. His later inclusion in Fire Emblem Heroes melds the two into a brawny and hot-headed middle-aged man.
- Glass Cannon: As to be expected from a Warrior, he has high HP and strength, but piss-poor defense and resistance. His speed growth is decent, but his base is terrible, so he is stuck hitting once, yet hard.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Dorcas.
- In Harm's Way: It's because of Bartre's intervention against the bandit attacks that he and Dorcas wind up joining Eliwood's party.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed; he's kind of insensitive but he's hardly a bad guy.
- Lightning Bruiser: Downplayed, as his base stats still render him a Glass Cannon. However, he sacrifices Dorcas' specialized growths for more balanced growths across all stats: his growths in Defense and Resistance are very good by Warrior standards, his HP growth is even better than that of Dorcas, and his Speed growth is actually rather good (although it will take some time for him to even catch up to Dorcas, let alone surpass him).
- Love at First Punch: He gets to know Karla, his soon-to-be wife by dueling with her.
- Mage Killer: Downplayed, as he starts off Weak to Magic. However, his Resistance growth is surprisingly high by Fighter standards, which allows him to better deal with magic-using opponents later in the game.
- Official Couple: Along with Pent and Louise, who are already married, he and Karla are the game's only officially cemented couple. She's his only romantic option, they have a daughter in The Binding Blade (the swordswoman Fir), and even if you don't recruit her (which is only possible in Hector's story anyway), his ending states that he still falls for a rival of his (see Love at First Punch).
- Plot Armor: He has to survive to The Binding Blade, but he isn't a Lord. Therefore, he can fall in combat and still survive. He has to marry Karla and father Fir.
- Red Baron: "Bartre the Brave," to himself, "Wild Axefighter" after the war.
- Recurring Element: Half of the Bord and Cord axe duo with Dorcas.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Dorcas' Sensitive Guy.
- Those Two Guys: Him and Dorcas.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While he's not particularly ugly, he's just less conveniently attractive compared to plenty of the other men and his rival-turned-lover Karla.
- An Axe to Grind: He gains the ability to use axes upon promotion to General.
- The Big Guy: The muscle of Hector's starting group in Hector Mode.
- Blade on a Stick: He can only use lances as a Knight.
- Crutch Character: To a lesser degree than Marcus, admittedly. He joins at an unusually high level, and at the time he shows up, your characters are still pretty fragile while he's probably not even taking damage. However, he's both overleveled and very slow, so he tends to miss out on a lot of combat and gain XP slowly. As a result, it's not uncommon for his lead in levels to evaporate quickly.
- Genius Bruiser: Very big. Very strong. VERY bright.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: In his B-support with Hector, Hector calls Oswin an "ill-hearted old man." Oswin's response: "Not that I'm correcting you, but I am only in my thirties. I would think 'ill-hearted gentleman' more appropriate..."
- The Lancer: Sharing a Co-Lancer position with Eliwood (both are the Blue Oni to Hector's Red Oni), & bonus points for the lance being his Weapon of Choice.
- Not Quite Dead: Like Marcus in Eliwood's tale, Oswin tracks your progress in Hector's tale and therefore must live to do so, even if he has been defeated in battle.
- Not So Stoic: Unflappable as he is, Oswin is pretty flustered when Serra cries in front of him, and also dislikes it when Hector calls him "Old Man".
- Only Sane Man: Hector, while far from stupid, is definitely a big fan of the Axes-make-a-most-striking-argument type of diplomacy, Matthew, while not dumb either, is a grown-up Keet who is in on the action for fun's sake, and Serra is... well... Serra. Guess whom Lord Uther entrusted with the critical details of the mission from his side.
- Plot Armor: He serves as the "score-keeper" for the Tactician in Hector's Tale, but he isn't a Lord. Therefore, he can fall in combat and still survive.
- Recurring Element: He's both Draug to Eliwood/Hector as the starting Knight, and Jagen to Hector in his own mode. He gets more screentime and character development than any other Draug because of it.
- Secret Keeper: Was trusted by Uther to keep his failing health and eventual death a secret from Hector until after the conflict was over. Despite his best efforts, however, his silence eventually clued Hector in and it took Hector a few chapters to forgive him for it. His support with Priscilla also reveals he was also trusted with information regarding the deaths of Marquess Cornwell and his wife, including that they were Driven to Suicide, and not slaughtered by Ostia for their land as Raven believes.
- Self-Made Man: He actually is a commoner, as he explains to Dorcas in their supports. He worked very hard as a retainer and vassal to House Cornwell and House Ostia, and now he's Number Two to Uther as well as The Lancer to Hector.
- The Stoic: His expression is about as unmovable as the rest of him is.
- Stone Wall: At least in comparison to Hector. Oswin's offensive growths are much less impressive than his liege's (especially his strength), but he makes up for it with his slightly superior Defense growth (which is also the highest Defense growth of all units in the game, period), marginally better HP, and, probably most interestingly of all, a much better Resistance growth, which is surprisingly high for a Knight.
- Team Dad: More so in Hector's path.
- Younger Than He Looks: As stated above, if he's ill-hearted, he's an ill-hearted gentleman, not ill-hearted old man.
- Cannot Spit It Out: He's clearly smitten with Priscilla in their later supports, but he just can't bring himself to say it. Such a shame that they turn out to be Star-Crossed Lovers if paired.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Invoked, as he specializes himself in the sword to compensate for his lack of skill with archery or horsemanship. As a result, he can consistently land Critical Hits with the sword and virtually nothing else.note
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a pretty sharp wit despite overall being a pretty Nice Guy.
- The Determinator: His spirit, eagerness, and unwillingness to give up or just roll over and die as he shows in his Supports with Matthew — are quite impressive, so much that Matthew promises he'll be rooting for him to succeed in his dream.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He tells Priscilla that he can't help but worry for a girl when she needs a helping hand.Guy: When I see a woman in need, I just want to help. Thats the way we are, back in Sacae!
- Gameplay and Story Integration: His HP growths are staggering by Swordmaster standards, which could be attributed to his malnourishment before being recruited, and him quickly regaining his strength afterward.
- Glass Cannon: Due to his low defense... look at him wrong and he falls dead. But if he looks at you wrong, expect a Critical and for you to fall dead. Unlike most Swordmasters in the series, he actually has very high HP growths, improving his durability substantially. Both are justified as when he starts out, he has been going hungry for months and has grown weak. Also, since he's from Sacae, so he doesn't wear armor (unlike other swordsmen), which would also improve his speed, which is why he hits twice so often.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: He even explains how, because of his discomfort with horses and dreadful archery skills, this has instilled in him a need to distinguish himself with the sword. Talk about Back Story.
- I Owe You My Life: To Matthew, though he resents this fact since Matthew is not above taking advantage of it.
- Keet: A more subdued version.
- Nice Guy: He's probably one of the most social and easygoing Sacaens out there.
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite his title as the "Mounted Swordsman", as a Myrmidon/Swordmaster, he does not get a horse.
- Odd Friendship: He becomes friends with Rath in their supports, despite his upbeat nature contrasting massively with Rath's stoicism. Also, he's scared of horses. It helps that they're both Sacaens, which gives them some relatable similarities to balance out their differences (for instance, they're both from the Kutolah Tribe, and Guy was rather curious to meet up with the son of the Siver Wolf since Rath left the tribe when Guy was as much a toddler).
- Recurring Element: He's just like Navarre, stat- and recruitment-wise. He's the early/mid game Killing Edge enemy Myrmidon, but with a completely different backstory and personality. Those of the Navarre archetype tend to either be stoic older men or emotional yet with a lot of emotional baggage weighing on them; Guy stands out by being neither he just wants to be the best on-foot swordsman, period.
- Red Baron: The Mounted Swordsman. In his epilogue, he eventually becomes known as the "Saint of Swords" ("Kensei" in the original Japanese, one of the highest distinctions for a swordmaster), although this was only a mistranslation, and his title still considers him as the Mounted Swordsman.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He serves as a lesson in how to recruit units that are packing deadly equipment (a Killing Edge). As a result, many newbies have ended up losing the chance to recruit him.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Like all Sacaeans. And Matthew isn't above exploiting this particular trait.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair like most of his tribesmen.
A travelling merchant with a keen business sense but very little common sense, Merlinus manages the inventory after his recruitment.
- Butt-Monkey: Merlinus is cursed to be on the receiving end of everyone's snark.
- Distressed Dude: He's this if you choose to take his sidequest, and even afterwards he still needs a guard.
- Fragile Speedster: He's as brittle as they come, but his speed and luck growths are insane; bring him in enough maps, and soon you will find enemies struggling to hit a tent, in vain.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: He's one of a handful of characters to have a paired support with someone who doesn't seem to be his love interest—in his case, with Marcus. As support points are gained by staying nearby each other, and Marcus is a popular choice for guarding Merlinus (being a very powerful unit who doesn't need to be out in the field), it's very likely that this support will trigger.
- Inelegant Blubbering: During the final mission, he openly weeps at the thought of his employers, and friends, possibly marching off to their demise. Hector finds it disgusting.
- Large Ham: To a degree, as whenever he cries, he's very expressive.
- Lethal Joke Character: Well, "lethal" isn't the best way to describe him, since he can't attack, but he can make for an incredibly effective Fragile Speedster once he promotes. Not only will he be able to move, and therefore position himself against enemies, but also dodge their attacks with extreme reliability. One wouldn't think enemies would have trouble striking a supply cart, but thanks to video game mechanics they do. Furthermore, because enemies are programmed to prioritize him over other units, he can be used to Draw Aggro away from more fragile and/or less evasive party members.
- Lovable Coward: Even though he runs away a lot, he's still adored by fans as a vendor and supply owner.
- Mechanically Unusual Class: As the party's Transporter, Merlinus has his own way of working as a unit. He's not capable of combat but deploying him allows your units to sent items to the convoy when their inventory is full and any unit adjacent to him has access to the convoy. He doesn't take up a party slot unlike in The Binding Blade, always comes back in the next chapter even if his HP goes to zero, levels up via surviving the chapter, and automatically promotes when he reaches level 20.
- Non-Action Guy: Being in charge of the army's supplies, he's not meant for combat at all.
- Plot Armor: He doesn't actually die if his HP is reduced to zero; he merely retreats and can be deployed in the next chapter (without the level gain that he would have gotten if he had survived). However, if he dies in his sidequest, it's game over.
- Undying Loyalty: To both Eliwood and Hector and at the endgame, he refuses to go to Ostia and serve another master, and promises to wait for the two of them on Valor even if it means waiting forever. For being something of a coward, that's some mighty fine devotion.
The kind-hearted and somewhat naive adopted daughter of House Caerleon from Etruria, Priscilla is first encountered travelling with Erk, who is escorting her on a journey to locate her estranged older brother and learn the truth about her origins, as she actually is from a Lycian noble house. However, Darin sees her around and decides to force her into marrying him, and when she flees to a local village, he sends out his guards to keep her there; when the group reaches said place, Priscilla joins them alongside Erk to complete her goals.
Voiced by: Chinami Hashimoto (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Marcella Lentz-Pope (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Before leaving home with the Caerleons as a little girl, her older brother Raymond gave her this. While she understands it was only a child's game and that he'd never actually marry her, after all the time she's spent apart from him, she still worships him and wishes to stay by his side as much as she can.
- Damsel in Distress: In the beginning, she and Erk were locked in a Laus village when she turned down Darin's marriage proposals. Erk escapes and you can recruit him with Serra, then you have to go down to the village to get her. (Not necessarily with Erk.)
- Defiant Captive: She kept turning Darin's proposals down once and again, and as soon as you meet her, she immediately offers to use her staff-handling skills to help the group in exchange for protection from him.
- Dude Magnet: She's got many potential lovers among the cast.
- Expy: To the Jugdral era's Nanna, as Priscilla has a similar hairstyle and length and same hair decs (white feather decor), being noble Troubadours who began in a tight spot and needing rescue before aiding the main army. Priscilla looks more demure and soft-spoken on the outside, but her inner steel really matches Nanna's. She also inherits the Big Brother Worship that Nanna's mother (Lachesis) had.
- Fallen Princess: The Cornwell clan was destitute and destroyed around the time she was adopted by the Caerleons.
- Green-Eyed Redhead: Even in a game like this one, she's a rarity, so it's pretty striking.
- Innocently Insensitive: In her supports with Lucius, she compliments his feminine appearance, suggesting that he must have attracted many people over the years. Little does she know that it was because of his looks that he was teased and bullied throughout his childhood.
- Locked Out of the Loop: The Caerleons didn't tell her why she was adopted by them, so she leaves home to learn about what happened to her parents.
- Magical Girl Warrior: When promoted to Valkyrie.
- Nice Girl: Is very sweet and patient with everyone she talks to.
- The Ojou: Sweet, soft-spoken, polite, level-headed...
- Passive Aggressive Combat: She can get kinda snarky towards either Lucius or even Sain, but never crosses into being downright cruel.
- Plucky Girl: Very, very stubborn when an idea gets into her head.Raven: You... were always like this, though, werent you? So gentle at most times, until you got an idea in your head, then you wouldnt budge, no matter what people said.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes.Here I go!"
This shouldn't be necessary!"
I won't have it!"
I'll ease your pain."
- Recurring Element: The low-level troubadour, who is normally the more extroverted between the two healers you get, yet Priscilla is ladylike and refined (albeit with a touch of iron) while Cleric Serra is loud and abrasive, an inversion of the Cleric-Troubadour dynamic set by the previous game.
- Redhead In Green: To match her eyes.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The majority of the guys that can fall in love with her have to leave her because of her ultra-high status. Except for Erk, who bypasses it thanks to his links to Pent and Louise.
- Tender Tears: In her A Support with Heath, when he tells her he's been avoiding her.
- White Magician Girl: A mounted one.
A bitter sword-wielding mercenary working for Caelin at the time of its siege by Laus. He is served by Lucius, who is the only person entrusted with his true identity as Priscilla's brother Raymond and the heir to the now-nonexistent House Cornwall.
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Bryce Papenbrook (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Ambiguously Gay: His relationship with Lucius definitely reads as this in places, especially since he doesn't have a paired ending with anyone else.
- An Axe to Grind: Gets to use axes once he Class Changes into a Hero. In Heroes, he is strictly an axe user, despite starting with a sword in his base class.
- Badass Longcoat: Once he promotes to the Hero class, his battle sprite wears a longcoat, making him unique compared to the other Hero characters. Only Linus, and, in the previous game, Echidna, share his battle sprite.
- Byronic Hero: He fights for revenge.
- Deadpan Snarker: He really turns it up in his supports with Wil and Rebecca.
- Fallen Princess: Was the heir to House Cornwall of Lycia before it was destroyed by Ostia.
- False Friend: He's only hanging around so he can get a clear shot at Hector. Nothing comes of this in-story, and he'll act just like any of your other units in the game.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Extremely embittered due to his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Leaning heavily toward Lightning Bruiser, and one of Blazing Blade's best sword wielders, thanks to his high growths, good bases boosted further on Hard Modes, and a deceptively high Constitution stat, all at level five. His only weak spots are Luck and Resistance, which are both very poor and can lead to mages blowing him up if you're not careful.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a pretty bitter guy, cold, sour, and confrontational with everybody. But buried underneath all of that hatred is genuine tenderness and compassion. It really shows when he supports with Lucius and Priscilla.
- Long Lost Sibling: To Priscilla.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Joins the group only for his own purposes.
- Perpetual Frowner: Look at his portrait. It's lampshaded in his support conversation with Wil.Wil: Fine, fine. If itll get you to stop scowling, Ill talk normal.
Raven: What scowl?
Wil: That! What youre doing right now!
Raven: This is my normal face.
Wil: Hunh? No way!
- Pet the Dog: Fixing Rebecca's bow.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes.Be silent.
Now, my turn.
Foes must fall.
- Recurring Element: Of Ogma stat- and gameplay-wise, as a well-rounded early/mid game mercenary with a troubled past. His story is unique, however he's a fallen noble instead of a commoner and is younger than the standard Ogmas.
- Revenge: Originally gunning for Hector because the Ostians were the ones who wiped away the Cornwells, but events over the course of the game cause him to relent. He even turns down Hector's offer to rebuild House Cornwell and decides to keep travelling through Elibe.
- Shadow Archetype: Shares many similarities with Eliwood, mainly that he has red hair, uses swords as his Weapon of Choice, has balanced stats, and was once a noble before the fall of his House Cornwell. However while Eliwood is one of Hector's best friends, Raven resents Hector for Ostia's destruction of Cornwell, and spends the entirety of the game looking for a clear opportuinity to exact revenge on him. Raven is what Eliwood would be as an enemy, rather than friend, to Hector.
- That Man Is Dead: Claims that Raymond, his previous identity, no longer exists.
- Troubled, but Cute: The title's poster-boy.Rebecca: Scary... But maybe not all that bad inside? Sure liked what I saw on the outside! Tee hee...
- Weapon of Choice: He gets to use the powerful S-rank axe Basilikos in Heroes after the weapon refinery update.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He'd be right at home in a 19th Century romance, but in the world of Fire Emblem, there are far bigger problems than his fallen house.
A young man from Ilia, a wielder of Elder Magic, and a seeker of knowledge. He meets Eliwood in the Port of Badon, where he offers his services to the group for the chance to see the Dread Isle. He has a young son, Hugh, who grew up to be a proficient anima mage and a participant in the war against Bern in The Binding Blade.
- Adorkable: His official art has him tripping while carrying a stack of books, and he reads books in the middle of the battlefield, and is quite awkward in his support conversations, especially with Bartre and Vaida.
- Badass Bookworm: He reads books (non-spellcasting) in the middle of the battlefield.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A very powerful dark sorcerer, yet a very friendly and compassionate person. He becomes a hopeless Cloud Cuckoo Lander when he opens a book, though.
- Characterization Marches On: An inverted prequel example. In The Binding Blade, Niime says of Hugh, "He's just like his father [Canas]... He tries to be bad, but he can't deny his kind heart." The thing is, Canas never even comes close to trying to be bad in any way. Alternatively, that line could be saying that Hugh tries to be bad, but can't help but be like his good-hearted father.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Although he is the only "good" dark magician in the game (not including Athos and Brammimond), he often stresses that the correct term is "elder magic", and it is merely a type of arcane magic that is more powerful but much more difficult to control, rather than being outright evil.
- Doomed by Canon: Because Hugh's dad/Niime's son is explicitly dead in The Binding Blade, his ending invariably has him and his wife killed trying to stop a snowstorm.
- Fate Worse than Death: Canas has lost most of his family to the practice of dark magic: his older brothers have all been rendered Empty Shells by going too far into it.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: He's a very polite and engaging man, well-traveled, and intelligent enough to study elder magic.
- High-Class Glass: It goes really nicely with his somewhat posh personality.
- Insistent Terminology: One of the few who points out that it's ancient/elder magic, thank you very much.
- Intelligence = Isolation: Despite being one of the kindest guys around, his devotion to the family tradition of dark magic has caused him to inadvertently distance himself from others. Nino calls him out on it.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: His stats are quite average. They are all rather balanced, though, which makes him decent, and as a side effect of his balanced stats, his Defense is one of the highest of the mage units. Also, he is the only playable unit (except Athos) to have access to Dark Magic, which includes spells with useful effects like Luna and Nosferatu (and Flux hits pretty hard by itself anyway, so you have some respite if his Magic doesn't level up properly). The former makes him great at taking down later bosses who tend to have high resistance.
- Long-Lost Relative: Possibly Nino's uncle by marriage.
- Nice Guy: Despite his foreboding cloak, he's a nice person at heart.
- No Pronunciation Guide: The way his name is pronounced has never been made clear until Heroes settled with "Kaw-niss".
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."I must see the other side."
"Journey beyond the darkness."
"This scares me."
"This book is the key."
- Recurring Element: One of the newer ones in that he's the token Dark Mage, and even then, his personality still differs heavily from Salem and Raigh.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has purple hair.
The right-hand man of Fargus, a Hot-Blooded man who loves battle and sightseeing as much as his captain. He is pretty much stated to be Rebecca's lost older brother Dan, who left home in search of adventure years ago.
- An Axe to Grind: He has two for attacking.
- Boisterous Bruiser: His introduction before joining the group says it all!"I'm Dart! Leader of Captain Fargus's Suicide Squad! (...) Now, who do you want me to take care of?!"
- Expy: Based on Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light's Darros. A Boisterous Bruiser pirate that has good speed, strength, and luck, dramatic 'amnesia', not to mention similarly-worn white pirate headband?? Uh huh...
- Hot-Blooded: The man gives guys like Hector and Bartre runs for their money as the most bullheaded unit in the army.
- Glass Cannon: Shitty defense and magic resistance, below average skill... alongside absurdly high strength, speed, and crit ratio. Give him nice supports and a Secret Book, promote him once he's ready, and he will become a One-Man Army. And luckily for Dart, enemies late-game have awful-to-zero luck, so his accuracy problems are easily negated.
- I Owe You My Life: To Fargus, his Captain and boss.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not really a jerk, per se, just impolite and a bit discourteous. Still, he asked Lyn to help him with the unconscious Ninian during the "Pirate Ship" chapter, showing he has a sense of propriety.
- Long Lost Sibling: To Rebecca.
- Pirate: A brash, roguish type.
- Power at a Price: Unlike everybody else, him and the thieves have to be difficult and require a rare, almost one-of-a-kind item to promote with (Ocean Seal, in Dart's case). This trope is upheld because if you use it, it's going to make a mighty big dent in your final funds rank.
- Recurring Element: The token pirate.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Farina. They become an Adventure Duo and Battle Couple if they reach A level supports.
- That Man Is Dead: The amnesia certainly doesn't help, but even if Rebecca or Wil reveals that he is Dan, he still insists on going by Dart. Actually reversed in Rebecca's case, as she refers to him as Dart and he agrees that that man is dead... but that he is still her brother.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: We never learn the details, but Fargus found him severely wounded on the shore one day, with no memory of who he was. From that day forward, he was simply Dart.
- Undying Loyalty: Again, with Fargus. The two share a strong bond of mutual respect, even if their foul mouths prevent them from properly expressing it.
The eldest of Florina's sisters, and the Commander of Ilia's 5th Wing of Pegasus Knights. Fiora's squad was decimated by the Black Fang near the Dread Island while performing recon for Pent. Her failure causes her to attempt a suicide attack just as Eliwood and company arrive at Dread Isle...
Voiced By: Marina Inoue (Japanese Fire Emblem Heroes), Marianne Miller (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Big Sister Instinct: Is a borderline My Beloved Smother to her baby sister Florina.
- Birds of a Feather: One of Kent's three love interests (the others being Farina and Lyn), and noted by her sisters to be almost exactly like him in personality. The two of them seem to be constantly in agreement with one another's methods, thoughts, etc. Though to a lesser extent than with Kent, her Supports with Eliwood demonstrate likemindedness, though they also largely involve him telling her to ease off. It's worth noting how effectively he appeals to both her sense of reason and her sense of emotion.
- Blade on a Stick: Naturally, she's a Pegasus Knight.
- Broken Bird: Due to her guilt upon losing her wingmates and her bad relationship with Farina. She gets better, fortunately.
- Contralto of Danger: Has a deep contralto voice in Heroes, and is a badass pegasus knight.
- Convenient Replacement Character: Can serve as one to Florina if the player didn't grind her in Lyn Mode. Otherwise, Florina is generally the superior option for her availability over Fiora.
- Failure Knight: Lost all of her wingmates in a mission, then became a borderline Death Seeker. Florina manges to talk her out of it, though she still feels guilty; Pent and Eliwood have to reassure her about it.
- Fanservice Pack: Her Heroes debut is in a swimsuit.
- Lady of War: She was a member of these until the Black Fang pegasus unit attacked.
- Last Girl Wins: Played with, she joins the army before Ninian but Ninian was really the first girl Eliwood encounters (albeit unconscious and offscreen) before he meets Lyn, leaving Fiora last.
- Mage Killer: Has the highest Resistance growth of all physical units, so she tends to end up as this. Supported by the fact that she has also the lowest strength of the three sisters, so she typically will have some trouble penetrating the defense of most physical units.
- Next Thing They Knew: She and Kent really did only intend to meet up to plan how to curtail the more intimate relations within the ranks. It becomes all too clear what actually happened, however:Kent: Fiora... I must ask you one more thing. When this battle ends, if we both still live...
Fiora: Please... say no more. I... already know what you will ask... Of course. I feel the same way.
Kent: Really? I am glad... But...about that policy I suggested... What should we do?
Fiora: Well... Perhaps... It can wait...
- Opposites Attract: Fiora can be one of the few women Sain gets together with for real.
- Promotion to Parent: She ad to raise Farina and Florina all on her own, and thus acts as a maternal figure to them.
- Recurring Element: Of Palla, as the eldest and most motherly of the pegasus trio.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The motherly and calmer blue to Farina's Hot-Blooded red.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her official art shows that her hair is a cyan color, but her sprite leans more on turquoise.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Not in the game, but in her artwork.
An enigmatic man who has just left the Black Fang for reasons known only to him, and is found looting the ruins of the Dragon's Gate. When confronted by the Lords, he decides to join their party, also for reasons known only to him.
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Christopher Bevins (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Ambiguously Bi: Either he's bisexual, or he really likes messing with people. Even then, he remarks that Morph Lloyd was always handsome in a time and place where he probably doesn't feel like messing around. Despite his tendency of hitting on men, his only paired ending is with Isadora.Legault: So now Im your new hobby, is that it? You falling for me?
Matthew: Im not in the mood for your jokes.
- In Heroes, he even hits on the player when they tap on him in his info screen, using the same line.
- Badass Baritone: In Heroes, he's given a really deep voice.
- Combat Pragmatist: Whenever he fights, he fights dirty. Considering his low strength growth, you'll need to do so to make him win battles."Catch your target unaware. Poison them. Take hostages. That's the way I fight."
"I can't win in a fair fight, so I use trickery."
- Deadpan Snarker: Very sarcastic in his supports.
- Defector from Decadence: Was a witness to the Black Fang's downfall and was very unhappy after being forced to kill a close friend, thus he decided to loot them and run away. That's when you find and (possibly) recruit him.
- Fragile Speedster: He'll do thieving just fine, but try to keep him from as many fights as possible, since he's frail.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: One might think he doesn't live up to his title when you recruit him, and realize he's as shit a combatant as most thieves. Thing is, Legault himself mentions in supports that he's a renowned assassin; he doesn't fight directly, he uses poison, the night, and whatever dirty tricks he can use. This does not translate well to a real one-on-one fight. This can be averted if you promote him to the Assassin class, however.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has two scars on his left eye.
- Honorary Uncle: Nino calls him Uncle.
- "Just Joking" Justification: He uses this when Heath reacts really badly when Legault says he "loves" him.
- Lovable Rogue: Sure he's snarky and an assassin from an organization of deadly killers, but he still has a sense of doing the right thing and loves children.
- Ma'am Shock: He's annoyed when Nino calls him Uncle, since he's in his twenties and isn't that much older than Lloyd and Linus, her brothers.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Played with, he isn't the most muscular guy and his strength growth is one of the lowest. However, his constitution is rather high for a thief, allowing him to wield heavier swords without penalty.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Killing Aesha was the last straw with his association of the Fang.
- Nice Guy: Much nicer than you'd expect from an ex-Black Fang.
- One-Hit Kill: When promoted to Assassin, he learns the Lethality/Silencer skill, which greatly increases critical chances.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Gotta fight dirty."
"How does this make you feel?"
"You'll be dead soon."
- Rapunzel Hair: His official art shows that his hair reaches down to his waist.
- Recurring Element: Your second thief. Many of the second thieves obtained tend to be a bit of a tease, but Legault takes it to the point that it's common for fans to interpret him as being genuinely bisexual.
- The Red Baron: His Black Fang name was "Hurricane."
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When you're attacking the Dragon's Gate, he decides enough is enough and he'd rather just loot the place and run.
- Shoo the Dog: His A support with Nino has him refusing to let her accompany him after the war, as he fears the life he will lead will be too dangerous for her.
- Shoot the Dog: In his supports with Matthew, he tells him about having to kill a Black Fang Action Girl named Aesha when she was injured and crippled. That crossed his Moral Event Horizon, and soon he left the Fang.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: If he supports up with Isadora, it's mentioned in their ending that their next meeting after the war was as enemies.
- Stepford Snarker/Stepford Smiler: Beneath all the cynical humor, Legault struggles a lot with the death of Aesha from his own hands and the inevitable abandonment/deaths of the friends that he knew for years. Only in a select number of conversations do you get to see him express any signs of genuine sadness.
- Troubled, but Cute: He's, well, pretty. But he's got a massive amount of baggage from being the last remnant of a once-noble family of assassins.
- Weak, but Skilled: His strength growth and base are low even for a thief, he may not be able to dish out damage that great like Matthew and Jaffar, but his high skill and luck allow him to utilize Lethality/Silencer to its fullest potential when he promotes into an assassin.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has lavender colored hair.
Nils's beautiful and shy older sister, Ninian is a talented dancer who has a Mysterious Past.
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Brianna Knickerbocker (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Adaptational Badass: Her appearance in Fire Emblem Heroes now has her own Dragonstone, and is hence capable of turning into a dragon and fighting on the field. She also maintains her regular abilities as a dancer, becoming an extremely unique unit as a result.
- Apologetic Attacker: As she uses the remains of her ice powers to kill two Fire Dragons and wound a third, she cries and begs them to forgive her.
- The Atoner: She joins the group as a dancer to atone for the (unwilling) role she had in Elbert's death.
- Back from the Dead: After the last fight with Nergal and right before the fight against the fire dragon, she is resurrected thanks to Brammimond's efforts.
- Barrier Maiden: This fits her better than Damsel in Distress, as she and Nils are not only unable to attack, but they're both wanted for their half-Dragon heritage, which means they're the only ones in-story able to open the Dragon's Gate and allow other dragons to go through it.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Briefly, but Nils snaps her out of it.
- Broken Bird: Comes off as this at times. Given her history, though, she cannot be blamed.
- Break the Cutie: Oh, boy... Only Nils, Harken, Nino, and Lucius can compare.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her A support with Eliwood in particular is this; all she can spit out is that she has been deceiving him. Perhaps also an example of Poor Communication Kills; Eliwood might not have used Durandal against her if she had told him exactly how she had been deceiving him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She first appears to be this quiet dancer who seems to be nothing more than Nils's cute older sister/motherly figure. Later, bot she and Nils turn out to be vital to the plot.
- Damsel in Distress: Her introductions in both Lyn mode and the main story involves having to be rescued. The third time was a subversion since she was willing to turn herself in to Nergal to save Nils and the others.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Eliwood's.
- Doomed by Canon: An example that even gets justification in the case Ninian is Roy's dead mother, that's because she preferred a short but happy marriage to Eliwood than to return home with Nils.
- Dummied Out: Has placeholder portraits in Fire Emblem Awakening, cropped from her artwork.
- Expy: She shares several visualnote and plotlinenote similarities with Deirdre from Genealogy of the Holy War.
- First Girl Wins: If you pair her with Eliwood, as he rescued her just before he met Lyn for the first time.
- Foreshadowing: She possesses the Ice affinity, which alludes to her true nature: a half-human, half-ice dragon hybrid. It's much too subtle to count as an Interface Spoiler, and inexperienced players who don't care about affinities won't even notice this at first.
- Fragile Speedster:
- Her resistance to direct hits isn't exactly the best. On the other hand, she's got such high Speed and Luck that it's very hard to hit her, and she also has high Resistance (tolerance to magical attacks). Of course, she shares Nils' stats.
- Her Heroes incarnation surprisingly downplays this - she's still fast, but she's actually fairly middle-of-the-road in terms of defenses, and even pretty decent in terms of RES. It's her attack power that takes more of a hit. This is probably due to the fact that there are no dodge mechanics in FEH and dancers in FEH benefit from having a bit of bulk.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment at the end of the "Dragon's Gate" chapter, when Nergal is coercing Ninian to open the dragon's gate, shows that her eyes are glowing.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her and Nils's mom was Aenir, a dragon woman. Their dad was a human shaman... Nergal. And she's a potential wife to Eliwood, so by extension Roy might be one of these as well, albeit three-quarters-human.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Telling Nergal to take her instead of Nils. She clearly knows she's completely at the mercy of Nergal from then on, but she does it anyway.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Blames herself for Elbert's death, and the fact that she's half-dragon and has a crush on Elbert's son only causes her to be that much harder on herself.
- Hidden Depths: She can come across as a Satellite Love Interest, since she can be one of Eliwood's brides and she's the only one who develops feelings for him whether her love's requited or not, but she also has issues regarding her loneliness, her relationship with her little brother Nils, the isolation she feels due to her heritage as a half-Dragon woman, and her Survivor Guilt regarding the death of Eliwood's dad while trying to protect her and Nils. But since she's a Shrinking Violet and White Magician Girl, the fans of Eliwood's other brides Fiora and Lyndis often accuse her of fitting in there to make the other girls look better.
- An Ice Person: Her specific dragon breed is an Ice Dragon.
- Implied Love Interest: As noted in his entry, she gets quite a lot of this with Eliwood. Players are, however, completely free to either pair her up with him or let her return through the Dragon's Gate with Nils so they can rebuild their lives there.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Mad Shaman's Beautiful Daughter, more like, but.
- Meaningful Name: "Ninian" is one of the names given to the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian myths (others being "Vivian" and "Nimue").
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: In The Blazing Blade, not so much (she's a bog-standard Dancer there), but in Heroes, very much so, because she's a Dancer... with a Dragonstone. This makes her the only fully-functional manakete dancer in the entire franchise, with all the benefits and drawbacks involved, and gives her a number of interesting combat options and team interactions in Heroes (most obviously being able to provide, and benefit from, dragon-related buffs).
- The Ophelia: Briefly. When you find her in either Eliwood's or Hector's path, she's adrift on a small rowboat and totally amnesiac, so the cast takes her in since she can't be left alone. Soon we learn why she's like that: she and Nils tried to escape from the Dread Isle to not be forced to open the Dragon Gate, with the help of Eliwood's captured father Elbert; however, Nils fell into the sea and the already unstable Ninian snapped, blocking everything from her mind. She gets better soon, though, and from then on acts more or less normal if very withdrawn.
- Oracular Urchin: What she used to be as the Shrine Dragon.
- Plot Armor: If she falls in battle, she retreats rather than dies, since the story would fall apart at the end of "Cog of Destiny" otherwise.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Behold my power!"
"May this make a difference!"
"I will try!"
- Promotion to Parent: In regards to Nils, since their dragon mom was kidnapped and never heard from again, and their human dad is... well...
- The Quiet One: She's really quiet and reserved most of the time.
- Rapunzel Hair: It's even longer than Legault's, going all the way past her waist.
- Really 700 Years Old: Being half-dragon and all, her lifespan is quite a bit longer than average.
- Recurring Element: The dancer. As mentioned in tropes above, she's far different in that her attire is a very modest dress, and her dance is more graceful. She and Nils are also the first dancer-type units to be major characters who are integral to the story, which would be not done again until Reyson and Azura.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: She has blueish hair and red eyes, as well as pale skin. She's notably shy and reserved, but can open up to all 3 of her support options (one of which is a possible love interest). She's pretty frail both in cutscenes and in combat, though in her case, she has support abilities as a White Magician Girl. She also turns out to be not quite human; she's a Half-Human Hybrid born from a dragon mother and a human father. Her father is the main antagonist, Nergal, who sent her and her brother through the Dragon's Gate for their own protection during the Scouring, a massive human/dragon war.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Florina, the only girl she can support with. Among other things, they spend a fair bit of time talking about both hailing from Ilia, which foreshadows Ninian's true identity as an Ice Dragon due to Ilia's constantly frozen climate and Ninian's reaction upon hearing that the Ilians still worship the Ice Dragons, even in the wake of the Scouring.
- Shrinking Violet: She is both very shy and quiet.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She has cyan hair and is very shy.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Polite, ladylike, selfless, but also very protective of others and always ready to help whoever needs it even if it hurts her. In fact, when Badon is attacked by the Black Fang, she immediately decides to go help despite how the Dragon's Gate deals have all but sapped her of physical energy (so much that Nils had to give her some of his own), and later she also offers to go with Nergal instead of Nils without hesitation, clearly knowing that she's screwed but ensuring that Nils will be safe.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Subverted: Her romantic feelings for Eliwood will be there whether they support or not, but by the time the Black Fang and the Fire Dragon are defeated, she has regained a good part of her self-esteem, and thus if she isn't paired with Eliwood, she says goodbye to him and the others calmly and even smiling.
- When She Smiles: Ninian's mostly quite melancholy, but there are times she smiles, and they're all the more beautiful for how small and understated they are. The best instance of this is probably when she giggles at Eliwood's grumbling over Lyn and Hector's bantering, and he tells her that he likes it when she laughs.
- Waif Prophet: She shares Nils' ability to see the future, but hers is quite a bit stronger.
- White Magician Girl: She fits this trope so well, it's scary. Her abilities are all support abilities, with no combat abilities at all. She is shy and feminine, in personality and appearance. She's a Mystical Waif. And she's one of The Hero's potential Love Interests.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has cyan hair.
Lady Eleanora's personal bodyguard, sent by her liege to aid Eliwood and his group. Very serious about her work, but seems to have crippling self-doubts.
- Broken Bird: Approaches this in some of her supports, especially with Harken and Renault.
- Expy: The blue-haired female Paladin who's engaged with a blond-haired Hero, Isadora is the answer to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light's Midia, similarly sharing her average stat gains but having far better but still not great base stats, but with longer hair and better luck about getting captured.
- Fragile Speedster: Among the Cavaliers and Paladins, Isadora stands out as the most nimble one, thanks to her rather good base Speed (not to mention the best Speed growth of all riding units), further emphasized by the fact that, as the sole woman Paladin of the game, she gets a higher cap for this stat, and as a result will outspeed all of her colleagues (more often than not, she will hit said cap by endgame). However, she is also the most fragile, beginning with low defensive stats for a promoted unit, and has a very low Constitution, preventing her from using anything other than swords without getting a penalty.
- Head-Turning Beauty: She gets this reaction from all of her supports, except her fiance Harken and the brooding Bishop Renault.
- I Will Wait for You: As soon as she sees Harken, she reminds him of his promise to marry her, and how Isadora even thought he died. An A Support makes them finally get together.
- Lady of War: One who is very dedicated to fighting for her realm.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Isadora is a rather decent unit in a vacuum, being in the game's best class with solid starting stats and good growths for a prepromote. Unfortunately, every other cavalier and paladin in the game has the potential to be significantly better if trained to her level, meaning that unless you've gotten Kent, Sain, Marcus, and Lowen killed somehow or you're going for an all-cavalry or high find rank run, she tends to get benched.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: If you support her to Level A with Renault or Legault.
- Happily Married: If you do the same with Harken.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has long blue hair that is down to her back.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Variation. Her boots aren't long enough, but she uses longer black stockings and her white tunic has long slits that are good enough to create the effect.
A former member of Bern's Wyvern Riders, now one of Eubans's mercenaries. He doesn't share his boss's ethics, however, so he defects to Eliwood/Hector's army.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Nathaniel Lane (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Anime Hair: His hair is spiky and colored green, with a bit of a white streak, for crying out loud.
- Blade on a Stick: He starts off with the ability to use lances, and can be promoted to use swords.
- Clear My Name: He wants to return home someday as a knight, not a fugitive. If you get an A support with Vaida, this can happen.
- Dragon Rider: He is one of the strongest riders in Bern.
- Defector from Decadence: Will not kill innocents, so he leaves Eubans' Mercenaries when staying would inevitably lead to it.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Briefly appears in the Hector exclusive chapter, Talons Alight, way before the chapter where he is recruitable.
- Everyone Has Standards: Much like Dorcas, he reluctantly joined a ruthless mercenary unit to survive, but draws the line at attacking women, children, and the ill/disabled.
- Honor Before Reason: Places a high value on honor, even defecting when he can't stand his employer's lack of morals anymore. This is the reason behind his desertion of Bern's Wyvern Riders in the first place. Support conversations between Kent and Heath reveal that Heath's unit was to put down a resistance movement that was just a peasant mob drummed up by another general to boost his military career. Him and his units refused and as such were labelled traitors. This left him very sour towards Bern.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Comes off as this, what with his emphasis on honor, chivalry to women, and doing the right thing.
- Lightning Bruiser: On top of tremendous strength and decent defense, Heath also has good speed as well. He comes a bit underleveled, but with a bit of effort, he'll wreck everything, as long as you keep him away from bows and especially from magic users due to his horrible Magic Resistance.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Guy to Vaida's Masculine Girl. Downplayed; While Heath isn't especially feminine, he is still much more sensitive and quiet than the brash and assertive Vaida.
- Multicolored Hair: Green tinged with white. The white may be the result of him going gray, making it slightly more realistic than most examples (but there's still the green hair to consider.)
- Nice Guy: He is this after defecting to the good side.
- Number Two: Was this to Vaida, and if they A support, he retakes said position.
- Skunk Stripe: Part of his hair is white while the other is green.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Priscilla.
- Undying Loyalty: To Vaida in their A support.
- Weak to Magic: In contrast to the Pegasus Knights, Heath has impressive Defense at the expense of subpar Resistance.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: Why he leaves Eubans' group. His supports with Kent reveal that he and his wyvern unit refused to participate in a false-flag attack on civilians, pushing him to desert.
- You Can't Go Home Again: He's a wanted fugitive in Bern. The only time he sets foot there after his exile is when he's part of Eliwood's army and thus has 20-ish other people backing him up. This can change should he have an A-support with Vaida.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green with white streaks.
The quiet and proud Guardian of the mystical Nabata desert, and the father of Igrene from The Binding Blade.
Voiced by: Teruyuki Tanzawa (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Jamieson Price (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- An Axe to Grind: A rather large one at that.
- Badass Boast: "I will drive out the intruders. Guests need not fight."
- The Berserker: Outside of battle Hawkeye is very calm and polite, however in battle he is practically a rampaging beast.
- Custom Uniform: Hawkeye uses a distinctive sprite from other berkserkers. While the standard berserker shares Hawkeye's proportions, Hawkeye avoids wearing their distinctive horned helmets and swings his axe in a golf club-style motion, while others instead bury the axes in their foe's heads with an overhead chop.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He's got dark skin and blonde hair, likely the result of the blazing Nabata sun.
- Disappeared Dad: To Igrene, in FE6.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Ninian. Though she is the older one, mind you.
- Mr. Fanservice: Let's face it, if bronze/brown-skinned men with enormous muscles and a burly build were your taste, you know you'd want Hawkeye, too.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes.FIGHT!
Im coming for YOU.
I know NOTHING of fear!
- The Quiet One: When he does decide to speak, he's very laconic.
- The Stoic: He's impassive to a near inhuman degree. Even in the face of mortal danger, all he can manage to say is "..."
- Stone Wall: Starts with 50 HP, and with a decent growth rate for more. Though not as fast and murder-happy as Dart, who can more reliably crit than Hawkeye, he's far more durable. His defense isn't even that bad out of the gate, though it falls off quickly afterwards.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He has a real Conan the Barbarian look going on.
- Played for laughs in one of Heroes' 4koma manga where the resident shirtless abs flexer Bruno met Hawkeye and ended up fighting each other with fists (note: Bruno is a mage) to see who has the better shirtless scene.
- Weapon of Choice: He uses the "Guardian's Axe" in Heroes, an axe which makes special procs easier, as well as blocking enemies from being buffed with ATK and DEF boosters and also lowering those two stats even further when refined, making him a formidable tank.
- Zettai Ryouiki: A rare male example, wears Grade A armored leg bracers.
A warrior who's seeking his place in the world, and still hasn't found it by the time he runs into Eliwood/Hector's army. He previously traveled with Fargus's crew, and thus knows Dart, who can recruit him to the group.
- An Axe to Grind: Axes are his primary weapon alongside bows.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Randomly joins a street fight (on the enemy side, of course!) to see what happens; switches to Eliwood's side because he hopes joining him will turn out to be worthwhile.
- I Have No Family: He was the eldest son of a wealthy merchant family, but once he found out they were pretty much slave-drivers, he left home and never looked back.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Claims this more than once.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Especially in his interactions with Dart and Fiora. Geitz is insensitive, blunt, and apathetic, but he's gone through a lot, and he can show signs of happiness once he opens up to someone.
- Liberty Over Prosperity: One of his endings has him joining Dart as a part of Fargus's crew. As a child, he sailed with his father on a classy trading boat, but finds more joy as a mere deckhand as an adult.
- Lightning Bruiser: Possesses generally good stats in Strength, Defense, Speed, and even Skill, with his only real weakness being in Resistance.
- Real Men Hate Affection: In his Supports with Isadora, a bird settles on his head for a nest, much to his chagrin. Isadora cooes over it and names it 'Winston', but Geitz refuses to admit anything but aggravation, particularly when she gives it a name. When the bird does fly away, however, he becomes defensive and denies missing him even more strongly, suggesting that Winston had grown on him despite himself.
- Schrödinger's Player Character: Exclusive to Linus' version of Four-Fanged Offense, as Wallace is to Lloyd's.
- Tsundere: His supports with Isadora even has him use the "It's not like I care or anything!" line, in regards to the little bird that had taken to nesting on his head.
- Weak, but Skilled: Odd Warrior example. Geitz has less strength and HP than other Warriors, but he joins with a lot of weapon skill in both bows and axes and possess the lightning affinity, giving him plenty of opportunities to chip in with advanced melee and ranged weaponry, including Killer weapons. Though he's not likely to compare to Bartre, the strong bow affinity and the ability to use Axes makes him a solid bow fighter for your final team if you haven't trained either sniper and have no patience to train Rath. Of course, he's still let down a bit by his support options.
- Fridge Brilliance: He's from a wealthy merchant family that used slaves, so of course he's not as strong as others in a medieval setting — up until leaving his family, he probably had never worked a day in his life. His weapon skill is probably attributed to some proper instruction that his family's wealth could afford him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Hates, hates snow and cold.
The middle Pegasus Knight sister, quick-tempered and obsessed with money but with a good heart. Can only be recruited if you follow Hector's path.
- Big Sister Bully: Downplayed, but in her supports with Florina, she decides to tell Lyn about several embarrassing incidents, making poor Florina cry. She apologizes and explains she did so because she was shocked that Florina Took a Level in Badass during her absence and she wanted to make sure her sister was still there.
- Boyish Short Hair: Unlike Florina and Fiora, Farina keeps her hair above her shoulders.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon of choice. Unlike most late-game Pegasus Knights, she is not promoted at first, so she can't use swords.
- Hair Color Dissonance: While official art and various Cipher illustrations depicts her hair as purple-black, her in-game portrait dyes it bright blue like her armor.
- Hidden Depths: Once we learn why she wants so much money. To pay off a huge debt of Fiora's, which she acquired for ditching a mission to save Farina and her wingmates.
- Hot-Blooded: She's a notable contrast to cool-headed Fiora and the shy Florina.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can act like a real Jerkass at times, but she's actually a nice person underneath it all. See her Supports with Dorcas, for instance.
- Last Girl Wins: She's the last potential love interest for Hector to be recruited, and can achieve this if they have an A support.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's essentially a mercenary in a pegasus knight's clothing. She's hampered by the Falcoknight strength cap, but it's made up for the fact that she will almost always hit it. It helps that she carries a Killer Lance when recruited.
- Only in It for the Money: Her main interest is to obtain a lot of gold to pay for the debt Fiora was saddled with because of her. How much money? She demands 20,000 gold for her services. If that sounds just a tad exorbitant, it apparently is, because Hector calls her out on it in their supports. She then fights harder to earn the salary and ends up unconscious from exhaustion.
- Opposites Attract: While two of her endings put her with more Hot-Blooded guys, she can also end up with Kent... even though Kent is almost exactly like the big sister she just can't seem to get along with despite their shared best efforts. She even notes how she would normally never be around someone as serious as him, leading into a nice spot of Lampshade Hanging:Farina: This is probably someone else's doing... Like Marcus, or Oswin... You know, Merlinus might try something like this, too...Kent: I don't think it is a conspiracy... I mean, what would anyone have to gain from making us fight together?
- Recurring Element: She's Catria, being the middle Pegasus sister, but their similarities end there. While stern and dutiful like her other counterparts, she expresses it differently that she may come across as irresponsible instead. On top of being recruited after her elder sister, she's unpromoted (the final Pegasus rider to join tends to be promoted), and you recruit her by paying her a hefty sum, much like a Beowolf.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The brash and energetic red to Fiora's reserved and Florina's withdrawn blue.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: In her supports with Hector. It's pictured perfectly in their ending CG if they have an A support, unlike with Lyn or Florina where Hector is the one holding them, it's Farina who's pulling him closer to her◊.
- Stealth Pun: While her sisters' names both mean "flower", Farina's instead means flour, as in what goes into bread. Fitting, since she's all about the dough.
- Tomboy And Girly Girl: The tomboy to Florina's girly girl.
- Tsundere: To Kent, Dart, and Hector.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has blue hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
Otherwise known as Count Reglay, the wise and gentle Mage General of Etruria, as well as Erk's mentor. He is the father of Klein and Clarine from The Binding Blade.
Voiced by: Jamison Boaz (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Amazon Chaser: It's revealed that Louise won Pent's heart when she vowed to protect him with her bow, something neither of his other suitors did. He's also the first one to compliment Louise's skills as an archer when she appears.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the Mage General of Etruria, and his first appearance pretty much consists of saving the opponent from him.
- Battle Couple and Happily Married: To Louise.
- Boring, but Practical: He may not have beneficial supports with many units like Erk, and he doesn't have the potential firepower of a split atom like Nino, but all things considered, he's the best Anima user in the game, thanks to his high bases, pre-ground A rank in Staves, and high-for-his-class constitution.
- Crutch Character: A weird example. He joins at a rather high level, with an A support with his wife, and has very good stats for an already promoted unit, but his offensive growths are catastrophic, compared to Erk and Nino (though he has a rather high Defense growth for a Sage). Relying on him too much can lead to wasted experience for units who need it more. On the other hand, if you don't want to use Erk or baby-sit Nino until she finally catches up, he is a perfectly viable Sage to use during the end-game (not to mention he is a very good healer, thanks to his high Magic and pre-made A rank in staves), and his stats when trained are comparable to a trained Erk (though Nino will practically always turn out significantly better in just about every stat but HP and Defense).
- Disappeared Dad: To Klein and Clarine in FE6. He's around but not really concerned with the war, and his ending explains that this took place because he took Athos's massive research upon himself after his death, and thus Pent had to leave Etruria and his Mage General post to keep up with it.
- The Dividual: An odd example with his wife Louise. They are separate units, but as they start out with an A rank support (as they are married), they get good bonuses for staying near each other. And if either one of them falls in battle, the other will leave your army as well.
- Forgets to Eat: According to Louise, he tends to lock himself away during his research and doesn't eat for a few days, which worries her.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He has rather balanced stats all around.
- Modest Royalty: Upon meeting the tactician, he'll immediately tell them to not concern themselves with his status as the Mage General of Etruria.
- Mugging the Monster: The brigands learned it the hard way.
- One-Man Army: On "The Living Legend", Pent appears as an NPC and fights the enemies on the map. If left to his own devices, Pent will demolish everything in his way, including the bosses. He's still good when he joins you for real, too, due to his high staff rank and that sweet Physic staff.
- Plot Armor: He has to survive, but if he falls, you lose Louise as well.
- Parental Substitute: To Erk.
- Red Mage: Pent embodies this better than any Sage in the game, thanks to his high ranks in both Anima and Staves when he joins, and his good bases (but not-so-good growths) hammer the point in further. He could be the magical version of Marcus this way... except he comes much later.
- Stop Helping Me!: That One-Man Army entry above? It's not a good thing in the aforementioned chapter, as there is a secret chapter tied to gaining enough EXP on "The Living Legend" - and Pent is an NPC at the time, so his kills don't count. He also isn't recruited until after the chapter despite the Lords being able to talk with him, he'll just run off to resume the massacre. The only way to make him stop is to perform an Unwanted Rescue with a high-Con unit and sit them in a corner away from the action.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Seeks to avert this trope. His job keeps him very busy, but he's aware that his wife is pregnant, and, in fact, he retires shortly after the story.
- The Wise Prince: Is a Count of Etruria, and one of the older and calmer characters who joins Eliwood.
Pent's beautiful wife and partner, as well as a deadly archer. She is the mother of Klein and Clarine from The Binding Blade; she's even pregnant with Klein during the story.
- Archer Archetype: Such a fine one that Pent chose her over many possible wives because of the heartfelt declaration she made to protect him.
- Battle Couple and Happily Married: She and Pent.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Pent & Louise already have a maxed out support level. When she's within 3 spaces of Pent, she gets to take advantage of support bonuses that add up to plenty of critical hits. When she's not within 3 spaces, you're usually better off using the other Archers.
- Crutch Character: She has good bases, good growths, and an A support with the best magic user in the game. What she doesn't have is Rath's high movement, maxed-out speed, and access to swords, or Rebecca's massive speed and strong support pool.
- Declaration of Protection: Towards Pent. And it let her score a critical hit to his heart.
- The Dividual: An odd example with her husband Pent. They are separate units, but as they start out with an A rank supprt (as they are married), they get good bonuses for staying near each other. And if either one of them falls in battle, the other will leave your army as well.
- Head-Turning Beauty: She evokes this reaction quite a bit despite being married. She takes it well in stride.
- Lady of War: Something that greatly impresses Pent.
- Motherly Side Plait: How she styles her hair, giving her a motherly look and hinting that she is ready to be one.
- Parental Substitute: To Erk.
- Plot Armor: She has to survive because her children are in The Binding Blade, but if she falls, you lose Pent as well.
- Pregnant Badass: Revealed in her A-level support conversation with Pent. Those who had played The Binding Blade might have been able to figure this out beforehand, as Pent is mentioned by name in Dieck's C-level supports with both Klein and Clarine (and the Reglay family name as well in Clarine's) and Klein's age is given as 19; this game takes place 20 years before that one.
- Rags to Riches: She was only a very minor noblewoman, compared to Pent being a Count from the highest Etrurian nobility.
- Recurring Element: She's a pre-promoted Sniper with good affinity of bows (despite legendary bows not existing in her game) and admired by a fellow younger archer (Rebecca). Pretty much similar to Jeorge, in addition of giving birth to the next game's holder of this element (Klein)
A vicious swordsman known as the "Sword Demon" hailing from Sacae whose skill with his Wo Dao is only rivaled by his bloodlust.
Twenty years later, he would go on to fight alongside Eliwood's son Roy in the aftermath of the Disturbance of Bern; for tropes regarding his appearance in The Binding Blade, see here.
Voiced by: Junji Majima (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Bryce Papenbrook (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Aloof Big Brother: To Karla, at first. Although he mellows out, eventually.
- Anti-Hero: He's cold, generally intimidating, and murdered not only his family—save for his sister, Karla—but countless others, as well... but don't worry, he's one of the good guys!
- Ax-Crazy: Well, sword-crazy, technically.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a blue one in his official art.
- Blood Knight: He travels around Elibe in search of the strongest opponents.
- Boring, but Practical: A raised Guy will probably outrank him in terms of power and be a full five or six points ahead of him in terms of speed, but Karel comes with better constitution and enough base strength to remain consistently useful for the rest of the game, while Guy can easily get too little of that.
- Broken Ace: His supreme skill comes hand in hand with his mad bloodlust. It's made him an unparalleled swordsman, but it has also eaten away every positive relationship in his life, including with his family, many of whom he killed due to the rule that only one can wield the sword. In Lucius's supports, the monk eventually sees that, behind his madness, Karel is simply tired, and longs to put down his sword and rest, if only for a moment.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A weird example; Karel's mad, but he is a fighting genius.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears a darker coat than his sister and is very vicious, but he's still an ally to the protagonists.
- Deadpan Snarker: While usually not in a joking mood, he does let Dart talk up the monstrous "Sword Demon" as a potential rival to him, letting Dart describe the atrocities and legends of the warrior. When Dart finishes, Karel says that, as fun as it would be, he can't fight himself.Dart: You're THAT Karel?Karel: I am only one Karel, but that is my name.Dart: Well, pucker my portside! Why didn't you say something?Karel: You didn't ask.
- Dissonant Serenity: A monster on the battlefield, but strangely calm in his supports.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In The Binding Blade, he cut his hair short.
- His story is reminiscent of Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin. Especially considering how he turns out in The Binding Blade. You can actually see the change coming in Karla's and Lucius' A supports. Karla makes him think and Lucius is "too weak" for him to kill. He relaxes around Lucius and falls asleep next to him, saying that he "wants to rest if only for a little while." This is the dude that threatens to kill everyone when he first meets them and goes around using rumors to find and kill every strong opponent. If that isn't enough, Lucius gives a nice Foreshadowing by telling him that he hopes Karel can eventually find peace from his brutal desires and destiny.
- Appearance-wise, he resembles Shannan from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, as the long-haired Swordmaster in blue with a playable relative who shares the same class family and wears white (Karla for Karel, Ayra for Shannan). He also shares his eventual title "Sword Saint" with Shannan's identical ancestor Odo, one of Judgral's Twelve Crusaders.
- Fragile Speedster: He may not exactly be the most durable of units, but his excellent evasive capability more than makes up for that.
- Guide Dang It!: You either get him or Harken. How, you ask, does the game decide which one you get? Depending on the version of Pale Flower Of Darkness you get (which is decided by comparing the level of your physical fighters to your magic users), you should either open at least three doors, or kill at least three promoted units, before turn 9, to get Karel. Really.
- I Need You Stronger: Invoked by Karel himself nearly word for word, in all of his recruitment conversations. His very motivation for joining the party is to make sure Eliwood, Hector, and Lyn survive to become Worthy Opponents for him to fight.
- Master Swordsman: One of the best on the continent.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: A really weird version. If you either open four or more doors on Jerme's map or at least kill two of the three promoted enemies on Kenneth's map, both before the ninth turn, he will appear and be recruitable instead of Harken during Chapter 25 (Eliwood)/Chapter 27 (Hector). There's really no indication whatsoever as to why either of those factors would affect anything at all.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Part of his fringe covers his right eye.
- Pet the Dog: If he gets too close to or simply too used to someone, he finds himself doing this. With Lucius, despite threatening to kill him, he decides not to because he's 'too weak'. With Guy, he refuses to teach him any further once he realizes that any further would make him a match for him, and he would have to kill him as a result. And of course, he mellows out plenty around Karla, not only does he finally reign in his urge to slay her, but her words get through to him (to a degree, anyway) when pretty much nobody else's can.
- Plot Armor: He has to survive to The Binding Blade, but he's not a Lord. Therefore, he can fall in combat and still survive.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Feast, blade. Feast!"
"My blade, unrestrained!"
"My blood roils!"
"I cannot resist...the urge!"
- Rapunzel Hair: His official art shows that he had dark brown hair that reaches down to his knees.
- Red Baron: "The Sword Demon" which he later abandons in favor of "Saint of Swords", "Sword Saint". Or "Kensei" in the original Japanese.
- Self-Made Orphan: Mentions in his C support with Karla that he killed four of their family members, including their parents. Specifically because their family runs on There Can Be Only One.
- Sociopathic Hero: He easily fits this trope, albeit for a certain value of "hero".
- Token Evil Teammate: In The Blazing Blade, Karel is essentially a serial killer who targets powerful warriors, and his entire motivation for joining the party to begin with is to make sure the three main characters survive to become satisfactory victims themselves.
- Weapon of Choice: In an update for Heroes, he gained access to the new Nameless Blade, a stronger Killing/Slaying Edge that, once Refined, grants him the same effect as a Wo Dao (+10 damage when her Special triggers).
- Worthy Opponent: Is compelled to kill anyone strong enough to potentially become one of these.
- You Didn't Ask: He asks Dart the pirate in their support conversations if he knows any strong enemies. Dart then tells him about a few he heard rumors about, only to find out they are all already dead. Then, in the final conversation, Dart remembers one more: a man named Karel, better known as the "Sword Demon", who only lives to kill and has done some pretty brutal stuff according to the stories. Karel answers that he cannot duel himself.
A ruthless and suicidal soldier in the Black Fang ranks, quickly revealed to be the lost leader of Lord Elbert's personal guard and the sole survivor of his expedition. Intending to destroy the Fang from within, he is instead recruited into Eliwood's party, though his suicidal tendencies remain and so do his pre-existent issues.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Lowen. It is implied that Marcus was this to him.
- Break the Cutie: His supports reveal the utter horrors he went through as the Sole Survivor of Elbert's crew.
- Broken Ace: His status as a knight is almost legendary. But by the time you get to him, he's a massive wreck.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to his supports with Marcus, Harken once was a vassal for another lord, who treated the poor guy badly and then threw him out of his household. Harken is very self-conscious about that fact, and fears that he'll be judged and looked down if his secret gets out.
- Death Equals Redemption: He certainly thinks so.
- Death Seeker: He intended to go on a suicidal march against Nergal's forces, hoping to destroy him but simultaneously hoping for his own death before he's talked to his senses. And it still takes quite a bit of convincing to get him, considering how long and detailed his recruitment talks are.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: His supports are mostly about him slowly regaining his self-worth and will to live. Double if it's with Isadora, since in their shared ending they get Happily Married.
- Expy: The blond haired Hero who's engaged with the blue-haired female Paladin, Harken is Elibe's answer to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light's Astram, replacing the latter's Inspector Javert tendencies with suicidal depression.
- Failure Knight: See Break the Cutie.
- Guide Dang It!: You either get him or Karel. How, do you ask, does the game decide which one you get? Depending on the version of Pale Flower Of Darkness you get (which is decided by comparing the level of your physical fighters to your magic users), you should either not open 3 doors, or not kill more than 3 promoted units before turn 9, to get Harken. Really.
- Lightning Bruiser: His base stats, especially in Hector Hard Mode, is comparable to a well-trained Raven. He's also packing the Brave Sword, which lets him hit four times in a row. He'll kill anybody short of a general or any armored unit he hits.
- Love Will Lead You Back: He was Isadora's fiancé before he left for that suicidal mission. Once reunited, both can marry.
- Mage Killer: His base resistance is pretty high for a Hero, and he has access to Hand Axe to fight off Magic attacks. Give him a pure water and a couple of Hand Axes, and he will stand his own really well in Hector Hard Mode's Cog of Destiny.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's borderline suicidal by the time you get to him. An aside comment to the Tactician implies that he considers his death a matter of "when" rather than "if".
- Sole Survivor: Of Marquess Pharae's escort group, the rest having been slain by Nergal's men.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Vaida, if they have an A support.
- Survivor's Guilt: He's really not dealing with the deaths of his comrades all that well, due to his failure to protect Lord Elbert. It's not a stretch to say that his grief has driven him insane.
- Tranquil Fury: If you see his artwork or portrait, you would assume he is a calm, confident knight, especially compared to the violent-looking Karel (in his artwork). Turns out he used to be like that, but after being utterly broken, he is one of the most suicidally insane characters in your army.Harken: Are you our tactician, Mark? I am Harken. I beg your forbearance. Lord Eliwood has ordered me to follow your commands in combat. I care not where I meet death. Just guide me wisely.
A compassionate young member of the Black Fang, and the much-neglected daughter of Sonia Reed.
A few years after the end of the game, she ends up with either Jaffar, Erk, or an unnamed partner, eventually giving birth to the twins Raigh and Lugh from The Binding Blade.
Voiced by: Kana Yuki (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Sarah Blandy (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- Awesome, but Impractical: Potentially one of the most powerful units when fully leveled. The problem? When you get her, she's about twenty levels below everyone else, and there's only three to five chapters before the end of the game (depending on your route). Put simply, in order to put her up to par, you need to train her, while protecting her from the enemies, and feed her a Body Ring or two (since every single tome will slow her down otherwise, except for the basic Fire tome). Even at the end she has the absolute worst weapons to fight the final bosses. Nergal has the elemental advantage and she has no way of circumventing the fire dragon's defenses.
- Badass Adorable: Cute and innocent, but can turn out exceptionally powerful when trained.
- Berserk Button: If there's one thing that angers Nino more than anything, it's betraying her trust. When Sonia revealed she killed Nino's real family and never loved her, Nino becomes absolutely furious. In her A support with Jaffar, when Jaffar says he can't keep his promise of always being Nino's friend, Nino becomes so heartbroken that their relationship is almost ruined until Jaffar clarifies what he meant.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While generally a sweet girl, her wrath is quite visibly incited by Sonia mocking her deceased family (who Sonia herself had murdered). Heck, her pre-battle quote in the Final Chapter is a vow to make Nergal pay for all the pain he's caused her and those she cares about. Given her age and the amount of breaking she goes through, though, it's both understandable and for the best.
- Break the Cutie: Oh, poor Nino... What a screwed-up backstory she has.
- Contract on the Hitman: When Sonia sends her and Jaffar to kill Zephiel, she also orders Jaffar to kill her afterwards so that Desmond has a scapegoat. Luckily for her, Jaffar can't bring himself to do it and Eliwood and co. bust in shortly afterwards to save them both.
- Dark Magical Girl: At first, and only by affiliation.
- Doomed by Canon: In The Binding Blade, Lugh and Raigh mention how their mom left them in the orphanage and never came back...
- Expy: Nino shares a lot in common with Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War's Tailtiu and her daughter Tine. Like Tailtiu, Nino is a young, cheery mage in the army that eventually give birth to two mage children, is unable to reunite with their children later, and has her life littered with tragedy despite her cheeriness. Like Tine, she has her parents killed by the bad guys and is raised by an abusive mother figure.
- Fall Guy: Her intended role in Zephiel's assassination is to be murdered by Jaffar after the prince's death so Desmond has someone to blame. Unfortunately for them, Jaffar picks then to pull a HeelFace Turn.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Nino's Supports with Jaffar suggest that she developed feelings for him while treating him.
- The Heart: Is one towards the Black Fang, as she views them as her family. Sadly subverted as none of her attempts to get Lloyd or Linus to stop fighting work.
- I Found You Like This: In one of her earliest scenes with Jaffar, he is severely wounded and on the point of unconsciousness, and she nurses him back to health.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Something that Sonia hates Nino for: her and Nergal's initial plan after seeing her potential was to turn her into a murder machine like Jaffar. Fortunately Nino never lost her goodwill or optimism, and unfortunately for her abductors she puts her latent potential to use on them after they show their true colors.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Her supports with Canas and Merlinus is this, and is already on friendly terms with Jan and Legault prior to the story.
- Irony: She desperately yearns for a family, and calls several people "Uncle" (Jan, Legault and Merlinus). It turns out she might have an uncle by marriage, Canas, who was already kind and fatherly to her.
- Magikarp Power: She joins underleveled and very late in the game, making her more of a nuisance than anything, and many players wouldn't waste their time to train her. Though, if you do train her, she will become your best Sage, thanks to her godly growths: she will max her Magic, Skill, and Speed stats, and easily be able to go toe-to-toe with Nergal, despite the latter having the weapon triangle advantage. Though, she has a terrible constitution stat, which means that all anima tomes will slow her down, and will prevent her from double-attacking early on (including the basic Fire tome, until she promotes, that is).
- Minion with an F in Evil: Jaffar all but lampshades that she is unfit to be an assassin because of how nice she is.
- Morality Pet: To Jaffar.
- Never Learned to Read: Yeah, Sonia neglected her that badly. She still became a mage by imitating Sonia's chants.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When Nino decides you need to die right now, there's really no hope for you in the morality department, is there?
- Plot Armor: She has to survive to give birth to Lugh and Raigh. It's still heartbreaking if she falls to her brother, though... Not that it helps her in between games... Averted if she's taken out in "Battle Before Dawn", though, as her defeat quote strongly indicates death.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes.Ahhhhhhh!
I can do this!
Ill do my best!
I wont lose! Not me!
- Recurring Element: A gameplay Est as a late game un-promoted unit with high growths. Story-wise, she also has the same elements as Linde, a bright, young, talented magic-slinging girl who had her family destroyed by the bad guys and hiding her grief with a big smile.
- Plucky Girl: Despite all the hardships she faces, she manages to not give up, though more than a few tears are shed in the process.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Rebecca and Florina.
- Sole Survivor: The only survivor of her clan. Her parents and brother were murdered by Nergal and Sonia when she was a baby.
- Teen Genius: Despite being unable to read tomes due to her illiteracy, she memorized different spells by mimicking Sonia's incantations during her time with the Black Fang. This is shocking to Erk, a fellow mage, as it normally takes years to decipher and master a chant.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Nino defects from the Black Fang after they order her death, but she still tries to talk to her mother Sonia, hoping that Sonia will display some kind of motherly feeling. When Sonia gleefully reveals she murdered Nino's birth parents, only took her in and raised her on Nergal's orders, and hated every second of it, Nino freaks the hell out.Nino: Aaahhh!!! You're no perfect being! You're a monster in human form! No mercy! No forgiveness!!!
- Tragic Keepsake: A medallion that belonged to her murdered Missing Mom, Iris.
- Weapon of Choice: Her regular version in Heroes has her wielding Iris's Tome, a stronger Gronnblade with no drawbacks that can be refined to give her Even Atk Wave. Her flier variant uses Giga Excalibur (simply localized as Excalibur here), the strongest non-legendary Anima tome from this game.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Nino tries her best to gain Sonia's approval, until she's told the truth about her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light green hair, her sons inherit the hair color as well.
Nino's partner, who is completely devoted to her.
Voiced by: Yuuma Uchida (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), John Rubinstein note (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- The Atoner: Even though it took some prodding to convince him it was at all possible, he eventually becomes a milder-than-most example of this.
- Bare Your Midriff: While this applies to the sprites of all GBA Assassins, Jaffar's midriff is also bare in his official art.
- Big "WHAT?!": He belts one out when Sonia orders him to kill Nino. It's extremely jarring considering his typical emotionless behavior, and one of the biggest signs of his impending HeelFace Turn.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: His darker skin and red hair makes him contrast with almost every other character in the game.
- Dark Is Evil: His color tones clearly invoke the appearance of a traditional Western villain, until he turns along with Nino.
- Death Seeker: "There's no need to save a life as unworthy as my own."
- Declaration of Protection: For Nino, he will die and kill. Lampshaded by Legault and himself:Legault: Youve gotten soft, Angel of Death. If someone held Nino hostage, youd throw down your sword. You were the strongest assassin around. Now, you have a fatal chink in your armor. Youve become human, but that makes you less perfect. Someday... youll die. No doubt trying to protect the girl.
Jaffar: ...Thats fine. I will live with Nino. Ive decided.
- Defrosting Ice King: First introduced as an emotionless Tyke Bomb, but once recruited and supported with, he starts to show some signs of emotion.
- Empty Shell: Regarded himself as such."I am a corpse. I have been dead ever since the day I was born."
- Fragile Speedster: Unusually strong by Assassin standards, as he joins one Strength point short of his cap and has a decent chance of maxing it out. That said, he's fast but can't take many hits.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: There's no denial that everyone either resents him or are afraid of him, he has one of the smallest support pools in the game because of it.
- HeelFace Turn: Naturally, seeing as we first meet him as the strongest of the Four Fangs.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Was not only willing to get himself killed to let Nino escape from the Black Fang, but when Matthew (falsely) tells him that he's got Nino as a hostage, he decides to let him go take his Revenge for Leila if it meant Nino would be safe. Matthew ultimately backs off, revealing that he was bluffing.
- If he reaches A-support with Nino, his ending reveals that he disappeared to save his family from bounty hunters.
- I Owe You My Life: After he was severely wounded on the job, Nino nursed him back to health.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Can we stop hiding that he's Jaffar, the Angel of Death?
- Love Redeems: His relationship with Nino is defined by this.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Sonia's mistreatment of Nino spurred Jaffar to defect from the Black Fang.
- Must Make Amends: Having killed Matthew's girlfriend Leila earlier, his supports with Matthew lead to an uncomfortable but ultimately peaceful forgiveness, particularly when Jaffar tells Matthew that her last word was her lover's name.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Angel of Death".
- Not So Stoic: The rare times he actually shows emotion tend to be when Nino is involved.
- One-Hit Kill: An Assassin specialty. Give him a Killing Edge and watch the magic happen.
- One-Man Army: Depending on how well he dodges, he can handle many enemies at once in "Battle Before Dawn", up to and including the chapter's miniboss (at least until he runs out of Killing Edge and Elixir uses). He's in more trouble on the Hard difficulties, especially Hector Hard Mode.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Death comes."
"Time to go."
"The end is near."
- The Quiet One: A man of few words. His response to a lot of dialogue spoken to him is simply "..."
- Redemption Earns Life: He was all set up to be killed, if not by the Black Fang, then by Eliwood's vengeful party. Then he turns at the last minute.
- Red Baron: The Angel of Death.
- The Stoic: Inhumanly so, and by design.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Thanks to Nino.
- Tattooed Crook: His (usually) left shoulder features a simple tattoo.
- Token Evil Teammate: The reason this entry used to be almost entirely spoiler-marked.
- Tranquil Fury: When engaging in combat with a unit with relevance to him, he will usually remain silent as they talk at him. However, if you have him engage Sonia, the woman who lied to Nino and attempted to have her killed, he will be the one to initiate the conversation, if only to say one thing.Jaffar: Here I come.
- Tyke-Bomb: Implied by Sonia; though he was already emotionally empty, Nergal's influence on him growing up can't have been any good for his humanity...
- Weapon of Choice: In Heroes, he was given the new Deathly Dagger, which, if he initiates combat, deals 10 damage to the target and to foes within 2 spaces of the target. And when refined, it makes it so magic foes can't counterattack.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: One of several emotions he can't comprehend is love. He experiences it for the first time with Nino and it bugs the hell out of him.
A willful, cynical woman who once was one of Bern's four Wyvern Generals.
- Blade on a Stick: Her primary weapon, but she's a Wyvern Lord, so she can use swords as well.
- Boobs of Steel: Bern is said to have three mighty Wyvern Generals, famous for their prowess. She is said to be mightier. Appropriately, she has the biggest chest on the playable side.
- Broken Bird: Beneath that tough exterior lies a woman who feels betrayed by her country and is desperate for a second chance.
- A proud and mighty warrior who loves her land, country, and people; yet hates the man running the show and hopes the prince will be the righteous man to change her kingdom's fate. Yeah, about that...
- Combat Stilettos: Concept art reveals she wears high-heeled boots.
- Dark Action Girl: Until her HeelFace Turn, although you can simply not recruit her and she'll keep fighting you to the death.
- Doomed by Canon: Her ending leaves her ultimate fate ambiguous, but in The Binding Blade, she is nowhere to be found. In light of her Undying Loyalty to Zephiel, it's highly likely that she didn't survive long enough to serve him in The Binding Blade.
- Dragon Rider: Commander of Bern's wyvern forces, and also a powerful boss.
- Good Is Not Nice: A devoted, honorable, and very patriotic warrior, but incredibly sour and brusque. She is also extremely rude and even cruel at times to her own allies in most of her Support Conversations.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: She's clearly going for evil scars, but it seems much less so when you discover how she got it.
- HeelFace Turn: She's the unbeatable boss of a mid-game chapter before you get the chance to recruit her.
- Infinity +1 Sword: Her Uberspear in Chapter 24/26. Boosts multiple stats, but requires glitching to obtain.
- Jerkass: She's really not the nicest person you'll meet. She feeds Canas' books to her wyvern, for crying out loud.
- The Lad-ette: She's way more man than Heath is.
- Lord British Postulate: Like Fargus, the game strongly discourages you from fighting Vaida in "Unfulfilled Heart," and although it is possible to defeat her, it's a lot of trouble. And if you do kill her, you can't recruit her later in "Cog of Destiny."
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Heath's Feminine Boy.
- Recurring Element: Minerva gameplay-wise: She's a wyvern knight in the enemy's army who later defects from decadence.
- Redemption Demotion: Without Nergal's magic empowering her (or arguably, her spear), she is nowhere near as powerful or as threatening as when you first meet her, and like most pre class-changed units, only really serves as a backup if Heath wasn't trained.
- Scissors Cuts Rock: In Normal Mode, at least, she possesses enough Defense to outright No-Sell standard bow-weilding enemies even without a Delphi Shield. She compensates for this by being Weak to Magic in comparison to the Pegasus Knights.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The reason why she's an exile from Bern. She and her unit were assigned to put down a fake rebellion by a Bern General. Rather than carry out their orders, which would have them slaughter hundreds of unarmed peasants, they turned on the other units. They would have been executed, but Vaida helped her unit flee to safety by acting as a decoy, which earned her the scar on her face.
- Token Evil Teammate: She never really loses her cruelty and brutality when she joins the group. With the exception of Heath, she spends her supports terrorizing the other unit.
- Undying Loyalty: The reason for her HeelFace Turn was her love for Bern and fidelity to young Prince Zephiel.Vaida: You saved Prince Zephiel, so I owe you(...). I told you, I serve Bern. Prince Zephiel is our future, our hope. You saved him when he needed saving, and now I will serve you.
- Weak to Magic: Like Heath, her impressive Defense comes at the expense of subpar Resistance.
The younger sister of Karel, nicknamed the Princess of Swords. She travels around the land and fights in arenas in search of her older brother. Like Farina, she can only be found in Hector's story.
Voiced by: Ayaka Suwa (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Allegra Clark (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Only in Hector mode, if you jump through some hoops. Bartre has to be promoted and at least level 5 by the time you reach "Battle Preperations". Deploy him there to make Karla appear in the arena. Get them to talk and they'll fight for one round; if neither dies, she is recruited. If he kills her, the resulting dialogue is amusing. And creepy.
- Adaptational Badass: In Fire Emblem Heroes, thanks to Power Creep as a second year character she is one of the most powerful fighters available. Quite a bit better then both Lyn and Karel, who both gave her a bad case of Can't Catch Up in The Blazing Blade.
- Boobs of Steel: She possesses an ample bust in her original game, but her art in Heroes shows off more of it, revealing she's actually a few cup sizes bigger than Lyn, who is also quite well-endowed. In The Blazing Blade, she is a powerful rival for Bartre, and in Heroes she is considered to be one of the three best Sword Infantry units in the game (alongside Ayra and Legendary Marth).
- Broken Bird: Her existence of living for the sword and only for the sword is starting to wear on her. Not to mention she was poorly treated by whomever she lived with because she was a woman, making her passive and unemotional.
- Color-Coded Characters: Her white outfit contrasts with her brother's darker color scheme, probably to either reflect his more vicious nature or just simple a case of Pale Females, Dark Males. Given that her daughter's jacket would have similar colors, it could also be a Call-Forward.
- Cutting Off the Branches: Only found in Hector's mode like Farina. In this case, she's found in a Gaiden chapter and several requirements need to be met to find her, whereas Farina is found in the main story.
- Doomed by Canon: She dies of an illness sometime before The Binding Blade.
- Easter Egg: Not only does she require a convoluted series of steps to unlock, but she also appears at the end of the game with little in the way of Character Development or gameplay prospects (she's outclassed by her brother Karel, who can join the party some chapters before). She's mainly present to build on the canon established in The Binding Blade regarding Bartre, Karel, and her daughter Fir.
- Fanservice Pack: Her Heroes design has just enough extra cleavage shown to reveal how large her cup size actually is, and makes the slits in her dress more noticeable to show off her legs.
- Guide Dang It!: You need to get Bartre promoted and up to level 5, to get her to merely appear. To recruit her, you have to make Bartre fight her and make sure both survive a round against each other. And, of course, no hints whatsoever are given at any point. Furthermore, you need to save the eastern village in Chapter 25, though at least she'll give you a promotion item if you do.
- Ill Girl: At least, according to Karel's supports with Bartre in The Binding Blade.
- Late Character Syndrome: She's basically a trained Guy minus a few points in HP. Too bad she has worse usability than even Nino.
- Lady of War: She's clearly the better of her and Bartre and is about even with Karel.
- Love at First Punch: Curb-stomped Bartre painfully when he first challenged her. They duel once again during the story, and she decides to join the party after he manages to survive a blow from her sword.
- Ms. Fanservice: To say Karla got a Fanservice Pack in Heroes is a bit of an understatement. Even though her dress is rather conservative, it still reveals a long, slender leg. Enough of her cleavage is also shown off to make it clear she's also very well-endowed, even if she makes no effort to show it off.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."My sword arts, brought to bear..."
"I do not enjoy a battle."
"How can I refuse a fight?"
"You will die."
- Red Baron: "Princess of Swords".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If you're dumb enough to have Bartre try to fight her with his bare hands, she'll leave in a huff.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Bartre.
A wise, but very troubled bishop of the Saint Elimine order. He spends his time meditating in the Dread Isle.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: But only if you reach the ruins site where he's waiting in "Victory or Death" in time. Take too long and he leaves.
- The Atoner: He's on the Dread Isle praying for relief for his past sins. Specifically, he's responsible for bringing Nergal's morphs to fruition and for killing Lucius' father.
- Boring, but Practical: His magic is a joke, but Renault's staff rank and his free Fortify staff gives him some use. Maybe not enough to bring him to the endgame unless you really want his supports, but enough to make him less of a load in Victory or Death.
- But Now I Must Go: He vanishes after the war, regardless of whether he's paired or not.
- Despair Event Horizon: The death of his partner and best friend pushed him over the edge.
- Dub Name Change: Is named 'Renaud' in PAL versions of the game. This is likely because 'Renault' sounds far less exotic to European ears, where it is a popular car manufacturer.
- Easter Egg: All of his support conversations. Since there are only 2-3 maps left to go when he joins (not including the one you're on, which is on a strict time limit for the Gaiden chapter), you have to deliberately waste a ton of turns to get any of them. Although you don't have to get them to find out what Renault's deal is; just pit him against Nergal in Hector Mode.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Hates himself thoroughly for all of his terrible sins, like having killed Lucius's dad and collaborating with Nergal's morph research.
- Interface Spoiler: When you recruit him in the penultimate chapter of the game, a quick look at his stats shows him as having a Magic stat of 12, which is pitiful for a level 16 Bishop (which has a cap of 25, where he joins only four levels off of the level limit). As well as this, his Skill of 22 (out of a cap of 26 for male Bishops) and his Speed of 20 (out of a cap of 24 for male Bishops) would really not look out of place on a more melee-oriented class, like a Hero or Swordmaster. It's revealed in his Support conversations with several characters that he used to be a mercenary, and had only turned to the cloth relatively recently.Renault: I'm sorry, but... I don't think I'm worthy of being called a bishop. Long ago, I was a mercenary. I led a bloody, thoughtless life, unconnected to the holy teachings.
Isadora: Is that so? And then...what brought you to the light of Elimine?
Renault: I...lost a friend. A man I could have called brother. But when he died, I knew nothing of prayers, of forgiveness. I only knew how to bash another man's skull... So I cast aside my weapons and knelt for the first time... to mourn my fallen friend.
- Late Character Syndrome: Tends to bottom out on tier lists for his late arrival and hopeless stats. He is, however, a very welcome last-ditch healer for players who have managed to reach the endgame with the majority of their team dead.
- Older Than He Looks: It's possible that Canas was merely mistaken about how long Nergal has been working on morphs, and that it's only been a few decades. Regardless, as he apparently looks the same as he did when Wallace, who is now in his forties, was just a kid, Renault has to be at least in his seventies, possibly even older if he had already been working with Nergal prior to meeting Wallace.
- Really 700 Years Old: It's implied that he may have been involved with the creation of the original morphs, though this contradicts the game's timeline.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Isadora, if they A support. Their paired ending says that she left knighthood and became an Elimine cleric in order to search for him.
An elderly sage who secluded himself in the Nabata desert, known as the Living Legend and the Archsage.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: As per the series tradition. He fits the Gotoh archetype, a powerful magic user capable of taking on the last chapter on his own. Justified, as he's nearing the end of his life by the time the story takes place, and can only partake in the fight once he's absolutely needed. The final battle with the dragon exhausts the last of his strength, and he dies soon after.
- The Archmage: Athos is considered one of the most powerful mages to have ever existed, and the most powerful to still be alive. His unique class, Archsage, has mastery of all kinds of magic, a unique trait only shared with Nergal, the main villain.
- Badass Beard: A massive Merlin-esque affair. In his sprite, it almost looks like a front-mounted cloak.
- Cain and Abel: With Nergal, of the "best friends turned into enemies" kind.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Hector's, though also assisted by Lyn, Eliwood, and Nils.
- Elemental Powers: The only character in the game who can use anima, light, and dark tomes all at once.
- Expy: He's pretty much note for note Gotoh, as he's a powerful magic user who has lived for centuries and has a noticeable role in the backstory of his continent; he even has a beard! The only aspect they don't share is that Athos isn't a dragon.
- Go Out with a Smile: It's said that as he passed away, it looked as though he had at last found peace.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With his student, Lord Pent, and his wife Louise. Also with Hawkeye, and possibly with Sophia from Arcadia, though in their case even she may be the older one.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: If you didn't skip creating the tactician at the outset, he gives you Afa's Drops, an item that increases a unit's growths by 5%. Later, before the final chapter, he gives Divine Weapons to the Lords (two of which, to be fair, their respective Lords had previously retrieved on their own and then lent to Athos for safe-keeping), and comes with two of his own!
- Living Legend: He's famous for his role in the Scouring, and Uther specifically refers to him as a Living Legend.
- The Mentor: He carefully guides the three lordlings during the last third of the plot, particularly the closing chapters.
- One-Hit Kill: With the Luna tome and a boost from the Filla's Might ring, he can do exactly the amount of damage needed, with a crit, to OHKO the final boss.
- Plotline Death: That last battle with the Dragon exhausted the last of his strength, even if he didn't fall in battle.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's one of only two surviving veterans of the Scouring, an event almost 1000 years in the past.
- Recurring Element: The super powerful legend that joins very late to ensure that you have a chance of victory if you somehow screwed up in early games, like Gotoh.
- Sixth Ranger: In Eliwood and Hector's tales, where he's the final major character to appear.
- Wizard Beard: A truly impressive one.
- Wizards Live Longer: 1,000 years longer, to be exact.