Follow TV Tropes


Characters / Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade - The Black Fang

Go To

Character Index | The Lords | Lyn's Tale | Main Story | The Black Fang | Laus | Caelin | Bandits | Neutral Parties | The Eight Legends

This page covers the Black Fang, the major antagonistic force of The Blazing Blade.

Nergal and his Morphs

The Evil Sorcerer Nergal creates artificial beings called Morphs to infiltrate the high ranks of the Black Fang, effectively controlling the organization to serve his personal agenda.

    open/close all folders 

“I am who I am. The pain of others, I do not feel. The sorrow of others does not touch me. Death feeds me. Death pleases me. I am the essence I consume. You fools will become corpses here, because I wish it to be.”

This Dark Druid is the de facto head of the Black Fang, the puppetmaster behind the scenes keeping all the other villains in line. About as enigmatic as they come, Nergal has grand ambitions, but to realize them, he needs vast amounts of "Quintessence," and to gain that, he intends to cause vast amounts of death and destruction. Striking up an alliance with the mad Lord Darin of Laus, and with the aid of his creations, the Morphs, he has set the stage for a war that will provide him with all the quintessence he needs.

Class: Dark Druid (FE7), Sorcerer (Awakening)

  • Alas, Poor Villain: He's so corrupted by his magic, he can barely remember his own name towards the end. If you know his backstory, it becomes even sadder, knowing what he was once.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: He's one of two cases across the series to avert this trope (the other being Chrom). His turban will always hide his right eye and its hideous scar.
  • The Archmage: In story, Nergal has achieved incredible feats with his magic that makes him look like some kind of demigod capable of doing anything with enough preparation, in gameplay this is shown through his capped magic, overall high stats as well as being S Rank in every magic proficiency, even Light, a unique trait only shared with Athos (The Archmage).
  • Archnemesis Dad: He is very heavily implied to be the father of Ninian and Nils. However, his mind has become so warped by his studies in dark magic that he doesn't even remember having any children.
  • Battle Theme Music: He gets his own, exclusive battle theme, "Everything into the Dark".
  • Beard of Evil: He has a teal goatee, and is also the Big Bad.
  • Big Bad: His plot to open the Dragon's Gate causes the majority of problems and woes faced by the heroes.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Nergal barely remembers Nino despite sparing her being his idea in the first place, and as such, while she's furious with him, he's somewhere between confused and amused.
    Nino: ......
    Nergal: Uhn? Who do you think you are?
    Nino: You will pay! You stole my family from me, and you will pay, Nergal!!! I will avenge them all!
    Nergal: Now, I see... You're Sonia's...
  • Cain and Abel: With Athos, in the "good friends" mode.
  • Dark Is Evil: Possesses the Dark Druid class and wields the dark tome Ereshkigal.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: All he wanted was to be reunited with his children. Unfortunately, he doesn't even remember them anymore.
    Nergal: Bah. It must not be worth much if I never bothered returning for it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He doesn't actually appear, but is only just mentioned by a Black Fang agent in Chapter 7 (the Fang's first proper appearance), hinting at the larger story arc.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Athos.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Capable of using very powerful magic to not only devastate his opponents, but also to create morphs.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Originally a loving husband and father, as well as a good friend to Athos, the dark magic he practiced corrupted him and turned him into the monster he is today.
  • Fantastic Racism: In his Awakening appearance, he picks fights with and insults the taguel party members, referring them to "half-breeds" and "filthy half-man." Ironic, considering his own half-human children.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Just look at the one left by Athos (who was, admittedly, trying to kill him to stop his plans).
  • Hair Color Spoiler: His sprite gives his hair a very bright shade of cyan, indicating his relation to Ninian and Nils.
  • Hero Killer: Literally, in fact.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In "A Glimpse in Time", he finds himself at the ruins where he last saw his children before the Scouring, and briefly recalls that he left something he valued behind there. However, he dismisses the train of thought and goes right back to trying to pry open the Dragon's Gate for no other reason than to gain as much power as possible.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Aenir, an ice dragon and the mother of Nils and Ninian. Yep, you read that correctly...
  • Lost in Translation: There are two particular details with Nergal that were lost during the translation.
    • Because of a translation misunderstanding between Aenir (Nergal's wife) and Aegir (Quintessence's japanese name), a piece of secret dialogue where Nergal is actually remembering her wife's name is replaced with he randomly talking about quintessence.
    • His class name in Japanese is actually the same as his theme song (Calamity Bringer), though, even in the japanese release the class never was officially romanized that way instead being called "Basiliskglance".
  • Love Makes You Evil: His lust for power is rooted in his desire to rescue his kidnapped wife, and then reuniting with his children. By the time the heroes get to him, he's long forgotten this.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Never outright said, but heavily implied. This is because he no longer remembers their relation, although it's hinted at since Nils and Ninian were drawn by his voice to open the Dragon's Gate, and Nils might have come to the realisation after Nergal's death.
  • Mad Scientist: A magical variation.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He is this for Ephidel at first, with only passing references and hinting at first, before the story slowly unveils his motives, culminating in his first actual appearance at the Dragon's Gate.
  • Meaningful Name: "Nergal" was the name of the Mesopotamian God of war. In addition, his powerful spell, "Ereshkigal", is named for the Mespotamian Goddess of death. According to myth, after a clash wherein Nergal nearly killed her, Ereshkigal offered to marry Nergal and make him king consort of death. Given the way elder magic is depicted in this game as completely consuming its practitioners' minds and leaving them obsessed with finding more power, this relationship between his own name and that of his signature spell is rather fitting.
  • Motive Decay: Strongly implied to have happened to him at some point throughout Eliwood's tale. The sidequests in Hector's story reveal his backstory: He was originally married to a dragon and had two beloved children, strongly implied to be Nils and Ninian. When his wife was captured during the Scouring, Nergal sent his children through the Dragon's Gate to safety and went on a failed attempt to rescue her. He devoted himself to dark magic in an attempt to reopen the Gate and reunite with his children, but lost his sense of self to the darkness and has since become obsessed with gaining power for power's sake, completely forgetting his wife and children.
  • Obviously Evil: Well, duh. Although it's revealed that he wasn't always quite as evil as he looks.
  • Promoted to Playable: Makes his playable debut as a SpotPass character in Awakening.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Noted by Nils to be preventing the aging process with Quintessence, which hints at his abnormal lifespan fairly early. He's older than The Scouring itself, in fact, proven by his fathering Nils and Ninian some ten years or so before the war broke out. Athos noted that he and Nergal learned about Quintessence from the dragons at Arcadia, meaning that he most likely aged in the 500 years between the Scouring and his first experiments with Quintessence. Presumably, he looks the way he does because powerful wizards just naturally age much more slowly in this universe; Nergal merely changed it from "very slowly" to "not at all". Athos, who hasn't been extending his life using Quintessence, is also still alive 1000 years later and is presumably around the same age, but looks much, much older.
  • Red Right Hand: His right eye unnaturally bulges from its socket, thanks to a powerful spell from when Athos tried to kill him. Yep, that's what he's been hiding behind that turban!
  • Sanity Slippage: Thanks to being consumed by the magic he researched (and forgetting his past over the centuries), his sanity has long been deteriorating. Especially evident in the final battle when his comments suggest Motive Decay and his death quote (whichever you get) shows he's completely lost it in the end.
  • Scars are Forever: Just look at his right eye.
  • Start of Darkness: But you'll only see it in the sidequests... Once, he was just a simple man who dabbled in the dark arts, but who loved his wife and children very much. When his wife Aenir, an ice dragon, was taken from him, he tried to save her, leaving his children behind at Valor with the instruction to go through the Dragon's Gate if he didn't return in ten days. In order to re-open the Dragon's Gate to be with them, he began to delve even further into the darkness... only to lose himself in the process, forget why he wanted power, and ultimately become a villain.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The main plot is driven by Nergal's singular power to manipulate quintessence, and his efforts to get more. Aside from being able to summon dragons, seemingly revive the dead, and create armies of Morphs with it, he's also vastly extended his lifespan, and through his mastery of dark magic is probably the strongest magic user alive.
  • Together in Death: With his wife Aenir, as the ultimate ending shows.
  • Tragic Villain: At first, all he wanted to do was open the Dragon's Gate and be reunited with his children. However, his dabbling into dark magic caused him to forget his original motives, until all that remained was an obsessive desire to open the Gate.
  • Villain Ball: He had enough quintessence by the midpoint of the story to open the gate, and could have simply teleported in and murdered all the protagonists at any point. Instead, he blows tons of it by building up a massive army of morphs or empowering his much weaker servants. Then again, it's possible that his already warped mind is still being corrupted...
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Started as this, with the desire to find his wife and reunite with his children keeping him alive for years. By the time he met Athos, he seemed to have forgotten much of his purpose (or else Athos was keeping quiet), and the Dark Magic he researched without regard to the dangers drove him over the edge.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Nergal asks the question verbatim of Elbert after he badly wounds Nergal despite having his quintessense drained. Considering how much punishment Elbert had already taken and how quickly such a draining kills most other people, it's not an unreasonable question on Nergal's part.
  • Wizards Live Longer: He was alive and old enough to sire children about a thousand years ago, during the Scouring.

    Sonia Reed
Inhuman Beauty
Click here to see Sonia in Fire Emblem Heroes 
“Only the chosen few will live to see the new world. Perfect people! People like me!”

Called "The Queen of the Four Fangs," Sonia is Brendan's second wife, almost disturbingly younger than he is. This is, in fact, among the least disturbing things about this woman, for she is actually one of Nergal's dark servants, and the middleman between the Dark Druid and the Fang proper. She is a skilled manipulator and an even better magician, and rumors say she holds more power over the Fang than even Brendan himself...

At the time she married Brendan, Sonia already had a daughter of her own, Nino, who idolizes her mother and ceaselessly tries to make her proud.

Class: Sage
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Larissa Gallagher (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)

  • Abusive Parents: She's not shown to be physically abusive towards Nino, but was emotionally abusive and neglectful to the point of not teaching Nino very basic things and leaving her starved for her mother's affection, something she later exploits in order to get Nino to carry out an assassination for her while planning on having her killed afterwards to use her as a scapegoat.
  • Action Mom: Subverted - first off, none of her children are her own (nor is it clear if she's even capable of producing offspring) - she's Lloyd and Linus Reed's Wicked Stepmother and only came into their lives around the same time as Lyn's Tale, meaning they were grown adults when she became their stepmother, and she's Nino's mother only by adoption and she personally killed Nino's parents and brother, only sparing Nino on Nergal's orders and isn't very motherly to any of them - she barely interacts with her stepsons outside of giving them missions to carry out, and doing the bare minimum in terms of parenting Nino (and even that is only really done to make her easier to manipulate).
  • Artificial Human: She is a Morph, no matter how hard she denies it.
  • Bait the Dog: Right before "Battle Before Dawn", she offers to hold Nino's hand and hug her and stroke her face as much as she wants if she succeeds in her assassination mission. Then as soon as Nino's out of earshot, she orders Jaffar to murder her once she's completed her mission.
  • Break the Haughty: Her final scene in the story. She's either killed off unceremoniously by Nergal, or slain by the lords after failing to kill her daughter (whom she viewed as disposable) and then left to die by Limstella after Limstella takes the quintessence Sonia's gathered and whatever quintessence is still left in her. In both cases, she dies pitifully clinging to her delusion that she's human.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Her constant insulting of Limstella, who is more powerful than her by far. She's just lucky the latter is an Emotionless Girl type who doesn't care for petty things like revenge. Still, Limstella was almost mocking her during her last scene, which she should have seen coming.
  • Dark Action Girl: A black-clad and extremely deadly female mage.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Ursula seems to, at least.
  • The Evil Genius: Thanks to being Nergal's cunning envoy and the general mastermind behind the Reed-controlled Fang division.
  • Evil Matriarch: Very evil, and defined by her relationship with her daughter Nino, as well as being the surrogate mother to Lloyd and Linus by marriage to their father.
  • Flawed Prototype: Heavily implied to be this to Limstella. Nergal refers to her as "failed work."
  • Hate Sink: As a horrific Abusive Parent who is responsible for subverting the Black Fang to Nergal's control and many other atrocities, she's perhaps the most despicable character in the game.
  • Honey Trap: Got the Fang onto her dark master's payroll by seducing Brendan.
  • Karmic Death: Sonia frequently abused both her daughter, Nino, and her comrade Limstella. In the end, Sonia ends up defeated, potentially by Nino directly and otherwise on Nino's behalf, and finished off by Limstella. If the Gaiden chapter isn't taken, she instead reports back to Nergal, who unmakes her on the spot as a result of her constant failure.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's one of Nergal's Morphs. Not that it wasn't obvious, though she refuses to acknowledge it.
  • An Ice Person: Her preferred spell, Fimbulvetr.
  • I Lied: Told Nino's parents and brother she'd spare them if they gave the information Nergal wanted. Sonia killed them anyway after the info was given.
  • It's All About Me: Despite working for Nergal, Sonia disobeys his orders when it pleases her. Despite Nergal ordering Sonia to train Nino to be a great mage, Sonia abused her and didn't teach her anything, with Nino revealing that she only learned magic at all by imitating what she saw others do in secret. Sonia also refused Nergal's orders to step aside and chose to go after Eliwood and Hector on her own so she could get all the glory. This ended up being her undoing.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In the Gaiden chapter, her last line is "". She expires before she can drop the "n" needed to complete her sentence.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She's got all of the Black Fang at the ends of puppet strings.
  • Morality Pet: She's evil but has a soft spot for Nino. Subverted; turns out she was faking it all along. She in fact had never wanted guardianship of the baby from the mage family she'd killed and hated that she had to do so, but Nergal was insistent that Nino could be useful. But due to seeing this position and the child as beneath her, she neglected Nino for years, not even teaching her magic or how to read, and never showing her any true affection.
  • More Despicable Minion: Nergal may be despicable, but he's ultimately a tragic figure who receives some degree of pity from other characters for how completely he's lost himself and his original goals in the pursuit of the power to achieve those goals. Sonia, however, is a sadistic, narcissistic, selfish, abusive, delusional monster with no Tragic Backstory or Freudian Excuse beyond refusing to acknowledge something about herself that makes her unhappy, much more personally responsible for ruining many, many lives, and receives nothing resembling pity from anyone.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her black dress has a plunging neckline that reaches her abdomen.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Hoo boy. Take a look at her official artwork. She wears a black, figure-hugging dress that shows off her hourglass figure, the neckline of which stops just above her navel; said dress features thigh-high slits in its skirts that flaunt her legs. Her art in Heroes exaggerates all of the above. The look is completed by her long black hair, red lips and the gold bracelet just above her left ankle. All perfectly justified, as she was essentially designed to be sexy by Nergal.
  • The Needs of the Many: Offers this as a justification for placing a hit on her own daughter, stating that a freshly-killed scapegoat for Prince Zephiel's murder is necessary to head off a Succession Crisis in Bern. This doesn't make Jaffar any more convinced.
  • Offing the Offspring: Orders Jaffar to kill Nino after she kills Prince Zephiel, giving The Needs of the Many as justification. Jaffar (and presumably the player) don't buy it.
  • Parental Neglect: Even before it's revealed she's actually homicidal toward her daughter, she doesn't come off as a particularly good parent, even denying Nino hugs because she thinks they're a sign of weakness and never directly teaching her magic.
  • Psycho Electro: Electricity is her other signature spell — Bolting.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has long dark hair to contrast with her pale skin.
  • Sexy Slit Dress: Her dress is cut all the way to her waist, exposing her legs.
  • Smug Snake: She is very manipulative and cool-headed, as well as a very powerful magic user... but her arrogance is such that, by metaphorically punting Nino around, she gains a powerful enemy in Nino's partner Jaffar, and her plans crumble systematically until she's left to die by Limstella. Not to mention she continually insults Limstella herself, despite the fact that Limstella is much more powerful than she is note .
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Sonia didn't know she was a Morph (or at least was in denial about the fact), and Limstella swiftly tells her that before abandoning her to her fate.
  • Übermensch: What she sees herself as. She's about as wrong as you can get.
  • The Vamp: Very beautiful... and also deadly, powerful, and completely evil. Her purpose appears to be infiltration through seduction, as she got control the Black Fang by seducing their leader, Brendan.
  • Uncertain Doom: Last seen badly wounded and abandoned by her associates; nothing is ever developed beyond this, though it seems that Limstella is leaving her for dead and the way her last words abruptly trail off highly imply she died. Her fate is very clear, however, if you skip the Gaiden mission you fight her in.
  • Wicked Stepmother: To Lloyd and Linus, who aren't much younger than her. Their father, Brendan, married her around the same time Lyn's Tale was going on, and she quickly subverted whatever noble intentions the Reed Family and Black Fang still held and turned them towards Nergal's ends, trying to destablize Bern and Lycia and start a war that would let Nergal harvest all the quinetessence he could need.
  • You Have Failed Me: If the player skips the Gaiden mission she's fought in, Nergal kills her himself for being weak enough to take a serious wound at Brendan's hand, along with allowing the entire situation in Bern to collapse. If the player does not skip the mission and fights her, Limstella arrives in time to take the Quintessence that the badly wounded Sonia had collected, and then simply leaves her where she is to die.
  • You Monster!: Jaffar, who was previously an emotionless assassin, after witnessing how she put Nino through hell since infancy, sums it up by saying that Sonia is an inhuman, black-hearted monster. And when Nino confronts her, she eventually screams at the top of her lungs that Sonia is no human being, but rather a monster in human form.

“In that case... you're no longer of any use.

Nergal's faithful retainer, disguised as Lord Darin's faithful retainer. Ephidel is the architect of Nergal's scheme to engulf the country of Lycia in war and gather all the resulting Quintessence for himself. In fact, Ephidel owes his very existence to the Quintessence, as he is a Morph, an Artificial Human created from Quintessence to do Nergal's dirty work. Ephidel largely keeps to the shadows, planting ideas in Darin's head and making sure all the pieces are set in place for the reckoning.

Class: Sage

  • Affably Evil: The condescending, manipulative sort.
  • Artificial Human: He's a morph created by dark magic.
  • The Corrupter: Corrupted Lord Darin, managed to make some leeway with Lord Helman...
  • Evil Chancellor: Nergal plants him as an advisor in Lord Darin's court to corrupt the latter.
  • Evil Genius: Of The Corrupter varient.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Under the hood, he's actually something of a Pretty Boy - too bad he's a smug and murderous Evil Chancellor.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He led the Dragon invocation, so when it fails thanks to Nils de-brainwashing Ninian, the dragon crumbles and kills Ephidel.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Deathly pale with Supernatural Gold Eyes. It's pretty unnerving.
  • Idiot Ball: He holds this while lethally stabbing Helman. His plan to get Lycia embroiled in a civil war could have gone much more smoothly if he had made sure that Helman died too quickly to tell Eliwood anything.
  • In the Back: His preferred method of killing people. Oddly enough, his overworld sprite indicates he's a magic-user.
  • In the Hood: Until his final few chapters.
  • Irony: Everything he does to scare Eliwood and his friends away, from sending bandits against them in Santaruz to leaving Leila's body for them to find on Valor, only makes them more determined to stop him.
  • Karmic Death: He largely views humans as disposable and kills them with a smile while saying "Humans are so very fragile". Then he dies crying out for his master, begging for rescue, abandoned to his fate by Nergal, who viewed him as disposable.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Not that the plot wasn't serious already, but before he first appeared, the original main plot was Lyn's succession dispute, and that ended rather happily. Then after the reasonably light first chapter(s) of the next story, Ephidel started causing the first major main-story character deaths and started to gradually introduce the Myth Arc that would cover not only the rest of this game, but also play a very important role in FE6 itself (in other words, the majority of the Elibe mythos). For a mere Mauve Shirt villain who doesn't even get fought, that's some pretty impressive Cerebus Agency.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's the one behind the potential coup in Lycia.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He plays on Marquess Santaruz's cowardice and Marquess Laus' greed to start a war in Lycia. It would have worked if Eliwood hadn't shown up.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's The Heavy in the first act, but doesn't live past it.
  • More Despicable Minion: Ephidel is completely vile, smug, sadistic and murderous, making him particularly loathsome even among the other antagonists in the game and on a similar level to Sonia. Unlike his maker, Nergal, nobody feels an ounce of pity for him as despite what Nergal himself has done, he has a Tragic Backstory that earns him some pity.
  • Smug Snake: At least Sonia is powerful and all; he doesn't even have that. As far as we know, anyway, we just never got to see him in action.
  • The Unfought: Much to the chagrin of players who wanted Matthew to gut him. He still gets his Karmic Death, though.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Dishes these out in spades. Then gets it back when the dragon-summoning spell goes awry, and Nergal abandons him to his fate.

Click here to see Limstella in Fire Emblem Heroes 
"I will take your life and your essence. All for the sake of my master."

Nergal's most powerful Morph, Limstella is never far from their master. Their role in Nergal's scheme is to gather Quintessence, and they execute this mission faithfully and without questioning their orders. They also serve as the Fang's executioner of sorts, disposing of those whom Nergal has deemed useless.

Class: Sage
Voiced by: Shimoda Rei (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Casey Mongillo (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)

  • Alas, Poor Villain: By all accounts, a remorseless and heinous weapon for Nergal, but their death quote would make anyone second-guess how emotionless they really are.
    "I am not human. This body and this heart are constructs. Yes, as is this sorrow."
  • Ambiguous Gender: Limstella was designed to be genderless and androgynous. However, The Blazing Blade uses the female Sage sprite and other characters refer to them using female pronouns. Interestingly, in the Cipher TCG, Limstella is the sole card to have no gender listed. Heroes uses they/them pronouns for Limstella, and their English voice actor is non-binary.
  • Artificial Human: They're the last of Nergal's morphs and by far the strongest.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: They have more HP than is possible for playable Sages. On Normal difficulty, they also get more Defense and Resistance.
  • Dark Action Girl: They do most of the heavy lifting for Nergal's plan, and are the boss of the penultimate chapter.
  • The Dragon: Nergal's most powerful servant. They're the only one of his creations that he seems to genuinely appreciate, or at least admire his own handiwork.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Sonia verbally abused Limstella, calling them a creature and a "stupid puppet", even outright disobeying orders for the sake of showing up and spiting Limstella. In the end, when a dying Sonia asks for help from the "accursed puppet", Limstella lets Sonia know she was a Morph all along and leaves her to die.
  • Emotionless Girl: It is implied that they do feel emotions, but they don't show it or act on them.
  • Hero Killer: They kill Linus or Lloyd, both of whom could conceivably have undergone a Heel–Face Turn, driving the other to seek vengeance... on Eliwood, Hector, and Lyn.
  • An Ice Person: They wield the powerful Fimbulvetr tome as a boss. Heroes gives them their own variant of the tome, titled Morph Fimbulvetr.
  • Kick the Dog: Poor Ursula, Lloyd, and Linus.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Not exactly a lady per se, but they wield some of the strongest Anima magic in the game.
  • Non-Human Non-Binary: Limstella is an artificial Morph, the most powerful of Nergal's lackeys and is non-binary, if not outright genderless.
  • Power Degeneration: Just before deploying Limstella to defend his headquarters, Nergal opines on their loyalty to the bitter end; being able to wield the most powerful mortal magic takes a heavy toll on their artificial body.
    Nergal: Your flesh cannot endure the power of this sorcery. Before tomorrow, your entire body will be corrupted.
  • Superior Successor: Heavily implied to be this to Sonia.
  • Tin Man: While talking about how they have no emotions in their death quote, Limstella shows genuine sadness at having failed Nergal.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Nergal. When Nergal reveals he's overloaded Limstella to the point they'll die by tomorrow, Limstella accepts their orders without complaint.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They frequently dish this out on Nergal's behalf. Fittingly, they're also just about the only member of the Black Fang to not end up on the receiving end later on.

A Morph created by Nergal after the events in Bern, Denning is sent to Castle Ostia to deliver Nergal's ultimatum to the party, who are resting there. He seems to have been created specifically for this purpose, as the only thing he is able to say is "This is a message from Lord Nergal. 'I await you on the Dread Isle'."

Class: Sniper

  • Broken Record: "This is a message from Lord Nergal..." Naturally, since this is the only thing he can say, his death quote is a shaky variation of this.
  • The Brute: Being an Archer aside, he's practically a classic example of this trope, as there are no clear signs that he's an intelligent creature at all, along with the fact that he commands an impressive Mook horde.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He is a Sniper who cannot attack at close range, so surrounding him will make him a complete pushover.

A mysterious man in a red cloak who appears periodically should certain paths be taken throughout the game. He has the mysterious ability to negate all magic in a rather large vicinity of himself.

Class: Magic Seal

  • Alas, Poor Villain: All he wanted was to serve Nergal, who couldn't give two shits about him. As the only Morph with true emotions, it's even more heart-wrenching.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not clear if Kishuna is the only Morph Nergal ever created with true emotions, or simply the first. The emphasis placed on him having true emotion lends credence to the former, whilst the behavior of other named Morphs like Sonia, Limstella, and Ephidel points towards the latter. As does the relief the Morphs in Light feel when they're killed.
  • Anti-Magic: His mere presence shuts down all magic within 10 spaces of him. It's also part of why Nergal abandoned him; naturally, a Magic Seal in the presence of a Dark Druid was going to be an unacceptable hindrance.
  • Anti-Villain: Given how helpless he is (at least individually), and how tragic his backstory is, it's borderline impossible not to pity rather than hate him.
  • Artificial Human: He's a morph, one of Nergal's failed experiments.
  • Flawed Prototype: He is actually the first Morph created with emotions, who was rejected by Nergal, his creator.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: He's a walking Anti-Magic field, and his body is too frail to wield a melee weapon. As you might expect, this makes him completely unable to defend himself.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: ...Yet despite the aforementioned frailty, his HP and Defense are outrageously good — and his Speed is quite good, too. If he could actually fight back, he'd be a nightmare to face.
  • The Grotesque: We can't really see what's going on beneath that robe, but whatever it is ain't pretty. A flashback to his creation gives us a hint - calling him "emaciated" would be doing him a kindness.
  • Hidden Eyes: Which, though we never really see them, are actually gold, like those of every other Morph.
  • In the Hood: Keeps his hood up in his character portrait, revealing only his nose and mouth, enough to determine that he can emote.
  • Luck-Based Mission: KOing him in Chapter 18x/19x is a requirement to access a secret Paralogue in Hector Mode. The catches? He is absurdly tanky and dodge-happy, you can't use magic on him, and he flees in the Enemy Phase following your first attack on him (or if you simply take too long to reach him). Good luck, you'll need it.
  • Non-Action Guy: He has no method of attacking in any of his appearance, instead relying on bodyguard Morphs. Justified, though; Nergal mentions in one of his flashbacks that he has a very frail body, which would make physical combat difficult for him, and his very nature as a Magic Seal makes using magic to compensate impossible.
  • Optional Boss: Only appears in side chapters, and is only the primary target in one of them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Kishuna's M.O. in his first two appearances. Once the player's party catch up to him or he is attacked, he bails. Could also be perceived as a tactical retreat, something very few bosses in the game grasp the concept of. In his third and final appearance however, he has nowhere to go.
  • Shoot the Dog: The impression many players get if they actually play out the chapter where you kill him and, hell, even the Chapter's objective says "Kill" rather than "Defeat".
  • Spanner in the Works: He trashes Aion's trap by merely being there.
  • The Speechless: He cannot speak, only punctuating "...". When Kishuna dies, Nils claims to have heard him call out Nergal's name, screaming with sorrow. The others neither agree nor deny that they heard it too, though.
  • Tragic Monster: Nergal completely rejects him because of his powers. As such, he's wandering around without a purpose.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Implied to be one for Nergal.
  • You Are Number 6: Defied - In the Japanese version, Nergal notes that as the first Morph he created with true emotion, it wouldn't be appropriate to simply call him 0252, and so gave him a name. The English version keeps it much the same but drops what Kishuna's number would have been.

The Four Fangs

The brotherhood's four best killers and ranking officers below Brendan and Sonia. The roster rotates depending on the skill of the members, but has at one time or another included:

    Jaffar the Angel of Death
Click here to see Jaffar in Fire Emblem Heroes 
The Fang's "Angel of Death" and its single best assassin, as a child, Jaffar was found Atop a Mountain of Corpses by Nergal, who raised him to know nothing else but killing. Throughout the story, he handles the Fang's dirtiest jobs and nastiest dog-puntings.

Class: Assassin
Voiced by: Yūma Uchida (Japanese), John Rubinstein note  (English) (Fire Emblem Heroes)

  • The Brute: To Nergal, being that he's the deadliest of the Four Fangs.
  • Death Seeker: Implied to be one in "Battle Before Dawn". After Ursula sics her troops on him and Nino, he tells Nino to escape and that he'll buy her time, saying "Nino... you must live. You are worthy of living", implying he intends to die in battle protecting her.
  • Empty Shell: Comes across this way. Largely a result of his training under Nergal, though, and thankfully, Nino helps him learn how to express himself by showing him compassion for the first time.
  • Enfant Terrible: He's been Nergal's assassin since he was an infant. Nergal found him atop a pile of corpses, which he may or may not have helped to create.
  • Evil Redhead: He has red hair, and he's a murderous assassin. He's not completely without virtue, though...
  • Heel–Face Turn: Deserts the Black Fang to protect Nino.
  • Hero Killer: By the 3rd Act, the protagonists are very wary of him.
  • Love Redeems: His love for Nino drives him to turn away from the path of evil.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Sonia's mistreatment of Nino, the only person who had ever been kind to Jaffar, spurred him to betray the Black Fang.
  • Must Make Amends: His supports with Leila's boyfriend Matthew.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Angel of Death.
  • The Quiet One: About half his dialogue is "...". Aside from Matthew, whose lover he killed, Jaffar rarely talks to anyone other than fellow Four Fang members. And the sentences are usually short (and to the point).
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: More like ice and slightly sweeter ice, but when he does open up, he's surprisingly warm.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has distinct ink on his left shoulder.
  • Tyke-Bomb: He's been raised practically since birth to be Nergal's assassin.
  • Undying Loyalty: Definitely has this towards Nergal, considering that when he's given an order at one point, his only response is "Thy will be done". Loses it later, or possibly just redirects it after his Heel–Face Turn. Both Legault and Matthew note that he would do anything to protect Nino.
  • The Unfought: He makes his introduction executing Leila with his Lethality attack. As intimidating as this looks to the player, they will never even have the opportunity to fight Jaffar, as he appears as a neutrally-aligned unit in the battle he encounters the player party. In fact, it's possible to even recruit him into the team!
  • Worthy Opponent: If he fights Lloyd in "Cog of Destiny", Lloyd will say that he has always wondered who would win if they fought, and concludes that it's time to answer such a question.

    Lloyd Reed the White Wolf
Click here to see Lloyd in Fire Emblem Heroes 
In the name of the Fang, I sentence you to death. Do not blame me for your fate; it is your own doing.
Lloyd, his normal battle quote in "Four Fanged Offence"

The elder of Brendan Reed's sons from his first marriage, Lloyd is a member of the Black Fang who carries the title "The White Wolf". He's renowned in the Fang for his tactical and strategic skill and for keeping a calm and level head, in contrast to Linus. He is absolutely loyal to the Fang and what it stands for, following his orders without question.

Class: Swordmaster
Voiced by: Ken'ichirou Matsuda (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English) (Fire Emblem Heroes)

  • Adaptational Ugliness: In Heroes he was drawn more unnaturally pale and uncanny looking than his original look in the base game.
  • Affably Evil: He may be out to kill the lords, but he's quite polite about it.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: If fought before Linus, he dies before he can warn his brother about Sonia, and his last thoughts focus on this fact. If fought after, he goes out with a smile intending to be Together in Death with his brother.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Nino and to Linus to a lesser extent. He's actually very fond of both of them, but is too stoic to show it.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolves, as per his title. Also reflected in his tactical/strategic sense, fighting style, and personality.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite his noble motives, he's still an assassin. But he wouldn't be doing Nergal's dirty work if not for Sonia manipulating his father.
  • Badass Boast: His quote, as seen above.
  • Badass Normal: He's not superhuman like some of Nergal's servants, he's just a really good swordsman.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Linus, and even towards Nino. Unfortunately, it's not enough for Nino to convince him to lay down arms in "Cog Of Destiny", and he even asks her to kill him. Unlike Linus, this conversation happens outside of battle and he will not target Nino in the enemy phase.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the final chapter's Boss Rush.
  • Co-Dragons: With Linus, to Brendan.
  • Cool Sword: He is equipped with the Regal Blade, the S-rank sword, in the final chapter.
  • Custom Uniform: He gets his own custom sprite complete with animation for the longcoat too. Justified by the fact that he's the only Swordmaster in the entire Elibe saga who isn't native to Sacae; thus it'd be weird to have him wearing the same Sacaean clothes that other Swordmasters wear.
  • Death Seeker: If fought in "Cog of Destiny," his aim is to first kill the people he believes killed Linus, and then join his brother in death.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the "Feud of the Fangs" Tempest Trials in Heroes, Nino, Linus, Legault, and Jaffar were bonus units and Ursula is the final boss. Lloyd on the other hand, doesn't appear onscreen and is only mentioned in the opening and closing scene, due to being taken out of commission.
  • Dragon Their Feet: The brother not killed by Limstella survives the fall of the Black Fang and becomes essentially the Final Boss of the game's second act.
  • Evil Counterpart: One of the Black Fang's answer to the Cain and Abel archetype, except being swordsmen instead of cavaliers. Lloyd is the green one of the duo.
  • Foil: To Eliwood, in a sense.
  • Go Out with a Smile: If fought in "Cog of Destiny", he's perfectly willing to die since he didn't want to continue living without his brother. Also applies to his Morph, who smiles in a relieved manner after being killed.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: If fought in "Four-Fanged Offence", he promises not to attack Eliwood's group again, and although he doesn't join them (yet), he starts contemplating how to expose Sonia for what she is. Then Limstella appears and takes his Quintessence, killing him.
  • Hunk: He's one of the more older looking male characters, complete with a goatee and Perma-Stubble. Legault even lampshades this.
    Legault: …Huh, even as a monster, you are a handsome one, Lloyd.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: If Linus dies before him, he goes mad out of a desire for revenge.
  • Meaningful Name: Lloyd's name means "grey" in Welsh, alluding to his morally grey nature.
  • Mighty Whitey: He is the only Swordmaster in the Elibe series who has no Sacaean ancestry, and he's also one of the deadliest.
  • Noble Demon: Will not allow innocents to be harmed even while hunting his targets.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has a goatee as well as a stubble on the sides.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes.
    "Fang's justice!"
    "You won't escape!"
    "Don't blame me for your fate!"
    "It's time for you to die!"
  • Promoted to Playable: Makes his playable debut as a SpotPass character in Awakening.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calmer and polite Blue Oni to Linus's impulsive and brash red.
  • Sibling Team: In the final chapter, morph versions of Lloyd and Linus are the last group of morphs you face before taking on Nergal. They are difficult to defeat together as their support bonuses improve their defense, avoid, and critical avoid and slightly improve their attack and critical rate.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Linus. Their personalities clash but they still hold each other close, both will go after Eliwood's army after the death of their brother.
  • The Stoic: Even in a homicidal rage, he rarely shows any emotion.
  • Taking the Bullet: The "Feud of the Fangs" Tempest Trials in Heroes starts up with Lloyd being injured because he took the blow from Ursula that was meant for Linus.
  • Too Many Belts: Wears a pair of green belts on his waist and his coat is adorned by them.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Cog Of Destiny".

    Linus Reed the Mad Dog
Click here to see Linus in Fire Emblem Heroes 
Pray. I'll give you that much time. All the evil that you've done up to now... Repent it, and sleep.
Linus, his normal battle quote in "Four Fanged Offence"

The younger of Brendan Reed's two sons from his first marriage, Linus is a member of the Black Fang who carries the title "The Mad Dog". He's renowned in the Fang for being brash and impulsive, not always following orders to the letter in contrast to Lloyd. Nonetheless, he remains loyal to what the Fang stands for and follows his orders without question.

Class: Hero
Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), Joe Brogie (English) (Fire Emblem Heroes)

  • Alas, Poor Villain: If fought before Lloyd, he dies before he can warn his brother about Sonia, and his last thoughts focus on this fact. If fought after, he goes out with a smile, intending to be Together in Death with his brother.
  • Animal Motifs: Hounds, as per his title. Also reflected in his tactical/strategic sense, fighting style, and personality.
  • Anti-Villain: He is an assassin, and a vicious one at that, but he believes firmly in the Black Fang's noble purpose.
  • Badass Boast: His quote above.
  • Badass Longcoat: Better seen in his complete character art. How Badass? He gets his own custom sprite complete with animation for the longcoat too.
  • Badass Normal: He's just a swordsman, but he's a damn good one.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Nino. Subverted in "Cog Of Destiny", where he's willing to kill her simply by proxy of being in Eliwood's army. Unlike Lloyd, this conversation happens during battle, showing how unreasonable and desperate he's become.
  • Big Little Brother: Linus is the younger Reed brother but noticeably taller and more muscular than Lloyd. This is also reflected in their strength and constitution stats.
  • Blood Knight: He revels in his work, rather than merely seeing it as a grim necessity like his brother does.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the final chapter's Boss Rush.
  • Co-Dragons: With Lloyd, to Brendan.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Lloyd dies, he literally goes mad in pain and anger.
  • Dragon Their Feet: The brother not killed by Limstella survives the fall of the Black Fang and becomes essentially the Final Boss of the game's second act.
  • Evil Counterpart: One of the Black Fang's answer to the Cain and Abel archetype, except being swordsmen instead of cavaliers. Linus is the red one of the duo.
  • Foil: To Hector, in a sense. Lloyd even comments that Hector reminds him of Linus if you have the two fight in Cog of Destiny. And if you kill him with Hector in Chapter 29, there's a hidden dialogue scene where he acknowledges that he killed somebody so very similar to himself.
  • Go Out with a Smile: If fought in "Cog of Destiny," he isn't seeking death, but is still just glad to join Lloyd. Also applies to his Morph, who smiles in a relieved manner after being killed.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: If fought in "Four-Fanged Offence", he realizes from Eliwood's words that his group are good-natured and can't be the villains Sonia told Brendan they are, swearing they will meet again when he has more information. Before he can find Lloyd to inform him, Limstella appears and takes his Quintessence, killing him.
  • Hot-Blooded: They don't call him the Mad Dog for nothing.
  • Hunk: A more muscular example compared to his brother, Lloyd.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Genuinely cares for his family, save for Sonia.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Is willing to go to murderous extremes for his brother Lloyd's sake.
  • Meaningful Name: Linus's name means "flax" in Greek, which is a greyish shade of yellow. Similar to his brother, it alludes to his moral greyness in the story.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's ripped, handsome, and exposes his abs underneath his coat. His Heroes artwork emphasizes his physique even further.
  • Noble Demon: Will not allow innocents to be harmed, even while hunting his targets.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes.
    "I will crush you myself!"
    "You cannot escape the Fangs."
    "Will you stop yammering!"
    "Repent your sins!"
  • Promoted to Playable: Makes his playable debut as a SpotPass character in Awakening.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The loud and Hot-Blooded red to Lloyd's stoic and tranquil blue.
  • Revenge Before Reason: If Lloyd is murdered in "Four-Fanged Offense", he becomes completely obsessed with revenge and refuses to hear any arguments about Eliwood's innocence, even from his old comrade Legault or his adoptive sister Nino.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Good grief.
    Linus: I will kill anyone who aids my brother's killers! Nino, that includes you!!!
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In "Cog of Destiny".
  • Sibling Team: In the final chapter, morph versions of Lloyd and Linus are the last group of morphs you face before taking on Nergal. They are difficult to defeat together as their support bonuses improve their defense, avoid, and critical avoid and slightly improve their attack and critical rate.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Lloyd. Their personalities clash but they still hold each other close, both will go after Eliwood's army after the death of their brother.
  • Spell My Name With An S: The game is inconsistent about his title; he's referred to as both the Mad Dog and the Rabid Hound during the game.

    Ursula the Blue Crow
Click here to see Ursula in Fire Emblem Heroes 

This woman, nicknamed "the Blue Crow", is the only female among the four Fangs. She is a coldly-efficient magic user who is under the direct orders of Sonia Reed, whom she's very loyal to.

Class: Valkyrie
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese, Fire Emblem Heroes), Misty Lee (English, Fire Emblem Heroes)

  • Adaptational Villainy: While she was always a killer, being Black Fang and all, in the "Feud of the Fangs" Tempest Trials in Heroes, she's the final boss and it even opens up with Lloyd nearly fatally injured after she spontaneously attacked him.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: She was quite ready to die for her failure, and only asked that she deliver her final report to Sonia. Limstella doesn't grant that last wish. If the party kills her, her thoughts are still focused on her loyalty to Sonia.
  • Anti-Villain: She has a definite sense of integrity (whilst still being a ruthless killer), and isn't as cruel as some Fang members.
  • Ambiguously Gay: While she is unquestioningly loyal to Sonia, the official artbook states that she adores Sonia.
  • Breakout Villain: Ursula has noticeably been given at lot of focus compared to the other antagonists of Blazing Blade over the recent years. She's has appeared in the Fire Emblem Cipher card game with new artwork and was one of the first villains to be obtainable for the player in Fire Emblem Heroes, almost unheard of for someone who does not have much impact in the overall plot. And she's the first villain to get a swimsuit variant and even won a Voting Gauntlet that has Lyndis in it.
  • Blow You Away: Replaces Elfire and Bolting with Excalibur as a Morph.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the final chapter's Boss Rush.
  • Composite Character: Ursula combines the female villainous general having an affection for their superiors of the Ishtar archetype with the cruelty and appearance of the Dark Lady.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Shows up in a cutscene at the start of Chapter 7x (in Lyn's story), giving orders to Beyard. This and the previous chapter are the only ones in Lyn's story where the enemies are Black Fang.
  • Enemy Mine: A very minor case, but Ursula doesn't like Vaida and gives you an incredibly useful and rare staff (Hammerne) on the promise that you'll humiliate her. Which you do. Ursula must've loved it.
  • Face Death with Dignity: If she isn't already beyond words from the heroes defeating her, Ursula calmly accepts her fate at Limstella's hands.
  • Fanservice Pack: Ursula has gotten rather busty in recent years. Compare the original promo art back in 2003 and the artwork done for the trading card game to artwork from Heroes.
  • Femme Fatale: Beautiful, well-endowed... and damn deadly.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: The other Four Fangs, primarily use swords, Ursula on the other hand uses magic.
  • Kick the Dog: She's rather sympathetic, but she's still pretty harsh to poor Nino. Though to her credit, she does say that she'll at least make Nino's death as brief and painless as possible.
    "Stupid girl... I'll see that you don't suffer, at least."
  • Lady of Black Magic: Extremely dangerous magic user. To unprepared players, her huge movement and long-range Bolting tome mean she can strike from anywhere on the southern part of the map, from the darkness, for devastating damage.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is displaying a decent amount of cleavage and has slits in her dress to show off her legs. Her appearance led to her getting a swimsuit alt in Heroes.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Ursula appears to be unaware of the divide between Nergal's faction and the Reeds' within the Fang, and is implied to have been with the Fang since before Sonia. She never questions it, however, since she worships Sonia, oblivious to the fact that Sonia doesn't give a damn about her.
  • Playing with Fire: Mainly attacks with an Elfire tome.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes.
    "Are you afraid to die?"
    "Sweet dreams."
    "Let's savor this moment!"
  • Promoted to Playable: Makes her playable debut as a SpotPass character in Awakening.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Her Bolting tome's massive range of 3-10 is a large reason why Battle Before Dawn is considered one of the most frustrating Chapters in the whole series, as it takes her less effort to reach the targets that you need to protect.
  • Shock and Awe: She is equipped with the infamous Bolting alongside Elfire in Battle Before Dawn.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female among the Four Fangs, and also the only female boss in the final chapter.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Sonia, arguably a Subordinate Excuse for some.

    Jerme the Death Kite 

The Fang's "Death Kite," he used to be the organization's single best assassin, before Jaffar's arrival cost him that lofty position and his Four Fangs title. Though still maintaining a high position in the Fang, his demotion has made him bitter, and he is eager to prove himself to the leadership by any means necessary. A bloodthirsty sociopath, he has an unhealthy obsession with cutting things, and his sword, the Light Brand, can deal death up close and from far away.

Class: Assassin

  • Always Someone Better: He resents Jaffar for replacing him as the best Assassin in the organization and one of the Four Fangs.
  • Ax-Crazy: Knife crazy.
  • Blood Knight: With very little emphasis on 'knight' and plenty more emphasis on 'blood'. Lots and lots of blood.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Implied to have been darkly influenced by Nergal, as evidenced by the fact that he was the Black Fang's best assassin before Nergal started corrupting the Black Fang. Pretty much confirmed when he appears as a morph in the Final Chapter, along with Kenneth. Consider that Pascal Gretzner did not appear because he was already evil without Nergal's influence, and you have a pretty strong case for this argument.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Hoo boy.
    Jerme: (to Lyn) You! Woman! You have beautiful skin. If I sliced you into lovely red ribbons with this, would the pieces be as soft and delicate as silk?
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: He's of an Assassin class, but he can't critical (thus can't use Lethality/Silencer) on anybody with the magical swords anyway. So, his title is just for show and fluff, no substance.
  • One-Hit Kill: Unusually averted for his class. Due to wielding the magical Light Brand, he cannot make use of critical hits and therefore Lethality. Of course, having a boss that can instantly-kill one of your units wouldn't be fun, now would it?
  • Paper Tiger: He has an intimidating class, but he's never given the tools to actually be a difficult boss, making him a pushover.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's definitely one of the more dangerously insane of the the Black Fang.
  • Remember the New Guy?: If you fought Kenneth in the Black Fang Fortress, the appearance of Jerme's morph in the final chapter will be this.

    Pascal Grentzer the Crazed Beast 
He was once part of the Four Fangs, known as the "Crazed Beast", but was imprisoned due to his ruthlessness. Sonia frees him and promises to restore him to his rank if he succeeds in killing the lords. He is known as the Crazed Beast because he once invited his entire city population into his castle, and proceeded to slaughter them all to ensure that one person was killed.

Class: Paladin

  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's a bona-fide Serial Killer. That's dark even by Fire Emblem standards.
  • Ax-Crazy: This guy slaughtered his entire village just to kill one person. Right in the head he is not.
  • Heel Realization: Seems like this when he dies:
    Pascal: Gahaa...Urrg....gaa... Is this...death? Is this..what I have...wrought so oft before?
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Tries this on Sonia, of all people. She shuts him up right quick, though.
  • Irony: Pascal was originally a wicked Bernese noble who found himself in trouble for the slaughter of his own subjects and then joined the Black Fang... a Bernese orgazination dedicated to assassinating wicked nobles just like himself.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Practically the bread and butter of his philosophy; he invited all his subjects to his castle one night, and slaughtered them all just to ensure that one person was killed. Incidentally, this might well have been his Start of Darkness.
  • Palette Swap: Of Bauker... who happens to be an Anti-Villain.
  • Red Baron: Known as the "Crazed Beast".
  • Route Boss: Fought only in Chapter 25 of Hector's route.
  • The Sociopath: He kills simply because he enjoys it, and slaughtered even innocents who got in his way (hence why Brendan imprisoned him). He does not, however, enjoy it so much when it happens to him.

Other Major Members

    Brendan Reed 

The founder of the Black Fang and its de jure leader, Brendan, though an assassin, is a noble man who until recently targeted only corrupt nobles, and was seen as a friend to the populace of the country of Bern at large. A widower with two adult sons, he has recently married a woman much younger than himself, Sonia, and with her arrival came a certain corrupting influence in his organization.

Class: Warrior

  • Anti-Villain: He started out this way, forming a ruthless family of assassins to take out corrupt nobles and other criminals. Even when the Fang takes its darker turn under Nergal, he's never evil. He's just being manipulated by his wife.
  • Badass Family: A patriarch thereof.
  • Benevolent Boss: No one from the Old Fang has anything bad to say about him.
  • Bumbling Dad: A very badass variation, but when it comes to his children, he can be quite the scatterbrain.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the final chapter's Boss Rush.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: As a morph, he has more HP than is possible for playable Warriors.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Inflicts a major wound on Sonia as she tries to kill him. It's implied that this wound weakened her enough so that she could be beaten by the party at all.
  • A Father to His Men: So it's implied, if Uhai's words to Lyn are anything to go by.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has good scars across his eye and neck.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: As soon as he sees his wife for who she really is and goes to confront her about it, she kills him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He definitely seems much larger than Sonia, though there's no direct comparison aside from the general size of the female sage battle sprites and the warrior battle sprites.
  • Minor Major Character: Brendan is the founder and leader of the Black Fang, and as such would be expected to play a major role in the story given the role the Black Fang plays as a major antagonist faction, but he gets barely any screentime and is never fought in life, as Sonia kills him, and he is only fought as a Morph in the final chapter. Brendan's sons, wife, and stepdaughter are all more important to the plot than he is.
  • Noble Demon: Let's face it, the guy kills people for a living, but only if they really, really deserve it.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Downplayed in that he only outlived one of his sons, and he didn't even learn about said son's death.
  • Parental Substitute: To Nino, so much that she called him 'Father' even though he only was through marriage to Sonia (and even then, he wasn't).
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's rather...rough looking, especially compared to his impossibly beautiful wife Sonia.
  • The Unfought: Brendan Reed is never fought as a human. However, a Morph made in his likeness is one of the bosses of Light, making him the only boss of the map who was not even potentially previously fought by Eliwood and Hector's army.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His band has been reduced to Nergal's hit-squad completely under his nose. It turns out that he did have his suspicions of Sonia and had his men keep tabs on her. But by the time he fully realizes what's going on, it's far too late.
  • Worthy Opponent: By his reputation alone, the main Lords consider him this.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Sonia does this to him.

“Holding a woman hostage during battle is shameful. You, too, are of Sacae, and I've a mind to show you mercy. I will let you die with a sword in your hands. But rest assured... I will kill you all here. But be of good cheer! In dying, you shall all be spared the calamity that is to come!”

The Soaring Hawk of the Black Fang. An honorable, high-ranking member of the Fang, and one of the Fang members closest to Brendan Reed's ideology. He is one of the nomads of Sacae, and as such he is an honest person who only does evil when it is necessary. Upon attacking the party, he finds something of a kindred spirit in Lyn, whom he holds hostage to get Eliwood and Hector's attention, but then releases, as he finds threatening a woman to be against his code of honor.

Class: Nomadic Trooper

  • Affably Evil: Remarkably polite and cordial towards the people he's been tasked with killing.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: See Worthy Opponent, below. Eliwood outright says that he wishes they could've met under better circumstances.
  • Anti-Villain: His loyalty to the Fang has long outlived its noble purpose. Eliwood expresses certainty that, had the circumstances been different, they would have been on the same side.
  • Bow and Sword in Accord: The very first promoted nomad you face, and the last one until the final act.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the final chapter's Boss Rush.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: See his quote.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His last words are words of congratulations and a piece of valuable information.
  • The Fatalist: The reason why he joined the Black Fang.
  • Horse Archer: Speculated to be of the Djute tribe of Sacae, as he wears very similar clothes to the Djute bosses of Sword of Seals.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fast and quite deadly. Taken to the extreme in the final chapter.
  • Noble Demon: The best example in the Black Fang.
  • Red Baron: "Soaring Hawk"
  • True Companions: He regarded the Black Fang as such before their corruption; Legault's support conversations imply Uhai was friends with him, as well as with the Reeds and Jan. This might also be why he was one of the Fangs resurrected as a morph, an honor mostly reserved for those who died after the heroes enter Bern.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: High evasion, comes at you with very dangerous equipment, and is sitting on a forest tile (in fog!) to make him even more frustrating. If you're trying to beat the chapter in 15 turns to get the sidequest, he becomes That One Boss and then some.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Like all Sacaeans, Uhai is honest to a fault.
  • Worthy Opponent: Regarded the opposition as such when they killed him, motivating him to give them directions to the Dragon's Gate. Eliwood and Lyn considered him as such due to his honorable nature, as did Hector (though somewhat grudgingly so).
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Though Uhai will still fight a woman, he releases Lyn because it is a shameful act to hold a woman hostage during battle.

The Fang's "Shrike", a man who gave up his faith in the gods — who he believes to be lies fabricated by mankind — to worship Nergal, who he considers the closest thing to a God the world has. Trusted by Sonia, he possessed the rare and powerful Light tome, Aura.

Class: Bishop

  • Affably Evil: Very courteous and polite. And an asshole.
  • Bald of Evil: Not fully bald, but he has a pretty big bald spot on his head.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As with Jerme, it's implied (or at least believed by the party) that he was driven mad by Nergal's influence. His appearance in the Final Chapter as a mindless morph who smiles when you kill him before closing his eyes pretty much seals it.
  • Defector from Decadence: Perceives himself as such.
  • Fat Bastard: He's rather portly for an assassin.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: How a man can deny the existence of the gods in a setting where Religion is Magic is baffling. How a man can deny the existence of the gods when he wields said magic is beyond explanation.
  • Glass Cannon: This Fat Bastard is armed with either the devastating Aura tome or the devastating Luce tone. Both magics have great crit rates, so you better hope you're able to take him out in one or two shots, because you may not get another shot at him.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: The characters are surprised to see how he acts and find it surprising to be fighting a (former) member of the Clergy.
  • Light Is Not Good: The only light-wielding boss in the game. He makes up for it by being villainous enough for three bosses.
  • Remember the New Guy?: If you fought Jerme in the Black Fang Fortress, the appearance of Kenneth's morph in the final chapter will be this.
  • Sinister Minister: He gave up on the whole clergy business to become a Nergal-worshiping assassin.
  • Smug Snake: Constantly mocks the party even as they are about to gut him.

An older member of the Fang. He witnessed the murder of Brendan Reed by Sonia's hand.

Class: Brigand

  • Honorary Uncle: To Nino, who refers to him as Uncle Jan.
  • Lovable Coward: Despite running away in fear upon seeing Sonia murdering Brendan (and seriously, who could blame him), he's a rather nice old fellow.
  • Secret-Keeper: Turns out he knew about Nino's true origins, and before she left gave her a locket that belonged to her biological mother.

Miscellaneous Other Members

The first ranking member of the Black Fang encountered by Lyn's party, Heintz is a Shaman sent to retrieve the wayward Nils, who had escaped Nergal's clutches with his sister. He seems to hold a very low opinion of the concept of heroism, deriding as stupidly idealistic any attempt to hinder his designs. He and his men are aware of Nergal's influence in the Fang, and appear to hold loyalty to him rather than Brendan.

Class: Shaman

  • Dark Is Evil: The first of many dark magic-wielding enemies.
  • Genre Blind: Is apparently quite unaware that he is in one of the more idealistic Fire Emblem games.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Although it turns out he was mistaken anyway.
    “You were only...striking at air... You are...too late. The girl is already—”
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He mocks Lyn for trying to play the hero in some foolish knightly romance. Unfortunately for him, they actually are in a foolish knightly romance, and he swiftly gets a blade to the gut.
  • Villain of Another Story: Lyn only runs afoul of him by happenstance. His villainy is unrelated to the current Arc Villain Lundgren's attempts to seize the Caelin throne, and his faction only becomes the proper main antagonist after Lyn's tale is concluded.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: While still rather simple (you're still on the tutorial, after all), he's noticeably more deadly than the mere bandits you've faced so far.

The controller of the group sent to recapture Nils and Ninian following their first escape (and thus probably Heintz's supervisor), Beyard reports to Ursula of the Four Fangs. A deeply unhappy man, he lives in constant fear of failing the Fang. He confronts Lyn's group when they track Ninian's treasured ring to his fortress, and is given one last chance to kill them by Ursula.

Class: Mercenary

“You'll go missing, never to return. Your body will never be found. Tidy story, eh?”
A member of the Black Fang in service to Nergal, he led a few troops in a failed attempt to assassinate Hector during his sneaking-out attempt at the start of Hector's story. Annoyed at his theatrics, Hector dispatched him fairly quickly.

Class: Knight

  • Beard of Evil: He possesses a chinstrap beard, and he's a murderous assassin.
  • Route Boss: Fought only in Chapter 11 of Hector's route.
  • Smug Snake: Thinks he can take Hector in a fair fight, and gets an axe to the skull for it.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: He decides to charge in, guns blazing, because he thinks killing Marquess Ostia's idiot brother will be easy. That goes about as well as you might expect.

The first member of the Black Fang Eliwood encounters on his quest, Boies is one of Ephidel's men and seems to enjoy his job a bit too much. His assignment is to stop Eliwood and company from reaching the city of Santaruz, a job he treats as a macabre game of cat and mouse. He is not above involving innocents in his conflicts, employing bandits to pillage the area surrounding Castle Santaruz.

Class: Knight

  • Bald of Evil: He doesn't have any hair above his eyeline, and he's a murderous assassin.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a rather thick green goatee and happens to be a villain.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His smile doesn’t drop once, even as he laments paying "too much" for the sellswords who couldn't stop the party.
  • Evil Gloating: He taunts his prey from the very beginning, goads them into fighting him at the end, and boasts at the pain his inference as caused.
  • Evil Laugh: The cartoonish "Gya ha ha!" All he's missing is a moustache to twirl.
  • Jerkass: He's a sadist on par with Ephidel himself.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Probably the first Eliwood's story boss that's killing you in two hits. He can be a source of nasty surprises for new players.
  • You Are Too Late: Gloats in his last words that it's too late to save Marquess Santaruz.

“You're about to die. Scream if you must.”

The Fang member sent to intercept Eliwood's group at Badon to prevent them from getting a boat to the Dread Isle, where Nergal is located. Damian is cold and doesn't display much personality, which makes him seem perhaps the most "assassin-like" of the minor Fang members.

Class: Paladin

  • Beard of Evil: He possesses a chinstrap beard, and he's a murderous assassin.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Though it seems more like he perished from lethal wounds in the middle of his last words, rather than being interrupted.
    "Gaa...ha... Crow in...triumph... you've-"
  • Skippable Boss: Unless you're playing Hector's story, you don't actually have to fight him. The reward for beating him, however, is access to the Arena...
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Never raises his voice, yet he slips into the "interesting diversion" caused by Fargus' game; he seems to relish the "grieving" he’ll inflict on Eliwood by demonstrating the terror of the Fang, and possibly even Loves the Sound of Screaming based on his battle dialogue.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: ...Are you sure you really need that Arena? And you need to fight him regardless if you're playing Hector's story (either mode). Fortunately, at least in Hector normal mode, he isn't packing his Killer Equipment, making him much more manageable.

“All we want is the girl. Kill the rest.”

The Fang member sent to retrieve Ninian after she escapes from Nergal's clutches at the Dragon's Gate, Zoldam pursues Ninian's small boat with two ships full of Black Fang members, boarding the Davros, with the party aboard, after they pick up Ninian. Like many other Fang members, Zoldam is icy in personality, and coldly orders the death of everyone on the ship apart from Ninian.

Class: Shaman

  • Beard of Evil: He possesses a beard and goatee, and he's a murderous assassin.
  • Dark Is Evil: Yet another enemy shaman.
  • Killed Offscreen: If the player doesn't kill him within the turn limit, he and any remaining mooks are killed during a Fade to Black by Fargus after he and his crew re-emerge from below deck.

The Black Fang's "Owl", tasked with guarding the entrance to the Dragon's Gate. Aion fancies himself incredibly intelligent, and believes that he has everything planned out for his confrontation with Eliwood's group. He doesn't count on a certain random variable to make all of his plotting for naught.

Class: Sage

  • Didn't See That Coming: His use of a Bolting tome on his map isn't that bad of a plan considering the terrain. Too bad Kishuna screws everything up.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards Sacaens as he seems unsurprised that Uhai was defeated specifically because he's Sacaean and dismisses his skill as "a certain rough talent, nothing more". That said, his dialogue in general implies that he holds most people beneath him and flaunts his intellect.
  • Hidden Depths: He seems to be the only Black Fang other than Nergal to know that Kishuna exists - as soon as his magic stops working, he realizes why and curses Kishuna as a "good for nothing". This implies he's deeper in with Nergal than he initially appears.
  • Smug Snake: He believes he's unbeatable in the medium-close range his map enforces. He'd actually be fairly right to think so, given he has a Bolting tome and a good-size army to keep his targets within its range, but then Kishuna shows up and blows the entire plan to Hell.
  • Shock and Awe: Uses Thunder and Bolting tomes.

The "Shadow Hawk" of the Fang, and boss of the very well-hidden Chapter 19xx in Hector mode.

Class: Druid

  • Allegorical Character: He's meant to illustrate what happens when someone sacrifices their individuality to an idea, and serve as a parallel to the kind of person Nergal was at the point of time he began his commitment to studying Dark Magic.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's an evil dark magic user.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: He's meant to illustrate the consequences of delving too deep into Dark Magic and Nergal's eventual fate.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He does a good job presenting himself as a decent person with a poetic outlook on dark magic to the lords. When they realize he's a member of the Black Fang, he envelopes them in a black fog and attempts to kill them. Justified, as this is him practicing the philosophy of sacrificing his entire sense of self to the darkness, which includes his morality.
  • Interface Spoiler: A short one, as in the cutscene before the fight against him when he is still pretending to be just a traveler he is shown on the map in red.
  • Route Boss: Fought only in Chapter 19xx on Hector's route.
  • Time-Limit Boss: He's packing a 5-use Eclipse tome for a long range attack from the throne. This is a Percent Damage Attack, but if you don't rush to him and kill him before he runs it out, he equips Nosferatu and, most likely, becomes nigh invincible.

“You'll never leave here alive.”

A Black Fang member assigned to Lord Darin, he taunts the party after they arrive at the Dragon's Gate, and later engages them in battle while guarding the way to his master.

Class: Paladin

  • The Dragon: Second in command to the villainous Lord Darin, but only briefly (and he's been assigned the role, at that).
  • Evil Laugh: It comes with the territory, as he gives a protracted malicious laugh after taunting Eliwood.
  • Flat Character: His lone personality trait is "guards the Dragon's Gate." He doesn't even have battle dialogue!
  • King Mook: He's basically a mini-boss obstacle leading a band of generic units.
  • Optional Boss: It’s technically possible to bypass him by staying out his way: open the locked nearby door and go through to eastern side of the map, take out Darin, and seize the throne to end the battle. Granted this is more cumbersome than just taking him out (and it’s much easier to miss out on Legault if you do so).

A Fang member who serves Nergal's faction of the organization, Oleg is sent, following the loss at the Dragon's Gate, to the city of Badon, where he is assigned to capture Nils and Ninian and take them back to Nergal while the party is weary.

Class: Warrior
  • Combat Pragmatist: He strikes the party while they're resting in Badon, at nighttime, and a number of his subordinates carry poison weapons to further tip the scales in his favour. He also won't move initially until you enter his range and/or cross the walls of the town, demonstrating caution and patience on his part.
  • Evil Redhead: A red-haired man who is a cool-headed assassin.
  • Graceful Loser: Accepts his death quite calmly.
  • The Quiet One: Has no unique dialogue and even then speaks very briskly.

A member of the Black Fang who is loyal to Linus, despite his hesitance to disobey his orders. He is only present in the Linus version of Four-Fanged Offense, albeit during a cutscene.

Class: Myrmidon

  • Schrodingers Cat: On Lloyd's map, instead of Igor the attack on Eliwood is announced by an unnamed generic who's using the same mouth-covered portrait seen numerous times.
  • The Unfought: He is never fought at all, which is ironic, given he was ordered by Linus to initiate in combat with Eliwood's group.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being ordered by Linus to fight Eliwood and co., he just disappears once the battle starts. Thus, he is never acknowledged in any way again, let alone a passing mention on what became of him.

Ursula's lieutenant, who accompanies her to the Bern Palace to make sure that the assassins assigned to the job have successfully killed Prince Zephiel. When she finds out they haven't, she orders Maxime to douse the lights in the palace to put the enemy at a disadvantage. He later engages the party in combat in the resulting battle.

Class: Paladin

  • Flat Character: His role is to get killed by Jaffar in Eliwood mode, ambush the player characters in Hector mode. And that's pretty much it.
  • Mini-Boss: In Hector Mode, he starts closer to you, so you'll be the one fighting him, not Jaffar.
  • Number Two: He's Ursula’s second-in-command during the battle at the manse; while Ursula is ready to strike from range, he's leading the frontline of assassins going to Zephiel's room (or on Hector's route, covering the rear to intercept the party).
  • Optional Boss: On Hector mode, it's technically possible (but more difficult) to complete the objective without anyone engaging him if you just take the eastern route towards Zephiel; even obtaining the Rescue staff can let you nab Jaffar before he enters Maxime's range.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: On Eliwood’s route, he trieds to attack Jaffar immediately and is very likely to die just as fast. Less so on Hector’s route as he’s further away, and on Hard Mode he has the stats to actually survive and even kill Jaffar himself if he’s lucky.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Hector Hard Mode. Maxime gets a tremendous stat increase (by around 50 points) in HHM, making him quite capable of shredding Jaffar up. Thankfully, he spawns far enough away from Jaffar such that the party can intercept him before they meet. Unfortunately, this means the party will be facing off against a much tougher Maxime before reaching Jaffar.
  • The Worf Effect: Technically, we don't know whether or not he's actually all that badass, but he is a named, non-faceless Paladin (a fairly solid promoted class overall, more or less the Jack of All Stats among classes) who more or less serves the purpose of being destroyed by Jaffar, most likely to demonstrate that Jaffar can handle himself as long as his Killing Edge lasts.

Alternative Title(s): Fire Emblem Elibe Blazing Sword The Black Fang