As a group:
- Anti-Armor: Each of their starting personal weapons are effective against armored units (and cavalry), and have a boosted critical hit rate on top of it.
- Anti-Cavalry: Each of their starting personal weapons are effective against mounted units (and armor), and have a boosted critical hit rate on top of it.
- Balance, Speed, Strength Trio: With Eliwood as Balance, Hector as Strength, and Lyn as Speed.
- Battle Couple: Hector, Lyn and Eliwood find their love interests and future spouses in the battlefield, Lyn also can possibly fall in love and marry either Eliwood or Hector if she has an A rank with them.
- Badass Family: Hector and Eliwood's children will turn the heroes of their own journey and rulers of their countries, mirroring their parents. Lyn can possibly be the mother of their children, if she marries any of them. They also can be in laws if each of them marry one of the pegasus sister, becoming Best Friends-in-Law
- Character Select Forcing: Anyone wanting to recruit Geitz will need to level up all three Lords—though, admittedly, this isn't mandatory.
- Chromatic Arrangement: From their hair colors: Eliwood/Red, Hector/Blue, Lyn/Green.
- Freudian Trio: Though it's somewhat downplayed compared to most examples, Hector is the id, Lyn is the ego, and Eliwood is the superego.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: All three lords learn how to handle swords at some point in the game. Eliwood and Lyn play this trope straight, having access to swords from the moment they're playable. Hector, however, downplays this, as he can't use swords until he promotes much later in the game; his specialty is axes.
- Lightning-Fire Juxtaposition: Hector's Armads, the Thunder Axe, and Eliwood's Durandal, the Blazing Blade.◊
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: All of them are Lycian nobility, and all of them are perfectly willing to kick ass up and down the continent.
- Ruling Couple: Lyn can marry either Eliwood or Hector, making her the consort ruler of either Ostia or Pherae.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Forms this group. Eliwood is The Hero, Hector is The Lancer, and Lyn fills The Smurfette Principle. Unusually for this trope, Lyn can serve as the Love Interest to either one of the two heroes, end up with someone else, or end up single.
- True Companions: All three devote themselves to each other before the story is done.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: Eliwood and Hector first met when they were 7 and formed a blood oath, and have been sparring partners since they were 12. In contrast Eliwood only met Lyn briefly 1 year before the main plot and Hector only meets her when she is reintroduced into the plot in Eliwood/Hector's story. note
Eliwood of Pherae
The young son of Lord Elbert, Marquess Pherae, Eliwood grew up surrounded by the complex politics of the Lycian League. Under the watchful eye of his parents, Old Retainer Marcus, and his father's close friends among the lords, he became an even-tempered and compassionate man, self-conscious and aware of the world. He met Lyn during her travels and provided her with crucial political aid which enabled her to unite with her grandfather. When his father disappeared a year later, he chose to search him out with the aid of a few trusted soldiers and subsequently discovered evidence of a terrible plot that threatened the stability of not only Elibe, but of the entire world.
Many years after the conclusion of the game, he is married (possibly to Ninian, Lyn, or Fiora) and fathers Roy, protagonist of The Binding Blade.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: In his Knight Lord sprites, he rides on a white horse with a blue mane and tail.
- Ascended Extra: He debuted in The Binding Blade, where outside being a bonus unit in the trial maps and a few scarce mentions in support conversations and the ending, he disappeared from the game after the prologue. Come this game, and he's made The Protagonist.
- Badass Family: If Eliwood marries Lyn or Fiora that are warrior ladies. Their son will be a war hero too.
- Battle Couple: If Eliwood romances Lyn or Fiora, who fight alonside him in the battlefield.
- Bash Brothers: With Hector. He becomes this with Lyn later as well.
- Best Friends-in-Law: If Eliwood marries Fiora, and Hector marries either Farina of Florina, who are sisters, they will became in laws. Lyn also can have a paired ending with Florina.
- Birds of a Feather: In his supports with Fiora.
- Character Development: He learns to come to terms with the harsh realities of the world, while still keeping to his beliefs and morals. It's not as extensive as Hector or Lyn's arc, but it's there.
- The Confidant: Is the only person that Lyn opens about her insecurities about her new role as the princess of Caelin in her B-Support; she even asks him to instruct her on how to be a proper lady.
- Cool Horse: He gets one upon promoting to Knight Lord.
- Deuteragonist: In Hector's campaign, he takes a back seat for Hector to be the star, though he remains the central figure of the plot.
- Disappeared Dad: His adventure is kickstarted when Elbert disappears. Subverted in the case of himself; he is currently the only character in Fire Emblem history to be the father of a main character (in this case Roy) and not die at any point in the story (technically Chrom also qualifies, but only thanks to time travel shenanigans on the part of his daughter).
- Doomed by Canon: His wife, whoever you pick, will be dead by the time The Binding Blade starts.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Why he rescues Ninian in chapter 7.
- Early-Bird Cameo: When he rescues Ninian and aids Lyn politically in her Tale.
- Future Badass: Becomes ruler of Pherae and a well-respected voice in the Lycian League.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: His C support with Hector reveals that, despite having weapon triangle advantage against Hector, Eliwood has only beaten Hector about half the time in their bi-monthly duels, which is exactly what you would expect given their respective growth rates.
- The Heart: In Hector's story, especially where he is a Supporting Leader and Deuteragonist to Hector.
- The Hero: Of the overall game.
- Heroic BSoD: Has two: one when his father dies, and another when he accidentally kills Ninian while she is in dragon form. To his everlasting credit, he does not allow his grief to distract him when others are in need, and recovers quickly enough to rejoin the fight. In fact, in Hector's story, the chapters immediately following both BSODs actually make you use him to drive the point home. The man might be sensitive, but don't you dare accuse him of Wangst.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: The Rapier being his specialty.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hector. Nothing short of a debilitating illness could stop the two from rushing to the other's side during times of need. What hammers this point home is that only Eliwood has special dialogue when he's deployed during Hector's trial. Take note that there are two deployment slots on normal mode, and one in Hector Hard mode.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When you can stare down a ruthless mass murderer, one who has no empathy for others, who has mocked you for accidentally killing a young girl you grew close to/fell in love with, and who tears down his former best friend while scoffing at the value of friendship, and still declare that you do not hate him for what he's done, but pity him instead, then you know you're at least on the way towards this trope.
- Interspecies Romance: If Eliwood marries Ninian, who is half-Ice Dragon.
- Jack of All Stats: Designed to be the balanced Lord between Hector and Lyndis, Eliwood's stat distribution is evenly spread out. Unfortunately, the distribution is also thin, and it results in a very inconsistent unit; between playthroughs, he might end up being good at nothing or being one of your best characters, with little to no middle ground.
- Knight In Shining Armour: He seems to be one in the early stages of the game (though a less naive one than usual). As he bears witness to the more ruthless aspects of humanity during his journey, however, he becomes more of a...
- Knight in Sour Armour: Yet even then, he doesn't go to the extreme of this trope.
- The Leader: A charismatic sort. The whole plot begins with his closest friends and knights following the trail of his missing father. He grows into being...
- The Load: In his story, he can't promote until after Cog of Destiny, and there's a good chance he'll hit Level 20 long before that. By then, sending him into the front-lines would be a waste of XP, and as enemies get stronger, defending him might become a problem as well.
- Mage Killer: The one thing Eliwood consistently has over Hector and Lyndis. Eliwood's base resistance, like the others, is a plain 0, but his growth is pretty good for a physical unit. If it kicks in, he will usually fare better against spellcasters.
- Nice Guy: One of the kindest and most forgiving protagonists in the franchise, at that only Marth and Roy can truly give him a run for his money. Unfortunately, this does make him seem like a pushover to some, but he's really not.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Watch me work!"
"Now, take this!"
"This should do it!"
"Off with you, fiend!"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Hector's Red, despite what their hair would make you think.
- Reluctant Warrior: He'll fight for the sake of justice and peace, but he doesn't particularly enjoy it, especially when innocents get involved in the "foolish politics" of nobles.
- Rescue Romance: If he has an A Support with Ninian.
- Rousseau Was Right: He seems to believe this, even after meeting many evil or unstable people on his journey. At the end of the game, he expresses his belief — towards the more jaded Nils and Ninian — that the day will eventually come when humans and dragons can live together in peace once more.
- Secret Character: Unlock him for the extra scenarios in Binding Blade by beating the game five times.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Hector's manly man.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Has this kind of conversation in the opening to Chapter 13x, where the army is passing through Pherae. He reminisces about Lyn, and Hector immediately begins teasing him.
- Ship Tease: Players are free to pair him up with whoever they want out of Ninian, Lyndis, or Fiora through the support system, or just let him marry an anonymous villager, though he has further moments with Lyndis and Ninian, major characters, outside his conversations with all his potential love interests.
- With Lyn when he states that she is beautiful and Hector teases him.
- With Ninian, bordering Developers' Desired Date, This includes an extended version of Ninian's death scene, where she uses her last breath to beg Eliwood to protect Elibe from Nergal. In addition, the pairing creates an alternate ending of the final chapter, where Nils gives his sister his blessings as he heads through the Dragon's Gate alone, in spite of knowing that Ninian's life on Elibe will be shorter than back in the world that lies past the Dragon's Gate.. Also an scene in which Lyn herself teases that they make a nice pairing.
- In The Binding Blade, it's stated that Eliwood ventured to the icy lands of Ilia to retrieve a favorite flower for his ailing wife, pointing to either Fiora and Ninian, both women who come from Ilia. Roy also has Fiora's eye colour and stats closer to her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He is nigh-identical to his future son Roy. Nils also comments that he realized Eliwood is Lord Elbert's son because of their resemblance.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Sort of. The closest he ever comes to committing an evil act is when he is doped up on Durandal's magic. Like Greil, he ends up killing the woman who loves him.
- Tender Tears: He sheds this when his dad dies.
- Uptown Girl: Gender inverted, with Fiora, a mercenary from the poorer land of Ilia, or Ninian, a seemingly ordinary Ilian dancer, if he has an A rank with either of them. Downplayed if he ends up with Lyn, who is the heir of Caelin, but was born and raised as a Sacaean.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: As with all other Fire Emblem protagonists, his death results in a game over.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In what is probably his greatest display of badassery, he calls out Queen Hellene of Bern on her exploitative treatment of her son Prince Zephiel, even though they require her aid. For what it's worth, Pent and Louise both agree with him.
- The Wise Prince: A textbook example.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In his A-support with Ninian, when she still worries over why Eliwood trusts her despite her hiding something that she can't tell him, he assures her that said secret is something minor that won't get in between their relationship. It bites him much later when Ninian shows up as a dragon and he unwittingly kills her, thinking that she is one of the dragons that must be stopped from ravaging the continent.
Hector of Ostia
The younger brother of Uther, the Marquess of Ostia. His parents died of illness when he was a young boy, so his brother is more of a father figure to him. Hector is restless, hot-blooded, and loyal to a fault; thus, as soon as he hears word of Elbert's disappearance, he appeals to Uther and tells him to do something about it. When Uther refuses, his time consumed by trying to ease tensions with Bern, he and the spy Matthew run away from the castle, and are ambushed by the Black Fang; once that's dealt with, they're joined by the knight Oswin and the cleric Serra, and Hector fully throws himself into the investigation of the Black Fang.
After the game's conclusion, he is Marquess Ostia and head of Lycia following the death of his brother, is married (among the possible candidates are Lyn, Florina, and Farina), and fathers Lilina of Binding Blade.
- Animal Motifs: Although implied rather lightly, his can be considered to be the wolf. Reinforced by his weapon, Wolf Beil.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: In a world where magic exists, and where Nils and Ninian have already been shown to have some form of foresight, Hector doubts Hannah's claims that she can see the future.
- Artifact of Doom: Armads, which leads its bearer into a violent death. Not that he cares, so long as he can protect his friends.
- Ascended Extra: Compare his miniscule role in Binding Blade to his status as Deuteragonist here.
- Badass and Child Duo: His "Dressed-Up Duo" variation in Heroes has him team up with his 5-year old daughter Lilina to kick ass on the battlefield.
- Badass Baritone: Voiced by Patrick Seitz in Fire Emblem Heroes, so this was bound to be a given. Averted in the Japanese version, Kosuke Toriumi just used his more normal tone for Hector.
- Badass Family: All of Hector's potential wives are warrior ladies, and his daughter is a mage that also goes to war.
- Battle Couple: Hector's wives fight alongside him in the battlefield.
- Boyfriend-Blocking Dad: Read his and Eli's B support and you'll know why. Taken further in Fire Emblem Heroes, where his Valentine's Day version declares that he won't let anyone take Lilina for a bride. Eliwood lampshades this as well. Sadly, doesn't prevent his death at Zephiel's hands in The Binding Blade. His last words are a plea for Roy to help Lilina out.Hector: Just so we're clear... I will not, under any circumstances, allow my daughter to get married! She's not gonna be anybody's bride.
Eliwood: It seems Roy and Lilina have become rather close. Hector won't like that...
- Breakout Character: Hector was so popular with fans that Ike and Chrom were modeled off of him, according to the creators.
- Brilliant, but Lazy:
- Hector's technique is far from refined, and he wasn't the most attentive during his classes, but if Erik is to believed, his natural talent garnered him praise from his instructors anyway.
- As mentioned in Dumb Muscle: He's far from stupid and is well-versed in nobility and political methods, but as Hector is a man who prefers to get to the point rather than bother with tact, he's likely to create his own way forward. In other words, he can be as refined as Eliwood, but he feels that it takes too much time to get to the point, so he goes through it head-first. Matthew and Oswin in their supports actually admire this trait to him.
- Bruiser With A Soft Centre: He can seem careless and brusque at first, but he's quite a nice guy so long as you don't give him reason to dislike you. His friends tease him for it, to the point of it being a Running Gag, like when he apologises to the Tactician (in his own route) for his hasty judgement of his/her abilities, the unheard response to it leads to him complaining: "Why does no one think I've got anything nice to say?!"
- Brutal Honesty: Listening to him interact with others makes it clear he care more about getting to the point than things like "tact" or "manners".
- Character Development: Over the course of the story, he slowly wisens up, and learns how to take responsibility for his own actions, once he realizes how much his brother has done for him.
- Cool Sword: He gains swords when he promotes.
- Crutch Character: He is pretty much tailor made to take advantage of Hector mode. Unfortunately his late promotion - made worse by the extra levels in his mode - means he can't get stronger after a point, incentivizing the player to use other axe-weilders to cover this niche.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has blue hair and blue eyes.
- Deuteragonist: In Eliwood's story.
- Developers' Desired Date: With Lyn of the Belligerent Sexual Tension variety. They get a fair amount of Ship Tease and even more unique scenes together in Hector Mode. If he and Lyn don't become romantically inclined, then it's Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Doomed by Canon: His wife, just like Eliwood's, will be dead before The Binding Blade starts. He also becomes this early into said game's plot.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. He might appear to be this (especially when compared to Eliwood) and might even intentionally play it up to a degree sometimes in order to fool his enemies into letting their guard down. But, he is actually just as well-versed as Eliwood is in the political side of being a noble and is capable of devising and using complex strategies in battle. It's just that his Hot-Blooded tendencies mean that he rarely takes the time to do so and prefers to let Eliwood handle the situations that require more political savvy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He is in a house on the right side of the level where Nils first joins the team. Of course, if you have one of two certain characters move on to the space where that house is located, then the scene has different dialogue.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics:Eliwood: Weve been sparring once every two months since we were twelve, and of 30 matches, 14 I won, 12 I lost, and 4 were draws.
Hector: Eh? I think not! I recall 31 matches- an even 13-13 split, with 5 draws!
Eliwood: Yes, well, you recall wrong. Im in the right.
Hector: Hmph. And what makes you so certain?
Eliwood: Whose snoring was it that shook the rafters in number class?
Hector: Ah, good point.
- Genius Bruiser: Bad math skills aside, he's actually surprisingly smart; after all, Eric does state that not only Eliwood but also Hector were praised by their teachers in school. If playing Hector mode without a tactician, he is the one implied to be giving all the commands, and Roy states in the sequel that Hector was the greatest tactician in Lycia.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Eliwood. Nothing short of a debilitating illness could stop the two from rushing to each other's aid when the other is in a pinch. What hammers this point home is that only Hector has special dialogue when deployed in Eliwood's trial; a chapter with 4 deployment slots, on normal.
- Hot-Blooded: If you hurt his brother or any member of his army, he will come after you.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Hector towers over Lyn, Florina, and Farina; his potential wives.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: He wields Armads, an axe that's even larger than he is, in his left hand, only switching to his right hand for his critical attack.
- Knight in Sour Armour: He knows the world's a pretty messed-up place, but damn if he's going to stand by idly and let terrible things just happen!
- Leeroy Jenkins: Hector isn't big on the whole planning thing most of the time, but not to the point of endangering the rest of the group. Lampshaded by Athos: "Your recklessness may one day be your undoing..." It is. He goes down swinging very early in The Binding Blade.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike Eliwood, whose son Roy is quite a dead-ringer to him even trait-wise, gender difference aside, Hector would be quite different than his daughter Lilina: He's a Hot-Blooded giant man, she's a reserved and a bit shy of a lady. He's a physical juggernaut, she's a talented magic prodigy... even though Hector's possible spouses are all physical fighting ladies, though it may make more sense if his spouse is an anonymous NPC, which may be a non-combatant.
- The Load: Of all the people, him in his story. By the time he reaches level twenty, you have a large chunk of the game to go before he can promote. Not only are there more chapters in his story, but with his poor movement, guiding him to a throne on a seize map can get somewhat annoying. That he tends to be a better fighter than Eliwood only exacerbates this problem, encouraging you to use him more often and pushing him towards the level cap even faster while stealing XP from your other units. Nevertheless, Hector is a capable as a unpromoted unit even during the lategame, as his stats are generally quite high. In fact, very few promoted units come close to matching his Defense at Level 20, which averages out at 17.5. Protecting him before he reaches the throne should be trivial (provided you can avoid the occasional mage, of course).
- Mighty Glacier: He's the ideal representation of this trope. His Attack and Defense stats are exceptional, but his Speed base is low and he has a shaky Speed growth. That said, should he gain a couple of points in Speed (or if you decide to give him Speed Wings), he can actually start doubling enemies (largely due to the fact that enemy Speed stats in FE7 are rather low).
- Not Afraid to Die: A warning that he's going to die violently if he ever takes up Armads? Hector gives no crap about that if that means he gets to help Eliwood stopping Nergal. He goes down swinging later in The Binding Blade, but never once did he show any fear about dying.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Somehow an example of someone who's completely open about being this. To put it in his own terms: "The Marquess' brother is a well-known lout."
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Discussed. When trouble happens in Ostia, Eliwood asks him if being absent from court would be taken as a sign of something being wrong; Hector counters that he has a reputation as a lout, and his presence at court would be a guarantee that something is wrong.
- Papa Wolf:
- Never ever slight one of his friends. And this doesn't only extend to Eliwood or Lyn, either. After all, he straight-up tells Jaffar that he hasn't forgiven his killing of Leila, and says he'll kill him with his own hands if he steps out of line.
- This trait is later reinforced in a different way during one of his story's character-solidifying moments: Durban's spirit warns him that wielding Armads will lead him to die on the battlefield someday. His response is that he doesn't care as long as he was able to protect his friends.
- In his B-support with Eliwood, he saw a prophetic dream of his future daughter Lilina being taken away by Eliwood's future son Roy. He is not one to give up his daughter very easily.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents died of tuberculosis when he was a child, so his brother became a surrogate parent to him. Uther later dies from the same illness.
- Pet the Dog: Decides to give Nils a ride on his shoulders when he sees the boy struggling to get through Nabata. Though the boy was sort of reluctant and surprised, remember that Hector is wearing loud, heavy, sweaty armor in the desert, and giving someone a piggyback is not going to make movement easier.
- Power at a Price: Gaining the power of the legendary axe Armads... will lead to Hector dying on the battlefield, sooner or later. Canonically later.
- Power-Up Letdown: His promotion to Great Lord is by far the worst of the three Lords: while it does give him a decent boost to his Speed and Resistance, its other main benefit is D-rank swords, which he doesn't really get anything out of (there aren't any low-rank swords that do what axes can't, he hits harder with axes, and the weapon triangle boost is negligible at that point). What pushes it into this trope, though, is that it doesn't increase his Movement, but does increase his already high Constitution, which means he not only stays one of the slowest units in the army but also leaves relatively few promoted mounted characters who can carry him (as in, it's just Eliwood, Florina, and Rath). Strangely, he even becomes weak to anti-armor weapons upon promotion.
- Precision F-Strike: Never lets loose any major swear words, but he curses quite a lot in the story and is pretty creative with insults.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Here we go!"
"I dont back down!"
"Gutsy, aren't you?"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Eliwood, Oswin, and Uther.
- Remember the New Guy?: Whereas Eliwood and Lyn make a proper introduction in the Lyn's Story, Hector appears as an easily-missed Early-Bird Cameo, then suddenly appears in Eliwood's Story as a main character. This is averted in his own story, which follows his journey from the very beginning in Castle Ostia.
- Secret Character: Unlock him in Binding Blade by beating the game three times.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Hector is Hot-Blooded, his older brother Uther is stoic and snarky.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Eliwood's sensitive guy, played for laughs when they first meet Hannah.Hannah: Hee hee hee... A world of trouble you've landed yourself in, yes?
Hector: Who-!? You startled me, old woman! You should get out of here. This is going to be a bad place to stay if you plan on living.
Hannah: I want to see the one searching for his father. Marquess Pherae's son.
Hector: Listen up, old woman! You're close to death as it is! Quit your yammering and move on!
Eliwood: Hector! You should mind your manners. I am Eliwood. May I ask your name, milady?
Hannah: Ho ho ho. What a polite young man.
- Sole Survivor: By the end of the game, Hector is the last surviving member of the Ostian family, as both his parents and his brother Uther died from the same illness. However, because he was also doomed to die in The Binding Blade, that torch would later be passed down to his future daughter Lilina, who eventually ends up with this status.
- Spanner in the Works: Nergal himself admits that Hector choosing to aid Eliwood's search was the determining factor in his defeat.
- The Spymaster: Wanna know what's going on anywhere in the world? Hector's already here to tell you, with information hot off the presses of the Ostian spy network.
- "Stop Having Fun" Guys: In-Universe in Heroes' Valentine's Day event. His companions all bring joke weapons to the tournament and are more interested in having fun. Hector brings a genuine weapon of war, his Infinity +1 Sword Armads, and outright asks Eliwood and Lyn if they really want to win the tournament or not.
- Supporting Protagonist: In his mode; note that although he's now the viewpoint character, it's still Eliwood all the important plot stuff happens to.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Once you look into it, you'll realize he has a lot of similarities to Lex from Genealogy of the Holy War. Blue hair? Check. Axe user? Check. Hot-Blooded? Check. Leeroy Jenkins? Check. Vaguely rebellious noble? Check.
- Uptown Girl: Gender inverted. He's this to Florina or Farina, who are commoner mercenaries from the poorer land of Ilia, if he has an A rank with either of them. Downplayed if he ends up with Lyn, who is the heir of Caelin, but was born and raised as a Sacaean.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Taught himself to fight, and his style is noted as being reckless and unrefined by knights' standards. Doesn't stop him from hacking down pretty much anything in his path.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: As with all other Fire Emblem protagonists, his death results in a game over.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gives one to his brother for staying neutral while the other marquesses make their decision to rebel.
- You Don't Look Like You: Not Hector himself, but the design of Armads resembles a Sinister Scythe with a skeletal motif in Awakening. Heroes retained the original design of the axe.
Lyndis "Lyn" of Caelin and the Lorca
Daughter of Madelyn, princess of Caelin, and Hassar, chief of the nomadic Lorca tribe, Lyn grew up without a care in the world on the plains of her father's homeland, Sacae. All of that changed when her home was pillaged by a brutal group of bandits, the Taliver, who left fewer than ten people alive. Forced to survive on her own, Lyn's life changes for the better when she comes across a certain strategist, and before she knows it, she is caught up in a game of war and political intrigue once she learns of her royal heritage. After thwarting the ambitions of her evil great-uncle, Lundgren, Lyn lives in peace with her grandfather, Lord Hausen. That is, until a year later, when Caelin becomes entangled in Nergal's scheme.
- Action Girl: A badass swordfighter from the plains, and the first leading lady in the franchise to be seen outside of Japan.
- Adaptational Curves: She's curvier in Heroes than she is in her base game.
- Ambiguously Bi: Depending on how you interpret her ending with Florina.
- Age Lift: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example: in the Japanese version of Blazing Blade, she's 15 years old at the start of the game and 16 after the time skip. In the North American version, she's 18 and then 19.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: If Lyn has a A-Support with Eliwood at the start of Battle Preparations, she give him one at the start the chapter, saying that she had fallen in love with him because he was strong enough to remain kind-hearted despite the deaths of both his father and Ninian (the latter was unintended and by his own hands) and move forward; this unexpected confession is interrupted when Hector calls out to them, which makes Lyn leave a in hurry, and leaves Eliwood red-faced. Also, this will automatically start, unlike the optional conversation in Hector's story.
- Badass Family: All of Lyn's potential romances are warriors. If she marries Eliwood, Hector or Rath she will have children with them that will be major players in the following war.
- Battle Couple: All of Lyn's potential romances fight alonside her in the battlefield.
- Bash Brothers: With Eliwood and Hector later.
- Best Friends-in-Law: If Lyn has a paired ending with Florina, Eliwood marries Fiora, and Hector marries Farina.
- Best Her to Bed Her: Only in one of her Bridal Blessings incarnation's quotes in Heroes, where Lyn says that she won't marry anyone that can't defeat her. Then she challenges the Summoner* to a sparring match.
- Be Yourself: In her A-Support with Eliwood, after letting her insecurities about her noble heritage overwhelm her to the point that she was actually ashamed of her Sacean blood, Eliwood said that she is a strong woman, and that she shouldn't change any part of herself.
- Berserk Button: The Talliver Bandits, who slaughtered her people, are a major one, as are most bandits and pirates; she's initially pissed when Eliwood even considers asking pirates for help getting to the Dread Isle (later, though, she acknowledges that Fargus' crew are genuinely "good people" despite their profession).
- The Sol Katti, her ultimate weapon... at least in the North American localization. It's no longer than any other of her swords in the original.
- A couple of Dummied Out combat sprites suggest that at some point in development, she was able to wield Durandal as well. In this case, it's an inversion, however, as the Durandal is downsized in this animation, especially compared to when Eliwood uses it.
- Bokukko: Talks like this in the Japanese script, and definitely fits the boyish archetype.
- Bow and Sword in Accord: Starts out with swords, then gains the ability to use bows upon promotion to Blade Lord.
- Breakout Character: Like Hector, she is one of the single most popular characters in the entire Fire Emblem series. In Heroes, she has nine unique playable versions (one of the most for any character), and was the most popular female character as voted by fans prior to the game's release. In fact, she is one of two characters not from Shadow Dragon, Awakening, or Fates to be playable in Warriors, specifically because she is extremely popular. In the reveal trailer for Engage, she is one of the first characters revealed to be returning as an Emblem.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half-Lycian, half-Sacaean.
- The Chosen One: The chosen wielder of the Mani Katti, as dictated by the weapon itself. Evidently, in all the years she prayed at the shrine before the events of the game, she never once actually touched the sword. Though, the priest's dialogue does imply that getting to actually touch the sword is something of a special privilege, so it's understandable.
- Closer to Earth: Known for her hunting, tracking, and survival skills from living on the plains on her own. In the ending, if she doesn't marry Eliwood or Hector, she returns to live out the rest of her days on the Sacae plains again.
- Crutch Character: In her own story, she performs extremely well, owing to facing lots of axe-wielders that combine with her naturally high Avoid to make her mostly untouchable. Once she rejoins Eliwood, the surfeit of lance-wielding enemies combine with her miserable defense to make her something of a liability, especially on higher difficulties. It doesn't help that on Hector Mode, players tend to promote Eliwood first (since him gaining lances and a horse is generally better than her gaining bows), leaving her stuck behind for even longer.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and green eyes.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named for her grandfather's late wife.
- Decoy Protagonist: She's the first character you meet, and the first story arc centers around her and her quest to reclaim her rightful Lycian heritage. Then she is Put on a Bus for 4 to 6 chapters, and when she returns she's demoted to Tritagonist.
- D-Cup Distress: Her original Japanese dialogue when appearing in a wedding gown for Heroes has her complain about the size of her breasts relative to the gown, saying, "As I thought... it's tight around the chest...". The fact she sounds like she expected this to happen implies it's a common problem she suffers from.
- Demoted to Extra: Downplayed. She's not exactly irrelevant after her tale, but she doesn't hold quite as much importance to the overarching plot as Hector or Eliwood. She ends up mostly having as much importance as any other soldier, though she does retain some lordly privileges like being able to recruit units.
- Developers' Desired Date: For either Hector, Eliwood or Rath. Discussions of who Lyn marries are a common speculation.
- Lyn gets two special conversations with Eliwood during the game that she doesn't get with anyone else and an extra scene together.
- In Hector's mode, they have a extra scenes together that get altered if they reach maximum support.
- Lyn is the only love interest of Rath, which could be argued that he has a special treatment.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": She insists that Florina call her "Lyn" rather than "Lady Lyndis." Florina initially insists that she owes Lyn respect as a servant of her house, but eventually comes around by the time of their A support.
- Doomed by Canon: If you pair her up with Eliwood, Hector, or Rath, this is what likely happens, since Eliwood's wife passes on before the events of The Binding Blade, Hector's wife is never mentioned, and the Kutolah Clan was mostly wiped out during Bern's invasion.
- Doomed Hometown: Her people were nomads, so the eradication of all but a few Lorca was essentially this for her.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Present in all of her sword-wielding criticals. The Sol Katti critical adds Blade Spam to the mix.
- Flash Step: Several of her animations show her moving so fast that there appears to be several of her at once.
- Fragile Speedster: Her Speed is essentially unparalleled, but her Defense is arguably the worst in the entire game, with a base of 2 and growth of 20% (and unlike other female characters in Fire Emblem who usually make up for it with decent Resistance, Lyn's Resistance is just as nonexistent).
- Have We Met?:
- The Summoner from Heroes strongly reminds her of the Tactician.Lyn: You really remind me of another tactician I know.
- As an Einherjar in Awakening, Lyn says Robin, the Tactician of Chrom's army, reminds her of her own to a startling extent. You, the player, can choose to remember Lyn, which causes her to declare with joy that Robin and her old friend are one and the same.
- The Summoner from Heroes strongly reminds her of the Tactician.
- He Will Not Cry, so I Cry for Him: In a Hector's story exclusive scene that can only be seen by pairing her with Hector, right before the final battle, after Eliwood confirms to her that what Nergal said to Hector is true, she cries in place of Hector for his recently deceased older brother Uther, in a Call-Back to an earlier scene in which Hector tells her about how he tried to cry when his and Uther's parents died, but he simply was unable to.
- The Hero: In her quest. After that, she becomes a combination of The Lancer and The Chick to Eliwood and Hector.
- Hidden Depths:
- While she strongly prefers her Sacean heritage because of her dislike of the nobility due to seeing them as selfish, her Supports with Eliwood show that she does want to feel worthy of her Lycian heritage as well, due to her love for her grandfather, making ask Eliwood to teach her the ways of a lady, since she sees him as the ideal noble.
- While she hates being underestimated by being a woman, she admired her mother for her graceful, well-mannered, and beautiful upbringing, with a quotes from her Respondent Hero outfit in Heroes wondering if being born in a more cool country like Nifl would had made her more graceful.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: While her sword skills aren't called "iaijutsu" in the game itself, her attack animations makes it pretty damn clear what real-life influences went into her swordplay.
- Infinity -1 Sword: The Mani Katti may not be statistically as uber as some of the late-game weapons, but it's damned close: Armor- and cavalry-slaying abilities, along with high durability, is pretty much the reason Lyn is known for flinging critical hits, and for ranked runs, it costs nothing from the Funds rank. It even gets repaired for free in the interim between chapters 10 and 11, and could very well last for the rest of the game even without an emergency Hammerne repair. If anything, it's actually a lot better than the Sol Katti. Curiously, it never showed up in Awakening, and has yet to be a weapon option for Lyn in Heroes.
- Infinity +1 Sword:
- Sadly downplayed; the Sol Katti is pretty disappointing. Lyn's entire game revolves around making enemies whiff their attacks to counteract her weak defenses, and with over four times the weight of the Mani Katti slowing her down (in the final chapter, which has ruthlessly strong enemies as it is), that's not gonna happen. On the plus side, due to her low strength, the Sol Katti's damage boost against the final boss is the only thing that allows her to scratch it. Hope that high critical kicks in; you'll need it.
- It finally becomes played straight in Fire Emblem: Awakening, however, as that doesn't use the Weight stat, and the sword has had its other stats retweaked; in exchange for 5 Might and its effectiveness against Dragons, it now boasts a monstrous base 50% Critical Hit rate (it had 25% in Blazing Sword). You can even give it to DLC Lyn for good measure, who comes fresh from the Internet with a skillset made for Crit-slinging.
- Sort of goes both ways in Fire Emblem Heroes: when the game launched, it made her very good, because instead of extra "crit" (or special charge, given how Heroes avoids RNG elements), the sword has the Desperation Lv2 skill baked into it (i.e., at under 50% HP, if Lyn gets a double attack, she lands both before a unit can counter). Unfortunately, the game's power creep during "Book I" meant that ultimately that ended up being less impressive; the November 2017 game update included a mechanic that allowed for the sword to be upgraded to meet the curve again.
- Lady of War: Pretty badass swordfighter, without losing any grace.
- Lost Orphaned Royalty: She grew up an orphan on the plains of Sacae, but would later discover that she is of royal descent and next in line to the throne of Caelin.
- Mandatory Line: A lot of her dialogue in Eliwood and Hector's modes tends to look like "Eliwood and Hector say the actually meaningful stuff, Lyn says something to remind you she exists."
- Manly Tears: She isn't afraid to cry when she feels like it. Even Hector is surprised that she would cry so easily by remembering her parents, thinking she would prefer to hide it.
- Nice Girl: Lyn is constantly described as kind, and she does indeed go out of her way to help those in need without any request for compensation. The only people she's unkind to are lawless criminals (due to her Doomed Hometown, and even then she recognises there are good people among them), and people who hurt or oppress those in need.
- Noble Savage: See Proud Warrior Race below and Nice Girl above.
- Obliviously Beautiful: She is beautiful and graceful to the point that other main characters commented on it. But she is also a tomboy and doesn't care much for it.
- Off-Model: Lyn's map and battle sprite prior to her promotion depicts her with long sleeves, which are short in her official artwork.
- Platonic Life-Partners/Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the tactician, considering they've known each other the longest (not including her actual Childhood Friend that is).
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In Heroes."Watch this!"
"By my sword!"
"Now I have you!"
"As if I'd lose!"
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: The moment Marquess Araphen began insulting her heritage, she decided his help wasn't worth the trouble.
- Rebellious Princess: Somewhat. She does make an effort to please the Caelin court, but ultimately can't let go of her Sacaen instincts.
- Really Royalty Reveal: She discovers that she is the heiress of Caelin.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Unlike the other brides in Heroes's Bridal Blessings event, Lyn is not as excited to be in her wedding dress, though the reasons why vary: in the English version, she hates that the dress is so restrictive, while the Japanese version, she is more embarrassed by what the dress implies to the Summoner. The Japanese version of one of her quotes has her asking the Summoner for a swimsuit that cover her chest more.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Lundgren falsely informs Hausen that Lyndis was killed near the end of Lyn's tale.
- Reluctant Ruler: Of Caelin. She doesn't like the noble lifestyle and eventually elopes or marries a noble of another land renouncing to her right to rule.
- Rescue Romance: If you pair her with Rath, who saved her from an assassin right before chapter 7 starts.
- Revenge: Her entire motif for going out and training is to avenge her parents' deaths at the hands of the Taliver Bandits. In her A-Support with Wallace, she's not pleased to discover that he went to Bern and personally slew them all before she could, but relents when Wallace explains that Vengeance Feels Empty and he did it because he wanted her to move on with her life and not be consumed by hatred.
- Sexy Slit Dress: Her dress has slits on both sides for increased mobility and to show off her legs.
- Shipper on Deck: In "Four Fanged Offense," she hurries away to gather information. When Hector complains that they're leaving Eliwood and Ninian behind, her response is "So? We don't want to be in the way, do we?... Teeheehee... You mean to tell me you don't see it?"
- Ship Tease: A odd case with the tactician. They are arguably the person shes closest with, and is the the one she mentions in her death quotes. She even brings them up in all of here other appearances such as Warriors and Heroes. That said, due to the tactician having no supports it doesnt go anywhere.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Her relationship with Hector, which can evolve into romance if she has an A Support with him.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: From a purely visual stand-point, she's one to Fir. She shares the same ponytail and green-clothed myrmidon motif (minus Fir's jacket) and even has a very similar build. Given that Fir is part Sacaen, this may even be a Call-Back.
- Theme Naming:
- She's born into a family in which all of the girls have the name "Lyn" somewhere in their name, as the name is present in her grandmother (who she is named after), and in the name of her mother Madelyn.
- Also extends to her main weapons. The "Mani" in Mani Katti and "Sol" in Sol Katti are named after the Norse gods of the moon and sun respectively, roughly translating them to "Katana of the Moon" and "Katana of the Sun".
- The Chief's Daughter: Lyn's father was the leader of her nomad group.
- Tritagonist: Perhaps the term to best describe her after her story is done. She's still around, though is not nearly as integral to the plot as Eliwood and Hector are.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: If she and Hector don't become romantically inclined, then they become this.
- Vocal Dissonance: She is voiced by Lani Minella in the English version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, who provides a voice for Lyn that makes her sound 3 times her age. This is averted in the Japanese version and in Fire Emblem Heroes, where Makiko Ohmoto and Wendee Lee gave her a more youthful voice.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: As with all other Fire Emblem protagonists, her death results in a game over.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: What Wallace says, word for word, upon seeing her.Wallace: I've been a knight for 30 years, and there's one thing I learned. A person with eyes as bright and true as yours is no deceiver.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In all other endings, with Caelin folding into Ostia, she heads back to Sacae (with her A Support partner if you gave her one). After that, she's never mentioned or heard from again. (Given what Zephiel does to Sacae, though, she's probably still Doomed by Canon.) As time has gone on and Lyn's become a real Breakout Character, this has started to stick out a lot.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Like all Sacaeans, she is too proud to lie.
- Wind Is Green: Lyn's element is wind and her outfit, hair and eyes are green.
- You Don't Look Like You: Not Lyn herself, but the Sol Katti got hit with this in the North American localization. It's supposed to be a katana similar to the Mani Katti — even the menu sprite is just a Palette Swap of it — but in the unique animation it was given, it's a rapier twice as long as she is tall. Fire Emblem: Awakening's design makes more sense, looking like a cross between a katana and a large scimitar.