A house composed of students from the Adrestian Empire led by Edelgard.
- Blue Blood: Hubert, Ferdinand, Linhardt, Caspar, and Bernadetta hail from nobility within the Adrestian Empire. Petra is the granddaughter of the king of the Empires vassal state Brigid, but she has the status of a commoner within the Empire.
- Color-Coded Characters: Each character wears a specific color in different classes:
- Edelgard: Red/Gold
- Hubert: Black
- Petra: Dusty Rose
- Linhardt: Dark Forest Green
- Dorothea: Burgundy
- Caspar: Dark Brown
- Ferdinand: Maroon
- Bernadetta: Gray
- Defector from Decadence: If you recruit them on another route, or if you decide to oppose Edelgard, most of the students will break with their families and spend the five-year time skip battling the Empire.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Mage. Their nation is known for having strong affinities for Magic over weapons.
- For Want of a Nail: The player's decision to side with Edelgard and Hubert or not determines if the rest of the Black Eagles will follow suit as well. With them invoking Defector from Decadence when choosing to oppose Edelgard.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Comprised of four boys (Hubert, Caspar, Linhardt, Ferdinand) and four girls (Edelgard, Dorothea, Bernadetta, Petra).
- Irony: Despite most of the class having noble status, two of the nobles (Hubert & Casper) don't have a Crest of their own and the only house that has this distinction.
- Locked Out of the Loop: On the Crimson Flower path, much of the bigger plot revelations never come up and are never learned by the characters, such as the history of "those who slither in the dark," that Rhea is Seirosnote , that Seteth and Flayn are Saint Cichol and Saint Cethleann (though these last two can be deduced), or Sothis' own backstory.
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite being the Black Eagles, their house color is red.
- Riches to Rags: In other routes outside Crimson Flower if either the students were either poached or you sided with Rhea, Edelgard personally strips all nobles of their status and lands, including Ferdinand's father, and places Count Varley under house arrest.
- Squishy Wizard: Many Adrestians have more affinity with magic than weapons.
- Theme Naming: Most of the nobles in the Black Eagles have surnames based in Norse Mythology, or are otherwise Germanic.
- Undying Loyalty: With the exception of Hubert, who is loyal to Edelgard and will follow her regardless, the rest of the house displays this towards Byleth instead, even poached. They will side with Byleth's decision to support or oppose the church, even if that decision conflicts with Edelgard's plans.
Hubert von Vestra
Class: Noble → Mage → Dark Mage → Dark Bishop
Age: 20 (4/17)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English)
The tactician of the Black Eagles, thus known as the "Brains of the Black Eagles." Hes the heir to House Vestra who has served Edelgard since his youth. He is a calculating but reasonable individual who will do whatever it takes to eliminate any obstacles in Edelgard's way.
- Archnemesis Dad: Hubert hates his father for playing a role in Edelgard being spirited away to Faerghus as a youth as well as the corruption of the Empire's nobility, viewing it as a betrayal of House Vestra's loyalty to the emperor. As such, he has no problems with having him killed as part of the purge of said corrupt nobility. Hanneman offers an opposing point of view, saying that Hubert's father could have been trying to protect him by garnering power for himself, but Hubert will hear none of it, stating that even if that were true, it wouldn't change what his father did or Hubert's own opinion of it.
- Assassin Outclassin': In his A-Rank Support, he reveals that he's been fending off assassins after Edelgard's life in secret for years.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Invoked. He's insistent on being the bad guy doing all of Edelgard's dirty work so that she'll never have to and declines to tell her all the things he's been doing to make her dream a reality. Edelgard is dismayed by this, as she's already resolved to stain herself red with blood to create a better world.
- Battle Butler: He's formally Edelgard's servant and bodyguard, but she treats him like a close friend and a confidant. But she doesn't hesitate to flex her authority when he's being overly secretive.
- Blade on a Stick: Though his low Strength stat makes properly using it a bit difficult, his budding talent is in lances, which gives him a good fallback weapon if his magic fails him. Mastering it also gives him the combat art Frozen Lance, which is a magic attack that scales off dexterity, and completing his Paralogue grants the Arrow of Indra, a lance of lightning that scales off Magic and works incredibly well with him.
- Casting a Shadow: Learns Dark Magic when trained in Reason. He even has a unique model for the Dark Mage line.
- Crazy-Prepared: On the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes, he assumes that Edelgard will win the war, but still makes preparations to ensure "those who slither in the dark" get theirs in case Byleth comes out on top.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Played With. Hubert's generic class outfits are all black and red, he learns exclusively dark magic through reason, has an overall sinister look to him, and serves as an antagonist on three out of four routes. However, he also despises "those who slither in the dark," believing that their motives are not justifiable, and when he and Edelgard are both killed on the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes, he leaves behind a letter informing the party of their hidden base, asking them to destroy "those who slither in the dark."
- Defrosting Ice Queen: His overall stance towards Byleth, both in-game and their supports. He is initially wary and distrustful of them, especially considering that they receive special treatment from Rhea, and early on in their Support, he makes it clear that he will eliminate them if they prove to be a threat or hindrance to Edelgard. He becomes much more open and less antagonistic towards Byleth should they choose to side with Edelgard and oppose the Church of Seiros. It gets to the point where Hubert admits in their A-rank Support that they would have had his Undying Loyalty, had he two lives to give.
- Everyone Has Standards: He is willing to do whatever it takes to help Edelgard in her quest, whether that means killing or scheming. However, he expresses contempt for those who slither in the dark for how straight-up evil they are. Hubert might not be a nice person, but his actions are all for what he sees as a better service, those who slither in the dark lack any justifiable motives in his view. If you side with the Black Eagles, he makes it clear they only work together because they need the extra strength and he eagerly awaits the day he can make them suffer for their crimes, and on all the other routes, is willing to provide information on them. It makes for a unique distinction between him and the likes of Dedue or Catherine: he (ironically, considering his love for Edelgard) won't do anything that will be detrimental to her and will think for himself.
- Evil Chancellor: Subverted. Hubert runs around behind Edelgard's back, pursuing his own agenda, without regard to what she actually wants him to do, just like any Evil Chancellor worth their salt. However, the agenda in question is to remove threats to Edelgard before they can actually get to her, no matter what methods he has to use to do so.
- Evil Laugh: One of his critical hit quotes pre-timeskip.
- Exact Eavesdropping: In Edelgard's B-support with Byleth, after she's been frustrated with busy work, Byleth has a dialogue option that says "Such are the burdens of an Emperor". Picking that earns Hubert's support points, implying he's been listening in on their conversations.
- FaceHeel Turn: If you're a Black Eagle, he turns against you and the Church in Chapter 11. If you don't follow him and Edelgard, this becomes permanent.
- Face of a Thug: He's not hideous or anything, but that just makes his dark demeanor even more unsettling, something he's acutely aware of. If the Black Eagles house is chosen and if Byleth sides with the Empire he'll implore Byleth to act as the group's emotional anchor, fully aware it's one role vital to Edelgard's success that he cannot perform.
- The Fixer: After being pressed enough times, he reluctantly reveals all of the things he's been doing for Edelgard in secret to secure her path to ascension, from bribery to assassination.
- Foil: To Ferdinand. Both of them want to be loyal advisers to Edelgard. But while Hubert caters to her every whim and goes behind her back to ensure her ambitions remain unchallenged, Ferdinand openly challenges her to force her to rethink her decisions and push her to strive even higher.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: He is afraid of heights, and naturally flying is one of his weak points as a unit.
- Graceful Loser: On the Verdant Wind route and the Silver Snow route, after he and Edelgard have been killed, he will politely inform Byleth (via letter) of where Rhea is imprisoned and will tell them about where to find "those who slither in the dark."
- Green-Eyed Monster: Hubert is obsessed with Edelgard, and as soon as she gets close to Byleth he acts antagonistic towards them. While this could be just him doing his job in protecting his liege, the way she gushes over them - and the fact that Hubert has been in love with her for years - suggests it could be out of jealousy too. Bonus points for literally having green eyes.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted, he's the ranged spellcaster to Edelgard's Axe-wielding melee fighter.
- Hidden Depths: One of his confessional notes reveals he always wanted to be a Pegasus Knight, though he never got into it because he's afraid of heights.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He encourages Byleth to be Edelgard's emotional anchor and gives them gifts he knows she'll enjoy in hopes of getting the two together after the timeskip.
- Jerkass: To everyone but Edelgard. His supports with Byleth, in particular, have him openly considering assassination if he thinks for a moment that they aren't useful to Edelgard.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's a cold individual in general, he is capable of acknowledging the abilities of his peers, even if he doesn't care for their personalities. He's also happy to heap praise on Byleth should they perform well as part of the Black Eagles.
- Killed Off for Real: He has to be killed in all routes that are not the Crimson Flower route, as he serves as the second to last obstacle in the way of the factions' attempts to defeat Edelgard. He's notably the only non-House leader to have this mechanic.
- Legacy of Service: House Vestra has steadfastly served the royal family for generations, and Hubert intends to continue it. He stays at her side no matter what happens and as such cannot be recruited out of the Black Eagles, and his hatred for his father is rooted in how Count Vestra "spat on centuries of service" to betray Ionius and was even the one who arrested the emperor.
- Like Father, Like Son: When Hanneman offers the option that Count Vestra's betrayal of the emperor was motivated out love for Hubert, Hubert notes even if that is true it doesn't change anything, and cites his murder of his father then as him acting out of his own love for Edelgard.
- Meaningful Name: Hubert is a Germanic name meaning "bright mind"; fitting for a tactician.
- Must Have Caffeine: Coffee is listed as one of his likes.
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: He cannot be poached from the Black Eagles, and will never fight directly alongside Dimitri, Dedue, Claude, Hilda, Catherine, Cyril, or Gilbert (under any circumstances), nor Seteth (outside of his paralogue in Part I) or Flayn (after one or the other turns on you in the Holy Tomb).
- Not So Above It All: There are hints, such as his supports with Bernadetta, that he keeps up his creepier acts because it genuinely amuses him to watch people's reactions.
- Number Two: Acts as Edelgard's right-hand man, which makes him The Lancer in her route and The Dragon in the others.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His right eye is covered in his portrait.
- Pet the Dog:
- In his C Support with Petra, he compliments her on her work ethic and doing so well in a foreign environment, even apologizing for the Hostage Situation she is in.
- After scaring Bernadetta so much she faints in their C Support, he carries her back to her room.
- If you join Edelgard in betraying the Church after choosing the Black Eagles in Chapter 11, he sincerely thanks you.
- Poisonous Friend: A role he plays with relish. His second support with Shamir spells it out when he kills some people that Edelgard had let go. He explains sincerely that there are things she doesn't need to know or deal with.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Bwahahahahahaha!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Watch how weak you are!" (Pre-timeskip)
"I have no need of you!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Just a bug to squash!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Prepare to die!" (Post-timeskip)
"We will burn together!" (Post-timeskip)
"Bow before her majesty!" (Post-timeskip)
"There will be no mercy!" (Post-timeskip)
- Psychotic Smirk: His default expression is a sinister slight smirk.
- Puppy Love: It's implied that Hubert has been in love with Edelgard ever since they were children, going so far as to fight off the Kingdom's soldiers for three days while trying to get to Fhirdiad to rescue her.
- Recurring Boss: On non-Crimson Flower routes, Hubert is one of the most frequently-fought bosses in the game. In addition to being fought in Chapter 12 after choosing the Black Eagles if Byleth sides with the church, and at Gronder Field and on the streets of Enbarr on both the Azure Moon and Verdant Wind routes, he's also the boss of Petra's paralogue on all routes except Crimson Flower, as well as the boss of Dimitri's paralogue on the Azure Moon route.
- Recurring Element:
- Hubert might look like the 'distant, antisocial mage' similar to Arlen, but his tendency to manipulate things behind the scenes as a chancellor, allegiance and loyalty to The Empire (or precisely Edelgard) and his not so pretty face made him actually closer to the 'dark manipulator minister' pioneered by Gharnef, the first heroic take of the otherwise antagonistic archetype. And for added irony, the original Arlen was warned that if he didn't temper his dark impulses, he would've ended up as Gharnef, while Hubert gladly took the 'bad guy' stance if it better served Edelgard.
- With his loyalty to a Lord, antisocial tendencies, unsettling attitude, and biting wit, he's essentially a Distaff Counterpart to Tharja right down to being a Dark Mage. The only difference is that he keeps his attraction to Edelgard a secret while Tharja is incredibly honest.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: His B-support with Edelgard reveals that when she was taken to Faerghus by her uncle, he went on a mad rush to rescue her. Given he was ten years old at the time, going up against his own father's professional soldiers, and was trying to make it all the way to Fhirdiad, the fact that he lasted three days is astonishing.
- Save the Villain: His paralogue involves him saving some mages working for "those who slither in the dark"'s bacon from an experiment with Demonic Beasts gone awry. That said, he enjoys himself quite a bit mocking their failures and sarcastically states they'll be taking a prototype weapon as "thanks."
- Secret A.I. Moves: As an enemy on all routes besides Crimson Flower, Hubert can know any combination of Meteor, Agnea's Arrow, or Bolting, spells that are impossible for him to obtain as a playable unit. In addition, in the final fight with him on Azure Moon, he has an exclusive skill that gives him infinite uses for his magic.
- Secret Keeper: He knows that Edelgard is the Flame Emperor, but never lets a peep of it escape his lips until his identity is revealed to others and she calls for him.
- Self-Made Orphan: After Edelgard's ascension to emperor, he reveals that he's already "purged" all of the corrupt nobles of the Adrestian Empire... including his own father.
- Shipper on Deck: Oddly enough, he is this for Byleth and Edelgard on the Crimson Flower route; many of the missions he gives out post-timeskip reward the professor with Edelgard's favorite gifts and teas. He also encourages Byleth to act as Edelgard's emotional anchor, noting that it's a task Hubert himself is unable to fulfill. Considering Hubert's own feelings towards Edelgard, it speaks volumes of his trust in Byleth that he plays this for them.
- Single-Target Sexuality:
- In his A-Rank Support with Edelgard, he reveals that not only is he unfailingly loyal to her, but he's been in love with her for years. Edelgard herself is astonished to learn that he could fall in love with someone because of how abrasive he is to everyone else. In his A-Rank Support with Dorothea, he agrees to the notion of marrying her not out of love, but to secure another follower for Edelgard.Edelgard: Wait a moment... are you saying you have romantic feelings for someone?
Hubert: Yes. That is the one secret I had particularly hoped to keep from you.
Edelgard: Well, that's utter nonsense! You can't possibly keep something so fascinating from me! Who is it?
Hubert: It is you, Lady Edelgard. Did you ever really doubt?
- Subverted in a few of his endings, such as his paired ending with Petra, where it's questioned whether it was solely political or there was mutual attraction, though the fact they had multiple children suggests the latter, or should a female Byleth romance him.
- In his A-Rank Support with Edelgard, he reveals that not only is he unfailingly loyal to her, but he's been in love with her for years. Edelgard herself is astonished to learn that he could fall in love with someone because of how abrasive he is to everyone else. In his A-Rank Support with Dorothea, he agrees to the notion of marrying her not out of love, but to secure another follower for Edelgard.
- Squishy Wizard: He comes in with a sky-high 12 base Magic and an excellent 55% Magic growth, but his Defense growth is a piddling 25%, ensuring that he won't be taking as well as he's dishing out.
- The Strategist: He's the Black Eagles' tactician. This is also the name of his personal skill, which boosts the power of Gambits by 5.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He stands at 188cm (6'2"), and while he's creepy pre-timeskip, post-timeskip he gets a much needed glow-up, including a nice haircut and a a softer expression that makes him look mildly friendly. He also sports nice cheekbones.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He might be working with "those who slither in the dark" to further Edelgard's ambitions, but that doesn't mean he has to like it, and he plans of disposing of them as soon as they outlive their usefulness to her.
- Undying Loyalty: He's staunchly loyal to Edelgard, and will not abandon her under any circumstances. He even offers his head to her without hesitation when she points out that continuing to keep secrets from her is a crime worthy of execution. In his A-rank Support with Byleth, he notes that if he had another life to give, he would also give this to them, though it would be as comrades-in-arms rather than master and subordinate. Notably, if the Black Eagles house is chosen and Byleth chooses to ally with the Church instead of Edelgard, most of the Black Eagles will follow suit, while Hubert will remain loyal to Edelgard.
- Unrequited Love: He's deeply in love with Edelgard from the start of the story to the end, which lends to his Undying Loyalty to her. Whether she reciprocates it or not is inconsequential to him, and he goes so far as to provide Byleth with gifts he knows Edelgard will enjoy as part of a gambit to give her an emotional anchor. In his A-Rank support with Edelgard, he admits that his affection for her is the one secret he wanted to keep hidden. Their paired ending implies that despite him making his love known and it being noted they spent the rest of their lives together, they never outright did more than that.
- Villain's Dying Grace: On the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes, he arranges for a letter to be sent to Byleth explaining everything about "those who slither in the dark" as a last "up yours" to them should Edelgard fall in battle.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: He's usually so biting in his criticisms that when he heaps on legitimate praise, others tend give him funny looks and get weirded out. Ferdinand outright asks Hubert if he's been stricken with plague and is on his deathbed in their A-Support after Hubert starts going on at length about Ferdinand's positivity being one of the few areas he really does have Edelgard beat.
- Younger Than They Look: Pre-timeskip, it'd be hard to believe he's only 20.
- You're Insane!: Played for laughs if he wins the White Heron Cup. He promptly questions whether the judges are in their right minds.
Class: Commoner → Myrmidon → Thief → Assassin
Age: 15 (9/07)
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese), Faye Mata (English)
The granddaughter of the king of Brigid, an archipelago to the west of Fódlan that is under the Empire's domain. As a token of their allegiance, Petra is sent from her homeland as an exchange student to the Officers Academy. She's not yet used to Fódlan's language, but is committed to learning it.
- Abdicate the Throne: If Petra and Byleth marry, she leaves the throne of Brigid to her family so she can stay in Fódlan, where they fight "those who slither in the dark" and then retire (Crimson Flower route) or work to improve relations between Brigid and Fódlan (other routes).
- Adorkable: Her attempts to speak Fódlan's language tends to come off as this at times.
- Ambiguously Bi: While she cannot attain an S-support with female Byleth, her paired ending with Dorothea states that Dorothea "became the person that Petra loved most." The Japanese version explicitly mentions they were married.
- Ambiguously Brown: She has a light tan complexion, likely due to her heritage.
- Babies Ever After: In her paired ending with either Hubert or Linhardt, and many children at that.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her post-timeskip outfit does this.
- Born Under the Sail: Brigid is an archipelago country with a strong sailing tradition, but Petra admits that what she really loves is swimming in the sea.
- Braids of Action: She wears her hair in a high braid, and also has little braids in her hair. She changes it to a simple high ponytail after the timeskip.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Petra hopes to learn to make people smile like they do around Alois, so he tells her that jokes are a way to break the ice. The next time Alois finds Petra, she's with two kids who are clamoring to learn the secrets of hunting. She says that the first step to a successful hunt is to "break the eyes," and the kids react with confused silence.
- Character Development: Post-timeskip on the Crimson Flower route, Petra reveals in a few supports she used to hate the Empire because they forced her to attend the monastery as a hostage so that Brigid couldn't oppose them in the future. Five years of fighting for the Empire have made her loyal to it, as she feels Edelgard's motives are justified, and she commits fully to the cause. Her paralogue involves her returning home to recruit more soldiers to the cause, showing she's matured and accepted her place in society, even if she intends to return home after. She notes how much she enjoys her life now and is happy to have attended.
- Closet Key: Petra never shows interest in any other women than Dorothea, and cannot be married by a female Byleth.
- Critical Hit: Her personal skill boosts her chances of getting a critical hit when targeting an opponent with less than half their hit points. While regular enemies are overkill for this, it makes her very strong against Beast enemies due to their larger health values. This also helps make up for her lowish Strength growth since she can throw crits out to finish the enemy, and if given a Killer weapon, she'll be able to land crits frequently enough.
- Culture Clash: She's an exchange student that's still getting used to the local language, and is more vocally against discrimination. She quickly bonds with Claude in their supports about their shared goal of freeing Fódlan from discrimination of outsiders.
- Culture Equals Costume: Her post-timeskip outfit has nothing in common with everyone else's, having a far more Celtic look to it.
- Dragon Rider: Her strengths in Axes and Flying allow her to easily become a Wyvern Rider. Fittingly, she has a unique uniform as one post-timeskip.
- Et Tu, Brute?: When Edelgard admits she is the Flame Emperor if the Black Eagles house was chosen in Chapter 11, she can only broken-heartedly ask if they were using her all along.
- Facial Markings: She has a magenta mark below her right eye and the same dye lining the outer corners of her eyes.
- Foreign Exchange Student: From an island nation under the Empire's domain.
- Foreign Fanservice: Petra is quite well-endowed and voluptuous, and her clothes emphasize it.
- Fragile Speedster: Her growths give her high Skill and Speed, in fact she is the fastest character in the game, with low Defense and just below average Strength. This makes her well suited for the agile classes like Mercenaries or Thief, the later being a good option for her.
- Friendly Rivalry: Edelgard and Hubert's supports with Petra stir up a rivalry between her and the former as she tries to match her in skill to prove she doesn't need Edelgard's protection and as more political statement that Brigid isn't going to take its vassal status sitting down. Also, unlike Ferdinand's rivalry, Edelgard and Hubert are willing to admit to Petra is comparable to Edelgard (though Petra outright tells Hubert she awaits the day she makes him concede she truly has surpassed Edelgard).
- Funny Foreigner: Downplayed. While her syntax botches and difficulties with idioms are played for laughs, she's still portrayed as perfectly smart and usually catches her own errors or figures things out from context. Edelgard comments that she is one of the smartest students in their class, and Petra even states she can write and read Fódlan easily but that speaking it is harder.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- Petra is a skilled game hunter and has proficiency with bows.
- Despite being extremely intelligent, her weakness in Reason (magic) comes solely from her hatred of math.
- Her personal skill makes it easier for her to finish off wounded enemies. Her preferred class, which she has a unique uniform in and the one she has as an enemy, is Assassin.
- Hostage Situation: Her supports reveal that she mainly came to the monastery as a hostage of the Empire so that Brigid would not go against the empire in the future. In the Crimson Flower route, Petra takes it in stride and admits to liking her time there. However, if you recruit her on a route where you are opposing Edelgard, she will reveal that smashing the Empire has always been a dream of hers.
- In Harmony with Nature: Brigid is a Cultural Chop Suey of Ireland and various tribal cultures, and many of her battle quotes reference being in harmony with spirits such as the Great Flame Spirit, and her supports with Bernadetta show her to be very mindful of the circle of life as a hunter, you must kill to live, but honor the animals. Despite this spirituality, she averts Magical Native American, and is instead a Magically Inept Fighter.
- Intimate Marks: While her facial tattoos are the most visible, Petra has a lot more ink on her arms (which are shown post-timeskip) and elsewhere on her body (which are not shown). They seem to be based off Celtic designs.
- Lady and Knight: In her paired ending with Ashe, he returns with her to Brigid to serve her as knight, forming the Blue Sun Knights for the swimming that they love so much.
- When Byleth introduces themselves to the Black Eagles upon choosing to instruct them, Petra takes Caspar's use of "let's break the ice" literally, asking in confusion if it's a custom she missed in her studies of Fódlan. Caspar has to explain the expression's meaning to her.
- In her support with Ashe, she mistakes Anna's sales pitch (which included "cry" and "beating") for a challenge to fight. Petra is only stopped when Ashe sees her draw a sword and breaks it up.
- In her support with Dorothea, the latter mentions she plans to "marry money." Petra takes the completely literally and says that money would make for a poor husband. A romantically frustrated Dorothea forlornly admits she hit the nail on the head there.
- Subverted while discussing politics with Edelgard. In their support conversations, the latter implores her to do the impossible and "kill two birds with one arrow" rather than resign herself to mediocrity. When they speak again later, Edelgard is astonished to learn that Petra has been outside practicing her archery until she can shoot two birds with one arrow. Edelgard quickly brings up that this wasn't what she meant, but Petra laughs and tells her she was just making a joke and she understood Edelgard the first time.
- Magically Inept Fighter: Shes good at several physical weapons and the flying skill, but both of her weaknesses are in magic. Her starting stats also lean towards very low Resistance but good Strength and Speed.
- Malaproper: Given that Fódlan is her second language she sometimes struggles with quotes and idioms. She's surprisingly sharp at figuring them out from context, though.
- Modest Royalty: Despite being the Princess of Brigid, she doesn't see herself as above anyone else. She just wants to be treated like a comrade.
- Nice Girl: Petra's very understanding and polite and is probably one of the friendliest Black Eagles students, along with Ferdinand and Caspar.
- Poirot Speak: Petra can read and write the language of Fódlan very well but states she has a little more trouble speaking it. She speaks with an American accent in the English dub and her speech is easily understood, with some mixed idioms and syntax oddities that are nevertheless grammatically correct.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"I will remove you!" (Pre-timeskip)
"You will be slapped down!" (Pre-timeskip)
"I am aware of your weakness!" (Pre-timeskip)
"I will win!" (Pre-timeskip)
"With all of my might!" (Post-timeskip)
"You are in my way!" (Post-timeskip)
"Fire meets water!" (Post-timeskip)
"To survive, I will win!" (Post-timeskip)
- Recurring Element: Petra continues the trend of the sword-fighting warrior from foreign lands who has trouble with the local language started by Athena and Gregor, though she's reigned back in comparison.
- Schrödinger's Gun: Byleth's choice of house (or, if the Black Eagles are chosen, whether they side with Edelgard or not) and whether or not they recruit Petra determines how she feels about the Empire post-timeskip. On the Crimson Flower route, or if not recruited on other paths, Petra is loyal to the empire by choice and displays Undying Loyalty to Edelgard. On the Silver Snow route, or if recruited onto the Azure Moon or Verdant Wind route, Petra resents the Empire's attempts to control Brigid and relishes fighting against them and Edelgard. This even extends to her Paralogue: on the Crimson Flower route, she'll be protecting her homeland from Catherine and the Church, while on all other paths it's from Hubert and his Imperial forces.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Downplayed. In her C support with Byleth, she explains the mark on her face, and mentions she has more on her arms and body. If Byleth (male or female) expresses interest in seeing them, she doesn't flinch and offers to show them off when the opportunity comes. Although she does blush a bit if Byleth asks to see them.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Although smart, she is lacking in commoner common-sense as she describes it, and has Ashe show her much of it in their supports.
- She's Got Legs: She's the second tallest of the Black Eagle girls pre-timeskip at 161cm (5'3") and her Minidress of Power shows off her long legs.
- Sideboob: Present with Petra's post-timeskip outfit.
- Spock Speak: As Fódlan's language is her second language, Petra speaks it in a precise fashion, doesn't use contractions, and sometimes gets confused with slang. She improves somewhat after the time skip.
- Warrior Princess: Next to Edelgard she is the most physically capable female of the Black Eagles. She looks the part after the Time Skip, bringing Xena to mind.
- Weak, but Skilled: Petra has great growths in Speed and Dexterity, but her Strength growth is just below average, and while her base of 9 is tied with Caspar, her lack of growth modifiers unless she goes into Fighter early can cause her to end up struggling to match her physical allies. However, her high Speed, Skill, and crit chance can make her a strong unit despite that.
- Workaholic: Her B-Support with Byleth has Byleth finding Petra training late at night and warning her not to push herself too hard, but Petra explains that she feels she has to continue to push herself to her physical limits for the good of Brigid.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a reddish-purple color.
- You Killed My Father: In her supports with Caspar, she learns that his father killed her own. While she tries to brush it off and tell him that she has no reason to hate him for it, she later admits that she does want revenge on Caspar and his family. However, her desire to have him as a friend outweighs her desire to kill him, which leads them to make up.
- Younger Than They Look: The second-youngest student after Lysithea, though she doesn't look or act like it.
Linhardt von Hevring
Class: Noble → Monk → Priest → Bishop
Age: 16 (11/07)
Crest: Cethleann (Minor)
Voiced by: Shun Horie (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)
The son of the Count of Hevring. He hates constraints and loves his freedom, so he does his best to avoid worries and problems, and indulges in lazing about. However, he's got a genuine interest in Crests, and when he gets into his research he can forget to even eat or sleep. Despite their personalities and hobbies being different, he gets along well with Caspar.
He bears the Minor Crest of the Divine Cethleann.
- Admiring the Abomination: At the end of the Silver Snow route, while everyone is saddened to fight a Rhea who has lost control of her powers, he thinks it's just a shame to kill her because her form as the Immaculate One could have provided him a treasure trove of research material.
- Afraid of Blood: He dislikes the sight of blood and, along with Bernadetta, is one of the students most horrified when he experiences his first kill in combat. He admits to Byleth in their supports that he still can't get over it.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Chronic drowsiness when under stress, fluttering from interest to interest and only being able to focus on whatever fancies him in the moment are all characteristics of some forms of ADHD.
- Babies Ever After: In his endings with Petra, Lysithea and Flayn. Amusingly, it's invoked in his A-Support with the latter, where he mentions an interest in having children with her as part of an experiment due to their shared Crest of Cethleann.
- Berserk Button: The normally laid-back Lindhardt pretty much throws a tantrum in his B-support with Catherine when she refuses to let him study Thunderbrand.
- Bi the Way: Can be romanced by a Byleth of either gender, and is the only male student to possess this characteristic.
- Bishounen: He's one of the more feminine-looking male characters among the cast.
- Blow You Away: Learns the wind spells Wind, Cutting Gale, and Excalibur when trained in Reason.
- Bookworm: He adores reading and researching Crests, and his room is full of books scattered about.
- Brilliant, but Lazy:
- He has a deep interest in Crests, and many of his peers note that he's actually one of the smartest students in his class, but he has a hard time fighting his drowsiness and admits he gets bored easily.Hubert: You have an almost unparalleled intellect. A singular focus. An unfettered imagination. In truth, you have talents that many, including myself, will never have the privilege of possessing.
Linhardt: Are you complimenting me, Hubert? That alone deserves to be studied.
Hubert: Let me finish. I haven't an ounce of respect for the cause you have chosen to waste your talents on. Which changes frequently, I might add, with no rhyme, reason, or results.
- He's very adept at weapon combat on a theoretical level. Many of his support conversations have him offering on-point observation and criticism about the form and techniques of his classmates. Linhardt just doesn't have the willingness or energy to actually practice and turn his considerable theoretical skills into practical ones. As least, not without Byleth's influence.
- He has a deep interest in Crests, and many of his peers note that he's actually one of the smartest students in his class, but he has a hard time fighting his drowsiness and admits he gets bored easily.
- Childhood Friends: With Caspar, the two meeting when they were six.
- Combat Medic: He starts off knowing Heal, and his Crest has a chance to increase the effectiveness of his healing, while also having strong potential in offensive Reason magic. This makes him well suited for healing, plus his stats make him a solid offensive magic unit. Taken even further if you equip him with the Caduceus Staff (the Relic of Saint Cethleann) which boosts his magic range by 1 and restores HP every turn.
- Deadpan Snarker: Linhardt generally speaks in the same flat, somewhat critical tone of voice, and his interactions with the other characters often come off as pretty snarky, one good example being with Ferdinand.
- Establishing Character Moment: During the cutscene introducing the houses and students, Linhardt is caught in the middle of a nap before a sudden jolt wakes him up.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: He admits he tends to pick up random subjects to research, only to drop them again when he gets bored of them. Hubert even mentions this as one of the main reasons he dislikes him in their C Support.
- For Science!: Linhardt is willing to take some dangerous risks and sometimes make unknowingly inappropriate statements in the name of Crest research. In the support with Catherine, he wishes to try wielding Thunderbrand, claiming that there have been no recorded instances of a Crest bearer wielding a weapon of a different Crest only once, and as a man of science, he must be willing to risk his life for the sake of knowledge. That being said, when talked to after the events of Remire Village he admits Solon made him rethink about the moral and ethical scope of experiments.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- Linhardt is Afraid of Blood and is one of the most affected by their first killing, and the class he is associated with the most is Bishop, the primary function of which is to heal allies.
- His love of Crest research gives him a strength in Reason.
- Some of his supports show when it comes to Crest research, Linhardt can act tactless (shown especially in his supports with Lysithea and Flayn) and he's noted as a person who doesn't care about what other people think of him. He fittingly has one of the lowest charm growths in the game.
- Hair Decorations: He holds his ponytail pre-timeskip and half updo post-timeskip in place with a white ribbon.
- Hidden Depths:
- You wouldn't expect it given his sleepy personality, but Linhardt is one of only four or five people who can cure Lysithea's two-Crests-induced short lifespan if you get their paired ending.
- Despite his lackadaisical attitude, one of his confessional notes expresses concern over what his parents will have to do if he doesn't take on the family title, being the only heir. He actually disapproves if you tell him that he doesn't need to care.
- Hypocritical Humor: Linhardt's first conversation with Byleth consists of him stating his name and a blunt "goodbye," and Caspar remarks on Linhardt's rudeness. Then, when Byleth introduces themselves to the Black Eagles upon choosing to instruct the house's students, Linhardt reprimands Caspar for his rudeness and properly greets the new professor, before leaving to go take a nap (and snoring loudly).
- Innocently Insensitive:
- He's very excited to learn that Lysithea has two Crests, and starts asking her questions about them. He even goes so far as to state he wouldn't want them removed, not knowing the price such power comes with. Lysithea naturally accuses him of being completely lacking in empathy, though Linhardt goes out of his way to make it up for her in their A-support and paired ending.
- His support with Flayn has Linhardts objective, scientific interactions offending Flayn, who tells him that hes being disrespectful when he questions her about her Crest of Cethleann. He ends up pitching marriage and talking about having children with Flayn in the vein of a science experiment. Flayn is aghast and confused by the end of it. If you get Linhardt and Flayn's paired ending, however, the children in their epilogue imply that Flayn did finally agree to it.
- Lazy Bum: Generally a giant slacker concerned with napping and taking it easy (unless the Crests get involved, to the point where his zeal for research makes him forget to eat and sleep).
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Downplayed. If he is recruited on a non-Crimson Flower route post-timeskip, he admits that he may feel a teeny bit guilty for leaving the empire and betraying Edelgard, but he would rather see Byleth again and is willing to risk fighting against her.
- Odd Friendship: Despite being a calm, thoughtful Lazy Bum, Linhardt is good friends with Caspar, who's Hot-Blooded, extremely energetic and prone to leaping before looking.
- Playing with Fire: Learns the fire spells Fire and Bolganone when trained in Reason.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"I may as well win." (Pre-timeskip)
"I guess I have to." (Pre-timeskip)
"Let's get this over with." (Pre-timeskip)
"Huh. An opening!" (Pre-timeskip)
"I'm doing this for the win." (Post-timeskip)
"I'll do what I have to!" (Post-timeskip)
"I AM trying!" (Post-timeskip)
"I'll save my complaints!" (Post-timeskip)
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the calm, analytical and relaxed Blue Oni to Caspar's excitable, loud and energetic Red Oni.
- Really Fond of Sleeping: To the point that "Naps" is listed under his likes in his bio. Also reflected in his personal skill, which implies he gets a little health boost when he takes a catnap on the battlefield.
- Recurring Element: Linhardt's a minor version of the 'very pretty male priest that could pass as a lady' that was popularized by Lucius. He's one of the most androgynous-looking male characters in the game, as well as the only male Gay Option, though unlike previous examples of the archetype, no one mistakes him for a girl at first. His preferred classline is the Bishop line, and he has fairly pacifistic views about battle, as is common with the archetype.
- Resting Recovery: If he chooses to do nothing on his turn, he'll restore 10% of his health.
- Secret A.I. Moves: On the Azure Moon and Verdant Wind routes, if not recruited during the academy phase, Linhardt will appear as an enemy at Fort Merceus. He knows the Seraphim spell then, a spell that the playable Linhardt can never learn.
- Square Race, Round Class: His proficiencies in Reason and Faith make him well-suited for the Gremory class. Too bad it's gender-locked to females.
- Squishy Wizard: True to his archetype, his Defense growths are weak, but he possesses strong Magic and Resistance growths.
- These Hands Have Killed: While everyone has different reactions to their first kill in Chapter 2, he stands out as having one of the worst.Linhardt: I...I killed them. What have I done? The blood...
- War Is Hell: Linhardt despises battle, loss of life, and having to kill. Linhardt laments the fact that diplomacy and "decency" don't seem to accomplish much in Fódlan, and in his supports with Byleth reveals he dreams of a war-free, peaceful world.Linhardt: Professor, I wish to ask something of you. I...I don't want to kill. I don't want blood on my hands. I just want to lie on my back and soak up the sun filtering down through the trees... And I want you to help me make that reality.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: In his B-support with Byleth, Linhardt remarks that soldiers under his command don't seem to know the value of their lives, and that they died senselessly. He finds the idea of soldiers dying for honor and glory repulsive, and that, even in victory, he can't be satisfied:Linhardt: In the last battle, some of the soldiers under my command died for foolish reasons. Those soldiers could have pulled back... Instead, they kept fighting...and were overrun. Am I supposed to be satisfied with the victory alone? Even at the cost of such life?
- What the Hell, Hero?: In their B support, if Byleth says they would be satisfied with a victory at the cost of many lives, Linhardt is taken aback and calls it repulsive.
- White Mage: He starts off as the healer for the Black Eagles, and he may ask to be a bishop to keep out of fighting range, but his research-based mindset and high reason stat make him tend towards Black Mage, and he makes one of the best Dark Mages after Hubert if you didn't choose the Black Eagles house and aren't playing the Crimson Flower route.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: His supports with Marianne have him convincing her that she isn't the Doom Magnet she believes herself to be and that she, in fact, brings happiness to those around her, particularly himself.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is dark green.
Class: Commoner → Monk → Mage → Warlock
Age: 18 (9/29)
Voiced by: Juri Nagatsuma (Japanese), Allegra Clark (English)
A former songstress who enrolled in the Officers Academy. She was once in the Mittelfrank Opera Company and admires Manuela, who was her senior at said company. She's the only commoner in the Black Eagles, but she tries to treat her classmates as equals.
- Accidentally Accurate: In her support with Edelgard, her improv opera verse ends up flustering Edelgard, not because of her pipes, but because Dorothea's joking attempt at melodrama hits way too close to home.
- Adult Fear: She started off as a poor orphan on the streets. Her fear is ending up back on those streets, broke and alone, when she gets older and loses her beauty.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: In her supports with Felix, where he's irritated by her pushiness and she's irritated by his jerkish behavior. However, after a bout of sparring, they develop respect for each other, and start having tea together. Naturally, they can get married.
- Bi the Way:
- Can be romanced by a Byleth of either gender. This is driven home in her C-support where she jokingly asks male and female Byleth, when asked about her habit of flirting, if they would be willing to grow old with her instead only to show more legitimate interest if they answer "yes" once she gets over her surprise.
- Some of her supports with other girls are filled with subtext and Ship Tease, including Edelgard's B-rank where they consider getting married in the future, and her B-support with Ingrid has her explicitly say she'd like to pounce on Ingrid (Ingrid firmly shuts her down). Also, in her shared Paralogue with Ingrid, Dorothea becomes quite excited when Ingrid gives her a ring as a thank-you, eagerly accepting the perceived "proposal" before Ingrid clarifies (unless you choose the "a bribe?" option, in which case Dorothea will joke about the ring being a bribe).
- She has a paired ending with Petra that explicitly mentions that she becomes the person Petra loves most. The Japanese version explicitly says they got married.
- Brainy Brunette: While she did some "buttering up" (which not only has the usual implication but more unsavory things thanks to Manuela's application of the same phrase) to some nobles to get her foot in the door, she also studied and aced all of her entrance exams to the academy. Her most powerful talent is Reason, and she shows a great deal of skill at social manipulation outside of simple seduction. In some of her endings she takes various roles in government and ends up being amazing at it, most notably if she becomes Petra's lover, where her diplomatic skills and advice make her irreplaceable for Petra's rule over Brigid.
- Broken Bird: After the timeskip, it's clear from her quotes in battle that the past five years of constant warfare have not been kind to her mental state; she keeps it together well enough out of combat, but her battlefield lines have gone from cheerful and somewhat sassy before the skip to sounding weary and worn down afterward.
- Broken Pedestal: Subverted in her support with Manuela. A hungover Manuela reveals how proud she is to be Dorothea's primary inspiration and that she does her best to set a good example for her, but is ashamed of her faults and the bad reputation she had even back with the Mittelfrank Opera Company. Manuela is stunned and dismayed by the knowledge that Dorothea was aware of her reputation, but Dorothea laughs it off, telling her that everyone has their faults and that she hasn't lost any respect for her at all.Dorothea: What I mean to say is... You're my inspiration. I really do admire you.
- Brutal Honesty: Dorothea does not hold back at all when she wants to tell people how she truly feels. In her support with Ferdinand for example, when he asks if she hates him, she very bluntly comments that yes, she does, and assumed he was too stupid to notice.
- Cannot Spit It Out: More like won't, but she refuses to explain to Ferdinand why she doesn't like him and instead cryptically tells him he reminds her "of a bee," something that puzzles Ferdinand greatly. She only gives him a proper reason once they reunite after the timeskip: She thought that he glared at her as a child and then ran off, so she now believes his kindness as a noble is a hypocritical front, and he's only nice to her now that she's a beautiful songstress instead of a street urchin, like a bee attracted to a flower in bloom—that's why she compared Ferdinand to a bee. But it actually turns out Ferdinand stared at her as a child because he was entranced by her, and he only ran off because he was embarrassed.
- Combat Medic: By default, Dorothea's proficient with swords and offensive magic, and while she starts out with a low growth in faith, the skill used for healing, it also doubles as her hidden talent, which converts it into a high growth rate after some work.
- Cool Big Sis:
- She acts this way towards Bernadetta in their support, telling Bernadetta she's proud to be her commoner friend, and that if her shitty father tried to attack Dorothea, she'd return the favor and beat him up even harder.
- Shes caring and protective of Ingrid in the Rumored Nuptials paralogue, assisting Ingrid in the battle to prevent her from being forced into an Arranged Marriage with a shady merchant.
- Does Not Like Spam: Dorothea dislikes most fish-based dishes in the dining hall, and during the fishing tournament in Chapter 7, expresses a distaste for fish.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Part of the reason she dislikes Ferdinand. When she was poor as a child living on the street, she was washing herself in a fountain when he walked in on her. When he saw her, he stared, then ran away. She assumed he was disgusted by her and her poverty, and is disgusted with him playing the egalitarian noble who respects everyone when she believes she knows otherwise. When she finally mentions it to him, Ferdinand reveals that he was actually smitten with her as a child. So much so he thought her beauty was so great that he lost his nerve and ran away. By the time he worked up the courage to see her, she had left the fountain. He, in fact, didn't make the link that the unearthly beauty he saw as a child was Dorothea when the two met at the Monastery until she mentioned it. Dorothea is understandably rather shaken at the reveal, touched to the point of tears and admitting she had long wanted to believe him, but also admitting she has a lot to let go of.
- First-Name Basis: Since she and Manuela were in the same opera company, Dorothea addresses her without the "Professor" title, something Byleth can make note of.
- Flower Motif: Commonly compares herself to a rose, ephemeral and beautiful to look at, but packing a thorny side beneath the petals.
- Foil: To Hilda, both of them are very feminine women who nonetheless find themselves on the battlefield and like to use their wiles to get people to do things for them. The difference between them being that while Hilda is lazy because of her exceptionally talented older brother setting impossibly high standards Hilda doesn't feel up to filling, thus she prefers to delegate her chores by flirting with others, Dorothea has had to work hard her whole life owing to being poor and her flirting is out to catch herself a rich spouse who will support her when she is old and grey.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- In her A-support with Felix, she mentions that back when she was in the opera, she was trained to wield a sword. She has a strong proficiency with sword and one of the best candidates for the Levin Sword, which uses magic.
- As her primary goal in life is to find a romantic partner, only two of her supports lack a romantic resolution with one of those two only lacking any because Ingrid is 100 percent straight rather than lack of trying to seduce her on Dorothea's part. All of her endings, including her solo ending, end with her in a relationship. The only support she has in which she never considers becoming the other person's lover is Bernadetta, because Dorothea sees her as too emotionally fragile to make advances on.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite her classmates telling her she is a terrible cook, you don't get stat penalties if you choose to cook with her at the monastery like you do with Flayn or Raphael.
- Gold Digger: Downplayed. She has a habit of flirting with different people, but it's because she believes she needs to find someone before her youthful beauty fades away into old age and no one will be interested in her. A lot of her supports in the second half of the game is realizing she was taking it to a self-destructive degree, particularly Petra's. Felix calls her out in it.
- Grow Old with Me: Her ultimate goal in finding someone. Her ending with Sylvain even mentions that his promise to do so with her is what convinces her to accept his proposal.
- Hartman Hips: While she has a large chest pre-timeskip, post-timeskip both her breasts and backside grow to massive proportions. This is particularly apparent when Dorothea is reclassed as a dancer, as her movements emphasize her hips more. As she is the only character to retain her canon outfit as a dancer (though she will also keep it as a Warlock), her wide hips and large rear may be intended to go hand and hand with the class itself.
- The Heart: Dorothea is one of the most openly kind and supportive members of the Black Eagles, and also voices the most concerns addressing the morality of their actions. She often finds herself sympathizing with the enemy, and is greatly conflicted after the timeskip when she must take up arms and potentially kill her old classmates.
- Heroic Bastard: She never knew her father, and believes him to have been a noble who slept with her maid mother, but she's a genuinely kind, thoughtful and well-meaning woman, who, depending on the route, fights to destroy a corrupt system, liberate the Kingdom and Alliance from an invasion, or destroy the yoke of "those who slither in the dark."
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Dorothea's dislikes include herself.
- She scorns Lorenz for not being interested in marrying a commoner. He is classist to a degree, but he makes it clear that he feels he cannot marry a commoner as they bring little to the table that can enhance his family's standing politically. She mocks him for this, but she came to Garreg Mach primarily to find a well-off man who can raise her standing in life.
- In their B-support, she asks Sylvain if he's only interested in her because she's young and beautiful, but he points out she's only interested in him because he's rich and from a wealthy family.
- In her A-support with Ferdinand, she reveals she's resented him since when they first met as children, and she assumed he was judging her for being a dirty commoner. By the end, it's clear it was a misunderstanding, and that Ferdinand was entranced by her beauty, meaning that Dorothea was judging Ferdinand the same way she assumed he had.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: While thrilled when Byleth proposes in their S rank, she needs confirmation that a war hero would really want to be with someone like her."Even though I'm not a songstress anymore? And I don't come from a noble family or have any wealth or land to my name? You won the war. You could pick anyone in the world. Why would you..."
- I Just Want to Be Loved: In her A-support with Byleth, Dorothea recounts her time with the Mittelfrank Opera Company, surrounded by high-status people who saw her as a spectacle to be admired and cared only for her beauty and status. She reveals that she desires someone to love and accept her for herself, rather than her superficial qualities.Dorothea: That's why I keep searching for someone who will love me. Someone unaware of the songstress, who can love a girl that used to be scared and alone on the streets of the capital...
- Incompatible Orientation: Played for Laughs. The second she goes from friendly discussion over Ingrid's appeals to straight up flirting Ingrid shuts her down.
- Jerkass to One: She's normally a friendly person, but holds Ferdinand in contempt for personal reasons.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She gains a default outfit post-timeskip for the Mage, Warlock and Dancer classes that is essentially a gorgeous ballroom gown and adorned with jewelry.
- Lady of Black Magic: A beautiful and flirtatious songstress who styles herself with an elegant air. Her preferred classline is the Mage line, and as a Mage and Warlock post-timeskip she wears a bejeweled ballroom gown.
- Lethal Chef: In her supports with Petra, Dorothea offers to make her a Brigid-style meal to ease any feelings of homesickness. Petra politely declines, as Dorothea's cooking is, to put it lightly, "horrendous."
- Like Brother and Sister: Her support with Caspar reveals she sees him like a little brother, and she teasingly reveals doesn't mind him calling her "big sis." She reveals in their A-Support a potential subversion in that while she still sees him that way, however, she wouldn't mind the idea of spending the rest of her life with him if neither find a significant other.
- Long-Range Fighter: Several of her magical spells allow her to attack from an extra space away. This makes her useful at sniping enemies without fear of being hit back, and softening up enemies for her allies. If given a staff that increases the range of her magic, she can attack from several tiles away with her basic spells, and her Thoron essentially turns into a Sniper's regular several square range attack in terms of range options.
- Magic Music: Implied. Dorothea is a skilled singer as well as a mage, and her Songstress personal skill results in any adjacent ally regaining 10 percent of their maximum health back.
- Ms. Fanservice: Ties with Hilda as this post-timeskip, both wearing dresses that show off their figures. She even plays into this pre-timeskip, as she wears her uniform jacket partially open and showing cleavage.
- Never My Fault: As an enemy on the Verdant Wind route, she will declare that she can never respect the goddess if their destiny is to kill each other, meaning that Dorothea considers all of the killing the Goddess's fault, convieniently ignoring that the Empire she's fighting for started the war to destroy the Church.
- Nice Hat: Wears a black corps hat pre-timeskip.
- The Nicknamer: She calls everyone by a shortened version of their name - Edelgard is "Edie," Bernadetta is "Bern," Hubert is "Hubie," etc.
- Not So Above It All: Though Dorothea likes to put on elegant airs and styles herself as a Cool Big Sis, she can be quite immature on occasion herself, such as refusing to explain to Ferdinand why she hates him in their C-Support.
- Penny Among Diamonds: She's the only proper commoner among the Black Eagles, and one of two if you count Petra. She's very sensitive about that fact, and tends to be a bit hostile to those who are of nobility for what she sees as them flaunting their status.
- Playing with Fire: Learns Meteor and Agnea's Arrow as her last Reason spells, being one of two characters to learn the latter, the other being Lorenz.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"This is going to hurt, okay?" (Pre-timeskip)
"Take me seriously!" (Pre-timeskip)
"You can't stop me!" (Pre-timeskip)
"I can't go easy on you!" (Pre-timeskip)
"One of us has to die!" (Post-timeskip)
"I'll strike you down!" (Post-timeskip)
"Time for your last dance!" (Post-timeskip)
"I'll leave you breathless!" (Post-timeskip)
- Rags to Riches: Dorothea was born the illegitimate daughter of a noble and his maid, and as a child grew up on the streets of Imperial capital Enbarr, lonely and destitute. She joined the Mittelfrank Opera Company and became a successful, popular opera singer, rubbing elbows with other performers and nobles, to the point where her enrollment in the Officers Academy was paid for by one of those nobles. Still, she retains her dislike of the superficial nobility, some self-loathing and anxiety over her future, and whether she'll find someone genuine to settle down with.
- Recurring Element: She's a Penny Among Diamonds with a background in the performing arts with a fanservicey outfit. The only thing she's missing to be the game's main Dancer character is the class itself, which she stands a fair chance of winning given her high Charisma growth. The game even hints she should take the class, with her stats and weapon affinities lining up correctly as well as Dancer being one of three classes that lets her wear her default outfit to battle post time-skip.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her canon post-timeskip outfit features a luxurious ball gown with a low cut collar that totally exposes her upper and lower back save for a thin strip that keeps the dress on her, and her bra strap.
- She Knows Too Much: In her and Ingrid's shared paralogue, the merchant who wants to marry Ingrid hires bandits to kill her and the player's party after she digs too deep into said merchant's sordid dealings.
- Shock and Awe: The first few Reason spells she learns are electricity-based. Her talent in swords and magic make her a good candidate for the Levin Sword.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: In her B-support with Sylvain, both turn on the superficial charm and flirtatiousness when they agree to go out to dinner together. Both end up needling the other, poking at the ulterior motives each has for agreeing to spend time with the other, but agree to go out to dinner anyway:Sylvain: And to be clear...the reason you chose to spend time with me is my family, yes? Or is it my Crest? Both?
Dorothea: Actually, I have a question of my own. Say I was a hoarse-voiced old hag... Would you still be flirting with me? Would you still want to hold my hand and whisper sweet nothings?
- Squishy Wizard: Dorotheas talents make her an effective magical nuker, but her physical defense growth is among the worst in the game.
- Statuesque Stunner: Very beautiful, and is the tallest of all the female students at 170cm(5'7) tall.
- Sugary Malice: When speaking to Ferdinand in their C-support, she retains her usual cheerful, light-hearted manner of speaking and even calls him "Ferdie," while flat-out telling him she hates him. If you recruit Dorothea and not Ferdinand and kill the latter, she'll later remark how upset she is about it. Moreover, if the two meet in battle under the same conditions, she'll mention that she had "real hopes" for him. It's strongly hinted in this case that she doesn't hate him nearly as much as she says and wants to be friends.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: In her support with Ingrid, shes excited about giving Ingrid a makeover and dressing her up nicely to attend an opera. Ingrid is much more reluctant, as shes unused to getting dressed up and putting on makeup.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Post-timeskip, she may be seen aimlessly staring up at the sky while exploring. If you speak to her, she is clearly conflicted over her participation in the war.
- Took a Level in Cynic: In Part 1, she's cheerful and upbeat. In Part 2, she's sarcastic and weary. Best exemplified with these two battle quotes.Part 1: All roses have thorns!
Part 2: Only thorns left on this rose.
- Worthy Opponent: To Felix, which is the only reason he starts to warm up to her.
Caspar von Bergliez
Class: Noble → Fighter → Brigand → Warrior → War Master
Age: 16 (7/01)
Voiced by: Satoru Murakami (Japanese), Ben Diskin (English)
The second son of Count Bergliez's family. As he is not becoming head of his family, he decided to make a name for himself through martial ability, training hard at the Officers Academy. His hotheadedness holds him back, but he has a strong sense of justice that makes him hate lies and unfair treatment, and overall he has a very honest personality.
- An Axe to Grind: His starting weapon is an axe and it's one of his two strongest proficiencies, the other being brawling.
- Babies Ever After: His endings with Bernadetta and Hilda result in having many children.
- Badass Adorable: Pre-timeskip Caspar is quite adorable, with his short height and incredibly energetic personality, but is also quite the proficient fighter.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed, but he really doesn't like attention being drawn to his height.
- Book Dumb: The Black Eagles' introductory cutscene shows him struggling and scratching his head while reading a book. In the story itself, he's shown to not be much of a thinker, but a dedicated warrior.
- Childhood Friends: With Linhardt, the two meeting when they were 6.
- Comically Missing the Point: The main source of comedy from his supports, since he's too dumb to pick up on people's signals.
- Curtains Match the Window: His hair and eyes are both cyan.
- Defector from Decadence: If recruited on a non-Crimson Flower path, he decides not to return to the Empire after the fall of Garreg Mach, and instead spends the next five years wandering and battling the Empire.
- For Great Justice: A big believer in the concept, and "injustice" is listed as one of his dislikes.
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- He's a Hot-Blooded musclehead who does nothing but train while struggling in his studies. This is reflected in his relatively high physical stats but poor proficiency in Reason.
- His recklessness earns him a lower defense growth than some of his other physically-oriented peers.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite wearing heavier armor after the timeskip, he leans towards the Warrior class, which is known to hit hard at the expense of defense.
- Glass Cannon: Caspar has high offense potential with great speed, strength, and luck growths, with a lacking defense and resistance growths meaning he takes a lot of extra damage, though his HP Growths are generally high enough to take a hit.
- Height Angst: It's hinted that he has a bit of an issue with his lack of height.
- Heroic Build: Post-timeskip, he's broad-shouldered and stands a full head above many of his female housemates. He also fills out considerably to match his suit of heavy armor.
- Hidden Depths: Caspar's B-support with Ferdinand shows that he's capable of planning when the situation calls for it. After seeing an elderly shopkeeper on the verge of being robbed, Caspar decides to give his money to the thief and threatens him not to come back, which works out in his favor, giving Caspar the opportunity to chase the thief down, beat him up, and take the money back.
- Hot-Blooded: He's very hotheaded, to his occasional detriment. Caspar often jumps headlong into situations or comes to a conclusion without thinking things through.
- Hunk: After the timeskip, he's gotten muscular, well-built, and handsome.
- Innocently Insensitive: He's frank and tends to jump to conclusions without thinking, much to the chagrin of his housemates. He often has trouble figuring out what he's doing wrong until it's pointed out to him, like when Bernadetta gets huffy at him for dragging her around like a piece of luggage because he was too excited to show her a place with a nice view.
- It's All My Fault: In Caspar's support with Byleth, he discovers a suspicious man that Byleth is shadowing. Upon noticing the man heading towards the town square, where a group of children are, he immediately goes after him despite Byleth telling him not to. A Knight of Seiros admonishes him for his action, bringing up the possibility that the man may belong to a group of bandits due to possessing a scorpion tattoo. Caspar looks back on the incident with shame after the Time Skip, and sure enough, the knight was correct as a soldier informs Byleth that they suffered casualties from dealing with bandits all bearing a scorpion tattoo, proving Caspar's fears.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's not much for strategy and would much rather take on his opponent in a frontal assault.
- Like Brother and Sister: His support with Dorothea reveals she sees him like a little brother, and Caspar himself is embarrassed but doesn't mind returning the favor by calling her "big sister." In their A-support, he reveals that he really does see her close like family. He also provides a potential subversion in the same support where he also admits he wouldn't mind spending his life with her assuming neither can find a significant other.
- Magically Inept Fighter: He comes with a good 9 base strength but an abysmal 3 magic. His growths also heavily lean him toward physical classes like Fighter due to his poor magic and resistance growths.
- Might Makes Right: After the timeskip, one of his victory quotes has him namedrop the trope as an Ironic Echo to his previous Right Makes Might beliefs.
- Nice Guy: He's extremely approachable and friendly. Hot-headed as he may be, he cares deeply for all his friends.
- Oblivious to Love:
- He's incapable of realizing in almost all of his romantic A supports that someone is in love with him with the exception of Dorothea, though the two admit that they'll only go through with it if they don't find anyone else.
- He doesn't understand why Bernedetta always wants to be alone with him, and Hilda eventually decides to tell him that he's coming to her room to carry luggage because he's too dense to understand that she wants to go there to have sex with him.
- Odd Friendship: Despite being Hot-Blooded and prone to leaping before looking, he's good friends with the calm, thoughtful Lazy Bum Linhardt from the start, and he can develop a strong friendship with the stoic, professional Shamir.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's fairly short before the timeskip at 159 centimeters, and is frustrated when Linhardt's assessment that a taller person would win a fight assuming all other things are equal proves correct. Despite this, he has relatively high strength, Dexterity, and Speed growths and eventually wins his fight as planned thanks to Linhardt's advice. Averted after the timeskip, where he's become notably taller at 173 centimeters (though still the second shortest of all the male students).
- Playing with Fire: Learns Fire and Bolganone if trained in Reason, which is not recommended.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Don't try and stop me!"
"This'll do it!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Here we go!" (Pre-timeskip)
"I'll send you flying!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Hope you're ready!" (Post-timeskip)
"I'm not going down!" (Post-timeskip)
"I'll have your head!" (Post-timeskip)
- Recurring Element: Of Bord and Cord. He's a cyan-haired, hot-blooded axe fighter that favors health and skill, contrasting Hilda, the rose-haired, apathetic axe fighter with greater focus in speed and defense.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- He's the excitable, loud and energetic Red Oni to Linhardt's calm, analytical and relaxed Blue Oni.
- He and Ashe are polar opposites should they be recruited to the same house. Ashe is level-headed and prefers reconciliation to retribution, while Caspar rushes in and goes for the kill with reckless bravery. In their paired ending, the two travel the world together as wandering knights, rescuing each other time and again with their own strengths.
- Right Makes Might: One of his victory quotes in Part I has him namedrop the trope. By Part II, he's moved on to Might Makes Right.
- Screaming Warrior: His C-support with Hubert has Hubert complaining about this, which Caspar claims help energize him and he wouldn't do it in a real fight or covert operation, to which Hubert responds that intentionally or not, he will fall back into it because he trained that way. Then their B Support reveals that's exactly what happens, which causes Caspar to crack down on it and become quieter...only for Hubert to admit that the team has grown so used to his shouting as both a signal and a comfort that the lack of it is actually affecting their performance.
- Sins of the Father: His supports with Petra and Shamir reveal that he feels guilty due to his father's actions in the Empire's war against Brigid and Dagda.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: If he's killed in Classic mode, he blames himself for being weak.
- Taking the Bullet: In his B+ Support with Shamir, he does this for her in the middle of a fight, and he comes dangerously close to dying as a result. Shamir grills him for this when he wakes up, telling him her life is worth no more than his, but admits she owes him one for this.
- Walking the Earth: Several of his endings involve him giving up his nobility and traveling the world. For example, in his paired with Annette, he travels the world and ends up saving her while she was traveling, resulting in their marriage after. Only some of his Crimson Flower endings avoid this, since he usually becomes a general in the Empire.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has cyan-colored hair.
Ferdinand von Aegir
Class: Noble → Soldier → Cavalier → Paladin
Age: 17 (4/30)
Crest: Cichol (Minor)
Voiced by: Taito Ban (Japanese), Billy Kametz (English)
The heir of Duke Aegir. Members of Ferdinand's family have served as prime ministers in the Adrestrian Empire for generations. Ferdinand is a proud man, with pride in his family. He doesn't like to lose, so he often feels a strong rivalry with others, even with Edelgard.
He bears the minor Crest of the Divine Cichol.
- Always Someone Better: On the Crimson Flower path, his relationship with Edelgard is this. Much of the plot of their support story comes to Ferdinand accepting that fact, but keeping his motivation to improve, while Edelgard comes to accept Ferdinand's challenges as motivations to push herself further, and to keep herself honest.
- Ambiguously Bi: He has multiple paired endings with women that involve romance, but his support chain and paired ending with Hubert (of all people) have quite a bit of subtext, including an A+ support where he implicitly agrees to 'fancying' him.
- Ancestral Weapon: Or shield. By clearing the bonus objective in his and Lysithea's paralogue note , Retribution, in non-Crimson Flower routes, you can obtain the Ochain Shield, a saint weapon that resonates with his crest of Cichol and helps his survivability, especially when paired with his personal skill.
- Antiquated Linguistics: He has a very formal way of speaking, sometimes using uncommon words in his speech, and almost never using contractions. This is all as a way to reflect his noble upbringing. In the Japanese version, his speech patterns are stiff, formal, and archaic.
- Arranged Marriage: He reveals to Bernadetta in their A-support that their parents had originally considered this between the two of them, though it never went through. He's personally glad for it, as he never would have been able to become such a good friend to her if they had been betrothed by the time they were in the academy. It is possible for them to do end up getting married. In a bit of irony on the Black Eagle route, before marrying Ferdinand, Bernadetta cuts ties to her family house. Meaning that her father did see his daughter marry the powerful noble he wanted - but he gets none of the benefits he hoped for.
- Blade on a Stick: His primary weapon, as he starts with a higher lance rank than the other types, and leans towards the lance-based Cavalier line. The Cichol Crest weapon, the Spear of Assal, is also a lance.
- Break the Haughty:
- If you oppose Edelgard and follow the Silver Snow route instead of the Crimson Flower route, or if you choose the Blue Lions or Golden Deer houses, Edelgard will strip him and his family of their nobility, wealth, and lands. This does a number on his self-esteem, and he's left at a loss, wondering despondently to Byleth what he's going to do now.
- His B-support with Byleth has him forced to come to terms with the fact that he was never anywhere near Edelgard's equal, as much as he'd wanted to believe otherwise.
- Can't Catch Up: Ferdinand is a flexible unit who is very useful, but because his proficiencies make him a good choice for the Cavalier classline, he can start to seriously fall behind your other units due to the negative Speed modifer the classline gives him, which turns his fairly good Speed growth (50%) to below average levels (40%, on top of the -2 Speed modifier of the Cavalier/Paladin). A player may need to work around that by having him start elsewhere before becoming one if they wish to capitalize on his stats.
- Cat Smile: His "happy" portrait is a mild form of this, although mostly due to the shape of his mouth.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Possibly. Flayn remarks that he's stronger than his slender appearance suggests. However, Ferdinand's Strength growth (45%) and cap (64), while above-average, are far from the top.
- The Comically Serious: Ferdinand doesn't have a sense of humor, tends not to understand sarcasm, and treats most everything he does with an air of hyper-seriousness.
- Competition Freak: He's obsessed with winning to the point that he views his own housemates as rivals.
- Commonality Connection: Ferdinand and Lorenz bond in their support chain about their similar feelings of accountability and responsibility as noblemen, as well as their deep appreciation for tea.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has orange hair and eyes.
- Determinator: One of his most recurring positive traits is that he is very persistent and never gives up when he sets his mind on something. For example, in his B support with Dorothea, he makes treats for her and admits to having gone out, worked to earn the materials to make it without using any money or wealth. Dorothea is very surprised by that and the fact he made them himself, admitting that her impression of him improved after learning of this.
- Does Not Like Spam: His least favorite dishes in the dining hall are all cheese-based, and he dislikes the Blue Cheese gift.
- The Dog Bites Back: Downplayed, but if recruited to the Blue Lions or Golden Deer, or siding with the church after the Holy Tomb incident, Edelgard strips the Aegir house of everything, and after he refuses to be Edelgard's puppet, goes on the run for five years until reuniting with Byleth at Garreg Mach. Afterwards, he joins the fight against Edelgard.
- Foil: To Hubert. Both of them want to be loyal advisers to Edelgard. But while Hubert caters to her every whim and goes behind her back to ensure her ambitions remain unchallenged, Ferdinand openly challenges her to force her to rethink her decisions and push her to strive even higher. They debate and discuss their opposite points of view on advising Edelgard in their support chain. The contrast is not lost on either of them, and they initially can't stand each other.
- Forgotten First Meeting: When he was a boy, he encountered Dorothea while she was secretly bathing herself in a fountain. He was so entranced by her beauty (even thinking she was a water nymph) that he bolted in shock/confusion. However, she interpreted the look on his face as disdain and scorn, and when Ferdinand got the nerve to come back to the fountain she had already left. By the time they crossed paths again at the Officers Academy, he had completely forgotten about her (believing he had fantasized the first meeting) and spoke with her casually, cementing her hatred of nobility and Ferdinand himself in the present day, believing his current friendliness to be a facade.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His interactions with his fellow Black Eagles classmates initially come off as this. Edelgard and Hubert find him utterly annoying, Linhardt mocks him without him even realizing it, and Dorothea outright says she hates him (though for her, its motivated by a misunderstanding from their past).
- The Good Chancellor: He aspires to be this, as the head of his family is traditionally the Imperial Prime Minister. In particular, he wants to make up for his father being an Evil Chancellor. He's able to achieve this in the Crimson Flower route, as his endings state that Edelgard eventually appoints him as her prime minister.
- Hidden Depths:
- Despite his pride in being a noble and his Competition Freak tendencies, he's genuinely thoughtful behind the politics and circumstances of his actions and others. He asks Edelgard to consider options other than disbanding the nobility in their A-Rank Support, and when that fails he proposes that she provide free education for all once she succeeds in uniting Fódlan in order to bridge the gap in equality.
- His supports with Manuela reveal he is a fan of the opera and also enjoys writing poetry. He actually remembers and can recite one of her sings despite it being a decent amount of time since he saw it. He also is one of two students in the Black Eagles who does very well with choir practice, the other being Dorothea, showing he has a genuine love for the arts that few other students have.
- He values discipline and restraint, and feels a noble is supposed to lead the commoners with their interests at their heart. He hates his father and Lonato for using the commoners and other people for their petty revenge/plans, and describes them as not being truly noble. If poached to the Golden Deer, he says that Dimitri was blinded by his emotions, leading to his death. He also believes that if a leader becomes overly emotional, others should intervene, and that blindly agreeing with a ruler is not the right call to make.
- History Repeats: Invokes this himself in his support with Edelgard. Their ancestors once dueled with the throne of the Adrestian Empire on the line, so he pesters Edelgard into accepting his offer for one to prove his superiority over her. After he's taken down in a Curb-Stomp Battle, he later invokes the lines his ancestor said to hers in order to propose to her.
- Honest Advisor: In his support with Hubert, Ferdinand states that his intention as prime minister of the Empire is to be someone who can challenge Edelgard and give "frank advice" to her when she's on the wrong path, rather than blindly following her orders the way Hubert does. Even on other routes he also shows signs of this, such as when he's poached to the Blue Lions after the timeskip, as he is willing to criticize Dimitri, although the two never directly interact.
- The Idealist: In their support chain, Hubert points out Ferdinand's extreme optimism as one of his central personality traits, and Ferdinand is a stranger to negativity and pessimism when working to accomplish his goals. His mission is to see the Empire into a bright future for all.
- Innocently Insensitive: At times he can fall into this due to his noble upbringing. He sees it as his responsibility to act like an ideal noble, so he tends to poke into people's business and ask questions. He means well, but this tends to bother people; in his support with Marianne for example, he questions why she resents being nobility, causing her to snap and begin ranting about her life, causing him to back off.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He has fairly evenly balanced growths, save for his low magic and resistance growths.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: He has four proficiencies at the start of the game, can develop an additional proficiency in heavy armor through training, and has no particular weaknesses when handling weapons. His growths initially look like a Master of None, but as classes affect the growth rates of a character, this allows him to flexibly fit into several classes, something that his classmates struggle with.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Played for Laughs. If the Golden Deer house is chosen, during Chapter 1's mock battle, Ferdinand will book it out of formation, to the annoyance of Edelgard and Hubert.
- Lightning Bruiser: Ferdinand's growth rates are comparable to Byleth's, with the exception of much lower Magic and Resistance. Unless put through the Armored Knight line, Ferdinand grows well in Strength and Speed, with only slightly lower Defense compensated by his ability to stack evasion boosts.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Duke Aegir is corrupt, while Ferdinand is honest.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair grows to almost his waist in the 5 years between the first and second acts of the game. A confession note he leaves in the cathedral states that he's upset that people think he grew it out as a fashion statement, he simply has been so busy he never took the time to cut it.
- Magically Inept Fighter: With his well-rounded physical stats, but low magic growth and limited spell list, he's far better off in a physical class than a magic one.
- Magikarp Power: Not Ferdinand himself, but rather his personal skill. In the earlygame, it will likely only be active for the first turn; lategame, he can stack multiple evasion boosts, including his personal skill, on top of each other to become one of the best dodge tanks.
- Messy Hair: Downplayed, and only after the timeskip, but his hair is somewhat tangled and unkempt in the back. Justified, as Ferdinand did not intend to grow his hair out and is preoccupied with the war effort.
- Moveset Clone: Downplayed, but Ferdinand shares several statistical traits with Hilda.
- Both have Crests that potentially shut down a foe's counterattack when using combat arts.
- Both have proficencies in lances and axes, with both being part of their default study plans.
- Both have a budding talent in heavy armor, and upon unlocking, learn Seal Speed.
- Ferdinand and Hilda share HP, Strength, Speed, Defense, and Resistance growths.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Pre-time skip, his turn select quote on maps is him stating who exactly he is.Ferdinand: I am Ferdinand von Aegir!
- Nice Guy:
- Despite his noble background and Competition Freak status, he is fairly polite and jovial to the other students. Even when he takes pride in his status, he doesn't flaunt it and belittle others, and generally treats everyone with the same status.
- He's generally interested in the well being of his fellow students, even if he can be a bit overbearing about it. For example, he actually encourages Bernadetta to come out of her shell and interact more, and when that goes downhill, he purposefully take all the blame for pushing her too hard and offers a sincere apology.
- Noble Fugitive: If you choose a faction other than the Black Eagles and then recruit Ferdinand, after Edelgard takes the throne, she puts Ferdinand's father in jail and strips his house of all its titles. Ferdinand, not wanting to be Edelgard's puppet, takes his supporters and goes on the run for five years until he reunites with Byleth at Garreg Mach. He's notably the only Black Eagle who makes an immediate break from his homeland at the start of the timeskip, unlike everyone else who spend the five years with their families before leaving to join Byleth.
- No-Sell: His Crest has a chance of nullifying the enemys counter-attack when using a combat art.
- Number Two: Or more accurately, Number Three. On the Crimson Flower route, Ferdinand acts as Edelgard's second retainer, and on the Silver Snow route, when Edelgard and Hubert leave Garreg Mach, he's the first to officially denounce the pair, acting as interim house leader. After the timeskip, he more or less acts as this towards Seteth.
- Patricide: Implied to be willing to carry this out if his Goddess Tower scene is obtained. He never gets the chance to do so. When Edelgard takes the throne, Hubert places Duke Aegir under house arrest, and on all routes besides Crimson Flower, he escapes and is killed by rogues in Hyrm territory.
- Playing with Fire: Learns Fire and Bolganone if trained in Reason.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"I will not hold back!"
"The splendor of nobility!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Victory is assured!" (Pre-timeskip)
"You're wide open!" (Pre-timeskip)
"All is for victory!" (Post-timeskip)
"No openings? I'll make one!" (Post-timeskip)
"I will not back down one step!" (Post-timeskip)
- Ferdinand is immensely proud of his heritage as the eldest son of House Aegir and often gets overly-grandiose about himself and his status, claiming that he's the most talented in his class, and his competitive nature stems from his dislike of losing to others. While he can be overbearing and somewhat dense, he's altogether well-meaning and doesn't look down on anyone as beneath him, in contrast to Lorenz pre-Character Development.
- If Ferdinand asks to join Byleth's class and is refused, he shrugs it off, claiming that "not everyone can appreciate [his] excellence."
- Religious Bruiser: Played with. While implied to be more religious than his fellow Black Eagles, he also has no hesitation in helping Edelgard fight the church should Byleth side with her. Additionally, he is neutral in faith instead of proficient.
- Riches to Rags: If poached to the Blue Lions or Golden Deer, or if Byleth sides with the Church instead of Edelgard, Edelgard strips House Aegir of all its wealth and lands. Ferdinand refuses to become Edelgard's puppet and goes on the run for five years.
- Sacrificial Lion: On the Azure Moon and Verdant Wind paths, if not recruited prior to the timeskip, he is one of the commanders defending the Great Bridge of Myrddin, forcing him to be killed in order to progress, showing that former students can be Killed Off for Real.
- Sarcasm-Blind: In his C Support with Lindhardt, he takes all of the former's sarcastic jibes as genuine compliments until Lindhardt gets bored of teasing him and leaves.
- Shock and Awe: Learns Thunder and Thoron if trained in Reason, the former being the first spell he learns.
- Third-Person Person: Downplayed. Ferdinand refers to himself as "the eldest son of House Aegir" when he turns down a Byleth attempting to recruit him out of the Black Eagles:Ferdinand: Oh, Professor! Here to recruit me, I presume? Well, the eldest son of House Aegir will not be so easily swayed!
- Token Religious Teammate: Downplayed. Ferdinand is implied to be more pious than his fellow Black Eagles in his supports with Mercedes and Marianne, but he also will fight against the church should Byleth side with Edelgard. Additionally, should Byleth oppose Edelgard and side with the church, Ferdinand simply believes Edelgard has gone too far, not specifying if it is on religious grounds or not.
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- Ferdinand is hugely fond of tea, and it's a major element in a few of his supports; he bonds with Lorenz, not only over their similar feelings of noble responsibility, but over their appreciation of tea.
- One of the notes from the counselor's box is Ferdinand writing in claiming that the tea at the academy isn't good enough for him and that he needs someone to help him with supplies for "tea fit for a noble."note
- Unknown Rival: Ferdinand sees Edelgard as someone he must surpass in every way, while Hubert and Edelgard find his competitiveness with her tiresome and ridiculous. In his support with Byleth, he gets upset whether Byleth considers Edelgard his equal or whether they think shes better than him, and in his support with Hubert, Ferdinand explains his obsession with competing with Edelgard as a desire to set a good example for her and be someone she can rely on.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In his B support with Hubert, he calls Hubert out on going behind Edelgard's back and disobeying her orders, ostensibly for her own good. While Ferdinand isn't afraid to openly challenge Edelgard, he believes that any concerns should be voiced directly to her.
- You Monster!: He calls Lonato a "monster" for being willing to sacrifice innocent lives in his quest to avenge his son.
Bernadetta von Varley
Class: Noble → Fighter → Archer → Sniper
Age: 17 (12/12)
Crest: Indech (Minor)
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsuji (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English)
The only daughter of the Earl of Varley. She's extremely shy and only feels comfortable at home or in her dorm room, where she hides and engages in her hobbies when not attending lectures.
She bears the minor Crest of the Divine Indech.
- Abusive Parent:
- Her dislikes include "Overbearing Parents", implying that her parents were not exactly good parents for her. In game she mentions that her father used to tie her to a chair for entire days as a means to "teach her to be a good submissive wife" he'd be able to marry off for profits. He would also discourage her from trying to make friends, and was especially brutal towards commoners she tried to befriend.
- Her mother put her into a bag and sent her off via one of their attendants, and she had no idea because she was asleep at the time. In fact, she only attended the monastery because said bag was dropped off at the monastery. It's unclear exactly why her mother sent her away, but after the time-skip and the news that her father was among the corrupt nobles put under house arrest when Edelgard became Emperor, she shows at least a little more concern for her mother's well-being compared to her father (which is none at all).
- Many of her interactions with others go well beyond merely being shy and show that Bernadetta seems to constantly expect she'll be physically harmed by others if she displeases or fails to meet expectations. These all hint to her father having been physically abusive with her when she displeased him.
- Achievements in Ignorance: In her supports with Felix, she manages to accidentally disarm him while fleeing in terror. Her movements completely took him by surprise and he chases her down to learn what that "technique" was.
- Admiring the Abomination: Of a sort. If she is poached for either the Verdant Wind or Silver Snow routes, near the end of the game when the party discovers the underground Agarthan city of Shamballa, she is the only member who isn't outright creeped out or unsettled by the place. In fact, she even starts to express some positive feelings toward living underground safe and isolated... but, likely noticing how everyone else is disturbed, quickly says it would be "Uh... really awful!"
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: More like "much too quick to beg." Virtually all of her interactions with others start with her begging them not to hurt or kill her. Even when they tell her that they aren't going to hurt her, she often proceeds to beg them to get it over with quickly and painlessly.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Once you learn of her Abusive Parent, her behavior comes across as PTSD stemming from abuse. She shuts in to avoid displeasing people and panics at the slightest thing, especially if she believes she's failed to meet someone's expectations. In particular when Byleth remarks at her singing during the C-Support conversation, she'll flake out and in that moment call herself "Unmarriageable." When you later learn how her father would tie her up to teach her to be "quiet" so she'd make a perfect wife, it's easy to see her earlier episode not as extreme shyness but at Byleth inadvertently triggering her by pointing to something she did which her father would've punished her for.
- Animal Motifs:
- She often gets compared to a bear due to hiding in her "den". It even reaches the point where in her unmarried ending it's mentioned she "hibernates" when not managing her territory and she even earns the nickname "Bear of Varley" due to her habits.
- Petra compares her to a scared bunny in the grass and tries to teach her to be a hunter. Hilariously, the actual bunny she tries to hunt proves to be fearsome and chases her.
- Apologetic Attacker: One of her critical hit lines is "I'm sorry, but this is war!"
- Apologises a Lot: She has a tendency to fly into hysterical begging for mercy whenever she thinks anyone is remotely upset with her.
- Arranged Marriage: She learns from Ferdinand in their A-support that their parents had originally considered this between the two of them, though it never went through. Of course, she's quite shocked but also pleased privately to learn this, especially since he follows the reveal up with talking about how glad he is they were able to become such close friends. It is possible for them to do end up getting married. In a bit of irony on the Crimson Flower route, before marrying Ferdinand, Bernadetta cuts ties to her family house, meaning that her father did see his daughter marry the powerful noble he wanted, but he gets none of the benefits he hoped for.
- Babies Ever After: With Caspar, and Hilarity Ensues when he mistakes her for one of their children.
- Badass Adorable: Bernadetta is a shy, gentle, and cute girl who can easily develop into a deadly archer.
- Character Development: Bernadetta starts off overwhelmingly anxious and reclusive, though over the year makes small steps towards opening herself up more, most easily seen through her interactions with Byleth. Post-timeskip, she is much more well-adjusted. She is frequently seen outside her room, is vocally more courageous and optimistic than before, though still carries a good deal of anxiety.
- Cowardly Lion: Post-timeskip. She becomes a general in the army she supports, and while still timid, has resolved to see the war through.
- Critical Status Buff:
- Not exactly critical, but her personal skill Persecution Complex gives her a 5 point boost to Attack if she isn't at full health.
- She learns the Vengeance combat art upon reaching Lance C+, which increases damage based on her missing HP. Combined with her already active personal skill, she'll do very high damage when she is very low on HP.
- The Dog Bites Back: Her endings with Ferdinand (Crimson Flower), Felix (Azure Moon), and Seteth (all routes except Crimson Flower) have her renounce her ties with House Varley, meaning her father got his wish, but gained nothing for it.
- Establishing Character Moment: During the cutscene introducing the houses and students, Bernadetta is hiding under a table away from her housemates, with a book over her head.
- Face Your Fears: Most of her supports involve her housemates helping her get over her neuroses and open up more. In her S-rank ending with Byleth, she accompanies him on his many expeditions to stamp out those who slither in the dark, apparently toughening up so much that nothing could scare her anymore.
- Fainting: Of the emotional fainting variety. When Hubert scares her a bit too much in their C-Support, she outright passes out while standing. Hubert muses at this then carries her back to her room.
- Forbidden Friendship: Her father forbade her from making friends with commoners. She confides to Dorothea that although she wants to be friends with her, she's worried that Dorothea would be beaten to a pulp like the last commoner friend she made. Dorothea actively defies this and tells Bernadetta that she'd return the favor to him if he tried.
- Fragile Flower: She's incredibly timid, prone to panicking and struggles with life on the battlefield. Because of her anxious nature, she is one of the only people that Dorothea, Sylvain and Lorenz don't try to flirt with.
- Fragile Speedster: Her stats lean heavily towards Dexterity and Speed, at the expense of her Strength, Magic, Defense, and Resistance growths (though her Personal Skill and Crest can compensate for her damage by boosting her attack and occasionally letting her attack again).
- Gameplay and Story Integration:
- She has preferences and a Crest built to allow her to wield a Sacred Weapon, The Inexhaustible. The paralogue involving it is done by a completely different character not even in her class. It takes a lot of work to put the Eternal Loner in the spotlight and none of it will be her idea.
- Bernadetta prefers to be out of reach of her enemies, and as such has proficiency in bows and lances and a weakness in brawling. She will explain this preference during tutoring sessions.
- As her family ruled over the Empire's Ministry of Religion, she has access to spells in Fimbulvetr and Rescue if Byelth drilled her skills in Reason & Faith respectively, but due to her abusive upbringing her progress as a mage ended up stunted.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: As a result of her abusive upbringing, Bernadetta has a hard time accepting praise, and always thinks of herself as useless.
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards Edelgard. She follows Edelgard around, thinking that if she watches her long enough, she can learn to be strong and confident as well.
- Hidden Depths:
- She's got a penchant for various artistic skills such as cooking, singing, painting and writing, but her paranoia and shyness make her downplay her skills and often panic if anyone praises her over them.
- She reveals her favorite type of flowers are carnivorous plants as, according to her, she admires how they just lie in wait for food to come to them without ever having to move around.
- Horse Archer: She starts proficient in lances and bows and can develop proficiency for riding through training, making her ideal for the Bow Knight class.
- An Ice Person: Learns Blizzard and Fimbulvetr if trained in Reason.
- Idiot Hair: It's subtle, but there's one lock of hair on top that stands up as such.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: In her S-Rank with Byleth, she's astonished that he'd give her a ring and asks what kind of ring is it. When she finally realizes that yes, he is in love with her, she accepts while crying Tears of Joy.
- I Got Bigger: Bernadetta has probably one of the more dramatic growth spurts of the characters post-timeskip, growing 15 cm. For reference, she was the second-shortest character of the main cast pre-timeskip, and post-timeskip she's taller than Edelgard and Petra. This does coincide with her Character Development, as she's managed to overcome most (though not all) of her social anxiety.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: In her conversations with Byleth and Dorothea, Bernadetta reveals that she's always wanted to have friends but her father would never let her. He was especially terrible towards commoners, beating a young commoner boy she had befriended nearly to death for trying to make friends with her. This feeds into her belief that no one would ever want to be her friend and that they'd all be better off without her, even though she desperately wants someone who can understand her. Dorothea is very justifiably furious when she learns of this.
- Interclass Friendship: Bernadetta wants to be friends with Dorothea, who is a commoner. The reason for this is her father specifically forbade her from making friends with commoners, and had one that did become friends with her violently beaten. Bernadetta is defying her father's wishes by becoming friends with Dorothea.
- In-Universe Nickname: She tends to refer to herself as "Bernie." Dorothea also calls her "Bern." Post-timeskip, others have started calling her "Bernie-Bear," referring to how she often hides in her "den."
- Ironic Name: In some ways. Her name is the feminine form of Bernard, which translates as "brave bear", in other words, probably the least fitting name for someone so small and timid. However, in some (but not all) of Bernadetta's paired endings, two examples including Byleth or Raphael, Bernadetta is able to get past her fears and become more courageous; thus, the "brave bear" meaning of her name becomes descriptive after all.
- Just Eat Gilligan: Bernadetta often considers morbid solutions along the lines of simply throwing troublesome people "into the fire" as a means of resolving her conflicts with them, though she quickly backpedals her thoughts.
- Magically Inept Fighter: Played With. While Bernadetta has a good spell list, including ice magic and the rare Rescue, her Magic growth is a mere 20%, forcing her into physical classes.
- The Maiden Name Debate: In her non-Azure Moon ending with Felix, she convinces him to marry into House Varley, rather than having him set out on his own like he normally does. In their later years, he ends up handling most of the house's documents, signing them as Count Varley.
- Messy Hair: Her hair is unkempt and full of cowlicks, possibly due to her staying in her room most of the time. However, after the Time Skip, her hair does become neater.
- Nervous Wreck: Bernadetta, especially pre-timeskip, always acts like she's about a second away from a panic attack when thrown into a situation she's not comfortable with.
- Nice Girl: Once Bernadetta becomes relatively comfortable around people, she proves to be a pleasant person. Edelgard makes note of this trait when introducing Bernadetta, describing her as "a gentle soul."
- Noodle Incident: Whenever someone approaches Bernadetta, she typically reacts with panic and will vehemently deny that she was up to anything. Occasionally, it's a Suspiciously Specific Denial, and other times, she leaves out some details.Bernadetta: What? Me? I-I've seen nothing! I w-wasn't even there! You have no proof! And even if I was there, it's not a crime to find people's hobbies fascinating! I'll forget everything! I'll never tell a soul where I found them or what they were wearing or any of it!
- No Social Skills: As a result of her upbringing she's a nervous wreck who immediately overreacts to anything negative anyone says, assuming it to be a threat of violence. She also constantly assumes the worst out of any conversation. Most of her C-Rank Support conversations have her panicking over nothing and thus cutting short any social interaction she's involved in.
- Older Than They Look: Would you believe she's actually older than Petra?
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The first time she voluntarily comes out of her room is to plant flowers on Jeralt's grave in Chapter 10.
- The Paranoiac: She has an extreme persecution complex, to the point where she will entirely misinterpret and twist even compliments from others into violent threats, though this is usually played for laughs.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:"Stay away!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Why is this happening?!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Get back!" (Pre-timeskip)
"Sorry, but this is war!" (Post-timeskip)
"Okay, I'm gonna do it!" (Post-timeskip)
"Guess I've got to!" (Post-timeskip)
"It's life or death, Bernie!" (Post-timeskip)
- Reluctant Warrior: It goes without saying that Bernadetta does not enjoy fighting or being exposed to danger, and is very vocal about it. Even after the timeship and five years of war, she often reminds herself she'll be "home again soon" after taking out a foe.
- Running Gag: There seems to be a common theme in her Supports of people picking her up and carrying her places she doesn't want to go, much to her embarrassment and dismay.
- Shock and Awe: Learns Thunder and Thoron if trained in Reason.
- Shrinking Violet: She's extremely shy towards strangers, and she spends most of her time cooped up in her room. Deconstructed in that her supports reveal the reasons why, and it is anything but played for cute or laughs, and is a sign of serious mental trauma caused by her Abusive Parent.
- The Shut-In:
- If she had a choice, she'd spend all of her time cooped up in her room and would only come out for meals and class. Most of her supports have her trying to overcome her crippling fear of the unknown and get her to go outside. She also can slowly be seen opening up over the course of the story if you talk to her, going from not allowing you into her room at all, to being willing to allow you to enter when Flayn goes missing as an example. Sadly she never gets over it in many of her endings. In her paired ending with Felix on the Crimson Flower route, for instance, she becomes even more reclusive as time passes, leaving Felix to take up the duties of running her house's political duties.
- Subverted in her paired ending with Felix on the Azure Moon route; she takes up many of the duties of running the Fraldarius lands, with her shut-in nature being blamed on being unused to Faerghus' cold, but she still handles things for Felix when he's out serving the king and "always rushes out to greet him" when he returns home.
- Played straight before ultimately being subverted in her paired ending with Raphael. At first, she reverts back to her shut-in, reclusive tendencies once she inherits control over House Varley, but Raphael's encouragement to work through her fear of socializing with people eventually changes her into becoming more "outgoing and authoritative"—and Happily Married to him.
- Stunned Silence: When Sylvain inadvertently picks up a book she wrote and left in the library in their C-Rank Support, Bernadetta is left agape in shock, unable to process that someone actually read her manuscript while Sylvain keeps praising her writing.Sylvain: Uh, your mouth's hanging wide open. Bernadetta? Are you OK?
- Supreme Chef: She's the only student in her house that is good at cooking, thus she provides a boost when cooking together with Blyeth.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: She likes to embroider and knit as a hobby. As a result, she's also good at mending clothes, which she does for Leonie.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cake. She's one of the students particularly good at baking and her favorite meals are sweets. One of the gifts she reacts the most to are Baked Sweet Treats. Several of her conversations involve cake (including her denying she's secretly eating cake in her room when Byleth visits her there). Byleth can coax her out of her room by mentioning someone left her a cake outside her door.
- Third-Person Person: She sometimes refers to herself in the third person, such as saying "Bernie's unstoppable!"
- Verbal Backspace: When Edelgard declares war on all of Fódlan, Bernadetta initially wants to go home and not be anywhere near the fight. But after learning that her father was placed under house arrest, she quickly decides that she'd rather be anywhere but home.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dark purple.
- You Remind Me of X: She's surprisingly comfortable around Alois because his cheerful and kind personality reminds her of her dear, deceased uncle, the only person who ever cared about her as a person before she came to the monastery.