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Top 10 Fire Emblem Characters

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Script written by Garrett Alden These are the units we want on our side. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Fire Emblem Characters. For this list, we’ll be focusing on the characters’ usefulness and personality, as well as their importance to the game or series at large. And with literally hundreds of choices, it’s no easy task! Also, we won’t be including characters partially designed by the player, such as Robin, the Avatar from “Fire Emblem: Awakening.” But enough preparations: let’s start the battle. Special Thanks to our users "avidgames91091" "Edwin Omar Perez" "Joseph Solano" "Daniel Ebmeier" "Wino Lagman" "Akeem Hamilton"
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Top 10 Fire Emblem Characters


These are the units we want on our side. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 characters from the “Fire Emblem” game series.

For this list, we’ll be focusing on the characters’ usefulness and personality, as well as their importance to the game or series at large. And with literally hundreds of choices, it’s no easy task! Also, we won’t be including characters partially designed by the player, such as Robin, the Avatar from “Fire Emblem: Awakening.” But enough preparations: let’s start the battle.

#10: Anna
The “Fire Emblem” series (1990-)


Even if others might get more attention, there’s one character that has appeared in more Fire Emblem games than any other: Anna. Usually acting as the face of tutorial levels or as a shopkeeper, Anna and her many identical sisters…with the same name, are a staple in any Fire Emblem installment. Playable for the first time in the 2013 release “Fire Emblem: Awakening,” the cheeky redhead appropriately starts off as a trickster, a speedy utility class that will get you into any treasure chest you come across.

#9: Soren
“Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance” and “Radiant Dawn” (2005, 07)


Arguably the best magic user in both games he appears in, Soren is the taciturn and blunt strategist for the Greil Mercenaries. Heavily jaded by the harsh treatment he received as a boy, Soren is fiercely loyal to the Mercenaries’ leader Ike, who saved him from starvation, and will follow him anywhere, no matter his own objections. If certain conditions are met in “Radiant Dawn,” it’s revealed that, unbeknownst to himself or the world at large, Soren is the son of the Mad King Ashnard, the villain of “Path of Radiance,” and the rightful heir to the throne of Daein.

#8: Ephraim
“Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones” (2005)


The protagonist of “The Sacred Stones,” a title he shares with his twin sister Eirika, Ephraim is the first of Fire Emblem’s “lord” archetypes on our list, which usually refers to the royal-blooded main character of the game, and Ephraim is one of the only ones to start off wielding a lance. True to form, he’s the prince of the kingdom Renais, which is unexpectedly invaded by its neighbor Grado. Ephraim takes a proactive approach, waging guerilla war in Grado territory, winning enemy generals to his side, and even capturing a castle with a mere four men!

#7: Chrom
“Fire Emblem: Awakening” (2013)


Prince of Ylisse and leader of the militia group called the Shepherds, Chrom is one of the central heroes of “Fire Emblem: Awakening.” Following the loss of his elder sister, Chrom finds himself leading his country, as well as its military, when forces conspire to resurrect the Fell Dragon, Grima. As the head of army, players are forced to use Chrom, and it’s just as well, since he’s a decent powerhouse. With his central role in the game’s story, trusting personality, and usability in battle, Chrom is a solid character all-around.

#6: Joshua
“Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones” (2005)


A womanizing, gambling addict on paper doesn’t sound like the best person, but this rakish swordsman and runaway prince has his redeeming features. Joshua left his privileged life to better connect with the people he was supposed to rule and became involved in a mercenary group. Curiously, though his gambling habit leads him to cheat others out of their money, he’s surprisingly honest about it. The rogue prince isn’t without his serious moments, however. During the events of “The Sacred Stones,” Joshua must confront a Caellach, a former mercenary comrade who, depending on the path taken, killed Joshua’s mother.

#5: Hector
“Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword” a.k.a. Fire Emblem (2003)


Although a minor character in “Binding Blade,” Hector takes center stage in its prequel “Blazing Sword,” better known in the Americas as simply “Fire Emblem.” Though unusually blunt for nobility, Hector is staunchly loyal to his longtime friend and fellow lord Eliwood, joining him in his quest and getting caught up in the game’s events. One of “Blazing Sword’s” trio of protagonists, along with Eliwood, Hector may be the most beastly of them, as well as one of the more dominant lords in the series in general, largely due to being built like a tank and using axes, which are powerful, if less accurate.

#4: Lucina
“Fire Emblem: Awakening” (2013)


Chrom’s daughter from the future, Lucina travels back in time to avert the end of the world and challenge fate. Though she’s about as strong on the battlefield as her father, Lucina outstrips him slightly in terms of characterization, with her quest to save the world providing much of the impetus for the story of “Awakening,” and her drive and interactions with her parents make her very sympathetic. Her support conversations also hint at some rather amusing ideas about fashion. With all this going for her, in addition to being one of the more prominent female leads, it’s no wonder she’s become a standout part of the franchise.

#3: Lyndis a.k.a. Lyn
“Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword” a.k.a. Fire Emblem (2003)


As one of the protagonists of the first Fire Emblem game marketed in the west, Lyn holds a fond place in the hearts of the series’ fans, but there’s more to her than simple nostalgia. Statistically built like a speedy swordsperson, Lyn is essential in “Blazing Sword,” as she’s the first lord available to players, giving plenty of time to level her up. Also, despite her royal lineage, she was raised among nomads, famed for their honesty, and it is Lyn’s forthright nature and passion for justice that wins her allies in the game and fans in real life.

#2: Marth
“Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light” and “Mystery of the Emblem” (1990-)


The lead of the first Fire Emblem game, Marth remains iconic to the franchise, with his influence felt both within the games’ storyline, as he is the ancestor of Chrom and Lucina, and without, due to his appearance in the “Smash Bros” fighting series, which served as many people outside of Japan’s introduction to Fire Emblem. Everything about Marth, from his status as a young noble out to save the world, to his use of swords, has had an impact on later protagonists.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Gregor
“Fire Emblem: Awakening” (2013)

Roy
“Fire Emblem: Binding Blade” (2002)

Emperor Walhart, the Conqueror
“Fire Emblem: Awakening” (2013)

Tiki
“Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light,” “Mystery of the Emblem,” and “Awakening” (1990-)

Jill
“Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance” and “Radiant Dawn” (2005, 07)

#1: Ike
“Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance” and “Radiant Dawn” (2005, 07)


Unlike the majority of Fire Emblem lords, Ike was not born a noble, but attains that rank through his deeds. Thrust into a leadership role after the death of his father, Ike leads a mercenary band through trials ranging from restoring a princess to her throne, to eventually confronting a literal goddess. Ike’s heroic journey may be the best written in the series, since his relatively sheltered upbringing means that the player gets to experience everything through his eyes. His well-written character arc, combined with his strong stats, and appearances in “Smash Bros” titles, have ensured Ike’s status as a hero among heroes in the Fire Emblem series.

Do you agree with our list? What’s your character from Fire Emblem? For more fiery, emblematic Top 10s posted daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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