How Sympathetic Are The Fire Emblem Antagonists?

Published 2024-04-17
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00:00 Intro
00:45 Medeus
02:29 Gharnef
03:26 Duma
04:25 Rudolf
05:14 Jedah
05:25 Hardin
06:10 Arvis
07:37 Manfroy
08:05 Julius
08:26 Veld
08:46 Zephiel
09:57 Idunn
10:37 Nergal
12:58 Lyon
13:58 Ike
15:03 Zelgius
16:19 Sephiran
17:07 Validar
17:31 Grima
17:45 Gangrel
18:07 Walhart
18:36 Anankos
19:12 Berkut
20:33 Nemesis
21:07 Rhea
21:37 Thales
21:43 Edelgard
22:33 Sombron
23:12 Outro

How Sympathetic Are The Fire Emblem Antagonists?

Fire Emblem is a Japanese fantasy tactical role-playing game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. First produced and published for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990, the series currently consists of seventeen core entries and five spinoffs.

The core gameplay revolves around discrete battles between the player's team of characters and enemy non-player characters across grid-based maps. The player and enemy each take turns moving their characters across the map and having them perform combat-based actions. The games also feature a story and characters similar to traditional role-playing video games, and occasionally social simulation aspects as well. A notable aspect of gameplay is the permanent death of characters in battle, rendering them unusable upon being defeated, although this aspect of the game can be turned off starting from Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem onwards.

The series' title refers to the "Fire Emblem", a recurring element usually portrayed as a royal weapon or shield representing the power of war and dragons. The development of the first game began as a dōjin project by Shouzou Kaga and three other developers, and its success prompted the development of further games in the series. Kaga headed the development of each entry until the release of Thracia 776, when he left Intelligent Systems. He went on to found his own game studio, Tirnanog, who developed Tear Ring Saga.

The series debuted in the West with the seventh game The Blazing Blade in 2003, under the title Fire Emblem. According to the game's director, this was because of the international success of the similarly turn-based Advance Wars.[1] The inclusion of Marth and Roy in the 2001 fighting game Super Smash Bros. Melee as playable characters is also cited as a reason. Many games in the series sold well, although sales suffered a decline during the late 2000s. This resulted in the series' near-cancellation until the unprecedented critical and commercial success of Fire Emblem Awakening (2012). This success was built on by Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019), the series' best-selling entry.

The series has been lauded for its gameplay and is frequently cited as the seminal series in the tactical role-playing genre, codifying various gameplay elements that would come to define the genre. Characters from across the series have been included in crossovers with other video game franchises, including the Super Smash Bros. series.

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All Comments (21)
  • I would've personally just split "Very Sympathetic" into "Victim" and "Dragon Dementia Sucks"
  • @JordiumZ
    so fire emblem is about defeating old people with dementia
  • @GerudoKing_
    Calling Walhart “Walmart” will never not be funny.
  • @loserlw337
    The only reason Lyon lost his soul is because he was envious and horny. 100% most relatable antagonist in the series
  • @oof5992
    Anankos did nothing wrong and is easily the most sympathetic of them all, i too would go insane if i was forced to hear azuras singing for all of eternity.
  • The most unsympathetic antagonist in the FE franchise is the fan base. God forbid for you to say anything good, or bad, about any game in the series
  • My favorite antagonist is the pirate captain guy in FE7 that escorts you to the dread isle, because i spent a long fucking time trying to beat him only to find out it gives you a game over if you do. In my defense, he stated he likes a good fight. He's just a sore loser who dies when he's killed.
  • @whichDude
    Sombron: His ring! His precious power ring! Gone forever!!! RHEEEEE!!!
  • @Abundy
    Self proclaimed #1 Jugdral enjoyer doesn't even mention Raydrik and Travant smh
  • Mangs when talking about Edelgard: Oh my, I feel like I could probably do an entire video on her EDELGARD SPOTLIGHT WHEN???
  • @randomguy6680
    Zephiel may be evil, but you've got to appreciate his commitment. When he wants so wipe out humanity, he is included. When he is defeated, he stalls so that Idunn can continue the genocide.
  • @acekun6493
    I'd call Conquest Garon, Hans and Iago very sympathetic because they constantly make me crack up while reading Fates story which is a lot more than I can say about almost any other villain.
  • @pandabanaan9208
    They really need to find a cure for dragon demenntia, could've prevented a lot of conflicts
  • Why did Ashnard do it? Because why not And he is super buff Truly compelling villain i love him
  • @ASMRDoodlez
    I always liked the story of Berkut because it's like a Shakespearian-style tragedy of a prince who gradually loses his grandeur and turns self-destructive trying to claw it back. Very edgy, very interesting.
  • @vao519
    For Rhea she also witnessed the genocide of her people too and in all honesty fodlan was doing pretty okay in the1k years she was in power
  • I’m actually one of the few people who has a soft spot for Rhea. Sure, her hoping Byleth would become the key in getting her mother back is questionable, but regarding her placing Sothis’s crest stone in Byleth as a baby, what other option did she have? Had she not done that, Byleth would’ve died right then and there. Really, her bigger blunder there was simply not being more upfront with Jeralt about what happened. Obviously telling him the full truth would involve divulging knowledge tying to the Nabateans, which she naturally doesn’t wanna risk. But even simply telling him she had to use a forgotten ritual or something like that at Sitri’s behest, or something along those lines, that would’ve likely been the wiser course of action than just dismissing any notion something happened altogether.
  • @ascrein5247
    On the topic of bosses, I would say King Garon of Nohr. If I recall, he was originally a kind man and when it was revealed that an evil dragon was attempting to destroy Nohr and Hoshido, he tried to make an alliance with Hoshido but he ended up getting controlled and starting a war with Hoshido anyways.