10 Best Female Protagonists In The Fire Emblem Series

10 Best Female Protagonists In The Fire Emblem Series

Although tactical RPGs had existed before video games, such as in wargames and tabletop RPGs, and early video game RPGs had strategy elements, the series that would codify the modern tactical RPG is Fire Emblem. Beginning in 1990 as a Japan-only franchise, the series released internationally in 2003 with Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, and achieved mainstream success with Fire Emblem Awakening.

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Ever since the first installment, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the games have featured female protagonists. Each of these characters plays major and unforgettable roles in their games.

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Elincia – Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

Elincia introducing herself at the beginning of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

When game franchises began transitioning to 3D technology, some games, like Super Mario 64 and Metroid Prime, were successful while others, like Bubsy 3D and Earthworm Jim 3D, were failures. Although the 2005 GameCube title Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance was a little rough in terms of graphics, it was still a successful installment. With tensions between the humanoid Beorc and shapeshifting Laguz, the mercenary Ike and his friends must help Princess Elincia reclaim Crimea from Daein.

Even though Elincia Ridell Crimea is the last surviving member of the Crimean royal bloodline and eventually becomes the kingdom’s queen, her commoner upbringing has made her humble and able to do household chores. She respects others regardless of their status, and she is kind, resilient, trained in sword fighting, and loyal to her country.

Linoan – Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

Leif and Linoan finally meeting during Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

Considered one of the most difficult games in the entire franchise, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is a 1999 Japan-only Super Famicom title that has only recently received a full fan translation in 2019. Taking place during the one year gap between the first and second generational arcs of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, the game follows teenage Prince Leif as he gathers an army strong enough to retake the kingdom of Thracia from the evil empire.

One of the playable characters that joins Leif’s cause is Linoan, who is the duchess of Tahra. She is strong, resilient, composed, and brave. After the empire invaded Tahra and killed her father, Linoan was imprisoned and interrogated for two years before Deen helped her escape. She eventually led a revolt against the empire despite the unfavorable odds, and she chose to help Leif instead of simply sitting safely on the sidelines.

Azura – Fire Emblem Fates

Azura in one of the openings to Fire Emblem Fates

Despite the incredible soundtrack and Azura’s breathtaking singing voice, the 2015 Nintendo 3DS game Fire Emblem Fates fell short of its plot potential. As the customizable protagonist Corrin, the player is drawn into a war between the protagonist’s birthplace, the Kingdom of Hoshido, and their adoptive home, the Kingdom of Nohr.

Though the plot has its shortcomings, the game is filled with multiple intriguing characters, which includes the deuteragonist Azura. She’s a talented singer and dancer, and she joins Corrin regardless of their path. Because of her harsh upbringing, she’s stoic, reserved, and blunt, but she is still a kind and idealistic person at heart.

Caeda – Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Released in 2008 for the DS, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a remake of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, but it’s often considered the definitive version of this entry because of the more in-depth dialogues, extra scenes, and artwork from Ghost in the Shell creator Masamune Shirow. After the evil sorcerer Gharnef and the titular Shadow Dragon Medeus attack his kingdom, Prince Marth is forced to flee so that he can gather allies, defeat Medeus, and reclaim the land.

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Since Marth fled to the small island kingdom Talys, he befriended the island’s princess Caeda, who ends up being one of his first party members and his eventual wife. She’s an empathetic, merciful, friendly, and resilient individual. She prefers to spar outside rather than staying within the palace, and she is extremely intelligent, politically adept, and naturally charismatic.

Lyn – Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Lyn taking care of the player avatar (AKA the Tactician) at the start of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Created as a prequel to the Japan-only Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade is a 2003 GBA game and the first entry in the series to be released internationally. The game follows the three young lords Lyn, Eliwood, and Hector as they try to stop an evil sorcerer named Nergal from opening the Dragon’s Gate.

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As one of the three main characters, Lyn is a strong woman who has a prominent role in the story. Since she grew up with the Lorca Tribe rather than in the palace, she is skilled in sword arts and can easily take care of herself. Though she wants revenge against the people who killed her tribe, she has a friendly, merciful, and energetic disposition.

Edelgard – Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Inspired by the mechanics in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, the 2019 Switch game Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the most recent mainline Fire Emblem installment. Taking on the role of either a female or male mercenary named Byleth, the player becomes the newest professor at Garreg Mach Monastery who teaches one of the three classes that represent each of the three main powers in Fódlan, but more is happening behind the scenes.

The leader of the Black Eagles class and one of the best students in Fire Emblem is Edelgard von Hresvelg, who is the princess of the Adrestian Empire. She is a regal, determined, passionate, and idealistic individual. Because of her traumatizing past, she is private, distant, and tied to most of the events in the story.

Lucina – Fire Emblem Awakening

Fire Emblem Awakening Lucina

Released in 2012 for the 3DS, Fire Emblem Awakening is the award-winning entry that saved the franchise. Set 2000 years after the events of the first two Fire Emblem games, this installment follows a customizable amnesiac tactician named Robin who teams up with Prince Chrom and his group called the “Shepherds” as they fight against various threats.

The other main protagonist in the game is Lucina, who is Chrom’s daughter from the future. She is a strong-willed, passionate, and serious person who is an exceptional fighter. To save her father and the world, she travels back in time to prevent the resurrection of the evil dragon Grima. Though some fans don’t like her, most agree that she’s one of the best characters.

Micaiah – Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Micaiah in the opening cutscene of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Created as a direct sequel to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, the 2007 Wii title Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was the last game in the series to be released on a home console until Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The game follows the new heroine Micaiah and the returning protagonist Ike as they become entangled in a plot that’s meant to awaken the sleeping goddesses Yune and Ashera.

Micaiah is an empathetic individual who refuses to stand aside when people are suffering. Because of her self-sacrificing nature, she often neglects her own health while trying to ensure the survival of her beloved homeland. She is one of the only protagonists who is primarily a magic user.

Celica – Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valencia

Created as a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was the second installment in the series, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a 2017 3DS title that was meant to be a culmination of the previous 3DS entries. The game follows dual protagonists and childhood friends Celica and Alm as they try to solve a war and uncover what happened to their gods.

Celica is a brave, kind, and regal person who prefers to keep a polite distance from others due to her tragic past. She’s strong, intelligent, and loves learning, but is also a bit clumsy. Unlike Alm who wants to solve the war through battle, Celica believes that peaceful methods should be used.

Eirika – Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Eirika from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Released in 2004 as the last of the GBA trilogy, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is the second Fire Emblem title to be released internationally. After the Grado Empire suddenly begins attacking the other nations and destroying the magical stones, the royal twins, Princess Eirika and Prince Ephraim, try to stop the empire and uncover what’s really going on.

Unlike Ephraim who loves to fight, Eirika hates violence and prefers searching for peaceful solutions. Despite her kind and merciful personality, she can be strong and lethal when the situation calls for it.

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