Deep, Flawed, and Interesting Fire Emblem Characters: Blazing Sword

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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Ah Matthew: the jolly thief.  He’s a rather shrewd character who at the start of the game is just that, a thief who agrees to open doors and chests for Lyn. We later find out that he’s really a spy for Hector, working to find out if Lyndis is acting for her own selfish gain. He wants to know who to gain favor with after all. From his supports with Guy (a friend and swordsman) we learn how crafty Matthew is. He is the sort who chooses his words carefully and is quite the trickster. Guy owes Matthew a few favors and Guy challenges Matthew to a battle with the favors at stake. Matthew says he chooses the time of the fight and ambushes him in his sleep. Under that fun, carefree guise is the mind of a master spy.

What makes Matthew so interesting is that he grows and changes strongly over the course of the game. He fell in love with another spy called Leila.  Leila died at the hands of Nergal’s group and this revelation causes a great change in Matthew’s demeanor. Matthew tries to shrug it off as death is always hanging over the head of a spy but you can tell he is having trouble coping with her passing. As a spy, Matthew must be in control at all times and think coolly and rationally, but he is not prepared for this sudden death. ” Tell me, Leila … This is what you’d want, right? You wouldn’t want me to give up. I’ll mourn for you when our battle is won. I must fulfill my duty. So rest … I promise I will take care of everything.”  When he confronts his lover’s killer, Jaffar, he is filled with rage. Again as a spy he needs to be cool headed but with his lover’s killer standing before him, how can he? He threatens Jaffar with his life and the life of those he holds dear but eventually realizes that nothing good will come from revenge. Maybe he sees Jaffar as the person he will become if enacts his revenge: a cold blooded killer.


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  • Cryxok

    Being a fan of Fire Emblem, I must say this brought me good memories…I love Linus and Lloyd as characters…for Sacred Stones, I’d like to see Lyon, Joshua and Cormag, those are the ones that I remember being very well developed

    • Lyon is a given. He’s the most well developed character in the game. We’ll take a look at the others.

  • solbalmung

    The first Fire Emblem I played was on the Game Boy Advance (First FE translated ever, I think its the 7th entry). I fell in Love with the game within the first minutes!! My most loved character are: Raven (red haired merceneray turning into a bad ass Hero later), Priscilla the troubadour (Raven sister, turning into a beautiful Valkyrie later) and Jaffar (a silent and murdrous assasin that shows rare affection toward Nino, a little girl mage).
    I wish Nintendo woul keep on making more FE and can’t wait for the one on 3DS to get localized!

    • My favorites are Guy, Karel and Lyn, I love the swordmasters.

  • This is what’s so great about Fire Emblem. The characters have so much depth and you have to play through multiple times to get to know them fully.

    • Natural Harmonia

      This was made five years ago. I wonder how you feel today about Fire Emblem…

  • Honorable mention: Karel. Goes from psycho killer in 7 to peaceful swordmonk in 6.