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Ike

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The main protagonist of Path of Radiance, he's thrust into a conflict between Crimea and Daein after a chance encounter with the princess of Crimea and the death of his father at the hands of the mysterious Black Knight. Develops over the course of the game from a naive mercenary to a capable general and fierce warrior, respected by Beorc and Laguz alike.

 Class: Ranger (PoR), Hero (RD)

Voiced by: Michihiko Hagi (Japanese, PoR, RD and Super Smash Bros Brawl), Jason Adkins (English, PoR, RD and Super Smash Bros Brawl)


  • Achilles Heel: Very low Resistance in both games. Beware of mages.
  • A Father to His Men: After his father's death and his subsequent Promotion to Parent.
  • Ambiguously Gay: A lot of speculation in the fandom has been directed towards this. No special support endings with women? A very close relationship with Soren? Hmmmm...
  • Anti-Hero: Type II.
  • Badass: Certainly one of the top five in a world where every other person is one. Also considered one in-universe. "So Ike beat you that time. Big deal! Ike beats everybody!"
    • Badass Normal: In an army full of magic users, knights on pegasi and wyvern, and even shapeshifting animals, Ike manages to perform excellently in battle. He even defeated a goddess! Granted, he had the blessing of another goddess, but still.
      • Badass Abnormal: After gaining Ragnell and again after being blessed by Yune.
    • Badass Cape
    • Badass Unintentional: Half his dialogue in the epilogue of Radiance can effectively be summed up as Flat Whats towards all the praise heaped on him. He wasn't trying to be a hero. He just wanted to help win back Crimea.
  • BFS: His trademark Ragnell. Notably, Ike is strong enough to deftly wield this two-handed sword with One-Handed Zweihander hand.
  • Big Eater: His appetite isn't just compared to that of a Laguz, Titania puts him in the same league as Skrimir.
  • But Now I Must Go: In his final ending, he leaves the continent, never to be seen again.
  • Bond One-Liner: He has a few; see also Deadpan Snarker.

 Catalena: Pawns of your execrable goddess, die! You are a festering wound in the flesh of the world! Die, and let it heal!

Ike: I suppose talking it over is out of the question?

 Emil: I will not allow you to take one step more!

Ike: Then I've no choice but to cut you down and walk over you!

Greil

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Ike's father and leader of the Greil Mercenaries, dies shortly after the game begins. Is revealed by Volke to be a former member of Daein's Four Riders who defected to protect Ike's mother, and tragically wound up killing her after touching Lehran's Medallion.

 Class: Hero (PoR)

Voiced by: Takashi Nagasako (Japanese, PoR), Stephen Weyte (English, PoR)


 The Black Knight: "I've been waiting for this for a long time. I would prefer it if you used the proper weapon, so that I might see you at your full strength, General Gawain of Daein."

Greil: "That was my name, once... but I... threw it away."

Titania (Tiamat)

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Greil's second in command and something of a surrogate mother for Ike. A former member of the Crimean knights who met Greil in Gallia.

 Class: Paladin (PoR), Axe Paladin (RD)


Soren (Senerio)

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The tactician of the Greil Mercenaries and Ike's best friend, he's a branded (Beorc/Laguz Halfbreed) and carries more then a few chips on his shoulder. Is revealed in the second game to be Ashnard's son.

 Class: Mage (PoR), Wind Sage (RD)


 Ike: You know, Soren? You're not nearly as insensitive as the others say. Deep down, you're a big softie.

Princess Elincia Ridell Crimea

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The secret princess of Crimea whose birth was hidden to prevent a power struggle; this worked well at the time, but it backfires later, because it leads to some problems convincing people that she is indeed the princess that supposedly doesn't exist. She hires the Greil Mercenaries, and the plot of most of Path of Radiance revolves around her attempts to re-take her country and the lengths she goes to do so.

 Class: Princess Crimea (PoR), Queen (RD)

Voiced by: Juri Takita (Japanese, PoR), Erica Evans (English, PoR)


Mist

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Ike's little sister, who decides she's sick of being a noncombatant and properly joins the Greil Mercenaries shortly after Greil dies.

 Class: Cleric (PoR and RD)

Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto (Japanese, PoR), Miho Miyagawa (Japanese, RD), Elsbeth Nathanson (English, PoR)


  • Action Girl: After she promotes in Path of Radiance, and she already starts off using swords in Radiant Dawn.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: A humorous variation occurs in Chapter 17 of Path of Radiance, where Boyd teases her for her weight and she responds by shoving him back four squares (when most characters can only manage two, at most, and Mist is completely incapable of shoving Boyd at all in battle). It's even funnier when she's on a horse.
  • Badass Adorable: If trained properly, she definitely qualifies.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Kinda. Memory of Mom from Path of Radiance was renamed as Mist's Theme in Radiant Dawn. But it was unused and can only be listened in the unlockable BGM gallery.
  • Combat Medic: Gets the ability to use swords after promotion.
  • Hot Chick with a Sword: After being promoted to Valkyrie in Path of Radiance; from the beginning in Radiant Dawn.
  • It Runs in The Family: Why does a mostly magic class use swords? She is Greil's daughter after all.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She has to be, to hold Lehran's Medallion.
  • Lady of War
  • Lethal Chef: Apparently, she was an awful cook when she first started, but eventually she gets better with practice.
  • Limit Break: Sol.
  • Mage Killer: In both games.
  • Magic Knight: Is quite proficient with magic swords in PoR.
  • Magikarp Power: Hard to train at first, but can become a decent fighter once she's been properly raised. She's also one of the only two characters, along with Elincia, that can use both healing staffs and swords, and since she gets a horse on promotion, she gains great mobility which allows heal-and-run tactics. Training her gives a big pay-off in Path of Radiance during the final duel against the Black Knight. Though, she will need a lot of dedication to train (being incredibly fragile), and most players tend to prefer Rhys over her, who can usually heal more effectively and is your only unit to get Light magic (weak though it is).
    • As for Radiant Dawn, though she can use swords from the get-go (and even get her own personal weapon with crazy stats), she's still incredibly weak and will need a lot of attention in order to not get picked off.
    • PoR Mist is able to dish out some impressive hurt with the Sonic Sword, a magic-based sword that obviously gels well with her stats. Trouble is, you have to waste resources aplenty just so she can be able to equip it. None of this carries over to RD, which has ranged-attack swords, but no magic ones.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her medallion, which used to belong to her mother. She and her mother are the only ones who can touch it without succumbing to chaos.
  • The Messiah
  • Panty Shot: Not Ilyana levels, but present. It's even in official artwork.
  • Plucky Girl: She tries to keep smiling and stay strong even after her father dies.
  • Nice Girl
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Her friendship with Jill can be seen this way, to an extent.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Three years later, that is.
  • Slap Slap Kiss: With Boyd.
  • Sword Beam: Her starting sword in Radiant Dawn allows her to attack from a distance.
  • Team Mom: To Ike's family, following the death of her mother.
  • Tsundere: Type B. Usually deredere, but Boyd can cause her to go into tsun mode.
  • Unwanted Harem: If she doesn't end up with Boyd, she'll happily live by herself, despite having several suitors.
  • White Magician Girl: To start. After promotion, she's a Combat Medic.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: After promoting to Valkyrie. Since all characters' official art is based on their earliest class, this means her official art doesn't display this.

Ranulf (Rai)

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A Gallian soldier who is right hand to the future king, and Heterosexual Life Partners with Ike.

 Class: Cat (PoR and RD)

Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese, RD), ??? (English, RD)


  • Badass
  • Cat Boy
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He fought the Black Knight near the middle of Path of Radiance, he fought Zelgius near the middle of Radiant Dawn, and near the end of Radiant Dawn he revealed that they were one and the same.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like Ike.

 Valtome: The so-called queen... Where is that brazen little hussy? Bring her before me! Now! Right away! Immediately!

Ranulf: Are you the best Ashera could do? This really is the end of the world.

Reyson (Rieusion)

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The last prince of the Heron Clan, he initially held a grudge against all Beorc, but after finding his sister was alive, he found it in himself to forgive the Apostle of Begnion.

 Class: Heron (PoR and RD)


  • Badass Pacifist: Physically incapable of combat. Still a badass.
  • Bishonen
  • Berserk Button: Oliver's continued existence. Not that any decent human being could blame him.
  • Defrosting The Ice King: Despises humans, takes a good bit of Ike-flavored honesty to get him to warm up to them.
  • Expy: His appearance and function are quite similar to Elphin's. His personality, on the other hand...
  • Fantastic Racism: Initially towards Beorc, but not without good reason.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Radiant Dawn sees him almost completely drop the "jerk" part.
  • Limit Break: Subverted; his so-called "mastery skill" is technically just Blessing (heals a small amount of HP to adjacent allies). In RD Herons don't have any mastery skill, though one could argue the uber Recovery galdr they get at level 40 (full HP and clears statuses) qualifies. Good luck getting any of them up to that.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Non-Action Guy: His role is similar to the Dancers and Bards in previous games; he isn't capable of combat himself[1], but he's quite capable of rejuvenating his allies.
    • In Path of Radiance he punches Duke Oliver in the nose full force. Oliver is only slightly bruised by the strike, while Reyson broke all the bones in his hand.

 Ike: But it felt good, didn't it?

Reyson: Oh yeah.

  • Pay Evil Unto Evil: What he wanted to do as a result of the Serenes Massacre, because he didn't know that there were any survivors other than himself and his father. He got over his desire for revenge when he learned that Leanne was still alive and she persuaded him to accept Sanaki's apology.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Common to all Herons. His is about waist length.
  • Spoony Bard: See "Non-Action Guy" above. He subverts it when shifted, though.
  • Tsundere

Nasir

A Dragon Clan member who left due to philosophical differences, he poses as a Beorc spice merchant and follows Ike around for a large part of the game (even after his services as a ship captain have run their course).

 Class: White Dragon (PoR and RD)


  • Badass Grandpa: Literally, though given how slow Dragons age he doesn't look a day past thirty.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Radiant Dawn.
    • Crippling Overspecialization: Much like his compatriot Gareth, he joins at a point where there is nothing left but magic users to fight, and his attacks only deal magic damage. Unlike Gareth though, Nasir comes with some good skills.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: If Ike is unable to defeat the Black Knight.
    • Ena's comments during the epilogue don't explicitly state that Nasir is dead for sure. Either way he's alive and well in RD, so either outcome of the Black Knight battle makes sense... in theory.
  • Heel Face Revolving Door
  • Eleventh-Hour Ranger
  • The Mole
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: In RD, he's decided never to betray Dheginsea again, motivated by guilt over his actions in PoR. This leads to you and Nasir being at odds during the final chapter, but he'll join you (on the king's orders, naturally) after you beat Dheginsea. (Assuming you don't kill Nasir first.)
  • Limit Break: Boon (PoR) & Ire (RD).
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Nasir gives a doozy of one to Almedha before the final chapter in RD. He spells out, among other things, how Ashnard did everything in his power to antagonize Dheginsea and suck him into the war, hits home how much the continent is still suffering from the aftermath of Ashnard's antics, and how the numerous catastrophies that have lead up that point are her fault for getting involved with Ashnard. All this, after having not seen her face-to-face for 90 years. Talk about a ghost from the past!
    • To a lesser extent, he gives one to Kurth and Ena as well. He tells them that because they got involved in the war despite Dheginsea's warnings, all of Goldoa's efforts to remain neutral have been for nothing. His speech to them can be summed up as "Good fucking job, you two."
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Somewhat. In the beginning of the game, he comments that Ike's idealism will be tested and broken. By the end, if he survives, he will admit that he was wrong and that Ike is much stronger than he anticipated.
  • Secret Keeper: Nasir is one the handful of people in the entire world who knows the family tree of Lehran and Altina, the origin of the branded and their persecution, and the true terms of the pact made with Ashera. Presumably, he was told all of this by Dheginsea, and he doesn't reveal any of it until Kurthnaga becomes king.

Notes

  1. although Radiant Dawn introduces an item that allows any unit to use a magical attack, even herons
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