With a total of sixteen mainline games and a whole host of spin-off and cross-promotion titles, there's quite a bit of Fire Emblem content out there. What's more, with each game in the franchise introducing several all-new characters, the series is host to so many names and faces that it's almost impossible to keep track of them all.
While super-recognizable characters like Marth or Roy—both of which, coincidentally, were featured in Super Smash Bros. Melee and helped to kick-start the Fire Emblem franchise in the West—are well-known, there's also a huge group of random characters which only super fans will recognize and feel are a little unnecessary. Here are 19 Fire Emblem characters that just make no sense.
19 Validar - Fire Emblem: Awakening
Leader of the Grimleal clan in Fire Emblem: Awakening and father of protagonist Robin, Validar is set up to be one of the game's main antagonists. As such, you'd think he would have some sort of compelling backstory or interesting motivation. While that's true to an extent, Validar really only appears to have no real drive or intentions of his own. He's purely a vessel for Grima, and, as such, he makes little sense.
18 Cath - Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Fire Emblem The Binding Blade's Cath is just plain annoying. As a child, her village was raided, and, as a result, she holds a deep-seated hatred for noblemen or anyone of the upper class. She takes it upon herself to steal from them as much as possible and develops a pseudo-Robin Hood complex. That said, she also steals from her friends and allies, which makes little sense.
17 Makalov - Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Makalov is perhaps one of the least likable characters in the entirety of the Fire Emblem Saga. An alcoholic mercenary with a major gambling problem, he's probably the least trustworthy character the player can interact with. He's mostly redundant in battle, and he always seems to rely on others to get him out of trouble.
16 Gwendolyn - Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Gwendolyn has a pretty tragic backstory, but that doesn't mean we feel a lot of empathy for her. After losing most of her family, she develops a deep respect for her brother and aims to follow in his footsteps and become a heavy knight herself. That said, she's just not very useful in combat and can, at times, be an outright detriment.
15 Matthis - Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Matthis is pretty much a meek pacifist during a time of war, which automatically qualifies him as a totally useless unit. Though there isn't much characterization in the first Fire Emblem game, we still know that we don't like him all that much. He can also kill his own sister, so he's really not even trying to be likable.
14 Forde - Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Forde is a really weird dude. Not only does he appear in a fairly obscure entry in the series, but he's also somehow a warrior who is renown for his laziness. In fact, he's even been known to fall asleep in the middle of battle. That's so stupid it's almost impressive, and it definitely doesn't make much sense.
13 Roshea - Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Roshea is a recurring character with minor roles in various games throughout the series, but he's failed to establish much of a legacy for himself. He often goes unused in Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, the first game in which he appears, due to the fact that he joins fairly late and is usually superseded by more adept Cavaliers.
12 Fiona - Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Fiona is a noble, solitary knight eager to fulfill her duties and only wants the best for her people. Ordinarily, that would make for a great character, but she's actually one of the worst mounted units in Fire Emblem history. She's easily bested in combat in her introductory chapter, and she's more of an odd annoyance than anything.
11 Nowi - Fire Emblem: Awakening
Nowi is one of the most nonsensical characters ever introduced in Fire Emblem. A dragon of unknown origin, she adopts a very childish tone most of the time despite apparently being somewhere around one thousand years old. That said, she switches to a very motherly tone when she's around her children, which just makes us incredibly confused.
10 Sophia - Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Much like her Binding Blade compatriot, Wendy, Sophia has very few redeeming qualities. She's a sweet enough character, but her base sets are downright awful, and she joins far too late in the game to be worth the investment. She also comes with fairly average growth stats, meaning that she won't be able to catch up to other classes.
9 Hisame - Fire Emblem: Fates
Hisame from Fire Emblem Fates gets a ton of ridicule, and there's a good reason for that. This dude is annoying, mopey, and comes with some serious daddy issues. He's the son of Hinata, a flashy, semi-cocky swordsman, and it makes no sense that Hisame would continue to follow in his father's footsteps despite the fact that he hates him so much. He also really loves pickles... which is weird.
8 Garon - Fire Emblem: Fates
Fire Emblem Fates had a lot of memorable characters, but Garon was not one of them. The primary antagonist and the father of Corrin, he's portrayed as a stereotypical megalomaniac dictator ruling over Nohr with an iron fist. He feels cartoonishly evil, and conflicting reports regarding his attitudes as a parent make him come off as pretty nonsensical.
7 Gharnef - Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon And The Blade Of Light
The first Fire Emblem didn't exactly start things on the right foot in terms of villains. He was once a virtuous man, but he turned to evil after Gotoh chose Miloah to be the successor of Khadein. Fire Emblem villains typically feel a bit one-note, and, though he has something of an interesting backstory, Gharnef is just kind of a stupid character.
6 Arden - Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
We want to love Arden from Fire Emblem: Geneology of the Holy War for his lovable oafish persona, but he's just not that useful. Though he comes equipped with some fairly high HP and Defense stats, he's just way too slow to effectively fill his roles. His character may not exactly be nonsensical, but putting up with him in combat definitely is.
5 Camila - Fire Emblem: Fates
Camila may be the number one waifu of Fire Emblem Fates, but, let's be honest, she's kind of weird. To some characters, she's very stern, serious, and a little distant. However, when it comes to children, Corrin, in particular, her maternal instincts kick in and she gets super protective. While it does make some sense given her background, it's still a little bit creepy.
4 Oboro - Fire Emblem: Fates
Oboro from Fates has the most generic anime protagonist backstory ever; her parents were taken out by the Nhorian assassins, and she's out on a quest for revenge. Such is her blind fury that she inadvertently twists her face in disgust when she sees someone hailing from Nhor. It's a bit nonsensical given how she'll work with Niles or Benny, but we suppose there's a reason for that.
3 Bernadetta - Fire Emblem: Three Houses
There doesn't seem to be much love for the Black Eagles in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and perhaps that's because Bernadetta belongs to it. An awkward, anti-social schoolgirl, Bernadetta is as useless as she is frustrating. We definitely don't have anything against introversion, but she's a nonsensical blemish on an otherwise solid FE cast.
2 Tharja - Fire Emblem: Awakening
Tharja is definitely the fan-favorite Fire Emblem: Awakening waifu, and we certainly understand why, but, let's be real here, she's a bit crazy. She's really cold and standoffish with most people, but she's totally obsessed with Robin, the game's protagonist. It's certainly flattering, but it's also a little bit creepy and kind of nonsensical.
1 Jagen - Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon And The Blade of Light
Jagen gets a ton of hate, and deservedly so. He's loyal to a fault and fiercely dedicated to Marth and Altea, but his status as a veteran knight doesn't make sense when you take into account just how useless he is. He's seriously one of the worst early-game units in Fire Emblem history, and he really starts the entire saga off on a fairly sour note.