Leon from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

 

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Leon is an openly gay playable character in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which is a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden. As indicated by one reader, however, he is not presented as gay in the original game. He loves his companion Valbar, a married, heterosexual male character. This is supported through various conversations and “in-town” dialogues (here and here). Some transcripts of this dialogue appear below and were provided by the person who emailed us:

“When I was a kid, there was this guy that I was head over heels for. He’s the reason I enlisted, actually. Just so I could stay close to him. He died in the first battle we fought. I cried so hard, I thought my eyes were going to float clean out of my skull.

“Valbar saved me from that. Every time he saw me, he’d take the time to say something. Cheer me up. What can you do with a man like that but fall in love?

“You’re thinking I’m a tramp, aren’t you? Well, I’m not. It’s hardly my fault that the world is full of wonderful, lovable people. Such a thing really motivates one to get out there and save it.”

According to this article, he is the first openly and explicitly gay character in the series.

 

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (2003): Lucius and Raven; Florina and Lyndis

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones (2004): Joshua and Gerik

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005): Ike and Soren; Heather

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007): Ranulf; Kyza

Fire Emblem Awakening (2012): Same-Sex Relationship Hack

Fire Emblem Fates (2015): Romance options

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017): Leon

 

Citations:

  1. Hadfield, N. (2017, June 30). Fire Emblem Echoes signals a change in how Nintendo writes gay characters. Medium. Retrieved from https://medium.com/takes/fire-emblem-echoes-signals-a-change-in-how-nintendo-writes-gay-characters-29a16c0cc16b
  2. Justonegamer. (2017, May 22). Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia- Leon & Valbar Support Conversations. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kksMkmL702E
  3. Justonegamer. (2017, May 22). Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia- Kamui & Leon Support Conversations. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSOre10lEHs
  4. Leon (n.d.) Fire Emblem Wiki. Retrieved from http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Leon