Fire Emblem Series

Year: 1990

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Intelligent Systems

Country: Japan

Genre: Tactical role-playing

Platform: Various

Fire Emblem

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Fire Emblem, a tactical role-playing video game franchise set within a Medieval time period across fictional continents, was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It now consists of 15 games across multiple game systems. Its RPG simulation is based on the tactical movement of characters across grid-based environments while incorporating a story, characters, and decision making similar to a traditional RPG video game. Gameplay is notable for the permanent death of characters and their subsequent removal from all action. The title “Fire Emblem” refers to a recurring motif across the series represented by a weapon or shield and symbolizing the power of war and dragons.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (1999): Marty and Dagdar

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (2003): BramimondFlorina and Lyndis; LegaultLucius and Raven

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones (2004): Ephraim and LyonJoshua and Gerik

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005): Ike and SorenJill and Mist; Reyson and Tibarn; Sigrun and Tanith

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007): Elincia and Lucia; HeatherJill and Mist; Joke about Ike and SotheKyzaRanulf

Fire Emblem Awakening (2012): Gay Jokes and QueernessSame-Sex Relationship Hack; The Hubba Tester

Fire Emblem Fates (2015): ForrestNinaRomance options; Same-Sex Relationship Hack; SkinshippingSoleil; The Hubba Tester

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017): Leon; Lukas; Queer Readings

Fire Emblem Heroes (2017): Ally Support; Loki; Sharena

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019-2020): Byleth Pairings and Controversy; Non-Byleth Pairings

See also QRM’s entry for this game series


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