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“But...I ugly... I not be with people. People hate me...”
—Gonzalez in a support conversation with Echidna

Gonzalez is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and the only playable Brigand in the game.

Profile

Hailing from the Western Isles, Gonzalez was rejected by his fellow villagers due to his monster-like appearance, and was reluctantly reduced to a bandit and used as a tool for hard labour by them. Ordered to destroy a village, he switches sides when Lilina speaks to him, because she's the first person to speak to him kindly.

At the end of the war, he returns to his village. Rather than the heavy rejection he received from them earlier, he is accepted as a war hero and finally lives a happy life in the village.

Personality

Unattractive in physical appearance, even by his own admission, Gonzalez possesses a heart of gold that contrasts with his appearance. Despite his mistreatment, he bears no ill will towards the villagers of his hometown but feels that he is unworthy of even basic kind treatment. He is touched by Lilina's honest kindness given to him upon their first meeting and weeps when she insists on staying with him in their support.

He is unintelligent and simple, his support conversations are often short with him unable to use even simple phrases like "thank you" or forgetting the name of the person he is talking to between conversations. He is well aware of his lacking intelligence and even wallows in self-pity over his shortcomings. However he is receptive of others and finds inspiration through their patience to improve himself, even if only by a tiny amount.

In Game

The Binding Blade

Description: A brigand from the Western Isles. Uneducated but compassionate.

Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
FE6Brigand.gif BrigandGBAThunder.gif Thunder
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
5*
11**
361259560155
WeaponStarting Items
Axe.gif Axe - C* (D**)Devilaxe.gifDevil Axe
Vulnerary.gifVulnerary*

* Larum's route only

** Elffin's route only

Starting ClassAffinity
FE6Brigand.gif BrigandGBAThunder.gif Thunder
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
5*
11**
4116810771155
WeaponStarting Items
Axe.gif Axe - C* (D**)Devilaxe.gifDevil Axe
Vulnerary.gifVulnerary*

* Larum's route only

** Elffin's route only

Growth Rates

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 60% 15% 50% 35% 25% 5%

Promotion Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
Herocrest.gif Hero Crest FE8 Berserker Map Sprite.gif Berserker
1 +4 +2 +5 +2 +3 0 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Axe.gif +1

Supports

See also: Gonzalez/Supports

Overall

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Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Gonzalez, depending on the route, joins at either Level 5 or Level 11. In Larum's route, he joins at level 5 with a C in axes and in Elffin's route D in axes. He gets hard mode bonuses, a nice touch, and his starting stats are the same regardless. This means if one wants to maximize the amount of stat gains he'll get, especially if the goal is to level him to level 20 before promoting him, Larum's route is ideal, especially given the better axe rank, but if one desperately needs a Berserker and intends to promote him with the next hero crest obtained, Elffin's route is ideal. It depends on the player's preference in the end.

As a unit, Gonzalez has monstrous damage output. His Strength and Speed growths are phenomenal, but his skill is terrible and when combined with the low accuracy of axes in FE6, his accuracy is poor. His HP is very high as well, and his Constitution is so high that Steel Axes don't slow him down, even before promotion. His Luck and Defense are average, but his resistance is very low. This means his HP allows him to soak up most physical hits, but magic does a number on him. That said, his high Constitution can also be something of a bane; he is so heavy that many units cannot carry him at all, and after promotion, Sin is the sole promoted mounted unit who can carry him. One particular advantage Gonzalez has is his ability to cross very rough terrain and climb mountains, which can enable some unusual strategies: for instance, using the massive Avoid boost to battle Chapter 21's wyvern swarms.

Promotion grants him a huge Skill boost (+5) and Crit +30, meaning with the right supports his hit rate can improve further and his critical rate can skyrocket. Regardless, he tends to struggle with fast sword users in terms of hit rate. His HP, Strength, Speed, and Defense also improve nicely, but he gains no resistance. If one intends to get him to Level 20 before promoting him, later obtained Hero Crests can be used on him if the player would rather promote characters like Dieck or Rutger with the earlier obtained ones. Overall, Gonzalez has good chances of being a very useful unit, especially on hard mode, but does have his weaknesses.

Heroes

Kindly Bandit
An uncommonly large man, born in the Western Isles. Searching for a group who would accept him for who he is, he wound up with bandits. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.

Base Stats

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Gonzalez Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Kindly Bandit
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
43/46/49
10/11/12
35/38/41
7/8/9
28/31/34
7/8/9
26/29/32
2/3/4
15/18/21
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Steel AxeFEH Axe.png Axe
✯✯✯✯
Gonzalez Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Kindly Bandit
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
44/47/51
11/12/13
37/40/44
8/9/10
30/33/36
7/8/9
27/30/33
2/3/4
16/19/22
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Rein Axe
FEH skill special.png Dragon Gaze
FEH Axe.png Axe
✯✯✯✯✯
Gonzalez Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Kindly Bandit
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
19/20/21
47/50/54
11/12/13
39/42/46
8/9/10
32/35/38
8/9/10
30/33/36
3/4/5
18/21/24
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Rein Axe+
FEH skill special.png Dragon Gaze
FEH Axe.png Axe

Skills

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Axe---
Steel Axe---
Rein Axe-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
Rein Axe+-FEH Star Rarity 5.pngFEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
Dragon FangDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH Atk Spd Push 1.png Atk Spd Push 1-FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Atk Spd Push 2.png Atk Spd Push 2FEH Atk Spd Push 1.png Atk Spd Push 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH Atk Spd Push 3.png Atk Spd Push 3FEH Atk Spd Push 2.png Atk Spd Push 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Threaten Atk 1.png Threaten Atk 1--
FEH Threaten Atk Spd 1.png Threaten Atk Spd 1FEH Threaten Atk 1.png Threaten Atk 1-
FEH Threaten Atk Spd 2.png Threaten Atk Spd 2FEH Threaten Atk Spd 1.png Threaten Atk Spd 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png


Overall

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Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Base Set

Counters

Skill Inheritance

Quotes

The Binding Blade

“I not afraid! This time, I not afraid!!”
—Gonzalez's final battle quote in The Binding Blade.
“Me...hurt... Urg...”
—Gonzalez's death quote in The Binding Blade.

Heroes

Gonzalez/Heroes Quotes

Ending

Gonzalez - Gentle Bandit (心やさしき山賊 Kokoro yasashiki sanzoku)
"When Gonzalez returned to his home on the Western Isles, he was not greeted with stones or harsh words. Instead, people cheered for the return of a hero."

Non-Canon Appearances

He makes a brief cameo appearance in Chapter 17 of the Hasha no Tsurugi manga.

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Gonzalez is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 280
The Binding Blade
767
CYL2 265
↑15
The Binding Blade
857
↑90
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 306
↓41
The Binding Blade
667
↓190
CYL4 261
↑45
The Binding Blade
519
↓148
CYL5 181
↑80
The Binding Blade
529
↑10

CYL6 171
The Binding Blade
571

Etymology

Gonzalez is a common spanish surname, that has ancient germanic origins, derived from the element "gundislav" or "Gunther-salaz", meaning "Battle elf" or "War Hall".

Trivia

  • According to a Japanese gaming news website, Gonzalez landed 46th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
  • Gonzalez is one of only three characters in the game to support with someone from both routes in a path split with both being the pre-promotes, the other characters being Douglas and Percival with the dancer units you get from the path split.
  • In addition: Gonzalez has quotes in Fire Emblem Heroes talking about both Bartre and Echidna despite only being able to interact with one or the other in the original game (likely meaning he met the other at the Order of Heroes).
  • Gonzalez is the only playable Brigand from the GBA trilogy.
    • Before Three Houses, Gonzales was also one the two playable Brigands in the franchise, with the other being Marty from Thracia 776.

Gallery

See main article: Gonzalez/Gallery.
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