“Listen up, cannon fodder! We have a direct order from King Garon. He says kill 'em all!”
—Hans to his army in Prologue

Hans is a non-playable character and the tertiary antagonist in the Birthright and Conquest routes of Fire Emblem Fates and a minor antagonist in the route of Revelation.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Hans is a soldier of Nohr and a criminal who has committed a number of heinous atrocities that include murder and robbery. Lustful for achieving success in life, Hans abuses the power ceded to him in order to attain his goal.

Several years prior to the events of Fates, Xander had personally arrested Hans, but the criminal was released by Garon after having supposedly "rehabilitated" in prison.

Prologue[edit | edit source]

Garon deploys Hans to assist Corrin on a "redemption" mission by exploring an "abandoned" Hoshidan fort near the edge of their borders. After the party unexpectedly encounters Hoshidans guarding the fort, Hans kills one of them, forcing the remaining Hoshidans to attack the party, much to the dismay of both Corrin and Gunter. Hans blindly charges towards a fortified Hoshidan position, getting himself wounded in battle. However, it was just a ruse, as he feigned death so that he could see what Corrin would do, as per Garon's orders.

Following the battle that ensues, as Corrin and Gunter prepare to return back to Nohr, Hans ambushes them, whereupon he succeeds in driving Gunter off the cliff into the yawning void of the Bottomless Canyon. He then attempts to kill Corrin in a similar vein, but fails to do so as they, enraged by Hans' betrayal, activates the Dragon Fang skill. As Corrin moves in to strike Hans, they furiously demand to know the reason behind his betrayal, Hans only reply that he was following Garon's orders. Before Corrin can ask why, they are pulled away and into the chasm by the haunted Ganglari. Hans promptly makes his escape, presumably back to Nohr to report the success of his mission to Garon.


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Birthright[edit | edit source]

Hans appears in Chapter 13 as part of Camilla's forces. Although defeated in battle, he manages to survive. Leo appears and attempts to kill Corrin, but they are forced to flee when Scarlet and her Chevian rebels arrive.

As the war continues to progress, Hans is later encountered Chapter 24 where he is promoted to commander. While passing through an underground passage under Elise's guidance, the Hoshidan army accidentally stumbles upon a training ground. Obscured by a statue, the army watch as Hans enters the grounds as Nohrian Heroes and Generals are engaged in training. One of the Generals later discovers the Hoshidan army, whereupon and Hans gleefully orders his troops to use them as practice targets. However, the soldiers are unable to kill them and angered by the incompetence of his soldiers, personally takes over and lands several devastating blows against Corrin. Before he can land the killing strike, Lilith arrives and takes the blow for them, sending them into a fit of rage.

During the battle that follows, Hans takes command of his soldiers to kill the intruders. In the ensuing battle, he is slain and the remaining Nohrian forces decide to surrender to the Hoshidans. Lilith also dies from the wounds she got from blocking Hans' attack shortly after.

Conquest[edit | edit source]

Hans reappears in Chapter 13, where he joins the Corrin in their plans to a stop the rebellion uprising that has broken out in Cheve. The Nohrians come out victorious and the army has spared the lives of the enemy soldiers. Hans, along with his goons, starts killing not only the remaining wounded Hoshidan troops and Chevian knights, but also the Chevian civilians following the Corrin's defeat of Scarlet, having been ordered by Garon to do so. Corrin attempts to stop him, but Hans claims that he is just following Garon's orders and that he cannot listen to Corrin since Garon's word is law, before continuing his killing spree. According to Camilla, Hans also killed Scarlet in a particularly "gruesome manner" after she was defeated by Corrin.

In Chapter 14, Hans later gives Garon his report, crediting Corrin with most of the work he had done, much of their indignant outrage. After the Nohrians kills the band of Hoshidan soldiers that arrived to assassinate Garon, he orders Corrin to kill all the singers in Nestra. When Corrin protests, Leo manages to drag them out of the situation, while Garon orders Hans and Iago to kill them instead and they leave to begin their killing spree.

Hans is also briefly seen in Chapter 16, where Garon welcomes Gunter back into the Nohrian army. Hans also greets him back, but Gunter remains silent towards him.

Hans later reemerges following the conclusion of the fierce defense put up by Yukimura in Chapter 22. Upon his entrance, he mercilessly slays a few of the Hoshidan prisoners alongside Iago, not including Yukimura, Sakura and her retainers Subaki and Hana. Although Xander and the others try to stop them from killing any more prisoners, they are halted by Garon, who threatens to execute them for treason if they continue in their protests.

In Chapter 24, Hans, along with Iago, kills several Hoshidan civilians as they go into the capital city.

Hans makes one final appearance in Chapter 26, where he, along with Iago and Garon's loyalists, attempts to kill Corrin after Garon assumes the throne of Hoshido and for Corrin letting Hinoka escape alive. The joint effort of these deceitful characters proves to be in vain, as the Nohrian royals turn against them since they can kill them without Garon to protect them any more. Corrin, working alongside their siblings and army, manages to kill Hans, Iago and all of Garon's loyalist, ending their tyranny and providing retribution to the innocent lives lost at the hands of Hans and Iago. Before his death, Hans is shocked and angered, complaining how he will not be rewarded for all his "hard" work.

Revelation[edit | edit source]

In Chapter 14, following Xander's return to Castle Krackenberg after his return from Cyrkensia, Hans is observed to be conversing with Iago. Within this exchange, Hans asserts the impossibility of Xander being convinced to join the Corrin's cause, to which Iago disagrees and brings up the fact that Camilla had joined the Corrin's army to support his disagreement, resolutely maintaining a stance of suspicion against Xander. The two are unaware that Elise was eavesdropping on them, who then leaves to join Corrin.

Hans later reappears in Chapter 16, once again hired by Garon to kill Corrin and stop them from getting near the Bottomless Canyon. Although Hans puts up a good fight, he is killed by combined might of both Hoshido and Nohr. Though Iago arrives after Hans' defeat, he is also slain in battle and unable to obtain victory despite Hans putting a significant dent in the combined force.

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Personality[edit | edit source]

Hans is a violent criminal who will go to any length, no matter how inhumane they may be, in order to realize his dream of attaining power. To this end, he relishes murder and bloodshed, a fact that is repeatedly proven through his involvement across the game's various routes. He cares little for his subordinates, willingly charging forward alongside them, but abandoning them the first instance he is outmatched. He always follows Garon's orders without remorse and is more concerned with his own self-preservation than the well-being of his comrades.

Hans has earned the dislike and distrust of the Nohrian royal siblings, particularly Xander, for his lack of humanity. Likewise, Hans detests them, stating that they are another obstacle in the way of obtaining glory and relishes the thought of killing them in order to do so. When Xander and the Nohrian royals turn against Iago, Hans is unfazed and remorselessly threatens to kill them, calling them "weak", showing he is loyal only to Garon, which leads to Hans getting his comeuppance for his shameless and disgraceful crimes.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

As an Enemy[edit | edit source]

Birthright Chapter 13 - Another Hope[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2441701812101046
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Roundhouse.pngGambleFE14 Axe.png Axe - BFE14Axe.png Silver Axe

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2441901812101046
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Roundhouse.pngGambleFE14 Axe.png Axe - BFE14Axe.png Silver Axe

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2491901814101046
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Roundhouse.pngGambleFE14 Axe.png Axe - BFE14Axe.png Silver Axe

Birthright Chapter 24 - Tears of a Dragon[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
13692602324101510-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Great Shield (FE13).pngPavise
Roundhouse.pngGamble
FE14 Axe.png Axe - AFE14Axe.png Brave Axe
FE14Axe.png Silver Star Axe
FE14Shuriken.png Chakram (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
13693402324101810-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Great Shield (FE13).pngPavise
Roundhouse.pngGamble
FE14 Axe.png Axe - AFE14Axe.png Brave Axe
FE14Axe.png Silver Star Axe
FE14Shuriken.png Chakram (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
13703402324101810-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Great Shield (FE13).pngPavise
Roundhouse.pngGamble
FE14 Axe.png Axe - SFE14Axe.png Brave Axe
FE14Axe.png Silver Star Axe
FE14Shuriken.png Chakram (Dropped)

Conquest Chapter 26 - Treason[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
19603502828101786
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Diamond Strike (Skill).pngArmored BlowFE14 Axe.png Axe - SFE14Axe.png Aurgelmir (Dropped)

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
196540030321020106
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Counter (FE13).pngCounter
Raven Strike (Skill).pngCertain Blow
Diamond Strike (Skill).pngArmored Blow
FE14 Axe.png Axe - SFE14Axe.png Aurgelmir (Dropped)

Revelation Chapter 16 - White Flames[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
638+519018910149-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
MaxHPPlus5.pngHP +5
Roundhouse.pngGamble
FE14 Axe.png Axe - BFE14Axe.png Tomahawk (Dropped)
FE14Axe.png Steel Axe

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
640+521018910169-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
MaxHPPlus5.pngHP +5
Roundhouse.pngGamble
FE14 Axe.png Axe - BFE14Axe.png Tomahawk (Dropped)
FE14Axe.png Steel Axe

Starting Class
FE14 Hans Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
643+52401811101912-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
MaxHPPlus5.pngHP +5
Roundhouse.pngGamble
StrengthCry.pngRally Strength
FE14 Axe.png Axe - SFE14Axe.png Tomahawk (Dropped)
FE14Axe.png Steel Axe

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Help description[edit | edit source]

A Nohrian soldier who is hungry for advancement and short on ethics.

Defeated by Enemy[edit | edit source]

  • "Ah, dammit..."

Chapter 3[edit | edit source]

"Ally" Hans[edit | edit source]

“Gyaaaah! Die!”
—Hans' Chapter 3 pre-battle quote

Retreat[edit | edit source]

“Bwahaha! Looks like I've done enough damage for the time being. Time to lay low and see how this all plays out...”
—Hans' Chapter 3 retreat quote.

Chapter 13 (Birthright)[edit | edit source]

Enemy Hans[edit | edit source]

“I've always wanted a trophy... I think I'll keep your head in a jar.”
—Hans' pre-battle quote.

Retreat[edit | edit source]

“Not again...”
—Han's defeat quote.

Chapter 24 (Birthright)[edit | edit source]

Enemy Hans[edit | edit source]

“Let me relieve you of your head! Bwahaha!”
—Hans' pre-battle quote.

Vs. Corrin[edit | edit source]

  • Hans: Ah, I finally get a chance to finish the job. My axe is waiting...
  • Corrin: I'm going to burn you to the ground, Hans. When I'm through with you, your axe will be the only reminder you ever lived.

Death[edit | edit source]

“You...you killed me! How can this be? URGHH...”
—Hans' death quote.

Chapter 26 (Conquest)[edit | edit source]

Enemy Hans[edit | edit source]

“I've waited a long time to wipe that smug look off your face. This is what you get for not bowing down to my might!”
—Hans' pre-battle quote.

Death[edit | edit source]

“Defeated? How?! No... It can't be... I was to be rewarded with power! So much...power...”
—Han's death quote.

Chapter 16 (Revelation)[edit | edit source]

Enemy Hans[edit | edit source]

“Bwahahaha! I hope you're all prepared to die! Actually...I don't care if you're ready or not. The more of you I kill, the better the promotion I'll get as a reward. Earl Hans... No... Duke Hans... Yes, that has a nice ring to it.”
—Hans' pre-battle quote.

Death[edit | edit source]

“Gah... To die to the...likes of you...I can't stand it...”
—Han's death quote.

Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[edit | edit source]

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

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Ganz is a German surname for the word "complete" or "full". The meaning of this name however, isn't suitable to his character, because of that, it is better to assume that the name is spelled gans with a "s" instead of a "z". Gans is German for "Goose".

The name Hans is a male German, Dutch, and Scandinavian name meaning "gift from God" or "God has been gracious". It is both a short form for the name Johannes and the German variant of the Hebrew name John.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In a Fire Emblem Cipher live-stream, what appeared to be a WIP card art for Hans by Yusuke Kozaki appeared. This illustration was never used, but Hans did eventually receive a card illustrated by Rika Suzuki.
  • Despite being a Berserker, Hans uses the critical animation of a Fighter's by leaping into the air and back down to strike his victims rather than beginning with a forward rush like what most Berserkers do. The trait of this is shared with Kotaro and Kilma with their Master Ninja and Sorcerer classes respectively.
  • In a sketch by Kozaki, Hans is spending his leisure time with two women, presumably his lovers.
  • His character model in Chapter 3 retains his Berserker battle model rather than a Fighter equivalent.
  • Like Iago, Zola, Garon and Mikoto, Hans has unused blushing portraits within the games codes.
  • Hans makes his Fire Emblem Heroes debut as an opponent in the Lost Lore event, In the White Light.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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