—Iago making his last stand against Corrin and his army in Revelation: Chapter 17
Iago is a non-playable character and the secondary antagonist in the Birthright and Conquest routes of Fire Emblem Fates and a minor antagonist in the route of Revelation.
Iago is Nohr’s tactician, and is viewed as a shadow of Garon. Always eager to get into King Garon's good favor, Iago sycophantically agrees with each and every one of his opinions, even if they may be morally unsound. He excels at witchcraft, and employs foul play and manipulation in his schemes to bend others to his will.
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Iago first appears in Chapter 8, manipulating the Hoshidan army into killing several members of the Wind Tribe by using his magic to disguise them as Faceless. After the spell is lifted, Iago arrives and taunts them, knowing that he can easily plot against them and leaves before the Wind Tribe finds out that he was responsible for their deaths.
Later on, in Chapter 16, Takumi falls ill to a rare disease local to the region, and the Hoshidan army makes the decision to search for medicine at one of Garon's villas. Garon sends Iago to stop them, but he is defeated in battle. Before departing, Iago mocks Corrin, telling them that there is a "traitor" operating within their ranks, cackling with glee as he watches Corrin struggle to identify the "traitor".
In Chapter 20, Iago appears in Fort Dragonfall, where he greets the Hoshidan army by informing them that Garon has granted him the power to revive the dragon that is a part of the fortress. After invoking the resurrection of the dragon, Iago, although aware that the army will succumb to the dragon's stomach acid, makes the sadistic decision to speed up their deaths by summoning a horde of Faceless. However, his plan is foiled as the Hoshidan army manage to succeed in breaking out of the fortress.
In Chapter 25, Iago meets the Hoshidan army at a staircase landing leading to the throne room. He taunts Corrin for being weak and careless, telling them that the traitor is still in their midst. He then seizes full control over Takumi's mind, compelling him to take Azura as a hostage. Iago thereafter reveals Takumi to be the "traitor", as thanks to him, he knew of their whereabouts, gleefully forcing the Hoshidan royalty to decide whether or not to kill him or watch Azura die. However, thanks to Corrin's attempt to reach out to Takumi, he regains temporary control of his senses, allowing Azura to sing Lost in Thoughts All Alone to purify his mind and free him from Iago's curse. Iago tries to stop her, but Sakura manages to halt him long enough for Azura to finish her song. Takumi breaks free and shoots Iago, foiling his plans yet again.
Iago, angered that he failed to kill Corrin again, then engages the Hoshidan army in one last battle, only to be defeated once more. Iago cowers and pathetically attempts to have Corrin spare his life, claiming that he too had been controlled by Garon. His claims are easily called out and Leo appears afterwords, having watched the battle. He states that he is disgusted with him and that he will no longer allow him to disgrace Nohr, and he kills Iago with Brynhildr, putting an end to his schemes for good.
Iago oversees Nohr's invasion of Hoshido, accompanying Garon when needed. Iago plays a bigger role in Conquest than Birthright.
When Corrin returns from Hoshido in Chapter 7, Garon and Iago are surprised and suspicious of them. Iago states that Corrin could be a spy for Hoshido, and Garon promptly agrees. Garon then orders Xander to kill Corrin, but Xander informs Garon that Corrin had chosen to return to Nohr out of their own free will. Garon then consults an effigy of Anankos on how best the situation should be handled. After much brooding, Garon decides that Corrin will be welcomed back into the Nohrian royal family, but only if they suppress the Ice Tribe's rebellion alone. Iago attempts to reverse Garon's decision but fails when Garon insists that it is the will of Anankos.
While Corrin navigates through the Woods of the Forlorn, Iago summons a group of Faceless in an attempt to make them suffer. His plan fails as Xander had sent Elise, her retainers Arthur and Effie, and Silas to help them with their task. Iago is upset with the results but does not do anything else to hinder them for a while.
After Corrin stops the rebellion, Garon is initially pleased with their efforts, but Iago points out that they did not complete the task alone, upsetting him. Despite this, Garon welcomes Corrin back into their group, much to Iago's disgust.
In Chapter 11, after Corrin defeats Hinoka and the Hoshidans and getting power from the Rainbow Sage, Iago appears as an illusion and tells Corrin to kill the Rainbow Sage as Garon does not want anyone else gaining his power. Though Corrin refuses, the Rainbow Sage decides to take his own life instead, sparing them the pain. Iago tells Corrin they technically fulfilled King Garon’s order, despite not killing the Sage himself and warps away.
In Chapter 12, Garon tasks Iago with making Corrin suffer greatly but not kill them; something Iago does not fully comprehend. but complies with regardless. On his first attempt at following Garon's orders, Iago sends the group to Palace Macarath to relax for a while, although it is later revealed that he had alerted Ryoma and the Hoshidan army to ambush them there beforehand. This plan of his is foiled as Xander send his retainers, Laslow and Peri to foil Ryoma's ambush and the Nohrian army manages to stage a solid fight and flee from the vicinity.
In Chapter 13, Iago has a short discussion with Corrin about a rebellion in Cheve before Corrin goes to meet with Garon; after Corrin leaves, Iago states that his plans for Macarath wasn't severe enough, and that his next plan will be more difficult to slither out of.
In Chapter 14, Iago heads to Cyrkensia and watches a performance along with Garon and his children. During the performance, a mysterious songstress uses her song to curse Garon, causing him extreme discomfort. Iago then orders his men to capture the songstress. Before the songstress could be captured, Kumagera and a band of Hoshidan soldiers arrive to assassinate Garon. After the Hoshidans are defeated and Garon recovers, he orders Corrin to kill all the singers in Nestra. When Corrin protests, Garon has Iago and Hans kill them, and they comply.
In Chapter 16, when Corrin finds Azura acting mysteriously and return after their brief stay in Valla, Iago asks the two where they went, as he saw them depart at night. Corrin states that they had been rattled by the Crykensia massacre, so Azura suggested to take a stroll. While taking their "stroll", they were attacked by mysterious enemies and killed them, even showing him their blood-stained armor as proof. Iago is surprised and does question them any further.
Iago isn't seen again until Chapter 21. Frustrated over Corrin's perpetual lack of difficulty in their progress, Iago summons a large horde of Faceless to ambush them at the Eternal Staircase. Unbeknownst to him, Iago has unintentionally helped Corrin and the Nohrians clear the Eternal Staircase, which was guarded by a group of Hoshidan soldiers to halt the Nohrians' advance. Iago's plan is again foiled as the Nohrian army manages to break free of the Faceless horde. Although disappointed by the fact that his scheme has failed, he expresses content with Lilith's death.
Iago reemerges following the conclusion of the fierce defense put up by Yukimura in Chapter 22, where he and Hans kills all of the Hoshidan prisoners of war who surrendered with, but not including Sakura, 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 23, when the Nohrian army reaches the Great Wall of Suzanoh, Iago leads his forces to attack the Hoshidan defenses along the wall, tasking Corrin and their group to defeat their core legion, led by Takumi. Iago states that there's no need to keep Takumi alive since they have Sakura hostage, and states that he knows Corrin would rather spare Takumi, but doubts that Garon would agree, to which Corrin reluctantly agrees with Iago and states that they will prepare for battle.
In Chapter 24, When they break through and enter the Hoshidan capital, Iago kills several Hoshidan civilians who insult Corrin for being a traitor, claiming that he will protect them from the "street rats". Continuing with their progress, they eventually surround Castle Shirasagi, Iago tasks Corrin again to break through their defenses, this time led by Hinoka and leave no survivors as he belives that they need to kill all the Hoshidian royals. Corrin, not wanting to spill any more innocent blood, spares Hinoka and asks to give her naginata as proof of her demise.
In Chapter 25, inside the castle, Iago asks Corrin if they had killed Hinoka, and they show him her naginata. Iago is not completely convinced and asks for more proof, only to be stopped by Garon. The Nohrians confront Ryoma and Iago throws Hinoka's naginata towards him, and tells him Corrin killed Hinoka. Ryoma challenges Corrin to a duel, but is defeated by them. Iago secretly tells Garon to have Corrin kill Ryoma, and when Garon orders him to, they are unable to and Ryoma commits seppuku instead. Iago attempts to have Corrin executed for not complying with Garon's orders, but Garon does not care anymore and allows it to pass as they have conquered Hoshido.
In his last appearance in Chapter 26, Iago, angered that Corrin is still alive and still suspicious of them, had sent out a group to search for survivors while they were fighting Ryoma. When Garon tells everyone to wait outside the throne room, Iago attacks Corrin and finds out that Corrin had spared Hinoka, and with Hans, attempts to kill them for "betrayal". However, they are stopped by Xander and their Nohrian siblings, who have become distrustful of Iago for his schemes and selfishness towards Corrin and swear to kill him and Hans for their crimes and being cowards and traitors of Nohr, much to his horror. With no other choices, Iago is forced to fight against Corrin and the Nohrian siblings.
Despite their efforts, Iago's army and Hans are killed in battle and Iago is finally defeated. Surround by the Nohrian royals and scared for his life, Iago disgracefully attempts to save his skin by accusing Garon of placing him to fight and that he's "innocent" and he doesn't deserve to die. They ignore his pleas, and Leo, having enough of his mouth, begging and cruelness, calls him out for being a spineless coward and bring shame to Nohr and attempting to kill Corrin many times. Iago is horrified by this and Leo proceeds to execute Iago. He screams out in agony and dies, failing to kill Corrin, as well as ending his tyranny and avenging all the innocents he and Hans had killed.
In this route, Iago plays a much smaller role compared to the other two routes. Iago first appears in Chapter 9, once again leading Corrin's army into a trap against the Wind Tribe. After Corrin discovers that the Faceless that they had fought are Wind Tribe members in actuality, and after witnessing the debacle, he quietly chuckles and then teleports out of the vicinity (compared to Birthright where he taunted them), pleased with his progress.
In Chapter 14, Iago welcomes Xander back to Castle Krakenberg after his return from Crykensia. Xander seeks an audience with Garon, and Iago wonders if Corrin was a bad influence on him. Hans joins Iago, asserting the impossibility of Xander being convinced to join Corrin's cause, to which Iago disagrees. Iago then brings up the fact that Camilla had joined Corrin's army to support his disagreement, resolutely maintaining a stance of suspicion against Xander. They are unaware that Elise was eavesdropping on them and escapes to join Corrin.
Iago is among the Nohrian forces attempting to stop Corrin from meeting with their siblings at the Hoshido-Nohr border. Following the defeat of Hans, Iago leads a small force to defeat Corrin's troops in Chapter 17. However, thanks to Xander and Leo's decision to join Corrin's cause, Iago is swiftly slayed once and for all.
Iago is a cruel, dishonorable, uncomplimentary and manipulative schemer, showing no hesitation to employ any method he deems necessary to achieve his goals, even if they are lacking in sound morals. He is also known to be an individual of sadistic tendencies, reveling in the agony of others, especially if their suffering happens to be the result of his plans. Arrogant and egoistic to a fault, Iago believes his intelligence to be unrivaled, although this belief of his is ironically contrasted by the stark failure of the vast majority of the plans that he crafts. Iago is, ultimately, a deceitful coward who abuses power for personal gain.
He is also greatly disliked by the Nohrians siblings, (mainly Leo and Xander) as they show discontent against him for showing disgrace to Nohr and attempting to have Corrin killed many times. They even defend Corrin against him when he attempts to kill Corrin for sparing Hinoka. He is personally killed by Leo in two of the three paths.
His own selfish and arrogance ego would eventually lead to his downfalls in all three paths, when his plans fail and backed into a corner by his enemies, Iago will beg, whine and plea for his life to be spared with not even a shred of shame, regret or dignity, but is ignored and killed for his actions, dying as the pathetic, whiny, cowardly and disgraceful person he always was.
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Note: Iago will use his staves from the highest to lowest in his inventory on all difficulties
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General of the Nohrian army and a skilled illusionist. Enjoys making devious plans.
Defeated by EnemyEdit
- "You think... you've won..."
—Iago's pre-Battle quote in Chapter 16
- Iago: And here we are, at last. I've been waiting for you.
- Corrin: I'm done talking. It's time to finish this.
- Iago: Oh, I agree. HAH!
—Iago's defeat quote in Chapter 16
—Iago's pre-Battle quote.
- Iago: You're like a rather pesky cockroach, you know that? Just when I think I've got you under my foot, you scamper away.
- Corrin: Sure. Just keep talking. It's what you do best. I'm through talking.
- Iago: Well, then! I'll save the rest of my clever analogies for another time... And kill you right now. HAAH!
- Takumi: Yes! I was hoping I'd get a chance to kill you myself. This is for everything you've put me through!
- Iago: *yawn* You know I chose you because you were the weakest, right? You should never have come out of that spell—now you're going to suffer!
- Takumi: Wrong! Now that my head is clear, my aim is truer than ever. I'm going to turn your face into my own personal bull's-eye.
—Iago's death quote.
—Iago's pre-battle quote
- Iago: Are you ready to pay for your betrayal, Lord/Lady Corrin?
- Corrin: No, Iago, I am ready to kill you.
- Iago: Oh my, how very frightening. I'm trembling! I am the highest-ranking general in the Nohrian army, you fool. Do you really think I'll be so easy to kill? But before you die, I have something to tell you. A parting gift, if you will. It was I who sent the Faceless who killed that flying rat, Lilith.
- Corrin: What!?
- Iago: Oh, and that's not all. It was I who suggested to King Garon that you be forced to kill Prince Ryoma. And I who told the enemy about your journey to Macarath. Did you enjoy my little gifts of sorrow? I put ever so much thought into them!
- Corrin: I will never forgive you for all that, Iago. Prepare to die!
- Iago: Ha! So the imprisoned little prince/princess fancies himself/herself all grown up. The king ordered me to make you suffer without killing you... But I can no longer comply. In order to see my plans to fruition, you must die! Say your prayers, Lord/Lady Corrin!
—Iago's death quote.
—Iago's pre-battle quote
—Iago's death quote.
—Iago's battle quote
Iago is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Iago is the villain of a tragic Shakespearian play, Othello, in which he masterminds the downfall of the capable and powerful Othello out of jealousy.
Macbeth is the titular character of another tragic Shakespearian play, Macbeth. In this play, Macbeth and his wife devise a plan to assassinate the king and claim the throne, marking their ruin.
- Iago shares his Japanese voice actor, Akinori Egoshi, with Ignatius.
- Iago's localized name was revealed in the Fates Treehouse event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo before his Japanese name, Macbeth, had been disclosed.
- Iago's outfit appears to be an enhanced and more complete version of the generic Sorcerer outfit. This, coupled with his unique trait of being able to use Staves despite his class's usual restriction to Tomes, indicates he may have more proficiency and a higher "tier" than other Sorcerers in the game.
- Interestingly, this contrasts Zola's scenario, wherein he is depicted to be wearing a standard, if somewhat shabby version, of the Dark Mage's outfit, even as a Sorcerer.
- Iago also retains the same critical animations of a Sorcerer, whereas, Zola, even in his Sorcerer class, uses the critical animation of a Dark Mage.
- Like Zola, Mikoto, Hans and Garon, Iago has unused blushing portraits within the game's code.
- Iago has two different map sprite heads. One of them adorns his ornamental headdress and the other does not wear it, instead showing just his face and hair.
- Iago's outfit in Fire Emblem Warriors possesses black and crimson pants whereas his Fates model possesses grey and black pants.
- Iago was the only major antagonist not revealed in any Fire Emblem Warriors trailers or promotional materials.
- If Iago's battle model is stripped, he will lose his mask, exposing the covered side of his face.
- It also reveals that he has a secondary strand of hair draped down his face and that his hair toward the back of his head is cropped to be a shorter length than at the front.
- Interestingly enough, Iago's Fire Emblem Cipher card depicts him with long hair at the back.