—Manfroy to Deirdre when he abducts her in Genealogy of the Holy War
Manfroy is a major and arguably the main antagonist of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
Manfroy is the archbishop and leader of the Loptr Church, striving to revive the Dark Lord Loptous. In order to do so, he was the primary architect of a second Holy War through assassinations and political manipulations of various rulers and dukes across Jugdral. He also triggered the Isaachian-Grannvaleian War when he utilized Duke Reptor of Friege and Duke Lombard of Dozel in the assassination of Ayra's father, King Mananan of Isaach and Prince Kurth of Belhalla. Manfroy worked closely with Arvis during this time, whom he blackmailed with the knowledge of the sinister Loptous Holy Blood the latter possessed. Between Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, he manipulated Chagall into assassinating King Imuka of Agusti, which precipitated into a full-fledged war between Agustria and Sigurd's army.
Manfroy later brainwashed Deirdre, aware of her lineage, in Chapter 3 when Sigurd and his army were away at Madino. He then proceeded to send her to Belhalla for Arvis to find and fall in love with, with the ultimate objective being the resurrection of Loptous through the offspring produced by their union, allowing for the restoration of the ancient Loptrian Empire. Manfroy was supposedly present during the Battle of Belhalla, as it is revealed that he personally defeated Lewyn after the end of the massacre.
Years later, he presented the Dark tome of Loptous to Julius, Arvis and Deirdre's son. Due to possessing major Loptous Holy Blood, Julius was thus possessed by the foul spirit of Loptous. This resulted in the murder of his own mother, who sacrificed herself to prevent his sister, Julia from sharing the same fate.
In the Final Chapter of the game, Manfroy brainwashes the abducted Julia, much like what he had done to Deirdre, and uses her to battle Seliph and his advancing Liberation Army. This plan of his was ultimately foiled, as Seliph manages to rescue her by ending Manfroy's life, dispelling the mind control; indeed, the plan completely and utterly backfires, as it eventually results in Julia obtaining the Book of Naga, Loptous' only weakness, dooming Julius and, by extension, the fall of the Loptrian Empire. Alternatively, if Julius is defeated beforehand, Manfroy will die due to the power of darkness fading away. This will result in Julia being released from her trance.
In Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, it is revealed that Manfroy had a daughter, and killed his son-in-law because he disapproved of their love. This has caused his granddaughter, Sara, to despise him to the core. It is also heavily implied that he and his subordinate, Veld, manipulated Travant into ambushing Quan and Ethlyn in Chapter 5 of Genealogy of the Holy War in a plan to seize control of the Thracia Peninsula.
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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.
Manfroy is not a particularly challenging foe, as his heavy weapons drastically decrease his Attack Speed. However, he is protected by a swarm of Dark Mages with Sleep staves and Hel tomes, which increases the level of difficulty in reaching Velthomer to engage him in battle. Furthermore, Manfroy has an enormous amount of HP, so he will likely take a while to defeat.
—Manfroy's battle quote
- Manfroy: Kehehe... You've come at last! I've been awaiting you for a long time.
- Seliph: Manfroy! It was you who cursed Julia, was it not?
- Manfroy: So I did. And so long as I live, my puppet she shall remain! Hee hee hee! She's every bit as helpless before my magic as her mother was...
- Seliph: I should have known. If not for you, Mother... Gah! All of this misery... All these agonizing years... It was all your doing from the outset!
- Manfroy: Heh... You've realized at long last. Everything I've done has led to this moment: the revival of my lord Loptous. And at long last, it is so! Loptous's advent in the form of Prince Julius is complete, and darkness shall soon engulf the world. You cannot prevent it. Nobody can...
- Seliph: Manfroy, you... Father's grief... Mother's despair... If not for you and your foul ambitions, none of this would have ever happened... Damn you, Manfroy! I cannot allow you to win... I will not... You'll NEVER know mercy for your crimes!
—Manfroy's last words if Julius is still alive in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Manfroy is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
- Both Manfroy and Validar want to revive the evil god they worship (Loptous and Grima), to kill the lord of the first generation (Sigurd and Chrom) and to use the prince of the land they control as a vessel for their master (Manfroy wants to turn Julius into the vessel of Loptous while Validar wants Robin to become Grima's Vessel: the latter is arguably the prince(ss) of Plegia, being King Validar's child).
- Both Manfroy and Validar are the leaders of a cult who works twice with the deadlords.
- The three of them are behind the actions of their respective game evil emperor (Manfroy blackmails Arvis, Walhart wants to stop the Grimleal by taking over the world, Thales tortured and corrupted Edelgard before the events of his game and sometimes blackmails her during the story).
- The three of them lead an ancient cult who seeks revenge upon the people of their homeland and their god (Manfroy's Loptr Church and Validar's Grimleal are against Naga, Thales'Those Who Slither in the Dark is against Sothis) and have two evil bishops who help them into spreading chaos (Veld and Sandima for Manfroy, Aversa and Excellus for Validar and Solon and Cornelia for Thales).
- The three of them do not care about their factions and their own lifes as lons as they crush their foes and complete their goal.
- The three of them caused the death of the parents of the main characters of their games (Manfroy is behind the death of Seliph's parents, Validar is responsible for the death of Lucina's father and possibly Robin's mother, Thales is behind the death of Dimitri and Byleth's fathers and is the one responsible for Edelgard's fahter becoming a political puppet which made him furious and might be the reason that caused the illness that killed him before Three Houses' chapter 13).
- The three of them caused the events of their games, including the fight with the king of another land who wants to rule over their homeland (Travant for Manfroy, Gangrel for Validar and Claude - who becomes King of Almyra after the event of Verdant Wind - for Thales).