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“I am Oliver, champion of beauty! You would harm my precious feathered angels! That makes you my enemy! Unsightly man... Prepare yourself!”
—Oliver to Lekain in Radiant Dawn

Oliver, also known as Duke Tanas, is a boss character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and a playable character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Profile[]

Oliver is a senior member of the Begnion Senate who was believed to have been executed for crimes against the state following his defeat at the hands of the Greil Mercenaries in Chapter 17-4 of Path of Radiance. He was deeply involved in the Laguz slave trade prior to his defeat in Serenes Forest, having purchased Prince Reyson for an exorbitant fee from King Naesala of Kilvas as though he were but another art treasure for his vast collections. He can be used on Trial Maps after completing three playthroughs of the game.

Radiant Dawn[]

In reality, Oliver was rescued by Duke Hetzel and has since been recovering at his estate in the Dukedom of Tanas.

During a sudden storm on their way to the Tower of Guidance, the Greil Army enters Duke Tanas' residence, who turns out to be Oliver. Initially Oliver remains loyal to the Begnion state and fights against Ike's forces. Oliver can be killed during the skirmish unless he spots Rafiel amongst the enemy army. Immediately smitten by his beauty, Oliver immediately turns tailcoat and becomes a "defender of beauty" by joining Ike's army, much to their chagrin.

If brought into the Tower of Guidance, much of the Begnion Senators are shocked by his appearance in Yune's army. If he survives the war, Oliver retires and becomes a sponsor for many upcoming artists, especially those who make works depicting himself.

Personality[]

Oliver heavily deviates from the general characterization of most playable characters in the Fire Emblem franchise. While his base class is a Bishop (Saint in Radiant Dawn), Oliver displays little, if any, pious behavior. He is highlighted by his misplaced vanity and ludicrously inflated ego in which, contrary to his portly appearance and balding head, he believes himself to be beautiful, once commenting that Reyson struck his "beautiful" nose in Path of Radiance.

Despite his Duke status in Begnion, he has no real allegiance to the state, which is notable when considering that he was spared of Ashera's wrath due to that status. Even his fellow senators are bewildered by his sudden appearance in the Tower of Guidance in Yune's army. This also includes Sephiran, who noted that "Tellius is unraveling at the seams" due to his appearance. Ike, most notably, even politely asked him to return to the enemy army upon his recruitment, something no lord has ever done for any new member of their army. In essence, Oliver's loyalties lie in wherever something that he considers beautiful can be found and serves his own personal best interests.

However, despite all of these negative traits, Oliver is not entirely immoral. While he normally is a coward in the face of danger, he does display an odd sense of courage whenever something that he considers "beautiful" is threatened and is willing to put his life on the line to protect them, though only for that reason. He can be generous in helping out those who pursue the arts by funding them, if only they also do works of him as well.

In-Game[]

Path of Radiance[]

Base Stats[]

Radiant Dawn[]

Availability[]

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Oliver Saint SpriteSaintFE10FireFire
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
8482231222028183212126
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
ShoveShove
CoronaCorona
FE10 Light MagicLight - S
FE10 StaffStaff - A
FE10nosferatuNosferatu
FE10silenceSilence

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
65% 55% 35% 35% 45% 30% 30% 20%

Biorhythm[]

RD Biorhythm D

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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.

Oliver joins just before Endgame, and his high magic and weapon ranks look promising, but since Micaiah is force deployed in the tower, he has stiff competition for staves, as staff utility isn't particularly important in Radiant Dawn, and Micaiah will likely have comparable magic and weapon ranks. Furthermore, Oliver's speed is terrible, which leads to him getting doubled by almost all enemies. He is also incapable of using Matrona or the Ashera Staff.

All in all, Oliver should only be used as a filler unit if the player doesn't have many competent units to enter the Tower of Guidance.

Fire Emblem Awakening[]

SpotPass[]

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Sorcerer (M) Map SpriteSorcerer
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2077253624233526406
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE13CurseHex
CrimsoncurseAnathema
Vengeance (FE13)Vengeance
Magic Slayer IconTomebreaker
Luna (FE13)Luna
TomeIconFE13Tome - AWaste FE13Waste*

*Enemy only; joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Admirer of Beauty
A member of the Begnion Senate. Cherishes everything beautiful and puts all his effort into the preservation of the arts. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Oliver SpriteTitle
Admirer of Beauty
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17
38
7
28
4
17
5
20
7
30
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense EllightFEH Thunder Tome Tome
✯✯✯✯
Oliver SpriteTitle
Admirer of Beauty
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17
39
8
30
4
18
5
21
8
32
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Shine
FEH skill special Rising Light
FEH Thunder Tome Tome
✯✯✯✯✯
Oliver Sprite (5*)Title
Admirer of Beauty
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18
42
8
32
5
20
6
23
8
34
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Shine
FEH skill special Rising Light
FEH Thunder Tome Tome

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseLight---
Ellight-FEH Star Rarity 3-
ShineEllightFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Shine+ShineFEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
Tome of Favors--FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialRising Light-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Blazing LightRising Light-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Warding Blow 1 Warding Blow 1--
FEH Mirror Strike 1 Mirror Strike 1FEH Warding Blow 1 Warding Blow 1FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Mirror Strike 2 Mirror Strike 2FEH Mirror Strike 1 Mirror Strike 1FEH Star Rarity 4
CFEH Atk Ploy 1 Atk Ploy 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Atk Ploy 2 Atk Ploy 2FEH Atk Ploy 1 Atk Ploy 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Atk Ploy 3 Atk Ploy 3FEH Atk Ploy 2 Atk Ploy 2FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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[]

Oliver is a Blue Tome Infantry unit obtained from Grand Hero Battles. Despite the glamorous presence he entails, he is a subpar unit at best, easily outclassed by most units in the game. His Atk sits at a measly 32 and his 20 Spd means that he is unlikely to launch double attacks or dish out heavy damage. His only real notable trait is his decent magical bulk scoring 76 off of his 42 HP and 34 Res. However, he must be wary of physical attackers due to his low 23 Def. At best, Oliver is a decent Magic wall, but as units grew stronger, his position as one has dwindled to merely checking a few select Book I tome users.
Oliver originally wielded the Shine+ tome, which lacks an effect, but has a decent 13 might. Oliver was better off taking an inheritable tome to give him some form of boost to his bulkiness, but he would later become the recipient of a personal tome and a refine. Tome of Favors brings his Atk to a modest 46 and has one of the most unique effects ever. Attacking a foe that is not a Beast unit grants him a Atk/Res+5 buff, bringing both to a total of 51 Atk and 39 Res, great for boosting bulkiness and fueling his Iceberg damage if running that special skill. It also heals him 7 HP after battle, giving him a modest form of self recovery. When refined, as a reference to his love for the Heron Laguz, he can instantly teleport to any beast unit that has the ability to Sing and grants an additional Atk/Res+5 buff. At the moment of the new weapon's release, this makes putting him on a team with either Reyson, Leanne, or Rafiel increases his magical might to a moderate level enough to compete with some modern Book III and beyond units if only in his designated role as a magic tank.
Blazing Light deals damage to enemies in an area of effect and the damage they take are based on the difference between his Atk and their Res without calculating in-combat buffs. While he may not deal the most explosive damage ever, he can still deal some damage to most foes. Mirror Strike grants him Atk/Res+4 if he initiates combat which boost his two strongest stats. Attack Ploy perfectly syncs with his modest Res stat and can inflict an Atk-5 debuff one foes in the four cardinal directions of his starting position of a turn.

Counters[]

Despite the performance range that Oliver can reach with his refined tome, he ultimately has to have a Beast refreshing unit to achieve this. An enemy team not using them or eliminating them from the enemy team takes away his weapon's biggest benefits. Outside of this, Oliver is easily taken out through his low physical bulk and Spd, making short work of him with even units sitting in the middle of the Spd tiers.

Skill Inheritance Options[]

Oliver is best off focusing on soaking magic damage and be defensive as there are far more skill available to him. Distant Defense works nicely to further mitigate ranged damage, especially from mages and he can double up on this as his Skill A and Seal. Reposition or Draw Back are useful Assist skills for their positioning properties. Iceberg is a more consistent damage dealing special that plays off of his solid Res. Quick Riposte grants him a follow-up attack if the foe initiates combat on him when he is over 70% at its third tier.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Admirer of Beauty Oliver
Oliver admirer of beauty pop01 Oliver, Duke of Tanas, is an influential noble of the Begnion Empire. If I were to describe him briefly, I'd say he's a very…distinctive Hero.
Oliver admirer of beauty pop02 Oliver loves and admires beauty above all else. Whenever he sees beauty in something, he feels driven to claim it and bring it under his protection. Unfortunately, this covers everything from works of art to actual people.
Oliver admirer of beauty pop03 Though he enjoys a respectable position as a member of Begnion's senate, Oliver will employ any means, fair or foul, to protect his finds.
Oliver admirer of beauty pop04 Still, there's no denying that his admiration of beauty is genuine. If he can find beauty within the Order of Heroes, I'm sure he'll be a dependable ally!
Closely Associated Characters
Reyson Prince of Serenes, the former kingdom of the heron laguz. Brother of Leanne. Frail, but strong willed. For a time, he was held in confinement by Oliver.
Leanne Princess of Serenes. Reyson's younger sister. She speaks the ancient tongue and has not yet mastered the language of Tellius. At one point, she was nearly captured by Oliver.
Rafiel Prince of Serenes, the destroyed heron country. Fell in love with Nailah after she saved his life. A subject of Oliver's fascination.

Quotes[]

Defeat/Death Quotes[]

“Ohhh...ahh...I...cannot...fall here...It cannot...be...Such a...loss...to beauty...”
—Oliver's defeat quote in Path of Radiance
“Beauty crumbles to dust... It's as fleeting...as...life... How...sad...”
—Oliver's death quote in Radiant Dawn (Playable)
“Aagh... Still so many beautiful things...that...I...don't own.”
—Oliver's death quote in Radiant Dawn (Enemy)

Battle Conversations (Path of Radiance)[]

Vs. Mordecai[]

  • Oliver: Oh, such a hideous creature! Noooo! Stay back, you filthy beast!
  • Mordecai: I am Mordecai. I am not filthy...it is your soul that is unclean.

Vs. Lethe[]

  • Oliver: Shoo! Go away now! Nobody wants a monster feline...Gyaa! Get out of here!
  • Lethe: You're the type of scum that cause laguz to detest beorc! I'm going to enjoy this, fat man!

Vs. Muarim[]

  • Oliver: St-stay back! A filthy beast like you...How dare you approach a sanctified personage such as myself!
  • Muarim: Who is it that decided that a laguz life is worth less than a human? Do you believe the goddess Ashera, whom you claim to worship, would want it to be so?
  • Oliver: Aaaaaaah! Monster! Hideous, vile monster! You will not defile the name of the goddess!
  • Muarim: Monster? Which of us is the true monster?

Vs. Ike[]

  • Oliver: You lowborn, vulgar, penurious vermin! Return my little bird to me! Objects of beauty must be admired! Only by my side can they fulfill the purpose for which they are created!
  • Ike: I am SO TIRED of listening to your nonsense, you massive gasbag! This ends here and now!

Recruit Conversation (Radiant Dawn)[]

  • Oliver: Ohhh...you are truly a banquet for the eyes as well as the...spirit. I am quite overcome!
  • Rafiel: Unhand me!
  • Oliver: But how is it that anyone could risk a precious treasure like you in battle? What if something marred you?
  • Rafiel: What are you talking about?
  • Oliver: Don't worry, pretty bird; I'll save you. You need someone who can give you loving protection. Someone...like me.
  • Rafiel: ???
  • Oliver: I would never let them lay a single finger on you, my precious! No, no... The jealous cretins mustn't ruffle a single feather... I'll have to kill them! Come now, come to daddy!

Special Conversation[]

  • Ike: Hold on a second... Aren't these your men? Why are you fighting them?
  • Oliver: It's quite simple, really. A true guardian of beauty stands with those who are beautiful. If your exquisite heron prince will not stay here in my home, I must follow him. I have seen death; it holds no mystery for me. Only my pursuit matters. Rest at ease, friends.
  • Ike: Look...Would you mind rejoining the enemy?

Tower Conversations[]

Vs. Hetzel[]

  • Hetzel: D-Duke Tanas! You've betrayed us? But why?
  • Oliver: You could never understand the depth of my commitment to beauty! Sometimes it simply overwhelms me. I can't stop the love welling up inside! I'd do anything to keep the hideous likes of you from my precious birds!

Vs. Lekain[]

  • Lekain: Duke of Tanas... What's gotten into you? Why are you fighting with these mercenary scum?
  • Oliver: I am Oliver, champion of beauty! You would harm my precious feathered angels! That makes you my enemy! Unsightly man... Prepare yourself!
  • Lekain: Have you finally gone stark mad? Who, exactly, do you think you're blathering at?

Vs. Levail[]

  • Levail: Duke Tanas! I thought you were executed as a slave trader three years ago.
  • Oliver: True beauty is immortal. Look at me. Right now, I am flawless. You are not without potential. With education, you could aspire to be me.
  • Levail:: ...No, thank you.

Vs. Sephiran[]

  • Sephiran: Duke of Tanas, imagine seeing you here!
  • Oliver: Lord Sephiran, as lovely as always. But has it come to this? Must we fight to the death, and deprive the world of one of our beautiful countenances? Can other lovers of beauty endure such a loss?
  • Sephiran: I confess that your presence has me bewildered. Could this be part of Yune's plan? I simply never would have imagined you here. Your presence proves that Tellius is unraveling at the seams. Judgment cannot come soon enough.

Heroes[]

Oliver/Heroes Quotes

Ending[]

Collector of Beauty (美の探究者, Explorer of Beauty in the Japanese version)
Oliver followed his calling as a guardian of beauty by sponsoring many artists, especially those who depicted him.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Oliver 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 255 CYL Oliver Portrait
Radiant Dawn
902
CYL2 380
↓75
CYL Oliver Portrait
Radiant Dawn
482
↓420
CYL3 352
↑28
CYL Oliver Portrait
Radiant Dawn
486
↑4
CYL4 389
↓37
CYL Oliver Portrait
Radiant Dawn
247
↓239
CYL5 331
↑58
CYL Oliver Portrait
Radiant Dawn
190
↓57
CYL6 316
↑15
CYL Oliver Portrait
Radiant Dawn
228
↑38

CYL7 304
↑12
CYL Oliver Portrait
Radiant Dawn
130
↓98

Trivia[]

  • Oliver is the only boss in Path of Radiance that has higher stats on Maniac Mode compared to Difficult Mode. All other bosses on Maniac Mode have the same stats as in Difficult Mode.
  • Although Oliver has no support ending, several characters have unique dialogue when supporting with him, usually showing disgust or revulsion towards him. Such characters include Ike, Reyson, Rafiel, and Micaiah.
  • Two themes from the musical scores of Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn are associated with Oliver; in the first game that is "Power-hungry Fool", and in the second it is "Beauty is a Mad Mistress".
  • Of all the units that are unlocked and playable only in the Trial Maps in Path of Radiance (not considering Ashnard), Oliver is the only character to have survived the events and make another appearance in Radiant Dawn.
    • He's also the only of those characters to be canonically playable in Radiant Dawn.
  • Oliver shares his English voice actor, Richard Epcar, with Awakening's Walhart and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia's Jedah.
    • He also shares his Japanese voice actor, Tomokazu Sugita, with Awakening's Chrom.

Gallery[]

See main article: Oliver/Gallery.
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