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“Since I look like Navarre, lots of people mistake me for him. So I pretended to be him.”
—Samuel when mistaken for Navarre by Caeda

Samuel is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem and its remake. He is a mercenary who poses as the infamous Navarre.

Profile

Samuel is first seen when he is hired by General Lang, who believes him to be Navarre, as a means to defeat the Altean army. He can be recruited by Caeda, who at first believes him to be Navarre, but quickly realises that is not the case. Samuel explains to her that he is just a humble mercenary, but he looks so much like Navarre that he thought he would let people continue mistaking him.

If he is recruited by Ogma, Ogma mentions he is disappointed with Navarre joining the enemy yet again, but understands the two would have to duel eventually. Samuel panics and confesses his true identity. Originally he was a gladiator, but he and his friends were saved by Ogma, who distracted the keepers and ended up getting caught and punished.

After the war ends, Samuel disappears, although there are rumors that he continues masquerading as Navarre. If Navarre died before the end, Samuel trains himself in order to succeed him.

Personality

Samuel is very reliant on his Navarre façade to find work, but he's the very opposite of his image, being very lax, flirtatious and social. He is nonetheless serious in paying back his debt to Ogma, seeing him as a hero. He also seems to find the real Navarre amazing as well, as he wishes to learn from him during the epilogue and goes as far to train himself to take up his title if Navarre dies.

In-Game

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE3 Mercenary Map Sprite.gif Mercenary
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
5226101137077
WeaponStarting Items
SwordFE3KillSword.png Kill Sword
AquarFE3.png Aquarius

Growth Rates

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
70% 20% 20% 60% 10% 40% 10% 3%

Promotion Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
Hero Proof (FE3).pngHero Crest FE3 Hero Map Sprite.gifHero
1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 Varies +0

Overall

Like many units in Book 2 Samuel can be a very powerful unit through the Starsphere shards, but compared to his competition he is the one who needs their boosts the most to be viable. He has solid speed and skill at base and has a solid health growth, but his lackluster strength, luck, and defense growths need immediate attention for him to truly shine. His competition is good enough without reliance on the shards so he can still prove to be a strong unit if his stats turn out well.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem

Base Stats

Starting Class
FEDS Myrmidon Map Sprite.gifMyrmidon
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
5226010113707
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - CFE11killingedge.pngKilling Edge
AquariusFE12.pngAquarius

Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 30% 0% 30% 70% 30% 20% 0%

Support Relationships

Supports

  • None

Supported by

Overall

Secret Book (Artwork).png
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.

Samuel is as ever, mainly a joke unit. Though he does boast a decent sword rank of C, he lacks in the main intended traits of his base class, having low bases in Skill and Speed (in fact, Navarre can double him at base), and a low growth in Skill. His Defense and Strength are somewhat better, but far from good, and his sword rank can be duplicated very easily due to the large number of viable swordsmen. In general, compared to the powerhouses that the player has accumulated at this point and the ones they will recruit in the future, Samuel struggles to find much, if any use.

Ending

New Mystery of the Emblem

Lax Blade

"Samuel vanished after the war. Rumors say that he continued to impersonate Navarre..."

Lax Blade (If Navarre died)

"Following Navarre's death, Samuel honed his sword skills to succeed Navarre's fame."

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Samuel 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 566
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
148
CYL2 638
↓72
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
98
↓50
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 499
↑139
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
113
↑15
CYL4 308
↑191
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
406
↑293
CYL5 414
↓106
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
96
↓400

CYL6 393
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
130

Etymology

Samuel is a Hebrew name meaning either "name of God" or "God has heard". Samuel was the last of the biblical judges and the one who appointed Saul, and later David as the King of the United Monarchy of Israel.

Trivia

  • Although he does not make any appearances, Samuel's exploits are alluded to in Navarre's ending for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. His ending mentions there are other impostors than just Samuel.
  • Despite still having brown hair in New Mystery, he still gets confused for Navarre and even uses Navarre's sprite at one point, despite Navarre now having black hair in the remakes.

Gallery

See main article: Samuel/Gallery.
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