Not to be confused with Replacement characters

Substitute characters are a set of playable characters who appear exclusively in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. They appear in the second generation if some of the female characters from the first generation were left unpaired or died before reaching the end.

They are called substitutes because they take the place of the corresponding children characters of the second generation. Their role in the story is essentially the same as their children counterparts and they have similar or identical dialogue and events. However, some substitutes have special hidden events, such as Laylea obtaining the Barrier Sword from Anna. Their names are different than those of the children units and their appearance is usually different from them. They also have fixed base stats, growth rates, equipment, and skills.

While the substitute characters have different and usually inferior stats to their corresponding children, some of them have features that make them stand out. Linda can use the powerful Thoron tome prior to her promotion to Mage Fighter and possesses the Elite skill, unlike Tine. Charlot can obtain the Berserk and has Elite as well, unlike Coirpre. Hawk also has excellent base stats and a decent weapon/staff selection, and while he is generally outclassed by Ced, it's mostly because of Ced's inheritance (especially Forseti).

The substitute characters are not as customizable as their children counterparts and generally lack Holy Blood, which places them at a disadvantage because it limits their weapon selection. Their disadvantages are actually acknowledged in the story by some of them such as Muirne, Deimne, and Asaello; all of them feel inadequate and out of place due to their lack of Holy Blood, and need reassurance about their roles. Daisy also does a variant of this, as she is a large fan of Shannan (To the point where she starts to annoy Shannan slightly when he is trying to get the Balmung, as she keeps cutting him off due to her being extremely excited to meet him).

List of Substitute Characters[edit | edit source]

Mother Children Substitutes
Seliph and Julia
Celice.gif Yuria.gif
Junior Lord and Shaman
Sigurd and Deirdre always fall in love during Chapter 1.
Julia is considered a static character in gameplay.
Altena and Leif
Altenna.gif Fire Emblem 4 Leaf Portrait.png
Wyvern Rider and Prince
Quan and Ethlyn are lovers by default, thus no substitute children will exist.
Lester and Lana
Lesterp.gif Lana1.gif
Arch Knight and Priest
Deimne and Muirne
Dimna-lester.gif Mana-rana.gif
Arch Knight and Priest
Scáthach and Larcei
Skasaher.gif Lakche.gif
Myrmidon and Myrmidon
Dalvin and Creidne
Rodolbal.gif Radney.gif
Myrmidon and Myrmidon
Diarmuid and Nanna
Delmud.gif Nanna.gif
Free Knight and Troubadour
Tristan and Jeanne
Tristan-delmud.gif Janne-nanna.gif
Free Knight and Troubadour
Lene and Coirpre
Lynn.gif Corple.gif
Dancer and Priest
Laylea and Charlot
Laylea-leen.gif Sharlow-corple.gif
Dancer and Priest
Pegasus Knight
Ced and Fee
Sety.gif Phee.png
Sage and Pegasus Knight
Hawk and Hermina
Hawk-sety.gif Femina-fee.gif
Sage and Pegasus Knight
Thunder Mage
Arthur and Tine
Arthur.gif Tinny.gif
Mage and Mage
Amid and Linda
Amid-arthur.gif Linda-tinny.gif
Wind Mage and Thunder Mage
Febail and Patty
Faval1.gif Patty.gif
Bow Fighter and Thief
Asaello and Daisy
Asaello-faval.gif Daisy-patty.gif
Bow Fighter and Thief
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