Marth is a character from the Fire Emblem series of video games. He is the central protagonist and Lord-class character of the original game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and its sequel Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, as well as their respective remakes. As the first Lord character in the Fire Emblem franchise and one of the first Fire Emblem characters introduced to the west through Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marth is one of the most recognizable characters in the franchise. Marth is a kindhearted, talented, yet incredibly idealistic leader who takes up the sword in the name of his fallen brethren and fellow conquered Archaneans. More than capable as a ruler, he holds himself to an immense sense of duty; willing to push aside his own grief to comfort his Altean people upon their first liberation in the War of Shadows. In sallying forth to aid Princess Nyna, he also honors the historic ties between his country and House Archanea as inducted by his ancestor Anri. Marth's idealism stems mostly from the powerful desire to keep all, if not at least many, of his allies alive throughout his two wars. This is a natural result of Marth's sorrowful experiences with his elder sister and vassal sacrificing their safety to ensure his escape. Said idealism takes a toll on him, however, as he melancholically visits the graves of those whom have been killed as seen in New Mystery of the Emblem. While Marth would prefer avoiding a fight, he is more than willing to lay down his life alongside his comrades. He has been shown to be overly trusting at times as he has been betrayed and almost killed by two comrades. Regardless, his faith in his people do have its benefits, as recruitment of an assortment of people from different backgrounds directly contributed to his success in both wars. Many find assurance placing their care in his leadership often after exchanging a few words. Outside of his duties, Marth can be aloof and rather shy when it comes to personal relationships; after defeating Medeus in Shadow Dragon, Marth had trouble professing his love to Caeda, only doing so in the first place after some encouragement by Princess Nyna. And even after their engagement, Marth tends to be oblivious to the feelings that other girls have for him, such as Catria, Marisha, and so forth. While Marth shares a passionate bond with Caeda that blossoms over the course of his story, the two often fret over each other's safety, even quarreling over the latter's involvement in the war. Could Marth have it his way, he would much prefer for Caeda to return home and await his return than risk losing her to the war. Nonetheless, he relents at her desire to remain close to his side and finds comfort with her presence. Marth has also been shown to be extremely humble as reflected in his supports, to the point he gets somewhat bashful when complimented by his descendants. In addition, Marth often seeks consistent reassurance in his decisions, of which can be seen as both a flaw and a strength, as while it may hinder him at times, but reflects a open-mindedness to others opinions. Once resolved to a cause, he becomes a beacon of inspiration to those who fight alongside him.
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