Byleth (Fire Emblem)

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Byleth
Fire Emblem character
First appearance
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • July 26, 2019
Voiced by
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Byleth, is the player avatar and main character of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Byleth serves as a professor at Garreg Mach Monastery. They possess the mysterious Crest of Flames and can wield the Sword of the Creator. Byleth acquired widespread international attention after being publicized through their playable appearances in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series of fighting games.[1] Byleth received negative attention, mostly regarding their character design and addition of another Fire Emblem character in the roster.

Appearances[edit]

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses[edit]

Byleth is a central character whose name, gender, and appearance can be customized by the player,[2] and was voiced by Chris Niosi[3] and later the actor was dropped for abusive behaviour.[4] Byleth serves as a professor at Garreg Mach Monastery. They possess the mysterious Crest of Flames and can wield the Sword of the Creator.[5]

In other media[edit]

Outside of the Fire Emblem series, Byleth was also included in a number of other Nintendo-related games, including the Super Smash Bros. crossover fighting game series. Byleth was a playable character in 2018's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of the game's core fighting cast,[6] being voiced by Zack Aguilar,[7] and received a criticism by fans for adding another Fire Emblem character.[8]

Byleth later also received her own amiibo.[9]

Reception[edit]

The character of Byleth has received mixed reviews from journalists. In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Byleth was voted as one of the worst character in the game.[10] While Kotaku claimed that Byleth Is A Great Example Of A Nonbinary Video Game Character,[2] with the inclusion of in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as refreshingly simple,[11] but met with criticism by the fans over the inclusion of another Fire Emblem character.[12] Byleth also became a trend on social media with the word 'Hoes Mad' after its inclusion.[13] Although Masahiro Sakurai agrees that "there are too many Fire Emblem characters when he wrote in his Famitsu magazine column "And there are too many sword characters. I, too, understand. However, these things are already decided, so we move forward. The things I should be thinking about are elsewhere,[14] and reminded people that he doesn't choose the DLC fighters for Smash Bros..[15]

References[edit]

  1. "New challenger approaching Byleth is coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Nintendo Official Site". www.nintendo.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Fire Emblem's Byleth Is A Great Example Of A Nonbinary Video Game Character". Kotaku Australia. July 29, 2020.
  3. Allen, Eric Van (July 27, 2019). "Male Byleth Lines Being Re-Recorded in Fire Emblem: Three Houses After Controversy, Nintendo Confirms".
  4. "Fire Emblem voice actor dropped for abusive behavior". GamesIndustry.biz.
  5. "Fire Emblem Heroes Summer Byleth, Sylvain, Ingrid, and Dorothea Added". July 6, 2020.
  6. "Fire Emblem hero Byleth joins 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'". Engadget.
  7. Life, Nintendo (January 17, 2020). "Fire Emblem's Byleth Will Be Voiced By Zack Aguilar In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate". Nintendo Life.
  8. Francisco, Eric. "'Smash Ultimate' Byleth: Fans rage over "another Fire Emblem character"". Inverse.
  9. "Banjo & Kazooie, Terry Bogard And Byleth amiibo Pre-Orders Open On Nintendo Official UK Store". January 12, 2021.
  10. "Looking Back on Fire Emblem's Player Avatars (And Why Three Houses' Byleth May Be the Worst) - Feature". Nintendo World Report.
  11. "Byleth Is Refreshingly Simple In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate". Kotaku Australia. January 29, 2020.
  12. "Byleth: What's Really Going On Behind the Anger Around Super Smash Bros' Newest Character". IGN Southeast Asia. January 29, 2020.
  13. "'HOES MAD' trends after Byleth revealed as Smash Ultimate DLC fighter". GameRevolution. January 16, 2020.
  14. Phillips, Tom (February 5, 2020). "Even Super Smash Bros. boss Sakurai agrees it has too many Fire Emblem characters".
  15. "Masahiro Sakurai Reminds Us That He Doesn't Choose the Fighters for Super Smash Bros". February 5, 2020.


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