“So! They arrive at last, eh wot! "Yes, come closer," said the hairy spider to the flies...”
One of Valm's most capable warriors, he has never been bested in combat. As he has not shaved once since his first battle, he believes that his mustache makes him invincible. Under Walhart's command, Cervantes leads a small force to intercept Chrom's army at the Mila Tree. Ultimately he is defeated by Chrom's army and retreats back to Valm to help Walhart for the eventual battle against Chrom.
Before the battle outside of Valm Castle, Excellus and Cervantes talk about the eventual "bloodbath" between Walhart's forces and Chrom's army. Though Excellus claims that he is unmatched by anyone due to his vast network of blackmailing, Cervantes merely scoffs off his comment when he cowers before Walhart. After Chrom's army repels Walhart back into Valm Castle, he is surprised to see that the Dynast formerly under the control of Yen'fay, and to a lesser extent Excellus, now helping the siege of Valm Castle. He once again scoffs of Excellus' notion that they are equal and leaves to prepare to defend his liege. Though he puts up a good fight against Chrom's forces, Cervantes is ultimately defeated and dies.
|Indoor Fighter|| Lance - ?|
Axe - ?
*Drops when defeated (Chapter 16 only)
**Drops when defeated (Chapter 20 only)
“My whiskers are safe against you lot—victory is inevitable!”
—Cervantes' pre-battle quote
“Nngah! But...how can this be? My invincible mustache! Blasted science, you have...played me for a...fool...”
—Cervantes' defeat quote
Chrom: Fiend! You invade kingdoms and bully them into submission... Why? What does it achieve?
Cervantes: Do you even need ask, whelp? Emperor Walhart is destined to rule this world, plain and simple.
Chrom: Yes, but to what end?
Cervantes: Irrelevant! Walhart's mind is beyond the grasp of common men.
Chrom: So you don't even know what you're fighting for?
Cervantes: I tend to my own beard, boy. A soldier does not question orders. But he gives his loyalty—and maybe his life—in the service of greater men.
Chrom: Greater men? Is living only to conquer so great an ambition?
Cervantes: What could be greater! Once I had dreams myself of commanding a nation... But Walhart? Aye, he dreams bigger. He would rule the entire world! Mine is nothing compared to the moxie of the Conqueror. I am but a single tiny hair on the beard of a flea in his great mustache! Have you not tasted the thrill of being part of something bigger than yourself?
Chrom: Not at the price of inflicting cruelty and suffering, no.
Cervantes: Hmph. Then we have nothing more to discuss. Prepare to learn the meaning of the word "beard." ...Fear, I mean fear!
Cervantes: ...Eh wot?! It cannot be! Say'ri—my mortal enemy...
Say'ri: General Cervantes... Your reputation—and your gut—precedes you.
Cervantes: But we have met in battle before, girl! Have you forgotten?! Not long ago, you and I, locked in deadly combat. I was sure we had won the day until you appeared...
Say'ri: ...Your beard again? Can you talk of nothing else, you imperial pig?!
Cervantes: Ap-PEARED! I said "appeared"! Just...never mind!
“Let's have it then, rebellious scum! Like a flimsy belt around the waist of defeat, you shall buckle here!”
—Cervantes's pre-battle quote
“I...am finished... Nngh... But I have no regrets... I die in the shadow of...greatness...”
—Cervantes' death quote
He may be named after Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish novelist whose magnum opus, Don Quixote, is regarded as one of the greatest works of fiction ever written.