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Serge Kakusei Official Artwork
GameFire Emblem: Awakening
First SeenChapter 12: The Seacomers
Starting ClassWyvern Rider

“Might I join, sire? This may not be my country, but it is my cause.”

Cherche (セルジュ, Seruju, Serge in the Japanese version and Zelcher in the Non-English European versions) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Awakening.

She is voiced by Kana Akutsu in the Japanese version and by Amanda C. Miller in the English version.


Cherche is a former vassal of House Virion from Rosanne, and the mother of Gerome. Her wyvern mount is named Minerva. Despite her domestic nature, she is surprisingly strong as she gained her vicious dragon mount by defeating her and surviving her fire breath, only getting a burn scar on her shoulder (a bald spot in the Japanese version) from the encounter--all when she was only nine years old. Her support with Gaius reveals that she detests fighting, but the only reason she does is so she can live to see her family again. In her support with Gregor, it is revealed that Gregor betrayed his friends in Wyvern Valley to save Minerva from being killed. In the A support conversation with Vaike, Cherche tells him that she found Minerva in Wyvern Valley as a child, and that she trained as a Cleric using a heavy staff and disciplined Minerva with the staff when she misbehaved.

Two years after the defeat of Gangrel, Walhart has all but completed his conquest of Valm and is preparing to invade Ferox. Chrom is summoned by Flavia to meet Virion, who delivers the news of the impending invasion. However due to his personality and lack of urgency, Cherche intervenes and quickly explains the situation to speed things up. At Port Ferox, Cherche joins the fray and decides to fight alongside Chrom's army.

In the epilogue, should Cherche remain unmarried, Cherche returns to Rosanne to reclaim the country that Virion lost. Cherche and Minerva were never seen apart.


Cherche is a domestic woman raised on simple values who is good at cooking and sewing, in contrast to her vicious wyvern. She has a bizarre sense of aesthetics, referring to monsters and bugs as cute. Cherche shares an extremely close bond with her wyvern and has developed an ability to tell what Minerva is feeling or saying by her shrieks. She is the scariest person in the army to anger as she tends to threaten people by implying that she will make Minerva eat them all with a smile on her face. Her birthday is October 17th.

In GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
FE13 Cherche Wyvern Rider Map SpriteWyvern Rider 12 30 14+2 1 12 11 8 15 2 7
Skill Weapon Starting Items
Strength2iconStrength +2
AxeIconFE13Axe - C Steel Axe FE13 IconSteel Axe
Hammer FE13 IconHammer

Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
FE13 Cherche Wyvern Rider Map SpriteWyvern Rider 12 31 15+2 1 13 12 9 16 2 7
Skill Weapon Starting Items
Strength2iconStrength +2
AxeIconFE13Axe - C Steel Axe FE13 IconSteel Axe
Hammer FE13 IconHammer

Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
FE13 Cherche Wyvern Rider Map SpriteWyvern Rider 12 33 16+2 1 14 13 10 17 2 7
Skill Weapon Starting Items
Strength2iconStrength +2
AxeIconFE13Axe - C Steel Axe FE13 IconSteel Axe
Hammer FE13 IconHammer

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
100% 70% 20% 55% 50% 50% 55% 15%

Max Stat ModifersEdit

Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
+3 0 -1 -1 0 +2 -2


See also: Cherche/Supports

Romantic Supports

Other Supports

Class SetsEdit


Base ClassEdit

Cherche is essentially a flying, physical tank: her HP grows with each level due to her 100% growth rate in HP, and she has a good 55% growth rate in defense. Her high strength also allows her to smash opposing lance users. Her skill and speed all grow at a pace that keeps Cherche from falling behind. Cherche's biggest weakness is her low resistance growths which makes her extremely vulnerable to Wind attacks. This added to her lukewarm stats on her recruitment level, she will need to be wary of most units, especially the Bow Knight units. However with the abundance of Knights and her Hammer in her recruitment inventory, she can get a decent amount of training. She may join a tad underleveled, but with a little bit of effort and level grinding if necessary, and she will catch up.

Cherche fares better as a Wyvern Lord because she acquires access to lances to help her get past sword users, mostly Wyrmslayer users, while acquiring Swordbreaker to enforce that further as well. Quick Burn also assists her with her lesser hit and avoid ratings, since most maps take less than 15 turns and makes her a great frontline or initial first wave attacker. The stat caps also fit her growth rates better. However, if Cherche spends some time as a Griffon Rider, she can acquire some utility skills in Deliverer, which can give her extended movement range while paired up, or Lancebreaker, which can make her an anti-lance unit. Although Cherche's glaring weaknesses to bows and magic can be problematic, Cherche can still be a very useful unit once she starts gaining levels. However her low speed and skill can be victimized by Wyrmslayer wielding Swordmasters and Heroes.


Cherche fares best in her base class because her other classes have some orientation with magic, which is not one of Cherche's strong points. Her two reclassing options are the Cleric and Troubadour lines. In both base classes Cherche's growths are terrible as most of her stats will only have 50% chance of increasing or less but there are some merits for taking time in these classes. Clerics' most beneficial skill would be Miracle, which can aid Cherche, given her modest luck stat. Sage gives nothing useful for Cherche as her main weapons will be Axes and Lances, not Tomes, but Tomefaire can give her a boost in magic if she spends time in the Valkyrie class. Perhaps the most notable option is the Renewal skill from the War Cleric class, which is her regenerative skill which can potentially save her life after a tough turn of tanking hits. It is also a good skill for Cherche to consider passing down to her son Gerome, though Gerome himself can access this skill if he becomes a War Monk which Cherche also passes down. It is also recommended for Cherche to take this class since if she were to switch over to this class after she already promoted, she will have a very high axe rank and strength, which is something War Clerics usually lack initially. Cherche's high movement also compliments the three rally skills she gets: Rally Luck, Rally Resistance, and Rally Magic all of which to allow her to boost others in case she takes a more defensive role.

As a Troubadour, Cherche can acquire Resistance +2 which will provide some relief from her Magic problems. From her Valkyrie class, aside from the Rally skills, Cherche can grab Dual Support+ which gives her a large boost to her Dual Support bonuses and, if paired with her husband, she can start with a Level 9 Dual Support bonus and is a good choice to pass down to Gerome due to the exclusiveness to females. Overall, Cherche is more built to be a Wyvern unit, but the skills she can acquire in her alternate classes can be quite useful for her.


Event TilesEdit

  • "Did you find something Minerva? Here, let me see it." (item)
  • "I have mended everyone's tattered clothes. They should feel as good as new." (exp)
  • "I snuck in a bit of training, but I still have much to learn..." (weapon exp)

Relationship Event TilesEdit

Asking - NormalEdit

  • "We need dreams to sustain us. What are yours?" (dreams)
  • "Why so cheerful? Did you stumble upon a cute little caterpillar?" (happy)
  • "Oh! Where have you been? I haven't seen you for a while." (free time)
  • "How are you holding up? I was wondering if we could fight together for a change." (team up)

Replying - NormalEdit

  • "Well, I would love to see Minerva's child one day. Wouldn't that be magical?" (dreams)
  • "No, I just got to watch my dear Minerva shed her skin. It was incredible!" (happy)
  • "I try to wash and mend our clothes. Fashion like this is hard to come by!" (free time)
  • "If it pleases you. Together, we can face any opponent without fear." (team up)

Asking - MarriedEdit

  • "Please be careful, (name). I am so scared I might lose you." (promise)
  • "Is it just me, or do you get more handsome with each passing day?" (compliment)
  • "I adore you, (name). Never forget that." (love)
  • "What do you have there, my love? Hardly something you would need in battle, no?" (gift)

Replying - MarriedEdit

  • "I’m right here, and I’m not going anywhere. You need someone to look after you." (promise)
  • "You know the right things to say to a lady. But you’re the nicer one to look at." (compliment)
  • "I love you, too. ...Now say that again." (love)
  • "It’s a cookbook. I take pride in broiling more than my foes, I’ll have you know." (gift)

Asking - ChildEdit

  • "Come practice with me, Gerome/Morgan. It will be good for you." (train)
  • "Do you need anything, Gerome/Morgan? Your journey here must have been difficult." (gift)
  • "How are you feeling, Gerome/Morgan? You look a bit pale today." (concern)
  • "Tell me, Gerome/Morgan, What was your day-to-day life in the future like?" (story)

Replying - ChildEdit

  • "Very well. For my darling child, anything!" (train)
  • "Thank you, but just the thought is more than enough, my dear." (gift)
  • "Don’t worry. I can deal with any problems that arise." (concern)
  • "You are the first to ask me that in a while. Well, why don’t we talk over tea? And soon—before you go off on your own again. Promise? Otherwise I will have to send Minerva to hunt you down." (story)

Level UpEdit

  • "I feel invigorated! How about you, Minerva?" (6+ stats up)
  • "I’d say I’ve made quite a bit of progress." (4-5 stats up)
  • "All in a day’s work." (2-3 stats up)
  • "Oh! Shame on me." (0-1 stat up)
  • "Oh my...these muscles! None of my dresses fit." (0-1 stat up, most stats capped)

Class ChangeEdit

  • "I have always been fairly adaptable."


  • "What a charming little establishment they run here." (buying)
  • "Oh, am I holding surplus? I had no idea." (selling)
  • "I'll let Minerva decide if you did a good job." (forging)



  • "Is there something in the air today? I feel so invigorated!" (surge)
  • "Oh, look—a cute wittle caterpillar! Here, witty-bitty caterpillar..." (misc)

Greetings - NormalEdit

  • "Good morning, Avatar. Come take a load off." (morning)
  • "Hello, Avatar. Here for a break, I see." (midday)
  • "Evening, Avatar. Oh! Don’t move! A cute little bug is on you!" (evening)
  • "Don’t stay up too late, Avatar. You’ll be sorry tomorrow." (night)
  • "Happy birthday, Avatar."  (birthday)

Greetings - MarriedEdit

  • "Hello, Avatar. I do love the morning." (morning)
  • "Hello, Avatar. Another day full of surprises!" (midday)
  • "Hello, Avatar. Is it nighttime already?" (evening)
  • "Hello, Avatar. Time to go to sleep." (night)
  • "Happy birthday, Avatar."  (birthday)


A wyvern rider in the service of House Virion. She was raised with simple values and likes to cook and sew, but loves her "sweet, adorable" wyvern Minerva even more. The most terrifying when angry. Born on October 17th.

Help DescriptionEdit

A polite, cultured woman from Rosanne who can cook and sew.


“Hm, it's funny, being close like this just feels...right. It's as if it was always meant to be.”
—Cherche's confession quote

Final ChapterEdit

“Minerva wants you back, and so do I!”
—Cherche's final chapter quote.

“Whew! Quite a battle... Perhaps time to settle down for a spell.”
—Cherche's quote after Grima was defeated by Chrom

“Minerva would be heartbroken to lose you... All right... I... Would be heartbroken to lose you...”
—Cherche reassuring the Avatar for their choice if she is his wife.

“Minerva says she still feels Avatar is of this world... Also that he/she smells delicious, but that's neither here nor there...”
—Cherche's quote after the Avatar's sacrifice of killing Grima

DLC Pre-BattleEdit

The Golden Gaffe Pre-BattleEdit

“Shame on you. I needed that gold to buy feed for Minerva. I could give her you instead, but the rotten flesh might not agree with her. I suppose I'll just have to take my money back the hard way. So long!”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.

EXPonential Growth Pre-BattleEdit

“My, aren't you a darling. What a shame we stand here as enemies. Minerva would have loved to have such an adorable playmate. As it stands, I cannot let you pass. Even the cute must pay their dues.”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.

Infinite Regalia Pre-BattleEdit

“Look at you! Aren't you a darling? Shall we be friends, you and I? ...Hmm, I suppose you've nothing but cold looks for would-be plunderers. Such a waste. You're the first Risen I've met with any real personality.”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.

Death's Embrace Pre-BattleEdit

“You darling things! Who marred your sweet visages with such ugly wounds? I've seen many Risen, but few who fill me with such sadness... I promise to finish you before you're forced to take a life against your will.”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.

Five-Anna Firefight Pre-BattleEdit

“Looking at the lava is like watching the clouds. I see all kinds of shapes! See? That patch there looks like a face. Could it be one of your friends...melting? ...Oh, listen to me saying such gruesome things! Don't take it to heart, my sweet.”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.

Roster Rescue Pre-BattleEdit

“My, my... You Risen might be the most adorable I've yet seen. But it's not very lovable to run off with other people's secrets, now is it? I'm afraid Minerva and I may just have to get stern with you...”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.

Summer Scramble Pre-BattleEdit

“You poor, darling brigand. Would the other beachgoers not play with you? Minerva will join you for a swim. Won't you, my sweet? Yes, you will! ...That is, assuming she CAN swim. I'm not sure we've ever tried!”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.

Hot-Spring Scramble Pre-BattleEdit

“What a marvelously large bath! House Virion never had anything like this. But it seems rather lacking in terms of privacy... Won't people spy on us? ...I know! I'll just put Minerva on watch. That should frighten any Peeping Toms.”
—Cherche's pre-battle quote.


Dual SupportEdit

  • "Time to tidy up!"
  • "Stay with me!"
  • "Where to begin?"
  • "This one's ours!"
  • "Best of luck!"
  • "Don't worry!"
  • "Shall we?"
  • "How charming..."
  • "Get ready."
  • "I'm right here."

Dual StrikeEdit

  • "Forgetting someone?"
  • "I have you!"
  • "And one from me!"
  • "Pardon me!"
  • "Allow me!"

Dual GuardEdit

  • "Look out, you!"
  • "Still standing?"
  • "Guard up now."


  • “Rest in pieces!”
  • “If you don’t mind!”
  • "I bid you farewell!"
  • "It has been a pleasure!"

Defeated EnemyEdit

  • "Moving on."
  • "Poor you!"
  • "Hee! Victory!"
  • *Giggles*

Partner Defeated EnemyEdit

  • "Oh, how sloppy of me."
  • "Shame on me."
  • "Thank you."

Defeated By EnemyEdit

  • "*Breathes* Tragic..."

Death/Retreat QuoteEdit

“Damn... This is not my time... Sorry, but I'm pulling out. Today is not my day to die...”
—Cherche's retreat quote (classic mode)

“Ungh... Can't fight...with this wound... Must retreat... Live to fight...another day...”
—Cherche's retreat quote (casual mode)

Possible EndingsEdit

Cherche - Wyvern Friend
Cherche and her beloved Minerva returned to Rosanne and struggled to reclaim the country Virion had managed to lose. Rider and wyvern were never seen apart.
Cherche and the Avatar
Many wrote of Avatar's legendary exploits, but accounts of his origins and character varied. Scholars, poets, and bards agreed on one thing alone—he loved his wife, Cherche, above all else.
Cherche and Frederick
As Ylisse's new knight captain, Frederick took charge of keeping the peace and training new recruits with his wife, Cherche. Students quickly learned to fear the couple's famously disarming smiles.
Cherche and Virion
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and coward, or else ignored entirely. But Cherche's smarts and kindness eventually brought her husband back into good standing.
Cherche and Stahl
Stahl continued his service as an Ylissean knight and led crucial missions across the realm. He eventually grew fat on his wife Cherche's tremendous cooking, and the two had a long and happy life.
Cherche and Vaike
Vaike returned to the streets that raised him and was welcomed as a hero and brother to all. Still, the children were fonder of Cherche, who spent her time feeding and clothing orphans everywhere.
Cherche and Kellam
Cherche and her beloved Minerva returned to Rosanne and struggled to reclaim the country Virion had managed to lose. Her husband's name has been lost to history.
Cherche and Lon'qu
Lon'qu returned to Regna Ferox and served as Basilio's right-hand man. Cherche knit many wool caps to shield her husband from the bitter Feroxi winters and, of course, a cap for her dear wyvern, Minerva.
Cherche and Ricken
While continuing to study magic, Ricken realized how childish some of his actions had been. But Cherche's caring and patience saw him through to the end.
Cherche and Gaius
Gaius never lost his sweet tooth, though he ultimately returned to less savory enterprises. When her work in Rosanne was done, Cherche would return home and cook for her husband, much to his delight.
Cherche and Gregor
After the war, Gregor briefly sank into a life of excess, but at his wife Cherche's request, he found work in Valm. After a successful stint there, offers flooded in from around the world.
Cherche and Libra
Many an unfortunate child found joy in the small orphanage Libra and his wife built after the war. Cherche was a natural mother to the children, who were also quite fond of her wyvern, Minerva.
Cherche and Henry
Henry settled down with Cherche and turned out to be a surprisingly good father. Their newborn son was said to be quiet but also fond of wyverns, like his mother.
Cherche and Donnel
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Cherche. The latter's easy laugh and many skills quickly earned the love and respect of her new family.

Smash Bros. SeriesEdit

Cherche does not directly appear in the Super Smash Bros. Series. However, one of Lucina's Palette Swaps is based around Cherche's color scheme.


Serge is a masculine name of French origin. It is also a Latin word meaning "servant". The latter probably represents her status as one of Virion's former vassals.

Cherche is a variation of the French verb "chercher", which means "to look". In this case, Cherche translates into "looking" or into "look", as an imperative. "Cherchez la femme," or "look for the woman" is a phrase in classic French novels that points to a woman being the source of trouble in any man's life, a clever joke on her relationship with her master.


  • Cherche's dragon mount was named after Minerva, as revealed if Cherche fights Minerva in Lost Bloodlines 2.
  • Cherche shares her English voice actress, Amanda C. Miller, with Sully.
    • Cherche also shares her Japanese voice actress, Akutsu Kana, with Tharja.
  • Cherche's official artwork depicts her wielding the Helswath.
  • Cherche's birthday is the same day that Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance was first released in North America.
  • Due to the fact that she was originally trained to be a cleric, both of her reclass options are healers. Ironically, among the first generation, she has the highest strength and defense modifiers of any female and one of the highest overall.


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