Fado (Vari in the Spanish version) is the King of Renais. He dies in the siege of Renais Castle in the early part of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is the father of both Lord characters, Eirika and Ephraim, and known as the peerless Warrior King.
As the king of Renais, he had a fair relationship with Vigarde, until Grado suddenly attacked Renais without warning. Grado's forces quickly overwhelmed the unprepared Renais soldiers and eventually reached the castle. Before the castle was besieged, Fado entrusted Seth to take Eirika to safety. Although it is unknown what happened after Seth left with Eirika, it is very likely that Fado was killed as he is never seen again. In the Creature Campaign, you can acquire him as a Level 11 General if you clear the Lagdou Ruins in its entirety once.
Fado is one of the better secret characters, although nowhere near Ismaire due to his low level of growth and relatively low base stats. He has good HP, strength and defense, and his resistance is decent, but his skill, speed and most notably his luck will be his undoing. Fado's constitution is thankfully massive, so he can wield nearly any melee weapon without speed loss, and he comes with an A rank in all three weapon categories. His growths only really excel in HP, strength, defense and maybe skill, so only use Fado if you really want to. In case you needed it for any of your unpromoted Creature Campaign units, he comes with a Master Seal in his inventory, along with a Silver Axe, a Silver Sword, and a Silver Lance.
A 'fado' is a sad Portuguese folksong. The word comes from the Latin 'fatum' meaning 'fate'.
Also, "fadó" in Irish means "long ago".
- In the opening cutscenes he is featured in, his class is that of the Peer class, also used in cutscenes by Elbert in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Despite this, his Class is changed to a General in the Creature Campaign.