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The game series takes its name from the pivotal object of each game in the series: the Fire Emblem. These items are usually of immense power and can grant powerful abilities, both good (Shield of Seals) and evil (Grado's Sacred Stone) to whoever wields it. Usually, only the main protagonist/antagonist of the game can wield it. While the Fire Emblem may not be mentioned until late into the game, their influence can be seen even in the beginning of the game (such as the Dark Stone). Another common way of referring to it is as the "emblem of flame".
The original meaning behind its name, as explained on the official Fire Emblem World portal site, was to represent its connection to the power of dragons. Despite the connection being tenuous or non-existent in later games, the name has endured.
The following objects have been referred to as the Fire Emblem in their respective games:
- The Shield of Seals - A shield in Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, its sequel Mystery of the Emblem, and their respective remakes Shadow Dragon and Shin Monshō no Nazo. Also known as the Pedestal of Flames in Awakening.
- Fire Emblem (crest) - The crest of the Velthomer house in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.
- Fire Emblem (seal) - The Imperial Seal of Bern in Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken and Fire Emblem: Binding Blade
- The Sacred Stone of Grado - The initial form of Grado's Sacred Stone in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, which would later be split in two, with one half becoming the Dark Stone.
- Lehran's Medallion - The medallion that seals Yune in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- Omega Yato - Final form of the Yato blade in Fire Emblem Fates. It is also referred to as the "Seal of Flames".
- The Opera of Light - An operatic ritual in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE required to counter the Opera of Shadows.