Gharnef (ガーネフ, Garnef, Garnef in the Japanese version) is an enemy character and a dark mage from Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and their remakes. Gharnef's Imhullu spell makes him immune to attacks; however, a magician using the spell Starlight (created by his former master Gotoh) can kill him.
He was once a star pupil of Gotoh, along with Miloah, but due to his lack of a caring heart, he was disqualified to become the inheritor of the Aura spell. Out of jealousy, Gharnef stole the Darksphere, which twisted his soul, and crafted from it the spell Imhullu. Sometime afterwards, he visited an orphanage ravaged by war and used the feelings of despair in Eremiya, the orphanage's bishop, to wipe her memories and bewitch her to put other orphans through brutal training to become assassins. Eventually, he put his plans into motion. He took over Khadein by killing Miloah, revived Medeus and his Doluna Empire, and manipulated Michalis into killing his father by spreading a rumor that King Osmond was planning to choose Minerva as his successor. He worked with Doluna and their allies to conquer the world, although he planned to eventually betray them in the end and crush Medeus with the Imhullu spell and the Falchion. He led the attack on Altea (and may have been the one to kill Marth's father Cornelius) in order to gain the Falchion and kidnap Elice, so that he could gain use of the Aum Staff. However, Marth later defeated him and slew Medeus, but Gharnef's soul remained in the Darksphere, allowing his soul to eventually be returned to the land of the living by his heretic followers, albeit without a physical body to inhabit.
When he heard about Hardin's sorrow, Gharnef disguised himself as a merchant and offered him the Darksphere, which twisted Hardin's soul. By using Arkaneia's army and Eremiya's assassins, he then gathered four noble sisters, Lena, Maria, Nyna, and Elice, to be sacrificed for Medeus' revival. A member of Marth's army eventually killed him once again with the Starlight spell and thwarted his plan.
*Drops when defeated
|Magic - A |
Staff - E
* Drops when defeated
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Staff - E
*Drops when defeated
|Tome - A||Goetia*|
* Enemy only, joins unequipped.
“You dare to oppose me, fool? You must not value your life. Cower before the might of the magic Imhullu: once forbidden, now unleashed!”
—Gharnef's battle quote in Chapter 15 in Shadow Dragon
“Agh! What... Where did you get...Starlight...? Still, you are a fool...Your power is not enough to defeat Medeus...I shall be waiting in the pits of the inferno...for when he sends you to join me... Heh heh, ha ha ha!”
—Gharnef's death quote in Shadow Dragon
“Haha... It’s already too late... This world is done for...”
—Gharnef's death quote in Mystery of the Emblem Book 2
In the original Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi and its remakes and sequels, there was the bishop Gharnef, who caused the events of the game and manipulated several to achieve his goals. Since then, a Dark Magic user or Bishop has usually manipulated the events of the game, usually being responsible for the main conflict. Also, they are usually defeated just before the final boss, with the only exceptions being Fomortiis and Veld, who are the final bosses of their respective games.
There are others who are considered Gharnefs, but this is the generally agreed upon list.
|Marth - Jagen - Abel - Cain - Gordin - Draug - Shiida - Wrys - Ogma - Barst - Bord - Cord - Castor - Darros - Julian - Lena - Nabarl - Merric - Matthis - Hardin - Wolf - Sedgar - Roshea - Vyland - Wendell - Rickard - Bantu - Caesar - Radd - Roger - Jeorge - Maria - Minerva - Linde - Jake - Midia - Dolph - Macellan - Tomas - Boah - Beck - Astram - Palla - Catria - Arran - Samson - Xane - Est - Tiki - Lorenz - Elice - Gotoh|
|Exclusive to Shadow Dragon|
|Frey - Norne - Athena - Horace - Etzel - Ymir - Nagi|
|Cornelius - Mostyn - Miloah - Malledus - Anna - Aimee - Nyna - Camus - Jiol - Michalis - Gharnef - Medeus - Gazzak - Gomer - Reynard - Bentheon - Merach - Emereus - Bathys - Harmein - Kannival - Mannu - Zharov - Khozen - Volzhin - Heimler - Dejanira - Grigas - Hollstadt - Morzas - Dactyl - Sternlin - Larissa - Xemcel - Anri - Iote - Marlon - Artemis - Cartas - Naga|
|Akaneia - Altea - Gra - Talys - Aurelis - Grust - Khadein - Medon - Doluna - Fane of Raman|
|Falchion - Starlight - Imhullu - Excalibur - Aura - Wing Spear - Gradivus - Mercurius - Parthia - Hauteclere - Aum Staff|
|P: Prologue (Shadow Dragon) - C1: Marth Embarks - C2: The Pirates of Galder - C3: A Brush in the Teeth - C4: Battle in the Lea - C5: Champions of Aurelis - C6: Fire Emblem - C6x: In War's Grip - C7: Lefcandith Gauntlet - C8: Coastal Skirmish - C9: A Wyrm-King's Wrath - C10: Princess Minerva - C11: Knorda Market - C12: The Ageless Palace - C12x: A Traitor's Worth - C13: The Wooden Cavalry - C14: Land of Sorrow - C15: An Oasis of Magic - C16: The Battle for Altea - C17: Star and Savior - C17x: Prisoner of Helena - C18: The Sable Order - C19: Manakete Princess - C20: Camus the Sable - C20x: Men and Monsters - C21: Clash in Medon - C22: A Knight-Filled Sky - C23: Dark Pontifex - C24: The Dragonkin Realm - C24x: A World Apart - C25: Chosen by Fate|
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|Marth - Cecil - Rody - Ruke - Arran - Draug - Gordin - Raian - Malliesia - Yubello - Yumina - Ogma - Sirius - Castor - Catria - Palla - Warren - Julian - Matthis - Shiida - Linde - Rickard - Samto - Wendell - Nabarl - Feena - Bantu - Jeorge - Cain - Minerva - Merric - Ellerean - Xane - Tiki - Est - Sheema - Samson - Abel - Astram - Roshea - Midia - Maria - Lena - Nyna - Elice|
|Exclusive to Shin Monshō no Nazo|
|Avatar - Wrys - Athena - Cord - Bord - Barst - Frey - Norne - Caesar - Radd - Roger - Etzel - Dice - Malice - Horace - Jake - Darros - Robert - Belf - Leiden - Beck - Dolph - Macellan - Katarina - Tomas - Frost - Wolf - Sedgar - Vyland - Ymir - Michalis - Nagi|
|Medeus - Gharnef - Hardin - Wolf - Sedgar - Vyland - Gail - Rucke - Rumel - Dahl - Yodel - Nehring - Eibel - Willow - Toras - Lang - Lorenz - Boah - Michalis - Jagen - Gotoh - Eremiya - Kuraine - Legion - Naga - Adrah - Anri - Iote - Artemis - Cartas - Marlon - Miloah|
|Akaneia - Altea - Gra - Talys - Aurelis - Grust - Khadein - Medon - Doluna - Ice Dragon Temple - The Dragon's Table - Marmotord - Fane of Raman|
|Falchion - Starlight - Imhullu - Excalibur - Aura - Gradivus - Mercurius - Parthia - Hauteclere - Wing Spear - Aum Staff|
|P1: Meeting - P2: Young Squires - P3: Training Begins - P4: New Companions - P5: March Duty - P6: Bonds - P7: The Final Test - P8: Assassination of the Hero-King - C1: The Grustian Expedition - C2: Rebellion at Medon - C3: Abducted Princess - C3x: Shadows Behind the Scenes - C4: Joy and Sorrow - C5: Liberation of Grust - C6: The Nest of Vice - C6x: Mercenary Squad - C7: The Scarlet Swordsman - C8: Soulful Bridge - C9: Sanctuary of Sorcery - C10: Two Sorcerers - C10x: The Mask Laughs - C11: Anri's Way - C12: Graveyard of Fire Dragons - C13: Frozen Land - C13x: Within the White Darkness - C14: A Mystery Revealed - C15: Return of the Prince - C16: Regaining the Capitol - C16x: Reunion - C17: Setting Sun of Gra - C18: Battle of the Pass - C19: The Last Decisive Battle - C20: Dark Emperor - C20x: Depths of the Abyss - C21: The Wyvern's Dale - F Part 1/C22: The Dragon's Table* - F Part 2/C23: The Dark Pontifex Lives* - F Part 3/C24: Light and Shadow*
*Counted as individual chapters in Shin Monshō no Nazo.
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|Chrom - Avatar - Lissa - Frederick - Sully - Virion - Stahl - Vaike - Miriel - Sumia - Kellam - Donnel - Lon'qu - Ricken - Maribelle - Panne - Gaius - Cordelia - Gregor - Nowi - Libra - Tharja - Anna - Olivia - Cherche - Henry - Say'ri - Tiki - Basilio - Flavia - Gangrel - Walhart - Emmeryn - Yen'fay - Aversa - Priam|
|Lucina - Owain - Inigo - Brady - Kjelle - Cynthia - Severa - Gerome - Morgan - Yarne - Laurent - Noire - Nah|
|Marth - Est - Catria - Palla - Alm - Celica - Seliph - Eldigan - Leif - Roy - Lyndis - Ephraim - Eirika - Ike - Elincia - Micaiah - Katarina|
|Shiida - Ogma - Nabarl - Merric - Hardin - Linde - Minerva - Catria - Tiki - Nyna - Camus - Gharnef - Clair - Valbar - Clive - Boey - Luthier - Nomah - Deen - Mycen - Norne - Malice - Athena - Horace - Etzel - Legion - Sigurd - Arden - Quan - Ethlyn - Ayra - Jamke - Deirdre - Raquesis - Lewyn - Travant - Arvis - Julia - Larcei - Ulster - Arthur - Fee - Ced - Ares - Altena - Ishtar - Julius - Nanna - Finn - Eyvel - Dagdar - Mareeta - Salem - Olwen - Saias - Raydrik - Lilina - Wolt - Shanna - Lugh - Raigh - Cecilia - Sophia - Perceval - Narcian - Zephiel - Eliwood - Hector - Florina - Matthew - Serra - Karel - Nino - Jaffar - Lloyd - Linus - Ursula - Nergal - Seth - Moulder - Lute - Amelia - Innes - Marisa - L'Arachel - Selena - Lyon - Titania - Soren - Mist - Mia - Zihark - Lucia - Geoffrey - Oliver - Petrine - Ashnard - Sothe - Edward - Leonardo - Brom - Nephenee - Sigrun - Sanaki - Sephiran - Black Knight|
|Validar - Naga - Grima - Garrick - Phila - Raimi - Roddick - Orton - Victor - Hierarch - Vasto - Chalard - Campari - Vincent - Mustafa - Dalton - Ke'ri - Gecko - Jamil - Xalbador - Cassius - Ruger - Holland - Nelson - Morristan - Gyral - Dalen - Nombry - Ezra - Ignatius - Farber - Cervantes - Pheros - Excellus - Algol - Mus - Bovis - Tigris - Lepus - Draco - Anguilla - Equus - Ovis - Simia - Gallus - Canis - Porcus - Zanth - Ardri - Old Hubba|
|Ylisse (continent) - Ylisse (country) - Southtown - West of Ylisstol - The Northroad - Ylisstol - Themis - Breakneck Pass - Mount Prism - The Farfort - Desert Oasis - Manor of Lost Souls - Plegia - Border Pass - Plegia Castle - Plegia Castle Courtyard - Border Sands - The Midmire - Border Wastes - Carrion Isle - The Dragon's Table - Mercenary Fortress - Law's End - Sea-King's Throne - Ferox - The Longfort - Arena Ferox - Port Ferox - The Twins' Turf - Peaceful Village - The Twins' Hideout - Dueling Grounds - Ruins of Time - Kidnapper's Keep - Valm - Rosanne - Valm Harbor - Chon'sin - Mila Tree - Fort Steiger - Demon's Ingle - Valm Castle - Sage's Hamlet - Great Gate - Mila Shrine Ruins - Verdant Forest - Wyvern Valley - Divine Dragon Grounds - Conqueror's Whetstone - Mountain Village - Warriors' Tomb - Wellspring of Truth - Garden of Giants - Origin Peak - Outrealm Gate|
|Falchion - Grima's Truth - Gradivus - Parthia - Mercurius - Hauteclere - Tyrfing - Balmung - Gáe Bolg - Gungnir - Helswath - Yewfelle - Valflame - Forseti - Mjölnir - Book of Naga|
|I: Invisible Ties - P: The Verge of History - C1: Unwelcome Change - C2: Shepherds - C3: Warrior Realm - P1: Sickle to Sword - C4: Two Falchions - C5: The Exalt and the King - P2: The Secret Seller - C6: Foreseer - C7: Incursion - P3: A Strangled Peace - C8: The Grimleal - C9: Emmeryn - P4: Anna the Merchant - C10: Renewal - C11: Mad King Gangrel - C12: The Seacomers - C13: Of Sacred Blood - P5: Scion of Legend - P6: A Man for Flowers - P7: Noble Lineage - P8: A Duel Disgraced - P9: Wings of Justice - P10: Ambivalence - P11: Twin Wyverns - P12: Disowned by Time - P13: Rival Bands - P14: Shadow in the Sands - P15: A Shot from the Dark - P16: Daughter to Dragons - C14: Flames on the Blue - C15: Smoldering Resistance - C16: Naga's Voice - C17: Inexorable Death - C18: Sibling Blades - P17: The Threat of Silence - C19: The Conqueror - C20: The Sword or the Knee - C21: Five Gemstones - C22: An Ill Presage - C23: Invisible Ties - C24: Awakening - C25: To Slay a God - P18: The Dead King's Lament - P19: Irreconcilable Paths - P20: A Hard Miracle - P21: Ghost of a Blade - P22: The Wellspring of Truth - P23: The Radiant Hero - F: Grima|
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