Official artwork of Jagen from the TCG.
|Game||Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi|
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
|First Seen||Chapter 1: Marth Embarks (Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi)|
Prologue II (Shadow Dragon)
“Heh, these old bones are still good for something. Farewell, my prince. Live, and grow strong…”
—Jagen if he was made the decoy in Prologue IV of Shadow Dragon
Jagen (ジェイガン, translated Jeigan in the Japanese versions) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. He is a veteran knight of Altea. He acts as Marth's guardian and often is one of the people Marth turns to for guidance. He is an invaluable unit at the start of the game due to being a much higher level than the rest of your units, but he has terrible growth rates and potential that severely handicap his usefulness later in the game. He steps out off the battlefield in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem but still stays by Marth's side as an advisor. Afterwards, he dies and his position is given to Cain. In Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~, he only takes to the field once just to train with the Avatar.
According to the Takayashiki Hideo's Mystery of the Emblem novel adaptation, Jagen is 58 years old. 
Like most other characters in the Akaneia Series of Fire Emblem, Jagen's personality is not very well-developed, with much emphasis having been placed on his functionality as a combat unit on the battlefield. That aside, like most other knights appearing in the series, Jagen has been portrayed to be an individual who is fiercely patriotic to the country whom he has pledged his allegiance to (Altea), participating in many battles under its banner for decades. His devotion to his country is especially evident in the Prologue of Shadow Dragon, where he is one of few units who can be selected to act as the decoy to ensure that Marth and the rest of his retainers succeed in fleeing Altea. Should he be chosen, Jagen's parting words are ones that are gallantly courageous, where he, in spite of the dire state of his situation, ironically muses over the suitability of his age being a deciding factor in him being chosen as the sacrifice.
More dimensions to Jagen's character are introduced with the onset of Shin Monshō no Nazo, where he frequently engages the Avatar in preambling discussions before the onset of each battle. Through these interactions, one can deduce Jagen to be both wise and prudent, as he constantly imparts sound advice to the Avatar to ensure that they form effective tactical decisions.
|Character Growth Stat|
|Sword - D|
Lance - B
*Normal Mode only.
|Character Growth Stat|
|Sword - D|
Lance - D
“Sire... Fight for Altea...”
—Jagen's death quote in Shadow Dragon
The word "Jagen" is also used as a term for characters which use up too much exp at the start of the game (only if you choose to use them) and so hinders the other characters' growths.
Jagens are usually promoted Paladins that you get in the first chapter, and appear to be amazing units due to having much higher stats than your other units. However, due to being promoted, a Jagen will usually gain very little experience for quite some time into the game, with the original Jagen actually being an exception. Originally, Jagens always had terrible growth rates and barely any endgame potential. Recent Fire Emblem games are abandoning this trend, however, with the Jagens in Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and Fire Emblem: Awakening moving toward being Oifeys and all ending up as decent units that are worthy of using.
List of JagensEdit
There are others who are considered Jagens, but this is the generally agreed upon list.
- Jagen (FE1/FE11)
- Arran (FE3/FE12)
- Eyvel and Dagdar (FE5)
- Marcus (FE6, but not a Jagen in FE7 where he is an Oifey.)
- Frederick (FE13)
- Oifey - A character and archetype who starts out promoted as well, but unlike Jagens, their higher stats/growths can enable them to be more useful later in the game.