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“Disguise yourself, get close to the enemy... I am familiar with these duties”
— Matthew talking to Legault in a support conversation

Matthew is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He first joins Lyn as an enigmatic thief, and is later revealed to be a spy for Ostia. He was in a relationship with Leila before her death at the hands of Jaffar.

ProfileEdit

Before The Blazing BladeEdit

Matthew's life before his employment with the Lycian House Ostia is unknown. Soon after his employment, however, he began a relationship with fellow spy Leila and had a good working relationship with his lord, Hector. He also has a history with the Myrmidon Guy, having saved him from starvation once.

Lyn's StoryEdit

Matthew is first seen in Chapter 6, where he spies on the group's battle in a residential house in Araphen. When he is unexpectedly visited by Lyn, Matthew turns this turn of events to his advantage by offering to serve as a thief pilfering from the enemy's treasuries.

Later, if Matthew were to visit the house to the southwest in Chapter 7, he will furnish Hector with a report that Lundgren's motives are far too ambitious and could be a threat to Ostia if left unchecked.

In Chapter 8, Matthew temporarily leaves the group to gather intelligence from the surrounding villages. He returns with grim news: Lundgren has petitioned for aid to dispose Lyn and her "traitorous" group of knights. Lyn thanks Matthew for this advice and they push forward to Caelin.

After Lundgren is defeated and Lyn seizes control of Caelin, Matthew mysteriously disappears without a word.

Eliwood and Hector’s StoryEdit

A year later, Matthew's allegiance with Ostia is no longer a secret. In Chapter 11H, he joins Hector in his attempt to slip out of Castle Ostia to rendezvous with Eliwood. As they are about to depart, they are ambushed by a group of assassins deployed by the Black Fang. Together, the pair manage to defeat the assassins, thereafter succeeding in leaving the castle.

Matthew will meet the Tactician again in Chapter 12, where he reveals the truth of his identity as a spy in the service of Ostia. Alongside Hector, Oswin and Serra, he then joins Eliwood on his quest to search for the missing Marquess Pherae, Lord Elbert.

Later in Chapter 15E/16H, Matthew encounters Lyn again, where he very clumsily attempts to slip past her when she recognises him. He accidentally lets slip his identity as a spy and in an attempt to divert her attention from him, reminds her of the battle to retake Caelin at hand.

In Chapter 16E/17H, Matthew crosses paths with Leila, who had conscripted herself into the Black Fang. She passes on intelligence relating to Nergal and his morphs, as well as the status of Elbert and Darin. At this point, Matthew proposes to Leila in an impromptu fashion, and before she can respond, makes a quick departure.

When the army reaches the Dread Isle in Chapter 18E/19H, they stumble upon the mangled body of Leila. Beset by grief, Matthew, in a display of self-restraint, quietly requests leave to give her a proper burial. Against Hector's protests, Matthew later rejoins the army when they enter battle with Uhai, dedicating his continued persistence to Leila.

When Nergal and his morphs are later defeated, Matthew resumes his service as a spy of Ostia, motivated by the memory of his beloved Leila. Depending on his supports, Matthew could come to develop feelings for Serra. Though not explicitly stated, Matthew is implied to marry Serra, her presence slowly easing the pain of losing Leila.

PersonalityEdit

Matthew's demeanor is cheerful and optimistic at best, rarely ever set back by the situations at hand, no matter how dire they may be. Carrying an air of aloofness about him, he usually tends to give sarcastic responses veiled in faux joy to most threats and conversations thrown at him, with Hector and Oswin generally being on the receiving end of his smarminess. Despite this seemingly gung-ho attitude of Matthew, he is resolutely loyal to Hector, willing to go the extra mile to help shoulder any burdens that his lord may secretly be holding.

Matthew adopts a more serious and solemn attitude following Leila's death. This extends to him developing a hatred for the Black Fang, inducing him to react with excessive outrage when Jaffar confesses to murdering Leila.

In-GameEdit

Fire Emblem: The Blazing BladeEdit

Description: A cheery thief. His casual demeanor belies his skill.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE8 Thief Map Sprite Thief GBAWind Wind
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
2 18 4 4 11 2 3 0 7 6
Weapon Starting Items

Sword Sword - D

IronswordIron Sword
LockpickLockpick

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 30% 40% 70% 50% 25% 20%

Promotion GainsEdit

Item Required Promoted Class
Fellcontract Fell Contract FE8 Assassin Map Sprite Assassin
Level HP Str Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +3 +1 +0 +0 +2 +2 +0 +0

SupportsEdit

See also: Matthew/Supports

OverallEdit

As with all Thieves and Assassins, Matthew will easily cap Speed and also possesses slightly subpar Skill but good Luck, but his Luck and Skill bases are rather low. Still, his potential in Speed and Luck is usually good enough that he is rarely put in danger from attacks, direct or otherwise. The biggest problem Matthew suffers from, like most units of this class, is Strength and, as he himself states in a support with Serra, he "Does not get into brawls." He also promotes very late, as the Fell Contract is not available until Chapter 26xE/28xH.

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

SpotPassEdit

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Thief (M) Map SpriteThief
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
17 30 13 2 11 21 9 8 2 6+1
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Picklock (FE13)Locktouch
Movement +1Movement +1
Wrath (FE13)Wrath

SwordIconFE13Sword - C

Steel Sword FE13 IconSteel Sword*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem HeroesEdit

Faithful Spy
Happy-go-lucky spy who's actually quite sly. Serves Hector, brother of the Marquess of Ostia. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base StatsEdit

Rarity:

✯✯

Title Group
Heroes Matthew Sprite (2*)
Faithful Spy
Heroes Infantry Infantry
Level HP Atk Spd Def Res
1
40
15
34
5
20
9
28
4
23
3
13
Skills Weapon

FEH skill offense Iron Dagger

FEH Dagger Dagger

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✯✯✯✯

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SkillsEdit

WeaponEdit
Name Prerequisite Might Range Effects SP Cost Default Unlocked
FEH skill offense Iron Dagger - 3 2 After combat, inflicts Def/Res -3 on foe through its next action. 50 FEH Star Rarity 2 -
FEH skill offense Steel Dagger - 5 2 After combat, inflicts Def/Res -3 on foe through its next action. 100 FEH Star Rarity 3 FEH Star Rarity 2
FEH skill offense Rogue Dagger - 4 2 After combat, inflicts Def/Res -3 on foe through its next action.
Grants unit Def/Res +3 for 1 turn.
200 FEH Star Rarity 4 FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH skill offense Rogue Dagger+ FEH skill offense Rogue Dagger 7 2 After combat, inflicts Def/Res -5 on foe through its next action.
Grants unit Def/Res +5 for 1 turn.
300 - FEH Star Rarity 5
Weapon RefinementsEdit
Rogue Dagger+
Type Stats Effects Cost
FEH WUp 1 +2 HP
+6 Mt
After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Def/Res -6
on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions,
and grants Def/Res +6 to unit and allies within 2 spaces for 1 turn.
350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 2 +2 HP
+5 Mt
+2 Spd
After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Def/Res -6
on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions,
and grants Def/Res +6 to unit and allies within 2 spaces for 1 turn.
350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 3 +2 HP
+5 Mt
+3 Def
After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Def/Res -6
on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions,
and grants Def/Res +6 to unit and allies within 2 spaces for 1 turn.
350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 4 +2 HP
+5 Mt
+3 Res
After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Def/Res -6
on target and foes within 2 spaces of target through their next actions,
and grants Def/Res +6 to unit and allies within 2 spaces for 1 turn.
350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
AssistEdit
Name Prerequisite Range Effects SP Cost Default Unlocked
FEH skill support Reciprocal Aid - 1 Swap HP with adjacent ally (neither unit can go above their max HP). 150 FEH Star Rarity 4 FEH Star Rarity 3
PassiveEdit
Name Prerequisite Effects SP Cost Unlocked Type
FEH Poison Strike 1 Poison Strike 1 - Inflicts 4 damage to foe after any combat this unit initiates. 60 FEH Star Rarity 3 B
FEH Poison Strike 2 Poison Strike 2 FEH Poison Strike 1 Poison Strike 1 Inflicts 7 damage to foe after any combat this unit initiates. 120 FEH Star Rarity 4 B
FEH Poison Strike 3 Poison Strike 3 FEH Poison Strike 2 Poison Strike 2 Inflicts 10 damage to foe after any combat this unit initiates. 240 FEH Star Rarity 5 B
FEH Hone Spd 1 Hone Spd 1 - Grants adjacent allies Spd +2 through their next actions at the start of each turn. 50 - C
FEH Hone Spd 2 Hone Spd 2 FEH Hone Spd 1 Hone Spd 1 Grants adjacent allies Spd +3 through their next actions at the start of each turn. 100 FEH Star Rarity 2 C
FEH Hone Spd 3 Hone Spd 3 FEH Hone Spd 2 Hone Spd 2 Grants adjacent allies Spd +4 through their next actions at the star of each turn. 200 FEH Star Rarity 4 C

QuotesEdit

Fire Emblem Blazing SwordEdit

Final Chapter: Light quoteEdit

“Let me handle this! There is much I can do.”
—Matthew

Battle History Quote

“Your tactician skills have won me over.”
—Matthew -B or C tactician ranking

Defeat quote in Lyn's storyEdit

  • Matthew: Ooh! That's it!
  • Lyn: Matthew!
  • Matthew: Lady Lyndis! Avatar! I don't want to slow you down. I'll pull back for now. Look for me later!

(End of chapter)

  • Matthew: Hey! Over here! You two looking for something?
  • Lyn: Stop fooling around, Matthew. How are your injuries? Avatar and I were worried about you.
  • Matthew: My injuries? Well...that's where we have a problem.
  • Lyn: What? What is it?
  • Matthew: It's my hand. It's been injured pretty badly. I don't think I'll be of much use...
  • Lyn: Really... It's that bad?
  • Matthew: Unfortunately, yes. That's my only wound, though. But a thief who can't use his hands? I'm fired, right?
  • Lyn: What do you want to do?
  • Matthew: I'd like to continue traveling with you. I can be pretty useful off the battlefield, you know?
  • Lyn: As I thought... You are an odd one.
  • Matthew: Odd?
  • Lyn: You can come with us. "Useful off the battlefield," hm? You've piqued my interest.
  • Matthew: I'll not give you cause to regret your decision! Aha! Good times ahead!

Death Quote in Eliwood's/Hector's storyEdit

“Leila...”
—Matthew's death quote in The Blazing Blade.

Before chapter "The Dread Isle"Edit

  • Matthew: I'm back, my lord!
  • Hector: Matthew! Are you sure? You don't have to ...
  • Matthew: What are you talking about? Look at this eerie place, this thick fog ... This is exactly why you brought me with you.
  • Hector: Yet ...
  • Matthew: If Leila ... If Leila knew I was shirking my duties, she would never have forgiven me. I'm fine. I will work twice as hard for Ostia in her honor.
  • Hector: I understand ... I'm counting on you!
  • Matthew: As well you should, my lord! Tell me, Leila ... This is what you'd want, right? You wouldn't want me to give up. I'll mourn for you when our battle is won. I must fulfill my duty. So rest ... I promise I will take care of everything.

Fire Emblem Heroes Edit

Matthew/Heroes Quotes

Possible EndingsEdit

Lyn's StoryEdit

Matthew - The Enigmatic Thief

Matthew vanishes after the final battle and his whereabouts remain a mystery.

Eliwood's/Hector's StoryEdit

Matthew - Thief and Spy

Matthew continued his service as a spy for House Ostia. The memory of his beloved Leila lingers on in his heart.

Matthew and Serra

Matthew returned to Ostia, where he led the network of spies for the new marquess. During this hectic time, his thoughts turned to Serra. Thanks to her, the pain of losing Leila slowly became more bearable.

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

Matthew is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

EtymologyEdit

Matthew is derived from the Hebrew name "Mattityahu", meaning "Gift of Yahweh". Saint Matthew, who was originally called Levi, was one of Jesus' twelve apostles. He was a tax collector, and supposedly the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament. [1]

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