“I am Oliver, champion of beauty! You would harm my precious feathered angels! That makes you my enemy! Unsightly man... Prepare yourself!”
—Oliver to Lekain in Radiant Dawn
He is known as Duke Tanas, and is a senior member of the Begnion Senate who was believed to have been executed for crimes against the state following his defeat at the hands of the Greil Mercenaries in Chapter 17-4 of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. He was deeply involved in the Laguz slave trade prior to his defeat in Serenes Forest, having purchased Prince Reyson for an exorbitant fee from King Naesala of Kilvas as though he were but another art treasure for his vast collections. He can be used on Trial Maps after completing three playthroughs of the game.
In Radiant Dawn he is one of few Fire Emblem bosses that is recruitable. Oliver will act the turncoat upon encountering Rafiel, claiming that it is his duty as a defender of beauty to guard the Heron prince and will turn against the Begnion Senate. At the end of the game, he becomes a benefactor of artists - especially those who paint him, further showing his lust after art and egocentricism.
Oliver is one of the most unique playable characters in that he does not fit the usual hero or kind-hearted priest roles, although he is very amusing. With his misplaced vanity, ludicrously inflated ego, and skewed loyalties, he continually throws other characters through loops, often leaving them highly confused or speechless. Ike goes so far as to ask him to rejoin the enemy army after he is recruited, while Sephiran interprets his presence in the Tower of Guidance as the proof that "Tellius is unraveling at the seams."
Oliver is a researcher and self-proclaimed protector of beauty. He has amassed an enormous collection of artistic treasures, the likes of which he appears to believe only himself capable of appreciating. This is shown with his ending, as it is mentioned that he sponsors artists that paint him. Despite being old, balding and possessing an unsightly amount of weight, he is also quite vain, once commenting that Reyson struck his "beautiful" nose.
Despite his clear role as a "bad guy", his ideals, though skewed, are not entirely immoral, unlike those of many Fire Emblem villains. While often cowering in the face of danger, he often demonstrates an odd sense of courage any time that something "beautiful" to him is at risk (such as the Herons).
Fire Emblem: Path of RadianceEdit
Fire Emblem: Radiant DawnEdit
- Chapter 4-4: Place Rafiel in Oliver's range; on the enemy phase, Oliver will move towards Rafiel and initiate his recruitment dialogue.
Although Oliver joins late in the game as a pre-promote, his stats and growth rates are actually decent. He should probably only be used in the endgame if Rhys and/or Laura is unavailable or if Micaiah has not reached her SS weapon rank and will not be able to wield the powerful Rexaura tome.
Tome - A
*Enemy only; joins unequipped
“Ohhh...ahh...I...cannot...fall here...It cannot...be...Such a...loss...to beauty...”
—Defeat Quote in Path of Radiance
“Beauty crumbles to dust... It's as fleeting...as...life... How...sad...”
—Death Quote in Radiant Dawn (Playable)
“Aagh... Still so many beautiful things...that...I...don't own.”
—Death Quote in Radiant Dawn (Enemy)
Battle Conversations (Path of Radiance)Edit
Oliver: Oh, such a hideous creature! Noooo! Stay back, you filthy beast!
Mordecai: I am Mordecai. I am not filthy...it is your soul that is unclean.
Oliver: Shoo! Go away now! Nobody wants a monster feline...Gyaa! Get out of here!
Lethe: You're the type of scum that cause laguz to detest beorc! I'm going to enjoy this, fat man!
Oliver: You lowborn, vulgar, penurious vermin! Return my little bird to me! Objects of beauty must be admired! Only by my side can they fulfill the purpose for which they are created!
Ike: I am SO TIRED of listening to your nonsense, you massive gasbag! This ends here and now!
Recruit Conversation (Radiant Dawn)Edit
Oliver: Ohhh...you are truly a banquet for the eyes as well as the...spirit. I am quite overcome!
Rafiel: Unhand me!
Oliver: But how is it that anyone could risk a precious treasure like you in battle? What if something marred you?
Rafiel: What are you talking about?
Oliver: Don't worry, pretty bird; I'll save you. You need someone who can give you loving protection. Someone...like me.
Oliver: I would never let them lay a single finger on you, my precious! No, no... The jealous cretins mustn't ruffle a single feather... I'll have to kill them! Come now, come to daddy!
Ike: Hold on a second... Aren't these your men? Why are you fighting them?
Oliver: It's quite simple, really. A true guardian of beauty stands with those who are beautiful. If your exquisite heron prince will not stay here in my home, I must follow him. I have seen death; it holds no mystery for me. Only my pursuit matters. Rest at ease, friends.
Ike: Look...Would you mind rejoining the enemy?
Hetzel: D-Duke Tanas! You've betrayed us? But why?
Oliver: You could never understand the depth of my commitment to beauty! Sometimes it simply overwhelms me. I can't stop the love welling up inside! I'd do anything to keep the hideous likes of you from my precious birds!
Lekain: Duke of Tanas... What's gotten into you? Why are you fighting with these mercenary scum?
Oliver: I am Oliver, champion of beauty! You would harm my precious feathered angels! That makes you my enemy! Unsightly man... Prepare yourself!
Lekain: Have you finally gone stark mad? Who, exactly, do you think you're blathering at?
Levail: Duke Tanas! I thought you were executed as a slave trader three years ago.
Oliver: True beauty is immortal. Look at me. Right now, I am flawless. You are not without potential. With education, you could aspire to be me.
Levail: ...No, thank you.
Sephiran: Duke of Tanas, imagine seeing you here!
Oliver: Lord Sephiran, as lovely as always. But has it come to this? Must we fight to the death, and deprive the world of one of our beautiful countenances? Can other lovers of beauty endure such a loss?
Sephiran: I confess that your presence has me bewildered. Could this be part of Yune's plan? I simply never would have imagined you here. Your presence proves that Tellius is unraveling at the seams. Judgment cannot come soon enough.
Collector of Beauty (美の探究者, Explorer of Beauty in the Japanese version)
Oliver followed his calling as a guardian of beauty by sponsoring many artists, especially those who depicted him.
- Although Oliver has no support ending, several characters have unique dialogue when supporting with him, usually showing disgust or repulsion towards him. Such characters include Ike, Reyson, Rafiel, and Micaiah.
- Two themes from the musical scores of Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn are associated with Oliver; in the first game that is, 'Power Hungry Fool,' and in the second it is, 'Beauty is a Mad Mistress.'
- Of all the units that are unlocked and playable only in the Trial Maps in Path of Radiance (not considering Ashnard), Oliver is the only character to have survived the events and make another appearance in Radiant Dawn.