“Alm, you're our leader, aren'tcha? Of course we're not gonna let you go alone. Let's go take back Zofia's castle together.”
—Tobin to Alm in Gaiden.
He is voiced by Atsushi Abe in the Japanese version.
He is a Villager from Ram Village and one of Alm's childhood friends. He joins the Deliverance in order to travel the continent, gaining money to support his family. After the war, he joined the knighthood of Valentia and sought Clair's hand in marriage, only to lose to his friend Gray.
Tobin has a serious and direct personality. However, he is very poor at reading other people's emotions. Being the eldest of his family, his mentality and overall deportment carry over to his enlistment in the Deliverance and onward in which he is like an older brother figure to Alm and company.
Talk to him before you leave Ram Village.
Of Alm's 3 Villager friends, Tobin is the weakest, as he suffers from critical flaws that inhibit him from any form of consistency. No matter what path you set him on, he winds up weaker than other characters of that same class. Tobin's entire problem is that he excels in the two supportive, secondary stats (Skill and Luck) at the cost of having low stats in the primary stats (Speed and Strength). A character needs to be at least decent in Speed and Strength in order for Skill and Luck to really matter. It does not matter how accurate a character is or how likely they are to land a Critical hit if their attacks cannot do much damage or Double Attack. Additionally, having terrible Speed and Defense growth makes him one of the most vulnerable units in the game, meaning not only will he be unable to inflict much damage, but he is also an easy target.
If you intend to use Tobin, he will likely do best as an Archer, where his low growths and starting stats will present fewer problems. Archers in Gaiden have an amazing attack range of 3 without a weapon equipped and 5 with a weapon equipped. This allows Tobin to be useful to the team without really putting himself in harm's way or becoming a liability. Other promotions simply leave him too fragile to fulfill his role well. Though it also may be a good idea to simply let Tobin die or leave him in the back in each map in order to spread Experience to other more potent units.
As one of the knights of the kingdom, he works towards the restoration of Valentia.
“Alm, I believe in you, man...”
—Tobin's death quote in Gaiden.
- Tobin is among the few characters in Gaiden to have his hair color changed in Echoes, shifting from purple to brown.
- Tobin's official English name was changed from Robin to differentiate it from the default English name of the Avatar in Fire Emblem Awakening.