|“||I desire only to rule Hoshido. I, and those who follow me, will do whatever it takes to achieve that. I don't care if the peons that fill our towns don’t trust us. They are nothing to me. Those who disobey will die. The rest will quickly learn.||„|
Garon is the primary antagonist of the 2015 video games Fire Emblem Fates, serving as the main antagonist of both Birthright and Conquest, and the secondary antagonist of Revelation serving under a greater threat.
Originally, Garon was once the stern, but fair king of Nohr that was well respected and beloved by many, including his children. However, he was eventually consumed by a great evil, who clouded his fair sense. He worships the silent dragon, Anankos, more than the Dusk Dragon and as a result, seeks to destroy both the kingdoms Hoshido and Nohr.
He is the father of Xander, birthed from his first wife, Queen Katerina and the father of Camilla, Leo and Elise, all of which were born from affairs with his concubines. He is also the uncle and adoptive father of Corrin and the husband of Queen Arete, his second wife, therefore being the step-father of Azura. Depending on the player's support levels for Xander and Leo, Garon can also be the grandfather of Siegbert and Forrest.
After his demise in all three routes, he is succeeded by his eldest son, Xander, in Conquest and Revelation while he is succeeded by his younger son, Leo, in Birthright.
He is voiced by Akio Ōtsuka in the Japanese version. In the English version, he is voiced by Travis Willingham in Fire Emblem Fates and Patrick Seitz in Fire Emblem Heroes.
Garon is definitely one of the deeper villains in Fire Emblem, personality-wise. Before his daughter Elise was born, Garon was a generous, gentlemanly, compassionate, and kindhearted person. He gives his four children, including Azura, piggyback rides and deeply cares for his wives, especially Arete the most. After his first wife, Katerina died, he remarried to Azura's mother, Arete, and made her as his second wife after he falls in love with her by her talented singing. He cares for his children including his step-daughter, Azura. After Arete's death, it was stated he suffered greatly. He still continued to become the benevolent king to his family and subjects.
Garon was also known to be quite the ladies man among many women who fell to his charming characteristics. As a result, he found himself paired with various women as his concubine, some of which he has slept with, resulting in the birth of his three other children. Around this time, he used to have a sense of pride and honor for his people, especially when in battle as noted by his youngest son, Leo. Leo even went as far as to say that Xander reminds him of their father when he was in his prime.
After Elise was born, it was stated he died shortly after and later was resurrected and controlled by the silent dragon, Anankos. He becomes a corrupted, merciless as a servant to Anankos with the initial intention of taking over the Hoshido kingdom before ultimately seeking to destroy both Hoshido and Nohr, and instead seeks to rule Valla. He still carries his stern nature, but to a cold-hearted degree. He longer shows the affection he once had for his children nor carries the honor he once had in battle, as he views everyone as nothing more but pawns for him to manipulate and cast aside, including his children. He has instead resorted to more ruthless and brutal tactics of dispatching his foes, as well as resorting to endangering the lives of innocents, going as far as to slaughter them.
Garon was formerly a loving father to his children, but was turned evil by Anankos. In Conquest, it is revealed Anankos had replaced him with a literal monster that normally appeared human. Before the events of Fire Emblem Fates, Garon proposed a peace meeting between himself and the king of Hoshido, Sumeragi, who expected to finally stop all conflict between the two kingdoms. Upon arrival with his child, Sumeragi is brutally wounded by Garon's army of archers. Garon killed Sumeragi and takes the child, and raises them in a secluded fortress.
Before making the choice of which kingdom to join in Fates, Garon sees that after many years of being trapped from the outside world, that his 'adoptive' child is ready to get involved in Nohr's army. Their first task is to kill two prisoners, a task which to Garon sounds easy, but to his child impossible. He finds killing amusing and gets angry at those who don't do it upon request. His biological son Leo steps in and pretends to kill them, satisfying Garon's wants.
Due to them not performing their father's set tasks, COrrin joins Elise in apologizing to their father, and they are surprised to be forgiven so easily, but with a catch. To prove their alliance, his adoptive child must go on their first military mission to the outskirts of Nohr, close to Hoshido's borders. He grants them a blade named Ganglari.
He sends the convicted murderer Hans along to help his child, despite his other children's skepticism. Upon arrival to the site, the Nohrians are put before Hoshidan soldiers, who would not harm them unless provoked. Corrin attempts to turn back, but Hans disobeys them, and brutally kills one of Hoshido's soldiers. This provokes the Hoshidans which makes them attack, but they are later defeated. Hans then attacks Corrin and Gunter, making the latter fall the Bottomless Canyon and is then placed before Corrin's dragon form and forces him to explain his actions. Hans explains that he was only following Garon's orders, which shows that he wanted his child to be killed. However, instead of dying, they are kidnapped by an ally of Hoshido, Rinkah.
Garon himself is not seen again until Chapter 12, where Corrin reaches Cyrkensia. They plan to kidnap Garon at the opera house Garon is at to force him to surrender. Zola, a former underling of Garon's, puts a spell on Azura so she appears to be the famous dancer Layla. Azura's song causes Garon discomfort due to its nature, and despite this, he reveals that he was aware of the Hoshidan Army's presence thanks to Zola ratting them out. Zola askes Garon to spare Corrin due to their kindness. Garon, however, views this as an act of treason, and executes Zola before Corrin's army and Elise's eyes. Corrin's army are force to escape.
Garon later sends Iago to attack and kill Corrin and the Hoshidan army, but he fails and retreats, mocking Corrin that there is a traitor in their group. Later, Garon gives Iago the power to awaken Fort Dragonfall to trap and kill Corrin and the Hoshidans, but this fails as Azura's song frees them, foiling Iago's plan again. Afterwords, Garon is shown in his thoughts, sitting in his throne, and disappointed that Iago failed him yet again and plans to get rid of him soon, but he has a "Plan B" that will spring into action anytime now and wants to see the look on Corrin's face when it does. He then erupts into maniacal laughter.
Corrin's group breaks into the castle, defeating Camilla and killing the Nohrian generals Hans and Iago, as well as Xander. With no one left, the Hoshians reach the throne room, and finally confronts Garon to end his reign of terror. Garon taunts them and calls his own children "pawns for the war." Corrin, knowing Garon cannot be reasoned with, attacks, but their sword cannot penetrate his armor. Garon attacks Corrin, Azura and Ryoma, and forces them to surrender or die. Corrin's Noble Yato sword is transformed into the Blazing Yato, which now harms Garon. This angers him and he calls on his army to kill Corrin and the Hoshidians. Their armies clash, and Garon is defeated. He refuses to give up and he uses Anankos's power to transform into a dragon. The fight continues, and Azura uses her song to weaken him. He is killed for good, and hints that he had been long dead, before dissipating into water.
Garon is shocked and angered that Corrin returned to Nohr, knowing that while they were in Hoshido, they learned of their kidnapping at a young age, agreeing with his subordinate Iago that they could be a Hoshidan spy and orders Xander to kill them. When he refuses, Garon decides to confide with Anankos through an effigy in the ceiling. After doing so, he sends them alone to the Ice Tribe Village to quell a rebellion. His true reason to do so was to make them suffer. Overhearing this, Xander sends Silas, Elise, Arthur, Effie and Felicia/Jakob (depending on gender) to assist them. After their successful return, Iago informs Garon that they were assisted, causing the latter to nearly execute Corrin for their disobeyal. Elise and Xander step in, informing Garon that they were responsible for assisting them. Refusing to harm his children and giving Corrin another chance, he sends them to capture Notre Sagesse and to crush the rebellion in Cheve. Before this is done, they reunite Garon with Azura, his step-daughter. He cares very little for this and orders them to leave.
After the uprising is put down, Garon and his children travel to Cyrkensia to watch Layla, a favored dancer, perform. During the performance, a "mysterious" songstress curses Garon, causing him extreme discomfort (similar to the Birthright path). Iago orders his men to capture the songstress. Before she can be captured, Kumagera and a band of Hoshidan soldiers arrive in an attempt to assassinate the king of Nohr. The soldiers are defeated and Garon recovers. He proceeds to order Corrin to kill all the singers in Nestra. When they protest, Leo intervenes to prevent Garon from attempting to execute them (again).
Shortly afterwards, Azura speaks to Corrin with a one-time-use crystal ball. She tells them that they must kill Garon to end the war and reveals that the real Garon died long ago and that he was being possessed by "a demon" to spark the war of the two countries of Nohr and Hoshido. She claims that if he were to sit on the throne located in Castle Shirasagi, he would degenerate into a slime form and then they can kill him to truly bring peace to the world.
Later in the game, Garon leads the invasion of Hoshido, along with Iago to a lesser extent. After defeating Ryoma (followed by him committing seppuku), Garon arrives at the Hoshidan throne, asking his children and his loyalist to wait outside. This would prove to be a mistake as Iago attempts to kill Corrin for sparing Hinoka. Luckily, Since Garon isnt't there to protect him anymore, Xander and his siblings turn against Iago and Corrin, along with the siblings, kill Hans and Garon's loyalist, while Leo personally executes Iago, crippling Garon's forces. With Iago's death, Corrin finally tells their siblings the war is still not over and they have to kill Garon to truly end it. When they open the doors, Azura's claims were found to be correct; instead of Garon, they encountered him being exposed in his true form, a slime monster. Angered by their "betrayal", Garon summons a group of mysterious soldiers to kill them, but he fails and is killed shortly afterwards.
It is revealed that the real Garon had died shortly after Elise's birth and the Garon present is a servant of the King of Valla, Anankos, who is little more than a corpse imbued with a semblance of life by Anankos' power. His mission is to destroy both the kingdoms of Nohr and Hoshido for "betraying" its master. Garon makes less appearances in this route compared to the other two routes.
In his first appearance in the cutscene before Chapter 9, he is seen speaking to his stone effigy of Anankos on the ceiling, a little surprised about the fact Corrin survived the earlier explosion at Hoshido and knowing the truth of the entire situation. He decides that Corrin being afraid and wanting them to suffer is not enough, and that decides that Corrin simply will have to be disposed of. He then erupts into maniacal laughter.
In his second appearance before the start of Chapter 14, Xander and Leo arrive in the throne room and see Garon looking manipulated, telling them to continue the war against Hoshido, and tells them that he wants to destroy not only Hoshido, but also Nohr itself. This causes both Xander and Leo to reconsider their earlier dismissals of Corrin's claims about Garon being manipulated by the real culprit, the Invisible Kingdom of Valla, and they eventually join Corrin's cause.
He makes his last appearance after Anankos' defeat in Chapter 27 of this route, offering to become a vessel for Anankos in place of Gunter, only for Anankos to eat him to reclaim the power he gifted to Garon to obtain his full power again.
Fire Emblem Heroes
Garon is a playable character in the gacha mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. He was added on September 20, 2018 as an grand hero battle.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Garon appears as a support spirit that grants a boost in the player's attack, defense, and speed at the cost of starting the battle with 30% damage. His spirit battle is a Stamina battle against Ganondorf on a poisoned floor Final Destination. The player also has reduced jump height.
|“||You poor thing. Orphaned at such a tender young age.. You are my child now. Hehehe...||„|
|~ Garon to Infant Corrin as he kidnaps him/her|
|“||Hahaha... HAHAHAHA!!! (Garon slams Bölverk on the floor, causing a large crack on the staircase and the floor. Then Garon stands up from his throne) I'm so glad you made it home...||„|
|~ Garon to Corrin at Birthright|
|“||SO... YOU'VE SEEN MY TRUE FORM....||„|
|~ Garon as he reveals his true form as an Empty Vessel in Conquest|