In spite of his game, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, never releasing outside of Japan, Roy is still one of the most prominent and important characters in the FE universe. He has been featured in Smash Melee and SSBWU/3DS, and rightfully returned as a veteran in Ultimate.Know more
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Roy was born in Pherae, a small territory within the nation of the Lycian League. His father is Eliwood, the protagonist of the next game in the Fire Emblem series, The Blazing Blade, which is set twenty years prior to the events of The Binding Blade. While his father is known, the identity of his mother was never canonically set. Depending on the players’ choice and actions on the prequel, it can either be Lyndis, Ninian, Fiora, or an altogether unmentioned woman. The debates on this topic haven’t stopped for almost two decades. However, due to Lyndis being a deuteragonist of The Blazing Blade, many players lean towards her being Roy’s mother.
The first chronological appearance of Roy was in the epilogue of The Blazing Blade, where he and his father meet Hector and his daughter Lilina at Castle Ostia. But the first appearance of Roy as a character wasn’t even in the Fire Emblem series – he actually debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee as Marth’s clone fighter four months prior to the release of his own game.
During the events leading up to The Binding Blade, Roy’s mother passed away. He, alongside Lilina, studied in the capital of Ostia under the tutelage of Cecilia, a Mage General of Etruria. She taught her students how to wield both swords and magic.
At fifteen, Roy was chosen to lead the troops of Pherae but has to abandon his duties very shortly after he learned that bandits have been spotted near his home. He manages to arrive on time and route the assailants, saving his father Eliwood and his friend Lilina in the process. Not long after this, he takes charge of the entire army of Lycia to oppose Zephiel, the king of Bern, who threatens the neighboring nations with conquest. Thus began his great journey to become a hero.
Upon the initial appearance in Smash Melee, Roy was just a clone of Marth and shared most attacks and animations with him. He got his own personality in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, but he came off as very week and was considered to be almost unplayable. Roy was heavily buffed for Ultimate and now sports incredible combo game and mobility, good counter-attacking options, and high KO power.