The big news in the world of Fire Emblem is the slow reveal of playable characters for the upcoming Fire Emblem Warriors for Switch and 3DS. That, naturally, gets people wondering about what characters have yet to appear and start making predictions based around story prominence, popularity, and good ol’ fashioned wishful thinking. And I am no exception.
Disclaimer: these predictions shouldn’t be taken seriously. They’re for fun, and something I can check once the game is out and see where I was off-the-mark.
Before focusing on Fire Emblem, let’s review Hyrule Warriors’ collection of characters. That game released with ten playable heroes — Link, Zelda, and Lana, an original character, to name a few — and three antagonists. Nintendo and Omega Force supported Hyrule Warriors with twelve additional characters — including Toon Zelda from Spirit Tracks, Marin from Link’s Awakening, and Linkle, an original character — and six antagonists. Between on-disk characters and downloadable content, fans have 31 playable heroes and villains to choose from.
Of course, Hyrule Warriors gained a second wind in the form of a Nintendo 3DS port released over a year after the Wii U version, adding additional characters like the aforementioned Linkle. In contrast, Fire Emblem Warriors can’t look to 3DS for continued support because Switch and 3DS versions are presumed to release alongside one another.
Worse, a single Fire Emblem game includes enough characters to comfortably fill one Musou game, so pulling from the entire franchise is a fool’s errand. The Choose Your Legend contest for Fire Emblem Heroes listed 791 characters, and while more than a handful are different versions of the same character (for instance, Ike from Path of Radiance and Ike from Radiant Dawn), Omega Force still has hundreds of characters to choose from. Maybe focusing on only Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates was a wise decision.
Okay, Hyrule Warriors launched with thirteen playable characters. An equal number of characters were unveiled for Fire Emblem Warriors — seven from Awakening, three from Fates, two original characters, and poor Marth as the only representative from Shadow Dragon — with two more teased. Naturally, there was nothing stopping Fire Emblem Warriors from exceeding the number of characters that Hyrule Warriors released with, yet it’s difficult to imagine Omega Force adding too many more.
Before making any predictions, let’s review the current line-up:
The prince of Ylisse and the first character revealed. Chrom is equipped with the divine sword Falchion from the Awakening era.
A talented young woman secretly in love with Chrom, Cordelia rides into battle upon a pegasus and spear in hand.
Princess from Nohr, Corrin wields the normal version of her Yato sword. She’s also able to attack by transforming into a dragon.
The stalwart knight and protector of Chrom and Lissa is a surprise addition. He brings down the axe on enemies from atop his horse.
Princess of Aytolis and twin sister of Rowan, Lianna is one of the protagonists of FE Warriors. She attacks with the sword Facinna, and is capable of healing.
Chrom’s younger sister and princess of Ylisse. Lissa begins Awakening as a Cleric, yet her axe in FE Legends brings to mind her War Cleric promotional class.
Princess of Ylisse and Chrom’s daughter appears with the Parallel Falchion. Lucina is depicted as both “masked Marth” and her standard, longer-haired self.
Prince of Altea and descendant of the hero Anri, Marth is shown wielding the original incarnation of the divine sword Falchion.
The amnesiac who later became Chrom’s trusted tactician is shown only using magic despite being able to wield swords in all other games.
The female version of Robin. A Famitsu article revealed that she isn’t available during story mode, but whether she’s a clone or not is uncertain.
Prince of Aytolis and twin brother of Lianna, Rowan is one of the protagonists of FE Warriors. He attacks with a sword.
Crown prince of Hoshido and the oldest of three siblings (not counting Corrin), Ryoma takes to the battlefield with his katana Raijinto.
Crown prince of Nohr and the oldest of three siblings (not counting Corrin), Xander rides onto the battlefield atop his steed, wielding the sword Siegfried.
Before we continue onto the predictions, I want to share a few thoughts:
 Thirteen characters are confirmed for Fire Emblem Warriors, so I’m going to continue with the assumption that 17 characters will be included in the core game. That’s four spaces to fill. Then, I will assume that we’ll get 18 DLC characters, equaling 35 playable characters, four more than Hyrule Warriors had. That’s probably not plausible, but I had too much difficulty whittling down the candidates.
 It’s possible that Sakura and Elise will be introduced wielding weapons from promotional classes, but my hope is that Omega Force relegates these characters to cutscenes only. Fire Emblem Fates has enough royal siblings without resorting to altering characters so they can join the fray.
 I’m emulating Omega Force by only picking characters from Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates. They could very well choose heroes from other characters for DLC (as many expect/hope), and I was tempted to include Alm and Celica from the recent Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. And a bunch more characters from each game. Still, I’m restricting myself.
Now onto the potential characters:
Anna appeared in almost every Fire Emblem game, but was playable in Awakening as the Trickster class. Hopefully she’ll also attack with a massive bag of coins.
A Nohrian princess raised in Hoshido, Azura shares a unique connection to Corrin. She is a talented singer who also uses lances.
My personal pick who stands no chance of making the cut. Beruka is a former assassin-turned-retainer for Camilla.
A princess of Talys and a talented Pegasus Knight, Caeda accompanies Marth throughout his adventures, eventually becoming his wife.
The elder princess of Nohr and a Wyvern Rider, Camilla is one of Fates’ most popular female characters. I don’t like her, but she’s guaranteed to appear.
If female Robin isn’t included in story mode, it’s only fair that male Corrin suffers the same fate. His addition is looking more likely, but you never know.
Prince of Guston and friend to Lianna and Rowan. With as much as Darius has appeared in screenshots, I expect that he’ll either be playable or killed early on.
A simple villager who joins Chrom, Donnel is always shown wearing a pot on his head. He reached 23 (of 300+ characters) in the Choose Your Legends contest.
The antagonist of Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Conquest, Garon wields an axe and can transform into a dragon. As such, he’s almost a mirror of Corrin.
One of Shadow Dragon’s antagonists, Guarnef is a sorcerer whose Imhullu spell grants him invincibility against everything except the Starlight tomb.
The oldest princess of Hoshido and a Sky Knight, Hinoka is somewhat of a tomboy whose love for Corrin caused her to attempt several failed rescues.
Also known as Coyote, Hardin fought alongside Marth as a Cavalier before ascending to Archanea’s throne. As emperor, Hardin became a major antagonist.
A prince of Nohr, Leo suffers somewhat from an inferiority complex when compared to Corrin. He’s a Dark Knight who wields the tomb Brynhildr.
A princess of Macedon and leader of the Whitewings, Minerva is a Dracoknight who fought against her older brother Michalis after being blackmailed by him.
An aloof mercenary, Navarre refuses to turn his blade on woman and children, yet apparently has little issue joining bandits. He’s a skilled swordsman.
One of the last surviving Taguel, Panne is capable of transforming into a massive rabbit to attack. Despite her claims, she’s depicted as frosty towards humans.
Cordelia’s future daughter and retainer to Camilla, Selena appeared in both Awakening (as Severa) and Fates. Her skills are only matched by her bad attitude.
A Pegasus Knight with the Shepherds, Awakening not-so-subtly pushes players to marry her with Chrom. Clumsy, but good with animal and has a decent right hook.
A prince of Hoshido, Takumi suffers somewhat from an inferiority complex when compared to his two older siblings. He wields the bow Fujin Yumi.
A Dark Mage from Plegia, Tharja quickly forms an unhealthy attachment to Robin. For some reason, she is one of Awakening’s most popular characters.
Not confirmed, but Nintendo revealed an amiibo based on her youthful appearance from Shadow Dragon. Tiki is able to transform into a dragon.
A Plegian mage who worships the Fell Dragon Grima, Validar is a constant presence throughout Awakening as a major antagonist.
August 11, 2017: A few corrections and other clean-up.