Roy was originally named Ike – Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary Translation

My Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary Book arrived a few days ago, and I have been in the process of reading it and scanning anything interesting. So today’s point of interest is during Roy’s design sketches (currently be cleaned and hopefully ready to be uploaded later), there is a little blurb that states that Roy’s original name during early planning stages was in fact Ike!

I am not sure if this was known to the FE fanbase already, but regardless that’s some cool trivia. I provide the sketch and blurb (translated) below.

I will have a review for the book up later if you are thinking about buying it. Unfortunately it does not have too much on most of the series, and focuses mainly on Awakening and Fates. Still, there are tidbits from the rest here and there, which I am more interested in translating.

All scanning, editing, translating, and uploading is done on my free time and is rather time consuming. It is certainly a lot of work, and I am unemployed… so please consider donating if you like the work I do. Any amount (no matter how small) is much appreciated and helps me keep going on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy the end results of my work!

(This is a cut out from the original page which I am still translating. See the text below):


P321 で桜井さんが語られている「ロイはもともとアイクという名前だった」。発掘できたロイのファイルの中に1枚だけアイクと書かれたラフが存在した。これがその幻の初期「封印」の主人公アイクなのだろうか。

On page 321, Mr. Sakurai mentioned that “Roy was originally called Ike.” We were able to dig up the single page from Roy’s file where the name “Ike” was written next to the picture. This must be the illusive sketch of the Binding Blade‘s protagonist “Ike” that he was referring to.


7 thoughts on “Roy was originally named Ike – Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary Translation

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  2. Now that is an interesting piece of trivia. I wonder how much “original” names they often use for characters when making a new game.

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  5. Wow. Now I’m wondering if Marth’s original name was Siguard. (I’m kidding!) Fascinating, to say the least. Anyways, I saw someone at the Serenes Forest complain ’bout the lack of other game’s content in the book. Honestly, I don’t really care, since we got some funny-to-slightly-weird trivia here. Besides, I love my dose of development trivia in these kinds of books!

    • Yes, the entire series is in the last hundred or so pages, with the other 200+ pages dedicated to FE13/14. I do wish there was more, but alas… I was thinking of posting this on SF too but didn’t get around to it. Maybe when I have more content. Feel free to spread the word though!

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