|“||But... I ugly... I not be with people. People hate me...||”|
— Gonzalez to Echidna in a support conversation.
Gonzalez (Japanese: ゴンザレス Gonzalez) is a playable character debuting in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He first appears in either Chapter 10A or Chapter 10B, and possibly joins Roy's army in both cases. Gonzalez is notable in that he is one of the only playable Brigands in the Fire Emblem series, with the other being Marty in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.
When Gonzales was growing up, he was mercilessly bullied for his ugly appearance and was never able to get an education. Due to this, the only way he could find work and survive was as a bandit.
Gonzales first encounters Roy when the latter is attempting to protect civilians of the Western Isles from Etrurian exploitation. Gonzales is ordered by either Nord or Scollan to burn down a village suspected of being a rebel stronghold. However, he encounters the Ostian princess Lilina, who notices the sad look in his eyes and realizes he can be reasoned with. Gonzalez attempts to get Lilina to have the villagers evacuate so he can complete his orders without harming anyone, but Lilina sways him over to Roy's side with the promise of being accepted and no longer needing to harm innocent people to survive.
He serves under Roy for the rest of the conflict, and eventually returns to the Western Isles where he receives a hero's welcome.
Starting stats and growth rates
- Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.
Normal, Ch. 10A Normal, Ch. 10B Hard, Ch. 10A Hard, Ch. 10B
Promotion stat gains
Gonzalez is the perfect example of the Axes in Binding Blade stereotype; hitting things becomes a big challenge for him very quickly, due to his poor skill, luck, and the mediocre hit rates of axes in general. However against Knights and Generals, he tears through them like tissue paper. What is not a problem for him is power and doubling enemies; even at base stats, he can fight several enemies very easily, albeit hit rates can be an issue. Promotion gives a massive +5 to Skill on top of great boosts to other stats, +1 to his current Axe rank, +30 to critical hit chance, and the ability to cross water which can occasionally come in handy. He has a lot of HP, but his defense is bad and his resistance is putrid, so durability can become an issue if he gets overwhelmed (especially by infantry sword users such as Myrmidons or Mercenaries, which are almost impossible for him to deal with). His massive constitution is a double-edged sword; while it does enable him to wield nearly any axe without losing speed (especially when he's changed class), including Armads and Steel Axes, and allow him to participate in rescue chains with heavier units, it also makes him difficult to rescue for many units. This can cut both into his mobility and survivability by a lot, as well as making him riskier to use since he often has to commit to whatever he chooses to do. Lastly, as with all Brigands, he can cross mountainous terrain such as peaks, which give massive defense and avoid. Putting him in one of those cuts into his movement significantly, but makes him all the more sturdy which can help in sometimes, for example in Chapter 21 where he can take on wyverns very easily.
Gonzalez is unique in that he can have two different joining levels, with their own distinct advantages. In Larum's route, Chapter 10, he joins at level 5. However in Elffin's route, Chapter 11, he joins at level 11. Larum's route gives Gonzalez more levels to work with, allowing him better stat potential, while Elffin's route allows him to use a Hero crest the turn he joins, instantly making him more powerful as well as catching up to Larum's route's C Axes over Elffin's route's D Axe rank. In both routes, he joins as an enemy, and as an enemy reinforcement at that, which means his stats are boosted on Hard mode. This allows him to keep up with enemies easier than other units. He comes with a Devil Axe, but its horrible hit rate and weight so massive that it slows even him down, as well as the lack of its WEXP boost means that the chance of him hurting, or even killing himself is not worth using the weapon anyway. It is highly recommended to give him anything else, as soon as he joins.
Gonzalez' thunder affinity makes him likelier to critically hit, as well as granting him better survivability. His best support partners can assist him with his middling accuracy. For example, Lilina, with whom he has identical movement to and is his fastest support. Echidna's ice affinity also works, but their support is much slower and only possible on Larum's route. Trec and Garret also have a support that can do so, albeit the former has much more movement than Gonzalez which can make keeping them together an issue. Dayan and Bartre do not do this for him, which can be a bit of an issue, but they make up for it in making him sturdier, and in Bartre's case, easier to set up. However, due to the incredibly slow gains of those supports, as well as the fact that support gains are capped anyway, there is the very likely possibility he will have to go without.
Personality and character
Gonzalez speaks slowly, with short, sometimes broken, sentences, and limited vocabulary. He perceives himself as an unintelligent individual, though it is unknown if his issues with expressing himself stem from a lack of care at a young age or are due to something else. He believes he is unable to properly interact with civilized society due to his ugly appearance and has poor self-esteem because of it. Despite this, he has retained a very kind disposition, and does not like hurting innocent people if he can help it.
- Main article: Gonzalez/Supports
Gonzalez, Gentle Bandit
Short: Returned to the Western Isles.
Long: When Gonzalez returned to his home on the Western Isles, he was not greeted with stones or harsh words. Instead, people cheered for the return of a hero.
|“||I not afraid! This time, I not afraid!!||”|
— In the final chapter.
Gonzalez appears in the manga Hasha no Tsurugi in Chapter 17.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Gonzalez is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Gonzalez|
|Gentle Berserker, Gonzalez|
|"This, I give you. You pretty. Flower pretty. Look good together..."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Berserker||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Kind Strength: [Activate] [Once per turn]  Until the end of your opponent's next turn, this unit gains +20 attack.|
Giver of Courage: [Always] If you have an allied "Lilina", this unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B16-022HN • Artist: Ippei Soeda|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Gonzales .
|The Binding Blade||A brigand from the Western Isles.
Uneducated but compassionate.*
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes; has yet to be corroborated by other sources.
• Official romanization.
Officially romanized as Gonzalez. From González, a Spanish surname meaning "son of Gonzalo".
Artwork of Gonzalez from The Binding Blade.
Concept artwork of Gonzalez from The Binding Blade.
Gonzalez attacking as a Brigand.
Artwork of Gonzalez from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- "I not smart... I not know many words..." — Gonzalez to Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|