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|“||I loved the Black Fang. Nergal and Sonia have ruined it, but... The Black Fang that my father and brothers made... Everyone was so kind, I thought of them as my family...||”|
— Nino talking to Jan about the Black Fang.
Nino (ニノ) is a fourteen-year old mage from Fire Emblem. Initially kidnapped by Sonia from her true family as a child and brought under the Black Fang upon Sonia's marriage to Brendan Reed, she later chooses to join the player's army upon realising that the group has strayed far from its original intentions. Though she comes late in the game at a low level, she has high growth rates, causing her to fit into the Est archetype.
- 1 Fire Emblem
- 2 Fire Emblem Awakening
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Supports
- 5 Quotes
- 5.1 Death quote
- 5.2 Final Chapter: Light quote
- 5.3 Battle History quotes
- 5.4 Tactician quotes
- 5.5 Battle quotes
- 5.5.1 Against Ursula in Battle Before Dawn
- 5.5.2 Against Sonia in Night of Farewells
- 5.5.3 Against Lloyd in Cog of Destiny
- 5.5.4 Against Linus in Cog of Destiny
- 5.5.5 Against Morph of Lloyd in Final Chapter: Light
- 5.5.6 Against Morph of Linus in Final Chapter: Light
- 5.5.7 Against Morph of Brendan in Final Chapter: Light
- 5.5.8 Against Nergal in Final Chapter: Light
- 6 Other appearances
- 7 Etymology and other languages
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Nino was born in Lycia to a family of famed and powerful mages, consisting of her father Juge, her mother Iris, and her brother Kai. They lived peacefully until, while Nino was still just an infant, Sonia held her and Kai hostage to get their parents to reveal all the secrets they know about dragonkin. Juge and Iris gave Sonia the information she wanted, but she killed them anyways, along with Kai, whom she held hostage. However, before she could finish Nino off, Nergal stopped her, believing that she could be of some use owing to her lineage. Although Sonia was strongly reluctant to follow his orders, Nino was adopted by Sonia as her foster daughter, and was taken into the Black Fang.
Over the years, Nino had attempted to earn Sonia's warmth and love, but she was always neglected and spited by her, unsure of why her supposed mother was unable to reciprocate any feelings back to her; at the age of 14, Nino was still completely illiterate, only able to use anima magic by repeating chants she heard from Sonia. Nino's life became slightly better one year prior to the start of the game; upon gaining access to the Black Fang, Nino grew very close to her foster father Brendan, the founder of the group, and his sons Lloyd, the White Wolf, and Linus, the Mad Dog. She also developed a close relationship with Jan and Legault, both of whom she regarded to as her uncles. Despite being considered a member of the Black Fang, however, Nino received no assignments; Sonia refused to allow the girl the opportunity to be useful, and Brendan did not want to see his adopted daughter in danger.
Nino makes her first appearance in Chapter 23/24: Four-Fanged Offense. At the start of the chapter, Nino is seen conversing with her two supposed older brothers, Lloyd and Linus, talking about her current "mission". Upon leaving the two to meet with Jaffar, the two remark how Nino is a kind lass, unlike her supposed mother Sonia.
As the battle gets underway, Nino remains inside a house in the area to wait for Jaffar, as to renew his assassination contract. While everything initially goes to plan, Nino finds that he is horribly injured and covered in blood, and she treats his wounds after he passes out, going in direct violation of Sonia's newly-introduced Fang's Judgement of getting rid of those who cannot positively help the organisation. If the player sends a unit to visit that house, she will prompt him or her to leave, along with denying that she is a member of the Black Fang.
Later on, just before the lords steal back the Fire Emblem from the Black Fang, Sonia gives Nino her first official mission as a Black Fang agent. Her mission is to kill Prince Zephiel, and she is to be accompanied by Jaffar, whom she had saved earlier. However, her step-father Brendan and Jaffar push against this plan, believing that it would be far too much for her to handle. Regardless, Sonia sends Nino and Jaffar to Prince Zephiel's headquarters, while also promising an eager Nino that she will go as far as to finally reciprocate some love to her as her daughter; Sonia, however, also orders Jaffar to kill and use her as a scapegoat after assassinating Zephiel to avoid chaos in Bern just after Nino leaves the area.
When Nino and Jaffar arrive, they hear Zephiel in his room, praying for his father's acceptance, and for his family to finally get along after the turmoil over the coronation of Bern. Jaffar then breaks into the room, knocks Zephiel out, and then prompts Nino to finish him off. However, Nino refuses, saying that Zephiel is much like her; all he wants is his father's love and affection, just like how Nino wishes those of her "mother's." Knowing the consequences of failure in accordance with Black Fang law, she tells Jaffar that he can go ahead and kill her, as she claims she is ready to die. Instead, Jaffar spares the prince and Nino, and Nino follows Jaffar to escape the castle, until they are stopped by Ursula, the Blue Crow, who plans on killing her, Jaffar, and the prince altogether. Ursula also reveals Sonia's plans on killing Nino, which unpleasantly shocks her. As soon as Eliwood, Lyn, Hector, and their other comrades arrive, Nino is left by Jaffar towards the exit of the castle, and then runs back to kill off the Black Fang members, telling Nino to flee; the mage, however, refuses to leave until Jaffar does as well. In the ensuing battle, Nino engages with a monk in the castle's right wing; if either of the three lords talk to her, they will tell her all about Nergal's schemes in manipulating the Black Fang, and despite finding their story hard to believe, she chooses to join them. After this, Nino eventually finds Jaffar and talks to him, stating that she wants him to leave the battle with her, and that if he doesn't leave, she won't leave either; despite this, he refuses to leave until the lights are turned back on in the manor, after which all of the fighting has ceased.
Only a few hours after the battle ends, Nino elects to temporarily visit the mountain headquarters of the Black Fang to find the truth about her supposed last mission; initially going alone, she is pursued by Jaffar, who is aware that her mission might end up killing her. Upon arriving, Jan, who had just witnessed Brendan's death in the hands of Sonia, tells Nino to leave and get to safety, but Sonia intervenes, and he retreats in fear. Afterwards, Sonia scornfully tells Nino the truth of how she killed her real family, and how she always despised her, which devastates Nino. Before Sonia could attack Nino and Jaffar, the three lords arrive to assist them, and a battle ensues; if Nino fights against Sonia, the latter will continue taunt and insult Nino, claiming that her parents's naïvety made her sick.
After the battle and the death of Sonia, Nino meets up with her supposed uncle Jan, who gives her a pendant which contains a picture of her real family. He states that Brendan, who did not trust Sonia the whole time, met with one of her family's housekeepers, who apparently wept with joy upon hearing of Nino's safety, and she gave him the pendant. She plans on cherishing it, and then says her farewells to Jan, believing that she will see him again someday.
In the morning following this, the lords's group finds themselves ensued in a large battle against Black Fang members, who are either led by Lloyd or Linus, Nino's step-brothers. They are both out to seek revenge against the ones who had killed the other, but Nino, upon finding out that the army of Black Fang members is led by one of her beloved step-brothers, plans on meeting up with them to make amends. However, this is unsuccessful in both of Lloyd's and Linus' cases. If Linus was defeated earlier, Nino can talk to Lloyd, and she will try to persuade him to stop fighting, saying that Eliwood is not a bad person at all. However, Lloyd claims that they were his brother's enemies, and that is why he plans on avenging him. He then says that Nino must live for the future, revealing that even in this situation, Lloyd never stopped caring for her. While Lloyd will attack all other members of the player's army, including his former comrade Legault, he will not attack Nino. On the other hand, Nino's meeting with Linus turns out worse; Nino will also beg him to reconsider his attack, but in response, Linus angrily states that he will kill anyone who aids the group who had "killed" Lloyd, and this includes Nino. After the battle is over, a devastated Nino is shown mourning over the death of her brothers, with Jaffar standing next to her.
During the final battle, Nergal summons morphs that resemble Brendan, Lloyd, Linus, Uhai, Ursula, Darin, Jerme, and Kenneth. If Nino fights Brendan's, Lloyd's, or Linus' morphs, she will be saddened by the fact that their deaths would have to be revisited. Upon coming face to face with the man who ordered the death of her family and had caused the end of the Black Fang, she shows a display of rage against Nergal, swearing that she will avenge them all in the battle.
Upon the destruction of Nergal and his plans, Nino is invited to live in a small village in Pherae from Eliwood; her ending also outlines her intentions to visit "a certain cemetery", to either visit the graves of her true family or that of her adopted family. Similar events occur if she gets a paired ending with either Erk or Jaffar; both endings, however, end in tragedy for both the husband and wife. In the former, Nino abandons her family to protect them after bounty hunters try to seek her out because of her former ties to the Black Fang; in the latter, Nino disappears after she tries to find Jaffar after he flees bounty hunters seeking the famed Angel of Death.
In all three endings, she gives birth to the twins Lugh and Raigh, both of whom are usable in the previous game of the series, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Both are also magic users, and the former twin also inherits his mother's anima magic skills, as well as her upbeat personality. Nino herself is absent in the game; both Lugh and Raigh were raised in an orphange in Araphen, and as stated in a support conversation between Milady and Lugh, Nino is deceased at the start of the game . The specifics of her death, however, are not mentioned.
Nino, Pious Mage
At Eliwood's invitation, she started a quiet life in a small village in Pherae. She plans to return to Bern to visit a certain cemetery.
Jaffar, the Angel of Death, and Nino, Pious Mage
They were married after the conflict and were gifted with twin boys. Their time in Pherae was happy until bounty hunters came for Jaffar. To protect his family, he disappeared. Nino vanished in search of him.
Erk, Studious Mage, and Nino, Pious Mage
They were married after the conflict and were gifted with twin boys. Their time in Pherae was happy until bounty hunters came for Nino. To protect her family, she disappeared. Erk vanished looking for her.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Nino falls into the Est archetype. With only a few more chapters to go, as well as the player having an army consisting almost entirely of promoted or near-promoted units at that point of the game, Nino initially comes grossly underpowered as a level 5 mage; despite this low starting level and availability, Nino's growths are the highest in the game, and as such, she will likely end up as one of the player's most powerful units in the end of the game. In particular, Nino is almost guaranteed to max most of her stats except for HP and defence as a level 20 sage, owing to most of her growths begin at fifty or higher; while it is unlikely to get her to this level unless the player makes careful use of the arena in Chapter 29x/31x: Battle Preparations and defeats many enemies in the next few chapters after she is recruited, her stats will still be very high regardless of her level. For some players, Nino is also a common pick for the Afa's Drops, as giving them to her makes all of her growths, except for defence, to either be at or above 50%. Adding to her high magic growth and ability to use staves on promotion, Nino can also act as an effective healer even with just the Heal staff, though her utility as a healer is hurt due to starting with an E in staves.
Despite high potential, Nino is not flawless. Owing to her late availability, Nino requires considerable effort to raise, due to her inability to defeat most enemies on her own; this is especially a problem in the hard difficulties, due to an abundance of flying enemies that can bypass most units and attack Nino directly, with the wyvern riders in Chapter 26x/28x: Night of Farewells potentially defeating Nino in one hit. Nino's presence is also particularly harmful to ranked runs, as chapters will require more turns to complete as to allow Nino to gain experience; her inability to defeat units on her own and the fact that enemies also often have to be weakened before she can do lethal damage can also adversely harm the player's combat ranking. In addition, Nino has the dubious distinction of having the lowest constitution in the game; she starts with 3 in the stat as a mage, and this only increases to 4 upon promotion. As such, even the basic Fire tome reduces her attack speed as a mage, and, notably, wielding Excalibur as a sage reduces her skill and speed by 9. While Nino has a high chance of capping speed, it is still recommended she be given a Body Ring as to reduce these significant reductions to her speed.
Comparison with Erk
Compared to Erk, Nino has superior growth rates in all stats except for HP and defence; in addition, their base stats are average for their starting level, though Erk's higher constitution of 6 prevents him from taking as much of a speed and skill deduction when wielding heavier tomes. Ultimately, the decision to use Erk or Nino comes down to whether or not he player is willing to wait to use Nino or not; while it is quite feasible to play through the entire game without using Erk, it limits the player's potential variety due to a lack of other anima magic users, except for potentially Priscilla. While Erk and Nino can also both support with each other, they lack any other common support partners, thus preventing them from forming a support triangle; in addition, there exists the question of whether or not it is advisable to have two anima magic users, owing to the presence of only five Guiding Rings in Blazing Sword, as well as the fact that due to the inherent limitation of anima magic in the mage and sage classes, there exists no way to allow the two to specialise in different weapons.
Comparison with Pent
Owing to being a prepromote, Pent will have trouble matching Nino when she promotes; unlike Erk, who has the possibility of becoming inferior to Pent, Nino has no risk of being worse than Pent due to her high growths. While the decision may overwhelmingly favour Nino, Pent is not completely worthless compared to her; unless the player makes a strong effort to do so, Nino is unlikely to reach an A rank in staves, and owing to Pent's higher constitution of 8, he takes a considerably smaller infraction to his speed and skill than Nino. In addition, ranked runs favour the use of either Pent or Erk over Nino, due to the extreme difficulty needed to raise the mage; furthermore, while her stats may end up being superior to either sage, the potential difference can be argued to be negligible.
Starting stats and growth rates
Growth rates when reclassed
Promotion stat gains
Archer Cavalier Cleric Dark Mage Wyvern Rider Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Pegasus Knight Tactician Thief Troubadour
Like all female bonus units in Awakening, Nino has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard female units.
Personality and character
Nino, despite being neglected and spited by her foster mother on several occasions, has retained a sense of loving optimism and deep caring to those in need; in the former case, she speaks with her two foster brothers about how she hopes that she will do a good job in her next mission, with the two later remarking on this personality trait. During this same mission, instead of finishing off Jaffar as required by the Fang's Judgement, Nino instead elects to nurse the assassin back to good health; while she is reprimanded by her patient, she refuses to go back on her decision and continues to nurse him back to health. In addition, upon meeting the shaman Canas, she expresses great joy upon being told that he will teach her how to read, and after learning to do so, she tells him to quickly return home after their travels are over so then he can spend more time with his infant son.  Nino continues her optimism with Merlinus; while initially called a "an imp with the face of an angel", Nino continues to stay with Merlinus in hopes of him warming up to her, which eventually does happen, to the point of Merlinus willingly taking the role as a replacement for Nino's own Uncle Jan.
Nino, however, is also very emotional with other characters in the player's army, especially on the subject of her foster family and herself. When speaking with Florina about her two foster brothers, Nino is reduced to tears when she believes the two will hate her because of how they ended up on opposite sides of the battlefield, despite Florina's best wishes. . Nino also shows this emotional side to fellow mage Erk; when told she has incredible talent at anima magic due to her inability to read, Nino bursts into tears, with the claim that no one has previously praised her in such a way.  Nino also show some cases of true anger; in early pports, Jaffar tells the young mage that he will always try to be her best friend, as well as never leave her side.  However, Jaffar later tells Nino that he can no longer remain her best friend, and the mage goes as far as to tell Jaffar that she hates him for breaking this promise, though it later turns out that Jaffar wants to be her lover instead of just a best friend.  In addition, in the game's last moments, Nino cries when fighting against some of the morphs of her family, sometimes asking for forgiveness from the emotionally inanimate morphs, but this sadness turns into rage when she fights against Nergal, whom she swears she will get her revenge on.
Nino: Am I...Am I going to die?
Lyn: Nino! You're conscious! That's a relief.
Lyn: Don't move. You'll only make it worse. You need to make sure you let that heal. Do you understand?
Nino: I'm truly sorry... I've been useless.
Lyn: I never want to hear you say that again. Nino, you are in no way useless. You are very important to us all, do you understand?
Final Chapter: Light quote
|“||... Father... Brothers... For all that I've lost... I won't let him get away!||”|
Battle History quotes
|“||Wow! Terrific! The best score!||”|
— Nino, with S or A rank
|“||Good marks, aren't they? Yes, indeed.||”|
— Nino, with B or C rank
|“||I'm holding you back, aren't I?||”|
— Nino, with D or E rank
|“||Mark! Let me go! I can talk to my brother! I know it might not work, but...||”|
— Nino in Chapter 27/29: Cog of Destiny, Eliwood's story
Against Ursula in Battle Before Dawn
Ursula: Why won't you die as Lady Sonia wishes? You, born of garbage. This was your one chance to be useful.
Nino: My mother...she would not say such things. I...don't believe it. I don't believe anything you have to say!
Ursula: Stupid child...I'll see that you don't suffer at least.
Against Sonia in Night of Farewells
Nino: I thought for so long that you were my true mother...
Sonia: Ha ha ha! Your mother and father looked so much like you. They were so naive it made me want to vomit. I dressed in rags and entered their house with a child in my arms. They were sincerely concerned. Ha ha... Trusting a stranger is so utterly foolish. Oh, they came to regret their trust, but it was too late.
Nino: Aaahhh!!! You're no perfect being! You're a monster in human form! No mercy! No forgiveness!!!
Against Lloyd in Cog of Destiny
Nino: Listen to me, please. This is all a mistake...
Lloyd: Do not speak. We are enemies now... I can show you no mercy.
Nino: Lord Eliwood is not a bad man! You'll fight knowing that?
Lloyd: They were Linus's enemies... That is why I fight.
Nino: Lloyd, please...
Lloyd: Don't cry, Nino. You must live for the future. I am bound to this course. Kill me, and don't look back.
Nino: No! I don't want to! Lloyd!!!
Against Linus in Cog of Destiny
Nino: Linus! Stop!! Please listen to me!!
Linus: I will kill anyone who aids my brother's killers! Nino, that includes you!!!
Nino: No!! ...My...brother...
Against Morph of Lloyd in Final Chapter: Light
Nino: Ah...Lloyd... ...Sniff...oh...... Why does this have to happen again?
Against Morph of Linus in Final Chapter: Light
Nino: Linus... I'll...see you again... I'm sure you're angry, but... Please be my friend...again...
Against Morph of Brendan in Final Chapter: Light
Nino: Father... Fa-Father... I... I'll...end this......I'm sorry...
Against Nergal in Final Chapter: Light
Nergal: Uhn? Who do you think you are?
Nino: You will pay! You stole my family from me, and you will pay, Nergal!!! I will avenge them all!
Nergal: Now, I see... You're Sonia's...
Outside of her appearance in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance's offical art gallery, Nino has not made any appearances in official media.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Nino||Corruption of "Nina", a word in Spanish and Hebrew meaning "little girl" or "grand daughter"; famously used in reference to Saint Nino, a priestess who introduced Christianity to Georgia in the 4th century.|
|Japanese||ニノ||Officially romanized as Nino; identical to above.|
- As stated in their A support, it is possible that Canas is Nino's uncle by marriage; when showing a picture of her family to Canas, he notes how the name of Nino's mother, Iris, is identical to that of a sister of his wife. Furthermore, Canas has never met this sister, owing to her dying some time before the game starts. While Canas does note that Iris is "not an uncommon name", the two hold hope that they might be related.
- At the release of Blazing Sword, Nino's mage and sage sprites were both unique; instead of the long hair seen on the sprites of Lilina and Guinivere, Nino's sprite instead had short hair in order to mimic the bob cut seen in her official art and mug. While Lute reuses the short-haired sprite for her mage animations, her sage sprite reverts back to the long-haired sprite seen from Lilina and Guinivere.
- Nino's SpotPass team in Fire Emblem Awakening references Lloyd, Linus, and Jaffar; in addition to being composed of a swordmaster, hero, and assassin, the swordmaster has a Levin Sword to reference Lloyd's use of the Light Brand, the assassin has a Killing Edge to reference Jaffar's starting inventory, and the hero comes with a Silver Sword and a Hand Axe, to emulate Linus's morph wielding both a Brave Sword and a Tomahawk in the final chapter of Blazing Sword.
- Nino's presence as a Level 10 mage in a team of promoted units also references her low starting level in Blazing Sword.
- "Sonia: Ha ha ha! No matter how wise they were, they were only human. I held a child before me as a shield, and they were powerless to act!
Sonia: The father, the mother, then the child I carried... After they revealed all of their secrets... And I slaughtered them with these very hands!!
Nino: I... I... I'm not your daughter?
Sonia: There were two children, a boy and a girl. One, the mother fought fiercely to save. She held her daughter tight as I killed her. That girl, Nino, was you!
Nino: No!" - Sonia revealing the truth to Nino in Chapter 26x, Fire Emblem
- "Legault: Nino! It's you! Ahh... At least you're still well.
Nino: Yeah! You too, Uncle Legault!
Legault: Err, umm, Nino...
Legault: You see, we talked about this before, didn't we...? You must stop calling me "Uncle."
Nino: But, why?
Legault: Well, for one thing, I'm still in my twenties. I'm not much older than Lloyd or Linus.
Nino: Yeah, but you're... different from from them... You're never angry, for one thing. You're more like Uncle Jan than like my brothers..." - Legault and Nino's C support, Fire Emblem
- "Brendan: Sonia, I'm against this. Giving such a dangerous job to this child?" - Brendan to Sonia in Chapter 25, Fire Emblem
- "Sonia: You were still a mewling little whelp, but we took you with us. Lord Nergal thought you might be useful, so he let you live. I hated the very thought of it, but it was Lord Nergal's wish that I raise you as my daughter.
Sonia: We were so wrong about you! Stupid and useless beyond all reason! A worthless piece of offal! All you were was in the way!
Nino: ..." - Sonia to Nino in Chapter 26x, Fire Emblem
- "Lloyd: They were Linus's enemies... That is why I fight.
Nino: Lloyd, please...
Lloyd: Don't cry, Nino. You must live for the future. I am bound to this course. Kill me, and don't look back.
Nino: No! I don't want to! Lloyd!!!" - Nino talking to Lloyd in Chapter 27, Fire Emblem
- "Nino: Linus! Stop!! Please listen to me!!
Linus: I will kill anyone who aids my brother's killers! Nino, that includes you!!!
Nino: No!! My...brother..." - Nino battling Linus in Chapter 27, Fire Emblem
- "Lugh: Will you listen to my story?
Miledy: Of course.
Lugh: My parents died when I was four, and ever since then, I've been living at an orphanage in Lycia." - Miledy's and Lugh's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Nino: I have a job to do, too! I'm carrying messages for Mother, so I have to do my best! See you! Let's do something when your job is finished.
Lloyd: She's a good lass.
Linus: Yes. Hard to believe she's that woman's child." - Pre-battle dialogue between Linus and Lloyd, Fire Emblem
- "Canas: Oh, all right. But since I am still on a quest for knowledge, I can't just return home now...
Nino: You shouldn't waste your time wandering when your son is at home waiting for you...He needs you!" - Canas and Nino B support, Fire Emblem
- "Nino: I parted with my brothers...as enemies. They probably hate me, right? I mean, they wouldn't forgive me no matter how much I begged, right?
Florina: Nino! That's...!
Nino: How come I couldn't just tell them...If I could have been braver...Maybe we wouldn't had to leave things like that...Why... ...Why......
Nino: Oh, Florina, don't you cry too!" - Florina and Nino A support, Fire Emblem
- "Erk: !? W-Why are you crying? Did...Did I say something terrible?
Nino: Unh-unh...You didn't... It's just... I'm so happy...that someone...finally...appreciates me.....Thank...you..." - Erk and Nino C support, Fire Emblem
- "Jaffar: ...I will just hold it, then... ... ...until you are ready. You’re my... You are my...best friend... I will always be near you... You may trust this with me...
Nino: Best friend? You really think of me that way? Jaffar..." - Nino and Jaffar B support, Fire Emblem
- "Nino: What, am I a bother to you? You just want to be rid of me?! Then why did you save me in the first place?! Why were you so nice to me!? How could you let me trust you... And then...betray me?!
Jaffar: Nino, listen to what...
Nino: Jaffar, I hate you!! How could you?!
Jaffar: Nino! Stop!
Nino: Let me go!! Don't touch me!!" - Nino and Jaffar A support, Fire Emblem
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