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|“||So ends the human race. The future is built upon the past...but your kind shall never see it! Your mother and father...are dead, tiny one.||”|
Grima (ギムレー Gimurei) is an antagonistic Earth Dragon, who in ancient times sought to conquer the continent of Archanea/Ylisse. He is reviled in most of the world as the "Fell Dragon", but in Plegia he is worshipped as a "Divine Dragon" and their god.
Approximately 1000 years before the events of Fire Emblem Awakening, Grima attempted to conquer the continent by blood-bonding with and possessing humans, with the support of a cult of followers, the Grimleal. Grima was stopped by a man with whom Naga had blood-bonded and who wielded the Falchion (and therefore very probably a descendant of Marth); in his defeat, Grima was slain and is in the modern era considered to be "sleeping". The man then went on to become the first Exalt of Ylisse.
The remainder of the Grimleal after Grima's defeat founded the nation of Plegia, and the cult waited for a child to be born with pure enough blood of Grima to be his vessel, thereby facilitating his return. To ensure that the past would fall into disarray, the future Grima traveled back in time with the body of Robin of his timeline and attempted to possess Robin. However, after being weakened by the time travel, he was unable to fully possess them, weakening him further and leaving Robin with amnesia.
After Validar's failure to assassinate Emmeryn, and his subsequent death, he is revived by Grima to complete the mission of reviving Grima at his full power. Validar becomes the king of Plegia after Gangrel's defeat, and he introduces Grima in Future Robin's body to Chrom and Robin as the Hierophant. To their shock, they realize the Hierophant resembles Robin (due to being the body of the Robin of the future).
Validar is defeated by the Shepherds again after stealing the Fire Emblem from Chrom. Despite this, the Hierophant approaches them and reveals that they look like Robin because they are Robin from the ruined future, who was successfully possessed by Grima and killed Chrom. The Hierophant succeeds in reviving the Fell Dragon by their own hand.
Chrom quickly sets out to perform the Awakening ritual to receive Naga's power and defeat Grima. He and Robin battle the fell dragon and severely wound him, leading to two possible outcomes. If Chrom deals the final blow, Grima is sealed away for another thousand years, and Robin expresses their regret at not being able to stop him permanently. If Robin deals the final blow, s/he permanently destroys Grima with his own power at the cost of his/her own life. However, the bonds Robin made with the rest of the Shepherds eventually brings them back to life.
Boss, Endgame NM Boss, Endgame HM Boss, Endgame LM
Personality and character
|“||...RETURN TO ME... COME... WE ARE ONE...AND THE SAME…||”|
— Grima, when fighting Robin
|“||...ARROGANT MORTAL... I AM THE END!||”|
— Grima, when fighting Chrom
|“||...YOU CANNOT SLAY...WHAT MAY NEVER DIE...||”|
— Grima, when fighting Lucina
|“||...I AM...GRIMA... I AM...DESPAIR...||”|
— Grima, when fighting anyone other than Robin, Chrom, or Lucina
— Grima's defeat voice clip
— Grima, upon being defeated in the Endgame
|“||...At last...I can rest... ...No one else...will suffer... ...because of me... ...Thank...you... ...I hope your lives are...filled... ...with...joy... ...... ...... ...Morgan...please forgive me... ...I put you through...so...much... ...... ......||”|
— Robin speaking through Grima, after being slain by Lucina in The Future Past 3
- If Grima is damaged enough, the top half of his head will crack away to reveal a human-like face.
Grima possessed Robin and the Avatar.
Screenshot of Grima in Awakening.
The Brand of the Fell Dragon, the mark of those who bear Grima's Holy Blood.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Grima||Possibly a contraction of "grimoire", a book of magical instruction often in the context of the summoning of demons and/or the zoologically dubious, the Old English word grīma or the Old Norse and Icelandic gríma, meaning "mask", or derived from "grim". Like his Japanese name, "Grima" is also the name of a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings book series: Grima Wormtongue, a sorcerer in league with Saruman.|
|Gimle||Commonly called by this name prior to the English release.|
|Japanese||ギムレー||Officially romanized as Gimurei. From Gimlé, the place where survivors of the Ragnarök are fortold to live in Norse mythology.|
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|