|“||The important part is that they are out for blood! MY blood, in fact! The blood inside of me! Which is where I'd quite like it to stay.||”|
— Old Hubba
For generations, Old Hubba's family have lived in the Outrealms and served as the keepers and protectors of the Einherjar cards, with Old Hubba being their latest keeper.
When Chrom and his army first came to the Outrealm through the Outrealm Gate, they found Old Hubba under attack by ten Einherjar whose cards had been stolen by Aversa and turned against Old Hubba. Chrom successfully defeated the Einherjar and returned their cards to Old Hubba, who rewarded him with Marth's card.
In addition to his role in DLC chapters, Old Hubba also presides over the Hubba Tester, a bonus feature available from the game's main menu. In the Hubba Tester, the player selects two of the game's characters to have their relationship read by Old Hubba. The results of the Hubba Tester are displayed as arrows pointing between the two units describing their "current" feelings toward each other, while Old Hubba provides snide commentary underneath. The Hubba Tester is completely separate from the main game and has no effect on the support pairings in any main game save file.
Aside from the Hubba Tester, the Sage Match is also a feature added in Fire Emblem Awakening. This feature gives a description of the setting featuring these two characters, which is selected randomly. A score is also given on a scale from 0 to 100.
Personality and character
Despite his general competence at a fairly important position, Old Hubba is timid and dishonest, with a distinct self-interest in his own survival; to recruit Chrom into recovering all the Einherjar, he gives what amounts to a sales pitch of the value of having some Einherjar on hand barely disguised as a feigned psychic vision. He is also a significant lecher, commenting inappropriately on the beauty of Eirika and others even while they're trying to kill him, and occasionally descending into Freudian slips.
Old Hubba was previously married to a woman named Beatrice, who is deceased by the time Hubba meets Chrom. He met Aversa when she came to be his apprentice, which ended when she stole the Einherjar from him; it is hinted they had a "romantic" relationship during this brief time, in keeping with Aversa's methods of manipulating men.
- Old Hubba has an unused Barracks profile. In particular, it reveals his alleged age and his birthday.
|“||An old man who just sort of showed up. Mostly useless, though he can assess relationships. Oh, and he's a few millennia old or something. The one with the wildest love life. Born on February 29th.||”|
— Old Hubba's profile
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
From hubba hubba, an outdated English slang expression indicating strong approval of the appearance of another person, typically with a sexual connotation.
- "I think my ancestors would understand my folly. Certainly Great-Uncle Fondell would..." — Old Hubba, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "So these calling cards that summon the Einherjar... they're a sort of family heirloom. My ancestors have guarded them since... well, as long as anyone can remember." — Old Hubba, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Oh ho! Of the twin prince and princess of Magvelian lore? I heard she was a fair maid, but she rates good to great on Hubba's scale!" — Old Hubba, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Oh, but I can help with support! I'll stand behind the lady soldiers and watch their backsides. ...Er, their backs!" — Old Hubba, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Oh, if only Beatrice were still here to see you take pity on her doddering old husband." — Old Hubba, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "She came to my house asking to be my apprentice. I was her master, she said! Then one morning I wake up, and she's gone...along with most all my Einherjar!" — Old Hubba, Fire Emblem Awakening
- Vincent ASM, Trivia: Old Hubba’s Profile Unearthed, Serenesforest.net, Published: January 24th, 2016, Retrieved: January 24th, 2016
- "Secondly, take note of the reference to a “fortune-telling shop”. What seems to be an unimportant comment discarded by the localisers may in fact be hiding something far more significant.
If you weren’t aware, Awakening wasn’t the first game to feature a relationship tester–that would be Genealogy of the Holy War.
Now here’s the mind-blowing part: in Genealogy, the relationship tester was located in an area of the castle specifically called a “fortune-telling shop”. Not just that, but check out the guy running it..." — Vincent ASM, Trivia: Old Hubba’s Profile Unearthed, Serenesforest.net, Published: January 24th, 2016, Retrieved: January 24th, 2016