|“||I am a prince before I am a son or brother.||„|
|~ Marth's quote in Shadow Dragon.|
Marth is a hero from the Fire Emblem series of video games. He is also a playable character in the Super Smash Bros series.
He is the main protagonist and Lord-class character of the original game, Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light) and Monshō no Nazo (Mystery of the Emblem), as well as their respective remakes. Although Marth's two titles were released only in Japan at the time, he has acquired more widespread international attention through his appearance in the Nintendo brawler, Super Smash Bros. Melee. The appearance of Marth and Roy sparked a greater level of western interest in the Fire Emblem franchise, and it was in part because of this that Nintendo began releasing the games internationally beginning with Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the seventh title in the series
He's voiced by Anime Voice Actor, Spike Spencer, in the Fire Emblem OVA Movie, by Hikaru Midorikawa in all Super Smash Bros Games, except for Ultimate, where he's voiced by Yuri Lowenthal, who also voiced Older Ben in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, as well as Corrin from Fire Emblem: Fates
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Marth appears in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light as well as its remake (New) Shadow Dragon, taking the role as the main protagonist. This game showed Marth fleeing his country of Altea after being invaded by a previously allied nation, Gra.
Marth began building up an army by convincing some members of enemy forces to join him, as well as receiving military assistance from some allied kingdoms. He led his army, called the Akaneian League, to conquer the countries of Gra, Grust, Macedon, Khaden, and Dolhr. In the process, he killed the shadow dragon, Medeus, and saved humankind.
This game explains how Marth is a descendant of the great hero, Anri, who was blessed by the god Naga to save humankind in a very similar way to Marth. Since the blessed blood of Anri runs through his veins Marth is able to wield the dragon-slaying blade of light, the Falchion. This blade matches the power of the strongest normal sword (the silver sword) with the additional effect of doing extra damage to dragon units and being indestructible.
Super Smash Bros. franchise
Marth is seen standing over a castle, looking down at the desert, and sees a Subspace Bomb exploding in the distance and creating a large hole in space that remains in the middle of the desert. Marth takes out his sword and runs over to it to inspect it, while defeating some Primids along the way. As he finally approaches the Subspace Bomb-made hole, Meta Knight comes out of the sky and attacks Marth, thinking that he is an enemy. The two fight, until they are abruptly beset by a horde of Primids.
The swordsmen begin cutting Primids in half, swiftly realizing that they are fighting for the same causing, and eventually end up back-to-back as they continue to fight off the Primid horde. As they eventually charge and begin beating back the swarm of Primids, Ike happens upon the scene and manages to stop the Ancient Minister from dropping another Subspace Bomb. The trio of warriors then pursue him until he manages to get away.
Later, Marth and the others discover a strange tank in the middle of The Wilds. After a bit of hesitation, Marth follows the others towards the tank, which then reveals itself to be Galleom. After Galleom's initial defeat, it tries to get away, but ends up falling into The Ruined Hall. It eventually emerges carrying Lucas and the Pokémon Trainer into the sky while the Subspace Bomb in its body counts down to detonation. Lucas manages to free himself and the Pokémon Trainer from Galleom's grasp, and they are rescued from their fall by Meta Knight, tagging along with Marth's team for the duration.
Marth and his companions eventually arrive at the foot of the Glacial Peak, where they find Meta Knight's ship, the Halberd, attacking the Great Fox. Meta Knight leaves Marth's team to scale the mountain in an attempt to board the Halberd. After a while, the Ice Climbers fall to where Marth and his team are, and are faced with more Primids until the group of Mario, Link, Yoshi, Kirby, and Pit intervene.
Eventually, every character comes together to track down the evil's source in Subspace, discovering that Tabuu is the entity behind the Subspace Army. Everyone, including Marth, gets hit by Tabuu's Off Waves and turned into trophies. However, King Dedede had foreseen this happening, and created timed badges that revive whoever was wearing them. Reviving himself along with Luigi and Ness using the badges, King Dedede heads off with his companions to rescue a majority of the others, Marth included, before settling the score with Tabuu , Marth is also a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. He is one of the several unlockable characters from Super Smash Bros. Brawl who was made a starting character for these games, with the others being Luigi, Toon Link, Lucario, Sonic, Captain Falcon, Ness (Wii U version only), Ganondorf (Wii U version only), and Jigglypuff (Wii U version only). Marth's appearance has been updated, incorporating elements from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and later games. Aside from this, his moveset is unchanged from the previous game, though most of his sword swinging attacks now feature a trail that glows brighter at the end to make the sweetspot more visible. Another Fire Emblem character, Lucina, shares a similar moveset with Marth.
- Marth was originally considered for Super Smash Bros. 64 according to the creator, Masahiro Sakurai.
- Since Marth's games had never been released outside Japan at the time, his international debut is considered to be Super Smash Bros. Melee. His and Roy's franchise would not see overseas release until Blazing Blade. The DS remake of his first game, Shadow Dragon would see a release in US and Europe, but the remake of the sequel, Heroes of Light and Shadow was Japan only.
- In Awakening, Marth's appearance uses Lucina's resources while masquerading as him, only the mask is removed.
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