For a good chunk of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Flayn, a green-haired youngster, seems like a mystery to players. We know she’s Seteth’s younger sister, and that he’s very protective of her. But we don’t really know what her deal is, or why she never seems to leave the monastery. That is, until the story takes a turn.
There’s a point, a handful of chapters into the game, where Flayn is mysteriously abducted from the monastery, and players have to fight the Death Knight to get her back. Seteth reveals that there’s something special about Flayn, and that it’s very likely that enemies want to steal her blood. This heavy revelation is followed by something very silly: a fishing competition.
After you save Flayn, Seteth is beside himself — he wants to make her feel better. Flayn happens to love fish. So, even though there’s a big battle between the houses on the horizon that everyone must prepare for, Seteth arranges for a school-wide fishing competition where everyone gives Flayn the best fish they can catch. Flayn is after something specific, though she can’t remember what fish she likes.
It’s an absurd situation given what happens right before it, but that’s also what makes it very endearing. Fish is just kinda random, you know? Which is exactly what makes it feel realistic — we’re all into stuff that probably sounds weird out of context. Later on you discover there’s a good reason why Flayn loves fish, which makes it more than just a strange gag the developers put in. All of this together might explain why, in the Fire Emblem fandom, Flayn’s fish affinity has become a meme. Players love drawing Flayn with fish, or talking about all the fish they’ll gift her.
Here are some of our favorite jokes and social media posts about Flayn and her beloved fish.
give flayn ur fish. give flayn Everything!! pic.twitter.com/RQt7I7XHQG— ☘️ aurora @ ✨ (@plushcharm) August 11, 2019
"VIDEO GAMES me trying— Storm Yorha ️ @ASTRAL CHAIN month has begun! (@StormOfBlood35) August 6, 2019
ARE CREATING to catch
PSYCHOPATHS "The fish..."
BAN THIS EVIL for flayn
MEDIUM!!" in fe3h pic.twitter.com/weUjHRPsIz
i wanted to draw flayn holding a bunch of swedish fish so i did pic.twitter.com/GxxIXCVIvQ— bday in 5 days (@Lemon_Zesties) August 10, 2019
this is what flayn does with the fish you catch her in the fishing tournament pic.twitter.com/6GiqAJjpsr— mia (@tempsventeux) August 7, 2019
getting Flayn her fish!! pic.twitter.com/W84R9qnAHx— Siegbert's mom @ Black Eagles ♥︎ & 斑蓮 (@EvaBeeSmith) August 8, 2019
Flayn feasting on fish flavored flan pic.twitter.com/lvfLflzOJP— Miggs (@FullMetalPikmin) August 5, 2019
Dear Advice Box,— Flayn (@CutieFlayn) August 13, 2019
I lost my fish
THE CHURCH OF SEIROS IS DECLARING WAR ON THE ADRESTIAN EMPIRE FOR THREATNING TO TAKE THE FISH AWAY FROM ME— Flayn (@Flayynn) August 10, 2019
I have something to ask of you.— Ordo of the Black Eagles (@PlanOrdo) August 13, 2019
Flayn has inquired about putting fish in a tube. She thinks its harming the fish. Could you please show her the fish are fine? No matter what I say, Flayn does not believe me. https://t.co/b07MY3SvEw pic.twitter.com/2OsvxSIk9w
Flayn standing on the other side of the Fish Tube™: pic.twitter.com/3vxRgUecFp— Trials of Mana out 2020 (@GBASPGamer) August 13, 2019
//Someone... please Fish Flops.— Monastery Orphan Deande (@LunarSkyDeande) August 13, 2019
"M..miss Flayn. I s...saw these in t..town and t...thought you may l..l..like them" pic.twitter.com/hG251bWR1f
seteth gives flayn his credit card to go buy groceries at the market and she maxes it out buying fish sticks https://t.co/7mg8euzS3G— female protagonist (@AigisFricker) August 12, 2019
flayn is just so fucking funny to me. shes this tiny anime girl and u would think her personality would be like the typical tiny anime girl but really her personality is "i want fish. i wish i was eating fish right now. ah! just thinking about the ocean...where fish live."— ₍ᐢ•ﻌ•ᐢ₎*･ﾟ｡ @ blue lions (@robiinyan) August 8, 2019