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Everyone loves Claude, Fire Emblem’s meme machine

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a young man looks to the right on a battlefield in Fire Emblem: Three Houses Intelligent Systems/Nintendo

What is it about yellow video game men? First there was Team Instinct’s Spark, whom Pokémon Go fans turned into a dabbing jokester. The same thing is happening again with Claude, leader of the Golden Deer house in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. According to the internet, Claude isn’t just the heir to House Riegan — he’s also a huge jester.

And, to be fair, the game plays into this a bit. Where Edelgard and Dimitri, the other house leaders, are portrayed as serious characters, Claude is way more lighthearted. This turns out to be somewhat of a front — Claude can be a ruthless strategist on the battlefield when need be — but even so, his reputation on the internet has become extremely silly. Probably, it helps that the game’s central conflict is more of an Edelgard versus Dimitri situation, which metaphorically leaves Claude laughing nervously as he whispers “What the fuck?”

Don’t believe me? Take Joe Zieja’s word for it — he voices Claude in the game. As he says in the video below where he challenges Polygon to a duel to the death, Claude’s No. 1 weapon is memes. “We are the house of memes,” he declares, before asking Claude fans to flood the internet with even more memes.

Listen, Claude, in-game popularity isn’t everything. Claude is already taking over the internet, despite Edelgard’s reign as the most popular overall house. Memes are the currency of the internet, so it makes sense.

Here are some of our favorite Claude jokes and fan art: