[Top 5] Fire Emblem: Three Houses Best Romances

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses—come for the series' trademark battle system and immersive storytelling, stay for the 24 possible romance options. In Three Houses, you play as the male or female version of Byleth, a mercenary with a mysterious past, who finds themself in charge of students from the Officers Academy. You can befriend a colorful cast of characters, recruit some of them into your team, and even romance one of them.

With so many lovable romantic options for Byleth, how does one choose? If you don't want to wade through 24 repeats of the game to find the love of your Byleth's life, we've ranked the five best romances you can pursue. (Romances listed are available to both male and female Byleth. Major spoilers ahead!)

5. Linhardt

Linhardt as a romance option for Byleth

Hailing from the house of the Black Eagles, Linhardt is an Adrestian noble infamous among his classmates for being lazy. When he’s not busy skipping classes and taking naps, Adrestia’s brightest mind can be found reading books in the library. As Byleth's relationship with Linhardt deepens, he opens up about his reasons for being so reserved and reveals that everything is not what it seems.. (Before the release of the Cindered Shadows DLC, which adds four new characters to the game, Linhardt was the only romanceable male character for Male Byleth.)

Byleth and Linhardt bring out the best in each other. Byleth has the unique ability to excite Linhardt into actually doing meaningful work. In turn, Linhardt reminds Byleth to indulge in the simpler pleasures of life, such as peace, quiet, and a good nap.

Linhardt goes through some pretty impressive character development throughout the game. With Byleth’s help, he eventually learns the value of applying himself and stops ignoring his responsibilities so much. Seeing Byleth and Linhardt grow together is heartwarming, to say the least, and makes this route worth pursuing. 

4. Yuri

Yuri as a romance option for Byleth

Yuri is one of four new characters introduced in the Cindered Shadows DLC. He is the silver-tongued leader of the Ashen Wolves house, the de facto secret fourth house of the Academy. A self-made man with a shady past, he also doubles as a gang leader for a group of vagabonds.

Extraordinarily charming and almost excessively flirty, Yuri is an obvious romantic choice for Byleth. Byleth and Yuri's relationship is built on trust, understanding, and mutual respect. Deep into their relationship, we even see rare glimpses of Yuri stepping out of his comfort zone to aid Byleth.

Yuri's character design, which clashes with his crass personality, is nothing short of eye-catching. Although he has fewer supports to other characters, they are all very complex and worth exploring—especially his romance with Byleth.

3. Jeritza

Jeritza as a romance option for Byleth

Introduced as a masked professor working for the Academy, Jeritza is later revealed to be the sinister Death Knight. This is just one of the many things that make Jeritza's character so interesting, and his romance with Byleth worth pursuing. Although he appears in the base game, he is only romanceable with the Crimson Shadows DLC.

Jeritza and Byleth's relationship starts a little rocky. Jeritza isn't exactly approachable, and at first, may seem off-putting. But deepening his relationship with Byleth reveals an enigmatic man with a tragic past, who is willing to learn how to love.

Jeritza's storyline leans on the darker side, but his romance with Byleth is surprisingly one of the most endearing endings you can get in the game. Jeritza's route might not exactly be beginner-friendly, but it's surely a top choice for anyone playing the game for a second or third time.

2. Dorothea

Dorothea as a romance option for Byleth

Dorothea is the only member of the Black Eagles house who doesn’t come from nobility or royalty. Before enrolling in the Academy, she was an opera singer with humble beginnings. Beautiful, flirtatious, and charming, she is one of the most obvious romantic choices for Byleth.

Dorothea is friendly and flirty from the onset. Her open declarations of wanting to marry someone rich to secure her future make her seem shallow at first. But, deepening Byleth's relationship with her reveals a delightfully complex character, whose struggles are remarkably relatable.

This character catches you off-guard with her refreshing outlook on life in Fódlan. She sees things from a commoner's perspective, and while everyone else is busy fighting for their causes, Dorothea openly dislikes the war. It might not seem obvious at first, but Byleth's romance with Dorothea is as intriguing as it is wholesome. 

1. Edelgard

Edelgard as a romance option for Byleth

The famed leader of the Black Eagles house, Edelgard is also the heir to the throne of the Adrestian Empire. She is a confident and capable character, who is much more complex than she appears. She has one of the most tragic backstories among the game's ensemble and is at the center of one of the most shocking plot twists in Three Houses.

Edelgard openly admires Byleth and their abilities from the start, and if romanced she fosters a deep trust for them. Their romance caters to fans of the Us Against The World trope, as it sees Byleth supporting Edelgard's actions, which sometimes skew violent and drastic.

Edelgard is one of the most well-known characters from Three Houses and one of the most popular romantic choices for a reason. Her character design is striking, her personality is magnetic, and her storyline with Byleth does not disappoint. It hits all the right spots. A romantic endgame with Edelgard is a recommended route, whether it's your first or one-hundredth time playing the game.

These are our top 5 picks for the best romances in Three Houses. But, the beauty of this game is that any character you choose to romance is sure to surprise you with an engaging story with more than a few shocking twists.

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