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Dragon Age: How to Romance Fenris

To make romances more accessible in Dragon Age II, all romanceable companions were available for either male or female Hawke. BioWare also altered the approval system, making it possible for even the most bitter rivals to fall in love despite their constant disagreements with one another. Fans came to call this "rivalmancing," and in some cases, the rivalmances were superior to the friendly romances. Fenris was one example of this.

As a potential companion, Fenris came with a lot of baggage. An escaped slave from the Tevinter Imperium, he brought a lifetime of animosity toward mages to the table. This could make working with him difficult because three potential companions (and possibly even Hawke) were mages, and Fenris often made his contempt for their mere existence known. On the other hand, rivalmancing Fenris as a mage made for an interesting dynamic that offered him an opportunity to see mages in a new light.

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Love or Passion

Gaining companion approval is an essential part of Dragon Age's relationship system, especially for players looking to romance someone. Flirting is an easy way to start boosting Fenris' approval, though his inexperience in matters of the heart make him react a bit awkwardly at first. Flirting lets him know that Hawke is interested, even if the player plans to take the rivalmance route later on down the line. Take every opportunity to flirt as it's presented, as sometimes missing even just one can throw the entire romance out the window.

The majority of Hawke's actions, both major and minor, can influence companion approval, and this will determine the type of romance Hawke is looking for. A certain percentage of approval or disapproval points are required to cement the romance, depending on the type of relationship the player seeks. The more actions Hawke takes that Fenris disagrees with, the more a rivalry begins to develop and vice-versa.

Players should decide early in the game if Hawke is seeking romantic love or fiery passion. When going after the friendly romance, Hawke needs to agree regularly with Fenris' views on mages and magic. If they don't, be sure to leave him behind on missions that could potentially earn disfavor, otherwise it could throw the whole romance off.

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A Bitter Pill

As the romance begins to blossom, Fenris finds himself face to face with a past he hasn't been able to remember since the lyrium tattoos were fused into his flesh. This throws him off his game, and when the opportunity to take out Hadriana, one of Magister Danarius' minions, presents itself, he takes it with a vengeance. Before tearing out Hadriana's heart, she tells Fenris he has a sister who is still alive. Fenris' vengeance leaves him feeling confused and angry enough that he leaves the mine and doesn't resurface again until Hawke returns to their home.

Fenris is waiting for Hawke when they come in. This is the first real opportunity to launch the romance, but only if the quest "Questioning Beliefs" has already been completed. After discussing what happened, Hawke can ask Fenris to stay. If the quest was completed, his answer will be a steamy, up-against-the-wall kiss that leads the pair to the bedroom. If the quest wasn't completed, Fenris will say it's best if he doesn't stay, so make sure to follow through on that quest when it presents itself.

If the two sleep together, Hawke wakes and finds Fenris pacing the floor in front of the fireplace. He confesses that what happened was wonderful, but it awakened memories and feelings he doesn't know how to deal with. He breaks off the relationship apologetically and leaves, but begins wearing a red scarf around his arm to symbolize his continued devotion to Hawke.

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Reunited

Though it may be devastating when Fenris breaks things off, that's not necessarily the end of the relationship. So long as Hawke doesn't enter into any romantic entanglements with the other potential romances after they break up, the pair can reunite in Act Three. Fenris' former master, Danarius, is on the hunt again, and this time, he uses Fenris' sister to lure him to the Hanged Man in an attempt to recapture him.

No matter how upset Hawke is about Fenris dumping them immediately after their night together, do not turn Fenris over to Danarius. Doing so means he is lost entirely, both as a companion and a romantic interest. Defeating Danarius prompts another "Questioning Beliefs" quest, and Hawke visits Fenris at his home. They talk over his vengeance, and while the conversation is different depending on the level of friendship or rivalry, Fenris asks for forgiveness.

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Fenris laments ending their relationship and would like to pick up where they left off if Hawke can forgive him. Forgiving him locks the romance into place for the remainder of the game, and they seal it with a kiss. There is an option to receive the romance achievement before the final battle with a conversation. Afterwards, it is implied that Hawke and Fenris flee Kirkwall together and go into hiding.

If players transfer data from a save in which Hawke romanced Fenris to Inquisition, there will be dialogue options about where Fenris is when Hawke arrives at Skyhold. This suggests their relationship carried on well after Kirkwall and remains strong. The Inquisitor possibly leaving Hawke behind in the Fade when facing the Nightmare Demon could lead to extreme circumstances in the next game, as Fenris will more than likely tear the heavens asunder to get them back.

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Dragon Age: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Fenris, The Blue Wraith

Dragon Age is filled with very interesting characters. Some are great enough to show up in several games, and comic books. This is the case for Maevaris, and also for Fenris, The Blue Wraith. The white-haired, tattooed elf is a fan favorite in Dragon Age.

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A vengeful former slave with no memories that hates slavers and treasures freedom is an amazing character idea, making it easy to understand why so many people love this character. Thankfully, he god a very fleshed-out story and development with lots of details here and there for fans to enjoy a little more of The Blue Wraith in games and stories other than Dragon Age 2.

10 He Appears In Several Dragon Age Stories

As an Elven warrior and a fugitive slave, there is enough around Fenris to generate many stories. He is distrustful of mages and was always willing to help people who suffered as he did. The only time Fenris agreed with a mage was when he sided with Anders on how having the blood-mage Merrill with them was a bad idea.

Perhaps this interesting backstory is what makes him an interesting character. He has twelve quests associated with him and has appeared in two games and two graphic novels. He's also mentioned in Dragon Age: Inquisition. That's when we learned that Fenris has been killing slavers who have been praying on refugees.

9 He Does Not Like To Be Touched

Fenris often shows an aversion to being touched. That is something he cannot avoid. His aversion is directly tied to the Lyrium-infused markings that he has all over his skin. Those markings, granted to him by a ritual, are extremely sensitive. Being touched on them causes severe physical discomfort to him, which explains his aversion.

Those markings also grant Fenris the ability to phase through people and objects. He often uses this skill to phase his hand inside someone and then solidify it, causing his target to die instantly.

8 He Lost His Memories Due To His Markings

The experiment that gave Fenris his phasing powers ended up causing him a lot more trouble than super sensitive skin. The other side effect of the experiment made him completely lose all his memories. However, at some point in Dragon Age II, Fenris finds out his original name: Leto.

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Being a fugitive, a former slave, and an experiment, Fenris is very distrustful of all mages. The way he sees it, mages are power-hungry beings who will always be tempted by demons and blood magic.

7 His Sister Is A Mage

Eventually, Fenris meets his sister. That happens because Hadriana grants him the information in exchange for her own life. It does not work out, Fenris kills her Hadriana even after she tells him everything.

This was a very intense moment in Fenris's life. Not only he learned that he had a sister who was not a slave, but he also learned that she was actually a mage trying to become a magister's apprentice. His sister is called Varania, and they both grow up together in Tevinter back when he was still called Leto.

6 He Can't Read

Fenris lived most of his life as a slave. Besides that, losing all his memories, becoming a living weapon, and murdering slave masters might have caused him not to be able to dedicate much time to his own education. There is also the fact that he was never given the opportunity to learn how to do it.

Throughout the game, players can eventually find a dialog option that makes Hawke teach Ferins how to read. It adds depth to the character as it shows players how being a slave prevents people from having access to basic education that most take for granted.

5 Fenris Enjoys Playing Cards

Not only does Fenris really like playing cards with many different people, but he also does so regularly. The game clearly shows to players in Act 3 that Fenris is frequently inviting people to play with him. In fact, in Act 3 we get details about it. Fenris is shown hosting at his mansion a weekly game of Diamondback.

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Isabela, Anders, Varric, and Donnic are some of the people with who Fenris frequently plays cards. There are many others, though. It might be a way he finds to socialize and gather information. There is also a chance that he just likes the game.

4 He Is An Optional Party Member

When the player first meets Fenris, he is trying to find his former master. Danarius escapes him, though. Although he does not show up in Dragon Age: Inquisition, we learn what he has been doing up to this point. This game tells us that Fenris is still out there killings slavers.

When players do not accept his quest to go inside Danarius's Mansion and kill him, he goes away and disappears for the rest of the game. Once the mission is finished, he does not get to kill Danarius, who escapes, but he keeps the mansion to himself.

3 He Was The One Who Freed His Sister

Danarius, Leto's owner, held a contest among the slaves. It was more like a fighting tournament. The winner would be granted a higher status by becoming the slave owner's personal bodyguard. Not only that, but the victorious slave could also request a wish from their slaver.

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Leto fought bravely and won. His request was to have both his mother and sister freed from slavery. Danarius gave Leto his word, but he came out of the experiment without memories. He had markings on his body, white hair, and was given the name Fenris. The mage honored his word to Leto even though Fenris did not remember a thing.

2 He Was Always A Formidable Warrior

Leto defeated all the other slaves to free his mother and sister. When he became Fenris, he was already a formidable warrior. In Dragon Age two, he is a great fighter who carries huge two-handed swords. He was the chosen one to become Danarius's bodyguard, and he goes on after that to become a famous mage killer.

It was not only his tattoos that made Fenris special. He is an elf with a noticeable battle prowess. And the fact he likes two-handed swords shows that he is also very strong. In fact, he's arguably the strongest warrior in Dragon Age.

1 He Has Several Super Powers

Lyrium is basically solidified magic. The tattoos did much more to Leto than changing his hair color and allowing him to phase through things. His endurance was greatly improved by the Lyrium markings. Not only that, but those tattoos also gave him a lot of magic resistance.

Another very noticeable ability he has in the game is the ability to cause a magic explosion that originates from him, which is very useful when he is outnumbered. When you combine his phasing abilities, the magic explosions, natural strength, enhanced endurance, and magic resistance, it's easy to see why Danarius valued this slave.

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Fenris Romance

CharacterCharacter
FenrisHawke

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Status of Relationship

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Non-binary

Also Known As

Fenhawke, Hawris

Tropes


• Battle Couple
• The Big Damn Kiss — If romanced, just before the final battle, Fenris passionately kisses Hawke in front of all their companions.
• Bigger Is Better in Bed — Following Hawke and Fenris’ night together and if Hawke is male, he can joke, “It can be a lot to take in.”
• Break His Heart to Save Him — In Inquisition, Hawke left Fenris behind before coming to Skyhold. They can tell the Inquisitor, “Fenris would have killed himself to protect me. I didn’t want to give him that chance.”
• Break Up to Make Up — Fenris breaks up with Hawke following their night together, realizing he needs to work on himself before he should be in a relationship. Three years later they can get back together should Hawke have not moved on with another companion.
• Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl — Fenris is broody to Hawke’s gentle girl or boy. Depending on player choice, Hawke can have diplomatic/helpful personality.
• Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them — Fenris is a loner by nature, and is also one of the few companions that won’t move in with Hawke, even if romanced.
• Devoted to You — Romanced or not, Fenris stays by Hawke’s side for 6+ years. Romanced, Fenris is willing to do anything to ensure Hawke is safe, to the point where Hawke leaves him behind in Inquisition so Fenris doesn’t get himself killed on Hawke’s behalf.
• Don't You Dare Pity Me! — Fenris hates when people pity him, Hawke included. However by Act 3, he’s softened up a bit.
• First Love — Should Hawke romance Fenris, Hawke is Fenris’ first love.
• Gay Option — Fenris is one of two male options for a male Hawke to romance.
• I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me — Fenris seems taken aback that Hawke would be romantically interested in him should they flirt with him.
• I Can't Do This by Myself — From the moment Hawke and Fenris meet, Fenris asks for Hawke’s help. This comes up later during his personal quests as well.
• If It's You, It's Okay — Despite Fenris’ general hatred and suspicion of anything magic related, becoming romantically involved with a Mage!Hawke doesn’t seem to bother him. During party banter, Fenris admits that he considers Hawke to be a strong Mage who doesn’t need supervision. Fenris also hates being touched due to his lyrium markings. However he mentions Hawke is unlike anyone he’s ever met so they touching him might be different.
• If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... — When Fenris dishearteningly breaks up with Hawke and should they eventually move on with Anders, Fenris tells Anders, “Be good to him/her. Break his/her heart and I will kill you.”
• Interspecies Romance — Hawke is Human and Fenris is an Elf.
• It Has Been an Honor — If Fenris is a friend, he expresses this to Hawke just before the final battle.
• It's Not You, It's Me — Fenris gives this apology to Hawke following their night together in Act 2.
• The Lady's Favour — Upon being romanced, the red wristband Fenris wears is Hawke’s favor to him.
• Morality Pet — Hawke is this for Fenris, especially if they’re in a romance together.
• Never Learned to Read — As a former slave, Fenris never learned how to read. Dialogue with Hawke can open up the option to teach him how. Hawke will occasionally remark upon Fenris’ reading in ambient dialogue at the estate.
• Odd Couple — Fenris and a Mage-supporting, or just Mage, Hawke.
• Odd Friendship — Despite Fenris’ strong dislike of Mages and magic, he and Hawke get along very well, even if Hawke supports Mages or is a Mage themselves.
• Official Couple — Should Fenris’ romance be completed.
• Only Friend — Fenris admits more than once that he’s not certain what having a friend means. While he’s opened up a fair bit by Act 3, Hawke is one of the few people he feels comfortable outright calling a friend.
• Opposites Attract — If Hawke is romancing Fenris as a rival, they are everything opposite of Fenris.
• Optional Party Member — Hawke and Fenris can only meet by Hawke by doing a side quest in Act 1; fail to complete it and Fenris is no longer recruitable or part of the story.
• Puppy Dog Eyes — During Hawke and Fenris’ romance, every time Hawke’s back is turned, Fenris gives them “sad puppy eyes” if Merrill is to be believed. Fenris however denies it.
• Rivalry as Courtship — During a rivalry romance.
• Second-Act Breakup — Fenris will always break up with Hawke following their night together in Act 2, knowing he is not ready for a committed relationship yet.

Hawke“Wherever it leads, I hope it means we’ll stay together.”
Fenris“That is my hope as well.”
— Unsure of the future, Hawke and Fenris want to stay together, Act 3.

Fenris Romance is the non-binary ship between Fenris and Hawke from the Dragon Age fandom.

Canon

Dragon Age 2

Act 1

Fenris and Hawke first meet when Hawke takes on a job to “recover stolen goods” by Anso. Upon fighting bounty hunters and exiting the abandoned house, Hawke and party approach the steps to the west where they see Fenris stepping down, having just killed Tevinter forces. Fenris apologizes for there being numerous bounty hunters, as when he had asked Anso for help he was unaware that there’d be so many. From there, Fenris introduces himself, before claiming that he himself was the “lost property” that the hunters were after.

Searching the corpse of a hunter, Fenris discovers that his former master, Danarius, had accompanied them to the city. He asks for Hawke’s help so he can “confront” Danarius before he has the chance to leave. Should Hawke refuse, Fenris will pay them and leave; no longer recruitable or part of the story. Upon accepting, Fenris tells Hawke to meet him at Danarius’ mansion in Hightown as soon as he can, as they must enter before morning.

Meeting back with Fenris, Fenris explains how he has not seen anyone leave the mansion, and has heard of nothing within. Assault on the mansion beings nothing, firming that Danarius is not there, much to Fenris’ disappointment. Fenris assumes Danarius had left valuables behind, leading to him telling Hawke they can take anything they’d like before he steps out for air. Outside, Hawke and Fenris speak, where Fenris also pays Hawke for their trouble in helping him. Fenris talks of his former master and how he doesn’t want him, but rather just the lyirum makings on his skin, even if he must “rip it from Fenris’ corpse.” Hearing this, Hawke flirts, “Seems like a waste of a perfectly handsome elf.” In responses, Fenris chuckles before quickly coughing into his fist. With Fenris now squatting in Danarius’ mansion, he offers to be at Hawke’s “disposable” should they need him.

Upon Fenris being recruited into the party, Hawke and Fenris speak alone in the mansion. Fenris brings out wine he found in the cellar, telling Hawke how he used to pour it for Danarius’ house guests back when he was slave, as his appearance had intimidated them, which Danarius enjoyed. Hawke flirts, “I can’t imagine why they would be put off.” The two sit down and talk more, where Fenris explains he’s been on the run for the past three years. He tells Hawke he should thank Anso for find him someone so capable, leading to Hawke flattering Fenris by saying, “Maybe I should be thanking Anso.” Fenris stands and lets Hawke know that he’ll work on his own flattery for Hawke’s next visit.

Act 2

Three years later, Hawke and Fenris speak in the mansion, where Fenris again lets it known that he’s been on the run from Danarius, having not seen him. Fenris begins to wonder if his former master has finally given up on trying to locate him. As the two talk, Fenris tells Hawke how when he received his lyrium markings, the agony had whipped away everything, leading to him not remembering his life before the event. The more Fenris talks, he realizes he’s unloading a lot on Hawke at once, commenting that he shouldn’t trouble Hawke with this, as his problems are not Hawke’s. In response, Hawke claims, “I might be able to help with your problems or give you a few more.” Fenris looks to them, telling them it’s a “tempting” offer, before commenting on how they’re a handsome man or beautiful woman. He asks them if there’s no one else who has their attention. Hawke tells him no.

Sometime later, on the anniversary of Fenris’ escape from Danarius, Fenris drinks to the occasion with Hawke as his company, asking if they’d like to hear the story. Hawke replies, “I enjoy listening to you talk.” Fenris tells his story, ending with how he’s never told this story to anyone before, as he’s never wanted to, leading to him realizing this is perhaps what it means to have a friend. Hawke claims “it might mean more than that,” with Fenris responding he’s never allowed anyone to get too close. Upon his lyrium markings being branded into his flesh, the pain was “extraordinary,” causing him to not like being touched. He however comments on how Hawke is “unlike any other,” that with them it “might be different”. Hawke is willing to find out. Fenris ends up telling them, “On another evening, perhaps.”

Sometime later, Hawke travels outside of Kirkwall with Fenris in their party. It’s there an ambush of Tevinter slavers sent by Danarius’ apprentice, Hadriana, attack the party. The lead slaver demands Hawke hand over Fenris, with Hawke refusing. A battle ensues, ending with each slaver dead. Fenris asks Hawke to go to the abandoned slaver den in order to face Hadriana before she has the chance to flee. If his request is not resolved in a timely manner, the quest is completed and Fenris permanently leaves the party.

Upon finding Hadriana, she informs Fenris of his sister, Varania, in hopes of him sparing her life. Fenris gives his word, however he kills her anyway having the information. Hawke asks Fenris if he wants to talk about it with Fenris exploding in a rant, that no, he doesn’t. At Fenris’ attitude toward the situation, Hawke suggests they leave, while placing a hand on Fenris’ shoulder. Fenris shakes Hawke off of him, claiming that he doesn’t want Hawke comforting him. Seemingly exhausted all of a sudden, Fenris tells Hawke he needs to go.

An undisclosed about of time goes by before Hawke sees Fenris again. Fenris sits outside of Hawke’s room of their estate, waiting for them to emerge. When Hawke exits their room, Fenris stands and walks for them, saying he’s been thinking about what had happened with Hadriana; Fenris apologizing for taking his anger out on Hawke. Fenris soon again apologizes for “burdening” Hawke further with his problems. As he turns to leave, Hawke gently grabs him by his arm, lighting up Fenris’ lyrium markings. At the touch, Fenris slams Hawke against the wall with his markings dimming back down as he relaxes. Hawke grabs and kisses him, turning to slam Fenris against the wall instead. The two stand and make out for a bit before taking it to Hawke’s bedroom.

The morning after, Hawke wakes to find Fenris not next to them in bed, but rather standing over the fireplace, before asking if the sex was “that bad”. Fenris turns to them, telling them it was “fine,” before realizing how bad that sounded, he clarifies that “it was better than anything he could have dreamed”. Fenris however begins to explain that while he and Hawke were having sex, he had flashes of his old life that he doesn’t remember; his life before the ritual that gave him his lyrium markings. Fenris apologizes, telling Hawke he can’t, that he feels like a fool and that all he wanted was to be happy for just a little while. As he walks out of the room, he asks for forgiveness with a sorrowful expression.

Act 3

Three years later, Fenris has information on his long-lost sister, Varania. He asks Hawke to accompany him while he goes and meets her for the first time, fearing it may be a trap set up by Fenris’ old master, Danarius. Hawke agrees and the two head for the meeting place. Noticing Varania is acting strange, Hawke attempts to warn Fenris that this is a trap, just as Danarius descends the stairs. Depending on player choice, Fenris could be given back to Danarius, permanently losing him as a party member, or a battle ensues ending with Fenris killing Danarius. Because Varania sold him out, Fenris seeks to kill her as well; Hawke can either stop him or allow her death. With Varania either having left or had been killed, Fenris voices that he is alone. Hawke steps forward, telling him, “I’m here, Fenris.” Fenris cups Hawke’s cheek, before he smiles at them. His smile is short lived however as Fenris turns away, before telling Hawke he needs to get out of there.

Hawke goes to speak with Fenris at Fenris’ mansion where they find him recount that even with Danarius dead and he a free man, freedom does not “feel like it should,” however noting that moving forward is “what’s important now,” he just doesn’t know where that would lead. Hawke tells him, “Wherever it leads, I hope it means we’ll stay together.” Fenris agrees, proclaiming that is his hope as well, while smiling. Fenris soon brings up what had happened between he and Hawke three years ago, as the two had not spoken of it since. When reminded that it was he who didn’t want to talk about it, he tells Hawke how he felt “like a fool,” and how he thought better if Hawke hated him, before claiming “that it isn’t better”. He continues by saying how he “remembers Hawke’s touch as if it were yesterday,” and how he should have asked for forgiveness long ago. Needing to understand, Hawke asks why he left. Fenris tells them how he had “thought about the answer a thousand times,” how the pain and memories their night together brought up was too much for him to handle at the time. He continues to say that he was a coward, and if he could go back, he’d stay and tell Hawke how he felt. When asked what he would have said, Fenris tells them, “Nothing could be worse than the thought of living without you.” Hawke informs him that they understand, that they’ve always understood. Fenris moves closer to Hawke’s face, telling them that if there is a future to be had, he’ll walk gladly into it at Hawke’s side. Hawke stands to kiss Fenris, with Fenris welcoming them in.

Depending on whom Hawke sides with — the Mages or Templars — and if the player has a high enough friendship or rivalry with Fenris, Fenris will join them in the final battle. He’ll tell Hawke, “I… may not get the chance to say this again. Meeting you was the most important thing that ever happened to me, Hawke. Promise me you won’t die. I can’t bear the thought of living without you.” The two share a passionate kiss. Similar to the other romances, it can be assumed that following the battle, Fenris and Hawke are on the run as whomever Hawke didn’t side with, will become their enemy.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Hawke arrives to Skyhold at the request of Varric Tethras to discuss battling Corypheus with the Inquisitor. After their talk, the Inquisitor can ask Hawke why they’re alone. Hawke tells them, “Fenris would have killed himself to protect me. I didn’t want to give him that chance.”

When Hawke is brought into the Fade, Nightmare, a fear demon, plays on their greatest fear, telling them, “[…] Fenris is going to die. Just like your family and everyone you ever cared about.”

If Hawke survives the Fade, Varric will comment that Hawke has told him to write letters back to everyone in Kirkwall regarding Hawke’s whereabouts — Fenris will want to know. In dialogue between Varric and Cassandra Pentaghast, it’s mentioned that Hawke and Fenris will likely join up again.

If Hawke doesn’t survive the Fade, Varric will mourn and comment he has some letters to write — that he should be the one to tell Fenris.

Moments

Dragon Age 2

  • Hawke can flirt with Fenris outside of Danarius’ mansion.
  • Hawke can flirt with Fenris outside of Danarius’ mansion upon Fenris being recruited.
  • Hawke can flatter Fenris upon Fenris being recruited.
  • Fenris smiles at Hawke, telling them perhaps he’ll work on his flattery for them upon their next visit.
  • Depending on which gender Hawke is, Fenris can call them a “handsome man” or “beautiful woman”.
  • Hawke can tell Fenris they enjoy listening to him talk.
  • Hawke is willing to find out if they might be different for Fenris.
  • Hawke places a hand on Fenris’ shoulder.
  • Fenris apologizes for taking his anger out on Hawke.
  • Hawke was concerned for Fenris, having no idea where he went.
  • Hawke and Fenris make out against a wall.
  • Hawke can gift Fenris a book.
  • Fenris attempts to comfort Hawke about Leandra, Hawke’s mother’s, death.
  • Fenris and Hawke have sex.
  • Hawke is there for Fenris.
  • Fenris cups Hawke’s cheek.
  • Hawke and Fenris want to stay together.
  • Hawke and Fenris can get back together, sharing a kiss to make their relationship official again.
  • Hawke can gift Fenris a sword.
  • Fenris cups Hawke’s cheek.
  • Fenris can’t bear the thought of living without Hawke.
  • Hawke and Fenris share a passionate kiss before the final battle.

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Fanon

Fenris Romance is a popular ship within the Dragon Age fandom. Fenris being a particular fan-favorite of the series, making his romance highly sought for. Fenris is only romanceable in Dragon Age II. He can become involved with a male or female Hawke, making it to be either a slash or het ship, depending on player choice.

Fenris, as a former slave, never learned how to read. Dialogue with Hawke can open up the option to teach him how, leading to many fan works having just that – Hawke teaching Fenris how to read and/or they two of them reading together.

On AO3, Fenris/Female Hawke is the 7th most written ship within the Dragon Age - All Media Types tag, while Fenris/Male Hawke is the 10th most written ship. Dragon Age II has it’s own tag on AO3, where Fenris/Female Hawke is the most popular ship, and Fenris/Male Hawke the second most.

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Trivia

  • Fenris can be romance by a male or female Hawke.
  • Upon Fenris being successfully romanced, he wears a red band over his right wrist and also wears Hawke’s sigil on the left side of his belt.
  • According to party banter between Fenris and Varric, male!Hawke is taller than Fenris.[1]
  • It is possible to miss Fenris completely. Should the player not accept the Bait and Switch quest or if they do accept, but then refuse to help Fenris by clearing out Danarius’ mansion, Fenris will pay Hawke and leave; no longer recruitable or part of the story.

Variations

Fenhanders refers to the ship between Anders, Hawke and Fenris
Fenhawkebela refers to the ship between Isabela, Hawke and Fenris

References

  1. “Did he sweep you off your feet? I’m assuming he did the sweeping… he’s taller than you. Awkward otherwise.” Party banter between a romanced Fenris and Varric.

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Dragon Age: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Fenris

Fenris is one of the major characters of Dragon Age 2, and one that fans still love to learn about. Just this year, Dark Horse Comics released Dragon Age: Blue Wraith, which goes into how Fenris is doing after the events of Dragon Age 2. Fans were quick to pick up their copies, showing that Fenris has not been easily forgotten nine years after he had been introduced to Dragon Age players.

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He is re-entering the minds of many fans also because he was one of their first introductions to what Tevinter is like. Dragon Age 4 is going to take players to Tevinter, so many are actually wondering if Fenris will make an appearance (if he is not killed off in Dragon Age 2). With all that in mind, here are ten things fans most likely do not know about this ex-Tevinter slave.

10 He Was Blonde Before He Became Fenris

Before the Blue Wraith comics came out, fans were already pretty certain Fenris did not always have white hair. This was especially suspected once fans saw what his sister looked like in Act 3. Many suspected he was probably a red-head like her, but the comics proved that to be false.

Fans got to see Fenris as Leto right before he got his lyrium markings. In that part of the comic, the young elf actually had blonde hair. As fans had guessed, it was the lyrium that made his hair turn white.

9 Fenris And Isabella May Have A Relationship If Neither Are Romanced

Companions who are not romanced ending up together is not a foreign concept in Bioware games. In Mass Effect 3, Tali and Garrus end up together if neither are romanced by Shepard. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dorian and The Iron Bull have a chance of ending up together as well.

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This is also true in Dragon Age 2 between Fenris and Isabella. However, it seems to be more of a casual physical relationship rather than a romantic one.

8 He Occasionally Swears In Tevene

If you don't know the words coming out of Fenris' mouth, that might be because he is speaking Tevene. Since he came from Tevinter, he obviously knows the language. He often uses the language to curse. He says other words too though, like "Festis bei umo canavarum" which means "you will be the death of me."

In terms of Tevene swear words Fenris says, there is "kaffas" and "venhidis."

7 In Act 3,  Fenris Hosts A Weekly Game Of Diamondback At His Mansion

This is the kind of information some players get through banters between companions. Since so much banter is written, not every player gets the same facts in each playthrough.

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It is revealed in a couple of banters between Fenris, Aveline, and Varric that Fenris actually hosts weekly games of Diamondback at his mansion. Typically, Fenris, Varric, and Donnic play together. This may come as a surprise to some players, but by Act 3, Fenris has actually made some friends other than Hawke.

6 If You Are A Mage, You Will Automatically Receive Rivalry Points From Him At First

Upon completion of the quest that introduces Hawke and Fenris, "Bait and Switch," Fenris will confront a mage Hawke with the question of what their motive is. At that point, it is damage control as to how many rivalry points Hawke is going to get.

Saying "Seeking power" will get the most rivalry points at 25. Asking if being a mage is a problem will earn 20 rivalry points. Saying "survival" or "find out" gets you the least at 10 points.

5 Concept Artists Had A Hard Time Deciding What He Would Look Like

Yes, the piece above is concept art for Fenris. It is a piece done by Matt Rhodes. According to him, Fenris was one of the most difficult characters to design. "He was like a game of musical chairs," Rhodes said. "His design kept changing until the music stopped and the version we had was the version we had to live with."

 This fact makes sense since Fenris is a very unique-looking character due to his lyrium tattoos.

4 If Returned To Danarius, His Memories Will Be Erased

If the player decides to be an absolute monster and turn Fenris in back to his slave master, Danarius, Danarius will send Hawke a letter of thank you with some details as to Fenris' fate. The letter reveals that Danarius has erased Fenris' memories so that he is better behaved and will not think of escaping again.

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The decision to give Fenris back to Danarius is one of the most evil-aligned decisions in the entire series. Some fans who want to do an evil playthrough have admitted that this choice is the hardest to watch.

3 He Has Trouble Making Eye Contact

Fenris' body-language throughout the game is often taken for granted by the player and not examined. If examined though, it is a little sobering.

Due to his past as a slave, he actually has trouble keeping eye contact with other people. This is especially true with Hawke. In times of both joy and anger, Fenris often looks away. There is a little development depending on the player by Act 3 where he is better at maintaining eye-contact.

2 There Are Subtle Differences In Rival Or Friendship Romances

Speaking of eye-contact, there are very subtle differences in the rival and friendship romances. One is during the first kiss scene. Fenris is leaving in anger, and Hawke grabs him. This makes Fenris turn around and pin Hawke to the wall. If rivaled, Fenris is looking down. If friended, he looks at Hawke's face.

1 He Actually Refuses To Turn In Merrill And Anders To The Templars

Unbelievable, right? Well, it actually happens in Dragon Age 2 if you get a certain banter with DLC character, Sebastian.

Sebastian and Fenris are characters that get along in Hawke's merry band of misfits. However, they do disagree one one thing: turning Merrill and Anders over to the Templars. In a banter, Sebastian suggests it and Fenris disagrees. He if Hawke doesn't agree, then he doesn't agree either.

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Main Character Index > Dragon Age II > Hawke | Hawke Estate | Companions (Fenris) | Non-Playable Characters | Post-Release Characters

Fenris

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Voiced by: Gideon Emery


"Am I supposed to forgive, no matter how many times they hunt me down? Am I supposed to forget all the things they've done to me?"


An elven slave turned living weapon. He used his power to escape his master Danarius, a Tevinter Magister who is trying to reclaim his "property." Even now that he's free and out of the Imperium, Fenris nurses a bitter streak against all mages. He is a romance option for a Hawke of either gender.

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  • Achey Scars: His lyrium markings are the reason he hates being touched.
  • Ambiguously Brown: His skin is noticeably darker than that of the other companions, save Isabela.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Among other things, he resents the lyrium markings and the power that was inflicted upon him. In his final companion quest "Alone," he discovers that he had actually competed for them, for the sake of using the boon offered to the winner to free his family. At least, Danarius and his sister lead him to believe he did. He actually only competed for the boon to free his family. He didn't know about the ritual or what it would entail.
  • Amnesiac Hero: He has very few pre-ritual memories, and even by the game's end he can only recall bits and pieces of his life before.
  • And the Adventure Continues: According to Varric, as of Inquisition, Fenris is still continuing his campaign against Tevinter magisters and slavers, leaving a trail of corpses in his wake.
    • Fenris returns in Blue Wraith, earning said moniker by achieving such a level of infamy in Tevinter.
  • Attack Animal: Brainwashed by Danarius into this.
  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Gideon Emery.
  • Bare Your Midriff: This is apparent in his outfit as a slave in Heroes of Dragon Age and in an illustration in the World of Thedas book.
  • Berserk Button:
    • His Establishing Character Moment is his violent reaction to being called a slave, and being taunted with it also comes up several times during his personal quests. He hates mages; particularly the magisters of Tevinter, and the blood magic connected to them.
    • He doesn't take kindly to the suggestions that he should "just move on" or, worse, forget about revenge against Danarius.
    • During his loyalty mission, if Hawke tells Orana to go to their home for help and refuge Fenris will immediately accuses Hawke of hypocrisy for condoning slavery and then wanting one themselves. But he will back down and apologise straightaway if Hawke states that it is a job.
    • If Hawke romances Anders after Fenris leaves them, the following dialogue can be heard if the two are in the party together. Fenris is already pretty venomous towards Anders (and vice versa), but here he sounds downright murderous at Anders' suggestion that he never loved Hawke.

      Anders: You were an idiot to leave Hawke.
      Fenris: And you were so quick to replace me.
      Anders: I love him/her. You have no idea what that's like.
      Fenris: Do not bare your heart to me, mage. Not unless you want me to rip it out.

  • BFS: Uses two-handed weapons, several of which are as long as he is tall.
  • Boomerang Bigot: A much more subtle version than, say, Sera, but Fenris clearly doesn't care much for his fellow elves. He identifies more as a former slave than an elf, lives alone in a Hightown mansion, and refuses Merrill's invitations to so much as visit the alienage. Whenever Merrill tries to get him more involved with "our people," Fenris disdains her, claiming the Dalish are too haughty and waste their freedom grubbing through dirt, and he doesn't care about the plight of city elves since Tevinter slaves have it worse anyway.
    • The Fenris short story written by David Gaider goes further, hinting that Fenris secretly thinks of city elves as nothing but "frightened cattle" and "drunk vagrants." (He also notably declines Sebastian's suggestion that he teach elves how to fight, despite looking down on them for not fighting.)

      How was he to know that so many of his people would squander their freedom living like frightened cattle? If his only choices were to either dress as meekly as the local humans expected their elves to be, run off to find the wandering clans that grubbed in the dirt for whatever scraps the human kingdoms threw them, or to fight… then his choice was clear.

    • That being said however, unlike Sera, he still gains rivalry points if you are needlessly cruel to elves and friendship if you help them but that's less of seeing them as his people and more of helping out a group of people who are clearly disadvantaged.
  • Brutal Honesty: He's extremely blunt with his criticism of anything he dislikes, especially if it is related to magic or its users.
  • Buxom Is Better: It's subtle, but every woman Fenris shows any interest in are human women with noticeable racks. In Fenris' short story he pauses while being chased by slave hunters to admire a scantily clad human woman with noticeable cleavage. In the DA2 game proper, the only two women he can potentially get together with are female Hawke or (if neither are pursued for a romance) Isabela, both of whom are well-endowed in the chest department. (He also pointedly shows no interest in even talking to elven women, let alone dating one.)
  • Bystander Syndrome: He is generally neutral in affairs not involving mages or slavers. In fact, it's implied that for most of the game, outside of adventures with Hawke and a few mercenary jobs he takes for money, he doesn't interact much with anyone. Varric complains that after years in Kirkwall he's still "practically a ghost."

    Fenris: You are too willing to involve yourself in the affairs of others, Hawke. Each time you put yourself at risk. One day you will not be so lucky.
    Hawke: You have a better idea?
    Fenris: Guard what you have. Keep your head low.

  • Character Death: If Hawke sides with the mages during the final battle and is not a full friend or rival with Fenris and/or did not complete all of his personal quests, Fenris will turn against Hawke. He will then refuse again if Hawke does not choose the "Join me" option and/or is a 50-95% rival with Fenris and is later killed.
  • Character Development:
    • Unlike everyone besides Carver, he actually undergoes more development as a friend. As a rival, he simply admits that revenge has brought him nothing and decides it's time to let go of his hate. However, his hatred towards magic remains and he is initially against supporting the mages. If Hawke befriends him and completes all his personal quests, he learns to move on from his past and also becomes a bit more lenient towards magic and mages, all the more so if romanced by a mage Hawke.
    • Another example would be his gradually opening up to a few of the other companions and eventually befriending them (evident in party banter), in contrast to his initial anti-social behavior. He even jokes with some of them, and by Act 3 he regularly plays cards with Varric and Donnic.
  • The Comically Serious: His generally dour demeanor gets him ribbed on by some of the more jokey companions, although if Hawke keeps him away from people who push his buttons, he makes his share of jokes, especially with Varric. In fact, Sarcastic Hawke's comments usually get at least a smile out of him. He even chuckles with regularity.
  • Cursed With Awesome: The lyrium scars emblazoned on him by his master cause Fenris no small amount of pain, but give him extra strength and endurance, as well as the ability to go partially intangible.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was a slave in the Tevinter Imperium, and had his skin laced with lyrium in a process that was so torturously painful that it wiped away all his memories from before he underwent the ritual.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, and with emphasis on the deadpan.
  • Defrosting Ice King:
    • He's loosened up a little bit by Act 3, particularly around Aveline, Isabela, Varric, Donnic, and possibly Hawke. He even starts cracking a few jokes of his own.
    • If Hawke manages to maintain a high friendship, it unlocks additional lines that sound much warmer than his usual tone of voice, including "Yes, my friend?" and "Always a pleasure." The friendship branch of his personal specialization tree also mentions that "Fenris is inspired by your unexpected support."
  • Despair Event Horizon: If the player chooses to betray Fenris and give him back to Danarius. Hawke's betrayal so utterly breaks his spirit and his faith in freedom and friendship that he just gives up without a fight. He doesn't even have the strength to show anger at you about it. Later, Hawke gets a letter from Danarius, thanking them and telling them that Fenris has been memory-wiped again and is now perfectly obedient.
  • Does Not Like Magic:
    • The line he draws between "magic" and "mages" shifts a bit — he's at his angriest directly after confronting one of his old tormentors (Hadriana). Having grown up in a society almost defined by mages abusing their power, he's very wary of any calls for mage freedom outside Tevinter.

      Fenris: There are problems enough in this world without putting such power in the hands of those too weak to resist its allure. Them I fear, as should you. As should anyone.

    • He's not immune to his own recriminations, however. A late-game line all but spells out that he believes he's been corrupted and spoiled by magic and regards himself with loathing.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: His leggings leave his heels and toes bare, and one of his idle animations involve him looking at them. Later averted in Blue Wraith, where he wears a pair of armored boots.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He can't stand the smell of "Fish, fish and more fish. Pfaugh!"
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": His response to his sister calling him by his real name at the end of "Alone" after he finds out she betrayed him is an angry "Stop calling me that!"
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Despite his frequent mentioning of his past, he despises people attempting to empathize with him about it.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: His most personal conversations with Hawke tend to be over a drink, especially when he's about to confess something about his past. It's even implied that part of the reason he's content with staying in the rundown mansion is because of the wine cellar.
  • The Eeyore: Probably the most pessimistic of the group, though not as much as they'd have Hawke believe. Even in his lighter moments, he's generally dry and rather bleak. By the end of the game, he's starting to grow out of it.
  • Elfeminate: Lampshaded by Gamlen if a male Hawke romances him.

    Gamlen: So, you're into elves, huh? I guess I don't have to ask which one of you's the girl.

  • Enemy Mine:
    • He takes this approach about working with any mage except for, potentially, Hawke and Bethany. If asked about it when he's recruited, he says that he'll be watching the party's mages very closely. Much of his dialogue with Merrill is antagonistic over her blood magic and her naive attitudes regarding elves outside the Dalish, and Hawke can even gain rivalry with him for being nice to her. He tolerates her as a teammate — if only because Hawke is around. He's much more hostile towards Anders (and in this case the feelings are mutual), though with Bethany he merely suggests that she should be in the Circle; he likes her perfectly well otherwise, probably because she's wary of her powers and acknowledges that they can be dangerous.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with Anders. Unlike Merrill, the two rarely have a conversation that doesn't end verging on violence. Even during Fenris' Act 3 quest, Anders is the only one to approve of selling him out to Danarius. Contrast that with Merrill being on the verge of tears. Even if the player doesn't decide to give Fenris back to Danarius, he'll call Fenris a hypocrite and say that he's just jealous when Fenris learns his sister is a mage, even though he likely didn't have any idea.
    • The name of his 100% rival ability is even "Enemy of my Enemy".
  • Establishing Character Moment: The surviving leader of a group of slave hunters grabs his shoulder and calls him a slave. Fenris turns and shoves his hand through the guy's chest, crushing his heart and killing him instantly (and messily).
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Despite his hatred of most mages, and his intense and mutual dislike of Anders, when Sebastian brings up the idea of turning him or Merrill in, Fenris angrily refuses to betray Hawke's friends and, by extension, Hawke.
    • In spite of his belief that mages should be kept under control, his reactions in the quest "Shepherding Wolves" hint that even he has reservations about the treatment that Qunari mages receive.
    • In the immediate aftermath of "Dissent", he simply suggests it's time Anders recognizes his limitations, and outright says he's not condemning Anders' efforts in general. Given what he just saw Alrik doing, it's not surprising.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Blue Wraith has him change his hairstyle from an Animesque one to an undercut with his bangs slicked back, showing his more hardened personality.

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  • Fantastic Racism:
    • He suspects that all mages, no matter their intentions, will eventually become power-hungry maniacs unless constantly controlled. If Hawke sides with the mages in "The Final Straw," Fenris will turn against them unless he has been permanently locked in as a friend or rival or if Hawke calls him on the hypocrisy of supporting the enslavement of mages. With a high Friendship, Fenris can move a little past this in regards to mages. He admits in conversations with both Hawke (particularly a mage Hawke) and Anders in the third act that there are a few mages who are strong enough that they have proven that they do not require the Circle's supervision, pointing out Bethany or a mage Hawke as a specific example.
    • Fenris is also not particularly fond of the Dalish. This is rooted in the Dalish viewing themselves as the Superior Elves. Though with that said, he doesn't think much better of city elves outside Tevinter.
  • Foil:
    • To Anders. The two are both former slaves (of a sort) that share an intense, unreasonable hatred of those similar to their oppressors who are ruled by their rage. Anders mocks him in Legacy, and they both take pleasure in taking petty digs at each other. The few notable differences between Fenris and Anders (aside from their clashing opinions) is that Fenris hasn't started a war yet; and unlike Anders, Fenris can see reason, admit if he's wrong or being hypocritical, and learn to move past his hatred, even if only a little.
    • To Hadriana, though mostly only apparent in the Codex. She was treated cruelly by the other magisters and their apprentices, which slowly tore down her own decency and led to her own acts of cruelty to the slaves around her.
    • To Alarith the shopkeeper in the City Elf Origin. Both are escaped Tevinter elven slaves, voiced by Gideon Emery, who were chased by slave hunters when they decided to start a new life in Southern Thedas. However, while Alarith happily settled down in the Alienage as a shopkeeper, Fenris shuns the company of his fellow elves and prefers to live "like a ghost" in an abandoned mansion. Alarith was also rescued by the Dalish as he fled Tevinter and thus regards them pretty highly, while Fenris dislikes them.
  • Freudian Excuse: His pretty horrifying life as a slave, as well as the fact that it was quite literally all he knew, explains quite a few of his antisocial tendencies.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Isabela if the player isn't romancing either of them.
  • Gay Option: One of two for a male Hawke.
  • Get Out!: If Hawke convinces him to spare his sister, he simply tells her to get out of his sight. She does, though not without dropping a bombshell about how he got his markings.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Denarius wanted a lyrium-empowered Magic KnightSuper Soldier. And, boy, did he get one...
  • Good Is Not Nice: Fenris is definitely a Jerkass much of the time and has a very abrasive personality, not to mention a strong prejudice against mages. He also tends to answer things like betrayal by ripping out the offender's heart. However, Fenris is fiercely loyal and protective to the few people he cares about, is capable of seeing past his anti-mage prejudices and can even be swayed into protecting various mages if given sufficient reason.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: All over his body. They look more like tattoos, however, and they're pretty, like the veins of leaves.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He often snaps at Merrill because she's a (rather naive) blood mage, leading to some nasty moments, especially after her personal quests. But if the player pays attention to some of their conversations, his reasons become clear:

    (during Act 1) You have all the freedom none of our kind enjoy, and you throw it away. On what?
    (after "A Bitter Pill")You had a life. You had a family. And you abandoned them to chase after ghosts.

  • Happiness in Slavery:
    • He tells Hawke that the reason most slaves don't simply run away or rebel is that they don't think of anything beyond satisfying their masters. The only reason he was able to subvert this trope and escape is because he was accidentally separated from Danarius for a few months and in the care of the Fog Warriors, who treated him as a person instead of an object or a pet. After Danarius returned, the Fog Warriors were prepared to fight to protect him, but Danarius ordered Fenris to kill them and he did so. The resulting What Have I Done shocked him to his core and he ran.
    • If Hawke gives Fenris back to Danarius in Act 3, Danarius' letter states he has wiped Fenris' memories again and implies that he truly believes Fenris is happier as his perfectly obedient self.
  • Hates Being Touched:
    • See above; between Fenris, Morrigan, and Ariane, this might be becoming a signature of the series. If romanced, he will obviously move out of this (with Hawke at least). In one of their possible romance scenes, he'll nearly attack Hawke when they surprise him with a touch.
    • Still has this in Blue Wraith, where he shoots Vaea a Death Glare when she tries to put her hand on his shoulder.
  • Headbutting Heroes: He hates the party mages who are careless about their abilities — Anders for thinking he can take a spirit into him and remain in control and Merrill for believing herself justified in using blood magic. He is much more lenient toward Bethany, who is wary of her abilities and wishes she could be normal, and potentially a mage Hawke.
  • Heroic Neutral: While he's tired of hiding, he doesn't encourage getting involved in other peoples' business.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He is surprisingly fluent in Qunlat and Qunari customs (to the point he actually manages to impress the Arishok if he is in the party on their first meeting).
    • Despite his disdain for the Dalish, Fenris does express interest in halla.
  • Hollywood Atheist:
    • Subversion. His banter with Sebastian reveals that while he's not entirely convinced that the Maker exists, he does feel compelled to believe in something. It's even implied in Act 3 that Sebastian may be rubbing off on him.

      Sebastian: I saw you at the Chantry last week, Fenris, but I haven't seen you back since.
      Fenris: I was only delivering something... you needn't concern yourself.
      Sebastian: But you were praying. Or was that part of the delivery?
      Fenris: I was... trying to blend in.
      Sebastian: [laughs] Oh, yes! You wouldn't want to ruin your reputation.
      Fenris: Don't you have a city to re-conquer?

    • Some banter with Anders confirms this even if you don't have Sebastian's DLC.

      Anders: Did you ever think about killing yourself?
      Fenris: I could ask you the same thing.
      Anders: I'm serious. To get out of slavery, to escape Danarius... don't tell me you never thought about it.
      Fenris: I did not. To kill oneself is a sin in the eyes of the Maker.
      Anders: You... believe that?
      Fenris: I try to. Some things must be worse than slavery.
      Anders: Some things are worse than death.

  • Homeless Hero: Fenris squats in his former master's abandoned Hightown mansion, which has corpses lying around in places.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He believes mages are too powerful to be trusted and will inevitably abuse their power, so they should accept being enslaved and controlled by the Chantry. He himself is an escaped slave with magical powers who is being hunted by his former master and will mercilessly kill those who are no longer a threat to him if they piss him off enough. At least half of his arguments for corralling and controlling mages could also apply to him. Anders even calls him out on it once or twice.

      Anders/Justice: And he is so free to condemn others for the same sin.

    • He's vehemently against slavery, yet supports locking up mages and denying them the freedoms and equal rights that others enjoy. Hawke can point out this hypocrisy at the final quest if they side with the mages, prompting Fenris to turn against Meredith and support Hawke.
    • He mocks Hawke for making a deal with the demon during "Night Terrors"... and then proceeds to make a deal with a demon himself shortly after.
      • If Anders is also in the party, Fenris will actually approve of making the deal purely because it angers his rival.
    • Fenris has little sympathy for free elves (both city and Dalish) because he feels they squander their freedom, and that slaves have it worse anyway. Yet he himself doesn't do much with his freedom besides squat in an abandoned mansion and hit the wine cellar whenever he's not trailing after Hawke (and still does so even if he kills Danarius). Also, while not slaves, he overlooks how most city elves (at least) are so second-class there's practically little difference, and that they don't use their "freedom" to strive for more because they have also been conditioned by their respective societiesnot to expect or hope for more, almost as surely as he claims mostslaves have been.
    • Fenris accuses Merrill of having a "smug sense of superiority" against other elves for being Dalish, despite the fact that Merrill helps other elves and he does not. During the story, she works tirelessly for years to revive an artifact she genuinely believes will help their people, then after the game Varric reveals (in DAI) that she dedicates her life to helping Kirkwall's elven refugees. Fenris, meanwhile, never lifts a finger to help elves. He rejects Merrill's repeated invitations to come down to the alienage where she lives, refuses Sebastian's suggestion that he teach other elves how to fight (despite secretly looking down on them for not fighting), and in the years after the game he spends his time hunting slavers. See Boomerang Bigot above.
    • Fenris berates Merrill for giving up her home and family to "chase ghosts" uncovering lost elvhen artifacts, and Merrill counters that he's also risking his hard-won freedom and new life in Kirkwall on the off-chance that he might uncover memories of his past. While Fenris claims he at least has nothing to lose, he overlooks how Merrill was kept separate from and made to feel like an outsider in her Clan too (meaning she also felt she had little to lose), and Fenris himself often pushes away people who try to get close to him (particularly other elves) so his anger at Merrill doing the same is a touch ironic.
    • On a less antagonistic note, in Mark of the Assassin Fenris tries to discourage Hawke from risking themself by getting involved in the affairs of others... even though the whole reason Fenris and Hawke started traveling together was because Hawke was willing to risk getting involved in Fenris' affairs, and continues to do so every time Fenris asks for further assistance against Danarius in his personal quests.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: He seems taken aback that Hawke would be romantically interested in him if they flirt with him. Especially true later on, where he believes that as a former slave he has nothing interesting to provide to Hawke.
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: From the moment Hawke meets him, he'll ask for their help using pretty much these exact words. This comes up in his later personal quests as well.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Much of Fenris' personal quests deal with how he still doesn't feel free even after escaping his Master, Danarius, and is semi-actively hunting him down to ensure he actually gets to be free.
  • I Lied: Immediately kills a Tevinter mage after she gives him information in exchange for being spared, mercilessly. His demeanor makes it plain he wishes he could have made it more painful and cruel.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink/In Vino Veritas: He's a lot more talkative when he's drunk, and willing to bring up his past in a bit more detail. He also will happily toast a Hawke (even a mage Hawke) who pursued a Friendship with him, and even gets rather flirty at one point, a far call from his usual broody, slightly awkward self.
  • Identity Amnesia: The lyrium-infusion ritual wiped his memory.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: A possible example. Despite his general hatred and suspicion of anything magic related, getting romantically involved with a mage Hawke doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest. Well, not in the magic department, anyway.
    • During party banter with Anders, Fenris will admit that he considers Hawke (or Bethany) a strong mage who doesn't need supervision.
      • This is even present if Hawke only pursues a Friendship with him as a mage. At the end of his "Questioning Beliefs" quest in Act 2, he will toast Hawke with a happy smile on his face, stating, "Here's to you, Hawke. A finer mage, I have never met." Considering that he seems to hate every other mage (sans Bethany), this says a lot.
    • He also mentions this nearly by name if romanced during in the aforementioned quest. Due to the lyrium in his skin and his life in slavery, he Hates Being Touched and has serious trust issues; he's never needed or wanted anyone before — but Hawke is unlike anyone he's ever met and might be different.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: He will warn Anders in this manner, if Fenris dumped Hawke and Hawke eventually moves on with Anders.

    Fenris: You... are living with Hawke now?
    Anders: What of it?
    Fenris: Be good to them. Break their heart, and I will kill you.

  • Ink-Suit Actor: Not quite, but he does bear more than a passing resemblance to his voice actor.
  • Insistent Terminology: Fenris makes it clear there's a difference between a mage and a magister, but assumes all mages will eventually become magisters anyway.
  • Intangibility: The lyrium-infusion gives him the power to make himself partially intangible.
  • Irony: Fenris, who hates mages and magic, has a sister training to be a magister. Just to rub it in, his Leitmotif sounds very similar to "Mage Pride."
  • It Has Been an Honor: Expresses this to Hawke just before the final battle if he is a friend.

    Fenris: You're a good friend, the only one I've ever had. It will be an honor to fight at your side.

  • It's Not You, It's Me: He gives this apology to Hawke after their first night together, having momentarily gained back and instantly lost his pre-ritual memories.

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  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's obviously prejudiced against mages because of his past experiences, so most of his opinions on them are pretty harsh. However, he does actually make a good point on occasion.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he does have a searing hatred of mages (although he has respect for ones he deem "stable," like Mage Hawke and Bethany), he's ultimately just a bit cranky and gradually becomes a pretty likeable guy, especially if in a friendship with Hawke. He even starts playing cards once a week with Varric and Donnic.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Viciously insulting an already devastated Merrill at the end of both of her personal quests.
    • Not quite as bad as the above, but after the party helps him clear out the mansion (possibly free of charge), if a mage is in the party he will refer to them as "a viper", and warning Hawke that "it" will only turn on them later. Considering they have done nothing but help him at this point (even Anders is sympathetic to him at first), this might come off as a bit much. He does apologize when called out on it, at least.
    • He approves of dealing with a demon during "Night Terrors," dooming an innocent to possession in the process and risking the lives of everyone around him, as long as Anders is in the party — because Hawke will have to fight him when Justice/Vengeance (the dominant personality in the Fade) objects.
    • In a minor quest, Hawke gives a letter to Thrask, whose daughter is a mage. He is the only one who disapproves if Hawke assures the Templar that his secret is safe, and even approves (while the rest disapprove in turn) if Hawke chooses to blackmail him instead for his silence.
  • The Lady's Favour: Per Word of God, the red wristband he begins wearing after spending the night with Hawke is Hawke's favor to him. He also wears Hawke's sigil on his belt.
  • Leitmotif: He's the only companion that has a named theme in the official soundtrack. "Fenris' Theme" is a slow and melancholy piece that combines Playing the Heart Strings with bits of a soft One-Woman Wail.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As a warrior specializing in two-handed weapons, Fenris can hack through low-level enemies almost as easily as he can stick a hand through someone's chest. His unique specialization combines the best passive skills from the Reaver and Berserker classes into one lethal package, allowing him to increase his attack speed and restore his stamina every time he kills an enemy, causing his battle effectiveness to snowball. Low survivability, the one weakness of two-handers, is partially mitigated by his "Lyrium Ghost" sustained mode.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Blue Wraith reveals that before he was given the lyrium markings, Fenris had blonde hair.
  • Long-Lost Relative: He has a sister named Varania. Like Alistair before him, the reunion doesn't go well. But in Fenris's case, the sister can wind up dead — by his own hand.
  • Marked Change: He's already dangerous enough as is, but his lyrium tattoos light up when he draws power from them and make him even more dangerous.
  • Meaningful Name: Shares his name with the monstrous wolf Fenrir of Norse mythology, who slays Odin during Ragnarök (an apocalypse of terrible winter and war) after breaking free of his magical bindings. In Dragon Age lore, it means "little wolf" in ElvishETYM Fen meaning "wolf" and -ris being a diminutive, and was chosen by his former master. His birth name, Leto, directly translates as "summer" in some Slavic languages, and "he who is always happy" in Latin. Considering his current less than sunny disposition, this goes to show how much he's lost.
  • Misery Poker: Unless you're a Tevinter slave muggle, don't talk about your problems in front of Fenris unless you want to hear about how he's seen and experienced far worse. Particularly mages and elves; He has no sympathy for Southern Thedas mages because Tevinter slaves are treated worse by Tevinter mages, and he doesn't care about Southern Thedas city elves because Tevinter elves have it worse anyway.
  • Mirror Character: For how much Fenris and Anders hate each other, they're both "angry homeless men" who were subject to institutionalized injustice due to their birth (Anders for being a mage born outside Tevinter, Fenris for being a Tevinter elven slave), both had to fight for their freedom, both carry a bitter hatred of people like those who oppressed them (Anders for non-mages, Fenris for mages), and both have some strong Misery Poker tendencies; both dismissing the plight of people not like themselves (mages for Anders, Tevinter slaves for Fenris) because they both believe they suffered worse. Their Leitmotifs are even very similar to each other. That being said, Fenris can be pushed in the right direction and improve his stances on mages even if just by a small margin, but it's impossible to talk Anders out of his mindset until it's far too late.
  • Morality Pet: Although he is eager to pounce on the faults of mages, his relationship with Bethany is generally quite cordial. Hawke can qualify as a second example, especially if they're a mage and especially if they're engaged in a romance with him.
  • More Than Mind Control: By his own words, a slave does not dream of freedom but thinks only of satisfying his master. Fenris's initial escape had been an accident, not deliberate, and even after months spent outside of his master's influence, upon his return it felt unthinkable for him to do anything but obey. Danarius also claims that Fenris had once felt affection for him. Of course, it bears remembering that Danarius is a Tevinter magister.
  • Mr. Fanservice: That's pretty much runs the norm for elves anyway; especially if they have white hair, green eyes, a Dark and Troubled Past, and happens to wear skin-tight black clothing. The cover for the first issue of Blue Wraith even has him suffering from Clothing Damage, revealing a lot of his bare back.
  • Mundane Utility: Isabela thinks his ability to phase through could help remove sharp objects from people, while Varric thinks it could make pickpocketing easier.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Very wiry and slender, and uses double-handed weapons that are sometimes bigger than he is with ease. A few of the cutscenes also show off his physical strength as he can snap necks and toss around human adults with no trouble. Granted, the lyrium under his skin appears to also augment his strength and he mentions intense physical training.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Before Sera in Dragon Age: Inquisition, Fenris was very much the model "not like other elves" "human in elven skin" of the series.
    • Somewhat Justified as he doesn't have any elven friends, family, or community that he knows of thanks to an agonizing magical ritual that wiped all his memories, and Tevinter has both human and elven slaves. Nevertheless, he's very critical of the flaws of Southern Thedas elven cultures, pointedly refuses to bond with any elves (especially Merrill) due to their shared elven heritage, and while he often harps about Tevinter Magisters all being mages, he never once expresses frustration that elves in and out of Tevinter must all bow to human masters. (Since most, if not all magisters and definitely all Southern Andrastian nobles are humans.)
  • Mystical White Hair: Fenris has snow-white hair to go with his lyrium markings and the magical abilities they give him. Given the contrast with his dark eyebrows, it's speculated that having the markings infused into his skin also turned his hair white.
    • This is confirmed in the comic Blue Wraith, where a flashback to the time just before Leto received his markings shows that he used to have blonde hair.
  • Never Learned to Read: Comes with the territory as a former slave. Hawke can teach him, though, and will occasionally remark upon his reading in ambient dialogue at the estate.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Fenris competed for a boon to free his family. He then got the previously-unknown "honor" of being subjected to an agonizing ritual that reduced him to an amnesia-addled, lyrium-scarredMagic KnightSuper SoldierRight-Hand Attack Dog and Sex Slave for a corrupt magister. After fleeing said master for years, he finds a brief Hope Spot in reuniting with his lost sister... only to learn she sold him out to said master, because the freedom he underwent so much agony to win for her and their mother turned out not to be a boon after all. Ouch.
  • No Social Skills: His intense bitterness and lack of life experience outside of Tevinter slavery left him bitter, largely tactless, and extremely poor at forming relationships with others. Depending on his relationship with Hawke, he does get better.
  • Noodle Implements: During his recruitment quest, Hawke opens a chest in a house in the alienage, expecting to recover Anso's lost property, but it's empty. During their first conversation with Fenris, he inquires what was in the chest, and upon learning that it was empty, admits that he should have expected nothing less. Hawke asks what he thought would be there, but he doesn't actually answer the question, nor is it ever mentioned again.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • In "Night Terrors," if he is brought to the Fade, Hawke can say that if he takes the pride demon's offer of power, then he is no better than the magisters. It doesn't work.
    • As Merrill points out in party banter, they both chase after a forgotten past: she the lost culture and magical technology of their people, Fenris his forgotten life and memories. It doesn't endear her to him any, but she's not wrong either. However, Fenris does fire back that at least he has nothing to lose from the start, while she had everything that many would dream of having, such as a home and a family, but she didn't hesitate to give it all up.However, Merrill does point out that Fenris is risking his hard-won freedom and new home in Kirkwall on the off-chance that he might learn something about his past, playing the trope straight.
  • Odd Couple: With a mage-supporting (or just mage) Hawke. Both he and a mage Hawke can note the irony of it at one point.
  • Odd Friendship: He has a few.
    • With Sebastian. Their world views are extremely different, but they like each other a lot.
    • With Bethany or a mage Hawke, despite his dislike of mages; he gets along very well with either of them, even noting to Anders in party banter that he considers them strong enough to live outside the Circle without supervision.
    • With Aveline, and by extension Donnic, who stops by his mansion to play a hand of cards every week, but tells Aveline they never gamble.

      Fenris: He's a good man, Aveline. I enjoy his company.

  • Omniglot: He speaks Tevene, the common tongue (the language of the Dwarves and the Free Marches), and picked up Qunlat by listening to the Qunari (though Tallis thinks his accent needs work). It's impressive for an amnesiac who can't read when Hawke first meets him.
  • Only Friend: He admits more than once that he's not certain what having a friend means. While he's opened up a fair bit by the third act, Hawke is one of the few people he feels comfortable outright calling friend.
  • Optional Party Member: Hawke can only meet him by doing a side quest in Act 1; fail to complete it and he's Permanently Missable.

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  • Pardon My Klingon: He uses Tevinter swear words when he is upset.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Camera angles and his tendency to duck his head or look away during some emotionally-charged moments mean his hair sometimes covers his eyes, which emphasizes his vulnerability.
  • Permanently Missable Content: Unlike the other companions, his personal questline and romance can be completely derailed if the player doesn't use him in the right area at the right time.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • After making very cruel remarks towards Merrill after the latter's final personal quest, he will (grudgingly) admit that the Keeper must have truly cared for her if she was willing to sacrifice herself for her, and (in his own way) encourages her to live up to her memory.]]
    • He gets several other moments, like during the quest "A Bitter Pill," when he shows genuine concern and sympathy for the elven slave Orana and gets angry if Hawke decide to take her as their slave. There are also many moments between him and Hawke, especially if Hawke is in a friendly romance with him, or are at least friends, even if Hawke is a mage. Most of them are sweet enough to qualify as extremely heartwarming.
    • If he and Bethany are brought to the Chateau in Mark of the Assassin, he will comment that she should get herself one of the Orlesian gowns. Her response varies depending on what faction she has joined in the course of the game, but if the DLC is done during Act 1, she just warily asks him why. His answer borders on Ship Tease.

      Fenris: Because you would look pretty in one.

    • In the quest "All That Remains," if Hawke resorts to using blood magic to find Leandra, despite being normally against it Fenris doesn't protest and no rivalry points are gained from him, showing that he knows how dire the situation is for Hawke.
    • He shows sympathy towards Anders if the latter kills Ella, telling him that he should try to learn his limits (as a suggestion, not an insult).
    • He hates mages, but never once does he deride Hawke's father in Legacy, and even calls Malcolm a good man after Hawke encounters the remnants of his ghost. And when they learn that Malcolm used blood magic to seal Corypheus, Fenris merely comments about the danger a magister-turned-darkspawn may bring; likely because he understands why Malcolm used blood magic in the first place.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: The same markings that made him a valuable bodyguard also help him repel any attempts to recapture him.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Since his eyebrows don't match the hair on his head and his sister is a redhead, many fans believe that his hair was once brown/black but turned white during the lyrium branding process.
  • Power Glows: His lyrium scars glow when he is phasing. Some Party Banter suggests they have a slight glow, visible through clothing, even when he isn't using his powers. Varric thinks this is "kind of cool."
  • Power Tattoo: The lyrium tattoos, obviously.
  • Precision F-Strike: He outright calls Hadriana a "bitch" after killing her, showing just how much he hates her to the point that he can't bring himself to spare her despite promising to do so.
  • Pretty Boy: He's most likely older than twenty, but considering the new, leaner body model for elves, he certainly fits the aesthetic.
  • Primal Stance: Compare his posture with, say, Merrill's.
  • Properly Paranoid: He suspects slavers around every corner and a trap behind every stroke of luck. He's usually right.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: During his romance scenes — and every time Hawke's back is turned, if Merrill is to be believed, though he denies it.

    Fenris: There are no puppy eyes!

  • Rape as Backstory: Heavily implied in dialogue, and Word of God confirms it. This puts Isabela's "glistening" joke in Act 2 in a rather unfortunate light. He seems to take it rather well though, all things considered.
  • Reconstruction: Of the stereotypical roleplayer's "first D&D character," being a brooding, sexy lone wolf, too-hardcore magical elf ninja with a dark past, a bad attitude, and special rage powers who might as well be wielding a katana and seems inspired by an overindulgence in juvenile shonen manga and cheap fantasy literature. Not only does the story go to great lengths to show just how "uncool" this type of character really is (yes, you can go on an awesome, bloody revenge spree against the people who ruined your life... but then what? "Broody, violent and aloof" also isn't much fun to be around, so good luck making friends when you need them), it constantly and deliberately pokes fun at it and the more it develops, the more does Fenris' character grow beyond its roots into a more well-rounded and sympathetic one. Bonus points for showing that as he does that, he naturally becomes more comfortable around others, eventually coming to genuinely like spending time with his friends and even fooling around a bit rather than spending all of his time looking "dark and aloof".
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • In his personal quest in Act 2, he kills a hired sword after interrogating him, and then kills Hadriana despite promising not to kill the latter in return for information about his past. Neither of these people were exactly innocent (Hadriana may have even deserved it), but he still killed them after it was obvious they were no longer a threat to him. He also yells at Hawke if they try to call him out on it. To his credit, he does clearly regret his behavior, and he goes to Hawke to apologize later. He even claims he genuinely intended to let Hadriana go, and is ashamed that he gave into his hatred when he thought he'd moved past it.
    • Even in Act 3, he will kill his sister who, while she did sell him out to Danarius, did so out of desperation, did not participate in the ensuing fight, and is completely unarmed and cowering in the corner at the time. His Character Development is showcased in how Hawke and the others can talk him out of it.
  • Saved to Enslave: Fenris' personal quest "A Bitter Pill" ends with Hawke rescuing an elf named Orana. Should Hawke offer her work at the Hawke Manor, Fenris reacts with derision. The player can then choose to make her a slave and play this trope straight or avert it and offer her a paid position.
  • Scars Are Forever: Due to being infused with lyrium when he was transformed. They cause him some amount of pain, more so when touched.
  • Seen It All: He gives off this impression with his generally stoic reactions, especially concerning the darker side of magic, though he is not in all likelihood older than his mid-twenties.
  • Sex Slave: Although his primary purpose was to be Danarius' bodyguard/living weapon, Word of God confirms that he also served in such a capacity.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He gives a rather spectacular one to Danarius when he starts in on an evil rant in his final personal quest.

    Fenris: (scars glowing) Shut your mouth, Danarius!
    Danarius: (frustrated sigh) The word is "master."

  • Slave Collar: Used to have one. Danarius apparently used to like to keep him leashed as a parody of a Saarebas.

    Anders: Ouch.

  • So What Do We Do Now?: The gist of his final "Questioning Beliefs" conversation. He decides that even if neither he nor Hawke has a clear answer, it's entirely his decision for once.

    Fenris: The future of a slave is never uncertain, but I am no longer a slave. Perhaps it is time I remembered that.

  • Spikes of Villainy: The implications of the spikes all over his armor is discussed by the party once or twice, though he's an Anti-Hero.

    Varric: You do know the elf is covered in spikes, like an angsty porcupine? He might have some... issues.

  • The Stoic: It's highlighted most in combat. Every other character shouts in the heat of battle, but Fenris, tending toward Tranquil Fury as he does, with the exception of a few battle cries, delivers his combat lines in the same dry tone he uses in casual conversation.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Straight man to Snarky! Hawke / Varric / Isabela.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Very icy by default, but if accompanying the right people or if Hawke is nice to him (or even romances him), he can show his softer side.
  • Super Soldier: He mentions that there are other soldiers with markings like his, but they're very rare. He had to compete against other warriors to earn the "honor", not that he was told about it going in.
  • Tempting Fate: In his first Act 2 conversation, he reflects that it's been three years since Danarius sent anyone after him, and dares to hope that he's finally given up. Naturally, his personal quest for that act proves him wrong.
  • Tired of Running: He's already been on the run for around three years when Hawke first meets him. He chooses to stay in Kirkwall because it's a "fortified position" and Hawke is his first ally of any substance.
  • Tranquil Fury: Constantly, to the point that he has an actual class ability (Veneer of Calm) that gives him a bonus to damage as his health drops.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He claims he doesn't brood. Varric isn't buying it for a second, and describes him as broody every now and then.
  • Undying Loyalty: While it's a given with every companion (except Sebastian and Anders), so as long as he's a full friend or rival and all his personal quests are completed, Fenris will pledge his loyalty to Hawke. His loyalty is steadfast to the point that even if Hawke sides with the mages at the endgame, he states that while he thinks it's a mistake he refuses to turn on them.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He usually doesn't emote much, but once any of his buttons is pushed, he's quick to reveal just how much fury he keeps bottled up.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: The aftermath of both his personal quests. In spite of years of abuse, he feels only disquiet after killing Hadriana — and finally killing Danarius leaves him wondering what he's going to do next.
  • Villains Never Lie: Averted for Hadriana, played straight for Danarius. While Fenris is understandably skeptical of Hadriana's information on his "sister" which he spends years cautiously researching to make sure it's true, he and the party take Danarius's and Varania's claim that Fenris had competed for his lyrium markings at face value.
  • Warrior vs. Sorcerer: He's an elven warrior and former slave who's been spending the past few years hunting down Tevinter slavers, all of whom are magisters. More specifically, his personal questline deals with hunting down the magister named Danarius, who has been keeping Fenris' mother and sister as slaves.
  • What Have I Done: The incident that prompted him to run away from Danarius when he killed the Fog Warriors, who had rescued and cared for him, on Danarius' orders. He says at first it wasn't Danarius he was running from.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Hawke can give him one of these for breaking his word about leaving Hadriana alive. While he lashes out at Hawke for it, he does apologize later and states that Hawke did not deserve that response.
    • Hawke can also call him out on his hypocrisy concerning keeping mages captive during the final quest and get him to turn his back on supporting Meredith. It says something about how much he respects Hawke, considering how Anders has been browbeating him about that particular issue since Act 1 (or possibly about how much he dislikes Anders).
    • He himself will be furious at Hawke if they choose to take Orana as a slave. Be particularly blasé about it and he'll curse at Hawke in Tevene and spit at the ground before storming off. note He's quickly mollified and even a little ashamed of his outburst if you tell him you intend to pay her.
    • After the final events of Merrill's second personal quest, Fenris will be particularly hostile towards her, calling her a "witch".
    • He also calls out Isabela on her actions near the end of the second act, since when the Arishok declares that he'll bring both the tome of Koslun and Isabela back to Par Vollen, he tells Isabela that she can't expect to get off scot-free for what she did.
  • With Us or Against Us: Played with and very much downplayed, especially when compared to Anders. Fenris naturally disapproves whenever Hawke expresses support of mage freedom or even simply sympathy of the mages' plight, and in party banter he can needle others for their opinions on mages and Templars. To his credit, with the exceptions of Anders and Merrill he doesn't immediately regard the other companions as enemies if their opinion slightly differs from his, and in case he and Hawke are rivals (which is easy to achieve with a pro-mage Hawke) the "worst" part of their relationship is that they mutually Agree to Disagree.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: His opinion of Bethany or a mage Hawke. He gains a great deal of respect for them for their ability to control their power and temptation, and believes that they have proven themselves strong enough that they do not need the supervision of the Circle.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: When Sebastian suggests he train other elves as they'd admire his accomplishments, Fenris sounds genuinely confused and says he hasn't accomplished anything. Sebastian doesn't think he's giving himself enough credit.

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