I'm pretty sure Heather is officially gay? Ike is more speculative. If Ike is gay, however, I feel that it is a BIG deal, not in the sense that the characters in game treated him in accordance to his sexuality or the plot was completely affected by that fact. I'm talking about in the sense that it was such a big deal when Samus removed her helmet at the end of the orginal Metroid. Ike was just a regular character in his game, doing his thing, and he happened to like men. It is this nonemphasis that makes me really interested, as any game/story can just slap on the "gay" character and use him/her as a means to churn out comic relief, etc.(The best example I can think of right now is Leeron from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Sorry for those that don't get the reference) Samus shocked fans everywhere when she revealed her identity. People assumed she was a man because that was the norm; men did the ass kicking and saving, and the damsels that did the distressing. Her gender didn't really matter, unless you wanted it to. She still kicked ass and took names.(This became less true as she became more sexualized in recent years)
With no clear indicators, people do this with Ike as well, (people complaining why he didn't pair up with Elincia at the end of Path of Radiance, or why doesn't he have potential wives like all other main lords in the series.) It is these assumptions that protagonists are male/straight that gets people riled up when they find out they are wrong. I don't think I've heard or played any other game where a character, let alone, a protagonist is homosexual. Ike is no slouch as a character either, which makes his sexuality way more interesting than say if, the character Q-Bert was gay (no one would care). His relationship with other characters in his mercenary group - his impact on his surroundings, and his friendship (more than?) with Soren really makes him a deep and well thought out hero.
I know this is an old topic of discussion, but I would like to discuss it further beyond superficial levels; I want to discuss its implications, as well as if there are other instances of homosexuality in FE or other games (Of course, not in a disparaging or novelty kind of way) that I'm not aware of.
Edited by goopy, 10 April 2012 - 05:22 PM.