I always figured Ike was asexual. I've said before and I'll say it again: a lack of interest in women =/= an interest in men. Ike has no interest in forming relationships with women, nor can he be paired with a female at the end of RD -- unlike the lords before him, who pretty clearly have a woman in his life. He leaves the continent either alone, or with Soren and Ranulf. And yet ... does this lack of female endings mean that Ike is gay? There really is no proof that he's gay. He may be closer to Soren (and his male companions) more so than he is with women who may or may have been interested in him, but that's not really proof in itself. Does he show interest in men? Because all Ike seems to be interested in (to me) is fighting, fighting, and to a much lesser extent food. I suspect Ike is just not interested in relationships, whether with women or with men. Whatever is between him and, say, Soren seems to be just platonic.
I think Ike is asexual. He finds the idea of women digging him kinda creepy. He expresses friendship with most of the ladies actually. With Mia, its a friendly competitive thing. With Titania, its a big sister/mum figure/commander thing. With Elincia, its a employee/employer/friend type thing. It seems with Elincia, she sorta kinda has some feeling there but when Geoffrey starts showing up, she kinda doesnt have that attitude with Ike anymore. Ike makes it rather clear that hes not interested that way. He plans on leaving court at the end of PoR. Huge indicator that nah, hes not into Elincia. (He does, however respect her a great deal)
With Ranulf, Ike is just really good friends with him. They both have a mutual respect for each other and can open up to each other more easily about just...stuff in general. Ike says in RD that Ranulf can come and bitch and moan about Skrimir and anything else if he wants. Thats just two guys being friends. With Soren...its a little more complicated. While im not opposed to them having a potentially gay relationship (because it would make sense especially on Soren's end.), somehow i doubt thats what Ike's all about there. Prior to A support in PoR, Ike more or less sees Soren as this really smart friend. Soren is pretty sharp and helps Ike with various things. When they support, Ike starts seeing Soren open up more and show more emotion. The C support has Ike saying: "Despite what the others say, deep down youre just a big softy." Sorens like "excuse me?" Shocked that Ike was catching on to this. This is why he feels he can come to Ike about his past. (something he had to get off his chest and couldnt with anyone else.) When Soren tells Ike about his past, Ike responds with "So what? That changes nothing." and Soren is like "holy crap..." and thus grows closer to Ike and the trust builds. In RD, in the secret convo, Soren tells Ike (and the player) about how they met. Ike begins to remember due to the memory charm lifting. At the end of that convo, Soren breaks down in tears. Ike comforts him. He says "Youre brilliant but when it comes to your emotions, yeah..." and gives him a hug. This could be interpreted as Ike having feelings for Soren or Ike comforting his friend. Their paired ending basically says Soren took off with him. "The only one he ever trusted." Doesnt say "love" but it could be thought that way. Since Soren just about hated or was indifferent to nearly everyone else, yeah. It could go both ways. I lean more toward "just friends" though.
How, is Florina/Hector one-sided? I like the coupling but I don't really remember tons of build up for either Florina------->Hector or Hector-------->Florina To some degree, it came off to me as being a canon crack paring.
Hector is the only guy Florina can support with. Its obvious shes very grateful to him for "saving" her from falling off her pegasus and out of the sky. She tries desperately throughout the supports to get enough nerve to tell him. This means she actually respects Hector enough to try to speak to him. She barely talks to any other men in the game. When she does finally spit it out, shes very pleased with herself and was all "I DID IT! I SAID IT!! YES!" (its fucking adorable) Hector is all "heh...i better keep an eye on you." They eventually get married and have a kid. (if they are paired.) Florina doesnt object to Hector saying he better look out for her at all. It implies shes no longer afraid of him at all. With Lyn, it seems more like close friends.
Sophia, while I'm not going to get into a discussion on whether Florina may be lesbian or not, I want to point out that her "I love you!" towards Lyn was not, to me, "plain as day in a context that completely screamed romance". I've heard girls say that to each other, when they're overexcited or just really happy about something. In other words, it did not stand out to me as anything romantic.
Agreed. It seemed to me that Florina loved Lyn as a best friend than anything else. It read to me: "I love you as a friend and ill help fight for you! Or serve!"
As for Raven and Lucius, yeah that actually does come off a bit...yeah. I think they both have feelings for each other. But Lucius can also get with Serra so *shrug*.
Overall i dont have an issue with this sort of thing popping up in games. What gets me is that some people have shipping goggles strapped to their faces and dont realize that things can be interpreted in various ways. Its not always "they are in love."