Lyndis is the second female main character in the series and the first one since Fire Emblem Gaiden; she is the only one of three main lords of the game who does not appear in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. Born in the Sacaen Plains, her parents—Lord Hassar, chieftain of the Lorca tribe, and Madelyn, daughter of Lord Hausen of Caelin—were killed by bandits before the beginning of the game.
At the start of the game, Lyn meets the player (who acts as a tactician in the game); after assisting her in defeating bandits near her house, Lyn decides to follow him or her in the interest of training her sword skills. Along the way, she meets with many different characters, some of whom join her on her way; additionally, she later learns of her true fate of being the sole heir of the Caelin throne, and vows to defeat Lord Hausen's brother of Lundgren, who plans on taking the throne for himself. Lyn's eleven chapters primarily serve as a tutorial to new players, and her mode also had the unique feature in that it was the first time in the Fire Emblem series where characters can lose all their HP, but still be playable later in the game.
Lyn later returns for both Eliwood's and Hector's stories; initially driven out of Castle Caelin by the Laus Army, she is assisted by Eliwood and Hector to reclaim the castle, and she later continues to travel with them, with plans to destroy the Black Fang and their leader Nergal's plans to bring dragons back to life.
In both Smash Bros. games, her attack as an Assist Trophy is a mix of her critical attack and her normal attack as a Lord before she is promoted in Fire Emblem. Unlike the playable Fire Emblem characters who fight with their legendary weapons (with the exception of Robin), Lyn wields the Mani Katti, not her more powerful quasi-legendary weapon, the Sol Katti. However, the Mani Katti is the partner blade of Sol Katti, both of which are unique to Lyn.
As an Assist Trophy
In Brawl, Lyn appears as an Assist Trophy. Upon being summoned, she charges her sword and causes the screen to fade to dark slightly, before teleporting near an enemy to deliver a slash. She usually hits the opponent closest to her. The slash is very powerful (KOing opponents as low as 32% and even OHKOing on its sweet spot) and pinpoint accurate (even against a moving or airborne foe, as well as being capable of hitting Sonic out of his Final Smash). It can also hit an enemy that is edge grabbing. However, her attack can be avoided with a well-timed air dodge or roll, and Lyn will pseudo-self destruct without attacking if she happens to be summoned over terrain that will disappear before she lands. The animation of her slash and the screen darkening is similar to Meta Knight's Galaxia Darkness.
If Lyn lands in the spot she was summoned, but lands again in a different spot (like from a breakable block of Mushroomy Kingdom), she will automatically strike her closest target.
An 18-year-old nomadic girl. Lyn is a strong-willed youth whose skill with the blade draws many admirers. Lyn sets out on her quest to become a master swordsman after coming to the aid of a fallen traveler. She soon learns she's a living member of the nobility of Lycia, a neighboring country. Soon she's involved in a violent dispute over the ascension of the Caelin throne.
As an Assist Trophy
Lyn reprises her role as an Assist Trophy, functioning similarly to her appearance in Brawl; however, she can be defeated by taking enough hits and her attack is heavily nerfed, but has a larger hitbox. While she still performs the same slash, it now appears as a crescent-shaped slice instead of a straight line across the screen.
As an Assist Trophy
Lyn returns as an Assist Trophy. Her model has been updated with more realistic proportions, including smaller eyes. The underside of her skirt is now obscured by shadows. Her attack also now causes a Special Zoom.
She can be defeated, just like her appearance in Smash 4. Training Mode describes her Assist Trophy: Prepares and then executes a devastating slash. If she's struck, she'll counterattack.
Oddly, unlike Marth, Roy, Ike, Tiki and the Black Knight, Lyn is not voiced by her current English voice actress, Wendee Lee, who has portrayed her since 2017 in Fire Emblem Heroes and Fire Emblem Warriors; instead, the English version of Ultimate reuses Lani Minella's portrayal of Lyn from Brawl and Smash 4. Even more strange is the fact that Lee is credited in Ultimate. Meanwhile, the Japanese version also reuses Makiko Ōmoto's portrayal from Brawl and Smash 4.