tbh roy has just lived such a better life than eliwood in general??
ok yes roy gets sent to war at age fifteen while eliwood at age seventeen but roy emerges victorious, doesn’t suffer much personal loss, gets praised by the entire continent for his good deeds and is deemed a hero(also he has ELIWOOD for a father, i mean COME ON)
meanwhile eliwood not only is dragged into a war that didn’t involve him at all at first, but he spends so much time looking for his father only to finally get him, finally talks to him and can do as much as hold his hand before he gets killed in front of eliwood with absolutely no way to help him
and then eliwood unwillingly murders ninian, and even though she gets brought back to life later he spends several chapters mourning for her and accepting that it was his fault even though it wasn’t?? and when the war finally ends it’s swept under the carpet and nobody recognizes what he and his army had truly done for elibe and it’s remembered as a simple “uprising with the black fang”
he then gets separated from hector by their duties as marquesses and it’s very clear that they hardly ever talk/communicate in any way, his wife dies when roy is young and leaves eliwood to raise his son alone, eliwood gets sick and is helpless to assist as his son is sent to war in his place, hector fucking DIES leaving eliwood with nobody besides marcus to call a “close friend” because the entire cast of FE7 is doomed to uncertain/unmentioned fates
at least he gets to watch his son grow up happier than he ever was but still eliwood is fucking tragic in comparison to roy and he’s gone through so much more shit??