Depends what you want Noire to be. Ricken seems to be the best if you want a Sorcerer Noire... but if you want a Sniper, I'm not sure. --- Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198023511833 Pokemon White FC: 1420-6147-6059
Henry or Libra are the two I usually prefer. Henry gets you similar stats to what Ricken would give, plus he's a much better character to use if you level him up for fathering. It would give you one less child with access to dark magic, but I usually end up not marrying Ricken at all and don't use an army of sorcerors anyway.
Libra also gets you decent magic stats (not as good as Henry or Ricken) plus access to a couple of other useful skills like Renewal. Tharja is usually one of my secondary marriages anyway, so I use whoever is left of the two.
Completely up to you what you mean by ideal, Ricken gets you the best stats, Henry gets you close stats but a much more useful father unit (as Ricken is pretty weak in comparison and usually ends up benched after fathering for those times I did use him) and Libra gets you not terrible stats and a better skill selection. I've never tried a physical Noire, so I can't comment about that, but with such a bad ass magic mom, I haven't tried. Plus the good physical dads are usually already used up for physical kids by the time I get to Noire.
Henry or Ricken for Sorceror I find Gaius makes a good Sniper Noire, she gets access to all 3 skills that can make archers viable, those being Counter (inherit from Gaius), Galeforce and Pass while people say Sniper is terrible, it's biggest strong point in Lunatic+ is it is Counter immune since Counter doesn't work on ranged attacks but if a mage gets attacked at close range counter does activate. --- Currently Playing: Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) 3DS FC: 1461-6216-3909