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[[folder:Edward "Ed" Elric]]
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'''Affiliation:''' Amestris Military / Greed's Gang\\
'''Rank''': Major\\
'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Weapon Alchemy/Alchemy Without an Array]

The protagonist of the series and the titular "Fullmetal Alchemist". Along with his brother Al, he committed the mistake of attempting to bring his mother back to life, and lost an arm and a leg in the process. He became Amestris's youngest ever State Alchemist in order to seek the secret of the Philosopher's Stone so he can regain his limbs and Al's body. The truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, and the connection to the secrets behind the country he lives in, drives the story.

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[[folder:Roy Mustang]]
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'''Affiliation:''' Amestris Military / Greed's Gang\\
Military\\
'''Rank''': Major\\
'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Weapon Alchemy/Alchemy
Colonel\\
'''Specialty:''' Flame Alchemy/Military Tactics/Alchemy
Without an Array]

The protagonist A colonel in the military, stationed in East City at the start of the series and story. Known as the titular "Fullmetal Alchemist". Along with his brother Al, [[KillItWithFire Flame Alchemist]], he committed seeks to become the mistake of attempting to bring his mother back to life, and lost an arm and a leg in the process. He became Amestris's youngest ever State Alchemist in order to seek the secret of the Philosopher's Stone Fuhrer so he can regain his limbs and Al's body. The truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, and the connection to the secrets behind fix the country he lives in, drives and spread his ideals to the story.people.



* AccidentalPervert: He almost sees Winry naked when she starts undressing, without realizing Ed is in the room with her.
* ActuallyIAmHim: A constant thorn in his side is that people are more willing to believe that Al is the infamous "Fullmetal Alchemist" rather than him. Ed is the current trope image.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Young Ed managed to be an alchemy whiz who was wiser than his years. He more or less kept it when he grew up, only now it makes him seem high-strung and unpleasant.
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially when dealing with anything related to Winry and romance and his adorable overreactions over his height and anger at being called "little" brother.
* AintTooProudToBeg; When Scar destroys his arm so he can't perform alchemy, and prepares to kill Ed, Ed doesn't beg for his life. He instead says he'll FaceDeathWithDignity if Scar will spare Al. Scar agrees, since Al is incapacitated and wasn't the target. Fortunately, Roy appears in the nick of time to save both brothers.
* AlliterativeName: '''E'''dward '''E'''lric.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Ed's brother Al always wins their sparring matches. Makes sense 'cause Al is, ya know, a ''living suit of armor''. Itís indicated, during their reminiscing of past spats at the hospital, that Al was winning quarrels between the two even before he was a suit of armor or was under Izumiís tutelage.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Subverted. His mother Trisha was human, but he does question his own humanity after finding out that [[spoiler: his father is a walking, talking, immortal Philosopher's Stone. Hohenheim does confirm that both Ed and Al are both humans]].
* AnArmAndALeg: Lost his left leg attempting human transmutation, sacrificed his right arm to retrieve Al's soul. [[spoiler:He eventually gets the arm back but the leg stays gone.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: His automail, replacing the arm and leg he lost during his attempt at human transmutation.
* AuthorAppeal: Hiromu Arakawa likes muscular men, which should come as no surprise seeing how extremely ripped Ed is for a too-short-for-his-age teen. And his remarkable tendency to [[ShirtlessScene rip off his clothing to show off his bare torso.]] Lugging around all of that auto-mail which probably helps with his physique, along with all of the fighting he does.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Edward picks up several alchemical techniques simply by observing others and adopting their styles.
* AxCrazy: Downplayed and PlayedForLaughs. His demeanor when fighting mooks is usually either dissonant glee or comical bloodlust. Even his allies comment on how scary he gets whrn he's worked up. Sometimes plays it up to [[TerrorHero demoralize his enemies]]. However, in dramatic situations this trait disappears, and it's clear he doesn't actually want to hurt anyone if he can avoid it.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:At the end of the story, we see a picture of Ed and Winry with their children.]]
* BadassBoast: Extremely satisfying example in [[spoiler:the last battle against Father.]]
-->'''Edward''': GET UP, YOU NOVICE! [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown I'M ABOUT TO SHOW YOU HOW OUTCLASSED YOU REALLY ARE!]] THIS FIGHT YOU LOSE!
* BadassBookworm: You can't exactly practice alchemy without hitting the books, and State Alchemists are supposed to hit lots of other things, too.
* BadassLongcoat: If (well, more like when) it gets shredded, fixing it is high on Ed's priority list.
* BadassTransplant: An arm and a leg are made out of auto-mail.
* BashBrothers: With his actual brother Al, as well as Ling later on.
* BeAllMySinsRemembered: When he [[spoiler: has the opportunity to regain his lost leg, he decides against it, to remind him of his journey and the consequences of his actions.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Winry, whom he quarrels with often but cares deeply about. [[spoiler:Eventually, TheyDo.]]
* BerserkButton: Has quite a few due to his HairTriggerTemper
** [[TheNapoleon "WHO ARE YOU CALLING A]] [[TwistingTheWords TINY LITTLE BEAN SPROUT THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE!?!"]]
** "I HATE MILK!" (This is because it's a reminder of how short he is.)
** "[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend WHAT GIRLFRIEND!?]]"
** Okay, yeah, [[HairTriggerTemper He's got a lot of them]]. But there are, in his words, "some lines you really shouldn't cross". For example, disregarding the value of human life and he ''will'' make you feel pain.
* BigBrotherBully: He used to pick on Al when they were little, but after a little talk with Hohenheim he started to be a nicer brother.
* BigBrotherInstinct: His mission in life is to get his little brother's body back.
* BigEater: Not really given much focus, but Ed eats a lot. Later on, he theorizes that this is because he's actually connected to Al's missing body and keeping it alive by providing extra nutrients.
* {{Bishonen}}: While not usually drawn as such, May Chang's fantasies of him have Ed as a dashing, slender PrinceCharming.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: His automail arm frequently gets transmuted into an arm-blade.
* BladeOnAStick: Frequently makes an elaborate spear out of his alchemy for combat. [[TheWorfBarrage Said creations usually get very little use]].
* BraidsOfAction: He usually ties his hair in a braid and is quite the badass.
* BrattyHalfPint: Easily the living embodiment of this trope in the male perspective. But don't let him catch you calling him "half pint" or you will get ''plenty'' of bratty.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Willingly sacrifices his ability to use alchemy to get back Alphonse.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Ed is a brilliant alchemist with a hair-trigger temper who flies into a rage when people call him short.
* ButtMonkey: Hero. Protagonist. Amusing (and not-so-amusing) injury magnet.
* ByronicHero: Edward has the less destructive traits of this. As cheery as he may seem, he is rigidly stubborn and spends a good amount of time brooding over the terrible things that have happened to him. His Byronic aspects are more emphasized in the 2003 anime.
* CallingParentsByTheirName: Typically refers to his father as "Hohenheim," until the last chapter, [[spoiler:when he tells Hohenheim "Shut up, you rotten father!" in response to his offering to sacrifice himself to bring Al back.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: The first time he sees his father in the main narrative, he punches the guy in the face, and with his metal arm too. This is because he stayed away from home while Trisha wasted away and died waiting for him.
* CannotSpitItOut:
** He'd rather recite the periodic table of elements at top speed or spit ''other'' things (like his drink all over poor Black Hayate) out than admit his feelings for Winry.
** There's his fear that Alphonse secretly blamed and hated him for getting Al de-bodied. He never could bring himself to ask Al about it and it almost came back to bite him (for more on that see PoorCommunicationKills under Al's section).
* CastFromLifespan: To keep from bleeding to death, Ed uses his own soul as a Philosopher's stone and shortens his lifespan by a few years to close a wound.
* CelibateHero: A mild case of "Love is a distraction". He has to [[RedemptionQuest get Al's body back]] before even thinking about Winry and... ''[=HydrogenHeliumLithiumBeryllium...=]''
* CharacterDevelopment: Edward begins the series dependent on alchemy and doing everything himself. By the end of the series he has learned to depend more on his friends and share his burdens.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Winry. At that age, he and Al used to fight over who would get to marry her (Al won those fights).
* ChildMage: Started alchemy at a very young age.
* ChildProdigy: Gets admitted into the military as a State Alchemist at the age of twelve. At the age of ten he managed to perform a perfect human transmutation, bonding Al's soul into a suit of armor after reading it in a book. He also, over the course of the series, increases his skillset through PowerCopying by simply watching others perform alchemy and duplicating their technique.
* ChildSoldier: Received a State Alchemist's certification at the age of twelve, which also gives him a rank equivalent to ''Major.''
* TheCoatsAreOff: He doesn't take off his jacket, he ''rips it off''.
* CodeName: [[TitleDrop Fullmetal Alchemist.]]
* CombatBreakdown: [[spoiler:One-sided on Edward's end. He goes from using all his alchemy on Father to simply beating him down with his fists.]]
* CombatPragmatist: In his own words, "There's no such thing as dirty in a fight."
* CosmicPlaything: Is he ever; one might think The Truth gets some sick pleasure in watching him struggle. Though this does lead to a rather satisfying CallBack by Ed at the end of the series, "There's no such thing as a painless lesson."
* CursedWithAwesome: His artificial limbs have saved his life a ''lot''. And we can't forget anchoring his brother's soul let him transmute with just clapping his hands.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: His golden hair and eyes are inherited from his father. A minor plot point, as they mark him as being [[spoiler:descended from the lost civilization of Xerxes]].
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: PlayedForLaughs, as this happens whenever somebody [[BerserkButton calls him short.]]
* TheCynic: Ed's idealism got well and truly sliced to ribbons upon his mother's death and what came after it. Even though he tries his level best not to let it hold him back. Later experiences just jumped on the remains and called it a day.
* CynicismCatalyst: The whole [[{{Necromantic}} human transmutation]] experience and Nina made him far more cynical and bitter, though he still strives to be heroic.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Shared with Al -- Their father seemingly abandoned them, mother died of an illness when they were young, and they tried to revive her via human transmutation... The results were ''not'' pretty; Ed lost his arm and leg, and Al lost his entire body.
* DeadpanSnarker: Appropriately enough for a teenager, Ed gives plenty of bored-sounding backtalk to the cast.
* DestructiveSavior: He once remarked "(doing) good goes on a side bar on a military report next to 'collateral damage'."
* {{Determinator}}: He was a Determinator when he was ''ten'', and he hasn't changed since. His sheer stubbornness and determination are what gave him the epithet of the [[TitleDrop Fullmetal Alchemist]], along with the automail.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Twice. First against Pride, then against Father. The second one counts as punching out ''two deities at once.''
* DisabledLoveInterest: {{Inverted|Trope}}. He's the main protagonist with an automail leg and arm (by the finale, just the leg automail) and is this for Winry, who, interestingly, is the one who maintains his prosthetic limbs. This led to an amusing incident where Hughes says "I hear your brought a pretty blond girl into your room to service you" when she was fixing his automail. [[spoiler:They eventually marry.]]
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Strangely enough; they make killing without consequence too easy for his liking.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: He absolutely loathes drinking milk.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:He gets his arm back, Al gets his body back, and he starts a family with his VictoriousChildhoodFriend,]] but WOW did he go through hell and back to get it. Which makes the happy ending all the more spectacular.
* ExactEavesdropping: He learns that [[spoiler: what he created was not his mother]] by eavesdropping a conversation between Hohenheim and Pinako. Invoked as Hohenheim knew Ed wouldn't be up for talking with him.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Not a good thing with his... [[TheNapoleon vertical deficiency complex]]. [[BerserkButton Seriously]].
* ExperiencedProtagonist: Ed, along with Al, is already an experienced alchemist who has been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. The anime provides several episodes worth of flashback.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange:
** He's seen with his trademark braid after he recovers from his automail.
** Later in the story, he switches it to a high ponytail while he's in hiding to recuperate from an injury. He does this because the military's hunting him, and their description of him mentions that he wears his hair in a braid.
** The ponytail also further parallels his likeness to his father, who looked just like him when he was younger. When Hohenheim mentions this, Ed changes his hair back.
** The last chapter shows an image of him with the ponytail again. It's possible Hohenheim's death had something to do with it.
* ExpressiveHair: Not just when in SuperDeformed mode, either. His IdiotHair spikes up when his emotions are heightened.
* ExtraOreDinary: His and Al's alchemy specialty is with metal.
* FragileSpeedster: He's very fast and quite strong for [[TheNapoleon his size]], but can't take that much punishment. [[{{Determinator}} He keeps fighting anyway]]. Later becomes a LightningBruiser.
* FreakyIsCool: He appears to have a taste for gothic and macabre fixtures and will usually transmute decorations filled with monstrous or demonic imagery and unnecessarily gaudy details.
* GenerationXerox: As flashback episodes ultimately show, he looks exactly like his father as a teenager, who was also an alchemical prodigy traumatized by human transmutation.
* GeniusBruiser: A brilliant alchemist (he achieved State Alchemist status at the age of ''twelve'') and a formidable fighter.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: He does this many times over the course of the series. The most memorable has to be when [[spoiler: he did this while trying (and failing) to propose to Winry.]]
* GraspTheSun: Used as a shot in two of the opening credits, which parallels his ShoutOut speech to the myth of Icarus early on in the series.
* GuileHero: Though it can be hard to tell with how reckless and aggressive he becomes when excited, Ed is actually something of a tactical genius. Outside of clocking badguys with his automail fist or sending them flying with a pillar of raised earth, the crux of Ed's fighting style is discerning the composition of an opponent's equipment or surroundings and manipulating said materials with alchemy. When fighting a tougher foe, he often leads them into elaborate alchemical or even mundane traps, commonly feigning weakness or employing decoys to draw them in. He manipulates false prophet Cornello into blowing his own cover in front of his loyal following, and reclaims Youswell's mine for the people with an illegal gambit exploiting a corrupt official's greed. He also shows an almost frightening political savvy and an instinctive grasp of human psychology, helping him face more nebulous threats like the state.
* GuiltComplex: His entire motivation is to get Al's body back after their attempt at human transmutation.
* HairTriggerTemper: You could say he has a very... ''[[IncrediblyLamePun short]]'' temper. Considering his height insecurity, he might be trying to make up for.
* HandicappedBadass: ''Technically'', but his automail usually more than compensates. [[spoiler: At the end of the story he is still handicapped, but has both arms.]]
* HeightAngst: He is so insecure about his short height that it is by far his most well-known BerserkButton, often to the point that he'll assume any "insults" regarding it aimed in his direction are far worse than they really are.
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Winry notes to herself that Ed's back/shoulders are broader now, and Ed is becoming a man and is no longer a child.
* HeroicBastard: Despite living with his mom for years, his dad never actually married her.
* HeroicBSOD: His major BSOD happens in his backstory after his and Al's attempt at Human Transmutation goes horribly wrong, luckily Mustang showed up and offered him a chance to become a State Alchemist. [[spoiler: He also goes into one after Nina's death. So much so that he almost lets Scar kill him during their first encounter.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Edward follows a ThouShaltNotKill principal to a T. This puts him at a major disadvantage during his fight with Kimblee.
* HumbleHero: Despite his occasional InsufferableGenius antics, Edward rarely puts that much stock into [[MildlyMilitary his military rank]] or even just how [[TeenGenius talented at alchemy he is.]]
* HurtingHero: Ed is constantly burdened with guilt over pressuring Alphonse to help him with his efforts to bring their mother back through human transmutation, and causing the subsequent loss of Al's entire body (and the loss of his own arm and leg). He also feels anger at his father's abandonment and holds him responsible for his mother's death.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He believes that Scar should be punished for the murders that he committed against Amestrians, but is more hesitant to believe that Mustang, Hawkeye, and the rest of the Amestrian soldiers should be punished for doing the same thing to Ishvalans, a view he shares with Winry and Al. Most of Scar's victims were State Alchemists, some that participated on his race's genocide, but the Amestrian soldiers killed ''thousands'' of Ishvalans, women and children included. Granted, he believes that the Amestrian soldiers were JustFollowingOrders and being manipulated by the homunculi, but Hawkeye, who participated in the genocide, outright states that's no excuse for their actions. It also doesn't help that Scar tried to murder him, but Roy and Riza risked their lives to save the brothers.
* IdiotHair: He might not be an idiot, but Ed has a small "antenna" of hair which he intentionally sticks up, probably to make himself appear taller.
* IGotBigger: Goes from roughly 4' 10" when shown in the very beginning to about 5' 4" in the final battle a year later. Then once again to around 5' 9" in the epilogue, which is several years after that. A rare case in fiction of a teenager growing slowly in real time, slow enough in fact that you don't notice until you compare the differences over the course of thirty or so chapters. Amusingly enough, he only starts to grow once he stops complaining about how short he is.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: This occurs '''twice''' over the course of the series to poor Edward: [[spoiler:Nina's death, and then Hughes' death.]] These deaths stay with him all the way until the end.
* InSeriesNickname: Almost always referred to as "Ed" instead of "Edward".
* InsufferableGenius: Part of Edward's CharacterArc is a conflicting confidence in his own ability. At the beginning of the story, he was convinced that he can solve all of his problems through Alchemy. Edward's growth was his learning to accept that he could rely on others around him.
* IronButtMonkey: With everything he goes through, does he really need Winry along with half his friends comically abusing him?
* ItsAllMyFault: Ed completely blames himself for the loss of Alphonse's body to the point of fearing that Al hates him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's rude, stubborn and short-tempered, but a really good guy deep down.
-->'''Alphonse''': Don't take it personally, he's like that with everybody and he's actually nice deep inside.
* KnightInSourArmour: He is ill-tempered and cynical about the world, but still fighting to do the right thing.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When Scar succeeds in destroying Ed's arm and prepares to kill him, with an injured Al being ForcedToWatch, Ed can barely move and stops trying to fight or run. He merely asks that Scar spare Al. Al, after the battle, smacks his brother around for giving up on life so easily.
* KungFuWizard: He's an accomplished state alchemist who can complete complex transmutations instantly with a clap of his hands, and often uses this ability to create melee weapons or alter the environment in close-quarters combat. He also has martial arts training, which complement his automail limbs.
* LargeHam: When annoyed. Minus the "large" part. Also, in a [[BatmanGambit gambit to lure out Scar to kill him, and by extension the Homunculi to protect him]], Edward puts on a rather theatrical display of his Alchemy.
* LastOfHisKind: By descent, he and Al are [[spoiler:the last two ethnic Xerxians.]]
* LaughingMad: Does this briefly when he realizes trying to bring his mother back was a SenselessSacrifice after digging up the remains of what he and Al created during the failed human transmutation.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: He saved Al's soul from crossing over by trading his arm to be able to keep his brother's soul in a suit of armor.
* LightningBruiser: Once he was outfitted with cold-weather automail, he truly became a force to be reckoned due to increased with heavier hits from sturdier automail.
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
** He can't stand his dad for abandoning his family and yet he abandons what constitutes ''his family'' in the way he shuts Winry and Pinako out of his life. He gets better in this regard.
** Hohenheim is also quick to pick up on the fact that Ed has the same brash attitude he once had at his age.
* LittleBigBrother: Al had been taller than Ed since childhood, but when he loses his body and is bound into a seven-foot-suit of armor, he towers over Ed, who is a hair under five feet (and very defensive when this is pointed out).
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Starting around the time of his state alchemist exam. Ed usually keeps it braided or in a ponytail, but as seen when he's sleeping and [[spoiler:after he recovers from the girder through his stomach]], his hair is ''very'' long
* LoveEpiphany: Whilst Winry's in the midst of upgrading his automail to cope with the cold weather, Ed laments to himself that Hawkeye was convinced that he was in love with Winry, before realising that she was right.
* MagicKnight: A very skilled alchemist whose mentor put him in TrainingFromHell to make him good at fighting as well. Some of his go-to transmutations for combat include converting his automail arm into [[BladeBelowTheShoulder weapons]] or pulling a [[BladeOnAStick metal spear]] out of the earth.
* MajorlyAwesome: State Alchemists have a rank ''equivalent'' to Major, so it somewhat counts.
* MeaningfulEcho: Of a sorts. The positions in the family photo of Hohenheim, Trisha, Ed, and Al are roughly repeated in the finale photo with Ed, Winry, and their two children. Well, except for Daddy Ed looking far more ecstatic than Hohenheim did.
* MenDontCry: Excluding his backstory, Edward only ever cries once in the entire series, and those were BerserkerTears over Hohenheim trying to convince Ed to sacrifice him to bring Al back to life.
* MildlyMilitary: Though having the rank equivalent of a Major as a State Alchemist and apparently being paid handsomely for that position, Ed doesn't do much that would indicate he's part of Amestris' military complex and chain of command aside from grudgingly listening to Mustang. It can be assumed his superiors are fine with him doing this since he keeps proving his potential value as a combatant in yearly examinations to keep his State Alchemist license yet they lack sufficiently pressing engagements for him utilized for them. It might ''also'' be on account of how it's later shown the antagonists want him kept alive as a sacrifice.
* MommasBoy: He adored his mother when she was alive. Her death drove him to try to revive her, which triggered the most of the plot.
* MouthyKid: "Cranky" seems to be his default mood.
* MrFanservice: Spends large amounts of time without a shirt on, usually because he keeps ripping it off. And don't forget his shower scene. Not bad for a [[TheNapoleon vertically-challenged]] double-amputee.
* MyGreatestFailure: Two equally gut wrenching things hang on his shoulders during the course of the anime: Costing Al his humanity by failing the human transmutation and [[spoiler:not being able to save little Nina from her father.]]
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: He's named after a real-life medieval alchemist.
* TheNapoleon: See BerserkButton... However, after he gets Al's body back, he eventually gets a growth spurt down the line! Even a little before the Promised Day, there was already an instance of him being noticeably taller than Winry. [[spoiler: Yet Al is still taller than him in the BabiesEverAfter photo, despite his body spending several years in an emaciated state. Ed just can't win...]]
* NayTheist: Not only does he know for fact that God[=/=]Truth[=/=]Whatever-He-Calls-Himself exists, his leg was stolen by it. That's the reason why his opinion of the guy is so low. Alternatively, Ed is not convinced that the Truth is God. Either way, it fits.
** Just for reference; how low is Edward's opinion of God[=/=]Truth? It's so low that, despite having literally met it, ''he describes himself as an agnostic'' and thus claims that he isn't certain or can't know that God exists.
%%* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Roguish Male to Mustang's Noble Male.
* NoIndoorVoice: Honestly, it's surprising that he hasn't given himself an anger-induced heart attack from all the yelling he does.
* NomDeMom: He and Al are registered under their mother's last name.
* NonIdleRich: He makes quite a lot of money being a State Alchemist. He's also quite generous with it too.
* NoOneElseIsThatDumb: A variation - when he and Ling end up in Gluttony's stomach, the latter [[BerserkButton asks him if he is the little runt]] to make sure he's not Envy in disguise. Ed reacts promptly.
-->'''Ed:''' ''[royally pissed]'' '''''WHO YOU CALLIN' A LITTLE RUNT, YOU JEEEEERK?!?!'''''
* ObliviousToLove: In a bizarre twist on this trope, Ed's obviously in love with Winry, but he can't seem to see that Winry returns his affections.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Whenever you see someone pressing Ed's BerserkButton (specifically [[TheNapoleon calling his height to attention]]) yet Ed didn't blow his top and instead cowering in fear, that someone ''instantly'' gets TheDreaded status.
* OrphansOrdeal: The main catalyst for Al's and his whole arch is that their father disappeared and then their mom died, thus provoking drastic action.
* PowerCopying: The true genius of Ed's combat Alchemy lies in his aptitude for incorporating the Alchemy styles of others into his own after merely having once seen them in action, which makes him very adaptable to various situations. He has adapted Scar's destruction Alchemy, Alex Louis Armstrong's gauntlets and stone spikes as well as Greed's carbon armor hardening into his combat repertoire. [[spoiler:He reversed Pride's attempt to possess him. He has also shown that he's capable of copying the Homunculus' technique to turn his soul into a Philosopher's Stone. As Pride ''painfully'' found out.]]
* TheProtagonist: He's the "Fullmetal Alchemist" from the title.
* RankUp: Upon passing the State Alchemist exam. He is still called ''Mister'' Elric instead of ''Major'' Elric, however, because according to Maria Ross, State Alchemists possess a rank ''equivalent'' to a major. Most characters in the military call him by [[FirstNameBasis his first name]] or "Fullmetal".
* RatedMForManly: The reason his duster is red? He thinks the colour is badass.
* RedBaron: The Fullmetal Alchemist. Interesting enough, Edward actually does have a [[ChildProdigy reputation that precedes him]], to the point where May Chang even traveled all the way from Xing to learn from him. Due to [[MildlyMilitary Edward's typical attitude]] [[note]]Edward only treats his rank and title as a means to an end to research more into the Philosopher's Stone.[[/note]], most people that know him well, save for Mustang, don't actually address him by the title.
* RedemptionQuest: ''"I'm sorry, Al. This is all my fault. So I promise that no matter what, I'll get you your body back."''
* RedIsHeroic: His red duster, although he denies being a hero. More or less an InvokedTrope aside from that as he wears the red duster because he thinks the colour is badass.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Alphonse's blue being more outwardly passionate, hotblooded, and ''short tempered''. Then there's the visual in the red duster.
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: In the DistantFinale and even then Al mentions that Ed and him are working on new forms of alchemy.]]
* RudeHeroNiceSidekick: Ed is bad-tempered, rash and ill-mannered, while his sidekick and younger brother Alphonse is kind, patient and polite.
* ScarsAreForever: Decides against regaining his leg as a reminder of his journey and the consequences of his actions. [[spoiler:Even after he gets his right arm back, he retains the brutal-looking scars from his automail surgery, as well as a couple of metal bits sticking out of his skin and presumably more inside him.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The blunt, insensitive Manly Man to Alphonse's thoughtful, quiet Sensitive Guy.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: When Hohenheim was young, he seemed have to being called stupid as his BerserkButton just as Ed's is being called short.
* SharedUnusualTrait: The gold eyes and gold hair he got from his father are an important plot point, as they mark him as as [[spoiler:an ethnic member of the lost Xerxes civilization]].
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: He says this a lot about Winry. Nobody buys it. [[spoiler:Since they later end up married and have children together, it's no wonder they don't buy it.]]
-->'''Ed''': She's my mechanic! Nothing more!
* ShipperOnDeck: You know it's sad when ''[[CannotSpitItOut Ed]]'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt can see it]].
** Has been playing matchmaker to Ling and Lan Fan.
** Like the above pairing, Ed plays matchmaker for Roy and Riza as well.
** He did this to Al and May (although it might have been unintentional) in chapter 104.
* ShirtlessScene: He loses his shirt so much that it's a wonder he [[WalkingShirtlessScene bothers to wear one at all]].
* SiblingYinYang: With Al; while he is short, short tempered and passionate, Al is taller (because of the armor), more patient, and more methodical.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Apparently decided he wanted to marry Winry at a young age, goes through a long period of CannotSpitItOut during which he never shows the slightest interest in another girl, [[spoiler: and eventually marries Winry.]]
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Ed tends to fall asleep a lot during the day. Like BigEater above, he theorizes that this is because [[spoiler:he's actually connected to Al's missing body and keeping it alive by providing rest.]]
* SlasherSmile: Played entirely [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]]. Ed commonly sports one of these, complete with GlowingEyesOfDoom and/or ominous facial shading, when he's feeling vindictive or mischievous. Al usually steps in to try and hold him back or talk him down when this happens.
* TheSouthpaw: Ed is ambidexterous but writes with his left hand. He was originally right handed but switched to his left after he lost his right. Presumably, automail doesn't have the same kind of dexterity as a real arm and hand.
* SpitTake: Delivers a spectacular one when Hawkeye asks him if he loves Winry.
* StockShonenHero: A more complex version of this trope. Ed is a rash and impulsive, but kind-hearted KidHero who would do anything for those he cares about and will never give up no matter what. He starts the series as TheAtoner due to past events in which his overconfidence and recklessness led to truly horrific results. His essential personality still almost completely matches the description, except for the IdiotHero part.
* StressVomit: Occurs when digging up the monstrous being that wasn't really his mother.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Flashbacks [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld to about 400 years ago]] reveal that when Hohenheim was younger, he looked almost exactly like Ed does now. According to a series of sketches of Ed aging done by Arakawa, he will look even more like his father by the time he gets to 40 or so.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Averted. The ability to [[spoiler:turn himself into a philosopher's stone]] was foreshadowed after his battle against Kimblee.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: He starts becoming noticeably taller after he finally starts mellowing out about being short.
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:After Envy's defeat, Ed realizes that Envy that is actually envious of humanity's ability to form friendships and support each other. Just the knowledge that Ed pities it is part of the reason why Envy [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide shortly after.]]]]
* TechnicalPacifist: In contrast to [[ItGetsEasier his portrayal in the 2003 anime]], Edward refuses to take a life, human and homunculus alike. [[spoiler:Ed makes a sole exception for Father, fighting to kill in the climax of the story. Even then, Ed ''still'' didn't actually kill him; Father was HoistByHisOwnPetard. Though considering Father gets sucked into the Gate by the Truth, [[FateWorseThanDeath Father probably wishes Ed had killed him]].]]
* TerribleArtist: His attempt at drawing Shao May sucks (though it's probably his visualization based on his negative experience with Shao). Al even says it looks like an alien. That said, his technical drawing skills are excellent, as being able to draw precise diagrams is a prerequisite for learning alchemy. He just can't do portraiture.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Most of what he makes through alchemy could look good in a Death Metal concert. It's justified because he's a kid.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Absolutely refuses to kill people.
* TokenHuman: The only known full-on human character in the history of Greed's gang.
* TookALevelInBadass: As if he already wasn't badass enough, Ed getting his right arm back leads to Father getting a complete NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* TookALevelInKindness: In a big way. While Ed was never outwardly greedy or cruel, he is rather selfish and myopic at the beginning, and his more Jerkass moments are him fixedly ignoring or outright dismissing other peoples problems while Al runs interference; as we learn through his development it's less because he's unable to empathize, and more because he's [[ItsAllMyFault so utterly horrified by what he's done]] that he believes that ''he'' has to fix his mistake, ''he'' has to deal with his own problem. But being forced by his own quest to acknowledge the suffering of others, as well as the other character's gentle (and [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan not so gentle]]) reminders that he's not alone in this fight, that he has other people who care about him and will help him, make him gradually a kinder and more open person- so much so that the same guy who coldly told Rosé to deal with her own problems early on has to be ''talked down'' from offering help to others. Perhaps that's the reason he grew taller.
* TragicKeepsake: Edward's pocketwatch is engraved with 'Never Forget' and the date he and Al burned their house down to prevent themselves from returning home.
* {{Troll}}: He quizzed Darius and Heinkel about the chemical composition of dynamite at one point, who were rather confused until they realized that [[FiveSecondForeshadowing Ed was about to deconstruct the explosives behind him and gas them with ammonia.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swmaCXZrMdg His smug, shit-eating grin before the transmutation]] makes it clear he was fishing for an OhCrap on purpose.
* TroubledButCute: Traumatized by his father's disappearance, his mother's death, his failed attempt at resurrection of said mother taking his leg and brother's body, and trading his arm to anchor his brother's soul in a suit of armor. And you've read his MrFanservice entry already, right?
* {{Tsundere}}: A male Type A; he's got a harsh personality and a hot temper, and cannot spit his feelings out in standard ways. However, he softens up notably around those he cares about, like Al and Winry.
* TsurimeEyes: To emphasize both cynicism and determination in this case.
* TwistingTheWords: Taken UpToEleven whenever someone makes even the slightest comment about his height; for example, he interprets "small" as "so-tiny-that-he-need-not-fear-being-crushed-by-a-boot-because-he-fits-so-easily-between-the-grooves-of-the-sole."
* UnstoppableRage: He goes completely berserk against Father after [[spoiler:Al's HeroicSacrifice. It's the one time he's clearly showing killing intent]].
* VisualDevelopment: Becomes taller and more muscular as the series progresses. However, it's not until he [[CharacterDevelopment stops complaining about his height]] that it's noticeable.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Mustang, Ling, and Scar, after the latter's HeelFaceTurn. Let's just say anyone Ed befriends are likely to become quite dependable while also giving him grief. Even Julia Crichton from TheMovie forms this with Ed.
* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler:To Winry. "Equivalent Exchange! I'll give half of my life to you, if you give half of yours to me!"]]
* WalkingTheEarth: At the end, [[spoiler:he goes west for more research and create a replacement rule for alchemy.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Winry. [[spoiler:TheyDo.]]
* WiseBeyondHisYears: While not as often as Alphonse, Ed does have tendency to display a high level of wisdom for someone his age.
* TheWorfBarrage: He has on several occasions conjured an elaborate-looking spear from the ground. Until the fight with the Cyclops Army it would always be cut apart in moments. He's a much better fighter barehanded or with a blade transmuted from his automail's casing.
* WouldHitAGirl: He claims that "I'm not sexist!" when it comes to battles. Since the homunculi are just as dangerous - male, female, or otherwise - it's a good thing he is.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: To Scar regarding a relatively minor matter, "Hearing you agree with me makes me mad for some reason..."

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[[folder:Alphonse "Al" Elric]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/RieKugimiya (JP), Creator/MaxeyWhitehead (EN), Johnny Torres (Latin America/animated series and live-action film)

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'''Affiliation:''' None\\
'''Rank''': None\\
'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Balanced Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Alchemy without an Array]

Edward's little brother. He lost his body during an experiment that went horribly wrong and survives in the form of a suit of armour, his soul joined to it through the use of a blood seal.
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* AchillesHeel: His blood seal is his one real weakness; if that gets damaged, he's in real trouble.
* AllLovingHero: He always looks on the bright side of life. He has also converted two chimera soldiers to his cause just by showing them that they are still human.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: While he was born to a human mother, [[spoiler: his father is a walking, talking, immortal Philosopher's Stone]]. Subverted when it turns out they are fully human.
* AnimatedArmor: His soul is bonded to the armor by a circle made from his brother's blood.
* BadassAdorable: A sweet boy with a soft spot for kittens who is a living armor alchemist.
* BareFistedMonk : Unlike state alchemists with special tattoos and gloves or those who have seen the Truth, Al needs time to draw transmutation circles in order to do alchemy [[spoiler: for most of the series,]] so he often fights enemies with brute strength and martial arts alone. It helps that he can't feel pain, has metal limbs and is too heavy for most opponents to knock over. He can keep master fighters like Scar and Armstrong on their toes, and Ed mentions that even before he had the advantage of an armored body, Al always won their sparring bouts.
* BerserkButton: Not even close to as bad as Ed, but it still upsets him when people talk about how awesome it would be to have armor as a body, since [[BlessedWithSuck he clearly isn't]] [[SenseLossSadness very happy about it]]. His typical reaction is telling them "BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor".
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Yes, he's a sweet-natured young boy. He's also a living suit of armor with greater than average strength, and is perfectly willing to use it if necessary. He never lost his temper, but has come close...
* BigLittleBrother: He may be the youngest of the two protagonists, but his armor body makes him taller and more impressive than his older brother. Despite getting a growth spurt, Ed is still shorter than him, even after Al gets his body back.
* {{Bishonen}}: He becomes a '''[[MrFanservice big]]-[[EvenTheGuysWantHim time]]''' Bishonen after he gets his body back and heals up.
* BlessedWithSuck: Several characters, namely Ling and Greed, think it's a case of CursedWithAwesome. Alphonse though, doesn't agree because it means he can't eat, can't sleep or even feel the air around him.
* BulletProofVest: It's impressive how a 20th century suit of armor can ''bounce'' bullets off it without so much as a scratch.
* ChildMage: The mind of a young boy with incredible alchemy powers.
* ChildProdigy: Might be even better than his brother at alchemy.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: After blaming himself for the deaths of [[spoiler:Nina, Hughes and Martel]], he seems unable to let anyone die, even if they're possible enemies. For this reason, he adamantly refuses to leave a [[HeroicBSOD heartbroken]] Lt. Hawkeye behind to die at Lust's hands and shields her with his own body. [[spoiler: Giving Col. Mustang enough time to catch up and ambush Lust, scorching her to death]]
* CornerOfWoe: In contrast to his brother, making fun of Al's size or armor results in this.
* CursedWithAwesome: Like Ed, he really hates how his "body" is a suit of armor, but it's saved his life and the lives of others many times over.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In his human body, he has golden hair and eyes.
* CutenessProximity: He's a KindheartedCatLover, and wanted to keep Shao May when he found her alone.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Shared with Ed -- Their father seemingly abandoned them, mother died of an illness when they were young, and they tried to revive her via human transmutation. The results were ''not'' pretty; Ed lost his arm and leg, and Al lost his entire body.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: The second main character after Edward (the main protagonist).
* ExperiencedProtagonist: Al, along with Ed, is already an experienced alchemist who has been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. The anime provides several episodes worth of flashback.
* ExtraOreDinary: His and Ed's alchemy specialty is metal.
* EyeLightsOut: Whenever Alphonse's soul is ''unconscious'', or being pulled over to the Gate, his eye-lights go out. This seems to be for the audience only, since none of the characters including Ed seem to be able to tell the difference.
* GeniusBruiser: His metal body grants him greater than average strength which he uses in combo with his impressive alchemy. Even when they were kids, Al would win most sparring bouts with Ed, who himself is quite a badass.
* GentleGiant: He looks intimidating, but he's much nicer than his brother.
* GlowingMechanicalEyes: It's not clear whether this is for the audience's benefit or not, but his eyes always appear to be glowing.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: One of the kindest people in all of Amestris.
* HeroicBastard: Like his brother, but has less apparent baggage about being "illegitimate".
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:He falls on it when King Bradley kills Martel and regains his memories of the gate.]]
* HeroicResolve:
-->'''Al:''' I won't leave you! I'm sick of watching people die, and I can't just sit back and take it anymore! I won't let anyone else get killed! Not when I can protect them!
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:During the FinalBattle, he refuses to get his body back, since he can't properly use it for combat, despite the fact that he ''desperately wanted that proper flesh and blood body for years.'' Then after his blood seal was cracked, Ed had lost his automail arm and was pinned against a rock and about to have his life force drained by the Father, ''he gives back his soul so that Ed could have his original arm back''. [[TearJerker You dumbass.]] Thankfully he gets better, body back and all, when Ed comes back to save him.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: His interactions with May would already be this if he were in his flesh-and-blood body, let alone a large suit of armor. She is that small. [[spoiler:Subverted eventually; she grows much taller by the end]].
* HurtingHero: Alphonse is wracked with guilt about his brother losing his arm [[PowerAtAPrice to save Al's life]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: He believes that Scar should be punished for the murders that he committed against Amestrians, but is more hesitant to believe that Mustang, Hawkeye, and the rest of the Amestrian soldiers should be punished for doing the same thing to Ishvalans, a view he shares with Winry and Ed. Most of Scar's victims were State Alchemists, some that participated on his race's genocide, but the Amestrian soldiers killed ''thousands'' of Ishvalans, women and children included. Granted, he believes that the Amestrian soldiers were JustFollowingOrders and being manipulated by the homunculi, but Hawkeye, who participated in the genocide, outright states that's no excuse for their actions.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Feels responsible for the deaths of [[spoiler:Nina, Martel and Hughes.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Everyone refers to him as "Al".
* IronButtmonkey : A mild example. His gentle nature sees him walked all over, and when played for laughs this often leads to abuse exploiting his immortal body. Ed is fond of using his detachable head as a projectile or flail and his heavy body as a battering ram or shield, without permission or remorse. In one fight Ed transmutes a chimera's thick saliva into water, which quickly freezes in the cold climate, then dropkicks poor Al into him, sticking the two together.
* KindheartedCatLover: He hides them in his armor so Ed won't insist he abandon them.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Literally, given his situation and his nobler outward bearing than his brother. May also thinks of him as this.
* KungFuWizard: Like Ed, Al can kick ass with alchemy or his bare hands. He's more Kung-Fu than Wizard, though, as he can't use alchemy without drawing a transmutation circle [[spoiler:(although this restriction is lifted once he regains his memories of the Gate of Truth, thus evening the alchemical playing field)]], and usually relies on his martial arts skills in combat, which have been even better than Ed's since they were kids.
* LastOfHisKind: By descent, he and Ed are [[spoiler:the last two ethnic Xerxians.]]
* LossOfIdentity: He begins to fear his life is a lie after facing the possibility of being an artificial soul created by Ed.
* MadeOfIron: Averted. Even armor that can stop bullets cold still readily gets sliced up by super-powered beings later in the series, to demonstrate how lethal they are.
* MagicKnight: Suit of armor? Check. Magic ([[MagicByAnyOtherName well, alchemy]])? Check. Although at first, he's more of a KungFuWizard due to lacking the ability to use Clapping Alchemy,[[spoiler: but he eventually acquires this ability after regaining memories of losing his body, due to passing through the Gate of Truth.]].
* MaybeEverAfter: It's implied that he hooked up with May since she appears in the new Elric Family Photo in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* MightyGlacier: Downplayed. Being a heavy suit of armor, he's not as nimble as Ed, but he's much stronger, and can tank hits that would kill regular humans.
* MommasBoy: Like Ed; their attempt to revive her was what started most of the plot.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Like Ed, he's named after a real-life medieval alchemist.
* TheNeedless: He cannot eat or sleep and it brings him much sadness and frustration on his quest to get his body back, especially because he essentially spends his nights awake alone while his brother and everyone else close to him sleeps.
* NiceGuy: In contrast to his brother, Al is unflinching nice and sweet and does not enjoy seeing others in pain.
* NomDeMom: He and Ed are registered under their mother's last name.
* NothingButSkinAndBones: Inside the gate, his real body [[spoiler:is in pretty bad shape; poor hygiene, gaunt with emaciation, and too weak to even walk. Theorizing that his body may have been feeding off of his brother's nutrients, he probably would have died had Ed not been a natural SleepyHead and BigEater. Even still, he's happy to get it back at the end, though it probably took months (or even a year or two) to get healthy and back in shape. It is stated that it took 2 months for him to get healthy enough to walk again, and even then he still needs a crutch and lacks the stamina to walk from the train station to Winry's house without a rest.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: He acts more mature than his brother, but he does tend to make mistakes too and often times can't help but be distracted by cute things like cats.
** A hilarious example was when he talked to May for the first time and she learned he was Ed's brother. Her tone indicated her new distaste for him (as a result of her delusion of him). Rather than take it calmly or even defend him, he becomes really annoyed before ranting in an Ed-like manner (albeit more subdued) about his qualities, saying he's taller, has neat hair, being the better fighter and being a gentleman. Quite out of character and hilarious (furthermore is that this speech was helped kickstart May's infatuation of him.)
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* PeekABangs: His hairstyle while trapped behind the Gate.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Barry the Chopper screwing with him about whether he is really alive or just a puppet made by his brother actually rents space in his head because of something that Ed tried to talk to him about once but couldn't. He flips out on Ed as a result and accuses him of creating him so he could control him. True to the trope, this gets solved within a minute of Winry confronting him about this, as she knows what's really going onóturns out Ed wants to know if Al hates him for dragging him into his plans to transmute Trisha back to life and thus causing Al to lose his human body, but he can't bring himself to actually ask about this. Sure enough, Al doesn't hate Ed, in fact he feels responsible as well for Ed's missing limbs as he could've refused or talked Ed out of the plan but instead helped him carry it out. Thus, once it's clear Al's memories truly are his own, the brothers make peace.
* PunnyName: The Japanese transliteration and pronunciation of "Al" is "Aru". This is also a homophone for the Japanese verb "to be" that is used when referring to inanimate objects (with humans and animals, the verb "iru" is used). Suddenly, Barry the Chopper screwing with him about whether he is really alive or just a puppet made by his brother makes a bit more sense.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Edward's red given his greater patience and politeness.
* RudeHeroNiceSidekick: The much more patient and thoughtful sidekick of his short-tempered and rash older brother Ed.
* SenseLossSadness: He misses being able to do basic human things, but tries to remain optimistic by keeping a notepad of things he will do when he gets his body back (like trying Winry's pie).
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The thoughtful, quiet Sensitive Guy to Edward's blunt, insensitive Manly Man.
* SharedUnusualTrait: The gold eyes and gold hair he and Ed got from his father.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: He denies that he has any feelings for May when Ed asks him about it in the final chapter/episode, but unlike most examples, he says it as if he was correcting Ed about a math problem and doesn't get flustered at all. They are ''still'' implied to get together in the DistantFinale.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Edward and Winry. "Brother is so youthful!"
* ShrinkingViolet: Al spends a lot of time in a CornerOfWoe or otherwise shrinking away from someone else.
* SiblingYinYang: As short tempered and hotblooded as his older brother is, he is the opposite.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Whereas Ed looks like Hohenheim, Al looks like a blonde, male version of Trisha.
* StrongerSibling: Ed is the superior alchemist, but Al was always the better fighter. Even before his soul was bound to a steel suit of armor, but especially after.
* TaremeEyes: His human body has them as a contrast with his sharp eyed brother but the "eyes" of his metal body are different.
* TeacherStudentRomance: May teaches him about alkahestry, making it a variant where the teacher is ''younger'' by a few years.
* TookALevelInBadass: To a point that he's just as badass as ''Ed''!
* TraumaticHaircut: PlayedForLaughs; He has the long "hair" (actually a ribbon) from his helmet torn off after being tangled up to Buccaneer's [[ArtificialLimbs Automail]] during their first fight. Alphonse becomes distressed of that and comments how horrible his "hair" looks now.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Okay, he doesn't ''exactly'' go unnoticed, but you would think people would be more baffled to talk casually with a 7-foot-tall suit of armor which has the voice of a child to boot. No one ever seems to question why someone would need to wear the armor around all the time, even while (pretending) to eat.
* VocalDissonance: The voice of a child isn't what one would expect from a huge armor, even if it's just the soul. [[spoiler: It seems even more out of place, for some reason, coming from an older, giant-sized man after getting his body back.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: At the end he goes [[spoiler:east to Xing to learn under May. Which Ed [[ShipperOnDeck teases him for.]] He ends up returning (her following no less) back to his hometown.]]
* WiseBeyondHisYears: Is far more level-headed than Edward despite being one year younger than him.
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[[folder:Roy Mustang]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/ShinichiroMiki (JP), Creator/TravisWillingham (EN), Rolman Bastidas (Latin America/animated series), Creator/LuisDanielRamirez (Latin America/live-action film)

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'''Affiliation:''' Amestris Military\\
'''Rank''': Colonel\\
'''Specialty:''' Flame Alchemy/Military Tactics/Alchemy Without an Array]

A colonel in the military, stationed in East City at the start of the story. Known as the [[KillItWithFire Flame Alchemist]], he seeks to become the Fuhrer so he can fix the country and spread his ideals to the people.
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[[folder:May Chang]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/MaiGoto (JP), Creator/MonicaRial (EN), María José Estévez (Latin America)\\
Shao May is voiced by: Creator/RieKugimiya (JP), Creator/TiaBallard (EN)

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'''Affiliation:''' Kingdom of Xing/Chang Clan\\
'''Rank''': 17th Princess of Xing\\
'''Speciality:''' Medical Alkahestry/Martial Arts]

A Xingese princess from a very minor clan, her goals are similar to her half-brother Ling's. She's always accompanied by her tiny panda, Shao May.
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* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: May is a fantasy-counterpart Asian princess, and she can really kick ass in a fight. Justified, in that learning self-defense tactics is a necessity for someone who is a potential target of assassination attempts.
* AnimeChineseGirl: Xing is a FantasyCounterpartCulture to China, so yeah. She fits this trope more than the sensible ninja Lan Fan, being a perky martial artist/princess, having OdangoHair, and being dressed in feminine East Asian clothing.
* BadassAdorable: Despite being around twelve years old she's quite the martial artist, and she's undoubtedly cute.
* BottomlessMagazines: You may be wondering where she gets all those throwing knives. This trope is averted by FridgeBrilliance in that she simply transmutes more from available material.
* ChildProdigy: Expert at alkahestry and martial arts, and she is still not a teenager yet.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome:
** A somewhat milder case, although [[spoiler:in the end, instead of returning to her country with Envy, she decides to stay in Amestris to help everyone. Ling notes that she lost her chance to make her clan win by involving herself in another country's business.]]
** Exemplified again in the fight against the gold-toothed doctor and his mooks. May could make a grab for the Philosopher's Stone he dropped, or [[spoiler:stop the dying Riza's bleeding. Unsurprisingly, she chooses the latter]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Has quite the overactive imagination.
* CombatMedic: A great martial artist and practitioner of alkahestry. She knows enough about alkahestry's medical applications to be a competent first aid provider.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Like most other people of Xing.
* DetectEvil: She can sense homunculi [[spoiler:and the subterranean Philosopher's Stone]].
* EmpathyPet: One of the more literal examples. Her panda not only shares her feelings, but also mimics most of her movements.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Her status as a princess of Xing is only relevant insofar as it [[ImmortalitySeeker spurs her quest for the Philosopher's Stone]]. Otherwise, it's rarely brought up. Admittedly, she's not a princess in very high standing.
* FlechetteStorm: A variant in that she doesn't use it to attack people directly, but she ''does'' tend to throw them very close to people's heads when performing remote transmutations.
* TheGlomp: Her standard greeting towards Alphonse.
* HeadPet: Shao May, who's small enough to perch on her head at times.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler: May thinks Scar and Yoki are great guys before either has really reformed, and she initially distrusts Ed and Al.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Once she gets over Ed, she's on Al [[UnusualEuphemism like Elvis on a pound of bacon]]. Also a platonic example with Scar, who's probably two feet taller than she is.
* IGotBigger: [[spoiler:In the epilogue, she appears to have grown at ''least'' two feet taller. Justified by the fact that it seems to be at least several years later, so May could've hit a growth spurt or two during that time.]]
* ImmortalitySeeker: She's searching for the secret to raise her clan's standing in court.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: For Alphonse. While she clearly has a PrecociousCrush on him, he's affectionate towards her, [[spoiler:and she appears in the family photo at the end]], we don't know for sure if they get together.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: She can effortlessly throw five knives at once to land in a circle.
* TheIngenue: Sweet, naive, and well-intentioned.
* KnifeNut: Not as a weapon, but a tool to perform her alkahestry.
* KungFuKid: Enters the story by kicking Al in the head.
* KungFuWizard: Adept at both martial arts and alkahestry.
* LittleMissBadass: See PluckyGirl below.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a KnightInShiningArmor. Then she finds out what Ed's really like, she drops him for Al for similar, but less exaggerated reasons.
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler:It's implied that she got together with Al since she appears in the new Elric Family Photo.]]
* TheMedic: Knows some healing alchemy. Oddly enough, she fills this role for her group more than [[spoiler:her teammate Marcoh, who is ''an actual doctor''.]]
* MoralityPet: For [[spoiler:Scar]]; his treatment of her is one of his first kindnesses in the series.
* MouthyKid: Although she can border on BrattyHalfPint whenever Ed's around.
* NaiveEverygirl: She's well-intentioned, but she's not a very good judge of character.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Envy tricks her into restoring him/her to his full strength on the Promised Day.]]
* OcularGushers: Enough to put out ''a fire.''
* OdangoHair: With BraidsOfAction to boot.
* OddFriendship: With [[spoiler:Scar]].
* PandaingToTheAudience: Shao May, her tiny panda sidekick.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: She fits this to the extent that while she is rather cheerful, the character she follows is very much TheStoic. [[spoiler:Granted, Scar is well on his way to being an AntiHero by the time she meets him.]]
* PetBabyWildAnimal: She found Shao May after she had been abandoned by the other pandas due to her stunted growth and has taken care of her ever since.
* PluckyGirl: Crosses a Sahara Desert expy and into an unfriendly militaristic nation ALONE, picks a fight while still recovering from a concussion, and [[spoiler:attacks the Big Bad even while knowing that she is totally outclassed by him. Even after being badly wounded, she continues to help out in the final battle.]] [[{{Determinator}} May Chang does not give up]].
* PrettyPrincessPowerhouse: While a polite and well-mannered princess who is devoted to her clan, she's also an accomplished martial artist and alkahestrist. Justified in that she grew up in a DeadlyDecadentCourt where assassination attempts are the norm, and downplayed in that she can't be more than twelve, so she still acts like a child in some respects.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Her outfits are usually varying shades of pink and red.
* RapunzelHair: It's both braided and wrapped up in buns--it'd probably go to her feet if she let it down.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Shao May.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Justified. She ''has'' to do something (in this case, search for the secret to immortality) if she wants her clan to survive.
* SettleForSibling: After Ed doesn't turn to be what she expected, she falls for his brother Al.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a KnightInShiningArmor. After meeting him in person, she quickly drops her infatuation. Instead, she falls for his brother, [[NiceGuy Al]], who fits the "knight in shining armor" description better.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Where to begin? May Chan, May Chen, Meichan, May Chang, Mei Chang, Xiao May, Xiao Mei... it just never ends.
* SuccessionCrisis: As means to save her [[TheClan lesser clan]].
* TagalongKid: Kind of; she ends up joining [[spoiler:Scar's group]], and while she is the youngest member of the team, she's far from useless or a burden.
* TeacherStudentRomance: She teaches Al about alkahestry and she very much likes him. [[spoiler: Her presence in the Elric family photo in both the manga and ''Brotherhood'' implies that Al returned those feelings.]]
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: She has indulgent romantic fantasies towards both Elrics.
* TooDumbToLive: Attacking Father head on despite being warned by both Elric brothers that it's a horrible idea and he's really powerful. She gets a massive CurbStompBattle for her poor decision making.
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31st Mar '18 8:43:00 PM OrangenChan
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** Being fond of Shao May is an almost literal example, as he tries to pet her at one point.
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** Just for reference; how low is Edward's opinion of God[=/=]Truth? It's so low that, despite having literally met it, ''he describes himself as an agnostic'' and thus claims that he isn't certain or can't know that God exists.
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* LoveEpiphany: Whilst Winry's in the mist of upgrading his automail to cope with the cold weather, Ed laments to himself that Hawkeye was convinced that he was in love with Winry, before realising that she was right.

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* LoveEpiphany: Whilst Winry's in the mist midst of upgrading his automail to cope with the cold weather, Ed laments to himself that Hawkeye was convinced that he was in love with Winry, before realising that she was right.
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* NobleDemon: He may be an extremist serial killer who indiscriminately hunts down state alchemists, but he does have his principles. He avoids harming innocents and even minimizes damage to soldiers and police, saving his wrath for assassinating state alchemists and self defense against homunculi. He kills Nina to spare her from a living hell as an abomination and experiment, honors Ed's "last" request to spare Alphonse and takes full responsibility for killing Winry's parents in cold blood.



** His mercy-killing of chimeric Nina, grim as it may be. The pity with which he finishes her is one of his first on-screen instances of humanity.
-->'''Scar:''' "At least your passing will be in peace."



** Before that him killing Nina could be considered as such in a darker way. He later makes a good point that since she could never get back to normal and would certainly spent the rest of her life being treated as a lab rat, a quick death was mercy.


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** Unlike his hatred for alchemists and apparent indifference or distaste for Amestrians, he is gentle and respectful to the Ishvalan refugees he meets, especially children and his elders.
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* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: He deliberately uses this to his advantage. He's perfectly fluent in the language of Amestris, but comically fakes a language barrier with an exaggerated accent to get out of taking responsibility for the destruction of a town.
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** This is subverted [[spoiler:when he lost his own sight after being forced into performing Human Transmutation. Sure he is blind but not due to direct damage on his own eyes.]]
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* AintTooProudToBeg; When Scar destroys his arm so he can't perform alchemy, and prepares to kill Ed, Ed doesn't beg for his life. He instead says he'll FaceDeathWithDignity if Scar will spare Al. Scar agrees, since Al is incapacitated and wasn't the target. Fortunately, Roy appears in the nick of time to save both brothers.



* {{Hypocrite}}: He believes that Scar should be punished for the murders that he committed against Amestrians, but is more hesitant to believe that Mustang, Hawkeye, and the rest of the Amestrian soldiers should be punished for doing the same thing to Ishvalans, a view he shares with Winry and Al. Most of Scar's victims were State Alchemists, some that participated on his race's genocide, but the Amestrian soldiers killed ''thousands'' of Ishvalans, women and children included. Granted, he believes that the Amestrian soldiers were JustFollowingOrders and being manipulated by the homunculi, but Hawkeye, who participated in the genocide, outright states that's no excuse for their actions.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: He believes that Scar should be punished for the murders that he committed against Amestrians, but is more hesitant to believe that Mustang, Hawkeye, and the rest of the Amestrian soldiers should be punished for doing the same thing to Ishvalans, a view he shares with Winry and Al. Most of Scar's victims were State Alchemists, some that participated on his race's genocide, but the Amestrian soldiers killed ''thousands'' of Ishvalans, women and children included. Granted, he believes that the Amestrian soldiers were JustFollowingOrders and being manipulated by the homunculi, but Hawkeye, who participated in the genocide, outright states that's no excuse for their actions. It also doesn't help that Scar tried to murder him, but Roy and Riza risked their lives to save the brothers.



* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When Scar succeeds in destroying Ed's arm and prepares to kill him, with an injured Al being ForcedToWatch, Ed can barely move and stops trying to fight or run. He merely asks that Scar spare Al. Al, after the battle, smacks his brother around for giving up on life so easily.



* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In-universe, Roy and Ed argue about what kind of man Scar is. Roy says he's a genocide survivor with a good reason to avenge his people. A chagrined Ed believes that Scar just likes attacking people because he's a bully that is masking his pain. Given that Ed was too young to participate in the Isvhalan massacre and Scar attacked him and Al, he may have a point.



** On another level, Scar starts out the series [[HeWhoFightsMonsters hell-bent on getting revenge]] on the State Alchemists for the genocide of his people. Towards the end of the series, he's grown so much that he ends up [[spoiler:helping to talk down one of the State Alchemists he was hell-bent on killing from losing himself to blind hatred and vengeance--exactly what Scar was at the start of the series.]]

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** On another level, Scar starts out the series [[HeWhoFightsMonsters hell-bent on getting revenge]] on the State Alchemists for the genocide of his people.people, and will even attempt to kill children for that purpose. Towards the end of the series, he's grown so much that he ends up [[spoiler:helping to talk down one of the State Alchemists he was hell-bent on killing from losing himself to blind hatred and vengeance--exactly what Scar was at the start of the series.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** After he incapacitates Al, who isn't a State Alchemist, he gives his word to not kill Al while preparing to execute a helpless Ed, who ''is'' one.
** He admits that he feels horribly guilty for [[spoiler:killing Winry's parents, because they were innocents and had saved him]].



* FriendToAllChildren: May Chang is the first one to try to reach out to him, and he also sympathized with [[TragicMonster Nina Tucker]], albeit in a [[MercyKill twisted way]].

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* FriendToAllChildren: Children who aren't certified State Alchemists at least, since he tries to kill Ed as soon as he finds him. May Chang is the first one to try to reach out to him, and he also sympathized with [[TragicMonster Nina Tucker]], albeit in a [[MercyKill twisted way]].way]].



* KickTheDog: He comes across the Elric brothers brooding in the rain, neither in a state to fight. Then he asks for their names, attacks them, and corners them when they try to run.



* MisplacedRetribution: He tries to kill the Elric brothers shortly after he's introduced. Scar is one of the few surviving members of a genocide perpetrated by the Amestrian government, and so has good reason to be angry, but he chooses to exact revenge for the deaths of his people by killing State Alchemists, and ''all'' State Alchemists, regardless of whether or not they were involved in the Ishbalan conflict. Ed and Al in particular were small children when the genocide took place, and had absolutely nothing to do with it.

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* MisplacedRetribution: He tries to kill the Elric brothers shortly after he's introduced. Scar is one of the few surviving members of a genocide perpetrated by the Amestrian government, and so has good reason to be angry, but he chooses to exact revenge for the deaths of his people by killing State Alchemists, and ''all'' State Alchemists, regardless of whether or not they were involved in the Ishbalan Ishvalan conflict. Ed and Al in particular were small children when the genocide took place, and had absolutely nothing to do with it.


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* WouldHurtAChild: At first. He gives a [[spoiler:MercyKill to Nina after he murders her father in front of her. Then he attacks Ed and Al, who only put up a fight when cornered, despite the fact that Ed was too young to have participated in the Ishvalan massacre. Mustang and Armstrong have to challenge him to get him to stop Scar from murdering Ed in cold blood.]]
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